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Reading Borough Council has published a draft Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document for consultation – the deadline for responding is 17:00 on Friday 13 November 2020. The Affordable Housing SPD provides detailed guidance on how the Council will secure contributions towards affordable housing from new developments. It gives detail on meeting policies H3 (Affordable Housing) and H4 (Build to Rent Schemes) of the Reading Borough Local Plan, adopted in November 2019.
We are sad to hear of the passing of one of Reading’s great community champions. Roger Williams was a well-loved figure in Reading’s voluntary sector, and a tireless campaigner for tenant participation and neighbourhood involvement. Roger’s energy and willingness to help always seemed to be boundless, at times even when he was unwell, and we have lost count of the number of organisations that he helped over the years – as a trustee and making use of his career in accountancy ...
As you would imagine, things have changed a lot for the Get Online project this year. It seems like a very long time since we had our last chance to offer one-to-one support sessions at libraries and community venues, and at the moment we don’t know when we’ll be able to return. However, we’re still open for business, just operating remotely.
Reading International Solidarity Centre is pleased to announce the opening of Global Refills—Reading town centre’s first zero waste shop. Global Refills comes as a response to our concern over the excess plastic being used during the Covid crisis, and its impact on the environment. The team at RISC has steadily been working to repurpose the back of the Global Café for this venture, using reclaimed wood wherever possible.
There have been a number of announcements from the government in the last week. Here is a summary of the key changes that may affect your charity or community group. The situation continues to evolve so please continue to check for updates or contact RVA’s Advice Service for specific advice if you are unsure. New legal duty to self-isolate now in force – This new legal duty to self-isolate came into force from Monday 28 September 2020.
Who’s getting excited? Not long to go now until this year’s town meal. We are pleased to announce that RG2 radio will be broadcasting the event live from Reading College for everyone to tune into at 12:00-14:30 Saturday 3 October. Don’t forget to sign up at https://readingtownmeal.com/registrationform if you haven’t already to receive a town meal recipe card and activity packs delivered to your doorstep.
Normally on 1 October Reading celebrates the United Nations Day of Older People. This year it will not be possible to hold the usual events, so there will be some online offers instead. Memory project – The aim of the Older People’s Day 2020 Memory Project is to capture a snapshot of this unique time and how it affected the older people of Reading.
The Vital for Berkshire Coronavirus Fund is now open for applications. Funds allocated to Berkshire through the National Emergencies Trust Appeal for Coronavirus, together with the support they have received for their Vital for Berkshire – Coronavirus Appeal, are available for grants to be allocated to local charities, community and voluntary groups working to help people affected by the crisis in Berkshire.
In the interests of reaching as many residents as possible with important coronavirus safety messages, Reading Borough Council now have a webpage that brings together locally produced information and signposting to national resources in different languages: www.reading.gov.uk/coronavirus-translations. They have created an easy-access version of the national coronavirus test and isolate messages with an infographic that is available to download and use on social media or online.
The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust is beginning a major modernisation of its services and buildings involving the investment of hundreds of millions of pounds over the course of the next ten years. They want to work with local residents to create a new hospital, fit for the 21st century. Take part in the survey: Go the the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust website (www.royalberkshire.nhs.uk) and click ‘Building Berkshire Together’ on the left-hand side.