Having had a break from publishing over the last two months, I give below an update to what has been happening and what is coming up in our area.
The Chalk Pit
Anyone who lives in the immediate area and receives this bulletin will know that we have an environmental disaster on our hands. Those living in Epsom, particularly the areas around College Road and Longdown Lanes North and South, are aware of the constant noise and dust coming from the now very heavy industrial site in the Chalk Pit. The owners are putting people’s health and wellbeing at risk and so far, nothing has been done to curtail the activities, despite massive efforts from residents, councillors and many others. For over 12 months now residents have been complaining to the Environment Agency, Surrey CC, Epsom and Ewell BC and Chris Grayling and we still see no physical results of all this hard work. There are upwards of 350 skip and heavy lorry movements a day, wrecking our neighbourhood, our roads, our verges, and endangering lives. These lorries and skips are dropping off heavy industrial waste from all around greater London and it’s on our doorstep. Everyone who wants to improve the quality of life in this once pleasant town should get on the backs of Chris Grayling, Steve McCormick, the Environment Agency, Tim Hall at Surrey CC and Epsom & Ewell BC.
On the positive side – certain Borough Councillors are now having weekly zoom meetings about this, and we understand that there is a plan to make these available to the public. We will certainly keep you posted on this as some of the Councillors are very concerned that despite mounting opposition, nothing has stopped the owners from continuing to carry on their businesses without restrictions. At a committee meeting of the AEDR on Tuesday evening, several suggestions were made to raise the profile of what has been taking place and we will be following these up with all those concerned. One of these suggestions was to involve all those who could be affected by the dust and to this end I show below the map to show the areas that this dangerous dust could stretch to.
What is the current position? – Ken Reid reports:-
As envisaged in my last update planning has again been delayed with the anticipated date to committee now being 13 October.
Residents remain very concerned at the documents that have been submitted to the Council as they misrepresent the situation and are alarmed that the facts have not been checked. The EA noise survey makes it abundantly clear that none of the three noise reports submitted by the applicant are fit for purpose. Had an officer from SCC attended the site it would have been clear to them that the applicant’s reports are wrong and that the machinery makes significant noise and produces significant dust.
There also remains significant gaps in the submissions which we would have expected to have seen at this stage in the process.
Members of the Planning Committee we understand attended the Chalk Pit last Friday for what I believe was a stage-managed visit. You will not be surprised to hear that that skip lorries were diverted away from the Chalk Pit and that the site was unusually quiet in the morning. No sooner had the visit finished that noise and traffic cranked up significantly.
EEBC has issued a further objection following the recent further consultations.
EA continue to support the application and have made no comment in relation to the noise survey despite their expert having discredited the applicant’s submissions. So much for impartiality and integrity!
Noise nuisance continues to be significant even though it is not as constant as it was earlier in the year. Dust becomes a nuisance as soon as we have fair weather with residents complaining in the last week of significant dust deposits.
The EA has all but stopped monitoring the site despite complaints. It is bewildering that our original complaints were vindicated by their expert that they choose to ignore current complaints and allow an operator who should have been prosecuted to carry on.
EEBC has written to a number of residents, see attached, and are looking at gathering information to allow them to take action. They are painfully slow and they keep missing the dates they advise us of.
What can you do? It is important that if you are suffering nuisance you report this:
|Noise and Dust||Complain to both EA and EEBC EA email Incident_Communication_Service@environment-agency.gov.uk or call 0800 80 70 60 EEBC email email@example.com|
|Traffic / Roads and Drains / Floods||Surrey email Highways@surreycc.gov.uk|
A group of residents are working hard preparing representations prior to the planning meeting and also to encourage EEBC to take action. We are thankful for the significant support from The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP who has worked tirelessly in order to get the EA to engage and also from local councillors in particular Bernie Muir, Steve McCormick and Nigel Collin who are helping with representations to the County and the Borough.
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.
Coronavirus – COVID–19
Please do what you can to keep the pressure up on the authorities to keep us all safe!
the Government website is Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)The link above shows the Government guidance and if you wish to remind yourselves of this ever-changing scenario, please visit this.
Coronavirus remains a serious health risk. You should stay cautious to help protect yourself and others.
- Meet outside, or open windows and doors for indoor visitors
- If you think you have symptoms stay at home and take a PCR test
- Wear face coverings in crowded places and on public transport
- Check in to venues when you go out
- Wash your hands with soap regularly, and for at least 20 seconds
- Get vaccinated
Infection rates – Coronavirus infection rates have fallen in place in Surrey but have risen in seven areas. Despite most areas seeing their infection rates rise, every area in surrey continued to have a rate lower than the national average for England. The infection rate for the whole county of Surrey is now 268.2 cases per 100,000 people, compared to England’s rate of 331.5.
The table below shows the infection rates for each area:
Vaccinations – Covid-19 vaccinations for everyone aged 16 and over are available in England. Bookings for large vaccination centres, such as Sandown Park Racecourse, can only be made via the NHS national booking system.
