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ROUND-UP: Organisations honoured at inaugural Living and Ageing Well Awards; Council launches trading standards scheme with National Pawnbrokers Association

Organisations honoured at inaugural Living and Ageing Well Awards Surrey Libraries, The Village Centre of Englefield Green, and Lynne Baxter and the Mole Valley Ponderers were among those honoured at the inaugural Living and Ageing Well Awards at this month. The event, which was opened by Surrey County Council Chief Executive David McNulty, celebrates individuals, projects … Continue reading

Pre-inquest hearing into Deepcut death to be held in Woking

A pre-inquest review into the death of Private Cheryl James will take place on Monday 1 December. It follows the news that the fresh inquest into the death of Private James at Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut, Surrey, will be conducted by The Recorder of London, HHJ Brian Barker QC. The pre-inquest review will be held … Continue reading

Plans signed off for 420 extra Surrey school places

Plans to create an extra 420 places at two primary schools have been signed off by Surrey County Council. Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning Linda Kemeny has given the go-ahead for proposals to expand Hinchley Wood and The Greville by 210 places each. She said: “This will provide much-needed classroom space as part of our … Continue reading

Surrey welcomes rail plan

Following a report by Network Rail about improving rail services from Waterloo, Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Transport John Furey said: “It’s awful feeling like a sardine packed into a train carriage. These plans are good news for Surrey’s commuters and economy. They include electrifying the North Downs Line, more platforms and ways to ease bottlenecks, all … Continue reading

Plans to create 330 extra Surrey school places get go-ahead

Plans to build new classrooms for 330 pupils at three Surrey schools have been given the go-ahead. Capacity will be boosted at West Byfleet Infant by 90 places and 120 more will be added at West Byfleet Junior. Another 120 extra places will be created at Connaught Junior School in Bagshot. Surrey needs to bridge a … Continue reading

Pledge signed to work for better Thames defences to protect 15,000 homes and businesses

Seven councils whose residents and businesses were affected by floods have signed a pledge to press for a £300 million river defence scheme from the government. Surrey, Richmond, Windsor and Maidenhead, Kingston, Elmbridge, Spelthorne and Runnymede councils signed the agreement alongside Thames Water, the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee and the Environment Agency to push … Continue reading

Council fills 280 apprenticeships in six months

As national figures for young people classed as not in education, employment or training were released today, Surrey County Council revealed that it has filled 280 apprenticeships in just over six months. Most of the roles were created through a cash incentive scheme for businesses and the others were arranged at the council and through contractors. Surrey … Continue reading

Treasury officials visit Surrey

Caption: A delegation from the Treasury has visited the county council to learn more about how innovation is being driven forward across Surrey. The seven-strong party was joined at County Hall by David Clark from the Public Service Transformation Network to hear about an initiative that has improved the lives of more than 400 families and a … Continue reading

IN PICTURES: Sneak preview of school revamps

The first artist’s impressions of how an expanded Addlestone primary school will look have been unveiled by Surrey County Council. Sayes Court is set to double in size, with the revamped facilities providing an additional 210 places by next September. A new artist’s impression of the revamped Cranmere Primary School has also been released by the council. … Continue reading

Surrey receives record number of secondary applications

Surrey County Council has received a record number of applications for secondary school places. The 10,975 submitted by last Friday’s closing date (31 October) for places next September was the highest number since the launch of the online application system in 2004. That figure was also nearly 300 more than the number submitted last year, … Continue reading

Gritters swing into action as temperature plunges

Surrey County Council’s winter operation has swung into action. The council’s fleet of gritting lorries went out last night for the first time this winter after road surface temperatures plunged. Ahead of winter, Surrey stockpiled 16,000 tonnes of salt, prepared 39 hi-tech gritters and signed up an army of farmers equipped with spreaders and ploughs. In … Continue reading

County council ready for winter

New hi-tech weather forecasts will give Surrey drivers even better protection from ice and snow this winter. Surrey County Council is introducing route-specific forecasts that focus on which roads will be coldest and need advance salting rather than whole areas. The new forecasts are being introduced on the 11 priority gritting routes with one of … Continue reading

Firms sign up to create more than 100 apprentice roles

A Surrey County Council drive to use its spending clout to create apprenticeships has raced past the 100 mark. Almost 90 firms have committed to fill 115 apprentice roles as a condition of securing their contracts. Places have been created across an array of sectors, including hospitality, social care and vehicle maintenance. The news comes … Continue reading

Website offering deals worth hundreds of millions launched

A new website has been launched offering firms Surrey public sector contracts worth hundreds of millions of pounds. The SupplytoSurrey site lists deals from the county council, Surrey Police, the University of Surrey and the county’s 11 borough and districts. More than 80 firms registered on the site within 72 hours of its launch. The … Continue reading

Key facts ahead of national fire strikes

Ahead of the planned national fire strikes, please find more details below: When are the fire strikes? From 6pm on Friday 31 October 2014 until 6pm on Tuesday 4 November 2014. Why are the strikes happening? The Fire Brigades’ Union strikes are part of an ongoing national dispute between themselves and central Government over proposed … Continue reading

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