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Information for applicants about Spelthorne Borough Council

Spelthorne is one of the 11 Borough/District Councils in Surrey, which, together with Surrey County Council, provide local government services to over one million people.  The Borough has a wide range of responsibilities and provides services such as planning, environmental health, electoral registration, Council tax collection, leisure and recreation, parks and open spaces, car parks, housing for the homeless and refuse collection. 

Spelthorne is a progressive, high performing local authority keen to provide an even higher level of service to local residents and businesses.  We are particularly proud that Spelthorne has been awarded a number of prestigious national awards in recognition of our staff's achievements and our commitment to local services.

Recently, Spelthorne has achieved the following awards:

  • iESE Connecting People award (silver)
  • iESE Council of the Year award (bronze)
  • Green Flag Award (Sunbury Walled Garden)
  • Clean Britain Awards (bronze)
  • Charter for Member Development

These awards are a credit to all our staff.

Councillors

Overall Council policy and strategy is determined by 39 elected Councillors for Spelthorne Borough Council, who represent a total of 13 electoral wards.  The current political split of the Councillors is:

31

Conservative

4Ashford and Staines Residents' Group (ASRG)

3

Liberal Democrat

1

3

Labour

Independent

Decision making is via a one party cabinet structure.

Our key priorities

As a local authority we do many things, a number of which are statutory requirements.  We will always fulfil our legal duties.  However, at a time of increasingly restricted resources it is necessary to be very clear as to what our organisation's priorities are.    This does not mean that we will not undertake any other work, but it does mean where there are competing demands we are clear as to which we will commit our time and resources.

Four key priorities have been chosen for 2016-2019 and these are listed below as follows:

Housing - key aim

  • to strive towards meeting the housing needs of our residents, providing working families and others in housing need within the borough with suitable accommodation

Economic Development - key aim

  • to stimulate more investment, jobs and visitors to Spelthorne to further the overall economic wellbeing and prosperity of the borough and its residents

Clean and Safe Environment - key aim

  • to provide a place where people want to live, work and enjoy their leisure time and where they feel safe to do so

Financial Sustainability - key aim

  • to ensure that the Council can become financially self-sufficient in the near future

Our values

Community

We want to develop strong, thriving, cohesive communities where people have an affinity for the place where they live and work. We will promote a sense of mutual personal and social responsibility, where people have a sense of belonging. We recognise the importance of working with community groups, volunteers and other partners to deliver the essential services that people need and will seek their views on how these things should be tackled.

Opportunity

We believe in creating equal opportunity for all our residents so everyone can achieve their aspirations.  No-one should be prevented from achieving this due to their social background or lack of opportunity for educational attainment. We believe in good schooling, a thriving local economy, attractive leisure facilities, and the support of a strong family and social network. As a Council we will always look for opportunities to save money, improve services, be innovative and adapt to meet the changing needs of our community.

Self-reliance

The basic family philosophy of supporting themselves is fundamental to our way of life, as is the important work that many people do to help others within their community. The Council recognises the value of a strong, diverse voluntary sector and supports this whenever possible. We will ensure that those in need are signposted to the services available within the borough or through our partners. We will therefore focus our limited resources on those most disadvantaged and in need.

Accountability

We must all take responsibility for our own actions. We are accountable to our residents, businesses, the Government and the wide range of partners we work with. We understand our political, statutory, social, ethical and moral responsibilities. We understand that our residents have entrusted us to protect and enhance the area we live in. With the co-operation of our partners we will develop our economy, keep our Borough clean and safe and help people when they are in need. Just as we are, so all sections of our community are accountable for their own behaviours and actions.

Tradition

We recognise the importance of our heritage, history and tradition and the Mayor supports these values within the community. We will encourage people to visit our borough, and particularly the River Thames, which borders the whole length of Spelthorne. Although we are committed to providing modern, efficient services making the most of current technology, we will ensure that people can continue to access our services in traditional ways should they wish.

Employees

We currently employ approximately 320 staff.

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies

Spelthorne - the area

Spelthorne is located 15 miles west of Central London.  It is bordered by the M25 to the west, the River Thames to the south and west, the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames to the east, and Heathrow Airport to the north.  The Borough is at the inner edge of the Metropolitan Green Belt, with 35 percent of the Borough being urban and the remainder being protected as Green Belt.  The principal towns are Staines-upon-Thames, Sunbury, Ashford, Shepperton and Stanwell.

The area also includes four large reservoirs and Kempton Park racecourse.  One of the main attractions of the Borough is the River Thames, and effort is constantly being made to preserve the river frontage and to improve the riverside amenities.

The area enjoys good communications to London and the southeast, via the M25, M3 and M4 motorway network and also by the excellent rail links (approx 30 minutes to London Waterloo), and of course Heathrow Airport is on the Borough's doorstep.  A sound commercial base, a Thames-side location, easy access to London and open countryside, has all contributed to a quality of life, which has attracted many employers and people to the area.

Office location

The main administrative offices are at Knowle Green, off the Kingston Road, Staines-upon-Thames, and are sited in open ground near the Law Courts, Spelthorne Leisure Centre and Staines Park.  The office building is attractive, modern and purpose-built, with ample staff car parking.  The Council is approximately one mile from the town centre and within seven minutes' walk from Staines railway station.

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