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New Street Art in Sparvell Way, Camberley by Kev Munday

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Tue, 05/24/2022 - 11:36
Date: Tuesday, 24 May, 2022

Talented artist Kev Munday has created another bright and colourful mural in Camberley town centre in Sparvell Way 

The mural called Sights of the Suburbs is inspired by the song of the same name by The Members. 

JC Carroll from The Members said:   

“We are thrilled to be referenced in the new Mural in Camberley the Sights of the Suburbs... by Kev Munday! Of all the songs about growing up in Camberley we are a very proud our song has been chosen to be featured.” 

You can watch The Members playing on Top of the Pops in 1979 on the link below! 

https://youtu.be/JFRJpzJImPM  (link is external)

Cllr Shaun Garrett, Deputy Leader and Economic Development and Transformation Portfolio Holder, SHBC, said;   

“Many thanks to Kev Munday for creating another fantastic piece of art in the town centre.  This new mural is unique to Camberley and captures some of the history of the town.  I thoroughly recommend a visit to Sparvell Way to see Kev Munday’s work and also the businesses which operate there.” 

The art commission was funded by the Welcome Back fund which aims to support town centres as they reopen following the pandemic.  This artwork helps to rejuvenate and create vibrancy in Sparvell Way which is home to independent businesses and also leads to London Road which also has many varied independent businesses. 

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Decisions made at SHBC’s Full Council meeting held on 20 April 2022

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Wed, 05/18/2022 - 13:04
Date: Wednesday, 18 May, 2022

Decisions made the at Full Council meeting in April included: 

Mayor’s Announcements

The Mayor of Surrey Heath, Cllr Sarah Jane Croke shared a video of her recent engagements which can be viewed here. (Link is external)

Cllr Croke also paid tribute to everyone in Surrey Heath who had been helping the people of Ukraine. 

Leader’s Announcements 

The Leader, Cllr Alan McClafferty, reflected on the Council’s achievements during the previous 12 months, thanked Councillors and Officers and highlighted the Council's priorities for the coming year. 

Fairtrade Motion 

A motion was approved including the following: 

- The Council believes Fairtrade is an important value within its community and that it should take positive action towards achieving Fairtrade status across the Borough. 

- It was resolved that the application for formal Fairtrade status for the Borough of Surrey Heath is submitted by 31 March 2023 and a steering group will be set up to assist progress with the development of receiving Fair Trade status. 

Committee Memberships 

The Council is required by law to allocate seats in proportion to the political composition of the Council and the membership of all the committees also being proportionate.   

The Council received a report setting out a proposed revised scheme of proportionality following the Bisley & West End ward by-election on 14 April 2022. Members also noted revised memberships proposed by the respective Group Leaders to the Planning Applications Committee and the Performance & Finance Scrutiny Committee. 

It was resolved that the revised scheme of proportionality, as set out at Annex A to the agenda report, be adopted for the remainder of the 2021/22 municipal year. 

Leader's Question Time 

The Leader of the Council confirmed to Cllr Morgan Rise that he would be happy to meet with Mytchett & Deepcut ward councillors to discuss the problem of fly tipping in Bellew Road. 

Following a question from Cllr Mark Gordon on the reintroduction of the Green Waste Service, the Council was informed that two collection cycles would be completed for existing customers before the scheme was opened to new customers at the end of May 2022. 

The Leader and the Portfolio Holder for Support & Safeguarding, Cllr Shaun Garrett, updated Members on the current position on Ukrainian refugees in the Borough, in response to questions from Cllr Rodney Bates and Cllr Sashi Mylvaganam. The Leader also undertook to seek further clarity from Michael Gove MP on the Government’s proposals on the removal of asylum seekers to Rwanda, including confirmation that Ukrainian refugees would not be affected by this policy.  

Read more about this meeting on our website.   

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Another successful Surrey Heath Show!

