Friday, 20 July 2018

Outdoor gym plan hits snag over second site

PLANS to place an outdoor gym in Henley have hit another snag.

PLANS to place an outdoor gym in Henley have hit another snag.

The town council wants to install 10 pieces of exercise equipment in Mill Meadows at a cost of up to £10,000.

However, plans to install them on the putting green were scrapped and now the area near the cafe and piazza has also been ruled out.

The latter site had been recommended by Councillor Elizabeth Hodgkin, a member of the outdoor gym equipment working group, but was rejected by the council last week.

Councillor Ian Reissmann said: "This seems to be a much, much worse location than the original location on the putting green.

Mill Meadows is absolutely beautiful and I would absolutely hate, in a year's time, that area to be disfigured by an outdoor gym."

He said there were plenty of other spaces which were less rural and scenic and didn't have Green Flag status, which Mill and Marsh Meadows were awarded last year.

Councillor David Clenshaw added: "We mustn't lose our Green Flag status when we have just received it."

Councillor Sam Evans said she thought the gym was a "fantastic idea" but felt the plans were being rushed through and asked why Freeman's Meadow hadn't been considered as a site.

But Councillor David Nimmo Smith said the area next to the cafe was already "blighted".

Cllr Hodgkin said the working group had already looked at Marsh Meadows, Makins recreation ground, the town green and Freeman's Meadow.

She added: "I don't like the accusation we have rushed things because we haven't."

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