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Six councils secure the future of nature reserve 

A partnership of six councils has come together to support the purchase of a nature reserve and protect it as open space for the community.  Surrey County Council, supported by funding from Hampshire County Council, Guildford Borough Council, Waverley Borough Council, Rushmoor Borough Council and Farnham Town Council, has bought Tice’s Meadow near Badshot Lea … Continue reading

Inspection report shows Surrey Fire and Rescue Service is in “much better shape”

A new report, published today (Wednesday 15 December 2021), shows improvements have been made to Surrey Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS). The report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) showed an improvement in six out of the 11 categories assessed – five of which have been rated as ‘good’. … Continue reading

A31 improvements go live 

Works to significantly ease congestion and help traffic flow on the busy A31 have completed this week. A new slip lane for vehicles travelling southbound on the A331, wishing to travel eastbound on the A31, has been constructed to remove the need for drivers to use the A331/A31 Runfold roundabout. Traffic lights have also been … Continue reading

£500k Your Fund Surrey funding awarded to community project

This month’s Surrey County Council Cabinet Meeting saw some important decisions made on behalf of Surrey residents, including a fantastic milestone for Your Fund Surrey. Over £500k from the fund will be allocated towards the construction of a local community shop and café located in Normandy, Surrey. The £100m fund is designed to give financial … Continue reading

Plan launched for Surrey to become dementia-friendly

People living with dementia and their carers are being asked to help shape a five-year plan for making Surrey a better place for everyone affected by the condition. The joint health and social care dementia strategy sets out how services will work together to improve the lives of people with dementia, their families and carers. … Continue reading

One confirmed case of Omicron variant found in Surrey

The UK Health Security agency is leading the investigation into one confirmed case of the Omicron variant in Spelthorne. Surrey County Council and the Borough Council are working closely with UKHSA to ensure that all contact tracing and appropriate Public Health actions, such as increased testing, take place. Ruth Hutchinson, Surrey’s Director of Public Health … Continue reading

Community-owned energy set to thrive in Surrey

Surrey County Council has partnered with Community Energy South to support community-led renewable energy projects in Surrey. Community energy projects aim to provide low-carbon heat and power to communities, organised and managed by local people. They can be a great way to tackle the climate emergency as a community, provide green energy and reduce bills … Continue reading

Statement on Government’s social care white paper

Commenting on the government’s social care white paper, Surrey County Council leader Cllr Tim Oliver said: “We are pleased that government has announced more detail on their proposals for social care. The extra investment for assisted living is welcome, as is the £150 million for new technology and digitisation, aimed at helping people live at … Continue reading

Summary of Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Meeting (30th November 21)

Surrey County Council’s Cabinet met this week and the important announcements are summarised below: Budget 2022/23 Cabinet approved the draft 2022/23 budget paper. In terms of day-to-day spending, the budget breakdown is as follows: Adult Social Care takes up 39% of our budget Children’s Services 24% Environment/Transport/Infrastructure 14% Community Protection 4% Public Health 3% Customer … Continue reading

Emergency Services plea to prevent drink and drug driving in Surrey this Christmas

Emergency Services in Surrey are warning residents about getting home safely this Christmas as data shows a peak in drink and drug driving during the winter months. The campaign is a result of the 233 road traffic collisions attended last winter (October-January) by Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, almost a quarter of which were caused … Continue reading

Time to be prepared for flooding

It’s Flood Action Week, so it’s time for Surrey residents who live near rivers or other watercourses, or who can be impacted by surface water or groundwater flooding, to be prepared in case of severe weather over the winter months. Making sure you’re aware of your home’s flood risk and getting prepared in case of … Continue reading

Surrey County Council launches Climate Change Delivery Plan at Symposium

Last night (24 November), Surrey County Council Leader, Tim Oliver, and Cabinet Member for the Environment, Marisa Heath, launched Surrey’s Climate Change Delivery Plan at the Surrey Hills AONB Climate Change and Biodiversity Symposium, following the plan’s approval by Cabinet last month. The event, hosted at the University of Surrey, was chaired by Radio 4 … Continue reading

2021 Surrey Business Awards Winners Announced

The best of business in Surrey was celebrated at the 2021 Surrey Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. The awards, organised by Platinum Media Group, are the largest event of its kind in the county. Over 320 of the county’s leading businesspeople gathered for the sell-out event held at Denbies Wine Estate on Thursday 18 November. … Continue reading

Pioneering home sensors help people live independently for longer

Hi-tech sensors fitted in everyday objects around the home are enabling older people to live independently for longer as part of a pioneering scheme in Surrey. The county council teamed up with Mole Valley District Council to trial the use of a revolutionary home monitoring system which can help identify early warning signs of declining … Continue reading

Tri-service emergency control room goes live for Surrey, West and East Sussex

A tri-service emergency control room for Surrey, West and East Sussex Fire and Rescue Services has gone live today (Wednesday 17 November). Surrey’s control room originally started taking calls for West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (WSFRS) in December 2019. In January last year, East Sussex Fire Authority made the decision to join the tri-service … Continue reading

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