The headline figure is that 62.1% either strongly agree or agree with the siting of a free school in the Edwardian college buildings. This compares with 27.4% who strongly agreed or agreed to its siting in the Kempe Centre with associated new build.
This appears to give an indication as to where a free school should be sited if one is to be built in Wye.
And there are those who will say that the 62% figure represents a conclusive supportive vote for a free school – despite the fact that the crucial ‘yes-no’ question was not asked.
These people may also point out that only 183 (17.4%) of the 1054 respondents (from 674 households) voted strongly against the free school in either location.
But does this mean that the free school has a ringing endorsement?
I think not.
I was one of these 183 who voted against the free school in both locations. The questionnaire (the results of which are fairly baffling owing to the lack of the yes-no question) has left me no further forward on a number of issues: the transport plan, the size of the school, the impact on other secondary schools in the area, and the impact on the character of Wye to name a few.
I’ll try to set out my thinking in a further post later today.