Ewell Downs News Bulletin Jan 2020

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

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

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

 Planning Items

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

South Hatch Stables – (18/00308/FUL) – there is no further news on referral of this application for the demolition of the existing Racehorse Training Establishment (RTE) and the erection of a new RTE comprising of a main yard stable complex of 40 boxes and other facilities together with a residential development comprising 46 apartments to the Secretary of State who will decide whether to call it in for review as Green Belt is involved.

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

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

Planning comments from Clive Woodbridge 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Information from Chris Frost

Epsom Hospital

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Council

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

Licensing and Planning Policy Committee

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

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

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

Local Events 

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

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

 

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Epsom Civic Society meeting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Local updates and information

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

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

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

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

From Surrey County Council

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

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

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

Langley Vale Wood

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

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

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

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

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

Facebookour page is being well visited. Go and use this to make comments or display pictures of the area.  

Twitter this is quite active with many followers of Ewelldownsra. 

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Social Evening on Saturday 23rd Nov.

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

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

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

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

 

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Ewell Downs News Bulletin Sep/Oct 2019

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

Hot off the Press from the H1 site

A Welcome from Chief Executive Daniel Elkeles

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

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

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

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

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

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

Planning Items

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A decision on this is awaited.

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

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

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

Land at Epsom and Ewell High School, Ruxley Lane, West Ewell – (18/01360/FUL) a major planning application for the demolition of existing classroom buildings, MUGA and sports hall; and construction of a two storey classroom block, 3G Full Size AGP Pitch, compact athletics facility, Hockey Plus AGP, sports pavilion, sports hall, grass surface pitches, grounds maintenance compound, footbridge, fencing, floodlights and associated ground works, construction of new car park and access for school sports facilities; and erection of 161 dwellings including associated parking, landscaping, open space and infrastructure works. This has been approved.

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

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

Planning comments from Chris Frost

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

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

Local Plan and Statement of Community Involvement

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

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

DRAFT STATEMENT OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT 2019

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

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

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

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It will be wonderful when this work has been completed!

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

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

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

Climate Change Action

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

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

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

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

Unauthorised encampments

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

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

Report from John Beckett (Mayor and Surrey County Councillor)

Trees

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

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

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

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

 Local Highway – Member Allocation

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

Charges for Domestic Waste Disposal

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

Top Salaries at SCC

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

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

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

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

Local Events

Epsom Square and Epsom Library at The Ebbisham Centre, Epsom 

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

For more information visit The_Big_Draw_Epsom/8843

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

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

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Sorrows

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Age UK Charity Curry Night

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

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PROBUS CLUB of EWELL

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

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

All are welcome

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

Facebookour page is being well visited. Go and use this to make comments or display pictures of the area.

Twitter this is quite active with many followers of Ewelldownsra.

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Ewell Downs News Bulletin – Aug 2019

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

Planning update from Clive Woodbridge

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

Planning Items

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

South Hatch Stables – (18/00308/FUL) – this application for the demolition of the existing Racehorse Training Establishment (RTE) and the erection of a new RTE comprising of a main yard stable complex of 40 boxes and other facilities together with a residential development comprising 46 apartments (a reduction of one apartment)– is ongoing with revisions to the original application.

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

Land at Epsom and Ewell High School, Ruxley Lane, West Ewell – (18/01360/FUL) a major planning application for the demolition of existing classroom buildings, MUGA and sports hall; and construction of a two storey classroom block, 3G Full Size AGP Pitch, compact athletics facility, Hockey Plus AGP, sports pavilion, sports hall, grass surface pitches, grounds maintenance compound, footbridge, fencing, floodlights and associated ground works, construction of new car park and access for school sports facilities; and erection of 161 dwellings including associated parking, landscaping, open space and infrastructure works. No decision on this yet.

Langley Vale Memorial Woodland – creation of a permanent car park with facilities etc and erection of visitors’ centre and associated infrastructure in relation to Langley Vale Wood – this has been permitted.

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

Heathrow Exhibition

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

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

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

You may recall the previous exhibition on the Heathrow Airspace and Future Operations Consultation which ran until 4 March 2019. It was seeking feedback on changes to our airspace and future runway operations including expansion and changes to the existing two runways. To increase the capacity of the existing runways it is proposed that planes will take off and land from different directions and be at different heights which would impact this area from height reductions of aircraft with the associated increase in noise and pollution levels. We understand from a Heathrow representative that the information from this consultation is still being collated and should be published later in the year for comments.

Local Plan – report from Clive Woodbridge

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

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

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

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

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

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

Traffic

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

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

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

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

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

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

Community clean-up launch

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

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

Recycling rates rise

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

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

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

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

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

  • Independent analysis of feedback from the public engagement activities;

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

  • Phase 2 draft interim Integrated Impact Assessment; and

  • Impact on other providers – a summary assessment

We have now reached the stage where we have submitted our updated draft pre-consultation business case to NHS England so they can assess all of the information and agree if there would be funding in principle for a new facility in our area. The pre-consultation business case is a technical document that provides our national regulators with all of the evidence they need to assess our proposals.

We are not releasing the updated draft PCBC document at this time as we intend to do this when we have received national feedback and assurance signalling that we can move to consultation with the public.

No decisions about any changes to services will be made until after a full public consultation has taken place and all of the information – including, for example, any feedback from a formal public consultation and the final Integrated Impact Assessment – has been considered by the CCGs.

We have produced a stakeholder briefing document which explains what we have been doing and our current thinking. It is not a consultation document. The evidence and position set out in this briefing is subject to change as further evidence is developed and assurance by NHS England takes place. In particular, this briefing does not include detailed underlying financial information, as this is subject to assurance and regulatory oversight and is therefore not appropriate to publish at this stage.

Read our stakeholder briefing document – here.

Future 40 – this consultation has now closed. There was a tremendous response with nearly 3,000 residents, businesses and visitors sharing their views about the long-term vision of Epsom and Ewell. The task is now is to reflect on these findings and produce a vision for the future by summer 2019. Be the first to know by registering your interest and receive an email notification once the vision is available to download. Go to www.future40.org to register.

Local Events

Trainers Open Morning – 26 August 2019 – Bank Holiday Monday

Adventure Family Fun Day holds the unique opportunity to go behind the scenes of Epsom’s training yards. You’ll see the horses working on the gallops from 8am and then it’ll be time to visit the stars of the show at their homes. Use this as the perfect chance to speak to some of the many trainers working out of the Epsom Gallops.

 

 

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

Planning update from Clive Woodbridge

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

Planning Items

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

South Hatch Stables – (18/00308/FUL) – this application for the demolition of the existing Racehorse Training Establishment (RTE) and the erection of a new RTE comprising of a main yard stable complex of 40 boxes and other facilities together with a residential development comprising 46 apartments (a reduction of one apartment)– is ongoing with revisions to the original application.

