GetReading has reported on the spiralling cost of providing new school places in the Borough, in the light of a 44% rise in pupil numbers over 2010–2018. According to the report, each new primary school place in Reading costs on average a massive £23,579. The Gladman development would theoreticaly fall within the catchment of Shiplake primary where potential pupils have been sent to distant schools because of the shortage of places. CAGE estimate that it would cost around £1.
Our MP John Howell visited the Gladman site this afternoon and pledged to work with Reading East MP Rob Wilson to support the CAGE campaign against 245 unsustainable houses in the Chilterns landscape close to Emmer Green. At the meeting at Bryant's Farm, he heard that if the houses are built they will place an intolerable burden on local schools in both Reading as well as South Oxfordshire, where primaries are already struggling to cope with an influx from Reading's hard-pres