Chelsham & Farleigh Parish Council 2019 Elections

May this year marks the start of the new term of office at Chelsham & Farleigh Parish Council, when all seven seats will be available. If you are interested in protecting the local environment and the character of the area please consider standing.

As a guide, this is who we are and what we do.

Parish Councils are the lowest tier of local civil government. As such we are statutory consultees on local planning applications (such as the Greenlawn Cemetery extension) and monitor fly tipping, footpath problems, pot holes and road problems which we then refer to correct authorities for action.

Chelsham & Farleigh are one of the oldest Parish Councils having been formed in the 1890s. The area has the lowest population density in Surrey and is entirely Green Belt, so a lot of our work is directed at its protection. We also own three areas of Common Land which we directly manage. Our funding is part of your council tax, but Parish Councillors are unpaid so the entire sum is spent on essential Council expenses. We have meetings the first Monday of each month (delayed one week if a Bank Holiday) starting at 20:00 and these are held at Farleigh Hall.

If you are interested please contact the Clerk as soon as possible, contact details are on our website.

We have not had an election for over 30 years, and I believe that it is time that the public have the opportunity to choose who represents them. Geographically you only have to live within three miles of the Council boundary, which is a big area, but to stand for election you will need to know someone within the boundary, we can help with this. 

Tony Roberts 

Chairman 

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. 

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

Chairman

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