LANDLORDS fear for the future of pubs following the Government’s decision to ban smoking in enclosed public spaces. Though people will still be permitted to smoke outside, at home and in residential institutions such as care homes, traditional hot spots for smokers such as restaurants and bars will now be off-limits. Any organisation failing to stop people smoking in restricted areas could receive a fine of £2,500.
Henley residents are bracing themselves for chaos as roadworks commence on major routes over the next few weeks. Hold-ups are expected on Henley Bridge and Reading Road. Oxfordshire County Council says the £1.5 million traffic improvement scheme will improve road safety and alleviate traffic problems.
Rail users are threatening to leave the area in response to cuts to fast links to London and local services proposed by First Great Western. Though the number of trains provided is expected to increase, the journey times to London will lengthen significantly. Maidenhead MP Theresa May and Henley MP Boris Johnson have spoken out against the proposals.