Councillor Update

July 2022

My activity update for July 2022 as College Ward’s Residents Association Councillor by Cllr. Nigel Collin

An Extraordinary Council meeting was held in camera on 4 July to consider arrangements for replacing the Chief Executive who had resigned unexpectedly. The Strategy & Resources Committee had been presented with 7 options to consider and held a long meeting to decide on the recommendation to make to the Council. The meeting commenced at 9.30pm and the recommendation was debated by members resulting its adoption by a vote of 26 in favour with 1 abstention. Members agreed to appoint a current Director to act up for a 6-month period pending recruitment of a permanent appointment to the Chief Executive post.

On 6 July CWRA held its monthly committee. Reports from Cllr McCormick and myself were considered and the committee discussed recent developments regarding the chalk pit, the silver band concert in Alexandra Park and a debrief on canvassing for the West Ewell by-election. The chair proposed the introduction of a performance measurement matrix which was well received.

On 9 July I held my monthly surgery which was again sparsely attended.

On 14 July, Twinning celebrated Bastille Day with an afternoon spent in a member’s garden. Excellent company with music, tasty food and plenty of wine altogether a memorable occasion

On 18 July, an IT strategy briefing was given to members via Teams by a consultancy who had been requested to conduct a detailed review of EEBC’s IT. EEBC has over 100 systems in use which it has to support, and 4 key areas were addressed namely, Engagement, End user compute and applications, cyber security and Infrastructure. Members were asked to agree the strategic direction and several costed options were tabled. These will be considered and then presented to the Strategy and Resources committee for consideration.

On 19 July Full Council was due to meet in the Town Hall, this meeting was cancelled due to the extreme heat and has been rescheduled for 28 July.

On 20 July, as the Borough’s Heritage champion, I met with the Head of Operational Services to discuss arrangements for the Heritage week commencing on 19th September.

On 21 July the Planning Committee met to consider a one item agenda. The application related to the provision of a tributary off the Hogsmill river to create a 1,000 m2 wetland in order to prevent further pollution of the river and to promote bio diversity. The application was approved with one abstention.

On 25 July a Planning Committee briefing on the provision of Care Homes and care in Epsom was given by a team from SCC. Care comprise residential care, dementia residential care and nursing home residential care. Only 25% of care provision is purchased by SCC with the remainder provided privately. Epsom needs provision for an estimated 156 additional spaces by 2035. SCC will be submitting an application for an Extra Care / Assisted Living Home on the Salisbury Road site in Cuddington.

On 28 July the postponed full Council meeting was held in a warm Town Hall. Members debated the motion requiring TFL to defer the expansion of the ULEZ zone to all London Boroughs which I had seconded, and the motion was approved. In addition, members approved the annual report of the Audit & Scrutiny Committee and the report on the work being done by the Constitution Working Group.

Having called in the application for the formation of a vehicular access crossover (dropped curb) on the land opposite Priam Lodge on Burgh Hearth Road, I was delighted to learn, belatedly, that the application was refused under delegated powers in February this year.

Sadly, my case work has concentrated once again on the statutory nuisance caused by the chalk pit’s operations. Since SCC lifted the suspension notice, the situation has reverted to the disruption experienced by residents prior to the notice being issued.

A long delayed meeting of the Development Management Group is scheduled to be held on 2 August to review progress made in relation to finalization of the Local Plan.

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