Runnymede Borough Council

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Providing essentials for the homeless with supermarket loyalty points

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

The homeless in Surrey are being given essentials paid for with supermarket loyalty points.

Housing officers at Runnymede Borough Council had accumulated nearly £1,000 worth of Nectar points buying paint to decorate homes of social housing tenants.

As a way of trying to support charities, the council has transferred the Nectar points to the loyalty cards of two organisations – the Runnymede Foodbank and Just a Helping Hand.

The points are being used to buy kit to go in rucksacks they hand out to homeless people in the borough.

The bags contain items such as toiletries, pens, socks and wordsearch books.

Kit for the homeless
Runnymede Borough Council

No government-funded trees planted in Runnymede in eight years

No government-funded trees have been planted in Runnymede between 2010 and 2018, Forestry Commission data shows.

Runnymede was among about a third of English districts that did not get any government-funded trees. Almost all of these were urban areas and the government has promised to spend £10m planting trees in towns and cities.

Between 2010 and 2018 the government funded about 15 million trees in England. Figures for trees planted with private funds or by local councils are not included and the data only covers new trees, not replacements for any that were cut down.

Overall tree planting rates across the UK would need to more than double to combat rising temperatures and climate change, according to official figures.

Last year 13,400 hectares of new trees were planted across the UK, most of them in Scotland, but the Committee on Climate Change says this should rise to at least 30,000 hectares a year.

Campaign group The Woodland Trust said more trees were needed to provide summer shade, reduce air pollution, improve water quality and manage flooding.

The government said it had made it "much easier" to apply for planting grants.

Find out about tree planting across the UK here.

This story has been generated using Forestry Commission data, BBC analysis and some automation.

Tories keep Runnymede and Surrey Heath

The Conservatives have lost eight seats in Runnymede in local election polls, but still retained control of the council. Three seats went to the Lib Dems and three went to independents while one went to Labour and one was taken by the Greens.

Meanwhile, in Surrey Heath, the Conservatives lost 14 seats - nine to the Lib Dems, two to the Greens and three to independents. The Tories there ended up with 18 seats, the minimum needed for a majority.

The residents association have kept control of Epsom and Ewell.

Surrey flood response teams report progress

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

Emergency response teams in Surrey say they have improved how they deal with flooding disasters.

Councillors were assured lessons had been learnt from the devastating floods of 2014.

A progress report on the partnership response to flooding along the Thames was presented to members of Surrey County Council (SCC) and Runnymede Borough Council Joint Committee on Monday.

The report laid out the work of the Surrey Flood Risk Partnership Board and the role of the Surrey Local Resilience Forum identifying the need for “improved cross border working” and “clarity” of roles played by residents, emergency services and volunteer groups.

Criticism of the action taken during the 2014 floods included residents being confused by the different roles of all the organisations and agencies, vulnerable people lists not being shared effectively and valuable local knowledge not being harnessed.

About 1,000 homes were flooded near the Thames in Surrey and almost 600 properties had to be evacuated in 2014.

Ian Good, county emergency planning officer, said lists of vulnerable residents were now digitised to “help with evacuation” and lines of communication had been set up to give people warnings of flooding.

Temporary flood defence schemes have been identified for Chertsey and Egham Hythe.

Yvonna Lay, councillor for Egham, said: “I’m thrilled to see what we have done with the vulnerable. Our area was particularly badly flooded and the biggest problem we had was identifying those in need and the vulnerable. We didn’t know where to send them.”

But Mark Nuti, who represents Chertsey, said: “I’m still concerned locally that there will still be some confusion when it all kicks off.”

Park revamp will be 'Magna Carta gateway'

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

Runnymede Pleasure Grounds
BBC

A multi-million pound refurbishment of Runnymede Pleasure Grounds has been welcomed by councillors who said it would act as a “gateway to the Magna Carta”.

Plans have been drawn up for the £4.8m scheme for a new cafe, play area, water splash park and holiday lodges for the site on the bank of the Thames between Egham and Old Windsor.

Councillors also backed calls from residents for a safer crossing of the A30 so people could walk from Egham town centre to the grounds.

The major works will also include a landing strip for extra boat trips by French Brothers and a walkway that will lead to the National Trust’s board walk that will line the river.

Designs are being put forward for planning permission in May with a view to work beginning in 2020.

The proposals were presented to councillors at Surrey County Council and Runnymede Borough Council joint committee on Monday.

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The Argus: Birds killed by illegal glue traps at Horsham nature reserve

Kent Online: Man dies after A268 crash in Hawkhurst

Get Surrey: The most and least dangerous areas in Runnymede so far this year

Chichester Observer: Police warning as telephone fraudsters net tens of thousands across Sussex

Kent Live: Tributes to woman who died in car crash near the A2 in Canterbury

Mid Sussex Times: Funday to be held in bid to create new charity in memory of Barns Green mum

Brighton and Hove News: Joan Armatrading cancels Brighton show

Brighton and HoveIndependent: Candles burn bright as search continues for missing Georgina Gharsallah

Eastbourne Herald: Tributes to Eastbourne DGH’s Mr A&E

Crawley and Horley Observer: Teenagers rushed to hospital after car hits tree in Haywards Heath

West Sussex County Times: West Sussex cardiac services supported by annual charity fun walk

Sussex Express: Works continue on Polegate level crossing

Worthing Herald: Teen arrested on suspicion of possession of imitation firearm in Worthing

Hastings Observer: People enjoy a taste of Hastings at packed Seafood and Wine Festival

Parking parents 'getting off lightly'

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

Parents who abuse parking restrictions while on the school run should be fined, a councillor says.

Councillor Gill Warners said parents are "getting off lightly" and has called for more enforcement around the Grange and New Haw schools in New Haw and potentially all schools in Runnymede.

She said a review of current parking restriction timings would provide more parking outside schools hours for local residents and "alleviate the impression that residents are given more tickets than school users who are seen by the residents to be causing a bigger impact and getting off lightly".

In a written question to Runnymede Borough Council and Surrey County Council joint committee meeting on Wednesday, Ms Warner asked for a review of enforcement staffing and operations around schools areas, a review of current parking restrictions around the Grange and New Haw schools and possibly all schools in the borough, and a review of pick-up and drop-off ability on school diagonals.

An officer responded to her calls saying the problems highlighted were "experienced at pretty much every school in the borough" and that civil enforcement officers could not be tasked exclusively to school enforcement.