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New Mayor of Epsom & Ewell is Councillor Robert Foote

New Mayor of Epsom & Ewell Councillor Robert Foote, who has served his local community for more than eleven years, has been elected as the new Mayor of Epsom & Ewell for 2014-15.

Robert, who has been a Borough Councillor for Cuddington Ward since May 2003, told the Council's Annual Meeting on Tuesday, 6 May that he would ' try to meet as many people as possible from the different communities within the Borough’, and particularly hoped to meet and encourage younger people.

Robert said: "The feeling of excitement that I am now experiencing as Mayor can only be compared with my first solo flight as a private pilot!

“The Mayor is often seen as a symbol of an open society because the role is no longer restricted to an elite group; the ‘First Citizen’ can come from any class, gender or ethnic background.

“My personal theme for the year will be “Connecting with Communities” and I will try to do my best to meet as many people as possible from different communities within the Borough, whether they live or work here. I particularly hope to meet and encourage many younger people”.

Born and brought up in Bristol, Robert spent 30 years in the airline industry and now runs a car servicing business and works as an MOT tester.

Robert moved to the Borough 19 years ago. As Councillor, Robert has chaired the Crime Prevention Panel, the Licensing Committee and served on the Neighbourhood Policing Panel. For the last year Robert has served as Deputy Mayor. Robert’s wife, Rosemary, will be Mayoress for the year.

The Mayor’s Charities selected by Robert for his year in office are Epsom & Ewell Foodbank, Citizens Advice Bureau and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Councillor Chris Frost was elected as Deputy Mayor.

European Parliamentary Elections

European Parliamentary Elections 2014The next scheduled elections in Epsom & Ewell are the European Parliamentary elections on Thursday 22 May 2014. This is when voters can choose who they want to represent the UK in the European Parliament. Although the election will be held on 22 May the results will not be known until the following Sunday 25 May, because unlike the UK who vote on a Thursday most other European Countries vote at the weekend. The results of the Election will be announced after the polls close on the Continent and voters will then discover who will be their new MEP’s representing them in the European Parliament.

Don’t lose the opportunity to keep democracy alive - exercise your 'Right to Vote'!
Polling hours for the European Parliamentary elections on 22 May are 7am until 10pm.
All eligible voters willn have received a poll card from the Town Hall, you do not need to take it to the polling station but it helps staff find your details quicker if you do.

Polling Stations: There are changes to polling stations at these elections - please note the following:

Ewell Court Ward
We are no longer using West Ewell Infants School, Ruxley Lane. Voters in Ewell Court (part CA) will now go to the new church - Ruxley Church, Ruxley Lane, West Ewell KT19 0JG.
Ewell Court House - We will be relocating the polling station within the site. Signs will be in place to guide voters.

Ewell & Town Wards - Now the Lintons Centre has been demolished.
Voters in Ewell Ward (part JC) will go to The Forge, R/o Scout Hut, Church Road, Epsom KT17 4AB
Voters in Town Ward (part KA) will go to The Ebbisham Centre (Activity Room), Derby Square, High Street, Epsom KT19 8AG.

Woodcote Ward
Voters in Woodcote Ward (part MB) who vote at St Martins School, Worple Road - Due to building works the Classroom Block is unavailable so the polling station will be located in the Childrens Centre which is adjacent to the Worple Road gate.

The Elections Team at the Council can be contacted on telephone: 01372 732152 or email: electoralservices@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

For up-to-date information about the European Parliamentary elections visit:
- the Council’s website www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk 
- the European Parliament website www.europarl.org.uk
- the Electoral Commission website www.electoralcommission.org.uk

Wellbeing – one year on

The aim of the Wellbeing Centre is to support the Borough's growing elderly population and vulnerable adults with their physical, emotional and mental health wellbeing. The Centre also specialises with supporting residents with memory loss, confusion and in the early stages of dementia and offers support and access to resources for carers.

