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VIDEO: Firefighters receive life-saving oxygen masks for pets

Firefighters are being equipped with special oxygen masks to help save the lives of pets they rescue from blazes. Instead of relying on masks designed for people when trying to revive pets pulled from smoke-filled homes, fire crews will be able to use equipment shaped to fit animals. The pet masks will be carried on … Continue reading

Plans signed off to help older people leave hospital at weekend

Plans to help older patients leave hospital at weekends have been signed off by Surrey County Council. The go-ahead has been given for a new deal to be signed to provide equipment that helps people stay in their own homes for as long as possible. Under the proposed contract signed off by the Cabinet items … Continue reading

Roofer who conned elderly Surrey residents out of more than £100,000 must pay back every penny

A serial rogue trader serving a three-year jail sentence for fleecing elderly customers has been ordered to repay his victims in full. James Saunders, 51, charged extortionate sums for shoddy repairs to roofs and drains and used the proceeds to fund a lavish lifestyle which included luxury cars, holidays and designer clothes. Victims included an … Continue reading

Plans for 450 extra Surrey secondary school places move a step closer

Plans to create 450 extra places at two Surrey secondary schools have moved a step closer. The proposals are the latest in a series of school expansions designed to meet demand from Surrey’s rising population. They include plans to create extra places at St Peter’s Catholic School in Guildford and The Priory Church of England … Continue reading

VIDEO: Surrey leader on funding and partnerships

With the county council’s budgets under growing pressure from rising demand for services like adult social care, Surrey leader David Hodge used a meeting of today’s Cabinet to underline the need for the government to listen to funding worries and to stress the importance of partnerships.

Groups secure community cash for projects of lasting benefit

A swimming pool,  a children’s outdoor play area and a scout hall are among the latest projects to secure money from a fund created to help people improve their local area. They were on a list of six schemes to be awarded money by David Hodge from the Community Improvements Fund, which the Surrey leader … Continue reading

Primary school performance tables: 83% of Surrey pupils make the three Rs grade

Five out of six pupils at Surrey primary schools met the expected standard in reading, writing and maths this year, according to an official breakdown of results in national tests for 11-year-olds. Figures released by the Department for Education show that 83 per cent of pupils reached ‘level four’ – the required standard for their … Continue reading

Trading standards campaign warns of DNP dangers

Trading standards officers are warning about the dangers of using the drug 2.4 Dinitrophenol for weight loss and bodybuilding in a campaign aimed at students. They are handing out beer mats with the message Would you play Russian Roulette with DNP? and talking to students at campuses in Surrey to raise awareness of the dangers of … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Surrey employee wins mental health award; Orchestra on the UP!; Crossrail 2 drop-in sessions in Surrey

Surrey employee wins mental health award A Surrey County Council employee has won a national award for a project that uses comedy as a way of getting soldiers to talk about mental health issues like stress, depression and anxiety. Maya Twardzicki, from the council’s public health team, won the award from the Royal Society for … Continue reading

VIDEO: Prime Minister praises council for making savings

David Cameron has praised the county council for making savings by working with other public services in a letter to David Hodge. The Surrey leader revealed the Prime Minister’s message at a meeting of today’s Full Council after reiterating the enormous financial impact of rising demand for services like elderly care and school places. A copy … Continue reading

Pre-inquest hearing into Deepcut death to be held in Woking

A pre-inquest review into the death of Cheryl James will take place on Monday 14 December. Miss James died of a gunshot wound in 1995 at Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut, Surrey. The High Court ruled last year that the inquest held on 21 December 1995 into the soldier’s death should be quashed and a fresh … Continue reading

Trading standards officers impound hazardous hoverboards brought in through Heathrow

Surrey trading standards officers have uncovered a haul of unsafe hoverboards destined to be sold as Christmas presents or used at children’s parties. They intercepted a £7,000 consignment of 51 self-balancing boards imported from China and sent them for testing to see if they complied with electrical safety standards. They will now ensure the boards … Continue reading

Surrey County Council becomes a fostering friendly employer

A Surrey County Council highways worker who fosters child asylum-seekers has welcomed the authority becoming a fostering friendly employer. Mark Davies will get more help to balance his work and caring responsibilities now the county council has begun formally recognising the needs of staff who give a loving home to vulnerable children. Mr Davies, of … Continue reading

Clandon Park fire investigation report published

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service has published a report on the fire at Clandon Park on 29 April. The report can be found here. Simon Moore, Assistant Chief Fire Officer at Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, said: ‘Our investigation into the cause of the fire at Clandon Park in April has found that it was … Continue reading

Set the alarm earlier – the rush hour commute lasts up to eight minutes longer than five years ago

Heavy rush hour traffic is forcing Surrey drivers to set the alarm up to eight minutes earlier than five years ago just to get to work on time. A 46-mile morning commute along A roads from Farnham to Redhill took an hour and 55 minutes on average in September 2010. But by this September, motorists … Continue reading


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