Five Year Strategy Consultation

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Our plans for the future 

We are working on our ‘Five Year Strategy’ which will shape what we do over the coming years, and we want to hear from you.  

We're having conversations with local people, businesses and organisations to help to understand how we can make Surrey Heath an even better place to live and work. 

We've been looking at key information about the Borough and its communities, including the devastating impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on people both economically and socially.   

The Council is committed to taking action on climate change, helping the increasing number of people who find themselves in poverty in Surrey Heath and increasing our focus on the health and quality of life of our residents.  This means more investment to support our vibrant villages and rural communities, alongside our continuing improvements to Camberley town centre.  

We're keen to listen to what is important to you, your family and your community. 

Have your say

We need your help to decide where we focus our energies and limited resources over the next five years.  You can help by telling us what you love about your local area, what you would like to see improved and what issues and services matter the most to you. 

We will use your feedback to make our plans for the future, and also share your views with other local public sector and community organisations so we can work better together to serve Surrey Heath, its residents and businesses. 

Survey

Please complete the 5 Year Strategy Survey by Friday 27 August. An accessible verison of the survey is also available.

If you need the survey in a different format, please call the Contact Centre on 01276 707100 or email fiveyearstrategy@surreyheath.gov.uk.

Short of time? Complete the shortened version of the survey.

Do you run a business in Surrey Heath? Complete our business-specific survey to let us know what would make a difference to you and your local business.

Attend A Virtual 5 Year Strategy Consultation Session

We are also running a number of virtual consultation sessions via Zoom. If you wish to attend one of these sessions, please ensure you book a ticket.

Dates and booking links below:

Our Borough

Surrey Heath is a beautiful place to live, work and visit, with the greatest proportion of trees of any borough in England or Wales at 40.6% alongside extensive protected heathland.  The borough covers 36.5 square miles in north west Surrey, on the border of both Berkshire and Hampshire and is a contrast of urban and rural environments.   88,000 people live here and the area has a unique military heritage with the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where all officers in the British Army are trained, and Deepcut Barracks.  

Generally an affluent area, people who work here have the second highest average weekly wage in the South East.  But having enough homes for local people that need them and are affordable is a big challenge.   We know there are residents and their families that are struggling across the borough – and this has been made worse by the Covid-19 pandemic.  There is also a life-expectancy gap of up to 11 years in areas not far away from each other.  

The number of older people in the borough is expected to rise more in Surrey Heath than other places. They are more at risk of isolation, loneliness, not being able to access services online (‘digital exclusion’) and cybercrime.  And some of our young people and families also need support to give them the best start in life. 

This is a uniquely challenging time for local businesses, therefore a strong economy and vibrant town and village centres are vital for local employment and future business success.  The Council has invested significantly over recent years in Camberley town centre.  We will continue our work with our towns, villages and rural communities to make these areas attractive to businesses and visitors.  

Nothing can be achieved in isolation, and there is a really strong foundation in Surrey Heath of different groups working together.  Over 2,000 amazing volunteers stepped forward swiftly to help others in their communities during the Covid-19 pandemic.