Ewell Downs News Bulletin No.15 – Jan 2017

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Happy New Year everyone

There are a few important dates to be publicised.

Planning

Lidl – Firstly – some of you will have received the mailshot from Lidl advising their proposal to develop the vacant site at 40-52 Upper High Street Epsom into a mixed-use development. This would comprise a new Lidl food store with 30 apartments above the store and 88 parking spaces for customers.

There is a public exhibition on Wednesday 18 January from 4pm – 8pm in the Youth Hall, Methodist Church, Ashley Road, Epsom and we would recommend that residents either go to see this or look at the details of the development on the web site – www.epsom.lidl.co.uk. and comment accordingly. Please do let us know what your opinions are via our website, Facebook etc. This is an artist’s impression.

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Aldi – In the same vein, Aldi is appealing against the Council’s decision to reject its plans to build a new store on the former Dairy Crest site in Epsom. The plans, for a new store and six flats on the site between Alexandra Road and Church Road, Epsom, were unanimously turned down in April, following public outcry.

More than 200 residents lodged objections against the proposal and more than 50 residents holding placards reading “Say ‘No’ to Aldi”, “Not Here Aldi, Down There”, or just “No”, turned out to a roadside protest against the store in January last year.

The Planning Inspectorate will appoint an inspector to review the decision taken by the Council. The Inspector will consider the case on its merits. We understand there will be a public enquiry in June.

Links Road Backland Development – residents will remember that the planning application to erect 4 detached 4-bedroom houses with garages and associated access and landscaping behind some properties on Links Road was rejected.

An appeal has been lodged against the Planning Department decision. Our understanding at this time is that the Appeal by the Appellant is still in the process of validation by the Inspectorate at Bristol. This is expected to take 6 to 10 weeks.  Thereafter, the formal Appeal will take 16 to 20 weeks. As yet we have not received confirmation from the Planning Inspectorate on the start date but as soon as we do we will let you know and give you the agreed timeframes for neighbours and interested parties to respond as this all stems from the start date.

We would encourage everyone to support our opposition to this development when the time comes.

North Looe Ewell –We would like you to be aware of a planning application, relating to a site in North Looe, off Reigate Road, (the former Young Farmers Club Hut, Reigate Road which has fallen into disrepair) and as such falling within the Green Belt. The proposal is for the demolition of the hut and erection of a detached dwelling. The application is under ref the16/01143/FUL and the determination date for a decision is Friday 20 January. This has been called to committee and we urge everyone concerned about building on Green Belt in the area to record their opposition on the web site.

57 Longdown Lane North – we await information on the revised application regarding the demolition of No 57 and erection of two houses. In addition to neighbours’ concerns regarding the size and positioning of the new houses there are also fears over the loss of trees that the development would include. The original application reference is 16/01068/FUL.

116a Reigate Road – 16/00895/FLH this application for a single storey extension was refused but the property continues to be converted and the builders have confirmed that the property is to be used for autistic children and two carers. We are asking our councillors to check that developers are keeping to the C3 status specified.

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 could be some progress here and we will keep you informed.

Barclays Bank Ewell site – the opening of the Costa Coffee shop is anticipated in February.

Traffic and roads

Traffic control and speeding Traffic control and speeding – Late last year AEDR was invited to participate in a quarterly SCC Liaison Committee whereby residents could put forward suggestions on any subject at a formal meeting.

Your committee decided to suggest some road safety measures on Longdown Lane North which in our opinion would help to reduce speeding and attempt to avoid some of the accidents which have happened at the entrance to Higher Green. We also asked SCC to consider some No HGV signage in the local area, which is fairly common in Surrey where road dimensions are very restricted. We submitted a very detailed list of low cost suggestions with drawings along with other supporting information. Regrettably SCC’s response was not what we had hoped for, as most of our suggestions would need support and enforcement from Surrey Police. Surrey Police submitted a report showing that the average speed in Longdown Lane North was 33 mph at all times of day and the police regularly conducted speed surveys. Also data regarding accidents in Higher Green are taken from www.crashmap.co.uk and this only shows 2 minor accidents since 2012. We had hoped that our suggestions would have received more consideration and support from both SCC highways and Surrey Police but will be following this up.

Your comments are welcome!

Reigate Road – Nescot Roundabout – we are in touch with Nescot whose developers are responsible for the fence and await their reply.

Street Lighting – the street lighting switch off which was due to start in E&E in January has now been delayed by approximately one month due to the final Police safety report being delayed. A letter has been sent to SCC expressing our councillors’ concerns over delays and the message it sends to residents.

East Street road alterations – we have been advised that this work is scheduled to be done in this financial year. We shall keep our fingers crossed!

Plan E improvement works the work on the relocation of the bus stand has started and is expected to take 13 weeks to complete! More news will follow on the next stage when available.

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. This was originally published in 2007 and is now under review. Details will be published when known.

Nescot and Le Raj – the course of one year is designed for candidates who wish to start a career within the catering industry. They will develop basic skills in professional cookery in our brand new training kitchens and also have the opportunity to gain experience in a realistic working environment in our new restaurant sponsored by Le Raj. This restaurant is due to be open to the public and our councillor is looking into the certificate of lawfulness required for this.

Sycamore Gardens development – we have been advised that these new residents will be in Nonsuch Ward, and as such should technically vote at St Paul’s Howell Hill, but this is such a long way to go that officers are going to propose that they be allowed to vote at Wallace Fields Junior School. I suspect we would support that and this might strengthen our hand in suggesting that these houses fall under AEDR wing where their interests are better served. Discussions will continue. A map of the development with the road names in operation is shown at the end of this bulletin.

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 early 2017

Our AGM 7 March 2017 – this important event will take place at 7.30 pm at Wallace Fields Junior School. Please do come along and support us and have a glass of whatever we have to offer! Our AGM Notice will be delivered in February.

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.

Comedy @ The College Friday, February 17, 2017 from 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm sponsored by Age Concern this is a night of fantastic professional stand-up comedy in the amazing surroundings of Epsom College including Phil Dinsdale and Chris McCausland (two other acts TBC). Our fully licenced famous Gin Bar will also be there (beer and wine available as well).

Only 26 tickets remain. Visit bev.worsley@ageconcernepsom.org.uk for bookings.

Weekly refuse and recycling The big switch for the collection of waste will be split into two start dates 8th May and 12th June 2017. Residents will be informed of their start date which will also be accompanied with more roadshows prior to May.

N.B. – if you use the Kiln Lane Recycling Centre in order to obtain a 2017 car sticker it will be necessary for you to provide evidence of residency and identity on your first visit in 2017.

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 for 2016 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 for 2017 subscription due on 1 April 2017 will published in the AGM Notice.

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.

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