Surrey Heath Borough Council targets fly tippers

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce the following on fly tipping,

Two fly tippers are £400 worse off this Christmas having each been issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) by Surrey Heath Borough Council’s Corporate Enforcement officers. [Click on image to enlarge]

Having received information from partners at Accent Housing, SHBC officers obtained CCTV footage which showed two individuals emptying the contents of a van of DIY waste into the communal bins at Wimbledon Road, Camberley.

The culprits, who cannot be named, were traced via the van’s owner, leading to a £400 FPN being issued to them both.

Accent’s Regional Housing Director, Rob Mills said: “This is a great example of collaborative working between Accent and Surrey Heath Borough Council. We will continue to work together to tackle anti-social behaviour, including fly tipping, across the Borough.”

SHBC’s Corporate Enforcement Manager Julia Greenfield said: “Earlier this year we launched a joint anti-fly tipping campaign with Accent Housing, and we thank them for their help in this case.

“Publicity for the campaign included leafletting areas that historically have been blighted by fly tipping. Issuing these Fixed Penalty Notices shows we are proactively targeting fly tippers.

“There is no excuse for people not legitimately disposing of their waste, and we will continue to take action against people who are caught carrying out this criminal act.”

Fly tipping can be reported at www.surreyheath/flytipping.gov.uk or by telephoning 01276 707100

Again Surrey Heath absent from the top 50 in the 2017 Halifax Quality of Life Survey

Surrey Heath were 20th in the 2015 Halifax Quality of Life Survey. In the 2016 survey Surrey Heath were absent from the top 50. It’s the same result again in the 2017 survey, Surrey Heath is absent. Yet Hart, an adjoining borough to Surrey Heath comes in 1st.

See the table on the right for the top ten – click on image to expand.

I’ve been troubled by the changes in the boroughs making up the top 50 for a number of years. In the 2009 survey Surrey Heath was third, and in 2010 we were 9th. See HERE for my previous articles on the Halifax Quality of Life Surveys.

Anyway, here’s the press release from Halifax, containing the tables and the make up of their annual survey.

Details of new garden waste collection service announced

Surrey Heath Borough Council announced that,

A new garden waste collection service will delivered across Surrey Heath from February 2018.

At a meeting of Surrey Heath Borough Council’s Executive on December 5, it was agreed that the new subscription-based scheme would operate fortnightly, at an annual charge of £40.

The Council-backed scheme will be operated by Amey, who replace Biffa, the current Green Waste Club operators.

The new cost, which is a reduction on the £57 a year charged by the Biffa scheme, includes the provision and delivery of a 240-litre wheeled bin. Subscribers to the existing scheme will be able to keep their current bin upon joining the new scheme.

New customers will receive a bin upon subscribing to the scheme.

Amey are the contractors for the new Surrey Heath waste and recycling collection service under the Joint Waste Contract, which will start on 5 February.

Managed by Joint Waste Solutions, this arrangement maintains a high quality waste and recycling service for residents in Surrey Heath, Elmbridge, Mole Valley and Woking, while saving taxpayers across the four authorities around £2.5 million a year.

The first contract of its kind in Surrey, it was part-funded by the Surrey Waste Partnership and supported by Surrey County Council as the waste disposal authority.

More detailed information on the new Green Waste Club scheme, and the Joint Waste Solutions service in general, will be issued to residents ahead of its implementation in the new year.

Service awards the main event at Surrey Heath’s council meeting

The Mayor of Surrey Heath, Cllr Valerie White, kindly invited us to attend December’s council meeting of Surrey Heath Borough Council.

Think there were just a handful of visitors to the council meeting, apart from three Honorary Aldermen. Two notable events contrasted to a very dull council meeting, no big issues discussed, no questions from the public or councillors. Very much like local government council’s everywhere.

The notable events were uplifting. Two council employees, whom I know, and for whom I hold each in high regard, were given recognition for their service to the Council and community. John Foley, from the Waste Management team, received the thanks of the Chief Executive for 40 years service. John has had a immense impact on Surrey Heath’s rising up, over the years, the league table of best councils for recycling. Jane Sherman, in Democratic Services, is shortly to retire after 30 years service. Her professionalism and dedication made for the smooth running of council meetings and governance.

