A Town Council for Dorking?

Several communities in Mole Valley, including Bookham, Dorking and Westcott, are investigating the possibility of establishing Town or Parish Councils with similar powers to those that already exist in most of the rural villages in the District.

In Dorking this initiative has been promoted by the Town Centre Forum with the aim of letting residents choose whether the benefits of more local decision making outweigh the costs of introducing a Town Council.

This initiative has to follow a process laid down by government, including widespread consultation and a referendum. A petition calling for a Town Council to be set up has been started to find out if there is sufficient support for such a council amongst residents of the town.

Liberal Democrats want local communities to make their own decisions after a thorough discussion of the issues and respect the Town Centre Forum view that this should be free from political influence.

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