Ewell Downs News Bulletin – Nov 2021

With Christmas fast approaching, here is a roundup of what you could be interested in and what is up and coming!

Boundary Changes

Some of you may aware that the Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published a consultation document relating to the recommendations for changes to the wards comprising Epsom & Ewell Borough Council. The objective of the Commission is to deliver fair electoral arrangements by carrying out reviews to correct electoral imbalance. They do this by looking at the average number of electors per Councillor.

It appears that the consultation has a considerable impact on our area. Essentially, Ewell ward is proposed to be renamed Ewell Village and reduced to 2 councillors; Nonsuch ward stays at 3 but with an expanded area to embrace what was Ewell ward in the Ewell Downs patch. The roads proposed to be transferred to Nonsuch are: – Windmill Lane (Ewell side from Epsom Road to railway bridge), Windmill Avenue, Park Hill Road, Langton Avenue, Hampton Grove, St James Avenue, Beech Walk and Reigate Road (By-pass to bridge). If implemented, these switches would be in place before the 2023 Borough Council elections.   My concern is that all these roads feel themselves to be part of Ewell, and not Nonsuch, and therefore may not wish their allegiance to be changed.

As an Association we shall be challenging the consultation’s proposals and if you too have concerns, please look at the consultation and respond as you think fit. This needs to be done by 13 December. The link is  https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/27356. It would also be useful if you let us know what you think. It is important to keep our link with Ewell Village where many of us shop, eat and enjoy a coffee and losing that link would result in the loss of the Ewell Councillors at our committee meetings.

The map below shows the proposed new wards with the A24 as the boundary rather than the railway line.

We welcome comments on our draft recommendations by 13 December 2021. Representations should be made:

Get in touch

– Through our interactive consultation portal, where you can explore the maps of the recommendations and make comments;

– By email to reviews@lgbce.org.uk;

– By our mobile app https://lgbce.beezer.com;

– Or in writing to Review Officer (Epsom and Ewell), LGBCE, PO Box 133, Blyth, NE24 9FE.

The Chalk Pit

The retrospective planning application at the Chalk Pit is yet to be heard by the Surrey County Council planning committee.  The latest news is that this has again been moved from the 17 November planning agenda to that on 8 December. It is unclear as to why this has been moved. Both John Beckett (our SCC Councillor) and Steve McCormick (Resident Councillor for Epsom Town and Downs) will be speaking in opposition on behalf of the residents at this meeting.

This is what has been and is happening.

As far as noise is concerned, there is to be a meeting with the Environment Agency in the near future, so the level of noise is much lower than it has been. It is thought that this is due to the site being “managed” by the skip companies who are on their best behaviour prior to this meeting. This reduction in noise levels is unlikely to be permanent and they have been and continue to be carefully monitored by residents. It may be that CCTV and further official noise assessments are needed to clarify exactly who is responsible for the noise.

An all-agency meeting has been called for by residents and certain Councillors. It is anticipated that those present will be EEBC officers, SCC officers, Environment Agency officers as well as local Borough and County Councillors. It has also been suggested that the MP be present as he alone can hold the EA officers to account. There are several issues covering the whole site not just the planning application that will be heard by SCC planning committee and it was felt by getting all the right people in one room would be the best way forward. Obviously until that meeting has taken place, we will not know the outcome of actions, enforcement etc. It is hoped that this will take place very soon and subject to the location for the meeting that this will be open to a wider audience. There would be specific questions and perhaps the opportunity for others to ask their questions.

Furthermore, at a meeting of the SCC Highways Agency yesterday a question was raised by Steven McCormick (County Councillor for Epsom Town and Downs) on how the volume of skips is impacting on the CO2 emissions in the town and surrounding areas. A method to log HGV movements is available and will be shared with members.  John Beckett asked that the information, which is felt to be a material consideration, should be available to members of the planning committee prior to the December meeting.

In addition, Steve McCormick raised the question at Monday’s Local Committee asking what could be done about the increase in HGV traffic in the borough, but this was more directed to the Chalk Pit situation. SCC officers have taken that away and we are hoping that the question on Monday and the one raised yesterday will press home the issue.

A residents’ lorry count showed that there are around 400 skip and related vehicle movements every day.

This is the link to see the response to the issues by Epsom & Ewell Council: –

https://epsomchalk.files.wordpress.com/2021/10/eebc_21_00223_cma-consultation_response-1171316.pdf.

Please do what you can to keep the pressure up on the authorities to keep us all safe! Keep sending messages to the EA when you are impacted either by noise or vehicle movements and sign the petition when this is published.

For complaints about continued trommel and machinery noise and dust from the Chalk Pit, email “incident_communication_service@environment-agency.gov.uk

For complaints about noise nuisance from both the Chalk Pit Upper Rim and the Chalk Pit itself, email “chalkpit@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Heritage Assets – action needed by 16 November!

This is a Local Listing project in Epsom and Ewell Borough which is underway for a period of six weeks ending at 5pm on 16 November. The project is being run by staff located in Surrey County Council, paid for by grant funding from central government. Residents are encouraged to take this rare opportunity to nominate structures and other features which they consider merit being locally listed. Apart from buildings and walls, the features which can be nominated cover a wide range, including old street furniture, such as benches and letter boxes. Also features such as old gravestones, landscape features, veteran trees, historic hedges and war time features such as old bunkers can be nominated. If there is a building or feature which is valued by the community and someone is in doubt as to whether to nominate it, it’s better to nominate and let the project team evaluate it against their published criteria, than not nominate it and look back later in disappointment that it wasn’t considered.

What about promoting the areas of Downs Farm that back onto Longdown Lanes North and South as an area of Special Scientific Interest with the skylarks and other fauna and flora present!!

Contact details for Surrey Local Heritage List Project 2021/22 – Local heritage list project – Surrey County Council (surreycc.gov.uk)

Coronavirus – COVID – 19 –the Government website is Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)The link above shows the Government guidance and if you wish to remind yourselves of this ever-changing scenario, please visit this.

Infection rates – The coronavirus infection rate is higher than the national average in nine areas of Surrey. The infection rate for the whole county of Surrey is now 534.9 cases per 100,000 people. There were a total of 6399 positive tests across Surrey in the week ending October 24, which is 123 more cases than the previous week. The number of cases has risen in the county by 2 per cent.

The table below shows the infection rates for each area:

In case you are still waiting for your vaccination or booster this the link – https://www.nhs.uk/bookacoronavirusvaccination/doyouhaveannhsnumber

Waste and recycling – as most of you will know it is not now necessary to book a slot but remember the tip is still closed on a Tuesday and Wednesday.

Planning issues

Links Road – although there does not yet appear to be a formal planning application, we have been advised of the emergence of a revised design and access statement for proposed houses in the area of open land between Links Road and Higher Green, which has been the subject of great concern and controversy in the past where planning applications have been refused, even after appeal. Although they may have reduced the plots from 4 to 3, the footprint of each of the 3, plus a gym butted up against 43 HG (possibly to convert to business use at some future time!)  gets back to shoe-horning in 3 large houses, totally out of character with surrounding properties.  This is what is proposed – we will obviously be looking into this further.

The Chalk Pit – (21/01758/CLP) Improvement of a 50-metre length of an existing road to a 4 metre width using SMA (stone mastic asphalt) road surfacing material on the Upper Rim, The Chalk Pit, College Road Epsom. This new application is being circulated among interested parties and we will let you know what action is taken in due course.

The toilet block on Epsom Downs – A troublesome public toilet site in Epsom Downs notorious for “severe sexual deviant behaviour” will be demolished. The toilets at Tattenham Corner, alongside Epsom Downs, have been closed since the first lockdown in March 2020. A meeting of the Epsom and Walton Downs Conservators voted to demolish the building on Monday night (November 8), with a commitment to look into replacing the toilets further down the line. The toilet block is still costing money, because people are still doing their business around the outside of the locked building which has to be cleaned, leading to costs for water, electricity and jet washing. Members were asked to consider four options for the site. These included demolishing it altogether, at a cost of around £36,000, demolishing the block and replacing at the nearby Tea Hut or Downs Keepers Hut at a cost of more than £100,000 or replacing it at the same site at a cost of £240,000.

Development Site at 107 – 111 East Street, Epsom – (21/01708/FUL) This new application reduces the previous one from 23 flats to 21 but it is thought that this is much the same as the previous application (20/00797/FUL) which was refused – demolition of the existing buildings and erection of part 3 storey, part 4 storey building comprising 23 residential flats (8 x 1 bedroom, 11 x 2 bedroom and 4 x 3 bedroom) with associated car and cycle parking and refuse storage – and the previous objections will remain.

Development Site at 24-28 West Street Epsom – (19/01021/FUL) an amended application has been received for 25 flats 8 storeys high instead of 13 storeys with commercial space on the ground floor. There are many objections to the amended plans, including those from Resident Associations and the Epsom Civic Society. This is now to be considered at the committee meeting on 9 December.

Priest Hill Sports Pavilion Reigate Road Ewell – (21/00028/FUL) – Construction of a new all-weather sports pitch including fencing, floodlighting and all other associated works. The Priest Hill Development aims to establish a center of football and sporting excellence, where first class facilities, coaching and support can nurture and inspire young people of all abilities. This is proposed by a partnership between Glyn School and Epsom & Ewell Colts Football Club. Do go to the planning application site to view photos and full information. Objections relate mainly to parking spaces, the floodlighting, and the speed of traffic on an already busy road – maybe a good reason for a speed camera to be included as part of the conditions. This application is awaiting a decision – no news yet.

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

Majestic Wine Warehouse East Street – (19/01409/REM) Application for variation of planning condition 1 of 05/00660/FUL to allow the sale of all types of comparison and convenience goods. This was discussed at the Planning Committee on 14 January and the application deferred to allow officers and the Applicant to have further discussions. The outcome is still awaited.

Free Christmas Parking

Parking will be free in Epsom & Ewell Borough Council shoppers car parks on Sundays 5/12/19 December. Council car parks in Ewell will offer free parking from 4pm on 3 December to support Ewell Yule. As more people than usual are expected to be travelling to visit loved ones this year, and they may not have access to residents parking zones, all council public car parks will offer free parking on Christmas Day

Yellow lines on East Street – the yellow line outside the shops by Kiln Lane has been repainted as it was before, therefore leaving cars parked and impeding the progress of traffic into Epsom given the filter into Kiln Lane. Coming up to Christmas that is going to cause horrendous tail backs.   Of course, the whole point of the exercise was to eliminate parking and keep traffic moving and we are hopeful that the intention is that sometime soon the yellow lines will be joined up to prevent parking there, as agreed.

Afghanistan Refuges – The proposal to take in Afghan families was debated at Council on the 30th September. Members wanted to take in families and assurances were given that the call had gone out for appropriate housing for larger families to house the refugees without using housing for the Borough’s existing homeless people. After an amendment the Council passed a motion to take in five Afghan families under the Government scheme. For the first four-year costs should all be covered by the Government. The refugees will be given ongoing support to assimilate into the UK.

EVENTS AND NEWS

EPSOM Remembrance

With restrictions around the pandemic easing, these are the events the council arranged:

  • Garden of Remembrance in Bourne Hall Park – From Wednesday 10 November 
    The small Garden of Remembrance will be in place for the month of November. It was opened by the Mayor, aided by local school children, on Wednesday 10 November at 11am.
    Members of the public are welcome to place crosses to remember loved ones that died in the service of their country.
     
  • Armistice Day Service –
    Epsom & Ewell Borough Council supports the tradition of a two-minute silence at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in memory of those who gave their lives for their country.
    A short service was held at the Clock Tower, Epsom. This service was attended by the Mayor and Councillors, Royal British Legion, 135 Geographic Squadron Royal Engineers, Surrey Police, various schools and representatives of different faiths. During this service, the national two-minute silence was observed.

 War Memorial wreath laying
Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 November
The Mayor will lay wreaths at the various war memorials across the Borough on behalf of residents.

Remembrance Day Concert – Sunday 14th November

The Epsom Playhouse will be hosting The Central Band of the Royal British Legion as they celebrate the centenary of the founding of The Royal British Legion in 1921.There will be music to celebrate Sir Captain Tom Moore, popular show and stage tunes, pop classics and favourites from the classical world. Tickets from £10.

Remembrance Day services Sunday 14th November

The various places of worship within the borough will be holding services – please check details locally. The Deputy Mayor will be attending the service and laying a wreath at St Martin’s, Epsom.

The Royal British Legion will be organising the traditional wreath laying at St Mary’s, Ewell. The Mayor will be attending and laying a wreath on behalf of the borough.

The Taste of The World Market in Epsom – Every 2nd Sunday of the month at Epsom’s marketplace from 9.30am – 3.30pm. The next Sunday market is on 14 November and the following one on 12 December. The market includes a selection of international street food to takeaway only. For more info see: https://www.facebook.com/TasteOfTheWorldMarket

The “Daddy of all Car Boot Sales” at Hook Road Arena in Epsom – Gigantic Car Parks! Food & drink & fun for kids every Sunday, weather and ground conditions permitting. The next one is Sunday 14 November. Always check www.hookcarbootsale.com/ first.

Antiques & Collectables Fair at Epsom Downs Racecourse – Tuesday 16 November – opens 9 am. The Epsom Fairs have up to 200 stands both inside and outside. The inside stands are all on the ground floor in one large exhibition hall with easy access for loading. They are attended by both trade & private buyers in huge numbers. There are facilities for disabled access, and free parking which can accommodate 1000 vehicles.

The #Epsom REPAIR CAFÉ @RepairCafe_E #MendingInTheCommunitySaturday 20th November
Scout HQ, Epsom Methodist Church

Don’t bin it – Repair It. The Epsom Community Repair Café – 3rd Saturday of the month 2 to 5pm

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL

Since Saturday 16th January 2021 Epsom Repair Café has joined 1,800 repair cafés across the EU and UK! Bring along your broken household item for assessment and if we are able to, repair! Our expert volunteer repairers work in a relaxed café environment. We open on the 3rd Saturday of the month between 2pm-5pm. Advance booking is essential.
In some cases we are able to offer a chat with repairers via Zoom or telephone before your visit.

 For booking Info and Costs please visit https://www.epsomrepaircafe.org/index.html

Future dates Saturday 18 December and Saturday 15 January

Music@StMartin’s – The Oxbridge Organ Duo – Saturday 20th November 4:30pm

The church’s fine pipe organ will be played in tandem by the dynamic Oxbridge Organ Duo, aka Julian Collins and Benedict Lewis-Smith.  Video screens will let the audience see the pair at the keyboard of the recently refurbished Norman and Beard instrument as they put it through its paces. There’s a rich variety of music written both specifically for organ duet and arrangements of famous works spanning the centuries.  Music by Thomas Tomkins, Samuel Wesley, Stravinsky and 21st century Dutch composer Ad Wammes are on the menu.

Admission to the concert is FREE, however we rely on audiences donating a minimum of £10 to help. 

Epsom Antique & Brocante Street Market – SUNDAY 21st November 2021 – 10am to 4pm

Epsom Clock Tower Market Place – A market full of surprises – antiques – vintage – flea market

Paco’s Fundraising Dinner – in aid of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund – Wednesday 24th November 7pm at The Famous Green Man, Ewell

We will be holding our next fundraising dinner at The Famous Green Man, High Street, Ewell on 24th November at 7pm. 
The menu will consist of:

Starters: choose any two per person: Patatas Braves (slightly spicy); Patron Peppers (Russian roulette peppers), Tortilla (potato omelette); Ham croquettes; Main Course:  Meat Paella; Seafood Paella; Vegetarian Paella; Dessert:  Chocolate Brownie and ice cream.  Drinks Extra
 
Please book early to ensure a place by phoning Bess Harding on 020 8337 8181.  Tickets are £25 each.  Bookings will close on Friday, 19th November. Paco is renowned  for his paella’s which are delicious.  Why not come along and try them for yourself, bring a friend or two!

