Horley Town Council
Your Horley April
In this edition..........

Horley In Bloom; Annual Town Public Forum; FREE Home Energy Surveys; SCC Your Councillor Community Fund; Borough Council and Surrey Police Crime & Commissioner Elections; D-Day Anniversary; Horley Carnival 2024; Grass Cutting; Horley Edmonds Fund; Works to Central Carpark; Be Wise and Immunise; Bird & Bat Boxes; New Railings at Court Lodge; Tennis Coaching Sessions: Green Training Info; Hedgehog Highways; Friday Night Projects; Update from Claire Coutinho MP; and finally upcoming Council meetings.
Thursday 2 May 2024
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council
& Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner Elections

Thursday 2nd May will see Surrey Residents go to the polls to elect the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner.

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) oversees how crime is tackled in the county and holds the police force to account on Surrey residents’ behalf to make sure they are providing an effective and efficient service. The Commissioner also works with the Chief Constable to set the overall direction for the force through the Police and Crime Plan, and proposes the amount of Council Tax that will go towards policing from Surrey residents. The PCC is elected every four years. List of candidates

Also on 2 May, one third of Reigate & Banstead Borough Council seats will be up for election.

One seat per ward will be up for election. Electors can vote for one candidate. You can find out more about registering to vote and how to vote on our website.

Remember to bring your ID!
20 Minutes FREE Parking 

From Monday 29 April 2024, parking in Reigate & Banstead Borough Council’s three Horley car parks will be free for the first 20 minutes, to help boost vitality of the town centre.

To benefit from the free period, a ticket must be obtained from a ticket machine in the car park and clearly displayed in the vehicle windscreen so that all details can be clearly seen. Ringo cannot be used for the free parking period.

The car parks where the scheme will operate are High Street, Victoria Road and Central car parks. 

For more information about Horley car parks, please visit our webpage
Surrey County Council has announced that it is reopening the
‘Your Councillor Community Fund’

Surrey residents and community groups will soon be able to apply for small grants to improve their local area through the annual Your Councillor Community Fund. Last year the Fund supported over 380 community projects via Surrey County Councillors, totalling £404,330.

Check out the funding criteria here
Have you heard about the Friday Night Projects? 

Young people in Horley, Redhill and Reigate can now enjoy a variety of activities including football, tennis, badminton, ping pong, board games and night time swimming - thanks to an initiative called Friday Night Project (FNP) by Active Surrey.

Friday Night Projects are multi-sport and activity sessions designed primarily for young people aged 11 to 16 years. They provide a safe space for young people to hang out with mates or make new friends. In Horley, its provided in Horley Leisure Centre on a Wednesday.
Tennis for two quid at Horley Rec

6 x Saturdays from 4th May 
Kids & Parents 9.00 - 9.45
Adults 10.00 - 11.30

£2 a session to get some coaching, get active and meet new friends
Improvements to Central car park to start on 7 May

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council will soon be starting work on site to make improvements to Central car park to enhance users’ experience, by improving its look and feel, making it a more attractive place to park. 

The first phase of works to modernise Central car park will start on Tuesday 7 May 2024 and take approximately six to eight weeks. This will include the provision of clearly marked pedestrian routes, resurfacing the access road, installation of larger parking bays for families and planting beds for trees and shrubs, which will be planted later in the year during planting season. 

During the works, that will run through May until mid-June, both the main area and overflow parking areas of Central car park will be closed to the public. The access road will remain open for residents and businesses.

Car park users and permit holders will be able to use the borough’s other town centre car parks, High Street and Victoria Road car parks. For more information on car parks in Horley, please visit our webpage

The installation of electric vehicle charging points will follow later in summer 2024 after the car park has reopened.
Horley Lawn Tennis Club

Free Fun Tennis for kids between the ages of 6yrs and 15yrs every Friday between 5pm and 6pm at Horley Lawn Tennis Club. Please book as spaces are limited. To book click on this link www.allintennis.co.uk
Measles cases are rising - be wise and immunise 

Measles infections are on the rise in England and there are currently outbreaks in parts of the country.

The Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine is the safest and most effective protection offering 99% protection against measles. Two doses of the vaccine offer protection for life against all three diseases. Whatever the age, if you or your child has missed any vaccinations or you're not sure if you're protected, contact your GP surgery.
New Court Lodge
Playground Railings 
Thanks to a grant from the Surrey County Council, Your Fund Surrey scheme, which was approved by Cllr Andy Lynch, we have been able to remove the rotting wooden railings from the playground and replace them with metal railings. (Before and after photos below)
D-Day Landings 80th Anniversary Commemorative Service

The Horley branch of the RBL will be holding a service on Sunday 9 June at 12 Noon at the War Memorial, Horley Recreation Ground, Brighton Road.
The service will be conducted by Rev Les Wells with music by the Redhill Corps of Drums and reading by Oakwood School Pupils.

Schools, organisations and members of the public of all denominations are welcome to attend.
Horley Edmonds Community Fund

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.

The Fund enables people who love Horley to donate money for the exclusive benefit of the town and its people. With your contribution we can build a stronger community by supporting local causes that can make impact and that will empower Horley to help itself now and in the future. 

Local charities and community groups are encouraged to apply for a small grant from the fund using the 'Grant Applications' button left
Free Home Energy Surveys

What is the Leaky Homes Roadshow?
Trained Energy Champions from Energy Action Redhill and Reigate are conducting individual energy efficiency surveys of local homes across East Surrey.

Each home taking part in the Roadshow will receive:
Thermal images of your home - showing where heat is leaking
Tailor-made advice and a written report about ways you can improve the energy efficiency and comfort of your home and potentially save on bills
A personalised smart pack of energy efficiency materials to help with minor improvements
Where suitable, we will signpost you to current funding schemes to help with larger energy efficiency measures
Bird & Bats Boxes

A big “Thank You” to Ian, Mick, Malcolm and Maggi from Horley Conservation Group for braving the rain to help install a number of new Bird and Bat boxes on mature trees at Tanyard Meadows…just in time for peak nesting season!

These boxes were kindly made by the Horley Men In Sheds group (who they hope to work more closely with in the future) and the intention is to install more nest boxes in other parts of Horley over the coming months and years. For more info on Men's Sheds email abccic.horleyhealthhub@nhs.net
Grass Cutting

Surrey County Council now has an online map for grass cutting (Highways grass verges only) which allows residents to see when their grass will next be cut.
Horley Lions Skittles Week

3 - 7 June 2024
Horley Cricket Club
Play starts each night at 7pm
Nightly BBQ and Bar facility will be there
Why not form a team and join in the fun?
The cost of entering a team of six is just £36

Principal Charity is 'Young Epilepsy'
Childhood epilepsy can be frightening and misunderstood. The charity works to ensure the voice of these young people is heard.

Email pmoxley@sky.com for a team application form.
Helping Hedgehogs with a Simple Hedgehog Highway

Hedgehogs travel around one mile every night through our parks and gardens in their quest to find enough food and a mate. If you have an enclosed garden you might be getting in the way of their plans.

One of the main reasons hedgehogs are struggling in Britain is because our fences and walls are becoming more and more secure, reducing the amount of land available to them.

We can make their life a little easier by removing the barriers within our control – for example, by making holes in or under our garden fences and walls for them to pass through.

There are lots of websites that give out more information and tips, here are a few:
Hedgehog Street
Wildlife Trusts
The British Hedgehog Preservation Society
Green Skills Training

Tool up today with free Green Skills training in trades and construction and boost your future earnings and start building your green reputation today.

Surrey County Council has been awarded funding to support more than 500 local tradespeople with free or part-funded Green Skills training. This is part of the push for Surrey to be a net zero county by 2050.

With the demand for green skills currently outweighing the supply and the government continuing to push for greener solutions, it's a good idea to get involved now.
Churchyard Wildlife Planting

Both the large and small mounds on the edges of the new churchyard will be left unmown this year and planted with wildflowers to encourage insects and help pollinators.  Next year wildflower seeds will be sown along the rear boundary in addition to the current planted mounds.
News from Westminster

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


07 May
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17 May
11 June
Annual Council Meeting
Full Planning Commitee
Annual Town Public Forum
Interim Planning Committee Meeting

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