Get your 12-15 year olds vaccinated at Leatherhead Monday 29 November

Face coverings to be compulsory on public transport and in shops

Get your 12-15 year olds vaccinated at Leatherhead Monday 29th

The Big Weekend of vaccinations 27-28 November 2021

Today’s announcement on reintroduction of mandatory masks in retail and transport settings was accompanied by further encouragement to take up vaccination and the booster – details on this in article :

This weekend your local NHS will be running extra vaccination services across Surrey to help you protect your friends, family and loved ones over the coming festive period.

13 sites will be offering #CovidVaccines, for details, times, dates and eligibility, visit http://ow.ly/hLL050GVoVW

Specific clinics for 12 to 15 year olds at Leatherhead

Pop up clinics are running for 12-15 year olds in Leatherhead. You will need to book an appointment via the link below. 

Other 12-15 venues including Sandown Park 27/28 November are given here :

https://www.surreyheartlandsccg.nhs.uk/covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-centres

Link for  national booking site  for booster vaccinations now available for over 40s

This additional push on vaccination comes as the latest data shows increasing Covid rates across Surrey, albeit with far fewer acute cases than in the past due to the vaccination rollout.

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What next for the Leatherhead site being sold by the Police ?

What next for the Leatherhead (Cleeve Road) site being sold off by the Police who are no longer relocating their HQ from Guildford?

We asked Surrey Police who said they haven’t yet appointed an agent to market the site and have no timescale to dispose of it yet. They also indicated that dog training in the Stokes House building opposite Cleeve Court would be sporadic and short term. The Police also reassured that the Mole Valley Neighbourhood Teams will continue to be based in the District in Dorking as they are now.

Leatherhead North Cllr Keira Vyvyan-Robinson, MVDC Cabinet member for Projects including Leatherhead regeneration said on her Facebook pageIt was disappointing to learn that Surrey Police have decided to stay at their Mount Browne site in Guildford, rather than proceed with their proposed move into Leatherhead. The Police have stressed that this decision was made on financial grounds and in light of the changing needs of the Police following the Covid pandemic and changing policing patterns. We will watch very carefully to ensure that the site is not now overdeveloped and takes into account all of the concerns raised by residents about the previously proposed development, in particular parking and flooding issues.

Cllr Simon Moss, Leatherhead South commented “I am devastated for residents of Leatherhead that Surrey Police will not be moving to the site on Cleeve Road. Clearly an increased police presence would have been wonderful for us. Hopefully the development’s designation in the Local Plan as being commercial will remain instead of yet more residential units without adequate infrastructure to support occupants of the new homes. PCC Lisa Townsend has confirmed that she will be visiting Leatherhead with SCC Cllr Tim Hall & I in the second week of January for a tour of the town and to discuss issues from anti-social behaviour and street lighting to more serious crime. Please do email me if you would like certain issues to be discussed. “

The MVDC Leader’s update next week will we understand include remarks covering the local authority’s reaction and how it might work with the Police as current owners to secure a good outcome for the site, we were told on Friday “MVDC will be assisting Surrey Police to ensure that future proposals for the site are appropriate for the needs of the town.”

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The draft Local Plan due to be submitted to Government early 2022 for adoption 2023 marks the whole of the “Leatherhead Research Area” at Springfield Drive and Cleeve Road as Strategic Employment Land.

The draft Local Plan envisages Mole Valley towns in 2037 “….Travelling out from the [town] centre, the industrial and office areas are still as busy as ever and there are new companies that have moved from central London, providing high-paying jobs. Some of the offices are hiring workstations by the hour...”

The draft Plan continues “….To ensure a sustainable and balanced District, and to limit the need to commute and travel for goods and services, the CouncilHas safeguarded existing sizeable commercial and industrial uses within designated commercial industrial areas

Strategic Employment Areas
1. Within Strategic Employment Areas, as defined on the Policies Map and set out in Appendix 4, the Council will grant planning permission for E1 (commercial, business and service), B2 (industrial and manufacturing) and B8 (storage and distribution) uses and for other similar office and industrial uses only.
2. The Council will support the intensification of office and industrial uses within these locations, subject to there being no unacceptable impact on the surrounding highway network or local amenity.

However the draft Plan also refers in the context of it being difficult to predict demand for commercial floorspace that ” it is possible that this policy stance may change at the five-year review stage of the Local Plan…..The Council’s Economic Development Needs Assessment identified no significant additional floorspace requirements for office or industrial land uses but noted that some of the current campus style office premises were outdated and not fit for purpose. In 2020, the Council reviewed the Economic Development Needs Assessment and found the situation as regard floorspace need was unchanged, however Brexit and the pandemic had clouded forecasting. Consequently, the Council has decided to plan on the basis that no new employment or business floorspace is required but will re-examine this policy thoroughly at the Plan’s five-year review when future trends will hopefully be clearer to identify.

Can the site now be used for Housing instead of Green Belt sites ?

It’s more complicated than that, we understand “finding more brownfield sites does not automatically mean MVDC can remove Green Belt sites” from the draft Local Plan futuremolevalley.org

Although accessed via a largely residential area the land being sold on by the Police is zoned as commercial and strategic employment land by MVDC. Previous housing proposals have been refused, including by Government inspectors on appeal.

We understand the amount of employment land in a district does impact the funding Councils can receive from Government via Local Enterprise Partnerships.

If all of the Cleeve Road ex ERA site was released for housing, potentially perhaps 400 units, it would take Leatherhead’s share of the new housing in the draft Local Plan to 2037 well above the current 30% figure.

Meaning a very uneven distribution of new homes across the built up areas of Mole Valley. (currently Ashtead 12%, Bookham 7%, Dorking 24% etc). As none of the larger Green Belt sites being released for housing are in Leatherhead – they are in Bookham, Ashtead and Dorking plus Hookwood (15%).

Given the extensive design and land utilisation work carried out for the Police and showcased in March 2021, it is possible that design work would be available as a basis for any new owner to consider planning the site layout. (our speculative thought)

Planning Applications – 26 November 2021 and outcome of Committee Meeting on Headley Court

Weekly list of planning applications and decisions on earlier ones as published by Mole Valley District Council 26 November. A committee decision on one of two Headley Court applications was made 23 November. See article 👇👇👇

Running List 26/11/21

MO/2021/2082Erection of a loft conversion to incorporate rear flat roof dormer.125, Kingston Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 7NT
MO/2021/2134Erection of swimming pool and pool house.Southgate House, Pachesham Park, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 0DJ
MO/2021/2148Erection of ground, first floor, and loft extensions.Letaba, Fir Tree Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 8RG

Decisions issued in the past week are here. Including the refusal on the Headley Court mansion application for 114 retirement units

Decisions List 26/11/21

As councillors opted to refuse, the proposals have the ability to be appealed to the Government Planning Inspector who would take into account not only the special circumstances but the lack of a 5 year supply of housing in Mole Valley as required by Government. The refusal decision was made on very carefully worded grounds and gives the developer the basis on which a revised application might be accepted if it deals with the grounds of refusal. MVDC councillors have done what they can to set out a way forward on what they consider acceptable for a site where some redevelopment is envisaged in the emerging draft Local Plan. A more detailed article is here https://wp.me/pbv6Yg-2AS

Earlier weeks:

Running List 19/11/21 includes a new application by Mr Giles for 9 apartments at Thistle Cottages with access into Clements Mead in north Leatherhead. A reduction from a previous proposal for 15 units. Comments can be made by 16 December to planning@molevalley.gov.uk ref 2021/1801

Running List 12/11/21

Running List 05/11/21

There is one Leatherhead application on the committee agenda next week:

Development Management Agenda – 1st December 2021

Item 1, MO/2021/1228 – 48 Dowlans Road, Bookham, Leatherhead, KT23 4LE

Item 2, MO/2020/2395 – Land adj to 30, Chester Close, Dorking, RH4 1PP

Item 3, MO/2021/0149 – The Punchbowl Inn (PH), Okewood Hill, Dorking, RH5 5PU

Item 4, MO/2021/1585 – The Royal Oak, 12-16, High Street, Bookham, Leatherhead, KT23 4AG

Item 5, MO/2021/1586 – The Royal Oak, 12-16, High Street, Bookham, Leatherhead, KT23 4AG

Item 6, MO/2021/1407 – St Johns School, Epsom Road, Leatherhead, KT22 8SP

Erection of 6 No. mobile floodlight units together with 3 No. acoustic enclosures to rugby pitch fronting Linden Pit Path. Recommended for approval subject to conditions

E-Index – 1 December 2021

Useful links and information

The recommended way to keep informed of any applications that may affect you is to sign up to e-alerts

Only a relatively narrow group of very immediate neighbours are otherwise notified.

For some major applications the applicant will hold pre-application engagement with the community, often on a virtual basis under recent restrictions. 

Comments on applications can be made by either attaching a file on the MVDC website or by an email to planning@molevalley.gov.uk giving your name, address/postcode and the application reference eg MO/2021/xxxx

Comments on social media, facebook etc are not valid and unlikely to be read by the Council or applicant, and hold no value in the process at all.

It is best to comment on issues that are ‘planning considerations’ eg. design, layout, height, density, scale of development, loss of amenity, privacy, trees etc. For larger scale applications issues around drainage, parking, EV charging, proportion of ‘affordable’ housing, cycle facilities, infrastructure contributions are the kind of comments likely to be given some weight in the decision.

Many applications are now ‘permitted development’ eg office and shop conversions to residential and will not normally be refused unless there are flaws or restrictions. The Government is increasingly deregulating aspects of the system to make it easier for housing to be created to meet its targets. Extra floors on buildings are increasingly easy to add. There are no rules on the number of types of business in a town centre, the street can be full of cafes or charity shops if the landlords and business operators agree.

Currently MVDC is assessing new applications against its Local Plan 2000 and Core Strategy a few years later. But it is required to update this plan and will be moving towards a new plan to 2037 being adopted with Government approval by 2023. MVDC is also required by Government to have a 5 year supply of approved applications for new housing. So applications can be difficult to refuse if they otherwise tick the boxes the Government has set.

Local councillors are available to be contacted if you have concerns about a planning application. Two of the Leatherhead councillors sit on the Development Management Committee which considers some of the more significant applications, and those that have significant objections. They can also consider bringing an application to the committee which would otherwise be decided by the expert planning officers. This year the committee is chaired by the councillor for Headley, and Cllr David Harper the vice chair represents the Ashtead Park ward which includes a few roads in Leatherhead postcode.

The councillors on the committee have to keep an open mind on an application until the committee has considered it. They must avoid being predetermined. But they can listen to views to help them make a decision.

Those councillors who are not on the committee can ask to speak at it and generally can take a more active view against or for an application at an earlier stage.

Councillors work on planning tends to be less political than other activities and they do not vote on party lines in the same way as other business, usually. It is not the case that the party forming the administration (currently Lib Dem) or the professional planning officers support the applications being listed, or promote them. They have to consider what landowners and developers put forward. In much the same way it is not straightforward for the council to make landowners use their land for new development if they don’t want to.

For the first time in many years, we now have 3 residents of Leatherhead town centre representing the area on MVDC, (plus two councillors with good local connections but living in Ashtead). 

Cllr Bridget Kendrick (Leatherhead North)
councillor.kendrick@molevalley.gov.uk

07957 211242

Cllr Keira Vyvyan-Robinson (Leatherhead North)

07939 551 524

councillor.vyvyan-robinson@molevalley.gov.uk

Both Cllrs Kendrick and Vyvyan-Robinson are full members of the Development Management Committee 2021/22 and also Cabinet members in the Lib Dem administration. Cllr Norman also has a lot of experience on planning issues over the past 3 years:

Cllr Emma Norman

Liberal Democrat Member (Leatherhead North)
councillor.norman@molevalley.gov.uk

Cllr Simon Moss (Leatherhead South) Conservative elected May 2021

Councillor.Moss@molevalley.gov.uk 07715 589 339

Tim Ashton (Leatherhead South) 01372 276337

In Bookham, Ashtead and Fetcham, and to an extent in Leatherhead, the Residents Associations are active on planning issues in some cases listing applications on their websites each week. 

http://www.leatherheadresidents.org.uk/ most recent August 2021 update here (pdf) http://www.leatherheadresidents.org.uk/mdocs-posts/planning-and-forward-planningreport/

https://www.landdcps.com/ Leatherhead & District Countryside Protection Society

https://www.ashteadresidents.org.uk/planning/

Planning Applications in Fetcham

Planning Applications in Bookham

Get your 12-15 year olds vaccinated at Leatherhead Monday 29 November

Get your 12-15 year olds vaccinated at Leatherhead Monday 29th

The Big Weekend of vaccinations 27-28 November 2021

This weekend your local NHS will be running extra vaccination services across Surrey to help you protect your friends, family and loved ones over the coming festive period.

13 sites will be offering #CovidVaccines, for details, times, dates and eligibility, visit http://ow.ly/hLL050GVoVW

Specific clinics for 12 to 15 year olds at Leatherhead

Pop up clinics are running for 12-15 year olds in Leatherhead. You will need to book an appointment via the link below. 

Other 12-15 venues including Sandown Park 27/28 November are given here :

https://www.surreyheartlandsccg.nhs.uk/covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-centres

Link for  national booking site  for booster vaccinations now available for over 40s

This additional push on vaccination comes as the latest data shows increasing Covid rates across Surrey, albeit with far fewer acute cases than in the past due to the vaccination rollout.

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New @FalconBusCoach routes 436 & 479

More from the new operator of the local 479 bus route

Falcon Buses : “We’re pleased to announce that starting on Saturday 18 December 2021 we will be running routes 436 and 479.

Route 436 runs between Woking, West Byfleet, Byfleet, Brooklands, Mercedes-Benz World & Weybridge and route 479 runs between Guildford, Bookham, Leatherhead & Epsom.

The new timetables are available to view by clicking the route numbers below.

Route 436 from 18 December 2021

Route 479 from 18 December 2021 (NB.the Sunday service continues to be operated by Stagecoach)

A range of fares using our easy to use M-Tickets are available to purchase from our website.

New printed timetables will be available in the next few weeks.

We look forward to welcoming you on-board soon!

https://www.falconbuses.co.uk/news/new-routes-436-479/

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Surrey County Council launches Climate Change Delivery Plan

Video and other information on Climate Change from SCC. Shared by Leatherhead Living 25 November 2021.

Last night (24 November), Surrey County Council Leader, Tim Oliver, and Cabinet Member for the Environment, Marisa Heath, launched Surrey’s Climate Change Delivery Plan at the Surrey Hills AONB Climate Change and Biodiversity Symposium, following the plan’s approval by Cabinet last month. The event, hosted at the University of Surrey, was chaired by Radio 4 […]

Surrey County Council launches Climate Change Delivery Plan at Symposium — Surrey News
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24 November 2021, Surrey County Council Leader, Tim Oliver, and Cabinet Member for the Environment, Marisa Heath, launched Surrey’s Climate Change Delivery Plan at the Surrey Hills AONB Climate Change and Biodiversity Symposium, following the plan’s approval by SCC Cabinet last month.

The event, hosted at the University of Surrey, was chaired by Radio 4 and BBC Broadcaster Jim Al Khalili and featured keynote speaker Tony Juniper, Chair of Natural England.

During the event, Tim Oliver spoke about the need to take action on climate change and Surrey’s commitment to be net zero carbon as an organisation by 2030 and as a county by 2050.

Tim Oliver said, “Climate Change is the topic of our generation and it’s essential we take action to protect the environment for future generations in Surrey.”

Marisa Heath, who was also on the panel debate, spoke about the recently published Climate Change Delivery Plan and the need to work closely with partners and other organisations to achieve the goals.

Marisa Heath said, “It was an honour to be involved in the Symposium and be able to launch our Delivery Plan at the event. There were some really insightful questions from the audience and it was great to see so many people inspired to be involved and join us in tackling climate change together.”

Throughout the afternoon and evening, a number of talks and workshop were held to discuss creative solutions to our climate and biodiversity crisis.

The evening event, which was also live-streamed online, included a panel debate with national and regional experts on the impact of climate change. There was also an opportunity for the audience, both in person and online, to put questions to the panel. During the event, Surrey County Council showed a video on their Climate Change Delivery Plan (see above). You can also watch it here.

Headley Court planning saga continues

The planning saga at the former Defence rehabilitation site at Headley Court near Leatherhead continues, with a setback for developers Angle Property on plans for a retirement village of some 114 homes being turned down by councillors.

The refusal decision was made on very carefully worded grounds and gives the developer the basis on which a revised application might be accepted if it deals with the grounds of refusal. Alternatively or simultaneously the developer can appeal the decision and try to get the original plans approved by a Government Inspector, or called in for a decision at that level. But MVDC councillors have done what they can to set out a way forward on what they consider acceptable for a site where some redevelopment is envisaged in the emerging draft Local Plan.

Article by the Local Democracy Reporter here

Drawings of one of the blocks that would have been built at Headley Court.
Impression of one of the proposed blocks provided by the developer to MVDC

Recent documents setting out what councillors were considering and what they decided:

Letter of Representation from Parish Council or SocietyHeadley Parish Council15/11/2021
Officer’s Report for CommitteeMVDC planning16/11/2021
Addendum to Committee Report23/11/2021
Action ListMVDC committee24/11/2021
Decision Notices

Item 2, MO/2021/0871 – Headley Court, Headley Road, Headley, KT18 6JW

In light of the first decision, after starting to consider a separate application on ‘reserved matters’ ie. details for 70 market homes in the west part of the campus, already approved in outline in 2020, on a motion from Cllr Bridget Kendrick (Leatherhead North) this was deferred which means the committee will reconsider it at a later date.

Councillors from all 3 groups on MVDC took part in the meeting and the motion to refuse the mansion application was proposed by a Conservative and seconded by a Lib Dem. Cllr Simon Moss of Leatherhead South was a substitute member at the meeting for the first time.

Webcast of the 3 hour meeting can be viewed in full or part here

The meeting was chaired by Cllr David Harper, Ashtead Independent, as vice chairman, advised by the MVDC srategic director for planning Piers Mason and the Council Solicitor. The district and county councillors for Headley (Cllr David Preedy and Cllr Hazel Watson) joined campaigners outside the meeting and took no part in the discussion. Cllr Preedy is also chair of Headley Parish Council a principal objector.

Have your say on new ward boundaries for Mole Valley by 6 December 

MVDC has agreed its response to the Local Government Boundary Review consultation – but we have until 6 December to send in any views to the Commission whose job is to review the local wards every 20 years or so to ensure a fair distribution of the electorate for each ward and the councillors representing them.

The MVDC response can be seen in a report here, which was discussed and agreed 22 November :

Item 3 – Boundary Review Consultation Response

MVDC will drop from 41 to 39 councillors from 2023, and the Commission are proposing 13 wards each with 3 councillors. The elections would still be every year for one third of the council at a time, as there is no two-thirds majority view on MVDC to move to all out elections every 4 years.

The emerging picture appears to be that Leatherhead and Ashtead are entitled to 4 of the new wards, but there is no clear proposal yet where the boundaries of these wards would be, and whether both the Leatherhead wards would cross the M25. Ashtead representatives have indicated they would prefer to keep all of the roads on their side of the M25, but one way of equalising the electorate to give Leatherhead South enough for 3 councillors would be to move a couple of roads around Quarry Gardens and Ermyn Way which are already ‘Leatherhead’ by having KT22 postcode.

