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Planning approved for the Reading Hydro
Thu 18 May 2017

Community group Reading Hydro has received planning permission to install two water turbines at Caversham Weir. We expect to begin construction early next year.

The hydro turbines are expected to generate about 380 MWh of electricity each year, enough for 100 average homes. This will prevent 150 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year, and help Reading play its part in reducing our reliance on fossil fuels. What's more, during construction we'll adapt the weir to make it a better home for wildlife, by installing a new natural fish pass also suited to eel and lamprey.

Reading Hydro is a Community Benefit Society, which is a business run democratically by its members for the benefit of the whole community. Part of the profit from the scheme will go to a community fund, and we hope to raise much of the investment by a community share offer later this year.

Anne Wheldon, a director of Reading Hydro CBS, said: "This is a huge step forward towards having hydro generation at the heart of our community. Reading is a wonderful town and it’ll be great to contribute to that with our community fund and by improving the town's carbon footprint. But now it’s all hands on deck, so I’d encourage everyone to become a member of Reading Hydro".

Tom Youngman, a member of Reading Hydro CBS, said: "I paid my £1 to become a member of Reading Hydro two months ago and it's been really great to contribute to such an important community project. I would encourage everyone to take part. You don't need to know anything about hydropower, if you think the project’s a good idea it's easy to get stuck in."



Anne Wheldon (Director, Reading Hydro CBS)

0791 391 3997 



-          Reading Hydro CBS was incorporated on 12 Oct 2015

-          The planning application has the reference number 151715.

-          Planning permission was granted on 17/05/2017

Reading Climate Change Strategy Consultation:
Mon 15 May 2017

In 2013 the Reading Climate Change Partnership (RCCP) launched its climate change strategy: ‘Reading Means Business on Climate Change’. Produced in partnership with a range of key stakeholders, the strategy outlines Reading’s response to climate change.

It was agreed that the strategy would be reviewed and updated at its mid-point in 2016/17. RCCP are now seeking your comments on the strategy and action plans as part of this review. The consultation opens on Monday 15th May and runs to 26th June.

You can view draft versions of the strategy and action plans through the Reading Borough Council Citizen Space area on the link.

This link also provides more details on the consultation and offers you the opportunity to respond. The strategy has eight ‘Themes’ – ranging from energy supply to education via nature and water – you don’t have to read all of it if you don’t want to!

Reading Volunteer Awards 2017
Tue 2 May 2017

As part of this year’s national Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June 2017) Reading Voluntary Action will be hosting an awards evening to celebrate those in our community who volunteer their time, talents and skills for the benefit of our town.

Every day volunteers are making a positive difference in the lives of individuals, groups and communities throughout Reading. The Reading Volunteer Awards evening will bring together volunteers from across the voluntary and public sectors to thank them for the difference they make.

8 of these volunteers will be honoured with individual awards. Does your organisation have a volunteer that you feel is deserving of special recognition? Why not nominate them?

Please send nominations to by Monday 8 May 2017 and include the following information:

  • Organisation / group name 
  • Volunteers name
  • Volunteer role
  • Reason for nomination (150 words).