Newsflash: For the very latest situation on flooding risks along the Bourne River catchment, telephone the Environment Agency's Floodline on 0845 988 1188, select option 1 and enter Quickdial number 173813.
Welcome to Whyteleafe Village Council’s website. You will see references to “parish” and we were called Whyteleafe Parish Council until 2011 when we decided on a change of name. You’ll find information on this website about our name change, what’s on and the Council’s aims and priorities for making Whyteleafe a better place to live and work.
The Council is funded by you, the Council Tax payer, and we want to make sure you have your say - come along to the monthly meeting, contact councillors and the clerk by phone or email, better still get involved either as a councillor or as part of a working group.
As central government and regional Councils trim their budgets, local communities are encouraged to take on greater responsibilities which means that there are great challenges and opportunities ahead.
The EA's recent comments about the Bourne River catchment are:
"Groundwater levels have risen rapidly in the upper Wandle catchment in response to recent sustained and intense rainfall. As a consequence groundwater levels, as measured at the Environment Agency's monitoring of boreholes, indicate the potential for sustained flow within the Caterham Bourne. The rapid rate of groundwater level recovery within the Chalk aquifer allows us to conclude with a high level of confidence that initially low lying roads and properties will be susceptible to flooding. We are monitoring the levels and will update this message as the situation changes."
For the very latest situation please use the EA's Floodline on 0845 988 1188, select option 1 and enter Quickdial number 173813 to get more information.
Your local Councils have allocated extra resources to work with other agencies, households and businesses to help mitigate the situation. To find out more about the work currently being done in response to flood events please go to the Tandridge District Council (TDC) website. If you need flood assistance please contact TDC on 01883 722000 (including out of hours) or contact Thames Water on 08459 200 800 if you have problems with sewers. Blocked road gullies should be reported to Surrey County Council on 0300 200 1003.
Please do not lift manhole covers to get rid of water or attempt to clear trash screens along the route of the Caterham Bourne. Also, try to avoid contact with floodwater and wash your hands regularly.
One of the many activities of the Village Council is to provide Tandridge District Council (TDC) with comments and feedback on local planning issues. Each month, the Council will typically have a number of new planning applications to consider as part of TDC's statutory consultation process.
Whyteleafe village councillors will normally discuss new applications at the first available Council meeting and provide feedback, such as objections, to TDC via the Clerk. It is important for the community that Whyteleafe Village Council consider the suitability of applications within the local context and communicate this with the District Council.
If you wish to comment on any application directly to TDC, you can either write to them at the Council offices in Oxted, telephone the planning officer or email using the address
Here is a document that summarises recent planning application activity in Whyteleafe. We hope you find this report informative and helpful.
Thank you to everyone who has participated in our online survey of visitors to Whyteleafe Recreation Ground. The survey, which should only take a few minutes to complete, is still open and to participate click on this link http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7ZGG8XZ
Initial results show that most people visit to take some form of exercise whether it be walking or participation in sports. Taking children out to play is also a popular reason to come to the park. Other reasons for visiting are to relax, to exercise the dog, enjoy the beauty of the park and surrounding views and gain access, on foot, to other local areas.
Two thirds of visitors come to the site either once a week or once a month. All the facilities at the park have been rated 'good' by respondents except for the toilets which are considered 'poor'.
In terms of any changes, many people would like to have somewhere to get refreshments.
If you would like to participate, please follow the link. Please answer as many of the questions as possible (there are only nine in all). The more you tell us, the better informed we'll be.