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Dear constituent

I am writing to you with an update on a number of local matters.

Castle Road Footbridge Closure

Firstly, an apology. In my last bulletin I said that I had been told that the Castle Road footbridge in Epsom would be repaired and reopened in November. No sooner had I done this than Network Rail got back in touch to say they had found a bigger problem and the bridge would have to be rebuilt. Sorry if I raised your hopes. For those who live nearby, this is the plan for work to replace the bridge.

Epsom & Ewell Local Plan

Epsom and Ewell Borough Council has “unpaused” its draft local plan and I am expecting further consultation about its proposals for the whole area shortly. I will let you know when I hear more about when you can become involved again.

But in the meantime it has published its more detailed proposals for Epsom Town Centre and is seeking opinions about them. You can take part in the consultation at https://epsom-ewell.inconsult.uk/ETCMP/

Free Cyber Training

Surrey Police have launched free cyber security training to any small business, community group, charity, education facility or any group that would benefit. Last year, 39% of small businesses suffered a cyber attack.

The programme is being delivered as an online event via MS Teams for small audiences but in person for audiences larger than 25. If you are interested please let me know and I will get the specialist officer who does this to get in touch with you.

Thames Water Scam

Thames Water have been in touch to say that they have learned that a fake letter has been sent to some customers containing a QR code which directs them to a fraudulent website offering help with paying their bills. The website then goes on to ask for personal information such as date of birth, address and passport number. They are asking customers to take care and say that they will never ask customers for their personal or financial details, access to their online account or for any urgent action or a rushed decision.

Free Energy Advice

Finally a couple of things for people having difficulties this winter.

Citizens Advice in Epsom is offering free appointments for anyone who needs advice about their energy use this winter, an in particular how to apply for grants and benefits and to become more energy efficient.

To book a free, confidential appointment call CAEE on Freephone 0808 278 7963,  drop in 10am-1pm Mondays (from 4 December) and Tuesdays or 10am-3pm on Thursdays at Citizens Advice Epsom & Ewell, The Old Town Hall, The Parade, Epsom, KT18 5AG.

In addition, local volunteers from Rotary and Abbeyfield Southern Oaks are

holding a special community hub this month in Ewell Village for anyone who feels that they are struggling financially, or with loneliness, health or other issues.  somewhere they can go and there is a listening ear.     The sessions are completely free with refreshments and lunch included. The Hub is meeting on Friday 8th and 22nd December in Ewell Hall between 10.30 am and 1.30pm.

With best wishes

Chris