Street lighting during Derby Festival

Following a public meeting in Langley Vale Village Hall where the Borough Council, Police and Racecourse explained to local residents that plans that will be put in place to manage the Derby Festival, Cllr Liz Frost – with the support of our local police sergeant – requested that Surrey County Council left the street lights on all night in the Village over the festival period. We are pleased to share with you the response to that request. We hope that this will increase the safety and security of residents.
Dear

We have received several requests to keep the street lights in Langley Vale switched on during Derby Week. Having evaluated the information provided, I can confirm that the lights shown in green on the plan below will be switched on all night from 24 May through to 3 June.

We have received the same request via several routes, so I have included everyone in this response.

Please let me know if you have any further queries.

Regards,

Contract Manager – Street Lighting
Surrey County Council – Highways

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Spring 2017 newsletter

Hi

Please find attached the latest newsletter for the Woodcote Epsom Residents’ Society.

Spring 17 final edition

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Epsom and St Helier News Round Up – February 2017

Hi,

Please find attached/linked below the February 2017 edition of the New round up from Epsom and St. Helier University Hospitals.

Links:

NewsRoadUpFeb2017Pg1

NewsRoadUpFeb2017Pg2

NewsRoadUpFeb2017Pg3

NewsRoadUpFeb2017Pg4

NewsRoadUpFeb2017Pg5

 

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SCC’s Council Tax Rise

SCC’s Council Tax Rise 

In January the Conservative leadership at SCC announced that they would increase their portion of the council tax by 14.99%.  Although SCC’s grant settlement from the Government had been very poor, the fact that Surrey residents were to pay heavily to resolve the funding crisis was seen by most people to be unfair and unacceptable.

In the end, and at a chaotic Budget meeting in February which was delayed three times whilst the Leader of the Council sorted out what he wanted to say, the Conservatives backed down and went instead for a council tax increase of 4.99%.  

It was council tax rise and a budget which could have been prepared and announced much earlier.  Instead what we now have is a rushed proposal, with no detailed plans. 

Resident Association County Councillors did not vote to endorse the increase because the details of where cuts and service changes will take place will not be decided and announced by the Cabinet until late March, some seven weeks after the increase was agreed. 

That is not an open and transparent way to manage and spend public money.

Why the Conservatives changed their mind is a matter of debate.   All indications were that a referendum, which would have been required to endorse the 14.99%, would have been expensive and produce a NO vote.  One theory in the national press was that the Government, late in the day, promised SCC some additional funding in the future.  However that behind the scenes “deal” had been talked about for some time, and the fact that is there is no additional money from the Government to support the Council’s services in 2017/2018. 

Residents Association councillors have challenged financial inefficiencies and waste at SCC, not least at budget time, but year after year the majority group have rejected the savings proposals we have made.   For example cutting the cost of agency staff; reviewing the management structure of the council to save the costs of some of the high salary posts; ending the waste of empty council care beds costing over £1.5 million a year; and of course two years ago the Conservatives raised their allowances by over 60%. 

We can only hope that following this year’s chaotic budget setting process SCC will start to make some serious inroads into tackling the inefficiencies and wasteful spending that still remain.

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Plan E Road Works

You may have seen the notices about roadworks starting in the town this week and wondered how to find out what is going on.

The website which will keep you informed on the progress of the roadworks is https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/roads-and-transport-policies-plans-and-consultations/major-transport-projects/epsom-and-ewell-major-transport-schemes

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UK Power Networks

Cllrs Liz Frost and Rekha Bansil have been contacted by UK Power Networks.  They deliver the electricity to homes and businesses across London the East and South East of England, including Woodcote.  They told them that since 2010 they have reduced the frequency of power cuts by 42%.  However they recognise that while power cuts are less frequent, when they do still occur they can be very worrying, especially to older people, people with chronic medical conditions or parents of very young children.  They have therefore set up a ‘Priority Services Register’ to enable them to identify vulnerable people quickly in the event of a power cut and get them the help they need.

You can find more details and register by visiting ukpowernetworks.co.uk/prioritysupport or calling 0800 169 9970.

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Autumn 2016 newsletter

Hi,

Please find linked below our Autumn 2016 newsletter.

Link:  woodcoteautumn16-final-print

Thank you.

Steven McCormick

Chair

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Haywain wall in a sorry state of disrepair with no end in sight!

