A NEW 20mph speed limit along Henley High Street has been given the seal of approval by MP Nadhim Zahawi.
The Stratford MP visited the town on Friday (October 14) to meet residents who had finally succeeded in reducing the speed limit along the busy high street from 30mph to 20mph.
Mr Zahawi praised the efforts of the locals who came together several years ago to form a Traffic Calming Group.
Led by John Clarke and Peter Glaze, they have been campaigning ever since to highlight the need for a 20mph speed limit along the length of the High Street.
The duo said: “By reducing the speed from 30mph to 20mph it will enhance the road safety of those who live in the town, the many visitors, and tourists who frequent Henley, as well as those who drive along the route.
“This will be a major benefit to all, ensuring that our community continues to thrive and those who come to the town enjoy the experience.”
The group have been working in conjunction with Warwickshire County Council as part of the Warwickshire Highways Community Action Fund and have raised sufficient funds to match fund the cost of introducing reduced speed measures.
John and Peter added: “The Match fund donations contributions from Luke Fryer, owner of The Mount Pub by Glynn Purnell, located on the High Street and David White, owner of Earlswood Garden and Landscape Centre were instrumental in securing the additional funding from Warwickshire. On behalf of all those involved we would extend our thanks to each of them for their generosity.”
The new speed reduction measures will include advance signage highlighting the 20mph limit on ‘gateways’ located along the main routes in and out of Henley town centre.