The BID was elected into place in 2017, and since then we’ve been busy. We have undergone a logo rebrand to better engage with our audiences, re-implemented a town radio scheme to help spread information and deter anti-social behaviour, and we’ve installed footfall counters that will help us understand how many people visit Dorking and their habits when they visit. We have also collaborated with Friends to Dorking to improve the look of our town by adding hanging baskets and pavement planters. We have also hosted multiple events to promote the town.
Traffic and Access Issues
We recently presented a petition with 325 signatures to the local committee asking them to consider introducing two yellow boxes to help alleviate traffic congestion around Dorking.
Whilst the petition was considered, it was not passed and we find ourselves in the same position.
There have been 5 traffic surveys since 1988 and still nothing has been suggested, trialed or moved forward.
Have your say
Since our survey in 2020 we have engaged with Context office and NLP to complete a placemaking piece of work for Dorking that addresses the traffic concerns presented to MVDC and SCC in our petition and suggests changes that could be made to the town, should funding become available, to make it a more desirable place to work live and enjoy. Click below to access the Future Dorking piece of work and comment on the proposal.
Rob Walker Centenary Festival
Dorking Goes Digital
We engaged a local communications team to raise the profile of the town via a multi-channel communications campaign. Together we also made three short films about Dorking:
Escape to Dorking
Our digital strategy is designed to create a seamless experience for our customers, engaging our audience, and raising the profile of our beautiful market town. We are working with our business and community partners to share the heritage, culture and independent spirit of Dorking with the world. In addition to embracing digital channels to share our messages, we are also utilising loyalty-scheme technology via the award-winning LoyalFreeApp.
We have rebranded and launched our social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram) and can be found at @hellodorking. We were also finalists in the 2019 ATCM place management awards and have also received Special Mention in the 2018 Great British High Street Awards in the Rising Star Digital category.
Together with our positive coverage in the media (The Telegraph, The Times, Timeout London, The Telegraph with Steve Drake, London Standard), we plan to launch a targeted campaign to attract yet more businesses to invest in and open independent shops Dorking.
Dorking is back 'In Bloom' once again!
Following the huge success of our first entry last year, the Dorking Town Partnership ‘Hello Dorking Sails into New Horizons’ are again entering the South & South East In Bloom competition with judging taking place in July.
Since last year, there has been continual work behind the scenes, sponsored and organised by DTP, with a huge amount of support from volunteers and local community groups. Last Autumn DTP added six new trough planters around the town which have bloomed during the winter and spring, shortly to be replanted and themed ready for the summer.
Not only did we have Christmas lights 2020 organised by ‘The Friends of Dorking’ but, in addition, six beautiful brightly-coloured sleighs, designed and made by The Dorking Men’s Shed and filled with festive plants and decorations adorned the streets of town.
Over 100 hanging baskets have now been installed around the town on both lampposts and properties and over the coming weeks there will be additional displays added to the town for all to enjoy over the summer months.
Any business is welcome to participate and be a part of this event by adding their own horticultural exhibit. The colours chosen for this year are pink, white and blue, or businesses are encouraged to get creative with a window display instead.
Photography for this year’s In Bloom competition entry is being undertaken by The Dorking Camera Club, having been named as ‘Official Photographers to Dorking in Bloom 2021’. Members of the long-established camera club (established 1955) will be photographing and recording the progress of the flower baskets and boat planters over the summer months, with the images then being used as part of the official competition entry.
The Dorking Town Partnership are proactively supporting Dorking’s position within the heart of the Surrey Hills and this is just one of many activities planned. Keep an eye on our blog for more to come!
Launched at the start of autumn 2021 by Dorking Camera Club and sponsored by Dorking Town Partnership, the ‘Changing Seasons’ Photography Competition aimed to encourage aspiring local photographers to capture what the start of autumn in Dorking and the surrounding Surrey Hills meant to them.
Open to all those with talent in using a camera, with categories for both adults and children alike, entrants could submit up to two photographs, taken on a mobile phone or with a camera, on the HelloDorking website to enter.
We also ran a successful photography competition to celebrate Surrey Day 2020.
The competition was designed to celebrate Dorking and the Surrey Hills and we had 121 photo entries showing beautiful landscapes, townscapes, people playing, walking or biking in and around Box Hill, Leigh Hill, Ranmore and other surrounding areas.
The winning photographers received a years membership to the Royal Photographic Society.