Mapledurham Playing Fields Action Group
The Action Group do not have a view on the existence of The Heights Primary School, or its status as a Free School. Reading needs good primary schools to serve all of its growing population.
However, it has a number of concerns about the proposed siting of the school:
The construction of schools should not be at the expense of local recreation space, as Reading will have increasing need for this space to serve its the growing population
The proposal is in direct conflict with the charitable trust set up by a generous local benefactor, and is potentially illegal.
Once the charitable trust is breached, it is likely that further development will take place on the Playing Fields, which may, in time, be lost to the people of Mapledurham and Reading.
The proposed siting of the school is not at the centre of its catchment area, with the majority of its intake residing to the east.
The location of the school, east of Reading’s main road to Oxford, would make it a considerable traffic hazard and a major safety issue.