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Downton Abbey courtroom becomes wedding venue

  Downton Abbey fans can now get married in a Surrey courtroom used in nailbiting scenes of the global TV hit. As fans wait for the period drama’s fifth series to begin this Sunday, couples can now tie the knot in the former Crown Court where the trial of valet Mr Bates was filmed in … Continue reading

Guardian features Surrey’s success in diverting young people away from crime

The Guardian today published an article about the success of a Surrey scheme that is diverting hundreds of young people away from crime.  To read the story, follow this link.

Plans to create nearly 600 more school places signed off

Plans to create nearly 600 extra places at four schools have been signed off as part of the biggest schools expansion project in Surrey’s history. The county council has given the go-ahead to boost capacity at Heathside by 150 places, add another 210 at Hinchley Wood Primary, create 90 more at Stoughton Infant and build a … Continue reading

Singapore public service leaders visit county council

Picture caption: A delegation of public service leaders from Singapore have called on the expertise of Surrey County Council. A group of 11 officials working in education, social services, health and other fields visited County Hall to learn how the authority has transformed services. Quote: Julie Fisher, Surrey County Council’s Strategic Director for Business Services, … Continue reading

Surrey drivers buy most electric cars in South East

A Surrey boom in people buying and making electric cars is set to fuel a groundbreaking partnership to boost the county’s economy and help the environment. Electric car ownership in Surrey has quadrupled in just two years to over 180 – the highest in the South East – and a summit on Tuesday will brainstorm … Continue reading

£4m saved from roads overhaul but funding pressures still exist

A drive to make more Surrey roads pothole-proof has saved taxpayers £4m in one year – but the county council has warned Surrey still faces a highways funding gap of around £60m from Whitehall. One year into its push to upgrade 300 miles of road with 10-year repair guarantees, the council has saved £4.4m through … Continue reading

Families warned over killer car seats

A Surrey County Council investigation has uncovered a market in deadly car seats that can kill a child at just 30mph. The council’s trading standards team is warning families of young children not to buy the illegal seats, which are imported from China and fail all UK safety standards. Crash testing done by Britax shows … Continue reading

Surrey welcomes changes to special educational need support but calls for proper funding

Following today’s Government announcement about reforms to services for children with special educational needs and disabilities, Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning, said: “The reforms announced by the Government today will provide important support to our young people with special educational needs and we are delighted to have played a role … Continue reading

More than 4,100 new places created as council faces £215m funding gap

As schools open after the summer break with space for more than 4,100 extra pupils, Surrey County Council has warned that plugging a £215 million funding gap for 13,000 further places is becoming increasingly tough. Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning Linda Kemeny said: “I’m pleased we have ensured more than 4,100 additional pupils can learn … Continue reading

Three more councils joining crackdown on roadworks congestion

Surrey’s initiative to ease the pain of congestion is set to stretch 130 miles once three councils join. As Bracknell Forest prepares to join the roadworks permit scheme launched by Surrey and East Sussex county councils, West Berkshire and Wokingham are just waiting for their applications to be rubber-stamped. Once all three are on board, … Continue reading

Surrey welcomes Government money for vulnerable families

Over 500 extra Surrey families will get help to transform their lives after the Government rewarded the county council for being among the best at supporting those most in need. The Government today announced plans to give more money to the top-performing councils working with vulnerable families, including Surrey, whose programme has already helped 420 … Continue reading

Students congratulated on A level success

Following the release of A level results today, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning Linda Kemeny said: “Surrey has some of the country’s best state schools and once again students’ hard work and effort have achieved excellent results. “It’s a pleasure to see so many young people rewarded with the grades they … Continue reading

Stoke Park hosts Guildford Cycle Festival

Hundreds of spectators are expected to flock to Sunday’s Guildford Cycle Festival. The free event takes place at Northgate, Stoke Park, between 10am and 5pm and includes a display by mountain bike stunt team Savage Skills, a guided bike ride and expert advice on safety and maintenance. It is part of Surrey County Council’s Travel … Continue reading

RideLondon-Surrey cyclists hailed

Following today’s RideLondon-Surrey events, Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Community Services Helyn Clack said: “I’m delighted that the wind and rain didn’t quash the determination of nearly 21,000 cyclists to turn out for this year’s RideLondon-Surrey event. “Watching Olympic hero Sir Bradley Wiggins ride through Surrey’s stunning scenery and waves of avid amateurs tackle … Continue reading

Borrow a book and get a bus pass

Thousands of older people needing a new book and bus pass are getting both in the same place – their local library. Surrey County Council libraries are giving residents the opportunity to apply for disabled and senior bus passes in branches. Staff at 23 branches will check eligibility, fill out the online application and take the … Continue reading

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