Ewell Downs News Bulletin No. 6

Happy New Year to All!

This Bulletin gives a short update on local matters at the start of the New Year.

NESCOT – Work continues apace on the site and traffic disruption is causing some problems – although we are pleased the traffic lights are not operational at night.  We understand that the work on restoring the pavement has been started and we hope this will be completed soon so the footpath can be reinstated. For your information the work was extended until 11 January as Hobart Paving were waiting for BT to complete works before they could finish theirs & reinstate.

The development web site is www.circlehillnescot.co.uk if you wish to make any comments direct.

Reigate Road – NESCOT Roundabout – Some work required under the Stage 3 Safety Audit has been done but we are waiting to hear if everything has been completed.

Traffic on East Street –    We understand that there is a two pronged attack on this one

There will be advertising proposals to time limit the gap in the yellow lines – this should coincide with the building of a lay-by in the location.
This will then take the parking off of the road and limit parking for shop customers.

There is also a proposal to introduce bollards to stop drivers parking up on the footway.

This should clear the parking on the road, take away the inconsiderate parking from the footway and also increase forward visibility from Chuters Grove.

Winter gritting – With cold weather promised by the forecasters keep yourself updated on Surrey Highways plans for winter gritting and maintenance. General information on Surrey Highways winter plans and preparations is on the SCC website – www.surreycc.gov.uk/roadsand-transport/road-maintenanceand-cleaning/salting-and-gritting. If you are a twitter user you can follow Surrey Highways at @surreytravel for up-to-date information on gritting, as well as other travel alerts for Surrey.

Proposed site for Aldi Supermarket on Old Dairy Site – as some of you will have seen a planning application for two six-bedroomed homes on top of a new store with 71 car parking spaces was lodged on to the Council on Saturday 12 December. It is hard to believe the reports from Aldi that the majority of nearly 1,000 responses (7,000 leaflets were distributed) were positive as the comments we have had from residents is that this is a mad place to put a busy supermarket with the obvious traffic concerns and that the old Tesco site in Upper High Street would have been more appropriate. We encourage everyone to look at the plans and give their views.  The planning reference for this is 15/01346/FUL.

Accommodation for 77 students on Mill Road – 14/01784/FUL- we have been informed that there are issues with the developers regarding the badgers and they are in discussion with the Council.

Priest Hill Heights – the show home is now open daily from 10am to 5pm – details of the 5 & 6 bedroom detached homes with prices ranging from £1,425,000 – £1,725,000 can be viewed on the Cala Homes website.

Surrey Wildlife reserve at Priest Hill – work parties are scheduled for Mon 1st February, Mon 7th March, Wed 23rd March.  If you would like to help with the site management please contact the ranger; rachael.thornley@surreywt.org.uk; no experience necessary just enthusiasm!

Ewell Village shops  – Wild’s Lounge – progress is very slow

The Star Ewell Village – we await developments

Land at North Looe –  Surrey County Council are reviewing the development of  2 large old derelict greenhouses and a further breeze block and corrugated steel clad and roofed building.

Crossrail 2 Consultation

The public consultation publicised in the December Bulletin closed on 8 January.  Feedback from these consultations, together with further scheme design, has helped develop the proposals for this consultation, which presents new information and invites comments on our proposals relating to:

  • Station locations, entrances and exits
  • Shaft locations for the tunnelled section of the scheme
  • The construction sites required to build and operate the tunnelled section of the scheme
  • Proposed service patterns

Development is still at an early stage. There will be more opportunity to provide feedback on Crossrail 2 as the scheme develops.

A factsheet on the route between Epsom and Worcester Park can be found on https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/crossrail2/october2015/user_uploads/sw2.pdf.

Epsom College Choral Society concert Sunday 17 January – you are invited to a programme which includes Haydn’s Little Organ Mass and John Rutter’s “Feel the Spirit”.  The concert is being held at Epsom College in the Big School at 7.30 and admission is free with a retiring collection.

Epsom and Ewell Town Twinning Association – do you know that we are twinned with Chantilly – a very pleasant residential and market town in France surrounded by forest and attractive countryside with a population of 13,000 many of whom work training horses?  Among the reasons for visiting Chantilly are:-

The French Derby, modelled on Epsom’s since 1834; a fine Chateau housing many priceless works of art; the historic working Museum of the Horse

The Association has a very busy year ahead on the run up to the Choral Festival in the summer, with their usual events plus fund raising activities which include a Burns Night on 30 January, a Quiz Night, Wine and Cheese and French Conversation evenings, Derby Day party and many others culminating in the Choral Festival on 1 July.  Do go to their web site and explore! – http://www.epsomtwinning.com.

 

AGM 15 March 2016 – I am delighted to say that John Sharpe, Epsom’ Transport and Waste Services Manager will be giving a presentation at this meeting so come along with your questions.

Good news  – Around this time of year the Halifax releases their “Best Places to live” list.  In this particular ranking, Epsom & Ewell has risen to 19 out of 250 (from 48 in 2014).  The South East of England occupies 13 of the first 20 places.

This list incorporates health, education, environment and wellbeing.

The full press release can be found at

http://www.lloydsbankinggroup.com/globalassets/documents/media/press-releases/halifax/2015/quality-of-life-2015-final.pdf

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 so 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 – 31 people have now visited our Facebook page and “liked” us. Do go and use this to put comments or pictures of the area 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.

Subscriptions – if any of you have yet to pay the annual subscription, please do so as soon as possible.  We are considering a bank mandate or online banking for the future and perhaps you would let us have your views on this.

AEDR Committee

Happy New Year!

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