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Cabinet Member wins joint working award

A Surrey County Council Cabinet Member has won an award for his role in establishing a new board to improve health and wellbeing. Michael Gosling was commended with Dr Joe McGilligan in the Kent, Surrey and Sussex NHS Leadership Recognition Awards. The parts played by the council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing and Dr … Continue reading

Drink-related Surrey hospital admissions double

The number of people in Surrey admitted to hospital with alcohol-related illnesses has more than doubled in the last decade. Figures unveiled for Alcohol Awareness Week show there were 1,532 admissions per 100,000 people in Surrey in 2011/12 due to drinking, up from 695 in 2002/03. It is estimated that treating people for alcohol-related problems … Continue reading

VIDEO: Social workers on why they joined Surrey’s new academy

Following the launch of a new academy, social workers explain why they joined Surrey County Council’s training initiative. New recruits Ruth Pates, Emma Lewis, George Ukor and Helen Berentzen talk about how the academy is giving them the best possible start to the job of keeping children safe. And they set out why they think … Continue reading

New Guildford park and ride facility opens in Onslow

A new park and ride facility at Onslow is now open to the public, running regular bus services to Guildford train station and town centre in time for the busy Christmas shopping period. Located just off the A3 to the west of central Guildford next to the Holiday Inn Hotel and Surrey Sports Park, the … Continue reading

Nine out of 10 Surrey pupils attend outstanding or good secondary school

Nine out of 10 Surrey pupils attend a state secondary school rated outstanding or good, according to latest figures. Surrey County Council’s analysis of Ofsted inspections shows 90.2% of Surrey pupils go to a secondary school in the top two categories. Official GCSE figures also confirm that just over two-thirds of pupils achieved five or … Continue reading

Community park wins council cash

A project to improve community access to a park is the latest to win money from Surrey County Council’s Community Improvements Fund. The Woodland Trust has been given £17,000 towards improving a car park, putting up waymarking signs and providing information boards at Marden Park from the fund launched by leader David Hodge to help … Continue reading

Firefighters tackle Dorking blaze

Final update, 5.30pm: The fire at a petrol station in London Road, Dorking, has now been put out. Fire crews were called to the scene just after 2.30pm and extinguished the blaze just after 5pm. It is too early to speculate on the cause of the fire. 3.45pm: Fire crews are tackling a blaze in … Continue reading

Travel SMART green community funding returns to Stoke and Stoughton

A Surrey County Council funding initiative that gives thousands of pounds to community groups for green travel returns to Stoke and Stoughton on Saturday 23 November. Last year, 15 local groups in the ward won a share of £70,000 from Travel SMART, which supports and promotes projects aimed at improving travel and stimulating economic growth. … Continue reading

Stronger council powers to cut roadworks misery

Road users plagued by roadworks will benefit from a new congestion crackdown launched by Surrey County Council. For years, the law has allowed different companies to dig up the same roads at different times, costing the local economy millions a year and causing misery to road users. Now Surrey County Council is taking control of who … Continue reading

Surrey signs off plans for another 630 school places

An extra 630 places will be created at three schools as the county council pushes on with the biggest investment programme Surrey’s ever seen. Capacity at Hythe Primary in Staines, Ashford Park Primary in Ashford and Stamford Green Primary, Epsom, will be boosted by 210 places each by 2020. The plan to create 30 extra … Continue reading

Hendrick recognised in Guardian awards

Surrey County Council’s Mary Hendrick has been named as a runner-up in the Guardian’s Public Service Awards. The Partnership Manager for Disabilities received the recognition in the public servant category for her work with people with learning disabilities over 25 years.

National fire strike – key facts

Ahead of the latest national fire strike here are some key facts: When is the fire strike? From 10am to 2pm on Wednesday 13 November 2013. Why are the strikes happening? The strikes are taking place because of a dispute between central Government and the Fire Brigades’ Union (FBU) over proposed changes to firefighters’ pensions. … Continue reading

Gritters swing into action

Surrey County Council’s winter operation has swung into action. The council’s fleet of gritting lorries was out last night for the first time this winter after road surface temperatures dipped. Ahead of winter, Surrey stockpiled 16,000 tonnes of salt, prepared 39 hi-tech gritters and signed up an army of farmers equipped with spreaders and ploughs. … Continue reading

Glue beauty

A high-tech glue has revolutionised Surrey’s road repairs and is set to save taxpayers millions by recycling old roads and making them new. Instead of ripping up old roads and laying new ones, Surrey County Council is now mixing a super-flexible glue with recycled tarmac to transform it into a brand new surface. In a … Continue reading

Military heroes honoured

County Hall fell silent today to pay respect to generations of British servicemen and women who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Chairman David Munro marked Remembrance Day by leading a wreath-laying ceremony at Surrey County Council’s headquarters following two minutes’ silence in honour of the fallen. Mr Munro said: “It is … Continue reading


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