Monday, 23 October 2017

Prospective District Councillor - Joan Bland

I OWN a shop in New Street, Henley, and a have been a town and district

I OWN a shop in New Street, Henley, and a have been a town and district councilor for the past eight years.

In 1984 I identified a gap in the market and opened a small shop in Windsor as the world’s first exclusive teddy bear shop. In 1986 another shop was opened in Henley followed in 1988 by one in Eton. In 1992 I was awarded a national prize for women in business by John Major.

I chaired Eton Traders’ Association and was a member of the Windsor Heritage Committee. With my experience, I was asked to serve on the management board of the Henley Citizens Advice Bureau.

As a counclilor, I have been an advocate of protecting the green belt and promoting good eco design in housing and industrial buildings.

I have helped many local associations and clubs to secure funding. including Headway, d;two, Henley Cricket Club, Rod Eyot Canoe Club and Upper Thames Rowing Club.



I am lobbying to address the problems of pollution, from road traffic to aeroplanes, and to reform the unfair, outdated business rates tax.

I am always ready to assist residents with their problems where I can.



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