In this issue...
It’s been a month since our last issue and, wow, things have changed. There has been scorching summer sun, torrential downpours, icy hail and the edge of a hurricane – and that was just the weather!
There’s also been a lot happening in the world of local government. Government ambitions for the planning system could see some far reaching changes for this borough. A white paper on devolution (due to be published this autumn) could herald the biggest potential changes to local government since the 1970’s.
The global Black Lives Matter movement has given us all the opportunity to educate ourselves, to understand the struggles of others and to speak up. As your council, we are public servants and here to serve and be accountable to everyone. We have enthusiastically welcomed the ‘We Stand Together’ antiracism campaign, initiated by a local businesswoman – see more in the news section.
We’ve also included the latest COVID-19 news in our Key Facts section.
Our What’s On section is starting to be more populated as we all adapt to new ways of doing things in this new COVID-Secure landscape. The renovation to the Epsom Market Place, which included a new electric supply for users, has increased its attractiveness for stallholders and we’re bringing another new market to town next month.
The full calendar of council meetings has now been reinstated and, as these are now being held virtually, it gives you the opportunity to easily observe and participate, from your own home.
With the August Bank Holiday upon us and a very unusual summer drawing to a close, please stay safe, follow the government guidelines and watch out for the weather!