Update from Karen Brimacombe at MVDC

Dear Partner

I thought you might appreciate some information regarding what services the District Council will be providing with effect from Monday 23 March.

Customers can continue to access our services by telephone and web in the normal way. With regards to Reception, we will be open at Pippbrook Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 1.00pm. During this time there will be an officer available from Housing, Benefits and Revenues to see any callers. We are encouraging people to phone us first and make an appointment. The Help Shop at Leatherhead will be closed, however residents will be asked to call us and we will do all we can to assist.

We are doing all we can to keep front line services up and running as much as possible and will be processing planning applications, licensing applications, investigating complaints etc as best we can. Clearly we will have to minimise visits to customers but we want to minimise disruption where possible.

At the current time refuse collections continue as normal, Leatherhead Leisure Centre is operating a reduced timetable and Dorking Leisure Centre is open. Our Civil Enforcement Officers and JET team are out and about to make sure we are a visible presence in the community.

Formal Council meetings have been cancelled or postponed  and we are awaiting guidance as to how we can facilitate remote decision making eg Planning Committee. Guidance is also awaited regarding the need to have the Annual Council meeting – we understand that we will be able to suspend the need for this.

In relation to community services 

Our attention has been on working out how best to support vulnerable members of our community who need support while self isolating.  We are currently working with Surrey CSVA and Surrey County Council to devise a scheme which matches those who need help with all those who are very kindly offering assistance (I know this includes many of you). I expect that this will be operational from the early part of next week – we will circulate more details as soon as we have them.

We are very conscious that, with our day centre closing, a lot of our older residents might miss the regular contact that they provide. Our team at the centre will be making regular contact with our customers and anyone who is registered with us as a vulnerable person. Clearly our telecare service operates as normal. 

Contacting us

In terms of contacting officers over the weeks to come, you can simply email or call them as normal as we will all be able to access our work phones from wherever we are working.

Thank you for all your ongoing help and support.

Best wishes

Karen Brimacombe

Chief Executive

Mole Valley District Council

 

Pru Ride London Cycle Event

The Prudential RideLondon Cycle Event, and the associated professional cycle event, has been approved by Surrey County Council up until 2020.

The County Council has been in discussion with Transport for London with regard to the continuation of the event for 2021 and beyond and is now seeking views to inform a County Council Cabinet decision on whether the event should continue to be hosted in Surrey from 2021 to 2025.

The County Council has, however, committed to hold the 2021 event if the decision is not to continue to host the event in order to give the Organisers time to find an alternative host.

If the decision is to continue with the event it would be along a similar route to that currently used but with possible minor changes for operational reasons.

You can share your views online here before 16 February 2020.

Detailed Design for Transform Leatherhead Riverside Park

On 4th February, Mole Valley District Council’s Cabinet will be asked to approve funds for the detailed design of the Riverside Park in Leatherhead. The proposed design work would build upon initial concepts from the Transform Leatherhead Masterplan with fresh analysis, further consultation and detailed technical work.

Transform Leatherhead proposes to create a riverside destination for residents, workers and visitors with a vibrant environment. It will offer greater recreational opportunities for all and respect and highlight the natural and historic setting. In the Masterplan of 2016, the potential uses proposed to achieve these aims included: a decked viewing point; a more pedestrian and cyclist friendly environment; natural play area; a pedestrian footbridge and enhancing riverside walking and cycle paths to the Business Parks.

The Cabinet is being asked to allocate £100,000 from the Regeneration Reserve to procure a team to deliver fresh analysis, concept design, and develop the technical design of the new park.  The detailed designs would be developed in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders to build on the existing knowledge and ensure the historical and ecological contexts are understood.

Councillor Keira Vyvyan-Robinson, Cabinet Member for Projects, said, “Leatherhead’s riverside area is a beautiful local asset yet many visitors are unaware of its presence and even locals are not always aware of all it has to offer. A distinctive natural area, wildlife habitat, Local Nature Reserve and containing a Site of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI) it is an area worth celebrating. Transform Leatherhead aims to enhance the area with greater recreational and environmental opportunities and improve its connections to the town. If the Cabinet approves the request for funding, a multi-disciplinary team will be appointed to work with MVDC to develop and deliver detailed plans to achieve this aim.”