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  • County Hall
    Article: Jul 7, 2020

    Figures published by Surrey County Council and available on the Surrey-I website have revealed a huge rise in the cost of senior officer pay in just 12 months.

    The information published by the authority in accordance with the Local Government Transparency Code 2015 has revealed that the number of its officers earning over £50,000 has increased from 407 in 2018/19 to 558 in 2019/20. The number of those being paid between £50,000 - 54,999 has increased from 127 to 212. A greater increase is seen in the £60,000 - £64,999 pay bracket where the number of officers has jumped from 49 to 154. In total the pay bill for all senior employees has risen by around £10m.

  • Paul Kennedy with Lib Dem stake board
    Article: Jun 29, 2020

    Paul Kennedy, a Mole Valley councillor and Liberal Democrat candidate to be Surrey's next Police and Crime Commissioner, has called on David Munro, the current PCC, to give Surrey Police extra resources to address the increasing problems caused by visitors to our beauty spots during the lockdown.

    The call comes after the A24 near Denbies was used as a car meet for two weekends running, with little police interference. Drivers showed off their modified vehicles by speeding and driving inconsiderately, narrowly missing other vehicles, and firing noisy and polluting exhausts. This follows similar problems with motorbikes racing, and meets in other parts of the county.

  • Paul Kennedy with Lib Dem stake board
    Article: Jun 15, 2020

    An investigation by the Lib Dems has uncovered that 36,284 crimes were closed by Surrey Police last year without a suspect being identified.

    Data from the Home Office reveals that Police in England and Wales abandoned 2.2 million crimes in 2019, including more than 300,000 burglaries in 2019 - with a third of forces closing more than 80% of cases before they were solved.

  • LibDems at County Hall
    Article: May 5, 2020

    Following a request from the Lib Dems, Surrey County Council will start a phased reopening of its Community Recycling Centres on 11th May.

    With fly tipping increasingly becoming an issue across Surrey, last month Lib Dem Councillors asked the Council to reopen local tips. This was supported by latest Government advice which said that Household Waste Recycling Centres can be open provided appropriate social distancing measures are in place.

  • County Hall
    Article: Apr 24, 2020



    Surrey County Council has cancelled plans to move its headquarters from Kingston-Upon-Thames to Woking due the coronavirus pandemic.

    As a result of the current Covid-19 situation, the current tenants of Midas House cannot move out and the Council cannot get access to all of the building to make it suitable for its use.

    In addition, the procurement and commissioning of a contractor to carry out the necessary works to turn Midas House into a County Hall style property is just not possible under the current lockdown constraints.

    Lib Dem County Councillor for Woking South, and Chairman of the Task Group responsible for scrutinising the move, Will Forster, said:

    "Although I am disappointed the County Council will not be moving to Woking as planned, this was inevitable with the current pandemic. The Council is rightly focused on fighting Coronavirus and protecting vulnerable local people."

    "If this move went ahead, there was a real risk the County Council would have purchased Midas House when the property market was at a high before the coronavirus pandemic but sold County Hall in Kingston-Upon-Thames when property was cheaper afterwards. That would be unacceptable and not be value for money for taxpayers."

    "I am pleased the Council has agreed with me that Woking remains the best place for the County Council to have its Civic Heart once the pandemic is over."