Message From Chris Grayling MP regarding Epsom Hospital Funding

Dear constituent

You may have seen that over the weekend the Government announced a multi-billion pound programme of hospital upgrades and modernisation around the country over the next few years. As part of the announcement it said that around £500 million would be allocated to the Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust to modernise our local hospitals.

Clearly this is good news for us locally, as it will mean state-of-the-art modern facilities for patients in this area. But it does have potential implications for the future of Epsom Hospital.

As I have mentioned in previous bulletins locally, the NHS leadership in South West London and Surrey has decided that it wants to build a new specialist hospital to provide all the more complex treatments for our area. It has done a substantial amount of feasibility work, and although it has been clear that it has not chosen between Epsom, St Helier and the old Sutton Hospital site as a location for the proposed centre, its preference is to create a new centre at Sutton. This would be integrated with the Royal Marsden Hospital, and would provide an emergency centre for serious conditions as well as a leading facility for all aspects of cancer treatment.

For those who do not know the Sutton site, it is at Belmont, just beyond the roundabout at the end of the dual carriageway section of the A217 which runs north from the Banstead roundabout.

I will continue to argue that the new facility should be at Epsom, which is at the centre of the geographic area served by the Trust. I will strongly oppose moving services to St Helier, as I have done many times over the past eighteen years whenever such a move has been proposed.

But I also want to get your opinions about the Sutton alternative, which does clearly have benefits.

I should say that in all circumstances Epsom Hospital will remain open, and wherever the new acute unit is sited, Epsom will retain most of its existing services. Part of the new money will be used to modernise the Epsom site, and the existing buildings are likely to become a centre for treating the frail elderly, potentially with an increase to the number of beds on the site.

So this debate is not about whether Epsom will close. That is not going to happen. But it could be about whether some of the high-end services move to a new centre at Sutton alongside the Marsden.

A major Government investment in hospital services locally is clearly good news for this area and will improve patient care. But it does also beg questions for us about how and where it is done.

I would really appreciate your thoughts on this. Please email me at [email protected] to let me know what you think.

Best wishes

Chris

Notification of Major Gas Works: West Street, Epsom October 2019

Message from Dan Edwards, Stakeholder Project Manager for SGN

“I am writing to make you aware of our forthcoming upgrade of our gas network in West Street, Epsom. This essential work involves the replacement of old metal gas mains with new plastic pipe to ensure we continue to provide a safe and reliable gas supply to the local area. Our contractor Essex Utilities will undertake this work on our behalf.

So that we can minimise disruption, we have carefully consulted and planned our work in partnership with Surrey County Council. We have agreed to start our project on Monday 14 October and last approximately 3 weeks. Our engineers will be working in two phases as follows:

Phase 1 – West Hill, between the junction of Hookfield and Wheelers Lane

  •       We will begin our project on West Hill on Monday 14 October for approximately two weeks
  •       Our engineers will be working between the junction of Hookfield and Wheelers Lane
  •      There will be no carriageway incursion during this phase
  •      During this phase our engineers will be working Monday – Friday between 8am and 6pm

 Phase 2 – West Street, from the junction of South Street to the junction of West Hill

  •     From Saturday 26 October our engineers will progress into West Street between the junctions of West Hill and South Street for approximately one week
  •     To ensure everyone’s safety we need to make West Street one way westbound under the railway bridge from the junction of South Street to the junction of West Hill for approximately one week
  •      A signed diversion will be in place for all eastbound traffic
  •      We also need to suspend bus stop ‘E’ on West Street during this phase
  •     Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout
  •     During this phase our engineers will be working Monday – Friday between 7am and 7pm and Saturday and Sunday between 8am and 2pm.

We understand that people can get frustrated by roadworks. However, the new plastic pipe has a minimum lifespan of 80 years. This means that when the work is complete, Epsom residents and businesses will continue to enjoy the benefits of a safe and reliable gas supply for years to come.

You can find more information about this project and other works in your area, at One.Network here: http://bit.ly/2mXjLNH

Please could you share this information with anyone you think may be impacted by our work.

