Epsom town centre gets £1.3m funding boost

Epsom town centre gets £1.3m funding boost

Epsom town centre gets £1.3m funding boost

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Epsom town centre is set to become more pedestrian friendly after a major transport and public spaces scheme won £1.3 million.

Plan E, which was designed to shape the future of Epsom, has been awarded Government funding through the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

A project to revitalise Leatherhead town centre also received £62,500 as part of the funding round for 2015/16 - the sum will be match-funded by Mole Valley District Council.

An Epsom Council spokesman said the £1.3m award means work can start on the "major scheme for transport and public areas" within 18 months.

Under the plan two-way traffic will return to South Street and pedestrian improvements will be made to the Spread Eagle and Quadrant junctions.

The plan also includes improvements to the marketplace and shopping environment, new bus stops and layover bays, tree planting and landscaping.

The spokesman said: "It will help towards the improvements of Epsom town centre as the core of a thriving family friendly market town."

Councillor Clive Woodbridge, leader of the majority group in the council, described the A road through Epsom as one of the "biggest drawbacks" of living and working here.

He said the Plan E measures will make the town more pedestrian friendly and improve the traffic flow, adding: "Hopefully it will make Epsom a nicer place to come and shop and eat."

Funding has no yet been given for the Kiln Lane link project, which would create a crossing under the railway, but it remains part of the LEP’s strategic plan.

Coun Woodbridge said: "We hope that eventually we will get funding for Kiln Lane link. We live to fight another day on that one."

Over in Leatherhead, the funding will allow the council, together with residents and businesses, to develop detailed plans to transform the town centre.

Councillor Chris Townsend, leader of the council, said: "This is a most exciting opportunity for Leatherhead and even at this early stage, we have a lot of support from local residents and businesses.

"Today marks the beginning of a great adventure as we can now start to put our ‘vision’ for Leatherhead down on paper and begin the process of revitalising the town centre."

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10:02am Mon 14 Jul 14

EwellMan says...

Thats good news but hopefully the people making the decisions on how Epsom will look wont be the same clowns the agreed the awful looking Epsom station or all the other screw up projects that just cost the council tax payer millions. Listen to the shopers and the public that shop in Epsom rather than the dinosaur councillors that have no idea whats good or bad for Epsom.

Try temporary road block and check traffic flow, make sure the buses dont congest the roads like they do in most places and do whats best to make the place a good shoppin town even if it means stopping cars for good outside the clocktower.
Thats good news but hopefully the people making the decisions on how Epsom will look wont be the same clowns the agreed the awful looking Epsom station or all the other screw up projects that just cost the council tax payer millions. Listen to the shopers and the public that shop in Epsom rather than the dinosaur councillors that have no idea whats good or bad for Epsom. Try temporary road block and check traffic flow, make sure the buses dont congest the roads like they do in most places and do whats best to make the place a good shoppin town even if it means stopping cars for good outside the clocktower. EwellMan
  • Score: 18

1:36pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Hove Ex-Pat says...

I wonder how much of this windfall for Epsom will actually be spent on the improvements, & how much will be frittered away by various private consultants & planning companies.
Are Epsom Council, or Surrey, going to match-fund the Epsom funding as Leatherhead are? As for the glut of buses in the town, EwellMan, five of the bus routes that serve Epsom are provided, & heavily funded, by Transport for London. Without these I fear that our local shops would be in an even more perilous state than they are. As to the further delays in the Kiln Lane link road, there I do agree with EwellMan. The dinosaur councillors, in Epsom & Ewell as well as Surrey County Council, should be strapped to lampposts in Hook Road at morning & evening peak times, & see for themselves the delays & pollution of rush, or crawl, hour traffic.
I wonder how much of this windfall for Epsom will actually be spent on the improvements, & how much will be frittered away by various private consultants & planning companies. Are Epsom Council, or Surrey, going to match-fund the Epsom funding as Leatherhead are? As for the glut of buses in the town, EwellMan, five of the bus routes that serve Epsom are provided, & heavily funded, by Transport for London. Without these I fear that our local shops would be in an even more perilous state than they are. As to the further delays in the Kiln Lane link road, there I do agree with EwellMan. The dinosaur councillors, in Epsom & Ewell as well as Surrey County Council, should be strapped to lampposts in Hook Road at morning & evening peak times, & see for themselves the delays & pollution of rush, or crawl, hour traffic. Hove Ex-Pat
  • Score: 7

2:59pm Mon 14 Jul 14

niftynigel says...

