Horley Town Council
Your Horley June

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

Notice of public rights; Recruitment at Horley Leisure Centre; Solar Panel Scheme: News from MP Claire Couthino; GM Contract; Liter Picking; Horley Photo competition; Car charging; HCG & GGP volunteers; Reigate & Banstead Volunteer Awards; Wildflower planting; Pride Statement; Surrey Police Footage Upload; Armed Forces Day: Horley In Bloom competition; Pickleball; Horley Carnival: and finally dates for your diary.
Notice of Public Rights 2023

The notice of public rights and publication of unaudited annual governance and accountability return for the accounts ending 2023 is now available. Click here to read the notice in full
Grounds Maintenance Contract - Expressions of Interest Invited
Horley Town Council is inviting expressions of interest to tender for its grounds maintenance contract for a period of 3 years, plus an option for 2 additional years, commencing 1 January 2024.

For more information click here
Wildflower Planting

As part of its commitment to the environment, Horley Town Council has started to introduce wildflower planting to encourage and support insect populations across its grounds.
Pickleball at the Rec

This month a second tennis court was overlaid with pickleball lines. Horley Lions were approached for funding by local pickleballers and agreed to pay for the line markings. Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the US and is growing in popularity in the UK. It's best described as a combination of table tennis, badminton and tennis. 
2023 Winners

  1. First Place – The Bull Pub
  2. Second Place – Archway Theatre
  3. Third Place – Horley Business Guild
  • First Place – Westvale Academy
  • Second Place – Horley Infant School
  • Third Place – Konnect School of Dance
Best Walking Entry
  • Care UK Wheelchairs
Most Humorous Entry
  • Acoustic Chemistry
Congratulations to this year's winners. For the Carnival Chairman's message click here
Kerbside electric vehicle chargepoint trial

For electric vehicle (EV) users with off-street parking, charging at home is usually the cheapest and most convenient option. However, as trailing a cable across the pavement is considered unlawful in Surrey and most places across the UK, Surrey residents who don't have off-street parking cannot currently charge their EV at home.

New products are emerging to try and address this issue and make home charging more widely accessible. We want to test two of these products in Surrey:
  • Cable gullies - cable gullies are channels installed in the pavement that can be used to safely trail an EV charging cable across a pavement. Trials have been taking place in Oxfordshire.
  • Trojan AON chargers – a charging point is installed in the pavement near the kerb and a cable laid underneath the pavement connecting it directly to a property's own electrical supply. A portable "lance" is needed to use the charging point.
Are you thinking about getting solar panels?

Reigster now for Solar Together for solar PV and battery storage. With such demand for solar photovoltaic (PV) at the moment, one of the key advantages of this scheme is having confidence you will get an install from a company that has the capacity to deliver. 

The scheme is for private domestic property. It ran in 2021 benefiting hundreds of homes in our borough. If you already have solar PV you can apply for batteries in this new scheme.

Reigate & Banstead BC are not administering this scheme but if you'd like an informal chat about the benefits of solar PV email: sustainability@reigate-banstead.gov.uk
Railway Footbridge is open again

The Network Rail railway footbridge linking Yattendon Road and Station Approach is open again and looking very smart.
Court Lodge Litter Pick

After a number of successful litter picking events at Riverside park, our volunteers are moving to litter pick at Court Lodge Fields on Thursday 20th July 9.30-11.30.
Litter pickers and bags will be provided. All are welcome, meet up is in the Six Bells car park.
Pride Statement 

At its Full Council meeting held on 20 June 2023, Council Chairman, Cllr Martin Saunders, asked all Councillors to approve the issue of a Statement from Horley Town Council, in support of Pride Month (June 2023).

Cllr Martin Saunders proposed the wording of the Statement, it was seconded by Cllr Tom Turner and the Town Council resolved by a majority vote, for the publication to be made, as stated below:

“As the members of Horley Town Council, we are proud to support pride month and the LGBTIQA+ residents of Horley. We believe that everyone should be treated with respect and dignity regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Horley LGBTIQA+ residents have made significant contributions to our community. Their contributions have helped shape our town into the welcoming and inclusive place it is today.
We hope that this statement will help promote a more supportive and inclusive future for all residents of Horley. Thank you for your support.”
Swimming Teachers Wanted

GLL are currently recruiting trainee Swimming teachers to join the team across Reigate and Banstead. All of our Swimming Teachers are qualified to at least STA Level 2 Award in Teaching Swimming. The STA qualifications are nationally recognised and will give you the skills of how to teach non-swimmers, beginners and improvers.  

