Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Thames Valley playing fields safe for now

Tonight's meeting of the full council was a great success for the campaign. I'm glad that the Council has listened to us and cut down the size of the proposed Thames Valley University development site to the footprint of the existing buildings -- see section 4.22. The council says that if these buildings are no longer needed for education use, up to 93 houses could be built on this brownfield land.

Following on from this success I asked Councillor Tony Page if the council could allocate all playing fields in Reading as protected land, but unfortunately he failed to answer my question.

As expected Councillor Page attempted to rubbish the campaign at the meeting. But hindsight is a wonderful thing, up until the report tonight the whole of the Thames Valley University playing fields were in the document for development and Labour councillors were sending out mixed and unclear messages about what would happen to them. It basically came down to an issue of trust and with Labour's poor record in this area we pressed ahead with the campaign to ensure that the playing fields were protected.

1 comment:

Adrian Windisch said...

Richard has written about this here http://richardmckenzieorg.blogspot.com/2010/02/whitewash-is-bad-for-you.html

Jane Griffiths has responded here http://jane-griffiths-my-book.blogspot.com/2010/02/straw-man.html

I also wrote here: