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AUDIO: BBC Surrey interview with Clare Curran about drive to recruit social workers

Listen to Cabinet Member for Children and Families’ Wellbeing Clare Curran talk to BBC Surrey about the county council’s drive to recruit more social workers by offering incentive payments of up to £15,000. Audio courtesy of BBC Surrey

AUDIO: BBC Surrey interview with Mike Goodman about pressing for North Downs Line investment

Listen to county council Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning Mike Goodman and Great Western Railway’s Regional Development Manager Tom Pierpoint talk to BBC Surrey about joint plans to push for investment in fully electrifying the North Downs Line. Audio courtesy of BBC Surrey

Surrey’s primary school population has risen by more than 10,000 since 2010

Following news that Surrey’s primary school population has risen by more than 10,000 since 2010*, and by 2,200 in the last year alone*, Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Educational Achievement, said: “These figures show the extent of demand for primary school places in Surrey over the last few years … Continue reading

Surrey County Council and Great Western Railway join forces to press for North Downs Line investment

Surrey County Council has joined forces with Great Western Railway to press for investment in fully electrifying the North Downs Line. The county council and rail franchise operator have agreed to use their collective clout to drive forward the case for upgrading the final 29 miles of track between Reading and Gatwick. It comes after … Continue reading

Surrey farmer given suspended jail sentence for animal cruelty

A Surrey farmer has been given a suspended jail sentence for causing unnecessary suffering to cattle. James Goffin, 36, of Tandridge Lane, Lingfield, admitted six charges of animal cruelty following an investigation by Surrey County Council’s trading standards officers. Goffin was found to have castrated six bulls in an unlawful way causing them unnecessary pain … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Summer Reading Challenge; Fire station open day; Dementia carers coffee morning

Join Surrey’s Summer Reading Challenge Surrey’s young book lovers, who have fuelled a borrowing boom in the last decade, are being encouraged to take on a Roald Dahl reading challenge this summer. To mark 100 years since the birth of the famous storyteller, Surrey County Council’s libraries want children aged four to 11 to read six … Continue reading

Surrey signs off plans to save £50,000 on leasing vehicles

Surrey County Council has signed off plans to hire vehicles to help provide essential services for vulnerable people and save almost £50,000. Approval has been given by the council’s Cabinet for one-year contracts to be signed by three leasing companies ‐ Europcar, Scot Group and Sixt Hire ‐ that represent a £48,000 saving on the … Continue reading

IN PICTURES: Artist impressions of new homes for people with autism

All the images can be downloaded at http://www.flickr.com/surreynews Artist impressions of planned new homes for people with autism and complex conditions have been unveiled. Surrey County Council has released images of how the accommodation for 10 young adults at Alfold, near Cranleigh, could look. It comes after plans were signed off by the Cabinet to … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Fire service attempt world record; Fundraising event for Surrey’s hospices; Fire station opening doors to public

Fire service attempt world record Surrey Fire and Rescue Service is preparing for a bid to enter the Guinness Book of Records for life-saving training. Firefighters aim to beat the record for training people in CPR, which currently stands at 1,050. They will make their attempt at Guildford Fire Station, Ladymead, on Saturday between 7am … Continue reading

Surrey launches drive to recruit more children’s social workers

Social workers are being offered incentive payments of up to £15,000 as part of the county council’s efforts to attract more to work in Surrey. New recruits to Surrey’s children’s services will receive £7,000 spread over the first four years of working for the council. On top of a £2,000 starter payment, they will get … Continue reading

Dame Kelly Holmes takes on Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 cycling challenge

Double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes MBE will ride the inaugural Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 on Sunday 31 July as she continues her quest to raise £250,000 for five charities: The Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, Hospice in the Weald, Myeloma UK, Pickering Cancer Centre and Mind UK. The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 is the latest event to … Continue reading

VIDEO: Surrey County Council awards £100,000 to new home for gymnastics club where Spelbound started

The gymnastics club where 2010 Britain’s Got Talent winners Spelbound started out has been given a £100,000 grant towards its new home by Surrey County Council. Leader David Hodge awarded the cash for Spelthorne Gymnastics’ new facility at Bishop Wand School in Sunbury. The club, which also boasts world and European gold medallists, is used by more than … Continue reading

Late services and crammed carriages account for nearly half of South West Trains complaints

Nearly half of the complaints about South West Trains in a year were about late services and crammed carriages, it has been revealed. Figures from the Office of Rail and Road showed that they topped the 2015-16 list of passenger complaints to the franchise that covers a large chunk of Surrey. That was despite the share of … Continue reading

Surrey County Council apprenticeship drive helps 2,000

A Surrey County Council drive to create apprenticeships has helped more than 2,000 young people get a leg up on the career ladder in four years. That is roughly the equivalent of filling every role at Krispy Kreme’s UK headquarters in Camberley and McLaren Automotive’s base in Woking*. The milestone was revealed by deputy leader Peter … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Surrey adult learning service rated ‘good’ by Ofsted; Former firefighter awarded MBE; More than 100 companies attend Build Surrey event

Surrey adult learning service rated ‘good’ by Ofsted  A Surrey County Council service providing education for adults, including those with disabilities and learning difficulties, is performing well, according to Ofsted. The authority’s adult learning service was judged to be ‘good’ following an inspection last month. Ofsted said “learners make good progress on all courses”, praised … Continue reading

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