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School funding is being cut - there's little doubt about that.  Funding changes and increased costs mean schools in Reading have less mo...

26 Aug 2014

Road resurfacing in Battle!

Work is due to start on resurfacing several roads in Battle ward.  I know residents of Kensington Road will be pleased as they have contacted me asking for this work to be done.  It is part of a £368,000 project being carried out by Reading Borough Council.

Below is a list of the roads being resurfaced and the dates they are due to be done.  These dates may change due to weather conditions etc.

Kensington Road: Surfacing work starts on the Thursday, September 11, and is expected to take one day. Road-marking is due to be carried out approximately seven days later when ironworks will also be raised. The road will be closed during surfacing work with temporary parking restrictions in force.

Mason Street: Surfacing work will start on Saturday, September 13, and is expected to take one day. Road-marking is due to be carried out approximately seven days later when ironworks will also be raised. The road will be closed during surfacing work with temporary parking restrictions in force.

Edinburgh Road: Surfacing work will start on Saturday, September 13, and is expected to take one day. Road-marking is due to be carried out approximately seven days later when ironworks will also be raised. The road will be closed during surfacing work with temporary parking restrictions in force.

Wilton Road: Surfacing work will start on Sunday, September 14, and is expected to take one day. Road-marking is due to be carried out approximately seven days later when ironworks will also be raised. The surfacing work will be carried out under a road closure with temporary parking restrictions in force.




20 Aug 2014

Deputy Mayor Diaries: Berkshire MS Therapy Centre 30th Anniversary

First off  I have to start with a confession.  Until today I had never visited the Berkshire MS Therapy Centre!  I have intended to go to one of their summer or Christmas fairs for ages but something always clashed.  I even watched the centre being built from my bedroom window but had never been inside.

Today I rectified this oversight as I was invited to attend the 30th anniversary afternoon tea celebration.  It was 30 years ago that the centre first opened in a Portakabin in Patrick Road and numbers have now swelled to over 1000!



The centre offers support, therapies and friendship to people diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)  throughout Berkshire.  Everyone I spoke to told me how useful, happy and helpful the centre is.  There were speeches from former MP, and the centres patron, Martin Salter, the former manager and current chair.  Sir John Madjeski was also there as he is a big supporter of the centre.

We were told that the centre is about to undergo a big refurbishment thanks to the hard work of fundraisers.

It was a great afternoon, smiling faces all round and here's to another 30 years!

The centre has beautiful gardens

3 Aug 2014

A Reading summer bucket list

One of the unexpected bonuses of being a councillor and, this year, Deputy Mayor, is you get to discover lots of new things about Reading.

I thought I was pretty clued up.  I won the Oxford Road Timebank's Reading quiz for example but my eyes are constantly being opened.  This has inspired me to create a summer bucket list:
The joy about most of these things is they are low cost or free!  Now to wait until they have both finished with chicken pox and we'll be off!