Formation of Henley Residents Group

Ken Arlett tops HTC Election poll in 1995

Henley Residents Group (HRG) was formed in 1989 due to an unpopular town centre development (Waitrose planned to increase the store size, demolishing the old Regal Cinema), leading to a local residents’ campaign. Unhappy at Conservative support for the scheme, the group of residents stood for election as HRG in May 1991, winning 8 Town Council seats, and also three at district council. As a result, the plan was modified to include a replacement cinema, with three screens – the Regal we enjoy.

Except for one break, HRG retained control of the Town Council until 2014, but regained control as a result of bye-elections in 2017. Also it currently has one seat on each of South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) and Oxfordshire County Council (OCC).