New Priority 1 Gritting Routes Print E-mail
Written by County Councillor Eber Kington   
Thursday, 11 August 2011 21:18

Surrey County Council has, once again, reviewed its Winter Maintenance Programme following another winter when they faced criticism for failing to deal adequately with the falls of snow.

One aspect of the review has been to look at the Priority Gritting Routes – most significantly which roads should be Priority 1 (first call on gritting and regular gritting during snow falls).   I have made the point to Surrey Highways that roads in Auriol and Cuddington contain three local schools, act as a through route to Worcester Park, and several are on steep inclines.  In addition these are residential areas with many residents willing, but often unable, to get to work.

The new Priority 1 roads were published today and, in Epsom and Ewell, two roads in Langley Vale have been added to the list. All the other roads upgraded to Priority 1 gritting status are in Epsom and Ewell North (Cuddington, Auriol and Ewell Court). I reproduce the full list below:

  • Grafton Road
  • The Avenue
  • Cleveland Road/Royal Avenue/Barrow Hill
  • Salisbury Road
  • Cuddington Avenue
  • Vale Road (fronting Auriol School)
  • Cunliffe Road
  • Stoneleigh Park Road
  • Newbury gardens
  • Thorndon Gardens
  • Kingston Road Slip Road/Tealing Drive/Riverview Road (to Ruxley Lane)

 

 
House fire in Amberley Gardens Print E-mail
Sunday, 10 July 2011 22:17

Scorched window in Amberley Gardens

Residents of a house in Amberley Gardens escaped without injury today by throwing a burning chair out of their bedroom window. The fire was started by a cigarette. Two engines from the Surrey Fire and Rescue service attended the scene to extinguish the blaze. The only evidence of the blaze was a scorched window. Amberley Gardens was blocked for about half an hour by one of the fire engines.

 
Get Composting Print E-mail
Written by Surrey Waste Partnership   
Monday, 23 May 2011 20:09

CompostWhether you’re a keen gardener or just want to choose the greenest, most natural way to deal with your food and garden waste, composting is the perfect solution.

Grass cuttings, dried leaves, twigs and vegetable peelings are just some of the ingredients that can go into a compost bin or heap to make peat-free compost – ideal to use in potting or planting in your garden or allotment.

Getting started is easy. All you need is a compost bin or a small space in the garden to create a heap. Then just follow our easy guide to creating your own supply of natural food for your garden.

Get composting today – for a greener tomorrow.

Why Compost?

Compost is a natural, nutrient-rich food product for your garden. It will help improve soil structure, maintain moisture levels, and keep your soil’s PH balance in check while helping to suppress plant disease. It will have everything your plants need including nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium
and will help buffer soils that are very acidic or alkaline. Compost improves your soil’s condition and your plants and flowers will love it!

Home-made compost is peatfree, which means it’s good for the environment outside your garden too. It reduces the need to buy peat products, which have been commercially sourced and extracted from peat bogs, resulting in the release of the carbon stored in them.

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Fighting Pay and Display Print E-mail
Friday, 10 June 2011 16:24

Opposition to Surrey County Council’s plans to charge for on-street parking (pay and display) in our local shopping parades has been widespread. It is estimated that paper petitions have collected over 30,000 signatures against the plans. The petition circulating among the shops and offices in our local parades along the A240 Kingston Road, in Stoneleigh Park Road and in Ruxley Lane attracted 2,629 signatures and in early May County Councillor Eber Kington presented it to the Conservative leader of Surrey County Council in the hope that he and his party colleagues will think again.

An on-line petition on the Surrey County Council website generated over 26,000 signatures and this forced the Conservative ruling group to hold a debate on the issue in May - after having refused to debate the issue in March. County Councillor Eber Kington spoke first in the debate and was supported by other residents' association county councillors. However, the Conservatives used their majority to reject the petitioners’ call for the plans to be abandoned. They will now press ahead with implementation.

One key argument that was put forward by the cabinet member for transport in support of these charges is that Surrey County Council is making an overall loss of over £500,000 on its on-street parking regime. However, in Epsom and Ewell it is the borough council that administers on-street parking on behalf of Surrey County Council and is successfully running the system at a small surplus. Therefore any increased income produced in Epsom and Ewell as a result of pay and display would actually be going towards subsidising losses in other parts of Surrey!

A second argument put forward by the cabinet member for transport was that the proposals will be changed to enable an initial free 30 minutes parking. However, the financial plans published with the proposals state quite clearly that offering a free 30 minutes would make the whole scheme uneconomic. In addition, our local shops along the A240 face competition from four petrol stations with attached shops (Tesco, M&S etc.) all of which will continue to have free parking. Any scheme for our local shops which requires shoppers to collect a ticket from a machine will therefore be very damaging. With the Aldi development now going ahead in the Kingston Road, our local shops will face a further challenge from a large retail company offering free parking at its store.

Despite the decision of Surrey County Council’s ruling group to press ahead with the proposals county-wide, your residents' association county councillors will continue to oppose the pay and display plans proposed for our local shopping parades. They have a very strong case for exemption from the scheme altogether and it is a case we will make very forcibly at every opportunity.

 

 
Residents' Associations Enjoy Local Election Success Print E-mail
Friday, 06 May 2011 19:56

1. John Becket (Auriol ward), 2. Pamela Bradley (Stoneleigh Ward), 3. Christine Long (Auriol ward) and 4. Mike Teasdale (Stoneleigh ward)The Residents' Associations of Epsom and Ewell have increased their control of the Borough Council by securing a net gain of three seats in the 2011 Local Election, winning 26 of the 38 seats in the thirteen wards in the borough. The Liberal Democrats lost four councillors overall, the Conservatives lost one and Labour gained two.

Stoneleigh and Auriol Residents' Association enjoyed 100% success in Auriol ward where Christine Long (pictured right, third from top) was re-elected and John Beckett (pictured right, top) returned to the council succeeding the outgoing Robert Leach. In Stoneleigh ward Pamela Bradley (pictured right, second from top) and Michael Teasdale (pictured right, bottom) were also elected. Sadly Michael Guest was not elected. Although the Conservatives won one of the three seats in Stoneleigh ward, they lost seats elsewhere, including that of their leader on the Council, Sean Sullivan, and find themselves with one fewer seat overall after the election.

The Association would like to thank all four retiring councillors Robert Leach, Ruby Smith, Alan Winkworth and Sandy Sanger for their tireless work serving the residents of Stoneleigh and Auriol.

The overall results are shown below. For a full detailed breakdown, please see the Election Results page on the Borough Council website.

+/- 2011 Councillors
Residents' Associations +3 26
Liberal Democrats -4 6
Conservatives -1 3
Labour +2 3
 
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