Opening of Dinton Pastures new play park postponed


Executive member for environment Cllr Angus Ross said: “It is with great disappointment that, due to the adverse weather conditions that we’ve had recently, the official opening of the new play park at Dinton Pastures will need to be postponed until Saturday May 3. Meaning it will not be open for the Easter holidays as we had originally planned.

“Although the park will be completed in the next couple of weeks, due to the level of rain we’ve had in January and February, the water levels on site are still very high and it is not safe enough or fully accessible for all to enjoy.

April 6, 2014 |

Wokingham supported bus services


Wokingham Borough Council’s decision-making executive agreed on March 27 the process which will see supported bus services continue on key routes across the borough.

These services provide bus transport for school children and residents in certain areas of the borough without existing commercial routes.

They are the 121, 122, 123, 124, 144, 202, 244, 126, 127 and 129 services which cover Arborfield, Barkham, Bulmershe and Whitegates, Charvil, Coronation, Emmbrook, Evendons, Finchampstead North, Finchampstead South, Hawkedon, Hillside, Hurst, Norreys, Remenham, Shinfield North, Shinfield South, Sonning, Twyford, Wargrave and Ruscombe, Wescott, Winnersh and Wokingham Without.

In the past 12 months some 250,000 individual journeys have been made using these services, which include approximately 38,000 school journeys and around 116,500 concessionary travel journeys.

April 1, 2014 |

Wokingham new Health and Wellbeing Zone officially opened


Members of the public, health professionals and support group representatives were among those who attended the official launch of the new Health and Wellbeing Zone at Loddon Valley Leisure Centre on March 11.

The Health and Wellbeing Zone is a brand new specialist gym run by Wokingham Borough Council for people with long term health conditions such as Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, stroke, physical disability, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cardiovascular disease. The gym will be open exclusively to patients who have been referred by their GP, physiotherapist, hospital consultant or community nurse, and will be fully supervised by qualified instructors.

Once referred to the gym, people will receive an induction on its specialist equipment, as well as on-going one-to-one appointments and drop in sessions to help them improve their health and fitness. The gym will cost just £2.50 for an hour.

Anyone wishing to find out more about the new Health and Wellbeing Zone should contact the borough council’s sports and leisure team on (0118) 974 3728 or email:

March 25, 2014 |

Wokingham fostering event


These sessions will provide the information to help you decide whether fostering is for you. The Placement team will be able to answer any queries you might have about fostering.

25th March from 5.30pm to 7:45pm at the Luke Room, Wokingham Methodist Church, Rose Street, Wokingham, RG40 1XS or call 0118 974 6204 to find out about the training, financial and practical support.

March 12, 2014 |

Wokingham Drive Start event


Teenagers in the Wokingham Borough will be drive starting their way to becoming a safe new driver at a FREE pre-driver training event on Thursday April 17.

Wokingham Borough Council’s pre-driver training sessions have been running for the past eight years in the Wokingham Borough and have given over 1,000 young people the skills and information necessary for a safe and enjoyable motoring life. Drive Start pre-driver training has interactive sessions for youngsters as well as up-to-date, essential car related information on the Drive Start website, designed for young motorists.

Taking place at Woodley Airfield Youth Centre, Hurricane Way, the course runs between 9.15am and 4pm and covers a range of topics including:

Advice on buying a second-hand car
Post-accident first aid
Cause and effect of traffic accidents
Advice on legal requirements
Hazards facing new drivers

Although mainly for 16 and 17-year-olds, anyone aged between 15 and 19 can attend the workshop by booking a free place (refundable £10 deposit will be required).

The road safety team is also providing copies of essential guides for new drivers with other related freebies to take away from the event. An application form can be downloaded from the Drive Start page or by contacting Julie Pillai, road safety officer, on (0118) 974 6387.

March 7, 2014 |

Wokingham children Bikeability training


Wokingham Borough Council has been awarded a grant of £56,000 from the Department for Transport to enable some 1,400 children to receive Bikeability training between April 2014 and March 2015. The grant will be used to provide on-road cycle training for children aged between 10 and 14 years old.

