Surrey Police: Update from our local Crime Reduction Advisor

Update from our local Crime Reduction Advisor Mr Neil Clarke. To book a free crime reduction survey for your property or business give us a call via 101.
It’s getting darker earlier now and I have made visits in Mole Valley residential streets where it is quite obvious that there is no one at home in many houses; i.e. they are in total darkness.  Ideally, people should consider having timer switches – both upstairs and downstairs to come on at different times to imply that someone is at home.  Recently, I re-visited a home where the owners had installed simple times to mirror their normal movements around their home during the darker evenings.  Brilliant – but even a light downstairs from 4.30pm to 8.00pm and one upstairs from 6.30pm to 9.30pm would be effective.
Also, dusk till dawn lighting at the front of a property conveys the impression of occupancy and removes obvious shadows where an opportunistic burglar could try their luck without being seen.  Dusk till dawn lighting is easy to install and very cheap to run.
We are seeing an increase in rogue traders preying on the elderly and vulnerable – and that always happens as the winter sets in.  Rogue traders know that they can cause alarm by pointing out a leaking gutter or damaged roof tiles and some people will be concerned that the rain (or snow) might get into their homes if they don’t have the “work” done.  I am visiting two victims this week and it is so upsetting when people have been conned out of hundreds of pounds for unnecessary work.
This week, I’m also visiting local hotels and the big message in general to people staying in hotels is:  If you are staying at a hotel, use the safe in your room and don’t leave things around as you would do at home and we’ve seen quite a lot of high value items go missing during overnight or conference stays.  If the items were in a secure safe then at least the hotel’s insurance would be likely to cover some of the loss!!

Brake Road Safety week – 17 to 23 November

This  week is Brake Road Safety week (17 to 23 November). Surrey and Sussex Road Policing Officers, in conjunction with the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership will be supporting this week of action by conducting educational and enforcement activities across the force areas. During this week, Brake is asking everyone to look out for each other on the roads, particularly calling for drivers to protect people on foot and bike, by slowing down to 20 in communities, looking twice, taking it slow at junctions and giving people plenty of room.

For further information on Brake Road Safety week, please visit the website:

The Brake team will also be using #RoadSafetyWeek, throughout next week to raise awareness of the campaign.

Leatherhead Hospital Leach Ward to close by December 1st

I was not intending to post again on this Blog, but I feel I must bring this to the attention to LRA members.

I conducted the act of worship at Leach Ward this morning and talked with some of the patients afterwards. The patients are always very appreciative and I normally come home thankful that we have been of service to them.

But this morning I came home somewhat shocked and saddened. I heard from patients that the ward is to be closed by the end of this month; one of the nurses confirmed this. When I got home I looked on the Internet and found this article.

Staff and patients have been given precious little notice – presumably to minimize time for any opposition; but, understandably, they are worried. Not a nice Christmas present!

Whenever I have taken services there or taken communion to individual patients, I have always heard nothing but praise from patients at the way they are looked after in Leach Ward. I have always found a friendly atmosphere there and never ceased to be impressed at the dedication of the staff. This is something Leatherhead should truly be proud of.

I am aware that the Dorking & Leatherhead Advertiser article says health bosses deny the closure will be permanent; but as many of us know from experience, temporary closures have a nasty habit of becoming permanent in the end. In my opinion the short notice given to staff and patients in the run-up to Christmas is shabby. I hope the LRA takes up their cause and that readers will write to their councillors and MPs.

Mole Valley Have Your Say.

Hello again,
We have had a really strong response to our survey and much of this is down to the efforts of  the people we have asked to support and extend the message.  Thanks very much if you have been able to help with this, and especially if you have let us have your own views. 
As a quick reminder, we are seeking views on a wide range of issues where we have an influencing role as well as on the services that we deliver directly.  This will help to inform the Mole Valley District Council Corporate Strategy, which will be the key framework for our budget and service decision making from 2015.  As such it is a real opportunity for people to tell us what is important to them, and for us to ensure that the choices we make are consistent with the needs and priorities of those who live and work in the District.
There is still time (the consultation doesn’t finish until 30 November) so if you have not had a chance to respond personally, or if you can help by sharing what we are asking with other people, that would really help us to make this as representative of peoples’ views as we can achieve.  You can complete the survey on line by clicking on the link below.
Thanks again for your help and support with this.
Best wishes
Cllr Simon Ling
Executive Member for Finance and Corporate Services
Mole Valley District Council

Open Committee Meeting. 3rd November 2014

Leatherhead Residents’ Association

Executive Committee Meeting (Open).

7.30 pm on 3rd November 2014 at the Letherhead Institute

1. Apologies

2. Minutes of the last (Closed) meeting on 6 Oct (see Website)

3. Matters arising from the Minutes which are not on the Agenda:

      a. 4a                                                    c. 5
      b. 4b                                                    d. 8d and 8e

4. Correspondance:

     a. To Councillor Howard Jones
     b. To Councillor Chris Townsend
     c. From a troubled member


5. Our Speaker, Mr. John Howarth, Chairman of LAP and former Director of Market Towns, followed by a “Suggestion Session.”


