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In this issue

The news that last week retail was able to fully reopen and that pubs and restaurants can open (albeit outside only at present) brought some welcome cheer. In this issue we look at what the second step in the government’s roadmap out of lockdown means and when the next steps take place.

As things slowly recover, we look at how the council is meeting the changes with our own services and how some of our partners activities are being re-established.

The majority of us have been a bit languid during the pandemic, especially during the last lockdown. So whether you want to get beach ready, regain some fitness or simply blow away the cobwebs, we introduced Active April as an incentive. And then next month sees the restart of the borough's health walks and a new look Round the Borough Bike.

Our key facts section this month focusses on who is standing in the elections next month and includes a timely reminder about which council is responsible for which service.

Earlier this month we heard the sad news about His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and in this issue we revisit some of his appearances in the borough.

Stay safe.

News

HRH Prince Philip

With the passing of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh this month, we thought we would share some images of some of the visits he made to the borough. Images are from the Bourne Hall archives.

Image: HRH Prince Philip

Clockwise from top left: 1948 Derby, 1953 Derby, Silver Jubilee 1977 Epsom Market Place, 1955 centenary of Epsom College.

The Mayor of Epsom & Ewell, Councillor Humphrey Reynolds sent a message of condolence to the palace on behalf of the borough.

On the eve of his funeral in Windsor, last Friday, Guildford Cathedral held a Vigil in Commemoration of His Royal Highness on behalf of the county. The Mayor attended on behalf of the borough. The service can be seen online - here

An online book of condolence is available for everyone to sign by visiting www.royal.uk

Shop Safe, Shop Local

With lockdown easing this week, more of our local businesses have been welcoming back physical customers.

Helen Dickinson, Chief Executive of the British Retail Consortium said: "Many of us will be looking forward to returning to our favourite shop in the coming weeks, and we all have a duty to keep each other safe. Everyone should be considerate and respectful to their fellow shoppers and hard-working shop staff. This way we can all enjoy shopping and support our local communities”.

To protect the public, council staff will monitor businesses, offering advice on improvements that may need to be made and taking enforcement action if required.

The Council has been in contact with business owners throughout the crisis, helping them apply for financial support and providing guidance on how to operate safely when rules allow.

This support includes facilitating a hundreds of government grants for local business, including a significant grant for the Rainbow Leisure Centre, and producing a video for ‘close contact businesses’ (hairdressers, barbers, manicurists, etc) that, as well as being promoted to assist local businesses, is being used by other councils as best practice.

The council’s campaign to ‘Shop Safe, Shop Local, Shop Epsom & Ewell’ continues and while the advertising spend has now ended we contue to promte the messages on our various communications channels.

Image: shop local graphic

Step two ...

We have now reached step two of the governments roadmap to come out of lockdown.

The roadmap is based on scientific data and consists of four steps. Step one was on 12 March, with step two last week. These steps will continue over the next few months as lockdown restrictions are lifted across the whole of England.

Announcing the latest step, the prime minister stated "it’s a chance to get back to doing some of the things we love and have missed.

“I urge everyone to continue to behave responsibly and remember ‘hands, face, space and fresh air’ to suppress Covid as we push on with our vaccination programme”.

Step twoImage:step 2

  • Non-essential retail can open
  • Restaurants and pubs can open (but only for outdoor service)
  • Public buildings such as libraries and community centres can open
  • Hairdressers, salons and similar personal care services can open
  • Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms and swimming pools can open (but group activities, such as fitness classes,   are not allowed)
  • Outdoor attractions such as zoos and theme parks can open
  • You can stay away overnight in England with people in your household in self-contained accommodation (no shared facilities)
  • Up to 15 people will be able to attend weddings, receptions and wakes.

While the two next steps have been outlined, the dates of when each step will come into effect could change. There will also be at least five weeks between each step. Before each of these steps the Government will review the latest data and decide whether this data supports the further lifting of restrictions.

Step three (no earlier than 17 May)

  • All indoor hospitality, including restaurants and pubs, can open
  • All outdoor entertainment can open
  • All accommodation such as hotels, hostels and B&Bs can open
  • All indoor entertainment such as museums, cinema and children's play areas can open
  • All indoor group sports and exercise classes will be allowed
  • You will be able to meet indoors with one other household, in no more than a group of six
  • You will be able to meet outdoors in groups of no more than 30 people
  • Up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings, receptions and wakes
  • Some large events, such as theatre performances, sporting events and conferences will be allowed. Indoor events will be capped at 1,000 people or 50% of capacity, whichever is lower. Outdoor events will be capped at 4,000 people of 50% of capacity, whichever is lower.

Step four (no earlier than 21 June)

  • All limits on social contact end
  • All remaining business can open
  • Large events, such as music festivals, will be allowed
  • There will be no restrictions on the number of people that can attend weddings and ceremonial events.

