Horley Town Council
Your Horley
June 2020

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

Information from Metrobus; Parking enforcement is back; Balcombe Road Closure; Test & Trace Scam Alert; Community Foundation for Surrey grant applications; Modern Slavery; Reminder from Horley Piscatorial Society; Playgrounds Update; Laptop Appeal; Letter from Gatwick Airport; Proposed footpath change; 'Q Garden' Volunteer call; Libraries re-opening; Notice of Electors Rights; and finally Committee Dates for your diary.
For the latest information, help, advice and support services, please see the
Horley Town Council webpage here
Libraries Re-Opening

Some Surrey libraries will be opening on the 6th July but as Horley Library is closed on Mondays they will be open on 7th July. The priority will be staff and customer safety, which means the libraries will have to operate in a different way with a reduced service, limited capacity in buildings, additional cleaning measures and guidelines in place for social distancing. 

In the meantime, all loans, including rental items (e.g. DVDs), are extended until at least the 4th September 2020. You will not need to take any action if you already have items on loan, and no extra rental will be charged
Calling all groups supporting older people within Surrey

Community Foundation for Surrey are seeking to support disadvantaged or vulnerable people over the age of 65 to be independent, healthy and socially included. Grants may be awarded for projects that improve health and well-being, reduce social isolation, prevent loneliness and that help older people overcome difficult circumstances. The closing date for this round of grants is 17th July.

For more information on their grants click here
Laptop Appeal - Update

Horley Town Councillor Martin Saunders,  'This week I had a hugely generous donation from Matt Boxall and his customers at Horley IT support company Micro Maintenance. 8 fantastic machines for disadvantaged children which Matt prepared ready to go. Thanks so much Matt, these have gone straight to 8 children at Manorfield Primary School.

Over the past few weeks its become increasingly clear that during and after COVID-19 the 'new normal' will involve our children and young people studying from home by using online systems and resources'

If you have a working laptop that originally came with Windows 7, 8 or 10 which you'd like to donate then email: martin.saunders@horleysurrey-tc.gov.uk

The appeal so far has seen computers donated to Manorfield, Meath Green Junior, Burstow and Langshott School.
Childrens Playgrounds & Tennis Courts

Check out the news on our website for the most up to date information on the re-opening of these areas.

NHS Test and Trace scams:

Contact tracers will only call you from the number 0300 013 5000. Anyone who does not wish to talk over the phone can request the NHS Test and Trace service to send an email or text instead, inviting them to log into the web-based service.

All text or emails sent by NHS Test and Trace will ask people to sign into the contact tracing website and will provide you with a unique reference number. We would advise people to type the web address https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk directly into their browser, followed by the unique reference number given to you, rather than clicking on any link provided in the message.

The NHS Test and Trace service will never:

- ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to them (for example, those starting 09 or 087)
- ask you to make any form of payment or purchase a product or any kind
- ask for any details about your bank account
- ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts
- ask you for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone  
- ask you to download any software to your PC or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet to anyone else
- ask you to access any website that does not belong to the government or NHS

The National Cyber Security Centre has set up a single email address to report phising scams to. Email them at: report@phishing.gov.uk
Re-instatement of Parking Enforcement

'In line with Government guidance and other local authorities, on-street parking enforcement will recommence in phases from Monday 22 June.

PCNs will be issued from Monday 29 June.

Council car parks remain free for users (until 5th July). However, charges will resume from Monday 6 July to ensure a good turnaround of spaces for residents and visitors.'
Proposed change of Routing of Footpath 411
The diversion has been applied for the purpose of improving the steep incline of the path and will allow surface improvements between Moy Green Drive and Webber Street.

Closing date for comments is 27th July 2020
Email: anne.woods@surreycc.gov.uk
Reminder from Horley Piscatorial Society

Rivers and streams are now open for fishing but anglers must have both a rod licence (click here for a rod licence application)
And a valid HPS membership, currently only available via postal application. Membership prices and application forms can be downloaded from this link

Completed forms should be POSTED ONLY to 46 Horley Rd, Redhill, RH1 5AB.

Please include 2 passport sized pictures and a stamped self addressed envelope. Payment should be made by either cheque or postal order and included with your application. Make the cheque to ‘Horley Piscatorial Society.’
Modern Slavery, Spot the Signs

Slavery in the 21st century is often enforced by threats to the individual, coercion, abduction, fraud and deception. Victims range from men and women to children, they can be of all ages and backgrounds.

There are a number of signs that may indicate someone is the victim of slavery which include:

• Abuse or malnourishment
• Appears to be under the influence of others
• No access to identification documents
• Living in overcrowded accommodation

To pass on your suspicions or information:
Contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online via crimestoppers-uk.org
Gatwick Airport have produced a short letter to give an update to local residents on their immediate and future plans.

Click here to read the letter
Want to Help Keep Horley Beautiful?

For the past 5 years this once beautiful area on the corner of The Drive and Russells Crescent in Horley, has been looked after voluntarily by Jan, a Horley resident. But now, Jan can no longer manage the upkeep without others to help, so this is an appeal for volunteers who enjoy gardening!

Reasons this project might be just what you’re looking for:
1. You’d like to improve the appearance of Horley and give enjoyment to passers by
2. You enjoy gardening, whether experienced or novice
3. You might be missing having a garden of your own
4. You enjoy working outdoors and as part of a (socially distanced) team

The possible reasons for joining us are many and varied, so if you are interested, please get in touch to ask more. Or just turn up at the garden at 10am on Saturday July 11th. You will be warmly welcomed! (Jan can be contacted on 01293 774572)

The plants, compost and any other materials will be paid for out of fundraising and donations so you would only be volunteering your time. Tools, gloves and guidance if you are new to gardening can all be provided.
Balcombe Road
Start date
:  1 July 2020
Duration: For 3 days 8am – 4pm

The road will be closed whilst we carry out our iron works. These could not be done at the same time as the previous resurfacing works due to reduced workforce numbers as a result of COVID-19.

We will make sure you can get to and from your house or business when it is safe to do so. Please talk to a member of our staff on site if you need help – talking to our staff can solve most issues.
Notice of Electors’ Rights
Accounts for the Year Ended 31 March 2020
Each year Horley Town Council’s Annual Return is reviewed by an auditor appointed by the Smaller Authorities Audit Appointments Ltd.  Any person has the right to inspect the accounts and make copies of the annual return and any associated documents. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the statutory common period for the exercise of public rights (to include the first 10 working days of July) has been removed for the 2019/20 reporting year. These documents will therefore be made available with reasonable notice between the hours of 1000 hrs and 1600 hours on Mondays to Fridays (exc Public Holidays) commencing on 6 July and ending on 14 August 2020. The submitted Annual Return for  19/20 will be made available on the website along with the official notice from the commencement date
Travel on buses during COVID-19

If you are over the age of 11 and able to wear a facemask then you must do so.

Click here for further info on Metrobus policy and advice
Horley Town Council Still Operating

Although the Town Council Offices are closed at the moment Horley Town Council staff and Councillors are still working (albeit from a variety of kitchen tables and spare bedrooms.)

We can be contacted on our individual email addresses or at town.clerk@horleytown.com

If you would prefer to speak to us by phone we can be contacted Mon-Fri 10.00am to 4.00pm on 07946 055897

Please pass the information contained in this newsletter to your friends and family and we hope you stay safe and well.

Please note all meeting are currently being held virtually
If you would like to attend then please email town.clerk@horleytown.com to ask for a link to the meeting

14  July
21  July
Planning & Development Virtual Committee Meeting
Leisure & Amenities Virtual Committee Meeting
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