Ewell Downs News Bulletin No 1

This is the first edition of our monthly bulletin as reported at the AGM earlier this month.

Nescot – don’t forget to visit the exhibition of the revised plans for the 91 homes at Nescot in the Staff Lounge on Tuesday 31 March from 2 pm to 8 pm.

Nescot Archaeological Survey – the developers are currently carrying out this survey on the “old” Animal Husbandry land prior to the development and anticipate this will take 6 weeks. To date half a leg with a sandal on the foot has been found!

Reigate Road – There has been high impact disruption to traffic from UK Power over the weekend and until 1 April. Further disruption is likely with the construction work – look at the Surrey County Council website “Roadworks in my area” for a map which shows when and where roadworks are taking place in Surrey. You can register to receive email alerts about roadworks by selecting the ‘Alerts and search’ button in the map menu.

New roundabout on Reigate Road – subject to agreement with Surrey Highways work on this will be done during July, August and September this year.

Accommodation for 77 students on Mill Road – 14/01784/FUL this is a new planning application for 77 student homes on the railway cutting land in Mill Road. A campaign against development on this land (which is riddled with badger setts and other valuable wildlife e.g. lizards, voles, stag beetles) has been running for some years.  Having gained permission on Appeal (because the borough council refused planning permission) for 10 family homes, it seems no developer wants to build those, hence the new application for student homes.  Residents have managed to secure a small area of this site as a Wildlife Sanctuary in perpetuity, but this new application is horrifying residents. Please go and voice your opposition on the Council web site to protect the area.

Sainsbury’s – we understand that the proposal to construct a double storey car park has been shelved as it appears that parking is only an issue at peak Christmas/Easter times. A Geo Exchange is currently being built on part of the car park to provide hot water and heating for the store.

Traffic on East Street – the decisions made at the meeting of our Councillors with the Surrey County Councillor responsible for the area are:

  • the footway surface will be strengthened and half-on the footway (approximately 1.5m)  half-on the road parking spaces (allowing parking for 4 standard sized vehicles) will be introduced in front of the shops, instead of the current 2 parking spaces in the gap in the double yellow lines.
  • these will be short term parking spaces (20 min or 30 min).
  • bollards will be used to prevent parking on the footway (outside the parking cage)
  • the pedestrian central refuge island will be removed soon. The removal of the island will allow a much longer dedicated lane turning into Kiln Lane.

Thank you to everyone who sent emails to Stella Lallement about this. We will be keeping the pressure up for results.

Longdown Lane North – thank you so much to the resident who has painted the gates at both ends of Longdown Lane North and the College end of Longdown Lane South. It has made such a difference! Ian and Geraldine write “Thank you so much to the residents who have generously and voluntarily contributed towards the cost of this work which one man has done at his own expense. We really appreciate it.”

This resident is now picking up litter from this road!

Community speed watch – following on from the AGM we have been contacted by PC 1994 John Fruen, the Casualty Reduction Officer. Community Speed Watch is a locally driven initiative where active members of the community, with the support of the police monitor speeds of vehicles at specific locations using approved speed detection devices. Registered keepers of vehicles that exceed the speed limit threshold are sent letters advising them of the speed that the vehicle was driven at with the aim of educating them, changing their behaviour and reducing their speed. CSW volunteers receive appropriate training, delivered by the local Casualty Reduction Officer (CRO). We should be pleased to hear from any residents who are interested in joining us in this initiative. Please contact us on ewelldownsra@gmail.com.

Keeping in touch – this bulletin is distributed to all those who have provided email addresses. Please pass this information on to any resident who may find it useful and ask them to let us have their email address to we can keep them in the loop.

Web site – do visit this – ewelldownsra.org.

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


AEDR Committee

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AEDR seeks to protect and enhance the interests of residents. Our primary concerns centre on planning, traffic, security and other topics which directly affect our area.
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