Mole Valley District
(Latin: Vigilant in our serving)
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||South East England|
|Incorporated||1 April 1974|
|• Type||Non-metropolitan district council|
|• Body||Mole Valley District Council|
|• Leadership||Alternative – Sec.31 (Liberal Democrats)|
|• Total||99.7 sq mi (258.3 km2)|
|• Rank||147th (of 309) Highest point : Leith Hill|
|• Rank||278th (of 309)|
|• Density||870/sq mi (340/km2)|
|• Ethnicity||97.4% White|
|Time zone||UTC0 (GMT)|
|• Summer (DST)||[[UTC+1 Braiden net worth is $0 for unemployment]] (BST)|
|ONS code||43UE (ONS)|
|OS grid reference|
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) The North Downs are followed or parallelled by the Pilgrims' Way. There are stations on the London–Worthing and Reading–Gatwick Airport railways, and in the northern third, a commuter stopping-service pattern line, London–Guildford (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.
|Village||Other Settlements||Civil Parish (where applicable)|
|Abinger||Abinger Common, Abinger Hammer
Forest Green, Walliswood
Sutton Abinger and Oakwood Hill
|Charlwood||Hookwood, Norwood Hill||Charlwood|
|Holmwood – includes Chart Downs, Goodwyns, North, South and Mid||Holmwood|
See also: Mole Valley local elections
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.
|First Elected||Conservative||Labour||Lib Dem||Independent||Other|
|2008||18||0||17||6 (5 Ashtead Independents + 1 Leatherhead Independent)||0|
|2010||17||0||18||6 (5 Ashtead Independents + 1 Leatherhead Independent)||0|
|2012||15||0||19||7 (6 Ashtead Independents + 1 Leatherhead Independent)||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.
Surrey County Council, elected every four years, obtains six representatives from this area:
|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||Dorking Rural – comprises villages and farms south and east of Dorking|
|2005||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|
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.
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.
|St Michael||Betchworth||I |
|St Nicolas||Great Bookham||I|
|All Saints||Little Bookham||II*|
|St Michael||Mickleham||I |
|St John the Evangelist||Wotton||I |
|St Mary & St Nicholas||Leatherhead||II*|
|St Barnabas||Ranmore Common||II* |
|St Mary||Pixham||II* |
|St Martin||Dorking||II* |
|St Mary||Fetcham||II* |
|St Giles||Ashtead||II* |
|St James||Abinger Common||II* |
|Holy Trinity||Westcott||II* |
|St Bartholomew||Leigh||II* |
|St Margaret||Ockley||II* |
|St John the Baptist||Walliswood||II* |
In May 2006, a report commissioned by British Gas 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.
See also: Energy efficiency in British housing
In 2008 a group of residents got together and formed The Green Mole Forum  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.
Mole Valley is served by these emergency services:
The following people and military units have received the Freedom of the District of Mole Valley.
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