This is primarily to remind everyone about the AGM which is taking place on Tuesday of this coming week. You will have received the printed AGM Notice with the latest news by hand.
AGM Tuesday 10 April 2018 – this will take place at 7.30 pm at Wallace Fields Junior School in Dorling Drive. The doors open at 7.10 and wine and soft drinks will be served beforehand. The back gate of the school on the pathway between The Green and Wallace Fields will be open for pedestrians and the school car park will also be open for parking. In view of the importance of the issue of the future of Epsom Hospital, our speaker will be Daniel Elkeles, the CEO of Epsom & St Helier NHS Trust.
Do come along and join us – we would be delighted to welcome you.
There is no further news to report at the moment – we have sent a reminder to Ms Rutter and have been told that this has been drawn to the attention of her PA. We hope she will be in touch soon.
We have been in touch with the Council to ask for three specific areas to be cleared:
The bridle-way from the Reigate Road to Ewell East Station where drug use items as well as litter can be found
The stretch of College Road from the Longdown Lane North/South traffic lights up to the Reigate Road
The corner area of the shrubbery to the left of the Martial Arts Hut in Alexandra Recreational Ground where used hypodermic syringes are regularly found.
We await action!
Road names for Sycamore Gardens (Phase 2) – the proposed names for the second phase of building on the former Nescot site will be published at the AGM on Tuesday.
Council Tax 2018/19 – a reminder! SCC proportion of Council tax demand rises by 5.99%, the Police by 5.34% and E&E by 2.98%. The overall average rise being 5.583%.
This means that of every £100 paid in Council Tax the Borough Council will receive just £10.46 next year whereas for the 17/18 current year the amount was £10.73 proving the point that Surrey and the Police requirements are increasing at a higher rate than the more moderate Borough Council. More details will be included in the AGM Notice.
Local Plan – we are hoping to be updated on this at the AGM.
For those of you who were not aware – the results of the public consultation are published on www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/localplan under “Summary of Consultation responses”. A few of the results are:
Should we rely on urban intensification using high densities? There were 504 responses to this question – 31% stated YES and 69% stated NO.
Should we review our Green Belt boundaries in order to help meet our long-term housing needs? There were 505 responses-22% (109) stated YES and 78% NO.
Are there any areas that should be added to the Green Belt? There were 106 responses identifying areas that they believed should be added to the Green Belt – see report for further details.
Would you be willing to use extensive areas of the Green Belt? There were 509 responses – 6% stated YES and 94% NO.
Would you be willing accommodate the needs of other areas outside of the Borough? – 498 responses to this question – 15% stated YES and 85% NO.
Would you support a balanced approach where much of our need is met within the urban area but some is allocated to land currently within the Green Belt? With 507 responses 50.1% stated YES and 44.1% NO.
Where should higher density or taller buildings go? Of the 818 responses received 353 favoured town centres and 313 by train stations.
In answer to the question –do you have an alternative suggestion to significantly boost housing and meet our housing need? The main replies were listed in our March bulletin which can be viewed on our website www.ewelldownsra.org
Plan E improvement works –work has started on the improvement to the Marquis and Playhouse junctions. Some night work will take place for the first 2 weeks of this phase. Work will take place between the hours of 20:00 and 06:00. All local businesses and residents affected by this will receive leaflets with further details.
Works at both these junctions are programmed to last until the summer. It is expected that these phases will commence shortly. Please note that some traffic disruption during these phases is expected. Please allow more time to your journeys when travelling through the town centre.
Roundabout on Reigate Road – we have sent an email to the facilities manager at Nescot about the state of the planted area close to the new roundabout on the Reigate Road. We have pointed out that the temporary fence is still there; that high growing shrubs should have been planted – not low growing ones! – and that it needs weeding! We shall wait to see what happens!
East Street – this is the report from our councillor following the local committee meeting in March –
“At the Local Committee held this week the report of the Highway Manager (Nick Healey) contained reference to the work headed Capital Programme 2018/19 at East Street junction with Kiln Lane which comprises a new pedestrian crossing on the northern arm of junction plus new parking layby near Chuters Grove.
The column headed “progress” was much as reported to several meetings before such as “delayed due to complexity of traffic management” “Awaiting cost estimates” but it did add “Hoping to construct in Summer 2018”.
I spoke to this item and commented that this scheme had appeared in reports for years now with seemingly no progress and something must be done about the traffic blockage on the A24 into Epsom compounded by the queuing right hand turn lane into Kiln Lane; if nothing is going to be done then put a double yellow line where the gap is.
Nick Healey’s response was somewhat more progressive than formerly, in that –
“The problem with this scheme is of the logistics of doing the work while the traffic flows. In an ideal world we would like to shut Kiln Lane – but that’s not possible – It is likely that the work will be undertaken in August when Kiln Lane would become a contraflow (presumably one direction then being worked on) and Chuters Grove follows on subject to costing”
County Councillor for the division Bernie Muir then spoke saying that she was 100% behind me in getting this scheme undertaken.
