Sunday, 13 June 2021

Mayor praises green group’s work to tackle congestion

THE Henley in Transition group has been praised by the Mayor for its work to tackle congestion.

THE Henley in Transition group has been praised by the Mayor for its work to tackle congestion.

Councillor Stefan Gawrysiak was speaking following a meeting with the group and Julie Perigo, chairwoman of the Henley Partnership, to discuss the results of its transport survey.

He said: “It is just wonderful the amount of hard work that Henley in Transition is doing. Let us hope that we can really make a difference.”

Dave McEwen, who chairs the group, summarised the results of a survey, which was run in association with students from The Henley College, during the meeting in the Mayor’s parlour on Monday.

Mr McEwen said the group wanted to tackle four main areas — heavy goods vehicles coming through Henley, cycling routes, pollution and public transport.

“The ideas will develop and change and new ideas will come in,” he said. “We hope that we have got the ball rolling and people will engage with it.” The group want to encourage drivers to switch off their engines when they are in a traffic queue and to increase car sharing.

Mr McEwen said: “If you can match up people coming into the town who work similar hours and pool them up two or three to a car then it is a win-win. The people involved are saving money and it takes traffic off the roads.

“We look forward to working with the town and with the Henley Partnership to get something done.”

Mr McEwan said the survey had shown many residents were unaware of the pollution problem in Henley.

Ms Perigo said: “One of the issues for our newer members in the service industry is public transport —how do you get workers in and out when you don’t want to add to the air pollution? Well done to Henley in Transition for being professional enough to gather proper evidence.”

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