To celebrate its first anniversary, the Wellbeing Centre is having a coffee morning on 25 June, highlighting the services they offer. All are welcome! Drop in at Longmead Centre, Sefton Road, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 9HG.Chairobics

The Centre exits to enhance individual’s quality of life and to support carers. It is linked up with older people services and gives carers and those living with dementia one port of call for help and information.

Of the Epsom & Ewell population, 16.5% are aged 64 and over. It is predicted that by 2020 there will be an increase of 12.2% in this age range. After the age of 65, the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia, doubles approximately every five years. It is estimated that dementia affects one in 14 people over the age of 65 and one in six people over the age of 80.

The Wellbeing Centre provides information, support and a pathway into appropriate assessment and support services.

The Centre has a Community Alarm and Telecare demonstration suite that allows people to view the alarm unit and to see how it would function in the home. The alarm helps to enhance independent living by always having someone to contact if needed or in an emergency. The centre also has a shower adaptation unit and examples of locks, grab rails and keysafes that can be fitted around the home by the Council’s Handyman Service.

You can contact the Wellbeing Centre on 01372 727 583 or email us at wellbeingcentre@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

For more information visit the Council's website.


Chairobics - just one of the activities held in the Centre.

These sessions are FREE to attend and booking is advised.

Be part of Team Epsom & Ewell for the P&G Surrey Youth Games

P&G Surrey Youth Games 2014Calling all 7-16 year olds! It’s not too late to register online at www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/surreyyouthgames for a chance to be part of Team Epsom & Ewell at this year's P&G Surrey Youth Games which take place on the 21 and 22 June at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford.

So far this year we have a record 441 young people who have registered to take part. But if you haven’t signed up, there are still opportunities to take part. We are particularly keen to field a Boccia team, a Paralympic sport similar to bowling.

In preparation for the main competition weekend, free trials and training sessions for the P&G Surrey Youth Games which commenced after the Easter holidays will run for 6-8 weeks to select the Epsom & Ewell squad sponsored by Better that will represent the Borough at the Games, competing against 10 other Surrey Boroughs and Districts.

Qualified coaches run all sports and the majority have direct links with local clubs’ junior sections which offers scope for youngsters who sign up, to receive training to get involved with a club on a more long-term basis. For the training sessions schedule visit www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/surreyyouthgames

This year there are a wide variety of sports on offer including basketball, badminton, boccia, non-contact boxing, contact boxing, girl’s cricket, girl’s football, hockey, lacrosse, netball, girl’s rugby, swimming, squash, table tennis and tennis.

To be eligible to represent the Borough at the Games, you must live or go to school in the Borough and be of sub-county level in your chosen sport. There are also a number of ways to get involved in the Games as a volunteer.

Don’t miss out on the chance of being part of Team Epsom & Ewell who last year won the overall Borough Trophy for the first time in the Games 17 year history. For more information and to register online visit www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/surreyyouthgames

To find out about volunteering opportunities at the Games contact the Council's Leisure Development's Team on 01372 732000 or email leisuredevelopmentsteam@epsom-ewell.gov.uk  

Stay up-to-date with the latest sport and leisure news at www.twitter.com/teamepsomewell and/or at www.facebook.com/EnergizeEpsomEwell

Can you help others become more green?

Recycling week logoWould you like to help people in your community to reduce what they throw away, reuse where possible and recycle what can't be used again? The Surrey Green Network is a group of local residents who encourage others to throw less away - such as wasting less food and composting at home.

The network is made up of local volunteers and would like to welcome more people to the team. Are you interested in green issues? Would you like to be part of an active group in the community, meet new people, and develop some new skills at the same time?

Volunteers can choose how much time they spend with the team on days that suit them, and earn rewards based on the time they've spent volunteering. No experience is necessary to volunteer, full training is provided and you will be supported by a dedicated co-ordinator.

The next training session for new volunteers is taking place at the Surrey History Centre in Woking on Saturday 31 May 2014. Lunch and refreshments are provided, and travel costs are reimbursed.

