Ewell Downs News Bulletin No.13 – October 2016

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Welcome to the October Bulletin. This Bulletin highlights some of the issues which will appear in the Newsletter that is going to print in the next day or two and will be delivered to all residents later this month, subject to unforeseen circumstances.

Planning issues

Mill Road Development – you may have seen the boarding that has gone up along Mill Road in advance of the development of 77 units of student accommodation for which permission has been granted. However following this approval, the developer sought a Variation of Condition 11 (The development shall be used for residential student accommodation only and for no other purpose) of planning permission 14/01784/FUL to allow the occupation of the units by students and/or other persons, as Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs).

The significance of allowing the development to be HMO’s cannot be underestimated. In the approved scheme there is no provision for parking on site as students would not be permitted to have vehicles. Such a condition could not be included, or indeed enforced, in the case of multiple occupation and as you know, Mill Road is already “full” with parked cars. The planning reference for this was 16/00752/REM and there were a great number of objections. We have now heard that permission to vary the conditions has been refused by delegation. This is good news but we shall be vigilant in case there are other developments.

Upper High Street and the Old Dairy Site – although there is nothing positive to report a supermarket may be interested in the Upper High Street site and a housing developer in the Old Dairy site. We will keep you posted.

Chase Road, Epsom – This application is due to be considered at Planning on 6 October with a recommendation to permit the application for the demolition of the existing commercial vehicle hire business buildings and the replacement with 14 flats. This can be viewed under 15/01530/FUL.

Nescot development – the first residents moved in in September and the properties continue to market well. We are exploring the possibility of including future residents with those of Ewell Downs rather than within the new Nonsuch RA boundary. We understand that the Reigate Road was the boundary mark but feel that those residents would benefit more by inclusion in our boundary. We will be having discussions with the Chair of Nonsuch RA and will keep you informed.

Our contact for the Goodman Group (the care home developers) advises still no further news on the commencement of work.

Derby Square – the planning application for the canopy structure, feature seating and landscaping in Derby Square, together with High Street entrance feature, was permitted, subject to conditions including the planting of a new substantial tree before the removal of the ornamental pear tree closest to the High Street.

Reigate Road – Nescot RoundaboutWe continue to press for a permanent option to the fencing which is the subject of considerable complaints.

Traffic

East Street road alterations – no further news as yet but we will be chasing this up.

Plan E improvement works the much awaited ‘Plan E’ improvement works to the roads and public spaces in Epsom town centre are now planned to start in January 2017. Some delays have occurred whilst Surrey County Council and Epsom & Ewell Borough Council have sought ways of balancing the needs of all town centre users, and not cause disruption during the build-up to the festive season.

The overall aim of the works is to reduce congestion, make the town centre more pedestrian-friendly and encourage people to move around the town centre much more and so make greater use of all the shops, services, cafes, restaurants and our other great businesses.

Further details will be published in the Newsletter.

Parking Reviews – Parking review 9 has been completed and lines should start to be installed around the end of October.

Parking review 10 will close on 31 October for new requests. Our Surrey County Councillor, John Beckett can still accept new requests up to a couple of weeks after that, accompanied by the usual 70% level of support in the road or affected area.

Epsom Banstead Sustainable Transport Package (STP) – This is a set of proposals that would make it easier and safer to walk and cycle between Epsom, Banstead, Nork, Burgh Heath and the Preston estate. These proposals would also make it easier to travel between these places by bus and would include improvements to Banstead rail station.

By encouraging more people to travel sustainably – by bus, by bike or on foot – there will be less congestion, less pollution and more people will lead healthier lives. The project is planned for delivery between spring 2017 and summer 2019.

For further details visit www.surreycc.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/roads-and-transport-policies-plans-and-consultations/major-transport-projects/epsom-and-ewell-major-transport-schemes.

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.

Council issues

Freedom of the Borough for Michael Arthur – one of our Councillors

The Council has agreed to confer on Councillor Michael Arthur the Freedom of the Borough in recognition of his 50 years as a Councillor for Ewell ward. Michael became a Residents’ Association Councillor in November 1966 and has served the community tirelessly ever since, with a particular focus on planning matters. He has only missed one full Council meeting in that time.

Michael has also made a significant contribution to the Borough through the work of the family building firm, Bradley & Arthur, which constructed many family homes in Epsom and Ewell, and his support for Epsom Methodist Church, and its scout groups.

Michael will be made an Honorary Freeman at a special ceremony on Friday 28th October that will take place at Bourne Hall, starting at 6.30pm. Residents are welcome to attend – please contact us by email for further details.

Epsom Core Strategy – The Core Strategy sets the overall planning framework for the Borough and contains a number of key strategic policies. Further information can be found on the Core Strategy webpage and we shall be publishing the key elements in our next Bulletin.

Surrey County Council Local Committee – two members of the committee attended the meeting on 19 September and raised questions regarding the parking at Wallace Fields Infant School and traffic issues on Longdown Lane North and Higher Green. For further details go to the Surrey Local Committee Epsom page – Annex A. If any resident would like to consider posing a question at the next meeting this is to be held on Monday 5 December 2016 at 2.00pm at Epsom Town Hall.

LOCAL MATTERS AND EVENTS

CHRISTMAS EVENTS 2016 we know it is early but you may like to note the dates!

Epsom Christmas Lights Switch-on – this will take place on Thursday 24 November in the Market Place at 4 until 8:30 pm. This ever popular event will feature a plethora of seasonal family entertainment, with Father Christmas taking centre stage. Kick off your Christmas at the Market Place in Epsom with fun, frolics and one or two surprises!

