STALLHOLDERS at Henley’s markets have been accused of ruining flowerbeds.
Kellie Hinton, vice-chairwoman of Henley in Bloom, claims plants and shrubs in the beds in Falaise Square have been damaged during the weekly markets on Thursdays.
She said: “Sometimes ice is dumped on them — that’s only water so it’s not the end of the world but it can damage them.
“Sometimes they get trampled by people walking over them.
“Sometimes stallholders put boxes on them. If they are going to put boxes down it should be on the concrete, not on the flowers.
“Sometimes the stallholders build their stalls around the three-tiered planters and it scratches the metal. They shouldn’t do that,
“A couple of years ago we had to pay to get the bottom of a planter replaced.
“You expect some wear and tear but you don’t want them to be damaged more.”
Markets are held in Market Place every Thursday. A charter market, organised by Henley Town Council, runs except when there is a farmers’ market on the fourth Thursday of the month.
Councillor Hinton said if the town council was to review its markets policy, the flower beds should be Â considered.