19th January 2006
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The Demise of Henley NEWS on-line

Last week, we reported that the Joint Parish Council had announced in its January Newsletter that the long awaited new Henley website at www.henley-in-arden.co.uk would go live on the 31st January 2005.

When Henley News on-line was consulted by the parish councillor responsible for the project, we suggested to him that a single official Henley website should be established, run by an independent committee such as the Town Improvement Committee (TIC). We offered to contribute Henley NEWS on-line to such an initiative, as we considered that it would be undesirable to have yet another Henley website. This suggestion was not accepted by the JPC.

Consequently, when the opening date for the JPC new website was announced, we confirmed the date for the last edition of Henley NEWS on-line as Friday 27th January. Clearly, the JPC has very deep pockets and the new site, as described to us in October 2004, duplicated much of the existing Henley NEWS on-line site.

The Stratford Herald has picked up the story in its latest edition, describing it as a "Parish Pump War". It reports that the JPC has written to Henley NEWS on-line but at the time of going to press we have received no letter from the JPC. Next week, in our last edition, we will publish our plans for the Henley Community Website initiative.

Since the announcement, we have been inundated with comments from our readers and typical is the letter received from Nigel Hastilow below.


Dear Editor,
This is most disappointing. Why the parish council needs its own web-site i
s beyond me. But even if it does, that is no reason to get rid of Henley News on line, which I have always found very interesting and worthwhile.

Its disappearance would be a blow to the town and – if one of the reasons for hostility to your newsletter is that it has been used to criticise parish council decisions – a blow to freedom of speech as well.

The parish council seems to be behaving like jumped up petty dictators if they withdraw co-operation from you because you have the temerity occasionally to question their decisions. In my career as a journalist I have come across this kind of behaviour many times from local authorities, big businesses and Governments of both parties.

They fail to understand that freedom of speech applies as much to concern over a planning application as it does to the head of the Moslem Council of Great Britain complaining about homosexuality. It has to be protected, nurtured and defended from all those who would deny us the opportunity to have a full and free debate about the issues of the day.

This may seem a somewhat excessive attitude to adopt in relation to parish pump politics but it’s a very important principle which we really should not abandon just because the parish council’s got more money.

I would be happy to help and you would be welcome to publish this letter in the next edition of Henley News in order to make the point that an independent voice is vital and much more important than a piece of parish pump propaganda.

You are quite right to say the town does not need a plethora of web-sites all trying to do the same thing, or something similar. On the other hand, why waste taxpayers’ money on something when a more than adequate option – Henley News on line – already exists? It’s daft, wasteful and disgraceful.

If I can be of help please contact me.

Best wishes
Nigel Hastilow


War Memorial Trust AGM
24th January 2006 @ 8.00pm
Memorial Hall, Station Road,
Henley in Arden

The managing committee is the umbrella organisation for the sports and social clubs of the Playing Fields and the Memorial Hall.

Town members are invited to become members of the committee and therefore, this is an open meeting for all Henley in Arden town people.

For further information contact
Karen Summers 01527 850182


Edmunds Opening

Edmunds Radhuni held its official opening on Monday night (16th) with invited guests from around Henley to sample its unique Bangladeshi cuisine. The restaurant’s name is the Bengali word for “home cook”, and it is this culinary metaphor that underpins the kitchen’s approach to putting together light, healthy and well-crafted dishes, using the finest and freshest sourced ingredients to create an authentic, unique and traditional cuisine from Bangladesh and northern India.

The dining room is little changed with antique furniture, a wealth of exposed beams, cottagey windows and subtle, dusk-like lighting. The restaurant has 74 covers and is fully licensed. The former owner’s reputation, with its Michelin star and a host of other gastronomy awards, has not gone unnoticed either. In fact, Edmunds Radhuni is committed to offer the exact same quality of food, service and value as its predecessor, so much so that a handful of Andy Waters’ dishes appear on the new menu. Edmunds Radhuni will endeavour to provide an eating experience to all its customers - old and new.

The guests at the opening party included Councilor Mr Tony Dixon (above left), Chairman of Stratford upon Avon District Council, local business people and members of the local press.


