Thursday, 17 May 2018

Cintra Park Upgrade

Work started this week on a £70,000 upgrade in Cintra Park.

The multi-use games area at Cintra Park which opened in July 2006 has now reached the end of its life and is to be refurbished. As well as a new surface, new perimeter fencing will also be installed and the floodlighting will be inspected.

The work  will be carried out the work during May and June, thus avoiding the football season and the school summer holidays. Regular hirers should not be affected by the five week closure as alternative pitches will be offered. It is anticipated that the courts will be open to coincide with the start of Wimbledon.

In addition, the bark chippings in the play area will be replaced by a wetpour/rubber surface. This will reduce maintenance costs as there will no longer be an annual top up required. In addition a new large basket style swing to replace the rotating unit.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Redlands Public Surgery Today

Councilllors David Absolom, Jan Gavin and Tony Jones hold public surgeries for residents in Redlands all the year round.

"Just Walk In" surgeries are held on the second Saturday of every month, alternately at St Lukes Parish Hall, Erleigh Road and at the Hexham Road Community Centre. 

Surgery hours are 10.30am until noon.

No appointment is necessary, and all discussions are confidential.

Today's surgery is at St Lukes Parish Hall, Erleigh Road.

We also undertake regular "street surgeries" on most other Saturdays in the year. This is where we deliver notices to you a day or two beforehand, then on the following Saturday morning, if you want to see us you all  you have to do is put up the "Please Call In" notice in your window.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Reading Education Leader To Stand Down

Councillor Tony Jones has overseen big improvements
Reading's lead member for Education, Councillor Tony Jones, has announced that he is to stand down from the role at the annual meeting of the council later this month.

Reflecting on his time at the helm of school education across the town Councillor Jones commented:

"When I took this role on in 2015 I said that I would only do it for three years and that time is now up. I made improving standards in schools my priority and I'm pleased to say that progress has been made, though faster and further in some areas than others. 

Reading was judged to be 149th out of 152 councils when I started, now we are a top 50 education authority. But we can never be complacent and there is still a lot more to do, so it is now time for someone else to take up the challenge and move things on to another level. 

I am immensely grateful for all the support I have received from council staff and, in particular, I would like to thank the many school heads, teachers and governors, who face the on-going daily challenges of school under-funding while trying to recruit and hang-on to good classroom staff in an area of high housing costs, yet are crucial to bringing good education to the town's children. They have my sincere admiration."