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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Patients’ opinions mixed on south Reading GP surgeries

NHS England published the results of their GP patient survey in July. The survey assessed patients’ experience of their GP practice across the country. The surgeries with the highest patient satisfaction in the town tended to be in Caversham and Tilehurst, while the surgeries with the lowest patient satisfaction clustered around Calcot, Whitley and the town centre.

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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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