Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Pub claims cash from Challenge organisers

THE landlords of a country pub are seeking compensation for loss of business during the last two Challenge Henley events.

THE landlords of a country pub are seeking compensation for loss of business during the last two Challenge Henley events.

Daniel and Tracey Taverner, who run the Five Horseshoes in Maidensgrove, say they have received legal advice that they are entitled to a payment as the events were not authorised by the police.

Police permission is necessary under the Cycle Racing on Highways Act 1960 due to the number of competitors taking part.

The couple are making a claim against Oxfordshire County Council and the event organisers, Just Racing UK.

They say they lost thousands of pounds on both occasions as the pub’s normal takings for a Sunday, its busiest day, were down by 90 per cent.

Mr Taverner said: “I have written a letter to both of them saying that I have lost a considerable amount of business on both occasions and since the race was unlawful I could claim compensation.

“We are trying to claim for the damage done to our business but also to see if we can put pressure on the organisers to make the event less disruptive.”

Mr Taverner, who has run the pub for four years, says he supports Challenge but believes the organisers should be more “considerate” to residents and businesses that are affected. He said: “I have nothing against the triathlon — I’m very happy to support it — but it has cost me several thousand pounds in lost revenue, which is not fair as it is going ahead at the expense of myself and other local businesses.

“I would be perfectly happy for it to go ahead in this area if it was organised in such a way which was not so disruptive to local businesses and residents for basically the whole day.

“If the route was over a longer distance and went into another county, such as Buckinghamshire, the roads would be closed for a few hours in each area as everybody went through.”

Meanwhile, Arthur Weir, a lawyer from Maidensgrove, has asked Thames Valley police to amend the cycle route for this year’s event on September 8 to avoid “dangerous” roads. He also wants the route to use a smaller area.

Mr Weir said: “It’s not the triathlon itself which is wrong, it has just been designed the wrong way.

“To have 1,200 cyclists, most of them amateurs, on Howe Hill, riding downhill in possibly wet weather round a steep corner with cyclists coming in the opposite direction is incredibly dangerous.

“I certainly hope that the police will not allow the triathlon to go forward in the way it’s being planned.”

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