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Surrey councils successful in bid for Business Rate Retention pilot

Statement on behalf of the county council and all borough and district councils in Surrey: “The Government’s announcement that Surrey’s councils have been successful in their bid to be a business rate retention pilot area is good news. The extra funding will help us to continue providing services in the face of rising demand but … Continue reading

Polls open across Surrey

Residents started heading to the polls this morning to vote in the Surrey County Council elections. Doors opened at polling stations across the county at 7am and residents can have their say about who represents them until 10pm. More than 850,000 people are eligible to vote. David McNulty, the Returning Officer for the Surrey elections, encouraging voters to … Continue reading

Surrey in 11th hour bid for extra funding as Government slashes county’s grant

Surrey County Council has launched a last minute bid to secure extra government funding after Whitehall slashed its grant for 2016 by nearly £50m. With growing demand for services, the county’s Cabinet is proposing councillors increase council tax by 3.9%. However, the council is concerned that without a rethink by ministers residents will only see … Continue reading

‘Don’t let new roads fund bypass Surrey’ – county urges Government

Surrey County Council has written to the Government’s Roads Minister calling for action to prevent the county’s roads missing out on a new highways fund. John Furey, Surrey’s Cabinet Member for Highways, wrote to Andrew Jones MP after the county revealed a new dedicated roads fund was not set to be spent on any of the … Continue reading

Call for greater powers for the South East goes to government

West Sussex, East Sussex and Surrey county councils will join forces to lead the call for greater powers and freedoms to be devolved to the South East. All three council leaders have signed a letter that has been sent this week to Greg Clark – Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government – in … Continue reading

IN PICTURES: Celebration of ‘wonderful’ work of volunteers

As national Volunteers’ Week draws to a close, here’s a celebration in pictures of the people in Surrey who work tirelessly for good causes together with a video of Cabinet Member for Localities and Community Wellbeing Richard Walsh hailing the “wonderful” work they do in local communities.

Council awards Brooklands Museum £225,000

With the new Formula One season set to roar into action, Surrey County Council has announced that Brooklands Museum has been awarded £225,000 to help restore part of the world’s first purpose-built motor racing track to its former glory. The money will go towards returning the finishing straight to how it looked in 1939 when … Continue reading

PICTURES AND VIDEO: Firefighters test response to major blaze

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service staged a mock incident which saw firefighters ‘evacuate’ dozens of people playing the role of casualties from a disused building in Staines. The building was specifically chosen because it has a complicated layout inside. Robert Weldon-Gamble, Surrey Fire and Rescue Group Commander Central Response, said: “We hope an incident like this … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Time running out to get charity concert tickets; Surrey firefighters to test their response to a care home fire

Time running out to get charity concert tickets There is still time to snap up tickets for a night of music at a charity concert hosted by Surrey County Council Chairman David Munro. The event, which will take place on Wednesday 18 March at the Menuhin Hall in Cobham, will see performances from the Surrey … Continue reading

Key facts ahead of national fire strike

Ahead of the planned national fire strike, please find more details below: When is the fire strike? From 7am on Wednesday 25 February 2015 until 7am on Thursday 26 February 2015. Why is the strike happening? The Fire Brigades’ Union strike is part of an ongoing national dispute between themselves and central government over proposed changes to … Continue reading

Surrey Leader speech to Full Council meeting

Highlights: Without fairer government funding for school places every child can’t be guaranteed a school place Chancellor’s extra investment for Lower River Thames Flood Defence Scheme welcome but councils still have to find £40m Still awaiting news from government on extra investment needed for other flood schemes, including those for River Mole and River Bourne … Continue reading

Gritters swing into action as temperature plunges

Surrey County Council’s winter operation has swung into action. The council’s fleet of gritting lorries went out last night for the first time this winter after road surface temperatures plunged. Ahead of winter, Surrey stockpiled 16,000 tonnes of salt, prepared 39 hi-tech gritters and signed up an army of farmers equipped with spreaders and ploughs. In … Continue reading

County council ready for winter

New hi-tech weather forecasts will give Surrey drivers even better protection from ice and snow this winter. Surrey County Council is introducing route-specific forecasts that focus on which roads will be coldest and need advance salting rather than whole areas. The new forecasts are being introduced on the 11 priority gritting routes with one of … Continue reading

Key facts ahead of national fire strikes

Ahead of the planned national fire strikes, please find more details below: When are the fire strikes? From 6pm on Friday 31 October 2014 until 6pm on Tuesday 4 November 2014. Why are the strikes happening? The Fire Brigades’ Union strikes are part of an ongoing national dispute between themselves and central Government over proposed … Continue reading

Surrey bids for £27 million flood defence improvements

Surrey County Council has bid for £27 million from Whitehall to improve local flood defences. The council has asked for the money to better protect residents across the county from a repeat of last winter’s floods. Below is a video of John Furey, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Flooding Recovery, outlining the bid which … Continue reading

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