Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Damaged pole removed

A HANGING basket pole in Henley is to be moved after costing thousands of pounds in repairs.

A HANGING basket pole in Henley is to be moved after costing thousands of pounds in repairs.

The pole, outside Boots in Bell Street, has been damaged on at least seven occasions since 2005 by lorries lowering their tailgates when making deliveries.

Repairs have cost more than £7,000 although this is covered by the council’s insurance policy.

It has been removed for health and safety reasons and Henley Town Council has now agreed to find a new location for a replacement pole.

Speaking at the council’s town and community committee meeting, Councillor Kellie Hinton said: “These hanging baskets really do brighten up the area.

“I would be really reluctant to just remove that basket and not replace it.”

Cllr Hinton, who vice-chairs the committee, said there were no other hanging baskets outside the brand chain stores and they were only placed outside intependent shops.

Mayor Elizabeth Hodgkin suggested placing bollards next to the layby where the pole is to protect it.

She said: “I’m very disappointed we’re giving in. It’s such a shame when they are very attractive pieces of street furniture but I understand the reasons behind it.”

Councillor David Nimmo Smith recommended that a new planter was ordered rather than a new pole but Councillor Martin Akehurst said it would end up being used as a rubbish bin.

Cllr Nimmo Smith said: “If it’s been damaged seven times we want something a bit more robust there.”

Councillor Will Hamilton said that while the repair costs had been covered by insurance, it would affect the council’s premium.

Several councillors said they would like to see the pole stay in the town but in a new location. Mayor Hodgkin suggested the Henley in Bloom committee were given responsibility for finding a suitable site.

The recommendation was approved.



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A HANGING basket pole in Henley is to be moved after costing thousands of pounds in repairs.

The pole, outside Boots in Bell Street, has been damaged at least seven times since 2005 after being hit by the tailgates of lorries making deliveries to shops.

The repairs have cost more than £7,000 although this has been covered by the town council’s insurance. Now the council has removed the pole and is seeking a new location for it.

Mayor Elizabeth Hodgkin said: “I’m very disappointed we’re giving in. It’s such a shame when they are very attractive pieces of street furniture but I understand the reasons behind the decision.”

The Henley in Bloom committee has been given responsibility for finding a suitable new site.

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