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recently by the Parish Council as part of our Winter preparations to replace the existing bin which is due to be withdrawn from service.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.

Many of you will be aware that travellers recently parked on Farleigh Common for the third time this year. Although this is in Chelsham and Farleigh, it also impacts on Warlingham, in particular Harrow Road and Farleigh Road.

We expect the bulk of the cost of installing land protection measures to be met by Tandridge Council and by Merton College who own the land. However, in case money still needs to be raised, Warlingham Parish Council has offered to make a contribution of £1,500. If this money is needed, it will help ensure that the defences are built as soon as possible.

The Parish Council has objected to a proposal which could see a large number of HGV lorries travelling through Warlingham Green to Covers Farm, Westerham as part of a scheme to restore the quarry to grassland.

The latest news is that Surrey County Council Highways engineers have assessed the route through Warlingham into Kent and consider it to be unsuitable for HGV traffic. They will pass these findings to their counterparts in Kent County Council so that this information can be included in the planning assessment.

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