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Updated Press Release from MVDC

Correction to this post


At their meeting on 31st July 2008, Mole Valley District Council voted in favour of creating 4 new area forums for the District.

The forums will give the community a greater opportunity to question the Council and be involved in the debate around decision making.

The District will be covered by 4 area forums; Chaired by local Councillors, each group will meet quarterly to discuss 2 topics of relevance to residents in that area. The forums are as follows:

Ashtead / Leatherhead – Chairman Councillor Sylvia Sharland

Bookham / Fetcham – Chairman – Councillor Clare Curran

Dorking – Chairman – Councillor James Friend

Rural Areas – Chairman – Councillor Don Webb.

The first meeting of each Forum will be held in September or October. The Forums will be asked to consider an item of District wide significance as referred by the Executive, and one which the Chairman considers to be of local importance. There will also be the opportunity for Members of Mole Valley’s Executive to update the Forum on specific issues and there will be opportunity for a Question and Answer session at each meeting.

Representatives of the Police, Surrey County Council, health organisations and other local organisations will be invited to the meetings, which will be open to the public.

It will be the responsibility of the Chairman to report back to Mole Valley District Council and its Executive, the outcome of each area forum discussion.

Leader of Mole Valley District Council, Councillor Jean Pearson said; “The Local Area Forums will benefit Mole Valley residents and Businesses by opening up discussions on a range of topics and making participation in the Council decision making processes more accessible. Now that we have agreed to create the 4 Area Forums and who will chair each one, Council Officers together with the four Chairmen will finalise the dates and location of the first meeting of each Forum and we will publicise this information.”

Government invites comments on its plans for future development in the South East.

The South East Plan sets out Government’s strategy for the South East Region that covering the next twenty years.

A panel of Government Planning Inspectors carried out a public examination of the draft South East Plan which was produced by SEERA (the South East England Regional Assembly). Now the Government is inviting comments on its response and proposals for what should be included in the South East Plan.

The key aspects of the Government’s consultation include proposals for:

• The development of at least 33,125 additional dwellings a year across the region, of which Mole Valley’s share is 188 dwellings a year.
• Ensuring that at least 60 per cent of all new development is built on previously developed land
• Safeguarding the Green Belt, although selective local reviews may be required.
• 25 percent of all new housing should be social rented accommodation and 10 per cent other forms of affordable housing
• New housing to be built against an overall regional target of 40 dwellings per hectare.
• At least 10 per cent of energy used in new developments should come from renewable resources.
• Provision of accessible, multi functional green space to improve biodiversity and recreational and cultural benefits.

The consultation closing date is 24th October 2008. Details of how to make comments are explained on the website of the Government Office for the South East at http://www.gose.gov.uk where it is also possible to view the proposed changes and additional background documents that accompany the Government’s proposals.

Leatherhead Advertiser


The Leatherhead Ad are very keen for Leatherhead news. This is something residents constantly complain about as we hear more about Dorking than Leatherhead. This is our chance to put that right and the Ad have said they will do all they can to include any stories relating to the town. They also want good news stories, which is another big criticism so please lets help them out. Local reporters details can be found near the front of the Advertiser. We have a good town so lets publicise it and remove the negative views.

River walk

Friday, 8 August 2008

Last Saturday afternoon around 5pm my wife and I decided to stroll down to the cricket club to see the last few overs. We cut through Randalls Road to the river and walked along where the old Ronson football pitches used to be. As we made our way to the town I realised why I originally thought this was the pathway being improved. Fighting the undergrowth, mainly stinging nettles, we finally arrived at the town bridge and looked forward to the next stage to Thorncroft. We were confronted by a couple of middle aged gentlemen who appear to have had a good time but were now arguing rather loudly. I steered my wife up the path towards the football club to be greeted by a young man on a mountain bike who did not trouble us but I noticed took the right hander at speed.I am advised the Police feel they cannot take action so would ask that anyone who has any experiences on the walk, good or bad, blog them here so we can present a case, if there is one, to MVDC and the Police.


Cold Calling Update

Residents who responded to an online survey will have received more news on the proposed Cold Calling Zones by email. Extracts from a letter received from David Bullen

…theses zones are going to be set up and the launches are taking place over the next 3 months as follows:

· Bookham – Monday 1st September, 11am at The Christie Recreation Ground, Dorking Road, Bookham.

