TOWN MEETING ABOUT THE
PUBLIC CAR PARKS
AND TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT
NOTES FROM THE CHAIRMAN RAY EVANS
JPC PUBLIC MEETING - MONDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER
CAR PARKS & ILLEGAL PARKING DEBATE
be aware that these are not minutes but merely an account, more
detailed details of the debate can be supplied on request]
The meeting was organised in the light of growing disquiet amongst our
residents, that the plans for adoption of two car parks in Henley,
namely the Croft and Prince Harry Road, had, in its formulation and
progress, not been transparent.
The new Council members, elected earlier in May, who had not been privy
to the negotiations between the previous JPC, car park owners and the
car park operators, were given the opportunity to look into the history
and, with the aid of background information, from a member of the
Working Party responsible for the matter, are now acquainted with the
The proposal had earlier received a unanimous vote in favour of
proceeding, a decision held fast legally for a 4-month period. At the
time of this meeting, the final transfer of leasehold documents and
engagement of a car park operator, had not been signed off.
It was therefore felt prudent to re-visit the proposal before the whole
project had reached fait accompli.
Following nearly ninety minutes of lively debate, the Chair summarised
what was thought to be a middle ground proposition, which would be put
back to the JPC for further and more urgent appraisal.
The proposition is that the JPC now take a new look at the possibility
of adopting one, or both car parks, but delay the decision to engage
LPS, the car park operators presently involved, until a new
investigation was set in motion. That investigation would possibly lead
to the engagement of an independent consultant(s) specialised in the
subject of car parking management and logistics.
Based on the outcome of this independent review, the JPC would make
these findings public, pending a decision on how best to go forward.
Further, in this interim period, tenders would be sought from two other
car park management companies, LPS invited to re-fresh their bid.
The adoption of one or both car parks would make the JPC liable for
business rates [Prince Harry - £5.5K, The Croft -£2.2K PA]
and maintenance, insurances and other sundry costs for a period not
exceeding twelve months from the acquisition.
This liability would have to be funded by JPC reserves, which one
resident pointed out would be put under severe pressure should we enter
a particularly long and damaging winter.
Questions were raised as to the impact on the precept, the JPC will, in
their deliberations and public announcements, give more fiscal evidence
as the matter progresses.
Finally, the Chair promised that a formal timetable of events, will be
made available for download on the JPC website and Henley NEWS.
Ray Evans - Chairman
Henley & Beaudesert JPC 17.09.2019
a Henley NEWS Correspondent
As a Henley resident I went to the Joint Parish Council meeting
yesterday evening and listened to a great deal of discussion/argument
about whether or not the JPC should take over the control of three
carparks in the Town (Joint Parishes) namely The Croft shoppers'
carpark; Prince Harry Road carpark and the public section of
the Northern carpark adjacent to the Golf Club entrance. All by way of
a management agreement with the present operator of the Northern
carpark on a profit sharing basis.
discussion is of course many years old and was brought to a head in the
last two years or so by the developers of the Croft threatening to sell
the unwanted carpark to a third party unless either Stratford District
Council operated the S106 agreement and took it over or in default the
JPC took control. There have been at least two public meetings about
these proposals and for those interested enough considerable discussion
at public JPC meetings with minutes for those who could not attend.
has culminated in the Parish council in its previous guise voting to
pursue the acquisition of all three elements at no cost to the public
purse and with the potential to remunerate the coffers for distribution
to other worthwhile projects. The legal proceedings to acquire the
Croft car park; the lease on the medical centre carpark and the
agreement with the operator are ready for signature and here we are
again with indecision and prevarication Why?
people who bought houses without car parking facilities will no longer
be able to park gratis! Because businesses foresee additional cost from
employees for parking expenses or trade falling off because customers
don’t want additional parking expense. Simplistic I know but with
least a kernel of truth judging by the discussion yesterday evening.
