Monday, 11 December 2017

Disabled man claims victory in sign fight

A DISABLED man is celebrating after his call for a sign at a retirement village in Henley was answered.

A DISABLED man is celebrating after his call for a sign at a retirement village in Henley was answered.

Christopher Peers, 80, demanded action after an ambulance got lost trying to find Bowling Court, off Fair Mile, when he fell ill.

He had collapsed and passed out in a chair at a meeting of the residents’ association.

A 999 call was made but the ambulance dispatched by South Central Ambulance Service took 17 minutes to arrive.

The driver had struggled to find the entrance to the private drive because his vehicle’s satellite navigation system took him to Luker Avenue nearby.

The double-sided sign will be installed on the verge next month after Henley town clerk Mike Kennedy personally intervened after reading about the incident in the Henley Standard two weeks ago.

He said: “The entrance off Fair Mile is very restricted with a dropped kerb and vision splay obscured by a tree and with very little verge on which to erect a sign.

“There are two brick pillars at the entrance and both have ‘Bowling Court’ on them but this is not particularly helpful for motorists.”

Mr Kennedy contacted South Oxfordshire District Council, which is responsible for signs, and it agreed to install one by a tree set back from the roadside.

A council spokeswoman said: “It offers the best visibility with added protection from the tree. I’ll submit an order to our contractors, who also manufacture, assemble and install the signs. The process takes between four to six weeks, so it should be in place towards the end of November.”

The move was welcomed by Mr Peers and his neighbours who had complained that delivery drivers, tradesmen and friends get lost trying to find their homes.

He said: “It is fantastic and I can’t thank the Henley Standard enough.”

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