Ewell Downs News Bulletin Mar/Apr 2020

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Where does one start!  We are living in the more overwhelming and unprecedented times with no end in sight.  This is where communities come into their own and contact and help are critical.  Examples of where assistance can be obtained are detailed later.

Firstly, as you are no doubt aware, our AGM has been postponed.  Unfortunately the print run for the AGM Report had been done so it was too late to make any changes advising its postponement.  Since the Report gave other information, it was deemed important for it to be distributed and we hope you have received this, and the green envelope for your annual subscription (which is now £5 per annum).  If this is not the case, it is published on the web site www.ewelldownsra.org. 

We would mention that even if your subscriptions are paid by standing order or online banking, do send back the envelope, when safe to do so, with your email address so we can make sure you are receiving these bulletins regularly.

Coronavirus – COVID -19

Many residents have come forward via our web site to offer help in any way to neighbours and in these uncertain times it is heart-warming to see the goodwill that is apparent, especially as help may be needed for some time to come.

Resident Associations in the Epsom area are working with others to provide support across the Borough.  This is their message:- 

We know that this is a particularly unsettling time for those over the age of 70 and for those who are unwell, or have had to self-isolate. Whilst many have family and friends who can rally round, we know that not everyone does. A considerable amount of work is being done right now by local charities, the Councils, and the volunteer groups that have emerged in recent days to ensure that they can provide everyone with the support they need, and also to make the best use of the people who have offered help. Several of those organisations, including representatives of the Residents’ Association in E&E, have met to coordinate those activities and make them safe, and those involved will send round more details later in the week of what help is needed and what to do if you need help. In the meanwhile please make your neighbours your first port of call to make sure that they are OK.

For help or indeed to offer help now, there are several groups that have been set up:-

This is one on Nextdoor Ewell Downs

Epsom Covid-19 Help and Assistance

Group for anyone wanting to help! 

Also on Nextdoor, Matt Smith is selling boxes of vegetables and fruit.  Go and see his post under Fresh Fruit and Veg – superb quality produce.  Collection only at the Lavender Shop on Reigate Road, Wednesdays and Fridays, Midday to 5 pm 

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COVID Care – Epsom & Ewell with the link

https://www.facebook.com/groups/521040465281925/

You may also have seen the flyer that came round – we have heard that the response from them is terrific so if you are struggling, do get in touch.

Care

Don’t forget to keep your local restaurants in business by spoiling yourselves with multiple take-aways!

Reigate Road litter lady! – there is a lovely lady who goes out every week to pick up the litter along the Reigate Road, the Glyn playing fields and the bridleways, including that to Ewell East Station. We extend a massive thank you to her, it’s so refreshing to see the difference. Apparently she collected almost 300 nitrous oxide canisters from one area!  Thank you so much!

For a touch of light relief go have a look at Mr Motivator: A Touch of Motivation 10 Minute Workout or The Beatles ‘I gotta wash my hands’ on youtube!

Here are some posts which may be useful:

The Ashley Centre – In line with the latest Government guidance, our Centre remains open. We have an obligation to remain open so our community can continue to buy essential health, hygiene, food and toiletry products that they need during this difficult time.’

Homebase – ‘following the government update of its guidance to retailers, and as a result of that update we are temporarily closing all Homebase stores across the UK from 6pm on 25th March. We are now working through the best way to continue providing communities with access to essential products, while prioritising the safety of our team members and customers during this unprecedented time. Our website remains open. We’ll keep you updated at homebase.co.uk.

Halfords – ‘Staying safe while we stay open. We are currently open for business to support our communities by providing essential products and services. But the way our stores operate has changed. The health and wellbeing of our colleagues and customers is our top priority, so please go to our web site to see the steps we are taking to help everyone stay safe during this unprecedented time.’ 

Farmers’ market – With the latest advice issued from the Government on the impact of COVID-19, Surrey Markets have come to the difficult decision to postpone all upcoming markets. The health and well-being of both the producers and customers is paramount and even with social distancing in place, the advice is clear on protecting the vulnerable and reducing the curve to assist the NHS.

We appreciate that regular access to food will become a priority during the crisis and a number of our producers will continue to sell through their websites or shop locations.

Council services press statement – 

“Friday, 27 March, 2020

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council is working hard to safeguard our residents and staff and keep essential services running during the present circumstances, particularly to the most vulnerable in our community.

While we will endeavour to deliver the majority of our services as normal, some will be modified as we follow Government, Public Health England and NHS guidelines. In addition, and as part of our Covid-19 planning, we have prioritised our services for those who may need additional help (delivering our Meals at Home service to the isolated elderly in our community takes precedence over grounds maintenance, for example).

Volunteering: We are aware that many people want to help older and more vulnerable people in their local area. We are directing those who wish to help their community to contact Central Surrey Voluntary Action (CSVA) who are registering a pool of potential volunteers who may be able to assist voluntary organisations across Epsom and Ewell during the current pandemic. Please see – www.centralsurreyvoluntaryaction.co.uk Telephone 01372 722911 Email: admin@csva.co.uk

Keep up to date:

For latest NHS UK advice see: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

For the latest Surrey County Council advice see: www.surreycc.gov.uk/coronavirus

For the latest UK government advice see: www.gov.uk/coronavirus

For the latest UK government coronavirus business support advice see: https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support/

Update 26/03/20

In line with the Government’s direction to help slow the spread of Covid-19, we’ve taken the decision to close or restrict access to the car parks at our green spaces.

The Government has said that during the present crisis people can only leave their homes for certain purposes, including one period of exercise each day, however we have seen huge numbers driving to our parks and open spaces that are already crowded.

Epsom Downs and Nonsuch Park have been particularly busy and we’re being forced to take this stringent measure to protect the public.

If you are going out for exercise, we encourage you to stay local, observe social distancing and not to travel.

For the full government guidance on staying at home and away from others (social distancing) see: https://bit.ly/StayHome1

Update 25/03/2020

Epsom Market Thursday 26 March: We are pleased to confirm we are able to allow our market traders to continue to provide food and produce tomorrow, Thursday 26 March in Epsom Market Place. Please be assured that they do this in strict accordance with government guidelines. We are taking precautions including putting up barriers for customers to queue up in line with social distancing guidelines. We also expect all shoppers to follow government advice whist shopping for essentials. If rules are not followed, we will have to ask the trader to stop trading until the social distancing guidelines are adhered to.
For full guidance please see: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Building control inspections: New requests for building control inspections have been suspended until further notice.

Shop mobility service: This service has been closed until further notice.

Pest control service: This service has been suspended until further notice.

Parks and open spaces: If you are using our parks and open spaces for walks or to take exercise please remember to follow the government’s social distancing guidance to prevent the further spread of Covid-19. Avoid crowds. Keep a minimum of 2 metres/ 6 feet apart. We will be monitoring visitor capacity at our parks and open spaces. Please see full guidance here: https://bit.ly/StayHome1

Epsom Downs is used to train racehorses every morning from 6am to 12 noon. To allow the training to take place safely, do not visit Epsom Downs before 12noon and please try to avoid the area entirely if you can

Take your litter home. Our staff are being diverted to deliver critical services, and we need you to take your rubbish home with you rather than using litter bins or littering

Update 23/03/2020

In the interests of public safety and to help reduce the spread of Covid-19, from Tuesday 24 March all playgrounds within the borough will be closed until further notice and we will not be carrying out routine inspections of the play equipment.

Update 20/03/2020

The Town Hall building will be closed to walk-in visitors from Monday 23 March until further notice.

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the borough council has decided to close the main, housing benefits and council tax receptions. Please email contactus@epsom-ewell.gov.uk or call 01372 732000. For queries regarding homelessness please email: housing@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

At this busy time, please contact us online at www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk where at all possible – you can do this using our report it/apply for it/pay for it pages.

Epsom Cemetery will close at 3.30pm daily from Monday 23 March until further notice.

Garden waste recycling collections: As we prioritise activity, we have had to take the decision to suspend garden waste recycling collections with immediate effect. This includes collections due today, Friday 20 March, which will not take place. For more information please see our website.

Bourne Hall and Ewell Court House are closed as of today, Thursday 19 March.

Bulky waste collections – As we prioritise activity, we regret that we are unable to accept any new bookings for bulky waste collections. We aim to collect all existing bookings made by 18 March as advised to each individual customer. But we cannot now accept any new bookings until further notice. Please see our website for further information.

The gates on Old London Road on Epsom Downs are now closed until further notice.

 

Epsom Playhouse

The safety of our audience is paramount to us and in light of the most recent official government advice and decisions being taken by the production companies, the Epsom Playhouse is currently closed and will remain closed until further notice. Where possible, shows are being rescheduled for later in the year this year and tickets will be automatically transferred.

If you have bought tickets to a show that has been cancelled or are unable to attend the revised show date, then you are entitled to a refund and we will be in touch. Please bear with us and do not contact the box office as the team deal with the huge workload generated by this unprecedented situation.

Community and wellbeing centre

In response to advice that people in the most at risk groups should avoid contact with others; we are temporarily suspending visitor and public access to the Centre from Friday 20 March so that we can increase meals production and distribution to older and more vulnerable people at their home.

The vast majority of our clients who had been visiting the centre are already self isolating so we are carefully assessing with them how we can best meet their needs at home and ensuring that our service can respond to this.

Events

Please note, changes to the following events:

  • Round the Borough Bike due to take place on 10 May has been rescheduled to take place in September
  • Diabetes Walks programme has been postponed
  • Just Play held on Mondays and Epsom Community Football Project held at Court Recreation Ground on Mondays and Tuesdays has been cancelled.
  • Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club activities in April and May have been cancelled.  

Update 17/03/2020

At Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, we’re working hard to safeguard our residents and staff during the present circumstances.

We are continuing to follow government, Public Health England and NHS UK guidelines and we have instigated the following initiatives to protect residents and staff:

Our residents, customers, local businesses

  • We are sharing the latest health advice and information from the government, Public Health England, NHS UK and working with our partners including Surrey County Council and neighbouring borough and district councils, to ensure information and advice is shared through a variety of channels
  • Intensifying cleaning regimes at all council buildings and venues
  • We have temporarily moved the Town Hall reception to the old cash office / Post Office are in Civic Street
  • We have provided Surrey wide advice on our website regarding disposing of personal waste by those who are self-isolating. For more information please see our website
  • The Community & Wellbeing Centre will be temporarily closed from this Friday 20 March for clients and the public to attend. However, we will continue to support the vulnerable members of our community through our Meals at Home, Transport from Home, community alarm and shopping services
  • We are increasing the capacity of our Meals at Home service, acknowledging that there may be many more residents who will want to use this service
  • We are increasing our capacity to supply community alarms for vulnerable residents living independently
  • We have increased our arrangements with local retailers to be able to provide shopping for vulnerable residents
  • We have increased the interior cleaning of our Transport from Home and Meals at Home services and parking payment machines
  • We are actively considering the suspension of activities at Epsom Playhouse, Bourne Hall and Ewell Court House. Further information will be made available as soon as possible
  • Ensuring we provide relevant advice to all sections of our community, including rough sleepers
  • Working closely with hospitals to support discharged patients.

Our staff

  • We are signposting staff to Public Health England and NHS UK health advice. Information and posters have been placed around all council buildings and venues
  • Additional anti-bacterial wipes and hand sanitisers supplied have been made widely available throughout our offices
  • Requiring staff to self-isolate if they have symptoms
  • Providing guidance for managers on how to support and answer queries from employees and volunteers
  • Requiring staff to wash their hands frequently with soap and water, or use hand sanitiser if they are out and about
  • Intensifying the cleaning of our offices, community centres and vehicles
  • Providing equipment to enable staff to work from home if needed and to use conference call facilities
  • Cutting back on non-essential travel, meetings and training
  •  Heads of Service and their teams are reviewing business continuity plans as appropriate to ensure continued services

Additional actions will be taken in line with occupational health and public health practices as they emerge.

Closed to the public – Surrey County Council Community Recycling Centre, Blenheim Road (the tip)

Please note: Surrey County Council has announced that, in line with current government rules its Community Recycling Centre, Blenheim Road is closed to the public until further notice from Tuesday 24 March 2020.

Bin collections – what you can do to help 

We’re doing everything we can to keep bin collections running as normal. But it’s likely that services will be impacted because of staff shortages due to sickness. At the moment we have had to suspend garden waste collections and bulky waste collections.

How you can help

To help us keep collections running as well as possible, here are some things you can do to help:

  • Due to reduced traffic, or other operational changes, your usual collection times may change. So put your bins out early – from 6.30am – and leave them out until they’ve been emptied.
  • Please be considerate when parking your car on a collection day. This will help to ensure our collection vehicles can access your road.
  • Right thing, right bin helps to ensure that we can collect your bins on the right day.
  • Reduce your waste as much as possible. Our services are under strain at the present time. Could you use an alternative reusable item, or use something again instead of throwing it away? Great tips for reducing waste.
  • Compact your recycling into bins as much as possible to maximise space.
  • Start composting at home – buy a compost bin at a reduced rate, or your own food waste digester!
  • If you decide to have a clear-out while you’re at home, please don’t put everything in the bin straight away. Wait until normal service resumes.

Thank you. We are working hard to maintain services and your help means a great deal to us.

How to deal with waste if you are self-isolating 

The Government has advised that anyone who is self-isolating with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), including those with a diagnosis of the virus, should treat their household waste as follows:

Personal waste

Personal waste e.g. used tissues, and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags.

These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste within your own room. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin.

Other household waste

Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.”

Don’t forget that with the glorious weather we have been having that many residents are taking advantage of getting some gardening done or just out and about in the fresh air.  The last thing we need is someone having a bonfire and ruining the day for us all.  Please be considerate.

Traffic disruption in Epsom High Street – from Surrey County Council

Start date: Monday 6 April 2020   Duration: For 3 nights 8pm – 6am Road closed (eastbound only) Please look out for advance warning signs on site for any date changes or check one.network and  @EpsomLC on Twitter.

What we are doing – We are carrying out carriageway resurfacing on the eastbound carriageway of High Street, Epsom.  Works area and closure (eastbound only):   

Information for residents and businesses – High Street will be closed eastbound between Waterloo Road and East Street whilst we carry out our resurfacing works. We will make sure you can get to and from your house or business when it is safe to do so. Please talk to a member of our staff on site if you need help – talking to our staff can solve most issues. 

Tanker on East Street (repeated from previous issue)

Many of you will have noticed the tanker on East Street which has been causing some traffic problems.  The current position, we are told, is the tanker is likely to be in place for some months due a fairly significant collapse of a local sewer. The tanker is there to stop local flooding of presumably unpleasant material

The affected sewer is located in a small courtyard with no vehicle access and the line of the sewer appears to be under a building. This has created the situation where a specialist   engineering and tunnelling team has had to be called in to get the problem resolved.

Given the fact that the work is currently at the planning stage the water people are unable to confirm any timings relating to the removal of the tanker. One key factor is that they will need to agree access to various private properties, which could prove time consuming. So looks like it is there for a while yet!

Now for a round-up of planning issues 

12 Longdown Lane North – (18/01055/FUL) – the work on the grassy area has started and the area is looking much better.  A fence has been put round the affected area so please keep off this.

1 Higher Green (19/00758/FUL) the appeal is in progress but nothing to report at the moment.

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

Guild Living at rear of Epsom Hospital (19/01722/FUL)| demolition of redundant hospital buildings and redevelopment of the site to provide a new care community for older people arranged in two buildings. There are approximately 587 objections including the Epsom Civic Society and awaiting a decision. 

South Hatch Stables – (18/00308/FUL) – the news on this application for the demolition of the existing Racehorse Training Establishment is that the Secretary of State has decided not to call it in. It was recommended for approval by EEBC Planning Committee. Work to finalise the S106 agreement associated with the application is nearing completion after which it is expected that the formal planning approval notice will be issued.

7 Station Approach Stoneleigh – (19/00668/FUL) application for the demolition of existing buildings on site and erection of a part 6, part 7 storey building providing 23 residential flats with associated communal roof terrace, cycle and refuse stores.  There are currently 606 Public Comments objecting to this application. A decision has still not yet been made. 

Development Site at 24-28 West Street Epsom – (19/01021/FUL) there is no further news on this application for the demolition of the existing building and construction of a new part 9, part 11 and part 13 storey building. There are over 400 objections to this including ones from Historic England and the Civic Society.

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

The Star 2 Cheam Road Ewell – No news on the let by Greenfields to find a suitable tenant for the commercial ground floor of the Star or the change of use to a Medical clinic. 

The Lodge, West Street Ewell – (19/00015/FUL and 19/00801/FUL) No news on the appeal as yet and the new application (19/01604/FUL) for 2 houses and 3 flats has been refused.

Horton Country Park – Bluebell Walk – Sunday 19 April 2 – 4 pm – no news on whether this has been cancelled.

Enjoy a walk through the woods of Horton Country Park LNR, taking in the beauty of spring – Join a member of the Countryside Team at the Information Centre by the main car park at 2 pm. The bluebells are growing! Please keep to main paths, don’t let dogs trample the bluebells and no horses allowed in Pond Wood – sorry! Worth it to see the beautiful carpets of bluebells though!

BlueBells

May Day Bank Holiday the early May bank holiday in 2020 will move from Monday 4 May to Friday 8 May to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day which takes place on 8 May, and enable people to pay tribute to those who served in one of the most significant events in our country’s history, Business Secretary Greg Clark has announced. The occasion will remember the contribution of British, Commonwealth and Allied armed forces personnel; those who contributed to the war effort and safeguarded the Home Front. As well as marking the Allies’ victory in 1945, the bank holiday will serve as an opportunity to pay tribute to those who have served and continue to serve in the UK Armed Forces and their families.

Commemorative events will take place over the 3-day weekend across the Borough. Are you thinking of having a street party that day – see www.streetparty.org.uk for further information. There is obviously a caveat about this even taking place – we will keep you informed.

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. 

STAY SAFE EVERYONE

A reminder of Spring from one of London’s parks:-

Blossom

 

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Ewell Downs News Bulletin Feb/Mar 2020

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February has been a busy month as the AGM Notice had to be done, hence a rather late bulletin – however here goes!  Some of the items will be repeated in the AGM Notice as some people do not get the Bulletins.

NOTICE

The Eighty Fifth Annual General Meeting

Will be held at

WALLACE FIELDS JUNIOR SCHOOL in the Hall

 7.30pm on Monday 30 March 2020

GUEST SPEAKER – Alex Coley, Borough Councillor – 

Climate Change Action

AGENDA

  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Minutes of the Eighty Fourth AGM held on 6 March 2019
  3. Statement of Accounts
  4. Report from the Committee
  5. Election of Officers, Committee and Examiner of Accounts
  6. Councillors’ Forum
  7. Any Other Business

The Officers and Committee would be delighted to welcome you at the Annual General Meeting – an excellent opportunity to meet your neighbours, committee members and Councillors informally. Refreshments will be provided from 7.10pm.

I have decided that after almost ten years of acting as Chair, it’s time for me to step down and let someone else take up the reins.  Steve Whiteway, who joined our committee a while ago, has agreed to take on this role and I am sure he will bring new ideas and enthusiasm to the Association.  I shall continue as Treasurer and to produce the bulletins for the foreseeable future.  May I thank everyone who has supported me over the years, many of whom I now count on as friends.

Paula Mcnally, who has acted as secretary since the early 2000’s, is also stepping down from her role.  Paula has been a source of great information and help to me and the Association and we are most grateful to her for years of enduring and efficient service. Thank you so much Paula – enjoy your “free” time. 

Good news is that Michael Arthur has agreed to be our President.  Michael’s knowledge of all local matters is invaluable and we are delighted to welcome him.

With Paula standing down, there will be a vacancy for a Secretary.  Is there someone out there who would like to have a go and come and join us? Please come and have a word about what is involved, we would be delighted to welcome you.  

Now for a round-up of planning issues 

12 Longdown Lane North – (18/01055/FUL) – the work here is almost complete and we are working with the developer to reinstate the grassy area in front of the house which is well used by residents and school children. Rain has not helped!

1 Higher Green (19/00758/FUL) this has gone to appeal – as unfortunately anticipated!  We have appealed, as have many other residents. In this connection have discovered a particularly disturbing lack of compliance with regulations regarding letters of objection to be sent to the Inspectorate.  Some documents were missing from the website and others had not been forwarded as is the legal duty of the Council.  This highlights a breakdown in the Planning Department and we are certainly taking this matter further as this is not the first time this has happened.  

Higher Green/Links Road – Backland Development (19/00354/FUL) we have teamed up with Links Road to oppose the backland development application for the erection of 4 new dwellings and associated access, landscaping and parking which has gone to appeal.  We have contributed to the fighting fund.  Stop Press we have just heard that the appeal has been dismissed!

North Looe Estate (170 Reigate Road)(19/01593/FUL) proposed change of use of the land and buildings for a Dog Day-care centre.  The Dog Day-care Centre will accommodate up to 40 dogs on the site at any one time, and the supporting staff (at full capacity) would comprise 4 drivers/walkers and 2 x day care assistants. In addition, there would be the day-care manager and owner. The operational hours would be from 8.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday. However, when allowing for the fact that dogs will be collected between 8am and 9.30pm from their owners’ homes it is expected that many of the dogs will arrive at the site between 9.30am and 10.00am and depart around 3.30pm. As such, dogs will be on the site for only 6 hours during the working week. No dogs will be kept at the premises overnight. There do not appear to be any objections to this and a decision is awaited pending the answers to the questions raised by the SCC Highways Officer.

Guild Living at rear of Epsom Hospital (19/01722/FUL)| demolition of redundant hospital buildings and redevelopment of the site to provide a new care community for older people arranged in two buildings, comprising 302 to 308 care residences, 8 to 12 care apartments and 26 to 30 care suites proving transitional care, together with ancillary communal and support services Use Class C2, 24 key worker units Use Class C3, children’s nursery Use Class D1 as well as associated back of house and service areas, car and cycle parking, altered vehicular and pedestrian access, landscaping, private amenity space and public open space. This is truly a massive application – probably the largest ever seen in the Borough on such a small site. It extends to 9 storeys high.  Undoubtedly this will being receiving much publicity and generating strong opposition.

South Hatch Stables – (18/00308/FUL) – there is no further news on referral of this application for the demolition of the existing Racehorse Training Establishment (RTE) and the erection of a new RTE comprising of a main yard stable complex of 40 boxes and other facilities together with a residential development comprising 46 apartments to the Secretary of State who will decide whether to call it in for review as Green Belt is involved.

7 Station Approach Stoneleigh – (19/00668/FUL) application for the demolition of existing buildings on site and erection of a part 6, part 7 storey building providing 23 residential flats with associated communal roof terrace, cycle and refuse stores.  There are currently 603 Public Comments objecting to this application. A decision has not yet been made and the opposition group (Stop Stoneleigh Towers Action Group) advise that Woolbro Homes were due to present their 3rd redesign to the EEBC planning committee and ward councillor on Friday 17th January…. an application will follow this … watch this space or come to SSTBAG meetings Thursdays 7pm at St. John’s church hall Stoneleigh by the Station…. Woolbro have been invited.

Development Site at 24-28 West Street Epsom – (19/01021/FUL) there is no further news on this application for the demolition of the existing building and construction of a new part 9, part 11 and part 13 storey building containing ground floor commercial/retail (A1, A2 and B1 uses) and 29 residential units (C3 use) on upper levels and associated development.  There are over 400 objections to this including ones from Historic England and the Civic Society.

The Police Station and Ambulance Station sites in Church Street Epsom  (19/01589/FUL) an application has been lodged for a retirement development in Epsom by McCarthy & Stone which will include a mix of 19 one bedroom and 41 two bedroom “Extra Care” Retirement Living with associated communal facilities, parking and landscaping following the demolition of the existing buildings. This development is over six floors and worth a look.

Young Farmers Hut, North Looe – (18/00850/FUL) – further to approval of the change of use from club hut to artist’s studio, the Planning Department has ruled that application for the Hard and Soft Landscaping are insufficient and unacceptable. This landscaping application has therefore been refused.

The Star 2 Cheam Road Ewell – Greenfields has been instructed to find a suitable tenant for the commercial ground floor of the Star, marking a key milestone in getting this much loved building back into full use. It is understood the rent being asked is in the region of £40,000pa. Generally the building now looks excellent and is in the best shape it has been for many years However the council has recently received an application for a change of permitted use of the downstairs area from A3 (Restaurant) to D1(Medical clinic). Your committee will consider their response to this application in due course. While the priority must be to get the building back into use, it would be a pity to lose the opportunity to return The Star to its historic purpose as a place selling food and drink.

The Lodge, West Street Ewell – (19/00015/FUL and 19/00801/FUL) The first application to build 3 houses on the site of The Lodge nearest the footpath, was approved early in 2019 The second application for 2 houses and 4 flats, on the site of The Lodge itself, was refused much to the delight of the residents. However an appeal has been lodged against the refusal and in the meantime a new application (19/01604/FUL) for 2 houses and 3 flats has been lodged. There is considerable local feeling and opposition about the bulk mass and density of the application within the Ewell Village Conservation area.

Old Mill, Old Malden Lane Worcester Park – (18/01430/FUL) application for the demolition of existing buildings, and erection of 80 new dwellings with access, associated parking and landscaping works. This was approved on 23 July 2019.

Land at Epsom and Ewell High School, Ruxley Lane, West Ewell   (18/01360/FUL) a major planning application for the demolition of existing classroom and other buildings and construction of a two storey classroom block, pitches etc plus erection of 161 dwellings including associated parking, landscaping was approved with decision issued on 15 January 2020.

EPSOM AND EWELL BOROUGH COUNCIL – COUNCIL TAX

In February the Residents’ Association run Borough Council approved a council tax increase of £4.95 or just over  9 pence a week for a Band D property* and keeps the Borough Council’s portion of the council tax to one of the lowest in Surrey at £198.36 for the year.

The Borough Council no longer receives any Revenue Support Grant from the Government; however we made over £519k of efficiency savings in 2019/2020 and have made plans to reduce organisational costs by a further £463k in 2020/2021.   As in previous years we have set a balanced budget with no use of reserves and, once again, have not cut any services.

*Epsom & Ewell Borough Council collects the council tax on behalf of EEBC, SCC and Surrey Police but only 10% of your council tax goes to Epsom and Ewell Borough Council.  76% of your council tax goes to SCC, and 14% to Surrey Police.

POSITIVE CRIME TRENDS

Crime is unfortunately somewhat inevitable, and when it happens it is deeply upsetting, but headline figures for the Borough over the latter part of 2019 (April-December) are encouraging. Ultimately, Epsom & Ewell is in a good position and crime has reduced significantly in key areas compared to other Boroughs. Inspector Joe Easterbrook says, “The figures are a result of effective problem solving strategies and a consistent stream of actionable intelligence. We are of course ever reliant on community intelligence, and this is where your ongoing communication with the team is fundamental.” 

The headline figures in the period were:

•       Domestic Burglary: -25.3% (78 fewer offences)

•       Vehicle Crime: -15.4% (70 fewer offences)

•       Drug Offences: -19.6% (28 fewer offences)

•       Violence (Injury): +5.8% (20 more offences)

•       Violence (Without Injury): +8.8% (104 more offences)

•       Robbery: -47.1% (16 fewer offences)

•       Anti-Social Behaviour: -19.2% (288 fewer incidents)

  •      Unauthorised Encampments: -37.5% (10 fewer incidents)

The priorities of the local neighbourhood police team have recently been agreed and are fourfold: Protect local neighbourhoods and communities; Safeguard the vulnerable; Manage and divert offenders; and Earn community confidence. It is planned to achieve these objectives through increased visibility and familiarity; community engagement to identify priorities for action; and targeted collaborative problem solving.

Residents in Hampton Grove may have been aware of an incident in January when a resident encountered two youths who appeared to be acting suspiciously at the end of the footpath leading from Beech Walk into Hampton Grove. When challenged one of them approached the resident in a very threatening and aggressive way saying he would beat me up if I did not give him phone/camera. The resident has reported this matter to the police and the February bulletin showed photos of the youths.  We advise all residents to be aware and watchful. 

CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION PLAN ADOPTED

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council has recently agreed an ambitious plan to address the negative environmental impact of activities undertaken within the borough by the council and others in the local community. As part of its plan to tackle the ‘climate emergency’, the council has adopted a 15 year target to become net carbon neutral by 2035. Alex Coley will be giving a presentation at our AGM so if you have any questions or suggestions, do come along and take part – while enjoying a glass of wine!

“HAPPY TO CHAT” BENCHES one of the Council initiatives as part of the Health and Wellbeing action plan is to designate some of the benches in the Ashley Centre as “chatting benches” where anyone who is happy to chat can sit and strike up a conversation with like-minded people.  It is hoped that single people may benefit from the companionship of others while shopping in Epsom. 

POLLING STATION REVIEW we have been trying to get an alternative Polling Station to Wallace Fields Junior School.  This is the message received from the Chief Executive:

“Unfortunately there is a process, like most things in local government, to go through if we are to change a polling station…. We did, investigate the use of a porta cabin to be placed on the school premises, but unfortunately this also was not feasible.  Work is continuing to try and find a long term solution to this problem.” We can assure you that everything is being done to get the location changed.

TANKER ON EAST STREET

Many of you will have noticed the tanker on East Street which has been causing some traffic problems.  The current position, we are told, is the tanker is likely to be in place for some months due a fairly significant collapse of a local sewer. The tanker is there to stop local flooding of presumably unpleasant material

The affected sewer is located in a small court yard with no vehicle access and the line of the sewer appears to be under a building. This has created the situation where a specialist   engineering and tunnelling team has had to be called in to get the problem resolved.

Given the fact that the work is currently at the planning stage the water people are unable to confirm any timings relating to the removal of the tanker. One key factor is that they will need to agree access to various private properties, which could prove time consuming. So looks like it is there for a while yet!

Emily Davison Memorial Project seeks support

A group of local residents are leading a project to install a memorial to the suffragette Emily Wilding Davison in Epsom, the town where Emily lost her life campaigning for women’s right to vote. 

The Emily Davison Memorial Project is raising money to produce and install a life-size bronze statue of Emily, sitting on a contemporary granite bench, in the redeveloped Market Place in Epsom town centre. Epsom and Ewell Borough Council and Surrey County Council are both behind the project, and over £25,000 of the £50,000 target has been raised so far. 

It is hoped that the community will support the project, which will represent Epsom and Ewell’s commitment to gender equality, bring people into the town centre, and add to a number of similar statues of suffragettes installed nationally in the past few years so the sacrifices they made are never forgotten. 

To find out more or to donate please visit www.emilydavisonproject.org. You can also contact the project via email on info@emilydavisonproject.org

INFORMATION FROM CLIVE WOODBRIDGE

Health & Wellbeing action plan will be agreed by committee next week. Range of measures designed to improve health outcomes for residents – five priorities identified: eating well and reducing use of alcohol; living life to the full, whatever your age; supporting vulnerable residents to live well; supporting mental and emotional wellbeing or our residents; supporting residents to stay connected. Number of initiatives over the next two years – eg support for social prescribing; promoting walking and cycling’; and ‘happy to chat’ benches.

Council will also be approving two key strategic documents. Future 40 sets out long term vision for the Borough around the themes of Green & Vibrant; Opportunity & Prosperity; Safe & Well; Cultural and Creative; Smart & Connected. This in turn has influenced the new four year Corporate Plan 2020-2024. This revolves around the five themes above, plus another, Effective Council, which focuses on financial stewardship. Plan sets out strategic priorities for the Council over the next four years and will be regularly monitored.

Climate Change Action Plan will be adopted by full Council next week. This outlines plans in short and medium term to reduce the environmental impact of EEBC’s own activities and work with residents and other stakeholders across the Borough to become carbon neutral by 2035. Short term this will include appointment on a two year contract of and environment and sustainability officer to coordinate the Council’s work on Climate Change. Local Plan will also be a key influence on climate change action strategy.

Planning policy – over 2018/19 165 new dwellings were completed. This is 28% of identified housing need. Lowest level for many years. Will fail Government’s Housing Delivery Test, meeting only 46% of target over three years, and so the 20% ‘buffer’, taking us to a total target of 685 units a year, will continue. The 2019/2020 forecast is for around 120 completions, taking delivery against target down to around 28% over 3 years. This will be one of lowest in country, making us vulnerable to being made an ‘example’ of.

Local Plan. Work gathering the evidence base is proceeding apace, and intention is we will go out to the Regulation 18 consultation in Spring 2020. Possibly lead to adoption by end of 2022. Lengthy process – if can fast track we will do. Local community, and other stakeholders will be extensively consulted over the Spring/Summer months, and there will be a final pre-application consultation in 2021. Need new Local Plan as a matter of urgency to defend against ad hoc, predatory development; and also possible direct government intervention.

Temporary accommodation housing number creeping up again, to over 60. Cost to council well over £ 1 million a year. Defoe Court coming into use will help later this year, as will social housing element of Sycamore Gardens.

Bourne Hall car park charges before 9am will come into effect, despite representations made. Feeling was, it seems, that schools near Bourne Hall should not get ‘preferential’ treatment.

Mobile CCTV has been procured by council and will be delivered this month. Suggestions for its use are welcomed.

Slowing down the village speedsters

A team of EVRA residents concerned about high speeds in the village, including your chairman, recently attended a Surrey Police training course at Caterham. We came away with the signs, hi-vis vests and a radar ‘gun’ needed to set up a “Speedwatch” scheme. Drivers spotted exceeding 36mph will first receive a Police warning letter, then on the third occasion a visit from a Police Casualty Reduction’ Officer.

FROM SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL

Encouraging news on Highways trees

SCC has recently published a draft of a new Highway Tree Planting and Verge Enhancement Scheme.   Although the Scheme will not be formally adopted until April your RA councillors at SCC have been advised that Highways Officers will be following the guidelines from now on. 

The guidelines provide information on what to consider as well as how to progress opportunities to plant trees and shrubs on highway land and enhance existing highway verges.  SCC says it is now actively encouraging planting on the highway, but points out that “it is vital that the right tree or shrub is planted in the right location and supported by proper maintenance.”

The report contains a provisional list of trees which will be considered by the County Council Arboriculture team to plant on the highway. The Council will only permit species which are native or are compliant with bio-security measures and fully approved for use in the United Kingdom.

Only time will tell whether the more positive approach suggested by the guidelines will result in many more highway trees being planted in our residential streets. But it is certainly something that all your RA councillors support and will hold the ruling group at SCC to account.

Blocked Drains – is the drain in the road outside your home blocked causing flooding in this inclement weather? We clean out drains that are blocked from the inside. If you think that a drain is blocked and might be the cause of a localised flood, please drain. Find out more about drains and how we clear them and see a list of frequently asked questions on our drains pages.

 DATES FOR YOUR DIARY 

Epsom Farmers Market – Sunday 1 March and thereafter on 1st Sunday of each month – 9:30am to 1:30pm ** get there early to get the best bargains**. 

A wonderful selection of fresh local produce including: Fresh Meats and Sausages and Pies; Poultry and Game; Eggs; Fish; Vegetables, fruits and herbs; Freshly baked breads; Cheeses; Seasonal plants for the garden; Pies and cakes.

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St Mary’s Ewell, Bach Lunchtime Recital – Tuesday 3 March 

Enjoy half an hour of sublime music on our fabulous Henry Willis Organ.

Jonathan Holmes complete Bach cycle over the next couple of years at St. Mary’s began in January and the next concert is on 3 March. Admission to the lunchtime concerts is free. Pop in after Cafe Nescot in the Church Hall or bring your own sandwiches! 

Herald of Spring 60’ Theme – Bourne Hall Ewell – Saturday 7 March 9.30 am to 5 pm.

If you’re looking for a family day out to kick start the Spring season, why not pop down to Herald of Spring this year?

This year’s event will be more jam-packed than ever. There will be a range of beautiful floral arrangements to enjoy as well as a special display courtesy of Ashtead Park Garden Centre. You can meet the teams of local volunteers and countryside groups who will be happy to talk to you about the borough’s plentiful open spaces and what you can do to get involved. Come and join us in the cafe for a selection of hot drinks and home-made cakes!

There will be a wide range of activities throughout the day, including trickery and sleight of hand from Close Up Magic, kid’s games and activities from Hobbledown, Rainbow Leisure Centre and the Bourne Hall Museum – and for the grownups, a great selection of locally produced arts and craft at the co-located Gift Market, organised by What’s On In Epsom.

Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’ This year Bourne Hall is 50 years old and to celebrate its birthday we’re celebrating all things 1960s to help get everyone into a groovy vibe. So why not come on down to Ewell Village this March and celebrate the first days of spring with us, plus a few extra special guests and surprises from the days of flower power.

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Ewell Horticultural Association Pesticides – Are They Safe? Tuesday 10th March at 8:00pm. Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF fully accessible venue. A Talk by Andrew Halstead, a retired RHS Entomologist, whose talk will put into perspective the risks and benefits of using pesticides, covering their history and research into toxicology and environmental effects of new products.

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The Old Moat –  Eclectix – Friday 13th March – 7.30 until 10 pm

“A marimba-rhythmed, scarlet-fiddled, passion-pumped melody extravaganza of eclectic music – Bowie, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, funk, 70s to the Noughties …” If you came to our Choro Bandido gig earlier in the year and heard their exciting music from Brazil and thereabouts, you’ll see some familiar faces in this band.
These hugely talented musicians describe their act as “a marimba-rhythmed, scarlet-fiddled, passion-pumped melody extravaganza” and their repertoire as “eclectic – Bowie, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, funk, 70s to the Noughties ….”

Not to be missed! Tickets £10 from Joy on 07825 052993 or joy.ridley@richmondfellowship.org.uk.  Booking advisable as space is limited. Bar and light snacks available. All profits to towards our wellbeing service supporting local people living with mental ill health.

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EEBC Countryside Team – Epsom Common History Walk – Sunday 15th March – 1 to 4pm – Epsom Common Local Nature Reserve, Stew Pond Car Park, Christchurch Road Epsom

An afternoon stroll around Epsom Common Local Nature Reserve with a member of the Countryside Team, looking back over a thousand years of the reserves history! All walks take approximately 2.5 – 3 hours and can cover up to 3  miles. Please wear appropriate clothing. Stout boots and a raincoat when it’s wet. Please leave your dog at home on walks that involve looking for animals; otherwise they are welcome on a lead. Please note that walks may be subject to cancellation due to poor weather conditions. The meeting point is Stew Pond Car Park at 1:00pm, located off Christchurch Road. If you have any questions please call 01372 732000 and ask to speak to a member of the Countryside Team.

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5 Day Crafts Gift Market at Bourne Hall, Ewell – – Free Entry, Cheap & easy Parking! Tues 24th to Sat 28th March 

GIFTS FOR YOU, YOUR FRIENDS AND THE ENTIRE FAMILY – THEY SAY ” THERE IS ALWAYS NEW STALLS, WITH UNUSUAL ITEMS ”

WE AIM TO MAKE IT DIFFERENT EACH TIME AND MORE INTERESTING FOR CUSTOMERS.

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Horton Country Park – Bluebell Walk – Sunday 19 April 2 – 4 pm

Enjoy a walk through the woods of Horton Country Park LNR, taking in the beauty of spring – Join a member of the Countryside Team at the Information Centre by the main car park at 2 pm. The bluebells are growing! Please keep to main paths, don’t let dogs trample the bluebells and no horses allowed in Pond Wood – sorry! Worth it to see the beautiful carpets of bluebells though!

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The Famous Green Man – High Street, Ewell Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM 

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May Day Bank Holiday the early May bank holiday in 2020 will move from Monday 4 May to Friday 8 May to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day which takes place on 8 May, and enable people to pay tribute to those who served in one of the most significant events in our country’s history, Business Secretary Greg Clark has announced. The occasion will remember the contribution of British, Commonwealth and Allied armed forces personnel; those who contributed to the war effort and safeguarded the Home Front. As well as marking the Allies’ victory in 1945, the bank holiday will serve as an opportunity to pay tribute to those who have served and continue to serve in the UK Armed Forces and their families.

Commemorative events will take place over the 3-day weekend across the Borough. Are you thinking of having a street party that day – see www.streetparty.org.uk for further information.

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. 

Chick

 

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Ewell Downs News Bulletin Jan 2020

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Firstly may we wish all of you a Very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

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There was no bulletin late last year as you would have received the hard copy of the News Round-up from your Road Reps and I should like to thank them all for the sterling service they have given in delivering these over the year.

There are a few important items, mainly on planning, that I should draw your attention to:-

 Planning Items

Higher Green/Links Road – Backland Development – (19/00354/FUL) we have teamed up with Links Road to oppose the backland development application for the erection of 4 new dwellings and associated access, landscaping and parking which has gone to appeal.  We have contributed to the fighting fund and the appeal is in progress.

1 Higher Green, Ewell – (19/00758/FUL) this has gone to appeal – as unfortunately anticipated!  We are appealing and in this connection have discovered a particularly disturbing lack of compliance with regulations regarding letters of objection to be sent to the Inspectorate.  Some documents were missing from the website and others had not been forwarded as is the legal duty of the Council.  This highlights a breakdown in the Planning Department and we are certainly taking this matter further as this is not the first time this has happened.  

27 Alexandra Road Epsom – (19/01721/FUL) erection of roof extension to create 5 x 1 bedroom flats, new facade to existing building and associated additional car parking. This building overlooks Alexandra Park.  It is awaiting a decision and the expiry date is 24 January. The concern about this development rests on the fact that the whole building to be covered in slate grey cladding with grey windows – is this in keeping with existing buildings on Alexandra Road?

12 Longdown Lane North, Ewell – work is almost complete and we are working with the developer about restoring the grassy area which has been reduced to a sea of mud and hope to have a positive outcome in the near future.

North Looe Estate (170 Reigate Road) – (19/01593/FUL) proposed change of use of the land and buildings for a Dog Day-care centre.  The Dog Day-care Centre will accommodate up to 40 dogs on the site at any one time, and the supporting staff (at full capacity) would comprise 4 drivers/walkers and 2 x day care assistants. In addition, there would be the day-care manager and owner. The operational hours would be from 8.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday. However, when allowing for the fact that dogs will be collected between 8am and 9.30pm from their owners’ homes it is expected that many of the dogs will arrive at the site between 9.30am and 10.00am and depart around 3.30pm. As such, dogs will be on the site for only 6 hours during the working week. No dogs will be kept at the premises overnight. There do not appear to be any objections to this. There do not appear to be any objections to this and a decision is awaited pending the answers to the questions raised by the SCC Highways Officer.

5 The Derby Square, High Street Epsom – (19/01647/CLP) Application by Anytime Fitness for a gymnasium operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Anytime Fitness prides itself on providing its members with convenient and affordable fitness options in well-maintained facilities which feature top-quality exercise equipment and state-of-the-art security and surveillance systems. This is awaiting a decision but there are concerns for residents of existing properties in the area with the 24 hours operation.

Epsom General Hospital Dorking Road – (19/01655/SCR) EIA Screening Opinion pursuant to Regulation 6 of the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017 for 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 307 care residences and ancillary communal and support services including a restaurant, café, shop, wellness centre, gym, library, craft room, therapy and treatment rooms (Use Class C2), 40 transitional care suites (Use Class C2), 24 key worker units (Use Class C3), children’s nursery (Use Class D1) together with associated back of house and service areas, car and cycle parking, altered vehicular and pedestrian access, landscaping, private amenity space and public open space. This was decided pm30 December as “No objections”.

