Appeal for witnesses after racially aggravated public order offence in Epsom

Surrey Police are appealing for witnesses after two men working at a hand car wash in Upper High Street car park were subjected to threats and racist abuse.

At approximately 12.09pm last Tuesday (22 October), a dark coloured BMW entered the open air public car park from the Upper High Street entrance and on passing the local hand car wash, stopped and entered into a racially aggravated verbal argument with two of the staff.

The driver of the BMW then drove around the car park and returned to the car wash to continue making threats and allegedly got out and threatened staff with a knife.

The BMW driver was described as being a man in his 30s with short, black cropped hair and of a large athletic build with tattoos on his neck and hands.

The car is believed to be a dark coloured BMW 1 Series hatchback or similar.

Were you parked in the car park or getting your car cleaned at the time? Did you hear or see a loud argument involving staff from the car wash located at the Upper High Street entrance?

If so, you may have vital information or dashcam footage which could help us.

Please call 101 or report online (www.surrey.police.uk/ro/report/) quoting reference number PR/45190112192 with any information you may have.

If you’d prefer not to speak to police, you can give information, 100% anonymously, to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or through their anonymous online form (www.crimestoppers-uk.org/).

Hate crime will not be tolerated in Surrey. Surrey’s profile of hate crime is constantly developing and we rely on those affected coming forward and making reports.

Victims having the confidence in both themselves and us to make reports is incredibly important if we are to know the true extent of hate crime in our county.

If you have been a victim of hate crime yourself, please make a report, either by calling 101 (999 in an emergency), call the Stop Hate UK helpline on 0800 138 1625 or download the Surrey Stop Hate UK app on the Apple and Google app storesPlease don’t suffer in silence.

Epsom Common Association Autumn Newsletter 2019

Epsom Common Day It did not rain, it was not too hot or cold, all the stallholders and performers arrived and so did the crowds. Even the clearly independently minded birds of prey did not spend too long hiding in trees. We also had the pleasure of being able to ask the Mayor to raise the recently awarded Green Flag, the thirteenth year in succession that the Common has won this award for well managed green spaces. In short, Epsom Common Day 2019 took place and was, I hope you agree, a success. It was also a financial success. Thanks again to the generosity of many organisations following the cancellation last year, we were able to stage this year’s event for the relatively small additional cost of around £1280. Given that we had £2240 left from last year’s fund raising, we now have about £960 remaining, which we intend to set aside for a future Common Day. We also raised £875 on the day from the raffle and donations from the food sellers and other stalls. We plan to divide some of this among a few of the local organisations, including the ECA, which made particular contributions to the success of the day. The residue after donations will also be set aside for the next Common Day. When will we hold the next Common Day? Certainly not for a few years, the cost and effort are simply too great to repeat soon. Also we think that the event could become stale and attract a smaller crowd if held too often. However 2024 will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Association, a landmark we should definitely celebrate. Many thanks to all the individuals and organisations whose efforts made the event possible and everyone who came along and made it such an enjoyable day. David King – Chair

Oak Processionary Moth Those members who walk the Common regularly will know that for several years there have been Forestry Commission notices warning about the presence of Oak Processionary Moth. The moth itself is not the cause of concern, it’s the caterpillars which have toxic hairs that can trigger a serious allergic response in some people and, like nettles, will to some extent affect anyone coming in to contact. The caterpillars feed almost exclusively on oak leaves and form silken nests in June and July which become full of the toxic hairs that are also a health hazard. The impact on the health of our oak trees is unclear, to date they seem to be coping and it should be noted that species of native moth have caterpillars that eat oak leaves. The moth is a non-native originating in south eastern Europe that was accidentally introduced in to London in 2005. Since then it has progressively spread and is now present on Epsom Common and many other locations in south London and northern Surrey. Across the infested area attempts to halt its progress through spraying oak trees in spring and nest removal in summer have not been very successful and there is on-going discussion with the Forestry Commission about how best to address the situation. Many landowners are now faced with a large proportion of the oak trees on their land having nests, along with the knowledge that the recommended and expensive control methods are not preventing the moths spread. On Epsom Common during summer 2019 it became clear in June that there had been a significant increase in nests compared to previous years and that quite a large number of nests were low down, sometimes only a few feet from the ground. In response Council Officers initiated a Borough wide approach in open spaces of cordoning off and removing nests below head height that were alongside well used paths or within grazed areas and nests over locations where people might congregate (e.g. playgrounds, BBQ areas, seats, etc). In the end somewhere in the region of seventy nests were removed from Epsom & Ewell open spaces, with the majority from the grazed areas on Epsom Common where the nests were a threat to cattle as well as people and pets. Horton Country Park also had quite a few nests removed. The Council posted additional notices at affected sites during last summer, encouraging visitors to be on the lookout for nests, to avoid contact, to report nest locations and seek medical advice if experiencing an allergic reaction. During 2019 knowledge of the subject also increased, with some cause for hope. News was released that a non-native parasitic fly, Carcelia iliaca, had been recorded. The fly exclusively parasitises the Oak Processionary Moth so there is hope it could help control the moth population without any threat to native wildlife. Even more hopefully, surveying nests last summer showed that the fly is already present on both Epsom and Ashtead Common. In addition surveying found that a large proportion of nests had golf ball sized holes in them and there was a chance sighting of a Great Tit plucking a large caterpillar from a hole. It seems our native birdlife might be developing a taste and could help control numbers. Thankfully, whilst the level of infestation seems high there have been very few reports of people or pets being affected on Epsom Common. Nevertheless considerable concern remains and all members visiting the Common should stay vigilant, especially next June and July and report any nests they see, particularly if below head height in the locations described above. Please also spread the message to family, friends and other visitors who use Epsom Common. Stewart Cocker, E&EBC Countryside Team