Ewell Yule – the special late night Christmas traders evening in Ewell Village, will take place on Friday December 2nd this year. Put a note in your diary and watch out for more details of the special events and attractions that will be available on the night. It is planned that the Living Advent calendar, which proved popular last year, will again be organised in partnership with St Mary’s Church in Ewell.

Ewell Village 5 Day Gift Market – Tues 13th to Sat 17th December at Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell

Christmas cheer for Epsom and Ewell – te Resident Association led Epsom and Ewell Borough Council has agreed to bring some early Christmas cheer to shoppers and traders. In December the following car parks in Epsom town centre: Ashley Centre, Town Hall, Hope Lodge, Upper High Street and Depot Road will be FREE on the three Sundays before Christmas as well as Christmas Day.

The dates are as follows:- Sunday 4th December 2016, Sunday 11th December 2016, Sunday 18th December 2016 and Christmas Day.

The Council is also supporting the Ewell Yule traders evening with free car parking in Ewell Village at Dorset House and Ewell High Street car parks on Friday 2nd December 2016 from 4pm.

Surrey Wildlife reserve at Priest Hill – Volunteer work days take place on Mondays 31 October and 28 November – meet at Priest Hill depot off the Reigate Rd, KT17 3BZ.

Contact: rachael.thornley@surreywt.org.uk or on 07799894148 for further information.

Surrey Brass – Age Concern of Epsom and Ewell have confirmed that Surrey Brass are available for another of their fabulous concerts. The concert will be held on Friday 28th October at Epsom College. Visit their site for further details.

Weekly refuse and recycling road shows – residents should keep a look out for a series of road shows this September and October that will explain changes to refuse collection and recycling in Epsom & Ewell. The Council will collect refuse and recycling bins every week from spring 2017, making the process simpler, easier and more cost effective. Information about the ‘Simply Weekly Recycling’ road shows taking place across the Borough can be found on the Council’s website (under the rubbish, waste & recycling section).

As part of the changes, the Council will also switch residents’ green and black bins. The larger green bin will become the recycling bin and the black bin will become the refuse bin. Glass will still be collected separately, on a weekly basis, while garden waste and leaves will be collected fortnightly by subscription. For more information please visit www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk

SCC starts charging for non-household waste – from 1st September charges have been introduced for some non-household waste items at a total of 9 community recycling centres (CRCs) in Surrey, including Blenheim Road in Epsom. These charges are part of a series of cost-saving measures by SCC.

Charges will be applied to tyres from cars, motorcycles and all other motorised vehicles, as well as waste arising from the construction, alteration or repair of homes and gardens. This includes items such as plasterboard, breeze blocks, bricks, rubble, soil, stones, ceramic bathroom fittings and tiles. There will be a free daily allowance of chargeable waste of one bag, or one item, or one sheet of plasterboard. Thereafter charges will be applied at rate of £5 per tyre or £4 per bag or item of chargeable waste; or sheet of plasterboard. If these materials are loose, a charge of £50 will apply per car load.

Payment can only be made by Visa or Mastercard debit and credit cards at the entrance to the recycling centre. Residents will still be able to dispose of all general household waste, including biodegradable and organic garden waste, free of charge.

While sympathetic to the financial pressures that SCC is facing, local RA councillors are concerned that the charges will lead to an increase in fly-tipping, and that the costs of collection may be higher than the money raised. They will monitor the situation closely.

Allotments in Epsom – There are currently some vacancies at Council-managed allotment. Customer Services at Epsom Council are certainly trying to get these plots allocated as quickly as possible. 32 vacancies at Epsom Common is the highest known, but they are trying to turn that around. If you are interested visit EEBC web site.

Tin foil – Chris Watts of 93 Albert Rd, Epsom continues to accept tin foil. Please help to support this good work and raise funds for Action Duchenne. Don’t forget Chris also makes bespoke greetings cards for the charity. 

Subscriptions – thank you all of you who have paid their subs of £3.00 either by brown envelope, standing order or on line. If any of you have yet to pay the annual subscription, please do so as soon as possible. A bank mandate and details for online banking were published in the AGM Notice. Please let us have your views on this. – AEDR Committee.

Keeping in touch – this bulletin is distributed to all those who have provided email addresses. 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. We would especially love some photos to add to this.

Facebook – 44 people have now visited our Facebook page and “liked” us. Do go and use this to put comments or pictures of the area on.

Twitter – this is quite active with 50 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.

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Ewell Downs News Bulletin August 2016

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We are half way through the summer holidays so it’s time for an update and details of up and coming events.

Planning issues

Links Road Backland Development – to the relief of all those who participated in the opposition to the planning application for the erection of 4 new dwellings etc. on the land to rear of 23A to 33 Links Road, this was rejected by the planning committee on 11 July. This does not of course mean that an appeal will not be lodged and should this happen, we will keep you informed.

Derby Square – the planning application for the canopy structure, feature seating and landscaping in Derby Square together with High Street entrance feature, was permitted, subject to conditions including the planting of a new substantial tree before the removal of the ornamental pear tree closest to the High Street.

Chase Road, Epsom – This application for the demolition of existing buildings on 1 Chase Road to allow for the redevelopment of a three-storey residential development comprising 14 units remains pending consideration. This can be viewed under 15/01530/FUL.

Nescot development – the show house is open from 10 am until 5.30 daily (7 pm on Thursdays) and work continues apace. We have been advised that fencing/hedging will form a barrier along the Reigate Road side replacing the existing temporary fencing.

Our contact for the Goodman Group (the care home developers) no further news on the commencement of work yet – perhaps this is something we should be grateful for!

Reigate Road – Nescot RoundaboutWe continue to press for a permanent option to the fencing which is the subject of considerable complaints.

