Thursday, 24 May 2018

Letters not delivered

LETTERS telling residents about last week’s meeting were not sent to homes near one of the

LETTERS telling residents about last week’s meeting were not sent to homes near one of the proposed school sites.

Reading Borough Council, which is conducting the consultation, had promised to publicise the event as part of an information pack sent to households via direct mail.

But Elisa del Galdo, of Upper Warren Avenue, says people living near Mapledurham playing fields received nothing before the meeting. Houses in her street, St Peter’s Road, River Road, Chazey Road, Balliol Road, Highmoor, Ridgehall Close and Shepherds Lane were affected.

Ms del Galdo, a member of the Warren and District Residents’ Association, said: “Not only is it unacceptable that a subset of residents has not been informed of the consultation but this subset happens to be supporters of two of the most contested sites – Mapledurham playing fields and High Ridge. I am sure you can imagine how this must appear to residents and many have voiced an opinion that this omission was deliberate. Unfortunately, a process that never promised to be pleasant has already proven not up to expectations at one of the first hurdles.”

Robert O’Neill, another association member who lives in Upper Woodcote Road, said he received the letter but had to give photocopies to several people who did not.

Council leader Jo Lovelock said a contractor was hired to deliver the information packs and had been asked it to return to streets affected.

Information packs are available from the council offices in Bridge Street, libraries and leisure centres or visit http://beta.reading.

The consultation ends at 5pm on May 1.

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