The other litter pick is on Saturday 22 September. Oh.... and come on you under-50s, next time don't leave it all to the seniors!
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GBC Council leaders will be speaking at our Annual Parish Meeting on Wednesday 9 May. This is your opportunity to hear the latest news on progress towards finalisation of the Local Plan. This is the plan for the larger picture of your Borough’s infrastructure and housing for the future and not to be confused with our Neighbourhood Plan which has been formulated to place controls on planning in East Horsley.
Following a request from GBC Leader Paul Spooner, we are delighted to welcome him along with Deputy GBC Leader, Matt Furniss and Richard Billington, Lead GBC Councillor for the Rural Economy, Countryside, Parks and Leisure.
They will be in the hot seat opposite our resident interviewer, Steve Harvey, and questions will also be taken from the floor.
It all kicks off at 7.30 with your Parish Council’s annual report, followed by the GBC Local Plan Update shortly after 8.00 at the Village Hall, Kingston Avenue.
The Horsley Arts Festival is preparing for a great day out on 27 May. There are lots of performers ready to show off their skills and several food and drink specialists from around the area. It all kicks off at 12noon with the Opening Ceremony so bring your loungers, picnics and sunhats and settle in for a fun afternoon!
Food and drink
West Horsley Stores – Cheese and Wine
Tillingbourne Brewery Beer and Wine Tent
The Argentine Barbecue Company
Jasmin – Curry
Goose – Paella
Goodheart-Rendel – Soft Drinks
WI – Cakes
Ice Cream Van
Drift Golf Club – Pimms Tent
The March Litterpick was cancelled due to adverse weather and the revised date is now 10am to 12noon Saturday 21 April.
Please join us at the usual locations at the PC noticeboards: Effingham Junction Mini Mart, Bishopsmead and Station Parade, where bags, pick-sticks and hi-viz jackets will be available.
Call 01483 281148 if you have a concern about litter anywhere in the village.
The East Horsley neighbourhood plan can be accessed directly by clicking here.
Hard copies of the neighbourhood plan are available to view at Horsley Library, Guildford Library and in the Parish Office, East Horsley village hall.
East Horsley Parish Clerk
A new fund, initiated by deputy Mayor Cllr Mike Parsons as part of his Mayoral year fundraising, will provide crucial support to help prevent young carers in the Guildford borough falling behind educationally, emotionally and socially, due to their caring responsibilities.
The new ring-fenced Guildford Young Carers Fund, within Guildford Philanthropy, will award grants to help support young carers in our community by providing resources, services and equipment.
The scheme was agreed by the Executive at its meeting on 27 March, where it was thoroughly assessed to ensure the proposed fund met the needs of our community, and further supported the work of Guildford Philanthropy. The Executive also made the commitment to provide Council match-funding of up to £20,000 for all private donations made to the new fund in the 2018/19 mayoral year.
Cllr Mike Parsons, Deputy Mayor, said: “Being a young carer can have a life-long effect on health, education, social skills and self-confidence. Many struggle with juggling aspects of being a young person, with the care of their relative. This funding is vital for shaping and personalising the support needed by each individual carer, and allowing them the ability to thrive in their social and educational environments.”
Cllr Geoff Davis, Lead Councillor for Special Projects and Social Enterprise, adds: “We believe that every person matters and this new fund for young carers is of incredible importance to those residents affected. As a local funding body, we need to extend our grant support to provide an effective and helpful approach to a particularly vulnerable group within our community.”
Chairman of Guildford Philanthropy, and Community Foundation for Surrey trustee, Peter Cluff, continues: “We’re aiming to change people's lives by creating opportunities and tackling local need, and this includes support for young carers. We need to be able to enable carers to make the most of their youth and education, whilst dealing with their caring responsibilities.”
Guildford Philanthropy is a collaborative partnership set up in 2013 between Guildford Borough Council and the Community Foundation for Surrey. The Community Foundation for Surrey helped to develop the scheme and manages the income and grants.
The Community Foundation for Surrey is a charitable trust established to inspire local giving for local needs. It is part of a national network of 47 community foundations, one of the fastest growing philanthropic movements in the UK.
For more information about Guildford Philanthropy please visit www.guildford.gov.uk/guildfordphilanthropy
GBC Local Plan - initial questions received from independent inspector: Cllr Paul Spooner, Leader of the Council, says: “Our Local Plan is about balancing community needs and enabling people to thrive, wherever they live or work in the borough. Receiving the set of initial questions from the Planning Inspector is another step forward and part of the usual process when developing a new plan.”
The questions are available to view online on the GBC website at www.guildford.gov.uk/newlocalplan/examination
The questions document is divided into two parts. The first section deals with key questions and the second is a set of questions and comments that will help the Inspector to clarify the reasoning behind aspects of the plan. These questions do not deal with the detail of the allocated sites, which may be the subject of further questions.
Cllr Spooner adds: “The independent inspection of our submitted plan is in the hands of the government appointed Planning Inspector, who controls and manages the examination, including the set of public hearings due to start on 5 June. Local people need a range of homes, especially affordable, a successful economy with great work prospects, good education choices and protected heritage and countryside. Our new Local Plan is the best way to provide these, alongside better transport and travel options to support them. The Council will now review and respond to the initial key questions as required by 10 April 2018.
We submitted our Local Plan to the Secretary of State in December 2017. Alongside the plan, we also submitted all of the public consultation comments made in 2016 and the responses about the changes from last summer’s consultation. After a draft Local Plan is submitted, the appointed Planning Inspector then controls and manages the independent examination, which includes a set of public hearings. The Inspector also contacts everyone who commented on the draft Local Plan at regulation 19 stage in 2016 and 2017 to see if they wish to participate.