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Mon, 05/16/2022 - 16:17
Date: Monday, 16 May, 2022Thousands of people flocked to Frimley Lodge Park to attend the Surrey Heath Show on Saturday for a fun, family day out in the sunshine.   Radio Frimley Park hosted entertainment in the Show’s arena. A number of local groups including Generation Gymnastics, The Secret Stage School, Rock Choir Camberley, Camberley Judo Club and Sandhurst and District Corps of Drums performed.   For the first time in the Show's history, the event incorporated a boating spectacle along the adjacent Basingstoke Canal, coordinated by the Basingstoke Canal Society as part of the Canal's delayed 30th anniversary celebrations.   Organised by Next Chapter Animal Rescue, the Fancy Dress Dog Parade was a popular part of the day. The parade saw dogs dressed in a wide variety of costumes including superheroes, film characters and other animals.   The Classic Car Show which is organised by Bob Potter was a huge success. New Mayor of Surrey Heath, Cllr Helen Whitcroft attended the show. She awarded Paul Brazier’s pristine Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupe the Mayor’s Choice Award. Paul very kindly donated his £50 prize winnings to the Mayor's chosen charities.   Children’s entertainment included fairground rides, the miniature railway and excellent performances from Professor Dill’s Punch and Judy Show.   The Show’s mascot Spike the Hedgehog spent much of the day posing for photos but did manage to take part in a march with the Sandhurst and District Corps of Drums!   There was also a wide range of food and drink on offer as well as lots of stalls from local businesses, community groups and charities for customers to peruse.   Each year the Surrey Heath Show distributes monies raised to a number of local charities and community groups who deliver services in Surrey Heath. Applications will open in June. For more information about how to apply, please visit the website surreyheathshow.org   The 2022 Show is sponsored by Active Print Services, Camberley Manor Care Home, Specsavers Camberley, Sytner Sunningdale BMW, Slimming World and Shine Again Ovens.
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50th Mayor of Surrey Heath elected

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Thu, 05/12/2022 - 11:09
Date: Thursday, 12 May, 2022Councillor Helen Whitcroft was chosen as the 50th Mayor of Surrey Heath at the Annual Meeting of Surrey Heath Borough Council yesterday (Wed 11 May).      Cllr Whitcroft has been a councillor for Mytchett and Deepcut ward since 2019.    At the Mayor-making ceremony, Cllr Whitcroft was sworn in as Mayor of Surrey Heath for the forthcoming year, receiving the Mayoral chain of office.       Cllr Whitcroft succeeds the previous Surrey Heath Mayor, Cllr Sarah Jane Croke.      Cllr Pat Tedder, who represents Windlesham and Chobham ward, was elected Deputy Mayor.      Cllr Whitcroft has lived in Surrey Heath for most of her life, and has worked as a legal secretary and also been a foster carer in that time.    Since her election in 2019, Cllr Whitcroft has served on various committees including Planning Applications, Licensing and External Partnerships.     She has also represented the Council on a number of Outside Bodies including Basingstoke Canal Joint Management Committee, Farnborough Aerodrome Consultative Committee, Parity for Disability, and Surrey Heath Local Area Committee.    Cllr Whitcroft said: “Since being elected in 2019 I have absolutely loved being a councillor. For the past year, I have had the honour and privilege of being Deputy Mayor of Surrey Heath and I have enjoyed the role immensely. To be able to serve my community in this way has been incredible and I have met so many residents and attended some incredible events.     “Both of my parents were councillors in Surrey Heath and I’m proud to be able to continue in this family tradition. I look forward to serving as Surrey Heath's Mayor in the coming year, and meeting even more of our amazing community."    Cllr Whitcroft, who lives in Frimley Green, is married to Campbell and has three children, Adam, Josh and Madison. Madison will be accompanying Cllr Whitcroft during her Mayoral term of office.    Cllr Whitcroft has chosen three local charities to support during the year:  
  • Chloe's and Sophie's Special Ears Fund is passionate about 'brightening the lives of deaf children'. They specialise in breaking down barriers for deaf children to improve their wellbeing and mental health, and ensure they have the best learning environment. 
  • Connect Counselling Service was established 27 years ago to meet a recognised need within the local community for easier access to counselling. Connect provides a professional service to clients irrespective of their ability to pay.  
  • Parity for Disability offers excellence in services and support for people with multiple disabilities, their families and carers. Their specialist staff, flexible transport, dedicated space, equipment and technologies provide a vital lifeline to their students. 
Outgoing Mayor Cllr Sarah Jane Croke said: “I have had the most incredible year as Mayor, and one I will never forget.    “Being Mayor has been such a fantastic experience and a pure joy to get out and about in our Borough. And what an amazing Borough we have!      “In and out of lockdown and different variants I have tried to reach as many people and organisations as possible to thank them for their hard work, support and for the community spirit that has brought us closer together through a year of trying to get back to normal.    “My thanks go out to the members for electing me, to the residents of Surrey Heath for their warm welcome and acceptance, and to the officers who have supported me through my year.    “Huge thanks to my small fundraising team for all their hard work and effort, to my family for supporting me, and lastly to my consort and husband James for his continued support.    “I wish the incoming Mayor Cllr Helen Whitcroft the very best for a successful Mayoral year.”    Further information on the Mayor of Surrey Heath       Photo credit: Alan Meeks 
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Local winner of £1,000 national prize in Surrey Heath Lottery

