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Surrey Heath Civic Dinner takes place Friday 21 February

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 16:12
Date: Friday, 21 February, 2020

The Surrey Heath Civic Dinner is taking place on Friday 21 February at Camberley Heath Golf Club. 

Similar to many other local authorities, this is an annual event, hosted by the Mayor. It aims to bring together local Councillors, businesses, community groups and charities to recognise and thank them for the work they do to help improve the lives of residents in the Borough. This event provides great opportunities to network, build closer relationships and share knowledge and understanding of some of the challenges facing their organisations.

Funds are also raised for the Mayor's chosen charities; which this year include Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care, Surrey Young Carers, Frimley and Camberley Cadet Corps and the Surrey Heath Tree Wardens. 

 

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Update regarding caravans at Pennypot Lane

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 15:48
Date: Friday, 21 February, 2020

An unoccupied caravan on the side of the road in Pennypot Lane, Chobham was removed yesterday by Surrey Heath Borough Council (SHBC). 

There are a number of unoccupied caravans on private land which is not owned by SHBC or Surrey County Council. 

We are in discussions with the landowner to resolve the situation.

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Statement regarding the Camberley All Night Cafe no longer operating at 270 London Road

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 14:52
Date: Thursday, 20 February, 2020While Surrey Heath Borough Council has not been involved in the action taken by the Department Infrastructure Organisation via the Scouts, the Council’s Housing Solutions Team is available to assist those affected by homelessness and will do all we can to help current customers of the All Night Café.       The Council will offer up to 28 days emergency accommodation to anyone with a local connection to Surrey Heath and help assess the needs of any individuals using the All Night Café in order to help them secure a home and settle into their local community.         We would encourage people to contact us as soon as possible, as the more time we have to work with people the more options are likely to be available.      Whilst the Council will support all those people with links to the Borough, we do recognise that we can’t help everyone. People without a local connection to the Surrey Heath area will be supported to reconnect with their originating borough, who will have a duty under the Homelessness Reduction Act to provide them with a service. More information is available here: www.surreyheath.gov.uk/residents/housing/housing-advice-support        Support is also available from The Hope Hub, a charity which aims to prevent homelessness in Surrey Heath. Among the services offered by The Hope Hub is specialist 1:1 long term case worker support to address the often-complex needs of those who are affected by or at risk of homelessness with funding secured to provide a full-time specialist mental health worker in recognition of the specialist training which may be required.        This runs alongside crisis services, including food, clothing, personal hygiene items and healthcare support, 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. More: https://thehopehub.org.uk/     As previously stated, SHBC is not in a position to endorse or support the Camberley All Night Café. We, in partnership with the Surrey Heath Partnership (which includes Surrey Police and Surrey County Council) have made every effort to work with the All Night Café to make sure it is being run to ensure the safety of those using its facilities and is legally compliant.     The All Night Café is still an unregulated facility, which means we (as part of the Partnership) are unable to share information with them in relation to dangerous and vulnerable people who are using the facilities. This continues to present a serious risk to staff and clients at the café.      The Partnership is aware of a sexual assault committed by a service user at the All Night Cafe in December 2019. An individual has pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced at Guildford Crown Court today (Thursday 20 February).  
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Happy 100th birthday to marvellous Maud!

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 15:53
Date: Thursday, 13 February, 2020

Happy 100th birthday to marvellous Maud!

The SHBC Community Services team helped celebrate a very special 100th birthday for one of their valued residents last week. 

Windle Valley Centre regular Maud Vickery reached this fantastic milestone on 3 February 2020.

The Community Services team presented Mrs Vickery with a bouquet to mark the occasion at a birthday party with family and friends held at the weekend. 

A celebration was also held at the Windle Valley Saturday Club in Bagshot, where fellow attendees sang 'Happy Birthday' and cake was in plentiful supply!

And the Windle Valley Centre team also held their own birthday lunch for Mrs Vickery on Monday, with even more singing, balloons and cake.  

