Horley Town Council
Your Horley
February 2020

In this edition.........

Scam Alerts; Tennis Courts Closure; An update from Surrey Police; Bridge Closure at Mill Lane and Lee St; Surrey County Council road priorities; Warmth Matters news from Surrey Community Action; VE Day bank holiday; Specsavers Surrey Youth Games; Reigate & Banstead Project funding news; Farmyard Kitchen looking for staff; Cafe in the Park Update; Mole Valley DC's draft Local Plan; Grants from Grow Wild; Metrobus offering apprentices cheaper fares; Westvale Allotments news; Mayoral Events and finally Meeting Dates for your diary.
Date for your Diary - Horley Association of Traders (HATs) St George's Day celebration will take place on 25th April 2020
for more details email: horleyassociationoftraders@outlook.com or check out their Facebook page
Each week a Burglary Report is published for the Borough and this is available for members of the local community to view through the ‘In the Know’ website.  

Since the beginning of January 2020 to 27th February 2020 no burglaries have been reported in the Horley area. Please continue to consider Crime Prevention advice in securing your property, which can also be found through the links below. 

You will be able to get the weekly burglary update and the Country Watch updates for Reigate and Banstead, including the Horley area. The site will also tell you about Scams, Crime Prevention, arrests/convictions and provide information on plans and changes to improve Policing in Surrey.  The ‘In the Know’  website also allows you to link to your local Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.
Road/Bridge Closure Mill Lane/Lee Street
9th March for 2 weeks

Start Date: Monday 9 March 2020
Duration: 2 weeks  24 hours a day/7 days a week

Mill Lane/Lee Street will need to remain closed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the duration of this scheme. Due to the nature of the works there will not be sufficient space to maintain vehicle access across the bridge.

There will be pedestrian, cyclist and equestrian access through the closure area. Access for emergency vehicles, local residents and businesses will be maintained via Reigate Road, Brighton Road and Vicarage Lane.

Date for your Diary
Did you know that this year's May Bank Holiday has been moved to Friday May 8th to commemorate VE day?

Horley High Street in association with The Royal British Legion is marking the 75th anniversary of VE Day with a street party for the residents and visitors of the town. More details to follow closer to the time.  

£14,000 awarded to Reigate and Banstead projects in Fund’s first six months

In its first six months of giving, the Community Fund for Reigate and Banstead has awarded £14,000 in grants to seven local organisations.

See the item here on our news section to read more

New Allotment Site at Westvale Park

The Southern Allotment site at Westvale Park, close to the Neighbourhood Centre, will cover an area of approximately one acre.  It was anticipated that the allotments would be ready for occupation by mid-2020, however the Developers have been slower than we'd hoped in completing the planning process.  It is thought that the Developers will put in a pre-application submission to Reigate & Banstead Borough Council, sometime during Spring 2020. 

Once the legal transfer of the site to Horley Town Council has taken place (likely to be early-mid 2021)  we will be able to accept details of potential plot holders onto our waiting list.  We will keep our website updated with information as we receive it and there will also be updates here in our enewsletter.
Horley Recreation Ground Tennis Courts Closed 

The Courts closure began on Wednesday 26 February so that we could begin work on a much needed refurbishment. The works will take several weeks and we hope to have photographs to share soon.
How Surrey County Council prioritise roads for maintenance works

Road maintenance works are prioritised using some of the following different criterias.
  • The risk to the public - calculated by looking at the number of insurance claims and repairs carried out.
  • The road condition - as assessed by an engineer.
  • The road priority - highest priority is given to roads with the greatest usage. Road classes    (A / B / C / D), speed limits and daily amounts of traffic are all factors.
This ensures the funding is used on the roads and pavements that are in the greatest need of treatment in a fair and consistent manner across the county.
More information on their prioritisation policy and criteria can be found on their prioritisation page
Future Mole Valley: Draft Local Plan Consultation

Mole Valley District Council has published its Draft Local Plan which is available for consultation until 23rd March 2020. Click here to see the plan 
Council saddened by death of former long standing employee Roy Martin
Roy worked for Horley Town Council for 30 years only retiring when he turned 95. Roy will be sadly missed by us all here at the Council. A link to his obituary can be found here
Town Meeting - 24th April 2020, 19:30

Edmonds Community Hall, Albert Rooms, Albert Road, Horley, RH6 7HZ. Light refreshments will be available from 7.00 pm  

Guest Speaker : Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Environment & Waste Cllr Mike Goodman

As well as updates being received regarding issues raised at previous Forum meetings, residents will also be able to raise any ongoing concerns they may have.
Specsavers Surrey Youth Games

Join Team Reigate & Banstead for a chance to compete in the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games 2020

The scheme is open to young people aged between 6-18 years old who live or go to school in the borough of Reigate & Banstead. They’ll receive eight weeks of free coaching in a sport of their choice. They’ll then have the opportunity to compete against other borough squads in the Surrey-wide competition this June. Sports on offer include judo, hockey, squash and many more. New sports for 2020 include cage cricket, street basketball and the Go Tri challenge!

See the item here on our news section to read more

Grow Wild Grants

Grow Wild  is l
ooking for creative people aged 14-25 who are buzzing with project ideas to help the environment. Is this you? Do you know someone?


They have £500 grants and support for creative projects anywhere in the UK where people study, work and relax. Applicants get to try something new and bring friends along on the journey. As well as add to their CV and develop communication skills and confidence.

Applications need to be in by March 30th 2020

Cafe in the Park

We are pleased to advise that we are approaching the final phases of the Café construction and associated external works at Horley Recreation Ground. The adverse weather conditions and persistent heavy rainfall have caused some unavoidable delays to the programme timetable but we anticipate that partial handover of the Café build to the Town Council will be by the end of March.

More information will follow in due course along with details of the official opening of the new Café which we anticipate will be in the Spring.

To read more on the news section on our website click here
Farmyard Kitchen

The Farmyard Kitchen family are looking for staff to join them in their new venture in Horley.

Applicants should have a passion for food and customer service as well as being confident at working in a team environment.

Please express any interest by emailing them at thefarmyardkitchen@gmail.com
Top tips for heating your home for less from Surrey Community Action

Do you know anyone:
  • Who may be struggling to understand their gas and electric bills?
  • Who will be worried about turning on their heating this winter because they just can’t afford it?
  • Whose children have health problems or trouble concentrating at school because they live in a cold home?
  • Who live in draughty or hard to heat homes?
Click here for the Warmth Matters Newsletter 
Metrobus Announces Discounted Bus Fares for Apprentices

To get the discount, apprentices should take their enrolment or confirmation letter, or student ID card into one of the travel shops at Crawley, Gatwick and Redhill and Brighton & Hove, where they'll be issued with a student key card.
To read more click here
SAVE THE DATE - Horley Recreation Ground Events

14th April - Easter Holiday Bike It Sessions - FREE (booking required)
Come and join Sustrans Schools Officer Bike-It, Pat, for a bicycle skills session. This is a fun and exciting opportunity to improve your balance, pedalling, stopping, cornering and fitness.
More information will be available available on this link in the next few weeks

Meeting Dates for your diary...

10  March
17  March
31  March
Finance Committee
Planning Committee
Full Council
For a fuller list of local events have a look at What's On In Horley
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A printed version of this newsletter is available from the Horley Town Council Offices at 92 Albert Road, Horley, RH6 7HZ