The Community Strategy for Epsom & Ewell has been produced by a Local Strategic Partnership (LSP) of 20 or so different interests in the community from the statutory, business and voluntary sectors. It has grown from the wishes and needs of local people and focuses on what are believed to be the key issues in the Borough which all of us can tackle together to solve. It is rooted in the needs and wishes of local people, whilst at the same time protecting the interests of future generations.
Some of the issues affect most of the Borough's population and others relate to the needs of particular groups. An area-based approach has also been taken in some instances.
The Strategy sets out a vision as to where we would like to be in 10-15 years' time and proposes shorter term actions to achieve this. This is a living document which will change and be reviewed on an annual basis in consultation with the community.
What are the Key Issues?
Some issues are wide ranging and affect much of the Borough’s population and some relate to the needs of particular groups.
The most important of these are as follows:
- The lack of affordable housing and its impact on recruiting key and lower paid workers
- The need for better training for the workplace and to cope with life generally
- Traffic congestion and poor public transport within the local area
- The need to improve the quality of our natural and built environment
- Problems of vandalism
- Problems of alcohol-related disorder and antisocial behaviour
- Health needs, particularly of vulnerable groups
- The need for better facilities for young people
- The need for more appropriate services for black and minority ethnic groups.
Link to information about the Local Strategic Partnership