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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

Surrey Trading Standards launches campaign to crack down on illegal tobacco

Surrey County Council Trading Standards and Surrey Crimestoppers have launched a campaign to stamp out the trade in illegal tobacco. Working with the Smokefree Surrey Alliance, the campaign aims to gather intelligence about manufacturers and suppliers of illegal tobacco and raise awareness of the dangers and risks to person and property. Members of the public … Continue reading

Surrey wins £729,000 for mental health services

A Surrey scheme to provide round-the-clock support for young people with mental health difficulties has secured Government funding worth £729,000. The announcement was made by the Department for Education, which has issued the following press release: £729,000 for round-the-clock support for young people in Surrey on the brink of crisis A brand new scheme to … Continue reading

PICTURES AND VIDEO: Firefighters test response to major blaze

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service staged a mock incident which saw firefighters ‘evacuate’ dozens of people playing the role of casualties from a disused building in Staines. The building was specifically chosen because it has a complicated layout inside. Robert Weldon-Gamble, Surrey Fire and Rescue Group Commander Central Response, said: “We hope an incident like this … Continue reading

Sharing services to save up to £8 million a year

Plans to bolster buying power and save millions of pounds by sharing services with East Sussex have been signed off by Surrey County Council. The Cabinet has approved a proposal to launch a joint initiative, which will: Cover teams in IT, human resources, property, procurement, finance, legal and other services Save up to £8 million … Continue reading

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

A pre-inquest review into the death of Private Cheryl James will take place on Friday 27 February. Private James died of a gunshot wound in 1995 at Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut, Surrey. The High Court ruled last year that the inquest held on 21 December 1995 into her death should be quashed and a fresh … Continue reading

Pioneering masters degree extended to firms across UK

The UK’s first masters degree to train the next generation of roads engineers has been extended to include all private sector firms across the country. EM Highway Services is the first to send a student on SE7’s two-year MSc in highway engineering management. Councils outside the seven local authorities in SE7 have also been invited … Continue reading

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