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Rogue trader jailed for conning retired Surrey teacher with excessive charges for shoddy work

A doorstep rogue trader has been jailed after conning a retired Surrey teacher with excessive charges for substandard work to her house and garden. Tom Watson was jailed for two years for running a fraudulent business following a prosecution brought by Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards. He was handed a further four years’ imprisonment for … Continue reading

BT handed £30,000 fine for bad road repairs that “could have had fatal consequences”

BT has been handed what is thought to be one of the highest fines for bad road repairs that a judge said “could have had fatal consequences”. The firm was fined £30,000 last month for unsafe road repairs after cables were laid. It followed a prosecution by Surrey County Council’s highways team. It is believed … Continue reading

First graduates from joint Surrey and Sussex firefighter training course showcase skills at passing out parade

New fire service recruits showcased their skills at a passing out parade after completing 13 weeks of training. Twenty-four recruits demonstrated what they’ve learned during the first Surrey and Sussex “tri-service” course for full-time firefighters. The fire services in Surrey, East and West Sussex joined forces to run the intensive course which began in January … Continue reading

VIDEO: Charlotte Moreton-Dolman’s update from the social care frontline

Here’s Charlotte Moreton-Dolman from the county council’s adult social care team giving her latest update from the frontline. Here’s Charlotte from the county #council with her latest update from the adult #socialcare frontline pic.twitter.com/DsuZovk9t2 — Surrey News (@SurreyNews) April 18, 2019

Two rogue traders who scammed elderly victims jailed

Two rogue traders who scammed elderly victims across London and Surrey by tricking them into paying for unnecessary repairs have been jailed. The sentences were handed down to Albert Eastwood Jnr, of Denton Close, Surrey and Peter King, of Shurlock Avenue, Swanley, Kent, following a joint investigation by the Met Police’s Organised Crime Command and … Continue reading

Guildford and Woking frontrunners for county council move as plans unveiled to cut 200 buildings

Guildford and Woking have emerged as the frontrunners to host Surrey County Council’s new HQ as councillors unveiled plans to cut the number of buildings it uses from 300 to 100 in an efficiency drive that aims to save tens of millions of pounds. The potential locations for Surrey’s new ‘civic heart’ by the end … Continue reading

87% of Surrey pupils offered their first choice primary school

Eighty-seven per cent of Surrey children have been offered places at their first-choice primary school – up from 86 per cent last year. And almost all who applied – 97 per cent of pupils – were given one of their top three preferred schools. Julie Iles, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member All-Age Learning, said: “We … Continue reading

Crossrail 2 call as Flying Scotsman due to head through Surrey

With the Flying Scotsman steaming through stations in Surrey tomorrow (12 April) on its way to London, county council leader Tim Oliver said: “The iconic locomotive really does conjure up images of times gone by but we’re looking towards the future, which is why we back Crossrail 2, support a rail link to Heathrow airport … Continue reading

RideLondon’s £3.3million boost for Surrey good causes

The total awarded to community groups thanks to Surrey’s role in Prudential RideLondon is now more than £3.3million. In 2019 alone, more than £400,000 worth of grants has been awarded – including £150,000 towards the installation of an artificial grass pitch for multi-sport use at Cobham Rugby and Sports Association and £70,000 towards improvements to … Continue reading

VIDEO: Charlotte Moreton-Dolman’s update from the social care frontline

Here’s Charlotte Moreton-Dolman from the county council’s adult social care team giving her latest update from the frontline. Here is Charlotte with her latest update while out on her adult #socialcare rounds – this time it’s about #nutrition pic.twitter.com/LL0IQrFopx — Surrey News (@SurreyNews) April 9, 2019

ROUND-UP: More graduates to Youth Engagement Scheme; Visitors to Surrey could benefit from virtual reality

More graduates to Youth Engagement Scheme Eleven more young people have completed Surrey Fire and Rescue Service’s Youth Engagement Scheme to learn a range of key skills to help them in the future. The latest course took place at Walton Fire Station and means that more than 600 young people aged 14 to 17 with … Continue reading

AUDIO: Surrey Cabinet Member Mary Lewis encourages people to consider fostering

In an interview on BBC Surrey & Sussex yesterday, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children Mary Lewis spoke about the amazing work foster carers do to transform the lives of vulnerable children. Mary’s interview starts at 6:30. For more information on becoming a foster carer, you can phone the council’s fostering team on 0800 … Continue reading

VIDEO: Cabinet member sets out plans to move Surrey’s fire and rescue HQ

The county council’s Cabinet has approved plans to relocate Surrey’s fire and rescue headquarters and other key facilities and upgrade Reigate Fire Station. Watch Denise Turner-Stewart, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Fire and Resilience, set out how the plans will enable closer working with partners, “drive further service improvements” and provide equipment and technology that … Continue reading

VIDEO: Surrey leader Tim Oliver highlights benefits of proposed health and wellbeing strategy

The county council’s Cabinet has backed a new draft joint health and wellbeing strategy for Surrey. In the video below, leader Tim Oliver highlights the benefits of working in partnership with health services for the benefit of residents in the county and underlines that the proposed strategy is “absolutely about prevention”. It is now set … Continue reading

VIDEO: Tina Thorburn rounds up the work taking place on Surrey’s roads

Tina Thorburn from the county council’s highways team rounds up the work taking place on Surrey’s roads.

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