Welcome to the October Bulletin. This Bulletin highlights some of the issues which will appear in the Newsletter that is going to print in the next day or two and will be delivered to all residents later this month, subject to unforeseen circumstances.
Mill Road Development – you may have seen the boarding that has gone up along Mill Road in advance of the development of 77 units of student accommodation for which permission has been granted. However following this approval, the developer sought a Variation of Condition 11 (The development shall be used for residential student accommodation only and for no other purpose) of planning permission 14/01784/FUL to allow the occupation of the units by students and/or other persons, as Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs).
The significance of allowing the development to be HMO’s cannot be underestimated. In the approved scheme there is no provision for parking on site as students would not be permitted to have vehicles. Such a condition could not be included, or indeed enforced, in the case of multiple occupation and as you know, Mill Road is already “full” with parked cars. The planning reference for this was 16/00752/REM and there were a great number of objections. We have now heard that permission to vary the conditions has been refused by delegation. This is good news but we shall be vigilant in case there are other developments.
Upper High Street and the Old Dairy Site – although there is nothing positive to report a supermarket may be interested in the Upper High Street site and a housing developer in the Old Dairy site. We will keep you posted.
Chase Road, Epsom – This application is due to be considered at Planning on 6 October with a recommendation to permit the application for the demolition of the existing commercial vehicle hire business buildings and the replacement with 14 flats. This can be viewed under 15/01530/FUL.
Nescot development – the first residents moved in in September and the properties continue to market well. We are exploring the possibility of including future residents with those of Ewell Downs rather than within the new Nonsuch RA boundary. We understand that the Reigate Road was the boundary mark but feel that those residents would benefit more by inclusion in our boundary. We will be having discussions with the Chair of Nonsuch RA and will keep you informed.
Our contact for the Goodman Group (the care home developers) advises still no further news on the commencement of work.
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.
Reigate Road – Nescot Roundabout – We continue to press for a permanent option to the fencing which is the subject of considerable complaints.
East Street road alterations – no further news as yet but we will be chasing this up.
Plan E improvement works – the much awaited ‘Plan E’ improvement works to the roads and public spaces in Epsom town centre are now planned to start in January 2017. Some delays have occurred whilst Surrey County Council and Epsom & Ewell Borough Council have sought ways of balancing the needs of all town centre users, and not cause disruption during the build-up to the festive season.
The overall aim of the works is to reduce congestion, make the town centre more pedestrian-friendly and encourage people to move around the town centre much more and so make greater use of all the shops, services, cafes, restaurants and our other great businesses.
Further details will be published in the Newsletter.
Parking Reviews – Parking review 9 has been completed and lines should start to be installed around the end of October.
Parking review 10 will close on 31 October for new requests. Our Surrey County Councillor, John Beckett can still accept new requests up to a couple of weeks after that, accompanied by the usual 70% level of support in the road or affected area.
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.
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.
Freedom of the Borough for Michael Arthur – one of our Councillors
The Council has agreed to confer on Councillor Michael Arthur the Freedom of the Borough in recognition of his 50 years as a Councillor for Ewell ward. Michael became a Residents’ Association Councillor in November 1966 and has served the community tirelessly ever since, with a particular focus on planning matters. He has only missed one full Council meeting in that time.
Michael has also made a significant contribution to the Borough through the work of the family building firm, Bradley & Arthur, which constructed many family homes in Epsom and Ewell, and his support for Epsom Methodist Church, and its scout groups.
Michael will be made an Honorary Freeman at a special ceremony on Friday 28th October that will take place at Bourne Hall, starting at 6.30pm. Residents are welcome to attend – please contact us by email for further details.
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 Committee – two members of the committee attended the meeting on 19 September and raised questions regarding the parking at Wallace Fields Infant School and traffic issues on Longdown Lane North and Higher Green. For further details go to the Surrey Local Committee Epsom page – Annex A. If any resident would like to consider posing a question at the next meeting this is to be held on Monday 5 December 2016 at 2.00pm at Epsom Town Hall.
