Parking boost for visitors to Henley

Motorists visiting Henley have more spaces to park in the town following an agreement with Henley Rugby Football Club.

The rugby club, which leases Dry Leas Car Park on Marlow Road, agreed with land owner Henley Town Council that more time could be set aside for the general public to park at the site.

The new terms of the existing long-term lease on the site means that parking, which was already available from Monday to Friday, is now also available on Saturdays when the rugby club are not playing, Sundays and Bank Holidays.

The public car park at the rugby club is only a short walk from the town centre. The cost of parking for the whole day is only £3 and season tickets are available from the rugby club.

The move, which was facilitated by South Oxfordshire District Council, is designed to make more parking spaces available for those visiting the town while also helping to free up space in Kings Road Car Park which is primarily used by shoppers.

The agreement to make more spaces available is just one project being implemented to improve parking in the town. New signage is also being erected by Oxfordshire County Council to ensure people are more aware of the Dry Leas car park and that there is a better flow of cars through the town to the different car parks.

Cllr Judith Nimmo-Smith, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Property at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “We know that parking spaces can often be at a premium in Henley so it’s really good news that an agreement has been reached with the rugby club and Town Council to free up more spaces for motorists to use.”

Peter McConnell, Town Centre Manager for Henley, said: “Our recent car parks survey highlighted the parking capacity we actually have in the town, so I’m very pleased that we are seeing this new opportunity for motorists to park less than 5 walk minutes from the town centre at weekends. It’s also an excellent place to park for workers during the week and I’d like to see a greater use by businesses Monday to Friday.”

Mike Trethewey, Chairman of Henley Rugby Club, said: “We would love to see more people using the car park at Dry Leas, there are ample spaces even at the busiest times.”