New fire service recruits showcased their skills at a passing out parade after completing 13 weeks of training. Twenty-four recruits demonstrated what they’ve learned during the first Surrey and Sussex “tri-service” course for full-time firefighters. The fire services in Surrey, East and West Sussex joined forces to run the intensive course which began in January … Continue reading
Tina Thorburn, from the county council’s highways team, gives her latest round-up of the work taking place on Surrey’s roads.
Here’s Charlotte Moreton-Dolman from the county council’s adult social care team giving her latest update from the frontline. Here’s Charlotte from the county #council with her latest update from the adult #socialcare frontline pic.twitter.com/DsuZovk9t2 — Surrey News (@SurreyNews) April 18, 2019
Two rogue traders who scammed elderly victims across London and Surrey by tricking them into paying for unnecessary repairs have been jailed. The sentences were handed down to Albert Eastwood Jnr, of Denton Close, Surrey and Peter King, of Shurlock Avenue, Swanley, Kent, following a joint investigation by the Met Police’s Organised Crime Command and … Continue reading
Guildford and Woking have emerged as the frontrunners to host Surrey County Council’s new HQ as councillors unveiled plans to cut the number of buildings it uses from 300 to 100 in an efficiency drive that aims to save tens of millions of pounds. The potential locations for Surrey’s new ‘civic heart’ by the end … Continue reading
Eighty-seven per cent of Surrey children have been offered places at their first-choice primary school – up from 86 per cent last year. And almost all who applied – 97 per cent of pupils – were given one of their top three preferred schools. Julie Iles, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member All-Age Learning, said: “We … Continue reading
Shining examples of volunteer work were highlighted at an event staged by Surrey County Council to recognise people’s efforts to improve their communities. Volunteers who “do selfless work” in their neighbourhoods were celebrated at an event at County Hall organised for Chairman Tony Samuels. Each volunteer was handed a certificate and a medal. Those singled … Continue reading
With the Flying Scotsman steaming through stations in Surrey tomorrow (12 April) on its way to London, county council leader Tim Oliver said: “The iconic locomotive really does conjure up images of times gone by but we’re looking towards the future, which is why we back Crossrail 2, support a rail link to Heathrow airport … Continue reading
The total awarded to community groups thanks to Surrey’s role in Prudential RideLondon is now more than £3.3million. In 2019 alone, more than £400,000 worth of grants has been awarded – including £150,000 towards the installation of an artificial grass pitch for multi-sport use at Cobham Rugby and Sports Association and £70,000 towards improvements to … Continue reading
Three councils have teamed up with Splunk to bolster cyber security. Surrey County Council, East Sussex County Council and Brighton and Hove City Council are working with the big data analysis firm through their Orbis partnership to protect against attacks. More information can be found in Splunk’s press release.
Here’s Charlotte Moreton-Dolman from the county council’s adult social care team giving her latest update from the frontline. Here is Charlotte with her latest update while out on her adult #socialcare rounds – this time it’s about #nutrition pic.twitter.com/LL0IQrFopx — Surrey News (@SurreyNews) April 9, 2019
Tina Thorburn from the county council’s highways team rounds up the work taking place on Surrey’s roads.
A doorstep rogue trader has admitted fleecing a retired Surrey teacher with excessive charges for substandard work to her house and garden. Tom Watson pleaded guilty to running a fraudulent business after he was brought to court by Surrey trading standards officers. Their investigation found that the former teacher, an elderly widow from Stanwell, had … Continue reading
More graduates to Youth Engagement Scheme Eleven more young people have completed Surrey Fire and Rescue Service’s Youth Engagement Scheme to learn a range of key skills to help them in the future. The latest course took place at Walton Fire Station and means that more than 600 young people aged 14 to 17 with … Continue reading
Watch Mary Lewis, the county council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, update the Cabinet on progress in improving Surrey’s children’s services, including the findings of a recent Ofsted monitoring visit.
In an interview on BBC Surrey & Sussex yesterday, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children Mary Lewis spoke about the amazing work foster carers do to transform the lives of vulnerable children. Mary’s interview starts at 6:30. For more information on becoming a foster carer, you can phone the council’s fostering team on 0800 … Continue reading
The county council’s Cabinet has approved plans to relocate Surrey’s fire and rescue headquarters and other key facilities and upgrade Reigate Fire Station. Watch Denise Turner-Stewart, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Fire and Resilience, set out how the plans will enable closer working with partners, “drive further service improvements” and provide equipment and technology that … Continue reading
The county council’s Cabinet has backed a new draft joint health and wellbeing strategy for Surrey. In the video below, leader Tim Oliver highlights the benefits of working in partnership with health services for the benefit of residents in the county and underlines that the proposed strategy is “absolutely about prevention”. It is now set … Continue reading
Tina Thorburn from the county council’s highways team rounds up the work taking place on Surrey’s roads.
Ahead of upcoming changes to concessionary bus travel on 1 April, Surrey County Council has outlined how disabled bus pass holders are being supported. The council has: * Worked with bus firms to secure reduced fares for disabled bus pass users travelling on Arriva, Safeguard and Stagecoach services before 9.30am on weekdays and is continuing … Continue reading
Watch Steve Owen-Hughes, Acting Chief Fire Officer for Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, outline proposed changes aimed at preventing emergencies happening in the first place. Find out more out about the proposals here and here.
Highlights include: Looking at limiting “any necessary council tax rises” A progress report on the move out of County Hall and “closer to our residents” Plans for joint forums – “local partnership boards” Proposals for local agreements to make Surrey “a better place”.
