Category Archives: Environment

Let’s fix it: How to report issues

As part of our Let’s fix it campaign we are asking everyone in the Village to do their part on making sure our Village is as lovely as it can be!

The county and borough councils don’t have the resources anymore to be going around identifying issues, and therefore they rely on the residents to report the issues happening around them. We would like to encourage all residents that when they see an issue that’s need fixing they:

  1. Report it to the council and get a reference number.
  2. Follow up.
  3. If no action was taken or action was insufficient, report it to us!

So how do I report an issue?

In short, any issues related to the roads are dealt by Surrey County Council, the rest of the issues are generally dealt by Epsom and Ewell Borough Council. However the Surrey County Council report it website, will redirect you to the right authority in your Borough if necessary.

You can report any issues  here

Also to make things easier, for the most common issues we have listed them below with links to the corresponding site.

  • Report a pothole here
  • Report a fault with street lighting or signage here
  • Report an issue with trees or vegetation here
  • Report a problem with the pavement here
  • Report a missed bin here
  • Report a fly tip here
  • Report graffiti here

And please remember to get a reference number. Without the reference we cannot help you follow up the issue if it isn’t resolved!

 

 

 

Successful prosecution after fly tipping

Successful prosecution after fly tipping
£2,000 fine and driving ban following fly tip on Epsom Common

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council has reinforced it’s tough stance on fly-tipping following a successful prosecution of a Mitcham man whose failure to exercise proper care resulted in the dumping of waste on Epsom Common, one of Surrey’s largest nature reserves.

Lee Nicholson was prosecuted for his involvement in the illegal disposal of waste at the local beauty spot which, as well as a nature reserve, has additional protection as common land and as a Site of Nature Conservation Interest.

The waste was discovered in March 2017 and the fly tipped material had to be cleared and disposed of at the expense to the Council Tax Payer.

The material consisted of general building refuse (bags of rubble, plasterboard and insulation), office waste, a mattress and bed, fluorescent light tubes, office equipment including a fax machine and printer cartridges and various other bagged and loose garbage. Crucially, the office rubbish included a number of items with an address from which council investigators were able to track back to the origin of the waste. The originator was shocked that the material had been disposed of illegally, having paid for the disposal in good faith, and supplied the council with the telephone number for the person used for the disposal. From this, investigators were able to identify and locate Mr Nicholson.

On Monday 8 January at Guildford Magistrates Court, Mr Nicholson pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to take all such measures as are reasonable to prevent the fly-tipping of the waste and to secure that the person he transferred the waste to was authorised and provided a waste transfer note. The Magistrates considered that Mr Nicholson had been completely negligent by failing to exercise any care in his treatment of the waste. Consequently Mr Nicholson was fined £400 in respect of the first count, £100 in respect of the second count, a victim surcharge of £40 and was ordered to pay £1,440 in respect of the council’s costs of the investigation and prosecution – meaning he has to pay a total of £1,980. The Magistrates also considered that the failure was so serious Mr Nicholson also received a driving ban for six months to prevent any further offending.

A council spokesman said: “Fly-tipping is a blight on neighbourhoods and we will take action against perpetrators. Not only will we pursue anyone physically dumping material, we will also take action where we have evidence that someone has failed to exercise a duty of care in disposing of their rubbish. Individuals and businesses should always check that whoever they get to clear waste is licensed, and should obtain a waste transfer note. We urge anyone who witnesses fly-tipping to help us catch these criminals by giving us as much information as possible via our website”.

Rats in The Village

We have unfortunately been made aware of a rats infestation in the village. We thank the residents that diligently raised the issue. Our councillors and Chairman quickly acted to inspect the area and involve the corresponding agencies. The councillors have introduced a package of measures that we expect will resolve the current issue shortly.

However from the inspection of the area there were some very common issues noted that are generally very attractive to vermin, especially rats. We need your help to avoid rats in the village going forward:

  1. Please do not leave food containers and packaging from pre-packed meals on the ground. There are areas in the village with extensive food related litter such as sandwich wrappers, fast food packaging, drink bottles, etc. Please dispose of these appropriately. The best place is your bin at home, school or office, or public bins, but please do not leave these in the ground.
  2. Please do not feed the foxes. In the current infested area, we found trays of food put out for the foxes, with milk and other food leftover. This is a very common practise but it should be avoided, as it attracts vermin.Rats stop

Rubbish around Ewell West Station

It has been very noticeable an increase in rubbish in and around Ewell West Station, down Chessington Road and Gibraltar Recreation Grounds steps. One significant item of rubbish found is leftovers from takeaways, including Mc.Donnalds and other fast food and supermarket food containers.

Our Chairman has started his campaign against the increase in rubbish around the area by sending a letter to Mc Donalds UK. With the aim to try to raise awareness and identify where this rubbish is coming from.

Find the complete letter here: EVRA to Macd Oct 2017

Hogsmill river and ponds water level

Please find below a letter from our chairman with an update regarding discussions he has been having with SES Water, Surrey Rivers Trust and E&E Borough’s Countryside Manager, in relation of the quality of the water in the Hogsmill river and the ponds in the village.

Dear Committee members and residents,

I am very excited about thoughts emerging on an offer to improve the quality and level of water in the Hogsmill:

Roger R and I attended a site visit last week with a representative from each of SES Water, Surrey Rivers Trust and E&E Borough’s Countryside Manager.

Water currently operating the fountain at Bourne Hall Lake, comes from a pump 45m down a borehole alongside the Upper Mill Pond.  Water levels are so low that this flow is barely enough to overcome leakage and evaporation.  Precious little exits the Horse Pond under Chessington Road.  What does emerge is warm from the sun and contaminated with nitrates and nutrient mainly from the well-fed ducks and geese.  The long ‘Memorial Canal’ is stagnant and, alongside the old ‘public loo’ the ‘Rectory pond’ is virtually dry.

It turns out that the pump is large enough to produce more water and this would not significantly lower the level of the ‘water table.’  Additional piping could create flows through the canal and pond.  The Rivers Trust representative was particularly excited at the SES offer of giving the Hogsmill a fresh new start by piping cool fresh water into a narrow stream 200m down-stream of the pump.  Visible from the ‘Monet’ bridge is the start of the true stream, distinct from the wide waters artificially created to feed the two mills.

SES have agreed to attend the next ‘Catchment’ meeting which is already attended by Thames water, Environment Agency, Surrey Rivers Trust and E&EBC.  Thames extracts water from boreholes nearby in Epsom while SES takes water from Nonsuch.

I am very hopeful that bringing the right people together should allow SES’s generous offer to be taken up.  This could be a historic environmental improvement achieved in our 90th year.

The fountain at Bourne Hall Lake.

The fountain at Bourne Hall Lake.