Statement from Councillor Stephen Cooksey

Leader of Mole Valley District Council, Councillor Stephen Cooksey said, “Last Friday we had a very special event, our Youth Showcase Awards. The 16th year of these awards took place, not at Dorking Halls as it has done every year, but entirely online via our social media platforms. Many of you watched the awards and congratulated our fabulous winners online, but if you would like to catch up then please see our YouTube channel.

“Technology has enabled so many of us to access assistance, community and new ideas during this period. This sense of community in Mole Valley has been quite extraordinary and we intend to sustain the closer ties we have formed with many of you once we are back into more normal times. You may be receiving our now weekly resident and business e-newsletter, if you are not and would like to sign up please follow the links via social media or on our website.

“Today, our first Development Management meeting will take place online, so accessing democracy is available, you can view this meeting via our YouTube channel.

“You may notice a new look to our website from yesterday. The site should feel very much the same but we have prioritised renewing it, keeping the site secure and fully up to date so it can be accessed 24/7. During these times more than ever before has the necessity of the site staying available been a key priority.

“If you are not online, you are not alone. Our work with Surrey County Council on the Community Helpline continues with Mole Valley staff responding. Call 0300 200 1008 if you need help or would like to register to find a ‘phone friend’. This service is also there for those that have suffered a bereavement, do please call if you would like to speak with someone.

“We understand the frustrations of those of you that are at home, are well and have time to do a spring clean, yet cannot access your local community recycling centre (CRC). We are keen to see services back to normal as soon as possible, but whilst the current government guidance remains in place, travelling to dispose of waste is not considered an essential journey.

“As soon as guidance changes and Surrey re open the CRC’s, we will update you. So at this time we do ask you to hold on to any excess waste.

“Thank you everyone for continuing to stay at home.”

Surrey Community Helpline Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 8am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 2pm

 
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