The Spelthorne community
No. 83 June 2008
Council and community
Council Executive expands 3
Older people‟s services update 4 What‟s on in Spelthorne Play schemes 6
Home composting 8
Council worker of the year 9
Enjoy the outdoors responsibly 11
What‟s next for parking in Staines 16
Councillor Simon Bhadye was elected Mayor at the Council meeting on the 22 May for the 2008/9 municipal year. Councillor Bhadye was first elected to the Council in 2003 and again in 2007 representing Ashford North and Stanwell South. He has served on Planning, Licensing, Performance Management and Review, and Spelthorne In Bloom
committees. Outside Committees include South East Employers (SEE) and governor of Ashford Park School.
Councillor Bhadye has lived in Spelthorne for almost 30 years with his wife Candy and two children Anneka and Jayson. Both Simon and Candy work for the NHS, however, Simon has recently taken early retirement in order to fulfill his mayoral role.
The Mayor is looking forward to meeting as many residents as possible in the community, representatives of local organisations and to numerous engagements in the forthcoming year. Besides representing and promoting the Borough on every occasion, the Mayor will use every opportunity to raise funds for local causes.
Councillor Bhadye said: “For the Mayor‟s Charity Fund I
have decided to raise money for “To Transplant and Beyond” – a local charity established in 2000, to give hope, encouragement and support to transplant patients, their families, friends and carers; and the Staines and Egham Sea Cadets. I also hope to support other worthy local organisations.”
Info: Contact the Mayor‟s office on 01784 446275 or e-mail
Excellent customer services
In March 2008, Spelthorne Borough Council‟s Revenues and Benefits teams were awarded the new „Customer Service Excellence‟ award by the Cabinet Office for excellent customer service to Spelthorne residents.
The teams had to comply with five different criteria covering customer insight, culture of organisation, information and access, service delivery and quality of service.
Spelthorne would like to thank all its residents who have helped improve the service with their comments over the past year and we look forward to working with customers to ensure continuous service improvement in the future.
Spelthorne‟s Revenues and Benefits service were the first organisation in the country to achieve this prestigious award and Lynette Crowley from the Cabinet Office and the Leader of the Council (both seen middle) presented the teams with their award at a small ceremony held at the Council‟s Offices on 20 May 2008.
Leader of the Council, Councillor John Packman, said: “I
would like to congratulate the teams on their achievement and thank them for all their effort. I am very appreciative of their dedication to excellent customer service.”
Info: Karen Sinclair, joint Head of Housing Benefits and Housing Options on 01784 446206 or Linda Norman,
Revenue Manager on 01784 446375
Council Executive expands
The Council‟s main decision-making body – the Executive –
is to expand from six members to nine.
Leader – Cllr John Packman
Environment – Cllr Gerry Forsbrey
Planning and Housing – Cllr Richard Smith-Ainsley
Regeneration – Cllr Colin Davis
Young People and Cultural Services – Cllr Denise Grant Corporate Services – Cllr Michel Bouquet
Health and Independent Living – Cllr Vivienne Leighton Community Safety – Cllr Frank Ayers
Communications and Engagement – Cllr Andrew Hirst
This will better reflect the Council‟s new priorities and
improve links between members of the Executive and the
The Council‟s new priority themes:
• Community Safety
• Younger People
• Independent Living
• Economic Development
• Healthy Community
• Community Engagement
There are also some subsidiary themes that underpin these. In order to achieve these, we need to ensure success at:
• sustainable financial future
• value for money
• effective communications
• developing staff and councillors
These priorities, listed on the right, reflect the findings of a recent consultation with the public who demonstrate that community safety and younger people are high on their list of matters they wish the Council to deal with. Research also confirms that work for older people is a particular concern. Environmental issues, rubbish, recycling, climate change and the shortage of affordable housing in the Borough are also important. More detail on these priorities will be given in forthcoming edition of the Borough Bulletin.
Council Leader John Packman said: “I am quite clear that the new, expanded, Executive will help us focus on our objectives better. It is also similar in size to neighbouring district councils. Members of the Executive have a heavy workload and a great many responsibilities to shoulder. It is my view that the work is too onerous for six people to deal with properly, hence the involvement of three additional councillors to make sure that, together with our staff, we provide quality services for Spelthorne residents.”
