Letter to all staff and members at SHBC from Cllr Richard Brooks, Leader of the Council

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 18:54
Date: Friday, 16 August, 2019

Further to our recent news statement with regard to SHBC Chief Executive remuneration Councillor Richard Brooks Leader of the Council wrote to all staff and Members of Surrey Heath Borough Council today.   

Councillor Richard Brooks Statement

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Nominations for the Surrey Heath Sports Awards 2019 are now open!

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 11:19
Date: Tuesday, 13 August, 2019

The Surrey Heath Sports Awards is your chance to recognise the talented athletes, committed coaches, and tireless volunteers who champion sport and physical activity in the Borough. 


The ceremony, which takes place on Monday 21 October at Camberley Theatre, is the perfect place to say thank you to our local sporting heroes.  


The categories up for public nomination are: 

  • Sports Personality
  • Young Sports Personality  
  • Disability Sports Award  
  • Volunteer  
  • Active Surrey Coach/Instructor  
  • Outstanding Service to Sport 

This year will also see the introduction of the ‘Community Project of the Year’ award, sponsored by Surrey Security, which will be awarded to an initiative that helps to get more people active, remove stereotypes and raise awareness of physical activity in Surrey Heath.  


The nomination form is quick and easy to complete online. Nominations close on 8 September.  


All the winners in the Surrey Heath Sports Awards are automatically added to the shortlist for the county-wide Surrey Sports Awards.  


Reward those who make sport happen in Surrey Heath and make a nomination today! 


For more information or to make a nomination, please visit 


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Surrey Heath Borough Council to appoint an independent investigator

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Fri, 08/09/2019 - 13:40
Date: Friday, 9 August, 2019


Further to the recent statement that confirmed an allowance equivalent to £15,000 per annum, backdated to October 2016 was approved by the previous Leader to recognise the additional work and responsibilities undertaken by the Chief Executive, a number of enquires have been received on the matter.

At the request of the Chief Executive, the Performance & Finance Scrutiny Committee will be asked to consider the appointment of an independent investigator to examine the procedure followed to award the additional duties allowance. The Chief Executive’s basic salary for 2018/19 was £120,687 plus the additional duties allowance of £15,000.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Richard Brooks said, “The Council is committed to openness and transparency. All Councillors and officers will cooperate fully in the independent review with any recommendations taken to Full Council.

In the meantime I would like to thank the Chief Executive Karen Whelan for her continued dedication and hard work on behalf of the Council.”


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Pride Flag raised outside Surrey Heath Borough Council offices

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Wed, 08/07/2019 - 10:20
Date: Wednesday, 7 August, 2019

The Pride flag was raised for the first time outside the Surrey Heath Borough Council offices in Camberley on Monday. 


The rainbow flag will fly proudly in Surrey Heath this week in the lead up to the first Pride in Surrey event which is taking place in Woking on Saturday 10 August. 


The flag raising celebrated the diversity and individuality of our Surrey community, and looked towards a future that promises positivity, inclusivity and harmony.  


The event was prompted by 14-year-old Dara McSweeney-Cooke, an LGBTQ+ Ambassador for King’s International College, Camberley, who contacted two SHBC Councillors, Cllr Morgan Rise and Cllr Sarah Jane Croke, to ask if the Pride Flag could be raised in Surrey Heath. 


The suggestion was met with a positive reaction, leading to yesterday’s event. 


SHBC Councillors, officers and members of the public gathered on the front lawn on Surrey Heath House at 3pm to show support for our LGBTQ+ Community.  

Before the flag was raised, Chief Executive of SHBC Karen Whelan and Cllr Morgan Rise gave speeches about the significance of the day’s event. 


Karen Whelan said: “It is for me indeed a privilege and honour to be asked to say a few words at this event. We need a society that makes everyone feel safe and most importantly happy to be who they are, and to love who they love, without judgement or fear.”  


Music played and sparklers glittered as Cllr Rise and Dara McSweeney-Cooke raised the flag together. 


Afterwards, Cllr Rise said: “The event made me feel really proud of the community we live in. People are saying to the LGBTQ+ community, yes you are welcome, yes you are supported and yes you are recognised.” 


Dara McSweeney-Cooke added: “The atmosphere was amazing and everyone was really positive. With this event we hope to raise awareness for Surrey Pride and members of the LGBTQ+ community.” 


