Footpath Closure – End of Castle Road – Update

A temporary closure order has now been made by Surrey County Council for a period of 5 months from 19 February. The remedial works to the footbridge will be undertaken between 8am and 5pm. It is aimed to complete the works as soon as possible within that timeframe.

Meanwhile the existing diversion arrangements will remain in place as shown below along the Dorking Road and Wells Road.


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AGM Newsletter

Our latest newsletter is out now and is currently being dropped through doors by our road reps.

We hope you find it interesting and informative. It includes our annual review and updates on latest planning matters affecting the local environment that we all value so much.

We are continuing to raise construction problems and planning enforcement issues on this important site in the Chalk Lane Conservation
Area.


We are continuing to raise concerns about what is happening with the Guild Living site at Epsom Hospital and are posting updates on planned works as we receive them


We are dependent on your active support to continue this work in representing your views on local issues

Please renew your annual subscription – it will only take a few seconds – and attend our AGM on 11 March if you are able to do so. We look forward to seeing you there.

Alternatively please email us or join our e-mail list to keep up to date with the work we are doing on your behalf.


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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING -DIARY REMINDER

Please come along and offer your support for what we do.

Haywain Brewers Fayre on Dorking Road Epsom on 11 March 2024 at 7.30pm. It is an important opportunity for you to hear about what is going on in Woodcote and Langley Vale and to contribute your thoughts on how we can help to improve where we live.

Our speaker will be Alex Coley, who will be running as an independent for the role of Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner in the May elections.

The agenda and papers are now available here


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Epsom Hospital Demolition Works – Latest Update

The demolition works are due to be completed in July. Demolition of the walls to Woodcote Lodge (the former nurses’ quarters) is due to start on 12 February. To avoid major dust and noise problems we understand that there is not to be any crushing of masonry on site.

We expect to be able to post a more detailed update on the expected works activity programme after the next site meeting on 26 February 2024.


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How much would you be willing to pay towards policing in Surrey

This is an important opportunity to influence the outcome. It only takes 5 minutes to complete the four questions in the survey which is open until 30 January 2024.

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey sets out the vision of the new Chief Constable for Surrey Police for the next two years. She believes the plan will significantly boost the service provided but requires an annual increase of between £10 and £13 for an average property. An increase of less than £10 a year by an average property would include cuts in staff numbers.


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We stand up for Quality Design

Woodcote (Epsom) Residents Society has succeeded in persuading Epsom Council’s Planning Committee to reject a proposed downgrading of the appearance and quality of a residential scheme planned at Langley Bottom Farm.

The 20 unit residential scheme in the Green Belt was permitted on appeal in 2022 by a Government appointed Planning Inspector.  Whilst this was a disappointing outcome for local residents at least the residential scheme was carefully designed to fit into the farmyard setting.

The developer recently has sought to amend the scheme, undoubtedly motivated by cost savings, which would have resulted in a more utilitarian, standard urban housing scheme unsuited for a countryside setting.

A combination of WERS written objections and a persuasive presentation by Cllr Liz Frost on behalf of local residents at the Planning Committee meeting ensured that the amended scheme was refused permission despite Planning officers recommending approval.


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Langley Bottom Farm Update

The developers of the new properties at Langley Bottom Farm have requested a change to the planning conditions. You will recall that despite our work, the many objections received and our Planning Committee refusing this application, the national planning inspector overturned the Council’s decision and so this development is now allowed, subject to conditions. We cannot undo the permission. However the developer now wants to change the design of some of the properties. This would result in changing their appearance from one that would fit in with this the rural environment to one much less sympathetic to the area. Cllr Frost will be speaking against the requested change at the Planning Committee on 11 January 2024


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Hospital eyesore to be demolished

Residents may be aware that WERS has been campaigning sometime now for the derelict former hospital buildings on the Woodcote Green Road frontage to be demolished. This site has been an eyesore for over 2 years now following the decision of the owners to remove the roof structures. Since then we understand that the developer Guild Living has withdrawn it’s interest and the owners are still seeking a new developer for presumably an alternative scheme that will need to be submitted for planning permission at some future date.

WERS Chair John Mumford and Woodcote & Langley Vale ward Councillor Steve McCormick have been stepping up the pressure for the Council to take action with the land owner on the deplorable state of the site.

We’re delighted to confirm that this now seems to have borne fruit. Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust together with the demolition contractors Wring Group have this week confirmed that demolition works are due to commence on Monday 8 January and continue through to 5 July. This will involve the demolition of Woodcote Lodge and Rowan House on the Woodcote Green Rd frontage, together with the Boiler House and York House to the rear.

WERS will continue to provide any relevant updates to you on our website and on X. We are also advised that site information will be updated regularly by the contractor on a notice board on Woodcote Green Road.



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Happy Christmas and New Year to all our residents – and our latest newsletter update

Dear Residents  

Its a great year for Holly on Epsom Downs

Today is the beginning of the week before Christmas and I would like to send you best wishes for Christmas and the New Year

It’s also a chance to update you on some important local issues and to give you advance notice of our Annual General Meeting at the Haywain Brewers Fayre on Dorking Road Epsom on 11 March 2024 at 7.30pm.  I hope you will come and offer your support for what we do. The AGM is an important opportunity to hear what is going on in our area, what is planned and to contribute your thoughts on how we can help to improve where we live. More details of the meeting to follow in the New Year.

The Society is here to help make sure local voices are heard and influence local decision making but to do that we need to hear from you about the problems and issues affecting you.  We function entirely through the efforts of a few volunteers and we are always pleased when members get in touch. If you would like to find out more about what we do please visit our website and if you have any queries complete the ‘Contact us’ form on the web site or e-mail me at mumford806@btinternet.com . The benefit to you and your family and to other residents of getting involved can be significant. You will be warmly welcomed.

Finally, I would like to give a warm welcome to our new residents and urge everyone to support the Society in 2024 by renewing your annual membership in January. It is very easy to pay on the website or by bank transfer. Without your subscriptions we cannot produce these newsletters, maintain our website, or support local residents with local issues. In addition if you have a local business it makes sense to advertise in our quarterly newsletter which goes to 2,500 residents in Woodcote & Langley Vale.  Rates can be found on our website or by emailing info@woodcoteepsomresidentssociety.org

John Mumford, Chair

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Notes from Langley Bottom Farm – Michael Jelley

For those that don’t know me, I have lived and worked on Langley Bottom Farm since 1983 when I started working as an apprentice tractor driver.  We have seen many changes over the last forty years, the greatest of which was when the Woodland Trust purchased the majority of the land and planted what had been a working farm with trees. We have subsequently worked extremely closely with the Woodland Trust and graze our flock of herdwick ewes on their ‘open spaces’ as part of their conservation policy.

As well as the sheep, we are also arable farmers. We grow 107 acres at Langley Bottom Farm, along with a further 350 acres at Perrotts Farm, Burgh Heath. In order to minimise the build-up of disease and weeds and to maximise yields we rotate different crops around the entire acreage. Last year we grew field beans at Langley Bottom Farm, which were sold as a protein source for pet foods. Field beans naturally collect nitrogen from the atmosphere and fix it into the soil for the following crop. Nitrogen is an essential element for plant growth. This year we are growing wheat, which was sown in September, will be harvested next August and hopefully sold for bread making.  The arable side of the business calms down in November, but work starts for our rams, Reggie and Ralph. They will be visiting the ewes and hopefully in mid-April we will see the arrival of next years lambs. Over to you boys!!!!!

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