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Cattle Market Planning Application - SPECIAL EDITION

Local Architect Proposes Improved Design

Vincent Ford, a resident in Castle Close and a retired architect, has prepared an alternative proposal which has been submitted to the Stratford District Planners.

Mr Ford's design improves the external shape and appearance of the dwellings, resolves the on-street parking issue in Prince Harry Road and includes a tree-surrounded piazza which could be used for a small weekly market


Download a large scale version of the revised plan.

Taylor Wimpey's Proposal


The Taylor Wimpey proposal submitted for planning approval.

Objections flood in to SDC Planning Dept

SDCIT IS MOST IMPORTANT, IF YOU WISH TO OBJECT to any aspect of the proposed development, that each member of your household writes a separate personal and individual letter to the planning officer Mr Tony Horton. These letters should commence with "I OBJECT TO THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT ON THE FOLLOWING GROUNDS...." and then detail your specific objections.

Your letters should be sent to be received by 14th December 2010 (note later date) to:

Mr Tony Horton
Stratford upon Avon Planning Dept
Stratford District Council
Elizabeth House
Church Street
CV37 6HX

Planning Reference No. 10/02458/FUL

Democracy Blown Apart by Chairman of Henley JPC

Dear Editor,

Through your publication I must report on an astonishing experience I had whilst attending the meeting of Henley & Beaudesert Joint Parish Council on the evening of Monday 6th December.

As a local resident I have some concerns about the planning application submitted by Taylor Wimpey for the Henley Market re-development. At the special meeting convened by the JPC at the High school on 2nd December I listened attentively to all the points raised by those who spoke up. After a few days contemplation, I decided to submit my views by email to each and every member of the JPC in order that they could take this into consideration when reviewing the planning application and the various procedures associated to it.

On Monday night, I simply wanted to ensure that every councillor had received and read my email so I attended the JPC meeting in order to ask that simple question in the “open forum”. This is where members of the public are supposed to be entitled to three minutes to address the Council members on matters that concern them.

Before anyone could speak, the chairman, Cllr Les Goodman, declared that no comments regarding the planning application would be permitted. He then invited me to address the committee from the public gallery. I tried to say that I had turned up on a bitterly cold night along with others in order to provide further information about the planning application. As soon as I commenced, he shouted over me and demanded that I not do so before I had an opportunity to explain why I wanted to speak. I was dumbfounded by this and bullied into sitting down. Mr Goodman made it clear that he was not going to permit me to speak any further on that subject.

Councillor Les Goodman was dictating what members of the public could talk about in what is supposed to be an open forum. I didn’t realise that as Chairman of the Parish Council he had such powers of censorship over democracy.

I felt offended as I was embarrassed in public by his behaviour and consider his manner to be an abuse of his position and have made a formal complaint to the Standards and Ethics Committee of Stratford District Council. I hope all those who witnessed this outrageous conduct will support my complaint by writing to the Monitoring Officer.

Mike Faulkner - Resident Price Harry Road

Other Comments Received by Henley NEWS

If the JPC give this development the go ahead they will lose the confidence of the electorate that the JPC acts for the benefit of the community it is meant to serve and it will inflict further damage to what is already a much questioned and sullied reputation.

The Chairman doesn't have the authority to make such decisions.

The JPC more closely compares to a dictatorship than a democracy:

Any attempt to mention the market development was stamped out by the Chairman - no Councillors were asked their opinion so the decision appeared to be taken by the Chairman alone.
The open session is meant to be for the residents to mention anything that interests them – it should not be censored, particularly by one individual

  • Cllr Osborne was not allowed to make her point in public session – once again by the sole discretion of the JPC Chairman.
  • The JPC Chairman objected strongly to being ‘told’ how to vote (with rumblings of hear-hear coming from a number of the Councillors)
  • The JPC Chairman was NOT being ‘told’ he was being ‘reminded’ that his position depended on voters – fact not ‘blackmail’
  • The JPC is meant to represent the residents, not operate unilaterally.
  • Even Cllr Matheou was censored from talking about ‘compensation’ which I thought was a good point.

With everyone standing over the District Council we ought to get a good result, so keep up the pressure and don't doubt that the CPRE will back you all the way.

Can't believe the arrogance of the JPC and I fully expect a severe condemnation in the next issue of Henley NEWS.

I was very disappointed with this item on the agenda last Monday- it was made quite obvious that we were not permitted to speak in the open forum prior to the meeting. Several issues were discussed at the "special "JPC meeting last Thursday, we were not allowed to make comment during that meeting, therefore residents should have been given the opportunity to make a comment during the public forum at the beginning of this meeting as it was on the agenda. The "no comments on the development" ruling was not voted for at the start of the meeting by the whole JPC. I found it unsatisfactory and undemocratic.

