Reading Borough Council

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Reading Borough Council wants to increase number of councillors

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Reading Borough Council wants two extra councillors despite Conservative members attacking the increased cost.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) is undertaking an electoral review of the council this year, based on its analysis of the 2017 annual canvass in the town.

The authority agreed to write to the LGBCE to say it wants to increase the number of councillors from 46 to 48. The council also wants three members in each of its 16 wards.

Labour councillor Jason Brock, leader of of the council said: “We all feel that it is important in the Labour administration that we seek to retain as far as possible the ratio between councillors and electors."

Conservative councillor Emma Warman called for the council to request a reduction of councillors to 45.

Senior councillors in Reading to get allowance rise

Senior councillors in Reading could be about to get a big rise in their allowances.

An Independent Remuneration Panel has recommended changes to the councillors’ allowances scheme at Reading Borough Council.

If approved at full council on Tuesday, council leader Jason Brock would get an extra £12,842 per year.

The recommended changes aim to bring the allowances of the council leader, deputy leader and lead members in line with other local authorities in Berkshire.

The council leader in Reading currently receives £7,004 per year, compared to Bracknell Forest Council leader Paul Bettison, who gets paid £28,954.

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'Let it grow' - Reading to protect rare plant after Twitter backlash

Reading Borough Council says it will now act to protect a rare orchid growing on a verge in the town.

The Himantoglossum hircinum orchid was found by Reading University graduate and plant expert Dr Stephanie while on her way to the shops over the weekend.

Plant expert, Rupert Wilson, took to Twitter to share pictures of the plant and criticised the council for initially saying it wasn't "geared up" to protect what was thought to have been an extinct species.

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The authority had stirred controversy after initially responding saying the plant might have already been cut down by one of its mowers.

But Mr Wilson said the orchid is protected under The Wildlife and Countryside Act, which makes it an offence to dig it up or destroy it and moving it would require a licence.

The council later admitted its initial response had been "a bit hasty" and said it will "seek to protect" the plant.

Reading council bullying 'sickening', chief exec says

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One in 10 workers at Reading Borough Council (RBC) said they have been bullied, a survey found.

The council's chief executive Peter Sloman commented on the research, to which around half of the staff responded, saying it made him "sick to the stomach".

“There is no excuse for bullying someone; we want Reading to have a caring and supportive culture," Mr Sloman said, the Local Democracy Reporting Service reports.

He said RBC is going to make sure staff know how to identify and flag bullying and harassment, and where to get support.

Mr Sloman, however, said he was "wowed" at some other findings, including nine out of 10 staff saying they feel like they are making a contribution the council's success.

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One in ten workers reported being bullied at Reading Borough Council

Huntley Wharf plans go on show

Plans for a new housing development on a retail park opposite Reading jail are going on display.

The Toys R Us and Homebase site in Kenavon Drive will be turned into an estate with 765 properties, of which 157 will be affordable homes.

The riverside Huntley Wharf development was approved by Reading Borough Council last year.

The plans will be on show at the Bel & The Dragon riverboat today and tomorrow.

Artist's impression of Huntley Wharf
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Communities get ready for street parties

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Twenty-nine communities in Reading are to hold street parties, taking advantage of a borough council offer to waive road closure fees.

The first celebration - The Big Lunch - takes place on Saturday and Sunday and aims to encourage people to have lunch with their neighbours in an act of community.

The Great Get Together takes place on 22 and 23 June and Reading Summer Street Party is on 6 and 7 July.