Saturday, 18 September 2021

Turning back the pages - 10 years ago

A MEETING of Henley Town Council’s planning committee descended into chaos on Tuesday as residents demanded their say on controversial plans to build a restaurant at Hobbs boatyard, near their homes. When members recommended approval of the plans, the neighbours erupted in fury. One woman approached the table and launched a tirade at councillors, while others shouted and claimed the whole process was a “stitch-up”.

After months lying dormant, the Highwayman pub in Exlade Street, near Checkendon, has been sold. Having opened in a blaze of publicity with Michelin-starred chef Marco Pierre White at the helm, it was sold in December to Gourmet Holdings. After a re-fit, it was open for six weeks before closing at the start of February.

Fresh from easily winning the vote to become the Conservatives’ nominee for Mayor of London, Henley MP Boris Johnson was quick to reassure his consituents. He said: “This is a lovely town and a lovely area and you can tell everyone that, as far as I’m concerned, it’s business as usual.”

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