Specsavers GO-TRI Camberley is back - plus new junior event announced

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 16:27
Date: Wednesday, 7 February, 2018

Do you need a goal to work towards to help your New Year fitness routine? Bored of the gym?  


Specsavers GO-TRI at the Arena Leisure Centre could be the event for you!  


After the success of last year’s inaugural GO-TRI, our beginners’ triathlon is returning to Camberley on 22 April.


GO-TRI is an introduction to triathlon and provides a platform for those looking to improve their fitness or get involved in the sport.  


With short, manageable distances, GO-TRI Camberley features a 200m swim in the Arena swimming pool, an 8km cycle through the flat and flowing roads of Camberley before finishing with a 2km run around London Road Recreation Ground. 


The course is simple, picturesque and a great challenge, with event entry just £12 including a ‘goody bag’ and medal for all finishers.


Team GB age group Triathlete Sam Taylor is due to be on hand to encourage and support those taking up the challenge. 


Also, due to popular demand, this time we've added a Junior Aquathlon to the day's events, so younger athletes can take part too.  


The Aquathlon is a two-stage, swimming and running event. Open to 11-15 year-olds, it will consist of 200m swim followed by a 2km run – the perfect introduction to multi-sport events for youngsters. Entry is just £7, again including a goody bag for finishers. 

Surrey Heath Portfolio Holder for Business Cllr Craig Fennell said: “Last year more than 50 competitors swam, cycled and ran their way around Camberley – and this year we’re hoping it will be even more successful. 


“It’s a great way to get involved in exercise in a fun, relaxed way - and the Junior Aquathlon is an added element this year. This demonstrates our commitment to supporting sports development and healthy fitness in the Borough.”  


Specialist equipment is not required – for more information on this and other Frequently Asked Questions, go to the webpage listed below. 


What are you waiting for? Places are limited so enter today at 


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Striking new artwork showcasing Camberley installed on the A30

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 15:12
Date: Tuesday, 6 February, 2018

'Camberley, Be Inspired, Discover more.  Camberley has a lot to offer now and it's getting even better'  



Surrey Heath Borough Council has installed new artwork on the A30 to showcase Camberley Town Centre and the regeneration work that is now fully underway. 


Karen Whelan, CEO, Surrey Heath Borough Council said; "Camberley has always been a fantastic place and SHBC is making a significant investment in the town centre to ensure it remains a great location to live, work, shop and socialise. 

Our current key regeneration areas include The Square shopping centre, which is being extensively refurbished, the High Street which has been awarded a grant from Enterprise M3 LEP to greatly improve the road and pavements, we are also running a scheme to enhance shop fronts; and Ashwood House, a former office block which will be transformed into high quality residential accommodation.  In addition, the London Road block – which is the area of the A30 at the top of town next to the High Street, is currently undergoing feasibility studies for a new development." 

Cllr Moira Gibson, Leader of the Council added; "Ensuring Camberley Town Centre remains a dynamic and progressive place is a key objective of SHBC.  We want to ensure we protect the economic future of Camberley for our residents and business owners.  Camberley is a great town and easy to access from neighbouring areas.  We want the popularity of Camberley Town Centre to continue by creating a modern and attractive place which builds on Camberley's heritage. Refreshing this artwork is a great opportunity for us to advertise the fantastic work that is taking place in Camberley." 

You can keep up to date on Camberley's regeneration projects on SHBC's website and Facebook and Twitter pages.  

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#TalkSurreyHeath – Any Questions? 30 January 2018

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 15:04
Date: Wednesday, 31 January, 2018

#TalkSurreyHeath – Any Questions? 30 January 2018

On the evening of 30th January 2018 we held our latest innovative #TalkSurreyHeath event streamed live on Facebook from Surrey Heath House.

Previous #TalkSurreyHeath events have focused around a specific theme – but this one was completely open to any questions.

The panel facing the camera consisted of Leader of the Council Cllr Moira Gibson, Deputy Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder for Finance Cllr Richard Brooks, SHBC Chief Executive Karen Whelan, and SHBC Executive Heads. 

They answered dozens of questions during the hour-long session, and areas discussed included a wide range of subjects, including Camberley Town Centre, Recycling & the Green Waste Club, Arena Leisure Centre and the ongoing Heathrow consultation.

Cllr Moira Gibson said; “This event gives Surrey Heath residents and business owners the opportunity to quiz Councillors and Council officers directly about various issues and events in the borough.  Many thanks to everyone who submitted questions, either in advance or on the night, we really want to hear from you and provide answers to your queries regarding Surrey Heath and council services.”

You can watch the video of the full event on our Facebook page.

