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Davies Commission boosts Surrey on airport infrastructure call

Surrey County Council’s Leader has received a crucial boost over Heathrow and Gatwick expansion after the Government’s decision-making body said it would look at infrastructure first. A fortnight ago David Hodge told aviation experts that infrastructure must come before any airport expansion. Yesterday, the Davies Commission confirmed to South East politicians that it will consult … Continue reading

Key facts ahead of public sector unions’ national strike

Ahead of Thursday’s national public sector strike, please find more details below: Who is on national strike? The following public sector unions will be on national strike tomorrow: the National Union of Teachers (NUT), the Fire Brigades’ Union (FBU), UNISON, Unite, the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) and the GMB union. When is the … Continue reading

Duke and Duchess of Gloucester visit flooded Surrey

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester have visited Surrey to meet with the staff, agencies and volunteers who helped residents during the December and January floods. Surrey County Council Chairman David Munro, who was also present during the visit, said: “Our staff, firefighters and volunteers worked flat out to help more than 1,000 households during the … Continue reading

Deals worth more than £100m won from new South East online initiative

Businesses have won deals worth more than £100 million since an online initiative was launched by two South East councils. More than 80 contracts totalling £102m have been clinched after Surrey and East Sussex created the SE Shared Services website 10 months ago. The news comes after West Sussex County Council joined the initiative, which makes … Continue reading

Surrey leader welcomes multi-million-pound Government boost

Surrey County Council’s Leader has welcomed Government funding announced today as a first step towards long-term economic growth. Almost £50 million will go into schemes to boost Surrey businesses and transport links over the next six years following a Government announcement today on local Growth Deals through local enterprise partnerships (LEPs). David Hodge said: “We … Continue reading

Get in gear with the Reigate Cycle Festival

This year’s Reigate Cycle Festival will take place on Sunday 20 July, encouraging more local people to ditch their cars and get on their bikes instead. The festival, from 10am-5pm in Priory Park, is a family-friendly event including stunt demonstrations, expert advice on safety and maintenance, exhibits from cycling groups and shops, a large variety … Continue reading

Surrey graduates celebrate pioneering Masters degree

Surrey County Council employees have completed the UK’s first Masters course in roads engineering. The two-year course was launched in 2012 by the county council with the SE7 group of councils and the University of Brighton to train up the next generation of public sector highways managers, and has sparked interest from other academic institutions … Continue reading

Surrey residents turn 1,000 tonnes of waste into compost

Surrey residents have composted more than 1,000 tonnes of garden, food and household waste in the past year – as heavy as 64 garden sheds. More than 15,000 bins have been sold through Surrey County Council during the last five years to encourage residents to try composting their rubbish so it rots away naturally. Mike Goodman, … Continue reading

Mitch Winehouse to speak at Surrey music conference

Mitch Winehouse will deliver the key note speech at Surrey Music Hub’s second annual music education conference at Guildford’s GLive on Monday 14 July from 10am to 4.30pm. Well-known as Amy’s father, he is also the founder of the Winehouse Foundation, established to support music and mental health projects in Surrey. The conference, organised by … Continue reading

Walton Bridge up for third major award

A major bridge that carries thousands of Surrey commuters a day could win its third top award in a row. Surrey County Council’s Walton Bridge has been shortlisted for the British Construction Industry awards, weeks after winning twice from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). The £32 million road bridge carries 35,000 commuter cars a … Continue reading

Surrey saving £72 million this year

Surrey County Council has set a goal of saving £72 million this year as the authority continues to face the challenges of increasing demand for services and dwindling funding. Reaching the annual target will propel savings for local taxpayers to £200m in three financial years alone. That sum would be enough to pay for the … Continue reading

£200k scam victim dubbed a national hero

A Surrey pensioner scammed out of more than £200,000 over 56 years has been dubbed a national hero for speaking out to help others. Sylvia Kneller hit the headlines in January after revealing she paid around £100 a week in deposits for phoney prizes to lottery or horoscope tricksters until Surrey County Council trading standards … Continue reading

Triple the victims of copycat websites in Surrey

The number of Surrey victims of websites overcharging for documents like passports has trebled in half a year. Between January and May, more than 150 people in Surrey paid unnecessary fees to official-looking copycat websites. In the whole of 2013, around 50 Surrey residents were duped. Surrey victims have paid £19,000 to copycat websites so … Continue reading

Top cyclist Cavendish to headline RideLondon-Surrey

Tour de France cyclist and former world champion Mark Cavendish will race on Surrey’s roads again this summer. Cavendish will compete in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on 10 August. The race for professionals follows a mass-participation 100-mile ride on the same day. The route for both events is based on the one that featured in … Continue reading

Need for new Cabinet post before airport expansion is considered

Britain needs a new Cabinet minister for infrastructure before any decision is made on expanding Heathrow or Gatwick, Surrey County Council’s leader said yesterday. David Hodge told a group of aviation experts that there was a need to invest now in road, rail, healthcare, schools and housing if either airport’s plans are to go ahead, … Continue reading

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