Protect the Thames Path from future development

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Sign the petition to urge Wokingham Borough Council to designate the Thames Path east of Kennetmouth as protected Local Green Space.

The pandemic has highlighted the significance of green spaces away from traffic and their importance for mental health and biodiversity.

But in a recent assessment, Wokingham Council recommended that the beautiful stretch of Thames Path at Kennetmouth in East Reading should NOT be designated as protected Local Green Space. The document claimed that,

“ The site is not considered to be of particular local significance and holds no formal recreational or historical value.The area of land is safeguarded for strategic transport network improvements... notably a high quality express bus service or mass rapid transit. “

SOAR maintain that there has been a deliberate misrepresentation of the evidence in order to support the use of the land as a transport link rather than designating it as Local Green Space. The assessment fails to reflect the long term and widespread concern that local communities feel regarding development on this land – open space which was previously threatened by Reading Council's MRT but which was overwhelmingly opposed by thousands before its rejection by Wokingham Council in 2018.

We are calling on WBC to correct this misrepresentation of public opinion and for Kennetmouth to be designated as protected Local Green Space.

Failure to protect this land means that the threat of development on this beloved location continues to exist.

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