Smoking Vote in House of Commons

James Plaskitt, our local MP, has written to me from the House of Commons saying he is seeking the views of his constituents for the forthcoming 'free' vote on the banning of smoking in licensed premises. If you feel strongly on this matter, please write to him indicating which of the 3 propositions you support.

[  ]    A total ban on smoking on licensed premises
[  ]    A partial ban just on smoking on licensed premises where food is served
[  ]    No further legislation on smoking
Please include your Name, Address, Telephone Number, E-mail address.

Please send your votes to:

James Plaskitt MP, FREEPOST NAT 11494, LEAMINGTON SPA CV31 1BR

Wild Life exploring the Woods

On Tuesday evening, Henley Wildlife Society were visited for about the 15th time (almost an annual event by Tony Hamblin. who spoke about 'a Woodland Seen'. The Society were entertained for a good 2 hours with slides on woodlands and wildlife from North America via Scotland and Telford.

Our photo, taken by Chief Photographer John Love, shows Tony with one of his excellent photos which were offered for sale at the end of the meeting.

There was a good turnout of about 35 members and David Evason proposed the vote of thanks to Tony for the evening in the usual manner.

John Love - Photo & Reporting


M40 HOARDINGS UNDER FIRE

Illegal advertising hoardings continue to deface the countryside across South Warwickshire, and the M40 is a hotspot—according to the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

Four months on from the launch of the CPRE’s campaign on roadside advertising, a number of major dual carriageway roads that were hotspots have been cleared of billboards, but others remain. And Stratford District Council has been specifically attacked by the CPRE for failing to show a commitment to stamp out unsightly roadside advertising.


Joint Parish Council meeting - 18th Jan

At Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Councils meeting on Monday night (16th January) members discussed a Station Adoption Scheme promoted by Central Trains which has been established to provide an opportunity for community groups and individuals to assist Central Trains in the upkeep of train stations.

For administration and safety purposes, prospective adopt a station groups and volunteers have to apply in writing. The Parish Council resolved to promote the scheme in the town to see if any local residents and community groups would be interested in beautifying Henley station. This would involve graffiti removal, gardening, landscaping and enhancing the station in order to develop an attractive station environment that is more welcoming to residents and visitors. Several community groups and individuals will be approached by Parish Council members to see if there is any interest in the scheme but if any resident is interested in learning more or volunteering they can contact the clerk to Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council on 01564 795499.

It was noted that the planning application by Johnsons Coaches for an extension to their existing parking facilities at Liveridge House, Liveridge Hill, Henley-in-Arden would be going to Stratford on Avon District Councils Area Planning Committee on Thursday 19th January as the Parish Council had supported the application but the District Councils Planning Officer had recommended refusal. Members resolved to send a representative to the Area Planning Meeting to speak in support of the application as the council considered it warranted exceptional circumstances. The Employment opportunities offered by Johnson’s were important to the town and the council felt the additional parking facilities would help green transport policies, as more customers could park at the site instead of being dispersed for collection. With appropriate screening the council felt the proposed extension would not be invasive to the openness of the greenbelt in which Liveridge House was set. Vice Chairman Councillor Sheila Roy agreed to attend on behalf of the council.

The council discussed its budget for the financial year 2006/2007 and resolved to request a precept on Stratford on Avon District Council of £58,710 which represented a 3% increase on the precept for 2005/2006. The council’s expenditure budget was set for £77,835, which included grant awards totaling£10,250 to community groups and over £5,000 towards travel tokens for the pensioners living in the parishes. Income due to the council over and above the precept was forecast to decrease to £3,540 partly due to Stratford on Avon District Councils decision to withdraw its section 136 reclaims, which have previously allowed the council to reclaim costs for grass cutting, litter picking, Maintenance of open spaces and Play Area Maintenance. Members agreed that the council’s reserves would be used to keep the precept increase down in line with inflation.

Progress on the council’s project to develop a website was reported to the meeting. The council embarked on the project following its Strategic Plan, primarily to improve communications with the community and to promote the town for tourism and employment but they also hope the website will show the Parish Council has adopted sound management, effective working practices and suitable technology to manage its affairs openly and effectively.

The website which is currently being developed by a Henley based internet, graphics and design business No Excuses is scheduled to ‘go live’ on 31st January 2006.