6. Reports:  

    a. Planning (click link) –  Food Store comments
    b. Environment – Litter pick etc.
    c. Forward Planning – Plan L in general;   anything not quite covered by our                       speaker
    d. Publicity – Notice Board, Halloween, 8b and 8c

7. AOB

    a. Next Open Meeting
    b. Mole Valley Access Group will appear in the Newsletter.

nb.  This posting has been done by the Chairman, Caroline Brown.


Dear Sir / Madam

Please see the attached information on the Heartstart course.
We are hoping that you will be able to assist us in promoting this excellent opportunity for residents in your community to participate in this excellent FREE 2 hour training course that teaches basic Emergency Life Support skills. The aim is  to give people the necessary skills and confidence to deal with emergencies that they may well come across either at home, in the work place or whilst out and about in the community.
What we are looking to do is get an idea of the level of interest and then arrange courses to take place at the most convenient locations within the community, ideally with the use of venues being free of charge for the booking.
So please let me know if this is something that your community would be interested in hosting at your Village Hall or other suitable venue, then once we have decided on the venues for courses I can speak with the providers to confirm their availability, and then bookings will be able to be made direct with:-
Phone: 07809602722
The courses will be for any resident of Mole Valley  aged over 16 years, each course will have a maximum capacity of 20 participants and will last for two hours. We are thinking that the most appropriate time to run these courses would be a weekday between 7pm and 9pm.
Ideally we would like to plan the first courses to start in December.
Best regards
David Fanthorpe
Leisure Monitoring Officer
Mole Valley District Council
01306 876370

Prudential Ride London

Good morning,

Thank you to those that attended last Thursday’s RideLondon debrief session. It was a very helpful session for us, particularly as we start to look ahead to 2015’s event. If you have any further feedback please do send through to me.
As advised, the date for next year’s event is Sunday 2 August 2015 in Surrey. With plans still at a very early stage we will be cancelling the Thursday 27 November meeting at Leatherhead theatre. A meeting will be set up in the new year to provide a full event update.
Kind regards,
James Taylor | Engagement Manager | Prudential RideLondon |

Tel: 0207 902 0200 ext. 203 |
London & Surrey Cycling Partnership | 115 Southwark Street | London | SE1 0JF | United Kingdom

Mole Valley – New Survey

Your invitation to take part
I am pleased to let you know that we have launched an important consultation that will help determine Mole Valley District Council’s priorities for the coming years and help set the Council’s budget.
Like all local authorities, Mole Valley District Council responds to the changing nature of local government.  We are seeking your views on a wide range of issues where we have an influencing role as well as on the services that we deliver directly.
The survey is quick and easy to complete.  It will only take about 10 minutes of your time and, if you enter into our prize draw, you could win a family ticket for four to the Christmas pantomime at Dorking Halls.
You can complete this survey online at  Please note that the closing date is 30th November 2014.
Your views are important to us.  I do hope you will take this opportunity to make your voice heard by taking part in this survey.
Please do forward this email to anyone you think may also be interested in taking part.
Best wishes
Cllr Simon Ling
Executive Member for Finance and Corporate Services
Mole Valley District Council

Surrey Police – Trick or Treat

Good afternoon

Mole Valley has a limited supply of no trick or treat A5 notices which you can display by your front door or window if you do not wish to be disturbed.
If you would like one of these notices please email
Please include your name, address and the number of leaflets you require

Kind regards
Tara Temple

Hello … Caroline and all the LRA members

I hope you will enjoy this message and forward it on …
You will probably have seen some posters around Leatherhead for this professional comedy coming to our town next week – as part of the final week of the Arts Alive Festival 2014.  Local resident member Graham Pountney is in it and directs it … as a new venture, reviving professional theatre in Leatherhead, we need your support.   I guarantee you will have a wonderful evening, for the price of a main course in a local restaurant!
The Brighton Argus review said: “… a first class production … an excellent interpretation of the text alongside highly entertaining physical theatre … generously allowing the comedy to spark within the relationships”. 
This is my personal invitation … Please do come and relish a performance, and alert/encourage your friends & neighbours to see this production of Alan Ayckbourn’s Taking Steps – Flyer attached.  It would be SO good to see everyone again!  [There’s no need to be put off by it being in the Leisure Centre: the play is in-the-round, so we have created a complete theatre and the ambiance is terrific!]
TheatreReviver! is a brand new professional theatre company.  It aims to revive home-grown touring theatre and theatre-going in our local community, by performing great plays and comedies with “heart”  using local talent on-stage and behind the scenes. Do come and see this amazing farce, in Leatherhead this month from October 27th to 31st . Take steps to see it if you like laughing!
I look forward to welcoming you to the show!
Box office Tel:   01372 377674

Graham Pountney
ScreenTest Productions
Vectis House
Elm Drive
Surrey KT22 8EX
Tel:   01372 372429
Mob: 07812 047195

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