Effingham Parish Council




East Horsley & Effingham Parish Councils

Community Governance Review


We are consulting the public on the request from East Horsley Parish Council, which is:


1. to alter the boundary between the parishes of East Horsley and Effingham;

2. to increase the number of parish councillors elected to East Horsley Parish Council from 9 to 12.


More details can be downloaded (as pdf) here.







Vacancies have arisen for the appointment of three Trustees to the Effingham Village Recreation Trust (EVRT) by Effingham Parish Council. If you are interested in becoming a Trustee, please contact the Parish Clerk.


More details can be downloaded (as pdf) here.





Effingham Parish Council has reluctantly decided they are unable to challenge the Appeal decision, since the Council's barrister Scott Stemp has advised there is no realistic basis for a challenge in the High Court, and the risk of costs being awarded against the Council would be very high. A summary of the advice is available here.


The Parish Council's former Chairman Arnold Pindar says "This is a devastating result for the village. The Parish Council and many local residents are deeply angry and upset, but sadly we cannot risk local tax-payers’ money in a legal challenge when we have clear advice that there are insufficient grounds.” See the Council's press release here.


Full information about the Planning Inquiry, including the Proofs of Evidence presented by Effingham Parish Council, can be found here.




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Effingham residents voted overwhelmingly in support of their Neighbourhood Plan in the referendum on 22 February 2018, with 93.5% voting ‘yes' in support of the Plan (843 yes votes out of 902 votes cast). From this point forward, the Effingham Neighbourhood Plan will become part of Guildford’s Development Plan, carrying full weight alongside the Local Plan in all planning decisions in Effingham ward. Around 44% of all Effingham residents voted in the referendum - a very high turnout for a Neighbourhood Plan referendum.


For more information vist www.guildford.gov.uk/effingham


You can download the Referendum Version of the Neighbourhood Plan here, or a printed version is available to read in the Parish Room.


You can view further information about Effingham's Neighbourhood Plan on the Neighbourhood Plan page.





Welcome to our website

We want to help you better understand what the Parish Council is, how it works, and what it does in the village. We also hope it will be a useful point of contact for residents who want to keep in touch with each other.



Scenic Effingham


On this site you can

  • ... and much more besides

There are links and contact details for many other village organisations.



The galleon used as this website's logo is the emblem of both the Parish Council and the village. The image depicts the first of no less than five Ark Royal ships to serve the Crown, and was the flagship of the English Fleet in which Lord Howard of Effingham successfully faced the Spanish Armada in 1588. Sir Walter Raleigh had the ship built in Deptford in 1587 for his own use, but before launch she was purchased by Queen Elizabeth I for £5000. Subsequent HMS Ark Royals were launched in 1914, 1937, 1950 & 1981, the last of which was decommissioned in 2011. Captain Kyd, the last commander, expressed the hope that there would be a sixth Ark Royal in the not-too-distant future. "It is an iconic name that has real resonance with the British people, with the Royal Navy, and around the world."


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