Tuesday, 24 October 2017

No cream teas on lawn

PLANS to sell cream teas on Red Lion Lawn in Henley have been rejected.

PLANS to sell cream teas on Red Lion Lawn in Henley have been rejected.

The Red Lion Hotel had applied to the town council for permission to serve afternoon teas during the summer but councillors turned down the idea.

The council will consider alternatives including a floating restaurant or café.

More than £28,000 was spent on repairing the lawn last year and a mermaid statue is due to be placed there in June.

Councillor David Clenshaw said he was unhappy at a commercial venture using the lawn, adding: “It’s a small area and belongs to the people of Henley.” But Councillor Joan Bland said: “The majority of the riverside is owned by private clubs so for members of the public to be able to go there is a very good thing.”

Councillor Kellie Gehrmann said: “With the mermaid going down there and it being redone, it would be a great shame if people had to buy a cream tea to enjoy it.”

Councillor David Silvester said the council should try to make some money from the amenity.

Councillor Sam Evans said: “There are so few areas of the river where you can sit and have something to eat that is not a picnic. This would make much better use of it.”

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