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Council Agree To Build Two New Swimming Pools In Reading

Council Agree To Build Two New Swimming Pools In Reading

Reading Council last night agreed the successful leisure provider awarded the contract to operate Reading’s leisure services. At the Council’s Policy Committee on Monday 20th January, councillors agreed to award Greenwich Leisure Ltd (GLL) the 25-year contract to design, build, operate and run Reading’s leisure service, as part of the Council’s commitment to invest over […]

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Brookside Surgery Using Physician Associates For Same Day Mental Health Appointments

Brookside Surgery Using Physician Associates For Same Day Mental Health Appointments

A GP surgery in Berkshire has been able to improve waiting times for acute mental health appointments, by appointing Physician Associates to relieve the burden on doctors. The Brookside Surgery in Reading is currently able to provide same-day appointments for patients experiencing poor mental health, cutting waiting times by up to four days and ensuring […]

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MERL Starts 2020 With Award Win And Grant Funding

MERL Starts 2020 With Award Win And Grant Funding

The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) has kicked off 2020 by being named as one of the top tourist attractions in the south and the recipient of a cultural grant. The MERL was awarded a Bronze Award in the Small Visitor Attraction of the Year category at Tourism South’s Beautiful South Awards last month. […]

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Kennetside Strengthening – Latest Phase Complete

Kennetside Strengthening – Latest Phase Complete

The latest phase of an important engineering project to strengthen the Kennetside retaining wall is now complete. Around 50 metres of the wall near the Fisherman’s Cottage pub has been repaired and strengthened. It is the third phase of the Council’s on-going programme of work to strengthen a 1.3 kilometre stretch of the Kennetside retaining […]

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Reading Art For Research Closing Soon

Reading Art For Research Closing Soon

There is still time for Reading’s budding young artists to sign up for the first annual Art for Research competition. Art for Research Reading aims to showcase the talents of the town’s children and young people through a public exhibition, while raising money for Cancer Research UK. Entrants Entrants are asked to create a piece […]

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Reading University Research Finds “The pursuit of happiness can end up leading to depression”

Reading University Research Finds “The pursuit of happiness can end up leading to depression”

Focusing too much on the need to enjoy experiences may be contributing to depressive symptoms according to a new study. The paper, published in the Journal of Happiness Studies suggests that placing too much value in feeling happy has the effect of reducing the ability to enjoy experiences. The team from the University of Reading […]

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Reading Abbey Project Revealed – Earmarked for National Design Award

Reading Abbey Project Revealed – Earmarked for National Design Award

The Reading Abbey Project – Revealed has been shortlisted for one of Europe’s most important and prestigious awards. Reading Borough Council’s Reading Abbey Revealed was named as a successful 2020 National Civic Trust AABC Conservation Awards project in December 2019. The project was shortlisted as a South East Regional Finalist in November 2019. The project […]

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Reading Transport Survey Report

Reading Transport Survey Report

The results of Reading’s biggest ever public consultation on the future of transport in the town have now been published. Over the summer, the Council asked residents, businesses, organisations and interest groups how they would go about tackling Reading’s future transport challenge. The consultation had a particular focus on congestion, poor air quality and meeting the […]

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Local Woodland Volunteers Sort For Project

Local Woodland Volunteers Sort For Project

Volunteers are being sought to help improve local woodlands, as part of a three and a half year conservation project launching in the New Year. Three of Reading’s wildlife havens will benefit from the conservation work run by The Conservation Volunteers’ Woodland Improvement Team (WIT). Conservation Starting In New Year The conservation work, which will […]

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Reading Bus Trips Up On Previous Year

Reading Bus Trips Up On Previous Year

Reading is again bucking the national trend with 900,000 more bus trips last year, bringing the total up to 22.5 million trips. While bus use went down 0.7% across England in 2018/19, in Reading it rose by 4.2%. Total bus trips in the rest of Berkshire totalled 13.7m, an increase of 2.2%. The figures mean bus […]

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