Sounds like this
council behaviour is totally out of order. I fully support any small
business trying to survive on a High Street alongside National
brands like Somerfield and although the shop frontage MAY offend
some people that is all very subjective. Leave the shopkeeper alone to
run his business and stop pestering the poor chap.
It’s an English trait to support the underdog so in one sense its
good FREE publicity for the shop. I would not have known about its
location were it not for this stupid battle.
Mr Miah has been treated in a very shoddy manner & certain members of the JPC should apologise forthwith. Also I don't feel the signage is a problem.
I think the treatment the Curtain shop has received is atrocious. We should welcome new business in Henley with open arms.
I am against the JPC and can see nothing wrong with the colour or signage of the blind shop, why does the JPC allow the One Stop Shop and the Fish and Chip to have much more garish colour frontages and do not say any thing. The Curtain shop is a small shop and I have asked my visitors when we go to Henley if they can see any thing wrong with the shop and and they all say no, it does not stand out, so why doesn't certain members of the JPC leave this small business alone or would they prefer to have an empty shop?
I'm sorry but the points made by the councillor are unjust. Why are you picking on a small business in such an economically uncertain time? This shop does not stand out in it's present decor and what they have done is not offensive, the fish & chip shop on the other hand is 70's seaside tat! But nice chips!
We have some beautiful buildings and unfortunately some that do not ‘fit’ the surrounding Somerfields & One Stop for example, there have been many people who tried to occupy the building in question which I fully agree is dwarfed by these frontages, so to get the edge from a commercial perspective then it has to stand out – Good luck to them on their venture and I wish them every success!!
As for the comments of the Cllr’s in question and in particular Mrs Goodman, I hope that the fellow members will concur that this type of behaviour does in no way reflect the feelings of the JPC. I respect the amount of work Mrs Goodman has done for the community but feel that to call Henley “Her Town” is both arrogant and completely out of line.
A public apology must be the ‘minimum’ requirement, and Mrs Goodman needs to understand that in the position as a JOINT PARISH COUNCILLER she must refrain from using this position to voice her very personal opinions, as it fundamentally harms the objectives and credibility of the individuals within the Council who are there to help and not hinder the commercial growth of OUR town.
Absolutely against. I find the treatment against the Curtain Shop totally unbelievable. In this day and age the JPC should be doing everything to attract new businesses to the High Street – not force them out. Innovative advertising and displays should be applauded not victimised. The town should be welcoming these new and diverse businesses, the thought of having just the “usual High St” stores would remove any identity from Henley. Give me purple painted curtain shops/Studio 34/artshops anytime instead of Starbucks/Boots and Next.
I agree with the views expressed regarding the conduct of the JPC and one individual in particular.
Sadly the treatment of the Curtain shop is just yet another example of our existing JPC's incompetence. I do not not believe they have singled out this shop ,as they seem to treat many organisations and individuals in Henley with the same level of arrogance and contempt.
It seems that Councillor C Goodman is presenting her personal opinion as that of the whole community, it is not. We should do everything we possibly can to encourage new business into the town and Mr Miah has shown considerable initiative in trying to stand out amongst the large retail units on either side of him. If we do not encourage this sort of initiative we shall end up living in a 'museum'. If Cllr Goodman doesn't like it she can clear off.
I was appalled when I read the article in the Herald. I can see the shop frontage from my living room window, and I have always thought how interesting and characterful it looks . .. much nicer than Somerfield and One-Stop. However, I hoped that the JPC comments in the various meetings had been taken out of context (as is often the case with any reporting); it seems that this is a forlorn hope!
I do not approve. The shop has been treated shabbily by individuals who have got above themselves.
If it is as reported then I do not approve of our council ganging up on someone who is trying to start a business in Henley ( Mr Miah also runs a club in the Church Hall to help Henley residents).
I do not approve of 2 councillors gatecrashing a private meeting that is trying to resolve the issue.
I do not approve of the bullying and tone.
I do not approve of Carsina’s comment that it is “my town”
I do not approve of Carsina’s comment “if you don’t like it clear off”
I would like the Council to rapidly investigate these incidents, if they are true I believe the councillor should apologise and resign as she is obviously not fit for public office.
If the council agrees with her I would like them to put it to the public vote and resign if it goes against them.
I would like the council to apologise on behalf of the residents of Henley (if they still feel that they represent us).
If the reports of the councillors behaviour are correct it is reprehensible and she is not fit for public office. Personally I find the purple a bit garish but it is growing on me and as a small business myself I know the problems. Let’s give the curtain shop a chance and maybe other small businesses will be encouraged to come and make our High St ‘destination’ for more than an ice cream on a sunny Sunday afternoon!
