Ewell Downs News Bulletin – Jun 2021

What has been happening in our area?

The Chalk Pit

Everyone involved with the struggle to curtail/shut down the activities, whether approved or unlawful, has been extremely busy over the last couple of months.

Planning permission –SCC Ref 2020/0159 – Application No EP21/00223/CMA – the date of the hearing of the planning application has been moved to Wednesday 7 July. This is a huge disappointment for the following reasons: –

  • This is a retrospective application that should have been in a form allowing validation soon after submittal on 1st December 2020.
  • The planning committee date was delayed due to Council elections.
  • The significant nuisance being suffered by local residents.

Alas the additional information submitted by the applicant on 21st May 2021 (it should have been available 1st December 2020) necessitated further consultation it was inevitable that the 16 June date could not be met. There is a minimum consultation period, a period of finalisation of the officer’s recommendation, a peer review and then a period for consideration by the Councillors before the meeting.

It is important that Surrey ensure they follow all procedures rigorously and that they are given the necessary time to consider all issues and points raised in their decision note.

John Beckett, our Residents’ County Councillor, will be speaking on behalf of those opposing the application. The agenda has not yet been published but is expected in the week before the meeting. The meeting can be watch via the SCC Webcasting facility – see the SCC website for details.

HGV Movements –

A survey was carried out by members of the public in May to count the number of movements of Waste Vehicles in a three-day period. The results of the survey are below. The numbers are more than double those quoted by NJB Recycling in their planning application. Almost a third of the waste vehicle movements cannot be allocated to one of the four operators at the Chalk Pit. A sizeable percentage of these can be expected to be associated with NJB Recycling. The lorry count reaffirms residents’ belief that a thorough road traffic impact assessment should have accompanied the application.

Summary of Waste Vehicle Movements at the Chalk Pit, College Road, Epsom.

Letter to SCC from Resident Associations – Ken Reid has issued a letter on behalf of local Residents’ Associations and individual residents to Surrey County Council in response to the additional information. This highlights the principal objections and gives the results of the vehicle movements survey. An excerpt of this letter is shown below:-

“The Residents’ Associations and the residents further object to the proposals on the following grounds “(these are summarised below under the headings):-

  1. Impact on Local Transport and Highway Safety
  2. Intensity of Use impacting on Safety
  3. Impact on neighbour amenity due to noise generation
  4. Impact on neighbour amenity due to dust generation
  5. Change of Use and Green Belt

In addition, a comprehensive letter of objection to the planning application has been sent in by Epsom Borough Council which is supported by the Residents’ councillors.

We are extremely grateful to Ken Reid and Fiona Forbes for the excellent way in which they have raised the levels of community opposition and awareness.

Current action – it is understood that the trommel machine was due to be removed on Wednesday 16 June, but this is still operating. It is understood that the operator has tweaked the way he operates, meaning the Environment Agency has to carry out more investigations. This is ludicrous.

A community protection warning notice has been issued by Epsom Borough Council to the owners of the site relating to the nuisance on the rim of the Chalk Pit.

What can you do?

Email the Environmental Agency with concerns – if you suffer Dust or Noise Nuisance please either call 0800 80 70 60 or email them – Incident_Communication_Service@environment-agency.gov.uk

Sign the petition which already has an incredible 3,583 signatures. – Petition · Surrey County Council: Stop the Epsom Mineral Waste Recycling Plant · Change.org

Visit https://www.facebook.com/epsomchalk. for up-to-date information and to register your concerns and publish photos.

An important point raised by a resident to Chris Grayling – “I wonder whether the relevant authorities have actually monitored the particulate concentration linked with the Chalk Pit recycling activities.

Please do what you can to keep the pressure up on the authorities to keep us all safe!

County elections

John Beckett, the existing Resident Surrey County Councillor, was re-elected to serve the Ewell ward. This is the result:

  1. John Beckett, Residents Assoc of Epsom & Ewell – 2,699(elected)
  2. James Abrahams, Conservative– 797
  3. Jason George Anderson, Labour– 407
  4. David Walter Gulland, Liberal Democrat– 241
  5. Steve McDonald, The Green Party – 200

The overall result for Surrey was –

Conservative47
Liberal Democrats14
Residents Associations of Epsom and Ewell4
Independent3
Farnham Residents3
The Green Party2
Residents for Guildford and Villages2
Nork and Tattenhams Residents’ Association1
Labour1

With 37 per cent of outgoing councillors not contesting, Surrey County Council was guaranteed to look quite different and it is indeed interesting to see how many Independents rose to the occasion. The Conservative majority is six.

