Recreation and Amenities Council Meeting Update

The following projects were discussed at this week’s Recreation and Amenities Henley Town Council Meeting:

outdoor-gym-photoOutdoor Gym Equipment

Members of the working group are to carry out further internet research, seek recommendations and undertake individual site visits.  Suggested locations have been Mill and Marsh Meadows, Makins Recreation Ground, Gillotts Field and Freemans  Park.  Gareth Bartle, the Parks Manager expressed concern at positioning outdoor gym equipment on the grassed area between the Adventure Playground and the towpath for aesthetic reasons as this is the main pedestrian entrance to the Meadows and forms part of the Thames Path. This area contains the only formal planting in the Meadows and the positioning of gym equipment would not sympathetic to the garden ambience.

Henley Highwayman (3 Day Triathlon Event)

Mr Laming from Henley Swim has been asked to provide more information regarding possible locations, the routes, proposed numbers and logistics etc and to include a number of scenarios e.g. town centre or out of town.  Council Members felt the proposed date of the August Bank Holiday was not suitable for a number of reasons eg the Craft Fair at Stoner Park, already busy for retailers and there should be no disruption to this.  Mr Laiming has now proposed  alternatives dates 17/18/19 July or 31 July/1/2 August.

Makins Recreation Ground

Paul Isaac from Gainsborough Residents’ Association submitted a paper regarding the results of a survey on the facilities at the park.  The main feedback was that the park doesn’t cater for toddlers or disabled children and there is nothing for the older children to do.  The Residents have raised money for an outdoor table tennis table and asked whether the Council would support the installation of this.  Members of the committee agreed that a review of the facilities needs to take place and they would ask Paula for a list of improvements in priority order.  Further discussions with Paula would take place to look at what could be done with the budget which is available this year.  They supported the installation of the table tennis table.

Car Parking at Mill Meadows

The car parking charges haven’t been increased since 2012.  There are different charges for weekday and weekend/bank holidays which causes confusion to the public.  Although it was discussed to make the charges the same the Members agreed that a recommendation would be made to full Council that a 10% increase would be made to the weekday charges to close the gap between this and the weekend costs.