I think the behaviour of JPC is out of order. In today's times we should be promoting Entrepreneurship and also who wants to contribute and cares about Henley.
"Community cannot for long feed on itself; it can only flourish with the coming of others from beyond, their unknown and undiscovered brothers."
I so incensed by the whole thing this poor guy is trying to make a living. I would understand if the sign could u seen as causing offence to people on the grounds of racial, sexual and religious views but it's a friggin board advertising curtains!!! Who is it offending people with curtain phobias!!
I really don't care if u publish my name the whole thing is so stupid. The joint parish council need to pull themselves together!
It sounds like Cllr Carsina Goodman from the JPC has completely disregarded the model code of conduct for Parish councils. As a Henley resident I am embarrassed by her actions and the JPC for standing by her.
Without the input of new ideas, including advertising media the town will die. Henley will stop attracting the hard working professional people that spend their disposable income in the local stores, restaurants and bars. The result of course is an economic down turn for Henley and an increase in local unemployment.
I believe that Mr Miah is been treated unfairly, as if he really wanted his store to stand out in a distasteful fashion then he could have covered it with neon lighting and glow in
the dark paint. But no; he has chosen a colour that is fashionable and stands out from his neighbouring stores. He has also asked the people that matter on the exterior design, is this
a case sour grape because they weren’t asked.
The local councillors that have raised this as a negative issue are simply resisting change and change is always inevitable! Standing in the way of tasteful development and commercial
progress is only something that will damage Henley.
If the local councillors really what a town full of charity shops and country outfitters I suggest their relocation maybe in order and more beneficial to Henley?
Very poor conduct by the JPC.
There is a great saying that the shop owner should use "I don't know what I don't know".
Does the JPC realise empty offices and shops are the first sign of blight in a town?
So many people get heritage mixed up with stagnation. Most of the buildings they are trying to preserve have had numerous additions to them in Edwardian, Georgian and Victorian times
and not all of them sympathetic.
Heritage is not about stagnation but adapting the new with the old. A shade of purple is hardly offensive in the grand scheme of things.
I heard Carsina Goodman make her “clear off” comment and couldn’t believe my ears! The Herald article was spot on.
As my taxes go towards funding the JPC I feel strongly that all their activities should be fully transparent to the residents of Henley. Why aren’t they? Why does the JPC
always seem to have a hidden agenda? It’s our town!
I am against the attitude shown by Mrs Goodman. If it is true, she should rather be representing the council as a whole rather than individual sentiments.
I strongly disapprove of Cllr Mrs Goodman behaviour, once again she was totally out of order. I like to add that I was treated by her in a similar arrogant and unpleasant manner some 18 years ago when we had just moved to Henley.
She certainly does NOT own this town, she obviously is upsetting local residents and spoiling the community spirit in here.
She should resign from the Parish Council.
Perhaps we should take a leaf from her book and say "We don't like you, clear off"
Live & let Live. Do unto others as you would like them to do unto you. A couple of well known phrases for our representatives to learn & act upon.
Cllr Goodman: a wonderful example of pompous self importance unrepresentative of the residents, motivated by small-minded meddling. I think the Curtain Shop looks just great.
I do not approve of the JPC's conduct, particularly Cllr Carsina Goodman, and I find Somerfield's colour scheme far more offensive.
I can see nothing wrong with look of the curtain shop.
I think the JPC should be encouraging shops like the Curtain shop , the more variety of businesses we can attract to Henley-in-Arden the better it is for those of who live here. It
appears that one or two members of the JPC have a lot to learn about how to treat people, let alone showing simple good manners!!
It does seem as though the whole procedure has become very personal; this cannot endear the PC to the residents.
Whilst I am a reader of the News I don’t live in the town. It’s tough in the current climate but surely everything we can do to help a small business to win has to be done, ultimately it adds value to the town and the community. Good luck!
I believe the treatment of the proprietors of the Curtain Shop has been outrageous and I think Councillor Mrs Goodman should offer her resignation – she is not the sort of representative I want to see on my local council. Shame on her.
I'm sure we would all like to be treated fairly.....But most importantly Equally, I would expect a better response from someone in her position!!!
It sounds like she has not only abused of her authority, but has a personnel problem with Mr Miah.
