Message 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 ?’
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Below you will find a letter from Brian Angus, Chairman to Ewell Village Residents’ Association (EVRA) in relation to a few criminal situations encountered in the past few weeks in the village.
I am sending this email to members of the EVRA committee, including four Councillors, to the Chief Constable and to South Western Railway’s area Manager.
I said Hello to PC Steve Ogles this morning and also a couple of weeks ago. Still serving in the Met, he was our Homebeat Officer at the time of the Police hand-over to Surrey. Sadly our current PCSO hasn’t been able to attend our meetings and I am no longer in touch with any of our local team. In the past week I have spotted more Met police vehicles in our area than Surrey. The Mayor of London today announced he would cut the number of 24/7 Police station public counters to one per Borough. I believe there is no longer anywhere in our County offering that service.
Last Sunday morning, quick-thinking railway station staff thwarted a would-be cycle thief cutting through a lock. Although caught on camera, he hasn’t been caught. I have asked for British Transport Police his image for our Facebook page as Policing is now so thin here. At the same time injectable drugs misuse was happening in the toilet inside the station building.
Despite requests, the rail company and the Borough Council haven’t removed noticeable local spray-paint-on-brick graffiti within their target dates and further graffiti has appeared in several places close to here. I clear litter and fresh appears within minutes. Two nearby neighbours have stopped maintaining their hedges and verges. A large percentage of vehicles are unroadworthy or breaking the law in one way or other. Long-term Estate agents boards have returned to the usual places.
A couple of days ago a moped rode into the back of a car in Reigate Road close to Ewell High Street. The car was quickly engulfed in flames, the driver escaped and the rider ran off.
These are just things I have noticed or had brought to my attention in the past week.
Picture from Epsom Guardian published April 26, 2017.