Site of Special Scientific Interest Boundary
Professor Hawksworth noted that he had been involved in the survey of the Green Belt around Ashtead for the Ashtead Boundary Review and had noted that neither Newton Wood nor the block of woodland bounded by the Epsom/Dorking Road and Newton Wood Road/Craddocks Avenue were indicated as SSSI on the MVDC maps. He suggested the matter be raised with Natural England. The Head Ranger agreed and noted that it would be worth raising the designation of Woodfield too as part of such an approach.
Farewell to Wyn James
The Chairman noted this was the final meeting at which Wyn James would be representing the Ashtead Common Volunteers, as he had indicated his intention to stand down. He thanked Mr James for his amazing service on the Common since 1991, when the City of London had taken over as the body responsible for Ashtead Common. He added that it was apt for volunteering to have been an agenda item at the meeting that day, given that in Mr James the committee had an exemplar in voluntary service to the Common. On behalf of the Committee, he informed Mr James that his contribution to the Common was hugely appreciated, and it was hoped he would remain involved in the Common in some capacity. The Chairman suggested that Mr James’ successor attend the July site visit, and emphasised the thanks of the Committee for his incredible service over so many years.