Ewell Downs News Bulletin – Oct 2020

This bulletin will precede a short form of Annual Round-up which will be delivered to all residents. Due to concerns about Coronavirus some road steward have been, quite rightly, reluctant to deliver the envelopes for annual subscriptions and this has had a dramatic effect on our finances. We hope that the advice from the World Heath Organisation who confirm that Coronavirus cannot be caught from newspapers or packages and that newspapers remain safe to read during the Covid-19 pandemic, will encourage the delivery of the remaining envelopes to swell our coffers!


Residents Against Surrey Single Unitary

KEEP local decisions in the hands of local people.

Following the alert regarding the plans from Surrey County Council to abolish Surrey’s 11 Borough and District councils and develop a single Unitary Council for Surrey’s 1.2 million residents, which would mean the end of Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, a group has been formed. This is the latest report from them:-

Campaign going forward

The working group met today and where was unanimous agreement that RASSU needs to continue because though the government white paper is delayed the unitary proposal has not gone away entirely. As part of this the working group is working on themes to continue to engage and build support. As part of this there is a story being worked on that we are looking to break later this week. Watch this space!


The campaign continues and to date we have over 4,770 signatures on the petition. This puts the petition in the top 7 Surrey petitions of all time but of course we are pushing for more signatures. Thank you for those who have signed it.

Please if you haven’t signed the petition (and you support the campaign), do sign, and please also share the campaign far and wide: https://rassu.org.uk

This is a battle for local democracy and residents’ voices need to be heard. Please share.

Coronavirus – COVID – 19 – this web site: – https://www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/coronavirus gives the latest local information.

Just to let you know as of last week there have been 512 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Epsom & Ewell with 64 cases in the last week and 1,032 confirmed cases in Reigate and Banstead, 88 up on the previous week. Sutton saw the biggest rise with 164 new cases and Kingston upon Thames continued the upward trend with 141 new cases. Croydon topped the list with 272 new cases. Deaths with coronavirus since the start of the pandemic at Epsom & St Helier NHS Trust now total 283 with 161 at Kingston Hospital.

Elmbridge is the only borough or district in Surrey that has been moved into Tier 2, as the rest of the county remains in Tier 1. What does that actually mean, though?

The biggest difference between the two tiers is who you can meet indoors and outside and this is explained below.

Tier 2 (Elmbridge)

INDOORS – Do not meet with friends or family indoors in any setting unless you live with them or have formed a support bubble with them including meeting in pubs and restaurants.
OUTSIDE – You can continue to see friends and family you do not live with (or have not formed a support bubble with) outside, including in a garden or other outdoor space, but it must not be in a group of more than six (including children).

Tier 1 (rest of Surrey)

INDOORS and OUTDOORS – You can meet with friends and family you do not live with (or have not formed a support bubble with) inside and outside, but it must not be in a group of more than six (including children)

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance gives information on what you can and can’t do published by the Government.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance gives information on what you can and can’t do published by the Government.

To keep you updated locally:-

Waste and recycling

The queues for the tip vary, it is sometimes possible to go straight in but other times there continues to be a queue. PLEASE NOTE THAT FROM 1 NOVEMBER IT WILL BE NECESSARY TO BOOK TO GO TO THE TIP. We will put a note on the web site if this happens and would encourage residents to spread the news of this, should it happen, via social media.

Council venues

Bourne Hall– part closed – Ewell Library is open for ‘click and collect’ and book drop only. The rest of the venue, including museum, café and toilets remain closed.

Plans for new repair café in Epsom with sustainability and reducing waste at its core

Councillors from the Epsom and Ewell area are setting up a new eco-friendly café

An Epsom Repair Cafe is starting in January 2021 opening on one Saturday each month in the Scout Hall of The Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Road.

The Repair Cafe is being set up by three Epsom and Ewell councillors Neil Dallen, Nigel Collin and Phil. Neale. It will be registered charity and run as a non- profit organisation. It will repair all items of household use such as bicycles and pushchairs, small electrical items, consumer electronics such as radios and laptops, furniture, toys, clothing and textiles and small petrol driven machines such as lawnmowers and other garden tools. They are building up a database of volunteer repairers who want to share their skills and participate in this community venture. Please contact Phil Neale at Phil.nealecranw@gmail.com if you would like to know more details.

Epsom and Ewell Local Plan 2017-2037: A New Local Plan

Further to the article in the last bulletin – here is the latest Council update.

