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New Mayor of Waverley supports the Surrey Hills

MayorofWaverleyCllrs_4351Councillor Mike Band, Vice Chair of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Board was invested in as the new Mayor of Waverley last week.

In his role as Mayor, Cllr Band will attend a wide variety of engagements acting as an ambassador for Waverley Borough Council, as well as representing the people of Waverley over the coming year. Cllr Band has chosen two charities to support; Dan’s Fund For Burns and the Surrey Hills Trust Fund.

Mayor of Waverley, Councillor Mike Band comments;
“In my role as Mayor of Waverley I’m delighted to have the opportunity to raise the profile of two important charities. I have lived in the Surrey Hills for over 40 years and I am very keen to protect this special area for future generations to enjoy. The Surrey Hills Trust Fund helps to do just this by supporting local community projects and enterprise schemes that benefit and enhance the Surrey Hills.”

The Surrey Hills Trust Fund has been established in partnership with the Community Foundation for Surrey, an independent charitable trust established to inspire local giving for local needs.  The Community Foundation works both with donors who want to give something back to their local communities and the voluntary groups providing vital services for local people.

Wendy Varcoe, Executive Director of the Community Foundation for Surrey comments;
“We are delighted that the new Mayor of Waverley, Councillor Band has chosen the Surrey Hills Trust Fund as one of his nominated charities. This Fund provides an excellent way of protecting and enhancing the Surrey Hills and will support projects working to benefit local communities and the environment both now and in the future.”

The Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) covers a quarter of the County of Surrey, a high proportion of which (54%) falls within Waverley. This south part of the AONB contains the Greensand Hills and Valleys that include well know beauty spots such as Black Down and the Devil’s Punch Bowl and the heaths of Frensham and Thursley. The Low Weald forms the southern fringe of the AONB, with its extensive woodlands, hedgerows and wooded shaws that can be found around Hascombe, Chiddingfold and Wonersh. The protection of the AONB has had overwhelming support from the residents of Waverley’s towns and villages. During the Council’s public consultation on their Local Plan protecting the AONB from development had greater support than any other issue.

Click here to find out more about the Surrey Hills Trust Fund