Ewell Downs News Bulletin August 2016

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We are half way through the summer holidays so it’s time for an update and details of up and coming events.

Planning issues

Links Road Backland Development – to the relief of all those who participated in the opposition to the planning application for the erection of 4 new dwellings etc. on the land to rear of 23A to 33 Links Road, this was rejected by the planning committee on 11 July. This does not of course mean that an appeal will not be lodged and should this happen, we will keep you informed.

Derby Square – the planning application for the canopy structure, feature seating and landscaping in Derby Square together with High Street entrance feature, was permitted, subject to conditions including the planting of a new substantial tree before the removal of the ornamental pear tree closest to the High Street.

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 remains pending consideration. This can be viewed under 15/01530/FUL.

Nescot development – the show house is open from 10 am until 5.30 daily (7 pm on Thursdays) and work continues apace. We have been advised that fencing/hedging will form a barrier along the Reigate Road side replacing the existing temporary fencing.

Our contact for the Goodman Group (the care home developers) no further news on the commencement of work yet – perhaps this is something we should be grateful for!

Reigate Road – Nescot RoundaboutWe continue to press for a permanent option to the fencing which is the subject of considerable complaints.

Traffic

East Street road alterations – no further news as yet but we will be chasing this up.

South Street Roadworks – we understand that work will now not commence until 2017. We believe that Surrey County Council were considering a start date of October/November this year but due to the havoc this would cause with Christmas and celebrations in the town, it has been rescheduled. For full information on the Plan E roadworks in South Street see the link below.

Epsom Banstead Sustainable Transport Package (STP) – This is a set of proposals that would make it easier and safer to walk and cycle between Epsom, Banstead, Nork, Burgh Heath and the Preston estate. These proposals would also make it easier to travel between these places by bus and would include improvements to Banstead rail station.

By encouraging more people to travel sustainably – by bus, by bike or on foot – there will be less congestion, less pollution and more people will lead healthier lives. The project is planned for delivery between spring 2017 and summer 2019.

The measures that form the overall package include:

  • Shared use routes for pedestrians and cyclists that are wide, well surfaced and well lit;

  • Safe road crossing facilities for pedestrians and cyclists;

  • Cycle routes that are continuous and separated from busy traffic;

  • Changes that will make bus services more reliable;

  • Real time’ information in bus shelters to show when the next bus is due;

  • Extending the frequency and the hours of some bus services so they run later into the evening and at weekends;

  • Better facilities at Banstead rail station.

For further details visit www.surreycc.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/roads-and-transport-policies-plans-and-consultations/major-transport-projects/epsom-and-ewell-major-transport-schemes.

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.

Council issues

Epsom Core Strategy The Core Strategy sets the overall planning framework for the Borough and contains a number of key strategic policies. Further information can be found on the Core Strategy webpage and we shall be publishing the key elements in our next Bulletin.

Surrey County Council Local Committeeat the meeting on 20 June the appointment of our local and Surrey County Councillor, John Beckett, as Vice-Chairman was confirmed. Although no matters raised at the meeting related specifically to our area, they do make us think that perhaps this would be a good platform to raise the issue of parking at Wallace Fields Infant School. If any resident would like to consider posing a question at the next meeting which is to be held on Monday 19 September 2016 at 7.00pm, Bourne Hall, Ewell. For full information on the June meeting with draft minutes search “surrey local committee Epsom”.

Local matters and events

Beware – Catnappers about! – Alert for cat owners – there have been reports of attempted cat-napping in the Worple Road/The Parade area in broad daylight very recently. Fortunately a neighbour intervened but if you spot any suspicious activity in your area, please report this to the police and RSPCA. We would not like to see any escalation of the serious atrocities against cats in Croydon here.

Surrey Wildlife reserve at Priest Hill – on Thursday 8 September there is a Butterfly Conservation Field Trip: looking for butterflies 11 am – 1 pm (donations £4.00) and a Volunteer work days on Monday 5 September, 3 and 31 October and 28 November – meet at Priest Hill depot off the Reigate Rd, KT17 3BZ.

Contact: rachael.thornley@surreywt.org.uk or on 07799894148 for further information.

Epsom & Ewell Family Fun DaySunday 18th September 2016, from 11:30 to 16:30 at Hook Road Arena. Entry by programme £2 in advance or £4 on the gate, children under 12 free, Car Parking £2 (last entry by car 4pm)

Arenas and Marquees with free attractions, shows and presentations. Many free activities, children’s workshops and entertainment for all the family, including a children’s entertainer Mr Mayhem and other attractions on stage throughout the afternoon. Punch and Judy will also be giving free shows. Bring your dog along to enter any of the pet dog show categories.

Surrey Brass – Age Concern of Epsom and Ewell have confirmed that Surrey Brass are available for another of their fabulous concerts. More information to follow but meanwhile ‘Save the Date’ as they were a ‘sell out’ last time. The concert will be held on Friday 28th October at Epsom College.

Epsom College Choral Society – anyone who enjoys singing in a choir is welcome. Rehearsals start on Tuesday 13 September at 8 – 9.15 pm in the Big School at Epsom College and continue during term times until the concert in January 2017.

Round the Borough Hike & Bike – This 20 mile hike is taking place on Saturday 3 September 2016. This official event starts and finishes in Horton Country Park LNR. It is free to enter and open to all ages and abilities.

The on-line registration form is available at http://www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/roundtheboroughhikeandbike for participants to sign up.

Refuse bins – The Big Switch (from Spring 2017)

For those who are not aware of the changes – Simply Weekly Recycling means you’ll need a bigger bin for recycling but you won’t need so much space for your refuse. So we will switch your green and black bins when the new collections start. So from Spring 2017, your larger green bin will become your recycling bin, your black bin will become your refuse bin. If you don’t think you’ll have the right bins for the Big Switch, call the Council to fix it now on 01372 732000.

For more information please visit www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Hedges and front gardens – we have had reports from concerned residents that due to the excessive growth of greenery, some hedges are encroaching pathways. We are very fortunate to live in such a lovely leafy area and it is up to all of us to maintain the look of our own hedges and front gardens

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 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 – Chris Watts of 93 Albert Rd, Epsom continues to accept tin foil. Please help to support 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 – 44 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.

Lavender

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