Other matters

Coronavirus – COVID – 19 – from the Government website – www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home. The link above shows the Government guidance and if you wish to remind yourselves of this ever-changing scenario, please visit this.

Lockdown rules

  • People should continue to work from home where they can. There is no longer a legal restriction or permitted reason required to travel internationally.
  • A maximum of six people from any number of households or any number of people from a maximum of two households can meet indoors or up to 30 people can meet outdoors. Single adult households and families with a child aged under one may form support bubbles. Care home residents are allowed up to five designated visitors.
  • All non-essential shops, personal care services (including mobile services), public buildings, indoor and outdoor attractions, indoor entertainment, and children’s indoor play areas can reopen. Hospitality can open to provide table service. All holiday accommodation can open for overnight stays in England for groups of up to six people from any number of households or any number of people from a maximum of two households.
  • All sports venues and facilities can reopen. Organised sports and gym classes, indoors and outdoors, are allowed. People can attend indoor and outdoor events, including live performances, sporting events and business events.
  • All school pupils and students in further education can return to school and college. University students can attend in person teaching. Childcare and supervised activities are allowed indoors and outdoors for all children, and organised parent and child groups can take place for up to 15 attendees (children under 5 will not be counted in this number).

Surge testing – A programme of surge testing is due to begin in two designated areas of Reigate and Banstead on Friday (June 18).

Surrey County Council (SCC) announced on Thursday that area one of surge testing will be in BansteadWalton-on-the-Hill and Tattenham Corner and area two will be Reigate town centre. Residents are being encouraged to get tested for coronavirus regardless of whether they have symptoms because there has been a sustained increase in Covid cases in the north of the borough. Younger age groups are seeing rising cases and many of the new infections are involving the more transmissible Delta variant which vaccines are thought to be less effective against.

Infection rates – the infection rate for the whole county of Surrey is now 55.5 cases per 100,000 people. There were a total of 664 positive tests across Surrey in the week ending June 13, which is 50 more cases than the previous week. The number of cases has risen by 8 per cent, week-on-week.

The table below shows the infection rates for each area:

Mobile testing centres open – The mobile testing units will open at 10am through to 8pm. These are the weekday opening hours. Over the weekend, they will open 8am until 6pm. From Thursday (June 24) opening hours will revert to 9am to 5pm.

The mobile units are located at:

  • The Mound Car Park, Royal Drive, KT18 5PR
  • Tadworth Leisure Centre, Preston Manor Road, Epsom, Tadworth KT20 5FB
  • Banstead High Street Car Park- 58-60 High Street, Banstead SM7 2LX
  • Reigate & Banstead Town Hall Castlefield Road, Reigate, Surrey RH2 0SH

Before 9.30, lunchtime and after 5pm are expected to be the busiest times. So visit outside those times if you can to avoid the worst queues.

As far as the latest local information is concerned and to help direct residents who need support – if friends or family are unable to help – with such things as picking up shopping, prescription collections or having someone who can be a telephone friend, and to other services that can help visit this web site: https://www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Vaccinations – Covid-19 vaccinations for everyone aged 18 and over are available in England from Friday.

The booking process, via the NHS website, remains the same.

Epsom Downs Racecourse ceased its mass vaccination service as the Jockey Club prepared for the phased return of spectator horse racing events. The vaccination service, which opened at the Epsom site on January 11, will be relocated 11 miles north to Esher’s Sandown Park Racecourse from May 17. Both are owned by the Jockey Club.

In case you are still waiting for your vaccination this the link – https://www.nhs.uk/book-a-coronavirus-vaccination/do-you-have-an-nhs-number

Waste and recycling – this is the link to Book your slot at the tip in Longmead

Book a slot

Slots will be available up to two weeks in advance and you can book as many as you need. Residents who are unable to access the online booking system can call the Contact Centre on 03456 009 009 and they will book a slot on your behalf. All other site rules remain the same.

