Thursday, 14 December 2017

Car park decking plan put on hold

PLANS to double the size of a Henley car park have been postponed for at least a year.

PLANS to double the size of a Henley car park have been postponed for at least a year.

South Oxfordshire District Council, which owns the 340-space King’s Road car park, is considering building an extra deck.

It has earmarked £770,000 for the project but has now decided to carry out a study into the likely impact first.

Councillor David Nimmo Smith, who is a Henley town, district and county councillor, said he had raised concerns with district council leader John Cotton.

He said: “I said they needed to work out what problem they were trying to solve and whether this was, in fact, the best way to solve it.



“I’m sure Henley’s retailers would be in favour as it would bring more shoppers into the town but the county’s highways officers might be a bit uneasy as it would also bring more traffic into the town centre.

“We’re trying to encourage more use of car parks on the outskirts of Henley, such as the one at Dry Leas, and this might conflict with that.

“The district council has woken up to those aspects and given itself more time to investigate the bigger picture.”

When Henley Town Council discussed the proposal in February, several members expressed concern that the district council was acting “unilaterally” and that £770,000 was not enough money for the work.

Councillor Simon Smith called the decking idea “a dream” which Waitrose had considered when it was granted planning permission for its supermarket.



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