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

Land at Epsom and Ewell High School, Ruxley Lane, West Ewell – (18/01360/FUL) a major planning application for the demolition of existing classroom buildings, MUGA and sports hall; and construction of a two storey classroom block, 3G Full Size AGP Pitch, compact athletics facility, Hockey Plus AGP, sports pavilion, sports hall, grass surface pitches, grounds maintenance compound, footbridge, fencing, floodlights and associated ground works, construction of new car park and access for school sports facilities; and erection of 161 dwellings including associated parking, landscaping, open space and infrastructure works. No decision on this yet.

Langley Vale Memorial Woodland – creation of a permanent car park with facilities etc and erection of visitors’ centre and associated infrastructure in relation to Langley Vale Wood – this has been permitted.

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

Heathrow Exhibition

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

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

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

You may recall the previous exhibition on the Heathrow Airspace and Future Operations Consultation which ran until 4 March 2019. It was seeking feedback on changes to our airspace and future runway operations including expansion and changes to the existing two runways. To increase the capacity of the existing runways it is proposed that planes will take off and land from different directions and be at different heights which would impact this area from height reductions of aircraft with the associated increase in noise and pollution levels. We understand from a Heathrow representative that the information from this consultation is still being collated and should be published later in the year for comments.

Local Plan – report from Clive Woodbridge

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

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

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

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

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

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

Traffic

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

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

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

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

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

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

Community clean-up launch

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

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

Recycling rates rise

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

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

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

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

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

  • Independent analysis of feedback from the public engagement activities;

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

  • Phase 2 draft interim Integrated Impact Assessment; and

  • Impact on other providers – a summary assessment

We have now reached the stage where we have submitted our updated draft pre-consultation business case to NHS England so they can assess all of the information and agree if there would be funding in principle for a new facility in our area. The pre-consultation business case is a technical document that provides our national regulators with all of the evidence they need to assess our proposals.

We are not releasing the updated draft PCBC document at this time as we intend to do this when we have received national feedback and assurance signalling that we can move to consultation with the public.

No decisions about any changes to services will be made until after a full public consultation has taken place and all of the information – including, for example, any feedback from a formal public consultation and the final Integrated Impact Assessment – has been considered by the CCGs.

We have produced a stakeholder briefing document which explains what we have been doing and our current thinking. It is not a consultation document. The evidence and position set out in this briefing is subject to change as further evidence is developed and assurance by NHS England takes place. In particular, this briefing does not include detailed underlying financial information, as this is subject to assurance and regulatory oversight and is therefore not appropriate to publish at this stage.

Read our stakeholder briefing document – here.

Future 40 – this consultation has now closed. There was a tremendous response with nearly 3,000 residents, businesses and visitors sharing their views about the long-term vision of Epsom and Ewell. The task is now is to reflect on these findings and produce a vision for the future by summer 2019. Be the first to know by registering your interest and receive an email notification once the vision is available to download. Go to www.future40.org to register.

Local Events

Trainers Open Morning – 26 August 2019 – Bank Holiday Monday

Adventure Family Fun Day holds the unique opportunity to go behind the scenes of Epsom’s training yards. You’ll see the horses working on the gallops from 8am and then it’ll be time to visit the stars of the show at their homes. Use this as the perfect chance to speak to some of the many trainers working out of the Epsom Gallops.

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Trifest Saturday 31 August; 12noon – 4pm Auriol Park, Worcester Park

A community event, food, ice cream van, refreshments, beer tent and stalls. Sweet van, fairground rides and face-painting, raffle prize draw. Attendance of a live music performance by the Spice Girls tribute act. For more info see: Trifest Event

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Round the Borough Hike – Saturday 7 September

You can take it on good authority that the weather is going to be perfect for Round the Borough Hike, our easy going and marshalled 20 mile walk encompassing all of the best green spaces in and around Epsom and Ewell.

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Epsom Food & Drink Festival – Sunday 8 September; 10.30am – 5pm

Rosebery Park, Ashley Road, Epsom
Free entry! Food & Drink Vendors, Live Music, family friendly activies. For more info see: https://www.facebook.com/EpsomFoodDrink/

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Epsom and Ewell Community Fayre
Sunday 15 September; 1pm – 5pm
Hook Road Arena, Epsom

Enjoy a fun filled afternoon of games and activities for children and attractions for the whole family. Entrance to the event is free.

Attractions include a dog show (small entry fee, for details see: epsomrotary/dogshow), live music, a beer tent, children’s games organised by local clubs, organisations, charities and businesses, fancy dress, face painting, military vehicles, photography competition and lots more! There will also be stalls serving hot and cold quality food, teas, coffees and delicious ice cream; all at incredibly reasonable prices.

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Age UK Charity Curry Night

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND Tuesday 26th November 2019 @ Tamarind Spice, West Ewell
£25pp* TICKETS GO ON SALE SOON *Excludes Drinks, Coffee and Desserts.
For More Info or to reserve your seat Email:
charlotte.hornblow@ageconcernepsom.org.uk

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PROBUS CLUB of EWELL

For retired and semi-retired Professional and Business men

Why not come and join us?We meet 1st Wednesday of the month
at Banstead Golf Club for lunch and talks

Probus

For further information contact the Secretary secretary@ewellprobus.org

or via our web site: www.ewellprobus.org  All are welcome

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

Facebookour page is being well visited. Go and use this to make comments or display pictures of the area.

Twitter this is quite active with many followers of Ewelldownsra.

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Ewell Downs News Bulletin – July 2019

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Further to my recent Bulletin gives details of two important planning applications, there now follows a round-up of all events and happenings in our area.

Where do we begin?

Planning Items

Backland development between Higher Green and Links Road – (19/00354/FUL) – the good news is that following collaboration with some skilled residents of Higher Green and Links Road, the application for the erection of 4 new dwellings and associated access, landscaping and parking has been refused. The reasons were based on two main headings. Summarized as:-

1. Design, Vast bulk, Scale, Not reinforcing local distinctiveness, Contrary to policies, CS5, DM 9, 10, 16.

2. Development would threaten Sylvan character of the setting an unacceptable loss of trees.

The website gives the full letter of refusal. We are delighted at this result and wait to hear if there is to be an appeal against the decision.

86 Reigate Road – (19/00681/FUL) the erection of two further chalets in addition to the two previously approved with associated parking and landscaping at 86 Reigate Road Ewell Surrey KT17 – we have sent a letter objecting to this and would encourage other residents to do the same, although the date has passed! The earlier bulletin gives reasons for our objections and shows the plan of the proposed development. In case you missed this here is the plan for the two further chalet bungalows again:-

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1 Higher Green, Ewell – (19/00758/FUL) erection of new 2½ storey dwelling with associated landscaping & parking. We shall be objection to this and in the meantime show below the information leafleted principally to residents of Higher Green:-

The Association has become aware that there is a Planning Application to build a completely new house within the Conservation Area of Higher Green.

The proposed new house will be situated within the garden of 1 Higher Green, which falls within the Conservation Area.

Conservation status was granted in 2000 in order to preserve the character and appearance of certain selected parts of Epsom & Ewell. Accordingly, the Council placed restrictions to preserve the special qualities of the chosen conservation areas, which it has consistently sought to preserve.

