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Red recycling bins - New items you can put in them

13 February 2018

Reading Borough Council have announced that more items can be put in the red recycling bins (plastic pots, tubs and trays) for details of what these new items are see the Rubbish page on the council's website. More information about local household waste recycling centres can be found at the Re3 website, the service operated jointly by Reading, Bracknell Forest and Wokingham councils.

What we do

CADRA takes an interest in all open spaces and footpaths in Caversham and, from time to time, becomes involved in particular areas or schemes, including Caversham Court Gardens, King's Meadow Baths and Mapledurham Pavilion.

Reading Borough Council

Parks

Reading Borough Council provides information on all open spaces under their jurisdiction and any plans for change at Parks

Air Quality Monitoring

There has long been concern about the poor air quality in central Caversham. A nitrogen dioxide test tube installed by Caversham GLOBE at the Church Road/St Anne’s Road junction for two weeks in December 2017 registered 56.2 µg/m3 of nitrogen dioxide, which exceeds the legal limit annual mean limit of 40µg/m3. CADRA has funded four more test tubes, which are installed at busy junctions in central Caversham.

The Council has four automatic monitoring stations which measure the levels of different pollutants, in real time, across the borough; one is located near the roundabout on the south side of Caversham Road.

They also operate a non-automatic network of passive diffusion tubes looking at nitrogen dioxide levels (NO2). There are a number in Caversham along: Church St, Church Rd, Prospect St and Gosbrook Rd. For more information visit  Air Quality

Allotment Availability

To find out about the availability of allotment sites and plots visit Allotments

Environment Agency

The Environment Agency  deals with all aspects of flooding and building on flood plains. It also deals with the effect of major developments on the environment.

General enquiries: 03708 506 506 (Minicom 03702 422 549 for hard of hearing)

Incident hotline (24-hour): 0800 80 70 60 enquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk

Floodline (24-hour): 0345 988 1188 (Typetalk 0345 602 6340 for hard of hearing)

National Flood Warnings

Caversham Court Gardens

In May 2006 the Heritage Lottery Fund approved funding to support the restoration of Caversham Court Gardens. Much of this funding was used to restore the 17th and 19th century features of the garden, including the gazebo and its causeway, the crinkle-crankle retaining wall, and the ancient yew family and hedge.

Some historic features that had been removed over the years have been replaced, like the ornamental Pugin style gateway. The planting has also been restored to recreate the intimacy of the private garden with its flower borders and riverside walk.

Archaeological excavations were carried out following the uncovering of remnants of the old glasshouse. The foundations of an earlier and later glasshouse have been discovered, together with what appears to be an ornamental pond, a water storage tank, old pipework, the flue of a boiler and internal paths.

Further information about the gardens can be found on the: Friends of CCG

The Tea Kiosk situated in Caversham Court Gardens, is run by five local charities and is normally open from the 1st April to 31st October each year.

King's Meadow Baths

Thames Lido Opens

Following a long and successful campaign by the Kings Meadow Baths Campaign team to save this important local landmark, working alongside Reading Borough Council, the sensitively and imaginitively restored baths reopened as  Thames Lido in October 2017. 

The Baths

The Women's Outdoor Swimming Pool was built in 1902. The ironwork was made by Allan & Kidgell at their Caversham Bridge Engineering Works.

The pleasure bathing pool was built to allow Edwardian women to bathe in privacy. It was originally fed from the Thames though it was converted to main supply in the 1950s. It is a rare and fine example of a complete Edwardian Lido.

The Background

Following the Grade II listing of the baths in 2004, the Council sought a viable future for the building. A set of planning principles for both the baths and the adjacent Lock Island was formally agreed in 2006 after a public consultation.  Working with the Environment Agency, tenders were invited. Two proposals were considered. One was a commercial proposal for a hotel, cafes and offices and would have converted the baths into a hotel spa. A proposed bridge over the meadow to a car park caused widespread concern. The other was from the King's Meadow Campaign who had long been seeking to restore and re-open the baths.

After the commercial tender withdrew the opportunity of public access to the baths, the Council gave the King's Meadow Campaign a limited period to raise funds. That period was extended in October 2011 and the Campaign was warmly encouraged to continue their work.

In September 2013, Reading Borough Council voted to give the management team from Bristol Lido the opportunity to develop the site and reopen the pool. The Campaign Team stood down in July 2017,when the restoration was nearing completion.

Mapledurham Pavilion

Planning permission for the  refurbishment of the Pavilion -  No, 130613 - was granted in July 2013. 

It was hoped that the project could be funded by £100k from Section 106 monies and a £50k contribution from Festival Republic, with  the balance raised from  grant applications  and local fundraising. 

The Pavilion was closed to the public in  January 2016, and refurbishment is currently on hold pending the outcome of the  application from the Education and Skills Funding Authority  to build a primary school on  adjacent  land.