Local news week of 19th January 2023

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Epsom and Ewell Talking Newspaper audio local news, for the two weeks ending 19th January, our stories include the delivery of a financial literary course, the opening of a new specialist school, local planning news and the launch of an enviromental challenge.

Citizens Advice Epsom and Ewell

Epsom and Ewell High School thank Citizens Advice Epsom and Ewell (CAEE) for succcessful delivery of their Financial Literary Course to pupils. The CAEE hope to expand the course to other schools in the area. We also have details of how the CAEE can help people who are stuggling during the Cost of Living Crisis.

Spring School Chessington

The new Spring School opening in Chessington in September, is one of a network of specialist schools run by the charity Ambitious about Autism. The Head Andy Novak says the schoolwill combine special needs provision with the National Curriculum and will prepare autistic young people to ‘lead rich and fulfilling lives’. The school will initially provide 36 places, aiming to expand provision up to 90 pupils.

Local Planning

Local residents protested against the building of a new Aldi store in Epsom. Epsom and Ewell Borough council will decided on the Former Dairy Crest Site planning application in March.

Following an announcment by central government, councillors called an extraordinary meeting of the Mole Valley district council with a proposal to submit amended house building plans, excluding the Green belt to the government inspector. An update is expected on the position with the publication of the Epsom and Ewell Local Plan.

Sutton council approved plans for an upgrade of The Pastures “overcrowded” Traveller site with more and larger pitches, a community hall and play area and relocated access for cars and pedestrians.

Environmental News

Surrey County Council has won government funding to enable the creation of new and improved cycling and walking facilities throughout the county, as well as supporting exisiting schemes and developing more people centred “Liveable neighbourhoods.

The Woodland Trust has launched the Igniting Innovation: Conservation Challenge following the alarming news that 2022 was the warmest year on record. The competition is open to young people between the ages of 16-25 for their ideas for projects that make a positive change to the woods, wildlife or the climate and fit into one of three main categories: Inspire, Protect and Create.

Listen to our audio news for full details of these and other stories including which Surrey residents have been named in the King’s New Year’s Honours List, our regular Nature Notes and find out the secret to a long life from two centenarians. Please remember to share with anyone you know who is blind or has a visually impairment.

More Contact Information for this week’s news stories

For more information visit Citizens Advice Epsom and Ewell or call 0300 330 1164

The Epsom Library Digital support team will be in Epsom Library on Wednesday 25th January 10am – 12:30pm call 03456 009 009

Digital Buddies sessions take place every Wednesday 12 – 2pm to book a session email: epsom.library@surreycc.gov.uk

To find out more visit Igniting Innovation: Conservation Challenge

For more information and a prospectus viist Spring School

To find out more visit Surrey County Council Active Travel


This week’s news articles come from the Epsom and Ewell Times and BBC Local Democracy Reporting Service, Surrey Comet, Surrey Live and My London news.

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

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