SHBC would like to thank everyone that helped make the event such a success. 


To find out more about Pride in Surrey, go to 


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Chief Executive’s Remuneration - Statement

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Fri, 08/02/2019 - 09:30
Date: Friday, 2 August, 2019

The Council’s key priority for a number of years has been to improve Camberley Town centre for the benefit of the Borough. Over the past 3 years, we have made significant progress and the success of the Council’s investments has ensured that we have not needed to cut services which would have impacted our most vulnerable residents.


Since 2016 the Council has acquired a large property portfolio and a significant portion of the Chief Executive’s role is now centred around that portfolio on a commercial basis. 


In 2018 the previous Leader of the Council decided that a full review of the senior management structure was needed and should include consideration of the Chief Executive’s remuneration, which was last reviewed in 2004. 


In early 2019 an allowance equivalent to £15,000 per annum was approved by the then Leader to recognise the additional work and responsibilities being undertaken by the Chief Executive. 


The reason the payment appears disproportionate in the 2018/19 draft financial accounts is because the total payment has been backdated to October 2016.


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SHBC and Accent Housing investigation results in custodial sentence for man convicted of social housing fraud

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Thu, 08/01/2019 - 13:09
Date: Thursday, 1 August, 2019

Partnership working by Surrey Heath Borough Council (SHBC) and Accent Housing has resulted in a man being convicted of social housing fraud and sentenced to more than two years imprisonment. 


On July 26 2019 at Guildford Crown Court, Joseph Essiful of Paschal Road, Camberley, was sentenced to two years and six months on three offences under the Fraud Act 2006, to be served concurrently.  


This followed Mr Essiful being found guilty of the charges on June 21 2019. Mr Essiful, a local authority social worker, committed the fraud over a nine-year period.  


In October 2016, SHBC received information alleging Mr Essiful was not living at the social housing property he rented from Accent Housing, and was illegally subletting to his son.  


This would mean Mr Essiful was breaching the terms of his tenancy agreement by failing to occupy the social housing property as his only or principal home. 


An extensive investigation undertaken by officers from SHBC and Accent Housing uncovered financial and personal links to addresses and employment in the Essex area.  


A further 35 witness statements were taken, and detailed analysis of more than 8,500 financial transactions analysis carried out, to gather further evidence.    


During the trial, the prosecution also presented evidence of a property in Essex owned by Essiful with his estranged wife. 


Following the sentencing, Julia Greenfield, SHBC Corporate Enforcement Manager said: “This was a very complex and resource-intensive case to investigate.  


“I am delighted with the unanimous verdict of the jury and the sentence imposed by the judge.  


“With social housing accommodation being at such a premium and with many families on the waiting list, it is imperative we work together to prevent abuse of the system and ensure only those who have a legitimate entitlement are housed by the authorities.”        


Rob Mills, Accent Housing’s Director of Customer Experience (South) said: “After so much hard work from Accent Housing and Surrey Heath Borough Council staff, I am really pleased with the successful outcome of this case.   


“It took time to build up the evidence needed, but the joint working between the various teams, as well as the support of local residents, was invaluable.  


“This long-term tenancy fraud deprived a local family of much-needed accommodation in the borough.  


“As always, we remain committed to ensuring scarce social housing is given to those people in housing need, and we will ensure tenancy fraud is tackled head on.”  


Anyone with information about possible social housing fraud should report it at 


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Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Wed, 07/31/2019 - 16:55
Date: Wednesday, 31 July, 2019

Initially we understood that the software we use for Local Land Charges (LLC) would not be available during the migration to a new system, meaning that the service would need to be suspended during this time. However, we have since been advised that the software will be partially operational. Therefore we will continue to deliver LLC work - however turnaround times will be longer than normal as some checks will need to be done manually.


As a  result the turnaround time during the affected period (from August 9 until mid-September) is likely to be around 10 days, which is slower than our current rate but is still in line with government guidelines. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.   


Once the new system is installed the procedure for using this service will change, we anticipate this is likely to be in mid-September. We will share more details on this as soon as we can via our website, at 

To reassure all residents and local businesses - our planning and building control systems will continue to operate as normal during these changes. All aspects and functions of the planning portal will still be available as usual.    


We are sorry for any confusion this has caused and hope that this information is reassuring for those needing to use this service at this time. 


