Proposed Rye Battery Energy Storage System

A new energy storage system is proposed for land next to the A243 on the Ashtead side of the M25.

Bluestone Energy is proposing to develop a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) located on land to the east of M25 Junction 9 and the A243 southbound, Leatherhead.
This 98MW BESS facility will provide a backup supply to stabilise the National Grid via UK Power Network’s main substation at Chessington.

A public consultation event is taking place at:

Parish Hall, St George’s Christian Centre, Barnett Wood Ln, Ashtead, KT21 2DA on 12th December 2022 (2:00pm-7:00pm)

The Site

The proposed development would be located on land owned by Merton College to the east of M25 Junction 9 and the A243 southbound, Leatherhead. The proposed location for the battery storage site is currently grassland.

The total site area is approximately 5 acres, however this area will be subject to environmental surveys and assessments which will be used to refine the design.

The development will include the construction of a battery storage compound within secure 2.4m high fencing. Within the fence perimeter, the battery storage containers, inverter units, load banks, transformers, DNO and customer control rooms and a customer switchroom and storage container will be installed.

Development will also require a new temporary access to be created for the construction and maintenance of the site.

Once operational, there will be minimal traffic generated by the proposals. The proposed development is temporary (40 years). The site will be restored to prior use once the proposed development has been decommissioned.

Introducing Rye BESS

Bluestone Energy is proposing to develop a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) located on land northwest of Barnett Wood Lane, Leatherhead, KT21 2BU. This 98MW BESS facility will provide a backup supply and to stabilise the National Grid via UK Power Network’s main substation at Chessington.

 The project is in an early stage, so we would like your views on the development proposals.

 BESS allow renewable energy to be efficiently stored and supplied to the grid when it’s needed. With BESS we can use renewable energy to power our homes and businesses when the wind stops blowing and the sun isn’t shining. BESS facilities store electricity when demand is low or there is over-supply and release it back to the grid when demand is high. Moreover, they can provide ‘system security’, supplying energy during electricity outages and thus minimising disruption and costs.

Site Layout Plan

Site Location Plan

Brochure link via Ashtead Residents Association

The Benefits

• It will provide flexibility through rapid charge or discharge of electricity to allow the National Grid to regulate electricity supply and demand whilst minimising greenhouse gas emissions.

• It will assist Mole Valley District Council to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with local, national, and international targets.

• The proposed scheme would not require any government subsidies.

• It would help National Grid to use renewable energy to power our homes and businesses when the wind stops blowing and the sun isn’t shining.

• Introducing BESS into the energy mix allows the electricity network to “balance” generation against demand, support the UK’s urgent need for energy security.

• The BESS would support the UK’s urgent need to transition to a low carbon future, hitting its target of cutting carbon emissions by 78% by 2035.

• BESS maximise the use of renewable energy sources and reduce the need for expensive imported gas and polluting fossil fuel power plants.

Source : https://ryebess.com/

TfL sets out improvements to transport within London as part of ULEZ expansion

Those in Surrey including Leatherhead who travel into London will benefit from £8bn transport improvements in the capital set out by TfL 1 December 2022:

Focus on air quality and climate change – including the London-wide ULEZ, supported by a scrappage scheme to support certain Londoners on lower incomes, disabled Londoners, charities and micro businesses and sole traders, and funding for decarbonising TfL operational buildings and offices, as well as continued investment in reducing emissions from bus fleets. TfL will also deliver more sustainable drainage projects on our roads to reduce risk of surface water flooding, as well as procure new green energy, with 10 per cent of its power supply procured in 2023, and the goal of running a zero carbon railway by 2030. 

Work to support the first phase of a new entrance and ticket hall at Elephant & Castle station, which is being funded by third parties, as well as externally funded Royal Docks improvement works, will also continue throughout the plan. TfL is also developing a pipeline for the next stage of its accessibility programme, following the public consultation over summer 2022, and will continue to seek third party funding, including opportunities to work with developers, to deliver more accessibility projects across the network.  
The Silvertown Tunnel will be completed, relieving congestion and pollution while improving resilience at the Blackwall Tunnel, as well as enabling new cross-river bus services that will connect communities and provide an alternative to the car. 
The plan will also see TfL continue to progress its Vision Zero action plan, Bus action plan and Bus Safety Standard, as well as invest in improvements to its advertising and retail estate. TfL will also provide funding to help end inappropriate behaviour and violence against women and girls on public transport. 
Feasibility work on the DLR extension to Thamesmead, Bakerloo Line Extension, West London Orbital railway and Crossrail 2 will continue where appropriate. However, any network extensions depend on securing additional funding as the significant capital requirement is not affordable from TfL’s operating revenue alone.   
In April 2021, TfL established TTL Properties Limited as a financially separate commercial property company. TTLP is a wholly owned subsidiary of TfL, which has access to commercial funding, will continue to deliver new homes across London, including build-to-rent projects at Arnos Grove, Montford Place and Nine Elms as well as investment in TfL existing assets. TTLP is targeting the delivery of 20,000 homes across the next 10 years, with more than 2,500 homes forecast to have started construction by the end of 2022/23. 
— full statement on tfl.gov.uk/info-for/media/press-releases/2022/december/tfl-publishes-new-draft-business-plan-to-support-london-s-recovery-from-the-pandemic

But any additional transport improvements within Surrey on its GLA boundaries and whether TfL might Co-fund any of them are unclear as set out by http://www.news.Surreycc.gov.uk earlier this week.

https://newleatherheadliving.wordpress.com/2022/11/29/county-councils-response-to-londons-ultra-low-emission-zone-ulez-expansion/

It would appear that as with this morning’s official diversion of the M25 traffic via A3 to Tolworth then A240 back into Surrey towards Reigate such journeys with an unplanned diversion into the ULEZ area would need to be exempt. J8-10 section was suddenly closed due to an early morning vehicle fire.

Updated: Markets and seasonal events #Leatherhead #Ashtead December 2022

Updated article -rolling blog

Including a pop up at Barnett Wood Lane Leatherhead:

early December Ashtead events in the village and at the Garden Centre plus Fetcham Park and St Mary’s traditional candlelit carol service plus Leatherhead lights switch on

Pic by Cllr Kendrick

Come and visit Martha’s Christmas Market on Saturday 3rd December from 10am – 1pm at Leatherhead Parish Hall and take a look inside the church tower to see the bells in action!

Featuring all your favourite stalls (from our twice-monthly market on the 1st and 3rd Friday’s of the month) but with a Christmas twist and some seasonal additions.

There will also be festive refreshments and a chance to book on to a tour of the church tower (subject to availability and weather conditions). Please visit the hall first to book onto a tour.

Leatherhead Lions have announced Santa’s sleigh journey during December

Great news! Starting 1st December, Father Christmas is back again visiting streets in Leatherhead, Ashtead, Fetcham and Bookham this December.

Please message or call us if you can help us bring festive cheer to the area, while raising funds for local charities such as Dyscover and the Leatherhead Food Bank. It’s very rewarding and you’ll be very welcome.

Check out all the dates on the Lions website for Ashtead Fetcham Bookham :

https://leatherheadlions.org.uk/raising…/father-christmas Leatherhead roads below

Thursday 1st Dec in Leatherhead – 17:30 start
Clare Crescent, Clare Wood, Aperdele Road, Merton Way, The Fairway and Sands Place.

Thursday 8th Dec in Leatherhead – 17:30 start
Dilstone Road, Albany Park Road, Cleeve Road, Randalls Crescent, Gaveston Road, Randalls Park Avenue and Long Shaw.

Monday 12th Dec in Leatherhead – 17:30 start
Tudor Walk, Parr Close, Boleyn Walk, Falcon Wood, Hartfield Road, Sovereign Court, Penny Crescent, Henderson Crescent and Farthing Close.
Special thanks to the Leatherhead Scouts for their help on this round.

Thursday 15th Dec in Leatherhead – 17:30 start
Woodbridge Avenue, Woodbridge Grove, Rye Brook Road, Kingston Road and Teazlewood Park.
Special thanks to the 1st Fetcham Guides their help on this round.

https://molevalleychamber.co.uk/leatherhead-christmas-markets/

’tis the season to be jolly! Well almost

The first Christmas market was Saturday 19 November in the High Street and Swan Centre. Back on 10 December with hopefully many more stalls. Plus regular Saturday stalls on weeks in between.


Leatherhead will hold its Christmas event in the Swan Centre, on Saturday 3 December with a Christmas market, Elves workshop and a Santa letter writing station for children, with a talking post box located for the whole of December in the centre.

All will be accompanied by Christmas songs and carols from Surrey Silver Band and other local choirs. Woodlands School will delight visitors with a Christmas performance at 3pm, followed by the Christmas lights switch on at 3.30pm by Swannell, the Swan Centre-sponsored football mascot for Leatherhead Football Club.

QEF is excited to be bringing the spirit of Christmas to your door again this December through our virtual Wreath Making kits. Plus this year we are also offering an in person wreath making event at the gorgeous Fetcham Park House.

Simply buy your kit for £40 by Friday 25th November and we will have them delivered straight to your door by Friday 2nd December when you will also have access to our online tutorial to make your wreath from the comfort of your own home.

Or why not join us for £50 on Monday 5th December at 2pm at the beautiful Fetcham Park House, where you can create your wreath in a festive environment, whilst enjoying a glass of bubbly and a mince pie. Plus we will be on hand to assist you.

Www.qef.org.uk/events/christmas-wreath
48 High Street

Panto season at Leatherhead Theatre

This year, Leatherhead Theatre bring you ‘Snow White’ for their annual Pantomime. It has all the usual Panto magic & mayhem, plus your favourite songs, stunning scenery & amazing costumes. There’s also a LIVE BAND too for the first time in many a year!

Magic Mirrors, Seven Little Friends, Poisoned Apples and an Enchanted Princess all tell the classic story of Snow White. Be sure to book early to get the best seats!

‘Snow doubt about it, we’re the best Panto for miles around!!

Tickets can be booked at here

Santa’s icy Igloo

At Ashtead Park Garden Centre’s charity festive family fun weekend.

Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 December

Help Santa raise money for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity by visiting him for a chat in his cosy but icy igloo! 

[SOLD OUT Santa will be here for Festive Fun Weekend on 3 & 4th December and would love to meet you! Get your tickets now, then come along on the day for a chat, photos and of course an early Christmas gift. ]

Lots more fun to be had at festive weekend too (these activities don’t need to be booked in advance but please bring some cash to join in:

Nativity animals (including adorable donkeys) here 11am-3pm, Pony Rides 11am-2pm £5, Face painting £5, Kid’s crafts £1-£3, Festive hunt £1.

Santa in Ashtead! (ashteadpark.com)

 

FB event: https://fb.me/e/332tFs3zi

 

Cookies with Santa

Monday 5, 12 & 19 December

Join Santa for an exclusive chat in The Olive Tree! Enjoy a warming hot chocolate and a yummy cookie, then take your turn to meet Santa and receive a pre-Christmas gift! A donation will be made to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity for every child’s ticket sold.

Book now! Cookies with Santa – Events – Ashtead Park Garden Centre | Surrey

FB event: https://fb.me/e/2745H9eqI

Shops open for late night shopping. Win a meat and drink hamper worth £300. Lucky dip at Milners, Chocolate fountain at Patrick Gardner, Book shop treasure hunt, Raffle at Ashtead Osteopathy, BBQ at Appleford Butchers, Cocktails at Whisky Co., Charity raffle at Ashtead Eye Clinic, Morris Dancers, and Santa will be in the Village.
At Randalls Park Crematorium 7 December

Candlelit Carol Service Returns to St. Mary’s and Fetcham Park

with Keynote Address by the Bishop of Dorking

After three years, Fetcham Park is delighted to be working together once again with neighbouring St Mary’s Church and Mole Valley Chamber of Commerceto reinstate the Candlelit Carol Service. The annual event was established in 1999 and brings together local business people and residents to celebrate at the start of the Christmas season.

 

This years’ service will take place on Wednesday, December 7th at 6:30pm, held by Revd Pouya Heidari in St Mary’s Church. The keynote address will be made by the Bishop of Dorking, Dr Jo Bailey Wells, who was recently appointed as the first Bishop for Episcopal Ministry in the Anglican Communion.

 

Dr Wells will be taking up the new post to “build on the success” of the Lambeth Conference which took place in Canterbury earlier this summer with 660 bishops from across the Anglican Communion in attendance. It is a post designed to “foster a collaborative, engaged, enriched fellowship among the bishops of the Anglican Communion, inspiring ever greater companionship, learning and interchange between Provinces,” explained the Secretary General of the Communion, the Rt Revd Anthony Poggo.

 

The retiring collection at the Candlelit Carol Service will be donated to Transform Housing and Support. The charity helps people to reach their goals and live independent, fulfilling lives and provides housing and support for more than 1,800 people each year, in Surrey, West Sussex, Berkshire and south west London.

 

After the service, the congregation are invited toFetcham Park for refreshments.

 

Everyone is welcome and a map to the venues can be emailed to indicate the parking options. Please contact:administration@fetchampark.co.uk

And not forgetting the fantastic work of the Community Hub

See also https://molevalleytogether.co.uk/events/list/page/2/ for events across the district into Bookham, Dorking

O Come….Join us at LPC this Christmas, there’s something for everyone. We can’t wait to celebrate with you! For more info visit leatherheadparish.com/Christmas.

Murreys Court Ashtead planning engagement 1 December 2022

Preapplication engagement in Ashtead by two familiar developers in the area, Levanter and Beechcroft. Both involved with retirement living projects in Leatherhead already building or complete.

The site in Ashtead is known as Murreys Court which borders The Murreys and Agates Lane. The site is surrounded by housing and is in the built up area. But there will be issues of access design density scale and type of housing. Beechcroft tend to specialise in high end retirement apartments eg Farthings (Henderson) in Leatherhead.

There is an historic building originally a farmhouse as described with listed outbuildings that would all need to be preserved. Access via road to all new build would appear to be via The Murreys into Barnett Wood Lane.

Murreys Court, Agates Lane, Ashtead

https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/430374

Very large C17th farmhouse. The interior is in places quite grand, with panelled reception rooms. The house retains extensive gardens at the back but most of the land once attached to it has been sold off and developed. There is an adjacent complex of outbuildings, including a threshing barn, dating from the time when the house was a working farm.
https://www.ashteadresidents.org.uk/blog/post/18573/potential-development-of-murreys-court/

AMPH – Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall Woodfield Lane

Source : submission version of MVDC Local Plan showing the site promoted by Levanter and the Council commentary for the plan policy/ site allocation. This may differ in detail from what the forthcoming application may propose and MVDC will not automatically approve it so feedback is useful to the process Link to pdf of draft Local Plan now awaiting adoption

The principle of using the site for development is close to being settled but the type of development is what will now be decided. The projection of life expectancy and demographic profile in the area does highlight need for additional retirement housing.

In 2015/16 the Ashtead Neighborhood Plan also identified the site for development in principle and included a policy on a pedestrian link between the two roads as per this extract

https://www.molevalley.gov.uk/sites/default/files/home/building-planning/local-plans/ashteadndpv30final.pdf

https://www.levanterdevelopments.com/track-record

https://www.beechcroft.co.uk/retirement-homes/

We will add any specific link on Murreys Court when available.

HSBC closes last local branch #Leatherhead

HSBC has announced its latest round of over 100 UK branch closures including Leatherhead in July 2023. The “world’s local bank” has also divested its entire Canadian operation as part of global restructuring.

Leatherhead had already been downgraded to a digital branch without a counter service so it did not look like staying open indefinitely.

Back in the spring when Rishi Sunak was still Chancellor MVDC wrote to him about bank closures receiving a reply from John Glen who remains a Treasury Minister- stating Government does not compel banks to keep branches open though a reasonable level of cash access via retailers cash back and ATMs is expected

If face to face banking is required, after July the best option is probably the 465 bus to Kingston or Surbiton, or the 479 to Epsom. A small Barclays is still open at Cobham.

Post Offices including Beluga in Leatherhead do offer basic banking deposit and withdrawal services as part of their licence.

Further help with upskill for digital banking- which may be lower risk of fraud and manual error- is expected to be available both from banks themselves and possibly via Mole Valley Life ( Fairfield Centre).

As HSBC only recently obtained planning permission to update their ATM at North Street it’s unclear if this will remain when the branch closes. NatWest retain an ATM in Swan Centre at WHSmith.

Nationwide in North Street Leatherhead remains open Mon-Thurs with counter service. As a mutual organisation their business model differs from the banks. They are actively encouraging accounts to be opened. They also have a branch in Dorking and a new larger one in Kingston.

At least one request for a banking hub in Mole Valley was made, for Bookham, but this was unsuccessful due to the range of ATMs in the vicinity. The new Tesco convenience store in Bookham will have an ATM when it opens early 2023 at the former ‘top Co-Op’ premises.

https://news.sky.com/story/hsbc-begins-new-wave-of-uk-branch-closures-with-114-sites-to-be-axed-12758594

Reaction from ex chairman of Federation of Small Business and local resident

Other UK branches closing include Harpenden, Knutsford, Tonbridge, Oxted, Market Harborough and Ryde. Walton on Thames and Cobham closed in earlier rounds.

Planning Applications – 25 November 2022

Weekly list of planning applications and decisions on earlier ones as published by Mole Valley District Council dated 25 November.

No list of new applications on 25 November due to an IT system migration

A small number of decisions were logged

https://www.molevalley.gov.uk/sites/default/files/home/building-planning/planning-applications/decisions-we-25-11-2022.pdf

plus a number of appeals against earlier decisions where an inspector will now make a decision after MVDC refusal:

Mole Valley District Council Appeals Started

MO/2020/1934/PLA MAJOR
Date: 23/11/2022
Location: Proposal:

Ward: Parish:
Chace Farm Stud, The Warren, Ashtead, Surrey, KT21 2SH
Erection of an extra care facility (Use Class C2) comprising 10 self- contained units, office floorspace (Use Class E), parking, landscaping and associated works following demolition of existing buildings.
23-Nov-2022
Ashtead Park Ashtead (Unparished)


MO/2021/1472/PLA MAJOR
Land south of Lower Road, Bookham, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT23 4EL
Change of use from Use Class F1 (education) to F2 (outdoor recreation) for the provision of public open space on land south of Lower Road, Great Bookham, Leatherhead, including areas of planting, a feature pond, community orchard and outdoor recreation.
22-Nov-2022
Bookham South, Within 20m of Bookham North Ward Bookham (Unparished), Unparished
This one relates to Howard of Effingham redevelopment but is just across the MVDC boundary so separate from those considered by Guildford Borough Council

On the Local Plan examination any news will be updated separately as it is anticipated the Inspector’s post examination note might emerge soon perhaps setting out potential modifications. There continues to be much speculation that the Government may make some concession or relaxation of housing ‘targets’ in England that may or may not impact MVDC’s draft plan- which as it stands went in below the ‘target’ after the Council removed several sites after consultation.

The weekly lists of new applications 18 and 11 November don’t seem to include any major applications of note in Leatherhead wards but there are some householder applications etc

The main points we have noted this week on proposals are covered in the Local Plan 2020-2037 commentary further below – relating to Sondes Place Farm Dorking where the developer has begun preapplication community engagement.