Planning issues

Development Site at 24-28 West Street Epsom – (19/01021/FUL) an amended application has been received for 25 flats 8 storeys high instead of 13 storeys with commercial space on the ground floor. There are many objections to the amended plans, including those from Resident Associations and the Epsom Civic Society. Having been discussed at the meeting on 12 May, this has been deferred pending further information.

Priest Hill Sports Pavilion Reigate Road Ewell – (21/00028/FUL) – Construction of a new all-weather sports pitch including fencing, floodlighting and all other associated works. The Priest Hill Development aims to establish a center of football and sporting excellence, where first class facilities, coaching and support can nurture and inspire young people of all abilities. This is proposed by a partnership between Glyn School and Epsom & Ewell Colts Football Club. Do go the planning application site to view photos and full information. Objections relate mainly to parking spaces, the floodlighting and the speed of traffic on an already busy road – maybe a good reason for a speed camera to be included as part of the conditions.

Guild Living at rear of Epsom Hospital (21/00252/FUL) Demolition of the existing hospital buildings, accommodation block and associated structures and redevelopment of the site to provide a new care community for older people arranged in two buildings, comprising 267 care residences, 10 care apartments and 28 care suites proving transitional care etc. This is another planning application for the Epsom Hospital site, in addition to their appeal over the refusal of the first one – (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. This was refused on 22 April. A public enquiry is to open on 17 August.

Epsom General Hospital Car Park – (20/00249/FUL) Erection of a multi storey car park comprising ground plus 5 storeys and 527 car parking spaces, reconfiguration of surface parking to provide 104 car parking spaces and improvement to the access road from Dorking Road. This application was refused permission at the Planning Committee meeting on 12 May.

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. The development does seem to dwarf the existing area’s housing as well as having parking and traffic issues. There have been over 60 objections, mainly on height, parking, and traffic. This was approved on 27 April.

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!

Majestic Wine Warehouse East Street – (19/01409/REM) Application for variation of planning condition 1 of 05/00660/FUL to allow the sale of all types of comparison and convenience goods i.e., open A1 (Retail Use). This was discussed at the Planning Committee meeting on 14 January and the application deferred to allow officers and the Applicant to have further discussions to resolve the matters that the Committee had raised. The outcome is still awaited.

EVENTS AND NEWS

Age Concern Epsom & Ewell – Fancy playing golf at the RAC club and helping a great local charity ? If so, see Image for details and register your interest in this event by emailing charlotte.hornblow@ageconcernepsom.org.uk.
There is limited availability for this event, so register your interest early to avoid missing out! #golfday #charityevent #ageconcern #epsom #ewell #racclub

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 Sunday 4 July.

The Epsom Vegan Market – Sunday 27 June and Sunday 25 JulyCome along and visit the Vegan Market in Epsom 10:30am to 3:30pm. For information visit The #Epsom Vegan Market with @Eve_Vegan #VeganMarket on https://www.thebestof.co.uk/local/epsom-and-ewell/

The “Daddy of all Car Boot Sales” at Hook Road Arena in Epsom – Gigantic Car Parks! Food & drink & fun for kids Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays until Autumn. 27th June, 4th July, 11th, 18th and 25th July and 1st August.

South East in Bloom – Epsom is entered into this years’ South East in Bloom competition. With judging due to take place at the very end of June / early July, this is the first time in many years that Epsom has entered the competition and the town is aiming high! The former Mayor of Epsom & Ewell, Humphrey Reynolds said: “This is a fantastic initiative and the whole community can join in. I’m hoping many young people will take the opportunity to collect the free seeds on Saturday and enjoy growing something spectacular”.

New planters, purchased by Go Epsom Business Improvement District, will be installed around the town centre area, new floral schemes are planned at key entry points into the town; Epsom & Ewell U3A will be planting floral clocks in Rosebery Park and a large new flower bed is being created in East Street.

Go Epsom is working in partnership with Epsom & Ewell Borough Council on Epsom in Bloom, there will be lots of opportunities to get involved in planting, volunteering and improving local biodiversity.

