Meeting on Camberley Redevelopment

Camberley Society meeting for Camberley residents at the SHBC chambers 1st June

The next Camberley Society event is a meeting for Camberley residents at the Surrey Heath Borough Council chambers in Knoll Road, Camberley, at 7.15 for 7.30 pm on Wednesday 1st June. The council’s Chief Executive Karen Whelan will speak and other council officers will be there. The key topics will be the proposed town centre and High Street redevelopments, the railway station redevelopment and public transport including the rail service plus any other new ideas for putting Camberley on the map.

This will be an excellent opportunity for residents to ask the council about what’s proposed and what’s happening. There will plenty of opportunity to ask questions.  This event is free to members and non-members are asked to make a donation. Please RSVP to the Society chairman, David, by email on chairman@thecamberleysociety.org.uk if you would like to come. Seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

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New Year’s Newsletter to Residents

Dear Reader,

I have found that using email is a better way to communicate with Residents than through this Blog.  Therefore from now my only blog entries are likely to be of Newsletters, the latest of which appears below.

Bill Chapman

 

Traffic Congestion

The traffic lights at the junction for the new Waitrose Store are now supposedly working properly. However, work still needs to be done to tie-in the phasing of the lights at Yaverland Drive and at Bridge Street, Bagshot, to ensure a smooth traffic flow.

Congestion outside Frimley Park Hospital should be reduced now that the 2nd northbound lane on the A325 has been completed.

Congestion on the A30 from Camberley to the Meadows Roundabout is severe at times. Work is underway to plan a multi-million pound improvement to this section of the A30. However, construction will not begin until 2017.

Cllr Adrian Page has delivered a petition concerning the congestion and danger posed at the junction of Red Road with McDonald Road.

Parking Enforcement at Our Schools

Anti-social parking is one of the top law and order concerns for residents of Camberley, on a par with anti-social driving. Parents are particularly sensitive to bad driving and parking behaviour around our schools at drop-off and pick-up times. Parking in prohibited zones, which are there for the safety of our children, is dangerous; as is backing onto pavements in order to turn round.

Enforcement of parking restrictions is carried out by the Borough Council, the service having been taken over from Surrey Police a few years ago. It is a general principle that policing in our democracy is done with the consent of the public. I have argued for some time that a policy of slapping fines willy-nilly on drivers who overstay in a restricted zone in Camberley Town Centre is not something to which the public generally consents.

In fact what the public does want, and to which the great majority consents, is that dangerous and anti-social parking should be dealt with.

In practise it is just not feasible for the Borough Parking Enforcement Team to have a strong presence outside all our schools all of the time as there are just too many schools. However, Members of the Enforcement Team have visited Crawley Ridge Schools and Lorraine School this Autumn Term and have handed out Parking Fines at both locations. In addition they gave advice to a number of motorist about safe parking and driving. The Team will return to our Schools at some point and will apply a zero tolerance approach, i.e. no more nice advice.

Possible Parking Restriction Change

Consultation has begun, and will continue until 20 January, on the proposal to introduce a ‘permit holders only’ restriction operating Monday to Saturday 8am to 6pm on Barossa Road, Old Dean Road, Upland Road, Cromwell Road, York Road and Hartford Rise.

Road Safety Improvements

Speeding on College Ride, Town Ward: The proposal is to put in a speed activated ‘Slow Down’ sign at the bottom of the hill near Diamond Ridge.

Improvements have been made to the safety of pedestrians using the railway bridge on Middleton Road, St Paul’s Ward. However, the structure and orientation of the Railway Bridge would need to be changed completely to provide significant improvement. This is impracticable due to the very high cost of modifying the Bridge.

Complaints of speeding on Middleton Road, St Paul’s Ward are under investigation.

The proposed traffic survey related to road safety outside Collingwood School, Old Dean, has been delayed because the recent of malfunction of the traffic lights at the junction of the A30 with Caesar’s Camp Road.

Changes have been completed to improve road safety on Mitcham Road, Old Dean by Pineridge School.