And on rewording by MVDC of Local Plan policies on key Transform Leatherhead MVDC owned sites around retaining a ‘sizeable’ park and a tall building study to inform the approach to height of what is proposed.

Running List 18/11/22

Running List 11/11/22

Running List 04/11/22

The promoters of a new SEND school in Dorking continue to lobby for support for their application

https://mailchi.mp/307113df8e3a/new-send-school-in-dorking-nov22-5968251?e=0f0466f9d1

MO/2022/1849Erection of a Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) School with associated access, offsite highway works, car parking, external landscaping, outdoor sports and play space provision and ancillary works. (Betchwood Vale Academy)

Planning Statement “…. the proposed Betchwood Vale Academy is business critical to ensure the projected demand for ASD- designated special school places from local pupils in Dorking and the surrounding areas is realised. There is a clearly established need for additional special school places in Mole Valley, together with a spatial deficiency in ASD-designated special school provision for pupils working at broadly age-related expectations in the Mole Valley District…Green Belt and Very Special Circumstances: Whilst the proposed development represents ‘inappropriate development’ in the Green Belt, there are evidenced very special circumstances which outweigh any potential harm resulting from it in accordance with paragraph 148 of the NPPF. These comprise:
  Pressing and urgent educational need to SEND school places;
  The lack of any alternative suitable sites within a wide area within ten miles of Dorking following an extensive site seach;
  Other benefits including community benefits of the facilities and employment creation. ”
Former Chalcraft Nursery Site, County Garden Centre, Reigate Road, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1NP
MO/2022/1856Variation of condition 3 of approved planning permission MO/96/0859 for change of use from retail to dental surgery (Class D1), to allow the premises to operate 7.30am – 8.00pm Monday to Saturday.2, The Crescent, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 8EE
Increased opening hours proposal by popular dental practice

Decisions List 18/11/22

Decisions List 11/11/22

MVDC DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE (meeting 7 December )

Applications to be decided by councillors with advice from officers

Downloads

Agenda – 7th December 2022

E-Index – 7th December 2022 index has hyperlinks to case documents including neighbour objections and to full agenda

Item 2, MO/2022/1150 – Site at Yarm Way, Leatherhead infilling right at the end of the road on the edge of the Green Belt

Item 3, MO/2022/1647 – The Walled Garden, Downs Lane, Leatherhead, KT22 8JW

Item 4, MO/2022/1527 – Land on the junction of Cleeve Rd and Hartfield Rd and opposite Sovereign Court, Leatherhead, KT22 7GQ This has come to the committee due to residents in the retirement housing apartments not liking the large sign for the adjacent care home

Item 5, MO/2022/1618 – Larch Corner, Crampshaw Lane, Ashtead, KT21 2UD further discussion on a glazed window in a councillor’s property

Item 6, MO/2022/1263 – Fairfield House, 24, High Street, Bookham, KT23 4AG 

Item 7, MO/2022/1264 – Fairfield House, 24, High Street, Bookham, KT23 4AG 

Item 12, MO/2022/1329 – Land adj to Eastwick House, 152, Lower Road, KT23 2PP

LOCAL PLAN

See summary article at the end of the examination process 28 October

https://newleatherheadliving.wordpress.com/2022/10/28/local-plan-examination-hearings-for-molevalleydc-now-complete/

We understand the Inspector may possibly report back by end November with a post hearing note, ahead of any modifications and conclusions. (Not published as at 29 November)

A couple of notable modifications to policies covering Leatherhead town centre were proposed by the Council during the last week of examination hearings – these have been published and are likely to be welcomed by several of the ward councillors in Leatherhead and Fetcham and the members of the Residents Associations – they relate to a building height study, and the size of park to be retained in Bull Hill/ Red House when the surrounding car parks and existing developed areas are redeveloped. These may well be informed by councillor reaction to initial ideas from Kier Property they may have seen, as well as concerns to get the development right.

The Inspector may be encouraging MVDC to look at reducing or at least reassessing the number of traveller pitches included in the Local Plan, following a very recent Judicial decision. That might simply add a modest number to the permanent homes in the plan instead, if more of the community are regarded as settled.

Lisa Smith v SSLUHC [2022] EWHC

The Inspector wishes to draw the above judgment of 31st October 2022 to the Council’s attention. It relates to the interpretation of the Planning Policy for Traveller Sites (PPTS) and the application of that policy to gypsies and travellers who have ceased to pursue nomadic lifestyles. The Inspector requests whether, in light of this judgment, the Council wishes to review its assessment of Traveller site needs? The Inspector would be grateful for your written response by 5pm Friday 11 November 2022.

One of the edge of town Green Belt sites included in the emerging Local Plan, at Sondes Place Dorking, the developer Gleeson is already pressing ahead with pre-application engagement with the neighbourhood, ahead of submitting a formal application for outline consent perhaps next year https://www.sondesplacefarmconsultation.co.uk

With Surrey MP Michael Gove back as Secretary of State, he seems to have picked up where he left off in July on a number of issues including some subtle changes rather than radical switches of policy on planning for new housing. We understand Chris Grayling MP remains supportive of ending top down targets and five year supply altogether but Mr Gove doesn’t sound like he will run with that:

Leatherhead is certainly doing its bit to meet the policy of using previously developed land first. Our article on brownfield sites in KT22 area :

Further information / links below on the Local Plan examination, to Residents Associations planning information, and to the Development Management Committee agenda.

You can also see some of the Planning applications via the local Residents Associations summaries or searching the MVDC website

Fetcham RA Planning List as of 18th November 2022 and their advice to residents https://www.fetchamresidents.co.uk/planning/

Bookham RA: https://www.bookhamresidents.org.uk/blog/post/16582/planning-applications-in-bookham-september-october-and-november-2022-rolling-two-months/

Ashtead RA https://www.ashteadresidents.org.uk/blog/post/14674/current-planning-applications-in-ashtead/

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/2022/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 hairdressers 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 as outlined above and this may be adopted with Government approval by 2023. The draft Local Plan includes major brownfield redevelopment sites in Leatherhead town centre in MVDC ownership eg. Swan Centre, Bull Hill, Claire & James House which are subject to commercial arrangements between MVDC and development partners currently being concluded. 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.

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.

Leatherhead : for the first time in many years, we now have residents of the town centre representing the area on MVDC in both main local political groups plus Ashtead based councillors who take a close interest.

Cllr Bridget Kendrick (Leatherhead North). also Deputy Leader of MVDC
councillor.kendrick@molevalley.gov.uk

07957 211242

Cllr Keira Vyvyan-Robinson (Leatherhead North). also Cabinet Member for Projects

07939 551 524

councillor.vyvyan-robinson@molevalley.gov.uk

Both Cllrs Kendrick and Vyvyan-Robinson continue as full members of the Development Management Committee 2022/23 and also Cabinet members in the Lib Dem administration.

The other Leatherhead councillors are substitute members of the committee and may attend some meetings according to business and absences of full members

Cllr Josie Brinker (Leatherhead North) Lib Dem elected May 2022 councillor.brinker@molevalley.gov.uk

Cllr Simon Moss (Leatherhead South) Conservative elected May 2021

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

Cllr Joanna Slater Leatherhead South (Conservative) elected May 2022 councillor.slater@molevalley.gov.uk

4 of the current 5 councillors live in Leatherhead and all know the area very well. Councillors work on the Development Management committee tends to be far less party political.

The Surrey county councillor for Leatherhead, Tim Hall, is now once again also a district councillor representing Fetcham East and has been appointed to the Development Management committee (DMC).

Ashtead – three of the Independent councillors are on the DMC – Cllr Hawksworth is on the committee in place of Cllr Harper. Cllr Chris Hunt and Cllr Stansfield also.

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. Each of the Bookham North councillors, Roger Adams, Sarah Chambers and Monica Weller are on the DMC.

County Council’s response to London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) expansion

Cllr Matt Furniss our Surrey County Council Transport lead from Guildford has released Surrey’s response to the ULEZ expansion to outer London affecting older petrol and many diesel vehicles. In terms of reducing car use, and harmful emissions there is common ground with the Mayor. But SCC has set out a shopping list of measures it has already asked TfL to consider for the Surrey interface with the expanded zone. None of which are yet on the table.

The zone boundary has though been slightly altered to keep some journeys in and out of Surrey possible without incurring charge eg B280 Fairoak and Rushett Lane.

Surrey including Epsom Ewell Esher and Leatherhead does already benefit from TfL fares on specific bus services eg 465 K3 406 and the Hampton Court rail branch.

Statement: Surrey County Council’s response to London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) expansion

“Surrey County Council is disappointed that the Mayor of London and Transport for London has adopted the expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) without addressing the key financial impacts on Surrey’s residents.

Everyone can agree that the ambition to reduce car travel in order to improve air quality in London should be supported. Here in Surrey, our own Transport Plan sets out a similar vision; one of encouraging residents to travel sustainably and by public transport where possible to reduce the 41% of carbon emissions currently generated by transport in our county.

However, as raised in our formal response to the ULEZ consultation in July 2022, we are very concerned about the financial impact for a significant number of Surrey residents, communities, and businesses, particularly those in close proximity to the proposed ULEZ boundary.

A number of recommendations to help mitigate both the financial and potential environmental impacts of the expansion were proposed to the Mayor and Transport for London by Surrey County Council in the consultation response.

These included

extending the car scrappage scheme to Surrey residents,

extending the Zone 6 Oyster Card,

providing exemptions for key workers, people travelling to school and taxi drivers,

funding for active travel/public transport, plus providing clear signage.

We await clarity from the Mayor on these important points which have yet to be answered and will continue to lobby for measures to support our residents and businesses.”

Matt Furniss

Cabinet Member for Transport, Infrastructure and Growth Surrey County Council

Our earlier article including links to check vehicle and route status after the Zone expands

To see if your vehicle meets the ULEZ emission standards, use TfL vehicle checker.

  1. Why is the Mayor expanding the ULEZ?
  2. Where will the new boundary be? www.tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone/ulez-expansion-2023

Updated: Markets and seasonal events #Leatherhead #Ashtead December 2022

Updated article -rolling blog

Including a pop up at Barnett Wood Lane Leatherhead:

early December Ashtead events in the village and at the Garden Centre plus Fetcham Park and St Mary’s traditional candlelit carol service plus Leatherhead lights switch on

Pic by Cllr Kendrick

Leatherhead Lions have announced Santa’s sleigh journey during December

Great news! Starting 1st December, Father Christmas is back again visiting streets in Leatherhead, Ashtead, Fetcham and Bookham this December.

Please message or call us if you can help us bring festive cheer to the area, while raising funds for local charities such as Dyscover and the Leatherhead Food Bank. It’s very rewarding and you’ll be very welcome.

Check out all the dates on the Lions website for Ashtead Fetcham Bookham :

https://leatherheadlions.org.uk/raising…/father-christmas Leatherhead roads below

Thursday 1st Dec in Leatherhead – 17:30 start
Clare Crescent, Clare Wood, Aperdele Road, Merton Way, The Fairway and Sands Place.

Thursday 8th Dec in Leatherhead – 17:30 start
Dilstone Road, Albany Park Road, Cleeve Road, Randalls Crescent, Gaveston Road, Randalls Park Avenue and Long Shaw.

Monday 12th Dec in Leatherhead – 17:30 start
Tudor Walk, Parr Close, Boleyn Walk, Falcon Wood, Hartfield Road, Sovereign Court, Penny Crescent, Henderson Crescent and Farthing Close.
Special thanks to the Leatherhead Scouts for their help on this round.

Thursday 15th Dec in Leatherhead – 17:30 start
Woodbridge Avenue, Woodbridge Grove, Rye Brook Road, Kingston Road and Teazlewood Park.
Special thanks to the 1st Fetcham Guides their help on this round.

https://molevalleychamber.co.uk/leatherhead-christmas-markets/

’tis the season to be jolly! Well almost

The first Christmas market was Saturday 19 November in the High Street and Swan Centre. Back on 10 December with hopefully many more stalls. Plus regular Saturday stalls on weeks in between.


Leatherhead will hold its Christmas event in the Swan Centre, on Saturday 3 December with a Christmas market, Elves workshop and a Santa letter writing station for children, with a talking post box located for the whole of December in the centre.

All will be accompanied by Christmas songs and carols from Surrey Silver Band and other local choirs. Woodlands School will delight visitors with a Christmas performance at 3pm, followed by the Christmas lights switch on at 3.30pm by Swannell, the Swan Centre-sponsored football mascot for Leatherhead Football Club.

QEF is excited to be bringing the spirit of Christmas to your door again this December through our virtual Wreath Making kits. Plus this year we are also offering an in person wreath making event at the gorgeous Fetcham Park House.

Simply buy your kit for £40 by Friday 25th November and we will have them delivered straight to your door by Friday 2nd December when you will also have access to our online tutorial to make your wreath from the comfort of your own home.

Or why not join us for £50 on Monday 5th December at 2pm at the beautiful Fetcham Park House, where you can create your wreath in a festive environment, whilst enjoying a glass of bubbly and a mince pie. Plus we will be on hand to assist you.

Www.qef.org.uk/events/christmas-wreath
48 High Street

Panto season at Leatherhead Theatre

This year, Leatherhead Theatre bring you ‘Snow White’ for their annual Pantomime. It has all the usual Panto magic & mayhem, plus your favourite songs, stunning scenery & amazing costumes. There’s also a LIVE BAND too for the first time in many a year!

Magic Mirrors, Seven Little Friends, Poisoned Apples and an Enchanted Princess all tell the classic story of Snow White. Be sure to book early to get the best seats!

‘Snow doubt about it, we’re the best Panto for miles around!!

Tickets can be booked at here

Santa’s icy Igloo

At Ashtead Park Garden Centre’s charity festive family fun weekend.

Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 December

Help Santa raise money for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity by visiting him for a chat in his cosy but icy igloo! 

[SOLD OUT Santa will be here for Festive Fun Weekend on 3 & 4th December and would love to meet you! Get your tickets now, then come along on the day for a chat, photos and of course an early Christmas gift. ]

Lots more fun to be had at festive weekend too (these activities don’t need to be booked in advance but please bring some cash to join in:

Nativity animals (including adorable donkeys) here 11am-3pm, Pony Rides 11am-2pm £5, Face painting £5, Kid’s crafts £1-£3, Festive hunt £1.

Santa in Ashtead! (ashteadpark.com)

 

FB event: https://fb.me/e/332tFs3zi

 

Cookies with Santa

Monday 5, 12 & 19 December

Join Santa for an exclusive chat in The Olive Tree! Enjoy a warming hot chocolate and a yummy cookie, then take your turn to meet Santa and receive a pre-Christmas gift! A donation will be made to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity for every child’s ticket sold.

Book now! Cookies with Santa – Events – Ashtead Park Garden Centre | Surrey

FB event: https://fb.me/e/2745H9eqI

Shops open for late night shopping. Win a meat and drink hamper worth £300. Lucky dip at Milners, Chocolate fountain at Patrick Gardner, Book shop treasure hunt, Raffle at Ashtead Osteopathy, BBQ at Appleford Butchers, Cocktails at Whisky Co., Charity raffle at Ashtead Eye Clinic, Morris Dancers, and Santa will be in the Village.
At Randalls Park Crematorium 7 December

Candlelit Carol Service Returns to St. Mary’s and Fetcham Park

with Keynote Address by the Bishop of Dorking

After three years, Fetcham Park is delighted to be working together once again with neighbouring St Mary’s Church and Mole Valley Chamber of Commerceto reinstate the Candlelit Carol Service. The annual event was established in 1999 and brings together local business people and residents to celebrate at the start of the Christmas season.

 

This years’ service will take place on Wednesday, December 7th at 6:30pm, held by Revd Pouya Heidari in St Mary’s Church. The keynote address will be made by the Bishop of Dorking, Dr Jo Bailey Wells, who was recently appointed as the first Bishop for Episcopal Ministry in the Anglican Communion.

 

Dr Wells will be taking up the new post to “build on the success” of the Lambeth Conference which took place in Canterbury earlier this summer with 660 bishops from across the Anglican Communion in attendance. It is a post designed to “foster a collaborative, engaged, enriched fellowship among the bishops of the Anglican Communion, inspiring ever greater companionship, learning and interchange between Provinces,” explained the Secretary General of the Communion, the Rt Revd Anthony Poggo.

 

The retiring collection at the Candlelit Carol Service will be donated to Transform Housing and Support. The charity helps people to reach their goals and live independent, fulfilling lives and provides housing and support for more than 1,800 people each year, in Surrey, West Sussex, Berkshire and south west London.

 

After the service, the congregation are invited toFetcham Park for refreshments.

 

Everyone is welcome and a map to the venues can be emailed to indicate the parking options. Please contact:administration@fetchampark.co.uk

And not forgetting the fantastic work of the Community Hub

See also https://molevalleytogether.co.uk/events/list/page/2/ for events across the district into Bookham, Dorking

O Come….Join us at LPC this Christmas, there’s something for everyone. We can’t wait to celebrate with you! For more info visit leatherheadparish.com/Christmas.

Ashtead Park habitat restoration – 30 November @molevalleydc

From Ashtead Residents Association and ward councillors:

Those of us who use Ashtead Park on a regular basis will know that it has lost much of its landscape value as a result of lack of management. Scrub growth has led to some parts becoming dark and of little value to wildlife or the wider environment. Mole Valley District Council has now taken back management of the Park. As a result of the initiative of Councillors Harper, Wiltshire and Hawksworth together with Alex Bagnall, the MVDC Tree and Countryside manager, work is due to start to restore some of the habitat and improve the amenity value of the area.

On 30th November 2022 a working party made up of MVDC staff, volunteers from the Deepdene Trail Project and Ashtead residents will start the planned work. Please come along! We’ll meet at 9.45am at the carpark which is in Park Drive off the A24 and past The Burrows Nursery (KT21 1LE). Please wear your “gardening clothes” and boots and bring a drink, energy, and enthusiasm! Tools will be provided.

For more details go to https://www.ashteadresidents.o…

Date for diaries:- 30th November; Ashtead Park renovations

 

Residents have become concerned that Ashtead Park has become very overgrown over recent years. A meeting was organised with them and with the Council’s Tree and Countryside Manager in early October to encourage renovation of the park. There is saplings and competing growth to be cut down around veteran trees while keeping an eye out for rare wildlife that may elevate the Park to an SSSI. There is overgrown areas to hack back to create vista and clear areas around the lakes. Altogether a lot of cutting and burning!On November 30th, there is going to be a type of ‘kick-off’ event with maps and plans of what’s happening and it’s a great opportunity to re-acquaint yourself with an amble around the park.

If you fancy a bit of ‘cutting and burning’ yourself, you are welcome to volunteer (all equipment and necessary HSE provided). The event starts at 9.45am Wednesday 30th November at the car park in the Park.

Thank you if you can.

Councillor David Harper

Ashtead Park Ward

Mole Valley District Council

07483278215

(he/him)

More Green Belt homes in Effingham approved by Government

News on Green Belt housing plans from just outside Mole Valley but of great interest to Bookham campaigners.

The Government planning inspector has once again allowed Green Belt housing in Effingham; this time 110 units at Lodge Farm. Berkeley Homes the developer partner of The Howard Partnership Trust have been successful after a narrow refusal by Guildford Borough Council planning committee.

