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Surrey launches drive to recruit more children’s social workers

Social workers are being offered incentive payments of up to £15,000 as part of the county council’s efforts to attract more to work in Surrey. New recruits to Surrey’s children’s services will receive £7,000 spread over the first four years of working for the council. On top of a £2,000 starter payment, they will get … Continue reading

VIDEO: Surrey County Council awards £100,000 to new home for gymnastics club where Spelbound started

The gymnastics club where 2010 Britain’s Got Talent winners Spelbound started out has been given a £100,000 grant towards its new home by Surrey County Council. Leader David Hodge awarded the cash for Spelthorne Gymnastics’ new facility at Bishop Wand School in Sunbury. The club, which also boasts world and European gold medallists, is used by more than … Continue reading

Late services and crammed carriages account for nearly half of South West Trains complaints

Nearly half of the complaints about South West Trains in a year were about late services and crammed carriages, it has been revealed. Figures from the Office of Rail and Road showed that they topped the 2015-16 list of passenger complaints to the franchise that covers a large chunk of Surrey. That was despite the share of … 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

More footpaths get the Pavement Horizon treatment

More footpaths are being given the Pavement Horizon treatment as part of a Surrey County Council scheme to help pedestrians use key community services. The £20 million programme, which will last up to six years, will see more than 200 miles of pavements rebuilt. It was launched last month at Brokes Crescent, Reigate, by the … Continue reading

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

Flying Scotsman steams on as it is revealed only a third of Britain’s railways are electrified

As the iconic Flying Scotsman steamed through Surrey today, it was revealed that just a third of Britain’s railway network is electrified. Latest Office of Rail and Road figures confirm there are nearly 9,800 miles of routes in Britain, of which 3,275 are electrified. The electrified routes do not include around 29 miles of the North Downs … Continue reading

Trading Standards praised for expanding healthy eating campaign

National competition judges have praised Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards for the way they extended their healthy eating campaign into leisure centres across the country. “Eat Out Eat Well”, a scheme that rewards caterers and restaurants for providing customers with healthy menu options, won a “highly commended” in the Government’s Department for Business, Innovation and … Continue reading

Rogue trader had £150,000 in off-shore accounts

Trading standards officers searching for funds a cowboy gardener conned out of elderly customers discovered he stashed away £150,000 in off-shore bank accounts. Benjamin Brown, 62, of Epsom, Surrey, who is serving a three-and-a-half-year sentence for fraud and money laundering, ignored a court order to disclose all his accounts and moved large sums around before … Continue reading

VIDEO: Bus review to save £723,000 while maintaining ‘key’ services

Surrey County Council has signed off plans for the second of a three-year review into local bus services in the county at today’s meeting of Cabinet. The latest changes will save the county council more than £720,000 annually while ensuring people can make virtually all the journeys they did previously. Watch Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member … Continue reading

Horley Library to move to ‘more accessible’ location

Following the approval of plans to relocate Horley Library at today’s meeting of Surrey County Council’s Cabinet, Richard Walsh, Cabinet Member for Localities and Community Wellbeing said: “We have decided to relocate Horley Library to the centre of town so it is in a more accessible location. It will be similar in size the current … Continue reading

Communities sign up to scheme to share time and skills

Scores of neighbours across Surrey are signing up to share their time and expertise in a new community drive launched by the county council. Since plans for the scheme, which involves members offering their skills and getting help with tasks they struggle with, were launched communities have worked with the council to form groups in … Continue reading

VIDEO AND MAP: RideLondon delivers £622,000 boost to Surrey community groups

Community groups and charities in Surrey have been awarded £622,000 thanks to the county’s role in the 2015 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey events. Mickleham Children’s Playground Association, Guildford Archery Club and Ripley Bowling Club are among eight Surrey organisations handed grants from the London Marathon Charitable Trust, which gives out proceeds from the RideLondon cycling festival. The … Continue reading

Surrey County Council leader writes about £1m local shopping parade fund in the MJ

Trade magazine the MJ has published an article by Surrey County Council leader David Hodge about last month’s launch of a £1 million fund to boost local shopping parades and village centres. This week the authority unveiled a £3m fund for retail areas beyond the centres of large towns in Surrey or shopping streets in smaller ones. … Continue reading

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