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More than 20 of Oxford Road food businesses don’t meet hygiene standards

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There are around 1,217 such establishments in Reading, according to the latest data from the Food Hygiene Standards Agency*, which includes restaurants, shops and takeaways as well as food manufacturers and distributors.

All food businesses are given a hygiene rating from zero to five, with a rating of at least three indicating they are broadly compliant with hygiene law.

Reading’s Ranking
Ranking 0 – 1 establishment
Ranking 1 – 42 establishments
Ranking 2 – 32 establishments
Ranking 3 – 107 establishments
Ranking 4 – 205 establishments
Ranking 5 – 730 establishments

Across Reading several establisements in have been hit with poor food hygiene ratings this year.

In total, 75 food outlets across the town have the scored between zero and two.

More than 20 Reading west businesses that handle food are failing to meet hygiene standards.

Ratings range from zero, meaning urgent improvement is necessary, to five, which means standards are very good.

Take a look below at every outlet given a 1 (Major improvement necessary) & 2 (Improvement necessary) food hygiene rating in Oxford Road (Reading west) since April, 2018.

*Food hygiene ratings are publicly available on the Food Standards Agency website and the following are correct as of October 1, 2019.

Ariana News
733 Oxford Road Reading
RG30 1JA
Food hygiene rating is ‘1’: Major improvement necessary
Last inspection: 08 July 2019

De Dora’s Lovely Fashion
273 Oxford Road Reading
RG1 7PY
Food hygiene rating is ‘1’: Major improvement necessary
Last inspection: 10 September 2019

Friendly Fry
940 Oxford Road Tilehurst Reading
RG30 6TJ
Food hygiene rating is ‘1’: Major improvement necessary
Last inspection: 13 March 2019

Hot Stuff
421 Oxford Road Reading
RG30 1HA
Food hygiene rating is ‘1’: Major improvement necessary
Last inspection: 17 April 2019

Malik Brothers Halal Meat at Best Foods
129-131 Oxford Road Reading
RG1 7UU
Food hygiene rating is ‘1’: Major improvement necessary
Last inspection: 27 December 2018

Mr Cod
543 Oxford Road Reading
RG30 1HJ
Food hygiene rating is ‘1’: Major improvement necessary
Last inspection: 12 August 2019

Oishi
314 Oxford Road
RG30 1AD
Food hygiene rating is ‘1’: Major improvement necessary
Recently inspected – new rating to be published soon
Last inspection: 16 October 2018
(Recently inspected – new rating to be published soon)

Perfect Fried Chicken
158 Oxford Road Reading
RG1 7PJ
Food hygiene rating is ‘1’: Major improvement necessary
Last inspection: 07 June 2019

Peri Peri Original (Reading West)
535 Oxford Road Reading
RG30 1HJ
Food hygiene rating is ‘1’: Major improvement necessary
Last inspection: 26 June 2019

Polish Delicatessen
324 Oxford Road Reading
RG30 1AF
Food hygiene rating is ‘1’: Major improvement necessary
Last inspection: 12 May

V & M Convenience Store
373 Oxford Road Reading
RG30 1HA
Food hygiene rating is ‘1’: Major improvement necessary
Last inspection: 28 April 2018

Amrutha Superstore
381 Oxford Road Reading
RG30 1HA
Food hygiene rating is ‘2’: Improvement necessary
Last inspection: 27 April 2019

Butts Convenience Stores
205 Oxford Road Reading
RG1 7BX
Food hygiene rating is ‘2’: Improvement necessary
Last inspection: 18 May 2019

China Palace
43-45 Oxford Road Reading Berkshire
RG1 7QG
Food hygiene rating is ‘2’: Improvement necessary
Last inspection: 12 March 2019

Hewad Store
774 Oxford Road Reading
RG30 1EL
Food hygiene rating is ‘2’: Improvement necessary
Last inspection: 19 May 2018

Kobeda Palace
409 Oxford Road Reading
RG30 1HA
Food hygiene rating is ‘2’: Improvement necessary
Last inspection: 14 August 2019

Maame Sika Finger Licking Kitchen
431 Oxford Road Reading
RG30 1HD
Food hygiene rating is ‘2’: Improvement necessary
Last inspection: 31 May 2019

Mr Cod
176 Oxford Road Reading
RG1 7PL
Food hygiene rating is ‘2’: Improvement necessary
Last inspection: 30 November 2018

Pal Food and Wine
397 Oxford Road Reading
RG30 1HA
Food hygiene rating is ‘2’: Improvement necessary
Last inspection: 23 June 2019

Pizza House
80 Oxford Road Reading
RG1 7LJ
Food hygiene rating is ‘2’: Improvement necessary
Last inspection: 24 July 2019

The White Eagle
344a Oxford Road Reading
RG30 1AQ
Food hygiene rating is ‘2’: Improvement necessary
Last inspection: 13 September 2018

Viktoria Cake Shop
423 Oxford Road Reading
RG30 1HA
Food hygiene rating is ‘2’: Improvement necessary
Last inspection: 30 August 2019

Wan Choi
611 Oxford Road Reading
RG30 1HL
Food hygiene rating is ‘2’: Improvement necessary
Last inspection: 02 June 2018

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Climate Emergency: Reading Borough Council not commit to double its tree count

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We’re facing a climate emergency but Reading Borough Council won’t commit.

