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New app launched for South East armed forces community

A new mobile app has been launched to signpost members of the armed forces community in Surrey and the South East to support and advice in their area. The “Forces Connect” app is designed to link users in four easy clicks to organisations offering help and support across a wide range of services. The free … Continue reading

Roofer jailed for conning elderly couple with £7,200 repairs bill after failing to use scaffolding

A roofing boss has been jailed for two-and-a-half years after failing to use scaffolding at a Surrey home and charging the elderly residents £7,200 for repairs when a worker fell through the roof. John Thompson (pictured right), 43, left a gaping hole in the couple’s roof when he sent a labourer up without providing scaffolding, … Continue reading

Fire services join forces for firefighter course

Three fire services are joining forces for the first time to run a joint training course for full-time firefighters. Surrey Fire & Rescue Service, West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service are running the 13-week course which started on Monday 14 January. Twenty-four recruits are taking part – 12 from Surrey, eight … Continue reading

VIDEO: Meet the new members of leader Tim Oliver’s Cabinet team

Sinead Mooney, Matt Furniss and Julie Iles set out their priorities after being given roles in new Surrey County Council leader Tim Oliver’s Cabinet team.

Firefighters issue safety warnings following spate of incidents linked to warm weather

Surrey firefighters have issued fire and water safety warnings following a spate of incidents linked to the warm weather. Fires can start and spread more quickly on dry sunny days so Surrey Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to take extra care with barbecues and cigarettes and avoid having bonfires. And while it may … Continue reading

Fire at Weybridge Community Hospital

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service was called to a fire at Weybridge Community Hospital at 23:59 on Tuesday night and has been on scene dealing with the blaze overnight. Eight fire engines were sent to fight the fire along with two aerial ladder platforms and three water carriers – a number of crews remain at … Continue reading

VIDEO: Surrey leader on savings and better deals

Surrey leader David Hodge used a meeting of Cabinet today to stress the need for the county council to save more than £100 million this financial year alone to balance the budget while also highlighting planned new contracts for carers that will see support provided to an extra 300 young people at no extra cost … Continue reading

Surrey leader unveils new Cabinet team

Surrey County Council Leader David Hodge today unveiled his new Cabinet team. John Furey is the new Deputy Leader with Colin Kemp taking over responsibility for highways. Newly elected county councillor Tim Oliver will cover property and business services and Denise Turner-Stewart will oversee the communities portfolio. Below is a list of the new Cabinet … Continue reading

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

Fire safety fine for Chinese restaurant firm after 25 people were found living in office building

A Chinese restaurant firm has been fined for fire safety breaches after 25 people were found living in its former head office. HJ Tenger Holdings Ltd was fined £7,500 and ordered to pay a further £9,980 in costs following a prosecution brought by Surrey Fire and Rescue Service. When fire safety officers visited the office … Continue reading

Surrey company director who laundered cash must pay back scam victims

A Surrey company director who laundered cash from a double scam has been ordered to pay back almost a quarter of a million pounds. Gary Booker, of Queens Avenue, Byfleet, was convicted of money laundering last July following an investigation by Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards working with Thames Valley Police. In 2013 a scam … Continue reading

Surrey trader who laundered cash in driveway repair scam must pay back £15,000 to victims

A Surrey trader who laundered cash from a driveway repair scam has been ordered to repay £15,000 to two vulnerable residents. Charles Smailes, 22, of Stone Hill Road, Ottershaw was given a suspended jail sentence last year for his role in crimes which involved charging excessive sums for poor quality paving and landscaping work. He … Continue reading

Demand for highest levels of social care soars by more than 50%

With two-thirds of the council’s spending going on the wellbeing of adults and children, it has been revealed that the number of older people in Surrey needing the highest levels of care from the council soared by more than 50% in five years. In 2011, 240 people aged over 65 received help from the authority for … Continue reading

VIDEO: 65p in every council pound goes on children and adults’ wellbeing

As demand for critical services continues to rise, Surrey leader David Hodge has revealed that almost two thirds of the county council’s spending goes on the wellbeing of adults and children – 65 pence in every pound. In the video below he points to the number of older people needing the highest level of care … Continue reading

Prime Minister visits cafe offering mental health support

On the day Theresa May pledged to transform the way mental health issues are dealt with, the Prime Minister visited Aldershot’s Wellbeing Centre and Safe Haven – one of six cafe-style drop-in services providing support that are funded by organisations including Surrey County Council, clinical commissioning groups and Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Helyn … Continue reading

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