A project to make Surrey the best connected county in the country has hit the halfway mark. The number of homes and businesses able to benefit from the high-speed service has reached 42,000. It comes after Surrey County Council joined forces with BT to create a county-wide network to help firms do business online and … Continue reading
More than 80% of Surrey’s state schools are outstanding or good, according to the latest figures. Statistics show that 313 of Surrey County Council’s primary and secondary schools were given the two best grades. Ofsted judged 100 schools outstanding and another 213 were rated good. The county council is responsible for 384 schools. Linda Kemeny, … Continue reading
Hundreds of pupils at Surrey schools have seen a play staged to help them spot the signs of sexual exploitation. Chelsea’s Choice, which has just finished a tour of more than 40 county schools and colleges, gives young people and parents advice on where to turn to get help. In the tale, Chelsea has fallen out … Continue reading
A brand new secondary school for at least 900 pupils is set to be built in Surrey and opened in 2017 as the county council continues its largest-ever schools investment to meet spiralling demand for places. The council plans to turn the Runnymede Centre in Addlestone into an 11-16 secondary school with capacity for six classes … Continue reading
Feedback from Surrey County Council and residents has helped organisers of this summer’s major cycling festival to re-open roads along the route up to three hours earlier. The London & Surrey Cycling Partnership (LSCP), the event organisers, has introduced route changes and event improvements. Approximately half of the roads in Surrey will open up to … Continue reading
The county council’s trading standards team has linked up with a national body to simplify rules for local shopkeepers and encourage economic growth. For more information, click here to visit the Association of Convenience Stores press release.
Surrey workers are among the most productive in the UK for boosting the economy, figures have revealed. Statistics show they contributed more to the national economy per hour worked than all but two areas outside central London. Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show Surrey’s productivity rate for 2012 was 18.3 per cent above the … Continue reading
Surrey County Council has received a £5.3 million Government boost towards its £15 million bill to fix flood-damaged roads. Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin today confirmed that Surrey will get £5.3 million to fix roads after much of the county was devastated by flooding that hit over Christmas and again in February. Surrey’s £5.3 million award, … Continue reading
Surrey County Council Leader David Hodge today unveiled plans to donate almost £15,000 from the members’ allocation fund to the Surrey Flood Recovery Appeal launched by the Community Foundation for Surrey to help people get back on their feet after the severe weather. Flooding advice can be found on the council’s website.
A museum, a plumbing business and a firm of solicitors have joined Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt in signing up to a Surrey scheme to make life better for people with dementia. They are among more than 100 organisations and individuals helping people with the condition remain active and independent in their communities. The initiative is … Continue reading
Jack Cole is the 500th apprentice to be recruited through a Surrey County Council scheme to get teenagers into work. His digital media role with Iceberg Vision in Egham was confirmed as National Apprenticeship Week came to a close. Under Surrey’s initiative, employers receive £750 from the county council for each apprentice they take on … Continue reading
Online library visits have overtaken those to branches in Surrey, latest figures reveal. Surrey County Council’s online library was used 4.2 million times in the 2012-13 financial year – a rise of 20% on the previous year. That outstripped the near four million annual visits to Surrey branches as library users downloaded e-books, got free … Continue reading
Woking has been chosen as the South East’s flagship library for an international literary event. Celebrating all things likeable about literature, World Book Night will see the likes of Peter James – author of the best-seller The Perfect Murder – share the joys of reading. The Surrey County Council library will host the crime … Continue reading
A fund that has helped 60 community groups improve their local areas has been given a £500,000 boost. Surrey County Council has earmarked the cash for the Community Improvements Fund that was launched by leader David Hodge with the aim of supporting residents’ efforts to independently enhance their neighbourhood. An an outdoor gym near Stoneleigh, … Continue reading
Flooded homes will be exempt from paying council tax under a plan drawn up by Surrey councils and the police to help families affected by the recent severe weather. The county and local councils together with the Police and Crime Commissioner have agreed that residents whose homes have suffered internal flooding will not have to … Continue reading