Traffic

East Street road alterations – no further news as yet but we will be chasing this up.

South Street Roadworks – we understand that work will now not commence until 2017. We believe that Surrey County Council were considering a start date of October/November this year but due to the havoc this would cause with Christmas and celebrations in the town, it has been rescheduled. For full information on the Plan E roadworks in South Street see the link below.

Epsom Banstead Sustainable Transport Package (STP) – This is a set of proposals that would make it easier and safer to walk and cycle between Epsom, Banstead, Nork, Burgh Heath and the Preston estate. These proposals would also make it easier to travel between these places by bus and would include improvements to Banstead rail station.

By encouraging more people to travel sustainably – by bus, by bike or on foot – there will be less congestion, less pollution and more people will lead healthier lives. The project is planned for delivery between spring 2017 and summer 2019.

The measures that form the overall package include:

  • Shared use routes for pedestrians and cyclists that are wide, well surfaced and well lit;

  • Safe road crossing facilities for pedestrians and cyclists;

  • Cycle routes that are continuous and separated from busy traffic;

  • Changes that will make bus services more reliable;

  • Real time’ information in bus shelters to show when the next bus is due;

  • Extending the frequency and the hours of some bus services so they run later into the evening and at weekends;

  • Better facilities at Banstead rail station.

For further details visit www.surreycc.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/roads-and-transport-policies-plans-and-consultations/major-transport-projects/epsom-and-ewell-major-transport-schemes.

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.

Council issues

Epsom Core Strategy The Core Strategy sets the overall planning framework for the Borough and contains a number of key strategic policies. Further information can be found on the Core Strategy webpage and we shall be publishing the key elements in our next Bulletin.

Surrey County Council Local Committeeat the meeting on 20 June the appointment of our local and Surrey County Councillor, John Beckett, as Vice-Chairman was confirmed. Although no matters raised at the meeting related specifically to our area, they do make us think that perhaps this would be a good platform to raise the issue of parking at Wallace Fields Infant School. If any resident would like to consider posing a question at the next meeting which is to be held on Monday 19 September 2016 at 7.00pm, Bourne Hall, Ewell. For full information on the June meeting with draft minutes search “surrey local committee Epsom”.

Local matters and events

Beware – Catnappers about! – Alert for cat owners – there have been reports of attempted cat-napping in the Worple Road/The Parade area in broad daylight very recently. Fortunately a neighbour intervened but if you spot any suspicious activity in your area, please report this to the police and RSPCA. We would not like to see any escalation of the serious atrocities against cats in Croydon here.

Surrey Wildlife reserve at Priest Hill – on Thursday 8 September there is a Butterfly Conservation Field Trip: looking for butterflies 11 am – 1 pm (donations £4.00) and a Volunteer work days on Monday 5 September, 3 and 31 October and 28 November – meet at Priest Hill depot off the Reigate Rd, KT17 3BZ.

Contact: rachael.thornley@surreywt.org.uk or on 07799894148 for further information.

Epsom & Ewell Family Fun DaySunday 18th September 2016, from 11:30 to 16:30 at Hook Road Arena. Entry by programme £2 in advance or £4 on the gate, children under 12 free, Car Parking £2 (last entry by car 4pm)

Arenas and Marquees with free attractions, shows and presentations. Many free activities, children’s workshops and entertainment for all the family, including a children’s entertainer Mr Mayhem and other attractions on stage throughout the afternoon. Punch and Judy will also be giving free shows. Bring your dog along to enter any of the pet dog show categories.

Surrey Brass – Age Concern of Epsom and Ewell have confirmed that Surrey Brass are available for another of their fabulous concerts. More information to follow but meanwhile ‘Save the Date’ as they were a ‘sell out’ last time. The concert will be held on Friday 28th October at Epsom College.

Epsom College Choral Society – anyone who enjoys singing in a choir is welcome. Rehearsals start on Tuesday 13 September at 8 – 9.15 pm in the Big School at Epsom College and continue during term times until the concert in January 2017.

Round the Borough Hike & Bike – This 20 mile hike is taking place on Saturday 3 September 2016. This official event starts and finishes in Horton Country Park LNR. It is free to enter and open to all ages and abilities.

The on-line registration form is available at http://www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/roundtheboroughhikeandbike for participants to sign up.

Refuse bins – The Big Switch (from Spring 2017)

For those who are not aware of the changes – Simply Weekly Recycling means you’ll need a bigger bin for recycling but you won’t need so much space for your refuse. So we will switch your green and black bins when the new collections start. So from Spring 2017, your larger green bin will become your recycling bin, your black bin will become your refuse bin. If you don’t think you’ll have the right bins for the Big Switch, call the Council to fix it now on 01372 732000.

For more information please visit www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Hedges and front gardens – we have had reports from concerned residents that due to the excessive growth of greenery, some hedges are encroaching pathways. We are very fortunate to live in such a lovely leafy area and it is up to all of us to maintain the look of our own hedges and front gardens

No need for special food caddy bags – until now, the Council has asked residents to line their food caddy with either paper or compostable bio-liners. But improvements to the technology used at food recycling plants mean that it can now accept food caddies lined with plastic bags or liners, including old carrier bags. This should make recycling a little easier, and less costly!

Allotments in Epsom – There are currently some vacancies at Council-managed allotment. Customer Services at Epsom Council are certainly trying to get these plots allocated as quickly as possible. 32 vacancies at Epsom Common is the highest known, but they are trying to turn that around. If you are interested visit EEBC web site.

Tin foil – Chris Watts of 93 Albert Rd, Epsom continues to accept tin foil. Please help to support this good work and raise funds for Action Duchenne. Don’t forget Chris also makes bespoke greetings cards for the charity. 

