Consultation and Engagement Hub

Every year, we have to make hundreds of decisions that affect the community. That's why we want your input. Find all the opportunities to get involved here – and let us know your thoughts on things that matter to you.

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Closed consultations and surveys

  • Dwyer Road Development

    Reading Borough Council owns the former Alice Burrows Care Home site north of Dwyer Road and is seeking to sustainably redevelop this vacant brownfield site to create much-needed aff ordable family housing and new fl ats suitable for council tenants looking to downsize. Designs are being... More

    Closed 2 February 2023

  • Investing in Reading's Future: Reading Borough Council's Budget Consultation 2023/24

    Reading Borough Council is consulting on its budget for the financial year 2023/24. We are inviting input from people who live and work in Reading, partners, local businesses, and people who come into Reading to use our services. The consultation is open from 19 December 2022 to 19 January... More

    Closed 19 January 2023

  • Hexham Road Development

    As part of our plans to deliver vital adult social care services and affordable housing for the people of Reading, we are working on plans to develop the former Willows care home site on Hexham Road. Our proposals include: a day care service for adults with learning disabilities ... More

    Closed 22 November 2022

  • Whitley Wood Community Centre Consultation

    The council will soon be investing in a new temporary community centre locally which will provide a home for clubs and social events in your area. This temporary community centre will remain in place until a permanent replacement can be built. More

    Closed 6 November 2022

  • Whitley Wood Organisation Engagement Survey

    The Council will soon be investing in a new temporary community centre locally in Whitley Wood which will provide a home for clubs and social events in the area. This temporary community centre will remain in place until a permanent replacement can be built. More

    Closed 6 November 2022

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We asked

We asked the residents of Reading to comment on the priorities we developed for our new Domestic Abuse and Safe Accommodation Strategy.

You said

Most of the respondents felt the proposed strategic priorities were right (36 of the 46 responses - 78%)

There were clear themes identified in the feedback across the consultation. When asked about ‘comments regarding the priorities’ if the priorities ‘highlight victim-survivor needs and ‘what is missing in reducing the prevalence of domestic abuse’, many respondents had similar comments, which have been themed and explained below:

Housing

  • There is a lack of freedom with housing choices, with many victim-survivors often told to rehouse themselves, rather than being able to remain safe in their own homes.
  • There is a need for more flexible housing solutions to accommodate victim-survivors (with different needs) and their children

Education and training

  • Better training materials need to be made available in schools to prevent cycles of abuse at an earlier age.
  • There needs to be more specific and targeted trainings provided, e.g., training for professionals on court guidance and community domestic abuse awareness raising sessions
  • Training should be provided to professionals around perpetrators

Support services

  • To increase support workers as there are often long waits for support programs
  • Increase community-based support and interventions
  • An attention to perpetrator programs to hold perpetrators of abuse accountable

 

Community engagement and domestic abuse awareness

  • More widespread campaigns in all communities to increase domestic abuse awareness across Reading
  • Making domestic abuse more visible within the community

Accessibility

  • Support for those with no recourse to public funds needs to be accessible
  • Support and services for male victim-survivors needs to be accessible
  • Support and services for the LGBTQIA+ needs to be more accessible
  • Support and services for those who identify as disabled needs to be more accessible

We did

We shared these findings with the Domestic Abuse Partnership Board, which is a collaborative, multi-agency partnership working together to reduce the prevalence and effects of domestic abuse within Reading. The partnership is made up of: Reading Borough Council, Thames Valley Police, Adult Social Care, Brighter Futures for Children, Drug and Alcohol Services, Berkshire West Integrated Care Systems, Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust and organisations within the Voluntary sector who specialise in domestic abuse and domestic abuse within the LGBTQIA+ communities. 

The findings and comments provided by the respondents were themed, shared and discussed with the Board. As the majority of respondents had agreed with the proposed strategic priorities, it was agreed by the Board to keep the priorities the same without any changes. However, the comments and issues discussed within the consultation have been highlighted in the wider Reading’s Domestic Abuse and Safe Accommodation Strategy 2023-2026, which has now been published, you can find our strategy here: Domestic Abuse and Safe Accommodation Strategy 2023-2026

We asked

We asked the residents of Reading to identify their concerns across Reading

You said

The top 5 issues identified by the survey across the Borough were:

1. Drugs (1st in 2019 & 3rd in 2017)

2. Parking Issues (2nd in 2019 & 1st 2017)

3. Motorbike and vehicle nuisance (Potholes were 3rd in 2019)

4. Flytipping

5. Burglary (4th in 2019) Speeding was 5th in 2019 & 2017

We did

We have shared these results with the local Safer Neighbourhood Forums and the Community Safety Partnership

The Safer Neighbourhood Forums are now working on the priorities that were identified for their local areas.

We asked

What changes can be made to the draft SPD to improve clarity, provide helpful guidance for shopowners and improve the design of shopfronts and high streets throughout the Borough?

You said

There was widespread support for the SPD’s aim and contents. 15 written representations were made and resulted in improvements to the text. A summary of each representation and the resulting changes to the document is available here.

We did