New Water Refill Points Unveiled in Dorking and Leatherhead

Merlin the Mole trying out the new water refill point.

Mole Valley District Council Tackles Single-Use Plastic Waste.

Two water refill points were unveiled at the Swan Centre in Leatherhead and St Martin’s Walk in Dorking on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 February 2020 by Mole Valley District Council. Hundreds of reusable bottles were also handed out to passers-by in and around the shopping centres to help raise awareness about the importance of reducing single-use plastic waste.  

The refill points were funded by Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) and the Surrey Environment Partnership, of which MVDC is a member. Representatives from both organisations, the shopping centres and SES Water were at the giveaway events to help raise local awareness of the wider need to tackle avoidable plastic waste.

Refill Dorking – Cabinet Members, St Martins Walk and SES Water representatives: Cllr Clayton Wellman (MVDC), Cllr Claire Malcomson (MVDC), Susannah Powell (St Martin’s Walk), Tom Sommerfelt (SES Water)

The installation of the first water refill points in Mole Valley means that, together with over 65 local businesses across the district that have signed up as Refill Stations, the opportunity for members of the public to access free drinking water has been given a huge boost. This most recent environment-related milestone forms part of MVDC’s local initiative, Refill Mole Valley.

For information about Refill Mole Valley, the list of Refill Stations and details about how residents and businesses can help support the fight against plastic waste, visit

Councillor Claire Malcomson, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “I was delighted to be a part of the unveiling of the first two water refill points in Mole Valley, together with our partners Surrey Environment Partnership and SES Water. It was lovely to see members of the public filling their reusable bottles at the refill points, and I am sure they will see regular use; particularly with the warmer seasons coming soon. We will continue our work to eliminate avoidable single-use plastics from MVDC-owned properties for the benefit of our environment.”

Refill Leatherhead – Cabinet and Local Members, Merlin, Swan Centre, SES Water and SEP representatives: Nick Meadows (SEP), Miranda Virgo (Swan Centre), Merlin the Mole (MVDC), Cllr Claire Malcomson (MVDC), Cllr Rosemary Dickson (MVDC), Cllr Keira Vyvyan-Robinson (MVDC), Alison Murphy (SES Water)

Richard Keel, Deputy Manager at the Swan Shopping Centre, said: “The Swan Centre is pleased to be the chosen location for the fountain and to be part of this exciting and community-focused initiative between Mole Valley District Council, SES Water and Surrey Environment Partnership. I am sure that this facility will be welcomed by many users and also be a valuable asset in our effort to reduce single-use plastics.”

Susannah Powell, St Martin’s Walk Shopping Centre Manager, said: “St Martin’s Walk Shopping Centre is proud to partner with Mole Valley District Council and SES Water in supporting an initiative to reduce single-use plastic water bottles, with a newly installed water filling station providing free high-quality water to the public.”            

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