Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Ten years ago...

TRADERS in Henley are fighting back in the recession and experiencing a revival. The number of empty shops has dropped from 34 to 26 since the Henley Standard launched its Think Local campaign two months ago — despite four more closures. The Henley Barber Shop and Temptation Gifts are among the family-owned businesses to have decided Henley is an attractive economic location and others are set to follow suit.

Crime in Henley has rocketed with an average of almost one in 10 residents becoming a victim. There were 1,008 reported offences during the 12 months to the end of March. This was 72 more than in the previous year, a rise of 7.6 per cent, according to figures released by Thames Valley Police this week.

The lone voice calling for Gillotts Corner Field to be developed had a planning application refused. Robert Hale, of Gillotts Lane, wanted to build a detached house on his land in 2006 but it was deemed “harmful to the unspoilt character and appearance of the area” by South Oxfordshire District Council. Two weeks ago, the mobility systems provider said he wanted a 450-home development in the field behind his home to go ahead.

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