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Davies Commission boosts Surrey on airport infrastructure call

Surrey County Council’s Leader has received a crucial boost over Heathrow and Gatwick expansion after the Government’s decision-making body said it would look at infrastructure first. A fortnight ago David Hodge told aviation experts that infrastructure must come before any airport expansion. Yesterday, the Davies Commission confirmed to South East politicians that it will consult … Continue reading

Surrey leader welcomes multi-million-pound Government boost

Surrey County Council’s Leader has welcomed Government funding announced today as a first step towards long-term economic growth. Almost £50 million will go into schemes to boost Surrey businesses and transport links over the next six years following a Government announcement today on local Growth Deals through local enterprise partnerships (LEPs). David Hodge said: “We … Continue reading

Get in gear with the Reigate Cycle Festival

This year’s Reigate Cycle Festival will take place on Sunday 20 July, encouraging more local people to ditch their cars and get on their bikes instead. The festival, from 10am-5pm in Priory Park, is a family-friendly event including stunt demonstrations, expert advice on safety and maintenance, exhibits from cycling groups and shops, a large variety … Continue reading

Walton Bridge up for third major award

A major bridge that carries thousands of Surrey commuters a day could win its third top award in a row. Surrey County Council’s Walton Bridge has been shortlisted for the British Construction Industry awards, weeks after winning twice from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). The £32 million road bridge carries 35,000 commuter cars a … Continue reading

£200k scam victim dubbed a national hero

A Surrey pensioner scammed out of more than £200,000 over 56 years has been dubbed a national hero for speaking out to help others. Sylvia Kneller hit the headlines in January after revealing she paid around £100 a week in deposits for phoney prizes to lottery or horoscope tricksters until Surrey County Council trading standards … Continue reading

Triple the victims of copycat websites in Surrey

The number of Surrey victims of websites overcharging for documents like passports has trebled in half a year. Between January and May, more than 150 people in Surrey paid unnecessary fees to official-looking copycat websites. In the whole of 2013, around 50 Surrey residents were duped. Surrey victims have paid £19,000 to copycat websites so … Continue reading

Top cyclist Cavendish to headline RideLondon-Surrey

Tour de France cyclist and former world champion Mark Cavendish will race on Surrey’s roads again this summer. Cavendish will compete in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on 10 August. The race for professionals follows a mass-participation 100-mile ride on the same day. The route for both events is based on the one that featured in … Continue reading

Need for new Cabinet post before airport expansion is considered

Britain needs a new Cabinet minister for infrastructure before any decision is made on expanding Heathrow or Gatwick, Surrey County Council’s leader said yesterday. David Hodge told a group of aviation experts that there was a need to invest now in road, rail, healthcare, schools and housing if either airport’s plans are to go ahead, … Continue reading

Multi-million-pound Preston regeneration starts

Work has started on Surrey County Council’s joint project with Reigate and Banstead Borough Council to regenerate the Preston area with new community facilities. It will feature a leisure centre that includes a 25-metre six-lane swimming pool, a 60-station gym and sports hall, space for community activities, and a youth skills centre. Denise Le Gal, … Continue reading

County council gets £3.8 million to fix flood-damaged roads

Surrey County Council has welcomed a £3.8m Government boost towards its £23m repair bill to fix flood-damaged roads. The council has already fixed 36,000 potholes this year after the winter floods, and this extra Government cash would cover the cost of fixing another 78,000. Last month Surrey announced its £23m action plan to repair flood-damaged … Continue reading

Campaign for better Thames defences launched

Seven local authorities whose residents and businesses were hit by February’s flooding have teamed up to push for £256 million river defences from Government. Surrey, Richmond, Kingston, Windsor and Maidenhead, Elmbridge, Spelthorne and Runnymede councils agreed last Friday to develop a business case for the River Thames Scheme, which would protect riverside homes and businesses … Continue reading

Litter tip for Surrey picnickers

Picnic lovers are being urged to help keep Surrey beautiful as part of an anti-litter campaign. Earlier this year Surrey County Council teamed up with district and boroughs to target rubbish dropped around town centres, motorway junctions and train stations, and is now urging people to take their litter home or bin it to mark … Continue reading

Pioneering hi-tech home care for people with depression

People with severe depression will get care via a revolutionary app in the country’s first scheme of its kind being launched in Surrey. Adults who usually need to attend mental health clinics can now monitor their own progress with the help of a tablet computer and expert healthcare support via Skype-style video conferencing. Surrey County … Continue reading

Government supports “fairer” roads funding for Surrey

A former minister and Surrey’s deputy leader have convinced the Government that the county should get a fairer deal on road funding. On the day that the Government unveils its new legislative programme in the Queen’s Speech, Surrey could be set for a bigger share of Government money after a transport minister agreed that national … Continue reading

Longer-term road repairs strategy launched

A five-year roads repair project that saved £3 million through better planning has inspired a new longer-term strategy to improving Surrey’s streets. At a meeting on Tuesday, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet adopted the longer-term planning approach used in Operation Horizon so that all road maintenance is better and saves taxpayers’ money.

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