For details of future #TalkSurreyHeath events follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and check the News section of our website, is external)


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Surrey Heath Heritage Services - update

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Fri, 01/26/2018 - 11:43
Date: Friday, 26 January, 2018

Following the recent public consultation held regarding the future of Heritage Services in Surrey Heath, which closed at the end of December 2017, the results and feedback are currently being collated and reviewed, and the resulting report will go before the Council’s Executive in due course. 

The consultation’s aim was to help Surrey Heath Borough Council develop plans to make its heritage service more accessible to the Borough’s residents and visitors. 

The area’s heritage collection, like many similar collections across the country, includes thousands of artefacts and archives, and helps tell the story of the rich heritage of the area. These stores are currently based at Surrey Heath Museum in Surrey Heath House, Camberley. 

However, much of the collection remains in storage for the majority of the time, so future plans could involve ‘taking the heritage to the people’ rather than relying on the public to visit a single physical location. 

Since 2013, museum staff have been working with a committed group of volunteers to audit this collection and place it onto a database, with the aim of improving access to the collections, and future plans to make the collection available online.  

This work has been invaluable in working towards Arts Council Accreditation so that the entire collection is formally recognised.  

A discussion group with key stakeholders was also set up by the Council to engage and consult on future plans with those who are passionate about the area’s heritage. Members from a variety of local societies sit on the group, which is developing its own role, providing ongoing support and advice for heritage work. 

While the consultation was running, the permanent collection remained on display at the museum, along with ‘Storetastic’, a display of fascinating items from the Museum’s stores. Current outreach programmes such as schools' workshops and reminiscence sessions, family activities, local history talks and walks also continue.  

The Museum is currently closed, but will reopen with its next exhibition, ‘War & Peace - the work of War Photographer and Artist, Kevin Weaver’ on February 1. 

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Brilliant response to Christmas tree recycling scheme in Surrey Heath

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Fri, 01/26/2018 - 10:00
Date: Friday, 26 January, 2018

Surrey Heath Borough Council offered residents the chance to recycle their Christmas tree for free this year – and people responded in their droves. 

The Council-run scheme, which offered 15 drop off sites across the Borough from 2-14 January, collected 810 trees – an increase of more than 60% compared with the previous year. 

This excellent result is good news for parks in Surrey Heath, as the collected trees will be turned into woodchippings and used to replenish the paths in our beautiful green spaces. 

This year’s event was again sponsored by local family-run company, Branch Management ( Based in Bagshot, they cater for all aspects of tree care for customers across Surrey Heath. 

Surrey Heath Business Portfolio Holder Cllr Craig Fennell said: “We are delighted that people across Surrey Heath have taken advantage of this scheme in even greater numbers this year.  

“It has multiple benefits, for residents, our parks and the environment in general – although it is an initiative that runs at Christmas, our park users should see the benefits all year round. 

“We’d also like to thank Branch Management for kindly sponsoring the scheme again this year.”  

In other good news for our parks, more than 400 new trees will be planted in Frimley Lodge Park after a successful application to the Woodland Trust. 

Under their ‘Community Trees’ scheme, a variety of saplings including hazel, blackthorn, crab apple, dog rose, elder, rowan, hawthorn, silver birch and common oak will be arriving soon to support wildlife and further enhance our beautiful surroundings in Surrey Heath.

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Exhibition: War & Peace – The Work of War Artist and Landscape Painter, Kevin Weaver

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Fri, 01/26/2018 - 09:34
Date: Friday, 26 January, 2018



The next exhibition at Surrey Heath Museum will be 'War & Peace – The Work of War Artist and Landscape Painter, Kevin Weaver'  from 1 Feb - 16 March 2018.  

Kevin Weaver is an ex-war correspondent who covered many conflicts during the 1990s, beginning with the series of revolutions across eastern Europe including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Romanian revolution, the Velvet revolution in Czechoslovakia and the Croatian and Bosnian wars in the dissolution of the former Yugoslavia.  


He also covered the genocide in Rwanda and Hutu exodus to Zaire, and the NATO conflict with Serbia over Kosovo. He worked as a photographer and journalist freelancing for The Independent, The Guardian, The New Statesmen, and BBC radio among many others.  


He is now an artist living and working in Ennerdale on the west coast of Cumbria after being diagnosed with PTSD - due in part to his being shot in Sarajevo in 1992 while covering the war in Bosnia. He uses his nightmares and photographs as starting points for his large oil, wax and silicon paintings and light installations of objects such as backlit Yugoslav money scorpions and crabs embedded in epoxy resin.  


Kevin also paints impressionistic landscapes of the Lake District and other spots around the UK including Dumfries & Galloway, Norfolk and Cornwall.  

During ‘War & Peace’, there will be a ‘Wall of Peace’ of these landscapes, as a contrast to the war imagery.  

The display will also feature a wall of black & white photographs from the conflicts Kevin has covered and personal items including a bullet he was shot with, his flak jacket and press passes. 

