Mole Valley

Mole Valley is a local government district in Surrey, England. Its council is based in Dorking.

The other town in the district is Leatherhead. The largest villages are Ashtead, Fetcham and Great Bookham, in the northern third of the district. Most of the district is on the escarpments of or adjoins the Surrey Hills AONB (the North Downs and Greensand Ridge including locally Leith Hill, Polesden Lacey, Box Hill and Denbies Wine Estate, the largest vineyard in the country and several golf courses)[1] The North Downs are followed or parallelled by the Pilgrims' Way. There are stations on the LondonWorthing and ReadingGatwick Airport railways, and in the northern third, a commuter stopping-service pattern line, LondonGuildford (via Epsom) line.

The A24 road and the M25 motorway are the main thoroughfares and relative to London the incidence of car ownership is high. The area hosts hill-focussed sub-laps of the London-Surrey Classic cycling tour each year.

Mole Valley District
Leatherhead High Street
Leatherhead High Street
Motto(s): 
Ministrando vigilans
(Latin: Vigilant in our serving)
Mole Valley shown within Surrey
Mole Valley shown within Surrey
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth East England
Non-metropolitan countySurrey
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQDorking
Incorporated1 April 1974
Government
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyMole Valley District Council
 • LeadershipAlternative - Sec.31 (Liberal Democrats)
Area
 • Total99.7 sq mi (258.3 km2)
Area rank147th (of 317) Highest point : Leith Hill
Population
 (mid-2018 est.)
 • Total87,253
 • Rank279th (of 317)
 • Density870/sq mi (340/km2)
 • Ethnicity
97.4% White
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code43UE (ONS)
E07000210 (GSS)
OS grid referenceTQ0496458567
Websitewww.molevalley.gov.uk

Towns

Other settlements[2]

Village Other Settlements Civil Parish (where applicable)
Abinger Abinger Common, Abinger Hammer
Forest Green, Walliswood
Sutton Abinger and Oakwood Hill[3]
Abinger
Ashtead
Capel Beare Green
Coldharbour
Capel
Betchworth Betchworth
Brockham Strood Green Brockham
Buckland Buckland
Charlwood Hookwood, Norwood Hill Charlwood
Fetcham
Great Bookham
Headley Box Hill Headley
Holmwood - includes Chart Downs, Goodwyns, North, South and Mid Holmwood
Leigh Shellwood Cross
Dawesgreen
Leigh
Little Bookham
Mickleham Mickleham
Newdigate Parkgate Newdigate
Ockley Ockley
Ranmore
Westcott
Westhumble
Wotton Friday Street Wotton

Governance

Mole Valley District Council is elected by thirds: one-third of councillors are elected at each election, each serving four year terms; three years out of four having elections.

The council was however elected across all areas in 2000 after major boundary changes to the wards.

Although Mole Valley (UK Parliament constituency) has been Conservative for a long time, Mole Valley District Council has, with Independent/RA and Liberal Democrats, for long periods been under no overall control.[4]

First Elected Conservative Labour Lib Dem Independent Other
1999 17 1 16 7 0
2000 19 1 14 7 0
2002 18 1 15 3 4
2003 19 1 15 6 0
2004 19 0 17 5 0
2006 23 0 15 3 0
2007 22 0 16 3 0
2008 18 0 17 6 (5 Ashtead Independents + 1 Leatherhead Independent) 0
2010 17 0 18 6 (5 Ashtead Independents + 1 Leatherhead Independent) 0[5]
2012 15 0 19 7 (6 Ashtead Independents + 1 Leatherhead Independent) 0
2015 23 0 10 6 2
2016 23 0 12 6 0
2017 21 0 13 7 (6 Ashtead Independents + 1 Beare Green Independent) 0
2018 20 0 14 7 (6 Ashtead Independents + 1 Beare Green Independent) 0
2019 12 0 22 7 (6 Ashtead Independents + 1 Beare Green Independent) 0

Between May 2015 and May 2018, Mole Valley Liberal Democrats gained two council seats in by-elections (Holmwoods June 2015 gain from UKIP, Leatherhead North June 2016 gain from Conservatives), and one Conservative councillor defected to Beare Green Independent (May 2017). The Liberal Democrats then made a net gain of one in May 2018, pushing the Council back into no overall control. However, Conservatives continued to control the administration with the support of the Independents, with three Ashtead Independents becoming members of the Cabinet.

The overall composition established in May 2018 is 20 Conservatives, 14 Liberal Democrats, and 7 Independents (6 Ashtead Independents and 1 Beare Green Independent). There are no Labour, UKIP or Green Party councillors.

