Monday, 23 October 2017

Traders back Mayor’s call to clean streets

BUSINESSES in Henley have rallied behind the Mayor’s campaign to clean the town’s streets.

BUSINESSES in Henley have rallied behind the Mayor’s campaign to clean the town’s streets.

Councillor Stefan Gawrysiak called on traders to wash the pavements outside their shops once a week.

So far, 26 businesses, including pubs, takeaways and clothes stores, have agreed to support him and the Mayor is urging others to follow suit.

He said: “It’s a very good start and thanks to all the businesses who are taking part. It’s really good because it will improve the appearance of the town and it means they are showing civic pride in Henley.

“I’ve actually gone round a few of the businesses and thanked them personally for doing it. They say if they look out for the front of their shops it’s more welcoming for customers.

“If there are any businesses that are already cleaning outside their shops or are willing to do so, please get in contact with me at the town hall. I hope that all the businesses with a frontage on to Henley streets will join in.

“It’s just to keep an eye on the pavements in front of their shops and have a tidy up if needed — there’s no need to wash it every day.

“I’m going to keep trying and next week will be popping into businesses. Then the next thing is to get the big multinationals like Starbucks and Sainsbury’s to take part.”

The businesses who have pledged support are Magoos, Boatique, Rive Gauge, La Bodega, Gabriel Machin, Franco Belge, Strada, Mint Velvet, Marc Antoni, Sparkes, Naughty Mutt Nice, White Gdn, Cafe Buendia, Henley Brew House, the Giggling Squid, Smarts Fish Bar, Full House, the Green Olive, the Argyll, the Three Tuns, Villa Marina, the Red Lion Hotel, Hotel Du Vin, Spice Merchant, Café Rouge and the Three Horseshoes.

Paulo Gouvia, 42, manager of Smarts Fish Bar in Reading Road, said: “We clean outside the shop ourselves because we like to keep the streets nice and clean. It’s necessary because it affects trade if it’s dirty.

“We wash outside and sometimes bleach too. Usually it’s once a week but it can be more if we see it’s dirty.I don’t see any reason why we can’t get every business in Henley doing that.”

John De Sousa, 39, manager of Villa Marina restaurant in Thames Side, said: “We clean quite often, usually around twice a week, and we brush all the time. People smoke outside here and put the ends of their cigarettes on the floor so we need to sweep. It’s very important for everybody to help keep the town nice. Henley is a tourist town and people come here from all over the world.”

Neil Ainsworth, landlord of the Argyll pub in Market Place, said: “The Mayor is being proactive in suggesting this initiative and we want to support it.

“We like to maintain our pavement and will do that on a daily basis. We want it to look clean, tidy and presentable. It’s all for the good of the town and it makes you feel good about where you come from.”

Nigel Rainbow, landlord of the Three Horseshoes in Reading Road, said: “I read about the Mayor’s campaign in the Standard and I think it’s very important to keep the front of pubs clean, especially with the smoking ban.

“Everybody puts their butts on the floor and first impressions when you approach a pub are very important. We check outside on a regular basis and probably clean about twice a day, though it depends on the weather and if people are smoking.

“Henley’s a lovely place and people don’t want to be walking in rubbish. Traders should be keeping their entrances as clean as possible.”

Businesses that want to support the scheme should email the Mayor’s secretary Jacqui Brazil at j.brazil@ henleytowncouncil.gov.uk

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