The Star 2 Cheam Road Ewell – Greenfields has been instructed to find a suitable tenant for the commercial ground floor of the Star, marking a key milestone in getting this much loved building back into full use. It is understood the rent being asked is in the region of £40,000pa. Generally the building now looks excellent and is in the best shape it has been for many years 

The Lodge, West Street Ewell – (19/00015/FUL and 19/00801/FUL) The first application to build 3 houses on the site of The Lodge, was approved early in 2019 but the second application for 2 houses and 4 flats was refused, much to the delight of the residents.

7 Station Approach Stoneleigh – (19/00668/FUL) application for the demolition of existing buildings on site and erection of a part 6, part 7 storey building providing 23 residential flats with associated communal roof terrace, cycle and refuse stores.  There are currently 603 Public Comments objecting to this application. A decision has not yet been made.

South Hatch Stables – (18/00308/FUL) – there is no further news on referral of this application for the demolition of the existing Racehorse Training Establishment (RTE) and the erection of a new RTE comprising of a main yard stable complex of 40 boxes and other facilities together with a residential development comprising 46 apartments to the Secretary of State who will decide whether to call it in for review as Green Belt is involved.

Development Site at 24-28 West Street Epsom – (19/01021/FUL) no further news on this application for the demolition of existing building and construction of a new part 9, part 11 and part 13 storey building containing ground floor commercial/retail (A1, A2 and B1 uses) and 29 residential units (C3 Use) on upper levels and associated development.  There are 399 objections to this including ones from Historic England and the Civic Society.

The Police Station and Ambulance Station sites in Church Street Epsom – although their web site states “A new McCarthy & Stone development is subject to planning on Church Street. This retirement development in Epsom will include a mix of 19 one bedroom and 41 two bedroom Retirement Living PLUS properties that will be within walking distance of Epsom’s excellent selection of local shops, restaurants and amenities”, there is no information on a planning application.

Planning comments from Clive Woodbridge 

There is a ‘Democratic deficit’ in the Planning process, and so residents sometimes find it hard to understand why certain planning applications are being presented to the Council that may seem to be out of character for Epsom and Ewell.  Clive has spoken with officers and it is proposed to have “Road Shows” around the borough enabling residents to get an understanding of how the process works, and the constrains the council faces; and also  have their say regarding how planning is now progressing and explain why many people are upset about the impact on the whole borough.

There is no appropriate land available for the required number of new homes to be built and the borough is missing targets set by Government.  Therefore, the council is trying to optimise whatever resources are available.

There is a need to get residents more involved in the planning process. A recent manifesto by Civic Voice included the following interesting proposals:

Require developers and local authorities to provide a clear summary of how the community’s feedback has informed decision making.

Give community representatives a meaningful voice at every stage of the planning process, including, introducing a “pre-application community consultation” stage and a limited right of appeal.

Increase the time community representatives can speak at planning committees to a new national standard of at least 5 minutes.

Their ambition is to move away from ‘Confrontation to Collaboration’ and from ‘Consultations’ to ‘Conversations,’ which should be continuous, not just every four to five years when local elections start.  This would enable citizens to become more active participants in the development of our towns and villages. Doing this will help create pride and commitment to the success of places.   All councils should have enough funding to appoint community planning officers with the appropriate skillset to work with communities and rebuild trust in the planning process, Civic Voice believes. (For more info go to www.civicvoice.org.uk) – see later advice regarding an important meeting o be held on 28 January.

Traffic 

Town Centre – work continues on the market place and should be completed by March of this year – the details of the phases of the work as shown on the SCC website are available at www.surreycc.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/policies-plans-consultations/major-transport-projects/epsom-and-ewell-major-transport-schemes. 

Yellow lines opposite the Wallace Fields Infant School parking area – the public notices have been displayed and we await further information. 

Layby on East Street – this is being discussed this week but it is understood that with the need to resite underground  utilities initial costs on this are in the region of £356,000!!!  A pot of paint for yellow lines and other cheaper initiatives are also being discussed!

Information from Chris Frost

Epsom Hospital

Detailed proposals for investing £500 million to improve hospitals for more than 700,000 people in Surrey, Sutton, and Merton have been published.  Work has been done with a wide range of experts, partners, local authority and public health colleagues, clinicians, the public and our regulators to gather research and evidence to help shape our proposals.

The proposals outline three options, and a preferred option, for the location of a new 21st century hospital facility to bring together services for the most unwell patients, as well as births in hospital. All three options would see the majority of services (85%) staying at Epsom and St Helier hospitals, with an investment of more than £80m in the current buildings. Both hospitals would run 24/7, 365 days a year, with urgent treatment centres, inpatient and outpatient services.   The proposals make it clear that all three options could be delivered by the local NHS.

The proposed preferred option for the new state-of-the-art hospital facility is proposed to be Sutton Hospital, next to the Royal Marsden specialist cancer hospital. The other two options would be for the new facility to be at Epsom Hospital or St Helier Hospital. An additional urgent treatment centre is also proposed on the Sutton Hospital site if it were to be the location of the new hospital facility. 

 Also published are the detailed assessments of site options which resulted in Sutton scoring as the highest for the location of the new hospital facility, called the ‘specialist emergency care hospital’. Services provided at this ‘specialist emergency care hospital’ would include A&E, critical care, emergency surgery, births in hospital and inpatient children’s beds.  The proposals explain that Sutton would have the greatest benefit for the most people, the least overall impact on travel for older people and those from deprived communities, while also having the smallest increase in average travel time for the most people. A new facility at Sutton would be the easiest and fastest to build – taking around four years, rather than up to seven for the other two options of the specialist emergency care hospital being built at Epsom or St Helier.

The funding for the Epsom and St Helier Trust, announced nationally in September 2019, would address major workforce, buildings and financial pressures: including a lack of doctors and health specialists, and mounting costs to keep repairing buildings older than the NHS, and fund temporary staff.  No decisions would be made on the future of Epsom and St Helier Hospitals until the Spring/Summer when CCGs would consider the views of local people gathered during the consultation, and all the clinical and financial evidence before making any decisions.    The consultation runs from 8th January until 1st April.

A series of 9 public listening events (3 in each CCG area) – open invite to share information on proposed options for change, answer specific questions from the public to increase understanding of the consultation and proposals, as well as invite and listen to feedback and encourage people to respond to the consultation questionnaire.

CCG Area Date Time Location of meeting
January 
Sutton  21-Jan-2020 18:30 – 20:30 Holiday Inn, Gibson Rd, London, Sutton SM1 2RF
Merton  24-Jan 2020 13:30 – 17:30 Chaucer Centre, Canterbury Rd, Morden SM4 6PX
Surrey Downs 28-Jan-2020 13:30 – 15:30 Kings Church Epsom, Longmead Rd, Epsom KT19 9BU
February 
Surrey Downs 11-Feb-2020 18:30 – 20:30  Epsom Downs Racecourse, Epsom Downs, Epsom KT18 5LQ
Sutton  12-Feb-2020 13:00 – 15:00  The Phoenix Centre, Mollison Dr, Wallington SM6 9NZ
Merton  12-Feb 2020 18:30 – 20:30 New Horizon Centre, New Horizon Centre, S Lodge Ave, Mitcham, London CR4 1LT
March 
Sutton 02-Mar-2020 18:30 – 20:30  St Helier Community Association, Hill House, Bishopsford Rd, Carshalton, Morden SM4 6BL
Merton  05-Mar 2020  18:30 – 20:30 Chak 89 105 Bond Rd, Mitcham CR4 3HG
Surrey Downs  17-Mar-2020 18:30 – 20:30  Bookham Community Association 51 Church Rd, Great Bookham, Leatherhead KT23 3PQ

Council

At the December meeting, the Council debated a petition asking the Council to look at a strategy for the Borough to adopt in order to meet the Government’s house building targets whilst retaining control of planning matters in the Borough.  It was agreed that the Government’s housing target of 579 units per year (now increased by 20% because we have not identified at least 5 years land supply!) for the next 15 years is unrealistic.  The options of ignoring or appealing the targets, and the experiences of other boroughs, were discussed.  There was agreement that more housing is needed and that the borough would need to allow higher and denser housing in some areas, but that these should be in town centres and close to transport links.  There was general agreement that we want to keep the character of the borough and maintain our valued open spaces.

Licensing and Planning Policy Committee

The committee met in November.  We received the results of the public consultation on the draft Statement of Community Involvement (SCI).  The SCI sets out how local residents, businesses etc. can be involved when the Council prepares planning policies and determines planning applications.  Following the consultation some amendments were made and the CSI adopted.

As part of the emerging Local Plan, the committee looked at our Growth and Housing Strategy.  We heard about the need for more schools, improved transport links and increased healthcare provision and agreed principles to drive the strategic direction of development.  These are

  • Character of the Borough.  Planning policies should support the “desirability of maintaining an area’s prevailing character and setting” (NPPF para 122(d). In addition, developments should ‘function well and add to the overall quality of the area ….. [be] visually attractive … sympathetic to local character, including the surrounding built environment and landscape setting … [and] create places with a high standard of amenity for existing and future users’ (NPPF para 127).
  • The focus for Development. Housing development will be focussed in the following locations: Epsom Town Centre; Other centres and stations; Principal movement corridors; Strategic employment sites; Intensification of the urban area; Urban edge of green belt
  • Design.  Design Policies will require developers to deliver design quality with an emphasis on green and family friendly, and which ensures that each development is ‘of Epsom’ reflecting the local character and setting.
  • Heights and Density.  Polices will also address the density and height of developments and place a height restriction [storeys] which reflects each localities character and setting based on the NPPF.

Local Events 

Concert at Epsom College – Come and hear us sing (bits of!) Handel’s Messiah on Sunday 19th January, 1930 at Epsom College Big School. Free (donations).  Concert about 1h30.

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Board Game AfternoonAn afternoon of skill and luck playing some old and some new board games at St Mary’s Ewell on Saturday 25th January

 

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Epsom Civic Society meeting

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Age Concern – Tickets are available now. Book now to avoid missing out on this SELL OUT show. Join us on Friday 21st Feb @ Epsom College for a night filled with laughter.

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Epsom Book Fair 2020 – Annual Giant Charity sale of second-hand books, DVDs and Music. Over 60000 books including antiquarian, out-of-print, children’s, fiction and non-fiction.

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Ewell Horticultural Association – Pesticides – Are They Safe? Tuesday 10th March at 8:00pm. Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF fully accessible venue. A Talk by Andrew Halstead, a retired RHS Entomologist, whose talk will put into perspective the risks and benefits of using pesticides, covering their history and research into toxicology and environmental effects of new products.

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Herald of Spring – 60’s Theme – Saturday 7th March at Bourne Hall Ewell – 9:30am to 5:00pm

If you’re looking for a family day out to kick start the Spring season, why not pop down to Herald of Spring this year?

This year’s event will be more jam-packed than ever. There will be a range of beautiful floral arrangements to enjoy as well as a special display courtesy of Ashtead Park Garden Centre. You can meet the teams of local volunteers and countryside groups who will be happy to talk to you about the borough’s plentiful open spaces and what you can do to get involved. Come and join us in the cafe for a selection of hot drinks and home-made cakes!

There will be a wide range of activities throughout the day, including trickery and sleight of hand from Close Up Magic, kid’s games and activities from Hobbledown, Rainbow Leisure Centre and the Bourne Hall Museum – and for the grownups, a great selection of locally produced arts and craft at the co-located Gift Market, organised by What’s On In Epsom.

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Local updates and information

“Happy to chat” benches – one of the Council initiatives as part of the Health and Wellbeing action plan is to designate some of the benches in the Ashley Centre as “chatting benches” where anyone who is happy to chat can sit and strike up a conversation with like-minded people.  It is hoped that single people may benefit from the companionship of others while shopping in Epsom. 

May Day Bank Holidaythe early May bank holiday in 2020 will move from Monday 4 May to Friday 8 May to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day which takes place on 8 May, and enable people to pay tribute to those who served in one of the most significant events in our country’s history, Business Secretary Greg Clark announced today.

The occasion will remember the contribution of British, Commonwealth and Allied armed forces personnel; those who contributed to the war effort and safeguarded the Home Front. As well as marking the Allies’ victory in 1945, the bank holiday will serve as an opportunity to pay tribute to those who have served and continue to serve in the UK Armed Forces and their families.

Commemorative events will take place over the 3-day weekend across the Borough. Are you thinking of having a street party that day – see http://www.streetparty.org.uk for further information.

From Surrey County Council

Blocked Drains – is the drain in the road outside your home blocked causing flooding in this inclement weather? We clean out drains that are blocked from the inside. If you think that a drain is blocked and might be the cause of a localised flood, please report the blocked drain.

Find out more about drains and how we clear them and see a list of frequently asked questions on our drains pages.

While you are at it why not clear the path of slippery leaves from the front of your home to enhance the area!

Langley Vale Wood

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On Sunday, our volunteers went a-wassailing to scare away evil spirits and wake the orchard trees from their winter slumber. Led by a Wassail King and Queen, a noisy procession using pots and pans and with embellished stakes held aloft, made its way through the wood up to the orchard. Here, the group sang to bless the trees and hung toast to the branches in this traditional ritual. In true Wassail style, glasses were raised with mead and freshly pressed apple juice, and apple pies were enjoyed by all. 

Huge thanks to our many volunteers who have given their time and effort in caring for the fruit trees during their nursery years, and to the volunteers who organised this fun celebration in the Sainsbury’s Community Orchard. Thanks to Sainsbury’s for their support.
For information on how you can get involved, visit Langley Vale: http://www.woodlandtru.st/vtcrU

PROBUS CLUB of EWELL – For retired and semi-retired Professional and Business men

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Why not come and join us? We meet 1st Wednesday of the month at Banstead Golf Club for lunch and talks –   For further information contact the Secretary secretary@ewellprobus.org  or via our web site: www.ewellprobus.org.                                   All are welcome

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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Social Evening on Saturday 23rd Nov.

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3rd Epsom Scout Group have a social evening this coming Saturday, 23rd November, starting at 7.30pm. This should be a really good evening with live music, a very affordable bar and the option to bid for promises including :-

  • A curry night
  • A colour consultation with a professional personal stylist
  • A cut and blow dry at Headmasters
  • Hampers
  • Holiday cottages
  • Driving lessons
  • Swimming lessons
  • A mountain bike tour with pub lunch and much, much more

See 3rdepsom.org.uk/Promise for more details. Tickets are £4.50 in advance and £5.00 on the night and include a glass of sparkling wine, nibbles and a raffle ticket for our prize draw.

With lots of young families in the catchment area (including some of our Scouts), we would like to invite them to join us and there may also be an opportunity for them gain a bargain.  They can email promises@3rdepsom.org.uk for more information.

 

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Ewell Downs News Bulletin Sep/Oct 2019

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This bulletin is a little later than originally intended but will combine both current news and events together with information that will be published in the Autumn Newsletter which will be distributed to all residents by the end of October.

Hot off the Press from the H1 site

A Welcome from Chief Executive Daniel Elkeles

You will be waking up this morning to some very exciting news. The Government has announced (uk-politics-49867376) further capital investment in the NHS.  I am delighted to say that our Trust is named and means that the hundreds of millions of pounds of funding we need to both improve St Helier and Epsom hospitals and build a new major acute hospital will be made available.

This multi-million pound investment will transform patient care for the 500,000 people who use the Trust’s services, greatly improve the experience of the 6,000 committed staff working in the hospitals and secure a long term and sustainable future for hospital services in our area. It will allow us to create a state-of-the-art hospital facilities for the sickest patients, invest in and refurbish the older parts of all our hospital buildings (which are currently not fit for modern healthcare), and support the medical workforce to improve staffing levels and patient care.

This is the largest investment in healthcare in the region since the hospitals were built (which in St Helier’s case was 80 years ago).  I hope you will agree that this is incredible news.  We know that our buildings are just not up scratch for 21st century healthcare and our way of working at the moment is not sustainable forever.  This investment will mean that, instead of facing an uncertain future, our acute hospital services can be retained and continue to thrive in our local area.

For the first time ever, we have just been rated as Good by the Care Quality Commission, but the thing that will make us Outstanding is modern buildings that will enable us to deliver great patient care for decades to come. This is amazing news, and I would like to say a huge thank you to you and those who have supported us in recent years.

Our Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) can now move forward with the Improving Healthcare Together Programme and consult with the public  on proposals which we have been keen to pursue for years.  Under these proposals both Epsom and St Helier hospitals will continue to provide local district hospital services, meaning that the majority of services (c.85%) would remain on the same sites. The proposal also includes bringing services together onto one site at Epsom, St Helier or Sutton hospitals when patients are critically ill, this comprises c.15% of hospital activity.

I look forward to sharing with you all the timetable for getting to a new acute hospital in the near future and how you can get involved in shaping our exciting futur

Planning Items

1 Higher Green, Ewell – (19/00758/FUL) after opposition by many residents, the Civic Society, this committee and other the application for the erection of new 2½ storey dwelling with associated landscaping & parking was refused. The grounds for refusal were:

The close proximity of the proposed building to the Lime Tree (T7) is not considered to be harmonious nor sustainable and is likely to result in extreme pressure to further denude tree cover or undertake disfiguring pruning. The spacious qualities of the green spaces and the many trees, both street trees and in private gardens, all add together to provide an attractive environment, as identified in the Conservation Area Character Assessment and therefore the potential erosion of the sylvan character would materially harm the character and appearance of the conservation area contrary to Policy DM5 and DM8 of the Development Management Policies Document 2015”

We thank everyone involved in the opposition and wait to hear if there is an appeal.

12 Longdown Lane North, Ewell – work is under way on the development but concerns have been raised with the Council by a neighbour and we are reporting the littered state of the grassy area outside the development site which seems to be getting used as a rubble dump.

The Star 2 Cheam Road Ewell – Greenfields has been instructed to find a suitable tenant for the commercial ground floor of the Star, marking a key milestone in getting this much loved building back into full use. It is understood the rent being asked is in the region of £40,000pa. Generally the building now looks excellent and is in the best shape it has been for many years. Converting a listed building is challenging but the developer has addressed the project in a professional way.

However revised planning applications were submitted by the developer of The Star to seek retrospective permission for some aspects of the project, which is nearing completion. In particular the changes relate to the windows and type of render used, as well as the fact that part of the structure has been sand blasted back to the brickwork. On the advice of its heritage and conservation officer, the Council has refused these applications. Discussions are now underway with the developer to seek alterations to make the building compliant with the original application. The Council feels that this is an important heritage asset in the village and it is important that the work is carried out in a way that is sensitive to the original building and that will protect the fabric of the structure in the long term. Hopefully a satisfactory resolution of the outstanding issues can be achieved through discussions between Council and developer.

The Lodge, West Street Ewell – (19/00015/FUL and 19/00801/FUL) to repeat the information in the previous bulletin, both of these applications refer to The Lodge, West Street in Ewell. The first one was an application to build 3 houses on the site of The Lodge, which has been approved. The applicant has not gone ahead with that application, but has put another application into the Planning Dept for 2 houses and 4 flats. This has not yet been approved and is meeting with a great deal of opposition including the Epsom Civic Society. The ECS summarise in their letter of opposition that they “suggest that the previous application should represent the conclusion of the building works on this narrow strip of land.”

A decision on this is awaited.

7 Station Approach Stoneleigh – (19/00668/FUL) application for the demolition of existing buildings on site and erection of a part 6, part 7 storey building providing 23 residential flats with associated communal roof terrace, cycle and refuse stores. In summary, we have learned that the original application was for 9 flats on 3 storeys and that Epsom and Ewell’s own planning officers forced the developers to change these plans to 23 flats over 7 storeys. There is an extension of this plan to take the entire plot and turn it into nearly 100 flats. This plan (and the extended plan) has no facilities for parking and is at least twice the height of any building in the two wards that I can think of (religious buildings excluded). An opposition group – Stop the Stoneleigh Tower Block action group ( SSTBAG ) – made up of local residents and councillors and supported by SARA has met and campaigned against the development including meeting with the developers. This culminated at a meeting this week and an update on this is attached separately.

South Hatch Stables – (18/00308/FUL) – this application for the demolition of the existing Racehorse Training Establishment (RTE) and the erection of a new RTE comprising of a main yard stable complex of 40 boxes and other facilities together with a residential development comprising 46 apartments (a reduction of one apartment)– is ongoing with revisions to the original application. At a special planning committee meeting they recommended approval of the South Hatch stables and flats, narrowly. It was decided that special circumstances existed to allow building on Green Belt. However as it is a Green Belt application it is referred to the Secretary of State who will decide whether to call it in for review. So at this stage planning approval has not officially been granted. The Council should hear sometime in October whether it will be called in or not.

LIDL UK, 40 – 52 Upper High Street, Epsom – (18/01559/REM) – work is expected to start early next year.

Land at Epsom and Ewell High School, Ruxley Lane, West Ewell – (18/01360/FUL) a major planning application for the demolition of existing classroom buildings, MUGA and sports hall; and construction of a two storey classroom block, 3G Full Size AGP Pitch, compact athletics facility, Hockey Plus AGP, sports pavilion, sports hall, grass surface pitches, grounds maintenance compound, footbridge, fencing, floodlights and associated ground works, construction of new car park and access for school sports facilities; and erection of 161 dwellings including associated parking, landscaping, open space and infrastructure works. This has been approved.

Development Site at 24-28 West Street Epsom – (19/01021/FUL) this is an interesting one which you may have seen already – Demolition of existing building and construction of a new part 9, part 11 and part 13 storey building containing ground floor commercial/retail (A1, A2 and B1 uses) and 29 residential units (C3 Use) on upper levels and associated development. There is a great deal of opposition to this, including that from Historic England – which makes interesting reading – and a decision is awaited. Please see the later article on planning decisions by the Licensing and Planning Policy Committee.

Il Capriccio, Ewell – (19/00817/FUL) the retrospective application for the screen that was erected around the building, which was put up without planning permission, has been refused The reason for refusal was “the proposed boundary treatment, by reason of its design, siting and unsympathetic materials, would be harmful to both the character and appearance of the Locally Listed Building (BTM) and the visual amenities of the surrounding Ewell Village Conservation Area”.

Planning comments from Chris Frost

The government’s new homes target for Epsom & Ewell is 579 new properties per year for the next 20 years. We also have to show a 5 year supply of land for housing. Currently we are not able to identify this amount of land – therefore the government has increased the number of homes we are required to build by 20% to 697 per year! Officers are working hard to enable us to show how we can meet these targets. There has been public consultation about where these homes should be built and how we can achieve the targets; greenbelt studies; calls for available land: and help with bringing unoccupied homes back into use or redeveloped. Any land that is offered for building must be considered by the Council, even if it appears to be unsuitable, the Council must show that it has looked at it and be able to show good reasons where it is rejected.

Where 10% of applications for major developments that EEBC planning committee refuses permission for are then overturned at appeal we could be regarded as not fit to determine planning applications and applicants will have the option of applying to the borough council or the national Planning Inspectorate. We are dangerously close to that. This would not bode well for keeping the character of our borough.”

Local Plan and Statement of Community Involvement

All Local Planning Authorities are required to prepare a statement setting out how they will involve interested residents, groups, organisations, businesses, other representatives and individuals in the planning process. The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) describes how it will involve those with an interest in development in the area, including the preparation and review of the Local Plan and Supplementary Planning Documents, Neighbourhood Plans/Orders, Community Infrastructure Levy and the consideration of planning applications.

We would like to hear your views on the new draft SCI. You can read the draft SCI by downloading the document from our website at the link below or alternatively paper copies are available at the Town Hall and all libraries within the Borough during normal opening hours.

DRAFT STATEMENT OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT 2019

Please share your views on our new Statement of Community Involvement by filling in the short survey on the website before 18th October 2019.

Feedback from the SCI consultation will be considered and a final SCI will be discussed at the Licensing and Planning Policy Committee. Once adopted the final SCI will be made available on the Council’s website. Here is the link:

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Town Centre – work continues on the market place – the details of the phases of the work as shown on the SCC website are available, Here is the link:

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It will be wonderful when this work has been completed!

Yellow lines opposite the Wallace Fields Infant School parking area – Nigel Collin advises that this was approved at the local committee meeting on 16 September and now goes for consultation (28 day period).

Road Closure – Approach road to The Green – The Green, Ewell will be closed at the junction with Longdown Lane North whilst surfacing work will be carried on. The works are scheduled to start on 08/10/19. Sometimes plans have to change, often due to bad weather or problems on other works in the same programme which can have a knock on effect.

Residents can also find up to date details of the works on one.network/?114427244. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact SCC on 0300 200 1003 or email works.communication@surreycc.gov.uk.

Climate Change Action

Epsom and Ewell Councillors have reached a cross-party agreement to establish a climate change action plan, with targets for the council to curb environmental impact and take steps to become carbon neutral. The action plan will be ratified within the next six months and reviewed annually.

The forthcoming local plan will also be a further opportunity to improve biodiversity and green spaces, to optimise the energy efficiency of future developments and encourage more sustainable transport options, including increasing the opportunities to walk and cycle within the borough.

The aim to is bring together all the positive work that the council is already doing in this area, as well as initiate new policies and ideas that can make an even bigger contribution to protecting the environment and the climate. The target to become carbon neutral will not be easy but there is universal resolve to achieve this demanding target within a reasonable time frame.

Of course this isn’t something the council can deliver on its own. Cllr Neil Dallen, chairman of Environment committee, says, “We will be engaging with the wider community, tapping into the knowledge and passion that already exists, working with and learning from our residents, businesses and others to reduce CO2 emissions across the borough in order to meet our targets.”

Unauthorised encampments

Some months ago the borough council went to the courts and secured an injunction protecting council land from unauthorised encampments. This has resulted in far fewer encampments this year, and when travellers have arrived and been told about the injunctions they have normally moved on.

However recently two large groups arrived and set up camp on Epsom Common and Horton Country Park. Neither were prepared to accept the injunction and move on. Once a group has refused to abide by an injunction, the council had to apply to the High Court for a writ. A contingent of council officers, the police and court bailiffs served the writ and the groups moved on.

Report from John Beckett (Mayor and Surrey County Councillor)

Trees

Most people understand the importance of trees in absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen into the air, as well as providing a habitat for wildlife.  In towns they provide shading and cooling, pollution and noise mitigation as well speeding up floodwater drainage and improving the quality of our street scene.  Whilst Epsom and Ewell Borough Council has responsibility for trees and tree planting across our parks and open spaces, SCC owns the vast majority of the highway verges but has not planted a new tree in the highway verges in Epsom and Ewell since 2004.

In 2017 the Borough Council agreed a scheme with SCC whereby residents and local environmental groups can request the planting of an approved and appropriate tree in the verge for which they pay £250, to be planted by the Borough Council if the application is approved by SCC.  However since that new arrangement was introduced, virtually all requests by residents for tree planting on SCC highway verges have been refused on the basis that they do not fit the criteria in the current policy.  Recently, SCC rejected 40 sites for tree planting identified by the volunteer run Tree Advisory Board. The criteria used by SCC requires a verge width of 1.1 metres (3ft 6 ins) when the standard width of grass verges in our extensive 1930s estates is 3ft.  It also requires a pavement width of 1.6 meters from verge to the nearest boundary wall.  Taken collectively, that means there needs to be a combined verge and pavement width of 2.7m (nearly 9ft) from kerb to property boundary for a street tree planting proposal to even be considered – nearly impossible in most of our residential roads.  Even where those requirements are met, a further hurdle is introduced, the need to avoid underground utilities. 

That policy was so clearly out-of-date and out of step with how residents view the positive environmental and visual impact of trees that, at the July Surrey County Council Meeting, The RA Independent Cllrs tabled a Motion calling for a review of SCC’s current policies on the planting of trees in urban areas with a view to introducing a more proactive policy which looks to increase the number and regularity of trees planted. Cllr Eber Kington led the motion and I am pleased to say that it was passed unanimously.

It will take a little time for the new policy to be agreed and understood by those in Surrey Highways who make the decisions locally, but we look forward to a time in the near future when requests to SCC to plant trees are regularly met with a positive response, and a new generation of trees are being planted in the verges across the Borough.

 Local Highway – Member Allocation

Every year County Councillors in Epsom and Ewell are allocated a sum of money which is to be used to fund a highway project in their Division and which is not listed for funding by Surrey Highways.  That allocation currently stands at £20K which unfortunately is not a large amount when being used to resurface or reconstruct a road or footway.  This year I have allocated that money to the repair of: D2184 The Green, Carriageway (Public Section) (Beckett); D2106 Curvan Close, Footway (Beckett); D2334 Persfield Close (Beckett).

Charges for Domestic Waste Disposal

I previously wrote about planned new charges on the disposal of construction wood waste and roofing felt at the Epsom Recycling Centre, due to start in early June.  That did not happen because the proposals were withdrawn by SCC for further consideration. Concerns about possible increases in fly-tipping and bonfires were raised at the time, but no reason has been given for the withdrawal.

Top Salaries at SCC

Residents will be aware that my attempts to allow for the regular monitoring of top salary costs at SCC has been rejected several times by the ruling Conservative Group.  However that does not prevent me from asking for the information.  Recently I received the following statistics in response to a series of questions:

 • Following a restructure at SCC, 21 officers will be receiving a salary of over £100k in 2019/2020

• Senior management staffing related expenditure for 2018/19 amounted to £5,030m.

• Of that 2018/2019 figure, the costs associated with interim appointments amounted to £1,244m

Local Events

Epsom Square and Epsom Library at The Ebbisham Centre, Epsom 

Free! Come along to our big drawing event! Epsom Square and Epsom Library will be alive with activity, drawing on pavements; on 12 metre long paper and smaller group workshops. Sign up for your workshop on Epsom Library reception. All ages both Adults and children welcome. A free drop-in event, all materials provided. You may want to stay 5 minutes or you may want to stay all day! No drawing skills required, just the courage to make a mark.

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Bowsaws and Broomsticks – Sunday 6th October – 2 to 4:30pm

Take a Sunday afternoon stroll around Horton Country Park Local Nature Reserve with a member of the EEBC Countryside Team and find out about all the work our volunteers carry out to help manage the reserve. Meet at the Information Centre in Horton Country Park Local Nature Reserve at 2 p.m. No booking required. Please wear appropriate clothing. Stout boots and a raincoat if it’s wet. Dogs are welcome on a lead. Please note that walks may be subject to cancellation due to poor weather conditions. If you have any questions please contact the Countryside Team via email at contactus@epsom-ewell.gov.uk. Cost: £5 per adult, £2.50 per child (16 yrs or under).

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A week of activities devoted to mental health: providing a forum for discussion, sharing and distributing information and answering questions. Activities include workshops, talks, music, drama, dance and film.

Epsom Mental Health Week is held in early October and comprises a week of activities devoted to mental health: providing a forum for discussion, sharing information and providing answers to questions people may have. Although the issue is so often hidden and unexplored, there are few things in life more important than mental health. In every respect mental health impacts on all our lives- it is a very rare person who does not know sadness and anxiety, 1 in 4 of us will experience mental distress or illness in any one year and there is a sizeable group of people, some 2-3% of the population, whose lives are seriously affected by more severe and enduring mental health difficulties. The World Health Organisation has predicted that by 2030, depression will be the leading cause of disability in the world, and 1 in 4 people over 80 living in the UK today will develop dementia. Visit lovemelovemymind.org.uk for details of events.

Fizz Fest – Saturday 12th October – Bourne Hall, Ewell

What is a Fizz Fest? An absolute ‘must’ for fans of prosecco and fizz. Fizz Fest is a relaxed and enjoyable way to spend time with friends and family. Great music, entertainment and a fantastic range of fizz and bubbles.

Fizz Fest features a variety of Prosecco, Frizzante, Cava, Brut, Pink Fizz, Champagne and Prosecco cocktails. And for those non-fizz drinkers we will have wine and lager available. There is something for everyone.

Session Times: Afternoon session: 3:30pm-6:30pm; Evening session: 7pm-11pm

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The Children’s Trust – Fireworks Night – Friday 25th October – Gates open 6pm

Come along and enjoy a spectacular night of fireworks within our beautiful mansion grounds.

Friday 25 October 2019Gates open: 6pmChild-friendly Fireworks 7.00pmMain Fireworks Display: 8pm Adult entry tickets are £10.00 and Child entry £5.00Tickets will be limited so please make sure you pre-book your tickets to avoid disappointment. Food and drinks will be available during the evening. A licenced bar selling both alcoholic and soft beverages will also be onsite.

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Coach Trip to Portsmouth in aid of the Mayor’s CharitiesSunday 27th October

 Enjoy a day visiting the historic sights of Portsmouth – in aid of the Mayor’s Charities

Family day out, shopping, history, treasure hunt and prizes.   Tickets are £15 for adults and £10 for children aged 10 and under. A special opportunity to visit:

Historic Naval Dockyard, Tudor warship Mary Rose; HMS Warrior (1860), Nelson’s flag-ship HMS Victory
Royal Navy Museum, Royal Marines Museum; D-Day Museum, Royal Navy Submarine Museum
Gun Wharf Quays (90+ outlets & 30+ eateries); Southsea Castle, Charles Dickens’ birthplace
Eastney’s James Watt Beam Engines and Pumps; Blue Reef Aquarium, Harbour and Marina
Spinnaker Observation Tower 

Details on pick up and times awaited. For more info: secretary@mayorscharitiesepsom.org.uk

Epsom Firework Display & Funfair – Saturday 2nd November 2019 – Hook Road Arena

Gates Open 5:30pm – Display from approx. 7:45pm – Gates Close: 10:30pm

EARLY BIRD OFFER – Tickets can be purchased in advance of the display online. TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM MONDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER. Please note that we are not selling tickets through shops this year. 

Until 23:59 on Sunday 6th October tickets are available at the special price of £6.00 per ticket. 

Advance tickets – Tickets are available in advance at £8.50 per ticket (from Monday 7th October). These tickets are only available until 23.59 on Friday 1st November. 

Tickets on the day – Tickets are also available for purchase online and on the gate of the Arena, on the evening of the display, when the gates open at 5.30pm.  Tickets are £10.00 on the day of the display. Under 5s are free! 

Epsom Fireworks holds one of the largest displays in the South East at Hook Road Arena. The display has grown since its’ humble beginnings in 1971 into the enormous show you see every November.

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Age UK Charity Curry Night

Back by popular demand Tuesday 26th November 2019 @ Tamarind Spice, West Ewell
£25pp* TICKETS ON SALE *Excludes Drinks, Coffee and Desserts.
For More Info or to reserve your seat Email:
charlotte.hornblow@ageconcernepsom.org.uk

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PROBUS CLUB of EWELL

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For retired and semi-retired Professional and Business men. Why not come and join us? We meet 1st Wednesday of the month at Banstead Golf Club for lunch and talks – For further information contact the Secretary

secretary@ewellprobus.org or via our web site: ewellprobus.org

All are welcome

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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Ewell Downs News Bulletin – Aug 2019

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This bulletin gives an insight to the events that are happening in our area as well as an update on planning issues.

Planning update from Clive Woodbridge

The council remains in a very vulnerable place with regards to planning applications. The Government requires us to show we have a five year land supply – we currently have just over one. And we have to deliver over 600 homes a year, but are only achieving around half that. We are in the process of preparing a housing action plan to show how we are going to bridge the gap and that should be published in the autumn. In the meantime there is a strong presumption in favour of development, which the council ignores at its peril. (Tandridge faces £400,000 in legal costs for an application it refused that was overturned on appeal). That doesn’t mean that the council cannot refuse inappropriate or non-policy compliant developments, but it does make it more difficult, and the chances of developers succeeding on appeal are higher.

Planning Items

86 Reigate Road – (19/00681/FUL) despite the efforts of the AEDR and close residents, this planning application was approved. There are however many conditions and work cannot start until these have been passed by the appropriate authorities. This is an example of the type of conditions imposed on the development:-

No development shall take place until full details, of both hard and soft landscape proposals, including a schedule of landscape maintenance for a minimum period of 5 years, have been submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority. The landscaping should include native species. The approved landscape scheme (with the exception of planting, seeding and turfing) shall be implemented prior to the occupation of the development hereby approved and thereafter retained.

Reason: To ensure the provision, establishment and maintenance of an appropriate landscape scheme in the interests of the visual amenities of the locality in accordance with Policy CS5 of the Core Strategy (2007) and Policies DM5 and DM9 of the Development Management Policies 2015.

1 Higher Green, Ewell – (19/00758/FUL) erection of new 2½ storey dwelling with associated landscaping & parking. There have been a great many objections to this, including our own and that from the Epsom Civic Society. There is no decision as yet and we are hoping for a positive response to the objections in view of the past history of refusals to previous applications. There is, as far as we are aware, no response to the request for further information from the Highways Department.

12 Longdown Lane North, Ewell – (19/01016/NMA Non -material minor amendment to planning permission 19/00159/REM to permit change to crossover from grasscrete to a standard VCO bitumen design. To move the new access a further 1.2 metres away from the road. The change to crossover from grasscrete to bitumen was thankfully refused.

The Star 2 Cheam Road Ewell – (19/00499/LBA) and (19/00498/REM) – the applications are for a single storey rear extension, and internal and external amendments and variation of materials. Both applications have been refused with the comments “The proposed development amounts to substantial harm to the Heritage Asset by reason of the substandard materials, window design and insufficient information regarding external features of the property. The proposed development would therefore be to the detriment to the significance of a Grade II listed building and conservation area”.

The Lodge, West Street Ewell – (19/00015/FUL and 19/00801/FUL) both of these applications refer to The Lodge, West Street, Ewell. The first one was an application to build 3 houses on the site of The Lodge, which has been approved. The applicant has not gone ahead with that application, but has put another application into the Planning Dept for 2 houses and 4 flats. This has not yet been approved and is meeting with a great deal of opposition. These objections include overdevelopment of the site, the design of the three storey building out of character with existing housing in the area, parking, traffic issues and many other.

7 Station Approach Stoneleigh – (19/00668/FUL) application for the demolition of existing buildings on site and erection of a part 6, part 7 storey building providing 23 residential flats with associated communal roof terrace, cycle and refuse stores. In summary, we have learned that the original application was for 9 flats on 3 storeys and that Epsom and Ewell’s own planning officers forced the developers to change these plans to 23 flats over 7 storeys. There is an extension of this plan to take the entire plot and turn it into nearly 100 flats. This plan (and the extended plan) has no facilities for parking and is at least twice the height of any building in the two wards that I can think of (religious buildings excluded).

South Hatch Stables – (18/00308/FUL) – this application for the demolition of the existing Racehorse Training Establishment (RTE) and the erection of a new RTE comprising of a main yard stable complex of 40 boxes and other facilities together with a residential development comprising 46 apartments (a reduction of one apartment)– is ongoing with revisions to the original application.

LIDL UK, 40 – 52 Upper High Street, Epsom – (18/01559/REM) – still no news on when work will start.

Land at Epsom and Ewell High School, Ruxley Lane, West Ewell – (18/01360/FUL) a major planning application for the demolition of existing classroom buildings, MUGA and sports hall; and construction of a two storey classroom block, 3G Full Size AGP Pitch, compact athletics facility, Hockey Plus AGP, sports pavilion, sports hall, grass surface pitches, grounds maintenance compound, footbridge, fencing, floodlights and associated ground works, construction of new car park and access for school sports facilities; and erection of 161 dwellings including associated parking, landscaping, open space and infrastructure works. No decision on this yet.

Langley Vale Memorial Woodland – creation of a permanent car park with facilities etc and erection of visitors’ centre and associated infrastructure in relation to Langley Vale Wood – this has been permitted.

Development Site at 24-28 West Street Epsom – (19/01021/FUL) this is an interesting one which you may have seen already – Demolition of existing building and construction of a new part 9, part 11 and part 13 storey building containing ground floor commercial/retail (A1, A2 and B1 uses) and 29 residential units (C3 Use) on upper levels and associated development. The proposed perspectives are worth a look. It is awaiting a decision – it was validated on 14 August

Heathrow Exhibition

This exhibition was well attended and showed Heathrow’s proposals for the future layout of the airport, including the new runway and other airport infrastructure such as terminals and road access. The public was also be able to have their say on plans to manage the environmental impacts of expansion, including a proposed Heathrow Ultra Low Emissions Zone, Heathrow Vehicle Access Charge and a proposed 6.5-hour ban on scheduled night flights.

Responses to this consultation will inform Heathrow’s application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) – the planning consent required for the project – which is expected to be submitted to the Secretary of State for Transport next year.

For further information and to take part in this latest consultation visit the Heathrow consultation website .

You may recall the previous exhibition on the Heathrow Airspace and Future Operations Consultation which ran until 4 March 2019. It was seeking feedback on changes to our airspace and future runway operations including expansion and changes to the existing two runways. To increase the capacity of the existing runways it is proposed that planes will take off and land from different directions and be at different heights which would impact this area from height reductions of aircraft with the associated increase in noise and pollution levels. We understand from a Heathrow representative that the information from this consultation is still being collated and should be published later in the year for comments.

Local Plan – report from Clive Woodbridge

The lack of a five year land supply mentioned will be addressed through a new Local Plan which will set out how Epsom & Ewell will meet its needs through to 2040. Our current Core Strategy, completed in 2007, is now coming to the end of its life, and has been largely successful, delivering 2573 new homes over the past 10 years, 30% of which were in the ‘affordable’ category. There is a statutory duty to produce a new, up to date Local Plan that takes into account demanding national government housing targets and work on this is now well advanced

The aim is to have a new Local Plan in place by the end of 2020, so that the Council can continue to positively shape development in the Borough. The Council’s planning team will shortly be engaging with residents to capture comments and opinions on the work completed so far. A number of events will be held over the autumn and dates and locations will be published on the Council’s website shortly. Any residents that wish to be contacted as part of the process can email details to localplan@epsom-ewell.gov.uk .

Once the feedback from residents, businesses, interest groups and others has been assessed, a draft Local Plan will be presented to councillors. After it has been agreed it will be sent to the Secretary of State, who will appoint an Inspector to assess whether the Plan is sound or not.

The Local Plan is a challenge, as the government at the moment is suggesting that EEBC should set very ambitious targets regarding housing building – certainly above 500 homes annually. Meeting the targets will require some tough decisions. To be honest building more densely on existing urban area sites is unavoidable, and consideration of releasing some Green Belt land highly likely, if we are to produce a plan that an inspector will approve.

However it is also an opportunity to shape future change in the way the community wishes. It can help to secure good quality homes, more affordable housing, and public places and spaces that are designed to improve quality of life and enhance health and wellbeing. Environmental factors, including dealing with Climate Change pressures, will also be a key factor.”

For further details go to – epsom-and-ewell-local-plan. The link to the pdf is shown as an attachment under Documents at the bottom of the link page.

Traffic

Town Centre – work continues on the market place – the details of the phases of the work as shown on the SCC website are available at epsom-and-ewell-major-transport-schemes.

Town centre traffic light control – tailbacks on the approach to South Street continue and the SCC Road and Transport site advises:

Operation of some signals is currently different to normal. This is because the ‘Urban Traffic Control’ (UTC) management of the signals is not currently operating across the whole town centre and cannot, whilst road works continue. Individual junctions are still operating intelligently, however they are not yet able to communicate with one another.

We will continue to review the vehicle detection measures, programming and operation of all junctions as new traffic movements become clearer and more commonplace and will seek to optimise the operation of each junction accordingly. When all works are completed and the full UTC operation is restored, further refinements can be made.”

Yellow lines opposite the Wallace Fields Infant School parking area – there is no further news on this as yet.

Nigel Collin, the newly appointed Resident Councillor for College Ward is following up on his efforts to determine the ownership of the crescent of road in front of Wallace Fields Infants School which would allow for extra parking for teachers and contribute to the safer drop off of children to the school with the Council. We will get back when there is further news.

