New hi-tech weather forecasts will give Surrey drivers even better protection from ice and snow this winter. Surrey County Council is introducing route-specific forecasts that focus on which roads will be coldest and need advance salting rather than whole areas. The new forecasts are being introduced on the 11 priority gritting routes with one of … Continue reading
Ahead of the planned national fire strikes, please find more details below: When are the fire strikes? From 6pm on Friday 31 October 2014 until 6pm on Tuesday 4 November 2014. Why are the strikes happening? The Fire Brigades’ Union strikes are part of an ongoing national dispute between themselves and central Government over proposed … Continue reading
Surrey Heritage showcases Chertsey’s history Well over 250 people filled Chertsey Hall on Saturday, 25 October when Surrey County Council’s Heritage team and 15 partner organisations came together to showcase the fascinating history and heritage of the Chertsey area. The event included popular talks including Henry VI and Richard III’s association with Chertsey Abbey. Radio … Continue reading
Plans to better protect Surrey residents from con artists and save taxpayers almost £400,000 a year have been approved in a trading standards merger with Buckinghamshire County Council.
Picture caption: County council Leader David Hodge outlined Surrey’s bids for £27 million to improve flood defences to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt at a meeting to discuss how residents and businesses in Godalming are being better protected. Quote: Surrey leader David Hodge said: “It is great to work with Mr Hunt on helping Godalming residents … Continue reading
Surrey County Council has bid for £27 million from Whitehall to improve local flood defences. The council has asked for the money to better protect residents across the county from a repeat of last winter’s floods. Below is a video of John Furey, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Flooding Recovery, outlining the bid which … Continue reading
Surrey residents are being urged to recycle one extra plastic bottle a week and save the county over £200,000 a year to go back into frontline services. Only 27 per cent of recyclable plastics – such as bottles, pots, tubs and trays – are currently being recycled in Surrey’s households, and the county council is … Continue reading
Surrey residents whose homes flooded last winter now have more time to apply for a Government repairs grant of up to £5,000. The county council has extended the deadline for residents and businesses to apply for the Repair and Renew grant, which was set up by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to reimburse … Continue reading
A groundbreaking scheme between Surrey County Council and the National Autistic Society (NAS) is set to revolutionise the education of children with autism. Thanks to a tie-up between the county council, the UK’s leading autism charity and the Cullum Family Trust, four high-achieving mainstream schools are set to get the county’s first-ever centres focused on educating … Continue reading
Following this week’s report by the Public Accounts Committee calling for the Department for Transport to improve its planning and investment in Britain’s roads, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, John Furey, said: “The Public Accounts Committee is right to highlight the inadequacy of Whitehall funding for councils and the need to be efficient … Continue reading
The South East needs more powers to help drive the UK economy, according to two major groups of local authorities. Councils from across the region, including Surrey, have backed a manifesto that calls for Government to devolve more powers on funding so the South East can boost economic investment nationally. For more information, visit the … Continue reading
Downton Abbey fans can now get married in a Surrey courtroom used in nailbiting scenes of the global TV hit. As fans wait for the period drama’s fifth series to begin this Sunday, couples can now tie the knot in the former Crown Court where the trial of valet Mr Bates was filmed in … Continue reading
The Guardian today published an article about the success of a Surrey scheme that is diverting hundreds of young people away from crime. To read the story, follow this link.
A Surrey boom in people buying and making electric cars is set to fuel a groundbreaking partnership to boost the county’s economy and help the environment. Electric car ownership in Surrey has quadrupled in just two years to over 180 – the highest in the South East – and a summit on Tuesday will brainstorm … Continue reading
A drive to make more Surrey roads pothole-proof has saved taxpayers £4m in one year – but the county council has warned Surrey still faces a highways funding gap of around £60m from Whitehall. One year into its push to upgrade 300 miles of road with 10-year repair guarantees, the council has saved £4.4m through … Continue reading