The Epsom Vegan Market – Sunday 28 November- Come along and visit the Vegan Market in Epsom 10:30am to 3:30pm. For information visit The #Epsom Vegan Market with @Eve_Vegan #VeganMarket on https://www.thebestof.co.uk/local/epsom-and-ewell/

Epsom Farmers Market –held on the 1st Sunday of each month in Epsom Market Place. Fresh local meat and produce. The market – which has been running for over 10 years, opens between 9:30am and 1:30pm – but the word has it that locals get there early to get their favourites before they sell out. The next market will be held on Sunday 5 December.

CHRISTMAS EVENTS

The Nonsuch Craft Group Annual Fair at Bourne Hall is on for 2 weeks from 16th to 27th November 2021. Tuesday to Friday – 9am to 5pm, Saturday 9am to 4.30pm (closed Sunday and Monday)

A wide selection of locally hand crafted items will be on sale including: pottery, wood turning, jewellery, knitting, crochet, embroidery, quilting, glassware, soft toys, jams and greetings cards. Perfect for unique Christmas gifts, open 9am to 5pm.

The Epsom Christmas tree lights will be switched on at a special event on Friday 26 November.

Go Epsom have made a very generous contribution to new festive lighting throughout the town centre, so this year there will be an extra dazzling display.

There will be live music, a funfair, contributions from local schools, a delicious array of street food and the chance to meet the cast of Beauty and the Beast, this year’s Epsom Playhouse pantomime(link is external).

Tattenham Corner Community Christmas @TattenhamXmas – Saturday 27th November – 4 to 6.30 pm

Christmas Tree Light Switch on and Mini Festive Market – Known as Tattenham Corner Community Christmas the event is a way of bringing our community together, but also a celebration of the local talents, skills and businesses. The 2021 TCC Christmas is being held on Saturday 27th November 4-6:30pm in the parade of shops at Tattenham Corner.

Our mini festive market will be filled with gift, craft and information stalls, fun and games, face painter and craft activities to do with the kids, performances by local choirs and lots lots more !!  AND OF COURSE   MUSIC !!!

Banstead Christmas Community Event – Thursday 2nd December – 5 to 8pm – Banstead High Street 

 On behalf of the Banstead Business Guild, With Father Christmas and helpers from The Banstead Rotary Club.

With an array of fantastic entertainment and amazing performances from local dance and singing groups. With High Street entertainment, plus shopping offers, prizes, and the best Christmas shop front competition. This is an event you don’t want to miss! A great community evening – Visit the local shops as they show off their Christmas wares. Join the fun with local choirs – live music – dancing and lots of Goodwill. This is a great evening with lots of people in the High Street and the local shops staying open to welcome you. The church in the High Street opens its grounds to local choirs and community groups – and of course lots of music and dancing.

Stoneleigh Broadway Christmas Trail – Saturday December 4th – 3 to 7pm

As the festive season beckons, we’re proud to be working with some of Stoneleigh Broadway’s traders to help put on a festive Christmas trail along Stoneleigh Broadway where there will be lots of different things happening at stops along the trail including;

Art K – Christmas arts and crafts sessions and Face Painting; Bodyfix – A game for children to play, involving Mr Bones, the skeleton, in the window; Stoneleigh Library – Craft fair, Storytimes and a Hamper raffle; Brilliant Bilinguals – Teaching people Christmas songs in Spanish; Red Christmas Pattern June 8 – Will be open for festive drinks and snacks – mulled wine has been mentioned!

Masons Bar – Meet Father Christmas and his elves – and many more.

4th Ewell (Nonsuch) Scouts Christmas Tree Sale @nonsuchtrees – Saturday 4th Decemberand future dates as below.

Hundreds of trees to choose from. We deliver, accept cards and you can buy online.

Sat 4th & Sun 5th Dec 9am to 4pm and Sat 11th & Sun 11th Dec 9am to 4pm

High quality trees to raise funds for scouting and local participating charities – 4th Ewell (Nonsuch) Scout Group, Nonsuch Hall, 1 Bluegates, London Road, Ewell KT17 2SA – AND YOU CAN ALSO ORDER ONLINE!

Visit and choose your own tree – but get there early – when the trees are gone the sale ends AND you can place your order ON-LINE at their website visit

ORDER YOUR TREE

Princess Alice Hospice – SANTA FUN RUN – LIVE EVENTS AT BUSHY PARK – Sunday 5th December and Sunday 12th December – OR whenever and wherever you want!

Launch yourself into the festive season by joining this year’s hybrid Santa Fun Run. This year you have a choice…choose one of our live events at Bushy Park, or a date and place that suits you to walk, jog, run, cycle, ski or even paddleboard this Christmas. Open to all ages and abilities, young or old, help us spread the Christmas spirit this year.  Our in-person Bushy Park Santa Fun Runs will be on Sunday 5 and 12 December 2021, however, if you choose to do your own virtual event you pick any date, time and place that suits you!

Bushy Park Santa Fun Run – Adults (16 and over): £25, Children (5-15): £10, Under 5s: FREE

Virtual Santa Fun Run;  Adults (16 and over): £7, Children (5-15): £5, Under 5s: FREE

 (They give you a list of recommended locations on the website)

For more info visit: https://www.pah.org.uk/santafunrun2021/

Christmas Memorial Service –  Friday 10 December at 11 am Epsom Cemetery Chapel, Downs Road
Epsom KT18 5JT

A service for those who wish to remember lost loved ones at this time of year. The service is not a traditional religious service, though there will be some familiar Christmas music.

Ashtead Choral Society – Carols For Charity – Saturday 11th December – 10am to 12:30pm

An annual morning of fun in the centre of Ashtead as the ACS gather to sing Christmas music and play “Carols Bingo!” Come and join the fun and raise money for Charity in the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Ashtead.

The Children’s Trust Annual Christmas Concert is back!! Tuesday 14th December

The evening will feature glorious classical Christmas music, readings and carols at Holy Trinity Church in Guildford on Tuesday 14th December at 7:30pm. 

Hosted by The Children’s Trust ambassador, broadcaster and journalist Nicholas Owen. Performers on the night include ‘The London Soprano’ Joanne McGahon, Stage Debut best actor award winner Sam Thomas, Royal Academy of Music pianist Kasparas Mikuzis and St Catherine’s School Major Choir will also perform.  

We are offering early bird tickets with 25% off until the 14th of Novemberwith the code Early25 to buy yours today click here: https://www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/events/christmas-concert-0

And Finally!

Project Wenceslas: helping local people with support

to pay fuel bills this winter

Rotary Club of Ewell and Citizens Advice Epsom & Ewell are working together to bring ‘Project Wenceslas’ to our Borough for the fifth year running. There are people who will struggle to meet the cost of fuel to heat their homes over winter. Project Wenceslas allows those who receive, but do not need, the Government’s Winter Fuel Payment to donate it to Ewell Rotary. This money will be distributed to people in critical need of assistance with fuel bills, i.e. those in “fuel poverty”. All monies donated are redistributed 100% without any deductions for costs or expenses.

If you would like to know more about donating your Winter Fuel Payment, please contact Ewell Rotary via their website www.ewellrotaryclub.org.uk where you can also find more information about this scheme.

If you are struggling with fuel bills, then contact Citizens Advice Epsom & Ewell on 0808 278 7963 (Mon-Fri, 10am – 4pm) or see our website : www.caee.org.uk

For information on support through this scheme, call

Citizens Advice on 0808 278 7963 or visit our website www.caee.org.uk

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.

Don’t forget this on Sunday 21 November!

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Ewell Downs News Bulletin – Sep 2021

Having had a break from publishing over the last two months, I give below an update to what has been happening and what is coming up in our area.

The Chalk Pit

Anyone who lives in the immediate area and receives this bulletin will know that we have an environmental disaster on our hands. Those living in Epsom, particularly the areas around College Road and Longdown Lanes North and South, are aware of the constant noise and dust coming from the now very heavy industrial site in the Chalk Pit. The owners are putting people’s health and wellbeing at risk and so far, nothing has been done to curtail the activities, despite massive efforts from residents, councillors and many others. For over 12 months now residents have been complaining to the Environment Agency, Surrey CC, Epsom and Ewell BC and Chris Grayling and we still see no physical results of all this hard work. There are upwards of 350 skip and heavy lorry movements a day, wrecking our neighbourhood, our roads, our verges, and endangering lives. These lorries and skips are dropping off heavy industrial waste from all around greater London and it’s on our doorstep. Everyone who wants to improve the quality of life in this once pleasant town should get on the backs of Chris Grayling, Steve McCormick, the Environment Agency, Tim Hall at Surrey CC and Epsom & Ewell BC.

On the positive side – certain Borough Councillors are now having weekly zoom meetings about this, and we understand that there is a plan to make these available to the public. We will certainly keep you posted on this as some of the Councillors are very concerned that despite mounting opposition, nothing has stopped the owners from continuing to carry on their businesses without restrictions. At a committee meeting of the AEDR on Tuesday evening, several suggestions were made to raise the profile of what has been taking place and we will be following these up with all those concerned. One of these suggestions was to involve all those who could be affected by the dust and to this end I show below the map to show the areas that this dangerous dust could stretch to.

What is the current position? – Ken Reid reports:-

Planning – Surrey County Council – Planning Application Display – SCC Ref 2020/0159 (surreycc.gov.uk)

As envisaged in my last update planning has again been delayed with the anticipated date to committee now being 13 October.

Residents remain very concerned at the documents that have been submitted to the Council as they misrepresent the situation and are alarmed that the facts have not been checked. The EA noise survey makes it abundantly clear that none of the three noise reports submitted by the applicant are fit for purpose. Had an officer from SCC attended the site it would have been clear to them that the applicant’s reports are wrong and that the machinery makes significant noise and produces significant dust.

There also remains significant gaps in the submissions which we would have expected to have seen at this stage in the process.

Members of the Planning Committee we understand attended the Chalk Pit last Friday for what I believe was a stage-managed visit. You will not be surprised to hear that that skip lorries were diverted away from the Chalk Pit and that the site was unusually quiet in the morning. No sooner had the visit finished that noise and traffic cranked up significantly.

EEBC has issued a further objection following the recent further consultations.

EA continue to support the application and have made no comment in relation to the noise survey despite their expert having discredited the applicant’s submissions. So much for impartiality and integrity!

Nuisance

Noise nuisance continues to be significant even though it is not as constant as it was earlier in the year. Dust becomes a nuisance as soon as we have fair weather with residents complaining in the last week of significant dust deposits.

The EA has all but stopped monitoring the site despite complaints. It is bewildering that our original complaints were vindicated by their expert that they choose to ignore current complaints and allow an operator who should have been prosecuted to carry on.

EEBC has written to a number of residents, see attached, and are looking at gathering information to allow them to take action. They are painfully slow and they keep missing the dates they advise us of.

What can you do? It is important that if you are suffering nuisance you report this:

Noise and DustComplain to both EA and EEBC EA email Incident_Communication_Service@environment-agency.gov.uk or call  0800 80 70 60 EEBC email chalkpit@epsom-ewell.gov.uk
Traffic / Roads and Drains / FloodsSurrey email Highways@surreycc.gov.uk
  • Actions

A group of residents are working hard preparing representations prior to the planning meeting and also to encourage EEBC to take action. We are thankful for the significant support from The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP who has worked tirelessly in order to get the EA to engage and also from local councillors in particular Bernie Muir, Steve McCormick and Nigel Collin who are helping with representations to the County and the Borough.

We are extremely grateful to Ken Reid and Fiona Forbes for the excellent way in which they have raised the levels of community opposition and awareness.

Coronavirus – COVID–19

Please do what you can to keep the pressure up on the authorities to keep us all safe!

the Government website is Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)The link above shows the Government guidance and if you wish to remind yourselves of this ever-changing scenario, please visit this.

Coronavirus remains a serious health risk. You should stay cautious to help protect yourself and others.

  • Meet outside, or open windows and doors for indoor visitors
  • If you think you have symptoms stay at home and take a PCR test
  • Wear face coverings in crowded places and on public transport
  • Check in to venues when you go out
  • Wash your hands with soap regularly, and for at least 20 seconds
  • Get vaccinated

Infection rates – Coronavirus infection rates have fallen in place in Surrey but have risen in seven areas. Despite most areas seeing their infection rates rise, every area in surrey continued to have a rate lower than the national average for England. The infection rate for the whole county of Surrey is now 268.2 cases per 100,000 people, compared to England’s rate of 331.5.

The table below shows the infection rates for each area:

Vaccinations – Covid-19 vaccinations for everyone aged 16 and over are available in England. Bookings for large vaccination centres, such as Sandown Park Racecourse, can only be made via the NHS national booking system.

Sandown Park Racecourse

Pfizer vaccines available, no appointments required. Second dose vaccine must have been at least 8 weeks since the date of first dose and same vaccine type. Sandown Park is open for walk-ins for those aged 16+. Please note Sandown will be closed for walk-in vaccinations on Sunday 19 September.

  • 13 September, – 17 September, 2pm-7.20pm
  • 18 September, 9am-3pm
  • 19 September, 9am-1.30pm

In case you are still waiting for your vaccination this the link – https://www.nhs.uk/bookacoronavirusvaccination/doyouhaveannhsnumber

Waste and recycling – as most of you will know it is not now necessary to book a slot but remember the tip is still closed on a Tuesday and Wednesday.

Planning issues

Development Site at 107 – 111 East Street, Epsom – (20/00797/FUL) Demolition of the existing buildings and erection of part 3 storey, part 4 storey building comprising 23 residential flats (8 x 1 bedroom, 11 x 2 bedroom and 4 x 3 bedroom) with associated car and cycle parking and refuse storage. There were many objections, including those from the Epsom Civic Society and the Epsom Town Residents Association. The application was refused at the Committee meeting on 22 July.

Development Site at 24-28 West Street Epsom – (19/01021/FUL) an amended application has been received for 25 flats 8 storeys high instead of 13 storeys with commercial space on the ground floor. There are many objections to the amended plans, including those from Resident Associations and the Epsom Civic Society. This is scheduled for the 7 October planning committee meeting.

Priest Hill Sports Pavilion Reigate Road Ewell – (21/00028/FUL) – Construction of a new all-weather sports pitch including fencing, floodlighting and all other associated works. The Priest Hill Development aims to establish a center of football and sporting excellence, where first class facilities, coaching and support can nurture and inspire young people of all abilities. This is proposed by a partnership between Glyn School and Epsom & Ewell Colts Football Club. Do go the planning application site to view photos and full information. Objections relate mainly to parking spaces, the floodlighting, and the speed of traffic on an already busy road – maybe a good reason for a speed camera to be included as part of the conditions. This application is awaiting a decision.

Guild Living at rear of Epsom Hospital (19/01722/FUL) – Appeal A – demolition of redundant hospital buildings and redevelopment of the site to provide a new care community for older people arranged in two buildings. This appeal was dismissed. (21/00252/FUL) – Appeal B – 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 267 care residences, 10 care apartments and 28 care suites proving transitional care etc. This appeal was allowed. The full details of the schemes are shown on the Epsom & Ewell Borough website.

