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Quality Status

Horley Town Council has achieved Quality Town Council Status. It will be presented at the Annual General Meeting of the Surrey County Association of Parish and Town Councils to be held at the Reigate & Banstead Borough Council Chamber in Reigate on 10 July 2004. Horley is the first town council in Surrey to be awarded the prestigious award.

Chairman, Michael Miller, said "I am proud and delighted to receive this award on behalf of the Town Council. It underlines the commitment of our members and the professionalism of our staff in helping to provide the best possible and most cost effective services to the people of our town. We will continue to work closely with other authorities and agencies."

The concept of Quality Parish Councils was introduced by the Government in the Rural White Paper in 2000 and was officially launched on 1 July 2003. Alun Michael MP, the Minister responsible for Local Government Issues, said of the Scheme that it provides “confirmation and assurance that those awarded with Quality status are representative, competent, well managed, and able to take an enhanced role". The Government in its Scheme Document refers to the fact "… by meeting the requirements of this scheme and receiving Quality Status, a town council is demonstrating that it is a worthy representative of all parts of community, is effectively and properly managed, articulates the needs and wishes of the community and works with its partners as an effective information point for all local services."

In order to meet the requirements of The Quality Parish Council Scheme, the Council passed a number of rigorous Quality Tests. These included:

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