The future of local emergency healthcare
As we have previously highlighted, the government has allocated hundreds of millions of pounds of funding for Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust to develop a new major acute hospital.
The Trust proposes three options for the location of a new 21st century hospital facility either at Epsom, at St Helier or in Sutton.
While the Trust has a preferred option of siting the new facility in Sutton, all three options would see the majority of services (85%) staying at Epsom and St Helier hospitals, with an investment of more than £80m in the two current buildings. Both hospitals would run 24/7, 365 days a year, with urgent treatment centres, inpatient and outpatient services.
The Trust has now launched a public consultation and welcomes your views – the consultation can be accessed here: https://improvinghealthcaretogether.org.uk/
We urge all residents to take part in the consultation and recommend studying the material provided by the Trust on their website to inform their views.
The Epsom & Ewell Borough Council view
We welcome the investment in new state-of-the-art acute hospital care for residents and acknowledge that, wherever the location, this would be a major improvement for those in this borough.
However our view is that the best situation for our residents and for others working, studying and visiting this borough, is for the new facility to be based in Epsom.
We continue to lobby on behalf of the borough residents and continue to request clarity on how the changes will further benefit the boroughs residents and visitors.
In addition to the consultation events arranged by the Trust, we are holding our own separate public event to focus on the implications of the proposals for this borough. The outcome of this event will steer our formal response to the consultation. You are invited to attend the meeting - see the details below.
Policing Your Community roadshow
Surrey Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey are teaming up to hold the next series of public engagement events across Surrey.
The ‘Policing Your Community’ events are coming to every borough and district in the county between 8 January and 5 February 2020.
They will be an opportunity for residents to hear from Surrey Police’s Chief Officer Group on future plans and current challenges as well as to ask questions and engage with their local Borough Commander on issues affecting their communities.
There will also be a chance to talk to Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro about his planned proposal for the 2020-21 Council Tax and to take part in his public consultation.
It's free to attend – but residents are urged to register their attendance by clicking on the link to their local event below:
Monday, 27th January - Epsom & Ewell (Longmead Centre)
Arrival begins at 6:45pm with presentations followed by the opportunity to ask questions from 7pm
Chief Constable Gavin Stephens said: “In the spring of this year we ran these events across all Surrey Boroughs and I found it invaluable to hear from local residents and I am very much looking forward to starting the next series in the New Year. For us to deliver the best possible service we need to do this in partnership with our communities and I encourage you to register for your local event.”
PCC David Munro said: “As we enter a new year and set the new council tax precept for policing, this is a crucial time to be involved and have your say.
“Setting the policing element of the council tax is one of the most vital tasks a PCC has to make and it is really important to me that we involve the Surrey public in that decision.
“The precept increase received earlier this year has meant that we are soon to see an increase of 79 new officers and front line staff across the county. These events will be an opportunity to hear how the proposal for 2020 will continue to ensure we provide the best possible service to you, the tax payer.”
For more information on the ‘Policing Your Community’ events – visit: http://www.surrey-pcc.gov.uk/get-involved/policing-your-community-engagement-events/
Have Your Say on Police Funding In Surrey
Message sent on behalf of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey, David Munro.
Council Tax 2020/21 - Have your say on next year’s police funding in Surrey
Would you be prepared to pay a little extra on your council tax bill to further improve the policing service in Surrey?
As Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey, that is the important question I am asking residents as I launch my annual public consultation on the policing element of the council tax for 2020/21.
I am seeking your views on two options - a 5% rise for the next year which would allow further investment in more officers and staff or a 2% inflationary increase which would allow Surrey Police to maintain a steady course over the next financial year.
A 5% rise would equate to around a £13 a year rise for an average Band D property while 2% would mean an extra £5 on a Band D annual bill.
Please take a minute to fill in our brief survey and give me your views by clicking HERE
By now we would have ordinarily received the annual government settlement which outlines how much central grant Surrey Police will get along with the maximum level of council tax I am allowed to raise as PCC.
But due to the unusual timing of the recent general election that settlement, which is usually announced before Christmas, has been delayed until some point in late January. With a proposed budget needing to be finalised in early February, this has unfortunately restricted our ability to financially plan together with Surrey Police.
