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READING’S Commercial Services teams are ready for business and new branding is appearing on Council vehicles to let everyone know.

The commercial arm of the Council offers services ranging from groundworks and civil engineering to tree maintenance and garden design for residents and businesses.

People will now start to see Reading Commercial Services (RCS) being advertised on the sides of Council vehicles as they go about their daily business around the borough.

The commercial operation will not affect the services the Council already carries out for residents and does not mean there will be any additional charges to residents for providing everyday Council services.

RCS is a not-for-profit trading name of Reading Borough Council which offers good quality work at a competitive price and income it generates is used to support Council-wide social functions.

The services cover five areas:

·        Ground Works & Civil Engineering – including design and construction of driveways/hardstanding/footpaths; general tarmac works; minor highway engineering works, block paving; line painting/road marking; street name plates/signs; winter maintenance.

·        Drainage – including drain clearance/repair; gully clearance; CCTV surveys of drainage systems; cesspit emptying/ditch clearing; flood reduction measures.

·        Landscape, Grounds Maintenance & Tree Works – including garden design; site clearance; hedge cutting; grass cutting; tree maintenance; tree planting.

·        External Cleansing & Graffiti Removal – including machine sweeping; fly-tipping removal; graffiti removal; weed/vegetation removal.

·        Trade Waste – collection of recycling waste; bulky waste collections; deep clean and bin store wash; waste review and advice.

RCS boasts a highly skilled and experienced workforce, is committed to environmental protection of the local area, is fully licensed and compliant with legislation, employs local people to deliver local services and is a member of the Association of Public Service Excellence.

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Cllr Liz Terry, Reading’s Lead Councillor for Neighbourhoods, said:

“Reading Commercial Services offers a wide range of excellent services which people can be confident will be carried out professionally and to high standards.

“Local councils are being forced to look at different ways of bringing in more money to fund essential local services as the grant from central government continues to decline.

“The offer of Reading Commercial Services is a step in the Council’s developing commercial approach, allowing us to offer the Council’s experienced and highly skilled workforce and impressive range of vehicles and machinery to a wider market.

“RCS will not affect the normal running of the Council’s services, and does not mean any new charges for residents, but it will bring in vital income which will help deliver essential services to the people of Reading.”

More information about Reading Commercial Services can be found at: http://www.reading.gov.uk/commercialservices

David Millward

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