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High St Horley revamp to start next week

A £750,000 refurbishment of Horley High Street’s pedestrian precinct begins on Monday (28 January) 2019.

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The six-month project will create an attractive, safe space at the heart of the town centre that is better for alfresco eating and drinking, events and as a place to meet and relax.

Works will take place from 7.30am-6pm Monday to Friday and from 8am to 6pm on Saturdays. Some night work may also be required.

The revamp includes resurfacing the pedestrianised shopping area (known as Princess Precinct) between Victoria Road and Albert Road, new lighting, seating and planters, improved drainage and new loading bays for deliveries.

It will also improve accessibility with level surfacing and safer crossing points, including dropped kerbs and tactile paving.

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council and Surrey County Council are working in partnership to deliver the project. The work will be carried out by Murrills Construction and managed by Surrey County Council’s principal contractor, Kier.

Murrills has recently completed a similar successful scheme in Epsom town centre.

Cllr Eddy Humphreys, Executive Member for Business and Economy, said:

“The High Street revamp forms part of our ongoing efforts to revitalise Horley town centre to improve its vibrancy and competiveness. The enhanced streetscape will better meet the needs of residents, businesses, visitors and the town’s growing population.

It will also make it easier to hold regular events including St George’s Day and the Christmas lights switch on, as well to put on new events, all of which will help to boost the local economy.

“We apologise for any disruption that the improvement works may cause but I’m sure the end result will be worth it.”


The work will be carried out in sections to minimise disruption to residents and businesses and at times temporary traffic lights will be needed on Albert Road and Victoria Road.

The scheme is funded £530,000 from the Borough Council’s Capital Programme, previously earmarked for improvements to the town centre, and £220,000 from Surrey County Council, who designed the scheme.

The project was developed in consultation with the Horley Town Management Group, businesses and local councillors.

For more information visit www.surreycc.gov.uk/highways


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Arson attack leaves caravan and 4×4 destroyed in Horley as police appeal for witnesses

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Police are appealing for witnesses following an arson attack on a caravan and left it and a 4×4 destroyed in Horley.

The attack took place on Saturday (February 8) at approximately 7pm on Haroldslea Drive.

It resulted in a caravan and a 4×4 being totally destroyed and two other cars being damaged. Two cars on a neighbouring driveway were also damaged.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service responded and put the fire out, and have since determined it to be arson.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Kristian Baker said:

“This was a serious incident which has caused considerable damage. While understandably distressing to the family involved, it could have been far worse given that these vehicles were parked on the driveway in front of the house and could have spread to their home had the fire service not got there when they did.

“We have carried out a number of enquiries in the area but I would urge anyone who has any information about this incident to get in touch with us as a matter of urgency.

“If you saw anyone acting suspiciously around this address at that time, or before or after the incident then please let us know. You can contact us via 101 or report information through www.surrey.police.uk and quote the reference number PR/45200015817.”

You can also report information anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/give-information-anonymously.

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