Council services update

A large percentage of our staff have been dealing exclusively with the council’s response to the pandemic. As we travel through the roadmap and we move from ‘response’ to ‘recovery’, our teams are being released from their Covid functions and back to their more normal roles.

This has meant that we are able to open more of our services. We are still extremely busy and appreciate digital contact to answer enquiries.

Services changes under the latest easing of lockdown include:

Parks and open spaces

  • Astroturf football - Open
  • BBQs - Open (Horton County Park facility for limited hire - max 6 people)
  • Outdoor fitness groups - reinstated
  • Outdoor gym equipment - Open
  • Playgrounds - Open
  • Skate parks - Open
  • Tennis Courts – Open

  • Nonsuch Park – The Cheam Gate remains closed to public vehicular traffic except to those using the South West London vaccination centre.

Image: soccer practice

Community & Wellbeing Centre

  • A limited number of classes have been reinstated
  • Community Tennis outside has been reinstated
  • The foot clinic is operating as normal.

Bourne Hall       

  • The library is open
  • Some classes and room hire has been reinstated.

Ewell Court House

  • The library is closed and reopening on 17 May (Surrey County Council Community partnership run)
  • The main house is being used as a Covid community testing centre.

Harrier Centre  

  • Is now available for limited hire.

Fly-tipping fines for offenders

EpImage: Flytip onesom & Ewell Borough Council have successfully prosecuted two people who were separately caught fly tipping and littering in the Borough.

Dorian Edwards of Sutton was caught on three separate occasions fly-tipping white goods from his vehicle. Kieran Hannon of Croydon was caught dumping timber and a bed frame from a truck.

CCTV recordings of the incidents were used in the council's prosecution.

Both defendants pleaded guilty to all counts. Edwards was given a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay the Council’s costs of £1,200. Hannon was fined £150, ordered to pay £250 towards the Council’s costs, £34 victim surcharge and £50 compensation to the landowner.

A council spokesperson said “Our enforcement team will always examine any fly-tipped material to see if we can determine where it originated and/or who dumped it and we will prosecute.Image: Flytip two

“Everyone has a legal duty of care to dispose of their waste responsibly. If people fail to take steps to ensure their waste is disposed of legitimately, and it is later found in a fly tip, they could end up being prosecuted or fined.”

Preventing homelessness

Image: stressed familyThe UK entered the pandemic in a housing crisis. Covid has exacerbated the situation as people have lost their livelihoods.  There is a real fear that as the emergency protections for tenants put in place for the duration of the pandemic are lifted large numbers will face an uncertain housing future.

For anyone who finds themselves in this situation it is important to seek help from the Council as soon as you know you may have a housing problem. The sooner you do this the better chance we have of helping you and preventing you from becoming homeless.

There have been some real steps forward, the council has recently set up a new in-borough emergency accommodation scheme that offers 24 self-contained rooms for families.  This will offer short term accommodation that is safe and clean but is not luxurious whilst we assist them to find other housing solutions, such as private sector renting.

In addition, the Council enthusiastically supported the “Everyone in” scheme which has provided self-contained emergency accommodation to 66 people who were either rough sleeping or at risk of rough sleeping within the borough and we are continuing to offer dedicated support to provide move-on accommodation.  Working with our Public Health partners we have also organised the roll out of a vaccination programme to this group that are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.

Don't guess; get a test!

All adults in Surrey are able to collect symptom-free COVID-19 test kits from dedicated collection sites across the county.Symptom free testing - I'm getting tested. Working together to get there. Keep Surrey Safe. Surrey County Council

Twice-weekly symptom-free testing is a key part of the Government’s roadmap, helping to stop the virus spreading as restrictions start to ease. It also means that Surrey residents can keep their friends and families safe from infection as they start to meet up within the guidelines. There are now a number of ways to access symptom-free testing to make testing convenient and easy, as it becomes a new habit for us all.

Self-test kits will be available for collection by anyone over the age of 18, from a number of sites. These include Regional and Local Test Sites (2.30pm-8pm), the four main Targeted Community Testing sites (within this Borough, that's from Ewell Court House) and a number of pharmacies participating in the Pharmacy Collect scheme. Further collection sites are likely to be opening in the coming weeks.

For on-site testing there are currently 26 sites around in Surrey. The four Targeted Community Testing Sites no longer require bookings, so people can simply walk in for a test. The 22 participating pharmacies will still require people to book a test due to more limited capacity and to maintain social distancing.  

Self-test kits can also be ordered for home-delivery from the GOV.UK website.

Residents are encouraged to visit www.surreycc.gov.uk/symptomfreecovidtesting to find the most convenient way to access tests. 

