Saturday, 21 July 2018

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RESIDENTS are to be consulted on possible improvements to two green spaces in Henley

RESIDENTS are to be consulted on possible improvements to two green spaces in Henley.

The town council’s parks sub-committee, which was formed earlier this year, wants to hear people’s suggestions for its facilities at Freeman’s Meadow, off Fair Mile, and Makins recreation ground, off Greys Road.

The authority wants to focus its efforts on these sites after carrying out more than £200,000 worth of improvements at Mill and Marsh Meadows over the past two years, including new toilets at the Leichlingen pavilion and a new toddler playground.

It gave out multiple-choice questionnaires at both parks over the summer holiday and intends to publish the surveys in the next edition of its quarterly magazine. It will also be possible to complete it online.

Councillors will run stalls promoting it in Market Place and will ask the town’s cafes and shops to give copies to customers. The sub-committee has visited the Freeman’s and Makins sites with Carolyn Jenkins, a landscape architect who works for Reading Borough Council, to explore ideas.

These could include more toddler play equipment, outdoor gym stations, table tennis tables or new footpaths, fencing, signage, seating and shelters.

Councillor Sam Evans, the chairwoman, said: “We came away absolutely inspired because you could see she was planning what could be done as she was walking around.

“Each site has its challenges — Makins is on a slope with a steep bank and Freeman’s is surrounded by houses so the impact on neighbours would have to be considered.

“However, Carolyn really understands those challenges and we’ve given her some aerial photos so that she can give us a picture of what’s possible.”

She added: “Nothing has been decided but we’ve explained what we want and asked her thoughts on how we can make it happen.”

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