Likewise the boundary between Leatherhead North, where the electorate has grown, and Leatherhead South may need to be moved somewhere around the town centre which is currently split between the two down the middle of High Street and Bridge Street. Leatherhead North already crosses the M25 in several places across to Pachesham Park, the new Consort Drive area and a few houses along the A243 towards Malden Rushett on the Kingston boundary.

Bookham and Fetcham have the ability to meet the quota for three x three member wards but some roads currently in Fetcham wards would need to ‘move’ into Bookham to balance things out.

In reports and meetings, there does not seem to be very much agreement between councillors in different groups on where new lines may need to be drawn, so the Commission may need to do it for them, but there will be further consultation when this stage has been reached.

Some of the Conservative and Independent councillors continue to ask for elections to be held only every four years, but the Lib Dem group prefer elections by thirds – which we are used to in the north of the district plus Dorking & Holmwoods, but the current one member village wards are not. Keeping this hybrid arrangement may not be possible but the Commission may be asked to consider exceptions.

The remit of the Commission exercise is also “to reflect the identities and interests of local communities and in particular the desirability of fixing boundaries which are easily identifiable and do not break local ties” which makes things much more complicated for the village wards mainly in the south of Mole Valley. There seems to be a consensus that Capel and Ockley plus surrounding Okewood hamlets could be joined to make a ward. But much less clarity on the others notably Charlwood which may be growing if large scale housing at Hookwood is approved, but doesn’t currently have the population to merit a ward of its own. Although Headley could be separated from Box Hill to add to an Ashtead ward this does not seem to be favoured due to the village identity in Headley parish and its ties to Box Hill. It is debatable whether any of the villages and current single member wards do have very special circumstances for an exception to being placed in a larger 3 member ward.

The earlier information and links are below.

News Release from the Local Government Boundary Commission for England  


A new pattern of wards is being developed for Mole Valley District Council. 

The Local Government Boundary Commission has decided that the number of councillors in Mole Valley should be 39. This is a change from the current council which has 41.  

The Commission wants to hear what residents and organisations think about their local area. A 10 week consultation inviting proposals will run until 6 December 2021.  

Current wards in Mole Valley  

Credit: contains Ordnance Survey data (c) Crown copyright and database rights 2021 

High resolution map available at https://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/lgbce/Existing%20wards%20no%20labels.jpg

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The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing Mole Valley to make sure councillors represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements help the council work effectively. The council elects a third of its councillors at each election, so the Commission we be looking at wards which each have three councillors. It wants to be sure that those wards reflect local ties and identities. 

The Commission is interested in views on which communities should be part of the same ward. What facilities do people share, such as parks, leisure centres or schools and shopping areas? What issues do neighbouring communities face that they have in common, such as high numbers of visitors or heavy traffic? Have there been new housing or commercial developments that have changed the focus of communities? And are there roads, rivers, railways or other features that people believe form strong boundaries between neighbourhoods?  

The Commission will use local views to help it draw up proposals for new ward boundaries. There will be a further round of consultation once the Commission has drawn up those proposals. 

Launching the consultation Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said:  

“We want people in Mole Valley to help us.  

“We are starting to draw up new wards for Mole Valley. We want our proposals for new electoral arrangements to reflect communities. We also want them to be easy to understand and convenient for local people. 

“Residents and local organisations can help us understand community ties and identities at this early stage of the process. 

“It’s easy to get involved. Go to our website. Or you can e-mail or write to us. 

“Just tell us what you think and give us some details why you think that. It’s really simple, so do get involved.” 

The Commission has a dedicated section on its website where people can give their views: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/30046 

People can also give their views by e-mail at reviews@lgbce.org.uk, by using our mobile app https://lgbce.beezer.com, and by post: 

Review Officer (Mole Valley) 

LGBCE 

PO Box 133 

Blyth 

NE24 9FE 

An interactive map is available at https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/30046 

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is an independent body accountable to Parliament. It recommends fair electoral and boundary arrangements for local authorities in England. In doing so, it aims to  

• Make sure that, within an authority, each councillor represents a similar number of electors 

• Create boundaries that are appropriate, and reflect community ties and identities 

• Deliver reviews informed by local needs, views and circumstances 

• Reflect the electoral cycle, which in an authority that elects by thirds like Mole Valley, means recommending each ward has three councillors 

Leatherhead site to be sold as Police opt to keep HQ in Guildford

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Leatherhead site to be sold as Police opt to keep HQ in Guildford

We expect further local reaction from MVDC and Councillors as this decision becomes public, though it was not unexpected.

The Cleeve Road Leatherhead site will now be sold again. It is alongside a residential area but is zoned for commercial use in the current Mole Valley Local Plan and the emerging draft Future Mole Valley Local Plan to 2037.

More details in Police announcement links below:

The Surrey Police Headquarters will remain at the Mount Browne site in Guildford following a landmark decision made by the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Force, it was announced today.

Previous plans to build a new HQ and Eastern operating base in Leatherhead have been halted in favour of redeveloping the current site which has been home to Surrey Police for the last 70 years.

The decision to remain at Mount Browne was agreed by PCC Lisa Townsend and the Force’s Chief Officer team on Monday (22nd November) following an independent review carried out on the future of the Surrey Police estate.

The former Electrical Research Association (ERA) and Cobham Industries site in Leatherhead was purchased in March 2019 with the intention of replacing a number of existing police locations in the county, including the current HQ in Guildford.

However, plans to develop the site were paused in June this year whilst an independent review, commissioned by Surrey Police, was carried by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accounting (CIPFA) to look specifically at the financial implications of the project.

Chief Constable Gavin Stephens said: “Although Leatherhead offered us a new alternative to our headquarters, both in design and location, it had become clear that it was becoming increasingly harder to achieve our long-term dreams and ambitions.

“The pandemic has presented new opportunities to re-think how we can use our Mount Browne site and retain an estate that has been a part of Surrey Police’s history for more than 70 years. This announcement is an exciting opportunity for us to shape and design the look and feel of the Force for future generations.”

“Back in 2019, a decision was taken to build a new headquarters site in Leatherhead and I can fully understand the reasons why. But since then the policing landscape has shifted significantly in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, especially in the way the Surrey Police workforce operate in terms of remote working.”

Further price drop – Leatherhead’s Royal Oak site now £1.55M – originally over £2M

4 years after unauthorised demolition (eventually agreed retrospectively at appeal) the former pub site on Kingston Road Leatherhead has been on the market since the start of 2021. Now it can be yours for around £1.55million 👇👇👇👇 (see full article ) having it seems failed to attract buyers in the £1.625M and £2.2M range.

The site has had residential permission granted on appeal by a Government inspector who concluded housing need in the area was more important than other uses. Government requires MVDC to approve over 400 homes a year each year to 2037.

This site already counts towards the 5 year supply of permissions MVDC’s required by Government to demonstrate. But the challenge is its market value perhaps depreciated by the extent of the local controversy over how the former Royal Oak pub was demolished. Retrospective permission is now in place for that demolition and prospect of a pub rebuild are limited. Options to force a rebuild are not available. The owner Cresswest has surmounted that issue by their successful appeal to the Ministry. The Royal Oak was not a Listed building. An unopened email and communication between different Council departments was a factor in the demolition not being halted a lessons learned review found.

Impression of approved plans which MVDC refused but Government inspectors agreed

“ Freehold residential development opportunity.

– Planning permission was granted on appeal on 5th November 2019 for two new residential buildings, providing a total of 20 flats and a 550 sq.ft. community facility.

– 21 private parking spaces to be provided.

– Total site area of 0.50 Acres (0.202 Hectares).

Price Reduction – Freehold residential development opportunity with vacant possession.Planning permission was granted on appeal on 5th November 2019 for two new residential buildings, providing a total of 20 flats and a 550 sq.ft. community facility.21 private parking spaces allocated.Total site area of 0.50 Acres (0.202 Hectares).Clear potential to provide further residential accommodation, subject to the grant of planning permission.

– Clear potential to provide further residential accommodation, subject to the grant of planning permission.

– Total CIL payment of £334,396.18. (Infrastructure Levy)

Details from agents SHW

https://property.shw.co.uk/property/details/19473/Kingston-Road-Leatherhead-Surrey-KT22-Development-Residential-

Planning Applications – 19 November 2021 and Committee Meeting on Headley Court 23 November

Weekly list of planning applications and decisions on earlier ones as published by Mole Valley District Council 19 November. Plus details on an application for The Grange at Bookham. A committee decision on two Headley Court applications is due to be made this evening (23 November). See article 👇👇👇

Running List 19/11/21 includes a new application by Mr Giles for apartments at Thistle Cottages with access into Clements Mead in north Leatherhead.

Decisions issued in the past week are here https://www.molevalley.gov.uk/sites/default/files/home/building-planning/planning-applications/decisions-we-19-11-21.pdf including the Opus 1 apartment complex amendments to the existing office building on Kingston Road approved at Committee earlier this month.

Earlier weeks:

Running List 12/11/21

Running List 05/11/21

The Grange at Bookham has an application of interest open for public comments:

MO/2021/1972Demolition, refurbishment and construction of buildings in the area north of theThe Grange Centre, Rectory Lane, Bookham, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT23 4DZ

The Grange are holding some public engagement events on their plans starting 22-26 November – details on Facebook here https://fb.me/e/2hdGXReg4

Eloise Appleby, CEO of The Grange at Bookham writes : “Over the last year we have been developing plans for new facilities adjacent to our much-loved Walled Garden. These would provide more flexible, comfortable and eco-friendly learning spaces for our Skills for Life programme. We also hope to include a café and shop to provide jobs for people we support in an authentic retail setting, and a pottery which can be used for skills sessions and community hirings alike. And we will take the opportunity to enhance the presentation of our lovely eight acre site. We have recently submitted an application for planning consent, and it has been assigned the reference number MO/2021/1972.We are holding a five day exhibition at The Grange for people who would like to know more about our plans – Bookham Residents’ Association, neighbours, councillors, our volunteers and families, and so on. Everyone is welcome to come.We have chosen to stage the exhibition at the start of Disability History Month, in view of the importance of this development in the life of our 80-year old history in Bookham. It will be open from 9.30am to 4.30pm from Monday 22 November to Friday 26 November, with an additional early evening opening from 6pm to 8pm on Monday 22 November at which two of our Trustees and the architect will be present. The exhibition will be in the Lumley Lounge, just off the Reception Area. Please try to ‘travel green’ to the site. If you come by car, take the entrance marked ‘staff and accessible parking’ and then park in a visitor bay opposite the main house. Sign in at Reception and you will be shown the way to the Lumley Lounge.There is no need to book yourself in, but if you would like to see our Heritage Room at the same time as you view our future plans – reflecting back on our past history – please let me know and I will arrange for a colleague to show you around.I hope we will see some of you during the week also enhancing the presentation of our lovely 8 acre site in the area adjacent to our much-loved Walled Garden.”

There is a special MVDC Development Management committee meeting 23 November for councillors to consider two applications relating to redevelopment of parts of the Headley Court campus. Both are recommended for approval in the reports by MVDC planning officers.

The Development Management meeting can be viewed online here https://molevalley.public-i.tv/core/portal/home (7pm 23 November or recording )

Extraordinary Development Management Agenda – 23rd November 2021

Item 1, MO/2020/2263 – Headley Court, Headley Road, Headley, KT18 6JW Outline application made in December 2020 for the Mansion part of the campus. For 100 new build retirement living apartments plus 14 in the converted Mansion. https://www.headley-court.co.uk/headley-court-mansion-site

Issues for the councillors to consider as set out in the report include the scale of the redevelopment, the sustainable transport assessment, listed building issues, and planning law and policy issues around what is a previously developed Green Belt site. An almost unique situation with the previous use by the Defence organisations with personal permissions granted to MoD but the category of use for retirement and care facilities being the same as former rehabilitation use. Strong representations from both Headley Parish Council and Tyrrells Wood Estate Association and also the Headley Residents Action Group.

All having to be weighed up by councillors on top of their officers assessment and SCC transport assessment.

If councillors opted to refuse, the proposals have the ability to be appealed to the Government Planning Inspector who would take into account not only the special circumstances but the lack of a 5 year supply of housing in Mole Valley as required by Government.

Item 2, MO/2021/0871 – Headley Court, Headley Road, Headley, KT18 6JW ‘reserved matters’ ie. details for the 70 homes already approved in outline in 2019 on the ‘west’ part of the campus https://www.headley-court.co.uk/headley-court-west-site. This is recommended by MVDC planning officers for approval subject to conditions. A reserved matters application can be refused but the outline permission already granted cannot be overturned.

E-Index – 23rd November 2021

We expect the meeting to be chaired by the Vice Chairman (Cllr David Harper, Ashtead Park ward) as the committee chairman (Cllr David Preedy) is the ward councillor for Box Hill & Headley and chair of Headley Parish Council. We understand the new Leatherhead South councillor Simon Moss, whose ward includes most of Tyrrells Wood, will be a substitute at this meeting.

Useful links and information

The recommended way to keep informed of any applications that may affect you is to sign up to e-alerts

Only a relatively narrow group of very immediate neighbours are otherwise notified.

For some major applications the applicant will hold pre-application engagement with the community, often on a virtual basis under recent restrictions. 

Comments on applications can be made by either attaching a file on the MVDC website or by an email to planning@molevalley.gov.uk giving your name, address/postcode and the application reference eg MO/2021/xxxx

Comments on social media, facebook etc are not valid and unlikely to be read by the Council or applicant, and hold no value in the process at all.

It is best to comment on issues that are ‘planning considerations’ eg. design, layout, height, density, scale of development, loss of amenity, privacy, trees etc. For larger scale applications issues around drainage, parking, EV charging, proportion of ‘affordable’ housing, cycle facilities, infrastructure contributions are the kind of comments likely to be given some weight in the decision.

Many applications are now ‘permitted development’ eg office and shop conversions to residential and will not normally be refused unless there are flaws or restrictions. The Government is increasingly deregulating aspects of the system to make it easier for housing to be created to meet its targets. Extra floors on buildings are increasingly easy to add. There are no rules on the number of types of business in a town centre, the street can be full of cafes or charity shops if the landlords and business operators agree.

Currently MVDC is assessing new applications against its Local Plan 2000 and Core Strategy a few years later. But it is required to update this plan and will be moving towards a new plan to 2037 being adopted with Government approval by 2023. MVDC is also required by Government to have a 5 year supply of approved applications for new housing. So applications can be difficult to refuse if they otherwise tick the boxes the Government has set.

Local councillors are available to be contacted if you have concerns about a planning application. Two of the Leatherhead councillors sit on the Development Management Committee which considers some of the more significant applications, and those that have significant objections. They can also consider bringing an application to the committee which would otherwise be decided by the expert planning officers. This year the committee is chaired by the councillor for Headley, and Cllr David Harper the vice chair represents the Ashtead Park ward which includes a few roads in Leatherhead postcode.

The councillors on the committee have to keep an open mind on an application until the committee has considered it. They must avoid being predetermined. But they can listen to views to help them make a decision.

Those councillors who are not on the committee can ask to speak at it and generally can take a more active view against or for an application at an earlier stage.

Councillors work on planning tends to be less political than other activities and they do not vote on party lines in the same way as other business, usually. It is not the case that the party forming the administration (currently Lib Dem) or the professional planning officers support the applications being listed, or promote them. They have to consider what landowners and developers put forward. In much the same way it is not straightforward for the council to make landowners use their land for new development if they don’t want to.

For the first time in many years, we now have 3 residents of Leatherhead town centre representing the area on MVDC, (plus two councillors with good local connections but living in Ashtead). 

Cllr Bridget Kendrick (Leatherhead North)
councillor.kendrick@molevalley.gov.uk

07957 211242

Cllr Keira Vyvyan-Robinson (Leatherhead North)

07939 551 524

councillor.vyvyan-robinson@molevalley.gov.uk

Both Cllrs Kendrick and Vyvyan-Robinson are full members of the Development Management Committee 2021/22 and also Cabinet members in the Lib Dem administration. Cllr Norman also has a lot of experience on planning issues over the past 3 years:

Cllr Emma Norman

Liberal Democrat Member (Leatherhead North)
councillor.norman@molevalley.gov.uk

Cllr Simon Moss (Leatherhead South) Conservative elected May 2021

Councillor.Moss@molevalley.gov.uk 07715 589 339

Tim Ashton (Leatherhead South) 01372 276337

In Bookham, Ashtead and Fetcham, and to an extent in Leatherhead, the Residents Associations are active on planning issues in some cases listing applications on their websites each week. 

http://www.leatherheadresidents.org.uk/ most recent August 2021 update here (pdf) http://www.leatherheadresidents.org.uk/mdocs-posts/planning-and-forward-planningreport/

https://www.landdcps.com/ Leatherhead & District Countryside Protection Society

https://www.ashteadresidents.org.uk/planning/

Planning Applications in Fetcham

Planning Applications in Bookham

Green Lane Crossing – a VERY near miss!!

Green Lane Crossing – a VERY near miss!!

Ashtead Residents Association article

“A recent near miss on this Crossing has been reported when three schoolboys were attempting to cross the line. They correctly waited for one train to pass, then INCORRECTLY stepped out behind the departing train in front of an approaching train that had been hidden from view. Two boys stepped back but the third ran in front of the oncoming train which just missed him. The incident was caught on camera and the school uniform identified. It has been reported to the Headmaster of the school who will no doubt impress upon these boys and everyone else who uses this crossing to ensure they have clear visibility BOTH WAYS.

Residents will be aware this crossing has been the subject of a long running dispute over its classification as a Public Right of Way (PROW) and it is incidents such as this that not only put people’s lives at risk, but it causes enormous stress to the train driver and gives more ammunition to Network Rail should they consider closing the Crossing. The fact that it is now a PROW would in all probability not ‘trump’ a safety argument.”

https://www.ashteadresidents.org.uk/blog/post/15584/green-lane-crossing–a-very-near-miss/

Test and Trace – location of Randalls Road site

We’ve been getting a number of search engine hits on our blog page and Facebook tags from people trying to work out the location in Randalls Road, Leatherhead for the NHS Test and Trace drive through/walk in PCR Test site that is there on and off for booked tests.

It’s in the MVDC Randalls Road car park near the railway station, entrance on the one-way system. Near the recycling banks. Adjacent to the Mole Valley Life office at Park House where the minibuses park. Also near to the SCC office at Fairmount House, Bull Hill.

https://www.molevalley.gov.uk/home/roads-parking-travel/car-parking/leatherhead-car-parks-and-charges. (there is no parking charge when doing a drive by test)

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Photo taken in Randalls Road car park for Mole Valley Life recruitment

Hope this helps and stay safe.

“Norbury Park Vision” Public Engagement – SCC

After closure of the sawmill and taking back estate management from Surrey Wildlife Trust, SCC has launched a”Norbury Park Vision” Public Engagement until end November 2021. All documents and online survey in article

Contact

03456 009 009

Overview

Thank you for taking the time to complete this questionnaire for the Norbury Park Vision public engagement.

Background

Norbury Park is a key site in the Surrey County Council’s (SCC) owned and managed Countryside Estate. Norbury Park near Leatherhead, Bookham and Fetcham in the Mole Valley has been in the ownership of SCC since the early 1930s and was purchased by the Council to protect the land from being broken up for housing development. Sitting within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the site covers 530 hectares (1310 acres) and is a much-valued resource for recreation, farming, woodland and nature.

The Engagement exercise 

The vision for Norbury Park is to provide for both nature and enjoyment through a balance of rich natural habitats and facilities to support community use. The land, buildings and activities within it will offer enhanced opportunities for the enjoyment by the local community as well as maximising the provision of habitats for nature and managing the effects of climate change. 

