Epsom & Ewell Football Club would like to update our supporters and members with the current information on our mission to return to the borough after more than 30 years.

We continue with our efforts to get The Salts (E.E.F.C.) back playing in the Borough of Epsom & Ewell.

The Borough Council are currently conducting a ‘Call for Sites’ exercise, to inform a new Land Availability Assessment (LAA).

The LAA process will consider all types of land use and replace the previous Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA). This is to update the previous call for sites exercise conducted in 2017, to ensure the evidence base to support the Local Plan is as robust as possible.

The LAA will form a key part of the Local Plan evidence base. It will assess whether the land is suitable, available and viable for certain land uses and timescales for delivery.

Due to the change in nature of the LAA, the Council require all sites to be resubmitted. Sites previously submitted through a ‘Call for Sites’ or included within the most recent Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) 2017, will not automatically be carried forward into the new LAA.

With this in mind, and to prepare and lodge our application for inclusion, we have engaged the services of a consultant specialising in this field.

Submissions have to be made to the Council by 27 March 2022.

We are currently in the process of collating all of the necessary information required by the consultant to be included in our submission. This includes information from our numerous partners in the submission, including but not comprehensive; Downs Netball Club, Alexandra United F.C., Stoneleigh Athletic F.C., Beecholme Belles F.C., Surrey Police F.C.

This is only one part of our strategy and we will provide further updates on the website and in our ‘Match Day’ programme when it is relevant.

As stated previously, the site we have identified to develop into our new home is the ‘Hook Road Arena.’

We aim to have a fully inclusive Football, Netball and Sports Hub facility at the heart of the community for all to enjoy no matter what level of sport you play.

We will encourage those who live and work in and around the Borough to promote a healthier lifestyle & hopefully help with their mental well-being through participation in all sports and forms of socialising

We need all the help we can get to fulfil our ‘Back to the Borough’ endeavours.

If you think you can help in any way, please contact the club through our website or speak to any committee member on match days.

Yours in Sport,

Alex McKay

B2B Chairman

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