Local News week of 2nd Aug 2021

In this week’s Epsom and Ewell Talking Newspaper, we begin the local news section with a story about the installation of new public water fountains in Epsom’s Green spaces. In another water-based story there is news from Thames Water that, from September to December 2021, they will be installing over four thousand Smart Meters in Epsom and Ewell.

In more environmental news we have information about TerraCycle Recycling Epsom and the many retailers in Epsom that will recycle a wide variety of items from contact lenses, packaging, printing and writing equipment to water filters.

We have two good news stories: with a story about a Sutton midwife, who has been gifted with a free cruise on the Royal Caribeean 999 Cruise and a group of art-K Ewell students being one of the winners selected by Surrey Wildlife Trust with their Save Our Hedgerows window display entry for the Cutting Hedge Creativity competion,

There are several Epsom and Ewell Borough Council announcments this week, with news that the queueing system has now restarted at the recycling centres in Epsom and Leatherhead. The Borough has designated four of the new seats in the Market Place as ‘Happy to Chat benches’ to mark World Friendship Day (Friday 30 July), The Borough and partners, are to establish a Youth Skills Hub to support young people aged 18-24 who are unemployed and receiving Universal Credit, following a successful bid for a grant from the Department of Work and Pensions.

In planning news, Epsom & Ewell Borough Council have twice refused planning approval for Guild Living’s plans for a high storey, high density, urban retirement community within Epsom. Following this decision, Guild Living have exercised their right to appeal to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government. A virtual public inquiry is scheduled to begin on the 17th August and you can view the live public inquiry Guild Living appeal, when it is scheduled, on The Planning Inspectorate webiste.

Our own News Editor, Jan Collier provides us with news this week about some installations she observed in Epsom railway station, with an unusual new vending machine a new defibrillator and some welcome seating in the station foyer. Jan also has some information from Surrey Police Beat who have teamed up with local garages to try to combat catalytic convertor theft.

We finish with the announcement that locally born, Petula Clark, aged 88, is to appear “Downtown” in the Mary Poppins musical in the West End, London. For this and other news and stories, please listen to this week’s audio local news and remember to share with anyone you know who is blind or has a visual impairment.

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Contact Information for this week’s news stories

Local Recycling

Find out about Smart Water Meters at Thames Water My Meter or call 0800 316 0989

For information regarding the two Guild Living planning appeals and the public inquiry visit Epsom General Hospital Public Appeal

For details visit  art-K Art Club for Children and Adults or call 079 4936 6592. To view the winning window display visit Save Our Hedgerows

Surrey Police Beat Catalytic Convertor Security:


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Many of these news articles, come from various sources and can be read in the local Surrey and Epsom Comet and Get surrey Surrey News.

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