Ewell Downs News Bulletin No. 9

Association of Ewell Downs Residents

Association of Ewell Downs Residents

This Bulletin is a little later than I had originally intended and apologies for this. Items of note for your information are as follows:

AGM – we had, for us, a record attendance of 30 residents and thank you to all of you who came along on the night and heard about the new recycling arrangements and asked questions of our Councillors on local issues. The recycling issues were detailed in the March Bulletin and are summarised below:

Changes to recycling at Blenheim Road

All of the Community Recycling Centres (‘tips’) in Surrey, including that on Blenheim Road, Epsom are operated by Surrey County Council. Following a public consultation, from 1 April the County Council will make certain changes to how its tips operate, designed to save money. The changes will include such things as:

Slightly reduced opening hours: weekdays 8 am to 4 pm and weekends 9 am to 4 pm

Charges for some types of DIY waste such as plasterboard and rubble (but there will be a free allowance of 25kg per day for such wastes). DIY waste brought in cars with their back seats down will be subject to a charge

A resident ID scheme, so that only Surrey residents can use the tips

A permit scheme for people who bring waste to the tip in a van, pick-up or trailer. Charges will apply to this waste on the assumption that it is trade waste

There will not be an across-the-board charge for cars entering the site, but cars bringing in large amounts of DIY waste may be charged as above.

The County Council will be advertising the changes in a number of ways, including on its website, via social media and through leaflets and banners at the tips themselves. Further queries may be directed to Surrey County Council on 0345 600 9009 or via its website http://www.surreycc.gov.uk.

Nescot development site– As announced at the AGM we have been as instrumental as possible in the selection of names for the new development by the inclusion of the names of birds which are found on Priest Hill and the surrounding areas. These are:

Road 1: Roman Way; Road 2: Skylark Close; Road 3: Swallow Place; Road 4: Buchanan Place (First Principal of the college); Road 5: Nuthatch Place; Road 6: Collingridge Way (Samuel Collingridge was a solicitor and attorney, who lived with his family in Ewell at the junction of Epsom Road and Reigate Road); Road 7: Clarence Place (Clarence Heinrich Wiener bought Ewell Castle in 1907 and was responsible for laying out the very fine Japanese garden. The castle today is Ewell Castle School); Road 8: Constable Close (Henry Constable was the jockey who rode Sefton to victory in the 1878 Epsom Derby); Road 9: Halliday Close (The Halliday family lived in Epsom and Ewell for many generations. Sir Frederick James Halliday, 1806-1901, became the first Lieutenant Governor of Bengal); Road 10: St Francis Place (Patron Saint of animals and birds); Road 11: Swift Close (John Swift was a motor dealer on the nearby Esso site before it was Ewell Downs Motor Services and known as Swift’s Garage. He and his wife lived at 30 Reigate Road on the corner of St. James Ave. Subsequently his widow, lived in St. James Avenue. The birds are often seen on Priest Hill in the summer months).

The housing developers confirm that they are still on track for the show house and sales unit opening at the end June which will include the open space/green to the front of the development.

Our contact for the Goodman Group (the care home developers) confirms that discussions are continuing regarding the finer details of planning and there is at the moment no firm date for the commencement of work.

The general feeling seems to be that traffic is moving as well as expected following complaints. Please let us know if this is not the case. The development web site is http://www.circlehillnescot.co.uk if you wish to make any comments direct.

Reigate Road – Nescot Roundabout – nothing further to report.

Traffic on East Street – pressure continues to be applied by Chuters Grove residents in pursuing traffic violations on their road. We understand there was a meeting held on the 20th April and await some feedback on any matters relating to parking and parking/ road alterations within Chuters Grove and the surrounding areas. This of course includes the proposed lay by scheme and outlines on implementation dates for work to commence.

Traffic issues generally – In an attempt to be helpful and progress the matters raised, Councillors Arthur & Humphreys attended a meeting on 7th July last at which about twenty or more residents were present. A number of actions were taken some of which have been implemented. One major issue was parking in the road by non-residents, mainly commuters and Sainsbury’s and Kiln Lane commercial employment businesses were cited. With increasing parking restrictions being introduced, especially towards Epsom town, the present situation could very likely get worse. Some form of parking restriction was thought to be needed in residential roads and the councillors subsequently took the matter to the Surrey Local Committee. The outcome is that the Guardian dated 31st March showed an advert for the proposals, inviting any comments and representation to be made. To view these proposals go to http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/parking/epsomandewell and follow the link to epsom-and-ewell-parking-review.

If you wish to make comment or objection to the proposed order you must send the grounds for your objection, in writing, to J. Russell, Assistant Director of Highways, Surrey County Council, Rowan House, Merrow Lane, GUILDFORD, GU4 7BQ. Alternatively, via the online form which can be viewed at http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/parking/epsomandewell.

NB – Comments must be received by 6th May 2016.

Proposed site for Aldi Supermarket on Old Dairy Site – The Aldi application for a supermarket and flats over the vacant Dairy Crest Site was unanimously refused by the Planning Committee on 7th April.

