Charity night at Poltsa Print E-mail
Saturday, 19 October 2013 10:26

Poltsa logoPoltsa on Stoneleigh Broadway is holding a charity night on Thursday 31 October to raise funds for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. The evening runs from 5.00pm to 8.00pm and there will be a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses. A face painter will be in the shop from 3.00pm.

10% of the takings on the night will be donated to the Royal Marsden.

You can find Poltsa at 38 Stoneleigh Broadway, KT19 2HU.Royal Marsden Charity logo

Report a pothole Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 20:59

Cone in a pothole

Surrey County Council is responsibile for the maintenance and repair of most roads in Surrey, including pavements, but not private roads or trunk roads and motorways (i.e. A3, M23, M3 and M25).

Did you know that you can report a pothole on-line? The level of response is dependent on the location, size and risk the pothole poses to public safety. This may result in the pothole either

  • being repaired within 28 days if it is identified as a safety risk; or
  • being repaired as part of other programmed works; or
  • being monitored as part of the routine inspections programme if the risk to public safety is not sufficient to merit any action.

If you are reporting an emergency please phone the Contact Centre on 0300 200 1003.

To report a pothole on-line, please visit the Report or track a highway problem page on Surrey County Council's website.

KFC appeal victory for residents Print E-mail
Monday, 30 September 2013 21:28

KFC logoFollowing a nail-biting wait for the decision on KFC's appeal against the rejection of their planning application to sell takeaway food at their new restaurant on the site of the former Organ and Dragon pub, the planning inspector has sided with residents. The verdict of the inspector was that a takeaway would have an adverse impact on the traffic in local roads - something residents and councillors have long argued. On that basis, KFC's appeal was rejected.

There is a remote chance that KFC will seek judicial review of the decision, but that is very unlikely and they would have to instigate court action within six weeks.

Residents' Association Councillor Councillor Mike Teasdale shared the delight of residents and said "This is a fantastic result. Having a takeaway there would have caused terrible traffic problems, and of course if KFC's appeal had been upheld, the council would have been obliged to pay their costs, which could have run into tens of thousands of pounds. Residents and councillors put a lot of work into fighting to protect the original decision of the council, and it is wonderful to see all that effort pay off."

County Councillor John Beckett said "I am writing to KFC to ask them about their plans to tidy up the site, which has frankly become an eyesore."

The decision throws the future of the site into question once again. One possibility is that it will be bought by a pub chain and run as a restaurant without a takeaway facility. The outcome that many residents are hoping to avoid is the site being turned into flats - something that could create even more traffic congestion than a takeaway.

RAFF thanks residents Print E-mail
Written by RAFF   
Wednesday, 02 October 2013 19:18

As you are probably aware KFC recently lost their appeal to turn the Organ and Dragon into a fast food take away outlet. We the Residents Against Fast Food (RAFF) would like to say a big THANK YOU to all the residents of Stoneleigh and Ewell who supported our campaign and also to the Stoneleigh and Auriol Residents' Association (SARA) who supported us throughout our challenge.

The Government’s planning inspectorate supported Epsom and Ewell’s Planning Committee's decision to reject the application made by KFC for a restaurant and takeaway establishment and subsequently dismissed their appeal.

SARA have passed on their sincere thanks to RAFF for all their hard work and that of all of the residents who contributed information to the dossier submitted to the planning inspectorate. This really showed that people power can make a difference, not just in numbers but through a well-designed and delivered campaign. It was also very pleasing to see so many of you voice your concerns to the Inspectorate in person.

We are confident that these actions contributed significantly in attaining the right result and we are glad that both Councillors Mike Teasdale and John Beckett of the Residents’ Association persuaded the majority of the Planning Committee to reject KFC's applications not once but twice.

We have learnt that KFC have not submitted an appeal for their second application as they have missed the crucial cut-off date.

This does leave us in a situation where we do not know what will happen to the site. At least we know that it would be extremely difficult for a similar business to take on the site given the adverse traffic and congestion a business of this nature would cause at this notoriously busy location. We would once again like to thank all of the residents who supported us in achieving this great result!

Seaforth Gardens weeds Print E-mail
Written by County Councillor Eber A Kington   
Thursday, 08 August 2013 20:03

As you know I have been trying since May to ensure that the contractors who undertook the footway replacement work in Seaforth Gardens return to complete the weed and hardcore clearance and the renewal of the grass verges. I understand that during this time Epsom and Ewell Borough Council, which cuts the verges on behalf of SCC, informed Surrey Highways that they would not be undertaking any work in Seaforth Gardens until the verges were reinstated.

Following a series reminders and unfulfilled promises I was informed in late June that the contactor had been told to undertake the following tasks:

  • Contractor is to remove material that has been left to form unsatisfactory verges (hardcore mixed in with old soil) in all locations where seeding attempts have failed. 4'' depth as a minimum to be removed.
  • Weed kill treatment throughout.
  • Verges to be topped with uncontaminated material - new top soil then lightly compacted.
  • Verges to be racked, seeded  and watered.

On my return from holiday on 31 July I again emailed SCC and was contacted by the contractors themselves who sent the following message:

Dear Councillor Kington

We have scheduled the remedial work to carry out the re-soiling and seeding for next Wednesday (allowing for weather) and are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused.

I expect that until you see the contractors on site and work being done you will remain somewhat sceptical, but I think it looks as though a resolution to the problem is near.

Please feel free to share this information with your neighbours.

With all good wishes

County Councillor Eber A Kington
Residents’ Association
Ewell Court, Auriol and Cuddington
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020 8786 9271


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