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VIDEO: Surrey leader indicates review of rural car park charging possible

Surrey leader Tim Oliver today indicated that a review of the rural car parking charges introduced last year could be possible if the county council cannot “clearly demonstrate” they are “directly contributing towards the upkeep of the countryside”. He also stressed his hope that there will be “a workable solution” to keep the county’s community … Continue reading

New library opens in Horley

Horley’s new library is now open in a convenient town centre location. The library has moved from its previous outdated premises to a new site near the train station and shops. As well as a refreshed selection of books and an expanded study area, the new library boasts a flexible open-plan layout allowing it to … Continue reading

Skip hire boss fined for pressuring customers into stumping up extra charges

A skip hire boss who pressured customers into paying extra charges for skips to be removed from outside their homes has been ordered to pay fines and court costs of more than £30,000. Brian Place, director of 1st Place Grab & Skip Hire Ltd, was sentenced by Guildford magistrates for using aggressive commercial practices after … Continue reading

Inspectors publish report on Surrey services for children with special educational needs

Surrey County Council, the six Surrey clinical commissioning groups and Family Voice Surrey have welcomed an inspection report on special educational needs and disability services in the county. Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission carried out a joint review of Surrey’s progress in addressing weaknesses highlighted in a previous inspection in 2016. The full joint … 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

Shining examples of volunteer work recognised

Shining examples of volunteer work were highlighted at an event staged by Surrey County Council to recognise people’s efforts to improve their communities. Volunteers who “do selfless work” in their neighbourhoods were celebrated at an event at County Hall organised for Chairman Tony Samuels. Each volunteer was handed a certificate and a medal. Those singled … 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

Orbis councils join forces with Splunk to bolster cyber security

Three councils have teamed up with Splunk to bolster cyber security. Surrey County Council, East Sussex County Council and Brighton and Hove City Council are working with the big data analysis firm through their Orbis partnership to protect against attacks. More information can be found in Splunk’s press release.

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

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