Green waste bin collections delayed yet again

I suppose this email I received from Biffa, about the delay in emptying our green waste bin, will allow me to stuff more leaves into the bin.

Dear Customer,

I am sorry to advise that due to operational issues you may experience delays in this weeks collection. Should this be the case, we will rearrange the collection to take place as soon as possible, however it may be as late as Saturday. We unreservedly apologise for this delay in service. Please leave your bin out in the normal location and this will be emptied for you this week.

Please be aware also, that due to the amount of calls we are receiving regarding this delay, you may experience lengthy queue times if you give us a call in the next few days. Apologies for any inconvenience caused by this.

Kindest Regards

  • Green Waste Club
  •  Telephone  0800 0858 286   E-Mail   gwc@biffa.co.uk
  • 2nd Floor, The Gatehouse, Gatehouse Way, Aylesbury HP19 8DB
  •  www.biffa.co.uk

Visit Camberley for your Christmas shopping

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce the first phase of renovations to The Square in Camberley is complete in time for Christmas.

If you have been shopping in Camberley recently you may have noticed The Square shopping centre is undergoing a transformation.

Grace Reynold’s walk has been the focus of the first phase of Surrey Heath Borough Council’s £8 million refurbishment investment in The Square.  It now features new flooring, shop fronts, fresh new lighting and facades.  In addition most of the old facades throughout the shopping centre have been removed.  The works will now pause for Christmas trading and begin again in January 2018.

Karen Whelan, Chief Executive SHBC said, “It’s great to see the substantial work in The Square coming together to provide a much needed update to Grace Reynold’s Walk.  The completion of this section gives us a real idea of how much the shopping centre will be improved when the project finishes next year.  The Square is becoming a much brighter place to shop and meet friends.”

The Square was purchased by SHBC in 2016.  It is a 480,000 sq ft covered shopping centre and is home to more than 150 national and independent retailers. Brands include Smiggle, O2, TopShop, Patisserie Valerie, River Island and Monsoon, anchored by House of Fraser, Boots and Primark, all benefitting from an average weekly footfall of more than 170,000.

SHBC has made a significant investment in Camberley Town Centre and also has plans to regenerate other areas of the town including The High Street, Public Realm areas and London Road.  You can find out more on the council’s website.

Green Waste bin collections delayed again

Here’s an email I received from Biffa. Click on image to enlarge and link to the Garden Waste Club website.

Dear Customer,

I am sorry to advise that due to unforeseen circumstances we are experiencing delays in collections this week and this may affect your service. If this is the case we will rearrange this as soon as possible this week. We unreservedly apologise for this delay in service. Please leave your bin out in the normal location and this will be emptied for you this week.

Please be aware also, that due to the amount of calls we are receiving regarding this delay, you may experience lengthy queue times if you give us a call in the next few days. Apologies for any inconvenience caused by this.

Surrey Heath introduces Public Space Protection Order

Surrey Heath Borough Council has announced the introduction of Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO) – See HERE for Maps of the spaces covered.

Following public consultation, Surrey Heath Borough Council has implemented a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO), which will allow additional powers to address anti-social activities in the Borough’s parks and public spaces.

The PSPO came into force on 14 October 2017, and will help address a range of low level anti-social behaviour which is having a detrimental effect on the quality of life of local people.

As a result of changes in national legislation, the Council held a consultation on proposals for new Public Spaces Protection Orders in late 2016, and again earlier this year.

The consultation looked at actions and behaviours such as begging in Camberley, the taking of psychoactive substances (formerly legal highs) and their impact upon health and behaviour, anti-social behaviour that can be caused through public drinking, and measures to encourage responsible dog ownership which include exclusions from children’s play areas and clearing up dog waste.

Councillor Vivienne Chapman, Portfolio Holder for Community said: “Surrey Heath is already a safe and environmentally friendly Borough, and we want to make it even safer.

“The introduction of Public Space Protection Orders is about improving the quality of life for people who live, work and visit Surrey Heath.

“It enables the Council and Police to discourage anti-social behaviour, and where necessary take appropriate action against people who continue to behave in an anti-social way.”

For more information on the PSPO, including maps of where it applies, visit www.surreyheath.gov.uk/pspo

Video of Surrey Heath’s Facebook Live session on Economic Development and Finances

The videos of Surrey Heath Borough Council’s Facebook Live session on Economic Development and Finance can be viewed on the Council’s Facebook page HERE, and also below. In the Council’s press release after the event, they say,

The panel answered dozens of questions during the hour-long session, and areas discussed included a wide range of subjects including the regeneration of Camberley Town Centre, including SHBC’s investment in the recently renamed shopping centre The Square.

The Council’s strategy of delivering efficiency and increasing income to continue to provide a wide range of services in a climate of drastically reduced Government funding was also addressed.

The Council’s work supporting economic development in Surrey Heath was another focus, including the recent Camberley Enterprise Expo and Business Breakfast event.

During the event, broadcast via Facebook Live from the Council Chamber at Surrey Heath House, members of the public could follow the live video stream on the SHBC Facebook page www.facebook.com/surreyheath. Cllr Brooks said: “We appreciated the engagement from the public, hearing people’s views and answering their questions at this latest #TalkSurreyHeath event.”

Follow Surrey Heath’s Facebook Live session on Economic Development and Finances

Surrey Heath Borough Council hosts a Facebook Live session on Wednesday 11th October, beginning at 7.0 pm and concluding at 8.0 pm, to which you can send questions, by email to  talk@surreyheath.gov.uk, or direct to their Facebook page HERE.

In the latest of our innovative #TalkSurreyHeath sessions, Surrey Heath residents and business owners have the chance to ask Council officers and councillors about Financial and Economic Development issues in the Borough.

The planned panel in the fifth of our live streamed events on Wednesday 11 October consists of Leader of the Council, Cllr Moira Gibson, SHBC Chief Executive Karen Whelan, Deputy Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder for Finance Cllr Richard Brooks, and Surrey Heath Executive Head of Finance Kelvin Menon.

 

During the event, broadcast via Facebook Live from the Council Chamber at Surrey Heath House, members of the public can follow the live video stream on the SHBC Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SurreyHeath) – there is no need to have a Facebook account in order to view. If you’d like to watch the video of the hour-long session after the event it can be found on the same page.

Before and during the event, questions can be submitted via Facebook, Twitter, or email on talk@surreyheath.gov.uk

Electoral Review of Surrey Heath Borough Council: Final Recommendations

On 29th August, Surrey Heath Borough Council commented,

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England [LGBCE] has today [29th August 2017] published the final recommendations from its Electoral Review.

We are currently analysing these recommendations.

We have drawn the Commission’s attention to the transposition on the summary and final recommendations maps of the names of the Frimley Ward and the Frimley Green Ward.  They are shown correctly in the final recommendations report.

An Order will now be laid in Parliament and the new electoral arrangements for Surrey Heath will be implemented at the local elections in 2019.

Before the local elections it will be necessary for the Council to conduct a Polling District Review, which will include consultation with all interested parties.

More info on the recommendations can be found here: www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/south-east/surrey/surrey-heath and the LGBCE’s press release.

MY NOTE: The Local Government Boundary Commission for England’s SUMMARY document contains the error mentioned above, and also that the Borough has 39 councillors, when it’s actually 40. The full report HERE, has neither of these errors.