This is an exciting project for the council and a special meeting of the council on 30th January was agreed so that an on-line presentation of the new web site could be given to all councillors before the council agreed to publish the site. The council aim to keep the website fresh, updating it frequently following each council meeting.

The Chairman of the Council Cllr Stephen Thirlwell said “This is one of the projects that was identified from the work on the Parish Plan. When the first stage is launched it will offer details of all the councils meetings, committees, agendas and members, further enhancing the communication within the Parishes. The council will look to further enhancements throughout the year”

Links with the web site Henley News on-line which has provided local news in the town for the last two years were hoped for so that general news about the town could also be accessed via the council’s website however council members were disappointed to hear that Henley News on-line would be producing its final edition on Friday 27th January as the editor felt it would be undesirable to have multiple Henley websites. Councillors resolved to write to Henley News on-line editor Mr Bill Leech in the hopes that he might reconsider the position as members considered the councils website would not be in competition with Henley News on-line which was a useful general information site which had gained a very significant readership in the Town and last year received an award in the Warwickshire Village Ventures Competition 2005.

The next meeting of the council will be on Monday 30th January 2006 in the council’s office at 150 High Street, to discuss the web site only. This meeting is scheduled to begin at 6.45pm and as with all the councils meetings members of the public are welcome to attend.


It’s 30 For A Reason’

Warwickshire Casualty Reduction Partnership is supporting a national advertising campaign that explains why the 30mph speed limit exists and the potentially fatal consequences of not abiding by it. The campaign uses the strap line 'It's 30 for a reason'.

Posters displayed on Warwickshire billboards and bus backs illustrate that exceeding the 30mph limit greatly increases the risk of killing a pedestrian. The posters show a child’s head split in two with one half showing the skull and the other half showing a healthy 8 year old girl. The two halves demonstrate graphically that the survival rate of a child pedestrian hit by a car travelling at 40mph is just 20% compared to 80% if hit at 30mph.

The posters are supporting a national television advert which features the eight year old girl talking directly to the audience and illustrates in a highly visual way the differences between hitting her whilst driving at 40mph versus hitting her at 30mph.

Chief Superintendent Nick Croft, Chair of Warwickshire Casualty Reduction Partnership said “Some 70% of motorists admit to speeding. How can this be considered acceptable? This campaign will bring home the importance of driving within the speed limit to those drivers who continue to drive at excess speed. Our roads within the UK are amongst the safest in the world, but with more than 3,000 people killed every year we can make them even safer. As this campaign shows, every driver can play their part by ensuring they are at or under the speed limit at all times. Drivers who don’t will be at greater risk of causing or being involved in a collision. If they are found to be exceeding the speed limit they will face prosecution.”


Coach the council on transport needs!

Warwickshire County Council is hoping to take the fast lane to improving public transport and it could be a moving experience for everyone.

Catching a bus can often be a frustrating experience but residents in the Stratford area are being given the opportunity to say how they would like services run.

A public consultation is being held for people to come and air their views on a Stagecoach bus parked on Rother Street on 21 January 2006 from 10am until 2pm. Everyone living in the Stratford District is welcome.

Simi Braich, for Warwickshire County Council said: “This event will provide residents with an opportunity to talk to us about existing bus services within the district and they can also pick up information on timetables, route information”


Alerts from Trading Standards

Booking Your Holiday?
New Code Of Practice Will Give Consumers Confidence

Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service has welcomed the launch of the Association of British Travel Agents’ (ABTA) Approved Code of practice to consumers. The Code gives consumers booking a holiday confidence that they will receive a high standard of customer service where they see the OFT/ABTA Approved Code logo.

Magenta Devine, well known writer and presenter of TV’s Rough Guide travel show, has lent her support to the Code which is being launched at one of the busiest times of the year for buying a holiday.

Noel Hunter, Director of Warwickshire Trading Standards said:“ We are very happy to promote any initiative that gives consumers greater protection when buying goods and services. Looking for the OFT/ABTA Approved Code logo is one way in which consumers can have greater confidence when booking their holidays. For more help and advice on what you can do to protect yourself from a bad holiday experience, visit our website www.warwickshire.gov.uk/tradingstandards.”

