This Bulletin is to draw your attention to a few very important issues which were raised at our AGM last month.
Firstly can I please thank all of those who come along on the night. With all the other distractions – football, wild weather and a dark night- we were delighted to see so many of you and some new faces.
Thank you also to those who have already paid their subscriptions for 2019 – this will help towards the cost of printing the AGM report and the hire of the school room for the AGM. Thank you again.
Among others, two important issues were raised at the meeting and one resident in particular has been corresponding with our MP, Chris Grayling, for a response to these issues.
The first issue relates to housing and the target that has been set for Epsom & Ewell of 579 dwellings per year for the next twenty years. To consolidate the information on the housing targets and the penalties in not achieving these, we have compiled a report which we would be happy to email to any resident on request. It is rather too bulky to attach here.
In brief, work is currently underway to review Epsom & Ewell’s Local Plan policies relating to housing. The timetable for the review, consultation and the publication of the update is available to view on the Council’s web site but this has to be submitted to the Secretary of State in December 2019. The timetable shows that there will be a pre-submission Public Consultation in October/November of this year and we will keep you posted on this.
Alarmingly, men with theodolites have been spotted both on Downs Farm land behind Longdown Lane North and also on the College Road side behind Longdown Lane South. The information we have at the moment is that these men are working with the owners of Downs Farm, who own both of these sites – 110 acres in all. This is being done by Dandara Strategic Land Management and on their website they describe Downs Farm as
“Project: Downs Farm” “This 110 acre Greenbelt site is being promoted jointly by Dandara and the landowners through the Local Plan process with a view of securing a residential led allocation.”
This land is Green Belt and as such is protected BUT, as stated above, with the targets that have been set for housing in the borough under the new Government Housing strategy, this can only mean that the Green Belt will be attacked! Our Councillors are well aware of this fact and residents feelings about protecting our precious Green Belt areas and will be seeking appropriate sites that would provide housing in accordance with the targets without touching the Green Belt. However there is the caveat that if they do not comply with the targets, this goes up by 20%!
If there is anyone who has any further information on this, please do get in touch. Up to now there is no planning application in relation to this but you can be sure that something will appear in due course. Do keep your eyes open and let us know if there is anything to report so we can take appropriate action.
The second issue which was reported at the AGM and may have been missed by residents is the Heathrow Consultation which took place at Bourne Hall early in February this year (published in our January Bulletin). The Heathrow Airspace and Future Operations Consultation ran for eight weeks from 8 January until 11.55pm on 4 March 2019 and sought feedback on changes to airspace and future runway operations including expansion and changes to the existing two runways. To increase the capacity of the existing runways it was proposed that planes will take off and land from different directions and be at different heights. We understand that the impact on this area could be that planes would fly at a height of 3,000 feet above us instead of the 6,000 currently used and that there could well be a flight every 77 seconds! There is a great deal of opposition to this and we are watching this carefully to see what the result of the consultation will be. If there is anyone who has greater knowledge of the implications which can be imparted to residents, please let us know.
Other issues which were raised at the AGM included the drug dealing close to Nescot and the two police officers who came and gave a presentation, took this and other concerns of attendees on board. We are delighted to report that as a result of this officers have been patrolled the alleyway running along the bottom of St Norman’s Way after recent complaints from local residents of drug dealing and intimidating behaviour from youths during daytime.
Their new publication reports:
“After a recent Resident’s Association meeting in Ewell – (THIS WAS US!!) (one of a series of police/resident interactions throughout the borough), the issue of the railway arch was raised as a serious issue for ASB in the community.
On Tuesday, 19 March, local neighbourhood Sergeant Jim Dawborn stopped and dealt with a group of youths under the rail arch along the alleyway near Ewell East Station. Following a search one of the youths was found with a bag of cannabis, which was seized, and the youth was given a street caution for his possession offence.
Officers will be keeping up the pressure on drug dealing and drugs use in the Railway underpass as well as in the open grass areas in the new Sycamore Gardens estate.
Local officers are also liaising with NESCOT staff and notifying them when students are found to be breaching college policy to reduce the impact to the community that drugs use and anti-social behaviour can cause.”
This picture tells the story! Our thanks go to our neighbourhood police team.
Do go and look at their Newsletter April 2019.pdf which gives up to date information on police activities in the area.
Now to matters outside the AGM:-
Following the publication of a request for Governors at Wallace Fields Junior School, I am delighted to advise that the response was good and, as far as we know, at least one resident living in LLN was accepted and has attended his first meeting. We wish him well and inspired!
