THREE existing councillors are among 11 candidates that Henley Residents? Group is putting forward for election to the town council on May 7
THREE existing councillors are among 11 candidates that Henley Residents? Group is putting forward for election to the town council on May 7.
Stefan Gawrysiak, Ian Reissmann and Kellie Hinton will be joined by Karan Takhar, Bruce Mason, David Eggleton, Simon Narracott, Sara Abey, Glen Lambert, Sarah Miller and Jane Smewing, whose husband Dave is a former mayor.
The party?s other two councillors, David Clenshaw and Laila Meachin, have decided to step down.
Councillor Gawrysiak, who is chairman of HRG, said: ?I?m feeling enormously positive. We have a good blend of experience and new people who are enthusiastic and I think we?ll have great ideas for the future of Henley.
?We?re looking for an HRG majority on the council to push forward our policy and manifesto commitments. I think it?s a straight fight between the Conservatives and HRG and the residents of Henley have a straight choice.?
Cllr Gawrysiak said that over the last 20 years his party had done ?enormous good? for the town.
He said: ?We have made sure that recreation facilities are improved and we have got planning permission for the skate park on Makins recreation ground ? HRG are the only party that guarantees to build the skate park on Makins.?
Cllr Gawrsysiak listed other achievements, saying: ?The lowest town tax in South Oxfordshire, working with the Townlands Steering Group to secure the hospital, working together to get Henley?s streets steam-cleaned and business waste removed in the evenings during my mayoral year.? He also cited the new toddler playground and toilets at Mill Meadows, support for youth and community project Nomad and the Over-60s Club and grants to local clubs and organisations.
Cllr Gawrsysiak said: ?Now we want South Oxfordshire District Council and Oxfordshire County Council to work together with Henley to make sure we have a reduction in the number of heavy goods vehicles going through the town. That will improve the air quality in Henley as well.
?Henley residents have put great faith in HRG over a good number of years. They know we?re independent of national politics. We have a great record over the past and that will continue ? we always put Henley first.?