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Blooming spring

Last month we reported that to launch the 2022 borough-wide application for South and South East in Bloom, the council would be giving away spring bulbs to the community.

You responded in droves to plant up your road signs and other agreed spaces in the community.

Thank you to everyone who took part and sent us images of their planting efforts (see a selection below).

As we develop our plans for South and South East in Bloom, we would love to hear from you if you are part of any local horticulture groups. If you would like to get involved with any of our Friends of Parks groups please also get in touch and we will be happy to make the introductions. you can get in touch via the email contactus@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

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Free parking is back!

To support local retailers, parking in all shopper’s car parks operated by this council will be free on the three Sundays before Christmas.

Image: Raindeer and sledge \'parked\'We will also be providing free parking in Ewell’s three council car parks on 3 December from 4pm to support the community event, Ewell Yule.

As more people than usual are expected to be travelling to visit loved ones (and others) this year, and they may not have access to residents parking zones, council public car parks will offer free parking on Christmas Day.

Car Parks

Epsom

  • Ashley Centre
  • Depot Road
  • Hope Lodge
  • Town Hall
  • Upper High Street

Ewell

  • Bourne Hall
  • Dorset House
  • Ewell High Street.

For more information on our car parks please see our website: https://epsom-ewell.gov.uk/car-parks 

Business Awards

The Epsom & Ewell Business Awards celebrate business excellence in our local community.

The awards, instigated by Chris Grayling MP, are a non profit making, non political, community initiative and are now in their tenth year.

The Awards finals were held last week and hosted by the Epsom Playhouse. Winners were announced for each of the ten categories.

Image: Winner of the Best Young Entrepreneur award, Janier Pereira, shares some moves with the MayorThis council once again sponsored the Best Young Entrepreneur award.

The award recognises someone who is under 30 years old and shows real initiative. The winner will have made a dramatic impact on their business or in the community.

The shortlist for the award were:

  • Natalie Robertson – Bon Bon Bon
  • Danielle Webber – Picky Bits
  • Janier Pereira – Somos Caribe Academy

We are delighted to report that the winner of the Best Young Entrepreneur 2021 is.... Janier Pereira.

Janier Pereira is a Cuban professional dancer who came into the UK in 2020 and opened his own dance academy -  Somos Caribe Academy - to share all his knowledge and experience.

Congratulations Janier!

Image: Winner of the Best Young Entrepreneur award, Janier Pereira, shares some moves with the Mayor

Council services over Christmas

Image: a border of different snowmenThe majority of our services will operate as normal over the festive period but there are some changes, to take into account Bank Holidays and to ensure we provide best value for the taxpayer.

You can contact us via our website and via our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) - these are monitored during normal Town Hall opening hours.

In emergencies, we can be contacted on 01372 732000 - this service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Ashley Road Cemetery

  • The cemetery will be open as normal 9am – 4.30pm every day for visitors over the Christmas/New Year period.

Bourne Hall

  • Saturday 25 December (Christmas Day) – closed
  • Sunday 26 December (Boxing Day) - closed
  • Monday 27 December (Bank Holiday) - closed
  • Tuesday 28 December (Bank Holiday) – closed
  • Wednesday 29 December - open 9am – 5pm
  • Thursday 30 December - open 9am – 5pm
  • Friday 31 December - open 9am – 5pm
  • Saturday 1 January – closed
  • Sunday 2 January – closed
  • Monday 3 January – (Bank Holiday)
  • Normal operating hours from Tuesday 4 January

Please note, the Coffee Shop at Bourne Hall will be closed over the Christmas period.

Car parks
Hook Road car park

  • Saturday 25 December (Christmas Day) – closed
  • Sunday 26 December (Boxing Day) - closed
  • Monday 27 December (Bank Holiday) - closed
  • Tuesday 28 December (Bank Holiday) – closed
  • Wednesday 29 December - open 6am – 11pm
  • Thursday 30 December - open 6am – 11pm
  • Friday 31 December - open 6am – 11pm
  • Saturday 1 January – closed
  • Sunday 2 January – closed
  • Monday 3 January (Bank Holiday) – closed
  • Normal operating hours from Tuesday 4 January

All other car parks will remain open during the festive period.

On Christmas Day parking in all borough council car parks will be free of charge (except Hook Road which will be closed). Please park responsibly in any on-street locations.