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Tue, 05/10/2022 - 15:03
Date: Tuesday, 10 May, 2022A supporter of the Surrey Heath Lottery has won the national prize of a £1,000 B&Q voucher.    The lucky winner, who supports Camberley and Farnborough Hockey Club through their lottery ticket purchases, was chosen at random from all those who played community lotteries across the UK on 23 April.     Martin Butler of Camberley and Farnborough Hockey Club, said: “We are thrilled that one of our supporters has won on the Surrey Heath Lottery.     “Camberley and Farnborough Hockey Club is a community club with members from 5 to 75, all who share a common love of hockey.     “We are in the heart of Surrey Heath and felt the lottery was a great way for us and our members to support the local community as well as raising funds for the club.”      Surrey Heath Portfolio Holder for Support and Safeguarding, Cllr Shaun Garrett said: “Many congratulations to the lucky local winner of the national prize in our Surrey Heath Lottery – it's great news.     “I’m so pleased that someone who has joined the lottery to support a local good cause has ended up winning this fantastic prize.    “Our Lottery has already generated more than £69,000 for local good causes since it launched in July 2019, and it continues to go from strength to strength.”    It’s free for local good causes to sign up to the Surrey Heath Lottery - find out more at the Surrey Heath Lottery website.    To play the Surrey Heath Lottery for your chance to win £25,000, and be entered into the next National Prize Draw to win a Forest Staycation, go to the Surrey Heath Lottery website - good luck!
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Places Leisure Camberley has been named as a finalist for UK Active’s New Concept, Build or Design of the Year Award.

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Mon, 05/09/2022 - 10:53
Date: Monday, 9 May, 2022


This is wonderful recognition for Camberley’s state of the art new leisure centre which opened on 1 July 2021 and has rapidly become a very popular destination for fitness, swimming and family fun.

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

Cllr Rebecca Jennings-Evans, Portfolio holder for Places and Strategy said; 

“We are very proud of our new leisure centre and this award is well deserved recognition for Roberts Limbrick who designed the new centre, Pellikaan Construction who built it to schedule during very challenging conditions during the COVID pandemic and Places Leisure for managing such a well run and popular facility. 

“We look forward to continued success for the new centre and for it to continue to be a popular destination for our local communities providing health and wellbeing facilities and classes.

“It is also wonderful that this recognition has come so quickly following Camberley being named Best Town for Business in the UK".  


 

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RingGo cashless parking extended to all Surrey Heath pay and display car parks

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Fri, 05/06/2022 - 15:40
Date: Tuesday, 10 May, 2022 Cashless parking service RingGo is now available in all Surrey Heath pay and display car parks.    Already in place at the car parks at Yorktown, Watchetts Road and Surrey Heath House in Camberley, the RingGo app availability has been extended to cover the car parks at Bagshot The Square, Chobham High Street and Frimley Burrell Road.   Surrey Heath Business & Transformation Portfolio Holder Cllr Colin Dougan, said: “The extension of the RingGo smartphone app will provide people with greater parking convenience, allowing them to locate and pay for parking quickly and efficiently, without the need for tickets or cash.”   The free RingGo app can be downloaded onto smartphones via the App Store or Google Play.    Once downloaded, drivers can quickly and easily register their details and pay for parking in just a few clicks. If they wish to extend their paid parking session, they can do so remotely from the RingGo app, without having to return to their vehicle.   RingGo is the UK’s number one choice for contactless parking, with over 18 million customers and more than 17,000 parking locations.    More information about parking in Surrey Heath   More information about RingGo  

 

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The Surrey Heath Show is back!

