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Council Leader Tim Oliver statement on Shepperton Studios expansion

Commenting on the announcement of the expansion of Shepperton Studios, Surrey County Council Leader Cllr Tim Oliver said: “This is excellent news for Shepperton Studios and for Surrey, which cements our reputation as a leading location for the UK and international film industry. This investment and partnership with Netflix, which is also investing $1 billion … Continue reading

Share your views on Surrey’s new Minerals and Waste Plan 

Surrey’s Minerals and Waste Plan outlines how we plan to ensure that there are enough minerals for construction in Surrey and enough facilities to manage our waste. Residents are being asked to share their views on the new 15-year draft plan which sets out issues and options, by completing the consultation survey which launches today. … Continue reading

BT handed £40,000 fine for works that risked harm

BT has been handed a £40,000 fine for failing to adequately guard their works and acting “recklessly” according to a judge. The firm was fined £40,000 plus costs at Guildford Magistrates Court in September for failing to properly guard works being carried out in Wings Road, Farnham during January of this year. It followed a … Continue reading

Veterans invited to join social groups and record their life stories in new pilot project

A new project is bringing together former service personnel through local friendship groups and offering them the opportunity to record their life stories for posterity. The initiative is currently focused on three areas of Surrey – Epsom and Ewell, Guildford and Surrey Heath – and could in future be extended more widely. Former service personnel … Continue reading

New on-demand bus service launches in Leatherhead

A digital demand responsive rural bus service that users can book via an app, online or by telephone, launches this week in West Leatherhead. Known as connect, the aim of the service is to increase accessibility and choice for bus travel in the more remote areas of Queen Elizabeth Foundation, Woodlands Road, Randalls Road (including … Continue reading

Surrey receives £5.3m funding as part of the Household Support Grant 

Surrey County Council has been allocated an additional £5.3million funding to continue to support Surrey’s most vulnerable households over the winter months. This is part of the Government’s new Household Support Grant.  The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) announced a new grant of £500 million to be allocated across the UK, running from October 2021 through to March 2022.   The grant enables the … Continue reading

Surrey marks COP26 and asks residents to get involved

As world leaders continue to come together in Glasgow to tackle the climate emergency, an event in Farnham next week will bring COP26 to Surrey. Surrey County Council will mark the UN Climate Change Conference with a special event in the town, and also by encouraging residents to get involved in tackling climate change by … Continue reading

Council Leader Tim Oliver statement on the Budget

Commenting on yesterday’s Budget and Spending Review, Surrey County Council Leader, Cllr Tim Oliver said: “We in Surrey were pleased to see the Chancellor take steps to ensure local government funding increases, with the news of a £4.8bn boost to grant funding over the next three years. I’d like to personally commend Secretary of State … Continue reading

Norbury Park Consultation – Have your say on making it a better place for nature and enjoyment

Surrey County Council (SCC) has today (18 October) launched its long-term vision for the Norbury Park Estate.  The vision seeks to establish an appropriate balance between nature recovery, recreation and public engagement for the benefit of Surrey’s residents. Norbury Park has been owned by SCC since the early 1930s and is a much-valued resource for … Continue reading

Surrey’s roads in new hands 

Surrey County Council (SCC) has awarded its highways maintenance contract to Ringway as part of plans to further improve the county’s roads and pavements. Ringway will carry out road repairs, resurfacing and specialist structural projects as well as the upkeep of drains, winter gritting and snow clearing. Ringway demonstrated their commitment to delivering high quality … Continue reading

Tribute to Sir David Amess MP

Surrey County Council Members and Officers would like to offer sincere condolences to the family of Sir David Amess MP, who was killed in Southend last week while conducting his public duties. Helyn Clack, Chair of Surrey County Council, said: “Many people across Surrey knew Sir David and recognised his public spirit and steadfast determination … Continue reading

Last chance to have your say on the future for transport in Surrey

Consultation on Surrey’s new Transport Plan which includes plans to reduce the 46% of carbon emissions currently generated by transport, closes this Sunday (24 October 2021). Proposals to 2032 include increasing walking and cycling routes to encourage people out of their cars, providing more charging points and parking for electric vehicles, more bus services, charging … Continue reading

Surrey County Council to continue providing vulnerable families with supermarket food vouchers over October half term

Surrey County Council has today announced it will fund one £15 food voucher per eligible child or young person, which can be used in supermarkets and some local shops over the October half-term period. These vouchers will be provided to families whose children are entitled to benefits-related Free School Meals via email or text and … Continue reading

Surrey County Council launches new funding for small businesses to become more green

On 30 September, Surrey County Council launched LoCASE, Low Carbon Across the South and East. The programme will provide grant funding for small and medium-sized business to make their business more green – either through launching new eco products or services, or through reducing the environmental impact of their operations. Grants of up to £10,000 … Continue reading

Most of Surrey’s young care leavers are supported well by their personal advisers, say Ofsted, as the children’s service continues to drive recruitment  

Children’s services at Surrey County Council are helping children “make progress in their transitions to becoming independent young adults” and “young people who are Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers (UAS) receive specialist and skilled support”, according to a letter published by Ofsted following a monitoring visit in September. The monitoring visit looked at the provision of information … Continue reading

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