Ewell Downs News Bulletin – Sep 2020

Well now that schools are back again, is that a step towards the new normality?  It seems that it’s inch by inch to avoid a second wave and we are sure that you are all doing your bit to help prevent this.  There was no bulletin in August but a few important matters have been dealt with during that month and here is a roundup for your information.

Before any Coronavirus updates, here is an important message about the future of Surrey

Residents Against Surrey Single Unitary

KEEP local decisions in the hands of local people. 

In July 2020 Surrey County Council confirmed it has been developing plans to abolish Surrey’s 11 Borough and District councils and develop a single Unitary Council for Surrey’s 1.2 million residents. This would mean the end of Epsom & Ewell Borough Council.

A new campaign, Residents Against Surrey Single Unitary has been established on a pan-Surrey basis, because the approach to date has not been open or fair. Residents of Surrey are not being properly consulted. Many residents will be concerned and want to take action. There are currently over 2,250 signatories and you have until 4 March 2021 to sign but don’t delay and visit the site shown below to find out more.

Find out more: https://rassu.org.uk/

There is a petition to sign against the idea of a single unitary if you share our view that this is a development that needs to be resisted. Let SCC know how you feel! And Chris Grayling.

This is a battle for local democracy and residents’ voices need to be heard. Please share.

Coronavirus – COVID – 19 – https://www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/coronavirus

Again there is little change to the information given in the July Bulletin so I will not repeat this.  Anyone who did not receive the Bulletin and wishes to look these up, please go to our website – www.ewelldownsra.org

Just to let you know there are currently 351 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Epsom & Ewell (previously 333) bringing its infection rate to 5% and 814 confirmed cases in Reigate and Banstead (previously 765). Sutton saw its rate rise from 2.4% to 6.8 after recording 14 new cases and Kingston upon Thames continued the trend in the south west, recording 22 new cases and rise in infection rates to 12.4%. Croydon’s also rose from 3.9 to 6.5 cases per 100,000 with 25 new cases.  Richmond currently has the highest level of new cases in south London, with a rate of infection of 17.7, up from 10.1 last week following 22 new cases in seven days. No more deaths with coronavirus have been reported by trusts operating in and around Surrey, with the total remaining at 1,198 since the start of the pandemic.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance gives information on what you can and can’t do published by the Government.

To keep you updated locally:- 

Waste and recycling

Many residents have raised concerns about the length of time they have had to wait in the queue for the tip, with tempers rising in the extreme heat we had recently.  Following contact with our Surrey County Councillor, John Beckett, the following reply was received from Natalie Bramhall, Cabinet Member for Environment & Climate Change at SCC:-

“It has certainly been very busy at Epsom with long queues on Thursday and Friday last week and a large queue when the site opened Monday morning, though less busy over the weekend.

We have had a few complaints over the last week, including an email from a number of the businesses on the estate complaining about the impact of the queues over the past 2-3 months preventing customers and deliveries accessing their business and suggesting we adopt a reservation system.

As you are aware the change to a 5 day a week working at the Epsom site was made on 8th January 2018 as part of a programme to create efficiencies in the operation of the CRC’s, the site has in fact been closed on a Tuesday and Wednesday since that date and it is only since we re-opened the site on 11 May that it has been restored to 7 day per week working. The site has also always closed at 4pm, although this was extended for a period of time when we first reopened the sites after lockdown. As I have already alluded to in my email yesterday the change to opening hours was communicated via our website, social media and with signage outside the site. The site continues to open for an extra hour on Saturday and Sunday (8am instead of 9am).

That said, there is clearly a problem that we need to address, for the immediate time we will get the marshals in again on Thursday and Friday this week to assist with traffic flow and access to businesses. We will also ask the marshals to work the queue and suggest that anybody joining the end of a long queue might want to go to the Leatherhead site instead. The weekend is generally less busy so we will not have the marshals cover the weekend.”

It is a great shame that SCC cannot react to public demand and show leadership for something that would benefit its residents!

The EEBC webpage on Current services at the tip advises:-

Please note due to social distancing on site there can still be heavy traffic queues for the tip. We advise you to go only if it is essential.

Surrey County Council’s Community Recycling Centre (‘the tip’) in Blenheim Road is currently open as follows:

  1. Monday OPEN 8am – 4pm
  2. TUESDAY SHUT
  3. WEDNESDAY SHUT
  4. Thursday OPEN 8am – 4pm
  5. Friday OPEN 8am – 4pm
  6. Saturday and Sunday OPEN 8am – 4pm

Please note the capacity of the tip is currently reduced, meaning that it can only accept certain things:

YES – CAN BE ACCEPTED Before you travel check Surrey County Council’s website for full details of what you can take to the tip NO – CANNOT BE ACCEPTED Chargeable waste (soil, rubble, plasterboard or tyres): this is due to payment-related operational issues Textiles: this is due to the continued closure of Surrey County Council’s textile recycler. Weekly kerbside textiles collections Asbestos: this is due to social distancing restrictions meaning that not all waste containers can yet be activated

Due to social distancing staff will not be able to assist you in unloading your vehicle, including white goods. So only bring to the site what you can carry yourself.

Social distancing rules will remain in place. This will limit how many cars can visit at any time, and reduce the through-flow of cars by around 75% compared to normal at this time of year. As a result, traffic management may be in place. Expect significant queues and only visit the tip if it is essential.

Residents using a van, pick-up or trailer will be able to visit the tip again but, as normal, will still need a van permit.

Please note that the tip is operated by Surrey County Council, to whom any queries should be directed.

It is worth noting that Epsom and Ewell Borough Council has urged the public to recycle after 11.5 tonnes of contaminated waste was rejected.

The load of waste featured sanitary products, nappies and food, causing the materials recycling facility to reject it.

This is the equivalent of almost two of its four collection rounds. Councillor Neil Dallen, chair of the environment and safe communities committee with the council, said: “It’s unfortunate. A few months ago, we did a campaign [called] ‘right thing, right bin ’ – in other words, put your recycling rubbish in your recycling bin. It seemed to be going extremely well. To get a load rejected and burnt instead of recycled is disappointing.”

As the campaign explains, placing non-recyclable rubbish in green bins means it has to be sorted and disposed of, potentially resulting in full loads of recycling being rejected, which is even more expensive than simply putting non-recyclable rubbish in the black bin to begin with.

Council venues

Bourne Hall – part closed – Ewell Library is open for ‘click and collect’ and book drop only. The rest of the venue, including museum, café and toilets remain closed.

Epsom Farmers’ Market and Epsom Vegan Market have started up again with a different look.  The next one will be on Sunday 4 October from 9.30 to 1.30.

Farmers Markets can offer extremely good value for money – ours do! More often than not you will actually pay less at one of our Surrey Markets than you would at a major supermarket for a similar item.  Surrey Farmers’ Markets offer delicious, fresh and seasonal produce including:

Fresh Meat – Award winning bacon, Beef, Pork, Lamb, sausages’

Poultry

Eggs

Fish & Seafood (even live lobsters can be provided to order)

Seasonal Vegetables and Herbs

Freshly baked Breads to suit all tastes

Fabulous Cheeses

Mouth-watering savoury pies

Local fruit juices

Seasonal plants for your garden

Game

Cakes, Cookies and Brownies

Hand Carved Wood

For more information please contact us on the following details:

Tel: 07984 559292
Email: andy@surreymarkets.co.uk Twitter: @surreymarkets

Plans for new repair café in Epsom with sustainability and reducing waste at its core

Councillors from the Epsom and Ewell area are setting up a new eco-friendly café

Nigel Collin and Phil Neale (the café founders alongside Cllr Neil Dallen) at Epsom Methodist Church, the site of their future café.  Councillors are looking to introduce a new repair café in Epsom town centre. The café, based on successful models across the country and the world, will be based in the Youth Hall of the Epsom Methodist Church, with a planned opening date of January 2021. It will be a registered charity, opening on a Saturday every month for four hours, and it will be free to participate.

“Everyone I’ve mentioned it to, whether residents or other councillors, seem very positive about the idea,” says Phil Neale, one of the people masterminding the scheme, alongside fellow Epsom councillors Neil Dallen and Nigel Collin.

Climate change has long been a focus for the borough council, and Cllr Neale hopes it can take its place at the top of the agenda as town centres look to get back to normal following the peak of the coronavirus pandemic.

He says: “Sadly with Covid, our discussions have all been on Zoom, but it doesn’t stop us from preparing for setting it up.

“What we’re looking for is some good news. We know everyone is under extreme stress and financial problems and this is an ideal initiative, to encourage the borough to open up, as Covid hopefully relaxes.”

The popularity of BBC programme The Repair Shop, which first aired in 2017, was also a big motivation behind the project.

They are looking for a kickstarter grant to help get the project under way, hoping to work in a similar way to the Farnham branch, where the public can bring their broken products in for volunteer repairers to work on.

It also looks at teaching people the know-how to repair things themselves, which Cllr Neale says can be financially beneficial as well as reducing waste.

He says: “This will be a very proactive project, [volunteers] will be showing them how to do it, not just saying here’s the job, here’s the bill.”

Surrey County Council figures for 2018/2019 show that on average, 57.3% of the 89,463 tonnes of household waste collected was recycled at Surrey’s community recycling centres. That still however leaves more than 38,000 tonnes that is not recycled, almost 4,000 tonnes of which are from the Epsom Blenheim Road recycling centre.

Cllr Collin says the scheme seeks to mend their community: “As a founder, I am excited about this community project which reduces landfill, saves residents’ money and fits with the sustainability sought by Epsom and Ewell Borough Council’s climate change agenda.”

The councillors are looking for volunteers to help run the shop. Anyone who is interested in lending their fixing expertise can contact Cllr Neale through his councillor contact details.

Epsom Car Boot Sales

Hook Road Arena Car Boot Sale

Held: every Sunday. Runs From: March to November. Small vans £12, transit size £20, Luton size £30. Buyers 50p after 0830. Bank Holiday Monday car boot sales are massive. Huge free car parks, good food, toilets, bouncy castles, ice cream, security, lost child procedure. Fruit, bread, farm, plant and home-made stalls. Very well run. Always check http://www.hookcarbootsale.com for dates and weather postponements (or call 07788132977). Seller Arrival: 7.00am Buyer Arrival: 07.30am.

Priest Hill Outdoor Car Boot SalePriest Hill, Banstead Road, East Ewell. Website www.surreycarbootsale.com

Held: every Saturday and will continue until 19 September Cars £10, small vans £15, large vans/Luton vans £20. Buyer fee £1 before 8:30, 50p after. Kids under 12 free. Seller Arrival: 7.00am Buyer Arrival: 7.00am.

Epsom and Ewell Local Plan 2017-2037: A New Local Plan

The Council is preparing a new Local Plan to strengthen our borough’s future, while also delivering new homes, jobs, improved transport and green spaces. Formed in consultation with residents, the new Local Plan will put in place a clear strategy to bring investment, growth and prosperity to the borough. It will also set out strong guidance about the type of growth we expect to see, protecting the borough from ad hoc and inappropriate development. Our new Local Plan will cover the period to 2037.

We are developing a new Local Plan which will ensure that Epsom and Ewell continues to evolve as a modern market borough, which offers a special and unique place for people to live, work, learn and enjoy themselves.

The borough’s previous Local Plan and related strategies were successful in helping to mould the borough into the welcoming and successful place that it is today.  The new Local Plan will have a similar role, responding to the latest challenges we face as a borough and listening to the views of local people to help shape an even better future for decades to come.

Getting Involved

More information on the Local Plan and how you can submit your views can be found on our new dedicated website: www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/localplan

To keep up to date on progress with our Local Plan, register by emailing your details to: localplan@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Planning issues

Ewell Bus Gate proposal cancelled – many of you will have been aware of a letter from Surrey County Council regarding Emergency Covid 19 Active Travel Measures in Ewell village and the installation of a Bus Gate. There was tremendous opposition to this and here is what Nick Healey of SCC wrote:-

“We have received a high level of feedback from the local community regarding this particular scheme.  The majority of the feedback opposed to the proposed scheme to introduce a temporary bus gate in the High Street.  This would have prevented drivers using Ewell Village as a through route, and would have resulted in a substantial reduction in traffic in Ewell Village.  Nevertheless we understand residents’ concerns including the possibility of traffic diverting along routes through residential areas as well as the lack of local consultation due to the time factors the Government associated with this type of scheme. We did however also receive a considerable amount of correspondence supporting the scheme or at least the idea of reducing traffic through the village.

From the outset the local Councillors have been listening to all the views expressed to them and have been working behind the scenes with Surrey County Council (SCC) to try and resolve as many of issues as possible which were brought to their attention.

Due to the fast moving nature of the project and the restrictive timescales, it has not always been possible to quickly update local residents.

We have therefore reviewed all of the feedback with County Cllr John Beckett, and it has been decided that we will not implement the scheme as it currently stands.

The feedback we have received has confirmed a desire to improve Ewell Village and so we will continue to engage with local stakeholders through Surrey County Council’s Local Committee for Epsom & Ewell.  It is possible that this may result in a different scheme being proposed in due course.  Please note there is no guarantee that funding would be available to promote an alternative scheme.

BACKGROUND

The background to this is that the Government has asked Highway Authorities to develop and deliver schemes to assist with social distancing, and to promote active travel (cycling and walking).  The Government is expecting Highways Authorities to take road capacity away from motorists and reallocate this for other modes of transport.  For example in Farnham town centre SCC have narrowed roads and widened pavements to provide more space for pedestrians to assist with social distancing and promote active travel. If you are interested there is more information about this on our website here:  www.ourroads.today/activetravel

The Government is encouraging Highway Authorities across the country to be radical, and we appreciate that this will cause concern for local communities.

Nevertheless we would like to implement schemes that are supported by local communities wherever possible, and to listen to any feedback that we receive when developing and implementing these schemes. We have heard clearly that the majority of the local community in Ewell Village does not want the proposed scheme to go ahead in its current form.

A number of people have asked why we have not consulted the community in the way that we normally would.  This is because the timetable set by the Government to deliver the first tranche of schemes was eight weeks from the date when funding was announced.  This did not give us time to undertake the kind of comprehensive consultation we would normally do.  Instead we have tried to use local networks to let as many people as possible know what we were considering, and thereby give as many people as possible the opportunity to respond.

If you have any further queries please could you direct them to highways@surreycc.gov.uk

Yours sincerely,

Nick Healey

Area Highway Manager

Surrey County Council

Ewell Village Residents Association supported SCC’s final decision to discontinue the proposed scheme. One positive to have emerged is the rise in public interest in trying to find a solution to Ewell’s traffic and high street business problems. This includes a WhatsApp group called “Ewell Village for Change” which has 45 participants. The group realises that something needs to be done about the traffic situation in Ewell and feel that working with EVRA may be the way to get action.  Do go and join this and be proactive with any suggestions you may have,

Coronavirus Planning Service Update

The Planning Service is continuing to receive Planning and Building Applications.  We are providing the service of registering and processing applications so that our officers can continue to deliver our statutory services while working from home.  Where necessary we have modified our processes to make this possible.  You may wish to continue to progress your planning or building matter, make applications or seek pre-application advice.  The majority of decisions are undertaken under delegated authority, and for those matters we are endeavouring to provide a business as usual service. 

Meetings will be held virtually using video and audio conference technology and will be open to the press and public to attend as observers either online or by telephone. There is also continued provision for the public to contribute to the meeting in accordance with our scheme for public speaking.

Details on how to log in or listen to the Planning Committee meeting on the telephone can be accessed on the front sheet of the committee agenda published elsewhere on this website – planning committee.

A Planning Committee meeting was held on Thursday 3 September and a Special Planning Committee meeting is to be held on Wednesday 23 September at 7.30 pm.  The items on the Agenda have yet to be published. 

Project Downs Farm (Reigate Road) – this project appears to be raising its head again although we have been unable to get more information on its validity.  There are concerns with the Government lines on planning that this area of Greenbelt will be under attack and residents should be mindful of this fact.

The Dandara website comments “This 110 acre Greenbelt site is being promoted jointly by Dandara and the landowners through the Local Plan process with a view of securing a residential led allocation.”

This is the area concerned:-

Woodcote Grove, Ashley Road – (19/00999/FUL and 19/00998/LBA) Development of 98 apartments/dwellings, including conversion of the Grade II* Listed Woodcote Grove and Grade II Listed Stable Block, with parking, access, landscaping and other associated works, following the demolition of the existing reprographics centre and conference centre (Listed Building Consent). It went before the Planning Committee on 23 July but a decision was deferred pending additional information.

London Road – old Organ and Dragon Inn site – (20/01079/FUL) Construction of a three to six storey building comprising 45 flats (Use Class C3) with associated car and cycle parking, refuse storage and ancillary works. This planning application was validated on 4 August and there have to date been 61 objections. The proposed housing building works, which will provide 45 residential units, being between three and six storeys, forming an L-shape from a bird’s eye view. There will be 21 one-bed units, 15 two-bed units and nine three-bed units, with a percentage of affordable housing still to be confirmed. The development does seem to dwarf the existing area’s housing as well as having parking and traffic issues. The artist impression is shown below.

Reigate Road roundabout – we are delighted to see that the offending fence panel near the new Nescot roundabout has been removed and the greenery tidied up.  We have contacted Nescot to ask who carried out this work so that we can thank them!

1 Higher Green (19/00758/FUL) The Construction Transport Management Plan has been published and does not appear to protect the residents and the school children as far as highway safety is concerned as much as we would have liked so a previous draft letter to the developer has been revised and will be sent. 

North Looe Estate (170 Reigate Road)(19/01593/FUL) proposed change of use of the land and buildings for a Dog Day-care centre.  This rumbles on!

Guild Living at rear of Epsom Hospital (19/01722/FUL)| demolition of redundant hospital buildings and redevelopment of the site to provide a new care community for older people arranged in two buildings. There are well over 600 objections including the Epsom Civic Society and reports continue to be filed but no decision yet. 

7 Station Approach Stoneleigh – (19/00668/FUL) application for the demolition of existing buildings on site and erection of a part 6, part 7 storey building providing 23 residential flats with associated communal roof terrace, cycle and refuse stores.  Despite amendments to the original plans, objections continue to be received and total well in excess of 1,000 with letters addressed to Chris Grayling as well as the Planning Department.   This application is expected to be considered on the 8 October planning committee. 

Development Site at 24-28 West Street Epsom – (19/01021/FUL) there is still no news on this application for the demolition of the existing building and construction of a new part 9, part 11 and part 13 storey building. There are almost 5,000 objections to this including ones from Historic England and the Civic Society. 

The Police Station and Ambulance Station sites in Church Street Epsom  (19/01589/FUL) the application for a retirement development in Epsom by McCarthy & Stone which will include a mix of 19 one bedroom and 41 two bedroom “Extra Care” Retirement Living with associated communal facilities, parking and landscaping following the demolition of the existing buildings is awaiting a decision.  There are over 200 objections, including that from the Civic Society.

The Star 2 Cheam Road Ewell – A new tenant has moved into the commercial premises on the lower floor of the Star, 31 High Street, Ewell. The Burghwood Clinic, which specialises in the treatment of allergies, had previously operated in Banstead for many years. The clinic was obliged to look for a new home when its former site was sold for redevelopment and has leased the ground floor area of the former Star. Some flat remain for sale.

22-24 Dorking Road Epsom – (19/01365/FUL) Demolition of existing houses and erection of a part two, part three storey building with rooms in the roof and basement providing 20 flats. Basement parking for cars and cycles. Bins stores and associated hard and soft landscaping including new boundary walls and railings. Planning committee refused the application on the grounds of its density and impact on surrounding area, as well as the implications for parking and highways.

Extraordinary Meeting, Council – held on Tuesday, 14th July, 2020 7.30 pm

Electoral Review – The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has notified the Council of its intention to carry out an electoral review of the Council. The review will consider the total number of councillors on the Council, and then review the numbers and boundaries of electoral divisions within the Council. We have yet to be advised of the outcome.

From our Surrey County Councillor – John Beckett – please see our July bulletin for additional details on unitary concerns and the Boundary Commission issues.

With John’s help we have been dealing with the following:-

THE CHALK PIT, COLLEGE ROAD, EPSOM

Following information from Steve Gebbett, the road rep for part of Longdown Lane North, that what appears to be major works are currently being undertaken to expand operations at the Green Belt aggregate waste transfer site, contact was made with EEBC Enforcement Officer, SCC Planning department and all the Borough and Surrey Councillors for our area as well as Epsom College. A large vehicle Weighbridge could, of course, mean many more heavy lorry movements down Longdown Lane North, as they inevitably take a short cut to the Chalk Pit, but the main threat is the environmental one of escalating dust and noise in the atmosphere if they get away with more aggregate crushing and screening on the site, which will be a nightmare for affected residents.

As none of the residents have been given consultative notice of any planning development application for this expansion, Steve’s purpose in writing was to ask if indeed a planning application has been submitted and approved, before these excavations and structures went ahead. To be clear, our objection is not to the waste transfer itself which is presumably licenced,(although heavy lorry movements may now become a real issue) but we fear an increasingly blind eye is being turned to the devastatingly impactful waste processing/crushing/screening on site, which has led rise to many complaints over the years. We do not think the Chalk Pit is officially included in the Surrey Waste Plan as a strategic centre, lying as it does in both a Green Belt and residential area, just 200 metres or so from the student accommodation at Epsom College. As such aggregate processing, with its intrusive noise and dust generation, is manifestly unsuitable on this site. 

There appear to be two issues here:-

  1. In reply to his request for information John Beckett was informed that there was a “Vehicle Operators’ Licence variation application in your division, notification of which has been received from the Office of the Traffic Commissioner (London and the South East of England). The variation application appeared in the Applications and Decisions publication dated 3rd September 2020, and therefore any formal objection by the County Council will need to be made by 24th September 2020.” It appears that this variation increases the number of vehicles from the current 10 to 15 and John has sent the attached letter to Paul Druce, Infrastructure Agreements & CIL Manager, Community Protection, Transport and Environment Directorate at Surrey County Council:-

“There have been several licenses granted over the last couple of years for this location and I am now wondering if the site has reach or is reaching capacity especially with this latest application. Without our a clear understanding of how many vehicles / journeys are already taking place at this site and its current capacity it would be difficult to come to a conclusion.

I have also received several complaints after the last license was granted that here was extra noise and dirt (especially on the public highway) from the site.

Unless there are assurances I would have to object on the following 2 grounds.

  1. the capacity of the site to accommodate the vehicles for which application is made;
  2. adverse environmental impact caused in the vicinity of the site by the use of the site as an operating centre – this can include noise, dust or visual intrusion caused by the use of, or maintenance, loading and unloading of authorised vehicles at or in the vicinity of the operating centre”

Further information can be obtained from the following website:- https://www.gov.uk/being-a-goods-vehicle-operator 

This is an important issue and we would encourage you to add your comments to the application: – OK1017831 SN   

CENTRAL WASTE SERVICES LTD.  

The second issue is the Infrastructure developments and here Steve has been advised that:-

  1. James Nolan, Planning Officer, who is the current monitoring officer for the permitted waste sites in the Chalk Pit carried out an inspection on 27 August 2020. Matters arising out of that visit and the planning status of the development which has been undertaken, and is being undertaken, at the site are being followed up with the operator NJB Recycling Limited. The development does not have planning permission and James will respond to you separately about the position and actions following the site inspection. 
  2. A reply from James Nolan states as there is no planning application we cannot comment on it, but the Residents Association will be given a chance to comment when he gets a new planning application from the operator, NJM Recycling Ltd. 

We will keep you posted on these issues and watch out for developments.

John also raises the issue regarding housing targets for Epsom & Ewell.  His article should be read in conjunction with the two from The Times Housing Algorithm dated 25.8.20 and 27.8.20:-

The Government’s Requirement on House Building in Epsom and Ewell

Following the 10 yearly Census in 2011, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has issued two-yearly updated projections for the growth in the number of households for each local authority area.

The 2014 projections for Epsom and Ewell showed that the number of households would increase by 8,027 between 2018 and 2038 and the Government has been using this base-line housing figure to require the Borough Council to ensure that 579 additional homes per year are built in the borough, despite the lack of available brown field sites and the importance placed on protecting the green belt.

When ONS published their updated 2016 projections for growth in households this showed a significant reduction in the projected growth in households for Epsom and Ewell and this would have led to a significantly lower housing requirement for the borough of 380 homes per year.

Then in July the ONS published a further 2018 update for the projected growth in households. This showed a further significant reduction in the growth in households which would have resulted in a housing requirement of just 215 homes required per annum.

