What about Henley’s pedestrians?

The Henley Standard of 8 December included an article in which Henley-on-Thames town councillor David Nimmo Smith advocates switching off the town-centre traffic lights and letting vehicles flow freely.  He believes that this would force drivers to be more considerate and filter around each other naturally.  The article suggests this should be done to ‘see if congestion improves‘—but I think it means reduces.

As I wrote in a letter published on 15 December: It is commendable that the councillor wants to reduce congestion, but what about pedestrians?  Let’s have a scheme which favours people on foot in the town, so that there is more time for crossing the roads, more frequently.  Currently one can hang around at the central crossroads for several minutes waiting for a green man. 

And the pavements are too cluttered with advertisement boards, and tables and chairs from cafés—a hazard for pedestrians and especially those with visual impairment. 

Duke Street

Tables, chairs and advertising boards on the pavement in Duke Street, even in winter

These obstructions should all be removed, or else we should have wider pavements.

Since I have been walking with my visually-impaired friend Marika Kovacs, I have become more aware of the risk which obstructions on pavements can cause.

I have been arguing for the clearance of Henley’s cluttered pavements for some time (see here and here).  It’s a campaign worth fighting.

A boards

Advertisement boards on the pavement on the corner of Duke Street and Friday Street




About campaignerkate

I am the general secretary of the Open Spaces Society and I campaign for public access, paths and open spaces in town and country.
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