What absolutely disgusting and despicable behaviour by someone appointed as a councillor !!!!!!!! I don't think Mrs Goodman has a problem with the colour of the shop. I think she has a problem with the colour of Mr. Miah. This is a down right case of racism Mrs Goodman needs to get a life !!!!!!!
I most certainly deplore the behaviour of some of certain members of the JPC over this matter and thank Henley News for bringing it to my attention.
It appears that some people believe that they can dictate what happens in Henley based on their personal taste and preferences. Where were they when Taylor Wimpey were looking to bulldoze
the market and replace it with three storey social housing units? They were completely out of keeping with Henley on a massive scale?
I applaud the Curtain Shop. Indeed this matter has raised their profile in a positive way so far as I am concerned for I now know they are there and will look to do business with them
in the future.
So far as other commercial enterprises are concerned; The Bluebell - superb food and beer and great attention to detail. I love the garden umbrellas. Do the JPC simply have something
against the colour purple? Colour discrimination on a bizarre scale. Don't tell the JPC but I have purple decor in one of my bedrooms, including blinds. Should I now change it? Will
we be seeing some of the JPC on a new series of "Changing Rooms"? Might I suggest that they change....with the times. So far as the ladies attire shops are concerned either
side of the pedestrian crossing. Good for you. I hope we see more new business in keeping with their quality and modern tastes in Henley. I wish you all great success.
I was shocked to read the remarks of Councillor Goodman. They were absolutely un-called for, this is not how people, who are trying to bring business to Henley should be treated. I personally feel that the shop looks great and some colour on the High Street is not a bad thing.
This councillor must surely go as these comments are totally unacceptable.
I think there are other issues missing in how the business frontage has come about. However this does not excuse the behaviour of certain members of this Joint Parish Council.
Unfortunately this type of behaviour has occurred with other organisation in the past.
From what has been reported, when Mr Miah met with an officer from Stratford District Council’s conservation department on the 4th January 2010 to discuss the best way forward,
Cllr Carsina Goodman and Cllr Chris Milsom told him they were there representing the parish council?
If this is the case then surely their comments brings the whole JPC into disrepute
I like the frontage. It is so much better than Somerfield and On Stop.
I think this is an outrage that this is even a topic of conversation. A small business comes into Henley - we should give it all the support that is needed. The butchers next door is blue - did anyone complain about that?? Next is One Stop which is red - did anyone complain about that??
The more shops, with more diversity, in Henley, the better. An apology is in order. Let's hope the Curtain Shop thrives.
Disgraceful!! It sounds like a personal vendetta. Get real Carsina – this is 2010. Too much time on your hands, maybe you should do some voluntary work.
As I sit at my desk at work looking out of the window I see Lemon Tree Flowers with its purple, black and cream coloured frontage and I see the curtain shop with its – well, purple, black and cream coloured frontage. I think the colour scheme suits Henley High Street well; it is in keeping with the conservation area. As far as I am aware Lemon Tree Flower shop has not encountered such overbearing criticism from the JPC over its signage. The only conclusion to be drawn is that there is another reason for the bullying that the curtain shop has received from the JPC. The JPC needs to explain what their reasons are to the residents of Henley.
Absolutely hilarious actions by Cllr Goodman. She’s made a fool of herself and exposed just how commercially naive and out of touch she is; I will be amazed if she is still in post next year.
I own a small business that I’m on the verge of re-locating to Henley to fill one of the numerous empty offices. In doing so my team will spend their money in the town and hopefully
contribute (in some small way) to the economy of the place.
That’s how things work you see and most people, whether in business or not, realize this. Businesses like the curtain shop, and the Bluebell and the saucy underwear shop (which
I would love to hear Cllr Goodman’s thoughts on… “what, the ladies of Henley wandering around in attractive undergarments, whatever next!? We must ban the wearing
of all non-functional underwear immediately”), whilst not to every resident’s taste all bring money to the town and give it life.
I’ve lived in Henley for number of years and love the place for all it’s charm and originality (isn’t that the reason why we all pay over the odds to live here!?)
but fear that without supporting good local business the very residents who seek to suppress these ventures will end up living in a ghost town. I applaud the work of the Councilors
(with the obvious exception), Henley in Bloom, the Churches etc, they all work very hard to improve Henley and that’s one of the things we all like about living here. It’s
a shame when someone in a post of this kind just doesn’t ‘get it’.
