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VIDEO: County councillor takes on stop smoking challenge to kick 30-year habit

Surrey County Council’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Health is encouraging Surrey smokers to try quitting for 28 days – by taking up the challenge herself. Alison Griffiths is taking part in the 28 Day Challenge run by Surrey’s local stop smoking service, One You Surrey. Research shows that people who stop smoking for 28 days … Continue reading

Tour de France stage winner leads world-class Classic line up this Sunday

Three-time 2019 Tour de France stage winner Caleb Ewan, who won last Saturday’s final stage on the Champs-Elysees, heads a world-class Start List for the 2019 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic this Sunday. The race distance for the professionals is 169km. Ewan (team Lotto Soudal) is one of four stage winners from the Tour de France who … Continue reading

Audio: Figures show reduction in Surrey road fatalities

Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Highways Matt Furniss speaks to BBC Surrey following government statistics showing fatalities on Surrey’s roads have fallen. -Audio from BBC Surrey

County council outlines plans for 725 new homes to help older people live independently

Up to 725 affordable homes specially designed to help older people live independently will be provided within 10 years under plans outlined by Surrey County Council. The plans will also involve expanding the provision of supported housing for people with learning disabilities or autism to help them exercise choice and control over their daily lives. … Continue reading

Surrey Cabinet Member attends Westminster launch of cross-party group on adult social care

Surrey Cabinet Member Sinead Mooney took part in the launch of a parliamentary group set up to influence adult social care policy and push for reform. Mrs Mooney attended the launch of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Adult Social Care in Westminster on Wednesday 3 July. The group’s future work programme will involve MPs and … Continue reading

Trading standards celebrates working with 100 businesses

Surrey and Buckinghamshire’s trading standards service has celebrated forging partnerships with 100 businesses to help them thrive. The service welcomed Squire’s Garden Centres as the 100th firm to join its scheme to cut red tape for businesses, supporting them to grow and provide excellent service to customers. To mark the milestone, trading standards officers teamed … Continue reading

Private Geoff Gray inquest: Coroner to deliver conclusions on 20 June

His Honour Peter Rook QC, sitting as an Assistant Coroner for Surrey, has conducted an inquest into the death of Private Geoff Gray, he will deliver his conclusions on Thursday 20 June. Pte Gray was found dead at Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut, Surrey on 17 September 2001. The High Court ruled in November 2017 that … Continue reading

Surrey sets out plans for the environment

Welcoming the Government’s announcement that it’s setting a legal target for the UK to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, Mike Goodman, Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste, said: “We have been lobbying the Government to make a clear commitment to reach zero carbon emissions, so are delighted that this is becoming a priority. … Continue reading

Surrey carers encouraged to look after themselves, too

Carers across Surrey are being encouraged to look after themselves as well as the loved ones they care for. As Carers Week draws to a close, they’re being urged to seek out the support that is available to them all year round. An estimated 115,000 people in Surrey are unpaid carers looking after family or … Continue reading

Steve Owen-Hughes appointed Surrey’s Chief Fire Officer

Steve Owen-Hughes has been appointed Chief Fire Officer for Surrey Fire and Rescue Service. Mr Owen-Hughes (pictured right) joined the service in 2010 as Assistant Chief Fire Officer and has been acting in the role of chief for the past few months. He said: “It’s a great honour to have been appointed to serve Surrey … Continue reading

Surrey leader announces changes to Cabinet roles and scrutiny committees

Surrey leader Tim Oliver used today’s annual meeting to reveal Cabinet changes and an overhaul of the county council’s scrutiny system. Dr Zully Grant-Duff (pictured right) has taken over as Cabinet Member for Corporate Services from Charlotte Morley, who has stepped down. Mr Oliver said: “Dr Grant Duff will be particularly focusing on the rollout … Continue reading

VIDEO: Surrey leader indicates review of rural car park charging possible

Surrey leader Tim Oliver today indicated that a review of the rural car parking charges introduced last year could be possible if the county council cannot “clearly demonstrate” they are “directly contributing towards the upkeep of the countryside”. He also stressed his hope that there will be “a workable solution” to keep the county’s community … Continue reading

More than 1,500 responses received so far as fire consultation enters final week

With a week left to run in the fire service consultation on proposals to make Surrey safer, 1,550 responses have already been received. The key proposal is for a big increase in prevention work to stop incidents happening in the first place. Firefighters would go into many more homes, schools and workplaces to help people … Continue reading

New library opens in Horley

Horley’s new library is now open in a convenient town centre location. The library has moved from its previous outdated premises to a new site near the train station and shops. As well as a refreshed selection of books and an expanded study area, the new library boasts a flexible open-plan layout allowing it to … Continue reading

Skip hire boss fined for pressuring customers into stumping up extra charges

A skip hire boss who pressured customers into paying extra charges for skips to be removed from outside their homes has been ordered to pay fines and court costs of more than £30,000. Brian Place, director of 1st Place Grab & Skip Hire Ltd, was sentenced by Guildford magistrates for using aggressive commercial practices after … Continue reading

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