HENLEY’S new Mayor has warned of the dangers facing the town. In his first speech,
HENLEY’S new Mayor has warned of the dangers facing the town. In his first speech, Councillor Barry Wood told a packed council chamber: “Let us not deny that Henley is challenged by the future and that we have to be innovative and determined to maintain our prosperity and the wellbeing of the town.” He listed the threats as internet shopping, high traffic volumes, lack of parking spaces, poor planning decisions, the threat to Townlands Hospital and an ageing population.
Plans for a radical shake-up of parking in Henley have been approved by Oxfordshire County Council — but it hasn’t come up with the cash to pay for it. Under the scheme, 39 on-street parking bays would be created for shoppers and visitor permits introduced. However, the council says it can’t afford the work.
A firefighter was dragged from under a collapsed wall by a young colleague at a blaze. Bob Thomas, 51, a part-time fireman at Watlington fire station, suffered a broken left leg and ankle and has a suspected broken right leg. He was injured while tackling the fire at the Swan in Streatley on Monday afternoon and is now recovering at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.