More details via Effingham Residents Association here

https://effinghamresidents.org.uk/appeal-granted-for-110-homes-on-the-green-belt

The site is not in MVDC area therefore has no direct bearing on http://www.futuremolevalley.org draft Local Plan.

County Council set to invest £30 million in capital projects

Surrey County Council’s Cabinet is due to discuss £30 million of funding to deliver seven capital projects identified in the Surrey Infrastructure …

Cabinet set to invest £30 million in capital projects in Surrey.
Unfortunately for Leatherhead Ashtead Bookham and Dorking at this point the funding is going elsewhere in the County – we understand this is due to the way SCC has prioritised choosing schemes to fund, and the lack of ‘shovel ready’ projects in Mole Valley. It’s notable that other areas have either or both Local Plans and Local Cycling & Walking Improvement Plans already adopted or completed. Also due to the match funding from other sources including infrastructure levy from new developments already completed. Guildford has E-bike match funding via the University. Caterham also has a Business Improvement District (BID) levy which Leatherhead Ashtead and Bookham do not. (A public realm scheme in Leatherhead proposed and funded via MVDC was rejected by SCC in early 2020, but by the end of that year SCC had thrown together temporary planters which look to be remaining into 2023 though MVDC has funding to replace this requires SCC to agree and schedule..,.) Mole Valley does though have the demand responsive bus and some small scale projects mainly around a school in Ashtead, and in specific parts of Bookham.

SCC full media release below:

Surrey County Council’s Cabinet is due to discuss £30 million of funding to deliver seven capital projects identified in the Surrey Infrastructure Plan. Projects include town centre and highway improvements, active and sustainable travel schemes, and flood alleviation schemes.

£8.64million of the funding would come from Surrey County Council, with the rest coming from external funding sources. These projects include the implementation of active and sustainable travel schemes to provide Surrey residents with greener options of travel, whilst improving air quality and creating healthier places to live. There are also town centre regeneration schemes to support economic growth and provide the necessary infrastructure for growing communities. These infrastructure projects are critical for the council to deliver its ambitions for the county now and into the future.

The seven capital projects are:

Town centre schemes

  • High Street improvements in both Ewell and Horley to revitalise the town and create spaces that are safer and more attractive. The Ewell project team has worked closely with a group of residents who originally campaigned for change in the village and in Horley, investment is being made following the impact of Covid on how the town is used by residents.  
  • Town centre regeneration in Caterham through flood mitigation works, improved connectivity and improvement to public spaces in Caterham Valley and Caterham on the Hill.
https://mycouncil.surreycc.gov.uk/documents/s89472/SIP%20Cabinet%20Report%20Nov22%20FINAL.pdf full SCC cabinet paper for 29 November

Active and sustainable travel schemes

  • Electric bikes (E-bikes) in Guildford – implementation of a town-wide bike share scheme to offer an alternative to car trips within the borough.
  • Woking sustainable transport improvements  improvements for walking, cycling and bus infrastructure in the east of Woking, improving connections between Woking town centre, Sheerwater and West Byfleet. For this scheme Surrey County Council have submitted a bid for £12million to the Department of Housing and Levelling up as part of round two of Levelling Up funding.  

Highway improvement schemes

  • A320 North of Woking improvements – Plans to make all junctions and roads on the busy stretch between Chertsey and Ottershaw work well together to improve traffic flow. Improvements for walkers and cyclists, including new crossing points and wider foot and cycle paths and improved access to public transport.

Flood alleviation schemes

  • Flooding Alleviation Programme 2023/24 – A mix of schemes and interventions focusing on flood resilience measures, flood risk reduction and protection against flooding.

Cabinet will also be reviewing the allocation of £2million funding to support the expansion of the on-street electric vehicle chargepoint roll-out. The funding required would support the installation of a comprehensive network of publicly accessible chargepoints right across the county. This is essential to support residents who don’t have off-street parking to transition to electric vehicles. Surrey’s Local Transport Plan has identified as one of its top priorities the reduction of emissions and increase in energy efficient vehicles, specifically to promote zero emission and smaller vehicles. Cabinet will also be discussing the appointment of a new supplier to deliver a wider roll-out of chargepoints across the county to meet the increased demand.

Matt Furniss, Cabinet Member for Transport, Infrastructure and Economy, said: “Investment in infrastructure is essential for sustainable economic growth and to cater for the needs of Surrey’s businesses and communities.

“The projects being presented to Cabinet take into consideration changing infrastructure requirements for our communities. Following the Covid pandemic, the way people live and work has changed. These projects consider new travel patterns and behaviours, whilst focusing on improving local places.”

Full SCC agenda for its Cabinet https://mycouncil.surreycc.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=120&MId=8467&Ver=4

Christmas toy donations for @epsom_sthelier

Brighten a poorly child’s Christmas by donating to hospital toy appeal

Dozens of sick and injured children in Surrey and South-West London will be spending Christmas in hospital this year – but you can help make their stay just a little better.

Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust has launched its Christmas toy appeal to bring a little joy to young patients who have cancer, medical conditions, and other illnesses or injuries.

In 2021, some 57 youngsters spent Christmas week on the children’s ward at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Carshalton, and more also stayed at Epsom Hospital. This year will be no different, with many young patients spending days or weeks at a time on one of the wards.

Abby May, Health Play Specialist Apprentice at Epsom Hospital, said: “Despite the efforts of our staff, many children find being in hospital an unsettling and traumatic experience. Christmas can be particularly hard, and we will be doing all we can to make it just a little bit easier for them and their families.”

Emily King, Health Play Specialist at the Queen Mary’s Hospital’s children’s ward, added: “We know it’s an expensive time of year for people and understand many may be feeling the squeeze financially. But if you do have a bit of money to spare we’d be so grateful for a donation to put a smile on a child’s face this Christmas.”

Toy donations can be made at both Epsom and Queen Mary’s hospitals, and must be suitable for children and teenagers aged 0-18 years. They need to be brand new and left unwrapped so staff know what gift they are giving to the children. The teams are grateful for any donations, but are particularly short on baby gifts and teenage gifts.

For Epsom, gifts can be dropped off at Casey Ward. Visitors can find the ward by coming in through the main entrance and following the signs to “Headley Wing”, towards X-Ray, then turning left where there are some stairs with a painted wall of mermaids and fish. If you head up the stairs, Casey Ward will be straight ahead.

At Queen Mary’s the children’s ward is on the second floor of the hospital, which sits behind the main St Helier Hospital. You can drop donations off between 7.30am and 3.30pm – please ask for Emily. If you have any questions, call: 0208 2963 035.

You can also purchase gifts from dedicated Amazon wish lists, which can be found here.

Queen Mary’s staff are also appealing for donations of solar lights and decorations to brighten up the hospital’s sensory garden and make it more magical. These can be donated as above.

Betty Njuguna, Chief Nurse at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Our exceptional staff will do their very best to make Christmas as normal as possible for the brave children on our wards, but they need your help. Please consider making a donation if you are able to, and make one child’s day just a little bit better.”

https://www.epsom-sthelier.nhs.uk/news-and-events/brighten-a-poorly-childs-christmas-by-donating-to-hospital-toy-appeal-4260

Follow all the news from Epsom St Helier NHS here

https://twitter.com/epsom_sthelier

Demand at Community Fridge rises but less surplus food to go round

The challenges for the Community Fridge covering Leatherhead and Dorking- less surplus food to redistribute from retailers and sharing it fairly among those using the service.

Please help us!

We are seeing shortages in our food supply and supporting many people so please help us by just visiting ONE site every week and by taking just ONE bag of food per household. We rely on your donations so please spare us the suggested minimum of £2.50 if you can to keep our service going. We are helping many people right now and we try to share food fairly.

If you can help the Community Fridge with a financial donation or corporate sponsorship https://midsurreycommunityfridges.co.uk/donate/

You may have noticed that supply at our sites has been reduced. We are doing all we can to obtain new food sources and to bring as much as we can to our communities which we are so very well aware are relying on our support right now. There are several factors to the drop in supply; the season, companies are offering their surplus to staff and supermarkets are ordering less and having supply issues.Meanwhile, we are working hard to maintain our supply.

If you are struggling, please check the SCC leaflet, the links below and come along to the Advice Cafe at our Leatherhead site on a Thursday lunchtime.

https://www.lch.community/whats-on

https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/…/everyday-living/warm-hubs

https://toogoodtogo.co.uk/en-gb

https://www.gov.uk/winter-fuel-payment

https://citizensadvicemolevalley.org.uk/get…/face-to-face/

#surplusfood#foodwaste#communityfridge

Roads update week commencing 28 November 2022 #Leatherhead

Leatherhead has had its share of roadworks this year but seems to be largely clear of major works just at the end of 2022. Lack of money for obvious repairs, postponement of other works and scheduling all perhaps playing a part. Surrey has no ability to raise funds via Road charging or levies available to the London Mayor, and has an unfair central government funding formula which doesn’t take enough account of the volume of traffic on the county’s roads.

SCC are consulting on their draft budget – Environment, Transport and Infrastructure
Improving our roads and public transport, managing our countryside, and tackling the climate emergency.
£153.1m per year. That is equivalent to £231.83 of annual Council Tax for a Band D property.

By comparison Adult Social Care
Looking after people with disabilities, severe needs, and as they get older.
£434.5m per year. That is equivalent to £657.88 of annual Council Tax for a Band D property.
Children, Families and Lifelong Learning
Giving young people the best start in life, with additional care for those who need it and supporting education providers.
£255m per year. That is equivalent to £386.20 of annual Council Tax for a Band D property.

Source: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/finance-and-performance/consultation

Some sign replacement requested and agreed by SCC officers March 2022 on A243 approaching J9b and replacing chevrons on A245 on the bend at Oaklawn Road has yet to appear.

On roundabouts we noted Grant the landlord of The Plough Leatherhead offered to work with the authorities on visual improvement at the Plough roundabout following on from the Kingfisher project at the Tesco roundabout. Lucy Quinnell and local councillors are aware. SCC are quite strict on how far volunteers and district councils may go to do things on the public highway partly for safety reasons. “Guerilla gardening” by Cllr Vyvyan-Robinson at her own risk has been required. There is no lack of enthusiasm to do other roundabouts, but lots of red tape and different funding sources.

It takes about 6 months to get signage and install it, these new signs in Leatherhead direct to the LCH at former AllSaints school and The Bridge centre at the back of the park.

An exception to the pause in local works is gas utility work in the Garlands Road Linden Gardens area requiring temporary traffic signals :

Roadworks on Garlands Road https://one.network/?GB131403129

Leaf fall – SCC cabinet member Cllr Clare Curran has posted :

This More to Mole Valley road sweeper came round this morning, to clear copious amounts of fallen leaves from the gutter. The road sweepers do not routinely clear the roads even with autumnal leaf fall – they only come round to roads reported by residents. I try to report roads to the Mole Valley website whenever I can – if your road needs sweeping, this is what you have to do. Report to MVDC here

Street lighting – Cllr Paul Kennedy has posted

Q: On Monday 21 November, Surrey’s Police and Crime Panel considered Surrey Police’s “Call it Out” survey of over 5,000 women’s perception of safety across Surrey, which highlighted women’s concerns about the lack of street lighting late at night in urban areas, where just 17% of women feel safe. A number of Panel members expressed their frustration at the bureaucratic hurdles, and confusion over the apparent requirement for police support, before they can apply to reverse Surrey County Council’s decision to switch off street lighting in their areas.

Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner Lisa Townsend said she shared Panel members’ frustration, and emphasised that decisions to reinstate street lighting to address residents’ concerns lie with Surrey County Council not Surrey Police, and Surrey County Council should not impose a requirement for police support as an extra layer of bureaucracy to hide behind. She called on all Panel members to raise their and her concerns about the lack of clarity on this with the Leader and Cabinet of Surrey County Council.

As Mole Valley’s representative on the Police and Crime Panel, I would like to ask the Leader and Cabinet, will you please review Surrey County Council’s approach to street lighting in the light of the “Call It Out” survey, and remove the existing bureaucratic and discriminatory restrictions, including the purported requirement for police support, which prevent street lighting from being reinstated where women and other vulnerable residents feel unsafe?”

The first winter gritting of priority roads in Surrey took place overnight 20/21 November.



https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/roadworks-and-maintenance/salting-and-gritting/salting-routes-in-surrey

SCC are also seeking name suggestions for more of their gritters

Latest from Surrey Highways:

Week commencing 28 November 2022
Below is a list of the work scheduled to be carried out this week. Please note, this data was correct at the time of publication but is subject to change. Please visit one.network for the most up to date information. It may not always be possible for some of the works listed below to go ahead. If you have any queries about these works please visit our roadworks map. We ask that you support essential workers and the job they must do; their job is vital to keep the network safe and Surrey moving. Including


SCC weekly list for Mole Valley – this is also linked from our home page links banner but no graphic available at time of publication – follow the link

Includes SESW utility works in Ashtead https://www.ashteadresidents.org.uk/blog/post/18402/replacement-water-main-works-in-parkers-hill/

Elmbridge graphic via SCC Cabinet member https://www.facebook.com/CllrDavidLewis

Ashtead – Stonny Croft (Greville Primary) 20 mph speed limit and traffic calming proposal out for consultation to 1 December https://www.surreysays.co.uk/environment-and-infrastructure/stonny-croft-ashtead-traffic-calming-proposal/ and https://www.surreysays.co.uk/environment-and-infrastructure/stonny-croft-ashtead-20mph-speed-limit-proposal/

Bookham Residents Association autumn newsletter also has some useful updates including some notes from SCC Councillor and Cabinet member Clare Curran on local traffic issues

“Residents can see some of the work that has been done to slow traffic down in Bookham. Small build-outs in Rectory Lane and in Eastwick Drive not only provide safer crossing points for pedestrians but have also reduced traffic speeds in those areas.

Vehicle Activated Signs (VAS) have been erected in Little Bookham Street; these flash a warning to drivers who are approaching them doing more than 30 mph. There are also other VASs that the Bookham Residents manage, which can be moved to different locations.

Later this financial year, a 20 mph zone will be introduced in East Street; this too should force drivers to slow down, making it safer for people who choose to walk or cycle and improving safety for local residents. Consultation opened 21 November https://www.surreysays.co.uk/environment-and-infrastructure/east-street-bookham-proposed-speed-limit-reduction/

Surrey Highways are considering a larger safety scheme for Church Road too; fingers crossed that this will get a go-ahead in the coming months.”

https://www.bookhamresidents.org.uk/blog/post/18448/autumn-2022-newsletter/

Leatherhead : vandalised railings at the town bridge replaced by MVDC as pictured by Cllr Kendrick; damaged lights on the bridge reported to SCC for repair; Councillors aware and chasing up weekly. The repair is not an off the shelf job so taking time.

Warm Winter clothing for Ukraine #Leatherhead @LHRotary collection to 30 November 2022 @shopSwanCentre

Unit 7 Swan Centre 12-4 until 30 November (not Sunday) or see below

LEATHERHEAD ROTARY CLUB URGENTLY REQUIRES WARM WINTER CLOTHING FOR IMMEDIATE SHIPMENT TO UKRAINE!

Drop off at vacant unit in Swan Centre Leatherhead from Tuesday 22 November 2022

Or alternatively the Leisure Centre.

During times below only please.

Please see below for full list of items, together with collection/drop-off locations.

 

Do please help if you can – deadline for donation of items: Wednesday 30th November 2022.

And please share this around the area.

Warm Winter clothing for Ukraine #Leatherhead @LHRotary collection to 30 November 2022

Unit 7 Swan Centre 12-4 until 30 November (not Sunday) or see below

LEATHERHEAD ROTARY CLUB URGENTLY REQUIRES WARM WINTER CLOTHING FOR IMMEDIATE SHIPMENT TO UKRAINE!

Drop off at vacant unit in Swan Centre Leatherhead from Tuesday 22 November 2022

Or alternatively the Leisure Centre.

During times below only please.

Please see below for full list of items, together with collection/drop-off locations.

 

Do please help if you can – deadline for donation of items: Wednesday 30th November 2022.

And please share this around the area.

Updated: Markets and seasonal events #Leatherhead #Ashtead 2022

Updated article with events 26/27 November onwards

early December Ashtead events in the village and at the Garden Centre plus Fetcham Park and St Mary’s traditional candlelit carol service plus Leatherhead lights switch on

Pic by Cllr Kendrick

Leatherhead Lions have announced Santa’s sleigh journey during December

Great news! Starting 1st December, Father Christmas is back again visiting streets in Leatherhead, Ashtead, Fetcham and Bookham this December.

Please message or call us if you can help us bring festive cheer to the area, while raising funds for local charities such as Dyscover and the Leatherhead Food Bank. It’s very rewarding and you’ll be very welcome.

Check out all the dates on the Lions website for Ashtead Fetcham Bookham :

https://leatherheadlions.org.uk/raising…/father-christmas Leatherhead roads below

Thursday 1st Dec in Leatherhead – 17:30 start
Clare Crescent, Clare Wood, Aperdele Road, Merton Way, The Fairway and Sands Place.

Thursday 8th Dec in Leatherhead – 17:30 start
Dilstone Road, Albany Park Road, Cleeve Road, Randalls Crescent, Gaveston Road, Randalls Park Avenue and Long Shaw.

Monday 12th Dec in Leatherhead – 17:30 start
Tudor Walk, Parr Close, Boleyn Walk, Falcon Wood, Hartfield Road, Sovereign Court, Penny Crescent, Henderson Crescent and Farthing Close.
Special thanks to the Leatherhead Scouts for their help on this round.

Thursday 15th Dec in Leatherhead – 17:30 start
Woodbridge Avenue, Woodbridge Grove, Rye Brook Road, Kingston Road and Teazlewood Park.
Special thanks to the 1st Fetcham Guides their help on this round.

https://molevalleychamber.co.uk/leatherhead-christmas-markets/

’tis the season to be jolly! Well almost

The first Christmas market was Saturday 19 November in the High Street and Swan Centre. Back on 10 December with hopefully many more stalls. Plus regular Saturday stalls on weeks in between.

And if that’s not enough it’s time to treat the the family to a fun packed Christmas panto with Snow White, a must see for all the family!


Leatherhead will hold its Christmas event in the Swan Centre, on Saturday 3 December with a Christmas market, Elves workshop and a Santa letter writing station for children, with a talking post box located for the whole of December in the centre.

All will be accompanied by Christmas songs and carols from Surrey Silver Band and other local choirs. Woodlands School will delight visitors with a Christmas performance at 3pm, followed by the Christmas lights switch on at 3.30pm by Swannell, the Swan Centre-sponsored football mascot for Leatherhead Football Club.

QEF is excited to be bringing the spirit of Christmas to your door again this December through our virtual Wreath Making kits. Plus this year we are also offering an in person wreath making event at the gorgeous Fetcham Park House.

Simply buy your kit for £40 by Friday 25th November and we will have them delivered straight to your door by Friday 2nd December when you will also have access to our online tutorial to make your wreath from the comfort of your own home.