Surrey County Council has stepped in to ensure the 479 service linking Guildford and Epsom via Leatherhead will continue in the short term while a permanent solution is found. Starting on Saturday 16 March, Arriva Kent & Surrey will operate Monday to Saturday to the same timetable used before Buses Excetera suddenly stopped trading on … Continue reading
A pair of sniffer dogs uncovered a stash of illegal cigarettes and tobacco hidden in a box of crisps in an Epsom shop. The duo guided trading standards officers to the illicit packs after the team paid a visit to Simran Mini Supermarket, trading as Save & Smile, last summer. Pippa alerted officers to the … Continue reading
In the week the world wide web turned 30, Surrey County Council has teamed up with charity Citizens Online to tackle digital exclusion as figures reveal that one in 10 residents lack at least one main online skill. More details can be found on the Citizens Online website.
Tina Thorburn from the county council’s highways team rounds up the work taking place on Surrey’s roads, including improvements being made using money from the extra £20 million investment in repairs.
Firefighters will work more closely with communities to prevent emergencies happening in the first place under a new plan to make Surrey a safer place to live. They will go into schools, colleges, workplaces, homes and support groups to help people with “lifelong” safety, protecting them not just against house fires but also other kinds … Continue reading
Tina Thorburn from the county council’s highways team rounds up the latest news about work taking place on Surrey’s roads.
The inquest into the death of Private Geoff Gray will begin at 12 noon on Tuesday 26 February. Pte Gray was found dead at Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut, Surrey in September 2001. The High Court ruled in November 2017 that the inquest into his death, held in March 2002, should be quashed and a new … Continue reading
A community charity is set to take on the running of Surrey’s performing arts library under proposals to give the service a new lease of life while also saving money for local taxpayers. The charity NewSPAL has worked with the council on a business case to take over the library which will be considered at … Continue reading
Surrey’s trading standards team – jointly run with Buckinghamshire – has been awarded a contract to help protect consumers and businesses from misleading print and other non-broadcast advertising. The service has been appointed by National Trading Standards to provide enforcement services to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). It means the ASA will now refer businesses and … Continue reading
Take a look behind the scenes as new fire service recruits are put through their paces during training. Three fire services have joined forces for the first time to run a joint training course for full-time firefighters. Surrey Fire & Rescue Service, West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service are … Continue reading
A former Surrey foster child who credits his foster family with turning his life around is backing a new campaign to find more carers. Lewis says his foster family gave him stability and a sense of self-worth which helped him achieve 12 GCSEs and a job he loves. He said: “My early childhood consisted of … Continue reading
Surrey County Council leader Tim Oliver talks about listening to the feedback given in the five recent public consultations, partnership working to provide “more efficient and seamless services” and a council tax increase of 2.99% for 2019/20 in his Full Council speech today.
Tina Thorburn from the county council’s highways team rounds up the work due to take place on Surrey’s roads.
Surrey and West Sussex fire and rescue services are to move to a joint 999 mobilising system. It follows a decision taken by West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities today (1 February). West Sussex made a full assessment of the options available for mobilising systems with other fire and rescue services. It … Continue reading
Surrey County Council is supporting an application from a community group to sponsor a family fleeing conflict in Syria to settle in Mole Valley. Mary Lewis, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, took the decision on 22 January. More details are available here. Mrs Lewis said: “I’m pleased to support this community bid … Continue reading
Communities and prevention lead Rebecca Brooker talks to BBC Surrey about the work being done in the Surrey Heartlands area by the county council and the NHS to help people through social prescribing – activities or support to help combat loneliness, get fit or healthy and boost wellbeing. The interview followed the news that NHS … Continue reading
The county council’s Cabinet today approved a proposal announced by leader Tim Oliver not to close any community recycling centres pending a thorough review of Surrey’s waste and recycling service following a series of consultations.
A pre-inquest review hearing into the death of Private Geoff Gray will take place in London on Friday 1 February 2019 at 2pm. It is being held in advance of the fresh inquest into Pte Gray’s death which is due to begin on Tuesday 26 February 2019 at Surrey Coroner’s Court in Woking. Pte Gray was … Continue reading
A new mobile app has been launched to signpost members of the armed forces community in Surrey and the South East to support and advice in their area. The “Forces Connect” app is designed to link users in four easy clicks to organisations offering help and support across a wide range of services. The free … Continue reading
Surrey County Council’s Chairman Tony Samuels has discussed future investment in the county with China’s ambassador to the United Kingdom. Mr Samuels said: “I had the privilege of meeting Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at a Guildhall reception recently. I commented that there were no multi-national Chinese companies in Surrey. He investigated further and subsequently invited me … Continue reading
Surrey County Council has announced its council tax proposal for 2019/20. The council’s Cabinet will make a formal recommendation on 29 January. A final decision will be taken at a meeting of Surrey’s Full Council on 5 February. Mel Few, Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Finance, said: “Our focus has to be on ensuring … Continue reading
A roofing boss has been jailed for two-and-a-half years after failing to use scaffolding at a Surrey home and charging the elderly residents £7,200 for repairs when a worker fell through the roof. John Thompson (pictured right), 43, left a gaping hole in the couple’s roof when he sent a labourer up without providing scaffolding, … Continue reading
Surrey County Council and partner agencies are today launching a new academy to train and support staff who work with children. Surrey Children’s Services Academy will support agencies across the county to work together to offer children and families the best possible help and care. The ambitious initiative is among the first of its kind in … Continue reading