I am writing with a further update on a couple of local matters.
Firstly can I start by thanking everyone who was involved in organising all the Platinum Jubilee Events locally. We had a really wide range of things going on over the weekend, and I know it all took a huge amount of effort. Thank you.
TFL Clean Air Consultation
Those who live at the north end of Epsom and Ewell and in Nork are probably particularly aware of the Mayor of London’s plans to extend the Ultra Low Emission zone to the London boundary. This would mean that older vehicles would have to pay a daily charge to drive across the boundary.
Clearly this has major implications for many people living locally, and while I understand the intent behind the policy, it is in my view damaging and unworkable for the areas immediately adjoining the boundary. Transport for London have yet to give clear details about how it would work on the border – for example what do they plan to do with cases like that of Sparrow Farm Road in Stoneleigh, which is in Surrey on one side and in London on the other. But it would mean a charge for many Surrey residents doing local journeys or driving from one place in Surrey to another if the route crossed the boundary.
I have lodged an objection to the scheme because of this, and would encourage residents here to make their views known to TfL before the consultation ends. You can do so via this link
Please do take part.
Thank you also to all of those who are helping Ukrainian refugees locally.
Over 70 Ukrainian families have arrived in the area and are being hosted by sponsor families. If you are hosting and need some help, please reach out to Epsom & Ewell Refugee Network who can offer support and advise to you and your guests. They have a help desk each Monday at the Surrey Stands with Ukraine unit in the Ashley Centre 0930 – 1430.
The Network are holding a free Summer Language School to offer intensive English classes to refugees over the summer holidays. If you want more information, you can find out more on their website (see link below).
If you are a teacher and can offer any help over the summer, please get in touch with them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many Ukrainians are now finding work and looking to rent a property. If you are a local landlord and want to find out more about renting your property to a Ukrainian family, please get in touch with Epsom & Ewell Refugee Network to find out more about how all of this works and how your rent is paid.
Finally, the Hub in the Ashley Centre continues to collect supplies to send to Ukraine, including tins of food for areas where supplies are short. I know that they would welcome any extra support.
With best wishes