Potential for Deepdene Trail Car Park
Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) is one step closer to giving the Deepdene Trail its own car park following a successful first round application to the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) growth programme.
If successful, the RDPE would contribute £166,000 of the £188,500 needed to create a new car park at the entrance to the popular local heritage trail. The funding would also provide for the construction of a hub manned by Friends of Deepdene and Dorking Museum volunteers to welcome visitors and act as a small store for visitor information.
Leader of MVDC, Councillor Vivienne Michael said, "We have many thousands of visitors to the Trail every year and improved parking would make access easier and improve the visitor experience as well as providing a small income to support the ongoing work to maintain and conserve this historic landscape.
"The team is currently working with a highways consultant to ensure that we address any concerns about sightlines and safe access when submitting our planning application.
"We are also sourcing matched funding and working on detailed costs for the second round application which will be submitted in February 2019. The results of this second round will be known by Summer 2019."
Find out more about the Deepdene Trail and how to visit at www.deepdenetrail.co.uk
Since it opened in September 2016 the Deepdene Trail has welcomed over 30 thousand visitors. The creation of the Trail was part of a £1million Heritage Lottery Funded project from April 2015 to March 2018.
The project restored and reconnected the historic Deepdene estate and engaged the local community through activities, volunteer work and digital interpretation.
The Trail is managed by Mole Valley District Council and supported by volunteers and a range of partners.