SHBC Community Services Operations Manager, Aline Poulter said: “Maud is a wonderful lady who still lives at home and is very independent.

"She loves dancing, always joins in with the exercise classes, has a really fun sense of humour and is a stickler for good manners. 

"Mrs Vickery has made use of a variety of SHBC Community Services over many years, including having a community alarm, attending both the Saturday Club and Windle Valley Centre, and using our Community Transport service too. We are so pleased our services help Maud to be independent and that she can enjoy her many activities." 

Mrs Vickery said: "Thank you to the Council for the lovely flowers which I received at my surprise party arranged by my family. I'd also like to thank both the Saturday Club and Windle Valley for the celebrations they gave me, they made me feel very special."

Mrs Vickery's daughter Linda Wildsmith said: "The Community Transport means that Mum gets out regularly and sees lots of different friends including those at Windle Valley and the Saturday Club. Mum is always ready and waiting for the bus as she enjoys these trips so much! The community alarm gives the whole family peace of mind when she's at home, knowing help is there if needed."

The Windle Valley Centre in Bagshot is open each weekday, and offers a range of activities and services for older residents of the borough.

The Saturday Club at the Centre offers residents, carers and the cared-for a chance to relax and enjoy themselves through interaction and entertainment, and is also dementia-friendly.

Community alarm and telecare sensors provide emergency assistance, support and reassurance to you and your loved ones 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The service works by linking an alarm unit via your telephone line.

When activated, the alarm or sensor will alert the 24 hour Monitoring Centre, whose operators will establish what assistance, if any, is required. If necessary, they will arrange support either by contacting your nominated responders or the emergency services. 

More info: www.surreyheath.gov.uk/communityservices

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Extended Revenue Grant Scheme

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Thu, 01/30/2020 - 16:00
Date: Thursday, 30 January, 2020

A total of £186,000 has been awarded to voluntary organisations in Surrey Heath in 2020/21, following a decision by Surrey Heath Borough Council.

On 21 January, its Executive approved grants to community organisations and charities dedicated to helping people within the borough.

The funds will go towards supporting groups including Citizens Advice Surrey Heath, Voluntary Support North Surrey, Surrey Heath Age Concern, The Autism Trust, The Hope Hub and Basingstoke Canal Authority.

The Council has awarded Revenue Grants for the past 16 years to a set list of voluntary organisations and charities dedicated to helping people within the borough.

However this is the first year that grants have been awarded since the scheme was extended to invite applications from a wider range of community organisations that provide vital services – whether helping people in their daily lives, or contributing to the community through the arts, sport, or access to the natural environment.

The Executive decided that Revenue Grants for 2020/21 be awarded to:

  • Citizens Advice Surrey Heath (CASH) – £80,000
  • Voluntary Support North Surrey - £30,000
  • The Hope Hub - £17,000
  • Surrey Heath Age Concern - £10,000
  • The Autism Trust - £10,000
  • Voluntary Support North Surrey – Time to Talk project - £10,000
  • Basingstoke Canal Authority - £10,000
  • Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership - £10,000
  • Catalyst Support - £4,000
  • Surrey Heath Sports Council - £3,500
  • Surrey Heath Arts Council - £1,500

All grants are subject to Service Level Agreements, to ensure the changing local priorities and needs continue to be met.

Decisions on the awarding of grants to Tringhams, West End and Camberley and District Job Club were delegated to the Executive Head of Transformation in consultation with the Support and Safeguarding Portfolio Holder. An application by Mustard Seed Autism Trust was deferred for a year.

In September 2019, the Council Executive agreed to amend the Revenue Grant scheme, with bids invited from any organisations that met the criteria in providing services in our community to enable the Council to achieve its short- and long-term strategies.

This scheme is aimed at organisations that are fully compliant and registered ‘not for profit organisations’, such as charities.

Where organisations undertake work on the Council’s behalf, the Executive agreed to ring-fence their funds. This relates to Citizens Advice Surrey Heath, Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership (£10,000) and Basingstoke Canal Authority (£10,000).

