Statement from Councillor Stephen Cooksey

Leader of Mole Valley District Council, Councillor Stephen Cooksey said, “We are now active in our recovery phase and have established three Council groups to lead this for Mole Valley, on Prosperity, Wellbeing and Environment.  These groups are considering all aspects of our services and how we can best continue to support our residents, communities and local businesses in the coming months.

Our council committee meetings are up and running online, you can see details of these just as before on our website.  Businesses which were not eligible for either the Small Business Grants or the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants may be eligible for a new, discretionary grant.  We are currently working on the application process for these new grants and expect to have an application form on our website by the end of May.

This week we are reminding everyone that food waste will be collected separately, so to leave food waste caddys out until 4pm.  Anyone who has received a letter telling them their food waste caddy day has changed should put the caddy out on the newly assigned day from this week.  You can check your bin day by calling us on 01306 885001.

This weekend, despite the bank holiday on Monday all waste collections are taking place as normal.  If you are going out and about then please do remember to adhere to the 2m social distance guidelines.  I do wish you all a restful weekend.

A big thank you to Headley Village Stores

We are reminded, as a community, how important Headley Village Stores are and how much they have
stepped up to the plate by not only remaining open, but also providing a new delivery service that is open
to all members of our community.

In-store, procedures have been introduced to ensure social distancing remains – including one customer
at a time, two metre separation markings on the floor and the provision of hand sanitiser at the shop

Glen has striven to find new suppliers due to stock shortages, resulting in a wide offering of
products including excellent fresh fruit and veg, and packs of ready made frozen meals and quality meats,
as well as a great range of essential items.

All products are available via the recently introduced home delivery service provided by Julie. This will
benefit those who are self isolating or shielding, as well as any other members of the community who
would prefer to shop local.

Times have clearly changed. Yet amongst these difficult days, there is good around us as we refocus both
now and in the future to ensure continued support to our local facilities such as our village shop, who are
proving their dedication and value to the community when it counts.

Contact Headley Village Stores on 01372 377338 or email

NHS Headley Court Hospital, Surrey – ready for COVID-19 rehab

To help stop the spread of COVID-19 and to keep caring for the people who need us, health and social care organisations across Surrey Heartlands have worked together to transform a disused military hospital into an inpatient rehabilitation capacity for all of Surrey.

In these unprecedented and challenging times, teams across Surrey Heartlands (including Surrey County Council, the military and the NHS) have been working incredibly hard to protect and care for the public and create urgent capacity in our health and social care system, resulting in NHS Headley Court Hospital, Surrey. This is a facility with up to 300 beds that will help us to care for and support patients who are recovering from COVID-19 and who no longer need care in an acute hospital, or those who have COVID and can no longer cope with their symptoms at home.

Work to create the temporary hospital on the former Ministry of Defence Headley Court site has been moving at pace, and is set to open from Monday 4 May (subject to the needs of patients locally). NHS Headley Court Hospital, Surrey is in the catchment of Surrey Downs Health and Care (a joint venture to provided integrated joined up care for older people). It is hosted by Epsom and St Helier hospitals and the partnership is made up of the local GP practices, CSH Surrey, Surrey County Council and the hospitals. Surrey Downs Health and Care will be responsible for the facilities and care provided there.

Chief Executive of Epsom and St Helier, Daniel Elkeles, said: “Over the past three weeks, this empty facility has been completely transformed – working closely with the army, the county council, and health and social care teams, we have been able to redesign the use of these disused buildings, create new access roads, re-plumb the water system and re-install electricity supplies. This has taken a huge amount of planning and hard work from multiple teams, but we are determined to do everything we can to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure our patients have the very best chance of recovery.

“The site is a hive of activity still, but to see this rehabilitation centre come together is fantastic. It is an amazing facility, and the parts of the site that we will be using were all built to a high specification mostly over the last 10-30 years. The site is very open and there is plenty of green space and light to provide a high quality rehabilitation environment.”

Leader of Surrey County Council, and Chair of the Surrey Heartlands Partnership Tim Oliver said: “This week I had the chance to see first-hand the fantastic facilities being pulled together at Headley Court and it’s impressive. To have got the facility to this stage in a little under a month is a remarkable achievement.

“Going forward it will provide patients with the much needed support they need while taking the pressure off vital services in our hospitals.”

Senior Responsible Officer for Surrey Heartlands, Dr Claire Fuller, said:  “I would like to add my thanks to everyone involved in getting this up and running. I have been truly humbled by the fantastic work and collaboration from colleagues right across our partnership in the face of this virus; from staff working flat out on the frontline, the support workers behind the scenes who are keeping things going, to the determination of people to make seemingly impossible things happen.”

Daniel added: “Ensuring we have the right staff for this new facility, which will potentially provide care to hundreds of people at any one time, is vital. We are recruiting to a number of positions, so if you think you would like to help and are ready for your next challenge, please visit the Epsom and St Helier website and search jobs. Alternatively, you can follow this link.

“On behalf of our patients and staff, I would like to say a huge thank you to Tony Williamson of Angle Properties for allowing us to use this facility and undertake such significant work on the site.”

