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VIDEO: Surrey leader heralds savings, calls for spiralling demand to be recognised and stresses the need for devolution

Leader David Hodge used a Full Council meeting today to herald savings and call on the government to recognise spiralling demand for adult social care and school places while also emphasising the need to devolve more services for the benefit of Surrey’s residents.

Surrey set to get 819 more pothole-proof roads

Surrey County Council has revealed the 819 pothole-proof roads that are due to be built over the next three years. A total of 177 roads have been lined up to be reconstructed this financial year as part of the council’s Operation Horizon project. Laid end to end with the 143 miles already resurfaced they would … Continue reading

Surrey chairman joins royal celebration of autism charity

CAPTION: Surrey County Council Chairman Sally Marks joined HRH The Countess of Wessex to help the Jigsaw Trust, which supports people with autism, celebrate its 15th anniversary. The countess took a tour of the new facilities for adults at the trust’s school in Dunsfold and unveiled a commemorative plaque. QUOTE: Mrs Marks said: “I was … Continue reading

BBC interview with Surrey leader about airport expansion

Listen to Surrey County Council leader David Hodge telling BBC Surrey’s Jack Fiehn that investment in local infrastructure is needed before any new runway is built at either Heathrow or Gatwick.   Audio courtesy of BBC Surrey

Surrey landscape gardener admits rogue trading offences

A cowboy gardener who charged exorbitant sums for substandard work has pleaded guilty to fraud and money laundering offences. Benjamin Brown, 62, of Cox Lane, Epsom preyed on elderly and vulnerable victims who were unable to look after their gardens themselves. He was prosecuted by Surrey County Council’s trading standards officers and last week pleaded … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Surrey school wins top eco award; Surrey deputy leader hails apprentices

Surrey school wins top eco award A Surrey primary has received the prestigious Green Flag award for its efforts in making the school more environmentally friendly. Godstone Village School, who had previously been given the Bronze and Silver awards, was presented with the honour by Mike Goodman, the county council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and … Continue reading

Heathrow expansion means more than 70,000 new homes and 56 schools

More than 70,000 new homes and 56 new schools will be needed if Heathrow is expanded, aviation experts have heard. Surrey County Council leader David Hodge told a Runways UK conference: Expanding the airport could require up to 70,800 homes to be built in the local area* over the next 15 years That would mean a need … Continue reading

VIDEO AND PICTURES: Work gets underway on Surrey’s Eco Park

Work has started on the construction of a new Eco Park to treat thousands of tonnes of waste from Surrey households and put it to good use. As the the first spade was driven into the ground at the site in Shepperton, Mike Goodman, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, outlined the … Continue reading

Letter to Nicky Morgan about schools funding

Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools and Educational Achievement, has written to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan after head teachers raised concerns about reforms to the way schools are funded. Click on the link below to see the letter. Nicky Morgan letter 29.6.15

Tour de France record-breaker to ride in Surrey

Australian Tour de France record-breaker Rohan Dennis will cycle on Surrey’s roads next month. The BMC team rider recorded the fastest ever average speed in Tour de France history for an individual time trial in Saturday’s opening stage. He is the latest big name confirmed for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday 2 August. Last … Continue reading

Response to Airports Commission report

Following the release today of the Airports Commission’s report on expanding capacity, Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning Mike Goodman said: “While we recognise the economic case for expanding either Heathrow or Gatwick, we can only support expansion if it is accompanied by the necessary investment in local infrastructure and environmental issues are addressed. … Continue reading

Surrey leader takes on one of most influential roles in local government

David Hodge has become the first Surrey County Council leader to secure one of the most influential roles in local government. He has been elected leader of the Conservative group at the Local Government Association (LGA), which represents nearly 400 councils in England and Wales. At the same time, the Surrey leader has been installed … Continue reading

Council prepared for high temperatures

A small army of Surrey County Council staff is primed to work around the clock to ensure vulnerable people stay safe as temperatures soar. With heatwave conditions forecast for this week hundreds of social workers and care staff are standing by to make extra calls and visits to frail and older people across Surrey. Residents … Continue reading

IN PICTURES: HRH The Duke of Gloucester opens Guildford Fire Station

Plan ahead for Armed Forces Day

Tens of thousands of people are expected to flock to Guildford tomorrow for the Armed Forces Day national event. The annual commemoration, which recognises service men and women of the British Armed Forces, will see people from all over the country descend on the Surrey city. Surrey County Council Chairman Sally Marks and leader David … Continue reading

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Surrey County Council Chairman Sally Marks has opened a new Coroner's Court complex in Woking.

Chief Coroner of England and Wales, His Honour Judge Peter Thornton QC and Her Majesty's Senior Coroner for Surrey, Richard Travers,

New library and community centre opens in Cobham

New library and community centre opens in Cobham

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