Surrey’s community recycling centres – public consultation

Surrey County Council is launching a consultation about possible changes to community recycling centres (CRCs).

The Council very much regrets having to make these proposals. Whilst they create efficiencies, which take into current account patterns of use, they are at the same time a reduction in service that we know is highly valued by our residents.

Continued cuts to funding, rising costs and increasing demand for key services means that the need to find savings has reached unprecedented levels. This year alone SCC need to make savings of more than £100m – that’s about 10% of their overall budget.

The following changes are proposed:

  1. Permanent closure of four smaller CRCs – Bagshot, Cranleigh, Dorking and Warlingham
  2. Ending the free daily allowance of non-household waste
  3. Closing CRCs on two weekdays so all sites are open for five days a week
  4. Restricting users of vans, trailers and pick-ups to larger CRCs only
  5. Ensuring CRCs in Camberley and Farnham are only used by Surrey residents

For more information, please visit the consultation webpage at The questionnaire will be live from Friday 23 June.

Hard copies will also be available at CRCs and by calling 03456 009 009 or texting 07860 053 456. The consultation closes on Monday 7 August. SCC are encouraging consultation returns to be made via the above webpage where at all possible for ease of processing.

The consultation responses will be used to inform the final plans which will be agreed by SCC’s cabinet this autumn. Your support in encouraging residents to take part in the consultation is appreciated.

Materials to promote the consultation are being sent to CRCs, county council offices, district and borough councils and libraries. If you would like any, please email

Welcome to the new website of Chelsham and Farleigh Parish Council. We hope you find it helpful but if there is anything you think we can 

improve, please tell us by contacting the Clerk directly or by using the contact facility on this website.

Those of us who live in Chelsham and Farleigh are very fortunate to live in such a rural area, barely fifteen miles from Central London. We have easy access to London and its satellite shopping areas and we have the village of Warlingham and the town of Oxted on our doorstep. Despite this, we can so easily walk directly into, and enjoy, the countryside around us.

We are one of the most rural parishes in Surrey, entirely comprised of Green Belt, with almost 1,500 hectares (or 3,700 acres) of countryside and fewer than 900 people in about 300 households. That means we have only one house for every 12 acres so this makes us one of the least densely populated areas in Surrey and the South East - and yet we have easy access to London when we wish.

We are also one of the older civil parishes in England, with a history dating back to the mid 1890s.

Against this background the parish council aims to conserve our rural way of life and the openness of the countryside, whilst recognising that we are a part of what some might describe as the dynamic hub of the South East. We encourage everyone to follow the Countryside Code, a copy of which may be obtained here.

What do we do? We spend considerable time, effort and money in looking after the open spaces, that are in our custody, to preserve and protect them for the future use of everyone. We are one of the steps in the planning process, which at times can come into conflict with the point made above and we work closely with Tandridge District Council in this regard. We keep a close eye on our road, bridleway and footpath networks and liaise with Surrey County Council to ensure that they are maintained in good condition and accessible for everyone's enjoyment and use and we help with community issues which recently have included such things as bus services and bus stops and Warlingham's public library.

We meet on the first Monday of each month, except bank holidays, when it is the following Monday, and August when there is no meeting. Public attendance is very welcome. If you have any questions or points you would like to make, please come along and see us or contact the Parish Clerk, Michelle Richards.

We hope you find this website helpful and informative. Please let us know how you think it could be improved.

Best regards,

Tony Roberts


St Leonards Church

St Marys Church 

N.B.  We are aware that the Google Maps representation of the parish boundary is wrong in that it shows Great Park as being part of Warlingham Parish and not Chelsham and Farleigh Parish.  The actual boundary goes up the centre of Harrow Road from its junction with Chelsham Road, up to Daniels Lane, then along the centre of Daniels Lane to re-join the boundary by the bridleway.

We notified Google Maps in February 2017 and are waiting for them to make the necessary correction.