Subscriptions – thank you all of you who have paid their subs of £3.00 either by brown envelope, standing order or on line. If any of you have yet to pay the annual subscription, please do so as soon as possible. A bank mandate and details for online banking were published in the AGM Notice. Please let us have your views on this. – AEDR Committee.

Keeping in touch – this bulletin is distributed to all those who have provided email addresses. 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. We would especially love some photos to add to this.

Facebook – 44 people have now visited our Facebook page and “liked” us. Do go and use this to put comments or pictures of the area on.

Twitter – this is quite active with 50 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.

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Ewell Downs News Bulletin No. 11

June 2016

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What is happening in our area? I hope this bulletin will keep you in the picture. If there are events which you would like to publicise, please contact us.

Planning issues

Links Road Backland Development – an application has been lodged for the erection of 4 new dwellings, vehicular and pedestrian access, parking and secure cycle storage and landscaping on the land to rear of 23A to 33 Links Road under 16/00213/FUL. This is receiving considerable strong opposition from both residents of Links Road and Higher Green and AEDR. We would encourage all residents to visit the planning portal and voice their opinions to stop this backland development which has been the scourge of many roads in this area.

Derby Square – the planning application to erect a canopy structure, feature seating and landscaping in Derby Square together with High Street entrance feature, publicised in out last bulletin, is still pending consideration and can be viewed under 15/01851/FUL.

Comrades Club, The Parade, Epsom – planning permission for the demolition of existing Comrades Club facility and erection of new four-storey building comprising a 57-bed hotel is GRANTED subject to the certain conditions which can be viewed under 15/01839/FUL 16 June 2016.

Chase Road, Epsom – This application for the demolition of existing buildings on 1 Chase Road to allow for the redevelopment of a three-storey residential development comprising 14 units is also pending consideration. This can be viewed under 15/01530/FUL.

Nescot development – there is a neighbours’ only preview event at the Sycamore Gardens Sales and Marketing Suite on Friday 24th June. The event is intended as a thank you for the support that has been received from the local community and offers the opportunity to view the sales and marketing suite and show house before they open to the general public. Any neighbour who has not received an invitation and wishes to go along should contact 0800 032 6760 or residents@hill.co.uk.

For information we understand that the homes for affordable rent are being provided through Circle Housing and that there are also shared ownership homes available through Centra Living. The phone number for any shared ownership enquiries is 0845 304 1002.

Our contact for the Goodman Group (the care home developers) continues to confirm that discussions are continuing regarding the finer details of planning and there is at the moment no firm date for the commencement of work.

Reigate Road – Nescot RoundaboutThe advertising posters which have been put on the temporary fencing have been removed. We continue to press for a permanent option to the fencing which is the subject of considerable complaints.

Traffic on East Street – no further news as yet.

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.

Roadworks – work will commence on the Plan E roadworks in South Street this after the Derby 3 – 4 June.

There will be resurfacing work on Alexandra Road from 14 June to 4 July with two-way signals

Surrey County Council Local Committeewe shall publicise the outcome of the meeting on 20 June n our next bulletin. We understand that Pavement Horizon work needed has been identified for Longdown Lane North.

The next meeting is on Monday 19 September 2016 at 7.00pm, Bourne Hall, Ewell


Surrey Wildlife reserve at Priest Hill
– a list of summer local events is attached to this bulletin. Contact: rachael.thornley@surreywt.org.uk for further information.

Ewell Village shops – Hot off the press!

Costa Coffee has submitted a planning application to turn the currently vacant former Barclays Bank premises into a coffee shop. This will require change of use from A2 to A1/A3. Ewell already has a number of coffee shops run by independent traders. Do we need another? However there is evidence that having a Costa Coffee does increase footfall to the benefit of trade generally. What do residents think?

The Star has been put on the market and there is some interest.

Land at North Looe – no further news at present.

Epsom & Ewell Arts Festival – 24 – 26 June – MGSO4 is a dynamic, grassroots, not-for-profit organisation set up to promote arts and music in Epsom & Ewell. The name of our festival – MGSO4 – has been inspired by MgSO4, (magnesium sulphate) the chemical formula for Epsom Salts, that made the town famous almost 400 years ago.

Epsom and Ewell’s very own arts festival, MGSO4, has been formally opened at Ewell Castle School, in the presence of the Mayor and Mayoress of Epsom & Ewell. More than 60 events and performances will take place between 24-26 June, at locations across the borough, including live music, theatre, dance, art exhibitions and literary events.

A host of high-profile names are appearing at the festival, including pianist Nicholas McCarthy, West-end lead Oliver Tompsett, no 1 hit artist Donna Lewis and the acclaimed novelist and playwright Michael Frayn, who grew up in Ewell. Local arts organisations including University for the Creative Arts, Laine Theatre Arts and Realistic Music Academy are all participating, as well as all schools in the borough.

Rachel Wooding of Britain’s Got Talent fame is also going to be performing at MGSO4’s live stage at the festival

To find out what’s on and book tickets, visit the festival website: http://www.mgso4festival.org

Choral Festival of the twin towns – 30 June – 3 July Choirs from all four towns will be performing at a variety of venues around Epsom and Ewell, both indoors and outdoors, and all are invited!  Each choir brings its own special twist, with a variety of different types of music from folk through to church music.

The choirs will be performing at Epsom Methodist Church on Thursday 30th June and St Martins Church on Friday 1st July. School choirs will be performing in the Market Place, Epsom on Thursday 30th June as will the visitors on Saturday 2nd July.

