AGM minutes 2016

Please find attached below the AGM minutes from our 2016 meeting.

WERS AGM MINUTES 2016v2

Thank you.

 

Steven McCormick

Chairman

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New Men’s Group at Age Concern

The New Men’s Group is aimed at men who are in and around retirement age and older, living in the borough of Epsom & Ewell, who may need some support to get out and about and engage in activities or do not often go into the community and are becoming isolated or in danger of it.

The Term Men’s Group is likely in time to be an umbrella term for several smaller groups.

We are offering the opportunity for members to do the activities they would chose to do for themselves if they could: with the view to meeting likeminded men in the group who have shared and similar interests so they form friendships and become as much as possible self-supporting/self-sustaining.

Age Concern are organising the start-up and will with Volunteers assist the groups on the process towards degrees of self-management by providing back-up support where needed e.g. IT training /transport.  The pathway to a group becoming independent will be gradual and in incremental steps over time. Some groups may well never be totally independent.

By engaging in activities that are of their personal choice and interest it is hoped that this will be an attractive proposition to potential members to participate in.

Please contact Ian at Age Concern Epsom & Ewell if you need any further information on this new project.

Thanks

Ian

Epsom & Ewell Men’s Group Coordinator

Contact no: – 01372 732 463

Email: – ian.parsons@ageconcernepsom.org.uk

My normal working days are Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Word document – AgeConcernMensGroup

Powerpoint flyer – MG FLyer V2

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Is Surrey the next council in crisis?

A post from the Surrey Residents Network makes interesting reading:

Surrey County Council statement on Bureau of Investigative Journalism report

https://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/stories/2018-02-07/is-surrey-the-next-council-in-crisis

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Successful prosecution after fly tipping

£2,000 fine and driving ban following fly tip on Epsom Common

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council has reinforced it’s tough stance on fly-tipping following a successful prosecution of a Mitcham man whose failure to exercise proper care resulted in the dumping of waste on Epsom Common, one of Surrey’s largest nature reserves.

Lee Nicholson was prosecuted for his involvement in the illegal disposal of waste at the local beauty spot which, as well as a nature reserve, has additional protection as common land and as a Site of Nature Conservation Interest.

The waste was discovered in March 2017 and the fly tipped material had to be cleared and disposed of at the expense to the Council Tax Payer.

The material consisted of general building refuse (bags of rubble, plasterboard and insulation), office waste, a mattress and bed, fluorescent light tubes, office equipment including a fax machine and printer cartridges and various other bagged and loose garbage. Crucially, the office rubbish included a number of items with an address from which council investigators were able to track back to the origin of the waste. The originator was shocked that the material had been disposed of illegally, having paid for the disposal in good faith, and supplied the council with the telephone number for the person used for the disposal. From this, investigators were able to identify and locate Mr Nicholson.

On Monday 8 January at Guildford Magistrates Court, Mr Nicholson pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to take all such measures as are reasonable to prevent the fly-tipping of the waste and to secure that the person he transferred the waste to was authorised and provided a waste transfer note. The Magistrates considered that Mr Nicholson had been completely negligent by failing to exercise any care in his treatment of the waste. Consequently Mr Nicholson was fined £400 in respect of the first count, £100 in respect of the second count, a victim surcharge of £40 and was ordered to pay £1,440 in respect of the council’s costs of the investigation and prosecution – meaning he has to pay a total of £1,980. The Magistrates also considered that the failure was so serious Mr Nicholson also received a driving ban for six months to prevent any further offending.

A council spokesman said: “Fly-tipping is a blight on neighbourhoods and we will take action against perpetrators. Not only will we pursue anyone physically dumping material, we will also take action where we have evidence that someone has failed to exercise a duty of care in disposing of their rubbish. Individuals and businesses should always check that whoever they get to clear waste is licensed, and should obtain a waste transfer note. We urge anyone who witnesses fly-tipping to help us catch these criminals by giving us as much information as possible via our website”.

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Annual General Meeting 2018 – provisional date

To whom it may concern.

A provisional date of 14th March 2018 has been set for the Annual General Meeting of the Woodcote (Epsom) Resident’s Society.

Venue and time to be confirmed in due course and good time.

 

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Council Tax 2018/19 – Have your say on proposed police funding

An interesting article on proposed council tax funding for 2018/19.

Council Tax 2018/19 – Have your say on proposed police funding

Contained within the link above is the following text:

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) David Munro is asking Surrey’s residents as he today launches his annual budget consultation to help him decide on the police precept for the next financial year.

The PCC is inviting the public to fill in a short online survey on whether or not they would support a proposed £12 increase a year to help protect frontline policing over the next year and create a more sustainable service in the years to come.

The survey, which closes at midnight on Sunday 14th January, can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Consultation201819

The important piece is the link above to the survey which closes at midnight on Sunday 14th January 2018.

Spending a few minutes to complete the survey and making your view known would be worthwhile I think.

Thank you.

 

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Autumn 2017 newsletter

Please find below a link to the Autumn 2017 newsletter in PDF format.

Autumn 2017 Newsletter

If you would like to receive your newsletter in this electronic format going forward please send an email to stevenjmccormick@yahoo.co.uk .

Thank you.

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Epsom Post Office

Epsom Post Office

Post Office Limited have confirmed that a new Epsom Post Office will be opening Wednesday 17 January.  The Borough Council provided the current facility in the Town Hall as a temporary measure to ensure post office amenities in central Epsom didn’t vanish completely while the Post Office considered their future in the town centre.

We understand the facility will be based in the retail unit previously occupied by Carphone Warehouse (59 High Street, Epsom, KT19 8DH). The new Post Office will offer the full range of Post Office services and will operate in normal retail hours.

The Council has put posters up in the Town Hall advising Post Office customers of the new facility.

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A24 Ewell By-pass lane closure

A24 Ewell By-pass lane closure

A team from Surrey Highways inspected the A24 Ewell by-pass and found that the subsidence has been caused by the embankment slipping. This has meant that they have had to keep one lane closed for the safety of all road users.

They will also be carrying out a detailed structural survey of the embankment in order to plan a permanent repair sometime next year.

The dedicated webpage – here will be kept updated.

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Business Improvement District for Epsom town centre to proceed

Local businesses have voted in favour of a Business Improvement District for Epsom town centre to proceed.

A Business Improvement District can be a powerful tool; directly involving local businesses in local activities and allowing the business community and local authorities to work together to improve the local trading environment.  A Business Improvement District (BID) is a defined physical area in which a levy is charged on all business rate payers in addition to the business rates bill. This levy is used to develop projects which will benefit businesses in the local area.  There are now over 290 Business Improvement Districts in the UK, the majority in town centres.

The Epsom town centre BID is business led, with the steering group comprising a mixture of local businesses (including major chains, independent retailers, the Ashley Centre and Epsom Downs Racecourse).

Businesses that are subject to the levy, as set out in the proposals, vote in a ballot. This determines whether the scheme goes ahead. A successful vote is one that has a simple majority both in votes cast and in rateable value of votes cast. Each business entitled to vote in a BID ballot is allowed one vote in respect of each property occupied or (if unoccupied) owned by them in the geographical area of the BID. Once the BID is in operation the levy is charged on all businesses within the BID area (regardless of whether or how that business voted in the ballot).

The declaration of the BID ballot took place on Thursday 14 December, with businesses voting in favour of the Business Improvement District for Epsom town centre to proceed.

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