This consultation is seeking the views of local residents and users of Norbury Park on the emerging vision for Norbury Park. The questions are in two sections – About specific elements of the vision which we would like your input to shape and develop; and questions about you. 

The emerging Norbury Park Vision is set out in the attachment below. Please read through this before completing the survey. 

Your feedback will be used to inform the direction and develop our plans for Norbury Park and is greatly appreciated. 

If you would like to survey in a different language or alternative format please contact the Surrey County Council Contact Centre.

Telephone: 03456 009 009
Textphone (via Text Relay): 18001 0300 200 1003
SMS: 07860 053 465
 

Give us your views

Online Survey

Surrey County Council (SCC) has today (18 October) launched its long-term vision for the Norbury Park Estate.  The vision seeks to establish an appropriate balance between nature recovery, recreation and public engagement for the benefit of Surrey’s residents.

Norbury Park has been owned by SCC since the early 1930s and is a much-valued resource for recreation, farming, woodland and nature. The 1,340-acre park is within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and comprises mixed woodland and farmland with pockets of chalk downland and water meadow. Paths, trails and tracks provide opportunities for walkers, cyclists and horse riders, with the estate being well used by the local community.

Working with partners and the community, SCC hope to improve the natural environment across Norbury Park and enhance the role it plays in providing access to nature and outdoor recreational activities for the community.

Outcomes of the Norbury Park vision are.

  • To ensure that Norbury Park’s natural capital and landscape assets are in the best possible condition and performing as well as they can in terms of carbon storage and sequestration, water flow regulation (natural flood management), water and air quality regulation.
  • To make Norbury Park a better place for nature as well as for people.
  • To make Norbury Park easier to access, explore and enjoy, in particular by groups currently under-represented in the use of the countryside and its associated benefits for health and wellbeing.

SCC will engage with a range of stakeholders, community representatives and the public this autumn to define the long-term strategy for the management of Norbury Park.  Feedback will be taken into consideration and a final vision document published to enable and implement projects.

Marisa Heath, Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

“This is an exciting opportunity for Surrey residents to help shape the future of one of our flagship countryside sites. The Council’s aim is not to radically change Norbury Park, rather to build on its heritage, natural beauty and sense of place to create more opportunities for enjoyment and nature. The ambition is to move towards a nature led approach to managing the whole of Norbury Park to maximise the contribution the estate makes to climate change, biodiversity and public recreation”.

Leatherhead Lions Father Christmas float is back from 1 December 2021

Father Christmas 2021

The Leatherhead Lions Club Christmas float is back this December across parts of Ashtead, Leatherhead, Fetcham and Bookham . Starting Wednesday 1 December.

Santa At Night

For the past 48 years, apart from 2020, the Leatherhead Lions Club have accompanied Santa as he tours roads in the local area, visiting children and raising funds for the Lions’ charities.

Father Christmas will be setting off at 5 pm on each of the evenings below. Generally, he follows the route in the order listed, so please be patient if he takes a little while to get to you. If, on the night, the weather is exceptionally bad and Rudolf refuses to leave his stable, the Lions will update their website page and/or post on their Facebook page.

Where will Father Christmas be?

Wednesday 1st Dec in Fetcham 
Pound Crescent, Home Close, Orchard Close, Monks Green, River Lane, Friars Orchard, and Mole Road

Thursday 2nd Dec in Leatherhead 
Clare Crescent, Clare Wood, Aperdele Road, Merton Way, The Fairway, and Sandes Place.

Friday 3rd Dec in Bookham 
Durleston Park Drive, Amey Drive, Greville Court, Priors Mead, Carmilla Close, Chilmans Drive, and Pine Dean.

Saturday 4th Dec in Ashtead 
Read Road, Taylor Road, Brookers Close, Green Lane, Richbell Close, The Chase, Rosedale, Oakhill Close, Caen Wood Road, and Oakhill Road.

Sunday 5th Dec in Fetcham 
Lodge Road, Lodge Close, Gatesden Road, and Warrenne Road.

Monday 6th Dec  in Ashtead
Paddocks Way, Paddocks Close, Skinners Lane, Virginia Close, Gladstone Road, and Glebe Road.

Tuesday 7th Dec in Fetcham 
Hilley Field Lane, Meadows Lane, and Cock Lane from Meadows Lane to Hazel Parade.

Thursday 9th Dec in Leatherhead 
Dilstone Road, Albany Park Road, Cleave Road, Randalls Crescent, Gaveston Road, Randalls Pk Avenue, and Long Shaw.

Friday 10th Dec in Ashtead 
Petters Road, Chaffers Mead, Cray Avenue, and Newton Wood Road.

Saturday 11th Dec in Ashtead 
Bramley Way, Stonny Croft, Old Stede Close, Darcy Road, Berry Mead, Berry Mead Close, and Hillside Road

Sunday 12th Dec in Fetcham 
Revell Drive, Revell Close, Humphrey Close, Copperfields, Bickney Way, Sherwood Close, Oswald Close, Osprey Close, and Oswald Road.

Monday 13th Dec in Leatherhead 
Tudor Walk, Parr Close, Boleyn Walk, Falcon Wood, Hartfield Road, Sovereign Court, Penny Close, Henderson Crescent, and Farthing Close.

Tuesday 14th Dec in Bookham 
Eastwick Park Avenue, Greenacres, Park Green, Murrells Walk, Parkland, Park Way, and Fernlea.

Thursday 16th Dec in Ashtead 
Woodbridge Avenue, Woodbridge Grove, Rye Brook Road, Kinston Road, and Teazlewood Park.

Friday 17th Dec in Ashtead 
The Murreys, West Farm Avenue, Summerfields, and West Farm Close.

Saturday 18th Dec in Bookham 
Barrett Road, Browning Road, Milton Way, and Burney Close.

Sunday 19th Dec in Fetcham 
Spring Grove, Vincent Close, Lang Close, Richmond Way, Harecroft, Richmond Close, and The Spinney.

Monday 20th Dec in Ashtead 
West Farm Drive, Taleworth Road, Orchard Drive, Taleworth Close, Taleworth Park, Maple Road, and Bramley Grove.

Wednesday 22nd Dec in Fetcham 
Cannon Grove, Nutcroft Grove, Cannon Side, Raymead Way, Raymead Close, Cannon Mews, and Cannon Way.

Thursday 23rd Dec in Ashtead 
St Stephens Avenue, Culverhay, Overdale, and Broadhurst.

Mike Rushby of Leatherhead Lions said “Our Christmas collections go towards the “Lions Welfare Fund” which we use to support local people in need. The Cobham Services collections additionally support the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.£8500 donated to good causes at Christmas 2019
It’s great meeting people at Christmas time and your generosity has been fantasic. Every penny donated goes to the charities that we support, both local and further afield. A big thank you to the people of Ashtead, Leatherhead, Fetcham and Dorking.”


FatherChristmas

Further Vaccination push in Surrey late November

The NHS in Surrey is launching a /further push on vaccination 26/27 28 November as Covid cases and other winter pressures on the health and care services continue to cause concern.

https://www.surreyheartlandsccg.nhs.uk/covid-19/covid-19-vaccination-programme

Over 40s are now ( or from 22 November) able to book their booster vaccinations but depending on the date of their second dose the appointment may be a few weeks ahead into December or January.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

Full details of the extra clinics and walk ins will be communicated by NHS Surrey Heartlands shortly.

If you have transport and flexibility you may be able to get a slightly earlier booking in a wider radius but locally the Buckley pharmacy in both Ashtead and Leatherhead come up in the search.

The Leatherhead Fetcham and Ashtead areas have High first dose vaccination rates in the 80-90% range. Notably Cobham has a lower figure for first dose around 77%. According to Public Health England data shared on the InYourArea.co.uk news platform.

The big weekend is coming 💉

Next weekend on 26, 27 & 28 November, your local NHS will be running extra vaccination services across Surrey to help you protect your friends, family and loved ones over the coming festive period.

👀 more details to follow in due course…

https://www.surreyheartlandsccg.nhs.uk/covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-centres

Love it or list it Leatherhead feature repainted at last

Like it love it or list it, the feature at the original crossroads in Leatherhead has had its long overdue repaint as an interim measure, by SCC as highway authority. Article includes more pictures from Lucy Quinnell, Fire & Iron Gallery and her commentary on what the ironwork roundels depict and other history. Lucy and local councillors were involved in colour choice (which need not be permanent) and a number of us lobbied for a quick repaint this winter rather than leave it another year. All in a good cause supporting the town’s businesses and many new food & beverage options. To include Beluga Surrey right next to the feature plus Taco Bell and KFC in Church Street all expected to open around Christmas. To join Rind, Lucio’s, Trend1, Amici, Skoops and many more.

Lucy commented on the “winter freshen of the wheelchair ramps at the crossroads. Thank you, Surrey County Council, for agreeing to do this interim smartening step ahead of the scheduled refurbishment next year. It looks so much better, and hopefully will lift the town a little and help the retailers and restaurateurs to have a fresher feel to the High Street entrance and a prosperous run-up to Christmas. The subtle planting at the war memorial looked really lovely too – just soft red highlights amongst the autumn leaves from the Indian Bean Tree – thank you to whoever did that. The trees in the High Street and Church Street look very yellow and autumnal. It’s a pretty town when it’s cared for, and was really busy today, which was nice to see.”

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This one depicts the amazing Victorian railway bridge in Kingston Road, Leatherhead. There are three more, and all four depict a bridge reached by the road each one is facing. Leatherhead was known as the ‘town at the crossroads’ and the four bridges link the town centre with North Leatherhead, South Leatherhead, Ashtead, and Fetcham & Bookham. The four bridges also neatly cover much of the town’s history, from the big medieval town bridge across the Mole, to the shell bridge attributed to Capability Brown, to the Victorian railway bridge, and finally the M25 bridge into Ashtead. The panels in between are inspired by river water, railway buffers and motorway lighting.

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All images by Lucy Quinnell unless otherwise credited
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work in progress – pic by Monica Weller

For SCC the county councillor Tim Hall commented “I don’t think necessarily everyone understands that this was not originally intended to be painted as a substructure.Also that as its “legally” Highway it has various rules and legislation and all works have to go through the  correct Highways Contract Processes and Standing Orders etc. It’s not like painting a fence.” The feature originally had slates mounted on the walls, but these deteriorated and the walls were rendered several years ago, and successive paint jobs have proved to be time limited.

1981 – Thames TV image soon. after crossroads closure but before part-pedestrianisation
Early 1970s – uncredited
Mid 1970s one way traffic – uncredited

Bus back better – 479 new timetable published

SCC has published the full timetable for the 479 route through Leatherhead Ashtead Fetcham and Bookham from 18 December covering both the Mon-Sat service to be operated by Falcon Buses and the Sunday service with Stagecoach. Article also has links to Falcon’s online bus tracker and their App.

479 – Monday-Saturday service transferred to Falcon Buses, with revised timetable on Saturdays, from 18 December. The main change is Saturdays to follow weekday pattern of hourly with “Bookham shorts” ie. Epsom-Bookham and Bookham-Epsom. (Timetable extract below for Saturdays, see link above and below for full 7 day timetable.

For those with basic internet access the Falcon Bus Tracker is here https://www.falconbuses.co.uk/bus-tracker/

Falcon Buses App can be accessed here (or via Google Play) for those with smartphones

Full 7 day timetable : https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/280139/Falcon-479-timetable-from-18-December-2021.pdf

No change of operator Sunday 479 service already operated by Stagecoach on a separate contract.

479 was the last of the Arriva routes to be reallocated following a commercial tender exercise which completed a little later than some of the other ones across Surrey after Arriva announced its exit from Surrey effective December.

Falcon were the operator interested in taking the departing Arriva’s entire Surrey operation, and although this did not proceed, Falcon who are based in Byfleet have taken a number of Arriva routes including 436. Locally they already operate 408 service and a school service into Howard of Effingham. So the Epsom to Guildford 479 route is hopefully a good fit for them.

We will update the 479 Mon-Sat timetable when it is released, but would expect the line of route to continue via Epsom clock tower, Hospital, Ashtead village and lower Ashtead, north Leatherhead, town centre, Fetcham, Bookham, Effingham and through to Guildford. Falcon has an App and contactless and will no doubt have more information here closer to the point of taking on the 479 route https://www.falconbuses.co.uk

SCC information here

https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/buses-and-other-transport/bus-timetable-changes/forthcoming-changes

Quite separately, in a major boost to local transport we also now have New on-demand bus service launches in Leatherhead and will be extended across Mole Valley 2022

One complete myth seen in some very wide of the mark social media comments in recent days can also be nailed. The new Demand Responsive local minibus service (Connect) is an extra sustainable transport option and in no way replaces existing route buses. It is on a 10-year rural transport funding award from Department for Transport following a successful bid by SCC. Operated by Mole Valley Life (part of MVDC based at Park House in Leatherhead), initially targeting the west of Leatherhead but planned to expand district wide and use EVs later in 2022. Improving bus services is very much part of the County Council’s transport strategy and indeed Government policy as part of climate action and encouraging less car use. To ease congestion, reduce emissions and improve air quality. Bus Back Better.

https://newleatherheadliving.wordpress.com/2021/11/08/new-on-demand-bus-service-launches-in-leatherhead-and-will-be-extended-across-mole-valley-2022/

Elmbridge set to end free Sunday parking February

Free Sunday parking in the Council off street car parks in Cobham, Esher, Weybridge etc is set to end by early 2022.

Article by the Local Democracy reporter quotes Elmbridge Council as needing the revenue

A council report said that Sunday is now a well-established trading day and despite some trading restrictions, main town centre car parks are now well used on a Sunday.

Changes to commuting patterns meant station car parks are increasingly used for leisure and cultural visits to London, instead of the Monday to Friday commuter.”

It will be interesting to see if other Surrey districts and boroughs follow suit as part of their budget setting. Mole Valley leadership has referred to “difficult decisions” needing to be made in the budget cycle for 2022/23.

MVDC appears to be focusing on reforming the on-street permit parking regime it administers to make it simpler, fairer and up to date. See https://news.molevalley.gov.uk/2021/11/08/off-street-parking-permit-changes-considered/ Off Street Parking Permit Changes Considered.

However, environmental and cycling campaigners have questioned whether “free” parking days and periods are actually compatible with the climate emergency agenda and took MVDC to task on social media for the offer free Saturday parking again this year in the run-up to Christmas. “…Token hint of greenwash…”

MVDC in its own communications does encourage Leatherhead Ashtead, Dorking and other Mole Valley residents who are able to walk or cycle in to do their shopping pre-Christmas. “If you don’t cycle or walk into our towns & villages, you can take advantage of free parking every Saturday in December before Christmas, in our car parks. Read more: http://ow.ly/PNL150GGM8X

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Businesses in Dorking also fund a free Friday afternoon parking concession in Dorking (until 24 December) through the extra levy they pay for the Business Improvement District (BID). Other towns and communities in Mole Valley do not have that option and nor do the towns in Elmbridge.

In Leatherhead, in advance of it rolling out across Mole Valley we also now have a Demand Responsive Bus service that can take anyone into town centre or the station – details here https://wp.me/pbv6Yg-2ve

MVDC Leader update 18 November 2021

Updates on vaccination, COVID rates, garden waste December collection, successful half term activities, town events pre Christmas and Council budgeting

 

Source: Statement from Councillor Stephen Cooksey, Leader of Mole Valley District Council

Councillor Stephen Cooksey, Leader of Mole Valley District Council, said: “Surrey’s Coronavirus infection rates (published 16 November) have started to climb again as we approach the winter months. While the national uptake of the booster jab is welcome news (please see below), at this moment in time the third jab is only available to a section of the population. It is therefore really important that we keep doing the simple things to halt the spread of the virus: keep wearing face coverings indoors, practice good hand hygiene, continue to take regular lateral flow tests and self-isolate if required.

“Some encouraging news was published by the government last week, reporting that more than 10 million people in the UK had received their COVID-19 booster jab. Further to that, changes have been made to the National Booking Service meaning people over 50 and those most at risk can pre-book their booster five months after receiving their second vaccine. This means that anyone who is eligible can plan to book their jab the very first day they meet the all-important six month gap between second and third jabs if they wish, or go to a walk-in site without having to make an appointment if that is easier.

“Be on the lookout for the winter edition of our COVID-related magazine next week. It is due to begin landing on doormats from Monday 22 November. It is packed-full of useful public health news, in addition to a host of festive information too. I hope you enjoy reading it and find the content of interest.  

“With the festive season fast approaching, we are delighted to be putting on a series of live Saturday lunchtime performances in Ashtead, Bookham, Dorking, Fetcham and Leatherhead. Beginning 20 November, residents and visitors to our towns and villages can look forward to winter markets, festive fairs, Santa’s grottos, miniature railway rides, pantos and free live outdoor entertainment. To ensure you do not miss out on the Magic of Mole Valley, our Mole Valley Together events calendar listing the dates and details of this superb line-up has been relaunched.

“The Regulation 19 stage of our Local Plan process has ended. Over the seven-week publication period, we received over 900 representations from residents and stakeholders. This represents a very important milestone in our ambitions to agree and adopt a Local Plan for Mole Valley. Without one, the government could assume control and we risk development being imposed upon our beautiful district without us having a say.  We cannot allow that to happen. The draft Plan, supporting documents and representations received are due to be sent to the Planning Inspectorate for examination; subject to a Council decision to submit it that will take place early next year. Visit https://futuremolevalley.org/ for more information.

“I am pleased to be able to bring our garden waste collection subscribers some good news. We have been continuing to work hard with our contractor Amey to arrange a second collection following the service being suspended earlier in the year. While the ongoing issues created by a national shortage of HGV drivers continues, we can now confirm that collections will be taking place over the weeks the 6 and 13 December. If you’re subscribed to receive online waste collection updates we will email you with more information as to which week you can expect your bin to be emptied. Residents who haven’t signed up for our alerts service will receive a letter confirming the next garden waste collection where applicable. We are continuing to work with our partners to arrange for this service to return to normal as soon as is achievable.  

“As I mentioned in my previous address, we have begun drafting next year’s budget. We have, like every organisation, been financially impacted as a result of the pandemic. In our case, a number of traditional revenue streams such as parking, sports and leisure centres and Dorking Halls have been badly affected. This has without doubt made planning for the future a great deal more complex when attempting to take account of uncertain times ahead. It is unavoidable that difficult decisions will need to be made if we are to ensure that we can continue to deliver vital services for the benefit of our residents and businesses.”   

 
 
Young people playing Dodgeball

Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) once again offered a variety of free, outdoor activities for school-aged children throughout the October half-term. For three days in Ashtead, Dorking and Leatherhead recreation grounds, children were able to try a new sport, or practice a well-loved one.  

Over 50 children attended each of the three activity days, provided to the community by MVDC free of charge. The six activities available were, angling, tag rugby, dodgeball, football, archery and orienteering. They ran on the 25th, 27th and 29th October of the October half term.

One of the local parents said: “My younger son was nervous to start with as he’s sometimes unsure of new things. But by the end of the day he was completely at ease and very happy and joined in with everything.”

Another parent also stated: “He felt shy about doing the angling, but by the end he was skipping home happy that he caught two fish and asking if he could try again.”

Councillor David Draper, MVDC’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, said: “It was a delight to see all of the children enjoying the range of activities once again. It’s so important for the young people to take care of their mental and physical health as winter approaches and what better way to do it!  We hope these sessions have encouraged young people to keep going with a new sport and maybe have made some friends along the way! Visit our website for more information.”

