Thursday, 23 November 2017

Club wants 'Hollywood' river sign

A SIGN described as looking like something found in Hollywood could be installed by the river in Henley.

Phyllis Court Club wants to attach the sign with its name on to a riverside retaining wall at the water’s edge near the club’s Grade II listed grandstand. It would be 7m long and 60cm tall.

Henley Town Council’s planning committee recommended that the club is refused consent by South Oxfordshire District Council, the planning authority.

Councillor Jane Smewing said the club should follow the example of others.

She said: “As you row up and down the river people have small and neat boards. People have ‘no mooring’ or ‘no fishing’, not something like a Hollywood sign saying ‘Phyllis Court Club’. It is out of keeping with the area. It is just a lousy idea.”

Mayor Julian Brookes added: “It should be in keeping with other people’s things, not this massive huge sign.”

The River Thames Society has also objected. Chairman John Skuse said: “The Henley riverside is a very sensitive area and the wall in question is long established and blends with its surroundings.”

Samantha Allen, conservation and design officer for district council, said she didn’t object to the sign, subject to clarification about the colour.

She said: “I do not consider this application would constitute harm to the setting of the listed building or the character and appearance of the conservation area when viewed from the river or east riverbank.”

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