We would mention that according to one newspaper in October “Theresa May leads Tory rebellion against planning changes – MPs say proposals would erode local democracy, reduce affordable housing and encroach on countryside. Analysis of the algorithm has alarmed many Tory MPs and councillors after it suggested that many of the homes needed for an annual target of 333,000 would be built in Conservative heartlands such as Kent and Surrey.”

Government announce fundamental reforms of the planning system

Date: Tuesday, 11 August, 2020

Last week the Government published a white paper and launched a consultation on a fundamental reform of the national planning system.

The Government’s stated aim is to streamline and modernise the planning process. They propose to bring a new focus to design and sustainability, improve the system of developer contributions to infrastructure, and ensure more land is available for development where it is needed.

Under the plans, much more planning policy will be set nationally. In addition, local authorities  are required to designate land in their area as one of three categories; for growth, for renewal or for protection. Local authorities’ local plans will be required to identify areas as being one of the three designations.

Councillor David Reeve, Chair of the Licensing and Planning Policy Committee said “I would welcome any opportunities to further improve and simplify the planning system and I am therefore looking very closely as these latest Government proposals as we prepare the Council’s formal response.  However I would be concerned if the proposals sought to further transfer local planning powers and the determination of local planning policy away from local authorities to central Government.  It would also be a concern if the proposals gave too much freedom to developers and removed the ability for local people to be part of the process for determining what constitutes appropriate development in their areas. 

“Planning applications that affect the local area always understandably generate a high level of residents’ interest. That is why Planning decisions have relied on public engagement in shaping any proposed development to be the best possible outcome for the local area.

“The launch of the borough’s new local plan had reached a key stage, when we had to suspend the planned consultation because of the COVID-19 crisis.  However, we have been keen to move things forward following the lock-down, and a new timetable for the Local Plan has recently been agreed by the Council’s Licencing and Planning Policy Committee.  However, given the Government’s announcement and the scale of change that their proposals envisage, we have no choice but to now seek clarification from the Government about what they expect councils like us, in the process of the local plan formation, to do in relation to their local plan preparations

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council to respond to Government proposal to increase number of new homes

Date: Wednesday, 12 August, 2020

Last week, the government published new proposals for determining the number of additional homes that local authority areas like Epsom and Ewell will be required to deliver.

Household projection data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) are an important determinant of the housing target that the government sets for each local authority area. These figures will be used by the council as part of the Local Plan which determines planning policy and the amount of housing and associated infrastructure development in the area.

The latest projections (2018) published by ONS show a significant reduction in the projected growth in household numbers in the borough. Using the government’s current method of calculation, based on the 2014 ONS projections, would result in a significant reduction in the borough’s housing target – from 579 homes per year, to just 215 homes per annum.

Councillor David Reeve, Chair of the Licensing and Planning Policy Committee said “Our residents expect the Local Plan for the local area to be evidenced based and for the housing target to be reflective of local needs. We wrote to the government last month to ask them to adopt the latest ONS projections and accept that, based on the evidence, Epsom and Ewell should only require the much lower target of 215 new homes a year.”

Last week, the government announced proposals to fundamentally change the way they calculate the housing target for each local authority area. Their proposed changes would lead to an even higher government imposed target for Epsom and Ewell of 604 new homes per year.  

Councillor David Reeve added “We are really concerned that these latest government proposals to change the method of calculating the housing target would, if approved, lead to an even larger requirement for new homes in the borough, when the evidence using the current method of calculation together with the latest ONS data provides for a much lower housing target.” 

We will be preparing our response to the government on its proposed changes to the way that housing targets are calculated.”

If you oppose these Government plans (they are, at the moment, proposals) please write to Chris Grayling MP as soon as possible calling on him to get his Government to base the housing requirement for Epsom and Ewell on the independent 2018 ONS household projections and using the current formulae. This would result in a more reasonable requirement of 215 new homes per annum.

Chris Grayling can be contacted at chris.grayling.mp@parliament.uk or c/o 212 Barnett Wood Lane Ashtead KT21 2DB

Getting Involved

More information on the Local Plan and how you can submit your views can be found on the new dedicated website: www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/localplan

To keep up to date on progress with our Local Plan, register by emailing your details to: localplan@epsom-ewell.gov.uk


There is one development that you should be aware of.  Earlier this week some of councillors received a presentation about a proposed new all-weather football pitch on Priest Hill, with a modernised pavilion.  (As far as we know, all Ewell and Nonsuch councillors were invited).  A short version of the briefing document shown below explains more about it

The councillors gave plenty of feedback about the problems they would face if they didn’t modify some of their plans

mentioning the pitch location (too near the current pavilion and therefore too near other properties), parking/traffic and light pollution.  We will keep you posted of developments.

