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Surrey MPs support ambitious tree planting initiative to combat climate change

Last week, MPs from across Surrey took time out to mark Surrey Tree Week by planting trees in their local constituencies. This was organised in support of Surrey County Council’s commitment to facilitate planting 1.2 million trees in Surrey within the county by 2030. Planting trees is an effective way to improve air quality, reduce … Continue reading

Surrey drug and alcohol service earns national recognition

Putting resident feedback at the heart of redesigning a drug and alcohol treatment service has earned Surrey partners national recognition. The team behind the i-access service – a partnership between Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Surrey County Council and Catalyst, a specialist non-profit organisation – were finalists at the Health Service Journal Partnership … Continue reading

Director of Public Health speaks to BBC Surrey about coronavirus

Surrey County Council’s Interim Director of Public Health, Ruth Hutchinson spoke this morning to BBC Surrey about the current situation in Surrey regarding the coronavirus. Ruth said that for most of the population in Surrey, the current situation was “low risk”, and re-emphasised the Public Health England advice that “you should go about your normal … Continue reading

Joint statement on coronavirus cases in Surrey and West Sussex

This afternoon the Chief Medical Officer for England announced three further patients who were “close contacts of a known case”, had tested positive for COVID-19. These relate to a man who tested positive in Surrey on Friday 28 February so brings the total number of confirmed cases in Surrey to two. We can also confirm … Continue reading

Coronavirus update from Surrey’s Director of Public Health

Ruth Hutchinson, Interim Director of Public Health for Surrey County Council, said: “I have spoken to colleagues at Public Health England this morning and will remain in continuous contact while we manage the situation in Surrey. “PHE updated me on their work and steps they have taken since the case was confirmed. They are already … Continue reading

Public Health England and Surrey County Council statement on confirmed COVID-19 case in Surrey

Dr Alison Barnett, Centre Director, Public Health England South East, said: “Public Health England is contacting people who had close contact with confirmed cases of COVID-19. One of the latest cases is a resident of Surrey and we’re working closely with NHS colleagues in that area as well as Surrey County Council to manage the … Continue reading

Six Surrey projects awarded £159,000

Schools, scouts and cricket clubs get financial boost Six projects in Surrey have been awarded grants totalling £159,000 in the most recent round of grants awarded as a direct benefit of hosting Prudential RideLondon-Surrey. Since 2013 87 projects in Surrey have been awarded more than £4.6m in grants by the London Marathon Charitable Trust. The … Continue reading

Cowboy builders facing years in jail after attempted £300,000 fraud

Cowboy builders have been jailed after causing major damage to the home of an elderly couple in Worcester Park and quoting £300,000 for unnecessary repairs. Thomas William Penfold, Managing Director of P&T Property Services Limited, was convicted of fraudulent trading and money laundering. He was handed immediate custodial sentences of four years and three years … Continue reading

VIDEO: Health and social care champion secures new contract to give residents a strong voice in shaping services

A local health and social care champion has secured a new, longer contract to continue seeking residents’ views on the services they receive. Healthwatch Surrey is an independent organisation which gives people in Surrey a strong voice to help improve, shape and get the best from local health and social care services. It uses residents’ … Continue reading

‘Breakthrough’ in mission to improve Farnham’s air quality

A Farnham Project Board has been set up by Surrey County Council and agreed by Waverley Borough and Farnham Town councils to help deliver a 25-year Masterplan for Farnham and tackle the town’s air quality issues. The board will be chaired by the Leader of Surrey County Council and also include Waverley Borough Council, and … Continue reading

Dementia advisers support 75 people every month

A dedicated team of dementia advisers are supporting 75 people with the condition every month to live as independently as their health allows. The role of the specialist advisers is summed up in their name – Dementia Navigators. They work with individuals, their carers and families to navigate the system and get help or access … Continue reading

Council pilots survey asking children and young people across Surrey what matters to them

Surrey County Council is piloting a new way of consulting children and young people in Surrey on what is important to them. The survey, intended to run annually, will provide a benchmark of what key things young people understand, care about, worry about, and are interested in, in relation to their community, health and happiness. … Continue reading

Five ways that new homes for older people will be purpose-built and fit for the future

New extra care housing for Surrey will boast an array of technology and design features to help older people live independently in their own homes. Design blueprints are being drawn up for new housing that Surrey County Council is providing to enable residents to enjoy privacy and independence with their own front door and the … Continue reading

Surrey responds to Storm Dennis

Over the weekend of Storm Dennis Surrey County Council’s highways team responded to hundreds of emergency call outs across the county. Crews were called out to more than 270 incidents ranging from fallen trees to roads that had flooded along with bridges and barriers that had been damaged. There’s more information online on how to … Continue reading

Cabinet member calls for fairer funding for Surrey’s roads

A new analysis, produced by County Councils Network (CCN), shows that councils in London are able to invest over three times the amount in roads compared to shire county authorities in rural areas. CCN says that motorists in their areas are ‘poor relations’ to those in the major cities, because of lower funding for shire counties and regional investment being disproportionately … Continue reading

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