Reading Green Party supports the campaign to save the Central Club and Iconic Mural

17 August 2017

Central Club mural

East Reading Green Councillor, Rob White, is urging people to sign the petition to save the Central Club and the Black History mural.

The Central Club was a well-known community centre attracting young people mainly from the African Caribbean Community with a variety of organised activities, but was closed in 2006. The eye-catching mural outside the building depicts the positive impact people of colour have had on the area. It includes images of a number of famous African Caribbean people as well as influential local people.

The Aspire Community Interest Company has put forward a £10 million, once in a generation, bid to redevelop the site, which has been turned down by the council. Instead the site is to be put on the open market.

Speaking at a Save the Central Club meeting at RISC on the 4th August 2017 Councillor Rob White said: “Central Club was a vital resource and focus for black communities in Reading and it could be again.  I was the only councillor to support the Aspire bid at the Policy committee meeting. Green councillors will continue to work with residents to stop the council selling this Community Centre to the highest bidder, we want to see it reopened as a community centre and we want the council to put people before profit. I urge people to sign the petition and do what you can to support the campaign”.

 

For more information and to sign the petition please go to:

https://www.change.org/p/reading-borough-council-do-not-sell-the-central-club-a-community-asset-to-commercial-developers






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