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Fri, 05/06/2022 - 11:12
Date: Friday, 6 May, 2022After a two-year hiatus, the Surrey Heath Show is returning to Frimley Lodge Park on Saturday 14 May.     For the first time in the show's history, the event will incorporate a boating spectacle along the adjacent Basingstoke Canal, coordinated by the Basingstoke Canal Society as part of the Canal's delayed 30th anniversary celebrations. This year's show will also introduce an updated layout, new places to eat and drink, a number of new stalls and a fancy dress dog parade which will be organised by Next Chapter Animal Rescue.    Complimenting the new attractions, a number of show favourites will make their return including the ever-popular Classic Car Show and the Show Arena, showcasing the best in local community entertainment.    If that wasn’t enough there will be fairground rides, inflatables and Punch and Judy performances. Surrey Fire and Rescue will also be there with a fire engine or two.   Visitors can explore the park by taking a ride on the miniature railway, and if you see the show's mascot Spike The Hedgehog, be sure to say hello!    Launched by passionate volunteers back in 2007, the Surrey Heath Show exists to raise money and awareness for local good causes. Each year the Show distributes profits to local charities and community groups.    The 2022 Show is sponsored by Active Print Services, Camberley Manor, Specsavers Camberley, Sytner Sunningdale BMW, Slimming World and Shine Again Ovens.    The event takes place from 10am-4pm and is free to attend for visitors, with car parking for the day £5 (cash only). To find out more about the event, please visit the Surrey Heath Show website
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Unauthorised encampment - Bisley

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Sat, 04/30/2022 - 20:24
Date: Saturday, 30 April, 2022 Surrey Heath Borough Council is aware of an unauthorised encampment on Surrey County Council land, managed by Surrey Wildlife Trust at Bisley, GU24 9ER.   SHBC officers will be visiting the site tomorrow morning and the Council is working with local partners to resolve this situation as quickly as possible.   Further updates will be issued as appropriate.

 

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Statement on Diamond Ridge Woods

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Fri, 04/29/2022 - 16:04
Date: Friday, 29 April, 2022

Surrey Heath Borough Council (SHBC) is aware of information circulating in the community on a proposed 4-pitch Gypsy and Traveller site in part of Diamond Ridge Woods just outside Camberley. The Council would like to clarify the Facebook post on the Old Dean Community Group was not shared by SHBC. 

SHBC is currently consulting on a draft Local Plan, which closes on the 9 May 2022.  A part of Diamond Ridge Woods has been put forward as a potential site. The site will be assessed against all Local Plan policies and other material considerations relevant at the time of application. If the proposed site is allocated as a Gypsy and Traveller site in the Local Plan any development on the site will still be subject to planning permission.

The proposed site at Diamond Ridge Woods would include the provision of high quality landscaping and appropriate and usable private and communal amenity space, as well as retaining the existing vegetation boundary along London Road. Any future development will have to provide adequate vehicular access and mitigation regarding any noise and air quality impact. 

Camberley Judo Club and Camberley Boxing Club are not part of the proposed 4-pitch site and much of the woodland will remain. Works to improve the biodiversity of the woodland area are currently being undertaken but are not connected to the proposal of part of Diamond Ridge Woods as a 4-pitch permanent Gypsy and Traveller site in any way. 

SHBC has issued a call to landowners for submissions of all possible sites with a closing date of the 20 May.

SHBC is committed to ensuring that all communities within the Borough are fairly represented and it does not condone divisive and non-inclusive attitudes.

More information including how to submit your feedback on the Draft Local Plan can be found here: www.surreyheath.hov.uk/draftlocalplan

 

 

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Camberley named the UK’s Top Town for Business 2022

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Tue, 04/26/2022 - 09:34
Date: Tuesday, 26 April, 2022

Camberley town centre has been named as the UK’s top town for doing business.

Camberley was voted for by the public from a shortlist of 12 as part of a national initiative from Enterprise Nation, the UK’s leading small business network and business support provider and in partnership with Dell Technologies and Intel.