After the meeting we shared a drink of wine and a mince pie with the Mayor, officers and Councillors. Here are three photos of the evening. The Mayor leaving the chamber behind the mace bearer, and John Foley, and Jane Sherman.

Camberley High Street revitalisation funding approved

Surrey Heath Borough Council is very pleased to announce that it has secured funding from Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to improve the High Street and public spaces in Camberley Town Centre.

SHBC has been awarded a £3.5 million grant from Enterprise M3’s Local Growth Fund. The LEP supports economic growth of areas in the M3 corridor – stretching from Staines-upon-Thames to the New Forest, covering mid to North Hampshire, as well as South and West Surrey.  SHBC will add funds of £900k, so the total budget for the project is £4.4 million.

The scheme is an integral part of the strategy to develop Camberley as a major commercial centre.    It is estimated that the improvements could lead to an increase in the number of people coming into the town centre by 20% over a 10 year period. Other potential economic benefits expected to be generated by the scheme include more 100 jobs, with a total value of over £14m.

In addition to substantial structural improvement to The High Street, which will include widening the pavements, improving road and pavement surfaces; the project will also incorporate installation of public art and improved public seating and walkways in Knoll Walk and Princess Way.

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Duty done, comment on Boundary Commission review posted

The text, all neatly organised, of my comments on the review by the Boundary Commission for England of moving Windlesham into the Windsor parliamentary constituency is now entered into their consultation page.

Rather annoyingly all the bullet numbering and indentation of my text was lost when adding it into the Commission’s website. Key thing is, I’ve done it, and here’s proof. There’s still time [till end of today] if you’d like to comment also.

Keep Windlesham in Surrey Heath Parliamentary constituency

The Boundary Commission for England has issued a report on the Revised proposals for new constituency boundaries in the South East.

The recommendation is that the electoral ward of Windlesham should be moved from Surrey Heath parliamentary constituency to a Windsor constituency. See page 4 of the proposals.

Monday 11th December is the closing date for submissions on this proposal. If you consider this change illogical and unreasonable, then please visit  https://www.bce2018.org.uk/, enter your postcode, click on ‘Make a Comment’ and tell the Boundary Commission why Windlesham should stay in Surrey Heath.

I’ll be submitting my comments today. My arguments will be,

  • Fracturing the longstanding cultural and democratic links between Windlesham and it’s nearest neighbours in Surrey Heath will, over time, drive Windlesham residents to focus on the Windsor constituency and its parliamentary activities.
  • By way of example, here a some of the many cultural and logistical things that Windlesham shares with Lightwater, its nearest Surrey Heath neighbour,
    • church diocesan links and heritage
    • annual remembrance day services, where MP’s, would be misaligned to services
    • Lightwater’s large shopping parade
    • Lightwater’s GP practice serves Windlesham, and it’s a member of Surrey Heath Clinical Commissioning Group
    • Small shared cultural organisations, such as Windlesham Country Market who meet in Lightwater, who might want their MP it officiate at significant dates, may be confused as to which MP to invite.
  • The proposed change will create political representational confusion, where,
    • At Parish council level, Windlesham shares a Parish Council with Lightwater and Bagshot.
    • At Borough Council level, Windlesham ward is in Surrey Heath Borough Council
    • The Surrey County Council ward is Bagshot, Windlesham, and Chobham
    • The Parliamentary constituency is proposed to be Windsor – containing, Windsor & Maidenhead, a large unitary authority in Berkshire.
  • Local government services would continue to be provided by Surrey Heath. Therefore, Surrey Heath’s MP might not unreasonably be expected to be engaged in Windlesham affairs, as the Windsor MP would have for borough/unitary councils engage with, and Windlesham would be the smallest of the constituency wards.
  • Difficulty in travel from Windlesham to a Windsor MP’s constituency office.

Al things considered, moving Windlesham ward into Windsor is illogical, as it involves moving a Surrey County ward into a different county, that of Berkshire.

There’s little cultural or democratic synergy between the Windlesham and Windsor, while Surrey Heath is far closer culturally and democratically to Woking and Rushmoor boroughs. Time to rethink the proposal.

One suggestion might be to join all the military lands together by moving Brookwood, from Woking, into Surrey Heath, where there’s a natural barrier in the route of the Basingstoke Canal. Perhaps, with one of the Ash wards in Surrey Heath moving into into Guildford.