Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Outreach meeting attracts 45 people

ABOUT 45 people attended Watlington Parish Council’s first outreach meeting.

ABOUT 45 people attended Watlington Parish Council’s first outreach meeting.

Residents living outside the town centre but within the parish boundary were invited to attend the meeting to raise issues.

Items discussed included the Challenge Henley triathlon, broadband, damaged stiles, hedge-cutting, speeding drivers and pollution.

County councillor Caroline Newton, district councillor Anna Badcock and parish council chairman Ian Hill answered questions.

Councillor Robert Barber, who organised and chaired the meeting, said the council would consider holding another one following the positive feedback received.

“I was very pleased by the turnout and that our district and county councillors were there to add a level of authority to the meeting,” he said.

Cllr Barber, who lives in Christmas Common, continued: “I think it is absolutely vital that Watlington residents who live outside the town are given equal consideration.

“Inevitably, given the concentration of the population, it is natural that the parish council is town-centric but it is very important that we have the odd occasion when the council specifically pays attention to the outlying areas.

“It is equally important that residents living outside the town let us know of issues.”

Cllr Barber said the issues raised would be discussed at future parish council meetings or passed on to the relevant authority.

About 15 per cent of people in Watlington parish do not live in the town, including residents of Howe Hill, North End, Christmas Common and Pishill.

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