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Surrey shop owner fined after sniffer dogs found illegal tobacco

A Surrey shopkeeper was caught with thousands of pounds worth of illegal tobacco when a sniffer dog found secret stashes hidden around his store. Trading standards officers raided a convenience store in Godalming in September last year and found hundreds of packets of cigarettes and tobacco pouches hidden under a sink, beneath beer and wine … Continue reading

Reception and junior school places

Following the release of information on primary school places for September, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning Linda Kemeny said: “Although the number of pupils applying for primary places in September rose by more than 400 this year, we’re pleased so many have got into a school they wanted. “But it’s getting … Continue reading

Fire at Cobham services

14.00 A Surrey Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said “Today’s fire at Cobham services is now out and a investigation has started into the causes of but it would be too early to speculate further. “Crews will remain on scene damping down for a some time” ” 09.50 Firefighters in breathing apparatus are tackling the … Continue reading

The Queen to attend Magna Carta 800th anniversary event

Her Majesty The Queen will mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta at the site in Runnymede where the historic document was sealed. Accompanied by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, Her Majesty will attend a commemoration event at Runnymede Meadows on 15 June. The Duke of Cambridge, The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir … Continue reading

Surrey and East Sussex launch orbis to share services and save millions

Plans to share services with the aim of making improvements and saving two county councils millions of pounds annually became reality today. Surrey and East Sussex officially launched their partnership – called orbis – covering services that include human resources, property, procurement, finance and information technology. It is hoped the move, which is expected to … Continue reading

Furniture boss sentenced for selling dangerous cot that trapped child by the neck

Furniture boss Phillip Dickens was given a three-month suspended prison sentence today after his company supplied a cot that trapped a child by the neck. On behalf of his company, Oxfordshire-based Baumhaus, Mr Dickens had admitted two counts of placing an unsafe product on the market, between January 2010 and July 2013, at an earlier … Continue reading

Surrey’s £50,000 to help business start-ups

Surrey County Council is investing £50,000 to help business start-ups get off the ground, grow and create jobs. It has joined forces with the Fredericks Foundation, which lends to people who may have been turned down for a bank loan. The money will be used to call on the charity’s expertise with the aim of … Continue reading

Chelsea footballers help to launch community bus service

Chelsea’s Premier League stars of the future have launched one of Surrey’s first community bus services. England youth internationals Jacob Maddox and Martell Taylor-Crossdale, and Swiss youth international Miro Muheim were on hand to unveil the Chatterbus, which will run daily between Cobham and Weybridge. Most of the funding to run the bus was provided by … Continue reading

Council joins scheme to boost business

Following the announcement by Enterprise M3 of the appointment of a group that includes Surrey County Council to run a service to help businesses grow, deputy leader Peter Martin said: “Surrey and the South East packs one of the country’s biggest economic punches and this is great news for firms as they seek to continue … Continue reading

Plans to create more than 400 extra Surrey school places signed off

Plans to create more than 400 extra places at three Surrey schools have been signed off. That is enough pupils to fill a brand new two-form entry primary school. The county council’s Cabinet approved proposals to expand St Francis Catholic Primary in Caterham (105 extra places), The Greville Primary in Ashtead (210 additional places) and Manby … Continue reading

Cabinet Officer Minister praises council

Surrey County Council has been named an ‘Open Data Champion’ by Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude for its digital approach. He named Surrey as one of 16 champions nationally at an event looking at the role of the ‘local authority of the future’. Openly published data can be used to create applications that provide better … Continue reading

Surrey and Buckinghamshire trading standards join forces from April

Residents in Surrey and Buckinghamshire will be better protected from scams and rip-offs with the launch next month of a joint trading standards service covering both counties. A merger between Surrey and Buckinghamshire trading standards takes effect from 1 April with the aim of harnessing their collective expertise to give consumers even stronger safeguards and … Continue reading

Life-saving defibrillators on all Surrey fire engines

Every fire engine in Surrey has been fitted with a defibrillator to help firefighters save more lives at the scene of emergencies. Surrey County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service has equipped its entire 35-strong fleet with defibrillators to enable crews who are first on the scene to treat casualties suffering a cardiac arrest. At the … Continue reading

Surrey becomes Britain’s best connected county

Surrey has become the best connected county in Britain following the completion of the main part of a high-speed broadband project. The county council and BT have announced that fibre broadband coverage has been extended to more than 82,000 businesses and homes not included in commercial roll outs. Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said: “The Government’s nationwide roll … Continue reading

Social networking pioneer to speak at rural conference

Social networking pioneer Penny Power OBE is among the speakers lined up for Surrey’s Countryside and Rural Enterprise Conference next week looking at how working better together and innovation can enhance the county’s rural areas. The entrepreneur and author, who founded the UK’s first social network for business in 1998, will be speaking about digital … Continue reading

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