Parking on Grass Verges?

 

Surrey County Council Local Committee have just launched a poll on our local Twitter feed asking whether residents would support a ban on pavement parking in the Borough and indeed across Surrey in the same way as is currently possible in London.  Here is the link to the Tweet

Vote on Parking on Grass Verges!

The poll will be open for 7 days.  If any of you have social media accounts and feel able to share this with residents or can ask them to vote it would be much appreciated so that we can collect as many views as possible.

 

 

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Ewell Downs News Bulletin – Jan 2018

First of all may we wish you a Very Happy New Year!

Here is a round-up of what has been happening and some news on events to come since our last bulletin.

AGM 10 April 2018 – this has now been fixed to take place at 7.30 pm (drinks beforehand) at Wallace Fields Junior School in Dorling Drive. We are hoping for the same excellent turnout that we saw last year!

Drug Dealing close to Nescot

Following reports publicised in earlier bulletins – several of our Councillors met with Frances Rutter, the Chief Executive and Principal of Nescot, before the Christmas holidays. It would appear that Nescot is very aware of our concerns and some action is being taken. We are following this meeting up with a letter requesting a meeting on behalf of the residents and this will be sent to Ms Rutter in the near future.

Just to keep you informed, we understand that:

  • Any students found with drugs on their persons are expelled – this is not a funding issue. This is a simple process. There are nine introductory sessions with all new students informing them of what they must and must not do.

  • A new agreement will apply to the student intake from September 2018 referencing random drug testing.

  • Security has been taken in-house leading to greater control but this is restricted to the boundaries of the college in line with insurance directives.

  • The college has liaised with Ewell East station and has a good relationship with them.

  • Both uniformed and plain clothes police have patrolled the area and inform the college when they do.

Our priority is to have a meeting with Ms Rutter as soon as possible and we will advise you further when we have details.

We have sent an email to the developers of Sycamore Gardens telling them of the drug dealing in case they too wish to take the matter further.

Aldi application on the Old Dairy site – their appeal against refusal of the application has been dismissed. There is an option to come back with a revised planning application but no news on this at the present time.

Lidl – as expected, permission has been granted for the development on Upper High Street.

Reigate Road Traffic Islands – Roman Way – to correct an earlier report, we now understand that there will not be a compulsory “no right turn” out of the development. This was something that we had pressed for but is not something that Surrey County Council deem necessary.

Applications for flats in Ewell Village – there are two planning applications currently being considered for new flats in the High Street. Both relate to the first and second floors: one on 4/5 Market Parade, the site of the present Post Office, application No.17/00932/FUL – four 2-bed flats and the other at 27 High Street the site of the now closed RAM Security application No.17/01025/FUL – six 1-bed flats.

In both applications, as with the recently approved “Star” site, there is insufficient designated parking. The Borough’s “Parking Standards for Residential Development Supplementary Planning Document”, effective from December 2015, requires developers to comply with these standards. The Council has the power to waive this in exceptional circumstances.

Local Plan – as you will be aware the online consultation closed in November. The results are published on www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/localplan under “Summary of Consultation responses”. Basically, the problem is that currently 181 units per year are built in Epsom and Ewell. Central Government has instructed local authorities to “significantly” increase the number of units they need to build and, in Epsom & Ewell’s case, they want 579 new homes per year. The demand identified as part of the strategic housing market assessment for Epsom and Ewell is 418 units per year for 15 years.

Originally the land assessment exercise recognised that 3,000 could be built on identified land excluding Green Belt, woodland, SSI etc., but over 15 years that’s 3000 units short. However Central Government then published proposals under a white paper that to fix “our broken housing market”, they are proposing we rip up our strategic assessment and use their new process.

This does not work well for Epsom and Ewell as we have recently built comparatively large numbers of units and the relative value of properties against the national wage doesn’t help either. The local plan must be completed or” predatory developers” could use the lack of a plan to land grab sites that would not be usually available for development.

The Council/Councillors now have to prepare a report making their case for a reduction in the target given. This is ongoing.

Plan E improvement works – following the Christmas break, works recommenced in South Street on Monday 8 January 2018 as planned. There will be similar lane closures in place to the ones before Christmas. The site compound has now been put back in place in the Market Place. There will be a short term, temporary lane closure on the High Street. This is to allow for materials to be safely delivered to the site compound.

The bus stand on Ashley Avenue has been fully open since Tuesday 9 January. There have been some changes to bus stops and services. Please check the bus timetables webpage for details.

The next step is to lay kerbs along South Street. Once this has been completed there will be alterations to the Marquis and Playhouse junctions. These phases are expected to commence in February.

East Street – still no progress on the road alterations! We understand that due to financial constraints the Kiln Lane Link has been shelved.

Fly tipping – successful prosecution against a man from Mitcham after fly tipping on Epsom Common with a £2,000 fine and driving ban.

166 Bus route – some of you will be aware that there is a question mark over the future of the 166 bus from Banstead to Epsom Hospital. The bus is specified by Transport for London and we understand that there has been contact with both Surrey and the Transport Commissioner to try to secure the future of the route. Its future is in doubt because it crosses the London boundary. Efforts are being made to try to sort this out so that the route continues for the future.

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

Community Recycling Centres in Surrey – the collection of recyclable waste over Christmas proved very successful. Despite notices being attached to all bins advising that the grey ones would not be collected for one week, many calls were made to the Council “why wasn’t my bin collected today?” Really!!

We would remind residents that the Blenheim Road site is now closed to the public on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Epsom Post Office – there is good news! After months of uncertainty, the Post Office has now secured a permanent location for the office. It has now opened in a new card and gift shop at 59, High Street. We wish the new team all the best for the new shop and Post Office and hope this will secure its long term future.

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

LOCAL MATTERS AND EVENTS

Herald of Spring – this is on Saturday 10 March at Bourne Hall, Ewell from 9.30 am until 5 pm. This year’s theme is Mother Nature – learn about local green and natural organisations, local open spaces, see the flower displays and buy locally produced honey.

WW2 A Children’s War – at Bourne Hall on February 14 – for children – be prepared with gas mask training and air raid drill, then put out a fire bomb – one of the hundreds that were dropped on Epsom at a time when there were only three fire engines. Learn to play fag cards like wartime children, discover the size of your sweet ration, try a paper puzzle and write a postcard home after being evacuated

Chinese New Year in London 2018 – celebrate the Year of the Dog in London, with the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations outside Asia. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people descend on the West End to enjoy a colourful parade, free stage performances and traditional Chinese food, and to wish each other “Xin Nian Kuai Le” (Happy New Year in Mandarin) or “San Nin Faai Lok” (in Cantonese).

The London celebrations are taking place on 18th February, which is the Sunday following the date of the Chinese New Year (16 February).

Age Concern – the popular night – “Comedy at the College is being held at Epsom College on Friday 16th February – see flyer

Mayor’s Charity Meal – see flyer below

Epsom Methodist Book Fair – the 2018 Fair will take place on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th February (from 10am to 8pm) and Saturday 17th February (10am-4pm).  The dealers’ preview will be on Wednesday 15th February (6pm to 9pm). They will be running the Book Fair for the seventeenth successive year over Spring Half Term 2018 from Thursday to Saturday inclusive and are open for donations of books from Wednesday 7th to Sunday 11th February.

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

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

Epsom Laughter Club – Laughter Yoga is a unique exercise routine which combines unconditional laughter with yogic breathing.  It is a fact that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter.  You can get the full health benefits, whether laughter is real or simulated.  Laughter Yoga was started and developed by Dr Madan Kataria in India in 1995 and is now practiced in over 73 countries.  Visit www.epsomlaughterclub.co.uk for more information.

FREE taster sessions offered at Alexandra Park, Epsom (between Bowling green & Children’s playground) – 3rd Sunday of every month at 9am – unless heavy rain. Session will typically last about 50 mins.  Please wear comfortable clothing and bring either a yoga mat or a picnic blanket as we may sit/lie down.

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Warning re burglaries – there have been several attempted and one actual burglary in the immediate area over the last month. Please make sure you take every precaution to prevent this happening to you. Most of these have taken place in the afternoon.

Nextdoor Ewell Downs – this is a free private social network for your neighbourhood community. Nextdoor is a good way to stay informed about what’s going on in your neighbourhood—whether it’s finding a last-minute babysitter, planning a local event, or sharing safety tips. There is one for Ewell Downs and although we would hesitate to recommend this site, there are several members in this area and it has proved a useful method of communication.

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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Ewell Downs News – Special Update

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Following a committee meeting last night, this is a special bulletin to advise you of a few important items:

Drug Dealing close to Nescot

There is a great deal of concern over this matter which was published in our last Bulletin.  This item was fully discussed and it was agreed that we should proceed as follows:

  • The councillors have a meeting with Jackie Elkins, the police Inspector for Epsom & Ewell North on Thursday of next week.  They will be bringing this up for action as a matter of importance.  Should this attempt not achieve any results they have confirmed that they will go higher up the police chain.
  • The Association is sending a letter to Frances Rutter, the CEO at Nescot, pointing out, among other things, the safeguarding policies in relation to the students under their care and asking

a) what action has been taken to protect them and

b) what action is proposed?

  • We shall be in touch with the developers of Sycamore Gardens as very soon they will be opening the pedestrian entrance opposite the area where the dealing is taking place.
  • We will keep you informed of any progress in this matter – we are determined to get some action, so please come forward with any ideas you may have to help.

Street Lighting – a result!

Following pressure, particularly from our Surrey County Councillors, John Beckett and Eber Kington, the street lighting will now stay on until 1 am and then it will go off until 5 am.  This is something that many of you have contacted us about and we are pleased to say that this will take effect from Thursday night.  There may be a few lights that have yet to be tweaked but everything should be in line by Sunday night. They are requesting that on New Year’s Eve the lights remain on all night so that revellers can get home safely.

Assault involving Nescot students

Can you assist local officers investigating an assault in East Ewell?

Police were made aware of an incident involving NESCOT students which occurred on Thursday, 16 November 2017, in an alleyway between NESCOT and Ewell East Rail Station. It appears that this incident took place before 3pm however the exact time is unknown.

Video was captured of the incident which showed the victims being assaulted by a male who slapped the two males to the face and body with an object, whilst shouting and threatening them. It is believed the video has come from an unidentified third party and the footage does not identify the victims.

If you have any information about the incident or are aware of who the victims might be please contact Surrey Police on 101 or report online at Surrey Police Contact quoting reference number 45170129390.

Finally – super news

The little tri-coloured Sheltie missing from a garden in Longdown Lane North has been found in a garden in Walton on the Hill and is now safely back with its owners.  Thank you everyone who has been looking out for him.  Such a relief for all

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

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

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

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Ewell Downs News Bulletin – Nov 2017

 

 

 

 

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You will soon all be receiving your newsletter from your Road Reps so I will not use this bulletin to repeat any of the information but there is one matter that has been brought to our attention that needs to be publicised so that anyone who has suggestions to make can come forward.

Drug Dealing close to Nescot

Several residents living on St Normans Way, just the other side of the Sycamore Gardens development have been in touch.

They have reported some very disturbing news that drug dealing is blatantly taking place along the pathway which leads from Ewell East railway station to Nescot College.  One of the residents taking an active role has photographic evidence and contacted Nescot to be told that this has been an on-going concern which seems to have escalated this year. The normal timings are at lunchtime between 12: 15 and 13:15. The resident met personally with Carol Martin, the vice principal, and had assurances that she will seek to address the problem. However her reply, following the meeting, was as follows:

“We have expelled so many students this term if we do more we are at risk of losing funding.

When approached about the rubbish build up and possibly helping clear up mess in the community, one staff member commented “it would be a fine thing, we can’t even get them to clean up on campus let alone outside”

When a security guard was approached he insisted he had no jurisdiction outside college property;

Regarding sniffer dogs they are unavailable due to cost”

Not only are they doing drugs but they have also vandalised the fence, of another resident with graffiti and a photo of this is attached.

Whether they are Nescot students or not it is quite evident by firstly their name badges around their necks with Nescot student emblazoned on them, then the fact that it is Mon-Fri 11:30 -13:20 when the incidents happen, which coincides with their break. It does not occur at weekend or generally outside those times.  The police have been informed on many occasions but have taken no action.

News of what has been happening has been publicised to all other Resident Associations and at a meeting of the Ewell Residents their County Councillor offered an alarming analysis – a summary of which follows:

“To recover its recent significant investment, and because of its excellent reputation, Nescot is substantially expanding its student numbers.  It is now taking students from far beyond the local catchment area including from right across London.  Many of these students have grown up in the very-different London environment of behaviour and crime including violence, drug-taking, graffiti, litter and other criminal and anti-social behaviour.  In the classroom now a disagreement can quickly develop into books being thrown around which is behaviour Nescot has to challenge.  Nescot says it has no responsibility for its students’ behaviour outside its fences.  The location of drug dens is well-known to students and when I reported this to senior local Police Officers but nothing appears to have been done about it, despite a meeting with the Police and Crime Commissioner”

Generally, throughout the Ewell area, there seems to be little or no police presence despite reports of crimes comprising thefts, road traffic incidents, graffiti and drug taking and, to add to the catalogue, a female member of staff at the co-op nearest to Ewell West railway station, was forced to hand over £2,000 of takings at knife-point.

This is concerning for a number of reasons; firstly there are many young school children that walk along there and could be intimidated, secondly many of these drug takers are subsequently going back to college and operating machinery or dealing with the general public, thirdly due to the numbers of students it suggests there is possibly some drug dealing going in order for them to source it. If all residents could be vigilant and record and report all incidents to the police and/or the college we shall seek to eradicate this scourge on our community.

All of our local councillors have been involved and are coming forward with some very encouraging suggestions on how to take this forward and we are grateful to them.  One councillor has visited the site and photographed the offensive graffiti. He will arrange for this to be cleaned off when all this has been sorted out – as requested by the resident whose fence it is – and others are raising the matter with both their contacts at Nescot and the police.  We hope that their interventions will result in some positive action.

Another option that Nescot could consider is to close the side entrances to the college after admittance hours in the morning. This would make the area a little less local for the students in the time limits of their breaks. You could say this would push the problem elsewhere but the area towards the front of the college is not as private and convenient for dealing and openly taking drugs. It would at least be worth experimenting with.

We shall also be liaising with our contact at the Sycamore Gardens development site for their support as they will soon open the pedestrian entrance which is close on the opposite side and are sure that they do not want this despoliation close to their development.

The daily incidents of drug dealing on our doorstep paints an alarming picture and we would be interested in your thoughts and suggestions on what can be done.

The atrocious mess and graffiti on a resident’s fence is shown below.

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

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

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

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

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

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Epsom and Ewell Local Plan Consultation

Please see the open letter below and the flyer on the link below from Campaign to Protect Rural England.

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Dear Resident Associations

You will be aware of the current consultation being undertaken by Epsom and Ewell Borough Council on the Issues and Options associated with alterations that are being considered to the Borough’s Local Plan.

The local committee of the Surrey Branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) is very concerned that the Borough Council is under pressure from the Government to deliver a totally unrealistic housing target. To put this in figures, the existing Local Plan expects a minimum of 181 new homes to be delivered in the Borough each year. A report commissioned by the Borough Council and other local authorities suggests that 418 new homes should be provided, subject to constraints such as the Green Belt. A new government consultation document has increased this number to 579, a figure that could not be reduced by taking any account of these constraints.

579 new homes each year would mean over 11,500 extra homes over the Plan period of twenty years and about 29,000 additional people. This would, effectively, destroy the Borough’s Green Belt as we know it, put unacceptable pressure on our already over-stressed infrastructure such as roads, public transport, schools, and medical facilities, and would not, in CPRE’s view, even ensure that the housing we actually need in the Borough would be built. The town’s character would be fundamentally changed for ever.

We wondered if these concerns are shared by the local Residents Associations? If so, we urge you to look at the ‘flyer’ attached to this email which CPRE is about to begin distribution in those areas of Epsom and Ewell close to where we think the Green Belt is most at risk. (This email has been sent to the Residents Associations covering College, Ewell Downs, Stamford, West Ewell and Ruxley – no email address could be found for the Woodcote Residents Association and I would be grateful if I could be informed how they can be contacted by email.)

We would ask that, if you share our concerns, you talk to your councillors about this. You may also wish to contact our MP, Chris Grayling, with whom CPRE has already had a meeting. You might consider distributing our leaflet to your members, bearing in mind that the consultation ends on 6th November.

If you have any questions on this, please contact me.

Best wishes

Tim Murphy

Vice Chair, CPRE Surrey and Chair, Epsom and Ewell CPRE Group

 

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Ewell Downs News Bulletin – Oct 2017

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Following the planning committee meeting and our own committee meeting, here are a few updates for you:

Sycamore Gardens

Despite all our efforts and those of residents and councillors the planning application for the new development on NESCOT Agricultural Land Reigate Road Ewell for the construction of 88 residential dwellings was approved at the Planning Committee meeting on Thursday 5 October. One of our committee members spoke against the proposal, quoting overdevelopment of the site, lack of infrastructure to support the new residents from local facilities – schools, doctors etc – and the additional traffic problems that this would cause to already overloaded road, especially the Reigate Road and the A24 which already records in excess of 20,000 vehicles daily. The committee as a whole didn’t like the outcome because there was insufficient affordable housing and there weren’t sufficient parking spaces; however with great pressure from the Conservative government to meet a target number of houses/ dwellings that is far bigger than the Council feels it can reach without resorting to using land that it doesn’t want to i.e. green belt land, it felt it didn’t have the option to refuse. The financial considerations of such a refusal or even a deferral were also a concern.

We are indeed extremely disappointed with this result but do thank everyone who opposed the application. A full report on the reasons behind the refusal will be in the Autumn Newsletter which will be published soon and distributed to all residents.

Nescot Car Park

The work on the landscaping, the cycle store and the old staff car park continues.

We have had a reply from SCC regarding the shrubs in the bed by the roundabout and their representative advises “I haven’t checked the species of shrub in the bed but from the planning application they were supposed to be a mixture of heights including some which were taller so that we could eventually remove the fence. The bed is still covered by the S278 Agreement and is under maintenance so I will ask the College to weed it.” Clearly something has gone wrong with the planting and this will be taken up. The college has not yet completed any weeding as you can see!

Reigate Road Traffic Islands and turning into Roman Road

These islands are now in place. The double yellow lines on the turning ave been repainted. They were almost obliterated from view by heavy traffic moving into the site.

Planning

Links Road Backland Development – no further news to report.

Lidl – The planning application for the mixed-use development on the vacant site at 40-52 Upper High Street Epsom published on the Council’s planning portal under reference 1700001/FUL is due to come to the November Planning Committee meeting. We understand that this is likely to be recommended for approval.

Aldiall those who registered an interest in the application for this development on Alexandra Road would have been advised of the public enquiry held at the Town Hall on 3 October, lasting for two weeks. All previous representations were copied to the appellant and we understand that some very constructive comments were made.

The Star Ewell Village – Following approval of the planning application, the conversion of the upper floor to five flats (we understand the original three were increased by building on the garden area) is being completed and one flat is now occupied. There have been no offers on the ground floor area, the anticipated large restaurant site.

North Looe – Following the local council’s refusal of an application to build on the site of the disused Young Farmers’ hut in the North Looe, an appeal has been lodged.  The land around the lane is owned by a property developer (60 acres) and, in the light of current events regarding the Green Belt, we are concerned that any permission to change the designation of the hut to a dwelling will be the “thin end of the wedge”.  This could potentially affect many local people, not to mention the effect on the Reigate Road traffic if another huge estate is built on the North Looe fields.

This is an important matter and we lodged our opposition to the application some time ago. For further information you should be able to find all the relevant documents, including the appeal letter, under the reference 16/01679/FUL. The appeal reference is APP/P3610/W/17/3182701.

86 Reigate Road – the application for the erection of 3 new dwellings, (two semi-detached and one detached house) and associated vehicular access, parking and landscaping was approved. The application number was 17/00686/FUL. Following a query from residents, the tree officer visited the site and confirmed that there were no trees worthy of further protection orders.

Land At Priest Hill Reigate Road – Excavation of a new 16m x 8m x 1m (deep) pond, wooden pond dipping platform and stock fence enclosure. Planning ref 17/00785/FUL.

Mill Road – originally student accommodation – the appeal by the developers following the application for change of use to HMO accommodation has been ruled as inadmissible due to a technicality. We wait to hear what happens next.

Lower Mill Ewell – we believe that there may be plans for a care home on this former office site. No further news as yet.

Local Plan Consultation – this consultation runs from 25 September until 6 November and we would encourage everyone to visit the website and suggest where in the borough there are potential sites on which houses can be built. It is critical that any brownfield sites are identified to comply with this directive or green belt sites will be under threat. Please go to www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/localplan to take part.

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he Epsom Civic Society give excellent details of their concerns and the timetable at the following link:

www.epsomcivicsociety.org.uk

Planning process review –

The council’s planning applications process is being reviewed after the number of major developments refused planning permission by the council, and subsequently approved by central Government, exceeded a threshold set by the Government.

In the last two years, the council received 29 major planning applications. Four applications were refused for a variety of reasons, as being unsuitable for the borough. These were subsequently allowed on appeal – this is 14% of the total number of those refused and exceeds the Government threshold of 10%.

The council’s processes for determining major planning applications is now going through a review process

Help with opposing planning applications

We have been contacted by two people interested in the help being offered to our residents for 3D models in connection with planning applications. Further details were provided in the March bulletin, which can be seen on the web site. Please get in touch if you are interested in having some help.

Street Lighting – the review by SCC is continuing until 31 December. If you are unhappy about the lights in your road, or generally in Epsom & Ewell, being switched off from 12 midnight until 5.00am go and “voice” your opinion. The options on the review are:-

  • included in the Part Night Lighting programme (i.e. switched OFF between midnight and 5am);

  • included in the Part Night Lighting programme with different operating times;
    proposed OFF time …………… proposed ON time ………………

  • excluded from the Part Night Lighting programme (i.e. remain ON all night).

Night time crime has gone up by 40 per cent in Epsom and Ewell since the streetlights were turned off in February. Police statistics show there were 342 crimes recorded between midnight and 5am from March 1 to July 24 this year, compared to 245 during the same period in 2016 and 251 in 2015.

The site for this is: www.surreycc.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/

Boundary Commission – it has been agreed that the re-defining of any boundaries will not affect the Borough elections due in 2019. You will recall that there was a requirement for Councils to consider the ratios of Councillors to residents in Epsom & Ewell, resulting in 3 wards being over-subscribed and 1 under. Following the submission of this report, the Commission will make its judgement, which could include re-defining ward boundaries and specifying Councillor Representation. It could be effective for the local council 2023 elections.

Epsom General Hospital – the issue of the future of the hospital is gaining importance and there is a KOSHH (Keep Our St Helier Hospital) campaign team which was in Sutton yesterday. The resident associations may investigate the possibility of working together and using some of their energy and experience. Seeing their campaign in action, it is clear that they are fighting for both St Helier AND Epsom Hospital and doing a much better job of publicising the issues to the general public than anything seen in Epsom so far.

East Street road alterations – surprise surprise! There is a hold up on this! Our Councillors have been chasing this up and the reply from SCC is:

We are working on costs for the scheme. Given the complex nature of the site we are having to design the traffic management up front, to be able to calculate the cost of the traffic management, which of course then becomes a component of the overall scheme cost. Once we have a complete breakdown of costs we will be able to make a decision (in consultation with Members) as to what to do with the layby, and then plan the delivery of the scheme.”

So make of that what you will. It seems that they have to include a pedestrian controlled crossing across East Street as part of the scheme, to use money from the Sainsbury’s development. This would involve three way lights which are it is alleged complicated and quite costly. They have to subcontract out the design to a third party who has yet to give them full costs.

The sense we get is that they will eventually do something, but we are now looking at 2018.

Plan E improvement works – the second phase (the creation of the 2-way thoroughfare in South Street) has started and will last for 16 weeks. Work is progressing well and there are new kerbs and paving in place on the Playhouse side.

Works phases F & G include the following:

  • South Street – renewing the footways and kerbing as well as improving the road layout and providing new loading bays; [Phase F]

  • Playhouse junction (between South Street. and Ashley Avenue) – improving the junction layout and traffic signals to prepare for the conversion of South Street into a 2-way street; [Phase G]

This project will change the road layout in Epsom to help reduce congestion and improve the town centre’s appearance. In order to undertake these works a Site Compound will be located in the western end of the Market Place. The council’s contractor Kier and Murrill Construction Ltd will be carrying out these works on the Council’s behalf. The link for further details is: twitter.com/epsomlc/status. They will make sure you can get to and from your house or business when it is safe to do so.

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

Community Recycling Centres in Surrey – at the SCC Conservative Cabinet meeting on 26 September additional cost cutting was proposed and the table below shows how we are to be affected:

Proposed_CRC

In addition it was agreed that the free daily allowance of chargeable waste from the construction, alteration or repair of homes and gardens such as rubble, plasterboard and soil is stopped from December 2017, as set out in paragraphs 27 to 28 of the submitted report.

The opposition at the Council called these decisions in but it was lost on the vote, so it is a done deal. We do understand that there were a substantial number of abstainers when it came to the vote!

The full cabinet paper with further details are available online mycouncil.surreycc.gov.uk/.

LOCAL MATTERS AND EVENTS

Halloween walk on the dark side – From Monday 30 October to Tuesday 1 NovemberView map

You can discover Ewell’s dark past and remember the tales that some would rather forget. Learn about exploding gunpowder mills and visit the graveyard of St Mary’s where their victims lie. Discover folk who lived locally and just won’t stay dead! Hear tales of witches and horrible murder, funerals without a body, tragic coach crashes and ghosts! Tread in the footsteps of the body snatchers and see where they plied their grisly trade. And discover why a vicar pulled down his own church! Our tour around the village will end with a visit to Ewell’s historic jail and a chance to find out first-hand what an 18th century prison was like—be careful not to be left behind!

Places are limited, so you must reserve your space – check this on the Epsom & Ewell What’s On web site or contact David Brooks on 020 8394 1734/ email dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk. Cost per person £5. Please meet in the foyer of Bourne Hall

Fireworks Night at Tadworth Court – Friday 27 October – Join us for a spectacular evening of fun, fireworks and scrumptious food at The Children’s Trust! 6pm-9pm. Adult entry tickets are £6.00 and Child entry £4.00. Tickets are now available to purchase on the night.

Monthly Farmers Market in Epsom – Epsom Market Place, The Clock Tower on Sunday 5th November.

Ewell Yule 2017Come on down to Ewell Village High Street on Friday 1st December from 5pm for Ewell Yule!  The annual traders and community event returns bigger and better than ever!  The Ewell St Mary’s Morris Men will be dancing the night away outside The Famous Green Man, school choirs will sing carols, local bands performing and we may even have a pantomime this year!  There will also be rides and amusements for children, shopping stalls and food from our many shops and restaurants.  It’s a great night out for all the family. Free car parking.

Can You Help?Surrey Police are appealing for information following suspected arson at the Epsom Playhouse early on the morning of 16 Oct (01:50). Four fire engines attended the scene and dealt with the blaze in which no one was harmed. Performances at the Playhouse are not affected.

If you saw or heard anything suspicious in the area that night, please call 101 with the reference P17261353.

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

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

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

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

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

Twitter – this is quite active with 99 followers of Ewelldownsra.

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

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Ewell Downs News Bulletin – Sep 2017

AEDR_Logo_MidFollowing a meeting of SCoRA (Standing Committee of Residents Associations) at which the Group Leader of the Residents’ Association gave a presentation, there are quite a few items which merit your attention.

Sycamore Gardens

The planning application – Number: 17/00429/FUL – the new development on NESCOT Agricultural Land Reigate Road Ewell for the construction of 88 residential dwellings with associated access, open space, car parking, landscaping is to be brought before the Planning Committee at the meeting on Thursday 5 October. We have asked as many of you as possible to go online and raise your concerns. We know that we are not going to be able to stop this but we must try and get the number of units reduced – particularly the apartment buildings. To date there are only 30 objections and these bulletins go out to over 280 email addresses so come on guys – it only takes a short time to register your views on the website – we need your support!

Nescot Car Park

The work on the car park refurbishment was almost completed in time for the return of the students but has been finished now. Work on the landscaping, the cycle store and the old staff car park has started.

One thing that we have taken up with SCC is the planting of shrubs by the roundabout. These have now been swamped by weeds. It is the responsibility of Surry CC to maintain these but to date there does not appear to have been any maintenance! We shall keep you posted – or you may see the work being done!.

Reigate Road Traffic Islands

These islands are now in place but a compulsory “no right turn” out of the development will not come into force until the site has been completely re-developed.

Planning

Links Road Backland Development – Following the decision of the Planning Inspectorate to dismiss the appeal against this development, Adele Castle, the Planning Development Officer at EEBC has written to the owner and applicant to advise that no works to any TPO’d trees can take place without the local planning authority’s consent.

Lidl – The formal planning application for the mixed-use development on the vacant site at 40-52 Upper High Street Epsom published on the Council’s planning portal under reference 1700001/FUL is still under consideration, particularly in connection with the transport issues.

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

57 Longdown Lane North – Despite the valiant efforts of those involved, the Planning Inspectorate has allowed the demolition of the existing house and erection of two detached houses with associated parking under the revised application. There are certain conditions relating to the trees among which are:

  • No development shall commence until there shall have been submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority a scheme of hard and soft landscaping. The scheme shall include indications of all existing trees and hedgerows on the land, identify those to be retained and set out measures for their protection throughout the course of development. The details shall also include a schedule of landscape maintenance for a period of not less than 5 years.

  • No retained tree shall be cut down, uprooted, destroyed, pruned, cut or damaged in any manner within 5 years from the date of the occupation of the dwellings, other than in accordance with the approved plans and details, without the prior written approval of the local planning authority.

116a Reigate Road – work has been finished and the new occupants have moved in! This has caused some issues for the close neighbours who have been in touch with the Quality Care Commission so they are aware.  The neighbours have had a visit from the Area Manager of the Kisimul Group last week and we hope that this addressed their concerns and provided them with contact numbers.

126/128 Reigate Road – We understand that 126/128 Reigate Road was bought by the same company as 116a Reigate Road and work has started. The recent traffic delays were caused by Southern Gas Networks laying a new service between the 5th and 12th September.

The Star Ewell Village – The planning application submitted for change of use of part of the vacant public house, the upstairs office and residential listed building and single storey rear extension, and a conversion to include a ground floor restaurant and 3 new self-contained flats, together with the retention and refurbishment of 2 existing flats has been approved. Details can be found on the website ref 17/00515/FUL.

Local Plan Consultation – we have been advised that all local authorities have been instructed to indicate where in their boroughs there are potential sites on which houses can be built. It is critical that any brownfield sites are identified to comply with this directive or green belt sites will be under threat. The consultation starts on 25 September and closes on 6 November. This site does not open until 25 September but between the dates shown please go to www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/LocalPlan.

The Epsom Civic Society give excellent details of their concerns and the timetable at the following link:

www.epsomcivicsociety.org.uk/EpsomCivicSocietyOpen-Meeting-23March2017

Help with opposing planning applications

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

Street Lighting

We are still concerned about the lights being switched off from 12 midnight until 5.00am. Many residents consider midnight too early and would prefer the switch off to be at 1 am. The Group Chairman of the Residents’ Councillors advises:

At the last Group Meeting we agreed that we will not pay for the streetlights in E&E to be kept on from midnight to 5.00am at this time but that, where appropriate, we would raise our profile in opposing the decision. One way in which we can all do this is by encouraging residents to lodge a request for their streetlights to remain on via www.surreycc.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/

The paperwork enables a resident to say why they want the lights on full time (e.g. increased incidents of night time crime, sight problems) and it also asks for signatures of support from neighbours.

Councillors cannot do this alone, we need residents to be active too.

From Cllr Kington It is interesting to note that currently on the SCC website they state that they are experiencing a high volume of review applications, and those applications are currently taking up to nine weeks to be processed – that should tell them something about local concerns. I am going to ask for details of the Epsom and Ewell appeal statistics to see how many people have made requests, but also how many have appeals have been agreed. It is important that we know the strength of public feeling and how SCC is reacting to it. Obviously if you lodge an appeal that will add to the published data.”

Do go and raise your concerns and give your opinions on what should happen in Epsom and Ewell. Apparently SCC say it is not possible to program the lights to come on at 1 am instead of midnight but this seems crazy so if this is what you would like to see, make your feelings known!

Boundary Commission – there was a requirement for Councils to consider the ratios of Councillors to residents in Epsom & Ewell, resulting in 3 wards being over-subscribed and 1 under. Following the submission of this report, the Commission will make its judgement, which could include re-defining ward boundaries and specifying Councillor representation, possibly by 2019 when Borough elections are due.

Epsom General Hospital – there was a presentation last week to all Councillors on potential future plans. You should all have received the email advising of the public meeting organised by EEBC at Bourne Hall on 19th September at 7pm.

Daniel Elkeles, Chief Executive of Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust said:

We want local people to join the conversation and have their say about creating a brand new, £300-£400 million acute facility. We are at a very early stage in the Epsom and St Helier 2020-2030 ambitions, but hearing the views and opinions of the local people we serve will give us the best chance of securing a sustainable future for all of our hospitals, as well as creating a new state-of-the-art facility to care for generations of people to come.

I believe that this is a very exciting opportunity for local people, our staff and our patients, and I would urge everyone to come and find out more.”

Residents can also find out more and have their say at www.healthwatchsurrey.co.uk/epsom.

East Street road alterations – one of our Councillors has been chasing this up and has to confess to thinking we are being given the run-around a bit. So he has asked that Councillors meet up as soon as possible with SCC officers to get some clarity.

Plan E improvement works – the second phase (the creation of the 2-way thoroughfare in South Street) is due to start on 2 October for 16 weeks.

