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Borrow a book and get a bus pass

Thousands of older people needing a new book and bus pass are getting both in the same place – their local library. Surrey County Council libraries are giving residents the opportunity to apply for disabled and senior bus passes in branches. Staff at 23 branches will check eligibility, fill out the online application and take the … Continue reading

Key facts ahead of national fire strikes

Ahead of this week’s and next week’s national fire strikes, please find more details below: When are the fire strikes? Daily from Saturday 9 August 2014 until Saturday 16 August 2014 inclusive, from 12pm-2pm and from 10.59pm-11.59pm. Why are the strikes happening? The Fire Brigades’ Union strikes are part of an ongoing national dispute between … Continue reading

VIDEO: Teenager boxing her way to coaching career

Teenager Becky Reed is so hooked on boxing she is aiming to make a career out of it thanks to the help of Surrey County Council and Catch22. Last year the 19-year-old was classed as being NEET – not in education, employment or training. Now she is on the way to becoming a coach in … Continue reading

Online initiative set to offer firms deals worth hundreds of millions

Deals worth hundreds of millions of pounds a year will be offered to local firms with the launch of a new online initiative. SupplytoSurrey will list contracts being offered by Surrey County Council, Surrey Police, the University of Surrey and the county’s 11 boroughs and districts. The site is being spearheaded by the county council … Continue reading

Surrey community groups thank Prudential RideLondon for cash boost

Community groups have hailed Prudential RideLondon’s cycling events for improving their local areas after Surrey County Council’s involvement in last year’s inaugural festival. Earlier this year, more than £242,000 was given to nearly 30 groups by the London Marathon Charitable Trust, which runs the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey events that attracted thousands of riders and spectators last … Continue reading

Road repair software to save time and £100,000 a year

Surrey is set to get Google Street View-style software which will speed up road improvements and save taxpayers hundreds of thousands of pounds. The county council is expected to save at least £100,000 and thousands of manpower hours per year when it becomes one of the first local authorities to introduce the software. Highways teams … Continue reading

Bids pour in for share of community cash

More than 60 bids have been lodged for a share of a £500,000 pot of cash to help people improve their local areas. Surrey County Council received 62 applications from groups before the latest deadline for cash. The Community Improvements Fund was launched by leader David Hodge with the aim of supporting residents’ efforts to independently enhance … Continue reading

Plans to rebuild primary school signed off

A primary school will be completely rebuilt as part of plans signed off by Surrey County Council to create more than 500 extra places. The Cabinet has agreed to replace Hurst Park Primary in West Molesey with a brand new building with space for an additional 210 pupils. It will include 14 classrooms, an outdoor … Continue reading

Thrillers fuel near 100% rise in ebook lending

Surrey readers’ love of a thriller has fuelled a near 100% rise in ebook loans from libraries. The number of ebooks borrowed from Surrey County Council’s libraries in the first six months of this year climbed to 29,390 compared to 15,267 for the same period in 2013. This follows a growing trend which has seen online … Continue reading

Surrey volunteers thanked for flood relief efforts

Scores of volunteers who worked tirelessly to keep Surrey residents safe during last winter’s floods have been thanked by Surrey’s Lord-Lieutenant Dame Sarah Goad and Surrey County Council Chairman David Munro. Mr Munro said: “From 4×4 vehicle drivers to those who assisted in relief centres and worked for the Red Cross, all the volunteers did … Continue reading

Minister signs deal to boost Surrey’s economy

Surrey County Council Deputy Leader Peter Martin was on hand to witness newly-appointed Minister of State for Universities and Science Greg Clark sign a deal giving Surrey multi-million-pound funding as part of a first step towards long-term economic growth. The deal was confirmed at the Farnborough International Airshow. For more information, visit the Enterprise M3 … Continue reading

£10m university technical college plans for Surrey

Plans have been revealed for a new £10m university technical college (UTC) focused on training the next generation of engineers and digital professionals. The proposal for a brand new ‘careers college’ in Guildford catering for up to 800 students from Surrey, London and Hampshire is contained in a Surrey County Council report. It comes after … Continue reading

Council office sharing saves £700,000

Surrey County Council has saved taxpayers around £700,000 in the last year thanks to sharing buildings with other organisations. The saving – enough money to pay for a year of residential care for 28 people or 70 school places – comes because sharing more buildings means paying less for rent, heating and repairs. Around 1,000 … Continue reading

Surrey County Council leader David Hodge gives statement to Full Council

Surrey County Council’s leader today made a personal statement following the council’s decision on allowances. David Hodge told Full Council he had decided to accept only the level of allowances recommended by the independent remuneration panel (IRP). Deputy Leader Peter Martin has made the same decision. In his statement, Leader David Hodge said: “When I … Continue reading

County Council meeting agenda

For the agenda of the Council meeting on Tuesday, 15 July, visit the council’s website.

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