ECoVols Report We’re heading into Autumn and the few remaining tasks of the year, but it’s never too late to come and help out with the conservation of the Common. October – Sunday 20th and Monday 21st – Great Pond – meet daily at the Stew Pond car park noticeboard at 9.30am. A similar task to last year, cutting back scrub and sallow to improve the wetland margin for waterfowl. November – Sunday 17th and Monday 18th – Christ Church Glade – meet daily at the entrance to the Common, off the old Christ Church Road between the roundabouts, at 9.30am. This glade is next to a group of Scots Pines that is a roost for birds of prey. We aim to open up the glade edges to prevent it from becoming overgrown. We’re still making charcoal on the first Sunday, unless the weather is against us, and finish for the year on November 3rd. You can buy our excellent lumpwood charcoal, made from oak or hazel harvested from Epsom and Ashtead Commons, at £5 a bag from The Lower Mole Trust, 2 West Park Farmhouse, Horton Country Park or contact John Turner directly.

Cattle Grazing This year we hosted a total of fifteen animals between the end of May and the end of September. The herd comprised: Angus, Belted Galloway, Dexter and Shorthorn breeds distributed over three areas: Great Pasture, Rye Meadow and Horton Heath. 2019 is the 23rd season since grazing with cattle was re-established in 1997. As expected grazing has resulted in a greater diversity of plant life and consequently animal life as well. Highlights include unusual plants like Corky Fruited Water Dropwort and butterflies like the Silver Washed Fritillary, whose caterpillars feed on the common violet. Re-introduction of cattle is our attempt to manage the common as a more balanced ecosystem, where the cattle play the role of the large herbivore and we play the controlling role of large carnivore. In a fully wild and balanced ecosystem, disease, weather, fire and predator numbers would all impact on the number of large herbivores. Nature is well adapted to such change and in our management of grazing on the Common we have been varying the number of cattle. This year, in discussions with the farmer, we decided to significantly reduce the number in Great Pasture from twelve in 2018 to eight. The impact has been very noticeable with open grass areas clearly not being as heavily grazed and consequently this year many plants have had more opportunity to flower and set seed. The long-term results of having years with lower grazing pressure will not reveal themselves for several years but is hoped that mimicking what happens in balanced wild ecosystems will result in increased plant and animal diversity on the Common. Volunteers from the Association assist in checking the health and security of the cattle. To join us, please contact Bruce Critchley at [email protected] for information.

Dates for your Diary After another successful series of nature walks we plan to run a similar programme on Sundays in 2020. Thanks to all our walk leaders for leading walks again this year. Our Bat Walk was particularly popular with over 30 people joining us. We saw and heard Daubentons, Common Pipistrelle and Soprano Pipistrelle, and large groups of Canada Geese put on a display as they came in to roost on the Great Pond. Please check the notice boards, our website or Facebook for future walks and talks.

Heathlands Our annual Autumn Get Together this year features an illustrated talk on heathlands by Mary Braddock, RSPB conservation volunteer, Farnham and Hazeley Heaths. Thursday November 21st 2019 Christ Church Hall, Christ Church Road, Epsom Commencing at 8:00pm Refreshments available after the talk – Doors open at 7:45pm 

If you like to join the ECA or like more information make sure you check out their website CLICK HERE

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Shaping the right plan for Epsom & Ewell proposal from Chris Grayling MP

A message to Epsom & Ewell constituents in Epsom and Ewell from Chris Grayling MP regarding the new local plan.

Dear constituent

As you may be aware from previous messages from me, Epsom and Ewell Borough Council is currently embarking on the process of shaping a new local plan. The plan is an essential part of ensuring that the Borough can meet its housing needs while at the same time putting in place strict guidance for developers about what they can and cannot do locally. This can include a clear allocation of land for development, design guidelines, limits on the height of buildings and other guidance. 

 There will be many people who do not want to see more houses built locally, given how busy an area we already are. I have a lot of sympathy with that view. But equally there are far too many young people unable to get somewhere to buy or rent locally, and too many people waiting to get into affordable accommodation – so I do think something must be done. That’s why areas like ours are being asked by Government to put in place a plan to deliver the housing that people need.

 But it’s really important that we get this right, and at the moment it is far from clear that this is happening. There are currently, for example, four proposals to build high rise blocks in the Borough that are as tall as seventeen storeys. This is completely wrong, and would completely change the character of the area. But the Borough Council is currently recommending developers to come forward with proposals for taller buildings. I fundamentally disagree with this, and have asked them to stop doing so.

 I have put together an alternative strategy for the area, which involves turning parts of the Kiln Lane and Longmead areas into mixed residential and commercial developments aimed particularly at smaller, creative businesses. The presence of the University of the Creative Arts in Epsom, which has gone from strength to strength in recent years, provides a real opportunity to turn this area into more of a creative hub and also to provide extra homes close to those business opportunities. The benefit of this approach is that it enables the Borough to meet its housing needs in a way that also plays to its potential economic strengths, and without damaging our important green belt areas.  

 I have set this out in a detailed document which is now on my website. If you are interested in reading it, please take a look here.

 I am also asking local residents if they support the strategy of focusing new development in the Kiln Lane and Longmead areas where we can create a new kind of creative centre for the area. I would be very grateful if you could do my online survey and tell me what you think. You can find the survey here.

 Finally please let the local Residents Associations know what you think. The Borough Council is controlled by Residents Association Councillors, and it is important that they know what your views are. So please let them know what you think is the right way to provide the housing that is needed locally. And please find a moment to fill in my online survey, as the responses will help me make the case for the right plan for Epsom and Ewell Borough.

 For those of you in Mole Valley and Reigate and Banstead, this is something that you may be interested in as local residents, though it is not in your own Council area. I will be contacting people in Ashtead over the coming weeks about the local plan there. For those of you who live in Nork and Tattenhams the plan process is largely over, though I will be keeping a close watch on applications as they come forward and asking the Council to use its full powers to ensure that inappropriate applications do not get the go ahead.

 With best wishes

 Chris Grayling

Changes to parking charges in Epsom & Ewell

On Tuesday night, 22nd October, councillors, at the Environment and Safe Communities Committee meeting, agreed a range of proposed changes to parking charges in council owned car parks from April 2020.

The proposals include simplifying tariffs and making it cheaper to park in the late afternoon and evening to promote the evening economy.

The proposal sees overall charges rise; the first across the board increase after the majority of council car park charges were frozen for the last three years.

The proposals will now be subject to formal consultation, with the results debated and any changes agreed at the Strategy and Resources Committee meeting in February that decides the council’s budget for the financial year 2020/21.

Councillor Neil Dallen, who chairs the cross party councillor working group who proposed the changes said “Decisions like these are difficult and can be unpopular but it is our responsibility to ensure that there is a good turnaround of spaces for visitors and shoppers and that our car parks are safe, secure and well maintained.

“We need to support our local retailers and businesses by discouraging London bound commuters leaving their cars in our retail car parks all day, effectively blocking their use for those using local businesses – this is a particular issue close to the rail stations.

“With lifestyles and climate change high on the national and local agenda, we also want to encourage other modes of travel that contribute to a healthier lifestyle and a cleaner environment for local residents.

“Of course people still have the choice to bring a car into Epsom and into the centre of Ewell and our car parking tariffs are set to help balance supply and demand. 

