|Extract from The Heights School's March Newsletter
Lots of residents and users of Mapledurham Playing Fields (MPF) came to look at & discuss the EFA's proposal of where to build The Heights primary school. In particular people spoke about the outlined area of Trust land in the preliminary layout proposal, as well as what possible benefits could be part of the EFA's formal proposal for the wider community.
As regular readers will be aware, the siting of The Heights primary school's permanent home is a widely debated issue in the community. No matter what your views, the EFA would like as many residents as possible to fill out their consultation form, so please make time to respond.
The deadline is Monday 4 April 2016.
I remain neutral on where the school is built for two reasons: (1) I am on Reading Borough Council's (RBC) Planning Committee and (2) As the elected councillor for the area it is my job to represent the views of all residents. It was clear at the previews and public consultation events that there were mixed views: Some residents were pro the school, some were opposed to any Trust land being built upon, whilst others were wishing to see exactly what the EFA's formal proposal will be to Reading Borough Council (the Trustee) before making their minds up.
Caversham and District Residents Association (CADRA) is also remaining neutral as their committee recognises the fact that their members have mixed views. I agree with CADRA's stance. I hope that the Warren & District Residents Association's (WADRA) committee will rethink their approach which has been to align with the MPF Action Group (MPFAG) against the school being built on MPF thereby leaving some WADRA members feeling marginalised.