Consultation hub

Welcome to Surrey Says. This site will help you find and participate in consultations that interest you in Surrey. Open, forthcoming and recently closed consultations are displayed below. Alternatively, search for consultations by keyword, postcode or interest. Our 'We Asked, You Said, We Did' section below highlights main findings from some closed consultations and also what happened as a result of the consultation.

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We Asked

Do you agree with the proposal to open a new specialist centre at Worplesdon Primary School from September 2020?

You Said

There were five responses to the consultation: all five responses agreed with the proposal.  

Three responders felt that the location of the COIN centre would be beneficial to the local residents and reduce travel costs to centres which are further away. Two responders advised that they were pleased the centre would be supported by Freemantles School.

We Did

The Cabinet Member has given approval of the Statutory Notice, and the proposal open a specialist centre from September 2020. A permanent planning application for the centre will be pursued and determined in accordance with relevant planning legislation.

We Asked

Do you agree with the proposal to open a new specialist centre at Bell Farm Primary School from September 2020?

You Said

There were 5 responses to the consultation: 3 responses agreed with the proposal; 2 responses disagreed.

One comments raised concern about traffic and parking outside the school; two comments raised concern about the impact on mainstream education within the school. Two responders felt that the location of the COIN centre would be beneficial to the local residents and reduce travel costs to centres which are further away.

We Did

The Cabinet Member has given approval of the Statutory Notice, and the proposal open a specialist centre from September 2020. A permanent planning application for the centre will be pursued and determined in accordance with relevant planning legislation.

We Asked

  1. To what extent respondents agreed with priorities set
  2. Whether respondents agreed with the population groups identified
  3. The level of ambition included within the draft strategy

You Said

The engagement period ran from 27 February to 27 March 2019.

During this period, we received 160 responses to the online survey in addition to a number of emails and letters. Whilst this recent engagement exercise was not a formal consultation, it was a chance to test an evidence-based draft strategy. It is important to stress that this is only part of the engagement process as described in the draft Strategy.

We would like to thank everyone who responded and participated in the engagement around the strategy for their views and feedback. More than 80% of respondents ‘tend to agree’ or ‘strongly agree’ with the three strategy priorities and the target groups.

The responses highlighted a number of areas where we could improve the Strategy – these included:

  • Making the strategy easier to access and understand.
  • Strengthening or adding specific references to specific areas of focus including for example, domestic abuse, addressing environmental factors affecting people’s health and wellbeing, and mental health.
  • Making sure some of the language and way we described things was clearer
  • Reviewing the metrics in the strategy to ensure they captured the full range of outcomes we were trying to achieve.

We Did

Whilst we may not have always been able to fully address every concern, we have listened and will be amending the Surrey Health and Wellbeing Strategy to reflect the feedback from the engagement period.

We have amended the following in the strategy:

  • The strategy has been shortened and the language simplified.
  • The priorities within the revised strategy have been updated to reflect feedback around strengthening references to mental health, improving environmental factors that impact people’s health and wellbeing, domestic abuse and physical activity.
  • We have reviewed wording to ensure it is clear ‘substance misuse’ includes the use of illegal drugs for Priority One, and the description of population groups to focus on people living with illness and/or a disability.

The Health and Wellbeing Board also agreed that further work needed to be undertaken on measuring outcomes for the Strategy and is working with the Executive Director of Public Health to lead this work (through the Surrey Office of Data Analytics).

The new 10 year Surrey Health and Wellbeing Strategy has been published on the Healthy Surrey website and partners are now working together to translate the commitments made in the strategy into implementation plans.

Some of the feedback we received didn’t relate to the strategy document itself – for example feedback included suggestions to support implementation or focussed on issues that sit outside of the Strategy – we’ve shared that feedback with relevant leads / partners to help shape and improve services.  You can see a more detailed summary of the feedback and our response here.