Lingfield and Area Community News Editorial
Hello again friends and welcome to this, our Spring 2018 edition of Community News. We hope all our readers, advertisers and friends had a wonderful Christmas and New Year - it seems so long ago now, doesn't it?
What a pleasure it was to see Lingfield decorated with lights, and as I took an occasional evening stroll around the village in December, I saw an array of wonderful decorations, with some of the Christmas trees being particularly spectacular. Yes, it's always sad when the decorations are packed away, but time moves on - roll on Easter.
Try to take solace in the fact that we're now getting a full two minutes extra daylight per day, one at sunrise and one at sunset. Clocks go forward on Sunday, 25th March, giving us a lovely boost of evening sun.
The Old Cage - Tesco Coming
News has reached us that The Old Cage will become a Tesco store, opening in the late spring. A spokesman for the retailer said Tesco was "looking forward to opening a store and serving customers in Lingfield".
I'm pretty sure most of Lingfield's residents are also looking forward to Tesco's arrival, if only because it will see the full redevelopment and re-opening of the listed building. Renovation work was being carried out before Christmas, with new exterior paint applied, and some minor building work taking place outside, but the interior of the property appears to be relatively untouched.
The alleyway running alongside the property, providing a shortcut to Vicarage Road, was closed for several weeks at the end of last year, but is now open again. As we've said before, watch this space for more information.
The matter of the closed footpath/right of way at the south end of Lingfield Station has still yet to be resolved. The crossing remains closed, and has been for several years now.
Several plans to overcome the closure - and allow wheelchair users and mothers with prams to make their own way out of the station, and not have to ask for help - have been discussed within the local council recently, and are dealt with in more detail in this issue. However, this is another case of watch this space.
Lingfest Planning Continues
After the roaring success of Lingfest 2017, its committee is now pushing ahead with plans for this year's follow-up, a one-day music festival on 14th July. However, there will be a charge for entry this time, with adults paying just £5 for a ticket, and children under 16 and OAPs getting in for free.
Lingfest remains a not-for-profit enterprise, but there's less funding available this year (as it's a second-year event), hence the charge to cover the funding gap.
For Lingfest to succeed however, it needs volunteers, so if you would like to offer up your services, contact the now re-named Tandridge Voluntary Service Council, on [email protected] or 01342 836 774, and you'll be contacted nearer the time.
CCTV and Crime
There seems to have been an alarming rise in vandalism and petty crime in the local area over the last few months, with several shops targeted for robberies in the run-up to Christmas last year. There has been at least one arrest in connection with these crimes (see the Local News Round up pages of this issue), and the legal process is currently ongoing.
But the problems have raised the issue of whether CCTV should be installed in the village, at certain locations anyway.
Discussions within the local council are ongoing, and a vote put to local residents late last year came down very marginally in favour of installation. The main stumbling block seems to be, as ever, money, as a small increase in local taxation would likely result after cameras (and the supporting technology) are installed. Personally, I don't think we'll see much movement on this for several months, as the details and overall viability are still being worked out.
Dial 101 (Police Non-emergency Number)
Just a gentle reminder that 101 is the number to call when you want to contact your local police, when it's less urgent than a 999 call. You should call 101 to report crime and other concerns that do not require an emergency response. For example, if your property has been damaged, or you suspect drug use or dealing in your neighbourhood, or to speak to the police about a general enquiry, use this number.
Having said that, you should always call 999 when it is an emergency, such as when a crime is in progress, someone suspected of a crime is nearby, when there is danger to life, or when violence is being used or threatened.
Award of SCC Grant/Running Costs
As you're probably aware, CN is staffed and operated entirely by volunteers, with contributors not paid for their work, and with the printing costs covered (just about, but sometimes not) by our paid-for advertising.
Given that, we were very pleased to have recently received a grant of £400 from Surrey County Council, which will really help with our running costs. We'll do our best to keep providing a valuable service for the local community.
Lingfield Primary School Across the Ages
Lingfield Primary School and some of the residents of Orchard Court Nursing Home got together before Christmas to make cards, an "inspiring" inter-generational event covered in more detail in this issue, and a process that the school authorities will continue throughout the year.
Changes Places Toilet Opens
The Jubilee Community Centre in Charlwoods Road, East Grinstead, unveiled its new Changing Places Toilet late last year, the only location in the town and a wide surrounding area where people with extreme disabilities will find such a facility. The centre has disabled parking spaces and the toilet is available whenever the centre is open, seven days a week at certain times. For further information call 01342 328 334.
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A Final Word
So, it just remains for us to thank our readers, advertisers and distributors, without whom there would simply be no CN. We appreciate the support you guys give us, and we'll keep trying to bring you the local news and information you need and want. Bring on 2018!