The parish council has received the initial results of the village Free School questionnaire130225Tonyquestionnairereport

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.

About jasperbouverie

I am Jasper Bouverie. I have two blogs: which is about promoting sustainability in the village of Wye in Kent (and beyond); and which I will fill with short films dedicated to promoting social and environmental awareness and change. Find me on Twitter: funderfilms and finelinej
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