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Horley Town Council

May eNewsletter 2017

In this edition ...

We have an update on Smith's Charity, Horley Carnival, the Election of Chairman and Town Mayor and news of the recent Annual Town Meeting.

Election of Chairman and Town Mayor

At its Annual Council Meeting held on Tuesday 16 May 2017, Horley Town Council re-elected Cllr Mike George as the Chairman & Town Mayor for 2017/2018.  Cllr Kevin Etheridge, pictured, was also elected as Vice Chairman and Deputy Town Mayor.

Cllr George said that “… it is a great privilege to lead this council for another year and I hope to build on the excellent work of my predecessor, Richard Olliver.  It is my intention to continue to make the council as open and accessible whenever possible to all the residents of Horley. The Kent Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance will continue to be my preferred charity.”

Cllr Mike George (Residents’ Association) has lived in Horley for 48 years with his wife, Sue, and has 1 daughter and 2 sons.  He has worked in the airline industry for many years and has served previously as Chairman of the Planning Committee for several years. 

At the first meeting of the new municipal year, all members were elected onto the main Committees.  Committee Chairmen will be elected later at their respective Committee meetings. The schedule of Council meetings is available here.

Annual Report 2016/17

Horley Town Council has issued its Annual Report for 2016/2017. The report provides an insight into the council’s business and activities over the past municipal year. The report incorporates all the statutory reports made by the Town Council’s Committee Chairmen which were presented at the Annual Town Meeting on 28 April 2017. A variety of information and statistics is available including a look back over the significant events of the previous year, information on all our Town Awards holders, financial statistics and an analysis of attendances by councillors at meetings.

Horley Conservation Group Spring 2017

A new year has begun and nature has all of a sudden burst into life. This has meant that the members of the HCG have had to do much the same!!

The year started with Rhododendron and undergrowth clearance in Langshott Woods followed by some thinning of Hawthorn at Riverside Garden Park.  Tanyard pond saw the willows coppiced and the invertebrate shelters enhanced. Then at the end of March the group embarked on a study day, learning how to monitor water quality in our local streams. The idea is to embrace water quality monitoring within our local task calendar and to feed the information received into a national database. The first river monitoring was performed above and below the Thames water plant on the Burstow Stream in April and this was followed by a further survey in May. This time the survey point was just above the Thames water plant.

The picture show members of the group analyzing the sampled invertebrates as part of the river monitoring process.

Horley Carnival is back again! 

Horley Carnival is back again!  The date for your 2017 diary is Saturday 17th June 2017, same timings: 12-5pm, in the A23 Horley Recreation Ground!

Please email for more informaton.

Launch of Annual Horley in Bloom Competition

The Horley in Bloom Organising Committee is delighted to announce the launch of this year’s competition, now in its 23rd year. 

The different categories are as follows:

Residential Front Garden 
Residential Back Garden
Residential Flat    
Hanging Basket / Planter
Public Houses/Restaurants
Commercial (includes guesthouses)

There will as always be awards for the best newcomer to the competition and for the entry deemed by the judges to be the best example of a “Cottage Garden”.

The Horley in Bloom Photographic Competition will be taking place for the fifth year and we are delighted to have the support of our sponsors, Crest Nicholson,Taylor Wimpey, Mad Ideas and Reigate and Banstead BC. There are categories for both children and adults.  There are three categories, Hanging Basket/Plants, Garden Scene and Street View/Countryside and, whilst the photographs need to be taken in Horley, entrants do not have to be local residents.  Judging will take place in late August, following which there will be a reception for entrants.

Awards will be presented at our Awards Evening on Friday 29 September 2017, at Regent Hall, Albert Road, Horley.

Horley has once again entered the South & South East in Bloom Competition and hopes to improve on the Silver Gilt Awards gained last year. Last year’s generous donations have enabled us to supply improved planters this year and we are very keen to seek sponsorship once again  If interested please follow this link.

Please follow these links for the HIB entry form and for the photographic entry form.  Closing date for entries is Friday 30 June 2017.

Good luck to all our entrants

Annual Town Meeting

At the Horley Town Meeting held on Friday, 28 April 2017, members of the public received various reports from the Council. Other topics for discussion included Smith’s Charity, The Cyril Edmonds Fund, Annual Reports from the Town Council’s Chairman and Committee Chairmen. Presentations were made to winners of Court Lodge in Colour Juniors. 

The Guest Speaker was Alison Addy, Head of Community Engagement at Gatwick Airport Ltd, who gave an interesting talk on the work of the airport.  An update on Gatwick Airport is available here.  A lively discussion followed regarding the current operation of Route 4.  Andy Sinclair, Head of Airspace Strategy & Engagement, answered questions on this particular topic. 

At the end of the meeting the following resolution was approved "that the Town Council should lobby the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to reverse its current position, and return Gatwick departure Route 4 (whether using new or conventional navigation technology) to the geographical position and dispersal pattern it occupied prior to 2013."  The resolution was later considered at the Annual Council Meeting on 16 May.  Representations have since been made to the CAA and the Dept for Transport.


Smith's Charity

Please note this update from Smith's Charity. Enquries to

Dates for your diary...

Horley Carnival, Parade through town and events at Horley Recreation Ground (Saturday 17 June)

Horley Lions Charity Dog Show & Donkey Derby, Horley Recreation Ground (Sunday 10 September)

Circus Wonderland, Horley Recreation Ground (Wednesday 13 - Sunday 17 September)

Please also 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

23 May           Planning 
30 May           Leisure
13 June          Finance
20 June          Planning

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