13 storey building proposed for Epsom Town Centre, 19/01021/FUL

Many residents of Epsom and Ewell may not be aware that a proposal has been put in for a 13-storey development on West Street near the town centre. The application is to provide commercial facilities as well as to accommodate 29 apartments. What’s more, the Council is obliged to give it serious consideration despite no other building in town being higher than seven storeys. College Ward Residents Association (CWRA) is very aware of the pressures that the Government is putting on the Council for more accommodation units, but we believe that this should never be at such a high cost. We are urging the Council to re-visit these proposals and seek a way forward that retains the character and appearance of Epsom.

It is stated clearly in Policy DM 13 “Buildings higher than 12 metres will be inappropriate in all areas of the Borough except the identified areas within the Epsom Town Centre Boundary where buildings up to a maximum height of 16 metres will be allowed in certain locations.” Although in the public domain, the proposals to the Licensing and Planning Policy Committee in May 2018 “to have a more flexible approach to housing density and building heights so that the capacity for future home in the Borough can be optimised” have not been generally advertised to local residents who have no idea that the planning committee are being advised to accept planning applications up to thirteen storeys high. CWRA are extremely disappointed in these proposals containing as they do a complete reversal of height and density policy so far.

CWRA refute the idea that because the government are insisting on an unattainable annual provision of new homes, EEBC should spoil the appearance of this market town by building an unacceptably high block in the centre of town.

Moreover our MP, Chris Grayling, wrote in a round robin email in March 2018 “…..we do need to build. But we need to do so thoughtfully and carefully, and make sure that in making additional provision for homes locally, we do not destroy the character of our area”.

Please visit the Planning site for further details including views of the development. See http://eplanning.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=PVZ5SRGYFS700&activeTab=summary.

We urge you to lodge your comments and objections on this application. The closing date for these is September 18th.

The decision on this planning application affects ALL residents of Epsom and Ewell.  Please feel free to pass on this email to your friends who are resident within the Borough.

Saturday Clinics with RA Cllr Nigel Collin

Your RA councillor for College Ward, Nigel Collin, will be holding a clinic for residents who live in College Ward on every second Saturday of the month at the coffee shop on the first floor of the Ebbisham Centre between 11am and 12 noon.

If you have any issues you would like to discuss with him regarding College Ward please either make an appointment through email: ncollin@epsom-ewell.gov.uk or just turn up.

Epsom General Hospital (EGH) Update – Press Release

Councillor Nigel Collin would like to make  you aware of  the following press release published yesterday in relation to recent developments. Epsom & Ewell Borough Council remains committed to supporting the continuation of services at EGH. Click on link below to read press release.

https://epsom-ewell.gov.uk/news/council-seeks-assurances-over-health-proposals

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Cllr Nigel Collin ncollin@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Epsom General Hospital (EGH) – News Update

Message from Cllr Nigel Collin – 6 August 2019

As your Councillor, I am writing to express my deep concern about the long-term future of EGH.

Yesterday, our new Prime Minister announced a further £1.8bn to be spent on our hospital infrastructure of which £800m has been earmarked for 20 hospitals throughout England.

Some analysts are reporting this as a cynical ploy to prepare for a snap, post Brexit election.

The fight to keep ALL of EGH’s services is now entering a crucial phase.

The leader of Merton Council , local MP Siobhain McDonagh and the Keep Our St Helier Hospital (KOSHH) Campaign group have all voiced their concern for the future of the hospital at St Helier following the submission of a pre-consultation plan to NHS England.

The pre-consultation plan submitted to NHS England , which has not been published by the NHS, ranks three options for the future of the Trust, with downgrading both St Helier and Epsom Hospitals and building a new hospital in Sutton coming out on top.

This would mean the loss of the following services:

  • Accident & Emergency
  • Maternity
  • Paediatrics
  • Intensive Care
  • Cancer Care
  • Coronary Care
  • Emergency Surgery & Emergency Medicine, including Intensive Care

I do not believe that the proposed loss of these services from EGH will benefit Epsom’s residents and, like the St Helier campaign, feel that it is essential to maintain the status quo.

The assurance that 85% of current services will continue is of little comfort to an expectant mother who has to travel the additional 15 minutes or so to “the new Sutton hospital”.

Although no decision has yet been taken and it is subject to a public consultation later in the year, the direction of travel is clear and must be resisted.

Currently, there is no NHS funding allocated for the newbuild at Sutton and this will be considered in HMG’s spending review this Autumn.  If funding is not forthcoming, the position may well result in the transfer of the services listed above away from EGH to St Helier hospital to the detriment of Epsom ‘s residents.

If you are as concerned as I am about this, I would urge you to do the following;

Email our MP Chris Grayling at: chris.grayling.mp@parliament.uk and copy me in at ncollin@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

The level of residents’ support for the retention of EGH’s current services will have a bearing on the chances of influencing the public consultation’s  outcome.

Contact us at College Ward RA – info@collegeward.org

Epsom Hospital – What’s really happening

Update from Chief Executive Daniel Elkeles

1. There are no plans to close Epsom Hospital now or in the future, whatever happens.

2. We are investing over £30m in improving it between 2018-2020.

3. We sold land on Epsom Hospital site last year to the highest credible bidder – all the proceeds are being invested in improving Epsom Hospital.

4. We need a new 500 bed hospital building to treat Epsom and St Helier’s sickest 15% of patients. It will save lives. It will cost £500m. It will be at Epsom, St Helier or Sutton hospital. Our local commissioners hope to consult the public on the preferred location in the Autumn.

5. Wherever the new hospital building is built, Epsom Hospital will remain open treating at least 85% of the patients it does today.

6. We have more staff, are safer, and provide more services than we ever have.

Investing £30m+ in Epsom Hospital

Already completed:
– New paediatric and maternity outpatients (2018)
– Expanded A&E department (opened December 2018)
– New therapy centre (opened February 2019)

Improving Healthcare Together 2020 – 2030

Please note the next meeting of the Stakeholder Reference Group will be held on the following date:

Date: 22nd May 2019

Time: 10.00am – 12.00am

Venue: Commonside Community Development Trust (New Horizon Centre), New Horizon Centre, South Lodge Avenue, Mitcham, CR4 1LT

As requested by SRG members, we have put aside time in this meeting to dedicate to a presentation on the proposed clinical model. Some of our most senior clinical leaders, Dr Andrew Murray (Chair of Merton CCG), Dr Jeffrey Croucher (Chair of Sutton CCG) and Dr James Marsh (Deputy Chief Executive and Joint Medical Director of Epsom and St Helier Hospital) will present the proposed model and answer your questions.

To be included in the Stakeholder Reference Group distribution list, please contact Josie Weller on josie.weller@swlondon.nhs.uk

For more information please visit:
https://improvinghealthcaretogether.org.uk/

If you have any questions, please send email to info@collegeward.org