Cllr Goodman, give the guys at the shop a fair go. If there’s massive public feeling about the color, ask them to change it, I’m sure they would. But do not say that you
represent the towns people (your clearly do not). If the reporting is accurate you are not in any way representative of the people I have come to know in Henley in any way, shape or
My sincerest thanks to those Councilors who have shown such good judgment and continue to work hard behind the scenes, the people at the churches who volunteer tirelessly, Henley in
Bloom (especially the chap who drives the little fire engine!) and all the other good soles who contribute to the town.
Right, I’m off to buy some sausages from the butchers and then I think I’ll treat myself to a pint of ale under those funny umbrellas at the Bluebell.
As a resident of Henley in Arden I am appalled at how the JPC is treating Mr Miah, owner of the Curtain Shop. Cllr Mrs Goodman, in particular, should be ashamed of herself as if the reports are true she is undoubtedly bullying Mr Miah and her behaviour towards him appears to be nothing short of abusive and appears to be discriminative. It makes me feel ashamed to be part of a town that behaves like this and only hope that Mrs Osbourne has convinced Mr Miah that Cllr Mrs Goodman is not a representative of how people behave in Henley and is not representative of the general mood towards him and his business.
With regards to the issue of the colour of the frontage of the shop, which seems to have been the catalyst for this outrageous string of events, I actually like it. I can fully understand
why Mr Miah as tried to make his business ‘stand out from the crowd’ to help him attract new business. In these very difficult economic times we should be supporting
businesses, particularly small businesses that have been extremely hard hit by the financial crisis where banks are now reluctant to loan money and support small businesses. Now
it seems that in Henley we are also saying that they cannot do what they can to attract new customers.
Is the JPC going to say to Sudio 54 (once again love the frontages of the shops) and also to S-U (pink frontage) that they either change their frontages or move? May be they would
prefer Henley in Arden to become a bit of a ghost town which is exactly what is happening to Stratford Town Centre. The most unattractive frontages in Henley are undoubtedly Somerfield
and One-Stop however I think sensible people understand that shops of this nature are very much needed in Henley and subsequently corporate branding has to be applied.
As a tax payer quite frankly I think there are far more important local issues that the JPC should be addressing as opposed to all this nonsense over the colour of a shop frontage which
has led to such a distasteful and disgraceful episode of events. A public apology is required or alternatively Cllr Mrs Goodman should resign.
Having lived in Henley for 40 years I have always been proud of the fact that we have a warm, friendly and welcoming town as well as a beautiful High Street. For the first time, because of the behaviuor of Mrs Goodman I feel ashamed of our community.
What is the point of having a substantial amount of money in the JPC budget to promote trade and tourism if we have councillors driving business away with immature rantings in public
to existing traders.
Disgraceful! The JPC must take firm action to avoid similar behaviour in the future.
The Curtain Shop frontage is no worse than their neighbours, if the JPC concentrated on sorting out the illegal parking outside the shops frontage we may yet avert the accident that is waiting to happen.
It would surely be a welcome thought that a retail business could be successful, and thrive in these premises, following the decline of a number of others. I see nothing offensive at all on the fascia of this small shop. One Stop and Somerfield are also opposite listed buildings and are arguably necessary 'blots on the landscape'.
I seem to remember another purple shop nearby, the Purple Antiques Shop?
A wonderful example of individuality amongst independent retailers may be found in the delightful medieval towns of Berkhamsted, Bridgnorth, Bury St Edmunds, and many, many others. For
such a small market town, Henley's High Street offers a generous and diverse array of retail opportunities, giving the shopper choice and variety. This is a bonus for both
residents and visitors, and helps to support the prosperity of the area. What is the alternative? Rows of bland, characterless charity and chain
stores? Think on councillors, and appreciate what you have here.
The author Susan Hill, when she lived in Warwickshire, wrote of Henley: ' ........ It has a long, wide and singularly handsome High Street, lined with an assortment of extremely good-looking
smallish, lowish houses ........ blending delightfully together...... Henley thrives - a busy, friendly place with a heterogeneous mixture of residents who work locally ........'
Henley in Arden is a lovely town, there is no doubt of that, but it is not the only one of its kind, and whilst the townspeople should be proud of its heritage, to display such a smug
exclusivity does the town no favour.
There's a faint whiff of 'Hyacinth 'Bucket' syndrome here. This woman's attitude is amusingly snobbish, laughably outdated and, more worryingly, an indirect spectacular own goal for the JPC!
The 'Purple Shop' is a vibrant, energetic and non-threatening addition to a high street famed for its 'character': of course the irony being Mrs Goodman's behaviour (she fails the definition for being labelled 'Counsellor') and comments have led her to become a 'character' whereas Zac and Linda, have 'character. I admire anyone who set's up in business for themselves. It takes guts. But to succeed it also takes differentiation and ingenuity - and that's what is on display at 106A High Street. I'm wondering how she'd react if Lidl came to town - though I have a sneaky suspicion Waitrose might just slip under her (no doubt upturned) nose.
