Ewell Downs News Bulletin No 4 – October 2015


This Bulletin is going to accompany the Newsletter so that we can attract more residents to join those of you who have been receiving earlier bulletins.

Nescot – Despite objections, the revised plan proposed by Circle Hill was approved. One of our concerns was that the dimensions and layout of the access road from Reigate Road on to the animal husbandry site should be appropriate to allow (a) ready access for vehicles to and from the animal husbandry site and (b) adequate parking provision within the site for all users and (c) safe passage for pedestrians along Reigate Road. Under the original approved plan, this was wider and it was our opinion that this narrowing of the access road would cause problems, this approach was supported by the Goodman Group. One possibility which occurred to us was that the access road should be wider and there could be a waiting island in the access road to allow safe passage for pedestrians without adversely affecting the passage of vehicles to and from the animal husbandry site. We were unfortunately unsuccessful in achieving this as Surrey County Council supported the revision to the original plan.

As you will be aware work is now being done to the access road to the site following the archaeological surveys. It was a condition of the development that the work to this road had to be completed before anything else could be started.

The update from Circle Hill reports: “Works to the access road are under way; the junction onto Reigate Road will be started during half term week (w/c 26-10-15) as agreed with the SCC Highways Department. Back-filling the excavations created by the archaeological dig are also taking place within the site.

As you are aware the archaeological investigations have been completed, they are now in the process of evaluating their finds and compiling their written report which can take up to six months to produce due to the testing needed on the remains and findings from around the site – we expect the written report to be available January/February 2016.

I am pushing for PCA (our archaeology consultant) to visit local schools to inform the children about the investigations at NESCOT, I am aiming to attend site on Monday and will discuss this again with our delivery team. I will also speak to PCA regarding exhibiting the finds; I would expect this would be via the local archaeological society who visited the site on a regular basis during the excavations.”

There are several photos on display at the entrance to the site reporting the archaeological finds. We will contact the local archaeological society for information on an exhibition.

The development web site is www.circlehillnescot.co.uk and we would encourage residents to visit this.

Reigate Road – Nescot Roundabout – work on the site of the new roundabout was completed on schedule but, as detailed in the Newsletter, there are concern regarding this. These are:

  • Big double / flat-bed lorries having trouble getting round the roundabout and mounting the pavement in some cases, particularly when approaching it from the Homebase direction.

  • People driving cars straight on into the safe area for residents due to the lack of lighting or reflective signage

  • Traffic snarling up at the roundabout blocking the roundabout thus making access out of Nescot difficult.

These have been reported to Surrey County Council and we have heard back from them that there are to be several actions required under the Stage 3 Safety Audit. We are pressing for this action soonest.

Traffic on East Street – The traffic island on East Street prior to the right turn to Kiln Lane has at last been removed and does seem to help with traffic flow – as anticipated. There are still a few problems caused by parked vehicles but we have been informed that work to the new lay-by is scheduled to be done in the near future and we look forward to this – we shall keep pressure up. As an aside, the Lib Dem County Councillor Stella Lallement has resigned and this will lead to a by-election in Epsom West Division, which contains part or all of four Wards – Court, Ewell, Stamford and Town. Preparations are in hand for this and the expected date is 19 November.

Snakey Alley – the work needed to the pathway from the Kingsway has been completed. However, there is a caveat. It seems that the boarding has been replaced over rotten joists and already one plank is already up – our Councillors are taking this further.

Unsafe parking – Nothing further to report re the vans parked by Wallace Fields School – we wait to hear if any action can be taken to prevent an accident in the future.

We are also monitoring the parking opposite the entrance to Ewell Downs Road regarding the cars parked on this stretch of road as there are sometime three cars parked there which create a traffic hazard.

Proposed site for Aldi Supermarket – to re-iterate the previous comments – 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. Anyone who did not receive the leaflet can look up the details on the Epsom Civic Society website www.epsomcivicsociety.org.uk

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

Backland between Links Road and Higher Green – There is no word of any new application as yet although, by an error the original application was re-circulated and subsequently withdrawn. .

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

Priest Hill is your local wildlife site, owned and managed by Surrey Wildlife Trust. Rachael Thornley reports that 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.

If you would like to help with the site management please contact the ranger; rachael.thornley@surreywt.org.uk; no experience necessary just enthusiasm!

Upcoming dates:

Wed 21st October, Mon 2nd November, Mon 7th December, Mon 1st February, Mon 7th March, Wed 23rd March.

Ewell Village shops – Work in continuing very slowly on Wild’s Lounge!

Regarding “The Star”, the Council has issued a formal notice under the Town & County Planning Act 1990 requiring repairs and repainting to all joinery, including windows and doors, in a workmanlike manner to the north east and north west elevations, facing the roads, and also to all broken window panes on these two sides, making good any damage to the frames.

The owner, Mr Wallis, had the opportunity to appeal by 18th September, but did not do so. In the absence of an appeal the requirement of the Act comes into effect and he now has to carry the repairs within 21 days. Failure to complete the works by October 9th would result in prosecution or remedial action by the Council to give effect to the requirements of the notice. He has not complied and the Council will now act to ensure the work is done.

Chalk Pit Fire – Eleven lorries were “destroyed” in a fire which caused around £1.5m of damage in the early hours of Saturday (October 3).Fire crews were called to the blaze, which is believed to have been deliberately started, at Penwarden Haulage in College Road, Epsom, at around 4.45am.

A spokesman from the fire service said “some groups of people were seen on CCTV” around the time of the incident, while forensics investigators were later called to the scene. He added there were sounds of “crashing, banging and explosions” when fire-fighters arrived. Crews from Epsom, Banstead, Leatherhead, Walton and Sutton stations attended the scene and worked for around three hours to tackle the blaze. Fire-fighters have since returned to the scene twice, firstly at 9.40am on Saturday, when the lorries were “still smouldering and smoking”, and later to damp down. A spokesman from Penwarden Haulage said: “We can confirm a fire took place, it was an arson attack at the yard.

The police have said the fire was being treated as suspicious and was under investigation.

We shall be writing to Penwarden to ensure that adequate security measures are in place to protect residents from any incidents in the future.

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. There have also been some reports of strange items being placed in green bins – are you aware of this happening to you – if so, please let us know.

Christmas Celebrations –

Ewell Yule

The fantastic Ewell Village shopping evening, Ewell Yule, is back on Friday December 4th and promises to be bigger and better than ever before. It is sure to be a fun evening for all the family, so please put a note in your diary to come along and join in.

Christmas Lights Switch-on
A fantastic family evening to celebrate the start of the festive season with free entertainment, fairground rides, live music and fireworks will be held at Epsom Market Place on Thursday 19 November. The fun starts at 4 pm and goes on until 8.30.

Winter Fair
Sunday 29th November. More details to follow.

Ashley Centre Switch-on
Saturday 21st November 12 – 6pm in the Ashley Centre – Free family entertainment and panto characters.

Mayor’s Charities Family Fun Race Day
Market Place 10.30am – 4.30pm Sunday 23 November – Family races and competitions at the Market Place including Pantomime Horse races.

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. We would especially love some photos to add to this.

Facebook – go and visit this and “like” us and join the 10 people who have already done this. We are putting some articles on Facebook.

Twitter – this is quite active with 50 followers of Ewelldownsra.

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

AEDR Committee

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