I can understand Les Goodman not wanting to have further discussion on this matter but not sure whether he had the right to prevent it. There was a public session and therefore any member of the public should have been able to talk about any topic on the JPC Agenda. I believe there was a topic on the agenda to discuss the special meeting held on 2nd Dec and as such would have thought that public comment was admissible.

Generally I got the feeling that there was little transparency about most subjects and it reminded me of some kind of secret society meeting.

It was amusing to hear Les and others complain bitterly about a statement of fact in a circulated e-mail. This is surely another example of them believing they are above the democratic process. What is normal political activity for everyone else, is blackmail in his and others' eyes. A wonderful contribution made by Trinder and Love AGAIN! Should we be keeping a record of the number of meetings they attend and do not contribute?

Plan 'too complicated' for council to decide yet - Stratford Herald headline.

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HADS Next Production - A FEW Tickets Left


Henley Drama Group invites you to an evening of entertainment at the Guild Hall Henley on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th December at 7.30 pm.  Tickets are £8 including mulled wine and mince pies. 

Take time out to enjoy some Christmas music and readings plus some comic sketches (remember the Two Ronnies!)  Pictured here are the full Company of players who will provide the entertainment. "Step into Christmas" and banish the winter blues!  See you there!

Carol Robson

Swingin’ into Christmas

imageOn Monday 20th December at 7.30 in the Memorial Hall, Henley-in-Arden, start your Christmas in style with some big band Christmas favourites. Join Rotary in welcoming the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra (MYJO) to Henley for the first time ever! These talented young musicians with young singing sensation, 16 year old Sophie Feek, are bringing their Christmas show straight from its Birmingham performances to get Henley’s Christmas celebrations off to a  flying   start.

The orchestra, with members aged from 16 to 24, is celebrating its 40th birthday this year. During that time it has developed an international reputation as being one of the best swing bands on the planet playing music in the style of Glen Miller, Johnny Dankworth, Ted Heath etc in their own polished and professional way.

If you want to enjoy this exciting and special treat email: John Latham or phone 01564  795239. Tickets are £10 each and cheques made payable to John Latham and sent to 15, Riverside Gardens Henley-in-Arden B95 5JX. Sold on a first come first served basis. A bar and refreshments will be available. Proceeds to Rotary local and international charities and to MYJO’s Development Fund

Many thanks in anticipation of your support.

John Latham



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HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY Tuesday 21st December will be an informal AGM followed by a social evening. Members are asked to bring food to share. Baptist Hall 7.45pm. Visitors are welcome to come along and join in the fun.

1st HENLEY & WOOTTON SCOUTS. This is an exciting opportunity to make your mark on what has been a vibrant and successful scout troop. In order for it to continue to provide young people with diverse opportunities we urgently need the support of our local community. Please come forward and find out more about how you can get involved. For more information please contact Simon Cossey on: 07979 240174

HENLEY DRAMA GROUP presents "Step into Christmas" a selection of music, sketches, readings & poetry, at the Guildhall, Henley, on Friday 10th & Saturday 11th December at 7.30 pm. Tickets cost £8 which includes a glass of mulled wine & a mince pie. Come & join us for an evening of Christmas entertainment and festive fun! For tickets ring 01564 792041.

RIVERLAND GARDEN The Garden Committee is organising two further events to complete the Riverland Garden. On Tues 25th Jan, Burn's Night, a four course meal will be provided by Sue McDalby. Tickets £25 each will shortly be available. On Wed 23 March, TV gardener Chris Beardshaw will give a talk on all aspects of gardening and answer questions. Further details will follow, so reserve the dates in your diary.  Now would also be a good time to Buy a Brick as the third brick panel will be installed shortly.  Further details on all of these from Douglas and Sue Bridgewater on 793633. 

Details of all the local cinemas, theatres and exhibitions can be found on The Henley Town Website

Open to members (juniors and adults) of any standard. Full time coach. 7 courts open throughout the year mean that there is always a court available. No need to book. Club and American Tournaments held during summer months. League matches summer and winter. For details of membership please contact Judith Mathias 01564 792378
Evergreen ClubMeetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane at 2.15pm. The Club has around 80 members and organises a varied programme together with various outings. If you are interested in joining please contact Gordon Trinder.
logoRotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, is an organisation of more than 55,000 men and women who, as members of over 1,850 Rotary clubs, volunteer their time, talents, professional skills and energy to improving the lives of people in their local communities and others around the world. The Henley-in-Arden Club meets at the Golf Club on Monday evenings at 7pm. New members are always welcome.
Please email Rotarian Michael Redman

imageThis association meets once per month to discuss its plans for the next parish council election in May 2012 when it intends to offer residents a manifesto to reduce substantially the running costs of the Joint Parish Council and to give greater participation to the community in the affairs of the town.   
You can register your support at: Democracy 2012 Supporters Registration

