Police inspector backs Epsom evening economy plan

This Is Local London: Epsom's Neighbourhood Inspector Craig Knight supports plans to develop an evening economy for Epsom Epsom's Neighbourhood Inspector Craig Knight supports plans to develop an evening economy for Epsom

Epsom’s dynamic police inspector is backing plans to turn the historic market town into an evening entertainment and shopping hotspot.

Neighbourhood Inspector Craig Knight said he is "absolutely behind" Epsom’s business development manager Adam Worley’s plans to stimulate the evening economy in Epsom by having shops open later and offering entertainment for visitors.

The charity challenge-loving policeman said the focus of Epsom’s evening identity needs to change from one of ‘late night’ to ‘late evening’, believing that the town is simply not suitable to develop further the former.

Speaking to the Epsom Guardian on a break from the beat, he said: "Adam Worley and I discussed late evening opening at an early stage and I concur with what he is saying.

"At the moment, Epsom’s identity is a bit blurred.  It’s full of opportunity and the people who live and work here are the ones who come here. 

"If you then turn somewhere like this into an evening economy and had a different sort of licensing in operation that would change the feel of the town completely.

"I don’t think Epsom is a suitable place for a nightclub and a late-night economy and that’s not because the bars and clubs are not being run properly, but because the infrastructure necessary for it isn’t in place to get people into and out of Epsom quickly.  You would end up stranded of a night."

Insp Knight said developing the offering around cinemas, theatres and shopping in the evening would be a positive move.

He said: "Epsom effectively dies between seven to eight and 10pm, it’s not as vibrant as it could be.

"It’s about changing the emphasis to ‘let’s go into Epsom tonight as a family’.  We have got the resources, as long as the town makes a decision about where it wants its economy to be.

"We would have to look very carefully at how we deal with it but it’s very achievable as long as resources are structured around moving away from a night-time economy to a later evening one.

"If the town is seriously genuine about driving forward a late evening economy we have to retract from a night time economy to do it. 

"The question the people of Epsom need to be asked is what is it that they want from their town.  Epsom just needs to understand where it wants its perception to be."

He said the police force is flexible and can react to demand, but later evening opening every day would be a challenge for his 15-strong team of police officers, considering officers from other areas already have to come in to help his team patrol the town at night on weekends. 

Insp Knight added: "I will happily police whatever I’m told to.

"But we can only pull the team we have in so many directions. 

"If you tell me to just police Tuesdays I can do this very well, but it’s probably somewhere in between that [and every evening].

"We already have other people coming in from other areas to police the night-time economy in Epsom.

"The police officers who are going to do it need to have that local knowledge."

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9:45am Mon 27 Jan 14

EwellMan says...

Wow, so thats what a policeman in Epsom and Ewell looks like!
Wow, so thats what a policeman in Epsom and Ewell looks like! EwellMan

1:16pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Mr Perceptive says...

Woo hoo. Late night shopping at the charity shops. Can't wait.
Woo hoo. Late night shopping at the charity shops. Can't wait. Mr Perceptive

2:21pm Mon 27 Jan 14

EwellMan says...

Mr Perceptive wrote:
Woo hoo. Late night shopping at the charity shops. Can't wait.
Dont worry Adam Worley, Business Development Manager is going to sort this, he's going to bring life back to Epsom.....oh look , there goes another pig!!!
[quote][p][bold]Mr Perceptive[/bold] wrote: Woo hoo. Late night shopping at the charity shops. Can't wait.[/p][/quote]Dont worry Adam Worley, Business Development Manager is going to sort this, he's going to bring life back to Epsom.....oh look , there goes another pig!!! EwellMan

3:39pm Mon 27 Jan 14

sjsunny says...

Please do not put the cart before the horse - make sure that most appropriate retail and entertainment offerings are in place first, those which will attract residents and visitors alike, prior to running with this evening incentive. As it stands, Epsom would not be somewhere I would choose to go late night shopping or enjoy an evening out with my family or friends.

Insp Knight has made a valid point: ' The question the people of Epsom need to be asked is what it is they want from their town. Epsom just needs to understand where it wants it's perception to be.' Surely this should involve canvassing opinion of residents and listening to their ideas and views - I hope so!
Please do not put the cart before the horse - make sure that most appropriate retail and entertainment offerings are in place first, those which will attract residents and visitors alike, prior to running with this evening incentive. As it stands, Epsom would not be somewhere I would choose to go late night shopping or enjoy an evening out with my family or friends. Insp Knight has made a valid point: ' The question the people of Epsom need to be asked is what it is they want from their town. Epsom just needs to understand where it wants it's perception to be.' Surely this should involve canvassing opinion of residents and listening to their ideas and views - I hope so! sjsunny

5:45pm Mon 27 Jan 14

wallygrumdrops says...

Nice to hear something positive about late evenings in Epsom. Instead of all the negative comments from you know who. I say bring it on!!
Nice to hear something positive about late evenings in Epsom. Instead of all the negative comments from you know who. I say bring it on!! wallygrumdrops

6:44pm Mon 27 Jan 14

EwellMan says...

wallygrumdrops wrote:
Nice to hear something positive about late evenings in Epsom. Instead of all the negative comments from you know who. I say bring it on!!
Yawnnnn. forum troll in back in town!!!! All he wants to do is criticise others because he must have such a meaningless existance. Grow some balls, isnt that what you said to me last forum?!>

I would say bring it on of it would make a difference? would work in kingston, works in sutton and would work in Guildford......why? because they have the quality of shop that would make it a success. My perceptive hit the nail on the head. The high street is plagued with charity shops and the only good shops in the shley centre are M&S and house of Fraser. Other than that it is a dying town caused by Rates and Parking charges.
[quote][p][bold]wallygrumdrops[/bold] wrote: Nice to hear something positive about late evenings in Epsom. Instead of all the negative comments from you know who. I say bring it on!![/p][/quote]Yawnnnn. forum troll in back in town!!!! All he wants to do is criticise others because he must have such a meaningless existance. Grow some balls, isnt that what you said to me last forum?!> I would say bring it on of it would make a difference? would work in kingston, works in sutton and would work in Guildford......why? because they have the quality of shop that would make it a success. My perceptive hit the nail on the head. The high street is plagued with charity shops and the only good shops in the shley centre are M&S and house of Fraser. Other than that it is a dying town caused by Rates and Parking charges. EwellMan

7:31pm Mon 27 Jan 14

wallygrumdrops says...

Ewell-Man Your getting so boring with your negative activity on here. Your just after thumbs up with your poor comments. I am back in Town and will always comment on your negative remarks about our Town!! So you've better hurry up and grows some balls victor!!
Ewell-Man Your getting so boring with your negative activity on here. Your just after thumbs up with your poor comments. I am back in Town and will always comment on your negative remarks about our Town!! So you've better hurry up and grows some balls victor!! wallygrumdrops

9:25pm Mon 27 Jan 14

EwellMan says...

wallygrumdrops wrote:
Ewell-Man Your getting so boring with your negative activity on here. Your just after thumbs up with your poor comments. I am back in Town and will always comment on your negative remarks about our Town!! So you've better hurry up and grows some balls victor!!
Everyone is entitled to an opinion unfortunately you internet forum trolls are only interested in your opinion and anyone that displays any negative comments are deemed "Not Worthy" you are very sad person, thats the laughable thing.

Just a shame you cant see whats happened to "Out Town" because from all the long time residents including my parents perspective who have lived in the area for 50+ years it certainly is not a nice place to live anymore. Open your eyes and look around you, Council tax going up again and the state of the area in decline.

I grew up in the area, went to school in the area with a few not so nice people so i think i'm in a position to comment dont you? So go and find another place to add you Troll comments because from i'm sitting your starting to look stupid with you personal attacks.
[quote][p][bold]wallygrumdrops[/bold] wrote: Ewell-Man Your getting so boring with your negative activity on here. Your just after thumbs up with your poor comments. I am back in Town and will always comment on your negative remarks about our Town!! So you've better hurry up and grows some balls victor!![/p][/quote]Everyone is entitled to an opinion unfortunately you internet forum trolls are only interested in your opinion and anyone that displays any negative comments are deemed "Not Worthy" you are very sad person, thats the laughable thing. Just a shame you cant see whats happened to "Out Town" because from all the long time residents including my parents perspective who have lived in the area for 50+ years it certainly is not a nice place to live anymore. Open your eyes and look around you, Council tax going up again and the state of the area in decline. I grew up in the area, went to school in the area with a few not so nice people so i think i'm in a position to comment dont you? So go and find another place to add you Troll comments because from i'm sitting your starting to look stupid with you personal attacks. EwellMan

10:47pm Mon 27 Jan 14

sjsunny says...

How very childish and crude! Everyone has the right to express an opinion and no-one deserves to be harassed. Wallygumdrops if you don't agree with the opinions of others why not just use the thumbs down icon beneath the comment, rather than resorting to insults and personal attacks.
How very childish and crude! Everyone has the right to express an opinion and no-one deserves to be harassed. Wallygumdrops if you don't agree with the opinions of others why not just use the thumbs down icon beneath the comment, rather than resorting to insults and personal attacks. sjsunny

7:01am Tue 28 Jan 14

Juan2013 says...

