HENLEY Festival and town councillors will try to reach a compromise over the use of two flagpoles in the town centre.
Festival organisers want to display flags in Market Place between July 1 and 15 to advertise the event but some councillors are worried this could affect Henley’s Britain in Bloom entry as the judges are due to visit during this period.
Now the two sides are to meet to try to come to an arrangement.
Councillor Sam Evans suggested the two-week period could be split between the festival and Henley in Bloom.
She said: “2013 is an enormously important year for the festival. They have a new brand and new sponsors and it’s massively important that they give back to them what they are putting in. Wouldn’t the judges be more impressed seeing advertising for our local organisations, not just sucking up to them by putting up some Henley in Bloom flags?”
Councillor Elizabeth Hodgkin said she would prefer that the flagpoles were used by Henley in Bloom during the judging period but she was happy for the festival to use them beforehand.
“We have been using these flagpoles on our own for the last five years,” she said. “It is just nice to have the flags up there to show our support.”
Town clerk Mike Kennedy said the council needed a policy on the use of the flagpoles as there has been an increase in requests. He suggested there could be a £50 weekly fee which could be waived at the council’s discretion.