Or why not join us for £50 on Monday 5th December at 2pm at the beautiful Fetcham Park House, where you can create your wreath in a festive environment, whilst enjoying a glass of bubbly and a mince pie. Plus we will be on hand to assist you.

Www.qef.org.uk/events/christmas-wreath
48 High Street

Panto season at Leatherhead Theatre

This year, Leatherhead Theatre bring you ‘Snow White’ for their annual Pantomime. It has all the usual Panto magic & mayhem, plus your favourite songs, stunning scenery & amazing costumes. There’s also a LIVE BAND too for the first time in many a year!

Magic Mirrors, Seven Little Friends, Poisoned Apples and an Enchanted Princess all tell the classic story of Snow White. Be sure to book early to get the best seats!

‘Snow doubt about it, we’re the best Panto for miles around!!

Tickets can be booked at here

Santa’s icy Igloo

At Ashtead Park Garden Centre’s charity festive family fun weekend.

Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 December

Help Santa raise money for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity by visiting him for a chat in his cosy but icy igloo! 

[SOLD OUT Santa will be here for Festive Fun Weekend on 3 & 4th December and would love to meet you! Get your tickets now, then come along on the day for a chat, photos and of course an early Christmas gift. ]

Lots more fun to be had at festive weekend too (these activities don’t need to be booked in advance but please bring some cash to join in:

Nativity animals (including adorable donkeys) here 11am-3pm, Pony Rides 11am-2pm £5, Face painting £5, Kid’s crafts £1-£3, Festive hunt £1.

Santa in Ashtead! (ashteadpark.com)

 

FB event: https://fb.me/e/332tFs3zi

 

Cookies with Santa

Monday 5, 12 & 19 December

Join Santa for an exclusive chat in The Olive Tree! Enjoy a warming hot chocolate and a yummy cookie, then take your turn to meet Santa and receive a pre-Christmas gift! A donation will be made to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity for every child’s ticket sold.

Book now! Cookies with Santa – Events – Ashtead Park Garden Centre | Surrey

FB event: https://fb.me/e/2745H9eqI

Shops open for late night shopping. Win a meat and drink hamper worth £300. Lucky dip at Milners, Chocolate fountain at Patrick Gardner, Book shop treasure hunt, Raffle at Ashtead Osteopathy, BBQ at Appleford Butchers, Cocktails at Whisky Co., Charity raffle at Ashtead Eye Clinic, Morris Dancers, and Santa will be in the Village.
At Randalls Park Crematorium 7 December

Candlelit Carol Service Returns to St. Mary’s and Fetcham Park

with Keynote Address by the Bishop of Dorking

After three years, Fetcham Park is delighted to be working together once again with neighbouring St Mary’s Church and Mole Valley Chamber of Commerceto reinstate the Candlelit Carol Service. The annual event was established in 1999 and brings together local business people and residents to celebrate at the start of the Christmas season.

 

This years’ service will take place on Wednesday, December 7th at 6:30pm, held by Revd Pouya Heidari in St Mary’s Church. The keynote address will be made by the Bishop of Dorking, Dr Jo Bailey Wells, who was recently appointed as the first Bishop for Episcopal Ministry in the Anglican Communion.

 

Dr Wells will be taking up the new post to “build on the success” of the Lambeth Conference which took place in Canterbury earlier this summer with 660 bishops from across the Anglican Communion in attendance. It is a post designed to “foster a collaborative, engaged, enriched fellowship among the bishops of the Anglican Communion, inspiring ever greater companionship, learning and interchange between Provinces,” explained the Secretary General of the Communion, the Rt Revd Anthony Poggo.

 

The retiring collection at the Candlelit Carol Service will be donated to Transform Housing and Support. The charity helps people to reach their goals and live independent, fulfilling lives and provides housing and support for more than 1,800 people each year, in Surrey, West Sussex, Berkshire and south west London.

 

After the service, the congregation are invited toFetcham Park for refreshments.

 

Everyone is welcome and a map to the venues can be emailed to indicate the parking options. Please contact:administration@fetchampark.co.uk

And not forgetting the fantastic work of the Community Hub

See also https://molevalleytogether.co.uk/events/list/page/2/ for events across the district into Bookham, Dorking

ULEZ introduction confirmed by Mayor but B280, part of A3 and newer vehicles exempt

According to TfL map, the A3 up to New Malden would be outside the new zone As would Sunray and Painters estates within Greater London but on the Surrey side of the A3. Most of Chessington however would be in the ULEZ but starting from Malden Rushett crossroads and not at The Star the actual boundary with Surrey/ Leatherhead
St Helier and St George’s Hospitals inside the zone but any new Sutton A&E Hospital and Royal Marsden at Sutton on the boundary. It is suggested TfL and Surrey need to work closely on public transport improvements and card zones on the boundaries. TfL indicated to an Elmbridge meeting this week some kind of reimbursement of charges incurred for NHS appointments

TfL information issued 24 November 2022 focuses on the health and environmental benefits and emphasises that many newer petrol vehicles and EVs will be exempt

https://www.london.gov.uk/programmes-strategies/environment-and-climate-change/pollution-and-air-quality/mayors-ultra-low-emission-zone-ulez-london

To help improve air quality for everyone’s health, the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is expanding from 29 August 2023 across all London boroughs.

Poor air quality is impacting the health of Londoners, and it’s mainly caused by polluting vehicles. It’s not just a central or inner London problem. In fact, the greatest number of health issues related to air pollution occur in outer London areas. That’s why the ULEZ is expanding across all London boroughs (see map below).

If you drive a vehicle that doesn’t meet the emissions standards inside the expanded ULEZ, you could face a daily charge of £12.50. This includes residents of the ULEZ. However, you don’t need to pay the ULEZ charge if you are parked inside the zone and don’t drive.

To see if your vehicle meets the ULEZ emission standards, use TfL vehicle checker.

  1. Why is the Mayor expanding the ULEZ?
  2. Where will the new boundary be? https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone/ulez-expansion-2023
  3. Is anything else changing?
  4. New scrappage scheme
  5. What else is the Mayor doing?
  6. London road charging schemes

Elmbridge councillors had a scrutiny meeting with TfL 24 November

Positive reaction from Green Party MVDC councillor

Grab a Jab on Black Friday and pre-Christmas

The NHS is urging anyone yet to obtain their winter booster vaccinations to Grab A Jab while out shopping- locally several venues can be combined with a shopping trip to Kingston.

Walk-in vaccinations near Leatherhead as at Friday 24 November 2022 include Thames Ditton, Hinchley Wood, Hook (Ace) and Tolworth.

Ace at Hook is on direct bus route from Leatherhead (465) and shown as open to 6.30pm

Beare Green in south of Mole Valley listed but not showing as open Friday 24th

https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-walk-in-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-site/results?query=Leatherhead%20&userLongitude=-0.33111917250676259&userLatitude=51.296161883887024

More local venues can be booked in advance via :

Booking a COVID-19 vaccination appointment

If you or your child are aged 5 years old or over you can also book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment online.

You need to be registered with a GP surgery in England.

Flu vaccination if not obtained via GP practice, almost all the local Leatherhead Ashtead pharmacies can be booked

https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/pharmacy/pharmacy-nhs-flu-vaccine-service/results/Leatherhead?latitude=51.296161883887024&longitude=-0.3311191725067626

Many of the pharmacies doing Covid walk ins also have the flu vaccination available at the same time.

https://www.surreyheartlands.org/vaccinations

Courier Fraud – almost 400 cases scam £3.5M in Surrey

Surrey Police warn residents about the risk of courier fraud


Residents in Surrey are being urged to remain vigilant as criminals continue to target vulnerable people through courier and impersonator fraud.

Courier or impersonator fraud is when a fraudster contacts someone claiming to be from a reputable organisation like a bank or the police, saying there has been some fraudulent activity on their account or card which needs resolving. Their objective is to obtain cash, bank cards and valuables from individuals. Some cases involve a courier, which is when someone comes to collect bank cards from the victim’s address.

So far this year, there have been 391 reports of this type of fraud made to Surrey Police in relation to vulnerable victims. Most of the victims have been women over the age of 75. Of the 391 reports, sadly 161 people have suffered a loss and the combined total loss this year equates to £3,518,284.

These fraudsters are very persuasive and use various tactics. Last month a 69-year-old woman from Reigate received a call from someone claiming to be a police officer from another force. The caller said they had arrested a fraudster using the victim’s bank card and gave the woman a number to call to verify they were genuine. The victim later received a second call, also from someone claiming to be from the force, and was instructed to transfer £9,000 into a bank account so that the fraudster could be caught trying to steal her money. Thankfully, when the victim attempted to transfer the money, her bank blocked the transaction due to the amount of money involved.

In another recent case an 85-year-old woman from Elmbridge received a call from a man claiming to be from a bank who said her bank card had been used fraudulently. The caller informed the victim she needed to dispose of her bank cards immediately by putting them in an envelope on the doorstep for a courier to collect. A courier later attended to collect the bank cards and the victim was called to say new cards would be posted to her. Sadly, as the victim grew suspicious of what had happened, she contacted the bank who explained she had been scammed and £600 had been taken from her account.

Financial Abuse Safeguarding officer for Surrey Police, Bernadette Lawrie, said: “Behind all of the clever tricks and ever-changing narratives, there are a few basic recurring elements that are common across many frauds, including courier fraud.

“It pays to stop and think anytime you receive a request for personal or financial information. Remember, if you feel uncomfortable or unsure about what you’re being asked to do, contact your bank or financial service provider directly, using a number you trust, such as the one listed on your bank statements or on the back of your card.

“Alternatively, check your actions with a trusted friend or family member.”

To protect yourself, consider the following key tips:Avoid sharing personal information over the phone.Never give out your PIN.Always check your phone line has properly disconnected before making another call – try calling a friend first, wait five minutes, or use a different phone.Do not transfer or withdraw money on the instruction of an unexpected caller.Never give your bank card to a courier or someone you do not know and trust.

And always remember:Your bank or the police will never ask for your PIN or bank card.Your bank or the police will never send a courier to your home to collect your card, money, or other valuables.The police will not ask you to withdraw money from your account or purchase other valuables.

Please pass this advice onto your loved ones, particularly those who are elderly or vulnerable.

If you suspect, you or someone you know has been victim to a courier fraud you can:

·       Report it to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

·       Alternatively, if the victim is vulnerable or elderly, please call the police on 101.

·       In an emergency, always call 999

For more information you can visit the Op Signature website page at https://www.surrey.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/wsi/watch-schemes-initiatives/os/operation-signature/

Also, a recent parcel theft incident in Leatherhead:

9 sheep killed by dogs in the last week in Mole Valley

In the last week 9 sheep have been killed and 20 have been seriously injured in 4 separate attacks by dogs across Mole Valley.

Sharing a post by local National Farmers Union chair Hugh Broom.

In the last week 9 sheep have been killed and 20 have been seriously injured in 4 separate attacks by dogs across Mole Valley.

The attacks took place in Ashtead , Mickleham , Beare Green and in Capel.

In two of the cases the owners were walking their dogs off leads. The dogs ran off and unbeknown to the owners attacked the sheep before then returning back to them.

In two if the cases owners were traced using CCTV and eyewitnesses.

Please make sure you know where your dogs are when you are out about with them, keeping them on a lead whenever near livestock.

Incidents like this can obviously be fatal for the livestock involved as well as causing injury and huge distress for others in the flock.

They are very distressing for the livestock owners.

At this time of year it is mating season and many of the groups of sheep you see out and about will be Ewes( female sheep) running with Rams(Male Sheep). Dog’s running amongst them as well as causing injury can also cause recently mated ewes to miscarriage causing even more distress.

Please make sure you know where your dogs are when walking on or near farmland . The safest thing to do is always keep them on a lead.

Thank You

Hugh Broom

Chair Dorking Branch NFU

Updated: Markets and seasonal events #Leatherhead #Ashtead November in 2022

Updated article with events 26/27 November onwards

early December Ashtead events in the village and at the Garden Centre plus Fetcham Park and St Mary’s traditional candlelit carol service plus Leatherhead lights switch on

Leatherhead Lions have announced Santa’s sleigh journey during December

Great news! Starting 1st December, Father Christmas is back again visiting streets in Leatherhead, Ashtead, Fetcham and Bookham this December.

Please message or call us if you can help us bring festive cheer to the area, while raising funds for local charities such as Dyscover and the Leatherhead Food Bank. It’s very rewarding and you’ll be very welcome.

Check out all the dates on the Lions website:

https://leatherheadlions.org.uk/raising…/father-christmas

Thursday 1st Dec in Leatherhead – 17:30 start
Clare Crescent, Clare Wood, Aperdele Road, Merton Way, The Fairway and Sands Place.

Thursday 8th Dec in Leatherhead – 17:30 start
Dilstone Road, Albany Park Road, Cleeve Road, Randalls Crescent, Gaveston Road, Randalls Park Avenue and Long Shaw.

Monday 12th Dec in Leatherhead – 17:30 start
Tudor Walk, Parr Close, Boleyn Walk, Falcon Wood, Hartfield Road, Sovereign Court, Penny Crescent, Henderson Crescent and Farthing Close.
Special thanks to the Leatherhead Scouts for their help on this round.

Thursday 15th Dec in Leatherhead – 17:30 start
Woodbridge Avenue, Woodbridge Grove, Rye Brook Road, Kingston Road and Teazlewood Park.
Special thanks to the 1st Fetcham Guides their help on this round.

https://molevalleychamber.co.uk/leatherhead-christmas-markets/

’tis the season to be jolly! Well almost

The first Christmas market was Saturday 19 November in the High Street and Swan Centre. Back on 10 December with hopefully many more stalls. Plus regular Saturday stalls on weeks in between.

Ashtead Park Garden Centre Late Night Shopping event Friday, 25 November, 5-8pm. Customers will get 20% off their shopping (and a free mulled wine and mince pie!).

https://www.ashteadpark.com/christmas/mulled-wine-mince-pies-and-music-as-you-mooch

Before we get into Pantomime season Leatherhead Theatre present Buddy Holly – a legend reborn and a chance to relive all the hits from this musical legend.

And if that’s not enough it’s time to treat the the family to a fun packed Christmas panto with Snow White, a must see for all the family!


Leatherhead will hold its Christmas event in the Swan Centre, on Saturday 3 December with a Christmas market, Elves workshop and a Santa letter writing station for children, with a talking post box located for the whole of December in the centre.

All will be accompanied by Christmas songs and carols from Surrey Silver Band and other local choirs. Woodlands School will delight visitors with a Christmas performance at 3pm, followed by the Christmas lights switch on at 3.30pm by Swannell, the Swan Centre-sponsored football mascot for Leatherhead Football Club.

QEF is excited to be bringing the spirit of Christmas to your door again this December through our virtual Wreath Making kits. Plus this year we are also offering an in person wreath making event at the gorgeous Fetcham Park House.

Simply buy your kit for £40 by Friday 25th November and we will have them delivered straight to your door by Friday 2nd December when you will also have access to our online tutorial to make your wreath from the comfort of your own home.

Or why not join us for £50 on Monday 5th December at 2pm at the beautiful Fetcham Park House, where you can create your wreath in a festive environment, whilst enjoying a glass of bubbly and a mince pie. Plus we will be on hand to assist you.

Www.qef.org.uk/events/christmas-wreath

Panto season at Leatherhead Theatre

This year, Leatherhead Theatre bring you ‘Snow White’ for their annual Pantomime. It has all the usual Panto magic & mayhem, plus your favourite songs, stunning scenery & amazing costumes. There’s also a LIVE BAND too for the first time in many a year!

Magic Mirrors, Seven Little Friends, Poisoned Apples and an Enchanted Princess all tell the classic story of Snow White. Be sure to book early to get the best seats!

‘Snow doubt about it, we’re the best Panto for miles around!!

Tickets can be booked at here

Santa’s icy Igloo

At Ashtead Park Garden Centre’s charity festive family fun weekend.

Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 December

Help Santa raise money for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity by visiting him for a chat in his cosy but icy igloo! 

[SOLD OUT Santa will be here for Festive Fun Weekend on 3 & 4th December and would love to meet you! Get your tickets now, then come along on the day for a chat, photos and of course an early Christmas gift. ]

Lots more fun to be had at festive weekend too (these activities don’t need to be booked in advance but please bring some cash to join in:

Nativity animals (including adorable donkeys) here 11am-3pm, Pony Rides 11am-2pm £5, Face painting £5, Kid’s crafts £1-£3, Festive hunt £1.

Santa in Ashtead! (ashteadpark.com)

 

FB event: https://fb.me/e/332tFs3zi

 

Cookies with Santa

Monday 5, 12 & 19 December

Join Santa for an exclusive chat in The Olive Tree! Enjoy a warming hot chocolate and a yummy cookie, then take your turn to meet Santa and receive a pre-Christmas gift! A donation will be made to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity for every child’s ticket sold.

Book now! Cookies with Santa – Events – Ashtead Park Garden Centre | Surrey

FB event: https://fb.me/e/2745H9eqI

Shops open for late night shopping. Win a meat and drink hamper worth £300. Lucky dip at Milners, Chocolate fountain at Patrick Gardner, Book shop treasure hunt, Raffle at Ashtead Osteopathy, BBQ at Appleford Butchers, Cocktails at Whisky Co., Charity raffle at Ashtead Eye Clinic, Morris Dancers, and Santa will be in the Village.
At Randalls Park Crematorium 7 December

Candlelit Carol Service Returns to St. Mary’s and Fetcham Park

with Keynote Address by the Bishop of Dorking

After three years, Fetcham Park is delighted to be working together once again with neighbouring St Mary’s Church and Mole Valley Chamber of Commerceto reinstate the Candlelit Carol Service. The annual event was established in 1999 and brings together local business people and residents to celebrate at the start of the Christmas season.

 

This years’ service will take place on Wednesday, December 7th at 6:30pm, held by Revd Pouya Heidari in St Mary’s Church. The keynote address will be made by the Bishop of Dorking, Dr Jo Bailey Wells, who was recently appointed as the first Bishop for Episcopal Ministry in the Anglican Communion.

 

Dr Wells will be taking up the new post to “build on the success” of the Lambeth Conference which took place in Canterbury earlier this summer with 660 bishops from across the Anglican Communion in attendance. It is a post designed to “foster a collaborative, engaged, enriched fellowship among the bishops of the Anglican Communion, inspiring ever greater companionship, learning and interchange between Provinces,” explained the Secretary General of the Communion, the Rt Revd Anthony Poggo.

 

The retiring collection at the Candlelit Carol Service will be donated to Transform Housing and Support. The charity helps people to reach their goals and live independent, fulfilling lives and provides housing and support for more than 1,800 people each year, in Surrey, West Sussex, Berkshire and south west London.

 

After the service, the congregation are invited toFetcham Park for refreshments.

 

Everyone is welcome and a map to the venues can be emailed to indicate the parking options. Please contact:administration@fetchampark.co.uk

And not forgetting the fantastic work of the Community Hub

See also https://molevalleytogether.co.uk/events/list/page/2/ for events across the district into Bookham, Dorking

Local MPs join call to end home building targets #Leatherhead #Epsom

A number of updates on the housing and planning issues that cut across local and national policies and politics. Plus news on a new MP candidate who is already a Mole Valley councillor.