Ruth Hutchinson, Surrey’s Director of Public Health said: “As we start to return to a more normal way of life, we still need to play our part to keep our friends, families and colleagues safe. The vaccination programme gives us long term hope for the future, but it will still be months before everyone is protected. Regular symptom-free testing should start to become a way of life – to give us all the peace of mind that we are not spreading the virus to the people around us.”

Symptom-free tests are lateral flow devices, which are free, fast and easy to use. People can easily report their results online. Positive results will require a confirmatory PCR test within 48 hours.

People who have access to symptom-free testing through their workplace or place of study should continue to access testing through that route.

Anyone with one or more of these symptoms – a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – should book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.

Information correct at time of publication

Symptom-free testing survey

Surrey Heartlands CCG and Surrey County Council have launched a survey to explore the motivation and accessibility of symptom-free testing in Surrey. The survey is available on the Surrey Says website and can be completed anonymously. Survey closes on Friday 30 April.

Walking for health

Epsom and Ewell Health Walks are back (well nearly)!Image couple walking

Walks will resume on Wednesday 5 May in line with Government guidelines.Walks must be booked in advance so numbers can be managed.

Run by a group of volunteers and offering a programme of health walks throughout the Epsom and Ewell area, Epsom and Ewell Health Walks (EEHW) is affiliated to The Ramblers Association Walking for Health programme. This is a national network of short, group health walks that are delivered by local schemes.

The EEHW walking programme is ideal if you are new to walking or recovering from illness and want to get fitter gradually without doing strenuous gym exercises or keep fit classes. Walks are suitable for all levels of fitness, and ages. There is no charge

Walking one of most popular physical activities in the world. It’s open to nearly everyone – only 4% of us need help to walk outside our homes or can’t do it at all.

For most of us walking is as simple as slipping on a pair of shoes and opening the front door. It’s perfect for people who have poor health, or don’t fancy intense exercise.

Walking may be straightforward, but it’s also effective. The NHS has stated that walking counts towards those all-important 150 minutes of moderate physical activity everyone should be doing each week.

For more information and to book onto a walk, visit the EEHW website: www.epsomandewellhealthwalks.org.uk

On-street parking review

Image: Double yellow linesSurrey County Council, who are responsible for the highways, is currently advertising new on-street parking proposals for Epsom and Ewell.

The proposals have been submitted by residents, the police and other parties and were approved by the County Council's Epsom and Ewell Local Committee.

This process takes place every year and instigates various changes, including new parking restrictions and residents parking permit areas.

For background information about the Epsom & Ewell parking review 2020/21, please visit the website at:

Epsom and Ewell parking review 2020-2021 - Surrey County Council (surreycc.gov.uk)

Comments and objections received about these proposals will be sent to the parking team manager, who, in consultation with the chairman/vice chairman of the local committee and the county councillor for the area, will consider them all and decide how to proceed.

Deadline for making comments 29 April

Comments can be made via the SCC contact centre
0300 200 1003
contact.centre@surreycc.gov.uk

Save money on energy bills

Ten local authorities in Surrey, including Epsom and Ewell Borough Council, have secured an additional £3 million from central government to help local householders improve their home’s energy efficiency, cut heating bills and help the environment.Image: save energy

Surrey County Council is providing an additional £680,000 for the scheme which will help homeowners on a first-come, first-served basis.

The funding available is an addition to the £6.2 million made available last year to power the ‘Green Jump Surrey’ scheme which has directly helped around 600 Surrey householders make the transition to better home energy efficiency.

Applications for the new £3 million scheme opened on April 1 and homeowners are advised to get in touch directly with Action Surrey, an impartial energy advice centre, to find out if they are eligible.

Action Surrey helps residents save money on their energy bills and keep warm in their homes and has a network of trusted installers, all adhering to safety protocols to deliver the installations.

Eligible owner-occupied households can use the funding to install energy efficiency improvements including loft, solid wall, cavity wall, park home and underfloor insulation to keep their homes warm.

Air source heat pumps, solar hot water systems and solar photovoltaics can also be funded in addition to insulation works to further help save on energy bills and reduce carbon emissions.

The first phase of the Green Jump Surrey initiative has been a resounding success, with around 600 eligible householders right across Surrey looking forward to enjoying the benefits of a transformational investment in their home.

Ryan and Janice Smyth from Guildford, who have three children, are looking forward to upgrading their home with new loft insulation after signing up to the scheme.

“We’ve struggled to heat our house for years,” Janice said. “We often have to check if the heating is actually on sometimes, and when it is turned off, you really notice quite quickly. Working from home also means we’re using it more and we were really worried about our energy bills.

“We know our loft insulation just isn’t up to standard so we’re delighted to have signed up to the scheme and can’t wait for it be installed in the next few weeks. We’re also delighted that it will be done safely and while adhering to all government guidelines. Well done Green Jump Surrey!”

To find out if you are eligible, visit https://www.actionsurrey.org/improve/green-jump-surrey or phone 0800 783 2503.

