In light of the ongoing extraordinary circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, Henley Town Council has taken major steps to protect its staff and the public, whilst still keeping local services running as much as possible.
Its action plan, released today, includes the following measures that take immediate effect:
- All non-essential Council and committee meetings shall be cancelled from today.
- To find out if a particular meeting will be taking place, call the Town Hall on 01491 576982 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Information Centre in the Town Hall is closed to walk-in appointments until further notice. However, services will still be provided by telephone and email.
- Parking Permits will still be issued and our staff will be available to make meetings to assist anyone requiring help.
- The Town Medal awards event has been postponed.
- The Mayoral Dinner has been postponed.
- The Henley Town Council VE Day celebration on the 8th May 2020 has been cancelled.
- The Charter Market shall still operate every Thursday; although it is likely that there will be fewer traders.
- Parks and playgrounds will continue to stay open.
- Reading Buses who run the Town Bus Service (151, 152 and 153) are running a reduced Saturday timetable during the week. Please check their website for specific times (www.reading-buses.co.uk).
- Thames Travel Buses (X38, X39 and X40) ‘River Rapids’ will be running a reduced Saturday service during the week. Please check their website for specific times (www.thames-travel.co.uk).
- Arriva Buses timetables remain unchanged. Check website for updates (www.arrivabus.co.uk).
- The Council will be offering its facilities free of charge to the emergency services, charities and other groups, to help with any efforts to address the ongoing crisis.
- Further updates will be issued by Henley Town Council, as they become available, or as they arise.
- Do check our websites henleytowncouncil.co.uk and www.visit-henley.com for updates on policy and events as they happen.
The Henley Town Council Coronavirus policy can be downloaded here.
Town Clerk, Sheridan Jacklin-Edward, commented, “It is with deep regret that we have decided to cancel upcoming events, and close our Information Centre, but we believe this is in the best interest of the public, staff, and councillors. We will still keep as many of council facilities and services running as possible, and will continue to review as the crisis develops. We have been incredibly impressed by the amount of community action to combat the crisis. We applaud all those voluntary groups, local authorities, emergency services, and especially the NHS, for their tireless work at this difficult time, and the Council is committed to working, however we can, to support the local community and minimise the impact of the crisis.”