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Mytchett Sure Start Centre to remain open

Elaine Thurlow - Sure StartFamilies in the Mytchett, Deepcut and Frimley Green area have been celebrating today at the news that the Mytchett Sure will remain open.

Surrey County Council have withdrawn its plans to move forward with a formal consultation on the future of the centre.

In a letter to parents and carers Head Teacher of Mytchett Primary School Jo Ibbotson said ” I am absolutely delighted to be able to share with you that in a review of the strategy and plans for improving outcomes for children and families, Surrey County Council has withdrawn its plan to implement a formal consultation process regarding the future of Mytchett SureStart Children’s Centre. This is excellent news as it means that our centre is no longer under threat of closure at the current time”.

Local residents and supporters of the centre campaigned exceptionally hard to keep the centre open. One supporter who used the centre in the past even campaigned from as far as New Zealand when she heard about the news.

This is very welcome news and on behalf of the Residents Network I would like to congratulate those residents who campaigned tirelessly to keep the centre open.

 

Surrey Heath Local Area Committee 12th March 2015 – The podcasts

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Thank you to Paul Chapman for providing the audio to this meeting.

Much loved Surrey Heath Children Service under threat from Surrey County Council

IMG_8020This morning I have received frantic pleas of support from local mums of young children who face having their muched loved Sure Start Centre closed.

Mothers received the below letter from the Mytchett Sure Start Centre yesterday and immediately set up an online petition.

It would be a huge loss to the community if this centre is allowed to be closed and I have signed the ePetition to show my support.

Many of the young families I represent have benefited enormously from the services the Centre provides across Surrey Heath and whenever I visit it is exceptionally well used.

Could I urge all local residents to sign the ePetition and to make contact with your County Councillor to express your support for the centre. Even if you have not directly benefited from the service, I can assure you that the knock on effects to the whole community of not supporting some of these young families would be significant in terms of cost and impact and would effect us all in one way or another.

While I accept there needs to be cost saving measures, the closure of this centre and the services it offers would be a devastating blow to our community and would be a step to far.

For more information about the Mytchett Sure Start Centre and the remarkable services it provides please check out this podcast I recorded some time ago with the Centre Manager: http://surreyheath-residents.co.uk/2013/07/23/mytchett-frimley-green-deepcut-sure-start-childrens-centre-podcast/

The online ePetiton can be found here: http://www.petitions24.com/keep_mytchett_sure_start_open

The Surrey Heath County Councillors are:

Cllr Bill Chapman

Cllr Mike Goodman

Cllr Denis Fuller

Cllr David Ivison

Cllr Adrian Page

Cllr Chris Pitt

Mytchett Sure Start Letter

 

Surrey announces council tax proposal

Surrey County CouncilSurrey County Council has announced its proposed council tax recommendation for next year.

The Cabinet will meet to make a formal recommendation on Tuesday 3 February. A final decision will be taken at a meeting of Surrey’s Full Council on Tuesday 10 February.

Leader David Hodge said: “With unprecedented demand for services we are proposing a 1.99% increase, which is the bare minimum we need given that our government grant has gone down £24 million this year. Anything more would mean wasting as much as £2m on a referendum.

“It should be remembered that we’ve saved £260m in the last four years – equivalent to around a quarter of our budget – despite the huge increase in demand for school places and adult social care, with the latter set to soak up all those savings by next year.”

  • Growing demand for social care support will cost £18m extra next year alone to meet the needs of around 700 more vulnerable adults
  • New care responsibilities will cost up to £150m without increased funding
  • Surrey needs 13,000 additional school places in the next five years
  • The council has saved £260m in the last four years and plans to save around £330m more by 2019
  • Government grant has gone down £24m this year.

Further information can be found in a council report.

Give your views on Camberley Town Centre’s regeneration

SHBCSurrey Heath Borough Council is seeking views and comments on the next stage in regeneration of Camberley Town Centre.

The council is consulting on the draft Camberley Town Centre Masterplan and Public Realm Strategy Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). The consultation runs from the 13th January to the 24th February. Comments received on the draft will inform the final version of the SPD.

The SPD will support the delivery of the vision set out within the Camberley Town Centre Area Action Plan, which was adopted in July 2014 and provides the basis for future change and development in the town centre.

The draft SPD will be available online from 13 January 2015 at www.surreyheath.gov.uk/Camberleytowncentrespd and at the borough and parish council offices and the borough’s libraries.

Exhibition boards will also be displayed in Surrey Heath Museum, while there will be an opportunity to discuss the SPD with borough council officers between 5pm and 7pm on Tuesday, 20 January and Thursday 22nd January.

Cllr Keith Bush, portfolio holder for Regulatory, said: “I am urging people to submit their comments and views on the draft supplementary planning document to help further shape Camberley Town Centre for the future.

“The supplementary planning document will add detail to the guidance outlined within the Camberley Town Centre Area Action Plan and will establish key parameters for each development site, while adding benefits to the town centre.”

Surrey Heath responds to Local Transport Review consultation

SHBCSurrey County Council is currently carrying out a Local Transport Review and is asking for comments to its public consultation which closes on 2 February. The review could have implications for bus services, including community transport, to residents and businesses in the borough.

In response to the consultation Surrey Heath Borough Council seeks assurances that bus routes such as the Number 1 – which serves Old Dean and enables residents to access facilities, services and jobs within Camberley Town Centre and further afield – will not be adversely affected by any measures introduced through the Local Transport Review.

Surrey Heath’s rural areas are currently poorly served by bus transport. The borough council is also suggesting that as part of the review, discussions should be held with local bus operators on whether the commercial viability of existing services could be improved, rather than cutting services to these areas.

Additionally, the borough council’s response will highlight concerns that changes to community transport and to subsidised bus travel could have adverse impacts on older or vulnerable residents, including those who need assistance, who may need to access services on a regular basis.

Surrey County Council is currently carrying out a Local Transport Review and is asking for comments to its public consultation which closes on 2 February. The review could have implications for bus services, including community transport, to residents and businesses in the borough.

In response to the consultation Surrey Heath Borough Council seeks assurances that bus routes such as the Number 1 – which serves Old Dean and enables residents to access facilities, services and jobs within Camberley Town Centre and further afield – will not be adversely affected by any measures introduced through the Local Transport Review.

Surrey Heath’s rural areas are currently poorly served by bus transport. The borough council is also suggesting that as part of the review, discussions should be held with local bus operators on whether the commercial viability of existing services could be improved, rather than cutting services to these areas.

Additionally, the borough council’s response will highlight concerns that changes to community transport and to subsidised bus travel could have adverse impacts on older or vulnerable residents, including those who need assistance, who may need to access services on a regular basis.

Cllr Keith Bush portfolio holder for regulatory said: “Surrey Heath Borough Council is responding formally to the public consultation and I urge residents to do the same. The transport review aims to make savings while maintaining the services that residents rely on most and it’s vitally important to give your views.”

For more about the review, visit the Surrey Says Local Transport Review page.

Sturt Road bridge flooding issues continue – Have you signed the ePetition?

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Description: The Sturt Road bridge flooding issues continue. If you have not already done so, then please sign this ePetition http://petitions.surreycc.gov.uk/bridgeflood/