College Ward Residents Association

Residents with no political hue working for you

Petition to Deal With Travellers

Residents of Epsom and Ewell will be aware of a number of incidents involving Travellers moving into parks and other public land and the nuisance it has caused. The local Guardian newspaper has recently reported on incursions on Alexandra Recreational Ground, Epsom & Ewell High School, Nonsuch Park, Hook Road Arena and Stamford Green. The Borough Council and Police have limited powers to move Travellers on and must follow very strict protocol when doing so. Removing trespassers from public and private land is a lengthy process. Damage and disruption caused during this time, especially to the local environment are often irreparable and subsequent clean-up operations costly. Currently, repeat offenders simply move on to the next available open space. The problems experienced by Epsom & Ewell are replicated throughout the country.

There is a national Petition taking off for making entering and occupying land without consent a criminal offence. The Petition wants to give police the powers to: – Arrest without warrant. – Remove, store and dispose of objects. – Issue penalties and proceedings. Other countries already have provision in law for this.

In Ireland, the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act, 1994, was amended in 2002 to address this issue. To sign the petition, please follow this link: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/220663

Invitation to Have an Exclusive Tour of Epsom Hospital

We would like to invite you to have an exclusive look around Epsom Hospital and talk with the Chief Executive about plans for the hospital site – including the potential to build a new £250-300 million building on the hospital grounds.

The talk and tour event will start at 10am on Thursday 6 September at the main reception of Epsom Hospital (also known as the Derby Suite). Guests will be greeted by Daniel Elkeles, Chief Executive, and Trevor Fitzgerald, Director of Estates, Facilities and Capital Projects.

Daniel and Trevor will then lead a tour around the hospital site, sharing information about the multi-million pound improvements which are underway, the area of land that has been declared surplus to the current and future needs of the hospital, and show where the new acute facility could be built if Epsom is chosen as the preferred site for the £250-300 million facility.

Daniel said: “We know that the future of the Epsom Hospital site is a very hot topic for local people, and so we wanted to give members of the public the opportunity to come and find out about our plans, hear about the amazing improvement projects and ask us any questions they may have. This is a very exciting time for Epsom and St Helier hospitals, and so we are really keen to share information and dispel any myths about the future of our organisation.”

Spaces are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis. To book your place or for more information, please email esth.communications@nhs.net or phone 020 8296 4995.

CWRA South Hatch Stables - Planning Application 18/00308/FUL

The CWRA committee wishes to clarify the basis on which its full support was given to this application generating significant concern to a number of residents.

CWRA has long recognised the urgent need to support both Epsom’s horse racing heritage and the unique amenity of the Downs.

CWRA remains steadfast in its desire to prevent any encroachment by stealth on the Borough’s green belt land.

In light of new information obtained, following further investigation and consultation, CWRA’s position has had to change from full support to an objection primarily based on the proposed development using green belt land via what appears to be a back door development by a property development company.

Amongst other information considered by CWRA is the report from the consultants Adkins, which is unequivocal in its recommendation that the application’s site should be preserved as green belt and “there is no potential for its release” for building land at this stage.

Since our initial view and support, additional information has come to light which required CWRA to reconsider its position and to change from supporting the application to objecting to it.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to the local residents who attended a meeting with the CWRA committee on 13 August 2018 thereby enabling CWRA’s committee to clarify its position in respect of the application.

If residents wish to understand how we arrived at this decision, please contact us on info@collegeward.org

RA Led Council Supports Retention of Services at Epsom General Hospital

CWRA is delighted to advise that the local Guardian of 14 June reported that the RA led Council had finally reached the unanimous decision to support retention of acute services at Epsom General Hospital (EGH) and to contest the proposed sale of 20% of the hospital’s estate. CWRA fully supports the Council’s decision and will continue to press for a reversal of the land sale and the retention of acute services at EGH.

Residents’ Survey 2018

CWRA values all the responses received to the recent survey. Unfortunately some responders offering to become new subscribers or to assist in leafleting or to help with the newsletter omitted to put their contact details on the survey form. If you are one of these responders, please contact Ruth Sharma on 01372 721429 or via email: info@collegeward.org so that she can capture the relevant information.

Residents Survey Correction

When completing your response to our residents’ survey, please ensure you add your name and address at the bottom of the survey if you wish to be entered in the prize draw.

Thank you.

Noisy Events at Epsom College

Epsom College have been in touch to warn us of 3 potentially noisy events on their grounds:

29 January 16.00 to 17.00: Fireworks demonstration lecture.

21 February 16.00 to 17.45, 14 March 11.30 to 12.00: Blank ammunition will be fired in connection with CCF activities.