Priest Hill Sports Development

Project Overview – Overall Vision

The Priest Hill Development aims to establish a centre of football and sporting excellence, where first class facilities, coaching and support can nurture and inspire young people of all abilities. The partnership between Glyn School and Epsom & Ewell Colts Football Club has a shared vision; one that aims to instill a joy of sport within our communities and one that ensures these facilities are accessible to all. Our provision for shared spaces such as a training room and social/hospitality areas, enables the development to reach beyond the immediate football community and support the wider public need for accessible, high class but affordable facilities.

This project will provide the infrastructure and professional support needed to ensure a sustainable and long-lasting impact on the growth of football in the area and we actively seek the collaboration and partnership of others who share this vision.

Glyn School in Epsom, is a successful and growing secondary school and the leading school within the GLF Trust of other 9 schools. Glyn School has over 1700 pupils with over 5000 pupils within the other GLF schools in the region.

Epsom and Ewell Colts FC is an FA Charter Standard Club with over 700 registered players in 50 teams. The club has an ambitious development plan and is expanding by, on average, 6 teams each year.

Project Key Features

  1. Introduction of a full size 3G artificial football pitch with floodlights and fencing
  2. Remodeling and refurbishment of existing multi-use pavilion

High quality facilities and excellent coaching, training and support.
Provides conditions for talent to shine and potential to be realised.
Introduction of synthetic all weather and floodlit surface will support all year activity.
Social spaces available for wider community use.
Training and conference facility to enable FA coaching and external hire.
Sustainable income generation potential for external hire of internal and external facilities.
Links between club and school(s) can be enhanced and expanded.
E&E Colts can expand and further develop grass roots football in the area.

Traffic in Ewell Village

Ewell Village for Change – this whatsap group (which now has many members) is looking for ideas on what can be done to improve the traffic situation in Ewell Village. A few of the local residents have been discussing their continued concerns about traffic and the safety of pedestrians. They have put together a short survey so give an informed representation at an upcoming meeting. They ask that as many people as possible complete this to have more of a chance of a positive change. The link is www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BVLPV6W.

Litter – the kind lady who has been regularly picking up litter in the area has told us that Epsom and Ewell have put a Bin on the alleyway Reigate Road to Ewell East Station at the crossroads past NESCOT and under the Railway Arch recently. We would like to thank them and hope that it will be properly used and emptied on a regular basis.

Planning issues

22-24 Dorking Road Epsom – (19/01365/FUL) Demolition of existing houses and erection of a part two, part three storey building with rooms in the roof and basement providing 20 flats. This was refused at the planning meeting on 3 September.

6 The Grove Epsom – (20/00313/FUL) Erection of 7 x two bedrooms flats and 2 x three bedrooms flats and associated external works following demolition of the existing building | 6 The Grove Epsom Surrey KT17 4DQ. Many objections. Recommended for refusal by planning committee at 8 October meeting.

Woodcote Grove, Ashley Road – (19/00999/FUL and 19/00998/LBA) Development of 98 apartments/dwellings, including conversion of the Grade II* Listed Woodcote Grove and Grade II Listed Stable Block, with parking, access, landscaping and other associated works, following the demolition of the existing reprographics centre and conference centre (Listed Building Consent). It went before the Planning Committee on 23 July but a decision was deferred pending additional information. Discussed at 8 October planning committee but nothing known yet.

London Road – old Organ and Dragon Inn site – (20/01079/FUL) Construction of a three to six storey building comprising 45 flats (Use Class C3) with associated car and cycle parking, refuse storage and ancillary works. This planning application was validated on 4 August and there have to date been 61 objections. The proposed housing building works, which will provide 45 residential units, being between three and six storeys, forming an L-shape from a bird’s eye view. There will be 21 one-bed units, 15 two-bed units and nine three-bed units, with a percentage of affordable housing still to be confirmed. The development does seem to dwarf the existing area’s housing as well as having parking and traffic issues. The consultations continue but no news yet,

7 Station Approach Stoneleigh – (19/00668/FUL) application for the demolition of existing buildings on site and erection of a part 6, part 7 storey building providing 23 residential flats with associated communal roof terrace, cycle and refuse stores. Despite amendments to the original plans, objections continue to be received and total well in excess of 1,000 with letters addressed to Chris Grayling as well as the Planning Department. Refused by planning committee at 8 October meeting.

