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The Square shopping centre - new public art installed

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - 3 hours 7 min ago
Date: Monday, 21 May, 2018

If you have visited The Square recently you may have noticed the new artwork on the light boxes in Grace Reynold's Walk.

These are part of the extensive refurbishment programme which is currently underway throughout the shopping centre.

Inspiration for the artwork comes from the natural beauty found in Surrey Heath – the design borrows from the colours and forms of the surrounding landscape and translates them into a 2D form that is printed on several layers to create a depth that is seen in nature.

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New Mayor of Surrey Heath elected

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 10:38
Date: Thursday, 17 May, 2018

Councillor Dan Adams was chosen as the 46th Mayor of Surrey Heath at the Annual Meeting of Surrey Heath Borough Council yesterday. 

 

Cllr Adams has been a councillor for St Paul's ward since 2015, and was last year’s Deputy Mayor for Surrey Heath. 

 

At the Mayor-making ceremony, Cllr Adams was sworn in as Mayor of Surrey Heath for the forthcoming year, receiving the Mayoral robe and chain of office.  

 

Cllr Adams succeeds the previous Surrey Heath Mayor, Cllr Valerie White. 

 

Cllr Robin Perry, who represents Town ward, was elected Deputy Mayor. 

 

Cllr Adams spent most of his childhood living in Tanzania, East Africa, whilst his father worked on a Swedish aid project. Upon his return he attended secondary school near Dorking before moving to Surrey Heath. 

 

Since his election in 2015, Cllr Adams has served on various committees including Performance and Finance, Planning, Licensing, Audit and Standards, and was vice-chair of the External Partnerships committee from 2015-17. 

 

Cllr Adams manages and operates Conquest Consultancy, a social media management company. He has two sons, and is married to Sarah who works in local community dental services. They live in Camberley with their beloved cocker spaniel, Mitzi - who may well appear at Mayoral events in the coming year!  

 

During his mayoral year, Cllr Adams intends to shine a light on the fantastic community spirit that exists throughout Surrey Heath, encompassing community projects & services, and celebrating the huge number of volunteers that do so much throughout the Borough. 

 

Cllr Adams said: “It is with great pride that I take up this mantle as the 46th Mayor of Surrey Heath.  

 

"I am extremely proud to represent this great little corner of England we’re lucky enough to call home, and I'm excited to champion Surrey Heath’s amazing, inspirational people & businesses."  

 

Cllr Adams has chosen three charities to support during the year:  

- Frimley Health Trust, Breast Cancer Ward – Cllr Adams' wife, Sarah, sadly lost her mum at an extremely young age to the condition and was treated for some time at Frimley Park Hospital.  

- The Meath in Godalming - which offers a world of possibilities for people who live with complex epilepsy and associated disabilities. Having grown up with epilepsy in his family, Cllr Adams is only too aware that this illness is rarely spoken about and is keen to raise more awareness.  

- Health Amplifier - a charity working in in Kikavu, Northern Tanzania educating and supporting the community to overcome the issues of poor healthcare, malnutrition, disease & dental hygiene. Cllr Adams firmly attributes his successes and sense of community spirit to his childhood in Tanzania, and as such wishes to give something back to the country that gave him so much. 

 

Outgoing Mayor Cllr Valerie White said: “This past year as Mayor has enabled me to meet people and go to places I would never experienced in my normal life.  It has been an honour to represent the Borough at many events outside our area.  

 

"The number of voluntary organisations I have visited has been eye opening. Without these amazing people, life would be so different in our Borough. 

 

"Thank you to every organisation in the Borough who welcomed me to their events with such enthusiasm. 

 

"I would like to wish Cllr. Adams all the very best for his upcoming Mayoral year." 

 

To follow Cllr Adams' mayoral year please follow @shbcmayor on Twitter, and like his Facebook page www.facebook.com/surreyheathmayor 

 

Further information on the Mayor of Surrey Heath can be found at www.surreyheath.gov.uk/mayor.  

 

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Camberley set to inspire - Ashwood House

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 14:51
Date: Wednesday, 16 May, 2018

 

 Works have now begun on Ashwood House on Pembroke Broadway – transforming this derelict office block into 116 high quality apartments, bringing a fresh look and regeneration into this area of Camberley town centre. 

 

The initial preparatory works include removing the ramp outside Ashwood House and moving the bus stops and pedestrian crossing on Pembroke Broadway a short distance further down this stretch of road.  This work is being completed by Randall Contracting Ltd.  Berkeley Homes will then start work to create the apartments in the Autumn 2018.  We anticipate works to complete in 2021.  SHBC are working closely with Surrey County Council to ensure pedestrian safety throughout the works and the bus service will be maintained along Pembroke Broadway.  

 

The alleyway between The Square shopping centre entrance on Princess Way and Main Square car park is now closed whilst these works take place.  

 

Please be aware that we may have to close one of the exits to The Main Square Car Park through the spring and summer months to accommodate the works on Ashwood House.  To ease congestion, we are asking car park users to ensure they pay for their parking before they get back to the car.  You can pay at the kiosks or by using the Glide app (insert link to Glide).   

 

We will post updates on our website and social media, in addition to producing signage, if we need to make any changes to the parking procedures at Main Square car park. 

 

 

 

 

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Exciting times for Surrey Heath Heritage Services

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 11:54
Date: Wednesday, 16 May, 2018

 

Surrey Heath Museum is to become part of a new 'Heritage Hub' in the centre of Camberley, due to open in June. 

 

The Museum will join with Surrey Heath Museum Actions Group and Surrey Heath Archaeology Trust to create the hub in the Heritage Gallery of The Square shopping centre.  

The museum space, on the ground floor, will involve a ‘mini museum’ display, recreations of a WWI and WWII home, and include a shop and research area. 

 

There will also be a temporary exhibition area - planned exhibitions include ‘What Lies Beneath’ (June to September), followed by ‘The Battles of the First World War’ (October to December).  

 

The existing Heritage Gallery will move to the upper floor, with displays for local groups and societies.  

 

Heritage staff will be available and frequently present at the new hub.   

 

The existing Heritage Gallery unit is currently closed for this transformation to take place, and will reopen on Saturday 30 June. 

 

This will coincide with Camfest, the community arts and crafts festival organised by the Camberley Society which runs from 29 June to 1 July.  

