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Olympic torchbearers

Following the announcement that 6,800 people across the UK were given conditional offers to be Olympic torchbearers, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services and the 2012 Games Denise Saliagopoulos said: “Congratulations to all those who have been offered the chance to become Olympic torchbearers. I’m sure they must be overjoyed at the prospect … Continue reading

County council loses £15.6 million funding next year

Speaking following yesterday’s (8 December) announcement of the local government finance settlement for next year, Surrey County Council Leader David Hodge said: “Surrey’s grant allocation will reduce by 10% next year or nearly £16m. However, this is in line with what we were expecting and we’re well placed to manage it. “There will continue to … Continue reading

BBC Surrey interview about dangerous ‘bling’ dummies

Surrey County Council Trading Standards Officer Steve Playle speaks to BBC Surrey about the dangers of ‘bling’ dummies. For more information on the dummies read the full story here. Click below to listen to the interview -Audio courtesy of BBC Surrey

Deputy Leader to present business innovation awards

Surrey County Council Deputy Leader Peter Martin will be handing innovation awards to businesses at an event next week. Mr Martin will be presenting the awards at the fourth Ambassador Academy event staged by not for profit organisation Connect 2 Innovation. Further details can be found via this Connect 2 Innovation release.

Surrey staff ready to beat severe weather to care for the vulnerable

Social care staff are ready to battle through any snow and ice this winter to help Surrey’s frail and vulnerable. County council staff are standing by to beat severe weather and keep elderly people safe and make sure vulnerable children get the support they need. During last year’s ice and snow, council staff at residential … Continue reading

Choking danger over ‘bling’ dummies and baby bottles

‘Bling’ children’s dummies and baby bottles that could cause choking and lung problems have sparked a warning to parents from Surrey County Council Trading Standards. Safety tests revealed small ‘gems’ attached to the brightly coloured pacifiers and bottles can easily fall off and form into clumps, leading to choking if they are swallowed. It is … Continue reading

Open day to view new fire station plans

People will be able to take a look at plans for a new fire station in Guildford during an open day this week. The event will give local residents the chance to learn more about the project and talk to the people behind the plans, including Surrey County Council officers. The county council will soon … Continue reading

Surrey leader’s pledge to small businesses

New Surrey County Council leader David Hodge made a pledge to help small firms at a meeting with the national head of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). Mr Hodge told the FSB’s national chairman John Walker the council’s procurement team will help small businesses by making sure the process of winning contracts is easier … Continue reading

Bolstering buying power and stripping away bureaucracy to save millions

Saving millions of pounds by bolstering buying power and stripping away bureaucracy through pooling resources have been identified as key to improving services and value for money in a new Cabinet report. They form an essential part of new Surrey County Council leader David Hodge’s one team approach that aims to sweep away barriers to … Continue reading

Ian Lake interviewed on BBC Surrey about the Eco Park

Surrey County Council Cabinet member for Transport and Environment Ian Lake was interviewed on BBC Surrey about plans to create an Eco Park to treat waste and generate green electricity which were given the go-ahead by the Government. Click below to listen to the interview. -Audio courtesy of BBC Surrey

Eco Park to be built following Government decision

Plans to create an Eco Park to treat waste and generate green electricity were given the go-ahead by the Government today. Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, decided there was no need to further review the decision to grant planning permission for the development at Charlton Lane in Shepperton. The … Continue reading

Leader of Surrey County Council interviewed on BBC Surrey

David Hodge, Leader of Surrey County Council, was interviewed on BBC Surrey’s breakfast show (02 December). Topics discussed included how his upbringing in a Dublin orphanage helped shape his approach to running the council. Click below to listen to the interview -Audio courtesy of BBC Surrey

Winter preparation plans featured on BBC Surrey radio

Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment Ian Lake today (02 December) featured in a BBC Surrey piece discussing the county council’s preparations for any severe weather this winter. Click below to listen to the feature – Audio courtesy of BBC Surrey radio

Surrey in the running for national technology award

Surrey County Council is in the running to win a national technology award. The council’s IT team has been nominated in the best project delivery category of the UK Public Sector Digital Awards for its work on developing computerised record-keeping for children it helps. There were more than 400 entries for the awards that are … Continue reading

Olympic advertising advice from the ODA

With 240 days until the start of the Olympic Games and 241 days until the cycle races come to Surrey, the Olympic Development Authority (ODA) has released information for businesses wanting to trade or advertise close to the cycle routes. Further details can be found from this ODA release.

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