Proposal for a new Primary School in Goring
Following a series of contacts over the last 18 months between the Goring Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group (GNPSG) and the various bodies involved with the school and some proposed housing developments, the Oxford Diocesan Board of Education (a non-governmental body) and the Goring Primary School issued in June 2017 a Proposal addressed to the GNPSG, for a new school on part of one of the sites submitted under the Neighbourhood Plan. The proposal is conditional among other things upon McAdden Homes of Reading being given consent to build approximately 134 homes on the rest of that site not occupied by the proposed new school, another site submitted under the Plan but not shortlisted and a further site not previously submitted (which is the existing school site).
Details of the proposal may be found on the school website http://www.goring.oxon.sch.uk/ and in a leaflet delivered to homes in Goring.
On 10 July 2017 Goring Parish Council (GPC) held a public meeting and GNPSG’s initial response to this specific proposal was included in Appendix G to the Agenda to that meeting http://www.goringpc.org/index.php
In August 2017 GPC issued a Statement acknowledging the concern of certain parents and others that their wishes were not being heard or properly addressed, and proposed an Extraordinary Council Meeting in September 2017 at which all interested parties could express their views. This statement is available on GPC’s website http://www.goringpc.org/index.php
At a subsequent GPC meeting it was agreed that this Extraordinary meeting would take place on Wednesday 13th September 2017 at 7.30 pm in the main hall at Goring Village Hall following a private meeting of the various public bodies involved (the Diocese, OCC, the school Governors, SODC, GPC and GNPSG).
There are further articles and Letters to the Editor in the August 2017 edition of Goring Gap News and there is a Letter to the Editor in the 25th August edition of the Henley Standard from the chairman of the GNPSG.
The GSAA committee supports the holding of the Extraordinary meeting as an opportunity for official clarification of the many disputed aspects of this complex proposal and its effects on the Neighbourhood Plan.
The well-attended meeting took place 0n the 13th September 2017. After detailed presentations by the Council (during which it was explained that the draft Neighbourhood Plan already includes a strategic project to address the school issue) and the Governors, and numerous questions and statements from the floor, the Council voted unanimously to support the two resolutions below:
- That the council agree to support the school to work through the process to get the best school facilities for Goring, and to provide a link Councillor and a standing agenda item to monitor progress.
- That the Council deal with the school’s proposals as a strategic project in the Neighbourhood Plan but to not delay the current Neighbourhood Plan process.
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