Statement from Councillor Bridget Kendrick, Cabinet Member for Projects and Ward Member for North Leatherhead.
I am delighted to release the report from the Listening Exercise carried out in North Leatherhead earlier this year. The objective of the project was to provide Mole Valley District Council and its partners with a deeper insight into the needs of the area as expressed by those who know it best. The aim was to provide an increased understanding of the feelings of residents, the community assets that already exist and the potential gaps in provision so that we can engage partners in solutions.
I am very happy with this report. I believe it is a good, balanced reflection of the ward that I represent. It does highlight the challenges and opportunities that exist in North Leatherhead. It is clear in the report that whilst some of the issues being identified are the responsibility of MVDC, there are also SCC, Police, health and housing association services identified as presenting challengesand I will be looking for a combined approach to these.
The issues that it highlights of significance to me are:
- Children's Centre closure
- Provision for children and young people in the area
- Community safety
- Community buildings
- Physical Environment
I will be working with officers to respond to the detailed recommendations within the report and how they can be delivered. One of the primary issues identified, and that I have been driving forward with Cabinet colleagues, is that of the impact of the closure of the Trinity Centre and the removal of the Children's Centre from North Leatherhead. Members and Officers are working with the Family Centre organisation and the Community sector organisations affected to look for a solution to this issue. I am committed to supporting a Community Hub in North Leatherhead and this work is ongoing with the community sector and statutory partners.
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