Surrey Heath Portfolio Holder for Support and Safeguarding, Cllr Josephine Hawkins said: "The Council hugely values the work of voluntary organisations within Surrey Heath – they do a brilliant job.

“I’m really pleased that the scheme has been extended so more groups can access funds for their vital services - whether helping people in their daily lives, or contributing to the community through the arts, sport, or access to the natural environment.

"While the council has limited resources from which to give grants in these times of reduced funding from central government, we are committed to recognising their crucial work in our Borough.”

www.surreyheath.gov.uk/revenue-grant-scheme                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

 

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New leader of Surrey Heath Borough Council elected

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Thu, 01/30/2020 - 10:34
Date: Thursday, 30 January, 2020

Councillor Alan McClafferty has been elected as Leader of Surrey Heath Borough Council following an Extraordinary Council meeting on 29 January 2020.  

 

Cllr McClafferty, a Conservative who has represented St Michaels ward since he was elected in 2015, has previously been Chair of Performance and Finance Scrutiny Committee and Portfolio Holder for Regulatory, which later became Planning & People.  

 

Cllr McClafferty said: “I am honoured to be elected Leader of this Council and to be given the opportunity to make a positive difference for residents, and am determined we face the challenges ahead and grasp every opportunity, right across the Borough.  

 

“We are a Council with no group in overall control and I intend to utilise all the skills and experience within the chamber, no matter what colour the rosette in the election.  

 

“I believe our residents deserve openness and to be properly consulted by their elected representatives. I intend to deliver this, especially on environmental issues, public realm and housing development.  

 

“We are very lucky to have community-spirited businesses; excellent community groups and a dynamic voluntary sector and I will work to bring those organisations together to maximise the benefits for residents." 

 

Cllr Colin Dougan (St Michaels) was appointed Deputy Leader.  

 

The political groups of the Council are as follows: Conservatives 16, Liberal Democrats 9, Community Group 5, Camberley Independents 2, Green Party 2. There is currently 1 vacant seat.  

 

Cllr McClafferty announced the new Council Executive at the meeting.  The Portfolio Holders are as follows:  

 

Business & Transformation: Cllr Colin Dougan 

Finance: Cllr David Lewis 

Places & Strategy: Cllr Rebecca Jennings-Evans  

Environment & Health: Cllr David Mansfield 

Planning & People: Cllr Adrian Page  

Support & Safeguarding: Cllr Josephine Hawkins 

 

www.surreyheath.gov.uk/council 

 

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Do a duathlon!

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 12:30
Date: Friday, 24 January, 2020

Looking for a New Year's challenge? The Frimley Lodge Park Duathlon is the perfect event for both beginners and experienced multi-sport athletes.

Whether you need a fitness goal, or if you are a regular competitor looking to kick off your season, this is the event for you.

Surrey Heath Borough Council will be holding the latest in their series of multi-sport events with their first duathlon in Frimley Lodge Park on 15 March 2020.

A duathlon follows a run-cycle-run format – helpful for those who struggle with the swim element of a triathlon.

With a starting point in Green Flag Award-winning Frimley Lodge Park, competitors will run alongside the picturesque Basingstoke Canal, then cycle along the roads of Frimley and Deepcut before the final run section back in the park.

There will be both a GO TRI and Sprint Duathlon distance taking place at the same time, so competitors can choose the distance that suits them best:

  • GO TRI - Run 2.5km, Cycle 9.5km, Run 2.5km
  • Sprint Duathlon - Run 5km, Cycle 19km, Run 2.5km

Surrey Heath Portfolio Holder for Places and Strategy, Cllr Dan Adams, said: “These duathlons are a great introduction to multi-sport events in a friendly environment.

“I’d encourage anyone who is considering entering to go for it.

“This is the latest in a series of multi-sport events the Council has organised, demonstrating our commitment to supporting sports development and healthy fitness in the Borough.”

