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

A new home for Surrey Heath Museum

Surrey Heath Borough Council has announced a new home for its museum

Surrey Heath Museum is to become part of a new ‘Heritage Hub’ in the centre of Camberley, due to open in June. 

The Museum will join with Surrey Heath Museum Action Group and Surrey Heath Archaeology Trust to create the hub in the Heritage Gallery of The Square shopping centre.  

The museum space, on the ground floor, will involve a ‘mini museum’ display, recreations of a WWI and WWII home, and include a shop and research area. 

There will also be a temporary exhibition area – planned exhibitions include ‘What Lies Beneath’ (June to September), followed by ‘The Battles of the First World War’ (October to December).  

The existing Heritage Gallery will move to the upper floor, with displays for local groups and societies.  
Heritage staff will be frequently present and available at the new hub.   

The existing Heritage Gallery unit is currently closed for this transformation to take place, and will reopen on Saturday 30 June. 
This will coincide with Camfest, the community arts and crafts festival organised by the Camberley Society which runs from 29 June to 1 July.  

Surrey Heath Heritage Services are holding a public meeting where they invite members of the public to come along and find out more about plans for the refreshed Heritage Service on Thursday 24 May at Camberley Theatre at 7pm. All welcome! 

News of Surrey Heath Museum’s involvement in the ‘Heritage Hub’ follows the decision taken by the Council’s Executive earlier this year to adopt changes proposed for Surrey Heath Heritage Services.   

This followed a consultation about the future of Surrey Heath Museum and Heritage Services, which ran for several months at the end of last year. 
Feedback included the view that the previous museum site at Surrey Heath House on Knoll Road, Camberley was not in the right location. 

This site was subsequently closed to the public in mid-April, with plans for the future development of the service to include more temporary exhibitions and events at different locations around the Borough – bringing heritage into the heart of our community, and helping reach new and wider audiences across Surrey Heath and beyond.    

These include plans for a Heritage Services display in the Main Square of The Square during the summer, and a Surrey Heath Museum ‘showcase area’ in Camberley Library from July. 
As a result of these changes, research enquiries will be put on hold until June 2018. 

The museum’s popular events programme will continue, including toddler/children’s holiday sessions, to be held in the Heritage Hub, and heritage walks. The popular Reminiscence and Education Programme also goes from strength to strength. 
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Councils and Police join forces to protect children by parking safely around schools

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce that the,

Borough and County Council and Police are joining forces in call to protect children by parking safely around schools. Representatives from Surrey Heath Borough Council, Surrey County Council, Surrey Police and local schools are asking residents to put children’s safety first when parking around schools across the Borough.

Dangerous and illegal parking around schools, particularly at drop off and pick up times, is an ongoing problem, despite schools repeatedly urging parents to park safely outside their schools. Parking on pavements, or on zigzags or yellow lines surrounding schools, reduces space and visibility for drivers and pedestrians, making accidents more likely, especially at busy times. The latest data about child casualties (serious and slight) at school journey times within 250m of school gates showed an average of 50 per year across Surrey.

Schools, councils and the police have taken action in response to complaints from the public. SHBC parking enforcement officers have increased the number of visits to schools around the relevant times to try to educate people and improve parking behaviour, including issuing tickets where necessary. These visits are supported by Surrey Police officers where resources allow.

During the winter term (September to December 2017), 13 Penalty Charge Notices were issued outside schools by SHBC for offences such as parking on zig-zag or yellow lines, with another 32 warnings issued.

Surrey County Council has also implemented new parking restrictions outside more schools to increase safety. However support from parents and guardians dropping children off at school is also required to ensure safe parking every day.

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The Camberley Eye blog provides the answer

Yesterday I visited Camberley Library to pick up a reserved book, Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope should you want to know.

On the way back to the car, in the Council free for 30 minutes parking spaces, I looked up to Camberley Park and saw a different view.  Lots of trees have been removed and a clear view of the Obelisk is now available.

Curious me decided that I’d got enough time to walk up to the Obelisk. The path to it was blocked by a barrier saying, path closed. No other information as to why. Back home, I checked the Council website. No help whatsoever. I wondered where else I might find out why. That’s when I looked at The Camberley Eye blog, It told me that there’s a programme of tree removal, and that the path is thus closed. It didn’t say how long for, but, hey, that’s a small criticism of David Chesneau’s wonderfully informative blog about the going’s on in Camberley, and the failings of the local council. Here are my photos of the Obelisk.

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.