Surrey Heath Borough Council released, on Friday 23 February 2018, answers to the unanswered questions from the Facebook Live #TalkSurreyHeath event on January 30th 2018,
The latest #TalkSurreyHeath meeting took place at Surrey Heath House on 30 January 2018. You find out more and watch the broadcast again here.
Due to the one hour duration of the broadcast the panel unfortunately did not have enough time to answer all the questions submitted. These questions and SHBC’s replies are below. We will be running another #TalkSurreyHeath event in Spring 2018.
What are you doing about the homeless?
Council services are focussed on homelessness prevention so we stop this happening in many cases by working with landlords to address the problems that tenants are encountering.
When people become homeless we have a case worker to work with them to understand why they are homeless as it is important the reasons why someone became homeless are addressed so that as we help them to move back into accommodation they are able to sustain the tenancy.
We are working with local community groups to see what more we can do collectively to support homeless people in the Borough. The Council is now also considering whether it needs to begin to build its own housing.
When will schools have better SENCO for Camberley children that have disabilities? There are many schools unable to cope to children with ADHD and autism.
This is a matter for Surrey County Council not SHBC.
Good evening, can anyone update on the planned proposal for South Western Railway to remove our direct line services to and from London Waterloo in the peak time morning and evening? This is devastating blow to local transport, and the proposed changes will drive traffic to Sunningdale for a decent service.
The Council will continue to lobby for the service to be maintained and is talking to the new franchisee South Western Railway about this.
What has happened to the asset value of The Square shopping centre since acquisition?
The Square will be valued as part of our accounts. However as has been said before that Council purchased the Square with the intention of holding it for the long term for revenue and investment rather than looking to make immediate capital gains
Can you offer a view on recent trading in The Square?
The overall spend in the centre is holding steady and footfall is performing slightly better than the national average. The feedback we are getting from our agents is that this has halted a decline and is as a result of the Council’s investment both directly in the centre and in the wider Town Centre.
How bad would it need to get before you shut the Theatre? What an opportunity for redevelopment!
The Theatre is part of the wider offer of the Town centre. As such it plays an important role in attracting visitors who go on to spend in the town. As such it is an investment in the wider town centre assets that the Council now has a major financial stake in. We are looking for ways to continually improve the offer to ensure long term economic sustainability. Cultural activities are an important element of this.
Improvements have been made to the running of the theatre to ensure that it is as cost efficient as possible. We would urge more residents to visit the theatre – it is a real asset for Camberley – as only this will ensure its long term sustainability.
When do you believe that Deepcut will be started or completed?
Work on roads, the village green and pond and clearance of some trees is already underway. A planning application went to Committee on 8 February for the first phase and we expect construction to start on those homes this year.
Do you agree that the Council should not have promoted Fairoaks until we understand the impact of Longcross?
The Council has to explore all options for delivering new housing in the Borough. This site is known to be available for development and the bid to the Garden Village project was for funding to assist the Council in understanding whether this site might have potential for housing. In respect of Longcross, there is a wider feasibility study underway to look at the impact of that site together with all potential development proposals along the A320, including Fairoaks.