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Call for greater powers for the South East goes to government

West Sussex, East Sussex and Surrey county councils will join forces to lead the call for greater powers and freedoms to be devolved to the South East. All three council leaders have signed a letter that has been sent this week to Greg Clark – Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government – in … Continue reading

Record number of 12 Surrey groups win the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Twelve Surrey groups have received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. Below is a press release from the Queen’s representative in Surrey, Dame Sarah Goad DCVO JP. Record number of 12 Surrey groups win the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2015 The UK … Continue reading

Council awards Brooklands Museum £225,000

With the new Formula One season set to roar into action, Surrey County Council has announced that Brooklands Museum has been awarded £225,000 to help restore part of the world’s first purpose-built motor racing track to its former glory. The money will go towards returning the finishing straight to how it looked in 1939 when … Continue reading

Flag raised to mark Commonwealth Day

Councillors and staff joined Surrey County Council chairman David Munro in a ceremony to mark Commonwealth Day at County Hall today. Mr Munro said: “This unique initiative, building on highly successful inaugural events last year, will see over 650 other Commonwealth flags raised in 38 Commonwealth countries. “It has caught the imagination of thousands of … Continue reading

Key facts ahead of national fire strike

Ahead of the planned national fire strike, please find more details below: When is the fire strike? From 7am on Wednesday 25 February 2015 until 7am on Thursday 26 February 2015. Why is the strike happening? The Fire Brigades’ Union strike is part of an ongoing national dispute between themselves and central government over proposed changes to … Continue reading

Surrey First World War project wins £460,000 from Heritage Lottery Fund

A Surrey project to immortalise the experiences of Surrey residents on the front line and at home during the First World War has won a grant of almost £460,000. Surrey Heritage, which is part of the county council, has received the money from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the project called Surrey in the … Continue reading

Caravan fire in Newchapel

A Surrey Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “We were called at 1.37am on Tuesday 30th December to a report of a caravan fire at the Plantation, West Park Road, Newchapel, Tandridge. “Three fire crews were sent to the incident and put out the fire using hose reels. Sadly, two children and one woman have … Continue reading

County council ready for winter

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

Key facts ahead of national fire strikes

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

Chertsey’s history showcased and Surrey takes part in Mental Health Challenge

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

Trading standards merger with Buckinghamshire approved

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.  

Jeremy Hunt and Surrey leader discuss improving flood defences

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 bids for £27 million flood defence improvements

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

Save £200,000 by recycling a plastic bottle

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

Grant extension for flood-hit Surrey householders

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

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