A Good use of Public Funds ?

Following this article in the local press

“Mole Valley council offices could be knocked down to build houses (Thursday, November 06, 2008, 07:00)”

Imagine then, opening Issue Seventeen of the MVNews “The Official Magazine of Mole Valley District Council” on page 5 to find an article describing the refurbishment of the Reception Area at MVDC Offices. The article states ” We will continue to provide all the facilities our residents & customers are used to..”.

Does this include “possibly” wasting public money in a recession?

Let’s hope the possible new home for MVDC is Eco friendly (zero carbon etc) and a real show piece for the area’s green credentials. Let’s also hope that any new building on the Pippbrook site is also affordable & carbon neutral.

Police Clinic

Local Police Officers will be availble for you to speak to them at the Help Shop, Leatherhead on 26th November 2008 between 11:00-13:00

More Cold Calling

This time in Ashtead…

We live in Greville Park Road and five minutes ago we had a fellow ringing
our door bell cold calling offering the chance of a free draw for a Nissan
Micra.  He wanted us to give him our name, address, telephone number, which
we obviously refused to do.  When we said we were a ‘No Cold Calling Area’,
he assured us that he’d been in touch with Surrey Police and they were well
aware he was working in the area.

Have phoned Consumer Direct who have taken the details are contacting Surrey
Trading Standards.

Small print on Raffle Card

In addition to the main draw, cards will also be selected daily and the
holder invited to receive a gift for watching, along with your partner, a
demonstration of COMPLETE HOMECARE SYSTEM.  

(Source : ARA)

Cold Calling Update

There is a company calling door to door, presently in Dorking, but they may come north to Ashtead/Leatherhead. They are RJB Services Ltd and they offer a “free” raffle prize taking the householder’s name, address and phone number. The householder then receives a call to say they have won a free carpet shampoo session. When the representative calls round he cleans a small area of carpet and then tries to sell the householder an expensive Kirby vacuum cleaner and carpet shampoo machine costing £1,700!!!!

Further details of these selling practices are available on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirby_Company and it seems the methods have not changed.

(Source: ARA)

*** UPDATE From Surrey Trading Standards ******

We are aware of this business and are advising people to be cautious about accepting entry into the free raffle as we understand that this is likely to be followed up by an extensive sales pitch and an attempt to sell expensive vacuum cleaners.

We are requesting anyone who is contacted in this manner to make us aware by calling Consumer Direct on 08454 040506.

I hope this information is helpful.


Trading Standards Officer
Safer and Stronger Communities Team

Cash for Schools

Local schools have the chance to win a share of £12,000. The Cash for Schools campaign is sponsored by Fidelity International. A supplement will appear in the Leatherhead Advertiser week ending 14th November 2008. Voting forms will be in the supplement also.

“The competition offers schools the opportunity to win a share of £12,000 to help with a community project.

Sponsored by Fidelity International, all of the short-listed proposals will feature in a special supplement to be printed in November.

Readers will then have the chance to vote on the project they think should win a share of the cash.” ( Source: http://www.thisissurreytoday.co.uk)

Does your school have a project ? Add it as a comment to this post.