North Looe Estate (170 Reigate Road)(19/01593/FUL) proposed change of use of the land and buildings for a Dog Day-care centre. Still no news!

Guild Living at rear of Epsom Hospital (19/01722/FUL)| demolition of redundant hospital buildings and redevelopment of the site to provide a new care community for older people arranged in two buildings. There are well over 600 objections including the Epsom Civic Society and reports continue to be filed but no decision yet. Likely to be taken to planning committee meeting on 18 November.

Development Site at 24-28 West Street Epsom – (19/01021/FUL) there is still no news on this application for the demolition of the existing building and construction of a new part 9, part 11 and part 13 storey building. There are almost 5,000 objections to this including ones from Historic England and the Civic Society.

The Police Station and Ambulance Station sites in Church Street Epsom  (19/01589/FUL) the application for a retirement development in Epsom by McCarthy & Stone which will include a mix of 19 one bedroom and 41 two bedroom “Extra Care” Retirement Living with associated communal facilities, parking and landscaping following the demolition of the existing buildings is awaiting a decision. There are over 200 objections, including that from the Civic Society.


Residents around Epsom College are still being severely affected by the intrusive noise of heavy stone grinding machines in the Chalk Pit, and dangerous parking outside the site on College Road. We are banding together to orchestrate resistance and complaints to the authorities.

The new operator is NJB Recycling Ltd, who run the skip lorries branded “Skip It”. Under the cover of Covid, this appears to have been their approach when it comes to gaining the correct permissions from the two relevant authorities, Surrey County Council and the Environment Agency.

James Nolan of SCC has confirmed they have no planning permission for the site developments they have done to operate heavy machinery, and he has now required them to submit a full retrospective planning application by Dec 1st. The Council will not undertake Enforcement Action before this date. The Residents Association can then make representations, and our local SCC Councillor John Beckett is closely following developments.

NJB are also displaying an Environmental Agency Permit on their front gates which actually relates to their previous Railtrack-side site in Wimbledon – and therefore not relevant to the Green Belt located Chalk Pit. This indicates Heavy Plant and Machinery operating from 6am to 6pm Monday through Saturday – hours that are far in excess of the other site operators. Residents are checking if previous a Chalk Pit Permit from the Environment Agency has been adopted, which was much more restrictive.

This unapproved development could affect ALL residents if more heavy lorry and “Skip It” lorries movement are permitted, 

all converging on the Chalk Pit via our residential roads, and leading to more parking problems outside the Chalk Pit. I am sure you will all have noticed the increasing number of cars parked close to the Chalk Pit entrance in College Road. Have these had any adverse effects on been a potential cause of accidents? The litter left behind is of course a problem but we would like to know of any other issues.

In the meantime, if you wish to complain about the noise and impact, contact the SCC Planning officer james.nolan@surreycc.gov.uk or ring the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60.

Slightly out of our area but of interest – A 57-acre site situated to the north of Clayton Road and the south and east of the Kingston and Esher bypasses respectively, is owned by a company called Poppymill, which hopes to deliver a new community scheme called Hook Park. The land is located in the Green Belt, but Poppymill argues a large portion of the land has already been built upon, and any ‘green’ land on the site is either severely compromised, unwelcoming or difficult to get to.It wants to involve residents in a new plan to transform the site, as Kingston Council prepares its new Local Plan.

For this reason, there are not yet any specific plans for what the site could look like, but Poppymill says between 1,500 and 2,500 homes could be built on the site, many of which would be affordable.

They would also like to create a new 20-acre country park, which would be maintained in perpetuity for the local community through a community land trust. The proposals will be drawn up using an ‘enquiry by design’ process that involves the community and local stakeholders from the beginning. To find out more about the project, visit the website www.hook-park.co.uk


Emily Davison Memorial Project – The target to place a life size statue of Emily Wilding Davison in Epsom marketplace was reached with donations from Go Epsom, Epsom & Ewell Council, Surrey County Council, Lionel Blackman, Epsom & Ewell Labour Party, Radical Tea Towel Company and Epsom Civic Society as well as hundreds of others who have donated online or at events. The organisers at the Emily Davison Memorial Project are extremely grateful for everyone’s contributions.

Over the coming months the artist Christine Charlesworth will be creating the statue and progress can be followed on Youtube.

