Sycamore Gardens Phase 2

Dear All

You may already be aware that the revised plans for the housing development (that replaces the previous plans for the care home on Reigate Road) have been validated and are now published under reference 17/00429/FUL.

This is now for 88 homes – an increase from the 84 originally proposed.  The matter has been called to Committee – possibly for the September meeting.

A letter has been sent to Terry Gamble (our contact with the developers) advising that we are opposing this.  Please go and look at the plans and let the Council have your comments.

A copy of the proposed layout is below – I am sure you will think this is overdevelopment gone mad!

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There are no dates listed as yet by which comments are to be received so there is plenty of time to voice your opinions.

 

Kind regards

Jenny Coleman

 

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Ewell Downs News Bulletin May 2017

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This bulletin is to bring you up to date on where we are particularly in relation to planning issues.

Sycamore Gardens

Many of you would have been to the exhibition hosted by the developers at Nescot Skills Centre in April advising residents of their plans for the original care home site. Our major concern is the four apartment blocks along the side of the Ewell by Pass which comprise one and two bedroomed units – the whole site is therefore planned to provide an additional 84 units. This was totally unexpected and horrified many of the people who came along, particularly in view of their size and the limited parking that was available. As mentioned in the previous bulletin, originally this whole site, including the 91 houses already approved and under construction or occupied, was identified in Epsom’s strategic plan to enable 120 properties.

It seems that at the moment the proposed application is with the planning department and has not yet been validated, so, short of making residents aware of what is going on, there is little that we can do. We need to see the plans published and then we can act – we can only hope that they will be changed to reflect the many comments made by those visiting the exhibition. It is our understanding that the developers are anxious to have their plans approved by September this year so that once the existing work has been finished later this year, they can simply direct their work force to the new site. For those of you who have not seen the plans in their original form these are shown on the next page. Please excuse some alignment inaccuracies!

Following a meeting of the committee with our councillors and representatives of other interested resident representatives, we are proposing to take the following action:

  • To send a letter to the developer advising them of our intentions to oppose the planning application

  • To publicise the details of the planning application so residents may make their feelings known to the planning department – this would be done by both a leaflet drop and email

  • To ask for the planning application to be brought to the planning committee

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The Chalk Pit

The second item of importance is the Chalk Pit on College Road.

Epsom and Ewell Borough Council has been consulted by Surrey County Council on the following application – 17/00092/CMA – Retrospective Change of use from a Waste Transfer Station to Material Recycling Facility at The Chalk Pit, College Rd.

The documents relating to this may be accessed via the EEBC web site under reference 17/00092/CMA. The submitted supporting statement claims that there would be ‘no change to access arrangements or vehicle movements as a result of this application. Access will continue to be achieved via College Road and the facility would continue to process the same volume of waste.’  This planning application is seeking to change the use of part of the site from waste transfer to materials recovery. This change would not alter the nature or volume of waste accepted at the site but simply allow treatment to occur to allow direct recovery and recycling of certain waste streams to take place on site.

The change in use has already occurred and involves the use of a Trommel and picking station which is certainly noisy and the BEHO is advising that a new noise assessment should be undertaken to demonstrate that the previously imposed noise condition attached to EP14/00958/CMA for waste recovery activities permitted in 2015 is still being complied with.

Our strong concern is that, by granting this retrospective change of use to recycling materials, there will then be nothing stopping 1st Place Ltd and the other waste companies in the Pit, to apply to introduce more Trommels in the future, creating yet more unbearable noise and dust for residents, in an inappropriate location.

Our councillors are looking into this matter on our behalf and we will report back. Furthermore, regarding the site, there is also an ongoing issue of parking outside the site on College Road itself which is being considered.

Nescot Roundabout

Landscaping has been completed on the area adjacent to the “temporary fence” but this seems to comprise low growing shrubs only. We have been in touch with Nescot to ask when the fence will be replaced by more suitable permanent structure and they contacted SCC who have advised that their representative has seen the works and is happy with them.  SCC has advised that she thinks it is best that the fence stays there (at least) until the plants have grown. This area will now be put on maintenance by Surrey CC.

We shall be contacting SCC to resolve this issue as we had been led to believe that this fence was not a permanent feature. Please let us know if you have any recommendations.

Planning

Lidl – The formal planning application for the mixed-use development on the vacant site at 40-52 Upper High Street Epsom has now been published on the Council’s planning portal under reference 1700001/FUL. This is showing as pending consideration.

Aldi – still no further news on the appeal date for the proposed Aldi store on the former Dairy Crest site. We understand that there is a backlog of appeals and will report back when a definite date is announced.

Links Road Backland Development – similarly, the date of the appeal against the refusal of the planning application to erect 4 detached 4-bedroom houses with garages and associated access and landscaping behind some properties on Links Road is still awaited.

North Looe Ewell – the application to demolish the former Young Farmers’ Club Hut and replace it with a one bedroom dwelling was refused on the grounds that it is an inappropriate development that would have an adverse impact on the openness of the Green Belt.

57 Longdown Lane North – an appeal against the refused application was submitted on the 24th April. Epsom’s portal is showing “Appeal Lodged” however there doesn’t appear to be anything on the planning appeals site as yet.

116a Reigate Road – 16/00895/FLH this application for a single storey extension was refused but the property continues to be converted. We have chased this up with the Council planning office and await their reply, particularly in relation to change of use.

