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Protect Mapledurham Playing Fields

353 Signatures Goal: 3,500

We, the undersigned, demand the protection of Mapledurham Playing Fields (MPF) for the sole purpose of playing fields and recreation ground. We support the refurbishment of the Pavilion as part of this very valuable local resource. We completely reject any proposal to use any part of MPF for a school, housing or other development that will cause loss of land.


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Highlights

January 11
From now on we will try to keep you informed of the progress of the consultation and what you can do to help to protect Mapledurham Playing Fields from development at the Facebook group "Mapledurham Playing Fields and Pavilion"
January 11
As you are probably aware the Educational Funding Agency did not publish their review of prospective sites. Instead they have asked Reading Borough Council to conduct a consultation on their behalf. The proposed plans for the consultation are due to be approved by the Policy Committee on Monday 19th January. The proposed plans can be accessed at http://beta.reading.gov.uk/media/2452/item10/pdf/item10.pdf
October 31
The Education Funding Agency (EFA) has announced that it expects to publish the outcome of its review of prospective sites for The Heights by the end of November. The review was originally expected to take 8 weeks from the end of August. Four sites were proposed: Highridge, Mapledurham Playing Fields, Bugs Bottom and Caversham Lawn Tennis Club. Members of Caversham Lawn Tennis Club voted not to sell the site, so this has been discounted. The delay is worrying. We know that Mapledurham Playing Fields were initially considered nonviable as renegotiation of the Trust, if indeed possible, would take a very long time. Is this what is being explored and causing the delay? If you are concerned please write to Ministers as detailed below.
October 19
Thank you for all of your support. 1300 signatures were sent to the Charities Commission at the beginning of September. There has been a steady stream of signatories, both online and at events, since then. We are raising the profile of the campaign now, by publicising it in local media and writing to politicians. John Madejski has added his support. Articles have been published in the Reading Post. Interviews have been broadcast on Berkshire Jack FM. Letters have been sent to local councilors and government ministers. If you would like to add your support to the lobbying please contact Gordon.watt@balliol-watt.co.uk for addresses and details of themes covered so far.
August 31
We have started a Facebook page, ProtectMPF, for you to post photos of activities and events you have enjoyed on the Playing Fields
August 14
Yesterday, Wednesday 13th July, we sent the 700 signatures that we have collected so far to the Charities Commission, to ensure that they are aware of the strength of support for protection of Mapledurham Playing Fields from development. We also copied the Education Funding Agency, responsible for acquiring a permanent site for The Heights school, and Isobel Ballsdon, councilor for Reading Mapledurham Ward and Trustee of Mapledurham Playing Fields.
July 18
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Signatures

  • 2 weeks ago
    Gill Dalley United Kingdom
    2 weeks ago
  • 2 weeks ago
    Keith Knee-Robinson United Kingdom
    2 weeks ago
  • 4 weeks ago
    Robin Thomas United Kingdom
    4 weeks ago
  • 1 month ago
    R Hudson
    1 month ago
  • 2 months ago
    Patricia Joyce United Kingdom
    2 months ago
  • 2 months ago
    Carole Waters United Kingdom
    2 months ago
  • 3 months ago
    Vanessa Hine
    3 months ago
  • 3 months ago
    Sylvia Page
    3 months ago
  • 3 months ago
    R. Barry
    3 months ago
  • 3 months ago
    Alan and Maureen Futter
    3 months ago
  • 3 months ago
    Melvyn Lloyd
    3 months ago
  • 3 months ago
    Matthew Coome
    3 months ago
  • 3 months ago
    A D Maunder
    3 months ago
  • 3 months ago
    Edna Webb
    3 months ago
  • 3 months ago
    C M King
    3 months ago
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