Saturday, 23 September 2017

New shop in probe over red frontage

A BARBER’S shop in Henley may have to change its shop front just weeks after opening.

The Best Turkish Barbers in Duke Street is being investigated by South Oxfordshire District Council for allegedly painting the frontage without permission and for installing signage larger than allowed.

The frontage has been painted a bright red with white lettering.

Owner Gokhan Gezen, from Reading, said he and his business partner Ayetullah Satlik had asked their landlord if the colour was suitable and he had said yes.

He said he would change the colour if necessary.

Mr Satlik claimed that neighbouring shops had larger signs than his shop.

The business opened last month at the former Precious Love jewellers unit, which shut in April after a decade.

Meanwhile, a Henley restaurant is alleged to have broken a ban on outdoor dining after 6pm.

An enforcement officer at the district council is investigating Shaun Dickens at The Boathouse in Station Road for the alleged breach of its planning permission.

The restaurant was refused permission in March last year to use its outdoor decking area until 9pm.

This means the terrace can only be used until 6pm under a condition that was imposed when permission was granted to convert the Hobbs of Henley boathouse in 2008.

Chef Shaun Dickens, of Harpsden Road, Henley, said he had not been contacted by the council.

When the restaurant sought permission to extend use of the terrace it prompted objections from neighbouring residents and the council turned down the application.

Henley Town Council’s planning committee had recommended the application was approved.

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