Info: Bob Coe, Assistant Chief Executive on 01784 446257 or e-mail email@example.com
Older People’s Services Update
It may have seemed quiet but lots has been going on with the projects at both Benwell and Stanwell in the last few months.
Following a very well attended consultation meeting, the planning application for the site was submitted at the beginning of April. It is possible that a decision could be made as early as June. Details of the scheme, which involve 39 units of ExtraCare housing with 24-hour personal care, are available at the Council Offices or on the website at www.spelthorne.gov.uk
Again following consultation, the planning application was submitted in late December and a decision is likely very soon. The planned work, which includes a state of the art health centre with a new doctor‟s surgery and pharmacy, community café, IT facilities and parking, is likely to begin in June with completion in spring 2009.
For both sites, pre-building work is in progress such as soil surveys and preparation of detailed specification for the building work.
In the meantime services for older people continue at centres throughout the Borough.
Currently on offer are:
• Eight 10-week computer classes at Fordbridge Centre,
Ashford; Sunna Lodge (contact Churchill Hall); Greeno
Centre, Shepperton and Staines Community Centre.
• All the centres offer keep fit, bridge, bingo and many
Staines Community Centre restaurant
This has been open for new business for over a year on Saturdays and Sundays. There is a wide range of food available on Saturdays ranging from coffee and tea to a variety of hot and cold lunches. On Sunday there is a carvery.
Coffee morning at Shepperton Village Hall
The Greeno Day Centre will host a coffee morning at Shepperton Village Hall on Saturday 19 July from 9am until 12noon for anyone who wants to come along and see what activities are offered throughout the week. Tea, coffee and snacks will be available throughout the morning. Contact The Greeno Day Centre on 01932 246173.
Computer classes at Sunna Lodge
Sunna Lodge has some spaces in the computer classes for the over 50s on Thursday and Friday afternoons. The classes teach a variety of skills including simple letter writing and printing, graphing your gas and electricity bills, printing your digital camera photos, e-mailing, surfing the Internet for live traffic reports, house valuations etc. Plentiful car parking and buses to the next-door Sunbury Tesco makes it easy to
get to Sunna Lodge. For more information apply to Churchill Hall on 01932 784232.
Spelthorne Personal Alarm Network (SPAN)
This vital service enables older or disabled people to live independently in their own homes, safe in the knowledge that help is at hand 24/7.
The system is linked to a care centre accessed by the press of a button, it has recently been expanded to include falls‟
detectors, pills‟ dispensers and other services. Call 01784 444277 for more information.
Cllr Vivienne Leighton, Portfolio Holder for Health and Independent Living said: “I am really pleased that a planning application for Benwell has been received and that work will start soon in Stanwell – subject to planning agreement.
“We have continued, in the meantime, to provide a wide range of services for older and more vulnerable people, pending these high quality new developments.”
Churchill Hall, Sunbury on 01932 784232
Fordbridge Centre, Ashford on 01784 243880
Greeno Centre, Shepperton on 01932 246173
Lord Knyvett Centre, Stanwell on 01784 258654
Staines Community Centre on 01784 463073
Info: Liz Borthwick Head of Community Services on 01784 446376 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
This summer, the 2008 Urban Games will be held over a five week period between 28 June and the 27 July. Each weekend the games will be at a different venue and we will be showing young people what is available to them within the Borough of Spelthorne.
The Urban Games will kick off at Staines Lammas Park and then visit three other venues across the Borough. The event this year will include an open air youth concert as well as a wide range of sports and leisure activities that are available in Spelthorne. All activities will be free of charge.
Info: Leisure Services on 01784 446433 or visit
Cable Waterskiing World Championships coming to England!
The World Cable Committee is very pleased to announce that Princes Club, London will be holding the Cable Waterskiing World Championships from the 10-13
Stuart Marston, Chairman of the World Cable Committee, said: “This is a long time coming, Princes has a reputation of
being the best Cable Site in Europe. For years European competitors have been asking when we are going to hold a major comp, they love the five corner rig at Princes.”
Cable Waterskiing World Championships has three events, so there is really something for everyone. Slalom for any speed freaks, Tricks for the gymnasts and Jumping for all