Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Protest for gym site care home visit

OPPONENTS of plans to turn the former LA Fitness gym in Henley into a care home are to stage a protest when councillors inspect the site on Monday.

OPPONENTS of plans to turn the former LA Fitness gym in Henley into a care home are to stage a protest when councillors inspect the site at 2pm today (Monday).

Henthames, which bought the site in Newtown Road shortly before the business closed last year, wants to build an 80-bed, three-storey home with a new main entrance off Mill Lane.

Planning officers at South Oxfordshire District Council have recommended approval, saying the development would provide jobs and care places while improving the surroundings.

The council’s planning committee was expected to make a decision last week but deferred a decision so members could see the site for themselves. The application will now be decided on Wednesday.

The Keep Henley Active protest group, which wants the building to remain a gym, says the proposal will cause chaos on Mill Lane as the road narrows to a single car width in places.

It is often lined with parked cars at weekends because of walkers using the river towpath and supporters visiting Henley Town FC matches.

The protestors plan to carry placards. Michelle Thomas, the campaign group’s leader, said: “We need a show of solidarity and to demonstrate to the councillors what happens in Mill Lane at weekends. By visiting on a Monday they’re not getting a sense of how bad it can be.”



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