An evening visiting Segal self-build houses in Walter’s Way

Gadzooks, it was eight years ago that I reported on the pleasure of finding a self-build house in Lightwater, built to the Walter Segal Method – see my report, House at Hookmill Nursery.

It was kind of the owners – the Godfrey’s – to show us their home, and explain the method of it’s build. I’ve retained an interest in this method of house building, and so when an opportunity, through Open City, to visit a group of Walter Segal Method houses in London, I jumped at the chance. It was an evening visit this week.

Rather than me describing the houses, and their building method, you’ll find a range of links below. The houses are in Walter’s Way in Honor Oak Park, London. I love that street naming, trite maybe, but fun. The links are to one home owner’s published story, and another from an owner looking to document the many Segal design houses.  My photo’s of the houses reflects that it was an evening visit [Click on images to expand]. You’ll find many more photos from the links in Ian White’s website.

The owners described the advantages are its flexibility, the house changes around you, low utility costs, and low cost of building. In the houses we saw you’ll need to like open plan living and the limited storage space.

Can you help maintain high standards of conduct in elected Councillors

Surrey Heath Borough Council is looking for an voice of independence.

Surrey Heath Borough Council has an opportunity for an Independent Person to help maintain high standards of conduct by its elected Councillors and co-opted Members.

The council has developed a Code of Conduct setting out the key obligations of its elected office. The views of the Independent Person would be sought should a complaint be made that a Member failed to comply with the code. Their independent view can be sought at any other stage during an investigation, or by a Member against whom an allegation has been made.

The council is looking for someone already involved in the local community, but not politically active within it, and with an interest in Local Government. No professional background is required but it’s important they have the profile and experience the community would recognise and respect in bringing an impartial and informed perspective to the investigation process.

The appointment will be effective until May 2019 with the possibility that the period may be extended. Appropriate training will be given. Although the appointment is unpaid, travel expenses will be paid for by the council.

Having experience in interpreting codes of conduct would be an advantage, as would knowledge of Local Government.

To ensure a truly independent voice in the role, the law rules out anyone who currently is, or has been within the last five years, a Member or co-opted Member of Surrey Heath Borough Council or its associated Parish Councils, or a close friend or relative of any of those persons.

If you wish to discuss this role please call Karen Limmer, Monitoring Officer on 01276 707304, or if you wish to make an application for appointment, please write with your CV and personal statement, to: Karen Limmer, Monitoring Officer, Surrey Heath Borough Council, Surrey Heath House, Knoll Road, Camberley, Surrey GU15 3HD, or email: karen.limmer@surreyheath.gov.uk

The closing date is Friday 26 February at 5pm.

Surrey Police neighbourhood watch crime bulletin for Surrey Heath: February update

Police carSurrey Police volunteer, and Neighbourhood Watch Administrator, Stephanie Edwards 20420 [Contact telephone: 101 Ext. 31374] reports on a recent burglaries and criminal damage in Surrey Heath in her latest Neighbourhood Watch Burglary Bulletin

  • Crime Number: 45160010309 Date: 05/02/2016 from 16.00 to 17.10 at Wishmoor Road, Old Dean, Camberley. Point of entry had gone round to the rear of premises forced rear ground floor window using unknown tools to gain entry, conducted untidy search, left premises via side door.
  • Crime Number: 45160010858 Date: 07/02/2016 time: 21.00 to 07.00.am at Montrose Close, Frimley. Unknown person entered property took purse containing £400 cash.
  • Crime Number: 45160011377 Date: 08/02/2016 from 22.30pm to 07.am at Kingston Road, Old Dean, Camberley. Point of entry: forced up panel fencing overnight, causing damage to paving slabs and fencing.

The Museum of the Royal Logistic Corps with us for a while yet

Mark Tindle – the manager of the Royal Logistic Corps Museum at Deepcut – on Tuesday this week, addressed the attendees at the February meeting of the Surrey Heath Veterans & Families – Listening Project on the role of the museum.

RLC Museum movingI was in the audience  for Mark’s talk. Mark spoke about what the museum offers, what will be in the new museum, and when the new museum will likely open. Here are the main points from Mark’s talk, [Click on image to expand]

  • The new museum will be located at the new headquarters of the Royal Logistic Corps, and its School of Logistics, based at Worthy Down near Winchester.
  • It will be more than three times larger than the existing museum.
  • Currently the collection of historic military transport vehicles are only on show at open day events. In future they’ll be on display in the museum.
  • The magnificent collection of medals, currently held in the RHQ Officers Mess, will be a star attraction.
  • Importantly for us in Surrey Heath the current museum at Deepcut will be with us, at least, until the middle of 2019

Thought readers might benefit from this update.