A Profile of Horley
Horley started to change and grow in the 1840s with the building of the railway connecting London and Brighton. The population grew steadily to some 8000 residents by the 1940s. Change was rapid after the Second World War as Horley moved from an agricultural based economy to become a commuter town for London. This change was further amplified when Gatwick was designated as the site for London’s second airport and Horley became a place to house a growing workforce.
Horley enjoys an unparalleled logistics location with many planned improvements to transport and communications infrastructure. Our proximity to London and our situation in the Gatwick Diamond ensures good employment opportunities for our residents.
Horley Master Plan:
The Horley Master Plan was adopted by Reigate and Banstead Borough Council in 2005. Major housing developments in the North East and North West areas of the town together with a comprehensive regeneration of the town centre, including the new, state of the art, leisure centre, form the key aspects of the Plan.
The North East sector will add some 800 households whilst the North West will add some 1500 households together with local community infrastructure including community services, medical services, shops and food retailing. The Core Strategy policies will also add a further 200 households. Overall the population of Horley is expected to grow by approx. 30% over the next 10 years.
Horley has a growing reputation for good primary schooling with two new community primary schools opening in the North East and North West to meet the growing demand. Secondary education is presently provided via Oakwood School, which is striving for continued improvements. The options for local senior education provision (16+) are being evaluated.
Horley is well provided with supermarket shopping and a growing range of specialist/niche shops. It has a new, state of the art, leisure centre and a successful new youth centre. Community activities are further supported with the Archway Theatre, Horley Library, Regent Hall and several community centres around the town.
Recreational facilities, playgrounds, sports fields, allotments and the Town’s green spaces are well managed with new, additional facilities planned as part of the regeneration plan for Horley. A Riverside Green Chain will be established around the parish Boundary where it borders waterways such as the River Mole and Burstow Stream
Law and Order:
Horley is a very safe and friendly town with little crime and anti-social behavior. We are well supported by the local police who hold regular police panel meetings in each of the town’s wards with residents and representatives of Town, Borough and County Councils. Regular liaison meetings between Horley Town Council and the neighbourhood police team are held at the Council Offices in Albert Road.
Health and Wellbeing:
Horley is currently well provided for with three medical centres and several pharmacies. Further new facilities will come on stream with the growth of the new North East and North West communities. Added to this Horley sits in close proximity to East Surrey Hospital, which provides a full range of medical services including an A&E facility.
Roads and Infrastructure:
Horley sits astride the A23 trunk road which provides ready access to London, Brighton and the UK motorway network via the M23. Improvements to the road network have been made in recent years and transport infrastructure in the town has been enhanced by the development of the rail-bus interchange at Horley railway station. Significant further development will commence with the start of the North West sector house building when two new link roads will be constructed from both the A23 and the A217 to serve the development. Further ahead there is the on-going development of Gatwick and the significant improvements to infrastructure that will be needed to support this.
Horley’s superb location and proximity to Gatwick airport makes it a natural and very convenient gateway to London, the South coast, the near continent and, via Gatwick, the rest of the world. The town has a thriving hotel/guest house industry to meet the accommodation needs of our visitors coupled with a growing reputation for independent, specialist shops and a good range of restaurants.
Industry and Commerce:
Horley has two industrial parks within the town boundary namely The Metro and Bridge Industrial Estates. These, together with other commercial premises in the town, cover a wide range of retail, industrial and commercial operations and total over 100 separate businesses.
Annual Events that take place in Horley
Horley in Bloom
This annual event takes place in July. Businesses, pubs, restaurants, hotels and residents of Horley compete for prizes in various gardening, landscaping and decorative categories. A presentation evening takes place in September.
This was revived in 2013, following the success of the Jubilee Fun Day the year before. A procession of floats and marching bands made their way through the town to Horley Recreation Ground where there were many stalls, a funfair and arena events.
Horley Lion Bonfire & Fireworks
A very popular annual event held in the Horley Recreation Ground on the Saturday closest to 5 November.
Parade & Services of Remembrance
(In association with the Royal British Legion)
The Memorial Gardens are opened and crosses are planted on the Wednesday preceding 11 November. On 11 November, if this does not fall on a Sunday, there is a short service in the Pedestrian Precinct, when the two minutes’ silence is observed. The main parade and service takes place on Remembrance Sunday