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More than 3,500 extra Surrey school places to meet rising demand

More than 3,500 extra school places have been created in Surrey this year to meet a growth in demand from rising birth rates. Schools will have space for 3,549 extra pupils when they open this week after the summer break – the equivalent of eight brand new two-form entry primaries. It brings the total number of … Continue reading

Surrey has slowest rush hour roads of any county in country

Surrey has the slowest rush-hour roads of any county in the country with average speeds dipping as low as 14 miles per hour, official figures reveal. During the morning commute, motorists travel an average speed of just over 22.5mph on Surrey’s A roads – more than 18mph slower than the county with the fastest roads* … Continue reading

‘Don’t let new roads fund bypass Surrey’ – county urges Government

Surrey County Council has written to the Government’s Roads Minister calling for action to prevent the county’s roads missing out on a new highways fund. John Furey, Surrey’s Cabinet Member for Highways, wrote to Andrew Jones MP after the county revealed a new dedicated roads fund was not set to be spent on any of the … Continue reading

Get ready to sign up for RideLondon ballot

Cyclists hoping to tackle next year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 will be able to sign up online from 10 August. The festival of cycling, including the mass participation event, will take place on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 July 2016. For more information about the ballot, visit the RideLondon website. Up to 25,000 cyclists will take … Continue reading

Sir Bradley Wiggins looks ahead to racing on Surrey’s roads

Cycling superstar Sir Bradley Wiggins has singled out the Box Hill climb as his favourite part of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic route. The 2012 Tour de France winner will tackle the iconic ascent in Sunday’s race for elite professional riders along with his WIGGINS team-mates. As he looked ahead to the race through London and … Continue reading

Call for Surrey to share in Budget roads bonanza

Surrey is calling on the Government to act so the county sees the benefit from a new dedicated roads fund announced in George Osborne’s latest Budget. Fears were raised that more than 3,300 miles managed by the county will miss out on the fund from Vehicle Excise Duty despite Surrey drivers contributing more than £100m* … Continue reading

Surrey landscape gardener admits rogue trading offences

A cowboy gardener who charged exorbitant sums for substandard work has pleaded guilty to fraud and money laundering offences. Benjamin Brown, 62, of Cox Lane, Epsom preyed on elderly and vulnerable victims who were unable to look after their gardens themselves. He was prosecuted by Surrey County Council’s trading standards officers and last week pleaded … Continue reading

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

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