Thursday, 29 May 2014

Letter printed in Epsom Guardian: Don't waste opportunity

Don't waste opportunity

9:40am Thursday 22nd May 2014
It is with much disappointment that I hear that the town centre manager has resigned after such a short period in the role.
When I first met Adam, at the beginning of his term, he was very positive about the changes that could be made in Epsom town centre in order to revitalise the town, to make it more attractive to new businesses and also easier and cheaper for residents to use.  His loss will now substantially delay any progress that could have been made in the town centre.
Epsom has had much need of a town centre manager, and has waited a long time for the council to appoint one. In the last month we have lost another two businesses from the town centre. It is very important that when a replacement is found for Adam that the council officers, RA led borough councillors and other stakeholders are willing to listen to their recommendations and realise that substantial changes are required if Epsom is going to thrive and return to the lovely town that it once was.
Both national government and the Ashley Centre have outlaid a substantial amount of money for this appointment. Let’s not see it go to waste!
Jane Race

Monday, 19 May 2014

The launch of the new Smart Card, the Key, at Epsom Rail Station,

Chris Grayling MP and Jane Race at the launch of the Key.

On Friday 16th May 2014 a smart card for Southern trains was launched at Epsom Rail Station.  This is something that I have been campaigning for with fellow local Conservatives for a number of years.  I am delighted that we are able to offer this for the residents of Epsom, and deliver on our promise of a smart card system.

The key is the new smartcard available from Southern. Over the coming months the key will become available at more Southern stations and exciting new ticket types will be introduced. Take a look at what is available now and whether you can start to take advantage of what the key can currently offer.

You can now purchase Single and Return tickets, plus Weekly, Monthly and Annual Season tickets for journeys to London Victoria, London Bridge, London Waterloo, Vauxhall, Waterloo East, London Charing Cross, Cannon Street, Blackfriars and City Thameslink from the majority of stations outside of London on the Southern network.

Friday, 9 May 2014

Working hard in Epsom's gorgeous College Ward!

For the last few days I have been out and about in College Ward knocking on resident's doors and collecting signatures for our Green Belt petition. We have been overwhelmed by the support for our cause and delighted that so many resident's also want to protect our beautiful countryside and retain Epsom's character.

Jane Race, Jose Fiuza and Alex Clarke measuring speed bumps
This morning, Conservative County Councillor Tina Mountain, EECA Chairman Jose Fiuza, Alex Clarke and I met with Surrey Highway's Maintenance Engineer, Jefferson Nwokeoma to measure the speed humps on Burgh Heath Road and raise our concerns about the very dangerous S bend which I have spoken about my our blog before and also highlighted some of the pot holes on Burgh Heath Road.

It was agreed that we would request the council to put in another hump on the bend to slow traffic as currently we are concerned about HGV's using the road.

Jane Race, Cllr Tina Mountain, Jefferson Nwokeoma and Alex Clarke

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Letter printed in the Epsom Guardian May 8th 2014

More support needed following closure of Field to Fork

1:16pm Tuesday 6th May 2014
It is with much regret that I hear Epsom is losing another business from its High Street. Losing Field to Fork is a great blow to Epsom.
On the occasions that I visited, the food and service were outstanding.
They were also kind enough to sponsor some of the charity events that I organised, raising money for Epsom Medical Equipment Fund and Epsom's Riding for the Disabled. They will be greatly missed.
Epsom Council must do more to stop businesses from going under.
So far Epsom's parking charges are much higher than neighbouring towns and is inadequately provided for.
Whilst the council has done well to start off peak parking charges earlier, they have also put the prices up!
Why is this necessary when the council is not using any of their reserve funds this year?
Tax rates for the High Street are also very high. The council must do more to stop excellent restaurants such as Field to Fork from going bust.
Jane Race