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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

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

ROUND-UP: Time running out to get charity concert tickets; Surrey firefighters to test their response to a care home fire

Time running out to get charity concert tickets There is still time to snap up tickets for a night of music at a charity concert hosted by Surrey County Council Chairman David Munro. The event, which will take place on Wednesday 18 March at the Menuhin Hall in Cobham, will see performances from the Surrey … Continue reading

VIDEO: New Coroner’s Court opens in Woking

A new Coroner’s Court complex that opened in Surrey this week will better serve the needs of bereaved families. Surrey County Council has renovated the former North West Surrey Magistrates’ Court building in Woking to create a dedicated new base for Surrey Coroner Richard Travers and his staff. The centre will bring the Coroner and … Continue reading

VIDEO: Savings of £170,000 a day add up to £62 million target

Surrey County Council has set a goal of saving nearly £170,000 every day for a year. The authority has revealed plans to save local taxpayers £62 million in the next financial year. Since 2010 the council has made efficiencies totalling £260m and is on track to achieve almost £70m more in 2014/15. In the video below, leader David Hodge sets … Continue reading

VIDEO: Redhill’s one-way system switches to two-way traffic

Redhill’s one-way system has been opened to two-way traffic as part of a scheme to tackle congestion and boost economic growth. The £4 million town centre improvements, which also include measures to encourage cycling and promote walking by increasing pedestrian safety, were carried out by Surrey County Council and Reigate and Banstead Borough Council after … Continue reading

£41m of extra school places funding is “step in the right direction” – Surrey leader

Following the Government’s announcement that Surrey County Council has been awarded more than £41 million in extra funding over the next two years for a ‘significant and unexpected’ increase in demand for school places, leader David Hodge said: “We have pushed long and hard for a fair settlement with the help of Surrey MPs and … Continue reading

Two more councils join permit scheme

A Surrey scheme to ease the frustration of delays for motorists will span 130 miles from next month after two more councils join. When West Berkshire links up with the roadworks permit scheme launched by Surrey and East Sussex county councils, it will stretch from Lambourn in the west to Rye on the Sussex coast. … Continue reading


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