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Camberley Be Inspired. Camberley regeneration update July 2019 - Princess Way, removal of canopies

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Fri, 07/26/2019 - 10:40
Date: Friday, 26 July, 2019

Camberley town centre is currently in an exciting regeneration and improvement programme led by Surrey Heath Borough Council (SHBC).  

Planning permission has been granted to remove the canopies on Princess Way to further open up this space.   This work will start next week (w/c 29 July) and will take 4-5 weeks to complete. 


Princess Way will remain open at all times for pedestrians throughout the works taking place – only sections of the walkway will be inaccessible. For some stages of the work the contractors will be working in the evenings to minimise disruption to pedestrians and retailers. 


Find out more about the High Street, Princess Way and Knoll Walk improvement project here.  


Camberley Be Inspired 

Surrey Heath Borough Council is committed to supporting and regenerating Camberley town centre.  SHBC’s investments have already seen the acquisition of The Square shopping centre, commencing its refurbishment programme within the first year of ownership.  Followed by an ambitious set of projects to improve the roads, pavements and street scene.  A redundant office building has also been purchased to create 116 high quality town centre apartments, with proposals to re-deliver new commercial space.  

SHBC has selected Kier Property as the development partner for the London Road site.  Situated fronting the London Road, opposite the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the 5.5-acre site has the potential to create a mixed-use development and improve the gateway to Camberley.  

The regeneration work is supported by a comprehensive events programme, grant schemes for independent businesses and cultural and enrichment projects to ensure Camberley is a key destination and experience.  In Camberley we are committed to reshaping and enhancing the town centre to support our community and local businesses while high street retail faces challenges nationally.





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Frimley Lodge Live returns for a sixth year!

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Wed, 07/24/2019 - 09:42
Date: Wednesday, 24 July, 2019 Surrey Heath's very own tribute music festival is back for its sixth year on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 August 2019! This event fills a whole weekend with awesome music entertainment live from Frimley Lodge Park in Frimley Green. It is a fantastic event for the whole family. Not only do we have the very best of tribute acts across the weekend, there will also be a wealth of local talent opening the festival each day. All this plus plenty of food and craft stalls plus of course a licensed bar.
Line-up Saturday:   Abba Fever The Country Chix Some Guys Have All The Luck The Bohemians (Queen tribute)   We are very proud to announce an all-female line-up on Sunday:   Black Magic – The Little Mix Show Kylie on Show Madonna Vogue The Amy Winehouse Experience Adele Songbook   Andy Edmeads, Camberley Theatre Manager said:   'We are really excited to be returning to the Lodge for our 6th year in a row and to be announcing our all-female line up on Sunday 4th August.   Much has been made in the press about the lack of balance and female acts on the bill of festival, so we can’t wait to welcome tributes to some of the best female acts of the last 30 years!   We are also pleased to be working on making the festival more environmentally friendly and have teamed up with local company Pic 'n' Mix Festival Kit who produce eco-friendly festival accessories and essentials.   These include biodegradable glitter, ponchos, sun cream and much more! All the products are 100% eco-friendly and 100% fabulous!   Join us for a great weekend of live music in the beautiful surroundings of Frimley Lodge Park.’   Gates open at 11am on both days. Day and weekend tickets available. Tickets can be purchased via the Camberley Theatre website, in person at the Box Office or by calling 01276 707600.


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Major extension to network of free dog waste bag dispensers across Surrey Heath

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Tue, 07/23/2019 - 14:24
Date: Tuesday, 23 July, 2019

40 new free dog waste bag units have been installed across the Borough, doubling the existing network of 40 stations. 


Following a successful trial at six sites by Surrey Heath Borough Council in late 2016, 40 of the innovative TiksPac stations offering free biodegradable dog waste bags were installed at parks, footpaths and recreation grounds across Surrey Heath last year.  


The initiative has received positive feedback from the public, reduced complaints about dog waste in these areas, and significant usage of the free bags by dog walkers.  


Now that network has been doubled in size, thanks to investment by Petplan pet insurance, who are sponsoring the new stations. 


For a full list and map of the 80 stations, go to 


The TiksPac stations are cost neutral to the Council, thanks to sponsorship from local and national companies.   


Surrey Heath Portfolio Holder for Environment and Health Cllr Vivienne Chapman said: "This is great news for Surrey Heath dog walkers and residents generally. 