Given this Government’s recent regular comments about being “guided by the facts” it would seem to be only right and reasonable for the Government to announce a total rethink of each planning authority’s (council’s) housing target and base them on the most up to-date data.  However it has consistently refused to do this, which your Residents’ Association councillors have long argued is unreasonable and totally unjustified.

The Government’s White Paper on Planning and Local Plans

In August however the Government published proposals to change the basis of calculation for each local authority’s housing target.  While the Government do appear be using the latest 2018 ONS household projections data in their proposals, they have decided to give much greater weight to “affordability” in the calculation.   

Unfortunately, Epsom and Ewell is one of the least affordable places in Surrey for housing (calculated by comparing local average house prices with local average salaries).  It seems that the Government believes that by increasing the supply of homes in places like Epsom and Ewell, affordability will also improve through a fall in house prices.

As a result of this manipulation of the formulae by the Government, Epsom and Ewell borough council would actually end up with an even higher housing target of over 600 new homes per annum.

So Epsom and Ewell residents are being unfairly treated despite the fact that:

  1. Using the latest ONS figures in the Government’s current formulae, the borough’s need for housing is just 215 homes per annum
  2. The borough does not have the capacity to build over 600 homes a year up to 2038 as has been proposed by the Government, because of the lack brown field sites and with over 42% green belt land
  3. Very few other areas of the country are being penalised in this way, but many others have the land available to build new homes
  4. Building houses in those numbers up to 2038 will radically and adversely change the character of our borough.

If you oppose these Government plans (they are, at the moment, proposals) please write to Chris Grayling MP as soon as possible calling on him to get his Government to base the housing requirement for Epsom and Ewell on the independent 2018 ONS household projections and using the current formulae.  This would result in a more reasonable requirement of 215 new homes per annum.

Chris Grayling can be contacted at chris.grayling.mp@parliament.uk or c/o 212 Barnett Wood Lane Ashtead KT21 2DB

Events – back again slowly!

Guided walk at Langley Vale Wood 10 September 10:30 am – 12:30 pm – Our popular guided walks at Langley Vale Wood are back for 2020! Langley Vale Wood is one of the Woodland Trust’s First World War Centenary Woods near Epsom, Surrey. We have a variety of walks for you to choose from, including dawn chorus and butterfly-themed walks.

Near Epsom, nestled between London and the M25, Langley Vale Wood is one of the Woodland Trust’s four First World War Centenary Woods. The rumble of the modern world slowly fades away as you walk into the valleys surrounding you. With pockets of ancient woodland, diverse and fascinating wildlife and flora, and stunning views over the rolling hills of the North Downs you’re in for a treat visiting this exciting landscape.

Our knowledgeable volunteers will lead you on a walk where you’ll learn about the role the landscape played in the First World War and hear about the exciting improvements for wildlife as the site transforms from an intensive farm into a mosaic of woodland and grassland – a peaceful haven for wildlife and people to enjoy. Suitable for families, although bear in mind the amount of walking and stopping for discussions if you have younger children with you.  Dogs on leads welcome. Booking essential at https://woodlandtrusttickets.cloudvenue.co.uk/guidedwalkslvw

All walks are 2 hours in duration and booking is essential. On-site parking is arranged for the walks; directions and a map will be emailed to you within 2 weeks of your booked event. £6 per adult, £3 per child (under 16).

Ewell Horticultural Association Autumn Show – Saturday 19 September 2020 from 2.30 to 4.30pm at  lenheim High School, Longmead Road, Epsom KT19 9BH, fully accessible venue. Free Admission – all welcome, free parking, a raffle plus refreshments with delicious homemade cakes. Displays of mellow late summer flowers, home grown vegetables, cookery, floral art, bulbs plus ‘bring & buy’ plants

Coronavirus cancels London’s Winter Wonderland 2020 – with stolen and mince pies now available at Sainsburys it is sad news that Winter Wonderland is cancelled. The organisers state “London’s Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park has been cancelled “with a heavy heart” after the repercussions of Covid-19 spread to Christmas.”

Priest Hill Nature Reserve – please note that barbecues are not permitted on this site.  It is a beautiful area that we should all be able to enjoy, especially with the abundance of wild flowers and wildlife at the moment, so please take your littler home and do not run the risk of random fires destroying the area during the dry weather.

Watering trees – on the basis that lots of new trees are to be planted in the area, may we please ask that if one is close to your house and the weather is hot and sunny, that you take a watering can of water to keep the tree alive.  This all helps enhance our surroundings and won’t be too onerous! Many thanks.

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 – July 2020

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How are you all? We do hope that you are well and dealing with the lightening up of the lockdown in an ordered way – the last thing we need is a second wave!

Here is an update on matters local to help:

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Coronavirus – COVID -19

There is little change to the information given in the June Bulletin so I will not repeat these. Anyone who did not receive the Bulletin and wishes to look these up, please go to our website – www.ewelldownsra.org

Just to let you know there are currently 333 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Epsom & Ewell compared to 765 in Reigate and Banstead, 999 in Sutton and 738 in Kingston, with 275 deaths over the two hospitals Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust. It is important to remember that Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the WHO, has warned that the pandemic has still not reached its peak and the virus is not under control “in most of the world”. It is therefore very important that we all continue to take great care and follow government guidelines.

This are some excerpts of the latest information on what you can and can’t do published by the Government:

The government has published guidance on staying alert and staying safe outside your home. This page sets out key FAQs to cover the next set of changes planned from 11 July.

1. Gatherings, public spaces, and activities

1.1 What can I do that I couldn’t do before?

The UK Government is continuing to ease restrictions in a manner that is safe, cautious and consistent with our plan.

This means that from 11 July:

  • you can participate in team and other grassroots sports where the sports’ governing body has issued guidance on how to do so safely

  • outdoor swimming pools and outdoor water parks can open

  • outdoor performances in front of a live audience and indoor rehearsals can take place in COVID-19 secure venues. Indoor rehearsals and indoor performances for broadcast should only happen where no audience is present

  • smaller-scale indoor performances can be piloted in COVID-19 Secure venues once approved by the government

From 13 July:

  • close contact services, such as nail bars, salons, tanning booths, spas, massage parlours, tattoo parlours and body piercing studios, can open. Only services that do not involve work in the highest risk zone – directly in front of the face – should be made available to clients, in line with government guidance.

And from 25 July:

  • sports facilities and venues, including such as indoor gyms, fitness and dance studios, indoor swimming pools and indoor water parks, will open – subject to evidence closer to the time

As was already the case, in terms of seeing friends and family, you can:

  • meet in groups of up to two households (anyone in your support bubble counts as one household) in any location – public or private, indoors or outdoors. You do not always have to meet with the same household – you can meet with different households at different times. However, it remains the case – even inside someone’s home – that you should socially distance from anyone not in your household or bubble. This change also does not affect the support you receive from your carers

  • continue to meet outdoors in groups of up to six people from different households, following social distancing guidelines

  • stay overnight away from your home with your own household or support bubble, or with members of one other household

It remains the case that you should not:

  • socialise indoors in groups of more than two households (anyone in your support bubble counts as one household) – this includes when dining out or going to the pub

  • socialise outdoors in a group of more than six people from different households; gatherings larger than six should only take place if everyone is from exclusively from two households or support bubbles

  • interact socially with anyone outside the group you are attending a place with, even if you see other people you know, for example, in a restaurant, community centre or place of worship

  • hold or attend celebrations (such as parties) where it is difficult to maintain social distancing

  • stay overnight away from your home with members of more than one other household (your support bubble counts as one household)

  • You should only be socialising in groups of up to two households indoors and outdoors or up to six people from different households outdoors.

It is against the law for gatherings of more than 30 people to take place in private homes (including gardens and other outdoor spaces). Businesses and venues following COVID-19 Secure guidelines can host larger groups provided they comply with the law. This can include weddings and funerals (which we advise should be limited to no more than 30 people), religious ceremonies and services, community activities and support groups. If attending a place or event that is following COVID-19 Secure guidelines, you should take care to limit your interactions with anyone outside of your group and you should continue to maintain social distancing from those that you do not live with. It is critical that you follow these guidelines to keep both yourself and others safe.

1.3 What businesses are reopening?

Many businesses and venues are now permitted to reopen and are expected to follow COVID-19 Secure guidelines. From 11 July and 13 July, further businesses will be permitted to open.

From 11 July:

  • outdoor swimming pools

  • outdoor water parks

From 13 July:

  • nail bars and salons

  • tanning booths and salons

  • spas, and beauty salons

  • massage parlours

  • tattoo parlours

  • body piercing services

This in addition to the businesses opened on 4 July:

  • hotels, hostels, bed and breakfast accommodation, holiday apartments or homes, cottages or bungalows, campsites, caravan parks or boarding houses

  • places of worship

  • libraries

  • community centres

  • restaurants, cafes, workplace canteens, bars, pubs that are self-contained and can be accessed from the outside

  • hair salons and barbers, including mobile businesses

  • cinemas

  • theatres and concert halls

  • funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities such as go-karting, laser tag and paintballing

  • outdoor gyms and playgrounds

  • museums and galleries

  • bingo halls

  • outdoor skating rinks

  • amusement arcades and other entertainment centres, such as snooker halls

  • model villages

  • social clubs

  • indoor attractions at aquariums, zoos, safari parks, farms, wildlife centres and any place where animals are exhibited to the public as an attraction

  • indoor and outdoor areas of visitor attractions including, gardens, heritage sites, film studios and landmarks

1.25 Can I play sport outside?

From 11 July, you will be able to play team sport in any number if this is formally organised by a sports club or similar organisation and sports-governing body guidance has been issued. You should only be playing team sports where the relevant governing body has published guidance on how to do so safely. For example, the English Cricket Board has published guidance here. If you are playing one of these sports informally, such as in the park or a private garden, there must should be no more than 30 people involved (including participants, coaches, umpires, spectators). If you are playing one of these sports informally, such as in the park or a private garden, there must be no more than 30 people involved (including participants, coaches, umpires, spectators).

Team sports that do not have approved guidance should not be played. Instead, people should train together and take part in activities such as conditioning or fitness sessions in groups of no more than six people (outdoors) or two households (in any setting). You should socially distance from people you do not live with.

At all times, you should comply with COVID-19 Secure measures and limit social interaction outside of the sporting activity.

Go to https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do for additional information.

Waste and recycling

Coronavirus – Community Recycling update

Your kerbside collections

All kerbside collections are running normally.

Join our garden waste recycling serviceBook a bulky waste collection.

Current services at the tip

Surrey County Council’s Community Recycling Centre (the tip) at Blenheim Road is open from 8am – 4pm seven days a week. It will now accept most types of waste. Check before you go.

Please note due to social distancing arrangements there can be long traffic queues for the tip. We advise you only to go if it is essential.

Residents can take batteries, black bag waste, bulky waste, cardboard, gas bottles, green waste, hazardous waste, scrap metal, small electronics, white goods, and wood.

 NO – CANNOT BE ACCEPTED

  • Chargeable waste (soil, rubble, plasterboard or tyres): this is due to payment-related operational issues

  • Textiles: this is due to the continued closure of Surrey County Council’s textile recycler. Weekly kerbside textiles collections

  • Asbestos: this is due to social distancing restrictions meaning that not all waste containers can yet be activated

Residents using a van, pick-up or trailer can use the sites again, but will still need a valid van permit, as usual. Hire vehicles must have vehicle hire documentation clearly displayed in the windscreen.

The number of people allowed on site at one time are limited and there are revised opening hours.

Residents should only use the CRCs if they absolutely need to, and must check for the latest information before they travel, as these arrangements are subject to change. Please see individual site information for further details.

For a full daily update on waste collections, please check this page regularly.

Unfortunately, the Revive re-use shops remain closed at this time and the sites do not have capacity to store items for re-use, so please hold onto these at home for the time-being, however see the article below for reference.

Something to think about in the future – Reselling unwanted items

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Unearth tantalising treasure at a Revive shop

If you’re looking for something new for your home or garden or if you’re a keen up cycler, look no further than Surrey’s Revive shops. The shops resell unwanted items given to community recycling centres (CRCs) making them a treasure trove of truly fascinating, weird and wonderful items.

Located at CRCs in Woking, Witley, Redhill and Leatherhead, Revive shops take unwanted furniture, bikes, crockery, tools, garden furniture, CDs, DVDs, records, sports equipment and much, much more. They check all donations and, if suitable for re-use, resell them.

As well as reducing waste, Revive shops offset the running costs of CRCs, helping to maintain the service. Additionally ten per cent of the shops’ profits are donated to local charities voted for by shop users.

You can nominate your favourite charity by voting at any Revive shop. Every three months the charity with the most votes will receive the money.

Whether you have some house or garden items that could go to a better home or if you’re looking for something new or a project to work on, pay a visit to a Revive shop now. You never know what you might find.

For more information and for some great photos of items for sale follow Revive on Facebook.

All four Revive shops are open between 9am and 3.45pm, Monday to Sunday*. This is the address of the closest

Leatherhead – Randalls Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 0BA *closed on Fridays

Car Parks, Parks and Open Spaces

Parking charges: Car park charges in council owned car parks will recommence from Monday 15 June. Free parking will continue to be available to NHS staff, care workers and NHS volunteer responders involved in the Covid-19 response in pay and display car parks only. A key worker pass, which can be issued by your employer, will allow you to park for free when a permit is displayed within the vehicle. 

Epsom Market

Regular Thursday and Saturday trading on the Market Place will continue as normal with limited stall holders only. We are taking precautions including putting up barriers for customers to queue up in line with social distancing guidelines. We also expect all shoppers to follow government advice whist shopping for essentials.

Epsom Farmers’ Market and Epsom Vegan Market have started up again with a different look. The next one will be on Sunday 2 August from 9.30 to 1.30.

For further information and frequently asked questions visit www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/coronavirus

New test facilityThere is now an additional test centre in Epsom, for those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. It’s located in the Upper High Street car park. To book a test use this link. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/ask-for-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/

For latest NHS UK advice see: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

For the latest SCC advice see: www.surreycc.gov.uk/coronavirus

For the latest UK government advice see: www.gov.uk/coronavirus

For the latest UK government coronavirus business support advice see: https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support/

Some random Covid articles!

Covid Care 19 Information Center

Are you popping out to support your local cafe reopening?

Full guidance here

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/public-asked-to-leave-a-name-and-number-with-venues-to-help-stop-the-spread-of-covid-19

Make sure to follow any guidance given to you and wash your hands when you get home.

You will also be asked to provide your name and phone number to help stop future outbreaks.

 

Brunch

From Clive Woodbridge Facebook page

There are 8,000 curry houses in the UK, most of which are independent, family-run businesses. Throughout the last 3 months they have just about survived on their takeaway trade. Finally, these much loved restaurants can reopen their doors and once again greet customers with their uniquely warm welcome.

But many won’t last long unless their customers return. That is why I am delighted support the Kingfisher campaign urging the British public to “Keep Calm and Curry On!”

Nobody should put themselves at risk or do anything they feel is unsafe. But its good if you can to support a local business to help keep this wonderful British institution alive! And there is nothing better than a good British Curry!

Keep Calm

Mayfield Lavender Farm

Wander through row after row of bright purple lavender at Mayfield Lavender Farm, a brilliant day out for all ages.

The farm, based in Banstead, is now welcoming visitors, with social distancing measures in place to keep everyone safe as the lockdown eases. Having been in lockdown since the end of March, many people are now looking for places to visit and make the most of what Surrey has on offer. If you are searching for something a bit different, then head to Mayfield’s 25-acre site and stroll along the paths of organic lavender.

The best time to see the lavender is from the first week of July until the middle of August. Due to frost damage in May, the lavender flowered slightly later this year.

The farm is in Carshalton Road, Banstead, SM7 3JA.

It is open every day from 9am to 6pm until the end of August. Last entry for cars is 5.45pm.

Entry is £4 per person and free for children 16 years and under. The entry ticket includes parking. The car park has limited capacity. Tractor rides are also available around the farm for £2 per person. Babes in arms are free. Tickets can be purchased from the shop or café. Rides generally begin at 10.30am and will run throughout the day, when there is demand.

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Epsom Hospital

Update on £500 million investment from Chief Executive Daniel Elkeles

It’s official – we have been given the green light to invest £500 million in improving both Epsom and St Helier hospitals and building a new specialist emergency care hospital on our Sutton Hospital site!

 

This is a massive step forward in securing healthcare services for generations to come.  It give us the opportunity to work together with our communities, our partners and our staff to redevelop and redesign so that we can work in and provide care in environments fit for delivering 21st century healthcare.   

 

Today our local NHS leaders have approved plans that will see the brand new, state of the art hospital built in Sutton where our sickest patients will be cared for, while most services will stay put in modernised buildings at Epsom and St Helier. This amazing news means we can begin the detailed planning phase, including how to address issues around transport and travel, bed numbers and services for older residents and more deprived communities, which were raised during the recent public consultation.

 

Since we began our engagement work in 2015 and the commissioners picked up the baton in 2017, we have been on an incredible journey to show people why we so desperately need this huge investment, and so three years later – after a comprehensive and commended consultation process – we now have a clear path forward. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the conversations, the campaign and to the consultation. Your voice has helped to get here and to create the biggest investment in local healthcare for a generation.

 

Under the proposals, around 85% of current services will stay put at Epsom and St Helier, with six major services being brought together in the new specialist emergency care hospital, including A&E, critical care and emergency surgery. This investment will transform the working environment for our staff to deliver the care and experience our patients deserve.

 

The move to proceed with the proposals, known as Improving Healthcare Together, follows a joint decision by NHS Surrey Heartlands and NHS South West London clinical commissioning groups. At the Committees in Common meeting they drew on a wide range of evidence, including the feedback from a 12-week public consultation which finished in early April 2020.

 

During the consultation, issues were raised about travel and transport, bed numbers and access to services, especially for more deprived areas. There were also concerns around how the future hospitals would be able to manage during another pandemic, and so in the coming months, we’ll be looking at:

 

       Extending the H1 Epsom and St Helier hospital bus route into Merton and further south into Surrey beyond Epsom and increasing the frequency between the three hospital sites

       All three sites to have new multi-storey car parks in time for the new hospital, plus new access road at the Sutton site

       Increased bed capacity to care for an extra 1,300 inpatients a year, plus advances in technology, treatment and closer working with community services so fewer patients will need an overnight stay and will get home sooner

       Exploring opportunities for primary care services at Epsom and St Helier hospitals, and expanding child and adolescent mental health services on the St Helier site.

 

Thank you to everyone who shared their views. We have listened and are already taking action on issues the public raised during the consultation. This will mean extending bus travel, more car parking at all three sites and exploring a wider range of services based around Epsom and St Helier hospitals.

 

I look forward to continuing to develop our plans with you in the weeks and months to come.

Drive-in cinema coming to site near Guildford is latest Surrey movie night to be announced

Sunset Cinemas plans to set up in a field off the A3 between Ripley and West Clandon on Friday, July 31, making it the latest in a string of drive-in cinemas to be announced in and around Surrey. As well as outdoor cinemas in Redhill, Guildford and Hampton Court Palace there is one being set up at celebrity chef Aldo Zilli’s home in Bletchingley. And another will air films in Cranleigh. The latest announcement on the Ripley event states that The Lion King will be the first film to air on July 31 at 2pm followed by Jurassic Park on the same day at 5.30pm and Grease at 8.30pm.

further schedule of films is listed on the Sunset Cinemas website up to August 21 with screenings including:

  • Finding Nemo (August 1, 2.30pm)

  • Dirty Dancing (August 1, 5.30pm)

  • Four Weddings and a Funeral (August 1, 8.30pm)

  • Finding Dory (August 2, 3pm)

  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (August 2, 6pm)

  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show (August 2, 8.30pm)

Founder of Sunset Cinemas, Scott Horsfield, said: “We want to provide an experience of the absolute highest quality. Our screens are provided by the same company as Glastonbury and the sound systems are bluetooth speakers that go into the cars.

“My experience working in film means we understand the importance of providing film fanatics with the very best experience.”

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Food can be ordered directly to your car or there will be a mini food market. The field is huge so social distancing should be easy to maintain and if you do want to walk around, there will be marked walkways that are wide enough to keep your distance, organisers say.

Staff will wear PPE and toilets will be spaced two metres apart.

Social distancing at Epsom Library, one of the first libraries to reopen

The reopening of the town centre library in Epsom was very welcome in the town, according to Neil Dallen, a Town Ward councillor on Epsom and Ewell Borough Council. “It’s part of the town centre coming back to normal again,” he said. “It’s going to take months and months to get back to normal, but it’s another step in the right direction.”

They may be only allowing limited numbers in and not allowing the use of computers, printing or photocopying, but Cllr Dallen said libraries are an important influence to footfall in town centres, that have been much missed by their communities.

Traffic

Epsom Market Place

Work in the Epsom Market Place is almost complete. Works were put on hold but have now re-commenced and the paving on the north side is well under way. The Market and local businesses are open as usual during these works.

Epsom Car Boot Sales

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Hook Road Arena Car Boot Sale

Held:every Sunday. Runs From:March to November. Small vans £12, transit size £20, Luton size £30. Buyers 50p after 0830. Bank Holiday Monday car boot sales are massive. Huge free car parks, good food, toilets, bouncy castles, ice cream, security, lost child procedure. Fruit, bread, farm, plant and home made stalls. Very well run. Always check http://www.hookcarbootsale.com for dates and weather postponements (or call 07788132977). Seller Arrival: 7.00am Buyer Arrival:07.30am

Priest Hill Outdoor Car Boot SalePriest Hill, Banstead Road, East Ewell. Website www.surreycarbootsale.com.

Held:every Saturday. Runs From: May to August. Cars £10, small vans £15, large vans/Luton vans £20. Buyer fee £1 before 8:30, 50p after. Kids under 12 free. Seller Arrival:7.00am Buyer Arrival:7.00am

 

Planning issues

Coronavirus Planning Service Update

The Planning Service is continuing to receive Planning and Building Applications.  We are providing the service of registering and processing applications so that our officers can continue to deliver our statutory services while working from home.  Where necessary we have modified our processes to make this possible.  You may wish to continue to progress your planning or building matter, make applications or seek pre-application advice.  The majority of decisions are undertaken under delegated authority, and for those matters we are endeavouring to provide a business as usual service.

Meetings will be held virtually using video and audio conference technology and will be open to the press and public to attend as observers either online or by telephone. There is also continued provision for the public to contribute to the meeting in accordance with our scheme for public speaking.

Councillor Clive Woodbridge, Chair of the Planning Committee stated “The Government has been very clear that the planning process must continue. This will be a key element in the economic recovery and continued investment in our borough at the end of this Covid-19 crisis.

Details on how to log in or listen to the Planning Committee meeting on the telephone can be accessed on the front sheet of the committee agenda published elsewhere on this website – planning committee.

The next Planning Committee meeting will be held on Thursday 23 July at 7.30 pm. The item on the Agenda comprises the development at Woodcote Grove, Ashley Road, Epsom (19/00999/FUL) – see below.

Nescot parking for NHS staff at June planning committee meeting – The application to vary Condition 5 (parking on Site) of Planning Application to allow the temporary use of the car park by Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust staff was permitted subject to conditions.

Woodcote Grove, Ashley Road – (19/00999/FUL and 19/00998/LBA) Development of 98 apartments/dwellings, including conversion of the Grade II* Listed Woodcote Grove and Grade II Listed Stable Block, with parking, access, landscaping and other associated works, following the demolition of the existing reprographics centre and conference centre (Listed Building Consent).

London Road – old Organ and Dragon Inn siteA near decade planning saga at the site of a former pub next to the A24, which saw proposals collapse for a Lidl supermarket and KFC, could be coming to an end after blueprints emerged for a block of apartments to be built. The 65 London Road site in Ewell where the Organ and Dragon once stood, is the subject of a new building proposal, just off the A24 and Ewell Bypass.

Development company 65 London Road Ltd has opened up a public consultation for the proposed housing building works, which will provide 45 residential units, being between three and six storeys, forming an L-shape from a birds eye view. There will be 21 one-bed units, 15 two-bed units and nine three-bed units, with a percentage of affordable housing still to be confirmed.

It is being put up for an online consultation, giving those who live and work in the area the chance to say whether they approve of the scheme, and comment on individual aspects.

Flats

1 Higher Green (19/00758/FUL) no news on the Construction Transport Management Plan, which is required “in order that the development should not prejudice highway safety, nor cause inconvenience to other highway users”. A letter to the developer has been drafted and is soon to be finalized.

