In this issue

  • A small but rewarding win
  • Rocking remote working

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In this weeks eNewsletter

Hello <<First Name>>

I am light on news in this weeks eNewsletter and you may have noticed that it is late. If you read my last couple of newsletters you will know why.

However, my busy period at work is not stopping me from representing you at the council as you will see below.

I am a little behind in responding to some emails but I will catch up. If you have emailed me recently and have not had a response, you will hear from me in due course. If you have an urgent matter that needs my immediate attention please do let me know.

Please note the new section in the header of these emails called "Latest Highways Bulletin". This is packed with useful local highways information and I will make sure you get the latest one each week.

A small but rewarding win

Earlier this week I visited Frimley Lodge Park to look at the progress of the wheelchair-accessible swing. See the image above.

I am thrilled to see it almost complete.

To be honest, I got involved in local politics to try and make a difference and get things done. I have had a lot of frustration at the tediously slow progress at getting things like this delivered throughout my time as a councillor.

This has taken about 3 years and that is quite fast in comparison to other things.

But to see this in all its glory is a buzz beyond words.

The swing should be ready for wheelchair residents in the next week or so. A wheelchair-accessible path leading up to the swing is also to be installed.

Disabled residents should be able to enjoy trips to the park just as much as able-bodied residents. In fact, where appropriate, all local facilities and infrastructure should have accessibility considered which is why I will be proposing a motion to Surrey Heath Borough Council to address this.

I will include details of this motion in my next newsletter.

Rocking remote working

I have been championing agile/remote working at Surrey Heath Borough Council for many years and the same at Surrey County Council ever since I first joined the County Council in 2017.

Although I made a lot of progress, It had been an uphill struggle to change the mindsets of officers and councillors, but then COVID struck and forced everyone into a new way of working.

Now things are easing; it has been nice to see many now adopt this new way of working.

As a councillor (at two councils) who has a full-time job and a young family, attending all meetings can be a struggle, but now mindsets have adjusted, it is getting easier.

The image below shows how to rock agile/remote.

My work is hectic during the summer, and right now, I am working at a world sporting event but being able to attend a meeting remotely means that I can still participate in council and other meetings, as has been the case several times this week. Interestingly, one of the remote meetings I attended this week was for Surrey County Council Communities, Environment & Highways Select Committee, responsible for scrutinising the council's environmental ambitions, so the whole agile thing will play a vital role in all of that.
As always I want to hear from you if you have anything you would like to discuss with me of a local nature.

Best wishes

Cllr Paul Deach
Borough Councillor for Mytchett & Deepcut
County Councillor for Mytchett, Frimley Green & Deepcut
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