Are you interested in gardening and flowers or just spending a pleasant evening watching a demonstrator arrange foliage and flowers?  We meet on the second Tuesday each month at 7.30pm in The Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden so why not come along and see for yourself? Visitors are always welcome £3.00. You do not have to be an active flower arranger to enjoy watching our demonstrators but if you do feel you would like to 'have a go' we hold occasional workshops. For further information contact Secretary - Annette Walker - 01564 792837
A Town Meeting was held on 17th August 2010, when many residents expressed their concerns about the proposed development on the old cattle market site. As a result, a committee has been formed to prepare for the formal application being submitted and any necessary representations. Read more about the aims of the Market Action Group website If you wish to show your support, please register at:
 For further information contact the Chairman - Lucy Lunt on 01564 794873 email:

The Objectives of the Club are:

  • To maintain and develop facilities for gardening and allotment sites.
  • To enable members to enjoy the activity of gardening and allotments.
  • To enable a healthy and rewarding past time enriching people's lives.
  • To preserve local green spaces for the community of Henley-in-Arden.
  • To foster an allotment and gardening spirit.
  • To create synergies and alliances with other like minded organisations.

To create a network where members can communicate with each other in order to exchange ideas, exchange produce and flowers, share equipment, seek advice and help.

The HAAGC is open to everyone with an interest in gardening and membership is FREE.   Click Here for Application Form
Meets every Friday and Sunday evening from 8pm at the Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden. The season runs from mid September to end April. A warm welcome is extended to all badminton players who may be interested in joining the club. Visitors welcome. Please contact the Chairman, Alan Barber, on 01564 793320 for further details.
Henley Cricket Club fields two teams in the Cotswold Hills League on a Saturday and two teams in friendly fixtures on Sundays from mid-April to mid-September. We are always on the lookout for new players, irrespective of age or ability. Anyone interested in joining our club should contact Kevin O'Brien on 01564 794903.
meets on Monday evenings from April to September at 6.30pm and plays until it is dark. The club is situated next to the Tennis Courts at the Sports and Social club ground on the A3400 just outside Henley. The Club welcomes new members, whether beginners or established players. For further information contact John Townson 01564 792407.
Jollytots meet every Tuesday morning during term time between 10am and 11.45am in the Church Hall on Beaudesert Lane, Henley.  It is open for all under 4 year olds and costs only £1.50 which includes a drink and a biscuit. There are toys, games, arts and crafts and singing. Any questions please ring Rachel on 01564 794470.
There are still vacancies in some areas of Henley-in-Arden for NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Coordinators. If you are aware that your area is not covered or you are willing to be a coordinator, please contact Annette Walker on 792837
Meetings are held on the Second Tuesday each month at 7.30 pm at the Memorial Hall. Secretary Mrs Annette Walker 01564 792837.  Meeting programme
Holds its monthly lunchtime meeting on the 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 an informative speaker on a business topic. Full details at
TAI CHI in HENLEY Thursdays, 11am at the Baptist Church Hall, High Street. Age, health or fitness no barrier. £5 per session – no termly fees. For further information contact Debbie Wild on 07773 318830.    Full details at:
Meets the last Sunday of the month at Wootton Wawen village hall at 2.15pm for a conducted walk of about 5 miles over the local and surrounding area footpaths. The Group welcomes all walkers. There is no subscription.  More details from Denis Keyte on 01564 792872.
Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. Membership consists of retired professional and business men residing in the vicinity of Henley. Visitors are most welcome and for further details please contact the secretary Andrew Yarwood on 794079.
De Montfort Lodge is the only freemasons’ lodge meeting in Henley. It was established in the town in 1930 and holds meetings in the Guild Hall. Anyone interested in freemasonry should contact John Pollard on 0121 603 8577 for further details.
The WRVS organise a lunch club for the elderly of the district at Dell Court every Tuesday at 12.30pm at a cost of £3.10.  For further details contact Christine on 01789 209210.
Plays Duplicate Bridge of intermediate standard on Tuesday evenings at the the White Swan Hotel and usually finds 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.
Each month the Henley Focus contains plenty for everyone with local business advertisements, reviews and community information. The Henley Focus could be helping you to promote your business or service to local people at affordable prices and also offers a range of design services at very reasonable rates. The publication is very happy to promote community and charity events free of charge.
Please call Karen on 01564 774748 or email for more information.

Details about tourist attractions and neighbouring villages can be found on The Henley Town Website

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Make Henley Greener
Rotary Club
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Henley History
Henley in Bloom
Wild Life Society
Warwickshire College
Henley Diary
Flower Club Annette Walker
Editorial Team
Proof ReaderJohn Garner
EditorBill Leech
Warwickshire County
Stratford District Council
Trading Standards
Heritage Centre
Memorial Hall
Henley High School
C of E Primary School Elaine Field
St Mary's Primary School
Drama - HADS
Court Leet & HADSAlan Robson
Claverdon & RailwayClive Hanley

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