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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Places to recycle your Christmas tree for free in Surrey Heath

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce their 2017 Christmas Tree recycling scheme,

Decorating the Christmas tree

Following the success of the last year’s scheme, residents can recycle their real Christmas tree for free in the new year as part of a Council-run scheme – and help maintain the Borough’s parks at the same time.

Between 2-14 January 2018, we are running 15 drop off sites across Surrey Heath where residents can drive in and leave their ‘real’ Christmas tree in a designated area.

At the end of this period, the trees will be chipped and the resulting wood chippings will be used to replenish paths in our parks.

Last year, around 500 trees were recycled via the scheme, which helped restock paths in Frimley Lodge Park.

This event is being sponsored by an experienced local family-run company, Branch Management (www.branchmanagement.co.uk). Based in Bagshot, they cater for all aspects of tree care for customers across Surrey Heath.

Surrey Heath Business Portfolio Holder Cllr Craig Fennell said: “We were pleased that residents took advantage of this scheme in great numbers last year. It has several benefits, for residents, our parks and the environment in general, and I encourage people to use it once the festive period comes to an end.”

The sites where Christmas trees can be dropped off are:

Drop-off Location Postcode
Heatherside Park (near the recreation ground) GU15 1AY
Watchetts Road Car Park GU15 2UZ
Old Dean Recreation Ground GU15 4AF
Prior Heath Car Park GU15 1DA
Frimley Green Recreation Ground GU16 6JZ
Mytchett Recreation Ground GU16 6JD
School Lane, Bagshot GU19 5BP
Lightwater Recreation Ground GU18 5SJ
Windmill Field, Windlesham GU20 6QA
Clews Lane, Bisley GU24 9HD
Rosewood Way, West End GU24 9XG
Yorktown Car Park, Camberley GU15 3AU
Clarence Drive, Camberley GU15 1JT
Woodend Road Car Park, Deepcut GU16 6SD
Chobham Car Park, Chobham GU24 8LZ

Christmas trees can also be dropped off at Community Recycling Centres, or left out with your brown garden waste bin if you are subscribed to the scheme.

Restrictions apply: only real Christmas trees can be accepted for this event, and all decorations must be removed from the trees before they are left at the drop-off points.

www.surreyheath.gov.uk/christmastreerecycle

Surrey Heath report positive improvement from property investments

Surrey Heath Borough Council issued this press release on their investment performance [click on image to expand],

Surrey Heath Borough Council has adopted a strategy of delivering efficiency and increasing income in order for it to be able to maintain services against a backdrop of reduced central government funding.

The Council has borrowed money to invest in property within the Borough, not only to generate an income to pay for services, but also to further its regeneration and economic development aims.

A recent report to Councillors indicated that so far this investment strategy was paying off. The Council had expected to receive a £1.5m contribution to its budget, but performance has been better than predicted.

Members heard that net income since ownership for The Square was 5% ahead of budget, and for the six months to 30 September 2017 almost 15% ahead of budget for the industrial estates the Council owns.

The increased income for The Square is helping to fund the extensive refurbishment of the centre. This should result in returns increasing further, or at least being maintained, in what is a very competitive market.

Phase 1 of The Square refurbishment covering Grace Reynolds Walk has now been completed on time and to budget (More info). Works on the rest of the centre will restart after Christmas.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Moira Gibson said: “We are encouraged by these latest reports from our advisers. The positive results contribute to overall income, and emphasise the importance of our property investments in helping to achieve the Council’s aim of continuing to offer as wide a range of services as possible in the face of Government funding cuts.”

Surrey Heath schoolchildren enjoy interactive Young Citizen programme

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce Surrey Heath schoolchildren enjoy interactive Young Citizen programme,

More than 400 Year 7 students from across Surrey Heath learned about leading safe, healthy lives by taking part in the Young Citizen programme last week (Nov 22-24).

The course aims to help young people broaden their social responsibility skills and learn how to deal with real-life situations.

Through a range of interactive sessions, students explored themes such as first aid, alcohol awareness, personal safety, peer pressure, as well as internet safety and how they can report a crime anonymously.

Students from Kings International College and Collingwood College were involved in the practical sessions delivered by qualified professionals. Among those hosting the workshops were: Surrey Police, St John Ambulance, Counter Terrorism Policing – Prevent, Surrey Crimestoppers and Solomon Theatre Company.

As part of the programme, students watched a play by the Solomon Theatre Company entitled ‘Last Orders’, acted out by young people to highlight issues around alcohol abuse, peer pressure and its consequences.

