Ken Arlett (North Ward)
Born and bred in Henley-on-Thames, and one of the original 8 HRG Councillors elected in May 1991. I became the first HRG Mayor that year, followed by two years as Deputy Mayor.
Town Councillor 1991-1999 (retired). Out of retirement 2000-2007 (retired again). Out of retirement 2017-. District Councillor 1991-1999 and 2003-2007.
Former Trustee of the River and Rowing Museumand Henley Housing Trust. Former member of Henley Lions Club for over 10 years. Member of Badgemore Park Golf Club.
Whilst not a Councillor, I spent over 3 years on the Joint Henley and Harpsden Neighbourhood Plan (JHHNP). After being elected on to HTC in May 2017, I am now Chairman of the Town Council’s Planning Committee and the Neighbourhood Plan Committee (NPC). Like the majority of residents in the town, we were under the impression that once we voted for the JHHNP, it would be in existence until 2027, that is now not the case. With a new District Council Local Plan imminent, we are told that a review has to take place on the JHHNP, and we have a date December 2018 to get the draft document to SODC Policy Unit. With an excellent NPC made up of councillors and residents this will be a challenge but can be achieved.
I have also been heavily involved with the redevelopment of the sports facilities at Jubilee Park. This is now coming together thanks to TA Fisher the developer, Henley Hockey Club and AFC Henley.
One of HRG major projects over the next few years is to make the affordable houses being built, more affordable. At the moment land prices are making them unaffordable. Hopefully this will change after the review of the JHHNP.
I have been proud to have been involved in many of the HRG success’s over the past 27 years, the majority are mentioned on this website. Without a team of like-minded people, the majority of them would never have happened. HRG has the time and have the energy, long may it continue without the likes of political politics that some councillors bring to the table.