Horley Town Council
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October 2021


In this edition........

Gatwick Northern Runway Consultation; Lions' WOW Campaign; Landen Park Working Party; Schools Admission Consultation; Registering to Vote; Claire Coutinho MP Newsletter; RBBC Business Awards; Fraud Newsletter; Horley Rec Fireworks; Horley In Bloom Awards Night; Road Gritting; Barclays Mobile Banking; Residents Forum is Back;  Councillor Profile; and finally upcoming meeting dates
Residents Forum Tuesday 23rd November @ 7PM

Horley residents are invited to attend the Residents Forum which will be held in person at the Horley Town Council Offices, 92 Albert Rd, Horley, RH6 7HZ. This is an opportunity to ask questions and raise any matters of concern with Town, Borough and County Councillors.  

Residents are asked to submit their topic or question in advance to: town.clerk@horleytown.com 
At the meeting, each speaker may address the Panel for up to 3 minutes to ask their question. One speaker should be nominated to represent a group.

For more details, please get in touch with Horley Town Council
(email: town.clerk@horleytown.com or telephone 01293 784765)
Horley In Bloom 2021

Friday 8th October saw the return of the Horley In Bloom Awards night. Winners from 9 different categories were given awards which were presented by Town Mayor Cllr Samantha Marshall and Reigate & Banstead Mayor Cllr Jill Bray.

For a full list of winners and runners up have a look on our website. 
Town Award Presentation

At the Horley in Bloom Awards evening, Head of Leisure and Deputy Town Clerk, Carol Fenton, was presented with a Town Award.

Cllr Samantha Marshall, Chairman & Town Mayor, Horley Town Council said “Carol has been a very valued staff member of Horley Town Council for many years, her wide-ranging experience and wealth of Town Council and Local Government knowledge will be greatly missed”.

In the 25 years that Carol has worked for Horley Town Council, the Council has grown from strength to strength.  Carol has played a large part in its development, having worked tirelessly to help transform the Council’s modest recreation grounds and playgrounds into an outstanding estate, which are enjoyed so much by the local community, making them attractive places for everyone of all ages to visit and enjoy.  Through Carol’s tireless efforts, the Council has enjoyed many years of success in the South and South-East in Bloom Competitions.  Carol has also ensured that the “Horley in Bloom” annual competition has attracted entrants of all ages.
Presentation for Town Mayor - Cllr Samantha Marshall

HTC Chairman Town Mayor, Samantha Marshall was presented with a Special Award for being only the third woman in the Town Council’s 127-year history to be Council Chairman. She was elected Council Chairman & Town Mayor for the Municipal Year 2021/22. 

In presenting her award, Cllr Simon Marshall said “I am delighted to make this presentation on behalf of Horley Town Council.  In the short time as Town Mayor, Samantha has also been a very effective Council Chairman.  She takes a great interest in Horley and gives her time freely to benefit the community in a variety of ways”
Horley Lions' WOW campaign

We are raising funds to help support those in need to keep Warm Over Winter. Would you consider making a donation to our campaign?

Or if you receive a Winter Fuel Allowance payment would you consider donating some or all of it to our campaign?

Visit: www.justgiving.com/campaign/WarmOverWinterWOW
Landen Park Village Green

The Landen Park Village Green working party were out in force recently planting fruit trees (4 apple and 2 cherry) and approximately 600 Daffodil bulbs into 7 newly constructed beds.

They also put up some bee and bug houses which they were able to do courtesy of Reigate & Banstead Council's small grant scheme.
Reigate & Banstead Business Awards 2022

After a year on hiatus, The Reigate & Banstead Business Awards are back!

Nominations are now officially open for the awards, which will once again celebrate the achievements of businesses in our local community.

With nine award categories this year, there are plenty of opportunities for businesses of all sizes and types in the borough to enter. New for 2022 is the Resilient Business of the Year category, which recognises the hard work put in over the last year to keep trade flowing during the pandemic. For More information click here
Remembrance 2021

Garden of Remembrance Rededication - 10 Nov 11:00
The Garden of Remembrance will be rededicated by the local Clergy and opened by the Chairman of the Horley Town Council at the War Memorial, Brighton Road, Horley at 11.00 o’clock.

Everyone is welcome to attend and may place their own Crosses of Remembrance in the Garden should they wish to do so.

National Two Minutes Silence - 11 Nov 11:00 - Horley Town Centre 

Horley British Legion Remembrance Parade & Service - 14 Nov 10:50 - Garden of Remembrance
Everyone is welcome to join us in remembering all those who have lost their lives in defence of the British Isles or fought and died overseas for their Country.

For parade timings & details click here
Fireworks @ Horley Recreation Ground
Brighton Rd, 6 November 2021
organised by Horley Lions

Gates Open  6:00 p.m. Bonfire Lit  7:00 p.m. Fireworks  7:30 p.m.

