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