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Leader of the Council confirms sale of the Central Club

Central Club sold subject to planning permission

The former Central Club on London Street

Leader of Reading Borough Council (RBC) Councillor Jason Brock confirmed at the RBC policy committee meeting on 26 September that the former Central Club on London Street had been sold subject to planning permission.

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Active at South Reading Leisure Centre

Entrance to South Reading Leisure Centre

South Reading Leisure Centre is about 1.3 miles from the Whitley Pump. It takes half an hour to walk there, or it is right on the Emerald 5 bus route. I have to admit that apart from the famous purple tennis courts, I didn’t really know much about what the centre had to offer to southern Readingas; so I went to have a look.

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Information Commissioner orders Council to publish confidential Arthur Hill Baths report

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has instructed Reading Borough Council (RBC) to publish an unredacted version of an internal report used in the sale of Arthur Hill Memorial Baths. The ICO said that RBC had not provided evidence or arguments to supports its decision to withhold this information for reasons of commercial confidentiality.

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Technical fault at Reading Borough Council

By Scaramouche.

Reading Borough Council’s (RBC) lead councillor for health, wellbeing and sport Graeme Hoskin unexpectedly started channelling Little Dorrit at the policy committee meeting on 29 October. It is gratifying to know that in this era of austerity RBC can still maintain the high standards of circumlocution and inaction for which all levels of English government are justly famed.

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Protestors disrupt council policy meeting

Peter Burt, from the Save Arthur Hill Baths campaign

Protestors from Reclaim Reading, a group who use art and provocative actions to ask who controls Reading, served a ‘public information notice’ at the Reading Borough Council (RBC) policy meeting on Monday 24 September.

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Three protests at council policy committee meeting

Reading Borough Council (RBC) policy committee on the evening Monday 16 July saw three very different public protests played out in front of councillors and RBC officers.

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South Reading swimming pool re-opens

The swimming pool at South Reading Leisure Centre on Northumberland Avenue re-opened this February after four months’ closure, during which Reading Borough Council (RBC) refurbished its lighting, air conditioning and water heaters.

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Councillor’s “misdirected” remark condemned by Arthur Hill campaigners

Arthur Hill Baths

Campaigners who have raised over £10,000 to keep Arthur Hill Baths open have condemned councillor Paul Gittings for saying that their fundraising effort was “misdirected.”

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Campaign to save Arthur Hill swimming pool reaches £10k target

Arthur Hill Baths

The campaign to save the Arthur Hill swimming pool has been so successful at reaching its £10,000 target that they have decided to reach for an extra £2,000 to allow essential repair work to begin.

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Arthur Hill Memorial Baths to close this year

Arthur Hill Baths

A proposal will be put before the next Reading Borough Council policy committee meeting on 26 September 2016 to close the Arthur Hill Memorial Baths on 19 December this year.

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How far to swim?

Arthur Hill Baths

Arthur Hill Baths

Arthur Hill Memorial Baths and Reading’s Central Pool may be replaced within the next five years by modern facilities. The policy committee of Reading Borough Council considered a review of leisure facilities and future provision at their meeting on 30 November 2015 and Katesgrove swimmers may have further to travel in the future.

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