HENLEY is “floating on a sea of cannabis”, according to the town’s acting police chief. Insp John Shanahan says the town has become a ready market for dealers who operate from local pubs, squats and private addresses. A new drugs information helpline is being set up at the police station.
A scheme to provide more than 100 homes for young people in Henley has been unveiled. A contract between Stephen Borlase, of Swiss Farm, and Rockfort Homes on land along Marlow Road could mean an end to first-time buyers having to move outside the area. The houses would be sold at half price with 50 per cent equity retained by a housing association.
A members’ rebellion at Phyllis Court Club has failed. Members turned up in their hundreds for a special meeting following a bid to oust the club’s ruling council and its chairman John Dore. But a vote of no confidence in the council and a call for Mr Dore’s resignation were defeated. The meeting was called after some members had protested at proposals to increase membership fees by up to 70 per cent and to charge for activities including croquet, bridge and billiards.