The highlight of the Festival will be on the night of Saturday 2nd July at Epsom College when visiting choirs will each perform a short programme and then join with Epsom and Ewell singers for a combined choirs’ finale.

Admission for the various events is strictly by ticket only, booked in advance but free of charge. To book tickets now or for more information about the Festival and event updates please visit: http://www.epsomtwinning.com.

Ewell Village Fair – one of Ewell’s most popular annual events, the traditional Village Fair, will be held on Saturday 9th July in Ewell Castle School’s Glyn House grounds, Church Street, Ewell from 10.30 to 16.00.

The many attractions will include Ewell St Mary’s Morris Men, live music, tombola, food stalls, side shows and the acclaimed Southern Golden Retriever Dog Display Team.

The Village Traders will be running various stalls in the High Street, which will be closed from 09.00-17.00, the theme being the Queen’s 90th birthday. Car parking will be free in the Cheam Road car parks but not in Bourne Hall. Entry to the fair is £2.50 for adults – and it is free to anyone under 16.

Hampton Court Flower Show – 5 – 10 July – do come along and support the children of Wallace Fields Junior School who are staging a scarecrow of Ziggy Stardust in the schools scarecrow competition. The pupils always put so much effort into the Eco club and would like to better their fourth place last year – the first time they had entered.

Round the Borough Hike and Bike – the annual Round the Borough Bike event which took place on Sunday 15th May was the best to date. On the day 187 participants actually took part which is an increase of 69% on last year. The youngest participant was 2 years old and the oldest was 79 years old which demonstrates that it is an event for anyone to take part in.

The event team received some very positive feedback from a number of participants who are all keen to do it again next year. They were very complimentary about how beautiful the Borough looked especially our open spaces.

The council’s Leisure Developments Team has already started to plan for Round the Borough Hike on Saturday 3rd September. The on-line registration form is available at http://www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/roundtheboroughhikeandbike for participants to sign up.

No need for special food caddy bags – until now, the Council has asked residents to line their food caddy with either paper or compostable bio-liners. But improvements to the technology used at food recycling plants mean that it can now accept food caddies lined with plastic bags or liners, including old carrier bags. This should make recycling a little easier, and less costly!

Allotments in Epsom – There are currently some vacancies at Council-managed allotments. Customer Services at Epsom Council would like to get these plots allocated as quickly as possible. 32 vacancies at Epsom Common is the highest known, but they are trying to turn that around. If you are interested visit EEBC web site.

Tin foil – Chris Watts of 93 Albert Rd, Epsom is delighted at the response to the request for tin foil. She has emailed to say “Bags of aluminium are arriving anonymously on my doorstep; very welcome. The trade price of aluminium fluctuates: Currently a bootload raises only about £5. Better than nothing!

Please continue this good work and raise funds for Action Duchenne. Don’t forget Chris also makes bespoke greetings cards for the charity. 

Subscriptions – thank you all of you who have paid their subs of £3.00 either by brown envelope, standing order or on line. If any of you have yet to pay the annual subscription, please do so as soon as possible. A bank mandate and details for online banking were published in the AGM Notice. Please let us have your views on this. – AEDR Committee.

Keeping in touch – this bulletin is distributed to all those who have provided email addresses. 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. We would especially love some photos to add to this.

Facebook – 42 people have now visited our Facebook page and “liked” us. Do go and use this to put comments or pictures of the area on.

Twitter – this is quite active with 50 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.

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Ewell Downs News Bulletin No. 10

Ewell Downs News Bulletin

May 2016

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Following our committee meeting last week there are a few issues that we would like to draw to your attention:

Planning issues

Derby Square – there are proposals to erect a canopy structure, feature seating and landscaping in Derby Square together with High Street entrance feature. This is pending consideration and can be viewed under 15/01851/FUL. This is something that many of you have thought should have been done when the Square was originally constructed and would be a good idea. One issue that now arises is that this would entail the removal of one of the four trees which are now providing a greener look to the town centre to make way for signage. We also understand that this includes a proposal for a change of name to the Square from Derby Square to Epsom Square which is indeed controversial.

Comrades Club, The Parade, Epsom – on 17 March an application was received for the demolition of existing Comrades Club facility and erection of new four-storey building comprising a 57-bed hotel (Use Class C1) with ancillary restaurant/bar and new Comrades Club facilities. It is understood that this is for a Premier Inn hotel. The application is listed under 15/01839/FUL and is also pending consideration.

Chase Road, Epsom – An application has been lodged for the demolition of existing buildings on 1 Chase Road to allow for the redevelopment of a three-storey (ground plus two-storeys) residential development comprising 14 units with associated car parking and additional works. This can be viewed under 15/01530/FUL and is pending consideration.

East Street, Epsom – (previously the Ford showrooms) the redevelopment of existing ground floor showroom to create a new Class A1 retail (non-food) unit with glazed shop front, rear access and 22 on site car park spaces at the rear.) to expressly allow for the sale of food for consumption by animals and as an ancillary pet care, treatment and grooming facility has been approved with conditions. This will be a Pets at Home store.

The Pavilions, Weston Road (adjacent to Kiln Lane) – Work has started on the demolition of the office building and the construction of a new car servicing centre including ancillary office space and car showroom with ancillary infrastructure works and new landscaping for Mercedes Benz.

Nescot development – the housing developers confirm that they are still on track for the show house and sales unit opening at the end of June which will include the open space/green to the front of the development.

Our contact for the Goodman Group (the care home developers) continues to confirm that discussions are continuing regarding the finer details of planning and there is at the moment no firm date for the commencement of work.

The general feeling seems to be that traffic is moving as well as expected following complaints. Please let us know if this is not the case. The development web site is www.circlehillnescot.co.uk if you wish to make any comments direct.