Pioneering home sensors help people in Mole Valley live independently for longer

Along with the  New on-demand bus service, here’s another good example of joined up working between SCC and MVDC (Mole Valley Life). It’s encouraging to see SCC describe MVDC as a ‘trusted and forward thinking partner’. This initiative also eases pressure on the NHS and social care sector. MVDC are also recruiting a number community response roles in Mole Valley Life based around the Alarm Receiving Centre at Park House in Leatherhead, working across the east of Surrey. Full details and YouTube links in article :

Hi-tech sensors fitted in everyday objects around the home are enabling older people to live independently for longer as part of a pioneering scheme in Surrey. The county council teamed up with Mole Valley District Council to trial the use of a revolutionary home monitoring system which can help identify early warning signs of declining […]

Pioneering home sensors help people live independently for longer — Surrey News

Hi-tech sensors fitted in everyday objects around the home are enabling older people to live independently for longer as part of a pioneering scheme in Surrey.

The county council teamed up with Mole Valley District Council to trial the use of a revolutionary home monitoring system which can help identify early warning signs of declining health or mobility and help prevent falls.

Sensors fitted to appliances such as kettles and fridges are used to monitor movement and daily routines in a discreet way without the need for cameras or microphones, with all the information fed into a central dashboard which is monitored by an alarm receiving centre (ARC). If subtle changes are detected which may indicate something is amiss, the individual, their family and health or care worker is alerted.

The trial scheme involving 53 residents in Mole Valley proved so successful at enabling greater independence and providing reassurance to families that the pilot has been extended to two further Surrey areas, Tandridge and Reigate and Banstead.

The findings from the expanded pilot will then help to roll out the technology to other parts of the county and also enable people who fund their own social care to gain access to the system. Self-funders would be able to purchase the devices and a subscription to monitoring services.

Sinead Mooney, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said: “This is a really exciting development in our use of new technology to help residents with daily living because it enables us to be proactive about picking up on problems and preventing them getting worse.

“For some time in Surrey, we’ve been using technology to help keep people safe at home – such as alarms to call for help if needed – but this system which analyses information from a network of smart gadgets around the home takes that to a whole new level.

“Now that we’ve tested the technology with our residents and staff, working with our trusted and forward-thinking partner Mole Valley District Council, we can really see how it supports people to live independently in their own homes and reduces the need for them to go into residential care or be admitted to hospital.

“Feedback from families has been really positive too because they’ve been able to check in on their loved ones remotely which has given them reassurance they are safe at home.

“The service is intended to enhance and complement face-to-face care and is one of a number of ways in which we’re looking to harness technology to transform and modernise care for the benefit of our residents.”

For the scheme, the county council partnered with Mole Valley Life, the district council’s technology enabled care service. Councillor Caroline Salmon, Cabinet Member for Community Services at the district council, said: “Through our team of Trusted Advisors and our Alarm Receiving Centre in Leatherhead, Mole Valley Life promotes independence and dignity providing solutions to people who may require assistance in their everyday lives. Offering professional, in-house support and advice, our friendly and dedicated teams draw on our 35 years’ worth of experience to ensure that people feel comfortable with new technologies and remain connected to their communities.

Cllr Salmon added “Mole Valley Life provide such an amazing service to our vulnerable and elderly the TEC sensors and community transport are just two if the innovative things we are working with Surrey on.”

“This initiative, delivered through the Mole Valley Life team, is a leap forward in both: allowing our most vulnerable citizens to feel that they can stay safely in their homes, and in providing reassurance to families who can’t be with them 24 hrs of the day. I hope that our partnership with the county and neighbouring councils will support many more residents to live safe and well at home for longer.”

The pilot scheme began in January and worked with people who were becoming frail or had recently been discharged from hospital.

Using technology from data and analytics company Cascade3d, a network of sensors and smart plugs was installed in their homes and linked to a dashboard which is monitored around the clock from Mole Valley’s alarm receiving centre (ARC) in Leatherhead.  

In one example of how the technology helped a resident, the system flagged an increase in frequency of visits to the bathroom outside the normal routine of the person, raising concerns of a urinary tract infection. The community nurse confirmed the diagnosis and secured antibiotics, probably avoiding a return to hospital for the resident.

This pioneering technology can be complemented by more traditional Technology Enabled Care (TEC), such as a falls detector, which when activated, will send an alert to the ARC which will be able to escalate the finding in line with the individual’s care plan, speeding up help and support.

Sue, whose mum has had the system installed said: “Mum wants to be in her own home as long as possible and we want the same. It’s put my mind at rest a lot, just to know that mum’s safe. I think it would suit a lot of people.” Watch the family’s story here

MVDC Jobs site https://jobs.molevalley.gov.uk/opportunities/

Demand Responsive Transport reaches Leatherhead

Some useful feedback from a bus and rail blogger which hopefully will be useful to the development of this trial service before it expands.

Our article with links to SCC and MV Life information here : New on-demand bus service launches in Leatherhead and will be extended across Mole Valley 2022

Article and images reblogged from https://busandtrainuser.com blog

Tuesday 16th November 2021

Article by Roger French on his BusAndTrainUser blog :

DRT reaches Leatherhead — BusAndTrainUser – journeys around Britain by bus and train

This latest DRT scheme to hit the road is being operated on behalf of Surrey County Council by Mole Valley Community Transport, which in turn is run by Mole Valley District Council, and it’s a bit of a dark horse. It turns out it’s been quietly operating in the background since May but was only publicly launched last week with details appearing on Surrey’s website and an app becoming available to download, so I’m not sure how many people have been using it these last few months, if any, during its ‘soft launch’ phase.

It’s also only available in four very restricted areas north west of Leatherhead town centre, and even more bizarre I was told when I rang the booking line on Friday to try and glean more information, that it was only available for residents in those areas but I think there’d been some cross wires with that understanding as I’d managed to book a ride very easily on Friday using the app, and I was never asked about residency.

As well as the town centre, the four micro areas served by Surrey Connect – that’s the brand name given to the new service – are the Farthings Estate off Randall Road (1), Dorin Court off Oaklawn Road (2), Queen Elizabeth Foundation (QEF) care centre on Woodlands Road (3) and the Springfield Business Park (4) as marked on the map below.

They’re very small catchment areas and not very far from Leatherhead’s town centre although each is unserved by a conventional bus route.

I took a ride on Friday from the station to the relatively new build Farthings Estate (1), which I imagine Estate Agents would effusively describe as a very desirable location. It’s only about a three minute ride in the minibus and it only took me seven or eight minutes to walk back to the station after being dropped off.

Booking on the app was straightforward although practice over the last few years has made me adept at the procedures required. It might be more of a struggle for those less familiar with the routine especially as the map is quite hard to navigate to confirm pick up/set down points because of the restricted areas served.

I pre-booked Friday’s departure from Leatherhead station on Thursday evening and was offered departures every 15 minutes at and after my stated desired pick up time of 12:30 which was very useful and must reflect low usage at the moment, but crucially the fact the area served is so restricted, the minibus will easily be available. It can be there and back within about ten minutes.

On Friday itself there was some uncertainty whether I’d catch the train I’d intended which was due to arrive into Leatherhead at 12:13 so I amended my booking at 11:16 to a 12:45 pick up, and then when things became more certain my original arrival would be achieved (I caught the train) changed back again at 11:24 to 12:30; all done with no difficulty at all, confirming the bus wasn’t particularly busy with other bookings.

I kept an eye on the app to see where the “vehicule” (note it’s not my typo for a change – see above and below images) would come from but rather than show its route towards me, which other apps do, a bus icon (dual door, left-hand drive) just appeared over Leatherhead town centre twenty minutes before the scheduled arrival. It didn’t move as the time ticked by.

In fact Kevin arrived in good time to pick me up at 12:20. He explained he was carrying about 6-8 passengers a day which I reckon wasn’t bad for a first public week but the Community Transport set up already has a well established client base with other operations in this and neighbouring areas so some of the passengers have presumably morphed over from those alternatives.

The minibus was a pretty basic welfare style vehicle with a manual door and a retractable step … 

….. which Kevin got out of the driving seat to open and put down for me to board and alight.

The seats were fairly comfortable, albeit a bit ironing-board upright style, but with adequate leg room.

Although a wheelchair can be accommodated through the rear door lift this would entail removing some of the seats and Kevin explained the Community Transport’s fleet includes wheelchair ready vehicles which would be used if booked 

The minibus was wrapped in a light green livery and vinyl promoting the Community Transport’s wider activities under the ‘Mole Valley Life’ brand. This included contravision all over the windows.

It reminded me a bit of the minibuses used by Ford when they launched their Chariot branded service back in 2018. You weren’t sure whether you were getting into a delivery van or a minibus as it arrived to pick you up. That one didn’t last long.

That inevitably meant the interior is a little darker than it would otherwise be with distorted light coming through the windows as well as making it less easy to see out.

I noticed a similarly adorned sister vehicle was involved in last week’s public launch but coloured purple.

Surrey County Council’s webpage refers to a ‘service map’ for Surrey Connect but it’s been missed off and not available, and the text hasn’t quite been finished off as it refers to “xx zone” as though they uploaded a first draft yet to be finalised.

The service has been given a route number MV1 enabling it to appear in the open bus database meaning it appears on Google maps and bustimes.org with a timetable referring to the first and last journey of the day and indicating the rest will run “on demand”.

Times of operation are in fact 07:00 to 18:00 on Mondays to Fridays with no service at weekends. There’s a very cheap flat fare of £1 for any journey and concessionary passes are available for free travel. I asked Kevin what reaction there’d been from taxi drivers and he didn’t think there was much awareness of it’s availability …… yet.

Surrey’s map-less website information page also clarifies that despite the cross wires at Mole Valley’s Community Transport booking line, the Surrey Connect MV1 is available for anyone to use, not just residents.

I suspect the confusion comes from restrictions which might apply to some of Mole Valley Community Transport’s other activities. 

When I asked Kevin if he had a leaflet about the new service he was pleased to give me a few copies of one, but this didn’t make any reference to the new DRT service and was more about ‘Mole Valley Life’, as is the website promoted on the vehicles.

I think this is a recipe for some confusion. 

The DfT have given Surrey County Council £660,000 from its Rural Mobility Fund for this initiative, and I understand more areas in Mole Valley will be added in the coming months. Hopefully that missing map might also appear to show where this latest DRT operates and the booking line might be manned more effectively – I tried ringing it twice yesterday morning and both times it went to an answerphone.

Roger French

PS: I did my public duty and had a ‘web-chat’ exchange with Jamie at Surrey County Council yesterday morning to let him know about the unfinished web pagefor the MV1 – he said he’d pass it on to the relevant team so hopefully it’ll soon be fixed – maybe even by the time you read this.

Further garden waste collection confirmed in Mole Valley, Woking

Garden waste update – two of the four Surrey councils on the Joint Waste contract with Amey have so far confirmed that drivers and crews are available for a specific collection.

But the regular service is not yet able to resume – the contractor and councils cannot be confident when the next one after December will be.

https://www.molevalley.gov.uk/home/bins-recycling

For Mole Valley subscribers including Leatherhead this will be early / mid December as indicated: https://www.jointwastesolutions.org/service-updates/mole-valley/

For Woking subscribers their collection is scheduled late November

Elmbridge and Surrey Heath subscribers should look out for their own communications as and when details are confirmed.

MVDC’s cabinet councillor Caroline Salmon said “a one off collection will make such a difference….

Fill your garden waste bin ready for one off-collection in December. Mole Valley has secured another one-off bin collection in the 2 weeks starting 6 Dec. So fill them up over the next weekends! Getting the full service back is trickier, but 🤞we shall get one next year” see Facebook and Nextdoor

The issue is not localised to Surrey or to Amey – other Councils currently impacted include Bath & NE Somerset, N Somerset, Bedford, at least one in Cumbria, Wrexham , Central Bedfordshire (no more collection this year). Other Councils have brought forward their usual winter suspension including Harrogate and the Highland Council in Scotland.

KFC Leatherhead will open before Christmas

A little over a month to go, Leatherhead’s KFC which will be eat in and takeout will open in Church Street, (where Preto Rodizio were previously trading). Recruitment has started.

Laura, an area manager of a group of KFC restaurants has confirmed on social media “We are so proud to announce new KFC opening just before Christmas at 36-48 Church Street.

WE ARE HIRING. First, we are looking for an experienced manager (good salary+ bonus), team leaders(£10.50/hour), cooks 10£/hour, team members under 21 years old-£8, over 21-£9.50. We are looking to fill part-time and full-time positions.”

If you are interested, please contact Tomas on 07587868880

https://www.kfc.co.uk/kfc-near-me/leatherhead-church-street

Taco Bell’s website indicates an opening date for their takeaway of 19 November.

https://locations.tacobell.co.uk/leatherhead/36-38-church-street.html

AllSaints – social enterprise coffee shop to close after 7 years

AllSaints – social enterprise coffee shop to close after 7 years



Dear Valued Supporter,

Seven years ago we set up AllSaints to provide disadvantaged young people from North Leatherhead with a healthy launchpad into working life. This was an ambitious project to take on, which has had its financial challenges. We’ve also seen coming out of the pandemic that local 16+ year olds have a unique set of needs different to previous generations and to be able to best support them we need to adapt our offer. The time has come to re-evaluate our current provision to make sure we are sustainably supporting local young people to the best of our ability. 
 
This has led us to take a step back and make the decision that now is the right time to close AllSaints doors. Going forward we will be investing in finding new sustainable and innovative ways that will enable us to support the next upcoming cohort of local 16 – 20 year olds. We are really excited for what the future will hold as we work more closely with our young people to shape a new offer.   
 
We feel incredibly blessed that for the last seven years we’ve been able to be open six days a week, providing life-changing support for 25 young people. We couldn’t have done this without the generous support of our community, regularly visiting the coffee shop and supporting us where you could. This has enabled so many local young people in North Leatherhead to reach their full potential and for this we will be forever grateful.  
 
We will be celebrating our last week of AllSaints from 6th – 11th December and would love to see you! We will be open from 8am – 3pm as usual with our full offering available from 6th – 10th December. On Saturday 11th December pop down to purchase an AllSaints coffee and slice of cake with the chance to congratulate our amazing team on all they have achieved. 
 
We look forward to seeing you to celebrate everything AllSaints has meant to our local community and young people. 

From Laura & the AllSaints Team 

Link to email

SCC councillor and LYP trustee Tim Hall commented on Facebook “The Leatherhead Youth Project has decided that the existing Allsaints Coffeeshop operation is not sustainable after a successful but challenging seven years. So they will wind down the project and use the resources to develop new projects that work for local young people in 2022 onwards.”

The excellent work of the Leatherhead Youth Project, BFree after school activity etc continues, not only in Leatherhead but other parts of the district. LYP is currently hiring a Youth Worker https://leatherheadyouthproject.com/were-hiring-2/ and latest LYP Newsletter here.

We assume that this continues to be based at the former AllSaints Church used by LYP since 2005.

Back in the spring, there was a planning application for backland development in Kingscroft Avenue for which the applicant proposed to use the car park of the former All Saints Church. That proposal was withdrawn after a suite of objections. The building belongs to Leatherhead Parish, advised by the Diocese of Guildford on property matters, and is leased to LYP. The Diocese of Guildford also owns the former SCC Children’s Centre and infants school at Aperdele Road but its current intentions for that site are not yet known, though the Bishop of Guildford has advocated a mixed use redevelopment there with some community use. If the Diocese do have property development ambitions for one or both sites in church ownership, it would be interesting to know what they are. This post will be copied to the Diocese and Parish to see what they have to say.

Planning Applications – 12 November 2021

Weekly list of planning applications and decisions on earlier ones as published by Mole Valley District Council 12 November. Plus details on applications for The Grange at Bookham (Walled Garden) and Headley Court which are at different stages of the planning process.

new applications in the Running List 12/11/21 include two small infilling proposals

MO/2021/2048Erection of 2 No. detached dwellings with rooms in the roof and associated acces31, St Johns Avenue, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 7HT
MO/2021/2049Erection of rear orangery.26, Quarry Gardens, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 8UE
MO/2021/2053Erection of 2 No. detached two-storey dwellings and 1 No. detached bungalow, wit35, Cobham Road, Fetcham, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 9AY

Decisions List 12/11/21 including two associated with St John’s School

MO/2021/1696Variation of condition 2 of approved planning permission MO/2021/0235 for the deHallaton, Garlands Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 7EX
MO/2021/1406Provision of 12 x mobile floodlight units.St Johns School Playing Fields, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead, Surrey

Earlier weeks:

Running List 05/11/21

Running List 29/10/21

The Grange at Bookham has an application of interest open for public comments:

MO/2021/1972Demolition, refurbishment and construction of buildings in the area north of theThe Grange Centre, Rectory Lane, Bookham, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT23 4DZ

The Grange are holding some public engagement events on their plans starting 22-26 November – details on Facebook here https://fb.me/e/2hdGXReg4

Eloise Appleby, CEO of The Grange at Bookham writes : “Over the last year we have been developing plans for new facilities adjacent to our much-loved Walled Garden. These would provide more flexible, comfortable and eco-friendly learning spaces for our Skills for Life programme. We also hope to include a café and shop to provide jobs for people we support in an authentic retail setting, and a pottery which can be used for skills sessions and community hirings alike. And we will take the opportunity to enhance the presentation of our lovely eight acre site. We have recently submitted an application for planning consent, and it has been assigned the reference number MO/2021/1972.We are holding a five day exhibition at The Grange for people who would like to know more about our plans – Bookham Residents’ Association, neighbours, councillors, our volunteers and families, and so on. Everyone is welcome to come.We have chosen to stage the exhibition at the start of Disability History Month, in view of the importance of this development in the life of our 80-year old history in Bookham. It will be open from 9.30am to 4.30pm from Monday 22 November to Friday 26 November, with an additional early evening opening from 6pm to 8pm on Monday 22 November at which two of our Trustees and the architect will be present. The exhibition will be in the Lumley Lounge, just off the Reception Area. Please try to ‘travel green’ to the site. If you come by car, take the entrance marked ‘staff and accessible parking’ and then park in a visitor bay opposite the main house. Sign in at Reception and you will be shown the way to the Lumley Lounge.There is no need to book yourself in, but if you would like to see our Heritage Room at the same time as you view our future plans – reflecting back on our past history – please let me know and I will arrange for a colleague to show you around.I hope we will see some of you during the week also enhancing the presentation of our lovely 8 acre site in the area adjacent to our much-loved Walled Garden.”

There is a special MVDC Development Management committee meeting 23 November for councillors to consider two applications relating to redevelopment of parts of the Headley Court campus

Extraordinary Development Management Agenda – 23rd November 2021

Item 1, MO/2020/2263 – Headley Court, Headley Road, Headley, KT18 6JW Outline application made in December 2020 for the Mansion part of the campus. For 100 new build retirement living apartments plus 14 in the converted Mansion. https://www.headley-court.co.uk/headley-court-mansion-site

Item 2, MO/2021/0871 – Headley Court, Headley Road, Headley, KT18 6JW ‘reserved matters’ ie. details for the 70 homes already approved in outline in 2019 on the ‘west’ part of the campus https://www.headley-court.co.uk/headley-court-west-site. This is recommended by MVDC planning officers for approval subject to conditions.

E-Index – 23rd November 2021

We expect the meeting may be chaired by the Vice Chairman (Cllr Harper, Ashtead Park ward) or another member, as the committee chairman (Cllr Preedy) is the ward councillor for Box Hill & Headley and chair of Headley Parish Council.

