Elmbridge agrees new waste contract with Amey

waste_managementResidents in Elmbridge, Mole Valley, Surrey Heath and Woking are to receive an improved waste and recycling collection service thanks to a new joint waste collection contract.

As well as a better service, the contract with Amey will save taxpayers more than £2 million a year. It is the first contract of its kind in Surrey, and was part-funded by the Surrey Waste Partnership and supported by Surrey County Council as the waste disposal authority.

The contract covers all aspects of waste collection including household waste, recycling, garden waste, recycling banks, clinical waste, replacement bins and the opportunity to introduce a commercial waste service. It will also include street cleaning and associated activities including street sweeping, bin emptying, weed control, graffiti removal, and fly-tipping and fly-posting clearance. The contract will last for 10 years, with the option to extend.

Improvements, which will be introduced when the new contract begins in each area, include:

  • A weekly collection of clothes, home textiles and small electricals.
  • An improved bulky waste service, including a collection from inside homes.
  • New collection vehicles with enhanced safety features like 360 degree cameras
  • New technology which will give residents the latest information on their collection.

Additionally, food waste will still be collected on the same day each week as waste or recycling, but it may be at a different time as it will be collected by a separate vehicle. If other changes are necessary, such as altering collection days, they will be communicated well in advance to avoid any confusion or inconvenience.

The contract will begin in Elmbridge in June 2017 when the current contract comes to an end. Other Surrey councils have the opportunity to join as the contract progresses.

New Weybridge Conservation area

templemereElmbridge is proposing to designate a new conservation area in Weybridge. In recognition of the unique 1960s built Templemere Estate, the borough has produced a Character Area Appraisal and Management Plan consultation document and is keen to hear the views of local residents and organisations.

A conservation area is defined as, “an area of special interest; the character and appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance”. The character appraisal document provides written definition, analysis and appraisal of what makes an individual area special and identifies actions for protection and improvement. The final document will be used by planners and the local community as a basis for understanding the area, informing decision making, monitoring and management.

There are 25 conservation areas designated in Elmbridge and these include historic town centres at Esher and Weybridge, village greens at Giggs Hill in Thames Ditton and The Tilt in Cobham, a 1920s philanthropic retirement village at Whiteley Village, motor racing circuit at Brooklands and 17th century river navigation channels along the River Wey. Lakeside Drive in Esher was the first example of modern 20th century architecture which was awarded conservation area status by the borough in 2014.

Community involvement is an essential part of any appraisal and the consultation document has been produced as part of a collaborative process involving local residents, amenity and conservation societies and planning officers and was co-coordinated by heritage consultants. There is now a six-week period of public consultation, which will run from 5 December. The appraisal document is available to view on the borough’s website and printed copies can also be viewed in the reception area of the Civic Centre on Esher High Street.

Extra support during a power cut?

power-cutAlthough power cuts don’t happen very often when they do they can be worrying.  UK Power Networks is the electricity network and it provides a ‘Priority Services Register’ for people who might need extra help in a power cut.  Older people, families with very young children, and people with specific medical conditions are among the many people who are eligible to register for free support.  You can find more details and register by visiting the website or calling 0800 169 9970.

Support the Weybridge Singing Group

singingThe Weybridge Centre for the Community is looking for a volunteer to lead a fun and informal singing group who is comfortable with leading all types of songs. The group runs fortnightly on a Wednesday morning from 10am to 11am.

The centre is  also looking for more singers of any ability to join the group. If you are interested in joining or volunteering, please get in touch by calling Chris, Weybridge Centre Manager, on 01932 844391 or email weybridgecentre@elmbridge.gov.uk for further information.

Does your home still suit you?

Older people in Elmbridge can get free advice and support from the housing options officer. They can help people adapt their current home, assist with a house move or offer advice on residential care. Help with applying for grants and sourcing contractors can also be provided. To find out more about your housing options go along to the drop-in sessions:

  • Weybridge Centre for the Community
  • Monday 14 November, 10am-12 noon.

For further information call: 01372 474645 or email: careandrepair@elmbridge.gov.uk

Discover Local Woodlands with Free October Countryside Events

woodlandChildren and adults alike will have plenty to do in the countryside in October with a programme of events packed with fun activities to discover the local wildlife and to get to grips with useful outdoor skills like den building and orienteering.

