Monday, 17 June 2019
A SHOPKEEPER has called for litter bins to be removed from Henley town centre.
Joan Bland, who runs the Asquiths teddy bear shop in New Street, says the bins attract vermin and encourage people to drop rubbish in the street when they are full.
She says scrapping them would force residents to take their waste home as this is what happened when bins were axed in Eton, where she worked in the Eighties, due to the risk of bombing by the IRA.
Mrs Bland, who represents Henley on South Oxfordshire District Council, was speaking at town council meeting in response to a question by Councillor Stefan Gawrysiak about how much money the district council had put towards deep cleaning the town centre pavements.
She said: “We’ve given no money for cleaning the pavements because it was an experiment that didn’t work.
“As soon as they’d been cleaned, they became filthy again — it did not solve the problem.
“We need to go into the schools and educate children not to throw gum on the floor. You don’t see that problem if you go to Europe.
“There are so many bins in the town and they serve only as urinals for dogs while attracting rats, flies and wasps. It’s disgusting in the summer and very uncomfortable for people sitting on nearby benches.
“When bins were removed in Eton there was, surprisingly, no litter because people took it home and disposed of it in a sensible manner and it’s about time the council took positive steps towards solving the problem.”
The district council conducts a sweep of Henley’s pavements once a year. Last summer the town council paid about £5,000 for the area around Falaise Square and the town hall to be given a deeper clean.
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