You can view the full details on the Council’s Planning Portal. Any objections must be received by the Council no later than 31 July and can be submitted via the Planning Portal at www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/planning-applications or by sending an E-Mail to supportgrouprequests@epsom-ewell.gov.uk or in writing to the Place Development Service, Town Hall, The Parade, Epsom. KT18 5BY. The application reference shown above must be quoted in all correspondence.”

As an aside, there have been three attempts to build a house in this garden previously but the applications have been turned down – we hope with opposition that this current application will also be refused.

South Hatch Stables – ( 18/00308/FUL) – the application for the demolition of the existing Racehorse Training Establishment (RTE) and the erection of a new RTE comprising of a main yard stable complex and facilities enabling residential development comprising 47 apartments is causing great controversy and there have been many objections. A decision is still pending while surveys continue. An interesting comment on the application reads “On balance, this proposal will cause large and unnecessary harm to the Greenbelt with little to no public benefit. This harm is not just immediate but via the precedent it sets the harm will continue into the future. The case for justifying the loss of the Green belt has not been made. I, along with all the other residents, fully support the racing industry in Epsom. I am firmly opposed to the scale, and supposed necessity, of the enabling development. Despite the applicants claims, the proposed plans for South Hatch are not essential for Epsom, as Adam West is quoted in the Racing Post on 28th May “One big redevelopment won’t be the saviour of Epsom, it’s all about how the horses perform”.

Former Epsom Post Office – 74 High Street, Epsom – (17/01868/FUL) The application for the change of use of former post office (A1) to restaurant / drinking establishment (A3 / A4) including internal and external demolition, refurbishment and extension as well as the associated infrastructure was approved at the planning meeting on 30 May.

5 The Derby Square, High Street, Epsom – (18/01556/FUL) The change of use to D2 (Cinema) with proposed roof extension for auditoria and plant enclosure was permitted.

Police Station site in Church Street – (17/01586/FUL) application for the demolition of the former police station, and the erection of two residential blocks comprising a total of 29 residential units (11x1bed, 14 x2 bed and 4×3 bed), with associated car parking and landscaping. As a major planning application, this went to Committee in March and was approved.

Old Mill, Old Malden Lane Worcester Park – (18/01430/FUL) application for the demolition of existing buildings, and erection of 80 new dwellings with access, associated parking and landscaping works. This was approved by the planning committee on 30 May and included provision for 16 affordable rental on-site housing units.

LIDL UK, 40 – 52 Upper High Street, Epsom – (18/01559/REM) – variation of condition 2 (Plans) of application ref: 17/00001/FUL (Proposed Mixed Use Development comprising food retail store (Use Class A1) together with 30 Residential Apartments, Access, Parking, Servicing and Landscaping (as amended)) approved 06/03/2018, to allow for alterations to the elevations. The alterations were approved and we now look forward to hearing that work will commence in the not too distant future.

Nonsuch Mansion – (18/01309/FUL) – An application for change of use from offices to provide sleeping accommodation was approved at April planning committee. This provides for sleeping accommodation on the first and second floors to provide 9 bedrooms for the wedding guests using the Grade II Listed Nonsuch Park Mansion.

Lower Mill Ewell – (18/00865/LBA) – the application for the demolition of existing office building and redevelopment to provide 53 extra care apartments with associated facilities (within Class C2), including conversion and alternation of the Grade II Listed Mill House and Granary Buildings, with parking access, landscaping and other associated works was permitted.

Land at Epsom and Ewell High School, Ruxley Lane, West Ewell – (18/01360/FUL) a major planning application for the demolition of existing classroom buildings, MUGA and sports hall; and construction of a two storey classroom block, 3G Full Size AGP Pitch, compact athletics facility, Hockey Plus AGP, sports pavilion, sports hall, grass surface pitches, grounds maintenance compound, footbridge, fencing, floodlights and associated ground works, construction of new car park and access for school sports facilities; and erection of 161 dwellings including associated parking, landscaping, open space and infrastructure works. Do go and look at this one – many comments and objections. This awaits a decision as a major development.

Aldi – 379-393 Kingston Road, Ewell – (18/01202/REM) The application for Variation of Condition 11 (Delivery hours) of planning permission 13/00520/FUL to allow delivery hours to be between 06:00-21:00 on Monday’s to Saturday’s and between 08:00-21:00 on Sundays for a temporary 1 year period was approved.

Lidl – 65 London Road – (18/00573/FUL) – The application for a supermarket development on the site was refused in February. There is no news as yet on the status of any possible appeal.

Langley Vale Memorial Woodland – creation of a permanent car park with facilities etc and erection of visitors’ centre and associated infrastructure in relation to Langley Vale Wood – this is under negotiation with related boroughs, namely Mole Valley and Reigate and Banstead. This remains ongoing.

Heathrow Exhibition

Heathrow Ltd will launch the next part of its statutory consultation period regarding its expansion plans on 18 June 2019 and there will be an exhibition at Bourne Hall on Friday 9 August from 2pm to 9pm.

The Airport Expansion Consultation runs from 18 June until 13 September 2019 and gives the public the opportunity to provide feedback on Heathrow’s proposals for the future layout of the airport, including the new runway and other airport infrastructure such as terminals and road access. The public will also be able to have their say on plans to manage the environmental impacts of expansion, including a proposed Heathrow Ultra Low Emissions Zone, Heathrow Vehicle Access Charge and a proposed 6.5-hour ban on scheduled night flights.

The Airport Expansion Consultation also reveals plans for the airport’s growth in phases – from the new runway opening in approximately 2026, to the end of the masterplan in approximately 2050.

In addition, the consultation is seeking feedback on:

  • Plans to operate the future airport: how the future three runway airport will be operated, including important elements such as night flights, as well as how potential additional flights before the new runway opens could be operated on our existing two runways;

  • Assessment of impacts of the airport’s growth: Heathrow’s preliminary assessment of the likely impacts of expansion on the environment and local communities;

  • Plans to manage the impacts of expansion: Heathrow will set out the airport’s plans for mitigating the effects of expansion, including property compensation, Noise Insulation Policy, a Community Fund, and plans to mitigate against environmental effects including new measures to reduce congestion and emissions and a ban on scheduled flights at night.

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

As part of the expansion consultation there are a number of public engagement events planned, one of which will take place at Bourne Hall on 9 August, 2pm – 9pm (Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF)

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

Local Plan

We are also pressing for further information on the link between the Local Plan and Dandara Strategic Land Management, particularly regarding the quote on Dandara’s web site – “Project: Downs Farm” “This 110 acre Greenbelt site is being promoted jointly by Dandara and the landowners through the Local Plan process with a view of securing a residential led allocation.” Any information you may have in this connection would be of great import. We anticipate that there will, in due course, be a planning application in relation to this which will be fiercely opposed. Please keep your eyes and ears open and let us know if there is anything to report so we can take appropriate action.

Regarding the Local Plan itself, this is the link to the updated plan process published in May of this year – www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/residents/planning/planning-policy/epsom-and-ewell-local-plan. The link to the pdf is shown as an attachment under Documents at the bottom of the link page.

