The Save the Bath Road Reservoir Group, together with Alok Sharma the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Reading West, are calling on local residents to take part in the latest round of Reading Borough Council's LDF (Local Development Framework) consultation which will take place over the coming six weeks.
Reservoir campaigner Mel Woodward said: "We were absolutely delighted to see from published reports on the lastest LDF consultation process, which ended last year, that more people commented on the Bath Road Reservoir site than any other site under consideration for development by Reading Borough Council. It is absolutely clear that the vast majority of local residents want to preserve this site and see it turned into an educational resource for our local schools to study Reading's urban wildlife and unique architectural heritage."
Fellow campaigner Graham Griffiths added: "This is a unique site and a rare green lung in the centre of Reading which deserves to be preserved. However, we have always maintained that we are not anti-development and would be prepared to take part in a reasoned discussion, with Thames Water and Reading Borough Council, on the sustainable number of homes this site could take. Certainly the maximum of 80 homes being proposed in the current LDF proposals is way above what would be acceptable for local residents, however we look forward to working with Reading Borough Council, and all local politicians cross-party who have supported us, to develop a revised planning brief for the site which is appropriate and takes into account the views of the local community."
Alok Sharma commented: "I, together with local councillors, have been working with the Save the Bath Road Reservoir Group over the past two years to save this site. The response of the Reservoir Group and local residents has been absolutely magnificient as we have all united together and seen off two unrealistic planning applications from Thames Water for the site. However the battle is not won and unless we can get the LDF revised to either exclude this site from future development, or at least get revised down significantly the maximum number of homes Reading Borough Council will accept on this site, all the hard work of the past few years will have been wasted. I would therefore urge all local residents to take part in this latest LDF consultation and make their views plain - if local democracy means anything in our town then the views of local residents must ultimately prevail."