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.”