Ewell Downs News Bulletin No 3 – July 2015

We thought we would send out a bulletin before everything shuts down for summer holidays as there are quite a few things to report.

Nescot – Following a meeting with the Development Manager of Hill Residential and his colleague who has been dealing with SCC in June their website has been updated and provides information on the development. This includes the planning proposal, rental and shared ownership, the community, construction, next steps and feedback. The latter shows responses to objections on the planning portal and also a summary of the archaeological works which have now concluded on the residential site.

The development web site is www.circlehillnescot.co.uk and we would encourage residents to visit this. I would add that their website does not include all the current objections. Whilst it would appear that these proposed changes are seen as being improvements we have raised an objection on behalf of the three residents’ associations most affected. The reason for this is that the Goodman Group, who will be building and running the care home on the remainder of the animal husbandry site, have recently pointed out that the dimensions of the access road to the site from Reigate Road will not be as wide as currently approved and so there will not be as much parking on the site as originally envisaged.  Moreover there is the possibility that the new layout provides on average slightly larger houses and therefore more inhabitants and more cars per house. This objection (dated 5 June) and others, can be seen at http://www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/planning under reference 15/00098/FUL

We understand that this application has been called to Committee and may form part of the Agenda on Thursday 23 July 2015. However, until the agenda is published this Thursday this could be subject to change.

Reigate Road – Nescot Roundabout Traffic Disruption – work on the site of the new roundabout is due to commence on 22 July and will last for many weeks. Preliminary work has been going on for some time now and it is hoped that all work will be completed by the end of August. Residents are advised to avoid this area but are welcome to visit the site office to view the plans if they wish.

Traffic on East Street – According to the SCC website “After a site meeting with highway engineers, the Lib Dem County Councillor Stella Lallement and the Residents’ Association Borough Councillors Michael Arthur, Humphrey Reynolds and Clive Woodbridge, it was agreed that part of the pavement will be strengthened and half-on the footway, half-on the road parking spaces will be introduced in front of the shops.  Spaces for around four vehicles will be provided, instead of the two spaces currently available on the road. Bollards will be placed on the pavement to prevent unauthorised parking.

The traffic island opposite will also be removed during the school summer holidays to make more space for traffic queuing to turn right into the Kiln Lane industrial estate and make it easier for traffic going to Epsom to pass, easing congestion at this junction. A new pedestrian crossing will be built at the Kiln Lane junction instead.”

This is the link to view the full article: http://new.surreycc.gov.uk/get-involved/your-local-area/epsom-and-ewell-local-area/news-from-epsom-and-ewell/east-street,-epsom-planned-improvements-for-traffic-and-pedestrians

We do not yet have confirmation of a date for this work to be done and will advise residents when we do.

Cycle path on Ewell Bypass leading to Ewell village traffic lights This tarmac path is the start of link from Nescot development eventually to Epsom and is a shared surface with pedestrians. Work is being done just up to the traffic lights for the present. The road markings, rather oddly we are told, will stay.

Traffic chaos on A24 Ewell Bypass/London Road – No doubt most of you will have noticed, and been caught up in, the unexpected traffic jams which have appeared to emanate from the traffic signals at the A24 Ewell Bypass / London Road, Ewell (J639)  ‘Organ Inn’ junction.  Surrey Highways (SCC) is aware of the problem – and the inconvenience being suffered – and has issued the following statement:

We are receiving a high number of complaints regarding this signal junction.  Would you mind passing the following information on to your contacts on our behalf.  This will be very much appreciated.

The carriageway has been completely resurfaced over the last few days, which has unavoidably destroyed all of the vehicle detectors for the traffic signals.  This means that the “intelligence” of the traffic signals has failed and the signals are effectively running on Fixed Time.  For various reasons beyond our control we were unable to repair the detection immediately following the resurfacing.  However, we have programmed the detector repairs for next week, which was the earliest possible time.  Once these works have been completed the signals should return to normal operation.  In the meantime please accept our apologies for the delays and inconvenience.”

We hope that this has now been resolved.

Unsafe parking – We have not received a response from The Green Committee regarding the van mentioned in our last bulletin and now it seems that there are sometimes three vans parked close by Higher Green/Wallace Fields, all of which appear to be connected to the owner of the silver van. We shall be contacting the police to determine whether these could be construed as obstructions and will report back.

Having spoken to the owner of the house opposite the entrance to Ewell Downs Road regarding the cars parked on this stretch of road, it appears that these are not a problem as they are gone by 3 pm and not there at weekends. If the parking extended further round the corner this would create a greater hazard and we will monitor this.

Proposed site for Aldi Supermarket – many of you will have received a leaflet informing you of the proposed siting of an Aldi supermarket on the former Dairy Crest site on Alexandra Road. Whilst residents may feel that this is a good idea there are traffic concerns and we would urge everyone to complete the feedback form and in time let your committee know of your approval/concerns so we can take the matter up as appropriate.

Accommodation for 77 students on Mill Road – no further news as yet.

Backland between Links Road and Higher Green – No word of any new application yet but it has been noticed that a fence had gone up parallel to the fence on the boundary with 25. It looks as though they are sectioning  off the driveway, perhaps in anticipation of another application! We will keep you informed.

Priest Hill – work on the houses has been started by Cala homes and completion is expected in approximately 18 months’ time.

All is going well at the reserve. 7 pairs of skylarks have been breeding, which was about the same as last year and a pair of kestrels is also active.

We understand that there will be work parties at Priest Hill on 21 October for grassland management and on 2 December for tree planting. 

Anybody wishing to volunteer at this site or any other Surrey Wildlife Trust site should get in touch (rachael.thornley@surreywt.org.uk)

Ewell Village shops – A mixed few months for shops and traders – some new arrivals including County Clothing at the end of the Grove and Alpine Works in what was Alexanders. A new estate agents, Mark Anthony, is due to move into the shop on the corner of the High Street and West Street and some positive signs that Wild’s Lounge could be open for business in a few months’ time.

Unfortunately Barclays Bank will be closing on Friday 2 October. This will be a great disappointment to the village and represents the loss of the last remaining bank.

Regarding the “Star”, following a meeting with Council officers the owner has promised to repair broken windows and tidy up the frontage – we will have to wait and see and if nothing happens the councillors will press for enforcement action.

The council has recently appointed a new Town Centres Manager, Alanna Coombes, who joins in August. This is a full-time appointment for an initial period of two years, extendable. One of her roles will be to support the revitalisation of Ewell Village.

Burglaries – there have been several burglaries in the area, mainly carried out during the day. If you see anything or anyone suspicious please ring 101 – the police non-emergency number.

Borough Fun Day – this will take place on Sunday 20 September 2015 between 11 and 16.30. This is the link www.epsomfunday.net.

Tri-fest – A festival organised by Cuddington RA, Ewell Court RA and Stoneleigh & Auriol RA is being held on Sunday 13 September 2015 at Auriol Park from 12 noon to 4.00pm. This is a family fun day with stalls, games and entertainment. There will be an Abba Tribute Band and all residents are welcome.

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 – www.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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