Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Have your say on town s green spaces

RESIDENTS of Henley are being asked for their views on how to improve two of the

RESIDENTS of Henley are being asked for their views on how to improve two of the town’s beauty spots.

The town council’s recreation and amenities committee has compiled a questionnaire asking what new facilities could be provided at Freemans Meadow and Makins recreation ground.

It comes after improvements were made at Mill Meadows with the refurbishment of the toddler play area and the public toilets.

The area has also been awarded Green Flag status, a benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces. Now the council wants Freemans and Makins to achieve the same endorsement within three years.

Councillor Sam Evans, who chairs the committee, said: “We have a great opportunity to make a real difference to Henley residents’ quality of life and to those of our future generations.

“The parks sub-committee and our parks team are passionate about the green spaces within our picturesque town and we are determined to fulfil our dream of a Green Flag flying in all three recreational areas.”

She praised the work at Mill Meadows but said it had been “reactive” which meant decisions were “hurried”. More funding routes would be available to the council if projects were better planned.

Cllr Evans said: “By having this three-year plan, if we have got clear goals and objectives and we know what we’re trying to achieve, we can take sensible and affordable steps to get there.”

She said there would be a budget of up to £50,000 to “kick-start” the project. The questionnaire asks what people like most and least about the two areas and what they would like to see, such as outdoor gym equipment, municipal tennis courts, outdoor table tennis, a grass football pitch, seating, more play equipment and a skate park.

It also asks residents for their thoughts on the importance of improving horticulture in the areas and whether they would get involved in gardening, litter picking or community events.

Cllr Evans urged residents to complete the survey and said she had already received positive feedback and ideas, such as a narrow track around one of the areas for children to follow on their bikes and scooters.

The committee plans to gather information, feedback and ideas and then develop provisional plans with landscape architects before undertaking public consultation and agreeing a best option.

The questionnaire, which should be completed by December 31, is available online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/rzttqrk

Alternatively, write to: Mrs B Walker at Henley Town Council, Market Place, Henley, Oxon, RG9 2AQ or email her at b.walker@henleytowncouncil.gov.uk

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