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What does Reading get? And what does Reading want?

Reclaim Reading is a magazine that brings together campaigners fighting for the communities in Reading, and to reclaim our heritage.  We believe in cheeky, in-yer-face direct action and accurate, fact-checked reporting.  No vanilla rallies or marches or fake news here!

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How not to deal with drug dealing

Image: Street conversation or drug deal? KelvynSkee / Flickr   Reading has long had a problem with hard drug abuse. The decline of traditional working class job opportunities in the town during the 1970s and 1980s contributed to the economic conditions which feed drug abuse, and the subsequent rise of Reading's service sector economy, with … Continue reading How not to deal with drug dealing

How to ask a question at a Reading Borough Council meeting

Asking questions at Council meetings can be a useful way of finding out information to support a campaign or for publicising your cause. It's fairly easy to do, but you will need to follow a set process. You can ask questions at any Reading Borough Council committee meeting. A programme of committee meeting dates is … Continue reading How to ask a question at a Reading Borough Council meeting

Absence of debate + vested interests + centralised power = planning disasters

George Monbiot has written a thought-provoking article in the Guardian newspaper about how decisions on major infrastructure projects are taken – and why they are so often disastrously wrong. Monbiot writes about the government's plans to build a new Oxford to Cambridge expressway, which would result in massive development along the road corridor and bring … Continue reading Absence of debate + vested interests + centralised power = planning disasters

Arthur Hill Swimming Pool – not for sale!

Arthur Hill Swimming Pool was closed by Reading Borough Council in December 2016, after having provided countless hours of fun and enjoyment to Cemetery Junction residents for over one hundred years.  Sadly, a determined local campaign was unable to keep the pool open, but shortly afterwards pool users and local residents submitted a formal bid … Continue reading Arthur Hill Swimming Pool – not for sale!