However, this year, I believe we have a good story to tell following a long period of cuts to police services across the country. As we enter a new decade, the future is bright for policing in Surrey with more officers being put back into our communities which I know the county’s residents want to see.
Of those who took part in our consultation last year, around three quarters supported my proposal for an extra 10% on the policing part of their council tax bill in exchange for 79 additional officers and operational staff as well as preventing the loss of 25 other posts. I am pleased to say those extra recruits will all be in post or doing their training by May 2020.
I have met many of them over the last year and have been struck by their enthusiasm and appetite to get on with the job. They are very welcome additions to the Surrey police team who I have no doubt will do the county proud.
Added to this, it was announced last October that Surrey will receive central funding for an extra 78 police officers over the next year as part of the government’s three year programme to increase police officer numbers nationally by 20,000.
To complement that uplift, a 5% increase in police council tax would allow Surrey Police to invest in:
- A further uplift in local police officers providing a visible presence in our communities
- Extra Neighbourhood Support Police Officers and Youth Community Support Officers (PCSO’s) to prevent and help tackle crime and anti-social behaviour and provide local community engagement
- Police staff who can carry out investigations and help keep officers out visible to the public
- Police staff who can analyse complex data to match police resources to demand and who can carry out forensic analysis of computers and phones
A 2% increase in line with inflation will allow the force to continue the police officer training, keep recruiting officers to replace those retiring or leaving and bring in the extra 78 centrally funded officers.
This consultation will close at midday on Thursday 6 February 2020. If you want to read more about my proposal and the reasons for it - CLICK HERE
Together with Surrey Police, I am also carrying out a series of public engagement events in every borough in the county in the next five weeks to hear people’s views in person. You can sign up to your nearest event by CLICKING HERE
Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey
Catalytic converter thefts
Catalytic converter theft is currently a national issue with thefts dramatically increasing.
Just before Christmas and into the New Year, Epsom and Ewell saw a spate of incidents across the borough. Surrey Police say the vehicles targeted were predominantly Lexus RX, Toyota Prius and the Honda Jazz and the majority of thefts happened during the daylight hours.
The catalytic converter is part of the car’s emissions control system. It cleans up the exhaust gases before they are expelled from the car through the exhaust pipe. Its internal elements react with the gases, breaking them down into less harmful substances and water vapour. All cars sold in Europe since 1993 have had to be fitted with catalytic converter by law.
Stolen units are usually shipped overseas where they are stripped for the precious metals contained within them, including palladium, rhodium and platinum.
Victims of catalytic converter theft are often faced with a hefty repair bill. Not only do they have to arrange a replacement part, but damage done to the car during the theft can result in a repair bill of running into £thousands.
Here are some tips to prevent catalytic converter theft issued by Surrey Police:
- Park in as well-lit areas where possible.
- Park close to building entrances or the nearest road in public car parks. This leaves your vehicle in a location where many people can see it.
- If you have a garage use it and keep it locked.
- Consider CCTV if your vehicle is parked on your driveway or a RING-type device.
- Adjust the security system on your car or have one installed that will activate upon vibration, such as those produced by a saw.
- Install a catalytic converter-specific security device, such as ‘ARMACAT’ or ‘CATLOC’ - https://blog.toyota.co.uk/catalytic-converter-theft-how-to-protect-your-car
- Consider ID Etching - Etching a catalytic converter with a serial number will help police track a stolen converter and overtly advertising that a vehicle is protected by property marking may also deter offenders as it will potentially reduce the opportunities for selling on the converters at reputable scrap metal dealers. More information on ID etching can be found at www.retainagroup.co.uk
- Consider welded bolts - If a catalytic converter is a ‘bolt on’ it is possible to have the bolts welded shut. This is only a deterrent to the lowest grade of catalytic converter thief working with a wrench but may still be enough of a deterrent to help prevent a theft.
- Report suspicious activity to the Police. Obtain as much information as possible, including any vehicle registrations - do not put yourself at risk.
Anyone with information can call 101. In an emergency or if a crime is in progress always dial 999.
Alternatively, if you do not wish to leave your name, please call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
What the flood?
This week is national Flood Action Week and the Environment Agency is running a campaign urging everyone to know what to do to prepare for flooding.
