Latest Statement from Councillor Stephen Cooksey

27 January 2021

Councillor Stephen Cooksey, Leader of Mole Valley District Council, said: 

“The encouraging trend first seen last week of the number of new COVID-19 cases reducing across Surrey has continued. Mole Valley has one of the lowest infection rates at this time. Thank you for staying at home wherever possible. It is making a difference. It feels like we have reached a crucial moment so, please, remain resolute, reduce the strain on the NHS and allow time for the vaccine to be given to those most in need.

“Work to roll out the vaccine across Surrey continues apace. Data published recently showed that up to the end of Sunday 17 January, around 63,000 people had received their first dose of the vaccine in Surrey Heartlands. That included over 60% of people over 80 years old. That figure will be even higher now.    

“We have once again been called upon by the Government to assess and administer payments of support grants to eligible Mole Valley businesses. It continues to be an extremely challenging time for our high street and rural businesses. We paid out over £4million in grants last week to around 1500 non-essential businesses that had to close during Tier 4 in mid-to-late December and into the new national lockdown this year. We will be launching a discretionary grant scheme this week. Those businesses unable to take advantage of the latest round of support so far can check their eligibility for the discretionary grant.   

“This year’s Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on Wednesday 27 January. The theme for 2021 is ‘Be the light in the darkness’. Promoted and supported by Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, people around the world are invited to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, alongside millions of other people killed under Nazi Persecution and in genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. Households across the UK will be reflecting on the day by lighting a candle and placing it safely in a window at 8pm. An online commemorative ceremony can be viewed from 7-8pm that evening.

“It is a positive message for everyone in Mole Valley this week, the infection rate is currently on the way down and the vaccine is being successfully distributed. Now is not the time to let-up though. Please stay at home.”