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Horley Town Council

November eNewsletter 2016

In this edition ...

In this edition please read about the Remembrance Day Parade, updates on the new skate park, new version of the website for smartphones, reminder of our cafe consultation, Route 4 consultation, and news of the Christmas Fair and Carol Service.

The Town Remembers

The Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service at the Memorial Gardens was very well attended on Sunday 13 November, to commemorate the contribution of military and civilian servicemen and women and to all those who suffered or died in the two World Wars and later conflicts. The RBL Branch Chaplin, Reverend John Glasspool, presided over the Service. The Parade was led by the Band of the Redhill Corps of Drums, followed by a procession of War Veterans, Councillors, Scouts, Army Cadets, local schools and other organisations marching up Victoria Road from the Royal British Legion Headquarters in Albert Road. The Memorial Gardens almost reached full capacity with visitors of all ages and poppy wreaths were reverently placed by representatives of the Royal British Legion, local government, cadets, schools and many other community groups. Prior to the event on 9 November, the Garden of Remembrance was rededicated by the local Clergy and opened by the Chairman of Horley Town Council, Cllr Mike George.  The National Two Minutes' Silence was observed on Friday 11 November in the town centre precinct as well as a separate Schools' Service at the Memorial Gardens.  Photos of the parade and service can be view on our Flickr album.

Route 4: Response to Consultation

The following response has been submitted to the Civil Aviation Authority:

The town of Horley shares its southern boundary with Gatwick Airport with the southern edge of the Route 4 swathe located to the northern boundary of the town. In fact a small area is under the swathe. This will change significantly with the development, just started, of 1510 dwellings known as West Vale Park which will lie under the swathe.

The introduction of PRNAV moved the concentrated centre line to the northern edge of the swathe which produced a benefit to our residents in moving aircraft tracks further away from Horley. The re-design effective from the 26th May this year moved this into the centre line of the swathe and so back towards the town.

The main impact to our residents was the immediate and increased number of aircraft being vectored by NATS overflying the town. Although all were above the NPR ceiling of 4,000 feet this was in contravention of the AIP rule which states that ‘aircraft departing Gatwick shall avoid overflying the congested areas of Horley and Crawley’.

Whilst there have always been some overflights for reasons such as weather avoidance the historic average of all departures using Route 4 and flying through the ‘Horley Gate’ was 1-2%; this increased to 8-9% this summer.

Since the end of July this council has been in dialogue with NATS to resolve this issue.  To date there has been some improvement with more to be done and we will continue to monitor and work with NATS.

Looking to the future there is a major development, Westvale Park, of some 1510 dwellings located to the north west of the town which will encroach under the Route 4 swathe thereby increasing the number of residents which will be overflown on a regular basis.

Cafe Survey - reminder

As mentioned last month, Horley Town Council is assessing the need and potential viability of providing a café and toilet facility in the Horley Recreation Ground.  

If you have not already responded we would appreciate a few minutes of your time to complete the online survey and make any suggestions to improve the park and facilities for all users.  

We would also invite suggested locations for the café.

Please send in your responses by Wed 30 November 2016. The result of the survey will be published in January.




Christmas Carol Service

The Carol Service is organised by all the local churches and will take place by the Christmas Tree, in the Horley Town Centre Precinct, at 11.00 am.  

Refreshments will also be provided afterwards in the Horley Youth Centre.  

Everyone is very welcome.

Christmas Fair

Organised by the Horley Association of Traders (HATs), the Horley High Street’s Christmas Fair will take place in the Town Centre Precinct on Saturday 10 December starting at 10 am until 4.30 pm.

There will be:

Santa's Grotto from 11 am

The big Christmas Lights switch on will take place at 4 pm by the Christmas Tree which is kindly provided by the Town Council.

HATs are grateful to their sponsors.


Horley’s Christmas Card Delivery Service

Organised by 1st & 2nd Horley Scout Group (cost 25p per card)

Delivery to Horley addresses only on 17th /18th December

(sorry we can't deliver to Smallfield, Charlwood, Salfords or Crawley)

Scout Group Post Boxes can be found at:

1st & 2nd Horley Scout HQ     Gatwick Metro Centre

Anvil Court                               Blacksmith Rd, The Acres

Archway Theatre                     The Drive

Bargain Booze                        65 Balcombe Road

Country Market                       St John Ambulance Hall

Ford News                              High Street

Horley Baptist Church             Innes Pavilion, Court Lodge

Mitchells Building Centre         Station Road

Pathfinder Scout HQ               Baden Drive, Meath Green,

Regent Hall                             Albert Road

Seldons Locksmiths                Victoria Road

Seven Day Grocer                  Meath Green Lane

St. Francis Church                  Balcombe Road

St. Wilfrids Church                  Horley Row

Watties Newsagent                 Horley Row

Enquiries to:                             

Skatepark update

Construction on the new skatepark will start in early January. and we are expecting it will be completed by March, subject to the vagaries of the winter climate.

Following feedback on Facebook and later discussed with users, we have amended the design to put a flat bank into the quarterpipes instead of the mousehole. We’ve moved the grindrail so that it can be set further into the tarmac.

The heights of the quarterpipes with flatbank are 1.2m high (approx. 4ft). The quarters at the other end are 1.5m – 1.2m (approx. 4ft – 5ft) high."

We hope these improvements are to everyone's satisfaction!

Website upgrade for smartphones

The new website has recently undergone re-development so that the mobile version of the site can now access all the pages accessible by the desktop version.

All smartphones ranging from iPhone, Android and Windows now allow full access.  Please try it out.

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.

  • 10 December (all day) Christmas Fair in the Precinct
  • 17 December @ 11:00 Carol Concert around the Town Centre Christmas Tree

Next Council Meetings

  • 22 November @ 19:30:  Finance
  •   6 December @ 1930:   Planning
  • 13 December @ 1930:   Full Council 

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