What a great sight to see the Epsom and Ewell rangers and our own Brian Angus painting Bourne Hall gates yesterday afternoon. Thank you!
Here is an update on some of the issues reported in our Let’s fix it – 50 things in 50 days campaign:
- I am very grateful to the Council Depot officers have already rectified five items (two heavily-littered areas and three graffiti’s).
- Surrey Police will replace two signs.
- South Western Railway will level the widened exit.
- BT will remove two redundant boxes.
- I have traced the owners of 78 to 88 High Street (Co-op building and forecourt) and written to them.
- I visited Surrey Fire and Rescue and they will check out the blocked stairway.
- I visited Surrey CC Highways, they will look afresh at several items and help us with the ownership of two areas. We/I will have to clean grubby signs ourselves and re-face the worn out footpath sign ourselves.
- I visited Bourne Hall Health Centre and they have written to their landlords.
- The pictures on the new Bourne Hall website illustrate that they want it to look as attractive as we do. Spot they cleared away all the banners for the photographer.
I am receiving lots of positive feedback to this initiative. It should overcome the decline into ‘Why should I mend my bits when no-one else is ?’
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our readers who have shared this campaign and remind everyone that we would love to see your “before” and “after” pictures of anything you do to make our village a nicer place to live in.
Message from Brian Angus, Chairman of Ewell Village Residents’ Association to the residents, councillors and members of the committee.
On the 1st of January I took a 50-minute walk and the attached 50 photographs to re-enforce my message of neglected maintenance (below).
Over the next 50 days, with your help please, we will see how much of this neglect can be put right ?
At one extreme we will have difficulty in identifying and contacting the owners of the neglected Co-op building and Bourne Hall Heath Centre, at the other end we will only have to ask people to complete actions already promised. We might even go out and put 10 to 20% of these things right ourselves.
By the end of February I hope to photograph the same locations and tell the story of the a well-kept village.
Please and thank you.
As a result we are launching the “Let’s fix it by February” campaign. We are aiming to fix the 50 items in the pictures below by the end of February. 50 things in 50 days.
And we are asking all our residents not just to look at the big things, but to also look at the little things that can make our village the best place to live in! And please share back with us, your before and after pictures!
We want everyone to do a little thing, mending your front garden, putting the bins nicely, picking up rubbish on the floor, reporting a pothole, etc.
The Ewell Village Resident’s Association (EVRA) magazine is distributed to 2000+ households, 3 times per year, usually in January-February, Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter. We also support our advertisers with Facebook posts and online newsletter distribution.
Our new attractive colourful newsletter has been well received and our advertising prices are unchanged and competitive. For £25 you can advertise your services or goods, once, on a 1/4 page, for £50 you can have ½ a page and for £100 a full page in the A5 magazine. Prices are discounted if 3 adverts are paid for up front.
All the money raised together with the residents subscriptions fund all the activities and work we do for the village.
Please messageus to discuss your specific needs. Thank you.
We received the email below from UK Power Network.
Dear Cllr Woodbridge,
You may have seen that bad weather is on the way and we are likely to see high winds in some areas this evening through to tomorrow morning.
Our electricity network is built to be resilient but extreme weather can damage overhead power lines resulting in some customers losing their electricity supply. Where this happens we work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. We have organised for additional staff in our contact centre to help customers whose electricity supply might be affected by the predicted weather, and we have called up additional engineers to carry out repairs to overhead lines and poles as soon as the wind reduces to a speed at which it is safe to work.
Both you and your local residents will be able to find regular updates on our website www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk<http://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk> and social media @UKPowerNetworks throughout this period.
Anyone experiencing a power cut should:
· Call 105 to report power cuts and damage to the electricity network, or 0800 3163 105 (from a corded phone or mobile phone if you have no power)
· Tweet @ukpowernetworks to report a power cuts or to receive updates
We advise people to stay clear of power lines and report damaged power lines immediately by calling 105 free from either a landline or a mobile phone. If they see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public they should call 999.
We provide extra help to customers on our Priority Service Register during a power cut. Households with older or disabled people, those with children under five, or where someone uses medical or mobility equipment that requires electricity as well as other reasons can join the register. You can find out more information about our Priority Service on our website: ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority<http://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority>.
If you would like to share information about preparing for the storm or the priority service register on social media you might like to use the following:
@UKPowerNetworks has extra staff on hand 24/7 to deal with the impact of #stormEleanor
Do you, or someone you know, need extra support during a power cut?
I hope you find this information useful and please do feel free to share it with your local residents and community groups.
Community Affairs Officer – South East
UK Power Networks
New Year Message.
I admit ‘Getting things mended’ is becoming an obsession (writes EVRA Chair Brian Angus). I recently wrote to Roads and Maritime, Sydney Australia asked why they keep repainting their bridge when the Forth Rail Bridge people applied a finish that lasts decades ?! I got a friendly and interesting reply which isn’t always the case when, nearer home, I find myself continuously asking people please “Make this safe”, “Mend that” or “Don’t damage the grass”. If you have read my Christmas ‘Thank you’ you know I appreciate the many people who regularly and voluntarily pick up litter that other people drop, report graffiti and potholes and generally ‘look out’ for the village.
It’s not the sexiest of topics but delayed maintenance quickly leads to an area spiralling down and an even-greater bill to put things right. Look at the state of our roads, the area around Bourne Hall and the health centre and you see what happens if maintenance funding is cut for a month or a year.
In a post-Christmas bid to cure my obsession, I ask “What should I be doing differently ? What causes individuals and organisations to neglect the maintenance of their assets ?”
