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Four Projects To Revitalise Horley Town Centre

Four projects to help revitalise Horley town centre have been approved by Reigate and Banstead Borough Council. 

The ‘Delivering Change in Horley’ programme will deliver the inter-related projects which include public space improvements to the High Street and refurbishment of the subway. The works for these should be completed by the Summer of 2022.  The High Street car park will be redeveloped to provide new homes with commercial space for retail, leisure or business premises.  Pay on exit car parking will be introduced at the Victoria Road and Central car parks by April next year. 

Gatwick Airport Installs UV Treatment For Security Trays

Photo courtesy Gatwick Airport:  UV tunnel for the treatment of security trays

Gatwick Airport has installed UV treatment of security trays to reduce the spread of coronaviruses and other infections. 

It is the first airport in the UK to treat its security trays with enough UV light to guarantee a 99.9% disinfection rate.  The system, provided by Smiths Detection sees each tray pass through a UV tunnel fixed underneath the existing hand luggage screening system.  Every tray is treated immediately before each passenger uses it. 

The treatment is already in use at Gatwick, and will be rolled out to eight security lanes at the North Terminal, six for passengers and two for staff.

Football Update


In League 2, Crawley Town won their first home league game of the season on Saturday, beating Scunthorpe United 1-0 . 

The first Isthmian League games of the season got underway at the weekend.  Horsham drew 1-1 away to Leatherhead FC in their Premier Division match.  Merstham lost 2-1 away to Hornchurch.

In the South East Division, East Grinstead won 4-1 away to Haywards Heath.  Three Bridges lost 4-1 away to Sevenoaks Town.

South Park lost their South Central match 2-0 away to Waltham Abbey FC.

It was good news for our local teams in the first qualifying round of the FA Vase.  Lingfield, Horley Town and Redhill are all through to round 2.

Hundreds of trains to get £55m upgrade

A fleet of 270 trains are to benefit a £55m modernisation to improve travel for passengers.

The five-year project will see upgrades to Southern, Gatwick Express and Great Northern trains.

GTR’s engineers will install features including on-board real-time information through media screens, USB and power points and passenger counting technology.

The first completed upgrade is scheduled for autumn.

Reigate and Banstead pay tribute to Cllr Allcard

And Reigate and Banstead Council has paid tribute to Horley Councillor Derek Allcard who passed away last Monday.

Cllr Allcard was first elected in 2015 to represent the South Park and Woodhatch Ward, and was re-elected last year to the Horley East and Salfords Ward following boundary changes.

He lived in the borough for over 18 years and, before retirement, was an engineer.

The Mayor of Reigate & Banstead, Cllr Rosemary Absalom described him as an  exceptional councillor.