Borough Insight

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We delayed this issue of e-Borough Insight until after the Cuddington by-election to respect pre-election neutrality protocols.

The results of the by-election are reported in this issue.

The by-election was called following the tragic death of Councillor Robert Foote. We remember the councillor and former Mayor in this issue.

This is a bit of a bumper edition; Epsom has scored highly in the town centre’s entry into South East in Bloom, we have pictures from Bourne Hall Museum’s first major event since restrictions lifted and we report on what the mayor said when he congratulated the local athletes who participated in the Olympics.

We also bring you news of a new flood warning service launched for Ewell and Stoneleigh, there’s a report on major housing development in Epsom (the council refused planning permission but this has been overturned by the Planning Inspectorate) and our formal response to the SWR proposal to reduce rail services serving the borough.

Plus you will find information on various community activity and some important news from our partners.

Stay safe.

News

Cuddington by-election

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.Image: Planting underway in Rosebery Park earlier 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

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.

Image: The entry to Horton Cemetary with the Tin Tabernacle 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.

Image: the railings and overgrown cemeteryThe 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.

Image: Pictures from the Ewell History Day

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

Image Flood logoImage: Environment Agency logo

Public inquiry judgement

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.

Image: Mayor meeting the athletesSarah 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

 

StreetSafe

Image: woman walking alone, possibly being followed in a park 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
www.surrey.police.uk/notices/street-safe/street-safe

To report a crime in progress always dial 999.

 

 

Alabama Rot

Dog owners should be aware that the muddy autumn and winter months are a higher risk time for Alabama Rot.

Cases of Alabama RImage: Muddy dog and pair of muddy bootsot 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
  • Tiredness

If your dog appears to be suffering, speak to your vet as soon as you can.

COVID-19 update

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.Image: the graphic from the government for winter 2021 - get vaccinated, meeting outdoors is safer, if you meet indoors let fresh air in, wear a face mask in crowded and enclosed public spaces, get tested, stay at home if unwell, wash your hands and download the covid 19 app

Measures include:

  • 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 

Stoptober

The national stop smoking campaign, Stoptober, is back this October.Image: Stoptober logo with the \'one you\' strapline

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.

Image: loading shopping into carThe 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 surreytransportplan@surreycc.gov.uk or 0300 200 1003 (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday).

Compost more. Waste less

Image:Compost binSnap 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

Recycle food wasteEver 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 

Spotlight on

Remembering Councillor Foote

Rob Foote, was a highly regarded councillor and former mayor who was tragically killed in August in a freak accident at Brands Hatch, where he was volunteering as a race marshal.

Robert Foote had served as a councillor for Cuddington ward since 2003 and was Mayor of the borough for 2014-15.

Born and brought up in Bristol, Rob had a passion for engineering and spent 30 years in the airline industry. He was a was a car enthusiast and mechanic and ran his own car servicing business.

As Councillor, Robert chaired the Crime Prevention Panel, the Licensing Committee and served on the Neighbourhood Policing Panel.

On becoming Mayor, Rob said that the feeling of excitement he experienced could only be compared with his first solo flight as a private pilot!

He also highlighted his engineering background as being different from some of the mayoral predecessors from the professional classes, stating that “The Mayor can be seen as a symbol of an open society because the role is no longer restricted to an elite group; the ‘First Citizen’ can come from any class, gender or ethnic background”.

Rosemary, Rob’s wife and mayoress, sadly died of cancer in December.

The council has an online book of condolence for the Rob which be accessed via https://robertfoote.muchloved.comImage: A selection of images of Robert Foote

What's On

We are all in this together

Image: Epsom Mental Health Festival, We\'re all in this together, 9th to 16th October 2021Epsom Mental Health and Well-Being Festival is held each October and comprises a week of free activities devoted to mental health and well-being.

This year the festival runs 9-16 October and the theme is ‘we’re all in this together’.

Although the issue is so often hidden and unexplored, there are few things in life more important than mental health. In every respect, mental health impacts on all our lives - it is a very rare person who does not know sadness and anxiety, 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem in any one year and there is a sizeable group of people, some 2-3% of the population, whose lives are seriously affected by more severe and enduring mental health difficulties.

The festival comprises a packed schedule for you to choose from this year. There are talks and discussions on a wide range of topics from feeling anger and fear to nutrition,  immunity  and  mental  health.  There’s  even such diverse topics as Haiku  writing,  male grooming and line dancing! Come to one event, some or all. Come on your own or with family, friends, carers, whomever you would like in person or on-line.

