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”.

Let’s fix it – Update

F43E7C07-3049-477C-BFF7-2E8566812E2DMessage from our Chairman:

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 ?’

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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.

 

Thanks everyone

Let’s Fix it by February – 50 things in 50 days

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.

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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.

Lets fix it Jan 2018 key

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Advertising with us

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.

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Storm Eleanor – possible power cuts

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)

· Visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk<http://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk> for the latest updates

· Visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powercut<http://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powercut> and type in their postcode to view our live power cut map

· 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

Call 105 to report a powercut and visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powercut<http://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powercut> for the latest updates

Do you, or someone you know, need extra support during a power cut?

@UKPowerNetworks provides free services to vulnerable customers. Visit ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority<http://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority> for more information #stormEleanor

I hope you find this information useful and please do feel free to share it with your local residents and community groups.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Horwood
Community Affairs Officer – South East
UK Power Networks

Getting things mended

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.

 

Brian Angus

Chairman – Ewell Village Residents’ Association

Representing 2,100 households in Ewell village

Getting things mended since 1927 !

 

Three wishes for the new year

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 Christmas message

 

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.”

 

Bertie wishes everyone a warm Christmas

Bertie wishes everyone a warm Christmas

Emergency lane closure, Ewell Bypass

Message from County Councillor John Beckett

Update:

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.

Original message:

Dear all

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.

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