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Question to council: William Marshal

Richard Stainthorp to ask the Lead Councillor for Culture Heritage and Recreation: William Marshal As I am sure the Lead Councillor is awar...

15 Feb 2014

Battle streets getting a wash and brush up!

Battle ward is getting a wash and brush up!  

As those of you who follow me on social media (Twitter & Facebook) will know, I love the Love Clean Reading smartphone app and use it a lot to report various issues around the ward (trolleys, flytipping, potholes).  It is quick, easy and effective.  Love Clean Reading,  and Labour-led Reading Borough Council, is going a step further with a series of deep cleans throughout the town.  

Reporting dumped divan bases on the Love Clean Reading app

 Work will include street sweeping, verge edging, gulley emptying, weeding, tree pruning and clearing vegetation. Various streets in Battle are scheduled for a clean (please see below) although timimgs may change due to the recent flooding and, after last night, storm damage.

Battle councillors nominated these streets as we felt they needed a little TLC. After a recent session of door knocking  with Victoria Groulef, our parliamentary candidate, we will also be asking that the streets around Mason Street, Little Street and Cambridge Street receive urgent attention.

We are unhappy about the state of Mason Street

Week Commencing Feb 17 

Curzon Street
Edinburgh Road,
Prince Wales Ave
Kensington Road (western Side)
Lorne Street
Prospect Street

Valentia Road
Waverley Road
Footpaths end of Chester Street to Portman Road

Week Commencing Feb 24

Portman Rd / Fulmead road
Audley Street
Argyle Street
Battle Hospital Arch
Brunswick Hill

Catherine Street

'Love Clean Reading’ Deep Clean for More than 130 Streets

Press Release


MORE than 130 streets across Reading are to get a deep clean as part of a new initiative by Reading Borough Council called ‘Love Clean Reading.’

During the Spring months Council teams will be out and about armed with brooms, brushes, dustcarts, graffiti cleaning equipment and hedgecutters, and converging on local streets for a concerted clean up.

7 Feb 2014

Flooding - be aware and stay safe

I'm a curious fellow and just checked out the flood warnings for Reading.  The below screen shot shows the warnings and alerts for Reading.  This does include parts of Battle ward.

Taken from the Environment Agency website at 22:40 on February 7 2014

You can can check up to date information here: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/142151.aspx

Or call the Floodline on 0345 988 1188

Please do not take any risks.  My husband saw a cyclist attempt to cycle through a flood today and witnessed him be knocked from his bike.  He then struggled to recover as the waters were moving quickly and his bike was lost.  Several motorists have had to be rescued from floods recently too.

Exhibition and Activity Days at The Keep

OpenHand OpenSpace are having some activity days at The Keep on the Oxford Road. I am lucky to have been to have visited The Keep as they kindly hosted an Arts Forum meeting and Battle Community First, of which I am a panel member, granted them some money last year for a project. 

As an added bonus Friday 14 February happens to be an inset day for my sons school - activity sorted!

Please share far and wide so lots of people get the chance to enjoy OpenHand OpenSpace.

OpenHand OpenSpace

Exhibition and Activity Days at The Keep
Friday 14 and Saturday 15 February 2014
10am - 3pm, all welcome, free entry

Come and see what goes on inside this great historical building.
Have a record made of your visit, take part in a variety of activities
and let us know what art and heritage events you would like to attend here.

Exhibition of archives and recent projects
Meet OpenHand OpenSpace artists.
Have a portrait photo taken
A romantic Valentine's one if desired.
See previous photographs on our website.
Photographs & recordings
Bring your First World War memorabilia and stories
to be photographed and recorded.
Guided tours of The Keep
Children's art activities

OpenHand OpenSpace
The Keep, 571 Oxford Road, Reading RG30 5HL
Free Parking
Buses: 15, 16, 17

0118 959 7752