AGM for AEDR on Wed 6th March 2019

Association of Ewell Downs Residents
Non Political, Founded 1926

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NOTICE

The Eighty Fourth Annual General Meeting

Will be held at

WALLACE FIELDS JUNIOR SCHOOL in the Year 6 Classroom

7.30pm on Wednesday 6 March 2019

GUEST SPEAKER Inspector Joe Easterbrook and/or

Sergeant James Dawborn of Surrey Police

AGENDA

  1. Apologies for absence

  2. Minutes of the Eighty Third AGM held on 10 April 2018

  3. Statement of Accounts

  4. Report from the Committee

  5. Election of Officers, Committee and Examiner of Accounts

  6. Future Finances and subscriptions

  7. Adoption of Prospective Candidates for Election to the Borough Council on 2 May 2019

    • Ewell Ward

    • Nonsuch Ward

  8. Councillors’ Forum

  9. Any Other Business

The Officers and Committee would be delighted to welcome you at the Annual General Meeting – an excellent opportunity to meet your neighbours, committee members and Councillors informally. Refreshments will be provided from 7.10pm.

SUBSCRIPTIONS

The membership subscription of £3.00 per household is now due. These subscriptions, whilst small, are critical as our costs continue to rise, so please pass your subscription, in the envelope provided, to your Road Representative, pay on-line. (See Treasurer’s Report for further information). (Residents in St James’ Avenue make a bulk payment through their Association).

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

It’s AGM time again when we like to invite residents to come and join us for an evening of information on what is happening in our area and around – and perhaps have a glass of wine in the process! We were indeed delighted to see some new faces last year and hope that many more of you will come along and support us. We are again holding our AGM at Wallace Fields Junior School but, as the Hall is now frequently booked, this will be in one of the classrooms of the Year 6 block to the right of the main building. Again the school playground will be available for parking and the back gate will be open, especially for us, to make the venue as accessible as possible.

More and more of you have been receiving our “almost monthly” bulletins, keeping recipients as up to date as possible on local issues. We now send these out to over 375 residents. The fact that people are putting their email addresses on the green subscription envelopes has greatly helped to increase this number. However for those who have not yet requested this to be emailed here is a round-up of some of the issues that we have been involved with since our Autumn Newsletter, and some current ones.

  • liaising with our Councillors following further reports of drug dealing and indeed criminal damage to a house on St Normans Way on the pathway leading from the Reigate Road to Ewell East Railway Station – this is an ongoing matter

  • encouraging residents to put forward their views on the five Surrey County Council consultations regarding Family Resilience – Children’s Centres; Concessionary Bus Travel; Community Recycling Centres; Libraries and Cultural Services Strategy and SEND Strategy. Now closed.

  • publicising the Future 40 Consultation – asking people what they want the Borough to be like to 2040 and beyond. Now closed, but well supported and the initial feedback has shown that the people of Epsom and Ewell really value the borough being a clean, green and safe place; with so much to offer within easy reach and its convenient location to nearby London and areas of outstanding natural beauty.

  • advising on Plan E improvement works on South Street and the Market Place

  • advising residents of current planning applications in our area and throughout the Borough and supporting or opposing these as requested – an update of current applications follows.

  • continued pressing for maintenance of the beds at the new Reigate Road roundabout, responsibility for which has not yet passed to SCC

These are just a few of the items included in our bulletins. We also publicise local events, such as the Methodist Church Book Fair, the Heathrow consultation, fund raising events for Age Concern and many others.

Even if you do not get our bulletins, these are published on our web site www.ewelldownsra.org and on our Facebook page – Association of Ewell Downs Residents. We have Graham Morris to thank for his help with the emails and publications.

Our Councillors are very up front about information on issues concerning Ewell Downs and we thank them for attending our committee meetings and their input. Our Road Stewards – well what can one say – they do a sterling job. Thank-yous go to Graham Evans, who looked after Longdown Lane North for many years, and to Raul Dias who is taking the post over. We are still looking for someone in Hampton Grove and also Sycamore Gardens so if you live there and can help, please let us know on ewelldownsra@gmail.com. Your help is invaluable. We are so grateful to you.

Finally, why not come and join our committee? We welcome Steve Whiteway who has joined us this year but we need more bodies. We only meet a few times a year at Nescot so why not come along to see how we operate and how you can get involved. Committee dates are on the next page and meetings are held at Nescot at 7.30pm.

Jenny Coleman

TREASURER’S REPORT

Audited accounts for the year ending 31 December 2018 are attached to this newsletter. These show that subscriptions received in 2018 were again down on the previous year: £969.39 compared to £1,157.59 in 2017. As far as expenses were concerned there were decreases in AGM expenses and printing costs as a result of our economies (despite the extra number of newsletters printed for Sycamore Gardens’ residents) but the hire of rooms went up. Our contribution to election expenses for the By Election was quite high. I am sorry to say the final result is an increased deficit – £407.71 compared to £96.39 in 2016.

Please can I encourage residents, especially those who receive the Bulletins, to pay their annual subscription.

There are several ways of doing this:–

  • put £3.00 in the green envelope provided and pass this to your designated road representative (don’t forget to add your email address so you can receive the bulletin)

  • pay by online banking – bank details are: Account Name – Association of Ewell Downs Residents; sort code – 20-29-90; account no. 50126071 giving your name, house number, road and post code as the reference

Thank you. I would also like to thank Keith Boyce for examining the accounts. I am most grateful to him.

DATES FOR COMMITTEE MEETINGS 2019 – 2020

Committee meetings will be held at Nescot College at 7.30pm on the following Tuesdays:

2019 14th May, 23rd July, 17th September,19th November

2020 14th January

ABOUT THE ASSOCIATION

The aim of the Association is to protect and enhance the interests of residents. Our primary concerns centre on planning, traffic, security and other topics which directly affect our area. To this end, we maintain regular contact with our Councillors who also attend our Committee meetings. Planning applications affecting our area are monitored and, where appropriate, or at the request of residents, we make our views known and elicit support. A regular Bulletin is circulated by email to all those who request it. This keeps residents informed of what is happening in the location and surrounding areas.

Other activities include sponsoring our Residents’ Association election candidates, helping to prepare manifestos and knocking on as many doors as possible at local election time. For the delivery of election manifestos and of our twice yearly newsletters, we rely on the vital services of our Road Representatives, who also provide indispensable communication lines. To keep in touch with Borough-wide issues, Committee members also attend, as appropriate, meetings of other bodies such as the SCoRA (Standing Committee of Residents Associations) and other local groups.

FOR NEW RESIDENTS

All residents are eligible to join. If they subsequently have any problems or concerns, we ask that these should first be taken up with the Borough or County Council as appropriate. If you are not satisfied with the response, please approach your Road Representative, Councillor, or Committee member. Our aim is to assist as best we can.

SCC LOCAL COMMITTEE MEETINGS 2019

SCC meetings are open to the public and have been arranged for the following dates:

25th March, 24th June, 16th September (at 7 pm), 9th December (at 2pm)

Various venues including Bourne Hall, Ewell Court House and Town Hall

PLANNING ROUND-UP

12 Longdown Lane North – (18/01055/FUL) – the amended plan to the previously refused application to build a 4 bed detached house on land adjacent to no. 12 Longdown Lane North, details of which were in our last bulletin. We are informed that this has been permitted subject to conditions.

Young Farmers Hut – (18/00850/FUL) – this application for the reconstruction/re-cladding of a former Young Farmers Club hut at North Looe to change of use from club hut to artist’s studio has been approved. One of the conditions of approval is that the sole purpose of this building – on Green Belt land – is an artist’s studio and, we have been advised, that it cannot be lived in. I am sure that the residents of North Looe will also be monitoring this closely.

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 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 awaits a decision.

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.

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 is being called to committee.

Lidl – 65 London Road – (18/00573/FUL) – revised application for supermarket with reduced size and no houses on the old Organ & Dragon site is scheduled for the Planning Committee meeting in February. The same traffic issues are anticipated – there are many objections and it is understood that it is not supported by the Highways Department. Currently up to 50,000 car journeys a day cross the junctions on London Road, 36,000 on the Cheam Road and 42,000 on the Reigate Road!

Langley Vale Memorial Woodland – creation of a permanent car park with facilities etc and erection of a 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.

Downs House Walton Road – this is an application for the racehorse training yard redevelopment under 18/00288/FUL. It has been approved.

Mill Road18/00271/FUL – the application for residential development comprising 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 will go to committee.

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.

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.

Housing and the Green Belt – The Council continues to work on the review of the Borough’s Local Plan. This has to take account of the latest National Planning Policy Framework and the Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) objectively assessed housing needs (OAHN) for the borough. The OAHN had been set at 579 dwellings per year, but the ONS has now re-calculated the OAHN at 372. However, the Government is insisting that we continue to plan for 579, a daunting task. The Council continues to look at opportunities for housing land supply. It has a responsibility to look at all land availability and has an on-going call-for-sites so that it can identify areas that might be available for housing and eliminate those that are not. The independent Green Belt Study for the borough looked at whether our Green Belt and some other local open spaces were performing well and so needed to be protected. It concluded that nearly every such space was completely fulfilling the criteria to be called Green Belt. This is a good safeguard against future development.

Surrey County Council cuts affecting the Borough Council – All Local Authorities are facing ongoing significant Government imposed financial reductions. The Conservative controlled County Council is meeting this challenge by proposing cutting services to some of our most vulnerable residents and by reducing other services which have a negative financial impact on other councils and local voluntary groups. While they claim to be saving money, they are actually forcing the costs onto others, including this Borough Council.

Action on Enforcement 2 – In November the Borough Council’s Environmental Health Team joined Epsom and Ewell Beat (Surrey Police), the Environment Agency and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency in an unannounced vehicle check. As part of a strategy to address fly tipping, the EHT focussed on vehicles that were likely to carry waste or waste materials, to check that they were lawfully transporting waste. 33 vehicles were examined and 10 notices were issued requiring production of written information, and a further 17 notices requiring production of a licence to transport waste. Failure to produce documentation will result in a fine. Given the success of this initiative, the agencies are looking forward to conducting similar days of action across the borough in the near future.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Age Concern – Comedy @ The College is back on Friday 22 February 2019
7.30pm, Epsom College. Book on 01372 732 451 or online at ComedyAtTheCollege2019.

Epsom Book Fair – 21 – 23 February at Epsom Methodist Church. Visit epsom-book-fair for details.

Herald of Spring – Bourne Hall – Herald of Spring ‘Superheroes’ 2019 – Saturday 9 March – 9.30am to 5pm – beautiful floral displays and a show garden from Ashtead Park Garden Centre along with the Mayday Flower Club, and shows by local countryside groups! You can visit the What’s On In Epsom Spring Market with arts, crafts and jam or enjoy some tea and cake in the Coffee Shop.

The Great Brick Safari – RHS Garden Wisley, Woking – on now until 3 March from 10m – 15.45pm.

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DO YOU SEE YOURSELF AS A SCHOOL GOVERNOR AT WALLACE FIELDS JUNIOR SCHOOL

We have some vacancies for school governors at Wallace Fields Junior School and would really like local people to get involved in the governance of our school. As a local authority school we strongly welcome community governors, so perhaps you know someone who might enjoy this role. It is a rewarding and fulfilling role that truly links the local area with us here at Wallace Fields Juniors. If you see yourself making an active contribution to the school why not contact the school office to let us know of your interest.  For an informal chat, please telephone 0208 393 0350 and speak to either Mrs Linda Boddy (Office Administrator) or Mrs Day (Deputy Head). We would be delighted to hear from you.”

I am sure you will agree that Wallace Fields Junior School, its teachers and pupils, form an important part of our community.

TRAFFIC

East Street – at the Local Committee Meeting in December the sum of £100,000 was approved for work to the area outside the parade of shops by the Kiln Lane junction which is causing terrible traffic problems on East Street. This is to be part of the 2019/2020 budget but as yet we have no information on when the work will be done!

South Street – the phasing of the traffic lights to ease the flow from the Dorking Road into Epsom has been done but there are still queues here. BT has still not completed the fine tuning required to ensure traffic runs smoothly. BT also needs to do the work on the Kiln Lane traffic lights to get the correct flow of traffic.

Reigate Road – there is a chance that the previously proposed traffic island on the Reigate Road by Priest Hill Close could be back on the agenda. Plans for this are to be resubmitted.