Party control

  • 1974–1980: No overall control
  • 1980–1982: Independent control
  • 1982–1994: No overall control
  • 1994-1995: Liberal Democrat control
  • 1995-2006: No overall control
  • 2006–2008: Conservative control
  • 2010–2015: No overall control
  • 2015-2018: Conservative control
  • 2018-2019: No overall control
  • 2018-2019: Liberal Democrat control

Surrey County Council

Surrey County Council, elected every four years, obtains six representatives from this area:

First Elected Member[6]

Ward

2009 Chris Townsend Ashtead
2005 Clare Curran Bookham and Fetcham West
2005 Stephen Cooksey Dorking and the Holmwoods - includes the south of the town and Holmwoods
2001 Helyn Clack[7] Dorking Rural - comprises villages and farms east of Dorking
Tim Hall Leatherhead and Fetcham East
1993 Hazel Watson Dorking Hills - comprises the northern part of Dorking town and the farms and villages north & west of Dorking
2009 Clare Curran Leatherhead and Fetcham East

History

The district, named after the River Mole, was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, by a merger of the urban districts of Dorking and Leatherhead and most of the Dorking and Horley Rural District.

Demographics

A Legatum Prosperity Index published by the Legatum Institute in October 2016 showed Mole Valley as the second most prosperous council area in the United Kingdom, after the nearby Borough of Waverley.[8]

Churches graded II* or above

St Nicholas, East Window - geograph.org.uk - 675258
St Nicolas, Great Bookham
Church of St John the Evangelist, Wotton - geograph.org.uk - 660290
St John, Wotton
St Michaels Mickleham
St Michael, Mickleham
St. Michael's Church, Betchworth, Surrey - geograph.org.uk - 517235
St Michael's Betchworth, 13th century, used in Four Weddings and a Funeral
Church Place Listed building
Class
St Michael Betchworth I [9]
St Nicolas Great Bookham I[10]
All Saints Little Bookham II*
St Nicholas Charlwood I[11]
St Michael Mickleham I [12]
St John the Evangelist Wotton I [13]
St Mary & St Nicholas Leatherhead II*[14]
St Barnabas Ranmore Common II* [15]
St Mary Pixham II* [16]
St Martin Dorking II* [17]
St Mary Fetcham II* [18]
St Giles Ashtead II* [19]
St James Abinger Common II* [20]
Holy Trinity Westcott II* [21]
St Bartholomew Leigh II* [22]
St Margaret Ockley II* [23]
St John the Baptist Walliswood II* [24]

Environmental concerns

In May 2006, a report commissioned by British Gas [25] showed that housing in Mole Valley produced the twentieth highest average carbon emissions in the country at 6,928 kg of carbon dioxide per dwelling.

In 2008 a group of residents got together and formed The Green Mole Forum [1] with the aim of promoting sustainable development in Mole Valley both by providing a hub to help residents, and to lobby the council to undertake more sustainable policies.

Emergency services

Mole Valley is served by these emergency services:

  • Surrey Police. Dorking Police Station is the lead station in Mole Valley Division, Leatherhead Police Station is now closed.
  • South East Coast Ambulance Service The district has two Ambulance Stations – one in North Holmwood (1 mile (2 km) south of Dorking), and the other in Leatherhead.
  • Surrey Fire & Rescue Service, The district has two Fire Stations one in North Holmwood and the other in Leatherhead.
  • SURSAR, The district is covered by Surrey Search & Rescue
  • Hospital, Each town has a small NHS Hospital with no A&E. They are used for outpatients and rehabilitation.

Sources

See also

References

  1. ^ "Government information about visitor attractions at Denbie's". Surrey County Council. Archived from the original on 1 September 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  2. ^ Surrey County Council website
  3. ^ "Home Page". Abinger Parish Council. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  4. ^ Mole Valley District Council, 2012 Election Results
  5. ^ BBC news
  6. ^ Surrey County Councillors. Retrieved 2012-04-28
  7. ^ "Cllr Helyn Clack". Surrey County Council. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  8. ^ Emily Chan, Jessica Duncan, It's wonderful in Waverley but hell in Hull! League table of most prosperous places to live show it's grim up north - but how does your town rate? in Daily Mail online dated 22 October 2016, accessed 22 October 2016
  9. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1378131)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  10. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1028641)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  11. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1248610)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  12. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1028835)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  13. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1294098)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  14. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1190429)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  15. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1189879)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  16. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1279086)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  17. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1028904)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  18. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1378187)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  19. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1028685)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  20. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1378082)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  21. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1227892)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  22. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1028748)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  23. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1028694)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  24. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1028844)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  25. ^ Centrica plc Archived 26 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine. Britishgasnews.co.uk (2013-02-27). Retrieved on 2013-07-17.

External links

Coordinates: 51°18′57.68″N 0°29′37.31″W / 51.3160222°N 0.4936972°W

1998 Mole Valley District Council election

Elections to Mole Valley Council were held on 7 May 1998. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.

After the election, the composition of the council was

Liberal Democrat 16

Conservative 14

Independent 9

Labour 2

1999 Mole Valley District Council election

Elections to Mole Valley Council were held on 6 May 1999. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.

After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 17

Liberal Democrat 16

Independent 7

Labour 1

2000 Mole Valley District Council election

Elections to Mole Valley Council were held on 4 May 2000. The whole council was up for election with boundary changes since the last election in 1999. The council stayed under no overall control.

2002 Mole Valley District Council election

Elections to Mole Valley Council were held on 2 May 2002. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.