Mr ewellman it appears you may be contradicting yourself once again...if everyone is entitled to their opinion then what is wrong with mr Wally pointing out that all you do is comment negatively on all aspects of service. Maybe people are just growing tiresome of the same old I pay my council tax so the world should be perfect routine. Also if Ewell is such an awful dilapidated deteriorated terrible place to live...why not invest in the property market and move to a location that fills you with happiness and joy and positive feeling.
Mr ewellman it appears you may be contradicting yourself once again...if everyone is entitled to their opinion then what is wrong with mr Wally pointing out that all you do is comment negatively on all aspects of service. Maybe people are just growing tiresome of the same old I pay my council tax so the world should be perfect routine. Also if Ewell is such an awful dilapidated deteriorated terrible place to live...why not invest in the property market and move to a location that fills you with happiness and joy and positive feeling. Juan2013

8:46am Tue 28 Jan 14

EwellMan says...

Juan2013 wrote:
Mr ewellman it appears you may be contradicting yourself once again...if everyone is entitled to their opinion then what is wrong with mr Wally pointing out that all you do is comment negatively on all aspects of service. Maybe people are just growing tiresome of the same old I pay my council tax so the world should be perfect routine. Also if Ewell is such an awful dilapidated deteriorated terrible place to live...why not invest in the property market and move to a location that fills you with happiness and joy and positive feeling.
The second Forum Troll out to attck others rather than concentrating on the Topic of conversation. Please read all the messages because not once have i ever criticised Wallgrumps for any of his statements on the topics, what i have done is criticise abuse behaviour towards others on these forums.

I have stated before that Epsom and Ewel is a nice area compared to some but when myself and others i speak to have lived here 40+ years and noticed the changes for the worse and you see what council greed has done to the area. The point on the council tax is that no private business would get away with increases prices and decressing services, the only reason the council can is because its a tax and by law we have to pay it.

What i find strange is people like you seem to accept over a 10% increase in council tax over the last 5 years all whilst people like my mum break limbs on the awful pavements, and people cars damaged on the awful roads. I understand times are hard but why should the residents suffer, 10% more money 30% worse service, its doesnt add up and if you think thats acceptable then i'm sorry your clearly deluded. Maybe your earn millions and live in a big house so 2% is nothing, think of others in not so fortunate circumstances who this years increase will just bring more misery.
[quote][p][bold]Juan2013[/bold] wrote: Mr ewellman it appears you may be contradicting yourself once again...if everyone is entitled to their opinion then what is wrong with mr Wally pointing out that all you do is comment negatively on all aspects of service. Maybe people are just growing tiresome of the same old I pay my council tax so the world should be perfect routine. Also if Ewell is such an awful dilapidated deteriorated terrible place to live...why not invest in the property market and move to a location that fills you with happiness and joy and positive feeling.[/p][/quote]The second Forum Troll out to attck others rather than concentrating on the Topic of conversation. Please read all the messages because not once have i ever criticised Wallgrumps for any of his statements on the topics, what i have done is criticise abuse behaviour towards others on these forums. I have stated before that Epsom and Ewel is a nice area compared to some but when myself and others i speak to have lived here 40+ years and noticed the changes for the worse and you see what council greed has done to the area. The point on the council tax is that no private business would get away with increases prices and decressing services, the only reason the council can is because its a tax and by law we have to pay it. What i find strange is people like you seem to accept over a 10% increase in council tax over the last 5 years all whilst people like my mum break limbs on the awful pavements, and people cars damaged on the awful roads. I understand times are hard but why should the residents suffer, 10% more money 30% worse service, its doesnt add up and if you think thats acceptable then i'm sorry your clearly deluded. Maybe your earn millions and live in a big house so 2% is nothing, think of others in not so fortunate circumstances who this years increase will just bring more misery. EwellMan

9:04am Tue 28 Jan 14

EwellMan says...

Meant to say, that Council Greed is what is destroying the Town, what they need to look at is thigs like.

1. Lower Business Rates to attract new Shops (bigger chains)
2. Nightly parking charge should be Free of low like 50P to attract evening diners
3. Parking charges should be fair so for 1, 2, 3 hours etc not 1/2 hour, 2 hours as most people want an hour.
4. Maybe should test blocking off road where clocktower is on a sat and have special days like big farmers market
5. Maybe they should look at ways to change road structure whilst restructing shopping areas. The Town is too widespread for the amount of quality shops.
Meant to say, that Council Greed is what is destroying the Town, what they need to look at is thigs like. 1. Lower Business Rates to attract new Shops (bigger chains) 2. Nightly parking charge should be Free of low like 50P to attract evening diners 3. Parking charges should be fair so for 1, 2, 3 hours etc not 1/2 hour, 2 hours as most people want an hour. 4. Maybe should test blocking off road where clocktower is on a sat and have special days like big farmers market 5. Maybe they should look at ways to change road structure whilst restructing shopping areas. The Town is too widespread for the amount of quality shops. EwellMan

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