Organ Inn site on the London Road – the modification of previously refused plans to erect a smaller Class A1 convenience supermarket (Lidl) and associated parking, access, servicing and landscaping on this site (reference 16/00933/FUL) is still pending consideration.

The Star Ewell Village – This has been marketed. A lot of work has been done to clear it out. The two upstairs flats have been made safe with fire-proof boarding and one is occupied. The downstairs spaces were put on the rental market 2 weeks ago with Greenfield in Ewell Village.

 Surrey County Council Elections

John Beckett, the Resident candidate for Ewell Ward, was elected to serve on 4 May. Thank you to all those who voted for him. The results were: RA – 2,579, Conservative – 732, Labour – 255, Liberal – 234 and Green – 79.

Since the election John Beckett has passed on some information which residents may find useful and this can be found later in this bulletin.

Help with opposing planning applications

A resident who has faced opposing an overbearing planning application has offered to help people within the Association with similar problems, if they wanted to make 3D models. Further details are provided in the March bulletin, which can be seen on the web site. Please get in touch if you are interested in having some help.

Street Lighting

As most of you will be aware, SCC introduced part-night street lighting across the county, including Epsom and Ewell, with streetlights being switched off from 12 midnight until 5.00am. Many residents are concerned about policy which was the issue most often raised with our Councillors during the recent election campaign and have contacted us about this. Residents are clearly concerned about the potential for increased crime, but are also aware that trains arrive at Stoneleigh and other local stations after midnight, meaning people do not feel safe walking home late at night in the dark. The fear of crime is no less a fear just because SCC tells us that crime rates are low.

In March John Beckett asked the SCC Cabinet Member for Highways if he would agree to the 12 midnight switch-off being changed to start at 1.00am to enable late night commuters to walk home in well-lit streets. The Cabinet Member refused, despite acknowledging that keeping all the streetlights on in Epsom and Ewell until 1.00am for a whole year would cost SCC just over £5,500. John Beckett even offered to give his allowance from SCC towards this cost but this was not permitted as it would set a precedent for other boroughs.

John Beckett has advised us that he will keep trying to get some more flexibility into the policy and seek an option which provides for at least one streetlight per road (more in longer roads) to be left on all night. Modern technology enables this to happen and there are current examples in Epsom and Ewell where individual streetlights are left on all night.

Local Highway Budget Cuts of 78% – from John Beckett

SCC divides its highway funding between Surrey Highways Team at the centre and locally to the eleven Local Committees. The vast majority of funding is held centrally (£millions) and is spent on road resurfacing, pothole repairs, traffic management and safety defects.

The Epsom and Ewell Local Committee is also provided with funds and this local highways budget enables local County Councillors to fund routine maintenance and react to residents’ concerns. It covers such issues as repairing damaged verges and kerbstones, the patching of roads, yellow line waiting restrictions, clearing vegetation, footway repairs and trip hazards, new signs, cycle links, installing bollards and posts to protect verges, and more.

Last year (2016/2017) the Epsom and Ewell Local Committee was allocated £355,433 to undertake all this work. However, in March, SCC’s Conservatives majority cut that by 78% to just £77,273. That is totally unacceptable and will mean that very little can be done to maintain the quality of our local streets let alone improve them. At the time of writing these notes (May) we have already had requests for action refused on road repairs (Stoneleigh Park Road), on guard rails (Ruxley Lane) and on signage (Station Approach) because they are “not a safety defect” or there are no funds available.

The reversal of this cut will be another challenge for us over the coming months, but it is a challenge which we have to take up.”

Tree Maintenance – from John Beckett

And the cutbacks continue. In April, SCC took back responsibility for management of the trees on the highway from Epsom and Ewell Borough Council. In previous years Epsom and Ewell Borough Council undertook highway tree maintenance, under contract, on behalf of SCC. This work included condition works or desirable works such as general pruning, crown lifts and reductions. However SCC’s policy for tree works is to only action safety defects, which means only dealing with trees considered to be dead, diseased or dangerous. No other enhanced work will be completed unless and until a budget is made available to do so.

This short sighted view of tree maintenance will see the deterioration in the health and quality of our highway trees and inevitably lead to more complaints and possible insurance claims.”

CIPFA Report – from John Beckett

All the cuts above have been made on the basis of claims that SCC is disproportionately poorly funded by the Government, and there is no doubt that, in terms of Revenue Support Grant, all Surrey local authorities have had a bad deal from all Governments.

The ruling Conservative Group therefore used £25,000 of council taxpayers’ money to pay for an Independent Report from CIPFA with the aim of justifying their call earlier in the year (but since abandoned) for a 15% council tax rise. However the independent Report was critical of the Conservatives’ financial management of the Council saying:

SCC’s spend is high and £100million more than the average for similar County Councils

SCC does not have a unique financial challenge and, in terms of spending power reduction for 2017/18, its change is below average.

The council’s 2017/2018 Budget strategy was based on an absence of a credible cost reduction plan

Traffic control and speeding – as publicised in the last bulletin we have been following up our concerns with Surrey County Council but elections have delayed their response we will however follow this up soon.

East Street road alterations – still nothing!

Plan E improvement works – Work on building the new bus stand on Ashley Avenue has been finished, all was cleared away early April and it is ready for use. Buses that normally stand outside TK Maxx will soon use the new stand on Ashley Avenue. As work progresses it may be necessary to move bus stops temporarily but we will be advised in advance.

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.

Le Raj Academy at Nescot – The Le Raj Academy Restaurant at Nescot College’s Skills Park is now open with outdoor dining available in the warmer months and ample on-site car parking. The partnership with Nescot provides practical training for students working alongside top professional chefs and front-of-house staff in industry-standard facilities. For details go to: www.nescot.ac.uk/lerajacademy.

The Big Switch – Weekly refuse and recyclingThe big switch for the collection of waste will be split into two start dates 8th May and 12th June 2017. How the changes will affect you can be seen at http://www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/residents/recycling-and-waste Here are some helpful hints:

Watch out for the labels on your bins so you’ll know when the Big Switch is happening for you. There are two simple steps:

Week 1: it’s your normal refuse week

We’ll empty your refuse bin as normal. But we’ll put it back with a sticker on the lid. The sticker will show you that the next week we need you to put both your black and green bins out for the Big Switch.

Please put your recycling box and food bin out as normal too.

Week 2: it’s Big Switch week!

Put your black bin, green bin and recycling box out even if they’re empty, because we’ll be re-labelling them for the Big Switch. Put your food bin out for collection as normal:

  • Your green bin will have a sticker saying ‘This is now your recycling bin’

  • Your recycling box will have a cover on it saying that it is now just for ‘Glass recycling ONLY’

  • Your black bin will have a sticker on it saying ‘This is now your refuse bin’

N.B. – if you use the Kiln Lane Recycling Centre don’t forget that in order to obtain a 2017 car sticker it will be necessary for you to provide evidence of residency and identity on your first visit in 2017.

Epsom Core Strategy – The Core Strategy sets the overall planning framework for the Borough and contains a number of key strategic policies. This was originally published in 2007 and is now under review. Details will be published when known.

LOCAL MATTERS AND EVENTS

Epsom Derby Festival

The Epsom Derby Festival Week kicks off on Friday (May 26) with models parading the perfect outfits for the races during hourly fashion shows in the Ashley Centre between 11am and 4pm.

The hourly shows will be repeated on Saturday, May 27, while models from one of the shopping centre’s chosen charities, The Sunnybank Trust, will feature in special shows at midday and 1pm, while tapas restaurant El Patio serve up mouth-watering tasters.

The tradition of a Sunday market before the Derby continues as ‘What’s on in Epsom’ host a market with a variety of stalls and entertainment in the Market Place between 10am and 4pm on Sunday, May 28.

Later that evening, at 6pm historians from Bourne Hall Museum will be leading a Derby History Walk around the town. But if you miss the ever-popular walk, there will be a second chance to learn about the history of the Derby at the same time on Wednesday, May 31.

The Ashley Centre will be hosting free children activities from Monday, May 29 until Wednesday, May 31 from 10.30am to 4.30pm, culminating with the grand finale – the horse simulator race – taking place on Thursday, June 1.

A free screening of the classic 1952 film starring Anna Neagle and Michael Wilding, Derby Day, will take place at the Epsom Playhouse at 2pm on Wednesday, May 31, and will include a collection for the mayor’s charities, the Sunnybank Trust, the Lower Mole Valley Trust and Citizens Advice Epsom and Ewell.

Big Day Out – Saturday 17 June 2017 – Midday – 4 pm

A great FREE ENTRY day for the whole family at Shadbolt Park House & Gardens, Salisbury Road, Worcester Park KT4 7BX. There will be a BBQ, bouncy castle, beer tent, Pimms, cream teas and stalls.

The open entry Dog Show will be open for registration at 12.30.

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Epsom Square

A celebration launch party of the new Epsom Square took place on the afternoon of Saturday 13 May. The choice of places to eat and drink has been boosted by two new restaurants, Il Grande Pizzeria and Dia y Noche (opening soon). Three new wooden cabins have also been built that will offer crepes, bagels, pastries and drinks to take away or consume whilst relaxing in the outdoor seating in the square. There are also a range of activities in the centre from Pilates and children’s soft play, to a children’s fun hair salon and Epsom Library with its community shop run by volunteers. It is hoped that the area can be used for many more community events in the future.

 Bourne Hall Lake – people visiting the lake to feed the ducks and other bird life are being asked not to bring bread as this encourages the rats. Please feed the birds with lettuces, corn and even sprouts – much better for their health and digestion.

Subscriptions – thank you everyone who has handed their subscriptions to their road stewards or paid on line or by standing order. Please do support us – we really do appreciate it.

Keeping in touch – this bulletin is distributed to all those who have provided email addresses. The return of email addresses on the subscription envelopes has increased numbers dramatically! 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. I am sure some of you must have some local photos to put on this!

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 99 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 – April 2017

 

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Now that Easter and the AGM is over, we are back to the old routines, and there is one particular item that we must urgently draw to your attention.
Sycamore Gardens

Just before Easter we were invited to an unexpected meeting with the developers. Two members of the committee attended and we were told that The Goodman Group (the US based company) had pulled out of developing the care home for which planning permission had been granted. It is understood that the principal of the company who was keen on expanding into the UK had died and the company was now controlled by a board of trustees who no longer wished to continue this policy. Circle Hill were approached to buy the land and at the end of February this transaction was completed.

At our meeting we were told that plans were being drawn up for 2/3 bedroomed houses with some apartments, all in the style of the existing development at Sycamore Gardens and some 30 – 35 units were anticipated.

Following this our committee met with concerned parties and some of our councillors and it was felt that this number of units would be acceptable, although since there were no plans available although expected soon, we would wait to take any action until we had something concrete to report to residents.

It now seems that, rather than involve our committee to gauge opinion, the developers have acted quickly and sent letters to residents living close to the site and this is shown on the next page.

This letter advises that an information event is to be held at Nescot Skills Centre on Tuesday 25 April between 3 pm and 8 pm. We would urge everyone to go and see this and make your feelings known. Epsom’s strategic plan identified the whole site to enable 120 properties. Given that 91 houses were approved, and now allowing for the absence of the Care Home, this would equate to an additional 30 properties. We understand, however, that the developer is considering an additional circa 90 properties – not 30!
Please do let us know what you think so we can take your opinions into account when appropriate. You can either do this by email or the web site on which this bulletin will be published.

AGM Report
Thank you everyone who came along to the AGM in March – we were delighted to welcome 42 residents to Wallace Fields Junior School, which is a record as far as I am concerned! We were given an excellent presentation on Epsom Common nature reserve by Stewart Cocker, the Countryside Manager for Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, had a question and answer session with our Borough councillors and elected John Beckett to be our Resident candidate for the Surrey County Council election on 4 May. We hope everyone also enjoyed a glass or two of the wine that was provided!

Surrey County Council Elections
Although it must feel as if we are being “electioned to death”, please do go out on 4 May and vote for John Beckett. He has really been a positive and active representative for us at SCC and keeps us well informed when action is needed. At the AGM John Beckett gave us an enlightening insight into the workings at SCC and it is obvious that someone of his calibre is needed as a vital part of the organisation.

Equally important has been John Beckett’s criticism of the wasteful spending of millions of pounds at SCC and especially the 60% rise the Conservative’s awarded themselves in allowances.

STOP PRESS – Surrey County Council is to slash highways budget for Epsom and Ewell by nearly 80 per cent, leaked emails reveal. The budget for repairing roads, fixing footways and protecting pavements is to be slashed by almost 80 per cent. According to emails seen by the Epsom Guardian the scale of the cuts have been revealed to members of Epsom and Ewell’s Local Committee but have yet to be made public.

In 2016/17 the committee received £355,433 from Surrey County Council but that is set to tumble to £77,273 – a cut of about 78 per cent.

N.B. If anyone has not yet registered to vote – visit gov.uk/register-to-vote and fill in 11 questions. They include your name, address, National Insurance number and whether you want a postal vote. There’s not much else you need to fill in. Although the deadline for voting for the county election has passed, you have until midnight on 22 May to vote to take part in the General Election.

Planning
Lidl – The formal planning application for the mixed-use development on the vacant site at 40-52 Upper High Street Epsom has now been published on the Council’s planning portal under reference 1700001/FUL. Do go and take a look at this.

Aldi – no further news as yet on the appeal into the Aldi store on the former Dairy Crest site is due to be heard at a public hearing in the Town Hall starting early October.

Links Road Backland Development – the date of the appeal against the refusal of the planning application to erect 4 detached 4-bedroom houses with garages and associated access and landscaping behind some properties on Links Road is still awaited.

North Looe Ewell – the application to erect a 3 bedroomed house on the former Young Farmers Club Hut, was refused but the developer have come back with a small one bedroomed option. We shall again ask for this to be called to committee and we would encourage everyone concerned about building on Green Belt in the area to record their opposition on the web site. The planning application reference is 16/01679/FUL.

Mill Road – the developers have revised their application following the Council’s decision to refuse permission for the change of use to HMO’s. This application was refused on the grounds that the proposed HMO use would result in a higher level of parking demand than that generated by student accommodation. The proposed parking is considered to be insufficient which would result in additional on-street parking pressures within Mill Road, to the detriment of the availability of on-street parking. We commend this decision.

57 Longdown Lane North – no news on a revised application as yet following refusal of the previous application.

116a Reigate Road – 16/00895/FLH this application for a single storey extension was refused but the property continues to be converted. We have asked for help from our Councillors to look into this further as a result of planning anomalies.

Organ Inn site on the London Road – the modification of previously refused plans to erect a Class A1 convenience supermarket (Lidl) and associated parking, access, servicing and landscaping on this site (reference 16/00933/FUL) is still pending consideration.

The Star Ewell Village – This has been marketed. A lot of work has been done to clear it out. The two upstairs flats have been made safe with fire-proof boarding and one is occupied. The downstairs spaces were put on the rental market 2 weeks ago with Greenfield in Ewell Village.

Help with opposing planning applications
A resident who has faced opposing an overbearing planning application has offered to help people within the association, faced with similar problems if they wanted to make 3D models. To confirm the article in the previous bulletin, please get in touch if you are interested in having some help.

Surrey Wildlife under threat! – thank you to all who signed the petition to abandon plans to cut the Council’s funding of the Surrey Wildlife Trust that will result in the redundancy of all 16 Countryside Rangers in April 2017. This was raised at the meeting of the Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning Decisions on  23 March 2017 but it is unclear whether there is any change in SCC decision and we are unable to get any further information at this time, presumably due to the purdah associated with the General Election. The response from the Cabinet Member, Mike Goodman, Conservative Councillor, can be viewed at https://petitions.surreycc.gov.uk/SWTfunding then clicking the link to view the agenda. The response is under Printed Decisions.

Security reminder – residents are reminded that in view of the numerous burglaries in the area, the police have advised that it is essential to remain vigilant and to protect your properties. Keep windows and doors secure at all times and endeavour to ensure that the large plastic wheelie bins cannot be used by a potential intruder to facilitate access to your property or to your neighbours’ from a boundary fence or flat roof.

Traffic control and speeding – as publicised in the last bulletin we have been following up our concerns with Surrey County Council but elections have delayed their response but we will get back to you when there is something positive to report.
Reigate Road – Nescot Roundabout – Work has been done on some landscaping by the roundabout but so far only low shrubs have been planted so we have contacted Nescot and asked them to confirm what will be happening to the fence.

Street Lighting – the street lighting switch off has started and street lights are now off between midnight and 5 am. Some residents have raised concerns that midnight is a little too early and John Beckett will be following this up to see if this can be changed to 1 am.

East Street road alterations – still nothing!

Plan E improvement works – Work on building the new bus stand on Ashley Avenue has been finished, all was cleared away early April and it is ready for use. Buses that normally stand outside TK Maxx will soon use the new stand on Ashley Avenue. As work progresses it may be necessary to move bus stops temporarily but we will be advised in advance.

Spread Eagle junction – major structural and drainage problems below the surface of the road here have been discovered and these need to be repaired before any further work. This structural work was unexpected so the Council has had to bid for additional money to do it and won’t know if they have been successful until July. For that reason they have changed their schedule and put everything on hold at this junction for now. This is important work that will take place as soon as funding is in place. There are therefore revised timings for the work which can be seen on the SCC Epsom & Ewell Plan E website.

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.

Le Raj Academy at Nescot – The Le Raj Academy Restaurant at Nescot College’s Skills Park is now open with outdoor dining available in the warmer months and ample on-site car parking. The partnership with Nescot provides practical training for students working alongside top professional chefs and front-of-house staff in industry-standard facilities. For details go to: www.nescot.ac.uk/lerajacademy.

The Big Switch – Weekly refuse and recycling – The big switch for the collection of waste will be split into two start dates 8th May and 12th June 2017. How the changes will affect you can be seen at www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/recycling and waste/recycling at home.

N.B. – if you use the Kiln Lane Recycling Centre don’t forget that in order to obtain a 2017 car sticker it will be necessary for you to provide evidence of residency and identity on your first visit in 2017.

Epsom Core Strategy – The Core Strategy sets the overall planning framework for the Borough and contains a number of key strategic policies. This was originally published in 2007 and is now under review. Details will be published when known.

LOCAL MATTERS AND EVENTS
Epsom & Ewell Model Railway Club – A must for model railway fans – the Epsom and Ewell Annual Exhibition. Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 April NESCOT –Reigate Road, Ewell, Surrey KT17 3DS.

Epsom & Ewell Model Railway Club are holding another Annual Exhibition that once again includes a selection of some of the best quality fine scale layouts currently available.

Banstead Village May Fayre – The annual May Fayre in Banstead Village with this year’s May Queen will be held on Saturday 28th April 1 to 4 pm. There will be a Procession – Crowning and Fayre.  The Banstead Village May Fayre is an annual event which is organised by a group of parents who either live in Banstead or have strong connections to Banstead. The group is a non-profit making organisation and its sole purpose is to raise money for nominated charities.

Behind The scenes at the RHS Shows – Hear the details behind the famous RHS Shows at Chelsea and Hampton Court – a talk from Paul Patton on Tuesday 9 May 2017 from 8 to 10pm Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF with the Ewell Horticultural Association.

Bourne Hall Lake – people visiting the lake to feed the ducks and other birdlife are being asked not to bring bread as this encourages the rats. Please feed the birds with lettuces, corn and even sprouts – much better for their health and digestion.

Subscriptions – thank you everyone who has handed their subscriptions to their road stewards or paid on line or by standing order. Please do support us – we really do appreciate it.

Keeping in touch – this bulletin is distributed to all those who have provided email addresses. The return of email addresses on the subscription envelopes has increased numbers dramatically! 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 – http://www.ewelldownsra.org. I am sure some of you must have some local photos to put on this!

Facebook – 49 people have now visited our Facebook page and “liked” us. Do go and use this to put comments or pictures of the area on.

Twitter – this is quite active with 99 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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Notice of AGM and Spring Newsletter

Association of Ewell Downs Residents    Non Political, Founded 1926

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NOTICE

The Eighty Second Annual General Meeting

Will be held at

WALLACE FIELDS JUNIOR SCHOOL in the HALL

7.30pm on Tuesday 7 March 2017

GUEST SPEAKER

Stewart Cocker

Countryside Manager – Epsom & Ewell Borough Council

AGENDA

  1. Apologies for absence

  2. Minutes of the Eighty First AGM held on 15 March 2016

  3. Statement of Accounts

  4. Report from the Committee

  5. Election of Officers, Committee and Examiner of Accounts

  6. Adoption of Prospective Candidate for election to SCC

  7. Councillors’ Forum

  8. Any Other Business

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The Officers and Committee look forward to seeing you at the Annual General Meeting and we hope you will take this opportunity to meet your neighbours, committee members and councillors informally. Refreshments will be provided from 7.10pm

Please click on the link below for the full notice of the AGM.

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Surrey Wildlife Trust Alert!

 

Dear Residents,

 

Thank you to all of those who have added their names to the e-petition regarding the redundancy of Surrey Wildlife Trust’s Countryside Rangers.

 However, the challenge is to increase the number of names from the current total of 3,467 to over 10,000* by  Thursday 2nd March. That means that the petition needs another 6,533 signatories in total or 816 per day for the next eight days.

 Whilst it may seem like a tall order, if we all communicate this to five family members and friends, encouraging them to repeat the process, we might have a fighting chance of success ! There is no restriction on the number of people signing from each household.

 To those of you who haven’t yet had the chance to add your names, the web link is below:

 

 https://petitions.surreycc.gov.uk/SWTfunding/

 

 NB  You will receive an email from Surrey County Council within a few hours of initial registration. You need to click on the link they send to confirm your signature and complete the process.

 If we care about the professional maintenance of Surrey’s beautiful countryside and the preservation of its rare flora and fauna for ourselves, our families and friends we need to retain these highly experienced and dedicated Countryside Rangers. Their retention in these roles is estimated to cost just 15 pence per head of population.

 

PLEASE add your name to the petition and encourage Surrey’s other residents to follow your example.

 Your support is much appreciated. 

The AEDR committee

 

*10,000 names is the threshold to require Surrey County Council to debate the matter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ewell Downs News Bulletin No.15 – Jan 2017

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Happy New Year everyone

There are a few important dates to be publicised.

Planning

Lidl – Firstly – some of you will have received the mailshot from Lidl advising their proposal to develop the vacant site at 40-52 Upper High Street Epsom into a mixed-use development. This would comprise a new Lidl food store with 30 apartments above the store and 88 parking spaces for customers.

There is a public exhibition on Wednesday 18 January from 4pm – 8pm in the Youth Hall, Methodist Church, Ashley Road, Epsom and we would recommend that residents either go to see this or look at the details of the development on the web site – www.epsom.lidl.co.uk. and comment accordingly. Please do let us know what your opinions are via our website, Facebook etc. This is an artist’s impression.

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Aldi – In the same vein, Aldi is appealing against the Council’s decision to reject its plans to build a new store on the former Dairy Crest site in Epsom. The plans, for a new store and six flats on the site between Alexandra Road and Church Road, Epsom, were unanimously turned down in April, following public outcry.

More than 200 residents lodged objections against the proposal and more than 50 residents holding placards reading “Say ‘No’ to Aldi”, “Not Here Aldi, Down There”, or just “No”, turned out to a roadside protest against the store in January last year.

The Planning Inspectorate will appoint an inspector to review the decision taken by the Council. The Inspector will consider the case on its merits. We understand there will be a public enquiry in June.

Links Road Backland Development – residents will remember that the planning application to erect 4 detached 4-bedroom houses with garages and associated access and landscaping behind some properties on Links Road was rejected.

An appeal has been lodged against the Planning Department decision. Our understanding at this time is that the Appeal by the Appellant is still in the process of validation by the Inspectorate at Bristol. This is expected to take 6 to 10 weeks.  Thereafter, the formal Appeal will take 16 to 20 weeks. As yet we have not received confirmation from the Planning Inspectorate on the start date but as soon as we do we will let you know and give you the agreed timeframes for neighbours and interested parties to respond as this all stems from the start date.

We would encourage everyone to support our opposition to this development when the time comes.

North Looe Ewell –We would like you to be aware of a planning application, relating to a site in North Looe, off Reigate Road, (the former Young Farmers Club Hut, Reigate Road which has fallen into disrepair) and as such falling within the Green Belt. The proposal is for the demolition of the hut and erection of a detached dwelling. The application is under ref the16/01143/FUL and the determination date for a decision is Friday 20 January. This has been called to committee and we urge everyone concerned about building on Green Belt in the area to record their opposition on the web site.

57 Longdown Lane North – we await information on the revised application regarding the demolition of No 57 and erection of two houses. In addition to neighbours’ concerns regarding the size and positioning of the new houses there are also fears over the loss of trees that the development would include. The original application reference is 16/01068/FUL.

116a Reigate Road – 16/00895/FLH this application for a single storey extension was refused but the property continues to be converted and the builders have confirmed that the property is to be used for autistic children and two carers. We are asking our councillors to check that developers are keeping to the C3 status specified.

Organ Inn site on the London Road – there is a fresh application to permit the erection of a Class A1 convenience supermarket (Lidl) and associated parking, access, servicing and landscaping on this site. This is a modification of the previous plans. The reference is 16/00933/FUL and is pending consideration – there are already multiple objections.

The Star Ewell Village – there could be some progress here and we will keep you informed.

Barclays Bank Ewell site – the opening of the Costa Coffee shop is anticipated in February.

Traffic and roads

Traffic control and speeding Traffic control and speeding – Late last year AEDR was invited to participate in a quarterly SCC Liaison Committee whereby residents could put forward suggestions on any subject at a formal meeting.

Your committee decided to suggest some road safety measures on Longdown Lane North which in our opinion would help to reduce speeding and attempt to avoid some of the accidents which have happened at the entrance to Higher Green. We also asked SCC to consider some No HGV signage in the local area, which is fairly common in Surrey where road dimensions are very restricted. We submitted a very detailed list of low cost suggestions with drawings along with other supporting information. Regrettably SCC’s response was not what we had hoped for, as most of our suggestions would need support and enforcement from Surrey Police. Surrey Police submitted a report showing that the average speed in Longdown Lane North was 33 mph at all times of day and the police regularly conducted speed surveys. Also data regarding accidents in Higher Green are taken from www.crashmap.co.uk and this only shows 2 minor accidents since 2012. We had hoped that our suggestions would have received more consideration and support from both SCC highways and Surrey Police but will be following this up.

Your comments are welcome!

Reigate Road – Nescot Roundabout – we are in touch with Nescot whose developers are responsible for the fence and await their reply.

Street Lighting – the street lighting switch off which was due to start in E&E in January has now been delayed by approximately one month due to the final Police safety report being delayed. A letter has been sent to SCC expressing our councillors’ concerns over delays and the message it sends to residents.

East Street road alterations – we have been advised that this work is scheduled to be done in this financial year. We shall keep our fingers crossed!

Plan E improvement works the work on the relocation of the bus stand has started and is expected to take 13 weeks to complete! More news will follow on the next stage when available.

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.

Epsom Core Strategy – The Core Strategy sets the overall planning framework for the Borough and contains a number of key strategic policies. This was originally published in 2007 and is now under review. Details will be published when known.

Nescot and Le Raj – the course of one year is designed for candidates who wish to start a career within the catering industry. They will develop basic skills in professional cookery in our brand new training kitchens and also have the opportunity to gain experience in a realistic working environment in our new restaurant sponsored by Le Raj. This restaurant is due to be open to the public and our councillor is looking into the certificate of lawfulness required for this.

Sycamore Gardens development – we have been advised that these new residents will be in Nonsuch Ward, and as such should technically vote at St Paul’s Howell Hill, but this is such a long way to go that officers are going to propose that they be allowed to vote at Wallace Fields Junior School. I suspect we would support that and this might strengthen our hand in suggesting that these houses fall under AEDR wing where their interests are better served. Discussions will continue. A map of the development with the road names in operation is shown at the end of this bulletin.

LOCAL MATTERS AND EVENTS

Bourne Hall Lake – anyone visiting the lake to feed the ducks and other birdlife are being asked not to bring bread as this encourages the rats. Please feed the birds with lettuces, corn and even sprouts which are much better for their health and digestion.

Events in early 2017

Our AGM 7 March 2017 – this important event will take place at 7.30 pm at Wallace Fields Junior School. Please do come along and support us and have a glass of whatever we have to offer! Our AGM Notice will be delivered in February.

Epsom College Choral Society – this annual concert will take place on Sunday 22 January with a full orchestra and soloists at 7.30 pm. All welcome.

Comedy @ The College Friday, February 17, 2017 from 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm sponsored by Age Concern this is a night of fantastic professional stand-up comedy in the amazing surroundings of Epsom College including Phil Dinsdale and Chris McCausland (two other acts TBC). Our fully licenced famous Gin Bar will also be there (beer and wine available as well).

Only 26 tickets remain. Visit bev.worsley@ageconcernepsom.org.uk for bookings.

Weekly refuse and recycling The big switch for the collection of waste will be split into two start dates 8th May and 12th June 2017. Residents will be informed of their start date which will also be accompanied with more roadshows prior to May.

N.B. – if you use the Kiln Lane Recycling Centre in order to obtain a 2017 car sticker it will be necessary for you to provide evidence of residency and identity on your first visit in 2017.

Tin foil – Chris Watts of 93 Albert Rd, Epsom continues to accept tin foil. Please help to support this good work and raise funds for Action Duchenne. Don’t forget Chris also makes bespoke greetings cards for the charity. 

Subscriptions – thank you all of you who have paid their subs of £3.00 for 2016 either by brown envelope, standing order or on line. If any of you have yet to pay the annual subscription, please do so as soon as possible. A bank mandate and details for online banking for 2017 subscription due on 1 April 2017 will published in the AGM Notice.

Keeping in touch – this bulletin is distributed to all those who have provided email addresses. 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. We would especially love some photos to add to this.

Facebook – 46 people have now visited our Facebook page and “liked” us. Do go and use this to put comments or pictures of the area on. Some Christmas photos would be good.

Twitter – this is quite active with 99 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 – Dec 2016

 

Merry Christmas to one and all – we wish you good health and happiness

First – here is the good news! The little pug dog that was lost from Alexandra Park on Wednesday 14 December has been found and is now reunited with his elderly owner. Since this was publicised on both social media and dogwatch pages a great many people have helped with the search for him and we are delighted with the result of everyone’s efforts! Thank you.

The not so good news is that burglars have been operating in the area, the latest was at mid-morning on Friday 16 December! There have been three burglaries in Higher Green, two in the last two weeks, and we would advise everyone to make sure their houses are well secured when going out and to turn on their burglar alarms if they have them, even if you are out for a short while. This is the report on the recent burglary which shows that we are being watched!

The intruders again appear to have climbed the side gate & then managed to force open a double-glazed window. Cash and gold jewellery of great sentimental value was stolen.”

