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RideLondon-Surrey dates announced for 2015

The ballot will open next month for the 2015 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey festival of cycling. For more information, visit the Prudential RideLondon website.

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

Multi-million-pound Surrey regeneration plans approved

A major community regeneration project in Surrey can get started after receiving planning approval. Surrey County Council, Reigate and Banstead Borough Council and Raven Housing Trust will transform the Portland Drive area of Merstham with flats, shops, a youth skills centre, library, community centre and a supermarket after councillors gave the go-ahead. Surrey County Council … Continue reading

Key facts ahead of national fire strikes

Ahead of next week’s national fire strikes, please find more details below: When are the fire strikes? Monday 14 July to Thursday 17 July from both 6am-8am and 5-7pm Friday 18 July from 6am-8am and from 11pm to 1am Saturday 19 July 11am-1pm and 11pm-1am Sunday 20 July from 5-7pm Monday 21 July from both … Continue reading

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

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