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Could you be the voice of independence?

Surrey Heath Borough Council has an opportunity for an Independent Person to help maintain high standards of conduct by its elected Councillors and co-opted Members.

The council has developed a Code of Conduct setting out the key obligations of its elected office. The views of the Independent Person would be sought should a complaint be made that a Member failed to comply with the code. Their independent view can be sought at any other stage during an investigation, or by a Member against whom an allegation has been made.

The council is looking for someone already involved in the local community, but not politically active within it, and with an interest in Local Government. No professional background is required but it’s important they have the profile and experience the community would recognise and respect in bringing an impartial and informed perspective to the investigation process.

The appointment will be effective until May 2019 with the possibility that the period may be extended. Appropriate training will be given. Although the appointment is unpaid, travel expenses will be paid for by the council.

Having experience in interpreting codes of conduct would be an advantage, as would knowledge of Local Government.

To ensure a truly independent voice in the role, the law rules out anyone who currently is, or has been within the last five years, a Member or co-opted Member of Surrey Heath Borough Council or its associated Parish Councils, or a close friend or relative of any of those persons.

If you wish to discuss this role please call Karen Limmer, Monitoring Officer on 01276 707304, or if you wish to make an application for appointment, please write with your CV and personal statement, to: Karen Limmer, Monitoring Officer, Surrey Heath Borough Council, Surrey Heath House, Knoll Road, Camberley, Surrey GU15 3HD, or email: karen.limmer@surreyheath.gov.uk

The closing date is Friday 26 February at 5pm.

Join the drive and register to vote today

SHBCSurrey Heath Borough Council is encouraging anyone not yet registered to vote to take advantage of National Voter Registration Drive this week and go online now to register.

On Thursday 5 May 2016 voters in Surrey Heath will go to the polls to elect a Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey. Anyone who isn’t registered to vote won’t be able to take part and have their say.

The deadline to register to vote in these elections is Monday 18 April 2016. Whilst there is still time, it’s running out quickly. The good news is that it only takes a few minutes to register online atwww.gov.uk/register-to-vote. It’s a chance to join the thousands of people across the UK being encouraged to register this week.

Karen Whelan, Electoral Registration Officer for Surrey Heath, said:

“Anyone not yet registered to vote should do so as soon as possible so they can have their say on issues that affect their day-to-day lives. I’d urge people living in Surrey Heath to use National Voter Registration Drive to spread the message amongst family and friends that it only takes a few minutes to complete the form and register to vote online.”

Ben Brook, Head of Performance and English Regional Teams at the Electoral Commission, said:

“National Voter Registration Drive exists because it’s important that anyone who’s eligible, but has not yet registered to vote, does so. It’s easy and quick to do online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. Young people, students and people who move frequently are much less likely to be registered to vote so #NVRD is as important as ever.”

All Surrey Heath properties were sent a letter in Autumn 2015 with details of who is currently on the electoral register for that property.

Anyone living at the property who is eligible to vote, but whose name was not on the letter, should register to vote at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

Local residents who do not have access to the internet can get a paper copy of the registration form by contacting the electoral registration office on 01276 707165.

Surrey Heath Councillors kick off first ever eSurgery broadcast over the internet – Video blog

Six councillors from Surrey Heath Borough Council took part in the very first eSurgery which was broadcast live over the internet.

The eSurgery was hosted on the new social network Blab and it is thought to be a world first of the use of this technology by politicians in this way.

Councillors Dan Adams, David Allen, Paul Deach, Josephine & Edward Hawkins and Oliver Lewis took part and it is hoped that other councillors will also participate in the future.

The idea is a very simple one and that is to make local politicians more visible to the communities they serve and make them accessible in a more convenient way for internet enabled residents.

The first eSurgery was for the councillors involved to discuss the concept to pave way for a pilot which will run very soon and will be announced on the Residents Network in due course.

All broadcasts will be recorded and made available like the one below for those who could not watch live.

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Local residents receive important voter registration information

SHBCHouseholds in Surrey Heath will have received a form asking residents to check whether the information that appears on the electoral register for those living at their address is correct as part of Surrey Heath’s annual voter registration canvass.

The aim of the form is to ensure that the electoral register is up to date and to identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so.

With Police and Crime Commissioner elections taking place across Surrey in May 2016, this is an opportunity for residents to make sure that when the elections take place they will easily be able to take part.

Karen Whelan, Electoral Registration Officer at Surrey Heath Borough Council said: “Anyone that wants to vote must be registered. To make sure you are able to have your say at the elections next year, simply check the form when it arrives and return it as promptly as possible.

“If you’re not currently registered, we’ll send you information explaining how to do this or you can just go online to apply to register at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote .”

