Dorking and Leatherhead’s pubs and shops ‘could go out of…

Pubs, shops and offices in Mole Valley could be hit with a sharp tax increase later this year as a result of new government plans which business leaders fear could see them closing down.Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) approved its budget for the next financial year on February 21 and included within it plans to implement the Government's scheduled shake-up of business rates.The rates are set...

Opening date confirmed for Redhill H&M shop

The opening date of Redhill's brand new H&M store has been confirmed by the high street giant. The fashion brand will open on March 30 and will be spread over two floors of the Belfry Shopping Centre featuring 1,688sqm of sales space offering ladies', men's, divided and kidswear collections.Work began in the summer to create room for a large new store in the Belfry with many shops,...

RoadRunners and Belfry Cars in Redhill and Reigate have merged

Redhill and Reigate's two biggest taxi firms have joined forces in a merger.RoadRunners Gatwick Limited, based in Station Road, Redhill, opposite McDonald's, has merged with Belfry Cars, which is based in Reigate but has a booking office in Brighton Road, Redhill.In an announcement on the RoadRunners Facebook page, the firm says the partnership will "bring the most cost effective service...

Coulsdon hardware shop that opened in 1954 to be taken over by…

A Coulsdon hardware shop that has been run by the same family since 1954 is about to be passed on a third generation.Coulsdon Home Hardware store, on Chipstead Valley Road, first opened 63 years ago by Geoff Harris.The much-loved store had humble beginnings, when Geoff, who is now 95, sold his home to take over the rent of a run-down hardware store with his wife Connie.READ MORE: 75-year-old cyclist...

Crowds showered with confetti at Redhill’s Belfry Shopping…

It is a quarter of a century since Absolutely Fabulous star – and national treasure – Joanna Lumley opened Redhill's Belfry Shopping Centre.On Saturday guests poured into the town centre mall to mark its 25th anniversary – alongside a few members of staff who have been there since the start.Marks & Spencers workers Jennifer Austin and Sue Meyers have been at the centre since it opened,...

Council moves to protect ‘high quality’ Mole Valley office space…

Developers in Mole Valley could soon lose the right to convert offices into homes without gaining full planning permission.As it is, permitted development rights allow certain types of change of use applications to be given the go-ahead without the need to apply for permission.But Mole Valley District Council is planning to allow officers to protect certain sites from the powers because it believes...

Government announces Heathrow can build new runway – recap

Heathrow was given permission for expansion as the government announced late this morning that it had their backing to build a third runway. The Airports Commission published a report in July 2015 backing Heathrow for expansion, recommending a third runway be built there instead of a second one at Gatwick. However, the commission did not rule out expansion at Gatwick and the final decision still rests...

Vote on plan to create pot of cash for Dorking traders could take…

Dorking traders are still divided over a plan to make the town centre's businesses pay thousands of pounds a year to create a Business Improvement District (BID), as a vote on the proposal looks set to go ahead.A ballot on the controversial idea could begin as soon as March and retailers remain split on whether the town needs one.A BID is a business-led and business-funded body formed to improve...

Dorking restaurant fails to sell at auction but landlord in talks…

The prospect of bringing an empty Dorking restaurant back into use is closer to becoming a reality after the building's landlord confirmed they are in talks with an interested party. Little Dudley House on South Street was put up for auction by owners Latchmere Properties on October 31 at the Andrews & Robertson Auctions sale but the building failed to make its reserve price.But a spokeswoman...

Lingfield florist explains why she has been leaving free bouquets…

A LIngfield florist has been brightening people's days for the past year by leaving free bouquets of flowers around the village, and in neighbouring Dormansland.Jenna Ball has been placing the bouquets in different places each week for residents to find and enjoy, having started her business Ivy Florence about 18 months ago.Miss Ball said: "There are not enough good things going on in the...