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MAP, VIDEO: More than 270 roads improved in first year of £20m programme

One year on from first announcing additional multi-million pound highways funding, the county council has revealed that more than 270 roads have been improved so far. The council has invested an additional £20 million in a two-year programme to improve roads across Surrey most in need of repair. Surrey County Council Cabinet member for Highways … Continue reading

VIDEO: Surrey leader Tim Oliver’s Full Council speech

Highlights include: Looking at limiting “any necessary council tax rises” A progress report on the move out of County Hall and “closer to our residents” Plans for joint forums – “local partnership boards” Proposals for local agreements to make Surrey “a better place”.

County council steps in to ensure 479 bus continues

Surrey County Council has stepped in to ensure the 479 service linking Guildford and Epsom via Leatherhead will continue in the short term while a permanent solution is found. Starting on Saturday 16 March, Arriva Kent & Surrey will operate Monday to Saturday to the same timetable used before Buses Excetera suddenly stopped trading on … Continue reading

County council joins forces with charity Citizens Online to tackle digital exclusion

In the week the world wide web turned 30, Surrey County Council has teamed up with charity Citizens Online to tackle digital exclusion as figures reveal that one in 10 residents lack at least one main online skill. More details can be found on the Citizens Online website.

VIDEO: Tina Thorburn rounds up the work taking place on Surrey’s roads

Tina Thorburn from the county council’s highways team rounds up the work taking place on Surrey’s roads, including improvements being made using money from the extra £20 million investment in repairs.

Surrey firefighters to get closer to communities to help prevent emergencies happening in the first place

Firefighters will work more closely with communities to prevent emergencies happening in the first place under a new plan to make Surrey a safer place to live. They will go into schools, colleges, workplaces, homes and support groups to help people with “lifelong” safety, protecting them not just against house fires but also other kinds … Continue reading

Community charity set to take over running of Surrey Performing Arts Library

A community charity is set to take on the running of Surrey’s performing arts library under proposals to give the service a new lease of life while also saving money for local taxpayers. The charity NewSPAL has worked with the council on a business case to take over the library which will be considered at … Continue reading

Trading standards lands key role protecting consumers from misleading advertising

Surrey’s trading standards team – jointly run with Buckinghamshire – has been awarded a contract to help protect consumers and businesses from misleading print and other non-broadcast advertising. The service has been appointed by National Trading Standards to provide enforcement services to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). It means the ASA will now refer businesses and … Continue reading

Former Surrey foster child backs campaign to find new carers

A former Surrey foster child who credits his foster family with turning his life around is backing a new campaign to find more carers. Lewis says his foster family gave him stability and a sense of self-worth which helped him achieve 12 GCSEs and a job he loves. He said: “My early childhood consisted of … Continue reading

VIDEO: Surrey leader Tim Oliver’s Full Council speech

Surrey County Council leader Tim Oliver talks about listening to the feedback given in the five recent public consultations, partnership working to provide “more efficient and seamless services” and a council tax increase of 2.99% for 2019/20 in his Full Council speech today.

Joint fire emergency mobilising system for Surrey and West Sussex

Surrey and West Sussex fire and rescue services are to move to a joint 999 mobilising system. It follows a decision taken by West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities today (1 February). West Sussex made a full assessment of the options available for mobilising systems with other fire and rescue services. It … Continue reading

Snow falls across Surrey

  With snow falling across parts of Surrey, the council’s fleet of gritters has been out spreading salt on the county’s roads. Surrey County Council stockpiled 12,500 tonnes of salt ahead of the winter and has a fleet of 37 gritters to help keep the county moving, while an army of farmers equipped with spreaders … Continue reading

County council backs community bid to welcome Syrian refugee family to Mole Valley

Surrey County Council is supporting an application from a community group to sponsor a family fleeing conflict in Syria to settle in Mole Valley. Mary Lewis, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, took the decision on 22 January. More details are available here. Mrs Lewis said: “I’m pleased to support this community bid … Continue reading

AUDIO: BBC Surrey interview about social prescribing work in Surrey

Communities and prevention lead Rebecca Brooker talks to BBC Surrey about the work being done in the Surrey Heartlands area by the county council and the NHS to help people through social prescribing – activities or support to help combat loneliness, get fit or healthy and boost wellbeing. The interview followed the news that NHS … Continue reading

VIDEO: Proposal not to close any recycling centres pending review approved

The county council’s Cabinet today approved a proposal announced by leader Tim Oliver not to close any community recycling centres pending a thorough review of Surrey’s waste and recycling service following a series of consultations.

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