How £250,000 a year could help bring lots more visitors and…

Dorking businesses will be required to contribute up to £250,000 between them if plans to create a Business Improvement District (BID) in the town go ahead. It has been revealed that if approved a Dorking BID would require businesses in the town to pay two per cent of their rateable income (the value of their business taking into account assets and stock) each year for the next five years in a move...

The last bank to Bookham is set to close and residents are very…

The last bank in Bookham will shut at the beginning of next year.Lloyds says the High Street branch will close its doors for the final time on March 6, a decision that has been met with anger from residents.Bookham resident Terry Moody said: "We are very dismayed about it and it is a load of rubbish that now everyone who uses the bank will have to go to Leatherhead.READ MORE: Leith Hill protest...

Plan to demolish Ashtead car garage and replace it with homes…

An Ashtead business owner hopes that any demolition and building work proposed on the site of a second-hand car dealership is "managed very carefully."A planning application has been submitted to Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) for the demolition of The Old Coach House on Rectory Lane and its replacement with two, three-bedroom semi-detached homes.The building is currently home to The...

How you can make sure The Crown in Capel remains a pub for…

A bid to ensure that an "indispensable" Capel pub is part of the community for generations to come has been made by the parish council. Capel Parish Council have applied to Mole Valley District Council to have The Crown pub on The Street labelled as an asset of community value. Residents can comment in support of, or in opposition to, the application. The Crown re-opened from a six-week...

Live bands, a gym and a games room: 7 things that would make…

Gatwick Airport has its fair share of things to keep you occupied when your flight is delayed, when you arrive early or if you just fancy getting off the train to do some shopping.For instance, Gatwick opened the UK's first airport gin distillery, when the Nicholas Culpeper opened its doors in March last year.But with airports across the world coming up with innovative ways of entertaining passengers...

Empty Dorking restaurant being taken over by Michelin star chef

A Michelin star chef is setting up his next restaurant in Dorking after securing the lease to the Grade II listed Little Dudley House. Steve Drake, who has achieved Michelin stars at two separate restaurants, has announced that he will be launching his new restaurant, Sorrel, in the town this spring. Mr Drake is a former winner of the prestigious Roux Scholarship and has worked in some of Europe's...

Ashtead man becomes first to fly commercial drone in Heathrow air…

An Ashtead man believed to be the first person to complete a commercial drone flight within Heathrow air space has described the experience as "nerve-wracking".Graham Degg, who runs Eyeup Ariel Solutions from his home in Links Road, carried out a survey of a warehouse roof using a drone on December 22. Although the drone survey itself was fairly straight-forward it was significant for being...