In this issue...
We are very sad to report the death this week of a long-serving councillor, Clive Smitheram. We have lowered the Town Hall flag to half mast and our thoughts and condolences are with his wife and family at this very sad time. Clive was an integral part of Epsom and Ewell for 23 years, fulfilling many roles, including as councillor for West Ewell for over 20 years, and as Mayor in 2010-11. He will be much missed for his warmth, service and commitment to the borough and its residents.
The start of the new council year in April brings renewed enthusiasm as the council seek to deliver the new agenda agreed by your elected representatives.
This year there is a focus on enforcement, especially around the theme of keeping the borough clean. We are already doing a lot – see the article on fly-tipping in this issue - but to meet this new directive, the enforcement team is seeking to increase their resources.
Another area that we will be focusing on is anti-idling, the practice of leaving vehicle engines on and pumping out harmful fumes when the engine should be turned off. Modern vehicles do not need to keep their engines ‘ticking over’ and there is no excess fuel or battery usage if the vehicle is turned off and back on. We will be initially targeting action outside schools, as children and their developing lungs can be the most negatively impacted by car fumes.
Arts and culture within the borough are thriving and are important to residents. As well as our own activities, the council is keen to support others' initiatives within the borough and we warmly welcome the opening of The Horton, the new cultural venue for Epsom.
The Queens Jubilee will see a focus on the borough and the Downs and in this issue, we revisit the exciting infrastructure renewal project currently being installed on the Downs in time for the Jubilee weekend.
And we are always pleased to be able to include a busy and varied tranche of local news.
We hope you enjoy the issue.