Several Surrey MP’s including Chris Grayling and we understand Sir Paul Beresford were among around 50 backbench Conservatives from southern areas who supported an amendment to draft legislation on housing and planning that would abolish housing targets in England. The Government in the form of another Surrey MP Michael Gove has responded by delaying a vote on the amendment in order to reflect, but other MPs from the north and Midlands including Simon Clarke who held the Housing role under Liz Truss and a similar role under Boris Johnson are still urging housing targets particularly for cities, urban and regeneration areas.

Almost complete brownfield redevelopment in Kingston Road Leatherhead with extra floor added to previous offices under permitted development and exterior alterations. A further new block is proposed at the rear.

And one of Chris Grayling’s opponents for Epsom and Ewell MP has also criticised his support for the rebel amendment. Gina Miller of the True and Fair Party took to Twitter :

Chris Grayling’s monthly November 2022 update to constituents in Ashtead Epsom and Ewell below- other than the Ermyn Way KT22 area in Ashtead Park ward, on the current boundaries the constituency does not yet include Leatherhead. The change to include Leatherhead would come for a general election held after July 2023. See separate article

https://newleatherheadliving.wordpress.com/2022/11/15/mp-change-for-leatherhead-regardless-of-next-election-result/

Dear constituent

I am writing to share with you my contribution to the debate about the Epsom and Ewell Local Plan which is now beginning its formal process. I expect the Borough Council to publish its initial thinking about the plan shortly.

Epsom and Ewell Borough Council is currently in the process of publishing and developing its local plan for the area for the next 10-15 years. Every local authority is obliged to do this, and to explain how it will meet housing need, look after its local economy and protect its local environment.

Each council has also prepared an assessment of local housing need, based on national guidance of how to do this.

We clearly have a need for new homes locally. There are too many young people who grow up or are educated here but cannot afford to remain in the area. And we have a serious shortage of social housing.

The housing assessment for Epsom and Ewell is though impossibly high, and I have been clear both nationally and locally that we need to use the provisions in the National Planning Policy Framework that limit what is expected from a local council. Very probably this involves a battle with national planning inspectors, but I am ready to fight that battle for our area.

But we do need to do all we can to meet the housing need, and I have proposed a comprehensive redevelopment of the Kiln Lane and Longmead areas of Epsom to achieve this without building all over our green belt.

On my website, www.chrisgrayling.net you will find the original proposal document I put to the Borough three years ago to explain the rationale for the plan.

Since that time I have had several conversations with the Borough, and also organised the preparation of a draft masterplan by a firm of architects with local connections.

The picture below gives an overview of the plan, but there is a much more detailed presentation about it on my website. The plan involves the construction of a mixed use area of development, with retail and offices on the lower floors and flats above, with some terraced housing on the site as well. This kind of mix is typical of what is being done elsewhere. The buildings would be no higher than those already in and around the town centre.

The scheme provides a comparable amount of commercial space to the present plus nearly 5,000 homes. The plan would be to have car showrooms and parking areas built upwards rather than across large areas of parking as at present. But over time I would expect the commercial space to attract more creative businesses, given the presence in Epsom of the University of the Creative Arts which is now one of the country’s leading institutions of its kind. It would also aim to provide more homes for younger people rather than simply building more executive homes on open land.

My worry is that developing the green belt is an easy option for the Council. (Epsom & Ewell Borough) It is always more complicated to reorganise what has already been developed than to build on a green field, but in our area it is much better to take the more difficult approach.

I hope this plan serves as a route for Epsom and Ewell Borough Council to plot a different way forward and protect our open spaces. Energy Crisis Update

Firstly a reminder that if you do not need your £400 rebate from the Government and are happy to use it to support the Epsom and Ewell Energy Efficiency Scheme, being organised with the Foodbank and Citizens Advice in Epsom to help those struggling with their bills, you can do so via this link.

Both organisations cover a wider area including Epsom Downs, Ashtead and Leatherhead, and so if you are based there your contribution will also be a big help.Warm Space Schemes

In addition two local churches have also asked me to let you know that they are running Warm Spaces schemes – where when the weather is colder those worried about their bills can spend a few hours in the warm.

Ruxley Church is launching their Warm Welcome, Warm Space on Thursday 24th November from 11.30am to 2.30pm. As well as a warm welcome, people will be able to enjoy complimentary hot drinks, soup and a roll, read a newspaper or book, play a game, chat with others or simply sit quietly.

The church is in Ruxley Lane, KT19 0AF. People are welcome to drop in on any Thursday between now and the end of March 2023.

And the café at St George’s Church in Barnett Wood Lane in Ashtead is also joining the scheme. People are welcome to come and be in the café for a while or all day…….if they can buy one hot drink the team there will then offer them coffee/tea for free.

With best wishes

Chris Grayling

Contact Chris:

Email: chris.grayling.mp@parliament.uk

Constituency Office: 01372 271 036

Address: 212 Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead, Surrey, KT21 2DB

Sir Paul Beresford the current MP for Leatherhead (Mole Valley constituency) can be contacted via the same postal address or at the House of Commons. Sam.white@parliament.uk

The Lib Dems have selected Councillor Chris Coghlan (Dorking North, MVDC) as their general election candidate for either the existing Mole Valley constituency or more likely the future Dorking and Horley constituency which will include Fetcham and Bookham but not Leatherhead. Chris Coghlan, described on Wikipedia as a former Foreign Office anti terror officer, returned to the area in 2021 and became a councillor, having stood in Leicester for the Lib Dems at the 2019 general election and in Battersea 2017 for a smaller centre party, Renew, that has now been absorbed by Gina Miller’s party.

https://molevalleylibdems.org.uk/en/article/2022/1438164/chris-coghlan-is-new-lib-dem-candidate-for-mole-valley

https://twitter.com/_chris_coghlan

Disappointment for MVDC councillor for Holmwoods Claire Malcomson who had campaigned for the parliamentary candidate position having stood as a late replacement at Canterbury in 2019.

Fetcham councillor Paul Kennedy was the Lib Dem candidate in the three most recent general elections, he remains an MVDC councillor and along with Cllr Malcomson is in the administration cabinet team. Helene Maguire already selected as LD candidate for the Epsom and Ewell constituency where they came second in 2019 with Labour running second there in 2017.

Damp and mould in social housing : Clarion statement

The chair of the main social housing provider in Leatherhead and the Mole Valley, the large national Clarion Housing Group was interviewed on BBC Radio today. Clarion was one recipient of Housing Secretary Michael Gove’s recent rebukes to several big social landlords in the wake of the tragic Rochdale case.

Clarion site in Upper Fairfield Leatherhead for 36 new build family size homes replacing older stock- demolition and construction from early 2023

Clarion Housing group statement 20 November 2022

The death of Awaab Ishak in Rochdale was a terrible tragedy and will rightly mean there is an even greater focus on the quality of social homes across the country.

For Clarion, it underlines the absolute need to resolve condensation, mould, damp and disrepair issues in our homes promptly and effectively.

We are providing our residents with support and advice on how to combat the early sign of damp and mould in their property, while being clear that ultimate responsibility for addressing serious issues lies with us as the social landlord.

Our teams have been working on a number of new initiatives for tackling this problem for several months. This includes:

  • Increased investment in humidity and ventilation monitoring devices, to enable early identification of problems
  • Referring cases to specialist surveyors if there is a repeat instance of damp and mould
  • Enhanced training for all colleagues and new reporting systems
  • Using our ‘Every Visit Counts’ policy to ensure that if colleagues are in a property fixing a separate problem, they look for condensation damp and mould and raise any issue

We are also reviewing all existing reported cases of condensation, damp and mould and what additional interventions can be made to address and resolve the issues.

If you are a resident with a concern, please get in touch via Live Chat system, email us on CDM@clarionhg.com or by calling 0300 500 8000.

A well known Comedian is also campaigning on the issue

Planning Applications – 18 November 2022

Weekly list of planning applications and decisions on earlier ones as published by Mole Valley District Council dated 18 November.

The weekly lists of new applications 18 and 11 November doesn’t seem to include any major applications of note in Leatherhead wards but there are some householder applications etc

The main points we have noted this week on proposals are covered in the Local Plan 2020-2037 commentary further below – relating to Sondes Place Farm Dorking where the developer has begun preapplication community engagement.

And on rewording by MVDC of Local Plan policies on key Transform Leatherhead MVDC owned sites around retaining a ‘sizeable’ park and a tall building study to inform the approach to height of what is proposed.

Running List 18/11/22

Running List 11/11/22

Running List 04/11/22

The promoters of a new SEND school in Dorking continue to lobby for support for their application

https://mailchi.mp/307113df8e3a/new-send-school-in-dorking-nov22-5968251?e=0f0466f9d1

MO/2022/1849Erection of a Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) School with associated access, offsite highway works, car parking, external landscaping, outdoor sports and play space provision and ancillary works. (Betchwood Vale Academy)

Planning Statement “…. the proposed Betchwood Vale Academy is business critical to ensure the projected demand for ASD- designated special school places from local pupils in Dorking and the surrounding areas is realised. There is a clearly established need for additional special school places in Mole Valley, together with a spatial deficiency in ASD-designated special school provision for pupils working at broadly age-related expectations in the Mole Valley District…Green Belt and Very Special Circumstances: Whilst the proposed development represents ‘inappropriate development’ in the Green Belt, there are evidenced very special circumstances which outweigh any potential harm resulting from it in accordance with paragraph 148 of the NPPF. These comprise:
  Pressing and urgent educational need to SEND school places;
  The lack of any alternative suitable sites within a wide area within ten miles of Dorking following an extensive site seach;
  Other benefits including community benefits of the facilities and employment creation. ”
Former Chalcraft Nursery Site, County Garden Centre, Reigate Road, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1NP
MO/2022/1856Variation of condition 3 of approved planning permission MO/96/0859 for change of use from retail to dental surgery (Class D1), to allow the premises to operate 7.30am – 8.00pm Monday to Saturday.2, The Crescent, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 8EE
Increased opening hours proposal by popular dental practice

Decisions List 18/11/22

Decisions List 11/11/22

MVDC DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE (meeting 2 November)

Applications decided by councillors with advice from officers included

Item 3, MO/2022/1026 – Claire House and James House, Bridge Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8BZ reserved matters (details) following earlier outline approval for one of the MVDC owned Transform Leatherhead sites. Reserved Matters application pursuant to Outline permission MO/2018/1983 as amended by permission MO/2021/0690 for the consideration of appearance and landscaping in respect to the demolition of the existing buildings and erection of a new building to provide retail floor space (Use Class A3) and community floor space (Use Class D1) at ground floor and 35 No. residential units(Use Class C3) at upper floor levels along with associated public realm improvements, servicing, residential car parking spaces and reconfiguration of existing public pay and display car park. APPROVED WITH CONDITIONS

Item 4, MO/2022/0249 – St Johns School, Epsom Road, Leatherhead, KT22 8SP APPROVED WITH CONDITIONS:

Construction of 2 No. multi-use games area pitches, (MUGA) within the existing Quad area, including 1.2 metre and 2 metre boundary enclosure fencing, hedge planting and lighting, level access improvements over the Quad, including disabled ramped access and new east-west footpath, Junior Fields: replacement play surface to all weather pitch located in the northwest corner, along with further improvements which include goal recesses, pitch side storage, replacement sport fence enclosure to southern edge, spectator railings and surfaced spectator area. Car park extension of 54. No bays and relocation of the car park entrance, new tree planting and refuse store. Linden Pit Path: demolition of the estates office, workshop and storage buildings, modified loading bay to rear of dining hall, to create off-street servicing area, erection of new timber enclosure refuse store, installation of new sliding gate to entrance on Linden Pit Path.

Item 10, MO/2022/0815 – Lloyds TSB Bank Plc, 20, North Street, Leatherhead KT22 7AS approved with Cllr Hall dissenting – see Local Democracy Reporter article https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/leatherheads-old-lloyds-bank-building-25427251

Change of use of the rear ground floor, first and second floors from Class E (c)(i) to 5 no. residential (C3) flats comprising 4 No. 1 bedroom and 1 No. 2 bedroom units; retention of Class E floorspace at the front ground floor and basement, extensions to the rear at ground, first and second floors with extension to the roof, external terraces at ground, first and second floor, external alterations to the fenestration and access to the property, with associated cycle storage and refuse.

Vacant commercial premises being brought back into use 5 The Parade Kingston Road

MO/2022/1771Change of use from A1 (now Class E) to Sui Generis Take away.5 The Parade, Kingston Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 7SR

MO/2022/1755Prior notification for conversion of ground floor and part first floor from Commercial/Business/Service (Use Class E) into 1 No. residential flat (Use Class C3).Gothic Cottage, 50A, High Street, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 8AJ
Gothic Cottage – going back to being a cottage?
MO/2022/1766Discharge of conditions 2, 6 and 17 of planning permission allowed under appeal (developer has submitted details of various materials etc to be used including balustrades for balconies)
See article https://newleatherheadliving.wordpress.com/2022/10/20/former-pub-site-redevelopment-set-to-start-2/
Royal Oak (PH) (Demol), 265, Kingston Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 7PJ

Many of the major applications and appeals being considered at present relate to parts of the Headley Court campus, a previously developed site within the Green Belt. The latest new application is for a retirement complex in and around the mansion area

MO/2022/1595Retention and conversion of existing listed mansion house to C2 accommodation anHeadley Court (Mansion House Site), Headley Road, Headley, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 6JN
MO/2022/1596Retention and conversion of existing listed mansion house to C2 accommodation anHeadley Court (Mansion House Site), Headley Road, Headley, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 6JN

An appeal by Angle Property has been upheld for one of their applications at Headley Court, for the reserved matters of the 70 home development MVDC had itself approved in outline (2020/0185)

LOCAL PLAN

See summary article at the end of the examination process 28 October

Local Plan examination hearings for @molevalleydc now complete

We understand the Inspector may possibly report back by end November with a post hearing note, ahead of any modifications and conclusions.

A couple of notable modifications to policies covering Leatherhead town centre were proposed by the Council during the last week of examination hearings – these have been published and are likely to be welcomed by several of the ward councillors in Leatherhead and Fetcham and the members of the Residents Associations – they relate to a building height study, and the size of park to be retained in Bull Hill/ Red House when the surrounding car parks and existing developed areas are redeveloped. These may well be informed by councillor reaction to initial ideas from Kier Property they may have seen, as well as concerns to get the development right.

The Inspector may be encouraging MVDC to look at reducing or at least reassessing the number of traveller pitches included in the Local Plan, following a very recent Judicial decision. That might simply add a modest number to the permanent homes in the plan instead, if more of the community are regarded as settled.

Lisa Smith v SSLUHC [2022] EWHC

The Inspector wishes to draw the above judgment of 31st October 2022 to the Council’s attention. It relates to the interpretation of the Planning Policy for Traveller Sites (PPTS) and the application of that policy to gypsies and travellers who have ceased to pursue nomadic lifestyles. The Inspector requests whether, in light of this judgment, the Council wishes to review its assessment of Traveller site needs? The Inspector would be grateful for your written response by 5pm Friday 11 November 2022.

One of the edge of town Green Belt sites included in the emerging Local Plan, at Sondes Place Dorking, the developer Gleeson is already pressing ahead with pre-application engagement with the neighbourhood, ahead of submitting a formal application for outline consent perhaps next year https://www.sondesplacefarmconsultation.co.uk

With Surrey MP Michael Gove back as Secretary of State, he seems to have picked up where he left off in July on a number of issues including some subtle changes rather than radical switches of policy on planning for new housing. We understand Chris Grayling MP remains supportive of ending top down targets and five year supply altogether but Mr Gove doesn’t sound like he will run with that:

Leatherhead is certainly doing its bit to meet the policy of using previously developed land first. Our article on brownfield sites in KT22 area :

Further information / links below on the Local Plan examination, to Residents Associations planning information, and to the Development Management Committee agenda.

You can also see some of the Planning applications via the local Residents Associations summaries or searching the MVDC website

Fetcham RA Planning List as of 18th November 2022 and their advice to residents https://www.fetchamresidents.co.uk/planning/

Bookham RA: https://www.bookhamresidents.org.uk/blog/post/16582/planning-applications-in-bookham-september-october-and-november-2022-rolling-two-months/

Ashtead RA https://www.ashteadresidents.org.uk/blog/post/14674/current-planning-applications-in-ashtead/

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/2022/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 hairdressers 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 as outlined above and this may be adopted with Government approval by 2023. The draft Local Plan includes major brownfield redevelopment sites in Leatherhead town centre in MVDC ownership eg. Swan Centre, Bull Hill, Claire & James House which are subject to commercial arrangements between MVDC and development partners currently being concluded. 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.

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.

Leatherhead : for the first time in many years, we now have residents of the town centre representing the area on MVDC in both main local political groups plus Ashtead based councillors who take a close interest.

Cllr Bridget Kendrick (Leatherhead North). also Deputy Leader of MVDC
councillor.kendrick@molevalley.gov.uk

07957 211242

Cllr Keira Vyvyan-Robinson (Leatherhead North). also Cabinet Member for Projects

07939 551 524

councillor.vyvyan-robinson@molevalley.gov.uk

Both Cllrs Kendrick and Vyvyan-Robinson continue as full members of the Development Management Committee 2022/23 and also Cabinet members in the Lib Dem administration.

The other Leatherhead councillors are substitute members of the committee and may attend some meetings according to business and absences of full members

Cllr Josie Brinker (Leatherhead North) Lib Dem elected May 2022 councillor.brinker@molevalley.gov.uk

Cllr Simon Moss (Leatherhead South) Conservative elected May 2021

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

Cllr Joanna Slater Leatherhead South (Conservative) elected May 2022 councillor.slater@molevalley.gov.uk

4 of the current 5 councillors live in Leatherhead and all know the area very well. Councillors work on the Development Management committee tends to be far less party political.

The Surrey county councillor for Leatherhead, Tim Hall, is now once again also a district councillor representing Fetcham East and has been appointed to the Development Management committee (DMC).

Ashtead – three of the Independent councillors are on the DMC – Cllr Hawksworth is on the committee in place of Cllr Harper. Cllr Chris Hunt and Cllr Stansfield also.

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. Each of the Bookham North councillors, Roger Adams, Sarah Chambers and Monica Weller are on the DMC.

Warm Winter clothing for Ukraine #Leatherhead Rotary collection

LEATHERHEAD ROTARY CLUB URGENTLY REQUIRES WARM WINTER CLOTHING FOR IMMEDIATE SHIPMENT TO UKRAINE!

Drop off at vacant unit in Swan Centre Leatherhead from Tuesday 22 November 2022

Or alternatively the Leisure Centre.

During times below only please.

Please see below for full list of items, together with collection/drop-off locations.

 

Do please help if you can – deadline for donation of items: Wednesday 30th November 2022.

And please share this around the area.

Updated: Markets and seasonal events #Leatherhead #Ashtead 24-27 November 2022

Updated article with events 24/25 and 26/27 November

and early December Ashtead events in the village and at the Garden Centre plus Fetcham Park and St Mary’s traditional candlelit carol service plus Leatherhead lights switch on :

https://molevalleychamber.co.uk/leatherhead-christmas-markets/

’tis the season to be jolly! Well almost

The first Christmas market was Saturday 19 November in the High Street and Swan Centre. Back on 10 December with hopefully many more stalls. Plus regular Saturday stalls on weeks in between.

last Thursday of the Month… That means it’s time for The Artisan Market (24 November)

Expect a great lineup of stalls for you to browse.

