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Burstow School Hedge
15th February 2018


Update - Unfortunately the fence has been positioned so close to the pavement that the Parish Council's offer to plant vegetation in front is no longer viable. We also note that the fence is 2.0m high and not 1.8m as previously advised.



Last Friday the Parish Council was saddened to hear a Tree Surgeon's report, commissioned by the School, into the status of the hedge stated that the bottom third of the hedge was dying.


Burstow School explained that, due to health and safety obligations, they were left with no option but to remove a section of the hedge, from the entrance, reaching around the corner of Wheelers Lane and into Redehall Road.


This hedge has been part of the streetscene of Smallfield for over many years, and we all enjoy the view, and appreciate the important part the hedge plays in our local ecosystem.


The loss of the hedge, and the new fence the School is erecting will have a negative impact on many. In an effort to reduce the prominent, and unwanted, view of a fence, the Parish Council is looking to provide a small grant. This will be used to re-plant appropriate vegetation in front of the fence.


We intend to take advice from the Tandridge Tree Officer about what to plant and hope that very quickly the fence will be covered from view at the same time as it complies with the School's H&S requirements.


Dowlands Park Development Leaflet
15th February 2018


It has come to our attention that the applicant for Dowlands Park (to build 88 houses in the Green Belt) has written to all residents in the Parish, to our District Councillors and to Parish Councillors.


The leaflet distributed by the applicant implies that the Parish Council is supporting this development and that the concerns we raised on behalf of residents have been addressed. Neither of these things is true.


See full article


M23 SMART Motorway - Plans
24th January 2018


M23 junctions 8 to 10: smart motorway




Upgrading the 11 mile (18km) stretch of the M23 near Gatwick Airport, between junction 8 near Merstham and junction 10 at Copthorne, to an all-lane running smart motorway.


See information re Smart Motorways on the Highways agency website


Redehall Road Car park TA/2017/2528
23rd January 2018


For quite a while now there has been insufficient parking in Smallfield, especially around school opening and closing times. Several accidents have happened and numerous near misses.


The Parish Council, working in collaboration with Burstow School, have submitted a planning application to build a 55-bay car park along the front section of the School's playing field on Redehall Road.



To help avoid confusion over detail we have put together the following list to answer some questions. You are also welcome to contact the Parish Clerk if you would like any more information.


  • The car park will only occupy the front section and not reduce the space that is actually used for sport
  • The car park will be free and have no time restriction
  • It will be fenced off and locked each night
  • A height restrictor will prevent the car park being used by vans/lorries
  • Low level solar lighting will illuminate the way without lighting up the village
  • A new fence will be built separating the car park from the playing field
  • Burstow School will ask staff who are currently parking on the streets to use the new car park. This will take approximately 22 vehicles off the road each school day


TA/2017/2489 - Land at Dowlands Lane, Smallfield
12th January 2018


At the Planning Meeting on Tuesday 9th January the Committee considered the application to build 88 dwellings at the junction of Plough Road and Dowlands Lane.


See full article


Flood Forum
22nd December 2017


Our questions are being submitted to the relevant authorities with a meeting to be held with them all Feb/Mar date yet to be decided.



The newly formed Flood Forum is supported by the National Flood Forum, a Charity that supports and represents flood risk communities.


The national Flood forum takes questions from local residents and puts them to the relevant authorities, those authorities are then invited to a meeting all at the same time along with the flood forum to answer the questions raised.


The idea is that a community working together has more influence than a member of the public working alone.


If you have a question to be raised by the Forum please contact the Parish Clerk or come along to the next meeting.


Learn Through Play Preschool
21st December 2017


Learn Through Play Preschool is committed to providing a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment for children ages 2 to 4 where they can learn through play. We offer high quality, affordable childcare with rates of 1 adult to 4 children.


Our OFSTED inspection March 2017 resulted in a 'GOOD' outcome, reflecting on the dedication and support offered by the staff.


See full article


Community Speedwatch volunteers
16th January 2017


Local volunteers have been out and about in Smallfield helping to prevent traffic speeding through our Village.

To continue this very visible deterrent on a regular basis we need more volunteers who are available during the day. The more people who can help the less time each person needs to contribute. Getting started is easy, you just need to attend a ONE HOUR training session with Surrey Police at Reigate station and then you will work in a small team at mutually agreed times in the Village.