Whether you live on a hill, in a flat or in an area that's never flooded before, flooding can still affect you, putting your home, your possessions and your family at risk. According to recent polling, only a third of people in areas at high risk of flooding believe that their home could be at risk. And with climate change already causing more frequent, intense flooding and sea level rise, we all need to know what to do, should the worst happen.
According to the Environment Agency, the average cost of flooding to a home is around £30,000.
Flooding also brings a significant risk to life.
The mental health impacts of flooding can last for two years or more after flooding has happened. Depression, anxiety and PTSD can affect up to a third of people who have been flooded. But, crucially, taking steps to prepare for flooding, and knowing what to do in a flood can significantly reduce the damages to a home and possessions (by around 40%), reduce risk to life and reduce the likelihood of suffering from mental health impacts in the future.
The good news is that there are some simple things you can do to prepare for flooding. Knowing what to do in a flood could help keep you and your family safe, and save you thousands of pounds in damages and disruption.
Revised Register of Electors
The electoral register is a list of everybody within the borough who is registered to vote.
It has been compiled from voter registration forms we delivered to all residential addresses in Epsom and Ewell last year.
On the 1 February a new Electoral Register will be published. This will be used for all elections and referendums called between 1 February 2020 and 30 November 2020.
It is still possible to register to vote throughout the year. You can register at gov.uk/register-to-vote
Using the information received by the public, we keep two registers, the electoral register and the open register (also known as the edited register).
The electoral register
The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in elections. The register is used for electoral purposes, such as making sure only eligible people can vote. It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as:
- detecting crime (eg fraud)
- calling people for jury service
- checking credit applications
The open register
The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but it's not used for elections. Under national law, it can be bought by any person, company or organisation. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details. Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.
If you have any queries regarding the register please contact our Electoral Services team by email email@example.com
The official bit
In accordance with Section 13(3) of the Representation of the People Act 1983, notice is hereby given of the Electoral Registration Officer’s intention to publish a revised Register of Electors.
The revised register will be published on 1 February 2020 following the conclusion of the Polling District and Polling Places Review in October 2019.
The register will be available for inspection at the Town Hall, The Parade, Epsom, Surrey KT18 5BY.
above: An election 'count' underway at Bourne Hall
Holocaust Memorial Day
The national Holocaust Memorial Day takes place each year at the end of January. This year is especially poignant as it marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and the 25th anniversary of the Genocide in Bosnia.
The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust chooses a different theme each year to enable audiences on Holocaust Memorial Day to learn something new about the Holocaust and genocide. This year the theme is ‘Stand Together’. It explores how genocidal regimes throughout history have deliberately fractured societies by marginalising certain groups, and how these tactics can be challenged by individuals standing together with their neighbours and speaking out against oppression.
We have highlighted Holocaust Memorial Day to local schools, faith groups and youth groups in the borough and have invited them to join us to learn more about the past and take action to create a safer future.
Barry Nash, chair of the Community & Wellbeing Committee, said “We are all aware of the increasing schisms in society and we need to stand together with others to stop division and promote respect and understanding between different communities. We can all do something to support others within our community - by using our voices, presence or influence”.
You can learn more about the Holocaust and the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur on the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website
GLL Sport Foundation helps athletes go for gold in 2020
Ahead of a huge year of UK and World sport in 2020, Epsom & Ewell’s next generation of title-chasing athletes can apply for support in going for gold in the big events next year, thanks to the GLL Sport Foundation, the UK’s largest independent athlete support programme.
The GLL Sport Foundation (GSF), launched in 2008, by charitable social enterprise, GLL – operator of public leisure facilities in Epsom & Ewell - helps aspiring sporting talent fulfil their potential. Supported athletes can benefit from financial support, physiotherapy, gym memberships at GLL’s Better sport and leisure facilities and more.
GSF supports athletes across its regional network in 73 areas of the UK. In 2019, GSF supported over 3,000 athletes across 117 sporting disciplines, taking its total investment to £11 million in 11 years.
Previously, this support has contributed to the success of athletes including Olympic and World Champion Anthony Joshua and double Paralympic medallist Lucy Shuker.
At the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, GSF-supported athletes won a total of 22 medals.
Sally Gunnell OBE, Patron of GLL Sport Foundation said: “It’s fantastic to see the continued support of athletes across the UK through the GLL Sport Foundation.