When the Planning Inspector has completed the examination, they will produce their report and recommendations. We will then consider any changes that have been recommended and the full Council will be asked to decide whether to adopt the new Local Plan. We hope this final stage for the plan will be achieved by the end of 2018."
East Horsley Parish Council is looking to appoint someone to this role. Duties will include grass cutting, hedge trimming, path clearing, general maintenance of open spaces, keeping public benches and road signs clean, litter removal etc. The succesful candidate will be expected to provide their own equipment/machinery. In summary, we are seeking someone who will take pride in keeping the village shipshape.
The Howard of Effingham Berkeley Homes appeal has been allowed by the Secretary of State. To see a copy of the Inspector's report click here.
Highways England has chosen Guildford for the first non-motorway trial of new traffic signals. The new 'smart' traffic signals are being installed at the A3 Dennis Interchange. They will monitor traffic flow and adjust their timings appropriately.
Cllr Matt Furniss, Lead Cllr for Infrastructure and Governance says: "We are very pleased that Guildford has been chosen as the first place in the country to trial these new traffic signals, which aim to bring benefits to all local residents and visitors who use the A3 Dennis Interchange. We are committed to working with partners to improve the borough's transport infrastructure and hope the new smart traffic signals will help improve traffic flow at this busy spot on our road network. We are working with Highways England and Surrey County Council to help improve journey times prior to the Roads Infrastructure Scheme A3 upgrade.
"The new signals will also include LED technology which will help reduce their carbon footprint. A series of overnight road closures will take place while this work happens, along with other improvement work by Highways England. For the safety of road users, the A3 southbound will be closed between the Stoke Interchange and the University Interchange overnight between 10pm and 6am from 5 March until 26 April.Road users should contact Highways England on 0300 123 5000 if they have any questions about the trial of new signals, road closures or diversions."
False claims of Telephone Preference Service: Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, falsely stating that they are calling from one of the well-known UK telecommunication service providers. They call victims claiming to provide a ‘Telephone Preference Service’ - an enhanced call-barring service, which includes barring international call centres.
The fraudsters ask victims to confirm/provide their bank account details, informing them that there is a one-off charge for the service. Victims instead see monthly debits deducted from their accounts, which they have not authorised. The fraudsters often target elderly victims.
In all instances, direct debits are set up without following proper procedure. The victim is not sent written confirmation of the direct debit instruction, which is supposed to be sent within three days.
On occasions when victims attempted to call back, the telephone number provided by the fraudster was either unable to be reached or the victim’s direct debit cancellation request was refused.
During 2017, there were 493 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud.
The Planning Inspectorate have notified the Parish Council that the Secretary of State's decision on the Wisley Airfield Planning appeal will be issued on or before 5 June 2018.
This notification is in accordance with Schedule 2 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 section 55.
The decision will be on the website.
Cllr Paul Spooner, Leader of Guildford Borough Council, says: “Last month’s unfortunate appeal decision by the Planning Inspector to allow the Solum scheme was extremely disappointing for us and our whole community. The Council’s Planning Committee had unanimously refused permission for the scheme and alongside poor design and little gain for railway station users, it undermined our aim for more affordable housing in the town centre.
“As promised at the time, we have now considered all options open to us regarding this depressing decision. The Council cannot lodge an appeal to try and overturn the Planning Inspector’s decision and the Government cannot ‘call-in’ a planning appeal decision after it has been made, so we explored the possibility of a Judicial Review about the process.
“Following professional internal legal advice, and expert QC opinion, it is clear that this is not a feasible option as there are no substantial grounds. To avoid using public money when there is no chance of a successful outcome, we have therefore decided not to ask for a Judicial Review.
“Although we cannot take any legal action, we want the best final outcome possible and will do all we can to make sure the least damaging scheme is developed. This includes helping to shape and improve the proposed design as it goes through the next planning stages. We will also continue our work with Network Rail and other partners to provide the supporting infrastructure vital to our borough’s future.” You can also watch a video of Cllr Spooner explaining more about the Judicial Review decision at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M4LxdYO-Xc
Julie Iles SCC County Councillor, has asked Parish Councils across the division to provide input to the consultation on whether Surrey continues to host the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 and Classic events in the future.
The current agreement for the event runs until the Summer of 2019. SCC are now consulting on whether the agreement is extended for a further 5 years.
To ensure that the maximum financial benefit can be realised from the events via the London Marathon Charitable Trust the intention will be to keep to a similar route as previous years. Keeping the same route has the benefit of allowing the event organiser to continually improve event delivery by reviewing mechanisms for the distribution of information, increasing opportunities for community access planning and reducing road closure times where possible.
Highways England are planning major changes for M25 junction 10/A3 Wisley interchange. The Statutory public consultation will take place from Monday 12 February to Monday 26 March, a 6 week consultation period.
This will include a combination of:
Online consultation feedback - complete an online consultation feedback form at www.highways.gov.uk/m25j10
Email and post consultation feedback
It is important to us that we address all relevant issues at an early stage in the project and give people and stakeholders an opportunity to shape our proposals before any decisions are made.
We welcome your views on our proposals and urge you to attend one of our consultation events detailed below to have your say.
