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Dear constituent

I am writing to you about a number of local matters.

Stoneleigh Foot Bridge

Firstly for those of you living in Stoneleigh, I have had an update about the next steps in the work to rebuild the station and the footbridge over it.

You will be aware that there is current work taking place during the daytime, which is due to be completed on Friday. But after that there are plans for night-time work, which can only take place when trains are not running. These are the details which have been sent to me.

I appreciate that some of this will be disruptive in the area, but I hope at the end of the work we will have a much better station and that the two halves of Stoneleigh will be much better connected.

ULEZ

I know there is a lot of anger locally about the introduction of the ULEZ in London, and I have corresponded with many of you about the scheme, with which I strongly disagree.

But I thought it might be helpful to let you know that drivers who are disabled and whose vehicle (or whose nominated driver’s vehicle) does not meet ULEZ emissions standards may qualify for a grace period regardless of whether they live in London or not. This means they will receive a temporary 100% discount from the ULEZ charge until October 2027. There are three grace periods: the ‘Disabled and Disabled Passenger Vehicle’ Tax Class grace period; the wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAV) grace period; and the Disabled Benefits grace period.

There is also a grace period available for designated wheelchair-accessible private hire vehicles used to carry out a private hire booking until October 2027.

Many not-for-profit organisations that operate minibuses used for community transport can also register to benefit from a grace period until October 2025. These are minibuses that carry passengers on a not-for-profit basis. For example educational, religious, social welfare reasons, or other activities that benefit the community.

Details of all of these can be found here.

https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone/ulez-expansion-support-for-disabled-people#:~:text=If%20you%20are%20disabled%20and,charge%20until%2025%20October%202027.

The Wells Road Bridge

Some of you will be aware that there is an issue with the road bridge over the railway into The Wells. The level of the road has sunk after a water leak. I have been in touch with Network Rail who own the bridge, who have assured me that they are aware of the issue and are on the case with planned repairs.

Age Concern Volunteers

Age Concern in Epsom is looking for volunteer befrienders, who can visit an older person on a regular basis to offer a supportive and reliable relationship to people who may be socially isolated and need provide companionship and support.
If you have an hour or two a week to spare, and would like to know more, please contact Jane Hodgson, Volunteer Co-ordinator on jane.hodgson@ageconcernepsom.org.uk or by telephone on 01372 732456.

I hope this is helpful.

With best wishes

Chris