Traffic

Town Centre – work continues on the market place – the details of the phases of the work as shown on the SCC website are shown below:

Phase 1 will continue the new paving on the south side of the High Street from the old taxi rank area to past the Clock Tower and is scheduled for completion in summer 2019. During this phase the market will be relocated to the western end of the Market Place with access via the existing entrance \ exit arrangements.

Phase 2 will continue the new paving on the other side of the Market Place by swapping arrangements so that the market will be re-located back to the area by the Clock Tower, but entrance and exit arrangements will be via the temporary ‘dropdown kerbs’ currently being installed to the west of the Clock Tower.

Phase 3 will include paving outside the Assembly Rooms and the relocation of the Evocation of Speed statue. Once all 3 phases are completed the temporary dropped kerbs will be reinstated with full height kerbs, and the new entry and exit arrangements established and any remaining works completed.

During each phase of the works, all trees will be removed. New trees will be planted from November 2019 during the approved planting season for trees.

We are aware of the historical aspects to the Market Place and we will ensure they are preserved. Epsom Clock Tower will be protected and both the Richmond Cattle Trough and the time capsule stone will be taken to a specialist stone mason for restoration.

We will also be working with the Emily Davison Project to offer a prominent location in the Market Place for their memorial statue.”

Full details of the work are available at www.surreycc.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/policies-plans-consultations/major-transport-projects/epsom-and-ewell-major-transport-schemes.

Yellow lines – we understand that our recommendation for double yellow lines opposite the Wallace Fields Infant School parking area to stop the almost double parking on drop off and pick up times has been registered by Surrey County Council. In September written proposals will come before the Local Committee for consideration, thereafter consultations and only once objections have been put to bed work will begin. This could be Q1 2020.

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

What is happening to The Star?

By the time you read this you should be able to see marketing material for the downstairs of the Star to be used as a restaurant and upstairs as residential flats. The owners have done a tremendous job in restoring the fragile klsted building.

EVRA is starting an exercise to identify the various uses of premises along High Street and Cheam Road, to check that they are being used in accordance with Planning Permission and maintained to Building Regulations. This will then inform a debate about what can be done to ‘fill the gaps’ in what the High Street offers.

Epsom Hospital

The Annual Public Meeting was held on Friday 12 July at St Helier Hospital in the Whitehall Lecture Theatre, The meeting was to start with a review of the year from Chief Executive Daniel Elkeles. This was to be followed by a video on Surrey Downs Health and Care and a presentation about the Trust’s finances from Chief Financial Officer Rakesh Patel. Chief Nurse Arlene Wellman would then talk about her experiences over the last year as Chief Nurse.

Guests would have put their questions to the Board at the end of the meeting and we shall report on this as soon as the information is published.

For more information about the Annual Public Meeting and other upcoming public meetings, please visit www.epsom-sthelier.nhs.uk/events

Future 40 – this consultation has now closed. There was a tremendous response with nearly 3,000 residents, businesses and visitors sharing their views about the long-term vision of Epsom and Ewell. The task is now is to reflect on these findings and produce a vision for the future by summer 2019. Be the first to know by registering your interest and receive an email notification once the vision is available to download. Go to www.future40.org to register.

Changes to charging at Epsom Recycling Centre Blenheim Road

We have been advised by our Surrey County Councillor, John Beckett, (now also the Mayor of Epsom & Ewell), of the good news as follows:-

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

For further details visit www.surreycc.gov.uk/waste-and-recycling

Local Events

Ewell Village Summer Fair – Saturday 13 July – 10.30 am to 4 pm

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St. Mary’s is once again in the throes of organising the Annual Ewell Village Fair – a highlight of the year. There will be the usual variety of arena events. By popular demand there is a return visit from the Paladins of Chivalry. We will also have Ambition Dance, Hands Down Martial Arts, All About Anna’s Animals, Fitznells Concert band, Fitznells Diva Choir and Fitznells Starlets and Tenor Choir. The 135 Geographic Squadron Royal Engineers will also be on site.

All the fun of the traditional fair will include a coconut shy, Punch and Judy, pony rides, a bouncy castle and Kiddi Karts. 

There will be a wide variety of sideshows to entertain both young and old plus those in between with plenty of ‘Kids Activities’. The ever popular BBQ will be serving burgers but for those who feel more adventurous there will be Indian Cuisine by Sizzling Bengal, Krispy Kreme doughnuts and crepes. Tam’s Cakes and Cookies will also be available and Tam will also be serving cocktails.  Hot food provided by the NESCOT team will be available in the CHURCH HALL – OPPOSITE THE CHURCH – and tea, coffee and snacks will be available all day. There will, of course, be ice cream!  Pre-packed children’s lunchboxes will again be on sale.

When: Saturday, July 13, 2019 –11:00 to 16:00

D-Day

We’re marking the 75th anniversary of D Day and Operation Epsom with a special free family day at Bourne Hall Park. There will be WW2 re-enactors, displays of weapons and vehicles plus music and dancing from the war by Surrey Jive. Saturday 13 July, 11am to 4.30pm in Bourne Hall Park, Spring Street, Ewell.

Trainers Open Morning – 26 August 2019 – Bank Holiday Monday

 Adventure Family Fun Day holds the unique opportunity to go behind the scenes of Epsom’s training yards. You’ll see the horses working on the gallops from 8am and then it’ll be time to visit the stars of the show at their homes. Use this as the perfect chance to speak to some of the many trainers working out of the Epsom Gallops.

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PROBUS CLUB of EWELL

For retired and semi-retired Professional and Business men

Why not come and join us?

We meet 1st Wednesday of the month at Banstead Golf Club for lunch and talks

Meeting like members

Biannual Ladies’ Lunch (May & December)

Charity donation, Monthly raffle, Various visits and trips

For further information contact the Secretary

secretary@ewellprobus.org

or via our web site: http://www.ewellprobus.org

All are welcome

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

Facebookour page is being well visited. Go and use this to make comments or display pictures of the area.

Twitter this is quite active with many followers of Ewelldownsra.

Happy Holidays

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Ewell Downs News Bulletin – May 2019

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This Bulletin gives an update of many different aspects of local issues and events.

One of the tasks at the AGM was to elect the Resident Association’s prospective candidates. Our area comprises two wards and we therefore had six candidates, Clive Woodbridge, Humphrey Reynolds and Christine Cleveland for Ewell Ward and Chris Frost, Colin Keane and Christine Howells for Nonsuch Ward. Each of these gave a short presentation on their aims and achievements at the AGM and were subsequently elected by a show of hands to represent us. On Thursday 2 May they succeeded in their ambitions and were all elected to serve as our Councillors. Thank you to everyone who went along on the day and voted for them. We hope to continue having the support we have had from our Councillors in the past at all our future committee meetings. A great deal of vital information is gleaned at these meetings which we can then pass on to you – the residents of Ewell Downs. For your information the tables below show the results across the Borough.

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The updated email addresses for our ward Councillors are shown at the end of this bulletin.

