Councils and millionaires, she has taken them all on
IN 2009, the Open Spaces Society advised Henley Town Council on its successful bid to designate Gillotts Corner Field a
IN 2009, the Open Spaces Society advised Henley Town Council on its successful bid to designate Gillotts Corner Field a town green.
At the time, South Oxfordshire District Council had earmarked the land for between 300 and 450 homes.
The field, which is frequently used by families and dog walkers, is known for its wildflowers and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. In the same year, the society successfully campaigned to force Mike Clare, the owner of bed retailer Dreams, to remove a 9ft galvanised steel gate from the entrance to his home at Turville Court.
Mr Clare had put it up without planning permission and Wycombe District Council refused to grant retrospective consent. Two years later, it urged Turville Parish Council to reject Mr Clare’s plans to close a lane near his £22million estate, which it did.
The society has also opposed the annual closure of part of the Thames Path in Remenham to accommodate Henley Festival’s “floating stage”.
It sent formal letters of objection to Wokingham Borough Council every year, arguing the festival should change its arrangements to fit around the path.
This year’s festival will be the last on the site before it moves to Henley Business School at Greenlands, which Mrs Ashbrook has welcomed.
She said: “At last this will no longer be an issue and the Thames Path will remain open for all.”