Statement from Councillor Stephen Cooksey, Leader of Mole Valley District Council

Leader of Mole Valley District Council Councillor Stephen Cooksey

Leader of Mole Valley District Council, Councillor Stephen Cooksey said, “’The Government has signalled its intention to publish a Recovery and Devolution White Paper in the autumn.  This is likely to propose increased powers for local government together with a re-organisation whereby Council functions are no longer provided by County Councils and Districts and Boroughs but by unitary authorities. Early indications are that these would be expected to serve a minimum of 300,000 – 400,000 residents.

Mole Valley District Councillors, along with those from other authorities, will have an opportunity to consider whether these proposals could improve the way that local government delivers services for our communities. Any change would be significant and would need very careful consideration. The views of our residents will play an important part in determining any proposals that Mole Valley puts to Government in response to the White Paper.

“Since Dorking Halls re-opened on July 4th we have welcomed over 400 cinema lovers.  We have received some wonderful comments from those of you that have attended.  The safety measures put in place, and the overall organisation have been highly praised.  Thank you for all of this positive feedback, the full cinema listings are featured on the Dorking Halls website. As a welcome back, until Thursday 13 August all cinema tickets will cost £6.50, and £5.50 for Friends of Dorking Halls.

“We are so pleased that our popular ‘Walk for Health’ walks are now back up and running again. These will now be taking place in smaller groups and participants are required to book their places in advance via email. Please see our website for details.

“I’m sure you will be pleased to hear that work continues on the new skate park in the grounds of Leatherhead Leisure Centre. This park will be ready for use in the early autumn.

“We are pleased to be continuing to work to help an ever increasing number of businesses that are reopening. Beauticians, tattooists, spas and other close contact services have been able to reopen from Monday 13 July.  Yesterday, we all heard confirmation that face coverings must be warn inside shops from the 24th July.  These must cover your nose and mouth.  We thank you for doing this within Mole Valley whilst supporting your local shops.

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