Reigate Road – Nescot Roundabout – thank you to a resident who advised us of an accident this evening of 12 May on the roundabout. A lad came off his motor scooter after sliding on some gravel on the road. He was shocked but he didn’t think he had any major injuries – just cuts and bruises. Surrey County Council was contacted and have informed us that the developer has been asked on many occasions to have the road swept and kept clear of debris. Following an inspection by a member of the Development Control Team a warning was given to the developer to keep the road clean every day or suffer consequences. This accident was to be used to reinforce the instructions given previously to the developer. Please keep us informed of any future incidents.

The advertising posters which have been put on the temporary fencing are also being reported to SCC and should be removed soon. We are also pressing for a permanent option to the fencing which is the subject of considerable complaints.

Marie Curie Roundabout – it is clear that 80% of the daffodils on the Marie Curie roundabout at the junction of the A24 and the Reigate Road Ewell have been destroyed, due to the installation of a large drain for the new housing estate nearby. Whilst we can all appreciate the necessity for the work and the reason why the location to carry out the work was chosen, an observant resident has contacted our councillor to raise his concerns. It is anticipated that the daffodils which have been removed will be replaced in the autumn but the quality of the soil that has been put back is poor. Reassurance has been sought from SCC that this soil will be replaced by good fibre filled top soil, which is what the daffodils were originally planted in, and that the new daffodils will match the variety of the remaining 20% of Marie Curie daffodils on the roundabout. The roundabout has always been a pleasure to look at in the Spring and of course the significance of the roundabout is very important to so many and we hope that the roundabout will be restored to its previous condition. We shall watch this situation.

Traffic on East Street – the residents of Chuters Grove continue to monitor traffic violations. We have requested information on the timing for the proposed lay by scheme and hope to be able to publish this soon.

Pot hole 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.

Plan E Road Works – South Street – work will commence on this after the Derby 3 – 4 June.

Surrey County Council Local CommitteeWhat is the Local Committee?

Your Local Committee makes important decisions about the area that you live in. It is where local councillors meet to discuss and decide on many of the issues that matter to you and the people who live, work or study nearby.

What does the Local Committee do?

The Local Committee can make decisions about:

Our councillors work in partnership with SCC councillors and the Committee meetings are open to the public. The next meeting is on Monday, 20 June 2016 at 7.00 pm at Ewell Court House, Lakehurst Road, Ewell.


Surrey Wildlife reserve at Priest Hill
– a list of summer local events will be published in our next bulletin.

Ewell Village shops – The Star has been put on the market and there is some interest. Wilds Lounge is now open for business.

Land at North Looe – no further news at present.

Choral Festival of the twin towns – hosts are still needed! The choirs will be arriving on Friday 1st July and leaving on Sunday 3rd July and we are looking for hosts who will provide bed and breakfast for the two nights (Friday and Saturday). The choirs are mature adults mostly between 30 and 70 years old and may well be couples or travelling with ­friends. Many will speak English well.

Epsom Twinning plans to offer a free reserved seat for one of the events that the choir is performing in as a thank you to the hosts and we hope that you will want to join in as many of the festival events as possible.


For details of the programme and other events please visit their web site – http://www.epsomtwinning.com.

Allotments in Epsom – There are currently some vacancies at Council-managed allotment. Customer Services at Epsom Council are certainly trying to get these plots allocated as quickly as possible. 32 vacancies at Epsom Common is the highest known, but they are trying to turn that around. If you are interested visit EEBC web site.

Tin foil – those of you who attended the AGM and the talk by Jon Sharpe will know that the Council have difficulty in finding re-cycling home for tin foil. One resident has advises:

I know of someone who collects it for a charity dear to her heart (see below). I’ve spoken to her and she is very happy to have her name/address/phone no given out in our bulletin. She can be contacted as below, and donations (foil!) can be left on her doorstep if she’s not around. It’s easy to stop outside her house. (It’s important to say aluminium foil as people give her shiny wrapping paper!)

She is Chris Watts, 93 Albert Rd, Epsom, KT17 4EN Tel: 01372 726738

The charity is Action Duchenne MD, which her grandson suffers from. I’ve just found some info about her on the Action Duchenne website. She’s done wonders with her fundraising. She also makes bespoke greetings cards, which my neighbour here was delighted with one Easter. 

Subscriptions – thank you all of you who have paid their subs of £3.00 either by brown envelope, standing order or on line. If any of you have yet to pay the annual subscription, please do so as soon as possible. A bank mandate and details for online banking were published in the AGM Notice. Please let us have your views on this. – AEDR Committee.

Keeping in touch – this bulletin is distributed to all those who have provided email addresses. 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. We would especially love some photos to add to this.

Facebook – 42 people have now visited our Facebook page and “liked” us. Do go and use this to put comments or pictures of the area on.

Twitter – this is quite active with 80 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.

Horses

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Ewell Downs News Bulletin No. 9

Association of Ewell Downs Residents

Association of Ewell Downs Residents

This Bulletin is a little later than I had originally intended and apologies for this. Items of note for your information are as follows:

AGM – we had, for us, a record attendance of 30 residents and thank you to all of you who came along on the night and heard about the new recycling arrangements and asked questions of our Councillors on local issues. The recycling issues were detailed in the March Bulletin and are summarised below:

Changes to recycling at Blenheim Road

All of the Community Recycling Centres (‘tips’) in Surrey, including that on Blenheim Road, Epsom are operated by Surrey County Council. Following a public consultation, from 1 April the County Council will make certain changes to how its tips operate, designed to save money. The changes will include such things as:

Slightly reduced opening hours: weekdays 8 am to 4 pm and weekends 9 am to 4 pm

Charges for some types of DIY waste such as plasterboard and rubble (but there will be a free allowance of 25kg per day for such wastes). DIY waste brought in cars with their back seats down will be subject to a charge

A resident ID scheme, so that only Surrey residents can use the tips

A permit scheme for people who bring waste to the tip in a van, pick-up or trailer. Charges will apply to this waste on the assumption that it is trade waste

There will not be an across-the-board charge for cars entering the site, but cars bringing in large amounts of DIY waste may be charged as above.

