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Surrey graduates celebrate pioneering Masters degree

Surrey County Council employees have completed the UK’s first Masters course in roads engineering. The two-year course was launched in 2012 by the county council with the SE7 group of councils and the University of Brighton to train up the next generation of public sector highways managers, and has sparked interest from other academic institutions … Continue reading

Mitch Winehouse to speak at Surrey music conference

Mitch Winehouse will deliver the key note speech at Surrey Music Hub’s second annual music education conference at Guildford’s GLive on Monday 14 July from 10am to 4.30pm. Well-known as Amy’s father, he is also the founder of the Winehouse Foundation, established to support music and mental health projects in Surrey. The conference, organised by … Continue reading

Walton Bridge up for third major award

A major bridge that carries thousands of Surrey commuters a day could win its third top award in a row. Surrey County Council’s Walton Bridge has been shortlisted for the British Construction Industry awards, weeks after winning twice from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). The £32 million road bridge carries 35,000 commuter cars a … Continue reading

Surrey saving £72 million this year

Surrey County Council has set a goal of saving £72 million this year as the authority continues to face the challenges of increasing demand for services and dwindling funding. Reaching the annual target will propel savings for local taxpayers to £200m in three financial years alone. That sum would be enough to pay for the … Continue reading

£200k scam victim dubbed a national hero

A Surrey pensioner scammed out of more than £200,000 over 56 years has been dubbed a national hero for speaking out to help others. Sylvia Kneller hit the headlines in January after revealing she paid around £100 a week in deposits for phoney prizes to lottery or horoscope tricksters until Surrey County Council trading standards … Continue reading

Triple the victims of copycat websites in Surrey

The number of Surrey victims of websites overcharging for documents like passports has trebled in half a year. Between January and May, more than 150 people in Surrey paid unnecessary fees to official-looking copycat websites. In the whole of 2013, around 50 Surrey residents were duped. Surrey victims have paid £19,000 to copycat websites so … Continue reading

Need for new Cabinet post before airport expansion is considered

Britain needs a new Cabinet minister for infrastructure before any decision is made on expanding Heathrow or Gatwick, Surrey County Council’s leader said yesterday. David Hodge told a group of aviation experts that there was a need to invest now in road, rail, healthcare, schools and housing if either airport’s plans are to go ahead, … Continue reading

Plans unveiled for 3,800 extra Surrey school places

Plans have been unveiled to create around 3,800 new Surrey school places in the next academic year. That is the equivalent of building around nine brand new two-form entry primary schools. Surrey County Council aims to expand 20 schools in time for the return from the 2015 summer holiday. It came as the council’s Cabinet signed off … Continue reading

Multi-million-pound Preston regeneration starts

Work has started on Surrey County Council’s joint project with Reigate and Banstead Borough Council to regenerate the Preston area with new community facilities. It will feature a leisure centre that includes a 25-metre six-lane swimming pool, a 60-station gym and sports hall, space for community activities, and a youth skills centre. Denise Le Gal, … Continue reading

County council gets £3.8 million to fix flood-damaged roads

Surrey County Council has welcomed a £3.8m Government boost towards its £23m repair bill to fix flood-damaged roads. The council has already fixed 36,000 potholes this year after the winter floods, and this extra Government cash would cover the cost of fixing another 78,000. Last month Surrey announced its £23m action plan to repair flood-damaged … Continue reading

VIDEO: ‘Best care home is your own home’

With today marking National Care Home Open Day, Surrey County Council is encouraging people to look at all the options available to help them live independently.

Key facts ahead of national fire strike

Ahead of the latest national fire strike, please find more details below: When is the fire strike? From 10am to 5pm on Saturday, 21 June 2014. Why are the strikes happening? The strikes are taking place because of a national dispute between central Government and the Fire Brigades’ Union over proposed changes to firefighters’ pensions. … Continue reading

World Cup boost for libraries

World Cup fever has kicked in at libraries with a surge in young readers netting books to get the lowdown on the football extravaganza. As England prepared for the vital World Cup game against Uruguay tonight, Surrey County Council’s libraries service has revealed that sports book loans to children rocketed by almost 70% last month … Continue reading

Surrey signs off plans for another 210 places

Plans for 210 extra school places in Addlestone have been signed off by the county council as part of the biggest expansion project in Surrey’s history. Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning Linda Kemeny has given the go-ahead for the proposal to expand Sayes Court Primary. She said: “These places are being provided as part of … Continue reading

Campaign for better Thames defences launched

Seven local authorities whose residents and businesses were hit by February’s flooding have teamed up to push for £256 million river defences from Government. Surrey, Richmond, Kingston, Windsor and Maidenhead, Elmbridge, Spelthorne and Runnymede councils agreed last Friday to develop a business case for the River Thames Scheme, which would protect riverside homes and businesses … Continue reading

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