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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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Former Central Club sold subject to planning permission

The former Central Club on London Street

The FOR SALE signboard at the former Central Club (Reading Central Youth Provision) on London Street says that the building has been sold subject to planning permission.

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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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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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Apollo, After Dark and the Central Club: “when the music hits you, you can feel no pain”

Matthew Farrall (left) and David Archibald (right), making a sign for ‘Africa’

I was on a lunchtime walk from work with colleagues recently and among them was Jamaican-born Rastafarian, David Archibald. David’s knowledge of the Afro-Caribbean history of three Katesgrove buildings had us all enthralled. He gave us some real insight into the cultural and socio-political side of life growing up in Reading in the 70s and 80s. With vivid joy, he talked of the great times he had at the Apollo Youth Club, the Caribbean Club and the Central Club; David explained most of his life at the time revolved around social gatherings with music at the heart of everything.

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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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‘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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Council attempting to “erase” Reading’s Afro-Caribbean history, says CAG

The Caribbean Associations Group (CAG) and the Aspire Community Interest Company have called a public meeting at RISC on Friday 4 August to discuss how to save the Central Club building on London Street, together with its famous ‘black history’ mural.

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Future of the Central Club still uncertain

Turning into Mill Lane

The mural on the side of the Central Club during this year’s half marathon

All the options currently under consideration for the future of the former Central Club building on London Street are ‘unviable’ according to a report going to Reading Borough Council’s policy committee on 18 July.

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