The results of the Cuddington ward by-election held on Thursday 23 September have been declared.
The results are (in surname alphabetical order):
- Dan Brown - Liberal Democrats - 117 votes
- George Bushati - The Conservative Party - 135 votes
- Kevin Rhys Davies - Labour Party - 207 votes
- Graham Owen Jones - Residents Association of Cuddington - 585 votes
Graham Owen Jones has been elected.
Following the by-election, the make up of the council remains:
- Epsom & Ewell Residents Associations - 32 seats
- Labour with 3 seats,
- Liberal Democrats with 2 seats
- Conservatives with 1 seat.
For full details please see the Cuddington ward by-election page on our website: https://epsom-ewell.gov.uk/council/elections-and-voting/cuddington-ward-election
Epsom wins silver!
Epsom town centre has been awarded silver in the annual South & South East in Bloom competition.
The council in partnership with Go Epsom entered Epsom town centre in the competition for the first time, this year.
This is more than a simple horticultural competition. Aspects including street cleanliness, community commitment to the area and a commitment to the environment are all considered.
Mayor of Epsom and Ewell, Councillor Peter O’Donovan, said “This a fantastic achievement for our first year entering the awards.
“I extend my sincere thanks to Go Epsom and to all the businesses, schools, community groups and volunteers who supported Epsom in Bloom by planting flowers, undertaking litter-picks and making the town even more attractive by creating new floral displays.
“I understand that plans are already being formulated for the whole borough to take part in Bloom next year and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who is committed to ensuring our Borough is the best it can be for the local community, for visitors and for wildlife, all year round”.
Flower beds were planted in West Hill, East Street and in Rosebery Park. Rosebery Park also includes a display planted by the Epsom & Ewell U3A which council teams facilitated. A new pop-up green space was created on South Street and new planters positioned across the town centre provided by Go Epsom. Go Epsom also ran competitions with local schools and provided free seeds to residents.
The judges commented that during the judging “it was good to be accompanied by the Mayor and two councillors, who were involved in community activities and to show the commitment of the borough council to improving the environment of Epsom town centre. Go Epsom has provided the impetus and support for submitting this first year entry for the town. Which for a first year entry is very good and it is hoped that the entry will build on its successes”.
Horton Cemetery is a disused cemetery with historic significance for its association with the Epsom mental health hospital cluster. It was used during the first half of the twentieth century - this period also covered both world wars when some of the hospitals were re-purposed to treat injured service personnel returning from action.
The Epsom mental health hospital cluster consisted of five large hospitals. Each hospital was largely self-contained with its own farm, chapel, theatre, workshops, laundry and other services. At one time, the cluster even had its own light railway. Horton cemetery was a central facility, where the dead of each hospital could be buried. The cemetery ceased being used in the 1950’s.
In its time, the cluster was one of the biggest concentration of people with mental health problems in the world. Following changes in the provision of mental health care, including a greater emphasis on care in the community, most of the hospitals' patients were discharged in the 1990s and early 2000s and the majority of the land sold off by the NHS for housing developments. The cemetery was acquired by a private developer.
When it was in use, the cemetery was landscaped with an avenue of trees and other planting. It also had a ‘Tin Tabernacle’ - a small prefabricated corrugated iron chapel. The picture (right) from the 1930s, courtesy of Bourne Hall Museum, shows the entrance to the cemetery and the Tin Tabernacle.
The cemetery has now become a feral wilderness, with the Tin Tabernacle and gravestones all removed. The only evidence of the site’s original use is the boundary railings and a number of original, but now overgrown trees.
The present overgrown state of the cemetery is of some cause for concern and there have been approaches made to the council requesting actions being taken to protect and to consider its future. Notably the Friends of Horton Cemetery commissioned a report on its history and condition, with recommendations for its future.
The cemetery lies within the Green Belt and is covered by an Area Tree Preservation Order. It is not in a specific conservation area.
Following a public consultation, the council has added a degree of protection to the cemetery by ‘local listing’ the site. Local listing is a concept that is designed to ensure that the historic and architectural interest of buildings, archaeology and historic landscapes that are of local importance, but do not meet the criteria for being nationally listed, are taken account of during the planning process.
The local listing of Horton Cemetery aids in the protection from development of the site. The new local listing recognises the cemetery’s historical context as part of the Epsom mental health hospital cluster.
The site remains in private hands.
Ewell History Day
The crowds were out for Ewell History Day, the first major event staged by Bourne Hall Museum following their reopening after their temporary closure due to the pandemic.
