Local News week of 26th October 2023

The Epsom and Ewell Talking Newspaper local audio news for the two weeks ending 26th October 2023 features Epsom and Ewell Borough Council news, celebrations and charity events.

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Epsom and Ewell Borough Council

Epsom and Ewell Borough Council’s have approved a ‘play street’ for Miles Road, Epsom after neighbours pushed for temporary closures so their children could play outside. The initiative is part of the Playing Out scheme, a not-for-profit organisation set up by parents in 2009. The schemes, which have the backing of Play England, allow for streets that are not a main road or bus routes to be closed to through traffic for up to three hours.

The Community and Wellbeing Committee also agreed a Revised Private Sector Housing Grants Assistance Policy to Expand Support for Vulnerable Residents and introduce a Discretionary Private Sector Housing Grants Assistance Policy. The policy will aim to provide support for vulnerable residents by adopting a more flexible and proactive approach to assist a broader range of households


A proposal for a “sustainable development” initiative near Noble Park in Epsom aims to construct around 90 new homes, with 40% allocated as affordable housing. Crest Nicholson and the Vistry Group plan to submit the comprehensive planning application to Epsom and Ewell Borough Council, for more information visit nobleparkconsultation.com.

Despite objections by Banstead Village Residents’ Association a five-storey building providing 53 extra-care apartments has been approved. A planning application submitted by Surrey County Council will see the development in The Horseshoe, Banstead.

We have many other council reports include an update on the planning application for a Waterpark at Chessington World of Adventures.

Claygate youth and community hub

Claygate Youth and Community Hub held a celebration in memory of Teddy Read, attended by the Mayor of Elmbridge who declared the newly refurbished games room open. Rob Reid, father of Teddy, said he would be bursting with pride at the transformation of the room. The hub provides a safe space for young people aged between 11-19.

Charity Fundraisers


Norbiton clearing company, Just Clear, organised a fun-filled community coffee morning in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support on Thursday 28 September 2023.   The event was to raise funds for Macmillan, whilst creating a sense of community pride for local people working together for a great social initiative. The coffee morning raised £715.89 and a further £9,360 in sponsorship of gifts.

Project Wenceslas

For the seventh year running, Citizens Advice Epsom & Ewell has teamed up with the Rotary Club of Epsom and
Rotary Club of Ewell to support those in the borough in need
of help with paying their energy bills this winter.

Project Wenceslas enables those who receive, but do not need, the Government’s Winter Fuel Payment to donate it to either Rotary Club. All the donated money, without any deductions for expenses, will be distributed to people in critical need of assistance with fuel bills.

To find out more about donating your Winter Fuel Payment, please contact the Rotary Club of Epsom or
Rotary Clubs of Ewell and search for Project Wenceslas.

If you are struggling with fuel bills, then contact Citizens Advice Epsom & Ewell on 0808 278 7963 (Mon-Fri, 10am – 4pm).

Future Events

Upcoming events over the next few weeks:

St Martin’s Parish Church

Although the medieval church was demolished in 1842 St Martin’s Parish Church’s north west tower is the oldest building in Epsom. The church is open for exploration and private prayer every morning and on Sunday afternoons. Free concerts (retiring collection) are sponsored by the Director of Music and they regularly host performances by the Epsom Choral Society, Ashtead Choral Society and Epsom Chamber Choir. As well as the concerts at St Martin’s Parish Church each choir has upcoming events, visit each website for details.

The Jazz club Autumn season concludes at the Epsom Conservative Club on the 7th November! For tickets visit Epsom Jazz Club.

Epsom Social Food Hall runs a regular Wednesday Quiz 7pm to 9pm with many prizes as well as the jackpot rollover. Entry is £2 per person.

Listen to our audio news for a details of these and other news stories including an award from the KIng and a look back to summer! Most importantly, please remember to share the EETN with anyone you know who is blind or is partially sighted.

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This fortnight’s news articles come from the Epsom and Ewell Times, Surrey Live, Epsom Comet and Borough insight

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

The Go Epsom website has the Epsom Going out Guide which features some of the events listed plus other events you may be interested in.

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