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VIDEO: Highlights from leader David Hodge’s Full Council speech

Highlights – Surrey leader David Hodge says he: Puts “our residents first every step of the way” Made the case to the government for a fair deal for Surrey Trusted ministers to offer help towards the cost of adult social care Is sure the Chancellor’s Budget announcement about national funding “proves we made the right decision”. David … Continue reading

Work on new homes for people with autism begins

Latest artist’s impressions of planned new homes for people with autism revealed. All the images can be downloaded at http://www.flickr.com/surreynews Work to build new homes for people with autism and complex conditions has begun after the first shovel was put into the ground by the county council’s chairman. Sally Marks marked the start of the building … Continue reading

Communities Strategic Director leaves council to take up new post

Yvonne Rees, Surrey County Council’s Strategic Director for Customers and Communities and the Chief Executive of Mole Valley District Council, has been appointed to a new joint role. She will take up the post of Joint Chief Executive of South Northamptonshire and Cherwell District Councils. Yvonne (pictured) said: “I’m delighted to be taking on this … Continue reading

Council calls for Surrey Heath and Elmbridge residents to have say on Heathrow expansion plans

Surrey County Council is challenging the government’s refusal to hold Heathrow expansion meetings in two boroughs which could be affected by aircraft noise from a proposed third runway. Public consultation events have been held in the Surrey boroughs of Runnymede and Spelthorne but no meetings are planned for Surrey Heath and Elmbridge even though the … Continue reading

Firefighters receive ambulance award for saving man’s life

Four firefighters who used their skills in giving emergency medical care to save a man’s life have been honoured with an ambulance service award. The firefighters from Walton Fire Station picked up awards for outstanding patient care from South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) at a ceremony last week. They are among firefighters with Surrey … Continue reading

Walton Bridge used by 30,000 vehicles every weekday

With this month marking five years since work started to lay the foundations for the new Walton Bridge, it has been revealed that thousands more vehicles are using the structure than the crossing it replaced. Around 30,000 vehicles are using the £32 million bridge between Walton-on-Thames and Shepperton every weekday, which is 4,000 more than … Continue reading

Drive to build more pothole-proof roads on course to save nearly £14 million

A drive to make Surrey’s roads more pothole-proof is also on course to save local taxpayers nearly £14 million – enough to overhaul almost 30 miles for free. The first three years of the project to reconstruct hundreds of miles of roads, which started in 2013, saved nearly £11.4m through striking better deals and improved … Continue reading

Surrey on track to save more than £150m from striking better deals

Surrey County Council is on track to save local taxpayers more than £150 million since 2010 at a rate of almost £60,000 every day through striking better deals. Annual figures are set to show savings from negotiating better contracts of £14 million for the 2016/17 financial year when it ends this month. Reaching that sum … Continue reading

MAP: Surrey school projects approved by council’s Cabinet  

Two schools will be expanded and a split-site school will be amalgamated into one under plans approved by Surrey County Council’s Cabinet. *St Bede’s School will be expanded to create 300 much-needed extra secondary places in the Redhill area. *Ewell Grove Infants and Nursery School will become an all-through primary to create an extra 240 … Continue reading

Record applications for Surrey secondary school places

Surrey has offered five out of six applicants their first preference secondary school after demand for places reached a record high. Eighty-four per cent were given the school they put first on their list and 94 per cent were offered one of their top three preferred schools. The number applying for secondary school places this … Continue reading

VIDEO: Difficult decisions lie ahead – Surrey leader

Surrey County Council leader David Hodge told today’s Cabinet meeting that finding savings of £123 million over the next year means difficult decisions lie ahead.

Surrey company director who laundered cash must pay back scam victims

A Surrey company director who laundered cash from a double scam has been ordered to pay back almost a quarter of a million pounds. Gary Booker, of Queens Avenue, Byfleet, was convicted of money laundering last July following an investigation by Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards working with Thames Valley Police. In 2013 a scam … Continue reading

Surrey Leader receives CBE from the Queen

Surrey County Council Leader David Hodge today received his CBE from Her Majesty The Queen. Following the investiture at Buckingham Palace, Mr Hodge said: “It was an unforgettable day, a fantastic experience for my family and recognition of the outstanding work of thousands of county council staff and voluntary workers across Surrey. “Collecting my CBE from the … Continue reading

RideLondon’s £245,000 Surrey boost

Three organisations have secured a total of nearly £245,000 thanks to Surrey’s role in the Prudential RideLondon cycling festival – taking the sum handed to groups and charities in the county since the first event to more than £2 million. Cranleigh Riding for the Disabled Association Group received a grant of £150,000 towards improvements to the indoor … Continue reading

Drop in fly-tipping saves Surrey taxpayers £125,000 in 10 months

A drop of 1,100 tonnes in fly-tipped waste over the past 10 months has saved Surrey taxpayers £125,000. Figures from Surrey County Council show that 2,749 tonnes of fly-tipped rubbish were picked up by district and borough councils between April last year and January – a fall of 30 per cent on the previous 10-month … Continue reading

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