Useful links and information

The recommended way to keep informed of any applications that may affect you is to sign up to e-alerts

Only a relatively narrow group of very immediate neighbours are otherwise notified.

For some major applications the applicant will hold pre-application engagement with the community, often on a virtual basis under recent restrictions. 

Comments on applications can be made by either attaching a file on the MVDC website or by an email to planning@molevalley.gov.uk giving your name, address/postcode and the application reference eg MO/2021/xxxx

Comments on social media, facebook etc are not valid and unlikely to be read by the Council or applicant, and hold no value in the process at all.

It is best to comment on issues that are ‘planning considerations’ eg. design, layout, height, density, scale of development, loss of amenity, privacy, trees etc. For larger scale applications issues around drainage, parking, EV charging, proportion of ‘affordable’ housing, cycle facilities, infrastructure contributions are the kind of comments likely to be given some weight in the decision.

Many applications are now ‘permitted development’ eg office and shop conversions to residential and will not normally be refused unless there are flaws or restrictions. The Government is increasingly deregulating aspects of the system to make it easier for housing to be created to meet its targets. Extra floors on buildings are increasingly easy to add. There are no rules on the number of types of business in a town centre, the street can be full of cafes or charity shops if the landlords and business operators agree.

Currently MVDC is assessing new applications against its Local Plan 2000 and Core Strategy a few years later. But it is required to update this plan and will be moving towards a new plan to 2037 being adopted with Government approval by 2023. MVDC is also required by Government to have a 5 year supply of approved applications for new housing. So applications can be difficult to refuse if they otherwise tick the boxes the Government has set.

Local councillors are available to be contacted if you have concerns about a planning application. Two of the Leatherhead councillors sit on the Development Management Committee which considers some of the more significant applications, and those that have significant objections. They can also consider bringing an application to the committee which would otherwise be decided by the expert planning officers. This year the committee is chaired by the councillor for Headley, and Cllr David Harper the vice chair represents the Ashtead Park ward which includes a few roads in Leatherhead postcode.

The councillors on the committee have to keep an open mind on an application until the committee has considered it. They must avoid being predetermined. But they can listen to views to help them make a decision.

Those councillors who are not on the committee can ask to speak at it and generally can take a more active view against or for an application at an earlier stage.

Councillors work on planning tends to be less political than other activities and they do not vote on party lines in the same way as other business, usually. It is not the case that the party forming the administration (currently Lib Dem) or the professional planning officers support the applications being listed, or promote them. They have to consider what landowners and developers put forward. In much the same way it is not straightforward for the council to make landowners use their land for new development if they don’t want to.

For the first time in many years, we now have 3 residents of Leatherhead town centre representing the area on MVDC, (plus two councillors with good local connections but living in Ashtead). 

Cllr Bridget Kendrick (Leatherhead North)
councillor.kendrick@molevalley.gov.uk

07957 211242

Cllr Keira Vyvyan-Robinson (Leatherhead North)

07939 551 524

councillor.vyvyan-robinson@molevalley.gov.uk

Both Cllrs Kendrick and Vyvyan-Robinson are full members of the Development Management Committee 2021/22 and also Cabinet members in the Lib Dem administration. Cllr Norman also has a lot of experience on planning issues over the past 3 years:

Cllr Emma Norman

Liberal Democrat Member (Leatherhead North)
councillor.norman@molevalley.gov.uk

Cllr Simon Moss (Leatherhead South) Conservative elected May 2021

Councillor.Moss@molevalley.gov.uk 07715 589 339

Tim Ashton (Leatherhead South) 01372 276337

In Bookham, Ashtead and Fetcham, and to an extent in Leatherhead, the Residents Associations are active on planning issues in some cases listing applications on their websites each week. 

http://www.leatherheadresidents.org.uk/ most recent August 2021 update here (pdf) http://www.leatherheadresidents.org.uk/mdocs-posts/planning-and-forward-planningreport/

https://www.landdcps.com/ Leatherhead & District Countryside Protection Society

https://www.ashteadresidents.org.uk/planning/

Planning Applications in Fetcham

Planning Applications in Bookham

Proposals for The Grange at Bookham (Walled Garden area)

Leatherhead remembers – Sunday 14 November 2021

Leatherhead remembers Sunday 14 November 2021.

Wreaths included the Scouts, Army Cadets, Rotary, Swan Centre, Chamber of Commerce, Royal British Legion, Constitutional Club, Little Oaks Nursery (in the ex British Legion club building), political parties, Foresters.
Leatherhead Local History website
Chairman of MVDC Councillor Chris Hunt laying the civic wreath
If you haven’t had a chance to donate to the Poppy Appeal, scan the QR code in Swan Centre branch of Jackie Quinn estate agents
Mole Valley MP Sir Paul Beresford and MVDC Cllr Keira Vyvyan-Robinson (Veterans lead and Leatherhead North councillor) among those laying wreaths

Road closures 15-19 November in Leatherhead

One, maybe two road closures in Leatherhead in the coming week, affecting bus route 21 and maybe others.

The information re. Bridge Street is conflicting, the signs are in place marked “Thames Water” and the details were online when we published our article. But then disappeared from the one.network online map used by SCC early Sunday. And have now reappeared with a later date in 2 weeks time 29 Nov-3 Dec.

And do not appear on SCC’s weekly highways update which says “…The following utility works are on traffic sensitive routes or include a road closure, it is not an exhaustive list. We are not able to guarantee that these works will be carried out…”

https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/service-updates/highways-bulletin#mole

Road closure on Bridge Street https://one.network/?tmi=GB21340433 closure now deleted

The weekly list does include some temporary lights on the B-road section of Kingston Road near the rail bridge / Buffers Lane Delays Possible 15 November 10am – 3pm For 5 days Trial trenches to locate utilities https://one.network/?GB124093250 as well as the ongoing work further up around the entrance to West Hill / Fox Grove Schools to widen the entrance, https://one.network/?GB124164721

However the UK Power closure in Highlands Road does need to be happening and the bus company is aware and advising its alternative route

15 Nov – 19 Nov

15 Nov – 19 Nov

UK Power NetworksUK Power Networks

Information for Road Users

Cause:Roadworks
Closure in force:All the time
Name:UKPN – Highlands Road
Description:New electric connection

Road closure on Highlands Road https://one.network/?tmi=GB21081480

Roadworks, delays likely

29 Nov – 3 Dec

Bridge Street

Responsibility for these works

Sutton and East Surrey Water Company

Information for Road Users

Location:Bridge Street
Traffic lights, etc:Road closure

Information for Operational Teams

Highway Authority:Surrey County Council
Permit status:Application
Works ref:DZ0012093832A
Permit ref:DZ0012093832A-03
Current status:Advanced planning

https://one.network/?GB124255552

Remembrance Sunday in Leatherhead

The Remembrance Day service will be back this year at the War Memorial in Leatherhead on Sunday, 14th November, with the service starting at 10.40am. Please remember to buy your poppies and support the important work done by the Royal British Legion.

Leatherhead

  • Service at the memorial starting 10:40am

To help protect everyone who attends on the 14th please can you consider the following:

  • Don’t attend if you are unwell, or are required to self-isolate
  • Consider doing a lateral flow test in advance of attending
  • Keep your distance from others whilst in attendance
  • Masks are welcomed
14 Nov 202110.30am-11.30amNorth StreetFrom Anytime Fitness to Bridge StreetLeatherheadRemembrance Day ServiceMVDCApproved
14 Nov 202110.30am-11.30amBridge StreetFrom North Street to Minchin CloseLeatherheadRemembrance Day ServiceMVDCApproved
14 Nov 202110.30am-11.30amGravel HillWhole SectionLeatherheadRemembrance Day ServiceMVDCApproved

This will mean buses on diversion via Waterway Road during the closure period. 479, 465 but they should be back on route soon afterwards.

https://molevalley.gov.uk/home/roads-parking-travel/mole-valley-road-closures#remembrance details of other services requiring road closure in the district

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A big thank you to Leatherhead Detachment Army Cadet Force for tidying up the Leatherhead War Memorial and the surrounding area. They removed a large number of weeds from the gravel and cleared cobwebs, as well as cleaning the railings and removing any leaves and twigs. They are also planning to return this Saturday, to ensure the area is presentable for Remembrance Sunday.

Keira Vyvyan-Robinson

Following the Remembrance Sunday service at the War Memorial on 14th November 2021, the Mole Valley Veterans’ Hub has organised a small buffet get-together for Veterans and their families at the Penny Black pub (opposite the Memorial). The service starts at 10.40, and we expect to be finished by 11.15, heading over after this. All Veterans are welcome, but it would help for catering if anyone intending to join us could RSVP either to me or on the ‘Mole Valley Veterans’ Facebook site.

Gymnastics club seeking comments to support SCC funding bid

Please support Leatherhead & Dorking Gymnastics Club in their bid for SCC Your Fund grant funding to help fund their improvement project.

Comment via this link to the SCC commonplace portal:

https://yourfundsurreyproposals.commonplace.is/proposals/leatherhead-dorking-gymnastics-club

The period for comments is another 14 days through November

The Club’s Facebook page updates on some recent successful competition and also on the vision for the improved facilities, delayed by the pandemic and subsequently amended to reduce costs :

“We need YOUR help!!As many of you will be aware, we are currently in the process of starting to expand our facilities, adding a fourth gym which will be used for Disability classes. This would be a huge addition to our club, allowing us to offer more diverse and improved Disability classes for our present gymnasts and for local schools. We have currently raised half of the funds we need to complete the project and have applied for a grant from Your Fund Surrey to help us reach our final target. In order for us to be in with a chance of winning the money, we need as many people as possible to go to the link below, and comment on the proposal, telling Your Fund Surrey how beneficial this would be for our club. We only have a month to get as many comments as possible so please take a couple of minutes to help us out!”

We need your support for the new building plans

Have Your Say Today – Leatherhead & Dorking Gymnastics Club – Commonplace

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As many of you are aware before Covid we were planning an extension to our Club.

The impact of the pandemic meant that we needed to use our reserves just to survive and now need to raise additional funds to complete the project.

We have secured the addition land that was needed and we will be starting with phase 1 of the project which is going onto mains drainage in November 2021. We will confirm the start date as soon as possible.

For those of you who are not aware of what we are trying to achieve I have included some information.

Project

The funding is to go towards the cost of building a new gymnasium which will be 40 metres by 9.5 metres, a sensory room which will have emphasis on providing additional and bespoke facilities for children with disabilities. The sensory room will be a stimulating environment aimed at developing hand-eye coordination as well as relaxation, focused work, stimulation, control, and communication, which will strengthen personal, social and emotional development of the participants. The Club is designated an “I’m in” disability facility by British Gymnastics and is looking to expand provision for the benefit of the community. It will also allow us to enlarge the reception area to be more accessible for all.

The overriding need is to provide more capacity for the development of our disability programme and enhance the existing classes for both general gymnastics and Squads.

The new gymnasium would allow for some of our existing equipment to be moved to allow competition standard run ups, it will create more space in our exiting 3 gymnasiums allowing us to increase participation, reduce the waiting lists and benefit the local community.

We are at full capacity at the moment with waiting lists of 120 for general gymnastics. By expanding the facility we would be able to increase the numbers taking part in gymnastics. Our disability gymnastics is very popular and having seen the benefits to the children already taking part we would like to be able to offer classes to more participants. We also have a list of 8-10 schools that would be interested in bring classes to the gym from the Surrey Para Games event that we ran gymnastics classes at in 2017.

Why we need to expand

Disability Gymnastics – We have a disability entrance for the schools and adult classes to come in however the team gym run up needs to be moved every class to allow wheelchair access. The new extension would allow the tumble track to be moved to allow better access. By moving other equipment in the existing gyms we will have more space for disability classes. The sensory room will allow those with more severe disabilities to attend and can be used by charities/groups who do not have access to a sensory room.

Team Gym – At present the run up tumble track for team gym is 22 metres the new extension would allow 30 metres which is competition standard. The trampette/vault run up is 18 metres and runs across the floor in gym 1. This means the full floor cannot be used when Team Gym are using this and the older gymnasts have to start their run up from reception area. By moving the trampette/vault to the new extension the full floor can be used for other disciplines and the run up would be completion standard of 25 metres. It would also allow for a fixed landing at present we only have landing to pit.

Men’s/Women’s Artistic – Currently there is no landing to vault. The extension will have an artistic vault with competition standard landing to help prepare gymnasts for competition. By moving the tumble track in gym 3 we will be able to fit a new competition standard floor to gym 3. Presently there is no enough room for the new regulation floor.

General Gymnastics for All – Currently it is difficult for general classes without full use of the floor. By moving the previously mentioned equipment we would have more space allowing us to increase class sizes and reduce our waiting lists. By having two floors there would be more opportunity for general gymnasts to enter floor and vault competitions.

Reception Area – Access to the building for parents dropping off and collecting gymnasts will be much easier with the extension to the reception area.

Without the extension we are unable to expand classes and therefore we could not encourage more children to be active.

We will be putting together an information section on our website so that you can see the plans.

We have applied for funding through Your Fund Surrey and we need your help. We have already secured funding from The Peter Harrison Foundation, London Marathon Trust and Sport England but we need more to complete the project.

As part of the application to your Fund Surrey we need you to comment on how the project will help the community that we serve.

Please can you click on this link and comment on why you feel this would benefit the community and club. Please remember to slide the bar to positive.

Disability sensory room to view click here

Proposed Plan to view click here

Have Your Say Today – Leatherhead & Dorking Gymnastics Club – Commonplace

“The Club and Mole Valley have been working in a positive partnership to promote and deliver our disability programme which also includes external participation from disability groups and disability schools. We are designated by British Gymnastics and Sport England as an inclusive “I’m in” disability facility and we are looking to expand our provision for the benefit of the community beyond its present capacity.

Extending the present facility will also allow for more of the wider community including schools and disability groups and gymnasts from the South East of England to attend classes . We will also be able to offer the sensory room for external users and groups throughout the local and wider community. 

We are currently open 7 days a week throughout the year, with in excess of 1000 participating gymnasts. Activities including Kindergym 18mth to 3 years, Pre School gymnastics 3-5 years, General gymnastics, Disability Gymnastics, Squads, Gym in the summer courses and drop in Mother and toddler sessions. We also open during the week for our schools programme which includes main stream and disability schools. We provide social interaction for parents and children. By keeping active and participating in gymnastics children are helped to develop their fine motor skills, trust, responsibility, balance, flexibility, coordination, concentration, mental focus, strength and confidence.

We have been planning the project for the last couple of years and have planning permission for the development which includes the additional land. Phase one of the project is scheduled to commence in November comprising the construction of the main drainage and site clearance. 

The total cost of the project is £1,180,000.00 and the sum we are applying for is £500,000.00 having secured 50% of the project cost.”

http://www.leatherhead-gymnastics.org.uk

Seasonal events around Leatherhead

Quick selection of pre Christmas events in and around Leatherhead. From Santa in the Swan Centre to Beaverbrook on Ice. See article for details and links :

https://www.bookhamtrees.org

Christmas tree pre-orders have been coming in fast! Visit our website to choose your tree for delivery or click and collect.Our very popular Christmas wreath workshops are back for 2021, led by our crafty crusader Debbie! Join us for a two hour masterclass on creating your own door wreath, all decorations included (you are very welcome to bring your own too). Spaces are very limited at only 10 per session so book now and don’t miss out!Our workshops run from 10:30 to 12:30 on Sunday 5th and 11th of December. https://www.bookhamtrees.org/ Leatherhead & District Scouts

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Santa is coming to Leatherhead town centre this December!

Meet Santa in his Toy Shop here at the Swan Centre on Saturday 4th, 11th and 18th December, 10am – 4pm.

Entry is completely free! Be greeted on arrival by one of Santa’s cheeky elves, have your photo taken with Santa and then get involved in some creative festive activities where you can write a letter to Santa or make a special gift to take home.  Full details and competitions info at http://theswancentre.co.uk/christmas/

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Christmas Markets

Swan Centre’s Christmas gift market will offer a wonderful selection of handmade crafts and unusual gifts to inspire your Christmas shopping!

Save the dates:

  • Saturday 4th December, 10am – 4pm
  • Saturday 11th December, 10am – 4pm
  • Saturday 18th December, 10am – 4pm
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Winter Ice Skating at Beaverbrook

A REAL ICE EXPERIENCE

From 1st December 2021 to 31st January 2022 glide on real ice whilst listening to melodies and indulging in sweet treats from our rink-side cabin, Swizzles.  For a festive tipple sip on a glass of bubbles, as you take in the picture-perfect views surrounding you. 

Available to both hotel residents as well as guests visiting the estate for dining or spa days, experience something magical this festive season.

Priced at £50 for adults and £35 for children for a 45 minute skate. Use of the ice rink is on a first come, first served basis.  Last skate on the ice rink is at 8:00 pm.

If you’re looking for an extra special winter break then why not make a weekend of it and enjoy unlimited ice skating with our Stay & Skate package.BOOK STAY & SKATEFAQs

Festive Stays at Beaverbrook

Heart-warming surprises, winter delights and spectacular entertainment offerings on New Years Eve: join in our festive celebrations for a Christmas to remember this year.

Looking for an extra special getaway? Make the most of all that Beaverbrook has to offer with our Winter Warmer Package, including ice-skating, dining, spa and more.BOOK WINTER WARMER

Please contact reservations@beaverbrook.co.uk to book stays over Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

A minimum length of stay will apply when arriving on 24th, 25th, 26th, 30th and 31st December 2021.

Ring in the New Year at Beaverbrook

New Year’s Eve promises a night to remember as we welcome 2022 in style!

Dine at either The Garden House restaurant or our Japanese Grill at The Dining Room before a spectacular midnight light show in our Italian Gardens. 

Enjoy a glass of champagne to toast the arrival of the New Year, musical entertainment and an all-important midnight snack to keep you dancing until the early hours.

Contact reservations@beaverbrook.co.ukto book your new years experience.

Skate & Dine

Create festive traditions when you visit the Ice Rink and enjoy a meal in any one of our restaurants. Choose from Japanese or Anglo-Italian cuisine, or a classic pizza before taking to the rink for a spin on the ice with stunning views across the Surrey Hills.

Prices from £65 per adult and £45 per child.

Call the team now to book your Skate & Dine package on +44 (0)1372 571300.  

Adults only permitted to The Dining Room.  Available Monday to Thursday.

Sparkling Dining at Beaverbrook

Celebrate with your loved ones or treat your team to a unique, private dining experience this winter. 

The Garden House is the spot for winter warming favourites with a cosy atmosphere for your Christmas event.  Or for a touch of glamour The House offers intimate, private spaces with menus from our Japanese Grill: perfect for those seeking an alternative to traditional festive fare.

Contact events@beaverbrook.co.uk to find out more about our event spaces and private dining rooms.

Gift Beaverbrook

GIVE SOMETHING SPECIAL THIS YEAR

With everything from spa days to overnight stays, you’re guaranteed to find something special they will love this Christmas.

Gifts from £50.GIFT NOW

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Bus back better – 479 will be operated by @FalconBusCoach Mon-Sat

479 – Monday-Saturday service transferred to Falcon Buses, with revised timetable on Saturdays, from 18 December

No change to Sunday 479 service already operated by Stagecoach on a separate contract.

This was the last of the ex Arriva routes to be reallocated following a commercial tender exercise which completed a little later than some of the other ones across Surrey.

