Thursday, 23 November 2017

Henley suffers from litter louts

A COUNCILLOR says she is ashamed by the amount of litter in Henley town centre.

Councillor Joan Bland spoke out just days after the annual Hit Litter event in which volunteers cleaned the streets of rubbish and filled several bags.

Cllr Joan Bland, who runs Asquiths teddy bear shop in New Street, told a meeting of the council’s town and community committee: “This morning the streets were very clean but walking through the Falaise oblong this evening, it was awful - I feel ashamed to be a person of Henley.

The litter is horrible. How can people sit out there and have drinks? It’s disgusting. During the day it is clean but then it gets filthier and filthier. We have got a scruffy bunch in Henley.”

She said dog owners should clear up after their pets and should not allow them to urinate on the plant pots outside her home in New Street.

Councillor Will Hamilton said he had picked up a bag of rubbish within 20 minutes of the Hit Litter event and said the town was in a “shocking” condition.

Councillor Pam Phillips said she had picked up five bags of rubbish with a friend in an area near the station.

She added: “The message doesn’t seem to get through that cigarette ends are rubbish.”

Cllr Bland said traders should be asked to sweep the pavements outside their businesses and pick up weeds.

Mayor Stefan Gawrysiak, who ran a campaign to persuade traders to help clean the pavements, said: “We have had a 50 per cent take-up and there are premises in Bell Street that share pressure washing equipment.”

Councillor Elizabeth Hodgkin said traders in the market place should be doing more to keep it clean, adding: “It is pretty full of tables and chairs now so it is to their benefit to do it.”

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