Ewell Downs News Bulletin
Following our committee meeting last week there are a few issues that we would like to draw to your attention:
Derby Square – there are proposals to erect a canopy structure, feature seating and landscaping in Derby Square together with High Street entrance feature. This is pending consideration and can be viewed under 15/01851/FUL. This is something that many of you have thought should have been done when the Square was originally constructed and would be a good idea. One issue that now arises is that this would entail the removal of one of the four trees which are now providing a greener look to the town centre to make way for signage. We also understand that this includes a proposal for a change of name to the Square from Derby Square to Epsom Square which is indeed controversial.
Comrades Club, The Parade, Epsom – on 17 March an application was received for the demolition of existing Comrades Club facility and erection of new four-storey building comprising a 57-bed hotel (Use Class C1) with ancillary restaurant/bar and new Comrades Club facilities. It is understood that this is for a Premier Inn hotel. The application is listed under 15/01839/FUL and is also pending consideration.
Chase Road, Epsom – An application has been lodged for the demolition of existing buildings on 1 Chase Road to allow for the redevelopment of a three-storey (ground plus two-storeys) residential development comprising 14 units with associated car parking and additional works. This can be viewed under 15/01530/FUL and is pending consideration.
East Street, Epsom – (previously the Ford showrooms) the redevelopment of existing ground floor showroom to create a new Class A1 retail (non-food) unit with glazed shop front, rear access and 22 on site car park spaces at the rear.) to expressly allow for the sale of food for consumption by animals and as an ancillary pet care, treatment and grooming facility has been approved with conditions. This will be a Pets at Home store.
The Pavilions, Weston Road (adjacent to Kiln Lane) – Work has started on the demolition of the office building and the construction of a new car servicing centre including ancillary office space and car showroom with ancillary infrastructure works and new landscaping for Mercedes Benz.
Nescot development – the housing developers confirm that they are still on track for the show house and sales unit opening at the end of June which will include the open space/green to the front of the development.
Our contact for the Goodman Group (the care home developers) continues to confirm 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 www.circlehillnescot.co.uk if you wish to make any comments direct.
Reigate Road – Nescot Roundabout – thank you to a resident who advised us of an accident this evening of 12 May on the roundabout. A lad came off his motor scooter after sliding on some gravel on the road. He was shocked but he didn’t think he had any major injuries – just cuts and bruises. Surrey County Council was contacted and have informed us that the developer has been asked on many occasions to have the road swept and kept clear of debris. Following an inspection by a member of the Development Control Team a warning was given to the developer to keep the road clean every day or suffer consequences. This accident was to be used to reinforce the instructions given previously to the developer. Please keep us informed of any future incidents.
The advertising posters which have been put on the temporary fencing are also being reported to SCC and should be removed soon. We are also pressing for a permanent option to the fencing which is the subject of considerable complaints.
Marie Curie Roundabout – it is clear that 80% of the daffodils on the Marie Curie roundabout at the junction of the A24 and the Reigate Road Ewell have been destroyed, due to the installation of a large drain for the new housing estate nearby. Whilst we can all appreciate the necessity for the work and the reason why the location to carry out the work was chosen, an observant resident has contacted our councillor to raise his concerns. It is anticipated that the daffodils which have been removed will be replaced in the autumn but the quality of the soil that has been put back is poor. Reassurance has been sought from SCC that this soil will be replaced by good fibre filled top soil, which is what the daffodils were originally planted in, and that the new daffodils will match the variety of the remaining 20% of Marie Curie daffodils on the roundabout. The roundabout has always been a pleasure to look at in the Spring and of course the significance of the roundabout is very important to so many and we hope that the roundabout will be restored to its previous condition. We shall watch this situation.
Traffic on East Street – the residents of Chuters Grove continue to monitor traffic violations. We have requested information on the timing for the proposed lay by scheme and hope to be able to publish this soon.
Pot hole reporting – Are you aware that pot holes can be reported to Surrey CC? Go to https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/do-it-online/report-it-online. When a pot hole has been reported there is a case for compensation for anyone whose vehicle is later damaged by that pot hole. This web site can also be used to report a problem with pavements, street lighting and many other things.
Plan E Road Works – South Street – work will commence on this after the Derby 3 – 4 June.
Surrey County Council Local Committee – What is the Local Committee?
Your Local Committee makes important decisions about the area that you live in. It is where local councillors meet to discuss and decide on many of the issues that matter to you and the people who live, work or study nearby.
What does the Local Committee do?
The Local Committee can make decisions about:
Our councillors work in partnership with SCC councillors and the Committee meetings are open to the public. The next meeting is on Monday, 20 June 2016 at 7.00 pm at Ewell Court House, Lakehurst Road, Ewell.
Surrey Wildlife reserve at Priest Hill – a list of summer local events will be published in our next bulletin.
Ewell Village shops – The Star has been put on the market and there is some interest. Wilds Lounge is now open for business.
Land at North Looe – no further news at present.
Choral Festival of the twin towns – hosts are still needed! The choirs will be arriving on Friday 1st July and leaving on Sunday 3rd July and we are looking for hosts who will provide bed and breakfast for the two nights (Friday and Saturday). The choirs are mature adults mostly between 30 and 70 years old and may well be couples or travelling with friends. Many will speak English well.
Epsom Twinning plans to offer a free reserved seat for one of the events that the choir is performing in as a thank you to the hosts and we hope that you will want to join in as many of the festival events as possible.
For details of the programme and other events please visit their web site – http://www.epsomtwinning.com.
Allotments in Epsom – There are currently some vacancies at Council-managed allotment. Customer Services at Epsom Council are certainly trying to get these plots allocated as quickly as possible. 32 vacancies at Epsom Common is the highest known, but they are trying to turn that around. If you are interested visit EEBC web site.
Tin foil – those of you who attended the AGM and the talk by Jon Sharpe will know that the Council have difficulty in finding re-cycling home for tin foil. One resident has advises:
I know of someone who collects it for a charity dear to her heart (see below). I’ve spoken to her and she is very happy to have her name/address/phone no given out in our bulletin. She can be contacted as below, and donations (foil!) can be left on her doorstep if she’s not around. It’s easy to stop outside her house. (It’s important to say aluminium foil as people give her shiny wrapping paper!)
She is Chris Watts, 93 Albert Rd, Epsom, KT17 4EN Tel: 01372 726738
The charity is Action Duchenne MD, which her grandson suffers from. I’ve just found some info about her on the Action Duchenne website. She’s done wonders with her fundraising. She also makes bespoke greetings cards, which my neighbour here was delighted with one Easter.
Subscriptions – thank you all of you who have paid their subs of £3.00 either by brown envelope, standing order or on line. 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.
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 – 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 80 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.