THE owner of a physiotherapy clinic has thanked Henley councillors after they approved its move to the rugby club
THE owner of a physiotherapy clinic has thanked Henley councillors after they approved its move to the rugby club.
Physiolistic, which is currently based off Greys Road, will sub-let a unit at Dry Leas in Marlow Road.
The decision was delayed last week after some councillors expressed concerns that the Hawks were not allowed to sub-let under the terms of the lease from the council, which owns the land.
A special meeting of the council on Tuesday heard that Oxfordshire County Council’s legal team had advised the deal could go ahead.
Councillor Will Hamilton said: “I am comfortable that the rugby club is able to sub-lease and with that in mind I see no reason to oppose this. I have read the lease myself and there is no reason to withhold the permission.”
The council formally agreed, subject to two conditions proposed by Councillor Ian Reissmann. One is that the council will seek no financial gain from the sub-let but this may be reviewed in future. The other is that the Physiolistic agreement is not a precedent for more sub-lets.
About six members of Physiolistic staff attended the meeting.
Clint Botha, who runs the business with his wife Angela, told councillors: “I want to express my gratitude to you and the rugby club for keeping our business going.
“You should be really proud of yourselves for agreeing to this.”
Cllr Reissmann and Councillor Lorraine Hillier had expressed concern about the deal last week.
They were accused by fellow councillor Dylan Thomas of threatening the Bothas’s livelihood.
Physiolistic is being evicted from its current premises as the landowner plans to sell the land for housing.
South Oxfordshire District Council has already given planning permission for a purpose-built unit to be built at Dry Leas for the clinic.