The Go TRI event costs £19 to enter, the longer Sprint duathlon is £25. Entrants must be 16+. Registration opens at 12.30pm, with a start time of 1pm.

More information and to enter: www.surreyheath.gov.uk/duathlon

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Steve’s smiling as nearly 1,400 Christmas trees recycled!

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 15:52
Date: Thursday, 23 January, 2020

Surrey Heath Borough Council’s free Christmas tree recycling scheme collected almost 1,400 real trees this year.  

 

The Council’s Greenspace Team Leader Steve was the face of the campaign to beat last year’s total of 1,200 trees collected, and #MakeSteveSmile – and he’s definitely smiling after this target was beaten by nearly 200. 

 

The environmentally-friendly scheme offered 15 drop off sites across the Borough from 4-19 January, with the collected trees being turned into wood chippings and used to replenish the paths in recently opened Windlemere SANG (Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace). 

 

Surrey Heath Portfolio Holder for Places and Strategy Cllr Dan Adams said: “Now in its fourth year, the Christmas tree recycling scheme goes from strength to strength.  

 

“A huge thank you to everyone who took part by dropping off their tree – it’s not only Steve who is smiling as a result! It is a truly green scheme, with multiple benefits, for residents, our greenspaces and the wider environment.”  

 

There are plans to run the scheme again in January 2021.  

 

www.surreyheath.gov.uk/christmastreerecycle 

For more details on Windlemere SANG, and SANGs in general, go to www.surreyheath.gov.uk/SANGs 

 

 

 

 

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Announcement of SHBC Leader and Deputy Leader resignations

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Mon, 01/20/2020 - 16:12
Date: Monday, 20 January, 2020Councillor Richard Brooks and Councillor Charlotte Morley have resigned from their respective positions as Leader and Deputy Leader of Surrey Heath Borough Council.     A new Leader will be elected at an Extraordinary Full Council meeting on 29 January 2020.   In the interim, the Executive will collectively lead the Council.
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Local gym brightens Christmas for vulnerable families

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Mon, 01/20/2020 - 12:29
Date: Monday, 20 January, 2020

Some of Surrey Heath’s most vulnerable families had their Christmas brightened by a hamper donation from a local gym. 

 

Maximus Gym in Frimley donated five hampers for distribution through Surrey Heath Borough Council’s Family Support department. 

 

The hampers included food, drinks, Christmas decorations, personalised stockings for each child, toys and toiletries. 

 

The SHBC team ensured they were given to deserving families in the borough who would have otherwise had very little for Christmas this year. 

 

Surrey Heath Portfolio Holder for Support and Safeguarding, Councillor Josephine Hawkins, said: ‘We are very grateful for the wonderful Christmas hampers that Maximus Gym and its members have donated this year.  

 

“These have all been gifted to the most vulnerable families in Surrey Heath, who would have otherwise gone without this Christmas.” 

 

A spokesperson for Maximus Gym said: “Maximus Gym are passionate about supporting the local community and bringing everyone together.  

 

“This year, members of the gym have gone above and beyond to support the most vulnerable families in the area by donating towards Christmas hampers, to ensure that everyone can enjoy Christmas.” 

 

For more information about the work of SHBC’s Family Support team, click here

 

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Councillor Sam Kay

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 13:22
Date: Friday, 17 January, 2020

It is with great sadness that Surrey Heath Borough Council has learned of the recent death of Councillor Sam Kay. Our thoughts and condolences are with all Cllr Kay's family and friends at this very difficult time.

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Camberley High Street, Princess Way and Knoll Walk improvement works. Ground-breaking ceremony Wednesday 8 January 2020.

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Fri, 01/03/2020 - 16:13
Date: Wednesday, 8 January, 2020

On Wednesday (8 January 2020) the Mayor of Surrey Heath Borough Council, Councillor Robin Perry and Kathy Slack OBE, CEO of Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) officially broke ground at Camberley’s anticipated High Street, Princess Way and Knoll Walk improvement works, which are set to transform this part of the town centre.  

