Surrey Highways: Planned Roadworks

Surrey Highways have advised us of a planned road closure of Pebble Hill Road in the coming week. The work is described as vegetation clearance and tree felling works.  The works are expected to be completed between 9:30am and 4pm within 1 day.  It is not clear exactly which day the work is scheduled for, but the road closure notice becomes active on Wednesday 24th June.

NHS Seacole Centre at Headley Court has admitted its first patients

It has been announced that the NHS Seacole Centre has admitted its first patients. On a visit the NHS Chief Executive Sir Simon Stevens said:

“While our country is now emerging from the initial peak of coronavirus, we’re now seeing a substantial new need for rehab and aftercare for Covid patients who’ve come through this terrible illness.

“Some may need care for tracheostomy wounds, ongoing therapy to recover heart, lung and muscle function, psychological treatment for post-intensive care syndrome and cognitive impairment, while others may need social care support for their everyday needs like washing and dressing.

“So the next phase of the health service’s coronavirus response will mean expanding and strengthening community health and care services in new ways, such as these new Seacole Centres.”

Headley Court is the first of its kind in England and was transformed into the Seacole Centre in just 35 days, thanks to the work of teams across Surrey Heartlands, including Surrey County Council, the military and the NHS.

David Preedy, Chair of Headley Parish Council commented:

“The local community is pleased that the facilities at Headley Court have been re-deployed at this time of national emergency.

“The heritage of Headley Court as a centre of excellence in rehabilitation has been re-invented to meet a new need (albeit on a temporary basis). We congratulate all those who have made this transformation possible.

“We are confident that patients here will receive excellent treatment in a unique setting and we hope that their time in Headley will put them firmly on the road to a full recovery. We wish them all well.”

High Street Grant Award

Councillor Stephen Cooksey, Leader of Mole Valley District Council, said: “These extraordinary times have been particularly challenging for our businesses, and employees of those businesses. The public health measures in place these past few months have seen the district’s high streets devoid of the footfall that our residents, workers and visitors provide. We have great sympathy with businesses and their employees across Mole Valley whose ability to trade has either ceased entirely or vastly reduced.

“Throughout this period, we have been working extremely hard to inform local businesses about the very latest guidance and support when it is made available by the government. Our commitment to supporting the Mole Valley business community has seen us working closely with partners to establish a range of support measures, including digital skills training, webinars and administering 1,276 business support grants worth £16,255,000*.

“With the Government slowly easing the measures in place, and the news that non-essential shops will be able to reopen with appropriate social distancing measures in place from mid-June, it is with some relief that we have been allocated a grant of just under £77,000 to help our high streets adapt. This money will be available from 1 June 2020 and will allow us to put the necessary practical measures in place to support customer confidence to return to our high streets.

“I want to make it absolutely clear that this support is not limited to our towns. It will include village high streets too. We need to kick-start our local economy – safely – as soon as possible and we are working to assess exactly how and where to implement these temporary measures, which will include assisting social distancing and making temporary public realm changes.”


*Correct as of 28 May 2020

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.

Statement from Councillor Stephen Cooksey

Leader of Mole Valley District Council, Councillor Stephen Cooksey said, “Things are moving quickly this week and I wanted to give you an update on where we are with the reopening of some of Mole Valley’s community facilities.”

“From this weekend we will be reopening our tennis and basketball courts. Parks remain open too. While we want you to be able to enjoy using these facilities as part of your daily exercise please make sure you follow social distancing rules at all times. Please ensure you do not gather in groups of more than two people, except with members of your household. Updated guidance on social distancing can be found here.”

“It is also important that we don’t compromise on hand hygiene when out and about, particularly before and after touching any surfaces.”

“I would also like to reiterate that there are still around 400 businesses within Mole Valley that are entitled to claim a business grant, particularly those within Scout and Girl Guide groups, village/parish halls, sports clubs, riding/equestrian stables and tenants of business parks and serviced offices where they pay rates. If you know someone who is part of one of these organisations, please let them know that there is support available. Small Business Grants can be claimed here”.

Please be assured that if you have received a postcard from Joint Waste Solutions (JWS) regarding your food waste collection service, it is only the time of day that is changing, not the day of collection.

Your food waste will be collected by a separate waste vehicle from Monday 18 May. Please put your caddy out as you would on your normal collection day and leave it out until it is emptied.

“If you have received a letter from JWS, it is because your bin collection day is changing. The letter sets out which days are changing and when these changes take effect. If you have any questions, please visit or call us on 01306 885001.”

“I would like to thank everyone in Mole Valley for the continued kindness you are showing to each other as a community during this time.”


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.”