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Resurfacing for Westfield Avenue

by willforster on 13 May, 2019

I am pleased to say that the northern end of Westfield Avenue will be resurfaced tomorrow. To resurface this part of the road, Surrey County Council will close Westfield Avenue from David Lloyd to Kingfield Road between 7.30 am and 5.30 pm on Tuesday 14th May. The rest of Westfield Avenue was resurfaced a couple […]

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Surrey County Council own a broad range of land and property assets both in and outside of Surrey, with a total value of around £1.5 billion. At the last Council Cabinet meeting, it was revealed that the County Council will be ‘pausing’ investment out of Surrey for the time being whilst they evaluate the use […]

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Queen Elizabeth Way to be resurfaced

by willforster on 9 May, 2019

Surrey County Council will be resurfacing much of Queen Elizabeth Way in Kingfield on Monday 13th May. The Council is resurfacing the eastern part of the road, namely the outside Number 42 to 84 and including the cul-de-sac section. The resurfacing work should only take 1 day, with work taking place from 7.30 am until 5 […]

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Surrey County Council has a statutory duty to publicise the equalities and diversity profile of its workforce annually, at a minimum, as per the Equality Act. However, the County Council have failed to do so. The Council last publicised these statistics on its website in February 2016 – over 3 years ago now. That is […]

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The Lib Dems and I have condemned the Conservative Government for slashing Surrey County Council budget for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) by £4,403.72 per pupil in real terms since 2015, resulting in a loss of specialist provision. The National Education Union, which published these statistics on 15th April, has warned that local authorities […]

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Woking night-time fire cover to be halved

by willforster on 1 April, 2019

Surrey County Council is planning to take seven fire engines off duty at night including one in Woking in a bid to save £3 million a year. The Council has published a ‘Making Surrey Safer Plan 2020-2023’, which outlines how the County Council wants to change the local fire and rescue service. Under the plan, […]

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Lib Dems achieve restrictions on high cost staff

by willforster on 20 March, 2019

Yesterday, the Lib Dems and I saw success when our motion aimed at cutting the costs spent on interim staff at Surrey County Council was adopted. The motion was produced in reaction to recent news that the Council was recruiting for another interim manager on a £90,000 annual salary. The motion approved by Council read: […]

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Construction to start on Vicarage Road crossing

by willforster on 17 March, 2019

Surrey County Council is due to start construction of a pedestrian crossing on Vicarage Road in Kingfield on Monday 18th March. The County Council is building the Vicarage Road crossing to cater for the growing number of pedestrians travelling between the new Kingsmoor Park development off Balfour Avenue and the schools and shops in the […]

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Surrey worst in the country for health checks

by willforster on 5 March, 2019

The Lib Dems and I have warned of a ‘postcode lottery’ as official figures reveal that only 30% of people in Surrey have been offered a health check over the last 5 years, significantly below the national average of 85.21% – the lowest in the country. Lib Dem Health Spokesperson Judith Jolly blamed “swingeing Conservative […]

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Surrey County Council is advertising yet again for temporary staff with salaries in excess of £90,000.  The latest job is for a Programme Manager to oversee the move from County Hall. My Lib Dem colleagues and I think the use of temporary staff runs the risk that if they fail to deliver long term solutions […]

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