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.
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:
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.
Some bin collection days are changing, see here for more information: www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/EEBC/Rubbish…
Nescot development – the first residents moved in in September and the properties continue to market well.
The care home developers advise that there is still no further news on the commencement of work.
Derby Square – the planning application for the canopy structure, feature seating and landscaping in Derby Square, together with High Street entrance feature, was permitted, subject to conditions including the planting of a new substantial tree before the removal of the ornamental pear tree closest to the High Street.
Mill Road Development – you may have seen the boarding that has gone up along Mill Road in advance of the development of 77 units of student accommodation for which permission has been granted. However following this approval, the developer sought a Variation of Condition 11 (The development shall be used for residential student accommodation only and for no other purpose) of planning permission 14/01784/FUL to allow the occupation of the units by students and/or other persons, as Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs).
The significance of allowing the development to be HMO’s cannot be underestimated. In the approved scheme there is no provision for parking on site as students would not be permitted to have vehicles. Such a condition could not be included, or indeed enforced, in the case of multiple occupation and as you know, Mill Road is already “full” with parked cars. The planning reference for this was 16/00752/REM and there were a great number of objections. We have now heard that permission to vary the conditions has been refused by delegation. This is good news but we shall be vigilant in case there are other developments.
Upper High Street and the Old Dairy Site – although there is nothing positive to report a supermarket may be interested in the Upper High Street site and a housing developer in the Old Dairy site. We will keep you posted.
Traffic and Transport
Plan E improvement works – the much awaited ‘Plan E’ improvement works to the roads and public spaces in Epsom town centre are now planned to start in January 2017. Some delays have occurred whilst Surrey County Council and Epsom & Ewell Borough Council have sought ways of balancing the needs of all town centre users, and not cause disruption during the build-up to the festive season.
The overall aim of the works is to reduce congestion, make the town centre more pedestrian-friendly and encourage people to move around the town centre much more and so make greater use of all the shops, services, cafes, restaurants and our other great businesses.
Parking Reviews – Parking review 9 has been completed and lines should start to be installed around the end of October.
Parking review 10 will close on 31 October for new requests. Our Surrey County Councillor, John Beckett can still accept new requests up to a couple of weeks after that, accompanied by the usual 70% level of support in the road or affected area.
Epsom Banstead Sustainable Transport Package (STP) – This is a set of proposals that would make it easier and safer to walk and cycle between Epsom, Banstead, Nork, Burgh Heath and the Preston estate. These proposals would also make it easier to travel between these places by bus and would include improvements to Banstead rail station.
By encouraging more people to travel sustainably – by bus, by bike or on foot – there will be less congestion, less pollution and more people will lead healthier lives. The project is planned for delivery between Spring 2017 and Summer 2019.
Pothole reporting – Are you aware that pot holes can be reported to Surrey CC? Go to www.surreycc.gov.uk/do-it-online/report-it-online. When a pot hole has been reported there is a case for compensation for anyone whose vehicle is later damaged by that pot hole. This web site can also be used to report a problem with pavements, street lighting and many other things.
Freedom of the Borough for Michael Arthur – one of our Councillors
The Council has agreed to confer on Councillor Michael Arthur the Freedom of the Borough in recognition of his 50 years as a Councillor for Ewell ward. Michael became a Residents’ Association Councillor in November 1966 and has served the community tirelessly ever since, with a particular focus on planning matters. He has only missed one full Council meeting in that time.
Michael has also made a significant contribution to the Borough through the work of the family building firm, Bradley & Arthur, which constructed many family homes in Epsom and Ewell, and his support for Epsom Methodist Church, and its scout groups.
Epsom Core Strategy – The Core Strategy sets the overall planning framework for the Borough and contains a number of key strategic policies. Further information can be found on the Core Strategy webpage and we shall be publishing the key elements in our next Bulletin.
Surrey County Council Local Committee – two members of the committee attended the meeting on 19 September and raised questions regarding the parking at Wallace Fields Infant School and traffic issues on Longdown Lane North and Higher Green. For further details go to the Surrey Local Committee Epsom page – Annex A. If any resident would like to consider posing a question at the next meeting this is to be held on Monday 5 December 2016 at 2.00pm at Epsom Town Hall.
Local Matters and Events
CHRISTMAS EVENTS 2016 – we know it is early but you may like to note the dates!
Epsom Christmas Lights Switch-on – this will take place on Thursday 24 November in the Market Place at 4 until 8:30 pm. This ever popular event will feature a plethora of seasonal family entertainment, with Father Christmas taking centre stage. Kick off your Christmas at the Market Place in Epsom with fun, frolics and one or two surprises!
Ewell Yule – the special late night Christmas traders evening in Ewell Village, will take place on Friday December 2nd this year. Put a note in your diary and watch out for more details of the special events and attractions that will be available on the night. It is planned that the Living Advent calendar, which proved popular last year, will again be organised in partnership with St Mary’s Church in Ewell.
