Berkshire news Campaign launched to protect Reading historic cemetery PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Campaigners say the historic site should be recognised as an asset to the community

Berkshire news Campaign launched to protect Reading historic cemetery PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Campaigners say the historic site should be recognised as an asset to the community

Berkshire news  Campaign launched to protect Reading historic cemetery PremierLeague-News.Com
14 May 2021 - 04:17

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A near two-century-old cemetery where some of Reading's war heroes have been buried could be protected from being developed. The Reading Civic Society wants Reading Old Cemetery to be listed as an asset of community value (ACV), to preserve it for the community. Dating back to 1842, it ceased to be the town's main cemetery following the opening of the Henley Road site in 1927 and has since been a place for local people to walk, appreciate the wildlife, and visit the historic graves and war memorial. Reading Civic Society chair Richard Bennett said: “Given the enduring use of over 180 years of the site by the community we hope that, if successful, the application may be a catalyst to re-invigorate efforts by the community, working in partnership with Reading Borough Council, for the whole cemetery to be better cared for and used by the local community.” The cemetery was bought by Reading Borough Council through a compulsory purchase order, as the Reading Cemetery Company was “finding it difficult to carry on”, reflecting the low-level use of its original purpose. It is currently attempting to sell the Cemetery Junction archway building at the site. What protection does a building get if it is listed as an ACV? Once a building is added to the list, it must be used for this purpose for five years, after which the property is removed from the list, although you can apply again for it to be re-submitted. If the owner of an ACV building wants to sell the property, they must contact the council, who will notify the community group that nominated the asset. The community group can then register its interest as a potential bidder, triggering a six-month period during which, with certain exceptions, the owner can only sell the asset to a community interest group. After the six-month period, the owner can sell to whomever they choose. BerkshireLive email updates: We bring the stories to you Signing up to the BerkshireLive newsletter means you'll receive our daily news email. It couldn't be simpler and it takes seconds - simply press here, enter your email address and follow the instructions. You can also enter your address at the top of this page in the box below the picture on most desktop and mobile platforms. Changed your mind? There's an 'unsubscribe' button at the bottom of every newsletter we send out. Why does Reading Civic Society think the site should be listed? Mr Bennett said he had been in discussion with Nick Cooksey, who is developing a bid for the Cemetery Junction arch, about whether the gateway could become an asset of community value.

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. But he said the more he explored the use of the cemetery, the more it became apparent it would be appropriate to list the whole cemetery as an ACV. People are occasionally still buried in family graves, but the use of the site has been mainly by local people and those interested in the memorials which mark the “great and the good” of Reading and its diversity, including paupers graves. Reading Civic Society says local people in the town and others use the area as an opportunity to interact with nature and wildlife and “today’s challenges make such interaction more important than ever as it supports wellbeing”. The society’s application praises the cemetery as a green lung for the town and haven for wildlife, fitting well with aims for combating climate change, and as a site that helps to establish a connection for people with Reading past and present. Download the Berkshire Live app You can get the latest news for Berkshire straight to your mobile or tablet when you download the free BerkshireLive app.  Keep up with breaking news, traffic and travel updates and what’s on from across the county plus unrivalled Reading FC coverage. You can sign up to receive push notifications, which means you'll always be the first to know what's happening in the area. You can find it for Apple devices here and Android devices here. What other buildings and sites are on the list? There are currently seven ACVs in Reading, six of which are pubs: The Nags Head, Russell Street The Rose & Thistle, Argyle Road The After Dark, London Street The Hop Leaf, Southampton Street Foresters Arms, Brunswick Street The Spread Eagle, Norfolk Road The other site is on the list is the Mapledurham Pavilion and Car Park. The Madejski Stadium was until recently an ACV, with its listing having expired in April. The Local Democracy Reporting Service has contacted Reading FC supporters’ trust STAR to find out if they plan to submit a new application. Meanwhile, the Butchers Arms’ (another pub) ACV status expired in January 25, but the pub has since submitted a new application. The former Arthur Hill pool and the north wall and mural of the Central Club were both previously on the list.

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