Better Access to Health and Social Care Services in Surrey Heath

Just picking out some of the recent improvements:

8 to 8 working for General Practice.

Three GP hubs created with integrated care teams encompassing Mental Health, Community Nursing and Social Care (7 staff now appointed and dedicated to the Integrated Care Team)

Opening of Camberley’s ‘Safe Haven’ drop in centre, providing an informal environment for people at risk of mental health crises to meet staff from Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and the Catalyst charity.

Better GP Access in Old Dean Village: The GP Surgery on Bracknell Road has been combined with that on Park Road, Camberley. This means that patients will be referred for appointments to either depending on their wishes and the availability of appointments. Furthermore, the Bracknell Road Surgery will be staffed by two GPs, one female and the other male. This should go a long way to removing the necessity for a large proportion of the residents of Old Dean Village to travel to Surgeries on Park Road or Gordon Road.

For more information on these and other improvements see the Surrey Heath Clinical Commissioning Group web-site.

http://www.surreyheathccg.nhs.uk/

Police Leading the Fight Against Cyber-Crime

Surrey and Sussex Police have set up a joint unit to fight cyber-crime. Please see:

http://www.sussex.police.uk/whats-happening/latest/news-stories/2014/12/03/surrey-and-sussex-police-set-up-new-cyber-crime-unit

Surrey Heath’s Alcohol Licensing Policy

The Surrey Heath’s Alcohol Licensing Policy provides the legal basis for the work of the Licensing Committee.

The Policy is currently receiving its regular 5-yearly review. For the first time Surrey Public Health is able to contribute to the Policy review by providing evidence of certain links between the availability of alcohol and the number of alcohol related admissions to hospital, for example.

Surrey County Council Budgets for 2016 /17 and Beyond

The County Council is planning on the assumption that it will continue to be squeezed financially from 2 directions:

  • Cuts in Central Government funding
  • Increased demand for services: particularly Social Care for the elderly; increasing numbers of looked-after children and long term disabled people; and a large growth in the number of School Places that must be supplied to meet the needs of a rapidly growing population.

To date the County Council has coped with these pressures successfully largely by reducing unit costs and through partnership working with other Local Authorities.

Saint Vincent de Paul’s New Store

The Camberley Branch of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) has opened a new re-use store on Sparvell Way, Camberley.  For those that don’t know it, Sparvell Way runs between the A30 London Road and the Mall in Camberley.  The exit from the Mall onto Sparvell Way is located to the left of Boots the Chemist.  The store will be open Mondays to Saturdays, 9am to 5pm.

The Store was opened by the Mayor of Surrey Heath, Cllr Jo Potter; and blessed by Mgr Robert Madders, MBE of the Church of St Peter and St John.

Saint Vincent de Paul is a Parish based, but world-wide, Christian voluntary organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantage by providing practical assistance to those in need.

Cases of need are referred to Camberley SVP on an almost daily basis.  These cases are often ones where temporarily homeless people are moving into accommodation and have very little with which to equip their homes.  The Society is therefore in particular need of good quality furniture and white goods such as refrigerators and cookers.

To find out more about how to contribute and to shop please go to the Facebook SVP Facebook page.

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Photograph shows Cllr Vivienne Chapman with John Looby, Janine Thomas, the Store Manager and Simon Rawlinson, Chairman of SVP Camberley and Bagshot at the opening ceremony.

 

Surrey Wellbeing and Health Scrutiny Board October Newsletter

Surrey County CouncilI have the honour to serve as the Chairman of the Surrey Wellbeing and Health Scrutiny Board.  Please see below our October Newsletter which will give a good snap-shot of our work, some on the things that are going on in Health in Surrey, and how to get involved if you wish to do so.

Apologies that some of the news is out of date.  I will put the next Newsletter on this blog quicker.

Bill Chapman

October Newsletter

Parking Enforcement at Our Schools – Crawley Ridge Schools

Surrey County CouncilAnti-social parking is one of the top law and order concerns for residents of Camberley, on a par with anti-social driving. Parents are particularly sensitive to bad driving and parking behaviour around our schools at drop-off and pick-up times. Parking in prohibited zones, which are there for the safety of our children, is dangerous; as is backing onto pavements in order to turn round.

