In this issue...
What a glorious week it has been for half term, positively spring like!
As the weather turns warmer, it’s a sure indicator that the annual Bourne Hall celebration, Herald of Spring, is on its way. Since its inception, the event has evolved from a day only of interest to keen gardeners, flower arrangers and horticulturists into a family fun day. This year the theme is superheroes, with prizes for the best children’s costumes – see What's on for more.
Spring also heralds the kick off for the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games, the annual sports festival where youngsters get free training in a sport they may not be familiar with and then the opportunity to compete with children across Surrey. Registration is now open!
However, spring also brings unwelcome news from your local authorities; with council tax levels decided for the year ahead. Earlier this week, your elected representatives agreed the budgets for this council, including the borough council element of your council tax. The borough council component is the smallest portion of your of council tax bill, as the tax also pays for Surrey Police and the county council. We’ve included information on our budget and the latest council tax news from the other bodies in this issue.
With local elections coming up in May, where all the seats on this council are up for election, you may want to take this opportunity to engage with your potential future councillors about your council tax and other local matters. We’ve included a helpful ‘who does what’ guide in the key facts section to remind you what we are responsible for providing.
We also preview a series of events coming up in June to mark the anniversary of a dark day for Epsom and ask you if you have family members who took part or have any memorabilia related to the Epsom ‘Riot’.
With spring ‘busting out all over’ a little bit early, we hope you enjoy the unseasonably warm weather and find something of interest in this month’s e-borough Insight.