Ewell Village 5 Day Gift Market – Tues 13th to Sat 17th December at Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell
Christmas cheer for Epsom and Ewell – In December the following car parks in Epsom town centre: Ashley Centre, Town Hall, Hope Lodge, Upper High Street and Depot Road will be FREE on the three Sundays before Christmas as well as Christmas Day. The dates are as follows:– Sunday 4th December 2016, Sunday 11th December 2016, Sunday 18th December 2016 and Christmas Day.
The Council is also supporting the Ewell Yule traders evening with free car parking in Ewell Village at Dorset House and Ewell High Street car parks on Friday 2nd December 2016 from 4pm.
Surrey Wildlife reserve at Priest Hill – A Volunteer work day takes place on Monday 28 November – meet at Priest Hill depot off the Reigate Rd, KT17 3BZ.
Contact: email@example.com or on 07799 894148 for further information.
Surrey Brass – Age Concern of Epsom and Ewell have confirmed that Surrey Brass are available for another of their fabulous concerts. The concert will be held on Friday 28th October at Epsom College. Visit their site for further details. Allotments in Epsom – There are currently some vacancies at Council-managed allotment. Customer Services at Epsom Council are certainly trying to get these plots allocated as quickly as possible. 32 vacancies at Epsom Common is the highest known, but they are trying to turn that around. If you are interested visit EEBC web site.
Tin foil – Chris Watts of 93 Albert Rd, Epsom continues to accept tin foil. Please help to support this good work and raise funds for Action Duchenne. Don’t forget Chris also makes bespoke greetings cards for the charity.
Subscriptions – If any of you have yet to pay the annual subscription, please do so as soon as possible.
Keeping in touch – this bulletin is distributed to all those who have provided email addresses. Please pass this information on to any resident who may find it useful and ask them to let us have their email address so we can keep them in the loop.
Facebook – 65 people have now visited our Facebook page and “liked” us. Do go and use this to put comments or pictures of the area on.
Comments and news reports – please use this as a two-way instrument and let us know if there is anything you wish to report or comment on.
Update from Tim Hamilton, Director of Communications for Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust:
You may have heard speculation in the media that we were about to start consultation on closure of St Helier hospital. I thought it would be helpful to reassure you that this is totally inaccurate. Please see below a statement which we released yesterday morning:
Caring for our patients in years to come
Over the last few days you may have read reports claiming that there are plans for consultation on the closure of St Helier Hospital. These reports are completely inaccurate – there are no plans to close St Helier Hospital.
Last year we launched our five year strategy which outlined how we will build on our strengths and gave the commitment that both Epsom Hospital and St Helier Hospital will continue to provide consultant led, 24/7 A&E, maternity and inpatient paediatric services for five years.
Developing and publishing our five year strategy has provided certainty to our patients, public and staff on the future. As a result, we have increased the number of clinical staff by almost 350, which has in turn resulted in our agency rate being halved and our agency nurse spend reducing by 70%. However, we know that we have to look further ahead to 2020 and beyond.
The biggest challenge we now face is the state of our buildings. We published our Estates Strategy in June 2015, which reviewed our current estate and identified the challenges we face with our buildings. Our buildings are now in the 10 worst for critical infrastructure backlog maintenance in England, 43% of our clinical space is deemed not suitable to provide patient care and we have half the number of single rooms we should have to provide an infection free environment. This means we are spending more than £5m a year more than we should do on keeping our buildings safe and clean.
Replacing our buildings is going to require hundreds of millions of pounds of investment and it is important that we get this absolutely right for our patients in order that we can provide them with the highest quality of care that we can. The support of our communities will help us to secure the required funding. Therefore we have engaged extensively with hundreds of patients, local people and staff to understand what is important to them in terms of hospital buildings and facilities. It is important to be clear that, contrary to recent reports, we have not arrived at a preferred scenario and none of the potential scenarios involve closing either St Helier Hospital or Epsom Hospital.
In the next phase of the work we will need to engage people in discussions on potential scenarios. This will need to follow and complement the national planning process to implement NHS Five Year Forward View. The NHS in both South West London and Surrey Heartlands are working with their local authorities on a long term plan for local services – all NHS regions across the country are required to do this, and each region is producing a five-year plan called the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). This work is being jointly carried out by local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), hospitals, community health services and mental health trusts, with the support of local councils and members of the public. In order to ensure that our estates review complements the STP vision, any further engagement on our estate will wait until this process has been completed.
We would like to apologise for any confusion or concern this may have caused, and once again assure you that there are no plans to close either Epsom or St Helier hospitals.
On Wednesday 27th April CWRA held their AGM. Daniel Elkeles, the Chief Executive of Epsom and St Helier Hospitals, spoke about the plans for the future of the hospital. Jon Sharpe, EEBC’s Transport and Waste Services Manager spoke about the forthcoming changes to the way our waste is going to be recycled. Afterwards all present enjoyed a drink together.
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