LOCAL MATTERS AND EVENTS
CHRISTMAS EVENTS 2016 – we know it is early but you may like to note the dates!
Epsom Christmas Lights Switch-on – this will take place on Thursday 24 November in the Market Place at 4 until 8:30 pm. This ever popular event will feature a plethora of seasonal family entertainment, with Father Christmas taking centre stage. Kick off your Christmas at the Market Place in Epsom with fun, frolics and one or two surprises!
Ewell Yule – the special late night Christmas traders evening in Ewell Village, will take place on Friday December 2nd this year. Put a note in your diary and watch out for more details of the special events and attractions that will be available on the night. It is planned that the Living Advent calendar, which proved popular last year, will again be organised in partnership with St Mary’s Church in Ewell.
Ewell Village 5 Day Gift Market – Tues 13th to Sat 17th December at Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell
Christmas cheer for Epsom and Ewell – te Resident Association led Epsom and Ewell Borough Council has agreed to bring some early Christmas cheer to shoppers and traders. In December the following car parks in Epsom town centre: Ashley Centre, Town Hall, Hope Lodge, Upper High Street and Depot Road will be FREE on the three Sundays before Christmas as well as Christmas Day.
The dates are as follows:- Sunday 4th December 2016, Sunday 11th December 2016, Sunday 18th December 2016 and Christmas Day.
The Council is also supporting the Ewell Yule traders evening with free car parking in Ewell Village at Dorset House and Ewell High Street car parks on Friday 2nd December 2016 from 4pm.
Surrey Wildlife reserve at Priest Hill – Volunteer work days take place on Mondays 31 October and 28 November – meet at Priest Hill depot off the Reigate Rd, KT17 3BZ.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07799894148 for further information.
Surrey Brass – Age Concern of Epsom and Ewell have confirmed that Surrey Brass are available for another of their fabulous concerts. The concert will be held on Friday 28th October at Epsom College. Visit their site for further details.
Weekly refuse and recycling road shows – residents should keep a look out for a series of road shows this September and October that will explain changes to refuse collection and recycling in Epsom & Ewell. The Council will collect refuse and recycling bins every week from spring 2017, making the process simpler, easier and more cost effective. Information about the ‘Simply Weekly Recycling’ road shows taking place across the Borough can be found on the Council’s website (under the rubbish, waste & recycling section).
As part of the changes, the Council will also switch residents’ green and black bins. The larger green bin will become the recycling bin and the black bin will become the refuse bin. Glass will still be collected separately, on a weekly basis, while garden waste and leaves will be collected fortnightly by subscription. For more information please visit www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk
SCC starts charging for non-household waste – from 1st September charges have been introduced for some non-household waste items at a total of 9 community recycling centres (CRCs) in Surrey, including Blenheim Road in Epsom. These charges are part of a series of cost-saving measures by SCC.
Charges will be applied to tyres from cars, motorcycles and all other motorised vehicles, as well as waste arising from the construction, alteration or repair of homes and gardens. This includes items such as plasterboard, breeze blocks, bricks, rubble, soil, stones, ceramic bathroom fittings and tiles. There will be a free daily allowance of chargeable waste of one bag, or one item, or one sheet of plasterboard. Thereafter charges will be applied at rate of £5 per tyre or £4 per bag or item of chargeable waste; or sheet of plasterboard. If these materials are loose, a charge of £50 will apply per car load.
Payment can only be made by Visa or Mastercard debit and credit cards at the entrance to the recycling centre. Residents will still be able to dispose of all general household waste, including biodegradable and organic garden waste, free of charge.
While sympathetic to the financial pressures that SCC is facing, local RA councillors are concerned that the charges will lead to an increase in fly-tipping, and that the costs of collection may be higher than the money raised. They will monitor the situation closely.
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.
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