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This Week's Issue: Will the Olympics be good for Mole Valley?

By Leatherhead Advertiser  |  Posted: February 02, 2012

The Olympic cycle race will pass through Mole Valley this summer

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LAST week we asked you the question: "Will the Olympics be good for Mole Valley?"

Most readers said the Games will have positive effects, but some raised concerns about the disruption the cycle races will cause.

Here is a selection of the answers we received.

"OF COURSE it will be good for Mole Valley," said Claire Ansett, from Ashtead.

"Hopefully traders in Leatherhead and Dorking will benefit from the cycle race with extra trade. Let's big up Mole Valley!"

Posting on Twitter, Fran Phillips expressed her excitement about the cycle races passing through the district.

She wrote: "Didn't want to take my children to London for Olympics as they are young. Excited now that they can get a flavour of it here."

And Ian Jones said visitors from outside the area will benefit local people.

He wrote: "In Wales last week and friends there are making plans to visit Mole Valley for 2012 Games. Will be huge influx of visitors and opportunity."

Businesses also posted on Twitter to say the Games will be good for the area.

JSS Dorking wrote: "Here at JSS we are thinking 'yes' – look forward to it!"

Two Many Cooks added: "Absolutely, it's going to be great for all."

But some readers were not so sure. On the Advertiser's Facebook page, Tamsine Lee wrote: "Well, as the cycling is going through Mole Valley, maybe. But only for some people.

"As with the Olympics in general, only a limited number of the population will benefit from them. For many, it's an event to be watched on the TV – if you are interested."

Readers also raised concerns about the effect of the Olympics on transport, saying these issues will have to be addressed to make the event a success for local people.

Nick McGill wrote: "Not sure. Road closures a pain. Tourists good if they can get here!"

Louise Waterton wrote: "These last few weekends I have been travelling on the Waterloo-Dorking train and have noticed an increasing amount of cyclist passengers, obviously testing out the Olympic route.

"Most of the time I haven't been able to park my pushchair in the wheelchair/pushchair bay because it's been full up with bikes.

"I would like to see South West Trains increase the number of carriages that can accommodate wheelchairs, pushcahirs and cyclists."

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