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Short Trains to London skip commuter stops

by Mike Ward on 9 September, 2014

If there’s one thing worse than an over-crowded commuter train, it’s an over-crowded commuter train that skips the stop you need to get off at. This happened to commuters from Dorking this morning when the 8.01 South West Trains service was only 4 coaches and skipped several intermediate stops on its way to Waterloo. The […]

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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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Gatwick 2nd Runway consultation flops

by Mike Ward on 13 August, 2014

Gatwick Airport Limited’s proposal for a 2nd runway at Gatwick has been comprehensively rejected by its own consultation. The results were: Option 1       194 Option 2        167 Option 3.       733 None of these options.   6,200 Commenting on the results, Gatwick Airport Conservation Campaign (GACC) said, […]

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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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Cherkley costs rise as Council ignores public opinion

by Mike Ward on 27 December, 2013

Mole Valley District Council has decided to carry on with its legal action defending its decision to grant planning permission for a golf course at Cherkley Court rather than leaving the legal action to the developers. This decision was taken in the face of a petition signed by over 700 people expressing strong opposition and […]

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