Friday, 31 July 2009
Thursday, 30 July 2009
Tuesday, 28 July 2009
Unable to protect children from harm
Failing to provide school places for every child
Not ready to run a general election
Failing to meet fire safety regulations
Failing to keep within budget
Unable to maintain and service delivery from the Civic Centre
Failing to deal with projected cash shortages expected in the public sector.
This is pretty damning for the Labour Party who have been running Reading many years. However, if they wanted to the Lib Dems and Tories could get together and run the Council themselves -- as Labour do not have a majority -- but they are reluctant to do this as it is far easier to be out of power and criticise the Council.
Saturday, 25 July 2009
Monday, 20 July 2009
Overall it was brilliant. Healthy turnout (maybe 40-50 at times, ish? I find it hard to judge crowds...), wonderful community spirit, great food, drink, chairs, marque etc etc. The band were great!
I think everyone who did anything towards it deserve a massive thanks! The band (Black Diamonds/Colm/Peter), providers of food/drink/materials(chairs, marque etc), organisers, leafleters, photographers, the two girls who made and put lots of effort into the petition, the fishermans cottage, etc etc, all are stars.
My girlfriend took loads of photo's so we'll send them through asap, should get photos up on the website etc. We will fwd them especially to Bernie/media group etc so that a press report can be put together?
If there was any down side to today this was the only thing; as far as I could tell the press did not show up at all, so we will need to get photos and a report to them and press them to cover it.
But other than, damn good, thanks for a good day folks.
Monday, 13 July 2009
Community meetings and events -- 11
Council enquiries and requests for repairs -- 4
I attended the Traffic Management Advisory Panel to get some action on the dire parking situation in Newtown. I also went along to the Green City Forum -- which was very interesting -- to find out more about plans for Palmer Park.
Community meetings and work
It has been a busy month with lots of community events. Highlights included presenting certificates at the volunteer's party, the bike week critical mass organised by the Reading Cycle Campaign and a talk on Christianity and Islam at the Warehouse.
Residents' enquiries and requests for repairs
During the election period we picked up a few requests for action around noise and other issues.
The campaign that I have been putting most effort into recently is the one to Reopen the Jolly Anglers pub. I am on the events team and we are organising an awareness raising event this Sunday as part of the Big Lunch.
We have also been going door to door with the Palmer Park consultation to ensure people have heard about it and get it back to the Council in time.
Saturday, 11 July 2009
Emily asked me to plug this:
At The Ridgeline Trust Therapeutic Garden Site (top of Hamilton road).
Every Wednesday 11am – 4pm
Help save our local wildlife and develop the garden so that our local community can grow their own veg.
EVERYONE WELCOME, young children must have an adult to look after them as the plot is quite wild !
Call Emily for more information
Home number: 01183745562
Wednesday, 8 July 2009
Palmer Park is a really positive space in the local area. It provides sports, leisure and play facilities as well as habitat for wildlife. Following on from talking to residents, I submitted the following response to the Palmer Park consultation.
Answers to specific questions:
I am in favour of extending the play area, subject to consultations with the children who will use it.
I am not in favour of any net expansion of the number of parking spaces. I would like to see controls on the parking by the stadium to prevent abuse of this facility late at night.
I am in favour of moving the recycling as long as it remains visible.
I would like to see a fence along the Wokingham Road side of the park.
I would like to see the East Reading Adventure Playground Area fence removed or lowered.
I would like to see the toilet by the play area upgraded as it is a poor facility.
I would like to see a wildflower meadow between the stadium and railway track.
I would like to see the hedge, that was removed being replaced this autumn.
I would like to see a review into the blocked up toilets reopened as a cafe.
I would like to see a kids trail around the park, taking them between the play areas and other sections of interest.
I would like to see some history boards in the Park.
If the parking by St Bartholomew's Road is to be removed, I hope that the Council has considered the impact this will have on residents of the Road. The residents' parking may need to be extended.
Please keep me updated on the developments.