The County Council will be advertising the changes in a number of ways, including on its website, via social media and through leaflets and banners at the tips themselves. Further queries may be directed to Surrey County Council on 0345 600 9009 or via its website http://www.surreycc.gov.uk.

Nescot development site– As announced at the AGM we have been as instrumental as possible in the selection of names for the new development by the inclusion of the names of birds which are found on Priest Hill and the surrounding areas. These are:

Road 1: Roman Way; Road 2: Skylark Close; Road 3: Swallow Place; Road 4: Buchanan Place (First Principal of the college); Road 5: Nuthatch Place; Road 6: Collingridge Way (Samuel Collingridge was a solicitor and attorney, who lived with his family in Ewell at the junction of Epsom Road and Reigate Road); Road 7: Clarence Place (Clarence Heinrich Wiener bought Ewell Castle in 1907 and was responsible for laying out the very fine Japanese garden. The castle today is Ewell Castle School); Road 8: Constable Close (Henry Constable was the jockey who rode Sefton to victory in the 1878 Epsom Derby); Road 9: Halliday Close (The Halliday family lived in Epsom and Ewell for many generations. Sir Frederick James Halliday, 1806-1901, became the first Lieutenant Governor of Bengal); Road 10: St Francis Place (Patron Saint of animals and birds); Road 11: Swift Close (John Swift was a motor dealer on the nearby Esso site before it was Ewell Downs Motor Services and known as Swift’s Garage. He and his wife lived at 30 Reigate Road on the corner of St. James Ave. Subsequently his widow, lived in St. James Avenue. The birds are often seen on Priest Hill in the summer months).

The housing developers confirm that they are still on track for the show house and sales unit opening at the end June which will include the open space/green to the front of the development.

Our contact for the Goodman Group (the care home developers) confirms that discussions are continuing regarding the finer details of planning and there is at the moment no firm date for the commencement of work.

The general feeling seems to be that traffic is moving as well as expected following complaints. Please let us know if this is not the case. The development web site is http://www.circlehillnescot.co.uk if you wish to make any comments direct.

Reigate Road – Nescot Roundabout – nothing further to report.

Traffic on East Street – pressure continues to be applied by Chuters Grove residents in pursuing traffic violations on their road. We understand there was a meeting held on the 20th April and await some feedback on any matters relating to parking and parking/ road alterations within Chuters Grove and the surrounding areas. This of course includes the proposed lay by scheme and outlines on implementation dates for work to commence.

Traffic issues generally – In an attempt to be helpful and progress the matters raised, Councillors Arthur & Humphreys attended a meeting on 7th July last at which about twenty or more residents were present. A number of actions were taken some of which have been implemented. One major issue was parking in the road by non-residents, mainly commuters and Sainsbury’s and Kiln Lane commercial employment businesses were cited. With increasing parking restrictions being introduced, especially towards Epsom town, the present situation could very likely get worse. Some form of parking restriction was thought to be needed in residential roads and the councillors subsequently took the matter to the Surrey Local Committee. The outcome is that the Guardian dated 31st March showed an advert for the proposals, inviting any comments and representation to be made. To view these proposals go to http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/parking/epsomandewell and follow the link to epsom-and-ewell-parking-review.

If you wish to make comment or objection to the proposed order you must send the grounds for your objection, in writing, to J. Russell, Assistant Director of Highways, Surrey County Council, Rowan House, Merrow Lane, GUILDFORD, GU4 7BQ. Alternatively, via the online form which can be viewed at http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/parking/epsomandewell.

NB – Comments must be received by 6th May 2016.

Proposed site for Aldi Supermarket on Old Dairy Site – The Aldi application for a supermarket and flats over the vacant Dairy Crest Site was unanimously refused by the Planning Committee on 7th April.

Surrey Wildlife reserve at Priest Hill – a list of summer local events will be published in our next bulletin.

Ewell Village shops – Alanna Coombes, the Town Centres Manager advises The Star is due to be put on the market over the next week or two. She is working with the history people at Bourne Hall and Mark Rouson of EEBC to get the Epsom Guardian interested and maybe to do a feature. To this end she will be inviting a journo to the Star along with one of the commercial agents, and someone from the History Society – details to follow.

Land at North Looe – we hope to give some further details on this in the next bulletin. This concerns the development of 2 large old derelict greenhouses and a further breeze block and corrugated steel clad and roofed building.

Mid Surrey Farm – Plans have been submitted for the erection of a 33m (l) x 9.1m (w) x 6m (h) cover to allow for the temporary storage of woody material (unsuitable for composting). The application documents and plans are available to view at: http://planning.surreycc.gov.uk/planappdisp.aspx?AppNo=SCC%20Ref%202015/0223. (Use control click to view).

Ewell Village de-stressing and singing – a new venture starts this Tuesday 26th April at 7.15pm Glyn Hall, Ewell Village. Join others for a De-stress, singing session. No talent required. Just a group of people who like to sing popular songs without fear of being judged!! £2 per person all ages welcome!

Wallace Fields Junior School – the children in the Eco Group have again been selected to stage a scarecrow at the Hampton Court Flower Show in July. They are very excited about this – further details follow.

