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MATT RODDA MP welcomed the news emerging from the agenda set for the next Cabinet meeting by Oxfordshire County Council, which will discuss the future of Chiltern Edge School.

There is suggestion that Oxfordshire County Council Cabinet members, due to meet on 28 November, will note the recent improvements made by the school. The agenda states a recommendation 'not to publish a statutory notice proposing closure of Chiltern Edge'.

 

The school is situated within the neighbouring Henley constituency, around 400 pupils from within the Reading area attend Chiltern Edge. An active campaign spearheaded by teachers, parents and pupils has been ongoing since the early part of Spring when the threat of closure became known. The proposal for the School to become sponsored by Maiden Erlegh, a multi-academy trust in Wokingham, is currently being considered by the Department for Education.

 Matt said:

I’m delighted to hear that Chiltern Edge has been given a chance to stay open on a longer basis by Oxfordshire’s Council Cabinet. Chiltern Edge is a much-loved local school, which is improving under an impressive new head and where students and staff are working hard to achieve outstanding results.”

 He added:

I would now call on Oxfordshire to give the school a guarantee that it will remain open for good, so that it can flourish as an outstanding local community school, putting residents in Caversham and Emmer Green at ease, so that they know Chiltern Edge will be there for them and their families.”

Matt welcomes news on Chiltern Edge School

MATT RODDA MP welcomed the news emerging from the agenda set for the next Cabinet meeting by Oxfordshire County Council, which will discuss the future of Chiltern Edge School.

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The recent School cuts in Reading and Woodley average out at over £200 per pupil

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Matt Rodda opposed school cuts in Reading and Woodley

The recent School cuts in Reading and Woodley average out at over £200 per pupil Start the video for more information....

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Public Meetings convened by Reading East MP Matt Rodda in recent weeks have enabled bus service users to have a wider public debate on the implications of Reading Buses' draft proposals to change some of the town's pink bus routes. The routes serving areas north of the river were to be radically changed and, in some instances, axed altogether.

Revised proposals from Reading Buses now include the retention of the pink 23 and 24 routes between Caversham Park and Emmer Green. These routes will be converted into 'loops' on an anti-clockwise and clockwise basis in order to maintain access to key areas such as schools and other vital roads.

 A link to the Royal Berkshire Hospital is also promised, with an hourly connection running on Monday to Saturday by the merging of the 19 service which operates to and from Lower Earley to an extended part of the 22 route.

 Reading Buses hope to register the new proposals with the Traffic Commissioner shortly, with a view to rolling out the revised routes by mid-February 2018.

 Referring to the consultation period which ended recently, Reading Buses CEO Martijn Gilbert said:

Just over 600 responses were received, as well as feedback directed through local residents’ and a ‘Concerned of Caversham’ group as well as two well-attended public meetings facilitated by Matt Rodda MP. We have carefully considered the continuing declining use of much of the Caversham network.”

 He added:

Regrettably, and as we have been clear from the start of this process, there will still be some areas where we can't please everyone. However the impact of this will now be isolated to Caversham Heights which remains the largest loss-making area on the network, despite previous attempts over the years to invest in and grow bus use in this area.

 I am hopeful that this blend of savings and new growth initiatives will move us towards a more sustainable position for the longer term that still meets the main travelling needs of the area.”

 MP Matt Rodda said:

"I am pleased Reading Buses has listened to residents' concerns about their much loved bus services, and that the routes in Caversham and Emmer Green are not being altered. I also welcome the extension of the 22 bus route directly to the Royal Berkshire Hospital, which is a significant step forward.”

He continued:

However, there will be some reduction in the frequency of services on the 22 route, and I want to work with the bus company, residents, community groups and councillors to promote bus use and try to increase services in the future.”

Matt Rodda MP welcomes Bus Company response following passenger feedback

Public Meetings convened by Reading East MP Matt Rodda in recent weeks have enabled bus service users to have a wider public debate on the implications of Reading Buses' draft...


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