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  • Public Space Protection Order Consultation

    7 December 2017

    The Anti-Social Behaviour, Police and Crime Act 2014 introduced new powers for dealing with local neighbourhood issues. Public Spaces Protection Orders were introduced as one of the tools and are designed to improve public safety in a defined area. Reading Borough Council are seeking the views of local residents, business and agencies in relation to the proposed conditions to include in the PSPOs and the proposed area to be covered by the orders.

  • Council Tax Support Scheme Consultation

    6 December 2017 Council Tax Support Scheme Consultation

    Reading Borough Council continues to face the challenge of the most difficult budget position in its history. Demand for key Council services is rising at a time of unprecedented and sustained cuts in funding for Local Government nationally. RBC are now considering changes to their Council Tax Support Scheme for 2018 to identify further savings where they can. The Council will make a final decision at the end of February 2018.

  • Reading Borough’s new Local Plan – Third Consultation

    30 November 2017 Reading Borough’s new Local Plan – Third Consultation

    Reading Borough Council will launch the third and last part of a consultation into its Local Plan on Thursday, November 30. The document will act as a guide for development around the borough up to 2036. The consultation is set to last for eight weeks, ending on 26 January 2018, and can be found at

  • Help us understand more about loneliness: participate in our Focus Groups

    29 November 2017

    RVA are running a series of focus groups to understand more about how loneliness affects people in Reading. Your participation in these focus groups will help RVA and local voluntary organisations in the community understand more about how to respond to the needs and wishes of people in Reading, and ultimately help to reduce social isolation and loneliness locally.

  • Community Safety Survey

    26 November 2017 Community Safety Survey

    The purpose of this survey is to ask residents their views about issues such as crime and disorder, litter, parking, and anti-social behaviour amongst other local issues, to help identify priorities across Reading. The Safer Neighbourhood Forums are required to consult on priorities with a community safety focus every 2 years.

  • Are there any old lamp posts near you?

    25 November 2017 Are there any old lamp posts near you?

    Look at old pictures of street scenes in Reading and you will often see the familiar gas lamp on a silver painted cast iron column. In Reading these old columns were converted to electricity during the 20th century, and we are fortunate that some of them still survive today in the town’s older streets. The original gaslight columns were made by foundries in the town so are also an important part of our local history. Sadly the remaining cast iron lamp ...

  • Foster carers needed in Reading

    16 November 2017 Foster carers needed in Reading

    Reading Borough Council has made an urgent call for more foster carers, to keep Reading children living locally. RBC is asking for more people from all walks of life to explore the possibility of foster caring, so that children currently in care can enjoy the support, guidance and stability of a family life while continuing to live in Reading.

  • Join the RVA team in a new role – School and Parent Engagement

    15 November 2017

    Interested in joining RVA and becoming part of a small, supportive team, passionate about Reading and our communities? We are looking for a new team player to engage with parents, and support them to make the most of growing opportunities to return to education, training, employment or self-employment.

  • Get Berkshire Active Awards – get nominating!

    9 November 2017 Get Berkshire Active Awards – get nominating!

    The 6th annual Get Berkshire Active Awards will take place on Friday 23 February 2018. The awards will recognise the people that have excelled in a sport or physical activity setting throughout the last year. The Get Berkshire Active Awards are a celebration of the people and organisations that promote, volunteer, work, support and take part in all types of sport and physical activity within Berkshire.

  • Tilehurst Together – creating local connections

    8 November 2017

    Tilehurst Together brings local people together to support each other, make new connections, and get involved in community life. The number of members has been growing steadily since the launch in June, with the group meeting fortnightly at St Mary Magdalene’s Hall to try various activities. On alternate weeks we have a fortnightly walking group. Meeting at Tilehurst Surgery, we go for a short and gentle walk, followed by a cuppa at the Tylers Rest.