 

Surrey Heath Heritage Services are holding a public meeting where they invite members of the public to come along and find out more about plans for the refreshed Heritage Service on Thursday 24 May at Camberley Theatre at 7pm. All welcome! 

 

News of Surrey Heath Museum's involvement in the 'Heritage Hub' follows the decision taken by the Council's Executive earlier this year to adopt changes proposed for Surrey Heath Heritage Services.   

 

This followed a consultation about the future of Surrey Heath Museum and Heritage Services, which ran for several months at the end of last year 

Feedback included the view that the previous museum site at Surrey Heath House on Knoll Road, Camberley was not in the right location. 

 

This site was subsequently closed to the public in mid-April, with plans for the future development of the service to include more temporary exhibitions and events at different locations around the Borough - bringing heritage into the heart of our community, and helping reach new and wider audiences across Surrey Heath and beyond.    

 

These include plans for a Heritage Services display in the Main Square of The Square during the summer, and a Surrey Heath Museum 'showcase area' in Camberley Library from July. 

 

As a result of these changes, research enquiries will be put on hold until June 2018. 

 

The museum’s popular events programme will continue, including toddler/children's holiday sessions, to be held in the heritage hub, and heritage walks. The popular Reminiscence and Education Programme also goes from strength to strength. 

 

www.surreyheath.gov.uk/museum 

 

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#TalkSurreyHeath – Annual Plan. 3 May 2018

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 16:07
Date: Thursday, 10 May, 2018  On the evening of 3 May 2018 we held our latest innovative #TalkSurreyHeath event streamed live on Facebook from Surrey Heath House.   This #TalkSurreyHeath focused around SHBC’s recently published Annual Plan.      The panel facing the camera consisted of Deputy Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder for Finance Cllr Richard Brooks, Business Portfolio Holder Cllr Craig Fennell, SHBC Chief Executive Karen Whelan, and Executive Head of Transformation, Louise Livingston.      Areas discussed in the hour-long session covered a wide range of subjects, including; Council Tax, The Square Shopping Centre, the London Road development site, Surrey Heath Museum, Sport and Leisure facilities in Surrey Heath and protection of the local environment.     The live stream and the video of the event has been viewed by over 2,000 people – proving #TalkSurreyHeath is a popular way for local residents to find out more about SHBC and our work.    Cllr Richard Brooks said; “Many thanks to everyone who submitted questions.  It is always really interesting and beneficial for us to hear your views and have the opportunity to reply to you directly about Surrey Heath and council services.  There is a lot happening in Surrey Heath at the moment and we are really keen to keep residents and local businesses up to date.”    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.surreyheath.gov.uk (link is external) .
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Visit the Surrey Heath Show

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 14:58
Date: Tuesday, 8 May, 2018

The Surrey Heath Show returns to Frimley Lodge Park for an incredible eleventh year on Saturday 19 May from 10am - 4pm.

With over 8,000 people flocking to Frimley Lodge Park for last year's hugely successful 10th anniversary event, this year's show is shaping up to be even better than the last. 

The Show will see the return of long-standing favourite, the Companion Dog Show.  You can bring your dog along on the day to enter, with entries for all classes open from 11am. Judging starts at 12 noon.

Radio Frimley Park will be the host of the arena which will see a variety of displays throughout the day including the Bezerkaz Circus, Arena Leisure Centre and Phoenix and Redz Performing Arts. The Bootworks Theatre Company will also be part of the arena events with a very special jukebox! 

Organised by Bob Potter, the Classic Car Show returns. There will be a great selection of vehicles on display. There will also be performances from the Farnborough Concert Band of the Royal British Legion and Professor Dill’s Punch and Judy Show!

The Show's own BBQ will be offering delicious burgers, hot dogs and bacon rolls. There will be a wide range of stalls which will offer food and drink and showcase local businesses, community groups and charities. 

Keep the kids entertained with the fun fairground rides or inflatables. Surrey Fire and Rescue will also be there and it goes without saying there’ll be a fire engine or two!

Explore the rest of the park by taking a ride on the miniature railway, and if you see the Show's mascot Spike The Hedgehog, don't forget to say hello!  He'll be more than happy to pose for a photo or two. 

Each year the Surrey Heath Show distributes some of its proceeds to local charities and community groups. In 2017 over £10,000 was given to such groups to help fund some of their projects.  

The Show is sponsored by The Massage Company and Arena Leisure Centre. The event is free to attend, with car parking for the day £5. For more details visit: www.surreyheathshow.org 

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Brilliant effort by Camberley ‘beginners’ triathlon’ competitors

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 16:54
Date: Wednesday, 25 April, 2018

More than 60 competitors swam, cycled and ran their way around Camberley in the second Specsavers GO-TRI at the Arena Leisure Centre events on Sunday (22 April). 

 

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

 

With short, manageable distances, GO-TRI Camberley featured 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. 

 

Those taking part had to cope with unseasonably warm temperatures for April, but followed advice to stay hydrated, and still managed to post some impressive times. 

 

Darren Hurn crossed the finish line in first place in a fantastic time of 27mins 4sec closely followed by Ian Coates who also broke the 30-minute mark.  

 

Following the success of last year's inaugural GO-TRI Camberley event, this year a Junior Aquathlon event was also held alongside the adult triathlon. 

 

A two-stage swimming and running event open to 11-15 year-olds, the aquathlon saw competitors complete a 200m swim followed by a 2km run – the perfect introduction to multi-sport events for youngsters. 

 

Both events were organised by the Council’s Business Services department in partnership with the Arena Leisure Centre and Go-Tri, supported by Specsavers and British Triathlon. 

 

Surrey Heath Portfolio Holder for Business Cllr Craig Fennell said: “We’re delighted that this second-ever Specsavers GO-TRI at the Arena Leisure Centre has gone so well. 

 

“It's all part of the Council's commitment to sports development and encouraging an active, healthy community.  

 

"With such a great response from the public, we hope that we can bring more events like this to Surrey Heath in the future.”  

 

Those taking part also had the opportunity to pick up some tips from GB Age Group triathlete Samantha Taylor, who came along to lend her support to the event.  

 

Samantha, who has received funding from the Surrey Heath Sports Council, also receives training facilities support from the Arena Leisure Centre. 