Falcon were the operator interested in taking the departing Arriva’s entire Surrey operation, and although this did not proceed, Falcon who are based in Byfleet have taken a number of Arriva routes including 436. Locally they already operate 408 service and a school service into Howard of Effingham. So the Epsom to Guildford 479 route is hopefully a good fit for them

We will update the 479 Mon-Sat timetable when it is released, but would expect the line of route to continue via Epsom clock tower, Hospital, Ashtead village and lower Ashtead, north Leatherhead, town centre, Fetcham, Bookham, Effingham and through to Guildford. Falcon has an App and contactless and will no doubt have more information here closer to the point of taking on the 479 route https://www.falconbuses.co.uk

SCC information here

https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/buses-and-other-transport/bus-timetable-changes/forthcoming-changes

The Hants & Surrey Bus Blog report indicates the 479 contract is on an emergency basis through September 2022. A similar basis to that on which Arriva took the route in 2019 when a previous operator folded overnight. A busy period for the SCC transport team working with operators to ensure route continuity

One complete myth seen in some very wide of the mark social media comments in recent days can also be nailed. The new Demand Responsive local minibus service (Connect) is an extra sustainable transport option and in no way replaces existing route buses. It is on a 10-year rural transport funding award from Department for Transport following a successful bid by SCC. Operated by Mole Valley Life (part of MVDC based at Park House in Leatherhead), initially targeting the west of Leatherhead but planned to expand district wide and use EVs later in 2022. Improving bus services is very much part of the County Council’s transport strategy and indeed Government policy as part of climate action and encouraging less car use. To ease congestion, reduce emissions and improve air quality. Bus Back Better.

https://newleatherheadliving.wordpress.com/2021/11/08/new-on-demand-bus-service-launches-in-leatherhead-and-will-be-extended-across-mole-valley-2022/

Christmas Jobs Fair in Leatherhead Monday 15 November

There are seasonal work opportunities in many local businesses in Leatherhead Swan Centre and around the town – the DWP funded Mole Valley Employment & Skills Hub in the Centre have a Jobs Fair on Monday for a variety of retail and customer service roles

@epsom_sthelier sign pledge to support those in the military community

Epsom and St Helier sign pledge to support those in the military community

Epsom and St Helier sign pledge to support those in the military community

Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust has shown its commitment to military personnel and their families by signing the Armed Forces Covenant (Wednesday 10 November 2021).


The Armed Forces Covenant (a formal pledge to acknowledge and understand that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities they serve), was signed by Group Chief Executive Jacqueline Totterdell in a show of support for the military community on the eve of Armistice Day.

The covenant formalises the Trust’s support for patients and staff who are serving or have served in the Armed Forces or who have family members in the military as well as for military personnel in the wider community – including both health services and employment opportunities. It also confirms the Trust’s commitment to be an Armed Forces-friendly organisation and to consider the needs of military personnel and their families.

Jacqueline Totterdell, Group Chief Executive, said: “I could not be more proud than to sign this commitment to our Armed Forces, past and present, and their families on behalf of Epsom and St Helier. The Forces and the NHS have so many fundamental things in common: we are a family, we are truly loyal, and we do what we do with pride and love. The one big difference is that in the NHS we do not start our days wondering if they might be our last.

“And that’s why at Epsom and St Helier we are committed to doing everything we can to support those serving full-time in the Forces, reservists, veterans – and the families of all those – whether that be helping their physical or mental health or by providing jobs and careers that use their skills to their best and support them properly in civilian life.”

The Trust has also pledged to support the employment of veterans, recognising military skills and qualifications in our recruitment and selection process; developing a reservist policy to support current and prospective employees; progressing from the current Bronze Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) award to Silver and Gold.
 

The Armed Forces Covenant is a national initiative that promises fair treatment of those who serve or have served in the military and their families, helping those people have access to the same services in their community as the general public. Businesses, charities and other organisations who wish to show their support for the Armed Forces community can sign the covenant.

  • Epsom and St Helier hospitals is also showing its support for veterans with its own poppy appeal – asking staff and members of the public to knit, crochet or sew poppies to display at the front of both hospitals and in time for Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday and displayed throughout November. Poppies are welcome throughout November and can be sent to the Patient Experience Team (5th floor Ferguson House, St Helier Hospital, Wrythe Lane, Carshalton SM5 1AA). The first of these can be seen in the pictures included of Colonel Anthony McGrath, 256 Field Hospital and Group CEO Jacqueline Totterdell signing the Veterans Covenant.
     

For more information about Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, visit www.epsom-sthelier.nhs.uk.

Shared by Leatherhead Living 11 November 2021

Remembrance Sunday in Leatherhead

The Remembrance Day service will be back this year at the War Memorial in Leatherhead on Sunday, 14th November, with the service starting at 10.40am. Please remember to buy your poppies and support the important work done by the Royal British Legion.

Leatherhead

  • Service at the memorial starting 10:40am

To help protect everyone who attends on the 14th please can you consider the following:

  • Don’t attend if you are unwell, or are required to self-isolate
  • Consider doing a lateral flow test in advance of attending
  • Keep your distance from others whilst in attendance
  • Masks are welcomed
14 Nov 202110.30am-11.30amNorth StreetFrom Anytime Fitness to Bridge StreetLeatherheadRemembrance Day ServiceMVDCApproved
14 Nov 202110.30am-11.30amBridge StreetFrom North Street to Minchin CloseLeatherheadRemembrance Day ServiceMVDCApproved
14 Nov 202110.30am-11.30amGravel HillWhole SectionLeatherheadRemembrance Day ServiceMVDCApproved

This will mean buses on diversion via Waterway Road during the closure period. 479, 465 but they should be back on route soon afterwards.

https://molevalley.gov.uk/home/roads-parking-travel/mole-valley-road-closures#remembrance details of other services requiring road closure in the district

Contact partnerships@molevalley.gov.uk or phone 01306 885001 if you have any queries concerning the road closures listed above.

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A big thank you to Leatherhead Detachment Army Cadet Force for tidying up the Leatherhead War Memorial and the surrounding area. They removed a large number of weeds from the gravel and cleared cobwebs, as well as cleaning the railings and removing any leaves and twigs. They are also planning to return this Saturday, to ensure the area is presentable for Remembrance Sunday.

Keira Vyvyan-Robinson

Following the Remembrance Sunday service at the War Memorial on 14th November 2021, the Mole Valley Veterans’ Hub has organised a small buffet get-together for Veterans and their families at the Penny Black pub (opposite the Memorial). The service starts at 10.40, and we expect to be finished by 11.15, heading over after this. All Veterans are welcome, but it would help for catering if anyone intending to join us could RSVP either to me or on the ‘Mole Valley Veterans’ Facebook site.

Keeping Epsom and Walton Downs safe and enjoyable for all

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Epsom Downs Racecourse 

Racehorses have priority on Epsom and Walton Downs at set times each day. Help us spread the message explaining where and when it’s safe to visit:

https://jockeyclubestates.co.uk/community

Keeping Epsom and Walton Downs safe and enjoyable for all – education project

Epsom and Walton Downs are a much loved and used green open space. As the landowner it is important that we ensure those who use the Downs to work, the racehorse training community, are able to do so safely.

Racehorses and those who train them have priority at certain times of the day, but we must also balance this with the enjoyment that the general public get from the Downs.

The unprecedented increase in people working from home and needing green and open space during the pandemic meant that the Downs saw a huge increase in people using them.

This has presented significant challenges for the racehorse training community, who have priority during the following times:

Racehorse training hours

6am – 12 noon Monday to Saturday

8am – 9:30am Sunday

When they are trying to do their job, also increasing the risk of an accident.

As such, a community education project is beginning through the autumn and winter of 2021/22 to educate, inform and work with the local community around the Downs and to ask for their help in keeping everyone safe.

We are asking the general public not to use the Downs during racehorse training hours unless they absolutely have to. If it cannot be avoided, they are asked to use the areas outlined on the map below.

There will be further updates on this project in the coming months, and for more information please see this FAQs document or e-mail Epsom.reception@thejockeyclub.co.uk.

Information from The Jockey Club, shared by Leatherhead Living 10 November 2021

Taco Bell, KFC expected to open by Christmas 2021

https://locations.tacobell.co.uk/leatherhead/36-38-church-street.html

Taco Bell’s website indicated an opening date for their Leatherhead takeaway of 19 November. Although this date proved optimistic, we understand work is ongoing to fit out for December opening alongside KFC.

https://www.kfc.co.uk/kfc-near-me/leatherhead-church-street

KFC which will be eat in and takeout is expected to open soon in the co-located unit at 48 Church Street and has started hiring.

Earlier article updated last weekend on all the opening and reopenings in and around Leatherhead : https://wp.me/pbv6Yg-2uu

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Santa’s grotto will be in the Swan Centre on the three Saturdays before Christmas

Such a fantastic autumn Sunday market in Leatherhead. Great food, great drinks, great stalls and a great ambiance! .. cannot wait for our next event in Leatherhead which will be our Sunday 5th of December Christmas spectacular. Rendez vous then! 🎄🎁🧑‍🎄Facebook.com/PopUpFrenchMarket

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479 bus latest – 9 November 2021

See updated article 11 November confirming Falcon will operate the service  https://wp.me/pbv6Yg-2wv

Latest from Hants&Surrey bus blog on future of 479 route which should be getting a new operator (Mon-Sat) in December to take over from Arriva: “…we understood that responses to Surrey County Council’s invitation to operators to bid on contracts to operate routes 18 (Guildford to Onslow Village) and 479 (Guildford to Epsom) are due to be returned early this week. Hopefully we may therefore hear more about the future of those routes, … in the not too distant future too….”

NB. 479 Sunday service already operated by Stagecoach and not affected by Arriva’s pull out.

The new demand responsive minibus service announced this week by SCC and operated by Mole Valley Life (MVDC) is an additional service funded via DfT and not intended to replace route buses. More info here: https://wp.me/pbv6Yg-2ve and here :

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Hants & Surrey Bus Blog

As speculated as a possible likely outcome in our last blog post on the Arriva withdrawal from Guildford, it has now been confirmed that Diamond South East have cancelled their commercial registrations of routes 91 (Woking – Goldsworth Park – Knaphill) and 436 (Woking – Sheerwater – West Byfleet – Byfleet – Brooklands – Weybridge).

Their registrations for the routes show that they were received on Tuesday 5th October, the same day that Arriva made public their proposal to close Guildford depot. The registrations had a start date of Tuesday 4th January 2022, although it later emerged that Arriva were to cease operations from Guildford after the close of service on Friday 17th December. This makes me wonder if the initial registrations were more speculative from Diamond as a possible method to try and discourage competition by making clear their intentions early on, not knowing exactly what timescale…

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8 November 2021 : Mole Valley MP urges much wider vaccinations push

BOOSTER VACCINES From 8 November, we can now pre-book up to a month before we become eligible for a COVID-19 booster, which is just under 6 months (technically 182 days) after our 2nd jab if we are over 50 or in another eligible group. (Previously we could only book a week after we had become eligible) https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/book-or-manage-a-booster-dose-of-the-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccine/

The Mole Valley (including Leatherhead, Effingham, Horsley ) MP Sir Paul Beresford has urged a much wider vaccination push in a Parliamentary debate 8 November.

Extracts from the MP’s remarks:

“…We should be rapidly moving towards a broader and more robust, proactive approach to vaccination. That would protect us against future public health threats and against existing vaccine preventable diseases, especially respiratory diseases. …”

 “..there is no promotion of vaccination against shingles among the over-70s. Anyone who has seen a patient who is over 70, 80 or 90 with shingles…will know what a ghastly, debilitating condition it is…”

“…the HPV vaccination given to girls has bought about a dramatic drop in cervical cancer. Now that it is available to boys, I hope that we will see a similar dramatic drop in years to come in oral and head and neck cancers…”

“…The promotion of and reminder about vaccines has already been undertaken with covid; this approach could and should be applied to all vaccines. New contact methods through the likes of the NHS app and social media should be used… “

“..There has been a call for all hospital and care home staff to be vaccinated against covid. This is no different from the requirement when I became a dentist in this country: dentists and surgeons were required to have the BCG injection and vaccination before they were able to work. If I had an elderly relative who was to go into a care home and the choice was between two homes, both being identical except one had all staff vaccinated and the other did not, the choice would be obvious.”

“..I believe there are financial encouragements for GPs and pharmacies to promote such vaccinations—please, step that up. That approach could be applied to more than just covid and flu…”

“..In future, we must use vaccinations extensively, because that is the goal of the original set-up for prevention.

Hansard report of full debate link here

Watch the debate here :

https://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/23da4840-290b-4b1f-8396-b64d2265a917?in=22:58:11

In reply the Vaccines Minister at DHSC said

“….Early results from Pfizer show that a booster jab restores protection to 95.6% against symptomatic infection. That is why we have launched the booster programme—to top up the immunity for those at increased risk of complications from covid-19 over the winter months, helping to keep people out of hospital, to reduce pressure on our NHS, and, as my hon. Friend has indicated, to ensure that there are fewer patients with covid-19 in need of an expensive hospital bed. The UK already has one of the highest covid-19 vaccine uptake rates in the world and we are working closely with the NHS to make it as easy as possible for everyone to get a vaccine.

There are more than 2,200 vaccination sites in operation across the country, an additional 500 extra vaccination sites now compared with April this year. Hundreds of walk-in sites across the country are now also offering booster vaccines, making it even easier for people who are eligible to get their top-up jab. From Elland Road in Leeds to the Kassam Stadium in Oxford, the NHS is making it as easy as possible for people to get vital protection against the virus ahead of the winter months….” (Sandown Park being the most local example)

.”.A record 35 million people in England can book a free flu jab this year—the most ambitious effort ever to protect individuals and their loved ones from what can be a very nasty illness. It is vital that we build on the learning from the successes of the covid-19 vaccine programme, and use it to improve all vaccine programmes.

The covid-19 vaccine roll-out continues to be a success through every single vaccine given. I ask those people who peddle untruths and misinformation about the benefits of the vaccine to look at the evidence: more than 130,000 lives saved; and more than 24 million infections and 230,000 hospitalisations prevented. The facts are clear. That is 130,000 families who continue to have a mother, father, husband, wife, daughter, son, brother or sister still with them—and that is powerful. It is for that reason that we will continue to tackle vaccine misinformation head-on, and to promote the benefits of the vaccine to as many people as possible…”

Tim Hall – Working for Leatherhead & Fetcham East

7 November at 10:21  · I have just been able to book my Booster Jab at a local pharmacy in Mole Valley. If your eligible do try booking your Booster Jab today.

Cllr Paul Kennedy

Yesterday at 10:58  · BOOSTER VACCINES – PREBOOK NOW!From today, we can now book our booster vaccines up to a month before we become eligible, which is just under 6 months (or technically 182 days) after your 2nd vaccine if you are over 50 or in an eligible group. Just click here.(Previously we could only book a week after we had become eligible.)

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/book-or-manage-a-booster-dose-of-the-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccine/

https://www.surreyheartlandsccg.nhs.uk/covid-19/covid-19-vaccination-programme

https://www.surreyheartlandsccg.nhs.uk/covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-centres

According to the Surrey Heartlands NHS website, the local Buckley pharmacies in Ashtead (The Street) and Leatherhead (Kingston Road, formerly Day Lewis) are among those offering vaccination bookings via the NHS link above, but the dates may be a little later this month.

Earlier availability via NHS booking at pharmacies a little further afield in Hook (Ace of Spades), Surbiton and Hinchley Wood may be an option for some, in addition to the Sandown Park option. Former independent Police & Crime Commissioner and Elmbridge resident Kevin Hurley was among those attending the busy Ace Pharmacy on Monday which was dispensing Flu and Booster vaccines by appointment. It doesn’t appear to matter if you book somewhere across the county boundary providing you can get there.

Five charged as part of major investigation into the supply of criminal passports – National Crime Agency

Five charged as part of major investigation into the supply of criminal passports 

Five people have been charged as part of a major National Crime Agency investigation into a criminal enterprise that supplied fraudulent passports to some of the UK’s most notorious organised criminals.

The group, aged between 38 and 72, were among 24 people arrested during a series of dawn raids carried out by the NCA and policing partners last month (11 October).

Those charged today (8 November) were:

–      Juliet McCormack, DoB 24/07/1983, of Copthorne Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, charged with one count of conspiracy to pervert the course of public justice and one count of conspiracy to make a false instrument.

–      Alan Thompson, DoB 16/06/1950, of Westminster Road, Sutton, Surrey, charged with one count of conspiracy to pervert the course of public justice, two counts of conspiracy to make a false instrument and one count of money laundering.

–      Michael Thompson, DoB 24/03/1965, of Matlock Crescent, Cheam, Surrey, charged with one count of conspiracy to pervert the course of public justice, two counts of conspiracy to make a false instrument and one count of money laundering.

–      Anthony Beard, DoB 23/12/1961, of Kirkdale, Sydenham, London SE26, charged with one count of conspiracy to pervert the course of public justice, one count of conspiracy to make a false instrument and one count of money laundering

–      Kevin Crinnion, DoB 08/11/1949, of Homerton Road, London E9, charged with one count conspiracy to make a false instrument.

They are accused of being part of a crime group which provided hundreds of UK passports that enabled criminals – including fugitives from UK justice and international drug and firearm traffickers – to cross borders and conduct business undetected.

NCA officers allege the group specialised in fraudulently-obtained genuine passports (FOGs) – documents which are issued authentically but have been applied for using false information. The result is a seemingly legitimate document, and FOGs are therefore highly sought after by criminals worldwide.

Codenamed Operation Strey, this has been one of the most significant NCA investigations of recent times with assistance provided by HM Passport Office and the Dutch National Police.

Those charged today were all bailed and are due to appear before Croydon Magistrates Court on 17 November.

Jacque Beer, NCA Regional Head of Investigations, said:

“Since the operation which saw the arrests take place, we have worked patiently and diligently to build up evidence which has now led to these charges being authorised.

“We remain determined to disrupt and dismantle organised crime networks involved in this sort of activity.”

Today’s actions bring the total number of people charged in relation to the investigation to six.

On 12 October Christopher McCormack (also known as Christopher Zietek), aged 66, of Collingtree Road, Sydenham, appeared before Westminster Magistrates’ Court charged with one count of conspiracy to pervert the course of public justice, two counts of conspiracy to make a false instrument and one count of money laundering. He was remanded in custody until his next appearance at Reading Crown Court on 22 November.

McCormack, who splits his time between Spain, the UK and Ireland, is suspected of acting as a broker between criminals seeking to buy the passports and crime group members that supplied them.

https://www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/news/five-charged-as-part-of-major-investigation-into-the-supply-of-criminal-passports

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Tanners get their first win since August- and give debuts to a collection of new signings 

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Leatherhead FC get their first win since August- and give a collection of debuts to a collection of new signings – report from the @IsthmianLeague Ian Townsend:

Leatherhead get their first win since August- and give a collection of debuts to a collection of new signings

Leatherhead have looked much improved in recent weeks, and finally got a win on the board on Saturday. Here are some of the new starters!

Valckx Fernandes didn’t get off the bench, but he comes in from Tilbury. He previously played for Clapton, and has made nine appearances for the Dockers this season.

Arthur Aderi certainly did get off the bench, and he scored both goals in the victory! The striker comes in from Westfield, where he made five appearances this season, and previously played for Brentford Bees, London Tigers, and to continue the animal theme, the Eagles of Bedfont Sports!

Simon Mensah, who also emerged from the bench, is a returning player. He has also played for Whitehawk, Dartford and Wealdstone- and indeed made eight appearances for the Hawks this season.

