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Surrey company director who laundered cash must pay back scam victims

A Surrey company director who laundered cash from a double scam has been ordered to pay back almost a quarter of a million pounds. Gary Booker, of Queens Avenue, Byfleet, was convicted of money laundering last July following an investigation by Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards working with Thames Valley Police. In 2013 a scam … Continue reading

Surrey Leader receives CBE from the Queen

Surrey County Council Leader David Hodge today received his CBE from Her Majesty The Queen. Following the investiture at Buckingham Palace, Mr Hodge said: “It was an unforgettable day, a fantastic experience for my family and recognition of the outstanding work of thousands of county council staff and voluntary workers across Surrey. “Collecting my CBE from the … Continue reading

RideLondon’s £245,000 Surrey boost

Three organisations have secured a total of nearly £245,000 thanks to Surrey’s role in the Prudential RideLondon cycling festival – taking the sum handed to groups and charities in the county since the first event to more than £2 million. Cranleigh Riding for the Disabled Association Group received a grant of £150,000 towards improvements to the indoor … Continue reading

Surrey trader who laundered cash in driveway repair scam must pay back £15,000 to victims

A Surrey trader who laundered cash from a driveway repair scam has been ordered to repay £15,000 to two vulnerable residents. Charles Smailes, 22, of Stone Hill Road, Ottershaw was given a suspended jail sentence last year for his role in crimes which involved charging excessive sums for poor quality paving and landscaping work. He … Continue reading

Drop in fly-tipping saves Surrey taxpayers £125,000 in 10 months

A drop of 1,100 tonnes in fly-tipped waste over the past 10 months has saved Surrey taxpayers £125,000. Figures from Surrey County Council show that 2,749 tonnes of fly-tipped rubbish were picked up by district and borough councils between April last year and January – a fall of 30 per cent on the previous 10-month … Continue reading

Pavement Horizon covers the distance from Guildford to Portsmouth

Enough footpaths have already been given the Pavement Horizon treatment to cover the distance from Guildford to Portsmouth by car. Laid end to end, all the work completed by the end of last month would stretch 43 miles – roughly the equivalent of driving from Camberley in west Surrey to Lingfield in the south east of the … Continue reading

Trading standards warns over labelling of popular baby products

Shops and online retailers are selling two popular baby products without safety warnings despite a series of deaths from suffocation, a trading standards investigation has found. Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards led research into safety information provided with nappy bags and pouch-style baby slings sold by high street stores and web-based retailers. Spot checks made … Continue reading

VIDEO: Cabinet unanimously approves plans for 15% council tax rise

Members of Surrey County Council’s Cabinet today unanimously approved a proposal to increase council tax by 15%. The Cabinet’s recommendation will now be considered at a meeting of Surrey’s Full Council on Tuesday 7 February.

Demand for highest levels of social care soars by more than 50%

With two-thirds of the council’s spending going on the wellbeing of adults and children, it has been revealed that the number of older people in Surrey needing the highest levels of care from the council soared by more than 50% in five years. In 2011, 240 people aged over 65 received help from the authority for … Continue reading

David Hodge, Leader of Surrey County Council, announces proposal to seek a council tax rise of 15%

David Hodge, Leader of Surrey County Council, has announced a proposal to seek a council tax rise of 15%. He said: “We have to set a budget that will protect vital services for Surrey residents. “Government has cut our annual grant by £170m since 2010 – leaving a huge gap in our budget. “Demand for … Continue reading

Snow in Surrey

With parts of Surrey seeing snow, a fleet of gritters has been out spreading salt on the county’s roads. Any residents affected can find information and advice on the council’s website. They can also get traffic updates on the BBC’s website while the county council is running a twitter feed to provide information on gritting … Continue reading

Prime Minister visits cafe offering mental health support

On the day Theresa May pledged to transform the way mental health issues are dealt with, the Prime Minister visited Aldershot’s Wellbeing Centre and Safe Haven – one of six cafe-style drop-in services providing support that are funded by organisations including Surrey County Council, clinical commissioning groups and Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Helyn … Continue reading

VIDEO: Council’s unsung heroes hard at work over the festive period

While families open presents and tuck into Christmas dinner or relax over the new year, it’s business as usual for the council’s unsung heroes who will be serving their communities over the festive period. Peter Martin, Surrey County Council deputy leader, said: “While most of us are opening presents are tucking into a turkey dinner on … Continue reading

Prudential RideLondon raises £12 million for charity

The organisers of Prudential RideLondon have announced that cyclists have raised more than £41 million for charity over the first four years of the world’s greatest festival of cycling. This year riders in the festival raised more than £12 million for charity, equalling the record set in 2015. A total of 26,770 riders completed the … Continue reading

Primary school performance tables: Surrey is a top performer

Surrey is among the top-performing councils in national tests for 11-year-olds, according to an official breakdown of results. Sixty per cent of pupils at Surrey primary schools reached the expected standard in reading, writing and maths compared with a national average of 54 per cent and a South East average of 55 per cent. It … Continue reading

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