“We continue to invest in our car parks, with better signage, new payment machines offering more convenient payment methods and security measures including better lighting”.

Investment in Epsom healthcare facilities

Last month, the Government approved £500m of funding to be made available to develop a new specialist acute hospital facility for Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The decision about the location of the new specialist acute hospital will be made following public consultation. The council will continue to strongly promote Epsom Hospital as the best location for this new facility, as well as the further enhancement of key services at Epsom Hospital, to serve the residents of the borough.

Councillor Barry Nash, Chairman of Community and Wellbeing Committee, said “It is great news that the government has recognised this area needs new hospital facilities, which will provide residents of Epsom and Ewell with access to a

world-class emergency healthcare facility.

“This is good news for the residents of Epsom and Ewell, as it will fund not only the creation of a new acute facility at either Epsom, Royal Marsden or St Helier Hospital, but it will also provide funding for renovation work to Epsom Hospital and this new funding is in addition to the money already committed for improvements at Epsom Hospital.

“Since the news broke, I have been in contact with senior people within the NHS Trust, stressing this council’s belief that the new acute facility needs to be located in Epsom.

“Whilst the decision on the location is still to be made by NHS England after the consultation period, I have received repeated assurances that whatever the location of the new major acute unit, Epsom and Ewell residents will still be able to continue to access quality local healthcare, including a greater range of specialist services at Epsom Hospital into the future”.

 

For details of the Government announcement CLICK HERE

For Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust  statement CLICK HERE

 

Junior Tenpin Bowling Undergoing a Revival

For most people tenpin bowling is something to do on a wet afternoon in Half Term or a night out with friends. For me and loads of others its a great sport for all ages.

This year marks a sporting milestone in my life. That’s correct you did read it right me and sport do go together. This year I mark 50 years of tenpin bowling. Every Saturday I would head off to Tolworth bowl. In fact my whole family use to bowl. We started after an invitation from our neighbour Bess Harding MBE, you will know Bess from Epsom Medical Equipment Fund charity, to give it a go. We were hooked from the start. In fact as a family one of us were bowling most nights of the week.

I loved my Saturday mornings bowling. With help from the coaches, after a few years, I was picked to represent the bowl in many competitions across the country. I was eventually picked to represent Surrey and at one point I was one of the top ten junior bowlers in the UK.

My proudest moment was at Worthing Bowl in May 1978 where after a weekend of bowling I won the Singles National Championship. I was the GB National Champion. Presented with my gold medal and trophy by The Duchess of Norfolk.

National Champion 1978

So, it’s great to report junior bowling is still going strong at Hollywood Bowl, in Tolworth. The former Charrington Bowl is now home to over 15 leagues for all ages, and on Saturdays its the Youth Bowling Club’s turn on the lanes. 20 young people as young as 8 and as old as 21,  competing in their regular Saturday morning league. The league is a ‘handicap’ league that means that all bowlers have a chance of winning, no matter their age or how long they have been bowling for.

Simon Durrant, whose day job is running Epsom Downs Racecourse,  is also a licensed British Tenpin Bowling Association (BTBA) Coach at the Club. He told me; “The fabulous thing about tenpin as a sport, is that anyone can do it and stay fit and have fun – but there’s also an opportunity to compete nationally, or even internationally if you’re motivated.”

To prove the point, the current Mens European Champion, Matty Clayton, who is a regular at Tolworth, with some of his England team-mates visited the bowl to inspire the young people. One in particular was having a very good day. Chloe Peralta, Tolworth bowler and part of the Surrey team who are current national champions, bowled a perfect game. 300, thats 12 strikes in a row in one game, something I have never done but got close with 10 strikes. 

As Simon points out “That happens maybe once in a lifetime for some bowlers, and for some, even the best in the world, it never happens at all. An amazing achievement,” 

Simon concluded; “Our club has room for lots more bowlers, so if you’re between 8 and 21, and want to have fun, and improve your bowling, come along and get signed up. You never know, it could be you representing Surrey or England, or even bowling that perfect game in the future!”

If your young people want to give competitive bowling a go, or just want to improve, you can just turn up to Tolworth Youth Bowling Club at Tolworth Hollywood Bowl at 9.30am any Saturday morning. The first two weeks are free to try, and all coaches are DBS checked and licensed by the BTBA. 

So either turn up, or get in touch on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tolworthybc/ or by email [email protected]

As for me I’m still bowling, others may say still trying, but enjoy every minute of it and over the years have made many wonderful friends.​ 

Big Thank You to Simon, all the coaches  and of course all the bowlers for the photos and interviews.

