Grit bins

Snow Man DettingenAs the first snow flakes fall on Dettingen Park residents are reminded to only use grit for the communal pathways and roads. It should not be used for residents own drive/pathways.

All residents have been written too with the combination codes for the Grit Bins. However if you can not locate your code please email itsyourplace who will be happy to supply you with your code.

You can email itsyourplace at enquiries@itsyourplace.co.uk

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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.

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.

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.

Halloween at Dettingen Park – Via Surrey Heath Residents Network

Halloween at Dettingen Park 2011 (4)Tonight is the first time we have taken our daughter trick or treating and she loved it.

There was an incredible community spirit tonight at Dettingen Park in Deepcutwith so many households really getting into the Halloween swing of things and making it so special for all the children.

Read more via – Halloween at Dettingen Park – Photo blog

At last our community web site is live

It has taken over a year to create, but finally our community web site has been launched. Within half an hour of sending out a notification email to Dettingen Park residents, the site has had over 60 hits.

Obviously the main aim of the site is effective communication. We all lead busy lives and don’t have time to attend community meetings so this site is a great way to stay up to date with the latest news on Dettingen Park.

Hopefully in the next 24-48 hours, itsyourplace you will be publishing a news letter which we hope to publish on the site shortly.

One of the most useful features of the site will be the live update feeds which you will notice on the left hand side of the home page. Currently we have a Dettingen Park feed and an Oasis feed with plans to add an itsyourplace feed in the next few days. These are powered by Twitter, but a you can see you do not need twitter to view them. Currently the feeds show the last five updates but if you want to see a full history of updates, you can go to the twitter pages. Again you do not need to be on twitter to view the pages.

If you have any suggestions for the site please do let me know.