It's condition of all central government grants (and many others) that the beneficiary has to match fund the project. Surrey County Council and Epsom & Ewell Borough Council (to give them their correct names) have looked at a range of options for Epsom town centre. The biggest challenge is the levels of traffic. Epsom has a major A road running through it, much of the traffic not intending to stop and that has to be accommodated. Being on the edge of Greater London, there has been no modern opportunity to build a by-pass for Epsom. That would've solved many of the town's current problems. From a retail point of view, Epsom has Sutton, Kingston, Croydon, Guildford and even London within relatively easy reach (for most) so it's pointless trying to compete with the bigger towns on the doorstep (and just beyond). The High Street, along with many other up and down the country has suffered at the hands of the supposedly cheaper and more convenient internet commerse. That's not a signal to throw in the towel, but to put some kind of context into the kind of challenges the planners face. On the issue over different shops, my view is that adding additional stores like Morrisons a larger Waitrose can only be good for the town. Giving people more choice will encourage additional shoppers to the town. Variety is the spice of life. However, all developments, good and bad provide challenges and opportunities. EwellMan talks/writes a lot but has nothing to say, no responsibilty. If you think that all councillors are dinosaurs and you think you can do better, put yourself up for election!
It's condition of all central government grants (and many others) that the beneficiary has to match fund the project. Surrey County Council and Epsom & Ewell Borough Council (to give them their correct names) have looked at a range of options for Epsom town centre. The biggest challenge is the levels of traffic. Epsom has a major A road running through it, much of the traffic not intending to stop and that has to be accommodated. Being on the edge of Greater London, there has been no modern opportunity to build a by-pass for Epsom. That would've solved many of the town's current problems. From a retail point of view, Epsom has Sutton, Kingston, Croydon, Guildford and even London within relatively easy reach (for most) so it's pointless trying to compete with the bigger towns on the doorstep (and just beyond). The High Street, along with many other up and down the country has suffered at the hands of the supposedly cheaper and more convenient internet commerse. That's not a signal to throw in the towel, but to put some kind of context into the kind of challenges the planners face. On the issue over different shops, my view is that adding additional stores like Morrisons a larger Waitrose can only be good for the town. Giving people more choice will encourage additional shoppers to the town. Variety is the spice of life. However, all developments, good and bad provide challenges and opportunities. EwellMan talks/writes a lot but has nothing to say, no responsibilty. If you think that all councillors are dinosaurs and you think you can do better, put yourself up for election! niftynigel
  • Score: 0

3:50pm Mon 14 Jul 14

EwellMan says...

niftynigel wrote:
It's condition of all central government grants (and many others) that the beneficiary has to match fund the project. Surrey County Council and Epsom & Ewell Borough Council (to give them their correct names) have looked at a range of options for Epsom town centre. The biggest challenge is the levels of traffic. Epsom has a major A road running through it, much of the traffic not intending to stop and that has to be accommodated. Being on the edge of Greater London, there has been no modern opportunity to build a by-pass for Epsom. That would've solved many of the town's current problems. From a retail point of view, Epsom has Sutton, Kingston, Croydon, Guildford and even London within relatively easy reach (for most) so it's pointless trying to compete with the bigger towns on the doorstep (and just beyond). The High Street, along with many other up and down the country has suffered at the hands of the supposedly cheaper and more convenient internet commerse. That's not a signal to throw in the towel, but to put some kind of context into the kind of challenges the planners face. On the issue over different shops, my view is that adding additional stores like Morrisons a larger Waitrose can only be good for the town. Giving people more choice will encourage additional shoppers to the town. Variety is the spice of life. However, all developments, good and bad provide challenges and opportunities. EwellMan talks/writes a lot but has nothing to say, no responsibilty. If you think that all councillors are dinosaurs and you think you can do better, put yourself up for election!
The departing Business Development manager blamed the decline of Epsom on Councillers "Set in their Ways" so i think you will find from an insider perspective he should know better than any.

