|DfE / Kier's plan of improvement works to MPF's car park|
Thursday, 25 February 2021
Sunday, 14 February 2021
|UWA's dip February 2021|
After years of lobbying for Upper Warren Avenue's (UWA's) deteriorating tarmac to be resurfaced, finally in November 2020 contractors carried out the work. Within days though, following heavy rain which pooled in the bottom of UWA's dip, the new tarmac surface started to break up.
|Late November 2020 (facing east)|
I have raised the issue several times with officers and they have confirmed that the surface will be resurfaced in Spring. I however want to ensure that the drainage problems are sorted out first to give the new tarmac a decent lifespan. It simply is not good enough for it to break up within days of being laid.
|Mid-November 2020 (after dark)|
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Sunday, 3 January 2021
Copied below is TVP's statement:
Murder Investigation Under Way After 13-Year-Old Boy Dies In Stabbing In Reading
Thames Valley Police has this evening (3/1) launched a murder investigation following the death of a 13-year-old boy in Emmer Green, Reading.
Officers were called at 3.50pm to reports of a stabbing in Bugs Bottom fields, near to St Barnabas Road, Gravel Hill, Emmer Green.
Tragically, a 13-year-old boy died of his injuries at the scene.
The victim’s next of kin are aware and are being supported by specially trained officers, but at present, no formal identification has taken place.
No arrests have currently been made.
Senior Investigating Officer Detective Superintendent Kevin Brown, head of Thames Valley Police’s Major Crime Unit, said: “This is a fast-moving and dynamic investigation, which is ongoing.
“We are in the very early stages of this investigation, but we believe that the victim was attacked by two or three males, who made off after the incident in the direction of Hunters Chase.
“There will be a very considerable police presence in the area of St Barnabus Road and Gravel Hill for a number of days, and we have a very large scene-watch in place.
“I would appeal to anybody who was in Gravel Hill this afternoon and believes that they witnessed anything that could help this investigation to please make contact with police if you have not already done so.
“This is an area that is used extensively by dog walkers, and I believe that there will have been witnesses to this dreadful incident, or who may have seen the offenders leaving the area quickly.
“I would ask anybody who was driving or cycling in the area and has either a dash-cam or a head-cam to please check the footage between 3pm and 4.30pm, and get in touch if it has captured anything that may assist this investigation.
“Similarly, many families walk in the area, and so if anybody has taken photographs within the area around that time to please check these and contact us if you have picked up anything suspicious.
“I would also be keen to hear from anybody with CCTV footage in the area, please can you check this and again contact us with anything that may be able to help us in this investigation.
“You can call the 24-hour number 101, quoting incident reference 1069 of 3 January or call the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111.
“This is a tragic and shocking incident which has resulted in the death of a young boy. We have specially trained Family Liaison Officers supporting the boy’s family and the thoughts of all of us within the force are with them at this extremely distressing time.”
Local policing area commander for Reading, Superintendent Nick John, added: “This is a shocking incident, and I would like to re-assure the community that we are working tirelessly to locate the offenders and bring them into custody.
“Naturally, this incident will cause huge concern in the local community, and I fully understand those concerns.
“I would like to re-assure the community that we are leaving no stone unturned in this investigation and we have deployed a large number of police officers and staff to the area.
“If you have any concerns or any information, please do not hesitate to speak to one of them.
“We are in the very early stages of this ongoing incident, and I can assure you all that we are working to ascertain what has happened and arrest anybody suspected of being involved.
“We have a strong local community, and I would encourage anybody who has any information that would help us to locate the offenders, please contact us, and you can do so in the strictest confidence.”
Monday, 21 December 2020
Reading Borough Council (RBC) has announced today recycling information covering the Christmas period.
RBC will be operating Christmas tree collection centres across the borough between 4 January and 22 January. Residents can take their trees to 3 designated areas north of the river located in the car parks at:
- Albert Road Recreation Ground
- Clayfield Copse
- Hills Meadow
Trees left at the above collection points will be chipped and used in a range of landscaping schemes across the borough. Another way to dispose of your Christmas tree is to chop it up and put it in your green bin if you subscribe to the garden waste collection scheme. Alternatively residents can book a slot at the re3 recycling centre and take it there.
Please note that there will not be a collection point at Mapledurham Playing Fields! I've asked officers to put up notices as soon as possible so last year's debacle can be avoided.
Civic Amenity Site
The Recycling Centre in Island Road, Reading, will be open between 8am and 6pm over the festive period except on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day when it will be closed. Also, it will be open between 8am-4pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
Changes to collection days
As usual, bin collection days will change over the holiday period and it is possible to check the revised dates here.
Garden waste collections due on Friday 25th December will take place on Tuesday 29th December. The Garden Waste Service will then be suspended until week commencing 11th January, when collections will take place one day later than your normal collection day.
Wednesday, 21 October 2020
Scammers are sending emails which are quite convincing. It's always worth taking a couple of minutes to check the details before risking pressing anything within an email.
Sunday, 11 October 2020
|- The sun will rise tomorrow -|
An early swim before work helps me
Sunday, 4 October 2020
I took lots of photos when I was shown around Mapledurham Pavilion last month by Andy Lockwood - Reading Borough Council's officer who has been doing an excellent job overseeing the refurbishment works.
Sadly due to covid restrictions it is unlikely the council will be opening it for lettings until the New Year. A virtual meeting of the Mapledurham Playing Fields Management Committee is being held on 13 October. Progress of the Pavilion's refurbishment and the re-profiling of the Playing Fields will be discussed as well as other matters such as parking. Members of the public will be able to register to observe the meeting (contact me for further details).
This photo of the Pavilion's new roof, was taken on my visit to The Heights' construction site earlier in September.
|Pavilion's impressive new roofs viewed from on top of The Heights|
(the school's scaffolding in the foreground)
|Kitchen's external hatchway/window and door|
to playing fields. Part-clad wall
|Doorways to football changing rooms|
(both ends of the western elevation)
|View of both changing rooms|
(partition wall yet to go in)
|View of the main hall from what will be the kitchen hatch|
|Doorway along widened corridor to ancillary rooms (store room|
on LH, kitchen RH side, WCs + 2 mtg rooms and Tennis Club's room)
|Kitchen viewed from main hall through hatchway. Kitchen |
units/appliances yet to be finalised and installed
(white door to Tennis Club's room visible in the distance)
|Lamps to the side of the footpath from the Pavilion to Chazey Road|
(avenue of trees yet to be planted this Autumn)