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Mole Valley

Mole Valley District
Non-metropolitan district
Leatherhead High Street
Mole Valley shown within Surrey
Mole Valley shown within Surrey
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region South East England
Non-metropolitan county Surrey
Status Non-metropolitan district
Admin HQ Dorking
Incorporated 1 April 1974
 • Type Non-metropolitan district council
 • Body Mole Valley District Council
 • Leadership Alternative - Sec.31 (Liberal Democrat (council NOC))
 • MPs Paul Beresford
Chris Grayling
 • Total 99.7 sq mi (258.3 km2)
Area rank

285th (of 326)

Highest point : Leith Hill
Population (mid-2014 est.)
 • Total 63,176
 • Rank 309th (of 326)
 • Density 630/sq mi (240/km2)
 • Ethnicity 97.4% White
Time zone GMT (UTC0)
 • Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
ONS code 43UE (ONS)
E07000210 (GSS)
OS grid reference

Mole Valley is a local government district in Surrey, England. Its council is based in Dorking.

The two towns in the district are Dorking and Leatherhead. The largest villages are Ashtead, Fetcham and Great Bookham, in the northern third of the district. The rest of the district includes some of the Surrey Hills AONB, the middle of the district is dominated by the North Downs, including Polesden Lacey, Box Hill, Denbies Wine Estate (the largest vineyard in the country[1] ) and parts of the Pilgrims' Way, the southern third includes Leith Hill and the Greensand Ridge. There are stations on the LondonWorthing and ReadingGatwick Airport railways, and in the northern third, a commuter stopping service from LondonGuildford additionally the A23 road and the M25 motorway.


  • Towns 1
  • Other settlements 2
  • Governance 3
    • Party control 3.1
    • Surrey Council Council 3.2
  • History 4
  • Churches graded II* or above 5
  • Environmental concerns 6
  • Emergency services 7
  • Sources 8
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11


Other settlements[2]

Village Other Settlements Civil Parish (where applicable)
Abinger Abinger Common, Abinger Hammer
Forest Green, Walliswood
Sutton Abinger and Oakwood Hill[3]
Capel Beare Green
Betchworth Betchworth
Brockham Strood Green Brockham
Buckland Buckland
Charlwood Charlwood
Great Bookham
Headley Box Hill Headley
Holmwood - includes Chart Downs, Goodwyns, North, South and Mid Holmwood
Leigh Shellwood Cross
Little Bookham
Mickleham Mickleham
Newdigate Parkgate Newdigate
Ockley Ockley
Wotton Friday Street Wotton


Mole Valley District Council is elected by thirds: one-third of councillors are elected at each election, each serving four year terms; three years out of four having elections.

The council was however elected across all areas in 2000 after major boundary changes to the wards.

Although Mole Valley (UK Parliament constituency) has been Conservative for a long time, Mole Valley District Council has, with Independent/RA and Liberal Democrats, for long periods been under no overall control.[4]

First Elected Conservative Labour Lib Dem Independent Other
1999 17 1 16 7 0
2000 19 1 14 7 0
2002 18 1 15 3 4
2003 19 1 15 6 0
2004 19 0 17 5 0
2006 23 0 15 3 0
2007 22 0 16 3 0
2008 18 0 17 6 (5 Ashtead Independents + 1 Leatherhead Independent) 0
2010 17 0 18 6 (5 Ashtead Independents + 1 Leatherhead Independent) 0[5]
2012 15 0 19 7 (6 Ashtead Independents + 1 Leatherhead Independent) 0
2015 23 0 10 6 2

Party control

  • 1974–1980: No overall control
  • 1980–1982: Independent control
  • 1982–1994: No overall control
  • 1994-1995: Liberal Democrat control
  • 1995-2006: No overall control
  • 2006–2008: Conservative control
  • 2010–2015: No overall control
  • 2015-Present Conservative control

Surrey Council Council

Surrey County Council

, elected every four years, obtains six representatives from this area:

First Elected Member[6]


2009 Chris Townsend Ashtead
2005 Clare Curran Bookham and Fetcham West
2005 Stephen Cooksey Dorking and the Holmwoods - includes the south of the town and Holmwoods
2001 Helen Clack Dorking Rural - comprises villages and farms east of Dorking
Tim Hall Leatherhead and Fetcham East
1993 Hazel Watson Dorking Hills - comprises the northern part of Dorking town and the farms and villages north & west of Dorking
2009 Clare Curran Leatherhead and Fetcham East


The district, named after the River Mole, was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, by a merger of the urban districts of Dorking and Leatherhead and most of the Dorking and Horley Rural District.

Churches graded II* or above

St Nicolas, Bookham
St John, Wotton
St Michael, Mickleham
St Michael's Betchworth, 13th century, used in Four Weddings and a Funeral
Church Place Listed building
St Nicolas Bookham I[7]
St Michael Mickleham I [8]
St John the Evangelist Wotton I [9]
St Michael Betchworth I [10]
St Mary & St Nicholas Leatherhead II*[11]
St Barnabas Ranmore Common II* [12]
St Mary Pixham II* [13]
St Martin Dorking II* [14]
St Mary Fetcham II* [15]
St Giles Ashtead II* [16]
St James Abinger Common II* [17]
Holy Trinity Westcott II* [18]
St Bartholomew Leigh II* [19]
St Margaret Ockley II* [20]
St John the Baptist Walliswood II* [21]

Environmental concerns

In May 2006, a report commissioned by British Gas [22] showed that housing in Mole Valley produced the twentieth highest average carbon emissions in the country at 6,928 kg of carbon dioxide per dwelling.

In 2008 a group of residents got together and formed The Green Mole Forum [2] with the aim of promoting sustainable development in Mole Valley both by providing a hub to help residents, and to lobby the council to undertake more sustainable policies.

Emergency services

Mole Valley is served by these emergency services:

  • Surrey Police. Dorking Police Station is the lead station in Mole Valley Division, Leatherhead Police Station is now closed.
  • South East Coast Ambulance Service The district has two Ambulance Stations – one in North Holmwood (1 mile (2 km) south of Dorking), and the other in Leatherhead.
  • Surrey Fire & Rescue Service, The district has two Fire Stations one in North Holmwood and the other in Leatherhead.
  • SURSAR, The district is covered by Surrey Search & Rescue
  • Hospital, Each town has a small NHS Hospital with no A&E. They are used for outpatients and rehabilitation.


  • Local elections, 1999
  • Local elections, 2000
  • Local elections, 2002
  • Local elections, 2003
  • Local elections, 2004

See also


  1. ^ "Government information about visitor attractions at Denbie's". Surrey County Council. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Surrey County Council website
  3. ^ "Home Page". Abinger Parish Council. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Mole Valley District Council, 2012 Election Results
  5. ^ BBC news
  6. ^ Surrey County Councillors. Retrieved 2012-04-28
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  22. ^ Centrica plc. (2013-02-27). Retrieved on 2013-07-17.

External links

  • Mole Valley District Council
  • The natural history of the Mole Valley
  • The Green Mole Forum

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