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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.

Cosmetics linked to cancer seized in major trading standards haul

Potentially life-threatening cosmetics have been seized by Surrey County Council as part of one of the UK’s largest-ever hauls of its kind. The 752-kilo cargo taken by trading standards officers at Heathrow Airport includes more than 1,000 cosmetic items, from creams to lotions, containing a skin bleaching ingredient – hydroquinone – that is banned in … Continue reading

Cycling festival organisers update Surrey residents and businesses

Organisers of the Prudential RideLondon festival of cycling have sent advance updates to Surrey residents and businesses so they can make the most of this summer’s event. The event organisers, London & Surrey Cycling Partnership, this week started the first of two leaflet drops so people who live and work on the route know what … Continue reading

Walton Bridge scoops major engineering award

A major bridge that carries thousands of Surrey commuters a day has won a prestigious award. Surrey County Council’s new Walton Bridge was among the winners at a ceremony held last night by the Institution of Civil Engineers to celebrate the best projects in the industry. The bridge, which was the first new Thames crossing … Continue reading

Multi-million-pound Surrey road projects up for major awards

Two groundbreaking road improvement projects that carry thousands of Surrey commuters a day are in the running for prestigious awards. The cream of the engineering industry has shortlisted both Surrey County Council’s building of the new Walton Bridge and its £100 million Operation Horizon roads overhaul among regional finalists for the Institution of Civil Engineers … Continue reading

County Council meeting agenda

For the agenda and reports from this week’s Surrey County Council meeting, visit the council website.

New council Cabinet roles announced

Surrey County Council Leader David Hodge today revealed several new responsibilities for his Cabinet members. At the annual Full Council meeting, several Cabinet roles were updated, including flooding recovery being added to the portfolio of John Furey, Highways Cabinet Member. The full Cabinet list is as follows: Leader (and Cabinet lead for Statutory Responsibilities) – … Continue reading

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