 

Plans are underway for a Camberley Sprint Triathlon event on 23 September – to keep up to date with future triathlon-related events in the Borough go to www.surreyheath.gov.uk/tri, and follow SHBC on Facebook and Twitter. 

Photo credit: Alan Meeks and Mike Hillman

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Surrey Heath Borough Council invites discussion of latest Annual Plan at next #TalkSurreyHeath event

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 11:33
Date: Wednesday, 11 April, 2018

Surrey Heath Borough Council has published its Annual Plan for 2018-19, featuring its key priorities and projects for the year ahead. 

The Annual Plan, approved at a recent Executive meeting, details the outputs and success measures that will be delivered in 2018-19 for each of the Council’s key priorities, therefore linking the plan with the Council's Five Year Strategy. 

 

These priorities are grouped under four themes: Place, Prosperity, People and Performance. 

 

The Annual Plan can be found on the SHBC website at http://www.surreyheath.gov.uk/annual-plan 

Surrey Heath Borough Council will hold the latest in their series of #TalkSurreyHeath interactive live stream events on 3 May 2018

 at 7pm until 8pm to discuss its contents, and answer questions from Surrey Heath residents and business owners.  

 

Key priorities and projects featured in the Annual Plan include: 

 

  • The continuing regeneration of Camberley Town Centre, with refurbishment of The Square shopping centre, residential development at Ashwood House to provide 116 homes; projects to improve the public spaces, starting with the High Street following £3.5 million funding from the Local Enterprise Partnership, and an exciting project on the London Road.  
  • The programme of excellent events the Council delivers throughout the year is also highlighted, including Camberley Carnival, Frimley Lodge Live, Go Tri and Camberley International Festival  
  • The refurbishment or replacement of play areas across the Borough, and a range of improved services for older people, enabling better access to independent living, all promote healthy and active lives within the community  
  • Awarding a contract for the delivery of a new leisure facility to replace the current Arena Leisure Centre in Camberley is another key element, along with consulting with the public on the Issues and Options relating to the long-term development of the Borough as set out in the Local Plan 

 

Council Leader, Cllr Moira Gibson, said: "The Council continue to strive for even better performance in order to deliver our ambition of greater efficiency and generating additional income streams to fund services and to meet our regeneration and economic development objectives.  

 

"Whilst the reduction of government funding has its unique challenges Surrey Heath is well positioned to deliver a balanced budget this year and is able to meet its budgetary requirements to March 2019.  

 

"Surrey Heath has sought to adopt innovative approaches to sustain services to residents and businesses and continue on our journey to deliver a great place, great community and great future." 

 

We want to hear from you at the next #TalkSurreyHeath live stream event to be held on Thursday 3 May 2018 7pm until 8pm. 

 

This is your opportunity to ask Council Officers and Councillors your questions about the Annual Plan and key issues in Surrey Heath. You can send these in advance or during the event via Facebook, Twitter, or email talk@surreyheath.gov.uk

 

The planned panel in the seventh 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  
  • Louise Livingston, Executive Head, Transformation  

The innovative event will be broadcast from the Council Chamber at Surrey Heath House via a live video stream on the SHBC Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SurreyHeath (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, www.surreyheath.gov.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"Park Smart - and put children's safety first" - Borough and County Council and Police join forces in call to protect children by parking safely around schools

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 16:24
Date: Tuesday, 17 April, 2018

Representatives from Surrey Heath Borough Council, Surrey County Council, Surrey Police and local schools are asking residents to put children's safety first when parking around schools across the Borough.

 

Dangerous and illegal parking around schools, particularly at drop off and pick up times, is an ongoing problem, despite schools repeatedly urging parents to park safely outside their schools.  

 

Parking on pavements, or on zigzags or yellow lines surrounding schools, reduces space and visibility for drivers and pedestrians, making accidents more likely, especially at busy times. 

 

The latest data about child casualties (serious and slight) at school journey times within 250m of school gates showed an average of 50 per year across Surrey*. 

 

Schools, councils and the police have taken action in response to complaints from the public. 

 

SHBC parking enforcement officers have increased the number of visits to schools around the relevant times to try to educate people and improve parking behaviour, including issuing tickets where necessary. These visits are supported by Surrey Police officers where resources allow. 

 

During the winter term (September to December 2017), 13 Penalty Charge Notices were issued outside schools by SHBC for offences such as parking on zig zag or yellow lines, with another 32 warnings issued.  

 

Surrey County Council has also implemented new parking restrictions outside more schools to increase safety. 

 

However support from parents and guardians dropping children off at school is also required to ensure safe parking every day. 

 

Surrey Heath Borough Councillor Bill Chapman, also a County Councillor and Chair of the SCC Local Area Committee, said: "New parking restrictions have been installed outside more schools to improve road safety.  

 

"However this does not help if parents ignore these restrictions. 

 

"The SHBC civil enforcement team cannot be outside every school every day – so they need the assistance of parents to help make improper parking outside of schools unacceptable."  

 

Inspector Bob Darkens of Surrey Heath Police said: ‘Where the police are able to support the civil enforcement officers, we will attend schools to crack down on dangerous parking. 

 

"We encourage all Surrey Heath residents to park safely and legally at all times –  but especially around schools."  

 

David Oakley, Chair of Governors, Crawley Ridge Junior School and Geoffrey Palmer, Chair of Governors, Crawley Ridge Infant School, also endorsed this campaign.  

 

In a joint statement, they said: "We know we are by no means the only schools in the borough who have an ongoing problem with inconsiderate or dangerous parking – however a small number of parents of children attending Crawley Ridge Infant and Junior Schools make the decision every day to park on the double yellow lines or no-parking areas near the school.   

 

"The resulting congestion and frustration creates a dangerous environment where children could be injured or worse.   

 

"Requests to parents to recognise these dangers and to change their behaviour continues to be ignored by a few.   

 

"We can only hope this campaign will finally influence those parents to park safely and legally around our schools, and help keep our children safe." 

 

Cllr Chapman added: "It only takes a few more minutes to park further away in a safe, legal space – surely our children's safety is worth that?" 

 

More information on safe, legal and sensible parking is available from Park SMART: https://www.drivesmartsurrey.org.uk/media-and-publicity-campaigns/park-smart/ 

 

This is part of Drive SMART, a Road Safety and Anti-Social Driving Partnership created by Surrey County Council (including Surrey Fire and Rescue Service) and Surrey Police. 

