Statement from Councillor Stephen Cooksey

Leader of Mole Valley District Council, Councillor Stephen Cooksey said, “It is such wonderful news that so many of our shops and businesses re-opened yesterday, many more will follow in the coming weeks. 

“Our Economic Development team have been working hard to support all businesses with grants and information, with the focus turning to non-essential retail businesses allowed to re-open since Monday.  Last week, drop-in Information Hubs were held outdoors in Leatherhead and Dorking* for businesses to talk with us about how to open safely following the new government regulations. These were very well attended, with over 70 businesses dropping in to the Dorking one. On Monday and Tuesday this week, the team continued to visit businesses in their premises and put up a range of signage in the towns and villages. The team is continuing to support local businesses with advice, including top tips on managing queues. Thank you to everyone who is supporting our local businesses by buying local and helping our high streets recover.

“Sadly we are aware that nationally and locally there are many cruel people preying on the vulnerable with simple and more elaborate scams to steal large sums of money during this pandemic. We urge everyone to be wary and not to respond to unsolicited phone calls or doorstep salespeople unless they are 100% sure that what they are getting is what they want, and will actually be delivered. Scammers do sometimes pose as officials, so remember any genuine official looking caller would never, ever ask for your bank details or seek to send you, or accompany you, to a cash point. Online scams are just as common, so again please check out any requests for money or unexpected ‘wins’ online very carefully before you divulge any personal details or respond at all. 

“Many of you will be pleased to hear we now have nine new CCTV cameras installed in fly tipping hotspots across the district. These cameras will be moved around and we continue to take firm action against fly tippers. Do remember that any waste removed from your house remains your responsibility, so checking where it is going and ensuring your waste carrier is registered is essential. You can check registered waste carriers via our website, or directly with the Environment Agency’s site.

“Some of you may have spotted that the exterior of Dorking Halls is now lit up in the evenings at the weekends with the Pride colours. This is in support of Pride month. On our website we state that we are “Celebrating diversity and promoting inclusion for all’.  With recent world events we will be reviewing our Equality Statement, please talk to us we will listen, we do not want anyone in Mole Valley to feel discriminated against.

“Finally, as lockdown eases slowly we thank you for all the kindness you are showing to each other. As the shops reopen we know things will take a little longer than previously, so your ongoing patience towards each other and those working in the shops is much appreciated.

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