“The TiksPac initiative has been a great success so far and we’re delighted to extend it by a further 40 stations across the Borough.   


"The feedback from dog owners so far has been positive, and we hope that by doubling the number of TiksPac stations it will help with keeping our Borough clean, green and safe." 


Scandinavian company TiksPac have pioneered this environmentally-friendly initiative of units dispensing free biodegradable dog waste bags, located at footpaths, parks, recreation grounds and other public areas. 


James Barnes, head of sales and partnerships at Petplan, said: “We’re really happy to be sponsoring these stations as not only do they encourage responsible pet ownership they are good for the local community and environment too.”  


Petplan is encouraging owners to share their own special walking moments on social media by using the hashtag #WalkieMoments. 


Surrey Heath's canine campaigner Keith (a local resident black labrador) is a big fan of the stations, helping in his mission to encourage dog walkers to #BeLikeKeith, pick up after their pet and 'bag it and bin it'.


The Council are committed to enforce dog fouling restrictions across Surrey Heath – members of the public who see people not picking up after their pet are urged to report it via


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SHBC Statement

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 11:47
Date: Friday, 19 July, 2019

Following a statement released by Surrey Police yesterday a member of staff at Surrey Heath Borough Council has been suspended with immediate effect in accordance with the Council’s internal staff procedures.

As this is a Police matter, it would not be appropriate for the Council to make any further comment.


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New £150k playground opened at Frimley Lodge Park

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Thu, 07/18/2019 - 11:47
Date: Thursday, 18 July, 2019

The new playground at Frimley Lodge Park has been officially opened after a £150k makeover. 


Local children from Mytchett Primary School were among the first to test out the fantastic new community facility at the event attended by Surrey Heath Mayor, Cllr Robin Perry, local ward councillors for Frimley Green and Mytchett & Deepcut, and Surrey Heath Borough Council Chief Executive Karen Whelan.  


The new play area design was developed through a public consultation involving park users, local schools and residents, and chosen via a public vote held by the Council at the end of last year.    


Aimed at children up to age 14, it includes a wide variety of features including castle and keep-themed towers, racing zipwires, a sensory path, sandpit and various types of swing. 


Inclusive play equipment includes a ground level roundabout and trampoline, sensory eco-rain wheel, play panels, tipi carousel, birds nest swing, home see-saw and DDA accessible stairs to the castle units. 


One very happy young park user at the opening was Emily Wedgwood, aged 9, a pupil at nearby Mytchett Primary School.  


Funding had already been secured and plans were underway at SHBC to revamp the playground at Frimley Lodge Park when Emily wrote a letter to the Council Leader in November 2017 with suggestions for how the play area could be improved at her local park.  


The team leading the play area revamp replied letting Emily know the good news about the planned refurbishment of the playground, and asking if she and her school friends would get involved in the process by sharing their views on what the new design should include. 


They enthusiastically agreed and Emily, her family and fellow pupils at Mytchett Primary School have been kept up to date with developments on the project throughout.  


“I love the new playground – it's brilliant!” said Emily.  


“It has lots of the equipment that my friends and I asked for, like trampolines and climbing frames. It was really good that the Council asked children what they thought should be in the new playground, and listened to us.  


“I am so happy that the new playground is open – we are going to have so much fun here!” 


The Frimley Lodge Park playground makeover is part of a wider Playground Improvement Scheme across Surrey Heath, worth £650,000 over three years. 


Other play areas refurbished so far include Cheylesmore Park, Camberley, Briar Avenue, Lightwater and Evergreen Road, Frimley. 


Playgrounds earmarked for improvement through the scheme include Lightwater Country Park, Old Dean Recreation Ground, Camberley, and Whitmoor Road, Bagshot.  


Frimley Lodge Park is a Green Flag Award-winning park in Surrey Heath. The 24-hectare site boasts a wide range of facilities for all ages including the brand-new children’s playground, large areas of open space and woodland, picnic areas, trim trail, miniature railway and café, along with football and cricket pitches and a pitch and putt course. 

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Double celebrations as Lightwater Country Park achieves its first Green Flag Award – and Frimley Lodge Park gets its 19th!

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 11:40
Date: Tuesday, 16 July, 2019

Lightwater Country Park has been recognised by the Green Flag Award scheme as one of the best in the country. 


