Friday, 15 December 2017

Councillors support museum expansion

COUNCILLORS have backed a proposed expansion of the River and Rowing Museum in Henley.

COUNCILLORS have backed a proposed expansion of the River and Rowing Museum in Henley.

The museum has asked for permission to build decking above the grass area at the front of the building and to move its café to the front.

The decking would be suspended on pillars above Cold Bath Stream on land owned by the council. Most of the development would be on land already leased from the council.

The town council’s finance strategy and management committee voted in favour of the development.

Councillor Will Hamilton said: “It will give new life to this great building. It is a great idea and it will drive footfall in that area.”



Councillor Elizabeth Hodgkin said the cafe should always have been at the front of the building looking out on to Mill Meadows.

She said: “This is quite a sensible option. It will make the river and rowing museum more noticeable. It would be more attractive. We want the river and rowing museum as part of the town and we should support it.”

Councillor Stefan Gawrysiak said the museum attracted more than 100,000 visitors a year but it was not financially viable.

He said: “I think these changes will enhance the visitor experience greatly and people will be able to sit there in the cafe and look out at the river. I am broadly in favour.”

Councillor Ian Reissmann said he was concerned about moving the building closer to the river, adding: “They should take great care with the development.”

The scheme would cost from £150,000 to £200,000 and would also require planning permission from South Oxfordshire District Council.



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