Thursday, 17 August 2017

£5,000 to spruce up shops

A BID to improve the look of Henley’s shops has taken a step forward.

A BID to improve the look of Henley’s shops has taken a step forward.

Henley Town Council has agreed to budget £5,000 for a shop front improvement scheme proposed by town centre manager Peter McConnell.

It is hoped that the scheme will be match-funded by South Oxfordshire District Council.

Businesses would be able to apply for up to £2,000 and would have to contribute the same amount as they receive.

Speaking at a council meeting on Tuesday, Deputy Mayor Stefan Gawrysiak said: “We really want the shop fronts in Henley to be sparkling to attract people into the town.”

Councillor Martin Akehurst said Mr McConnell’s desire to smarten up Henley was laudable but added: “This is a landlord problem and I would have great difficulty in using taxpayers’ money for landlord responsibilities.”

Councillor David Nimmo Smith said: “We’re helping the landlords when we should be helping traders. I can’t support that.”

Councillor Ian Reissmann said: “It’s our responsibility to do the best for Henley. I think it’s worth further consideration.”

A similar scheme has been successfully introduced in Thame, where there have been more than 20 applications for funding.

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