Community clean-up launch

The Council has used a High Street Community clean-up grant received from central government to purchase a range of equipment and resources to help prevent litter and clean it up. This equipment can be safely used by volunteers and is being offered to facilitate community clean-up campaigns particularly centred on our local high streets and shopping parades.

Anyone interested in volunteering for community clean-ups can sign up for litter picking on the Council website.

Recycling rates rise

Epsom and Ewell residents are now amongst the best recyclers in the UK with much higher recycling rates than the national average according to the latest data. Since moving to weekly collections of household rubbish and recycling in 2017, household recycling in the borough has increased to 53%, compared to the national average of 46%. The Government has a recycling target of 50% across the UK by 2020 and, while the borough is already achieving more than that, there is no room for complacency as there is already a suggestion that the target will increase still further, possibly to 60%.

Epsom Hospital – this is the news from NHS Trust published on 29 July 2019

Submission of updated draft pre-consultation business case (PCBC) to NHS England for assurance

Since December we have been working with a wide range of experts, partners, local authority and public health colleagues, clinicians, the public and our regulators to gather research and evidence to help shape our proposals for Epsom and St Helier Hospitals.

This information has been used to update our draft pre-consultation business case. This information has been published on our website and includes:

  • Independent analysis of feedback from the public engagement activities;

  • The independent Clinical Senates of London and the South East report;

  • Phase 2 draft interim Integrated Impact Assessment; and

  • Impact on other providers – a summary assessment

We have now reached the stage where we have submitted our updated draft pre-consultation business case to NHS England so they can assess all of the information and agree if there would be funding in principle for a new facility in our area. The pre-consultation business case is a technical document that provides our national regulators with all of the evidence they need to assess our proposals.

We are not releasing the updated draft PCBC document at this time as we intend to do this when we have received national feedback and assurance signalling that we can move to consultation with the public.

No decisions about any changes to services will be made until after a full public consultation has taken place and all of the information – including, for example, any feedback from a formal public consultation and the final Integrated Impact Assessment – has been considered by the CCGs.

We have produced a stakeholder briefing document which explains what we have been doing and our current thinking. It is not a consultation document. The evidence and position set out in this briefing is subject to change as further evidence is developed and assurance by NHS England takes place. In particular, this briefing does not include detailed underlying financial information, as this is subject to assurance and regulatory oversight and is therefore not appropriate to publish at this stage.

Read our stakeholder briefing document – here.

Future 40 – this consultation has now closed. There was a tremendous response with nearly 3,000 residents, businesses and visitors sharing their views about the long-term vision of Epsom and Ewell. The task is now is to reflect on these findings and produce a vision for the future by summer 2019. Be the first to know by registering your interest and receive an email notification once the vision is available to download. Go to www.future40.org to register.

Local Events

Trainers Open Morning – 26 August 2019 – Bank Holiday Monday

Adventure Family Fun Day holds the unique opportunity to go behind the scenes of Epsom’s training yards. You’ll see the horses working on the gallops from 8am and then it’ll be time to visit the stars of the show at their homes. Use this as the perfect chance to speak to some of the many trainers working out of the Epsom Gallops.

 

 

This bulletin gives an insight to the events that are happening in our area as well as an update on planning issues.

Planning update from Clive Woodbridge

The council remains in a very vulnerable place with regards to planning applications. The Government requires us to show we have a five year land supply – we currently have just over one. And we have to deliver over 600 homes a year, but are only achieving around half that. We are in the process of preparing a housing action plan to show how we are going to bridge the gap and that should be published in the autumn. In the meantime there is a strong presumption in favour of development, which the council ignores at its peril. (Tandridge faces £400,000 in legal costs for an application it refused that was overturned on appeal). That doesn’t mean that the council cannot refuse inappropriate or non-policy compliant developments, but it does make it more difficult, and the chances of developers succeeding on appeal are higher.

Planning Items

86 Reigate Road – (19/00681/FUL) despite the efforts of the AEDR and close residents, this planning application was approved. There are however many conditions and work cannot start until these have been passed by the appropriate authorities. This is an example of the type of conditions imposed on the development:-

No development shall take place until full details, of both hard and soft landscape proposals, including a schedule of landscape maintenance for a minimum period of 5 years, have been submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority. The landscaping should include native species. The approved landscape scheme (with the exception of planting, seeding and turfing) shall be implemented prior to the occupation of the development hereby approved and thereafter retained.

Reason: To ensure the provision, establishment and maintenance of an appropriate landscape scheme in the interests of the visual amenities of the locality in accordance with Policy CS5 of the Core Strategy (2007) and Policies DM5 and DM9 of the Development Management Policies 2015.

1 Higher Green, Ewell – (19/00758/FUL) erection of new 2½ storey dwelling with associated landscaping & parking. There have been a great many objections to this, including our own and that from the Epsom Civic Society. There is no decision as yet and we are hoping for a positive response to the objections in view of the past history of refusals to previous applications. There is, as far as we are aware, no response to the request for further information from the Highways Department.

12 Longdown Lane North, Ewell – (19/01016/NMA Non -material minor amendment to planning permission 19/00159/REM to permit change to crossover from grasscrete to a standard VCO bitumen design. To move the new access a further 1.2 metres away from the road. The change to crossover from grasscrete to bitumen was thankfully refused.

The Star 2 Cheam Road Ewell – (19/00499/LBA) and (19/00498/REM) – the applications are for a single storey rear extension, and internal and external amendments and variation of materials. Both applications have been refused with the comments “The proposed development amounts to substantial harm to the Heritage Asset by reason of the substandard materials, window design and insufficient information regarding external features of the property. The proposed development would therefore be to the detriment to the significance of a Grade II listed building and conservation area”.

The Lodge, West Street Ewell – (19/00015/FUL and 19/00801/FUL) both of these applications refer to The Lodge, West Street, Ewell. The first one was an application to build 3 houses on the site of The Lodge, which has been approved. The applicant has not gone ahead with that application, but has put another application into the Planning Dept for 2 houses and 4 flats. This has not yet been approved and is meeting with a great deal of opposition. These objections include overdevelopment of the site, the design of the three storey building out of character with existing housing in the area, parking, traffic issues and many other.

7 Station Approach Stoneleigh – (19/00668/FUL) application for the demolition of existing buildings on site and erection of a part 6, part 7 storey building providing 23 residential flats with associated communal roof terrace, cycle and refuse stores. In summary, we have learned that the original application was for 9 flats on 3 storeys and that Epsom and Ewell’s own planning officers forced the developers to change these plans to 23 flats over 7 storeys. There is an extension of this plan to take the entire plot and turn it into nearly 100 flats. This plan (and the extended plan) has no facilities for parking and is at least twice the height of any building in the two wards that I can think of (religious buildings excluded).

South Hatch Stables – (18/00308/FUL) – this application for the demolition of the existing Racehorse Training Establishment (RTE) and the erection of a new RTE comprising of a main yard stable complex of 40 boxes and other facilities together with a residential development comprising 46 apartments (a reduction of one apartment)– is ongoing with revisions to the original application.

LIDL UK, 40 – 52 Upper High Street, Epsom – (18/01559/REM) – still no news on when work will start.

Land at Epsom and Ewell High School, Ruxley Lane, West Ewell – (18/01360/FUL) a major planning application for the demolition of existing classroom buildings, MUGA and sports hall; and construction of a two storey classroom block, 3G Full Size AGP Pitch, compact athletics facility, Hockey Plus AGP, sports pavilion, sports hall, grass surface pitches, grounds maintenance compound, footbridge, fencing, floodlights and associated ground works, construction of new car park and access for school sports facilities; and erection of 161 dwellings including associated parking, landscaping, open space and infrastructure works. No decision on this yet.

Langley Vale Memorial Woodland – creation of a permanent car park with facilities etc and erection of visitors’ centre and associated infrastructure in relation to Langley Vale Wood – this has been permitted.

Development Site at 24-28 West Street Epsom – (19/01021/FUL) this is an interesting one which you may have seen already – Demolition of existing building and construction of a new part 9, part 11 and part 13 storey building containing ground floor commercial/retail (A1, A2 and B1 uses) and 29 residential units (C3 Use) on upper levels and associated development. The proposed perspectives are worth a look. It is awaiting a decision – it was validated on 14 August

Heathrow Exhibition

This exhibition was well attended and showed Heathrow’s proposals for the future layout of the airport, including the new runway and other airport infrastructure such as terminals and road access. The public was also be able to have their say on plans to manage the environmental impacts of expansion, including a proposed Heathrow Ultra Low Emissions Zone, Heathrow Vehicle Access Charge and a proposed 6.5-hour ban on scheduled night flights.

Responses to this consultation will inform Heathrow’s application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) – the planning consent required for the project – which is expected to be submitted to the Secretary of State for Transport next year.

For further information and to take part in this latest consultation visit the Heathrow consultation website.

You may recall the previous exhibition on the Heathrow Airspace and Future Operations Consultation which ran until 4 March 2019. It was seeking feedback on changes to our airspace and future runway operations including expansion and changes to the existing two runways. To increase the capacity of the existing runways it is proposed that planes will take off and land from different directions and be at different heights which would impact this area from height reductions of aircraft with the associated increase in noise and pollution levels. We understand from a Heathrow representative that the information from this consultation is still being collated and should be published later in the year for comments.

Local Plan – report from Clive Woodbridge

The lack of a five year land supply mentioned will be addressed through a new Local Plan which will set out how Epsom & Ewell will meet its needs through to 2040. Our current Core Strategy, completed in 2007, is now coming to the end of its life, and has been largely successful, delivering 2573 new homes over the past 10 years, 30% of which were in the ‘affordable’ category. There is a statutory duty to produce a new, up to date Local Plan that takes into account demanding national government housing targets and work on this is now well advanced

The aim is to have a new Local Plan in place by the end of 2020, so that the Council can continue to positively shape development in the Borough. The Council’s planning team will shortly be engaging with residents to capture comments and opinions on the work completed so far. A number of events will be held over the autumn and dates and locations will be published on the Council’s website shortly. Any residents that wish to be contacted as part of the process can email details to localplan@epsom-ewell.gov.uk .

Once the feedback from residents, businesses, interest groups and others has been assessed, a draft Local Plan will be presented to councillors. After it has been agreed it will be sent to the Secretary of State, who will appoint an Inspector to assess whether the Plan is sound or not.

The Local Plan is a challenge, as the government at the moment is suggesting that EEBC should set very ambitious targets regarding housing building – certainly above 500 homes annually. Meeting the targets will require some tough decisions. To be honest building more densely on existing urban area sites is unavoidable, and consideration of releasing some Green Belt land highly likely, if we are to produce a plan that an inspector will approve.

However it is also an opportunity to shape future change in the way the community wishes. It can help to secure good quality homes, more affordable housing, and public places and spaces that are designed to improve quality of life and enhance health and wellbeing. Environmental factors, including dealing with Climate Change pressures, will also be a key factor.”

For further details go to – epsom-and-ewell-local-plan. The link to the pdf is shown as an attachment under Documents at the bottom of the link page.

Traffic

Town Centre – work continues on the market place – the details of the phases of the work as shown on the SCC website are available at epsom-and-ewell-major-transport-schemes.

Town centre traffic light control – tailbacks on the approach to South Street continue and the SCC Road and Transport site advises:

Operation of some signals is currently different to normal. This is because the ‘Urban Traffic Control’ (UTC) management of the signals is not currently operating across the whole town centre and cannot, whilst road works continue. Individual junctions are still operating intelligently, however they are not yet able to communicate with one another.

We will continue to review the vehicle detection measures, programming and operation of all junctions as new traffic movements become clearer and more commonplace and will seek to optimise the operation of each junction accordingly. When all works are completed and the full UTC operation is restored, further refinements can be made.”

Yellow lines opposite the Wallace Fields Infant School parking area – there is no further news on this as yet.

Nigel Collin, the newly appointed Resident Councillor for College Ward is following up on his efforts to determine the ownership of the crescent of road in front of Wallace Fields Infants School which would allow for extra parking for teachers and contribute to the safer drop off of children to the school with the Council. We will get back when there is further news.

Community clean-up launch

The Council has used a High Street Community clean-up grant received from central government to purchase a range of equipment and resources to help prevent litter and clean it up. This equipment can be safely used by volunteers and is being offered to facilitate community clean-up campaigns particularly centred on our local high streets and shopping parades.

Anyone interested in volunteering for community clean-ups can sign up for litter picking on the Council website.

Recycling rates rise

Epsom and Ewell residents are now amongst the best recyclers in the UK with much higher recycling rates than the national average according to the latest data. Since moving to weekly collections of household rubbish and recycling in 2017, household recycling in the borough has increased to 53%, compared to the national average of 46%. The Government has a recycling target of 50% across the UK by 2020 and, while the borough is already achieving more than that, there is no room for complacency as there is already a suggestion that the target will increase still further, possibly to 60%.

Epsom Hospital – this is the news from NHS Trust published on 29 July 2019

Submission of updated draft pre-consultation business case (PCBC) to NHS England for assurance

Since December we have been working with a wide range of experts, partners, local authority and public health colleagues, clinicians, the public and our regulators to gather research and evidence to help shape our proposals for Epsom and St Helier Hospitals.

This information has been used to update our draft pre-consultation business case. This information has been published on our website and includes:

  • Independent analysis of feedback from the public engagement activities;

  • The independent Clinical Senates of London and the South East report;

  • Phase 2 draft interim Integrated Impact Assessment; and

  • Impact on other providers – a summary assessment

We have now reached the stage where we have submitted our updated draft pre-consultation business case to NHS England so they can assess all of the information and agree if there would be funding in principle for a new facility in our area. The pre-consultation business case is a technical document that provides our national regulators with all of the evidence they need to assess our proposals.

We are not releasing the updated draft PCBC document at this time as we intend to do this when we have received national feedback and assurance signalling that we can move to consultation with the public.

No decisions about any changes to services will be made until after a full public consultation has taken place and all of the information – including, for example, any feedback from a formal public consultation and the final Integrated Impact Assessment – has been considered by the CCGs.

We have produced a stakeholder briefing document which explains what we have been doing and our current thinking. It is not a consultation document. The evidence and position set out in this briefing is subject to change as further evidence is developed and assurance by NHS England takes place. In particular, this briefing does not include detailed underlying financial information, as this is subject to assurance and regulatory oversight and is therefore not appropriate to publish at this stage.

Read our stakeholder briefing document – here.

Future 40 – this consultation has now closed. There was a tremendous response with nearly 3,000 residents, businesses and visitors sharing their views about the long-term vision of Epsom and Ewell. The task is now is to reflect on these findings and produce a vision for the future by summer 2019. Be the first to know by registering your interest and receive an email notification once the vision is available to download. Go to www.future40.org to register.

Local Events

Trainers Open Morning – 26 August 2019 – Bank Holiday Monday

Adventure Family Fun Day holds the unique opportunity to go behind the scenes of Epsom’s training yards. You’ll see the horses working on the gallops from 8am and then it’ll be time to visit the stars of the show at their homes. Use this as the perfect chance to speak to some of the many trainers working out of the Epsom Gallops.

Horse

Trifest Saturday 31 August; 12noon – 4pm Auriol Park, Worcester Park

A community event, food, ice cream van, refreshments, beer tent and stalls. Sweet van, fairground rides and face-painting, raffle prize draw. Attendance of a live music performance by the Spice Girls tribute act. For more info see: Trifest Event

Trifest

Round the Borough Hike – Saturday 7 September

You can take it on good authority that the weather is going to be perfect for Round the Borough Hike, our easy going and marshalled 20 mile walk encompassing all of the best green spaces in and around Epsom and Ewell.

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Epsom Food & Drink Festival – Sunday 8 September; 10.30am – 5pm

Rosebery Park, Ashley Road, Epsom
Free entry! Food & Drink Vendors, Live Music, family friendly activies. For more info see: https://www.facebook.com/EpsomFoodDrink/

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Epsom and Ewell Community Fayre
Sunday 15 September; 1pm – 5pm
Hook Road Arena, Epsom

Enjoy a fun filled afternoon of games and activities for children and attractions for the whole family. Entrance to the event is free.

Attractions include a dog show (small entry fee, for details see: epsomrotary/dogshow), live music, a beer tent, children’s games organised by local clubs, organisations, charities and businesses, fancy dress, face painting, military vehicles, photography competition and lots more! There will also be stalls serving hot and cold quality food, teas, coffees and delicious ice cream; all at incredibly reasonable prices.

Dog Show

Age UK Charity Curry Night

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND Tuesday 26th November 2019 @ Tamarind Spice, West Ewell
£25pp* TICKETS GO ON SALE SOON *Excludes Drinks, Coffee and Desserts.
For More Info or to reserve your seat Email:
charlotte.hornblow@ageconcernepsom.org.uk

Curry Night2

PROBUS CLUB of EWELL

For retired and semi-retired Professional and Business men

Why not come and join us?We meet 1st Wednesday of the month
at Banstead Golf Club for lunch and talks

Probus

For further information contact the Secretary secretary@ewellprobus.org

or via our web site: www.ewellprobus.org  All are welcome

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.

Grapes

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Ewell Downs News Bulletin – July 2019

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Further to my recent Bulletin gives details of two important planning applications, there now follows a round-up of all events and happenings in our area.

Where do we begin?

Planning Items

Backland development between Higher Green and Links Road – (19/00354/FUL) – the good news is that following collaboration with some skilled residents of Higher Green and Links Road, the application for the erection of 4 new dwellings and associated access, landscaping and parking has been refused. The reasons were based on two main headings. Summarized as:-

1. Design, Vast bulk, Scale, Not reinforcing local distinctiveness, Contrary to policies, CS5, DM 9, 10, 16.

2. Development would threaten Sylvan character of the setting an unacceptable loss of trees.

The website gives the full letter of refusal. We are delighted at this result and wait to hear if there is to be an appeal against the decision.

86 Reigate Road – (19/00681/FUL) the erection of two further chalets in addition to the two previously approved with associated parking and landscaping at 86 Reigate Road Ewell Surrey KT17 – we have sent a letter objecting to this and would encourage other residents to do the same, although the date has passed! The earlier bulletin gives reasons for our objections and shows the plan of the proposed development. In case you missed this here is the plan for the two further chalet bungalows again:-

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1 Higher Green, Ewell – (19/00758/FUL) erection of new 2½ storey dwelling with associated landscaping & parking. We shall be objection to this and in the meantime show below the information leafleted principally to residents of Higher Green:-

The Association has become aware that there is a Planning Application to build a completely new house within the Conservation Area of Higher Green.

The proposed new house will be situated within the garden of 1 Higher Green, which falls within the Conservation Area.

Conservation status was granted in 2000 in order to preserve the character and appearance of certain selected parts of Epsom & Ewell. Accordingly, the Council placed restrictions to preserve the special qualities of the chosen conservation areas, which it has consistently sought to preserve.

You can view the full details on the Council’s Planning Portal. Any objections must be received by the Council no later than 31 July and can be submitted via the Planning Portal at www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/planning-applications or by sending an E-Mail to supportgrouprequests@epsom-ewell.gov.uk or in writing to the Place Development Service, Town Hall, The Parade, Epsom. KT18 5BY. The application reference shown above must be quoted in all correspondence.”

As an aside, there have been three attempts to build a house in this garden previously but the applications have been turned down – we hope with opposition that this current application will also be refused.

South Hatch Stables – ( 18/00308/FUL) – the application for the demolition of the existing Racehorse Training Establishment (RTE) and the erection of a new RTE comprising of a main yard stable complex and facilities enabling residential development comprising 47 apartments is causing great controversy and there have been many objections. A decision is still pending while surveys continue. An interesting comment on the application reads “On balance, this proposal will cause large and unnecessary harm to the Greenbelt with little to no public benefit. This harm is not just immediate but via the precedent it sets the harm will continue into the future. The case for justifying the loss of the Green belt has not been made. I, along with all the other residents, fully support the racing industry in Epsom. I am firmly opposed to the scale, and supposed necessity, of the enabling development. Despite the applicants claims, the proposed plans for South Hatch are not essential for Epsom, as Adam West is quoted in the Racing Post on 28th May “One big redevelopment won’t be the saviour of Epsom, it’s all about how the horses perform”.

Former Epsom Post Office – 74 High Street, Epsom – (17/01868/FUL) The application for the change of use of former post office (A1) to restaurant / drinking establishment (A3 / A4) including internal and external demolition, refurbishment and extension as well as the associated infrastructure was approved at the planning meeting on 30 May.

5 The Derby Square, High Street, Epsom – (18/01556/FUL) The change of use to D2 (Cinema) with proposed roof extension for auditoria and plant enclosure was permitted.

Police Station site in Church Street – (17/01586/FUL) application for the demolition of the former police station, and the erection of two residential blocks comprising a total of 29 residential units (11x1bed, 14 x2 bed and 4×3 bed), with associated car parking and landscaping. As a major planning application, this went to Committee in March and was approved.

Old Mill, Old Malden Lane Worcester Park – (18/01430/FUL) application for the demolition of existing buildings, and erection of 80 new dwellings with access, associated parking and landscaping works. This was approved by the planning committee on 30 May and included provision for 16 affordable rental on-site housing units.

LIDL UK, 40 – 52 Upper High Street, Epsom – (18/01559/REM) – variation of condition 2 (Plans) of application ref: 17/00001/FUL (Proposed Mixed Use Development comprising food retail store (Use Class A1) together with 30 Residential Apartments, Access, Parking, Servicing and Landscaping (as amended)) approved 06/03/2018, to allow for alterations to the elevations. The alterations were approved and we now look forward to hearing that work will commence in the not too distant future.

Nonsuch Mansion – (18/01309/FUL) – An application for change of use from offices to provide sleeping accommodation was approved at April planning committee. This provides for sleeping accommodation on the first and second floors to provide 9 bedrooms for the wedding guests using the Grade II Listed Nonsuch Park Mansion.