If your reading these comments Mrs Goodman - and I hope you are - I suggest you revisit the frontage at 106A High Street - and take a good look at the two multi million pound behemoth outposts either side of it. And ask yourself, is the 'Purple' an issue because it's not in keeping with the historical memories of your childhood (in which case let's have a go at the Purple signage of the Police station, the maroon frontage of Hunters Estate Agents and The Blue Bell's Blue, Maroon and Purple stripes) or, is it, as I very much fear, because you can't do anything about Somerfield and One Stop so think you'll focus on someone who's - 'different': new to Henley, not lived here all his life - and therefore easier to 'bully', after all - "How dare he not consult ME! I've lived here all my life!"
Bluntly, you've underestimated Henley and it's very much alive community spirit. The Purple Shop is a minnow in a large market town and the fact is we like it. And Studio 34, And the new Lingerie shop. And the Deli. We like these boutique's. Because they 'have' character'. Unlike yourself. So please, go. Resign. Seriously. The fact is - your an analogue official in a digital age and bad for future business.
I find the treatment, by the council against the Curtain Shop totally unbelievable.
It seems that Councillor C Goodman is presenting her personal opinion as that of the whole community and I for one do not agree with her.
She certainly does not own this town she is simply a councillor who is supposed to represent our opinion not her own
Henley needs more shops to bring more people here otherwise it will die like so many small markets towns.
Mrs Goodman needs to realize she has out grown the wonderful village of Henley. She needs to hang her parish boots up and stop meddling in other peoples business. Who are good people trying to make a living. There's a book she should read called stop thinking start living. It might make her a less spiteful person.
Having been born here and now bringing up my own children here it's the first time there has been a decent array of shops to spend the day walking around,then stopping for a cake and coffee and also lunch. Why on earth would you of spent the day strolling round just One-stop and somerfield before. Our family love the signage. I mean what good business would paint there shop to blend in!!!!
We should be thanking the newer shops of Henley for bringing back the life to Henley.
I think the Curtain Shop looks really great. It has better signage than lots of the other shop fronts in Henley.
The curtain shop looks like it is being picked on for being creative. In these difficult economic times, the way in which the JPC has acted seems very unfair.
The JPC should remember they are elected to represent the town not personal views. In this enlightened time they have treated Mr Miah disgracefully and should make a public apology for what appears to amount to a personal attack.
I was most saddened to hear of the plight of the curtain trader in Henley; I empathise with this trader having been on the receiving end of unfair treatment from Henley in Arden Parish council myself.
This appalling behaviour is tantamount to harassment and bullying. I was amazed at the ignorance of the Parish Councils' views that purple is not in keeping with an historic town due to listed buildings being opposite the shop; purple is a most historic colour. For hundreds of years purple has been associated with Royalty, Power and Nobility. Throughout history purple has been worn by Kings and Queens and is known as a 'Royal colour'; part of the reason for this is that the colour was very expensive to manufacture and only the rich could afford to wear it. Purple even goes as far back as the Roman Sumptuary Laws where it stated that only the Emperor could wear purple. Purple is a historic colour dating back thousands of years; so I would like the Parish Council to explain how can it not be in keeping with a historic town. I would consider the colour purple to be far more fitting for a medieval town than a gaudy plastic sign such as can be found outside Somerfield or Onestop.
As to the comments that this town belongs to a certain person, as far as I am aware, this person does not own this town and we are still a free country; this kind of attitude is most concerning. I think the residents of Henley need clarification as to whether this is just one persons opinion or the entire Parish Councils' opinion. If it is not the Parish Councils opinion then what are they going to do about it. The residents of Henley need to decide whether they actually want people with such appalling views to hold such positions of power or whether they want Councillors who actually want to provide help and support to the community and truly have peoples best interests at heart.
The role of a Parish Council is to provide help and support to residents and business within their area and not to make life as difficult as possible just because they can. The Parish Council should be helping business to get through one of the worst recessions in history and not making life as difficult as possible and causing small businesses to go out of business. I would consider the Parish Council to be in breach of their duty of care and in breach of the Code of Conduct; they are most certainly in breach of the guidance provided by the Government through the Local Better Regulation Office (LBRO) in ensuring that businesses are not overburdened.