The initiative’s goal was to shine a spotlight on UK towns that supported entrepreneurs through the pandemic and beyond - and Camberley’s approach stood out.

Camberley has been recognised for its outstanding support for entrepreneurial spirit which has made a lasting impact on the local community and economy. The town boasts excellent internet coverage and its Pop-Up Shop Project, run by Surrey Heath Borough Council, along with its delivery partners, supports short-term tenants to try out opportunities in the town centre, which currently supports multiple businesses, such as Designer Exchange, Willow & Nutmeg and Squish.

Various business support programmes have been put in place for Camberley’s businesses by Surrey Heath Borough Council and the Business Improvement District, Collectively Camberley.  These include grant programmes, shop front improvement scheme, a varied and exciting event programme, free training, newsletters, networking opportunities and business awards which recognise and reward top performing businesses. 

Councillor Colin Dougan, Deputy Leader and Lead for Economic Development, Surrey Heath Borough Council said; 

“We are delighted that Camberley has won the UK’s ‘Best Town For Business’ Award, and we thank all of Camberley’s supporters for voting.   We are very proud of how resilient our town has been over the course of the COVID pandemic, not only maintaining the majority of businesses, but also seeing the opening of new and diverse range of commercial enterprises, including cafes, a unique co-working space and independent boutiques.   

“This award follows on from a record ‘yes’ vote for our Business Improvement District Collectively Camberley in 2021 and further celebrates Camberley’s commitment to its businesses and creating exciting, entertaining experiences for its visitors.  

We look towards the future of Camberley very positively and aim to continue to keep developing, improving and supporting the town to reflect the needs of the businesses, residents and visitors.”

Jodie MacAndrew, Collectively Camberley Business Improvement District Manager said;

“For Camberley to win this award is a testament to the strength of the town and the extensive efforts and successful results that collectively, our businesses and partners achieve.

“As an established BID, our main focus is business support and everything that encompasses that objective. We work extremely closely with our town centre businesses in order to make Camberley a place where people want to visit, live and do business.

“Our business community itself is full of new start-ups, independents and nationals, all bringing their own unique and localised identity to the town. We offer something for everyone and are excited to see what the future holds.

“I am very proud to work with and for Camberley businesses and believe the town to be fully deserving of this accolade.”

Find out more about Collectively Camberley here https://www.collectivelycamberley.co.uk/

Emma Jones, CBE, founder of Enterprise Nation, said: “We felt it was important to look at places that were not on the usual radar. 

“For this competition, the motivation was to find the places that were succeeding in sometimes difficult circumstances and try to understand more about what contributes to that success.

“We looked not only at the small business community, we looked at local amenities such as access to co-working spaces, short-term leases such as retail spaces and good connectivity as well a good local leadership from councils.

“Camberley stood out from the crowd.”

Camberley was the overall UK winner, and the top town in England.  Kirkcudbright was named the top town in Scotland, Monmouth in Wales and Derry/Londonderry Northern Ireland.

The initiative aims to shine a spotlight on the UK’s towns and cities that successfully nurture entrepreneurial spirit in order to make a lasting impact on local communities and the economy.

 

 

 

 

 

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Unauthorised encampment, Chobham

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Sun, 04/24/2022 - 16:11
Date: Sunday, 24 April, 2022Surrey Heath Borough Council (SHBC) is aware of an unauthorised encampment on Surrey County Council land in front of the Four Horseshoes Pub, Windsor Road, Chobham.   SHBC officers have visited the site and the Council is working with local partners to resolve this situation as quickly as possible. Further updates will be issued as appropriate.
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Almost £200,000 allocated in Surrey Heath from Household Support Fund