Lower Mill Ewell – (18/00865/LBA) – the application for the demolition of existing office building and redevelopment to provide 53 extra care apartments with associated facilities (within Class C2), including conversion and alternation of the Grade II Listed Mill House and Granary Buildings, with parking access, landscaping and other associated works was permitted.

Land at Epsom and Ewell High School, Ruxley Lane, West Ewell – (18/01360/FUL) a major planning application for the demolition of existing classroom buildings, MUGA and sports hall; and construction of a two storey classroom block, 3G Full Size AGP Pitch, compact athletics facility, Hockey Plus AGP, sports pavilion, sports hall, grass surface pitches, grounds maintenance compound, footbridge, fencing, floodlights and associated ground works, construction of new car park and access for school sports facilities; and erection of 161 dwellings including associated parking, landscaping, open space and infrastructure works. Do go and look at this one – many comments and objections. This awaits a decision as a major development.

Aldi – 379-393 Kingston Road, Ewell – (18/01202/REM) The application for Variation of Condition 11 (Delivery hours) of planning permission 13/00520/FUL to allow delivery hours to be between 06:00-21:00 on Monday’s to Saturday’s and between 08:00-21:00 on Sundays for a temporary 1 year period was approved.

Lidl – 65 London Road – (18/00573/FUL) – The application for a supermarket development on the site was refused in February. There is no news as yet on the status of any possible appeal.

Langley Vale Memorial Woodland – creation of a permanent car park with facilities etc and erection of visitors’ centre and associated infrastructure in relation to Langley Vale Wood – this is under negotiation with related boroughs, namely Mole Valley and Reigate and Banstead. This remains ongoing.

Heathrow Exhibition

Heathrow Ltd will launch the next part of its statutory consultation period regarding its expansion plans on 18 June 2019 and there will be an exhibition at Bourne Hall on Friday 9 August from 2pm to 9pm.

The Airport Expansion Consultation runs from 18 June until 13 September 2019 and gives the public the opportunity to provide feedback on Heathrow’s proposals for the future layout of the airport, including the new runway and other airport infrastructure such as terminals and road access. The public will also be able to have their say on plans to manage the environmental impacts of expansion, including a proposed Heathrow Ultra Low Emissions Zone, Heathrow Vehicle Access Charge and a proposed 6.5-hour ban on scheduled night flights.

The Airport Expansion Consultation also reveals plans for the airport’s growth in phases – from the new runway opening in approximately 2026, to the end of the masterplan in approximately 2050.

In addition, the consultation is seeking feedback on:

  • Plans to operate the future airport: how the future three runway airport will be operated, including important elements such as night flights, as well as how potential additional flights before the new runway opens could be operated on our existing two runways;

  • Assessment of impacts of the airport’s growth: Heathrow’s preliminary assessment of the likely impacts of expansion on the environment and local communities;

  • Plans to manage the impacts of expansion: Heathrow will set out the airport’s plans for mitigating the effects of expansion, including property compensation, Noise Insulation Policy, a Community Fund, and plans to mitigate against environmental effects including new measures to reduce congestion and emissions and a ban on scheduled flights at night.

Responses to this consultation will inform Heathrow’s application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) – the planning consent required for the project – which is expected to be submitted to the Secretary of State for Transport next year.

As part of the expansion consultation there are a number of public engagement events planned, one of which will take place at Bourne Hall on 9 August, 2pm – 9pm (Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF)

For further information and to take part in this latest consultation visit the Heathrow consultation website.

Local Plan

We are also pressing for further information on the link between the Local Plan and Dandara Strategic Land Management, particularly regarding the quote on Dandara’s web site – “Project: Downs Farm” “This 110 acre Greenbelt site is being promoted jointly by Dandara and the landowners through the Local Plan process with a view of securing a residential led allocation.” Any information you may have in this connection would be of great import. We anticipate that there will, in due course, be a planning application in relation to this which will be fiercely opposed. Please keep your eyes and ears open and let us know if there is anything to report so we can take appropriate action.

Regarding the Local Plan itself, this is the link to the updated plan process published in May of this year – www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/residents/planning/planning-policy/epsom-and-ewell-local-plan. The link to the pdf is shown as an attachment under Documents at the bottom of the link page.

Traffic

Town Centre – work continues on the market place – the details of the phases of the work as shown on the SCC website are shown below:

Phase 1 will continue the new paving on the south side of the High Street from the old taxi rank area to past the Clock Tower and is scheduled for completion in summer 2019. During this phase the market will be relocated to the western end of the Market Place with access via the existing entrance \ exit arrangements.

Phase 2 will continue the new paving on the other side of the Market Place by swapping arrangements so that the market will be re-located back to the area by the Clock Tower, but entrance and exit arrangements will be via the temporary ‘dropdown kerbs’ currently being installed to the west of the Clock Tower.

Phase 3 will include paving outside the Assembly Rooms and the relocation of the Evocation of Speed statue. Once all 3 phases are completed the temporary dropped kerbs will be reinstated with full height kerbs, and the new entry and exit arrangements established and any remaining works completed.

During each phase of the works, all trees will be removed. New trees will be planted from November 2019 during the approved planting season for trees.

We are aware of the historical aspects to the Market Place and we will ensure they are preserved. Epsom Clock Tower will be protected and both the Richmond Cattle Trough and the time capsule stone will be taken to a specialist stone mason for restoration.

We will also be working with the Emily Davison Project to offer a prominent location in the Market Place for their memorial statue.”

Full details of the work are available at www.surreycc.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/policies-plans-consultations/major-transport-projects/epsom-and-ewell-major-transport-schemes.

Yellow lines – we understand that our recommendation for double yellow lines opposite the Wallace Fields Infant School parking area to stop the almost double parking on drop off and pick up times has been registered by Surrey County Council. In September written proposals will come before the Local Committee for consideration, thereafter consultations and only once objections have been put to bed work will begin. This could be Q1 2020.

Nigel Collin, the newly appointed Resident Councillor for College Ward is following up on his efforts to determine the ownership of the crescent of road in front of Wallace Fields Infants School which would allow for extra parking for teachers and contribute to the safer drop off of children to the school with the Council. We will get back when there is further news.

What is happening to The Star?

By the time you read this you should be able to see marketing material for the downstairs of the Star to be used as a restaurant and upstairs as residential flats. The owners have done a tremendous job in restoring the fragile klsted building.

EVRA is starting an exercise to identify the various uses of premises along High Street and Cheam Road, to check that they are being used in accordance with Planning Permission and maintained to Building Regulations. This will then inform a debate about what can be done to ‘fill the gaps’ in what the High Street offers.

Epsom Hospital

The Annual Public Meeting was held on Friday 12 July at St Helier Hospital in the Whitehall Lecture Theatre, The meeting was to start with a review of the year from Chief Executive Daniel Elkeles. This was to be followed by a video on Surrey Downs Health and Care and a presentation about the Trust’s finances from Chief Financial Officer Rakesh Patel. Chief Nurse Arlene Wellman would then talk about her experiences over the last year as Chief Nurse.

Guests would have put their questions to the Board at the end of the meeting and we shall report on this as soon as the information is published.

For more information about the Annual Public Meeting and other upcoming public meetings, please visit www.epsom-sthelier.nhs.uk/events

Future 40 – this consultation has now closed. There was a tremendous response with nearly 3,000 residents, businesses and visitors sharing their views about the long-term vision of Epsom and Ewell. The task is now is to reflect on these findings and produce a vision for the future by summer 2019. Be the first to know by registering your interest and receive an email notification once the vision is available to download. Go to www.future40.org to register.

Changes to charging at Epsom Recycling Centre Blenheim Road

We have been advised by our Surrey County Councillor, John Beckett, (now also the Mayor of Epsom & Ewell), of the good news as follows:-

I previously reported about planned new charges on the disposal of construction wood waste and roofing felt at the Epsom Recycling Centre, due to start in early June. That did not happen because the proposals were withdrawn by SCC for further consideration. Concerns about possible increases in fly-tipping and bonfires were raised at the time, but no reason has been given for the withdrawal.”

For further details visit www.surreycc.gov.uk/waste-and-recycling

Local Events

Ewell Village Summer Fair – Saturday 13 July – 10.30 am to 4 pm

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St. Mary’s is once again in the throes of organising the Annual Ewell Village Fair – a highlight of the year. There will be the usual variety of arena events. By popular demand there is a return visit from the Paladins of Chivalry. We will also have Ambition Dance, Hands Down Martial Arts, All About Anna’s Animals, Fitznells Concert band, Fitznells Diva Choir and Fitznells Starlets and Tenor Choir. The 135 Geographic Squadron Royal Engineers will also be on site.

All the fun of the traditional fair will include a coconut shy, Punch and Judy, pony rides, a bouncy castle and Kiddi Karts. 

There will be a wide variety of sideshows to entertain both young and old plus those in between with plenty of ‘Kids Activities’. The ever popular BBQ will be serving burgers but for those who feel more adventurous there will be Indian Cuisine by Sizzling Bengal, Krispy Kreme doughnuts and crepes. Tam’s Cakes and Cookies will also be available and Tam will also be serving cocktails.  Hot food provided by the NESCOT team will be available in the CHURCH HALL – OPPOSITE THE CHURCH – and tea, coffee and snacks will be available all day. There will, of course, be ice cream!  Pre-packed children’s lunchboxes will again be on sale.

When: Saturday, July 13, 2019 –11:00 to 16:00

D-Day

We’re marking the 75th anniversary of D Day and Operation Epsom with a special free family day at Bourne Hall Park. There will be WW2 re-enactors, displays of weapons and vehicles plus music and dancing from the war by Surrey Jive. Saturday 13 July, 11am to 4.30pm in Bourne Hall Park, Spring Street, Ewell.

Trainers Open Morning – 26 August 2019 – Bank Holiday Monday

 Adventure Family Fun Day holds the unique opportunity to go behind the scenes of Epsom’s training yards. You’ll see the horses working on the gallops from 8am and then it’ll be time to visit the stars of the show at their homes. Use this as the perfect chance to speak to some of the many trainers working out of the Epsom Gallops.

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PROBUS CLUB of EWELL

For retired and semi-retired Professional and Business men

Why not come and join us?

We meet 1st Wednesday of the month at Banstead Golf Club for lunch and talks

Meeting like members

Biannual Ladies’ Lunch (May & December)

Charity donation, Monthly raffle, Various visits and trips

For further information contact the Secretary

secretary@ewellprobus.org

or via our web site: http://www.ewellprobus.org

All are welcome

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.

Happy Holidays

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Ewell Downs News Bulletin – May 2019

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This Bulletin gives an update of many different aspects of local issues and events.

One of the tasks at the AGM was to elect the Resident Association’s prospective candidates. Our area comprises two wards and we therefore had six candidates, Clive Woodbridge, Humphrey Reynolds and Christine Cleveland for Ewell Ward and Chris Frost, Colin Keane and Christine Howells for Nonsuch Ward. Each of these gave a short presentation on their aims and achievements at the AGM and were subsequently elected by a show of hands to represent us. On Thursday 2 May they succeeded in their ambitions and were all elected to serve as our Councillors. Thank you to everyone who went along on the day and voted for them. We hope to continue having the support we have had from our Councillors in the past at all our future committee meetings. A great deal of vital information is gleaned at these meetings which we can then pass on to you – the residents of Ewell Downs. For your information the tables below show the results across the Borough.

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The updated email addresses for our ward Councillors are shown at the end of this bulletin.

Thank you also to those who have already paid their subscriptions for 2019. On line banking seems a favoured way of doing this and I have been working with a resident who has kindly given her time to make sure that a) we are recording email addresses correctly for those wishing to receive our bulletin and b) listing how these subscriptions are paid so that road stewards have a complete picture. Our expenses seem to be ever increasing and we are seeking ways of increasing our income and reducing these. These will be detailed in our Autumn Newsletter.

We are continuing to press for information on the Council’s approach to the housing target set for Epsom & Ewell of 579 dwellings per year for the next twenty years. This includes the timetable for the submission of report to the Secretary of State by the end of December this year and the review and public consultation before this. There have been changes to the members of committees with the local election, hence nothing definite to report as yet.

We are also pressing for further information on the link between the Local Plan and Dandara Strategic Land Management, particularly regarding the quote on Dandara’s web site – “Project: Downs Farm” “This 110 acre Greenbelt site is being promoted jointly by Dandara and the landowners through the Local Plan process with a view of securing a residential led allocation.” Any information you may have in this connection would be of great import. We anticipate that there will, in due course, be a planning application in relation to this which will be fiercely opposed. Please keep your eyes and ears open and let us know if there is anything to report so we can take appropriate action.

Following on with the Heathrow issue raised at the AGM and the additional pollution that any proposed increase in air traffic would bring, do you know what your carbon footprint is? There are many sites that can tell you this – such as www.carbonfootprint.com or www.footprint.wwf.org.uk. Should your carbon footprint be higher than you would like, projects with the woodland trust and the forestry commission would support the planting of broad leaf trees would be something you could support. We are investigating whether something local could be supported with tree planting.

Planning Items

Backland development between Higher Green and Links Road – (19/00354/FUL) – the new application for the erection of 4 new dwellings and associated access, landscaping and parking has been received. The original plans for this were refused and AEDR made a major contribution to preventing a successful appeal by the Applicant. We shall be working with the residents to oppose this.

The Kings Arms pub in East Street – (18/00315/FUL) – This application has been permitted. The existing building will be demolished and replaced with two 4 storey buildings comprising a total of 21 flats.

Lidl – 65 London Road – (18/00573/FUL) – The application for a supermarket development on the site was refused in February. There is no news as yet on the status of any possible appeal.

Nonsuch Mansion – (18/01309/FUL) – An application for change of use from offices to  provide sleeping accommodation was approved at April planning committee.

South Hatch Stables – ( 18/00308/FUL) – the application for the demolition of the existing Racehorse Training Establishment (RTE) and the erection of a new RTE comprising of a main yard stable complex and facilities enabling residential development comprising 47 apartments is causing great controversy and there have been many objections. A decision is still pending but it is likely to come before planning committee in June.

Langley Vale Memorial Woodland – creation of a permanent car park with facilities etc and erection of visitors’ centre and associated infrastructure in relation to Langley Vale Wood – this is under negotiation with related boroughs, namely Mole Valley and Reigate and Banstead. This remains ongoing.

Mill Road – (18/00271/FUL) – the application for residential development comprising of 31 units with associated landscaping, parking and external works was approved in April, subject to a lengthy set of conditions.

Police Station site in Church Street – (17/01586/FUL) application for the demolition of the former police station, and the erection of two residential blocks comprising a total of 29 residential units (11x1bed, 14 x2 bed and 4×3 bed), with associated car parking and landscaping. As a major planning application, this went to Committee in March and was approved.

Old Mill, Old Malden Lane Worcester Park – (18/01430/FUL) application for the demolition of existing buildings, and erection of 80 new dwellings with access, associated parking and landscaping works. This application will be decided by planning committee on May 30th, with officers recommending approval.

12 Longdown Lane North (18/01055/FUL) – the amended plan for an enlarged footprint was approved.

Lower Mill Ewell – (18/00865/LBA) – the application for demolition of existing office building and redevelopment to provide 53 extra-care apartments with associated facilities (within Class C2), was permitted.

Land at Epsom and Ewell High School, Ruxley Lane, West Ewell – (18/01360/FUL) a major planning application for the demolition of existing classroom buildings, MUGA and sports hall; and construction of a two storey classroom block, 3G Full Size AGP Pitch, compact athletics facility, Hockey Plus AGP, sports pavilion, sports hall, grass surface pitches, grounds maintenance compound, footbridge, fencing, floodlights and associated ground works, construction of new car park and access for school sports facilities; and erection of 161 dwellings including associated parking, landscaping, open space and infrastructure works. Do go and look at this one – many comments and objections. This awaits a decision as a major development.

Nescot issues

Roundabout – we are obviously going to have to contact the College again as the dandelions which were smothered by bark have taken over.

Traffic

Town Centre – work continues on the market place. We published a detailed program of the work in our last bulletin so here is an artist’s impression of what it will look like when everything is done.plan_market

The Surrey web site advises:

Upcoming work

Paving outside shops (from Lakeland to Boots). Access to properties and businesses will be maintained at all times. Works to repave up to shop doors will be undertaken at night.

Some of the fencing and barriers around the Clock Tower will be removed and the area opened for public use

We will continue to monitor the extent of the lane closure on High Street, and where possible reduce the length of the closure to help deal with traffic delays.

Recently completed work

  • Sections of new paving have been completed

  • ‘Time capsule’ stone lifted and sent for refurbishment

  • Richmond cattle trough lifted and sent for cleaning – this will resituated during phase 2

  • Market Place site clearance

  • Demolished the planter outside Weatherspoon’s to provide extra temporary market space

  • Erected bollards to control access to the Market Place, this will monitored for any unauthorised access/safety issues”

We would comment that whilst the traffic flow through the market area is better, there are long queues of traffic which build up along the Dorking Road coming into Epsom. We are asking if this could be eased by changing the phasing of the traffic lights at the Playhouse junction to allow greater time for this traffic to go through.

Full details of the work are available at epsom-and-ewell-major-transport-schemes.

Yellow lines – the consultation for yellow lines continues and will close at the end of May 2019 so if you have any recommendations go to parking-controls-request-epsom-and-ewell-march-201. We have had a meeting with the new Resident Councillor for College Ward – Nigel Collin – about the recommendation of double yellow lines opposite the Wallace Fields Infant School parking area to stop the almost double parking on drop off and pick up times. Nigel felt that in addition to this, there was scope for some reworking certain areas which would allow for extra parking for teachers and contribute to the safer drop off of children to the school. We will report further on this as Nigel Collin will be discussing teacher parking with the school to seek their views and support

Epsom Hospital Rowan House has been sold to Legal & General for in excess of £15 million. This is the communication from Trevor Fitzgerald Director of Estates and Facilities of NHS Trust:

Legal & General’s Proposition

Legal & General will be starting their planning process and consulting with local residents and stakeholders in the coming months:

unique later living community for the over 65s

delivers on the commitment to sell the land for a social care use rather than just pure residential housing

additional age-specific housing for this country’s ageing (with a hospital on the doorstep should they ever need us)

additional facilities – all subject to planning permission – which will likely include a nursery, a wellness centre and ancillary retail opportunities

the ability should we need it for the NHS to access some of the accommodation

Importantly, this will be an extension of the Epsom community rather than a closed off development, and will benefit local residents and our staff as well as support around 50 new jobs.”

There is however nothing definite about the way the funds are to be spent and the worrying factor is the comment in the communication that “A commissioner-led review confirmed that after the sale of this land the space requirements could be met for the option of building a new acute facility and additional parking at Epsom Hospital if selected as the preferred option.!” Councillors will resist any attempt to use the funds raised for anything except Epsom Hospital and not diverted to support St Helier. For a report on the long term future of Epsom Hospital go to the-long-term-future-of-epsom-and-st-helier-hospitals-2377.

This is the planned layout of the site that has been sold:

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Future 40 – the questionnaire forms the second stage of consultation for Future40, the work to develop a long-term vision for Epsom and Ewell. Over the last few months, E&EBC has been engaging with and listening to local residents, businesses and visitors across the borough – they have collected some really valuable feedback. The next step is to explore some of the emerging themes in more detail to properly understand how they could contribute to making Epsom and Ewell an even more attractive and successful place to live, work and study in the future. Residents are invited to join in the discussion and share their views on the Borough’s long-term vision at future40.org. It’s important to have your say.

Changes to charging at Epsom Recycling Centre Blenheim Road

New Charges for Domestic Waste Disposal

From Monday 3rd June SCC is introducing new charges to dispose of construction wood waste and roofing felt at the Epsom Recycling Centre. The charges are for wood waste which is from the construction, alteration or repair of your home and garden, such as doors, fence posts and panels, fitted cupboards and work surfaces, flooring, decking and sheds. There are no charges for stand-alone wooden furniture such as tables, chairs and shelves that you would take with you if you moved home.

There are already charges for materials like plasterboard, bricks, rubble, ceramic bathroom fittings, tiles and tyres from motor vehicles, but we are concerned these new charges may well lead to an increase in fly-tipping.

These new charges are listed below:-

Wood from a shed or other wooden garden structure, doors, floor boards and joists, laminate flooring, decking, built in furniture such as wardrobes and kitchen cupboards, worktops, and wooden fence panels and posts.

*Charges for wood will come into effect from 03 Jun 2019

Single item

£4

1 bag or part bag (bags no bigger than 50cm x 77cm)

£4

Loose car load

£30

*Roofing felt

*Charges for roofing felt will come into effect from 03 Jun 2019

In a bag (bags no bigger than 50cm x 77cm), loose or in a roll

£4

For further details visit waste-and-recycling

From our Surrey County Councillor

Reigate Road improvement – I have requested that some of the broken posts along the Nescot side of the Reigate Road be replaced using some of my personal allowance. This has turned out not to be a nightmare as the original posts were set into a concrete track. This has meant that the new posts have had to be set further into the verge avoiding the track. Given the costs of replacing a few posts and looking towards the future, I have spoken with both the Highways engineer and parking manager and both agree that a more robust, cost effective way of managing the issue is to double yellow the Reigate Road from Nescot to the Drift Bridge roundabout. 

This will stop verge parking without the need for future posts which I would not be able to guarantee funding for going forward. It should also future proof any other type of development that the Reigate Road may be subject to in years to come. I will be putting in a request on this year’s parking review ( end of May) meaning the lines will not be on the ground till around spring 2020. Given the other side of the road is predominantly residential I wanted to get a feel from you on including that side of the road as well. I have noticed that vehicles are now parking on the footway and on the grass sections which has started  to kill the grass and is spoiling the look and makeup of the road.

