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Top 10 Things to do and see in Reading (Secret Reading)

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Oracle Shopping Centre
The Oracle Shopping Centre is perhaps the favourite place for students to visit in Reading. With lots of shops inside the Oracle and bars and restaurants on the riverside, it’s a must for those who enjoy browsing, spending and relaxing. There’s more to Reading though than the Oracle as you’ll find out here.

University of Reading
Whiteknights campus Reading is fortunate among universities in having such a large and green campus. The campus has all different natural landscapes from lake and woodland to meadow and garden. Take 20 minutes to walk beyond the Students’ Union and explore the wild campus and the Harris Gardens. You will find yourself in classic unspoilt English countryside where you can forget about the demands of being a student and just enjoy the nature and scenery.

Madjeski Stadium
In 2012 Reading Football Club won the Championship League, meaning they are now promoted into the Premiership playing all the top UK teams like Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool. These teams will all be coming to Reading town to play Reading FC at Madjeski Stadium. The stadium is also home to Reading’s Ruby club London Irish. To see sport at its best there’s no better place in Reading than Madjeski Stadium.
www.london-irish.com
www.readingfc.co.uk

Reading Museum and Abbey
Learn about Reading’s heritage. Reading Town Hall houses the Reading Museum, with 12 galleries of artefacts, exhibits and displays chronicling the history of Reading from back in the ice age, when the main inhabitants of Reading were gigantic woolly mammoths, through to the important industries that shaped modern Reading, such as biscuit making and brick making. Art exhibits are also housed here, it’s free to enter and after browsing at your leisure there’s also a café. In the museum you can learn about Reading Abbey in which the remains of King Henry I are buried. It is then only a short walk past Forbury Gardens to the remains of the Abbey in the Abbey ruins.

Shows, concerts and entertainment
Reading has a number of venues, the largest of which is The Hexagon. It is close to the Council Offices on Queens Walk and hosts many big name comedy acts as well as concerts of both pop and classical music and theatrical shows. Other venues in Reading include the Concert Hall at the Town Hall and 21 South Street each hosting an array of different events. To see what’s on and to book tickets look at the Reading Arts web site: www.readingarts.com

Cinema
The cinema most students visit is Vue at the Oracle. However, Showcase Cinema at Loddon Bridge is another cinema in Reading and is bigger with 14 screens and often a larger selection of films. If you or a friend have an Orange mobile on Wednesdays there is a 2-for- 1 promotion at either cinema and as a teenager you can get 20% off at any time at Vue cinema. See web sites for more details: www.showcasecinemas.co.uk/locations/reading
www.myvue.com/cinemas/about-vue-cinemas/cinema/reading

The Reading wind turbine
With blades reaching 123 m high, the wind turbine at Green Park that generates electricity is perhaps the most famous wind turbine in the UK and is seen by millions each year who pass Reading on the M4 motorway. It is also seen by many as a symbol of the move towards greener forms of energy production. You can get up close to the gigantic wind turbine in Green Park and find out more about it from the information boards at the visitor centre near the foot of the turbine.

Readings parks and garden
The most famous of Reading’s public parks and gardens is Forbury Gardens with the large cast iron lion, locally called the Forbury Lion, standing proud and weighing a massive 16 tons. Other parks and gardens in Reading include Caversham Court Gardens on the bank of the Thames, Palmer Park and Prospect park. These are all free and a great place to play sports, relax and unwind.

The River Thames
Past the town centre on the north side of Reading is the River Thames. This can often be missed by students with the University situated to the south of Reading. Students who explore Reading though will know how delightful the river is. If you enjoy walking there are fantastic scenic walks along the river to Sonning to the East of Reading and Mapledurham and Pangbourne to the west. If you don’t like walking then take a boat cruise from Thameside Promenade near Caversham bridge to Mapledurham with cruises running every Saturday. See www.thamesrivercruise.co.uk for details.

Reading Station Reading is fortunate to have excellent travel links to the rest of the UK. Make the most of these links by arranging trips to towns, cities and sites of interest within the UK many of which are accessible by train from Reading Station. Plan your journeys using National Rail Enquiries: www.nationalrail.co.uk/

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Oxford and Reading are best cities in which to live and work in the UK

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Oxford has been recognised as the top performing city in the UK to live and work for the fourth year in a row in a nationwide study carried out by PwC. The city has emerged ahead of Reading thanks to work-life balance, income, transport and skills with Bradford being crowned as the most improved city. Published today (12 November 2019), the annual Demos-PwC Good Growth for Cities 2019 sets out to show there’s more to economic well-being than just measuring GDP. The index measures the performance of 42 of the UK’s largest cities, England’s Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and ten Combined Authorities, against a basket of ten factors which the public think are most important when it comes to economic well being. These include jobs, health, income and skills, as well as work-life balance, house-affordability, travel-to-work times, income equality, environment and business start-ups.

For the fourth year running, Oxford and Reading have been named the top-performing cities on PwC’s Good Growth for Cities 2019 index, followed by Southampton in third place. Although Reading has maintained its position in this year’s index, it has seen a decline in its overall index score, driven by lower house price to earnings ratios, income inequality and a fall in new businesses created.

Bradford emerged as this year’s top improver, driven by jobs, work-life balance and skills amongst its 25+ year olds. Bradford has experienced a large reduction in its unemployment rate, measured at 4.1 percent in 2018 compared to 10 percent in 2015. The city also demonstrated moderate improvements in work-life balance, health, environment and skills amongst the adult population.

The index is based on 11 indicators around life, work, wellbeing and economic performance and is measured annually across 42 UK cities.

Indicators include job creation, health, income, skills, housing affordability, housing ownership, transport, work-life balance, the environment, income inequality and the number of new business start-ups.

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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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Anger over 30mph speed limit drop at Portman Rd

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As we mentioned back in September, Portman Rd has reduced the speed limit


Reading west motorists are angered by the Reading Council’s decision to lower the speed limit at Portmand road, where the 40mph limit has been replaced by a 30mph limit.

All the 40mph signs located at Portmand road has been removed but not replaced with 30mph which is giving drivers mixed messages about the correct speed limit on the road causing many being fined.

Some drivers have expressed concern there is no indication the speed limit has changed or signs highlighting the changes.
why wasn’t the temporary signage put up when the 40 signs taken down?
Allowing time for drivers to adjust?? So, why was there a police speed camera on Portman Road yesterday??

How are people supposed to know this who don’t have social media to say so? It’s a very confusing situation… what exactly is the time allowed for adjustment? What speed are the camera’s enforcing? In my view this transition has been very poorly organised.

@ReadingCouncil so it would appear that you delightful bunch have reduced Portman Road from a 40mph limit to a 30mph limit. Where are the signs on the road indicating that this has changed? That is proper sneaky!!!! There’s a reason everyone has such a low opinion of you lot

A council spokesman previously told us: “Portman Rd is now the national urban speed limit of 30mph, by virtue of the fact the 40mph signs have been removed. Only limits other than 30 are signed in urban areas. We will however put temporary signage in shortly. As with any speed change, time allowed for drivers to adjust.

As of today we have not seen any temporary signage at Portman Rd.

As another motorist told us this transition has been very poorly organised.”

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