I hope I have been able to reassure you of our commitment to deliver a safe project and keep you updated. 

Kind regards
Dan Edwards, Stakeholder Project Manager

A Heartfelt Message From Thomas Cook Epsom Staff

MESSAGE FROM THE STAFF AT THOMAS COOK EPSOM

We all feel so helpless for all of our amazing customer out there who trusted us with their holidays.

We know some weren’t just holidays but celebrations, weddings & life time trips that had been booked and paid for such a long time in advance.

Believe me when I say that it does break our hearts that it ended this way. We are so sorry.

Our first thought’s have been for you guys, and that is why I am super proud of our team. They have all behaved in such a professional manner, right up until the end, when we too were watching the news for updates.

Please also believe me when I say we DID NOT see this coming.

We have no access to any of our systems.

Please Go to the Thomas cook CAA website for the next steps of what to do. CLICK HERE

If you have a booking that was made with us but not travelling with us please contact them directly to see how this stands.

My understanding is that from the 30th September you will be able to make a claim.

If you are paying by direct debit contact your bank, I have heard of people getting their payments back already. Those that paid by Credit card and direct debit it’s worth also contacting them, as your payments will be covered.

If any of this information is incorrect I apologise, we just wanted to try and help.

I am very proud of my team and had a lot of love for Thomas cook, and i am sure you will see them all again in another role very soon, once again we apologise…

Team Epsom

NOTE: This was a message sent to What's On In Epsom in good faith to post on Thomas Cook Epsom Staff behalf. WOIE can note be held responsible if information is incorrect. 

Team Epsom & Ewell Scoops Silver at Multi-Sport Competition for over-55s

A team from Epsom & Ewell took runners-up spot for the second year in a row at the 2019 Better Club Games, representing the borough to compete against 500 over 55-year-olds at the an Olympic-style event for older people, held at the Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Thursday 19th September.

The annual event was run by the UK’s largest public leisure provider Better, the consumer facing brand of charitable social enterprise GLL. Now in its 14th year, the event aims to encourage older people to become more active and to highlight the social and physical benefits that sporting activities can offer to individuals of all ages.

Participants took part in eleven sports including walking football, walking netball, badminton, short tennis, table tennis, darts, short mat bowls, timed cycle, timed swim and dominoes.

Proudly representing their boroughs and districts the teams were drawn from across London and the South including: Barnet, Camden, Croydon, Ealing, Epsom and Ewell, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Hillingdon, Kensington & Chelsea, Islington, Lambeth, Merton, Reigate and Banstead, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Rugby and Sutton.

In a repeat of last year’s top two, Greenwich retained their 2018 title, as Epsom and Ewell took the runners-up spot, ahead of Sutton in third place.

“I am incredibly proud of the team from the Rainbow Leisure Centre in Epsom who represented Epsom & Ewell at this year’s games. Our Club Lead Alison McDowall works tirelessly to fill the spaces on the team and encourage our members to participate in sport at all levels at this iconic venue. They should all be very proud of their achievement. “ Said Darren Pope, General Manager, Rainbow Leisure Centre & Spa, Epsom


The Mayor of Epsom and Ewell Councillor John Beckett and the Mayoress joined the Epsom and Ewell team and they got the chance to see many of the team members competing in the events.

Epsom and Ewell were pipped into second place in the Badminton final which went down to the wire.

Epsom and Ewell took first in the timed cycling event and Cllr Beckett had the honour of presenting the winning team with their medals and trophy.

Appeal for witnesses after assault leaves man with exposed skull in Stoneleigh

A man required medical treatment following an assault that left his skull exposed in Stoneleigh on Saturday, 21 September.

Surrey Police were called to Ardrossan Gardens at approximately 10.15am to reports of two men trying to break into a white Ford Transit van. The victim, a man in his 30’s, had parked his van and was unloading some tools into a nearby property. Just after 10am he returned to the rear of his van and noticed the back doors open which is not as he had left it. He then observed a white transit van parked on the opposite side of the road with its rear doors open and a man who then ran from the rear, got into the front offside seat of the van which immediately started moving forwards.