Epsom Lodge, 1 Burgh Heath Road, Epsom(21/00031/FUL | Change of use of existing Care Home (Use Class C2) to Residential (Use Class C3). Erection of three storey side and rear extension to create 9 flats (5 x 1 bed, 1 x 2 bed and 3 x 3 bed) and creation of basement car park. This application was refused on 13 August.

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

Majestic Wine Warehouse East Street – (19/01409/REM) Application for variation of planning condition 1 of 05/00660/FUL to allow the sale of all types of comparison and convenience goods. This was discussed at the Planning Committee on 14 January and the application deferred to allow officers and the Applicant to have further discussions. The outcome is still awaited.

Epsom Hospital News – Daniel Elkeles After six and a half years of dedicated service as the Chief Executive of Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, Daniel Elkeles has been appointed as the Chief Executive of the London Ambulance Service (LAS).

Daniel joined LAS, which is the busiest ambulance service in the world, on secondment on 16 August 2021. Daniel said: “I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to the staff of Epsom and St Helier, and to our patients and local residents who have offered invaluable support and feedback over the course of the past six and a half years. The Trust has been on quite a journey over that time, and I am genuinely proud of the improvements we have delivered.

“LAS plays a vital role in providing care for London’s population of nearly nine million people. I look forward to joining the team and to helping to shape its future strategy, including ensuring staff and volunteers receive the best possible support after what has been the most challenging year in the NHS’s history.”

New chapter for Epsom and St Helier and St George’s hospitals

After years of collaboration and creating closer working ties, the Boards of Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust and St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have agreed to form a hospital group, with a Group Chief Executive at the helm.

By formalising these working partnerships, the two hospital trusts will be able to bolster their clinical and non-clinical workforce, making the teams larger and therefore more resilient to the challenges modern healthcare may bring in the future, as well as offering local people greater access to a wider range of NHS services. The two Trusts will collaborate more closely on research, staff development, education and training, which will continue to make a vital contribution to the quality and sustainability of clinical care into the future.

As a group model (which is already working well in a number of areas across the country), the two Trusts will share a Chief Executive and a number of other key leaders, as well as the existing role of  Joint Chairman. Each Trust will continue to have its own Board and the organisations are not merging, meaning both Epsom and St Helier, and St George’s will remain as statutory organisations in their own right.

Jacqueline Totterdell – who has been Chief Executive Officer at St George’s since May 2017 – was appointed following interview to the position of Group Chief Executive on Tuesday 3 August. Jacqueline is an experienced and accomplished leader, having led a number of NHS Trusts, and most recently taken St George’s out of quality and financial special measures, also leading the south west London acute hospitals system during the COVID pandemic and subsequent recovery.

EVENTS AND NEWS

Ewell History Day 2021 – Bourne Hall Saturday 18 September, 10am-5pm

On Saturday18th September, you’ll get the opportunity to discover Ewell’s incredible past. At this free event, you will “Gasp at Roman gladiators, stumble on Victorian urchins, survive with the soldiers of both World Wars, pick up tips from the Land Army and its petting zoo.”

Ewell History day is a FREE family event happening in Ewell Village on Saturday 18th Sept from 10am-5pm From Bronze Age to World War 2 History comes to life in Ewell as part of Heritage Open Days Click Link Below For More Details https://bit.ly/EwellHD

Music at St Martin’s is back!Saturday 18 September 4.30 – 5.30-The new season of free afternoon concerts is launched by the wonderfully engaging and entertaining vocal group the Twilight Ensemble. Chiming with the St Martin’s celebration of Creation Season, the music is inspired by our beautiful planet and the wilds of nature.

The group will take you from Rameau in the 18th century, through Schumann, Liza Lehmann, Vaughan Williams and on to today’s composers John Rutter and Orlando Gough. 

The members of the Twilight Ensemble are indeed a starry cast.  As outstanding singers and musicians they list among them roles at the Royal Opera House and Glyndebourne and performances at Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall.  As well as performing the group arrange and write their own pieces and commissions new works.

The concert lasts up to an hour and admission is free but donations welcome.

Ewell Horticultural Association Autumn Show – Saturday 18th September 2:30 to 4:30pm

Come and enjoy a colourful display of locally grown flowers, fruit and vegetables and artistic floral arrangements together with a raffle, plant sale and refreshments with delicious homemade cakes

All welcome, free admission and free parking, fully accessible venue.

Big Questions with the Archbishop of Canterbury

On Saturday, 25th September (3.30pm–4.45pm), there’ll be a unique opportunity to put questions to the Archbishop of Canterbury and hear him speak on how to find security and hope in uncertain times. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is travelling throughout our area to listen to local people and to help us to tackle some of life’s biggest questions.

For more details and to register for the free event, which takes place at Blenheim High School, Epsom go to www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/big-questions-with-the-archbishop-of-canterbury-epsom-tickets-162246091427.

Age Concern Epsom & Ewell – Back by popular demand! Join us for a feast of Indian and Bengali delights at our Charity Curry Night. Age Concern Epsom & Ewell will be your hosts at Tamarind Spice, West Ewell on Tuesday 28th September at 7:15pm.

Tickets are £25 pp – This has always been a sell-out event so BOOK early to avoid disappointment. (*this is a set menu event – drinks and desserts not included) Tickets are on sale now – https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/charitycurrynight2021

Epsom Farmers Market –held on the 1st Sunday of each month in Epsom Market Place. Fresh local meat and produce. The market – which has been running for over 10 years, opens between 9:30am and 1:30pm – but the word has it that locals get there early to get their favourites before they sell out. The next market will be held on Sunday 3 October.

The Epsom Vegan Market – Sunday 26 September and Sunday 24 October- Come along and visit the Vegan Market in Epsom 10:30am to 3:30pm. For information visit The #Epsom Vegan Market with @Eve_Vegan #VeganMarket on https://www.thebestof.co.uk/local/epsom-and-ewell/

The “Daddy of all Car Boot Sales” at Hook Road Arena in Epsom – Gigantic Car Parks! Food & drink & fun for kids Sundays 19th Sept, Sun 26th Sept, Sun 3rd Oct, Sun 10th Oct, Sun 17th Oct, Sun 24th Oct. After that they are held every Sunday, weather and ground conditions permitting. Always check www.hookcarbootsale.com/ first.

HELP US REACH £10,000 MILESTONE FOR ST. RAPHAEL’S HOSPICE!!!! Every penny helps, and we hope to exceed an incredible contribution from the car boot sales: £10K!!! Thank you to all who have supported us over the year.

Antiques & Collectables Fair at Epsom Downs Racecourse – Tuesday 21 September – opens 9 am. Come and visit us for some wonderful Antiques & Collectables

ADELE TRIBUTE NIGHT at Il Capriccio Ristorante Friday 24th September – The delightful Il Capriccio Ristorante in Ewell village are pleased to announce they are now offering a monthly entertainment evening. Come along and enjoy a delicious meal accompanied by the music of a great British singer with our Adele Tribute artiste. These evenings are very popular so please call us to book your table. 020 8786 8160

A DAY FOR ALL Saturday 2nd October, St Mary’s Ewell – A community event with the theme ‘Gifts from the Earth’. Attractions and activities through the day for all ages, including animals brought by Millers Ark Mobile Farm, craft activities for children, guided nature tours, illustrated talk ‘Nature in our Gardens’, Mind body Balance Exercise, Mouse Trail, self-guided Prayer Walk and Swop Shop. Photo, Painting and Funny Veg competitions – see website for entry details and deadlines for submission.  www.stmarysewell.com/event/a-day-for-all-2/?instance_id=1249

Fancy playing golf at the RAC club and helping a great local charity ? If so, see Image for details and register your interest in this event by emailing charlotte.hornblow@ageconcernepsom.org.uk. There is limited availability for this eAge Concern Epsom & Ewellvent, so register your interest early to avoid missing out! #golfday #charityevent #ageconcern #epsom #ewell #racclub

The Children’s Trust – It’s PJ WEEK Monday 4th to Friday 8th October

Forget convention. Brighten up your school and get involved in The Children’s Trust PJ Week! Get your pupils excited for a dress-down day like no other by inviting them to come to classes in their pyjamas and dressing gowns. 

For a donation of £2 each, pupils can enjoy a break from their school uniforms, whilst raising vital funds for children with brain injury. To register your school for free, please visit https://thechildrenstrust.digitickets.co.uk/category/35099

Once you have registered, we’ll send out your downloadable pack shortly. 

Antiques Valuation Day – Epsom Medical Equipment Fund are hosting an Antiques Valuation Day with Newland Antiques, Thursday, 14 October – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Epsom Methodist Church and invites you to bring along items for an assessment and valuation.

A charge of £2 per item will be made to go towards Epsom Medical Equipment Fund to purchase medical equipment which will benefit the local community that Epsom General Hospital serves. Newland Antiques are particularly looking to buy watches, jewellery, gold and silver so do bring these items along.  You might be pleasantly surprised.  You can enjoy a coffee/tea and snack whilst you ponder whether or not to sell your antiques or other items or celebrate your sale.  Gold is at an all-time high.

Epsom Medical Equipment Fund will also be holding a sale – FREE  ENTRY – of knitted goods, hats, scarves, shawls, gloves, bedsocks, babywear, tea cosies. Further details from Bess Harding on 020 8337 8181

Denbies Wine Estate Dorking – there are lots of exciting events planned including ‘A Taste of Denbies’ Wine Tasting & Gallery Dinner – Enjoy a wine tasting of Denbies’ premium award-winning wine range, hosted by Denbies WSET wine expert.  Followed by a three-course meal with tea or coffee in the Gallery Restaurant – see website for details.

The Taste of The World Market in Epsom – Every 2nd Sunday of the month at Epsom’s marketplace from 9.30am – 3.30pm. The next Sunday market is on 10 October. The market includes a selection of international street food to takeaway only. For more info see: https://www.facebook.com/TasteOfTheWorldMarket

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 – Jun 2021

What has been happening in our area?

The Chalk Pit

Everyone involved with the struggle to curtail/shut down the activities, whether approved or unlawful, has been extremely busy over the last couple of months.

Planning permission –SCC Ref 2020/0159 – Application No EP21/00223/CMA – the date of the hearing of the planning application has been moved to Wednesday 7 July. This is a huge disappointment for the following reasons: –

  • This is a retrospective application that should have been in a form allowing validation soon after submittal on 1st December 2020.
  • The planning committee date was delayed due to Council elections.
  • The significant nuisance being suffered by local residents.

Alas the additional information submitted by the applicant on 21st May 2021 (it should have been available 1st December 2020) necessitated further consultation it was inevitable that the 16 June date could not be met. There is a minimum consultation period, a period of finalisation of the officer’s recommendation, a peer review and then a period for consideration by the Councillors before the meeting.

It is important that Surrey ensure they follow all procedures rigorously and that they are given the necessary time to consider all issues and points raised in their decision note.

John Beckett, our Residents’ County Councillor, will be speaking on behalf of those opposing the application. The agenda has not yet been published but is expected in the week before the meeting. The meeting can be watch via the SCC Webcasting facility – see the SCC website for details.

HGV Movements –

A survey was carried out by members of the public in May to count the number of movements of Waste Vehicles in a three-day period. The results of the survey are below. The numbers are more than double those quoted by NJB Recycling in their planning application. Almost a third of the waste vehicle movements cannot be allocated to one of the four operators at the Chalk Pit. A sizeable percentage of these can be expected to be associated with NJB Recycling. The lorry count reaffirms residents’ belief that a thorough road traffic impact assessment should have accompanied the application.

Summary of Waste Vehicle Movements at the Chalk Pit, College Road, Epsom.

Letter to SCC from Resident Associations – Ken Reid has issued a letter on behalf of local Residents’ Associations and individual residents to Surrey County Council in response to the additional information. This highlights the principal objections and gives the results of the vehicle movements survey. An excerpt of this letter is shown below:-

“The Residents’ Associations and the residents further object to the proposals on the following grounds “(these are summarised below under the headings):-

  1. Impact on Local Transport and Highway Safety
  2. Intensity of Use impacting on Safety
  3. Impact on neighbour amenity due to noise generation
  4. Impact on neighbour amenity due to dust generation
  5. Change of Use and Green Belt

In addition, a comprehensive letter of objection to the planning application has been sent in by Epsom Borough Council which is supported by the Residents’ councillors.

We are extremely grateful to Ken Reid and Fiona Forbes for the excellent way in which they have raised the levels of community opposition and awareness.

Current action – it is understood that the trommel machine was due to be removed on Wednesday 16 June, but this is still operating. It is understood that the operator has tweaked the way he operates, meaning the Environment Agency has to carry out more investigations. This is ludicrous.

A community protection warning notice has been issued by Epsom Borough Council to the owners of the site relating to the nuisance on the rim of the Chalk Pit.

What can you do?

Email the Environmental Agency with concerns – if you suffer Dust or Noise Nuisance please either call 0800 80 70 60 or email them – Incident_Communication_Service@environment-agency.gov.uk

Sign the petition which already has an incredible 3,583 signatures. – Petition · Surrey County Council: Stop the Epsom Mineral Waste Recycling Plant · Change.org

Visit https://www.facebook.com/epsomchalk. for up-to-date information and to register your concerns and publish photos.

An important point raised by a resident to Chris Grayling – “I wonder whether the relevant authorities have actually monitored the particulate concentration linked with the Chalk Pit recycling activities.

Please do what you can to keep the pressure up on the authorities to keep us all safe!

County elections

John Beckett, the existing Resident Surrey County Councillor, was re-elected to serve the Ewell ward. This is the result:

  1. John Beckett, Residents Assoc of Epsom & Ewell – 2,699(elected)
  2. James Abrahams, Conservative– 797
  3. Jason George Anderson, Labour– 407
  4. David Walter Gulland, Liberal Democrat– 241
  5. Steve McDonald, The Green Party – 200

The overall result for Surrey was –

Conservative47
Liberal Democrats14
Residents Associations of Epsom and Ewell4
Independent3
Farnham Residents3
The Green Party2
Residents for Guildford and Villages2
Nork and Tattenhams Residents’ Association1
Labour1

With 37 per cent of outgoing councillors not contesting, Surrey County Council was guaranteed to look quite different and it is indeed interesting to see how many Independents rose to the occasion. The Conservative majority is six.

Other matters

Coronavirus – COVID – 19 – from the Government website – www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home. The link above shows the Government guidance and if you wish to remind yourselves of this ever-changing scenario, please visit this.

Lockdown rules

  • People should continue to work from home where they can. There is no longer a legal restriction or permitted reason required to travel internationally.
  • A maximum of six people from any number of households or any number of people from a maximum of two households can meet indoors or up to 30 people can meet outdoors. Single adult households and families with a child aged under one may form support bubbles. Care home residents are allowed up to five designated visitors.
  • All non-essential shops, personal care services (including mobile services), public buildings, indoor and outdoor attractions, indoor entertainment, and children’s indoor play areas can reopen. Hospitality can open to provide table service. All holiday accommodation can open for overnight stays in England for groups of up to six people from any number of households or any number of people from a maximum of two households.
  • All sports venues and facilities can reopen. Organised sports and gym classes, indoors and outdoors, are allowed. People can attend indoor and outdoor events, including live performances, sporting events and business events.
  • All school pupils and students in further education can return to school and college. University students can attend in person teaching. Childcare and supervised activities are allowed indoors and outdoors for all children, and organised parent and child groups can take place for up to 15 attendees (children under 5 will not be counted in this number).

Surge testing – A programme of surge testing is due to begin in two designated areas of Reigate and Banstead on Friday (June 18).

