Saturday, 05 December 2020

Council rejects call to give Red Cross £2m

HENLEY Town Council has rejected a resident’s suggestion that it should give £2 million to the Red Cross.

Peter Burness-Smith, of St Mark’s Road, wanted the council to help the victims of the civil war in Syria and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Up to 130,000 people are thought to have died in Syria since war broke out in 2011 and millions more have become refugees. At least 6,000 people were killed and 670,000 made homeless when the typhoon hit the Philippines in November.

Mr Burness-Smith, who helped organise Live Aid in 1985, claimed the council could spare the money from the £4 million it received from the sale of land off Reading Road where the Tesco store now stands.

He said: “I do not believe there will be one single Henley resident who will object to this simple and effective move. It is their money after all and there can be no better investment of it than in the humanity in which we all play our part.”

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