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Surrey leader hails Claygate shopping parade’s national competition success

Following the news that Claygate has been named as one of the best local shopping areas in the country after being shortlisted in the Great British High Street competition, Surrey leader David Hodge said: “This is fantastic news for Claygate. Local shops and village stores have a special place at the heart of their communities and clearly … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Put clocks back and check your smoke alarm; Trading standards seize half a tonne of illegal snuff

Put the clocks back and check your smoke alarm Surrey residents are being urged to test their smoke alarm as they put their clocks back this weekend. The call from Surrey Fire and Rescue Service comes after the latest statistics from the Home Office show that 12% of households where fires took place in 2013/14 … Continue reading

RideLondon’s £350,000 boost for Surrey charity

A Surrey charity has been awarded £350,000 thanks to the county’s role in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey events. YMCA East Surrey received the sum to help fund a new sports facility for people with disabilities and additional needs at the charity’s Redhill site. The grant will also enable the centre to become a regional hub for … Continue reading

VIDEO: Young people urged to apply for highways roles after impressing on trial scheme

A trial scheme to arm vulnerable young people with the skills to launch a highways career proved so successful that all six have been asked to apply for apprenticeships or jobs. Among those successfully completing the course, which included training on machinery and team building exercises, were people classed as NEET – not in employment, education … Continue reading

Jail for cowboy roofers who preyed on elderly residents

Two cowboy roofers who fleeced elderly residents out of thousands of pounds by overcharging for poor quality work have been jailed. John Green, 50, of Horton Road, Staines and George Roy, 55, of Holmlea Road, Slough carried out a spate of frauds in Surrey, Hampton and Hertfordshire between 2011 and 2013. Trading under the name … Continue reading

Surrey schools attract thousands of pupils from outside the county

Pupils from outside Surrey have swelled the county’s school population by 2,000 – enough to fill a primary and secondary school. Figures show that 3,200 pupils living outside county boundaries had places at Surrey primary schools and 2,700 Surrey pupils went to primaries outside the county, giving a net influx of 500 – the equivalent … Continue reading

Appeal for adoptive families for children who wait longer to find a forever home

Parents who have adopted sets of siblings and children with disabilities have urged others to come forward and change the lives of youngsters who wait longer to find a forever family. With National Adoption Week in full swing, two families told of the rewards that adopting their children has brought them. Sarah*, a single mum-of-one, … Continue reading

Guardian publishes letter about rising adult social care demand

A letter from Cabinet Member Mel Few explaining how Surrey County Council’s finances are being put under huge strain by rising demand for adult social care services has been published by The Guardian (fifth letter in the list).

VIDEO: Local influence can make a big difference – Surrey leader

David Hodge marked the fifth anniversary of his first statement as Surrey County Council’s leader by emphasising how local influence can make a big difference.

Council receives prestigious Gold Award for championing the armed forces

Surrey County Council’s support for the armed forces has been recognised with a coveted Gold Award presented by His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge. Surrey is among the first councils nationally to receive the highest award under the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme. It was presented by HRH Prince William and Defence Secretary Michael Fallon … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Surrey’s unsung heroes recognised; Surrey shop owner guilty of selling illegal tobacco; Consultation events on boundary review proposals

Surrey’s unsung heroes recognised Almost 30 of Surrey’s unsung heroes were recognised at a ceremony hosted by the county council’s chairman. Sally Marks handed volunteers a certificate and a medal at the event in Dorking to recognise the work they do in their communities. Among those receiving awards were Carole Anne Cole, from Camberley, who invites young … Continue reading

VIDEO: Surrey leader on successes, challenges and opportunities

David Hodge used today’s Full Council meeting to talk about the successes of his five years as Surrey County Council’s leader, the challenges the authority faces and the opportunities for health and social care services.

Fly-tipping drops despite introduction of waste charging

New figures from Surrey County Council reveal fly-tipping dealt with in September plummeted compared to the same month last year despite the introduction of charging for some construction waste. Mike Goodman, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, said: “We always said we believed fears of a big increase in fly-tipping were misplaced … Continue reading

VIDEO: Surrey schools losing out to their London neighbours

Surrey schools close to London are being penalised to the tune of millions of pounds in funding compared to schools in the capital – even though they may be less than a mile apart and face the same challenges. These schools are often just streets apart and serve virtually identical communities but London boroughs bordering … Continue reading

VIDEO: New Surrey college aims to encourage more women to join the crusade against cyber crime

A new university technical college opening in Surrey aims to encourage more women to choose careers tackling cyber crime. University Technical College Guildford – Surrey’s first UTC – will train the next generation of cyber security, computing and engineering experts to help meet growing demand from employers. With women significantly under-represented in computer science and engineering, the … Continue reading

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