In the current financial year, 1,330 children will have been trained on Bikeability courses by the end of March 2014. 1,200 were trained in 2012/13 and prior to that between 800 and 1,000 children received cycle training each year.

March 2, 2014 |

Woodley Library Arts Festival


Woodley Library is hosting an arts festival called ‘Wish You Were Here’ during March and April thanks to Arts Council England lottery funding.

Over the past few months’ visitors to the library, local school children and Woodley residents were asked to create their own Wish You Were Here postcard, choosing any local place and imagining how it might look in the future. Anyone interested in taking part has until the end of February to be in with a chance to win an eBook reader.

Anyone wishing to book a place should contact Woodley Library on (0118) 969 0304.

March 2, 2014 |

Wokingham to raise Commonwealth flag


On Monday March 10 at 10am, Borough Mayor, Cllr UllaKarin Clark is due to raise the Commonwealth flag at the Civic Offices in Wokingham, to mark Commonwealth Day.

She will be joined by leading community representatives, and a specially written Commonwealth Affirmation will be read out before the flag is raised.

More than 500 flags are being raised by other local authorities, charities and organisations nationwide. Charity teams will be taking flags to the top of the UK’s four highest national peaks as well as raise funds for Cancer Research, Help for Heroes, Walking with the Wounded, and Fields of Life.

March 2, 2014 |

Wokingham Borough Council aims to protect and enhance plants and animals


Wokingham Borough Council has drafted a plan to protect and enhance the area’s biodiversity* – and is keen to hear local people’s views on it.

The draft Biodiversity Action Plan aims to halt the ongoing losses and to rebuild biodiversity in the borough, and to:

Raise awareness about the issues impacting local biodiversity
Outline targets and actions which to enhance biodiversity in the borough
Encourage and support community engagement; empowering local action Encourage management practices sympathetic to wildlife; promoting ‘good practice’ and providing guidance
Ensure policies are in place for the protection, management and enhancement of the local wildlife resource biodiversity
These aims will drive five habitat plans covering communities, towns and villages, woodland, grassland and hedgerows, and wetland and heathland. Each habitat plan has specific actions:

Promote volunteer conservation projects for heathland species such as nightjar and adders
Survey species such as otters, water voles and great crested newts
Increase availability of barn owl and kestrel nest boxes
Recruit and train volunteers to plant and maintain orchards
Provide workshops on conservation and biodiversity for young people
Manage urban green spaces such as churchyards, school grounds and cemeteries with biodiversity as an aim
Establish a biodiversity newsletter online
Improve/increase hedgehog habitats
Promote a volunteer study of hedgerows
The Biodiversity Action Plan will also include a focus to ensure that major new developments coming to the borough are designed with biodiversity in mind.

The consultation will run from March 6 for six weeks (until Thursday April 17).

March 1, 2014 |

Wokingham blue household waste bag delivery


Wokingham Borough residents are now receiving their 80 blue household waste bags, which is their allocation for 2014/15.

The official 80 blue household waste bags, in two rolls of 40, should be used for all waste that cannot be recycled; no other bags will be collected. Any residents who haven’t used their previous allocation of blue bags can continue to use them. Blue bags, that are the same dimensions as last year, can be placed on top of recycling boxes or with the handles tied in a dustbin to prevent animal damage.

Anyone who has already registered as a larger household (five or more) will automatically receive their additional bags by the end of July. Anyone who needs to register can do so by contacting Wokingham Direct on (0118) 974 6000 or

Items that can be recycled include food tin and drink cans, plastic bottles (no lids), aerosols and paper/card. There is also no limit on the amount of recycling that can be put out; the borough council simply insists that recycling is put in black boxes. Residents can request an additional black box; which is available free of charge, by emailing or by calling (0118) 974 6000.

All residents should receive their 80 official blue bags by mid-March but anyone wishing to know when their blue bags are being delivered can do can visit the blue bag page or call (0118) 974 6000.

February 26, 2014 |