The biggest problem Epsom and Ewell faces as already mentioned above by Hove ExPAt in their last statement is traffic! Traffic related to over population of a Market Town and Village. It can take 30 minutes some days to drive from Ewell to Epsom, is this right? Of course not but the planners to continue to allow over development - Linton lane 100+ propoerties, Nescot 90+ properties, Horton 5000+ properties.

Its gets to a point where the streets at peak times become gridlocked and pollution increases. Who is to blame for that? Certinaly not residents that purchased houses decades ago in a market town or villigae that have to sit back and watch it deceminated by over population? If think you will find the only people to blame are councillors voting for more and more houses. So please think about what you wite befor swinging the accustaions.

I would not want to work at the council as i couldnt not make a difference but maybe 10 of me could. We need to sack the rot and bring in fresh people but that is never likely to happen.

I am making statements based on fact and what i see as a long standing local resident. When i went to school locally i was in a class of 20-25 now they are cramming in 35-40 all because no infrastrucure is being build (schools, doctors etc) to cope with the thousands of houses whilst the developes get away with 50k or 100k onbe off payment towards, so what do the council do? raise my council tax next year because of a shortfall of funding? So dont sit on your keybard and state traffic is an issue when the only people to blame are the people that are allowing thousands more houses every year to be built in an already over populated area where like you said we are unable to build bypasses or bigger roads.

Sorry doesnt take a mathematician to work out 1000+ more houses does not equal10 more cars on the road. The roads are too busy, the school are too busy and building more houses will only make this worse.
[quote][p][bold]niftynigel[/bold] wrote: It's condition of all central government grants (and many others) that the beneficiary has to match fund the project. Surrey County Council and Epsom & Ewell Borough Council (to give them their correct names) have looked at a range of options for Epsom town centre. The biggest challenge is the levels of traffic. Epsom has a major A road running through it, much of the traffic not intending to stop and that has to be accommodated. Being on the edge of Greater London, there has been no modern opportunity to build a by-pass for Epsom. That would've solved many of the town's current problems. From a retail point of view, Epsom has Sutton, Kingston, Croydon, Guildford and even London within relatively easy reach (for most) so it's pointless trying to compete with the bigger towns on the doorstep (and just beyond). The High Street, along with many other up and down the country has suffered at the hands of the supposedly cheaper and more convenient internet commerse. That's not a signal to throw in the towel, but to put some kind of context into the kind of challenges the planners face. On the issue over different shops, my view is that adding additional stores like Morrisons a larger Waitrose can only be good for the town. Giving people more choice will encourage additional shoppers to the town. Variety is the spice of life. However, all developments, good and bad provide challenges and opportunities. EwellMan talks/writes a lot but has nothing to say, no responsibilty. If you think that all councillors are dinosaurs and you think you can do better, put yourself up for election![/p][/quote]The departing Business Development manager blamed the decline of Epsom on Councillers "Set in their Ways" so i think you will find from an insider perspective he should know better than any. The biggest problem Epsom and Ewell faces as already mentioned above by Hove ExPAt in their last statement is traffic! Traffic related to over population of a Market Town and Village. It can take 30 minutes some days to drive from Ewell to Epsom, is this right? Of course not but the planners to continue to allow over development - Linton lane 100+ propoerties, Nescot 90+ properties, Horton 5000+ properties. Its gets to a point where the streets at peak times become gridlocked and pollution increases. Who is to blame for that? Certinaly not residents that purchased houses decades ago in a market town or villigae that have to sit back and watch it deceminated by over population? If think you will find the only people to blame are councillors voting for more and more houses. So please think about what you wite befor swinging the accustaions. I would not want to work at the council as i couldnt not make a difference but maybe 10 of me could. We need to sack the rot and bring in fresh people but that is never likely to happen. I am making statements based on fact and what i see as a long standing local resident. When i went to school locally i was in a class of 20-25 now they are cramming in 35-40 all because no infrastrucure is being build (schools, doctors etc) to cope with the thousands of houses whilst the developes get away with 50k or 100k onbe off payment towards, so what do the council do? raise my council tax next year because of a shortfall of funding? So dont sit on your keybard and state traffic is an issue when the only people to blame are the people that are allowing thousands more houses every year to be built in an already over populated area where like you said we are unable to build bypasses or bigger roads. Sorry doesnt take a mathematician to work out 1000+ more houses does not equal10 more cars on the road. The roads are too busy, the school are too busy and building more houses will only make this worse. EwellMan
  • Score: 17

6:42pm Mon 14 Jul 14

ratta-tutta-ya says...