 

Present at the event were representatives from Surrey County Council, Surrey Heath Borough Council, Enterprise M3 LEP, The Project Centre, Construction and Civil Engineering Company, Dyer and Butler who are carrying out the works and Camberley’s businesses.   

 

Councillor Richard Brooks, Leader, Surrey Heath Borough Council said; 

 

“Today marks the start on an eagerly anticipated project that will bring significant improvements to Camberley town centre - not only improving the High Street’s road and pavement surfaces but also providing new lighting, plants and street furniture in Princess Way and Knoll Walk.  The project also includes unique public art especially commissioned for Camberley. 

 

“Our thanks to Enterprise M3 LEP who have enabled this project to happen with their grant and for their continued support of the regeneration of Camberley town centre.  Many thanks to Kathy Slack OBE for attending our event today.” 

 

Kathy Slack OBE, CEO, Enterprise M3 LEP said: 

 

“Enterprise M3 is delighted to be supporting this valuable project. Our investment of £3.5 million in these improvements will help create a vibrant town centre which will attract further investment by companies into the area and create a dynamic community in Camberley.  

“Our investment underpins our plans for economic growth which will provide a better quality of life around the Blackwater Valley.” 

 

Tim Pashen, Deputy Chief Executive (Interim), Surrey Heath Borough Council said; 

 

“Surrey Heath Borough Council is working with a number of partners on difference projects to make huge improvements to Camberley.  The improved High Street, Princess Way and Knoll Walk will further help us to reach our ambition for the regeneration of the town centre.” 

 

“This project has taken a few years to reach this point and has been complex involving many people and specialist companies. Many thanks to everyone who has been involved.” 

 

Steve Wilson, Dyer and Butler’s Divisional Director said:  

 

“We are delighted to be working with Surrey Heath Borough Council to provide these improvement works. This is an exciting development which will provide fantastic improvements for this area.”  

 

The entire project is set to be completed by early 2021.  The work will be undertaken in five phases and the High Street and Princess Way will be fully accessible to pedestrians throughout the works.”  

 

 

 

Camberley Be Inspired 

 

Surrey Heath Borough Council is committed to supporting and regenerating Camberley.  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.    

 

Kier Property have been selected by SHBC as 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.   

 

SHBC has signed a 25-year contract with Places Leisure to design, build and operate a new £22 million leisure centre. The new centre will feature new swimming pools, sport courts, fitness facilities and a café.  The new centre is now in construction and is due to open in 2021. 

 

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.    www.camberleybeinspired.com 

 

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Independent investigation - update

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Wed, 12/18/2019 - 10:01
Date: Wednesday, 18 December, 2019

The independent investigation commissioned by the Council into payment of an additional duties allowance has now concluded and has been received by the Council. 

 

Browne Jacobson, the legal firm appointed to carry out the investigation, has advised the Council that their final report should be considered alongside other matters that are still ongoing, and therefore it cannot be released (either in full or in part) at the current time. 

 

The Council's Chief Executive, Karen Whelan, is currently on agreed leave. Any queries regarding the business of the Council should in the first instance be directed to the Council's interim Deputy Chief Executive, Tim Pashen.

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New Camberley Leisure Centre celebrates its latest milestone with official ground breaking ceremony

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Wed, 12/18/2019 - 09:33
Date: Thursday, 19 December, 2019

Councillors and officers from Surrey Heath Borough Council, the Places Leisure Camberley project team and representatives from the 8th Camberley Scout Group gathered earlier this month to mark the official start of the construction of Camberley’s brand-new state-of-the-art leisure centre. 

 

The Mayor of Surrey Heath, Cllr Robin Perry, performed the ceremonial ground breaking at the event to mark this milestone in the evolution of the centre, which is due to open in Summer 2021. 