“GSF recognises the difficulty that many talented athletes face in getting the necessary support to take the next step into elite competition, with 96% of GSF athletes receiving no additional funding. With a massive year of sport coming up, this support will be even more important as many athletes begin to target major honours.”
Peter Bundey, Chair of GLL Sport Foundation added: “As a social enterprise, GLL continues to invest in these talented athletes within our communities through the GLL Sport Foundation. We are proud to once again partner with the Mary Peters Trust, SportsAid and SportsAid Wales to support the next generation of medal contenders and we are excited to receive this year’s applications.”
Applications can be submitted via the GLL Sport Foundation website until 20 February 2020.
Pictured: Perri Shakes Drayton
Epsom and Ewell Employment and Skills Fair 2020
A community event to help local people unlock their potential
Committed to helping local people reach their potential, five Epsom based organisations are working together to hold the annual Epsom & Ewell Employment & Skills Fair on Wednesday 20 May at the Rainbow Leisure Centre in Epsom.
Being out of work or without appropriate training can have a serious impact on a person’s livelihood and self-confidence. So, Rosebery Housing Association, The Ethos Project, Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, The Best of Epsom and Ewell and What’s On In Epsom are offering people the chance to meet with over 50 employers and training providers, to explore local opportunities. The Employment & Skills Fair, which is free for the public to attend, will run from 11am to 3pm at the Rainbow Leisure Centre, East Street, Epsom KT17 1BN.
The event will offer:
- Face-to-face meetings with local employers, businesses and training providers;
- A broad range of job and training opportunities;
- The chance to make new connections and boost confidence.
The Mayor of Epsom & Ewell will be in attendance to launch the event; (which has been organised) with support from GLL who are hosting this worthwhile community initiative at the Rainbow Leisure Centre.
More details at www.facebook.com/EpsomandEwellEmploymentFair
If you would like more information before you come along to this event please contact Nanette Chandler from Ethos on 07904 908871. We also recommend that all visitors print out copies of their CVs or have them available digitally to hand out to prospective employers.
For employers wishing to reserve a stand at the event please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Action Surrey news updates
More Surrey Households Can Qualify for Funding!
The eligibility criteria for grant funding towards loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, solid wall insulation and broken boilers has changed! Find out more here
The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) Regulation is Changing
Are you a landlord of a privately rented property? If so, you need to make sure your property meets the MEES Regulation. Find out more about the MEES Regulation here
Grant Funding for the Private Rented Sector
Are you a landlord of a privately rented property? If so, you could be eligible for grant funding towards improving the energy efficiency of your rented property. Find out more here
To check you eligibility for support or to find out more visit the Action Surrey website: www.actionsurrey.org/enquiries or call us on 0800 583 2503.
Make lifestyle changes with Healthy Surrey
Surrey residents are being encouraged to visit the Healthy Surrey website as the go-to place for self-care information and to find out about the range of local health and wellbeing services available in Surrey. The website is now easier to navigate with a new health finder which can help residents and professionals find the information and services they’re looking for.
Healthy Surrey offers information you can trust from Public Health and the NHS, on a range of topics including, mental health and wellbeing, nutrition, sexual health, smoking, alcohol, seasonal health and domestic abuse.
Share your views about Prudential RideLondon-Surrey
Should the event continue in Surrey from 2021?
Residents across Surrey are being asked to feedback on whether the annual cycling festival Prudential RideLondon-Surrey should continue to pass through Surrey from 2021.
The online survey is open until 16 February: http://bit.ly/37gB9yW
Surrey County Council want to hear what you think about the annual Prudential RideLondon-Surrey cycling event continuing to pass through Surrey from 2021.
Prudential RideLondon is an annual two-day festival of cycling which takes place in London and Surrey. Routes pass through Surrey on the Sunday of the event. A professionals race called The Classic and three amateur cycling events the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100mile, 46mile and 19mile routes. These all take place on closed roads.
The amount raised for charity by riders in the first 6 years of the event is £66 million making it Europe’s most successful cycling fundraising event with more than £4.3 million in grants being awarded to 70 projects in Surrey.
Views are now being sought on the event to inform a Surrey County Council Cabinet decision on whether the event continues in Surrey from 2021 until 2025.
Alternatively you can call 03456 009 009 for a printed copy of the questionnaire or text 07860 053 465.