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Thousands attracted to high quality Surrey schools

Surrey’s high-performing schools are attracting thousands of children from outside the county, according to new figures. With 92% of Surrey secondary schools now rated good or outstanding by Ofsted, figures from Surrey County Council show that 8,300 pupils in Surrey schools live outside its boundaries. At the same time, the number of Surrey children going … Continue reading

Cabinet approves council tax proposal

Surrey County Council’s Cabinet has approved a proposal to increase council tax by 1.99% to take account of falling government grant and rising demand for services, particularly adult social care. The Cabinet’s recommendation will now go forward to a meeting of Surrey’s Full Council on Tuesday 10 February. Leader David Hodge was today interviewed by BBC … Continue reading

Snow in Surrey

With snow falling in parts of Surrey, a fleet of gritters has been out spreading salt on the county’s roads. Any residents affected can find information and advice on the council’s website They can also get traffic updates on the BBC’s website while the county council is running a twitter feed to provide information on gritting activity. If … Continue reading

Multi-million pound funding welcomed

Surrey County Council’s deputy leader has welcomed multi-million government funding as another step towards unlocking long-term economic growth. Around £9 million will go to Surrey schemes that boost businesses, improve transport links and better protect homes following a Government announcement about local Growth Deals through local enterprise partnerships (LEPs). The funding is part of the … Continue reading

Surrey History Centre to feature in BBC documentary on Alice author Lewis Carroll

A groundbreaking BBC documentary on Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll draws heavily on extensive collections of letters and photos housed in Surrey. Surrey County Council’s History Centre holds several significant Carroll archives featuring many of his original photos, sketches, notes and letters to family and friends. Filming at Surrey History Centre in Woking forms … Continue reading

Grant extension for flood-hit Surrey householders

Surrey residents and businesses affected by last winter’s floods now have more time to apply for a Government grant of up to £5,000 to protect their properties against future damage. The deadline for applying for the Repair and Renew Grant has been extended until March 20 2015. Successful applicants then have until the end of … Continue reading

£200,000 Surrey scam victim appears on BBC programme

A Surrey pensioner conned out of more than £200,000 over 56 years before the county council’s trading standards team convinced her to stop handing over cash to horoscope tricksters and other scammers has appeared on television. Sylvia Kneller, from Farnham, spoke out on the BBC’s Inside Out South to help others. She talks about her … Continue reading

Surrey announces council tax proposal

Surrey County Council has announced its proposed council tax recommendation for next year. The Cabinet will meet to make a formal recommendation on Tuesday 3 February. A final decision will be taken at a meeting of Surrey’s Full Council on Tuesday 10 February. Leader David Hodge said: “With unprecedented demand for services we are proposing … Continue reading

ROUND-UP: Surrey celebrates National Libraries Day, Egham High Street consultation

Surrey celebrates National Libraries Day Libraries across Surrey are holding events to celebrate National Libraries Day on Saturday 7 February. Guildford Library is running sessions to guide people through the world of e-books and e-audiobooks while other branches are holding children’s events. More details about events can be found on the council’s website. Egham High Street … Continue reading

Increase in primary applications enough to fill new school

The increase in the number of applications for primary school places in Surrey adds up to enough pupils for a multi-million pound school. Surrey County Council has received 466 more primary applications for next September than a year ago. That is the equivalent of filling a new two-form entry primary that would cost at least £6 … Continue reading

Conman jailed for three years for peddling fake DVDs worth £600,000

A conman has been jailed for three years for swindling unsuspecting shoppers out of £600,000 by selling knock-off versions of Disney’s Little Mermaid and Mrs Brown’s Boys imported from China. Trevor Pegg was found guilty of 13 counts – including importing and supplying counterfeit DVDs, running a fraudulent business and money laundering – at Guildford … Continue reading

Councils seek contributions towards Thames flood defence scheme

Utility companies, local enterprise partnerships and businesses will be asked to contribute to a £300 million River Thames defence scheme under plans unveiled at a meeting with the government’s flooding envoy Philip Hammond. Seven councils whose residents and businesses were affected by last February’s floods will work to secure contributions from Thames Valley Berkshire, Enterprise … Continue reading

RideLondon event sparks huge interest

A record number of cyclists have registered their interest in this year’s mass-participation RideLondon event on Surrey’s roads. The 100-mile ride on Sunday 2 August, which is set to feature the Box Hill climb made famous by the Olympics, has attracted 86,001 applications. Organisers will now draw a ballot and riders will learn if they have … Continue reading

Surrey First World War project wins £460,000 from Heritage Lottery Fund

A Surrey project to immortalise the experiences of Surrey residents on the front line and at home during the First World War has won a grant of almost £460,000. Surrey Heritage, which is part of the county council, has received the money from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the project called Surrey in the … Continue reading

Council chairman to host charity concert

A charity concert raising funds for KeepOut and The Yehudi Menuhin School will be hosted by Surrey County Council Chairman David Munro. The event,  which will take place  on Wednesday 18 March at the Menuhin Hall in Cobham, will see performances from the Surrey Youth Choir, Yehudi Menuhin Orchestra and soloists from the Royal Academy of … Continue reading

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