The Borough of Reading follows a very tight boundary based around the urban core of the region and servicing a population of 150,000. Reading proper (or the geographic area traditionally recognised as Reading) is far larger, as home to nearly 250,000 people, and includes the large suburbs of Reading which fall under other administrative control (such as Earley, Woodley or Calcot).
Confusingly, some areas around the University and Tilehurst are split into two different local authority areas.
However, the M4 provides a recognisable boundary south of the town (where you change county as well) and heading north you'll also find a fairly clear rural boundary between Reading, Berkshire and yet another county - South Oxfordshire.
Please note Berkshire, though still existing as a county, does not have a county Council - having been split into six unitary authorities in the 1990s.
The following councils are the various local area authorities for the Reading area. Depending on where you settle in town you will need to talk to one of these for advice on everything from refuse collection, libraries, schools, housing and planning.
• Reading Borough Council - www.reading.gov.uk
For central Reading, Caversham, Emmer Green, East Reading, Whitley, West Reading, most of Tilehurst.
• South Oxon District Council - www.southoxon.gov.uk
For Mapledurham, Sonning Common, Goring, Peppard, Stoke Row, Shiplake etc
• West Berkshire District Council - www.westberks.gov.uk
For Calcot, parts of Tilehurst, Purley, Streatley, Theale, Beech Hill, Lower Basildon etc
• Wokingham Borough Council - www.wokingham.gov.uk
For Earley, Woodley, Winnersh, Sonning, Spencers Wood, Charvil etc
Are You Registered? Registering with a GP is quick and easy. For more information on where your nearest GP is or how to register, please call 0118 918 3333.
NHS Berkshire West’s Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) provides free, informal, confidential help and advice for patients, carers and their families.
Patient and Advice Liaison Service (PALS)
NHS Berkshire West
57-59 Bath Road
Tel: 0118 982 2829
Fax: 0118 982 2905
Text: 0787 6505 312
Early 2009 will see a significant increase in the availability of NHS dentistry in Berkshire West with increased investment by NHS Berkshire West equivalent to three new dental surgeries in our area.
For the most up-to-date information about dentists accepting NHS patients, please visit our website www.berkshirewest.nhs.uk and click on Local NHS Services or contact our Patient and Advice Liaison Service (PALS).
Reading has one of the largest district general hospitals in the country and is rated by the Healthcare Commission as ‘Good’ for its quality of services and ‘Excellent’ for its use of resources.
More information about the Trust is available from the website www.royalberkshire.nhs.uk or the main switchboard number is 0118 322 5111.
The main site, along with one of the best performing Accident & Emergency departments in the country, is located at Craven Road, Reading, RG1 5AN.