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Godstone Parish Council

Welcome to Godstone Parish Council

 The Parish of Godstone
  
godstone pond
 
The Parish of Godstone lies within the district of Tandridge in the County of Surrey and is made up of the three villages of Godstone, South Godstone and Blindley Heath.

The council aims to preserve and make accessible to others the rural charm of our environment, whilst supporting and developing the different activities that village life has to offer all its residents.

The Council office is located on the south side of Godstone Green at The Bounty, Godstone Green, Godstone, RH9 8DY.
The office opening hours are: Mon, Wed, Fri: 9.30am to 12.30pm. Please don't hesitate to contact us in advance of your visit to ensure there is someone in the office to assist you.

​01883 744209                                     
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Public Information

Toilets in Godstone

A contractor is being appointed to refurbish the toilets on Godstone Green. The toilets have been closed for some time due to persistent issues with legionella bacteria. The Council is about to award a contract to strip out the old toilets and install a completely new facility. The exterior of the toilet building, which is in Godstone Conservation Area, will be kept the same while the brand new toilets are installed inside. The Council is aiming for work to start in mid-April and it is expected to take around four weeks to complete.

Surrey Rights of Way Improvement Plan

Work is beginning on a review of Surrey County Council’s Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP).
 
Surrey County Council (SCC) is responsible for around 2164 miles (3482 km) of public footpaths, bridleways, restricted byways and byways open to all traffic across the whole of Surrey County.
 
Surrey County Council’s ROWIP is an important strategic policy document, which the council is required by law to have in place. It sets out how Surrey County Council can make sure the public rights of way network meets the needs of the public, now and in the future. The process of reviewing the ROWIP, and the engagement being carried out before the new ROWIP is drafted, will help the council to better understand the needs of Surrey County residents.
 
A questionnaire for members of the public is available at https://www.surreysays.co.uk/environment-and-infrastructure/rowip-public
 

Surrey's 'Vision Zero' Road Safety Strategy 2024-2035

SCC, in conjunction with Surrey Police & National Highways, is embarking on a ‘Vision Zero’ Strategy for there to be zero fatalities or serious injuries on Surrey's roads by 2050. To work toward this 2050 vision, SCC have set a new target to reduce fatal and serious road casualties by 50% by 2035. Key highlights of the strategy include introducing 20 mph speed limits in built-up areas, road safety relating to schools and education, as well as local cycling and walking infrastructure plans. The 8.4km route of the A25 between Dorking and Reigate will also be improved at junctions with speed management measures and safer roadsides.

You can give your views on the SCC’s Road Safety Strategy and plans here: https://visionzerosurrey.commonplace.is/
 
 
Christmas Lights
 
The Parish council thanks everyone who helped light up the villages over the Christmas period, the council are working on plans to ensure the future of Christmas lights and see them return to the villages in 2024.

The Bounty - Buying the Parish Office

We are very pleased to have been able to complete the purchase of the parish office on the Green, known as the Bounty, from the Scouts this year. We are delighted that this now ensures the council office will have a base in perpetuity. For more information the council's Business Case is available for information using this Link.

Surrey County Council Asset Network for Community Groups and Charities

To  make it easier for community groups to find out about funding, consultations, Surrey County Council are developing some “asset networks”. Community groups, charities, social enterprises, faith organisations etc can sign up in order to be kept in the loop about grant opportunities, consultations, opportunities to co-design etc and hope this will make it easier to collaborate with the community sector.

 
Surrey County Council - Rural England Propserity Fund Grant
 
Grants of up to £50,000 are now available to fund projects that will have a positive impact on businesses and communities in the rural areas of Guildford, Waverley and Tandridge. Active businesses, charities and community groups in these areas can apply for up to 50% of capital costs for projects which create jobs or grow the local rural economy such as farm diversification, food and drink produce, business development, community cafés and shops. Applications can be made at www.surreycc.gov.uk/ruralprosperity.
 
Results of Local District and Parish Elections
 
S38 Application for a New Path on Godstone Green
 
Henry Smith Charity

Further information on eligibility and how to apply for a grant from the Henry Smith Charity, if you live in Godstone, South Godstone or Blindley Heath, is available on request from Trisha Miller, Clerk to the Trustees at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Household Support Fund 

Please find information on the government scheme to help ease the financial pressure from the rising cost of living. Residents with low incomes can apply for a small grant from this fund  Household support fund - Tandridge District Council

Parish Articles and Letters

pdfGodstone Parish Funding and Work

pdfCar Park Termination of Project Statement

Pondtail Surgery

 
There is also a webpage Patient Engagement for Future GP Services at Pond Tail Surgery (Godstone) which will be updated with the latest information.

Tandridge District Council Local Plan Examination

The Planning Inspector has concluded that the TDC’s Local Plan "Our Local Plan 2033" is unsound and thus incapable of being adopted. The Final Report to the Council on the Examination of the Tandridge Local Plan is available here: Local Plan 2033 - Tandridge District Council

Surrey Hills AONB Boundary Review

A formal boundary review is currently underway led by Natural England, https://www.surrey-hills-aonb-boundary-review.org/

Grants

Please contact the Clerk if you would like to apply to the Parish Council for a Grant.

 Information on the Unitary Authority Proposal

pdfSurrey County Council Letter on Unitary Authority to Secretary of State (June 2020)

pdfTandridge District Council Letter on Unitary Authority to Secretary of State (June 2020) and attachment

pdfDistrict and Borough Leaders Letter on Unitary Authority to Secretary of State (June 2020)

Statutory Documents

 
Committee Terms of Reference are in the Meetings section of the website on each individual Committee page.
 
Information Updates
 
 
Godstone Parish Councils Representations on the Tandridge Local Plan 2033 Regulation 19
 
 Please contact the Clerk for further information.