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Key facts ahead of this weekend’s national fire strikes

Ahead of the fifth and sixth national fire strikes that are happening this week here are some key facts: When is the fire strike? From 6pm to 10pm on Friday 13 December and 6pm to 10pm on Saturday 14 December 2013. Why are the strikes happening? The strikes are taking place because of a dispute … Continue reading

Preston regeneration moves a step closer

Surrey County Council’s joint project with Reigate and Banstead Borough Council to regenerate the Preston area with new homes and community facilities has moved a step closer after the borough approved a key part of the scheme. For more information, click here

County council improves two of Surrey’s busiest roads

Surrey drivers are set to have a happier New Year as the county council announces new projects to make more of its roads pothole-free. Road teams have just overhauled part of the A25, one of the county’s busiest commuter routes, and they are set to start work on another major route next month. Having just … Continue reading

Surrey set to sign off investment in another 720 school places

Plans to create 720 new school places as part of the biggest investment programme in Surrey’s history are set to be signed off by the county council. The council’s Cabinet will consider proposals to boost capacity at six schools in the Guildford, Woking, Reigate and Haslemere areas on Tuesday, 17 December. Surrey needs to find 16,000 … Continue reading

Leader sets out challenges and successes

Leader David Hodge used a meeting of the Full Council today to set out the financial challenges ahead and Surrey County Council’s success in improving roads, providing apprenticeships and achieving significant savings.

Surrey councils launch litter crackdown

The county council has joined forces with Surrey’s 11 districts and boroughs to launch a crackdown on litter louts. Surrey leader David Hodge unveiled the new campaign to combat littering at a meeting of today’s Full Council.  

Surrey wins national recognition for scheme to cut bed blocking

Ditching normal office hours in favour of shifts and weekend work in hospitals to cut bed blocking has earned Surrey County Council national recognition. The authority has been commended in the category for improved partnerships between health and local government in the Health Service Journal’s annual awards. Surrey abandoned the traditional Monday to Friday 9-5 routine for staff helping … Continue reading

Welcome for Gatwick station investment

Following the Government’s announcement of a £50 million redevelopment of Gatwick Airport’s railway station as part of a £375m national infrastructure investment plan, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment John Furey said: “This is great news for Surrey’s commuters and economy. A new platform and better facilities will help to reduce overcrowding … Continue reading

Community groups win cash to help people with dementia

Age UK has thanked Surrey County Council after receiving £4,000 from an innovation fund launched to help community groups make life better for people with dementia. The charity was among 14 groups to win money from the council’s £55,000 pot of cash to help those with the condition remain active and independent in their local … Continue reading

Yvonne Rees confirmed as Mole Valley’s permanent chief executive

One woman will help to steer two councils after being confirmed in a ground-breaking double leadership role. Yvonne Rees has been made Mole Valley District Council’s permanent chief executive while also continuing as a strategic director at Surrey County Council. The full press release is on Mole Valley’s website.

Apprentice campaign smashes through 300 mark

A campaign to fill 500 apprenticeships is closing in on its target after smashing through the 300 mark. Leader David Hodge unveiled the scheme offering businesses a cash incentive to take on apprentices after the success of Surrey County Council’s drive to fill 265 places last year. A raft of employers have been coming forward … Continue reading

ROUND UP: New car share scheme and hard-hitting play unveiled

Car share scheme up and running  A new car share scheme is up and running in Guildford thanks to a Surrey County Council-backed travel project. University of Surrey students, Royal Surrey County Hospital staff and Surrey Research Park workers can cut their carbon footprint through hiring the Ford Fiesta from the hospital’s car park. The … Continue reading

County council calls for new law on unregistered cycling events

Council bosses are set to push for Government action on unregistered road cycling and give local people a greater voice if a new strategy is approved this month. Cycling has boomed in the county since it hosted the 2012 Olympic road races, including thousands either watching or riding in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey events. In September, … Continue reading

More than 200 roadworks rejected in Surrey congestion crackdown

Council bosses have rejected permission for almost 250 inadequate roadworks in a fortnight since launching their new permit scheme. Earlier this month, Surrey County Council took control of who digs roadworks where, when and with whom. This will mean up to 2,400 fewer roadworks in the county every year, slashing congestion and saving Surrey’s economy … Continue reading

More than 300 roads safer thanks to winter damage fund

 Surrey County Council has fixed the equivalent of nine rugby pitches after earmarking funds to tackle winter road damage. In September, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet allocated £5 million to fix more than 600 of the road surfaces most affected by ice and snow last winter. So far, the county council has completed 63,725 square metres … Continue reading


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