North Looe Estate (170 Reigate Road)(19/01593/FUL) proposed change of use of the land and buildings for a Dog Day-care centre. Still no news.

Guild Living at rear of Epsom Hospital (19/01722/FUL)| demolition of redundant hospital buildings and redevelopment of the site to provide a new care community for older people arranged in two buildings. There are well over 600 objections including the Epsom Civic Society and reports continue to be filed but no decision yet.

7 Station Approach Stoneleigh – (19/00668/FUL) application for the demolition of existing buildings on site and erection of a part 6, part 7 storey building providing 23 residential flats with associated communal roof terrace, cycle and refuse stores. Despite amendments to the original plans, objections continue – there are now 1007! A decision has still not yet been made.

Development Site at 24-28 West Street Epsom – (19/01021/FUL) there is still no news on this application for the demolition of the existing building and construction of a new part 9, part 11 and part 13 storey building. There are over 400 objections to this including ones from Historic England and the Civic Society.

The Police Station and Ambulance Station sites in Church Street Epsom  (19/01589/FUL) the application for a retirement development in Epsom by McCarthy & Stone which will include a mix of 19 one bedroom and 41 two bedroom “Extra Care” Retirement Living with associated communal facilities, parking and landscaping following the demolition of the existing buildings is awaiting a decision. There are 140 comments and objections, including that from the Civic Society.

The Star 2 Cheam Road Ewell – No news on the let by Greenfields to find a suitable tenant for the commercial ground floor of the Star. The change of use to a Medical clinic has been approved.

The Lodge, West Street Ewell – (19/00015/FUL and 19/00801/FUL) the inspector has dismissed the appeal against refusal for the first application.  The second application (19/01604/FUL) was refused by the Planning Committee. There is no news if that has been appealed also.

22-24 Dorking Road Epsom(19/01365/FUL) Demolition of existing houses and erection of a part two, part three storey building with rooms in the roof and basement providing 20 flats. Basement parking for cars and cycles. Bins stores and associated hard and soft landscaping including new boundary walls and railings.

The Grumpy Mole, Chalk Lane – (20/00643/COU) Change of use from restaurant (Use Class A4) to single dwelling (Use Class C3). This application has been withdrawn!

Extraordinary Meeting, Council – Tuesday, 14th July, 2020 7.30 pm

Electoral Review – The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has notified the Council of its intention to carry out an electoral review of the Council. The review will consider the total number of councillors on the Council, and then review the numbers and boundaries of electoral divisions within the Council.

From our Surrey County Councillor – John Beckett

https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/proposal-scrap-surrey-borough-district-18563673

A vast majority of Surrey County councillors only found about these secret discussions from the press!! SCC Conservative leader, Cllr Oliver has been having secret meetings with conservative cabinet members and selective chief executives from other blue councils trying to sell his idea!!

We in Epsom and Ewell are proud of our independence and residents have put that faith in the RA for the last 80 years! The main political parties hate that and this is a way of abolishing your local identity. SCC have an appalling record of delivering locally and failing its residents with bad investments and poor budget and money decisions made by a cabinet run by a dozen selected individuals pushing their own agenda.

There is a real possibility that this serious attack on localism will be agreed by central government and we will need to call on residents to show their support for the borough council and its long and unique history of excellent service and value for money to its residents.

Your local RA’s and Cllrs will be looking into this travesty in more detail and reporting back to residents.

Although there is the threat of making Surrey a Unitary authority the Boundary Commission have asked for a review in Epsom and Ewell

The local Government. Commission for England is an independent body set up by Parliament. Statutorily required to review periodically the electoral arrangements of each provincial council in England. The last such review in E&E was carried out in 1997 and incorporated in 1998 reducing the number of elected Cllrs. From 39 to 38 and retaining to 13 electoral wards and changing some Ward boundaries. The intervening years have seen the development of the Hospital Cluster on the west side of the Borough impacting on elector numbers in 3 wards.

The average number of registered voters per councillor in EE at present is 1572 which is broadly in line with the Boundary Commission guidance. Most wards are within a reasonable tolerance of that figure, however four wards have a significant divergence. It seems likely therefore that a Boundary Commission review will focus on rectifying the imbalance in these four wards. Some suggestions could be to adjust the number of councillors in those Wards and or redraw boundary lines.

Other issues to consider include whether to maintain the current number of Cllrs. at 38. While there could be savings from a lower number, the likely increase in EE population over the next 10 year rather than reduction would suggest maintaining the present number otherwise we might have to increase again in a short space of time.

Wards are based on historic communities and are under pinned by RA groups linked to those geographies. A review should reflect those ties as much as possible. A cross party review board has been set up at the Council and more details will follow as a suggested way forward is discussed with relevant parties.

Other Matters

Priest Hill Nature Reserve – please note that barbecues are not permitted on this site. It is a beautiful area that we should all be able to enjoy, especially with the abundance of wild flowers and wildlife at the moment, so please take your littler home and do not run the risk of random fires destroying the area during the dry weather.

Watering trees – on the basis that lots of new trees are to be planted in the area, may we please ask that if one is close to your house and the weather is hot and sunny, that you take a watering can of water to keep the tree alive. This all helps enhance our surroundings and won’t be too onerous! Many thanks.

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.

Shades of “Old”Epsom!

Spread Eagle

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Ewell Downs News Bulletin June 2020

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It’s odd to think that we have now been living in this strange new world for 12 weeks!  We hope that you continue to be well, safe and positive!  The number of dog walkers, joggers and power walkers on Priest Hill continues to grow but all seem to keep their distance – the only fly in the ointment is the amount of litter that has been left behind.  A plea from the Reigate Road litter clearing lady follows later in this bulletin. Thank you to everyone who offers a wide berth with a smile, greeting and thank-you!

An update on help and information which may be needed in these trying times is given in this Bulletin. 

NHS

Coronavirus – COVID -19

Here is a snapshot of information from Epsom & Ewell Borough Council issued on 6 June

Council services

We are working hard to safeguard our residents (and staff) and to keep essential services running. While we will endeavour to deliver the majority of our services as normal, some will be modified as we follow Government, Public Health England and NHS guidelines.

At this busy time, please contact us via our online form where possible or email contactus@epsom-ewell.gov.uk. Remember you can also use our report it/apply for it/pay for it pages from the home page of this website.

Town Hall

The Town Hall is closed to walk-in visitors. The main, housing, benefits and council tax receptions are closed until further notice.

Alternative contact information for organisations normally based in the Town Hall

Age Concern Epsom & Ewell For all enquiries, please email info@ageconcernepsom.org.uk
Citizens Advice Epsom & Ewell Advice Line – 01372 732456 or visit www.citizensadvice.org.uk
Surrey Police Please use the yellow telephone at the rear of the Town Hall. The nearest walk-in Police Station is Reigate
Surrey County Council For Adult Social Care enquiries, email epsom.ewelllocalityteam@surreycc.gov.uk or call 01372 832360

Council venues

Community & Wellbeing Centre Closed We are temporarily suspending visitor and public access to the Centre.
Bourne Hall Closed Bourne Hall, including the Museum and Library, will also remain closed until further notice
Ewell Court House Closed Closed until further notice
Epsom Playhouse Closed For details on cancelled or rescheduled performances, please check the Epsom Playhouse website
Rainbow Leisure Centre Closed Closed until further notice – please see the GLL website for more information.

Waste and recycling

Coronavirus – Community Recycling Centres update

Please note – the Epsom tip now closes at 4 pm.

Most of Surrey’s Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) have reopened to accept a wider range of items. 

From Monday 1 June, more items will be accepted

Residents can take batteries, black bag waste, bulky waste, cardboard, gas bottles, green waste, hazardous waste, scrap metal, small electronics, white goods, and wood.

The CRCs are unable to accept asbestos, chargeable waste (soil, rubble, plasterboard or tyres), and textiles at present.

Residents using a van, pick-up or trailer can use the sites again, but will still need a valid van permit, as usual. Hire vehicles must have vehicle hire documentation clearly displayed in the windscreen.

The number of people allowed on site at one time are limited and there are revised opening hours.

Residents should only use the CRCs if they absolutely need to, and must check for the latest information before they travel, as these arrangements are subject to change. Please see individual site information for further details.

For a full daily update on waste collections, please check this page regularly.

Car Parks, Parks and Open Spaces

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Parking charges: Car park charges in council owned car parks will recommence from Monday 15 June. Free parking will continue to be available to NHS staff, care workers and NHS volunteer responders involved in the Covid-19 response in pay and display car parks only. A key worker pass, which can be issued by your employer, will allow you to park for free when a permit is displayed within the vehicle.

Nonsuch Park Restricted access The Nonsuch Mansion cafe is open for take-away only.
Epsom Downs Minor changes
  • In order to manage the threat of the Covid-19 virus, different arrangements have been instigated on Epsom and Walton Downs – At this current time, we are asking the public to visit the Downs after 12 noon if possible to allow racehorse training to take place safely. Please take your litter home with you. Barbecues, camping stoves and open fires are not permitted on the downs and please dispose of cigarettes and matches responsibly. Please see this page for more information. See the further post on litter later.
Tennis Courts Open Our outdoor free tennis courts across the borough at Alexandra Recreation Ground, Court Recreation Ground, Poole Road Recreation Ground, Gibraltar Recreation Ground and Auriol Park have re-opened following updated government guidance.
Car parks at open spaces Part closure A majority of car parks at Epsom Downs have now re-opened with the exception of the Old London Road Car Park (also known as the Top Car Park) and the Hyperion Car Park, which remain closed. The following car parks for our parks and open spaces have re-opened to comply with new government guidance: Auriol Park; Gibraltar Recreation Ground; Poole Road Recreation Ground; Long Grove Park; Horton Country Park; Stew Ponds car park; Nonsuch Park.

Epsom Market

Food markets are allowed to continue trading under government guidance.

Regular Thursday and Saturday trading on the Market Place will continue as normal with limited stall holders only. We are taking precautions including putting up barriers for customers to queue up in line with social distancing guidelines. We also expect all shoppers to follow government advice whist shopping for essentials.

Epsom Farmers’ Market and Epsom Vegan Market have started up again with a different look.  The next one will be on Sunday 5 July from 9.30 to 1.30.

For further information and frequently asked questions visit www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/coronavirus

New test facility – There is now an additional test centre in Epsom, for those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. It’s located in the Upper High Street car park. To book a test use this link. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/ask-for-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/

Headley Court Facility – NHS post 29 May 

Thousands of people are set to benefit from enhanced community services to help them recover from the long term effects of coronavirus, the head of the NHS said yesterday, as the first new dedicated rehab hospital received its first patients.

The NHS Seacole Centre at Headley Court, Surrey, named in honour of the pioneering nurse Mary Seacole, will provide specialist rehabilitation care for patients who are recovering from Covid-19 in the Surrey region, with staff welcoming the first patients over the course of this week.

Visiting the facility near Leatherhead yesterday, NHS chief executive, Sir Simon Stevens, hailed the efforts of all those involved in getting the new service up and running, and unveiled plans for similar services in other parts of the country.

The NHS Seacole Centre, at Headley Court Surrey, is the first of its kind in England, and will be used as a temporary service for local patients who are recovering from Covid-19 and who no longer need care in an acute hospital, or those who have the virus and can no longer cope with their symptoms at home.

For latest NHS UK advice see: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

For the latest SCC advice see: www.surreycc.gov.uk/coronavirus

For the latest UK government advice see: www.gov.uk/coronavirus

For the latest UK government coronavirus business support advice see: https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support/

Resident and Resident Association issues

Vegetables and fruit

Matt Smith on Nextdoor continues to sell excellent quality boxes of vegetables and fruit.  Go and see his post under Fresh Fruit and Veg – superb quality produce.  Collection only at the Lavender Shop on Reigate Road, Wednesdays and Fridays, Midday to 5 pm 

For help or indeed to offer help now, there are several groups that have been set up:-

“Surrey County Council – Community Helpline – Community Helpline number: 0300 200 1008

Monday to Friday: 8am to 6pm

Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 12pm

SMS: 0786 0053 465 for Deaf and hearing impaired residents only (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm)

We have set up a new community helpline to direct you to services that can help during the coronavirus pandemic.

This community phone line is here for two things:

  1. To help direct residents who need support if friends or family are unable to help with such as picking up shopping, prescription collections or having someone who can be a telephone friend, and to other services who can help.
  2. To provide advice on where to register your offer of help to support your community.

Providing help to others – volunteering and donating

  1. How can you help your community? With a need for people to self-isolate there will be many ways you can help out in your community. There are several places where you can register to volunteer. We have provided details of local volunteer centres and the national networks including British Red Cross, NHS Volunteer Responders and Age UK below.
  2. Or if you are unable to donate your time we’ve also listed some trusted places where a financial donation would make a real difference.
  3. If you are a charity or organisation working in Surrey supporting the response in communities to Coronavirus you can now apply to the Surrey Coronavirus Response Fund. Donations to the fund are used to support you in your response efforts.”

This is one on Facebook

Covid Care – Epsom & Ewell – an amazing organisation doing great things! A message from Megan @ https://www.facebook.com/groups/521040465281925/

“GOING INTO A NEW WEEK

As we go into the next three weeks, remember to be kind to yourselves. This is a marathon, pace yourself accordingly. (Please reach out if you need it, all relevant posts are under ‘Support Resources’.)

From those who are staying inside and following the guidelines; those who are able to help out the community with donations; those who are helping co-ordinate deliveries and groups; and of course the amazing key workers, you are all a part of the larger picture and every role is important. 

This group was set up to be a positive place to be able to ask for help, provide direction for ways to help others and support the community. All the efforts made from people in this group has been heart-warming to see. Hopefully when we get to the other side, this community spirit will continue to shine bright. 

As always, message us if you need something and not comfortable putting it out into the group. Abbey, Andrea, Michele 

I will leave you with some daisies from a few years ago to help brighten the afternoon.

 

Daisy

Surrey Libraries: from today have opened a telephone help-line for any technical issues you may be having. Please see the attached advert for more information.

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Here is a round-up of sites which may be useful at this time:

MYPIE – Pies delivered to your door – London’s most awarded pie makers based in Wandsworth and Ewell are offering home deliveries of their delicious pies, sides and puddings as well as flour and yeast for those home bakers that can’t get hold of it! For More Details click Link https://bit.ly/2z4KMp2

Deliveroo – now delivering groceries from M&S and the Co-op as well as takeaways from restaurants that desperately need our support i.e. Bill’s, Neapolitan Kitchen, Superfish and many Indian and Pizza restaurants to name but a few.  They also arrange for drinks deliveries!

Just Eat – also supplying takeaways from many many restaurants in Epsom and Ewell.

Up-to-date information on Surrey issues – try www.getsurrey.co.uk

Also:-

The Ashley Centre – To maintain social distancing have a one-way system in place. Please follow the arrows where possible. Don’t forget to maintain a 2 metre distance from other people at all times and use contactless payment methods where possible. The safety and security of everyone in the Centre is extremely important so please follow the guidelines. #allinthistogether #staysafe #epsom #shoplocal

Following government guidance that non-essential shops can reopen from 15th June, a Task Force led by Epsom & 

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https://epsom.woimtg.com/2020/06/10/task-force-to-support-safe-welcoming-retail-reopening/

Epsom Racecourse events – 

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We’re pleased to confirm that this year’s Investec Derby Day will take place on Saturday 4th July at Epsom Downs behind closed doors. While this won’t be the Investec Derby Festival as you know it, this unique event will bring everyone together. Get ready to celebrate everything that makes these days of racing so special from the comfort of your own home. 

THE INVESTEC OAKS

The feature race of the day, the Group 1 Investec Oaks, is a fillies-only Classic run over the same course and distance as the Investec Coronation Cup and Derby. Alongside the QIPCO 1000 Guineas run at Newmarket and the Ladbrokes St Leger in York, these three races make up the fillies’ Triple Crown.

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the investec derby

Amongst the seven races is the Supreme Test of the Racehorse, the Investec Derby. The one that every Jockey, Trainer and Owner wants to win. The race is run over a distance of 1 mile, 4 furlongs and 10 yards over an undulating course. With an incredible prize pot of £1.5 million, this is Britain’s richest, and most prestigious race.

National Theatre at Home – Join them for plays and shows free to stream on YouTube for seven days. Free on Youtube. Enjoy theatre from home. Shows are streaming. See link for details – https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk

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Epsom Market Place

Work in the Epsom Market Place is almost complete. Works were put on hold but have now re-commenced and the paving on the north side is well under way. The Market and local businesses are open as usual during these works.

Planning issues

Coronavirus Planning Service Update

The Planning Service is continuing to receive Planning and Building Applications.  We are providing the service of registering and processing applications so that our officers can continue to deliver our statutory services while working from home.  Where necessary we have modified our processes to make this possible.  You may wish to continue to progress your planning or building matter, make applications or seek pre-application advice.  The majority of decisions are undertaken under delegated authority, and for those matters we are endeavouring to provide a business as usual service. 

The first online Planning Committee was held on Wednesday 13 May, when the main item on the agenda was the proposed work to the former Epsom Post Office, 74 High Street which was approved subject to conditions.

Meetings will be held virtually using video and audio conference technology and will be open to the press and public to attend as observers either online or by telephone. There is also continued provision for the public to contribute to the meeting in accordance with our scheme for public speaking.

Councillor Clive Woodbridge, Chair of the Planning Committee stated “The Government has been very clear that the planning process must continue. This will be a key element in the economic recovery and continued investment in our borough at the end of this Covid-19 crisis.

Details on how to log in or listen to the Planning Committee meeting on the telephone can be accessed on the front sheet of the committee agenda published elsewhere on this website – planning committee.

The next Planning Committee meeting will be held on Thursday 18 June at 7.30 pm.  The items on the Agenda include the following on which our President, Michael Arthur had the following comments to make:-

“1. Agenda item 4   – 22/24 Dorking Road. Recommended for approval despite our representation of objection.  It does however say that improvements have been secured during the course of application working following negotiation with the applicant.   I do not feel it is appropriate for ECS to speak at committee contrary to the recommendation.

2. Agenda item 5 – Langley Vale Farm application to release section 106 agreement that one of the existing houses is occupied with persons engaged in farming.  Decision to committee is recommended not to release.  That is good. The papers are worth a read as there is background information about the site, the Woodland Trust and could provide “ammunition” in further representation about the housing development (not part of this referral).

3. Agenda item 6 – NESCOT. Application recommended for approval for allocation of 100 spaces for EGH staff parking with a shuttle bus operation.   This is a precursor to building a multi-story car park at EGH against which we have objected.  In fairness it does say that the car park application is under consideration but I would not like to see approving this application as assisting the MSCP application decision. See later article.

4. Agenda item 10 – Appeals report including The Lodge West Street Ewell.  I have pointed out an error in “the description of development heading” as it refers to another site in Ewell ward, not the Lodge.”

1 Higher Green (19/00758/FUL) following the granting of permission at appeal, we await a Construction Transport Management Plan, which is required “in order that the development should not prejudice highway safety, nor cause inconvenience to other highway users”. A letter to the developer is to be sent requesting consideration to residents by construction workers, particularly as there is to be another development in the close proximity. 

Lidl – Upper High Street – development of store and housing – building work commenced early in March.

North Looe Estate (170 Reigate Road)(19/01593/FUL) proposed change of use of the land and buildings for a Dog Day-care centre.  Still no news.

Guild Living at rear of Epsom Hospital (19/01722/FUL)| demolition of redundant hospital buildings and redevelopment of the site to provide a new care community for older people arranged in two buildings. There are well over 600 objections including the Epsom Civic Society and awaiting a decision. 

South Hatch Stables – (18/00308/FUL) – this has been approved with the number of apartments reduced to 46 from 47.

7 Station Approach Stoneleigh – (19/00668/FUL) application for the demolition of existing buildings on site and erection of a part 6, part 7 storey building providing 23 residential flats with associated communal roof terrace, cycle and refuse stores.  There are currently 606 Public Comments objecting to this application. A decision has still not yet been made. 

Development Site at 24-28 West Street Epsom – (19/01021/FUL) there is no further news on this application for the demolition of the existing building and construction of a new part 9, part 11 and part 13 storey building. There are over 400 objections to this including ones from Historic England and the Civic Society.

The Police Station and Ambulance Station sites in Church Street Epsom  (19/01589/FUL) the application for a retirement development in Epsom by McCarthy & Stone which will include a mix of 19 one bedroom and 41 two bedroom “Extra Care” Retirement Living with associated communal facilities, parking and landscaping following the demolition of the existing buildings is awaiting a decision.  There are many comments and objections, including that from the Civic Society.

The Star 2 Cheam Road Ewell – No news on the let by Greenfields to find a suitable tenant for the commercial ground floor of the Star. The change of use to a Medical clinic has been approved. 

The Lodge, West Street Ewell – (19/00015/FUL and 19/00801/FUL) The inspector has dismissed the appeal against refusal for the first application.  The second application (19/01604/FUL) was refused by the Planning Committee. There is no news if that has been appealed also.

22-24 Dorking Road Epsom – (19/01365/FUL) Demolition of existing houses and erection of a part two, part three storey building with rooms in the roof and basement providing 20 flats. Basement parking for cars and cycles. Bins stores and associated hard and soft landscaping including new boundary walls and railings.

Nescot 91 Reigate Road Ewell – (19/01478/REM) application to vary Condition 5 (parking on Site) of Planning Application ref: 15/01299/FUL, to allow the temporary use of the car park by Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust staff. The Trust plans to operate a shuttle bus to transfer members of staff from NESCOT to Epsom Hospital. 

Do go and look at this one.

The Grumpy Mole, Chalk Lane – (20/00643/COU) Change of use from restaurant (Use Class A4) to single dwelling (Use Class C3).  This is perhaps a sad reflection on the times we are in – another pub closes!  Have a look at the Design and Access statement.

From our County Councillor – John Beckett

The SCC member’s allocation of funds for good causes and charities has been closed but will reopen in September. If anybody knows of any causes then please tell them to get in contact.

Parking Enforcement will restart from 8th June.  In residential areas and Resident Parking Zones they have asked that enforcement is done gently with just warning notices being issued for the first couple of weeks rather than fines (PCNs).  Normal arrangement will then return from the 22nd June.

Signs and lines are being installed regarding the recently concluded parking review.

SCC are looking at several sites in E&E which might be suitable for improved pedestrian and cycle access.

June Local Committee meeting has been cancelled.

Would you consider supporting AGE Concern?

Age Concern Epsom and Ewell, led by Dorah May, are meeting this new challenge as they did the first. What they need is PPE for these home visiting teams. A set of PPE for a driver/visitor includes gloves, mask, sanitiser and anti BAC wipes. Would you be able to donate £10 to their Coronavirus Fund, so that they can equip their volunteers? If 100 of us did that, they would have £1000 for PPE. But £5 will be just as gratefully received. If you circulate, please keep to the Borough as other Age Concerns are working hard around us.

Two ways to donate:

1.       You can go to ACEE’s website http://www.ageconcernepsom.org.uk<http://www.ageconcernepsom.org.uk/> – please click the pink donate button to be directed to ACEE’s Virgin Money Giving Page. Ref PPE/name if you wish.

2.    Online or bank transfer   CAF Bank 40/52/40 /Account: 00032822/Age Concern Epsom and Ewell / Coronavirus Appeal/Ref PPE /name if you wish.

Epsom and St Helier Hospitals consultation. 

Feedback received during the recent public consultation on a £500m investment to improve services at Epsom and St Helier University NHS Hospitals. The Improving Healthcare Together consultation, ran from 8 January until 1 April this year, put forward plans to invest in both Epsom and St Helier hospitals and to build a new specialist emergency care hospital at either Epsom, St Helier or Sutton. The analysis can be found on the Improving Healthcare Together website:

https://improvinghealthcaretogether.org.uk/next-steps/

The main findings were

 Many consultees recognised the challenges facing the NHS nationally, and at Epsom and St Helier hospitals locally; The additional £500m investment was welcomed; Widespread support for the proposed clinical model to address the case for change, particularly from NHS staff and clinical stakeholders;  Levels of support for the clinical model varied by geography, with fewer Merton residents supporting the proposal It is important to remember that under any of the proposals most services will stay where they are now.

 

Other Matters

LITTER!!!!

Reigate Road – the very special lady whom I have mentioned before clearing litter from the area has sent me this email.

“The dog poo issue is a big one, but since the easing of lockdown c 10 days ago the big issue is of groups congregating on both areas having drink/drugs parties, leaving a large amount of debris everywhere including broken glass which is a danger to all.

You’ll see I emailed Chris Grayling, the non-emergency police, and NESCOT who I spoke to on the site yesterday. A lady this morning said she was going to start a campaign for dog walkers to pick up another bag of poo as well as their own. I was thinking of suggesting that only pink (or fluorescent) poo bags are sold so everyone can see where they are. However, there may be other ways to get rid of the nuisance of poo and littering.

Please let me know if you think I’m overreacting, but I have had a lot of people saying I’m doing a good job. It is really everyone’s responsibility.”  This lady has also contacted Glyn School as when she was clearing the Glyn sports field she found broken bottles and comments “An absolutely appalling scene. As I attempted to clear the area there were at least 6 barbeque grills, a tent, and so many plastic and glass bottles and cans that I actually gave up after 6 hours.” This is really not good enough. Please will you encourage anyone going over to either the sports fields or Priest Hill that they must bring all their litter back and not abuse the area?

Epsom Downs – this is another area which is being spoilt by litter-louts!  It seems that there are two groups of people who are clearing up after others and one has emailed “I am overwhelmed by the dedication of a volunteer named Richard who collects the rubbish at the Epsom Downs Grandstand Car Park every morning. He clears away the rubbish including the canisters each day, and as we know at present the amount of waste left behind is unprecedented. I stopped today on my way between the school run and work to ask Richard’s name and his situation, and he explained why he started to clean up the mess initially. 

Richard truly is one of our unsung heroes and I would like to propose that the appropriate authority recognise his effort. If it wasn’t for Richard’s efforts alone to clean the area daily we would have an unruly state in one of most prominent local beauty /green spots.”

The other group helping to clear litter are the Councillors for Woodcote Ward and several residents.  On his Facebook page Steven McCormick writes “Nearly a week on from the video and we have seen a number of volunteers and I’ve been out each morning so far. If you do have time to help please arrive at the Downs keeper hut between 7:00am and 7:30am each morning, please. If you have gloves, hi-vis vest, litter picker, bag hoop please bring them with you. Pick up a hi-vis, litter picker, bag hoop and a couple of litter bags. Please keep socially distant and I won’t be far away to help get you started. It is a racehorse training area so please stop when you see horses, hold the bag close to you to stop it flapping and say hello.”

If you can help in any way, please do!

Watering trees – on the basis that lots of new trees are to be planted in the area, may we please ask that if one is close to your house and the weather is hot and sunny, that you take a watering can of water to keep the tree alive.  This all helps enhance our surroundings and won’t be too onerous! Many thanks.

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. 

Poppies

 

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Ewell Downs News Bulletin – May 2020

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We do hope that you are all keeping well and safe! It has been good to see how many people are observing the lockdown and social distancing rules. Despite a massive increase in the number of walkers, joggers and cyclists, people are leaving big gaps between them, even if they stop for a quick chat, and it is good to note the general friendliness and concern in the area. Let’s keep it up!

An update on help and information which may be needed in these trying times is given in this Bulletin.

To keep a smile on your faces –

Street Parties when life is back to “normal” (or new normal!)

Many people may be thinking of having a street party – perhaps in 2021 – see www.streetparty.org.uk for further information. I think we will need to do some serious celebrating!

Coronavirus – COVID -19

Here is a snapshot of information from Epsom & Ewell Borough Council

Council services

We are working hard to safeguard our residents (and staff) and to keep essential services running. While we will endeavour to deliver the majority of our services as normal, some will be modified as we follow Government, Public Health England and NHS guidelines.

At this busy time, please contact us via our online form where possible or email contactus@epsom-ewell.gov.uk. Remember you can also use our report it/apply for it/pay for it pages from the home page of this website.

Town Hall

The Town Hall is closed to walk-in visitors. The main, housing, benefits and council tax receptions are closed until further notice.

Alternative contact information for organisations normally based in the Town Hall

Age Concern Epsom & Ewell

For enquiries, please email or telephone us info@ageconcernepsom.org.uk
01372 732456

Citizens Advice Epsom & Ewell

Advice Line – 03444 111 444 or visit www.citizensadvice.org.uk

Surrey Police

Please use the yellow telephone at the rear of the Town Hall. The nearest walk-in Police Station is Reigate

Surrey County Council

For Adult Social Care enquiries, email epsom.ewelllocalityteam@surreycc.gov.uk or call 01372 832360

Council venues

Community & Wellbeing Centre

Closed

We are temporarily suspending visitor and public access to the Centre.

Bourne Hall

Closed

Bourne Hall, including the Museum and Library, will also remain closed until further notice

Ewell Court House

Closed

Closed until further notice

Epsom Playhouse

Closed

For details on cancelled or rescheduled performances, please check the Epsom Playhouse website

Rainbow Leisure Centre

Closed

Closed until further notice – please see the GLL website for more information.

Waste and recycling

For a full daily update on waste collections, please check this page regularly.

Weekly kerbside collection

Normal service

Simply Weekly collections are operating as normal however the time we arrive in your road may vary slightly.

Garden waste

Normal service

We’re now accepting new subscriptions to our garden waste collection service. The service was temporarily suspended to allow us to focus on collecting of household waste and recycling due to increased staffing pressures amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

Bulky waste

Normal service

This service has re-opened after its recent suspension.

Epsom Community Recycling Centre

Closed

For more information, please visit the Surrey County Council website.

Please consider your neighbours and don’t burn waste material. We are aware some residents are reverting to burning garden waste. The smoke can cause distress especially to those with medical conditions, so we ask that you keep hold of your waste until the community recycling centres are able to reopen.

For more information on composting at home, please check the Surrey Environment Partnership website.

Epsom Market

Food markets are allowed to continue trading under government guidance.

Regular Thursday and Saturday trading on the Market Place will continue as normal with limited stall holders only. We are taking precautions including putting up barriers for customers to queue up in line with social distancing guidelines. We also expect all shoppers to follow government advice whist shopping for essentials.

Epsom Farmers’ Market and Epsom Vegan Market have been suspended until further notice.

Car parks

Due to concerns regarding social distancing and the use of vehicles for non-essential journeys, we are following government advice and a Police request – the car parks at Grandstand Road are closed until further notice.

To support critical workers in the borough, parking charges have been suspended until end of May in a majority of our car parks. Barriers in the Ashley Centre and Hook Road car parks have been lifted. Parking charges will continue to operate as normal at: Town Hall (rear), Bourne Hall and Hope Lodge car parks.

Parking enforcement: we recognise that due to the coronavirus outbreak, there is less parking capacity on some of our residential roads as more people are at home. Please see our update on parking enforcement in residential streets.

For further information and frequently asked questions visit www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/coronavirus

Headley Court Facility

Epsom and St Helier NHS Foundation Trust have pooled their efforts to create a new facility dedicated to treating patients suffering the symptoms of Covid-19 coronavirus.

The new NHS Hospital at Headley Court in Surrey has 300 beds and will be dedicated to caring for those “recovering from Covid-19 and who no longer need care in an acute hospital, or those who have Covid and can no longer cope with their symptoms at home,” a spokesperson said.

The creation of the new facility is thanks to the efforts of public services teams across Surrey Heartlands including Surrey County Council, the military and the NHS. 

The Headley Court NHS Hospital is due to open on Monday, May 4, and comes amid a surge in demand of bed spaces across the NHS.

Resident and Resident Association issues

It is heart-warming to see so many neighbours out on a Thursday evening clapping to thank the NHS and health care sector workers for the dedication and care that they are continually providing to all of us who need it. Thank you NHS.

Resident Associations in the Epsom area are working with others to provide support across the Borough. Alex Coley from one particular Association advises:-

As you know, the effect of Coronavirus means that many people are unable to go shopping for food. Many others are finding it much harder to access food, or are struggling to feed themselves because of the economic impact.

My charity, The Ruxley Foundation (Charity no. 1178153), is helping. We are supplying wholesale deliveries of fresh fruit and vegetables to the Epsom & Ewell Food Bank, to the local Community Hub and helping elderly and vulnerable people access food deliveries. It’s not just Ruxley residents that benefit, it’s now the whole borough


The local supply chain we have created is working very well. We have now funded £2,000 of food deliveries. But food prices are rising fast. Green vegetables are most affected with market prices increasing by 50%


I am asking for donations so we can continue helping the most vulnerable people in our community https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/ruxley-delivers


If you are able to give a contribution please do. If you can spread the word using the link above please do. I’m sure with our collective networks we can make a big difference to the elderly and vulnerable. Thank you to those of you who have already donated and shared this message. You have been very generous.

Lastly, if you can refer someone in need please put them in touch with me –

Alex Coley alexcoley@ruxley.foundation


For help or indeed to offer help now, there are several groups that have been set up:-

This is one on Facebook

Covid Care – Epsom & Ewell – an amazing organisation doing great things! https://www.facebook.com/groups/521040465281925/

Rainbow

Vegetables and fruit

Matt Smith on Nextdoor continues to sell excellent quality boxes of vegetables and fruit. Go and see his post under Fresh Fruit and Veg – superb quality produce. Collection only at the Lavender Shop on Reigate Road, Wednesdays and Fridays, Midday to 5 pm

Community Coronavirus Care – You may also have seen this flyer that came round – we have heard that the response from them is terrific so if you are struggling, do get in touch.

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Here is a round-up of sites which may be useful at this time:

Deliveroo – now delivering groceries from M&S and the Co-op as well as takeaways from restaurants that desperately need our support i.e. Bill’s, Neapolitan Kitchen, Superfish and many Indian and Pizza restaurants to name but a few. They also arrange for drinks deliveries!

Just Eat – also supplying takeaways from many restaurants in Epsom and Ewell.

Up-to-date information on Surrey issues – try www.getsurrey.co.uk

Also:-

The Ashley Centre – This is open 7 days a week in line with the latest Government guidance. While doing your essential shopping, you can support the amazing staff at Epsom and St Helier hospitals during this challenging time by using the Contactless Donation point which is located by Waitrose. Just choose whether you want to donate £3, £5 or £10 then just ‘Tap & Go’.

Homebase – This store is open from 10 am to 5 pm (4pm on Sundays) with strict controls in place to ensure shopping is safe for everyone.

HalfordsWhilst we are doing our best to stay open, for the safety of our customers and colleagues we may need to close a store earlier than published.

For latest NHS UK advice see: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

For the latest SCC advice see: www.surreycc.gov.uk/coronavirus

For the latest UK government advice see: www.gov.uk/coronavirus

For the latest UK government coronavirus business support advice see: https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support/

Fatal Accident on Reigate Road

As many of you will be aware, on March 21, air ambulance, Surrey Fire and Rescue Service and Surrey Police attended, but the motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident happened at just before 10am and the road remained closed for the remainder of the day for investigation work.

A SurreyLive source, who said they were at the scene shortly after the incident, claims that part of a “dead tree” had fallen into the motorcyclist’s path.

Since July of last year, residents living close to the scene of the accident have both emailed and had telephone conversations with various people at Surrey Highways, Epsom Council and the developer of Sycamore Gardens, advising them of the dangerous nature of dead trees along the Reigate Road but there has not been any action taken by anyone, all saying it was not their responsibility.

We believe that this case is likely now to go to the coroner’s court and the resident will be happy to appear to give evidence of the lack of duty of care.

Indeed, as one resident remarked “It would seem an opportune time while the road is so quiet to have all the debris removed and the site tidied up. I realise that it is not a priority for the council and that their resources have been redeployed, but they could engage an independent tree company, who are probably looking for work, to do the job on their behalf.” Our Surrey County Councillor is following this up.

It is worth mentioning that the same resident’s wife had contacted Railtrack on a Friday to let them know that, when the various bits of tree came down, it had damaged their fence – they repaired it on the following Monday morning..!!

Following on from this, we have had reports from various residents about the need for attention to other trees in the area and we await progress!

Traffic

Epsom Market Place

Work in the Epsom Market Place is almost complete. Works have been put on hold until further notice due to Covid-19 restrictions. The Market and local businesses are open as usual during these works.

High Street – pavement improvement scheme

In order to continue our support for local businesses and the local and wider community, our public realm improvement works will now progress on from the Market Place to the northern section of the footway in the High Street from Waterloo Road to The Marquis of Granby.

These improvement works include: New paving, seating, bus shelters and cycle stands as well as preparations for electrical taxi charging points. Currently works are scheduled to take place from 27 April 2020 until approximately November 2020.

The current paving is now reaching the end of its life and consequently, Surrey County Council in partnership with Epsom & Ewell Borough Council will be replacing the main section of footway that is used by the public to create a better and safer environment for pedestrians. This will match works already completed in South Street, the High Street and the Market Place and will make the area a much more attractive destination for customers and visitors with an environment that is more functional, safe and aesthetically appealing.

Work phases

Work will be completed in sections and will start on outside Carpetright and TK Maxx. This is to ensure social distancing can be maintained both for members of the public as well as the team working on site. We will continue to monitor government guidance in order to determine the safest areas of the pavement to work on. We would appreciate your patience at this time.

Taxi rank and bus stand

In order to facilitate our works and to ensure a safe work site, the bus stand and taxi rank will be suspended and relocated. Signs will be in place to direct you to the temporary locations. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Tanker on East Street (repeated from previous issue)

Many of you will have noticed the tanker on East Street which has been causing some traffic problems. The current position, we are told, is the tanker is likely to be in place for some months due a fairly significant collapse of a local sewer. The tanker is there to stop local flooding of presumably unpleasant material

The affected sewer is located in a small courtyard with no vehicle access and the line of the sewer appears to be under a building. This has created the situation where a specialist engineering and tunnelling team has had to be called in to get the problem resolved.

Given the fact that the work is currently at the planning stage the water people are unable to confirm any timings relating to the removal of the tanker. One key factor is that they will need to agree access to various private properties, which could prove time consuming. So looks like it is there for a while yet!

Planning issues

Coronavirus Planning Service Update

The Planning Service is continuing to receive Planning and Building Applications.  We are providing the service of registering and processing applications so that our officers can continue to deliver our statutory services while working from home.  Where necessary we have modified our processes to make this possible.  You may wish to continue to progress your planning or building matter, make applications or seek pre-application advice.  The majority of decisions are undertaken under delegated authority, and for those matters we are endeavouring to provide a business as usual service.

12 Longdown Lane North – (18/01055/FUL) – the work on the grassy area is almost complete and the new turf looks amazing! A yew hedge now screens the new property and we thank the developer for working with us to create the desired effect. A fence has been put round the affected area so please keep off this.

1 Higher Green (19/00758/FUL) sadly this appeal has been allowed and planning permission is granted for the erection of new 2 ½ storey dwelling and associated landscaping and parking. We are disappointed by this decision as the construction of a dwelling in such a small area will have a great effect on the area, not to mention the chaos the building work will cause to traffic problems.

Lidl – Upper High Street – development of store and housing – building work commenced early in March.

North Looe Estate (170 Reigate Road)(19/01593/FUL) proposed change of use of the land and buildings for a Dog Day-care centre. No news as yet although the last recorded entry on the application status was 30 January!

Guild Living at rear of Epsom Hospital (19/01722/FUL)| demolition of redundant hospital buildings and redevelopment of the site to provide a new care community for older people arranged in two buildings. There are well over 600 objections including the Epsom Civic Society and awaiting a decision.

South Hatch Stables – (18/00308/FUL) – following the decision by the Secretary of State not to call it in, work to finalise the S106 agreement associated with the application is nearing completion after which it is expected that the formal planning approval notice will be issued.

7 Station Approach Stoneleigh – (19/00668/FUL) application for the demolition of existing buildings on site and erection of a part 6, part 7 storey building providing 23 residential flats with associated communal roof terrace, cycle and refuse stores. There are currently 606 Public Comments objecting to this application. A decision has still not yet been made.

Development Site at 24-28 West Street Epsom – (19/01021/FUL) there is no further news on this application for the demolition of the existing building and construction of a new part 9, part 11 and part 13 storey building. There are over 400 objections to this including ones from Historic England and the Civic Society.

The Police Station and Ambulance Station sites in Church Street Epsom  (19/01589/FUL) the application for a retirement development in Epsom by McCarthy & Stone which will include a mix of 19 one bedroom and 41 two bedroom “Extra Care” Retirement Living with associated communal facilities, parking and landscaping following the demolition of the existing buildings is awaiting a decision. There are many comments and objections, including that from the Civic Society.

The Star 2 Cheam Road Ewell – No news on the let by Greenfields to find a suitable tenant for the commercial ground floor of the Star. The change of use to a Medical clinic has been approved.

The Lodge, West Street Ewell – (19/00015/FUL and 19/00801/FUL) No news on the appeal as yet and the new application (19/01604/FUL) for 2 houses and 3 flats has been refused.

SCC – Grass verges – This is not going to be a popular article! – As you are probably aware many of the Council’s personnel and services have been redirected to deal with the Covid 19 crisis. Many of their frontline staff are now looking after the most vulnerable residents across the borough. Looking forward it appears that one of the services that is going to be affected is the grass cutting of the highway verges which is undertaken on behalf of Surrey County Council. Surrey only pay for 4 cuts a year and these will be undertaken but it is highly unlikely that any extra grass cutting will take place for some considerable time.

We appreciate that some residents will say “well what do I pay my council tax for, it not my responsibility” but if you are able and if you wish to cut the verge outside your property then please feel free to do so. This has been cleared with the relevant authorities.

With the green waste collection resuming you can put the grass cuttings in the brown bin or alternatively if you compost at home that is another solution.

If you do not have a brown bin then we would hope that in this difficult time maybe your neighbours who do have a bin would allow you to use theirs. Alternatively you can leave the clippings on the verge.

Thank you for your understanding.

Surrey’s Climate Change Strategy – this has been launched after it was agreed at a Council meeting on 29 April. The priorities and actions include providing a better transport system and supporting residents to take action in their own homes. The New Tree Strategy details the many benefits of planting trees and includes a framework for Surrey to plant 1.2 million trees, one for every Surrey resident by 2030.

SCC joined many other councils across the UK and the UK parliament in declaring a climate emergency situation in July 2019. Councillors agreed to a “collective approach” for how the county can get to net zero carbon emissions by 2050 as per the declaration’s stated goals.

These are the ambitions and targets:

Organisation Emissions | Achieve net zero carbon local authorities that lead by example in promoting sustainable practices across their operations, estate, and vehicles.

Net zero carbon

For Surrey’s

organisational emissions

by 2030 or sooner.

Transport | Deliver and promote an integrated, accessible, affordable and reliable public and

active (walking or cycling) transport system

across the County, thereby reducing journeys

and improving local air quality for improved

health and wellbeing of our residents.

60%

Emissions reduction

in the Transport sector by

2035 against BAU as

a minimum.

Energy Generation | To support the national

decarbonisation ambition by leading renewable

energy generation expansion and bringing low

carbon heating into Surrey homes through smart,

decentralised systems.

15%

Of energy from solar PV

by 2032.

Housing and Planning | To create low carbon, healthy homes for our residents that reduce emissions, have lower running costs and improve

the wellbeing of our community.

66%

Emissions reduction in

the domestic housing

sector by 2035 against

BAU as a minimum.

Buildings and Infrastructure | To drive forward

the transition to a zero carbon built environment, through the pursuit of lower operational energy use, increased supply of renewable energy to Surrey’s buildings and reduced embodied carbon – the GHG emissions associated with non-operational phases e.g. construction.

61%

Emissions reduction

across commercial and

public buildings sector by

2035 against BAU as a

minimum.

Waste, Resources and Circular Economy

Rethink our current approach to waste, to create a system centred on circular economy principles that seeks to prioritise the reduction of waste creation, encouraging innovative approaches to waste reutilisation and recycling – throwing away will become a last resort.

70%

Of all local authority

collected waste reused,

composted or recycled

by 2030.

Land Use and Food Systems | Develop a land

use framework for Surrey focused on increasing

accessible green spaces, woodland cover in appropriate locations in line with national targets and sustainable farming practices

1.2 million

Trees planted by 2030.

Industry and Green Economy | Pursue the transition to clean growth, through the decarbonisation of all major sectors and investment in the development of clean technologies and industries that create jobs and improve the quality of life for our residents.

56%

Emissions reduction

across industry by

2035 against BAU as a

minimum.

For more information on the strategy go to: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/climate-change/what-are-we-doing/climate-change-strategy

And for information on the tree strategy go to: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/climate-change/what-are-we-doing/new-tree-strategy

Climate

 

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.

STAY SAFE EVERYONE

AS COLONEL TOM SAYS

TOMORROW WILL BE A GOOD DAY”

 

Tom

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Ewell Downs News Bulletin Mar/Apr 2020

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Where does one start!  We are living in the more overwhelming and unprecedented times with no end in sight.  This is where communities come into their own and contact and help are critical.  Examples of where assistance can be obtained are detailed later.

Firstly, as you are no doubt aware, our AGM has been postponed.  Unfortunately the print run for the AGM Report had been done so it was too late to make any changes advising its postponement.  Since the Report gave other information, it was deemed important for it to be distributed and we hope you have received this, and the green envelope for your annual subscription (which is now £5 per annum).  If this is not the case, it is published on the web site www.ewelldownsra.org. 

We would mention that even if your subscriptions are paid by standing order or online banking, do send back the envelope, when safe to do so, with your email address so we can make sure you are receiving these bulletins regularly.

Coronavirus – COVID -19

Many residents have come forward via our web site to offer help in any way to neighbours and in these uncertain times it is heart-warming to see the goodwill that is apparent, especially as help may be needed for some time to come.

Resident Associations in the Epsom area are working with others to provide support across the Borough.  This is their message:- 

We know that this is a particularly unsettling time for those over the age of 70 and for those who are unwell, or have had to self-isolate. Whilst many have family and friends who can rally round, we know that not everyone does. A considerable amount of work is being done right now by local charities, the Councils, and the volunteer groups that have emerged in recent days to ensure that they can provide everyone with the support they need, and also to make the best use of the people who have offered help. Several of those organisations, including representatives of the Residents’ Association in E&E, have met to coordinate those activities and make them safe, and those involved will send round more details later in the week of what help is needed and what to do if you need help. In the meanwhile please make your neighbours your first port of call to make sure that they are OK.

For help or indeed to offer help now, there are several groups that have been set up:-

This is one on Nextdoor Ewell Downs

Epsom Covid-19 Help and Assistance

Group for anyone wanting to help! 

Also on Nextdoor, Matt Smith is selling boxes of vegetables and fruit.  Go and see his post under Fresh Fruit and Veg – superb quality produce.  Collection only at the Lavender Shop on Reigate Road, Wednesdays and Fridays, Midday to 5 pm 

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COVID Care – Epsom & Ewell with the link

https://www.facebook.com/groups/521040465281925/

You may also have seen the flyer that came round – we have heard that the response from them is terrific so if you are struggling, do get in touch.

Care

Don’t forget to keep your local restaurants in business by spoiling yourselves with multiple take-aways!

Reigate Road litter lady! – there is a lovely lady who goes out every week to pick up the litter along the Reigate Road, the Glyn playing fields and the bridleways, including that to Ewell East Station. We extend a massive thank you to her, it’s so refreshing to see the difference. Apparently she collected almost 300 nitrous oxide canisters from one area!  Thank you so much!

For a touch of light relief go have a look at Mr Motivator: A Touch of Motivation 10 Minute Workout or The Beatles ‘I gotta wash my hands’ on youtube!

Here are some posts which may be useful:

The Ashley Centre – In line with the latest Government guidance, our Centre remains open. We have an obligation to remain open so our community can continue to buy essential health, hygiene, food and toiletry products that they need during this difficult time.’

Homebase – ‘following the government update of its guidance to retailers, and as a result of that update we are temporarily closing all Homebase stores across the UK from 6pm on 25th March. We are now working through the best way to continue providing communities with access to essential products, while prioritising the safety of our team members and customers during this unprecedented time. Our website remains open. We’ll keep you updated at homebase.co.uk.

Halfords – ‘Staying safe while we stay open. We are currently open for business to support our communities by providing essential products and services. But the way our stores operate has changed. The health and wellbeing of our colleagues and customers is our top priority, so please go to our web site to see the steps we are taking to help everyone stay safe during this unprecedented time.’ 

Farmers’ market – With the latest advice issued from the Government on the impact of COVID-19, Surrey Markets have come to the difficult decision to postpone all upcoming markets. The health and well-being of both the producers and customers is paramount and even with social distancing in place, the advice is clear on protecting the vulnerable and reducing the curve to assist the NHS.

We appreciate that regular access to food will become a priority during the crisis and a number of our producers will continue to sell through their websites or shop locations.

Council services press statement – 

“Friday, 27 March, 2020

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council is working hard to safeguard our residents and staff and keep essential services running during the present circumstances, particularly to the most vulnerable in our community.

While we will endeavour to deliver the majority of our services as normal, some will be modified as we follow Government, Public Health England and NHS guidelines. In addition, and as part of our Covid-19 planning, we have prioritised our services for those who may need additional help (delivering our Meals at Home service to the isolated elderly in our community takes precedence over grounds maintenance, for example).

Volunteering: We are aware that many people want to help older and more vulnerable people in their local area. We are directing those who wish to help their community to contact Central Surrey Voluntary Action (CSVA) who are registering a pool of potential volunteers who may be able to assist voluntary organisations across Epsom and Ewell during the current pandemic. Please see – www.centralsurreyvoluntaryaction.co.uk Telephone 01372 722911 Email: admin@csva.co.uk

Keep up to date:

For latest NHS UK advice see: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

For the latest Surrey County Council advice see: www.surreycc.gov.uk/coronavirus

For the latest UK government advice see: www.gov.uk/coronavirus

For the latest UK government coronavirus business support advice see: https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support/

Update 26/03/20

In line with the Government’s direction to help slow the spread of Covid-19, we’ve taken the decision to close or restrict access to the car parks at our green spaces.

The Government has said that during the present crisis people can only leave their homes for certain purposes, including one period of exercise each day, however we have seen huge numbers driving to our parks and open spaces that are already crowded.

Epsom Downs and Nonsuch Park have been particularly busy and we’re being forced to take this stringent measure to protect the public.

If you are going out for exercise, we encourage you to stay local, observe social distancing and not to travel.

For the full government guidance on staying at home and away from others (social distancing) see: https://bit.ly/StayHome1

Update 25/03/2020

Epsom Market Thursday 26 March: We are pleased to confirm we are able to allow our market traders to continue to provide food and produce tomorrow, Thursday 26 March in Epsom Market Place. Please be assured that they do this in strict accordance with government guidelines. We are taking precautions including putting up barriers for customers to queue up in line with social distancing guidelines. We also expect all shoppers to follow government advice whist shopping for essentials. If rules are not followed, we will have to ask the trader to stop trading until the social distancing guidelines are adhered to.
For full guidance please see: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Building control inspections: New requests for building control inspections have been suspended until further notice.

Shop mobility service: This service has been closed until further notice.

Pest control service: This service has been suspended until further notice.

Parks and open spaces: If you are using our parks and open spaces for walks or to take exercise please remember to follow the government’s social distancing guidance to prevent the further spread of Covid-19. Avoid crowds. Keep a minimum of 2 metres/ 6 feet apart. We will be monitoring visitor capacity at our parks and open spaces. Please see full guidance here: https://bit.ly/StayHome1

Epsom Downs is used to train racehorses every morning from 6am to 12 noon. To allow the training to take place safely, do not visit Epsom Downs before 12noon and please try to avoid the area entirely if you can

Take your litter home. Our staff are being diverted to deliver critical services, and we need you to take your rubbish home with you rather than using litter bins or littering

Update 23/03/2020

In the interests of public safety and to help reduce the spread of Covid-19, from Tuesday 24 March all playgrounds within the borough will be closed until further notice and we will not be carrying out routine inspections of the play equipment.

Update 20/03/2020

The Town Hall building will be closed to walk-in visitors from Monday 23 March until further notice.

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the borough council has decided to close the main, housing benefits and council tax receptions. Please email contactus@epsom-ewell.gov.uk or call 01372 732000. For queries regarding homelessness please email: housing@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

At this busy time, please contact us online at www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk where at all possible – you can do this using our report it/apply for it/pay for it pages.

Epsom Cemetery will close at 3.30pm daily from Monday 23 March until further notice.

Garden waste recycling collections: As we prioritise activity, we have had to take the decision to suspend garden waste recycling collections with immediate effect. This includes collections due today, Friday 20 March, which will not take place. For more information please see our website.

Bourne Hall and Ewell Court House are closed as of today, Thursday 19 March.

Bulky waste collections – As we prioritise activity, we regret that we are unable to accept any new bookings for bulky waste collections. We aim to collect all existing bookings made by 18 March as advised to each individual customer. But we cannot now accept any new bookings until further notice. Please see our website for further information.

The gates on Old London Road on Epsom Downs are now closed until further notice.

 

Epsom Playhouse

The safety of our audience is paramount to us and in light of the most recent official government advice and decisions being taken by the production companies, the Epsom Playhouse is currently closed and will remain closed until further notice. Where possible, shows are being rescheduled for later in the year this year and tickets will be automatically transferred.

If you have bought tickets to a show that has been cancelled or are unable to attend the revised show date, then you are entitled to a refund and we will be in touch. Please bear with us and do not contact the box office as the team deal with the huge workload generated by this unprecedented situation.

Community and wellbeing centre

In response to advice that people in the most at risk groups should avoid contact with others; we are temporarily suspending visitor and public access to the Centre from Friday 20 March so that we can increase meals production and distribution to older and more vulnerable people at their home.

The vast majority of our clients who had been visiting the centre are already self isolating so we are carefully assessing with them how we can best meet their needs at home and ensuring that our service can respond to this.

Events

Please note, changes to the following events:

  • Round the Borough Bike due to take place on 10 May has been rescheduled to take place in September
  • Diabetes Walks programme has been postponed
  • Just Play held on Mondays and Epsom Community Football Project held at Court Recreation Ground on Mondays and Tuesdays has been cancelled.
  • Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club activities in April and May have been cancelled.  

Update 17/03/2020

At Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, we’re working hard to safeguard our residents and staff during the present circumstances.

We are continuing to follow government, Public Health England and NHS UK guidelines and we have instigated the following initiatives to protect residents and staff:

Our residents, customers, local businesses

  • We are sharing the latest health advice and information from the government, Public Health England, NHS UK and working with our partners including Surrey County Council and neighbouring borough and district councils, to ensure information and advice is shared through a variety of channels
  • Intensifying cleaning regimes at all council buildings and venues
  • We have temporarily moved the Town Hall reception to the old cash office / Post Office are in Civic Street
  • We have provided Surrey wide advice on our website regarding disposing of personal waste by those who are self-isolating. For more information please see our website
  • The Community & Wellbeing Centre will be temporarily closed from this Friday 20 March for clients and the public to attend. However, we will continue to support the vulnerable members of our community through our Meals at Home, Transport from Home, community alarm and shopping services
  • We are increasing the capacity of our Meals at Home service, acknowledging that there may be many more residents who will want to use this service
  • We are increasing our capacity to supply community alarms for vulnerable residents living independently
  • We have increased our arrangements with local retailers to be able to provide shopping for vulnerable residents
  • We have increased the interior cleaning of our Transport from Home and Meals at Home services and parking payment machines
  • We are actively considering the suspension of activities at Epsom Playhouse, Bourne Hall and Ewell Court House. Further information will be made available as soon as possible
  • Ensuring we provide relevant advice to all sections of our community, including rough sleepers
  • Working closely with hospitals to support discharged patients.

Our staff

  • We are signposting staff to Public Health England and NHS UK health advice. Information and posters have been placed around all council buildings and venues
  • Additional anti-bacterial wipes and hand sanitisers supplied have been made widely available throughout our offices
  • Requiring staff to self-isolate if they have symptoms
  • Providing guidance for managers on how to support and answer queries from employees and volunteers
  • Requiring staff to wash their hands frequently with soap and water, or use hand sanitiser if they are out and about
  • Intensifying the cleaning of our offices, community centres and vehicles
  • Providing equipment to enable staff to work from home if needed and to use conference call facilities
  • Cutting back on non-essential travel, meetings and training
  •  Heads of Service and their teams are reviewing business continuity plans as appropriate to ensure continued services

Additional actions will be taken in line with occupational health and public health practices as they emerge.

Closed to the public – Surrey County Council Community Recycling Centre, Blenheim Road (the tip)

Please note: Surrey County Council has announced that, in line with current government rules its Community Recycling Centre, Blenheim Road is closed to the public until further notice from Tuesday 24 March 2020.

Bin collections – what you can do to help 

We’re doing everything we can to keep bin collections running as normal. But it’s likely that services will be impacted because of staff shortages due to sickness. At the moment we have had to suspend garden waste collections and bulky waste collections.

How you can help

To help us keep collections running as well as possible, here are some things you can do to help:

  • Due to reduced traffic, or other operational changes, your usual collection times may change. So put your bins out early – from 6.30am – and leave them out until they’ve been emptied.
  • Please be considerate when parking your car on a collection day. This will help to ensure our collection vehicles can access your road.
  • Right thing, right bin helps to ensure that we can collect your bins on the right day.
  • Reduce your waste as much as possible. Our services are under strain at the present time. Could you use an alternative reusable item, or use something again instead of throwing it away? Great tips for reducing waste.
  • Compact your recycling into bins as much as possible to maximise space.
  • Start composting at home – buy a compost bin at a reduced rate, or your own food waste digester!
  • If you decide to have a clear-out while you’re at home, please don’t put everything in the bin straight away. Wait until normal service resumes.

Thank you. We are working hard to maintain services and your help means a great deal to us.

How to deal with waste if you are self-isolating 

The Government has advised that anyone who is self-isolating with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), including those with a diagnosis of the virus, should treat their household waste as follows:

Personal waste

Personal waste e.g. used tissues, and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags.

These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste within your own room. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin.

Other household waste

Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.”

Don’t forget that with the glorious weather we have been having that many residents are taking advantage of getting some gardening done or just out and about in the fresh air.  The last thing we need is someone having a bonfire and ruining the day for us all.  Please be considerate.

Traffic disruption in Epsom High Street – from Surrey County Council

Start date: Monday 6 April 2020   Duration: For 3 nights 8pm – 6am Road closed (eastbound only) Please look out for advance warning signs on site for any date changes or check one.network and  @EpsomLC on Twitter.

What we are doing – We are carrying out carriageway resurfacing on the eastbound carriageway of High Street, Epsom.  Works area and closure (eastbound only):   

Information for residents and businesses – High Street will be closed eastbound between Waterloo Road and East Street whilst we carry out our resurfacing works. We will make sure you can get to and from your house or business when it is safe to do so. Please talk to a member of our staff on site if you need help – talking to our staff can solve most issues. 

Tanker on East Street (repeated from previous issue)

Many of you will have noticed the tanker on East Street which has been causing some traffic problems.  The current position, we are told, is the tanker is likely to be in place for some months due a fairly significant collapse of a local sewer. The tanker is there to stop local flooding of presumably unpleasant material

The affected sewer is located in a small courtyard with no vehicle access and the line of the sewer appears to be under a building. This has created the situation where a specialist   engineering and tunnelling team has had to be called in to get the problem resolved.

Given the fact that the work is currently at the planning stage the water people are unable to confirm any timings relating to the removal of the tanker. One key factor is that they will need to agree access to various private properties, which could prove time consuming. So looks like it is there for a while yet!

Now for a round-up of planning issues 

12 Longdown Lane North – (18/01055/FUL) – the work on the grassy area has started and the area is looking much better.  A fence has been put round the affected area so please keep off this.

1 Higher Green (19/00758/FUL) the appeal is in progress but nothing to report at the moment.

North Looe Estate (170 Reigate Road)(19/01593/FUL) proposed change of use of the land and buildings for a Dog Day-care centre.  No news as yet.

Guild Living at rear of Epsom Hospital (19/01722/FUL)| demolition of redundant hospital buildings and redevelopment of the site to provide a new care community for older people arranged in two buildings. There are approximately 587 objections including the Epsom Civic Society and awaiting a decision. 

South Hatch Stables – (18/00308/FUL) – the news on this application for the demolition of the existing Racehorse Training Establishment is that the Secretary of State has decided not to call it in. It was recommended for approval by EEBC Planning Committee. Work to finalise the S106 agreement associated with the application is nearing completion after which it is expected that the formal planning approval notice will be issued.

7 Station Approach Stoneleigh – (19/00668/FUL) application for the demolition of existing buildings on site and erection of a part 6, part 7 storey building providing 23 residential flats with associated communal roof terrace, cycle and refuse stores.  There are currently 606 Public Comments objecting to this application. A decision has still not yet been made. 

Development Site at 24-28 West Street Epsom – (19/01021/FUL) there is no further news on this application for the demolition of the existing building and construction of a new part 9, part 11 and part 13 storey building. There are over 400 objections to this including ones from Historic England and the Civic Society.

The Police Station and Ambulance Station sites in Church Street Epsom  (19/01589/FUL) the application for a retirement development in Epsom by McCarthy & Stone which will include a mix of 19 one bedroom and 41 two bedroom “Extra Care” Retirement Living with associated communal facilities, parking and landscaping following the demolition of the existing buildings is awaiting a decision.  There are many comments and objections, including that from the Civic Society.

The Star 2 Cheam Road Ewell – No news on the let by Greenfields to find a suitable tenant for the commercial ground floor of the Star or the change of use to a Medical clinic. 

The Lodge, West Street Ewell – (19/00015/FUL and 19/00801/FUL) No news on the appeal as yet and the new application (19/01604/FUL) for 2 houses and 3 flats has been refused.

Horton Country Park – Bluebell Walk – Sunday 19 April 2 – 4 pm – no news on whether this has been cancelled.

Enjoy a walk through the woods of Horton Country Park LNR, taking in the beauty of spring – Join a member of the Countryside Team at the Information Centre by the main car park at 2 pm. The bluebells are growing! Please keep to main paths, don’t let dogs trample the bluebells and no horses allowed in Pond Wood – sorry! Worth it to see the beautiful carpets of bluebells though!

BlueBells

May Day Bank Holiday the early May bank holiday in 2020 will move from Monday 4 May to Friday 8 May to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day which takes place on 8 May, and enable people to pay tribute to those who served in one of the most significant events in our country’s history, Business Secretary Greg Clark has announced. The occasion will remember the contribution of British, Commonwealth and Allied armed forces personnel; those who contributed to the war effort and safeguarded the Home Front. As well as marking the Allies’ victory in 1945, the bank holiday will serve as an opportunity to pay tribute to those who have served and continue to serve in the UK Armed Forces and their families.

Commemorative events will take place over the 3-day weekend across the Borough. Are you thinking of having a street party that day – see www.streetparty.org.uk for further information. There is obviously a caveat about this even taking place – we will keep you informed.

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. 

STAY SAFE EVERYONE

A reminder of Spring from one of London’s parks:-

Blossom

 

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Ewell Downs News Bulletin Feb/Mar 2020

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February has been a busy month as the AGM Notice had to be done, hence a rather late bulletin – however here goes!  Some of the items will be repeated in the AGM Notice as some people do not get the Bulletins.

NOTICE

The Eighty Fifth Annual General Meeting

Will be held at

WALLACE FIELDS JUNIOR SCHOOL in the Hall

 7.30pm on Monday 30 March 2020

GUEST SPEAKER – Alex Coley, Borough Councillor – 

Climate Change Action

AGENDA

  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Minutes of the Eighty Fourth AGM held on 6 March 2019
  3. Statement of Accounts
  4. Report from the Committee
  5. Election of Officers, Committee and Examiner of Accounts
  6. Councillors’ Forum
  7. 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.

I have decided that after almost ten years of acting as Chair, it’s time for me to step down and let someone else take up the reins.  Steve Whiteway, who joined our committee a while ago, has agreed to take on this role and I am sure he will bring new ideas and enthusiasm to the Association.  I shall continue as Treasurer and to produce the bulletins for the foreseeable future.  May I thank everyone who has supported me over the years, many of whom I now count on as friends.

Paula Mcnally, who has acted as secretary since the early 2000’s, is also stepping down from her role.  Paula has been a source of great information and help to me and the Association and we are most grateful to her for years of enduring and efficient service. Thank you so much Paula – enjoy your “free” time. 

Good news is that Michael Arthur has agreed to be our President.  Michael’s knowledge of all local matters is invaluable and we are delighted to welcome him.

With Paula standing down, there will be a vacancy for a Secretary.  Is there someone out there who would like to have a go and come and join us? Please come and have a word about what is involved, we would be delighted to welcome you.  

Now for a round-up of planning issues 

12 Longdown Lane North – (18/01055/FUL) – the work here is almost complete and we are working with the developer to reinstate the grassy area in front of the house which is well used by residents and school children. Rain has not helped!

1 Higher Green (19/00758/FUL) this has gone to appeal – as unfortunately anticipated!  We have appealed, as have many other residents. In this connection have discovered a particularly disturbing lack of compliance with regulations regarding letters of objection to be sent to the Inspectorate.  Some documents were missing from the website and others had not been forwarded as is the legal duty of the Council.  This highlights a breakdown in the Planning Department and we are certainly taking this matter further as this is not the first time this has happened.  

Higher Green/Links Road – Backland Development (19/00354/FUL) we have teamed up with Links Road to oppose the backland development application for the erection of 4 new dwellings and associated access, landscaping and parking which has gone to appeal.  We have contributed to the fighting fund.  Stop Press we have just heard that the appeal has been dismissed!

North Looe Estate (170 Reigate Road)(19/01593/FUL) proposed change of use of the land and buildings for a Dog Day-care centre.  The Dog Day-care Centre will accommodate up to 40 dogs on the site at any one time, and the supporting staff (at full capacity) would comprise 4 drivers/walkers and 2 x day care assistants. In addition, there would be the day-care manager and owner. The operational hours would be from 8.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday. However, when allowing for the fact that dogs will be collected between 8am and 9.30pm from their owners’ homes it is expected that many of the dogs will arrive at the site between 9.30am and 10.00am and depart around 3.30pm. As such, dogs will be on the site for only 6 hours during the working week. No dogs will be kept at the premises overnight. There do not appear to be any objections to this and a decision is awaited pending the answers to the questions raised by the SCC Highways Officer.

Guild Living at rear of Epsom Hospital (19/01722/FUL)| demolition of redundant hospital buildings and redevelopment of the site to provide a new care community for older people arranged in two buildings, comprising 302 to 308 care residences, 8 to 12 care apartments and 26 to 30 care suites proving transitional care, together with ancillary communal and support services Use Class C2, 24 key worker units Use Class C3, children’s nursery Use Class D1 as well as associated back of house and service areas, car and cycle parking, altered vehicular and pedestrian access, landscaping, private amenity space and public open space. This is truly a massive application – probably the largest ever seen in the Borough on such a small site. It extends to 9 storeys high.  Undoubtedly this will being receiving much publicity and generating strong opposition.

South Hatch Stables – (18/00308/FUL) – there is no further news on referral of this 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 of 40 boxes and other facilities together with a residential development comprising 46 apartments to the Secretary of State who will decide whether to call it in for review as Green Belt is involved.

7 Station Approach Stoneleigh – (19/00668/FUL) application for the demolition of existing buildings on site and erection of a part 6, part 7 storey building providing 23 residential flats with associated communal roof terrace, cycle and refuse stores.  There are currently 603 Public Comments objecting to this application. A decision has not yet been made and the opposition group (Stop Stoneleigh Towers Action Group) advise that Woolbro Homes were due to present their 3rd redesign to the EEBC planning committee and ward councillor on Friday 17th January…. an application will follow this … watch this space or come to SSTBAG meetings Thursdays 7pm at St. John’s church hall Stoneleigh by the Station…. Woolbro have been invited.

Development Site at 24-28 West Street Epsom – (19/01021/FUL) there is no further news on this application for the demolition of the existing building and construction of a new part 9, part 11 and part 13 storey building containing ground floor commercial/retail (A1, A2 and B1 uses) and 29 residential units (C3 use) on upper levels and associated development.  There are over 400 objections to this including ones from Historic England and the Civic Society.

The Police Station and Ambulance Station sites in Church Street Epsom  (19/01589/FUL) an application has been lodged for a retirement development in Epsom by McCarthy & Stone which will include a mix of 19 one bedroom and 41 two bedroom “Extra Care” Retirement Living with associated communal facilities, parking and landscaping following the demolition of the existing buildings. This development is over six floors and worth a look.

Young Farmers Hut, North Looe – (18/00850/FUL) – further to approval of the change of use from club hut to artist’s studio, the Planning Department has ruled that application for the Hard and Soft Landscaping are insufficient and unacceptable. This landscaping application has therefore been refused.

The Star 2 Cheam Road Ewell – Greenfields has been instructed to find a suitable tenant for the commercial ground floor of the Star, marking a key milestone in getting this much loved building back into full use. It is understood the rent being asked is in the region of £40,000pa. Generally the building now looks excellent and is in the best shape it has been for many years However the council has recently received an application for a change of permitted use of the downstairs area from A3 (Restaurant) to D1(Medical clinic). Your committee will consider their response to this application in due course. While the priority must be to get the building back into use, it would be a pity to lose the opportunity to return The Star to its historic purpose as a place selling food and drink.

The Lodge, West Street Ewell – (19/00015/FUL and 19/00801/FUL) The first application to build 3 houses on the site of The Lodge nearest the footpath, was approved early in 2019 The second application for 2 houses and 4 flats, on the site of The Lodge itself, was refused much to the delight of the residents. However an appeal has been lodged against the refusal and in the meantime a new application (19/01604/FUL) for 2 houses and 3 flats has been lodged. There is considerable local feeling and opposition about the bulk mass and density of the application within the Ewell Village Conservation area.

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. This was approved on 23 July 2019.

Land at Epsom and Ewell High School, Ruxley Lane, West Ewell   (18/01360/FUL) a major planning application for the demolition of existing classroom and other buildings and construction of a two storey classroom block, pitches etc plus erection of 161 dwellings including associated parking, landscaping was approved with decision issued on 15 January 2020.

EPSOM AND EWELL BOROUGH COUNCIL – COUNCIL TAX

In February the Residents’ Association run Borough Council approved a council tax increase of £4.95 or just over  9 pence a week for a Band D property* and keeps the Borough Council’s portion of the council tax to one of the lowest in Surrey at £198.36 for the year.

The Borough Council no longer receives any Revenue Support Grant from the Government; however we made over £519k of efficiency savings in 2019/2020 and have made plans to reduce organisational costs by a further £463k in 2020/2021.   As in previous years we have set a balanced budget with no use of reserves and, once again, have not cut any services.

*Epsom & Ewell Borough Council collects the council tax on behalf of EEBC, SCC and Surrey Police but only 10% of your council tax goes to Epsom and Ewell Borough Council.  76% of your council tax goes to SCC, and 14% to Surrey Police.

POSITIVE CRIME TRENDS

Crime is unfortunately somewhat inevitable, and when it happens it is deeply upsetting, but headline figures for the Borough over the latter part of 2019 (April-December) are encouraging. Ultimately, Epsom & Ewell is in a good position and crime has reduced significantly in key areas compared to other Boroughs. Inspector Joe Easterbrook says, “The figures are a result of effective problem solving strategies and a consistent stream of actionable intelligence. We are of course ever reliant on community intelligence, and this is where your ongoing communication with the team is fundamental.” 

The headline figures in the period were:

•       Domestic Burglary: -25.3% (78 fewer offences)

•       Vehicle Crime: -15.4% (70 fewer offences)

•       Drug Offences: -19.6% (28 fewer offences)

•       Violence (Injury): +5.8% (20 more offences)

•       Violence (Without Injury): +8.8% (104 more offences)

•       Robbery: -47.1% (16 fewer offences)

•       Anti-Social Behaviour: -19.2% (288 fewer incidents)

  •      Unauthorised Encampments: -37.5% (10 fewer incidents)

The priorities of the local neighbourhood police team have recently been agreed and are fourfold: Protect local neighbourhoods and communities; Safeguard the vulnerable; Manage and divert offenders; and Earn community confidence. It is planned to achieve these objectives through increased visibility and familiarity; community engagement to identify priorities for action; and targeted collaborative problem solving.

Residents in Hampton Grove may have been aware of an incident in January when a resident encountered two youths who appeared to be acting suspiciously at the end of the footpath leading from Beech Walk into Hampton Grove. When challenged one of them approached the resident in a very threatening and aggressive way saying he would beat me up if I did not give him phone/camera. The resident has reported this matter to the police and the February bulletin showed photos of the youths.  We advise all residents to be aware and watchful. 

CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION PLAN ADOPTED

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council has recently agreed an ambitious plan to address the negative environmental impact of activities undertaken within the borough by the council and others in the local community. As part of its plan to tackle the ‘climate emergency’, the council has adopted a 15 year target to become net carbon neutral by 2035. Alex Coley will be giving a presentation at our AGM so if you have any questions or suggestions, do come along and take part – while enjoying a glass of wine!

“HAPPY TO CHAT” BENCHES one of the Council initiatives as part of the Health and Wellbeing action plan is to designate some of the benches in the Ashley Centre as “chatting benches” where anyone who is happy to chat can sit and strike up a conversation with like-minded people.  It is hoped that single people may benefit from the companionship of others while shopping in Epsom. 

POLLING STATION REVIEW we have been trying to get an alternative Polling Station to Wallace Fields Junior School.  This is the message received from the Chief Executive:

“Unfortunately there is a process, like most things in local government, to go through if we are to change a polling station…. We did, investigate the use of a porta cabin to be placed on the school premises, but unfortunately this also was not feasible.  Work is continuing to try and find a long term solution to this problem.” We can assure you that everything is being done to get the location changed.

TANKER ON EAST STREET

Many of you will have noticed the tanker on East Street which has been causing some traffic problems.  The current position, we are told, is the tanker is likely to be in place for some months due a fairly significant collapse of a local sewer. The tanker is there to stop local flooding of presumably unpleasant material

The affected sewer is located in a small court yard with no vehicle access and the line of the sewer appears to be under a building. This has created the situation where a specialist   engineering and tunnelling team has had to be called in to get the problem resolved.

Given the fact that the work is currently at the planning stage the water people are unable to confirm any timings relating to the removal of the tanker. One key factor is that they will need to agree access to various private properties, which could prove time consuming. So looks like it is there for a while yet!

Emily Davison Memorial Project seeks support

A group of local residents are leading a project to install a memorial to the suffragette Emily Wilding Davison in Epsom, the town where Emily lost her life campaigning for women’s right to vote. 

The Emily Davison Memorial Project is raising money to produce and install a life-size bronze statue of Emily, sitting on a contemporary granite bench, in the redeveloped Market Place in Epsom town centre. Epsom and Ewell Borough Council and Surrey County Council are both behind the project, and over £25,000 of the £50,000 target has been raised so far. 

It is hoped that the community will support the project, which will represent Epsom and Ewell’s commitment to gender equality, bring people into the town centre, and add to a number of similar statues of suffragettes installed nationally in the past few years so the sacrifices they made are never forgotten. 

To find out more or to donate please visit www.emilydavisonproject.org. You can also contact the project via email on info@emilydavisonproject.org

INFORMATION FROM CLIVE WOODBRIDGE

Health & Wellbeing action plan will be agreed by committee next week. Range of measures designed to improve health outcomes for residents – five priorities identified: eating well and reducing use of alcohol; living life to the full, whatever your age; supporting vulnerable residents to live well; supporting mental and emotional wellbeing or our residents; supporting residents to stay connected. Number of initiatives over the next two years – eg support for social prescribing; promoting walking and cycling’; and ‘happy to chat’ benches.

Council will also be approving two key strategic documents. Future 40 sets out long term vision for the Borough around the themes of Green & Vibrant; Opportunity & Prosperity; Safe & Well; Cultural and Creative; Smart & Connected. This in turn has influenced the new four year Corporate Plan 2020-2024. This revolves around the five themes above, plus another, Effective Council, which focuses on financial stewardship. Plan sets out strategic priorities for the Council over the next four years and will be regularly monitored.

Climate Change Action Plan will be adopted by full Council next week. This outlines plans in short and medium term to reduce the environmental impact of EEBC’s own activities and work with residents and other stakeholders across the Borough to become carbon neutral by 2035. Short term this will include appointment on a two year contract of and environment and sustainability officer to coordinate the Council’s work on Climate Change. Local Plan will also be a key influence on climate change action strategy.

Planning policy – over 2018/19 165 new dwellings were completed. This is 28% of identified housing need. Lowest level for many years. Will fail Government’s Housing Delivery Test, meeting only 46% of target over three years, and so the 20% ‘buffer’, taking us to a total target of 685 units a year, will continue. The 2019/2020 forecast is for around 120 completions, taking delivery against target down to around 28% over 3 years. This will be one of lowest in country, making us vulnerable to being made an ‘example’ of.

Local Plan. Work gathering the evidence base is proceeding apace, and intention is we will go out to the Regulation 18 consultation in Spring 2020. Possibly lead to adoption by end of 2022. Lengthy process – if can fast track we will do. Local community, and other stakeholders will be extensively consulted over the Spring/Summer months, and there will be a final pre-application consultation in 2021. Need new Local Plan as a matter of urgency to defend against ad hoc, predatory development; and also possible direct government intervention.

Temporary accommodation housing number creeping up again, to over 60. Cost to council well over £ 1 million a year. Defoe Court coming into use will help later this year, as will social housing element of Sycamore Gardens.

Bourne Hall car park charges before 9am will come into effect, despite representations made. Feeling was, it seems, that schools near Bourne Hall should not get ‘preferential’ treatment.

Mobile CCTV has been procured by council and will be delivered this month. Suggestions for its use are welcomed.

Slowing down the village speedsters

A team of EVRA residents concerned about high speeds in the village, including your chairman, recently attended a Surrey Police training course at Caterham. We came away with the signs, hi-vis vests and a radar ‘gun’ needed to set up a “Speedwatch” scheme. Drivers spotted exceeding 36mph will first receive a Police warning letter, then on the third occasion a visit from a Police Casualty Reduction’ Officer.

FROM SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL

Encouraging news on Highways trees

SCC has recently published a draft of a new Highway Tree Planting and Verge Enhancement Scheme.   Although the Scheme will not be formally adopted until April your RA councillors at SCC have been advised that Highways Officers will be following the guidelines from now on. 

The guidelines provide information on what to consider as well as how to progress opportunities to plant trees and shrubs on highway land and enhance existing highway verges.  SCC says it is now actively encouraging planting on the highway, but points out that “it is vital that the right tree or shrub is planted in the right location and supported by proper maintenance.”

The report contains a provisional list of trees which will be considered by the County Council Arboriculture team to plant on the highway. The Council will only permit species which are native or are compliant with bio-security measures and fully approved for use in the United Kingdom.

Only time will tell whether the more positive approach suggested by the guidelines will result in many more highway trees being planted in our residential streets. But it is certainly something that all your RA councillors support and will hold the ruling group at SCC to account.

Blocked Drains – is the drain in the road outside your home blocked causing flooding in this inclement weather? We clean out drains that are blocked from the inside. If you think that a drain is blocked and might be the cause of a localised flood, please drain. Find out more about drains and how we clear them and see a list of frequently asked questions on our drains pages.

 DATES FOR YOUR DIARY 

Epsom Farmers Market – Sunday 1 March and thereafter on 1st Sunday of each month – 9:30am to 1:30pm ** get there early to get the best bargains**. 

A wonderful selection of fresh local produce including: Fresh Meats and Sausages and Pies; Poultry and Game; Eggs; Fish; Vegetables, fruits and herbs; Freshly baked breads; Cheeses; Seasonal plants for the garden; Pies and cakes.

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St Mary’s Ewell, Bach Lunchtime Recital – Tuesday 3 March 

Enjoy half an hour of sublime music on our fabulous Henry Willis Organ.

Jonathan Holmes complete Bach cycle over the next couple of years at St. Mary’s began in January and the next concert is on 3 March. Admission to the lunchtime concerts is free. Pop in after Cafe Nescot in the Church Hall or bring your own sandwiches! 

Herald of Spring 60’ Theme – Bourne Hall Ewell – Saturday 7 March 9.30 am to 5 pm.

If you’re looking for a family day out to kick start the Spring season, why not pop down to Herald of Spring this year?

This year’s event will be more jam-packed than ever. There will be a range of beautiful floral arrangements to enjoy as well as a special display courtesy of Ashtead Park Garden Centre. You can meet the teams of local volunteers and countryside groups who will be happy to talk to you about the borough’s plentiful open spaces and what you can do to get involved. Come and join us in the cafe for a selection of hot drinks and home-made cakes!

There will be a wide range of activities throughout the day, including trickery and sleight of hand from Close Up Magic, kid’s games and activities from Hobbledown, Rainbow Leisure Centre and the Bourne Hall Museum – and for the grownups, a great selection of locally produced arts and craft at the co-located Gift Market, organised by What’s On In Epsom.

Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’ This year Bourne Hall is 50 years old and to celebrate its birthday we’re celebrating all things 1960s to help get everyone into a groovy vibe. So why not come on down to Ewell Village this March and celebrate the first days of spring with us, plus a few extra special guests and surprises from the days of flower power.

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Ewell Horticultural Association Pesticides – Are They Safe? Tuesday 10th March at 8:00pm. Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF fully accessible venue. A Talk by Andrew Halstead, a retired RHS Entomologist, whose talk will put into perspective the risks and benefits of using pesticides, covering their history and research into toxicology and environmental effects of new products.

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The Old Moat –  Eclectix – Friday 13th March – 7.30 until 10 pm

“A marimba-rhythmed, scarlet-fiddled, passion-pumped melody extravaganza of eclectic music – Bowie, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, funk, 70s to the Noughties …” If you came to our Choro Bandido gig earlier in the year and heard their exciting music from Brazil and thereabouts, you’ll see some familiar faces in this band.
These hugely talented musicians describe their act as “a marimba-rhythmed, scarlet-fiddled, passion-pumped melody extravaganza” and their repertoire as “eclectic – Bowie, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, funk, 70s to the Noughties ….”

Not to be missed! Tickets £10 from Joy on 07825 052993 or joy.ridley@richmondfellowship.org.uk.  Booking advisable as space is limited. Bar and light snacks available. All profits to towards our wellbeing service supporting local people living with mental ill health.

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EEBC Countryside Team – Epsom Common History Walk – Sunday 15th March – 1 to 4pm – Epsom Common Local Nature Reserve, Stew Pond Car Park, Christchurch Road Epsom

An afternoon stroll around Epsom Common Local Nature Reserve with a member of the Countryside Team, looking back over a thousand years of the reserves history! All walks take approximately 2.5 – 3 hours and can cover up to 3  miles. Please wear appropriate clothing. Stout boots and a raincoat when it’s wet. Please leave your dog at home on walks that involve looking for animals; otherwise they are welcome on a lead. Please note that walks may be subject to cancellation due to poor weather conditions. The meeting point is Stew Pond Car Park at 1:00pm, located off Christchurch Road. If you have any questions please call 01372 732000 and ask to speak to a member of the Countryside Team.

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5 Day Crafts Gift Market at Bourne Hall, Ewell – – Free Entry, Cheap & easy Parking! Tues 24th to Sat 28th March 

GIFTS FOR YOU, YOUR FRIENDS AND THE ENTIRE FAMILY – THEY SAY ” THERE IS ALWAYS NEW STALLS, WITH UNUSUAL ITEMS ”

WE AIM TO MAKE IT DIFFERENT EACH TIME AND MORE INTERESTING FOR CUSTOMERS.

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Horton Country Park – Bluebell Walk – Sunday 19 April 2 – 4 pm

Enjoy a walk through the woods of Horton Country Park LNR, taking in the beauty of spring – Join a member of the Countryside Team at the Information Centre by the main car park at 2 pm. The bluebells are growing! Please keep to main paths, don’t let dogs trample the bluebells and no horses allowed in Pond Wood – sorry! Worth it to see the beautiful carpets of bluebells though!

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The Famous Green Man – High Street, Ewell Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM 

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May Day Bank Holiday the early May bank holiday in 2020 will move from Monday 4 May to Friday 8 May to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day which takes place on 8 May, and enable people to pay tribute to those who served in one of the most significant events in our country’s history, Business Secretary Greg Clark has announced. The occasion will remember the contribution of British, Commonwealth and Allied armed forces personnel; those who contributed to the war effort and safeguarded the Home Front. As well as marking the Allies’ victory in 1945, the bank holiday will serve as an opportunity to pay tribute to those who have served and continue to serve in the UK Armed Forces and their families.

Commemorative events will take place over the 3-day weekend across the Borough. Are you thinking of having a street party that day – see www.streetparty.org.uk for further information.

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. 

Chick

 

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Ewell Downs News Bulletin Jan 2020

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Firstly may we wish all of you a Very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

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There was no bulletin late last year as you would have received the hard copy of the News Round-up from your Road Reps and I should like to thank them all for the sterling service they have given in delivering these over the year.

There are a few important items, mainly on planning, that I should draw your attention to:-

 Planning Items

Higher Green/Links Road – Backland Development – (19/00354/FUL) we have teamed up with Links Road to oppose the backland development application for the erection of 4 new dwellings and associated access, landscaping and parking which has gone to appeal.  We have contributed to the fighting fund and the appeal is in progress.

1 Higher Green, Ewell – (19/00758/FUL) this has gone to appeal – as unfortunately anticipated!  We are appealing and in this connection have discovered a particularly disturbing lack of compliance with regulations regarding letters of objection to be sent to the Inspectorate.  Some documents were missing from the website and others had not been forwarded as is the legal duty of the Council.  This highlights a breakdown in the Planning Department and we are certainly taking this matter further as this is not the first time this has happened.  

27 Alexandra Road Epsom – (19/01721/FUL) erection of roof extension to create 5 x 1 bedroom flats, new facade to existing building and associated additional car parking. This building overlooks Alexandra Park.  It is awaiting a decision and the expiry date is 24 January. The concern about this development rests on the fact that the whole building to be covered in slate grey cladding with grey windows – is this in keeping with existing buildings on Alexandra Road?

12 Longdown Lane North, Ewell – work is almost complete and we are working with the developer about restoring the grassy area which has been reduced to a sea of mud and hope to have a positive outcome in the near future.

North Looe Estate (170 Reigate Road) – (19/01593/FUL) proposed change of use of the land and buildings for a Dog Day-care centre.  The Dog Day-care Centre will accommodate up to 40 dogs on the site at any one time, and the supporting staff (at full capacity) would comprise 4 drivers/walkers and 2 x day care assistants. In addition, there would be the day-care manager and owner. The operational hours would be from 8.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday. However, when allowing for the fact that dogs will be collected between 8am and 9.30pm from their owners’ homes it is expected that many of the dogs will arrive at the site between 9.30am and 10.00am and depart around 3.30pm. As such, dogs will be on the site for only 6 hours during the working week. No dogs will be kept at the premises overnight. There do not appear to be any objections to this. There do not appear to be any objections to this and a decision is awaited pending the answers to the questions raised by the SCC Highways Officer.

5 The Derby Square, High Street Epsom – (19/01647/CLP) Application by Anytime Fitness for a gymnasium operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Anytime Fitness prides itself on providing its members with convenient and affordable fitness options in well-maintained facilities which feature top-quality exercise equipment and state-of-the-art security and surveillance systems. This is awaiting a decision but there are concerns for residents of existing properties in the area with the 24 hours operation.

Epsom General Hospital Dorking Road – (19/01655/SCR) EIA Screening Opinion pursuant to Regulation 6 of the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017 for demolition of the existing hospital buildings, accommodation block and associated structures and redevelopment of the site to provide a new care community for older people arranged in two buildings comprising 307 care residences and ancillary communal and support services including a restaurant, café, shop, wellness centre, gym, library, craft room, therapy and treatment rooms (Use Class C2), 40 transitional care suites (Use Class C2), 24 key worker units (Use Class C3), children’s nursery (Use Class D1) together with associated back of house and service areas, car and cycle parking, altered vehicular and pedestrian access, landscaping, private amenity space and public open space. This was decided pm30 December as “No objections”.

The Star 2 Cheam Road Ewell – Greenfields has been instructed to find a suitable tenant for the commercial ground floor of the Star, marking a key milestone in getting this much loved building back into full use. It is understood the rent being asked is in the region of £40,000pa. Generally the building now looks excellent and is in the best shape it has been for many years 

The Lodge, West Street Ewell – (19/00015/FUL and 19/00801/FUL) The first application to build 3 houses on the site of The Lodge, was approved early in 2019 but the second application for 2 houses and 4 flats was refused, much to the delight of the residents.

7 Station Approach Stoneleigh – (19/00668/FUL) application for the demolition of existing buildings on site and erection of a part 6, part 7 storey building providing 23 residential flats with associated communal roof terrace, cycle and refuse stores.  There are currently 603 Public Comments objecting to this application. A decision has not yet been made.

South Hatch Stables – (18/00308/FUL) – there is no further news on referral of this 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 of 40 boxes and other facilities together with a residential development comprising 46 apartments to the Secretary of State who will decide whether to call it in for review as Green Belt is involved.

Development Site at 24-28 West Street Epsom – (19/01021/FUL) no further news on this application for the demolition of existing building and construction of a new part 9, part 11 and part 13 storey building containing ground floor commercial/retail (A1, A2 and B1 uses) and 29 residential units (C3 Use) on upper levels and associated development.  There are 399 objections to this including ones from Historic England and the Civic Society.

The Police Station and Ambulance Station sites in Church Street Epsom – although their web site states “A new McCarthy & Stone development is subject to planning on Church Street. This retirement development in Epsom will include a mix of 19 one bedroom and 41 two bedroom Retirement Living PLUS properties that will be within walking distance of Epsom’s excellent selection of local shops, restaurants and amenities”, there is no information on a planning application.

Planning comments from Clive Woodbridge 

There is a ‘Democratic deficit’ in the Planning process, and so residents sometimes find it hard to understand why certain planning applications are being presented to the Council that may seem to be out of character for Epsom and Ewell.  Clive has spoken with officers and it is proposed to have “Road Shows” around the borough enabling residents to get an understanding of how the process works, and the constrains the council faces; and also  have their say regarding how planning is now progressing and explain why many people are upset about the impact on the whole borough.

There is no appropriate land available for the required number of new homes to be built and the borough is missing targets set by Government.  Therefore, the council is trying to optimise whatever resources are available.

There is a need to get residents more involved in the planning process. A recent manifesto by Civic Voice included the following interesting proposals:

Require developers and local authorities to provide a clear summary of how the community’s feedback has informed decision making.

Give community representatives a meaningful voice at every stage of the planning process, including, introducing a “pre-application community consultation” stage and a limited right of appeal.

Increase the time community representatives can speak at planning committees to a new national standard of at least 5 minutes.

Their ambition is to move away from ‘Confrontation to Collaboration’ and from ‘Consultations’ to ‘Conversations,’ which should be continuous, not just every four to five years when local elections start.  This would enable citizens to become more active participants in the development of our towns and villages. Doing this will help create pride and commitment to the success of places.   All councils should have enough funding to appoint community planning officers with the appropriate skillset to work with communities and rebuild trust in the planning process, Civic Voice believes. (For more info go to www.civicvoice.org.uk) – see later advice regarding an important meeting o be held on 28 January.

Traffic 

Town Centre – work continues on the market place and should be completed by March of this year – the details of the phases of the work as shown on the SCC website are available at www.surreycc.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/policies-plans-consultations/major-transport-projects/epsom-and-ewell-major-transport-schemes. 

Yellow lines opposite the Wallace Fields Infant School parking area – the public notices have been displayed and we await further information. 

Layby on East Street – this is being discussed this week but it is understood that with the need to resite underground  utilities initial costs on this are in the region of £356,000!!!  A pot of paint for yellow lines and other cheaper initiatives are also being discussed!

Information from Chris Frost

Epsom Hospital

Detailed proposals for investing £500 million to improve hospitals for more than 700,000 people in Surrey, Sutton, and Merton have been published.  Work has been done with a wide range of experts, partners, local authority and public health colleagues, clinicians, the public and our regulators to gather research and evidence to help shape our proposals.

The proposals outline three options, and a preferred option, for the location of a new 21st century hospital facility to bring together services for the most unwell patients, as well as births in hospital. All three options would see the majority of services (85%) staying at Epsom and St Helier hospitals, with an investment of more than £80m in the current buildings. Both hospitals would run 24/7, 365 days a year, with urgent treatment centres, inpatient and outpatient services.   The proposals make it clear that all three options could be delivered by the local NHS.

The proposed preferred option for the new state-of-the-art hospital facility is proposed to be Sutton Hospital, next to the Royal Marsden specialist cancer hospital. The other two options would be for the new facility to be at Epsom Hospital or St Helier Hospital. An additional urgent treatment centre is also proposed on the Sutton Hospital site if it were to be the location of the new hospital facility. 

 Also published are the detailed assessments of site options which resulted in Sutton scoring as the highest for the location of the new hospital facility, called the ‘specialist emergency care hospital’. Services provided at this ‘specialist emergency care hospital’ would include A&E, critical care, emergency surgery, births in hospital and inpatient children’s beds.  The proposals explain that Sutton would have the greatest benefit for the most people, the least overall impact on travel for older people and those from deprived communities, while also having the smallest increase in average travel time for the most people. A new facility at Sutton would be the easiest and fastest to build – taking around four years, rather than up to seven for the other two options of the specialist emergency care hospital being built at Epsom or St Helier.

The funding for the Epsom and St Helier Trust, announced nationally in September 2019, would address major workforce, buildings and financial pressures: including a lack of doctors and health specialists, and mounting costs to keep repairing buildings older than the NHS, and fund temporary staff.  No decisions would be made on the future of Epsom and St Helier Hospitals until the Spring/Summer when CCGs would consider the views of local people gathered during the consultation, and all the clinical and financial evidence before making any decisions.    The consultation runs from 8th January until 1st April.

A series of 9 public listening events (3 in each CCG area) – open invite to share information on proposed options for change, answer specific questions from the public to increase understanding of the consultation and proposals, as well as invite and listen to feedback and encourage people to respond to the consultation questionnaire.

CCG Area Date Time Location of meeting
January 
Sutton  21-Jan-2020 18:30 – 20:30 Holiday Inn, Gibson Rd, London, Sutton SM1 2RF
Merton  24-Jan 2020 13:30 – 17:30 Chaucer Centre, Canterbury Rd, Morden SM4 6PX
Surrey Downs 28-Jan-2020 13:30 – 15:30 Kings Church Epsom, Longmead Rd, Epsom KT19 9BU
February 
Surrey Downs 11-Feb-2020 18:30 – 20:30  Epsom Downs Racecourse, Epsom Downs, Epsom KT18 5LQ
Sutton  12-Feb-2020 13:00 – 15:00  The Phoenix Centre, Mollison Dr, Wallington SM6 9NZ
Merton  12-Feb 2020 18:30 – 20:30 New Horizon Centre, New Horizon Centre, S Lodge Ave, Mitcham, London CR4 1LT
March 
Sutton 02-Mar-2020 18:30 – 20:30  St Helier Community Association, Hill House, Bishopsford Rd, Carshalton, Morden SM4 6BL
Merton  05-Mar 2020  18:30 – 20:30 Chak 89 105 Bond Rd, Mitcham CR4 3HG
Surrey Downs  17-Mar-2020 18:30 – 20:30  Bookham Community Association 51 Church Rd, Great Bookham, Leatherhead KT23 3PQ

Council

At the December meeting, the Council debated a petition asking the Council to look at a strategy for the Borough to adopt in order to meet the Government’s house building targets whilst retaining control of planning matters in the Borough.  It was agreed that the Government’s housing target of 579 units per year (now increased by 20% because we have not identified at least 5 years land supply!) for the next 15 years is unrealistic.  The options of ignoring or appealing the targets, and the experiences of other boroughs, were discussed.  There was agreement that more housing is needed and that the borough would need to allow higher and denser housing in some areas, but that these should be in town centres and close to transport links.  There was general agreement that we want to keep the character of the borough and maintain our valued open spaces.

Licensing and Planning Policy Committee

The committee met in November.  We received the results of the public consultation on the draft Statement of Community Involvement (SCI).  The SCI sets out how local residents, businesses etc. can be involved when the Council prepares planning policies and determines planning applications.  Following the consultation some amendments were made and the CSI adopted.

As part of the emerging Local Plan, the committee looked at our Growth and Housing Strategy.  We heard about the need for more schools, improved transport links and increased healthcare provision and agreed principles to drive the strategic direction of development.  These are

  • Character of the Borough.  Planning policies should support the “desirability of maintaining an area’s prevailing character and setting” (NPPF para 122(d). In addition, developments should ‘function well and add to the overall quality of the area ….. [be] visually attractive … sympathetic to local character, including the surrounding built environment and landscape setting … [and] create places with a high standard of amenity for existing and future users’ (NPPF para 127).
  • The focus for Development. Housing development will be focussed in the following locations: Epsom Town Centre; Other centres and stations; Principal movement corridors; Strategic employment sites; Intensification of the urban area; Urban edge of green belt
  • Design.  Design Policies will require developers to deliver design quality with an emphasis on green and family friendly, and which ensures that each development is ‘of Epsom’ reflecting the local character and setting.
  • Heights and Density.  Polices will also address the density and height of developments and place a height restriction [storeys] which reflects each localities character and setting based on the NPPF.

Local Events 

Concert at Epsom College – Come and hear us sing (bits of!) Handel’s Messiah on Sunday 19th January, 1930 at Epsom College Big School. Free (donations).  Concert about 1h30.

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Board Game AfternoonAn afternoon of skill and luck playing some old and some new board games at St Mary’s Ewell on Saturday 25th January

 

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Epsom Civic Society meeting

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Age Concern – Tickets are available now. Book now to avoid missing out on this SELL OUT show. Join us on Friday 21st Feb @ Epsom College for a night filled with laughter.

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Epsom Book Fair 2020 – Annual Giant Charity sale of second-hand books, DVDs and Music. Over 60000 books including antiquarian, out-of-print, children’s, fiction and non-fiction.

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Ewell Horticultural Association – Pesticides – Are They Safe? Tuesday 10th March at 8:00pm. Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF fully accessible venue. A Talk by Andrew Halstead, a retired RHS Entomologist, whose talk will put into perspective the risks and benefits of using pesticides, covering their history and research into toxicology and environmental effects of new products.

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Herald of Spring – 60’s Theme – Saturday 7th March at Bourne Hall Ewell – 9:30am to 5:00pm

If you’re looking for a family day out to kick start the Spring season, why not pop down to Herald of Spring this year?

This year’s event will be more jam-packed than ever. There will be a range of beautiful floral arrangements to enjoy as well as a special display courtesy of Ashtead Park Garden Centre. You can meet the teams of local volunteers and countryside groups who will be happy to talk to you about the borough’s plentiful open spaces and what you can do to get involved. Come and join us in the cafe for a selection of hot drinks and home-made cakes!

There will be a wide range of activities throughout the day, including trickery and sleight of hand from Close Up Magic, kid’s games and activities from Hobbledown, Rainbow Leisure Centre and the Bourne Hall Museum – and for the grownups, a great selection of locally produced arts and craft at the co-located Gift Market, organised by What’s On In Epsom.

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Local updates and information

“Happy to chat” benches – one of the Council initiatives as part of the Health and Wellbeing action plan is to designate some of the benches in the Ashley Centre as “chatting benches” where anyone who is happy to chat can sit and strike up a conversation with like-minded people.  It is hoped that single people may benefit from the companionship of others while shopping in Epsom. 

May Day Bank Holidaythe early May bank holiday in 2020 will move from Monday 4 May to Friday 8 May to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day which takes place on 8 May, and enable people to pay tribute to those who served in one of the most significant events in our country’s history, Business Secretary Greg Clark announced today.

The occasion will remember the contribution of British, Commonwealth and Allied armed forces personnel; those who contributed to the war effort and safeguarded the Home Front. As well as marking the Allies’ victory in 1945, the bank holiday will serve as an opportunity to pay tribute to those who have served and continue to serve in the UK Armed Forces and their families.

Commemorative events will take place over the 3-day weekend across the Borough. Are you thinking of having a street party that day – see http://www.streetparty.org.uk for further information.

From Surrey County Council

Blocked Drains – is the drain in the road outside your home blocked causing flooding in this inclement weather? We clean out drains that are blocked from the inside. If you think that a drain is blocked and might be the cause of a localised flood, please report the blocked drain.

Find out more about drains and how we clear them and see a list of frequently asked questions on our drains pages.

While you are at it why not clear the path of slippery leaves from the front of your home to enhance the area!

Langley Vale Wood

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On Sunday, our volunteers went a-wassailing to scare away evil spirits and wake the orchard trees from their winter slumber. Led by a Wassail King and Queen, a noisy procession using pots and pans and with embellished stakes held aloft, made its way through the wood up to the orchard. Here, the group sang to bless the trees and hung toast to the branches in this traditional ritual. In true Wassail style, glasses were raised with mead and freshly pressed apple juice, and apple pies were enjoyed by all. 

Huge thanks to our many volunteers who have given their time and effort in caring for the fruit trees during their nursery years, and to the volunteers who organised this fun celebration in the Sainsbury’s Community Orchard. Thanks to Sainsbury’s for their support.
For information on how you can get involved, visit Langley Vale: http://www.woodlandtru.st/vtcrU

PROBUS CLUB of EWELL – For retired and semi-retired Professional and Business men

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Why not come and join us? We meet 1st Wednesday of the month at Banstead Golf Club for lunch and talks –   For further information contact the Secretary secretary@ewellprobus.org  or via our web site: www.ewellprobus.org.                                   All are welcome

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. 

SnowMan

 

 

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Social Evening on Saturday 23rd Nov.

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3rd Epsom Scout Group have a social evening this coming Saturday, 23rd November, starting at 7.30pm. This should be a really good evening with live music, a very affordable bar and the option to bid for promises including :-

  • A curry night
  • A colour consultation with a professional personal stylist
  • A cut and blow dry at Headmasters
  • Hampers
  • Holiday cottages
  • Driving lessons
  • Swimming lessons
  • A mountain bike tour with pub lunch and much, much more

See 3rdepsom.org.uk/Promise for more details. Tickets are £4.50 in advance and £5.00 on the night and include a glass of sparkling wine, nibbles and a raffle ticket for our prize draw.

With lots of young families in the catchment area (including some of our Scouts), we would like to invite them to join us and there may also be an opportunity for them gain a bargain.  They can email promises@3rdepsom.org.uk for more information.

 

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Ewell Downs News Bulletin Sep/Oct 2019

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This bulletin is a little later than originally intended but will combine both current news and events together with information that will be published in the Autumn Newsletter which will be distributed to all residents by the end of October.

Hot off the Press from the H1 site

A Welcome from Chief Executive Daniel Elkeles

You will be waking up this morning to some very exciting news. The Government has announced (uk-politics-49867376) further capital investment in the NHS.  I am delighted to say that our Trust is named and means that the hundreds of millions of pounds of funding we need to both improve St Helier and Epsom hospitals and build a new major acute hospital will be made available.

This multi-million pound investment will transform patient care for the 500,000 people who use the Trust’s services, greatly improve the experience of the 6,000 committed staff working in the hospitals and secure a long term and sustainable future for hospital services in our area. It will allow us to create a state-of-the-art hospital facilities for the sickest patients, invest in and refurbish the older parts of all our hospital buildings (which are currently not fit for modern healthcare), and support the medical workforce to improve staffing levels and patient care.

This is the largest investment in healthcare in the region since the hospitals were built (which in St Helier’s case was 80 years ago).  I hope you will agree that this is incredible news.  We know that our buildings are just not up scratch for 21st century healthcare and our way of working at the moment is not sustainable forever.  This investment will mean that, instead of facing an uncertain future, our acute hospital services can be retained and continue to thrive in our local area.

For the first time ever, we have just been rated as Good by the Care Quality Commission, but the thing that will make us Outstanding is modern buildings that will enable us to deliver great patient care for decades to come. This is amazing news, and I would like to say a huge thank you to you and those who have supported us in recent years.

Our Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) can now move forward with the Improving Healthcare Together Programme and consult with the public  on proposals which we have been keen to pursue for years.  Under these proposals both Epsom and St Helier hospitals will continue to provide local district hospital services, meaning that the majority of services (c.85%) would remain on the same sites. The proposal also includes bringing services together onto one site at Epsom, St Helier or Sutton hospitals when patients are critically ill, this comprises c.15% of hospital activity.

I look forward to sharing with you all the timetable for getting to a new acute hospital in the near future and how you can get involved in shaping our exciting futur

Planning Items

1 Higher Green, Ewell – (19/00758/FUL) after opposition by many residents, the Civic Society, this committee and other the application for the erection of new 2½ storey dwelling with associated landscaping & parking was refused. The grounds for refusal were:

The close proximity of the proposed building to the Lime Tree (T7) is not considered to be harmonious nor sustainable and is likely to result in extreme pressure to further denude tree cover or undertake disfiguring pruning. The spacious qualities of the green spaces and the many trees, both street trees and in private gardens, all add together to provide an attractive environment, as identified in the Conservation Area Character Assessment and therefore the potential erosion of the sylvan character would materially harm the character and appearance of the conservation area contrary to Policy DM5 and DM8 of the Development Management Policies Document 2015”

We thank everyone involved in the opposition and wait to hear if there is an appeal.

12 Longdown Lane North, Ewell – work is under way on the development but concerns have been raised with the Council by a neighbour and we are reporting the littered state of the grassy area outside the development site which seems to be getting used as a rubble dump.

The Star 2 Cheam Road Ewell – Greenfields has been instructed to find a suitable tenant for the commercial ground floor of the Star, marking a key milestone in getting this much loved building back into full use. It is understood the rent being asked is in the region of £40,000pa. Generally the building now looks excellent and is in the best shape it has been for many years. Converting a listed building is challenging but the developer has addressed the project in a professional way.

However revised planning applications were submitted by the developer of The Star to seek retrospective permission for some aspects of the project, which is nearing completion. In particular the changes relate to the windows and type of render used, as well as the fact that part of the structure has been sand blasted back to the brickwork. On the advice of its heritage and conservation officer, the Council has refused these applications. Discussions are now underway with the developer to seek alterations to make the building compliant with the original application. The Council feels that this is an important heritage asset in the village and it is important that the work is carried out in a way that is sensitive to the original building and that will protect the fabric of the structure in the long term. Hopefully a satisfactory resolution of the outstanding issues can be achieved through discussions between Council and developer.

The Lodge, West Street Ewell – (19/00015/FUL and 19/00801/FUL) to repeat the information in the previous bulletin, both of these applications refer to The Lodge, West Street in Ewell. The first one was an application to build 3 houses on the site of The Lodge, which has been approved. The applicant has not gone ahead with that application, but has put another application into the Planning Dept for 2 houses and 4 flats. This has not yet been approved and is meeting with a great deal of opposition including the Epsom Civic Society. The ECS summarise in their letter of opposition that they “suggest that the previous application should represent the conclusion of the building works on this narrow strip of land.”

A decision on this is awaited.

7 Station Approach Stoneleigh – (19/00668/FUL) application for the demolition of existing buildings on site and erection of a part 6, part 7 storey building providing 23 residential flats with associated communal roof terrace, cycle and refuse stores. In summary, we have learned that the original application was for 9 flats on 3 storeys and that Epsom and Ewell’s own planning officers forced the developers to change these plans to 23 flats over 7 storeys. There is an extension of this plan to take the entire plot and turn it into nearly 100 flats. This plan (and the extended plan) has no facilities for parking and is at least twice the height of any building in the two wards that I can think of (religious buildings excluded). An opposition group – Stop the Stoneleigh Tower Block action group ( SSTBAG ) – made up of local residents and councillors and supported by SARA has met and campaigned against the development including meeting with the developers. This culminated at a meeting this week and an update on this is attached separately.

South Hatch Stables – (18/00308/FUL) – this 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 of 40 boxes and other facilities together with a residential development comprising 46 apartments (a reduction of one apartment)– is ongoing with revisions to the original application. At a special planning committee meeting they recommended approval of the South Hatch stables and flats, narrowly. It was decided that special circumstances existed to allow building on Green Belt. However as it is a Green Belt application it is referred to the Secretary of State who will decide whether to call it in for review. So at this stage planning approval has not officially been granted. The Council should hear sometime in October whether it will be called in or not.

LIDL UK, 40 – 52 Upper High Street, Epsom – (18/01559/REM) – work is expected to start early next year.

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. This has been approved.

Development Site at 24-28 West Street Epsom – (19/01021/FUL) this is an interesting one which you may have seen already – Demolition of existing building and construction of a new part 9, part 11 and part 13 storey building containing ground floor commercial/retail (A1, A2 and B1 uses) and 29 residential units (C3 Use) on upper levels and associated development. There is a great deal of opposition to this, including that from Historic England – which makes interesting reading – and a decision is awaited. Please see the later article on planning decisions by the Licensing and Planning Policy Committee.

Il Capriccio, Ewell – (19/00817/FUL) the retrospective application for the screen that was erected around the building, which was put up without planning permission, has been refused The reason for refusal was “the proposed boundary treatment, by reason of its design, siting and unsympathetic materials, would be harmful to both the character and appearance of the Locally Listed Building (BTM) and the visual amenities of the surrounding Ewell Village Conservation Area”.

Planning comments from Chris Frost

The government’s new homes target for Epsom & Ewell is 579 new properties per year for the next 20 years. We also have to show a 5 year supply of land for housing. Currently we are not able to identify this amount of land – therefore the government has increased the number of homes we are required to build by 20% to 697 per year! Officers are working hard to enable us to show how we can meet these targets. There has been public consultation about where these homes should be built and how we can achieve the targets; greenbelt studies; calls for available land: and help with bringing unoccupied homes back into use or redeveloped. Any land that is offered for building must be considered by the Council, even if it appears to be unsuitable, the Council must show that it has looked at it and be able to show good reasons where it is rejected.

Where 10% of applications for major developments that EEBC planning committee refuses permission for are then overturned at appeal we could be regarded as not fit to determine planning applications and applicants will have the option of applying to the borough council or the national Planning Inspectorate. We are dangerously close to that. This would not bode well for keeping the character of our borough.”

Local Plan and Statement of Community Involvement

All Local Planning Authorities are required to prepare a statement setting out how they will involve interested residents, groups, organisations, businesses, other representatives and individuals in the planning process. The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) describes how it will involve those with an interest in development in the area, including the preparation and review of the Local Plan and Supplementary Planning Documents, Neighbourhood Plans/Orders, Community Infrastructure Levy and the consideration of planning applications.

We would like to hear your views on the new draft SCI. You can read the draft SCI by downloading the document from our website at the link below or alternatively paper copies are available at the Town Hall and all libraries within the Borough during normal opening hours.

DRAFT STATEMENT OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT 2019

Please share your views on our new Statement of Community Involvement by filling in the short survey on the website before 18th October 2019.

Feedback from the SCI consultation will be considered and a final SCI will be discussed at the Licensing and Planning Policy Committee. Once adopted the final SCI will be made available on the Council’s website. Here is the link:

consultations-and-examination.

Traffic

Town Centre – work continues on the market place – the details of the phases of the work as shown on the SCC website are available, Here is the link:

epsom-and-ewell-major-transport-schemes.

It will be wonderful when this work has been completed!

Yellow lines opposite the Wallace Fields Infant School parking area – Nigel Collin advises that this was approved at the local committee meeting on 16 September and now goes for consultation (28 day period).

Road Closure – Approach road to The Green – The Green, Ewell will be closed at the junction with Longdown Lane North whilst surfacing work will be carried on. The works are scheduled to start on 08/10/19. Sometimes plans have to change, often due to bad weather or problems on other works in the same programme which can have a knock on effect.

Residents can also find up to date details of the works on one.network/?114427244. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact SCC on 0300 200 1003 or email works.communication@surreycc.gov.uk.

Climate Change Action

Epsom and Ewell Councillors have reached a cross-party agreement to establish a climate change action plan, with targets for the council to curb environmental impact and take steps to become carbon neutral. The action plan will be ratified within the next six months and reviewed annually.

The forthcoming local plan will also be a further opportunity to improve biodiversity and green spaces, to optimise the energy efficiency of future developments and encourage more sustainable transport options, including increasing the opportunities to walk and cycle within the borough.

The aim to is bring together all the positive work that the council is already doing in this area, as well as initiate new policies and ideas that can make an even bigger contribution to protecting the environment and the climate. The target to become carbon neutral will not be easy but there is universal resolve to achieve this demanding target within a reasonable time frame.

Of course this isn’t something the council can deliver on its own. Cllr Neil Dallen, chairman of Environment committee, says, “We will be engaging with the wider community, tapping into the knowledge and passion that already exists, working with and learning from our residents, businesses and others to reduce CO2 emissions across the borough in order to meet our targets.”

Unauthorised encampments

Some months ago the borough council went to the courts and secured an injunction protecting council land from unauthorised encampments. This has resulted in far fewer encampments this year, and when travellers have arrived and been told about the injunctions they have normally moved on.

However recently two large groups arrived and set up camp on Epsom Common and Horton Country Park. Neither were prepared to accept the injunction and move on. Once a group has refused to abide by an injunction, the council had to apply to the High Court for a writ. A contingent of council officers, the police and court bailiffs served the writ and the groups moved on.

Report from John Beckett (Mayor and Surrey County Councillor)

Trees

Most people understand the importance of trees in absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen into the air, as well as providing a habitat for wildlife.  In towns they provide shading and cooling, pollution and noise mitigation as well speeding up floodwater drainage and improving the quality of our street scene.  Whilst Epsom and Ewell Borough Council has responsibility for trees and tree planting across our parks and open spaces, SCC owns the vast majority of the highway verges but has not planted a new tree in the highway verges in Epsom and Ewell since 2004.

In 2017 the Borough Council agreed a scheme with SCC whereby residents and local environmental groups can request the planting of an approved and appropriate tree in the verge for which they pay £250, to be planted by the Borough Council if the application is approved by SCC.  However since that new arrangement was introduced, virtually all requests by residents for tree planting on SCC highway verges have been refused on the basis that they do not fit the criteria in the current policy.  Recently, SCC rejected 40 sites for tree planting identified by the volunteer run Tree Advisory Board. The criteria used by SCC requires a verge width of 1.1 metres (3ft 6 ins) when the standard width of grass verges in our extensive 1930s estates is 3ft.  It also requires a pavement width of 1.6 meters from verge to the nearest boundary wall.  Taken collectively, that means there needs to be a combined verge and pavement width of 2.7m (nearly 9ft) from kerb to property boundary for a street tree planting proposal to even be considered – nearly impossible in most of our residential roads.  Even where those requirements are met, a further hurdle is introduced, the need to avoid underground utilities. 

That policy was so clearly out-of-date and out of step with how residents view the positive environmental and visual impact of trees that, at the July Surrey County Council Meeting, The RA Independent Cllrs tabled a Motion calling for a review of SCC’s current policies on the planting of trees in urban areas with a view to introducing a more proactive policy which looks to increase the number and regularity of trees planted. Cllr Eber Kington led the motion and I am pleased to say that it was passed unanimously.

It will take a little time for the new policy to be agreed and understood by those in Surrey Highways who make the decisions locally, but we look forward to a time in the near future when requests to SCC to plant trees are regularly met with a positive response, and a new generation of trees are being planted in the verges across the Borough.

 Local Highway – Member Allocation

Every year County Councillors in Epsom and Ewell are allocated a sum of money which is to be used to fund a highway project in their Division and which is not listed for funding by Surrey Highways.  That allocation currently stands at £20K which unfortunately is not a large amount when being used to resurface or reconstruct a road or footway.  This year I have allocated that money to the repair of: D2184 The Green, Carriageway (Public Section) (Beckett); D2106 Curvan Close, Footway (Beckett); D2334 Persfield Close (Beckett).

Charges for Domestic Waste Disposal

I previously wrote about planned new charges on the disposal of construction wood waste and roofing felt at the Epsom Recycling Centre, due to start in early June.  That did not happen because the proposals were withdrawn by SCC for further consideration. Concerns about possible increases in fly-tipping and bonfires were raised at the time, but no reason has been given for the withdrawal.

Top Salaries at SCC

Residents will be aware that my attempts to allow for the regular monitoring of top salary costs at SCC has been rejected several times by the ruling Conservative Group.  However that does not prevent me from asking for the information.  Recently I received the following statistics in response to a series of questions:

 • Following a restructure at SCC, 21 officers will be receiving a salary of over £100k in 2019/2020

• Senior management staffing related expenditure for 2018/19 amounted to £5,030m.

• Of that 2018/2019 figure, the costs associated with interim appointments amounted to £1,244m

Local Events

Epsom Square and Epsom Library at The Ebbisham Centre, Epsom 

Free! Come along to our big drawing event! Epsom Square and Epsom Library will be alive with activity, drawing on pavements; on 12 metre long paper and smaller group workshops. Sign up for your workshop on Epsom Library reception. All ages both Adults and children welcome. A free drop-in event, all materials provided. You may want to stay 5 minutes or you may want to stay all day! No drawing skills required, just the courage to make a mark.

For more information visit The_Big_Draw_Epsom/8843

Big Draw

Bowsaws and Broomsticks – Sunday 6th October – 2 to 4:30pm

Take a Sunday afternoon stroll around Horton Country Park Local Nature Reserve with a member of the EEBC Countryside Team and find out about all the work our volunteers carry out to help manage the reserve. Meet at the Information Centre in Horton Country Park Local Nature Reserve at 2 p.m. No booking required. Please wear appropriate clothing. Stout boots and a raincoat if it’s wet. Dogs are welcome on a lead. Please note that walks may be subject to cancellation due to poor weather conditions. If you have any questions please contact the Countryside Team via email at contactus@epsom-ewell.gov.uk. Cost: £5 per adult, £2.50 per child (16 yrs or under).

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Sorrows

A week of activities devoted to mental health: providing a forum for discussion, sharing and distributing information and answering questions. Activities include workshops, talks, music, drama, dance and film.

Epsom Mental Health Week is held in early October and comprises a week of activities devoted to mental health: providing a forum for discussion, sharing information and providing answers to questions people may have. Although the issue is so often hidden and unexplored, there are few things in life more important than mental health. In every respect mental health impacts on all our lives- it is a very rare person who does not know sadness and anxiety, 1 in 4 of us will experience mental distress or illness in any one year and there is a sizeable group of people, some 2-3% of the population, whose lives are seriously affected by more severe and enduring mental health difficulties. The World Health Organisation has predicted that by 2030, depression will be the leading cause of disability in the world, and 1 in 4 people over 80 living in the UK today will develop dementia. Visit lovemelovemymind.org.uk for details of events.

Fizz Fest – Saturday 12th October – Bourne Hall, Ewell

What is a Fizz Fest? An absolute ‘must’ for fans of prosecco and fizz. Fizz Fest is a relaxed and enjoyable way to spend time with friends and family. Great music, entertainment and a fantastic range of fizz and bubbles.

Fizz Fest features a variety of Prosecco, Frizzante, Cava, Brut, Pink Fizz, Champagne and Prosecco cocktails. And for those non-fizz drinkers we will have wine and lager available. There is something for everyone.

Session Times: Afternoon session: 3:30pm-6:30pm; Evening session: 7pm-11pm

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The Children’s Trust – Fireworks Night – Friday 25th October – Gates open 6pm

Come along and enjoy a spectacular night of fireworks within our beautiful mansion grounds.

Friday 25 October 2019Gates open: 6pmChild-friendly Fireworks 7.00pmMain Fireworks Display: 8pm Adult entry tickets are £10.00 and Child entry £5.00Tickets will be limited so please make sure you pre-book your tickets to avoid disappointment. Food and drinks will be available during the evening. A licenced bar selling both alcoholic and soft beverages will also be onsite.

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Coach Trip to Portsmouth in aid of the Mayor’s CharitiesSunday 27th October

 Enjoy a day visiting the historic sights of Portsmouth – in aid of the Mayor’s Charities

Family day out, shopping, history, treasure hunt and prizes.   Tickets are £15 for adults and £10 for children aged 10 and under. A special opportunity to visit:

Historic Naval Dockyard, Tudor warship Mary Rose; HMS Warrior (1860), Nelson’s flag-ship HMS Victory
Royal Navy Museum, Royal Marines Museum; D-Day Museum, Royal Navy Submarine Museum
Gun Wharf Quays (90+ outlets & 30+ eateries); Southsea Castle, Charles Dickens’ birthplace
Eastney’s James Watt Beam Engines and Pumps; Blue Reef Aquarium, Harbour and Marina
Spinnaker Observation Tower 

Details on pick up and times awaited. For more info: secretary@mayorscharitiesepsom.org.uk

Epsom Firework Display & Funfair – Saturday 2nd November 2019 – Hook Road Arena

Gates Open 5:30pm – Display from approx. 7:45pm – Gates Close: 10:30pm

EARLY BIRD OFFER – Tickets can be purchased in advance of the display online. TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM MONDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER. Please note that we are not selling tickets through shops this year. 

Until 23:59 on Sunday 6th October tickets are available at the special price of £6.00 per ticket. 

Advance tickets – Tickets are available in advance at £8.50 per ticket (from Monday 7th October). These tickets are only available until 23.59 on Friday 1st November. 

Tickets on the day – Tickets are also available for purchase online and on the gate of the Arena, on the evening of the display, when the gates open at 5.30pm.  Tickets are £10.00 on the day of the display. Under 5s are free! 

Epsom Fireworks holds one of the largest displays in the South East at Hook Road Arena. The display has grown since its’ humble beginnings in 1971 into the enormous show you see every November.