Thank you also to those who have already paid their subscriptions for 2019. On line banking seems a favoured way of doing this and I have been working with a resident who has kindly given her time to make sure that a) we are recording email addresses correctly for those wishing to receive our bulletin and b) listing how these subscriptions are paid so that road stewards have a complete picture. Our expenses seem to be ever increasing and we are seeking ways of increasing our income and reducing these. These will be detailed in our Autumn Newsletter.

We are continuing to press for information on the Council’s approach to the housing target set for Epsom & Ewell of 579 dwellings per year for the next twenty years. This includes the timetable for the submission of report to the Secretary of State by the end of December this year and the review and public consultation before this. There have been changes to the members of committees with the local election, hence nothing definite to report as yet.

We are also pressing for further information on the link between the Local Plan and Dandara Strategic Land Management, particularly regarding the quote on Dandara’s web site – “Project: Downs Farm” “This 110 acre Greenbelt site is being promoted jointly by Dandara and the landowners through the Local Plan process with a view of securing a residential led allocation.” Any information you may have in this connection would be of great import. We anticipate that there will, in due course, be a planning application in relation to this which will be fiercely opposed. Please keep your eyes and ears open and let us know if there is anything to report so we can take appropriate action.

Following on with the Heathrow issue raised at the AGM and the additional pollution that any proposed increase in air traffic would bring, do you know what your carbon footprint is? There are many sites that can tell you this – such as www.carbonfootprint.com or www.footprint.wwf.org.uk. Should your carbon footprint be higher than you would like, projects with the woodland trust and the forestry commission would support the planting of broad leaf trees would be something you could support. We are investigating whether something local could be supported with tree planting.

Planning Items

Backland development between Higher Green and Links Road – (19/00354/FUL) – the new application for the erection of 4 new dwellings and associated access, landscaping and parking has been received. The original plans for this were refused and AEDR made a major contribution to preventing a successful appeal by the Applicant. We shall be working with the residents to oppose this.

The Kings Arms pub in East Street – (18/00315/FUL) – This application has been permitted. The existing building will be demolished and replaced with two 4 storey buildings comprising a total of 21 flats.

Lidl – 65 London Road – (18/00573/FUL) – The application for a supermarket development on the site was refused in February. There is no news as yet on the status of any possible appeal.

Nonsuch Mansion – (18/01309/FUL) – An application for change of use from offices to  provide sleeping accommodation was approved at April planning committee.

South Hatch Stables – ( 18/00308/FUL) – the application for the demolition of the existing Racehorse Training Establishment (RTE) and the erection of a new RTE comprising of a main yard stable complex and facilities enabling residential development comprising 47 apartments is causing great controversy and there have been many objections. A decision is still pending but it is likely to come before planning committee in June.

Langley Vale Memorial Woodland – creation of a permanent car park with facilities etc and erection of visitors’ centre and associated infrastructure in relation to Langley Vale Wood – this is under negotiation with related boroughs, namely Mole Valley and Reigate and Banstead. This remains ongoing.

Mill Road – (18/00271/FUL) – the application for residential development comprising of 31 units with associated landscaping, parking and external works was approved in April, subject to a lengthy set of conditions.

Police Station site in Church Street – (17/01586/FUL) application for the demolition of the former police station, and the erection of two residential blocks comprising a total of 29 residential units (11x1bed, 14 x2 bed and 4×3 bed), with associated car parking and landscaping. As a major planning application, this went to Committee in March and was approved.

Old Mill, Old Malden Lane Worcester Park – (18/01430/FUL) application for the demolition of existing buildings, and erection of 80 new dwellings with access, associated parking and landscaping works. This application will be decided by planning committee on May 30th, with officers recommending approval.

12 Longdown Lane North (18/01055/FUL) – the amended plan for an enlarged footprint was approved.

Lower Mill Ewell – (18/00865/LBA) – the application for demolition of existing office building and redevelopment to provide 53 extra-care apartments with associated facilities (within Class C2), was permitted.

Land at Epsom and Ewell High School, Ruxley Lane, West Ewell – (18/01360/FUL) a major planning application for the demolition of existing classroom buildings, MUGA and sports hall; and construction of a two storey classroom block, 3G Full Size AGP Pitch, compact athletics facility, Hockey Plus AGP, sports pavilion, sports hall, grass surface pitches, grounds maintenance compound, footbridge, fencing, floodlights and associated ground works, construction of new car park and access for school sports facilities; and erection of 161 dwellings including associated parking, landscaping, open space and infrastructure works. Do go and look at this one – many comments and objections. This awaits a decision as a major development.

Nescot issues

Roundabout – we are obviously going to have to contact the College again as the dandelions which were smothered by bark have taken over.

Traffic

Town Centre – work continues on the market place. We published a detailed program of the work in our last bulletin so here is an artist’s impression of what it will look like when everything is done.plan_market

The Surrey web site advises:

Upcoming work

Paving outside shops (from Lakeland to Boots). Access to properties and businesses will be maintained at all times. Works to repave up to shop doors will be undertaken at night.

Some of the fencing and barriers around the Clock Tower will be removed and the area opened for public use

We will continue to monitor the extent of the lane closure on High Street, and where possible reduce the length of the closure to help deal with traffic delays.

Recently completed work

  • Sections of new paving have been completed

  • ‘Time capsule’ stone lifted and sent for refurbishment

  • Richmond cattle trough lifted and sent for cleaning – this will resituated during phase 2

  • Market Place site clearance

  • Demolished the planter outside Weatherspoon’s to provide extra temporary market space

  • Erected bollards to control access to the Market Place, this will monitored for any unauthorised access/safety issues”

We would comment that whilst the traffic flow through the market area is better, there are long queues of traffic which build up along the Dorking Road coming into Epsom. We are asking if this could be eased by changing the phasing of the traffic lights at the Playhouse junction to allow greater time for this traffic to go through.

Full details of the work are available at epsom-and-ewell-major-transport-schemes.

Yellow lines – the consultation for yellow lines continues and will close at the end of May 2019 so if you have any recommendations go to parking-controls-request-epsom-and-ewell-march-201. We have had a meeting with the new Resident Councillor for College Ward – Nigel Collin – about the recommendation of double yellow lines opposite the Wallace Fields Infant School parking area to stop the almost double parking on drop off and pick up times. Nigel felt that in addition to this, there was scope for some reworking certain areas which would allow for extra parking for teachers and contribute to the safer drop off of children to the school. We will report further on this as Nigel Collin will be discussing teacher parking with the school to seek their views and support

Epsom Hospital Rowan House has been sold to Legal & General for in excess of £15 million. This is the communication from Trevor Fitzgerald Director of Estates and Facilities of NHS Trust:

Legal & General’s Proposition

Legal & General will be starting their planning process and consulting with local residents and stakeholders in the coming months:

unique later living community for the over 65s

delivers on the commitment to sell the land for a social care use rather than just pure residential housing

additional age-specific housing for this country’s ageing (with a hospital on the doorstep should they ever need us)

additional facilities – all subject to planning permission – which will likely include a nursery, a wellness centre and ancillary retail opportunities

the ability should we need it for the NHS to access some of the accommodation

Importantly, this will be an extension of the Epsom community rather than a closed off development, and will benefit local residents and our staff as well as support around 50 new jobs.”

