Saturday, 31 July 2021

‘Politicians need to tackle HGVs problem’

AN environmental campaign group says it will take “huge political pressure” to tackle congestion in Henley caused by heavy goods vehicles, writes Jamie Presland.

Henley in Transition is to lobby Oxfordshire County Council for measures to tackle the problem in its forthcoming transport plan but says it needs the support from councils across the county.

Speaking at a meeting at Henley town hall, member Justin Bowles said: “From a Henley perspective, we want to see the town council pick up the ball on HGVs and push the county council to do something. But the only way we will get something in that plan is if there’s strong political pressure from all the towns and villages across Oxfordshire.”

Mr Bowles praised Henley MP John Howell for arranging two meetings between councils from across South Oxfordshire and campaign groups such as Henley in Transition and WATNEXT in Watlington.

But he urged him to do more, saying: “He portrayed himself as a neutral on this issue. He hasn’t said ‘HGVs are bad for my constituents and I want to do something about it’.” Mr Bowles said measures such as number plate recognition cameras or traffic regulation orders could reduce the number of HGVs using Henley as a cut-through route.

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