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Surrey trials quad bike gritter

A quad bike gritter is the latest weapon in Surrey County Council’s armoury to tackle ice and snow this winter. The four-wheeler is being used on a trial basis to grit roads and clear snow at the same time in places ordinary trucks cannot go. Ian Lake, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and … Continue reading

Surrey apprentice campaign nears halfway mark

A campaign spearheaded by Surrey County Council to fill 200 apprentice places in 100 days has almost reached the halfway mark. Employers have been coming forward pledging to take on apprentices as part of the council’s push to ensure all 16 to 19-year-olds in Surrey are in education, training or employment by 2015. The figure … Continue reading

House fire increase sparks Christmas warning

Detail Faulty fairy lights and burnt turkey dinners have sparked a Christmas safety warning after it was revealed house fires in Surrey doubled last December. There were 56 fires in homes throughout the county last December, which is double the monthly average of just 28. A total of 18 of these were linked to cooking. … Continue reading

County Council supports Eagle Christmas Toy Appeal

Surrey County Council’s Chairman, Mrs Lavinia Sealy, has presented Eagle Radio with a cheque for £300 to put towards the station’s Christmas Toy Appeal. The money will go towards ensuring less fortunate children across the county have a present to unwrap on Christmas Day. More than 2,500 toys for the appeal have also been collected … Continue reading

The 12 tweets of Christmas

The 12 tweets of Christmas are helping cooks save money and reduce food waste this festive season. Ditching the Brussels sprouts and choosing the perfect size turkey are just two of the hints and tips that professional Surrey chef Carmela Tomkins is offering on Twitter during the countdown to Christmas. She is tweeting every day … Continue reading

GB cycling and basketball take number of training camps to 16

Great Britain’s cycling and basketball teams have chosen to train and stay in Surrey to prepare for the 2012 Olympic Games. Their decisions mean 16 Olympic and Paralympic teams have now signed up to use the county’s world class training facilities, out of a total of 30 teams across the entire South East. And with … Continue reading

Businesses recognised for innovation

Innovative businesses have been recognised by Surrey County Council’s deputy leader. Peter Martin presented an award to Symbio managing director Martin Ward at the fourth Ambassador Academy event staged by not for profit organisation Connect 2 Innovation. Wormley-based Symbio was singled out for the work it does with soil to give plants the best possible … Continue reading

County council hosts volunteering fair

Chairman of Surrey County Council, Mrs Lavinia Sealy, has hosted a volunteering fair at County Hall this week. The event was an opportunity for staff  and councillors to meet representatives of volunteering groups from across the county. Mrs Sealy said “This is the first time we’ve held this event and I’m glad to say that … Continue reading

Surrey unveils plans to double savings of children in care

Children in care could benefit to the tune of nearly £1,600 from Surrey County Council as part of plans to double their savings and put them on a sound financial footing for adult life. Under the proposal, cash young people pay into a savings account* will be matched by the county council in what is … Continue reading

Winter weather media opportunities in Surrey

With snow forecast tomorrow, reporters, photographers and film crews are invited to cover winter preparation stories in Surrey. Opportunities include: Going out with a gritting lorry. Nearly 17,000 tonnes of salt stored at depots across Surrey. Grit bins being filled up for householders to treat roads and pavements. Interviews with the key players charged with … Continue reading

Surrey loan shark pleads guilty

Please find below a release on behalf of the England Illegal Money Lending Team.  A Surrey woman has admitted running an illegal money lending business, following an investigation by the England Illegal Money Lending Team, working in partnership with Surrey County Council Trading Standards. Rowena Santos, aged 51, appeared at Guildford Crown Court on Friday … Continue reading

Parts of Surrey cannot get broadband speeds

Internet users in parts of Surrey still cannot get broadband speeds, it has been revealed. Connection speeds in areas of Surrey such as Ripley, Ottershaw, Tatsfield and Frensham remain on a par with the old-fashioned dial-up internet service. In those places, some residents and businesses have reported speeds between 0.2mbps (mega bits per second) and … Continue reading

Surrey leader announces £750,000 fund to improve communities

Communities in Surrey will benefit from a £750,000 fund announced by Surrey County Council leader David Hodge today. Mr Hodge used a meeting of the Full Council to reveal the new Community Improvement Fund that will allow residents to bid for money to help improve their local areas. In his speech at County Hall, Mr … Continue reading

Transcript of the Leader’s speech announcing a new £750,000 Community Improvement Fund

Today David Hodge, Leader of Surrey County Council, announced his plans for a Community Improvement Fund which will allow residents to bid for cash to support projects that improve local areas. Below is a transcript of the speech to Full Council, given on 13 December 2011. [Check against delivery] I’m sure you will agree that … Continue reading

Counterfeit vodka could have caused blindness

A shopkeeper who sold fake vodka that could cause drinkers to go blind has been fined £16,000. The toxic tipple was found to contain 235 times the legal level of methanol when tested in a lab. An inspection by Surrey County Council Trading Standards uncovered 14 bottles of the counterfeit Glen’s Vodka on sale at … Continue reading


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