Monday, 23 October 2017

Municipal bike pump plans shelved for now

PLANS to install a municipal bicycle pump in Henley town centre have gone back to the drawing board until the autumn.

PLANS to install a municipal bicycle pump in Henley town centre have gone back to the drawing board until the autumn.

The facility, which would be free for cyclists to use, would cost £1,790, not including installation.

It was proposed at a meeting of the town council's town and community committee and put before full council on Tuesday last week.

The committee had unanimously recommended approval but it was referred back to them for further discussion.

Councillor Will Hamilton, who came up with the idea, told his colleagues: "I can confirm there are five in Bristol and three in Derby - and Councillor David Nimmo Smith recently spotted one in Sweden.

"They are well used and are a gesture to cyclists who visit the town, which we want to encourage."

Councillor Hamilton claimed Henley was "the second fittest town in the country" so he would continue supporting the scheme.

Councillor Kellie Hinton said: "It's a great opportunity to add ourselves to more cycling road books.

"On a Saturday morning you can't move in the town centre for Lycra, and to be honest that's as wonderful as it is vulgar.

"We wouldn't be putting loads out but just trialling the one."

But Councillor David Eggleton said: "If we're going to put one in, we should get a sponsor so the council doesn't pay for it."

Councillor Stefan Gawrysiak, who spoke against the plan at the previous committee meeting, said: "I fail to understand the purpose of the pump - don't cyclists usually carry one around with them?"

Councillor Jane Smewing suggested approaching Jeremy Laming, the founder of the Henley Highwayman triathlon, for support.

The town and community committee will discuss the matter when it meets on September 1. It is meeting on Tuesday (June 30) but the item was not added to the agenda in time.

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