Ewell Grove School – expansion proposals were due to be lodged as a planning application on April 16 with the hope of approval in July. Subject to this work, would commence soon after so the new facilities could open in September 2017. Parking and transport is a strong issue and a request has been received by the borough to help by securing 10 additional staff parking spaces needed. Note this planning application may be one for Surrey to decide with EEBC only being a consultee.

Epsom and Ewell Town Twinning Association – the Choral Event for the 4 Twinned Towns of Chantilly here in Epsom from 30th June to 3rd July is getting closer. For details of fund raising and other events please visit their web site – http://www.epsomtwinning.com.

Keeping in touch – this bulletin is distributed to all those who have provided email addresses. 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 – http://www.ewelldownsra.org. We would especially love some photos to add to this.

Facebook – 42 people have now visited our Facebook page and “liked” us. Do go and use this to put comments or pictures of the area on.

Twitter – this is quite active with 50 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.

Subscriptions – if any of you have yet to pay the annual subscription, please do so as soon as possible. A bank mandate and details for online banking were published in the AGM Notice. Please let us have your views on this. – AEDR Committee.

Planned utility works in the area

Upper High Street, Epsom; works are in progress near the car park. This is to enable Thames Water to repair a leak. The traffic management will be by means of temporary traffic signals. We have requested extended hours working and manual operation of the lights at peak hours.

Alexandra Road, Epsom; works are planned for the 21st of March until the 23rd March. This is to enable Thames Water to re-pack a valve. The traffic management will be by means of temporary traffic signals. We have requested manual operation of the lights at peak times.

Bridge Road, Epsom; works are planned for the 15th of March until the 18th of March. This is to enable Thames Water to provide a new supply. The traffic management will be by means of temporary traffic signals. We have requested manual operation of the lights at peak times.

Church Street, Epsom; works are planned for the 15th of March until the 17th of March. This is to enable Thames Water to undertake a repair. The traffic management will be by means of a closure of Depot Road whilst maintaining two way traffic on Church Street on a reduced width.

Ewell By Pass, Ewell; works are proposed for the 29th of February until the 29th March. This is to enable Hobart Paving to construct a new manhole in the carriageway and provide a new sewer for the new development by means of thrust boring; this means there will be no opening of the carriageway above the pipe, reducing the duration & protecting the new road surface. The traffic management will be by means of lane closure and a reduced speed limit. The closure should be confined to the slip lane for the left turn towards NESCOT, and by applying the reduced speed limit smaller sideways clearances can be used which means the two through lanes will be retained.

Reigate Road, Ewell; works are planned for the 25th January until the 24th March. This is to enable Hobart Paving to construct a new manhole on the roundabout junction by the Esso petrol station. The traffic management does not involve any carriageway incursion; they have, in effect, “set up camp” on the central island of the roundabout. The construction has unfortunately required the removal of the existing tree on the roundabout and the contractors are aware of the requirement to replace it and any disturbed daffodil bulbs when the works are complete.

Surrey Wildlife reserve at Priest Hill – work parties are scheduled for Wednesday 23 March. If you would like to help with the site management please contact the ranger; rachael.thornley@surreywt.org.uk; no experience necessary just enthusiasm!

Ewell Village shops – Wild’s Lounge and The Star – we hope for news at the AGM.

Land at North Looe – Surrey County Council are reviewing the development of 2 large old derelict greenhouses and a further breeze block and corrugated steel clad and roofed building – matters are progressing and we hope to advise further on this at a later stage – maybe even at the AGM.

Epsom and Ewell Town Twinning Association – there is a Wine and Cheese on Thursday 17 March. Further details are on their web site – http://www.epsomtwinning.com.

Condolences – you may have seen the very sad news published in the Guardian of the death of a young girl on The Green last week. Flowers will be sent on behalf of all the residents to the family who live locally at the appropriate time.

Keeping in touch – this bulletin is distributed to all those who have provided email addresses. 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 – http://www.ewelldownsra.org. We would especially love some photos to add to this.

Facebook – 40 people have now visited our Facebook page and “liked” us. Do go and use this to put comments or pictures of the area on.

Twitter – this is quite active with 50 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.

Subscriptions – if any of you have yet to pay the annual subscription, please do so as soon as possible. A bank mandate and details for online banking are being published in the AGM Notice. Please let us have your views on this.

AEDR Committee

George

 

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Epsom Ewell – Crossrail 2 consultation report

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Road names for Nescot development site

Nescot Development Site – Agreed Road Names 

Road 1:

Roman Way

Roads 2:

Skylark Close

Road 3:

Swallow Place

Road 4:

Buchanan Place First principle of the college

Road 5:

Nuthatch Place

Road 6:

Collingridge Way

Samuel Collingridge was a solicitor and attorney, who lived with his family in Ewell at the junction of Epsom Road and Reigate Road

Road 7:

Clarence Place

Clarence Heinrich Wiener bought Ewell Castle in 1907 and was responsible for laying out the very fine Japanese garden. The castle today is now Ewell Castle School

Road 8:

Constable Close

Henry Constable was the jockey who rode Sefton to victory in the 1878 Epsom Derby

Road 9:

Halliday Close

The Halliday family lived in Epsom and Ewell for many generations. Sir Frederick James Halliday, 1806-1901, became the first Lieutenant Governor of Bengal

 Road 10:

St Francis Place

Patron Saint of animals and birds

 Road 11:

Swift Close

John Swift was a motor dealer on the nearby Esso site before it was Ewell Downs Motor Services and known as Swift’s Garage. He and his wife lived at 30 Reigate Road on the corner of St. James Ave. Subsequently his widow, lived in St. James Avenue.

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