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Calling all candidates to pledge to protect our riverside

Why are we asking local election candidates to sign our pledge During the last year green space within Reading has been at a premium. It has never been more heavily used nor as greatly appreciated. The group, Save Our Ancient Riverside, who led the successful campaign against the Mass Rapid Transport (MRT) route through the …

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Sign our petition to give protected status to our riverside

Please sign and share SOAR’s brand new petition which is calling for Wokingham Borough Council to designate the Thames Path east of Kennetmouth as protected Local Green Space. In an assessment of Kennetmouth by WBC last year, it was claimed that the “site is not considered to be of particular local significance and HOLDS NO …

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Green spaces even more important since Covid19

Open spaces have never been so in demand as during the outbreak of Covid19. During the pandemic, this strip of land at Kennetmouth has made it possible for people to access the wider green space, beyond the Dreadnought and the Waterside Centre, on foot, whilst observing social distancing. Prior to Covid, SOAR had suggested that …

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ANPR as a low-cost alternative to the proposed East Reading MRT

(Observation on East Reading MRT Planning Application: Wokingham – application number 172048; Reading – application number 171108). Dr John Walker MA, MSc, PhD, CPhys, FIETHonorary Secretary, ITS(UK) Road User Charging Interest GroupVisiting Senior Research Fellow, Transportation Research Group, University of Southampton, UK Executive Summary A limited road charging scheme on the A4 in East Reading …

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The devastating impact of the East Reading MRT on our Trees

The MRT will have a devastating impact on biodiversity and tree life. At a minimum 766 trees will be felled. Onsite only 77 trees will be replaced. That is only 10% of the overall total that will be felled, and the new trees will take a generation to achieve comparable growth. This in no way meets …

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The East Reading MRT will not improve Air Quality

RBC and the applicant have claimed on many occasions that the MRT will improve air quality on Reading’s roads. They persist in this claim despite the application itself showing that the impact will be neglible. In RBC’s press release announcing that the MRT application will be revised and re-submitted Tony Page again made the claim …

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Top 10 reasons to object to the Reading “Mass Rapid Transit” (MRT)

1. IT IS NOT A MASS RAPID TRANSIT (MRT) Reading council have repeatedly attempted to mislead the public into believing that the MRT is “a segregated bus, pedestrian and cycle route from the east to the heart of the town centre” Jo Lovelock, Letter, Reading Chronicle This simply isn’t true. MRT’s are typically light rail totally …

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