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County Council Cabinet Round-up

Published on: 27 Oct, 2022
Updated on: 31 Oct, 2022

Following SCC’s Cabinet Meeting, October 25, 2022

As supplied by Surrey Council Council

A County Deal for Surrey

Surrey County Council’s Cabinet was updated on the progress made with plans for a Surrey County Deal and agreed with the recommendations outlined in the report.

The report contained a core set of proposals for inclusion in a County Deal and outlined intentions to take these forward to Government.

A County Deal will enable the council to meet its climate change commitments, address health inequalities and unleash greater economic opportunities, all of which will play a key role in the council’s overriding ambition to ensure no one is left behind in Surrey.

The full report is available here.

Housing Strategy

Cabinet agreed with the recommendations outlined in a report on a single, unifying housing strategy for Surrey.

Housing is fundamental to people’s well-being and life chances, but there is not currently a joined-up housing strategy for the county.

The council is working with partners in district and borough councils, Registered Social Landlords, developers, businesses and health providers to provide ambition, focus, direction and alignment across the whole Surrey housing system.

The full report is available here.

Surrey Skills Plan

Cabinet endorsed the Surrey Skills Plan, which aims to help deliver the skills, jobs and opportunities for Surrey’s economy to thrive.

The Skills Plan will officially launch at the Surrey Skills Summit on 10 November at Sandown Racecourse.

To find out more, see the press release on this here.

The full report is available here.

Healthy Streets for Surrey

Cabinet endorsed the new healthy streets planning guide, which aims to support the creation of high-quality, attractive, safe, accessible and sustainable developments.

The developments outlined in the guide will bring a raft of benefits, including:

  • More cycling and walking
  • Streets where children can play safely
  • Improved air quality
  • Reduction in residents’ transport carbon footprint
  • Creation of attractive and popular streets that will require less long-term maintenance.

The full report is available here.

Bus Services in Surrey

Cabinet agreed to the recommendations outlined in a report on the council’s response to the National Bus Strategy (Bus Back Better).

As part of this Cabinet approved a consultation about the future for bus services in Surrey.

The council will be seeking residents’ views on investment proposals, the introduction of more on-demand buses and possible alterations to some existing bus routes.

The consultation will run from November 3 – January 6, 2023.

The full report is available here.

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test 4 Responses to County Council Cabinet Round-up

  1. George Potter Reply

    October 27, 2022 at 1:44 pm

    I have to ask, is this article a news report or is it just reproducing the county council’s own propaganda about how wonderful the things it’s doing are?

    George Potter is a Lib Dem borough and county councillor.

    Editor’s response: Apologies, we should have attributed the article. This has now been corrected.

    • Martin Elliott Reply

      November 2, 2022 at 3:28 pm

      I thought the byline was going to be LDR [local democracy reporter] as they often reproduce LA Press Releases without any editorial comment.

  2. David Roberts Reply

    October 28, 2022 at 5:10 pm

    This looks like a feeble power-grab by the Tory-controlled county council – a watered-down version of the abortive proposal for a unitary authority that would have scrapped borough and district councils.

    If Surrey needs a “single, unifying housing strategy”, for instance, why not one for the whole South-East region of England? Tory-led Guildford borough council successfully defeated Labour’s regional plan at judicial review in 2010.

  3. Stuart Taylor Reply

    October 31, 2022 at 10:13 pm

    The obvious reason that ‘there is not currently a joined-up housing strategy for the county’, is that until there is a unitary authority each of the districts is the Local Housing Authority and it’s not up the county to impose such a strategy upon them.

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