Council updates: New mayor of Surrey Heath elected

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce that,

Councillor Dan Adams was chosen as the 46th Mayor of Surrey Heath at the Annual Meeting of Surrey Heath Borough Council yesterday (16 May 2018).

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 Meathin 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

Further information on the Mayor of Surrey Heath can be found at

The Surrey Heath annual plan for 2018-19 Q&A event

Surrey Heath Borough Council has announced a Question and Answer event on their 2018-19 Annual Plan, see details below,

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

Surrey Heath Borough Council will hold the latest in their series of #TalkSurreyHeath interactive live stream events on Thursday 3 May 2018 at 7.0 pm until 8.0 pm 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 CamberleyTown 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 programmeof 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 Camberleyis 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 7.0 pm until 8.0 pm.

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

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 ( ).  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,

The Surrey Heath annual plan for 2018-19

Here’s Surrey Heath’s Annual Plan for 2018 -19 for your perusal. Next I’ll post details of an upcoming #TalkSurreyHeath Facebook Live meeting. Click on the upward facing arrow in the bottom right-hand corner to scroll through the document.

UPDATE – big error: Have you say on the Windlesham Neighbourhood Plan prior to submission

Gosh, what a complete nincompoop I am, the consultation period ended 26th April 2017. That’s a whole year ago. I’m sorry to have misled you all.

Many will know of the Windlesham Neighbourhood Plan, and the desire for Windlesham residents to have in place a formal planning policy against which planning applications and developments are considered. The Plan can be viewed below, or in the locations listed in Windlesham Parish Council’s website, SEE HERE. The Parish Council is seeking comments on the Plan prior to submission.

Prior to the submission of the plan to Surrey Heath Borough Council, Windlesham Parish Council is undertaking Pre-Submission Consultation on the Draft Windlesham Neighbourhood Plan.

This formal stage in the process of preparing the Plan requires a six week period of public consultation. We are seeking comments on the Draft Plan from people who live, work or have businesses in the area and from other organisations that have an interest in the plan area.

The pre-submission consultation commenced on the 20th February 2017 and the closing date for representations is the 26th April 2017. Representations can either be emailed to Sarah Walker at or sent by post to: Windlesham Parish Council, The Council Office, The Avenue, Lightwater, Surrey, GU18 5RG

Join Team Surrey Heath for the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games

Surrey Heath Borough Council has announced its free training sessions for the Team Surrey Heath at Specsavers Surrey Youth Games. See details of the free coaching sessions HERE. [Click on image to expand]

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, or call 01276 707100 and ask to speak to a member of the leisure team.