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Surrey Heath Museum’s first and last exhibitions of the year are inspired by military conflict, past and present.  

Towards the end of the year we will be staging ‘The Battles of First World War’ - an exhibition looking at the local death toll annually during the First World War, and the lessons learnt from each battle as the war came to its end.  

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#TalkSurreyHeath - Tuesday 30 January 2018, 7pm until 8pm. Your opportunity to ask any questions about SHBC and the borough

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 12:16
Date: Monday, 22 January, 2018

Our latest innovative #TalkSurreyHeath Facebook Live Broadcast will take place at 7pm on Tuesday 30 January 2018. 

We want to hear from you - this is your opportunity to ask Council Officers and Councillors your questions about Council services and key issues in the Borough. You can send these in advance or during the event via Facebook, Twitter, or email

The planned panel in the sixth of our live streamed events consists of: 

  • Cllr Moira Gibson, Leader of the Council  
  • Karen Whelan, SHBC Chief Executive  
  • Cllr Richard Brooks, Deputy Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder for Finance  
  • Surrey Heath Executive Heads of Services 

Karen Whelan said: “These live interactive sessions are hugely important for SHBC.  We want to know your views on council services and your questions about living and working in Surrey Heath and the future of the borough, including the regeneration projects in Camberley Town Centre.  We are looking forward to hearing from you." 

The event will be broadcast from the Council Chamber at Surrey Heath House via a live video stream on the SHBC Facebook page ( (link is external)).  There is no need to have a Facebook account in order to view.   After the event the video of the broadcast will be available on the same page. 

The Council is organising these interactive online events to encourage residents, business owners and interested parties to have their say on issues that are important to them.  

Feedback has been very positive from those who have tuned in and taken part in past #TalkSurreyHeath events.  We are also always keen to hear your views on ways of reaching as many parts of the community as possible. 

For details of future #TalkSurreyHeath events follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and check the News section of our website,

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Voluntary groups awarded more than £160,000 of grant funding

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 14:01
Date: Wednesday, 10 January, 2018

Voluntary organisations in Surrey Heath are to receive more than £160,000 of support in 2018/19 following a decision by Surrey Heath Borough Council this week.

On Tuesday 9 January, its Executive approved grants to community organisations and charities dedicated to helping people within the borough.

A total of £164,900 will go towards supporting groups including Citizens Advice Surrey Heath, Voluntary Support North Surrey, Surrey Heath Age Concern, and Basingstoke Canal Authority.

The grants have been allocated for the past 15 years, with the funding reviewed annually by the Council.

The other organisations awarded grants were Surrey Heath Arts Council, Surrey Heath Sports Council, Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership, Camberley Central Job Club and Tringhams lunchtime club, West End.

Cllr Josephine Hawkins, Corporate Portfolio Holder for Surrey Heath, said: "Voluntary organisations within Surrey Heath are hugely valued and do a fantastic job.

“They continue to provide crucial services – whether helping people in their daily lives, or contributing to the community through the arts, sport, or access to the natural environment.

"In these times of reduced funding from central government, while the council has limited resources from which to give grants, we are committed to recognising their vital work in Surrey Heath.”

The full list of Revenue Grants awarded is as follows:

·         Citizens Advice Surrey Heath: £80,000

·         Voluntary Support North Surrey: £30,000

·         Tringhams, West End: £13,000

·         Surrey Heath Age Concern: £10,000

·         Basingstoke Canal Authority: £10,000

·         Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership: £10,000

·         Camberley Central Job Club £7,000

·         Surrey Heath Sports Council: £3,500

·         Surrey Heath Arts Council: £1,400

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Surrey Heath Borough Council targets fly tippers

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 15:46
Date: Wednesday, 20 December, 2017

Two fly tippers are £400 worse off this Christmas having each been issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) by Surrey Heath Borough Council’s Corporate Enforcement officers.

Having received information from partners at Accent Housing, SHBC officers obtained CCTV footage which showed two individuals emptying the contents of a van of DIY waste into the communal bins at Wimbledon Road, Camberley.

The culprits, who cannot be named, were traced via the van’s owner, leading to a £400 FPN being issued to them both.

Accent’s Regional Housing Director, Rob Mills said: “This is a great example of collaborative working between Accent and Surrey Heath Borough Council. We will continue to work together to tackle anti-social behaviour, including fly tipping, across the Borough.”

SHBC’s Corporate Enforcement Manager Julia Greenfield said: “Earlier this year we launched a joint anti-fly tipping campaign with Accent Housing, and we thank them for their help in this case.

“Publicity for the campaign included leafletting areas that historically have been blighted by fly tipping. Issuing these Fixed Penalty Notices shows we are proactively targeting fly tippers.

