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Key facts & figures

Council revenue turnover
  • Tandridge District Council has an annual revenue turnover of £64 million (2015/2016) which includes running all Council housing and has an annual capital investment programme of around £11.3 million (2016/2017).
Population and households
  • Tandridge has a population of approximately 83,000, the fifth smallest in Surrey and the second lowest population density with 3.3 persons per hectare compared to a county average of 6.6. For detailed 2001 Census information go to Census.
  • Approximately 70% of the population live in the main northern residential areas of Caterham, Oxted, Warlingham and Whyteleafe which together cover about 9% of the Council's geographical area. The remainder live in smaller settlements and villages. The continuing national trend towards smaller household sizes is reflected in the District and nearly 60% of households now consist of one or two persons (27% are single person households).
  • The total number of households is approximately 35,713. Approximately 20% of residents are above pensionable age compared to the Surrey average of 18.8%.The level of owner occupation in the District is over 80%, which is well above the national average. Some 11% of homes are rented from the Council or housing associations and 9% are rented privately.
  • Just over half the District's working population of 40,000 commute out to the major employment centres such as Greater London (55%) and Crawley and Gatwick (8%). The use of train to get to work is higher in Tandridge - 14% than the Surrey average of 10%.
  • Personal mobility is high and approximately 87% of households have at least one car; 48% have two cars or more. The District benefits from a good highway network, which includes the A22 and A25, the M23 and M25 motorways and also benefits from the proximity of Gatwick Airport. But there are also costs in the form of noise and pollution resulting from the high levels of road and air traffic.
  • Tandridge is well served by the rail network; the East Grinstead and Caterham lines connect many towns and villages with London. The Reading to Tonbridge line also provides a passenger and freight service through the district.
  • Tandridge is a large, mainly rural district covering 24,819 hectares, in East Surrey.
  • The District is almost entirely covered by the Green Belt (approximately 94%) and only 12% of its area developed. Some 28% of the District is open space or woodland and 60% is under agricultural activity, which is 17% higher than the average for Surrey.
  • Tandridge has 19 Conservation Areas and 600 Listed Buildings, of which 20 are recognised as being of outstanding national interest and are designated as Grade I buildings. There are eight Sites of Special Scientific Interest, six Local Nature Reserves and over a third of the District is designated as being either an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or Great Landscape Value.
Towns and businesses
  • The main towns in Tandridge are Caterham and Oxted which have populations of 31,000 and 11,000 respectively and provide shopping facilities for the local population and surrounding areas. Although the main shopping areas of the District are well used, many people travel outside the area for shopping to the centres of Crawley, Croydon, Redhill and East Grinstead.
  • There are more than 4,000 VAT registered active businesses in the District, ranging from sole traders to multi-national companies.
Rubbish and recycling
  • Tandridge District Council collects more than 29,500 tonnes of household waste each year, around 20,000 tonnes disposed of in the landfill site and almost 10,000 tonnes recycled. The current recycling rate is almost 33% which compares well with the rest of Surrey and is one of the better rates for dry recyclables in the country.
  • Tandridge is part of the East Surrey Police Division, where the crime rate is low with 49 recorded crimes per 1,000 population against a national average of 66.

National/local population and other statistics are available from the Office of National Statistics.

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