It’s the first time the 59-hectare park in Surrey Heath has been awarded this international mark of quality. 


And it was a day of double celebrations in Surrey Heath as Frimley Lodge Park received a Green Flag Award too – for an amazing 19th time! 


The parks are among a record-breaking 1,970 UK parks and green spaces, and 131 in thirteen other countries around the world, that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.  


This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities. 


The Mayor of Surrey Heath Cllr Robin Perry attended the unveiling of the flag at Lightwater Country Park, along with SHBC Leader Cllr Richard Brooks, Portfolio Holder for Places and Strategy Cllr Dan Adams, SHBC Executive Head of Business Daniel Harrison, and members of the Business and Greenspace teams.  


Lightwater Country Park is predominantly heathland habitat, but there are also ponds, woodland, meadows and areas of scrub. These habitats offer the opportunity to observe a wide variety of wildlife, birds, mammals, plants and insects.  


The area of heathland within the Country Park has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), so is an area of high nature conservation value.  


The park also offers a café, children’s playground (that will be replaced with a new playground next to the café in Autumn 2019), information point, educational service, walking trails, grazing livestock, bee hive, fishing, plus a leisure centre with associated playing fields and sports facilities. 


Frimley Lodge Park, receiving its 19th consecutive Green Flag award, attracts a large number of visitors with its beautiful open spaces, picnic areas, pitch and putt course, newly refurbished children's playground; as well as a miniature railway, barbecue and private hire areas. 


Other attractions include a 3G all-weather football pitch, traditional football and cricket pitches, and a café. 


Surrey Heath Portfolio Holder for Places and Strategy Cllr Dan Adams said: “We are absolutely thrilled that SHBC-managed parks now have two Green Flags, with Lightwater gaining its first award. 


“We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining these parks to such a high standard. 


“Congratulations to everyone involved.”  


International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “It’s fantastic that we have more Green Flag Awards in the UK than ever before, joined this year by 131 International winners.” 

“Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We congratulate each and every winner on their fantastic achievement.” 


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Statement regarding Camberley All Night Cafe

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Fri, 07/12/2019 - 07:56
Date: Friday, 12 July, 2019

“We are aware that the All Night Café is seeking alternative accommodation and understand this is as a result of the MOD consistently applying a sub-letting policy across all their properties.

We have made every attempt to work with the All Night Café to get to a position where we are able to endorse and signpost people to their services, including several visits to the café and clear communication regarding the information required. 

We cannot treat the All Night Café any differently to any other organisation in this situation – for all the organisations SHBC works with we need a copy of the organisation’s constitution, accounts and other relevant documents to ensure it complies with all statutory responsibilities when working with those who are most vulnerable within our society.

We work closely with the other organisations in the Surrey Heath Partnership in this work.  

As always, our Housing team is available to assist anyone with links to Surrey Heath who is affected by homelessness – more info at

SHBC recognises the need for services addressing the issue of homelessness in the Borough, as part of our homelessness strategy the Council supports the work of The Hope Hub, a charity based in Camberley which aims to prevent homelessness in Surrey Heath.

Recently moved into a permanent location near Camberley library, The Hope Hub offers crisis services for those affected by homelessness or anyone at risk of becoming homeless, including food, clothing, personal hygiene items and healthcare support, along with longer term 1:1 support from Case-workers, mental health and/or addiction support, help to secure accommodation, outreach, money management and debt advice, together with workshops and training to help secure employment.   

The Council is exploring opportunities to extend the service provision in this area.

More information can be found at

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First draw in Surrey Heath Lottery this Saturday

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Thu, 07/11/2019 - 11:41
Date: Thursday, 11 July, 2019

The new Surrey Heath Community Lottery holds its first weekly draw this Saturday July 13. 


The initiative is your chance to scoop a £25,000 jackpot - and help local good causes at the same time. 


Tickets went on sale online at in June, with 60p from every £1 ticket going to local charities and good causes. 


Players have a 50 to one chance of winning one of the prizes, which range from the £25,000 jackpot to three extra tickets. 


There are two parts to the Surrey Heath Lottery scheme. Local good causes are able to set up their own lottery page, and will receive 50p in every pound spent by players using this method. 


A further 10p in every pound will go into a general Surrey Heath good causes fund, with the remainder being put towards prizes, operating costs and VAT. 


