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Ashtead’s Independent councillors are restarting monthly surgeries at which residents can meet their County and District Councillors to discuss any issues of concern.  

The surgeries will be at Ashtead Library (Woodfield Lane) from 14.00-16.00 on the first Saturday of each month, starting on 4 March 2023.  

At least two Councillors will be present each time, and the Library Service is making an office available so any discussions can be in confidence. 

No booking is necessary and there is on-site parking, just drop in anytime during the two hour slots. 

We are grateful to Surrey County Council and the Ashtead Library for making this venue available to us. 

Meet your Independent Councillors 


Your County and District 

Councillors HERE

14th April 2024




Mole Valley District Council May elections are to elect two councillors for the wards of Ashtead Park and Ashtead Lanes & Common.


While Ashtead has six council seats for the two wards, elections are to be held each year for two seats in rotation. The next ‘two seat’ election is due on Thursday, 2nd May.

Standing in Ashtead Park is Gerry Sevenoaks, the current sitting Independent councillor who was first elected in 2023. In his election leaflet which can be found here, Gerry says that since his he was elected he has been campaigning on many local issues including opposing the controlling Liberal Democrats to retain green belt sites in the local plan for housing development.


In Ashtead Lanes & Common, a new Independent candidate – Andy Smith – says that if elected he will work with his fellow Ashtead Independent councillors to prioritise the interests of the Village and keep Ashtead a “green and pleasant place.”


Both Gerry Sevenoaks and Andy Smith’s election leaflets can be found by clicking this link.

08th April 2024



Those of you whose households are paid-up members of the Ashtead Residents Association will by now have seen the 24-page The Ashtead Resident (incorporating Ashtead Village News). The first half of this is devoted to the 2023 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of 26 April 2023 and the deferred AGM of 25 October 2023. The ARA Standing Committee is evidently set on changing the Association’s Constitution so that it no longer supports residents who stand for election as Councillors who are independent of national political parties – and opens the way for Committee Members to also belong to national political parties.

Read more HERE

30th January 2024


Following the Government’s decision, in December2022 to make changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), MVDC asked the Planning Inspector to pause the examination of Mole Valley’s Local Plan. After pressure from Ashtead Councillors, the Council passed a motion to withdraw all Green Belt sites (including Site DS1- land South of Ermyn Way).

Read more HERE

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It is a shame that our first volunteer day of the season had to be cancelled but we will be having another at the end of January, and I will keep people informed on our website and on social media. There is still a huge amount of clearance work needed in the park because it is just that – a park.

The estate did not have a great deal of natural woodland and, although there are some lovely specimen very old oaks, many of the older trees were planted by the owners of Ashtead Park House, now the City of Freemans School. These include some alien specimens such as the Yellow Buckeye (Aesculus flava) from America and the Caucasian Elm (Zelkova carpinifolia).


Continue reading HERE


I promised to let you know about volunteer days at Ashtead Park. The Lower Mole Project Group will be working there on 30th January to 1st February 2024. The Deepdene Volunteers will be working there on 17th January, 21st February, and 20th March.


Please turn up and join in. We really must cut back the bramble and encroaching sapling that are choking out some of the ancient trees. Plans are being drawn up for longer-term management but work can go on in the meantime. People arrive at 9.45 a.m. and work for as long as they can. Just bring your lunch, warm clothing and something to protect your hands. Some implements will be provided but if you have loppers or cutters, please do bring them. The more people who join in, the quicker the park will be improved.


We have such a limited number of opportunities because, of course, birds will start nesting in the spring. Please do come and join in.

By Councillor Patricia Wiltshire


18th December 2023



Representing the two Ashtead Wards on Mole Valley District Council and Surrey County Council ... ... and with good reason!

Ashtead Independents

Ashtead Independents are registered with the Electoral Commission to enable them to be identified and use a logo. Our Constitution and Rules make clear each vote independently with no whip.

We, the majority of Ashtead residents and the Ashtead Residents’ Association, consider that National party politics has no place in local councils.  It creates unnecessary antagonisms and divisiveness, and tends to prevent a proportion of members of the Council from being able to exercise full influence on behalf of their constituents.

In this site we introduce ourselves and try to keep you up to date with current issues affecting Ashtead.  Please use it to contact us to ask questions, to ask for help, to offer assistance in our campaigns, or especially if you would like to join us!


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