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Wed, 04/20/2022 - 14:53
Date: Wednesday, 20 April, 2022A total of almost £200,000 has been allocated in Surrey Heath via the Household Support Fund.     The Government’s Household Support Grant was set up to provide financial support for vulnerable households. Awards could be given for essential household expenses such as food, energy and water or for one-off essential items.     The Council has been working in partnership with Citizens Advice Surrey Heath to administer this fund since its launch in November last year.     To the end of March 2022, £198,471 had been allocated to help vulnerable people in the Borough, across 2,068 claims.     Assistance has mainly been provided through food and energy vouchers to individuals and households.     The scheme also awarded one-off grants to local food banks at Camberley Besom and Woking Foodbank to help them continue their food parcel provision service in the borough, and to St Martin’s Church, Camberley, to help set up a new Community Larder project.     Portfolio Holder for Safeguarding and Support Cllr Shaun Garrett said: “We are pleased to have been able to work in partnership with Citizens Advice Surrey Heath to make sure this Government funding from the Household Support Fund quickly reached those who urgently needed support.     "Thousands of pounds overall has been awarded to individuals, couples and families from every ward in the Borough.     “We’ve also been able to fund local food banks, and longer term projects like the Community Larder at St Martin’s.     “I’d like to thank Citizens Advice Surrey Heath for their excellent work in administering this fund, and for ensuring the financial support was allocated as quickly as possible to those in greatest need.”     In the Spring Budget, the Government announced a new Household Support Fund which is due to be made available for vulnerable households. Once details are confirmed we will share via the SHBC website and social media channels, and the Citizens Advice Surrey Heath website
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The Queen's Green Canopy – Jubilee Trees planted in Camberley High Street

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Wed, 04/20/2022 - 11:26
Date: Wednesday, 20 April, 2022

2022 is the Queen's Platinum Jubilee year, as of 6 February 2022 Her Majesty the Queen became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth. 

The Queen's Green Canopy (QGC) is a unique tree planting initiative inviting people from across the United Kingdom to "Plant a Tree for the Jubilee". As well as inviting the planting of new trees, The Queen's Green Canopy will dedicate a network of 70 Ancient Woodlands across the United Kingdom and identify 70 Ancient Trees to celebrate Her Majesty's 70 years of service.  

In Surrey Heath we have placed Jubilee trees in Camberley High Street to mark the occasion.  

The Mayor of Surrey Heath, Cllr Sarah Jane Croke recently visited the new trees joined by Cllr Robin Perry. 

Cllr Sarah Jane Croke said; “These delightful new trees bring greenery and nature into Camberley town centre as well as supporting the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative.

“The Council is committed to looking after and conserving our green areas and maintaining Surrey Heath’s status as having the highest level of tree coverage in England and Wales, at more than 40%.”

You can also support the Queen’s Green Canopy by planting a tree in your garden, visit the website for details on how to log your tree on their interactive map to build a record of all the Jubilee Trees planted across the country - https://queensgreencanopy.org/

Note: One tree and planter were damaged recently in a car accident. We have arranged for a replacement tree and planter that will be in place soon.

Queen’s Jubilee Events in Surrey Heath 

There are many events taking place in Surrey Heath to mark the Jubilee. 

Dates for your diary  

  • 30 April to 12 June 2022, The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon Trail, Camberley town centre

  • Four-day Bank Holiday weekend, Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June

  • Thursday 2 June 2022 – Community Beacon lighting event at Frimley Lodge Park 

Council officers will be lighting the beacon while entertainment will be coordinated independently as a charity fundraiser. Our beacon will join thousands of beacons being lit by communities, charities and different groups throughout the regions of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories. Beacons will be lit in all capital cities of the Commonwealth - 54 in total. The Principal Beacon will be lit on the 2 June. 

  • Sunday 5 June 2022 - Picnic in the Park at London Road Recreation Ground as part of “The Big Jubilee Lunch”

Read more on our website and also let us know about your Jubilee events and street parties - www.surreyheath.gov.uk/surrey-heath’s-big-summer-fun

 

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Bisley & West End By-Election Results

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Fri, 04/15/2022 - 00:07
Date: Thursday, 14 April, 2022A by-election took place to elect a councillor for Bisley & West End borough ward on Thursday, 14 April 2022.      1956 ballot papers were issued which was a 28.3% turnout.    The results were as follows:     Tony Henderson (The Conservative Party) – 662 votes     Liz Noble (Liberal Democrats) - 1286 vote  (Elected)     More information can be found on the Bisley & West End By-Election webpage.
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Miss Gomm's Trust - Trustee Vacancies

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Wed, 04/13/2022 - 20:42
Date: Wednesday, 13 April, 2022 The Miss Gomm’s Trust manages three properties that are used to provide accommodation for men or women over the age of 55 years, living alone and in need of accommodation, who have resided in the Borough of Surrey Heath for not less than 10 years.   The Trust is seeking to appoint two trustees who will be able to assume responsibility for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity for a four year period.   More information on the duties included within the role can be found at surreyheath.gov.uk/trustee-vacancies   If you would like to apply for the role, please send a brief covering letter, setting out why you would like to join the Board as a trustee, to democratic.services@surreyheath.gov.uk. Letters of application should be received by midnight on 13 May 2022.