Local Highway Funding Cuts

SCC has confirmed the cut to local highways funding which is, in part, based on population size. Epsom and Ewell is the smallest borough in Surrey and sees the biggest cut in funding. SCC itself has argued for years that National Government funding for highways should be based on road usage, not road length or geography, yet it refuses to use road usage for its own local distribution of highway funds. Epsom and Ewell is the smallest borough in Surrey, but its roads are some of the most heavily used in the County.

We will continue to press the case for a change in this policy and a fairer distribution of spending by SCC on our local roads.

SCC By-Election victory for Independent

During the recent election there was a SCC by-election in Haslemere where the independent took the seat from the Conservatives, winning by 2665 votes to 1159. That takes the Residents’ Association/Independent Group at SCC to eleven and we are now the largest opposition group on the Council.

Local Events

May Bank Holiday Special

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Investec Derby Festival

Investec Derby Festival 2019 is, without a doubt, the greatest Flat race in the world. The Investec Derby Festival will begin on 31st May 2019 at Epsom Downs Racecourse, with the first event being the popular Ladies’ Day, where highly fashionable men and women compete for the Style Award. Epsom Investec Derby date is 1st June. Derby Day features seven races, including the infamous Greatest Flat Race in the World.

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Age Concern Epsom & Ewell

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We are taking over Tamarind Spice, West Ewell for a Charity Curry Night on

Tuesday 25th June 2019 @ 7.15pm

£20pp includes popadoms, starter, main course, sides and sundries*

Great indian and bengali food served with fabulous service

Will you join us for a Tuesday Night Curry??

BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE

*excludes drinks, desert and coffee

Tamarind Spice, 234 Chessington Road, West Ewell  KT19 9XF

FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL BEVERLEY ON 01372 732 451 or email bev.worsley@ageconcernepsom.org.uk

 

PROBUS CLUB of EWELL

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For retired and semi-retired

Professional and Business men

Why not come and join us?

We meet 1st Wednesday of the month
at Banstead Golf Club for lunch and talks

Meeting like members

Biannual Ladies’ Lunch (May & December)

Charity donation

Monthly raffle

Various visits and trips

For further information contact the Secretary

secretary@ewellprobus.org

or via our web site: www.ewellprobus.org

All are welcome

Tropical Creepy Crawly Roadshow at Denbies Wine Estate – May 28 – 11.30am and 2.30pm

Meet Snakes, Lizards, Mini-Beasts and Frogs for an inspiring Animal Encounter.

£7.50 per child / Accompanying adults free of charge

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Hogsmill River Summer Stroll

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Take a leisurely Sunday afternoon stroll with a member of the EEBC Countryside Team along the Hogsmill River. Discover the fascinating history of a river that once powered gun powder mills and was the haunt of the Pre-Raphaelite painters. Meet at Ewell Court House at 2 p.m. No booking required. Please wear appropriate clothing. Stout boots and a raincoat if it’s wet. Dogs are welcome on a lead. Walks may be subject to cancellation due to poor weather conditions.

Date: Sun, 02/06/2019 Time: 14:00 to 16:30 Cost:  £5 per adult, £2.50 per child (16 years or under)

Contact name: Stewart Cocker Telephone: +44 1372 732473 Contact email: scocker@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Venue: Hogsmill Local Nature Reserve KT19 0EB

Epsom & Ewell Brass Band Summer Concert

Come and see the London & Southern Counties 2nd section champion brass band at our annual summer concert, held again at the wonderful Old Moat Garden Centre

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Silent Pool Distillery

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The Epsom Riot and the Death of Police Sergeant Thomas Green exhibition and talk

Date: Mon, 17/06/2019 Time: 13:30 to 21:00 Cost: Free

Contact name: David Brooks Telephone: +44 20 8394 1734Contact email:

dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Venue: Methodist Church, Ashley Road, Epsom, KT18 5AQ

13.30pm onwards. Exhibition of items presented by Lord Rosebery to the police officers defending the station, other items presented to Inspector Pawley and his family, Thomas Green’s medals (on show for the first time), evidence photos of the riot and postcards of Thomas Green’s funeral.

13.30pm to 14.30. Talks for local schools 7.30pm. Public talks on the events of that day, with a chance to meet Thomas Green’s great-grandson.

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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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Ewell Downs News Bulletin – April 2019

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This Bulletin is to draw your attention to a few very important issues which were raised at our AGM last month.

Firstly can I please thank all of those who come along on the night. With all the other distractions – football, wild weather and a dark night- we were delighted to see so many of you and some new faces.

Thank you also to those who have already paid their subscriptions for 2019 – this will help towards the cost of printing the AGM report and the hire of the school room for the AGM. Thank you again.

Among others, two important issues were raised at the meeting and one resident in particular has been corresponding with our MP, Chris Grayling, for a response to these issues.

The first issue relates to housing and the target that has been set for Epsom & Ewell of 579 dwellings per year for the next twenty years. To consolidate the information on the housing targets and the penalties in not achieving these, we have compiled a report which we would be happy to email to any resident on request. It is rather too bulky to attach here.

In brief, work is currently underway to review Epsom & Ewell’s Local Plan policies relating to housing. The timetable for the review, consultation and the publication of the update is available to view on the Council’s web site but this has to be submitted to the Secretary of State in December 2019. The timetable shows that there will be a pre-submission Public Consultation in October/November of this year and we will keep you posted on this.

Alarmingly, men with theodolites have been spotted both on Downs Farm land behind Longdown Lane North and also on the College Road side behind Longdown Lane South. The information we have at the moment is that these men are working with the owners of Downs Farm, who own both of these sites – 110 acres in all. This is being done by Dandara Strategic Land Management and on their website they describe Downs Farm as

“Project: Downs Farm” “This 110 acre Greenbelt site is being promoted jointly by Dandara and the landowners through the Local Plan process with a view of securing a residential led allocation.”

This land is Green Belt and as such is protected BUT, as stated above, with the targets that have been set for housing in the borough under the new Government Housing strategy, this can only mean that the Green Belt will be attacked! Our Councillors are well aware of this fact and residents feelings about protecting our precious Green Belt areas and will be seeking appropriate sites that would provide housing in accordance with the targets without touching the Green Belt. However there is the caveat that if they do not comply with the targets, this goes up by 20%!

If there is anyone who has any further information on this, please do get in touch. Up to now there is no planning application in relation to this but you can be sure that something will appear in due course. Do keep your eyes open and let us know if there is anything to report so we can take appropriate action.

The second issue which was reported at the AGM and may have been missed by residents is the Heathrow Consultation which took place at Bourne Hall early in February this year (published in our January Bulletin). The Heathrow Airspace and Future Operations Consultation ran for eight weeks from 8 January until 11.55pm on 4 March 2019 and sought feedback on changes to airspace and future runway operations including expansion and changes to the existing two runways. To increase the capacity of the existing runways it was proposed that planes will take off and land from different directions and be at different heights. We understand that the impact on this area could be that planes would fly at a height of 3,000 feet above us instead of the 6,000 currently used and that there could well be a flight every 77 seconds! There is a great deal of opposition to this and we are watching this carefully to see what the result of the consultation will be. If there is anyone who has greater knowledge of the implications which can be imparted to residents, please let us know.

Other issues which were raised at the AGM included the drug dealing close to Nescot and the two police officers who came and gave a presentation, took this and other concerns of attendees on board. We are delighted to report that as a result of this officers have been patrolled the alleyway running along the bottom of St Norman’s Way after recent complaints from local residents of drug dealing and intimidating behaviour from youths during daytime.

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After a recent Resident’s Association meeting in Ewell – (THIS WAS US!!) (one of a series of police/resident interactions throughout the borough), the issue of the railway arch was raised as a serious issue for ASB in the community.

On Tuesday, 19 March, local neighbourhood Sergeant Jim Dawborn stopped and dealt with a group of youths under the rail arch along the alleyway near Ewell East Station. Following a search one of the youths was found with a bag of cannabis, which was seized, and the youth was given a street caution for his possession offence.

Officers will be keeping up the pressure on drug dealing and drugs use in the Railway underpass as well as in the open grass areas in the new Sycamore Gardens estate.

Local officers are also liaising with NESCOT staff and notifying them when students are found to be breaching college policy to reduce the impact to the community that drugs use and anti-social behaviour can cause.”

This picture tells the story! Our thanks go to our neighbourhood police team.

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Do go and look at their Newsletter April 2019.pdf which gives up to date information on police activities in the area.

Now to matters outside the AGM:-

Following the publication of a request for Governors at Wallace Fields Junior School, I am delighted to advise that the response was good and, as far as we know, at least one resident living in LLN was accepted and has attended his first meeting. We wish him well and inspired!

Planning Items

12 Longdown Lane North – (18/01055/FUL) – the amended plan was approved by the Planning Department. This was despite opposition however it seems that there has now been an amended plan submitted under ref 19/00159/REM re the Variation of Condition 2 (Approved drawings) of planning permission 18/01055/FUL to permit enlarged footprint. This has not been agreed and indeed we had no knowledge of this. We would encourage all those who opposed the original application to go and look at this as a matter of urgency.

Lower Mill Ewell – (18/00865/LBA) – the application for demolition of existing office building and redevelopment to provide 53 extra-care apartments with associated facilities (within Class C2), including conversion and alteration of the Grade II Listed Mill House and Granary Buildings, with parking, access, landscaping and other associated works has been referred to the Planning Committee and is listed for the April planning meeting and a decision expected imminently.

The Kings Arms pub in East Street – (18/00315/FUL) – the amended drawings submitted have included the separation of the building into two blocks, connected by a glazed link , articulation of the street-facing elevation, addition of a partially set-back fourth floor and inclusion of a lift and increase in number of flats from 16 to 21. This was called to committee in March and approved.

Lidl – 65 London Road – (18/00573/FUL) – revised application for supermarket with reduced size and no houses on the old Organ & Dragon site was scheduled for the Planning Committee meeting in February and permission was refused.

Nonsuch Mansion – (18/01309/FUL) – this application is for change of use from offices to sleeping accommodation. Nonsuch Mansion is a Grade 2* listed building that is used as a wedding venue on the ground floor and the proposal is to convert the top floor into bedrooms for the wedding guests.

South Hatch Stables – ( 18/00308/FUL) – the application for the demolition of the existing Racehorse Training Establishment (RTE) and the erection of a new RTE comprising of a main yard stable complex and facilities enabling residential development comprising 47 apartments is causing great controversy and there have been many objections. This has been referred for legal advice and still awaits a decision

Langley Vale Memorial Woodland – creation of a permanent car park with facilities etc and erection of visitors’ centre and associated infrastructure in relation to Langley Vale Wood – this is under negotiation with related boroughs, namely Mole Valley and Reigate and Banstead. This remains ongoing.

Mill Road – (18/00271/FUL) – the application for residential development comprising of 31 units with associated landscaping, parking and external works was approved at the December Planning Committee meeting.

Police Station site in Church Street – (17/01586/FUL) application for the demolition of the former police station, and the erection of two residential blocks comprising a total of 29 residential units (11x1bed, 14 x2 bed and 4×3 bed), with associated car parking and landscaping. As a major planning application, this went to Committee in March and was approved.

Old Mill, Old Malden Lane Worcester Park – (18/01430/FUL) application for the demolition of existing buildings, and erection of 80 new dwellings with access, associated parking and landscaping works. There are concerns that Old Malden Lane is an ancient narrow and twisting rural lane without pavements which cannot support a greater volume of traffic and the site borders the Hogsmill Open Space and Nature Reserve. No news but many objections.

Land at Epsom and Ewell High School, Ruxley Lane, West Ewell – (18/01360/FUL) a major planning application for the demolition of existing classroom buildings, MUGA and sports hall; and construction of a two storey classroom block, 3G Full Size AGP Pitch, compact athletics facility, Hockey Plus AGP, sports pavilion, sports hall, grass surface pitches, grounds maintenance compound, footbridge, fencing, floodlights and associated ground works, construction of new car park and access for school sports facilities; and erection of 161 dwellings including associated parking, landscaping, open space and infrastructure works. Do go and look at this one – many comments and objections.

Nescot issues

Drug issues – we are hopeful that as a result of intermittent police presence this problem will diminish. We can only wait and see.

Roundabout – following contact with the College, we see that the weeding has been done – covered with new bark and the area looks better. We shall keep an eye on this.

Traffic

Generally – one cannot drive anywhere in the area at the moment without being held up by temporary traffic lights! Gas works on College Road, the A217 closed northbound from Tattenham Way/Garrets Lane for water work, SCC roadworks on the A240 Reigate Road and Alexandra Road and the continuing hold-ups in Epsom town centre itself to mention just a few.

Town Centre – the work on the market place for which Epsom & Ewell BC have contributed £2.25 million to SCC to get it completed, will start soon. SCC advises

The Market Place improvement works will take place in three phases:

Phase 1 will continue the new paving on the south side of the High Street from the old taxi rank area to past the Clock Tower and is scheduled for completion in summer 2019. During this phase the market will be relocated to the western end of the Market Place with access via the existing entrance \ exit arrangements.

Phase 2 will continue the new paving on the other side of the Market Place by swapping arrangements so that the market will be re-located back to the area by the Clock Tower, but entrance and exit arrangements will be via the temporary ‘dropdown kerbs’ currently being installed to the west of the Clock Tower.

Phase 3 will include paving outside the Assembly Rooms and the relocation of the Evocation of Speed statue. Once all 3 phases are completed the temporary dropped kerbs will be reinstated with full height kerbs, and the new entry and exit arrangements established and any remaining works completed.

During each phase of the works, all trees will be removed. New trees will be planted from November 2019 during the approved planting season for trees.

We are aware of the historical aspects to the Market Place and we will ensure they are preserved. Epsom Clock Tower will be protected and both the Richmond Cattle Trough and the time capsule stone will be taken to a specialist stone mason for restoration.

We will also be working with the Emily Davison Project to offer a prominent location in the Market Place for their memorial statue.”

Full details of the work are available at epsom-and-ewell-major-transport-schemes.

Yellow lines – the consultation for yellow lines continues and will close at the end of May 2019 so if you have any recommendations go to parking-controls-request-epsom-and-ewell-march. We shall be recommending double yellow lines opposite the Wallace Fields Infant School parking area to stop the almost double parking on drop off and pick up times.

Ewell West Station Bridge – the work on replacing the old railway bridge continues. Don’t forget that much of the car park has been taken over by equipment and there is no casual use – only season ticket holders will be able to use the car park.

Epsom Hospital there are plans to sell off the old nursing accommodation which is now an administration centre at Rowan House on the Woodcote side of the grounds for a housing development. Councillors will resist any attempt to use the funds raised for anything except Epsom Hospital itself. For a report on the long term future of Epsom Hospital go to the-long-term-future-of-epsom-and-st-helier-hospitals.

Future 40 – the questionnaire forms the second stage of consultation for Future40, the work to develop a long-term vision for Epsom and Ewell. Over the last few months, E&EBC has been engaging with and listening to local residents, businesses and visitors across the borough – they have collected some really valuable feedback. The next step is to explore some of the emerging themes in more detail to properly understand how they could contribute to making Epsom and Ewell an even more attractive and successful place to live, work and study in the future. Residents are invited to join in the discussion and share their views on the Borough’s long-term vision at www.future40.org. It’s important to have your say.

Local Events

The Epsom Model Railway Show 2019

Sat, 27/04/2019 to Sun, 28/04/2019 from 10:00 to 17:00

Adults £7, Children under 16 FREE

Contact name: Peter Swift Telephone: +44 1483 576274

Contact email: peter_swift@outlook.com

Venue: North East Surrey College of Technology (NESCOT), Reigate Road, Ewell
Reigate Road Ewell

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An extensive model railway exhibition featuring a new and exciting selection of some of the country’s finest working layouts (large & small) in a variety of different scales showing steam, diesel and electric trains in action. Many of these layouts from around the UK are being exhibited in Surrey for the first time.

PROBUS CLUB of EWELL

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For retired and semi retired

Professional and Business men

Why not come and join us?

Meet 1st Wednesday of the month
at Banstead Golf Club for lunch and talks

Various visits and trips

Meeting like members

Biannual ladies lunch (May & December)

Charity donation

Monthly raffle

For further information contact the Secretary

secretary@ewellprobus.org

or via our web site: http://www.ewellprobus.org

All are welcome

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Banstead Spring Foraging Courses

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This course is a simple foraging walk where we hope to be able to identify a selection of edible plants, flowers and plenty of mushrooms.

The woods near London are plentiful in wild food. There are a huge variety of edible plants in the south east most of which can be found in the areas surrounding our capital. You’ll be surprised at what there is to find in your local parks and woods.

We will meet at 12pm in the Woodman Pub, Woodmansterne. The course starts there with a 20 minute introduction on what to look for and a brief of the general countryside codes where they relate to foragers.

After the talk we’ll set off for a 2 to 3 hour walk around the woods. Somewhere along the way we will stop for some lovely homemade refreshments such as our wild food soup. Then it’s back to the Woodman to discuss and taste our finds.

There are limited spaces available so please book your place online.

12pm-3:30pm, Standard Ticket £45 Junior Ticket (Under 16s) £22.50 Under 12s Free

The Woodman, Woodmansterne Street, Banstead, Surrey SM7 3NL

Sun 21 Apr, Sat 11 May

Contact telephone: 01981590604 Call to check latest times or cancellations.

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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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AGM for AEDR on Wed 6th March 2019

Association of Ewell Downs Residents
Non Political, Founded 1926

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NOTICE

The Eighty Fourth Annual General Meeting

Will be held at

WALLACE FIELDS JUNIOR SCHOOL in the Year 6 Classroom

7.30pm on Wednesday 6 March 2019

GUEST SPEAKER Inspector Joe Easterbrook and/or

Sergeant James Dawborn of Surrey Police

AGENDA

  1. Apologies for absence

  2. Minutes of the Eighty Third AGM held on 10 April 2018

  3. Statement of Accounts

  4. Report from the Committee

  5. Election of Officers, Committee and Examiner of Accounts

  6. Future Finances and subscriptions

  7. Adoption of Prospective Candidates for Election to the Borough Council on 2 May 2019

    • Ewell Ward

    • Nonsuch Ward

  8. Councillors’ Forum

  9. Any Other Business

The Officers and Committee would be delighted to welcome you at the Annual General Meeting – an excellent opportunity to meet your neighbours, committee members and Councillors informally. Refreshments will be provided from 7.10pm.

SUBSCRIPTIONS

The membership subscription of £3.00 per household is now due. These subscriptions, whilst small, are critical as our costs continue to rise, so please pass your subscription, in the envelope provided, to your Road Representative, pay on-line. (See Treasurer’s Report for further information). (Residents in St James’ Avenue make a bulk payment through their Association).

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

It’s AGM time again when we like to invite residents to come and join us for an evening of information on what is happening in our area and around – and perhaps have a glass of wine in the process! We were indeed delighted to see some new faces last year and hope that many more of you will come along and support us. We are again holding our AGM at Wallace Fields Junior School but, as the Hall is now frequently booked, this will be in one of the classrooms of the Year 6 block to the right of the main building. Again the school playground will be available for parking and the back gate will be open, especially for us, to make the venue as accessible as possible.

More and more of you have been receiving our “almost monthly” bulletins, keeping recipients as up to date as possible on local issues. We now send these out to over 375 residents. The fact that people are putting their email addresses on the green subscription envelopes has greatly helped to increase this number. However for those who have not yet requested this to be emailed here is a round-up of some of the issues that we have been involved with since our Autumn Newsletter, and some current ones.

  • liaising with our Councillors following further reports of drug dealing and indeed criminal damage to a house on St Normans Way on the pathway leading from the Reigate Road to Ewell East Railway Station – this is an ongoing matter

  • encouraging residents to put forward their views on the five Surrey County Council consultations regarding Family Resilience – Children’s Centres; Concessionary Bus Travel; Community Recycling Centres; Libraries and Cultural Services Strategy and SEND Strategy. Now closed.

  • publicising the Future 40 Consultation – asking people what they want the Borough to be like to 2040 and beyond. Now closed, but well supported and the initial feedback has shown that the people of Epsom and Ewell really value the borough being a clean, green and safe place; with so much to offer within easy reach and its convenient location to nearby London and areas of outstanding natural beauty.

  • advising on Plan E improvement works on South Street and the Market Place

  • advising residents of current planning applications in our area and throughout the Borough and supporting or opposing these as requested – an update of current applications follows.

  • continued pressing for maintenance of the beds at the new Reigate Road roundabout, responsibility for which has not yet passed to SCC

These are just a few of the items included in our bulletins. We also publicise local events, such as the Methodist Church Book Fair, the Heathrow consultation, fund raising events for Age Concern and many others.

Even if you do not get our bulletins, these are published on our web site www.ewelldownsra.org and on our Facebook page – Association of Ewell Downs Residents. We have Graham Morris to thank for his help with the emails and publications.

Our Councillors are very up front about information on issues concerning Ewell Downs and we thank them for attending our committee meetings and their input. Our Road Stewards – well what can one say – they do a sterling job. Thank-yous go to Graham Evans, who looked after Longdown Lane North for many years, and to Raul Dias who is taking the post over. We are still looking for someone in Hampton Grove and also Sycamore Gardens so if you live there and can help, please let us know on ewelldownsra@gmail.com. Your help is invaluable. We are so grateful to you.

Finally, why not come and join our committee? We welcome Steve Whiteway who has joined us this year but we need more bodies. We only meet a few times a year at Nescot so why not come along to see how we operate and how you can get involved. Committee dates are on the next page and meetings are held at Nescot at 7.30pm.

Jenny Coleman

TREASURER’S REPORT

Audited accounts for the year ending 31 December 2018 are attached to this newsletter. These show that subscriptions received in 2018 were again down on the previous year: £969.39 compared to £1,157.59 in 2017. As far as expenses were concerned there were decreases in AGM expenses and printing costs as a result of our economies (despite the extra number of newsletters printed for Sycamore Gardens’ residents) but the hire of rooms went up. Our contribution to election expenses for the By Election was quite high. I am sorry to say the final result is an increased deficit – £407.71 compared to £96.39 in 2016.