Players who do not wish to support a specific cause can still take part in the Surrey Heath Lottery, with 60p of their ticket price going into the general Surrey Heath good causes fund, which will be distributed by the Council. 


It's free for good causes to register for the Surrey Heath Lottery – more than 40 have already signed up, and others are encouraged to do so at  
Surrey Heath Portfolio Holder for Support and Safeguarding, Cllr Josephine Hawkins said: "This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for - the first draw of the Surrey Heath lottery is a really exciting milestone for this project. 


“If you want to support local good causes, please buy tickets for the Surrey Heath lottery - and you never know, you may just be lucky and win a prize too! 


“This is all about supporting local charities, the voluntary sector and not-for-profit organisations who do so much great work in our community.” 


Tickets for the first draw can be bought up until midnight on Friday July 12, with the results of the first draw announced at 8pm on Saturday July 13. Winning ticket holders will be emailed following the draw with details of their win.


The results will also be shared on the SHBC social media channels. 



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Don’t lose your voice - Surrey Heath residents urged to respond to voter registration details form

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Wed, 07/10/2019 - 15:13
Date: Wednesday, 10 July, 2019

Local residents are being encouraged not to lose their voice on matters that affect them by completing their annual canvass form and returning it to Surrey Heath Borough Council as soon as possible. 

With Police & Crime Commissioner Elections taking place in May 2020, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part. 

The form ensures that SHBC can keep the electoral register up to date and identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so. This will mean that residents will be able take part in any future elections. 

Karen Whelan, Electoral Registration Officer at Surrey Heath Borough Council, said: “It’s important that residents respond as soon as possible, so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in Surrey Heath. To make sure you are able to have your say at upcoming elections, simply check the form which you will receive in the post, and respond as soon as you can. 

"If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear on the form. If you want to register, the easiest way is online at we’ll send you information explaining how to do this in the post. In any case, you will still need to complete the form and send it back to us.” 

People who have moved address recently are particularly encouraged to keep an eye out for the form and check the details, as recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those that have lived at the same address for a long time.  

More helpful information about registering to vote can be found at

Any residents who have questions can contact SHBC registration team on 01276 707165 or


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Fly the flag – Armed Forces Day 2019

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Tue, 06/25/2019 - 14:09
Date: Tuesday, 25 June, 2019

Service personnel, veterans and dignitaries joined the Mayor of Surrey Heath, Councillor Robin Perry, as Surrey Heath Borough Council raised a flag for the UK Armed Forces on Monday 24 June 2019.  

The Armed Forces Day flag was raised outside Surrey Heath House ahead of the national day of commemoration, which this year takes place on Saturday 29 June 2019.  

The flag was simultaneously raised by local authorities across the country in the week leading up to Armed Forces Day. 

Also in attendance at the ceremony were; Lt Col Chris Boryer, Maj Om Pun and RSM Rob Jones from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst; Lt Col Bryon Brotherton and Captain Jade Haron of the Cadet Training Centre, Frimley Park; Chief Superintendent Alison Barlow and Inspector Bob Darkens from Surrey Police; Alderman Franklin, Alderman Whittart and Alderman Sams; Councillor Richard Brooks, Leader, Surrey Heath Borough Council, Tim Pashen Deputy Chief Executive of Surrey Heath Borough Council and Armed Services veterans. 

The Rev Mike Thomason, Minister and retired Army Chaplin, High Cross Church, Camberley officiated at the ceremony. 



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SHBC and Places Leisure Joint Statement: Green Space Preserved at Camberley's New Leisure Centre

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 18:43
Date: Wednesday, 19 June, 2019

Camberley’s brand-new leisure centre’s planning proposal will be revised following feedback from local residents and consultation on the planning and car park provision.


The original planning application included car parking provision within a small section of the adjacent recreational ground. This proposal provided the most cost-effective solution, however following the feedback received, Surrey Heath Borough Council and operator Places Leisure have been working together to identify alternative and affordable solutions, that enable the green space to be retained. 

Karen Whelan, Chief Executive at Surrey Heath Borough Council commented, "The Council Officers have listened to residents and Councillors and together with Places Leisure have worked hard to find alternative ways to deliver the car parking arrangements for the proposed new leisure centre. The ability to work effectively in partnership is a key strength to the relationship with Places Leisure and I'd like to thank all those that have worked so tirelessly to reach such a positive outcome for the residents of Surrey Heath."