Surrey County Council (SCC) announced on Thursday that area one of surge testing will be in BansteadWalton-on-the-Hill and Tattenham Corner and area two will be Reigate town centre. Residents are being encouraged to get tested for coronavirus regardless of whether they have symptoms because there has been a sustained increase in Covid cases in the north of the borough. Younger age groups are seeing rising cases and many of the new infections are involving the more transmissible Delta variant which vaccines are thought to be less effective against.

Infection rates – the infection rate for the whole county of Surrey is now 55.5 cases per 100,000 people. There were a total of 664 positive tests across Surrey in the week ending June 13, which is 50 more cases than the previous week. The number of cases has risen by 8 per cent, week-on-week.

The table below shows the infection rates for each area:

Mobile testing centres open – The mobile testing units will open at 10am through to 8pm. These are the weekday opening hours. Over the weekend, they will open 8am until 6pm. From Thursday (June 24) opening hours will revert to 9am to 5pm.

The mobile units are located at:

  • The Mound Car Park, Royal Drive, KT18 5PR
  • Tadworth Leisure Centre, Preston Manor Road, Epsom, Tadworth KT20 5FB
  • Banstead High Street Car Park- 58-60 High Street, Banstead SM7 2LX
  • Reigate & Banstead Town Hall Castlefield Road, Reigate, Surrey RH2 0SH

Before 9.30, lunchtime and after 5pm are expected to be the busiest times. So visit outside those times if you can to avoid the worst queues.

As far as the latest local information is concerned and to help direct residents who need support – if friends or family are unable to help – with such things as picking up shopping, prescription collections or having someone who can be a telephone friend, and to other services that can help visit this web site: https://www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Vaccinations – Covid-19 vaccinations for everyone aged 18 and over are available in England from Friday.

The booking process, via the NHS website, remains the same.

Epsom Downs Racecourse ceased its mass vaccination service as the Jockey Club prepared for the phased return of spectator horse racing events. The vaccination service, which opened at the Epsom site on January 11, will be relocated 11 miles north to Esher’s Sandown Park Racecourse from May 17. Both are owned by the Jockey Club.

In case you are still waiting for your vaccination this the link – https://www.nhs.uk/book-a-coronavirus-vaccination/do-you-have-an-nhs-number

Waste and recycling – this is the link to Book your slot at the tip in Longmead

Book a slot

Slots will be available up to two weeks in advance and you can book as many as you need. Residents who are unable to access the online booking system can call the Contact Centre on 03456 009 009 and they will book a slot on your behalf. All other site rules remain the same.

Planning issues

Development Site at 24-28 West Street Epsom – (19/01021/FUL) an amended application has been received for 25 flats 8 storeys high instead of 13 storeys with commercial space on the ground floor. There are many objections to the amended plans, including those from Resident Associations and the Epsom Civic Society. Having been discussed at the meeting on 12 May, this has been deferred pending further information.

Priest Hill Sports Pavilion Reigate Road Ewell – (21/00028/FUL) – Construction of a new all-weather sports pitch including fencing, floodlighting and all other associated works. The Priest Hill Development aims to establish a center of football and sporting excellence, where first class facilities, coaching and support can nurture and inspire young people of all abilities. This is proposed by a partnership between Glyn School and Epsom & Ewell Colts Football Club. Do go the planning application site to view photos and full information. Objections relate mainly to parking spaces, the floodlighting and the speed of traffic on an already busy road – maybe a good reason for a speed camera to be included as part of the conditions.

Guild Living at rear of Epsom Hospital (21/00252/FUL) 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 267 care residences, 10 care apartments and 28 care suites proving transitional care etc. This is another planning application for the Epsom Hospital site, in addition to their appeal over the refusal of the first one – (19/01722/FUL) demolition of redundant hospital buildings and redevelopment of the site to provide a new care community for older people arranged in two buildings. This was refused on 22 April. A public enquiry is to open on 17 August.

Epsom General Hospital Car Park – (20/00249/FUL) Erection of a multi storey car park comprising ground plus 5 storeys and 527 car parking spaces, reconfiguration of surface parking to provide 104 car parking spaces and improvement to the access road from Dorking Road. This application was refused permission at the Planning Committee meeting on 12 May.

London Road – old Organ and Dragon Inn site – (20/01079/FUL) Construction of a three to six storey building comprising 45 flats (Use Class C3) with associated car and cycle parking, refuse storage and ancillary works. The development does seem to dwarf the existing area’s housing as well as having parking and traffic issues. There have been over 60 objections, mainly on height, parking, and traffic. This was approved on 27 April.

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

Majestic Wine Warehouse East Street – (19/01409/REM) Application for variation of planning condition 1 of 05/00660/FUL to allow the sale of all types of comparison and convenience goods i.e., open A1 (Retail Use). This was discussed at the Planning Committee meeting on 14 January and the application deferred to allow officers and the Applicant to have further discussions to resolve the matters that the Committee had raised. The outcome is still awaited.

EVENTS AND NEWS

Age Concern Epsom & Ewell – Fancy playing golf at the RAC club and helping a great local charity ? If so, see Image for details and register your interest in this event by emailing charlotte.hornblow@ageconcernepsom.org.uk.
There is limited availability for this event, so register your interest early to avoid missing out! #golfday #charityevent #ageconcern #epsom #ewell #racclub

Epsom Farmers Market held on the 1st Sunday of each month in Epsom Market Place. Fresh local meat and produce. The market – which has been running for over 10 years, opens between 9:30am and 1:30pm – but the word has it that locals get there early to get their favourites before they sell out. The next market will be held on Sunday 4 July.

The Epsom Vegan Market – Sunday 27 June and Sunday 25 JulyCome along and visit the Vegan Market in Epsom 10:30am to 3:30pm. For information visit The #Epsom Vegan Market with @Eve_Vegan #VeganMarket on https://www.thebestof.co.uk/local/epsom-and-ewell/

The “Daddy of all Car Boot Sales” at Hook Road Arena in Epsom – Gigantic Car Parks! Food & drink & fun for kids Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays until Autumn. 27th June, 4th July, 11th, 18th and 25th July and 1st August.

South East in Bloom – Epsom is entered into this years’ South East in Bloom competition. With judging due to take place at the very end of June / early July, this is the first time in many years that Epsom has entered the competition and the town is aiming high! The former Mayor of Epsom & Ewell, Humphrey Reynolds said: “This is a fantastic initiative and the whole community can join in. I’m hoping many young people will take the opportunity to collect the free seeds on Saturday and enjoy growing something spectacular”.

New planters, purchased by Go Epsom Business Improvement District, will be installed around the town centre area, new floral schemes are planned at key entry points into the town; Epsom & Ewell U3A will be planting floral clocks in Rosebery Park and a large new flower bed is being created in East Street.

Go Epsom is working in partnership with Epsom & Ewell Borough Council on Epsom in Bloom, there will be lots of opportunities to get involved in planting, volunteering and improving local biodiversity.

Karen Pengelly, BID Manager at Go Epsom commented “In the past 12 months, nature has played a huge part in people’s lives. Epsom in Bloom is a lovely way for the town to create more green spaces and develop a sense of civic pride, Go Epsom is really happy to be involved”.

Points are awarded by the judges not just for planting and flowers but for environmental and community projects linked to Bloom too, the more engagement the community has with Epsom in Bloom, the more points are awarded.

For detailed information on competitions and how you can get involved in Epsom in Bloom, follow #EpsominBloom on Facebook and Instagram and this website.

Missing LIVE entertainment? – Go Epsom has teamed up with MGSO4 Epsom & Ewell Arts, the organisation behind the arts festival, to bring some live music back to Epsom, to enjoy.

 MUSIC IN THE MARKET PLACE Fridays and Sundays

Fridays 5 to 7pm Sundays 12 noon to 2:30pm

Go Epsom has teamed up with MGSO4 Epsom & Ewell Arts, the organisation behind the arts festival, to bring some live music back to Epsom, to enjoy. Featuring a different fantastic professional act every Friday evening  and Sunday lunchtime throughout the summer.

For latest info visit: https://mgso4festival.org/eventcat/music/?post_type=event 

Lavender Walk with St Raphael’s Hospice

From Surrey Wildlife

Lockdowns over the last year have given us all the opportunity to get to know our local green spaces, visit our nature reserves and spend a lot more time outside. Our wild spaces have really helped a lot of people through the pandemic and a connection with nature is proven to be so good for our health and wellbeing. So wouldn’t it make sense to bring nature closer to home?

Surrey’s wildlife is in decline and really needs our help. It doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive to help our bees, bugs and butterflies and they are so important to us as pollinators and as food sources for a whole host of other wildlife.

No Mow!

Why not have a break from the hard work and simply join the campaign to leave part or all of your lawn to grow long and watch the grasses and wildflowers thrive- this simple act can really help our pollinators!

Or take it a step further – Beech Walk Residents have joined the nationwide BLUE campaign to rewild part of their garden– take a walk down the road to see all the blue hearts in the verges. All you have to do is:

Leave part or all of your front verge or lawn to grow wild from April through August. The blue hearts let passers-by know that they are helping pollinators survive rather than neglecting their gardens! You can find out more about this campaign to rewild our neighbourhoods here: https://bluecampaignhub.com/gardeners

Interested? Then why not organise a small gathering in your road to decorate some blue hearts.     If you would like help sourcing blue hearts then contact Louise.shorthose@surreywt.org.uk

Wildlife Gardening

And if you would like to find out more about how you can help wildlife in your back gardens there are helpful guides and advice on everything from creating a mini meadow from scratch to installing a pond to feeding the birds on Surrey Wildlife Trust’s website:

https://www.surreywildlifetrust.org/act-wildlife

A chance to reflect as you walk through the beautiful lavender fields Lavender Memory Walk with St. Raphael’s Hospice

Mayfield Lavender Farm, 1 Carshalton Rd, Banstead SM7 3JA

Saturday, 26 June 2021 from 10:00-17:00

Catch lavender in bloom and walk in memory of those close to your heart. 12,000 steps starting and finishing at the Mayfield Lavender Farm in Banstead. If you cannot join us in person for a socially distanced walk, you can also take part virtually throughout June. Entry fees (live and virtual): Adults £15. Child £10 (5-15yrs). Family £45 (2 adults and 2 children). Includes Lavender Walk t-shirt, information pack and medal.

For more information or tickets visit: https://www.straphaels.org.uk/Event/lavenderwalk

From Surrey Wildlife

Surrey’s wildlife is in decline and really needs our help. It doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive to help our bees, bugs and butterflies and they are so important to us as pollinators and as food sources for a whole host of other wildlife.

The Children’s Trust – SUPERCAR EVENT – Saturday 24th July

Celebrating its 15th year, The Supercar Event will return to the iconic Goodwood Motor Circuit in 2021 for a one-day spectacular suitable for the whole family! This year’s event will take place on Saturday 24th July 2021! The event will open at 9:00am and close at 5pm, and as well as offering passenger rides in some of the world’s finest supercars, we will have a whole host of other rides and attractions to keep visitors of all ages entertained! 

Advanced purchase ticket sales close 22 July at 5pm. Entrance and ride tickets may be available on the day, though we cannot guarantee it. Accelerate you way over to our The Supercar Event website for more information, ticket prices and booking information!

Ewell Summer Picnic – Saturday 17th July, 11am to 4pm Ewell Castle School, Church Street, Ewell KT17 2AW

Family focused day aimed at bringing the community back together. Food and Drink on sale including BBQ, Savoury Crepes, Ice Cream, Doughnuts and Beer Tent. Entertainment and Children’s Activities. 

Dust off your picnic mats and get out of your living room and join us for this family centred fun day. Small entry fee on the day in exchange for tickets to children’s activities. 

The NHS Big Tea, the nation’s biggest tea break takes place at 3pm on Monday 5 July and is another chance to say thank you to the NHS on what will also be its 73rd anniversary!

So join the out-pouring of love by raising a cuppa, a smile, and – if you can – a bit of money for your local NHS heroes at Epsom and St Helier hospitals and community services in recognition for all their hard work throughout the pandemic and beyond.

Hosting an NHS Big Tea event is as simple as one-two-tea!  Decide whether you want your event to be virtual or in person (sticking to all the social distancing rules of course!) and then invite friends, family and colleagues – or all of them – to take a break at 3pm on 5 July! 

GET INVOLVED – 

And if you would like to fundraise, you could simply ask them for a donation for the joy of joining in, enjoying a slice of cake or, stir it up a bit, with a quiz or a bake-off!

To add a bit of colour to your event, there is a lovely bright Big Tea fundraising kit available containing invitations, posters, and bunting!

CLICK  to get a link to download the materials or to request a pack. So don’t delay and sign up today!

Antiques & Brocante Street Market returns to Epsom Market Place this Sunday 20th June from 10am – 4pm . With up to 40 stalls offering a huge array of antiques collectables vintage and retro items.

Antiques Valuation Day – Epsom Medical Equipment Fund are hosting an Antiques Valuation Day with Newland Antiques, Thursday, 15th July 2021 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Famous Green Man, Ewell, Village.  Newland Antiques will be returning to The Famous Green Man and invites you to bring along items for an assessment and valuation. 

A charge of £2 per item will be made to go towards Epsom Medical Equipment Fund to purchase medical equipment which will benefit the local community that Epsom General Hospital serves.  You are encouraged to bring along any items that you feel are valuable.  You may be delightfully surprised by any offer made by Newland Antiques whose speciality is jewellery, watches, gold and silver items, pocket watches – broken or otherwise.   

Now is the time to sort out those items you think will be valuable! In addition, there will be a sale of items for sale by Epsom Medical Equipment Fund including knitted items,

The events are loosely based on the Antique Roadshow TV programme style, which gave rise to many similar programmes, where watching the surprise and delight of owners discovering the worth of items is of interest. These programmes have made people more aware of potential value of their belonging, however the best method of actually realising the true cash value is not always made clear!

On our Valuation days you are invited to bring along your chosen items, our valuer will give you an appraisal (£2 per item to go towards Epsom Medical Equipment Fund) and a current estimation of value.  We will then discuss your best course of action and either make an offer of purchase or provide advice on your other options.

Further details from Bess Harding on 020 8337 8181

Epsom Craft MarketSunday 11 July 10.00 to 3.00pm Join us in the high street on the 2nd Sunday of every month for an assortment of local crafts made by local people. At our monthly craft and gift market you will find a wide selection of local makers and artists offering their handcrafted items. Each item is sure to be unique and handmade with love. Stalls include jewellery, candles, artwork and prints, sewn items, pottery, candles and soaps, and so much more! @follyfairs.

If you want a stall, contact them direct – don’t miss out. Folly Fairs – Surrey | Facebook

The Taste of The World Market in Epsom – Every Friday, every bank holiday and selected Sundays on Epsom’s marketplace from 9.30am – 3.30pm. The next Sunday market is on Sunday 11 July.  The market includes a selection of international street food to takeaway only. For more info see: https://www.facebook.com/TasteOfTheWorldMarket

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 – April 2021

First, may we offer condolences to all the members of the Royal Family and especially to the Queen herself. Prince Philip was a multi-faceted man whose life and achievements are well summarised by the President of the United States. He said in a message: “Over the course of his 99-year life, he saw our world change dramatically and repeatedly. From his service during World War II, to his 73 years alongside the Queen, and his entire life in the public eye – Prince Philip gladly dedicated himself to the people of the UK, the Commonwealth, and to his family. The impact of his decades of devoted public service is evident in the worthy causes he lifted up as patron, in the environmental efforts he championed, in the members of the armed forces that he supported, in the young people he inspired, and so much more. His legacy will live on not only through his family, but in all the charitable endeavours he shaped.” God Bless you Prince Philip. 

