Horley Town Council
Your Horley

July 2021


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

Surrey Aims to End Period Poverty;  'Welcome to Horley' Signs Need Your Help; Councillor Profiles; Summer Holidays Play Rangers; Extreme Fun Fair Returns to Court Lodge; Use of our Community Buildings; Walk in Vaccinations Centres; Solar Panels, Have your Say; Skittles Tournament Rescheduled; Reigate & Banstead Litter Campaign; GGP & Horley Conservations Group Return; Mayoral Events Round Up; Pickleball at The Rec; Skate Jam at the Rec; COVID Passport Scam; Notice of Electors Rights; Surrey County Council's Blue Campaign; Reigate & Banstead Community Games 2021; Do You Know Where Your Closest Defib Is?; New Website Features and finally upcoming meeting dates
Notice of Electors’ Rights
Accounts for the Year Ended 31 March 2021

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. 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 1 July and ending on 11 August 2021. The submitted Annual Return for 20/21 will be made available on the website along with the official notice from the commencement date. For further info click here
Use of Our Community Buildings Under 
Step 4 of the Roadmap

The Government has now reached Step 4 of its roadmap on lifting all Covid-19 restrictions from today (19 July) so the requirement for social distancing and precautionary measures being taken now moves from mandatory to advisory. 

It is however recommended that local government authorities like ourselves should ask that cautious guidance still be followed as much as possible since the pandemic is not yet over and cases are still rising.  In terms of use of the Council offices and our community buildings, we are recommending that face masks still be worn in all communal areas of the building where space is limited, for more info on this click here
Response to Proposed Barclays Bank Closure
New Website Features
Our website now features a 'Report It' button for residents to log problems with the relevant Council or Authority. For example if you are aware of a pothole then you can log it through our website.

We've recently updated our parks pages to show you all the parks in Horley maintained by both Reigate & Banstead and Horley Town Council. There is also a report it function for the parks as well check out the parks page here
Would you know where to find your nearest defibrillator in an emergency?

Use of a defibrillator before the ambulance crew arrives can increase the chance of survival from a heart attack by 45%

To find your nearest defibrillator have a look at the map on our website
Extreme Fun's 'Pop up Family Fun Park'
Returns to Court Lodge 
Open daily from Saturday 24th July until Sunday 5th September 11AM - 5PM

Entry only £10 Unlimited Riding all day 
Family Deals 1 Adult 1 Child £15,
2 Adults 2 Children £30 (Under 2 years free)

Giant paddling pool, bungee trampolines, games, zorb balls, inflatable slides, kiddies chairplanes, playtunes, bouncy castles, climbing wall.

Free Parking, onsite loos, picnics welcome, NO pre booking required, Cash or card payment.

For more info look on their Facebook page
Summer Holidays Play Rangers

Play Rangers will be in the Borough parks and open spaces this summer providing free community play sessions for 5-12 year olds. There is no formal supervision during Play Ranger sessions and under 8's must be accompanied by an adult. The sessions are free and there is no need to book. Parents/guardians will need to complete a registration form for their child at their first session. Please see the timetable below.

Monday - 2, 9,16, 23 August - 10am-12pm Horley Recreation Ground, Horley

Tuesday - 3,10,17, 24 August - 10am-12pm Memorial Park, Redhill

Wednesday - 4,11,18, 25 August - 10am-12pm Merstham Recreation Ground, Merstham

Thursday - 5,12, 19, 26 August - 10am-12pm Lady Neville Recreation Ground, Banstead

Friday - 6,12,19, 26 August - 10am-12pm Priory Park, Reigate
GGP & Volunteers Return

Last month Gatwick Greenspace Partnership and Horley Conservation Group volunteers were able to start looking after some of Horley's wild spaces again. They spent time in Tanyard Meadows tidying up and also assessing the spread of the invasive Himalayan Balsam on the Burstow Stream. 

The picture left is of a Male Common Blue at Tanyard Meadow and the picture at the top of this newsletter is of the Ox-eye Daisies also in the Meadow.
Police Recruitment

Surrey Police are recruiting for Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship or the Degree Holder Entry Programme. Applications must be submitted by 9th August. Click on this link for more details. 
Litter Campaign 

Litter is unattractive and unpleasant. It can affect anyone who wants to enjoy our public spaces and is dangerous for local wildlife too. 

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council spends around £1 million each year clearing up litter and in 2020/21 the amount of dumped rubbish it collected more than doubled.

There are many amazing local groups and individuals who give up their time to help keep the borough tidy, but they shouldn’t have to. The council’s new campaign, which begins this week, says there are no excuses for littering, even just one cup, and calls on people to use the bin or take it home. 

If your organisation can help with displaying posters or window stickers as part of the campaign then contact communications@reigate-banstead.gov.uk
Calling all Green Fingered Types!

We are looking for some community minded helpers to look after our green 'Welcome to Horley' signs. You may have spotted these signs on your way in to Horley as there is a sign on each road into the town. Some of the signs are looking a bit sorry for themselves and are in need of some TLC. The sign on Lee Street has recently been transformed by a couple of volunteers as the photos show.

If you think you could help us please email town.clerk@horleytown.com
There are signs in need of help on the A23 near Chestnut Rd; A23 junction with Massetts Rd; Smallfield Rd and Balcombe Rd
Solar panels proposal

Using the Solar Together scheme we are seeking your views on whether you would support the installation of solar panels and battery storage at the Horley Town Council offices and Edmonds Community Hall

Please let us know your views by clicking here
Neighbourhood Watch -Scam Alert - COVID digital passport scam 

A new email scan about COVID is circulating and we want to advise you what it looks like and what steps to take.

