Reading Friends of the Earth

Our December 2018 Meeting scheduled to be at RISC at 8:00 pm on Wednesday December 12th is CANCELLED so members can join the SOAR event in Wokingham.

Wokingham Council vote on the planning application for the East Reading Mass Rapid Transit on Wednesday 12th December 2018. The meeting starts at 19:00 and SOAR are inviting people to gather from 18:15 to stage a peaceful protest. We are going to channel Chris Packham’s People’s Walk For Wildlife by playing bird song. The aim being to transform the area outside Shute End Civic Offices into an aural wildlife wonderland to set the right mood for the planning meeting. Please join us to show how important it is to local people that Wokingham Council turn down the planning application. Details of the event are available on this link.

Our Latest Newsletter is available on this link.

Our January 2019 Meeting will be at RISC at 8:00 pm on Wednesday January 9th. It will be a general meeting, topics by e-mail or next newsletter.

Save Our Ancient Riverside have a new website detailing opposition to the East Reading Mass Rapid Transit (MRT). They show how to object to the revised Planning Application and are appealing for funds to publicise the issues.

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Reading Climate Action website is It gives access to Reading Climate Change Strategy, Action Plan, and opportunities for individuals,organisations and businesses.


Clean Air Everywhere - In Reading.

Our Clean Air Everywhere - In Reading petition was presented to the Council on November 22nd at the SEPT Committee Meeting by Enrico Petrucco. By the meeting we had accrued over 400 signatures - around 250 on paper and 150 on-line. Thanks to everyone who signed, helped to collect signatures, and came to support us at the meeting.

The Council has responded that it would like to introduce a Low Emission Zone,but must await government funding. Detailed response is available on this link

Our Press Release about the presentation, with pictures and a link to the video coverage, is at Petition_Presentation_to_Cllrs_PR.

The speaker's notes for the presentation are at SEPT Presentation notes.


Our Campaign against M4 Widening web-page is Sadly the government has given permission for this to go ahead. A presentation giving a summary of impacts on safety, climate change, congestion, air quality and noise is at Impacts of Smart M4.


Campaigning against Barclays support for fracking - with Berkshire Greenpeace - October 2016.

Press release describing the event is on this link.


Response to Reading Air Quality Strategy Consultation In January 2016 we responded to Reading’s consultation on an update to its Air Quality Strategy. Our response expressed disappointment that it contains no detail of how bad the situation is at present, no estimates of future levels of pollution, and no analysis of the proposed actions to show whether they will be successful … so it’s hard to tell what should be done and where. Our full response is on this link.


Response to Reading Waste Minimisation Strategy Consultation In February 2015 we responded to Reading’s consultation on its Waste Minimisation Strategy. Our response emphasised the importance of reducing the amount of waste created and the climate change arguments for keeping biodegradeable material out of landfill. We recommended the Council should give serious consideration to anaerobic digestion (AD) for food waste and called for evidence to be made available on the environmental impacts of current and proposed methods of waste management. Our full response is on this link.


BeeCause Progress


For some summers we have run stalls at events: collecting petition signatures against pesticides; publicising the Great British Bee Count; and giving out advice on how people can help Bees in their gardens. Next such event will be Beanpole Day on 21st April 2018.

Here is 'Fuzzy Bee' finding the flowers in Christchurch Meadows when there was a trial plot there.


Green Jobs Flashmob

We had good local press coverage for our Flashmob for Green Jobs on Saturday 13th October 2012 - many thanks to everyone who braved the rain and especially to the Greenpeace Polar Bear who really helped to get attention from press and public! Doug's great video - with sound-track from Seize the Day - can be seen on this link.

Here is a still (Photo: Anne Booth) of the bear calmly putting the case against the Chancellor's proposals to continue to burn unabated gas until 2030 and to give tax breaks to 'fracking' for natural gas extraction.


Development in South Reading

Reading's Planning Committee accepted an application to devote the 'Brewery' site entirely to warehousing - now built for Tesco. Despite our efforts they haven't found room for a wind turbine or a bus terminal and they don't propose to install any solar panels or a rail link from the Basingstoke line.

Documents relating to redevelopment of the 'Brewery' and 'Worton Grange' sites including responses to the 'Sites and Detailed Policies Document' are available on this link


Reading's Transport Issues

Our comments on Reading's draft Local Transport Plan are on this link

A document dating from 2008 discussing the then proposed (and now abandoned) change to a one-way IDR is on this link