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ROUND UP: MP pays Surrey fire service a visit; New community hub for Caterham Valley Library

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Brandon Lewis MP with Kay Hammond and Surrey Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer Russell Pearson.

MP pays Surrey fire service a visit

Minister Brandon Lewis visited Surrey Fire and Rescue Service’s headquarters to find out more about joint working between the emergency services in Surrey and Sussex.

Mr Lewis, Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service, met Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Associate for Community Safety Services Kay Hammond at Wray Park, Reigate along with representatives from South East Coast Ambulance Service, Surrey and Sussex police forces and East and West Sussex’s fire services.

He learned about the programme that sees the six emergency services work together on schemes, such as co-responding and gaining entry, which help them respond to incidents more quickly to help save lives and improve the quality of service to residents while also helping to deliver vital savings.

New community hub for Caterham Valley Library

The Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) and Tandridge Voluntary Service (TVS) will be part of a new one-stop shop at Caterham Valley Library for local information.

The CAB, currently based in Soper Hall, will be located on the first floor of the library and the ground floor will be reorganised to feature the TVS and more books with extra stock being imported while a new local history section will also be added.

The library will be closed until Tuesday 3 January while the changes take place, with Caterham Hill library opening on Wednesdays until Caterham Valley reopens.

Richard Walsh, Cabinet Member for Localities and Community Wellbeing said: “Bringing services together in a community hub means that members of the public will have access to a wide range of information in a safe, welcoming space which has free wi-fi while there will also be a new local history section and updates to the current stock of books.”

For more information, visit the county council website.

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