Isobel is a Conservative local councillor on Reading Borough Council, first elected in 2006. She represents Mapledurham Ward. This is her personal blog with news & her views. Do visit her Facebook page for more regular posts: Cllr Isobel Ballsdon.
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Today Reading Borough Council (RBC) has opened its online consultation survey for The Heights. Residents need
to choose from five possible sites giving their preference of permanent site
for The Heights primary school.
There are a series of questions which will enable people to state
the reason for their choice as well as what one thing would make them change their
The sites put forward by the Stakeholder Groups, agreed by
the Education Funding Agency (EFA), are:
High Ridge, Upper Warren Avenue
Mapledurham Playing Fields (MPF)
Albert Road Recreation Ground (ARP)
Shipnells Farm (better known as Bugs Bottom [BB])
Dysons Farm (Land at the junction of Shepherd’s Lane and
The survey runs from today (30 March) until 5 pm on Friday 1st
May. When complete, RBC will pass on the
responses to the EFA. The EFA will then
take into account all geographical data when making a final decision on the
permanent location for The Heights.
Hard copies of the survey will be available at the Civic
Centre in Bridge Street, local libraries and leisure centres.
The EFA’s Information Pack which, as indicated by its name,
provides information about the permanent site options to help aid people making
an informed choice.
Please note that information on Stakeholder Group’s own
websites/Facebook pages or literature may not be accurate.
For example Bugs Bottom is actually 32.47 acres (including some houses
in the north east corner) – not 40 acres as described by one group.
One last thing: Due to popular demand and for transparency I have asked RBC to publish on its website the Trust/ownership details relating to the three sites it has responsibility for, ie MPF, ARP & BB. If successful I will update readers accordingly.
Unfortunately RBC has not agreed to publish the Trust/ownership details relating to the three sites in the council's website