Various epochs of Ewell history were featured from highwaymen to Land Girls, Roman gladiators to WW1. The day culminated with the presentation to the museum of a community quilt produced during lockdown and now part of the museum's ongoing collection of local history.
Hogsmill flood warning service
A new free flood warning service has been introduced by the Environment Agency for residents of Ewell and Stoneleigh and others in the Hogsmill river and its tributaries catchment area.
The Environment Agency is using the latest technology to monitor rainfall and river levels 24 hours a day to forecast the possibility of flooding. Those signing up for the service will receive a flood warning when properties in their area are expected to flood.
Flood warnings give people valuable time to prepare for flooding – time that allows you to move yourselves, your families and precious items to safety. Flood warnings save lives and enable the emergency services to prepare and help communities.
Fully register your details now to get the best experience of the new free flood warning service and you can receive
- Flood alerts which indicate that flooding to properties is possible
- Warnings and alerts by text message, recorded voice message or email
- Warnings and alerts about more than one location
Register now at www.gov.uk/flood
Public inquiry judgement
A public inquiry was held in August into the decisions of this council to refuse planning approval for Guild Living plans for a high storey, high density, urban retirement community within Epsom.
Two separate applications for Guild Living’s proposals for the ex-hospital land in Epsom were submitted to the council’s Planning Committee. On both occasions, councillors refused planning approval. Guild Living exercised their right to appeal against the Council’s refusal of both applications to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.
An Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State undertook the public inquiry. The decision of the inspector was to reject one appeal and allow the second appeal. You can download the decision letter here.
This judgement means that the development detailed in the second application can now proceed.
Following the judgement, the council issued the following statement
We are obviously disappointed with this judgement, which we believe dismisses local residents’ concerns.
However the appeal decision demonstrates that the council was justified in rejecting the much taller and more invasive proposal.
We would like to thank the individuals and groups that came forward at the Public inquiry to support the council’s decision to refuse the two planning applications.
While the judgement allows the slightly lower development to now take place, planning conditions have been set by the inspectorate. The council is responsible for enforcing these.
We will also seek to work with Guild Living in order to mitigate any disturbance and inconvenience to local residents during construction.
Mayor salutes local Olympic stars
The Mayor of Epsom & Ewell, Councillor Peter O’Donovan, was eager to personally congratulate the three local athletes who recently represented Team GB in Tokyo.
Sarah Jones and Leah Wilkinson competed in the Women’s Hockey, winning bronze, and Jessie Knight competed in the 400m hurdles.
The Mayor met the athletes at Epsom’s Rainbow Leisure Centre earlier this month and told them “The Olympic Games are the pinnacle of sporting achievement, and you made it!
“In normal times your hard work and passion for your sport would be an inspiration but following a period uncertainty for us all, and with the games being postponed for a year, your achievement has been all more special.
“I know you are motivating the next generation of the borough’s athletes to fulfil their dreams of taking part in sport at the highest level”.
All three athletes live, work and train within the borough. All three have received support from the GLL Sport Foundation (GSF) - GLL, as Better, operate the Rainbow Leisure Centre & Spa in East Street, Epsom, on behalf of the council.
The Mayor added “I want to use this opportunity to thank everyone involved in all the various sporting clubs and facilities across the borough, who provide fantastic encouragement and training to local people, however they pursue their sport.”
Over 13 years, the GSF has supported over 10,000 young athletes on their sporting journey in disciplines from swimming and athletics to wheelchair tennis and wheelchair basketball - making it the largest independent athlete support programme in the UK
The athlete awards cover Olympic, Paralympic, Deaflympic, Special Olympic and Commonwealth sporting disciplines.
With a 97% of award recipients receiving no other sport funding and 63% of recipients being aged under 21, the GLL Sport Foundation addresses a vital funding gap for young talented athletes currently competing and National and international levels.
Chosen athletes receive free training memberships to use leisure centre facilities across 300 plus GLL and partner-operated sporting venues.
Applications for this year’s athletes will open in December 2021 (date TBC). For more information please visit - https://www.gllsportfoundation.org/
Council responds to SWR consultation
Epsom & Ewell Borough Council formally responded to the recent South Western Railway (SWR) consultation on changes to its timetables due to come into effect in December 2022.
SWR has stated that, after the pandemic, overall passenger demand would recover to around 76 per cent of pre-Covid levels. The company has therefore proposed to provide 93 per cent of the capacity it had before the pandemic struck, resulting in service cuts at peak and off peak times.
