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PARKS & RECREATION GROUNDS IN HORLEY

Allotments

The Town Council's allotments at Church Road comprise a site of over two acres at the corner of Sanger's Drive and Church Road, comprising 62 plots. Plot hire is £50 per annum for a full plot (125 sq m) and £30 for a half plot.  Please refer to the allotments page for more information about the council's new site at Ladbroke Road, Langshott.

 

Bay Close Open Space

Location:  Adjacent to Bay Close

Ownership: Reigate & Banstead Borough Council is the landowner, however Horley Town Council has taken on responsibility for the day to day management of the site.

Current Use:  A small amenity area, laid mainly to grass, with a five-a-side football pitch.

 

Church Meadows

Location: On the western edge of Horley, Surrey, adjacent to the A23, Brighton Road

Ownership: Reigate & Banstead Borough Council is the landowner, however Horley Town Council has taken on responsibility for the day to day management.

Current Use:  Church Meadows is an area of meadowland and grassed open spaces.  It is situated south west of St Bartholomew’s Church.  The River Mole, which runs along its western edge, forms the county boundary between Reigate & Banstead Borough Council and Mole Valley District Council.  Recent community action to remove Himalayan Balsam now shows the river off to its full advantage during the summer months. The site has a stunning wild flower meadow in the summer, as well as areas of natural long grass and is well used for picnics and relaxation by local residents and visitors from the many nearby guest houses.  Local fishermen also fish here.

Future Use:  Church Meadows is identified as part of the Horley Green Chain, a belt of public open spaces (which are in the flood plain and thus not developable) which will help meet Horley’s needs for informal recreation and leisure.

Court Lodge Playing Fields

A public recreation ground comprising 14 acres.  It has 5 football pitches and a pavilion, the Innes Pavilion. Further information about football pitches is available here.

Emlyn Meadows

This beautiful eleven-acre strip of meadow and woodland, bordered by the Burstow Stream, was purchased in 1978. This ensured that it was preserved for the use of local people as an informal recreation area. It is a very popular place for leisure and dog walking.

 

Horley Recreation Ground

Horley Recreation Ground is a popular and well used public recreation ground of approx 6.6 acres.  It is bordered by the A23 Brighton Road and Vicarage Lane.   It comprises the Horley War Memorial, Memorial Gardens, Ornamental Gardens, Children’s Playground, Skatepark, Multi-Purpose Games Area  (MUGA).   It has a car park off the Brighton Road entrance.  It is also home to the Horley Bowling Club.

 

 

Michael Crescent Centenary Park

This one acre site in southwest Horley was purchased by the Town Council in 1975. There is a children’s playground and an open area of grass with facilities for five-a-side football.

 

Riverside Garden Park

Location: On the south western edge of Horley, Surrey, adjacent to the A23, London Road

Grid reference: TQ 281 420 (Centre of site).

Area: 10ha/24 acres

Ownership: Reigate & Banstead Borough Council is the landowner and is responsible for the day to day management of the site

History:  Riverside Garden Park was originally part of the large Horley Common.  Later it was enclosed and farmed, before a racecourse was developed on neighbouring land.  In the 1930s, the racecourse land was incorporated in the new Gatwick Aerodrome.  Since then the site boundaries have been fixed by the expansion of Horley and Gatwick Airport.  The adjacent residential development took place in the 1950-60s.

Current Use: Riverside Garden Park is a well-used public open space, with a mix of woodland interspersed with grassy glades.  It is partly bounded by the Gatwick Steam and also has a man-made lake. The site is an island of green in a very urban setting.  The area is dominated by Gatwick Airport, though this is not actually visible from the Park. The A23 runs adjacent to the site although trees and an embankment largely screen it.  The Park thus serves a significant role in the local landscape for the community, both locally and from further afield.  The site is a favourite local dog-walking venue. Local fishermen and those from further away visit the site to fish the Gatwick Stream and the lake.  Many cyclists use the cycle path to get to and from Gatwick Airport.

Future Use:  Riverside Garden Park is identified as part of the Horley Green Chain, a belt of public open spaces (which are in the flood plain and thus not developable) which will help meet Horley’s needs for informal recreation and leisure.

 

Riverside Walk

Location:  On the west of Horley, adjacent to the River Mole

Ownership: Reigate & Banstead Borough Council is the landowner.

Current Use:  An area running alongside the River Mole, used by fishermen.

Future Use:  Riverside Walk is identified as part of the Riverside Green Chain, a belt of public open spaces (which are in the flood plain and thus not developable) which will help meet Horley’s needs for informal recreation and leisure.

 

Yattendon Road Recreation Ground

Location:  In central Horley at the end of Yattendon Road, to the west of the London to Brighton railway line.

Grid reference:  TQ 2843

Ownership: Reigate & Banstead Borough Council is the landowner.

Current Use:  Yattendon Road Recreation Ground is a small park near Horley Town Centre, bounded by Lumley Road and St Hilda’s Close.  It comprises a children’s play area, basketball practice area and five-a-side football pitch.  There is also a small area of woodland.

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