 

www.surreyheath.gov.uk/parking 

 

Photo caption: (L-R) PCSO David Yeoman of Surrey Heath Police, Cllr Bill Chapman, Geoffrey Palmer, Chair of Governors, Crawley Ridge Infant School, and David Oakley, Chair of Governors, Crawley Ridge Junior School, show their support for the campaign to park safely around schools.

 

*Reference: Child Road Casualties in the Vicinity of Schools in Surrey from 2005 to 2011 report.  

 

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SHBC helps achieve improved rail service to and from London

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 18:25
Date: Friday, 6 April, 2018

Surrey Heath Borough Council welcomes the announcement from South Western Railway that the direct Waterloo service to and from Camberley, Frimley and Bagshot will be retained, rather than removed, and that there will be an extra direct Waterloo-Camberley service in the evening peak period.

SHBC played a prominent role in the campaign to maintain and increase the direct service between the borough and London at peak times, rather than the alternative option suggested, which involved changing at Ash Vale.

In response to South Western Railway (SWR)'s consultation on a range of proposed changes to train services in the December 2018 timetable, the Council worked with The Camberley Society, Surrey County Council and Surrey Heath MP Michael Gove to oppose the cutting of the direct service between London and the Borough.

As part of this, in December 2017 the Council sent a formal response to the consultation outlining its objections to the cutting of the direct service to and from London Waterloo.

A service involving a change at Ash Vale with reduced waiting time (making the total journey time less than an hour) had been offered by SWR as an improved option, with the direct service being removed.  

Given the feedback received, SWR have kept this improved route via Ash Vale, alongside retaining an improved direct service.    

South Western Railway announced on 4 April: "We plan to maintain the direct services from Frimley, Camberley and Bagshot to and from Waterloo at peak times. We will offer three services in both the morning and evening peaks (this represents one additional service during the evening peak period compared to today). 

"Our face to face meetings, discussions with MPs and feedback emails told us that the loss of the direct Camberley peak service to and from London was not well received even though a faster journey time would be achievable by changing at Ash Vale.

"We have re-analysed the capacity for services through Ascot in the peak and will plan that direct services will be maintained from and to Frimley, Camberley and Bagshot with Waterloo in the peak. In both the morning and evening peaks we propose to run three direct services which would mean an additional direct service in the evening peak period compared to today."

Surrey Heath Portfolio Holder for Special Projects Cllr Charlotte Morley said: "I am thrilled that not only have the current through trains been retained, but an additional through train has been added in the evening.  

"In addition to the less than an hour peak service via Ash Vale this is an improved rail service for Camberley, Frimley and Bagshot stations. 

"It is a great result for the Camberley Society, Borough and County Councils and our MP who all worked together to deliver this improved service with the support of South Western Railway."

More information: http://www.southwesternrailway.com/timetableconsultation

 

 

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Get involved in the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 16:28
Date: Tuesday, 20 March, 2018

Do you know a young person who could benefit from trying a new sport, or improving at one they already enjoy?  

 

In conjunction with the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games, the Council is offering 6-8 weeks of free training sessions in no less than 12 unique sports from April to June. 

 

You can choose anything from Boccia (a pan-disability sport) to boxing, hockey to girls' rugby, netball, judo and many more!  

 

Sessions are hosted at schools, clubs and leisure facilities across the Borough either after school or at the weekend, and are led by qualified, passionate coaches. 

 

These ‘taster’ sessions could open the door to a lifelong love of sport, while providing a fantastic chance to meet new people and make new friends. 

 

Over 300 local young people enjoyed free coaching in the Borough last year, and many go on to join clubs after the event and enjoy the various benefits that an active lifestyle brings, including improved physical and mental wellbeing. 

 

Every young person who takes part in training sessions also gets the opportunity to compete for ‘Team Surrey Heath’ at the competition weekend at the Surrey Sports Park, Guildford, and Woking Leisure Centre, coordinated by Active Surrey.  

 

The competition takes place on 23 and 24 June, and provides a unique Olympic-style event where all 11 boroughs and districts in Surrey compete and show off their skills. Last year over 2,000 young people took part in the largest youth festival of sport in Surrey.  

 

This year we have some of the most passionate and experienced coaches at great local clubs, without whom the training sessions – and the Surrey Youth Games themselves - would not be able to take place.  

 

Thank you to our fantastic clubs, including Lightwater Juniors Badminton Club, Swifts Badminton Club, Turners Boxing Academy, Camberley Cricket Club, Camberley & Farnborough Hockey Club, Camberley Judo Club, Camberley RFC, Camberley Town Youth FC, Chobham RFC, Surrey Heath Netball Club, Camberley Tennis Club, The Eikon Charity and sponsors such as Places for People and Publicity Plus who provide ongoing support to Team Surrey Heath. 

 

Coaching sessions are open to 7-16 year-olds below county standard in their chosen sport (each sport is open to specific age groups/gender) and currently living and/or attending school in Surrey Heath.  

 

For details of session venues, dates and times and to register, visit www.surreyheath.gov.uk/syg, or call 01276 707100 and ask to speak to a member of the leisure team. 

 

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Councils receive Government funding for SANGS work

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 14:21
Date: Thursday, 15 March, 2018

Rushmoor Borough Council, Hart District Council and Surrey Heath Borough Council have been boosted by the news they are to receive £250,000 for joint working to research and assess alternative measures to deal with the implications of new homes in a Special Protection Area. 

The Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area (TBHSPA) is a heathland habitat, which supports three protected birds - the Nightjar, the Woodlark, and the Dartford Warbler. This can limit development because of the need to avoid and mitigate the potential recreational impact of residents of new homes on the heathland.  

The three neighbouring local authorities together form a Housing Market Area (HMA), with strong links across authority boundaries in relation to where people live and work, and have a long history of working together on cross boundary planning issues as they draw up their local plans.

They are also part of a wider group of 11 local authorities affected by the TBHSPA, which means that, under rules enforced by Natural England, they must find eight hectares of Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) for every 1,000 new residents  - which, although delivering recreational spaces, is also a constraint on building new homes.