The council responded to the consultation raising significant concerns with these proposals.
We stated our belief that the proposed changes will have a negative impact on the environment, as by reducing the frequency of train services at Epsom, Stoneleigh and Ewell West stations, travellers will be left with less sustainable transport options. This could lead to increased car use with the negative consequences relating to carbon emissions, air pollution, congestion on roads, noise and borough residents’ health and wellbeing.
The proposals fail to take into consideration the transport need created by future housing growth both within Epsom and Ewell and the surrounding areas serviced by the rail stations within the borough.
The claim that the proposals will see services return to 93% of pre covid capacity does not apply to services running through Epsom. According to the consultation document, services to Epsom will be significantly lower. The reduction in frequencies at Epsom, Stoneleigh and Ewell West is therefore vastly disproportionate compared with the rest of the South Western Rail network.
The borough’s excellent connectivity is a major contributing factor for local businesses and a reason that many choose to base themselves here. By reducing the frequency of services, the council is concerned that this will make businesses less likely to locate in Epsom and Ewell.
One of the justifications for reducing services through Epsom is because Epsom station is also served by Southern Rail. Southern Rail also reduced their services during the pandemic and there are no certain plans that these services will return. Southern Rail only run services into London Bridge and Victoria. There will be a disproportionate impact on many of this borough residents who travel to Waterloo and other transport nodes on this route, including Wimbledon and Clapham Junction. Further, Ewell West and Stoneleigh are not served by Southern Rail and will be impacted more significantly than Epsom Station in terms of reduced frequency of service.
As trains are being phased out under this proposal, there will be no capacity should passenger numbers require an increase in services.
Surrey County Council also responded to the consultation – this was reported in the local media.
The consultation is now closed but you can still see the SWR proposals - here
Safer Streets is one of the ways the government is working to tackle violence against women and girls. Since its inception last year, the Safer Streets Fund has allowed the police to invest in transformative crime prevention initiatives.
The Home Office is working closely with police on a new online tool principally aimed at women and girls, which will allow people to pinpoint locations in their local area where they have felt unsafe.
Surrey is a pilot area for StreetSafe, for anyone to anonymously tell the police about a public place where they have felt unsafe.
This is not a crime reporting tool but an opportunity for the police to understand and map the locations where further work/attention needs to be given.
You can visit the StreetSafe site here
To report a crime in progress always dial 999.
Dog owners should be aware that the muddy autumn and winter months are a higher risk time for Alabama Rot.
Cases of Alabama Rot have been reported in Surrey.
The disease is still relatively rare. The cause of the disease remains unknown, no vaccination against it exists and every dog is potentially at risk.
However, millions of dogs are walked every day in the UK and it is important to remember that only a very small amount of dogs have been affected.
There do appear to be some factors that could increase the risk to your dog and it is suspected the disease spreads from muddy and wooded areas.
Dog owners are advised to wash your dog’s paws and legs after they come home from walking, especially if they have been in a very muddy area and to check your dog regularly for wounds. Contact your vet if you are concerned - it’s easier to treat Alabama Rot if the signs are spotted early.
Alabama Rot was a condition discovered in the 1980s in racing greyhounds in Alabama, USA. The condition being diagnosed in the UK is similar and is technically Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy (CRGV).
Alabama Rot can affect dogs of any age and any breed. It affects dogs by causing damage to the blood vessels in their skin. In most cases, Alabama Rot leads to skin sores and ulcers, but in severe cases, it can cause kidney failure and even death.
Your dog might start licking skin sores, which will be sore and inflamed. These patches of inflamed skin are commonly found on:
- Paws and lower legs
- Face, mouth and tongue
- Lower body
Not all dogs will go on to suffer kidney failure, but kidney failure can occur anything from one to ten days after skin sores develop.
Kidney failure can be fatal. Signs of kidney failure include:
- A lack of appetite
- Being sick
If your dog appears to be suffering, speak to your vet as soon as you can.
Earlier this month the Government announced an autumn and winter plan to sustain the progress made and prepare the country for future challenges, while ensuring the NHS does not come under unsustainable pressure.
The Government plans to achieve this by a ‘Plan A'. This consists of five key areas of focus over the coming months: vaccines, supporting the NHS and social care, test and tracing, a flu vaccination campaign and changes to international travel.
