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 such as Croydon and have the small town of Warlingham on our doorstep and yet we can so easily walk directly into, and enjoy, the countryside around us.
We are one of the most rural parishes, entirely comprised of Green Belt with approximately 5 acres of land per head of population compared to 1.8 people per acre for the South East as a whole and 2.5 people per acre in what is regarded as rural Surrey. We are also one of the oldest civil parishes in England, with a history dating back to the mid 1890's.
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.
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 the parish. 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 August, and 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, Maureen Turner.
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