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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

IN PICTURES: London to Esher – the distance covered by Pavement Horizon in four months

All the pictures are available to download on Flickr. Around 18 miles of footpaths have been overhauled in the first four months of Surrey County Council’s Pavement Horizon project – nearly the equivalent of driving from central London to Esher. Pavements at Hurstleigh Drive in Redhill and Wallace Close in Guildford are among those to benefit from … Continue reading

VIDEO: From Jakarta to Epsom – Indonesian party visit Surrey

Government officials from Indonesia have called on the expertise of Surrey County Council. A 15-strong party from the National Institute of Public Administration visited the Focus Youth Centre in Epsom to find out how the authority transformed young people’s services. The civil servants from the Jakarta-based organisation responsible for developing public services were told how … Continue reading

Surrey welcomes Transport Secretary’s action to tackle Southern problems

Following the news that Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has unveiled a £20 million fund to improve Southern Rail’s services, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning Mike Goodman (pictured) said: “This is great news and recognises the frustration felt by Surrey’s commuters about the delays, cancellations and disruption. “Not only will the Transport … Continue reading

Community groups secure share of nearly £300,000 for building projects

A holiday camp for girl guides, village halls and a church community centre are among the projects across Surrey to benefit from a share of almost £300,000. They were on a list of nine projects to receive £140,000 from the county council, which boroughs and districts matched, to improve buildings. Girlguiding Surrey East secured £50,000 towards … Continue reading

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