So if you have some time available (doesn't matter how much or little) get in touch with the Parish Clerk on 01342 841880 or and Jeannie will put you in contact with the Speed Watch team


Recycling in Tandridge
16th January 2017


Residents who would like more information on recycling can find details:



Councillor Tony Elias, Chairman of the Community Services Committee, said: "Our recycling service allows you to recycle much more from home - please try to recycle as much as possible."


Snow, ice and severe weather conditions

In severe weather information about collection delays and cancellations will be available on,

by e-mailing or calling 01883 722000.



To receive this information by e-mail, please register for Tandridge News Direct at


For more information contact Giuseppina Valenza, Head of Communications, on 01883 732704.

Party spokesmen: Councillor Gordon Keymer CBE (Con) 01883 717363 and Councillor Jeremy Pursehouse (Lib Dem) 01883 623025.


Overgrown or overhanging trees and hedges
28th June 2016


The Parish Council would like to draw peoples attention to overgrown/overhanging trees and hedges. Pedestrians should be able to pass safely and with ease along pavements but unfortunately this is often not the case. We would ask all residents to please check and ensure that any vegetation on their property is not causing an obstruction and putting pedestrians in danger.


If your hedge is growing rapidly in this wet but warm weather please can you keep it cut back. Now that June is drawing to a close there should not be a problem with nesting birds and it is considered perfectly acceptable to carry out a side cut.


Many thanks for your help.


Parish Council response to the Local Plan
25th February 2016


Burstow Parish Council submitted the following responses to Questions 1 to 5.


To see each response please click on the links below.



For further information please contact our Clerk on

Forthcoming Events


Garden Waste


If you are a members of Biffa's Green Waste Club you can check your collection date at or by calling 0800 0858 286.


Bulky Rubbish Collections in Smallfield


Collection from Centenary Hall

7.30am - 2.15pm


Saturday 21st April 2018

Saturday 8th September 2018

Saturday 1st December 2018



If you have large items to dispose of that normal rubbish collectors will not take, bring them along to Centenary Hall on the above dates for collection.


Reminder: Small electrical items, textiles, shoes and batteries are collected every week along with your food waste.


Note: There is a textile bank at Burstow Primary School, in the main gate to the right. All clothes, blankets, curtains and shoes gratefully received (PILLOWS/CUSHIONS/DUVETS) are not permitted.



Saturday Market at Centenary Hall


9.00 am - 12.00 noon



Dates for 2018 TBC


February 3 & 17

March 3, 17 & 31

April 14 & 28

May 12 & 26

June 9 & 23

July 7 & 21

August 4

Sept1, 15 & 29

Oct 13 & 27

Nov 10 & 24

Dec 8 & 22


Whats going on at Centenary Hall


Throughout the week various classes are held at Centenary Hall, see a daily list here:



Monday ---

Over 50's Table Tennis club - (9.45-11.45am) and an

Open session on a Friday morning - (9am-12 noon)

Play for 1 hour for £1 per person if no one is waiting then you can pay and stay some more. Bats and balls available for a returnable deposit. No unaccompanied minors but children with a responsible adult are welcome.

Yoga - (7.15pm - 8.45pm)



Tuesday ---

Tai Chi - beginners and intermediate classes - (9.45am & 11am)

Badminton - (8.00pm)


Wednesday ---

Short Mat Bowls - (10am - 12pm)

Move Fitness - (7.30pm - 8.30pm)


Thursday ---

Fitness League - (10am - 12pm)


Dance Mania Latin American & Ballroom dancing from - (7.30pm)


Friday ---

Dance Mania Latin American & Ballroom dancing from - (7.30pm)

Table Tennis open session - (9am - 12 noon)

Play for 1 hour for £1 per person - if no one is waiting then you can pay and stay some more. Bats and balls available for a returnable deposit. No unaccompanied minors but children with a responsible adult are welcome.


Whitesides School of Dance run classes everyday of the week for times and classes check their website


Learn Through Play, children's pre-school runs daily during term time. Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9am - 3pm, Tuesday & Thursday 9am - 12 noon

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