The Royal Family has an Online Book of Condolence available on their website for those who wish to send a personal message of condolence:

https://www.royal.uk/condolence

So, what is happening locally? 

The Chalk Pit

The issue of the Chalk Pit continues unabated. The number of objections on the EEBC website has reached 296 with more to be added! Thank you to all the local Councillors who have rallied behind the opposition – we need to keep up the pressure on SCC and the Environment Agency so everyone’s action is appreciated and essential.

A new Facebook Group has been set up to maximise efforts to keep residents up to date. This is called Epsom Chalk Pit Community Group. It is a private group for sharing of experiences & challenges of those living in proximity to the Chalk Pit, to capture the support & concerns of the wider community and, if possible, to give the latest information available / answer questions on recent planning proposals. 

This had more than 90 Likes or Follows within a few weeks – https://www.facebook.com/epsomchalk.

There is also a group set up on Facebook for discussions, called Epsom Chalk Pit Community Group. The group gained more than 75 members within a few weeks –https://www.facebook.com/groups/epsomchalk.

A web site has recently been created for Epsom Chalk Pit Community. This will be updated with the latest news on the situation at the Chalk Pit – http://www.epsomchalk.org.uk.

We would encourage everyone to join to be kept in the loop or post information on Chalk Pit issues.

This is the latest advice from the Ken Reid who has been leading the opposition in our area – “Below are three updates on the Chalk Pit which make it very importantthat we report any dust and noise nuisancewe experience on a daily basis. I was woken up on Friday 9 April morning before 6am! 

If you suffer Dust or Noise Nuisance please either call 0800 80 70 60 or email them Incident_Communication_Service@environment-agency.gov.uk on a daily basis.

  1. Response to the Environment Agency – Chalk Pit, Epsom – March 2021 Update

We have now issued a full response to the Environment Agency’s Update. This is a large response that may be difficult to follow and as a result we set out a summary below.

A copy was sent to the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP as well as 3 County Councillors and 9 Ward Councillors (3 in Reigate and Banstead and 6 in Epsom and Ewell).

We are aware that the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP has picked this up and issued a significant challenge to the EA. He also visited the site on Good Friday and has asked for a further meeting with the Agency.

  1. Environment Agency – Freedom of Information Request

A Freedom of Information Request asking for extensive information about the NJB Recycling permit was issued on 15 February. A copy of the permit was received soon thereafter however 16 documents were received on Friday 9 April last week.

Though a detailed review is underway a cursory review of new noise and dust assessments included as part of the disclosure astonishingly now suggest that there are few noise and dust issues without a building. It begs the question as to why the buildings were such an important feature of the original assessments.

The dust assessment states that there is a low risk of harm to health if they were to adopt the risk mitigation measures in this plan – these measures have largely not been adopted. We would also like to know what a low risk of harm to health is!

  1. Dust Monitors

We have ordered two dust monitors that will allow us to measure the level of dust in the air. 

Summary of Response to the EA March update
General Points Local residents suffering significant noise and dust nuisance as well as potential harm to healthDust nuisance should not be a surprise given the dust assessment and the failure to implement the risk mitigation measuresThe issues are recurring and constant and not occasional

EA Planning Consultation Response Advised the EA that the water aquifer site designation stated in their letter is wrong (the register is kept by the EA!) We submitted a detailed analysis of the Noise and Dust assessments showing that they are wholly inadequateGiven the above and the fact that the EA has asked for further assessments we are disappointed that the EA did not include a condition requiring robust assessments 

Permit Transfer A proposed splitting of the licence between NJB and Skip It has been put on hold and we welcomed this

Dust and Noise Management Plans Advised that these should have been put in place prior to starting operationsAdvised that if there were issues then these should have been corrected much earlier with operations stopping whilst new plans were drawn upConfirmed that the operator and his advisors have confirmed that a building is required in order to prevent nuisanceSuggested that the operations should be immediately stopped

Operator improvements Whilst improvements are welcome we have advised the EA that many measures simply are not being implemented. The EA has been misinformed.Advised that the discussions between the operator and local residents were of no comfortAdvised that the operating hours were not being adhered toAdvised that there is significant dust

Closing statement Not right to expose the local community to the health risks associated with the dust and that these risks should have been addressed prior to startingIt is not fair that residents are suffering nuisance as a result of the operator failing to produce robust plansRequested the EA to monitor the site and take enforcement action where necessary

Don’t forget to sign the petition to stop the planning permission which to date has 3,373 signatures and is working towards getting to 5,000. Petition · Surrey County Council: Stop the Epsom Mineral Waste Recycling Plant · Change.org

Re the planning permission (which can be reached at Surrey County Council – Planning Application Display – SCC Ref 2020/0159 (surreycc.gov.uk), Angela Clifford of the Epsom Civic Society has recently advised:- 

“Many of you will be aware of the issues around the expanded use of the Chalk Pit in Epsom for industrial recycling. The current expanded use is unlawful and should not be happening in what is a green belt location. It is also causing considerable noise and dust nuisance for local residents.


I am working with local residents at the moment to try to get the issue addressed and to get the regulatory officials who oversee issues like this to take action to stop what is going on.


The operator is applying retrospectively for planning consent to use the site in this way. I have already lodged an objection to the application, and I know that many others have too. But I would encourage everyone affected to do so by writing to Councillor Tim Hall, the Chair of the Planning Committee at Surrey County Council. The address is County Hall, Penrhyn Road, Kingston, Surrey, KT1 2EA. The application is due to be heard in June.

This application has caused a significant concern across the Borough and neighbouring Reigate and Banstead. If you want updates do contact Ken Reid at epsomchalk@btinternet.com

Other matters

Subscriptions

A big thank you to everyone who has already paid the £5.00 annual subscription via standing order or online. We are most grateful to you and really appreciate your support.

As you know the Road Stewards will not be delivering the green envelopes with an AGM Notice at this time, due to the pandemic, so we would ask that all payments are made online – our banking details are: –

Barclays Bank Plc.

82/84 High Street

EPSOM KT19 8BH

Sort code 20 – 29 – 90

Account number 50126071

Account name Association of Ewell Downs Residents

Thanking you in anticipation.

Whilst there is no formal printed newsletter, it is very important that residents are kept informed of local matters by email and we would ask that any of you who have neighbours or friends living locally who do not get this bulletin, please contact us on ewelldownsra@gmail.comto be added to the list.

Surrey County Council Elections on Thursday 6 May 2021- the good news is that voting for residents south of the Reigate Road railway (NESCOT) bridge will be held at Nescot and not at Wallace Fields Junior School. Those who live within Ewell ward will be voting at Bourne Hall.

If you are registered to vote in England or Wales and want to vote by post on 6 May 2021, you must submit a postal vote application form that is received by your local Electoral Registration Office before 5pm on Tuesday 20 April. The postal voting pack will probably be received during the week commencing 19 April. Be sure to keep it safe!   

Our current County Councillor – John Beckett


Surrey County elections are held every four years, and, in the past, Ewell Downs residents have elected a Resident Association candidate to represent them at SCC County Hall. Your current County Councillor is John Beckett who knows the area, its needs and aspirations well. He is independent of party politics and puts residents’ interests first and will

again be our nominated election candidate for Ewell division in this May’s election.

About John

John was elected to represent Ewell Division in May 2013 and since then he has dealt with hundreds of resident queriesand issues. Within the past 4 years John has served as the Chairman of the Local Committee,which is made up of County and Borough Councillors and handles those aspects of government which spans the two authorities.


John is a very active councillor and  knows our roads and local issues.  He visits areas causing local concern, taking photographs and quickly raising problems with Surrey County Council. Importantly he is easily accessible to all our residents via telephone, email and personal contact, responding quickly to all enquires. 


Many of our residential roads and footways have been re-surfaced in full or in part due to John’s perseverance and, in addition, John is regularly responding to residents’ requests for the repair of dislodged kerbstones, damaged grass verges, local repairs to flowerbeds and also vegetation to be cut back. He has taken up all these issues, achieving quick and effective results. 


Highways is only part of his role and assisting residents with Adult and Child social care, Health, Education and Climate Change are also part of SCC’s portfolio.


John has also been actively working with residents, the Borough Councillors, EEBC and SCC on the current situation at the Chalk Pit. This is essential to get the situation brought under control.

He has used his SCC allocation to support many projects and charities including The Sunnybank Trust, Age Concern, PHAB, Home Start, Girl Guides, while also funding several defibrillators around the Borough.


So, on Thursday 6th May please use your vote and support Cllr. John Beckett, your Ewell Downs Residents’ Association nominated candidate.


Should you want to contact him about any SCC issue then please email on: john.beckett@surreycc.gov.uk


If it is regarding anything to do with the election, then please use beckett.ra@btinternet.com.

SCC Plans for a Single Unitary Council for Surrey – the RASSU (Residents Against Surrey Single Unitary) petition has now closed with 5,321 signatories. Those of you who watched the discussion which was live on 18 March (which still can be done on the link: https://surreycc.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcasts) will see that this matter has been shelved until after the County elections. No work is being done on this issue following the Government decision not to proceed in October 2020. Cllr Hannah Dalton’s 3-minute response can be viewed at RASSU responds to Tim Oliver on our unitary petition – Residents Against Surrey Single Unitary.

Coronavirus – COVID – 19 – from the Government website –www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home. The link above shows the Government guidance and if you wish to remind yourselves of this ever-changing scenario, please visit this.

From April 12

As at 12 April 2021 this is the breakdown of cases per Surrey district and borough (increase shown is from the previous week).

Check out all of the figures in the table below

Step 3 – not before 17 May

Social contact

As part of Step 3, no earlier than 17 May, the government will look to continue easing limits on seeing friends and family wherever possible, allowing people to decide on the appropriate level of risk for their circumstances. This means that most legal restrictions on meeting others outdoors will be lifted – although gatherings of over 30 people will remain illegal. Indoors, the Rule of 6 or 2 households will apply – they will keep under review whether it is safe to increase this.

As soon as possible and by no later than Step 3, they will also update the advice on social distancing between friends and family, including hugging. But until this point, people should continue to keep their distance from anyone not in their household or support bubble.

Business and activities

Most businesses in all but the highest risk sectors will be able to reopen. In all sectors, COVID-Secure guidance will remain in place and businesses may not cater for groups bigger than the legal limits. Indoor hospitality will reopen – and as in Step 2, venues will not have to serve a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks; nor will there be a curfew. Customers will, however, have to order, eat and drink while seated.

Other indoor locations to open up in Step 3 include indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas and children’s play areas; the rest of the accommodation sector, including hotels, hostels and B&Bs; and indoor adult group sports and exercise classes. The government will also allow some larger performances and sporting events in indoor venues with a capacity of 1,000 people or half-full (whichever is a lower number), and in outdoor venues with a capacity of 4,000 people or half-full (whichever is a lower number). In the largest outdoor seated venues, where crowds can be spread out, up to 10,000 people will be able to attend (or a quarter-full, whichever is lower).

Events

Up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings, receptions and wakes, as well as funerals. This limit will also apply to other types of significant life events including bar mitzvahs and christenings.

Review of social distancing

Finally, before Step 4 begins, the government will complete a review of social distancing and other long-term measures that have been put in place to cut transmission. This will inform decisions on the timing and circumstances under which the rules on 1 metre plus, the wearing of face coverings and other measures may be lifted. This will also inform guidance on working from home – which should continue wherever possible until this review is complete.

As far as the latest local information is concerned and to help direct residents who need support – if friends or family are unable to help – with such things as picking up shopping, prescription collections or having someone who can be a telephone friend, and to other services that can help visit this web site: https://www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Vaccinations–Epsom Downs Racecourse is to cease its mass vaccination service as the Jockey Club prepares for the phased return of spectator horse racing events. The vaccination service, which opened at the Epsom site on January 11, will be relocated 11 miles north to Esher’s Sandown Park Racecourse from May 17. Both are owned by the Jockey Club.

Surrey Heartlands Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) says Epsom Downs Racecourse has played “a huge part” in the success of the vaccination programme so far, but added “there is a need to relocate” due to plans for the phased return of horse racing events at Epsom.

At the moment, horse racing events must take place behind closed doors and without spectators. But according to the roadmap out of lockdownracing fixtures with up to 4,000 spectators could be permitted to take place no earlier than May 17. Indoors, events of up to 1,000 people would be permitted at the same time. On the Epsom Racecourse website, tickets for six different events in the summer are currently on sale.

In case you are still waiting for your vaccination this the link –https://www.nhs.uk/book-a-coronavirus-vaccination/do-you-have-an-nhs-number

Waste and recycling– this is the link to Book your slot at the tip in Longmead

Book a slot

Slots will be available up to two weeks in advance and you can book as many as you need. Residents who are unable to access the online booking system can call the Contact Centre on 03456 009 009 and they will book a slot on your behalf. All other site rules remain the same. 

Planning issues

Chalk Lane House Chalk Lane – (20/01185/LBA) Conversion of hotel and various alterations and extensions to the listed buildings to accommodate 21 dwelling units, car and cycle parking and private and communal gardens. (Listed Building Consent). There are some objections so far including one from the Civic Society.These mostly relate to objection of proposal to build a high wall at front of the building which would considerably alter the attractive street scene in the Conservation area”. Permission was granted at the Planning Committee meeting on 1 April which replaced the 11 March meeting which was cancelled.Conditions were imposed to safeguard the special architectural and historic interest of the listed building.

Development Site at 24-28 West Street Epsom– (19/01021/FUL) an amended application has been received for 25 flats 8 storeys high instead of 13 storeys with commercial space on the ground floor. There are many objections to the amended plans, including those from Resident Associations and the Epsom Civic Society. This is scheduled for the May committee meeting.

Priest Hill Sports Pavilion Reigate Road Ewell –(21/00028/FUL) – Construction of a new all-weather sports pitch including fencing, floodlighting and all other associated works. The Priest Hill Development aims to establish a center of football and sporting excellence, where first class facilities, coaching and support can nurture and inspire young people of all abilities. This is proposed by a partnership between Glyn School and Epsom & Ewell Colts Football Club. Do go the planning application site to view photos and full information. Comments on this application relate mainly to parking spaces, the floodlighting and the speed of traffic on an already busy road – maybe a good reason for a speed camera to be included as part of the conditions.

Guild Living at rear of Epsom Hospital(21/00252/FUL) 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 267 care residences, 10 care apartments and 28 care suites proving transitional care etc. This isanother planning application for the Epsom Hospital site, in addition to their appeal over the refusal of the first one – (19/01722/FUL)demolition of redundant hospital buildings and redevelopment of the site to provide a new care community for older people arranged in two buildings. Objections continue to be filed. This is on the Agenda for the meeting on 22 April.

Epsom General Hospital Car Park– (20/00249/FUL) Erectionof a multi storey car park comprising ground plus 5 storeys and 527 car parking spaces, reconfiguration of surface parking to provide 104 car parking spaces and improvement to the access road from Dorking Road. This is quite a big structure but a key element in plans to invest and upgrade existing EH site. This was on the Agenda for the 22 April planning meeting but has been withdrawn and referred to a special meeting on 12 May.

London Road – old Organ and Dragon Inn site– (20/01079/FUL) Construction of a three to six storey building comprising 45 flats (Use Class C3) with associated car and cycle parking, refuse storage and ancillary works.The development does seem to dwarf the existing area’s housing as well as having parking and traffic issues. There have been over 60 objections, mainly on height, parking and traffic. This is on the Agenda for the committee meeting on 22 April.

