Basher has posted what is below, which I reproduce in full and invite my more thoughtful readers to consider. The only direction in which I would point them is to the indication that RBC was first told that Wokingham was starting a review on 26th March, before this year's election, when Reading was still under Labour control, and when Fatboy Hartley was still the Cabinet member for education. The officer concerned indicates that papers were circulated for that meeting, and Fatboy would have received those papers - I am quite sure the officer is correct in saying that there was no specific information in those papers, but was not the fact that Wokingham were starting a review enough to set off alarm bells? Maybe even use it as an election campaign issue? No. Fatboy, notoriously lazy, did not read the papers, or if he did he did nothing about them. Shouting about them now will not wash. Or is Basher using this to expose Fatboy for the lazy fat-arse he is? I think we should be told.
Questions have been asked about when Reading Borough Council knew that Wokingham Borough Council were going to propose changes to the Maiden Erlegh Catchment Area.
Jon Hartley, Labour Councillor; Park Ward, has asked Reading Officers to confirm when they were aware of the changes. They confirm that Wokingham advised them in June that changes to the catchment area were proposed. While not for now, as we are where we are, however this date asks questions of Tory Councillor Mark Ralph's commitment to Reading's residents as this would have been one of the first things across his desk in coming to his role as Lead Councillor for education.
The officer's full response to Jon's question is attached below for your information.
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From: Wright, Anna
Date: 30 September 2010 13:35
Subject: RE: Reading Borough Council involvement in Wokingham's
Designated Area Review
To: "Hartley, JonX">
I have consulted with colleagues and can clarify that we were invited to
an initial meeting at Wokingham to discuss their review on 26 March
2010. Noone from Reading went to that meeting as it was billed as a set
up meeting covering terms of reference etc. The papers were circulated,
but no proposals for change were contained in them and the meeting just
covered background information.
The next meeting officers attended was on 13 May 2010 when the over
subscription criteria were discussed and the focus was on Wokingham town
centre schools in the main, in particular Holt and Forest.
The meeting concerning designated areas for all Wokingham secondary
schools was held on 10 June 2010 and at this meeting we first learned
Wokingham's plans for changing the DA of Maiden Erlegh.
Director of Education and Children's Services
Reading Borough Council