Horley Town Council
Your Horley
February 2023

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

Horley Local History Society Query; Could you be a Town Councillor?; The Borough Councils Latests Horley Town Centre Refurbishment Designs; Riverside Litter Pick; Coronation Street Party Deadline; Changes to Voting; Warm Hubs; Gatwick Greenspace: Yoga at The Edmonds Hall; Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day; Surrey Police news & advice: Sad Passing of former Mayors; Priority Services Register ...... and finally Dates for your diary.
For the first time, you will need to show photographic ID to vote at a polling station in this year’s local elections.

Residents are being urged to make sure they are ready to vote in May by checking they have an accepted form of ID.

Accepted forms of ID include
  • a UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Commonwealth passport
  • a UK or EEA drivers’ licence
  • some concessionary travel passes, such as an older person’s bus pass or an Oyster 60+ card.
Voters will be able to use expired ID if they are still recognisable from the photo.

The full list of accepted ID is available on the Electoral Commission’s website, along with more information about the new requirement and details of how to apply for the free ID.

Anyone who does not have one of the accepted forms of ID will be able to apply for free ID online or by completing a paper form.
Could you be a Town Councillor?

Horley Town Council is closest to the local community as it represents the first of the three tiers of Local Government, (Parish and Town Councils; Borough and District Councils and County Councils.)   

There are 18 seats on Horley Town Council and all of them are up for election on 4th May 2023 when the Local Elections take place.

To stand for election to a parish or town council you must be

  • A British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Union, and
  • 18 years or older on the day you become nominated for election.
For more information click here
Latest Horley High Street and subway designs on display, along with new plans for Central Car Park 
Detailed designs for improvements to Horley High Street and subway have gone on display at Horley Library, along with new designs for enhancements to Central Car Park, on show for the first time.

To Read More Click Here
Riverside Park/ Gatwick Ponds
Litter Pick
Sunday 12th March
1.30pm - 3.30pm

Litter pickers and rubbish bags will be provided (30 litter pickers available so first come first served).

All are welcome, come if you can, even if it's for a half hour.

Meet Sam and Rod at the Riverside car park at 1.30pm or find us later near the main path or the pond. We'll be there come rain or shine, it may be muddy so come prepared.
King Charles III's Coronation

Buckingham Palace has confirmed events for the Coronation Weekend, 6 to 8 May 2023.

More information from Reigate & Banstead Borough Council concerning local events and applications for street parties are available to view here

Save The Date 
Horley Town Council plan to hold an "Afternoon Tea" event in the Park at Horley Recreation Ground on Sunday 7th May (More details to follow)
Priority Services Registers

From keeping water running for drinking and washing hands, to charging medical equipment or mobility scooters, to staying warm, it's vital to keep utilities going in the event of a problem with your gas, electricity or water supply.

The Priority Services Register can help you do this. If you or someone you know is vulnerable, requires additional assistance or has additional communication needs, then you can sign up to the Priority Services Register by contacting your utility providers. It is free and can help you or a loved one to stay safe, warm and independent in their own home.

As well as help in an emergency, there are other benefits to being on a Priority Services Register including advance notice of planned power cuts or interruptions to water supply, help with accessing prepayment meters, receiving bills in an alternative format and more
During 2022 we have been working with many residents and groups in Horley to respond and address your concerns.  These have included:
  • ‘Meet the Beat’ sessions to talk with local residents and to listen to your concerns.
  • Working with local retailers through our Shop Watch scheme.
  • Issuing a number of Drug Warrants.
  • Supporting a number of vulnerable residents.
  • Addressing issues related to concerns about the possession of weapons.
  • Burglaries and Keyless Vehicles thefts in November and December 2022 in the Horley (South of the Borough) were the lowest in the Borough.
In 2023, with you, we want to build on this work so that in the Horley area, together, we can enhance public safety and community well-being.

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.  

You will be able to get the weekly burglary update, including Car and Catalytic Converter thefts, in Reigate and Banstead, including the Horley area (South). 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.

Crime prevention advice can be found at the Surrey Police website.

Sergeant 3088 Lisa Howard, Reigate & Banstead Safer Neighbourhood Team (South), Reigate Police Station, 79 Reigate Road, Reigate, Surrey RH2 0RY 
Are you emoji aware?

That’s the question we’ve been asking on our social media channels for the past couple of weeks.