The victim then turned and saw a second man in the rear of his van holding one of his toolboxes. The second suspect then thrust the toolbox into the victim hitting him in the head and causing the victim to fall to the floor. The suspect then got into the already moving van on the other side of the road, which then drove off at speed down Ardrossan Gardens, Stoneleigh Park Road and onto the Ewell Bypass.

The suspects are described as:

  • Man in his early 30’s, Eastern European with tanned white skin, slim build, messy short black hair, 5ft 8in tall and wearing scruffy builders clothes.
  • The second man is described as Eastern European with tanned white skin, medium build, early 30’s, around 6ft tall, messy scruffy cropped black hair.

Detective Constable Paul Knivett, who is investigating the incident, said: “This would appear to be an opportunistic theft of tools from the victim’s van in broad daylight. When the suspects were disturbed, one of them has used violence to make his escape leaving the victim with a nasty head wound which will cause a lasting scar.

“The suspects left in a white transit van driven at speed along Ardrossan Gardens, Stoneleigh Park Road and onto the Ewell Bypass. I would like to hear from anyone that might have got a look at the men in the van or observed the van.” 

If you saw what happened, or either of the men in the area please call 101 quoting PR/45190100030.

Alternatively, you can use the online reporting system https://www.surrey.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/ and enter the reference number in the ‘Incident Details’ section.

You can also give information, 100% anonymously, to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111; or through their anonymous online form: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/

E-fit released in connection with distraction burglary in Epsom

Surrey Police have released an e-fit of a man they would like to speak with in connection with a distraction burglary in Epsom on Tuesday, 10 September.

The distraction burglary took place at around 7pm in Albert Road, Epsom, where the police received reports that two men entered the property pretending to be from a water company. Whilst one distracted the 84 year old victim, the other stole a coin collection worth £3774.

The man in the e-fit image is described as white, in his mid 40s, around 5’11” tall and of big build. He had a stubbly beard and was wearing a black baseball cap with yellow stripes on. He was wearing a dark jacket, dark trousers and black rubber gloves with green markings on.

He was with another man also believed to be connected who has been described as white, late 30s to early 40s, around 5’6” tall and of slim build. He was also wearing a black baseball cap with yellow stripes on. He was clean shaven wearing a dark jacket, dark trousers and the same black rubber gloves with green markings on.

If you recognise the man from the e-fit, or if you were in the area and may have witnessed something, or have any further information which could assist the police  with their investigation, they would urge you to contact them.

If you have any information please call them on 101 quoting crime reference PR/45190096171 or via their online reporting system https://www.surrey.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/ and enter the reference number in the ‘Incident Details’ section.

You can also give information, 100% anonymously, to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at https://crimestoppers-uk.org/

Distraction burglary is a crime whereby trick or distraction is used on the occupant in order to gain access to the property and commit burglary. Whilst the majority of people who knock on your door will be legitimate, there have been more cases such as this one whereby burglars have pretended to be from a business and entered under false pretenses. To avoid distraction burglary, consider the following things:

  • Water company officials do not need to access your home to test water pressure or repair a leak

  • Gas or electricity company officials expect you to check their identity before letting them in.

  • If they need to access your home, they will write to you to arrange a suitable appointment.

  • If you have any doubts, don’t let the caller in and telephone the company to confirm that they are genuine.

For more advice and preventative measures, click here: https://www.surrey.police.uk/advice/protect-yourself-and-others/doorstep-crime/

Follow Surrey Police at www.twitter.com/surreypolice.

For all non-emergency policing matters there are a number of ways to contact the police including reporting online at https://report.police.uk/ and calling 101.

Call 999 if you have a genuine emergency requiring the attendance of the police (eg a crime is in progress or someone is in immediate danger)

Call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 if you have information about a crime and don’t want to leave your name.

Drug dealer caught in Epsom after pursuit by officers and National Police Air Service

A drug dealer who was caught after a pursuit involving Roads Policing Officers and the National Police Air Service has been jailed.