Reading Borough Council has NOT committed to increasing biodiversity in the town and last night we found out that we won’t join Oxford, Bristol, Bath and others and commit to doubling tree cover.

Trees help to protect the climate, improve air quality, support more wildlife, reduce flood risk and improve people’s well-being. This briefing, compiled by Friends of the Earth’s Trees campaigning team, details how councils can access land and money to double local tree cover.

In order to tackle the climate emergency and reach net zero emissions as early as possible, the UK needs to double woodland cover, according to research by Friends of the Earth and the Centre for Alternative Technology.

By publicly supporting a target to double local tree cover, councils can send a strong signal to the government to unlock more funding for trees, and encourage local landowners to grow more trees.

Many local authorities – including rural and urban councils controlled by the Conservatives, Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party – have already publicly announced a goal of doubling local tree cover and are devising plans to access money and land to deliver it. Here are a few examples:

  • Bath & North East Somerset has announced plans to double woodland cover across the district.
  • Bristol City Council committed to double tree canopy cover by 2045 as part its One City Plan .
  • Hackney Council has plans to double on-street canopy cover and plant 30,000 trees in parks and green spaces.
  • Leeds City Council approved a report calling on tree canopy cover to be almost doubled across the local authority area.
  • Oxford City Council has publicly supported doubling tree cover across Oxfordshire.
  • South Gloucestershire has pledged to double tree cover by 2030 by working with landowners across the local authority area.
  • Wirral Council has pledged to “at least double Wirral’s tree coverage by 2030”.

Call on your councillors to double tree cover

Councils often control large expanses of land with plenty of space for more trees. So will you ask your councillors to commit to doubling tree cover in your area?

Please click the link below & fill the form, it’ll only take a minute. You can personalise it if you want to have even more impact.

Call on your councillors to double tree cover

Let’s double tree cover and create a better future for people and wildlife.

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The millions of pounds of parking profits Reading Council has made in just one year

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Many local authorities see drivers as a “wallet on wheels”, and has accused some councils of using parking fees to plug budget gaps according The AA.
The new figures from Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government data may seems to verify that statement.

Berkshire authority Total expenditure Total income Net income
Reading £3,623,000 £8,230,000 £4,607,000

Reading council raked in more than £4 million in parking profits last year.

Off-street parking, such as council-run car parks, made the most profit last year, at £2.7 million.

The rest came from on-street parking.

Total income from both on- and off-street parking activity was £8.2 million in 2018-19.

Total expenditure was £3.6m. Additionally, councils may incur interest payments or depreciation on their capital assets such as car parks, though this is not accounted for in these official figures.

The difference between the two – £4.6m – is the surplus or profit.

This is 6% more than the £4.0m made in the previous financial year (2017-18). It is also 11% higher than the £782m surplus that the councils themselves had budgeted for.

Parking charges in Reading went up this year, as the council took back control of eight car parks from operator NCP.

Reading Borough Council is also ending free parking in various streets around the town, which has been met with chagrin by drivers.

And it issued a total of 48,240 penalty charges in 2018/19.

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Changes to residency checks at the Recycling Centres as of February 2020

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Make sure to bring proof of residency when visiting re3 Recycling Centres
As of 1st February 2020, residents visiting re3 Recycling Centres will be required to present a document that identifies them as residents of the re3 area: Bracknell Forest, Reading or Wokingham Boroughs. Residents are urged to note that the windscreen stickers will no longer be accepted as proof of residency.

The re3 windscreen stickers will not longer be accepted as proof of residency.

The re3 windscreen stickers were introduced in 2016 to enable Meet and Greet staff to positively identify resident of Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham Boroughs. They were issued to over 180,000 households but any residents who moved to the area at a later stage or lost their permit have been asked to bring an alternative proof of residency instead.

The windscreen permits are already being used by fewer visitors and, to save the cost of reprinting and distributing new permits, the councils are asking residents to use commonly held documents to demonstrate they are from the re3 area.

Full list of acceptable forms of ID as of 1st February 2020:
Driving licence
Current council tax bill
Utility bill, bank or credit card statement (issued no more than four months prior to the date of visit)
Bracknell Forest resident e+ card
Photocard bus pass issued by a re3 council
Valid blue badge or residents’ parking permit issued by a re3 council

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