After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 18

Liberal Democrat 15

Independent 7

Labour 1

2003 Mole Valley District Council election

Elections to Mole Valley Council were held on 1 May 2003. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.

After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 19

Liberal Democrat 15

Independent 6

Labour 1

2004 Mole Valley District Council election

Elections to Mole Valley Council were held on 10 June 2004. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control. Overall turnout was 49.8%.

After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 19

Liberal Democrat 17

Independent 5

2006 Mole Valley District Council election

Elections to Mole Valley Council were held on 4 May 2006. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party gained overall control of the council from no overall control. Overall turnout was 49.0%.

After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 23

Liberal Democrat 15

Independent 3

2007 Mole Valley District Council election

Elections to Mole Valley Council were held on 3 May 2007. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party kept overall control of the council. Overall turnout was 46.5%.

After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 22

Liberal Democrat 16

Independent 3

2008 Mole Valley District Council election

Elections to Mole Valley Council were held on 1 May 2008. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council. Overall turnout was 46.5% a drop from the 47.2% seen in the 2007 election.Issues in the election included a proposed incinerator, Council Tax, planning, leisure and recycling. The results saw no change in the number of councillors for each party but the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties swapped seats. The Conservatives gained Westcott ward from the Liberal Democrats but lost Leatherhead North to them.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 22

Liberal Democrat 16

Independent 3

2014 Mole Valley District Council election

The 2014 Mole Valley District Council election took place on 22 May 2014 to elect members of Mole Valley District Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections.

2015 Mole Valley District Council election

The 2015 Mole Valley District Council election took place on 7 May 2015 to elect approximately one-third of members to Mole Valley District Council in England coinciding with other local elections held simultaneously with a general election which resulted in increased turnout compared to the election four years before. Some two-member wards such as Holmwoods did not hold a local election in this year, being contested in even-numbered years.

2016 Mole Valley District Council election

The 2016 Mole Valley District Council election took place on 5 May 2016 to elect members of Mole Valley District Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections.

2019 Mole Valley District Council election

The 2019 Mole Valley District Council election took place on 2 May 2019 to elect approximately one-third of members to Mole Valley District Council in England coinciding with other local elections held simultaneously with a general election which resulted in increased turnout compared to the election four years before. Some wards did not hold a local election in this year, being contested in even-numbered years..

Dorking

Dorking is a market town in Surrey, England between Ranmore Common in the North Downs range of hills and Leith Hill in the Greensand Ridge, centred 21 miles (34 km) from London.In the Georgian and Victorian periods six prominent sites in the former parish or on its boundaries became grand country estates: Leith Hill Place, Denbies (today a vineyard/hotel), Norbury Park, Polesden Lacey, Wotton House and Deepdene; five of which along with nearby Box Hill's promontory and chalk grassland slopes belong to the National Trust. Dorking is a commuter and retirement settlement with three railway stations and a few large offices of multinational companies. Similarly, Malden in 1911, noted the place was "almost entirely residential and agricultural, with some lime works on the chalk, though not so extensive as those in neighbouring parishes, a little brick-making, water-mills (corn) at Pixham Mill, and timber and saw-mills". Fine sand often in veins of pink, used for mortar and in glassmaking was dug, particularly in the 19th century — the Dorking Caves were accordingly excavated under southern parts of the town centre itself.

Dorking chickens with short five-toed legs are a major local breed. The town has a local government headquarters and hosts repeating loops of the FIA-ranked London-Surrey cycle classic elite category event every year.

Mole Valley (UK Parliament constituency)

Mole Valley is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1997 by Sir Paul Beresford, a Conservative.

Mole Valley District Council elections

One third of Mole Valley District Council in Surrey, England is elected each year, followed by one year when there is an election to Surrey County Council instead.

RH postcode area

The RH postcode area, also known as the Redhill postcode area, is a group of twenty postcode districts in England, which are subdivisions of seventeen post towns. These postcode districts cover east Surrey and northeastern West Sussex, as well as small parts of northwestern East Sussex.

The main sorting office is in Crawley (Gatwick Mail Centre), and the area served includes parts of the Surrey districts of Guildford, Mole Valley, Reigate and Banstead and Tandridge, as well as most of the West Sussex districts of Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex, and small parts of the East Sussex districts of Lewes and Wealden.

Sutton Common Rovers F.C.

Sutton Common Rovers Football Club is a semi-professional football club currently based in Sutton, London, England and named for Sutton Common. The club competes in the Combined Counties League Premier Division. The club was originally based in Carshalton but in 2007 moved to River Lane, Leatherhead as they moved into the Combined Counties League. At the start of the 2009–10 season the club moved into a groundshare with Cobham. At the end of the 2014–15 season the club announced that it would be groundsharing with Sutton United for the 2015–16 season.

Sutton Common Rovers won the 2018-19 Cherry Red Records Premier Challenge Cup.

Sutton and Mole Valley lines

The Sutton and Mole Valley lines were constructed between 1847 and 1868 by the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway, the London and South Western Railway and the LBSCR-sponsored Horsham, Dorking and Leatherhead Railway.

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