Kieran Beart was driving suspiciously along the A309 Kingston bypass when officers first noticed him at 3.15am at June 4, 2019.

He was noticed again in the Epsom area a short time later but made off at speed and was pursued until he stopped in Richards Field, Epsom and ran off over garden fences and through a field.

Police Sergeant Chris Schultze from the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit who had pursued him in his car then followed on foot and was guided by NPAS across the field to Maple Close where he arrested Beart, as shown in the video footage below

Beart, aged 21 and of St Johns Chase, March, Cambridgeshire, was found in possession of a rucksack that contained a quantity of drugs, pepper spray, knuckle duster and two knives. In total he was sentenced to 4 years and 6 months in prison and was banned from driving for 12 months.

PS Schultze said: “Beart was absolutely intent on getting away from us that night, but through great teamwork involving our colleagues at NPAS we made sure he was never out of reach.

“This is a prime example of the work that we see on every shift to proactively identify and detect offenders, either through the technology in our cars or old fashioned police work.

“This only started through our suspicions being raised and ended with harmful drugs being destroyed, two knives and other weapons off the streets and a desperate drug dealer behind bars for a number of years.”

Russ Woolford, Assistant Operations Director for the National Police Air Service (South East), said: “This pursuit showed good teamwork between officers on the ground and our helicopter crew. NPAS tracked the suspect and guided officers to him to make an arrest. The crew were also able to pinpoint where a bag was discarded, helping to gather further evidence. We’re delighted to have been able to assist Surrey Police in bringing this offender to justice.

He was sentenced on Thursday September 12 at Kingston Crown Court having pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, possession of offensive weapons, dangerous driving and a section 5 firearms offence regarding the possession of pepper spray.

The video, courtesy of the National Police Air Service

Council Today Publishes Masterplan For Future Development in the Borough

The masterplan imagines and visualises how future growth and development might look in the borough in the longer-term. The masterplan document is not a statutory requirement but is a helpful tool to inform discussion about the best way to ensure that future development happens in a planned and coherent way and recognises the borough’s rich history and unique character.

The masterplan will inform the development of a Local Plan. The Local Plan is a statutory requirement, which Epsom & Ewell Borough Council will be asking residents, local businesses, community groups and others to input into this autumn.

The masterplan includes analysis and a recommended strategy for how the area can accommodate the government requirement for the significant increase in new homes within the borough and the associated necessary infrastructure.

The masterplan was guided by a comprehensive public consultation in 2017. This established that residents wanted new development to focus on the existing built up areas and provided homes for both young families and an ageing population. The consensus was also that new development could be more intense and taller than at present around retail centres, close to transport hubs and in Epsom town centre.

Following the public consultation, the council employed a variety of experts in various fields to determine how the public’s aspirations could be realised within national planning policy and the area’s physical and environmental restraints.

Councillor David Reeve

Councillor David Reeve, Chair of the Licensing and Planning Policy Committee, said “The masterplan is an important document that sets out how we are to meet the government requirement of 10,000 new additional homes within the borough and ensure we will achieve this growth in a way that ensures the borough remains a great place for people to live, work and study”.

The masterplan is available to download from the council website CLICK HERE

The Government have imposed a housing requirement on all Councils, including Epsom and Ewell, and the figure is non-negotiable. Using the methodology stipulated by government, the scale of housing demand within Epsom and Ewell is at least 579 new additional homes per year; over the Local Plan period (ending in 2037) this equates to about 10,000 new additional homes plus associated infrastructure, health care facilities, schools, etc.

The 2017 consultation ran through late September to the end of October. The various inputs and the subsequent report were published on the council website CLICK HERE

Nonsuch Park wins at the South and South East in Bloom Awards

Nonsuch Park gardens

Nonsuch Park has once again secured a Silver Gilt Award for the third year running, at this year’s prestigious South and South East in Bloom Awards, in the Heritage Garden/Estate of the Year category.