Let's have a think before we have run down the Councillors or any other persons. Epsom has the A24 A3 M25 Ewell-Bye Pass close to Epsom Town. Somehow it's going to take a major investment to solve this problem, which I think would be impossible to sort out.

The problem we have, all up and down our land is to many vehicles, that's why roads and towns are clogged up.

The Country is too small to cope with this problem, and I don't know what the answer will be?

I agree with niftynigel this person is talking sense and not slagging of anybody or blaming someone. EwellMan is never wrong he lives in this WONDERFUL VICTORIAN COCOON and he's always right!!
Let's have a think before we have run down the Councillors or any other persons. Epsom has the A24 A3 M25 Ewell-Bye Pass close to Epsom Town. Somehow it's going to take a major investment to solve this problem, which I think would be impossible to sort out. The problem we have, all up and down our land is to many vehicles, that's why roads and towns are clogged up. The Country is too small to cope with this problem, and I don't know what the answer will be? I agree with niftynigel this person is talking sense and not slagging of anybody or blaming someone. EwellMan is never wrong he lives in this WONDERFUL VICTORIAN COCOON and he's always right!! ratta-tutta-ya
  • Score: -3

8:28pm Mon 14 Jul 14

ticktock says...

ratta-tutta-ya wrote:
Let's have a think before we have run down the Councillors or any other persons. Epsom has the A24 A3 M25 Ewell-Bye Pass close to Epsom Town. Somehow it's going to take a major investment to solve this problem, which I think would be impossible to sort out.

The problem we have, all up and down our land is to many vehicles, that's why roads and towns are clogged up.

The Country is too small to cope with this problem, and I don't know what the answer will be?

I agree with niftynigel this person is talking sense and not slagging of anybody or blaming someone. EwellMan is never wrong he lives in this WONDERFUL VICTORIAN COCOON and he's always right!!
To many houses been built in one small area doesn't work,they built one school,done nothing to our roads .
No-one else is to blame apart from the the local government for creating Epsom into what is now .Hove pat +Ewell man has some good points .
Just look at what they did to Epsom train station its a nightmare
[quote][p][bold]ratta-tutta-ya[/bold] wrote: Let's have a think before we have run down the Councillors or any other persons. Epsom has the A24 A3 M25 Ewell-Bye Pass close to Epsom Town. Somehow it's going to take a major investment to solve this problem, which I think would be impossible to sort out. The problem we have, all up and down our land is to many vehicles, that's why roads and towns are clogged up. The Country is too small to cope with this problem, and I don't know what the answer will be? I agree with niftynigel this person is talking sense and not slagging of anybody or blaming someone. EwellMan is never wrong he lives in this WONDERFUL VICTORIAN COCOON and he's always right!![/p][/quote]To many houses been built in one small area doesn't work,they built one school,done nothing to our roads . No-one else is to blame apart from the the local government for creating Epsom into what is now .Hove pat +Ewell man has some good points . Just look at what they did to Epsom train station its a nightmare ticktock
  • Score: 3

10:14pm Mon 14 Jul 14

EwellMan says...

ratta-tutta-ya wrote:
Let's have a think before we have run down the Councillors or any other persons. Epsom has the A24 A3 M25 Ewell-Bye Pass close to Epsom Town. Somehow it's going to take a major investment to solve this problem, which I think would be impossible to sort out.

The problem we have, all up and down our land is to many vehicles, that's why roads and towns are clogged up.

The Country is too small to cope with this problem, and I don't know what the answer will be?

