Saturday, 25 November 2017

The Heights public consultation launched

A PUBLIC consultation was launched on Monday on sites for a new free school in Caversham

A PUBLIC consultation was launched on Monday on sites for a new free school in Caversham.

Residents are asked to give their views on five possible locations for the Heights Primary School, which opened a temporary premises in Gosbrook Road in September.

The possible sites are: High Ridge in Upper Warren Avenue, Mapledurham Playing Fields, Albert Road Recreation Ground, Shipnells Farm, which is better known as Bugs Bottom, and Dysons Farm, on land at the junction of Shepherd?s Lane and Kidmore Road.

About 67,000 letters will be sent to homes in Reading and the parishes of Mapledurham and Kidmore End, outlining how the consultation process will work.

The consultation consists of a public information phase at the start, including an information pack on the five preferred sites. A public meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 25 at the Rivermead Leisure Centre, Richfield Avenue, Reading. The meeting begins at 7pm, but doors will open at 6.30pm.. A public survey will then follow.

Once the Survey is complete, Reading Borough Council will pass all data to the Education Funding Authority for consideration and it will then make a final decision.

The information pack will appear will appear on Reading Borough Council?s website at: beta.reading.gov.uk/schoolsite from next Monday. Hard copies will be made available at the Civic Offices in Bridge Street, and in local libraries and leisure centres.

Residents who wish to attend the public meeting are asked to register their interest in advance to help the council plan for numbers. People can register their interest at beta.reading.gov.uk/schoolsite.

Those without access to computers can register by writing to: The Heights Consultation, Civic Offices, Bridge Street, RG1 2LU. For those people unable to attend, a recording of the meeting will be placed on the same webpage of Council?s website in the days following the meeting.

The public survey will open at 9.30am on Monday, March 30 at beta.reading.gov.uk/schoolsite.

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