Community and Wellbeing Centre (lunch club and services for the elderly)

  • Friday 24 December (Christmas Eve) – closes at 12.30pm
  • Saturday 25 December (Christmas Day) – closed
  • Sunday 26 December (Boxing Day) - closed
  • Monday 27 December (Bank Holiday) - closed
  • Tuesday 28 December (Bank Holiday) – closed
  • Wednesday 29 December - open as normalImage: a border of different snowmen
  • Thursday 30 December - open as normal
  • Friday 31 December - closes at 12.30
  • Saturday 1 January – closed
  • Sunday 2 January – closed
  • Monday 3 January (Bank Holiday) – closed
  • Normal operating hours from Tuesday 4 January

Meals at home

  • Friday 24 December (Christmas Eve) – service as normal
  • Saturday 25 December (Christmas Day) – closed
  • Sunday 26 December (Boxing Day) - closed
  • Monday 27 December (Bank Holiday) - no service
  • Tuesday 28 December (Bank Holiday) – no service
  • Wednesday 29 December – normal service
  • Thursday 30 December - normal service
  • Friday 31 December - normal service
  • Saturday 1 January – closed
  • Sunday 2 January – closed
  • Monday 3 January (Bank Holiday) - no service
  • Normal operating hours from Tuesday 4 January

Note: Frozen meals can be provided in advance for when hot meal deliveries do not take place - these need to be booked in advance.

Nature reserves

Local nature reserves operate normal opening hours across the festive period. 

Parks

Parks are open as normal across the festive period.

Rubbish and Recycling collections

Changes to the normal collection times over the Christmas and New Year period are highlighted elsewhere in this e-newsletter.

Shopping service

Last Deliveries Thurday 23 December and Thurday 30 December.

Normal service from Tuesday 4 January

Telecare/Community Alarm

Monitoring Centre operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year.

Administration, enquiries and repair service:

  • Saturday 25 December (Christmas Day) - closed
  • Saturday 25 December (Christmas Day) - closed
  • Sunday 26 December (Boxing Day) - closed
  • Monday 27 December (Bank Holiday) - closed
  • Tuesday 28 December (Bank Holiday) - closed
  • Wednesday 29 December - open as normal
  • Thursday 30 December - open as normal
  • Friday 31 December - open as normal
  • Saturday 1 January - closed
  • Sunday 2 January - closed
  • Monday 3 January (Bank Holiday) - closed
  • Normal operating hours from Tuesday 4 January

Town Hall

  • Friday 24 December(Christmas Eve) - Town Hall closes at 3pm
  • Saturday 25 December (Christmas Day) - closed
  • Sunday 26 December (Boxing Day) - closed
  • Monday 27 December (Bank Holiday) - closed
  • Tuesday 28 December (Bank Holiday) - closed
  • Wednesday 29 December - closed
  • Thursday 30 December - closed
  • Friday 31 December - closed
  • Saturday 1 January - closed
  • Sunday 2 January - closed
  • Monday 3 January (Bank Holiday) - closed
  • Normal operating hours from Tuesday 4 January

Transport from home

  • Friday 24 December (Christmas Eve) - last pick up 12.30pm
  • Saturday 25 December (Christmas Day) - closed
  • Sunday 26 December (Boxing Day) - closed
  • Monday 27 December (Bank Holiday) - no service
  • Tuesday 28 December (Bank Holiday) - no service
  • Wednesday 29 December - normal service
  • Thursday 30 December - normal service
  • Friday 31 December - last pick up  12.30pm
  • Saturday 1 January – closed
  • Sunday 2 January – closed
  • Monday 3 January (Bank Holiday) - no service
  • Normal operating hours from Tuesday 4 January

    Christmas waste and recycling service

    Some collections are different over Christmas and New Year - see below for details of any collection days changes.

    Normal collections until Christmas EveImage: a dustcart with santa collecting recycling

    All collections are as normal up to, and including, Christmas Eve, Friday 24 December. Thereafter, the following apply.

    No garden waste collections for two weeks

    As usual, our garden waste recycling service is suspended for the festive period. This year the service will not operate from 27 December. Normal, fortnightly garden waste collection schedules re-start on Monday 10 January.

    Collections during week commencing Monday 27 December

    There will be no refuse collections during week commencing Monday 27 December.

    Normal collection day

    Actual collection day

    Monday 27 December

    Wednesday 29 December
    Recycling collections only

    Tuesday 28 December

    Wednesday 29 December
    Recycling collections only

    Wednesday 29 December

    Thursday 30 December
    Recycling collections only

    Thursday 30 December

    Normal collection day
    Recycling collections only

    Friday 31 December

    Normal collection day
    Recycling collections only

    Collections during week commencing Monday 3 January

    Normal collection days all week, with all collections operating except garden waste recycling.    

    Collections from week commencing Monday 10 January

    We return to full, collection schedules including normal, fortnightly garden waste recycling schedules on Monday 10 January.

    To stay up to date with waste and recycling collections, including info on our free real Christmas tree recycling service for all borough residents in January see: www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/recycling 

    A present list for the planet

    Image: Santa dressed in green using sustainable transportAs well as wishing us all a merry old time, Green Santa has a Christmas wish too - please give a gift to the planet as well as your family and friends.

