Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Please sign our petition to Save Epsom's Green Belt

Please sign our online petition to support planning officers both in Epsom and Mole Valley to reject any loss of green belt. 

The Woodland Trust will safeguard 640 acres of land but one field has been retained by Langley Bottom Farm. This land is immediately adjacent to the village and villagers fear future residential development. 

At the same time the RAC private members club are negotiating with Epsom planners to abuse the green belt in order to expand their facilities. This area is now surrounded by potential breaches of the green belt. 

Epsom and Mole Valley are committed to retaining our green belt but require your support. - See more at:

Public meetings held on flagship forest plans for Langley Vale

Public meetings held on flagship forest plans for Langley Vale

12:40pm Tuesday 25th March 2014
By Hardeep Matharu
The Woodland Trust revealed more details of its plan to create a flagship forest in Epsom to commemorate the anniversary of World War One at two public meetings.
The meetings, held on Sunday, March 23, at Langley Vale village hall, involved a presentation followed by a question-and-answer session.  Those attending were also asked to fill in a questionnaire. 
Jane Race, from Epsom, who attended the second meeting, said the trust explained that it just needs to raise £100,000 from public donations to hit its financial target to create four Centenary Woods, the English one in Epsom, and one each in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
This is because £3m has already been donated for the £12m project and every £1 donated will be matched by £90 pledged by businesses.
Mrs Race said working groups would be set up to look at how to create and manage the 200,000 tree wood and the trust wants to speak with key members of the community.
Epsom Guardian:
A map of the proposed Centenary Wood in Langley Vale 
She said a landscaped area rather than a statue or monument is to be created as a commemoration, with a national, not simply Epsom focus, as this will be England’s only Centenary Wood.
The trust is looking at launching 'a dedicate a tree' programme in June with a likely cost of £20 per tree.
The trust said it will be working with Surrey County Council to reduce the traffic congestion which could be caused by the forest.  Public access to the site will be from Headley Road to a main car park.  There will be toilets on site but no cafe.
For the next two years, Langley Bottom Farm will remain a working farm, but beyond this the trust does not know what will happen to it.
To make a donation click here.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Letter printed in Epsom Guardian; Cheaper parking in Epsom is only part of the solution

Cheaper parking in Epsom is only part of the solution

12:34pm Wednesday 22nd January 2014
While Epsom and Ewell Council is to be commended for looking in to car parking charges, it appears that the reduction of some car parking fees are at the expense of rises in others.
If the council truly wants to increase the footfall in Epsom town centre they should look at strategies to raise the quality and variety of shops and attract new businesses to the area.
Nationally the trend seems to be an expansion in online shopping, leaving the high street to independent boutiques.
Councils must encourage affordable premises for new businesses and the new owners must be confident shoppers have easy access and competitive parking charges.
Jane Race; Epsom

Monday, 23 December 2013

Letter printed in the Epsom Guardian

9:52am Monday 23rd December 2013
Epsom Borough Council and Surrey Downs CCG both deserve credit for their work this month.
Whilst I am known to be very critical of Epsom Council’s parking strategy I was very impressed by the speed with which they responded to my report of a broken bollard and the collapse of a street name sign in Epsom’s College ward.
These were fixed within days and the work was very well done. When attending Surrey Downs CCG board meeting this month it was very good to hear about all the hard work the SDCCG are doing to improve services both in the community and hospitals across Surrey.
There does seem to be a commitment to improve both social and health care for the Surrey area. This comes after Epsom and St Helier Trust have been in the top ranks for hospital safety.
It certainly seems as if we have turned a corner and I look forward to an even better 2014!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Jane Race; Epsom

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Latest from College Ward, Epsom.

While I have lots of positive reports on Epsom Hospital Campaign I am also keeping a keen eye on College Ward's roads and any issues that may arise. This is especially important as our Liberal Democrat Borough Councillor, Anna Jones, has moved away from the area. Please feel free to email me if you have any issues that you would like to raise. I am always happy to help!

There have been lots of road works in the area and this has led to some congestion in some of the roads. The diversions on Burgh Heath Road due to road improvements have meant a temporary relief from some of the HGV lorries that use the road as a cut through. However, this is a still, in my view, a serious problem that both the police and local Council still need to address.

I have reported to the Council issues regarding road signs that have been damaged and the Council has assured me they will be fixed a.s.a.p. These include bollards and road name signs on Mospey Crescent.

Albert Road has issues with potholes and these have been flagged up to Surrey County Council who will be fixing them very soon!

Residential parking problems continue to cause difficulties both for visitors to relative's homes and to homeowners themselves. Until the RA led Borough Council address the lack of affordable parking for users of the town centre, and commuters we will continue to struggle with congestion.

I'd like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and restful holiday!

Epsom Hospital Board Meeting

On the 6th December I attended Epsom Hospital's Board Meeting to hear the latest news. 

