At Thursday’s Full Council meeting, Tandridge District councillors voted to take forward a regeneration programme for Oxted Town Centre, supported by income from parking charges.
A consultation on all aspects of the Regeneration Oxted programme will begin on 25th May. A petition with almost 5,500 signatures in favour of two hour free parking, was presented to the Council Leader. An amendment was proposed for two hours free parking but this was lost by 26 votes to 13.
Running the car parks currently cost the Council over £120,000 a year.
The Horley in Bloom Organising Committee has announced the launch of this year’s competition which is now in its 23rd year.
There are nine different categories which include awards for residential gardens, schools, and pubs and restaurants. The Horley in Bloom Photographic competition will also take place with categories for children and adults.
Horley has once again entered the South and South East in Bloom competition and hopes to improve on the Silver Gilt awards gained last year.
The entry forms are available here: horleysurrey-tc.gov.uk/index.php?idPage=2&n=724
In League 2, Crawley Town move up to 19th place after a 3-3 draw at home to Carlisle United on Saturday. Captain, Jimmy Smith scored the equaliser in stoppage time. The Reds have two league games left to play this season.
It was the last game of the season on Saturday in the Ryman Premier Division; Merstham finish in 14th place after losing 2-1 away to Burgess Hill.
In the Ryman South, South Park end the season in 8th place after beating Sittingbourne 2-0 at home. Horsham lost 1-0 at home to Hythe Town and East Grinstead Town lost 3-1 away to Carshalton Athletic. Three Bridges lost 4-2 to Walton Casuals and will be relegated next season; this was a home match for Three Bridges but was played at Merstham after their pitch was vandalised recently.
In the Combined Counties Premier Division, Horley Town won 4-0 away to Raynes Park Vale. In the Combined Counties Division One, Redhill beat Bagshot 6-1 at Kiln Brow and after ending the season in second place, will be promoted next season. The Lobsters now turn their attention to the Division One Cup final against AC London.
On 9 April Daisy Hopson ran the Brighton 10k to raise vital funds for the Orpheus Centre in memory of her brother, Mike.
Running 10k was an ambitious task for Daisy as she could only just about jog a quarter of the distance a few weeks prior, but the fond memories of her brother encouraged her to persevere. Mike Hopson was once a student at the centre and he would often say “I don’t want to walk and talk; I want to sing and dance!” summing up exactly what it means to be an Orpheus student. Mike was a true performer and loved taking part in Orpheus productions. He had a wicked sense of humour, a contagious laugh and was always kind to others. After graduating, Mike continued to visit the Orpheus Centre for short courses in the arts. Sadly, in 2007, he passed away from a sudden illness.
Inspired by her brother’s life, Daisy now works at the Disabilities Trust in Sussex. She said “it seems like the right fit for something so close to my heart.” Additionally, it is her brother and his love for the Orpheus Centre that motivated Daisy to take on the challenge of running the 10k. After overcoming the hurdles of an injury, and just simply ‘not being a runner’, she completed the 10k in 1.03! Moreover, she surpassed by far her original target of £250, and raised over £1000 to help more young disabled adults to learn and perform at the Orpheus Centre and to go on to live independent lives.
About the Orpheus Centre
Orpheus is an independent specialist college that increases the confidence and skills of young disabled adults through the performing arts. We believe every young disabled person should have the same opportunities as their non-disabled peers. We offer a holistic learning programme, a supported housing scheme and a domiciliary support service.
The Orpheus Centre, North Park Lane, Godstone, Surrey, RH9 8ND
Find out more on the orpheus website.
Sussex Police had the highest number of drone-related incidents in the UK last year.
240 were recorded during 2016. They include complaints involving rows between neighbours, being used in burglaries, mid-air misses, smuggling into prison and snooping.
With prices starting from around £30, their popularity has soared recently and has led to ministers considering the registration of all new drones.