Thursday, 28 September 2017
Wednesday, 27 September 2017
LETTER TO HENLEY STANDARD
I wish to address some points made in the letter by David Maynerd headed ‘What about other option?’ published in your newspaper last week.
Mr Maynerd recounts a conversation in which the process undertaken by Reading Borough Council to address a shortfall in primary school places is questioned and the actual need for any more primary school places is called into doubt.
The Council conducted a lengthy consultation regarding the expansion of schools in the borough. This included a primary school place planning summit with headteachers in June 2012 and the launch of the Let’s Talk Education consultation in October 2012.
A series of discussion events were held across the borough in which the Council put forward its needs and communities were invited to have their say. Detailed conversations were held with headteachers and governing bodies of schools.
A major expansion programme involving 13 primary schools was agreed. The Council won £19.1m funding from the Government and embarked on a £64 million primary school expansion programme which was completed this year having delivered more than 2,500 extra primary school places.
Over the next 10 years the demand for primary school places in Caversham will increase slightly. The Heights free school has been at its capacity in its first three years and we predict it will remain so in the foreseeable future.
I hope these details demonstrate the robust process undertaken by the Council in its school expansion programme and clarifies the current situation regarding demand for primary school places.
Councillor Tony Jones
Lead Member for Education
Tuesday, 26 September 2017
|Picture courtesy of Reading Chronicle|
"A community company has threatened to report the council to the Information Commissioner if it reveals the truth behind a secretive bid to save a much-loved building.
Reading Aspire claims it has made a £10m bid to buy Central Club in London Street from Reading Borough Council. However, the bid does not include any cash upfront." writes Courtney Friday (@ChronCourtney).
Reproduced in full below is the question and answer at Reading Borough Council's Policy Committee, held on 25 September 2017, concerning the future of the Central Club Building and mural in central Reading.
|Cultural icon: The mural on the wall of the Central Club|
Thursday, 21 September 2017
|Tories: Another Broken Promise|
The plans had been to force independent schools to forge formal partnerships with local schools or offer a significant number of bursaries to poorer children to retain their tax status, earning them favourable business rates and VAT exemptions on fees.
However, it has now been revealed that such measures have been watered down and are to be left to voluntary arrangements.
Tuesday, 12 September 2017
|READING GATEWAY WILL OPEN IN SEPTEMBER 2018|
With employment opportunities within the construction sector, as well as future chances in other industries, anyone interested should get along to the South Reading Community Centre, 252 Northumberland Avenue, RG2 7QA, between 1.30pm and 3.30pm.
The Reading Gateway scheme, which is due for completion in September 2018, will see the opening of a 120 Premier Inn Hotel, a Beefeater restaurant, a Toys R Us store, a Burger King and a Costa drive through.
Saturday, 9 September 2017
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Friday, 8 September 2017
Tuesday, 5 September 2017
Monday, 4 September 2017
|Find A Site For A New Secondary School In Reading|
However, by 2019/20 that expanded school population, together with a general growth in population, will be needing places to move on to secondary schools, with a large proportion based around central Reading.
The problem for Reading and the government's Education Funding Agency, is where can we find an appropriate site?
Saturday, 2 September 2017
|Cllr David Absolom - Cintra Ave / Warwick Rd|
The latest addition to this process goes live next Monday, 4th September, with residents in Cintra Ave and Warwick Road being added to zone 15R following a long consultation led by Cllr David Absolom.
Local Labour councillors are also currently compiling residents' views on the round of schemes introduced in the spring. These may include changing some of the hours of protection and relaxing over-night parking in some pay and display areas: feel free to contact us with your ideas!