Come along to one of these Public Exhibitions to talk to members of the project team
East Horsley Village Hall, Kingston Avenue, East Horsley, KT24 6QT
Cobham Hilton, Seven Hills Road, Cobham, KT11 1EW
Cobham Village Hall, Lushington Drive, Cobham, KT11 2LU
Ripley Village Hall, High Street, GU23 6AF
Cobham Services, M25
Consultation materials will be available to view from 12 February until 26 March 2016 at the following locations:
(Please check opening times at locations for access)
▪ Guildford Borough Council, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, Surrey GU2 4BB
▪ Elmbridge Borough Council, Civic Centre, High Street, Esher, Surrey KT10 9SD
▪ Surrey County Council, County Hall, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2DW
▪ Cobham Library, The Cedar Centre, Cedar Road, Cobham, Surrey KT11 2AE
▪ Horsley Library, Parade Court, Ockham Road South, East Horsley, Surrey KT24 6QR
▪ Walton Library, 54 The Heart, Walton on Thames, Surrey KT12 1GH
▪ Byfleet Community Library, High Road, Byfleet, Surrey KT14 7QN
▪ West Byfleet Library, The Corner, West Byfleet, Surrey, KT14 6NY
▪ Addlestone Library, Runnymede Civic Centre, Station Road, Addlestone, Surrey KT15 2AF ▪ Woking Library, Gloucester Walk, Woking, Surrey GU21 6EP.
▪ Copies of the consultation materials will be available online from Monday 12 February on the project website: www.highways.gov.uk/m25j10
Email / post
▪ complete an online consultation feedback form at www.highways.gov.uk/m25j10
▪ completing a paper copy of the feedback form (inside the consultation brochure available at the above locations) and returning it to FREEPOST M25 junction 10/A3 Wisley interchange.
The Horsley Business Network was created in 2010. The key aims then, as now, were to connect local business people and business owners.
Whether you have a business presence in the village or work from home and would enjoy more contact with others who are in the same position, the Horsley Business Network (HBN) is for you. We have covered many interesting and varied topics through discussions, expert speakers and panels - all aimed at assisting business owners to build and grow their businesses.
Come and discover the businesses on your doorstep: network with other local business owners; learn from our guest speakers, and enjoy a coffee or glass or two with your fellow entrepreneurs. HBN sets out to provide a business focused forum yet in an informal and open environment in which we can explore business challenges and opportunities, while making genuine connections with the pool of talented people who live in or near our villages.
Whatever your business, you’ll meet interesting people and establish new, local links. So no matter what your trade or profession, we hope to see you there!
Strong finances, local investment and more savings help Guildford Borough Council withstand funding challenges. Despite no overall government grant for 2018-19, a successful combination of focused savings, wise investment and effective management ensures that Guildford Borough Council remains in a very strong financial position.
The proposed 2018-19 budget and other financial plans will be discussed for recommendation at the Executive meeting on 23 January, for final discussion and approval by the Full Council on 7 February. Lead Councillor for Finance, Cllr Michael Illman says: “Our commercial approach to investing in our own borough, and goal to become self-funding, will help the Council cope without an overall government grant for the very first time in 2018-19. “We start from a very strong financial position, thanks to the bold decisions based on our ambitious plans to improve our borough by increasing income, reinvesting in growth from our share of retained business rates and transforming the way the Council works. All of this enables us to provide the wide range of vital services and future opportunities that our local communities and economy rely on to thrive. It also helps us manage the impact of the reduced funding from the government and Surrey County Council, without having to significantly increase our share of council tax for residents.”
A total investment of £92 million in our services, local property and infrastructure is proposed for 2018-19 As well as our own projects, we are also working closely with partners and jointly investing to deliver key infrastructure improvements across the borough. This includes working with the EnterpriseM3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Surrey County Council and Network Rail on projects such as
Second lowest council tax in Surrey in 2017-18 - with an increase of 9.6p per week proposed for 2018-19.
We have saved approximately £10 million since 2013, partly by improving how we work, and plan to make almost £800,000 of savings and extra income in 2018-19. This means we can provide the wide range of services that our residents and businesses depend on in the most effective way, including o collecting recycling, rubbish and garden waste
Providing and building a mix of homes to buy and rent at market and affordable prices
We own, manage and rent a wide range of 5,200 homes at affordable social housing rents and these rents are decreasing for the third year in a row, by 1% in 2018-19. We are building a mix of new homes for sale or affordable rent – key schemes underway include
We are also increasing the homes provided by North Downs Housing, the Council-owned market landlord company, which buys local homes and rents them at low-end market rates.
To free up town centre housing, we plan to explore how the Council can potentially help deliver more purpose-built student accommodation.
Cllr Ilman adds: “It is not just the excellent financial management over many years, for which the Council is independently audited and recognised as providing great value for money. We also take an entrepreneurial view to tackling the considerable challenges the Council faces, particularly now that funding has to come from council tax, locally raised income and the proportion of business rates that we can keep.
“This view leads to positive outcomes, such as rental income from investing locally in property, which then helps keep council tax as low as possible. Every person matters, wherever they live in the borough and whatever their circumstances, and another benefit of our strong financial position is the ability for the Council to provide and build a mix of homes to meet the different needs across our communities.”
To find out more about the relevant committee meetings - and how to watch the debate and view the meetings live online or after they’ve finished via our webcasting. Please visit www.guildford.gov.uk/council
Do you have a few hours a month spare to assist with this worthwhile community project? Horsley Neighbourhood Connections is an initiative which is proving successful and more volunteers are needed. The project's aim is to help people live happy, healthy and independent lives in Horsley.
Once trained, volunteers provide a listening ear, information and advice about local support and activities, such as local transport, groups, household help, statutory services.
They are also able to offer short-term support to help access to services in the community, such as accompanying someone to a new activity, or contacting professionals on their behalf.
For more information call Nick Clemens 01483 281148
Please note that although based at the medical practice, Neighbourhood Connections is not a medical service; it’s a way to address social and practical needs and to help make connections between people and support services that may be relevant to them.
Please see www.cofeguildford.org.uk/neighbourhoodconnections for more information about the project.
Neighbourhood Connections is a partnership project between Guildford Borough Council and the Diocese of Guildford, supported by local voluntary organisations and people living in your local area.
With the start of 2018 you may wish to consider a New Year’s resolution with regards to your home security.
Research shows that your garden could be a valuable picking ground for any criminal.
Garden furniture, plants and children's toys can be easy pickings for thieves as the days get lighter. With the contents of the average British garden now worth almost £2,000, it's important to ensure your garden is secure.
By having a secure boundary this will help reduce the risk to your property and help prevent attempts for forcing entry via the back of your property which is normally more secluded than the front.
This guide explains how to maximize your garden security with gates, locks and lights.
Create a fence
Your garden should be the first line of defence from burglars, so it's important to install strong fences or gates surrounding your patch.
A standard 1.8m (6ft) wall or fence at the BACK of your house is usually enough. However, if there is public access on the other side you should increase the height to 2m (6ft 6inches). Normally anything higher requires planning permission.
You can increase the height of fences with trellis fixed to the top, as this is difficult to climb over. Planting prickly plants or a hedge, such as firethorn, climbing rose or hawthorn, around the perimeter of your garden can also be a deterrent against burglars.
If there is an access point to your garden at the side of the house you should have a strong lockable gate. Use Sold Secure and Secure by Design products such as the Gate Mate on the garden gates, which should be at least the same height as your fence with hinges securely attached to the gateposts.
Don't tempt thieves by leaving your valuable possessions lying around on display in your garden, there may be plenty on offer for light fingers.
Garden tools should be secured a way from view, this could be used to force entry in to your property. Never leave a ladder in your garden as this could be used by a thief to climb into an upstairs window. Similarly gardening equipment lying around as this could be used to smash your windows. Children’s toys, paddling pools, lawn mowers and bikes should all be stored inside at the end of the day. Bulky items such as large gas barbecues or furniture should be covered up.
Bolt down furniture
Beware that garden furniture and wheelie bins can be used to climb on and access upstairs windows. Use chains to anchor garden furniture to the ground, or at least position these items away from the house. You could also put bricks or stones in the bottom of patio tubs to make them more difficult for thieves to carry. (Chains and Padlock should be to Sold Secure Silver)
Mark your territory, valuable items such as furniture and ornaments with your postcode, followed by your house number also register them on https://www.immobilise.com/ or use forensic marking so if the item is stolen, there is more chance of you being reunited with your possessions.
You should also keep photos of your garden valuables in case anything is stolen or vandalised, as this will help when dealing with the police and your insurer.
Smart Water https://www.smartwater.com/security/
Don't forget that lighting for your garden is very important, especially in areas near to doors and windows. Choose lights that can be triggered by light so that it comes on automatically from dusk to dawn. Hi-Lo LED lights offer a good light coverage and have low running costs.
If you do not have an intruder alarm then we would recommend that you consider having one installed, we cannot endorse specific companies for fitting your home security system - it just wouldn't be fair. However, we can do is recommend things to look for that ensure your security installer is competent. So please look at the information below:
'Talk with us as your local Designing Out Crime Officers, and your insurance company to sort out what kind of alarm is best for you. Companies registered with the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) or Security Systems and Alarm Inspection Board (SSAIB) will be able to help you.'
Should you need further information please contact us,
Mike Jones or Stephen Cake.
The sites are not an endorsement of the retailer they show what products are available:
Wheelie Bin locks https://www.binpin.co.uk/binpin-and-wheelie-bin-brackets
Shed shackle https://securityforbikes.com/shed-shackle.php
Message Sent By
Tony Fielding (Surrey Police, InTheKnow.Community Volunteer, Guildford) via Neighbourhood Watch Scheme
Once you've climbed the 249 steps to get to the top of the Cathedral Tower you get to experience the beautiful panoramic views of Guildford before making your descent.
The views are spectacular, the challenge is terrifying, the cause rewarding. Are you up for it?
Our work is totally dependent on donations. Your support will help us find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson's.
All of our abseilers receive a fundraising pack, sponsorship forms and t-shirt. We'll support you through your fundraising and be there on the day to cheer you on.
Location Guildford Cathedral, Stag Hill, Guildford GU2 7UP
Don’t learn a foreign language – learn a British one! BSL is recognised as a native minority language in the UK such as Gaelic or Welsh, and there are approximately 1 million deaf people in the UK, of which 45,000 are children.
Taster dates at Guildford
Friday, 27th April 2018 Time: 10am – 12noon
Wednesday, 2nd May 2018 Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm
At the Dot Sign Language Room, United Reform Church, 83 Portsmouth Road, Guildford GU2 4BS
Some Scary Statistics:
Decades of ‘zero government support’ for (BSL) has created a national crisis. Deaf children have parents that cannot sign; schools with Hearing Impaired Units cannot find staff with signing skills; ditto for the charities that work in the social care sectors caring for the deaf in our community such as RNID, Action on Hearing Loss, The Royal Association forDeafPeople (RAD).
Shockingly, there are now only 1,000 qualified BSL interpreters for the whole of the UK.
This has left a massive communications ‘hole’ and is creating damaging barriers for deaf people. Few hearing people are able to communicate with the deaf – even at a basic level. This also comes at a time where Deaf Schools and Deaf Clubs are being closed down.
Many deaf people now lead lonely isolated lives with little or no human interaction with their hearing neighbours.
There is a shortage of organisations that teach BSL in the South East. This geographical pocket suffers unduly; not only with recruitment issues but in the wider teaching of family members of deaf children. Imagine visiting your family and sitting in the corner because no one can talk to you……..unthinkable for a hearing person, but for deaf children all too common.
Also, people are reticent about signing up for a Sign Language course as they think it is too expensive. Any language course which lasts for an academic year is costly, but the hourly breakdown is £6 per hour. Less than the average yoga class. Sadly, a number of colleges had to cancel their courses this year as not enough students enrolled – although the French, Spanish and German GCSE classes still ran – at the same cost.
Dot Sign is a community-serving ‘not-for-profit’ organisation, devoted to raising Deaf Awareness and the learning of British Sign Language. Dot Sign strive to create community links, particularly involving young people who are often seeing a deaf person and BSL for the first time. They can attend School assemblies or Scout Groups for Question and Answer sessions, where children take away a positive message about deafness. This exposure means that they are then less likely to ‘recoil or avoid’ speaking to deaf people which, sadly, is often the case with adults.
To find out more please go tohttp://www.dotsignlanguage.co.uk/course/bsl-taster-sessions.
A positive story about Social Care in East Horsley from Matthew Kalupka of Home Counties Carers, 22a Station Parade, East Horsley:
Hi Everyone, Lucinda & I just wanted to tell you the great news that we have been awarded the accolade of Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission which puts us in the top 3% of Home Care providers in Surrey! The second huge accolade concerns Ingrid Clift, Head of Care at Home Counties Carers who won the coveted award of Care Manger of The Year at this years Surrey Care Awards!
Surrey care service rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission
Published: 6 November 2017
Service: Home Counties Carers
Categories: Care in your home and live in care
Home Counties Carers in East Horsley, Leatherhead, Surrey has been rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission following an inspection in July 2017.
Inspectors rated the service Outstanding in the areas of effective, caring and well-led, with Good ratings for being safe and responsive to people’s needs. The overall rating was Outstanding.
Home Counties Carers is a domiciliary care agency which provides live-in support such as companionship and personal care to people within their own homes. There were 41 people using the service at the time of the inspection.
Deborah Ivanova, Deputy Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, said “Home Counties Carers provides a service where staff have clearly demonstrated their commitment to providing high quality person centred care.
“People told us how staff often went above and beyond when undertaking care duties to ensure that their support needs were met and worked hard to increase their confidence to reduce isolation and allow them to live more independently.
“Inspectors found that people’s nutritional needs were taken into account by staff who were highly trained in how to produce nutritious and appetising food to ensure people living with dementia ate well and reduced the possibility of malnutrition.
“It is clear from the quality of care provided to those using this service that the staff and management are committed to person centred care and are constantly exceeding the expectations of the people that use the service. I would like to congratulate them on their work in this area and their achievement in receiving an Outstanding rating overall.”
The full inspection report can be found on our website www.homecountiescarers.co.uk
Letter from Fiona O’Neill, Headteacher and Claire Handley, Chair of Governors at Raleigh School
Dear Horsley Residents
Last year The Raleigh School submitted a proposal to GBC about our hope to build a new home for the Raleigh School on the site known as A41 (a field on East Lane, opposite Manor Farm KT24 6HQ) that is perfect for our needs. Sadly, this was not agreed by GBC, but we still believe that it is a sound plan and want them to think again. We also wish the local community to be kept fully informed and consulted so this letter and attached questionnaire is intended for that purpose.
We are proposing that we build a two or preferably three - form entry school, with adjoining playing fields on this site, (we currently have a waiting list of 108). Also we propose a significantly reduced number of houses are built, down to just 10 from the previous proposal of 90, on that piece of land, together with a community sports hall from which we hope the school and community will benefit enormously. We passionately believe the facilities will transform the way we can educate your children. It would be a modern, energy - efficient building with a neighbouring sports hall, surrounded by both playing fields and woodland that would allow us to create a “Forest school” to study the local ecology and environment. We hope the Raleigh Nursery will relocate to the new site and share the benefits of the exciting new facilities. There will be pedestrian and cycle paths from both East and West Horsley to access the site as well as car parking on site for all staff and parents dropping and collecting twice daily.
If we are granted permission to create our new home then obviously we need to pay for the land and the construction. To that end we hope that a partnership can be formed with a house builder who would develop our Northcote Crescent and Weston Lea sites. These are very early days, but we estimate 30 homes could be built on each of those sites.
We are well aware of how sensitive the community feels about building on green belt land in the village. The simple truth however is that without new houses there can be no new school. Many of us wish there was another way but there isn’t.
We hope that you can support our vision to build a new Raleigh School but we also understand the reservations that many of you will have about any new building in the village. Whatever happens as the situation evolves we want to work with the local community and hopefully earn your support.
Fiona O’Neill, Headteacher and Claire Handley, Chair of Governors
Guildford Borough Council have voted to submit their Local Plan for examination to Central Government.
Latest Press release click here.
Guildford Dragon reports:
The controversial draft Local Plan will be submitted to the Secretary of State for examination following a vote last night's, November 21, full council meeting. Seven councillors, three Guildford Greenbelt Group (GGG), two Conservatives, and two Liberal Democrats voted against and three councillors, all Tory, abstained.
Read the full article at Guildford Dragon online news.
The council leader described it as the most important decision taken by the council since at least 2003, when the last Local Plan was agreed.
In the last few days there have been some doorstop peddlers (Nottingham knockers) around the area. Here is some helpful advice sent via In The Know - Surrey and Sussex sent on behalf of Surrey Police
Preventing doorstep crime
Doorstep crime can include rogue traders offering home improvement or gardening services, or bogus callers who claim to be the council, police, health carers or energy companies.
Tips to keep you safe
If you are not sure who is at the door, don’t open it.
Check the identity of any caller. Confirm who they are by calling the company they work for using number from the telephone directory or a bill.
Ask a neighbour to come around to check them before you open the door.
Tell them to come back at a time when someone will be at home with you.
Keep doors and windows locked and use the door chain every time you answer the door.
What should I look out for?
May say they are in the area and have spotted a problem with your home or garden.
May claim to have materials left over from another job, like paving or tarmac.
May try to pressurise you to buy goods or sign up for services on the spot.
May offer to carry out work cheaply, but charge an extortionate price after it has been completed.
May offer to drive you to a bank so you can withdraw money to pay them.
Provide false names, addresses or telephone numbers.
A peddler is someone who calls at your door to sell items that they have on offer. This can often include cleaning or household goods.
By law, they are required to carry a peddler’s certificate, which are issued by the police force in the area where they live.
May claim to be working for the council, water, gas or electric company.
They could also say:
They are a nurse, doctor or from the police.
May say they need to come into your home, or try to get you to go outside.
May try to distract you so they can steal your money.
Can be male, female or even children.
PCSO Lesley Foster (Woking)
Hearing Champions is a FREE service for people with NHS hearing aids including basic maintenance, battery supply, cleaning & re-tubing, trouble-shooting and advice.
This is a Guildford Diocese initiative, in partnership with the NHS and St Martin's Church, East Horsley.
All our volunteers have been trained by the audiology departments of Epsom & St Helier Hospital or the Royal Surrey County Hospital and hold training completion certificates.
Sessions will be held in The Canterbury Rooms, St Martin's Church, Ockham Road South KT24 6RL (behind the church)
Sessions 2nd Thursday in the month 10.00am – 12.30pm
Bring your brown NHS Battery Book (which includes your settings and requirements) and your hearing aid.
The Horsley Hub website horsleyhub.com is a social enterprise website aimed at parents living in and around Horsley.
As well as being packed full of information on activities for kids, family days out, and what’s on, it has heaps of information and resources on health and emotional wellbeing, both for children and parents, including those with additional needs.
Kate Little is a GP living in Horsley who has just launched the website says "Producing this has been very much a joint effort with other mums from the community." The story behind Horsley Hub is here.
Recycling textiles, small electrical items and batteries is simpler and more convenient, as GBC have now started collecting these every week, rather than in separate, fortnightly collections.
Cllr Matt Furniss, Deputy Leader of the Council, says: “Thanks to the great efforts of our residents we have recently increased our recycling rate again to a fantastic 60%. Our latest improvements, to collect textiles, small electrical items and batteries weekly, will make it even easier for everyone to recycle and helps to unify collections across Surrey.
“Our service teams also work tirelessly to maximise recycling across the borough and I hope these changes will lead to another increase in how much we collect. This goal will bring environmental benefits as well improving the lives of people in our local communities. So I encourage everyone to help us achieve it by recycling as much as you can!”
Residents should place their unwanted textiles and small electrical items in a plastic carrier bag and leave them next to their refuse or recycling bin on collection day. Batteries should be placed in a clear sandwich bag and left on top of their bin.
Please ensure that all items are able to fit into a carrier bag, as anything larger cannot be taken. Whenever possible, bigger items should be donated to charity shops.
Please also look out for the new recycling calendars detailing collection dates, which GBC are currently distributing to households across the borough.
For more information on waste and recycling visit: www.guildford.gov.uk/recycling
We need your help to help others – For many years the Parish Council and St Martin's Church have been working with volunteers in the village to represent The Henry Smith Charity. You might not be aware of their work but they are an organisation with a 500-year history of helping people in the Community.
They have a simple aim “To bring about lasting change to people’s lives by funding organisations working with people to reduce social and economic disadvantage”. Laudable words but what does it mean in reality? It means that the Trustees working in East Horsley have an amount of money granted every year and we are looking for the help of the village to suggest people who might benefit from a small grant (usually around £50) to help them through a difficult time of their lives – it won’t change their lives but it might help whilst other factors are taking time to arrange.
On 2 October 2017 the Regulation 16 consultation on the Submission Version of the plan officially closed. There were just four persons who submitted comments under the public consultation.
The next step in the legal process required for the adoption of our neighbourhood plan is the appointment of an official examiner to review the Submission Version of the plan, as previously published.
Examiners are supplied by NPIERS, an independent body, who have nominated an experience neighbourhood planning specialist based in Bristol called Liz Beth.
Liz Beth is an accredited examiner who has been involved with over 30 neighbourhood plans nationwide during recent years, either as planning adviser or independent examiner. Her report on the East Horsley Neighbourhood Plan is scheduled for delivery around the end of January 2018.
A copy of the Statement submitted by GBC to the independent examiner about the East Horsley Neighbourhood Plan is available to view here.
The Parish Council has acquired a Glutton Street Cleaner machine to keep the pavements clear of debris throughout the year and thus reduce the incidence of flooded drains. When leaves and debris get washed into the gutter they get crushed by passing cars and the sludge washes into the drains. The result – blocked drains, flooded roads and soaked pedestrians.
Training for volunteers to operate the Glutton Street Cleaner was held on 30 August.
We now have a team of volunteers in place, but the more operators the better so if you are interested why not give Council Clerk Nick Clemens a call on 01483 281148 to find out more about the training. You do need to be over 18 years old.
Become a Parish Councillor! A vacancy has arisen, better known as a "Casual Vacancy", so if you would like to join the Parish Council and get involved in loads of interesting local stuff now is your chance!
Call Nick Clemens for more information 01483 281148
Posh Wash at Bishopsmead have a Foodbank bin for household items such as food and toiletries. Raju says "I have always wanted to be able to help those in need and as it is easy to overbuy at supermarkets these days with 'buy one get one free', I thought why not put anything you realise you will not use when you get back from a shopping trip in the boot of the car and drop it off at Posh Wash when you are passing!".
Thanks to volunteers from the village, the road signs around East Horsley have been cleaned and where possible straightened and repositioned with obscuring foliage cleared. However signs on private roads were not included. If you live in a private road in East Horsley would you check the signs and make sure they are clean and not obscured by foliage as well? If we all do our bit we can keep our village sparkling!
"Living and ageing well in the Horsleys" is a guide to community services in East & West Horsley. Click here to see full brochure. The booklet is being delivered to all homes in the Parish.
Coupled with the initiative "Neighbourhood Connections", the Parish and Borough Councils hope to provide support and information for the growing older generation as well as those who need more general advice to assist with daily life.
Come and talk to a Neighbourhood Connections volunteer at Horsley Medical Practice 2-4pm Wednesday and Friday To book an appointment please speak to a receptionist or call: 01483 284151
You may have had a change in your health or mobility which is affecting you and would like to know more about what services can help you to manage and adapt.
You may be a mum who has moved into the area, looking to develop your own social network or find additional activities for your family.
You may be a carer for your partner or a family member and would like some extra support in your caring role.
You may be recently retired and looking to begin a new hobby.
The volunteers may also be able to offer short-term support to help you access services in the community, such as accompanying you to a new activity, or contacting professionals on your behalf.
The policy of East Horsley Parish Council is to manage advertising and minimise fly posting within the Parish. In accordance with the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) Regulations 2007 (referred to below as TCP2007), the policy does not allow indiscriminate advertising / fly posting on telegraph poles, trees, street furniture, road signs, fences or highway verges etc. Advertising material which contravenes this Policy may be removed by the Parish Council.
To view the full policy Click here
The public are being asked to share their views on plans to improve stroke services in West Surrey. A 12-week public consultation is being launched on Monday, 6 February 2017 by NHS Guildford and Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)and NHS North West Surrey CCG, involving a series of public events and a variety of opportunities for people to feedback views before decisions are made about next steps. The consultation ends on the 30 April 2017.
Stroke is a leading cause of adult disability and the fourth single leading cause of death in the UK. Over the past two years, the NHS across Surrey, working with national clinical experts and local people, many of whom have been affected by stroke, has reviewed stroke services and health outcomes in depth to understand what is working well and where improvement is needed. It was found that rates of death following a stroke were higher in Surrey than other parts of the country and experience of life after stroke could be better.
National clinical experts recommended that hospital care for patients suffering a stroke be consolidated into specialist units. This would ensure enough specialist staff are available to provide the intensive care and treatment required seven days a week, which we know saves lives and reduces disability.
We want to improve hospital care for patients by consolidating specialist stroke services at two hospital sites in West Surrey; at Frimley Park Hospital and St.Peter’s Hospital. At both sites this would include a hyperacute stroke unit (intensive care given during the first three days after a stroke) alongside an acute stroke unit (care given after the first three days and usually up to about seven days). The Royal Surrey County Hospital would no longer provide specialist stroke care. Instead, patients from the Guildford and Waverley area would be taken to Frimley Park Hospital or St Peter’s Hospital, whichever is nearest.
Similarly, we want to improve specialist stroke rehabilitation for patients who do not need to stay in the acute hospital but who are not quite well enough to go home. Changing how this is provided will enable patients to receive more intensive therapy, according to their needs, and therefore go home earlier. In order to make best use of specialist skills, we want to consolidate the number of hospitals providing this specialist care. This will include Farnham Hospital, with other possible options including Ashford Hospital, Milford Community Hospital and Woking Community Hospital.
The public are now being asked to consider these improvements set out within the consultation plan.
Guildford Vision Group's campaign goal is to help bring about the creation of an inspiring, long-term Vision for Guildford through a process of wide engagement with the community and the involvement of leading professional advisors.
We are a group of mainly professional people from all walks of life who share a common goal and passion – that Guildford should become an even more attractive, vibrant and pleasant place to live, work and visit.
We came together to form the Guildford Vision Group to respond to Guildford Borough Council’s initial draft Town Centre Framework in 2012.
We all believed that this was poor and lacking in vision and inspiration.
Since then we have campaigned tirelessly for a visionary plan with the Council having the determination necessary to develop the town as a holistic whole around its people and place making, rather than bit by bit through the piecemeal expansion of its buildings and roads.
We are delighted that the Council listened to us and commissioned consultants Allies and Morrison to prepare a broader and better Masterplan.
This planning application was approved at the SCC Planning and Regulatory Committee on Wednesday 7 December 2016 by a majority of 5 to 3. The proposal is to remodel many of the practice ground and club facilities to create a new outdoor short game practice and teaching facility including a putting and chipping green with 30 covered practice bays, and a lake for water storage and irrigation.
This will involve the importation of some 87,805 tonnes of inert waste materials to the site of over a period of 9 months involving around 6,097 HGV trips or 12,194 HGV movements - 33 HGV loads per day. The planned route is through Cobham to Effingham Junction on Forest Road, into The Drift and out through West Horsley along Ockham Road North to the A3 and M25.
Joint press release issued on behalf of Guildford and Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group and Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 6 December 2016
Interim changes to the provision of stroke care at Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will take effect from early January 2017.
From 9 January 2017, patients with a suspected stroke, who would currently be taken by ambulance to the Royal Surrey, will be taken to Frimley Park Hospital or St. Peter’s Hospital for their immediate care. Patients may then be transferred to the Royal Surrey if clinically appropriate for on-going care or discharged home. Further care on discharge from any of the hospitals will continue as currently provided.
This change in service affects residents from Guildford and Waverley, as well as some from neighbouring boroughs in Surrey and South East Hampshire.
These changes are necessary as the Royal Surrey will be unable to support a seven day hyper acute stroke pathway from January due to a number of changes within the multidisciplinary stroke team. The provision of seven day acute stroke unit care is unaffected and will continue during the interim period. NHS Guildford and Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group has been working closely with providers and other Surrey CCGs to ensure safe hyper acute stroke care continues to be provided to patients who would normally attend the Royal Surrey.
We are confident that these arrangements will provide the necessary high-quality care and clinical expertise that patients with suspected stroke require.
A Surrey-wide review of stroke care is on-going and is focussed on developing the right model of care across Surrey to improve overall outcomes. The proposals for West Surrey were initially shared with the public at the Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Annual General Meeting in September 2016. Where changes are proposed for stroke care, these will be subject to a formal public consultation.
If you’re planning any DIY or building work at home, make sure you’re aware that from 1 September there will be new charges for some non-household waste at the nine community recycling centres which accept it.
Charges will apply for waste from construction, alterations or repair of your home or garden, such as plasterboard, breeze blocks, bricks, rubble and soil. A charge will also apply for tyres from cars and motorbikes. You can only pay by credit or debit card.
The introduction of charges is being made as increased demand for essential services, coupled with reduced government funding, means Surrey County Council needs to reduce its spending in other areas, including its CRCs.
A full list of the types of waste that will be charged for, the costs and your free allowance is available at surreycc.gov.uk/recycling. Or call 03456 009 009.
Guildford Vision Group's campaign goal is to help bring about the creation of an inspiring, long-term Vision for Guildford through a process of wide engagement with the community and the involvement of leading professional advisors.
Seated dance class is held on Monday afternoons (term time only) at St Martins Court, East Horsley (which is along the road opposite St Martins Church). This is an opportunity for older people to take some gentle and fun exercise, followed by refreshments and a chat. It starts at 2:15pm and costs £2.50.
If you know of anyone who might like to join in please contact Margaret on 01483 282038 for more information.
New Speedwatch Volunteers required! Anyone over 18 years of age is eligible to be part of this local community team.
So if you are concerned at the speed of cars and vans on the roads of East Horsley and would like to join the Speedwatch team, please get in touch with Nick Clemens, Parish Clerk, 01483 281148.
Whether you have a business presence in the village or work from home and would enjoy more contact with others who are in the same position, the Horsley Business Network (HBN) is for you.
Sign up to the mailing list visit www.horsleynetwork.co.uk
The network has been going since 2010 and during that time we have built a regular member base, and had more than 160 businesses come along. Businesses of all shapes and sizes, services and products. We have covered many interesting and varied topics aimed at assisting business owners to build and grow their businesses.
The Horsley Business Network was was initially created by four business owners in the village. We now meet once a QUARTER at QUAICH at 8pm on THURSDAYS we’d love you to join us. We will also be having informal networking coffees on MONDAY MORNINGS early in the month at QUAICH.
Tuesday 6.30pm - 8pm for school years 7, 8 & 9
East Horsley Care is a service provided to the local community. If offers transport to hospital, doctor, dental appointments etc for those who would be unable to reach these appointments without assistance.
The scheme is operated by volunteer drivers and controllers who make the arrangements.
If you would like to use this service
Please ring 01483 284802 and leave a message. The message should include:
Once you have left your message the duty controller will be in touch with you to let you know the arrangements they have made.
A small charge is made for this service to cover fuel costs.
Would you like to help?
Additional drivers and controllers are always welcome. Please contact Alastair Rutherford-Warren 01483 283720 or East Horsley Care.
Have you seen our Community Bus going about its business around the Horsley Villages, and perhaps wondered who goes on it, and where it is going?
If so, the bus, which is run as a charity and driven and managed by a group of local friendly volunteers, provides a door to door service for any residents of the Horsleys and nearby villages who can benefit from using it. It has easy access, and has proved very popular for elderly people who appreciate the support we can give. For some it has transformed their life: “It is the only means we have to do our shopping”, and for others: “we so much enjoy getting out and about, and meeting other passengers”. “We would be lost without our Community Bus”.
Typically it makes regular (weekly, fortnightly and monthly) journeys to shops in the locality, including Cobham, Brooklands, and Woking. For these runs we ask for a donation of £2.50 towards our running costs. The bus also carries out a variety of other runs, such as pleasure trips and lunch clubs. It is occasionally available for use by other groups, eg for theatre trips.
To find out more about when and where we go, and how you could join us a passenger, do call us. You would be most welcome to have a chat and to see if we can help.
Likewise, if you felt you could spare some time to help drive the bus and help our passengers, we are always looking for new volunteers. Indeed we will need a few more drivers very soon, so do please get in touch if you might be interested.
The Horsleys Community Fund, established in 2010, is a significant and exciting local initiative building a charitable fund specifically for the benefit of the Horsleys and its residents. By working in partnership with the Community Foundation of Surrey we have established a permanent fund that enables and encourages local giving so that as villages we can develop a greater capacity to respond to local concerns now and in the future.
Grants are awarded by a panel of local people to support vulnerable local residents, improve local facilites, increase access to clubs activities and sports and preserve and enhance the villages’ heritage, culture and environment.
Victim Support is here to help anyone affected by crime.
Our volunteers in Surrey help people traumatised by crime to move on with their lives. You can help by supporting victims face‐to‐face, as a fundraiser or in lots of other ways. We pay your expenses and give you free training. You don't need qualifications or previous experience of this kind of work to volunteer for Victim Support. All you need is the willingness to help and a little time. We welcome volunteers from every walk of life and from every community.