- The EFA has agreed to Rob Wilson MP's request that there should be a thorough public consultation on where the permanent location for The Heights is built. Rob's statement can be read on his website
- The EFA has indefinitely put on hold pursuing High Ridge in Upper Warren Avenue as the solution. A stated reason is "we recognise that developing the school there would be unpopular with a section of the local community"
- However the EFA states that "High Ridge presents a deliverable if not ideal solution...We are confident that a good school can be delivered on this site."
- The EFA states that the "only real alternatives to High Ridge are sites within LA ownership or held in Trust"
- The sites listed are: Mapledurham Playing Fields, Albert Road Recreational Ground and Bugs Bottom
- RBC's Policy Committee will be discussing the report (referred to in RBC's press release), on Monday 1st December. The report has this map of Mapledurham Playing Fields appended
You can read the EFA's letter to Rob as well as their letter to RBC.
The Reading Chronicle has published this report and GetReading this slightly longer report. Other reactions can be read on The Heights' Facebook page.
There is a lot to be worked out and disseminated by the EFA/RBC such as how to carry out the consultation and what information is needed to ensure the consultation will generate meaningful results. I will be working hard at my jobs as councillor for Mapledurham Ward and Chairman of the Mapledurham Playing Fields Management Committee, studying the matter carefully and updating readers regularly.