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Surrey County Council to support The Big Lunch

Surrey County Council is supporting the Eden Project’s ‘The Big Lunch’ this year. Running since 2009, The Big Lunch aims to bring people together with their communities and neighbours to meet, chat and have fun, annually fundraising £8m for local causes they care about. Over six million people take part every year, creating and strengthening … Continue reading

Surrey’s children’s services on a significant improvement journey and responded swiftly to the challenges of COVID-19 says Ofsted

Children’s services at Surrey County Council have been on a “significant improvement journey” and “senior leaders have responded swiftly to the challenges of COVID-19”, according to a letter published by Ofsted following a focused visit in March. The letter states that “a stable senior leadership team and the recently appointed director of children’s services have … Continue reading

Surrey County Council calls for more foster carers as Foster Care Fortnight begins

Surrey County Council are proud to support ‘Foster Care Fortnight’ and will be looking to use the campaign to recruit more foster families in the county to help transform children’s lives. Foster Care Fortnight runs from 10th – 23rd May 2021, and aims to showcase the commitment, dedication and passion of foster carers. Surrey currently … Continue reading

2021 election results

Votes are being counted in all 81 divisions for the 2021 Surrey County Council election and results are now being published. The result of each of the counts will be made available on the county council website. Results will also be listed below as they come through: Egham – Robert King (Labour GAIN) 1,101 votes, … Continue reading

Surrey and West Sussex Fire and Rescue Services invest in live streaming tech for 999 calls

Capita’s 999eye software is launching on Saturday (1 May) at Surrey and West Sussex’s Joint Fire Control meaning when residents call 999, they’ll now be offered the opportunity to contribute a live video stream to the emergency control centre. Upon calling 999, callers are now asked if they want to provide a live video stream … Continue reading

Guildford symptom-free test site opens

Today, 21st April 2021, a new walk-in symptom-free testing site is opening in Guildford, adding to test sites and pharmacies providing symptom-free testing across the county. Twice-weekly symptom-free testing is a key part of the Government’s roadmap, helping to stop the virus spreading as restrictions ease. It also means that Surrey residents can keep their … Continue reading

Surrey County Council statement on The Duke of Edinburgh

The thoughts of everyone at Surrey County Council are with The Royal Family at this deeply sad time. Our Chairman, Tony Samuels, has written a letter of condolence to the Royal Family. He said: “His Royal Highness was much loved and widely respected by all people in Great Britain and throughout the world. The memory … Continue reading

Symptom-free test kits now available for collection for all adults in Surrey

From Friday, 9th April, all adults in Surrey will be able to collect symptom-free test kits from dedicated collection sites across Surrey. This follows last week’s announcement that Surrey’s symptom-free test sites are now open to everyone over the age of 16. Twice-weekly symptom-free testing is a key part of the Government’s roadmap, helping to … Continue reading

Surrey farmer reveals devastating impact of dog waste on cattle

Litter and in particular dog waste are having a highly damaging impact on farmers and the health of cows and their calves. Whilst countryside access has been a welcome reprieve for many over the past year, this increased footfall has led to a higher amount of litter and dog waste being left in countryside sites. … Continue reading

Symptom-free testing now available to everyone over the age of 16 in Surrey

From today, Thursday the 1st of April, anyone over the age of 16 in Surrey can book in for a free rapid test at any of the 26 symptom-free test sites across the county. Alongside vaccination, symptom-free testing is one of the most important parts of the Government’s lockdown exit strategy. Widening the eligibility of … Continue reading

Four community recycling centres to start accepting non-recyclable black bag and bulky wastes

From Friday 2 April, a wider range of materials will be accepted at Bagshot, Cranleigh, Dorking and Warlingham community recycling centres (CRCs). These sites will now accept non-recyclable black bag and bulky wastes in addition to a full range of recyclable wastes. The reintroduction of these materials is aimed at relieving pressure on other CRCs … Continue reading

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service’s response to the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) regarding the fatal fire in Banstead on Friday 19 March.

The thoughts of everyone within Surrey Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) are with the resident’s family and friends. Early detection of a fire is always key, it alerts someone to the fire and can also allow them the chance to get to a safer place before we arrive. In regards to this particular fire in … Continue reading

Mounting concern as animal welfare reports soar by 566% in Surrey and Buckinghamshire during lockdown

Since March 2020, Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards have reported a 566% increase in the number of animal welfare consumer reports relating to puppy farms, puppy importing, puppy health and fake adverts selling puppies that do not exist. With many of us spending prolonged periods of time at home and seeking companionship or a wellbeing … Continue reading

Surrey County Council marks COVID anniversary with ‘condolence and reflection’

Surrey County Council is marking the national day of reflection one year on from the first COVID lockdown with an internal staff event. Staff will also mark the one minute’s silence at 12pm on 23rd March and a digital book of condolence has been opened for staff to pay their respects to those colleagues and … Continue reading

Royal guests praise public sector staff at the core of Surrey’s Covid-19 response

On Thursday 18 March The Earl and Countess of Wessex visited Surrey’s temporary community hospital at Headley Court which was opened in June as a result of the joint partnership between the NHS and Surrey’s Local Resilience Forum (SLRF) in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Their Royal Highnesses were welcomed to the NHS Seacole Centre, … Continue reading

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