7 big things set to come to Dorking and Leatherhead in the future

April 15, 2018
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Mole Valley is a wonderful place to live.

You’ve got the North Downs to take a stroll in.

Dorking town centre for all your shopping needs.

A whole host of beautiful country pubs scattered over Leatherhead , Dorking and the surrounding areas.

The iconic Dorking and Leatherhead Advertisers to read at your leisure, as well as a host of other things.

With this being said, it does not mean that things can be made better.

Here’s the top 11 things that we hope make a difference in Mole Valley when they’re implemented.

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1. Redeveloping the Swan Centre

Plans for the revised Swan Centre in Leatherhead

As part of Transform Leatherhead , Mole Valley District Council wants to redevelop the Swan Centre.

They plan to provide a significantly improved car park, complete with lifts, larger and better retail units, improved High Street frontage and advanced technology use.

Work is set to begin in 2018 but a date hasn’t yet been set.

2. Dorking Wanderers will move into their new stadium

Meadowbank’s opening has been delayed again
(Image: MVDC)

The much-delayed and much-anticipated opening of Dorking Wanderers new stadium is set to take place by the start of the 2018/2019 football season.

Meadowbank Stadium was initially slated to open in August 2017, this was then delayed until February 2018 and then further pushed back in March.

The £5.5m purpose-built stadium will come with a soft play area, a café/restaurant and offices which the Surrey Football Association will move into.

3. A new Sunday market in Dorking

Dorking’s West Street
(Image: David Cook)

MVDC is circulating plans to open a new Sunday market that will attempt to bring Portobello Road to Dorking .

The market would mean West Street would need to close on a Sunday but businesses and residents seem to be behind it.

MVDC would also like to see plenty of other markets, such as farmer and teenage editions, set up over Mole Valley.

4. Development of the Riverside Quarter

An artists impression of how the new development of up to 50 flats and a resturant/cafe could look on the current site of Claire and James House. The scheme is part of the Transform Leatherhead project.
(Image: Mole Valley District Council)

Also part of Transform Leatherhead, MVDC wants to develop the Riverside Quarter.

They plan on building a decked viewing point, a pedestrian footbridge, natural play areas and a new mixed use development at Claire and James House.

The Claire and James House redevelopment will include apartments, comprising a better view of the riverside, and potentially a new restaurant or café on the ground floor.

5. Dorking could get its own Wetherspoon

St Martin’s Walk
(Image: Grant Melton)

Never has a pub moving to town divided Dorking so much than the potential for a Wetherspoon to move in .

There was a petition against its potential arrival.

Then there was a petition supporting its suspected appearance.

Either way if the budget public house comes to town a number of shops will have to vacate to allow the famous chain to set up in St Martin’s Walk.

6. Surrey Police HQ is moving to Mole Valley

Mount Browne, Surrey Police HQ in Guildford

Mount Browne, Surrey Police HQ in Guildford
(Image: Google Street View)

With the closure of Mount Browne , Surrey Police ’s current HQ, being announced, the force mentioned they would be settling somewhere in Mole Valley.

Although a location and date haven’t yet been set, the police believe Mole Valley will provide them with a central location .

The announcement came as the people of Dorking rallied against the closure of their police counter at Pippbrook.

7. Buckland could get an outdoor sports centre

The sand quarry in Park Pit, Buckland
(Image: Alec Kingham)

A disused sand quarry in Buckland could be the location for a new multi-purpose outdoor sports centre.

The plans to have a number of activities, including guided walks, canoeing, archery and water-based activities including fishing, at the site were recently queried by MVDC .

They were then put forward with the objections to Surrey County Council for a final decision.

As part of the proposal, an outdoor sports centre would be built, as well as a pavilion and café for entertainment and catering purposes.

Plans for triathlons, boot sales and craft fairs to be held after the redevelopment have also been discussed.

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Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/7-big-things-come-dorking-14524992


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