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Work on new homes for people with autism begins

Latest artist’s impressions of planned new homes for people with autism revealed. All the images can be downloaded at http://www.flickr.com/surreynews Work to build new homes for people with autism and complex conditions has begun after the first shovel was put into the ground by the county council’s chairman. Sally Marks marked the start of the building … Continue reading

Council calls for Surrey Heath and Elmbridge residents to have say on Heathrow expansion plans

Surrey County Council is challenging the government’s refusal to hold Heathrow expansion meetings in two boroughs which could be affected by aircraft noise from a proposed third runway. Public consultation events have been held in the Surrey boroughs of Runnymede and Spelthorne but no meetings are planned for Surrey Heath and Elmbridge even though the … Continue reading

Surrey on track to save more than £150m from striking better deals

Surrey County Council is on track to save local taxpayers more than £150 million since 2010 at a rate of almost £60,000 every day through striking better deals. Annual figures are set to show savings from negotiating better contracts of £14 million for the 2016/17 financial year when it ends this month. Reaching that sum … Continue reading

Nicola Adams inspires young riders to take up 46-mile challenge

Two-time Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams OBE today joined students and teachers from Teach First, the social mobility charity tackling educational inequality, at the Lee Valley VeloPark for the official launch of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46, part of the world’s greatest festival of cycling. Adams is taking on the challenge of cycling the 46 mile … 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

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

Success of Surrey broadband scheme earns £3.8m windfall

The success of a scheme to make Surrey the best connected county in England has triggered a £3.8 million broadband windfall. That is Surrey County Council’s share of funds made available by BT after better than expected take-up of fibre broadband. Superfast Surrey connected around 20% of homes and businesses – more than 86,000 premises … Continue reading

Upgrading North Downs Line will boost government coffers by almost £190m

  Fully electrifying the North Downs Line will boost the government’s coffers by nearly £190 million. Upgrading the train line, which runs between Reading and Gatwick through Surrey, will generate an additional £89m a year in corporation tax and an extra £97m annually in income tax. News of the potentially massive financial boost for the government … Continue reading

IN PICTURES: Young people descend on Surrey careers fair

Epsom was full of opportunity as more than a thousand young people met with employers, further education colleges and training providers to find their perfect career match. The Surrey Opportunities Fair organised by the county council gave school leavers, unemployed young people and those seeking new opportunities a chance to find out about further education, training … Continue reading

Ciphers, robots and building your own internet: Surrey’s university technical college will equip students for jobs of the future

Decoding encrypted messages, making robots and building internets from scratch are some of the tasks students will be able to tackle at Surrey’s first university technical college. The college will open in Guildford to train the next generation of cyber security, computing and engineering experts. Students will specialise in either computer science or engineering – … Continue reading

Surrey leader hails Claygate shopping parade’s national competition success

Following the news that Claygate has been named as one of the best local shopping areas in the country after being shortlisted in the Great British High Street competition, Surrey leader David Hodge said: “This is fantastic news for Claygate. Local shops and village stores have a special place at the heart of their communities and clearly … Continue reading

RideLondon’s £350,000 boost for Surrey charity

A Surrey charity has been awarded £350,000 thanks to the county’s role in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey events. YMCA East Surrey received the sum to help fund a new sports facility for people with disabilities and additional needs at the charity’s Redhill site. The grant will also enable the centre to become a regional hub for … Continue reading

VIDEO: Surrey leader on successes, challenges and opportunities

David Hodge used today’s Full Council meeting to talk about the successes of his five years as Surrey County Council’s leader, the challenges the authority faces and the opportunities for health and social care services.

VIDEO: New Surrey college aims to encourage more women to join the crusade against cyber crime

A new university technical college opening in Surrey aims to encourage more women to choose careers tackling cyber crime. University Technical College Guildford – Surrey’s first UTC – will train the next generation of cyber security, computing and engineering experts to help meet growing demand from employers. With women significantly under-represented in computer science and engineering, the … Continue reading

County council creating apprenticeships and jobs through contracts

Firms have pledged to create 13 apprenticeships and 10 jobs for people in Surrey as part of contracts to carry out essential work for the county council. Cabinet Member for Business Services and Resident Experience Denise Le Gal today signed off plans to award separate deals to repair schools’ catering equipment and provide security services … Continue reading

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