Voters will be going to the polls in the Surrey County Council elections on Thursday, May 2, to decide who will represent them at county hall and the future political complexion of the area.

With Life straddling parts of Reigate and Banstead borough and Mole Valley and Tandridge districts, there will be a total of eight county council seats and two by-elections being decided within the Life distribution area.

In Reigate and Banstead borough, the seven county council seats in the Life area will be being contested by a total of 32 candidates.

They are at Earlswood and Reigate South; Horley East; Horley West, Salfords and Sidlow; Merstham and Banstead South; Redhill East; Redhill West and Meadvale and Reigate.

In the last county council elections back in 2009, in the Life area seats being contested then, the voter turn-out ranged from the highest in Reigate Central at 45.65%, to the lowest in Horley East with a turn-out of 35.92%.

The borough by-election will be for South Park and Woodhatch, with five candidates in contention.

In Mole Valley, four candidates will be contesting the district's single county seat in the Life area – Dorking Rural, covering villages including Charlwood, Hookwood, Buckland and Leigh.

And in Tandridge, a by-election will be held in the Burstow, Horne and Outwood ward, due to the resignation of Michael Keenan.

Three candidates will be contesting the seat.

Polling station details and times are on polling cards sent out to voters, while full lists of candidates can be viewed at the respective council websites:, and