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Surrey and Buckinghamshire trading standards join forces from April

Residents in Surrey and Buckinghamshire will be better protected from scams and rip-offs with the launch next month of a joint trading standards service covering both counties. A merger between Surrey and Buckinghamshire trading standards takes effect from 1 April with the aim of harnessing their collective expertise to give consumers even stronger safeguards and … Continue reading

Life-saving defibrillators on all Surrey fire engines

Every fire engine in Surrey has been fitted with a defibrillator to help firefighters save more lives at the scene of emergencies. Surrey County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service has equipped its entire 35-strong fleet with defibrillators to enable crews who are first on the scene to treat casualties suffering a cardiac arrest. At the … Continue reading

Surrey becomes Britain’s best connected county

Surrey has become the best connected county in Britain following the completion of the main part of a high-speed broadband project. The county council and BT have announced that fibre broadband coverage has been extended to more than 82,000 businesses and homes not included in commercial roll outs. Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said: “The Government’s nationwide roll … Continue reading

Social networking pioneer to speak at rural conference

Social networking pioneer Penny Power OBE is among the speakers lined up for Surrey’s Countryside and Rural Enterprise Conference next week looking at how working better together and innovation can enhance the county’s rural areas. The entrepreneur and author, who founded the UK’s first social network for business in 1998, will be speaking about digital … Continue reading

Local businesses win work worth £1.3 million a day from council

Local businesses have benefitted to the tune of nearly £1.3 million a day as part of a Surrey County Council pledge to help drive economic growth. Figures for 2014 reveal that £470m worth of contracts were secured from the council by 3,000 businesses and organisations. That is the equivalent of £1.29m daily, pushing the council’s local spending … Continue reading

Merstham regeneration project set to start

A multi-million pound project to give Merstham a facelift with new community facilities, shops and homes is set to start. Surrey County Council, Reigate and Banstead Borough Council and Raven Housing Trust will transform the Portland Drive area. The redevelopment will include a new library and youth skills centre. Surrey County Council leader David Hodge said: “It’s … Continue reading

Fire in Weybridge

17:45 FINAL UPDATE Surrey Fire and Rescue Service said “The fire was put out earlier this afternoon and crews have begun to leave the scene. “An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.”   15:20 Surrey Fire & Rescue Area Commander Ian Thomson gives a statement on today’s fire at St George’s School … Continue reading

Prince Edward visits High Ashurst Outdoor Education Centre

HRH The Earl of Wessex gave Surrey County Council’s Youth Support Services the royal seal of approval when he was met by county council leader David Hodge and chairman David Munro at High Ashurst Outdoor Education Centre before being given a tour of the site to see the activities and projects the centre offers and unveiling … Continue reading

Council awards Brooklands Museum £225,000

With the new Formula One season set to roar into action, Surrey County Council has announced that Brooklands Museum has been awarded £225,000 to help restore part of the world’s first purpose-built motor racing track to its former glory. The money will go towards returning the finishing straight to how it looked in 1939 when … Continue reading

University technical college for Surrey gets go-ahead

  A new college was today given the go-ahead to train the next generation of cyber security, computing and engineering experts in Surrey. Plans have been approved by the government for a university technical college in Guildford for around 700 teenagers. The bid to build the college, which is set to open in September 2017, was … Continue reading

Surrey transforms the lives of 1,050 families

More than 1,000 families in need of support have turned their lives around with help from a ground-breaking Surrey programme. New figures reveal that the Surrey Family Support Programme has reached a Government target two months early by helping 1,050 of the county’s most vulnerable families. The initiative involves public services in Surrey working together … Continue reading

Surrey County Council apprenticeship drive helps 1,500

A Surrey County Council drive to create apprenticeships has given more than 1,500 young people a leg up on the career ladder. A target to fill 500 apprentice roles in the last year alone has been beaten two months early, with 562 places taken up in just 10 months. The news was confirmed as National … Continue reading

Flag raised to mark Commonwealth Day

Councillors and staff joined Surrey County Council chairman David Munro in a ceremony to mark Commonwealth Day at County Hall today. Mr Munro said: “This unique initiative, building on highly successful inaugural events last year, will see over 650 other Commonwealth flags raised in 38 Commonwealth countries. “It has caught the imagination of thousands of … Continue reading

Sneak preview of Epsom town centre revamp

The first artist’s impression has been published of a planned £3.3 million revamp of Epsom town centre to cut congestion and boost economic growth. Surrey County Council has released an image of how opening part of the town’s one-way system to two-way traffic could look together with a map showing other improvement work. It is … Continue reading

Most Surrey pupils offered a secondary school of their choice

Surrey has offered most children a secondary school of their choice amid rising demand for places. More than four in five Surrey pupils were offered a place at the secondary school they stated as their first preference when allocations were made this week. More than nine in 10 were offered a place at one of … Continue reading


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