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3. Closed consultations
This page shows updates and results from consultations that have taken place over the last year and that are now closed. For older consultations, please contact the Consultation and Insight Officer.
Harlequin Theatre and Cinema
We are carrying out some market research about the Harlequin Theatre and Cinema through surveys and conversations with customers and potential customers. Our recent survey asked residents about their views about the Harlequin, their interests in arts and leisure and what sort of events they would like the Harlequin to put on.
The survey included a free prize draw to encourage participation. Results will be announced by the Harlequin Theatre by Friday 8 April 2022.
The survey ran from 20 February to 27 March 2022.
We surveyed residents to find out about their views and behaviours relating to environmental sustainability. Residents were invited in two ways: an email invitation to a sample of residents who hold a MyReigate&Banstead account and by publicising the survey to residents through our social media and our residents’ magazine, Borough News.
The survey helps our understanding of how RBBC can support residents tackle climate change.
The survey was open from 1 to 27 March 2022. We look forward to sharing a summary of what we find out through our website in late spring/early summer.
Horley High Street and subway
We asked residents for views on ideas for proposals to changes to Horley High Street and feedback on use of the subway nearby.
More information, including details of the proposal ideas with accompanying illustrations are available on the Delivering Change in Horley webpages.
We invited residents, shoppers, local businesses and other visitors to Horley town centre to take part in our survey or send comments by email. Display boards were on show in Horley library and there were opportunities to talk to council officers and view the display boards in Horley High Street.
The survey was open for three weeks until Monday 14 March 2022. We will share a summary of what we learnt in late April/early May.
Draft budget proposals (2022/23)
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council consulted on its draft budget proposals for the 2022/23 financial year.
The consultation ran from 22 November to 17 January and followed the Executive Committee’s approval of the Council’s draft 2022/23 budget proposals, including:
• Revenue Budget savings and additional income proposals totalling £566,000, alongside the proposed total Revenue Budget growth of £567,000, meaning a net total budget growth of £1,000
• forecasting a total of £1.3 million ongoing income budget pressures in 2022/23, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic
• the Council’s Medium Term Financial Plan Summary
• Revenue Reserve balances at 1 April 2021 of £41.74 million
Having your say
Key dates: The consultation opened on Monday 22 November 2021 and closed on Monday 17 January 2022 (online survey closed at 11.45pm, 17 January).
Participation: We invited residents and other stakeholders to take part through an online survey (paper copies were available on request), to write in or send an email.
What were the proposals?
Here is a summary of the main changes proposed to Reigate & Banstead Borough Council’s revenue budget for the year 2022/23:
Overall revenue budget:
• Total budget growth of £567,000.
• This is offset by total identified budget savings or new income of £566,000, meaning a net budget growth of £1,000.
• To increase by the amount that Council is able to without triggering a local referendum. Based on previous years, this is assumed to be 1.99% or £5 per Band D property per year, however the referendum limit is still subject to confirmation by Government.
• Proposed budget saving of £15,000 from a reduction in the frequency of the publication of Borough News
• Saving of £50,000 from a change in the way CCTV is maintained
• Saving of £168,000 from a pause in funding for medium grants, small grants, taxi vouchers, and reductions in staff and partnership projects funding
Electoral and Democratic Services:
• Proposed budget saving of £8,000 following a restructure of Electoral and Democratic Services team
• Proposed budget growth of £47,000 to cover the cost of a new Elections Management System and other associated technology
• Proposed budget saving of £200,000 to be achieved following a review and restructure of the senior management team
• Proposed budget growth of £100,000 for additional waste crew due to increased household demand across the borough
• Proposed budget growth of £135,000 to address alignment of various budgets
• Proposed budget saving of £25,000 previously allocated to a Surrey Transit site
• Proposed budget growth of £40,000 to deal with Ash Die Back disease
• Proposed budget saving of £55,000 from deletion of a vacant staff post
• Proposed income increase of £20,000 from an increase in pre-application fees
Property & Facilities:
• Proposed budget growth of £120,000 to cover an increase in business rates costs for council properties
Revenues, Benefits and Fraud
• Savings of £5,000 from moving to electronic billing and publishing the Council Tax leaflet online only
• Savings of £20,000 from reduction in costs of third party database support
To read about the draft proposals in detail, you can read the full set of papers submitted to the Executive (see item 41, Service and Financial Planning 2022/23). We have also prepared draft equality impact assessments for some of the proposals.
The proposals will be finalised taking into account the outcomes of the consultation.
What happens next?
The consultation has now closed. Comments received during this consultation will be taken into account by the Council when it finalises its budget for 2022/23. The budget will be discussed at the meeting of the Council’s Executive on 27 January 2022 ahead of it being formally debated at the Full Council meeting on 10 February.
Homelessness and Rough Sleeping
We invited feedback to help us shape our Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy for the next 5 years. We asked about your experiences of contacting our housing service and your views on how we support people facing homelessness.
More information about how we have developed the draft strategy is on our Homelessness Strategy Consultation webpage.
The survey was open from 14 September to 14 October 2021. Thank you to everyone who took part.
We are now looking at what you told us and make changes to our draft strategy accordingly. Councillors will scrutinise our draft strategy in the autumn before it is finalised and ready to be approved.
We will provide an update on this webpage soon to tell you about the feedback we received from professionals and the public through the survey and how that has influenced our final strategy.
Once the strategy has been approved we will start implementing it in our work helping homeless people and preventing homelessness.
Merstham Rec - summer feedback
We asked people who live in Merstham or who use Merstham Rec for their comments on our latest plans for the park's refurbishment. The feedback form was open from mid July until 17 September 2021. More information about the Merstham Rec project is on the Merstham Rec webpage which also sets out the updated design being submitted as part of the planning application and the next steps for the project.
You can also read about the previous 2020 public consultation on Merstham Rec below.
Supplementary planning document consultation
We consulted on the council's draft Climate Change and Sustainable Construction Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) from 24 May to 23 June 2021. More information, including the draft document and the outcome of the consultation, is on the Supplementary Planning Document webpage.
Our community centres' consultation closed on Monday 22 March. You can read about the consultation and our findings in our summary report.
About the consultation: We asked residents, users and community groups about how our community centres in Banstead, Horley and Woodhatch could best meet the needs of their local communities, including their current members. Our public survey was open from 15 February to 22 March 2021. We wrote to a sample of residents living closest to each of our community centres asking them to take part and publicised the survey online too.
We also invited the current membership of our community centres to take part in a centre members’ survey and held online group discussions and one-to-one interviews with centre volunteers, staff and representatives from community organisations. If you represent a community organisation and would like to give your views, you can still send us an email.
In July 2021, the Council's Executive Committee agreed a plan on how to develop the community centres. You can find out more about the community centres on our dedicated webpages.
Merstham Recreation Ground
We have been consulting residents and users of Merstham Recreation Ground about plans to improve it. The consultation, which includes a survey for over 18s and one for young people, was open from Wednesday 9 September until Monday 5 October 2020. Key results of the consultation are available on our Merstham Rec pages where you can also find an accessible report of the consultation, more information about the project, draft proposals and next steps.