The JPC has/is negotiated a sliding scale of charges starting at a
period for nothing for shoppers parking and a number plate recognition
at the doctors if the dedicated spaces are full; and is it really too
far for people to walk half a mile to the centre when they can park for
a modest daily rate?
the present JPC is contemplating taking on the Croft itself possibly
abandoning Prince Harry on a vague promise that the SDC have no plans
to alter the status quo--really?--and will the present operator be as
accommodating if the JPC has to re-negotiate in twelve months time? The
idea of increasing the precept will just open another can of worms
because it will fall on the residents alone a number of whom do not own
a vehicle. What other projects will have to suffer by the JPC dipping
into reserves to fund the free parking Croft when it could be income
producing? Where else in the West Midlands and counties do you find a
Town with no parking charges? Hen’s teeth come to mind; rare
I do not pretend to know the intricacies of the present negotiations I
do know a number of the people who have dedicated very considerable
time and expertise to producing a workable plan with control remaining
with our representatives, and giving a potential income back to the
parishes; if we are not decisive now, and grasp the opportunity, I
predict that we will be in the same position in twelve months having
spent the reserve and will still have to impose a charging regime.
that time Network Rail will have implemented their charging procedure
at the station and we will know what effect that has on the remaining
parking in Henley.
don’t even get me started on High street parking and traffic
Arden Division, County
Last year WCC spent £562 million and
I had predicted expenditure on social care (adult social care,
children’s care and public health) rose to 66% of the budget from
last year. Highways accounted for 8% of the Council budget
compared to 9% last year. The total spending was about 2%
higher than last year.
The Chancellor’s recent statement
significant funds to local government and I expect Warwickshire to
receive £12 million additional for social care and about £5
transport. It seems that Councils may also, if they wish,
surcharge council tax by 2% to help with social care costs. There
was no indication as to the maximum council tax rise that will be
allowed next year before a referendum is required.
A number of parents have expressed concern
about dangerous driving when children are getting on and off school
buses. I have written to our MP, Nadhim Zahawi, who is currently
Minister of Industry and who had been previously been a Minister in the
Department of Education to suggest that the Government phase in
dedicated all electric school buses with stop signals like in USA when
children are getting on and off the bus as a move to improve safety,
reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality in towns.
Trading Standards continue their
successes. Last month a Nuneaton car salesman was successfully
prosecuted for selling an un-roadworthy vehicle. The vehicle had
been advertised on the trader’s website and described as
seen’. This is an illegal statement that is sometimes used to
consumer the (false) impression that they don’t have a legal
reject a faulty vehicle. The vehicle was proved to be
The University of Cardiff, in association
with the Nottingham Business School, has issued a competitiveness
Index, which benchmarks the competitiveness of all 379 district
councils in UK. Competitiveness is considered to consist of the
capability of an economy to attract and maintain firms with stable or
rising market shares in an activity, while maintaining stable or
increasing standards of living for those who participate in it.
Warwickshire did well on the whole with Warwick District the best
ranked 37th. and Stratford second at 54th. out of a pool of 379
The long awaited highways design manual is
due to go for internal approval at the end of September. This
will bring Warwickshire in line with all the other transport
authorities in the country and give Parish Councils and
confidence that a scheme they sponsor will meet WCC acceptance
If anyone needs work doing around the house
or garden it is worth using the WCC sponsored scheme “No Rogue
here” online at https://www.noroguetradershere.com/ or by
0800 233 5000.
Support for carers is provided in
Warwickshire by the Carers Trust. One in ten people in
Warwickshire are carers and a free confidential service is available to
help with any issues a carer might be having. The telephone
number is 024 7610 1040 – option 4.
Tel. 01926 842068
Flu vaccination is
available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at
risk of flu and its complications.
Henley Medical Centre’s flu clinics for adults will start from
Adult flu immunisation
to receive a free flu vaccination include: all patients 65 years and
over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31 March 2020), those
with chronic lung disease, chronic heart disease, chronic liver
disease, chronic neurological disease, diabetics, those who are
immunosuppressed due to disease or treatments, pregnant women, the
morbidly obese, people in long stay residential homes, carers and
health and household contacts of immunocompromised individuals, health
and social care staff.
If you are unsure whether you are eligible to have a flu vaccination,
you can contact our reception for advice.
