The Residents’ Associations of Epsom and Ewell formed around the same time as the borough in 1937. Since this time the local politics of Epsom & Ewell have had an almost unique form of democratic process.
The origins of the RA movement in Epsom and Ewell
From the expansion of housing in the 1930s local Residents’ Associations have given people a forum for local debate. These groups organised social activities on the new estates, and represented local views. At the time of the early 20th century, many candidates for local government stood as independents. Far more than we see in the country today. With increasing party politicisation of national and local government through the years, Epsom & Ewell has stood out against the tide. With no party lists each RA puts up candidates for election to Epsom & Ewell Borough Council based on merit and consensus. Their candidates have held control of the council for the last 80 years.