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!
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.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.ewellhortassn.co.uk
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 email@example.com. 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:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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