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Horley Town Council

September eNewsletter 2016

In this edition ...

In this edition please read about our continued success in the South & South East in Bloom Competition, Church Road allotments results, and the announcement of the Borough Council's Local Plan consultation.

Success in South & South East in Bloom

We are delighted to announce that Horley Town Council has again won two prestigious awards at this year’s South & South East in Bloom Awards Ceremony, which this year was held at Fareham.  We were very pleased to receive a Silver Gilt Award for the Town Centre for the sixth year and, for the seventh year running, a Silver Gilt Award was also won for Horley Recreation Ground.  The judges said that “it was a lovely sunny day when we arrived in Horley Town Centre, it was looking very colourful and clean. Horley Recreation Ground is kept tidy and well presented, it was in use by a lot of mothers and children and joggers while we were there”. 

Chairman Mike George and Carol Fenton received the Council's awards at the ceremony at Fareham.  Cllr George said he was delighted that Horley’s results demonstrate sustained progress in the town centre and in our flagship Recreation Ground.

Local plan: Development Management Plan

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council is developing the next part of its local plan which will set out where development will go between now and 2027. RBBC will have an exhibition in the Horley Library from Tuesday 20 September -Saturday 1 October. More details are available here 

Route 4

The Town Council has received many comments from local residents recently about aircraft noise, in particular, pointing out aircraft flying over Horley. 

The town has acted on these complaints and has:

sent details to Gatwick Airport Ltd last week
identified tracking info
passed on flight numbers

For information, we are aware that the departure routes within Route 4 were not fully compliant as some aircraft were flying outside the northern edge of the NPR swathe. Modifications were made to this route to ensure that aircraft move back inside the NPR on a trial basis from May to November 2016. 

The Council has also contacted NATS (National Air Traffic Services) who is the body responsible for implementing the route changes.  We have provided evidence of breaches.  NATS has since informed us that the matters are under investigation and have been referred to NATMAG (Noise and Track Monitoring Working Group) which will meet on 29 September to review findings.   It is understood that the investigation is ongoing and requires detailed flight checking, navigation monitoring and radar checks etc.  We will post an update on this website when we hear of the outcome. 

Please note that, in respect of any aircraft which are overflying Horley, this is a clear breach of the current aircraft navigation regulations and should be reported directly to Gatwick Airport on 0800 393 070 or send an email to

Edmonds Fund

The Horley Edmonds Community Fund is a local fund that has been 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. It is a charitable fund specifically for the benefit of Horley and its residents.

By working in partnership with the Community Foundation for Surrey, we aim to offer a fund that enables and encourages local giving so that as a town we can develop a greater capacity to respond to local issues.  Local groups are welcome to approach the Community Foundation for Surrey regading possbile funding.

The Annual Report for 2016 is available here.

Church Road Allotments results

Results of the allotments competitions at Church Road Allotments for 2016 are as follows:

First:                                        Plot 19 (Susan & Mark Gardiner)
Second:                                  Plot 17 (Chris & Brian Robinson)
Best Newcomer:                    Plot 24 (Ray Spies)
Highly Commended
(Best Newcomer Section)       Plot 8B (Tony Miller)

Prizes will be presented at the Horley in Bloom Awards Evening at Regent Hall on the evening of Friday 30 September 2016.

Photographic Competition Sponsors

We are very grateful to our sponsors, Mad Ideas, Crest Nicholson and Taylor Wimpey for their generous sponsorship of the Photographic Competition to be judged on 20 September. Results will be appear on the website and our October newsletter.

Dates for your diary...

Please check out our online "what's on" calendar for information on forthcoming events.  Did you know you can submit your own organisation's event?  Just follow the instructions on our website.

Next Council Meetings

  • 27 September @ 19:30: Finance and General Purposes

  • 11 October @ 19:30: Planning and Development 

  • 18 October @ 19:30: Full Council 

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