It’s particularly important that anyone who has moved address recently looks out for the form and checks whether they are registered.

Any residents who have any questions can contact the elections team on 01276 707165.

Council offers £500 reward for fly-tipping tip-offs

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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  

Council purchases St George’s Industrial Estate

Surrey Heath Borough Council has purchased St George’s Industrial Estate on Frimley Road in Camberley.
The purchase, agreed at a sale price of £8million, has been made to support and promote the local economic growth of the borough, as well as provide for better effective use of Pembroke House located on the site.

The purchase of the estate, comprising 23 industrial units, is expected to generate income for the council in the region of £560,000 per year through industrial use rent, helping against a background of reduced funding for the public sector.
Councillor Moira Gibson, Leader of Surrey Heath Borough Council, said: “The purchase of the estate supports the council’s Property Acquisition Strategy that aims to invest in property assets as well as assisting with the economic development of the borough. Properties are held for a number of reasons including economic regeneration, supporting business enterprise in the borough and stimulating growth, in addition to income generation.

“Acquiring the estate assists with the overall economic wellbeing of the borough, in particular the regeneration of Camberley town centre which is a key priority of the council.”

PrePAY car parking comes to Camberley

SHBC Pre-Pay ParkingSurrey Heath Borough Council has introduced a new online prePAY system in its multi-storey car parks.

Car park users, whether for business or leisure, can now register for an account which allows them to enter and exit the car parks without having to pay at a pay station.

By topping up their online account using a credit or debit card, the new system will allow users to pay for their parking upfront, therefore avoiding the need to carry cash, or queue to pay on exit.

In conjunction with the Ticketless Barrier Controlled Systems already introduced in these car parks, where access barriers capture number plate information as vehicles enter, the new prepay system aims to make parking easier and reduce congestion around Camberley town centre.

Leigh Thornton, Executive Head of Business for Surrey Heath Borough Council, said: “We were looking at upgrading the existing equipment, so it was a good time to see what technology is available, and how we can make the whole experience of visiting Camberley even better for our customers.”

The seamless parking solution is delivered in partnership with NewPark Solutions and ADVAM, and is in operation in Camberley’s Main Square and Knoll Road multi-storey car parks.

It offers a fully manageable online account, with auto top-up, and email and text credit notifications available.

An added benefit of the prePAY service is the council will be able to use the data to gain an insight into how the car parks are being used. This will allow them to further improve the service, and also provide personalised loyalty bonuses or parking promotions to users.

Leigh Thornton added: “We’re really excited to be offering this new solution, making it a lot easier for residents, visitors and businesses to use the parking facilities.”

The new online prePAY system will operate alongside the existing ticketless cash payment system at the relevant car parks.

To further improve the experience for those looking to park in Camberley Town Centre, Surrey Heath has also launched a new online service, Car Park Spaces Live. This web page updates every 10 minutes to show how many spaces are available in the car parks. In conjunction with the PrePay solution, users can now see where a space is available and enter and exit the car park without the need to pay at a pay station.

For more information go to http://www.surreyheath.gov.uk/parking

Surrey Heath Borough Council Confers Two Honorary Alderman – Video blog

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Press release from Surrey Heath Borough Council

AldermanCeremony_05Surrey Heath Borough Council has bestowed one of the highest honours in its gift in conferring two former borough councillors as Honorary Aldermen for their outstanding service and dedication to Surrey Heath.

Keith Bush and Alan Whittart were conferred with the title of Honorary Alderman at an extraordinary full council meeting at Surrey Heath House, Camberley on Thursday 23 July 2015.

Councillor Moira Gibson, Leader of the council said: “With nearly 40 years of service between them, both Keith and Alan have contributed greatly to the work of the Council through their commitment, enthusiasm and vast experience, undertaking the various roles of committee members as well as both having served in the highest office of Mayor of Surrey Heath.”

“They have served the Council and people of Surrey Heath with enormous dedication and the Council agreed that they each be honoured with the title of Honorary Alderman.”

Keith Bush was first elected as borough councillor in 1999 representing West End ward, and served in numerous roles, particularly as Mayor of Surrey Heath in 2006/07, Deputy Mayor in 2005/06 and as a member of the Executive holding various portfolios including Leisure, Corporate, Planning and Regulatory.

Alan Whittart has served as the borough councillor for Frimley Green Ward since 1993 and as well as holding the office of Mayor of Surrey Heath in 2008/09 was Deputy Mayor 2007/08 and the council’s representative on numerous external groups including the Surrey Heath Sports Council from 1998 to 2015 and the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership between 2005 and 2015.

At the ceremony the newly conferred Honorary Aldermen were presented with a special scroll and bespoke pendant badge of office by the current Mayor of Surrey Heath, Councillor Joanne Potter.