What the Parish Council does

Ockley is a vibrant village between Dorking and Horsham on the Surrey / Sussex borders nestling in the shadow of Leith Hill - the highest point in South East England.

Ockley Parish Council is here to represent the interests of the local Ockley community and to maintain the quality of life of our residents. Parish councils are the grass-roots tier of local government - not to be confused with church councils and ecclesiastical parishes. They have a range of powers and duties, which must be used for the benefit of the parish as a whole and include matters such as planning applications and highways.

Previously Ockley Parish Council has successfully campaigned on the community’s behalf to reduce the speed limit on Stane Street to 30mph; to help develop affordable housing such as Prideaux Gardens; to act as a catalyst for some action groups such as speedwatch and the maintenance team; and to help maintain notice boards, the play area, the old milestone and the pump. The council also operates as an avenue to promote solutions for local issues such as potholes, drainage and occasionally, planning.

Parish councils really ‘exist’ only for the duration of their council meetings, in the sense that decisions can be made only during these meetings. In the gaps between, individual parish councillors might give their own personal view on any matter, but they may not present their own opinion as ‘the view of the parish council’.

September 2020 updates - 4 points of note

1. Information from MVDC regarding new grant funding opportunities for local businesses recently announced by Coast to Capital LEP. Two of the grant schemes are due to open at midday on Tuesday 15 September 2020. Businesses will need to be ready to submit their applications as soon as they open as these particular grants will be allocated by Coast to Capital on a first come first served basis and are likely to be over-subscribed very quickly. The latest edition of Economic Spotlight the Mole Valley business e-newsletter contains all the information about the grants.

CORONAVIRUS APRIL 2020 (EMERGENCY FUNDS AVAILABLE)

OKEWOOD AND DISTRICT NURSING ASSOCIATION (AID IN SICKNESS FUND)
invite anyone living in the villages of Okewood, Ockley, Forest Green and Walliswood who is suffering severe financial hardship in the current crisis to please contact Welfare Officer Jane on 07814 287926 for immediate assistance. All calls treated in the strictest confidence.

CORONAVIRUS March 2020 (help for self-isolators)

Following government advice in relation to the Coronavirus, you may choose to self-isolate in the near future.

This may be because you are aged over 70, or a younger person with a health condition or feeling unwell.

If you need essential shopping, we can put you in touch with a volunteer to help.

Please contact Amanda Barclay by e-mail (ajbopc@gmail.com) or telephone (07879898807)

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