Childhood flu immunisation - (available at Henley
from the end of October)
The children's flu
vaccine is offered as a yearly nasal spray to young children to help
protect them against flu.
Flu can be a very unpleasant illness for children, with potentially
serious complications, including bronchitis and pneumonia.
In the autumn/winter of 2019/20, the vaccine will be available free on
the NHS for eligible children, including:
- children aged 2
and 3 on 31 August 2019 – that is, children born between 1
September2015 and 31 August 2017
- all primary
- children aged 2
to 17 with long-term health conditions
Who will give the
children's flu vaccination?
Children aged 2 and 3 will be given the vaccination at their general
practice, by the practice nurse.
Children who are 4 years old are also eligible for flu vaccination
provided they were 3 on 31 August 2019. These children will be offered
the vaccination at their general practice.
Primary school children will be offered their vaccination in school.
Children who are home educated will also be offered the vaccine,
provided they are in an eligible age group. Parents can obtain
information about arrangements from their local NHS England Public
Health Commissioning team.
Appointment bookings are now being taken, so please telephone today and
book your appointment.
For more detailed information about flu vaccinations please visit:
Amanda Taylor, Practice
Got the bottle, Stratford-on-Avon District has!
around 7.7 billion plastic water bottles are bought across the UK each
year, resulting in substantial amounts of single-use plastic waste
ending up in our oceans.
City to Sea, a not-for-profit organisation headed by campaigner Natalie
Fee, launched the award-winning Refill Campaign in 2015. It’s
that the scheme, now being rolled out nationwide with support from
Water UK and local water companies, will cut plastic bottle use by tens
of millions each year, as well as substantially increasing the
availability of high-quality drinking water.
Local Champion Angela Lloyd, Stratford-on-Avon District Council’s
Streetscene Lead Contracts Officer, who is launching Refill
Stratford-on-Avon District, explains why both businesses and their
customers should get involved: “Here in Stratford-upon-Avon
rightly proud of the area’s stunning landscapes and countryside.
Plastics, including single-use plastic bottles, are now the most
frequently found type of litter on UK beaches and you don’t have
look far to find them littering our towns and green spaces too. Refill
Stratford-on-Avon District gives us all the opportunity to help make
this type of litter a thing of the past at the same time as saving
money. It’s good business sense as well, as customers view
that provide free water refills more favourably and are more likely to
return to them to make future purchases. We are working with
StratForward, who will be encouraging businesses in the town to sign up
and we’ll be promoting the scheme to the wider district as
Ian Shenton, Operations Portfolio at Stratford-on-Avon District Council
says: “Every time we refill a re-useable bottle instead of buying
throwing away a single-use bottle we not only reduce the amount of
plastic and fuel being used, we save a bit of money and help clean up
our towns and open spaces too. We’re so excited to see the launch
Refill Stratford-on-Avon District so look out for the stickers or check
the app to find out where you can refill for free. We have started by
signing up our offices as a Refill station.” Cllr Ian Shenton,
Operations Portfolio at
Stratford-on-Avon District Council photographed launching the scheme as
SDC is the
first to sign up to the local scheme.
Stratford-on-Avon District builds on the success of Refill around the
UK, which now boasts a network of over 22,000 Refill Stations.
James Refill Regional Coordinator, says: “We know lots of
already offer this simple service, but find customers often feel
embarrassed or cheeky for asking. By letting people know they can look
for Refill stickers or posters and be confident they can refill for
free where they find one, Refill Stratford-on-Avon District is
encouraging more people to take one small step away from relying on
single use plastic bottles. It’s a really simple concept with a
big potential result.”
Natalie Fee, founder of City to Sea, the organisation which is the
driving force behind Refill said: “We’ve seen a huge
appetite for our
Refill campaign across the UK. Refill puts the power to stop plastic
pollution in people's hands - it's a fantastically easy way to reduce
your plastic consumption and save money at the same time. Businesses
can add themselves to the app too and help create the wave of change
needed to keep plastic bottles out of our oceans!"
Find out more about Refill Stratford-on-Avon District and how you can
take part @RefillStratford.
