Surrey County Council News
News on County Council matters from Councillor Keith Witham

Positive and encouraging news from Surrey County Council. Cty Cllr Keith Witham reports.

At a Full Meeting of Surrey County Council the news was encouraging. Overall, the County Councils finances are sounder than previously because of a lot of work over the past two years to make the Council more efficient - no reserves have been drawn on...

Earlier this year Surrey County Council REMOVED financial saving targets from the Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, and has provided an EXTRA £975,000 to pay for the recruitment of more fire-fighters, the purchase of new fire and rescue vehicles and reorganising the service to meet the challenges it faces. It follows the building and opening of three...

FROM COUNTY COUNCILLOR KEITH WITHAM. Less fatalities on our roads; more road safety training; local Speed Watch Campaigns. The latest information shows that there has been a reduction in the number of fatalities on Surrey's roads. The number of people killed on our roads dropped from 36 in 2017 to 27 in 2018 - but there is no room for...

Changes are being introduced to the route 28 Bus Service, moving frequency from 90 minutes to a 60 minute service.

Our County Councillor, Keith Witham, reports: Surrey County Council has been working with local bus operators to offer residents improved services on a number of routes, with effect from Monday 2 September 2019.
The local changes are:...

24 new full-time firefighters have graduated from Surrey Fire and Rescue Service. Fire and Rescue Service recruits showcased their skills at a 'passing out parade' after completing 13 weeks of training. A series of demonstrations including tackling a fire, performing a rescue from a third floor window and dealing with a road traffic collision took...

New legislation is expanding the eligibility for "Blue Badges", previously only available for people with physical walking difficulties, to now include people who have "hidden" disabilities.

Surrey has seen 270 roads resurfaced in the last year alone, with more planned for 2019 thanks to a £20million SCC fund.

GOOD NEWS - A reduction in fatalities on Surrey's roads. Recent figures show a reduction in fatalities on Surreys Roads. While its positive that the number of people killed on Surrey's roads dropped from 36 in 2017 to 27 in 2018, there is always more to do. I know from the regular feedback I get from residents that...

One of the areas of interest that I scrutinise at Surrey County Council are environmental matters. That of course covers a very wide range of subjects, but one topic which I and a group of Councillors looked into recently was the Basingstoke Canal. The canal is owned jointly by Surrey County Council and Hampshire County Council. We met at the...