Lingfield and Area Community News Editorial

Hello again friends, and welcome to this, our Spring 2019 edition of Community News, bringing you the local news and information you need and want. As ever, we must offer our sincere thanks to our readers, advertisers and distributors, without whom there wouldn’t be a CN. We couldn’t do it without you. 

So, the Christmas and New Year festivities are a distant memory now, and we’re all back into the swing of things! Right? Well, almost. If, like me, you’re still carrying that additional winter weight you acquired in December, it might be advisable to use January (which someone seems to add an extra day to every year) to make some adaptable new year resolutions, think about your goals, and then see how you feel. 

I’ll be honest, January is my least favourite time of the year – cold, dark, and seemingly going on for months! Add to that the inevitable comedown of knowing I’m at the furthest point from my favourite time of the year, it’s always a relief to fold away that first page of the calendar and see February looming large. Roll on the Spring and start thinking about the Summer.

Lingfest Ticket Prices Announced 

And speaking of the Summer, tickets for Lingfest, our little village’s very own Party in the Park, will be on sale online from Friday, 1st February. Book early (before Friday, 31st May) for the cheaper price of just £5 per adult*. 

Tickets purchased after that date will cost £7.50 per adult*, and anyone who leaves it to the day itself, Saturday, 13th July, to make a purchase will pay £10 on the door per adult, subject to availability. Come along and join the fun and support this wonderful community event. (*Booking fee applies)

Gatwick’s Expansion Plans

Gatwick Airport’s plans to expand – involving employing new technology, bringing its emergency runway into regular use, and continuing planning for a brand-new runway – have seemingly divided opinion. Local business bodies appear to be generally supportive, while local politicians appear opposed.

It’s unlikely anything major will happen soon (these things take time, normally a lot of time) but it seems Gatwick’s new owner is determined to grow its business and up the passenger levels. Watch this space. 

Rickshaw Challenge 2018

Lingfield hosted the BBC Children in Need’s Rickshaw Challenge on Saturday, 10th November last year, and despite the heavy rain, hundreds of people lined streets in Lingfield and Dormansland to support The One Show’s presenter Matt Baker and the six young riders, who pedalled their Rickshaw from Ashford to the Lingfield and Dormansland Community Centre. We just like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all of you who turned up and showed your support! 

Tesco Is Definitely Still Coming

The Tesco-In-Lingfield saga continues, but it does seem that the retailer has committed to our little village after advertising for staff. Nice to have something solid to go on, although there’s still no date for an actual opening of the store. 

Despite all renovation work at the Old Cage appearing to have stopped for several months before Christmas, the development has now started again, with minor building work being carried out on the carpark. Let’s hope it’s open by the time the Summer issue of CN appears, and at least the Old Cage will be put to good use.

Local Plan Housing 

Tandridge District Council is arguing for 6,056 new homes (303 a year) in its Local Plan submission. This is substantially less than central government’s suggestion of 12,900 new homes, and we suspect the final figure will be somewhere in between. However, as ever with this debate, it’s not the number of new homes that’s crucial, but the social infrastructure needed to go with it. Again, watch this space. 

Three Tragic Passings

Sadly, we have to report the recent passing of three local people. Firstly, Kevin Black, a long-time journalist and campaigner, with “an abundance of empathy with the issues facing local people”, passed away at the end of last year. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Jo Cormac, a Lingfield Surgery worker and long-time local resident, died peacefully on January 7th this year, at the Ashurst Park Nursing Home. Jo and her husband, Pat, moved to Lingfield in 1952 and brought up their four children here.

Finally, local resident and biker Philip McClean, 54, died in a collision in Lingfield in September last year, when the motorbike he was riding was involved in a traffic accident on Tandridge Lane on September 16th. He will be sorely missed by his large family. 

Join the Gang

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We’d also like to ask if anybody out there would like to help us with CN’s distribution and delivery? We could certainly use some more deliverers, so if you could spare a few hours every 12 weeks or so, please get in touch.

That just leaves us, the CN team, to say once again a Great Big Thank You to you, our readers, advertisers, contributors, deliverers, friends, and associates. Sit tight, keep warm, and wait for the early Bluebells to arrive, and we’ll see you guys in May.

The Community News Team

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