Following a meeting of SCoRA (Standing Committee of Residents Associations) at which the Group Leader of the Residents’ Association gave a presentation, there are quite a few items which merit your attention.
The planning application – Number: 17/00429/FUL – the new development on NESCOT Agricultural Land Reigate Road Ewell for the construction of 88 residential dwellings with associated access, open space, car parking, landscaping is to be brought before the Planning Committee at the meeting on Thursday 5 October. We have asked as many of you as possible to go online and raise your concerns. We know that we are not going to be able to stop this but we must try and get the number of units reduced – particularly the apartment buildings. To date there are only 30 objections and these bulletins go out to over 280 email addresses so come on guys – it only takes a short time to register your views on the website – we need your support!
Nescot Car Park
The work on the car park refurbishment was almost completed in time for the return of the students but has been finished now. Work on the landscaping, the cycle store and the old staff car park has started.
One thing that we have taken up with SCC is the planting of shrubs by the roundabout. These have now been swamped by weeds. It is the responsibility of Surry CC to maintain these but to date there does not appear to have been any maintenance! We shall keep you posted – or you may see the work being done!.
Reigate Road Traffic Islands
These islands are now in place but a compulsory “no right turn” out of the development will not come into force until the site has been completely re-developed.
Links Road Backland Development – Following the decision of the Planning Inspectorate to dismiss the appeal against this development, Adele Castle, the Planning Development Officer at EEBC has written to the owner and applicant to advise that no works to any TPO’d trees can take place without the local planning authority’s consent.
Lidl – The formal planning application for the mixed-use development on the vacant site at 40-52 Upper High Street Epsom published on the Council’s planning portal under reference 1700001/FUL is still under consideration, particularly in connection with the transport issues.
Aldi – still no further news on the appeal date for the proposed Aldi store on the former Dairy Crest site. We understand that there is a backlog of appeals and will report back when a definite date is announced.
57 Longdown Lane North – Despite the valiant efforts of those involved, the Planning Inspectorate has allowed the demolition of the existing house and erection of two detached houses with associated parking under the revised application. There are certain conditions relating to the trees among which are:
No development shall commence until there shall have been submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority a scheme of hard and soft landscaping. The scheme shall include indications of all existing trees and hedgerows on the land, identify those to be retained and set out measures for their protection throughout the course of development. The details shall also include a schedule of landscape maintenance for a period of not less than 5 years.
No retained tree shall be cut down, uprooted, destroyed, pruned, cut or damaged in any manner within 5 years from the date of the occupation of the dwellings, other than in accordance with the approved plans and details, without the prior written approval of the local planning authority.
116a Reigate Road – work has been finished and the new occupants have moved in! This has caused some issues for the close neighbours who have been in touch with the Quality Care Commission so they are aware. The neighbours have had a visit from the Area Manager of the Kisimul Group last week and we hope that this addressed their concerns and provided them with contact numbers.
126/128 Reigate Road – We understand that 126/128 Reigate Road was bought by the same company as 116a Reigate Road and work has started. The recent traffic delays were caused by Southern Gas Networks laying a new service between the 5th and 12th September.
The Star Ewell Village – The planning application submitted for change of use of part of the vacant public house, the upstairs office and residential listed building and single storey rear extension, and a conversion to include a ground floor restaurant and 3 new self-contained flats, together with the retention and refurbishment of 2 existing flats has been approved. Details can be found on the website ref 17/00515/FUL.
Local Plan Consultation – we have been advised that all local authorities have been instructed to indicate where in their boroughs there are potential sites on which houses can be built. It is critical that any brownfield sites are identified to comply with this directive or green belt sites will be under threat. The consultation starts on 25 September and closes on 6 November. This site does not open until 25 September but between the dates shown please go to www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/LocalPlan.
The Epsom Civic Society give excellent details of their concerns and the timetable at the following link:
Help with opposing planning applications
A resident who has faced opposing an overbearing planning application has offered to help people within the Association with similar problems, if they wanted to make 3D models. Further details were provided in the March bulletin, which can be seen on the web site. Please get in touch if you are interested in having some help.
