Henley Standard Property
HOME

Date:

Order your copy Advertise with us! HENLEY PAGES
Delivering the news from Henley on Thames and South Oxfordshire for over 100 years
  News     Sport    Celebrity   What's On Regulars Community Info Henley Standard TV Lifestyle Property Jobs Classifieds Gallery Trade
                               Follow us    Follow us    Newsfeed Search the Henley Standard  
More villages object to triathlon route
Published 31/12/12



TWO more parish councils have criticised the organisers of Challenge Henley.

Peppard and Sonning Common councils have written to Oxfordshire County Council, saying that their parishioners would be disrupted by all three possible cycle routes for next year’s event, which is scheduled to take place on Sunday, September 8.

All three require 12-hour road closures, causing businesses and tourist attractions to shut. Several other parish councils have already objected to the cycle routes during a consultation exercise that ends on Monday.

Event organisers Just Racing have said they also have a fourth possible route which wouldn’t cause disruption but have refused to reveal details during the consultation period.

Just Racing proposes that the cyclists would race along the B481, cross down to Rotherfield Peppard and Gallowstree Common and then return to Henley.


Peppard parish clerk Linda Collison said the council welcomed the triathlon “in principle” because of the potential boost to Henley and because it promoted exercise.

However, she continued: “It has concerns over the impact on the local community, particularly over the length of time that roads are closed for the cycle part of the event.

“All three proposed routes would cause inconvenience and disruption to residents of Rotherfield Peppard. Access to Henley, while theoretically possible for some via Sonning Common and Harpsden, would be severely limited as would routes to the north. Others have already commented on the problems of accessing such locations as Greys Court.”

Research by the council found that 142 households, or 21 per cent, would be cut off by one route, meaning residents would have to rely on motorcycle escorts provided by the organisers.

The households include Church Lane (52 houses), Gallowstree Road (26), Springwood Avenue (16) and Grange Avenue (13).

Businesses and other premises that would be isolated include Manor Farm business park, Greenshoots, the Ruchetta restaurant, the Greyhound pub, Peppard Bowls Club and All Saints’ Church. Part of the Vitality 2 bus route from Reading to Peppard would also be affected.

Ms Collison said: “Households in the northern part of the parish around Kingwood Common would only be able to get access using Wyfold Lane and Checkendon. Those in the southern part of the parish would be cut off from the northern part. In total, 538 households in the parish would be affected.”

She said the council welcomed efforts to maintain access to Greys Court and Nuffield Place, which are owned by the National Trust, but would be “very unhappy” if the fourth route went through Peppard village.

She added: “The parish council hopes that common sense will prevail and that some means will be found to reduce the impact of the triathlon on rural communities in South Oxfordshire either by rerouting the course or by reducing the time period of the road closures.”

Philip Collings, Sonning Common’s parish clerk, said: “We have the same serious concerns as those already expressed by all the parishes affected by the proposed routes about the deleterious effects on their residents and businesses should any of these routes be allowed to be closed. The lack of co-operation and communication shown by Just Racing only increases our concern that the suggestion there may be a fourth route in the offing is just a smokescreen intended to fob us off until it is too late.

“There is no question of there being any economic benefit to this parish — quite the reverse. To add insult to injury, there is no suggestion of any recompense for financial losses from either the organisers or from Henley Town Council.”

Challenge Henley says it has been “blown away” by “positive feedback” about the event. In a statement, it said: “Although some councillors have negative opinions, it is Oxfordshire County Council which decides whether the event goes ahead and it has supported the event throughout and will continue to do so.”

Published 31/12/12

MOST POPULAR
Cost of moving house has hit a record high
Developer landgrabs despite effect on rail line
Fish & chip shop shut by microwave fire
Rowers meet crowds at welcome home parade
Vince Hill pays tribute to 'soul mate' Annie
Raiders smash through community hall wall
David Essex proves he's still a ladies man.
Cancer treatment stopped by funding freeze
LATEST NEWS HEADLINES
Marlow bridge closure has knock on effect
Showdown over care home plan
Join Mary Berry at Phyllis Court fundraiser
125th ploughing match this Sunday
The Bull on Bell Street gets makeover
Inaugural Woodland Walk raises 2,300
Olympian opens The Space at former school
David Essex proves he's still a ladies man.
Vince Hill pays tribute to 'soul mate' Annie
Cancer treatment stopped by funding freeze
Rowers meet crowds at welcome home parade
Developer landgrabs despite effect on rail line
Latest Video View more from   Henley Standard TV
ADVERTISE WITH US
LATEST SPORTS HEADLINES
Shiplake residents organise 5km run
England call-up for Woods
Puncture doesn't stop triathlon winner
Keen and Gould secure honours at Badgemore
Hilly open for entries
Top Videos
 
Most Popular
 
 
 
 
Higgs Group
HIGGS GROUP
Tel: 01491 419400
www.higgsgroup.co.uk
HENLEY PAGES
Tel: 01491 419419
www.henleypages.com
HIGGS PRINTING & DESIGN
Tel: 01491 419429
www.higgsprinting.co.uk
HIGGS OFFICE SUPPLIES
Tel: 01491 419499
www.higgsofficesupplies.co.uk
HENLEY LIFE MAGAZINE
Tel: 01491 419449
www.henleylife.co.uk
HIGGS GROUP, Caxton House, 1 Station Road, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1AD.

Cookie Policy | Copyright and Terms | Competition Rules | Contact Us | Advertise with us | Site Map
© Higgs & Co (Printers) Limited 2016  |  Registered in England number 1418717