Find great gifts as Christmas comes around the corner from the Swan Centre

Ashtead Park Garden Centre Late Night Shopping event Friday, 25 November, 5-8pm. Customers will get 20% off their shopping (and a free mulled wine and mince pie!).

https://www.ashteadpark.com/christmas/mulled-wine-mince-pies-and-music-as-you-mooch

Before we get into Pantomime season Leatherhead Theatre present Buddy Holly – a legend reborn and a chance to relive all the hits from this musical legend.

And if that’s not enough it’s time to treat the the family to a fun packed Christmas panto with Snow White, a must see for all the family!

BUDDY HOLLY – A Legend Reborn

Next up in The Leatherhead Theatre’s tribute series is ‘Buddy Holly – A legend Reborn’ on 25th November. Classic hits such as Peggy Sue, That’ll Be the Day and Oh Boy are revived in an authentic slice of Rock ‘n’ Roll nostalgia. Grab your tickets now & we’ll throw in a 2-for-1 entry drink! Tickets can be booked here


Leatherhead will hold its Christmas event in the Swan Centre, on Saturday 3 December with a Christmas market, Elves workshop and a Santa letter writing station for children, with a talking post box located for the whole of December in the centre.

All will be accompanied by Christmas songs and carols from Surrey Silver Band and other local choirs. Woodlands School will delight visitors with a Christmas performance at 3pm, followed by the Christmas lights switch on at 3.30pm by Swannell, the Swan Centre-sponsored football mascot for Leatherhead Football Club.

QEF is excited to be bringing the spirit of Christmas to your door again this December through our virtual Wreath Making kits. Plus this year we are also offering an in person wreath making event at the gorgeous Fetcham Park House.

Simply buy your kit for £40 by Friday 25th November and we will have them delivered straight to your door by Friday 2nd December when you will also have access to our online tutorial to make your wreath from the comfort of your own home.

Or why not join us for £50 on Monday 5th December at 2pm at the beautiful Fetcham Park House, where you can create your wreath in a festive environment, whilst enjoying a glass of bubbly and a mince pie. Plus we will be on hand to assist you.

Www.qef.org.uk/events/christmas-wreath

Panto season at Leatherhead Theatre

This year, Leatherhead Theatre bring you ‘Snow White’ for their annual Pantomime. It has all the usual Panto magic & mayhem, plus your favourite songs, stunning scenery & amazing costumes. There’s also a LIVE BAND too for the first time in many a year!

Magic Mirrors, Seven Little Friends, Poisoned Apples and an Enchanted Princess all tell the classic story of Snow White. Be sure to book early to get the best seats!

‘Snow doubt about it, we’re the best Panto for miles around!!

Tickets can be booked at here

Santa’s icy Igloo

At Ashtead Park Garden Centre’s charity festive family fun weekend.

Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 December

Help Santa raise money for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity by visiting him for a chat in his cosy but icy igloo! 

[SOLD OUT Santa will be here for Festive Fun Weekend on 3 & 4th December and would love to meet you! Get your tickets now, then come along on the day for a chat, photos and of course an early Christmas gift. ]

Lots more fun to be had at festive weekend too (these activities don’t need to be booked in advance but please bring some cash to join in:

Nativity animals (including adorable donkeys) here 11am-3pm, Pony Rides 11am-2pm £5, Face painting £5, Kid’s crafts £1-£3, Festive hunt £1.

Santa in Ashtead! (ashteadpark.com)

 

FB event: https://fb.me/e/332tFs3zi

 

Cookies with Santa

Monday 5, 12 & 19 December

Join Santa for an exclusive chat in The Olive Tree! Enjoy a warming hot chocolate and a yummy cookie, then take your turn to meet Santa and receive a pre-Christmas gift! A donation will be made to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity for every child’s ticket sold.

Book now! Cookies with Santa – Events – Ashtead Park Garden Centre | Surrey

FB event: https://fb.me/e/2745H9eqI

Shops open for late night shopping. Win a meat and drink hamper worth £300. Lucky dip at Milners, Chocolate fountain at Patrick Gardner, Book shop treasure hunt, Raffle at Ashtead Osteopathy, BBQ at Appleford Butchers, Cocktails at Whisky Co., Charity raffle at Ashtead Eye Clinic, Morris Dancers, and Santa will be in the Village.
At Randalls Park Crematorium 7 December

Candlelit Carol Service Returns to St. Mary’s and Fetcham Park

with Keynote Address by the Bishop of Dorking

After three years, Fetcham Park is delighted to be working together once again with neighbouring St Mary’s Church and Mole Valley Chamber of Commerceto reinstate the Candlelit Carol Service. The annual event was established in 1999 and brings together local business people and residents to celebrate at the start of the Christmas season.

 

This years’ service will take place on Wednesday, December 7th at 6:30pm, held by Revd Pouya Heidari in St Mary’s Church. The keynote address will be made by the Bishop of Dorking, Dr Jo Bailey Wells, who was recently appointed as the first Bishop for Episcopal Ministry in the Anglican Communion.

 

Dr Wells will be taking up the new post to “build on the success” of the Lambeth Conference which took place in Canterbury earlier this summer with 660 bishops from across the Anglican Communion in attendance. It is a post designed to “foster a collaborative, engaged, enriched fellowship among the bishops of the Anglican Communion, inspiring ever greater companionship, learning and interchange between Provinces,” explained the Secretary General of the Communion, the Rt Revd Anthony Poggo.

 

The retiring collection at the Candlelit Carol Service will be donated to Transform Housing and Support. The charity helps people to reach their goals and live independent, fulfilling lives and provides housing and support for more than 1,800 people each year, in Surrey, West Sussex, Berkshire and south west London.

 

After the service, the congregation are invited toFetcham Park for refreshments.

 

Everyone is welcome and a map to the venues can be emailed to indicate the parking options. Please contact:administration@fetchampark.co.uk

And not forgetting the fantastic work of the Community Hub

See also https://molevalleytogether.co.uk/events/list/page/2/ for events across the district into Bookham, Dorking

Roads update 21-27 November 2022

The mystery of the worse than usual traffic in the west of Dorking A25 approach and Vincent Lane was attributed to scaffolding interference with signal sensors at Pump Corner. SCC once aware had the scaffolding removed.

“no changes have been made to the traffic signal timings. Our contractors have investigated and found that one of the vehicle detectors and a traffic signal head have been obscured by scaffolding for building works on the corner of North Street, resulting in the detector being unable to register the traffic demand correctly. This has also affected the signals at Westcott Road / West Street /Vincent Lane / Howard Road / Drill Hall Road due to the traffic congestion. This scaffolding was erected without prior consultation with the traffic signals team. In response to the enquiries we are receiving we have asked the scaffolding company to urgently remove the obstructive scaffolding.”

The first winter gritting of priority roads in Surrey taking place overnight 20/21 November.

https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/roadworks-and-maintenance/salting-and-gritting/salting-routes-in-surrey

SCC are also seeking name suggestions for more of their gritters

Latest from Surrey Highways:

21 -27 November 2022
Below is a list of the work scheduled to be carried out this week. Please note, this data was correct at the time of publication but is subject to change. Please visit one.network for the most up to date information. It may not always be possible for some of the works listed below to go ahead. If you have any queries about these works please visit our roadworks map. We ask that you support essential workers and the job they must do; their job is vital to keep the network safe and Surrey moving. Including


SCC weekly list for Mole Valley – this is also linked from our home page links banner but no graphic available at time of publication – follow the link
Reopen – historic Rose Hill Dorking
Long term Utility works in parts of Ashtead https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/service-updates/highways-bulletin

Includes SESW utility works in Ashtead https://www.ashteadresidents.org.uk/blog/post/18402/replacement-water-main-works-in-parkers-hill/

Elmbridge graphic via SCC Cabinet member https://www.facebook.com/CllrDavidLewis

Ashtead – Stonny Croft (Greville Primary) 20 mph speed limit and traffic calming proposal out for consultation to 1 December https://www.surreysays.co.uk/environment-and-infrastructure/stonny-croft-ashtead-traffic-calming-proposal/ and https://www.surreysays.co.uk/environment-and-infrastructure/stonny-croft-ashtead-20mph-speed-limit-proposal/

Bookham Residents Association autumn newsletter also has some useful updates including some notes from SCC Councillor and Cabinet member Clare Curran on local traffic issues

“Residents can see some of the work that has been done to slow traffic down in Bookham. Small build-outs in Rectory Lane and in Eastwick Drive not only provide safer crossing points for pedestrians but have also reduced traffic speeds in those areas.

Vehicle Activated Signs (VAS) have been erected in Little Bookham Street; these flash a warning to drivers who are approaching them doing more than 30 mph. There are also other VASs that the Bookham Residents manage, which can be moved to different locations.

Later this financial year, a 20 mph zone will be introduced in East Street; this too should force drivers to slow down, making it safer for people who choose to walk or cycle and improving safety for local residents. Consultation opens 21 November https://www.surreysays.co.uk/environment-and-infrastructure/east-street-bookham-proposed-speed-limit-reduction/

Surrey Highways are considering a larger safety scheme for Church Road too; fingers crossed that this will get a go-ahead in the coming months.”

https://www.bookhamresidents.org.uk/blog/post/18448/autumn-2022-newsletter/

Leatherhead : vandalised railings at the town bridge being replaced by MVDC with very temporary ones in place; damaged lights on the bridge reported to SCC for repair; Councillors aware and chasing up weekly.

Bus shelter outside Lidl Leatherhead – incomplete repair to seating reported to SCC although it may be a TfL issue due to the bus route being one of theirs. We don’t think it’s MVDC. No SCC response yet. We’ll try TfL.

Meanwhile the mystery of the one sided tactile paving at the entrance to Fox Grove and West Hill School remains unsolved, about 6 months after first report.

Business openings and reopening #Leatherhead

Lux Barbers opened this week at The Circus, Kingston Road (Plough roundabout)
The Dukes Head open again Saturday 19 November
Skoops quietly reopened
33-35 High Street (Cradlers House) ground floor has been let to a new tenant for non-food commercial use (via Robinsons agency )

Businesses new and existing can sign up here for updates and local authority economic development advice and one to one support:

https://molevalleyforbusiness.co.uk/

Mole Valley may be ‘happiest part of Surrey’ says Council leader. Meadowbank Stadium decision process update

Councillor Stephen Cooksey, Leader of Mole Valley District Council (MVDC), said: “In light of the Chancellor now having outlined the autumn budget, as a reminder, detailed advice and helpful links concerning the cost of living crisis are available on our website, in addition to a separate press release. In his statement, the Chancellor alluded to the fact local authorities would have more flexibility in setting council tax rates above the 2.99% threshold, without the need for a referendum. Given the very recent nature of this news, I am unable to say what this could mean for Mole Valley’s portion of council tax at this time, but I will bring you news as soon as I can.

“There is a lot going on in Mole Valley during the festive period and I promised to share more details with you. You can ‘Unwrap’ a great evening of family entertainment, Christmas shopping and music in Dorking on 1 December as well as join in Elves Workshops in the Swan Centre in Leatherhead on Saturdays 3, 10 and 17 December. Dorking Halls’ Christmas Creative Market takes place from 11am on 20 November and Christmas lights will be switched-on at 5pm. You can find more details on those and other Christmas events on our Mole Valley Together Christmas page. Please do use our Christmas event’s calendar to search for the latest updates on Christmas fairs, late-night shopping events, Christmas markets, family fun, live music and light switch-ons in villages – including Ashtead, Bookham and Fetcham, where festive events have been held in the past – in addition to many other areas across Mole Valley.

“If you’re not walking, cycling or taking a bus to reach our town centres, free parking will not only be available from 3pm on the days of the Dorking (1 Dec) and Leatherhead (3 Dec) Christmas events, but all-day in all MVDC-owned car parks on Saturdays 10, 17 and 24 December. 

“Particularly given the high levels of rainfall experienced in the south east over the past week or so, we should all be mindful that this will bring with it greater risks of localised flooding. It is always best to be as prepared as you can and we have lots of practical advice and relevant contact details of key services listed on our website. The GOV.UK website also has the facilities for you to be able to search for flooding alerts by postcode too.

“A public consultation will be running until 6 January 2023 to help inform the future provision of bus services across Surrey. The county council wants to hear from residents at a time when questions about traditional bus services are being posed. Views on on-demand bus services, like Mole Valley Connect, are being sought as part of this process.

“We have very recently relaunched the traditional Friday Dorking market. Held every Friday all year round on the top level of St Martin’s Walk car park, from 8.30am to 2pm. The market offers quality produce at affordable prices all in one place. Alongside revamped advertising material, keep your eyes peeled in and around the market for a few creative surprises soon to be unveiled. All will become clear in the weeks to come. In other Dorking news, in an update last month on the refurbishment of Southside car park, we said we would provide an update on the damage to the Arch at Rose Hill, and the resulting road closure. I can confirm that, earlier this week following the arch being repaired, Rose Hill has now reopened and the diversion removed.   

“Beginning Monday 21 November, our Mole Valley Together Winter edition magazine will be posted through the letterboxes of households in the district. This will be the third issue produced to date, having sent out summer and winter editions last year. Packed-full of valuable public health and a range of Mole Valley-specific information, look out for this one and I hope you find this year’s content of interest.

“By way of an update following Dorking Wanderers offer to purchase the freehold of the Meadowbank facilities from us, we have deferred the decision-making process to allow time for us to engage with local stakeholder groups and listen to their views. This matter will now be considered at meetings in December and January, rather than the November meeting cycle.

Finally, it was lovely to see that, according to an annual nationwide survey carried out by The Office for National Statistics, with people being asked to rate their wellbeing, Mole Valley has rated the highest in the county in terms of happiness levels. This is very pleasing, all the more so because it is informed solely by the views of residents who live in our district.

ONS data for Mole Valley can be viewed via https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/wellbeing/articles/subnationalindicatorsexplorer/2022-01-06

MVDC news source

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

Forward Look of MVDC business through February 2023 (not yet amended to show the meeting cycle change for the Meadowbank item) :

The all-party Scrutiny Committee met on 15 November and the webcast can be viewed here. Leatherhead South Councillor Jo Slater as scrutiny chair and Leatherhead North Councillor Josie Brinker as committee member both taking part as newer members of the council, plus the youngest member Cllr James Chambers along with some of the very long serving members the Cllrs Cooksey, Hunt and Hall. The Council’s new Finance Director Claire Morris also made one of her first appearances to advise members on item 5.

Most of the items now go to the Cabinet meeting at the end of November for decision, informed by Scrutiny feedback and other developments such as the Government’s autumn mini budget statement and its implications for Council tax and Business rates.

Please note: Agenda Item 7 – Meadowbank Stadium, was withdrawn from the Scrutiny Committee meeting on 15th November. Further details can be viewed here.  The Scrutiny chair Cllr Slater explained the process steps at the start of the meeting and the council will be in touch with stakeholders and residents.

Agenda Item 6 – Leisure Centre Procurement, was taken as the first substantive item on the agenda. followed by Agenda Item 5, Medium Term Financial Plan. 

Scrutiny Agenda – 15 November 2022

Item 5 – Medium Term Financial Plan 

Item 6 – Procurement Strategy for the future of leisure services at Dorking Sports Centre and Leatherhead Leisure Centre 

Item 7 – Meadowbank Stadium (withdrawn)

Item 8 – Council Meeting Schedule 2023-2024

Markets and seasonal events #Leatherhead #Ashtead

https://molevalleychamber.co.uk/leatherhead-christmas-markets/

’tis the season to be jolly! Well almost

The first Christmas market was Saturday 19 November in the High Street and Swan Centre. Back on 10 December with regular Saturday stalls on weeks in between.

last Thursday of the Month… That means it’s time for The Artisan Market (24 November)

Expect a great lineup of stalls for you to browse.

Find great gifts as Christmas comes around the corner from the Swan Centre

Before we get into Pantomime season Leatherhead Theatre present Buddy Holly – a legend reborn and a chance to relive all the hits from this musical legend.

And if that’s not enough it’s time to treat the the family to a fun packed Christmas panto with Snow White, a must see for all the family!

BUDDY HOLLY – A Legend Reborn

Next up in The Leatherhead Theatre’s tribute series is ‘Buddy Holly – A legend Reborn’ on 25th November. Classic hits such as Peggy Sue, That’ll Be the Day and Oh Boy are revived in an authentic slice of Rock ‘n’ Roll nostalgia. Grab your tickets now & we’ll throw in a 2-for-1 entry drink!

Tickets can be booked here


Leatherhead will hold its Christmas event in the Swan Centre, on Saturday 3 December with a Christmas market, Elves workshop and a Santa letter writing station for children, with a talking post box located for the whole of December in the centre. 

All will be accompanied by Christmas songs and carols from Surrey Silver Band and other local choirs. Westfield School will delight visitors with a Christmas performance at 3pm, followed by the Christmas lights switch on at 3.30pm by Swannell, the Swan Centre-sponsored football mascot for Leatherhead Football Club.

Panto season at Leatherhead Theatre

This year, Leatherhead Theatre bring you ‘Snow White’ for their annual Pantomime. It has all the usual Panto magic & mayhem, plus your favourite songs, stunning scenery & amazing costumes. There’s also a LIVE BAND too for the first time in many a year!

Magic Mirrors, Seven Little Friends, Poisoned Apples and an Enchanted Princess all tell the classic story of Snow White. Be sure to book early to get the best seats!

‘Snow doubt about it, we’re the best Panto for miles around!!

Tickets can be booked at here

Markets next Saturday:

And not forgetting the fantastic work of the Community Hub

See also https://molevalleytogether.co.uk/events/list/page/2/ for events across the district into Bookham, Dorking

Updated statement on Ambulance IT system issues

Updated statement on Trust IT system issues

  

Updated statement – Friday 18 November – 5pm

SECAmb Strategic Commander, Nick Keech:

“We are pleased that, following the IT issues experienced by the Trust last week, and a period of operating our Computer Aided Dispatch, (CAD), from our East Emergency Operations Centre in Coxheath, Kent, all of our systems are now functioning fully. This follows an extensive testing period to ensure all our systems were stable.

“I would like to thank everyone involved resolving the issues and all our staff and volunteers for their hard work during this period to ensure we could continue to respond to patients across our region.”

Source : https://www.secamb.nhs.uk/critical-incident-declared-following-cad-outage/

Original incident :

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust 

We have tonight (10 November 2022) declared a Critical Incident following IT issues which resulted in the loss of our CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch) and the need to move to our back-up telephone systems.

While we are working hard with our IT providers to find a solution to the issue, and have implemented well-rehearsed contingency plans, the loss of the CAD, along with the high demand we are facing across our region tonight, is placing significant pressure on our services.We continue to answer calls and respond to patients but urge people to only call 999 in the event of a serious emergency and to make use of services, including NHS 111 Online, for help and advice.We would like to thank our staff and volunteers for their hard work and commitment at this challenging time and assure the public that we are doing everything we can to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

https://www.secamb.nhs.uk/critical-incident-declared-following-cad-outage/

Information from SECAmb shared by Leatherhead Living

Councils signpost support on cost of living and respond to Autumn Statement – 18 November 2022

More information from our County and District councils on support with cost of living and how yesterday’s mini budget will impact their financial plans for 2023/24 onwards.

