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Local authorities to protect much loved nature reserve 

Last week saw the official handover of Tice’s Meadow Nature Reserve to Surrey County Council. This much-loved wildlife haven on the outskirts of Farnham saw its long-term future safeguarded when a partnership of six councils came together in December 2021 to purchase the site and protect it as a natural space.  Surrey County Council acquired … Continue reading

£11.9m to help Surrey residents cut their energy bills  

Grants of up to £25,000 are now available for eligible Surrey residents to help make their homes warmer and more energy efficient.   People living in hard to heat homes and on lower incomes, could receive grants between £10,000 and £25,000 to improve insulation and install renewable technology – helping to save energy, reduce emissions and … Continue reading

New facilities rejuvenate iconic countryside site

September saw the official launch of the Newlands Corner Discovery Centre and visitor improvements by the Chair of Surrey County Council, Helyn Clack. Despite the inclement weather, dignitaries, residents, and local school children gathered to find out more and experience the new-look facilities at this much-loved countryside site for themselves. Over the past two years … Continue reading

Funding secured for more tree planting in Surrey giving much needed boost for nature

Surrey County Council will receive £298,000 from the Defra Local Authority Treescapes Fund (LATF) to increase tree planting and keep on target with the planting of 1.2 million trees, one for every resident, by 2030, supporting the Council’s aim to be carbon neutral by 2050. This funding will help to facilitate planting in non-woodland settings … Continue reading

Summary of Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Meeting (27th September 22)

Surrey County Council’s Cabinet met this week and the important announcements are summarised below: Environmentally Sustainable Procurement Policy Cabinet approved the Environmentally Sustainable Procurement Policy. The policy aims to improve the environmental considerations built into the delivery of goods, works and services that the council procures. The policy supports the net zero targets of the … Continue reading

Councillor Alison Todd (1975-2022)

It is with great sadness that Surrey County Council and Spelthorne Borough Council announce the death of Cllr Alison Todd (formally Griffiths), after battling cancer. Alison, 47, was a dedicated County and Borough Councillor for several years. She was a staunch advocate for the residents of Sunbury & Ashford Common and her death will come … Continue reading

Make your journey an active journey

Surrey County Council will launch a new campaign on World Car Free Day, 22 September, to encourage residents to change the way they travel to stay healthy, save money and help the environment by reducing their carbon footprint. In Surrey, 41% of carbon emissions come from transport, with around half of that coming from private … Continue reading

Road closures announced – Monday 19 September

Surrey County Council has announced a number of road closures in the Staines and Runnymede areas to facilitate the funeral cortege for Queen Elizabeth the Second, as it travels from Westminster Abbey to Windsor on Monday 19 September 2022. Closures will be as follows: Once the cortege has passed, road sweepers will clear flowers and … Continue reading

World EV day, have you made the switch?

Friday 9 September is World EV day, a global movement to celebrate switching to electric vehicles and driving change. In Surrey, almost half our emissions come from transport, and about half of that is from private vehicles. So, reducing the emissions from the way we travel about – whether that’s by walking or cycling more, … Continue reading

Surrey libraries the second most visited in UK

Surrey libraries are the second most visited in the country according to the latest UK Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) data, with the figures showing the libraries attracted over 550,000 visits last year. CIPFA surveyed residents as part of the findings, with questions ranging from the overall customer experience, satisfaction with the … Continue reading

Pioneering “Enabling You With Technology” pilot project wins award for innovation

A partnership pilot project “Enabling You With Technology” between Surrey County Council and Mole Valley District Council has been recognised for its work to help older people live independently for longer. The team won the Innovation and Improvement Award at the Surrey Downs Health and Care Partnership (SDHCP) inaugural Better Together awards. The hi-tech home … Continue reading

Council submits £12m bid to improve travelling around Woking

Surrey County Council has submitted a £12m bid to round two of the government’s Levelling Up Fund, aimed at improving walking, cycling and bus facilities in the east of Woking. New infrastructure would create more space and safer links between Woking town centre, Sheerwater and West Byfleet for walking and cycling. Crossings and paths would … Continue reading

16 new firefighters join Surrey Fire and Rescue Service

Yesterday (Sunday 7 August), Surrey Fire and Rescue Service welcomed 16 new firefighters at a pass out parade. The firefighters will be based at a Haslemere, Banstead, Walton, Egham, Camberley, Dorking, Godstone, Fordbridge, Guildford, Esher, Woking and Leatherhead Fire Stations. The group were presented their certificates and welcomed to the service by the Service’s Chief … Continue reading

Fly into the future of Farnham this summer

Virtual reality technology will enable people in Farnham to explore the potential future of the town centre by jet pack this Summer. The FREE immersive experience will be in various locations around Farnham from 16 August. This follows public exhibitions held in July by the Farnham Infrastructure Programme as part of the on-going consultation which … Continue reading

Highway verge cutting, weed control and on-street parking enforcement management to be taken back in-house

Surrey County Council is responsible for highway verge cutting and weed control, as well as on-street parking enforcement. It currently has agreements in place with eight district and borough councils to manage the verges on the county council’s behalf, and all on-street parking enforcement is managed by the districts and boroughs. From April 2023 the … Continue reading

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