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  • Document: Jun 26, 2020
  • Article: Jun 19, 2020

    Welcome to our latest update, using developments since our last update on Friday 5th June.

    Borough and County update re COVID-19:

    • There will be a Strategy & Resources Committee on 2nd July to discuss the financial implications for the Council of COVID-19. David is a member of this Committee and will report back any (non-confidential) information.
    • The Council has been allocated significant funding from the European Union Regional Development Fund to help with the costs of the re-opening of the High Street. It now has to work out how to spend it appropriately.
    • It has also been allocated £300k under the Council Tax Hardship fund. In our view this scheme hasn't been very well advertised so if you know of people who might benefit please let them know.
    • 13 rough sleepers have been accommodated but it is unclear what future arrangements will be for them.
    • According to the ONS there have been 77 Covid-19 related deaths in Epsom & Ewell up to 5 June. The spike in mortality is illustrated by the age standardised mortality for the Borough moving from 8.8 per 10,000 in March, increasing to 15.2 in April then falling to 5.5 in May. Source: ONS https://bit.ly/2Yd62To and https://bit.ly/2AQDy93
    • The Surrey County Council libraries are planning on reopening on 6 July.
  • Paul Kennedy with Lib Dem stake board
    Article: Jun 15, 2020

    An investigation by the Lib Dems has uncovered that 36,284 crimes were closed by Surrey Police last year without a suspect being identified.

    Data from the Home Office reveals that Police in England and Wales abandoned 2.2 million crimes in 2019, including more than 300,000 burglaries in 2019 - with a third of forces closing more than 80% of cases before they were solved.

  • Article: Jun 5, 2020

    Welcome to our latest update, using developments since our last update on Friday 22 May. As a result of your positive feedback on these notes, we will continue them although probably less frequently than our previous weekly versions.

    Borough and County update re COVID-19:

    • The recycling centre has expanded what you can take to it - almost back to normal, see https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/waste-and-recycling/community-recycling-centres for the latest information.
    • The Borough Council is still only having Planning meetings, with other committees cancelled. This is out of line with many other Boroughs.
    • Car park charges are being reinstated from 15th June except for key workers who can display their pass to get exemption.
  • Article: May 22, 2020

    Welcome to our latest weekly update, using material as at Friday 22 May. The pace of news is starting to slow down, at least at the local, practical, level, and so this may be the last of our weekly updates.

    Borough and County update re COVID-19:

    • The main developments have been around schools. However, the position is so fast moving and varied that all we can say is we trust parents are getting good and timely information from their schools. If you have any concerns over the communication please let us know.
    • The Downs' Conservators this evening (Friday) decided to keep the "Top Car Park" closed but to open the others. Much was made of the need to educate people into keeping "social distancing" (from both other humans and horses). Please be sensible!
    • The Council officers are starting work on a recovery plan to address the consequences of the crisis. We will keep you informed.
    • As we mention under Wider Issues below, there is a growing feeling that we should come out of this Greener and Healthier - with some ideas for increasing the potential for safe cycling in Epsom & Ewell. This will ultimately be SCC matter as it affects the roads.
    • The new "Council year" has started using Emergency Powers to appoint new Mayor etc. David is now on the Planning Committee (with Julie staying on the Licencing & Planning Policy Committee too) and undergoing compulsory training. The required Local Plan is years late but some information can be found here https://www.epsom-ewell-localplan.co.uk
  • Article: May 16, 2020

    https://greenlibdems.org.uk/en/article/2020/1360449/fossil-fuel-based-industries-such-as-airlines-should-bear-the-brunt-of-emerging-from-covid-19-pandemic

  • Article: May 15, 2020

    Welcome to our latest weekly update, using material as at Friday 15 May. We hope you find this information clearer than Boris Johnson's speech last Sunday!

    Borough and County update re COVID-19:

    • Starting with some good news, the additional "overspill" ITU at Epsom Hospital has been able to close as the need slowly reduces. Follow the CEO's twitter account for useful updates on the Trust https://twitter.com/danielelkeles
    • Following the changes in the national (English) guidelines, all Council carparks are now open. However, those on the Downs are governed by the Conservators, and are still closed, with people parking all over the place. We have chased the Conservators to consider reopening them.
    • If you know about local businesses that have not applied for, or been refused, the £10k grants please tell us. From data we have seen not all eligible business (including charities) have applied yet.
    • The tennis courts in Alexandra Park and Court Rec should be opened by the time you read this. Please follow the government & LTA guidelines!
  • Article: May 8, 2020

    Welcome to our latest weekly update. We are writing this on Friday and of course there is meant to be an announcement by Mr Johnson on Sunday so the position may change by the time you read this.

    Borough and County update re COVID-19:

    • The recycling/refuse tips will be reopening on Monday 11 May with strict rules - details here https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/waste-and-recycling/community-recycling-centres/epsom before planning your visit
    • The council staff continue to do a good job. 30 of them still work from the Town Hall following strict health guidelines.
    • They have found accommodation for 93 residents who would otherwise be homeless, unfortunately this is often outside the Borough (as far as Wembley) due to high fees requested by local hotels.
    • Headley Court opened on Tuesday as expected - with its dual role as Community Hospital and additional mortuary space
    • There appear to be no problems with the processing of grant applications for small business and retailers. However, the funds from central government are clearly going to be insufficient.
    • We have asked how many local residents have applied for support on Council Tax but don't have the answer yet.
  • LibDems at County Hall
    Article: May 5, 2020

    Following a request from the Lib Dems, Surrey County Council will start a phased reopening of its Community Recycling Centres on 11th May.

    With fly tipping increasingly becoming an issue across Surrey, last month Lib Dem Councillors asked the Council to reopen local tips. This was supported by latest Government advice which said that Household Waste Recycling Centres can be open provided appropriate social distancing measures are in place.

  • Article: May 1, 2020

    Welcome to our latest weekly update.

    First of all, apologies for a non-working link to job opportunities at Headley Court (which will open on Tuesday 5 May) in last week's edition - that was my fault. Here are the public links (these are all paid roles for nursing, ancillary services and admin roles):

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