Visit the Refill website at https://refill.org.uk/ to download the free Refill
app and find out more about the Refill movement.
Cycling from San Francisco to New York
The Club was delighted to welcome back Edwin Shore, this time to talk
about his transcontinental cycle trip from San Francisco to New York.
In a delightfully deadpan manner, our speaker kept us fascinated about
the scenery and colourful characters he encountered on his epic ride.
He had previously limbered up by cycling to Santiago and Rome before
embarking on his transcontinental trip as a Rotarian fund raising
effort for Cancer Research.
Edwin started his venture straight from San Francisco airport.
Initially he stayed with Rotarian contacts amongst them a doctor who
advised him to be wary of all sorts of exotic illnesses. And as an
interesting aside from fatal diseases, we were told that more people
die from falling coconuts that shark attacks. One Japanese gentleman he
stayed with warned him to be on the lookout for bears. However, for
much of his trip, he tended to camp but was always careful to zip up
his tent at night lest any snakes might creep in.
The varied landscape he passed through included the Sierra Nevada, part
of the Rockies, where his route took him up to heights approaching
10,000 ft. By contrast he was 7 days peddling across the desert in
Nevada before being told it was all downhill the rest of the way to New
York. He tended to try and keep to minor roads and at times it could be
quite a lonely experience; and indeed one’s imagination could run
and imagine all manner of disconcerting experiences. Fortunately the
prevailing wind tended to be behind him but rain could be more than a
little troublesome at times.
Among the amusing tales our speaker related was the obsession Americans
have for equal rights and opportunities to the extent blind folk can
legitimately claim to go hunting. And on the question of hunting, many
hunters and domestic animals are themselves at risk from other hunters;
indeed, perhaps it’s an apocryphal tale, but some farmers have
obliged to label their cows and pigs as such in case they are shot.
We learned something about the Oregon Trail, the historic
large-wheeled wagon route and emigrant trail in the United States that
connected the Missouri River to valleys in Oregon. Oxen were often the
preferred beast to pull wagons, because they were docile, generally
healthy, and able to continue moving in difficult conditions such as
mud and snow. Also they were cheaper than horses to buy and
consequently less likely to be stolen by the native Indians. One
drawback of oxen was the difficulty of shoeing. Oxen are incapable of
standing on three feet and so would have to be supported whilst being
Although he met one or two oddballs and, whilst Americans do tend to
wear their heart on their sleeves, Edwin generally had nothing but
praise for the kindness and humanity he encountered.
Probus is an informal club for retired business and professional people
and meets usually on the first Wednesday of the month. We are always
delighted to welcome visitors and potential new members. For further
details please contact Andrew Yarwood on 794079.
Henley Community First Responders 100 Club
winners of the August draw were:
99 - Mrs V Thompson - £30
No 21 - Mr and Mrs Trigg - £15
were drawn by Rebecca Derbyshire at Costa Coffee Henley.
to all our members who contribute by participating in our 100 Club and
please do get in touch if you would like to join.
Henley Flower Club
were treated to a visit to Africa when Shirley Henderson shared her
memories of living there. She produced a tricycle with tropical leaves
forming a carriage containing strelitzias depicting the passengers and
surrounded by orange gerberas.
Drums next on
which a container was
placed with palm leaves and fatsia leaves. ‘Safari’
leucadendrons, bronze calla lilies and alstroemeria were added together
with a striking hydrangea centrepiece.
There were three
placements next on a
large piece of gnarled tree root. Purple Dendrobium orchids set
thai leaves and contrasted with white ‘Avalanche’ roses and
aliums. To represent a dhow, an oblong container with a
sail was filled with chico jumbo palms and hydrangeas. Pairs of blooms
were inserted to represent passengers comprising strelitzias,
leucadendrons, gerberas, leucospermums and calla lilies. A very
unusual base of dead palm fronds formed the base for thai leaves, pale
green anthureums and pink alstroemeria.
A Kings stool with
a yellow bowl
containing two spades formed the base for the final arrangement –
mixture of holly fern, fatsia leaves, vine and variegated pittosporum.
