Frimley Lodge Park’s 17th consecutive Green Flag award

On the 18th July 2017, Surrey Heath Borough Council announced,

L-R SHBC Recreation and Business Manager Sue McCubbin, SHBC Greenspace Team Leader Steve Harris, Glendale Contract Supervisor Christopher Wickham and the Mayor of Surrey Heath, Cllr Valerie White

Frimley Lodge Park in Surrey Heath has been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the very best in the world – for the 17th year running!

The 24-hectare park is among a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces that today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.​

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Owned and maintained by Surrey Heath Borough Council, Frimley Lodge Park attracts a large number of visitors with its beautiful open spaces, picnic areas, pitch and putt course which now also doubles as a footgolf course, children’s playgrounds; as well as a miniature railway and barbecue and private hire areas.

Other attractions include a 3G all-weather football pitch, traditional football and cricket pitches, and a café.

The Mayor of Surrey Heath Valerie White said at the unveiling of the flag: “I am absolutely delighted to see Frimley Lodge Park receive its 17th Green Flag Award.

“We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining Frimley Lodge Park to such a high standard.

“It is such a popular, attractive park with excellent facilities, and well deserves this amazing award – I congratulate all those involved.”

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme.

“Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.”

Consultation on the closure of Swift Lane recycling centre in Bagshot

I imagine I’m not alone in thinking a public consultation on the closure of a facility, generally of any kind, is a mite pointless. When, as is the case with Bagshot’s Swift Lane recycling centre, closure is a proposed option, then that’s going to be the likely end result.

Better brains than mine might find persuasive arguments against closure, and would benefit us all if they added them into the consultation process.

Click on the image to link directly to the Surrey County Council consultation web page, or go HERE to fill in the online questionnaire.

Here’s my view. The service available at the Swift Lane recycling centre has steadily eroded over time. Access to it is dreadful. How many of us have found ourselves in a long queue to the centre, with almost no ability to turn round and go elsewhere. So, asking me to fight against its closure is a tough ask.

This consultation process is one designed to facilitate the County Council saving money. Laudable in itself, but not being part of a wider strategy to invest in recycling is a wasted opportunity. I would like to be better informed on the cost of recycling, and that charges should apply for those items that are difficult to unable to be recycled.

We recently delivered an old fridge to the Camberley recycling centre, at no cost. I would have happily paid something. Does recycling this fridge cost the County Council money, or do they make a profit from its recycling? I don’t know.

Surrey Heath introduce smartphone car parking payment app

Surrey Heath Borough Council introduces the Glide Parking is a parking payment app

Surrey Heath Borough Council has introduced another quick and convenient way for customers to pay in their multi-storey car parks.

Glide Parking is a parking payment app, which customers can download on to their smartphones to make payment fast and painless.

Following the recent successful introduction of contactless payment at Knoll Road and Main Square car parks in Camberley, Glide gives customers even more choice when it comes to swift and easy ways to pay.

To create a Glide account, customers can simply download the Glide Parking app from Google Play or the App Store. Paying for parking is a simple three button process to confirm payment. Once payment has been made, there is a 10 minute ‘grace period’ to leave the car park. Free wi-fi in the Mall and Camberley Theatre make using Glide Parking even easier.

There’s also an introductory Glide offer from SHBC car park partner Newpark Solutions – for a limited time customers using the Glide app will receive a £1.40 discount on each parking fee, less a convenience fee of 20p per transaction, making a net saving of £1.20. Where a parking fee is under £1.40, the amount paid by the customer will be a flat rate of 21p. Once this promotion is over, parking fees will return to the standard level.

Surrey Heath Business Portfolio Holder Cllr Craig Fennell said: “The Glide Parking App gives our customers the ability to pay for their parking on the way to their car, avoiding having to divert to a pay station. As well as being quicker for the individual, this has the potential to reduce the queues that invariably form at pay stations during busy periods.”

Newpark’s Managing Director Matt Cook said: “The Glide Parking App is a leap forward for payments in car parks where you pay when you exit. Many people readily have their smartphone to hand, so customers will no longer need to queue at pay stations and search for their payment cards or cash – instead they can just open up Glide Parking on their phone and with three clicks pay for their parking.’

More info: www.surreyheath.gov.uk/parking and www.surreyheath.gov.uk/glide.

Camberley Society’s Public Meeting with Surrey Heath Council on its development plans

The Camberley Society is always keen to promote a Surrey Heath residents perspective on Surrey Heath Borough Council’s development plans.

To which end, the Society has arranged a public meeting with borough council officers and councillors in the Council Chamber at 7.0 pm on Monday 26th June 2017. The key topics the Society is concerned about include:

  • Proposed developments in the town centre and the Mall
  • Forthcoming road improvements
  • Camberley’s rail service
  • Frimley Health proposals for health and care

Watch the Surrey Heath Armed Forces Day flag raising on Monday 19th June

At 10.30 am on Monday 19th June, simultaneously with local authorities across the country, Armed Service personnel and veterans will join the Mayor of Surrey Heath, Councillor Valerie White, at Surrey Heath House at the raising of the flag to acknowledge Armed Forces Day on Saturday 24th June 2017.

The flag raising takes place on the lawn in front of the Council Offices. While being a short ceremony, it is none the less a quietly moving ceremony.

New opportunity to comment on Surrey Heath ward boundaries

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce, [click on image to link to the LGBC website]

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has opened a new phase of public consultation in its review of Surrey Heath Borough Council’s ward boundaries.

The consultation focuses on new proposals for ward boundaries in the Old Dean, St Pauls and central parts of Camberley.

Local people have until 10 July 2017 to have their say on the proposals before the Commission finalises its recommendations for new wards for the whole borough.

Earlier this year, the Commission held a public consultation on proposals for new ward boundaries across Surrey Heath. The Commission has listened to the views put to it during consultation and now proposes to make changes to the plans to reflect local evidence. Due to the significance of the proposed changes in Camberley, the Commission is opening an extra phase of consultation in those areas to see what local people think of the new recommendations.

The consultation is limited to the Commission’s new proposals in Camberley. Details of the recommendations, including maps of the proposals, are available on the Commission’s website at www.lgbce.org.uk or at the dedicated review page for the electoral review of Surrey Heath at www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/south-east/surrey/surrey-heath.

Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We listened carefully to all the views put to us on new ward boundaries earlier this year and have made changes to the original recommendations.

“There were some strong arguments made to us that the A30 provided a clearer boundary between Old Dean and St Pauls wards than the railway line as we proposed earlier this year. We have therefore redrawn the ward boundaries in the central parts of Camberley so that the A30 continues to be the northern boundary of St Pauls ward with Old Dean.

“We have also made amendments to the proposed Town ward so that it would include the Crawley Hill area. As a result of the proposed change, we are recommending that the resulting ward should be called Town and Crawley Hill ward.

“We are asking local people to log on to our website to tell us what they think about these proposals before we publish final recommendations for the whole borough in August.”

Residents can have their say in writing:
The Review Officer (Surrey Heath)
LGBCE
14th floor, Millbank Tower
London
SW1P 4QP

Or email: reviews@lgbce.org.uk