HENLEY Chamber of Trade and Commerce has blamed the district council’s planning policies for a decline in the town’s business prosperity. This week, nine shops in the main shopping streets stand empty and three more are in the process of closing down. Many others are holding sales to boost custom. In a strongly-worded letter to South Oxfordshire District Council chief planning officer Mike Butt, chamber president Keith Wright criticised the council for being out of touch with local opinion and ignoring the chamber’s advice over the last 14 years.
Council officials have stunned a Henley woman by demanding a one penny poll tax bill. Carol Burne, of Reading Road, says she now plans to go armed with a one penny coin to South Oxfordshire District Council’s Crowmarsh offices. A day earlier the council landed her with three poll tax registration notices sent in separate envelopes.
Congestion caused by students parking their cars should be dealt with by The Henley College, claims a county councillor. David Walden urged concerned residents at last week’s annual town meeting to complain to the college and force it to tackle the problem.