Reading Borough Council

A third of the seats in Reading were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.

Election 2018 Results

LAB HOLD
Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 12 Total councillors 30 Change-1

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 5 Total councillors 12 Change+2

PartyGreen

Elected in 2018 1 Total councillors 3 ChangeNo results

PartyLiberal Democrat

Elected in 2018 0 Total councillors 1 Change-1
Councillors change compared with 2014

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Councillors agree cut to drug treatment budget

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Reading councillors have approved an 8% cut to drug and alcohol treatment services which will also shift focus towards alcohol problems.

Health and wellbeing councillor Graeme Hoskin said the council was looking at ways of spending money more effectively but added it was "an appallingly bad decision by the government to cut services".

Green Party group leader Rob White was the only councillor to reject the proposals, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said.

University to appeal against halls plans refusal

St Patrick's Hall in Reading
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The University of Reading has said it will appeal against a planning decision refusing permission to extend and upgrade its student accommodation at St Patrick's Hall.

The scheme for 836 new student bedrooms and a substation had been recommended for approval by officers, but was refused by Reading Borough Council's planning committee in February.

The university's deput vice-chancellor Prof Robert Van de Noort said the development would allow the university to manage the behaviour of first-year students and relieve pressure on private housing.

He said: "We believe we have no other option but to pursue an appeal against the decision."

Recycling centres set to close early for match

Recycling centres in Bracknell and Reading will close early today due to England's semi-final match with Croatia.

The sites at Longshot Lane, Bracknell and Island Road, Reading will close at 18:00.

In a joint statement, Bracknell Forest, Reading Borough Council and Wokingham Borough Council said: "We understand that for some residents, shortened opening hours at the recycling centres might be slightly inconvenient.

"We want to ensure that no-one needs to rush to be home in time for kick-off and to allow our hard-working staff to watch England in action."

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Food waste recycling gets go-ahead

Food waste will soon be recycled in Reading as part of the council's plan to achieve an EU target to recycle 50% of all waste by 2020.

Wokingham Borough Council is also planning to start weekly food waste collections next year.

Reading councillor Tony Page said the types of housing in Reading make introducing the plan more challenging than in Wokingham.

He said the town has a higher number of flats and houses of multiple occupation which presents "problems with space for storage".

Food waste
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