Henley is special

We want to keep it special for present and future generations.  Henley Residents Group is based on a set of beliefs that are at the centre of what makes Henley special – our environment, our community, and our economy.  All members of the Henley Residents Group Executive Committee, including our Councillors, recognise these beliefs as integral to life in Henley, and are proud to support and promote them.

These things make Henley special:

  • A visually attractive urban landscape
  • Pleasant rural surroundings
  • A rich heritage
  • The right size – a town with a village culture
  • A shared pride in Henley’s international stature
  • A common sense of tradition
  • A diverse and dynamic environment – entrepreneurial and successful
  • A friendly atmosphere which welcomes newcomers
  • Huge numbers and variety of community groups
  • Thriving sporting clubs; excellent recreation and leisure facilities
  • A balance and respect of young and old
  • A mixed economy with commercial organisations of all sizes working in partnership with the community
  • Aiming for economic self-sufficiency within the Town, providing opportunities for all
  • Promoting affordable housing for Henley families
  • Managing Henley’s public assets efficiently and effectively

Our Goals 

Henley will not remain special by itself.  Standards and expectations rise and we face competition from outside. As a result we need to improve Henley.  We need to continually invest in new projects.  It takes effort and commitment to do this.  HRG is committed to promoting these efforts and supporting those who demonstrate commitments to the town that we share and the values we appreciate.

How HRG Operates:


We act without  influence from national party politics or other non-Henley organisations

Honesty and Transparency

We abide by all well-established norms of behaviour in our dealing both with people and with money. Our decisions are open to public examination and criticism.


We listen to our members/the constituency and learn from them in doing the job that we do; we are here to reflect the residents’ views – not simply to impose our views on the residents of Henley.

Responsibility: The Precautionary Principle

We always remember that developments have irreversible effects on the environment, on people or the economy, and that we have a responsibility to hand on an improved inheritance to our descendants. This means attempting to think through the likely consequences of actions that we take in order to avoid foreseeable adverse consequences.


The Town Council does not do everything but can capture the energies of the town at large to carry out a wide range of activities that will enhance the community—as with the Henley Partnership.


All of our dealings should be equitable or, at worst, should not disadvantage one group or person for the benefit of another group or person. We will not benefit one part of the community at the expense of another.