I have always thought that those of us who live, work or spend our leisure time here in Mole Valley are incredibly fortunate. Our District really is a very special place.Not only do we enjoy some of the most beautiful and accessible countryside in the country, but our communities also have relatively low levels of unemployment, long life expectancy and good quality education when compared to many other areas in England. I was delighted to read that a recent study by the University of Hull has found Mole Valley to be amongst the top ten local authorities with the highest quality of life for girls.
We cannot afford to be complacent however and I am determined that Mole Valley District Council will continue to work hard for those who are vulnerable in our communities and strive for a better future for all our residents and communities.
One thing that contributes significantly to our quality of life here in Mole Valley is the low level of crime. So I have been disheartened to read recently about several disturbing incidents of anti-social behaviour within the District. Any anti-social behaviour, particularly when it involves violence, is a concern and MVDC has made preventing and dealing with anti-social behaviour in all its forms a top priority.
Whether it's noise nuisance, fly tipping, littering, dog fouling or other forms of nuisance we have a zero tolerance approach.
I have recently met with Surrey's Police and Crime Commissioner, David Munroe, to ensure that he is aware of the policing issues that affect Mole Valley and I am reassured to read his Police and Crime Plan and note that his priorities include Making Our Town Centres Safe and Tackling Rural Crime. Both are important for maintaining the quality of life we enjoy in Mole Valley.
Partnership working with a range of local agencies, including Surrey Police, is particularly important when dealing with anti-social behaviour and MVDC is an active member of the Community Safety Partnership which has been set up to anticipate and tackle crime and anti-social behaviour within our communities. The Council has also developed a robust Anti-Social Behaviour Powers Framework designed to enable us to make best use of the range of powers we now have to deal with anti-social behaviour.
I urge anyone affected in any way by anti-social behaviour to report it as necessary using the channels open to you. For Mole Valley District Council, please call 01306 885001 or report it through our website. To contact the Police, please dial 101 and in any emergency, always dial 999.
Cllr Vivienne Michael
Leader of the Council