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Traffic diversions through Katesgrove for repairs to crash barriers on IDR flyover

The Flyover on 28 May 2019

Reading Borough Council will start repairs on the Inner Distribution Road (IDR) flyover crash barriers on Monday 8 July. A Parcelforce lorry broke through the barriers in May and landed on the Oracle roundabout at the bottom of Southampton Street.

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Sage Reading half marathon beating the streets

So much excitement up here on Katesgrove Hill as the sound of the approaching motorcycle mounted race marshall announced that the race was on its way to the small crowd at the junction of Kendrick and Christchurch Roads .

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‘Coalition of the disaffected’ takes shape on London Street

Aspire and CAG meeting at RISC (drawing: Huma Jehan)

Reading’s Caribbean Associations Group (CAG) and Aspire CIC have decided on political action in the aftermath of Reading Borough Council’s controversial sale of the Central Club to property developers Red Line Land.

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Sale of the Central Club

The ‘Black History’ mural

Reading Borough Council (RBC) have agreed to sell the Central Club on London Street in Katesgrove to Red Line. They will develop the site and take over responsibility for the maintenance of the mural. Councillors were at pains to point out at RBC policy committee on 16 July, that the process of finding a new use for the club since it closed in 2006 has been protracted.

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Central Club on London Street up for sale

Haslams are marketing the Central Club on Katesgrove’s London Street and details of the sale are available on a dedicated web page.

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Reading half marathon Sunday 18 March

The 2018 Reading half marathon will take place on Sunday 18 March. The anti-clockwise route starts in Green Park and ends at the Madejksi stadium.

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Community groups encouraged to express interest in Central Club mural

The ‘Black History’ mural

Reading Borough Council is advertising for expressions of interest from community groups to bid for the north wall and mural of the former Central Club on London Street.

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‘Black History’ mural becomes an asset of community value

Reading Borough Council (RBC) have listed the ‘Black History’ mural on Mill Lane as an asset of community value after it was nominated by the Aspire community interest company (CIC) as part of their campaign to acquire the Central Club.

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Debate on the Central Club and Black History Mural

Katesgrove councillor Sophia James spoke in the ‘Save Reading Central Club Mural/ Do Not Sell The Central Club (A Community Asset) to Commercial Developers’ debate at the Reading Borough Council (RBC) council meeting on Tuesday 17 October.

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Prologue to the Black History Mural and Central Club debate

The sequence of events on the agenda for the meeting of Reading Borough Council (RBC) on 17 October was altered to allow questions from members of the public before the presentation of the petition and eagerly awaited debate on the Black History Mural and Central Club.

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Black History Mural petition – history repeats itself on 17 October

At the end of September a petition was presented to Reading Borough Council (RBC) asking for the council to reconsider Aspire CIC’s rejected bid. However this was not the first petition that the has council received about the Black History mural, it had a predecessor in 2006.

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Council starts to clean and survey ‘black history’ mural

The ‘Black History’ mural

Reading Borough Council (RBC) has contracted conservation experts Arte Conservation to start cleaning the ‘black history’ mural in Mill Lane on the side of the former Central Club. The council say that work will start this week and should last a fortnight, which will allow a detailed photographic survey and assessment of the mural’s condition.

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Reading Borough Council involved in ‘obfuscation and deception’ says Aspire chair

Keith Kerr, Aspire CIC chair

The dispute between Reading’s Afro-Caribbean communities and Reading Borough Council (RBC) over a bid to acquire the old Central Club on London Street and its ‘black history’ mural led to a public demonstration through the town centre on 25 September. Keith Kerr, the chair of the legal entity set up to manage the bid on behalf of Reading’s Afro-Caribbeans, the Aspire Community Interest Company (CIC), talked to the Whitley Pump about what he intended for the site, how much he was willing to pay for it and how he feels the bid has been mistreated by RBC.

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The Historic Katesgrove Industries Tour

Reading, from the South Hill 1882. reproduced from Illustrated London News.

The Historic Katesgrove Industries tour was available for the first time on 8 September 2017 during the Heritage Open Days weekend. The two hour walk started at the foot of London Street outside Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) and, after a loop around Katesgrove, ended outside Great Expectations, next door to RISC.

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‘Black History’ mural march delivers petition to council

By Adam Harrington and John Howard.

Members of Reading’s Afro-Caribbean communities marched from the Central Club at the corner of London Street and Mill Lane to the Civic Offices on Monday 25 September to protest Reading Borough Council’s (RBC) decision to reject their bid to acquire the club and its famous mural.

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Katesgrove councillor Sophia James talks about the future of the Central Club and the Black History Mural

The Black History Mural was ‘livicated‘ in 1990 and concern has been expressed about its future following Reading Borough Council’s (RBC) decision in July to put the Central Club building on the open market for bids.

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Protest march planned in support of ‘black history’ mural on 25 September

Reading’s Afro-Caribbean communities are planning a peaceful protest march from the ‘black history’ mural at the Central Club on Mill Lane to the council offices on Bridge Street via the town centre, starting at 4.30pm on Monday 25 September.

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Reading’s Caribbean groups ‘demand their birthright’ with the Central Club

The ‘Black History’ mural

Reading’s Caribbean Associations Group (CAG) vowed to fight Reading Borough Council (RBC) at a packed meeting at RISC on Friday 4 August. The Aspire Community Interest Company (CIC), founded by CAG, had bid for London Street’s Central Club and its famous ‘Black History’ mural, but the council had decided to put the site on the open market instead.

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The Reading half marathon in Katesgrove

By Matthew Farrall and Evelyn Williams.

It was a lovely cool day for running the Reading half marathon this year and a really good supportive and fun crowd were outside Christchurch; always a popular viewing spot.

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Roadworks on Mill Lane from 14 March

Road works

Thames Water are planning roadworks on Mill Lane from 14 to 16 March.

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