Welcome to the Oxted Parish Council web site
Whether you are one of the 10,500 residents of the Parish or a visitor, we hope you find the site interesting and informative.
Our aim is to increase our links with the community and to keep our parishioners fully informed of our work.
This is the local access point for community information. Improving communication and involving residents in local issues enables the Council to work more closely with the residents of Oxted and Hurst Green.
Your Parish Councillors are very proud of Oxted’s heritage with its open spaces, community spirit, its excellent range of town centre and countryside housing, and its local facilities.
Support your local shops and get children back to school
As the start of the new school year approaches many families will be thinking about the practicalities of returning to school in September.
As part of our backing business campaign, we are encouraging families to shop locally when getting everything they need for their children to return to school, whether that’s stationery, school bags and lunch boxes, clothes, shoes or those much needed back to school haircuts.
Many of our high street shops and local businesses are ready to help parents get everything they need and are counting on your support.
When you visit your local shops, to reduce the risk of catching or spreading the virus, you should:
- Keep your distance and protect yourself and others.
- Wear a face covering.
- Be patient if queuing.
- Stay at home if you’re unwell.
Please stay safe and shop local whenever you can.
Don’t lose your voice – make sure you’re registered to vote
Residents should ensure they are registered to vote by completing the annual canvass form as soon as possible.
This year, as part of the government’s canvass reform programme to make the process more efficient, the majority of residents will be notified by e-mail or text message. Letters, asking residents to review and update their details, will only be sent to households if no e-mail address or mobile number is held for them.
If residents’ names are missing or if any other details need to be added or changed, they can be easily updated online. If someone new is added, they must also complete an application to register to vote. The application can be completed online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
Residents who receive the letter can decide to update the details online or by amending the printed version and returning it in the post, using the special envelope provided. Residents’ e-mail addresses can also be added which means they will receive future correspondence by e-mail.
The annual canvass is a legal requirement. To reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus, we are encouraging residents to respond online, by telephone or by text message.
Elaine Jackson, Acting Chief Executive and Electoral Registration Officer at Tandridge District Council said: “Don’t let something as simple as not being on the register stop you from having a vote and a voice. It’s really important everyone who is entitled to vote is able to. Make sure you check the details and please respond online, by phone, or by text message.”
Anyone with any questions about the form, voting or the electoral register should visit www.tandridge.gov.uk/elections.
Tandridge Voluntary Action has received interest from over 200 new volunteers in the last week. As the situation evolves in the next few days, there may be more need emerging in some areas of Tandridge, particularly in relation to vulnerable people. We will work with you to ensure you have more volunteers to assist you.
Support our local foodbanks
Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. This has become particularly clear during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. A simple box of food makes a big difference.
Over 90% of the food distributed by foodbanks across The Trussell Trust network is donated by the public – that’s why your food donations are absolutely vital to their ability to give everyone referred to them a balanced and nutritious three day supply of food.
Caterham and East Grinstead foodbanks are welcoming food donations and their shopping lists can be found on their websites:
If you are currently self-isolating or choosing not to visit shops or supermarkets at this time, but would like to help, please consider giving a financial donation to help them continue their valuable work. Visit https://www.trusselltrust.org/get-involved/ways-to-give/ or text TRUSSELL then your amount (eg TRUSSELL 5) to 70085.
To find out more about the foodbanks in The Trussell Trust network and the vital work they do visit www.trusselltrust.org.