Henley-on-Thames, on the Thames Path National Trail and at the south-east corner of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, should be a walker-friendly hub. Indeed it ought to aspire to be a Walkers Are Welcome Town.
But the clutter on its pavements is an impediment to walkers and people with push-chairs or in wheelchairs.
Now Costa coffee is appealing against South Oxfordshire District Council’s refusal of planning permission for chairs and tables outside the café, in busy Duke Street. If these are allowed, pedestrians will again be shoved out of the way.
Outdoor seating is fine in a plaza where there is space for sitting and walking. It is not fine on the public highway
Nor does the mass of advertising look very nice in an old market town. Many businesses have an A-board on the pavement.
Henley Town Council should get a grip and say no to the encroachment on the public highway, because it looks a mess and it gets in the way of pedestrians.