Remember to Save the Date Monday 8th March 2021, International Women’s Day, Epsom Market Place for the unveiling – time to be confirmed.

The latest instalment on the making of the statue of Emily Davison has been released on Youtube. This is the link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0sAaltmleE.

Epsom Farmers Market –held on the 1st Sunday of each month in Epsom Market Place. Fresh local meat and produce. The market – which has been running for over 10 years, opens between 9:30am and 1:30pm – but the word has it that locals get there early to get their favourites before they sell out. The next market will be held on 1 November.

The Epsom Vegan Market – Sunday 25th October – Come along and visit the Vegan Market in Epsom 10:30am to 3:30pm

Charity Antiques Valuation in aid of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund in Epsom with Newland Antiques Thursday 5th November

You will have the opportunity of discussing your item with a valuer and may be offered the chance to sell it for immediate cash – Thursday, 5th November 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  £2 per item appraised to go to EMEF. Bring along your valuables you may be delighted by the cash offer. Venue the Roots Coffee Shop, Epsom Methodist Church. Free Entry – sale of knitted goods – hats, scarves, shawls, gloves, bedsocks, babywear, tea cosies etc. Please note:  You must maintain social distancing at all times and wear a mask unless you are eating or drinking.

Epsom Antique & Brocante Street Market – Sunday 15th November10 am to 4 pm. A market full of surprises – antiques – vintage – flea market

Epsom & Ewell Gin & Rum Evening at Bourne Hall, Ewell – Friday 27th November – 6.30 to 11 pm

A celebration evening of gin and rum (with local wines, ales and soft drinks available too)n & Rum Evening

Friday 27th November

 Ticket link: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/surreyfoodfestivals/350404

🔷Meet the distillers and purchase Handpicked Gins and Rums by the glass (bottles also available to buy – to take home)

🔷FREE Glass (for you to keep) and drink for all ticketholders on arrival 

🔷Live Entertainment 

🔷Food Platters – available to purchase

🔷Local Ales, Local Still and Sparkling Wines and Soft Drinks – available to purchase 

🔷Event will take place in the Main Hall (downstairs)

🔷Cloakroom facilities available

Find out more about our fab array of distillers  – https://facebook.com/epsomewellginandrum  

Tadworth Art Group Exhibition – Friday 20th November – Come along and view the works of local artists. Due to Coronavirus the Summer Exhibition 15th to 17th May was cancelled. Hopefully our next Exhibition will be on Friday 20th Nov 6:30 to 10pm (preview evening) meet the artists, Saturday 21st Nov 10am to 6pm, Sunday 22nd Nov 10am to 5pm

St John’s Hall, The Avenue, Tadworth KT20 5AB. Each year, in May and November, the Group holds three-day exhibitions showing 300+ paintings in oil, pastel, watercolour and other media, covering landscape, portrait, still life, abstract and other subject matter. These exhibitions have become notable events in the social life of the area, starting with the popular Friday evening when wine and canapés are available and the 200+ visitors always enjoy mingling with their friend, neighbours and the participating artists. 

Entry is FREE, and all are welcome, whether keen to buy or merely wishing to appreciate the talents on display. All work is for sale, with a broad price range from £60 to £250 or more. Refreshments available. Charity raffle.

Something to look forward to:-

A new night-time digital image has been released of the £3.5bn London Resort, dubbed the ‘UK’s answer to Disneyland, as bosses reveal the results to its public consultation. The first results of the public consultation were released on Monday, October 12, and bosses said they had received “overwhelming public support”.

The new aerial rendering of the theme park offers a teasing glimpse of the rides and attractions, including rollercoasters, waterparks, theatres, ferry terminals and an immersive e-sports centre.

The London Resort is one of Europe’s most ambitious theme park projects ever, and is set to open its first site on the Swanscombe Peninsula, Kent, in 2024.

When complete, the park will be three times larger than any other park in the UK, built across 535 acres, and will be the first European development of its kind to be built from scratch since the opening of Disneyland Paris in 1992.

The resort will offer six different lands, which will be themed based of its partnerships with Paramount Pictures, the BBC and ITV Studios. The consultation also revealed details of a 3,500 room hotel, a ‘High Street’ featuring shops and restaurants, as well as two ferry terminals to take guests into the park via water.

Web sitedo visit this – www.ewelldownsra.org. I am sure some of you must have some local photos to put on this!

Facebookour page is being well visited. Go and use this to make comments or display pictures of the area.

Twitter – this is quite active with many followers of Ewelldownsra.

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