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Pavement Horizon close to covering 50 miles

Surrey County Council’s scheme to boost access to key community services is closing in on improving 50 miles of pavements. Almost 46 miles of footpaths have benefited from a new surface with nearly two more miles due to be completed by the end of the month. Among the latest to get the Pavement Horizon treatment are … Continue reading

Surrey demands meeting over refusal to hold Heathrow expansion events in two boroughs

Surrey County Council is demanding a meeting to discuss the government’s refusal to hold Heathrow expansion events in two boroughs that could be affected by aircraft noise from a planned third runway. Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning Mike Goodman had called for public consultation events to be held in Elmbridge and Surrey Heath alongside … Continue reading

VIDEO: Highlights from leader David Hodge’s Full Council speech

Highlights – Surrey leader David Hodge says he: Puts “our residents first every step of the way” Made the case to the government for a fair deal for Surrey Trusted ministers to offer help towards the cost of adult social care Is sure the Chancellor’s Budget announcement about national funding “proves we made the right decision”. David … 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

Communities Strategic Director leaves council to take up new post

Yvonne Rees, Surrey County Council’s Strategic Director for Customers and Communities and the Chief Executive of Mole Valley District Council, has been appointed to a new joint role. She will take up the post of Joint Chief Executive of South Northamptonshire and Cherwell District Councils. Yvonne (pictured) said: “I’m delighted to be taking on this … Continue reading

Walton Bridge used by 30,000 vehicles every weekday

With this month marking five years since work started to lay the foundations for the new Walton Bridge, it has been revealed that thousands more vehicles are using the structure than the crossing it replaced. Around 30,000 vehicles are using the £32 million bridge between Walton-on-Thames and Shepperton every weekday, which is 4,000 more than … Continue reading

Drive to build more pothole-proof roads on course to save nearly £14 million

A drive to make Surrey’s roads more pothole-proof is also on course to save local taxpayers nearly £14 million – enough to overhaul almost 30 miles for free. The first three years of the project to reconstruct hundreds of miles of roads, which started in 2013, saved nearly £11.4m through striking better deals and improved … 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

Surrey leader urges Chancellor to make “firm commitment” to Crossrail 2

Surrey County Council leader David Hodge is calling on Chancellor Philip Hammond to signal a “firm commitment” to Crossrail 2 in next Wednesday’s Budget. Last March the National Infrastructure Committee – the independent body advising the government on Britain’s long-term projects – urged ministers to prioritise developing the cross-London train line, which is set to … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Surrey book award shortlist revealed; Consultation on boundary review proposals

Surrey book award shortlist revealed The shortlist for an annual book award which is decided by children from 10 Surrey primary schools has been revealed by the county council’s library service. The Surrey Libraries’ Children’s Book Award celebrates the best fiction for readers aged seven to nine. The five books shortlisted this year are: • … Continue reading

VIDEO: Difficult decisions lie ahead – Surrey leader

Surrey County Council leader David Hodge told today’s Cabinet meeting that finding savings of £123 million over the next year means difficult decisions lie ahead.

Surrey Leader receives CBE from the Queen

Surrey County Council Leader David Hodge today received his CBE from Her Majesty The Queen. Following the investiture at Buckingham Palace, Mr Hodge said: “It was an unforgettable day, a fantastic experience for my family and recognition of the outstanding work of thousands of county council staff and voluntary workers across Surrey. “Collecting my CBE from the … Continue reading

RideLondon’s £245,000 Surrey boost

Three organisations have secured a total of nearly £245,000 thanks to Surrey’s role in the Prudential RideLondon cycling festival – taking the sum handed to groups and charities in the county since the first event to more than £2 million. Cranleigh Riding for the Disabled Association Group received a grant of £150,000 towards improvements to the indoor … 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

VIDEO: Cabinet unanimously approves plans for 15% council tax rise

Members of Surrey County Council’s Cabinet today unanimously approved a proposal to increase council tax by 15%. The Cabinet’s recommendation will now be considered at a meeting of Surrey’s Full Council on Tuesday 7 February.

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