Victory for residents as KFC planning application is refused Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 December 2012 22:18

KFC logoThe Planning Committee of Epsom and Ewell Borough Council this evening refused the application to turn the former Organ and Dragon pub into a KFC restaurant and takeaway.

This was a great victory for residents who believed that having a KFC takeaway would present serious traffic problems leading to worsening queues down our side roads. This view was echoed by BP, who had also urged for the application to be refused.

A majority of Residents' Association councillors on the committee voted against KFC's plans. Conservative Councillor James Clarke voted in favour of KFC's plans despite one of his fellow Conservative councillors speaking against.

KFC indicated at the meeting that they would appeal against the decision. If this happens, your Residents' Association will be fighting tooth and nail for the decision to be upheld. This means we will need carefully to analyse Surrey County Council's report, which supported the view of KFC's traffic analyst that a takeaway on the site would not have a material impact on traffic. We will then present a compelling case to the planning inspector from Bristol. If the decision is overturned, Epsom and Ewell Borough Council will be liable for KFC's costs, which could run to £15,000. So for the sake of local traffic congestion and our borough's finances, it is vital that we fight as hard as we can to protect the decision of our council.

Lights on Broadway 2012 Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 16:20

Father ChristmasStoneleigh and Auriol Residents' Association (SARA), in conjunction with the traders of Stoneleigh Broadway, are proud to present Lights on Broadway, a Christmas fair on Stoneleigh Broadway which will take place on Friday 7 December from 4-8pm.

The shops on the Broadway will be open until 8pm and there will be live music, hot food and, of course, carol singing. French circus clowns from the famous Cirque Normandie will be on hand to blow up balloons and add to the festive fun. Children can track down Santa in his grotto and enter our Christmas Hat Parade (meet at Budgens at 5.30pm to enter). Come to the SARA tent to enter our Christmas card competition and guess the number of sweets in the jar.

If you're feeling peckish, roasted chestnuts and hot German sausages will be available, or you can purchase delicious burgers and sausages from R. Radford & Sons the butcher, fish and chips from Fish & Fins or sit down for dinner at the Station public house.

Half term congestion in store on by-pass Print E-mail
Monday, 22 October 2012 23:23

Car congestionCounty Councillor Eber Kington has received the following information about about planned gas works along the A240 Kingston Road/Ewell By Pass next week. You might want to consider planning your journey to Epsom via Ruxley Lane or, if in Stoneleigh, the London Road.

Please pass on the information to friends, family and neighbours.

Dear Cllr Kington

I would like to inform you of some works being undertaken on the Ewell By pass. These works are to replace a leaking  mains gas pipe, so are absolutely necessary. The works have started today in the footway but will next week (29 October 2012) see one lane of the Ewell By Pass closed because an excavation in the road will be required.

As a resident of Epsom and Ewell  I am fully aware of the disruption this could cause, which is why the works have been coordinated to be undertaken during half term week. The lane closure will be on the section between the railway bridge (just past Stoneleigh Park Road) and Park Avenue West. The works will be completed and site cleared by Sunday 4 November.


Street Works Coordination Team Leader
Street Works Department
Surrey County Council

Stop that fox! Print E-mail
Friday, 16 November 2012 10:12

A foxLove them or hate them, foxes arouse a range of reactions among residents especially around this time of year which is when their mating season falls.

The three areas of concern are digging, fouling and noise. Digging may be to create a route to and from their den, while fouling is a means of marking their territory. During the autumn their screams can be disturbing – especially in the middle of the night; this is a means of communication and is particularly apparent from December to January, the mating season.

Fox populations are self-regulating and are not on the increase as is popularly supposed. Lost adults will be replaced by cubs. There is no such thing as vacant territory, so when a fox is removed another with replace it.

It is also worth remembering that foxes are protected by a series of laws and are not classed as vermin. Mortality rates are high and life expectancy is 2-4 years in urban areas. 70-80% of cubs die before breeding.

So how do we deal with the problem in our back gardens? Local councils have learnt that control is ineffective and can be expensive and time-consuming. Residents may find deterrents are the best option:

  • Make your garden unattractive by not leaving food out.
  • Put food waste bins out on the morning of collection. Epsom and Ewell Borough Council are aware that the current food waste bins are not fox proof and are investigating other product designs.
  • Put mesh under sheds and outhouses.
  • Remove dense vegetation and overgrown areas.
  • Use a proprietary animal repellent (non-approved products are forbidden by law).

Further information can be obtained from The Fox Deterrence Helpline on 01892 826222 or by visiting

Action against noisy mopeds Print E-mail
Friday, 12 October 2012 17:32

Person riding a mopedSurrey Police are cracking down on noisy mopeds which have recently been tearing around the streets of Stoneleigh. Residents who find anti-social noisy mopeds to be a real nuisance will be pleased to hear that they are being actively targeted by the police.

If you would like to help crack down on noisy mopeds you can help the police by passing on the registration number of any offending moped by dialling the non-emergency police number, 101.


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