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  • andrew matthews
    Article: Mar 8, 2021

    Andrew Matthews - Mole Valley District Council Candidate

    Andrew grew up in Fetcham, attended local schools and went on to higher education, before starting his career on the railways.

    After living in Leatherhead, he moved to Bookham, with his wife and young family in 2010.

    Working as a Railway Signalling Engineer, he is regularly part of a team upgrading the railway infrastructure, and was involved in the recent remodelling, of London Bridge Station. He also enjoys spending time between rail projects, as a handyman working in the area.

  • Vote ()
    Article: Mar 8, 2021


    1.1 Do Everything Possible to Protect the Green Belt - and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty; government planning policies and centrally devised housing numbers increasingly put the Green Belt at risk and the Council must be vigilant and determined to resist this as far as possible by using available planning powers; confirm policy of only considering developments in the Green Belt if the land no longer serves Green Belt purposes and the development has local support; do everything possible to protect the Green Belt in the event that Government demands for excessive housing development put it at risk; implement a similar policy to protect rural areas beyond the Green Belt; 

    1.2 Protect and enhance the built environment - provide environmental improvements to town and village centres to increase their attractiveness to residents and business; seek to enhance and improve the quality of pavements, passageways, and street furniture in urban and rural areas and undertake decluttering where appropriate; 

    1.3 Provide a cleaner local environment - and support communities by clearing litter effectively and tackling dog fouling, by improving urban and rural street cleaning and by ensuring that street sweeping is scheduled to take account of special circumstances such as the autumn leaf fall; and that graffiti and fly posting are dealt with effectively; 

    1.4 Encourage residents to enhance their local environment - by reducing their use of natural resources, re-using materials and increasing recycling; widen the scope of recycling; support the MVDC 'Only Losers Litter' campaign to discourage littering from vehicles; 

    1.5 Protect Recycling Centres - campaign to restore the service cuts that have inconvenienced residents, reduced recycling rates and increased fly tipping; work with the County to find a way to extend facilities and opening hours at the Community Recycling Centres in Leatherhead and Dorking; 

    1.6 Effectively tackle fly-tipping - in the countryside and towns by using all practical methods including mobile cameras to catch and prosecute offenders; encourage reporting of all fly- tipping on the MVDC website to provide solid data on the scale of the problem; 

    1.7 Make the promotion of Green policies a priority - take the lead in energy conservation programmes; promote renewable energy in all Council buildings including consideration of ground source and geothermal heating; work towards the Council becoming carbon neutral by 2030; involve local organisations which promote these aims in enhancing and implementing Council policy; 

    1.8 Insist on the delivery of green principles on all new developments - implement green initiatives such as solar, wind turbine or ground source energy, high standard insulation, the replacement of trees and encouraging new planting; the introduction of catalytic converters on log burners and similar equipment; welcoming car club and car sharing initiatives and installing electric vehicle charging points in all Council car parks; support the planning improvements incorporated into the Draft Local Plan; 

    1.9 Encourage local power generation - such as solar, wind and hydro energy in appropriate locations; actively motivate investment in renewable energy and dissuade investment in fossil fuels;

  • Article: Mar 7, 2021

    We caught up with Cllr Bridget Kendrick via Zoom call got the latest about Leatherhead North:

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    Article: Mar 4, 2021

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  • Article: Feb 3, 2021

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  • Stephen Cooksey Leader of Mole Valley Council ()
    Article: Feb 16, 2020

    Council needs resident's views on draft Local Plan and inclusion of Green Belt sites to meet Government targets

    Liberal Democrat controlled Mole Valley Council is consulting residents on a draft Local Plan. The Council needs an approved Local Plan in order to protect our area from undesirable development. To get approval, the plan must meet the Government target for new housing. This is currently set so high that it can only be met by releasing a small amount of Green Belt land. The Council does not believe this is in the best interests of Mole Valley and will continue trying to get this target cut.

  • Affordable Housing ()
    Article: Feb 16, 2020

    This draft plan, whilst largely inherited from the previous administration, offer opportunities for improvement and innovative policies which have been introduced by the Lib Dems.

    More affordable housing

    The draft plan offers positive opportunities for our communities. For example, the plan will ensure that more affordable homes are built, especially in rural areas, and will encourage social rents and shared ownership. It will also prioritise smaller family homes in the mix.

  • Paul and Margaret ()
    Article: Feb 16, 2020
    • Obtained approval for the Claire and James House redevelopment and started work on the Riverside Park project.
    • Declared a Climate Emergency in June. Introduced water-refilling stations and more electric charging points.
    • Supported new business initiatives all around the District, including markets.
    • Launched 'Opportunity Dorking' with a fund of £275,000 to look at ways to support businesses and rejuvenate the town centre.
    • Continued our campaign to improve broadband connectivity in rural areas, with a £50,000 funding injection.
  • Flytipping
    Article: Feb 16, 2020
    • An investment of £200,000 to implement green environmental policies. "We will also increase the number of free 30 minute parking spaces," says Councillor Clayton Wellman, "as well as business and low-paid worker parking permit schemes."
    • "Increasing the grant made to Citizens Advice is a sound and a caring investment because of the support they give to residents in need," says Cllr Hazel Watson.
    • Budget was also set aside for an anti-littering campaign and the deployment of mobile cameras will undoubtedly help stop fly-tipping.
    • Providing youth related activities in school holidays, not only helps kids and families, it can also prevent anti-social behaviour. Money well spent.