Monday, 20 November 2017

MP opposed to new primary school

JOHN HOWELL has said he is opposed to building a new primary school for Caversham children in South Oxfordshire

JOHN HOWELL has said he is opposed to building a new primary school for Caversham children in South Oxfordshire.

A site at Dyson?s Farm, near Tokers Green, is one of five being considered for the new Heights Free School but the only one not in Caversham.

A public consultation is being carried out by Reading Borough Council on behalf of the Education Funding Agency, which will make the final decision.

Mr Howell, who has written a letter to this week's Henley Standard, said: ?I believe that it would be inappropriate for such a free school to be built in South Oxfordshire when it is clearly intended to serve a catchment area in Reading.

?I completely accept the points that have been made about the poverty of the infrastructure in the area and the wider impact such a school would have. I am also deeply concerned for Kidmore End School, which I visited only a week ago.?

A group of residents from Tokers Green and Caversham Heights are arguing the case against choosing the site, known as Farthingworth Green.

Spokesman Malcolm Pemble said: ?We are delighted to have Mr Howell?s support. We?re convinced that putting the school in South Oxfordshire would have serious implications for its future as a school for Caversham children and also for the future of existing Oxfordshire primary schools. We urge everyone to take part in the consultation.?

For more information, visit beta.reading.gov.uk/schoolsite


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