Countryside code revisited

A new, refreshed Countryside Code has been launched by Natural England, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the creation of the founding booklet.Image: Round the Borough Hike marker

With more people enjoying the outdoors than ever before, the code has been revised to help people enjoy countryside in a safe and respectful way.

The first Countryside Code booklet was published in 1951. This update - the first in over a decade - has been shaped by nearly 4,000 stakeholder responses to an online survey, which sought views on best practices for visiting the countryside and protecting the natural environment and saw a huge response.

Changes include advice on creating a welcoming environment, for example by saying hello to fellow visitors; clearer rules to underline the importance of clearing away dog poo; staying on footpaths; and not feeding livestock. It also provides advice on how to seek permissions for activities such as wild swimming.

Key changes to the Countryside Code include:

  • New advice for people to ‘be nice, say hello, share the space’ as well as ‘enjoy your visit, have fun, make a memory’.
  • A reminder not to feed livestock, horses or wild animals.
  • To stay on marked footpaths, even if they are muddy, to protect crops and wildlife.
  • Information on permissions to do certain outdoor activities, such as wild swimming.
  • Clearer rules for dog walkers to take home dog poo and use their own bin if a there are no public waste bins.
  • A refreshed tone of voice, creating a guide for the public rather than a list of rules – recognising the significant health and wellbeing benefits of spending time in nature.
  • New wording to make clear that the code applies to all our natural places, including parks and waterways, coast and countryside.

The updated Countryside Code can be viewed here.

Natural England Chair Tony Juniper said: "The Countryside Code has been providing an excellent guide for people on how to get out and enjoy the outdoors safely for over 70 years.

"With more people than ever before seeking solace in nature, this refresh could not come at a more crucial time. We want everyone to be aware of the Code, so people of all ages and backgrounds can enjoy the invaluable health and wellbeing benefits that nature offers, while giving it the respect it deserves".

Rural Affairs Minister Lord Gardiner said: "With so many people visiting the countryside, the Countryside Code has never felt more relevant. Crucially it now covers all green spaces, waterways, the coast and even parks in towns and cities, so that everyone, as we lift restrictions, can enjoy a greener future.

"I’d like to thank Natural England and all the many stakeholders who helped shape this updated version. It is an excellent guide and I urge visitors to nature – old and new - to follow its advice.

The pandemic has changed people’s relationships with nature. Evidence from Natural England shows the importance of nature to people’s health and wellbeing, with 85% of people surveyed saying that being in nature makes them happy.

Natural England’s People and Nature survey findings however show some groups have been able to spend more time in nature than others. Promotion of the refreshed Code will aim to tackle those inequalities and encourage more inclusive access to nature for minority communities and those with diverse physical and sensory needs. This will be done via targeted stakeholder and media promotion, and through partnership work such as Natural England’s work with the Mosaic Charity to encourage people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities to access the Peak District National Park, and the recently announced green social prescribing sites.

Be fire risk aware outdoors

We've been alerted to various incidents of bonfires being lit in our outdoor spaces, in Epsom Common local nature reserve and Nonsuch Park. 

With prolonged dry temperatures, it only takes a small spark to start a fire on dry ground, so we're urging that extra caution to be taken.Bonfire_EpsomCommon

If you are visiting our outdoor spaces, please do not:

  • Light fires
  • Throw lit cigarette ends out of vehicles 
  • Discard bottles and shards of glass as they can spark a fire.

Sky lanterns and disposable barbeques are already banned from our parks and green spaces due to their fire risk.

If you see a fire in in one of the parks, nature reserves or other green spaces, report it immediately by calling 999.

The NEW Wastebuster Kids Club

Surrey Wastebuster Kids Club. The Dynamic Wastebusting duo inviting children to become wastebustersCaring for the environment is important to us all and the new Surrey Wastebuster Kids Club website can you help you do just that while doing some great activities at home. 

It’s jam-packed with brilliant FREE activities for all ages, including Busta and Pong’s adventure videos and crafts – perfect for rainy weekends and school holidays when you’re looking for something fun to do. 

Children earn their own Wastebuster Badge (made from recycled yoghurt pots) by going onto the Wastebuster Kids Club website and:

  1. WATCHING Busta and Pong’s adventure videos
  2. FINDING OUT what you can reuse and recycle by going to surreyep.org.uk and making a poster to remind everybody at home
  3. MAKING great things from waste reusing rubbish by choosing a fun Wastebuster craft

To claim a badge, a parent/ guardian simply then sends in a photo of their work to CaptainBusta@Wastebuster.co.uk 

Small changes can make a big difference – so let’s all get wastebusting at home to save the world from waste - with some inspiration from Busta and Pong!

Visit the Wastebuster Kids Club website at: www.wastebuster.co.uk/Surrey/KidsClub

You can also follow Surrey Wastebuster on Twitter @SEPWastebuster and tag them with #surreywastebuster

Wastebuster is funded by the Surrey Environment Partnership, which is made up of Surrey County Council and Surrey’s 11 local councils.

