Statement from Councillor Stephen Cooksey, MVDC

Statement from Councillor Stephen Cooksey, Leader of Mole Valley District Council

Councillor Stephen Cooksey, Leader of Mole Valley District Council (MVDC), said: “On Monday evening this week, all Members gave consideration to our Local Plan at an Extraordinary Council meeting. I, along with four other Cabinet colleagues, called the meeting so that MVDC’s Members could consider seeking the Inspector’s view on removing all green belt sites from the draft Plan. I am delighted to say that this proposal gained universal consensus across the council chamber and we have written to the Inspector to see if she would consider this modification to the Plan. We will of course update residents on the outcome of this decision when we know more ourselves.

“There will be a drop-in community engagement event taking place at the Leatherhead Institute (KT22 8AH) on Saturday 21 January 2023 from 1-3pm. It will provide an opportunity for anyone to speak to representatives from a range of organisations including the local Safer Neighbourhood policing team, Mount Green Housing Association, the Designing Out Crime Officer and Neighbourhood Watch. A number of teams from MVDC will be there too, including the Transform Leatherhead team who will be able to provide an update on the town’s regeneration project.

“Ahead of the annual Specsavers Surrey Youth Games weekend being held this summer – a brilliant opportunity for young people  across the county to have fun and get active – Team Mole Valley needs enthusiastic Young Ambassadors to help promote and encourage new participants to take part in 2023. It is a great opportunity chance for 7 to 16 years olds to develop leadership skills and build confidence too. Ambassador application need to be in by 31 January 2023. For more information, visit our website.

“Many people in Mole Valley will have one or more dogs in their homes, and it is really important residents are aware of the responsibility that comes with being an owner. Our Environmental Health team have asked I share a reminder that, if your dog is over the age of eight weeks, it must be microchipped and the pet’s details registered. You could face a fine of up to £500 if your dog is not registered on an approved database.

“As a reminder, if you wish to comment on the organisation’s budget proposals for 2023/24, we will need to receive your email to [email protected] before 23 January 2023.

“Finally, I would like to thank everyone who took the time to email us their thoughts surrounding the offer from Dorking Wanderers to purchase the Meadowbank facilities. The report, which will first be considered by the Scrutiny Committee in the evening on Tuesday 24 January 2023, is available on our website. The meeting is also available to watch next Tuesday on our webcast should you wish.”

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