Merry Christmas to one and all – we wish you good health and happiness
First – here is the good news! The little pug dog that was lost from Alexandra Park on Wednesday 14 December has been found and is now reunited with his elderly owner. Since this was publicised on both social media and dogwatch pages a great many people have helped with the search for him and we are delighted with the result of everyone’s efforts! Thank you.
The not so good news is that burglars have been operating in the area, the latest was at mid-morning on Friday 16 December! There have been three burglaries in Higher Green, two in the last two weeks, and we would advise everyone to make sure their houses are well secured when going out and to turn on their burglar alarms if they have them, even if you are out for a short while. This is the report on the recent burglary which shows that we are being watched!
“The intruders again appear to have climbed the side gate & then managed to force open a double-glazed window. Cash and gold jewellery of great sentimental value was stolen.”
If anyone noticed anybody hanging around or has any cctv please let us or the police know. It does seem that it is worth hiding cash & jewellery somewhere unlikely to be found.
Mill Road Development – we have no further news as to whether the developers are appealing against the decision to refuse permission for the change of use to HMO’s. It is understood that the number of students applying for places at UCA is down at the moment.
Upper High Street and the Old Dairy Crest Site – the refusal of the application for the redevelopment of the site to provide a mixed use development comprising a retail foodstore (Aldi), with 6 residential units above, with associated car parking has gone to appeal!
Chase Road, Epsom – This application for the demolition of the existing commercial vehicle hire business buildings and the replacement with 14 flats was refused.
Nescot development – discussions on the possibility of including future residents with those of Ewell Downs rather than within the new Nonsuch RA boundary will continue in the New Year.
There is still no news on the commencement of work on the Goodman Group care home.
Reigate Road – Nescot Roundabout – signage and lighting has been installed on the roundabout but the fence remains. We shall follow this up.
Organ Inn site on the London Road – there is a fresh application to permit the erection of a Class A1 convenience supermarket (Lidl) and associated parking, access, servicing and landscaping on this site. This is a modification of the previous plans. The reference is 16/00933/FUL and is pending consideration – there are already multiple objections.
The Star Ewell Village – there is no positive news on a buyer as yet.
Barclays Bank Ewell site – the opening of the Costa Coffee shop is anticipated in the very near future.
37 and 37a Cheam Road – the application for the demolition of existing two dwellings on site and the erection of a new four-storey building to provide 17 flats and associated parking to the rear was refused.
Wallace Fields Infant school floodlighting – following concerns from residents, we contacted the school as the recently installed floodlighting was blinding traffic coming from Wallace Fields to Higher Green requesting that the angle of the lights was lowered to reflect on the playground and not the road and that the lights were on a timer as they had been on all night in some instances. This has been done, although the angle of the lighting could be better. We will follow this up if it is still concerning.
Traffic and roads
Street Lighting – from 1 December 2016, Surrey County Council has implemented a part-night lighting policy which will see street lights in many residential areas in Surrey switched off between midnight and 5am each night. There are some exceptions to this, such as locations where public transport continues beyond midnight – here, lights can either be switched off later in the morning or be left on. RA Councillors can take up issues raised by residents and County Councillors John Beckett and Eber Kington have already asked that SCC changes the time of part-night street lighting in the roads around Ewell East, Stoneleigh and Worcester Park stations where trains arrive later than midnight.
In addition there is the right for residents to challenge a decision to include a road in the scheme, information on which can be found by clicking on the link below.
However it is important to note that SCC seems determined to maintain this policy. It has already been introduced it in Guildford, Surrey Heath and Waverley, and the plan is to introduce it across the whole County in early 2017. In introducing it they have undertaken safety audits of the roads with Surrey Police who have agreed the schedule of roads for part-night lighting.
East Street road alterations – we are pressing for this but have been warned of budget constraints!
Plan E improvement works – we believe this improvement works to the roads and public spaces in Epsom town centre is still 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.
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.
Epsom Core Strategy – The Core Strategy sets the overall planning framework for the Borough and contains a number of key strategic policies. We shall publicise this further in January.
LOCAL MATTERS AND EVENTS
Bourne Hall Lake – anyone visiting the lake to feed the ducks and other birdlife are being asked not to bring bread as this encourages the rats. Please feed the birds with lettuces, corn and even sprouts which are much better for their health and digestion.
Events in 2017 – we are receiving advance notice of several events in 2017 and these will be publicised in the January issue. In the meantime however there is one important concert in January:
Epsom College Choral Society – this annual concert will take place on Sunday 22 January with a full orchestra and soloists at 7.30 pm. All welcome.
Weekly refuse and recycling – there are 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.
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.
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 – 46 people have now visited our Facebook page and “liked” us. Do go and use this to put comments or pictures of the area on. Some Christmas photos would be good.
Twitter – this is quite active with 99 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.