That’s the update. Let’s hope it transpires.”
Pothole reporting – Are you aware that pot holes can be reported to Surrey CC? Go to 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 – we would remind residents that the Blenheim Road site is now closed to the public on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This gets very busy on Thursdays when the Leatherhead tip is closed!
Hessle Grove Allotments – is anyone interested in putting their name on a list for an allotment at Hessle Grove off Epsom Road? If so, please contact us and we will pass the message on.
Change of Borough Police Inspector – with the departure of Jackie Elkins as the Surrey Police Borough Inspector, we have now been advised that Inspector Joe Easterbrook has been appointed to the role, with effect from Sunday 25 March.
LOCAL MATTERS AND EVENTS
Epsom Common Day 2018 Sunday 29 July – Epsom will be steeped in local history as this year marks the 400th anniversary of Epsom Well with the discovery of ‘Epsom Salts’ site back in 1618. This gave Epsom its first claim to fame as a Spa town during the 17th & 18th centuries. There will be the Epsom Common Heritage Roadshow, stalls, guided walks, raffle, Christ Church history walk, local crafts, saw mill display, farm animals and Epsom Common Club facilities available, BBQ and much more.
There is a crowd funding page to raise funds to make the day special – for details go to – Epsom Common Day 2018
A Night at the Races – Age Concern
Friday 27th April 2018 – Bar opens @ 7pm – First race @ 7.45pm
BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE: http://bit.ly/2EMB3kU HOW MUCH? £10 per person that includes a platter to share on your table. WHERE? St Barnabas Church, Temple Road.
Being a Councillor for Ewell/Nonsuch Wards
Have you ever considered becoming a Borough Councillor?
Councillors are elected to the Borough council to represent their local community, so they must either live or work in the Borough. Becoming a Councillor is both a rewarding and privileged form of public service. You will be able to make a difference to the quality of other people’s daily lives and prospects.
Being an effective Councillor requires both commitment and hard work. Councillors must balance the needs and interests of residents, the requirements of national and international laws and the Council.
These will all make legitimate demands on a Councillor’s time, so before committing yourself, you may want to speak to current or past Councillors. You should then discuss it with your family and friends to make sure they understand what you are taking on. You will need their support as you’ll have to spend some of your spare time on Council business.
As a first step, why not find out more about the roles and responsibilities in ‘What is expected of a councillor?’
What is expected of a councillor?
The councillor’s role and responsibilities include:
representing the ward for which they are elected
developing and reviewing council policy
regulatory, quasi-judicial and statutory duties
community leadership and engagement.
Being a Councillor will involve meeting with residents and dealing with correspondence and phone calls from constituents. When dealing with casework or council business you may need to meet with council staff. Most Council meetings take place during the evenings, but some meetings with Council officers and residents may need to take place during the working day.
Council meetings are normally held six times a year, with Committee meetings about four times. As a new councillor, you are likely to be on one or more committee and may also have the opportunity to be appointed to outside bodies. Don’t worry if you don’t have any experience in this area: once elected, you will be able to attend an induction course and will receive on-going support.
Could I be a councillor?
The easy answer is, “almost definitely”. As long as you are:
British or a citizen of the Commonwealth or European Union
At least 18 years old
Registered to vote in the area or have lived, worked or owned property there for at least 12 months before an election
You can’t be a councillor if you:
Work for the council for which you want to be a councillor, or for another local authority in a political restricted post (these are generally the higher paid posts)
Are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order
Have been sentenced to prison for three months or more (including suspended sentences) during the 5 years before election day
Have been convicted of a corrupt or illegal practice by an election court
If you are in any doubt about whether you are eligible to stand as a councillor, you should contact the borough council for advice.
Please see the link – Become a Councillor
Priest Hill – the Surrey Wildlife Estate Team now manage the site through a centralised team. Surveyors, Practical Task Leaders, Liaison Officers, an Administrator and Estate Manager work to deliver the various objectives of the site management.
If you have an enquiry about any of their sites please feel free to contact the estates team on: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01483 910087 and they can direct your question to the appropriate member of staff.
Epsom Laughter Yoga Club – This takes place at Alexandra Park Epsom (between Bowling green & Children’s playground) – 3rd Sunday of every month at 9am – unless heavy rain. Session will typically last about 50 mins. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring either a yoga mat or a picnic blanket as we may sit/lie down –Sun 15th Apr 2018. FREE taster sessions offered. Visit www.epsomlaughterclub.co.uk for more information.
Nextdoor Ewell Downs – this is a free private social network for your neighbourhood community. Nextdoor is a good way to stay informed about what’s going on in your neighbourhood. There is one for Ewell Downs and there are several members in this area for whom it has proved a useful method of communication.
Keeping in touch – this bulletin is distributed to all those who have provided email addresses. 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. This shows all our previous bulletins and other information.
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 many 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