 

Leader of Surrey Heath Borough Council, Cllr Richard Brooks, said: “We are investing in our community and our future. Working in partnership with Places Leisure and Pellikaan Construction, we are excited to be creating a first-class leisure facility in Camberley that will promote physical activity and the importance of health and wellbeing.   

 

“We are pleased to see that work on site is progressing well. The new centre will be an inclusive community leisure hub for all to enjoy. We look forward to seeing our vision for the new centre being brought to life.” 

 

Earlier this year, Places Leisure were awarded the 25-year Design, Build, Operate and Maintain Contract for the new Camberley leisure centre, along with their construction partners Pellikaan and architects Roberts Limbrick.  

 

The £24m leisure centre will feature a 150-station fitness suite, 25 metre six lane pool, learner pool with adjustable floor, splash zone (interactive water confidence area), 8 court sports hall, group exercise studios, health suite and café. A vibrant Clip ‘n Climb™ arena and purpose-built adventure play area will also be featured to inspire more young people to be active for life.   

 

Dan Walker, Business Development Director at Places Leisure said, “We are delighted to announce that construction of the new Places Leisure Camberley is underway. In partnership with Surrey Heath Borough Council, we are looking forward to providing a fantastic new leisure centre full of innovative activities that we hope will capture the local community’s imagination.  

 

“The new centre will also provide us with an opportunity to continue to develop our community partnerships that we have established over the last 35 years and build on the legacy of the Arena Leisure Centre. We hope to encourage even more people to enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle for many years to come.” 

 

As part of the ground breaking ceremony, a time capsule was buried. Items gathered by the 8th Camberley Scout Group for the capsule included handwritten letters from local Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, a selection of 2019 UK coins, and a collection of the Scout Group’s badges.   

 

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Due diligence costs for major property acquisitions - Surrey Heath Borough Council

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 14:51
Date: Friday, 13 December, 2019

Surrey Heath Borough Council has put in place a property investment strategy to enable regeneration, promote economic development and generate income to maintain council services after the loss of all Government grant funding for the borough.  Purchased properties can generate a vital revenue stream to support the Council’s services.   

 

Properties purchased by the Council must demonstrate long-term capacity and sustainability to generate income. Some properties are purchased to enable further regeneration of the building or area.  

 

The price asked has to be accurate and fair in respect to the current market.  

 

Councillor Richard Brooks, Leader, Surrey Heath Borough Council said; “Before the Council makes a significant property purchase, advice is sought from a number of independent experts to ensure the property represents a sound long-term investment and represents best value. The due diligence process assesses the possible risks associated with the purchase and the impact this may have on value.” 

 

The Council’s external due diligence costs have averaged less than 0.5% of the purchase price of the asset.  The Council’s current property portfolio include The Square shopping centre in Camberley town centre, Theta offices on Frimley Road, Albany Park Industrial Estate and Vulcan Way Industrial Estate.  The council agreed to purchase The Atrium shopping centre in the summer of 2019 subject to due diligence being satisfactory.  However, the purchase was not completed as the potential risks found were considered to be too high in relation to the price being requested.  The asking price quoted by agents for The Atrium at that time was £29.4million and the due diligence costs for that property were £120k, which equates to 0.4% of the purchase price. 

 

This due diligence process generally consists of legal work to check on title and tenancy agreements, structural surveys to highlight issues, financial checks on tenants, payment of rent etc. as any of these could have a bearing on the inherent risks in the purchase and therefore the price that is being paid.   

 

Under accounting rules due diligence costs can be added to the capital value of an asset as part of the acquisition cost. However, if the asset is not purchased then the cost must be charged to revenue.

  

Generally, the level of due diligence undertaken will be relative to the value of the property. The evidence from the due diligence process may be used to renegotiate the price or to obtain guarantees from the vendor. In some cases, the outcome of the due diligence may indicate that the purchase should not proceed or the vendor may not agree to adjust their price to reflect the findings. When this happens the due diligence costs become abortive and have to be written off.   

