THE South–East England Regional Assembly’s consultation on the draft plan for the area has been branded a farce after thousands of people from across South Oxfordshire were denied a chance to have their say. The Henley Standard has been inundated with complaints from people angry that they did not receive a copy of the questionnaire said to have been sent to every home in the region. South Oxfordshire district councillors say they have been hard–pressed to find anyone who has received the document.
Villagers are preparing to do battle against gypsies planning to take over a field. Residents of Kidmore End were horrified when they heard of the planning application for a gypsy caravan site in the village. Dozens of people have written to the planning authority to voice their opposition to the plans for the field off Kidmore Lane.
Nearly a third of the £2.5 million budget for Townlands Hospital in Henley is paid to the Government for land the primary care trust already owns. The figure was revealed at a public meeting last week by Dr Peter Ashby as he discussed plans for the redevelopment of the hospital site.
25 YEARS AGO
April 12, 1990
TESCO is in line to bring an out–of–town supermarket to Henley. The retailer, which had a supermarket in Bell Street until the mid–Eighties, has been chosen by Henley Town Council to submit plans for a store on land at the council’s Mill Lane sports centre. The council advertised the four acres of land for development as a supermarket and car park in January and received great interest from many multi–national store chains.
Â The mysterious deaths of thousands of fish in a lake in Sonning have baffled the National Rivers Authority. Since last week, an estimated three tonnes of fish have died for no apparent reason at the former gravel works owned by Folley’s. The lake is stocked with several species of coarse fish. Bream, roach and small fry have mostly fallen victim to the unexplained disaster.
Â The shock of having her day–old pink Astra convertible stolen caused a Bix woman to lose her voice on Friday. But Genevieve Colbourne is still speechless at the speed of her £15,000 car’s recovery by police int Reading. Officers had arrested the thief and were holding the car for collection before it was even reported stolen.
50 YEARS AGO
April 16, 1965
FEARS of the “piecemeal” erosion of charming and characteristic properties in New Street, Henley, were expressed at a local inquiry held at the town hall on Tuesday into an application for the confirmation of a building preservation order submitted by Oxfordshire County Council in respect of No 33. Local residents, the Henley Society and the county council want the minister of housing and local government to confirm the order but Doctor F Pilzer, the owner of the property, was the only objector at the inquiry.
Â The owner of a Labrador–cross terrier dog which was kept without food or water for days in a “draughty prison” of a kennel measuring 3ft by 2ft with a piece of wood nailed across the front pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal by unreasonably failing to provide it with proper and necessary attention when he appeared at Henley Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday. He was fined £2, ordered to pay £8 costs and disqualified from owning a dog for six months.
Thieves who entered the Three Horseshoes public house in Reading Road, Henley, on Monday morning stole about £80.
100 YEARS AGO
April 16, 1915
ON Friday last a fire destroyed the pretty bungalow residence known as the Thatched House in Shiplake. The house was the property of Mr R G Finlay. It was leased to Mr E J Macnaughten and at the time of the fire was occupied by Mrs Warren. The bungalow, a single–storey building surmounted by a heavy thatched roof, was spacious. The cause of fire is supposed to be a spark from the kitchen chimney setting the thatch alight. A stiff north–easterly wind prevailed at the time and in a few seconds the entire roof was ablaze.
Â The Henley Territorials have at last had the wish of their hearts gratified - they are at the Front taking their place shoulder to shoulder with the regular army “fighting for dear old country”. For many years past the Old Volunteers, who more recently became the Territorials, have sacrificed their leisure time and their holidays to fit themselves for home defence.
L Corp T P Barlow, photographer, of Duke Street, Henley, who has gone abroad with the 4th Batt Oxon and Bucks Light Infantry, has three brothers serving in the army, one of whom, Pte P B Barlow, 1st Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, has been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal.