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Campaigners are calling for Reading Prison to be saved from demolition after it was announced the Victorian jail is to be closed.
Reading Borough Council says it plans to keep the building. Deputy Leader Cllr Tony Page says any future development must be in keeping with its location.
Hundreds of prison staff could lose their jobs after the Government announced it's to shut four jails - including Reading and Dorchester. It's part of plans to modernise prisons and cut costs. Mel Bloor reports.
After the news that Reading prison is to close, MP Rob Wilson for Reading East has said that the 'decision offers an opportunity to do something new and positive with the land.'
He also added, "The important thing now is that we have a proper consultation of local people so they can have their say on what is the best use we can make of the site, while deciding at the same time whether all or part of the heritage of the prison is worth preserving.
"It is important that local people have their say on the future of this landmark site."
Following an announcement in a Parliamentary Statement by the Minister for Prisons and Rehabilitation, Jeremy Wright MP, Reading prison will close.
Rob Wilson MP for Reading East had this to say: