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:

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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.

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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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News Bulletin August 2017

 Ewell Downs News Bulletin

August 2017

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This this a short bulletin to bring your attention to a few items of importance in our area.

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 and other works can be seen on the Borough planning web site. As we had intended, this has been called to Committee. It was understood that this may have been brought before the Planning Committee at the meeting on 7 September, however this may change and we are waiting for confirmation of the date. A member of our committee will be speaking against the planning application to further the interests of our residents at this meeting, whenever it takes place. To date there have been around 25 objections to the proposal and I would urge as many of you as possible to go and make your feelings known. We realise that in the current climate for house building and budget cuts we may not be totally successful but we must try to get the number of houses/apartments down as the infrastructure in the area is struggling to cope already.

The Chalk Pit

Here we have been successful! The application – 17/00092/CMA – by Place Ltd of the Chalk Pit for retrospective change of use to include such intrusive machines as trommel aggregate screening and stone crushing machines, which were apparently unlawfully installed in the first place has been REFUSED.

From the Officers Reports, it is apparent that the application was deficient on virtually every count, contravening Green Belt; Water Aquifer pollution; transport/parking effects and Noise and Dust policies, and the applicant would not submit requested improvement plans by the Council’s requested date of July 1st. Only on Human Rights were there no transgressions, it appears.

It is evident that this application rejection received widespread objection support from our residents, councillors, officers from both EEBC and SCC and organisations like the EA, and on behalf of the local residents, we would like to thank you all for such a strong co-ordinated response. It is not known whether there will be an appeal against this decision but we will continue to monitor the situation.

The ongoing issue of parking outside the site on College Road itself is something that we will follow up with our Councillors.

Nescot Car Park

The work on the car park refurbishment and landscaping works which was started in June continues. The developers expect that the majority of the work will be complete by the time the college opens in September!

The “temporary” fence remains an issue and we shall follow this up with the developers.

Reigate Road Traffic Islands

The preparation work for this caused traffic hold-ups but this is now almost complete. It is understood that the compulsory “no right turn” out the development will not come into force until the site has been completely re-developed.

Planning

Links Road Backland Development – AEDR has received a copy of the Appeal Decision from the Planning Inspectorate in relation to the Links Road Backland Development.  As you may know AEDR strongly supported the Council’s refusal of the original Planning Application.  The Inspector’s Decision to uphold the Council’s rejection of the Planning Application by dismissing the Appeal is most welcome.

However the narrative of the Appeal gives sufficient wiggle room for the owner of the land to submit a further planning application which recognises the issues raised by the Inspectorate because the Inspector does not totally rule out development of this site. We are taking this matter further to see what can be done to protect the area.

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.

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

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

57 Longdown Lane North – All arguments have been sent to the planning inspector and we are waiting to hear the decision.  We believe the inspector has visited the site so it shouldn’t be that long but of course we have no idea as to which way it will go.

116a Reigate Road – 16/00895/FLH this is a very frustrating case as building work is almost complete but no news on an application for a change of use is forthcoming. It is something we will have to prioritise at our next committee meeting.

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

The Star Ewell Village – There has been a planning application submitted for The Star. This requests 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 (comprising 2 x 2 bed and 1 x 1 bed), together with the retention and refurbishment of 2 existing flats (1 x 1 bed and 1 x 2 bed). Details can be found on the website ref 17/00515/FUL. Comments are being invited from residents about the plans. Ewell ward councillors are generally supportive of the proposals although we await comments from the Conservation officer as to details of the scheme. It does seem that at long last something positive is happening with the building.

 Help with opposing planning applications

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

Street Lighting

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.

Our Surrey County Councillor gave an interview to the Epsom Guardian highlighting all of these points along with other services for which SCC have reduced the money to the boroughs such as: grass cutting, weed spraying, highways trees etc. He has assured us that he and the other E & E Resident Association County Councillors will continue to hold SCC to account expressing our residents’ views.

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

East Street road alterations – 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 – Work on building the new bus stand on Ashley Avenue has been finished, all was cleared away early April and it is ready for use. Buses that normally stand outside TK Maxx will soon use the new stand on Ashley Avenue. As work progresses it may be necessary to move bus stops temporarily but we will be advised in advance. There is a hold up at present as they have found major structural and drainage problems below the surface of the road here and these need to be repaired before they can do any further work. This structural work was unexpected so they have to bid for additional money to do it and we don’t know if they have been successful yet. For that reason the work schedule has been changed and they have put everything on hold at this junction for now. This is important work that will take place as soon as funding is in place.

Verge Cutting – It was agreed at EEBC Environment Committee that it would pay an extra £36K to achieve the average 12 verge cuts a year instead of 4 which SCC are prepared to pay for, due to reduced budgets. Your Resident Association Council understand how important the look of the borough is to our residents and not the County Councils position of ” safety not beauty”.

Epsom and Ewell parking review parking consultation – all parking requests and nominations for yellow lines can be seen on epsom-and-ewell-parking-review.

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

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

Le Raj Academy.

The Big Switch – Weekly refuse and recycling – This seems to have gone smoothly and weekly collections of the bins (excluding garden waste) are proving popular. One of the questions that is being asked a lot is do I need to but my black bin (landfill) bin out every week as I have less rubbish? The answer is no, we would encourage residents to put their bins out when they are full.

Warning to cat ownersa mutilated cat was found in Snakey Alley this week and a second cat was also found dead in the same area. Please be aware. This sounds as if it could be linked to the UK cat killer. 

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

LOCAL MATTERS AND EVENTS

Superhero Family Fun Day at Epsom Racecourse – at Epsom Downs Racecourse on Monday 28 August. See the Jockey Club website and it’s not compulsory, but dressing up is highly recommended on Superhero Family Fun Day – they will be picking a Best Dressed Family!

Epsom and Ewell Art Group Late Summer Exhibition – Monday 14 – Sunday 27 August; 9.30am – 5pm – Denbies Wine Estate, London Road, Dorking RH5 6AA
Free entry and parking, café available on the ground floor. Epsom and Ewell Art Group’s Late Summer Exhibition offers you a chance to see a wide variety of the latest works by local artists. Original work at affordable prices. 

Family Fun Day

THIS YEAR’S FUNDAY IS ON SUNDAY 17 SEPT 2017 – A community and charity event for the whole family

Programmes will be on sale each Saturday 10 til 4 in the Ashley Centre from Saturday 2nd September 2017.  Programmes available from Epsom Playhouse, Ebbisham Centre (outside Epsom Library) Bourne Hall, and Smith’s Newsagent, 14 Ruxley Lane.

With major Fun Fair and stalls run by local charities, community groups, schools and businesses with many running affordable family games. The event includes: event includes:

Fun Fair with dodgems, big wheel etc.

Arenas and Marquees with free attractions, shows and presentations plus added last minute attractions.

Many free activities, children’s workshops and entertainment for all the family, including a children’s entertainer Mr Mayhem and other attractions on stage throughout the afternoon.

Punch and Judy will also be giving free shows.

Dog Show – Bring your dog along to enter any of the pet dog show categories.

Golden Days Festival – On 2 July 2017 Age Concern Epsom & Ewell hosted the Festival to raise funds and awareness of their organisation while having lots of fun with the local community. They thank everyone who volunteered, joined them on the day, supported them or spread the word about the event it was a HUGE success raising over £19.5k.

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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Sycamore Gardens Phase 2

Dear All

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

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

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

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

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

 

Kind regards

Jenny Coleman

 

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Ewell Downs News Bulletin May 2017

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

Sycamore Gardens

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Chalk Pit

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nescot Roundabout

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

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

Planning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Surrey County Council Elections

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

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

Help with opposing planning applications

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

Street Lighting

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

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

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

Local Highway Budget Cuts of 78% – from John Beckett

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

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

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

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

Tree Maintenance – from John Beckett

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

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

CIPFA Report – from John Beckett

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

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

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

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

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

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

East Street road alterations – still nothing!

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

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

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

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

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

Week 1: it’s your normal refuse week

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

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

Week 2: it’s Big Switch week!

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

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

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

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

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

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

LOCAL MATTERS AND EVENTS

Epsom Derby Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Epsom Square

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ewell Downs News – April 2017

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

East Street road alterations – still nothing!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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