There is however nothing definite about the way the funds are to be spent and the worrying factor is the comment in the communication that “A commissioner-led review confirmed that after the sale of this land the space requirements could be met for the option of building a new acute facility and additional parking at Epsom Hospital if selected as the preferred option.!” Councillors will resist any attempt to use the funds raised for anything except Epsom Hospital and not diverted to support St Helier. For a report on the long term future of Epsom Hospital go to the-long-term-future-of-epsom-and-st-helier-hospitals-2377.

This is the planned layout of the site that has been sold:

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Future 40 – the questionnaire forms the second stage of consultation for Future40, the work to develop a long-term vision for Epsom and Ewell. Over the last few months, E&EBC has been engaging with and listening to local residents, businesses and visitors across the borough – they have collected some really valuable feedback. The next step is to explore some of the emerging themes in more detail to properly understand how they could contribute to making Epsom and Ewell an even more attractive and successful place to live, work and study in the future. Residents are invited to join in the discussion and share their views on the Borough’s long-term vision at future40.org. It’s important to have your say.

Changes to charging at Epsom Recycling Centre Blenheim Road

New Charges for Domestic Waste Disposal

From Monday 3rd June SCC is introducing new charges to dispose of construction wood waste and roofing felt at the Epsom Recycling Centre. The charges are for wood waste which is from the construction, alteration or repair of your home and garden, such as doors, fence posts and panels, fitted cupboards and work surfaces, flooring, decking and sheds. There are no charges for stand-alone wooden furniture such as tables, chairs and shelves that you would take with you if you moved home.

There are already charges for materials like plasterboard, bricks, rubble, ceramic bathroom fittings, tiles and tyres from motor vehicles, but we are concerned these new charges may well lead to an increase in fly-tipping.

These new charges are listed below:-

Wood from a shed or other wooden garden structure, doors, floor boards and joists, laminate flooring, decking, built in furniture such as wardrobes and kitchen cupboards, worktops, and wooden fence panels and posts.

*Charges for wood will come into effect from 03 Jun 2019

Single item

£4

1 bag or part bag (bags no bigger than 50cm x 77cm)

£4

Loose car load

£30

*Roofing felt

*Charges for roofing felt will come into effect from 03 Jun 2019

In a bag (bags no bigger than 50cm x 77cm), loose or in a roll

£4

For further details visit waste-and-recycling

From our Surrey County Councillor

Reigate Road improvement – I have requested that some of the broken posts along the Nescot side of the Reigate Road be replaced using some of my personal allowance. This has turned out not to be a nightmare as the original posts were set into a concrete track. This has meant that the new posts have had to be set further into the verge avoiding the track. Given the costs of replacing a few posts and looking towards the future, I have spoken with both the Highways engineer and parking manager and both agree that a more robust, cost effective way of managing the issue is to double yellow the Reigate Road from Nescot to the Drift Bridge roundabout. 

This will stop verge parking without the need for future posts which I would not be able to guarantee funding for going forward. It should also future proof any other type of development that the Reigate Road may be subject to in years to come. I will be putting in a request on this year’s parking review ( end of May) meaning the lines will not be on the ground till around spring 2020. Given the other side of the road is predominantly residential I wanted to get a feel from you on including that side of the road as well. I have noticed that vehicles are now parking on the footway and on the grass sections which has started  to kill the grass and is spoiling the look and makeup of the road.

Local Highway Funding Cuts

SCC has confirmed the cut to local highways funding which is, in part, based on population size. Epsom and Ewell is the smallest borough in Surrey and sees the biggest cut in funding. SCC itself has argued for years that National Government funding for highways should be based on road usage, not road length or geography, yet it refuses to use road usage for its own local distribution of highway funds. Epsom and Ewell is the smallest borough in Surrey, but its roads are some of the most heavily used in the County.

We will continue to press the case for a change in this policy and a fairer distribution of spending by SCC on our local roads.

SCC By-Election victory for Independent

During the recent election there was a SCC by-election in Haslemere where the independent took the seat from the Conservatives, winning by 2665 votes to 1159. That takes the Residents’ Association/Independent Group at SCC to eleven and we are now the largest opposition group on the Council.

Local Events

May Bank Holiday Special

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Investec Derby Festival

Investec Derby Festival 2019 is, without a doubt, the greatest Flat race in the world. The Investec Derby Festival will begin on 31st May 2019 at Epsom Downs Racecourse, with the first event being the popular Ladies’ Day, where highly fashionable men and women compete for the Style Award. Epsom Investec Derby date is 1st June. Derby Day features seven races, including the infamous Greatest Flat Race in the World.

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Age Concern Epsom & Ewell

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We are taking over Tamarind Spice, West Ewell for a Charity Curry Night on

Tuesday 25th June 2019 @ 7.15pm

£20pp includes popadoms, starter, main course, sides and sundries*

Great indian and bengali food served with fabulous service

Will you join us for a Tuesday Night Curry??

BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE

*excludes drinks, desert and coffee

Tamarind Spice, 234 Chessington Road, West Ewell  KT19 9XF

FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL BEVERLEY ON 01372 732 451 or email bev.worsley@ageconcernepsom.org.uk

 

PROBUS CLUB of EWELL

Probus

For retired and semi-retired

Professional and Business men

Why not come and join us?

We meet 1st Wednesday of the month
at Banstead Golf Club for lunch and talks

Meeting like members

Biannual Ladies’ Lunch (May & December)

Charity donation

Monthly raffle

Various visits and trips

For further information contact the Secretary

secretary@ewellprobus.org

or via our web site: www.ewellprobus.org

All are welcome

Tropical Creepy Crawly Roadshow at Denbies Wine Estate – May 28 – 11.30am and 2.30pm

Meet Snakes, Lizards, Mini-Beasts and Frogs for an inspiring Animal Encounter.

£7.50 per child / Accompanying adults free of charge

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Hogsmill River Summer Stroll

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Take a leisurely Sunday afternoon stroll with a member of the EEBC Countryside Team along the Hogsmill River. Discover the fascinating history of a river that once powered gun powder mills and was the haunt of the Pre-Raphaelite painters. Meet at Ewell Court House at 2 p.m. No booking required. Please wear appropriate clothing. Stout boots and a raincoat if it’s wet. Dogs are welcome on a lead. Walks may be subject to cancellation due to poor weather conditions.

Date: Sun, 02/06/2019 Time: 14:00 to 16:30 Cost:  £5 per adult, £2.50 per child (16 years or under)

Contact name: Stewart Cocker Telephone: +44 1372 732473 Contact email: scocker@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Venue: Hogsmill Local Nature Reserve KT19 0EB

Epsom & Ewell Brass Band Summer Concert

Come and see the London & Southern Counties 2nd section champion brass band at our annual summer concert, held again at the wonderful Old Moat Garden Centre

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Silent Pool Distillery

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The Epsom Riot and the Death of Police Sergeant Thomas Green exhibition and talk

Date: Mon, 17/06/2019 Time: 13:30 to 21:00 Cost: Free

Contact name: David Brooks Telephone: +44 20 8394 1734Contact email:

dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Venue: Methodist Church, Ashley Road, Epsom, KT18 5AQ

13.30pm onwards. Exhibition of items presented by Lord Rosebery to the police officers defending the station, other items presented to Inspector Pawley and his family, Thomas Green’s medals (on show for the first time), evidence photos of the riot and postcards of Thomas Green’s funeral.