6 The Grove Epsom–(20/01855/FUL) Erection of 7 x two bedrooms flats and 2 x three bedrooms flats and associated external works following demolition of the existing building. The appeal against an earlier and separate application was dismissed.

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

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

Majestic Wine Warehouse East Street – (19/01409/REM) Application for variation of planning condition 1 of 05/00660/FUL to allow the sale of all types of comparison and convenience goods i.e., open A1 (Retail Use). This was discussed at the Planning Committee meeting on 14 January and the application deferred to allow officers and the Applicant to have further discussions to resolve the matters that the Committee had raised.

EVENTS AND NEWS

First an appeal to find Roxie – Roxie went missing on Friday 2nd April whilst out on a walk along the Hogsmill River, Ewell (exact location included in the map in the comments) Roxie is 3 years old chihuahua cross, chipped and spayed. No sightings to date, if sighted or found, or if you have any information at all, please call the owners on 07960 766201. A reward has been offered for her safe return.

Volunteers wanted – St Raphael’s Hospice is looking for an army of volunteers to help reopen its charity shops from 12 April. The Hospice would like to welcome anyone who can commit to giving four hours or more to clean, tidy and remerchandise the stores with summer stock. http://www.straphaels.org.uk.

Epsom Playhouse – Performances start with The Three Musketeers Online production starring Robert Lindsay Tuesday 15th June – Saturday 20th June 2021 The Three Musketeers is a new online farce written by Sydney Stevenson and starring Robert Lindsay.Follow this link for tickets:- The Three Musketeers Online production starring Robert Lindsay Epsom Playhouse.

Epsom Farmers Market held on the 1st Sunday of each month in Epsom Market Place. Fresh local meat and produce. The market – which has been running for over 10 years, opens between 9:30am and 1:30pm – but the word has it that locals get there early to get their favourites before they sell out. The next market will be held on Sunday 2 May.

The Epsom Vegan Market – Sunday 25 April – Come along and visit the Vegan Market in Epsom 10:30am to 3:30pm

Antiques & Brocante Street Marketreturns to Epsom Market Place his Sunday 18th April from 10am – 4pm . With up to 40 stalls offering a huge array of antiques collectables vintage and retro items.

Epsom Craft MarketSunday 9 May 10.30 to 3.30pm Join us in the high street on the 2nd Sunday of every month for an assortment of local crafts made by local people. At our monthly craft and gift market you will find a wide selection of local makers and artists offering their handcrafted items. Each item is sure to be unique and handmade with love. Stalls include jewellery, candles, artwork and prints, sewn items, pottery, candles and soaps, and so much more! @follyfairs.

If you want a stall contact them direct – don’t miss out. Folly Fairs – Surrey | Facebook

The Nonsuch Town & Country Show and Surrey Festivals of  Dogs Due to Coronavirus 020 show was cancelled – NEW DATE Sunday 23rd and Monday 24th May 2021

The Show with something for everybody. Fantastic Main Rings, cookery demo’s, countryside ring, Jive Dancing, Abba Tribute Band, Jonathan Marshall from Game of Thrones, Festivals of Kids, Festivals of Dogs, Classic Cars, Motorbike Ring, Wrestling, Magic Shows, Punch and Judy, Living History, Comedy, music throughout the day and so much more for the whole family.

The Dog Event with something for all four-legged friends from Dog Shows with over 20 classes daily to Dogs Have Got Talent, Chase the Bunny, Have a Go Agility, Agility Demonstrations, a Main ring and so much more. We can’t wait to see all our four-legged friends there. Booking: https://go.evvnt.com/653116-0?pid=2513. Prices:Adult: £9.00,Concessions: £8.50, Children: £4.00,Under 5’s FREE

The TasteOfTheWorld Market in Epsom Every Friday, every bank holiday and selected Sundays on Epsom’s marketplace from 9.30am – 3.30pm. The next Sunday market is on Sunday 14 March. This month, due to a non-food market not being able to take place an additional market will take place on Sunday 21 March. This market includes a selection of international street food to takeaway only. For more info see: https://www.facebook.com/TasteOfTheWorldMarket

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

Facebook– our page is being well visited. 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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Epsom Chalk Pit Silica Dust (RCS)

The information below shows what the risks are, where you can get more information and how you can be involved. One important addition to previous posts is the petition which to date has been signed by over 3,000.

We really want to encourage all residents in the affected area to do something to support the opposition. So please act now to save the future health of all residents!

Wake Up and Smell the Silica Dust (RCS)

Proposed Materials Recycling Centre at the Chalk Pit College Road

Do you live in this area? If so read on

Background

Residents in the College Area of Epsom became aware of waste operations in the area last summer on a site without the appropriate planning consent for the use of the site nor for new structures. Subsequently the Applicant has submitted a retrospective planning application for the proposals.

Residents need to consider the following:

  1. The Applicant has ignored planning requirements.
  1. The Applicant has ignored risk assessments and operating proposals in his planning application. This has led to significant dust issues in the area previously unseen on this scale.
  1. The application is for a site in the Green Belt, sits above a principal aquifer and is in a residential area with numerous schools.

The application is wholly inappropriate for this location with residents identifying 11 grounds for objection. The building proposed is over 600% larger than the existing open fronted structure he is replacing. . For a list of these grounds email Ken Reid at epsomchalk@btinternet.com.

Residents have raised scores of concerns regarding amongst others dust, noise, road and traffic issues and lighting with the Environment Agency, Surrey County Council, and Epsom and Ewell Borough Council. We note these activities are ongoing, which is of great concern to residents. We are advised there are new surveys and new studies ongoing. It appears profit before health!

Please follow the following where regular updates are being posted:

Ewell Downs RA | Association of Ewell Downs Residents – www.ewelldownsra.org.

https://m.facebook.com/groups/epsomandewellcommunity/permalink/2853032488295839/

https://m.facebook.com/groups/EpsomandEwell/permalink/10158983399429643/

Planning

The closing date for the receipt of objections for the proposed change of use and 10m high industrial buildings at the Chalk Pit is 15 March 2021. Details of the application can be found at Surrey County Council – Planning Application Display – SCC Ref 2020/0159 (surreycc.gov.uk).

This application has caused a significant concern across the Borough and neighbouring Reigate and Banstead. If you want updates do contact Ken Reid at epsomchalk@btinternet.com

Petition

A local resident has started a petition and you are encouraged to sign it if you do not want this application to go through:

Petition · Stop the Epsom Mineral Waste Recycling Plant Planning Permission · Change.org

Please sign the petition and share it with friends, families and colleagues! There are more than 3000 signatures so far.

Nuisance Caused by Silica Dust (RCS)

Residents have advised of significant dust following the recent fine weather and we have been sent the following two pictures: –

Dust Cloud clearly visible over Chalk Pit
This moved to the North toward the Glyn School Pavilion and Nescot
Dust on Car 2 days after washing

Respirable crystalline silica (RCS) and wood dust are likely emitted from the operations at the Chalk Pit given the waste being recycled. They are listed by the HSE alongside asbestos as three of the five dusts where they issue specific guidance. They are not the type of dusts we want to be inhaling!

How can RCS harm your health? By breathing in RCS, you could develop the following lung diseases: Silicosis Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) Lung cancer.

Dust is identified within the planning documents as an issue as follows:

Harm: Harm to human Health

Significance: Moderate

Magnitude: Medium

Given this risk the applicant has, in relation to their site, proposed that the materials recycling should be subject to a number of measures to reduce the risk including carrying out recycling in a building and misting.

These measures are not in place as we write which has likely resulted in an increase in the dust we see. We have no idea what levels of invisible respirable dust are in the air and what impact this is having on our health – the consequences will likely not be seen for many years. A number of doctors have expressed similar concerns.

The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP is working tirelessly to stop the nuisance as are our County and Ward Councillors both in Epsom and Ewell and Reigate and Banstead. The cross-party working has been quite something.

The applicant suggests that the dust will affect receptors (which is what we and our children have become) within 1km of the site. Online research suggests that respirable dust with an average particle size will be much more widely dispersed and we are concerned that the invisible respirable dust will affect the area within 7km of the site even in winds of 10kmph! (source Dust Particulant Distance Travel and Impacts on Adj Properties, incl Resp & Allergic Immune Responses.pdf (citicite.com))

Our health cannot be looked at retrospectively.

If you are affected by Noise or Dust, please call or email the Environment Agency 0800 80 70 60 Incident_Communication_Service@environment-agency.gov.uk.

STOP PRESS

As a consultee Epsom and Ewell Borough Council were required to consider the application under ref (21/00223/CMA) – change of use from Waste Transfer Station to Materials Recycling Facility. This was done under Delegated Powers and an objection issued on 9 March 2021 quoting “there are concerns that the applicants are not adhering to the conditions of their Environmental permit. Conditions should be imposed, if the application is permitted, restricting both times of operation and delivery”. To view these go the Borough Council Planning website. There are more than 60 comments so far.

https://eplanning.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/online-applications/

Technical Information and Documents

Please download the document on the link below for a detailed analysis of Respiratory and Allergic Immune Response Impacts of Gravel Pit / Quarry Operations on Adjacent Land / Properties.

A flyer for this article can be downloaded on the link below

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Ewell Downs News Bulletin – March 2021

We hope that you will by now all be aware of the dangers facing the area from the Chalk Pit on College Road with risks to the environment and the planning proposals from the Skip operators. Over the past few months a group of residents have been extremely active in publicising what has been happening and what is proposed via mail shots, campaigns on web sites and Facebook, to name just a few. Time is now precious as the closing date for the receipt of objections for the proposed change of use and 10m high industrial buildings at the Chalk Pit is 15 March 2021 – next Monday!

The information below shows what the risks are, where you can get more information and how you can be involved. One important addition to previous posts is the petition which to date has been signed by over 2,100 people and is heading for a target of 2,500.

We really want to encourage all residents in the affected area to do something to support the opposition. So please act now to save the future health of all residents!

Wake Up and Smell the Silica Dust (RCS)

Proposed Materials Recycling Centre at the Chalk Pit College Road

Do you live in this area? If so read on

Background

Residents in the College Area of Epsom became aware of waste operations in the area last summer on a site without the appropriate planning consent for the use of the site nor for new structures. Subsequently the Applicant has submitted a retrospective planning application for the proposals.

Residents need to consider the following:

  1. The Applicant has ignored planning requirements.
  1. The Applicant has ignored risk assessments and operating proposals in his planning application. This has led to significant dust issues in the area previously unseen on this scale.
  1. The application is for a site in the Green Belt, sits above a principal aquifer and is in a residential area with numerous schools.

The application is wholly inappropriate for this location with residents identifying 11 grounds for objection. The building proposed is over 600% larger than the existing open fronted structure he is replacing. . For a list of these grounds email Ken Reid at epsomchalk@btinternet.com.

Residents have raised scores of concerns regarding amongst others dust, noise, road and traffic issues and lighting with the Environment Agency, Surrey County Council, and Epsom and Ewell Borough Council. We note these activities are ongoing, which is of great concern to residents. We are advised there are new surveys and new studies ongoing. It appears profit before health!

Please follow the following where regular updates are being posted:

Ewell Downs RA | Association of Ewell Downs Residents – www.ewelldownsra.org.

https://m.facebook.com/groups/epsomandewellcommunity/permalink/2853032488295839/

https://m.facebook.com/groups/EpsomandEwell/permalink/10158983399429643/

Planning

The closing date for the receipt of objections for the proposed change of use and 10m high industrial buildings at the Chalk Pit is 15 March 2021. Details of the application can be found at Surrey County Council – Planning Application Display – SCC Ref 2020/0159 (surreycc.gov.uk).

This application has caused a significant concern across the Borough and neighbouring Reigate and Banstead. If you want updates do contact Ken Reid at epsomchalk@btinternet.com

Petition

A local resident has started a petition and you are encouraged to sign it if you do not want this application to go through:

Petition · Stop the Epsom Mineral Waste Recycling Plant Planning Permission · Change.org

Please sign the petition and share it with friends, families and colleagues!

Nuisance Caused by Silica Dust (RCS)

Residents have advised of significant dust following the recent fine weather and we have been sent the following two pictures: –

Dust Cloud clearly visible over Chalk Pit
This moved to the North toward the Glyn School Pavilion and Nescot
Dust on Car 2 days after washing

Respirable crystalline silica (RCS) and wood dust are likely emitted from the operations at the Chalk Pit given the waste being recycled. They are listed by the HSE alongside asbestos as three of the five dusts where they issue specific guidance. They are not the type of dusts we want to be inhaling!

How can RCS harm your health? By breathing in RCS, you could develop the following lung diseases: Silicosis Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) Lung cancer.

Dust is identified within the planning documents as an issue as follows:

Harm: Harm to human Health

Significance: Moderate

Magnitude: Medium

Given this risk the applicant has, in relation to their site, proposed that the materials recycling should be subject to a number of measures to reduce the risk including carrying out recycling in a building and misting.

These measures are not in place as we write which has likely resulted in an increase in the dust we see. We have no idea what levels of invisible respirable dust are in the air and what impact this is having on our health – the consequences will likely not be seen for many years. A number of doctors have expressed similar concerns.

The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP is working tirelessly to stop the nuisance as are our County and Ward Councillors both in Epsom and Ewell and Reigate and Banstead. The cross-party working has been quite something.

The applicant suggests that the dust will affect receptors (which is what we and our children have become) within 1km of the site. Online research suggests that respirable dust with an average particle size will be much more widely dispersed and we are concerned that the invisible respirable dust will affect the area within 7km of the site even in winds of 10kmph! (source Dust Particulant Distance Travel and Impacts on Adj Properties, incl Resp & Allergic Immune Responses.pdf (citicite.com))

Our health cannot be looked at retrospectively.

If you are affected by Noise or Dust, please call or email the Environment Agency 0800 80 70 60 Incident_Communication_Service@environment-agency.gov.uk.

STOP PRESS

As a consultee Epsom and Ewell Borough Council were required to consider the application under ref (21/00223/CMA) – change of use from Waste Transfer Station to Materials Recycling Facility. This was done under Delegated Powers and an objection issued on 9 March 2021 quoting “there are concerns that the applicants are not adhering to the conditions of their Environmental permit. Conditions should be imposed, if the application is permitted, restricting both times of operation and delivery”. To view these go the Borough Council Planning website.

Other matters

Subscriptions

Firstly a big thank you to everyone who has already paid the £5.00 annual subscription via standing order or online. We are most grateful to you and really appreciate your support.

As you know the Road Stewards will not be delivering the green envelopes with an AGM Notice at this time, due to the pandemic so we would ask that all payments are made online – our banking details are: –

Barclays Bank Plc.

82/84 High Street

EPSOM KT19 8BH

Sort code 20 – 29 – 90

Account number 50126071

Account name Association of Ewell Downs Residents

Thanking you in anticipation.

Whilst there is no formal printed newsletter, it is very important that residents are kept informed of local matters by email and we would ask that any of you who have neighbours or friends living locally who do not get this bulletin, please contact us on ewelldownsra@gmail.com to be added to the list.

Surrey County Council Elections – the potentially good news is that voting will be held at Nescot and not at Wallace Fields Junior School – this is to be confirmed. This applies to residents south of the Reigate Road railway (NESCOT) bridge – others vote within Ewell ward where the Glyn school polling station has moved to Bourne Hall for this election.

