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Defend Our Grammar Schools, says Rob Wilson in Westminster Debate

Rob Wilson, MP for Reading East, spoke passionately during a parliamentary debate on grammar schools yesterday, making the case to Schools Minister Nick Gibb for their continuation and deploring the “democratic deficit” that opened up in Reading when moves were made to abolish them. Rob’s call came during a Westminster Hall debate at which he gave an account of the local battle to save Reading and Kendrick Schools from an anonymous group of just 10 residents, who attempted to trigger a ballot on the schools’ future earlier this year.

Conservatives challenge Labour to freeze Council Tax

At  last night’s Cabinet meeting Conservative Councillors welcomed the Chancellor’s announcement offering a council tax grant that equates to an average 2.5% Council tax increase provided that Reading’s Labour administration choose to freeze Council Tax.

Labour’s Council Tax Dilemma

The Chancellor’s announcement on 3rd October that local authorities will be funded to extend the council tax freeze for a second year presents a significant challenge to Reading’s Labour minority administration.

Conservatives win council support for an LGBT Centre in Reading

On Tuesday 18th October Conservative Cllr Tim Harris received unanimous cross-party support for his motion asking that Reading Borough Council assist with a £10,000 grant to enable the establishment of a local Lesbian Gay Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) support centre.

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Call to enhance the individuality of Reading through reducing business rates

On Tuesday 18th October Cllr Tim Harris of the Conservative group will put a motion to address the issue of being a clone town. The Conservatives will call for the council to investigate how RBC can use business rates to enhance the individuality of Reading through reducing business rates for local smaller, unique shops, bars, restaurants and other businesses.

Conservative support for Centre for LGBT Community

On Tuesday 18th October Conservative Cllr Tim Harris will propose a motion calling on Reading Borough Council to assist with the establishment of a local Lesbian Gay Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) support centre.

New school secured for Reading East

Yesterday there was great news for young people in Reading. After years of underprovision of school places under Labour’s rule the Secretary of State for Education’s announced in the House of Commons that a new school will be opened in East Reading. The school will be a new University Technical College catering for 14-19 year olds and will be on Crescent Road.

Immediate, temporary change to Number 22 Bus

As from, Saturday 8th October, the Number 22 Bus route will change temporarily to the originally registered route via Oakley Road until Wednesday 9th November. This means the 3 bus stops in Albert Road between The Mount and the junction with Highmoor Road will not be served.  This is particularly undesirable for residents with mobility problems trying to access the Albert Road Day Centre.
Reading Buses has been forced into this change upon instructions from the Traffic Commissioner for the Western Traffic Area.