Temporary Closure of Church Lane

SES Water have advised us that Church Lane will be closed between Leech Lane and Broome Close on Thursday 23rd April until the evening of Friday 24th April to carry out emergency works. The diversion routes used during the mains renewal work will apply.

Statement from Councillor Stephen Cooksey

Leader of Mole Valley District Council, Councillor Stephen Cooksey said, “Thank you to everybody who stayed at home over the Easter weekend and helped to protect the NHS, frontline staff and our families.

“We have many incredible people across our district who generously offer their time to help those most in need. I fully appreciate that not everyone can offer their time to volunteer during this period and some residents have asked how they can help financially. The Surrey Matters Website provides useful advice on various funds set up to help relief efforts in Surrey.

“Staying continuously at home can prove very challenging, especially to survivors of domestic abuse. The refuge network in Surrey is working hard to keep women and their children safe and can be accessed through the Your Sanctuary helpline on 0808 2000 247.

“It’s worth mentioning that there is a lot of misinformation being shared about coronavirus. Fraudsters can make contact at the door, by phone, post or online. To make sure residents can always access correct and up to date information, Surrey County Council has created a web page with links to official information. It’s definitely worth visiting.

“We continue to support Mole Valley businesses and there are still about 500 business grants to claim.

We have paid over 700 grants totalling £9.5 million to local businesses so far.

“Please check our business support page for the latest information.

A new Coronavirus Business Support Hub bringing together key information for businesses as well as information for self-employed people and sole traders is now available.

“Mole Valley Chamber is taking its popular networking breakfasts online and will answer any business-related questions on 16 April from 9.30am to 11am.

“Life is currently very different, but we haven’t stopped supporting the arts and young local talent. Our ever-popular Youth Showcase Awards will have its finale online in April and the date will be confirmed soon. We can’t wait to celebrate the amazing achievements of over 100 young people who live or go to school in the district.

“Despite Dorking Halls being closed for performances, it’s still very active in the community. Last week we launched a social media competition for local musicians and vocalists. The winners will be invited to perform at the venue when it reopens.

“Finally, I would like to confirm that we’re doing everything we can to keep bin collections running as normal during the coronavirus pandemic. Here are some things that you can do to help us running the service smoothly.

“Thank you for your continued support and understanding.”

Easter Weekend Message from Surrey Police

Surrey Police Chief Constable Gavin Stephens has thanked the residents of Surrey ahead of the long bank holiday weekend as we continue to remind people to stay indoors to save people’s lives during the Covid-19 lockdown.

The Chief Constable said: “In these unprecedented times I’m grateful for the public’s support.

“The majority of people in Surrey have been doing their bit over the past few weeks and I would urge them to continue to adhere to the Government’s social distancing guidelines over the four day Easter weekend.

“We are continuing with the national policing advice to engage, explain and encourage members of the public to stay home. Enforcement is always a last resort but will be used where necessary.

“Please: Stay at home; protect the NHS, and save lives”.

Deputy Chief Constable Nev Kemp added that police are “well resourced” and will be on patrol in urban and rural communities to reassure and support over the Easter break.

DCC Kemp said: “The current face of crime is changing, overall demand into us is down but we are mindful that much is now hidden and less visible to us. Based on patterns from other countries, who are further ahead than us in dealing with this pandemic, we expect to see increases on certain crime types, including fraud and domestic abuse.

“We continue to work with support services to ensure that we are able to respond and support people if they call and need help. We encourage anyone who may be a victim, or who may have concerns about a loved one who may be vulnerable to these hidden crimes, to contact us and we will be there”.

Since the lockdown began the support from the people of Surrey has been incredible and is a boost to officers and staff who are on the front line putting themselves in harm’s way.

However there are a minority of people who continue to flout the guidance for their own benefit. Over the last two weeks there has been an increase in cases of anti-social behaviour, reports of people claiming to have the coronavirus, spitting or coughing at officers and with the reduced amount of cars on the roads – vehicles travelling in excess of the speed limit. Roads policing units will continue to disrupt this and any other criminality.

With more officers, including Special Constables, redeployed to visible policing, as well as additional PCSOs, communities will continue to see a reassuring presence over the weekend.

Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro said: “It is as important as ever that residents follow the Government advice and stay at home this bank holiday weekend. I want to thank the vast majority of Surrey residents who are following this advice – doing your bit will save lives”.

Under government regulations, you should only leave the house for very limited purposes:

• Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
• One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
• Any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
• Travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home

Box Hill Zig Zag Road Closure for the Easter Weekend

No doubt you will have seen or heard about numbers of visitors parking on our roadsides and congregating on Box Hill last weekend. Whilst they weren’t huge numbers, we are doing what we can to help the Police dissuade such activities.

For your information, we have official Traffic Regulation Orders on the public highway from Old London Road to our private road at the bottom of the Zig Zag Road. Similarly, at the top of our road we have a TRO on the public highway to the edge of Box Hill village, near the Smith and Western.

On Friday morning there will be road closed signage installed to dissuade recreational visitors.

With Police support, signage and cones in the road, we are hoping potential visitors will be dissuaded from visiting.

Many thanks for your support.

Andrew Wright
Countryside Manager

Surrey Hills – East