Saturday, 16 December 2017

Toilet upgrade dependent on Market Place development

WORK to upgrade the Greys Road car park public toilets in Henley could depend on the planned development of Market Place Mews.

South Oxfordshire District Council had budgeted £120,000 for the work but district councillor David Nimmo Smith says he has been told the work will now be paid for through developer contributions made by Catalyst Capital, which owns the mews.

The asset management company has planning permission to create 14 flats and 16,000 sq ft of retail space but the project has been hit by delays.

Cllr Nimmo Smith said the redevelopment would require the demolition of a hut used by car park inspectors in the adjoining King’s Road car park which could then be relocated to a space at the toilets in Greys Road.

He said: “Money had been put aside for refurbishing the toilets several years ago but that has probably been redeployed somewhere else so the district council is waiting for more money to become available.

“It’s frustrating because this could have been done years ago.”

The town council is opposing plans to build an electricity sub-station as part of the mews re-development as it would mean the loss of three bays in the King’s Road car park.

Planning permission was originally granted in 2007, when the news was owned by the DeStefano Property Group, which later went into administration.

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