Spotlight on

Get active Epsom and Ewell

Sign up, get started, be active this Spring! Active April - Sign up, get started, be active. For more information visit www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/active-april Win £25 sports voucher. Epsom & Ewell Borough Council.

Active April runs until 30 April, it is a new initiative launched by Epsom & Ewell Borough Council and encourages local residents of all ages and abilities to keep active in the borough's great outdoors to boost mental health and physical wellbeing.

As a fun challenge, residents can sign a pledge to take part in Active April and make a note of all the activities they do each week throughout April. At the end of the month, residents who have signed up will be invited to share their personal achievements. This could be how many hours they have jogged, miles walked, or types of sports played. The most active person in Epsom and Ewell will receive a £25 sports voucher to spend in their local chosen sports outlet. 

So whether you enjoy walking, cycling, running, jogging, or playing sport outdoors in the borough's wonderful parks and open spaces sign up for Active April today at: https://bit.ly/3rhsczc You could win a £25 sports voucher!

Visit www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/active-april for information on walking and cycling routes and outdoor sports facilities in the borough’s parks and open spaces, challenges to complete and useful resources to help you stay physically and mentally active. 

Thank you to everyone who's already signed up to get started and be active this April.

Stay up to date with Active April on our social media channels @EpsomEwellBC on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Don’t forget to tag us in your posts! Use the hashtag #ActiveApril.

Remember to stay safe outdoors and follow current government guidance. Two households or a group of up to 6 people can meet outdoors. Always keep a safe distance from those not in your household or bubble and if public bins are full remember to take any litter home with you to throw away or recycle.

For full guidance on current restrictions see: www.gov.uk/coronavirus 

What's On

Epsom Markets this month

We're Open. Epsom Market. Est. 1685. See you there.

Epsom Markets are back allowing stallholders to sell their full range of goods. This is in line with Step 2 of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown with non-essential retail re-opening from 12 April. 

Regular markets take place on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday plus special markets are held most Sundays.

For information on the weekly markets at Epsom Market Place see: www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/market 

Every Friday, in addition to our regular essential food stall market traders, UK based market traders selling French food also trade at Epsom Market Place. For more info see: www.facebook.com/PopUpFrenchMarket 

Sundays

Vegan Market
The Epsom Vegan Market usually takes place on the fourth Sunday of the month from 10.30am -3.30pm. The next market will take place on Sunday 25 April. See https://www.ethicalveganevents.com/marketinfo/epsom

Farmer's Market
The next Epsom Farmer's Market is on Sunday 2 May. This market usually takes place on the first Sunday of the month from 9.30am - 1.30pm. Find out more at https://www.surreymarkets.co.uk/event/epsom-market/

Taste Of The World Market
Takes place on a Sunday from 9.30am - 3.30pm. The next market is on Bank Holiday Monday 3 May. This market includes a selection of international street food to takeaway only. For more info see: https://www.facebook.com/TasteOfTheWorldMarket

Epsom Craft Market
This specialist craft market returns to Epsom Market Place on Sunday 9 May 10am - 3.30pm. Pick up a coffee and delicious homemade treat as you browse a selection of handcrafted items from local makers and artists. 
For more info see: www.follyfairs.co.uk/epsommarket/

All markets take place in the Market Place under the clock tower.

As you shop local, remember to shop safe when visiting our markets to keep stallholders and public as safe as possible. Please follow the socially distancing queuing system in place at each market stall. Use hand sanitiser and wash your hands as soon as you get home. Shoppers are encouraged to only handle items they intend to purchase and to pay via contactless where they can and when it's available.

If you plan to visit, please remember Hands. Face. Space. Fresh Air.

Ewell Village Bowling Club

Ewell Village Bowling Clubbowls

OPEN DAY -- Sunday 30 May, 11am - 4pm

Gibraltar Recreation Ground
West Street, Ewell, KT17 1XU

Come along and have a go!
Beginners and experienced bowlers welcome.

All equipment provided -- just wear flat shoes or trainers.

Covid precautions in place.

If you can’t make the open day and would like to book an informal session or have any queries about visiting us please contact:
Derek - 07929 992716 or Tracie - 020 8393 3515
email: ewellvillagebc@gmail.com
website: www.ewellvillagebc.co.uk
Facebook: facebook.com/ewellvillagebc

Key Facts

Election 6 May - PCC

Image: police

Every four years, eligible adults in Surrey can vote for who they want to be the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

The next election takes place at the same time as the Surrey County Council elections on Thursday 6 May.

Why should I vote?

The Police and Crime Commissioner plays an important role in holding Surrey Police to account for its actions. The Commissioner also works with the Chief Constable to set the overall direction for the force. 

