Environment Update: August 2018
A number of people have been arrested and charged following two weeks
An update from Councillor Alex Coley on the largest and longest unconference
A local resident is looking for donations of surplus apples from back gardens
Welcome to the environment update for August 2018. July has been a busy month for the committee with the organising of a litter pick in West Ewell, reporting environment issues and reading through various consultations. If you care about our wards and would like to assist the environment committee please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We appreciate your time regardless of how little or much you can spare.
Clean Up Day
Our environment committee was joined by families from West Ewell for a litter pick on 14 July. Despite the fantastic weather and the Ewell Village Fair, there was a very good turn out and plenty of litter collected. We also used fixmystreet.com to report issues such as flytipping to Epsom and Ewell Borough Council.
Residents that we passed were disappointed not to have seen the event advertised so we have now set up a mailing list so you can be updated on future picks and environment issues. We will also register future events on http://www.keepbritaintidy.org/ and are looking to see if we can afford to deliver flyers to nearby properties. If you would like to support West Ewell and Ruxley Residents Association in running these events and supporting independent representation please subscribe for just £2 per household per year. For more details on becoming a member please visit our membership page. Alternatively, if you are a local business and would be interested in sponsoring a flyer please email email@example.com.
Environment Update by Email
Following on from feedback given to us at the litter pick we have now set up a mailing list for our environment news. We are looking to publish approximately four updates a year although this may increase if we have more volunteers. To sign up visit this link.
The Government has imposed a target for Epsom & Ewell which has increased from 181 last year to 579 houses a year in the future. That equates to another 11,580 houses over 20 years, an increase of 25-30%, and an expected 30,000 people to be accommodated in those new homes. Residents may have received a leaflet from the Conservatives in Epsom and Ewell which contained ill-informed articles about the Residents’ Association Councillors’ position. Please read our article which sets out the work that our councillors and council officers are undertaking.
Recycling Electrical Items
Epsom and Ewell Borough Council has worked with the Surrey Waste Partnership to secure three small electrical item recycling banks. The banks have been sited in Christ Church Car Park, Stoneleigh Broadway and Depot Road Carp Park. Items such as kettles, toasters, hairdryers and radios will be taken to specialist recycling companies for dismantling and recycling of individual materials/components.
Consultations – Transport
Surrey County Council is currently running a number of consultations concerning transport within Surrey. Although transport officially comes under our highways committee, there are a number of environmental impacts that could be influenced by these surveys.