    That means avoiding cards with batteries and glitter and steering clear of wrapping paper with a foil or plastic lining.

    To stay in Green Santa’s good books this year, you can:

    1. Recycle all your cardboard mince pie, biscuit, and chocolate boxes
    2. Empty, rinse and dry all food and drink packaging before it goes in your recycling bin – and place all items loose not bagged.
    3. Fold and recycle cardboard such as delivery and toy boxes to make more room in your recycling bin.
    4. Place all paper cards, envelopes and wrapping (that are glitter, foil and plastic free) in your recycling bin.
    5. Place unrecyclable items such as polystyrene, bubble wrap, and plastic film in your rubbish bin. If in doubt, check it out with the Surrey Recycles search tool or app.
    6. Plan your party food in advance and freeze any cooked or uncooked food you didn’t get around to eating.
    7. Put food that can’t be eaten, like bones, eggshells and peelings into your food caddy.
    8. Get creative with your leftovers, why not try out some of the delicious recipes from the Surrey Environment Partnership:
      https://www.surreyep.org.uk/reduce-reuse-recycle/food/recipes.

    For more information visit www.surreyep.org.uk or download the Surrey Recycles app.

    Child exploitation

    Image: screen shot from the Surrey police Tik Tok style videoChild exploitation is a national issue and blights the lives of children across our communities. Evidence shows us that child exploitation takes place in hotels, pubs, internet cafes and places licensed to sell alcohol and that taxis are used to transport children who are then exploited. Surrey Police particularly need the support from people in these roles to be alert to the specific warning signs to help prevent this from happening in Surrey. 

    One of the biggest issues in tackling child exploitation, is that in isolation the warning signs aren’t always obvious or feel concerning enough to act on, meaning that it can go on beneath the radar. It is essential therefore that the community help to identify any suspicious behaviour and ensure it is reported to build the bigger picture.

    Surrey Police have produced this video, which you are urged to watch and share:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rfw-KqlYxQI&t=3s

    Contact Surrey Police on 101 (non emergency number) or 999 if someone is in immediate danger or harm

    Online: https://www.surrey.police.uk/contact/af/contact-us/

    How to spot the signs of child neglect

    According to the NSPCC, 1 in 10 children in the UK have experienced neglect.Neglect Matters - please tell us if you suspect that a child is being neglected in any way...www.nspcc.org.uk/neglect

    Surrey Safeguarding Children Partnership and the NSPCC are working in partnership with the whole Surrey community to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of child neglect.

    The signs of neglect

    The signs of neglect are often hard to spot, as neglect can appear in many different ways. There are six types of neglect which are described as:

    1. Medical neglect

    A child’s health needs are not met, or the child is not provided with appropriate medical treatment when needed as a result of illness or accident.

    1. Nutritional neglect

    A child is given insufficient calories to meet their physical / developmental needs; this is sometimes associated with ‘failure to thrive’, though failure to thrive can occur for reasons other than neglect. A child may be given food of insufficient nutritional value (e.g. crisps, biscuits and sugary snacks in place of balanced meals); childhood obesity as a result of an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise has more recently been considered a form of neglect, given its serious long-term consequences.

    1. Emotional neglect

    This involves a carer being unresponsive to a child’s basic emotional needs, including failing to interact or provide affection, and failing to develop a child’s self-esteem and sense of identity.

    1. Educational neglect

    A child does not receive appropriate learning experiences; they may be unstimulated, denied appropriate experiences to enhance their development and / or experience a lack of interest in their achievements. This may also include carers failing to comply with state requirements regarding school attendance and failing to respond to any special educational needs.

    1. Physical neglect

    A child has inadequate or inappropriate clothing (e.g. for the weather conditions), they experience poor levels of hygiene and cleanliness in their living conditions, or experience poor physical care despite the availability of sufficient resources. A child may also be abandoned or excluded from home.

    1. Neglect through lack of supervision and guidance

    A child may be exposed to hazards and risks, parents or caregivers are inattentive to avoidable dangers, the child is left with inappropriate caregivers, and/ or experiences a lack of appropriate supervision and guidance. It can include failing to provide appropriate boundaries for young people about behaviours such as under-age sex and alcohol use.

    We can all do our part to keep children safe from neglect by making ourselves and our colleagues aware of the signs of neglect.

    What to do if you think a child is suffering from neglect

    If you have concerns about a child in Surrey who could be suffering from any of these types of neglect and you want to report in confidence, call Surrey's Children's Single Point of Access on 0300 470 9100, email: cspa@surreycc.gov.uk or call 999 in an emergency.

    To learn more about neglect, visit the NSPCC's website.

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