It is high time that the people of Henley in Arden stand together to ensure that only the correct, responsible people are placed in such a positions of power, to make sure that residents and businesses are given support and not hinderance and that we have a Parish Council that truly has the best interests of its residents and businesses at heart. The time, and money that is being thrown at this ridiculous scenario could be better spent supporting business within the area rather than ruining them, or even reducing the Council Tax bill that we are currently having to pay to fund it, especially at a time when people are struggling or may have suffered redundancies because of a recession.
This behaviour is wrong. This poor trader stands to lose his business and his dreams, can we really afford to do nothing and let this appalling behaviour continue.....
Mrs Goodman, resign now. enough said !
All the JPC should resign and allow the residents of Henley to have the first contested election in living memory. As Cromwell said in 1653, "You have sat here too long for the good you do. In the name of God, go!”
I do not approve of the treatment against the curtain shop. If the issue is exclusively the exterior décor of the shop, why is there no action against SO U, which is PINK, or the horrid and common exterior of One Shop? The curtain shop adds personality to the High Street and it should stay!
A glorious example of small minded and bigoted thinking from one of our supposed "leaders".
This councilor should be removed from office if this is her idea of acceptable behaviour.
I think the Councillor in question should resign, she has no dignity. I think the "Curtain Shop" blends in very well in the High
Are we not trying to eradicate bullying from our schools and society? What a prime example of bullying to our children by a person with such a prominent position in the town. Let
the shop remain, leave the owner be to run his business - we have been following this issue carefully in the Stratford Herald. May be the JPC should focus on more important issues in
The over reacting Queen of Hearts [ "Off with her head!"] is well represented as is the rest of the pack. All it needs now is for Alice to stand up and say "You
are nothing but a pack of cards" and the nightmare is complete.
The residents of Henley should wake up and take note that Lewis Carrolls book was for children and act accordingly.
Even if the facts reported are only 50% true, the councillors in question have acted in a deplorable manner, and should question themselves and their conduct. All new business’s
(as long as they are moral & legal) should be encouraged to move to Henley. Since moving here 14 years ago, many business’s have closed. Estate agents, public
houses, restaurants, 2 factories and numerous retail outlets, have all gone. So the JPC should think of how they can convince Mr Miah and his business to stay. Though its interesting
to read all the views opposing various members of the JPC, we must remember the last ‘election’ didn’t happen as there were only 12 people willing to stand. Maybe
if there was less apathy among the residents of Henley, and others stood for election, we wouldn’t be in this position now. Maybe we are all to blame.
As for the argument about born in Henley or moved to Henley. Where one is born is down to where your parents live, but if you choose to live somewhere, it’s because you like it
Whatever our own feelings concerning the shop front there are planning procedures and licensing rules to protect listed buildings and towns. The parish council are able to bring their concerns through such meetings and discussions. Parish councillors, especially ones that no one has ever voted for, should not behave in such an unprofessional manner. But this is a councillor who has previous form since she once described all allotment holders as being illiterate. Any councillor that behaves in such a manner, totally disregarding the code of conduct during meetings and in the street should have been reprimanded a long time ago. No wonder politicians at all levels are held in such low regard.
The concentration of power in the Goodman family causes me great concern. The views of Henley residents who do not agree with either of them are greatly disadvantaged. Behaviour towards Mr Miah is disgraceful and I greatly appreciate his efforts to make his shop unit look appealing and inviting - as have the Blue Bell pub, the new cafe 34, the new lingerie shop etc. We have to move into this century and attract and keep visitors interested in the town. Collections of fossils and their ideas should go. Can we have a JPC that reflects the town and ALL its residents?
The Parish council need to resign now. It is time for a re-election due to the bullying and incompetence of this Parish Council. They can stand for re-election if they want to, but it will be up to the people to vote them in if they deserve it. This time the people of Henley need to be properly informed of when and where an election will take place and not allow the Parish council to post a small note on some obscure lampost telling people of an election. This time the people of Henley need to be made aware of an election and given the chance to vote. These people can not be trusted in such a position of power; they have consistently proved this time and time again.
With reference to the treatment of the Curtain Shop owners I’d like to add two recent headlines from previous issues of the Henley NEWS On-Line:
JPC Rejects CCTV Request from Henley Society – 11 June 2009
JPC Rejects working with Allotment Association – 6 Aug 2009
It seems to me that there may be an ongoing pattern happening here. Who on earth do these people think they represent? Maybe they should seek the views of the residents rather than express their personal views. Let them be assured that their behaviour does NOT represent my approach.
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