Surrey Heath residents and business owners quizzed Councillors and Council officers about Financial and Economic Development issues last night in the latest #TalkSurreyHeath event.

The panel facing questions consisted of Deputy Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder for Finance Cllr Richard Brooks, SHBC Chief Executive Karen Whelan, and Surrey Heath Executive Head of Finance Kelvin Menon.

The panel answered dozens of questions during the hour-long session, and areas discussed included a wide range of subjects including the regeneration of Camberley Town Centre, including SHBC’s investment in the recently renamed shopping centre The Square.

The Council’s strategy of delivering efficiency and increasing income to continue to provide a wide range of services in a climate of drastically reduced Government funding was also addressed.

The Council’s work supporting economic development in Surrey Heath was another focus, including the recent Camberley Enterprise Expo and Business Breakfast event.
During the event, broadcast via Facebook Live from the Council Chamber at Surrey Heath House, members of the public could follow the live video stream on the SHBC Facebook page (www.facebook.com/surreyheath). If you’d like to watch the video of the session, it can be found on the same page.

Before and during the event, questions were submitted via Facebook, Twitter, or email on talk@surreyheath.gov.uk

Cllr Brooks said: “Delivering a balanced budget whilst maintaining the economic development of the borough is a constant challenge.

“We appreciated the engagement from the public, hearing people’s views and answering their questions at this latest #TalkSurreyHeath event.”

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