County council staff are working round the clock so schools in flood-hit areas open as usual after the half-term break. Education and property teams are putting in a big effort alongside schools to ensure pupils can return to classrooms on Monday. As flood water levels begin to drop, a clean-up operation is in full swing … Continue reading
County council leader David Hodge has pledged continued backing for business after new figures revealed Surrey’s economy grew by 8% in a year – outstripping the rest of the UK. The amount Surrey generated for the nation’s economy climbed by £2.4 billion between 2011 and 2012 to more than £32bn, according to the Office for … Continue reading
Surrey firefighters are continuing to help the county’s flood-hit communities as part of the response to adverse weather in the region. The fire and rescue service currently have a number of High Volume Pumping (HVP) units in the Lower Thames area of Surrey. The intention is to help communities to begin recovering from the flooding and … Continue reading
Surrey County Council’s highways teams are to focus their efforts on flood prevention work as the region continues to be hit by severe weather. Along with the Army, boroughs and districts and the county’s highways contractor Kier Services the council’s roads teams have filled and distributed 15,000 sandbags and the county’s highways teams have fixed … Continue reading
Surrey County Council today confirmed a 1.99% council tax rise even though 2.5% was needed. It was agreed at a meeting of the Full Council and the video below of leader David Hodge sets out Surrey’s case for the increase.
There’s great news ahead of National Libraries Day tomorrow – readers can now borrow a book just by scanning its barcode. A free app has been launched that allows people to read the code of any title, anywhere and get a list of the nearest libraries stocking it. Then anyone with a Surrey County Council … Continue reading
If all the reusable sofas and beds that were thrown away in Surrey last year were laid end to end, they would snake up and down Box Hill 10 times. The line would contain 25,000 pieces of furniture and stretch for 30 miles. In total, 4,500 tonnes of furniture which could still be used are … Continue reading
Surrey and East Sussex have joined forces to boost their buying power and slash the cost of revamping libraries by almost a third. Firms have agreed to discount the price of the likes of carpets, lighting and furniture by up to 27% after the two county councils teamed up to harness their collective clout. It … Continue reading
Surrey County Council has fixed more than 500 roads damaged by last year’s ice and snow in five months since earmarking £5 million to tackle the issue. In September, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet allocated £5 million to fix almost 700 of the road surfaces most affected by ice and snow throughout the first half of … Continue reading
A Surrey County Council challenge to fill 500 apprentice places in a year has smashed its target two months early. Leader David Hodge has revealed that nearly 540 young people have landed apprentice roles since last April as part of three schemes run by the council. Businesses hired more than 410 apprentices through a cash … Continue reading
Surrey County Council’s Cabinet today approved a proposal to increase council tax by 1.99% even though a 2.5% rise was needed. The Cabinet’s recommendation will now go forward to a meeting of Surrey’s Full Council on Tuesday, 11 February, where a final decision will be taken.
Organisers have announced the results of a ballot for cyclists to enter this year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey event through the county. Click here for a link to the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey release.
The estimated repair bill to fix Surrey’s roads and bridges has hit the £6 million mark as engineers draw up a hitlist of the worst-affected spots – with more rain forecast. Torrential rain, strong winds and burst riverbanks over Christmas and the New Year prompted county council roads teams to work around the clock to … Continue reading
A county council pledge to back business could net local firms up to £60 million as part of the biggest school expansion programme in Surrey’s history. Around 30 primary school construction contracts worth £50m are set to be awarded through the BuildSurrey website over the next two years. On top of the school work, £10m … Continue reading
Surrey County Council has become the first local authority in the country to sign up for an innovative app that helps make caring easier for people who juggle work and looking after a loved one. Jointly helps those supporting family or friends keep track of medication, appointments and tasks as well as connecting groups of … Continue reading