Dear  Counsellors

Re: Fence and Wall The Brewers Fayre Epsom

The directors of Abelea Green Management Company (Epsom) Limited would be grateful if you can please help us with the issues explained in the letter below.

 I have attached three photographs.

  Regards

 Fred Mowbray

 Director 

 Abelea Green Management Company (Epsom) Limited.

Dear Sir/Madam, 

My name is Agnes West and I am the homeowner of number xx St Margaret Drive, Epsom Surrey KT18 7LB. This house is adjacent to Brewers Fayre property The Haywain number 2/4 St Margaret Drive. 

You are obviously aware that the wall separating the The Haywain from Dorking Road has been down since November of last year. This wall unknown to the work personnel of The Haywain is a listed wall, as is the wall at the bottom of my garden. When the wall came down the bricks were thrown away and a temporary fence was put up. This fence in itself is dangerous. It is encroaching on the footpath and to keep it secure it is tied to my fence. 

I have approached the manager of the Haywain many times regarding as to when the wall will be rebuilt. He has told me they have the bricks but are not allowed to start the job as the bricks they have are not the original ones and they have to source as like bricks. I have been to the council who have told me, they will get back to me, they haven’t received any planning applications and yes they know about the problem. No joy there either. 

I have lived in this estate for 19 years and I am appalled a how The Haywain has fallen into a state of disrepair. The entrance to St Margaret Drive where The Haywain is situated is a disgrace. Fence broken, weeds everywhere, overhanging trees so low you have to go on to the road to avoid them. There seems to be no pride in the appearance of this property any more. I have no idea what the inside is like as the exterior puts me off. And do not start me on the car park, people go in and out both the exit and the entrance, which is a danger to pedestrians. It is also used as a pick up, drop off point for school children, car park for shoppers in town centre and for those visiting the hospital

I would appreciate if you could get something done about the wall ASAP. It is dangerous, unsightly and the mere fact that my fence is securing it, concerns me too. This has now become a matter of urgency and I hope that you will address it appropriately.

Yours sincerely

Agnes West

Haywain temporary fence

Haywain temporary fence

Haywain temporary fence out onto the public footpath

Haywain temporary fence out onto the public footpath

Haywain wooden fence needs repair

Haywain wooden fence needs repair

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Transport Consultation Plan

Surrey County Council Transport Consultation information

Surrey County Council Transport Consultation information

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9 July – Intrepid explorers invited to Langley Vale Wood, Surrey

Are you a bug hunter, budding archaeologist or nature detective? Langley Vale Wood needs you!

Where:Langley Vale Wood, Surrey

When: Saturday 9 July

Time: 11am – 4pm (minibuses will start making trips to the site from 10.30am)

Booking: Essential

We’re inviting all intrepid explorers to join us for a day of fun-filled family activities at Langley Vale Wood. We need your help to dig up the stories around this special place, which has been used for military training during the First World War, a farm for many years and now as a beautiful home for nature.

Bring your lunch, drinks and picnic blanket to enjoy in our picnic areas. Don’t forget your suncream and sun hat but also waterproof clothing and sturdy boots; you’re in for some adventures!

  • Awesome archaeology: 11am – 1pm or 2pm – 4pm
  • Nature storytelling and book building – Drop in anytime to the book building station, meet the storyteller at 11am, midday, 2pm or 3pm
  • Bug hunting and nature discovery – Drop in anytime at the nature discovery station, bug hunts will take place at 11am, midday, 2pm or 3pm
  • Langley Vale Wood explorers’ guided walk: Midday or 2pm

If you want to take part in an archaeology session, select either the 11am or 2pm slot. You are welcome to join the other activities (e.g. storytelling, bug hunting and explorer’s walks) outside of your archaeology session. They will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis on the day.

Budding archaeologists will also need to bring a pair of gloves (old gardening gloves will do) as there might be sharp objects, a bucket for collecting your finds and an old toothbrush for cleaning them.

If you do not want to take part in an archaeology session, book the 10.30am slot. You can join the storytelling, bug hunting and explorer’s walks at any of the listed times, they will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis on the day.

This event will take place at Langley Vale wood but visitors will need to park at Epsom Downs Racecourse (postcode KT18 5LQ) and then take a free shuttle bus to the event. Minibuses will start making trips to the site from 10.30am, but will run to and from Langley Vale Wood all day as a shuttle service.

All ages welcome, but under 16s must be accompanied.

Please note: dogs are not permitted at this event.

http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/get-involved/events/9-july-2016-explorers-langley-vale-wood/

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