Epsom Town Residents' Association (ETRA) covers the town centre of Epsom with its major Ashley Shopping Centre, Clock Tower and many listed buildings from the Spa Period, and down East Street to the major Sainsbury store and Kiln Lane business park.
ETRA is a non-political body that aims to safeguard and improve the interests of residents within the Ward, and the amenities of the Borough as a whole. Membership is available to any resident living within Town Ward. A Committee is elected each year at the AGM to run the affairs of the Association. Every 4 years the Association selects 3 candidates for the Borough elections and, in consultation with 2 other wards, a candidate for Surrey County Council elections.
ETRA fully supports the Residents Association ideal throughout the Borough of keeping Epsom & Ewell free from national party politics by a system of local people helping local people in the community. It does this by committee members and election candidates being local people living and working in the ward. By living and working in the ward, issues are often seen and resolved before
becoming major contentious issues. The committee members try to make themselves available to any Town Ward resident and are active in the local community.
The Town Cryer is the newsletter and is published up to 4 times a year and distributed to every address in the Ward. It aims to keep residents aware of local issues and developments.
The A.G.M. is an opportunity for any Town Ward resident to find out how their committee has represented them throughout the year and ask questions or express their views.
The committee meet regularly and high on the agenda is reviewing planning applications in the Ward. Being the town centre there are many major developments for which local residents views are sought and representation made on their behalf. Committee members are actively involved in voluntary bodies that seek to address all these issues as well as being actively involved with voluntary youth work in the Ward.
A recent survey showed that the issues of most importance to members of the Ward are reducing anti-social behaviour, more recycling schemes, better facilities for young people, and improved parking within the Ward.