College Ward Residents Association

Residents with no political hue working for you

2017 AGM Report

College Ward Residents Association held its AGM on Wednesday 1st March 2017 at the Downs View Suite, Duchess Stand. The speaker, Jim Boyle BVSc, MRCVS, Trainer at South Hatch Stables in Burgh Heath Road delivered a most interesting talk on the History of Racehorse Training In Epsom.

Epsom first sprang to prominence in 1618 when Henry Wicker, a grazier, discovered the “purgative” qualities, on both humans and animals, of the local saline well water which contained magnesium sulphate – now commonly known as Epsom Salts. People subsequently flocked to Epsom as a spa destination to take the water and its popularity grew.

Numerous attractions were needed to entertain the visitors and, as part of the amusements provided for them, the town consequently developed a close and long lasting link to horse racing. Due to its close proximity to London, and the free draining quality of the rolling Epsom Downs, it was particularly suited to the training and racing of horses.

2017 Subscriptions

Any day now you will receive an envelope like this through your door. You can put £3 cash in it and return it to your road Rep. Or if you prefer you can pay by internet banking.

Our bank details are:

College Ward Residents Association
Lloyds Bank
Sort code: 30-93-08
Account number: 00439551

Please put your address as the reference. Thank you.

Sound of Fireworks at Epsom College

Some noise may emanate from Epsom College grounds between 4 and 5 pm on Monday 6th February when fireworks will be let off after a Chemistry lecture.

Petition to: Abandon Plans to Cut the Council’s Funding of the Surrey Wildlife Trust That Will Result in the Redundancy of All 16 Countryside Rangers in April 2017

The Council’s plan to cut funding under its 50-year agreement with the Surrey Wildlife Trust to zero by 2021 will result in all the jobs of the Trust’s 16 rangers becoming redundant. Few of these very experienced and dedicated staff are going to be re-employed in the much smaller organisation that will replace them.

The loss of experience and capacity will be highly detrimental to Surrey’s countryside – the likelihood is that footpaths and bridleways will not be properly maintained; woodlands, downlands and heaths will increasingly be taken over by scrub and invasive plants, and sensitive habitats – heaths, chalk downland and coppiced woodlands (homes to nationally rare and threatened species such as the dormouse) will be lost.

If we care about and enjoy the places that make Surrey special, these unnecessary and damaging funding cuts must be reversed. The funding to avoid these job losses is small – less than 15p per head of population – in comparison to the risk of the harm caused.

Please go and sign the petition to get this decision reversed if you feel that way inclined:

http://petitions.surreycc.gov.uk/SWTfunding

Lidl Propose to Redevelop the Old Iceland Site

To CWRA Residents,

“Lidl” propose to redevelop the old Iceland site, 40 – 52 Upper High Street. They are asking for views from residents before they present their proposals to the Epsom and Ewell Borough Council Planning committee.

Their plans will include a Lidl foodstore with 30 apartments above the new store.

If you have an interest their exhibition will be held on Wednesday 18th January 2017, between 3pm – 8pm in Youth Hall, Methodist Church, Ashley Road, Epsom, KT18 5AQ.