13.30pm to 14.30. Talks for local schools 7.30pm. Public talks on the events of that day, with a chance to meet Thomas Green’s great-grandson.

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

Facebookour page is being well visited. Go and use this to make comments or display pictures of the area.

Twitter this is quite active with many followers of Ewelldownsra.

Happy May Day Holiday

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Ewell Downs News Bulletin – April 2019

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This Bulletin is to draw your attention to a few very important issues which were raised at our AGM last month.

Firstly can I please thank all of those who come along on the night. With all the other distractions – football, wild weather and a dark night- we were delighted to see so many of you and some new faces.

Thank you also to those who have already paid their subscriptions for 2019 – this will help towards the cost of printing the AGM report and the hire of the school room for the AGM. Thank you again.

Among others, two important issues were raised at the meeting and one resident in particular has been corresponding with our MP, Chris Grayling, for a response to these issues.

The first issue relates to housing and the target that has been set for Epsom & Ewell of 579 dwellings per year for the next twenty years. To consolidate the information on the housing targets and the penalties in not achieving these, we have compiled a report which we would be happy to email to any resident on request. It is rather too bulky to attach here.

In brief, work is currently underway to review Epsom & Ewell’s Local Plan policies relating to housing. The timetable for the review, consultation and the publication of the update is available to view on the Council’s web site but this has to be submitted to the Secretary of State in December 2019. The timetable shows that there will be a pre-submission Public Consultation in October/November of this year and we will keep you posted on this.

Alarmingly, men with theodolites have been spotted both on Downs Farm land behind Longdown Lane North and also on the College Road side behind Longdown Lane South. The information we have at the moment is that these men are working with the owners of Downs Farm, who own both of these sites – 110 acres in all. This is being done by Dandara Strategic Land Management and on their website they describe Downs Farm as

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

This land is Green Belt and as such is protected BUT, as stated above, with the targets that have been set for housing in the borough under the new Government Housing strategy, this can only mean that the Green Belt will be attacked! Our Councillors are well aware of this fact and residents feelings about protecting our precious Green Belt areas and will be seeking appropriate sites that would provide housing in accordance with the targets without touching the Green Belt. However there is the caveat that if they do not comply with the targets, this goes up by 20%!

If there is anyone who has any further information on this, please do get in touch. Up to now there is no planning application in relation to this but you can be sure that something will appear in due course. Do keep your eyes open and let us know if there is anything to report so we can take appropriate action.

The second issue which was reported at the AGM and may have been missed by residents is the Heathrow Consultation which took place at Bourne Hall early in February this year (published in our January Bulletin). The Heathrow Airspace and Future Operations Consultation ran for eight weeks from 8 January until 11.55pm on 4 March 2019 and sought feedback on changes to airspace and future runway operations including expansion and changes to the existing two runways. To increase the capacity of the existing runways it was proposed that planes will take off and land from different directions and be at different heights. We understand that the impact on this area could be that planes would fly at a height of 3,000 feet above us instead of the 6,000 currently used and that there could well be a flight every 77 seconds! There is a great deal of opposition to this and we are watching this carefully to see what the result of the consultation will be. If there is anyone who has greater knowledge of the implications which can be imparted to residents, please let us know.

Other issues which were raised at the AGM included the drug dealing close to Nescot and the two police officers who came and gave a presentation, took this and other concerns of attendees on board. We are delighted to report that as a result of this officers have been patrolled the alleyway running along the bottom of St Norman’s Way after recent complaints from local residents of drug dealing and intimidating behaviour from youths during daytime.

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After a recent Resident’s Association meeting in Ewell – (THIS WAS US!!) (one of a series of police/resident interactions throughout the borough), the issue of the railway arch was raised as a serious issue for ASB in the community.

On Tuesday, 19 March, local neighbourhood Sergeant Jim Dawborn stopped and dealt with a group of youths under the rail arch along the alleyway near Ewell East Station. Following a search one of the youths was found with a bag of cannabis, which was seized, and the youth was given a street caution for his possession offence.

Officers will be keeping up the pressure on drug dealing and drugs use in the Railway underpass as well as in the open grass areas in the new Sycamore Gardens estate.

Local officers are also liaising with NESCOT staff and notifying them when students are found to be breaching college policy to reduce the impact to the community that drugs use and anti-social behaviour can cause.”

This picture tells the story! Our thanks go to our neighbourhood police team.

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Do go and look at their Newsletter April 2019.pdf which gives up to date information on police activities in the area.

Now to matters outside the AGM:-

Following the publication of a request for Governors at Wallace Fields Junior School, I am delighted to advise that the response was good and, as far as we know, at least one resident living in LLN was accepted and has attended his first meeting. We wish him well and inspired!

Planning Items

12 Longdown Lane North – (18/01055/FUL) – the amended plan was approved by the Planning Department. This was despite opposition however it seems that there has now been an amended plan submitted under ref 19/00159/REM re the Variation of Condition 2 (Approved drawings) of planning permission 18/01055/FUL to permit enlarged footprint. This has not been agreed and indeed we had no knowledge of this. We would encourage all those who opposed the original application to go and look at this as a matter of urgency.

Lower Mill Ewell – (18/00865/LBA) – the application for demolition of existing office building and redevelopment to provide 53 extra-care apartments with associated facilities (within Class C2), including conversion and alteration of the Grade II Listed Mill House and Granary Buildings, with parking, access, landscaping and other associated works has been referred to the Planning Committee and is listed for the April planning meeting and a decision expected imminently.

The Kings Arms pub in East Street – (18/00315/FUL) – the amended drawings submitted have included the separation of the building into two blocks, connected by a glazed link , articulation of the street-facing elevation, addition of a partially set-back fourth floor and inclusion of a lift and increase in number of flats from 16 to 21. This was called to committee in March and approved.

Lidl – 65 London Road – (18/00573/FUL) – revised application for supermarket with reduced size and no houses on the old Organ & Dragon site was scheduled for the Planning Committee meeting in February and permission was refused.

Nonsuch Mansion – (18/01309/FUL) – this application is for change of use from offices to sleeping accommodation. Nonsuch Mansion is a Grade 2* listed building that is used as a wedding venue on the ground floor and the proposal is to convert the top floor into bedrooms for the wedding guests.

South Hatch Stables – ( 18/00308/FUL) – the application for the demolition of the existing Racehorse Training Establishment (RTE) and the erection of a new RTE comprising of a main yard stable complex and facilities enabling residential development comprising 47 apartments is causing great controversy and there have been many objections. This has been referred for legal advice and still awaits a decision

Langley Vale Memorial Woodland – creation of a permanent car park with facilities etc and erection of visitors’ centre and associated infrastructure in relation to Langley Vale Wood – this is under negotiation with related boroughs, namely Mole Valley and Reigate and Banstead. This remains ongoing.