We are still concerned about the lights being switched off from 12 midnight until 5.00am. Many residents consider midnight too early and would prefer the switch off to be at 1 am. The Group Chairman of the Residents’ Councillors advises:
“At the last Group Meeting we agreed that we will not pay for the streetlights in E&E to be kept on from midnight to 5.00am at this time but that, where appropriate, we would raise our profile in opposing the decision. One way in which we can all do this is by encouraging residents to lodge a request for their streetlights to remain on via www.surreycc.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/
The paperwork enables a resident to say why they want the lights on full time (e.g. increased incidents of night time crime, sight problems) and it also asks for signatures of support from neighbours.
Councillors cannot do this alone, we need residents to be active too.
From Cllr Kington It is interesting to note that currently on the SCC website they state that they are experiencing a high volume of review applications, and those applications are currently taking up to nine weeks to be processed – that should tell them something about local concerns. I am going to ask for details of the Epsom and Ewell appeal statistics to see how many people have made requests, but also how many have appeals have been agreed. It is important that we know the strength of public feeling and how SCC is reacting to it. Obviously if you lodge an appeal that will add to the published data.”
Do go and raise your concerns and give your opinions on what should happen in Epsom and Ewell. Apparently SCC say it is not possible to program the lights to come on at 1 am instead of midnight but this seems crazy so if this is what you would like to see, make your feelings known!
Boundary Commission – there was a requirement for Councils to consider the ratios of Councillors to residents in Epsom & Ewell, resulting in 3 wards being over-subscribed and 1 under. Following the submission of this report, the Commission will make its judgement, which could include re-defining ward boundaries and specifying Councillor representation, possibly by 2019 when Borough elections are due.
Epsom General Hospital – there was a presentation last week to all Councillors on potential future plans. You should all have received the email advising of the public meeting organised by EEBC at Bourne Hall on 19th September at 7pm.
Daniel Elkeles, Chief Executive of Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust said:
“We want local people to join the conversation and have their say about creating a brand new, £300-£400 million acute facility. We are at a very early stage in the Epsom and St Helier 2020-2030 ambitions, but hearing the views and opinions of the local people we serve will give us the best chance of securing a sustainable future for all of our hospitals, as well as creating a new state-of-the-art facility to care for generations of people to come.
I believe that this is a very exciting opportunity for local people, our staff and our patients, and I would urge everyone to come and find out more.”
Residents can also find out more and have their say at www.healthwatchsurrey.co.uk/epsom.
East Street road alterations – one of our Councillors has been chasing this up and has to confess to thinking we are being given the run-around a bit. So he has asked that Councillors meet up as soon as possible with SCC officers to get some clarity.
Plan E improvement works – the second phase (the creation of the 2-way thoroughfare in South Street) is due to start on 2 October for 16 weeks.
Works phases F & G include the following:
South Street – renewing the footways and kerbing as well as improving the road layout and providing new loading bays; [Phase F]
Playhouse junction (between South Street. and Ashley Avenue) – improving the junction layout and traffic signals to prepare for the conversion of South Street into a 2-way street; [Phase G]
This project will change the road layout in Epsom to help reduce congestion and improve the town centre’s appearance. In order to undertake these works a Site Compound will be located in the western end of the Market Place. We will make sure you can get to and from your house or business when it is safe to do so.
The council’s contractor Kier and Murrill Construction Ltd will be carrying out these works on the Council’s behalf. The link for further details is: twitter.com/epsomlc/status
Epsom and Ewell parking review parking consultation – following the recent public consultation on changes to the service, the consultation received 13,637 responses including comments made by Borough, District and Parish councils.
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.
Community Recycling Centres in Surrey – Having listened to the views from residents and stakeholders, the recommendation is not to permanently close the four sites (Bagshot, Cranleigh, Dorking and Warlingham). However, savings still need to be found to the CRC service.
The main recommendation will therefore be to end the free daily allowance of chargeable waste.
The SCC Conservative Cabinet meets on 26 September and they will be recommending the following proposals be introduced:
The four sites Bagshot, Cranleigh, Dorking and Warlingham will close on a number of days during the week, details will be agreed by cabinet.
