Statement from Councillor Stephen Cooksey – Mole Valley Together

Leader of Mole Valley District Council, Councillor Stephen Cooksey said, “We are all working hard on providing vital services and assistance for residents and businesses in Mole Valley.  Whilst our offices are now all closed with the majority of our staff working from home, our website remains fully functioning and you can call us between the hours of 8.30am – 5pm on our normal number 01306 885001.

“We are working with Surrey County Council on their new Coronavirus Pandemic Helpline – 0300 200 1008.  This number can be dialled for non-emergency enquiries about support, such as picking up shopping, prescription collections or having someone who can be a telephone friend, or for direction to services who can help you in other ways.

“People in Mole Valley have been exemplary in their response to this national crisis, helping friends, family and neighbours.  If you have further capacity to help others we would ask you to register your support by calling 0300 200 1008 so this can be co-ordinated.

“We have launched an Emergency Fund for local organisations to apply to help them deliver services to help the district’s most vulnerable people.  Grants of up to £5,000 will be available. Please call us on 01306 885001 for more details on this.

“We are undertaking a huge amount of work in organising all the support on offer for our local businesses. We are moving as fast as we can on this and are managing a high speed flow of new information, so please see our website for updates, and keep checking social media for our news.

“Temporary parking permits are now available for our long term car parks for £30 for three months, this is to assist those who now unusually have their cars at home.

“In addition to this we have removed the time restrictions for Off-Peak permits. For the time being, these permits are valid in MVDC long term car parks outside of the specified off-peak times without any penalty.

“Our playgrounds are closed now for everyone’s safety.  We are fortunate in Mole Valley that we live in such beautiful surroundings, so those of you who are able to, can still go out for a walk as per government guidelines.

“We thank you for supporting each other during this unprecedented time, we are a resilient community and will continue to support each other.  We thank you all for staying at home, we will get through this by helping one another.”