Reigate and Banstead Borough Council

  1. 44,400 government-funded trees planted in Reigate and Banstead in eight years

    There have been 44,400 government-funded trees planted in Reigate and Banstead between 2010 and 2018, Forestry Commission data shows.

    This works out at 303 trees per 1,000 people.

    Between 2010 and 2018 the government funded about 15 million trees in England. Figures for trees planted with private funds or by local councils are not included and the data only covers new trees, not replacements for any that were cut down.

    Overall tree planting rates across the UK would need to more than double to combat rising temperatures and climate change, according to official figures.

    Last year 13,400 hectares of new trees were planted across the UK, most of them in Scotland, but the Committee on Climate Change says this should rise to at least 30,000 hectares a year.

    Campaign group The Woodland Trust said more trees were needed to provide summer shade, reduce air pollution, improve water quality and manage flooding.

    The government said it had made it "much easier" to apply for planting grants.

    Find out about tree planting across the UK here.

    This story has been generated using Forestry Commission data, BBC analysis and some automation.

  2. Pollution fears over road widening scheme

    Rebecca Curley

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Surrey Highways sign

    A resident living near the M25 and M23 says he fears a £3.8m improvement project for the A23 is going to have a “negative impact” on pollution and pedestrians.

    Highways England is proposing a widening scheme of Brighton Road in Hooley saying the work is necessary in a bid to reduce accidents and congestion and improve the traffic flow on the road it calls a “strategic route” between Brighton and London.

    On Monday Ian Thirlwall from Hooley told Reigate and Banstead and Surrey County Council Local Committee residents were concerned about the impact on air pollution with the widening of the road increasing traffic.

    He also said proposals to build on the verges and pavements would put pedestrians and cyclists within “brushing distance” of traffic.

    Hooley has been designated an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA).

    A Highways England spokesman said: “We are aware of strong local feelings in relation to our plans for improving the A23 through Hooley, and we have worked hard to balance the views and opinions of the local residents with the needs of the 35,000 people using this strategic route each day."

    A decision whether to go ahead with the scheme will be made in July. If agreed, construction work is expected to start in the summer and to be completed by spring 2020.

  3. Conservatives keep control of Reigate

    The Conservatives have kept control of Reigate and Banstead borough.

    They lost six seats, three to the greens, two to the Lib Dems and one to an independent, but kept 29 to stay in control.

  4. Children centre managers told to 'engage' with council over closures

    Rebecca Curley

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Children centre managers are being urged to engage with Surrey County Council (SCC) over plans to close 31 sites across the county.

    Councillor Rod Ashford, lead member for leisure and wellbeing at Reigate and Banstead Borough Council, met with managers in the area this week.

    Speaking at a council meeting yesterday, he said: “We as a borough are painfully aware that these cuts to children centres will have a direct impact on our own residents.

    “We therefore encourage children centre managers to engage as soon as possible.”

    SCC has launched a consultation over the future of its 58 children’s centres on Tuesday.

  5. Reigate and Banstead residents 'cut off'

    The timetabling of roadworks has been criticised after residents in a number of towns and villages have complained of being "cut off" from the rest of their borough.

    Councillors said it felt like a "conspiracy" against people as there seemed to be temporary traffic lights and diversion routes on all roads around the borough of Reigate and Banstead.

    The comments came as members of Surrey County Council and Reigate and Banstead Local Committee discussed an update of highways maintenance works at a meeting on Tuesday, 5 June.

    The programme of maintenance works costing around £168,182 for 2018/19 includes patching and minor repairs, but the committee was told this did clash with emergency works identified and carried out by utility companies.

    Councillor Graham Knight, who represents Horley East, said those living south of the borough were feeling like it was a "conspiracy" against them adding: "Horley is being cut off from the rest of the borough."

    Zena Curry, area highway manager for Surrey County Council, said the clash could sometimes be with the temporary lights and coordination and timing of them.

    She said: "I do appreciate it is really frustrating when there are multiple roadworks particularly on major roads."

  6. Funding for safer driving workshops

    Rebecca Curley

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Hundreds of pupils have benefitted from funding for a safer driving workshop aimed at reducing the amount of young people killed in car crashes.

    Around 1,550 pupils and teachers in the borough of Reigate and Banstead took part in a theatre-based education programme run by Surrey Fire and Rescue Service.

    The money for the course was provided by a community safety grant given to Reigate and Banstead Borough Council's local committee with Surrey County Council.

    The committee has £3,000 to spend on community safety for residents.

    In the last financial year £1,600 was spent on the Safe Drive Stay Alive road safety awareness programme and £1,400 was spent on mobile CCTV monitoring fly-tipping.

  7. Developer money to pay for crossing

    Rebecca Curley

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Money from developers is being used to pay for a pedestrian crossing over a busy A road.

    Engineers from Surrey County Council (SCC) and Reigate and Banstead Borough Council secured the funding from developer contributions for the A217 at Brighton Road and Burgh Wood.

    The Local Committee for SCC and the borough has a combined £204,182 from capital and revenue pots to spend on highways this year.

    In a report to be approved by the committee next Tuesday, works carried out last year were outlined along with proposed works for this financial year.

    This included the A217 crossing plus an enhanced gateway scheme on the A25 Buckland Road in Reigate.

  8. Conservatives hold Reigate and Banstead

    The Tories and Greens made gains on Reigate and Banstead Borough Council, with the Conservatives increasing their majority.

    The LibDems lost one seat, leaving them with one seat on the council.

    The Residents' Association also dropped a seat, but still have six councillors.

  9. No Ukip left in Surrey

    Ukip now has no councillors in Surrey after losing their single remaining seats on Mole Valley, and Reigate and Banstead councils.

    Correction 13 July 2018: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that UKIP fielded no candidates in either Tandridge, Runnymede, Woking or Elmbridge.

  10. Worthing and Reigate stay blue

    Reigate and Banstead, in Surrey, and Worthing, in Sussex, both stay Conservative.

    In Worthing, the Conservatives have 28 seats, having lost two.

    In Reigate and Banstead, the party won two more seats, making a total of 41.