If you believe that the proposed superstore will have a negative impact on the town of Dorking then there are several things you can do.
At present a formal planning application has not been submitted to the council, therefore there is nothing to respond to. However a start can be made by collecting information and preparing a case based upon the information available to date.
What is allowed to happen in the town of Dorking should be decided by its residents and their elected representatives, not multinational giants intent on squeezing every penny out of the British consumer.
Register here your opposition to the current plans, where you will also get the chance to play a more active role in the campaign against Sainsbury's.
Contact your councillor
Let your MVDC councillor know what your views are, and ask them their opinion on the issue.
In addition you could ask your councillor (or other MVDC representative you come into contact with) what the Dorking Town Centre Forum is doing to reinvigorate the town centre. Demand that MVDC develops a ‘Vision’ for Dorking that will develop the town in a sustainable and sensitive way, and that will accommodate the views and wishes of the local residents & businesses.
Write to the local paper
Councillors and other decisions makers read the local press, especially the letters pages. The Dorking Advertiser and the Surrey Advertiser are the two main local papers.
Reduce your dependency on supermarkets
According to the Mole Valley Local Plan, "larger scale shopping schemes are not planned and will only be allowed in the longer term if there is clearly a need". If we don't shop there, they won't build it! By supporting Dorking's shops and markets you are already acting in a way which will, according to the council's own planning guidelines, reduce the need for increased shopping facilities in the future. Our article contains a guide to non-supermarket food shopping in the locality.