Leader of Surrey County Council David Hodge today told a meeting of the Full Council that he is stepping down from the role on 11 December.
Below are highlights from his speech.
Savings and efficiencies:
“This Surrey (word removed) administration has reduced costs by over £540m over the last eight years and we are on target to save a further £106m this year. This is an extraordinary achievement.”
“We launched Operation Horizon and today we can see the improvement it has made to many Surrey roads. We have also lobbied hard for fairer funding of Surrey roads. This work will continue but I am pleased the Government has begun to listen to us.”
“We have supported the work of two local enterprise partnerships, Enterprise M3 and Coast to Capital. This work has seen investment of over £50m for the benefit of Surrey residents, including significant improvements to the Runnymede Roundabout, Meadows Gyratory and A22 network resilience scheme.”
Generating income to fund services:
“That was the reason why in 2013, I launched the long-term investment strategy to create an income stream of up to £10 million per year by 2020. And the asset and property strategy agreed by Cabinet last month has the potential to raise an extra £25m a year by 2030.”
Working with partners, including borough and district councils:
“I am grateful for their personal support. As we develop our Vision for Surrey 2030 I strongly believe they will play an important role in changing local government services for all our residents.”
“I firmly believe we have achieved great things in the face of adversity and I am delighted that we have secured the best possible senior management team led by a truly outstanding Chief Executive – Joanna Killian. Together we have put the county on course to a brighter vision in 2030 and a transformation plan that will bring lasting benefit for our residents.”
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