“There is no excuse for people not legitimately disposing of their waste, and we will continue to take action against people who are caught carrying out this criminal act.”

Fly tipping can be reported at or by phoning 01276 707100.


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Glide parking update - December 2017

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 14:38
Date: Wednesday, 20 December, 2017

If you have been using the Glide app to park in Camberley you may have received a message from Glide Parking yesterday regarding its discount scheme.

Please be aware that the Glide discount in Knoll Road and Main Square car parks will continue an extra day compared with the rest of the country - until midnight on Christmas Eve. So you can park from 21p in Camberley’s multi-storeys right up Christmas!

Glide users now make up 15% of all transactions in Knoll Road and Main Square car parks – since it was launched in the summer, the total savings for Surrey Heath Glide users are approaching £70k!

From Christmas Day, using the Glide parking app will be the same price as that displayed on the pay stations, as the 20p convenience fee has been removed. You also save time using Glide by not having to queue to use a pay station and it will not cost you any extra. So you can continue to Glide into the New Year!

Find out more on Glide's website


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Christmas waste and recycling collection dates in Surrey Heath

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 13:49
Date: Wednesday, 20 December, 2017

Thanks to residents' efforts it's been another fantastic year for recycling in Surrey Heath, with the borough once again ranked as the best performing in Surrey, and one of the best in the country.

Surrey Heath Borough Council is encouraging everyone to continue the good work during the festive season by recycling as much as they can.

Among the materials that can be recycled are: mixed paper, card, food tins and drinks cans, as well as plastic containers, glass jars and bottles.

Festive items that can be recycled include all wrapping paper and cardboard that rips.

Residents are also reminded that all mixed recycling should go into their green wheelie bin LOOSE, not in bags. This is because black bags & carrier bags often hide non-recyclable materials.

If your green recycling bins are full, the collection crews will also remove excess recycling - just make sure it’s contained within a box or a bag so it doesn't blow away or make a mess!

Waste collection days will change over the Christmas and New Year period. They are revised as follows:

Week Commencing 25 December 

Normal Collection Day

Revised Collection Day

Monday 25 (Christmas Day)

Wednesday 27

Tuesday 26 (Boxing Day)

Thursday 28

Wednesday 27

Friday 29

Thursday 28

Saturday 30

Friday 29

Tuesday 2


Week Commencing 1 January

Normal Collection Day

Revised Collection Day

Monday 1

Wednesday 3

Tuesday 2

Thursday 4

Wednesday 3

Friday 5

Thursday 4

Saturday 6

Friday 5

Monday 8

Week Commencing 8 January

Normal Collection Day

Revised Collection Day

Monday 8

Tuesday 9

Tuesday 9

Wednesday 10

Wednesday 10

Thursday 11

Thursday 11

Friday 12

Friday 12

Saturday 13

If you are unsure, put your bins out on your normal collection day and the crews will collect the correct one on your revised collection day.

Collections will return to normal on Monday 15 January.

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Garden Waste Club Update

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 16:26
Date: Wednesday, 13 December, 2017

A new garden waste collection service will delivered across Surrey Heath from February 2018.

At a meeting of Surrey Heath Borough Council's Executive on December 5, it was agreed that the new subscription-based scheme would operate fortnightly, at an annual charge of £40. 

The Council-backed scheme will be operated by Amey, who replace Biffa, the current Green Waste Club operators. 

The new cost, which is a reduction on the £57 a year charged by the Biffa scheme, includes the provision and delivery of a 240-litre wheeled bin. Subscribers to the existing scheme will be able to keep their current bin upon joining the new scheme.

New customers will receive a bin upon subscribing to the scheme.

Amey are the contractors for the new Surrey Heath waste and recycling collection service under the Joint Waste Contract, which will start on 5 February. 

Managed by Joint Waste Solutions, this arrangement maintains a high quality waste and recycling service for residents in Surrey Heath, Elmbridge, Mole Valley and Woking, while saving taxpayers across the four authorities around £2.5 million a year. 

The first contract of its kind in Surrey, it was part-funded by the Surrey Waste Partnership and supported by Surrey County Council as the waste disposal authority. 

More detailed information on the new Green Waste Club scheme, and the Joint Waste Solutions service in general, will be issued to residents ahead of its implementation in the new year.

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Make the most of the festive season with Surrey Heath Borough Council during the Festival of Winter Walks

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 16:05
Date: Tuesday, 12 December, 2017


The Surrey Heath Walking for Health Scheme is delighted to announce that it has been chosen as one of five locations in the UK to be a host of the Ramblers' annual Festival of Winter Walks.

The cold crisp days of winter are a magical time to go walking, with transformed scenery and spectacular early sunsets – it’s a great way to escape the demands of the festive season for a few hours too.   

