Mole Valley District Council’s Cabinet will, at its meeting on Tuesday 26 November 2019, be asked to support the inclusion of a series of proposals to improve Leatherhead High Street as part of Surrey County Council’s 2019 parking review. This would enable Mole Valley Local Committee to consider the proposals at its December meeting.
Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) recognises that a key objective of Transform Leatherhead is to ensure the High Street is a successful focal point for the town and can easily facilitate community events and activities for the benefit of local residents whilst also encouraging visitors into Leatherhead to enhance its vitality and prosperity.
In response to two community-led petitions submitted to Surrey County Council’s Mole Valley Local Committee in September and December 2018 calling to improve the level of footfall in the town by increasing vehicle access earlier in the day in the High Street, MVDC wanted to better understand the impact such alterations might have.
MVDC commissioned engineering consultants Arcadis in January 2019 to engage with stakeholders and produce two viable options for the High Street. The two agreed options – the first of which, as closely as possible, reflected the petitioners’ proposals – put forward by Arcadis were extensively consulted on with the public for four weeks in July 2019.
The results showed that there was strong public support to extend the existing pedestrian zone to include Sundays, stop parking on the High Street at any time and enable businesses to continue being able to load and unload at agreed times using designated loading bays. This would enable additional seating and planting to be installed on the High Street, to help make it more welcoming. These proposals would form the first phase of any such works to Leatherhead High Street.
Councillor Bridget Kendrick, Cabinet Member for Projects, said: “Transform Leatherhead is committed to ensuring the success and viability of the town and, at its heart, the High Street. We have done a substantial amount of work to explore what could be done and the public have had the opportunity to make their views known too.
“Surrey County Council has overall responsibility for making any such parking and pedestrian alterations to a town centre. Should there be Cabinet agreement that the established proposals for the High Street be submitted as part of the County Council’s parking review next month, I hope the decision is looked upon favourably and can be moved forward, subject to statutory consultation.”1