Sandown Park Racecourse
Pfizer vaccines available, no appointments required. Second dose vaccine must have been at least 8 weeks since the date of first dose and same vaccine type. Sandown Park is open for walk-ins for those aged 16+. Please note Sandown will be closed for walk-in vaccinations on Sunday 19 September.
- 13 September, – 17 September, 2pm-7.20pm
- 18 September, 9am-3pm
- 19 September, 9am-1.30pm
Waste and recycling – as most of you will know it is not now necessary to book a slot but remember the tip is still closed on a Tuesday and Wednesday.
Development Site at 107 – 111 East Street, Epsom – (20/00797/FUL) Demolition of the existing buildings and erection of part 3 storey, part 4 storey building comprising 23 residential flats (8 x 1 bedroom, 11 x 2 bedroom and 4 x 3 bedroom) with associated car and cycle parking and refuse storage. There were many objections, including those from the Epsom Civic Society and the Epsom Town Residents Association. The application was refused at the Committee meeting on 22 July.
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. This is scheduled for the 7 October planning committee meeting.
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. This application is awaiting a decision.
Guild Living at rear of Epsom Hospital – (19/01722/FUL) – Appeal A – demolition of redundant hospital buildings and redevelopment of the site to provide a new care community for older people arranged in two buildings. This appeal was dismissed. (21/00252/FUL) – Appeal B – 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 appeal was allowed. The full details of the schemes are shown on the Epsom & Ewell Borough website.
Epsom Lodge, 1 Burgh Heath Road, Epsom – (21/00031/FUL | Change of use of existing Care Home (Use Class C2) to Residential (Use Class C3). Erection of three storey side and rear extension to create 9 flats (5 x 1 bed, 1 x 2 bed and 3 x 3 bed) and creation of basement car park. This application was refused on 13 August.
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. This was discussed at the Planning Committee on 14 January and the application deferred to allow officers and the Applicant to have further discussions. The outcome is still awaited.
Epsom Hospital News – Daniel Elkeles After six and a half years of dedicated service as the Chief Executive of Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, Daniel Elkeles has been appointed as the Chief Executive of the London Ambulance Service (LAS).
Daniel joined LAS, which is the busiest ambulance service in the world, on secondment on 16 August 2021. Daniel said: “I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to the staff of Epsom and St Helier, and to our patients and local residents who have offered invaluable support and feedback over the course of the past six and a half years. The Trust has been on quite a journey over that time, and I am genuinely proud of the improvements we have delivered.
“LAS plays a vital role in providing care for London’s population of nearly nine million people. I look forward to joining the team and to helping to shape its future strategy, including ensuring staff and volunteers receive the best possible support after what has been the most challenging year in the NHS’s history.”
New chapter for Epsom and St Helier and St George’s hospitals
After years of collaboration and creating closer working ties, the Boards of Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust and St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have agreed to form a hospital group, with a Group Chief Executive at the helm.
By formalising these working partnerships, the two hospital trusts will be able to bolster their clinical and non-clinical workforce, making the teams larger and therefore more resilient to the challenges modern healthcare may bring in the future, as well as offering local people greater access to a wider range of NHS services. The two Trusts will collaborate more closely on research, staff development, education and training, which will continue to make a vital contribution to the quality and sustainability of clinical care into the future.
As a group model (which is already working well in a number of areas across the country), the two Trusts will share a Chief Executive and a number of other key leaders, as well as the existing role of Joint Chairman. Each Trust will continue to have its own Board and the organisations are not merging, meaning both Epsom and St Helier, and St George’s will remain as statutory organisations in their own right.
Jacqueline Totterdell – who has been Chief Executive Officer at St George’s since May 2017 – was appointed following interview to the position of Group Chief Executive on Tuesday 3 August. Jacqueline is an experienced and accomplished leader, having led a number of NHS Trusts, and most recently taken St George’s out of quality and financial special measures, also leading the south west London acute hospitals system during the COVID pandemic and subsequent recovery.
EVENTS AND NEWS
Ewell History Day 2021 – Bourne Hall Saturday 18 September, 10am-5pm
On Saturday, 18th September, you’ll get the opportunity to discover Ewell’s incredible past. At this free event, you will “Gasp at Roman gladiators, stumble on Victorian urchins, survive with the soldiers of both World Wars, pick up tips from the Land Army and its petting zoo.”
Ewell History day is a FREE family event happening in Ewell Village on Saturday 18th Sept from 10am-5pm From Bronze Age to World War 2 History comes to life in Ewell as part of Heritage Open Days Click Link Below For More Details https://bit.ly/EwellHD
Music at St Martin’s is back!Saturday 18 September 4.30 – 5.30-The new season of free afternoon concerts is launched by the wonderfully engaging and entertaining vocal group the Twilight Ensemble. Chiming with the St Martin’s celebration of Creation Season, the music is inspired by our beautiful planet and the wilds of nature.
The group will take you from Rameau in the 18th century, through Schumann, Liza Lehmann, Vaughan Williams and on to today’s composers John Rutter and Orlando Gough.
The members of the Twilight Ensemble are indeed a starry cast. As outstanding singers and musicians they list among them roles at the Royal Opera House and Glyndebourne and performances at Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall. As well as performing the group arrange and write their own pieces and commissions new works.
