Tuesday, 24 November 2020

New flagpoles erected along the river bank

FLAGPOLES have been erected along the River Thames in Henley

FLAGPOLES have been erected along the River Thames in Henley.

Three poles have been put up in Mill Meadows — by the obelisk, next to the bandstand and by the River & Rowing Museum.

Two others will be installed at the bottom of New Street and by Singers Park in the coming weeks.

The flags on the poles will be used to promote events in the town to visitors and passing boaters.

The current flags are light blue with white writing which reads “Welcome to Henley-on-Thames”.

The town council is spending £4,000 on the initiative, which is part of a drive to link the river with the town centre.

Sam Evans, chairwoman of the council’s town and community and parks committees, said: “It is to link all of the elements of Henley to ensure that every visitor, and even some residents, make full use of everything that Henley has to offer.

“We want to bring Mill Meadows visitors into the town and vice-versa and we can do that through good signs and maps. The flags are interchangeable so we can promote the specific events. Someone likened the flagpoles to something they had seen at Hampton Court Flower Show.”

Mayor Julian Brookes said: “The river is the main feature of the town and public activity.

“We want to make sure people enjoy the town as much as they enjoy the river.

“The flags help people to feel welcome and want to come back again.”

Meanwhile, Mill Meadows has won its third consecutive Green Flag award.

The riverside park was assessed by judges from Keep Britain Tidy, which administers the scheme.

The award recognises green spaces which offer a wide range of facilities and are maintained to a high standard.

Mill Meadows is managed by the council’s parks team.

Cllr Evans said: “A huge, huge thanks has to go to Gareth Bartle and the parks team.

“They do the most amazing job and this is deserved recognition of what a special place Mill and Marsh Meadows are.

“I’m really that proud we have done it again.”

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