Sign the Sunnybank pledge to make Epsom #NoPlaceForHate

The Sunnybank Trust has marked National Hate Crime Week (12th-19th October 2019) with a series of events aimed at educating and empowering local residents and businesses to recognise, prevent and report learning disability hate crime in the borough

At The Sunnybank Trust, they see the devastating effect that hate crime has on those with a learning disability. It’s estimated that at least 73% of people with learning disabilities experience hate crime. The true scale of the problem is likely to be much greater; much hate crime goes unreported due to fear, worries of not being taken seriously and a lack of support. Often people who experience it do not know it is a crime and that it should be reported – they just accept it as part of their lives.

The Sunnybank Trust  are asking local businesses and residents to sign our pledge to support those with learning disabilities and make Epsom #NoPlaceForHate.

They have launched their #noplaceforhate campaign in The Ashley Centre  on Friday 18th October. As well as  getting members of the community to sign the pledge they also provide information and advice on how to recognise, prevent and report hate crime. 

Joining them in the centre and signing the pledge were The Mayor of Epsom & Ewell, Surrey Police, Local businesses, members of Epsom & Ewell Council and the manager of  Epsom Business Improvement District.  

If you can’t make it down to the Ashley Centre show your support for Epsom and its community by signing the pledge today SIGN HERE

The Mayor visits Age Concern Epsom & Ewell Afternoon Tea

Age Concern said a big THANK YOU to the Mayor Cllr John Beckett and Mayoress for supporting their monthly Sunday Tea event at Stoneleigh Methodist Church.

The Sunday Teas are held once a month and are really beneficial to the residents who attend. Not only does it allows them to talk to others of their age but it especially helps if they may be feeling lonely or isolated. It provides them with a relaxed and entertaining atmosphere, whilst enjoying tea, cake, biscuits and sandwiches.

The event was sponsored by The Family Building Society  who presented a cheque to Age Concern for £1000.The residents were entertained by members of the Epsom Singers who sung many old favourites.

Age Concern Epsom and Ewell are a local independent charity established in 1947 to empower older people in the Borough of Epsom & Ewell to live the most fulfilling lives they can. As well as providing a free and confidential Information and Advice Service, they also run a number of other services from transport to befrienders; none of which would be possible without their team of wonderful volunteers. For details of their services, CLICK HERE

Caring about the lives of older people in Epsom & Ewell by providing information and a range of services through a passionate team of staff and committed volunteers with strong local knowledge.
 
On a personal note after losing my father I signed my mum up with Age Concern and can not speak more highly of them. My mum is nearly 90 and still likes her independence. Age Concern helps her with hospital transport service, she has a weekly visit from a befriender for a chat and of course she loves the Sunday teas. So thank you Age Concern.
 
For more details regarding Age Concern Epsom and Ewell CLICK HERE

Do You Want Tower Blocks In Epsom and Ewell?

Do you want tower blocks in Epsom and Ewell?

That’s the question being asked by College Ward Residents Association and they would like you to sign their ePetition by the 1st November. 

In May 2018 the Licensing and Planning Committee of the Epsom and Ewell Borough Council passed a motion that overruled the height and density limits in the Local Plan.

Subsequently we have seen two planning application that are higher than the 12m height restrictions and the 16m height restrictions within the town centre boundary.  One is for a 7 storey tower block at Station Approach, Stoneleigh  and the other is for a 13 storey block at West Street near Epsom station.

The other week the Licensing and Planning Committee also passed the Draft Epsom and Ewell Master Plan which details a possible future vision for Epsom and Ewell.  This can be seen by clicking this link

https://democracy.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=131&MId=885&Ver=4

Scroll down and select item 3.

As a response to the  May 2018 decision one RA decided to start up an ePetition.  This has to be signed by 1500 people living or working in the Borough by 1st November 2019.

On the EEBC website you can see the ePetition which is asking Epsom and Ewell Borough Council to hold a full Council Meeting debate to determine a definitive strategy for the Borough to adopt in order to meet Government’s house building targets whilst retaining control of planning matters in the Borough.

More details about the petition

The government’s housing target of 579 units per annum has placed Epsom and Ewell Borough Council in a very difficult position and has resulted in the EEBC Planning Department proposing to the Council’s Planning Committee to break their own guidelines as laid down in the Local Plan regarding planning regulations about height and density. This will cause much disruption and discontent which will only get worse as available sites for new developments diminish.