The concert lasts up to an hour and admission is free but donations welcome.
Ewell Horticultural Association Autumn Show – Saturday 18th September 2:30 to 4:30pm
Come and enjoy a colourful display of locally grown flowers, fruit and vegetables and artistic floral arrangements together with a raffle, plant sale and refreshments with delicious homemade cakes
All welcome, free admission and free parking, fully accessible venue.
Big Questions with the Archbishop of Canterbury
On Saturday, 25th September (3.30pm–4.45pm), there’ll be a unique opportunity to put questions to the Archbishop of Canterbury and hear him speak on how to find security and hope in uncertain times. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is travelling throughout our area to listen to local people and to help us to tackle some of life’s biggest questions.
For more details and to register for the free event, which takes place at Blenheim High School, Epsom go to www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/big-questions-with-the-archbishop-of-canterbury-epsom-tickets-162246091427.
Age Concern Epsom & Ewell – Back by popular demand! Join us for a feast of Indian and Bengali delights at our Charity Curry Night. Age Concern Epsom & Ewell will be your hosts at Tamarind Spice, West Ewell on Tuesday 28th September at 7:15pm.
Tickets are £25 pp – This has always been a sell-out event so BOOK early to avoid disappointment. (*this is a set menu event – drinks and desserts not included) Tickets are on sale now – https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/charitycurrynight2021
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 3 October.
The Epsom Vegan Market – Sunday 26 September and Sunday 24 October- Come 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 19th Sept, Sun 26th Sept, Sun 3rd Oct, Sun 10th Oct, Sun 17th Oct, Sun 24th Oct. After that they are held every Sunday, weather and ground conditions permitting. Always check www.hookcarbootsale.com/ first.
HELP US REACH £10,000 MILESTONE FOR ST. RAPHAEL’S HOSPICE!!!! Every penny helps, and we hope to exceed an incredible contribution from the car boot sales: £10K!!! Thank you to all who have supported us over the year.
Antiques & Collectables Fair at Epsom Downs Racecourse – Tuesday 21 September – opens 9 am. Come and visit us for some wonderful Antiques & Collectables
ADELE TRIBUTE NIGHT at Il Capriccio Ristorante Friday 24th September – The delightful Il Capriccio Ristorante in Ewell village are pleased to announce they are now offering a monthly entertainment evening. Come along and enjoy a delicious meal accompanied by the music of a great British singer with our Adele Tribute artiste. These evenings are very popular so please call us to book your table. 020 8786 8160
A DAY FOR ALL Saturday 2nd October, St Mary’s Ewell – A community event with the theme ‘Gifts from the Earth’. Attractions and activities through the day for all ages, including animals brought by Millers Ark Mobile Farm, craft activities for children, guided nature tours, illustrated talk ‘Nature in our Gardens’, Mind body Balance Exercise, Mouse Trail, self-guided Prayer Walk and Swop Shop. Photo, Painting and Funny Veg competitions – see website for entry details and deadlines for submission. www.stmarysewell.com/event/a-day-for-all-2/?instance_id=1249
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. There is limited availability for this eAge Concern Epsom & Ewellvent, so register your interest early to avoid missing out! #golfday #charityevent #ageconcern #epsom #ewell #racclub
The Children’s Trust – It’s PJ WEEK Monday 4th to Friday 8th October
Forget convention. Brighten up your school and get involved in The Children’s Trust PJ Week! Get your pupils excited for a dress-down day like no other by inviting them to come to classes in their pyjamas and dressing gowns.
For a donation of £2 each, pupils can enjoy a break from their school uniforms, whilst raising vital funds for children with brain injury. To register your school for free, please visit https://thechildrenstrust.digitickets.co.uk/category/35099
Once you have registered, we’ll send out your downloadable pack shortly.
Antiques Valuation Day – Epsom Medical Equipment Fund are hosting an Antiques Valuation Day with Newland Antiques, Thursday, 14 October – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Epsom Methodist Church 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. Newland Antiques are particularly looking to buy watches, jewellery, gold and silver so do bring these items along. You might be pleasantly surprised. You can enjoy a coffee/tea and snack whilst you ponder whether or not to sell your antiques or other items or celebrate your sale. Gold is at an all-time high.
Epsom Medical Equipment Fund will also be holding a sale – FREE ENTRY – of knitted goods, hats, scarves, shawls, gloves, bedsocks, babywear, tea cosies. Further details from Bess Harding on 020 8337 8181
Denbies Wine Estate Dorking – there are lots of exciting events planned including ‘A Taste of Denbies’ Wine Tasting & Gallery Dinner – Enjoy a wine tasting of Denbies’ premium award-winning wine range, hosted by Denbies WSET wine expert. Followed by a three-course meal with tea or coffee in the Gallery Restaurant – see website for details.
The Taste of The World Market in Epsom – Every 2nd Sunday of the month at Epsom’s marketplace from 9.30am – 3.30pm. The next Sunday market is on 10 October. The market includes a selection of international street food to takeaway only. For more info see: https://www.facebook.com/TasteOfTheWorldMarket
Facebook – our 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.