Works phases F & G include the following:

  • South Street – renewing the footways and kerbing as well as improving the road layout and providing new loading bays; [Phase F]

  • Playhouse junction (between South Street. and Ashley Avenue) – improving the junction layout and traffic signals to prepare for the conversion of South Street into a 2-way street; [Phase G]

This project will change the road layout in Epsom to help reduce congestion and improve the town centre’s appearance. In order to undertake these works a Site Compound will be located in the western end of the Market Place. We will make sure you can get to and from your house or business when it is safe to do so.

The council’s contractor Kier and Murrill Construction Ltd will be carrying out these works on the Council’s behalf. The link for further details is: twitter.com/epsomlc/status

Epsom and Ewell parking review parking consultation – following the recent public consultation on changes to the service, the consultation received 13,637 responses including comments made by Borough, District and Parish councils.

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

Community Recycling Centres in Surrey – Having listened to the views from residents and stakeholders, the recommendation is not to permanently close the four sites (Bagshot, Cranleigh, Dorking and Warlingham). However, savings still need to be found to the CRC service.

The main recommendation will therefore be to end the free daily allowance of chargeable waste.

The SCC Conservative Cabinet meets on 26 September and they will be recommending the following proposals be introduced:

  • The four sites Bagshot, Cranleigh, Dorking and Warlingham will close on a number of days during the week, details will be agreed by cabinet.

  • There will be a core strategic network of CRC sites that will remain open 7 days a week, other sites will be closed for part of the week, details will be agreed by the cabinet

  • Ending the free daily allowance of chargeable waste from the construction, alteration or repair of homes and gardens such as rubble, plasterboard and soil.

  • Ensuring CRCs are only used by Surrey residents.

  • Restricting users of vans, trailers and pick-ups to larger CRC sites only.

The full cabinet paper with further details will be available online tomorrow https://mycouncil.surreycc.gov.uk.

The Big Switch – Weekly refuse and recyclingThis scheme appears to be growing in popularity and weekly collections of the bins (excluding garden waste) is very popular with residents. Some really good news is that in July (first full month of new collections) dry recycling ( Dry recycling is the paper, plastic, tin – the green bin) was up 20% on the previous July and August figures have shown dry recycling is up 23%. Residents have shown their support for the scheme and we would encourage this upturn in recycling.

For more information on how you can make a difference please use the following link

http://www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/residents/recycling-and-waste

Another dead catanother cat has been found in the area – making three in all. Please be aware. This sounds as if it could be linked to the UK cat killer. 

http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/uk-cat-killer-mutilated-cat-13425863

There is a £10,000 reward for the capture of the person responsible. 

LOCAL MATTERS AND EVENTS

A Day For All – Saturday 23rd September at St Mary’s Ewell has something for all ages. This year their theme will be ‘Autumn Glories’. Free entry, everyone welcome. A day for children and adults to enjoy a variety of activities including: interesting Memorial Stones, have a go at Tai Chi, an illustrated talk by Jenny and David Dance – a visit to the Antarctic Peninsula, Autumn Glories collage, flower arranging, follow the Mouse Trail, photographic competition (see website for details), crafts for children, children’s sing-along, Swop Shop and lots more! Free refreshments through the day until 3pm; free soup & bread lunch, 12.30pm – 1pm; tea & cake, 4pm; fish & chip supper, 5.30pm please order at parishoffice@stmarysewell.com and pay by 20 September. To find out more visit www.stmarysewell.com.

The Diamond Centre for Disabled Riders Autumn Fair – Sunday 24th September from 11am to 4pm at The Diamond Centre for Disabled Riders, Woodmansterne Road, Carshalton, SM5 4DT. Our biggest fundraising event of the year – a great afternoon for all the family, including the dog! Events include: Novelty Dog Show, Dog Scurry and Fun Agility, Donkey rides and petting farm, medieval re-enactment display, The Gary Mason Drummers, Firestone rock band, BBQ and tea tents
Table Top Sales. To book a table – 020 8643 7764. To be officially opened by the Mayor of Sutton. Admission: Adults £4, Children £1.

The Children’s Trust – Bear Grylls Survival Race – Saturday 30th September – Join us in London, to celebrate the Bear Grylls Survival Race Finale. Experience survival scenarios like those that Bear Grylls is exposed to in his many adventures across the planet. This is the perfect course for those who may be new to the survival world, but want to release their inner Bear and smash fitness goals along the way! Whether you are running as a lone soldier or with a team, the 5k or 10K Survival Race will leave you tired, but with an EPIC sense of accomplishment once you cross the Finish Line and earn that well deserved medal!

Monthly Farmers Market in Epsom – Epsom Market Place, The Clock Tower on Sunday 1st October

Who Do You Think You Are? – Ewell Library on Saturday 14th October 10am to 4pm. Has the BBC programme “Who Do You Think You Are” inspired you to find out your roots? The family history centre at Ewell Library in Bourne Hall invites you to discover them.

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

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

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

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

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

Twitter – this is quite active with 99 followers of Ewelldownsra.

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

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