Surrey Police: Can you Help? Reporting Fly-tipping

Surrey Police websiteWe are seeing an increase in reports of fly-tipping across Mole Valley.  This seems to be happening in several locations and we’d really like to disrupt this type of activity as soon as possible.

If you see anyone dumping rubbish etc…., please call in on 999 at the time you see it, giving as much information as possible – location, vehicle index, description of anyone involved etc..  In fact, any information that may help us to tackle this issue and deal with the offenders.

You will probably realise that this type of anti-social activity always comes at a cost to someone to clear the fly-tipped rubbish; be that the Council, the National Trust or individuals whose land or property may have been targeted. 

Please help us to put a stop to this now!!
Thank you.

 
If you need to contact us in the meantime, you can reach us on

Email: 13363@surrey.pnn.police.uk
Tel: 101

Music On Thursdays

Music on Thursdays, Leatherhead’s 12.30 lunchtime concert series, is well under way. The intimate feel of Leatherhead Methodist Church suits these small-scale concerts well and is proving a hit with audience and performers alike. And what performers! There is the usual blend of students from the Royal Academy of Music – many of them completing their Masters of Music degree in Performance Studies. Then we have recent graduates of the RAM and London’s other music colleges, and there is no shortage of local talent of the same high professional standard.
The musical event turns social after each concert when the new team from Vecchia Trattoria are in the Church selling sandwiches, cakes and drinks, providing a chance to linger and chat among ourselves and with the musicians.

Entry to these 35-45 minute concerts is free, with a retiring collection to cover costs.

Here’s the line up for the next few weeks:

Thursday 25th July 12.30 lunchtime
Hyun-Jeong Hwang, piano (student of the Royal Academy of Music)

Thursday 1st August 12.30 lunchtime
folk song arrangements from the
Andrews-Massey Duo – Emily Andrews, flute, David Massey, guitar

Thursday 8th August 12.30 lunchtime
SONGS OF SUMMER – Alice Bishop, soprano, with Simon Marlow, piano

Thursday 15th August 12.30 lunchtime
Eva Caballero, baroque instruments & Graham Davies, harpsichord

Thursday 22nd August 12.30 lunchtime
Anna Tam, viola da gamba & soprano and Jennifer Bennett, viola da gamba & lute

Thursday 29th August 12.30 lunchtime
Anna Hashimoto, clarinet, Andrew Saunders, piano

Thursday 5th September 12.30 lunchtime
ACACIA – Samantha Pearce, flute & Heather Wrighton, harp

Thursday 12 September 12.30 lunchtime

Thomas Humphreys, voice and Raya Humphreys, piano
(students of the Royal Academy of Music)

Concerts continue until the end of October, with occasional Wednesdays at Christ Church for organ recitals.


To request a weekly e-newsletter about these and other local concerts please email: musiconthursdays@gmail.com
Full details of the 2013 season will be found on: www.musiconthursdays.org

Surrey Police: Appeal for witnesses following serious sexual assault in Brockham

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a teenage girl was seriously sexually assaulted in Brockham  (Saturday 21 July).

The attack is believed to have taken place in an alleyway adjacent to Wheelers Lane in the village centre between 6.30pm and 8.30pm.

 The investigation is still in the early stages and officers are currently carrying out a number of enquiries to establish the full circumstances around the assault.

House-to-house enquiries are being carried out and officers from the local Safer Neighbourhood Team will be assisting detectives with the investigation.

Officers are appealing for anyone who was in the Brockham area yesterday evening and may have seen anything suspicious to come forward.

 Detective Inspector Karen Mizzi   said: “The victim is extremely distressed and is currently being supported by specialist officers.

“There is a village fair on in Brockham this weekend so there would have been a number of people in the area last night and I am appealing for anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious activity to come forward.

“I would like to reassure the local community that we are doing everything we can to catch whoever was responsible for this crime.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference MV/13/2758 or call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Cherkley: now the Forty Acre Field is at risk!

It is now just over four weeks since the Judicial Review and we still await the judge’s decision.  Meanwhile many of us have looked on in dismay as the North Field beside Reigate Road (B2033) has been turned into a bleak area of brown and white. No wonder that developers have eagerly been eyeing up the Green Field sites in south Leatherhead!

Now I understand that the Forty Acre Field is at risk. It seems that Longshot cannot wait for the decision of the Judicial Review and will exploit all loop-holes in the current Interim Injunction and that archaeological investigations will be resuming.

The Forty Acre Field is a UK Biodiversity Action Plan [BAP] Habitat and it supports animals that are themselves BAP species and for some invertebrates, their food plants, e.g. grass snakes. Roman snails are also protected under Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act.

I am told also that the Forty Acre Field also qualifies as a Site of Nature Conservation Importance according to the County Ecologist.

Despite all this, it seems there is little actual protection for the living animals and plants and their habitat, only a watching brief for archaeology. Why? Why are potentially damaging archaeological investigations allowed to proceed at the cost of the wild habitat, especially as we are still waiting for the outcome of the judicial review?

Is there really such pressure from the multi-millionnaire golfers for whom the course is being designed? Can Longshot really not wait till the outcome of the Judicial Review is known?

