Surrey County Council’s Cabinet will next week consider the authority’s proposals for a number of service changes following five public consultations which ended at the start of January.
The consultations asked for Surrey residents to feedback on proposals relating to concessionary bus travel for disabled people, children’s centres, libraries, services for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and waste and recycling services.
The Cabinet Papers published today set out the proposals which the County Council’s Cabinet will consider following the feedback.
Surrey County Council Leader Tim Oliver said: “The feedback has been very clear – people want us to focus on providing far better services for Surrey’s most vulnerable residents.
“These changes will hugely improve key services. They will mean children’s centre services can be taken right into the homes of families that need them most, young people with special educational needs and disabilities will get help earlier and closer to home, and the libraries service will be modernised so it is much more useful for residents.
“I recognise that some of the changes won’t be popular but we’ve listened closely to what residents and partners have told us. That’s why we now propose to only close four recycling centres rather than six and, as disabled people often need help to travel, the free Surrey bus pass for a companion will continue.
“But if we’re going to improve services for people who need them most we have no choice but to take these difficult decisions.”