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This is the home page of the website for the Epsom Civic Society. Please explore the menus above to see the full content available. The current picture shows Epsom High Street with poppies on the lampposts to commemorate the Great War 100 years ago.

Epsom’s Street Trees need your help through the Summer

For the last few years, a special arrangement between Surrey County Council (SCC) and Epsom & Ewell Borough Council (EEBC) has enabled EEBC to plant trees in the verges around the Borough to replace those that have died, become dangerous or been vandalised or knocked down by cars. In 2016/17 more than 250 trees were planted throughout the Borough.

Due to budget cuts, SCC and EEBC have now stopped all expenditure on tree replacement and are making no effort to ensure that the young trees don’t die for want of water during the summer. So your help is needed!

Young trees are especially vulnerable to drought conditions until their root systems have got deep enough – so if there is a new tree near where you live, please give it a bucket of water if it looks droopy or when we have had no rain for more than a week. A full list of their locations is available here. Please help to save our trees during the summer heat – assuming we get some!

Attempts are being made for new arrangements with SCC, EEBC and the TAB so that tree replacement can continue, in which case one or more Tree Funds will be established to ensure that Epsom’s streets can remain green and leafy places, thus improving our town’s visual appearance and air quality and reducing the impact of emissions pollution.

But the immediate need is to save the ones already planted – please help and encourage your neighbours and friends to help too.

Update on the Local Plan Review
In 2017 the Epsom Local Plan is being reviewed, and the outcome will decide the planning and development policies to be applied to all planning applications in the Borough over the next fifteen to twenty years or more – so it really matters.

Epsom Civic Society has the opportunity to influence the review and put forward our views as to what should and should not happen in our town in planning terms – what we want to encourage as well as discourage. To help your committee in this task we sought the views of members and residents who care about their town and want it to remain a nice place to live and work at the Open Meeting held on 23rd March 2017.

The meeting was well attended and the discussion following a short presentation by our Chair, Margaret Hollins, was lively and full of ideas and proposals. A summary of the discussion can be found here, and the slides used to start the discussion can be found here.

Despite some documents being available later than initially scheduled, the Council still expects that the public consultation on the partial review of the Local Plan will happen in the autumn of 2017. When the consultation documents have been published the Society intends to hold a further Open Meeting to help to shape our response. Watch this page for further details.

The Green Belt Study dated February 2017 has now been published on the Council website and can be found here.

An updated list of links to the other current relevant documents published by the Council can be found here.

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A brief history of the Epsom Civic Society follows.

The Society was founded in 1959 as the Epsom Protection Society, at a time when many historic and architecturally valuable buildings and houses in Epsom and Ewell were being threatened by developers. Then, our primary role was to halt the destruction of Epsom’s heritage and to ensure that new development was compatible with the traditional character of the town.

In 2011, our name was changed to Epsom Civic Society. Our purpose continues to be to protect the heritage of Epsom and to encourage high standards of new planning and building; but the change of name reflects the wider concerns of the Society to promote civic pride and to inspire progressive improvement in the quality of urban life for everyone.

The Society is a founder member of Civic Voice, the national charity for the civic movement in England, and shares common aims with other civic societies.

We

  • care about the surroundings – the places where people live and work and enjoy leisure
  • want to find solutions to environmental problems
  • wish to improve the fabric of the town for present and future generations
  • help to safeguard the heritage and character of Epsom
  • listen to the local community and campaign for their interests
  • encourage high standards of planning, design and architecture in the built environment and the retention of open spaces
  • aim to promote a sense of civic pride