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Plans for 420 extra Surrey school places signed off

Plans to build new classrooms for 420 extra pupils at two Surrey schools have been given the go-ahead. New facilities will be built at Leatherhead’s St Peter’s Catholic Primary and St Alban’s Catholic Primary in East Molesey, providing 210 additional places at each school. Surrey needs to bridge a £215 million funding gap for the … Continue reading

Manifesto calls for Government to give South East more powers

The South East needs more powers to help drive the UK economy, according to two major groups of local authorities. Councils from across the region, including Surrey, have backed a manifesto that calls for Government to devolve more powers on funding so the South East can boost economic investment nationally. For more information, visit the … Continue reading

Downton Abbey courtroom becomes wedding venue

  Downton Abbey fans can now get married in a Surrey courtroom used in nailbiting scenes of the global TV hit. As fans wait for the period drama’s fifth series to begin this Sunday, couples can now tie the knot in the former Crown Court where the trial of valet Mr Bates was filmed in … Continue reading

Guardian features Surrey’s success in diverting young people away from crime

The Guardian today published an article about the success of a Surrey scheme that is diverting hundreds of young people away from crime.  To read the story, follow this link.

Plans to create nearly 600 more school places signed off

Plans to create nearly 600 extra places at four schools have been signed off as part of the biggest schools expansion project in Surrey’s history. The county council has given the go-ahead to boost capacity at Heathside by 150 places, add another 210 at Hinchley Wood Primary, create 90 more at Stoughton Infant and build a … Continue reading

Singapore public service leaders visit county council

Picture caption: A delegation of public service leaders from Singapore have called on the expertise of Surrey County Council. A group of 11 officials working in education, social services, health and other fields visited County Hall to learn how the authority has transformed services. Quote: Julie Fisher, Surrey County Council’s Strategic Director for Business Services, … Continue reading

Fresh inquest into Deepcut death to be conducted by HHJ Brian Barker QC, Recorder of London

The fresh inquest into the death of Private Cheryl James at Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut, Surrey, is to be conducted by The Recorder of London, HHJ Brian Barker QC. It is expected that Judge Barker will hold a pre-inquest review hearing in the near future. The date has yet to be fixed and the venue … Continue reading

Surrey drivers buy most electric cars in South East

A Surrey boom in people buying and making electric cars is set to fuel a groundbreaking partnership to boost the county’s economy and help the environment. Electric car ownership in Surrey has quadrupled in just two years to over 180 – the highest in the South East – and a summit on Tuesday will brainstorm … Continue reading

£4m saved from roads overhaul but funding pressures still exist

A drive to make more Surrey roads pothole-proof has saved taxpayers £4m in one year – but the county council has warned Surrey still faces a highways funding gap of around £60m from Whitehall. One year into its push to upgrade 300 miles of road with 10-year repair guarantees, the council has saved £4.4m through … Continue reading

Sir Bradley Wiggins set to ride through Surrey in Tour of Britain

Sir Bradley Wiggins will lead Team Sky when Britain’s biggest cycle race passes through Surrey on Saturday morning. The Friends Life Tour of Britain’s seventh stage, which starts in Camberley and goes through Puttenham and Haslemere, will use around 20 miles of Surrey’s roads before heading to the finish in Brighton. A six-figure crowd is … Continue reading

Families warned over killer car seats

A Surrey County Council investigation has uncovered a market in deadly car seats that can kill a child at just 30mph. The council’s trading standards team is warning families of young children not to buy the illegal seats, which are imported from China and fail all UK safety standards. Crash testing done by Britax shows … Continue reading

Surrey welcomes changes to special educational need support but calls for proper funding

Following today’s Government announcement about reforms to services for children with special educational needs and disabilities, Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning, said: “The reforms announced by the Government today will provide important support to our young people with special educational needs and we are delighted to have played a role … Continue reading

BBC Surrey interview on school places and funding pressures

Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning Linda Kemeny was interviewed today by BBC Surrey’s James Cannon about the 4,100 extra classroom places created for the new academic year and the £215 million funding gap that the county council is finding harder and harder to fill. Audio courtesy of BBC Surrey

More than 4,100 new places created as council faces £215m funding gap

As schools open after the summer break with space for more than 4,100 extra pupils, Surrey County Council has warned that plugging a £215 million funding gap for 13,000 further places is becoming increasingly tough. Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning Linda Kemeny said: “I’m pleased we have ensured more than 4,100 additional pupils can learn … Continue reading

Three more councils joining crackdown on roadworks congestion

Surrey’s initiative to ease the pain of congestion is set to stretch 130 miles once three councils join. As Bracknell Forest prepares to join the roadworks permit scheme launched by Surrey and East Sussex county councils, West Berkshire and Wokingham are just waiting for their applications to be rubber-stamped. Once all three are on board, … Continue reading

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