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Surrey Heath Borough Council is responding to residents’ concerns about fly-tipping in the area by introducing a dedicated resource to tackle the problem.
Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste such as builders’ rubble, garden waste and mixed household waste. The recently formed Counter Fraud and Corporate Enforcement team will investigate local fly tipping incidents with the aim of securing prosecutions against perpetrators.
The council has launched an appeal for information page on its new website and are offering a financial award of up to £500 for information that leads to a conviction of those responsible.
Residents are reminded of their duty to prevent the illegal fly-tipping of rubbish that might come from their homes. Household Waste Duty of Care Regulations (2005) state that residents are accountable for any waste leaving their property, including from builders or gardeners they employ to carry out work.
Some residents and businesses have started using the local community recycling sites as dumping grounds. In a number of cases, containers have had to be removed. If there is not an appropriate container at a site and individuals leave material on the ground they are fly-tipping and are liable to prosecution.
Julia Greenfield, Surrey Heath’s Audit, Counter Fraud and Corporate Enforcement Manager said: “People need to be aware they must ensure their household waste is disposed of properly. Any contractor they employ to do building work must have a carrier’s licence to transport waste.
“It’s up to householders who are having work done like double glazing, new kitchens and bathrooms to check that any contractor they appoint to dispose of rubbish from their home, including building and garden waste, has a trade waste carrier’s licence.
“If they don’t have this licence, they are not legally entitled to remove your rubbish.”
Surrey Heath’s portfolio holder for community Councillor Vivienne Chapman said: “We are fortunate to have so many areas of outstanding natural beauty in Surrey Heath and it’s vital that we all work together to help preserve them. I understand that the Counter Fraud and Corporate Enforcement team is currently appealing for information on a large asbestos fly-tip recently found in Chobham. It is disgraceful that someone has chosen to dump this dangerous waste in a rural area. The clean-up campaign associated with this fly-tip will cost in excess of £1000, money which could be better spent on services which benefit the community as a whole.”
If you have any information that could lead to identifying fly-tippers, please contact the council on 01276 707100 or visit www.surreyheath.gov.uk/flytipping
During the morning commute, motorists travel an average speed of just over 22.5mph on Surrey’s A roads – more than 18mph slower than the county with the fastest roads* and nearly 7mph below the county average.
According to Department for Transport (DfT) statistics, the average morning speed of the A317 westbound between Weybridge and Chertsey towards the M25 was just 14.5mph in June – making it the county’s slowest rush-hour road.
Surrey’s second slowest stretch of road was the A2022 going towards Epsom, where morning speeds only reached 15.3mph.
The congestion news comes after Surrey County Council wrote to the Government calling for action to prevent the county’s 3,300 miles of roads missing out on a new highways fund from Vehicle Excise Duty.
Chancellor George Osborne announced the fund in his latest Budget but thecounty council revealed the small print indicates the money will be used for motorways and major A roads managed by Highways England, which account for only 100 miles in Surrey.
Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways John Furey said: “These average speeds reflect the sheer volume of Surrey rush-hour traffic and are proof that congestion has an enormous impact on our roads but unless the government acts to change the new vehicle tax system money to invest in getting traffic moving faster at peak times is going to take a detour around Surrey.
“That isn’t what the county’s motorists deserve, given that they generate £80 million more in Vehicle Excise Duty than they ever get back and government funding for our roads is falling by £1m a year.”
A full list of average speeds on Surrey’s roads for the morning commute can be found on the DfT website. The map below reveals the 10 slowest Surrey roads during the morning rush-hour.
* DfT figures include metropolitan counties that were abolished in 1986.
Surrey County Council are undertaking a consultation on charging residents for the use of Recycling Centres or reduction in services due to Increased demand for essential services such as adult social care, school places and a reduction Government funding.
The aim of the Community Recycling Centres review is to make savings while maintaining this important service to residents. To achieve this Surrey County Council are seeking your views on the Options below:
1. Introducing charges for non-household waste (such as DIY waste) or not accepting it at all.
2. Reducing opening hours on weekdays.
3. Closing CRCs on the least busy weekdays.
4. Full closure of some CRCs.
5. Only accepting waste at CRCs in clear plastic bags.
6. Selling good quality second hand items at CRCs.
Local residents are asked to complete this questionnaire.
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:
At a meeting at County Hall today, Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner Kevin Hurley has been unanimously backed by the Councillors and Independent Members that comprise the county’s Police and Crime Panel in his proposal for a 1.99% increase in the Police share of Council Tax for the coming year.
This will take the annual contribution from a Band D household for policing from £211.68 per year to £215.89p per year.
This follows the Commissioner’s decision to pause plans for a referendum on a higher council tax increase after putting the idea to the public in a major consultation.
Commenting on the decision, Kevin Hurley said:
“Let me be clear from the outset – today’s decision does not mean the police budget goes up next year. It means that the police budget will reduce by less than it might otherwise have done.
“Surrey Police has lost millions of pounds in Government funding over the last few years and will lose millions more in the years ahead. The force has made a whole range of reforms to become more efficient and live within its reducing means, being praised by HMIC for its achievements in doing so. However, those savings are running out. I am particularly concerned about what is coming over the horizon for the financial year 2016/17, where we face a budget gap of £7m. That will hit the police headcount and their ability to deliver service, there is no question about it.
“The clock is ticking. As I see it, there are three options to solve the problem:
Merge police forces – this is the best option, one that would release hundreds of millions, if not billions of pounds for front line policing by doing away with the 41 sets of HQs, Chief Officers and PCCs currently in place. I put proposals to do this to the Police Minister just a few weeks ago. The Government has no interest in taking them forward.
Improve the way the Government allocates its police funding – I’ve sent the Government independent analysis by Oxford Economics into how they allocate money to police forces and given achievable ideas for improving that to make sure the money goes to where it is really needed. Surrey is losing out on as much as £6m per year because the formula doesn’t work as well as it could. I sent this to the Home Office in 2013. We’ve not heard anything since.
Significantly increase what we raise via our other stream of income – the council tax. I asked the public about this and the support isn’t yet there for it.
“I’ve not gone to Government simply with the problems. I’ve gone to them with the answers. As far as I have seen, Westminster is simply not serious about tackling the issues that threaten police forces and public safety in Surrey and everywhere else in this country.
“This year, for the first time, the council tax payers of Surrey will provide more of their Police force’s funding than the Government does. Over the next 12 months I will continue to do all I can to engage the people of Surrey in discussion on the future of how we police their communities and to try and generate enough concern in the corridors of power for meaningful action to finally happen.”
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.”
Further information can be found in a council report.