 

Councillor Richard Brooks concluded; “As part of its wider strategy, the Council will continue to consider potential investments which may support its income generation and regeneration objectives. The relevant robust due diligence process will be carried out in these circumstances to assist in making informed decisions on any potential investments.” 

 

Camberley Be Inspired 

 

Surrey Heath Borough Council (SHBC) is committed to supporting and regenerating Camberley.  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.    

 

Kier Property have been selected by SHBC as 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.   

 

SHBC has signed a 25-year contract with Places Leisure to design, build and operate a new £22 million leisure centre. The new centre will feature new swimming pools, sport courts, fitness facilities and a café.  The new centre is now in construction and is due to open in 2021. 

 

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.    www.camberleybeinspired.com 

 

 

 

 

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Camberley Be Inspired - Surrey Heath Borough Council to introduce one-hour free car-parking in Knoll Road Multi-Storey Car Park from Monday 6 January 2020.

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 14:41
Date: Monday, 16 December, 2019

One hour of free car-parking will be available in Knoll Road Multi-Storey Car Park from Monday 6 January 2020, initially for a 3-month trial period until Monday 6 April 2020. 

 

Councillor Richard Brooks, Leader, Surrey Heath Borough Council said; “This initiative has been introduced by the Council to support businesses and shoppers whilst the High Street, Knoll Walk and Princess Way undergo significant improvements. People will still be able to quickly pop to the town centre for errands and not be charged for their parking – we hope this eases any disruption caused by the construction work.” 

 

Tim Pashen, Deputy Chief Executive (Interim), Surrey Heath Borough Council added; “The Council is committed to supporting the town centre businesses, residents and visitors whilst this project is underway.  All the businesses on Camberley High Street will be open as usual throughout 2020 and will be fully accessible on foot, wheelchairs and mobility scooters.  We are also working closely with the businesses affected to ensure their deliveries and collections will continue to take place with minimal disruption.”  

 

 

High Street, Princess Way and Knoll Walk improvement project 

 

£4.4 million is being spent on substantial structural improvement to The High Street, Princess Way and Knoll Walk, 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. These improved areas will complement Park Street and The Atrium and the refurbished The Square shopping centre.  Funding has been achieved through a £3.5 million grant from Enterprise M3 LEP and £900k from Surrey Heath Borough Council.  

 

The works will start on 6 January 2020. Dyer and Butler are the Civil Engineering & Construction Contractors who have been selected by Surrey Heath Borough Council to complete the works. 

 

In order to allow the works to the highways and footpath to be undertaken in a safe manner, Camberley High Street will be closed to general traffic throughout the construction period. The closure of the High Street will be from the junction with Pembroke Broadway to the junction with Obelisk Way. A minimum of 1.8m wide pedestrian access paths will be maintained at all times on Princess Way and the High Street throughout the construction period. Knoll Walk will be closed to pedestrians for the construction period as this will be the location of the site compound. 

 

Surrey Heath Borough Council will be working closely with Dyer and Butler to ensure any disruption is kept to a minimum and that public safety is the priority throughout the construction period.  Find out more about the project on this page

 

Regular updates on the project will be shared via SHBC’s website, Heathscene magazine and social media channels. 

 

If you have any queries regarding the High Street improvement project you can find out more on this Question and Answer page.  You can also email any further questions you may have to Camberley.HighStreet@dyerandButler.co.uk

 

Camberley Be Inspired  

 

Surrey Heath Borough Council is committed to supporting and regenerating Camberley.  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.    

 

Kier Property have been selected by SHBC as 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.    

 

SHBC has signed a 25-year contract with Places Leisure to design, build and operate a new £22 million leisure centre. The new centre will feature new swimming pools, sport courts, fitness facilities and a café.  The new centre is now in construction and is due to open in 2021.  

