My Vision for Leatherhead: Councillor Heather Ward, October 2002
A friendly and bustling small town where we can
meet our friends and find a useful range of services and shops.
These should include family businesses as well as branches of
multiple stores, a thriving market, and a choice of cafes and
restaurants. It should be safe for families with small children
and convenient for people with disabilities, but at the same
time, the shops should be up to date and should give an efficient
service. There should be pleasant pedestrian routes to the many
attractions around the town, such as the river and the museum,
and well designed open spaces within the town where public events
can take place in safety. There should be a childrens play
space close to the town.
Clearly, the two Councils, District and County, cannot control which businesses decide to come into the town, but they can play an important part in helping attract businesses and residents, and these are some of the ways that I think they should be doing it:
When the roadworks are finished we will need to promote the town. I have heard a suggestion that we should aim for Leatherhead to be a place where people can have stress free shopping. We can promote it to visitors as the Gateway to the Surrey Hills.