- booster jabs for over-50s and vulnerable
- offering the vaccine to 12 to 15-year-olds
- development of new antiviral treatments
- continued NHS Test and Trace
- encouraging people to meet outdoors where possible and let in fresh air indoors
- wearing masks in crowded spaces
- a flu jab rollout to an increased number of people
The Government have acknowledged that the last 18 months have shown the pandemic can change course rapidly and unexpectedly and it remains hard to predict with certainty what will happen. In addition, winter is always a challenging time for the NHS. This winter could be particularly difficult due to the impacts of COVID-19 on top of the usual increase in emergency demand and seasonal respiratory diseases such as the flu.
So that the public and businesses know what to expect, a Plan B has been prepared which would only be enacted if the data suggests further measures are necessary to protect the NHS. This would encompass increased messaging, the reintroduction of compulsory mask wearing in some settings, encouraging people to work from home and mandatory vaccine passports to access some locations.
For more information on the Autumn and Winter Plan see: https://bit.ly/397v0In for detailed info on the latest guidance visit: www.gov.uk/coronavirus
The national stop smoking campaign, Stoptober, is back this October.
Stoptober begins on the 1 October and there’s never been a better time than now to quit smoking.
By quitting for just 28 days, you’re five times more likely to remain quit for good.
We all have different motivations for quitting smoking.
Whatever your reason for quitting this #Stoptober, One You Surrey will get you there. The service is backed by the latest behaviour change research, meaning with One You Surrey’s help you’re three times more likely to successfully quit. This year alone One You Surrey have helped over 1,000 people quit smoking, join them this Stoptober!
"I quit because I want to improve my health"
Denise had been smoking for over 47 years, from the age of nine. She grew up smoking and now suffers from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and frequent chest infections. After being admitted to hospital, Denise quit smoking for four weeks. Denise decided to give it another go with the support of One You Surrey. Here’s what she had to say about the support she received:
“I do feel much better, and my skin looks a nice healthy colour, and my breathing is improved. I feel happy with what I have achieved with the support of the clinic, and more positive and relaxed and feel it is the best thing I have done for myself. I have a bit more energy with my day-to-day life and when I look after my young grandchildren.”
Sign up for Stoptober with One You Surrey via the website https://bit.ly/OneYouSurreyStoptober/ or by telephone on 01737 652168.
Transport Plan Consultation
Surrey County Council would like to hear your views on their draft Transport Plan for Surrey.
The current plan, adopted in 2011, needs to be updated to reflect changes to national and local policy, such as the Government's legally binding commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
The draft plan sets out Surrey's roadmap for rethinking and transforming Surrey's transport system to 2032 and beyond. It aims to significantly reduce transport carbon emissions to meet the net zero challenge and to support delivery of Surrey's other priority objectives of enhancing the county's economy and communities, as well as the health and quality of life of residents.
The plan sets out measures to tackle key transport issues such as carbon emissions, improving public transport, road safety and pollution for all modes of transport.
Have your say by visiting https://surreyltp4.commonplace.is/ to help shape the measures required to meet the net zero challenge. Please submit your views by 11:59pm on 24 October 2021.
The consultation includes links to the draft Surrey Transport Plan main report and a shorter Executive Summary explaining our proposed measures and emerging delivery plan. The consultation responses will be reviewed to shape the final version of the plan. Surrey County Council aim to adopt the plan in early 2022.
If you have any questions or would like to get in touch with the transport policy team, please contact email@example.com or 0300 200 1003 (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday).
Compost more. Waste less
Snap up a discounted compost bin now!
Why not treat yourself and your garden to a reduced-price compost bin using the Surrey Environment Partnership’s (SEP) exclusive discount?
You can buy a black, 220-litre compost bin, which can compost all garden waste, and even some food waste such as vegetable peelings, eggshells and coffee grounds. The total price to you, including delivery, is just £17.70, reduced from £24.69.
Your compost bin will leave you with peat-free, nutrient-rich compost that can be used to nourish your plants and keep your garden looking bright and beautiful. Composting at home is the most environmentally friendly method of disposing of your waste, so doing it with a reduced-price compost bin is good for your garden, your wallet and the planet!
To buy a discounted compost bin, visit the buy a compost bin section of the SEP website. Available while stocks last.
Power the planet with food waste
Ever looked longingly at your leftovers? The good news is, if you can’t finish your food, it doesn’t have to go to waste. Help the planet by recycling what you can’t eat and turn it into energy that can power your home.
Once your food caddy is full, your recycling is collected and taken to an anaerobic digestion facility. Here, food waste is broken down to produce biogas, which is collected and used to generate electricity. So, the more food waste you recycle, the less guilty you will feel about binge watching your favourite TV shows.
