This is a selection of the initiatives we've put in place in Dorking since the BID was elected in 2017.
Future Dorking Strategy
We commissioned a Town Centre Place Making report to spark conversations about possible improvements to Dorking Town Centre's streets and spaces.
The various character areas along High Street, West Street and South Street have been looked at in turn, initial place making sketch ideas are presented for each, with traffic and vehicle needs carefully considered in all cases.
Possible places for increased pedestrian space and better road crossings, sites where trees might be planted, locations for extra greenery, more benches or community public art are identified on each street.
The aim of this work is to build a partnership for positive changes that will benefit residents, businesses and visitors to Dorking.
The Park for Free after Three scheme, funded by Dorking Town Partnership, allowed drivers to park for free every Friday from 3pm in St Martin's Walk, Wathen Road, Southside and West Street car parks.
Tickets were not needed during the free parking periods.
Free opportunity to promote your business on our local place promotion app, LoyalFree.
To get involved or to find out more, simply email email@example.com. They create the profile for you, making it zero admin for you!
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.