AMBITIOUS plans have been drawn up to make Henley the “best town in the world” to live, work and visit by 2030.
The Henley Business Plan is designed to encourage investment in the town and attract more visitors. It will attempt to tackle parking and transport issues, strengthen links between employers and skills providers such as The Henley College and improve the relationships between retailers and businesses in the tourist sector. The five-year plan has been drawn up by a new “town team” made up of representatives of the Henley Business Partnership, businesses and Oxfordshire county, South Oxfordshire district and Henley town councils.
Judith Nimmo-Smith, cabinet member for economic development and property at the district council, said: “Henley already has a very strong reputation around the world but by 2030 we want the town to be regarded as the very best place to work, live and visit.
“To achieve that we need to have a long-term strategy in place with everyone pushing in the same direction.”
Councillor Nimmo Smith, who lives in St Andrew’s Road, said she had already received some encouraging responses to the plan and added: “I think it’s a document which encompasses everybody’s mutual aspirations.”