Surrey Heath Borough Council Children’s Champion Cllr Josephine Hawkins said: “I’d like to thank all the partner organisations involved for their continued support on this invaluable initiative. Young Citizen is a brilliantly effective way of helping young people gain the knowledge and skills to lead safe, healthy lives. I enjoyed visiting this year’s event, and I’m sure the students involved have benefitted hugely from this experience.”

The course proved inspirational for pupils too.

Collingwood College Year 7 student Matthew Hadlington said: “We learnt, laughed and focused on the Young Citizen course – it was great at teaching us many things that we needed to know.”

Fellow pupil Jonah Doyle added: “I thought all the lessons were very useful for our later lives.”

Kings College pupil Soniya Bishwakarma said: “It was fun and educational. We learnt to keep safe and to be smart, it was enjoyable and there were lots of people involved,” while fellow Year 7 student Angel Parmar added: “We’ve learnt so much – how to be private on social media, what a crime means, and the dangers of drinking and encouraging others to drink.”

The course is organised and funded by the Safer Surrey Heath Partnership and the schools involved. www.surreyheath.gov.uk/youngcitizen

Ice Skate Camberley – launch day on Saturday 9 December 2017

Yikes, lots to do in Camberley in the run up to Christmas. Here’s Surrey Heath Borough Council announcing the programme,

Ice Skate Camberley opens for magical open air skating on a real ice rink on Saturday 9 December at 10am.  To celebrate the ice rink coming to Camberley, Surrey Heath Borough Council has organised lots of fun festive events and attractions right next to the ice rink in Park Street.

  • Millers Ark Living Nativity, Saturday 9 December, 11am-3pm

Come and see our beautiful stable scene with shepherds and a variety of animals including sheep, donkeys, chickens and pigmy goats.

  • FREE Christmas Craft Extravaganza, Saturday 9 December, 10am-3pm, Ice Skate Camberley ticket office, The Atrium, Park Street opposite ‘The Bear’’ public house.

Drop in and colour a Christmas card, door hanger or Christmas crown, make a foam gingerbread man, penguin or elf tree decoration and much more!

Crafts are on a first come first served basis. Suitable for ages 3+ although some craft activities are more suitable for older children, and all activities may require help from parent or guardian depending on ability of child. Children must be supervised at all times and remain the responsibility of the parent or guardian.

  • Christmas Wreath Making Workshop, Sunday 10 December, 10am – 12pm, Ice Skate Camberley ticket office, The Atrium, Park Street opposite ‘’The Bear’’ public house

Create a beautiful Christmas wreath for your home from scratch using wire rings, moss and other decorative materials. Cost £30 including coffee and mince pies. Limited places available call 01276 707229 or email business.services@surreyheath.gov.uk.

Karen Whelan, CEO SHBC, said:  “We are really looking forward to Ice Skate Camberley’s opening day.  Park Street will be transformed into a very special festive scene.  We hope our residents and visitors enjoy this very special weekend in the heart of the town centre.”

The ice rink will be open from 9 December 2017 until 5 January 2018.  Everyone is welcome, although skaters must be aged 3 or over. You can book your places online, at Camberley Theatre Box office or at the Ice Rink on the day.  Skating slots are 45 mins long.  Ice skates are included in the booking fee.  Skate aids are available on a first come, first served basis and are also included in the booking fee.

Ice Skate Camberley is proudly supported by Knights Property Services, Camberley.

For those seeking a unique experience, exclusive use of the ice rink can be arranged for schools, Christmas parties and groups of friends at selected times by contacting the event ticket office or Camberley Theatre Box Office.  There is a 10% discount for groups of 10 or more.

To find out more, including information on how to book your tickets, visit www.christmasincamberley.co.uk.

Christmas in Camberley is going to be lots of fun for all the family.  In addition to the ice rink there are many wonderful events taking place:

  • Peter Pan Pantomime, 12 to 31 December, Camberley Theatre.  Join Peter Pan as he takes Wendy and her brothers on an action packed adventure in Neverland
  • Visit Father Christmas, 1 to 24 December, The Square Shopping Centre. For more information visit www.bookfatherchristmas.co.uk/camberley
  • Free daily craft and fun activities for children, 19 November to 24 December, The Square Shopping Centre

Camberley has warm, undercover shopping centres with easy to access parking and lots of fabulous places to enjoy hot drinks and food.  Once you’ve done your Christmas shopping and been ice skating, you can enjoy a film at Vue, a game of bowling and a lovely meal in one of our many excellent restaurants and pubs.