Mole Valley's economic prosperity is vital for us all. It supports livelihoods, provides us with places to shop, relax and socialise and supplies local services.
As Leader of the Council, I am absolutely committed to ensuring that our District continues to be economically prosperous and my commitment is reflected in our Corporate Strategy. To deliver our work in this area we have created a new Economic Development team who will support and promote our town centres, large villages and rural communities.
It is too early to say how the outcome of the EU referendum will affect our national or local economy but I can assure you that, along with my team, I will be ensuring that Mole Valley's voice is heard by Government in debates, discussions and negotiations to ensure the best deal for Mole Valley's residents and businesses now and in the future. Whatever occurs, we remain committed to our existing vision for a prosperous Mole Valley.
The economic prosperity of our District relies on appropriate infrastructure, particularly transport links, to support the growth and sustainability of local businesses and enable our residents to commute to their places of work inside and outside Mole Valley and I am grateful to everyone who took the time to respond to our consultation on the infrastructure needs of the District. We will use this information to inform our priorities and work with our partners to seek improved infrastructure for Mole Valley. We have committed to transforming Leatherhead and over 6,000 residents, businesses and organisations have responded to our recent consultations and engagement on the masterplan for the town. The project has already attracted external funding to help with the redevelopment of Claire & James House and significant bids have been made to support the new infrastructure requirements of Leatherhead.
We are listening to our businesses and traders in Dorking, Leatherhead and across the District. We have addressed concerns about car parking and have frozen 60p per hour parking charges since 2009, allowed parking tickets to be transferred between town car parks, promoted RingGo as a flexible and convenient way to pay for parking, and introduced low paid workers parking permits to support local businesses. We are also responding to calls to establish a Business Improvement District in Dorking, which we are supporting through funding and advice. Over the summer, we are hosting and supporting events in our town centres to encourage local residents to enjoy their local areas, as well as attracting visitors to our local shops, restaurants and cafes. I hope you will all join in the fun of the Big Event in Dorking on Saturday 13th August and come out to support RideLondon as the cyclists pass through Dorking and Leatherhead on Sunday 31st July.