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Mental health Haven for young people in Surrey officially opens

A new service which offers 10 to 18-year-olds in Surrey a safe place to go and talk about their worries and mental health has been officially opened by the Chairman of Surrey County Council, Peter Martin. The CYP Haven, located at The Discovery Centre in Guildford, is run as a partnership by Surrey and Borders … Continue reading

Surrey’s chairmen and mayors meet at County Hall

You can download this image here. Not in photo: Michael More-Molyneux, Lord Lieutenant of Surrey Mike Hodge, Mayor of Farnham Town Council Malcolm Carter, Mayor of Haslemere Town Council   Caption: County council chairman Peter Martin met with Surrey’s mayors and chairmen and the High Sheriff of Surrey for the first time since pledging his support … Continue reading

VIDEO: New chairman and vice-chairman elected

Peter Martin has been elected as the new chairman of Surrey County Council following Sally Marks’ two years in post. Mr Martin takes on the role after serving as deputy leader between 2011 and 2017 and will be supported by Tony Samuels who becomes vice-chairman. The county councillor for Godalming South, Milford and Witley chaired his first … Continue reading

VIDEO: Council’s unsung heroes hard at work over the festive period

While families open presents and tuck into Christmas dinner or relax over the new year, it’s business as usual for the council’s unsung heroes who will be serving their communities over the festive period. Peter Martin, Surrey County Council deputy leader, said: “While most of us are opening presents are tucking into a turkey dinner on … 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

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

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

VIDEO: Surrey faces overspending as demand and cost pressures grow

Deputy leader Peter Martin has warned that increasing demand and cost pressures for key services like adult social care mean Surrey County Council is set to overspend by £6 million this year despite making savings of as much as £76m.

Chancellor visits County Hall to meet Surrey’s deputy leader

Chancellor Philip Hammond became the latest Surrey MP to visit County Hall when he met deputy leader Peter Martin today to discuss council issues such as rising demand for services, budget pressures and devolution. Adult social care funding was among the topics discussed – rising demand for support means the council needs to spend an … Continue reading

Rising demand and pressures on council services discussed at meeting with Surrey MPs

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling was among five Surrey MPs to visit deputy leader Peter Martin today for a briefing on county council issues, including rising demand for adult social care services. The Epsom and Ewell MP was joined at County Hall by Prisons Minister Sam Gyimah (East Surrey), Crispin Blunt (Reigate), Dominic Raab (Esher and … Continue reading

Utility companies banned from digging up Guildford setts until at least 2021

Utility companies will be banned from digging up the newly relaid setts on Guildford High Street until at least 2021. They will not be allowed to touch the setts, which were first laid in 1864, for five years except in the case of an emergency such as a gas leak. If that happens, any work … Continue reading

Surrey County Council apprenticeship drive helps 2,000

A Surrey County Council drive to create apprenticeships has helped more than 2,000 young people get a leg up on the career ladder in four years. That is roughly the equivalent of filling every role at Krispy Kreme’s UK headquarters in Camberley and McLaren Automotive’s base in Woking*. The milestone was revealed by deputy leader Peter … Continue reading

AUDIO: BBC interviews Peter Martin about new £3m fund for shopping areas

Listen to BBC Surrey’s interview with Peter Martin about the county council’s new £3m fund to boost shopping areas. It came after the deputy leader signed off plans to contribute £100,000 towards improvements at four shopping streets in Spelthorne and £50,000 for schemes in Elmbridge. Audio courtesy of BBC Surrey

VIDEO: More shopping areas set to benefit from Surrey County Council’s £3m fund

Four shopping areas in Spelthorne are next in line to benefit from a £3m fund created by Surrey County Council. The authority launched the fund, which will see £750,000 made available annually for boroughs and districts to improve secondary shopping centres in towns, last month when it awarded Mole Valley £200,000 to transform Leatherhead’s Church … Continue reading

Surrey County Council launches £3m fund to boost shopping areas in towns

Shopping streets in towns across Surrey are set to benefit from a new £3 million fund launched by the county council. The authority is making up to £750,000 available annually for boroughs and districts to improve secondary shopping centres. They will be able to put it towards retail areas beyond the centres of large towns … Continue reading

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