In August 2020 Surrey announced a list of possiblefuture schemes for promoting active travel (walking, cycling) and social distancing.
These are schemes for which the council do not currently have any funding and which are not priorities; however, they are keen to understand the public support for any of these proposals, should there be any possibility in the future to fund further works.
As part of a Safe Routes to School scheme, the path between Scott’s Farm Road and Ruxley Lane (pictured here) at the side of the school was to be widened to allow its use by cyclists. This would have been particularly convenient for pupils of Epsom & Ewell High School. Land was to be transferred from Education to Highways to allow the widening of the path. However, the deed of dedication was never signed.
For a time, plans to widen the path were deferred, because there was a proposal to redevelop the school site. This proposal came to nothing.
This project has been on Surrey’s list for at least 10 years but has never quite made it off the ground. In the meantime, the school has become an academy and the fence was renewed along its existing alignment.
It is questionable whether the £80K cost represents good value for money. It has been suggested that the academy should pay if it expands or it sells part of its land for housing.
The September 2016 meeting of Surrey’s Epsom & Ewell Local Committee decided to defer this scheme to 2017-18.
At the end of 2019, planning approval was granted for a development at Epsom & Ewell High School, including improving the path. In June 2020, we objected to the proposed use of anti-motorcycle barriers, on the grounds that they would also block certain types of cycle.
Also in June 2020 Surrey published a draft temporary traffic order to close the path to allow the widening works to take place. The works were expected to take six weeks in the six months from 28th July 2020.