Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Shopkeeper says crossing 'bad for business'

PLANS for a pedestrian crossing on a busy Henley road will have to be changed after a businessman refused to have it outside his shop.

Amardeep Takhar says his trade would be affected if the £36,000 crossing was placed next to his wine mart and superstore in Greys Road because it would mean the removal of the parking spaces outside.

Sacred Heart Primary School has campaigned for the crossing, saying it would make pupils and parents’ walk to school safer.

But Mr Takhar, of Gillotts Lane, said: “It would be detrimental for parking with regard to my business.Flat residents at 181 Greys Road would require the relocation of two bus stops and a bus shelter and parents would be expected to walk 402m to utilise the crossing — as opposed to 8.3m, which they would do now.”

Mr Takhar said the best spot would be outside 143 Greys Road but the residents wouldn’t want to lose their parking spaces either. Town councillor Will Hamilton has said the only other possible location was above The Close, by the alleyway known as “pram walk”.

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