The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness among parents, guardians and those that work with children around the alternative uses that teenagers may have for emojis to reference things such as drugs and sexual behaviour. Going forwards with the campaign, we want parents and guardians to have an increased understanding, so they can have conversations with their teenagers if they need to.

Not All teenagers will be aware of these meanings but if you’re concerned about a child, teen, friend, or colleague and their possible relationship with drugs or possible exploitation, there is support and information available. Details are available on our website: 
2022 in Focus

This year the numbers speak for themselves as our volunteers have committed over 4600 hours of their time to support the partnership. From community orchards in Horley, wildflower road verges in Crawley, building boardwalks in Horsham, butterfly banks at Gatwick Airport and removing Himalayan Balsam across the River Mole catchment, no task is off limits to the GGP conservation volunteers. 

As always education is high on the agenda and throughout 2022 we have worked with 961 children & young people, and 725 adults. Working in schools, community spaces and on local authority land to help people connect and experience the natural world. We couldn't do this without your help and our education, events and courses have been supported by 380 hours of volunteer time in 2022.

It's not all about the numbers though, seeing people connect with nature, inspired to take action is what really matters to us. This short video from Gatwick Greenspace Partnership's Youth Rangers is a great example of the impact of our work. Hopefully their messages will carry through into the New Year. 
News from Westminster

To read the latest from our MP, Claire Coutinho click here
Warm Hubs

Warm Hubs are places in the community across Surrey where people can enjoy a safe, warm and friendly environment, have a hot drink, receive information on additional support and advice and enjoy some company and activities too.

For the latest information on warm hubs in our area click here
Surrey residents can now buy a range of reduced-price compost bins, hot composters, food waste digesters and other composting products courtesy of a subsidy provided by Surrey Environmental Partnership
Sunday 7 May 2023 is the Coronation Big Lunch where neighbours and communities across the country are invited to share food and fun together

If you would like to organise a street party, the application deadline to apply for a street closure is Friday 24 March 2023.
Can you Help?

These old family photographs were sent to Horley Local History Society by Mr Ray Warren, who is descended from the Flint family in Horley. They used to live in Albert Road and included Gip Flint who worked for Malcolm Campbell, was in the local fire brigade and played football for Horley in the 1920's. Joseph Flint ran the grocers shop next to what used to be The Chequers in Horley Row.  Ray has no idea who these people were but he is reluctant to just throw the photos away.

Does anyone recognise an Ancestor or ancient family member? Or have some idea as to how we can identify them? If you have any thoughts could you please contact Horley Local History Society on this address treasurer@horleyhistory.org.uk

Horley Town Council is sad to announce the passing of two former Town Mayors. Elfrid Silcock was Mayor in 1989 and Howard Eastbrook in 1986. Horley Town Council sends its condolences to their families and friends who knew them
Council Staff Support Charity this Christmas

On Christmas Jumper Day our small team of staff at Horley Town Council once again showed their generosity by raising over £150 for Save the Children thanks to the Government's commitment to double all donations received for that day. Unfortunately, no one was prepared to let me take a photo of them wearing their glorious jumpers!

Mayoral Events

Oh No She Didn't!
Town Mayor, Cllr Samantha Marshall and Deputy Mayor Hannah Avery attended the Christmas 2022 panto at the Harlequin in Redhill.
On 30th Jan The Mayor held a Charity Night at Costa Del Sol. Over 50 attendees enjoyed a great meal and good company. Between ticket sales and the raffle over £900 was raised for the Greyhound Trust. 

Cllr Samantha Marshall would like to extend thanks to Costa Del Sol for providing the venue and meal; First Class Flowers for helping with the raffle flowers; Simply Bridget for providing a voucher for the raffle and to everyone who attended.
Picture above: Eva Hayday accepting her certificate from Cllr Marshall 
Presentation Event

In December the Mayor visited Horley Baptist Church to congratulate supported learners with Tolfe Sugarcraft on their brilliant creativity and achievements.

Tolfe Sugarcraft specialises in teaching sugarcraft skills to learners with disabilities which could be: a learning disability, physical disability, sensory impairment and mental health problems. 


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25  April

Interim Planning & Development Committee 
Full Council Meeting
Full Planning Committee
Interim Planning Committee
Leisure Committee Meeting
For a fuller list of local events have a look at What's On In Horley
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