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Fly-tipping incidents have increased in Reading West

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Residents have been asking for zero tolerance approach to those who dump rubbish illegally for quite a few years.

Sadly things are getting worse and there has been a huge spike in fly-tipping in some parts of the UK (Reading included) during the coronavirus lockdown.

In Reading west (Battle Ward) the figures have increased dramatically over the last two months, with more than 30 cases (34 to be precise) during the months of April and May.

Looking at Love Clean Reading reports in April there were 18 incident alone & the rest happened in May, more than doubled, compared to the previous month, when only 7 incidents were reported in March.

One of the few reasons for the increase is commercial operators avoiding their legal responsibilities to dispose of their waste which costs them money. However, in Reading West, most of the incidents seems to be household fly-tipping.

Fly-tipping is illegal and some residents do not feel that the council makes any efforts to catch those responsible. It seems that their focus is on businesses when it should be in households. “Reading Borough Council should encourage or force residents to take responsibility for their waste” an Elm Park Road resident said.

Fly-tipping is an increasing social problem. Household or Commercial fly-tipping is becoming not only a social problem but also a huge financial headache for the residents that have to desl with the wadte that ends up on their property. Preventing fly-tipping works for the good of the local residents and the community.

You can use our report form or Love Clean Reading app to report.

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Reading west MP travels to 30 nations in 7 months but hasn’t isolated once

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The Reading West MP, President for COP26 (the next annual UN climate change conference) and Minister of State at the Cabinet Office Alok Sharma has travelled to 30 countries this year, including at least six on the red list, without having to isolate.

While many of you have spent time quarantine at expensive hotels set up by the government, Sharma, the MP for Reading West, has been given a ministerial exemption from hotel quarantine after every trip, while ordinary travellers face fines of £10,000 for such breaches.

This is one again and example of the “one rule for them” culture that members of the cabinet enjoy under PM Boris Johnson’s leadership.

Others have also questioned why at least some meetings couldn’t been done virtually – which would have also helped to reduce greenhouse emissions.

It seem to us that the double standards in a failing traffic light system poorly planned with little common sense has resulted in ministers not bothering to comply under a status justification.

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Reading Festival 2021: Who is headlining, when is it and where is it?

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The full line up for Reading and Leeds Festival has been announced.

We found out everything you need to know about the Reading’s biggest festival event in no just in our town but in all Berskshire.

When is it?
The Reading & Leeds music festival takes place at both sites over the August bank holiday weekend, from Friday August 27 to Sunday August 29

Campers with early pass entry can get into the site on Wed 22 Aug 2018, 18:00 to find the best spot to pitch up your tent.

Where is the Reading festival site?
The Reading site is in the centre of Reading and is held on Little John’s Farm, Richfield Avenue.
There will be shuttle buses available for festival-goers running from Reading train station to Richfield Avenue.

Who is headlining?
This year’s headliners are…

The six headliners are Stormzy, Liam Gallagher, Post Malone, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Disclosure and Queens Of The Stone Age.

Other acts include big names such as AJ Tracey, Doja Cat, Lewis Capaldi, Mabel and Two Door Cinema Club.

Meanwhile fans can also look forward to performances from Ashnikko, DaBaby and Fever 333, Madison Beer, MK and 100 Gecs.

Where to buy tickets
I am afraid tickets for Reading 2021 are sold out.

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Battle Library Reopens next week!

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Battle Library reopens next week! The library is due to reopen next Tue 6 April, initially for 9 hours per week (Tuesday 1-5, Friday 10-12, Saturday 10-1).

Working in line with current national safety guidance, from 6 April, Battle Library will offer:

📚 Returns – to entrance when the library is open, book drop when closed.
📗 Order and collect (book online at https://www.reading.gov.uk/leisure/libraries/libraries-reopening/ or via 0118 937 5950) – you can order specific or a general collection of items
💻 Limited computer bookings (via 0118 937 5950)

Visitors to the library will be reminded to follow safety precautions, including the wearing of masks inside the building and for the use of computers, test and trace registration will be required.

They will look to continue the planned phase of reopening of wider library services where possible and with safety at the forefront of all our plans. The Library Service hopes to confirm the reopening details for its other branch libraries at Whitley, Southcote and Palmer Park shortly.

Book drops are currently available at Central, Caversham – and shortly at Battle library – and no fines are being charged.

The Library Service’s popular e-service continues to be available. Over the past year, we have had 2,623 people join the service and They’ve issued a staggering 65,000 eResources!

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