Karen Pengelly, BID Manager at Go Epsom commented “In the past 12 months, nature has played a huge part in people’s lives. Epsom in Bloom is a lovely way for the town to create more green spaces and develop a sense of civic pride, Go Epsom is really happy to be involved”.

Points are awarded by the judges not just for planting and flowers but for environmental and community projects linked to Bloom too, the more engagement the community has with Epsom in Bloom, the more points are awarded.

For detailed information on competitions and how you can get involved in Epsom in Bloom, follow #EpsominBloom on Facebook and Instagram and this website.

Missing LIVE entertainment? – Go Epsom has teamed up with MGSO4 Epsom & Ewell Arts, the organisation behind the arts festival, to bring some live music back to Epsom, to enjoy.

 MUSIC IN THE MARKET PLACE Fridays and Sundays

Fridays 5 to 7pm Sundays 12 noon to 2:30pm

Go Epsom has teamed up with MGSO4 Epsom & Ewell Arts, the organisation behind the arts festival, to bring some live music back to Epsom, to enjoy. Featuring a different fantastic professional act every Friday evening  and Sunday lunchtime throughout the summer.

For latest info visit: https://mgso4festival.org/eventcat/music/?post_type=event 

Lavender Walk with St Raphael’s Hospice

From Surrey Wildlife

Lockdowns over the last year have given us all the opportunity to get to know our local green spaces, visit our nature reserves and spend a lot more time outside. Our wild spaces have really helped a lot of people through the pandemic and a connection with nature is proven to be so good for our health and wellbeing. So wouldn’t it make sense to bring nature closer to home?

Surrey’s wildlife is in decline and really needs our help. It doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive to help our bees, bugs and butterflies and they are so important to us as pollinators and as food sources for a whole host of other wildlife.

No Mow!

Why not have a break from the hard work and simply join the campaign to leave part or all of your lawn to grow long and watch the grasses and wildflowers thrive- this simple act can really help our pollinators!

Or take it a step further – Beech Walk Residents have joined the nationwide BLUE campaign to rewild part of their garden– take a walk down the road to see all the blue hearts in the verges. All you have to do is:

Leave part or all of your front verge or lawn to grow wild from April through August. The blue hearts let passers-by know that they are helping pollinators survive rather than neglecting their gardens! You can find out more about this campaign to rewild our neighbourhoods here: https://bluecampaignhub.com/gardeners

Interested? Then why not organise a small gathering in your road to decorate some blue hearts.     If you would like help sourcing blue hearts then contact Louise.shorthose@surreywt.org.uk

Wildlife Gardening

And if you would like to find out more about how you can help wildlife in your back gardens there are helpful guides and advice on everything from creating a mini meadow from scratch to installing a pond to feeding the birds on Surrey Wildlife Trust’s website:

https://www.surreywildlifetrust.org/act-wildlife

A chance to reflect as you walk through the beautiful lavender fields Lavender Memory Walk with St. Raphael’s Hospice

Mayfield Lavender Farm, 1 Carshalton Rd, Banstead SM7 3JA

Saturday, 26 June 2021 from 10:00-17:00

Catch lavender in bloom and walk in memory of those close to your heart. 12,000 steps starting and finishing at the Mayfield Lavender Farm in Banstead. If you cannot join us in person for a socially distanced walk, you can also take part virtually throughout June. Entry fees (live and virtual): Adults £15. Child £10 (5-15yrs). Family £45 (2 adults and 2 children). Includes Lavender Walk t-shirt, information pack and medal.

For more information or tickets visit: https://www.straphaels.org.uk/Event/lavenderwalk

From Surrey Wildlife

Surrey’s wildlife is in decline and really needs our help. It doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive to help our bees, bugs and butterflies and they are so important to us as pollinators and as food sources for a whole host of other wildlife.

The Children’s Trust – SUPERCAR EVENT – Saturday 24th July

Celebrating its 15th year, The Supercar Event will return to the iconic Goodwood Motor Circuit in 2021 for a one-day spectacular suitable for the whole family! This year’s event will take place on Saturday 24th July 2021! The event will open at 9:00am and close at 5pm, and as well as offering passenger rides in some of the world’s finest supercars, we will have a whole host of other rides and attractions to keep visitors of all ages entertained! 

