Credit where credit is due – Accent Peerless

Accent Peerless - Suffolk CourtResidents might remember my video blog with Anita Blackie from Accent Peerless a few weeks ago where she announced a series of road shows and community clean up days at some of their many locations across the borough.

Friday (27th Jan 2012) was the final event which was held at Suffolk Court at Dettingen Park in Deepcut.

Prior to the event I emailed local residents via the community email distribution lists to inform them of the event but also if anyone was unable to attend to let me have their questions/suggestions which I would pass on to the Accent Peerless team on site. Quite a few suggestions came through which the team were very quick to react too.

While I was at the event the Accent Peerless team and their small army of contractors were busy across Suffolk Court cleaning/tidying communal areas and helping residents clear away any bulky items.

The Deepcut PCSO Lisa Ford & Kate Houghton from itsyourplace were also at the event and on hand to speak to residents.

Accent Peerless were also keen to engage the rest of the community of Dettingen Park so they went armed with black sacks and litter pickers over to the Dettingen Park Store, the Dettingen children’s play area & Deepcut Village Centre and filled several sacks. They did not have to do that but in my mind that demonstrates a willingness to play their part in the wider community. Nice touch.

From my discussions with the Accent Peerless team today I got the impression they are keen to work hard to improve the areas under their control for the benefit of their residents and the wider community. They also accept they can always do better but I think this is a really great start.

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Amazing community and Christmas spirit at Dettingen Park tonight

Residents of Dettingen Park braved the weather and took to the streets to bring Christmas cheer to Deepcut.

Each year the same group of residents carol sing in aid of a special charity which this year was Combat Stress.

I recorded this video blog but because of the light it did not come out very well, but it captures perfectly the wonderful community spirit at Dettingen Park.

The Carol Singers raised £110 for this very good cause. Well done to you all.

Disappointment at timing of Deepcut Public Consultation exhibition – 7th December 2011

DeepcutVillageSignI have received dozens of emails and calls from concerned residents and indeed fellow councillors at the short notice that the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO or MOD to you and me) have given for their public exhibition at the Deepcut Village Centre on 7th December.

There are several factors to consider here:

  • I received my notice on 29th November 11 (That is only 9 days notice)
  • The event is on between 1330 and 1930. Most people are either at work or commuting home during those times.
  • Apparently the exhibition has been publicised in the Star Courier. Many Deepcut residents would not know as that publication is not distributed there.
  • DIO have said leaflets have been distributed to properties within the vicinity of the site. Many of my neighbours have not received this leaflet. In fact many people only learned about the event when I posted it on this web site.
  • Only weeks away from Christmas many people are busy.

I am very disappointed at the rushed manor in which this event has been organised and bearing in mind the factors above only adds to the speculation within the community that this is by design.

However, it is still important that if you can make the event, that you do attend and make your views known.

You might find the following document useful which was sent to SHBC by the Deepcut Liaison Group in response to the recent scoping report.

DLG Response to Scoping Report

Traffic of course has always been one of the major concerns of most local residents in their responses to SHBC consultations. In my mind all efforts must be made to not encourage traffic to the village. Therefore I will be very interested to learn the size and location of the supermarket as this will play a major part in traffic mitigation measures. Residents have been explicit in their views in respect of the supermarket. It should serve the needs of the village of Deepcut and not the wider community. A large supermarket will only draw traffic to the village so this is a very important factor that I would encourage residents to keep an eye on when attending the exhibition.

itsyourplace live feed

Kate Houghton - itsyourplaceUsers of the site have commented on how useful the live feeds are on the site. So far they have been used by our Grounds maintenance teams from Oasis to give live updates of their activities when they are on site at Dettingen Park.

itsyourplace have now created a live feed and so will be able to update residents of all issues that have been reported and when issues have been resolved.

There are several ways residents can view the feeds as follows:

You can also use the above methods to follow the Dettingen Park & Oasis Gardens feeds.

Kate Houghton, Director of itsyourplace will be updating the feed regularly so keep an eye on the latest news at Dettingen Park.

Man hole covers stolen from Dettingen Park

Man Hole Cover Theft - Dettingen ParkThis morning on the roundabout at the junction of Durham Drive / Swordsman’s Road, two metal man hole covers were stolen.

This happened between 8.20am and 8.30am.

An new looking long base white transit type van with no markings was involved. A following description was given to Surrey Police:

2 white males. 1st around 5’10” short mousey-brown hair and the 2nd around 5’8″ black hair, both wearing High-Viz jackets.

The men involved pulled up to the roundabout and waved traffic by. As they were wearing high viz vests and directing traffic they gave the impression they were official contractors.

This incident has been reported to Surrey Police, however, I want to urge residents to remain vigilant. We have already had fly tippers target the area over the last couple of days and with these man hole covers being stolen, there is a good chance we could be targeted again. These man hole covers cost a significant amount to replace which means if others are stolen, it could have a major impact on our annual charges.

I have asked itsyourplace to notify me when contractors are expected on the estate and I will update the feed on the left hand side of the menu bar so residents know when contractors should be here.

If you see anything suspicious at all please call Surrey Police on their non-emergency telephone number 101.

Even if you are not sure that something is suspicious but see a white van with workmen please make a note of the vehicle registration number and try and remember what individuals looked like and what they are wearing. if in any doubt whatsoever call Surrey Police on 101.

We need to get the message out to the criminal fraternity that we are vigilant and will report anything suspicious.

We have been very lucky over the years to have not been targeted in this way and it is important to remember that this could happen anywhere. But lets make sure we have each others backs.

itsyourplace have been notified and contractors will be out today to make the roundabout safe. The holes are over 10 ft deep. Please keep your children away from the area and be careful when driving near this roundabout.

Your PCSO’s, local heroes – Lisa & Bab’s

Lisa & BabsYour PCSO’s Lisa Ford & ‘Babs’ Ball have featured on the Surrey Heath Residents Network for saving the life of a woman on the Basingstoke Canal.

On behalf of our community I want to thank these dedicated PCSO’s for everything they do for us, sometimes going beyond the call of duty.

Make sure if you see them out and about you give them a pat on the back.

Read the full story here – Tribute paid to PCSOs after pulling woman from water in Frimley (Via Surrey Heath Residents Network)

AGM at Deepcut Village Centre on 10 November 2011

Deepcut Village CentreDeepcut Village Association is holding its AGM on Thursday 10th November 2011, starting at 8pm. Everyone is welcome to attend and discuss with us anything to do with the Centre and how it is managed.

Please come to the meeting to find more about your Community Centre and the activities taking place.

We do NEED volunteers to help with a variety of things relating to the Centre, ranging from the occasional hour to 3-4 hours a month.

I look forward to greeting as many of you as possible at the meeting.

Angela Mitchell, Chair of the Deepcut Village Association