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Pavement Horizon close to covering 50 miles

Surrey County Council’s scheme to boost access to key community services is closing in on improving 50 miles of pavements. Almost 46 miles of footpaths have benefited from a new surface with nearly two more miles due to be completed by the end of the month. Among the latest to get the Pavement Horizon treatment are … Continue reading

Surrey demands meeting over refusal to hold Heathrow expansion events in two boroughs

Surrey County Council is demanding a meeting to discuss the government’s refusal to hold Heathrow expansion events in two boroughs that could be affected by aircraft noise from a planned third runway. Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning Mike Goodman had called for public consultation events to be held in Elmbridge and Surrey Heath alongside … Continue reading

VIDEO: Highlights from leader David Hodge’s Full Council speech

Highlights – Surrey leader David Hodge says he: Puts “our residents first every step of the way” Made the case to the government for a fair deal for Surrey Trusted ministers to offer help towards the cost of adult social care Is sure the Chancellor’s Budget announcement about national funding “proves we made the right decision”. David … Continue reading

Work on new homes for people with autism begins

Latest artist’s impressions of planned new homes for people with autism revealed. All the images can be downloaded at http://www.flickr.com/surreynews Work to build new homes for people with autism and complex conditions has begun after the first shovel was put into the ground by the county council’s chairman. Sally Marks marked the start of the building … Continue reading

Communities Strategic Director leaves council to take up new post

Yvonne Rees, Surrey County Council’s Strategic Director for Customers and Communities and the Chief Executive of Mole Valley District Council, has been appointed to a new joint role. She will take up the post of Joint Chief Executive of South Northamptonshire and Cherwell District Councils. Yvonne (pictured) said: “I’m delighted to be taking on this … Continue reading

Council calls for Surrey Heath and Elmbridge residents to have say on Heathrow expansion plans

Surrey County Council is challenging the government’s refusal to hold Heathrow expansion meetings in two boroughs which could be affected by aircraft noise from a proposed third runway. Public consultation events have been held in the Surrey boroughs of Runnymede and Spelthorne but no meetings are planned for Surrey Heath and Elmbridge even though the … Continue reading

Firefighters receive ambulance award for saving man’s life

Four firefighters who used their skills in giving emergency medical care to save a man’s life have been honoured with an ambulance service award. The firefighters from Walton Fire Station picked up awards for outstanding patient care from South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) at a ceremony last week. They are among firefighters with Surrey … Continue reading

Walton Bridge used by 30,000 vehicles every weekday

With this month marking five years since work started to lay the foundations for the new Walton Bridge, it has been revealed that thousands more vehicles are using the structure than the crossing it replaced. Around 30,000 vehicles are using the £32 million bridge between Walton-on-Thames and Shepperton every weekday, which is 4,000 more than … Continue reading

Drive to build more pothole-proof roads on course to save nearly £14 million

A drive to make Surrey’s roads more pothole-proof is also on course to save local taxpayers nearly £14 million – enough to overhaul almost 30 miles for free. The first three years of the project to reconstruct hundreds of miles of roads, which started in 2013, saved nearly £11.4m through striking better deals and improved … Continue reading

Surrey on track to save more than £150m from striking better deals

Surrey County Council is on track to save local taxpayers more than £150 million since 2010 at a rate of almost £60,000 every day through striking better deals. Annual figures are set to show savings from negotiating better contracts of £14 million for the 2016/17 financial year when it ends this month. Reaching that sum … Continue reading

Fire safety fine for Chinese restaurant firm after 25 people were found living in office building

A Chinese restaurant firm has been fined for fire safety breaches after 25 people were found living in its former head office. HJ Tenger Holdings Ltd was fined £7,500 and ordered to pay a further £9,980 in costs following a prosecution brought by Surrey Fire and Rescue Service. When fire safety officers visited the office … Continue reading

MAP: Surrey school projects approved by council’s Cabinet  

Two schools will be expanded and a split-site school will be amalgamated into one under plans approved by Surrey County Council’s Cabinet. *St Bede’s School will be expanded to create 300 much-needed extra secondary places in the Redhill area. *Ewell Grove Infants and Nursery School will become an all-through primary to create an extra 240 … Continue reading

Surrey leader urges Chancellor to make “firm commitment” to Crossrail 2

Surrey County Council leader David Hodge is calling on Chancellor Philip Hammond to signal a “firm commitment” to Crossrail 2 in next Wednesday’s Budget. Last March the National Infrastructure Committee – the independent body advising the government on Britain’s long-term projects – urged ministers to prioritise developing the cross-London train line, which is set to … Continue reading

Record applications for Surrey secondary school places

Surrey has offered five out of six applicants their first preference secondary school after demand for places reached a record high. Eighty-four per cent were given the school they put first on their list and 94 per cent were offered one of their top three preferred schools. The number applying for secondary school places this … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Surrey book award shortlist revealed; Consultation on boundary review proposals

Surrey book award shortlist revealed The shortlist for an annual book award which is decided by children from 10 Surrey primary schools has been revealed by the county council’s library service. The Surrey Libraries’ Children’s Book Award celebrates the best fiction for readers aged seven to nine. The five books shortlisted this year are: • … Continue reading

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