Redlands Ward is at the beating heart of Reading East constituency, containing the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading School, Abbey School, St Joseph's School and Redlands School. Hospitality extends from "The Weather Station" on Eldon Terrace in the North of the ward via the "Cafe Yolk" and "The Queen's Head" to Hexham Road Community Centre in the South with many stops on the way.
Redlands Branch Labour Party has fought for amenities for our local area, having secured the refurbishment of flats at Hexham Road and Bamburgh Close, well-organised residents' parking and large stretches of 20mph streets. We gained a new park and playground at Lorenzo Quelch Gardens on Addington Road and have secured play and exercise equipment and serviceable paths in Cintra Park. New cycle lanes, road repairs and renewed pavements are coming soon.
Like the area our Labour Party branch has a great mix of people, with students, young and old residents and all in-between. We are renowned for our great discussion meetings where we have taken up, "International Trade", "Reading's Schools", "Social Care in Reading", "Inequality in Britain" , "Nationalisation" in recent times, plus a report back from Matt Rodda MP During the pandemic we have had to meet online, which we know doesn't suit everyone, but is easier than stepping out for others.
During 2020 we developed a "Redlands Ward Manifesto" working out our priorities for our locality.
We are a friendly broad church of a ward, ready to encourage new members and help anyone who comes along to get to know Reading and District Labour Party and to gain experience on talking to our voters.
Meet the Councillors
Tony was first elected Reading Borough Council in 1984 and represents Redlands ward for the Labour and Co-operative Parties. As one of the council’s most experienced councillors Tony has held a wide range of positions and is currently Lead Member for Education.
Tony has been Mayor of Reading on two occasions, in 2001/2 and 2014/15. As Chair of Housing in the 1990s Tony led the nationally acclaimed “Empty Homes Strategy” which brought back over 500 disused homes back in to use in Reading, and between 2005 and 2008 was Chairman of Reading Buses overseeing the introduction of the popular colour-coded bus routes.
Our Local Election Council Candidate:
Andrew Hornsby-Smith email@example.com