Mill Road – (18/00271/FUL) – the application for residential development comprising of 31 units with associated landscaping, parking and external works was approved at the December Planning Committee meeting.

Police Station site in Church Street – (17/01586/FUL) application for the demolition of the former police station, and the erection of two residential blocks comprising a total of 29 residential units (11x1bed, 14 x2 bed and 4×3 bed), with associated car parking and landscaping. As a major planning application, this went to Committee in March and was approved.

Old Mill, Old Malden Lane Worcester Park – (18/01430/FUL) application for the demolition of existing buildings, and erection of 80 new dwellings with access, associated parking and landscaping works. There are concerns that Old Malden Lane is an ancient narrow and twisting rural lane without pavements which cannot support a greater volume of traffic and the site borders the Hogsmill Open Space and Nature Reserve. No news but many objections.

Land at Epsom and Ewell High School, Ruxley Lane, West Ewell – (18/01360/FUL) a major planning application for the demolition of existing classroom buildings, MUGA and sports hall; and construction of a two storey classroom block, 3G Full Size AGP Pitch, compact athletics facility, Hockey Plus AGP, sports pavilion, sports hall, grass surface pitches, grounds maintenance compound, footbridge, fencing, floodlights and associated ground works, construction of new car park and access for school sports facilities; and erection of 161 dwellings including associated parking, landscaping, open space and infrastructure works. Do go and look at this one – many comments and objections.

Nescot issues

Drug issues – we are hopeful that as a result of intermittent police presence this problem will diminish. We can only wait and see.

Roundabout – following contact with the College, we see that the weeding has been done – covered with new bark and the area looks better. We shall keep an eye on this.

Traffic

Generally – one cannot drive anywhere in the area at the moment without being held up by temporary traffic lights! Gas works on College Road, the A217 closed northbound from Tattenham Way/Garrets Lane for water work, SCC roadworks on the A240 Reigate Road and Alexandra Road and the continuing hold-ups in Epsom town centre itself to mention just a few.

Town Centre – the work on the market place for which Epsom & Ewell BC have contributed £2.25 million to SCC to get it completed, will start soon. SCC advises

The Market Place improvement works will take place in three phases:

Phase 1 will continue the new paving on the south side of the High Street from the old taxi rank area to past the Clock Tower and is scheduled for completion in summer 2019. During this phase the market will be relocated to the western end of the Market Place with access via the existing entrance \ exit arrangements.

Phase 2 will continue the new paving on the other side of the Market Place by swapping arrangements so that the market will be re-located back to the area by the Clock Tower, but entrance and exit arrangements will be via the temporary ‘dropdown kerbs’ currently being installed to the west of the Clock Tower.

Phase 3 will include paving outside the Assembly Rooms and the relocation of the Evocation of Speed statue. Once all 3 phases are completed the temporary dropped kerbs will be reinstated with full height kerbs, and the new entry and exit arrangements established and any remaining works completed.

During each phase of the works, all trees will be removed. New trees will be planted from November 2019 during the approved planting season for trees.

We are aware of the historical aspects to the Market Place and we will ensure they are preserved. Epsom Clock Tower will be protected and both the Richmond Cattle Trough and the time capsule stone will be taken to a specialist stone mason for restoration.

We will also be working with the Emily Davison Project to offer a prominent location in the Market Place for their memorial statue.”

Full details of the work are available at epsom-and-ewell-major-transport-schemes.

Yellow lines – the consultation for yellow lines continues and will close at the end of May 2019 so if you have any recommendations go to parking-controls-request-epsom-and-ewell-march. We shall be recommending double yellow lines opposite the Wallace Fields Infant School parking area to stop the almost double parking on drop off and pick up times.

Ewell West Station Bridge – the work on replacing the old railway bridge continues. Don’t forget that much of the car park has been taken over by equipment and there is no casual use – only season ticket holders will be able to use the car park.

Epsom Hospital there are plans to sell off the old nursing accommodation which is now an administration centre at Rowan House on the Woodcote side of the grounds for a housing development. Councillors will resist any attempt to use the funds raised for anything except Epsom Hospital itself. For a report on the long term future of Epsom Hospital go to the-long-term-future-of-epsom-and-st-helier-hospitals.

Future 40 – the questionnaire forms the second stage of consultation for Future40, the work to develop a long-term vision for Epsom and Ewell. Over the last few months, E&EBC has been engaging with and listening to local residents, businesses and visitors across the borough – they have collected some really valuable feedback. The next step is to explore some of the emerging themes in more detail to properly understand how they could contribute to making Epsom and Ewell an even more attractive and successful place to live, work and study in the future. Residents are invited to join in the discussion and share their views on the Borough’s long-term vision at www.future40.org. It’s important to have your say.

Local Events

The Epsom Model Railway Show 2019

Sat, 27/04/2019 to Sun, 28/04/2019 from 10:00 to 17:00

Adults £7, Children under 16 FREE

Contact name: Peter Swift Telephone: +44 1483 576274

Contact email: peter_swift@outlook.com

Venue: North East Surrey College of Technology (NESCOT), Reigate Road, Ewell
Reigate Road Ewell

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An extensive model railway exhibition featuring a new and exciting selection of some of the country’s finest working layouts (large & small) in a variety of different scales showing steam, diesel and electric trains in action. Many of these layouts from around the UK are being exhibited in Surrey for the first time.

PROBUS CLUB of EWELL

Men  Probus  Handshake

For retired and semi retired

Professional and Business men

Why not come and join us?

Meet 1st Wednesday of the month
at Banstead Golf Club for lunch and talks

Various visits and trips

Meeting like members

Biannual ladies lunch (May & December)

Charity donation

Monthly raffle

For further information contact the Secretary

secretary@ewellprobus.org

or via our web site: http://www.ewellprobus.org

All are welcome

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Banstead Spring Foraging Courses

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This course is a simple foraging walk where we hope to be able to identify a selection of edible plants, flowers and plenty of mushrooms.

The woods near London are plentiful in wild food. There are a huge variety of edible plants in the south east most of which can be found in the areas surrounding our capital. You’ll be surprised at what there is to find in your local parks and woods.

We will meet at 12pm in the Woodman Pub, Woodmansterne. The course starts there with a 20 minute introduction on what to look for and a brief of the general countryside codes where they relate to foragers.

After the talk we’ll set off for a 2 to 3 hour walk around the woods. Somewhere along the way we will stop for some lovely homemade refreshments such as our wild food soup. Then it’s back to the Woodman to discuss and taste our finds.

There are limited spaces available so please book your place online.

12pm-3:30pm, Standard Ticket £45 Junior Ticket (Under 16s) £22.50 Under 12s Free

The Woodman, Woodmansterne Street, Banstead, Surrey SM7 3NL

Sun 21 Apr, Sat 11 May

Contact telephone: 01981590604 Call to check latest times or cancellations.

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

Facebookour page is being well visited. Go and use this to make comments or display pictures of the area.

Twitter this is quite active with many followers of Ewelldownsra.

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