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Your Borough, Your Village, your say

An article by John Beckett, county councillor. 

We currently build 181 units per year in Epsom and Ewell.

The local plan is currently under review. Central Government has instructed local authorities to “significantly” increase the number of units they need to build.

The local plan must be completed or ” predatory developers” could use the lack of a plan to land grab sites that would not be usually available for development.

The demand identified as part of the strategic housing market assessment for Epsom and Ewell has been identified as 418 units per year for 15 years.

Land assessment exercise identified 3000 could be built on identified land excluding Green belt, woodland, SSI etc.

So that’s 3000 units short.

Central Government then published proposals in the housing white paper “fixing our broken housing market”

They are proposing we rip up our strategic assessment and use their new process.

This does not work well for Epsom and Ewell as we have recently built large numbers of units in previous years and also the value of properties against the national wage.

********They want 579 new homes per year.**********

The Conservative governments solution for Epsom and Ewell is build, build,build. Where are we going to put them? 418 was going to be tough but 579 over 15 years is 8685!!!!

The Borough Council is looking at:

- Re-designating Business land / commercial properties;

- Back land development in gardens;

- Moving open spaces, allotments etc into the green belt to free up land in urban areas;

- Releasing parts of green belt land to build 4000 shortfall and re- designating other areas as green belt.

Or

- Unclassify all green belt
Or

- Use the urban land at a higher density at 6 stories high

All of these are not 100% guaranteed to be honoured by Government as they in future years they could demand more and more even if we hit our targets – no reward for success!

What about infrastructure? Roads, Schools, Doctors, Dentists. We are already bursting at the seems!

Woking Borough Council have argued this as part of their local plan and the Government inspector indicated: ”What’s a few extra minutes stuck in traffic”.

With this type of attitude how are normal people going to change things.

Your Conservative MP’s, many of them are cabinet members, have shown their utter contempt for the residents of Surrey but not standing up to this. They have not even had a strong voice in the severe funding cuts that local authorities have recently been subjected to. Please write to your MP and ask for action.

You also need to fill out the local plan consultation or the place you live in will not be recognisable in years to come.

To go to the Epsom and Ewell consultation please click Here

Ewell Village Residents’ Association public meeting

We invite all our residents to attend our open meeting to be held on Wednesday 18th October at 20.00 in Bourne Hall.

We hope to have a number of presentations from councillors and external speakers on key issues facing us at the present time. This includes an update on the Epsom & Ewell Local Plan, which is only reviewed every 10 years or so. It is a process that will affect us all, and with government pressing for higher housing numbers will involve tough choices. A consultation is underway and we hope to encourage as many as possible to take part. Other topics may include Epsom & St Helier Hospital Trust’s proposals for 2020- 2030; water quality in the Hogsmill; this year’s Ewell Yule; keeping the streetlights on; and an update on various planning applications including The Star and the Lower Mill. But this is your meeting; so come along and set the agenda!

After a break for refreshments, when there will be an opportunity to purchase limited edition EVRA 90 mugs, there will be a question and answer session with your three Borough Councillors, Michael Arthur, Humphrey Reynolds and Clive Woodbridge, as well as County Councillor, John Beckett. We hope a representative from the Police will also be in attendance. If you have any issues you wish to raise with them, please do come along. We look forward to seeing you.

Streetlights – the fight continues

EVRA remains opposed to Surrey County Council’s decision to turn off the streetlights from 12 midnight to 5am, and is looking to step up the campaign to reverse the change.

One way we think we we can do this is by encouraging residents to lodge a request for their streetlights to remain on. RA councillors have continued
to raise the matter with Conservative politicians at County Hall, but at the moment they remain resistant to calls for a change in policy. Given this intransigence we are encouraging all residents who wish to keep the lights
in their street on to lodge a request via the appeal process on SCC’s website. This can be found here.

The process enables a resident to say why they want the lights on full time, including for example increased incidents of night time crime or sight problems, and it also asks for signatures of support from neighbours. One street in Ewell, Corbet Road, has recently submitted a petition signed by all residents, and others are encouraged to follow suit.

It is interesting to note that currently on the SCC website they state that they are experiencing a high volume of review applications, and those applications are currently taking up to nine weeks to be processed. That should tell them something about local concerns, and hopefully that will lead to a re-think

Our Autumn newsletter is out

We are happy to announce that our Autumn newsletter is out. It will start being distributed physically next week but available earlier online in the following link: Ewell Village Autumn newsletter

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In his issue we are inviting our residents to our Annual Public Meeting on Wednesday 18th October starting at 8pm in Bourne Hall and reminding everyone that it is the time of the year in which we collect our subscriptions.

We are also discussing the plans and consultation launched by Epsom and St. Helier NHS trust for the future of our hospital and the housing consultation by Epsom and Ewell council. We are providing updates on street lighting, Ewell Grove school development, new signs at Bourne Hall lake, plans for Mill Lane and Old School Lane development, the Christmas market and Ewell Yule, amongst others.

In the upcoming weeks we will be featuring most of the articles directly in our website and facebook. But most of this issues will be part of our discussions at the public meeting, so we encourage all our residents to attend.

Feeding the ducks at Bourne Hall Lake

A few weeks back we shared with all our residents the pictures of a sad looking Bourne Hall Lake full of bread on the ground. We received suggestions and comments through Facebook, for signs to be put up and duck food to be made more readily available from the local shops.

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Our councillors asked the Rangers for signs to be put up. Well look what we spotted today and a lake looking clean and beautiful!

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You can also now buy duck food bags to take to the park for £1 at Pets Choice and All Things Nice.

Public meeting: Epsom and St Helier 2020-2030

Monday 18th September, 7pm – 9pm. Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell.

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council will be hosting an open public meeting to provide information about the current discussions of Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust on how services could be shaped in 2020 and beyond.

Daniel Elkeles, Chief Executive, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust will present: Epsom and St Helier 2020-2030 – providing high-quality healthcare services from 2020-2030. Visit www.epsom-sthelier.nhs.uk to find out more.

Do come along to the public meeting to hear more about the discussions on local health services that may affect you

Parking review

The Epsom and Ewell 2017 parking review is now at the advertisement and objections phase. The plans for new and amended parking controls have been assessed and the parking proposals are now being advertised. This process starts today and is open until 14th September.

Street notices are in place in the affected areas and drawings are available at the borough libraries and Epsom Town Hall. There are a number of residents’ permit schemes being proposed across the borough.

If you wish to comment on any of the proposals being advertised during the consultation please use this feedback form. Or write, quoting ‘Epsom and Ewell 2017 parking review’ at: Parking Team, Hazel House, Merrow Lane, Guildford, GU4 7BQ, by 14 September 2017.