To minimise the risk of  the transmission of Covid we have decided to limit the number of people attending and so entry will be by pre-bought ticket only

To purchase tickets please follow this link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/192369691927

Horley Lions will have their BBQ Bar on site serving Burgers, Hot Dogs, Bacon & Egg Rolls and Tea, Coffee and Canned Drinks
Don’t miss the boat to vote!

Have you responded to our email, text or letter asking you to confirm who is registered to vote at your address? Every year, Reigate & Banstead Borough Council contacts all residents to make sure their voter list is up-to-date and to invite those who are not yet registered to sign up.

Please take action now if you haven’t already responded. Only one person needs to reply on behalf of the household.

If you are a first-time voter or have moved, you will need to fill out the household form as well as registering individually online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
Claire Coutinho MP Newsletter October 2021

Click here to go to our news page to read it 
South & South East in Bloom Success

Horley's Tanyard Meadows has been awarded Silver guilt in the Country Park category in the South & South East in Bloom awards. 

The Borough won 9 other awards in a variety of categories. For more on this story from Reigate & Banstead please click here
Gatwick Northern Runway Consultation

Gatwick has announced the start of its public consultation on plans to bring its existing Northern Runway into routine use alongside its Main Runway.  Full consultation materials are available at www.gatwickairport.com/futureplans. The consultation will run until 1st December. Plans can be viewed at the Horley Library and there is also a Community Information bus that will be in various local locations. The bus will be in Horley on 13 November 14:00 - 17:00 at the car park to the rear of our building at 92 Albert Road, Horley, RH6 7HZ
Horley Town Council are also reviewing the consultation material and will be drafting a response in due course
Temporary Road Closure

Road Works - Hevers Ave
Start date: Tuesday 9 November 2021
Duration: For 4 days
8am – 5pm 

Road closed for patching
Barclays Bank Mobile Banking Van

As a result of talks with Horley Town Council, the Barclays Bank mobile van will be coming to the High Street car park. The van will be there every two weeks to help serve their customers after the Horley branch closure. 

Monday 01/11/ 2021 - 11am- 2.30
Friday 12/11/2021-11am- 2.30
Friday 26/11/2021-11am- 2.30
Friday 10/12/2021-11am- 2.30
Thursday 23/12/2021 - 11am- 2.30 (regular day changed due to the Friday being Xmas Eve)
Schools Consultation

Surrey County Council is consulting on proposed changes to admission arrangements for some community and voluntary controlled schools for September 2023.

Full details of the consultation and the changes being proposed are available at www.surreysays.co.uk.    
Winter Weather

Surrey County Council's Winter Service is the salting and gritting service and operates on a standby basis, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and includes:
  • Salting roads and snow ploughing
  • Clearing pavements during prolonged freezing or snowfall
  • Providing grit bins at priority locations.
For more route information, see the Surrey Winter Online Map.
There is also more info on How Gritting Works

Councillor Profiles

For the next few months the newsletter will be featuring profiles of Horley Town Councillors. This month we feature Cllr David Powell, Vice Chairman of the Council.
David spent 25 years in the British Army with the Royal Military Police. He spent 2 years in Saigon protecting the British Embassy  during the Vietnam conflict and notably found himself under fire whilst trying to reach the British Embassy at the start of the Tet offensive in 1968. He eventually left the army as a Regimental Sergeant Major in 1979.

After leaving the Army David managed Kensington & Chelsea’s Environmental Enforcement Services for the next 10 years, before being recruited to manage the then start -up French Waste management company Veolia. Whilst working for Kensington & Chelsea he was asked by the Ministry of Defence to join the TA to rescue a failing unit which he was able to do. David left Veolia as Managing Director in 2000 but despite his intention to retire David started receiving calls from other Councils around the country asking for help to improve the productivity of their waste management services. Eventually at the age of 78 David decided it really was time to retire.

David and his wife, Bee, moved to Horley from London in 2001 and he became a Town Councillor in 2002 and a Borough Councillor from 2010 -2017. David has been both a Borough and Town Council Mayor. David is also the President of the local branch of the Royal British Legion.

In 2013 when he was 78 he read about a 70-year-old from Essex breaking the age-related world record skydiving from 30,000ft free falling at 300mph. It was coming up to the Centenary of the start of WW1 and he was looking for a project to raise money for the RBL. He thought ‘If he can do it so can I.’ The only person in the world who has a licence to train civilians for this is in Memphis, USA so David went out there to do the jump. He enjoyed it so much he did it again aged 80 when Borough Mayor, and also as a birthday treat for his 82nd birthday. David holds the world record for the oldest person to do a HALO (High Altitude Low Opening parachute jump as performed by Special Forces) from 30,00ft.  In 2020 David walked the equivalent distance from Horley to the Menin Gate around the Horley Recreation Ground to raise funds for the burnt down Earl Haig Club.

Dates for your diary...

02  November
09  November
16  November
23  November
30  November
Full Council Meeting
Finance & General Purposes Committee Meeting
Full Planning & Development Committee Meeting
Residents Forum 
Leisure & Amenities Committee Meeting
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