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Age UK Charity Curry Night

Back by popular demand Tuesday 26th November 2019 @ Tamarind Spice, West Ewell
£25pp* TICKETS ON SALE *Excludes Drinks, Coffee and Desserts.
For More Info or to reserve your seat Email:
charlotte.hornblow@ageconcernepsom.org.uk

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PROBUS CLUB of EWELL

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For retired and semi-retired Professional and Business men. Why not come and join us? We meet 1st Wednesday of the month at Banstead Golf Club for lunch and talks – For further information contact the Secretary

secretary@ewellprobus.org or via our web site: ewellprobus.org

All are welcome

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 – Aug 2019

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This bulletin gives an insight to the events that are happening in our area as well as an update on planning issues.

Planning update from Clive Woodbridge

The council remains in a very vulnerable place with regards to planning applications. The Government requires us to show we have a five year land supply – we currently have just over one. And we have to deliver over 600 homes a year, but are only achieving around half that. We are in the process of preparing a housing action plan to show how we are going to bridge the gap and that should be published in the autumn. In the meantime there is a strong presumption in favour of development, which the council ignores at its peril. (Tandridge faces £400,000 in legal costs for an application it refused that was overturned on appeal). That doesn’t mean that the council cannot refuse inappropriate or non-policy compliant developments, but it does make it more difficult, and the chances of developers succeeding on appeal are higher.

Planning Items

86 Reigate Road – (19/00681/FUL) despite the efforts of the AEDR and close residents, this planning application was approved. There are however many conditions and work cannot start until these have been passed by the appropriate authorities. This is an example of the type of conditions imposed on the development:-

No development shall take place until full details, of both hard and soft landscape proposals, including a schedule of landscape maintenance for a minimum period of 5 years, have been submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority. The landscaping should include native species. The approved landscape scheme (with the exception of planting, seeding and turfing) shall be implemented prior to the occupation of the development hereby approved and thereafter retained.

Reason: To ensure the provision, establishment and maintenance of an appropriate landscape scheme in the interests of the visual amenities of the locality in accordance with Policy CS5 of the Core Strategy (2007) and Policies DM5 and DM9 of the Development Management Policies 2015.

1 Higher Green, Ewell – (19/00758/FUL) erection of new 2½ storey dwelling with associated landscaping & parking. There have been a great many objections to this, including our own and that from the Epsom Civic Society. There is no decision as yet and we are hoping for a positive response to the objections in view of the past history of refusals to previous applications. There is, as far as we are aware, no response to the request for further information from the Highways Department.

12 Longdown Lane North, Ewell – (19/01016/NMA Non -material minor amendment to planning permission 19/00159/REM to permit change to crossover from grasscrete to a standard VCO bitumen design. To move the new access a further 1.2 metres away from the road. The change to crossover from grasscrete to bitumen was thankfully refused.

The Star 2 Cheam Road Ewell – (19/00499/LBA) and (19/00498/REM) – the applications are for a single storey rear extension, and internal and external amendments and variation of materials. Both applications have been refused with the comments “The proposed development amounts to substantial harm to the Heritage Asset by reason of the substandard materials, window design and insufficient information regarding external features of the property. The proposed development would therefore be to the detriment to the significance of a Grade II listed building and conservation area”.

The Lodge, West Street Ewell – (19/00015/FUL and 19/00801/FUL) both of these applications refer to The Lodge, West Street, Ewell. The first one was an application to build 3 houses on the site of The Lodge, which has been approved. The applicant has not gone ahead with that application, but has put another application into the Planning Dept for 2 houses and 4 flats. This has not yet been approved and is meeting with a great deal of opposition. These objections include overdevelopment of the site, the design of the three storey building out of character with existing housing in the area, parking, traffic issues and many other.

7 Station Approach Stoneleigh – (19/00668/FUL) application for the demolition of existing buildings on site and erection of a part 6, part 7 storey building providing 23 residential flats with associated communal roof terrace, cycle and refuse stores. In summary, we have learned that the original application was for 9 flats on 3 storeys and that Epsom and Ewell’s own planning officers forced the developers to change these plans to 23 flats over 7 storeys. There is an extension of this plan to take the entire plot and turn it into nearly 100 flats. This plan (and the extended plan) has no facilities for parking and is at least twice the height of any building in the two wards that I can think of (religious buildings excluded).

South Hatch Stables – (18/00308/FUL) – this 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 of 40 boxes and other facilities together with a residential development comprising 46 apartments (a reduction of one apartment)– is ongoing with revisions to the original application.

LIDL UK, 40 – 52 Upper High Street, Epsom – (18/01559/REM) – still no news on when work will start.

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. No decision on this yet.

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 has been permitted.

Development Site at 24-28 West Street Epsom – (19/01021/FUL) this is an interesting one which you may have seen already – Demolition of existing building and construction of a new part 9, part 11 and part 13 storey building containing ground floor commercial/retail (A1, A2 and B1 uses) and 29 residential units (C3 Use) on upper levels and associated development. The proposed perspectives are worth a look. It is awaiting a decision – it was validated on 14 August

Heathrow Exhibition

This exhibition was well attended and showed Heathrow’s proposals for the future layout of the airport, including the new runway and other airport infrastructure such as terminals and road access. The public was also be able to have their say on plans to manage the environmental impacts of expansion, including a proposed Heathrow Ultra Low Emissions Zone, Heathrow Vehicle Access Charge and a proposed 6.5-hour ban on scheduled night flights.

Responses to this consultation will inform Heathrow’s application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) – the planning consent required for the project – which is expected to be submitted to the Secretary of State for Transport next year.

For further information and to take part in this latest consultation visit the Heathrow consultation website .

You may recall the previous exhibition on the Heathrow Airspace and Future Operations Consultation which ran until 4 March 2019. It was 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 which would impact this area from height reductions of aircraft with the associated increase in noise and pollution levels. We understand from a Heathrow representative that the information from this consultation is still being collated and should be published later in the year for comments.

Local Plan – report from Clive Woodbridge

The lack of a five year land supply mentioned will be addressed through a new Local Plan which will set out how Epsom & Ewell will meet its needs through to 2040. Our current Core Strategy, completed in 2007, is now coming to the end of its life, and has been largely successful, delivering 2573 new homes over the past 10 years, 30% of which were in the ‘affordable’ category. There is a statutory duty to produce a new, up to date Local Plan that takes into account demanding national government housing targets and work on this is now well advanced

The aim is to have a new Local Plan in place by the end of 2020, so that the Council can continue to positively shape development in the Borough. The Council’s planning team will shortly be engaging with residents to capture comments and opinions on the work completed so far. A number of events will be held over the autumn and dates and locations will be published on the Council’s website shortly. Any residents that wish to be contacted as part of the process can email details to localplan@epsom-ewell.gov.uk .

Once the feedback from residents, businesses, interest groups and others has been assessed, a draft Local Plan will be presented to councillors. After it has been agreed it will be sent to the Secretary of State, who will appoint an Inspector to assess whether the Plan is sound or not.

The Local Plan is a challenge, as the government at the moment is suggesting that EEBC should set very ambitious targets regarding housing building – certainly above 500 homes annually. Meeting the targets will require some tough decisions. To be honest building more densely on existing urban area sites is unavoidable, and consideration of releasing some Green Belt land highly likely, if we are to produce a plan that an inspector will approve.

However it is also an opportunity to shape future change in the way the community wishes. It can help to secure good quality homes, more affordable housing, and public places and spaces that are designed to improve quality of life and enhance health and wellbeing. Environmental factors, including dealing with Climate Change pressures, will also be a key factor.”

For further details go to – epsom-and-ewell-local-plan. The link to the pdf is shown as an attachment under Documents at the bottom of the link page.

Traffic

Town Centre – work continues on the market place – the details of the phases of the work as shown on the SCC website are available at epsom-and-ewell-major-transport-schemes.

Town centre traffic light control – tailbacks on the approach to South Street continue and the SCC Road and Transport site advises:

Operation of some signals is currently different to normal. This is because the ‘Urban Traffic Control’ (UTC) management of the signals is not currently operating across the whole town centre and cannot, whilst road works continue. Individual junctions are still operating intelligently, however they are not yet able to communicate with one another.

We will continue to review the vehicle detection measures, programming and operation of all junctions as new traffic movements become clearer and more commonplace and will seek to optimise the operation of each junction accordingly. When all works are completed and the full UTC operation is restored, further refinements can be made.”

Yellow lines opposite the Wallace Fields Infant School parking area – there is no further news on this as yet.

Nigel Collin, the newly appointed Resident Councillor for College Ward is following up on his efforts to determine the ownership of the crescent of road in front of Wallace Fields Infants School which would allow for extra parking for teachers and contribute to the safer drop off of children to the school with the Council. We will get back when there is further news.

Community clean-up launch

The Council has used a High Street Community clean-up grant received from central government to purchase a range of equipment and resources to help prevent litter and clean it up. This equipment can be safely used by volunteers and is being offered to facilitate community clean-up campaigns particularly centred on our local high streets and shopping parades.

Anyone interested in volunteering for community clean-ups can sign up for litter picking on the Council website.

Recycling rates rise

Epsom and Ewell residents are now amongst the best recyclers in the UK with much higher recycling rates than the national average according to the latest data. Since moving to weekly collections of household rubbish and recycling in 2017, household recycling in the borough has increased to 53%, compared to the national average of 46%. The Government has a recycling target of 50% across the UK by 2020 and, while the borough is already achieving more than that, there is no room for complacency as there is already a suggestion that the target will increase still further, possibly to 60%.

Epsom Hospital – this is the news from NHS Trust published on 29 July 2019

Submission of updated draft pre-consultation business case (PCBC) to NHS England for assurance

Since December we have been working with a wide range of experts, partners, local authority and public health colleagues, clinicians, the public and our regulators to gather research and evidence to help shape our proposals for Epsom and St Helier Hospitals.

This information has been used to update our draft pre-consultation business case. This information has been published on our website and includes:

  • Independent analysis of feedback from the public engagement activities;

  • The independent Clinical Senates of London and the South East report;

  • Phase 2 draft interim Integrated Impact Assessment; and

  • Impact on other providers – a summary assessment

We have now reached the stage where we have submitted our updated draft pre-consultation business case to NHS England so they can assess all of the information and agree if there would be funding in principle for a new facility in our area. The pre-consultation business case is a technical document that provides our national regulators with all of the evidence they need to assess our proposals.

We are not releasing the updated draft PCBC document at this time as we intend to do this when we have received national feedback and assurance signalling that we can move to consultation with the public.

No decisions about any changes to services will be made until after a full public consultation has taken place and all of the information – including, for example, any feedback from a formal public consultation and the final Integrated Impact Assessment – has been considered by the CCGs.

We have produced a stakeholder briefing document which explains what we have been doing and our current thinking. It is not a consultation document. The evidence and position set out in this briefing is subject to change as further evidence is developed and assurance by NHS England takes place. In particular, this briefing does not include detailed underlying financial information, as this is subject to assurance and regulatory oversight and is therefore not appropriate to publish at this stage.

Read our stakeholder briefing document – here.

Future 40 – this consultation has now closed. There was a tremendous response with nearly 3,000 residents, businesses and visitors sharing their views about the long-term vision of Epsom and Ewell. The task is now is to reflect on these findings and produce a vision for the future by summer 2019. Be the first to know by registering your interest and receive an email notification once the vision is available to download. Go to www.future40.org to register.

Local Events

Trainers Open Morning – 26 August 2019 – Bank Holiday Monday

Adventure Family Fun Day holds the unique opportunity to go behind the scenes of Epsom’s training yards. You’ll see the horses working on the gallops from 8am and then it’ll be time to visit the stars of the show at their homes. Use this as the perfect chance to speak to some of the many trainers working out of the Epsom Gallops.

 

 

This bulletin gives an insight to the events that are happening in our area as well as an update on planning issues.

Planning update from Clive Woodbridge

The council remains in a very vulnerable place with regards to planning applications. The Government requires us to show we have a five year land supply – we currently have just over one. And we have to deliver over 600 homes a year, but are only achieving around half that. We are in the process of preparing a housing action plan to show how we are going to bridge the gap and that should be published in the autumn. In the meantime there is a strong presumption in favour of development, which the council ignores at its peril. (Tandridge faces £400,000 in legal costs for an application it refused that was overturned on appeal). That doesn’t mean that the council cannot refuse inappropriate or non-policy compliant developments, but it does make it more difficult, and the chances of developers succeeding on appeal are higher.

Planning Items

86 Reigate Road – (19/00681/FUL) despite the efforts of the AEDR and close residents, this planning application was approved. There are however many conditions and work cannot start until these have been passed by the appropriate authorities. This is an example of the type of conditions imposed on the development:-

No development shall take place until full details, of both hard and soft landscape proposals, including a schedule of landscape maintenance for a minimum period of 5 years, have been submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority. The landscaping should include native species. The approved landscape scheme (with the exception of planting, seeding and turfing) shall be implemented prior to the occupation of the development hereby approved and thereafter retained.

Reason: To ensure the provision, establishment and maintenance of an appropriate landscape scheme in the interests of the visual amenities of the locality in accordance with Policy CS5 of the Core Strategy (2007) and Policies DM5 and DM9 of the Development Management Policies 2015.

1 Higher Green, Ewell – (19/00758/FUL) erection of new 2½ storey dwelling with associated landscaping & parking. There have been a great many objections to this, including our own and that from the Epsom Civic Society. There is no decision as yet and we are hoping for a positive response to the objections in view of the past history of refusals to previous applications. There is, as far as we are aware, no response to the request for further information from the Highways Department.

12 Longdown Lane North, Ewell – (19/01016/NMA Non -material minor amendment to planning permission 19/00159/REM to permit change to crossover from grasscrete to a standard VCO bitumen design. To move the new access a further 1.2 metres away from the road. The change to crossover from grasscrete to bitumen was thankfully refused.

The Star 2 Cheam Road Ewell – (19/00499/LBA) and (19/00498/REM) – the applications are for a single storey rear extension, and internal and external amendments and variation of materials. Both applications have been refused with the comments “The proposed development amounts to substantial harm to the Heritage Asset by reason of the substandard materials, window design and insufficient information regarding external features of the property. The proposed development would therefore be to the detriment to the significance of a Grade II listed building and conservation area”.

The Lodge, West Street Ewell – (19/00015/FUL and 19/00801/FUL) both of these applications refer to The Lodge, West Street, Ewell. The first one was an application to build 3 houses on the site of The Lodge, which has been approved. The applicant has not gone ahead with that application, but has put another application into the Planning Dept for 2 houses and 4 flats. This has not yet been approved and is meeting with a great deal of opposition. These objections include overdevelopment of the site, the design of the three storey building out of character with existing housing in the area, parking, traffic issues and many other.

7 Station Approach Stoneleigh – (19/00668/FUL) application for the demolition of existing buildings on site and erection of a part 6, part 7 storey building providing 23 residential flats with associated communal roof terrace, cycle and refuse stores. In summary, we have learned that the original application was for 9 flats on 3 storeys and that Epsom and Ewell’s own planning officers forced the developers to change these plans to 23 flats over 7 storeys. There is an extension of this plan to take the entire plot and turn it into nearly 100 flats. This plan (and the extended plan) has no facilities for parking and is at least twice the height of any building in the two wards that I can think of (religious buildings excluded).

South Hatch Stables – (18/00308/FUL) – this 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 of 40 boxes and other facilities together with a residential development comprising 46 apartments (a reduction of one apartment)– is ongoing with revisions to the original application.

LIDL UK, 40 – 52 Upper High Street, Epsom – (18/01559/REM) – still no news on when work will start.

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. No decision on this yet.

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 has been permitted.

Development Site at 24-28 West Street Epsom – (19/01021/FUL) this is an interesting one which you may have seen already – Demolition of existing building and construction of a new part 9, part 11 and part 13 storey building containing ground floor commercial/retail (A1, A2 and B1 uses) and 29 residential units (C3 Use) on upper levels and associated development. The proposed perspectives are worth a look. It is awaiting a decision – it was validated on 14 August

Heathrow Exhibition

This exhibition was well attended and showed Heathrow’s proposals for the future layout of the airport, including the new runway and other airport infrastructure such as terminals and road access. The public was also be able to have their say on plans to manage the environmental impacts of expansion, including a proposed Heathrow Ultra Low Emissions Zone, Heathrow Vehicle Access Charge and a proposed 6.5-hour ban on scheduled night flights.

Responses to this consultation will inform Heathrow’s application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) – the planning consent required for the project – which is expected to be submitted to the Secretary of State for Transport next year.

For further information and to take part in this latest consultation visit the Heathrow consultation website.

You may recall the previous exhibition on the Heathrow Airspace and Future Operations Consultation which ran until 4 March 2019. It was 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 which would impact this area from height reductions of aircraft with the associated increase in noise and pollution levels. We understand from a Heathrow representative that the information from this consultation is still being collated and should be published later in the year for comments.

Local Plan – report from Clive Woodbridge

The lack of a five year land supply mentioned will be addressed through a new Local Plan which will set out how Epsom & Ewell will meet its needs through to 2040. Our current Core Strategy, completed in 2007, is now coming to the end of its life, and has been largely successful, delivering 2573 new homes over the past 10 years, 30% of which were in the ‘affordable’ category. There is a statutory duty to produce a new, up to date Local Plan that takes into account demanding national government housing targets and work on this is now well advanced

The aim is to have a new Local Plan in place by the end of 2020, so that the Council can continue to positively shape development in the Borough. The Council’s planning team will shortly be engaging with residents to capture comments and opinions on the work completed so far. A number of events will be held over the autumn and dates and locations will be published on the Council’s website shortly. Any residents that wish to be contacted as part of the process can email details to localplan@epsom-ewell.gov.uk .

Once the feedback from residents, businesses, interest groups and others has been assessed, a draft Local Plan will be presented to councillors. After it has been agreed it will be sent to the Secretary of State, who will appoint an Inspector to assess whether the Plan is sound or not.

The Local Plan is a challenge, as the government at the moment is suggesting that EEBC should set very ambitious targets regarding housing building – certainly above 500 homes annually. Meeting the targets will require some tough decisions. To be honest building more densely on existing urban area sites is unavoidable, and consideration of releasing some Green Belt land highly likely, if we are to produce a plan that an inspector will approve.

However it is also an opportunity to shape future change in the way the community wishes. It can help to secure good quality homes, more affordable housing, and public places and spaces that are designed to improve quality of life and enhance health and wellbeing. Environmental factors, including dealing with Climate Change pressures, will also be a key factor.”

For further details go to – epsom-and-ewell-local-plan. The link to the pdf is shown as an attachment under Documents at the bottom of the link page.

Traffic

Town Centre – work continues on the market place – the details of the phases of the work as shown on the SCC website are available at epsom-and-ewell-major-transport-schemes.

Town centre traffic light control – tailbacks on the approach to South Street continue and the SCC Road and Transport site advises:

Operation of some signals is currently different to normal. This is because the ‘Urban Traffic Control’ (UTC) management of the signals is not currently operating across the whole town centre and cannot, whilst road works continue. Individual junctions are still operating intelligently, however they are not yet able to communicate with one another.

We will continue to review the vehicle detection measures, programming and operation of all junctions as new traffic movements become clearer and more commonplace and will seek to optimise the operation of each junction accordingly. When all works are completed and the full UTC operation is restored, further refinements can be made.”

Yellow lines opposite the Wallace Fields Infant School parking area – there is no further news on this as yet.

Nigel Collin, the newly appointed Resident Councillor for College Ward is following up on his efforts to determine the ownership of the crescent of road in front of Wallace Fields Infants School which would allow for extra parking for teachers and contribute to the safer drop off of children to the school with the Council. We will get back when there is further news.

Community clean-up launch

The Council has used a High Street Community clean-up grant received from central government to purchase a range of equipment and resources to help prevent litter and clean it up. This equipment can be safely used by volunteers and is being offered to facilitate community clean-up campaigns particularly centred on our local high streets and shopping parades.

Anyone interested in volunteering for community clean-ups can sign up for litter picking on the Council website.

Recycling rates rise

Epsom and Ewell residents are now amongst the best recyclers in the UK with much higher recycling rates than the national average according to the latest data. Since moving to weekly collections of household rubbish and recycling in 2017, household recycling in the borough has increased to 53%, compared to the national average of 46%. The Government has a recycling target of 50% across the UK by 2020 and, while the borough is already achieving more than that, there is no room for complacency as there is already a suggestion that the target will increase still further, possibly to 60%.

Epsom Hospital – this is the news from NHS Trust published on 29 July 2019

Submission of updated draft pre-consultation business case (PCBC) to NHS England for assurance

Since December we have been working with a wide range of experts, partners, local authority and public health colleagues, clinicians, the public and our regulators to gather research and evidence to help shape our proposals for Epsom and St Helier Hospitals.

This information has been used to update our draft pre-consultation business case. This information has been published on our website and includes:

  • Independent analysis of feedback from the public engagement activities;

  • The independent Clinical Senates of London and the South East report;

  • Phase 2 draft interim Integrated Impact Assessment; and

  • Impact on other providers – a summary assessment

We have now reached the stage where we have submitted our updated draft pre-consultation business case to NHS England so they can assess all of the information and agree if there would be funding in principle for a new facility in our area. The pre-consultation business case is a technical document that provides our national regulators with all of the evidence they need to assess our proposals.

We are not releasing the updated draft PCBC document at this time as we intend to do this when we have received national feedback and assurance signalling that we can move to consultation with the public.

No decisions about any changes to services will be made until after a full public consultation has taken place and all of the information – including, for example, any feedback from a formal public consultation and the final Integrated Impact Assessment – has been considered by the CCGs.

We have produced a stakeholder briefing document which explains what we have been doing and our current thinking. It is not a consultation document. The evidence and position set out in this briefing is subject to change as further evidence is developed and assurance by NHS England takes place. In particular, this briefing does not include detailed underlying financial information, as this is subject to assurance and regulatory oversight and is therefore not appropriate to publish at this stage.

Read our stakeholder briefing document – here.

Future 40 – this consultation has now closed. There was a tremendous response with nearly 3,000 residents, businesses and visitors sharing their views about the long-term vision of Epsom and Ewell. The task is now is to reflect on these findings and produce a vision for the future by summer 2019. Be the first to know by registering your interest and receive an email notification once the vision is available to download. Go to www.future40.org to register.

Local Events

Trainers Open Morning – 26 August 2019 – Bank Holiday Monday

Adventure Family Fun Day holds the unique opportunity to go behind the scenes of Epsom’s training yards. You’ll see the horses working on the gallops from 8am and then it’ll be time to visit the stars of the show at their homes. Use this as the perfect chance to speak to some of the many trainers working out of the Epsom Gallops.

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Trifest Saturday 31 August; 12noon – 4pm Auriol Park, Worcester Park

A community event, food, ice cream van, refreshments, beer tent and stalls. Sweet van, fairground rides and face-painting, raffle prize draw. Attendance of a live music performance by the Spice Girls tribute act. For more info see: Trifest Event

Trifest

Round the Borough Hike – Saturday 7 September

You can take it on good authority that the weather is going to be perfect for Round the Borough Hike, our easy going and marshalled 20 mile walk encompassing all of the best green spaces in and around Epsom and Ewell.

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Epsom Food & Drink Festival – Sunday 8 September; 10.30am – 5pm

Rosebery Park, Ashley Road, Epsom
Free entry! Food & Drink Vendors, Live Music, family friendly activies. For more info see: https://www.facebook.com/EpsomFoodDrink/

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Epsom and Ewell Community Fayre
Sunday 15 September; 1pm – 5pm
Hook Road Arena, Epsom

Enjoy a fun filled afternoon of games and activities for children and attractions for the whole family. Entrance to the event is free.

Attractions include a dog show (small entry fee, for details see: epsomrotary/dogshow), live music, a beer tent, children’s games organised by local clubs, organisations, charities and businesses, fancy dress, face painting, military vehicles, photography competition and lots more! There will also be stalls serving hot and cold quality food, teas, coffees and delicious ice cream; all at incredibly reasonable prices.

Dog Show

Age UK Charity Curry Night

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND Tuesday 26th November 2019 @ Tamarind Spice, West Ewell
£25pp* TICKETS GO ON SALE SOON *Excludes Drinks, Coffee and Desserts.
For More Info or to reserve your seat Email:
charlotte.hornblow@ageconcernepsom.org.uk

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PROBUS CLUB of EWELL

For retired and semi-retired Professional and Business men

Why not come and join us?We meet 1st Wednesday of the month
at Banstead Golf Club for lunch and talks

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For further information contact the Secretary secretary@ewellprobus.org

or via our web site: www.ewellprobus.org  All are welcome

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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