Deep blue delphiniums, green Anastasia chrysanths and blue agapanthus
were added and to complete the design fountain grass and white lilies.
thanked Shirley for a
fascinating journey and insight into the African way of life. On
October 8th Emma Remington’s demonstration will be ‘ As we
go down to
the woods’ - The competition is Autumn’
Annette Walker reporting
2020 Monday 20th April till Sunday 26th April - Henley Guild Hall
for Arts4All 2020 are well underway. You can see the full programme to
date (more to be added) and even book tickets now by visiting www.henleygh.co.uk and clicking on the yellow
"Book Tickets" tab - meanwhile here's a taster and be sure to click on
the video clip below.
Next edition Dolly Parton Story
Then Carole King and James Taylor Story
Then John Kirk
Then Quentin Crisp
Steaming through Henley
a railway operating company based at Carnforth in Lancashire, has been
running several steam hauled excursions from Burton-on-Trent to
Stratford-upon-Avon on alternate Sundays this summer in competition
with Vintage Trains “Shakespeare Express” steam hauled
The photos firstly show Stanier 8F 2-8-0 no 48151 on Sunday 25th August
passing the recently harvested field adjacent to Pennyford Lane on the
approach to Wooton Wawen. Temperatures were extremely high that day
which eliminated any visible steam from the locomotive.
The second photo taken on Sunday 8th September from behind the fence at
the bridge on Bear Lane in Henley show Stanier Jubilee Class 4-6-0 no
45699 Galatea storming through Henley station. If you look closely an
unfortunate pheasant can be seen lying on the front running plate of
Photos and text by
District Council receives cash for Enforcement
the country are set to benefit from a slice of nearly £2 million
crack down on illegal developments on the nation’s Green Belt.
Stratford-on-Avon District Council has been successful with a bid for
funding from the Planning Delivery Fund – a one off cash boost to
assist with the costs of tackling unauthorised development in areas
with swathes of Green Belt land.
The £50,000 funding will be used to appoint a temporary
Officer’ within the Enforcement Team, who would be responsible
monitoring planning conditions and securing compliance with conditions
on development sites.
Cllr Anne Parry, Regulatory Portfolio says: “The District
Planning Enforcement team is one of the busiest in the West Midlands
and last year 23 formal actions were taken. The majority of the
work is reactive and this funding will go towards recruiting an
additional officer to assist with more proactive work, which will
include monitoring compliance with planning conditions on major
“There are a number of major developments that have started or
scheduled to start in the next 12 months. Many of these have long
lists of planning conditions; having this role in place will ensure
that the development which the public expects to see happen, does
actually take place in accordance with the approved details with no
delays on site.
“The District is such a large rural area and the team does have
on intelligence and information from members of the public, but the
team can’t be everywhere all the time and workloads have to be
prioritised, so any additional resources to supplement the current
level of council investment are very welcome.”
Alongside the cash boost for councils, the Ministry of Housing,
Communities and Local Government is teaming up with the Royal Town
Planning Institute to overhaul the national enforcement handbook.
The updated handbook will provide the latest best practice and
expertise on shutting down illegal building and preventing it from
happening, whilst ensuring developers obtain full planning permission
before a shovel hits the ground.
"ADOPT A TREE"
the "Bollard Bombing" plans have been underway for some time, we need
to now work toward the trees - taking forward the knowledge we have
developed over the past three years. This will be the last time I will
head it up as luckily it has now developed its own momentum.
It is called "Adopt
a Tree" for a reason and anyone can get involved - individuals/
families and groups.
The covering needs
to be measured to fit the chosen tree, as our trees have many bumps and
lumps to accommodate - hence "Adopt a Tree".
It looks much
better to have a cover to fit the tree rather than just randomly
- Get together
with your team - choose a tree, measure it, and identify it by tying a
ribbon/some yarn around it ( no plastic/ nails etc). Plan the cover you
are making to be finished by the first week of December.
- Please identify
your tree by the beginning of November. ( the side shoots of the trees
will be trimmed)
- Please only use
bright colours/ Christmas colours for the decorations. Obviously white,
silver and gold etc are fine.
