Thursday, 30 July 2015

The letter to The Guardian that THEY don't want you to read!

It was with great disappointment that the Epsom Guardian decided not to publish my letter to the editor regarding the Aldi development. I would have thought they would want to know what the local Councillors think about developments in the area. I want to know what my fellow residents think about this development. I am writing this for you!

Dear Editor,
I am writing in response to your article published in last week’s Epsom Guardian dated 23rd July, about the possible new development from Aldi. I have seen the proposals put forward by Aldi, that have been leafleted to neighbours nearby and I am of the opinion that the plans are entirely unsuitable for the area. The junction at Church Road and Alexandra Road is already problematic and this would add to the traffic congestion, which would be dangerous for both traffic and also pedestrians. Alexandra Road has a history of serious road accidents resulting from speeding cars and this would only exacerbate the problem. Although additional parking has been offered, I doubt whether it would be sufficient and this will add to the parking congestion both on neighbouring roads and also for the doctor’s surgery next door.
The width of the small roads nearby are totally unsuitable for large delivery lorries which will have great difficulty entering and exiting the site and which will cause obstruction on both Alexandra and Church Road.
 As to whether we actually need another supermarket, an altogether different question, I am doubtful about this also. It certainly would have a negative impact on the smaller shops on nearby roads and Upper High Street, which are still suffering from the expensive parking charges Epsom has to endure. I am very interested to know the views from both Epsom residents, commuters and anyone else it will impact on. My email address:

Councillor Jane Race
Conservative Councillor for College Ward Epsom.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Launch of The Buddy Scheme

It was a pleasure to be invited to the launch of The Buddy Scheme today at St Andrew's Church in Cobham as part of my role as Social Committee Member at Epsom and Ewell Borough Council.

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The Buddy Scheme is an initiative to enable people with learning difficulties to become volunteers and I was lucky enough to be at the launch of this initiative which will be rolled out in Cobham, Dorking, Epsom, Esher and Walton on Thames.

A trained Buddy Mentor offers volunteers :

  • Support attending interviews and visits to voluntary placements
  • Ongoing support in a voluntary role
  • Travel training 
For more information visit:

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Thank you!

A belated thank you to all those who voted in the local election. Indeed, thank you for everyone who came out to vote at all.

I am delighted to be given this opportunity to serve the residents of Epsom and represent College ward. In the following weeks we will be sending you out information about our regular surgeries, but in the meantime if you need help with any borough related matter please contact me though the Epsom and Ewell Council email address.

Thank you again.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Asking residents for their views and issues during the election campaign.

It has been a busy few months, and we have been knocking on resident's doors to find out what their views and issues are during this election campaign. There is not a door that we haven't knocked on! If we called and you were out I'm sorry that we didn't get a chance to chat. You will have received a calling card and if you wanted us to come back do let us know.
Whatever your political views please don't forget to vote. We are so lucky in this country that we have free elections. Let's not waste our freedom!


Chris Grayling canvassing on behalf of local Conservative Candidates.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Please sign our petition to Epsom and Ewell Council to reject any applications that lead to excessive development of back lands and gardens.

Stop excessive development in back lands and gardens in the borough.

Epsom and Ewell Conservatives are asking the Epsom and Ewell Borough Council to reject any applications that lead to excessive development of back lands and gardens.  These developments negatively impact the area by:
1. irrevocably destroying the character of an area
2. increasing the pressure on the infrastructure
3. destroying natural habitats
4. destroying vegetation
 We are all fortunate to live in a wonderful area.  Many of us chose to live in this area because of the leafy surroundings, green spaces and characteristic street scenes.  Please let us keep Epsom that way.
For more information on the Save Epsom Campaign please e-mail:

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Over 100 people receive free pulse/ECG check from SurreyASG in Epsom's Ashley Centre!

Over one hundred people were given a free ECG health check, in Epsom’s Ashley Centre on Friday 23rd of January, organised by Surrey Arrhythmia Support Group. (SurreyASG)

Dr Richard Bogle, Consultant Cardiologist at Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust, and Chris Crockford CEO of Cardiocity led the team who carried out the ECG health checks.  Health checks were performed using AliveCor iPhone App and Cardiocity’s RhythmPadGP, a simple USB connected lead1 and lead6 screening tool.

The event was held to raise awareness of Heart conditions, particularly Arrhythmia, and encourage people to be more conscious of their health generally. People were treated to screening using both technologies and several heart problems were identified, allowing patients to go to their GPs for further advice and treatment where appropriate.

Jane Race, Chair and Founder of Surrey ASG said “The event was a huge success and identified several heart conditions in patients. We are very grateful to Dr Richard Bogle and Stephanie Cruickshank, both from Epsom and St Helier Hospital, for screening over 100 people today, in Epsom’s Ashley Centre.”

Dr Bogle, SurreyASG’s medical lead, is also going to talk to our patient support group on 4th February, in the post-graduate medical centre at Epsom Hospital, (Wells Wing 2nd Floor). The meeting starts at 4.45pm and the topic will be, ' Latest research into the effect on Atrial Fibrillation of changing life styles'.

Friday, 31 October 2014

Guided tour of Epsom Hospital's Day Surgery Unit and EOC Centre

Councillor Tina Mountain, Rosemary Najim and I were given a guided tour of the Day Surgery Unit and EOC centre after our meeting with Dr Ruth Charlton, Deputy Chief Executive and Joint Medical Director, and Helena Reeves, Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs, who explained that while the finances are tight the Trust are hoping to break even at the end of the year. 

Jane Race, Rosemary Najim, Cllr Tina Mountain and Surgical Matron; Phil Henry.

Helena Reeves kindly showed us round the Day Surgery Unit that was opened by the Duchess of Gloucester on Thursday, September 27, 2012. The £2.5 million day case unit has six beds in each ward, and is in the top four in the country. They cover many different types of elective surgery with 84 per cent of patients going home the same day. They have 12-14 000 day case operations, including paediatrics, a year. 

Inside the Day Surgery Unit Theatre.

We were also shown around the EOC, which is supported by four different NHS Trusts and is the largest in the UK and second largest in the world. They cover orthopaedic surgery, with special interest surgeons in hip, knee and spine. They have five theatres, which do on average six to eight surgeries a day. They also work on Saturdays with an average of twenty-five surgeries, which they want to increase. They have 72 beds in total, split into two main wards. They have one nurse to eight patients with their own physiotherapists that see patients two to three times a day. Their infection rate is very good and the unit is led by Senior Consultants, in fact they are all consultants with a minimum of ten years experience. As we were shown round we all felt that we were very lucky to have such a fine NHS facility in Epsom.