Surrey Wildlife reserve at Priest Hill – a list of summer local events will be published in our next bulletin.

Ewell Village shops – Alanna Coombes, the Town Centres Manager advises The Star is due to be put on the market over the next week or two. She is working with the history people at Bourne Hall and Mark Rouson of EEBC to get the Epsom Guardian interested and maybe to do a feature. To this end she will be inviting a journo to the Star along with one of the commercial agents, and someone from the History Society – details to follow.

Land at North Looe – we hope to give some further details on this in the next bulletin. This concerns the development of 2 large old derelict greenhouses and a further breeze block and corrugated steel clad and roofed building.

Mid Surrey Farm – Plans have been submitted for the erection of a 33m (l) x 9.1m (w) x 6m (h) cover to allow for the temporary storage of woody material (unsuitable for composting). The application documents and plans are available to view at: http://planning.surreycc.gov.uk/planappdisp.aspx?AppNo=SCC%20Ref%202015/0223. (Use control click to view).

Ewell Village de-stressing and singing – a new venture starts this Tuesday 26th April at 7.15pm Glyn Hall, Ewell Village. Join others for a De-stress, singing session. No talent required. Just a group of people who like to sing popular songs without fear of being judged!! £2 per person all ages welcome!

Wallace Fields Junior School – the children in the Eco Group have again been selected to stage a scarecrow at the Hampton Court Flower Show in July. They are very excited about this – further details follow.

Ewell Grove School – expansion proposals were due to be lodged as a planning application on April 16 with the hope of approval in July. Subject to this work, would commence soon after so the new facilities could open in September 2017. Parking and transport is a strong issue and a request has been received by the borough to help by securing 10 additional staff parking spaces needed. Note this planning application may be one for Surrey to decide with EEBC only being a consultee.

Epsom and Ewell Town Twinning Association – the Choral Event for the 4 Twinned Towns of Chantilly here in Epsom from 30th June to 3rd July is getting closer. For details of fund raising and other events please visit their web site – http://www.epsomtwinning.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 so we can keep them in the loop.

Web site – do visit this – http://www.ewelldownsra.org. We would especially love some photos to add to this.

Facebook – 42 people have now visited our Facebook page and “liked” us. Do go and use this to put comments or pictures of the area on.

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. A bank mandate and details for online banking were published in the AGM Notice. Please let us have your views on this. – AEDR Committee.

Planned utility works in the area

Upper High Street, Epsom; works are in progress near the car park. This is to enable Thames Water to repair a leak. The traffic management will be by means of temporary traffic signals. We have requested extended hours working and manual operation of the lights at peak hours.

Alexandra Road, Epsom; works are planned for the 21st of March until the 23rd March. This is to enable Thames Water to re-pack a valve. The traffic management will be by means of temporary traffic signals. We have requested manual operation of the lights at peak times.

Bridge Road, Epsom; works are planned for the 15th of March until the 18th of March. This is to enable Thames Water to provide a new supply. The traffic management will be by means of temporary traffic signals. We have requested manual operation of the lights at peak times.

Church Street, Epsom; works are planned for the 15th of March until the 17th of March. This is to enable Thames Water to undertake a repair. The traffic management will be by means of a closure of Depot Road whilst maintaining two way traffic on Church Street on a reduced width.

Ewell By Pass, Ewell; works are proposed for the 29th of February until the 29th March. This is to enable Hobart Paving to construct a new manhole in the carriageway and provide a new sewer for the new development by means of thrust boring; this means there will be no opening of the carriageway above the pipe, reducing the duration & protecting the new road surface. The traffic management will be by means of lane closure and a reduced speed limit. The closure should be confined to the slip lane for the left turn towards NESCOT, and by applying the reduced speed limit smaller sideways clearances can be used which means the two through lanes will be retained.

Reigate Road, Ewell; works are planned for the 25th January until the 24th March. This is to enable Hobart Paving to construct a new manhole on the roundabout junction by the Esso petrol station. The traffic management does not involve any carriageway incursion; they have, in effect, “set up camp” on the central island of the roundabout. The construction has unfortunately required the removal of the existing tree on the roundabout and the contractors are aware of the requirement to replace it and any disturbed daffodil bulbs when the works are complete.

Surrey Wildlife reserve at Priest Hill – work parties are scheduled for Wednesday 23 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 and The Star – we hope for news at the AGM.

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 – matters are progressing and we hope to advise further on this at a later stage – maybe even at the AGM.

Epsom and Ewell Town Twinning Association – there is a Wine and Cheese on Thursday 17 March. Further details are on their web site – http://www.epsomtwinning.com.

Condolences – you may have seen the very sad news published in the Guardian of the death of a young girl on The Green last week. Flowers will be sent on behalf of all the residents to the family who live locally at the appropriate time.

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 – http://www.ewelldownsra.org. We would especially love some photos to add to this.

Facebook – 40 people have now visited our Facebook page and “liked” us. Do go and use this to put comments or pictures of the area on.

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. A bank mandate and details for online banking are being published in the AGM Notice. Please let us have your views on this.

AEDR Committee

George

 

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