The Wokingham Paper

WESTMINSTER DIARY: Matt Rodda’s ballad for Reading Gaol

Matt Rodda

I believe it is important to protect our local heritage and green spaces, both in Woodley, Earley and in the wider Reading and Berkshire area.

I am concerned that Reading’s historic gaol is at risk of being redeveloped as luxury flats, after the Government announced it would sell the site to the highest bidder.

I believe that our precious heritage should be preserved and that the prison should be used to promote the arts and the history of our town and the country as a whole.

Reading Gaol is known across the country and internationally as the place where Oscar Wilde was incarcerated. It is also the burial place of King Henry I and the site includes parts of Reading Abbey, once one of the largest monastic complexes in Medieval Europe.

It is a vital part of our heritage and it needs to be protected. That is why I am calling on the Government to rethink its mistaken approach, and to recognise the enormous value of this unique historic site.

I hope you will support this campaign by signing the petition calling for the prison to be protected and for it to become an arts and heritage hub.

I am working with a wide range of other local people and organisations and I hope that together we can press for a change of Government policy.

To sign the petition online please follow the link below:

https://mattroddamp.com/stopreadinggaolselloff

Thank you for your help and support on this important issue.

Matt Rodda is the MP for Reading East, whose constituency includes parts of Woodley and Earley

Related posts

IN THE COMMUNITY: Rotary Club of Easthampstead

Staff Writer

Finchampstead brewery raises its glasses to tap room

Phil Creighton

International artist Marva King performs in Wokingham to launch Prince-inspired Jamma Music

Jess Warren
0 0 vote
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x