Surrey Heath Borough Council (SHBC) is pleased to invite people to join them for a short seasonal stroll in beautiful Lightwater Country Park during the Festival of Winter Walks, which runs from 23 December to 7 January

The Festival of Winter Walks, supported this year by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, is now in its 30th year - so the Ramblers know a thing or two about the joys of getting out and about in the colder weather. 

The details of the Festival walk in Surrey Heath are as follows: 

Lightwater Country Park New Year’s Resolution Walk

Date: 1 January 2018

Start time: 10am

Distance: 2km

Difficulty: Moderate

Description: The walk will follow the 2km Heathland trail which takes in ponds, heathland and woodland as well as the beautiful Curley Hill which boasts views of Ascot Racecourse, Wembley Stadium and the Crystal Palace transmitter! Why not bring your family and friends along for a sociable and rewarding morning out in the park?

Everyone that takes part in the walk will be given a pedometer to record their number of steps, as well as a family friendly quiz to complete, a walk brochure and stocking full of duck feed for the ponds. 

On returning to the cafe, every walker will automatically be entered into a prize draw. Prizes include a £50 Amazon voucher and family swim at the Arena Leisure Centre. Walkers can then share stories and wind down with a free jacket potato with filling in the Lightwater Country Park cafe. 

Starting point: Lightwater Country Park Cafe

Craig Alford, SHBC Walking for Health scheme coordinator said: “Winter is a wonderful time to get outdoors and enjoy your surroundings in the fresh air, and the Festival of Winter Walks offers an easy way to head out for a winter wander with friends and family.

“A short walk is a great way to help kick start New Year fitness resolutions. Ours are open to anyone, no matter how fit you currently are, and our specially trained volunteers will be on hand to give you a warm welcome. Plus, you don’t need any fancy kit or specialist equipment. Who knows, what starts out as a one-off Christmas or New Year walk could lead to life-long friendships and a serious walking habit.”

SHBC Walks offer free, short group walks throughout the year as part of Walking for Health, England’s largest network of health walk schemes, delivered in partnership by the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support. Their walks are perfect for those new to walking, and those who want to meet new people while keeping active. For more information and their full programme of walks, visit

All group walks during the Festival of Winter Walks are free to attend, but if you’re inspired to keep walking, why not join the Ramblers? Your membership will give you access to hundreds of group walks every year, an online library of over 2,500 Ramblers Routes, as well as many other benefits, which also makes Ramblers gift membership the perfect Christmas present.

During the festival people can also enjoy the following range of free activities:

·        Visit for details of hundreds of free group walks taking place across the country. From short, festive-themed strolls topped off with a sociable drink, to more strenuous stretches to help boost your energy levels, there’s a walk to suit everyone.

·        For inspiration on where to walk, download a Ramblers Route from our online library and head out for a solo stroll or a walk with family or friends

·        Sign up for Ramblers’ free online walk tracker to log your walks. Designed to suit both the seasoned walker and someone taking their first steps, there are lots of badges and rewards up for grabs for walking regularly, completing long distances and reaching particular milestones. 

Thanks to the fantastic support of the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the Festival of Winter Walks is helping everyone, everywhere to enjoy walking.

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “We are delighted that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are able to support the Ramblers with their Festival of Winter Walks, which we know will help thousands of people discover the joys of walking.”


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Camberley – Be revitalised

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 10:05
Date: Tuesday, 12 December, 2017

Camberley High Street improvement funding approved by Enterprise M3 LEP

We are very pleased to announce that Surrey Heath Borough Council has secured funding from Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to improve the High Street and public spaces in Camberley Town Centre.

SHBC has been awarded a £3.5 million grant from Enterprise M3’s Local Growth Fund. The LEP supports economic growth of areas in the M3 corridor - stretching from Staines-upon-Thames to the New Forest, covering mid to North Hampshire, as well as South and West Surrey.  SHBC will add funds of £900k, so the total budget for the project is £4.4 million.

The scheme is an integral part of the strategy to develop Camberley as a major commercial centre.    It is estimated that the improvements could lead to an increase in the number of people coming into the town centre by 20% over a 10 year period. Other potential economic benefits expected to be generated by the scheme include more 100 jobs, with a total value of over £14m.

In addition to substantial structural improvement to The High Street, which will include widening the pavements, improving road and pavement surfaces; the project will also incorporate installation of public art and improved public seating and walkways in Knoll Walk and Princess Way.

Plans were shared earlier this year as part of the public consultation and you can see artists’ impressions of the completed works on the images below.

SHBC will consult with affected retailers, pubs and restaurants in The High Street.   We will also work with key groups who may be affected by the structural changes including taxi firms and disability groups.  The artist who we commission for the art projects will consult with local community groups to ensure the art brings together key attributes and features of Camberley.

