News in Brief – September 2023

ULEZ expands

The expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) to the whole of London began on 29 August, impacting Surrey residents who live near the London border and have a non-compliant vehicle. Matt Furnis, cabinet member for transport, infrastructure and growth at Surrey County Council said he is ‘incredibly disappointed’ it has gone ahead, and that “while the extended scrappage scheme looks to be a step in the right direction, this will have no impact on those outside London. People living in Surrey will not only have to pay the ULEZ charge, but also pay all costs to scrap their own car.”

To find out more about the scheme, visit the Transport for London website.

TDC is looking for affordable rental properties

Tandridge District Council has over 1,000 people on its housing register. It is appealing for properties in the private rented sector to provide low income individuals and families with affordable homes. 

It can help draft tenancy documents and inventory reports, provide a Guarantee Bond as a deposit to cover damages and/or arrears, help set up housing payments through Universal Credit and offer continued support during the tenancy. It can also assess the housing history of the tenants it puts forward for a property, although the final decision is that of the landlords. TDC will not charge any fees for this. 

If you have a suitable property, email

Former Woldingham resident to take part in Strictly

Ex-Eastender’s star Nigel Harman will be putting on his dancing shoes for the 21st series of Strictly Come Dancing. Nigel, who grew up in Woldingham, and who was also a Woldingham Player and a star of the Woldingham Panto, was announced as part of the new line-up in August. 

The 49-year-old actor said:

I’m amazed, excited, and terrified to be doing Strictly. As an armchair fan of the show I have watched in awe as people have twirled and gyrated across the screen. And now it’s my turn…..gulp!” 

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