Over the last few months the project team has been busy contacting and having meetings with local groups about the proposed scheme. Approximately 5,500 newsletters were distributed across the local area, and informative posters were hung in shops and businesses surrounding the site. We also held a public exhibition in April, which was advertised in the Reading Chronicle and have continued to engage with individuals and organisations interested to learn more about the proposals. As part of our engagement exercise we have contacted the following groups and organisations:
Blagdon Nursery School and Children’s Centre
Chancellor House Surgery
Community Dental Clinic + Health and Social Services
Dr. Mittal and Partners
Geoffrey Field Junior School
Hazebrouck Day Nursery
Hexham Community Association
Longbarn Lane Surgery
Northumberland Training Academy
Reading Chamber of Commerce
Reading Neighbourhood Network
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Reading UK CIC
Reading Voluntary Action
South Reading Leisure Centre
South Reading Network Group
Thames Valley IVC
The Restoration Centre
Tilehurst Villa Surgery
Whitley Big Local
Whitley Excellence Cluster
Whitley Green Residents Association
Whitley Muslim Education Trust
Whitley Villa Surgery
Whitley Wood Community Centre
Many of these groups were interested in further dialogue and have been engaging with the project team and providing us valuable feedback. To date, the project team has had several meetings with representatives of local community groups, schools, and other interested parties to discuss how these groups might be able to be involved in or impacted by the scheme. We would be happy to hear from any other groups or individuals that wish to speak with us about any of the proposals.
On Saturday 26 April 2014 we held a public exhibition at St. Paul’s Church Hall where members of the project team were on hand to answer questions and explain the details of the scheme. If you were not able to attend the exhibition but would still like to comment, we invite you to take a look at the exhibition boards, which we have made available below, and leave comment via the contact page of this website, or by downloading the exhibition feedback form (also below) and returning it by any of the methods indicated
If you were not able to attend the exhibition but would still like to comment, we invite you to take a look at the exhibition boards, which we have made available below, and leave comment via the contact page of this website, or by downloading the exhibition feedback form (also below) and returning it by any of the methods provided.
We have analysed the feedback received from our exhibition questionnaire and newsletter surveys to date, and have summarised the information below in a series of pie charts. Please feel free to continue to provide comments through the website as we will continue to analyse feedback until the final scheme is ready for submission.
Do you support the redevelopment of the Worton Grange site for the sorts of uses being proposed?
Would you be interested in jobs, training and career development opportunities that the shops would bring?
Do you think a new pub would be a positive addition to the local area?
Do you think that the jobs, training and career development opportunities that the shops would bring would be a benefit to the local area?
Do you think local people would be interested in affordable housing?
Would you prefer to see a mixed-use scheme or a warehousing scheme developed on the site?
Do you support the proposals for the nearby St. Paul’s site (community facilities, worship space, doctors’ surgery and residential)?
Please continue to send responses back to us or contact us directly as the scheme is still evolving. As always, the project team is happy to discuss the scheme and proposals and address any queries.