If there is one thing that the Covid-19 pandemic has taught us, it is to expect the unexpected. That is why Warlingham Parish Council has set up a Working Group to plan for emergencies, in co-operation with Tandridge District Council and other agencies.

The aim will be to identify all potential emergencies – such as the danger from a gas main explosion or severe snow stranding motorists – and what part the Parish can do to provide help and support.

An Emergency Plan would identify where people can be evacuated to, what equipment will be needed, and which key people will need to be contacted. The plan would be held by the Parish, so it can be put into action immediately.

Some of you may have noticed a new grit bin on Shelton Avenue. This has been installed recently by the Parish Council as part of our Winter preparations to replace the existing bin which is due to be withdrawn from service.

Every Autumn the Parish Council awards grants to organisations working to improve Warlingham’s environment, facilities, economy, security, and community. This year, we have funded:

• Warlingham Churchyard, All Saints Church – to contribute to the cost of maintaining this historic public open space.

• Citizens Advice Bureau – to support CAB in providing free, impartial and independent advice to residents of Warlingham. Demand for this has increased during the pandemic.

• Warlingham Methodist Church Youth Clubs and “Teddy Bears” – to help with the purchase of a games and craft table.

• The Downlands Partnership – to fund a volunteer day to clear and maintain Willy Pit Pond on Leas Road.

We also provided one-off exceptional grants to the Tandridge Befriending Scheme and to St Christopher’s Hospice in recognition of the impact that Covid 19 has had on their work.

At the request of Blanchman’s Farm Local Nature Reserve we have held onto the grant we would normally award in the expectation of providing a bigger grant in 2021.

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