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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and Jeannie will put you in contact with the Speed Watch team
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 www.tandridge.gov.uk/serviceupdates,
by e-mailing email@example.com or calling 01883 722000.
To receive this information by e-mail, please register for Tandridge News Direct at www.tandridge.gov.uk/newsdirect.
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.
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.
To see each response please click on the links below.
For further information please contact our Clerk on firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a members of Biffa's Green Waste Club you can check your collection date at www.greenwasteclub.co.uk or by calling 0800 0858 286.
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.
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
Sept1, 15 & 29
Oct 13 & 27
Nov 10 & 24
Dec 8 & 22
Throughout the week various classes are held at Centenary Hall, see a daily list here:
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)
Tai Chi - beginners and intermediate classes - (9.45am & 11am)
Badminton - (8.00pm)
Short Mat Bowls - (10am - 12pm)
Move Fitness - (7.30pm - 8.30pm)
Fitness League - (10am - 12pm)
Dance Mania Latin American & Ballroom dancing from - (7.30pm)
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