Reading & District Labour Party Media Release
10 November 2013
“Our children deserve to have a school on the best site for East Reading”, says Labour
Labour members and supporters in East Reading have launched a petition, to be presented to the Government’s Education Funding Agency, arguing that the site in Crescent Road is the best site on which to provide the new secondary school the area needs.
They believe there is clear evidence that this site is suitable for a school, unlike the iconic North Block of the RoyalBerkshireHospital which has been proposed by Conservative MP Rob Wilson.
Labour candidate for Reading East Matt Rodda says: “Local children deserve to have a school on the best site.
“The Crescent Road site is land designated for educational use in local plans and has playing fields and some existing classrooms on the site. It is also adjacent to the UTC and AlfredSuttonPrimary School.
“In contrast, the hospital site is located on a very busy main road, has no outdoor space, playing fields or parking, and in addition, it is a grade 2* listed building and currently houses the Berkshire Cancer Centre and other clinical facilities.
“The Hospital Governors won’t be consulting about options for its future use until next year, whereas the Crescent Road site is available now.
“Many local people believe there is no contest between these two sites.”
The Borough Council bought the land at Crescent Road earlier this year and has offered to work with parents, the Government and other organisations to provide a new school.
Matt added: “The aim of this petition is to help the EFA see that Crescent Road is the choice of local people, and of local parents, and I am asking people to support it and to get their friends, neighbours and colleagues to do so as well.”
The petition can be signed on-line at: