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EHPC respond to Local Plan

GBC Local Plan – To assist you in understanding the changes to the revised Plan that will affect East Horsley read the response from your Parish Councillors: Click here

The consultation starts 9 June. Help shape the borough’s future by commenting on the significant and minor changes to the latest version of Guildford Borough Council's Local Plan in the next consultation from 12 noon on Friday 9 June - 12 noon on Monday 24 July 2017. During this time, the Proposed Submission Local Plan (2017) will be available to view on GBC's website at www.guildford.gov.uk/newlocalplan at their Millmead office and at local libraries within the borough.

Only comments about the proposed changes to the plan are being asked for, as agreed by the Council at its meeting on Tuesday 16 May. These will be clearly shown in the updated plan documents (via tracked changes), along with summaries that highlight the changes in each policy.

Village maintenance

You may have noticed some areas of the village have had foliage trimmed and cleared back. The work has been carried out by Wimbledon Garden Services who currently carry out landscape maintenance around the village. Attached is a picture of the footpath from St Martin's Close to the A246


Newlands Corner Planning Application

Surrey County Council (SCC) has submitted proposals to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS), under section 38 of the Commons Act 2006, to carry out the following works on common land at Newlands Corner:

·         erect six large, artificial play structures in cleared areas of the woodland along what is currently the all-ability trail - to be called the ‘Family Play Trail’;

·         place eight magnifying/brass rubbing posts along the trail;

·         re-surface the trail

·         erect temporary security fencing and, perhaps, temporarily close the trail

The second and third items do not require PINS consent, but have been included in SCC’s application to give a complete picture of this part of its project.

The deadline for comments and objections is 7 July 2017

Details of the application and how to make a representation by 7 July are on the Save Newlands Corner website including access to documents.

They will be distributing a leaflet in the Guildford borough area which reflects the Campaign Group’s position.

GBC Public Consultation

You are invited to take part in the targeted consultation on Guildford Borough Council’s Proposed Submission Local Plan: strategy and sites (2017). 

From Tracey Coleman, Director of Planning and Regeneration:


We have organised three public information drop-in events where the Planning Policy Team will be available to clarify the consultation process and copies of documents will be available to view:

  • East Horsley Village Hall - Wednesday 14 June 2017 - between 1pm and 8pm
  • Tongham Community Centre - Thursday 15 June 2017 - between 1pm and 8pm
  • Guildford Town Centre at our Council offices at Millmead - Saturday 1 July 2017 -between 10am and 5pm


During the targeted consultation, we will only be asking for comments about the proposed changes to the plan. These will be clearly shown in the updated plan documents through tracked changes, along with summaries that highlight the changes in each policy. We will submit all of last year's consultation comments to the independent Planning Inspector, along with the responses to this summer's targeted regulation 19 consultation about the proposed changes.

The consultation runs from 12 noon on Friday 9 June 2017 to 12 noon on Monday 24 July 2017.  During this time, the Proposed Submission Local Plan (2017) will be available to view on our website at www.guildford.gov.uk/newlocalplan at our Millmead office and at local libraries within the borough. 

Ways to submit written comments

If you would like to comment on the changes to the plan, consultation feedback must be provided in writing and ideally via our representation form. Please ensure all comments clearly state and identify which paragraph number or policy they relate to in the Local Plan document.

You can do this in a number of ways:

  • Our preference is that you submit your comments on our online consultation system which can be accessed through www.guildford.gov.uk/newlocalplan
  • email toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • complete a paper questionnaire or write a letter and send it to: Planning Policy Team, Guildford Borough Council, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, GU2 4BB or hand it in at the consultation events.

Please note that verbal comments cannot be taken into consideration.

We will analyse the comments received during the consultation and anticipate submitting the Plan to the Planning Inspectorate for examination at the end of the year.

We look forward to hearing from you.

New film uses local setting

"My Cousin Rachel" filmed at West Horsley Place last year is on general release from 9 June. Rachel Weisz plays the enigmatic title character in Roger Michell's romantic thriller based on a 1951 novel by Daphne du Maurier, which also stars Sam Claflin.

A young Englishman plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.

And the competition winner is....

The winner of the opera tickets, drawn at random from all the correct entries by Bill Barker (outgoing SCC Councillor), was Mr Rod Newman of Forest Road.  Thanks to all those who took part in the competition and we hope they have the opportunity to attend a performance in the coming weeks.

A Casual Vacancy

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


GBC Local Plan update

Updated GBC Local Plan – consultation starts 9 June. Help shape the borough’s future by commenting on the significant and minor changes to the latest version of Guildford Borough Council's Local Plan in the next consultation from 12 noon on Friday 9 June - 12 noon on Monday 24 July 2017. Only comments about the proposed changes to the plan are being asked for, as agreed by the Council at its meeting on Tuesday 16 May. These will be clearly shown in the updated plan documents (via tracked changes), along with summaries that highlight the changes in each policy.

Written feedback can be submitted in a variety of ways, as outlined below, and three public drop-in events are planned across the borough. 

GBC will submit all of last year’s consultation comments to the independent Planning Inspector, along with the responses to this summer’s targeted regulation 19 consultation about the proposed changes.

Cllr Paul Spooner, Leader of the Council, says: “We continue to make progress in developing our new Local Plan to balance community needs and tackle local issues, wherever you live or work in our borough. Our next consultation, in June and July, is targeted on just the updates to the plan and is another opportunity to help shape the future by giving feedback about the specific changes we propose. 

“We reviewed the comments from last year’s consultation and made a number of significant changes to the plan and proposed sites, as well as updating the supporting evidence and policies. We remain committed to fundamental principles, such as our ‘brownfield first’ policy of proposing sites with past development, and some of the changes increase the number of homes in the town centre with reduced or removed housing sites in rural areas and greenbelt. 

“The plan we submit for independent inspection will provide much-needed homes, jobs and leisure opportunities. As well as places to live and thrive, local people also need a great environment; with transport and other vital infrastructure to support them. We continue to work with our local and strategic partners on their supporting transport and other projects, which they must complete so we can deliver the Local Plan in full.” 

Get involved and be part of the plan. Here is a summary of how you can get involved in the public consultation. GBC will also promote the latest details nearer the time and you can view more information about the new GBC Local Plan at    www.guildford.gov.uk/newlocalplan 

Ways to view the documents During the consultation, copies of the Guildford borough Proposed submission Local Plan: strategy and sites (2017) and its accompanying documents, including the representation form, will be available:      

     • to view on the Council’s website at www.guildford.gov.uk/newlocalplan 
     • for inspection at Guildford Borough Council offices, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, Surrey GU2 4BB during office hours (excluding Bank Holidays)
     • for inspection, during normal opening hours (excluding Bank Holidays) at Guildford Library, Ash Library, Horsley Library and Shere Diamond Jubilee Library 

Ways to submit written comments Consultation feedback about the changes must be provided in writing and ideally via our representation form. Please ensure all comments clearly state and identify which paragraph number or policy they relate to in the Local Plan document. You can do this in a number of ways:

      • submit on-line at www.guildford.gov.uk/newlocalplan 
      • email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
      • post to: Planning Policy Team, Guildford Borough Council, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, GU2 4BB 
      • hand in at the consultation events 

Consultation event dates GBC have also organised three public information drop-in events where the Planning Policy Team will be available to clarify the consultation process and copies of documents will be available to view:      

      • East Horsley Village Hall - Wednesday 14 June 2017 - between 1pm and 8pm 
      • Tongham Community Centre - Thursday 15 June 2017 - between 1pm and 8pm 
      • Guildford Town Centre at our Council offices at Millmead - Saturday 1 July 2017 - between 10am and 5pm 

Past consultation and comments All comments received in last year’s regulation 19 pre-submission consultation about any unchanged aspects of the plan will remain valid, and will not be subject to further consultation. GBC will submit all of last year’s comments to the independent Planning Inspector, along with the responses to this summer’s targeted regulation 19 consultation about the proposed changes.

Significant updates to the Draft Local Plan These were made for good planning reasons based on past consultation comments or changes in circumstances or the supporting evidence - including:      

      • reduced total housing target by 1,400 units until end of plan period in 2034 

      • reduced housing need from 693 to 654 units per year – revised Objectively Assessed Need (OAN) for housing in updated Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA): Guildford Addendum 

      • sites removed completely from the plan – primarily for homes in rural areas such as a large site in Normandy and Flexford for 1,100 residential units 

      • updated sites with reduced numbers of homes during the plan period – primarily in green belt areas such as Gosden Hill Farm and Blackwell Farm, with 300 fewer residential units at each site, due to phasing of delivery expected beyond 2034 

      • updated sites with increased numbers of homes – primarily brownfield in the town centre such as 200 more residential units on the North Street redevelopment 

      • updated sites for student accommodation and Travelling Showpeople – such as Guildford College changing from 100 homes to 200 student accommodation units instead and land at Garlick’s Arch site that is now accommodating six Travelling Showpeople plots 

      • new sites for employment floor space/industrial land - such as land around Burnt Common warehouse is the new site for 7,000sqm of industrial land moved from the site at Garlick’s Arch 

      • new rail station at Guildford West, Park Barn - is now included as a site allocation 

      • reduced total growth requirements from last year’s Local Plan 
             o Housing – by 1,400 units 
             o Office and research and development floor space – by between 1,100 and 3,500sq m 
             o Industrial employment land – by between 1 and 1.2 hectares 
             o Comparison retail floor space – by 5,955 sq m (meeting needs to 2030 due to uncertainties in the long term forecasting).

New Rural Economic Strategy

Guildford Borough Council has adopted a new Rural Economic Strategy aimed at protecting our natural and built heritage, sustaining our rural communities, and enabling enterprise and diversification in our changing countryside.

Cllr Richard Billington, Lead Councillor for Rural Economy, Countryside, Parks and Leisure, says: “Guildford has always been a working, changing landscape, and this Strategy is laying positive foundations for a new community-based rural economy, complementing our new draft Local Plan. The aim is to build and develop sustainable communities through enterprise, infrastructure, innovation, landscape management, and improved quality of life – which will benefit us all.“ 

Following a rural mapping exercise and business survey, five policy priorities were identified as being core to the local rural economy:

  • Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities
  • Infrastructure for Enterprise
  • Landscape Management and Countryside Vision
  • Green Space, Health and Wellbeing for Better Quality of Life
  • Energy Policy, Generation and Supply

Cllr Billington adds: “A key factor of the Strategy is that it’s designed to support local communities in shaping the future of their own towns and villages as sustainable places through affordable housing, new employment, enterprise opportunities and better local infrastructure, whilst preserving the borough’s special landscape and environmental qualities.”   

Covering the River Wey catchment, the strategy will link Parish Councils, businesses and other local organisations in rural Guildford e.g. Surrey Hills AONB, Surrey Wildlife Trust, University of Surrey, and also the neighbouring boroughs of Waverley and Woking. Continuous engagement between all these organisations on aspects of policy, planning and delivery, is key to the strategy. 

Delivery of the Strategy will be monitored by Guildford Business Forum’s Rural Group whose members include environmentalists, farmers, landowners and producers. A shared concern for the landscape around us will help people across the borough to become actively engaged in shaping a strong, longer-term rural economic strategy.

New owners at village shop

Forest Road Stores is now open for buisness so do pop in to see the brand new layout and meet Peter and Manmeet.

Street Sweepers Wanted!

Would you be willing to volunteer to operate a pavement Sweeper on a rota basis to keep our streets clear?

The Parish Council is taking on a Glutton Street Sweeper 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.

Full training will be given.

If you are interested give Council Clerk Nick Clemens a call on 01483 281148.

Guildford's newest venue

The Village, Guildford opens on Saturday 10 June through to Christmas.

This is a vibrant event space located in the heart of the town, which features a stage area, an open public space and seating. A mix of food concessions serving a tempting array of street food, retail outlets, toilets and a licensed bar will also be available for visitors to enjoy.

The Village is just two minutes’ walk from the High Street, less than a minute from The Friary and is located between Commercial Road and Woodbridge Road. 

For more information and events please visit: www.guildford.gov.uk/thevillage

The Village, Guildford has 25 retail outlets which are available to lease. Click here to book your space.

Opening Times


10am – 8pm


10am – 8pm


10am – 10pm


10am – 10pm

 Sunday  10am – 6pm


Lead Councillor for Economic Development, Tourism and Climate Change, Cllr David Bilbe says:

“We want to provide residents and visitors with a new and unique venue in which to shop, eat and enjoy themselves. Our team has put in place an exciting events programme that is a great mix of free activities to enjoy throughout the summer. To assist us we have also partnered with a number of organisations that have direct experience of running events on similar sites to The Village.”

Open each week from Wednesday through to Sunday until December, there will be themed events and activities to enjoy. From food festivals, to film nights, live music, live big screen showing of summer sporting events, a car show, community and arts events as well as day time activities for all the family, there is something that appeals to a wide audience. The site also has free WiFi for visitors to use.

The Village is free to enter but for licensing and safety reasons some events will be ticketed.

Feedback from the original village last December was that potential tenants wanted greater certainty about the length of time that the venue would operate for, so we have created an events programme that extends across the summer months and beyond. Visitors also wanted a different experience. The Village, Guildford is no longer a ‘pop-up’ site but a longer-term opportunity offering a flexible, different space for retailers, traders and entertainment in our town centre.

Cllr Bilbe adds:

‘‘It continues to be important that we are able to provide an opportunity for local business and new start-ups to develop and grow. This type of new offering takes time to establish and we have improved the Village to make better use of this dynamic space ahead of the proposed redevelopment of lower North Street.”

Foodbank items

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!".

Local road signs cleaned

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! 

Community booklet

"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.

Award to East Horsley resident

The Mayor's Award for Service to the Community has been awarded to Margaret Read from East Horsley. Margaret, who was also nominated as East Horsley's Volunteer of the Year 2016, runs Beehive Craft Group, The Shoebox Charity, the seated dance class and other events at St Martin's Court. She is also organiser of Spiritual Cinema at St Martin's Church and many other voluntary works.

The Mayor's Awards celebrate residents and groups who make a real difference by giving their time in volunteer roles. It aims to recognise and encourage positive community working in the borough. Recipients of the award are nominated by the local community. 

The Mayor's Award for Service to the Community is kindly sponsored by The County Club, Guildford. General Manager Kevin Lorimer, adds: “These awards are important because they celebrate unsung heroes who do so many generous and worthwhile deeds behind the scenes, making our community a better place."

The Mayor presented the awards at an informal ceremony on Saturday 22 April 2017.

Neighbourhood Connections

Neighbourhood Connections is a community project that aims to help people live happy, healthy and independent lives in Horsley.
  • Do you need help navigating the maze of social services?
  • Are you feeling isolated or lonely?
  • Would you like to know more about local activities?
  • Do you have concerns about someone you know or care for?

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.

Whatever your situation, Neighbourhood Connections’ trained volunteers can provide a listening ear, information and advice about local support and activities, such as local transport, groups, household help, statutory services and more.

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.

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 you and support services that may be relevant to you.
Please see www.cofeguildford.org.uk/neighbourhoodconnections for more information about the project.
Or contact: 07796 098 077,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Advertising your event

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.

The full policy is available under Your Council or Click here

GBC Conservation Areas

Two Conservation Area appraisal consultations announced. Guildford Borough Council will be conducting a four-week public consultation on two draft conservation area appraisals for Holmbury St Mary in Shere and for Ripley.  

The consultation periods will both be held between Monday 3 April and Tuesday 2 May 2017. 

The purpose of a conservation area appraisal is to record those aspects of the conservation area which make a particular contribution to its special character, appearance and which should be preserved and enhanced. The special character of a conservation area does not just come from the quality of its buildings but also other elements such as historic road layouts, open spaces, paths and boundaries, as well as the use of local materials and detailing. All of these contribute to an areas special and unique character.Comments on the draft appraisal documents can be emailed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. To find details of current consultations please visit: getinvolved.guildford.gov.uk/consult.ti/system/listConsultations

Following the public consultation and after consideration of representations made, the Conservation Area Appraisals’ will be amended to address valid points of concern. ​A summary of the comments received and the amended Conservation Area Appraisal for Holmbury St. Mary and Ripley will both be formally submitted for approval by the Council’s Executive Committee. They will become adopted documents that will provide a clear understanding of the areas special character which will become a material consideration in the planning process to be used to inform proposals for new development.

Get Involved!

Guildford in Bloom 2017 Competition now open. As our gardens and parks show signs of springing back into life Guildford Borough Council is delighted to announce that this year’s Guildford in Bloom competition is now open to enter. 

Cllr Paul Spooner, Chairman of Guildford in Bloom, commented 

“Last year saw a large increase in the number of residents entering this free competition and each year the diversity, quality and beauty of the entries gets better. Whatever the size of your garden, location or gardening style there is a category for you to enter. Our ever popular schools competition is a great way for children to learn some basic gardening skills and to help them better appreciate the natural environment."    

The competition has nine free to enter categories to choose from: 

1. Best Front Garden 

2. Best Allotment & Vegetable/Kitchen Garden 

3. Best Garden for Wildlife 

4. Best Pub in Bloom 

5. Best Container Garden 

6. Best Neighbourhood Project 

7. Best School in Bloom 

8. Best Public Building in Bloom (New category for 2017)

9. The Dorothy Walden Award, awarded to the best first time entry in any category

Full details of how to enter this year's competition can be found at www.guildford.gov.uk/guildfordinbloom. The closing date for entries is Sunday 18 June. Judging will take place between 3-21 July.     

Best School in Bloom 

This year the theme of the schools category is 'The seaside'. The judges will be looking for imaginatively themed gardens or novel containers that best represent the seaside. Children’s involvement with the design, planting, upkeep and meeting the theme of the competition will score high marks.

Please note that dates for the school competition are different to the main competition. The closing date for entries is 26 May with judging taking place between 5-16 June. The results of the schools competition will be announced on 21 June.

Waterloo Station upgrade

London Waterloo is Britain’s busiest station and a vital part of one of the most heavily used railways in the country. In the last 20 years, the number of passenger journeys on this railway has more than doubled to 234 million.

The Waterloo and South West Upgrade programme is an £800 million investment to create 30% more space for passengers during the busiest times of the day.

Work will take place during 5 - 28 August 2017.

Click here for leaflet.

Click here for train frequency off peak weekdays.

Click here for train frequency morning peak weekdays.

Click here for train frequency evening peak weekdays.

Vsit South West Trains website www.southwesttrains.co.uk/wswupgrade

West Surrey Stroke Care Services

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.

There will be a number of opportunities for the public to meet clinical specialists during the consultation to find out more about why these changes are proposed. Visits to local stroke support groups and other interested groups can also be arranged and group organisers are encouraged to contact the CCG to make arrangements – telephone 01483 405450 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.t


Councils' concerns over Wisley

East Horsley and West Horsley Parish Councils have jointly submitted a Statement of Case to the Planning Inspectorate with regard to the Wisley Airfield developers’ Planning Appeal. The Horsleys parish councils (HPC) share the same concerns in relation to the proposed development. As a result, they have decided to join together for the purposes of this appeal in order to try to assist its efficient running.

To view the HPC Statement of Case visit this website’s Major Planning Applications page.

The appeal has been submitted by Wisley Property Investments Limited in response to the refusal by Guildford Borough Council on 8 April 2016 of its application for planning permission, (local authority reference 15/P/00012), and originally submitted by the Appellant on 16 December 2014, for development comprising a new settlement on land at Wisley Airfield, Hatch Lane, Ockham, Surrey, GU23 6NU.

The appeal is to be determined by way of an inquiry with the Inspector submitting a report and recommendation to the Secretary of State in order for him to determine the appeal.

“It Can Wait” campaign

Surrey Police is supporting a national campaign to highlight tougher penalties due to become law and crackdown on those motorists using handheld mobile phones when driving. The Force is reminding motorists that nothing is more important than focussing on driving.

The “It Can Wait” campaign is urging drivers to place their phone out of reach or set it to silent before setting off on a journey in a bid to take away any temptation to use it when behind the wheel. Officers from the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit (RPU) will be targeting irresponsible and dangerous drivers who are spotted making calls, texting and recording videos or surfing the web. They will be taking action against those illegally using a mobile phone at the wheel and will be informing motorists of the new law which will see the Fixed Penalty fine double from £100 to £200 and the penalty points for the offence increase from three points to six points.

The legislative changes come into effect from 1 March 2017 and mean a new driver could lose their licence if they are caught just once while using their phone.

Superintendent Chris Moon, Head of Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit said:

“The message not to use a hand held mobile is still not getting through despite it being 14 years since it was made illegal. There’s been an alarming rise in the number of people using mobiles when they shouldn’t - the national campaign in May 2016 recorded the highest percentage rate of drivers caught using a mobile phone while driving compared to any other previous campaigns.
“This addiction to using a hand held mobile phone needs to be broken and putting the phone on silent or out of reach when driving can put a stop to the habit. Motorists are putting themselves and those around them at huge risk – using a mobile while driving can cause death or serious injury.”
A father-of-two, 48-year-old, Lee Martin from Basingstoke, was killed when he was hit by a Ford Transit van as he cycled along the A31 near Farnham in August 2015. The driver of the van was sending and reading text messages when the collision happened. 30-year-old Christopher Gard from Alton was sentenced to nine years for causing death by dangerous driving. Last week he lost an appeal to cut the length of his sentence. Gard had seven previous convictions for using a phone at the wheel and his appeal was dismissed by a judge who said “most rational people would have modified their behaviour for their own sake or for their potential victims”. Supt Moon said: “This tragic incident could have been averted if the driver had carried out what he had promised to do when he was in court just weeks before the accident. Gard had told the court he would lock his phone in the boot of his van when driving – he managed to persuade magistrates he could curb his behaviour.
“I want motorists to think about this shocking and avoidable fatal accident when they reach to use their mobile. Is any call, text or picture worth someone’s life? Help yourself to avoid any temptation, turn the sound off and place your phone safely out of arm’s reach. Remember #It Can Wait.“There needs to be a sea change in how the driving community currently views and accepts the illegal use of mobile phones. The behaviour needs to be seen as socially unacceptable in the same way in which drink or drug driving and the non-wearing of seat belts is viewed by the majority of the population.”
Tony Fielding (Surrey Police, InThe Know. Community Volunteer, Guildford)

Guildford Vision Group

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.

British Empire Medal award

East Horsley Volunteer of the Year 2014, Joan Hattersley, was awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year Honours List for services to the communities in both Horsleys.

The Drift Golf Club Planning Application approved

This planning application was approved at the SCC Planning and Regulatory Committee on Wednesday 7 December 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.

Interim Stroke Care Provision from January 2017

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.

Become a British Sign Language Interpreter

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. 

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.

Don’t learn a foreign language – learn a British one! 

There are currently Taster sessions running in Guildford and Woking and a new BSL Level 1 course starting in February 2017.

To find out more please go tohttp://www.dotsignlanguage.co.uk/course/bsl-taster-sessions

Dawn Hoskins - CSW to Kathleen Grehan, Director of Dot Sign Language email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New War Memorial for Guildford

Guildford Borough residents are asked to put names forward for a new war memorial. 

