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Caravan fire in Newchapel

A Surrey Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “We were called at 1.37am on Tuesday 30th December to a report of a caravan fire at the Plantation, West Park Road, Newchapel, Tandridge. “Three fire crews were sent to the incident and put out the fire using hose reels. Sadly, two children and one woman have … Continue reading

Gritters cover equivalent of London to Tokyo

Surrey County Council’s gritting lorries have treated 6,089 miles of road since Christmas Eve, which is the equivalent of travelling from London to Tokyo*. As temperatures plummeted, the council’s winter operation kicked into gear with the fleet of 39 gritters drawing on the 16,000 tonnes of salt stockpiled at depots across Surrey in preparation for … Continue reading

Conman convicted of peddling counterfeit DVDs worth over £750,000

A conman who swindled more than £750k out of unsuspecting shoppers has been stopped in his tracks by Surrey County Council Trading Standards. Trevor Pegg, 61, of Epsom was found guilty on 13 different counts at Guildford Crown Court on Thursday following a prosecution brought by the council. His Honour Judge Robert Fraser told Pegg that … Continue reading

Surrey responds to Local Government Funding Settlement

In response to the Government’s announcement of next year’s funding settlement for councils David Hodge, Leader of Surrey County Council, said: “Today’s funding settlement means we can just about keep essential services going in the short term but in the longer term government needs to recognise the enormous pressure we’re facing. Surrey taxpayers contribute £6bn … Continue reading

Adult social workers deliver Christmas spirit to Epsom children

Caption: A team of 45 Adult Social Care workers in Epsom have shown the spirit of Christmas by coming together to buy a number of gifts for children. The 65 presents were delivered to the town’s food bank in Ruxley Lane along with 30 chocolate selection boxes and two black bin bags of donated food. … Continue reading

Prudential RideLondon raises record-breaking £10 million for charity

More than £10 million was raised for charity by riders participating in August’s mass participation RideLondon event through Surrey. Some 20,000 cyclists braved the wind and rain to complete the ride and raise £3m more for good causes than in 2013’s inaugural event. Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services Helyn Clack said: “This … Continue reading

New plans for Surrey’s countryside promise better facilities and savings for taxpayers

Surrey County Council has moved into a new phase in its agreement with Surrey Wildlife Trust to improve visitor facilities throughout the county while also saving money for local residents. A Cabinet meeting at the county council yesterday gave the green light to plans which will see the two organisations explore commercial opportunities such as … Continue reading

Surrey leader – local taxpayers “no longer” to be saddled with “enormous” cost for school places

Highlights from David Hodge’s statement on school places at today’s Cabinet meeting: Surrey facing a “crisis” over school places pressure Council to stop borrowing tens of millions to fund expansion Status quo would mean Surrey borrowing more than £200m over the next five years – money the county would not pay off for more than … Continue reading

IN PICTURES: Sneak peek of planned school revamps

  Visit to download the pictures.   These are the first artists’ impressions of how two expanded schools will look under plans to create more than 550 extra places. They show the proposed extensions at Connaught Junior in Bagshot (120 places) and St Alban’s Primary, West Molesey (210). The county council’s Cabinet is set … Continue reading

Surrey Leader speech to Full Council meeting

Highlights: Without fairer government funding for school places every child can’t be guaranteed a school place Chancellor’s extra investment for Lower River Thames Flood Defence Scheme welcome but councils still have to find £40m Still awaiting news from government on extra investment needed for other flood schemes, including those for River Mole and River Bourne … Continue reading

Key facts ahead of national fire strike

Ahead of the planned national fire strikes, please find more details below: When are the fire strikes? From 9am on Tuesday 9 December 2014 until 9am on Wednesday 10 December 2014. Why are the strikes happening? The Fire Brigades’ Union strikes are part of an ongoing national dispute between themselves and central Government over proposed … Continue reading

More than one in 10 Surrey secondary applications from London

More than one in 10 applications for Surrey secondary school places next September came from London. Nearly 1,700 of the record 11,000 applications received by Surrey County Council came from bordering London boroughs like Croydon, Sutton and Kingston-upon-Thames. They account for 15% of the total submitted by the closing date for places in the next … Continue reading

Home Secretary Theresa May visits Thames flood defence scheme

Home Secretary Theresa May today joined Surrey County Council Leader David Hodge at Molesey Lock and Weir near Hampton Court to discuss the River Thames Scheme after the government announced £60m of extra funding for the flood defence project. Download the pictures here.

Surrey welcomes extra funding for Thames defences

The news that the government is increasing funding for the River Thames Scheme by £60 million was today welcomed by Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Flooding Recovery John Furey.

In pictures: Surrey firefighters tackle Staines blaze


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