Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Walkout worth it for angels

HE is usually known for his jovial nature but Henley town councillor David Eggleton showed another side when he stormed out of a meeting of the recreation and amenities committee.

He was infuriated by a proposal to remove funding for a “street angels” project from next year’s budget.

The angels would patrol the town centre and help those in need, including people who have had too much to drink.

The council was planning to reserve £4,000 for the initiative but some members were against the idea as the scheme had not been firmed up.

Deputy Mayor Will Hamilton said: “Money doesn’t grow on trees, something has to be picked up by the voluntary sector.”

Mayor Julian Brookes added: “This was first mooted in June and nothing has happened since, that’s six months.”

Cllr Eggleton said he and fellow councillor Lorraine Hillier were planning to meet the angels the following week before announcing he had “had enough” and marching out of the council chamber.

Councillors agreed to defer a decision until a meeting of the finance strategy and management committee.

This committee then decided to keep the £4,000 in the budget.

That should put the smile back ob Cllr Eggleton’s face!

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