Thursday, 19 October 2017

Plea to improve town hall acoustics

A FORMER mayor of Henley has urged the town council to install a new sound system at the town hall.

A FORMER mayor of Henley has urged the town council to install a new sound system at the town hall.

Pam Phillips said better facilities, such as a drop-down cinema-type screen, would appeal to businesses and people giving presentations.

She told a meeting of the council that she had obtained two quotes for the work while she was a councillor before failing to be re-elected in May.

Mrs Phillips, who lives in St Mark’s Road, said people didn’t want to use the town hall because of the poor acoustics.

She said: “A few weeks ago I went to the Townlands Steering Group meeting that was held upstairs. It was almost a waste of an hour of my time because people couldn’t hear.”



Mrs Phillips said she had spoken to Marlborough Town Council which had overcome similar problems at its town hall so that now it is used for amateur dramatic productions and as a cinema.

She said: “The main thing I see as making money for the town council is presentations. There has been a re-evaluation from the fire officer that we can sit 250 people. There is no other building that can sit that number and have a presentation.

“Two quotes have been received and they are in excess of £70,000. The money is already in the budget; you don’t need to look for it. Please, councillors, give it a great deal of consideration.”

Town clerk Mike Kennedy said two companies had already carried out preparatory work and that a full report would be presented to the town and community committee next month.



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