Cllr Moira Gibson, Leader, SHBC said:

“Securing this funding is another key milestone in the regeneration of Camberley Town Centre.  The improved High Street will complement Park Street and The Atrium and the extensive renovations taking place in The Square Shopping centre.  We look forward to bringing an improved Town Centre to our residents and visitors very soon.”

Dr Mike Short CBE, Chairman of the Enterprise M3 LEP said:

“We are delighted to be supporting this project, which underpins our plans for economic growth and better quality of life in the Blackwater Valley. These improvements to Camberley Town Centre will help meet the wider challenges and objectives identified in our Strategic Economic Plan by promoting town centre renewal to secure inward investment and create vibrant communities.”

We envisage works to start late 2018.

About Local Growth Fund

Local Enterprise Partnerships are playing a vital role in driving forward economic growth across the country, helping to build a country that works for everyone.

That’s why by 2021 Government will have invested over £12bn through the Local Growth Fund, allowing LEPs to use their local knowledge to get all areas of the country firing on all cylinders.

Analysis has shown that every £1 of Local Growth Fund invested could generate £4.81 in benefits.

Further information

If you would like some further facts about the Fund, or the wider regeneration work going on across the country, please contact DCLG press office by emailing in the first instance to request any additional information you might need.

Some additional key facts

  • There are 38 LEPs covering the whole of England
  • The government has awarded £9.1bn in three rounds of Growth Deals to local areas to drive economic growth.
  • LEPs are investing in a wide range of projects informed by detailed analysis of the most pressing economic needs in each of their areas, including transport, skills, business support, broadband, innovation and flood defences.


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Ice Skate Camberley is now open!

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 09:55
Date: Tuesday, 12 December, 2017

Ice Skate Camberley is now open!

Ice Skate Camberley opened on Saturday 9 December 2017 in Park Street, Camberley.  The ice rink was busy all day with people of all ages enjoying a skate in the open air on the real ice rink. 

Surrey Heath Borough Council (SHBC) also organised a living nativity on Park Street with a display from Millers Ark animals and provided free arts and crafts for children in the Ice Skate Camberley ticket office.

The launch event was attended by Surrey Heath Borough Council’s Mayor, Cllr Valerie White, Cllr Moira Gibson, Leader SHBC, Karen Whelan, CEO SHBC, staff from Ice Skate Camberley’s official supporter ‘Knight’s Property Services’, and SHBC Councillors and officers and their families.

Karen Whelan said; “Our aim at SHBC was to bring a real ice rink to Camberley Town Centre this Christmas for our residents and visitors to enjoy and we are absolutely thrilled with how great the Ice Rink looks on Park Street.   It has been fantastic to see so many people enjoying Ice Skate Camberley this weekend and we hope many more people enjoy the opportunity to skate over the next few weeks.”

Ice Skate Camberley is located right in the middle of Camberley town centre on Park Street, which means people can also incorporate a fun ice skating session into their Christmas shopping trip or when out socialising with friends and family.

Book your skating places today! You can book in advance at or on the day at the Ice Skate Camberley ticket office on Park Street (card payments only please) or you can book with cash at Camberley Theatre's Box office.

Skating slots are 45 minutes long and the rink opens at 10am everyday (apart from Christmas Day) until 5 January 2018.  Closing times vary so please check the website.  The hire of modern ice skates and penguin skate aids for children are included in the skate booking cost.  The Penguin skate aids are available on a first come first served basis according to availability.   

Find out more –

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Tree-mendous news! Recycle your Christmas tree for free in Surrey Heath

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 15:20
Date: Thursday, 7 December, 2017

Following the success of the last year’s scheme, residents can recycle their real Christmas tree for free in the new year as part of a Council-run scheme – and help maintain the Borough’s parks at the same time.

Between 2-14 January 2018, we are running 15 drop off sites across Surrey Heath where residents can drive in and leave their ‘real’ Christmas tree in a designated area.

At the end of this period, the trees will be chipped and the resulting wood chippings will be used to replenish paths in our parks.

Last year, around 500 trees were recycled via the scheme, which helped restock paths in Frimley Lodge Park.

This event is being sponsored by an experienced local family-run company, Branch Management ( Based in Bagshot, they cater for all aspects of tree care for customers across Surrey Heath.

Surrey Heath Business Portfolio Holder Cllr Craig Fennell said: “We were pleased that residents took advantage of this scheme in great numbers last year. It has several benefits, for residents, our parks and the environment in general, and I encourage people to use it once the festive period comes to an end.”

