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Surrey County Council becomes a fostering friendly employer

A Surrey County Council highways worker who fosters child asylum-seekers has welcomed the authority becoming a fostering friendly employer. Mark Davies will get more help to balance his work and caring responsibilities now the county council has begun formally recognising the needs of staff who give a loving home to vulnerable children. Mr Davies, of … Continue reading

Set the alarm earlier – the rush hour commute lasts up to eight minutes longer than five years ago

Heavy rush hour traffic is forcing Surrey drivers to set the alarm up to eight minutes earlier than five years ago just to get to work on time. A 46-mile morning commute along A roads from Farnham to Redhill took an hour and 55 minutes on average in September 2010. But by this September, motorists … Continue reading

Surrey seeks to maximise value from recycling centres without compromising service

Plans to achieve greater value for money for taxpayers from Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) without compromising the service they get have been signed off by Surrey County Council. Proposals include retaining all CRCs and only closing centres at their quietest times to fit in with demand. Planned new charges would only apply to residents dropping … Continue reading

Groups receive cash for projects of lasting benefit to communities

A garden play area, a minibus and a community cafe are among the latest projects to win cash from a fund to help people improve their local area. They were among 23 projects to be awarded money from Surrey County Council’s Community Improvements Fund. Leader David Hodge launched the initiative three years ago to give … Continue reading

Surrey calls for fairer funding deal for schools within 10 miles of London

As speculation grows that Chancellor George Osborne is poised to announce a school funding shake-up, Surrey County Council is pressing for a fairer deal for schools within 10 miles of London borough boundaries. Surrey schools close to London are being penalised to the tune of millions of pounds in funding compared to schools in the … Continue reading

Gritting lorries hit the road

Gritting lorries took to Surrey’s roads over the weekend for the first time since last winter. As temperatures plunged, the county council’s winter operation swung into action with the fleet of hi-tech gritters treating roads county-wide after filling up from the council’s 16,000-tonne stockpile of salt. It came after it was revealed that the council’s … Continue reading

Karan Persand wins county council by-election

Conservative Karan Persand has won the Surrey County Council by-election for the Epsom West Division. He was elected as the county councillor after securing 612 votes – 21 more than nearest rival Neil Dallen (Residents Associations of Epsom and Ewell). The by-election was called after Stella Lallement stood down. By-election votes: Kate Chinn (Labour Party) 578 Chris Crook (Green Party) 58 Neil … Continue reading

Surrey schools losing out to their London neighbours

Surrey schools close to London are being penalised to the tune of millions of pounds in funding compared to schools in the capital – even though they may be less than a mile apart and face the same challenges. These schools are often just streets apart and serve virtually identical communities but London boroughs bordering … Continue reading

£300 million – the cost of fixing all Surrey’s roads

Fixing all Surrey’s roads today would cost nearly £300 million, the county council has revealed. That is the amount needed to get the whole of the county’s network into a good condition like the roads overhauled in the council’s Operation Horizon project. The estimated £294m cost covers work ranging from full-scale reconstruction to overhauling broken stretches on around … Continue reading

VIDEO: Surrey firefighter drives home road safety message by releasing music video

A Surrey firefighter has produced a hard-hitting music video highlighting to young motorists the dangers of careless driving after witnessing the harrowing aftermath of car crashes. Maxi Curnow, 23, penned the song If We Make It and enlisted his girlfriend and colleagues from Gomshall fire station to feature in the accompanying video. The four-minute film, … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Fire station opening doors to public; Pupils invited to decide book award winner

Fire station opening doors to public Fire engines and equipment used to tackle blazes will be on show at an open day on Saturday. Woking Fire station in Cawsey Way will throw open its doors to the public from 10am to 4pm. Surrey Fire and Rescue Service crews will be on hand to tell people … Continue reading

Surrey family of car dealers sentenced

A father and two sons have been ordered to pay £3,700 after admitting mis-selling used cars. Charles Wenman Snr, Charles Wenman Jnr and Mark Wenman falsely advertised second-hand cars as being covered by a 12-month warranty from a warranty company. The trio, who run Cranleigh-based dealership Walton Motors, were sentenced by Redhill magistrates following an … Continue reading

IN PICTURES: New chapter for 50-year-old Godalming Library

As it celebrates its 50th anniversary, Godalming Library has officially reopened after being revamped to better meet the needs of 21st century readers. When the library was built in 1965, all its stock was manually catalogued on cards and baby story and rhyme time sessions were unheard of. Now the Bridge Street library boasts tens … Continue reading

Surrey life expectancy soars

Life expectancy for men and women in Surrey is soaring, new official figures reveal. Men reaching the age of 65 in Surrey can expect to live another 20 years, according to data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) covering 2012 to 2014. That is three years longer than males who reached that age just over a … Continue reading

VIDEO: Sneak peek of the new Phoenix Youth Centre

Take a video tour of the new Phoenix Youth Centre with Surrey County County Council’s Assistant Director for Young People Garath Symonds. The finishing touches are being applied before the centre opens its doors as part of a joint project with Reigate and Banstead Borough Council to regenerate the Preston area.

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