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Public survey open for the Heights Primary

People can now have their say on a permanent home for the Heights Primary in Reading Credit: The Heights Primary

The Public Survey phase of the on-going consultation to find a permanent home for The Heights Primary School is now open.

The survey opened at 9.30am this morning and can be filled in at

The Government’s Education Funding Agency (EFA) has selected five possible sites for a permanent location for the school and has asked Reading Borough Council to carry out a public consultation on its behalf.

The Public Survey is now the opportunity for people to tell the EFA which of the five sites they prefer, and the reasons for their choice.

The EFA’s five preferred sites are:

  • High Ridge, Upper Warren Avenue
  • Mapledurham Playing Fields
  • Albert Road Recreation Ground
  • Shipnells Farm (better known as Bugs Bottom)
  • Dysons Farm (Land at the junction of Shepherd’s Lane and Kidmore Road)

The Public Survey is open for just over one month and the deadline for responses is 5pm on Friday May 1st. When the survey is complete, Reading Borough Council will pass all responses to the EFA. It will then be up to the EFA to select which location for The Heights Primary School it will pursue, based on public responses received.

Residents filling in the Public Survey are also being asked to provide a name and address. This is so that the EFA can take all geographical data into account when making a final decision on the permanent location for the school.

For people without access to computers, hard copies of the Public Survey are being made available at the Civic Offices in Bridge Street, and local libraries and leisure centres.


Motorbike safety - a rider's perspective

Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police are marking the ACPO National Motorcycle Week of Action starting today, with the release of an innovative film shot from a police motorcyclist’s perspective.

The film shows an advanced police motorcycle trainer from the Joint Operations Unit, which is the collaborated unit between both forces, on a police bike. The rider can be heard talking through what he is observing, considering and doing as part of his journey on the road, with the camera placed in different places around him so that the film comes from his viewpoint.

The idea is that riders can watch the film and get an appreciation of what an advanced ride entails as the police rider encounters potential hazards and dangers while riding, thus providing an insight into advanced riding techniques.

"The main aim of the film is to give riders a flavour of advanced riding techniques through being ‘on board’ while a police rider talks his way along some of the roads where the motorcycling public have been involved in crashes. Some of the riders may not consider some issues and features to be hazards worthy of caution or action in the same way that a police rider will perceive them. The film which is aimed to be the start of a series of similar features covering various aspects within motorcycling will not turn you into an instant riding expert. Instead we are hoping this and other films will provide a potentially life-saving insight, not just for motorcyclists, but for all motorists.”

– Inspector Bob Jarrett


Nick Clegg kicks off election campaign in Abingdon

The Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg has been in the South today as he launched the party's General Election campaign. The liberal democrats are aiming to hold onto their seats in Mid Dorset and Poole North along with Eastleigh. And on his first day of campaigning, Mr Clegg said they are determined to win back the key marginal of Oxford West and Abingdon. Penny Silvester reports.

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