Reading African and Caribbean club given fund-raising extension

Central Club mural
Image caption A further £300,000 is needed to save the Central Club

Councillors have granted more time to a group trying to raise enough money to save an African and Caribbean community club in Reading.

The Central Club was closed in 2006 following a drugs raid.

The African Caribbean Community Association (ACCG) needs to raise £400,000 to refurbish and reopen it.

At a cabinet meeting earlier Reading Borough Council said the ACCG has until the end of 2013 to raise funds before the building is redeveloped.

'Tremendous achievement'

The council has pledged £220,000 towards the estimated £620,000 refurbishment of the building in London Street.

ACCG has so far raised £100,000 of the remaining £400,000.

Jan Gavin, lead councillor for community engagement said: "For the African and Caribbean Community Association to raise £100,000 in the current economic climate is a tremendous achievement on their part.

"I know they have been working hard to maintain a high profile and identify possible funding opportunities, with some success.

"The extension of the lease would give them a opportunity to continue with that work and towards reaching their goal which is to see the Central Club brought back into community use."

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