You have probably received the flyer from the Epsom & Ewell Council about the Elections to be held on 6 May. In these uncertain times you may wish to apply for a postal vote and if so, this needs to be done by 27 April. This is how to do it:-

Applying for a Postal Vote
The Government has confirmed that the Surrey County Council election will go ahead on Thursday 6th May and guidelines will be in place to make voting covid- safe.
Your vote counts. However, If you would prefer not to vote personally at a Polling Station on election day you can apply now for a postal vote. 
Anyone on the electoral register can have a postal vote and you can apply to Epsom and Ewell Borough Council for one in several ways.
By email electoralservices@epsom-ewell.gov.uk
By telephone on 01372 732000 for a form, or download and print off a form below:
Downloading from the EEBC website www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/council/elections-and-voting/who-can-vote-and-how
Alternatively, if you need help please contact County Councillor John Becket who will be able to supply you with a hard copy of the application form.

Our current County Councillor – John Beckett

We have always found John to be a quick responder to local issues where help is needed. This is a message from him:-


Surrey County Council Elections Thursday 6th May 2021
Surrey County elections are held every four years and, in the past, Ewell Downs residents have elected a Residents’ Association candidate to represent them at SCC County Hall.
Your current County Councillor is John Beckett who knows the area, its needs and aspirations. He is independent of party politics and put residents’ interests first, and will again be our nominated election candidate.
On Thursday 6th May please use your vote and support John, your Ewell Downs Residents’ Association nominated Candidate

John was elected to represent Ewell Division in May 2013 and since then he has dealt with hundreds of resident queries and issues. Within the past 4 years John has served as the Chairman of the Local Committee which is made up County and Borough Councillors which handles those aspects of government which spans the two authorities. John has also been serving on the Surrey Pension Fund.

John is a very active councillor. He knows our roads and our local issues.  He visits those roads or sites causing local concern, taking photographs and quickly raising the issues with Surrey County Council. Importantly he is easily accessible to all our residents via telephone, email and personal contact, responding quickly to all enquires.

Many of our residential roads and footways have been re-surfaced in full or in part. For example, Stoneleigh Broadway, Curvan Close, Persfield Close, Harefield Road, West St, West Gardens and Aragon Avenue.

In addition, John is regularly responding to residents’ requests for the repair of dislodged kerbstones, damaged grass verges, local repairs to flowerbeds and vegetation to be cut back. He has taken up all these issues, achieving quick and effective results.

John has allocated his SCC allocation to support many local projects and charities including The Sunnybank Trust, Age Concern, PHAB, Home Start, Girl Guides and several Eco prize giving’s at local schools. John has also funded several defibrillators around the Borough

We hope that, in the up-coming Surrey County Council election you will continue to cast your vote for Residents’ Association Candidate John Beckett

SCC Plans for a Single Unitary Council for Surrey – the RASSU (Residents Against Surrey Single Unitary) petition has now closed with 5,321 signatories. This petition will be considered by the Leader of the Council at his Leader Decisions meeting.This meeting will be held on Thursday 18 March 2021 at 9am. The lead petitioner may speak for three minutes at the meeting which will be held remotely via Microsoft Teams. This is a live event so signers to the petition can watch the discussion live. This is the link: – https://surreycc.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcasts.

Coronavirus – COVID – 19 – from the Government website – www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home

The link above shows the Government guidance and if you wish to remind yourselves of this ever-changing scenario, please visit this.

Here is a guide to what you can do in March:-

From March 8

Step one of the easing will be introduced in two stages, from March 8.

The stay at home requirement remains, however people can leave home for recreation outdoors such as a coffee or picnic with their household or support bubble, or with one person outside their household.

The only difference between this and existing rules is that you will be able to stop somewhere with a friend, whereas before you had to be exercising to be within the rules.

Exercise and recreation should to be undertaken locally, with advice stating that residents should not be leaving the village, town or part of the city where they live.

From March 29

As part of step one, there will be further limited changes from March 29.

Outdoor gatherings of either six people or two households will be allowed, providing greater flexibility for families to see each other. This includes in private gardens. Social distancing measures should still be adhered to.

Outdoor sports facilities, such as tennis and basketball courts, will be allowed to reopen, and people can take part in formally organised outdoor sports.

At this point, the stay-at-home order will end, although many lockdown restrictions will remain. Residents, for example, will be able to drive further than before, however must still return the same day, as overnight stays remain banned. So it’s at this point that you can travel further afield for a walk, picnic or to meet someone outside for a coffee.

Now for the EVEN BETTER NEWS

No earlier than April 12

Residents should have more activities available to them from April 12.

Most outdoor attractions and settings, including zoos, and theme parks, will reopen although wider social contact rules will apply in these settings to prevent indoor mixing between different households. Drive-in cinemas and drive-in performances will also be permitted.

Indoor leisure facilities, such as gyms and swimming pools, will also reopen – but only for use by people on their own or with their household.

Hospitality venues can serve people outdoors only. There will be no need for customers to order a substantial meal with alcohol, and no curfew – although customers must order, eat and drink while seated. A list of Surrey Wetherspoon pubs reopening on this date includes The Assembly Rooms in Epsom and a separate list of Young’s pubs include The Bear Inn, Esher; The Bear, Cobham; The Chequers, Walton on the Hill; The Dolphin, Betchworth; The Onslow Arms, Clandon; Penny Black, Leatherhead; The Weyside, Guildford and The Wheatsheaf, Esher.

Just to let you know as 10 March 2021 this is the breakdown of cases per Surrey district and borough (increase shown is from the previous week).

As far as the latest local information is concerned and to help direct residents who need support – if friends or family are unable to help – with such things as picking up shopping, prescription collections or having someone who can be a telephone friend, and to other services that can help visit this web site: https://www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Vaccinations – Epsom Downs Racecourse is one of the locations for a mass vaccination centre, earmarked for the large-scale immunisation roll-out and those who go there all comment on the ease and efficiency of the process. Well done to all those involved!

In case you are still waiting for your vaccination this the link – https://www.nhs.uk/book-a-coronavirus-vaccination/do-you-have-an-nhs-number

Waste and recycling – this is the link to Book your slot at the tip in Longmead

Book a slot

Slots will be available up to two weeks in advance and you can book as many as you need. Residents who are unable to access the online booking system can call the Contact Centre on 03456 009 009 and they will book a slot on your behalf. All other site rules remain the same.

Planning issues

Chalk Lane House Chalk Lane – (20/01185/LBA) Conversion of hotel and various alterations and extensions to the listed buildings to accommodate 21 dwelling units, car and cycle parking and private and communal gardens. (Listed Building Consent). There are some objections so far including one from the Civic Society. These mostly relate to objection of proposal to build a high wall at front of the building which would considerably alter the attractive street scene in the Conservation area”. This is on the Agenda for the 11 March meeting.

Development Site at 24-28 West Street Epsom – (19/01021/FUL) an amended application has been received for 25 flats 8 storeys high instead of 13 storeys with commercial space on the ground floor. There are many objections to the amended plans, including those from Resident Associations and the Epsom Civic Society.

Priest Hill Sports Pavilion Reigate Road Ewell – (21/00028/FUL) – Construction of a new all-weather sports pitch including fencing, floodlighting and all other associated works. The Priest Hill Development aims to establish a center of football and sporting excellence, where first class facilities, coaching and support can nurture and inspire young people of all abilities. This is proposed by a partnership between Glyn School and Epsom & Ewell Colts Football Club. Do go the planning application site to view photos and full information. Comments on this application relate mainly to the floodlighting and the speed of traffic on an already busy road – maybe a good reason for a speed camera to be included as part of the conditions.

Guild Living at rear of Epsom Hospital (21/00252/FUL) 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 267 care residences, 10 care apartments and 28 care suites proving transitional care etc. This is another planning application for the Epsom Hospital site, in addition to their appeal over the refusal of the first one – (19/01722/FUL) demolition of redundant hospital buildings and redevelopment of the site to provide a new care community for older people arranged in two buildings. Objections continue to be filed. This is expected to come to Committee in May.

Epsom General Hospital Car Park – (20/00249/FUL) Erection of a multi storey car park comprising ground plus 5 storeys and 527 car parking spaces, reconfiguration of surface parking to provide 104 car parking spaces and improvement to the access road from Dorking Road. This is quite a big structure but a key element in plans to invest and upgrade existing EH site. It should come to Committee in April.

London Road – old Organ and Dragon Inn site – (20/01079/FUL) Construction of a three to six storey building comprising 45 flats (Use Class C3) with associated car and cycle parking, refuse storage and ancillary works. The development does seem to dwarf the existing area’s housing as well as having parking and traffic issues. There have been over 60 objections, mainly on height, parking and traffic but no decision as yet and no date for committee.

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

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

The Police Station and Ambulance Station sites in Church Street Epsom  (19/01589/FUL) the application for a retirement development in Epsom by McCarthy & Stone which will include a mix of 19 one bedroom and 41 two bedroom “Extra Care” Retirement Living with associated communal facilities, parking and landscaping following the demolition of the existing buildings was withdrawn by McCarthy & Stone.  A revised application is awaited.

Majestic Wine Warehouse East Street – (19/01409/REM) Application for variation of planning condition 1 of 05/00660/FUL to allow the sale of all types of comparison and convenience goods i.e., open A1 (Retail Use). This was discussed at the Planning Committee meeting on 14 January and the application deferred to allow officers and the Applicant to have further discussions to resolve the matters that the Committee had raised.

EVENTS AND NEWS

Epsom Playhouse – This Saturday 13th March – Online Comedy Club via Zoom at 7:45pm headlined by Hal Cruttenden brought to you by Outside the Box Comedy Club. Tickets are just £7, 1 ticket per household. Click Link For Details http://bit.ly/3rLaBkh.

Easter Crafts and Spring Mindfulness – Mary Frances Trust – they are holding a 2-day Craft Course on Thursday 25th March and 1st April. To book, you must register with them on their website www.maryfrancestrust.org.uk and then contact them on 01372 375400, text 07929 024722, email info@maryfrancestrust.org.uk to book your place and get the Zoom details. They will send out craft kits to participants with what they need to make the cards, however you will have to source your own scissors, pencils, felt tip pens, glue stick and sticky tape. Mary Frances Trust is a charity that supports adults in Surrey to improve and maintain their mental wellbeing through one-to-one support, courses, groups and activities. All classes are free.

Mayfield Lavender shop – the shop on the Reigate Road will be opening on Friday 12 March. Do go and delight your Mum on Mother’s Day! They also have many Easter items on sale.

Epsom Farmers Market held on the 1st Sunday of each month in Epsom Market Place. Fresh local meat and produce. The market – which has been running for over 10 years, opens between 9:30am and 1:30pm – but the word has it that locals get there early to get their favourites before they sell out. The next market will be held on Sunday 4 April.

The Epsom Vegan Market – Sunday 28 March – Come along and visit the Vegan Market in Epsom 10:30am to 3:30pm.

The TasteOfTheWorld Market in Epsom THIS SUNDAY – This takes place on a Sunday from 9.30am – 3.30pm. The next Sunday market is on Sunday 14 March. This month, due to a non-food market not being able to take place an additional market will take place on Sunday 21 March. This market includes a selection of international street food to takeaway only. For more info see: https://www.facebook.com/TasteOfTheWorldMarket

New Thai Restaurant in Epsom to open in June – A Thai restaurant group that has made use of semi-automated kitchens and even drone deliveries has discussed its plans to expand into Surrey. The restaurant group Camile Thai Kitchen started in 2010, but an Epsom branch, planned for 42 High Street in the site of the old Maplins shop, will be its first English restaurant outside of London. The focus of the menu will be healthy and sustainable Thai food, with 30% of the menu being vegan – lighter than some Thai food, but not without more decadent options!

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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Materials Recycling Centre at Chalk Pit, College Road, Epsom

Planning Date

Residents are reminded that the closing date for the receipt of objections for the proposed change of use and 10m high industrial buildings at the Chalk Pit is 15 March 2021. Details of the application can be found at Surrey County Council – Planning Application Display – SCC Ref 2020/0159 (surreycc.gov.uk).

This application has caused a significant concern across the Borough and neighbouring Reigate and Banstead. If you want updates do contact Ken Reid at epsomchalk@btinternet.com.

We do not consider the proposals to be appropriate for this Green Belt site given the size of the proposed buildings which will impact on the character of the Downs and streetscape in this area together with the additional impact on traffic, noise and dust.

Petition

A local resident has started a petition and you are encouraged to sign it if you do not want this application to go through. More than 700 signatures in a day or so. :

Petition · Stop the Epsom Mineral Waste Recycling Plant Planning Permission · Change.org

Nuisance caused by Dust and pollution

Residents have advised of significant dust following the fine weather of last weekend and we have been sent the following two pictures:-

Dust on Car 2 days after washing

Dust Cloud clearly visible over Chalk Pit

Dust Cloud clearly visible over Chalk Pit

Respirable crystalline silica (RCS)and wood dust are likely emitted from the operations at the Chalk Pit given the waste being recycled. They are listed by the HSE alongside asbestos as three of the five dusts where they issue specific guidance. They are not the type of dusts we want to be inhaling!

Dust is identified within the planning documents as an issue as follows:

Harm: Harm to human Health

Significance: Moderate

Magnitude: Medium

Given this risk NJB Recycling has, in relation to their site, proposed that the materials recycling should be subject to a number of measures to reduce the risk including carrying out recycling in a building and misting.

These measures are not in place as we write which has resulted in an increase in the dust we see. We have no idea what levels of invisible respirable dust is in the air and what impact this is having on our health – the consequences will likely not be seen for many years.

Many residents have complained to the Environment Agency and indeed one of our residents attended a meeting on behalf of the Association of Ewell Downs Residents, called by The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, who is working tirelessly to stop the nuisance, with amongst others the Environment Agency to see if a solution could be found. Disappointingly there is no timescale for regularising the position. It appears another risk assessment and further surveys are required. These should have been in place prior to the operator being allowed to start operations.

In addition, many Residents Association Borough Councillors and County Councillors, are actively engaged in seeking immediate remedial action and are objecting to the planning application. Since this is a waste handling application it falls within the remit of Surrey County Council rather than Epsom and Ewell’s Borough Council in the first instance.

The operators are being allowed to profit from ignoring the noise and dust assessments that are in the public domain on a site where they do not have the necessary consents at the detriment to residents who are subjected to significant noise and dust issues.

If you are affected by Noise or Dust please call or email the Environment Agency 0800 80 70 60 Incident_Communication_Service@environment-agency.gov.uk.

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Dust from Operations at Chalk Pit, College Road, Epsom

I have had messages from concerned residents who have noted a significant increase in dust deposits on cars, windows and also inside their homes on a scale that we have previously not seen in the area.

If you want to complain about noise or dust just ring the Environment Agency Complaints Hotline 0800 80 70 60 (24 hrs) every day you suffer nuisance.

It takes 5mins, its confidential, it can be anonymous

The messages are not as a surprise given the industrial machinery installed at the Chalk Pit on College Road. It should not be a surprise to the operators of this machinery who have submitted a planning application to change the use of part of the Chalk Pit to materials recycling, hugely intensifying the usage of this plot of land. The dust assessment in their application highlights the risk of dust and includes various measures to make sure this does not impact on us. The operator has started operating without most of these measures in place eg there is no building, there is no misting system, there is no road sweeping. If you are aware of increased dust you should consider where this is coming from.

The application can be seen at:

Surrey County Council – Planning Application Display – SCC Ref 2020/0159 (surreycc.gov.uk)

What you are not aware of is the fact that the dust that we can see is only part of the picture. Hand-in hand with this dust goes respirable dust and respirable crystalline silica both of which can affect our health. The operator continues to operate and produce these dusts ignoring the statements submitted as part of the planning application.