Please can I encourage residents, especially those who receive the Bulletins, to pay their annual subscription.

There are several ways of doing this:–

  • put £3.00 in the green envelope provided and pass this to your designated road representative (don’t forget to add your email address so you can receive the bulletin)

  • pay by online banking – bank details are: Account Name – Association of Ewell Downs Residents; sort code – 20-29-90; account no. 50126071 giving your name, house number, road and post code as the reference

Thank you. I would also like to thank Keith Boyce for examining the accounts. I am most grateful to him.

DATES FOR COMMITTEE MEETINGS 2019 – 2020

Committee meetings will be held at Nescot College at 7.30pm on the following Tuesdays:

2019 14th May, 23rd July, 17th September,19th November

2020 14th January

ABOUT THE ASSOCIATION

The aim of the Association is to protect and enhance the interests of residents. Our primary concerns centre on planning, traffic, security and other topics which directly affect our area. To this end, we maintain regular contact with our Councillors who also attend our Committee meetings. Planning applications affecting our area are monitored and, where appropriate, or at the request of residents, we make our views known and elicit support. A regular Bulletin is circulated by email to all those who request it. This keeps residents informed of what is happening in the location and surrounding areas.

Other activities include sponsoring our Residents’ Association election candidates, helping to prepare manifestos and knocking on as many doors as possible at local election time. For the delivery of election manifestos and of our twice yearly newsletters, we rely on the vital services of our Road Representatives, who also provide indispensable communication lines. To keep in touch with Borough-wide issues, Committee members also attend, as appropriate, meetings of other bodies such as the SCoRA (Standing Committee of Residents Associations) and other local groups.

FOR NEW RESIDENTS

All residents are eligible to join. If they subsequently have any problems or concerns, we ask that these should first be taken up with the Borough or County Council as appropriate. If you are not satisfied with the response, please approach your Road Representative, Councillor, or Committee member. Our aim is to assist as best we can.

SCC LOCAL COMMITTEE MEETINGS 2019

SCC meetings are open to the public and have been arranged for the following dates:

25th March, 24th June, 16th September (at 7 pm), 9th December (at 2pm)

Various venues including Bourne Hall, Ewell Court House and Town Hall

PLANNING ROUND-UP

12 Longdown Lane North – (18/01055/FUL) – the amended plan to the previously refused application to build a 4 bed detached house on land adjacent to no. 12 Longdown Lane North, details of which were in our last bulletin. We are informed that this has been permitted subject to conditions.

Young Farmers Hut – (18/00850/FUL) – this application for the reconstruction/re-cladding of a former Young Farmers Club hut at North Looe to change of use from club hut to artist’s studio has been approved. One of the conditions of approval is that the sole purpose of this building – on Green Belt land – is an artist’s studio and, we have been advised, that it cannot be lived in. I am sure that the residents of North Looe will also be monitoring this closely.

South Hatch Stables – ( 18/00308/FUL) – the application for the demolition of the existing Racehorse Training Establishment (RTE) and the erection of a new RTE comprising a main yard stable complex and facilities enabling residential development comprising 47 apartments is causing great controversy and there have been many objections. This has been referred for legal advice and awaits a decision.

Lower Mill Ewell – (18/00865/LBA) – the application for demolition of existing office building and redevelopment to provide 53 extra-care apartments with associated facilities (within Class C2), including conversion and alteration of the Grade II Listed Mill House and Granary Buildings, with parking, access, landscaping and other associated works has been referred to the Planning Committee.

The Kings Arms pub in East Street – (18/00315/FUL) – the amended drawings submitted have included the separation of the building into two blocks, connected by a glazed link , articulation of the street-facing elevation, addition of a partially set-back fourth floor and inclusion of a lift and increase in number of flats from 16 to 21. This is being called to committee.

Lidl – 65 London Road – (18/00573/FUL) – revised application for supermarket with reduced size and no houses on the old Organ & Dragon site is scheduled for the Planning Committee meeting in February. The same traffic issues are anticipated – there are many objections and it is understood that it is not supported by the Highways Department. Currently up to 50,000 car journeys a day cross the junctions on London Road, 36,000 on the Cheam Road and 42,000 on the Reigate Road!

Langley Vale Memorial Woodland – creation of a permanent car park with facilities etc and erection of a visitors’ centre and associated infrastructure in relation to Langley Vale Wood – this is under negotiation with related boroughs, namely Mole Valley and Reigate and Banstead.

Downs House Walton Road – this is an application for the racehorse training yard redevelopment under 18/00288/FUL. It has been approved.

Mill Road18/00271/FUL – the application for residential development comprising 31 units with associated landscaping, parking and external works was approved at the December Planning Committee meeting.

Police Station site in Church Street – (17/01586/FUL) application for the demolition of the former police station, and the erection of two residential blocks comprising a total of 29 residential units (11x1bed, 14 x2 bed and 4×3 bed), with associated car parking and landscaping. As a major planning application, this will go to committee.

Old Mill, Old Malden Lane Worcester Park – (18/01430/FUL) application for the demolition of existing buildings, and erection of 80 new dwellings with access, associated parking and landscaping works. There are concerns that Old Malden Lane is an ancient narrow and twisting rural lane without pavements which cannot support a greater volume of traffic and the site borders the Hogsmill Open Space and Nature Reserve.

Land at Epsom and Ewell High School, Ruxley Lane, West Ewell – (18/01360/FUL) a major planning application for the demolition of existing classroom buildings, MUGA and sports hall; and construction of a two storey classroom block, 3G Full Size AGP Pitch, compact athletics facility, Hockey Plus AGP, sports pavilion, sports hall, grass surface pitches, grounds maintenance compound, footbridge, fencing, floodlights and associated ground works, construction of new car park and access for school sports facilities; and erection of 161 dwellings including associated parking, landscaping, open space and infrastructure works. Do go and look at this one.

Housing and the Green Belt – The Council continues to work on the review of the Borough’s Local Plan. This has to take account of the latest National Planning Policy Framework and the Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) objectively assessed housing needs (OAHN) for the borough. The OAHN had been set at 579 dwellings per year, but the ONS has now re-calculated the OAHN at 372. However, the Government is insisting that we continue to plan for 579, a daunting task. The Council continues to look at opportunities for housing land supply. It has a responsibility to look at all land availability and has an on-going call-for-sites so that it can identify areas that might be available for housing and eliminate those that are not. The independent Green Belt Study for the borough looked at whether our Green Belt and some other local open spaces were performing well and so needed to be protected. It concluded that nearly every such space was completely fulfilling the criteria to be called Green Belt. This is a good safeguard against future development.

Surrey County Council cuts affecting the Borough Council – All Local Authorities are facing ongoing significant Government imposed financial reductions. The Conservative controlled County Council is meeting this challenge by proposing cutting services to some of our most vulnerable residents and by reducing other services which have a negative financial impact on other councils and local voluntary groups. While they claim to be saving money, they are actually forcing the costs onto others, including this Borough Council.

Action on Enforcement 2 – In November the Borough Council’s Environmental Health Team joined Epsom and Ewell Beat (Surrey Police), the Environment Agency and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency in an unannounced vehicle check. As part of a strategy to address fly tipping, the EHT focussed on vehicles that were likely to carry waste or waste materials, to check that they were lawfully transporting waste. 33 vehicles were examined and 10 notices were issued requiring production of written information, and a further 17 notices requiring production of a licence to transport waste. Failure to produce documentation will result in a fine. Given the success of this initiative, the agencies are looking forward to conducting similar days of action across the borough in the near future.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Age Concern – Comedy @ The College is back on Friday 22 February 2019
7.30pm, Epsom College. Book on 01372 732 451 or online at ComedyAtTheCollege2019.

Epsom Book Fair – 21 – 23 February at Epsom Methodist Church. Visit epsom-book-fair for details.

Herald of Spring – Bourne Hall – Herald of Spring ‘Superheroes’ 2019 – Saturday 9 March – 9.30am to 5pm – beautiful floral displays and a show garden from Ashtead Park Garden Centre along with the Mayday Flower Club, and shows by local countryside groups! You can visit the What’s On In Epsom Spring Market with arts, crafts and jam or enjoy some tea and cake in the Coffee Shop.

The Great Brick Safari – RHS Garden Wisley, Woking – on now until 3 March from 10m – 15.45pm.

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DO YOU SEE YOURSELF AS A SCHOOL GOVERNOR AT WALLACE FIELDS JUNIOR SCHOOL

We have some vacancies for school governors at Wallace Fields Junior School and would really like local people to get involved in the governance of our school. As a local authority school we strongly welcome community governors, so perhaps you know someone who might enjoy this role. It is a rewarding and fulfilling role that truly links the local area with us here at Wallace Fields Juniors. If you see yourself making an active contribution to the school why not contact the school office to let us know of your interest.  For an informal chat, please telephone 0208 393 0350 and speak to either Mrs Linda Boddy (Office Administrator) or Mrs Day (Deputy Head). We would be delighted to hear from you.”

I am sure you will agree that Wallace Fields Junior School, its teachers and pupils, form an important part of our community.

TRAFFIC

East Street – at the Local Committee Meeting in December the sum of £100,000 was approved for work to the area outside the parade of shops by the Kiln Lane junction which is causing terrible traffic problems on East Street. This is to be part of the 2019/2020 budget but as yet we have no information on when the work will be done!

South Street – the phasing of the traffic lights to ease the flow from the Dorking Road into Epsom has been done but there are still queues here. BT has still not completed the fine tuning required to ensure traffic runs smoothly. BT also needs to do the work on the Kiln Lane traffic lights to get the correct flow of traffic.

Reigate Road – there is a chance that the previously proposed traffic island on the Reigate Road by Priest Hill Close could be back on the agenda. Plans for this are to be resubmitted.

Town Centre – the work on the market place for which Epsom & Ewell BC have contributed £2.25 million to SCC to get it completed, will start soon. SCC advises

The Market will remain open throughout the project and we will seek to ensure the smooth running of the Market and the adjoining businesses during these works. To facilitate this we will create a temporary walkway around the works area to ensure safe access to businesses and the Market. We will also need to remove some of the existing planters to allow access for machinery.

The Market Place improvement works will take place in three phases:

The first phase will continue the new paving on the south side of the High Street to past the Epsom Clock Tower and is scheduled for completion in summer 2019

The second phase will continue the new paving on the other side of the Market Place

The final phase will include paving outside the Assembly Rooms and the relocation of the Evocation of Speed statue.

During each phase of the works, all trees will be removed. New trees will be planted from November 2019 during the approved planting season for trees.

We are aware of the historical aspects to the Market Place and we will ensure they are preserved. Epsom Clock Tower will be protected and both the Richmond Cattle Trough and the time capsule stone will be taken to a specialist stone mason for restoration.

We will also be working with the Emily Davison Project to offer a prominent location in the Market Place for their memorial statue.”

The contribution from our Council is a positive commitment to the future of our town and will see the laying of new paving, wider and safer pedestrian areas, up to nineteen trees, new lighting and benches, way finder signs, and a performance area. The funds came from the CIL levy paid by developers when building in the area. Under central government rules CIL can only be used to help deliver infrastructure improvements such as Plan E.

Full details of the work are available at epsom-and-ewell-major-transport-schemes.

Yellow lines – the consultation for yellow lines continues and will close at the end of May 2019 so if you have any recommendations go to parking-controls-request-epsom-and-ewell-march-201. We shall be recommending double yellow lines opposite the Wallace Fields Infant School parking area to stop the almost double parking on drop off and pick up times.

TREES, LEAVES AND PLANTING – it has been an extremely leafy autumn. Can we encourage everyone to make sure that the areas outside their properties are free from litter and leaves ready for the Spring! It would make a real difference to the look of the area. The Council has brought the planting of beds and baskets in house to cut back on costs. It is good news that we shall still see colourful planting throughout the borough.

We are contacting a tree specialist about the trees on Higher Green after the accident near-miss when a previously diagnosed diseased tree fell in Higher Green. This follows a request from a resident.

LOCAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS – Thursday 2 May 2019

ResidentsAssociations have had majority control of Epsom & Ewell Borough Council for over 80 years and are the opposition group on Surrey County Council. Epsom and Ewell is the only borough in England controlled by independents. The RA movement has been so successful that the Borough Council now has 31 RA councillors out of 38. What are the Council’s achievements? Here are some of those affecting us:-

A Safe Place to Live – Your RA councillors have:

Obtained a three year injunction protecting 56 borough council owned sites from being occupied by unauthorised encampments.

Worked with TfL to check licensed vehicles & Uber cars at night to ensure residents travel in safe vehicles driven by fully compliant drivers

Worked with the Environmental Agency & the Police on waste-carrying vehicles as part of a move against fly-tipping

Introduced revised Alcohol Control Public Spaces Protection Orders to deal with alcohol related nuisance & anti-social behaviour in parts of the borough.

Upgraded CCTV, improve security against fly-tipping at more vulnerable green sites, and equipped our Rangers with radios with GPS tracking & cameras

In 2018 retained Hook Road car parks status as safe for people and vehicles

Taken legal action against fly-tippers across the Borough (Kingston Road, Upper High Street)

A Green Borough

Introduced the Simply Weekly recycling service which, against the trend across Surrey, has seen a rise in the % of recycling by residents

Commissioned an independent study of the Green Belt which confirmed that the vast majority of our Green Belt is performing well and needs to be protected

Continued to fund the cost of maintaining 12 annual cuts to highway verges

Made improvements to our green spaces including the restoration of Rosebery Pond and footpaths on Epsom Common

Ensured the continuation of Green Flag status for Alexandra Rec, Epsom Common, Ewell Court Park and Rosebery Park

Family Friendly Policies.

Provided £500k to support a South Western Trains bid to make Stoneleigh Station step free and accessible to including those with disabilities and parents with young children and buggies

Upgraded Depot Road car park with additional child dedicated spaces and new pay machines that take credit/debit cards and upgraded lighting to improve safety

Refurbished tennis and basketball courts in Alexandra Recreation Ground

A Thriving, Prosperous Community – Championing our local High Streets.

Committed £2.25 million of CIL money (a levy on developers) to redevelop Epsom’s market area, support our High Street and upgrade Epsom’s status

Introduced the Business Improvement Fund providing grants up to £10k enabling small business to improve their shop frontage

Provided a temporary home in the Town Hall for Epsom Post Office

Supported Epsom businesses throughout their successful bid to establish the Business Improvement District which will see an additional £1.5 million invested.

A Healthy Community.

Been at the forefront in opposing the sale of EGH land (unless it is used for social care, health related)

Campaigned for any new acute unit agreed by the Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust be sited at Epsom General Hospital

Funded new Routecall buses and new scooters for the shop mobility scheme.

Funded a £70k refurbishment of the Longmead Social Centre

Reduced homelessness levels by 37% to lowest figure for several years

Additional Themes

Sound Financial Management – Your RA councillors have:

Made no cuts to services (over the last four/eight years)

Produced a balanced budget with no use of reserves (TBC 19/2/19)

Have maintained one of the lowest council tax rates in Surrey

Residents will pay just an additional 11p a week at Band D for all the services provided by the Borough councillors (TBC 19/02/19)

Last year only 10% of each resident’s council tax went to EEBC

For almost 20 years the Councils independent external Auditors have determined the council’s finances and accounts to be of a high standard.

CURRENT COUNCILLORS

Local elections are held every four years and as we comprise two wards – Ewell and Nonsuch – we have six Councillors for whom we can vote. Our current Councillors will be present at our AGM and here is an outline of each of them:-

NONSUCH COUNCILLORS

Councillor Graham Dudley – “I have been a councillor for 16 years for the last 8 of which I have had the pleasure of representing Nonsuch Ward. Overall I have chaired the Scrutiny Committee, the Planning Committee and the Licensing and Planning Policy Committee. I have also sat on a number of other committees including the Nonsuch Park Joint Management Committee. Following a couple of recent major operations I feel the time is now right for me to step aside for a younger candidate.”

Councillor Chris Frost Chris has lived in the Borough since 1976. He was a Borough Councillor from 1999 to 2003, and a County Councillor from 1997 to 2013. Since 2011 he has been a Borough Councillor representing Nonsuch Ward. He is currently Vice Chairman of the Borough Council Leisure Committee, and sits on both the Health Liaison and HR Panels. Chris has always taken an active interest in the environment and hopes to continue to work with his colleagues, listening to and representing the views of residents to ensure that Epsom and Ewell remains an excellent place to live and work.

 Councillor Colin Keane – since his election in September 2018 Colin has played an active part on behalf of residents of the area, particularly in matters relating to Nescot and its environs. He serves on the Strategy and Resources Committee and is always available to assist.

EWELL COUNCILLORS

Councillor Michael Arthur – Michael to bow out after 52 ½ years he writes:

In April 1962 I was taken by the RA slogan for the Ewell Ward election ‘Salt for Ewell Village’ which struck a chord with me. I went to an election meeting, asked some questions and invited to join the committee. Within two years I was appointed Chairman and then asked to be a prospective candidate.

Shortly after England’s world cup triumph in 1966 a by-election arose and I won the seat defeating the only opposition T.S. Grant (Liberal) – some may have seen this in “Surrey in the Sixties” book. So started a path which became an embedded way of life. This was possible because the meetings required attendance almost entirely in the evenings and I maintained my daytime working career. The two were complimentary to each other as I was able to bring my professional experience and local knowledge to the Council and at the same time the insight of those procedures widened my career.

There is much I could write to span these years but briefly, Epsom & Ewell BC has remained steadfast over this time despite serious government cutbacks but the organization has survived albeit now leaner, slimmer and fitter with rather more delegation of day to day management and operations to the officers and staff with members focused on policy but also with pairs of eyes and ears to report on ward and borough matters. Electronic communication and the changes that brings has of course transformed the way business is done with all having greater knowledge of what’s going on, I believe with careful selection, that’s a good thing.

I feel now is the time for me to bow out after this period of continuous representation for Ewell ward. I thank all those supporters who have returned me after 14 elections. I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and wish my successor all the best for future RA representation.

Councillor Clive Woodbridge – Clive is an experienced local RA Councillor, having served on Epsom & Ewell Borough Council since 2007. He has been chairman of the RA group of Councillors for over five years, leading the delivery of savings and efficiency gains while protecting services. As a regular attendee at our meetings, he is an invaluable member of our “team”.

Councillor Humphrey Reynolds – Humphrey takes his responsibilities as a Councillor very seriously, serving on the Audit, Crime & Disorder and Scrutiny Committee, Health Liaison Panel, Human Resources Panel, Licensing (General) Sub-Committee, Licensing (Hearing) Sub-Committee, Licensing and Planning Policy Committee and Planning Committee (Chairman). Always attending our committee meetings he is a source of useful information for residents.

Association of Ewell Downs Residents 2018 – 2019

OFFICERS

Chair/Treasurer Jenny Coleman, 24 Longdown Lane North  020 8393 8124

Vice-Chair Vacant

Hon. Secretary: Paula McNally, 25 Longdown Lane North  020 8393 1483

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Michael Lockyer, 18 Higher Green  07818 067 741

Mark Palmer, 78 Reigate Road  07703 106 793

Steve Whiteway. 11 Windmill Lane  07736 161 662

ROAD REPRESENTATIVES

Beech Walk Meurig Thomas, 16 Beech Walk  020 8393 5197

Ewell Downs Road

North End Alison Spicer, 45 The Green  020 8393 6079

South End Joan England, 46 Ewell Downs Road  020 8393 2291

The Green

North End Sarah Shickle, 23 The Green  020 8393 8230

South End Ann Broad, 77 The Green  020 8393 8653

Hampton Grove Vacancy

Higher Green

Even numbers Michael Lockyer, 18 Higher Green  07818 067 741

Odd numbers Liz Jones, 37 Higher Green  07955 769 541

Langton Avenue Michael Arthur, 20A Langton Avenue  020 8393 1476

Longdown Lane North

North End Raul Dias, 25a Longdown Lane North  07822 801 257

South End Steve Gebbett, 53 Longdown Lane North  01372 720921

Park Hill Road Liz Watson

Priest Hill Close Mark Palmer, 78 Reigate Road 07703 106 793

Reigate Road

No. 28, 34-52 Meurig Thomas, 16 Beech Walk 020 8393 5197

No. 54-92 Mark Palmer, 78 Reigate Road 07703 106 793

No. 94-118 Mark Palmer, 78 Reigate Road 07703 106 793

No. 120-140 Mark Palmer, 78 Reigate Road 07703 106 793

Small Holdings

The Looe-143 Carol Billam, Cefn, Nth. Looe Estate 020 8393 2490

St James Avenue Jason Barnett, 15 St James’ Avenue 07880 958 592

Sycamore Gardens Mark Palmer, 78 Reigate Road 07703 106 793

Windmill Avenue Steve Whiteway, 11 Windmill Lane 07736 161 662

Windmill Lane 1-21 Steve Whiteway, 11 Windmill Lane 07736 161 662

BOROUGH COUNCILLORS

Ewell Ward

Michael Arthur 20A Langton Avenue 020 8393 1476   marthur@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Humphrey Reynolds 18 Purberry Grove 020 8393 3752   hreynolds@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Clive Woodbridge 16 Corbet Road 020 8393 2853   cwoodbridge@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Nonsuch Ward

Graham Dudley 93 Chadacre Road 020 8786 9096   gdudley@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Chris Frost ‘Oak View’ 8 Warren Hill, Epsom 01372 720430   cfrost@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Colin Keane 2 Merrow Road, Cheam 0208 393 7715  ckeane@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

SURREY COUNTY COUNCILLOR

John Beckett 7 Walsingham Gardens, Stoneleigh 020 8393 8208   jbeckett@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Our web site www.ewelldownsra.org gives details of events which may be of interest and also shows copies of newsletters and bulletins. We also have a Facebook page “Association of Ewell Downs Residents” and a Twitter page so do get in touch if there is something that everyone should know about.

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