The names of those who fell in the First and Second World War are recorded on memorials up and down the country. Guildford Borough Council is planning a new war memorial in town to commemorate and honour the sacrifices made by those who have been killed in military action or service since the end of the Second World War.

Cllr Matt Furniss, Lead Councillor for Infrastructure and Governance, explains: "We have just remembered the sacrifices many men and women have made for our country. We would like to erect a new war memorial in memory of all those who have lost their lives in military combat or service since the end of World War II. If you know of a relative or friend who this applies to, please get in touch."

Guildford Council is in the early stages of planning the new war memorial and is asking for names as part of detailed background research. The location of the new war memorial is still to be decided. It will be installed  by 2018, to tie in with the centenary of the end of World War I.

Residents are asked to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any suggested names. We would also like to set up a stakeholders group to oversee the new war memorial - residents are asked to get in touch if interested in taking part.

Wisley Developers submit Appeal

Wisley Airfield developers have submitted an appeal to the Secretary of State, against the decision of Guildford Borough Council to refuse planning permission for 2100 homes and businesses on the land known as Three Farms Meadows (ref 15/P/00012).

The appeal will be determined on the basis of a Public Inquiry.

You can make a representation/comment on the appeal here https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/ with the reference number APP/Y3615/W/16/3159894 by 12/12/2016

More detail can be found on the Major Planning Applications page.

GBC to revisit SHMA after Brexit vote

Comment from laest GBC Press Release:

Following the Brexit vote, and the publication of the new 2014-based and household projections, we will also revisit both the Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) and the Employment Land Needs Assessment (ELNA) before submitting the Local Plan to the Secretary of State. This will ensure the evidence underpinning the Plan is robust, up-to-date and accurate. 

Full report on GBC Local Plan page

New charges at Surrey’s community recycling centres

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.



Update from Guildford Vision Group

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.


Sorting Office to Relocate

Press release from Sally Hopkins, Royal Mail Senior External Relations Manager:

Royal Mail has confirmed it is to relocate its delivery operations in East Horsley and Ashtead to its office in Leatherhead.

East Horsley delivery office is expected to move in January 2017.

This is part of Royal Mail’s ongoing transformation of its business and work to increase the efficiency of its operation as well as providing delivery offices that are fit for purpose for our staff and for our customers.

Royal Mail will be able to continue to offer a collection point for undeliverable mail in East Horsley. This will be located at Station Parade Post Office in East Horsley, which has longer opening hours than the current East Horsley enquiry office.

Details of new mail collection points will be on the “Something for You” card we leave with the customer.

Exercise with the Seated Dance Class

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.

Speedwatch Needs Volunteers

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.

Horsley Business Network

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.

Calling all young people! - join the Youth Club!

East Horsley Youth Club meets at the Village Hall, Kingston Avenue.
To join you just need to email Leader Tracy Coleman on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07553359441.
Or attend the appropriate night either with a filled in form or to collect a form. The first night is a free taster session - if you would like to become a member it's £2 every week with a £30 joining fee. 
Weekly we hang, chat and play footie. In the summer we go outside and have a massive field to play sports in. There is a tuck shop where you can can buy sweets and juice. 

On Tuesday evenings for years 8 & 10 from 7pm-9pm

On Thursday evenings for years 7 & 9 from 7pm-9pm

East Horsley Care

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.

Each year East Horsley Care assists with nearly 350 appointments, almost one each day.

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:

  • your name
  • contact number
  • date of appointment
  • time of appointment
  • place of appointment

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.

The Horsleys' Community Bus

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. 

Kelvin Hayes: Email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Tel: 01483 283314   Mob: 07530 167283

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.

Surrey Highways Work Schedule

 To view the SCC Highways fortnightly bulletins Click here 

Horsleys Community Fund

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.

If you would like to donate to the fund, or know of a local need which would benefit from a grant, or receive our newsletter, please contact us. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01483 281755


Article from Victim Support

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.     

For more information contact: Jo Wills on 01273 456151or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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