I agree with niftynigel this person is talking sense and not slagging of anybody or blaming someone. EwellMan is never wrong he lives in this WONDERFUL VICTORIAN COCOON and he's always right!!
I wouldnt say im running down the councillors but if you company is making no money or being run badly you have to look at the management first?

The M25 is about 3 from Epsom and the A3 about 5 miles away so i wouldnt say they are close by by any means. Epsom and Ewell are not used as a cut through from the M25 ofr the A3 so i think you may want to check a map, its just sheer volume of commuter traffic. in the surrrounding areas like ashtead, Cheam, Chessington.

You will never agree with me because you are the sort of person that would rather argue the point even though you know im right on this point. I again will explain to you that i have lived in ewell ofor 40 years, i bought a house in a lovely village and Epsom was a booming market town, now due to over development the roads are gridlocked at peak times and pollution from all the traffic. Is the council going to pay me 100k in cash so i can move out to live in a area like where i chose to live? Of course not but councillers sit on their behinds making decision and agreeing to hundreds/ thousands more houses witout a thought to residents and how this will impact them? The nescot 90 units, lintons lane 100+ units, just these 2 sites will add at least 100 cars a day to already over populated areas. Sorry if you feel being passionate about where i live is classed is rrunning down councillors but last time i looked these people are voted in to do the best for the residents and not to turn nice areas into over crowded ghettos just so they can line the councils bank account.

Living in a wonderful Victorian Cocoon, now i have heard it all!!!!! You either dont live in the area or have such a sad life you cant even make a comment on the forum with insulting another member. I bet you used to bully the little kids at school because you were bigger than them.
[quote][p][bold]ratta-tutta-ya[/bold] wrote: Let's have a think before we have run down the Councillors or any other persons. Epsom has the A24 A3 M25 Ewell-Bye Pass close to Epsom Town. Somehow it's going to take a major investment to solve this problem, which I think would be impossible to sort out. The problem we have, all up and down our land is to many vehicles, that's why roads and towns are clogged up. The Country is too small to cope with this problem, and I don't know what the answer will be? I agree with niftynigel this person is talking sense and not slagging of anybody or blaming someone. EwellMan is never wrong he lives in this WONDERFUL VICTORIAN COCOON and he's always right!![/p][/quote]I wouldnt say im running down the councillors but if you company is making no money or being run badly you have to look at the management first? The M25 is about 3 from Epsom and the A3 about 5 miles away so i wouldnt say they are close by by any means. Epsom and Ewell are not used as a cut through from the M25 ofr the A3 so i think you may want to check a map, its just sheer volume of commuter traffic. in the surrrounding areas like ashtead, Cheam, Chessington. You will never agree with me because you are the sort of person that would rather argue the point even though you know im right on this point. I again will explain to you that i have lived in ewell ofor 40 years, i bought a house in a lovely village and Epsom was a booming market town, now due to over development the roads are gridlocked at peak times and pollution from all the traffic. Is the council going to pay me 100k in cash so i can move out to live in a area like where i chose to live? Of course not but councillers sit on their behinds making decision and agreeing to hundreds/ thousands more houses witout a thought to residents and how this will impact them? The nescot 90 units, lintons lane 100+ units, just these 2 sites will add at least 100 cars a day to already over populated areas. Sorry if you feel being passionate about where i live is classed is rrunning down councillors but last time i looked these people are voted in to do the best for the residents and not to turn nice areas into over crowded ghettos just so they can line the councils bank account. Living in a wonderful Victorian Cocoon, now i have heard it all!!!!! You either dont live in the area or have such a sad life you cant even make a comment on the forum with insulting another member. I bet you used to bully the little kids at school because you were bigger than them. EwellMan
  • Score: 6

10:03am Tue 15 Jul 14

jswan1 says...

I would like to see the money spent on relocating people in council housing to somewhere outside of Epsom.
I would like to see the money spent on relocating people in council housing to somewhere outside of Epsom. jswan1
  • Score: -8

1:04pm Tue 15 Jul 14

sjsunny says...

Great news, let's hope the money is spent wisely and taking into account the views of residents and local business owners.

