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Last call for bids for cash to spruce up local shopping areas

As the search for the nation’s best loved high street or parade gets under way, the county council has issued a reminder that time is running out to apply for a share of a £1m fund to spruce up local shopping areas in Surrey. Traders and community groups have until Friday (15 July) to submit … Continue reading

IN PICTURES: Surrey foster carers share their favourite fostering moments

Every 20 minutes a child comes into care in England and more foster carers are needed to give them a loving home. With Foster Care Fortnight getting underway today, 25 Surrey foster carers have shared their favourite 20 minutes of fostering last year. To find out more about fostering in Surrey, visit Surrey County Council’s … Continue reading

82% of Surrey pupils offered their first choice primary school

More than four in five Surrey reception class applicants have been offered their first preference school as demand for places reaches a new high. Figures from Surrey County Council on primary school ‘national offer day’ show that 82.4% of Surrey pupils were offered the school they put first on their list – down slightly on … Continue reading

Surrey calls on county’s MPs to back Crossrail 2

Mike Goodman, Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning at Surrey County Council, has written to all of the county’s 11 MPs calling on them to join him in backing Crossrail 2 while stressing the benefits for commuters and businesses and the boost it would bring to Surrey’s economy. See below for the full letter.   Dear … Continue reading

Minister welcomes case for Three Southern Counties devolution

Leaders behind the devolution bid for three of England’s strongest performing counties have outlined to Government how their plan would boost growth for the region’s residents. Communities Minister Baroness Williams heard the proposals for how East Sussex, Surrey and West Sussex would work together to help tackle the congested road and rail network, pioneer new … Continue reading

Gritting lorries hit the road

Gritting lorries took to Surrey’s roads over the weekend for the first time since last winter. As temperatures plunged, the county council’s winter operation swung into action with the fleet of hi-tech gritters treating roads county-wide after filling up from the council’s 16,000-tonne stockpile of salt. It came after it was revealed that the council’s … Continue reading

BBC Surrey interview with Linda Kemeny about schools funding

Listen to the county council’s Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Educational Achievement Linda Kemeny discuss funding for schools most in need with BBC Surrey presenters James Cannon and Suzanne Bamborough. Audio courtesy of BBC Surrey

More than 3,500 extra Surrey school places to meet rising demand

More than 3,500 extra school places have been created in Surrey this year to meet a growth in demand from rising birth rates. Schools will have space for 3,549 extra pupils when they open this week after the summer break – the equivalent of eight brand new two-form entry primaries. It brings the total number of … Continue reading

Surrey has slowest rush hour roads of any county in country

Surrey has the slowest rush-hour roads of any county in the country with average speeds dipping as low as 14 miles per hour, official figures reveal. During the morning commute, motorists travel an average speed of just over 22.5mph on Surrey’s A roads – more than 18mph slower than the county with the fastest roads* … 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

Get ready to sign up for RideLondon ballot

Cyclists hoping to tackle next year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 will be able to sign up online from 10 August. The festival of cycling, including the mass participation event, will take place on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 July 2016. For more information about the ballot, visit the RideLondon website. Up to 25,000 cyclists will take … Continue reading

Sir Bradley Wiggins looks ahead to racing on Surrey’s roads

Cycling superstar Sir Bradley Wiggins has singled out the Box Hill climb as his favourite part of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic route. The 2012 Tour de France winner will tackle the iconic ascent in Sunday’s race for elite professional riders along with his WIGGINS team-mates. As he looked ahead to the race through London and … Continue reading

Call for Surrey to share in Budget roads bonanza

Surrey is calling on the Government to act so the county sees the benefit from a new dedicated roads fund announced in George Osborne’s latest Budget. Fears were raised that more than 3,300 miles managed by the county will miss out on the fund from Vehicle Excise Duty despite Surrey drivers contributing more than £100m* … Continue reading

Surrey landscape gardener admits rogue trading offences

A cowboy gardener who charged exorbitant sums for substandard work has pleaded guilty to fraud and money laundering offences. Benjamin Brown, 62, of Cox Lane, Epsom preyed on elderly and vulnerable victims who were unable to look after their gardens themselves. He was prosecuted by Surrey County Council’s trading standards officers and last week pleaded … 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

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