Councillor Jehangir Haque, commonly known as Raj, is a well-known face in Bookham and Fetcham, having lived here for over 40 years and as owner of a popular Fetcham restaurant. Since his election to Mole Valley District Council in 2010, Raj has worked hard for residents, both in his own ward of Fetcham West and across Mole Valley as Chairman of the Council in 2018-19.
Cllr Jehangir Haque
Liberal Democrat Member
His restaurant business has helped him observe people and understand them better in order to deal with their problems. Raj believes in working with other councilors and residents to get things done, and is always willing to help those in need, whether during the floods of 2013/14, supporting key workers during the pandemic, or through charity work. His proudest achievements include getting Cock Lane repaired, a 20mph zone for Fetcham’s schools, and saving Fetcham’s Molebridge surgery from closure. These issues led people to understand his commitment to dedicating himself in response to their needs. This side of him is what people appreciate and that’s what leads to their confidence in him.
Most of the complaints Raj has to deal with relate to the failings of Surrey County Council. Raj shares residents’ frustration at the wasted costs and lack of investment in Surrey’s crumbling roads and infrastructure, the slow progress in replacing Bookham Youth Centre which was closed by Surrey County Council in 2019, and the lack of support for local schools including Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) provision. Raj believes we all deserve and can do better.
Raj is committed to tackling climate change and protecting our environment. On Mole Valley’s Development Management Committee, Raj has helped protect our Green Belt from inappropriate development. He now wants to extend this work to Surrey-wide issues such as promoting more active travel, addressing the lack of public transport and improving the energy-efficiency of Surrey services and buildings. Haque, came to England in 1971 for a better future. He moved to Bookham in December 1979.
Having had a successful career in the Restaurant business he became interested in local politics in order to serve people in a different capacity. After serving his first term from May 2010, he was duly re-elected for a second term on 22nd May 2014 to serve the people of Fetcham West.
Raj is married with two grown up children and was the Chairman of the Council for 2018/2019.