The Commissioner also recommends how much Council Tax you pay by agreeing a budget with the Chief Constable and Force to meet their collective priorities. More than half of the Force’s income comes from your Council Tax bill with the remainder from Government.

Five key responsibilities of the Commissioner:

  1. To hold the police to account on behalf of the public, including holding the Chief Constable to account for force performance. This is done through regular internal discussions as well as public performance meetings. It also includes the power to appoint or remove the Chief Constable when necessary.

  2. To provide a link between the police and Surrey residents. This includes listening to feedback from the public on policing and crime reduction and pursuing improvements that can be made by or in partnership with Surrey Police.

  3. To set the strategic direction and aims for Surrey Police through the Police and Crime Plan, and to propose the amount of Council Tax that will go towards policing from Surrey residents. The successful PCC candidate will consult the public to inform the development of a new Police and Crime Plan.

  4. To be responsible for all funding relating to policing and reducing crime and to work with the Chief Constable to set the force budget in line with priorities and deliver value for money for residents.

  5. To promote community safety, reduce re-offending and support victims. The Commissioner uses the majority of their budget to support services that work in partnership to achieve these aims.

Wider responsibilities include delivering better value for money and advocacy regionally and nationally to improve the effectiveness of policing.

The Commissioner’s staff also works closely with councils and within wider safety and community partnerships.

You can read more about a Commissioner’s role on the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners’ website

On polling day, voting for the Commissioner will take place using the Supplementary Vote system. This is different to the council elections as eligible voters will be able to give both a first preference and second preference vote on the same ballot paper.

If a candidate receives more than 50 per cent of the first preference votes, then they are elected. If no candidate reaches the 50 per cent threshold, the two candidates with the highest number of votes remain. This eliminates the other candidates.

The second preference of the eliminated candidates are counted. Any made for the two remaining candidates are transferred. The candidate with the most votes at the end of this process is elected.

The list of those standing is -

  • Kevin Hurley, Zero Tolerance Policing ex Chief
  • Howard Kaye, Labour
  • Paul Kennedy, Liberal Democrat
  • David Munro, Independent
  • Lisa Townsend, Conservative

Formal information on who is standing in this election and other information can be found on our election webpage here

Please be aware that under impartiality protocols, we are unable to highlight candidates' manifestos or other pre election messages. 

Election 6 May - SCC

County Council logoOn Thursday 6 May 2021 residents in Surrey will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them at Surrey County Council.

The 81 councillors are elected every four years.

Five councillors will represent the area of Epsom and Ewell.

Those standing for election for the County wards are:

Epsom Town & Downs

  • Janice Baker (Green);
  • Sarah Louise Kenyon (Labour);
  • Kier Adam Kirby (Workers Party of Britain);
  • Steven John McCormick (Residents Associations of Epsom and Ewell);
  • Julie Anne Morris (Liberal Democrat);
  • Emma Charlotte Ware (Conservative)

Epsom West

  • Neil Andrew Dallen (Residents Associations of Epsom and Ewell);
  • Steve Gee (Liberal Democrat);
  • Bernie Muir (Conservative);
  • Mark Christian Todd (Labour and Co-operative Party)

Ewell 

  • Jamie Abrahams (Conservative);
  • Jason George Anderson (Labour);
  • John Richard Beckett (Residents Associations of Epsom and Ewell);
  • David Walter Gulland (Liberal Democrat);
  • Steve McDonald (Green)

Ewell Court, Auriol & Cuddington

  • Dan Brown (Liberal Democrat);
  • George Bushati (Conservative);
  • Sarah Jane Clayton (Green);
  • Eber Alan Kington (Residents Associations of Epsom and Ewell);
  • Amos Sibanda (Labour)

West Ewell

  • Alison Kelly (Liberal Democrat);
  • Tony Foster (Green);
  • Rob Geleit (Labour);
  • Jan Mason (Residents Associations of Epsom and Ewell);
  • Kieran Yashik Persand (Conservative)

Formal information on who is standing in this election and other information can be found on our election webpage here

Please be aware that under impartiality protocols, we are unable to highlight candidates' manifestos or other pre election messages. 

Election 6 May - Who does what?

With elections for the County Council next month, we thought it would be useful to clarify what the County Council is responsible for within the borough.

