Mole Valley

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Mole Valley District
Non-metropolitan district
Leatherhead High Street
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 (TBA (council NOC))
 • MPsPaul Beresford
Chris Grayling
Area
 • Total99.7 sq mi (258.3 km2)
Area rank153rd (of 326)
Population (2011 est.)
 • Total85,600
 • Rank273rd (of 326)
 • Density860/sq mi (330/km2)
 • Ethnicity97.4% White
Time zoneGMT (UTC0)
 • Summer (DST)BST (UTC+1)
ONS code43UE (ONS)
E07000210 (GSS)
OS grid referenceTQ0496458567
Websitewww.molevalley.gov.uk
 
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Mole Valley District
Non-metropolitan district
Leatherhead High Street
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 (TBA (council NOC))
 • MPsPaul Beresford
Chris Grayling
Area
 • Total99.7 sq mi (258.3 km2)
Area rank153rd (of 326)
Population (2011 est.)
 • Total85,600
 • Rank273rd (of 326)
 • Density860/sq mi (330/km2)
 • Ethnicity97.4% White
Time zoneGMT (UTC0)
 • Summer (DST)BST (UTC+1)
ONS code43UE (ONS)
E07000210 (GSS)
OS grid referenceTQ0496458567
Websitewww.molevalley.gov.uk

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

The two towns in the district are Dorking and Leatherhead. The largest villages are Ashtead, Fetcham and Great Bookham, in the northern third of the district. The rest of the district includes some of the Surrey Hills AONB, the middle of the district is dominated by the North Downs, including Polesden Lacey, Box Hill, Denbies Wine Estate (the largest vineyard in the country[1] ) and parts of the Pilgrims' Way, the southern third includes Leith Hill and the Greensand Ridge. There are stations on the LondonWorthing and ReadingGatwick Airport railways, and in the northern third, a commuter stopping service from LondonGuildford additionally the A23 road and the M25 motorway.

Towns[edit]

Other settlements[2][edit]

VillageOther SettlementsCivil Parish (where applicable)
AbingerAbinger Common, Abinger Hammer
Forest Green, Walliswood
Sutton Abinger and Oakwood Hill[3]
Abinger
Ashtead
CapelBeare Green
Coldharbour
Capel
BetchworthBetchworth
BrockhamStrood GreenBrockham
BucklandBuckland
CharlwoodCharlwood
Fetcham
Great Bookham
HeadleyBox HillHeadley
Holmwood - includes North, South and MidHolmwood
LeighShellwood Cross
Dawesgreen
Leigh
Little Bookham
MicklehamMickleham
NewdigateParkgateNewdigate
OckleyOckley
Ranmore
Westcott
Westhumble
WottonFriday StreetWotton

Governance[edit]

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 significant Independents and Liberal Democrats, for long periods been under no overall control.[4]

First ElectedConservativeLabourLib DemIndependentOther
19991711670
20001911470
20021811534
20031911560
20041901750
20062301530
20072201630
2008180176 (5 Ashtead Independents + 1 Leatherhead Independent)0
2010170186 (5 Ashtead Independents + 1 Leatherhead Independent)0[5]
2012150197 (6 Ashtead Independents + 1 Leatherhead Independent)0

Party control[edit]

Surrey Council Council[edit]

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

First ElectedMember[6]

Ward

2009Chris TownsendAshtead
2005Clare CurranBookham and Fetcham West
2005Stephen CookseyDorking and the Holmwoods - includes the south of the town and Holmwoods
2001Helen ClackDorking Rural - comprises villages and farms east of Dorking
Tim HallLeatherhead and Fetcham East
1993Hazel WatsonDorking Hills - comprises the northern part of Dorking town and the farms and villages north & west of Dorking
2009Clare CurranLeatherhead and Fetcham East

History[edit]

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.

Churches graded II* or above[edit]

St Nicholas, Bookham
St John, Wotton
St Michael, Mickleham
St Michael's Betchworth, 13th century, used in Four Weddings and a Funeral
ChurchPlaceListed building
Class
St NicholasBookhamI[7]
St MichaelMicklehamI [8]
St John the EvangelistWottonI [9]
St MichaelBetchworthI [10]
St Mary & St NicholasLeatherheadII*[11]
St BarnabasRanmore CommonII* [12]
St MaryPixhamII* [13]
St MartinDorkingII* [14]
St MaryFetchamII* [15]
St GilesAshteadII* [16]
St JamesAbinger CommonII* [17]
Holy TrinityWestcottII* [18]
St BartholomewLeighII* [19]
St MargaretOckleyII* [20]
St John the BaptistWalliswoodII* [21]

Environmental concerns[edit]

In May 2006, a report commissioned by British Gas [22] 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[edit]

Mole Valley is served by these emergency services:

Sources[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Government information about visitor attractions at Denbie's". Surrey County Council. 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. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1028641)". National Heritage List for England .
  8. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1028835)". National Heritage List for England .
  9. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1294098)". National Heritage List for England .
  10. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1378131)". National Heritage List for England .
  11. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1190429)". National Heritage List for England .
  12. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1189879)". National Heritage List for England .
  13. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1279086)". National Heritage List for England .
  14. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1028904)". National Heritage List for England .
  15. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1378187)". National Heritage List for England .
  16. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1028685)". National Heritage List for England .
  17. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1378082)". National Heritage List for England .
  18. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1227892)". National Heritage List for England .
  19. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1028748)". National Heritage List for England .
  20. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1028694)". National Heritage List for England .
  21. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1028844)". National Heritage List for England .
  22. ^ Centrica plc. Britishgasnews.co.uk (2013-02-27). Retrieved on 2013-07-17.

External links[edit]

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