Be scam aware

We are aware of two council tax scams operating in this area. Scammers have been targeting residents, telling them they owe money on their council tax and advising them if they do not pay immediately they will contact the police.

Scammers have also been e-mailing residents, from what looks like a government e-mail address, telling them they are eligible for a discount on their council tax and asking them to supply their credit or debit card details to claim the discount.

If you receive one of these phone calls, texts or e-mails do not give out any personal information, bank details, card numbers or passwords, even if it seems genuine.

Local Plan hearings start Tuesday 8 October

The public examination hearings for Our Local Plan: 2033 starts next Tuesday 8 October at 9.30am and will be heard by planning Inspector Philip Lewis BA (Hons) MA MRTPI. The draft timetable (ID6) for the hearings has been updated. 
The sessions will take place at the Council Offices in Oxted and will run between 9.30am to 5pm on each of the scheduled days.

Local Enforcement Plan approved

Last week’s Planning Policy Committee approved the Local Enforcement Plan, setting out how the Council monitors planning permissions, investigates alleged cases of unauthorised development and takes action where planning laws have been breached.

The Council is very focused on ensuring development complies with the approved planning application and will take enforcement action where this does not happen. The full plan is available on the Council’s website.

Why bin old favourites? Recycling lets them live on

Did you know that even worn, holey and broken items can be recycled rather than thrown in your general rubbish bin?

To recycle clothes and home textiles, make sure they’re clean and dry, put them in a standard-sized carrier bag and then check how they can be recycled where you live. To do that you can use the recycling search tool at or download the Surrey Recycles app.