Monday, 27 June 2011

Maiden Erlegh specialist legal advice

I just had a confidential briefing on the results of Reading Borough Council seeking specialist legal advice following on from Wokingham unfairly changing Maiden Erlegh's catchment area.

Getting specialist legal advice on this issue is something we have been pushing for for the last six months. It is also something we raised as a Green priority in our recent balance of power negotiations with Labour. So I am delighted that this is finally moving forwards. Hopefully this will mean a fair deal for families in the area.

As it was confidential I can't go into too much detail, but there are some things I can publish.

There are two options available to us, judicial review and objecting to the Young People's Learning Agency (YPLA). I believe objecting to the YPLA to be the best option -- which the parents' campaign did a while ago and the council has now done.

Assuming the objection to the YPLA is upheld it then goes up to the secretary of state who makes a binding recommendation. The timescale for this is that we would get the final decision some time over the summer.

There is a meeting organised by the YPLA for parents on Wednesday, June 29 starting at 6 p.m. at Maiden Erlegh. I think if we can get lots of families along to this meeting this would be a real show of strength and support the objection.

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