This Year’s Council Christmas Information

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Civic Offices

Reading Borough Council’s Call Centre and Civic Offices will close at 3pm on Friday December 23rd, re-opening from 9am on Wednesday December 28th as usual. It will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Tuesday December 27th, which is a Bank Holiday.

For New Year, the Call Centre and Civic Offices will close from 3pm on Friday December 30th, re-opening on Tuesday January 3rd from 9am. It will be closed on Saturday December 31st (New Year’s Eve), Sunday January 1st (New Year’s Day) and Monday January 2nd, which is a Bank Holiday.

Outside of opening times, members of the public can call the Council’s out of hours number which is 0118 9373737 for any emergencies.

Libraries

All of Reading’s libraries will close at 1pm on Saturday 24th December.

Reading Central and Caversham libraries will re-open to the public again at 9am on Wednesday 28th December, and then all libraries return to normal opening hours from 9am on Thursday 29 December. They will then close at 4pm on Saturday 31 December, with normal opening hours from 9am on Tuesday 3 January onwards.

Museum

Reading Museum will close at 4pm on 23rd December and re-open in the New Year on Tuesday 3rd January.

Leisure Centres

Opening and closing times are:

Central Swimming Pool
Saturday 24 Dec to Tuesday Dec 27: Closed
Wednesday 28 Dec: Open 7am – 2pm
Thursday 29 Dec: Closed
Friday 30 Dec: open 7am – 2pm
Saturday 31 Dec to Sunday 1 Jan: Closed
Monday 2 Jan: Open 8.30am – 2pm

Meadway Sports Centre
Saturday 24 Dec: Open 8am – 2pm
Sunday 25 Dec to Monday 26 Dec: Closed
Tuesday 27 Dec: Open 8.30am – 2pm
Wednesday 28 Dec to Sat Dec 31: Open 8am – 2pm
Sunday 1 Jan: Closed
Monday 2 Jan: Open 8.30am to 2pm

Palmer Park Sports Stadium
Saturday 24 Dec: Open 9am – 2pm
Sunday 25 Dec to Monday 26 Dec: Closed
Tuesday 27 Dec: Open 8.30am to 2pm
Wednesday 28 Dec to Saturday Dec 31: Open 8am to 2pm
Sunday 1 Jan: Closed
Monday 2 Jan: Open 8.30am – 2pm

Rivermead:
Saturday 23 Dec : 6.30am – 2pm
Sunday 25 Dec to Monday 26 Dec: Closed
Tuesday 27 Dec: 6.30am – 5.30pm
Wednesday 28 Dec to Friday Dec 30: 6.30am – 9pm
Saturday 31 Dec: 6.30am – 2pm
Sunday 1 Jan: Closed
Monday 2 Jan: 6.30am – 5.30pm

For details of sessions available people are advised to contact the centres or check www.readingleisure.co.uk

As usual, bin collection days will change over the Christmas and New Year period. People can check their collection calendar or visit www.reading.gov.uk/bindates.

On the first collection after Christmas people can leave out an extra bag of rubbish next to their grey bin, and any extra recycling can be left in a cardboard box next to their red bin or box. Garden waste collections will finish as usual for the festive season on 23rd December and begin again on 23rd January.

Since Christmas brings a large amount of extra waste, people are being urged to recycle as much as possible. Christmas card, wrapping paper and plastic bottles can go in the red recycling bin. Please put your recycling in your bin or box loose and not in plastic bags. Glass bottles and jars can be recycled at bottle banks around Reading. Residents can visit www.recyclenow.com/recycling-locator to find their nearest recycling sites.

A list on what you can and can’t recycle – and where you can do it – can be found at www.reading.gov.uk/recycling

Christmas Tree recycling sites open on 2nd January and stay open until 17th January. They will be in car parks at the following locations:

• Mapledurham Playing Fields
• Clayfield Copse
• Hills Meadow
• Rivermead Leisure Complex
• Kensington Road Recreation Ground
• Prospect Park
• Meadway Recreation Ground
• Tilehurst allotments, Armour Hill
• Palmer Park Sports Stadium
• Whitley Wood Recreation Ground
• Academy Sports Leisure Centre, Northumberland Avenue

The trees will be chipped by the Council and used in a range of landscaping schemes across the Borough. Residents are being advised not to be alarmed if they see piles of trees as it takes a few days to get round to each location.

The Recycling Centre on Island Road is open during the holiday period, except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Opening times are 8am to 6pm, except for Christmas Eve, when the centre closes at 4pm.

Oscar Mortali

For media enquiries about this release email oscar.mortali@reading.gov.uk or call 0118 937 2301