Horley Town Council
Your Horley February
Photo: Richard Ashton Horley in Bloom Entry 2021
In this edition..........

Town Council Job Vacancy; Blue Heart Scheme Planting; Warmhubs; Roadworks Map; Sewage Treatment Works; Sleep Easy 2024; Allotment Resurfacing; Help With Water Bills; Riverside & Court Lodge Litter Picks; Council Tax e-billing; Horley Library Reading Groups; Rights of Way Survey; Claire Coutinho MP news; and finally upcoming Council meetings.
Job Vacancy

Administrator (Planning Support) (Part-time -16 hours per week)
Salary Scale SCP: 13-17 (£26,873 - £28,770 per annum pro-rata)

Horley Town Council is an ambitious and busy Town Council and is seeking a motivated and enthusiastic person who can provide efficient and effective support to the Town Clerk to assist with planning related matters, other ad hoc projects and administrative tasks, assisting members of the public when necessary and to facilitate Planning meetings and other committee related requirements.

The successful applicant should be able to demonstrate previous administrative experience in an office-based environment, along with IT skills and strong interpersonal skills. A knowledge of local government would be desirable or to have a willingness to learn about it and attend relevant training events.
OneNetwork Roadworks Map

Have you every wondered who is doing roadworks or when they might next pop up on your route to work? The OneNetwork interactive map shows all planned in roadworks. Access is open to all by clicking on this link

If you need to report a roads issue such as potholes or streetlights you can do so here 
Water Support Scheme

If you are a low income household (this does not include any disability benefits) you may be eligible to 50% off your water bill. To see if you may be eligible for this discount, please click on this link or call us on 01737 785606. 

Priority Services Register (PSR)

This is a free service for energy and water companies so they can help support their most vulnerable customers.
Gatwick Ponds & Court Lodge Litter Picks

Gatwick Ponds/Riverside - Sunday 10th March - 1.30–3.30pm (meet Sam and Rod in the car park off of Riverside Garden Park at 1.30pm)

Court Lodge Fields  - Sunday 17th March - 1.30-3.30pm (meet Sam and Rod at the top end of the Six Bells car park)
All welcome. Come if you can, even for half an hour or so.
Litter pickers and rubbish bags provided.
(Litter pickers available - first come first served).
We’ll be there come rain or shine. It may be muddy so be prepared. Thank you in advance.
The Upfield Roundabout residential group are looking for volunteers to help plant native plants on the site that has been given Blue Heart status by Surrey County Council.

Highways Environmental Officer Robbie Stewart and James Wade from the Countryside Team in Surrey County Council have been working with the residential group to explore what native plants and bulbs would be suitable to plant to improve the biodiversity of the site.

You may recall Robbie had worked with the group to plant 300 native whips and 4 trees on the roundabout in spring 2023. These are currently being cared for by the local community whilst they get established. Planting suitable native bulbs and wildflowers will attract a wider range of insects and hopefully look pretty too. James Wade has suggested some perennial plants that not only look good, but will naturalise and self-sow to cover the space over time. 

There are various funding options for the group to purchase the bulbs, plants and seeds, and whilst these are being explored the residents would like to have a team ready to prepare the site and plant and sow when items are received. (Preparation will start late summer. Planting and sowing will happen from autumn onwards).

If you would like to help, or get further information please get in touch with the residential lead Samantha (07796 693423, mrs.mearing@gmail.com).
Horley Town Council Plan Progress

Thanks to our successful bid for a Community Infrastructure Levy grant from Reigate & Banstead Borough Council we have resurfaced the car park at Church Rd Allotments and the access road at Langshott Allotments.

You can see from the before and after photos what a wonderful improvement it has made.
Thames Water Horley Sewage Treatment Works (HSTW)

Horley Town Councillors Barlow, Wotton and Chester have collaborated with Westvale Park Residents’ Association, Charlwood Parish Council, River Mole River Watch, and other interested parties, in holding Thames Water to account for the frequent spillage of untreated, undiluted sewage effluent on the public footpath and recreational land close to Westvale Park, Bullfinch Close and Wither Dale.

An Action Group, STOP the POOH, was formed in October 2023 to monitor and report spillages from HSTW to Thames Water, the Environment Agency, and other Local Authorities. The STOP the POOH Action Group has been supported by Rt Hon Claire Coutinho MP in helping bring pressure to bear, through the Environment Agency. Following the most recent incident, on 8 February, the Action group was also able to get Surrey County Council to arrange for the closure of the footpath, given the potential risk to public health.  

Footpath Closure Information

A meeting with Thames Water is planned in early March to hear about TW’s plans for the short and long-term investment to the works, to prevent further overtopping, to increase capacity, and reduce storm discharge.
Road Safety Questionnaire

Surrey County Council have recently launched a consultation on a new road safety strategy from the Surrey RoadSafe Partnership (made up of SCC, Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, National Highways, Surrey Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner), which sets out how we plan to reduce death and serious injuries caused by road traffic collisions by 2035 & 2050.
A public consultation on the strategy runs until 24 March 2024. Residents are encouraged to complete the online questionnaire to have their say.

Have Your Say on Improving Surrey's Paths

Surrey County Council is seeking views on the county’s Rights of Way to help drive improvements. Residents are invited to feedback their views on Surrey’s Rights of Way network, sharing how they use them, their importance, what, if anything, may prevent residents from using them and how the council can support their needs. All views will help inform the new Rights of Way Improvement Plan which will be produced at the end of 2024. Click Here for the survey which is open until 10 March 2024.
Warm Hubs

This winter, if you are feeling cold and in need of a warm place to be, we can offer you a warm welcome. Our three community centres in Banstead, Horley and Woodhatch are operating as warm hubs Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm. Feel free to drop in to get warm, meet others over a hot drink, and try out some of the many activities we offer. The Horley Centre is at Regent House, Albert Road.

Remember, there is support and information available on our Help with energy bills web page if you are worried about energy bills and the cost of staying warm this winter.
Reading Groups at Horley Library

Horley library Tuesday reading group

Every third Tuesday of the month, from 2pm to 3pm.
If you are interested in joining the group, please ask at the library or by emailing horley.library@surreycc.gov.uk

LGBTQ+ Reading Friends

Surrey Libraries, in partnership with The Reading Agency, will be hosting a monthly Reading Friends group at Horley Library for members of the LGBTQ+ community to come together around a shared love of reading.

Run by LGBTQ+ members of staff, the groups will have discussions and recommendations on a different subject each month. They will always be confidential, supportive, and positive spaces.

Starting from October 2023, the Horley Library LGBTQ Reading Friends group will meet: on the first Saturday of the month, from 2.30pm to 4pm.
Benefits of Council Tax e-billing

Reducing our carbon footprint
Going paperless is good for the environment as it saves precious resources - including trees, water and energy.
The carbon footprint for our paper bills, including paper manufacture, printing, delivery and then disposal of the bill is estimated to be 22.5 tonnes a year (equivalent to driving over 81,000 miles or the annual greenhouse gas emissions of more than three UK residents).   

Saving money
Going paperless will save thousands of pounds in printing and postage each year – money that can be spent on other public services instead
It costs the Council 71p to print and post each Council Tax bill – with over 95,000 bills sent out last year the savings will soon add up.

Manage your account online
It’s easy to register for Council Tax e-billing and then you can then manage your Council Tax account online whenever you need to.
Council Tax e-billing is fast, free, reliable and secure

Sign up here for e-billing
News from Westminster

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


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