Includes quote from MVDC Leader on the possible Meadowbank Stadium sale, and deferred decision process into January, a potential capital receipt for the council if it wanted to accept the offer it received.

Weybridge Cllr Tim Oliver, Leader of Surrey County Council, said: “Today’s autumn statement contained much that local government can be happy about, helping us ensure no-one is left behind. I am pleased to see that government has listened to our calls for a postponement of the adult social care reforms and for further support for the service. It is also good that the government will be developing a workforce plan for the sector and the NHS, to ensure we have the capacity to deliver these vital services.

“Businesses in Surrey will also be pleased to know that they will not see business rates going up next year, while central government will also be ensuring local authorities are not out of pocket as a result. We were also pleased to see that capital budgets for the next two years will not be cut, meaning we can continue to develop the world-beating broadband and transport infrastructure companies need to grow and thrive.

“Finally, the new investment in our schools over the next two years, as well as other announcements about skills and research and development, will enable Surrey residents to access new, higher paid opportunities. This is a high priority for us, and will be a key driver to ensuring Surrey continues to lead the country as we seek the growth that will take us through the current economic uncertainty.

“We will be working closely with the government over the coming weeks, particularly as we approach the local government finance settlement due in December, to work out the details attached to these measures. In the meantime, we are also proceeding with our own budget-setting process, which we will be publishing for public consultation shortly.”

SCC Directory of Support has financial, welfare and wellbeing advice to help you with the cost of living in #Surrey, including tips to help you reduce your energy bills.

If you don’t have a copy, you can pick one up from public places like libraries and Citizen’s Advice.

All the information is also available on our website https://orlo.uk/UhKfg

Dorking Councillor Stephen Cooksey, Leader of Mole Valley District Council (MVDC), said: “In light of the Chancellor now having outlined the autumn budget, as a reminder, detailed advice and helpful links concerning the cost of living crisis are available on our website, in addition to a separate press release. In his statement, the Chancellor alluded to the fact local authorities would have more flexibility in setting council tax rates above the 2.99% threshold, without the need for a referendum. Given the very recent nature of this news, I am unable to say what this could mean for Mole Valley’s portion of council tax at this time, but I will bring you news as soon as I can….“By way of an update following Dorking Wanderers offer to purchase the freehold of the Meadowbank facilities from us, we have deferred the decision-making process to allow time for us to engage with local stakeholder groups and listen to their views. This matter will now be considered at meetings in December and January, rather than the November meeting cycle.”

Available Support for Households Struggling with Rising Cost of Living

Leatherhead Councillor Bridget Kendrick, Deputy Leader for Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) and Cabinet Member for Finance said: “The Chancellor unveiled the autumn budget and confirmed the UK is officially in a recession on Thursday 17 November. It is clear, given the level of measures outlined, that the squeeze on household budgets will be getting tighter still for the foreseeable future. We know that many of our residents are worried about the rising prices and the cost of living crisis, but there are many ways in which people can receive help. Support is available at the district and county levels. MVDC officers are working hard to pay the final discretionary grants to eligible residents and all payments will be made by the end of November. 

“If your income is below a certain level, you might be entitled to Council Tax Support. You could also qualify if you are out of work. If you receive Universal Credit this will normally include any housing costs you are entitled to, but it will not include any financial help for Council Tax. Help can also be provided based on the gross weekly income of all other adults sharing your home, if they are not your partner, not responsible for council tax, or not paying you rent.  Use the Benefits Calculator to see if you could qualify for Council Tax Support. 

“If you need help or advice with applying for either Council Tax Support or Universal Credit, our friendly customer services team are available 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday to help you over the phone or by email. You can reach us by email on info@molevalley.gov.uk or call 01306 885001 (this number is open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm, except the first and third Wednesday of every month when it will open from 10am to allow for customer services staff training). Should you need to come in and see us we can make an appointment for you to pop in to our Dorking offices at a time to suit you between 9am and 2.30pm.

Our teams are available to support and help with: 

·       Offering advice with claiming other welfare benefits that you may be entitled to 

·       Helping you complete your claim for Council Tax Support 

·       Offering personal budgeting support to help you to manage your money (in certain circumstances)

·       Providing online access in our offices at Pippbrook to help you complete your Universal Credit claim 

“If you are struggling to put food on the table, we have two food banks available in Mole Valley to support those in financial hardship: one in Dorking and one in Leatherhead (Part of the Epsom and Ewell branch) as well as a network of Community Fridges supplying healthy and fresh food to local communities in need.

“MVDC’s businesses have a range of options to apply for business rates reductions – from discretionary reliefs and small business rate relief, to reliefs for hardship and part occupation.  More information can be found on our business rates web page.

Business owners can also apply to re-profile their payments for example by switching from 10 to 12 monthly instalments in a full financial year. If you are falling behind with your business rates instalments, please get in touch with us on business.rates@molevalley.gov.uk and we’ll be happy to work with you on individual repayment plans.

“We are also reviewing our Housing Allocation Scheme, to ensure that it is more efficient and maximises available support for people in need. In fact, a consultation to get your views on suggested changes is live now and will close on 4 December. 

MVDC’s online Cost of Living Hub, provides lots of useful information on other support that we have available for our residents. The page is regularly updated and incorporates the latest information from the district and county. More can be found on the Surrey County Council’s Cost of Living page. They also operate a Community Help Line 0300 200 1008, from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays).

“Lastly, we are finalising details of locations for our Warm Hubs – places where you can just pop in, get warm and meet others. Fairfield Centre in Leatherhead, Harvest Community Church in Dorking and Dorking Library are already welcoming visitors and we are hoping to add more venues to the list. You can find the latest information on our website molevalley.gov.uk/warmhubs

So, if you are struggling in the current climate, please remember – you are not alone, and we are here to help. Just get in touch.”

Fetcham councillor Paul Kennedy added MVDC ” is allowed to retain just £1.3 million of the over £40 million in business rates it collects to fund local services. The rest is reallocated by Government to London and other parts of England.”

Autumn statement – local reactions 17 November 2022

The current MP for Leatherhead while it remains in the Mole Valley parliamentary area has issued his personal commentary on the mini budget of 17 November 2022 delivered by his fellow Surrey MP Jeremy Hunt. Other local parties and councillors have also reacted including the Surrey leader as spokesperson for larger councils across England.

Thoughts On The Mini Budget – Sir Paul Beresford MP

“…The long awaited Autumn Statement was delivered by the Chancellor today. As I listened to him speak, it was clear that he appreciated the gravity of the challenge we as a country are facing and that he has a clear, logical plan to address it.
 
It is important to be clear, the situation we find ourselves in is primarily (though not exclusively) driven by global factors. The Office of Budget Responsibility has cited the Russian invasion of Ukraine as a major factor and points out that the IMF believes around a third of the world’s economies will enter recessions either this year or in 2023. 


Regardless of what caused our current predicament, we cannot shy away from facts. The UK is now in a recession expected to last a little over a year; unemployment will rise to 5% in 2024 and inflation will hit a high of 9.1% this year before beginning to drop sharply from the middle of next year. 


Despite the challenging economic outlook, I was very pleased that the Chancellor today found the economic breathing space to make a series of important spending commitments which I know will be well received by constituents across Mole Valley worried about the cost of living in the months ahead:


The Energy Bills Price guarantee will continue from April 2023 at the higher level of £3000


Pension credit will increase by 10.1% and the triple lock will be protected


The minimum wage will increase by 9.7% to £10.42 – this will be worth around £1,600 to a full time worker


We are expecting that rents across the social rented sector will rise by around 11%, the Chancellor has today capped this at 7%


There will also be additional cost of living payments worth £900 for the most vulnerable on means-tested benefits


We have always said that the NHS is safe in Conservative hands, and today we have proven this once again:


We will see £1 billion of new grant funding for social care this year followed by £1.7 billion next year. Overall, there will be a total increase in funding totalling £2.8 billion this year and £4.7 billion next year for social care. It is worth noting that increases in the social care budget also serve to take pressure of front line NHS services. 


Meanwhile the overall NHS budget will rise by £3.3 billion next year and the year after


On the theme of ensuring proper funding for vital public services, I was also delighted to see that the schools’ budget is to be increased by £2.3 billion this year and the next


It goes without saying that we cannot tax and spend our way into prosperity – which is why the range of measures announced today intended to stimulate growth and encourage innovation are absolutely vital. Today the Chancellor announced:


We are removing import tariffs on more than 100 key products and materials used by UK businesses in production processes. 


Britain’s research and development budget will be protected, meaning that we will remain a global centre for exciting, emergent technologies. 


The Sizewell C nuclear power project will be seen through to completion, creating 10,000 highly skilled jobs in the process. 


After this Autumn Statement, 40% of all businesses will pay NO NICs


The Treasury will launch a package of measures worth £13.6 billion in total to support firms as they are faced with new, higher business rates


We have a new national target: that by 2030 energy consumption by buildings and industry should have been reduced by 15%, to support this, a funding package worth £6 billion has been put together. This will begin in 2025


There is a great deal more I could say but I don’t want this message to devolve into a bloated list! Ultimately, what the Chancellor announced today is a series of measures which will restore the UK’s high fiscal standing and demonstrate that the Conservative Party remains mindful of the importance of sound money. 


No budget will be perfect – I would have liked to see faster commitments to more defence spending – but I am convinced that we are now on the right economic track. The OBR has stated that this autumn statement will lead to the recession being shallower, and inflation lower, than before today’s measures were announced. 


The Chancellor and the Prime Minister have made the right choices, and they will have my full support as we navigate what will be a challenging twelve months of economic turbulence. 


Kind regards,


Sir Paul Beresford
Member of Parliament for Mole Valley
Gina Miller is a candidate for the Epsom and Ewell constituency including Ashtead and likely to include Leatherhead at the next general election (anti Brexit campaigner and businesswoman for the True and Fair Party)
Mark Todd is acting chair of Epsom Labour and green energy specialist
Paul Kennedy is MVDC councillor Fetcham West and cabinet member for internal services.

Comments on the Autumn Statement have also come from Surrey County Leader Tim Oliver in his capacity as chair of the County Councils Network representing unitary and county authorities who may have been given some flexibility to increase their elements of Council Tax, primarily to fund Adult Social Care.


https://www.countycouncilsnetwork.org.uk/autumn-statement-2022-ccn-response/

.”..while today’s announcements help meet inflationary and social care pressures, councils still face very difficult decisions over the next two years, with little resource available for local leaders to protect non-care services and deliver improvements to vital services. In addition, some county leaders may be reluctant to levy a 5% council tax increase during a cost-of-living crisis considering ratepayers in county areas currently pay the highest bills on average. 

“Looking ahead, a reduction in planned funding growth from 2025 could be extremely difficult for local services, which are already under immense pressure. Unless government addresses inflation next year, and the economy picks up before 2025, councils’ funding shortfall will grow year-on-year and become unsustainable.”

Lower tier authorities such as Mole Valley district do not appear to have additional flexibility to raise Council Tax as they only operate “non-care” services. Thus use of reserves, making efficiencies and choices on what to do or stop doing, asset income and possibly sale may need to remain on the agenda at Pippbrook.

Flood warning 18 November 2022 #Leatherhead – now back to alert status

Update- now back to flood alert status Friday pm.

Real-time updates here https://check-for-flooding.service.gov.uk/target-area/064WAF32MdleMole

Friday morning article:

The flood warning specific to the Mole at Fetcham and Leatherhead remains in force through Friday 18 November 2022 but river levels are falling:

A flood alert applies to the middle Mole including Cobham where Convent Lane, a private road, is or was flooded at the Notre Dame School entrance off the A245 early Friday.

Thursday late afternoon

“River levels are beginning to fall in places, though remain high between Leatherhead and Cobham, following the heavy rainfall over the last 48 hours. No further significant rainfall is forecast and we expect river levels to begin falling during today. A Flood Warning remains in force at Leatherhead. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are actively monitoring the situation and are prepared to respond if required. This message will be updated by 8pm on Friday 18th November 2022, or as the situation changes.”

Flood warning issued for Mole at Fetcham #Leatherhead 17 November 2022

The first flood warning for around two years affecting the Mole here in Leatherhead.

Flooding is expected – act now

Flood warning for River Mole at Leatherhead and Fetcham

River levels have risen as a result of heavy rainfall in the last 24 hours. Consequently, flooding of property is expected between 4:30pm and 8pm today, 17th November 2022. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for properties on Thorncroft Drive, Mill Lane and properties close to the river in Leatherhead and Fetcham. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are out on the ground checking and clearing any blockages and debris from the River Mole. Please activate any property flood protection products you may have, such as flood barriers and air brick covers and call 999 if in immediate danger. This message will be updated by 10pm today, 17th November 2022, or as the situation changes.

Check here for live updates https://check-for-flooding.service.gov.uk/target-area/064FWF32Leathrhd

Updated 3:37pm on 17 November 2022

Get flood warnings by phone, text or email.

Images taken around 4pm Thursday

There’s also a flood warning on the upper Mole at Charlwood and Hookwood and a flood alert for all of the middle section through Dorking and Cobham

https://check-for-flooding.service.gov.uk/alerts-and-warnings

Rail service December 2022 timetable changes confirmed

As rail usage begins to approach or even exceed pre pandemic levels on some train operators networks, there are to be some welcome additions to the Waterloo to Guildford route via Leatherhead from 11 December.

Sharing information from a rail industry employee based in Ashtead :

Local Train Service Changes from Sunday 11 December 2022

South Western Railway have announced their December timetable changes which take affect from Sunday 11 December until 20 May 2023.

Ashtead gains an extra peak time train towards Waterloo at 0800 (arriving into Waterloo at 0848 calling at all stations).

In the return in the evening peak, two additional services will operate from Waterloo. The first departs at 1739, arriving into Ashtead at 1816. The second departs Waterloo at 1809 and arrives at Ashtead at 1846. These trains do NOT call at Earlsfield, Raynes Park or Motspur Park.

[ Train times at Leatherhead typically 3 or 4 minutes different to Ashtead times but identical service. ]

These trains only run Monday to Friday. More information and the full timetables can be found on their website –

https://www.southwesternrailway.com/plan-my…/timetables

Dorking and Chessington to London Waterloo – Timetable 5
until Saturday 10 December 2022
from Sunday 11 December 2022

Southern Rail have also announced their timetable changes from Sunday 11 December until 20 May 2023

In the morning, an additional train will run (Monday to Friday) to Victoria at 0549 arriving at 0645 calling at all stations via Mitcham except Ewell East, Wandsworth Common and Battersea Park.

There are no additional Southern trains in the evening peak return compared to the current timetable.

More information and their full timetables can be found on their website –

https://www.southernrailway.com/…/plan-your…/timetables

Sir Paul Beresford MP has also shared a summary as follows :

from 11th December the following will take effect:

  • The three additional services that serve the morning peak on the Epsom line have now been retimed so that from Motspur Park into London the relatively empty services from Chessington will clear the platforms before the Epsom trains come through, relieving crowding issues heading into London. These are the 05:57and 06:54 from Guildford via Bookham and the 07:46 from Dorking. 
  • The 07:46 from Dorking is essentially an additional service into London for Mole Valley constituents in Dorking, Leatherhead, Boxhill and Westhumble. This train previously started at Epsom. 
  • There will be 2 additional services leaving London to Guildford via Bookham in the evening peak – at 17:39 and 18:09. In addition, those trains will not stop at Earlsfield, Raynes Park or Motspur Park after leaving London, in a bid to ‘reserve’ the space for those customers travelling down to Mole Valley and beyond.
  • The previous 17:54 to Guildford will now run to Dorking instead. This essentially leaves Mole Valley with one additional service through Bookham and one additional service to Dorking.

Those trains also travel in the London bound direction, so Mole Valley will have two new services from Guildford to Waterloo via Bookham – leaving Guildford at 15:58 and 16:58.

Middle Mole flood alert 16/17 November 2022

UPDATE 17 November https://newleatherheadliving.wordpress.com/2022/11/17/flood-warning-issued-for-mole-at-fetcham-leatherhead-17-november-2022/

Check here for overnight updates on the information below which may change https://check-for-flooding.service.gov.uk/target-area/064WAF32MdleMole

Flood alert area: River Mole and its tributaries from Kinnersley Manor to South Hersham, including Sidlow, Leigh, Betchworth, Brockham, Pixham, Dorking, Mickleham, Leatherhead, Fetcham, Stoke D’Abernon and Cobham

At 6pm Wednesday a local resident commented

“ Mole in Cobham is v close to bursting banks onto road. L’head not looking too great either.”

MP change for Leatherhead regardless of next election result

It looks even more likely that the “Mole Valley” Parliamentary area or constituency (different to the Council area) will change to “Dorking and Horley” at the next general election if it is held after summer 2023. The Bookham Fetcham Mickleham Headley and Ewhurst areas would be in this seat.

Map link https://boundarycommissionforengland.independent.gov.uk/review2023/b65f7782-658b-4c4a-9cba-59c16c807f77/a3-maps/SE_22_Dorking%20and%20Horley%20CC.pdf

The Boundary Commission has proposed this change as part of its role to create areas for MPs of roughly equal size. There is a further final round of national consultation til early December

http://bcereviews.org.uk

SE England proposals – 7 extra MPs due to population growth plus Isle of Wight extra seat https://boundarycommissionforengland.independent.gov.uk/2023-review/south-east/

But Leatherhead would (re)join Ashtead which is already in the Epsom & Ewell constituency which we believe Leatherhead was part of as recently as 1978/79 and certainly during Sir Peter Rawlinson QC’s tenure as MP in the 1960s. The current Epsom & Ewell MP is Chris Grayling. Leatherhead would remain part of Mole Valley District Council.

(NB. The local government ward boundaries used in this map are also changing slightly for 2023 in a different review with an extra Horton ward in Epsom, and Ashtead reducing to two wards. In Leatherhead the boundary between the wards moves a bit further north of the town centre)

Map link :

https://boundarycommissionforengland.independent.gov.uk/review2023/b65f7782-658b-4c4a-9cba-59c16c807f77/a3-maps/SE_32_Epsom%20and%20Ewell%20BC.pdf

As Epsom and Ewell is not a top target seat and it’s unclear if the Lib Dems ( second in 2019) or Labour (second in 2017) would be the main challenger, businesswoman and campaigner Gina Miller has thrown her hat in the ring for her True and Fair Party

Oxshott and all of Cobham would move to the Runnymede and Weybridge seat as part of electoral equalisation of the Esher & Walton seat (held by Dominic Raab).

Effingham Wisley the Horsleys Clandons and Shere would join the Guildford seat from the current Mole Valley seat and already come under Guildford Borough Council. A new Godalming and Ash constituency would exist further west in Surrey.

Sir Paul Beresford our MP in Mole Valley constituency since 1997, spoke in the Commons this week on Trade with his native New Zealand from which he has recently returned. He would if he wanted to stand again be best placed for the Conservatives Dorking and Horley nomination.

