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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.

Work will include street sweeping, verge edging, gulley emptying, weeding, tree pruning and clearing vegetation.

A schedule of works detailing the streets and alleyways being targeted as part of the ‘Love Clean Reading’ blitz has been drawn up. Signs notifying residents that work in their neighbourhood is imminent will go up one week before the works start. Temporary parking suspensions will be necessary in some instances for the deep clean to take place.

Once work is complete, residents and local businesses will then be sent a feedback form to get their views on how effective the work was.

A total of 23 streets have already been deep cleaned throughout January as part of the initial trial of the ’Love Clean Reading’ scheme. By the time the project is complete the total figure is expected to reach 134 streets. As always, scheduling is weather dependent and may be subject to change.

Liz Terry, Lead Councillor for Neighbourhoods at Reading Borough Council, said: 

“This is the sort of work the Council carries out on a regular basis across all of our neighbourhoods. What is different this time is that we have been able to organise teams so they get to work in neighbourhoods all at the same time, which means local residents and traders should be able to see a real difference in how clean and tidy their streets are.
“Many people judge whether their Council is doing a good job or not by stepping outside their front door looking at how clean and tidy their street. That is what every survey tells us and the Love Clean Reading initiative aims to make a real difference.
“Council teams have been out and about over recent weeks trialling the project in various areas and the feedback from people so far has been good. The real work starts today however and over the next three months the Council will be visiting more than 100 other streets. I hope that local residents will soon be able to see for themselves the effect the cleaning teams are having.”

The work being carried out by the Council as part of the Love Clean Reading initiative is in addition to the Council’s regular street cleaning and maintenance programme.

‘Love Clean Reading’ is also the name of the free phone app launched by Reading Borough Council last year which allows people to report things like litter, graffiti, flytipping or dog mess direct to the Council whilst they are out and about. Photos are sent via the app to the Streetcare Team who in turn will then send the member of public confirmation of receipt and, when it has been attended to, a photograph or update of the cleaned up area.'

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