What then can you make of leisure in Reading? The barely reasonable facilities at Rivermead, the outdated Central Pool and the way-outdated Arthur Hill pool are about as far as it goes for swimming.
Bowling has now gone and so have many of the children’s indoor and outdoor play areas.
There are two every more pricey cinemas and inadequate theatre provision. A private lido/spa is coming but that’s got a rather fine tuned market.
It’s time those talking up the town gave up the spin and looked at what we are missing. We might be top ten when it comes to tech and shopping but it seems while we are patting ourselves on the back, healthy leisure (all apart from the surge of gyms – and that’s hardly leisure) has been forgotten.