Residents' Association Councillors Scrap Pay and Display Proposals in Epsom and Ewell Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 21:19

On Tuesday 11 October Surrey County Council elected a new leader who has bowed to pressure and changed Surrey County Council’s policy on Pay and Display. He announced that he is no longer insisting that Pay and Display schemes be introduced throughout Surrey. The new policy is that Local Committees (comprising the local county and borough councillors) have the freedom to decide whether or not to introduce pay and display without interference from the Conservative leader and his cabinet.

The very next day your Residents' Association county councillors (who have a majority on the Local Committee) met with Surrey County Council highway officers and scrapped all plans for Pay and Display throughout Epsom and Ewell with immediate effect. Thanks to the actions of your Residents' Association councillors, this means that Pay and Display will not be introduced in Stoneleigh Broadway or Station Approach.

This is a huge victory for our local traders, businesses and residents who have campaigned long and hard against this policy. It is a pity that the change of policy did not come with an apology from the new leader for all the stress, additional work and inconvenience caused to our local community over the last year.

Your Residents' Association County Councilor David Wood and Borough Councillors Mike Teasdale and Pamela Bradley have fought the local Conservatives' plans for Pay and Display since their announcement by Surrey County Council and we are delighted that our campaigning has been so successful.