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BBC Surrey interviews Cabinet Member about plans for new fire stations

Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Community Safety Kay Hammond has set out plans for new fire stations in Salfords and Burgh Heath to BBC Surrey presenter Sarah Gorrell. They would create a chain of fire engines in east Surrey – stretching from Epsom down to the outskirts of Horley. Audio courtesy of BBC Surrey

Surrey Police and Crime Panel meeting

The Surrey Police and Crime Panel will meet with the new Police and Crime Commissioner Kevin Hurley on Thursday. The meeting will be the first opportunity for members of the panel to discuss the commissioner’s priorities for policing in Surrey and to ask questions about his approach to the role. People can attend the meeting, … Continue reading

Media invite – come and see Surrey’s winter operation in action

With a cold snap forecast to bring ice and snow showers this week, a fleet of gritters, an army of farmers and 4×4 vehicles are ready to keep Surrey moving. Surrey County Council’s salt stocks swelled to 16,000 tonnes ahead of winter and gritting lorries have already been out treating roads. Reporters, photographers and film crews … Continue reading

Surrey’s £51 million sporting gold rush

The Olympic Games and Tour of Britain sporting events generated more than £51 million for Surrey’s economy. The gold rush came predominantly from the London 2012 cycling road race and time trial events, which attracted one million spectators in Surrey between them. Each overnight visitor is estimated to have spent an average of £75 in the … Continue reading

Council takes part in Guardian discussion

Surrey County Council’s Assistant Senior Manager in adult social care commissioning Norah Lewis took part in a debate organised by the Guardian about ensuring older people eat well. She emphasied how the council works with the boroughs and districts on providing meals on wheels services.

Council wins national innovation award

Surrey County Council has won a national award for its innovative use of technology. The authority is trialling a scheme that sees staff using their own laptops, smartphones or other devices to do their job as part of its ‘modern worker’ programme. It has earned the council a 2012 innovation award from the Society of … Continue reading

Two new fire stations planned in Surrey

Two new fire stations will open under plans to keep Surrey safe for years to come. Surrey Fire and Rescue Service has put forward proposals for new stations at Salfords, near Horley, and Burgh Heath that would mean crews getting to emergencies faster. They would create a chain of fire engines in east Surrey – … Continue reading

Surrey leader sets out how council is backing business

Leader David Hodge has set out the ways Surrey County Council is helping small firms thrive to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). Speaking to national chairman John Walker and Surrey FSB members last night, Mr Hodge highlighted the steps taken to make it easier for firms to do business with the council. He emphasised … Continue reading

Surrey leader welcomes growth-boosting measures

Following Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement, Surrey County Council leader David Hodge said: “The Government is right to prioritise growth-boosting measures such as infrastructure and help for small businesses. “Good road schemes, such as the recently announced M3 widening in Surrey, help businesses run more efficiently and create jobs and just like the Government we’re … Continue reading

Working with businesses to boost economic growth

Creating a single point of contact for businesses wanting to work with councils could help boost economic growth. The idea was discussed at a business engagement workshop hosted by Surrey County Council, which explored ways local authorities and the business community can work better together. Peter Martin, deputy leader of Surrey County Council, said: “Surrey … Continue reading

Guardian debate features Cabinet Member

Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Assets and Regeneration Programmes Tony Samuels has taken part in a debate organised by the Guardian about striking better deals with businesses and voluntary groups. Mr Samuels emphasised a joint purchasing operation with East Sussex County Council that aims to save both authorities millions of pounds. He also highlighted how … Continue reading

Apprentice campaign hits 200 target four months early

A campaign to boost the number of teenagers finding work with Surrey businesses has hit its target four months early. In July, Surrey County Council set a goal of filling 200 apprentice places before the end of next March. Under the scheme unveiled by Surrey leader David Hodge and backed by Skills Minister John Hayes … Continue reading

Surrey launching eBay style website to help local businesses

An eBay style website is set to be launched to help local businesses cash in on council work. Surrey County Council is creating the site to help firms secure building repair and construction work as sub-contractors on larger projects. Local builders and electricians among others will be able to pitch for smaller jobs that major … Continue reading

Search for healthwatch champion

Bids are being invited from organisations to take on the role of Surrey’s health and social care consumer champion. Surrey County Council is looking for organisations interested in forming a new public body to take on the role of and responsibilities of the county’s healthwatch. The local healthwatch will be an independent organisation able to … Continue reading

Community groups win council cash

An indoor swimming pool, an outdoor ball games area and a scout group are among the community projects that have won cash from a fund to improve local areas. They were on a list of 12 schemes that were awarded up to £45,000 by Surrey County Council leader David Hodge. The Friends of St John’s … Continue reading

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