Thursday, 17 August 2017

Boundary ‘confusion’

TOWN councillors are said to be “anxious” over the timing of a boundary review.

TOWN councillors are said to be “anxious” over the timing of a boundary review.

South Oxfordshire District Council has asked for feedback on perimeters as part of its community governance review.

Henley Town Council has drawn up plans that would extend the boundary to include parts of Harpsden parish but is concerned that the district council will make a decision next year, when a referendum on the joint Henley and Harpsden neighbourhood plan is also due to be held.

In a letter to the district council, town clerk Mike Kennedy said this could cause confusion among the public. He said: “Anxiety was expressed regarding the timing of the governance review. The terms of reference make no mention of the joint Henley and Harpsden neighbourhood plan.”

Harpsden Parish Council has submitted its own proposals to amend the existing boundary and Mr Kennedy has asked that the town council sees these before it makes its own suggestions.

In its plans, the new boundary would follow Gillotts Lane, then go west below Tree Tops House to include Highlands Farm. It would also include Gillotts School and its playing fields and Henley leisure centre, all of which are currently in Harpsden.

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