Full details of the festival can be downloaded - here

Worth singing about!

Panto is back for 2021!Image: the 2021 opanto cast at the Epsom Clock Tower

Some of the cast made an unostentatious appearance in the Market Place this month to announce that, this year, the Epsom Playhouse panto is Beauty & The Beast.

Comedy, laughter, singing, dancing and a beautiful love story waiting to be told.

With a fabulous professional cast of actors, singers, comics and dancers, this is perfect treat for the whole family at Christmas.

Can Belle rescue her father?
Will the beast ever find true love?
Can 'Lumi’ ever get a job?
Will Nanny Fanny ever remember where she is? 

Who could ever learn to love a beast?

Only time will tell...


Epsom Playhouse,  Beauty and The Beast, Saturday 11 December 2021 - Monday 3 January 2022

www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk

Epsom Markets this month

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

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

Farmer's Market
Sunday 3 October
This market usually takes place on the first Sunday of the month from 9.30am - 1.30pm.
Find out more at www.surreymarkets.co.uk/event/epsom-market/

Taste Of The World Market
Sundays 10 and 17 October
This market includes a selection of international street food to takeaway.
For more info see: www.facebook.com/TasteOfTheWorldMarket

Vegan Market
Sunday 24 October
The Epsom Vegan Market usually takes place on the fourth Sunday of the month from 10.30am -3.30pm.
For more details visit:  www.ethicalveganevents.com/marketinfo/epsom

Key Facts

7 things to do now for winter

It always pays to be prepared for winter weather. There are a few simple steps you can take to prepare yourself, your vehicle and your home or business.

  1. Check your car
    Checking your car is ready for winter is really important. Take a quick check of your tyres. It's dangerous and illegal to drive in winter conditions with low levels of tread on your vehicle’s tyres. Use a screen wash additive to keep your windscreen free of winter road grime caused by road salting and gritting. Getting stuck in your car in winter could be dangerous, so get a winter car kit You never know when you might need it.

  2. Check your heating
    Cold weather can be a risk to your health, particularly if you are over 65 or have health conditions. Your home (and those of elderly relatives and neighbours) should ideally be at least 18 °C. During cold spells, keep your windows closed at night as this can cause a real drop in the temperature indoors. If you have a heating boiler consider getting it serviced before the cold weather arrives. Find out more about heating your home

  3. Weatherproof your home and garden
    Think about what may be impacted by strong winds or flooding. In windy weather surprising things can become dangerous. Trees or branches can come down, cast iron guttering could be lethal and so can roof slates. Garden furniture and even children’s toys and trampolines can fly around causing damage and potential harm and fences can become problems too. Read more about preparing your property for winter weather and storms.

  4. Have basic supplies to hand
    Make sure you have basic supplies in case you have to leave home quickly or your power and water are disrupted. It's worth putting together a 'grab bag', with bottled water, medicines, a torch, radio and batteries, copies of important documents and a change of clothes. 

  5. Get your flu jab
    Winter weather coincides with the flu season and flu can affect people in different ways. If you are healthy you will usually shake it off within a week, but for young children, older people, or those with chronic health conditions, it can be very serious. The annual flu vaccination is offered free to people who are most at risk from the effects of flu. Find out more about flu vaccinations. 

  6. Have an alternative
    It’s worth thinking about how you might get to work in the event of severe weather. Sometimes roads may be more affected than the rail network, but on other occasions the opposite may be true. You may also be able to use a bus if the more main roads are clear. Think about whether there's an option for you to work from home if travel is not advised? You should also think about alternative childcare options if school or nursery are closed.

  7. Plumbing matters
    Insulating pipes has two benefits – you’ll keep the heat in, saving you money, but it also means reduced risk of frozen pipes which can burst, causing flooding, damage and leaving your home without water. It's also important to know where your stoptap (also called stopcock or stop valve) is and to check it regularly to make sure it is working. This will enable you to turn off the water to your home quickly should there be a problem. 

Met Office Winter Weather ready campaign

Your Community

Community and Wellbeing open day

Image: abstract image of communityOn 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.

Image: Ask me logo

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
Time: 2pm-3pm
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
Time: 11am-2pm
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 info@maryfrancestrust.org.uk or visit www.maryfrancestrust.org.uk

Your Council

Council meetings

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

Meetings can be accessed virtually and in person with details of how to do this on the relevent meeting agenda.


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

eBorough Insight is published by Epsom & Ewell Borough Council for residents in the borough.

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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