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Surrey’s Chief Fire Officer recognised in New Year Honours

Surrey’s Chief Fire Officer has been awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal in the New Year Honours. Russell Pearson was honoured for outstanding service to the emergency services and the public. Mr Pearson joined Surrey Fire and Rescue Service in 1992 and was appointed Chief Fire Officer in 2007. David Hodge, Leader of Surrey County … Continue reading

VIDEO: Surrey foster carer on standby over Christmas is ready with extra presents under the tree

Cindy is among the council’s unsung heroes who will be working to ensure Surrey residents are supported over the festive period. She is on duty as a foster carer to provide stability and support to a child who may be in need of a loving home over Christmas.

Surrey councils successful in bid for Business Rate Retention pilot

Statement on behalf of the county council and all borough and district councils in Surrey: “The Government’s announcement that Surrey’s councils have been successful in their bid to be a business rate retention pilot area is good news. The extra funding will help us to continue providing services in the face of rising demand but … Continue reading

Prudential RideLondon raises record £12.75 million for charity in 2017

The organisers of Prudential RideLondon have announced that riders in the 2017 events raised £12.75 million for charity to set a new European record for a cycling event, beating the previous record of £12 million. It means cyclists have raised more than £53 million for charity over the first five years of the cycling festival. … Continue reading

VIDEO: Plans for property joint venture signed off by Cabinet

Plans to join forces with Places for People Group to create a joint venture that will provide Surrey with extra housing were today signed off by the Cabinet. In the video below Tim Oliver sets out the aims of the council’s property strategy. The Cabinet Member for Property and Business Services highlights the need to … Continue reading

Plans signed off for 150 more secondary school places in Farnham

Plans to expand a Farnham secondary school to create an extra 150 places have been approved at a meeting of Surrey County Council’s Cabinet. A new sports hall and other facilities will be provided at Farnham Heath End School to help meet rising demand for secondary places in the Farnham area. More information is available here. … Continue reading

VIDEO: Latest news about work on Surrey’s roads with Tina Thorburn

Tina Thorburn, from the county council’s highways team, provides the latest news about work taking place on Surrey’s roads, including information on overnight lane closures at the Runnymede roundabout.

Trading standards impounds 2,600 fake Fingerling toys

Surrey trading standards officers have impounded 2,600 fake Fingerling toys brought in from China through Heathrow Airport. They barred the toys from entering the UK because they lacked crucial paperwork proving the products met safety standards and failed to include contact details for the manufacturer. Fingerlings – robotic animals such as monkeys and unicorns which … Continue reading

ROUND-UP: Surrey’s pledge to tackle domestic abuse; Hard work pays off for adult learners; Catering team lands award

Surrey’s pledge to tackle domestic abuse Surrey has become one of the first counties in the UK to receive White Ribbon status for its commitment to tackling domestic violence and abuse. The White Ribbon Campaign is a global movement which asks supporters to pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about male violence against … Continue reading

VIDEO: Highlights from leader David Hodge’s Full Council speech

Leader David Hodge used his speech at today’s Full Council to highlight the county council’s aim of working with Surrey’s boroughs and districts as well as other organisations to shape services around places and communities.

Christmas elf toy fails safety tests

A Christmas elf toy destined for homes around the country has failed safety tests for posing a choking risk to children. Dolls imported through Heathrow Airport had decorations on their hats and tunics which were found to tear off easily and fit exactly inside a choke test cylinder the size of a child’s throat. Officers with … Continue reading

Chinese transport officials visit Surrey

A delegation of Chinese transport officials have visited Surrey to learn about how the county council manages its roads. The visitors from the Jiangxi Provincial Transport Department in the south east of the country wanted to find out about the council’s approach to maintaining and improving its 3,300-mile network. Led by General Engineer Hu Zhao … Continue reading

VIDEO: Latest news about work on Surrey’s roads with Tina Thorburn

Tina Thorburn, from the county council’s highways team, provides the latest information about work taking place on Surrey’s roads. Her update includes news about the first phase of a project to transform the centre of Leatherhead being completed. It also features the Runnymede roundabout scheme to cut congestion. Map data ©2017 Google

VIDEO: Proposal to charge at rural car parks at time of unprecedented financial pressure on essential services

Following a consultation on rural car parks, a Surrey County Council select committee will consider a report next week that recommends introducing charging at a time of unprecedented financial pressure on vital council services. The council’s Cabinet is set to make a decision next month.

Transport Secretary urged to confirm Crossrail 2 funding

With the Budget looming, Surrey County Council’s leader has called on Chris Grayling to “urgently identify the funding” to develop Crossrail 2. In a letter to the Transport Secretary, David Hodge describes Crossrail 2, which is set to serve Shepperton, Hampton Court and Epsom in Surrey, as a “once in a generation opportunity” to drive … Continue reading

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