 

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Update Statement on Homes for Ukraine

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Wed, 04/13/2022 - 14:49
Date: Wednesday, 13 April, 2022Surrey Heath Borough Council has received confirmation that to date 50 households in the Borough will be hosting Ukrainians as part of the Homes for Ukraine Scheme, and has prioritised those with guests arriving imminently.     Home visits are either completed or underway for the majority of our hosts.     As well as providing guidance and support to ensure everything is in place to make these arrangements a success, these visits also allow the opportunity to undertake the necessary checks regarding the suitability and safety of the property. DBS checks are also carried out on all adults in the host household for safeguarding purposes.    We are undertaking welcome visits to new arrivals from Ukraine, and we're working with partners to help our Ukrainian guests settle in to life in our Borough.      We'd like to thank all residents who have stepped forward to offer help and support to those fleeing for their lives from Ukraine. We're humbled by the generosity of the hosts we've met already, and the offers of support and welcome that residents across the Borough are sharing with us.    Can you offer accommodation?   If you would like to register your interest in offering accommodation to Ukrainian refugees, you can do so via the Government's Homes for Ukraine scheme.   Can you offer support?   If you are not able to offer a home as part of the Ukrainian Resettlement Scheme but would like to offer your support please contact us via email at homesforukraine@surreyheath.gov.uk.  Do you need help with finding a Ukrainian Refugee to host?  Those who don't personally know anyone fleeing Ukraine, can still register their interest on the government's website.    You can also get in touch with charities that are making connections between individuals. These include:  Can you offer a donation?   If you would like to support those who are most at risk, financial donations to the following charities provide humanitarian relief in Ukraine and are therefore recommended in the first instance:   More information on how you can offer support 
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Garden waste collections service to restart in Surrey Heath

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Tue, 04/12/2022 - 09:10
Date: Tuesday, 12 April, 2022Fortnightly garden waste collections will restart in Surrey Heath next month.   Customers' garden waste bin will be emptied on the weeks commencing 2 and 9 May (depending on their usual garden waste collection week) and then every two weeks after that.   Thank you to customers for their patience and understanding while the service was suspended, and running a reduced service, due to the national shortage of HGV drivers.   Customers' subscriptions have been extended to cover collections that have been missed during the service disruption.   For more information and updates, visit the Joint Waste Solutions website.
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Decisions made at SHBC Executive meeting on 15 March 2022

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Mon, 04/04/2022 - 15:04
Date: Monday, 4 April, 2022

Decisions made at SHBC Executive meeting on 15 March 2022 included:

Annual Plan 2022/23

The Council’s Annual Plan for 2022/23 was agreed which sets out the key projects and targets for the coming year to deliver the priorities and goals in our Five Year Strategy

Over the summer of 2021, the Council ran a large consultation exercise with residents, partners and businesses to find out what they loved about Surrey Heath, what needed improving and their aspirations for the future of the borough.  

The thousands of comments received led to the key priorities in the Five Year Strategy:

  • Environment

  • Health and Quality of Life

  • Economy

  • Effective and Responsive Council

Progress in achieving the ambitious targets in the Annual Plan and Five Year Strategy will be regularly monitored and reported. 

Household Support Fund Update 

A further £21,650.39 had been allocated to the Council from the Government’s Household Support Grant for providing financial support for vulnerable households. This was in addition to the £176,820.17 received at the end of 2021. 

The Council has been working in partnership with Citizens Advice Surrey Heath to administer this fund since its launch in November last year. So far (as of 30 March) £153,200 has been granted to vulnerable people in the Borough through the scheme.

A revised action plan was agreed to ensure that all the money was allocated before the deadline of 31 March 2022. This included the potential to set up a Community Larder project, and funding awards to local food banks.