Friday 14 October, 10.30am – 11.30am, Toddler Time in the Wild, Make a hedgehog and hunt for food for it. Horseshoe Clump car park, Portsmouth Road, opposite Blackhills, KT10 9JQ

Sunday 16 October, 10am – 12 noon, Fungi Walk. Copsem Lane car park, Copsem Lane, nearest postcode KT10 9HQ

Monday 24 October, 10am – 12 noon, Den Building, Can you build a den that can withstand the elements? Copsem Lane car park, Copsem Lane, nearest postcode KT10 9HQ

Saturday 29 October, drop in between 10am and 11.30am, event finishes at 12.30pm
Try one of the five permanent orienteering courses on the commons. Horseshoe Clump car park, Portsmouth Road, opposite Blackhills, KT10 9JQ

Saturday 29 October, 2pm – 3.30pm, Shelter Belt Walk, Find out about management and future plans for the A3 shelter belt. Sandy Lane car park, Sandy Lane, nearest postcode KT22 0NX

For more information about the October countryside events, please contact the Countryside Team on 01372 474575, email countryside@elmbridge.gov.uk or visit the Elmbridge website.

Looking to improve your business?

elmbridge-business-networkWhether you’re looking to start a new business, or aiming to improve your existing one, the boroughs business grant drop-in session can help. The sessions are an opportunity for local business owners to find out more about Elmbridge business grant schemes – the Elmbridge Civic Improvement Fund and the Elmbridge Start Up Fund – and get help with their applications. The borough will be hosting the next drop-in session on 21 October at the Civic Centre, Esher, from 12pm to 1pm.

The Elmbridge Civic Improvement Fund can provide businesses with free money towards a range of projects, including shop fronts and signage, new street furniture, promotions and marketing initiatives, as well as learning skills and training initiatives. Applications are welcome from any type of business – the grant isn’t just for high street shops!

The Elmbridge Civic Improvement Fund was established in 2009 with the aim of helping to boost the local economy and attract more people to use our local services and amenities. Since then, the scheme has allocated over £830,000 to over 230 local businesses.

If you’re looking to start up a new business, you can receive advice on applying to the Elmbridge Start Up Fund, which can offer up to £1,000 to new local businesses to help with setting up costs.

For more information, please visit elmbridge.gov.uk/ecif. More on the Elmbridge Start Up Fund can be found at elmbridge.gov.uk/startups

Full of Life Celebrations at the day centre

olderpeopleIn celebration of ‘Older People’s Day’ on 1 October 2016 the day centres are holding special lunches and events. Centre members are being encouraged to bring along a friend to enjoy a three course meal and entertainment, and to join in with the celebrations.

If you would like to join the centres in their celebrations why not make an enquiry with the centre manager. New faces are always welcome and there are plenty of opportunities to take part in a range of activities; you can learn how to use an iPad, join an art and crafts group, take part in one of the many exercise classes, become a volunteer or make use of the hairdressing facilities.

The centre is in Churchfields Close. For the Centre’s contact details please visit the Elmbridge website.

For any further information about the Community Support Services please visit the website or call the team on 01372 474552.

Insulate your Home

ecowise_houseAction Surrey has published a series of short films on YouTube and Vimeo showing the benefits of solid wall insulation from the point of view of four Surrey residents. In each film the residents explain how receiving a solid wall insulation grant through Action Surrey made a huge difference to their property’s warmth and energy bills. There is one master film showing all four stories with the four shorter films portraying different housing scenarios:

  • James & Carolina were very acquainted with the problems of excess cold and damp from uninsulated walls.
  • Gillian & Richard are a retired couple who have recently moved into their property.
  • Russell & Christine, landlords of three student let properties in Guildford, discuss how they and their tenants have benefited from insulation.
  • Mark was the first park home owner in Surrey to have his property insulated through Action Surrey’s funding, and he discusses his experience and benefits felt.

The films are available here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXUhjfO5S9tjASRWKpihmNg

https://vimeo.com/163235917

Extension of Heathrow – Have your say

heathrowAs part of its assessment on the proposed expansion of Heathrow airport, the borough held a ‘Scrutiny in a day’ meeting on Friday 16 September at the Civic Centre on the High Street, Esher.

Chaired by Councillor Christine Elmer, the aim of the meeting was to investigate and probe all the arguments surrounding the proposed expansion of Heathrow.  Recognising that there could be significant benefits for Elmbridge residents but that these need to be considered against environmental, transport infrastructure and safety impacts, the councillors heard from a range of stakeholders including Heathrow Ltd, Local Authorities Aircraft Noise Council (LAANC) who updated on air quality and noise concerns, the Council’s Housing Strategy and Enabling Manager and Economic Development Officer, as well as representations from private sector companies in the Borough.

Residents Action Group Elmbridge (RAGE) discussed their views on the proposed expansion of Heathrow with the Councillors at a meeting on Thursday, 15 September.

The borough is eager for Elmbridge residents to have their say. If you want to share your thoughts on the proposed expansion, then please complete the online survey. The survey is available on the Elmbridge website until midnight on 30 September.