The funding, spread over two years, will enable the three councils to employ a project officer and specialist consultants to work with Natural England, and other TBHSPA local authorities, to explore and challenge planning constraints relating to the need to protect the Special Protection Area from disturbance.

The three councils have worked closely to deliver cross boundary SANG issues, but there are concerns that there are huge constraints to delivering development and new SANGs in the HMA area, given that the current approach to mitigation is ultimately finite.

Rushmoor is mostly urban with any undeveloped land being SPA, Sites of Important Nature Conservation, Sites of Special Scientific Interest, MOD land or within the boundary of Farnborough Airport. Surrey Heath Borough Council and Hart District Council have similar challenges.

Opportunities for delivering SANGS are reducing sharply, with Rushmoor Borough Council, as a last resort, having to make the difficult decision to close Southwood Golf Course to create a SANG at the end of last year.

Ultimately the lack of SANG space would lead to a halt to any new residential development, which would mean a desperate shortage of new homes, a sharp rise in house prices, and town centre regeneration coming to a virtual standstill.

The money for the project will come from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Councillor Martin Tennant, Rushmoor Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Environment and Service Delivery, said: “It’s absolutely essential that we start tackling the planning issues around SANGS because we are all running out of space and our borough needs to grow and prosper and build new homes for our children

“We’re pleased that the funding for the joint working project has come through, but we are under no illusions how tough it will be to come up with solutions for this thorny issue.” 

Councillor James Radley, Cabinet Member for Services at Hart District Council, said: "Hart welcome the opportunity of working with our neighbouring authorities and with other partners to identify new and innovative ways to mitigate the adverse impacts of development on sensitive and ecologically important sites.

“Some of our neighbouring authorities are constrained by a lack of suitable open countryside to turn into country parks. Where we can, Hart are happy to help out by sharing the SANG sites that we are able to open up with residents from a wider area. However, it is unlikely that such an approach can work indefinitely. I want to put on record that personally I do not see restricting people's access to heathland to be an appropriate solution, I expect us to be looking at alternatives, such as habitat regeneration."

Regulatory Portfolio Holder for Surrey Heath Borough Council, Councillor Alan McClafferty said: “Surrey Heath faces difficult issues around planning and housing development due to the SPAs and SSSIs that exist across the borough. We welcome the joint working project funding, which should be a positive step in making progress in this area.”

 

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Community groups to receive more than £12,000 in grants

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 13:30
Date: Thursday, 15 March, 2018

Local not-for profit groups are to receive more than £12,000 from Surrey Heath Borough Council through its Community Fund Grant Scheme (CFGS).   

 

The scheme provides grants of up to £25,000 to assist groups and organisations in Surrey Heath if funding is needed towards projects benefitting local communities.  

 

On 6 March, the Council’s Executive awarded a total of £12,981 in grant funding to support St Mary's Nursery, Camberley, Sparklers Charity, The Camberley Society and Surrey Youth Focus.  

  

  • St Mary's Nursery, based at Watchetts Recreation Ground, will receive £10,000 to provide a new outdoor play area; 
  • Sparklers Charity, based in Deepcut, will receive £1,481 to provide 10 holiday playgroups for children, young people and families with special needs who live in the Surrey Heath area; 
  • The Camberley Society were awarded funding towards the cost of launching community arts and crafts festival Camfest 2018, with the CFGS agreeing to match the amount raised by The Camberley Society up to a total of £1,000; 
  • Surrey Youth Focus will receive £500 to deliver a new Youth Social Action ‘Youth Soup’ project, giving 14-24 year olds the opportunity to suggest and deliver improvements to their local community. 

Members also resolved to support the making of a grant of £9,175 to The Hope Hub – a new initiative consisting of partners from local faith organisations which focuses on assisting homeless people, those at risk of homelessness, and those who are unemployed and vulnerable. 

 

The initiative aims to provides day time support for those affected, via a central Camberley location, and the grant would cover the purchase of equipment for this new service.  

 

The award of this grant is subject to the Executive Head of Regulatory, Jenny Rickard, being satisfied that the project and accommodation can be delivered, after consultation with the Leader of the Council Cllr Moira Gibson, and Corporate Portfolio Holder Cllr Josephine Hawkins. 

 

Cllr Hawkins said: "We are pleased to support these projects with grants. Many residents of Surrey Heath benefit from the valuable services provided by local community groups.   

 

“I encourage local groups with beneficial projects who may need assistance to get in touch and find out if they can apply for a grant.”  

 

Applications to the Community Fund Grant scheme are considered twice a year, with deadlines of 30 June and 31 December.

 

Full details of the scheme can be found via: www.surreyheath.gov.uk/communitygrants 

 

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Camberley set to inspire

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 11:59
Date: Tuesday, 13 March, 2018 Camberley Town Centre is currently undergoing a significant regeneration programme under the stewardship of SHBC. Bringing a revitalised place to live, work and socialise to Camberley’s residents and visitors. 

 

The latest update on the key development areas is below.  

 

Ashwood House 

 

Ashwood House, the former office block on Pembroke Broadway in Camberley, will be transformed into 116 high quality flats by Berkeley Homes.   

 

The initial work on this building will be starting on Monday 9 April 2018.  Randall Contracting Ltd will be completing this work.  

The bus stops will be moved further down Pembroke Broadway and the ramp outside will be removed. The alleyway between The Square shopping centre entrance on Princess Way and Main Square car park will be closed whilst these works take place. 

Please be aware that we may have to close one of the exits to The Main Square Car park through the spring and summer months to accommodate the works on Ashwood House.  To ease congestion, we are asking car park users to ensure they pay for their parking before they get back to the car.  You can pay at the kiosks or by using the Glide app.   

 

We will publish notifications on our website, Facebook and Twitter pages if we need to close one of the car park exits. 

 

 

 

 

 

Main Square car park  

 

Works will be taking place through the spring and summer months this year to improve this car park. 

 

New LED lights will be fitted, to provide a more efficient and energy effective lighting solution. 

 

Parking levels 1 – 3 and the spiral exit will be resurfaced. 

 

The stairwells will be refurbished and improvements made to the ventilation to prevent damp and moisture. 

 

 

 

The Square shopping centre 

 

Work has now begun on the next phase of The Square’s substantial refurbishment programme with the painting of the high-level structures on Obelisk Way and Cambridge Square. In this phase, Prince of Wales Walk, The Square, and Cambridge Walk will all receive a similar treatment to that on Grace Reynolds Walk, but with some modifications to the feature lighting and the flooring pattern. 