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 will remain open throughout the project and we will seek to ensure the smooth running of the Market and the adjoining businesses during these works. To facilitate this we will create a temporary walkway around the works area to ensure safe access to businesses and the Market. We will also need to remove some of the existing planters to allow access for machinery.

The Market Place improvement works will take place in three phases:

The first phase will continue the new paving on the south side of the High Street to past the Epsom Clock Tower and is scheduled for completion in summer 2019

The second phase will continue the new paving on the other side of the Market Place

The final phase will include paving outside the Assembly Rooms and the relocation of the Evocation of Speed statue.

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.”

The contribution from our Council is a positive commitment to the future of our town and will see the laying of new paving, wider and safer pedestrian areas, up to nineteen trees, new lighting and benches, way finder signs, and a performance area. The funds came from the CIL levy paid by developers when building in the area. Under central government rules CIL can only be used to help deliver infrastructure improvements such as Plan E.

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-201. 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.

TREES, LEAVES AND PLANTING – it has been an extremely leafy autumn. Can we encourage everyone to make sure that the areas outside their properties are free from litter and leaves ready for the Spring! It would make a real difference to the look of the area. The Council has brought the planting of beds and baskets in house to cut back on costs. It is good news that we shall still see colourful planting throughout the borough.

We are contacting a tree specialist about the trees on Higher Green after the accident near-miss when a previously diagnosed diseased tree fell in Higher Green. This follows a request from a resident.

LOCAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS – Thursday 2 May 2019

ResidentsAssociations have had majority control of Epsom & Ewell Borough Council for over 80 years and are the opposition group on Surrey County Council. Epsom and Ewell is the only borough in England controlled by independents. The RA movement has been so successful that the Borough Council now has 31 RA councillors out of 38. What are the Council’s achievements? Here are some of those affecting us:-

A Safe Place to Live – Your RA councillors have:

Obtained a three year injunction protecting 56 borough council owned sites from being occupied by unauthorised encampments.

Worked with TfL to check licensed vehicles & Uber cars at night to ensure residents travel in safe vehicles driven by fully compliant drivers

Worked with the Environmental Agency & the Police on waste-carrying vehicles as part of a move against fly-tipping

Introduced revised Alcohol Control Public Spaces Protection Orders to deal with alcohol related nuisance & anti-social behaviour in parts of the borough.

Upgraded CCTV, improve security against fly-tipping at more vulnerable green sites, and equipped our Rangers with radios with GPS tracking & cameras

In 2018 retained Hook Road car parks status as safe for people and vehicles

Taken legal action against fly-tippers across the Borough (Kingston Road, Upper High Street)

A Green Borough

Introduced the Simply Weekly recycling service which, against the trend across Surrey, has seen a rise in the % of recycling by residents

Commissioned an independent study of the Green Belt which confirmed that the vast majority of our Green Belt is performing well and needs to be protected

Continued to fund the cost of maintaining 12 annual cuts to highway verges

Made improvements to our green spaces including the restoration of Rosebery Pond and footpaths on Epsom Common

Ensured the continuation of Green Flag status for Alexandra Rec, Epsom Common, Ewell Court Park and Rosebery Park

Family Friendly Policies.

Provided £500k to support a South Western Trains bid to make Stoneleigh Station step free and accessible to including those with disabilities and parents with young children and buggies

Upgraded Depot Road car park with additional child dedicated spaces and new pay machines that take credit/debit cards and upgraded lighting to improve safety

Refurbished tennis and basketball courts in Alexandra Recreation Ground

A Thriving, Prosperous Community – Championing our local High Streets.

Committed £2.25 million of CIL money (a levy on developers) to redevelop Epsom’s market area, support our High Street and upgrade Epsom’s status

Introduced the Business Improvement Fund providing grants up to £10k enabling small business to improve their shop frontage

Provided a temporary home in the Town Hall for Epsom Post Office

Supported Epsom businesses throughout their successful bid to establish the Business Improvement District which will see an additional £1.5 million invested.

A Healthy Community.

Been at the forefront in opposing the sale of EGH land (unless it is used for social care, health related)

Campaigned for any new acute unit agreed by the Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust be sited at Epsom General Hospital

Funded new Routecall buses and new scooters for the shop mobility scheme.

Funded a £70k refurbishment of the Longmead Social Centre

Reduced homelessness levels by 37% to lowest figure for several years

Additional Themes

Sound Financial Management – Your RA councillors have:

Made no cuts to services (over the last four/eight years)

Produced a balanced budget with no use of reserves (TBC 19/2/19)

Have maintained one of the lowest council tax rates in Surrey

Residents will pay just an additional 11p a week at Band D for all the services provided by the Borough councillors (TBC 19/02/19)

Last year only 10% of each resident’s council tax went to EEBC

For almost 20 years the Councils independent external Auditors have determined the council’s finances and accounts to be of a high standard.

CURRENT COUNCILLORS

Local elections are held every four years and as we comprise two wards – Ewell and Nonsuch – we have six Councillors for whom we can vote. Our current Councillors will be present at our AGM and here is an outline of each of them:-

NONSUCH COUNCILLORS

Councillor Graham Dudley – “I have been a councillor for 16 years for the last 8 of which I have had the pleasure of representing Nonsuch Ward. Overall I have chaired the Scrutiny Committee, the Planning Committee and the Licensing and Planning Policy Committee. I have also sat on a number of other committees including the Nonsuch Park Joint Management Committee. Following a couple of recent major operations I feel the time is now right for me to step aside for a younger candidate.”

Councillor Chris Frost Chris has lived in the Borough since 1976. He was a Borough Councillor from 1999 to 2003, and a County Councillor from 1997 to 2013. Since 2011 he has been a Borough Councillor representing Nonsuch Ward. He is currently Vice Chairman of the Borough Council Leisure Committee, and sits on both the Health Liaison and HR Panels. Chris has always taken an active interest in the environment and hopes to continue to work with his colleagues, listening to and representing the views of residents to ensure that Epsom and Ewell remains an excellent place to live and work.

 Councillor Colin Keane – since his election in September 2018 Colin has played an active part on behalf of residents of the area, particularly in matters relating to Nescot and its environs. He serves on the Strategy and Resources Committee and is always available to assist.

EWELL COUNCILLORS

Councillor Michael Arthur – Michael to bow out after 52 ½ years he writes:

In April 1962 I was taken by the RA slogan for the Ewell Ward election ‘Salt for Ewell Village’ which struck a chord with me. I went to an election meeting, asked some questions and invited to join the committee. Within two years I was appointed Chairman and then asked to be a prospective candidate.

Shortly after England’s world cup triumph in 1966 a by-election arose and I won the seat defeating the only opposition T.S. Grant (Liberal) – some may have seen this in “Surrey in the Sixties” book. So started a path which became an embedded way of life. This was possible because the meetings required attendance almost entirely in the evenings and I maintained my daytime working career. The two were complimentary to each other as I was able to bring my professional experience and local knowledge to the Council and at the same time the insight of those procedures widened my career.

There is much I could write to span these years but briefly, Epsom & Ewell BC has remained steadfast over this time despite serious government cutbacks but the organization has survived albeit now leaner, slimmer and fitter with rather more delegation of day to day management and operations to the officers and staff with members focused on policy but also with pairs of eyes and ears to report on ward and borough matters. Electronic communication and the changes that brings has of course transformed the way business is done with all having greater knowledge of what’s going on, I believe with careful selection, that’s a good thing.

I feel now is the time for me to bow out after this period of continuous representation for Ewell ward. I thank all those supporters who have returned me after 14 elections. I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and wish my successor all the best for future RA representation.

Councillor Clive Woodbridge – Clive is an experienced local RA Councillor, having served on Epsom & Ewell Borough Council since 2007. He has been chairman of the RA group of Councillors for over five years, leading the delivery of savings and efficiency gains while protecting services. As a regular attendee at our meetings, he is an invaluable member of our “team”.

Councillor Humphrey Reynolds – Humphrey takes his responsibilities as a Councillor very seriously, serving on the Audit, Crime & Disorder and Scrutiny Committee, Health Liaison Panel, Human Resources Panel, Licensing (General) Sub-Committee, Licensing (Hearing) Sub-Committee, Licensing and Planning Policy Committee and Planning Committee (Chairman). Always attending our committee meetings he is a source of useful information for residents.

Association of Ewell Downs Residents 2018 – 2019

OFFICERS

Chair/Treasurer Jenny Coleman, 24 Longdown Lane North  020 8393 8124

Vice-Chair Vacant

Hon. Secretary: Paula McNally, 25 Longdown Lane North  020 8393 1483

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Michael Lockyer, 18 Higher Green  07818 067 741

Mark Palmer, 78 Reigate Road  07703 106 793

Steve Whiteway. 11 Windmill Lane  07736 161 662

ROAD REPRESENTATIVES

Beech Walk Meurig Thomas, 16 Beech Walk  020 8393 5197

Ewell Downs Road

North End Alison Spicer, 45 The Green  020 8393 6079

South End Joan England, 46 Ewell Downs Road  020 8393 2291

The Green

North End Sarah Shickle, 23 The Green  020 8393 8230

South End Ann Broad, 77 The Green  020 8393 8653

Hampton Grove Vacancy

Higher Green

Even numbers Michael Lockyer, 18 Higher Green  07818 067 741

Odd numbers Liz Jones, 37 Higher Green  07955 769 541

Langton Avenue Michael Arthur, 20A Langton Avenue  020 8393 1476

Longdown Lane North

North End Raul Dias, 25a Longdown Lane North  07822 801 257

South End Steve Gebbett, 53 Longdown Lane North  01372 720921

Park Hill Road Liz Watson

Priest Hill Close Mark Palmer, 78 Reigate Road 07703 106 793

Reigate Road

No. 28, 34-52 Meurig Thomas, 16 Beech Walk 020 8393 5197

No. 54-92 Mark Palmer, 78 Reigate Road 07703 106 793

No. 94-118 Mark Palmer, 78 Reigate Road 07703 106 793

No. 120-140 Mark Palmer, 78 Reigate Road 07703 106 793

Small Holdings

The Looe-143 Carol Billam, Cefn, Nth. Looe Estate 020 8393 2490

St James Avenue Jason Barnett, 15 St James’ Avenue 07880 958 592

Sycamore Gardens Mark Palmer, 78 Reigate Road 07703 106 793

Windmill Avenue Steve Whiteway, 11 Windmill Lane 07736 161 662

Windmill Lane 1-21 Steve Whiteway, 11 Windmill Lane 07736 161 662

BOROUGH COUNCILLORS

Ewell Ward

Michael Arthur 20A Langton Avenue 020 8393 1476   marthur@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Humphrey Reynolds 18 Purberry Grove 020 8393 3752   hreynolds@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Clive Woodbridge 16 Corbet Road 020 8393 2853   cwoodbridge@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Nonsuch Ward

Graham Dudley 93 Chadacre Road 020 8786 9096   gdudley@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Chris Frost ‘Oak View’ 8 Warren Hill, Epsom 01372 720430   cfrost@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Colin Keane 2 Merrow Road, Cheam 0208 393 7715  ckeane@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

SURREY COUNTY COUNCILLOR

John Beckett 7 Walsingham Gardens, Stoneleigh 020 8393 8208   jbeckett@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Our web site www.ewelldownsra.org gives details of events which may be of interest and also shows copies of newsletters and bulletins. We also have a Facebook page “Association of Ewell Downs Residents” and a Twitter page so do get in touch if there is something that everyone should know about.

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Ewell Downs News Bulletin – Jan 2019

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Welcome to the first bulletin of 2019! We hope you have had a welcome Christmas holiday and are looking forward to a positive New Year.

The first item follows a request from Wallace Fields Junior School who are looking for someone from the local community to join their Governor Team:-

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We have some vacancies for school governors at Wallace Fields Junior School and would really like local people to get involved in the governance of our school. As a local authority school we strongly welcome community governors, so perhaps you know someone who might enjoy this role. It is a rewarding and fulfilling role that truly links the local area with us here at Wallace Fields Juniors. If you see yourself making an active contribution to the school why not contact the school office to let us know of your interest.  For an informal chat, please telephone 0208 393 0350 and speak to either Mrs Linda Boddy (Office Administrator) or Mrs Day (Deputy Head). We would be delighted to hear from you.

I am sure you will agree that Wallace Fields Junior School, its teachers and pupils, form an important part of our community.

AGM 6 March 2019 – this has now been fixed to take place at 7.30 pm (drinks beforehand) at Wallace Fields Junior School in Dorling Drive. As the Main Hall is booked, we will be holding this in one of the Year 6 classrooms. Further details will be published in the AGM Notice to be circulated shortly. This is being held earlier this year due to the local elections and our current and prospective Councillors will be present. We had an inspired group of residents last year with some very interesting questions and we hope that you will be able to come along and join us on the night.

Following a committee meeting last week, there are several planning matters which may be of interest.

Planning Items

12 Longdown Lane North – (18/01055/FUL) – the amended plan to the previously refused application to build 4 bed detached house on land adjacent no. 12 Longdown Lane North, details of which were in our last bulletin, is still awaiting a decision.

Young Farmers Hut – (18/00850/FUL) – this application for the reconstruction/re-cladding of a former Young Farmers Club hut at North Looe to change of use from club hut to artist’s studio has been approved. One of the conditions of approval is that the sole purpose of this building – on Green Belt land – is an artist’s studio and, we have been advised, that it cannot be lived in. I am sure that the residents of North Looe will be monitoring this closely.

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 awaits a decision.

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 February planning meeting.

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 is being called to committee.

Lidl – 65 London Road – (18/00573/FUL) – revised application for supermarket with reduced size and no houses on the old Organ & Dragon site is scheduled for the Planning Committee meeting in February. The same traffic issues are anticipated – there are many objections and it is understood that it is not supported by the Highways Department. Currently 50,000 car journeys a day cross the junctions on London Road, 36,000 on the Cheam Road and 42,000 on the Reigate Road!

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.

Downs House Walton Road – this is an application for the racehorse training yard redevelopment under 18/00288/FUL. It has been approved.

Mill Road18/00271/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 will go to committee.

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.

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.

Nescot issues

Drug issues – we have heard from a resident of St Norman’s Way that the drug dealing on the pathway from the Reigate Road to Ewell East Station continues. Recently this has escalated into a case of criminal damage and the resident, who is keeping us in the loop, has been in touch with the College. On her behalf we are asking our Councillors to take the matter up with the Principal and we will let you know what transpires.

Roundabout – we have been in touch with the College regarding the state of the new roundabout by the College. We understand that Surrey County Council have not yet assumed responsibility for this as work is needed by Wilmot-Dixon and we are pushing for this to be done – this includes the weeding!

Traffic

East Street – at the Local Committee Meeting in December the sum of £100,000 was approved for work to the area outside the parade of shops by the Kiln Lane junction which is causing terrible traffic problems on East Street. This is to be part of the 2019/2020 budget but as yet we have no information on when the work will be done!

South Street – the phasing of the traffic lights to ease the flow from the Dorking Road into Epsom has been done but there are still queues here. BT has still not completed the fine tuning required to ensure traffic runs smoothly. BT also needs to do the work on the Kiln Lane traffic lights to get the correct flow of traffic.

Reigate Road – there is a chance that the previously proposed traffic island on the Reigate Road by Priest Hill Close could be back on the agenda. Plans for this are to be resubmitted.

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 will remain open throughout the project and we will seek to ensure the smooth running of the Market and the adjoining businesses during these works. To facilitate this we will create a temporary walkway around the works area to ensure safe access to businesses and the Market. We will also need to remove some of the existing planters to allow access for machinery.

The Market Place improvement works will take place in three phases:

The first phase will continue the new paving on the south side of the High Street to past the Epsom Clock Tower and is scheduled for completion in summer 2019

The second phase will continue the new paving on the other side of the Market Place

The final phase will include paving outside the Assembly Rooms and the relocation of the Evocation of Speed

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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.”

The contribution from our Council is a positive commitment to the future of our town and will see the laying of new paving, wider and safer pedestrian areas, up to nineteen trees, new lighting and benches, way finder signs, and a performance area. The funds came from the CIL levy paid by developers when building in the area. Under central government rules CIL can only be used to help deliver infrastructure improvements such as Plan E.

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-201/. 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.

Heathrow Consultation there is a consultation event in Bourne Hall on Saturday 2nd Feb 10am to 4pm regarding the changes proposed at Heathrow – see leaflet below.

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The Heathrow Airspace and Future Operations Consultation is running for eight weeks from 8 January until 11.55pm on 4 March 2019. It is seeking feedback on changes to our airspace and future runway operations including expansion and changes to the existing two runways. To increase the capacity of the existing runways it is proposed that planes will take off and land from different directions and be at different heights. This may impact this area. Go to this link and have your say – afo.heathrowconsultation.com/.

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 Station Oyster Cards – the Department for Transport (DfT) has confirmed that Epsom railway station will benefit from an extension of Oyster, but will not be moved into Zone 6. Ticket prices are unlikely to become cheaper, but the extension of Oyster and pay-as-you-go contactless travel will make commuting to the capital “even easier”.

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-2377.

Future 40 – a Council initiative to engage local people in developing a clear vision as to what they want the Borough to be like in the future, all the way to 2040 and beyond. Residents are invited to join in the discussion and share their views on the Borough’s long-term vision at www.future40.org. The aim is to create “a bright and positive future that works for everyone” for the next 20, 30 or 40 years. It’s important to have your say.

Trees, leaves and planting it has been an extremely leafy autumn. Can we encourage everyone to make sure that the areas outside their properties are free from litter and leaves ready for the Spring! It would make a real difference to the look of the area. The Council has brought the planting of beds and baskets in house to cut back on costs. It is good news that we shall still see colourful planting throughout the borough.

We are contacting a tree specialist about the trees on Higher Green after the accident near-miss when a previously diagnosed diseased tree fell in Higher Green. This follows a request from a resident.

Hogsmill River

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Housing issues – the number of homeless in the Borough continues to fall. The Councillors point out that offers have been made to certain homeless persons who are sleeping rough but they are unwilling to accept the offers, preferring to sleep in shop doorways.

Notes from our Surrey County Councillor – John Beckett

  • David Hodge has stepped down as Leader of SCC and has been replaced by Tim Oliver, Borough and District Conservative Councillor for Elmbridge.

With the sad death of Cllr Richard Wilson a by election was held for the Byfleet’s seat (Woking). This seat was taken by the independent candidate Amanda Boote with 1128 votes to the second place Conservative 782.

Cllr David Hodge has also resigned as a Cllr as well. A by election will be held but unfortunately no independent candidate is standing.

  • Epsom & Ewell’s Local Committee budget for highways has been reduced to £155,000 by SCC.

This reduction will mean it will be virtually impossible to deliver the local initiatives needed to improve the road network. This could also mean that jobs such as vegetation cutting back, verge repairs , provide bollards and install, sign cleaning, sign replacement and minor works could take a minimum of 3 months as jobs have to go through the normal channels.

  • Outcome of the current round of consultations – In the summer we published Vision for Surrey 2030, following substantial engagement with residents about the council’s long term priorities. They very clearly told us that the council should prioritise vulnerable adults and young children, even if that means making reductions in spending elsewhere. The consultations asked for input on either changing the services we deliver or informing the strategy moving forward. The five areas we consulted on were: Family Resilience Consultation: Children’s Centres; Concessionary Travel Funding; Community Recycling Centres; Libraries and Culture Strategy; Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) Strategy.

The key changes that are being proposed, which will be taken to Cabinet next week and full Council the following week, will hugely improve key services. They will mean: Children’s centre services can be taken right into the homes of families that need them most; : young people with special educational needs and disabilities will get help earlier and closer to home and the libraries service will be modernised so it is much more useful for residents

You can find the Cabinet papers here – mycouncil.surreycc.gov.uk. Below are outlines of each of the transformation proposals.

Family Resilience: Children’s Centres – At the heart of our consultation is the development of our Family Resilience programme, supporting families at a much earlier point, preventing problems escalating into a crisis that might require a child being taken into care. Our Early Help offer therefore has to improve. We must target our scarce social care resources on those families that most need our help. To improve our services we offer, we are extending the age of those children we help, from 0-5 year olds to 0-11 year olds. This means we can reach more vulnerable children and their parents as our most vulnerable families do not always use our Children’s Centres.

Many Councils with ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating children’s services have already made the types of changes we are proposing.

Concessionary Bus Travel – we are proposing to bring our concessionary travel scheme for disabled people into line with the statutory offer as funded by government and in common with most other councils. We are proposing free bus travel for disabled people and their carers / companions between 9.30am and 11pm on weekdays and all day on weekends and bank holidays. We expect the impact of this change to be minimal as 98% of travel by disabled people is currently undertaken during these periods.

Community Recycling Centres – the amount of waste dealt with by CRCs has decreased by almost 40% since 2015/16. It is proposed that the four least used CRCs are closed. These are also smaller, older and less well designed and laid out than the 11 that will remain. Closing them, and extending the hours of the nearest alternatives, will result in savings of approximately £1million per annum. Residents will be less than 20 minutes away from a CRC if they live in an urban area, and less than 30 minutes away if they live in rural areas. This is in line with nationally defined standards.

Libraries and Cultural Services Strategy – The public consultation feedback demonstrated significant support for our five guiding principles illustrated below. They will guide our work with partners to prepare more detailed proposals for a libraries and cultural service that best meets the needs of the people of Surrey: Libraries enable people to learn and access information; they strengthen communities – particularly the most vulnerable; volunteers are crucial to the running of our libraries; new technology provides 24/7 access to information; libraries are most effective in partnership with other organisations in shared spaces or hubs,.

Responses to the consultation have provided us with many thoughtful and innovative suggestions that will help inform a future service model for libraries. These are all being considered and further consultation will take place later in 2019.

  • SEND Strategy – the proposed five principles, which were broadly supported, will assist us to work with partners and parents to shape our future strategy ensuring our SEND services provide the right support and better outcomes for residents: that needs are identified earlier, that support is provided at the earliest opportunity, that children can lead fulfilling lives in their own communities, that children’s voices are heard and that children can go to school locally.

Feedback will now be used to inform further engagement and co-design activities. This planning will begin in February 2019 with families, health partners, education, and other partners in order to develop a joint SEND strategy and a joint long-term action plan.

  • Single Use Plastics – SCC has a new waste strategy concentrating on quality over quantity and contamination. Their objectives are:

High quality service: We will provide a high quality service that residents and businesses like, understand and use to its full potential.

Work with others: We will work innovatively with product manufacturers, community groups, other local authorities and the waste management companies to improve how we manage waste.

Maximise value: We will encourage and enable residents to deliver waste materials in the best way, then we will sustainably manage these materials to obtain maximum value.

On a local basis, in a recent survey residents have said they are very happy with the Boroughs “Simply Weekly Recycling” Service. In case you missed it, the recent news that China is not accepting plastic waste will not affect Epsom & Ewell as our waste goes to Vietnam!

In addition in October 2018, SCC took a step forward in tackling the plastic problem from their buildings, and the Cabinet approved a new single-use plastic policy SUP-Policy.pdf. This has been shared with EEBC who are also on board with this initiative.

Local Events

Age Concern Event Comedy @ The College is back on :-

Friday 22nd February 2019  7.30pm, Epsom College

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NEW YEAR, NEW CHALLENGE
BATTERSEA DOGS AND CATS HOME

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Sponsored by Battersea Dogs and Cats Home – Get ready for a fun-filled day with hundreds of dogs, challenging obstacles and more mud than ever before! Sign up today to take advantage of our special early bird offer and get £10 off each ticket. Choose from the 2.5km or 5km obstacle course and run, splash and bounce your way to the finish alongside your canine or human pal. However you do it, expect to dash through the likes of ‘Doggy Ball Pit’, hop over ‘Dog Tyred’ and dive into ‘Muddy Mayhem’, all in aid of the dogs and cats at Battersea!

Epsom Book Fair

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Last year they were delighted to raise almost £38,000 for a range of national and local charities including Action for Children, Hope4Malawi, Rainbow Trust, the Epsom Food Bank, Epsom PHAB and scouts and guides. At Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Road, Epsom KT18 5AQ – Thursday 21 and Friday 22 – 10am-8pm – Saturday 23 – 10am-4pm. Entrance 50p (children and students free).

Annual giant charity sale of second-hand books, DVDs and music. Many thousands of books including antiquarian, out-of-print, children’s, fiction and non-fiction.  Also CDs, DVDs and records.  Refreshments and light lunches available. 

They would be delighted to receive your donations of books, DVDs, CDs and records at the church (between 9am and 8pm) from Wednesday 13 to Saturday 16 February.  Please note this is the final deadline as we need time to sort and price the books properly. 

The Green Man Ewell Fast love – The George Michael Experience

Saturday, February 9, 2019   8:30pm-11:30pm

Tribute to George Michael featuring solo and Wham songs

Web sitedo visit this – www.ewelldownsra.org. I am sure some of you must have some local photos to put on this!

Facebookour 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.

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Ewell Downs News Bulletin – Nov 2018

This is a final round-up of events and issues for 2018.  I do not intend to publish a bulletin in December unless something really important crops up – and I am sure you will all be occupied on other matters!

The Newsletter was distributed to all the homes in the area and thank you to all those who were prompted to pay their subscriptions by online banking.  Some of you have paid for 2019 and again thank you – they will be recorded for next year. 

Thanks also go to our road stewards for distributing said Newsletter. We welcome Raul who is stepping into the shoes of Graham Evans as Road Steward for part of Longdown Lane North.  Graham has been a Road Steward for more years than I care to remember and we are most grateful to him for supporting us in the past.  We are still looking for someone to cover Hampton Grove and would welcome anyone who lives in that road to come forward.

Planning Items

12 Longdown Lane North – (18/01055/FUL) – amended plan to the previously refused application to build 4 bed detached house on land adjacent no. 12 Longdown Lane North, The access route has been revised with other changes but it is clear that the grounds on which the previous application was refused remain.  We have objected to this.  The area in which the house is proposed is much too tight for such a development and encroaches on the privacy of neighbouring properties and is totally out of character with the conservation area. Please go and voice your opinions on this.  We are trying to get this called to committee.

86 Reigate Road – this is not good news!  The planning application for two chalet bungalows was approved.  From comments at our recent committee meeting, it would appear that the firm lodging the application knew what they needed to do to get planning permission while not contravening Policy DM16.  The report from the planning officers will be published on our website should you wish to look at this.  Basically, this states reasons why the application complies with DM16 on the grounds of garden land, impact on neighbours, vehicular access, mass and scale of development and trees, shrubs and wildlife habitats.  This is a disappointing result. 

Young Farmers Hut – (18/00850/FUL) – this is the application for the reconstruction/re-cladding of a former Young Farmers Club hut at North Looe to change of use from club hut to artist’s studio is awaiting a decision.  We have objected but apparently due to GDPR regulations, our objections cannot be shown on the web site but having spoken to the Planning Department, they have confirmed it has been received.  We are hoping for better results on this change of use on Green Belt land.

South Hatch Stables – ( 18/00308/FUL) – 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 and enabling residential development comprising 47 apartments – again this is awaiting a decision and has in fact been referred for legal advice regarding funding. This is a much needed scheme but the number of apartments on Burgh Heath Road is being widely opposed.

Lower Mill Ewell – (18/00865/LBA) – 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. (Listed Building Consent). Many objections have been lodged, including that from the Epsom Civic Society, relate to the height of the development which is greater than the existing building. This is apparently listed for the January Planning Committee meeting.

 The Kings Arms pub in East Street – (18/00315/FUL) – unused for many months. Application to demolish the building and build a three storey block containing 16 flats with parking. Amended drawings were requested but none have yet been submitted. 

Lidl – 65 London Road – (18/00573/FUL) – revised application for supermarket with reduced size and no houses on the old Organ & Dragon site.  The same traffic issues are anticipated – there are many objections and it is understood that it is not supported by the Highways Department. 

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.

Downs House Walton Road – this is an application for the racehorse training yard redevelopment under 18/00288/FUL.  This may be listed for the January Planning Committee.

Mill Road – 18/00271/FUL – application for residential development comprising of 31 units with associated landscaping, parking and external works. New plan following the refusal of earlier applications but many objections including Epsom Civic Society. Listed for either January or February Planning Committees.


Traffic

East Street – there is a good chance that something could be done about the parking outside the parade of shops by the Kiln Lane junction which is causing terrible traffic problems on East Street.  It is hoped that this will be on the agenda for the local committee meeting in December.  The cost of a layby here is anticipated in the region of £100,000 but there is also the option to simply join up the existing double yellow lines which would be most inexpensive.  If this is raised at the committee meeting there could be a decision taken and the work planned for 2019. We will keep you posted on this.

South Street – the phasing of the traffic lights to ease the flow from the Dorking Road into Epsom has been done but there are still queues here.  Some fine tuning is required.

Town Centre – the works on both the pavements and the highway restrictions continue. The pedestrian crossing over Ashley Road is closed whilst works are being undertaken for the new kerbs, ducting and paving. A temporary crossing point has been provided further along Ashley Road and the “Pedestrian Marshall” remains available to assist the visually impaired and less able road users to cross the road safely.

Traffic management is currently in place to protect the workforce and this is causing traffic disruption. BT was holding up finishing off at least part of the works as there have been traffic speed signal co-ordination issues which only they can deal with, and once BT has attended and the works are completed the traffic signals need to be monitored and adjusted, and then linked via the Urban Traffic Control system to ensure that the junctions operate as efficiently as possible.

The Surrey Highways web site advises that the work is being shut down on Friday week, 30 November, and will not start again until 7 January so that should give us a break over Christmas. They are aiming for a May completion.  SCC are over budget on this work so Epsom & Ewell BC have had to chip in with £2.25 million to get all the work done, including the public realm works of the market place refurbishment. There is to be a press release about this. 

The contribution from our Council is a positive commitment to the future of our town and will see the laying of new paving, wider and safer pedestrian areas, up to nineteen trees, new lighting and benches, way finder signs, and a performance area.  The market area will also be the new home for the Evocation of Speed (horse) statue that previously stood in front of the Ebbisham Centre. The funds came from the CIL levy paid by developers when building in the area. Under central government rules CIL can only be used to help deliver infrastructure improvements such as Plan E.

Full details of the work are available at epsom-and-ewell-major-transport-schemes. 

Yellow lines – the next consultation for yellow lines closes at the end of May 2019 so if you have any recommendations go to parking-controls-request-epsom-and-ewell-march-201/.  Perhaps a double yellow opposite the Wallace Fields Infant School parking area would stop the almost double parking on drop off and pick up times.

Notes from our Surrey County Councillor

  • David Hodge will be stepping down as Leader of SCC at the end of the month. New leader to be appointed at December’s county council meeting.
  • SCC has embarked on a Transformation Programme which is likely to see major changes and cuts to services.  SCC is therefore currently consulting on changes to services in five areas: Children’s Centres, concessionary fares on Surrey buses, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, Libraries and Cultural Services and Community Recycling Centres.  The Surrey County Council website has a link to all the consultations (consultations) and, where appropriate, more detail that supports the principles behind proposed changes.

These changes will affect most, if not all, residents in some way and responding to the consultations is important.  The consultations close on Friday 4 January 2019

  • Borough Council Car Park Charges are held for 18 months although annual permits will increase by 3%.
  • In October, and as part of the Borough Council’s commitment to enforcement, the Borough Licensing team undertook a joint enforcement operation with Transport for London (TfL).  During the evening’s unannounced operation, a large number of licenced vehicles were inspected. These included Uber cars which are licenced by TfL and which can operate within our borough if pre-booked. The vast majority of the licenced taxi drivers and their vehicles were fully compliant, meeting both national legislation and local operating requirements. However some action was taken including:
    • one driver issued with penalty points for not wearing an identification badge • one vehicle was instructed to have a rear light checked.
    • four vehicles reported for potential MOT failure • two drivers moved on as they had no reason to be in the area

The Borough Council is determined to ensure that residents and visitors using taxis and hire vehicles in Epsom and Ewell are in safe vehicles and driven by fully compliant drivers.

Reigate Road roundabout – we have been advised that the responsibility for the planted beds and the roundabout remain the responsibility of Nescot and the developers – Wilmot Dixon.  As such we have been in contact with Nescot to request that the weeding is done and we understand that in fact Surrey Highways will not assume responsibility for this until this and other works have been done so we hope something will be done in the near future.  Litter and unruly students, particularly in Ewell Village remains an unsolved issue.

Ewell West Station Bridge – the work on replacing the old railway bridge has started and could take 18 months to complete allowing, after commissioning, for demolition of the existing bridge.  This work is to provide access for all and has been funded by the Government. In the meantime 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.  As part of the refurbishment plan our councillors are seeking a gate at the car park end of the platform which would have an Oyster reader.

As an aside SWT has set up a “SWT Customer and Communities Improvement Fund”. This is to support projects across the network that address an area of social need and benefit local communities – i.e. by promoting walking and cycling links. Traffic on SWT has doubled in the past 20 years and in January there will be some new rolling stock and the older rolling stock will start to be refurbished – some is 30 years old.

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-2377.

Future 40 – a Council initiative to engage local people in developing a clear vision as to what they want the Borough to be like in the future, all the way to 2040 and beyond. Residents are invited to join in the discussion and share their views on the Borough’s long-term vision at www.future40.org. The aim is to create “a bright and positive future that works for everyone” for the next 20, 30 or 40 years. It’s important to have your say.

Prospective Councillors Event

You are invited to a Residents’ Association Event on Saturday 19th January 2019 from 10am to 2pm, with a complimentary buffet lunch, at Horton Golf Club, Hook Road, KT19 8QG

A unique meeting of RA Councillors and Committee Members of Epsom & Ewell Residents’ Associations

Key Speaker – Marianna Overton, Leader of the LGA Independent Group

Join us to ask questions and share problems, ideas and good practice with your colleagues in similar roles across the Residents’ Associations. Join break-out sessions on key topics ahead of the May 2019 Borough elections

Please RSVP by the 9th December to Brian Angus bangus@tiscali.co.uk Please include your name, ward and role.

This event is organised jointly by the Residents’ Association Group of Councillors and  the Standing Committee of Residents’ Associations with the support from the LGA Independent Group

 

Roads, leaves and planting it has been an extremely leafy autumn. Can we encourage everyone before they put up their amazing outdoor lights for the festive season to go and sweep up the area outside their properties and clear away any leaves from the kerbside which would end up clogging drains.  It would make a real difference to the look of the area.  The Council has brought the planting of beds and baskets in house to cut back on costs It is good news that we shall still see colourful planting throughout the borough.

Recycling – the feedback from residents is most positive and weekly recycling is very popular.  Just to let you know that the recent news that China is not accepting plastic waste will not affect Epsom & Ewell as our waste goes to Vietnam! So keep recycling!!

Ewell Yule 2018 – Friday 7th December from 5pm.Many local businesses will stay open late and have their own ‘attractions’. Glyn Hall will host various stalls as well. Already booked for the occasion are four school choirs, Morris Men, Green Sword dancers, Phoenix Clogs and two fairground rides. Father Christmas is sure to make an appearance and the Mayor, Cllr Neil Dallen, will chair the panel that will judge the Best Dressed window display. Parking will be free in the two Ewell Village car parks for the evening.

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Evening shopping at Mayfield Lavender Reigate Road

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Epsom & Ewell Silver Band

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Yes FREE parking in the run up to Christmas in Epsom

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Free parking for Christmas!

Parking in the Council’s shoppers’ car parks in Epsom will be free in the three Sunday’s before Christmas – 9, 16 and 23 December in the Ashley Centre, Town Hall, Hope Lodge, Depot Road and Upper High Street car parks.

To support local traders and help residents with Christmas shopping, it will be free to park in Council run car parks in Epsom Town Centre on the above Sundays in December, at – The Ashley Centre, Town Hall, Hope Lodge, Depot Road and Upper High Street.

 

Web sitedo visit this – www.ewelldownsra.org. I am sure some of you must have some local photos to put on this!

Facebookour page is being well visited and “liked”. Do go and use this to display comments or pictures of the area.  

Twitter this is quite active with many followers of Ewelldownsra. 

Finally – A HAPPY AND HEALTHY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE – from your Committee

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Ewell Downs News Bulletin – Oct 2018

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You will shortly be receiving the Autumn Newsletter which is with the printers at the moment but in advance of this I thought I would update you on current events and issues. Much of this will be repeated in the Newsletter as this is distributed to every household in our area.

Thank you to everyone who went and voted in the by-election and indeed some even emailed me to say that they would be going to vote and would be supporting Colin. Just what we wanted to hear! Colin Keane, who had been the Chair of Nonsuch for some time and was actively involved in local issues working closely with us on many occasions was our prospective Councillor. The by-election resulted in a win for Colin with 68% of the vote. Colin received 766 votes, Con 227, Libdem 92 and Labour 47. The turnout was 25%. Now we shall put your support to work! One thing I would point out and something we have brought up with the Councillors is that Wallace Fields Junior School was chosen for the voting station. This involved the closure of the school and inconvenience to parents who had children there and needed to arrange childcare. We have suggested that should an isolated event like this occur again, the hut in Alexandra Park is used so parents who are not involved in voting are not affected.

Thank you to our road stewards who did a sterling job delivering manifestos etc. We are most grateful.

Treasurer’s report – as detailed in the Newsletter

A BIG THANK YOU to all of you who have paid the £3.00 subscription for 2018. On-line banking and standing orders make this easy but the sad fact is that only half the residents do contribute although everyone receives the newsletters – we distribute over 850. This was indeed comprehensively discussed at the AGM, particularly when the costs of printing account for two thirds of our income. The suggestions were that we cut the newsletters down to one a year; that they are only delivered to people who pay their subscription; that we distribute them by email only to interested parties; that we change printers or that the subscription is increased. I have looked at new printers but this offers little saving, so as a temporary measure we are cutting down the number of pages and restricting the colour element for this issue to see if this helps.

The figures for the year to date are – subscriptions £882.39 (compared to £1,157.59 last year), AGM expenses including hire of hall, refreshments and support services – £213, hire of rooms at Nescot for committee meetings – £110 and printing and envelopes for the AGM notice – £473. We still have to pay for the printing of the Autumn Newsletter and some election expenses – so you see the problem!

Can I please encourage those of you who have not paid their £3.00 for 2018 to do this – see banking details below:

SUBSCRIPTIONS

Please either pass your envelope (green one if you still have it) to your Road Rep or pay online or by standing order – the bank details are:

Account Name: Association of Ewell Downs Residents

Sort Code: 20-29-90

Account No: 50126071

This does not apply to St James’ Avenue, which makes a lump sum contribution each year.

Planning Items

86 Reigate Road – (18/00801/FUL) – this is the same site where three houses are being built and the developer has submitted plans for two chalet bungalows in the rear garden. This has been strongly objected to by us and many residents of Ewell Downs Road. This could be the first backland garden development which is at odds with the Council’s development policies and it is likely to encourage others to do the same, increasing the density of properties and traffic along the road further. The site is pretty much opposite the Priest Hill entrance and crossing so will make for a hazardous exit. This has been called to Committee so the Planning Committee will make a decision on this – not the Officers.

Young Farmers Hut – (18/00850/FUL) – this is the application for the reconstruction/re-cladding of a former Young Farmers Club hut at North Looe to change of use from club hut to artist’s studio. Previous applications for residential accommodation have been refused but there are concerns that conversion later on to a dwelling would not be difficult! As requested by the residents of North Looe we are objecting. This is Green Belt land.

South Hatch Stables – ( 18/00308/FUL) – 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 and enabling residential development comprising 47 apartments. This is a much needed scheme but the number of apartments on Burgh Heath Road is being widely opposed.

Lower Mill Ewell – (18/00865/LBA) – 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. (Listed Building Consent). Many objections have been lodged, including that from the Epsom Civic Society, relate to the height of the development which is greater than the existing building.

The Kings Arms pub in East Street – (18/00315/FUL) – unused for many months. Application to demolish the building and build a three storey block containing 16 flats with parking.

Lidl – 65 London Road – (18/00573/FUL) – revised application for supermarket with reduced size and no houses on the old Organ & Dragon site. The same traffic issues are anticipated – there are many objections.

Other planning applications included approval of the demolition of existing buildings and erection of Sixth Form Centre at Epsom College; creation of a permanent car park with facilities etc and erection of visitors’ centre and associated infrastructure in relation to Langley Vale Wood which is awaiting a decision.

Traffic – we will all have been affected by the work to the pedestrian crossing on East Street which has at last been completed. Following complaints to Sainsburys the lighting phasing was changed but this caused a lot of chaos and we understand that vouchers were even given to some residents by way of compensation!

Two way traffic on South Street is now operational but requests for changing the phasing of the traffic lights to ease the flow from the Dorking Road into Epsom are planned. Work continues to disrupt traffic flow in Epsom town and will do so for some time – see the September bulletin. Full details of the work are available at epsom-and-ewell-major-transport-schemes.

Double yellow lines on Higher Green approach to The Green and the short road leading to the school gates of the Infant School– these proposals have been withdrawn.

The next consultation closes at the end of May 2019 so if you have any recommendations go to parking-controls-request-epsom-and-ewell-march-201/.

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-2377. A report on the Council position follows later in this bulletin.

Empty property initiative the Council’s Strategy & Resources committee adopted an empty property strategy to further encourage owners of empty houses and flats to bring them back into use. The Borough has a serious shortage of properties and it is estimated there are around 200 properties empty, some for many years. The strategy of The Empty Property Group provides various options for action including the use of Compulsory Purchase Orders, as well as Empty Dwelling Management Orders and s215 notices whilst allowing for owners to apply for relatively modest sums to bring their properties back to the required standard.

Future 40 – a Council initiative to engage local people in developing a clear vision as to what they want the Borough to be like in the future, all the way to 2040 and beyond. Residents are invited to join in the discussion and share their views on the Borough’s long-term vision at www.future40.org.

The aim is to create “a bright and positive future that works for everyone” for the next 20, 30 or 40 years. It’s important to have your say.

Burglaries in the area – there were recently two incidents – a break-in to a car in Higher Green and a house broken into at the top of The Green with its car being stolen from the driveway. Prior to that there were burglaries to two houses in Reigate Road by moped gangs. We also understand that a youth is riding around the local streets armed with a high power catapult smashing car windows with stones fired from this device. The latest was at about 3am in early October in Rose Bushes and this follows a similar incident in the same road earlier in the week, when two vehicle windows were smashed. The only description is male, early twenties and his scooter has a particularly whining and individual exhaust. Police informed but they give you a crime number and can do very little else.

Unauthorised encampment – over the summer months there were an unusually high number of these on both council-owned and private land in the Borough. Close to us, it was Alexandra Park that was saved by quick action by the council officers alongside the Rangers and Police. In all cases significant anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping were reported. The policies and strategies for preventing and dealing with these are being reviewed.

Antiques Roadshow event – in aid of Epsom Rotary charities, at Unity Hall in Church St, on Wed 31 Oct, 2pm to 5pm. Tickets can be bought at the door – £5 includes up to 3 items valued, tea/coffee/homemade cake, and a talk from Windibank Auctioneers, Dorking.  There is also ‘guess the value’ of an item brought by Windibank, with a hamper prize.

 Ewell Yule 2018 – Friday 7th December from 5pm.Many local businesses will stay open late and have their own ‘attractions’. Glyn Hall will host various stalls as well. Already booked for the occasion are four school choirs, Morris Men, Green Sword dancers, Phoenix Clogs and two fairground rides. Father Christmas is sure to make an appearance and the Mayor, Cllr Neil Dallen, will chair the panel that will judge the Best Dressed window display. Parking will be free in the two Ewell Village car parks for the evening

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Christmas Fairs/Markets –

Bourne Hall – Tuesday 6th – Saturday 10th November from 10am to 5pm – Silent Pool Gin Distillers are there on Thursday and Friday!

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Tuesday 6th to Saturday 10th November

Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell

Here are just some of the items which will be there:

BREECH LANE CURRY HOUSE 

I will be offering cookery class gift vouchers and gift bags of my homemade spice blends and pickle (chickpea curry powder, Garam Masala, Curry powder and a very special mango pickle using my mother’s recipe) that make for lovely and unique gift experiences for the curry lovers in our family/ friends. These were a huge hit last year so have been tried and tested”

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They make soaps that look like sweets and biscuits – but don’t be fooled. These are lovely soaps -and ideal for gifts.

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Silent Pool Gin Distillers

Don’t miss out on the great gins from Silent Pool. They will be doing tastings and are only there on Thursday & Friday (8th and 9th).

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And not to forget!

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Glyn School Christmas Fayre #Epsom @GlynSchoolEpsom

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St Martins Church – Saturday 24th November 11 am to 3 pm

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Stalls include: Cakes & Preserves, Bric-a-Brac, Jewellery, Christmas Cards & Gifts. Plus: Model Railway, Chocolate Tombola, Raffle, Children’s Games & more…Refreshments and a light lunch will be available 

Bourne Hall – Nonsuch Craft Fair Tuesday 20th November – Saturday 1st December 9 am to 6 pm – All items on sale are hand crafted locally by members of the Nonsuch Craft Group.

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Face painters needed – The Sunnybank Trust are looking for face painters to help in aid of Sunnybank at 2 special events in the Ashley Centre on 27 October and 17 November. Can you help?

Flu vaccinations – these are available at doctors’ surgeries, Asda, Boots and Sainsburys among others. Should you have one? Visit the web site below:

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COUNCILLORS’ REPORT ON THE FUTURE OF EPSOM HOSPITAL

Future of Epsom General Hospital and Local Health Services

Epsom and Ewell Council Position Statement

As many residents will be aware, there are a number of proposals currently under consideration within the NHS that will shape the future of hospital and other local NHS services for the residents of Epsom and Ewell.

There is an understandable level of public concern on the future given the changes that are under consideration, including the physical location of the acute services for the Epsom and Ewell area and beyond. The message received from residents is very clear about where they feel the healthcare provision should be located and that’s at Epsom General Hospital.

This has become more important given our growing population, our growing older population, and more housing having been built on land previously owned by the NHS. Therefore, we need to ensure that we have a hospital with services and buildings that meets the needs of current and future generations.

As a result, your Residents’ Association borough councillors have agreed a position statement which sets out the Borough Council’s expectations regarding local future health provision:

  1. That any new acute unit agreed by the Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust be sited at Epsom General Hospital. The alternative locations are too London centric, create travel access difficulties for Epsom and Ewell residents and do not address the future expansion of housing and population anticipated in Epsom and Ewell and East Surrey.

  1. That a 24 hour A&E unit be retained at Epsom General Hospital which supports treatment for all but the most serious of cases.

  1. That additional speciality services be added to that currently provided by South West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre.

  1. That the current and planned disposal of land and estate buildings, even to fund improvements be halted, in order to accommodate additional health and related services for the residents of Epsom and Ewell and East Surrey. The sale of any such fixed assets of the Estate is not sustainable and will serve to limit the services and options for the future.

  1. Support and make representations to Surrey and Borders Partnership to open a unit for people presenting in crisis with acute mental health needs within the Borough and East Surrey. The current concentration of mental health facilities at St Peter’s Hospital and (part of) West Park does not provide an easily accessible NHS service for our residents.

  1. That clarity is provided on the future of the West Park Hospital Site. Whilst this is not an issue for the Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, the future of the site is of importance to understanding how local services are to be developed and supported in Epsom and Ewell.

Whilst Epsom and Ewell Borough Council is not a final decision maker on the future of the borough’s health provision, your RA borough councillors will continue to ensure your views are heard, so please contact your local borough councillors if you wish to raise any issues regarding the future plans for Epsom General Hospital.

Web sitedo visit this – ewelldownsra.org. I am sure some of you must have some local photos to put on this!

Facebookour page is being well visited and “liked”. Do go and use this to display comments or pictures of the area.

Twitter this is quite active with many followers of Ewelldownsra.

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Ewell Downs News Bulletin – Sep 2018

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Following the sad news that one of our Councillors – David Wood – recently passed away, a by-election has been called for Thursday 20 September within the Nonsuch Ward. You should all have received letters or poll cards advising residents of the date. Our prospective Resident Association candidate is Colin Keane. Colin has been the Chair of Nonsuch Resident Association for some time and is actively involved in local issues and has worked closely with the AEDR on many occasions. He and his team have been canvassing the ward over the last 2 weeks and some of you may have had the opportunity to have had a chat with him. Manifestos and postal vote letters have been delivered throughout the Nonsuch ward area showing that Colin’s priorities are:

  • protecting our Green Belt which is under threat from unreasonable Central Government housing targets

  • ensuring new development is appropriate to the area

  • ensuring our roads and pavements are properly repaired and grass verges are not damaged by delivery drivers and building work

  • ensuring care for the elderly and the young meets good standards

  • maintaining and improving the good record of litter clearing, graffiti removal, refuse and recycling collection

  • maintaining Nonsuch Ward and the Borough of Epsom & Ewell as a great place to live

Please may we encourage every one of you to vote for Colin on Thursday? Our connection with Resident Associations Councillors is vital and by-elections often meet with low turnout but let’s show that this time we can buck the usual trends and elect Colin with a BIG majority!

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East Street roadworks – residents cannot help but be affected by the work currently being carried out at the Kiln Lane junction. This push button pedestrian crossing improvement work, controlled by multi-way signals, is expected to be completed by 1 October. Representation was made to Sainsbury’s to get the original signalling changed as the crazy approach caused traffic chaos and although this has improved slightly , we can only hope that the anticipated completion date holds good.

Epsom Town Centre Roadworks – works starting 17 September will comprise the renewal of the traffic signals at the Spread Eagle Junction, at the pedestrian crossing at the Ashley Centre access and at the crossing by Derby Square.

As the pedestrian crossings at the Ashley Centre and Spread Eagle are some of the most used in the town centre they will also have pedestrian count down markers so pedestrians can see how long they have to cross.

The traffic island in the cross roads will also be removed and the footway built out at the Metro Bank corner. This will be paved with the same type of blocks as recently used on the South Street footways and outside the Playhouse. The pedestrian crossing between this corner and the Spread Eagle will also be fully controlled making it safer than the existing crossing which has had an unfortunate history of pedestrian accidents.

They will also be resurfacing the area, this will require some night time works with road closures. Updates on this will be found on Epsom-and-Ewell-Major-Transport-Schemes

Emergency utility works in East Street, Epsom – The leaking main on which SGN are currently working is situated underneath a large amount of concrete on the dividing line between lanes 1 & 2 of the southbound A24 East Street at the junction with Hook Road. In order to excavate and repair this, it will be necessary to dig in both lanes which would effectively close the southbound A24. Following a visit by the SCC network coordinator it appears that there is insufficient safe working space to keep a lane running either side of the works on the southbound side of the carriageway. There was also insufficient safe working space to run one lane in each direction in the northbound lanes because of the swing around the islands, intimating a closure of the A24 as the potential traffic management.

However there was clearly no suitable diversion route that would cope with the amount of displaced traffic. Consequently, after discussion with relevant departments SCC will make arrangements for the removal of the traffic signal island outside The Rifleman PH in order to maintain 1 lane of traffic in each direction on the A24.This will unfortunately necessitate right turn bans into & out of Hook Road and the permanent traffic signals at this junction will be turned out. Pedestrians will be diverted to the High Street facility. There will need to be a pre-divert for over height vehicles via the A240 Reigate Road, College Road, Alexandra Road and Upper High Street as appropriate. There will unfortunately be some degree of delay whilst all this is put in place.

Once the repair to the main is complete, the carriageway will need to be reinstated. Because of the amount of concrete involved, there will inevitably be a period whilst the site is unoccupied whilst it cures. Our SCC councillor will request SGN put signs up to inform the travelling public of this but I expect there will be a number of complaints when this happens. Hopefully this fully explains what will be happening in the forthcoming days. SCC apologise for the inconvenience it will cause but as it is a defect with SGN plant, the matter is somewhat out of our hands. SCC have pressed for an expected finish date but SGN state that they are unable to be definitive on this. SCC also asked if mains replacement was possible rather than repair but SGN say this is impractical and too expensive.

South Street roadworks – from 14 September all the traffic management and cones are expected to be removed and the two northbound lanes in South Street will be fully operational to traffic alongside the southbound lane. Once the Traffic Management has been removed it will be necessary to allow new traffic patterns to be established and the traffic signals will be monitored and adjusted if required to adapt to those new patterns. The traffic signals will be linked via the Urban Traffic Control system to ensure the junction operates as efficiently as possible on the western side of the town, but these patterns will be affected by planned improvement works at the Spread Eagle junction later this month.

Higher Green – the gas work here has been completed and it does not now seem that any further work is planned. Some residents commented that the work was carried out with as little disruption to them as possible in a friendly and accommodating manner.

It seems that the double yellow lines on Higher Green, Wallace Fields, Longdown Lane and Windmill Lane will be scheduled for 2018 but this has yet to be confirmed.

Nescot – with everything that has been going on we have not yet followed up the issues but as soon as the election is over we shall pursue matters with Ms Rutter and we much appreciate the continued support of our Councillors in this endeavour.

On the subject of the planting and weeding required to the roundabout, Nescot have now advised us that this is down to Surrey County Council so we will be taking this up with them.

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Our thanks go to the two wonderful sisters who regularly go to Alexandra Park and tidy up all the litter. It is such a shame that those who go to the park in the evening do not put their rubbish in the bins provided. Any ideas on how to persuade them?

Planning – a brief outline

86 Reigate Road Ewell – Demolition of the existing detached garage and erection of 2 chalet bungalows with associated new vehicular access, parking and landscaping. This is the property where the building of three houses is taking place. Ref 18/00801/FUL. Is any action needed on this?

Mandalina Café High Street Ewell – outside seating area and awning at the front of premises – approved.

Ewell West Railway Station – no news regarding the start of work on the demolition of existing station footbridge and construction of new access for a new station footbridge incorporating lifts.

Kings Arms public house East Street – 18/00315/FUL | demolition of existing building and erection of a three-storey building to provide 16 self-contained flats and associated development including hard and soft landscaping, car and cycle parking and refuse store.

Sycamore Gardens – we have received comments from residents on the dangers associated with the volume of traffic entering St Norman’s Way in an attempt to access the new estate. It really has become a nuisance as the road isn’t wide enough to do a three point turn easily. In an attempt to access the estate, cars often end up on the bridlepath which as you know people use to walk with their children and even dogs off lead. Three point turns/ reversing on the bridlepath are dangerous manoeuvres. In addition it is putting pressure on the rural scree surface which will quickly become a quagmire when autumn comes. Circle Hill has been approached about making the new footpath safe and we also intend to contact them about the speed of traffic on Roman Way which potentially endangers children’s lives.

Local Plan – the Government requirement for the building of 579 housing units each year is being strongly opposed. At this time we have no further news but understand that work on the opposition to this is in progress.

East Street – there may be some action on the layby where parked cars cause traffic hold-ups close to the Kiln Lane right turn! A decision is expected in September so we will keep you posted.

LOCAL MATTERS AND EVENTS

Celebrating the end of WW1 – Bourne Hall on Sunday 23 September from 10:00 to 16:00.

A day to commemorate the end of fighting in the First World War in gratitude for those who fought in the First World War and to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the end of the  ‘war to end all wars’.

from 10am – Bourne Hall Museum will be using re-enactors to give some idea of what life was like for the men at the front including a cook with his working stove, Padre, officer and troops with a Vickers Machine Gun! There will be displays and talks on feeding the troops, gas training, infantry weapons and machine-gunning. Also a field hospital with four nurses.

from 2pm – A celebration concert organised by the British Legion, with performers including Oatlands Pipe Band, Ewell Castle School Choir, Epsom and Ewell Male Voice Choir and the singer Sandra Gaye. The concert will climax in a sing-song of the greatest hits of the time. Bring your picnic and join in with a big thank-you to the men and women who served in the Great War. There will be stalls selling refreshments.

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Bridge players – Bridge players needed please! Epsom’s first Cafe Bridge is on Tuesday 2 October starting at El Patio 9.30am £30 including lunch. For further details and tickets go to EEMayorsCharity

Face painters needed – The Sunnybank Trust is looking for Face Painters to help in aid of Sunnybank at 2 special events in the Ashley Centre on 27 October and 17 November. Can you help?

Bourne Hall Library is open again following on from the relocation of dance, drama, cinema and music material from the Surrey Performing Arts library, we are pleased to announce that Ewell Library has now re-opened.

A day for all – Creatures Great and Small Saturday 22 September; 12noon – 6.30pm
St Mary’s Ewell

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A day for children and adults to enjoy a variety of activities including: Nature Trail; Pets as Therapy; Surrey Wildlife Trust; Bugs Hotel; Secrets of the Beehive; Mouse Trail; Owls; Chi Kung; photography competition; crafts for children; children’s singalong and Swop Shop. For more info and the full event programme visit www.stmarysewell.com or call the Parish Office on 020 8393 2643.

Apples for charity – A local resident is looking for donations of surplus apples from back gardens in West Ewell and Ruxley. Graham uses these apples in pies and preserves to raise money for Hope for Children.

Hope for Children is a small charity based in Riga, Latvia which seeks to assist destitute families and school-age children. Day centres provide respite from severe deprivation before and after school with full-time education seen as imperative. Please see their website www.hope.lv for details and newsletters.

Graham is happy to arrange to pick apples when they are ripe. To arrange collection please email Graham at apples@westewellandruxley.org.uk.

Ewell Horticultural Association’s Autumn Show – Saturday 22 September; 2.30pm – 4.30pm Blenheim High School, Longmead Road, Epsom KT19 9BH
free admission. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the displays of autumn flowers at Ewell Horticultural Association’s final Show of 2018.There will also be classes for cookery and floral art plus plants, bulbs and garden sundries for sale. For more info see
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Epsom Laughter Yoga Club – fortnightly Laughter Yoga sessions are being held on the 1st of 3rd Friday of the month starting 7th Sept at 7pm.  This will be at The Forge Scouts Hall behind Bright Horizons nursery on Church Road, KT17 4AB.  First session free and £5 thereafter.  Further information is on our website: www.epsomlaughterclub.co.uk

The lady who runs these sessions is also working with a local charity, “Love me – Love my mind” to offer free Laughter Yoga session during their Mental Health and Well-being Festival.  The session will take place on Sat 6th Oct at 11am at St Barnabus Church, Temple Road, Epsom.  Everybody welcome.  They have other interesting workshops arranged for that week so please keep an eye on their website: See www.lovemelovemymind.org.uk

Age Concern Marathon 2019 – would you like a challenge for 2019? Age Concern is delighted to have another 10 places in the London Landmark Half Marathon and they are looking for runners ready to take up a challenge. Register your interest by emailing bev.worsley@ageconcernepsom.org.uk.  The LLHM is on Sunday 24th March 2019 and this year’s runners were young, old, experienced runners, new runners, the fit and the not so fit!  So everyone is welcome.  They are particularly keen to have a runner over 65!


Flu vaccinations – these are available at doctors’ surgeries, Asda, Boots and Sainsbury’s among others. Should you have one? Visit the web site below:

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Being a Councillor for Ewell/Nonsuch Wards – we are thinking about the May 2019 elections!

Have you ever considered becoming a Borough Councillor? Councillors are elected to the Borough council to represent their local community, so they must either live or work in the Borough. Becoming a Councillor is both a rewarding and privileged form of public service. You will be able to make a difference to the quality of other people’s daily lives and prospects. Please see the article on our Facebook page or visit the link below.

Become a councillor, please see the link – Become-a-Councillor

Priest Hill – the Surrey Wildlife Estate Team now manage the site through a centralised team. Surveyors, Practical Task Leaders, Liaison Officers, an Administrator and Estate Manager work to deliver the various objectives of the site management.

If you have an enquiry about any of their sites please feel free to contact the estates team on: countryside@surreywt.org.uk or 01483 910087 and they can direct your question to the appropriate member of staff.

Nextdoor Ewell Downs – this is a free private social network for your neighbourhood community. Nextdoor is a good way to stay informed about what’s going on in your neighbourhood. There is one for Ewell Downs and there are several members in this area for whom it has proved a useful method of communication.

Pothole reporting – Are you aware that pot holes can be reported to Surrey CC? Go to Report-it-Online. When a pot hole has been reported there is a case for compensation for anyone whose vehicle is later damaged by that pot hole. This web site can also be used to report a problem with pavements, street lighting and many other things.

Community Recycling Centres in Surrey – we would remind residents that the Blenheim Road site is now closed to the public on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This gets very busy on Thursdays when the Leatherhead tip is closed!

Hessle Grove Allotments – is anyone interested in putting their name on a list for an allotment at Hessle Grove off Epsom Road? If so, please contact us and we will pass the message on.

Parking and consideration for other residents – residents have reported that owners of commercial vehicles who are not “permitted” to park outside their properties are parking in other areas – namely Wallace Fields and Higher Green. Surely out of consideration to other residents who are greatly inconvenienced by large vans and who deserve better, changes should be made to current practices.

Keeping in touch – this bulletin is distributed to all those who have provided email addresses. I hope everyone finds this flow of information useful and thank those who have commented in an appreciative way. Please pass this information on to any resident who may find it useful and ask them to let us have their email address so we can keep them in the loop.

GDPR – (General Data Protection Regulation) – you have asked to receive our email bulletins/newsletters. If you are happy with the emails you receive from us, you don’t need to do or change anything. You can unsubscribe anytime via the link below in each email we send. We do not share your email addresses with any other person or organisation.

Subscriptions – thank you to all the residents who have paid their £3.00 by way of returning the green envelope to their road steward, by standing order or online banking. We are most grateful to you. Our printing costs for the newsletter rise ever higher so please if you have not yet done so; pop your contribution ‘round to your road steward soon!

Web site – do visit this – www.ewelldownsra.org. This shows all our previous bulletins and other information.

Facebook – our page is being well visited and “liked”. Do go and use this to put comments or pictures of the area on.

Twitter – this is quite active with many followers of Ewelldownsra.

Comments and news reports – please use this as a two-way instrument and let us know if there is anything you wish to report or comment on.

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Summer round-up 2018

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The first thing I have to report is the sad and sudden death of one of our Councillors – David Wood. David joined the Council in 1995 and from 1999 represented Nonsuch ward and held the office of Mayor in 2006 and 2007. He had served as Chair and Vice-chair on numerous committees and was much admired for his defence of the character of Nonsuch ward and the precious green belt. It was the latter cause on which he had been particularly helpful. His local knowledge stood him in good stead and he was always ready to respond to our calls of assistance. He will be greatly missed. We should like to pass our condolences to his family at this sad time. This will trigger a by-election and the date of this will be publicised when determined.

Warning – Burglaries in the Area – residents should be aware that just recently there have been two burglaries in the area, one on the Reigate Road and one in Ewell Downs Road. In both cases the police have attended – very quickly for the Reigate Road one – and it seems that gangs on mopeds from London and Croydon are targeting the area, breaking into the back of a house where no cars are visible at the front – ignoring a burglar alarm – , stealing what they can quickly then leaving on their mopeds, trying to snatch a phone off an unsuspecting walker as they go. Please be aware of this and protect your property as best you can. There was also a spate of burglaries in Longdown Lane North and Links Road earlier in the summer – so please be aware!

AGM held on Tuesday 10 April 2018 – this was well attended by residents. Daniel Elkeles gave an interesting and positive talk on Epsom and St Helier Hospitals. We look forward to the steps that are being taken to fulfil his positive predictions.

Following on from this there were lively discussions on local matters which included the funding of social care in Surrey, the state of the roads and the finances of the Association, particularly the costs involved in printing the bi-annual newsletter. The minutes will reflect these issues.

Higher Green – apart from the work currently taking place by Southern Gas Networks to carry out gas main connection works in Higher Green and Wallace Fields, we would advise you that plans to complete the work in Longdown Lane North are also planned. The order came into force on 23 July 2018 and is valid for 6 months but works expected to be carried out within one week. Any enquiries to SCC at Merrow Tel  0300 200 1003  Authorizing Office R Bolton.

In addition to this, included in the parking review are double yellow lines on Higher Green, Wallace Fields, Longdown Lane and Windmill Lane. We would draw your attention to the Higher Green entry under Drawing Pack 5. See following item for web page.

Parking review – The Epsom and Ewell parking review for 2018 has now gone live on the SCC website. Please find the attached link, if any of you or your residents have any questions please refer to this or the appropriate divisional member.

Epsom and Ewell 2018 Parking Review

Comments must be received by 9th August.

Nescot

Before the start of the summer holidays we contacted Nescot a) to chase up the request for an appointment with the Principal, Frances Rutter, and b) to ask for something to be done about the area of the new roundabout. We were totally unsuccessful in getting a reply from Ms Rutter herself and will have to follow this up in September. It does seem that the drugs issue has diminished somewhat and we have not had any further reports. This could be helped by the closing of the access gate to/from the path that runs from the Reigate Road to Ewell East station, at all times. Many resident commuters who regularly took a short cut across the college car park when accessing Ewell East station have also noticed this and are equally bemused. The view of some residents is that many of these routes and areas have been used for a couple of decades without challenge so are, by precedent, rights of way. This being still more the case when one considers that it is mainly the college’s near neighbour’s who are using such routes. We shall be taking this up with Ms Rutter.

On the subject of the roundabout, much effort was put into planting, both of genista on the animal husbandry side, and the incorrect planting of low growing shrubs on the residential side. Both of these areas have become totally overgrown and although the low growing shrub areas now sprout high growing wild flowers, the areas need to be properly maintained. We contacted the college to suggest that their horticultural students could be gainfully employed in weeding but have yet to hear back from them – or see any work being done! We shall get back to this in the autumn.

Litter

Having reported priority areas for litter clearance to the Council, we see that some work has been done. We understand that the incidence of hypodermic syringes in Alexander Park has been reported previously and taken up by the Council. None has been found recently.

Planning – a brief outline

12A Longdown Lane North – erection of 4 bed detached dwelling on land adjacent to 12 Longdown Lane North – application refused – we had objected to this.

Mandalina Café High Street Ewell – outside seating area and awning at the front of premises – awaiting decision. Change of use of approximately 9 sqm of existing pavement to provide external seating adjacent to existing cafe bar

1 Hook Rise South Surbiton – outline application for a total of 950 residential dwellings and other uses including a doctors’ surgery – no objections.

Ewell West Railway Station – application for prior approval under Part 18 of the Town and Country Planning (GPD) Order 2015 for the demolition of existing station footbridge and construction of new access for all station footbridge including lifts. The drawing below shows what the footbridge will look like from both sides. Network Rail are holding a drop-in for residents and passengers on THURSDAY 26th July between 4pm and 7pm at Bourne Hall.

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Caballo Lounge, High Street Epsom – change of use of approximately 9sqm of existing pavement to provide external seating adjacent to existing cafe bar – application refused.

Kings Arms public house East Street – we understand an application has gone in to demolish this and build 16 apartments.

Road names for Sycamore Gardens (Phase 2) – these were somewhat curious: Ceres Crescent (Goddess of Agriculture); Block A to be known as Minerva House (Goddess of Wisdom) 12 Ceres Crescent Flats 1 – 9; Block B to be known as Aurora House (Goddess of Dawn) 14 Ceres Crescent Flats 1 – 24; Block C to be known as Fauna House (Goddess of Animals) 15 Ceres Crescent Flats 1 – 9; Block D to be known as Jupiter House (King of the Gods) 10 Ceres Crescent Flats 1 – 8; Block E to be known as Juno House (Queen of the Gods) 16 Ceres Crescent Flats 1 – 8.

There was a Roman dig on this area some time ago and this gave rise to the idea to name the site after Roman Gods. We could find no other historic connection.

Local Plan – the Government requirement for the building of 579 housing units each year is being strongly opposed. At this time we have no further news but understand that work on the opposition to this is in progress.

Plan E improvement works – The Playhouse junction was closed for resurfacing on the 16 July for five nights and this work should now be complete. It is understood that this work will be completed so that by the August bank holiday weekend two way traffic will be using South Street!

This is the report from Surrey Highways:

“Playhouse junction improvements – Phase G

We are changing the junction layout so that two-way working on South Street can start.  This will provide an extra pedestrian crossing across Ashley Avenue and South Street to the Playhouse.

  • The south pavement is being widened and rebuilt.

  • Epsom and Ewell council have agreed to renew the pavement at the Playhouse entrance, and these works have started.

  • The large flowerbed island has been removed and new pedestrian crossing islands have been built.

 

Marquis Junction improvements – Phase E

  • The junction layout has been changed to allow for the right turn from West Street into South Street

  • The pedestrian crossing island has been removed

  • Work started on the Market Place pavements and kerbs to allow the right turning from West Street and for two way working in South Street”

East Street – there may be some action on the layby where parked cars cause traffic hold-ups close to the Kiln Lane right turn! A decision is expected in September so we will keep you posted.

Road Closure for cycling event – Prudential Ride London returns to Surrey for its sixth year this month. The fundraising event is now Europe’s most successful fundraising event, with over £53 million raised for charity since 2013. The event, taking place on Sunday, July 29, will lead to several roads in Surrey temporarily closing. Road closures start from 5:00 am. This allows time for barriers to be installed, safety checks to be carried out and allows for stewards and volunteers to get in place.

Roads will start to reopen once the last amateur ride has crossed Hampton Court Bridge.

Hospital – Daniel Elkeles advised members at the Council meeting last week “ On the issue of funding the announcement about capital we think will be in November as part of the budget, the first announcement was only about revenue funding. So all still in play”

Pothole reporting – Are you aware that pot holes can be reported to Surrey CC? Go to https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/do-it-online/report-it-online. When a pot hole has been reported there is a case for compensation for anyone whose vehicle is later damaged by that pot hole. This web site can also be used to report a problem with pavements, street lighting and many other things.

Community Recycling Centres in Surrey – we would remind residents that the Blenheim Road site is now closed to the public on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This gets very busy on Thursdays when the Leatherhead tip is closed!

Hessle Grove Allotments – is anyone interested in putting their name on a list for an allotment at Hessle Grove off Epsom Road? If so, please contact us and we will pass the message on.

Parking and consideration for other residents – residents have reported that owners of commercial vehicles who are not “permitted” to park outside their properties are parking in other areas – namely Wallace Fields and Higher Green. Surely out of consideration to other residents who are greatly inconvenienced by large vans and who deserve better, changes should be made to current practices.

LOCAL MATTERS AND EVENTS

Epsom Common Day 2018 Sunday 29 July – Epsom will be steeped in local history as this year marks the 400th anniversary of Epsom Well with the discovery of ‘Epsom Salts’ site back in 1618. This gave Epsom its first claim to fame as a Spa town during the 17th & 18th centuries. There will be the Epsom Common Heritage Roadshow, stalls, guided walks, raffle, Christ Church history walk, local crafts, saw mill display, farm animals and Epsom Common Club facilities available, BBQ and much more.

There is a crowd funding page to raise funds to make the day special – for details go to – www.crowdfunding.co.uk/epsomcommonday2018

Ewell Village Fair – the event on 14 July was well supported and raised £11,400 for the church upkeep and expenses.

Bourne Hall Library closure – the collection of performance material, currently held by Surrey Performing Arts Library at Denbies wine estate in Dorking, is being moved to Ewell Library. It will be housed there while NewSPAL, a newly formed charity develops its business plan to take on operational responsibility for the performing arts library service.

As a result of the above move Ewell Library will be closed from 5pm, 11 August to 9:30am, 11 September. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please note that you can return, borrow and renew books at any Surrey Library. Nearby libraries are Epsom, Ewell Court and Stoneleigh.

Being a Councillor for Ewell/Nonsuch Wards – this is now critical!

Have you ever considered becoming a Borough Councillor?

Councillors are elected to the Borough council to represent their local community, so they must either live or work in the Borough. Becoming a Councillor is both a rewarding and privileged form of public service. You will be able to make a difference to the quality of other people’s daily lives and prospects.

Being an effective Councillor requires both commitment and hard work. Councillors must balance the needs and interests of residents, the requirements of national and international laws and the Council.

These will all make legitimate demands on a Councillor’s time, so before committing yourself, you may want to speak to current or past Councillors. You should then discuss it with your family and friends to make sure they understand what you are taking on. You will need their support as you’ll have to spend some of your spare time on Council business.

As a first step, why not find out more about the roles and responsibilities in ‘What is expected of a councillor?’

What is expected of a councillor?

The councillor’s role and responsibilities include:

  • representing the ward for which they are elected

  • decision-making

  • developing and reviewing council policy

  • regulatory, quasi-judicial and statutory duties

  • community leadership and engagement.

Being a Councillor will involve meeting with residents and dealing with correspondence and phone calls from constituents. When dealing with casework or council business you may need to meet with council staff. Most Council meetings take place during the evenings, but some meetings with Council officers and residents may need to take place during the working day.

Council meetings are normally held six times a year, with Committee meetings about four times. As a new councillor, you are likely to be on one or more committee and may also have the opportunity to be appointed to outside bodies. Don’t worry if you don’t have any experience in this area: once elected, you will be able to attend an induction course and will receive on-going support.

Could I be a councillor?

The easy answer is, “almost definitely”.   As long as you are:

  • British or a citizen of the Commonwealth or European Union

  • At least 18 years old

  • Registered to vote in the area or have lived, worked or owned property there for at least 12 months before an election

You can’t be a councillor if you:

  • Work for the council for which you want to be a councillor, or for another local authority in a political restricted post (these are generally the higher paid posts)

  • Are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order

  • Have been sentenced to prison for three months or more (including suspended sentences) during the 5 years before election day

  • Have been convicted of a corrupt or illegal practice by an election court

If you are in any doubt about whether you are eligible to stand as a councillor, you should contact the borough council for advice.

