Significant Progress on work to Ensure Rural Communities Prosper
On Tuesday 30 October, Mole Valley District Council's (MVDC) Cabinet recognised the important progress being made since it adopted the Mole Valley Rural Community Strategy last year. The Cabinet also confirmed its support for the District's first annual Rural Community Summit, due to take place in February.
Working with a number of other local organisations, MVDC has been carrying out a variety of schemes which aim to address the specific issues faced by Mole Valley's rural communities.
One area of focus is digital connectivity. This includes working with partners to ensure that all rural areas have superfast broadband and better mobile coverage.
Another priority is community safety. MVDC has been working with the rural neighborhood policing teams to address the problem of rural business crime. Rural fly-tipping is also on the agenda, as MVDC and partner agencies focus on more proactive enforcement and prosecution.
There is also a drive to attract more visitors to rural areas, to strengthen the local economy. This includes continuing to promote and develop tourism assets such as the popular, historic Deepdene Trail in Dorking.
MVDC is also looking to work with partners next year on roadshows that will provide rural businesses with information on issues such as grants and rate relief.
Councillor Corinna Osborne-Patterson, Cabinet Member for People and Rural Issues, said: "Now that the first year of our strategy has passed, is it important that we review our progress. I am particularly looking forward to the Rural Summit. The aim of this important event is to allow rural stakeholders to feedback on the work that has been done. Their input is essential. We also need their recommendations as we develop next year's action plan."