 

The Main Square, in the centre of the shopping centre, will be given a spectacular make-over, and include a new lighting feature, plus a new seating area. 

 

The main works will take place outside trading hours to ensure there is no disruption to the shops or customers. 

 

The High Street 

 

The High Street has received £3.5million in funding from Enterprise M3 LEP which has been added to with £900k of funding from SHBC to improve the roads and pavements on this historic street.  We will be announcing the designs for this project later this year and works are expected to start in 2019. 

 

 

 

London Road 

 

We are currently in the process of seeking a development partner for this key town centre site. 

 

 

 

We thank everyone for their support and patience as we bring you an improved Camberley Town Centre. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Celebrations as Surrey Heath Business Awards 2018 winners unveiled

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 15:36
Date: Friday, 9 March, 2018 The winners of the Surrey Heath Business Awards 2018 have been announced at a ceremony at Camberley Theatre.   More than 150 delegates attended the awards at Camberley Theatre on Friday 9th March, hosted by the Surrey Heath Business Breakfast event.   Returning for a fifth year, the awards showcase the achievements of businesses big and small, spanning the length and breadth of Surrey Heath, from Windlesham to Frimley, and Chobham to Camberley.   Recognising the great people and ideas that keep the local economy thriving, the shortlist featured a wide range of industries and professions, from sportswear to science, and optometry to dance.    The six categories and their winners were:   Business Innovation of the Year - Awarding creativity with measurable results. Winner: Planet Ocean Ltd   Developing Talent - Recognising businesses that provide opportunities for personal development. Winner: Stewart and Co   Community Action - Recognising organisations who take responsibility towards the community and the environment. Winner: Specsavers Camberley   Kevin Cantlon Award for Best Small/Medium Sized Business  - Spotlighting businesses with less than 250 employees. Best Small-Sized Business Winner: Legacy Performance Sports Wear Best Medium-Sized Business Winner: Fins Swimming Club   The Best Small / Medium Sized Business Award is newly named in honour of Kevin Cantlon, SHBC Economic Development Officer, who sadly passed away in 2017. Renaming the award is our tribute to his work within local business and a reflection of the respect that our business community had for Kevin. This award in particular was very close to his heart.   This year also saw a new award, The Star of The Year, which was voted for by the public. Winner: Rachel Bell, The Secret Stage School   Finally, the Outsanding Achievement Award was selected by the judging panel and awarded to a company who has significantly contributed to the growth and success of the Surrey Heath community over a number of years. Winner: Eli Lilly   Each winner received a specially commissioned award.   Deputy Leader of Surrey Heath Borough Council, Cllr Richard Brooks said:   ‘This event is key in recognising the borough’s best businesses, but also in encouraging and supporting local firms who contribute so much to the Surrey Heath economy.   With such a wide range of businesses entering the various categories, we were delighted by the quality of the submissions, which made the judging process all the more difficult.   This successful event is enjoyed and appreciated by the many firms who attend, and of course our congratulations go to all the winners!’      

 

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Windle Valley Centre Reopened

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 14:19
Date: Friday, 9 March, 2018

Bagshot's Windle Valley Centre has been officially reopened following a £40,000 dementia-friendly transformation. 

 

Surrey Heath Borough Council Chief Executive Karen Whelan and Surrey Heath Deputy Mayor Cllr Dan Adams cut the ribbon on the refurbished centre at a ceremony on Thursday March 8, as regular clients of the popular centre looked on. 

 

SHBC invested in the refurbishment of the centre which provides a range of activities and services for older residents in the borough. 

 

The Council worked on the refurbishment with design company Access 21, who specialise in interior design for the care sector and also in dementia design, having been trained by the Dementia Services Development Centre at Stirling University.  

 

This ensured that the furniture, materials and colour schemes used in the refurbishment were dementia-friendly and specially designed for the care setting, as well as being modern and attractive. 

 

Karen Whelan said: "We are dedicated to offering the best services to all sectors of the community, and this fantastic dementia-friendly refurbishment of our Windle Valley Centre reinforces our commitment to our older residents. 

 

"Complementing the attached Wellbeing Centre which we opened in 2015, this transformation offers excellent facilities to the many users of this well-loved community hub.   

 

It was so lovely to have the opportunity to chat to the wonderful people who use the centre and hear how they have made new friendships and really enjoy the time they spend at Windle Valley.  We all had a delightful singalong too.  I'm very proud SHBC is supporting such a positive happy place."  

 

After the main speeches one regular visitor to the centre, Brenda, stood up and made an amazing thoughtful impromptu speech about how the centre has brought her so much joy and has greatly improved her happiness and zest for life. 

 

The reopening of the centre was also attended by guests including Surrey Heath Portfolio Holder for Community Cllr Vivienne Chapman, SHBC Executive Head of Community Tim Pashen, Ena and Mike Brooks from Access 21 and Windle Valley Centre staff. 

 

Cllr Vivienne Chapman, said: “The Windle Valley Centre is a crucial resource for older residents in Surrey Heath, and I am delighted to see the results of this refurbishment. It will ensure the centre continues to cater to the specific needs of users.” 

 

Centre Manager Louise Aartsen added: “It was a wonderful afternoon. The refurbishment has been a huge success - everyone likes the light and airy atmosphere, which we have balanced with comfort and practicality.  

 

"It’s a great springboard for the service - we are introducing a Carer Respite service this year. This will assist people caring for someone at home, giving them a much-needed break when they need extra support.” 

 

In addition, the facility will be made available for local voluntary and community organisations to hire for their own activities and events. 

The Windle Valley Centre, open Monday to Friday, offers a range of activities to suit all tastes and abilities, including exercise, craft and music – along with a delicious home-cooked two course lunch.  

 

As well as the chance to socialise and make friends, clients can also make appointments with a visiting hairdresser and Foot Health Practitioner.  

The Saturday Club for carers and the cared-for is also open from 2-5pm.  

 

Clients are welcome to visit using private transport, but many use the convenient Community Transport service which picks up from their home address and returns them home at the end of the day.   

