Summary of Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Meeting (25th October 22)

Surrey County Council’s Cabinet met this week and the important announcements are summarised below:

A County Deal for Surrey

Cabinet was updated on the progress made with plans for a Surrey County Deal and agreed with the recommendations outlined in the report.

The report contained a core set of proposals for inclusion in a County Deal and outlined intentions to take these forward to Government.

A County Deal will enable the council to meet its climate change commitments, address health inequalities and unleash greater economic opportunities, all of which will play a key role in the council’s overriding ambition to ensure no one is left behind in Surrey.

The full report is available here.

Housing Strategy

Cabinet agreed with the recommendations outlined in a report on a single, unifying housing strategy for Surrey.

Housing is fundamental to people’s wellbeing and life chances, but there is not currently a joined-up housing strategy for the county.

The council is working with partners in district and borough councils, Registered Social Landlords, developers, businesses and health providers to provide ambition, focus, direction and alignment across the whole Surrey housing system.

The full report is available here.

Surrey Skills Plan

Cabinet endorsed the Surrey Skills Plan, which aims to help deliver the skills, jobs and opportunities for Surrey’s economy to thrive.

The Skills Plan will officially launch at the Surrey Skills Summit on 10 November at Sandown Racecourse.

To find out more, see our press release on this here.

The full report is available here.

Healthy Streets for Surrey

Cabinet endorsed the new healthy streets planning guide, which aims to support the creation of high quality, attractive, safe, accessible and sustainable developments.

The developments outlined in the guide will bring a raft of benefits, including:

  • More cycling and walking
  • Streets where children can play safely
  • Improved air quality
  • Reduction in residents’ transport carbon footprint
  • Creation of attractive and popular streets that will require less long-term maintenance.

The full report is available here.

Bus Services in Surrey

Cabinet agreed to the recommendations outlined in a report on the council’s response to the National Bus Strategy (Bus Back Better).

As part of this Cabinet approved a consultation about the future for bus services in Surrey.

The council will be seeking residents’ views on investment proposals, the introduction of more on-demand buses and possible alterations to some existing bus routes.

The consultation will run from 3 November – 6 January 2023.

The full report is available here.


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