Sunday, 26 September 2021

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AN £8,800 VAT bill that could force the closure of the training ship TS Guardian in Henley has sparked an appeal for cash. The sea cadets are making a heartfelt plea to townspeople to dig deep. “If we can’t get the money together the unit will close,” warned Lt Peter Svendsen. “The committee would have to pay the money themselves and, having done that, we could not afford the running costs of the place.”

Cash from the proposed sale of land at Mill Lane in Henley to Tesco could be turned into a multi-million pound trust and invested in town centre property. In a report to the town council’s finance committee, Jean Sichel said the benefits of the trust could include giving the townspeople control over shop fronts and allowing for more residential accommodation above commercial properties.

Permission has been given to Urs Schwarzenbach to play polo and build stables at Harpsden on the condition that helicopters do not land on the polo fields. On Wednesday, two years after the former farmland at Lower Bolney Farm was levelled, South Oxfordshire District Council finally gave the go-ahead for the seasonal playing of polo and 49 stables.

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