A revised planning proposal will be brought forward which will include the provision of a brand-new multi-storey car park, situated in the existing leisure centre car park. Councillor Richard Brooks, Leader of the Council said,

"The development of a new leisure centre is part of the Council's long-term strategy for health and wellbeing, but delivery of a new facility had to be affordable for the Council. I'm delighted that a new proposal to deliver the required car parking will be coming forward enabling us to preserve green space in the town centre whilst ensuring the scheme is financially viable. I’d like to add my thanks to Councillor McClafferty and Councillor Dougan,  my Executive team and the Officers who have worked extremely hard to find an alternative solution.”

A spokesperson for Places Leisure added, “We are pleased to have supported the Council in identifying alternative provision that enables the space to be retained. Together with Surrey Heath Borough Council we are excited to bring to the local community a vibrant new leisure offering and deliver a modern and sustainable facility that can be enjoyed by all.”


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Plastic recycling destinations

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 12:32
Date: Tuesday, 18 June, 2019

Following the broadcast of the BBC One programme ‘War on Plastic with Hugh and Anita’ we’ve been in contact with Surrey County Council and partners to collect the relevant information regarding the destination of recycling collected in Surrey Heath – see statement below for details: 


In 2018, Surrey County Council’s contractor SUEZ appointed Viridor as the contractor managing the processing and sale of recovered recycling collected in Surrey Heath.  


Viridor has the UK’s largest network of 300+ advanced recycling, energy recovery and landfill diversion facilities and only works with EA-accredited and licensed facilities in the UK, Europe and further afield.  


The organisation currently sends some recovered plastic recyclables to a number of plants across the UK, Europe and Asia. Viridor has a robust system of traceability with regard to its supply chain through UK EA-accredited and licensed facilities where the recyclable material becomes “end of waste” which means the material is reprocessed to produce a pellet or flake and reused in manufacturing as a recyclable material. 


Viridor has recently signed a contract with Gloucestershire-based KA Plastics which will see 5,000 tonnes of recycling sacks, shopping bags and film reprocessed in the UK. (previously markets for this grade of plastic were Asian countries and, more recently, Turkey.) 


The company recently announced a £65m investment in what will be the UK’s biggest multi-polymer reprocessing plant. Based in Avonmouth, this plant will produce 60KTPA of recycled plastic a year; helping to reduce the amount of recycling that is sent overseas.  


As a founding member of The UK Plastic Pact in 2018 and following the Government’s recently published Resources and Waste Strategy, Viridor supports the growth of new domestic infrastructure with investment in new UK based reprocessing facilities. 


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Surrey Heath Borough Council confers Honorary Alderman

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 14:38
Date: Thursday, 13 June, 2019

Surrey Heath Borough Council has bestowed one of the highest honours in its gift in conferring a former borough councillor as Honorary Alderman for his outstanding service and dedication to Surrey Heath. 


Ian Sams was conferred with the title of Honorary Alderman at an extraordinary full council meeting at Surrey Heath House, Camberley on 12 June 2019. 


Councillor Richard Brooks, Leader of the Council said: “The Council agreed to honour Ian with the title of Honorary Alderman following his 40 years of dedicated service to the Council and the people of Surrey Heath.  


“Ian not only served on various committees during his time as a Councillor but was also Mayor of Surrey Heath, the highest office in the Borough.  


“I am delighted that the Council has agreed to honour Ian in this way." 


Honorary Alderman Sams said: "I am hugely honoured to receive this title from Surrey Heath Borough Council. I was proud to serve the people of Frimley for 40 years and look forward to remaining an active member of the Surrey Heath community for many years to come." 


Mr Sams was first elected as a borough councillor in 1979 representing Frimley ward, and served in numerous roles, particularly as Mayor of Surrey Heath in 2003/04, Deputy Mayor in 2002/03 and as Chairman and Vice Chairman of a number of committees including Recreation and Amenities, Leisure and the Environment, Licensing and the Housing Sub Committee.  


At the ceremony the newly-conferred Honorary Alderman was presented with a special scroll and bespoke pendant badge of office by the current Mayor of Surrey Heath, Councillor Robin Perry. 


Mr Sama presented the Council with a painting he created to mark the occasion, which will be hung in the Council offices. 

Photo credit: Alan Meeks

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