On a slightly separate note; NiftyNigel I think you might have actually hit upon something in your post - Ewellman should (as someone who clearly cares about Epsom & Ewell) seriously consider standing as a councillor. To stop the rot, the current old cronies brigade needs to be replaced with people who care about the local area.
Great news, let's hope the money is spent wisely and taking into account the views of residents and local business owners. On a slightly separate note; NiftyNigel I think you might have actually hit upon something in your post - Ewellman should (as someone who clearly cares about Epsom & Ewell) seriously consider standing as a councillor. To stop the rot, the current old cronies brigade needs to be replaced with people who care about the local area. sjsunny
  • Score: 8

11:30am Thu 17 Jul 14

niftynigel says...

I used to think the same as EwellMan, but then I decided to get involved and see first hand what the local councillors (of all parties) have to consider when making decisions. It totally changed my opinions of local democracy. I have a lot more respect for our local councillors now, even if I don't necessarily agree with them. Over the years, through successive governements, local decision making has been eroded to a significent degree and many policies are now dictated by central government.

If EwellMan was making the point point of over population, I actually agree with him. This is not something that can be dealt with locally, but would need to be dealt with by a radially altered government strategy.

My advice to EwellMan (and others), even if they cowardly refuse to stand for election is to get involved in some other way for the benefit of the community. By the way, EwellMan, I've lived in the Epsom area for over 40 years too! I don't like may of the changes I've seen to the market town and village, but then I freely admit that there will be others who will have liked the changes and would've benefitted more that I have!

I don't want to get into a slanging match with the departing Business Development Manager, who I'm sure only had the best of intentions for Epsom, suffice to say that if there were easy solutions, they'd have been done years ago. Why would any council or councillor want to do unpopular things or be unpopular?

Epsom & Ewell is just one small borough in the whole scheme of things. We'd all be living in a fantasy world, if we could pick and choose who we had for neighbours, the level of traffic, the range of shops etc. If we were all town planners, we'd all do it differently I'm sure!

With there being such pressure to build even more houses, things like over population (and even more traffic) will probably get even worse. The Borough Councillors are powerless to stop this so don't have a go at them (or fuel the argument that they stand to benefit financially from this as they don't).
I used to think the same as EwellMan, but then I decided to get involved and see first hand what the local councillors (of all parties) have to consider when making decisions. It totally changed my opinions of local democracy. I have a lot more respect for our local councillors now, even if I don't necessarily agree with them. Over the years, through successive governements, local decision making has been eroded to a significent degree and many policies are now dictated by central government. If EwellMan was making the point point of over population, I actually agree with him. This is not something that can be dealt with locally, but would need to be dealt with by a radially altered government strategy. My advice to EwellMan (and others), even if they cowardly refuse to stand for election is to get involved in some other way for the benefit of the community. By the way, EwellMan, I've lived in the Epsom area for over 40 years too! I don't like may of the changes I've seen to the market town and village, but then I freely admit that there will be others who will have liked the changes and would've benefitted more that I have! I don't want to get into a slanging match with the departing Business Development Manager, who I'm sure only had the best of intentions for Epsom, suffice to say that if there were easy solutions, they'd have been done years ago. Why would any council or councillor want to do unpopular things or be unpopular? Epsom & Ewell is just one small borough in the whole scheme of things. We'd all be living in a fantasy world, if we could pick and choose who we had for neighbours, the level of traffic, the range of shops etc. If we were all town planners, we'd all do it differently I'm sure! With there being such pressure to build even more houses, things like over population (and even more traffic) will probably get even worse. The Borough Councillors are powerless to stop this so don't have a go at them (or fuel the argument that they stand to benefit financially from this as they don't). niftynigel
  • Score: 2

10:57am Mon 21 Jul 14

worldlyman2013 says...

So, another car park? Escalators in the Ashley Centre? Menswear stores?

Or more pound shops, kebab shops, free parking for anyone with 7 kids, another Wetherspoons?

Tough call.
So, another car park? Escalators in the Ashley Centre? Menswear stores? Or more pound shops, kebab shops, free parking for anyone with 7 kids, another Wetherspoons? Tough call. worldlyman2013
  • Score: 0

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