The sites where Christmas trees can be dropped off are:

Drop-off Location  


Heatherside Park (near the recreation ground)

GU15 1AY

Watchetts Road Car Park

GU15 2UZ

Old Dean Recreation Ground

GU15 4AF

Prior Heath Car Park 

GU15 1DA

Frimley Green Recreation Ground

GU16 6JZ

Mytchett Recreation Ground

GU16 6JD

School Lane, Bagshot

GU19 5BP

Lightwater Recreation Ground

GU18 5SJ

Windmill Field, Windlesham

GU20 6QA

Clews Lane, Bisley

GU24 9HD

Rosewood Way, West End

GU24 9XG

Yorktown Car Park, Camberley

GU15 3AU

Clarence Drive, Camberley

GU15 1JT

Woodend Road Car Park, Deepcut

GU16 6SD

Chobham Car Park, Chobham

GU24 8LZ


Christmas trees can also be dropped off at Community Recycling Centres, or left out with your brown garden waste bin if you are subscribed to the scheme.

Restrictions apply: only real Christmas trees can be accepted for this event, and all decorations must be removed from the trees before they are left at the drop-off points.

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Positive results from property investments

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 17:00
Date: Wednesday, 6 December, 2017

Surrey Heath Borough Council has adopted a strategy of delivering efficiency and increasing income in order for it to be able to maintain services against a backdrop of reduced central government funding.

The Council has borrowed money to invest in property within the Borough, not only to generate an income to pay for services, but also to further its regeneration and economic development aims.

A recent report to Councillors indicated that so far this investment strategy was paying off. The Council had expected to receive a £1.5m contribution to its budget, but performance has been better than predicted.

Members heard that net income since ownership for The Square was 5% ahead of budget, and for the six months to 30 September 2017 almost 15% ahead of budget for the industrial estates the Council owns.

The increased income for The Square is helping to fund the extensive refurbishment of the centre. This should result in returns increasing further, or at least being maintained, in what is a very competitive market.

Phase 1 of The Square refurbishment covering Grace Reynolds Walk has now been completed on time and to budget (More info). Works on the rest of the centre will restart after Christmas.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Moira Gibson said: “We are encouraged by these latest reports from our advisers. The positive results contribute to overall income, and emphasise the importance of our property investments in helping to achieve the Council’s aim of continuing to offer as wide a range of services as possible in the face of Government funding cuts.”

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Surrey Heath voices support for partners following Surrey’s ‘White Ribbon County’ award

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 11:12
Date: Wednesday, 6 December, 2017

Surrey Heath Borough Council has expressed its support and thanks to partners across the county working to tackle violence against women and girls.

This follows the news that Surrey has been announced as only the second official ‘White Ribbon County’ in the UK, recognising the commitment of Surrey’s agencies as part of the global movement to end male violence against women and girls.

It focuses on asking supporters to pledge to never commit, condone, or remain silent about men’s violence against women in all its forms, whilst spreading a message of equality and respect.

Last year, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Surrey Police achieved White Ribbon Status with both the PCC David Munro and Chief Constable Nick Ephgrave becoming ambassadors.

Surrey’s ‘county accreditation’ means all agencies in the Surrey Against Domestic Abuse (SADA) partnership have now been given White Ribbon Status.

White Ribbon forms a key part in supporting the Government’s Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Strategy and helps raise awareness of significant new legislation now in place.

This includes specific offences of stalking, forced marriage, failure to protect from Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), and revenge pornography, as well as the new domestic abuse offence around coercive or controlling behaviour in an intimate or family relationship.

Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro said: "I am delighted to see Surrey become an official White Ribbon County and be recognised as one of the leading areas in the country in tackling domestic abuse and violence against women.

“We know that the complex nature of this type of criminality means it cannot be addressed by any one agency alone and strong partnership arrangements are crucial.

“This award is a testament to the hard work not only being carried out within policing but by agencies and services across the county who provide an effective first response to abuse and get survivors the support they deserve.

"I am proud to support the White Ribbon campaign and promote the message that violence against women and girls is unacceptable and we must do everything in our power to put a stop to it.”

SHBC Chief Executive Karen Whelan said: “We are proud of our work with Surrey Against Domestic Abuse, and congratulate all those involved in Surrey achieving White Ribbon status.

“In our support for Domestic Abuse Awareness Week, and Surrey Police’s recent hard-hitting #amisafe campaign highlighting the many different facets of domestic abuse, we will continue to play our part in helping to raise awareness of the issues involved, and the help that is available for those affected.”  

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Surrey Heath schoolchildren enjoy interactive Young Citizen programme

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 15:29
Date: Tuesday, 28 November, 2017

More than 400 Year 7 students from across Surrey Heath learned about leading safe, healthy lives by taking part in the Young Citizen programme last week (Nov 22-24).

The course aims to help young people broaden their social responsibility skills and learn how to deal with real-life situations.

Through a range of interactive sessions, students explored themes such as first aid, alcohol awareness, personal safety, peer pressure, as well as internet safety and how they can report a crime anonymously.

Students from Kings International College and Collingwood College were involved in the practical sessions delivered by qualified professionals.

