Saturday, 21 October 2017

Rugby Club provides parking for shoppers

MORE parking spaces for weekend visitors to Henley have been created.

Henley Rugby Club has agreed to make its car park at Dry Leas, off Marlow Road, available to the public on Saturdays when the club is not playing, Sundays and bank holidays.

The car park is already available during the week.

The move, which was facilitated by South Oxfordshire District Council, is designed to make more parking spaces available for visitors and help free up space in King’s Road car park, which is used primarily by shoppers.

Henley Town Council, which owns the land, has given its approval.

The cost of parking at Dry Leas for the day is £3 and season tickets are available from the club.

Signs will be erected to ensure people are more aware of the car park and to improve the flow of cars through the town.

Judith Nimmo Smith, cabinet member for economic development, said: “We know that parking spaces can often be at a premium in Henley so it’s really good news that an agreement has been reached with the rugby club and town council to free up morespaces.”

Town centre manager, Peter McConnell said a car parks survey highlighted the problem of Henley’s limited parking space.

He added: “I’m very pleased that we are seeing this new opportunity for motorists to park less than five minutes’ walk from the town centre at weekends.

“The club is also an excellent place to park for workers during the week and I’d like to see a greater use of it by businesses Monday to Friday.”

Mike Trethewey, chairman of Henley Rugby Club, said: “We would love to see more people using the car park at Dry Leas as there are ample spaces even at the busiest times.”

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