Conservatives Launch Manifesto for Local Elections  

Reading Conservatives have launched their local election manifesto for the 5th May elections with pledges to at least freeze Council Tax again next year and to investigate a discount for Reading’s pensioners. If Conservatives continue to lead the Council after the elections they will continue to remove unnecessary traffic lights, introduce a London-style cycle hire scheme and develop a network of voluntary “grit wardens” to tackle icy pavements in severe weather. More 20mph zones will be introduced where residents support them and powers will be pursued to allow the Council to tackle inconsiderate parking on pavements and cycle paths.

Conservative Candidate Calls for Traffic Lights to Go

Conservative Church ward candidate Geoff Poland has joined calls for the traffic lights at Shinfield Road to be removed. Geoff has written to the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) at Crowthorne to ask that as part of their review of the scheme, they recommend to the Council that both sets of lights should be removed.

Council Tax Freeze for Reading Residents‏

The Council Tax bills for the year ahead go out to residents over the next few days and the good news is that because Reading has a Conservative led Council, residents for the first time in the history of the Unitary Authority will not have an increase in their bill.

Cycling Courses for Reading Schoolchildren

More Reading children than ever before are to be offered the opportunity to take up national standard cycle training, thanks to an extension of 'Bikeability' courses available over the coming year.

More Traffic Lights Face the Axe

Two more sets off traffic lights will be switched off over the next fortnight as Reading Borough Council’s major review of traffic signals across the town continues.