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 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, 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 ( – 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

Surrey Heath Council supports Domestic Abuse Awareness Week 2017

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce support for Domestic Abuse Awareness Week.

Surrey Heath Borough Council is supporting Domestic Abuse Awareness Week 2017, working with partners to raise awareness of this often unreported crime.

The Council are publicising the campaign via its website and social media channels, and working with colleagues including NHS Surrey Heath CCG.

We are supporting local events throughout the week (9-13 Oct), including Surrey Police and Your Sanctuary representatives being available in the foyer of Frimley Park Hospital this Tuesday and Thursday evening.

A radio advertising campaign is also running on local radio, describing different types of domestic abuse, including controlling and coercive behaviour, and abuse using social media.

From information collected nationally, on average it takes 35 incidents of domestic abuse before a report is made. As many as 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men experience an abusive relationship in their lifetime, and it is the most prevalent cause of depression and mental health difficulties. The Police receive a call relating to a domestic abuse incident every minute in the UK.

The Mayor of Surrey Heath Cllr Valerie White has voiced her support for Domestic Abuse Awareness Week 2017.

Cllr White said: “Domestic abuse is often a taboo subject, a hidden issue which can ruin lives. I am pleased to support Domestic Abuse Awareness Week, and would like to pay tribute to all the organisations and volunteers involved in helping those affected by it. I encourage anyone who may be affected by this issue to get help from these amazing organisations, such as Your Sanctuary and Surrey Against Domestic Abuse.”

SHBC Chief Executive Karen Whelan said: “Domestic abuse can happen anywhere, in all kinds of families and in all kinds of homes. Excellent work is carried out by our own employees, and those of our partner organisations, to help and advise those affected by domestic abuse, and I hope our support for Domestic Abuse Awareness Week helps to raise awareness of the help available.”

Anyone affected by this issue can contact:

Your Sanctuary – 9-9 helpline: 01483 776822,

Surrey Against Domestic Abuse

Camberley town centre regeneration moves forward

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce, on Friday 6th October, that

Another key milestone has been reached in the redevelopment of Ashwood House and Pembroke House in Camberley with the exchange of contracts with the selected developer, Berkeley Homes.

Ashwood House occupies a key site on Pembroke Broadway in Camberley town centre, and was acquired by SHBC in 2015 to facilitate its future development.

The upper floors of the building will be transformed into high quality residential accommodation, comprising of 116 flats, subject to planning permission.

Simultaneously, Berkeley Homes will redevelop Pembroke House, located on Frimley Road. The scheme has the potential to offer 25 flats and ground floor retail space, subject to planning permission, providing affordable housing for local people and retail space for Camberley’s businesses.

Planning applications have been submitted for both developments, and are currently being considered, with a decision expected before the end of the year.

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Frimley Business Association wins ‘Britain in Bloom’ Silver Award

Surrey Heath Borough Council announced on 3rd October 2017,

Frimley Business Association is celebrating after winning a silver medal in the Britain in Bloom competition. Their competition entry was made in memory of Kevin Cantlon, Surrey Heath Borough Council’s Economic Development Officer, who sadly died in April 2017. Kevin was always very supportive of Frimley’s local businesses.

The Frimley Business Association wanted to do something positive in Kevin’s memory.  The project was supported by Surrey County Council’s Improvement Plan which provided a grant for Frimley’s greening project.

This award is even more impressive as this was the first year that Frimley Business Association had entered ‘Britain in Bloom’. A lot of hard work from the whole community went into ensuring Frimley is full of colourful hanging baskets, green planters and beautiful flower beds.

Sarah Jane Croke, from Wedding & Event Services at The Pottery, was instrumental in leading the project. She said: “I am thrilled to bits and over the moon with this award which is a very fitting tribute for Kevin and the support he showed to businesses in Frimley.  We can now get our new signs for Frimley which will include The Britain in Bloom logo.”

Natalie Cantlon, Kevin’s wife and a member of staff at SHBC said; “This was a lovely tribute to Kevin and I’m so thrilled they have won this award – it is well deserved!”

The awards are judged around the three core pillars of Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom’s criteria:

  • Horticultural Achievement
  • Environmental Responsibility
  • Community Participation

The RHS also states that local Bloom campaigns should consider the entire community, not just the high street or village square and the planting activities should also be sustainable and benefit the community in the long term.

The judging of the Frimley entry took place on 12 July, with the results announced on 21 September.

Camberley Enterprise Expo successfully showcases local business

Surrey Heath Borough Council announced the result of the Camberley Enterprise Expo

The first Camberley Enterprise Expo took place at Camberley Theatre on Wednesday 13 September 2017.

The packed exhibition hall included IT companies, professional services, charities and retailers showcasing their products and services to the local community.  In addition the Expo featured seminars on topics including presentation skills, marketing tips and lead generation.  Eagle Radio ran digital workshops throughout the day.

The pre-show breakfast seminar, hosted by SHBC, provided an update on the latest redevelopment plans for Camberley.  Michael Gove, Member of Parliament for Surrey Heath, opened the breakfast seminar via a video link to express his support for the Expo event and businesses based in in the local area.  Alan Harris, Partner, Montagu-Evans (the managing company of’ The Square’ shopping centre), gave a talk on doing business in Camberley.

Visitors to the SHBC stand had the opportunity to talk to council officers about the regeneration of the town and go on a virtual walk around Camberley town centre via an innovative 3D digital map.

Karen Whelan, CEO SHBC, said, “The Expo proved to be a fantastic celebration of local business.   I was so pleased to see such a great turnout and hope our exhibitors and visitors enjoyed the day.”

The Expo was the idea of Kevin Cantlon, Economic Development Officer at Surrey Heath Borough Council who died earlier this year.  Karen added, “This event is for Kevin as much as the businesses and community and I’m so proud it was a success.”

Co-organiser David Yu from Best of Camberley said: “This is a key new event in the Surrey business calendar. We hope that local businesses made the most of the networking, sales and marketing opportunities it offered. The exhibition was a great place to socialise, make friends and do some business.”

We hope to run this event again next year, so watch this space.

Success for first Surrey Heath ‘beginners’ triathlon’

Surrey Heath Borough Council report on the Specsavers GO-TRI Camberley

More than 50 competitors swam, cycled and ran their way around Camberley in the first ever Specsavers GO-TRI Camberley at the Arena Leisure Centre on Sunday (10 September).

GO-TRI is an introduction to triathlon aimed specifically at beginners, and provides a platform for those looking to improve their fitness or get involved in the sport.

With short, manageable distances, GO-TRI Camberley featured a 200m swim in the Arena swimming pool, an 8km cycle through the flat and flowing roads of Camberley before finishing with a 2km run around London Road Recreation Ground.

Available places for the event filled up quickly following its launch in July, and those taking part made the most of the cool, dry weather during the race to post some impressive times.

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