The operator’s assessment notes that the receptors for this area can be as far as 1km from the Chalk Pit.

The Appendix sets out a Risk Register – there is a risk to the receptors shown on the drawing comprising Harm to human health, respiratory irritation and illness.

It notes that the significance is Moderate, Likelihood is Possible and Magnitude is Medium.

Residents are also concerned about the impact of the proposals on the streetscape, the green belt, traffic, our drinking water, noise and more.

If these proposals are of concern be sure to submit an objection now to mwcd@surreycc.gov.uk . Closing date March 15.

Keep up to date on our residents’ campaign to Crush the Rubbish Machines by registering at epsomchalk@btinternet.com.

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Nightmare Threat From Chalk Pit in College Road, Epsom.

Join the Campaign to Crush the Rubbish Machines
Do you live near Epsom College?
Do you hear loud industrial noise early in the morning?
Have you noticed more dust?

If you have this is likely to be from the Chalk Pit on College Road where huge industrial machines generating significant noise and dust from aggregate crushing and waste sorting have been installed by NJB Ltd. Now is the time to make a noise yourself!

If you want to complain about noise or dust just ring the Environment Agency Complaints Hotline 0800 80 70 60 (24 hrs) every day you suffer nuisance. It takes 5mins, its confidential, it can be anonymous.

Operating long after licensed hours, work was continuing on site 10th February when a huge fire broke out, needing nine fire engines to attend. Toxic smoke clouds billowed out throughout the night.

Fuelled by scores of NJB, “Skip It” and Maguire lorries each day, this operator grinds on, breaching rule after rule, yet the site does not have the necessary Planning Consent to carry out Waste Recycling.

So they are trying to regularise these destructive, heavy recycling machines by building huge industrial sheds on this sensitive residential Green Belt land with a retrospective Change Of Use planning application you can see on the SCC Planning website, Ref 2020/0159.

If these proposals are of concern be sure to submit an objection now to mwcd@surreycc.gov.uk . Closing date March 15.

Keep up to date on our residents’ campaign to Crush the Rubbish Machines by registering at epsomchalk@btinternet.com

Please see the flyer in the document on the link below.

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Ewell Downs News Bulletin – Feb 2021

We hope you have all been prepared for the snow that has fallen to delight the children, dogs and lots of residents! Some of the snowmen in Alexandra Park were amazing, so well done all. Whilst it is beautiful to start with, things get a bit tricky with low temperatures and indeed many of us long for Spring now with warmer days and nights.

Congratulations to all those who have been working their socks off either at the Grandstand, Fitznells or wherever the vaccination stations have been set up. The organisation was superb, and it is good to hear that so many residents have now had their first tranche of protection against this terrible virus. Let’s hope this continues at pace and more and more take up the offer so the whole area can eventually be protected, and life can return to something resemble normality.

Firstly, there is a matter of great importance to which we must draw your attention.

The Chalk Pit, College Road

The Increasing Threat from NJB Recycling Ltd in the Chalk Pit

We have all become aware of a massive increase in a constant crushing / rumbling noise and dust intrusion over the past few months from the Chalk Pit – which is sited within the Green Belt. This comes from huge aggregate sorting and crushing machines introduced by a new site tenant NJB Recycling Ltd, which has unilaterally gone ahead and industrialised a waste material handling process – without any planning permission from Surrey County Council.

A previous Change of Use application from a Waste Transfer to a Materials Handling Licence by Ist Place Ltd was rejected by SCC in 2017. A huge increase in lorry movements by NJB and “Skip-It” skips along our residential roads; dangerous verge parking by workers in College Rd, and unsocial working hours six days a week, are further operational incursions that are affecting us all.

The noise and disruption will become significantly more evident when the weather improves.

The Planning Application Situation

Following objections by Ewell Downs Residents Association, NJB Ltd were required to submit a full retrospective planning application to SCC by December 1. They were also requested to halt unapproved operations, a request they ignored as the use of the heavy aggregate grinding and stone-sorting “trommel” machine noises continues. This belated planning application has now been received and posted and is available for you to look at Surrey County Council – Planning Application Display – SCC Ref 2020/0159 (surreycc.gov.uk). We are staggered by the scale and nature of the proposed development which now includes the construction of huge warehouse buildings to cover much of this Green Belt site in which to carry out significant crushing, screening and sorting activities.

We urge residents to ensure that they object to these developments the impact of which will become more apparent as the weather improves. Grounds for objection are limited and if you want to know what these are please email epsomchalk@btinternet.com.

As an update, following a meeting between Epsom and Ewell Borough Council, Surrey County Council and the Environment Agency it has been agreed that complaints about noise and dust will be dealt with by the Environment Agency. The operators of the site continue to work late at night, even on Saturdays, and this cannot be allowed to continue. A number of people have noted a constant hum along College Road, Longdown Lane and Links Road and have not been able to identify the source of the noise. If we can say that this may well be coming from the Chalk Pit and is very noticeable, please will you advise the EA. The more complaints they have, the more they will have to act!

The EA can be contacted by:

STOP PRESS

ll residents need be made aware that there was a significant fire at the Chalk Pit which we understand started before midnight on Wednesday 10 February. The fire brigade sent nine appliances and they wrapped up at around 9.30am this morning. The fire involved the material stacked under the lean to in the back and would have involved dozens and dozens of tons of waste. Our representative will be making representations to the Fire Authorities.

From previous visits to the site by our representative suggests that what was being stored here was general household debris not capable of being recycled. As you know work was ongoing on the site late last night and my understanding is that workers from the site were on the premises prior to and during the fire.

You may have seen the news this morning https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-56013240 which highlights the risk from dust – we have a facility in our neighbourhood which is spewing this dust out and totally ignoring their own method statements and risk assessment mitigations and an Environment Agency unwilling to take action.

Now in addition we have had the fumes from a significant amount of waste billowing across Epsom College.

Again I encourage you to complain to the Environment Agency:

The case officer is David Brodie david.brodie@environment-agency.gov.uk. It is however important that the calls are logged through one of the portals as Surrey will no doubt request copies of the complaints from  EEBC and EA.

Despite the significant events of last night NJB and Skip-It continue to operate. I guess they have a significant volume available for the receipt of waste.

It is becoming apparent that not only are the plans for the Chalk Pit totally unsuited to the area but that the character of the operator is questionable.

Articles about this have been put on our Facebook and web pages – we need to get as many people aware of these issues as possible, so please spread the word so something can be done to stop this menace in our area.

NB. – We understand that following representations made by Chris Grayling, the Environment Agency have agreed to escalate this as an incident that needs immediate investigation.

We should like to thank in particular two residents of Longdown Lane North, Steve Gebbett – our Road Steward – and Kenneth Reid who has been masterful in co-ordinating action – the two are doing a sterling job! Thank you very much.

On other matters: –

Annual General Meeting

At our committee meeting in January the decision was made to postpone the Annual General Meeting until later in the year, possibly September. This means that there will be no formal notice issued to all residents in the area until nearer the time and the envelopes requesting the annual subscriptions will also not be delivered.

Subscriptions

As far as subscriptions are concerned, these are regularly due in March and the response to the little green envelopes has always been significant. Quite understandably some Road Stewards were uneasy about delivering these last year when the virus was first raging and, as a consequence, our coffers are extremely low. We are extremely grateful to everyone who paid either by standing order or by online banking and it was good to receive these monies to cover some expenses. Thankfully, as we did not hold the AGM in the school there was a saving but we now only have sufficient funds to cover the printing of the AGM Notice which will go out later this year to all residents. We would therefore respectfully ask everyone who received either this or the March bulletin to pay the £5.00 due. The bank details for those who would like to pay that way are: –

Barclays Bank Plc.

82/84 High Street

EPSOM KT19 8BH

Sort code 20 – 29 – 90

Account number 50126071

Account name Association of Ewell Downs Residents

In anticipation, we thank you very much.

Whilst there is no formal printed newsletter, it is very important that residents are kept informed of local matters by email and we would ask that any of you who have neighbours or friends living locally who do not get this bulletin, please contact us on ewelldownsra@gmail.com to be added to the list.

SCC Elections

Elections to Surrey County Council are due to be held on 6 May 2021 together with the election for Police and Crime Commissioners in England and Wales. On 9 January election officials stated that the local elections will take place as planned. However, Boris Johnson said this remains “under review”. It was confirmed in February by the Cabinet Office the elections would in fact take place in line with the government’s target to vaccinate all over 50s by the beginning of May. [You will recall that in March 2020 the government announced that the elections originally scheduled for 7 May 2020 would be delayed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You will hear more about our prospective candidate for the SCC election as soon as it is available.

The potentially good news is that voting will be held at Nescot and not at Wallace Fields Junior School – this is to be confirmed.

Petition update

Don’t forget the campaign with RASSU (Residents Against Surrey Single Unitary) promoting theopposition to the plans from Surrey County Council to abolish Surrey’s 11 Borough and District councils and develop a single Unitary Council for Surrey’s 1.2 million residents. Whilst unanimously agreeing that the campaign needs to continue because, though the government white paper is delayed, the unitary proposal has not gone away entirely. There are over 5,165 signatures on the petition. The following message has been received from SCC: –

Petition update 1 from the council, 10 February 2021, while petition was still open

Dear Petition Signers

This petition will be considered by the Leader of the Council at his Leader Decisions meeting.

The meeting will be held on Thursday 18 March 2021 at 9am. The lead petitioner may speak for three minutes at the meeting which will be held remotely via Microsoft Teams.

This meeting will also be a live event so signers to the petition can watch the discussion live.”

A link to view the meeting live will be posted nearer the time both as a response to all petitioners and on the Leader Decisions webpage.

Please if you haven’t signed the petition (and you support the campaign), do sign – the deadline is 4 March 2021 – and please also share the campaign far and wide: https://rassu.org.uk.This is a battle for local democracy and residents’ voices need to be heard.

Coronavirus – COVID – 19 – from the Government website – www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home

The link above shows the Government guidance and if you wish to remind yourselves of this ever-changing scenario, please visit this.

As far as the latest local information is concerned and to help direct residents who need support – if friends or family are unable to help – with such things as picking up shopping, prescription collections or having someone who can be a telephone friend, and to other services that can help visit this web site: https://www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Just to let you know as 11 February 2021 this is the breakdown of cases per Surrey district and borough (increase shown is from the previous week)

Vaccinations – Epsom Downs Racecourse is one of the confirmed locations for a mass vaccination centre, earmarked for the large-scale immunisation roll-out. Mass vaccination centres have been confirmed since the approval of the first Covid-19 vaccine made by Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

In case you are still waiting for your vaccination this the link – https://www.nhs.uk/book-a-coronavirus-vaccination/do-you-have-an-nhs-number

Waste and recycling

Since 5 November, you have needed to pre-book a slot to visit Epsom community recycling centre. A booking system is being trialled at Epsom to help alleviate queues which have been disruptive to residents and local businesses and this seems to be working well and meets with the approval of residents. The trial was expected to last until the end of the last year, but we note that booking continues at present. SCC will be gathering feedback from residents to assess the effectiveness of the system. This is the link: –

Book a slot

Slots will be available up to two weeks in advance and you can book as many as you need. Residents who are unable to access the online booking system can call the Contact Centre on 03456 009 009 and they will book a slot on your behalf. All other site rules remain the same. Please read SCC Frequently Asked Questions section for more information.

Please see our previous bulletin which is published on both Facebook and web pages for important information on plastic bags. –

Planning issues

London Road – old Organ and Dragon Inn site – (20/01079/FUL) Construction of a three to six storey building comprising 45 flats (Use Class C3) with associated car and cycle parking, refuse storage and ancillary works. The development does seem to dwarf the existing area’s housing as well as having parking and traffic issues. There have been over 60 objections, mainly on height, parking and traffic but no decision as yet and no date for committee.

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

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

Guild Living at rear of Epsom Hospital (19/01722/FUL) demolition of redundant hospital buildings and redevelopment of the site to provide a new care community for older people arranged in two buildings. There are well over 600 objections including the Epsom Civic Society and reports continue to be filed. This was refused at the meeting on 18 November. The developer sought local reactions to possible changes via a Zoom meeting on 13th January and we await the outcome of this.

Development Site at 24-28 West Street Epsom – (19/01021/FUL) an amended application has been received for 25 flats 8 storeys high instead of 13 storeys with commercial space on the ground floor. There are many objections to the amended plans, including those from Resident Associations and the Epsom Civic Society.

The Police Station and Ambulance Station sites in Church Street Epsom  (19/01589/FUL) the application for a retirement development in Epsom by McCarthy & Stone which will include a mix of 19 one bedroom and 41 two bedroom “Extra Care” Retirement Living with associated communal facilities, parking and landscaping following the demolition of the existing buildings is awaiting a decision. A viability assessment is now in progress for this scheme and there is no news as yet..

Majestic Wine Warehouse East Street – (19/01409/REM) Application for variation of planning condition 1 of 05/00660/FUL to allow the sale of all types of comparison and convenience goods i.e., open A1 (Retail Use). This was discussed at the Planning Committee meeting on 14 January and the application deferred to allow officers and the Applicant to have further discussions to resolve the matters that the Committee had raised.

Maplins High Street Epsom – (20/00721/FUL) The conversion of upper floors 1, 2 and roof level to 11 flats at 42 High Street. This was approved at the Planning Committee on 14 January, subject to conditions.

Chalk Lane House Chalk Lane – (20/01185/LBA) Conversion of hotel and various alterations and extensions to the listed buildings to accommodate 21 dwelling units, car and cycle parking and private and communal gardens. (Listed Building Consent). There are some objections so far including one from the Civic Society. These mostly relate to objection of proposal to build a high wall at front of the building which would considerably alter the attractive street scene in the Conservation area”. No news as yet.

TRAFFIC

Traffic Warning: Starting from the 15th Feb – SGN will be upgrading the gas main along part of Hook Rd and Woodcote Rd. With temp traffic lights in place and in the case of Woodcote Rd the road will be closed at the junction with Dorking rd & South St. Work on both sites to last till March/April. For more details on these roadworks and others in the area Click Link http://bit.ly/39dPjFn

EVENTS AND NEWS

St Helier and Epsom Trust will no longer charge staff for parking after being blasted by Piers Morgan. It comes after The Mirror revealed that the trust was charging workers more than £500 per year, to use the staff car park as they continue to fight the coronavirus pandemic. On January 26, parking charges were introduced to “manage demand” and reduce queues at its two hospitals, the trust told The Mirror. We have resisted the urge to put a picture of Piers and Susanna here!!

The Best of Epsom & Ewell – go and have a look at their website for information on what’s happening in our area in the virtual world, especially connected to Men’s Fitness and Music courses, tips on helping with your child’s learning as well as advice on nutrition for Good Mental Health to name but a few.

Valentine’s Day – Well at least this Valentine’s you can’t get in trouble for not booking a table. Click Link for a list of our wonderful takeaways http://bit.ly/3aB7Gop ASK Italian will even send a little extra love this week with free heart breadsticks!

Epsom Farmers Market held on the 1st Sunday of each month in Epsom Market Place. Fresh local meat and produce. The market – which has been running for over 10 years, opens between 9:30am and 1:30pm – but the word has it that locals get there early to get their favourites before they sell out. The next market will be held on 7 March.

The Epsom Vegan Market – Sunday 14th and 28th February – Come along and visit the Vegan Market in Epsom 10:30am to 3:30pm

We very much hope that when lockdown ends, we shall have many uplifting events to publicise, in the meantime, please do let us know if there is anything you would like us to publish on your behalf.

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.

A final salute to a great man!

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