 

Providing services which support older people is a priority for the Council. During the period 2015 to 2025 the proportion of the population in Surrey Heath in all age groups aged 55 and over is projected to increase. There are significant predicted increases in those aged over 65 years, with the population aged over 85 years predicted to increase by nearly 60% compared to around 40% for Surrey as a whole.

 

For more information contact community.services@surreyheath.gov.uk or call 01276 479185. 

 

 

www.surreyheath.gov.uk/windlevalley 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Surrey Heath Borough Council announces vision for redevelopment of London Road site, Camberley

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 15:25
Date: Thursday, 8 March, 2018

Camberley Town Centre is currently undergoing an exciting regeneration programme led by Surrey Heath Borough Council (SHBC). 

To date SHBC has invested £140 million into Camberley; which has already seen the acquisition and subsequent refurbishment of The Square shopping centre, substantial projects to improve the roads, pavements and public realm areas in the High Street and the redevelopment work that is about to commence converting Ashwood House into 116 high quality residential apartments.

The next stage of regenerating Camberley is investing in and improving the area along London Road (A30) between the High Street and Park Street.  To start this process SHBC will be looking to secure a development partner to deliver a major redevelopment of this gateway site.

Karen Whelan, CEO, SHBC said; "Camberley is rapidly transforming into a modern and improved place to live, do business and shop.  We envisage this is the start of a really exciting new development for London Road which will offer both residential and business opportunities.  The redevelopment of this site will also greatly improve the gateway to our town.”

This spring SHBC will be starting the formal process of selecting a development partner. Alongside this the Council is likely to be required to progress assembly of the site. SHBC have contacted the current owners and tenants currently occupying the buildings within the site and will be working with them to ensure affected businesses are relocated within the town wherever possible, including the opportunity to relocate temporarily if they would like to be part of the new development.  We will keep everyone affected informed at each stage of the process.

Cllr Moira Gibson, Leader of the Council added; "It has been a key objective of the Council to drive forward and deliver positive change and regeneration projects to Camberley town centre.  The redevelopment of this key quarter will ensure the Council's dynamic renewal work encompasses the entire town centre bringing improved economic prosperity to Camberley and all of Surrey Heath."

Montagu Evans is advising Surrey Heath BC. Alan Harris, Partner and Head of Development at Montagu Evans, said: “Local authority-led regeneration is increasingly essential for the long term future of urban centres. Surrey Heath BC is leading the way in Camberley, taking a town-wide view, identifying key sites and creating strong partnerships that will help deliver high quality development. The 5-acre London Road site is a significant opportunity and we are expecting considerable interest in taking it forward.”

 

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First Kevin Cantlon Fund Grant Awarded

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 16:49
Date: Wednesday, 7 March, 2018

Surrey Heath Borough Council has awarded the first grant from the Kevin Cantlon Shop Front Improvement Scheme to PS Hairdressing in Frimley.  

The Kevin Cantlon Fund offers grants funded by the Council to owners or occupiers of commercial buildings within the Borough to improve and enhance shop fronts, windows, doors and signage in a traditional and sympathetic manner, through repair of existing traditional features or reinstatement of historic architectural details. 

The scheme, launched last year, is named in memory of the Council's former Economic Development Officer, who sadly died in April 2017. 

It aims to encourage the creation of attractive shop frontages across Surrey Heath, to enhance the character of the region, which could have significant economic benefits.  

PS Hairdressing owner Philippa Sumner said: "My brothers Luke and Peter designed and painted the original shop sign in 2008, which was supposed to be temporary. 

"After my brother Peter died in 2010 I couldn’t part with the sign, and did all I could to maintain it for as long as possible.  

"But eventually it needed to be replaced, for the benefit of the business and the High Street, as it was looking rather forlorn!  

"I discovered the Surrey Heath ‘Kevin Cantlon’ Shop Front Scheme, and found SHBC very helpful with the application I needed to submit. 

"We've received many compliments for the new look of the salon, just in time for our 10th anniversary."  

Kevin's wife, Natalie Cantlon, recently presented Philippa with the award and visited the newly-refurbished shop to see the result of the works. 

The scheme is available to freeholder owners and leaseholder tenants (conditions apply), and prioritises small and independent businesses, with preference being given to those businesses with less than five locations in the UK. 

High quality, well maintained frontages are more inviting for local residents and visitors, contribute towards a stronger sense of identity and enhance commercial values. 

Businesses can apply for up to 50% of the costs of the works, to a maximum of £5,000. The business will need to fund the remaining amount.  

SHBC Chief Executive Karen Whelan said: "Kevin was a much-loved officer of this Council, who possessed a tireless energy and enthusiasm for his work in the Surrey Heath business community. 

"The Kevin Cantlon Shop Front Improvement Grant Scheme is a fitting legacy to his work, and we are delighted to have awarded our first grant from the fund to PS Hairdressing. 

"I encourage other businesses from across the Borough to find out more about the scheme, and apply for funding for relevant improvements." 

For more info go to: www.surreyheath.gov.uk/shopfront or email shopfrontimprovements@surreyheath.gov.uk

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Surrey Heath Heritage Services – plans for the future

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 16:26
Date: Wednesday, 7 March, 2018

At a meeting of the Executive of Surrey Heath Borough Council last night (Tuesday 6 March) Councillors voted to adopt the changes proposed for Surrey Heath Heritage Services.  

This followed a consultation about the future of Surrey Heath Museum and Heritage Services, which ran for several months at the end of last year.  

The Council engaged with a wide variety of community groups and individuals, receiving more than 400 responses.  

Feedback from regular museum visitors and local historical societies as part of the User Group discussion process confirmed the view that the museum is not in the right location. This was supported by declining visitor numbers to the premises at Surrey Heath House, Camberley, which was launched as a temporary site in 1986.  

Feedback from the consultation has informed plans for the future of Heritage Services which include expanding the existing programme of events, workshops, walks and talks, outreach work with schools and other community groups and research.  

Whilst we will not be operating our museum service from the current site after the Easter holidays, the Executive also approved proposals for further development of the service to include an improved online catalogue of the collection, a display in reception at Surrey Heath House; more temporary exhibitions and events at different locations around the Borough, and an extended exhibition in Camberley Town Centre throughout the summer - bringing heritage into the heart of our community, and helping reach new and wider audiences across Surrey Heath and beyond.   