- Please do not
use plastic or anything which will damage the tree. (Nails)
- Decorations have
to be able to withstand the weather - wind, rain and snow, so just
wrapping ribbon or strands of decorations/tinsel etc doesn't work as
they very soon start to dangle and look a mess.
- If possible this
year, incorporate your name or the name of your group into the covering
so we can all appreciate your hard work.
Planning well in
advance is the key!
If you need any further information, support or encouragement come
along to "The Thursday Club at the Henley Hub" 10-12am every Thursday
or set up an evening group for enthusiasts to come along, share ideas
and work together (maybe somewhere like The Black Swan where the fires
are always nice to sit around on a winter's evening?)
Over to you - have fun!!!
Misty Mornings on the
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Warwickshire’s most aristocratic cricket ground
A riveting summer of professional cricket in England and Wales, with
the World Cup and the Ashes series, has inspired a revival in the
amateur game at the grass roots with thousands of boys and girls, and
even the not-so-young, signing up for a junior club.
Stoneleigh Abbey Cricket Club is one of the oldest in Warwickshire with
a ground below the West wing. It was voted by Wisden Cricketer the most
beautiful ground in England in 2003. This year its cricketers are
celebrating 180 years of the game being played there. Stoneleigh Abbey
Cricket Club itself has been playing in its picturesque surroundings
for about 100 years. Going back two further generations, records
tell us the club was formed in 1839 by the First Baron, Chandos Leigh,
who was head of a sporting family. He established the ground for the
benefit of his sons William Henry Leigh and Edward Chandos Leigh. He
wanted them to play in the summer while home from Harrow School. In
adulthood Sir Edward became President of the MCC in 1887.
One of the oldest fixtures recorded matches was between Stoneleigh CC v
Harrow School in 1847. The club played Rugby School in 1849 and this
match is still on the fixture list. From being the Leigh’s family
the club evolved in late Victorian years into a side for Stoneleigh
village and estate. Two sons of William Henry Leigh, the Second Baron,
continued to play cricket through the 1860s and 1870s. Fixture Cards
dated 1868 and 1869 have been found. During the Second World War
the Abbey ground was requisitioned for agriculture so the club played
on a farmer’s field. It returned to the Abbey with the help
Lord Leigh in 1954.
One of the most historic matches played at Stoneleigh Abbey was in
September 1872 between the I Zingari and The Gentleman of Warwickshire
to celebrate the coming of age of the Leigh's eldest son Gilbert. The
English branch of the I Zingari was formed in 1845 by a group of Harrow
School old boys at a dinner party and is one of the oldest nomadic
cricket clubs. It still plays around 20 matches each season.
Uniquely for an amateur club, Wisden reported all of its matches from
1867 to 2005.
Nowadays Stoneleigh Abbey CC has a useful Junior Team. Neil
Carter, welfare and talent acquisition officer says: “We’re
such a beautiful location particularly on a warm summer day with
spectators drinking wine and eating from their picnic hampers. It
provides an idyllic setting.”
The club has a formal agreement with Stoneleigh Abbey Trust, whose
Managing Director is Dorothy Ingle. The chairman of the trustees Tony
Bird OBE is also very supportive. With their blessing, the club hopes
to continue playing on the west wing ground for years to come, helped
by their talented groundsman and scorer Joe Ball.
As well as the anniversary, the members will be marking an important
change of the guard this year. Captain Paul Lazenby is stepping
down after 26 years. “I first went to the club in 1990 and became
captain after three years. Now it’s time for someone else to take
The club plays in the Cotswold Hills League on Saturdays and friendly
matches on Sundays with players as young as 13 and as mature as
64. After joining the Cotswold Hills League the club climbed from
division six to division two playing its away fixtures in many idyllic
Before WWII, the then Lord Leigh gave a trophy for which the
three villages associated with the Leigh estates – Stoneleigh,
Adlestrop and Ashow – competed annually until Adlestrop won it
outright. A second trophy was fought for from 1959 but the
triangular tournament lapsed when Ashow C.C. was disbanded.