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2022-11-14a.410.0#g430.0

He has now received a Government written answer to his question tabled about Energy Rebates for Park Home residents- of which Mole Valley and the Surrey Hills has a significant number. Progress by officials on this seem slow.

The Liberal Democrats are in the process of selecting their candidate for the current Mole Valley seat in case there is an early election and have already chosen Helen Maguire to stand in Epsom & Ewell.

Football stadium, traffic lights and bank update – 15 November 2022 #Dorking

Update on a couple of issues mainly affecting Dorking but also impacting road, bank and soccer ground users

Soccer ground

The possible sale of the ground at Meadowbank by MVDC to Dorking Wanderers FC will now be considered at a later cycle of Council meetings in December and January, to allow for further time to engage with user groups. Still within the budget setting cycle. Leader of MVDC Cllr Stephen Cooksey statement 14 November 2022:

“…While our position as landowner of the Meadowbank facilities means we have no direct links with community groups or grass root clubs currently using the site – that is the responsibility of the leaseholder, Surrey County Football Association (SCFA) – it is clear that these important stakeholder groups require further information in order to provide the reassurance they need. I would therefore like to engage directly with them to better understand their concerns and answer any questions they have in advance of the matter being considered by Scrutiny Committee.We will share further details about how this process will be undertaken as soon as possible…”

In addition, watch out for any Government announcements from the Chancellor later this week on possible greater flexibilities for Councils to set Council Tax rates above the current cap, should their financial position justify doing so. One of the reasons MVDC may be attracted to the sale of Meadowbank is the ability to use the capital receipt to fund other new projects, rather than rely on the small, below expectation, rental income it receives from the various Meadowbank facilities.

Traffic signals :

Delays worse than ‘normal’ attributed to scaffolding messing up the sensors on a particular set of signals which County Highways are addressing with the construction site concerned.

NatWest Bank Dorking – the only remaining big 4 bank in the town and their only remaining branch in Mole Valley was closed about 10 days but reported reopen Monday 14 November as per exchange below.

Nov 5, 2022, 2:31 PM

Hi thanks it is Dorking Surrey where the staff have just put a note up saying ‘Closed until further notice due to unforeseen circumstances…”

Nov 5, 2022, 3:44 PM

Ahhh, I can see the link to the tweet! This is very strange. Would you have any other branches that may be near by, you can find them out on our branch locator linked below! https://natwest.com/index.html Is there anything specific you need to do at branch? We may be able to help you out here on social media!

Nov 5, 2022, 4:17 PM

It’s a local bar / beer business who have tweeted, they can’t bank their takings as easily or obtain cash – we are local online media. It’s the only branch left in the town so under the one per town rule it should be open without due process including consultation with the local authority etc . I have also popped an email to your press officers

Nov 5, 2022, 4:21 PM

Oh no Do you know if they use social media at all themselves and they could send us a message from their account and we can take a look into this for them to try and find some alternative options? The branch is not closed permantly from my understanding here but seems to be a temporary closure. As soon as we get an update from the branch with a re-opening date/time we will let you know –

Nov 5, 2022, 5:05 PM

Thanks l will encourage them to DM you and yes please keep us updated 🙂

Nov 5, 2022, 5:08 PM

If you could that would be great

Hi there! I hope that you are having a lovely day so far. Just a quick message to let you know that the Dorking branch has reopened as of yesterday. Please do let me know if you have any questions before your visit as we may be able to help you here.

Nov 15 2022 10:45 AM

Rose Hill Archway is also now reported reopen in the usual one-way direction.

For those in Leatherhead, Fetcham areas needing to travel to/from Dorking, the TfL operated 465 bus is a pretty inexpensive option, plus the MV Connect on demand service can be booked, also inexpensive.

Planning Applications – 11 November 2022

Weekly list of planning applications and decisions on earlier ones as published by Mole Valley District Council dated 11 November.

An appeal by Angle Property has been upheld for one of their applications at Headley Court, for the reserved matters of the 70 home development MVDC had itself approved in outline (2020/0185)

Image of the appeal site from one of the variety of applications – not necessarily the exact layout approved

The weekly list of new applications doesn’t seem to include any major applications of note in Leatherhead wards but there are some householder applications etc :

https://www.molevalley.gov.uk/sites/default/files/home/building-planning/planning-applications/running-list-we-11-11-22.pdf

Running List 04/11/22

MO/2022/1849Erection of a Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) School with associated access, offsite highway works, car parking, external landscaping, outdoor sports and play space provision and ancillary works. (Betchwood Vale Academy)

Planning Statement “…. the proposed Betchwood Vale Academy is business critical to ensure the projected demand for ASD- designated special school places from local pupils in Dorking and the surrounding areas is realised. There is a clearly established need for additional special school places in Mole Valley, together with a spatial deficiency in ASD-designated special school provision for pupils working at broadly age-related expectations in the Mole Valley District…Green Belt and Very Special Circumstances: Whilst the proposed development represents ‘inappropriate development’ in the Green Belt, there are evidenced very special circumstances which outweigh any potential harm resulting from it in accordance with paragraph 148 of the NPPF. These comprise:
  Pressing and urgent educational need to SEND school places;
  The lack of any alternative suitable sites within a wide area within ten miles of Dorking following an extensive site seach;
  Other benefits including community benefits of the facilities and employment creation. ”
Former Chalcraft Nursery Site, County Garden Centre, Reigate Road, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1NP
MO/2022/1856Variation of condition 3 of approved planning permission MO/96/0859 for change of use from retail to dental surgery (Class D1), to allow the premises to operate 7.30am – 8.00pm Monday to Saturday.2, The Crescent, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 8EE
Increased opening hours proposal by popular dental practice

Running List 28/10/22

https://www.molevalley.gov.uk/sites/default/files/home/building-planning/planning-applications/decisions-we-11-11-22.pdf

Decisions List 04/11/22

MO/2022/1558Refused : Erection of single storey rear and side extensions; loft conversion and front porch. Loft conversion over existing garage incorporating extension to garage.
Extension/Replacement of Dwells. in MGB (Green Belt)
Character
Shene, The Downs, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 8LH
MO/2022/1565Refused : Demolition of Nos. 1 and 2 Thistle Cottages and erection of 8 No. residential flats – Reasons for refusal
Character/overdevelopment 
Residential Amenity impact 
Living env of future occupants 
Ecology
Thistle Cottages, Kingston Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 7PF

MVDC DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE (meeting 2 November)

Applications decided by councillors with advice from officers included

Item 3, MO/2022/1026 – Claire House and James House, Bridge Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8BZ reserved matters (details) following earlier outline approval for one of the MVDC owned Transform Leatherhead sites. Reserved Matters application pursuant to Outline permission MO/2018/1983 as amended by permission MO/2021/0690 for the consideration of appearance and landscaping in respect to the demolition of the existing buildings and erection of a new building to provide retail floor space (Use Class A3) and community floor space (Use Class D1) at ground floor and 35 No. residential units(Use Class C3) at upper floor levels along with associated public realm improvements, servicing, residential car parking spaces and reconfiguration of existing public pay and display car park. APPROVED WITH CONDITIONS

Item 4, MO/2022/0249 – St Johns School, Epsom Road, Leatherhead, KT22 8SP APPROVED WITH CONDITIONS:

Construction of 2 No. multi-use games area pitches, (MUGA) within the existing Quad area, including 1.2 metre and 2 metre boundary enclosure fencing, hedge planting and lighting, level access improvements over the Quad, including disabled ramped access and new east-west footpath, Junior Fields: replacement play surface to all weather pitch located in the northwest corner, along with further improvements which include goal recesses, pitch side storage, replacement sport fence enclosure to southern edge, spectator railings and surfaced spectator area. Car park extension of 54. No bays and relocation of the car park entrance, new tree planting and refuse store. Linden Pit Path: demolition of the estates office, workshop and storage buildings, modified loading bay to rear of dining hall, to create off-street servicing area, erection of new timber enclosure refuse store, installation of new sliding gate to entrance on Linden Pit Path.

Item 10, MO/2022/0815 – Lloyds TSB Bank Plc, 20, North Street, Leatherhead KT22 7AS approved with Cllr Hall dissenting – see Local Democracy Reporter article https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/leatherheads-old-lloyds-bank-building-25427251

Change of use of the rear ground floor, first and second floors from Class E (c)(i) to 5 no. residential (C3) flats comprising 4 No. 1 bedroom and 1 No. 2 bedroom units; retention of Class E floorspace at the front ground floor and basement, extensions to the rear at ground, first and second floors with extension to the roof, external terraces at ground, first and second floor, external alterations to the fenestration and access to the property, with associated cycle storage and refuse.

Decisions List 28/10/22

Vacant commercial premises being brought back into use 5 The Parade Kingston Road

MO/2022/1771Change of use from A1 (now Class E) to Sui Generis Take away.5 The Parade, Kingston Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 7SR

MO/2022/1798Erection of 2 No. dwellings following demolition of existing of non-agriculturalRydal Oaks, Cobham Road, KT11 3QL

MO/2022/1755Prior notification for conversion of ground floor and part first floor from Commercial/Business/Service (Use Class E) into 1 No. residential flat (Use Class C3).Gothic Cottage, 50A, High Street, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 8AJ
Gothic Cottage – going back to being a cottage?
MO/2022/0837Change of use of the first floor to a (ACRP) Ambulance Community Response Post Bradmere Court, 319, Kingston Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 7TU
MO/2022/1766Discharge of conditions 2, 6 and 17 of planning permission allowed under appeal (developer has submitted details of various materials etc to be used including balustrades for balconies)
See article https://newleatherheadliving.wordpress.com/2022/10/20/former-pub-site-redevelopment-set-to-start-2/
Royal Oak (PH) (Demol), 265, Kingston Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 7PJ

CURRENT APPLICATIONS OF INTEREST :

Many of the major applications and appeals being considered at present relate to parts of the Headley Court campus, a previously developed site within the Green Belt. The latest new application is for a retirement complex in and around the mansion area

MO/2022/1595Retention and conversion of existing listed mansion house to C2 accommodation anHeadley Court (Mansion House Site), Headley Road, Headley, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 6JN
MO/2022/1596Retention and conversion of existing listed mansion house to C2 accommodation anHeadley Court (Mansion House Site), Headley Road, Headley, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 6JN

LOCAL PLAN

See summary article at the end of the examination process 28 October

https://newleatherheadliving.wordpress.com/2022/10/28/local-plan-examination-hearings-for-molevalleydc-now-complete/

And on brownfield sites in KT22 area :

Further information / links below on the Local Plan examination, to Residents Associations planning information, and to the Development Management Committee agenda.

You can also see some of the Planning applications via the local Residents Associations summaries or searching the MVDC website

Fetcham RA https://www.fetchamresidents.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Planning-Website-List-11-11-22.pdf and their advice to residents https://www.fetchamresidents.co.uk/planning/

Bookham RA: https://www.bookhamresidents.org.uk/blog/post/16582/planning-applications-in-bookham-september-october-and-november-2022-rolling-two-months/

Ashtead RA https://www.ashteadresidents.org.uk/blog/post/14674/current-planning-applications-in-ashtead/

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/2022/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 as outlined above and this may be adopted with Government approval by 2023. The draft Local Plan includes major brownfield redevelopment sites in Leatherhead town centre in MVDC ownership eg. Swan Centre, Bull Hill, Claire & James House which are subject to commercial arrangements between MVDC and development partners currently being concluded. 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.

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.

Leatherhead : for the first time in many years, we now have residents of the town centre representing the area on MVDC in both main local political groups plus Ashtead based councillors who take a close interest.

Cllr Bridget Kendrick (Leatherhead North). also Deputy Leader of MVDC
councillor.kendrick@molevalley.gov.uk

07957 211242

Cllr Keira Vyvyan-Robinson (Leatherhead North). also Cabinet Member for Projects

07939 551 524

councillor.vyvyan-robinson@molevalley.gov.uk

Both Cllrs Kendrick and Vyvyan-Robinson continue as full members of the Development Management Committee 2022/23 and also Cabinet members in the Lib Dem administration.

The other Leatherhead councillors are substitute members of the committee and may attend some meetings according to business and absences of full members

Cllr Josie Brinker (Leatherhead North) Lib Dem elected May 2022 councillor.brinker@molevalley.gov.uk

Cllr Simon Moss (Leatherhead South) Conservative elected May 2021

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

Cllr Joanna Slater Leatherhead South (Conservative) elected May 2022 councillor.slater@molevalley.gov.uk

4 of the current 5 councillors live in Leatherhead and all know the area very well. Councillors work on the Development Management committee tends to be far less party political.

The Surrey county councillor for Leatherhead, Tim Hall, is now once again also a district councillor representing Fetcham East and has been appointed to the Development Management committee (DMC).

Ashtead – three of the Independent councillors are on the DMC – Cllr Hawksworth is on the committee in place of Cllr Harper. Cllr Chris Hunt and Cllr Stansfield also.

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. Each of the Bookham North councillors, Roger Adams, Sarah Chambers and Monica Weller are on the DMC.

Latest on Meadowbank stadium proposed sale by @molevalleydc to @dorkingWDRS 13 November 2022

More on the disagreement between Surrey County Football Association (SCFA) and national league Dorking Wanderers FC on the future ownership and operation of Meadowbank Stadium in Dorking.

“Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) has received almost nothing in rental income from the football facility since its opening. This is despite SCFA being in receipt of over £500,000 alone from DWFC’s associated teams and all revenue generated fromother usage. Therefore, it would appear that MVDC has determined that a significant capital receipt (payment) is a better return on investment for local taxpayers than the current significantly under-performing site.” - DWFC 

Building up to Tuesday’s MVDC all party Scrutiny meeting 15 November 2022 [see report by senior MVDC officers here ] and responding to ongoing speculation, by community user clubs including we understand Leatherhead Womens and Mole Valley Girls and others, Dorking Wanderers FC issued a statement on Sunday about its offer to purchase Meadowbank Stadium from the district council.

MVDC report extract on Financial Implications “Rental income received for the year ending 31 March 2022 was approx. £105,000, the majority of which has been generated by the Meadowbank Softplay and Café, the remainder from the SCFA Offices, and no contribution from Meadowbank Stadium, representing a return on the Council’s net project investment of approx. 1.5%. The rental income is forecast to be higher in 2022/23 at approx. £122K as a result of rent from Meadowbank Stadium, increasing the projected return to 1.7%.
Any capital receipt, if it were invested would generate a financial return in excess of the current rental income enjoyed by the Council Alternatively, as set out in the Medium-Term Financial Plan report for 2023/2024-2026/2027, the capital receipt could be used to fund the delivery of the Council’s capital programme without recourse to borrowing and associated impact on the revenue budget. The capital programme for 2023/24 to 2026/27 is currently being developed and will be presented to Council in February 2023.”
Dorking Wanderers statement extract “DWFC has acted honestly, fairly, and openly at all times. DWFC has had months of dialogue on the subject with all associated parties. DWFC has zero intention of excluding community users.  To the contrary, it plans to increase access to all weather surfaces for community users.  DWFC has remained silent on specifics to date in an attempt to keep negotiations private and confidential.  This could no longer be the case after public statements of an inaccurate and destabilizing nature have been made.  This shall be our last statement on the matter for the near future.”

Full DWFC statement below: our comments in italics

https://www.dorkingwanderers.com/post/club-statement-planned-purchase-of-meadowbank

We, Dorking Wanderers FC (DWFC) have been asked by a variety of supporters, sponsors, volunteers, and media outlets to outline our position in respect to spurious information that has been mooted in the public domain recently, a large part of which was detailed in a letter sent from our landlords, Surrey County FA (SCFA), to a local political body. [Cllr Lynne Brooks, Conservative group leader]

By means of transparency and to ensure complete clarity, the below are all factsrelating to developments to date:

Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) has received almost nothing in rental incomefrom the football facility since its opening. This is despite SCFA being in receipt ofover £500,000 alone from DWFC’s associated teams and all revenue generated fromother usage.

Therefore, it would appear that MVDC has determined that a significant capital receipt (payment) is a better return on investment for local taxpayers than the current significantly under-performing site.

It is important to note that the decision to use taxpayers’ money to redevelop Meadowbank was based entirely on the premise that the site would yield an annual return to MVDC, given its funding by the taxpayer. This has not happened, and the site’s financial performance has been significantly below target.

By means of background, in March of this year DWFC began discussions with MVDC with regards to the potential opportunity to purchase Meadowbank. Operating entirely with integrity and respect, DWFC and MVDC immediately informed SCFA of these discussions. For SCFA to advise that they were unaware and surprised by sales negotiations is simply untrue.

As part of those discussions with MVDC, DWFC elected to make an offer to purchase Meadowbank. From that point, and during the last 5 months, SCFA have conducted several meetings with officers of MVDC and elected local councillors. [we assume from the MVDC Cabinet Lib Dem group] During these meetings SCFA were given the opportunity to put forward their own proposals for the site, in terms of either purchasing or presenting alternative plans.

At no point had SCFA been told by DWFC or MVDC it must leave Meadowbank shouldDWFC complete its purchase. To the contrary, SCFA informed both DWFC and MVDC that it must leave the facility if DWFC were to own the site.

DWFC, if successful with the purchase, are committed (and mandated by MVDC) to ensure that existing leases at the site are upheld and honored (SCFA and Soft Play).

DWFC have publicly stated that we look forward to working alongside SCFA tofurther enhance both community usage and success of the site.

By means of reminder, current DWFC committee members were the driving force behind the initial Meadowbank development idea as a community hub. It was DWFC committee members that constructed the list of community clubs to be granted access to the facility at a community rate and insisted upon this list and supporting terms being included in the leases.

Not withstanding the above, and regardless of who owns the Meadowbank freehold, SCFA will still retain all rights to their existing lease which critically includes thedecision making around community usage and site bookings.

It should be noted that due to demand by all local youth clubs, DWFC has plans to build another all-weather playing surface at a location in the Dorking area, and already has the necessary landlord and local authority consents. This will significantly add to the community’s existing resources. [assumed to be Westhumble]

DWFC has acted honestly, fairly, and openly at all times. DWFC has had months of dialogue on the subject with all associated parties. DWFC has zero intention of excluding community users. To the contrary, it plans to increase access to all weather surfaces for community users. DWFC has remained silent on specifics to date in an attempt to keep negotiations private and confidential. This could no longer be the case after public statements of an inaccurate and destabilizing nature have been made. This shall be our last statement on the matter for the near future.”

Meanwhile a petition on an online platform (not recognised by MVDC in the past) urges them to delay a decision :

https://www.change.org/p/consult-the-community-on-the-sale-of-meadowbank-stadium

We urgently request that Mole Valley District Council postpone any decisions relating to the proposed sale of the freehold to Meadowbank Stadium, until full consultation with the wider local grassroots footballing community on how the sale might impact the futures of our young people.

MVDC clarified “Softplay is leased to Vertas rather than SCFA. It’s temporarily closed due to some significant damage to the safety netting in part of the structure.  Although efforts were made to try and make the netting safe until the replacement netting is installed,  Vertas were not satisfied that the temporary works undertaken made the structure safe and are waiting for a new net to be made and installed, this is scheduled to be changed on 17th November therefore the soft play is closed until 18th. “