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â??Protected species like badgers, bats and red kites and numerous other important animals, birds, insects, butterflies and bees have been recorded as being present on the site. These would be affected by the school development.
â??Bugs Bottom is also located in north-east Caversham rather than in the west, which is where school places are desperately needed.
â??Currently, there is no vehicle or public transport access to the site and building here would drive traffic towards the existing schools and the east of Caversham, where three schools already exist withinin a 1.5-mile radius. Bugs Bottom is currently enjoyed by a wide range of the community. Building the school here would deter many of its users, such as bird watchers, wildlife enthusiasts, horse riders, walkers etc., from using the site due to the school noise/increased people having a knock-on effect on the visibility of the wildlife and peacefulness of the site.
â??We absolutely believe the children of west Caversham need a school but we agree with the Education Funding Agencyâ??s decision in its original review that it is â??unlikely to be possible for any development to be realisedâ?? on Bugs Bottom.
â??We submitted a petition in support of our position with 1,565 signatures to Reading Borough Council in January.â?�
24 February 2015
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