Advanced purchase ticket sales close 22 July at 5pm. Entrance and ride tickets may be available on the day, though we cannot guarantee it. Accelerate you way over to our The Supercar Event website for more information, ticket prices and booking information!

Ewell Summer Picnic – Saturday 17th July, 11am to 4pm Ewell Castle School, Church Street, Ewell KT17 2AW

Family focused day aimed at bringing the community back together. Food and Drink on sale including BBQ, Savoury Crepes, Ice Cream, Doughnuts and Beer Tent. Entertainment and Children’s Activities. 

Dust off your picnic mats and get out of your living room and join us for this family centred fun day. Small entry fee on the day in exchange for tickets to children’s activities. 

The NHS Big Tea, the nation’s biggest tea break takes place at 3pm on Monday 5 July and is another chance to say thank you to the NHS on what will also be its 73rd anniversary!

So join the out-pouring of love by raising a cuppa, a smile, and – if you can – a bit of money for your local NHS heroes at Epsom and St Helier hospitals and community services in recognition for all their hard work throughout the pandemic and beyond.

Hosting an NHS Big Tea event is as simple as one-two-tea!  Decide whether you want your event to be virtual or in person (sticking to all the social distancing rules of course!) and then invite friends, family and colleagues – or all of them – to take a break at 3pm on 5 July! 

GET INVOLVED – 

And if you would like to fundraise, you could simply ask them for a donation for the joy of joining in, enjoying a slice of cake or, stir it up a bit, with a quiz or a bake-off!

To add a bit of colour to your event, there is a lovely bright Big Tea fundraising kit available containing invitations, posters, and bunting!

CLICK  to get a link to download the materials or to request a pack. So don’t delay and sign up today!

Antiques & Brocante Street Market returns to Epsom Market Place this Sunday 20th June from 10am – 4pm . With up to 40 stalls offering a huge array of antiques collectables vintage and retro items.

Antiques Valuation Day – Epsom Medical Equipment Fund are hosting an Antiques Valuation Day with Newland Antiques, Thursday, 15th July 2021 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Famous Green Man, Ewell, Village.  Newland Antiques will be returning to The Famous Green Man and invites you to bring along items for an assessment and valuation. 

A charge of £2 per item will be made to go towards Epsom Medical Equipment Fund to purchase medical equipment which will benefit the local community that Epsom General Hospital serves.  You are encouraged to bring along any items that you feel are valuable.  You may be delightfully surprised by any offer made by Newland Antiques whose speciality is jewellery, watches, gold and silver items, pocket watches – broken or otherwise.   

Now is the time to sort out those items you think will be valuable! In addition, there will be a sale of items for sale by Epsom Medical Equipment Fund including knitted items,

The events are loosely based on the Antique Roadshow TV programme style, which gave rise to many similar programmes, where watching the surprise and delight of owners discovering the worth of items is of interest. These programmes have made people more aware of potential value of their belonging, however the best method of actually realising the true cash value is not always made clear!

On our Valuation days you are invited to bring along your chosen items, our valuer will give you an appraisal (£2 per item to go towards Epsom Medical Equipment Fund) and a current estimation of value.  We will then discuss your best course of action and either make an offer of purchase or provide advice on your other options.

Further details from Bess Harding on 020 8337 8181

Epsom Craft MarketSunday 11 July 10.00 to 3.00pm Join us in the high street on the 2nd Sunday of every month for an assortment of local crafts made by local people. At our monthly craft and gift market you will find a wide selection of local makers and artists offering their handcrafted items. Each item is sure to be unique and handmade with love. Stalls include jewellery, candles, artwork and prints, sewn items, pottery, candles and soaps, and so much more! @follyfairs.

If you want a stall, contact them direct – don’t miss out. Folly Fairs – Surrey | Facebook

The Taste of The World Market in Epsom – Every Friday, every bank holiday and selected Sundays on Epsom’s marketplace from 9.30am – 3.30pm. The next Sunday market is on Sunday 11 July.  The market includes a selection of international street food to takeaway only. For more info see: https://www.facebook.com/TasteOfTheWorldMarket

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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