Monday, 18 November 2019

Your letters...

The problem is parking I thoroughly agree with Maggie McMillan that people should shop locally and support Henley and its independent shops (Standard, November 8). During my time as a town councillor and member of the planning committee, I spoke to many shopkeepers who were moving out. The reasons all had a common thread — reduced footfall and drastically rising shop rents. The rents rise because ...

18/11/19

Red kite in flight

Sir, — Everyone seems to agree that photographing red kites on the wing is well nigh impossible. They seem to be as flighty as leavers on a bad day! This is my latest attempt (at Remenham). Oh, and one posing in the evening light on a neighbour’s tree. — Yours faithfully, Rosemary Henderson Henley Road, Caversham

11/11/19

Another skip in the road

Sir, — Once again a skip blocks King’s Road, Henley. Yet again there is no name, no phone number and no licence. Surely it should be on the other side of the road with a permit? — Yours faithfully, Rupert Molloy York Road, Henley

11/11/19

Your letters...

Web giants are helping Sir, — I disagree with Ian Jones, chief executive of LoLo Rewards (Standard, November 1). I think his letter, headlined “Blame online businesses”, was misleading and cynical when he clearly has a vested interest. The “online giants” he referred to complement the typical small business and give local opportunity to trade, help increase profits and raise awareness. Booking....

11/11/19

Your letters...

We do need day centres I should like to thank you for finding out about Age UK Oxfordshire’s intention to close the Good Companions club at Sue Ryder in Nettlebed in March (Standard, October 25). This is long overdue information on what is an impending tragedy for some of the frailer and poorer residents in our communities. The Fish Volunteer Centre in Sonning Common drives many of these people ...

04/11/19

Hungry birds

Here is a picture of one of the six parakeets that visited my bird feeders at the weekend — plus one of the many starlings. — Yours faithfully, Sue Mummery Swiss Farm, Henley

04/11/19

Leave the lovely lights and tackle something important

Sir, — I took this picture while walking along the river in Henley one evening last week. How stunning are the lights reflecting on the water? Wouldn't it look nice if the bridge lights stayed to add that extra sparkle to the town? There are more important things to be looking into in Henley, such as antisocial behaviour. — Yours faithfully, Harriet Eggleton Henley

28/10/19

Your letters...

Arrogant protest Sir, — Ed Atkinson saying that he has “no regrets” about his actions in the Extinction Rebellion campaign (Standard, October 18) does not impress me. Defying the law and causing so many problems for people trying to get to work, perhaps to hospital and the grind of daily commuting has no regrets for Mr Atkinson but it has plenty for other people. There is an inherent arrogance in ...

28/10/19

Nothing has changed in 250 years

Sir, — This print by Hogarth, the 18th century satirical cartoonist, has been on display near table 2 at the Catherine Wheel in Hart Street, Henley, for several years, showing us the vaunted English democracy as practised more than 250 years ago. Recent Brexit events have shown that not much has changed since then. It is even more ironic that Boris Johnson won his political spurs as Henley’s MP ...

28/10/19

Busy birds near Hambleden weir

I took this picture near Hambleden weir on Saturday. It is strange how Canada geese still get the urge to migrate even though it is just several hundred flying around making a lot of noise. I also took this picture of some red kites and crows. — Yours faithfully, Rosemary Henderson Henley Road, Caversham P.S. Could you lend me your Nature Notes columnist Vincent Ruane to identify birds in other ...

28/10/19

We should have more pride in our countryside

Sir, — I am sure we have all read, with ever more jaundiced views, about the state of the highways in South Oxfordshire. Yes, they are a disgrace and yes, Oxfordshire County Council’s highways department should be ashamed. However, what about grass verges, hedgerows and footpaths? Over the course of the last few summers, grass verges, footpaths and hedgerows have become increasingly overgrown and ...

28/10/19

Sure sign Harrods cafe is on way

I took this picture in Henley market placewhile on my way to work on Tuesday morning. I thought it would be a good one to publish in the Henley Standard. — Yours faithfully, Patricia Renwick Rotherfield Peppard

21/10/19

Your letters...

Draconian decision Sir, — The decision by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick to block South Oxfordshire District Council from taking action on its draft local plan is draconian, anti-democratic and flies in the face of localism. Residents and environmental groups across the district have expressed concern over plans for 28,000 new homes in the district, four times what the Office for National ...

21/10/19

Yet more thoughtless behaviour

Sir, — This is yet another example of antisocial behaviour — the remnants of someone’s fence that has been dumped, possibly by an unprofessional professional, at the foot of Stony Lane in Harpsden between October 6 and 9. Could it be that the charges for dumping waste have become prohibitive for very small companies, thus proliferating these dreadful scenes? — Yours faithfully, Jane Burtt ...

21/10/19

This skip is dangerous

Sir, — This skip in King’s Road, Henley, is impermissible — there are no cones, no lights and no ticket of authority. A traffic warden tells me that the police will take no remedial action until someone is injured. — Yours faithfully, Rupert Molloy York Road, Henley

14/10/19

No need to tarmacadam bridleway

Sir, — Oxfordshire County Council had allowed Crest Nicholson, the Highlands Farm housing developer, to construct a 2m wide black tarmacadam thoroughfare along the full length of the Peppard Lane bridleway, from the top of Peppard Lane up to Gillotts Corner. There was no liaison with the public about this project, which was called off at the last minute on Monday after a number of residents ...

14/10/19

Your letters...

Put loyalty before profit Sir, — With regard to the Henley Children’s Theatre Group Christmas booking fiasco (Standard, October 4), I feel it incumbent on me to make my own feelings clear. My mother, Flavia Pickworth, started the group in 1969, and was solely responsible for making it a Henley tradition. After her death in 1981, I took up the reins and continued to give generations of Henley ...

14/10/19

Uplifting view of our countryside

NO doubt the view from your window, if you have time to look, is rather drab. So the attached image with the caption reading the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” could, hopefully, be uplifting? It was taken in the field adjoining what is generally called Swyncombe Woods, although I believe the real name is Icknield Plantation. — Yours faithfully, Terry Allsop Ewelme

14/10/19

Into the valleys...

We had our footpaths resurfaced recently and the workmen put out signs. I did think it was amusing that the signs were in English and… Welsh. I’m not sure that many people in South Oxfordshire speak Welsh. — Yours faithfully, Tim Richardson Marmion Road, Henley

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