The South East needs more powers to help drive the UK economy, according to two major groups of local authorities. Councils from across the region, including Surrey, have backed a manifesto that calls for Government to devolve more powers on funding so the South East can boost economic investment nationally. For more information, visit the … Continue reading
Downton Abbey fans can now get married in a Surrey courtroom used in nailbiting scenes of the global TV hit. As fans wait for the period drama’s fifth series to begin this Sunday, couples can now tie the knot in the former Crown Court where the trial of valet Mr Bates was filmed in … Continue reading
The Guardian today published an article about the success of a Surrey scheme that is diverting hundreds of young people away from crime. To read the story, follow this link.
A Surrey boom in people buying and making electric cars is set to fuel a groundbreaking partnership to boost the county’s economy and help the environment. Electric car ownership in Surrey has quadrupled in just two years to over 180 – the highest in the South East – and a summit on Tuesday will brainstorm … Continue reading
A drive to make more Surrey roads pothole-proof has saved taxpayers £4m in one year – but the county council has warned Surrey still faces a highways funding gap of around £60m from Whitehall. One year into its push to upgrade 300 miles of road with 10-year repair guarantees, the council has saved £4.4m through … Continue reading
Sir Bradley Wiggins will lead Team Sky when Britain’s biggest cycle race passes through Surrey on Saturday morning. The Friends Life Tour of Britain’s seventh stage, which starts in Camberley and goes through Puttenham and Haslemere, will use around 20 miles of Surrey’s roads before heading to the finish in Brighton. A six-figure crowd is … Continue reading
A Surrey County Council investigation has uncovered a market in deadly car seats that can kill a child at just 30mph. The council’s trading standards team is warning families of young children not to buy the illegal seats, which are imported from China and fail all UK safety standards. Crash testing done by Britax shows … Continue reading
Surrey’s initiative to ease the pain of congestion is set to stretch 130 miles once three councils join. As Bracknell Forest prepares to join the roadworks permit scheme launched by Surrey and East Sussex county councils, West Berkshire and Wokingham are just waiting for their applications to be rubber-stamped. Once all three are on board, … Continue reading
More than 50,000 riders have registered interest in cycling next year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 event. The news comes just 72 hours after the ballot opened, and around a week after this year’s event attracted more than 20,000 riders and thousands of spectators to Surrey. For more information, read a press release on the Prudential RideLondon … Continue reading
Over 500 extra Surrey families will get help to transform their lives after the Government rewarded the county council for being among the best at supporting those most in need. The Government today announced plans to give more money to the top-performing councils working with vulnerable families, including Surrey, whose programme has already helped 420 … Continue reading
Cyclists hoping to participate in next year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 event will be able to sign up online from Monday 18 August. More details about registering for the ballot for places in next August’s mass participation ride can be found in a RideLondon press release.
Ahead of this week’s and next week’s national fire strikes, please find more details below: When are the fire strikes? Daily from Saturday 9 August 2014 until Saturday 16 August 2014 inclusive, from 12pm-2pm and from 10.59pm-11.59pm. Why are the strikes happening? The Fire Brigades’ Union strikes are part of an ongoing national dispute between … Continue reading
Surrey roads will re-open up to three hours earlier during this weekend’s second annual Prudential RideLondon cycling festival after the organisers acted on feedback from the county council and residents. The London & Surrey Cycling Partnership plans to re-open the outward 25-mile stretch between Hampton Court Bridge and Forest Green near Leith Hill on Sunday … Continue reading
Community groups have hailed Prudential RideLondon’s cycling events for improving their local areas after Surrey County Council’s involvement in last year’s inaugural festival. Earlier this year, more than £242,000 was given to nearly 30 groups by the London Marathon Charitable Trust, which runs the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey events that attracted thousands of riders and spectators last … Continue reading
Surrey is set to get Google Street View-style software which will speed up road improvements and save taxpayers hundreds of thousands of pounds. The county council is expected to save at least £100,000 and thousands of manpower hours per year when it becomes one of the first local authorities to introduce the software. Highways teams … Continue reading