 

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.    www.camberleybeinspired.com 

 

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Tree-cycle! Our popular free Christmas tree recycling scheme is back this year

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Wed, 11/27/2019 - 16:45
Date: Wednesday, 27 November, 2019

Following the success of the scheme over the past three years, Surrey Heath residents can recycle their real Christmas tree for free in the new year – and help maintain the Borough’s parks at the same time.

 

Between 4-19 January 2020, we’ll be 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 1,200 trees were recycled via the scheme, which helped restock paths in Frimley Lodge Park. 

 

Recycle your real Christmas tree for free in the new year - and make our Greenspace Team leader Steve smile!

 

The sites where Christmas trees can be dropped off are: 

Drop-off Location    

Postcode  

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 open space, Angelica Road, 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 put in 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. 

 

www.surreyheath.gov.uk/christmastreerecycle 

 

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Climate Change Working Group appointed

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Wed, 11/20/2019 - 13:28
Date: Wednesday, 20 November, 2019

Surrey Heath Borough Council (SHBC) appointed a Climate Change Working Group at a meeting of the Executive last night. 

 

This follows the declaration of a ‘Climate Emergency’ at an SHBC Full Council meeting last month, where the Council pledged to become carbon neutral by 2030 across its own estate and operations, including contractors used, and support the actions being taken by Surrey County Council in this area. 

   

The agreed overall aim of the new Working Group is to consider and make recommendations to the Executive and/or the Council on strategies and actions to be undertaken to address climate change, and develop policy for the use of renewable materials and energy across the Council’s estate in order for the Council to become carbon neutral.  

 

The Group will be made up of nine members, comprising five from the Conservative Group, two from the Liberal Democrats Group, and one from both the Community and Green Groups. The Chairman of the Working Group will be appointed at the first meeting of the municipal year.  

 

The Terms of Reference for the Group will be agreed and released in due course. 

 

The appointment of the Working Group builds on SHBC’s commitment to tackle climate change, and expands on actions already being taken by the Council to address environmental issues. 

 

These include encouraging high recycling rates (SHBC is consistently in the top five in the country), a commitment alongside the other Surrey Boroughs and Districts to Surrey County Council's agreement to reducing single use plastics, promoting biodiversity, installing electric car charging points, and replacing standard lights with energy-efficient LED versions throughout Main Square car park. 

 

 

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Surrey Heath candidates announced for upcoming UK Parliamentary General Election

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 16:41
Date: Thursday, 14 November, 2019The (Acting) Returning Officer has published the Statement of Persons Nominated in the Surrey Heath constituency for the forthcoming UK Parliamentary General Election.    The General Election is taking place on Thursday 12 December 2019.      To view a full list of candidates click here
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The first Camberley Food Festival took place last week from 7- 9 November 2019.

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 10:52
Date: Thursday, 14 November, 2019

Organised by Surrey Heath Borough Council the event was part of the ‘Camberley Be Enchanted’ Christmas event programme. 

 

Camberley shoppers had the opportunity to visit over 50 unique stalls on Park Street, with traders from across the country providing a vast array of food, drinks and unique gifts.  Nachos, sausages, burritos, specialist gin, organic vegetables, tasty brownies, cheese and craft ale were just some of the food and drinks available. 

 

Professional chefs also provided live cookery demonstrations on the Main Stage, including Sunday Brunch’s Simon Rimmer, who joined the festival on Saturday. 

 

An unique independent pop up restaurant was also set up in the Hoxon Bar unit on Obelisk Way.  Hosted by local chef Adam Lestrelle the menu comprised of fresh local ingredients. 

 

We hope to run this event again in the future.

 

 

 

Camberley Be Inspired 

 

Surrey Heath Borough Council is committed to supporting and regenerating Camberley.  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.    

 

Kier Property have been selected by SHBC as 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.   

 

SHBC has signed a 25-year contract with Places Leisure to design, build and operate a new £22 million leisure centre. The new centre will feature new swimming pools, sport courts, fitness facilities and a café.  The new centre is now in construction and is due to open in 2021. 

 

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.    www.camberleybeinspired.com 

 

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