· Fetcham – Wednesday 1st October, 11am at The Cock Lane Recreation Ground, Fetcham.

· Ashtead – Monday 3rd November 11am – Venue to be confirmed. Details will be provided on our website http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/tradingstandards nearer the time.

At the first launch (1st Sept) we are hoping to have speakers from Surrey Police, the County Trading Standards Officer, and a representative from the Water Companies.

The final approved agenda for the day will be made available, shortly, via our SCC website http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/tradingstandards

We would like to invite you to attend any of the forthcoming launches where you will be able to find out more about the zones and ask any questions you may have. Once these zones have been launched we are planning to consider other areas that may benefit from having a No Cold calling Zone and we would welcome your views and suggestions.

I hope to meet you at one of the launches.

Yours sincerely

David Bullen
Trading Standards Officer
Safer and Stronger Communities Team

Surrey County Council Trading Standards
Mid Surrey Area Office
Bay Tree Avenue
Kingston Road
Leatherhead
Surrey
KT22 7SY

Tel: 01372 371743
Fax: 01372 371704

Big Tidy Up

The LRA has been invited to join the North Leatherhead Residents’ Association in an event to clear our town of litter. To join in the endeavour just show up at 10 am on Saturday 13th September, Lower Kingston Road on the steps opposite the Community Centre.

Hi Visibility vests and all equipment will be provided by MVDC. According to numbers of participants, the entirety of Leatherhead could be cleared in a single day. Time is flexible: Give an hour, give a morning, give a day.

MVDC Press Release : Council Agree New Area Forums

Correction:

Cllr S. Shardland has contacted the LRA to inform us that MVDC has changed their press Release.

Amended press releases were issued by MVDC. The differences being that there will be 4 forum a year (not monthly) and the paragraph starting “One discussion topic will be raised” is incorrect. There will be one issue put forward by the Mole Valley Executive and a local issue put forward by the Chairman of the Forum.

The first Forum is to be held on 8th September at the Leatherhead Institute in the large hall. I am hoping that someone from the Surrey PCT and a representative of the NHS will be present to update us on health issues affecting Leatherhead and Ashtead Residents. The MVDC Clerk is trying to arrange this. If you have any suggestions for future topics that you would like to discuss please let me know and I will consider all suggestions.

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Original Press Release – incorrect text in orange

At their meeting on 31st July 2008, Mole Valley District Council voted in favour of creating 4 new area forums for the District.

The forums will give the community a greater opportunity to question the Council and be involved in the debate around decision making.

The District will be covered by 4 area forums; Chaired by local Councillors, each group will meet monthly to discuss 2 topics of relevance to residents in that area. The forums are as follows:

Ashtead / Leatherhead – Chairman Councillor Sylvia Sharland

Bookham / Fetcham – Chairman – Councillor Clare Curran

Dorking – Chairman – Councillor James Friend

Rural Areas – Chairman – Councillor Don Webb.

The first meeting of each Forum will be held in September or October. The Forums will be asked to consider an item of District wide significance and one which the Chairman considers to be of local importance. There will also be the opportunity for Members of Mole Valley’s Executive to update the Forum on specific issues and there will be opportunity for a Question and Answer session at each meeting.

Representatives of the Police, Surrey County Council, health organisations and other local organisations will be invited to the meetings, which will be open to the public.

One discussion topic will be raised by the Chair of the group the other by a resident or other interested party. It will be the responsibility of the Chair to report back to the Mole Valley District Council and its Executive, the outcome of each area forum discussion.

Leader of Mole Valley District Council, Councillor Jean Pearson said; “The Local Area Forums will benefit Mole Valley residents and Businesses by opening up discussions on a range of topics and making participation in the Council decision making processes more accessible. Now that we have agreed to create the 4 Area Forums and who will chair each one, Council Officers together with the four Chairmen will finalise the dates and location of the first meeting of each Forum and we will publicise this information.”

Ends


Media contacts for further information:

Arabella Davies
Democratic Services Manager

Tel: 01306 879137

Email: arabella.davies@molevalley.gov.uk

Emma Wheeler
Communications and Research Officer
Tel: 01306 879113
Email: emma.wheeler@molevalley.gov.uk

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