Matt Rodda for Reading East

Standing up for Reading

Some December news


Katesgrove Surgery, Sheltered Housing for Older People, Community Garden, Litter clean up

Rose Williams and I held a councillors surgery on 5th December in Katesgrove and met local volunteers who run the Whitley Pump community website. It was interesting to talk about local issues including planning and the environment.

It was good to be able to help in Hexham estate on 6th December with local Labour councillors Tony Jones, Jan Gavin and David Absolom together with other councillors and helpers from across Reading.

Residents were pleased to be able to talk to their councillors about a range of local issues despite the poor weather.

Plans to build much needed new sheltered housing for older people were passed at the council's planning committee on Wednesday 9th December.

The scheme will make use of a derelict site on the corner of Crown Street and Silver Street and will provide around 100 flats for pensioners.

 This is the latest of a series of developments which offer more sheltered housing for older people and is part of the council's commitment to supporting people in need.

As well as supporting more sheltered housing for pensioners I'm also interested in seeing whether a small community garden might be provided as part of the redevelopment of the Crown Street/Silver Street site.

I raised this in the planning meeting and I'm hoping to talk to the developer about whether some land may be set aside for this purpose.

There has been a long standing interest in a community garden in Katesgrove, which I and my council colleagues, Rose Williams and Sophia James have been supporting.

We think it is really important for local people who live near the town centre to have some green space.We are also keen to support community activity and appreciate the vital role it plays in bringing people together. We have organised community clean ups and we are strong supporters of the Katesgrove Community Association which carries out an enormous amount of valuable work.

Thanks to Labour councillors and their team who cleaned up litter in the Cowsey on 13th December despite the weather.



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