Your vaccination status is obtained FREE through the NHS App, website or by calling the NHS on 119.

To read more on the Scam click here
The Blue Campaign - increasing biodiversity in grass verges

The network of grass verges in Surrey stretches alongside 3,000 miles of rural and urban roads, providing a significant opportunity to increase plant and insect biodiversity through the way that these are managed.

Reducing the number of grass cuts each year can allow native plant species to thrive, and in some areas additional steps can be taken to prepare the ground, sow native wildflower seeds and more proactively encourage their growth. In 2019 Surrey County Council decided to reduce the number of cuts on roads they are responsible for.

You can help by:
  • Raising awareness locally of the benefits of reduced cuts.
  • Raking and removing grass cuttings after the annual cut, where safe to do so.
  • Removing any litter that collects in the longer grass, again where safe to do so.
  • Rewilding areas of their own gardens and other green spaces.
Click here to go to Surrey County Council's Information on this
Residents Forum Survey
We would like to hear about how you would like the Residents Forums to meet in the future so we've set up a very short survey. We would really like to hear your views so please take a look (its only 2 questions!) Thanks in advance 

Click here to take the survey
Horley In Pictures Competition Reminder

Closing date for applications is 16th August. Electronic entries only
Children's Football at Court Lodge

Gatwick United is looking for boys & girls aged 7-11 for their football teams. Training currently takes place at Court Lodge on Saturday mornings. 

For more information go to their website
Surrey County Council launches period poverty initiative with charity Binti

Surrey County Council is proud to be launching a ground-breaking initiative with charity Binti International, to provide free period products in selected locations across Surrey and be the first county council in the UK to start eradicating period stigma.

There will be collection boxes where residents can help themselves to pads if needed, in selected libraries across Surrey including Horley. To read more on this campaign click here
A new sport comes to Horley

We are delighted to announce that Horley Recreation Ground has a Pickleball Court, the first outdoor court in the Borough. Trevor May Contractors, who last year carried out the excellent refurbishment of our tennis courts, recently returned to mark out a Pickleball Court. It is situated on one of the Tennis Courts, the court markings are a distinctive blue. No need to book.
To find out more click here
Horley Skate Jam - Free Event

A date for your diaries, Saturday 23rd October Horley Town Council will be hosting Team Rubicom for a skateboarding event. Join us for some coaching (12 to 2PM) and a chance to showcase your skills at a fun competition with prizes (2 to 4PM) 

Open to all ages and abilities. No need to pre-book just turn up
Lions Skittles Tournament Rescheduled for September

Due to the ongoing “Social Distancing” requirements, the tournament has been postponed to the week of 6th -10th September. Thanks to the generosity of Horley Cricket Club the tournament can still go ahead which this year and will be run in aid of the Local branch of Parkinson’s UK

Although lots of teams have signed up there are still a few places available, click here for the application form 
Mayoral Events
 - Town Mayor, Cllr Samantha Marshall represented Horley at the High Sheriff's Service for the Judiciary held in Guildford Cathedral this month.

 - Wykeham House, in Horley, recently welcomed Cllr Samantha Marshall, and her consort Cllr Simon Marshall, for a garden party and afternoon tea with residents and guests of the home. The visit took place to welcome everyone in the community back into the lovely gardens of the home and to thank all the care staff for their continued hard work and commitment throughout the last eighteen months

 - Cllr Samantha Marshall also attended the Horley Church's Service of Remembrance held in the Horley Recreation Ground on 10th July.

 - Cllr David Powell, Deputy Mayor, attended a local resident's 100th birthday
Councillor Profiles

For the next few months the newsletter will be featuring profiles of Horley Town Councillors. This month we feature Cllr Martin Saunders & Cllr Hannah Avery

Cllr Martin Saunders
Martin became a Town Councillor in 2019 as an independent Residents' Association candidate for Horley East. Prior to becoming a member of the Town Council, Martin founded The Acres Residents' Association in 2014, an association with a membership of around 1000 members representing over 80% of the houses on The Acres. 

Martin is passionate about Horley, having moved here in 2011 with his wife Katherine to bring up their 3 boys, Robin, Owen and Noah. Martin says "Horley is where I call home - I love the combination of how Horley is small enough to get to know people and make new friends while is also large enough to support a useful town centre with great links to London and the south coast."

Martin's career is in the Internet industry, having worked for several Internet Service Providers and managed IT businesses since school and university. "I hope that one way I can help the council and its members is to bring my knowledge and experience of technology into the running of the council and its services" he notes. Martin founded Level Up - an appeal to donate laptops to disadvantaged children in Horley during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has donated 350 laptops to Horley students to date.

Martin is also very passionate about the environment, especially climate change and plastic waste. He led the re-launch of the Environment Working Group in 2019 and proposed the council's climate emergency motion shortly after. 

Martin is good looking, funny and modest, and makes a great Coq au vin

Cllr Hannah Avery

Hannah is a Town Councillor for Horley South Ward and is a member of the Conservative Group. She joined the council in 2020 and enjoys working with her fellow Town Councillors to strive for the best for our Town. 

Hannah has lived in Horley for most of her life. She is a member of the Planning and the Leisure and Amenities committees and has a passion to continue to help Horley flourish.

Hannah has recently completed her degree. She is in the process of gaining Qualified Teacher Status and is hoping to work in a local school from September.

Dates for your diary...

27 July
17 August
07 September
Leisure Committee Meeting
Interim Planning & Development Committee Meeting
Full Council Meeting
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