Henley Town Council’s Planning Committee recommended last week to agree to pay for 27 new bollards and repaint 53 existing ones along Thameside at a cost of £23K and County Councillor Stefan Gawrysiak confirmed that Oxfordshire CC have agreed to repair the pavement after the bollards have been installed.
It is nearly 2 years ago since a serious accident which saw Philipp Warner who is in a wheelchair fall into the river due to his wheelchair getting stuck in the large and deep ruts in the pavement. The Herald has been campaigning ever since for the this work to be completed before another serious accident occurred and has questioned OCC’s priorities after Elizabeth Road pavement was marked up for repair.
The pavement work on Thameside will now be done by hand hopefully at a much reduced price originally quoted by OCC of £160K including the bollards. County Councillor Stefan Gawrysiak, said, “We are now waiting for an inspection and a quote to do to the work and hope that it will be completed later this year or early next.”
Henley Mayor, Councillor Ken Arlett said, “The £23K for the bollards will come out of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) as the committee felt that it was needed for both safety reasons but also as a benefit to the town. Final approval for the money to be spent will be made at the Full Council meeting on 8 October.”