Among those hosting the workshops were: Surrey Police, St John Ambulance, Counter Terrorism Policing – Prevent, Surrey Crimestoppers and Solomon Theatre Company.

As part of the programme, students watched a play by the Solomon Theatre Company entitled 'Last Orders', acted out by young people to highlight issues around alcohol abuse, peer pressure and its consequences.

Surrey Heath Borough Council Children’s Champion Cllr Josephine Hawkins said: “I’d like to thank all the partner organisations involved for their continued support on this invaluable initiative.

“Young Citizen is a brilliantly effective way of helping young people gain the knowledge and skills to lead safe, healthy lives. I enjoyed visiting this year’s event, and I’m sure the students involved have benefitted hugely from this experience.”

The course proved inspirational for pupils too.

Collingwood College Year 7 student Matthew Hadlington said: “We learnt, laughed and focused on the Young Citizen course – it was great at teaching us many things that we needed to know.”

Fellow pupil Jonah Doyle added: “I thought all the lessons were very useful for our later lives.”

Kings College pupil Soniya Bishwakarma said: “It was fun and educational. We learnt to keep safe and to be smart, it was enjoyable and there were lots of people involved,” while fellow Year 7 student Angel Parmar added: “We’ve learnt so much - how to be private on social media, what a crime means, and the dangers of drinking and encouraging others to drink.”  

The course is organised and funded by the Safer Surrey Heath Partnership and the schools involved.

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Ice Skate Camberley – Join the festive launch day on Saturday 9 December 2017!

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 12:05
Date: Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

Ice Skate Camberley opens for magical open air skating on a real ice rink on Saturday 9 December at 10am.  To celebrate the ice rink coming to Camberley, Surrey Heath Borough Council has organised lots of fun festive events and attractions right next to the ice rink in Park Street.

  • Millers Ark Living Nativity, Saturday 9 December, 11am-3pm 
    Come and see our beautiful stable scene with shepherds and a variety of animals including sheep, donkeys, chickens and pigmy goats.

    Unfortunately you won’t be able to cuddle or pet the animals but the shepherds will be on hand telling you all about the animals in the festive scene.
  • FREE Christmas Craft Extravaganza, Saturday 9 December, 10am-3pm, Ice Skate Camberley ticket office, The Atrium, Park Street opposite ‘The Bear’’ public house.
    Drop in and colour a Christmas card, door hanger or Christmas crown, make a foam gingerbread man, penguin or elf tree decoration and much more!

    Crafts are on a first come first served basis. Suitable for ages 3+ although some craft activities are more suitable for older children, and all activities may require help from parent or guardian depending on ability of child. Children must be supervised at all times and remain the responsibility of the parent or guardian.  
  • Christmas Wreath Making Workshop, Sunday 10 December, 10am – 12pm, Ice Skate Camberley ticket office, The Atrium, Park Street opposite ‘’The Bear’’ public house 
    Create a beautiful Christmas wreath for your home from scratch using wire rings, moss and other decorative materials. Cost £30 including coffee and mince pies. Limited places available call 01276 707229 or email  

Karen Whelan, CEO SHBC, said:  “We are really looking forward to Ice Skate Camberley’s opening day.  Park Street will be transformed into a very special festive scene.  We hope our residents and visitors enjoy this very special weekend in the heart of the town centre.”

The ice rink will be open from 9 December 2017 until 5 January 2018.  Everyone is welcome, although skaters must be aged 3 or over. You can book your places online, at Camberley Theatre Box office or at the Ice Rink on the day.  Skating slots are 45 mins long.  Ice skates are included in the booking fee.  Skate aids are available on a first come, first served basis and are also included in the booking fee.

Ice Skate Camberley is proudly supported by Knights Property Services, Camberley.

For those seeking a unique experience, exclusive use of the ice rink can be arranged for schools, Christmas parties and groups of friends at selected times by contacting the event ticket office or Camberley Theatre Box Office.  There is a 10% discount for groups of 10 or more

To find out more, including information on how to book your tickets, visit

Christmas in Camberley is going to be lots of fun for all the family.  In addition to the ice rink there are many wonderful events taking place:

  • Peter Pan Pantomime, 12 to 31 December, Camberley Theatre.  Join Peter Pan as he takes Wendy and her brothers on an action packed adventure in Neverland
  • Visit Father Christmas, 1 to 24 December, The Square Shopping Centre. For more information visit
  • Free daily craft and fun activities for children, 19 November to 24 December, The Square Shopping Centre

Camberley has warm, undercover shopping centres with easy to access parking and lots of fabulous places to enjoy hot drinks and food.  Once you’ve done your Christmas shopping and been ice skating, you can enjoy a film at Vue, a game of bowling and a lovely meal in one of our many excellent restaurants and pubs.

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