Enforcement of parking restrictions is carried out by the Borough Council on behalf of Surrey County Council, the service having been taken over from Surrey Police a few years ago.  It is a general principle that policing in our democracy is done with the consent of the public.  I have therefore argued for some time that a policy of slapping fines on drivers who overstay in restricted zone in Camberley Town Centre is not something to which the public in general consents.

In fact what the public wants and consents to is that dangerous and anti-social parking should be dealt with.

In practise it is just not feasible for the Borough Parking Enforcement Team to have a strong presence outside all our schools all of the time as there are just too many schools. However, Members of the Enforcement Team did visit Crawley Ridge Schools on Tuesday 12 October 15 and handed out 3 Parking Fines. In addition they gave advice to a number of motorist about safe parking and driving. The Team will return to Crawley Ridge Schools at some point in the future and also to schools on Old Dean and elsewhere.

Please see below for further explanation from the Parking Enforcement Team.

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As you may be aware, Surrey Heath Borough Council is currently responsible for the enforcement of parking restrictions in and around the Borough of Surrey Heath. The pressure at school drop off and collection times appears to create a mind-set where motorists, presumably parents, often flout parking regulations in a manner that puts the safety of pedestrians and other motorists in danger. The primary safety of school children and their parents provides a stark enough incentive to provide enforcement however other justifying factors for parking enforcement around schools include access for emergency services at all times, less congestion due to obstructions and reduced pollution and fuel use due to less circulating traffic and less congestion

The optimum scenario is that parents will park a short distance away or alternatively walk from home. There are a number of schemes in place that encourage and incentivise those not driving into schools, including the following from a dedicated team at Surrey County Council: http://eco-schools.saferoutestoschools.com/surrey-eco-schools-transport/. Whilst many parents face significant pressure to drop off or collect their children in a small window of time, there are hundreds more who achieve this measure without parking on a restriction. A combined effort between the parents, the schools, the Local Authority and the police is required to ensure that education is provided to parents and their children; provision is in place for those who need to drive and those that have parked inconsiderately and incorrectly are discouraged from doing so.

Provide Input to the Review of Surrey’s Stroke Service

People who have a stroke can recover well, leading happy healthy lives. Getting fast high quality care and good ongoing support can make a real difference. In Surrey, about 3,500 people every year use hospital stroke services. After hospital, people receive help in their communities. Surrey’s doctors, nurses, therapists and others do a good job and the NHS wants to make things even better. Improving stroke services could save lives and reduce disability. That’s why the NHS is working with local people, community groups and others to review stroke services. The review is taking place until March 2016.

To find out more about the stroke service in Surrey, why it is being reviewed and how to get involved here

The Future of the Local Community Recycling Centres (Council Dumps)

Surrey County Council Consultation on the Future Community Recycling Centres

Correction:  Apologies, the correct address for the Survey Questionnaire is here  If you find difficulty in filling in the Questionnaire please use the answer to the final question as the answer is free-form.  Otherwise email me on

bill.chapman@surreyheath.gov.uk

Need for a Review of the Recycling Centres  Increased demand for essential services such as adult social care and school places, coupled with reduced Government funding, means Surrey County Council needs to review its spend on all the services it provides for the County’s residents.

The Consultation  Integral to the review of the Community Recycling Centres (CRCs), the County Council is seeking residents’ opinions on a number of options for change in the way that the CRCs operate. The Consultation Period will run until 30 September 15.

Previous Improvements  The council has already reduced the cost of running the Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) by:

– Introducing a permit scheme for trade waste

– Checking ID to ensure only Surrey residents are visiting the CRCs

– Helping residents to recycle more by increasing the number of materials that can be recycled.

The Possible Options for Change

The Council is seeking views on the following options:

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.

Please complete this short questionnaire by 30 September and help the Council to ensure it spends the budget on providing the services you need the most.  Go to here.