LRA Winter Social.

We shall be meeting as usual in G6 in the Institute at 7.30 on Monday, 2 December. There will be a main meeting which is scheduled to last an hour and light refreshments will be available afterwards. Our subject will be the Green Belt Review and active people from other parts of Mole Valley have been asked to explain and discuss certain problems. Everyone is welcome. 

The Agenda is on the Blog.

Caroline Brown, Sec.

Credit Card Fraud

Surrey Police website

Dear Resident,
Surrey police are asking people to be vigilant against a growing problem whereby people, mainly elderly, are becoming the victims of a scam to obtain money from their bank accounts.
The idea behind the scam is that a person will receive a telephone call from someone stating they are calling from their bank and that their account has some fraudulent entries on it.  The person on the phone seems to know a lot about the person they are phoning and sound very convincing.  They then ask the victim to call them back to confirm that they are from their bank.  The line is left open from the callers end so that even if the victim hangs up the phone the line will still remain open and as soon as the victim redials their bank they get straight back through to the person they originally spoke to.  The victim is then asked to key their PIN number into the phone and told that a courier will be sent to the home to collect their card.  Once the scammer has the PIN number and the card they can use this to get cash or make online transfers.
I would be grateful if you could pass this message onto everyone that you know regardless of their age so that nobody falls prey to this kind of scam.
If anyone has ben a victim of this type of scam or if you receive this type of call please telephone Surrey police on 101.

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

Tel: 101

MVDC: Cashless Parking

Dear Parish Councils and Residents Associations
Yesterday we issued the attached press release about the introduction of RingGo, a new service that allows motorists to pay for their parking by phone, app or online, using their credit or debit card. It’s a quick and secure alternative to paying with coins.
RingGo will be offered in all our car parks from Monday 2 December.
I was wondering if you’d mind sharing the news in any way you can. I’m also attaching a poster and leaflet about RingGo, which you’re welcome to display or disseminate. Or if you’d rather I’d be happy to print some copies off for you.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you in advance for your help.
Kind regards
Sally Horsburgh
Communications and Marketing Officer
Mole Valley District Council
Tel: 01306 879269

A fool returneth to his folly [Proverbs 26:11]

Yesterday evening (13th November) an Extraordinary Meeting of MVDC was held at which Cllr David Preedy moved:
"This Council calls on the Executive to withdraw the Council’s appeal against the decision of the Judicial Review into the Cherkley Court planning application."
This was defeated by 19 votes to 14.
So MVDC remains committed to gambling public money on a double or quits venture.
During the debate there was an erroneous comparison made with the Council’s support in the case of appeal over the proposed Tesco store in Ashtead! The cases are not the same. The Tesco one was an appeal made by the developer to the Planning Inspectorate; the Cherkley case is an appeal in the Court of Appeal against the ruling of a High Court judge. One is worried when some councillors, it seemed to me, did not appreciate this distinction.
Indeed, I have said more than once before that if councillors had been sensible on 4th April 2012 they would have accepted their own Officers’ recommendation to reject Longshot’s application and let Longshot appeal to the Planning Inspectorate.
So folly now follows folly. Much was made by some that the judge who allowed this to proceed to the Court of Appeal said that the appeal had a good chance of succeeding. Well, he would say that, wouldn’t he? It needs to be balanced against the High Court Judge’s opinion that any appeal must fail. For the appeal to succeed all three grounds on which Justice Haddon-Cave found against MVDC have to be overturned, not just one of them.
The appeal is a gamble.