Surrey Heath Borough Council will continue to strive for Arts Council Accreditation for the collection, and is delighted that the mission statement which is essential to this process was unanimously agreed by the Executive:    

“Surrey Heath Heritage Services exist to preserve, manage and document the heritage of this Borough. We will promote our unique heritage by public exhibitions, events, outreach and research access.”  

Surrey Heath Portfolio Holder for Business Cllr Craig Fennell said: “The history of this Borough remains of paramount importance but we must stay relevant to what future generations want from a heritage service, and continue to reach a wider community.  

"These proposals will breathe new life into the service - the thousands of artefacts in the collection will tell the story of our past to current and future generations, enabling a wider audience to enjoy smaller, more frequent exhibitions in easy-to-access locations." 

More information about upcoming exhibitions and events will be available on our website.  

www.surreyheath.gov.uk/museum

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#TalkSurreyHeath, 30 January 2018 – Answers to the unanswered questions

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 15:17
Date: Friday, 23 February, 2018

The latest #TalkSurreyHeath meeting took place at Surrey Heath House on 30 January 2018.  You find out more and watch the broadcast again here.

Due to the one hour duration of the broadcast the panel unfortunately did not have enough time to answer all the questions submitted. These questions and SHBC's replies are below.

We will be running another #TalkSurreyHeath event in Spring 2018.
 
What are you doing about the homeless?  

Council services are focussed on homelessness prevention so we stop this happening in many cases by working with landlords to address the problems that tenants are encountering. 

When people become homeless we have a case worker to work with them to understand why they are homeless as it is important the reasons why someone became homeless are addressed so that as we help them to move back into accommodation they are able to sustain the tenancy. 

We are working with local community groups to see what more we can do collectively to support homeless people in the Borough. The Council is now also considering whether it needs to begin to build its own housing. 
 
When will schools have better SENCO for Camberley children that have disabilities?  There are many schools unable to cope to children with ADHD and autism. 

This is a matter for Surrey County Council not SHBC.

Good evening, can anyone update on the planned proposal for South Western Railway to remove our direct line services to and from London Waterloo in the peak time morning and evening? This is devastating blow to local transport, and the proposed changes will drive traffic to Sunningdale for a decent service. 

The Council will continue to lobby for the service to be maintained and is talking to the new franchisee South Western Railway about this.
 
What has happened to the asset value of The Square shopping centre since acquisition? 

The Square will be valued as part of our accounts. However as has been said before that Council purchased the Square with the intention of holding it for the long term for revenue and investment rather than looking to make immediate capital gains

Can you offer a view on recent trading in The Square?  

The overall spend in the centre is holding steady and footfall is performing slightly better than the national average. The feedback we are getting from our agents is that this has halted a decline and is as a result of the Council’s investment both directly in the centre and in the wider Town Centre.

How bad would it need to get before you shut the Theatre? What an opportunity for redevelopment! 

The Theatre is part of the wider offer of the Town centre. As such it plays an important role in attracting visitors who go on to spend in the town. As such it is an investment in the wider town centre assets that the Council now has a major financial stake in. We are looking for ways to continually improve the offer to ensure long term economic sustainability. Cultural activities are an important element of this.  

Improvements have been made to the running of the theatre to ensure that it is as cost efficient as possible.

We would urge more residents to visit the theatre – it is a real asset for Camberley – as only this will ensure its long term sustainability.

When do you believe that Deepcut will be started or completed?  

Work on roads, the village green and pond and clearance of some trees is already underway. A planning application went to Committee on 8 February for the first phase and we expect construction to start on those homes this year.

Do you agree that the Council should not have promoted Fairoaks until we understand the impact of Longcross? 

The Council has to explore all options for delivering new housing in the Borough. This site is known to be available for development and the bid to the Garden Village project was for funding to assist the Council in understanding whether this site might have potential for housing. In respect of Longcross, there is a wider feasibility study underway to look at the impact of that site together with all potential development proposals along the A320, including Fairoaks. 
 
Is the council joining other councils to put pressure on NATS, CAA and Heathrow to reinstate flight patterns before November 2011? 
I’m a resident of Windlesham which never had any problems with airplanes until the start of Heathrow Operational Freedoms Trials. 


There is a consultation event regarding the future of London Heathrow on Saturday 10 March, Tringham Hall, Benner Lane, West End, Surrey, GU24 9JP
There is also the option to submit your comments on line.  All the details are on the link below
http://www.surreyheath.gov.uk/visitors/whats-on/event/heathrow-expansion...

I understand that there are concerns about drugs being pushed on homeless people in Camberley?  What is being done about this?  I don’t think that leaving it to the Camberley Cafe to address this is even remotely acceptable.  

This is a matter for the Police but the Surrey Heath Community Development officer is also working with the Police to understand the issues behind this and what if anything the Council can do to assist.
 
Is it still the council’s intention to add “41 000 square metres of retail floor space” in the town centre?  

The retail sector is going through an extraordinary period of change fuelled by economic conditions and new technology, both of which are affecting people’s habits. This is reviewed at intervals through the Local Plan evidence base process. It is fair to say though that the market is moving more quickly. The redevelopment of the London Road Block, and any other Town Centre development led by the Council will therefore be based on best market information at the time to insure that it meets the needs of the Town and remains economically viable into the future.

What pollution measurements have been made in the High Street during a busy Saturday afternoon?  

Nitrogen dioxide is measured constantly in Camberley High Street. It does not record specific days but averages over a month period. There is a relationship between averaged levels and short-term exposure to which the query relates. Our results determine that there would not be an exposure of short term levels in the High Street approaching or exceeding the national air quality objectives.
 
I am part of a group of seven households - 15 adults - living around Tomlins Pond, concerned about the fishing on this No Fishing pond, especially when fishing takes place out of council working hours. What is being done?  

Signage has been installed to clearly let people know that they cannot fish at Tomlins Pond.  There are also signs encouraging people to use other ponds where fishing is allowed.  Larger, permanent signs are on order that will be installed as soon as we receive them.

We continue to monitor the situation and work with residents and the police on this matter.
 
I would like to ask, that in light of the government’s policy and our MP ’s supporting statements, will the council now stop using single-use bottles of water in the council chamber and install a source of water for members to fill their own glasses during meetings? 

This is something the council will look into.

 

 

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