Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Residents demand land is tidied up

RESIDENTS have called for an overgrown piece of land in Henley that is owned by the

RESIDENTS have called for an overgrown piece of land in Henley that is owned by the town council to be tidied up or developed.

The council’s parks services team cuts the grass on the plot between Paradise Road and Leaver Road up to four times a year but this is weather dependent.

Last year an architect offered to buy a piece of the land but was turned down.

Martin Cresswell, who lives in Paradise Road, told a  meeting of the council’s recreation and amenities committee that the land needed urgent attention.

He said: “The Leaver Road amenity area is in dire need of improvement. The path and trees have not been touched for a long time and need sorting out urgently.

“All the neighbours are really puzzled about it and would like something to be done.

“Once the area has got back into shape, surely it will be a case of routine maintenance.”

Mr Cresswell said he was also worried about the safety of two trees on the land near his bungalow

He said: “There is a whopping great sycamore tree a few feet away from my property. It is worrying. If it is possible for a tree surgeon to ascertain what state it is in that would be helpful. There is also a small horse chestnut that could be examined.”

Russell Carr, of Deanfield Avenue, suggested the land might be put to better use for housing.

He said: “In terms of the size of the plot, it is a wasted space for me.

“Given the housing situation I don’t see why it shouldn’t be developed further rather than a few seats and a bit of grass.

“It is a serious plot of land that should be considered for something more beneficial.”

Councillor Sam Evans, who chairs the committee, agreed that maintenance work was needed.

She said “It is a good plot of land but when I saw it there were weeds and plants going on 5ft or 6ft. The path was completely overgrown and therefore incredibly slippery, which does not promote friendly usage.”

Councillor David Nimmo Smith said the land had been used for allotments during the mid-Eighties.

The town council reached an agreement with South Oxfordshire District Council for the development of social housing and it was agreed to retain this land as an open space with a footpath running through it.

Councillor Ian Reissmann said he wanted the land kept as open space.

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