If you have a passion and talent for Swimming, you could be part of our team of Swimming Teachers and help give people of all ages a valuable life skill.Successful applicants will be fully funded to complete their STA Level 2 Award in Teaching Swimming. We have a range of hours available across weekdays and weekends. 

We are looking for applicants who are: 

•         A competent swimmer 
•         A good communicator (verbal and non-verbal) 
•         A good motivator (supportive and able to give feedback) 
•         Approachable and patient in nature 
•         Imaginative 
•         Will to learn and commit to a 5 day intensive training course 
•         Previous experience working with Children is desirable but not essential 

Being a Swimming Teacher is really rewarding, as you’ll thrive on supporting people to achieve their potential. Naturally, there’ll be some administration involved, but rest assured that, once qualified, almost all of your time will be spent teaching, working with a range of ages and abilities.  www.better.org.uk/jobs 
Horley Conservation Group

Yet again the wonderful volunteers from Horley Conservation Group have been weeding, mulching and watering the fruit trees and shrubs at The Fieldings Community Orchard. 
This month more work is being done to remove the invasive Himalayan Balsam from the riverbanks, this time at Church Meadows.
(Picture above is of the Daffodils and bulbs that were planted by the group along the side of the pavement a few years ago).
Nominations open for Reigate and Banstead Volunteer Awards 2023
Nominations for this year’s Reigate and Banstead Volunteer Awards have opened with calls to residents, community groups, and voluntary organisations to nominate anyone who deserves recognition.

Volunteers can be nominated in four award categories:
  • Young Volunteer Award - for volunteers aged between 16 and 25 who have gone above and beyond the standard expectation for their age and who have used their own volunteer experience to inspire others.
  • Volunteer Award - for volunteers over the age of 25 years old who have exceeded what would normally be expected of them and demonstrated their outstanding commitment to their role.
  • Individual Trustee Award - for those in Chairman, Treasurer or Secretary roles who have shown due diligence, good governance, and commitment for the minimum of a year, providing outstanding support, guidance, and inspiration to the organisation.
  • Volunteer Team Award - for two or more volunteers or trustees who have demonstrated great teamwork, provided support and encouragement for other volunteers, and made a significant and positive impact through working together.

Don't forget Horley Town Council is also hosting a photographic competition click here to enter
Horley Photographic Club Competition Winners

Sadly this was the last year of the competition as Horley Photographic Club has closed. The topic for the competition was 'reflections and the winner were presented with their prices by Cllr Jante Baird

Winners were from left to right

 - Isla Sanderson KS2 winner
 - Taylor Puplett KS4 winner
 - Stephanie Miret commended
 - Keian Fakun KS1 winner
 - Thomas Stubbs overall winner
 - Harrison A’Court KS3 winner
Recorded someone acting suspiciously?

Surrey Police are introducing a new website portal which enables members of the public to upload home CCTV, smart doorbell, or dash cam footage to us, which shows someone acting suspiciously.

'We are asking you to be the eyes and ears of our community by submitting this footage as they could be connected to thefts and burglaries in the area.'
Armed Forces Day

On Saturday 24 June, Cllr James Baker, the Deputy Mayor of the Borough of Reigate & Banstead attended a service at Banstead War Memorial to commemorate Armed Forces Day.
He spoke fondly of the need to support our Armed Forces who work around the clock to protect our way of life and defend UK interests at home and abroad.

He also commissioned a new flagpole unto which the UK Armed Forces flag was hoisted in a colourful ceremony attended by members of the public, as well as serving and retired members of the Armed Forces.
News from Westminster

To read the latest from our MP, Claire Coutinho click here
Horley Photo Competition 

The children's competition is split into age categories and there are separate Nature, Animals and Outdoor scenes categories for adults. 

Entries can be uploaded directly to our website, and prizes will be awarded to winners, so show us your photos of Horley and its surrounds.


04  July
25  July
01  August

Leisure Committee Meeting
Full Council Meeting
Planning Committee Meeting
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