As we all know, a number of different local councils provide services to residents in our area – sometimes it can be unclear which organisation is responsible for a service, or who you should contact if you require help and support.
For example, Surrey County Council (SCC) is responsible for, amongst many other things, road maintenance, highways safety (including pavements), on-street parking enforcement, adult social care, schools, emergency planning, fire & rescue services, libraries and recycling centres.
For more information about the county council, either visit their website: surreycc.gov.uk, or call 03456 009 009. If, for example, you wish to report a pot-hole, then go to their ‘Report-It Online’ web page, which will enable you to provide location details and receive feedback directly from SCC.
Tandridge District Council (TDC) has responsibility for a large number of the allotments in the district (including Church Road, Whyteleafe), housing and council tax benefit schemes, planning decisions, planning enforcement and building control, public car parks, running elections, food safety, licensing, public parks, services relating to environmental health, refuse collection and street cleaning, recycling and tree preservation orders. To find out about the full range of services and support available from TDC, please go to their website, or call their customer services on 01883 722000.
Parish and town councils, which includes Whyteleafe Village Council, have many responsibilities too – not all of which may apply to their particular community. For example, a council may have responsibility for allotments (instead of the district council), some bus shelters, public benches, burial grounds and any public open spaces, recreational equipment and community buildings that it might own.
But one of their most important roles is to possess local knowledge and share this with other councils and agencies so that representations can be made on behalf of the whole community. A good example of this would be our consultee role with respect to planning applications.
In Whyteleafe, the council prioritises its activities around environmental enhancements (for example, funding the community garden and orchard at Whyteleafe Recreation Ground), resilience planning (including monitoring drains and clearing snow), aesthetics (funding new street bins, planters at the two Whyteleafe railway stations and organising litter picks) and highway improvements (by lobbying and consulting with SCC).
And we continue to be committed to our parish-led Neighbourhood Plan, which seeks to ensure a sustainable future for our community.
To find out more about the village council, including details of our meetings, visit our website. If you wish to raise a council-related matter, please contact the clerk via email: email@example.com, or telephone 07939 403414.