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Oxted2020-06-02T12:32:32+00:00

Businesses urged to apply for grants

Tandridge District Council still has £7.5m worth of business grants to award to around 700 businesses, which have not yet applied for government grants to support them through the COVID-19 crisis. The Council has already paid out almost £12m in grants to help 952 businesses.

Businesses must be eligible for one of the following grants to qualify:

  • Small Business Rate Relief: a £10,000 grant for smaller businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or less.
  • Expanded Retail Discount Scheme: a £10,000 grant for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with a rateable value up to and including £15,000.
  • Expanded Retail Discount Scheme: a £25,000 grant for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with a rateable value over £15,001 up to £51,000.

Any business eligible for the Small Business Rate Relief or the Expanded Retail Discount Scheme, should complete this application form. They will need their Business Rate account number, shown on their bill. The Business Rates reference number is also available from the Valuation Office Agency at www.voa.gov.uk.

Some companies charge fees to complete this application on behalf of small businesses. The Council does not charge any fees and business owners should submit applications for grants directly, using the website form.

Many of the businesses are small or medium-sized companies which don’t usually pay business rates. This means there may only be a postal address for them, rather than an e-mail address or other details. Officers are working hard to find other ways to contact these businesses.

Any business which does not qualify for a grant under the government guidelines, but is affected by COVID-19, can apply for hardship relief which could reduce or cancel the amount of rates payable. Any business in this situation should complete this application form.

Councillor Tony Elias, Leader of the Council and Chair of Strategy & Resources Committee, said: “Our officers have been working hard to process all applications as quickly as they can. We want to make sure no businesses miss out on this essential funding.  We are committed to supporting the local economy and I urge businesses to fill in the application form as soon as possible to claim these government grants.”

For more information contact Giuseppina Valenza, Katharine Beynon or Neil Leedham on communications@tandridge.gov.uk or
01883 732704/2962/2742.

Party spokesperson: Councillor Tony Elias (Con) 01883 742685, Councillor Chris Botten (Lib Dem) 07917 862130, Councillor Martin Allen (Ind) 01959 577201.

Tandridge District Council still has £7.5m worth of business grants to award to around 700 businesses, which have not yet applied for government grants to support them through the COVID-19 crisis. The Council has already paid out almost £12m in grants to help 952 businesses.

By |June 18th, 2020|Oxted|

9 things we know about a £3.5bn theme park opening an hour from Surrey

A brand new £3.5bn theme park, located just an hour from Surrey, recently took another step forward.

The London Resort, situated 17 minutes from London, on the Swanscombe Peninsula in Kent, is proposing a public consultation in August and September prior to a planning submission before the end of 2020.

Developers claim it will be one of the most ambitious theme park projects in Europe, confirming the attraction will cover the size of 136 Wembley Stadiums with six exciting areas to explore.

So, to get thrill-seekers excited, SurreyLive has put together a list of things we know so far about the new attraction which has a planned opening in 2024.

1. It is going to be absolutely huge

The first phase of the 535-acre site will make it the UK’s largest theme park and the biggest entertainment district in Europe.

Developers claim The London Resort will be the first European development of its kind to be built from scratch since the opening of Disneyland Paris in 1992.

2. Thrill-seekers can explore six lands

The park will feature six lands including The Studios, The Woods, The Kingdom, The Isles, The Jungle and The Starport.

It will eventually be a two-park resort – as the first ‘gate’ plans to open in 2024 and the second within five years (by 2029).

PY Gerbeau, chief executive, said: “We are creating a first-class theme park. A destination that maximises all the new, immersive and interactive technologies and experiences in the world.”

The six lands of The London Resort (Image: The London Resort)

3. It is located around an hour from Surrey

Despite being called The London Resort it is actually located 17 minutes from London, on the Swanscombe Peninsula in Kent.

According to Google Maps the journey would take just over an hour from Guildford, and significantly less from other Surrey locations such as Oxted,Caterham and Redhill. In fact it would take about 35 minutes from Oxted, on Surrey’s eastern border.

The London Resort – key facts

  • The UK’s largest theme park and the largest entertainment district in Europe
  • 535 acres – the equivalent of 136 Wembley Stadiums
  • Multi-billion pound investment
  • Around 30,000 jobs
  • 3,500 hotel rooms
  • 17 minutes from King’s Cross Station
  • A Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP)
  • Construction targeted to begin in 2021
  • Set to open to visitors in 2024

4. It could create thousands of jobs

The London Resort will create more than 9,000 jobs at the Entertainment Resort with a further 2,300 jobs in the Entertainment Resort hotels, the developer says.

There is also a potential for approximately 21,000 indirect jobs through the supply chain and growth from spending in the local area, the park claims.

During the construction period, up to 6,300 jobs could be created.

For the full list, please click here.

By |June 14th, 2020|Oxted|

Wild white-tailed eagles recorded over Surrey for first time in over 100 years

Wild white-tailed eagles returned to Surrey’s skies for the first time in more than a century.

A reintroduction scheme was launched on the Isle of Wight by the Roy Dennis Foundation, aimed at bringing the birds, which can have a wing span of almost eight feet, back to southern England.

Six were collected from Scotland with a special licence, and they were fitted with satellite trackers to monitor their movements.

Tracking data shows two have flown through Surrey since the end of March.

On top of that, by a bizarre coincidence, a bird spotter pictured a wild white-tailed eagle just over the border in Worcester Park however that eagle was part of a small influx of the birds that was brought to the UK from Europe on strong easterly winds in March.

The organisation behind the reintroduction project confirmed that sighting was not one of the Isle of Wight eagles.

The last time the eagles were recorded in Surrey was when one was shot at Titsey Park in Oxted, in 1906, while all of the previous six Surrey sightings came in the 19th century.

The birds were hunted to extinction in the UK in the late 1800s and early 1900s, before being reintroduced in recent years. There are now around 130 breeding pairs in Scotland and efforts