And remember you can keep your caddy fresh by lining it with a plastic bag. Simply use shopping bags, pedal bin liners or even bread bags.
Surrey Environment Partnership Chairman Neil Dallen said: “Small actions like recycling our food waste can make a big difference. By using a food caddy, Surrey residents will not only be helping the environment but also helping to turn leftover food into enough energy to power our lights, appliances and televisions.”
For more information on food waste recycling and ways you can reduce your food waste, visit www.surreyep.org.uk
For information on food waste recycling in Epsom and Ewell visit www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/recycling
Community and Wellbeing open day
On Monday 27 September, the local Integrated Care Partnership supported by Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, are providing an opportunity to meet over 20 organisations from our local area who provide a range of services and advice to help support happier, healthier lives.
The Information Open Day will be open from 10am to 4pm at Bourne Hall, Ewell and entrance to the event is free.
The Integrated Care Partnership (consisting of Old Cottage Hospital, Fitznells Manor Surgery, Stoneleigh Medical Centre and Cox Lane Surgery) is undertaking the Information Open Day of community services available to its patients, and the wider public.
The exhibitors have been invited to represent a full range of social needs; from mental health support teams – Talking Therapies and Mary Frances Trust, Age Concern, Diabetes UK, Action for Carers, Epsom and Ewell Health Walks as well as the Community Police Team.
Bill Cassidy, Business Director at the Integrated Care Partnership said, “Whilst the Integrated Care Partnership supports its patients through medical treatment, we believe that many requests for support and advice are borne out of a need for an increased awareness of the wider community support services available. We felt that as a Primary Care Network, and the largest General Practice in the Epsom and Ewell area, we should facilitate this drive to inform our patients and have joined with Epsom & Ewell Borough Council to provide the first of regular open ‘surgeries’, with them kindly hosting us at Bourne Hall for the day. We hope to deliver these on a regular basis going forward”.
Primary Care Networks were established in 2019 with the specific remit to develop social, wellbeing, educational and medical services targeted to the specific needs of its local population.
Ask me about domestic abuse
One in three women will experience domestic abuse at some point in their adult lives and as many as one in six men.
30 September 2021, Zoom Webinar
This online event is open to any member of the public, business owners and community leaders. The event is bought to you by Elmbridge, Epsom & Ewell, Spelthorne and Runnymede Community Safety Partnerships and the North Surrey Domestic Abuse Service.
The aim is to raise awareness of domestic abuse and local support services available across North Surrey and provide participants with the knowledge to:
- Understand why we need to break the silence on domestic abuse
- Be confident to recognise indicators of domestic abuse and in particular coercive control
- Know how to support a friend, family member or work colleague that may be experiencing domestic abuse
- Consider becoming an ‘Ask Me’ Community Ambassador
The webinar will take place at 2.00pm on 30 September 2021 and will last approximately one hour. You will hear from Community Safety representatives, North Surrey Domestic Abuse Service and Surrey Police.
Click here for information on how to book.
Mary Frances Trust October courses
Arts & Crafts
This ongoing group will help you relieve stress, meet new people and boost your confidence and self esteem. The sessions will be supported by qualified ceramists.
Start date: Tuesday 19 October 2021, weekly
Venue: Banstead Youth Centre, The Horseshoe, SM7 2BQ
Meditation with Sound Healing
This four-week course will help you to learn tools to reduce your stress, worry and anxiety. It will be delivered by Litsa, a qualified yoga and meditation teacher.
Start date: from Friday 29 October
Duration: 12pm to 1.30pm
Venue: The Brickfield Centre, Portland Place, KT17 1DL, Epsom
Peer support group
This ongoing group is non-judgemental, an environment where we are learning from and support others. The sessions will help you to improve your emotional health, wellbeing and resilience.
Start date: Friday, from 15 October, weekly
Venue: The Brickfield Centre, Portland Place, KT17 1DL, Epsom
Women's craft and sewing group
This term time group will help you to discover how to achieve greater confidence, a more balanced life and improved emotional health, wellbeing and resilience.
Start date: Wednesday 20 October, term time
Time: 10.30am - 12noon
Venue: Creche room, Kings Church, Longmead Road, Epsom KT19 9BU
MFT supports adults in Surrey to improve and maintain their mental wellbeing through one-to-one support, courses, groups and activities.
To book or find out more call: 01372 375400, text 07929 024722, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.maryfrancestrust.org.uk