To register or find out more email info@surreygreennetwork.com surrey green network logo

Would you like the volunteers to help you?

Look out for the Surrey Green Network's volunteers at local events, fairs and community days while you're out and about this summer.

If your organisation (such as your school, community group or business) want to know more about reducing food waste and home composting, then the Surrey Green Network's volunteers can help.

Maybe you have an event coming up where the network's volunteers could speak, or run a stand to promote reducing food waste and home composting?

To invite the network to your event, email info@surreygreennetwork.com 

Council services score highly but concerns raised about litter

Results of the latest Citizens Panel survey, relating to specific service areas within the Council, have been published.

Overall, respondents were aware of council services for the health and social care of older people, with over a third of respondents relying on the Council to access information on local services for this group. However there was a lack of awareness of some specific services available for the vulnerable, including Telecare and the Home Improvement Agency.

86% of respondents were satisfied with their refuse collection and 85% were satisfied with their recycling collection. 69% were satisfied with their food waste collection with 13% stating that that this service did not apply to them.

Only 52% of respondents are satisfied with keeping public land clear of litter and refuse, with 23% not satisfied.

89% of respondents were satisfied with their most recent visit to Bourne Hall, the Ebbisham Centre and the Rainbow Centre; an increase of 14%.

Over three quarters of respondents feel safe in local parks, local public transport and Epsom Town Centre during the day and whilst this falls slightly at night, overall safety is not a major concern to residents. The top three community safety concerns in respondents’ neighbourhoods are litter, dog fouling and bogus callers/rogue traders.

The main source of information about the Borough reported by respondents was free local papers and, while half of respondents read paper copies of local newspapers, there has been an increase towards going online to read articles. The most read local magazines are Borough Insight 46%, Surrey Matters 18% and Surrey Downs 17%.

The latest Citizens’ Panel survey was sent out to 1173 panel members and generated a response rate of 81%.

Where possible, surveys to the Citizens’ Panel take a strategic approach in that some of the question areas support the Council’s Key Priorities thus forming part of the decision making process.

For the full survey results visit the Council's website.

Evening parking just got easier and cheaper!

At the end of last month, the Council lowered evening parking charges and made it a little bit easier.

Parking charges at the Ashley Centre, Town Hall, Hope Lodge, Depot Road and Upper High Street car parks have been reduced for customers using the car parks later in the afternoon.  Maximum charges will replace the evening charge which used to apply after 6.30pm. 

So if you are making the most of the new late night shopping on a Thursday at the Ashley Centre and fancy a bite to eat, relax; if you arrive after 4pm the maximaum it will cost you is £1.50 in one of the Council car parks.

The new tariffs were introduced following consultation with local businesses and will support the new later shopping hours introduced at the Ashley Centre, as well as benefitting visitors to the town using the restaurants, pubs, cinema and the Epsom Playhouse.

Following feedback from commutors, there has also been a change to the opening hours for Hook Road car park which are now extended to 6am to 11pm Monday to Friday.

Parking charges are a major source of revenue for the Council and enable non-statutory services to continue to be provided by the Council to the more vulnerable in our community as government grants decrease.

For more information visit the Council's website.

New allotments sprout up

The first allotment gardens to be created within the Borough for 30 years were tilled for the first time last week.

Although the site, in Eleanor Avenue is land locked, the option to build two small houses was investigated but deemed unviable due to lack of construction access and car parking.

Following thorough testing of the land to ensure non-contamination, it was agreed in committee to release funds to allow the land to be used for allotments.

The area has been made secure and comprises six allotment plots of around 50 square metres each. These are smaller than normal allotment plots, so ideal for those starting out on this hobby. 

The land has been rotovated and the plots are now available for hire.

Within the Borough of Epsom & Ewell, there are now 11 allotment sites. Three of these are self-managed (run by their own associations, with support from Epsom & Ewell Borough Council).

For further information on allotments in the Borough or to hire one of the new plots visit the Council's website or call customer services 01372 732000.

allotments
Eleanor Avenue allotments are rotervated

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