Thursday, 17 August 2017

Bybox idea fails to impress Councillors

A PARCELS locker may not be installed in Henley after all. Councillors are unconvinced that a ByBox, which would allow residents to have goods bought online delivered to the locker rather than their homes, would increase footfall in the town.

South Oxfordshire District Council is considering installing a ByBox at the Greys Road or station car parks. The lockers are about 3m wide, 2m high and 1m deep. ByBox works via a text message service. When an item is delivered, a message is sent to the buyer with a security code which will open the locker.

The town council asked neighbouring councils with a Bybox if they had seen a benefit of having it. Wallingford Town Council reported there had been 15 deliveries to its locker since the beginning of December and thought it was “worthwhile” and Abingdon said any help in increasing footfall was good.

But members of the town council’s town and community committee were not convinced. Councillor Joan Bland said: “I think we need more evidence that this would affect the town positively — it is a very ugly thing.”

Councillor Dieter Hinke added: “Most of Henley town centre is within a conservation area, so it would need planning permission.”

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