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Flood Grant Deadline Extended

by Mike Ward on 15 February, 2015

The County Council has extended the deadline for applying for grants to protect homes against future flooding to 20 March 2015. The grants are available to people who were flooded between 1 December 2013 and 31 March 2014. They are for measures to contain or reduce the impact of future flooding and the maximum is […]

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Liberal Democrat Roger Abbott is calling for Surrey County Council to carry out a full geological survey to understand the sources of groundwater flooding threats to Brockham & Betchworth. Please sign his petition. He says, “The risk of flooding continues to be a major concern in parts of our villages. A large element of this […]

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Mole Valley set to drop Green Belt review?

by Mike Ward on 27 October, 2014

Mole Valley District Council’s Green Belt review looks set to be dropped following a recent debate on a motion to stop it. The motion itself was withdrawn but the Executive member responsible indicated that he was minded to cease work on it, saying “the potential requirement for Green Belt land appeared to be less than […]

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Aircraft nuisance to continue to November

by Mike Ward on 13 August, 2014

Information from the Civil Aviation Authority reveals that the noise nuisance from aircraft flying the new flight paths is likely to continue until November. A review and final decision is due at that point. This means that it is vital to keep complaining, even after the consultation closes on 14 August, whenever we are disturbed […]

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If you live in The Holmwoods, Beare Green, Capel or parts of Brockham, Betchworth & Leigh, you will have been only too aware of the increase in flights and noise overhead since the start of the year. For many of us, we have gone from having occasional flights, but not enough to be much of […]

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County Council allows composting at Swires Farm

by Mike Ward on 29 July, 2014

Unfortunately the County Council’s Planning Committee has approved the application for composting at Swires Farm. This over-rides the objections of Mole Valley District Council and many local residents. See here for more detail. Councillor Stephen Cooksey, who represents residents in Blackbrook Road north of the Henfold Lane railway bridge argued for refusal at the meeting […]

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More Green Belt sites under review

by Mike Ward on 1 June, 2014

400 new houses and new school for Beare Green? New sites also proposed for Capel, Charlwood & Hookwood New sites are being included in Mole Valley’s Green Belt Review. Formal consultation is expected to start on these sites on Monday 9 June and will run until 21 July. So if you have views it’s important […]

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Farming sunshine in Beare Green?

by Mike Ward on 8 January, 2014

TGC Renewables, a renewable energy firm, is showing interest in developing a solar farm on land at Crackerbarrel Farm in Beare Green. The plan is to build banks of solar panels, known as a ‘solar array’ on farmland either side of the Capel Bypass (A24), just south of Beare Green Roundabout. The panels would face […]

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Prudential Ride London misses Ockley next year

by Mike Ward on 28 December, 2013

Ockley will not be directly affected by the Prudential Ride London event to be held on Sunday 10 August 2014. However, the route will come as far south as Forest Green and will also significantly affect Dorking, Westcott and Coldharbour. It has also been confirmed that the event will continue for another 4 years. But […]

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Questioning of the Leader of the County Council by my colleague, Liberal Democrat County Councillor Hazel Watson(Dorking Hills), has revealed that Surrey’s council taxpayers have provided £381,250 to The Tour of Britain Ltd which organises the Tour of Britain Road race. She said, “Despite the Conservative Cabinet Member responsible for the cycling events (Helyn Clack, also […]

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