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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

VIDEO: Progress on health devolution plans set out

County council Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Health Helyn Clack used today’s Full Council meeting to set out the progress made with Surrey Heartlands’ health devolution proposals.

VIDEO: Leader calls on MPs to help avert “damaging cuts”

Schemes to cut congestion at one of Surrey’s busiest roundabouts and expand a secondary school have been delayed after leader David Hodge urged MPs to help the county council “avoid damaging cuts”. The Cabinet put decisions about investing in improvements at Runnymede Roundabout and 250 extra places at Salesian School in Chertsey on hold until … Continue reading

New contract to improve sexual health services and save £6 million

Plans to improve sexual health services in Surrey and save £6 million have been given the go-ahead. Central and North West London NHS Trust has been awarded a three-year contract to manage services covering contraception, STI testing and work with groups most likely to be affected by poor sexual health. Under the terms of the … Continue reading

ROUND UP: County council adopts MND charter; Fire station opening doors to public; River Ash clean up day

County council adopts MND charter Surrey County Council has adopted a new charter to show its commitment to helping people with Motor Neurone Disease (MND). Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing Helyn Clack signed the Motor Neurone Disease Association’s five-point charter to help those suffering from the disease, which affects the brain and spinal cord. South Nutfield … Continue reading

Smoking ban launched in Surrey playgrounds

A voluntary smoking ban is being launched in children’s play areas across Surrey. The scheme will rely on the goodwill of people using them and will be supported by signs featuring artwork by local children. It is being launched by boroughs and districts with the help of Surrey County Council’s public health team to coincide … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Firefighters honoured; Keep safe this winter

Firefighters honoured Firefighters have been singled out for their “outstanding dedication” at an annual awards ceremony. Among those recognised by Surrey Fire and Rescue Service was Charlie Gunn, who was the first person on the scene of an accident on the M25 as he made his way home from a shift. The Fire Control Operator, … Continue reading

New smoking ban welcomed

With a ban on smoking in cars carrying children coming into force on Thursday (1 October), Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Health Helyn Clack said: “This is great news and I have no doubt it will make a big difference to the health of future generations. “Passive smoking is a danger anywhere … Continue reading

Plan ahead for royal event to mark Magna Carta anniversary

With preparations for the Queen’s visit to Runnymede to mark Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary in full swing, residents and businesses are being urged to plan ahead. The Queen will be joined at the site where the charter was sealed in 1215 by dignitaries including The Duke of Cambridge and The Princess Royal and the job of setting … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Winner of the Surrey Libraries’ Children’s Book Award announced; Towpath safety reminder

Winner of the Surrey Libraries’ Children’s Book Award announced Award-winning author Jennifer Gray came out on top in the fifth annual Surrey Libraries’ Children’s Book Award with her fantastic book Chicken Mission: Danger in the Deep Dark Woods. The award celebrates the best fiction written for seven to nine year olds and saw 300 children, … Continue reading

Surrey singers aged seven to 70 to perform at Royal Albert Hall

More than 1,000 Surrey singers aged from seven to 70 have come together to mark Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary before royalty at one of the world’s most iconic concert venues. Schoolchildren, youth groups and choirs have been busy rehearsing for a performance of The Freedom Game at at the Royal Albert Hall next Tuesday (12 May) … Continue reading

Conman ordered to repay nearly £500,000 after selling fake DVDs on eBay and Play

A conman who sold pirated versions of Disney’s Little Mermaid and Mrs Brown’s Boys imported from China on websites such as eBay and Play has been ordered to repay almost £500,000. Trevor Pegg was jailed for three years in January after being convicted on 13 counts – including importing and supplying counterfeit DVDs, running a … Continue reading

The Queen to attend Magna Carta 800th anniversary event

Her Majesty The Queen will mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta at the site in Runnymede where the historic document was sealed. Accompanied by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, Her Majesty will attend a commemoration event at Runnymede Meadows on 15 June. The Duke of Cambridge, The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir … Continue reading

Surrey and Buckinghamshire trading standards join forces from April

Residents in Surrey and Buckinghamshire will be better protected from scams and rip-offs with the launch next month of a joint trading standards service covering both counties. A merger between Surrey and Buckinghamshire trading standards takes effect from 1 April with the aim of harnessing their collective expertise to give consumers even stronger safeguards and … Continue reading

Surrey Trading Standards launches campaign to crack down on illegal tobacco

Surrey County Council Trading Standards and Surrey Crimestoppers have launched a campaign to stamp out the trade in illegal tobacco. Working with the Smokefree Surrey Alliance, the campaign aims to gather intelligence about manufacturers and suppliers of illegal tobacco and raise awareness of the dangers and risks to person and property. Members of the public … Continue reading

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