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Rising demand and pressures on council services discussed at meeting with Surrey MPs

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling was among five Surrey MPs to visit deputy leader Peter Martin today for a briefing on county council issues, including rising demand for adult social care services. The Epsom and Ewell MP was joined at County Hall by Prisons Minister Sam Gyimah (East Surrey), Crispin Blunt (Reigate), Dominic Raab (Esher and … Continue reading

IN PICTURES: London to Esher – the distance covered by Pavement Horizon in four months

All the pictures are available to download on Flickr. Around 18 miles of footpaths have been overhauled in the first four months of Surrey County Council’s Pavement Horizon project – nearly the equivalent of driving from central London to Esher. Pavements at Hurstleigh Drive in Redhill and Wallace Close in Guildford are among those to benefit from … Continue reading

MAP: More than 3,000 extra school places created in Surrey

More than 3,000 extra school places have been created in Surrey this year to keep pace with rising pupil numbers. As the new school year begins, Surrey County Council revealed that 2,515 extra primary places have been created and 490 additional secondary places. The 3,005 new places are enough to fill 100 additional classrooms. It … Continue reading

VIDEO: From Jakarta to Epsom – Indonesian party visit Surrey

Government officials from Indonesia have called on the expertise of Surrey County Council. A 15-strong party from the National Institute of Public Administration visited the Focus Youth Centre in Epsom to find out how the authority transformed young people’s services. The civil servants from the Jakarta-based organisation responsible for developing public services were told how … Continue reading

Surrey welcomes Transport Secretary’s action to tackle Southern problems

Following the news that Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has unveiled a £20 million fund to improve Southern Rail’s services, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning Mike Goodman (pictured) said: “This is great news and recognises the frustration felt by Surrey’s commuters about the delays, cancellations and disruption. “Not only will the Transport … Continue reading

Deals awarded to give patients returning from Surrey’s hospitals help seven days a week

Patients discharged from all Surrey’s hospitals will get help at home seven days a week after Surrey County Council sealed two new deals. Contracts have been awarded to the British Red Cross and Home Group to help people settle in at home after being discharged from hospital and reduce the chances of them being readmitted. … Continue reading

AUDIO: BBC Surrey interviews Mike Goodman about changes at recycling centres

Listen to Mike Goodman, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, talk to BBC Surrey about changes at community recycling centres. Audio courtesy of BBC Surrey

Surrey continues to accept DIY waste while cutting costs for taxpayers

Surrey County Council will continue to accept basic DIY waste at recycling centres as it introduces a scheme that will cut costs for taxpayers. Many councils in the region are bringing in charges for construction waste such as rubble and cement but will not allow any free allowance, whereas Surrey will still let residents drop … Continue reading

Community groups secure share of nearly £300,000 for building projects

A holiday camp for girl guides, village halls and a church community centre are among the projects across Surrey to benefit from a share of almost £300,000. They were on a list of nine projects to receive £140,000 from the county council, which boroughs and districts matched, to improve buildings. Girlguiding Surrey East secured £50,000 towards … Continue reading

VIDEO AND PICTURES: Carpentry workshops helping to steer young people away from crime

Lord McNally, Chair of the Youth Justice Board, visited Surrey’s Youth Support Service to find out how carpentry is helping to steer young people away from crime. Surrey’s Youth Support Service is using a ground-breaking approach to help turn around the lives of troubled young people in the county. Read the full media release here.

Surrey pupils congratulated on GCSE success

Following the release of GCSE results, Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Educational Achievement, said: “I would like to congratulate Surrey pupils receiving their GCSE results – I’m delighted their commitment has been rewarded. Thanks are due to the teachers, parents and carers whose support lies behind these achievements. “For … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Fire station opening doors to public; Dementia carers’ coffee mornings

Fire station opening doors to public Fire engines and equipment used to tackle blazes will be on show at an open day on Saturday. Staines Fire station in Town Lane will throw open its doors to the public from 12pm to 3pm. Surrey Fire and Rescue Service crews will be on hand to tell people about their … Continue reading

Wyatt Ramsdale wins county council by-election

Conservative Wyatt Ramsdale has won the Surrey County Council by-election for the Farnham South Division. Wyatt, who is also known as Robert Ramsdale, was elected as the county councillor after securing 932 votes – 178 more than nearest rival Jerry Hyman (Farnham Residents). The by-election was called after David Munro (Conservative) stood down following his election as the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey. … Continue reading

Surrey students praised for A-level success

Following the release of A-level results, Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Educational Achievement, said: “Many congratulations to pupils on their A-level achievements – I wish them every success in their future studies and careers and would like to thank teachers, parents and carers for the support and guidance they … Continue reading

VIDEO AND PICTURES: Sneak peek of newly refurbished fire station

As the finishing touches are being put to the modernised Camberley Fire Station, take a tour of the new facilities. The refurbished station will meet the demands of a 21st century fire service and will also offer a space for local community groups and other public services to hold events and meetings. The refurbishment features better training facilities, … Continue reading

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