12 Longdown Lane North – (18/01055/FUL) – the amended plan was approved by the Planning Department. This was despite opposition however it seems that there has now been an amended plan submitted under ref 19/00159/REM re the Variation of Condition 2 (Approved drawings) of planning permission 18/01055/FUL to permit enlarged footprint. This has not been agreed and indeed we had no knowledge of this. We would encourage all those who opposed the original application to go and look at this as a matter of urgency.
Lower Mill Ewell – (18/00865/LBA) – the application for demolition of existing office building and redevelopment to provide 53 extra-care apartments with associated facilities (within Class C2), including conversion and alteration of the Grade II Listed Mill House and Granary Buildings, with parking, access, landscaping and other associated works has been referred to the Planning Committee and is listed for the April planning meeting and a decision expected imminently.
The Kings Arms pub in East Street – (18/00315/FUL) – the amended drawings submitted have included the separation of the building into two blocks, connected by a glazed link , articulation of the street-facing elevation, addition of a partially set-back fourth floor and inclusion of a lift and increase in number of flats from 16 to 21. This was called to committee in March and approved.
Lidl – 65 London Road – (18/00573/FUL) – revised application for supermarket with reduced size and no houses on the old Organ & Dragon site was scheduled for the Planning Committee meeting in February and permission was refused.
Nonsuch Mansion – (18/01309/FUL) – this application is for change of use from offices to sleeping accommodation. Nonsuch Mansion is a Grade 2* listed building that is used as a wedding venue on the ground floor and the proposal is to convert the top floor into bedrooms for the wedding guests.
South Hatch Stables – ( 18/00308/FUL) – the application for the demolition of the existing Racehorse Training Establishment (RTE) and the erection of a new RTE comprising of a main yard stable complex and facilities enabling residential development comprising 47 apartments is causing great controversy and there have been many objections. This has been referred for legal advice and still awaits a decision
Langley Vale Memorial Woodland – creation of a permanent car park with facilities etc and erection of visitors’ centre and associated infrastructure in relation to Langley Vale Wood – this is under negotiation with related boroughs, namely Mole Valley and Reigate and Banstead. This remains ongoing.
Mill Road – (18/00271/FUL) – the application for residential development comprising of 31 units with associated landscaping, parking and external works was approved at the December Planning Committee meeting.
Police Station site in Church Street – (17/01586/FUL) application for the demolition of the former police station, and the erection of two residential blocks comprising a total of 29 residential units (11x1bed, 14 x2 bed and 4×3 bed), with associated car parking and landscaping. As a major planning application, this went to Committee in March and was approved.
Old Mill, Old Malden Lane Worcester Park – (18/01430/FUL) application for the demolition of existing buildings, and erection of 80 new dwellings with access, associated parking and landscaping works. There are concerns that Old Malden Lane is an ancient narrow and twisting rural lane without pavements which cannot support a greater volume of traffic and the site borders the Hogsmill Open Space and Nature Reserve. No news but many objections.
Land at Epsom and Ewell High School, Ruxley Lane, West Ewell – (18/01360/FUL) a major planning application for the demolition of existing classroom buildings, MUGA and sports hall; and construction of a two storey classroom block, 3G Full Size AGP Pitch, compact athletics facility, Hockey Plus AGP, sports pavilion, sports hall, grass surface pitches, grounds maintenance compound, footbridge, fencing, floodlights and associated ground works, construction of new car park and access for school sports facilities; and erection of 161 dwellings including associated parking, landscaping, open space and infrastructure works. Do go and look at this one – many comments and objections.
Drug issues – we are hopeful that as a result of intermittent police presence this problem will diminish. We can only wait and see.
Roundabout – following contact with the College, we see that the weeding has been done – covered with new bark and the area looks better. We shall keep an eye on this.
Generally – one cannot drive anywhere in the area at the moment without being held up by temporary traffic lights! Gas works on College Road, the A217 closed northbound from Tattenham Way/Garrets Lane for water work, SCC roadworks on the A240 Reigate Road and Alexandra Road and the continuing hold-ups in Epsom town centre itself to mention just a few.
Town Centre – the work on the market place for which Epsom & Ewell BC have contributed £2.25 million to SCC to get it completed, will start soon. SCC advises
“The Market Place improvement works will take place in three phases:
Phase 1 will continue the new paving on the south side of the High Street from the old taxi rank area to past the Clock Tower and is scheduled for completion in summer 2019. During this phase the market will be relocated to the western end of the Market Place with access via the existing entrance \ exit arrangements.
