Paul Harrison is the County Council Candidate for Henley. His priorities for Henley are:
- Protecting the environment - Paul supports an HGV ban in the centre of Henley and if elected, will push for more electric vehicle charging points in the town centre;
- Making the town safer - If elected, Paul will work with Oxfordshire County Council to expand the 20mph zone to more residential streets. He also supports the creation of a new zebra crossing outside Rupert House school to make it safer for children walking to school;
- Education and Young People's Services - Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on young people’s education this year. As we come out of this time of crisis, Paul will work to ensure that the right levels of support are in place both in social care and education to ensure every child in Henley has the right to achieve their full potential.
- Small businesses and retail - Paul will continue to champion these areas and ensure they are receiving the right support. Paul was formerly the District Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development and approved the new shopping area at Gardiner Place. He now wants to see these commercial spaces are occupied and that we are giving Henley’s independent shops and small businesses all the help they need.
Paul has lived in the Henley on Thames area for many years. Paul was a District Councillor - first for Henley and then later for Sonning Common for over two decades. During that time he was Chairman of the District Council in 2015 and later Cabinet member for Economic Development and Regeneration and was instrumental in making the Market Place Mews and Gardiner Place development happen.
Paul has always been a passionate supporter of the environment and before he was involved in local politics he was a keen member of the Chiltern Society. Paul cleared footpaths as part of the rights of way team and then later served as a coordinator for their South Oxfordshire Planning team. Protecting the environment and reducing pollution was one of the main reasons he was drawn into politics and it is something that continues to drive him today.
Outside of work Paul enjoys hiking, cooking and playing the guitar and saxophone. He has held a pilots licence for many years now and has qualifications in night flying and aerobatics.