The building of eleven thousand new dwellings in the next fifteen years will change the nature of Epsom and Ewell for ever and in order to retain some control over the process, the Council must have a plan to achieve the target which is more acceptable to the residents than handing control over to the government which is the government’s default strategy if we do not fulfil the imposed number of dwellings each year or have more than a few planning proposals appeals upheld by Government. The Council meeting to discuss this should be advertised well in advance and decisions made should be accompanied by a public information campaign.

To sign the petition please go to 
https://democracy.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/mgEPetitionListDisplay.aspx?bcr=1

PLEASE SHARE THIS POST TO YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY WHO LIVE OR WORK IN THE BOROUGH BEFORE 1st NOVEMBER 2019. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHO THEY VOTE FOR – THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT LOCAL ISSUE WHICH WILL AFFECT US ALL.

Guild Living Plans For Epsom Hospital Site

Guild Living has announced plans for a vibrant new later living community close to Epsom Hospital, combining a focus on independent, active lives with a beautiful living environment. Before submitting a planning application, Guild Living is holding events across the borough and inviting residents to offer feedback on its proposals. The consultation process is a great opportunity for the local community to get involved.

The consultation will be held over four days:

  • Epsom Market, Epsom Clock Tower, KT19 9EB, Thursday, 10 October 2019, 10am – 3pm
  • Epsom Hospital Car Park, Off Woodcote Road, KT18 7EG, Saturday, 12 October 2019, 10am – 3pm
  • Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell, KT17 1UF Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 4pm – 6pm
  • Stoneleigh Community Library, 1 The Broadway, Stoneleigh, KT17 2JA, Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 12.30pm – 2.30pm

In March 2018, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust announced that it would be selling surplus land, containing derelict buildings not required by the Trust, to Legal & General. The sale unlocked in excess of £15 million, which will be invested back into existing buildings at Epsom Hospital, and will save the Trust money on maintaining and securing the disused structures.

The new community will be designed to enhance the lives and health of its residents, while easing pressure on hospital services. The ground-breaking later living community will be made up of around 200 apartments and include a 24-hour support network. Facilities will include a physiotherapy gym and pool, and consultant rooms for GP surgeries – all of which will be open to the local community. The development will also provide transitional care facilities available to the hospital as and when needed.

Eugene Marchese, Design and Innovation Director at Guild Living, said:

“We are delighted to invite local residents to view our plans to bring an exciting and innovative later living community to Epsom. Our vision is to deliver a significant change to how our older generation live. Our aim is to create a beautiful “age-friendly” environment that is activated by world-leading wellness programmes and activities designed to engage and connect our residents with family, friends and the greater community.

We are committed to ensuring that our proposals are developed in collaboration with the local community and we are looking forward to engaging with those living in the area.

We want to deliver a world-class later living scheme that will have a positive long-term impact on the local area.”

The number of people over 65 in Surrey grew by 13% between 2001 and 2011, while the number of those aged over 85 grew by 25%. Guild Living, a partnership between Legal & General and a team of global experts in design, development and wellness, will deliver a new retirement community in Epsom, meeting the specific housing, health and care needs of the Borough’s ageing demographic.

The proposal for Epsom will be among the first schemes to come from a multimillion-pound vision for investment in the later-living sector – Guild Living plans to deliver over 3,000 new homes across the UK over the next five years.

For more information visit Guild Living website CLICK HERE

Guild Living

Guild Living is a developer and operator of urban later living communities. Guild Living is looking to redefine ageing in UK towns and cities through lifestyle focused communities for the over 65s.

Forecasts indicate that the number of over 85-year olds living in the UK is set to double by 2041 and treble by 2066 – by when there will be a further 8.6 million residents over the age of 65* 

Yet there has been a fundamental failure to address the specific housing, health and care needs of this demographic. Alongside population growth, urbanisation is an increasing global phenomenon. Catering for the growing number of over 65s who currently live in, or want to relocate to, a major UK town or city, the

*The Office for National Statistics August 2018 report says that in mid-2016 there were 1.6m people aged 85 years and over, that by mid-2041 this is projected to double to 3.2m and by 2066 to treble. By 2066 there will be a further 8.6m projected UK residents aged 65 years and over, taking the total number in this group to 20.4m and making up 26% of the total population. This increase in numbers is broadly equivalent to the size of the population of London today.