Who runs this website?
The website is owned and operated by Reigate.UK Online Limited. The editor is me, David Grantham, a Reigate resident.
What is reigate.uk?
The website is a ‘hyperlocal’, offering community news and information for Reigate and surrounding areas.
I set the site up in 2014 because I thought there was a gap for a hyperlocal, similar to ones I’d enjoyed reading when I lived elsewhere. There are plenty of Facebook groups covering Reigate, but rather fewer people going along to council meetings or picking up the phone to ask organisations what’s going on. In short, I thought there was probably a space for some community journalism.
There are of course established local newspapers but these cover a wider area, and at least when I set the site up their online and mobile offering wasn’t brilliant.
As well as running the site, I write most of the articles. Work on reigate.uk comes after other priorities of family, friends and a day job. Much of the writing is done on my commute to and from London, although obviously there’s research and meetings to attend which require time at evenings and weekends.
Reigate.uk also participates in the BBC-funded Local Democracy Reporter (LDR) scheme, so the site benefits from some material being written by an outside journalist. Stories from the LDR are clearly identified as such.
How is reigate.uk funded?
At present I work for free on the site.
Occasionally the site has managed to attract advertising as originally intended, to cover running costs, but it’s likely the site will at some point have some sort of soft subscription system – ‘soft’ meaning there’s unlikely to be a hard paywall, but some sort of membership system for a weekly newsletter and guaranteed listing of members’ events.
What about complaints and standards?
Like a growing number of hyperlocals around the UK, the site is regulated by Impress, a press regulator. This means the site follows Impress’s code of practice, and there’s an independent complaints process if needed. More information is on the corrections and complaints page (link below).
I hate/love the site. Where can I give feedback?
Feedback on the site, positive or negative, is always much appreciated. E-mail is below.