Forward Matthew Nezval also emerged from the bench. He was previously at Horsham. The Australian was part of the Academies at AFC Bournmouth and Wycombe Wanderers, and then played for Burgess Hill Town before becoming a Hornet. He’s another one who moves over from Clapton.

We think that’s your lot, unless the Tanners know differently! Image from Saturday’s game from Mick Sullivan.

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New on-demand bus service launches in Leatherhead and will be extended across Mole Valley 2022

New on-demand bus service launches in Leatherhead and will be extended across Mole Valley 2022

A digital demand responsive rural bus service that users can book via an app, online or by telephone, launches this week in West Leatherhead. Known as connect, the aim of the service is to increase accessibility and choice for bus travel in the more remote areas of Queen Elizabeth Foundation, Woodlands Road, Randalls Road

New on-demand bus service launches in Leatherhead — Surrey News

Known as connect, the aim of the service is to increase accessibility and choice for bus travel in the more remote areas of Queen Elizabeth Foundation (Consort Drive), Woodlands Road, Randalls Road (including the Farthings Estate – Hartfield Road), DorinCourt and Springfield Business Park where there are currently limited services

The service allows a user or a group to request a mini-bus for a specific journey of their choice, to elsewhere in Leatherhead, Monday to Friday between 0745 and 1800hrs. Journeys are bookable up to seven days in advance, up to 30 minutes in advance of travel.  Passengers will receive email confirmation of their journey 30 minutes before they travel and then another reminder 10 minutes before the bus arrives. The mini-bus is fully accessible for all and can be booked as follows:

  • Online: www.molevalleyconnect.org.uk
  • Via the app: “Surrey connect” – available from Google Play (Android) or the App Store (iPhone)
  • Telephone: 0300 123 7749

Matt Furniss, SCC Cabinet Member for Transport and Infrastructure said, “I am delighted that we are now able to offer this convenient, doorstep service for residents in West Leatherhead. This will help people who may be isolated due to their out of town location or have had to traditionally be heavily car dependent.

“This connect demand responsive transport service is open to everyone in the service area and could enable people of all ages to reach GP surgeries, attend hospital appointments, access further education and training or go shopping.

“We plan to expand this service to all other parts of Mole Valley in April 2022 using electric minibuses.”

Mole Valley District Council’s Cabinet Member for Community, Caroline Salmon said, “Mole Valley Life provides a crucial community transport service for older or vulnerable residents who are unable to use public transport. Now through the connect service we are pleased to extend our friendly, reliable and high quality transport services to all residents in the pilot area.”

The Department of Transport approved Surrey’s bid for £660, 000 to improve bus travel in Mole Valley as part of the DfT’s Rural Mobility Fund. More information about the connect service is available here: Our on demand bus service – Surrey County Council (surreycc.gov.uk)

In her AGM speech last month the chairman of Leatherhead Residents’ Association described it as an “…excellent outcome …. Flats and houses were being built from Cleeve Road along Randalls Road and, to get to the station or to the town, residents had either to walk or to use their car (if they had one). “

The Leatherhead North MVDC councillors in whose ward the service initially operates also welcomed the service in their recent update: ” The pilot of the Demand Responsive Bus Service has shown that this service is a welcome and valued resource to residents in Leatherhead. The official launch (following the pilot period) takes place in early November, when a website and app will be provided for users to make booking the bus easier. The funding for this service is in place for 10 years, and it is hoped that the hours of operation will be extended to include evenings and weekends as the full service continues to develop in 2022.”

Arriva bus routes – update from SCC Cabinet member for Transport

Arriva bus routes – update from SCC Cabinet member for Transport 6 November – but 479 route yet to be reassigned

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Matt Furniss

Yesterday at 09:05  · 

Arriva Bus Services in Surrey – UPDATE

As you may be aware, Arriva Kent & Surrey Ltd. is ceasing its bus operations in Surrey after 17 December 2021 and closing its depot in Guildford.

A proposal from another company to acquire the business did not reach maturity, therefore Surrey County Council has been working with other operators who have expressed interest in taking over the services, to ensure that vital key routes are maintained without any interruption.

I am pleased to confirm details for the first batch of replacement services, commencing 18 December.

Stagecoach South Ltd., already operating in the area and a valued partner of the Council, will take over several routes, maintaining current levels of service and increasing them in some cases.

These are:

Service 1: Already running in west and north parts of Guildford town, this will be extended daily from the town centre to Epsom Road and Merrow (Bushy Hill), replacing Arriva routes 36/37 and providing new through links from Merrow to Royal Surrey County Hospital and the University.

Service 6: New daily route from Guildford town centre via London Road to Burpham and Merrow Park, also replacing Arriva services 36/37

Services 34/35: Guildford-Woking-West End-Lightwater-Bagshot-Camberley (Daily)Service 47: West End-Bisley-Brookwood Station (Monday-Friday commuting times)

Service 53: Guildford-Cranleigh-Ewhurst (Daily)

Service 63: Guildford-Cranleigh-Horsham (Monday-Saturday)

Service 91: Woking-Goldsworth Park-Knaphill (Daily), extended to Pirbright (Evenings) and on to Guildford via Worplesdon on Sundays

Although Stagecoach will be providing these services on a largely commercial basis, certain parts of them will be supported by Surrey County Council, mainly during the evening and on Sundays.

I believe that this news is an excellent outcome for our residents and will hopefully allay many of the concerns that have been heard following Arriva’s earlier announcement.

A summary of the new Stagecoach services now appears on the ‘Forthcoming Changes’ page of the bus section of the County Council’s website. Timetables will be added as soon as possible. https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/buses-and-other-transport/bus-timetable-changes/forthcoming-changes

However, arrangements for other Arriva services are still be being finalised in conjunction with other operators and a further update will be issued when all is confirmed. The routes are:

Service 3 Guildford-Bellfields (Sundays)

Service 18 Guildford-Onslow Village

Service 436 Woking-Byfleet-Weybridge. [see below the H&S Bus Blog suggests Byfleet based Falcon are taking this route]

Service 479 Guildford- Leatherhead -EpsoM via Ashtead, Bookham, Fetcham and Effingham

Arriva also operate a service ‘A’ from Guildford town centre to the Royal Surrey County Hospital. This will cease after 13 November. However, there are frequent alternative services that can be used – Stagecoach service 1 and Safeguard services 4 and 5. Any questions or comments please email me at matt.furniss@surreycc.gov.uk or message me

https://handsbusblog.wordpress.com/2021/11/05/falcon-register-436-and-stagecoach-release-timetables/

Within Leatherhead we now also have a Demand Responsive Bus Service

The pilot of the Demand Responsive Bus Service has shown that this service is a welcome and valued resource to residents in Leatherhead. The official launch (following the pilot period) takes place in November, when a website and app will be provided for users to make booking the bus easier. The funding for this service is in place for 10 years, and it is hoped that the hours of operation will be extended to include evenings and weekends as the full service continues to develop in 2022.

Meanwhile a local community transport operator in East Surrey who are also involved with Cobham Chatterbus are still recruiting for a driver in what is a competitive market.

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Planning Applications – 5 November. Plus final hours to comment on draft Local Plan

Weekly list of planning applications and decisions on earlier ones as published by Mole Valley District Council 5 November. Plus links to the latest draft Local Plan with the longer term sites landowners have put forward and the Council think would be suitable for development, to meet Government housing targets. Plus the draft policies on infrastructure, the environment, height/density and design that would be used from 2023 onwards. These are open for comments to 2359 hours Sunday 7 November: futuremolevalley.org These comments are for consideration by the Government planning inspector at the next stage.

The two applications in Leatherhead relating to new or extra apartments in converted office buildings were, unsurpisngly, approved by the Development Management committee at MVDC 3 November, as the main consideration was the conditions rather than the principle of conversion or extension itself. It is not realistic to object to ‘no more flats’ given the relaxation of planning rules by Government to enable commercial premises to be converted to provide supply of less expensive housing.

An article by the Local Democracy reporter on the meeting is here :

Development Management Agenda – 3 November 2021

 Item 1, MO/2021/0650 – Opus 1, Ryebrook, Business Park, Bay Tree Avenue, Leatherhead, KT22 7LA

Item 3, MO/2021/1040 – Castlebank House, Oak Road, Leatherhead

new applications in Leatherhead wards in the weekly list 5 November – include

Running List 05/11/21

MO/2021/2038Certificate of Lawfulness for the proposed development in respect of the erectioCheyham, The Drive, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 8QJ
MO/2021/1973Erection of part two storey, part single storey side/rear extension following de22, Kingscroft Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 7BU
MO/2021/1992Replace the existing glass louvres with opening top hung casement windows and inStocks House, 9, North Street, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 7AX
MO/2021/2006Erection of a single storey link extension, workshop extension, new wet/ dry val7, Barnett Wood Lane, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 7DL. (Squire Furneaux)
MO/2021/2008Demolition of existing lean-to shed and erection of a single storey rear / sideMirembe, 17, Clinton Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 8NU
MO/2021/2009Certificate of Lawfulness for the proposed development in respect of the creatioMirembe, 17, Clinton Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 8NU
MO/2021/2029Erection of a first floor side extension over the existing garage.54B, Highlands Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 8NJ

Decisions List 05/11/21 including in Leatherhead

MO/2021/1040Extensions to existing 2nd and 3rd floors to provide 4 No. 1 bedroom flats withCastlebank House, Oak Road, Leatherhead, Surrey
MO/2021/1268Variation of condition 2 of approved planning permission MO/2020/0787 for the er270, Kingston Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 7QA
MO/2021/1810Prior notification for the erection of a single storey rear extension of 5.00 me68, Clare Crescent, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 7QZ
MO/2021/1558Erection of single storey rear/side extension.1, Melvinshaw, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 8SX

Earlier weeks:

Running List 29/10/21

The Grange at Bookham has an application of interest open for public comments:

MO/2021/1972Demolition, refurbishment and construction of buildings in the area north of theThe Grange Centre, Rectory Lane, Bookham, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT23 4DZ

Running List 15/10/21

Running List 22/10/21

Useful links and information

The recommended way to keep informed of any applications that may affect you is to sign up to e-alerts

Only a relatively narrow group of very immediate neighbours are otherwise notified.

For some major applications the applicant will hold pre-application engagement with the community, often on a virtual basis under recent restrictions. 

Comments on applications can be made by either attaching a file on the MVDC website or by an email to planning@molevalley.gov.uk giving your name, address/postcode and the application reference eg MO/2021/xxxx

Comments on social media, facebook etc are not valid and unlikely to be read by the Council or applicant, and hold no value in the process at all.

It is best to comment on issues that are ‘planning considerations’ eg. design, layout, height, density, scale of development, loss of amenity, privacy, trees etc. For larger scale applications issues around drainage, parking, EV charging, proportion of ‘affordable’ housing, cycle facilities, infrastructure contributions are the kind of comments likely to be given some weight in the decision.

Many applications are now ‘permitted development’ eg office and shop conversions to residential and will not normally be refused unless there are flaws or restrictions. The Government is increasingly deregulating aspects of the system to make it easier for housing to be created to meet its targets. Extra floors on buildings are increasingly easy to add. There are no rules on the number of types of business in a town centre, the street can be full of cafes or charity shops if the landlords and business operators agree.

Currently MVDC is assessing new applications against its Local Plan 2000 and Core Strategy a few years later. But it is required to update this plan and will be moving towards a new plan to 2037 being adopted with Government approval by 2023. MVDC is also required by Government to have a 5 year supply of approved applications for new housing. So applications can be difficult to refuse if they otherwise tick the boxes the Government has set.

Local councillors are available to be contacted if you have concerns about a planning application. Two of the Leatherhead councillors sit on the Development Management Committee which considers some of the more significant applications, and those that have significant objections. They can also consider bringing an application to the committee which would otherwise be decided by the expert planning officers. This year the committee is chaired by the councillor for Headley, and Cllr David Harper the vice chair represents the Ashtead Park ward which includes a few roads in Leatherhead postcode.

The councillors on the committee have to keep an open mind on an application until the committee has considered it. They must avoid being predetermined. But they can listen to views to help them make a decision.

Those councillors who are not on the committee can ask to speak at it and generally can take a more active view against or for an application at an earlier stage.

Councillors work on planning tends to be less political than other activities and they do not vote on party lines in the same way as other business, usually. It is not the case that the party forming the administration (currently Lib Dem) or the professional planning officers support the applications being listed, or promote them. They have to consider what landowners and developers put forward. In much the same way it is not straightforward for the council to make landowners use their land for new development if they don’t want to.

For the first time in many years, we now have 3 residents of Leatherhead town centre representing the area on MVDC, (plus two councillors with good local connections but living in Ashtead). 

Cllr Bridget Kendrick (Leatherhead North)
councillor.kendrick@molevalley.gov.uk

07957 211242

Cllr Keira Vyvyan-Robinson (Leatherhead North)

07939 551 524

councillor.vyvyan-robinson@molevalley.gov.uk

Both Cllrs Kendrick and Vyvyan-Robinson are full members of the Development Management Committee 2021/22 and also Cabinet members in the Lib Dem administration. Cllr Norman also has a lot of experience on planning issues over the past 3 years:

Cllr Emma Norman

Liberal Democrat Member (Leatherhead North)
councillor.norman@molevalley.gov.uk

Cllr Simon Moss (Leatherhead South) Conservative elected May 2021

Councillor.Moss@molevalley.gov.uk 07715 589 339

Tim Ashton (Leatherhead South) 01372 276337

In Bookham, Ashtead and Fetcham, and to an extent in Leatherhead, the Residents Associations are active on planning issues in some cases listing applications on their websites each week. 

http://www.leatherheadresidents.org.uk/ most recent August 2021 update here (pdf) http://www.leatherheadresidents.org.uk/mdocs-posts/planning-and-forward-planningreport/

https://www.landdcps.com/ Leatherhead & District Countryside Protection Society

https://www.ashteadresidents.org.uk/planning/

Planning Applications in Fetcham

Planning Applications in Bookham

Latest version of the draft Future Mole Valley Local Plan now published for comments by 2359 Sunday 7 November. It will then be submitted to the Ministry of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities for inspection during 2022.

Changes to this latest version of the draft Local Plan

  • The amount of Green Belt ‘take’ has been almost halved to 0.7% of the current Green Belt.
  • The amount of allocated brownfield land is now in excess of greenfield land.
  • The housing target has been reduced from the Government figure of 449 new homes per year to 353 new homes per year, thereby in MVDC’s view creating a fair balance between meeting the housing need and protecting Mole Valley’s landscape and character.
  • MVDC have created stronger climate change, design, heritage and biodiversity policies.
  • created stronger infrastructure policies and more infrastructure allocations.
  • have withdrawn a number of the proposed development sites, and want to keep them in the Green Belt including:
    • Marsden Nurseries, Pleasure Pit Road, Ashtead
    • Land South of Beare Green
    • Land North of Guildford Road, Bookham
    • Former Chalcraft Nurseries, Reigate Road, Dorking
    • Land at Fetcham Springs, Cobham Road, Fetcham
    • Land North and South of Barnett Wood Lane, Leatherhead including the allotments
    • Common Meadow, Randalls Road, Leatherhead
    • land at Crestawood, Reigate Road, Leatherhead
  • To meet the target the plan draft still includes significant brownfield sites near the stations in both Leatherhead, and Dorking, and some Green Belt sites in Hookwood near Gatwick, off Ermyn Way on the Ashtead side of the M25, Sondes Place Farm Dorking and perhaps most contentiously Preston Farm Bookham.
  • Full details of proposed site allocations across the district
Although very little Green Belt in Leatherhead is proposed for development, the narrow strip of land alongside the cemetery on Randalls Road is deemed to no longer meet the criteria and the owner may be able to develop it if the Local Plan is adopted.

Updated : openings and reopenings in and around Leatherhead

Openings and reopenings in and around Leatherhead this weekend and into the winter :

Violet London, retail store, Swan Centre. Sunday 7 November

Lucio’s Coffee and Deli 6 High Street Saturday 6 November

May be an image of balloon

Official opening on Saturday by the MVDC Chairman Cllr Chris Hunt

May be an image of one or more people, people standing and indoor

Beaverbrook’s Pizzaria, seasonal opening from Friday 5 November, details below

Also

https://www.instagram.com/leatherheadacupuncture2021/

Leatherhead Acupuncture -Nancy Ellis is now open above Toni & Guy also at 6 High Street.

To follow :

Beluga, 1 High Street – hoping to be open December

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https://www.facebook.com/Belugasurrey-110320857865232

Papa John’s Kingston Road undergoing a refit

Cafe previously trading as The Olive, 222 Kingston Road also refitting

KFC and Taco Bell, 36-48 Church Street, refitting due from next week according to highways signs

The Dukes Head – High Street – understood to be likely to reopen under new management once again, certainly interest in taking the tenancy. As a Listed Building in a Conservation Area and having been refurbished around 3 years ago, it isn’t thought to be at risk of redevelopment. Owned by Greene King.

The Queen’s Stage, formerly the Douglas Haig, Effingham https://www.thequeenstage.co.uk “The Queen Stage, a Pub & Hub at the gateway to the Surrey Hills, paying homage to the history and beauty of cycling and open to all….We are pedalling flat out to deliver your new pub, which, with a prevailing wind we aim to open before the year is out…”

51 Degrees North, formerly Frascati A24 Mickleham https://newleatherheadliving.wordpress.com/2021/08/08/autumn-reopening-for-cafe-shop-and-eatery-in-mickleham/ Expecting to open January now hiring for new cafe shop and eatery:

Sunshine Cafe, Leatherhead Theatre, Penny Black among those hiring at present.

White & Sons commercial and residential property expected to open 10 North Street:

Suddies Domestic Appliance Centre relocation from Epsom to:

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Departures : Lloyds Bank closing April 2022.

Leatherhead High Street

Both Mole Valley District Council and Surrey County Council are consulting on whether to continue the current Traffic Restriction Orders in place in the High Street in Leatherhead. This issue will be debated at the Surrey Local Committee meeting in early 2022, and resident and business views will be an important element of the decision made. The Leatherhead North MVDC Councillors believe that the (daytime) restrictions (extended to Sundays) should be made permanent, as they have made the High Street a far more enjoyable place to meet and eat. But it is an SCC decision as highway authority.

The SCC consultation (for residents) can be found here: 

https://www.surreysays.co.uk/environment-and-infrastructure/high-street-church-street-leatherhead/

(deadline by 15th November 2021)

and the MVDC consultation for businesses is here: https://www.transformleatherhead.com/business-consultation-survey/

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/284HJK/ (deadline by 15th November 2021).

The Pizzeria at The Deli

WOOD-FIRED PIZZA, BURRATA BOMBS & FRIZZANTE ON-TAP

Opening Friday 5th November 2021  

This Autumn sees the return of The Pizzeria to The Coach House Deli at Beaverbrook. 

Offering a relaxed and comforting dining experience, The Pizzeria is the perfect spot to dine with family and friends.  Made with fresh, seasonal produce, our traditional pizzas are stone oven-baked to create a truly authentic taste.

The Italian-inspired menu includes Beaverbrook’s signature; a classic base topped with Wild Mushroom, Smoked Chicken and Black Truffle, as well as Chef’s speciality the Garlic & Rosemary Burrata Bomb.  Pizza dough is made in-house using a unique recipe and is wood-fired for a perfectly balanced base.  

No meal is complete without dessert, so indulge in an ice-cream sandwich made with The Ice Cream Union gelato.  For the finishing touch, try a glass of Italian bubbles on tap!

