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ROUND UP: Fire engines to highlight co-responding duties; Have an appy Christmas

Fire engines to highlight co-responding duties Fire engines will be taking on a new look to highlight Surrey firefighters’ role to respond to certain medical emergencies. Surrey Fire and Rescue Service’s 30 fire engines will display artwork about the potentially lifesaving medical support and equipment crews can provide with nearly 440 firefighters now trained up for … Continue reading

Plan for county-wide waste service promises benefits for residents and up to £12m-a-year savings

A plan for Surrey’s councils to create a new county-wide waste collection and disposal service saving taxpayers up to £12million-a-year has taken its first step forward. The joint service would bring benefits for residents including standard recycling and waste collections across the county while also generating savings to be shared across all councils. Four districts … Continue reading

Fly-tipping in Surrey continues to drop

Fly-tipped rubbish dealt with in Surrey has dropped by more than half compared with a year ago, new figures from Surrey County Council have shown. Some 206 tonnes of fly-tipped waste were collected by district and borough councils in October compared with 469 in the same month last year  – a drop of 263 tonnes. … Continue reading

Fly-tipping drops despite introduction of waste charging

New figures from Surrey County Council reveal fly-tipping dealt with in September plummeted compared to the same month last year despite the introduction of charging for some construction waste. Mike Goodman, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, said: “We always said we believed fears of a big increase in fly-tipping were misplaced … Continue reading

ROUND UP: County council adopts MND charter; Fire station opening doors to public; River Ash clean up day

County council adopts MND charter Surrey County Council has adopted a new charter to show its commitment to helping people with Motor Neurone Disease (MND). Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing Helyn Clack signed the Motor Neurone Disease Association’s five-point charter to help those suffering from the disease, which affects the brain and spinal cord. South Nutfield … Continue reading

AUDIO: BBC Surrey interviews Mike Goodman about changes at recycling centres

Listen to Mike Goodman, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, talk to BBC Surrey about changes at community recycling centres. Audio courtesy of BBC Surrey

Surrey continues to accept DIY waste while cutting costs for taxpayers

Surrey County Council will continue to accept basic DIY waste at recycling centres as it introduces a scheme that will cut costs for taxpayers. Many councils in the region are bringing in charges for construction waste such as rubble and cement but will not allow any free allowance, whereas Surrey will still let residents drop … Continue reading

MAP: Surrey councils join forces to launch fly-tipping crackdown

Surrey’s councils have launched a fly-tipping crackdown to protect the countryside and save hundreds of thousands of pounds in clean-up costs. The number of fly-tipping incidents has risen nationwide in the last few years with 6,851 reported in Surrey alone in 2014/15 – up from 6,760 the year before. Surrey County Council and Surrey’s 11 … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Chairman meets Surrey’s new civic leaders; Outdoor fire safety; Plastic bags make food waste recycling easier and cheaper

Chairman meets Surrey’s new civic leaders Photo can be downloaded here. Not in photo: Richard Whittington, High Sheriff of Surrey, George Crawford, Mayor of Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, David Powell, Mayor of Reigate & Banstead Borough Council, Sahran Abeysundara, Mayor of Haslemere Town Council, Mike George, Mayor of Horley Town Council Surrey County Council chairman Sally Marks met with … Continue reading

Philip Hammond MP meets Surrey County Council leader David Hodge

The Prime Minister’s flood envoy for the Thames Valley, Philip Hammond, today visited County Hall for a meeting with Surrey County Council Leader David Hodge about the River Thames flood scheme. Foreign Secretary Mr Hammond, the MP for Runnymede and Weybridge, discussed the scheme with Mr Hodge and a representative from the Environment Agency. Mr … Continue reading

Surrey seeks to maximise value from recycling centres without compromising service

Plans to achieve greater value for money for taxpayers from Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) without compromising the service they get have been signed off by Surrey County Council. Proposals include retaining all CRCs and only closing centres at their quietest times to fit in with demand. Planned new charges would only apply to residents dropping … Continue reading

New speedy charger as electric car demand accelerates in Surrey

County council deputy Leader Peter Martin unveiled a new speedy charging point as it was revealed that Surrey has more electric vehicles than almost every county in the country. It has been installed at BMW dealership Vines of Guildford and means vehicles can recharge in less than 30 minutes instead of between three and eight … Continue reading

Surrey looks to maximise value from recycling centres with new consultation

Surrey County Council has launched a consultation on ways to reduce the cost to local taxpayers of running Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) as it strives to continue providing a high-quality service in the face of growing financial pressures. The council has already made savings at CRCs by recycling more of the waste that’s dropped off … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Surrey school wins top eco award; Surrey deputy leader hails apprentices

Surrey school wins top eco award A Surrey primary has received the prestigious Green Flag award for its efforts in making the school more environmentally friendly. Godstone Village School, who had previously been given the Bronze and Silver awards, was presented with the honour by Mike Goodman, the county council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and … Continue reading

VIDEO AND PICTURES: Work gets underway on Surrey’s Eco Park

Work has started on the construction of a new Eco Park to treat thousands of tonnes of waste from Surrey households and put it to good use. As the the first spade was driven into the ground at the site in Shepperton, Mike Goodman, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, outlined the … Continue reading

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