Surrey County Council services

  • Adult social care

  • Children social care and youth services

  • Civic Amenity Site (the ‘Tip’ in Blenheim Road)

  • Coroner

  • Education – schools and adult education

  • Emergency and contingency planning

  • Flooding (the County Council is the designated Lead Local Flood Authority)

  • Highways (roads and pavements) including street lights, drainage /gullies maintenance and clearance and fly tipping on the highway

  • Library services

  • On-street parking

  • Registration and nationality service

  • Strategic land use planning

  • Surrey Fire & Rescue

  • Trading Standards

  • Transport (including Blue Badges and bus passes)

  • Voluntary organisations support

To contact Surrey County Council, call 03456 009 009 or visit their www.surreycc.gov.uk

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council Services

  • Allotments

  • Abandoned vehicles

  • Ashley Road Cemetery

  • Benefits/Support to assist with rental and council tax charges, fraud investigation

  • Business rate collection (on behalf of central government, Surrey County Council and Epsom & Ewell Borough Council)

  • Council Tax collection on behalf of Surrey County Council, Surrey Police and Epsom & Ewell Borough Council

  • Emergency & Contingency Planning

  • Environmental Health (including food premises inspections, noise complaints, accident investigation)

  • Epsom Downs conservators (in partnership)

  • Electoral registration and election management

  • Fly tipping on public land

  • Highway verge grass cutting (on behalf of Surrey County Council)

  • Housing Needs Register, affordable housing, homelessness and emergency housing plus housing advice service

  • Home improvement agency

  • Licensing (taxi, street collection, pubs and clubs, tatooists, zoos, animal boarding)

  • Local land charge searches and property information

  • Meals at home & shopping service

  • Markets and street trading management

  • Open spaces, parks and local nature reserves management and maintenance

  • Parking enforcement (on behalf of Surrey County Council) and car parks

  • Planning applications & building control

  • Playgrounds and BMX/skate facilities

  • Refuse collection and recycling

  • Sport facilities (football, cricket, bowling, tennis facilities and outdoor gym equipment)  
  • Strategic planning policy for Borough

  • Street care and environmental improvements

  • Street cleansing, litter collection, road sweeping and graffiti removal

  • Telecare and community alarm (in partnership)

  • Tree inspections and preservation orders

  • Venues  (Epsom Playhouse, Bourne Hall and Ewell Court House plus (in partnership) the Rainbow Leisure Centre

  • Voluntary organisations support

  • Wellbeing centre

Your Community

Safe Haven Engagement Survey

Have your say! 

Mary Frances Trust's Safe Haven service provides a safe space and support for any adult experiencing mental health crisis, either by walk-in or virtual service. To find out more about the Safe Haven service, please visit: https://www.maryfrancestrust.org.uk/how-we-help/safe-haven/

The Safe Haven service is currently located in The Larches, 44 Waterloo Road, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 8EX and after 5 years of service, Mary Frances Trust are reviewing the current location and potential other options.

They would love to hear your feedback on what is important to you when visiting a Mental Health Crisis service that runs between the hours of 6pm-11pm. Please complete the survey below to share your views. This survey is anonymous closes on 22 April 2021.

To take the survey, please visit: https://form.jotform.com/MaryFrancesTrust/SafeHavenSurvey

Racing Welfare family support grant

A new financial grant that has been launched by the charity Racing Welfare to support families working in the horseracing or thoroughbred breeding industries who may be experiencing financial difficulties as a result of theRacing Welfare Spring Family Support Grant. www.racingwelfare.co.uk 0800 6300 443 www.racingwelfare.co.uk/contact coronavirus pandemic

What are the grants for?

Racing Welfare will award ‘Family Support’ grants to those who currently work (and/or who have lost their job/work due to Coronavirus) in the thoroughbred racing and breeding industries and who have dependent, children (up to the age of 18 years). This grant is awarded:

  • To assist with additional expenses caused by the coronavirus pandemic
  • To prevent financial difficulties for families with dependent age children. All awards are discretionary.

How much will be awarded?

Grants will be awarded at £100 per child (up to 18 years) to a maximum of 4 children per family.

Who is eligible?

  • Spring Family Support grants are available to anyone currently working in the thoroughbred racing and breeding industry who has dependent age children
  • Parents must be working or be self-employed in the industry for a minimum of one year, or have lost their job or work or be on furlough, within the last year
  • Total household net income must be on or below the Joseph Rowntree Minimum Income Standard and be in receipt of Child Benefit

How to apply

Call Racing’s Support Line which is available 24hrs a day, 7 days per week on 0800 6300 443.

Closing date for applications

  • Grant applications will close on 7th May 2021 (or sooner if all available funds are used before this date)

Forces Connect

Forces Connect is a free mobile app that signposts veterans, armed forces personnel, reservists and their families to support and advice in their local area.Forces Connect is a free mobile app that signposts members of our armed forces community to support and advice. Download it by searching Forces Connect in the Apple app or Google Play store.

The Forces Connect app is designed to link users to organisations offering help and support across a wide range of services. 

The app is newly sponsored by The Shots Foundation (charity arm of Aldershot Town Football Club) who work with community groups and others to make a difference to local areas.

To download the app, search “Forces Connect” in Apple app store or Google Play store.

 

Unmasking stalking

Unmasking stalking is the theme for this year's National Stalking Awareness Week 19 - 23 April. Unmasking Stalking - National Stalking Awareness Week 19 - 23 April 2021

Surrey Community Safety are highlighting the following information for National Stalking Awareness Week. 