Around Ewell we see plenty of excellent examples where businesses and residents have had the confidence to invest in improvements to their premises and homes. Elsewhere nearby we spot buildings and environments where owners and landlords need ‘encouragement’ because people are living in unattractive, even sub-standard conditions.
The companies and authorities who look after our infrastructure have ever-more difficult choices to take. Our Councillors will tell you that ‘Austerity’ has never been more challenging and Police and Health Authorities will agree.
In a ‘Hope-they’ll-miss-it” announcement just before Christmas, the Government will allow local authorities to increase taxes by 6% whilst cutting central funding to local services. Assuming that includes Police as well as Surrey County Council and Epsom & Ewell, the average tax–payer already contributes £123 per week in taxes, and fees like car parking.
I for one would find that kind of an increase challenging, and it’s not all about money so, for the moment, I’ll stick with offering people my words of “Encouragement !!
Happy New Year.
Chairman – Ewell Village Residents’ Association
Representing 2,100 households in Ewell village
Getting things mended since 1927 !
A message from our chairman, Brian Angus:
I have just spent the morning around the station, village and Bourne Hall clearing 6 carrier-bag-fulls of litter, fly-posting, out of date banners and hundreds of strings and cable ties.
So I have three wishes for the new year that I have passed on to our councillors:
1) The substantial overspill from the Bourne Hall bin store, be cleared;
2) The ‘First impression’ of Bourne Hall please be improved by its gates being cleaned, repainted and repaired; and
3) The two long-resisted and now long-promised, 1,100 litre bins be swapped-in to the Co-op forecourt alongside All Things Nice. Ideally with locks.
Happy New Year to you all. Brian.
A message to all residents from our Chairman on behalf of our Councillors and members of the Commitee:
“At the beginning of our 90th year we reflected “It would be good if we could do something special.” As EVRA’s 90th Christmas approaches we can look back at many special things having happened including the wonderful tea-in-the-High-Street for 90-year-old Ewell residents. History will also record this as the year we made several exciting starts including leaping into social media and taking steps to improve the quality of water in the Hogsmill. I take this opportunity to thank every-one who works so hard to make our village that special place to live, learn, work, do business and feed the swans ! I hope your Christmas will provide you with happy memories and 2018, with exciting opportunities.”
Message from County Councillor John Beckett
As planned, a team from Surrey Highways inspected the A24 Ewell by-pass today and found that the subsidence has been caused by the embankment slipping. This has meant that we have had to keep lane one closed for the safety of all road users.
However in order to minimise disruption at this busy time of the year and to make the road safe we have scheduled a temporary repair on Monday 18 December. This will mean we can re-open the lane as soon as possible. The work is expected to take one day.
We will also be carrying out a detailed structural survey of the embankment (date to be confirmed) in order to plan a permanent repair sometime next year.
The dedicated webpage, www.A24.today will be updated shortly, and I will keep you up-to-date on progress.
It was deemed necessary to close lane 1 of the northbound Ewell bypass at 7pm on Tuesday 12th December for emergency investigation work (between the Esso/Tesco’s express roundabout and just south of the A232 crossroads).
There was a report of subsidence in lane 1, so our asset survey team carried out some tests, these test have been inconclusive but there is an issue with the structure of the side of the road that needs further investigation as a matter of urgency. We now have our teams lined up to dig a trial pit to understand the issue.
We know that this lane closure is likely to cause significant traffic impact and a dedicated webpage has been set up – www.A24.today – signs will also be put up on the road directing residents to this webpage. The webpage will be live by 7pm on Tuesday 12th when the emergency lane closure takes place.
Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any issues or queries.
Please see below and extract from the latest Ewell Downs RA latest special news bulletin in which drug dealings around the NESCOT area is being discussed.
Drug Dealing close to Nescot
There is a great deal of concern over this matter which was published in our last Bulletin. This item was fully discussed and it was agreed that we should proceed as follows:
- The councillors have a meeting with Jackie Elkins, the police Inspector for Epsom & Ewell North on Thursday of next week. They will be bringing this up for action as a matter of importance. Should this attempt not achieve any results they have confirmed that they will go higher up the police chain.
- The Association is sending a letter to Frances Rutter, the CEO at Nescot,pointing out, among other things, the safeguarding policies in relation to the students under their care and asking: a) what action has been taken to protect them and b) what action is proposed?
- We shall be in touch with the developers of Sycamore Gardens as very soonthey will be opening the pedestrian entrance opposite the area where the dealing is taking place.
- We will keep you informed of any progress in this matter – we are determined to get some action, so please come forward with any ideas you may have to help.
The full text of the bulletin can be found here
In addition, the police were made aware of an incident involving NESCOT students which occurred on Thursday, 16 November 2017, in an alleyway between NESCOT and Ewell East Rail Station. It appears that this incident took place before 3pm however the exact time is unknown.
Video was captured of the incident which showed the victims being assaulted by a male who slapped the two males to the face and body with an object, whilst shouting and threatening them. It is believed the video has come from an unidentified third party and the footage does not identify the victims.
If you have any information about the incident or are aware of who the victims might be please contact Surrey Police on 101 or report online here quoting reference number 45170129390.
EVRA is fully committed to support the actions of Ewell downs RA and to ensure that any drug dealings in the village are swiftly reported to the police. We are also monitoring the situation on Ewell West Station and reporting it to the Police Commissioner as we have been made aware of increased criminal action in around Ewell West Station.
Our Chairman and Councillors are working towards ensuring appropriate action is taken.
We ask all our residents to please ensure any criminal activity they become aware is reported to the police.