Ewell Downs News Bulletin No. 11

June 2016

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What is happening in our area? I hope this bulletin will keep you in the picture. If there are events which you would like to publicise, please contact us.

Planning issues

Links Road Backland Development – an application has been lodged for the erection of 4 new dwellings, vehicular and pedestrian access, parking and secure cycle storage and landscaping on the land to rear of 23A to 33 Links Road under 16/00213/FUL. This is receiving considerable strong opposition from both residents of Links Road and Higher Green and AEDR. We would encourage all residents to visit the planning portal and voice their opinions to stop this backland development which has been the scourge of many roads in this area.

Derby Square – the planning application to erect a canopy structure, feature seating and landscaping in Derby Square together with High Street entrance feature, publicised in out last bulletin, is still pending consideration and can be viewed under 15/01851/FUL.

Comrades Club, The Parade, Epsom – planning permission for the demolition of existing Comrades Club facility and erection of new four-storey building comprising a 57-bed hotel is GRANTED subject to the certain conditions which can be viewed under 15/01839/FUL 16 June 2016.

Chase Road, Epsom – This application for the demolition of existing buildings on 1 Chase Road to allow for the redevelopment of a three-storey residential development comprising 14 units is also pending consideration. This can be viewed under 15/01530/FUL.

Nescot development – there is a neighbours’ only preview event at the Sycamore Gardens Sales and Marketing Suite on Friday 24th June. The event is intended as a thank you for the support that has been received from the local community and offers the opportunity to view the sales and marketing suite and show house before they open to the general public. Any neighbour who has not received an invitation and wishes to go along should contact 0800 032 6760 or residents@hill.co.uk.

For information we understand that the homes for affordable rent are being provided through Circle Housing and that there are also shared ownership homes available through Centra Living. The phone number for any shared ownership enquiries is 0845 304 1002.

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.

Reigate Road – Nescot RoundaboutThe advertising posters which have been put on the temporary fencing have been removed. We continue to press for a permanent option to the fencing which is the subject of considerable complaints.

Traffic on East Street – no further news as yet.

Pothole 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.

Roadworks – work will commence on the Plan E roadworks in South Street this after the Derby 3 – 4 June.

There will be resurfacing work on Alexandra Road from 14 June to 4 July with two-way signals

Surrey County Council Local Committeewe shall publicise the outcome of the meeting on 20 June n our next bulletin. We understand that Pavement Horizon work needed has been identified for Longdown Lane North.

The next meeting is on Monday 19 September 2016 at 7.00pm, Bourne Hall, Ewell


Surrey Wildlife reserve at Priest Hill
– a list of summer local events is attached to this bulletin. Contact: rachael.thornley@surreywt.org.uk for further information.

Ewell Village shops – Hot off the press!

Costa Coffee has submitted a planning application to turn the currently vacant former Barclays Bank premises into a coffee shop. This will require change of use from A2 to A1/A3. Ewell already has a number of coffee shops run by independent traders. Do we need another? However there is evidence that having a Costa Coffee does increase footfall to the benefit of trade generally. What do residents think?

The Star has been put on the market and there is some interest.

Land at North Looe – no further news at present.

Epsom & Ewell Arts Festival – 24 – 26 June – MGSO4 is a dynamic, grassroots, not-for-profit organisation set up to promote arts and music in Epsom & Ewell. The name of our festival – MGSO4 – has been inspired by MgSO4, (magnesium sulphate) the chemical formula for Epsom Salts, that made the town famous almost 400 years ago.

Epsom and Ewell’s very own arts festival, MGSO4, has been formally opened at Ewell Castle School, in the presence of the Mayor and Mayoress of Epsom & Ewell. More than 60 events and performances will take place between 24-26 June, at locations across the borough, including live music, theatre, dance, art exhibitions and literary events.

A host of high-profile names are appearing at the festival, including pianist Nicholas McCarthy, West-end lead Oliver Tompsett, no 1 hit artist Donna Lewis and the acclaimed novelist and playwright Michael Frayn, who grew up in Ewell. Local arts organisations including University for the Creative Arts, Laine Theatre Arts and Realistic Music Academy are all participating, as well as all schools in the borough.

Rachel Wooding of Britain’s Got Talent fame is also going to be performing at MGSO4’s live stage at the festival

To find out what’s on and book tickets, visit the festival website: http://www.mgso4festival.org

Choral Festival of the twin towns – 30 June – 3 July Choirs from all four towns will be performing at a variety of venues around Epsom and Ewell, both indoors and outdoors, and all are invited!  Each choir brings its own special twist, with a variety of different types of music from folk through to church music.

The choirs will be performing at Epsom Methodist Church on Thursday 30th June and St Martins Church on Friday 1st July. School choirs will be performing in the Market Place, Epsom on Thursday 30th June as will the visitors on Saturday 2nd July.

The highlight of the Festival will be on the night of Saturday 2nd July at Epsom College when visiting choirs will each perform a short programme and then join with Epsom and Ewell singers for a combined choirs’ finale.

Admission for the various events is strictly by ticket only, booked in advance but free of charge. To book tickets now or for more information about the Festival and event updates please visit: http://www.epsomtwinning.com.

Ewell Village Fair – one of Ewell’s most popular annual events, the traditional Village Fair, will be held on Saturday 9th July in Ewell Castle School’s Glyn House grounds, Church Street, Ewell from 10.30 to 16.00.

The many attractions will include Ewell St Mary’s Morris Men, live music, tombola, food stalls, side shows and the acclaimed Southern Golden Retriever Dog Display Team.

The Village Traders will be running various stalls in the High Street, which will be closed from 09.00-17.00, the theme being the Queen’s 90th birthday. Car parking will be free in the Cheam Road car parks but not in Bourne Hall. Entry to the fair is £2.50 for adults – and it is free to anyone under 16.

Hampton Court Flower Show – 5 – 10 July – do come along and support the children of Wallace Fields Junior School who are staging a scarecrow of Ziggy Stardust in the schools scarecrow competition. The pupils always put so much effort into the Eco club and would like to better their fourth place last year – the first time they had entered.

Round the Borough Hike and Bike – the annual Round the Borough Bike event which took place on Sunday 15th May was the best to date. On the day 187 participants actually took part which is an increase of 69% on last year. The youngest participant was 2 years old and the oldest was 79 years old which demonstrates that it is an event for anyone to take part in.

The event team received some very positive feedback from a number of participants who are all keen to do it again next year. They were very complimentary about how beautiful the Borough looked especially our open spaces.

The council’s Leisure Developments Team has already started to plan for Round the Borough Hike on Saturday 3rd September. The on-line registration form is available at http://www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/roundtheboroughhikeandbike for participants to sign up.

No need for special food caddy bags – until now, the Council has asked residents to line their food caddy with either paper or compostable bio-liners. But improvements to the technology used at food recycling plants mean that it can now accept food caddies lined with plastic bags or liners, including old carrier bags. This should make recycling a little easier, and less costly!

Allotments in Epsom – There are currently some vacancies at Council-managed allotments. Customer Services at Epsom Council would like 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 – Chris Watts of 93 Albert Rd, Epsom is delighted at the response to the request for tin foil. She has emailed to say “Bags of aluminium are arriving anonymously on my doorstep; very welcome. The trade price of aluminium fluctuates: Currently a bootload raises only about £5. Better than nothing!

Please continue this good work and raise funds for Action Duchenne. Don’t forget Chris also makes bespoke greetings cards for the charity. 

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 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.

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