Did you know, on average, victims will experience 100 incidents of stalking before they report it to police? 

Initially, many victims may think ‘they’ll get the hint soon’ or ‘it’s not that serious’. But, what can start as a couple of text messages can spiral pretty quickly until the victim returns home and finds the perpetrator hiding in the wardrobe. (True story!) And it’s at this point, so desperate for it to stop, and terrified of what the stalker may do next, that the victim will eventually call the police.

This means two things. Firstly, it’s knowing that by the time the police become involved, more often than not, it is ‘that serious’. It’s gone from nought to one hundred and we’re already on the back foot. Another pretty horrifying statistic is that one in two domestic stalkers will act on it if they’ve made a threat.

Secondly, where possible, it shows just how important it is to take action as early as possible to try and prevent the situation escalating. To help you identify stalking, think FOUR – Fixated, Obsessive, Unwanted and Repeated. In fact, two or more incidents form a course of conduct which can be classified as stalking. Help safeguard victims by understanding and recognising stalking behaviours:

  • Following a person
  • Contacting, or attempting to contact, a person by any means
  • Publishing any statement or other material relating or purporting to relate to a person, or purporting to originate from a person
  • Monitoring the use by a person of the internet, email or any other form of electronic communication
  • Loitering in any place (whether public or private)
  • Interfering with any property in the possession of a person
  • Watching or spying on a person.

Surrey Police recorded 625 incidents of stalking in the last year – a figure we know is just the tip of the iceberg. Chances are you’ll be affected by stalking at some point, whether that’s attending an incident, supporting a client, or because you’re concerned for a family member or friend.

More information and advice is available on:

Is your child up to date with their vaccinations?

Immunisation helps to protect you from disease. During a pandemic, it's more important than ever to keep up with infant, child and adult immunisations to prevent outbreaks of other diseases. Make an appointment with your GP practice, and make sure you and your children are protected. Vaccination appointments count as an important medical reason to leave your home.

Immunisation helps to protect you from disease

Routine vaccinations play a huge part in protecting you, your child and the community. It’s important that children get vaccinated when they are invited to do so. By doing so, you are helping to avoid outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases, keeping your child and others safe.

If you receive a letter from your GP inviting your child for their routine vaccination such as Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) and Meningitis or have missed an appointment because of COVID-19, you can book an appointment at a time which is convenient for you.

GP practices are continuing to run with COVID-secure measures in place, to keep you and your family safe.

Why is it important to get children vaccinated?

Vaccination is the most important thing we can do to protect ourselves and our children against ill health:

  • It protects them from many serious and potentially deadly diseases
  • It protects people in your community, by helping to stop diseases spreading to people who cannot have vaccines
  • If people stop having vaccines, it’s possible for infectious diseases to quickly spread again.

To find out more about what vaccination children can get and when, visit the Healthy Surrey website.

Peer-led SUN groups

People experiencing difficulties with complex emotions that affect how they feel, cope with life and manage relationships can now easily access support in the community with the launch of SUN (Service User Network).

SUN Groups are for people with complex emotional needs that are often associated with personality disorder or aspects of this condition. It is estimated that, at any given time, about one in twenty people will have a persSUN (Service User Network) New peer-led SUN service for people in the community with complex emotional needs. Find out how more at: www.sabp.nhs.uk/sun or email: sun@admin@sabp.nhs.ukonality disorder.

SUN is based on an established model of care that offers adults weekly peer support groups where they can share experiences and provide each other with help and advice. The service is provided by Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with third sector provider, Community Connections Surrey.

SUN groups are facilitated by a clinician and peer support worker. They can be attended by anyone aged 18 and over who is registered with a GP in Surrey. A person can refer themselves to SUN by emailing: sun.admin@sabp.nhs.uk.and asking for a SUN membership form. They do not need a diagnosis of personality disorder to join SUN groups.

There are several SUN Groups each week, all of which are currently offered virtually due to Coronavirus restrictions. More information at: www.sabp.nhs.uk/sun

 

Your Council

Council meetings

The following meetings of the Council will be held over the next month:

Meetings will be held virtually, using GoToWebinar.


The agendas and details on how to view the council meetings will be published 14 days before the relevant meeting on the website links above. 

Contact us

Website: www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk   
Tel: 01372 732000
Text: 07950 080202
Email: contactus@epsom-ewell.gov.uk   

Borough Insight is published by Epsom & Ewell Borough Council for residents in the borough. For more information and to view the current issue of the magazine visit:

http://www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/borough-insight

If you have any queries on its contents please contact The Editor, Borough Insight, Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, Town Hall, The Parade, Epsom, Surrey KT18 5BY.

Tel: 01372 732000.
Email: boroughinsight@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

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