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Reigate & Banstead Local Elections

Residents of Reigate and Banstead are being urged to check they are registered to vote ahead of the local elections in May.

As a result of the ward boundary review, this year every Borough Council seat is up for election.

This means residents will be voting for three candidates instead of just one. The ward boundary changes also mean that there may be changes to where people need to go to vote.

The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Friday 12 April.

The election is on Thursday 2nd May.

Football Update

In League 2, Crawley Town endured an afternoon to forget on Saturday as they slumped to a 6-1 defeat to Crewe Alexandra.  It was the Reds’ heaviest defeat in the Football League for more than seven years.

Merstham slip to 4th place in the Bostik Premier Division after losing 1-0 away to Margate.

Horsham hold on to their second place spot in the Bostik South East Division after winning 2-0 away to Greenwich Borough.  East Grinstead lost 1-0 away to Ashford United.

In the Bostik South Central Division, South Park lost 6-1 at home to Hayes and Yeading United.

Horley Town won their Combined Counties Premier Division match 1-0 away to Guildford City.  Redhill’s home match against Raynes Park Vale was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Godstone Man Charged With Attempted Murder

A man from Godstone has been charged with attempted murder and possession of a bladed article in a public place.

Luke Dansie appeared at Guildford Magistrates Court on Saturday.  He was charged in connection with the stabbing of an 18 year old man in Redhill in January. The victim presented at East Surrey Hospital with injuries to his chest and leg.

Four further individuals under the age of 18 remain under police investigation.

Tree Falls On Bewbush Home

Photo courtesy West Sussex County Council

A large oak tree fell into the rear of a home in Bewbush near Crawley in Saturday’s strong winds.  

The tree fell through the roof and into the first floor of the house at 7.30 am.  A neighbouring property sustained roof damage.  Crawley firefighters attended the scene together with the aerial ladder platform from Horsham and the fire service’s Technical Rescue Unit. Tree surgeons and structural engineers also attended.

An occupant of the house was treated at the scene by the ambulance service for a non-serious head injury.

Prosecution For Planning Breach In South Godstone

A man from South Godstone has been convicted for failing to comply with a planning enforcement notice.  

Michael Leaver appeared at Guildford Magistrates’ Court last Monday and was fined £650 .  Last August, Tandridge District Council issued a planning enforcement notice to Mr Leaver requiring him to demolish a timber barn which had been built without planning permission, however the barn was not demolished during the three month timeframe.  

The Council’s advocate confirmed to the Court that Mr Leaver must remove the barn and if he wanted to build a new one, he would have to apply for planning permission.