Please feel free to use the following as a starting point for an email to your MP about the fate of Reading Gaol. You can copy and paste into your email application.
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Dear Mr Sharma,
I understand that the Ministry of Justice is currently evaluating bids for Reading Prison (AKA Reading Gaol), and that Reading Borough Council have submitted a conditional bid with a view to converting the Gaol into a cultural hub and museum.
As you know there is a strong local support for the concept of having the Gaol as such a facility for Reading and beyond. This has been emphatically shown in the crowds, including yourself, Matt Rodda and the Mayor of Reading that joined hands to “hug” the Gaol on October 13th.
The benefits of a Reading Gaol Cultural Hub would reach far beyond Reading. It would enable Reading to consolidate its strengthening cultural offer and provide a significant tourist attraction. The site of Oscar Wilde’s incarceration would draw people from afar, economically benefitting the wider region.
In light of all this, it would be sad if the Ministry of Justice were to go against the swell of local opinion and the wishes of the local council and sell this valuable historic site to the highest bidder to convert into housing or a hotel.
This would be a triumph of a blinkered short termism against a more imaginative and ultimately more economically beneficial decision. The opportunity to make Reading Gaol the world class destination it deserves to be is a unique one that will never come around again.