Camberley CCTV Review  

The Executive considered a report about a review of CCTV in Camberley Town Centre undertaken over the previous six months.  

It was resolved that a CCTV Management Group be established to oversee the operation and governance compliance of all systems within the Council. 

Scheme of Delegation of Functions to Officers – Executive Functions

The Executive considered a report setting out proposed revisions to the Scheme of Delegation of Functions to Officers in respect of executive functions. Members were advised that, at is meeting on 23 February 2022, the Council had reviewed the Scheme in respect of non-executive functions and agreed the changes proposed.  

It was resolved that the Scheme of Delegation of Functions to Officers in respect of executive functions be updated, as set out at Annex A to the agenda report.

Revenue 2021/22 Monitoring Report - Quarter 3 

The Executive considered a report containing a high-level view of the financial performance for the third quarter of 2021/22. 

It was reported that, at the end of that quarter, an overspend of £893,000 was being projected, a decrease from the projection of £1.6m at the end of the second quarter. The major variances against the budget were noted, and it was resolved that the spend against the approved revenue budget for the period 1 April to 31 December 2021 and the end of year forecast be noted.

Capital Programme 2021/22 Monitoring Report - Quarter 3  

The Executive resolved to note the expenditure on the capital programme for the period 1 April to 31 December 2021 and the end of year forecast.  

The report set out the expenditure on the approved capital programme for the 2021/22 financial year as at the end of the third quarter, along with the end of year forecast.  

It was reported that the year-end forecast outturn was £5.034 million, 35.90% of the programme.  

Councillors were advised that the Property Investment Working Group had asked for a number of capital projects to be delayed in order to conduct a thorough review of these projects’ viability.   

Write off of Irrecoverable Bad Debts 

The Executive considered a report seeking approval to write off bad debts incurred through the non-payment of Council Tax and Non-Domestic Rates. 

For 2020/21, in year collection by SHBC for Business Rates was 99.8% of the total debt, and first nationally. For Council Tax in year collection was 98.7% of the debt, and 6th nationally.

For Council Tax the amount being written off represents 0.05% of the total collectable debt, and for Business Rates represents 0.2% of the total collectable debt.

All of the debts had been subject to the relevant recovery action and tracing enquiries, and the debt was now considered irrecoverable. 

Bad debts totalling £49,153.55 in respect of Council Tax and £93,045.17 in respect of Non-Domestic Rates were approved for write off. 

You can read more about the decisions taken at the meeting at https://surreyheath.moderngov.co.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=127&MId=3700  Link is external

 

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Surrey Heath Borough Council Statement on Homes for Ukraine

Surrey Heath Council News Feed - Mon, 03/28/2022 - 17:43
Date: Monday, 28 March, 2022

Surrey Heath Borough Council is proud to be supporting the Government’s recently launched Homes for Ukraine Scheme which has given the Surrey Heath community the opportunity to once again demonstrate their compassion and kindness.  We are humbled by the generosity shown by our residents in opening their homes to those fleeing for their lives.

The Council are contacting all those in the Borough who have been accepted on the Homes for Ukraine scheme and are awaiting the arrival of their Ukrainian guests.  We will provide support and advice, and work to ensure that everything is in place to make the arrangement a success.   The Council is arranging visits with host households and their Ukrainian guests and assisting with essential safeguarding and property checks.   

Can you offer accommodation? 

If you would like to register your interest in offering accommodation to Ukrainian refugees, you can do so via the Government's Homes for Ukraine scheme

Can you offer support? 

If you are not able to offer a home as part of the Ukrainian Resettlement Scheme but would like to offer your support please contact us via email at homesforukraine@surreyheath.gov.uk.

Do you need help with finding a Ukrainian Refugee to host?

Those who don't personally know anyone fleeing Ukraine, can still register their interest on the government's website.

You can also get in touch with charities that are making connections between individuals.   These include:

Can you offer a donation? 

If you would like to support those who are most at risk, financial donations to the following charities provide humanitarian relief in Ukraine and are therefore recommended in the first instance:  

We thank all residents who have stepped forward to offer help and support to those fleeing for their lives from hostile armed occupation and persecution in their home country of Ukraine.  

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