If anyone noticed anybody hanging around or has any cctv please let us or the police know. It does seem that it is worth hiding cash & jewellery somewhere unlikely to be found.

Planning issues

Mill Road Development – we have no further news as to whether the developers are appealing against the decision to refuse permission for the change of use to HMO’s. It is understood that the number of students applying for places at UCA is down at the moment.

Upper High Street and the Old Dairy Crest Site – the refusal of the application for the redevelopment of the site to provide a mixed use development comprising a retail foodstore (Aldi), with 6 residential units above, with associated car parking has gone to appeal!

Chase Road, Epsom – This application for the demolition of the existing commercial vehicle hire business buildings and the replacement with 14 flats was refused.

Nescot development – discussions on the possibility of including future residents with those of Ewell Downs rather than within the new Nonsuch RA boundary will continue in the New Year.

There is still no news on the commencement of work on the Goodman Group care home.

Reigate Road – Nescot Roundabout – signage and lighting has been installed on the roundabout but the fence remains. We shall follow this up.

Organ Inn site on the London Road – there is a fresh application to permit the erection of a Class A1 convenience supermarket (Lidl) and associated parking, access, servicing and landscaping on this site. This is a modification of the previous plans. The reference is 16/00933/FUL and is pending consideration – there are already multiple objections.

The Star Ewell Village – there is no positive news on a buyer as yet.

Barclays Bank Ewell site – the opening of the Costa Coffee shop is anticipated in the very near future.

37 and 37a Cheam Road – the application for the demolition of existing two dwellings on site and the erection of a new four-storey building to provide 17 flats and associated parking to the rear was refused.

Wallace Fields Infant school floodlighting – following concerns from residents, we contacted the school as the recently installed floodlighting was blinding traffic coming from Wallace Fields to Higher Green requesting that the angle of the lights was lowered to reflect on the playground and not the road and that the lights were on a timer as they had been on all night in some instances. This has been done, although the angle of the lighting could be better. We will follow this up if it is still concerning.

Traffic and roads

Street Lighting – from 1 December 2016, Surrey County Council has implemented a part-night lighting policy which will see street lights in many residential areas in Surrey switched off between midnight and 5am each night. There are some exceptions to this, such as locations where public transport continues beyond midnight – here, lights can either be switched off later in the morning or be left on. RA Councillors can take up issues raised by residents and County Councillors John Beckett and Eber Kington have already asked that SCC changes the time of part-night street lighting in the roads around Ewell East, Stoneleigh and Worcester Park stations where trains arrive later than midnight.

In addition there is the right for residents to challenge a decision to include a road in the scheme, information on which can be found by clicking on the link below.

https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/road-maintenance-and-cleaning/street-lights-traffic-signals-and-signs/street-lights/part-night-street-lighting/reviews-process-for-part-night-lighting

However it is important to note that SCC seems determined to maintain this policy. It has already been introduced it in Guildford, Surrey Heath and Waverley, and the plan is to introduce it across the whole County in early 2017. In introducing it they have undertaken safety audits of the roads with Surrey Police who have agreed the schedule of roads for part-night lighting.

East Street road alterations – we are pressing for this but have been warned of budget constraints!

Plan E improvement works we believe this improvement works to the roads and public spaces in Epsom town centre is still planned to start in January 2017. Some delays have occurred whilst Surrey County Council and Epsom & Ewell Borough Council have sought ways of balancing the needs of all town centre users, and not cause disruption during the build-up to the festive season.

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.

Epsom Core Strategy – The Core Strategy sets the overall planning framework for the Borough and contains a number of key strategic policies. We shall publicise this further in January.

LOCAL MATTERS AND EVENTS

Bourne Hall Lake – anyone visiting the lake to feed the ducks and other birdlife are being asked not to bring bread as this encourages the rats. Please feed the birds with lettuces, corn and even sprouts which are much better for their health and digestion.

Events in 2017 – we are receiving advance notice of several events in 2017 and these will be publicised in the January issue. In the meantime however there is one important concert in January:

Epsom College Choral Society – this annual concert will take place on Sunday 22 January with a full orchestra and soloists at 7.30 pm. All welcome.

Weekly refuse and recycling – there are changes to refuse collection and recycling in Epsom & Ewell. The Council will collect refuse and recycling bins every week from spring 2017, making the process simpler, easier and more cost effective.

As part of the changes, the Council will also switch residents’ green and black bins. The larger green bin will become the recycling bin and the black bin will become the refuse bin. Glass will still be collected separately, on a weekly basis, while garden waste and leaves will be collected fortnightly by subscription. For more information please visit www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk.

Tin foil – Chris Watts of 93 Albert Rd, Epsom continues to accept tin foil. Please help to support this good work and raise funds for Action Duchenne. Don’t forget Chris also makes bespoke greetings cards for the charity. 

Subscriptions – thank you all of you who have paid their subs of £3.00 either by brown envelope, standing order or on line. If any of you have yet to pay the annual subscription, please do so as soon as possible. A bank mandate and details for online banking were published in the AGM Notice. Please let us have your views on this. – AEDR Committee.

Keeping in touch – this bulletin is distributed to all those who have provided email addresses. 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. We would especially love some photos to add to this.

Facebook – 46 people have now visited our Facebook page and “liked” us. Do go and use this to put comments or pictures of the area on. Some Christmas photos would be good.

Twitter – this is quite active with 99 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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