Epsom Hospital Update

On 08/07/2013 13:45, Chris Grayling wrote:

GPs in Epsom and Ewell, Mole Valley, Reigate and Banstead and Elmbridge have voted overwhelmingly against the Better Services Better Value proposals to remove acute services from Epsom Hospital. An even larger proportion said they wanted the future of Epsom Hospital decided in a Surrey context and not part of a London review.

The secret ballot, instigated by local MPs Chris Grayling, Sir Paul Beresford, Dominic Raab and Crispin Blunt, was sent to all GPs practicing in the new Surrey Downs commissioning area, and the result was independently counted and verified by the Returning Officer at Mole Valley District Council.

The new Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group and the Better Services Better Value review team had previously said that local GPs were behind the scheme. But doctors voted by two to one against the plans for Epsom hospital to be downgraded and by more than four to one in favour of decisions about Epsom being taken in a Surrey context.

Chris Grayling said:

“We organised this ballot because we did not believe that local doctors really agreed with what is going on, and the result clearly shows that we were right. This vote was carried out in secret, was independently verified, and it shows that the controversial plans for Epsom are not just opposed by the public but by the doctors as well. I think this result marks the death knell of Better Services Better Value, and I hope that all involved will now call a halt and stop wasting public money on a review that, in the context of Epsom and Surrey, has never added up.”

The questions to the GP’s and voting results were:

Are you in favour of the BSBV proposals to remove A & E and Maternity Services from Epsom Hospital?

Yes 32%

No  68%

Would you support a separate process to consider the future of Epsom Hospital as part of the Surrey and not SW London health economy?

Yes 82%

No  18%

What is a Conservation Area?


Ask local residents that question and the response is along the lines of “an area which has been specifically identified as warranting preservation”.
 

Ask the question of a developer regarding the Leatherhead Conservation Area and judging by a recent planning application the answer would be “the area where most future development must take place”.

So, we see it as an area of historical interest and a developer sees it as an opportunity to make money and in doing so completely alter a unique and verdant area by:

  • Demolishing a sound Victorian house which has been completely renovated within recent years
  • Removing at least 32 out of the 40 trees on site
  • Removing a stable which is over 100 years old – surely part of our heritage?
  • Replacing grassed land with tarmac and multiple flats and houses


That is what is proposed for 29 Church Road Leatherhead – planning references MO/2013/0193 & MO/2013/0192.  This imposing house in a Conservation Area (and under a special category of Conservation known as Article 4 (2) directions) is yet again the subject of a demolition application.

The Government’s National Policy Planning Framework (NPPF) confirms the importance of heritage assets and Conservation Areas and expects that applicants (developers) should work closely with people and communities that are directly affected by their proposals before an application is made. The NPPF acknowledges that it is a framework and that the detail is determined by the Local Authority. In the case of Mole Valley the local authority plans and the residents’ assessment of the Conservation Area are of one; the developer’s pitch is diametrically opposed.

Ride London Toolkit

Dear All

 

Prudential RideLondon have produced a residents toolkit which can be found on their website:

 

 

This ‘kit’ is a downloadable poster with a blank area for you to add your own notes if you wish. You can also sign up for an e-newsletter.

I hope that these may be useful.

 

There are just 30 days to go until 4 August. Please encourage your residents to make use of the drop-in sessions if anyone has any concerns, particularly around the  road closures. The first one is today at Dorking Halls (3 – 7pm) with more next week as previously advised:

 

Date Location Timing Audience
Thursday 4 July Masonic Room, Dorking Halls, Dorking 3pm to 7pm Residents and Businesses
Monday 8 July Box Hill Village Hall, Box Hill 4pm to 8pm Residents
Tuesday 9 July Forest Green Village Hall 4pm to 8pm Residents
Wednesday 10 July Park House Leatherhead 4pm to 8pm Residents and Businesses

 

Kind regards

 

Louise

 

Louise Bircher
Customer Service and Communications Manager
Mole Valley District Council
Tel: 01306 879155
www.molevalley.gov.uk
Follow us on Twitter @molevalleydc

Cold Callers wanting to Buy Gold & Silver Jewellery

A sign of the current economic situation is that many people have been considering selling old or unwanted gold jewellery for cash to put some extra money into their pockets.

Please beware!!  Some people and companies will post a flyer through letterboxes, saying that they will pay “best prices” or “top prices” for any unwanted gold jewellery.  Normally, the flyer says that they will be in the area for a few days and provide a telephone number to call to arrange a home visit.

There is nothing illegal in this practice at all but……….most of these firms are only looking to pay the “scrap value” of any gold in terms of its weight.  The same applies to any stones set into rings etc.  This amount is considerably less than the actual insurance value of any whole piece of jewellery itself, so please consider very carefully before feeling pressured into selling any items.

Also, there are some unscrupulous people who are taking advantage by “cold calling” door to door and asking the resident if they have any items that they would like to sell.  Quite often they also refer to an advertising flyer being posted out but, in fact, nothing of the sort has been done.

We would ask you not to let these people into your home.  They may well be willing to part with some cash for items that you show them but they may also distract you and take other items that you had no intention of selling.  In other words – stealing from you.

This exact scenario has happened very recently to a local resident and they wanted us to make as many people as possible aware of this so that they do not become victims too.  We are very grateful to this resident for being willing for us to share their experience.