Phase 2 will continue the new paving on the other side of the Market Place by swapping arrangements so that the market will be re-located back to the area by the Clock Tower, but entrance and exit arrangements will be via the temporary ‘dropdown kerbs’ currently being installed to the west of the Clock Tower.
Phase 3 will include paving outside the Assembly Rooms and the relocation of the Evocation of Speed statue. Once all 3 phases are completed the temporary dropped kerbs will be reinstated with full height kerbs, and the new entry and exit arrangements established and any remaining works completed.
During each phase of the works, all trees will be removed. New trees will be planted from November 2019 during the approved planting season for trees.
We are aware of the historical aspects to the Market Place and we will ensure they are preserved. Epsom Clock Tower will be protected and both the Richmond Cattle Trough and the time capsule stone will be taken to a specialist stone mason for restoration.
We will also be working with the Emily Davison Project to offer a prominent location in the Market Place for their memorial statue.”
Full details of the work are available at epsom-and-ewell-major-transport-schemes.
Yellow lines – the consultation for yellow lines continues and will close at the end of May 2019 so if you have any recommendations go to parking-controls-request-epsom-and-ewell-march. We shall be recommending double yellow lines opposite the Wallace Fields Infant School parking area to stop the almost double parking on drop off and pick up times.
Ewell West Station Bridge – the work on replacing the old railway bridge continues. Don’t forget that much of the car park has been taken over by equipment and there is no casual use – only season ticket holders will be able to use the car park.
Epsom Hospital – there are plans to sell off the old nursing accommodation which is now an administration centre at Rowan House on the Woodcote side of the grounds for a housing development. Councillors will resist any attempt to use the funds raised for anything except Epsom Hospital itself. For a report on the long term future of Epsom Hospital go to the-long-term-future-of-epsom-and-st-helier-hospitals.
Future 40 – the questionnaire forms the second stage of consultation for Future40, the work to develop a long-term vision for Epsom and Ewell. Over the last few months, E&EBC has been engaging with and listening to local residents, businesses and visitors across the borough – they have collected some really valuable feedback. The next step is to explore some of the emerging themes in more detail to properly understand how they could contribute to making Epsom and Ewell an even more attractive and successful place to live, work and study in the future. Residents are invited to join in the discussion and share their views on the Borough’s long-term vision at www.future40.org. It’s important to have your say.
The Epsom Model Railway Show 2019
Sat, 27/04/2019 to Sun, 28/04/2019 from 10:00 to 17:00
Adults £7, Children under 16 FREE
Contact name: Peter Swift Telephone: +44 1483 576274
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Venue: North East Surrey College of Technology (NESCOT), Reigate Road, Ewell
Reigate Road Ewell
An extensive model railway exhibition featuring a new and exciting selection of some of the country’s finest working layouts (large & small) in a variety of different scales showing steam, diesel and electric trains in action. Many of these layouts from around the UK are being exhibited in Surrey for the first time.
PROBUS CLUB of EWELL
For retired and semi retired
Professional and Business men
Why not come and join us?
Meet 1st Wednesday of the month
at Banstead Golf Club for lunch and talks
Various visits and trips
Meeting like members
Biannual ladies lunch (May & December)
For further information contact the Secretary
or via our web site: http://www.ewellprobus.org
All are welcome
Banstead Spring Foraging Courses
This course is a simple foraging walk where we hope to be able to identify a selection of edible plants, flowers and plenty of mushrooms.
The woods near London are plentiful in wild food. There are a huge variety of edible plants in the south east most of which can be found in the areas surrounding our capital. You’ll be surprised at what there is to find in your local parks and woods.
We will meet at 12pm in the Woodman Pub, Woodmansterne. The course starts there with a 20 minute introduction on what to look for and a brief of the general countryside codes where they relate to foragers.
After the talk we’ll set off for a 2 to 3 hour walk around the woods. Somewhere along the way we will stop for some lovely homemade refreshments such as our wild food soup. Then it’s back to the Woodman to discuss and taste our finds.
There are limited spaces available so please book your place online.
12pm-3:30pm, Standard Ticket £45 Junior Ticket (Under 16s) £22.50 Under 12s Free
The Woodman, Woodmansterne Street, Banstead, Surrey SM7 3NL
Sun 21 Apr, Sat 11 May
Contact telephone: 01981590604 Call to check latest times or cancellations.
Web site – do visit this – www.ewelldownsra.org. I am sure some of you must have some local photos to put on this!
Facebook – our page is being well visited. Go and use this to make comments or display pictures of the area.
Twitter – this is quite active with many followers of Ewelldownsra.