Be one of the first to experience The Pizzeria; whether it’s a family get together or a cosy night out for two.

Visit The Pizzeria

Open Wednesday to Sunday, from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

(Last orders at 9:30 pm).BOOK NOW

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Beaverbrook, Reigate Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 8QX

Gymnastics club seeking comments to support SCC funding bid

Please support Leatherhead & Dorking Gymnastics Club in their bid for SCC Your Fund grant funding to help fund their improvement project.

Comment via this link to the SCC commonplace portal:

https://yourfundsurreyproposals.commonplace.is/proposals/leatherhead-dorking-gymnastics-club

The period for comments is another 19 days through November

The Club’s Facebook page updates on some recent successful competition and also on the vision for the improved facilities, delayed by the pandemic and subsequently amended to reduce costs :

“We need YOUR help!!As many of you will be aware, we are currently in the process of starting to expand our facilities, adding a fourth gym which will be used for Disability classes. This would be a huge addition to our club, allowing us to offer more diverse and improved Disability classes for our present gymnasts and for local schools. We have currently raised half of the funds we need to complete the project and have applied for a grant from Your Fund Surrey to help us reach our final target. In order for us to be in with a chance of winning the money, we need as many people as possible to go to the link below, and comment on the proposal, telling Your Fund Surrey how beneficial this would be for our club. We only have a month to get as many comments as possible so please take a couple of minutes to help us out!”

We need your support for the new building plans

Have Your Say Today – Leatherhead & Dorking Gymnastics Club – Commonplace

 Building Image Click Here

As many of you are aware before Covid we were planning an extension to our Club.

The impact of the pandemic meant that we needed to use our reserves just to survive and now need to raise additional funds to complete the project.

We have secured the addition land that was needed and we will be starting with phase 1 of the project which is going onto mains drainage in November 2021. We will confirm the start date as soon as possible.

For those of you who are not aware of what we are trying to achieve I have included some information.

Project

The funding is to go towards the cost of building a new gymnasium which will be 40 metres by 9.5 metres, a sensory room which will have emphasis on providing additional and bespoke facilities for children with disabilities. The sensory room will be a stimulating environment aimed at developing hand-eye coordination as well as relaxation, focused work, stimulation, control, and communication, which will strengthen personal, social and emotional development of the participants. The Club is designated an “I’m in” disability facility by British Gymnastics and is looking to expand provision for the benefit of the community. It will also allow us to enlarge the reception area to be more accessible for all.

The overriding need is to provide more capacity for the development of our disability programme and enhance the existing classes for both general gymnastics and Squads.

The new gymnasium would allow for some of our existing equipment to be moved to allow competition standard run ups, it will create more space in our exiting 3 gymnasiums allowing us to increase participation, reduce the waiting lists and benefit the local community.

We are at full capacity at the moment with waiting lists of 120 for general gymnastics. By expanding the facility we would be able to increase the numbers taking part in gymnastics. Our disability gymnastics is very popular and having seen the benefits to the children already taking part we would like to be able to offer classes to more participants. We also have a list of 8-10 schools that would be interested in bring classes to the gym from the Surrey Para Games event that we ran gymnastics classes at in 2017.

Why we need to expand

Disability Gymnastics – We have a disability entrance for the schools and adult classes to come in however the team gym run up needs to be moved every class to allow wheelchair access. The new extension would allow the tumble track to be moved to allow better access. By moving other equipment in the existing gyms we will have more space for disability classes. The sensory room will allow those with more severe disabilities to attend and can be used by charities/groups who do not have access to a sensory room.

Team Gym – At present the run up tumble track for team gym is 22 metres the new extension would allow 30 metres which is competition standard. The trampette/vault run up is 18 metres and runs across the floor in gym 1. This means the full floor cannot be used when Team Gym are using this and the older gymnasts have to start their run up from reception area. By moving the trampette/vault to the new extension the full floor can be used for other disciplines and the run up would be completion standard of 25 metres. It would also allow for a fixed landing at present we only have landing to pit.

Men’s/Women’s Artistic – Currently there is no landing to vault. The extension will have an artistic vault with competition standard landing to help prepare gymnasts for competition. By moving the tumble track in gym 3 we will be able to fit a new competition standard floor to gym 3. Presently there is no enough room for the new regulation floor.

General Gymnastics for All – Currently it is difficult for general classes without full use of the floor. By moving the previously mentioned equipment we would have more space allowing us to increase class sizes and reduce our waiting lists. By having two floors there would be more opportunity for general gymnasts to enter floor and vault competitions.

Reception Area – Access to the building for parents dropping off and collecting gymnasts will be much easier with the extension to the reception area.

Without the extension we are unable to expand classes and therefore we could not encourage more children to be active.

We will be putting together an information section on our website so that you can see the plans.

We have applied for funding through Your Fund Surrey and we need your help. We have already secured funding from The Peter Harrison Foundation, London Marathon Trust and Sport England but we need more to complete the project.

As part of the application to your Fund Surrey we need you to comment on how the project will help the community that we serve.

Please can you click on this link and comment on why you feel this would benefit the community and club. Please remember to slide the bar to positive.

Disability sensory room to view click here

Proposed Plan to view click here

Have Your Say Today – Leatherhead & Dorking Gymnastics Club – Commonplace

“The Club and Mole Valley have been working in a positive partnership to promote and deliver our disability programme which also includes external participation from disability groups and disability schools. We are designated by British Gymnastics and Sport England as an inclusive “I’m in” disability facility and we are looking to expand our provision for the benefit of the community beyond its present capacity.

Extending the present facility will also allow for more of the wider community including schools and disability groups and gymnasts from the South East of England to attend classes . We will also be able to offer the sensory room for external users and groups throughout the local and wider community. 

We are currently open 7 days a week throughout the year, with in excess of 1000 participating gymnasts. Activities including Kindergym 18mth to 3 years, Pre School gymnastics 3-5 years, General gymnastics, Disability Gymnastics, Squads, Gym in the summer courses and drop in Mother and toddler sessions. We also open during the week for our schools programme which includes main stream and disability schools. We provide social interaction for parents and children. By keeping active and participating in gymnastics children are helped to develop their fine motor skills, trust, responsibility, balance, flexibility, coordination, concentration, mental focus, strength and confidence.

We have been planning the project for the last couple of years and have planning permission for the development which includes the additional land. Phase one of the project is scheduled to commence in November comprising the construction of the main drainage and site clearance. 

The total cost of the project is £1,180,000.00 and the sum we are applying for is £500,000.00 having secured 50% of the project cost.”

http://www.leatherhead-gymnastics.org.uk

Police warn again on catalytic converter theft

“We are starting to see a rise in thefts of catalytic converters again. We’d seen a big reduction after running successful operations to catch & convict the offenders but we could not have done it without the help of the public.” – DCC Nev Kemp

If you see a catalytic converter thief being stolen, call 999 and try to identify any of the following:
•Number plate
•Vehicle details (make, model, colour)
•What are the suspects wearing?
•Have the suspects got any distinctive features?

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Theft of catalytic converter Honda CRV Clements Mead Leatherhead 7pm 28 October – three men in hoodies using angle grinder – free catalytic converter marking kits while stocks last for Mole Valley residents : please email details name/address to molevalley@surrey.pnn.police.uk

Leatherhead North councillors update:

Leatherhead North councillors update:

The Autumn Newsletter contains details about a large number of very important consultations for Leatherhead and Mole Valley more generally.

Local Plan

Last chance to respond to the draft Local Plan: the Regulation 19 Local Plan was published for consultation on 20th September 2021 and responses need to be submitted by 7th November 2021. The amended draft removes some of the green belt sites which were previously proposed, such as the Barnett Wood Lane development and the meadow behind Randalls Road as well as making improvements on biodiversity, affordable housing and infrastructure. The full draft plan can be reviewed by visiting www.futuremolevalley.org All residents are encouraged to respond, in particular if you agree with the changes made since the previous Regulation 18 draft. You can respond by emailing planning.policy@molevalley.gov.uk

Leatherhead High Street

Both Mole Valley District Council and Surrey County Council are consulting on whether to continue the current Traffic Restriction Orders in place in the High Street in Leatherhead. This issue will be debated at the Surrey Local Committee meeting in early 2022, and resident and business views will be an important element of the decision made. The Leatherhead Lib Dem Councillors believe that the restrictions should be made permanent, as they have made the High Street a far more enjoyable place to meet and eat.

The SCC consultation (for residents) can be found here:

https://www.surreysays.co.uk/environment-and-infrastructure/high-street-church-street-leatherhead/

(deadline by 15th November 2021) and the MVDC consultation for businesses is here: https://www.transformleatherhead.com/business-consultation-survey/

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/284HJK/ (deadline by 15th November 2021).

Boundary Commission consultation

The Boundary Commission is carrying out a review of the Boundaries within Mole Valley, as these have to be updated having last been looked at 20 years ago. The Council agreed to propose to the Boundary Commission that there should be 39 wards going forward, and boundaries between wards need to be amended to reflect this. If you have particular views, these can be submitted here: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/have-your-say/30046 (deadline 6th December 2021)

Free parking in December

Good news that the Mole Valley District Council car parks will be free for all Saturdays (4th, 11th and 18th) in December leading up to Christmas (in addition to the usual free parking on Sundays). Please make the most of these and support our local businesses.

Demand Responsive Bus Service

The pilot of the Demand Responsive Bus Service has shown that this service is a welcome and valued resource to residents in Leatherhead. The official launch (following the pilot period) takes place in early November, when a website and app will be provided for users to make booking the bus easier. The funding for this service is in place for 10 years, and it is hoped that the hours of operation will be extended to include evenings and weekends as the full service continues to develop in 2022.

Remembrance Day Service

And finally, after we were unable to hold an ‘in person’ service last year, we are pleased that the Remembrance Day service will be back this year at the War Memorial in Leatherhead on 14th November, with the service starting at 10.40. Please remember to buy your poppies and support the important work done by the Royal British Legion.

Best wishes,

Keira, Emma and Bridget.

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Councillor Emma Norman, Leatherhead North

Welcome to Leatherhead Trend1. Sipping a delicious coffee whilst picking up some great freshly made Italian food. Lovely to have a deli like this here. A great addition to the High Street.

MVDC Leader update 5 November

This week’s MVDC update includes a reminder on the Local Plan response deadline 7 November, plus public health, climate change, financial management and other seasonal announcements

Information from MVDC shared by Leatherhead Living 5 November

Councillor Stephen Cooksey, Leader of Mole Valley District Council, said: “Having been on the increase the past few weeks, the most recent coronavirus infection rates (published 4 November) are encouraging and figures have either stabilised or dropped across the county. I only hope this trend continues and we can put the recent spike in cases behind us. It’s been announced that if it has been six months since your second vaccination and you are either aged 50 or over or 16 and over with an underlying health condition, you can now receive your booster dose by going to a walk-in site. Frontline health and social care workers are eligible too.

“Seeing world leaders coming together in Glasgow this week as part of COP26 in order to discuss the global climate emergency can only inspire hope that progress, and tangible action, is truly on the horizon from both a national and international perspective. We continue to work on implementing more green initiatives in the months and years to come as we progress towards achieving carbon neutrality as an organisation by 2030. Everyone can play their individual role and make a difference when it comes to reducing their own individual carbon footprints. We have published a range of practical advice contained in the Green pages of our website to provide a helping hand in that regard.

“Following the recent Chancellors Budget Statement, we are in the early stages of drafting next year’s budget. The pandemic has, without doubt, been very challenging from a financial perspective. A number of our revenue streams, such as parking, have been impacted. People’s traditional behaviours have, and continue to, change and evolve. As a result, future financial planning has become more complex. We will not shy away from the fact there are uncertain times ahead and we must be prudent in our decision-making. However, we have robust financial reserves and, through strong ongoing financial management, will meet these challenges while continuing to invest in vital services that residents and businesses deserve.         


“Make sure that tonight (5 November) is a spectacular and fun-filled Guy Fawkes Night. It is really important that, if you intend to set off fireworks or create a bonfire, you plan ahead and follow some really simple rules to keep yourself and others safe around you. Please also consider your neighbours – be that elderly or families with young children – because fireworks can be scary and anti-social if going off at an unreasonable time in the evening. We have some top tips and advice to help.”     

Mole Valley’s Draft Local Plan Update

The seven-week publication period for Mole Valley District Council’s Regulation 19 draft Local Plan is coming to an end and anyone is still able to visit futuremolevalley.org up to and including Sunday 7 November 2021 to comment on the Plan and supporting documents.   

Councillor Margaret Cooksey, Cabinet Member for Planning, said: “This Regulation 19 stage of the wider local plan process presented us with the opportunity to publish our revised Local Plan. This latest version of the Plan, published on 20 September 2021 following Council agreement, has been updated to include feedback from residents and stakeholders received during the 2020 consultation. Changes to this iteration of the draft Local Plan include, but are not limited to, almost halving the amount of Green Belt sites, while in turn increasing the amount of brownfield land allocated for development and resulting in reduced housing delivery.

“The Regulation 19 stage represents a very important milestone in our work to adopt a Local Plan for Mole Valley that will set out how development in the district will be planned over the next 15 years. It is the final stage before the Plan and supporting documents are due to be sent to the Planning Inspectorate for examination; subject to a decision to submit early next year. That is why, if you do want to make your thoughts known on the Plan, this is your last opportunity before the Examination in Public to do so.

“The draft Local Plan and supporting documents are available to view online. Visit futuremolevalley.org and for all the information and guidance on how to submit a comment. Hard copy versions are located at MVDC’s offices in Dorking, by appointment, and libraries in the district. For more information, please call 01306 885001 or email planning.policy@molevalley.gov.uk.”

Several openings and reopenings in and around Leatherhead this weekend

Several openings and reopenings in and around Leatherhead this weekend :

Lucio’s Coffee and Deli 6 High Street Saturday 6 November;

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Violet London, retail store, Swan Centre. Sunday 7 November

Beaverbrook’s Pizzaria, seasonal opening from Friday 5 November, details below

Also

https://www.instagram.com/leatherheadacupuncture2021/

Leatherhead Acupuncture -Nancy Ellis is now open above Toni & Guy also at 6 High Street.

To follow :

Papa John’s Kingston Road undergoing a refit

Cafe previously trading as The Olive, 222 Kingston Road also refitting

KFC and Taco Bell, 36-48 Church Street, refitting due from next week according to highways signs

The Dukes Head – High Street – understood to be likely to reopen under new management once again, certainly interest in taking the tenancy. As a Listed Building in a Conservation Area and having been refurbished around 3 years ago, it isn’t thought to be at risk of redevelopment. Owned by Greene King.

The Queen’s Stage, formerly the Douglas Haig, Effingham https://www.thequeenstage.co.uk “The Queen Stage, a Pub & Hub at the gateway to the Surrey Hills, paying homage to the history and beauty of cycling and open to all….We are pedalling flat out to deliver your new pub, which, with a prevailing wind we aim to open before the year is out…”

51 Degrees North, formerly Frascati A24 Mickleham https://newleatherheadliving.wordpress.com/2021/08/08/autumn-reopening-for-cafe-shop-and-eatery-in-mickleham/

The Pizzeria at The Deli

WOOD-FIRED PIZZA, BURRATA BOMBS & FRIZZANTE ON-TAP

Opening Friday 5th November 2021  

This Autumn sees the return of The Pizzeria to The Coach House Deli at Beaverbrook. 

Offering a relaxed and comforting dining experience, The Pizzeria is the perfect spot to dine with family and friends.  Made with fresh, seasonal produce, our traditional pizzas are stone oven-baked to create a truly authentic taste.

The Italian-inspired menu includes Beaverbrook’s signature; a classic base topped with Wild Mushroom, Smoked Chicken and Black Truffle, as well as Chef’s speciality the Garlic & Rosemary Burrata Bomb.  Pizza dough is made in-house using a unique recipe and is wood-fired for a perfectly balanced base.  

No meal is complete without dessert, so indulge in an ice-cream sandwich made with The Ice Cream Union gelato.  For the finishing touch, try a glass of Italian bubbles on tap!

Be one of the first to experience The Pizzeria; whether it’s a family get together or a cosy night out for two.

Visit The Pizzeria

Open Wednesday to Sunday, from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

(Last orders at 9:30 pm).BOOK NOW

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Beaverbrook, Reigate Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 8QX

Epsom & Ewell Foodbank– #ChristmasAppeal @EpsomFoodbank

Epsom & Ewell Foodbank helps people in times of crisis. With Christmas nearly here – they give you details of their Christmas Appeal

When you do your shopping this week please keep in mind the Foodbank  helping people in times of crisis

We are so grateful to all of our wonderful supporters, every donation makes a difference!

Booking a supermarket delivery? Let us know when to expect it.

This week we need:

• Custard
• Longlife fruit juice
• Longlife sponge puddings
• UHT milk (full fat and semi skimmed only please)
• Instant mash
• Tinned spaghetti in sauce
• Nappies 4+ & 6+
• Christmas Bags for Life

You can donate at the usual supermarket points including Tesco Leatherhead ( Oxshott Road), or bring donations to our car park (please wear a mask);
Epsom & Ewell Foodbank
Generation Resource Centre
(Behind West Ewell Primary School)
Ruxley Lane
Ewell, KT19 0JG

Normal donation drop off times: Monday to Friday 9am – 2pm. We are closed on Bank Holidays.

* Please make sure all donations are sealed, in date and do not contain alcohol*


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We are also collecting donations from this list for our Christmas goodie bags

Christmas selection boxes
Christmas napkins, tablecloths, tea towels
Christmas puddings
Savoury snacks
Tinned ham
Christmas biscuits
Festive chocolate, sweets and treats
Mince pies
Packet stuffing
Packet trifle mix
Christmas Bags for Life

Please make sure items do not contain alcohol as we are unable to give these out. Please donate by Friday 3rd December in time for us to pack the bags ready for our clients.

You can donate at the usual supermarket points, or bring donations to our car park (please wear a mask);

Epsom & Ewell Foodbank
Generation Resource Centre
(Behind West Ewell Primary School)
Ruxley Lane, Ewell
KT19 0JG

Donation drop off times: Monday to Friday 9am – 2pm.

* Please make sure all donations are sealed, in date and do not contain alcohol *

Any questions? We are always happy to chat. Call us on 0208 786 8221 or email foodbank@generation.org.uk

Source: Epsom & Ewell Foodbank– #ChristmasAppeal @EpsomFoodbank

On street Parking restrictions 2021/22 advertised by SCC

Surrey County Council has begun statutory advertisement of proposed 2021/22 changes to on-street parking restrictions in a small number of locations in Leatherhead and across Mole Valley. Until 9 December. Notices in streets affected also on display.

https://www.surreysays.co.uk/environment-and-infrastructure/mole-valley-parking-review-2021-2022/

These include yellow lines at Gaveston Road junction with Cleeve Road and EV charging bays in Church Street Copthorne Road and near Sainsbury’s Fetcham.

Other restrictions in the list include parts of Teazlewood Park Linden Road Upper Fairfield Highlands Road Aperdele Road Sandes Place all in Leatherhead.

https://www.surreysays.co.uk/environment-and-infrastructure/mole-valley-parking-review-2021-2022/consultation/

If you have suggestions for future on-street parking restrictions for the next 22/23 cycle of changes – both new or amending existing – you can start the process here – at any point up to 31 May 2022. The process wouldn’t complete until some point in 2023.

https://www.surreysays.co.uk/environment-and-infrastructure/parking-controls-request-mole-valley-from-march-21/