Become a councillor – https://www.gov.uk/government/get-involved/take-part/become-a-councillor

Priest Hill – the Surrey Wildlife Estate Team now manage the site through a centralised team. Surveyors, Practical Task Leaders, Liaison Officers, an Administrator and Estate Manager work to deliver the various objectives of the site management.

If you have an enquiry about any of their sites please feel free to contact the estates team on: countryside@surreywt.org.uk or 01483 910087 and they can direct your question to the appropriate member of staff.

Epsom Laughter Yoga Club – This takes place at Alexandra Park Epsom (between Bowling green & Children’s playground) – 3rd Sunday of every month at 9am – unless heavy rain. Session will typically last about 50 mins.  Please wear comfortable clothing and bring either a yoga mat or a picnic blanket as we may sit/lie down –Sun 15th Apr 2018. FREE taster sessions offered. Visit www.epsomlaughterclub.co.uk for more information.

Nextdoor Ewell Downs – this is a free private social network for your neighbourhood community. Nextdoor is a good way to stay informed about what’s going on in your neighbourhood. There is one for Ewell Downs and there are several members in this area for whom it has proved a useful method of communication.

Keeping in touch – this bulletin is distributed to all those who have provided email addresses. I hope everyone finds this flow of information useful and thank those who have commented in an appreciative way. Please pass this information on to any resident who may find it useful and ask them to let us have their email address so we can keep them in the loop.

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Subscriptions – thank you to all the residents who have paid their £3.00 by way of returning the green envelope to their road steward, by standing order or online banking. We are most grateful to you. Our printing costs for the newsletter rise ever higher so please if you have not yet done so, pop your contribution into your road steward soon!

Web site – do visit this – www.ewelldownsra.org. This shows all our previous bulletins and other information.

Facebook – our page is being well visited and “liked”. Do go and use this to put comments or pictures of the area on.

Twitter – this is quite active with many followers of Ewelldownsra.

Comments and news reports – please use this as a two-way instrument and let us know if there is anything you wish to report or comment on.

 

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Ewell Downs News Bulletin – Apr 2018

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This is primarily to remind everyone about the AGM which is taking place on Tuesday of this coming week. You will have received the printed AGM Notice with the latest news by hand.

AGM Tuesday 10 April 2018 – this will take place at 7.30 pm at Wallace Fields Junior School in Dorling Drive. The doors open at 7.10 and wine and soft drinks will be served beforehand. The back gate of the school on the pathway between The Green and Wallace Fields will be open for pedestrians and the school car park will also be open for parking. In view of the importance of the issue of the future of Epsom Hospital, our speaker will be Daniel Elkeles, the CEO of Epsom & St Helier NHS Trust.

Do come along and join us – we would be delighted to welcome you.

Nescot

There is no further news to report at the moment – we have sent a reminder to Ms Rutter and have been told that this has been drawn to the attention of her PA. We hope she will be in touch soon.

Litter

We have been in touch with the Council to ask for three specific areas to be cleared:

  • The bridle-way from the Reigate Road to Ewell East Station where drug use items as well as litter can be found

  • The stretch of College Road from the Longdown Lane North/South traffic lights up to the Reigate Road

  • The corner area of the shrubbery to the left of the Martial Arts Hut in Alexandra Recreational Ground where used hypodermic syringes are regularly found.

We await action!

Road names for Sycamore Gardens (Phase 2) – the proposed names for the second phase of building on the former Nescot site will be published at the AGM on Tuesday.

Council Tax 2018/19 – a reminder! SCC proportion of Council tax demand rises by 5.99%, the Police by 5.34% and E&E by 2.98%. The overall average rise being 5.583%.

This means that of every £100 paid in Council Tax the Borough Council will receive just £10.46 next year whereas for the 17/18 current year the amount was £10.73 proving the point that Surrey and the Police requirements are increasing at a higher rate than the more moderate Borough Council. More details will be included in the AGM Notice.

Local Plan – we are hoping to be updated on this at the AGM.

For those of you who were not aware – the results of the public consultation are published on www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/localplan under “Summary of Consultation responses”. A few of the results are:

Should we rely on urban intensification using high densities? There were 504 responses to this question – 31% stated YES and 69% stated NO.

Should we review our Green Belt boundaries in order to help meet our long-term housing needs? There were 505 responses-22% (109) stated YES and 78% NO.

Are there any areas that should be added to the Green Belt? There were 106 responses identifying areas that they believed should be added to the Green Belt – see report for further details.

Would you be willing to use extensive areas of the Green Belt? There were 509 responses – 6% stated YES and 94% NO.

Would you be willing accommodate the needs of other areas outside of the Borough? – 498 responses to this question – 15% stated YES and 85% NO.

Would you support a balanced approach where much of our need is met within the urban area but some is allocated to land currently within the Green Belt? With 507 responses 50.1% stated YES and 44.1% NO.

Where should higher density or taller buildings go? Of the 818 responses received 353 favoured town centres and 313 by train stations.

In answer to the question –do you have an alternative suggestion to significantly boost housing and meet our housing need? The main replies were listed in our March bulletin which can be viewed on our website www.ewelldownsra.org

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Plan E improvement works –work has started on the improvement to the Marquis and Playhouse junctions. Some night work will take place for the first 2 weeks of this phase. Work will take place between the hours of 20:00 and 06:00. All local businesses and residents affected by this will receive leaflets with further details.

Works at both these junctions are programmed to last until the summer. It is expected that these phases will commence shortly. Please note that some traffic disruption during these phases is expected. Please allow more time to your journeys when travelling through the town centre.

Roundabout on Reigate Road – we have sent an email to the facilities manager at Nescot about the state of the planted area close to the new roundabout on the Reigate Road. We have pointed out that the temporary fence is still there; that high growing shrubs should have been planted – not low growing ones! – and that it needs weeding! We shall wait to see what happens!

East Street – this is the report from our councillor following the local committee meeting in March –

At the Local Committee held this week the report of the Highway Manager (Nick Healey) contained reference to the work headed Capital Programme 2018/19 at East Street junction with Kiln Lane which comprises a new pedestrian crossing on the northern arm of junction plus new parking layby near Chuters Grove.

The column headed “progress” was much as reported to several meetings before such as “delayed due to complexity of traffic management”  “Awaiting cost estimates” but it did add “Hoping to construct in Summer 2018”.

I spoke to this item and commented that this scheme had appeared in reports for years now with seemingly no progress and something must be done about the traffic blockage on the A24 into Epsom compounded by the queuing right hand turn lane into Kiln Lane; if nothing is going to be done then put a double yellow line where the gap is.

Nick Healey’s response was somewhat more progressive than formerly,  in that –

The problem with this scheme is of the logistics of doing the work while the traffic flows.  In an ideal world we would like to shut Kiln Lane – but that’s not possible   –   It is likely that the work will be undertaken in August when Kiln Lane would become a contraflow (presumably one direction then being worked on) and Chuters Grove follows on subject to costing

County Councillor for the division Bernie Muir then spoke saying that she was 100% behind me in getting this scheme undertaken.

That’s the update.  Let’s hope it transpires.”

Pothole reporting – Are you aware that pot holes can be reported to Surrey CC? Go to report-it-online. When a pot hole has been reported there is a case for compensation for anyone whose vehicle is later damaged by that pot hole. This web site can also be used to report a problem with pavements, street lighting and many other things.

Community Recycling Centres in Surrey – we would remind residents that the Blenheim Road site is now closed to the public on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This gets very busy on Thursdays when the Leatherhead tip is closed!

Hessle Grove Allotments – is anyone interested in putting their name on a list for an allotment at Hessle Grove off Epsom Road? If so, please contact us and we will pass the message on.

Change of Borough Police Inspector – with the departure of Jackie Elkins as the Surrey Police Borough Inspector, we have now been advised that Inspector Joe Easterbrook has been appointed to the role, with effect from Sunday 25 March.

LOCAL MATTERS AND EVENTS

Epsom Common Day 2018 Sunday 29 July – Epsom will be steeped in local history as this year marks the 400th anniversary of Epsom Well with the discovery of ‘Epsom Salts’ site back in 1618. This gave Epsom its first claim to fame as a Spa town during the 17th & 18th centuries. There will be the Epsom Common Heritage Roadshow, stalls, guided walks, raffle, Christ Church history walk, local crafts, saw mill display, farm animals and Epsom Common Club facilities available, BBQ and much more.

There is a crowd funding page to raise funds to make the day special – for details go to – Epsom Common Day 2018

A Night at the Races – Age Concern

Friday 27th April 2018 – Bar opens @ 7pm – First race @ 7.45pm

Night_Races

BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE: http://bit.ly/2EMB3kU HOW MUCH? £10 per person that includes a platter to share on your table. WHERE? St Barnabas Church, Temple Road.

Being a Councillor for Ewell/Nonsuch Wards

Have you ever considered becoming a Borough Councillor?

Councillors are elected to the Borough council to represent their local community, so they must either live or work in the Borough. Becoming a Councillor is both a rewarding and privileged form of public service. You will be able to make a difference to the quality of other people’s daily lives and prospects.

Being an effective Councillor requires both commitment and hard work. Councillors must balance the needs and interests of residents, the requirements of national and international laws and the Council.

These will all make legitimate demands on a Councillor’s time, so before committing yourself, you may want to speak to current or past Councillors. You should then discuss it with your family and friends to make sure they understand what you are taking on. You will need their support as you’ll have to spend some of your spare time on Council business.

As a first step, why not find out more about the roles and responsibilities in ‘What is expected of a councillor?’

What is expected of a councillor?

The councillor’s role and responsibilities include:

  • representing the ward for which they are elected

  • decision-making

  • developing and reviewing council policy

  • regulatory, quasi-judicial and statutory duties

  • community leadership and engagement.

Being a Councillor will involve meeting with residents and dealing with correspondence and phone calls from constituents. When dealing with casework or council business you may need to meet with council staff. Most Council meetings take place during the evenings, but some meetings with Council officers and residents may need to take place during the working day.

Council meetings are normally held six times a year, with Committee meetings about four times. As a new councillor, you are likely to be on one or more committee and may also have the opportunity to be appointed to outside bodies. Don’t worry if you don’t have any experience in this area: once elected, you will be able to attend an induction course and will receive on-going support.

Could I be a councillor?

The easy answer is, “almost definitely”.   As long as you are:

  • British or a citizen of the Commonwealth or European Union

  • At least 18 years old

  • Registered to vote in the area or have lived, worked or owned property there for at least 12 months before an election

You can’t be a councillor if you:

  • Work for the council for which you want to be a councillor, or for another local authority in a political restricted post (these are generally the higher paid posts)

  • Are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order

  • Have been sentenced to prison for three months or more (including suspended sentences) during the 5 years before election day

  • Have been convicted of a corrupt or illegal practice by an election court

If you are in any doubt about whether you are eligible to stand as a councillor, you should contact the borough council for advice.

Please see the link – Become a Councillor

Priest Hill – the Surrey Wildlife Estate Team now manage the site through a centralised team. Surveyors, Practical Task Leaders, Liaison Officers, an Administrator and Estate Manager work to deliver the various objectives of the site management.

If you have an enquiry about any of their sites please feel free to contact the estates team on: countryside@surreywt.org.uk or 01483 910087 and they can direct your question to the appropriate member of staff.

Epsom Laughter Yoga Club – This takes place at Alexandra Park Epsom (between Bowling green & Children’s playground) – 3rd Sunday of every month at 9am – unless heavy rain. Session will typically last about 50 mins.  Please wear comfortable clothing and bring either a yoga mat or a picnic blanket as we may sit/lie down –Sun 15th Apr 2018. FREE taster sessions offered. Visit www.epsomlaughterclub.co.uk for  more information.

Nextdoor Ewell Downs – this is a free private social network for your neighbourhood community. Nextdoor is a good way to stay informed about what’s going on in your neighbourhood. There is one for Ewell Downs and there are several members in this area for whom it has proved a useful method of communication.

Keeping in touch – this bulletin is distributed to all those who have provided email addresses. I hope everyone finds this flow of information useful and thank those who have commented in an appreciative way. Please pass this information on to any resident who may find it useful and ask them to let us have their email address so we can keep them in the loop.

Web site – do visit this – www.ewelldownsra.org. This shows all our previous bulletins and other information.

Facebook – our page is being well visited and “liked”. Do go and use this to put comments or pictures of the area on.

Twitter – this is quite active with many followers of Ewelldownsra.

Comments and news reports

– please use this as a two-way instrument and let us know if there is anything you wish to report or comment on

Sky

 

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