Published Friday, 21st July 2017

Horley High Street’s pedestrian precinct is set to benefit from a £630,000 makeover to create a high quality, attractive space at the heart of the town centre.

The revamp will include resurfacing the pedestrianised shopping area, lighting improvements, new street furniture, better loading and unloading arrangements for deliveries and improved parking for the disabled.

Attractive space

Cllr Eddy Humphreys, Executive Member for Economy and Jobs, said: “The Borough Council and its partners are keen to improve the vitality, vibrancy and competiveness of Horley town centre as part of our ongoing regeneration efforts so that it meets the needs of its current and growing population.

“These improvements will create an  attractive space at the heart of the town centre enabling the High Street to be more easily used for activities, events and outside eating and drinking. The enhanced streetscape will also improve public perception and business confidence, helping to attract visitors and investment to the town centre.”

Benefits for residents, businesses and visitors

Andy Lynch, Chairman of the Horley Town Management Group who has been consulted on the scheme, said: “I am delighted the town centre precinct will be upgraded. The Horley Town Management Group has worked extremely hard with Reigate & Banstead Borough Council and Surrey County Council to secure funding for our town to enhance the time spent here. This will be very beneficial to visitors and businesses alike. 

"It will also help with the existing events that are put on such as St George's Day and the Christmas lights switch on and make it easier to organise more town centre events in the future. I am very excited about this and looking forward to seeing the benefits from the end result.”

The scheme was agreed by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council’s Executive at their meeting on Thursday 13 July and will be funded by £530,000 from the Borough Council’s Capital Programme, already earmarked for improvements to the town centre, and £100,000 from Surrey County Council.

The County Council as the local Highways Authority will design, procure and manage the works. It is anticipated that detailed designs will be ready by Autumn 2017 whith construction beginning on site in Spring 2018 and completed by Summer 2018.

The High Street works are the third phase of a package public ream improvements to improve Horley town centre, for which the Executive set aside £1m in 2008.

For more information about the regeneration of Horley see the Horley regeneration page.