Sutton Hospital
Sutton Hospital
6 December 2013
Plans to transfer some of the services from the Sutton Hospital site to St Helier and Epsom hospitals moved a step closer today, as the Trust Board, together with Sutton Clinical Commissioning Group have both agreed the proposals.
These changes will improve the services we offer to our patients, improve the working environment for our staff and will help us to balance the books.
We aim to move the services with as little disruption to patients as possible, and importantly, around three quarters of our patients will have a similar journey or will benefit from a shorter journey following the changes.
And, with an extra £4.5 million in capital to move our services into upgraded facilities at both Epsom and St Helier hospitals, improvements to our principal sites are already underway for the benefit of our patients, visitors and staff.
Chief Operating Officer, Jackie Sullivan, said: "This is excellent news for our patients and staff as it will allow us to maintain the full range of clinical services we currently provide, invest in better quality surroundings at St Helier and Epsom, and for many people, provide care closer to where they live.
"Around 60 per cent of patients at Sutton already use Epsom or St Helier hospital services, so we hope they will be in a familiar environment. In some cases it means that patients will have all their appointments in one place rather than travelling between our sites.
"In addition, locating the extra clinics and services at our main hospitals will strengthen both St Helier and Epsom clinically and financially, saving us more than £3 million each year.
"Our patients, staff, NHS partners and local councils have helped us to shape these plans and we will continue to work closely with each of these groups to ensure the moves take place with as little disruption as possible."
Dr Brendan Hudson, Chair of Sutton CCG said: "We have worked closely with the Trust to ensure that these moves will benefit patients with an improved healthcare environment and, for a number of people, care closer to home.
"The service move will bring together a comprehensive eye clinic and casualty at St Helier Hospital while retaining the very busy blood taking clinic at Sutton Hospital."
The Trust plans to leave a fifth of current activity at Sutton, including blood testing, pain management and chronic fatigue clinics. A fifth will transfer to Epsom, including urology (treatment of urinary tract conditions) and some eye clinics, with the remainder moving to St Helier, including the eye unit hub and general outpatient clinics.
As a result of these changes, three quarters of patients will see no change to their travel distance or be closer to where they are treated.
It is planned to stage the moves over a six month period from February to August 2014.

Trust Board Meeting (in Public) Part 1
Friday 6th December 2013 in Conference Room 1, Postgraduate Centre, 2nd Floor, Wells Wing, Epsom Hospital, Dorking Road, Epsom KT18 8EG
1. Introduction
9:30am to 11:30am
1.1 CHAIRMANS WELCOME: Laurence Newman
Members are reminded they have a requirement to declare any matter which might conflict, or be perceived to conflict, with their position as a member of the Board as detailed in Section138 of the Trusts Standing Orders.
2. General Business Issues
2.1 MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 8TH NOVEMBER 2013: Laurence Newman, Chairman
2.2 MATTERS ARISING REPORT: Laurence Newman, Chairman
2.3 ACTIONS LOG: Laurence Newman, Chairman
2.4 CHAIRMAN’S UPDATE: Laurence Newman
2.5. CHIEF EXECUTIVE’S UPDATE: Matthew Hopkins
3. Strategic Issues
3.1 BETTER SERVICES, BETTER VALUE REVIEW UPDATE: Peter Davies, Director of Strategy and Business Development
TB 142/13 TB 143/13 TB 144/13
TB 145/13
14. Quality, Performance and Patient Safety
4.1 INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL MONTHLY REPORT: Pippa Hart, Director of Nursing Standards and Quality Assurance
4.2 FRANCIS RECOMMENDATIONS ACTION PLAN: Dr James Marsh, Joint Medical Director
4.3 PATIENT EXPERIENCE REPORT: Pippa Hart, Director of Nursing Standards and Quality Assurance
4.4 NURSING AND MIDWIFERY STRATEGY 2013-2016: Pippa Hart, Director of Nursing Standards and Quality Assurance
4.5 PERFORMANCE REPORT MONTH 7: Chrisha Alagaratnam, Deputy Chief Executive/Director of Finance
4.6 FINANCE REPORT MONTH 7: Chrisha Alagaratnam, Deputy Chief Executive/Director of Finance
4.7 COMMUNICATIONS REPORT: Rachel Royall, Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs
4.8 WARD ESTABLISHMENTS UPDATE REPORT: Pippa Hart, Director of Nursing Standards and Quality Assurance
5. Items for Approval
5.1 CHANGES TO TRUST SERVICES AT SUTTON HOSPITAL Jackie Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer
5.2 RESPONSIBLE OFFICER’S (MEDICAL REVALIDATION) BOARD REPORT: Dr Martin Stockwell, Associate Medical Director, Responsible Officer
6. Items for Information
6.2 CONTRACTS AWARDED OVER £50K: Chrisha Alagaratnam, Deputy Chief Executive/Director of Finance and Performance
7. Minutes and Reports from Board Committees
7.1 TRUST EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: Matthew Hopkins, Chief Executive and Chair of the Committee
Meeting held on 20th November 2013
7.2 FINANCE AND SERVICE IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE: Laurence Newman, Chairman and Chair of the Committee Meeting held on 28th November 2013
TB 155/13
TB 156/13
TB 157/13
TB 158/13
TB 146/13 TB 147/13 TB 148/13 TB 149/13 TB 150/13
and Performance
TB 151/13 and Performance
Verbal report TB 151a/13
TB 152/13 TB 153/13
TB 154/13
Cherry McCormack, Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Committee
Meeting held on 22nd November 2013
7.4 PATIENT SAFETY AND QUALITY COMMITTEE: TB 159/13 Professor David Oliveira, Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Committee Meeting held on 29th November 2013
8. Any Other Business 9. Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting of the Trust Board will take place on Friday 7th February 2014 in the Nonsuch Room, Postgraduate Centre, St Helier Hospital, Wrythe Lane, Carshalton, Surrey SM5 1AA from 9:30am.
10. Closure
The Board is asked to resolve to exclude the public from Part II of the meeting due to the confidential nature of the business to be transacted and because publicity of the items for consideration would be prejudicial to the public interest.
Questions from the Public
There will be an opportunity for members of staff, volunteers and the public to put questions to the Board in between parts I and II of the Board meeting.
Phil Ireland Trust Secretary 020 8296 3402