Local News week of 6th July 2023

Epsom and Ewell Talking Newspaper audio local news for the two weeks ending 6th July 2023 features a response to the Epsom and Ewell Local Plan consultation, Surrey County Council news, a scam warning, entertainment reviews and an upcoming event.

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Epsom and Ewell Borough Council News

Our lead story this week is a response from Epsom and Ewell Borough Council‘s to the public consultation on the Local plan. For more information visit Epsom and Ewell Borough Council response.

Surrey County Council News

In Surrey County Council (SCC) news, the SCC’s explans why they and four other Conservative-led councils challenged the London Mayor’s expansion of Ultra Low Emmission Zone (ULEZ) in court proceedings on the 4th July 2023. The ruling is expected to be given by the end of July.


In a related story, in response to ULEZ expansion, data shows that Epsom has the highest number of second-hand cars on the market.

Surrey Libraries

in June’s Cabinet meeting SCC approved a multi-million-pound investment into five Surrey Libraries, including Epsom Library. SCC state that it will transform the spaces and create flexible, inclusive, accessible and welcoming cultural hubs. For more information visit Surrey Matters.


We have several charity news stories including one from MP Chris Grayling’s email about the work of the Epsom based charity Surrey Stands with Ukraine.

Epsom University of Creative Arts

We have news of the University for the Creative Arts Epsom’s Graduation ceremony that took place on the 4th July 2023. We also a story about how an Epsom father and daughter felt about graduating at the same time from the Open University.

Police Neighbourhood Alert

The Police have issued a warning about a scam involving criminals sending an urgent message from an anonymous number claiming they are a friend or family member asking for emergency funds. To avoid losing money the police have issued these prevention tips –

  • Always contact the friend or family member in a trusted way
  • Check message wording and spelling – does it sound like the friend
  • Contact your bank immediately if you have concerns

Future Events

The upcoming events over the next two weeks

Ewell Village Fair

Saturday 15th July, formal opening at 11am by MP Chris Grayling at Ewell Castle School, Glyn House. Entertainment includes St Mary’s Morris Men with stalls, games, BBQ, refreshments, a Beer tent, a Grand Draw and much more! Visit Ewell Village Fair Facebook page.

Horton Spanish Season

Weekend 18th -19th July at The Horton. “A series of classical music and dance concerts pay tribute to the tragic Spanish dance prodigy Felix Garcia who was secretly banished to Horton Asylum in 1919, following a clash with the Russian Ballet. The concerts will be performed by celebrated artists from Spain on an international tour, with The Horton Epsom hosting the only UK dates.” For tickets visit Spanish Season 2023

As advertised in a previous local news episode, the next Reading Friends Book and Talking Book Group meeting will be on the 20th July at 4pm. The group is a social group to discuss talking books, have fun and make friends. Read, listen and chat. The group is inclusive and will continue to welcome adults with a visual impairment or print impairment. Customers who don’t have a visual impairment are also welcomed to attend. For details call SCC on 0345 6009009 and ask to be connected to Epsom library.

Crime thriller evening   

Author William Shaw, pen name G. W. Shaw, will be presenting his talk “Why does Crime Fiction just keep getting more popular?” on Thursday 27th July 7pm – 8pm at Ashtead Library Woodfield Lane. Arrive for refreshments at 6:45pm. To book and buy the £5 tickets visit Ashtead Library or Eventbrite                     

Listen for full details of these and other news stories including a review of the Epsom Rotary Club Epsom and Ewell Showcase at the Epsom Playhouse and ‘Biggins last concert’ by the Epsom Chamber Choir held to fund local charities. We also have the BBC story of Tea with a Pony, a new scheme launched by the Horsley, Bookham and Leatherhead Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA). For more information visit the RDA Tea with a Pony.

Pease remember to share the EETN with anyone you know who is blind or has a visually impairment.

Further contact details for the Reading Friends Group and Talking Book Group

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, Surrey Live and BBC News