Local News week of 16th February 2023

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Epsom and Ewell Talking Newspaper audio local news, for the two weeks ending 16th February 2023 features warm tributes to the late Emma Pattinson, Head of Epsom College in a story from the Surrey and Epsom Comet. We have details of the next Epsom Choral Society’s concert and stories about Surrey’s first Creative Growth and Business Summit and first Coffee#1 dog-friendly cafe.

Epsom and Ewell Borough Council news

Epsom and Ewell Borough Council‘s Draft Local Plan 2022 to 2040 is now the subject of an exhibition in the Ashley centre. We have the dates when residents can meet Planning Officers to discuss the proposals and give feedback.

The Epsom and Ewell Times carried an editorial on planned housing in the borough in Housing need or desire?.

Epsom and Ewell Borough Council agreed its budget for 2022-23 at a meeting of the full Council on 14th February. The budget was proposed by the Residents’ Association group, the governing party, followed by speeches from the opposition council groups as reported in Epsom and Ewell Council raises tax 2.99%

The Council are researching the possibility of selling the Town Hall in the Parade and moving the council and the internal police office to another council owned location, to help meet housing targets, raise money and and save council money as reported in A new Town hall for Epsom and Ewell

The Council approved a new constitution, at the meeting on the 14th February, to allow the public to ask questions at committees on topics on the agenda as reported in Local democracy to be energised? For the rules on public questions and statements at Council committees, read more in the article here: key rules.

Surrey County Council News

Surrey County Council are to increase the county council tax by an average of £50 per year from April. The 2.99% increase was confirmed at a full meeting of the authority on 7th February, however opposition parties did not vote for the budget. as reported in 2023/2024: average of £50 more to pay Surrey County Council

Surrey councillors say they could stop Transport for London (TFL) putting signs on the county’s roads ahead of the planned Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) expansion as reported in A sign of no signs to come on ULEZ?

Surrey’s first Creative Growth and Business Summit

Surrey’s first Creative Growth and Business Summit set up by the University for the Creative Arts is to take place on the 1st March. It is a free to attend event bringing together the region’s creative trailblazers, entrepreneurs and creative academic experts to discuss how Surrey can build on its global reputation in the sector. The summit will also launch the Creative Industries Network as reported in Epsom’s creatives urged to push for growth

Guildford Cathedral

The Vimy Foundation, which oversees the public historical resources and modern perspectives on Canada’s participation in the First World War, has warned that plans to build homes on undeveloped woodland next to Guildford Cathedral will threaten a memorial to Canada’s First World War military sacrifice. The Vimy called on Guildford Borough Council‘s planning committee and developers to preserve the commemorative and memorial dimension of this site as reported in Will Cathedral repairs threaten Canadian WW1 memorial?

Mayfield Lavender Farm

The Mayfield Lavender Farm Epsom site is opening a 250-seat outdoor theatre. Audiences will be able to dine in a new glass house restaurant or enjoy a picnic amongst the rows of lavender. The first event will take place in July and can be booked at LavenderTheatre.com as reported in Outdoor theatre to open near Surrey’s famous Mayfield lavender fields.

Epsom Choral Society

Epsom Choral Society have announced their next concert will take place on the 18th March with Visions of Eternity, a relaxing evening of contemplative music from the 1850s to the modern day. Free drinks will be served during the interval and accessible seats are available.

Listen to our audio news for full details of these and other stories including a school visit by Surrey Fire and Rescue and how the local Cappadocia restaurant is contributing to the Turkey/Syria earthquake fund.

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More Contact Information for this week’s news stories

To register for the consultation visit Epsom and Ewell Local Plan

For tickets visit Epsom Choral Society or enquiries call 01372 727078

For details of events and to book visit Lavendertheatre.com


This fortnight’s news articles come from the Epsom and Ewell Times including some provided to them by the  Local Democracy Reporting Service of the BBC, the Surrey Comet and Surrey Live.

Community information is available from the websites: Surrey County Council and Epsom and Ewell Borough Council.

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