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Over £1m awarded for projects through Your Fund Surrey

Over £1m of the £100m Your Fund Surrey fund has now been awarded to communities across Surrey since its launch in November 2020.  Last week South Park Sports Association became the latest project to be presented with a cheque for £150,000 by the Leader of Surrey County Council Tim Oliver, Chair of the Council Helyn … Continue reading

Statement on Ukraine

Commenting on the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, Surrey County Council chairman, Cllr Helyn Clack, said: “Like all Surrey residents, I have been shocked and dismayed by what we have seen in Ukraine as a result of Russia’s invasion, in particular the horrific and barbaric attacks on civilian areas such as hospitals and schools.  I have … Continue reading

Veterans invited to join social groups and record their life stories in new pilot project

A new project is bringing together former service personnel through local friendship groups and offering them the opportunity to record their life stories for posterity. The initiative is currently focused on three areas of Surrey – Epsom and Ewell, Guildford and Surrey Heath – and could in future be extended more widely. Former service personnel … Continue reading

Sniffer dogs to take centre stage at roadshows highlighting illegal tobacco trade

Specially trained sniffer dog Phoebe will showcase her skills at roadshows around Surrey to highlight the dangers of illegal tobacco. Phoebe (pictured) will join trading standards and public health teams in Redhill, Woking, Staines and Guildford next week as part of a crackdown on the counterfeit tobacco trade. The roadshows aim to raise awareness of … Continue reading

Surrey leader unveils new Cabinet team

Surrey County Council Leader David Hodge today unveiled his new Cabinet team. John Furey is the new Deputy Leader with Colin Kemp taking over responsibility for highways. Newly elected county councillor Tim Oliver will cover property and business services and Denise Turner-Stewart will oversee the communities portfolio. Below is a list of the new Cabinet … Continue reading

Prime Minister visits cafe offering mental health support

On the day Theresa May pledged to transform the way mental health issues are dealt with, the Prime Minister visited Aldershot’s Wellbeing Centre and Safe Haven – one of six cafe-style drop-in services providing support that are funded by organisations including Surrey County Council, clinical commissioning groups and Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Helyn … Continue reading

VIDEO: Progress on health devolution plans set out

County council Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Health Helyn Clack used today’s Full Council meeting to set out the progress made with Surrey Heartlands’ health devolution proposals.

VIDEO: Leader calls on MPs to help avert “damaging cuts”

Schemes to cut congestion at one of Surrey’s busiest roundabouts and expand a secondary school have been delayed after leader David Hodge urged MPs to help the county council “avoid damaging cuts”. The Cabinet put decisions about investing in improvements at Runnymede Roundabout and 250 extra places at Salesian School in Chertsey on hold until … Continue reading

New contract to improve sexual health services and save £6 million

Plans to improve sexual health services in Surrey and save £6 million have been given the go-ahead. Central and North West London NHS Trust has been awarded a three-year contract to manage services covering contraception, STI testing and work with groups most likely to be affected by poor sexual health. Under the terms of the … Continue reading

ROUND UP: County council adopts MND charter; Fire station opening doors to public; River Ash clean up day

County council adopts MND charter Surrey County Council has adopted a new charter to show its commitment to helping people with Motor Neurone Disease (MND). Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing Helyn Clack signed the Motor Neurone Disease Association’s five-point charter to help those suffering from the disease, which affects the brain and spinal cord. South Nutfield … Continue reading

Smoking ban launched in Surrey playgrounds

A voluntary smoking ban is being launched in children’s play areas across Surrey. The scheme will rely on the goodwill of people using them and will be supported by signs featuring artwork by local children. It is being launched by boroughs and districts with the help of Surrey County Council’s public health team to coincide … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Firefighters honoured; Keep safe this winter

Firefighters honoured Firefighters have been singled out for their “outstanding dedication” at an annual awards ceremony. Among those recognised by Surrey Fire and Rescue Service was Charlie Gunn, who was the first person on the scene of an accident on the M25 as he made his way home from a shift. The Fire Control Operator, … Continue reading

New smoking ban welcomed

With a ban on smoking in cars carrying children coming into force on Thursday (1 October), Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Health Helyn Clack said: “This is great news and I have no doubt it will make a big difference to the health of future generations. “Passive smoking is a danger anywhere … Continue reading

Plan ahead for royal event to mark Magna Carta anniversary

With preparations for the Queen’s visit to Runnymede to mark Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary in full swing, residents and businesses are being urged to plan ahead. The Queen will be joined at the site where the charter was sealed in 1215 by dignitaries including The Duke of Cambridge and The Princess Royal and the job of setting … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Winner of the Surrey Libraries’ Children’s Book Award announced; Towpath safety reminder

Winner of the Surrey Libraries’ Children’s Book Award announced Award-winning author Jennifer Gray came out on top in the fifth annual Surrey Libraries’ Children’s Book Award with her fantastic book Chicken Mission: Danger in the Deep Dark Woods. The award celebrates the best fiction written for seven to nine year olds and saw 300 children, … Continue reading

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