For this year’s Awards, Nonsuch Park achieved its highest score yet, with 154 marks out of a possible 169 and was the only ‘free to enter’ facility in the heritage category. Participants in the Award scheme are asked to focus on three main areas:

  • Horticultural achievement
  • Environmental responsibility
  • Community participation

Councillor Barry Nash, Chair of Epsom & Ewell Borough Council’s Community and Wellbeing Committee said, “The Award is a testament to the untiring work and dedication of our three main volunteer groups – The Friends of Nonsuch, The Nonsuch Voles and Nonsuch Watch, and the efforts of our parks team in maintaining and preserving the natural and physical history of the park.

“The park achieved impressive scores in every area of the judging criteria. Congratulations and well done to all involved.”

The South & South East in Bloom campaign is the largest horticultural campaign in the region involving 100’s of communities each year. Participating communities create lasting improvements to their local environment for the benefit of those that live, work and visit.

The South and South East in Bloom regional campaign encourages county, district, city, borough, town & parish councils, communities, residents and businesses to get involved and work together to improve the environment locally.

For information on the South and South East in Bloom awards visit www.sseib.com

For information on Nonsuch Park visit the parks section at www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk

 

'Rocket to the Moon' - floral tribute to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11.

There are several Nonsuch Park volunteer groups:

  • The Friends of Nonsuch look after the museum and help restore historical features in the gardens – www.friendsofnonsuch.co.uk
  • The Nonsuch Voles look after the woodland and gardens – www.nonsuchvoles.org.uk
  • Nonsuch Watch contribute towards supporting the rich biodiversity of the park.

Nonsuch Park is managed jointly with the London Borough of Sutton with this council responsible for the day-to-day running of the park.

Photos in this post are supplied by The Nonsuch Voles

 

Happy 50th Birthday to Epsom RDA

Epsom Riding for the Disabled Association marked its 50th Birthday with more than 300 volunteers, riders, families and guests enjoying a tea party at its home St Ebba’s Farm, Hook Road. Guests enjoyed an afternoon of live music, tea and cakes against a backdrop of the charity’s horses and ponies munching hay in the sunshine. 

The event focussed on celebrating the commitment and contribution of Epsom RDA’s team of volunteers.  Long service awards were presented to more than fifty people ranging from 10 years to almost 50 years service. Lynda Sears and Jill Messer received special recognition as the charity’s longest serving volunteers with an incredible 48 and 47 years’ commitment respectively.

Volunteers Jill Messer and Lynda Sears with RDA Surrey County Chair Paula Jones

Displays of Epsom RDA’s “past” showed that it all began in 1969 in a small field with four volunteers and a Shetland pony called Bubbles. 50 years on the charity has a 16 acre site, 14 ponies and operates 7 days a week, rain or shine, providing opportunities for more than 350 disabled riders.  

Guests enjoy displays of Epsom RDA past

Gill McPherson, Group Chair said “None of this would be possible without the consistent and generous commitment of our fantastic team of volunteers, and support of our community. Thank you!”

Mayor John Beckett with Mayoress Alison Beckett and Ray Lee Epsom RDA Trustee

The fun and camaraderie shared by riders, volunteers and family members alike was apparent throughout the day.  Looking to the future, plans were shared for further development of facilities at St Ebba’s Farm.  Councillor John Beckett, Mayor of Epsom and Ewell, presented awards to the large dedicated team of Young Volunteers who give time at weekends and evenings to continue the charity’s work. Representatives from Music in Nork Park also presented a cheque for the wonderful sum of £6000 raised from donations at their event earlier in the year.

Members of Music in Nork Park handing over a cheque for £6,000 to Gill McPherson

Epsom Riding for the Disabled Association (Epsom RDA) provides disabled people with the opportunity to ride to benefit their health and well-being. It provides over 3,000 riding lessons for 350 disabled adults and children.

Epsom RDA is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) Charity Number 1180061) and a member group of the national Riding For The Disabled Association and is entirely funded by donations and our own fundraising efforts.

For more information visit their website CLICK HERE  or email them at [email protected] 

Photos by Steven McCormick Photography