Great British Spring Clean

Council urges community involvement as part of Epsom in Bloom

Litter is a huge problem across the UK, causing harm to the environment and wildlife. Over the past year, Covid-related litter, such as face masks and gloves, have added an additional risk to both the public and to green spaces. 

The Great British Spring Clean, from 28ht May to 13th June, is a key milestone in Keep Britain Tidy’s calendar, encouraging thousands to help clear up their neighbourhoods. 

For 2021, the charity is calling on volunteer ‘litter heroes’ to help it reach a target of a million miles of picking (#MillionMilesMission). All minutes and hours promised will be converted into miles and counted on the Great British Spring Clean website. On average it takes 20 minutes to walk or litter pick a mile. 

The local community group, Keep Epsom & Ewell Tidy (KEET), has organised a borough-wide litter pick on Monday 31 May. The council are supporting this initiative by providing litter pickers and arranging for collections of the group’s collected litter from pre-arranged locations. 

Councillor Neil Dallen, Chair of the Environment and Safe Communities Committee said “If you are one of the over 900 people who have signed up to the council’s litter picking pledge, we’re urging you to join in by undertaking the litter pick with KEET or on another day as part of the Great British Spring Clean”. 

Epsom in Bloom is being run by the Council and Go Epsom as an entry into this years’ South and South East in Bloom competition. Judges award points for planting and flowers and also for environmental and community projects linked to Bloom: the more engagement the local community has with Epsom in Bloom, the better the result. Judging is due to take place at the end of June / early July.  

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New Mayor of Epsom & Ewell

Councillor Peter O’Donovan elected first citizen of Epsom and Ewell

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council has announced that Peter O’Donovan has been appointed the new Mayor.

Peter was first elected as a Borough Councillor in 2015 for Ewell Court Ward. He has served on various council committees, most notably on Planning for six years, and spent a year as Chair of the Environment Committee.

Peter is 60 and has worked in the finance sector since leaving school. He joined Lloyds Bank and made his way up to the position of branch manager before leaving in 1997. Since then, his career has included working with comparison website MoneyExtra; managing the assets for the old Bradford & Bingley and Northern Rock in UKAR; and as a mortgage advisor. He is currently a self-employed equity release advisor.

Peter has lived in Ewell since 2007. He is married to Sarah and has two children, Aoife (14) and Eoin (11).

Peter is a keen sportsman and helped run Eoin’s football team at AFC Ewell for a few years. He enjoys taking part in musical theatre and has performed at the Epsom Playhouse and other local venues, including the Wimbledon Theatre and the Fairfield Halls. It was whilst playing Alfred P Doolittle in My Fair Lady at the Secombe Centre that he met Sarah.

On becoming Mayor, Peter said: “Epsom and Ewell is a special place; successful, welcoming, inclusive – the ideal environment to bring up a family and to run a business. My aim as mayor is to give something back to the borough I call home and to meet and thank the people who contribute so much to our community”.

Peter will be using the opportunity to raise funds and recognition for three organisations that mean a great deal to him. These are…

  • Epsom RDA
    A local organisation providing disabled people with the opportunity to improve their health and wellbeing through horse riding

  • My Time for Young Carers
    A charity providing fun activities for young carers aged between 7 and 15 who live in and around Epsom and Ewell, and Mole Valley

  • Look Good Feel Better
    A national charity who help boost the physical and emotional wellbeing of people living with cancer.

The Mayor is the first citizen of the Borough of Epsom & Ewell and has several specific roles during their one-year term of office. These include representing the Council and the local community at formal and ceremonial occasions, both within the borough and elsewhere, and chairing full meetings of the Council. During the mayoral year the Mayor is strictly politically neutral and the work representing those in their ward is undertaken by the other ward councillors.

 

Mayor Opens Ewell Hall

The Mayor and Mayoress of Epsom and Ewell visited Ewell Hall in the heart of Ewell Village on Tuesday 11th May. The hall formerly known as St Mary’s Church Hall has had a major refurb during lockdown. Ewell hall, which is located near The Spring Tavern and opposite St Mary the Virgin Ewell Parish Church is a wonderful community event space open to hire by all.

A working party was started in March 2020 to review how the hall is used by the community.

Carmella, a volunteer for the working party stated ”it is wonderful to show the Mayor and Mayoress the potential this event space has. High ceilings and plenty of natural light make for a welcoming venue for a variety of occasions. Our opening hours are flexible and our hire rates are very competitive”. 

The Mayor commented “Ewell needs a hall that is available to everyone. The revamp has been very effective and given an extensive overhaul of the facilities. It is great for group meetings, lectures and talks. This is nothing but good for the village of Ewell“.

Over the past year a variety of enhancements have been made to the facilities including installation of Wi-Fi and baby changing facilities and new tables. More is planned with a buggy park and bicycle racks to ensure the hall continues to meet the needs of users.

Deputy Hall Manager Barb said “We had the opportunity during lockdown to consider the space and enhance the facilities. We are so excited for Ewell Hall to be used as a community asset again. We look forward to welcoming you soon.”

The hall has everything you need including a fully operating kitchen, serving area as well the basic needs for any event. I have often driven past the hall but this was my first visit and I was surprised by the size of the hall. So much so I am looking to hire the hall myself soon.

For more information please visit; https://ewellhall.uk/ and follow them on Facebook @ewellhallewell

Boundary Commission looking to reduce the number of Councillors

A new pattern of wards is being developed for Epsom & Ewell Borough Council

The Local Government Boundary Commission has decided that the number of councillors in Epsom & Ewell should be 35. This is a change from the current council which has 38.

The Commission wants to hear what residents and organisations think about their local area. A 10 week consultation on the proposals will run until 19th July 2021.

The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing Epsom and Ewell Borough Council to make sure councillors represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements help the council work effectively. It wants to be sure that its proposals reflect community ties and identities.

The Commission is interested in views on which communities should be part of the same ward. What facilities do people share, such as parks, leisure centres or schools and shopping areas? What issues do neighbouring communities face that they have in common, such as high numbers of visitors or heavy traffic? Have there been new housing or commercial developments that have changed the focus of communities? And are there roads, rivers, railways or other features that people believe form strong boundaries between neighbourhoods? 

The Commission will use local views to help it draw up proposals for new ward boundaries. There will be a further round of consultation once the Commission has drawn up those proposals.

Launching the consultation Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said:   “We want people in Epsom & Ewell to help us. We are starting to draw up new wards for Epsom & Ewell. We want our proposals for new electoral arrangements to reflect communities. We also want them to be easy to understand and convenient for local people.”

“Residents and local organisations can help us understand community ties and identities at this early stage of the process. It’s easy to get involved. Go to our website. Or you can e-mail or write to us.”

“Just tell us what you think and give us some details why you think that. It’s really simple, so do get involved.”

The Commission has a dedicated section on its website where people can give their views: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/27356

People can also give their views by e-mail at [email protected], and by post:

The Review Officer (Epsom & Ewell)
LGBCE
PO Box 133
Blyth
NE24 9FE

An interactive map is available at https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/27356

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is an independent body accountable to Parliament. It recommends fair electoral and boundary arrangements for local authorities in England. In doing so, it aims to:

  • Make sure that, within an authority, each councillor represents a similar number of electors
  • Create boundaries that are appropriate, and reflect community ties and identities
  • Deliver reviews informed by local needs, views and circumstances