Wednesday, 17 August 2022

At last, Tesco solves car park flooding problem

TESCO has fixed a long-standing flooding problem at the entrance to the car park at its Henley store.

TESCO has fixed a long-standing flooding problem at the entrance to the car park at its Henley store.

Underground pipes have been replaced and a barrier has been installed to stop mud and leaves being washed into the drains.

A large puddle used to appear every time there was heavy rain, so drivers going through the water splashed people waiting to use the zebra crossing to Jubilee Park.

Town clerk Mike Kennedy wrote to the store manager in January following complaints and said the town council had raised the problem with the store previously.

He said: “We are concerned about people crossing the road. This problem has obviously got far wider implications because the water seems to spread over a much larger distance than just the crossing area.”

Charles Langler, of Queen Street, Henley, who complained to the store three times in six years about the problem, said he was delighted it had been fixed.

A Tesco spokesman said: “We’ve been able to carry out some work to our car park, which will prevent rainwater from collecting near the entrance. We’re happy that this has made things better for customers and we will, of course, continue to keep an eye on things.”

Meanwhile, the Henley in Transition group is to undertake a transport survey.

It wants to track the journeys that residents and workers make during a typical working week in order to create a “sustainable transport blueprint” for the the town.

Students from The Henley College will carry out the survey in June and July as part of their A level economics course.

Dave McEwen, a member of Henley in Transition, said: “We hope to create as complete a picture as possible of the traffic arrangements residents and businesses make by talking to people about their movements, whether that’s by car, train, bus, cycling or walking.

“This could provide really valuable data for the town in general.”

The group also hopes to find out whether car clubs or car-sharing schemes would be useful and the impact of traffic on air pollution levels.

Paul Morse, the college’s economics lecturer, said: “This survey will undoubtedly provide an ideal opportunity for our economics students to gain some practical local experience of the relevant issues, especially concerning sustainability. We are really looking forward to working closely with the Henley in Transition group.”

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