The ABTA Code aims to ensure that the public receive the best possible service from members and to regulate the activities of ABTA members. The Code provides facilities to deal with consumer complaints by a system of arbitration and has a Code of Conduct Committee who can penalise members who breach the Code.

In 2004 64.2 million visits abroad were taken by UK holidaymakers, 20 million of which were package holidays. ABTA represents the majority of UK travel agents and tour operators, its members accounting for around 90 per cent of package holidays sold in the UK. They also provide a range of independent travel options. Members of ABTA will be able to use the OFT Approved code logo to display their commitment to high quality customer service standards.

The OFT only approves codes that are effective in safeguarding and promoting consumer interests beyond the legal minimum. The main benefits for consumers dealing with ABTA members include:

  • access to low cost dispute resolution via arbitration should things go wrong
  • a disciplinary committee to deal with members who do not deliver the standards required by the code
  • a set of model terms and conditions.

For further details about ABTA and to view its Code of Practice, visit its website at www.abta.com

For more information on the OFT’s Codes of Practice visit their website: www.oft.gov.uk

And always remember - if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!

Simon Cripwell
Senior Information Officer
Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service


The Henley-in-Arden Notice Board

War Memorial Trust AGM
24th January 2006 @ 8.00pm
Memorial Hall, Station Road,
Henley in Arden

The managing committee is the umbrella organisation for the sports and social clubs of the Playing Fields and the Memorial Hall.

Town members are invited to become members of the committee and therefore, this is an open meeting for all Henley in Arden town people.

For further information contact
Karen Summers 01527 850182


Tricia's Henley Diary Dates

The following diary dates have been notified to Tricia Hammond at 132 High Street or electronically to p_hammond@tiscali.co.uk. All diary dates for the next Tricia's Henley Diary Dates should be sent to Tricia. Articles and news stories for Henley NEWS on-line should be sent to the editor@henleynews.co.uk at any time.

Two dates for your diaries: March 11th Spring Dance with the Likely Lads and July 1st Jazz in the Guild Hall Garden

COFFEE MORNING and Bring & Buy on Saturday 28th January in the Church Hall Beaudesert Lane - 10.30 am - 12 noon in aid of St. Basil’s centre for young homeless in Birmingham

HENLEY DIRECTORY The 2006 edition is being printed and should be available at the end of January. Copies will be on sale at The Vanity Box & John Dukes £4.00. Volunteers will also be calling with copies for sale. Make sure you get one - the next one won’t be available for another five years!

Garden Open Day - Sunday 18th June 2006 There has been a good response from people willing to include their garden in the above. We should like gardens in the town to be more fully represented - there must be many little gems hidden behind the High St. Contact Sue Bridgewater on 793633 or Marijana Bainbridge on 794987 if you would like to be involved.

Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service If you think that you could serve your community, are over 18 years old and you live within 5 minutes of the Fire Station, have you considered becoming a part-time fire fighter? For more information contact Richard Butler 07974408977
There are still vacancies in some areas of Henley-in-Arden for NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Co-ordinators. If you are aware that  you are not covered in your area or are willing to be a co-ordinator. Please contact Annette Walker on 792837
Business ClubTHE WARWICKSHIRE BUSINESS CLUB holds their monthly lunchtime meeting on third Thursday of each month from 11.30am to 2.15pm at the Henley Golf Club. There is a one hour networking session followed by a quality lunch and a informative speaker on a business topic.

Rotary ClubTHE ROTARY CLUB of Henley-in-Arden meets at the Golf Club on Monday evenings at 7pm.

New members are always welcome. Please call: Robin Freeman on 01789 765411 or email robinf@ribi.org

The Henley-in-Arden Bridge Club plays Duplicate Bridge of intermediate standard on Tuesday evenings at the the White Swan Hotel and usually find time for a tipple, which may or may not improve our play!!. Play commences at 7.15 promptly. There are normally 5 - 8 tables and the club does not issue master points.

For further information please contact the Secretary - Christine Whitehouse on 01564 792993.

Events for future Tricia's Henley Diary Dates should be sent to Tricia Hammond by email or by post to 132 High St marked ‘Tricia’s Diary’. Please tell all your friends about Tricia's Diary.

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