Agenda and minutes

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Offices, Reading

Contact: Michael Popham - Democratic Services Manager  Email:

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Mayor's Announcements

To receive Mayor’s Announcements.


The Mayor announced there would be a concert, on Friday 17 February 2023 at the Town Hall, to showcase Ukrainian culture and raise funds for the Reading Ukrainian Community Centre who were supporting Ukrainians caught up in the conflict, through the Mayor of Reading’s local appeal


Minutes pdf icon PDF 74 KB

The Mayor to sign the Minutes of the proceedings of the previous Council Meeting.


The Minutes of the meeting held on 18 October 2022 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Mayor.


Questions from Councillors pdf icon PDF 474 KB

Questions in accordance with Standing Order 10.







Cllr Keane

Period Products availability in Public Buildings and Toilets

Cllr McEwan


Cllr Williams

Council Response to Knife Crime

Cllr Rowland


Cllr McElroy

Estate Agent Signs

Cllr Leng


Cllr Singh

Accessibility in the Town Centre

Cllr Rowland

(The full text of the questions  ...  view the full minutes text for item 25.


Approval of the Local Council Tax Support Scheme and the Council Tax Base for 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 111 KB

Report by Director of Finance


The Director of Finance submitted a report regarding the Council Tax support scheme, estimated Council Tax collection rate and Council Tax base for the 2023/24 financial year.  The report explained that Section 33 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 and the Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base) (England)  ...  view the full minutes text for item 26.


Adoption of the Central and Eastern Berkshire Joint Minerals and Waste Plan pdf icon PDF 13 MB

Report by Executive Director of Economic Growth & Neighbourhood Services



Councillors' Allowances Scheme 2023/24 - 2026/27 pdf icon PDF 57 KB

Report by the Executive Director of Resources

Additional documents:


The Executive Director of Resources submitted a report setting out the recommendations of the Independent Remuneration Panel, following its meeting on 23 November 2022, in relation to the scheme of Councillors’ Allowances for the next four financial years 2023/24 – 2026/27.  The Panel’s recommendations were set out in Appendix A  ...  view the full minutes text for item 28.


Anti-Social Driving and Road Safety

Councillor Singh to move:


This Council is determined to take further steps to combat the scourge of dangerous and anti-social driving, which has been reported over many years and months, and continues to be a significant issue for communities across the Borough.


Speeding, reckless and dangerous driving is utterly abhorrent and poses significant and unnecessary risks to both road users and pedestrians alike. 


As a Council, we have a duty and responsibility to protect all our residents living in the Borough and those visiting or passing through our towns. 


This Council resolves to:-


·       Call on the Chief Executive to write to the Berkshire Chief Superintendent to ask to take initiatives across the Borough to catch offenders, crackdown on dangerous drivers and provide reassurance to the community. 


·       Call on the Chief Executive to write to the Berkshire Chief Superintendent to undertake a borough wide initiative to reduce the illegal use of off-road bikes and e-scooters which are a cause of significant anti-social behaviour.


·       To ask Council to provide information on its road safety performance on the Council’s website.


·       To ask Council to participate in the Road SafetyWeek annual campaign and spread awareness. 


Pursuant to Notice, a motion was moved by Councillor Singh and seconded by Councillor Carnell.

The following amendment was moved by Councillor Page and seconded by Councillor Rowland and CARRIED:

‘Delete all after “Council” in the first line of the first paragraph and insert:

Recognises widespread concerns in  ...  view the full minutes text for item 29.