Recently the fixture between Adlestrop and Stoneleigh has been revived
and the Lord Leigh Cup match is fought for.
Stoneleigh’s most celebrated veteran, who played continuously for
years from 1972-2015, is all-rounder Dave Wildgoose. He was also one of
the most talented scrum-halves at Claverdon RFC during its early years
with the uncanny ability to run as fast sideways as in a straight
line. Dave was the rugby club’s after-match pianist and so
popular with beer drinkers. He played in over 1,000 cricket matches for
Stoneleigh and was the team’s wicket-keeper for many seasons. He
lethal slow left-hand bowler who once took eight wickets for 60 runs. A
useful batsman too, his highest score for the club was 73 and he claims
833 wicket-keeping victims.
owe a huge debt to Joe Ball who, as well as being our scorer, has kept
the pitch immaculately and to a very high standard. In fact the
pitch has continued to get better every season during his tenure of 25
years. I enjoyed thoroughly my years playing in the Cotswold Hills
League where there are many spectacular grounds; my favourites being
Stanway and Winchcombe. The location of our ground with all of its 19th
century history, however, ranks it as second to none.”
Dale Le Vack reporting
John Garner's Business Column
The case of the late Monsieur X
French employer has been found liable for the death of one of its
employees from a cardiac arrest, which the Paris Court of Appeal ruled
as a “workplace accident”.
(his surname has not been released) worked for the French railway
construction company TSO. Back in 2013 he was on a business trip
when he was found dead in a hotel room from a cardiac arrest following
intercourse with a “local woman” he met whilst on the trip.
employment tribunal has held that TSO will have to pay compensation to
his dependents following this ruling. This is because under
French law an employer is responsible for anything that may happen to
one of its employees whilst on a business trip.
TSO argued in
court that Mr X was not carrying out any employee responsibilities when
he passed away. Also, his death had no link to his work but was
attributable to the “sexual act he had with a complete
However the appeal court ruled that “a sexual encounter is an act
normal life like taking a shower or eating a meal.” Hmm,
any business trip I’ve been on!
As a result
of the court’s decision, TSO must pay any partner or children of
Mr X a
monthly benefit of up to 80% of his salary until he would have reached
retirement age. We don’t know how many years Mr X had to go
retirement (perhaps not many!) but it could be a tidy sum.
seem an odd decision to blame the employer for an employee’s
over which it had no control. But what would have happened under
English law? What on earth could or should the employer have done to
pre-empt such activity?
reaction is that, since the offending act did not take place on company
premises nor in company time then the employer could not have been held
responsible. Having said that, Mr X’s next of kin would
presumably then be entitled to some compensation (probably from the
company’s insurance) as he died whilst on company business.
can’t see that an English employment tribunal would have held the
employer negligent and responsible for his death as though it were an
may be wrong. If there are any employment lawyers reading this
perhaps they would care to write to Henley News and give us the benefit
of their opinion.
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HENLEY IN ARDEN
Whitley Hill, Henley. House and garage broken into. Camera and car keys
stolen. Between 10am and 4.30pm Saturday 7th September. 0267 07/09/2019
- Suspicious Circumstances. St
Nicholas Road, Henley. Owner of car has found the windows of the car
partially down on several occasions in the mornings. No explanation of
why this would happen. Reported in case the car was being tampered
with. Nothing stolen. Reported Sunday 15th September. 0125 15/09/2019
Crime. Mayswood Road, Wootton Wawen. Secure works van broken into and
various tools stolen. Overnight 10th & 11th September. 0060
Crime. Church Hill, Ullenhall. Front and rear number plates stolen from
vehicle. Overnight 12th & 13th September. 0067 13/09/2019
Circumstances. St Michaels Close, Claverdon. Man seen to walk on to
private land. No offences disclosed at the time. Described as a white
male, 5’ 7”, medium build, straight grey hair, wearing grey
grey shirt and black shoes. The man got into a car and drove off. The
last three letters of the registration number were ‘EFG’.
Thursday 12th September. 0335 12/09/2019
Alcester Police SNTs
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