There will be a core strategic network of CRC sites that will remain open 7 days a week, other sites will be closed for part of the week, details will be agreed by the cabinet
Ending the free daily allowance of chargeable waste from the construction, alteration or repair of homes and gardens such as rubble, plasterboard and soil.
Ensuring CRCs are only used by Surrey residents.
Restricting users of vans, trailers and pick-ups to larger CRC sites only.
The full cabinet paper with further details will be available online tomorrow https://mycouncil.surreycc.gov.uk.
The Big Switch – Weekly refuse and recycling – This scheme appears to be growing in popularity and weekly collections of the bins (excluding garden waste) is very popular with residents. Some really good news is that in July (first full month of new collections) dry recycling ( Dry recycling is the paper, plastic, tin – the green bin) was up 20% on the previous July and August figures have shown dry recycling is up 23%. Residents have shown their support for the scheme and we would encourage this upturn in recycling.
For more information on how you can make a difference please use the following link
Another dead cat – another cat has been found in the area – making three in all. Please be aware. This sounds as if it could be linked to the UK cat killer.
There is a £10,000 reward for the capture of the person responsible.
LOCAL MATTERS AND EVENTS
A Day For All – Saturday 23rd September at St Mary’s Ewell has something for all ages. This year their theme will be ‘Autumn Glories’. Free entry, everyone welcome. A day for children and adults to enjoy a variety of activities including: interesting Memorial Stones, have a go at Tai Chi, an illustrated talk by Jenny and David Dance – a visit to the Antarctic Peninsula, Autumn Glories collage, flower arranging, follow the Mouse Trail, photographic competition (see website for details), crafts for children, children’s sing-along, Swop Shop and lots more! Free refreshments through the day until 3pm; free soup & bread lunch, 12.30pm – 1pm; tea & cake, 4pm; fish & chip supper, 5.30pm please order at firstname.lastname@example.org and pay by 20 September. To find out more visit www.stmarysewell.com.
The Diamond Centre for Disabled Riders Autumn Fair – Sunday 24th September from 11am to 4pm at The Diamond Centre for Disabled Riders, Woodmansterne Road, Carshalton, SM5 4DT. Our biggest fundraising event of the year – a great afternoon for all the family, including the dog! Events include: Novelty Dog Show, Dog Scurry and Fun Agility, Donkey rides and petting farm, medieval re-enactment display, The Gary Mason Drummers, Firestone rock band, BBQ and tea tents
Table Top Sales. To book a table – 020 8643 7764. To be officially opened by the Mayor of Sutton. Admission: Adults £4, Children £1.
The Children’s Trust – Bear Grylls Survival Race – Saturday 30th September – Join us in London, to celebrate the Bear Grylls Survival Race Finale. Experience survival scenarios like those that Bear Grylls is exposed to in his many adventures across the planet. This is the perfect course for those who may be new to the survival world, but want to release their inner Bear and smash fitness goals along the way! Whether you are running as a lone soldier or with a team, the 5k or 10K Survival Race will leave you tired, but with an EPIC sense of accomplishment once you cross the Finish Line and earn that well deserved medal!
Monthly Farmers Market in Epsom – Epsom Market Place, The Clock Tower on Sunday 1st October
Who Do You Think You Are? – Ewell Library on Saturday 14th October 10am to 4pm. Has the BBC programme “Who Do You Think You Are” inspired you to find out your roots? The family history centre at Ewell Library in Bourne Hall invites you to discover them.
Bourne Hall Lake – people 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 – much better for their health and digestion.
Subscriptions – thank you everyone who has handed their subscriptions to their road stewards or paid on line or by standing order. Please do support us – we really do appreciate it.
Keeping in touch – this bulletin is distributed to all those who have provided email addresses. The return of email addresses on the subscription envelopes has increased numbers dramatically! I hope everyone finds this flow of information useful and thank those who have commented in an appreciative way. 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. I am sure some of you must have some local photos to put on this!
Facebook – our page is being well visited and “liked”. Do go and use this to put comments or pictures of the area on.
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.