Dorking Town Partnership Subgroups

In order to plan the future activity of Dorking Town Partnership more effectively and to guide the programme of work delivered by the BID, we have set up two advisory groups to encourage participation and help add value to the running of the BID. We would like to invite levy payers to join these two new groups:

– The Town Centre Advisory Group

– Future Dorking Group

 

Town Centre Advisory Group

The Town Centre Advisory Group will be meeting once a month to discuss immediate and near-term issues affecting retailers and businesses in the town since Covid 19. One of the members of the board will be chairing this group to ensure a clear path of communication into the board of Directors for discussion. We are looking six members, ideally a cross-section of different sectors (retail, hospitality, office etc).

Within the structure of DTP’s business plan, we have planned a set of projects which we have agreed to work on throughout the remainder of our BID term. The current trading climate, with the Covid 19 outbreak means that the Directors and I would like to revisit these plans and implement a recovery strategy that is focused on supporting you, your business and Dorking town centre.

We cannot do this alone and we will be seeking representation from Mole Valley District Council, CHIP (the Pippbrook House community hub), and other organisations in the town. We will come together to work on this new strategy, recognising that by working together we can improve our future prosperity by focusing on Dorking’s strengths as the business landscape changes in the wake of the pandemic.

We have recently completed a BID midterm review that drew on feedback from fifty levy payers. This highlighted some of the areas we need to work on. We suggest that these form some of the core projects for this group. They are:

– The changing high street and the Covid 19 recovery plan

– Extending the opportunities for online retailing by our levy payers

– Developing the Artisan Market and potentially other markets

– DTP services that could benefit the office sector

– Martin’s Walk space for social use

– Service procurement (e.g. waste management)

Once we have met and gathered opinion on the projects that will deliver the most positive impact, we will initiate an action plan together to execute those projects within an agreed timeline.

How you can participate

If you would like to be part of this group please email charlotte@dorkingtownpartnership.co.uk. As above, let me know about your current role, but also any previous experience that may be of value.

Meeting Information

Meetings will be once a month

Who will chair this meeting?

To ensure clear communication of proposed ideas to the board of Directors (and vice versa) this group will be chaired by Geoff Evans of Dorking Places for people Leisure centre. Geoff is a Director representing the Leisure sector. Geoff’s email is geoffevans@pfplesure.org.

Where are the meetings?

The meetings will be on zoom at the present time.

 

Future Dorking Group

We are also setting up a Future Dorking Group which will meet once a month to develop strategic proposals to achieve long term business plan objectives, covering the future of Dorking’s retail, leisure and business environment, the way people live and work in Dorking, and the changing landscape following the Covid 19 outbreak.

Working with and influencing Mole Valley District Council’s longer-term objectives such as the Opportunity Dorking project, we want to complement and enhance the plans already in place to affect the future of Dorking. As with the Town Centre Advisory Group, this will be chaired by a director of the BID.

The Group will be looking at (in the initial stages) the benefit of:

– The High Street Task Force resources. You can read about HSTF here: https://www.highstreetstaskforce.org.uk/

– Upcycling and potential sustainability projects

– Active travel – the different roles for walking, cycling, public transport and private vehicles.

– Opportunity Dorking and the BID projects that tie into it. You can read about Opportunity Dorking here: https://www.molevalley.gov.uk/home/business/opportunity-dorking.

– The evolution of Dorking’s retail offer.

– Other long term strategic and planning opportunities.

How you can participate

If you would like to be part of this group please email charlotte@dorkingtownpartnership.co.uk. As above, let me know about your current role, but also any previous experience that may be of value.

Meeting Information

Meetings will be bi-monthly.

Who will chair this meeting?

To ensure clear communication of proposed ideas to the board of Directors (and vice versa) this group will be chaired by Rick Parish of Ellis Atkins Accountants who is a Director representing the Office category. Rick’s email is rparish@ellisatkins.co.uk.

Where are the meetings?

The meetings will be on zoom at the present time.

 

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