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Spring 2022 Newsletter

In this edition........

Date for your diary; Illegal Pipeline Tapping; Horley High Street & Subway Survey; Gatwick Greenspace Volunteers; WhatsApp Fraud; Great British Spring Clean; Edmonds Fund Grants; NHS App for kids; Enviro Sustainability Survey; Claire Coutinho MP newsletter; The Queen's Jubilee; Gatwick Airport Community Trust Grants; Mayoral Events and finally upcoming meeting dates
Date for your Diary

This year's Town Meeting will be held on 29 April from 7pm at the Edmonds Hall, 92 Albert Road, Horley, RH6 7HZ.  Refreshments will be available from 6:30pm. Surrey's Police & Crime Commissioner, Lisa Townsend, will also be there to give a short presentation. We will provide an agenda on the website soon
Horley High Street and Subway Consultation

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council is considering improvements to Horley High Street and subway so that they better serve local people and to help boost the local economy. They would like to hear what residents, shoppers and businesses think before it goes further.

They have developed some initial ideas (or principles) that they would like your feedback on, as well as understanding how you use the town centre.

You can view the proposals here
Gatwick Greenspace Volunteers

A big “Thank You” to the volunteers who came and supported Gatwick Greenspace recently.

Volunteers re-coppiced the Willows in the small seasonal pond near the new play area and started to lay some of the surrounding Blackthorn, both to increase light levels and create more of a hedge around the pond. Five large bags full of rubbish from the pond area and neighbouring Common Field were also collected.

Volunteers said that there were no signs of Frog or Toad spawn in the pond at the time, but it was nice to see a Red Kite circling low overhead that morning.

If you are interested in getting involved please contact: KevinLerwill@sussexwt.org.uk for more information.
 Illegal Pipeline Tapping

The issue of illegal tapping into the pipeline is an extremely hazardous activity and has become an increasing problem over the last few years, perpetrated by organised gangs. Esso wish to raise awareness of this and promote the reporting of any suspicious activity.
Anybody inspecting the pipeline should have Fisher German (FG) or Esso identification. 
Anyone digging on or within 3m of the pipeline should be supervised by FG staff.
Our FG maintenance personnel and ground patrols have dark blue VW and white Vauxhall Amorok vans which are clearly marked.

Illegal tapping can typically involve a small hole being dug straight down to the pipe, a hose connected to the pipe and then this hose being laid for a significant distance to a point where a vehicle can turn off the road and fill up tanks. The actual tapping and laying the hose is likely to happen at night, with the hole backfilled and the hose neatly buried under the surface of the ground and along hedges and other features. 

Should you become aware of any suspicious activity/vehicles please call us on 0800 136 812 or if felt appropriate please dial 999. The pipeline runs under Emlyn Meadows
GACT Grants

Gatwick Airport Community Trust (GACT) is celebrating its 21st anniversary and is inviting grant applications from local community groups and organisations.

Deadline for applications is 31 March 2022.

This independent charity was set up through an Agreement between the local authorities and Gatwick Airport Limited who provide funding to support local communities.  Over the past 20 years it has helped change many local lives and improved a wide range of community facilities right cross the area of benefit in parts of East and West Sussex, Surrey and Kent.
The Platinum Queen's Jubilee 2022

We are currently working on a page for our website that will share details of local Jubilee events that are being held. If you have anything you would like to share please email us at  town.clerk@horleytown.com
Edmonds Fund Grants Available

The Horley Edmonds Community Fund is a charitable fund specifically for the benefit of Horley and its residents established with a capital sum from a bequest to Horley Town Council by the late Cyril Edmonds, a well-known builder who lived in Norwood Hill.

Local charities and community groups are encouraged to apply for a small grant from the fund using the Community Foundation for Surrey’s application form here
Environmental sustainability survey

The survey should take about 10 minutes and your participation will help our understanding of how Reigate & Banstead Borough Council can support residents tackle climate change. You don’t have to be interested in or knowledgeable about environmental issues to take part and we hope to hear a wide range of views and opinions.

The survey closes on 27 March 2022.
WhatsApp Fraud

Received a WhatsApp messages from a number claiming to your child or grandchild in need of an urgent money transfer? This could be a fraud. Listen to Bernadette Lawrie, our Financial Abuse Safeguarding Officer, talk about this scam on BBC Radio Sussex: 

If you or someone you know has been a victim of fraud, report it to Surrey Police online via our website
A217 Westvale to Hookwood Roadworks

Start date: Monday 10 January 2022
Duration: For up to 7 months

Temporary traffic lights & lane closures

For more info go to the our website
Great British Spring Clean 2022

Each year during the Great British Spring Clean (GBSC), we see more and more #LitterHeroes join in with the Great British Spring Clean. The past two years have really emphasised why local places matter, and how people are prepared to show they care. 

If you want to be part of this fantastic environmental initiative we have litter pickers and bags available to collect from the Horley Town Council Offices between 10am-4pm Monday-Friday.

For more on the GBSC click here
New NHS App for Kids

The NHS has launched an App aimed at children that allows them to scan their food and see how much sugar, salt and fat is in it. It can be downloaded from the App store and Google Play etc. 
Horley Town Mayor's Charity Curry Evening

Monday 7th March saw Cllr Samantha Marshall's charity night which was graciously hosted by the Jai Ho restaurant. £600 was raised for the Mayor's charity. Photo on the right shows raffle winners being presented with their prizes by Reigate & Banstead Mayor Cllr Jill Bray.
Claire Coutinho MP Newsletter February 2022

Click here to go to our news page to read it 
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Dates for your diary...

15  March
19  April
26  April
29  April
Planning Committee Meeting
Interim Planning Committee Meeting
Leisure Committee Meeting
Annual Town Meeting
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