New Multi Purpose Court officially opened
Friday 30 June saw the formal opening of the recently installed multi-purpose football and basketball court in the Horley Recreation Park, A23 Brighton Road. This facility is primarily aimed at the teenagers of the town and complements the already very successful skateboard park, which is situated nearby. The court, which had its finishing touches completed a few days earlier, was supplied and installed by SMP Playgrounds Ltd, using a large financial contribution from Section 106 funding for leisure projects provided by the Local Planning Authority, Reigate & Banstead Borough Council. The project had been discussed with various organisations and clubs including the Horley Youth Council and Surrey Police. Planning permission had previously been approved. It has already become a well used and welcome addition to the park.
Horley’s Faye White, the England Women’s and Arsenal Football Captain conducted the formal opening ceremony, accompanied by the Mayor (Cllr David Pay) and Mayoress (Mrs Barbara Pay) of Reigate & Banstead and Town Mayor, Cllr Michael Miller. A five a-side football competition followed, played with an England football provided by Faye White, and medals, kindly sponsored by the Horley Observer, were presented to the winning team. A reception then followed at the Farmhouse Public House, which was sponsored by ADK Security Services Ltd, the company which has supplied and installed all the CCTV cameras in the Town Council’s parks. Simon Marshall, Chairman of he Leisure Committee commented that “The Town Council is delighted with the new court. This is just one of a number of improvements made in the park which includes the installation of several new items of equipment in the playground such as a roundabout and a new slide. Other funding for additional CCTV cameras was made available from the Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership, as well as from our Local County Councillors, via their Members’ Initiative Fund. These additional CCTV cameras will also give confidence to all users of the park”.