Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Residents ask for cash to spruce up entrance

RESIDENTS are appealing for money to spruce up an area of Henley.

RESIDENTS are appealing for money to spruce up an area of Henley.

The Ancastle Green Residents’ Society has written to the town council asking for between £6,000 and £10,000.

The residents want to use the money to improve the entrance to the area, which features grey concrete walls which they say are “dirty, dark and unattractive”.

They also want to replace the “unappealing” signage and install more lighting.

The society says the improvements would make the Gravel Hill entrance to the town more appealing and improve property values.

However, members of the council’s Henley in Bloom committee said they would only be able to offer expertise rather than funds.

Speaking at a meeting on Monday, vice-chairman Kellie Hinton said: “We should encourage them. The residents should take the matter on rather than relying on the three tiers of local government to do everything.”

Councillor David Eggleton said that Gainsborough Residents’ Association, which he chairs, had asked for financial help from other organisations, such as housing association Soha.

The society has been running for 40 years and is made up of about 200 residents of Ancastle Green. They each pay a fee towards the cost of maintenance of public spaces such as alleyways and the entrance but this does not cover the cost of large-scale improvements.

The committee agreed to set up a meeting with the residents.

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