Category Archives: Surrey News Updates

Urgent request from Surrey County Council for PPE

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Following the government announcement yesterday (17 April 2020) that there is now an extreme shortage of PPE, Surrey County Council is urgently appealing for volunteers to help supply items for Surrey’s frontline workers.

With demand for PPE nationally and globally reaching unprecedented levels, social workers, care home staff, volunteers and others need items such as gowns, aprons and masks which skilled volunteers may be able to assist with, based on a Public Health England standard.

Leader of Surrey County Council, Tim Oliver said: “As a county council we continue to do all we can to source more Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for frontline workers to ensure they have the right protection against Covid-19, but there is simply not enough supply coming into the county, indeed nationally, and this situation is now very urgent indeed.

“That is why we are now appealing to the wealth of skilled and talented people across the county – from university students to business owners and seamstresses, who may be able to assist us in producing personal protective equipment, such as gowns and masks.

“This is a time when so many communities are pulling together. I hope the public will hear our call and come to our aid so we can do all we can to protect our frontline workers who are working so tirelessly on our behalf.”

Anyone that can help is asked to get in touch as soon as possible via to offer their assistance.

Surrey County Council is stressing that all items will need to be made to a specification outlined by Public Health England. Please get in touch to discuss how you can help and we will then provide this ASAP.

Surrey County Council would still welcome contact from businesses who are able to support and would also encourage them to email us directly with any offers of support.


Changes to parking enforcement due to the coronavirus

I received this update from Surrey County Council regarding parking enforcement for on street and off parking. This action is intended to support NHS staff and key workers.


In light of coronavirus and the government’s instruction to self-isolate and maintain social distancing, we understand that residents are working and staying at home more than usual. This has changed parking patterns and we are adjusting our parking enforcement approach accordingly. For the time being the district and borough council parking enforcement teams in Surrey will:

  • Not enforce parking on single yellow lines in quiet residential roads
  • Issue temporary parking permits for car parks or on street parking schemes where they consider it appropriate to do so
  • Provide more flexible arrangements in council car parks where appropriate

All on street parking charges have been suspended until further notice and NHS responders / volunteers and carers can park for free in council car parks and on street.

Parking on double yellow lines or zig zags or on single yellow lines on main roads and in town centres could be dangerous and will be enforced as normal. During this time it is important to remember that essential public services will need to maintain access to homes and facilities so please park considerately.

Check your district or borough council parking enforcement web pages for further information in your area.

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Outcome of South Western Railway consultation into late night and early morning services

I have received an update from South Western Railways following their consultation re late night/early morning services. Kindly read below:

Dear Nikki,

I am writing to let you know that following last Autumn’s public consultation into changes to late night/early morning services, we will be pressing ahead with the improvements on a trial basis from December 2020. As a result, passengers will benefit from:

  • More late night services on Fridays and Saturdays
  • A more reliable railway for everyone
  • Less overrunning engineering works

Although this will mean the withdrawal or retiming of a small number of late night/early morning services on Sunday-Thursday affecting around 400 passengers, by allowing Network Rail additional time for engineering work we will deliver a more reliable railway for the hundreds of thousands of passengers who travel on the network every day.

The full results of the consultation are available at:

Suspended – RMT Strike Monday 9, Tuesday 10, Thursday 12 & Friday 13 March

Notification from South Western Railway that RMT strike action has been suspended

Event: Climate Change Members Session

Earlier this week, I attended a Climate Change Members Session at Surrey County Council’s office. I tweeted a few slides during the presentations.

In this link, you can read all the slides from the presentation.

SCC Emergency contacts in the event of flooding

If anyone contacts you that they are flooding, we have put together the below emergency contact numbers for residents to use so they are calling the correct agency for their situation.

If there is a threat to life – call 999

If there is road flooding – call Surrey CC (Highways) – 0300 200 1003

If sewers and foul water are involved – call Thames Water – 0800 316 9800

If a main river watercourse is involved – call the Environment Agency – 0345 988 1188

If your enquiry is not urgent, please contact our team via

Information about derailment at Eastleigh on 28 January 2020. Tomorrow’s train service will affected

From: South Western Railway
Date: 28 January 2020 at 8:07:59 pm GMT
Subject: Information about derailment at Eastleigh on 28 January 2020

Dear Nikki,

Good evening. I’m writing to inform you that following a derailment of a freight train near Eastleigh station earlier today, customers have faced severe disruption. Unfortunately, this disruption is likely to continue into tomorrow morning.

The derailment affects around 5 wagons of the freight train and it will take some considerable time to re-rail the wagons and assess any damage to the track.

One line is currently open for services heading towards London Waterloo from Southampton, but a bus replacement service is in operation for passengers travelling in the opposite direction between Basingstoke and Southampton. Other services are being diverted via Cosham, although this will result in a much longer journey.

The derailment occurred in a key location on the mainline between Southampton and Waterloo which has resulted in severe disruption to services on our network. It was not possible to immediately remove the freight train as the RAIB needed to investigate the incident, as per industry procedures. Given position of the train, removing the wagons will require all lines through Eastleigh to be blocked. It is estimated that it could take around 18 hours until the affected wagons are recovered and removed. However, this process has yet to begin.

We are working very closely with Network Rail to ensure lines reopen as soon as possible in order to minimise any further disruption. We are sorry for the impact this is having on our customers.

Yours sincerely

Stakeholder Team
South Western Railway

Becoming a Councillor – information and events

SUBJECT: Becoming a Councillor – information and events

Dear Members,

We will shortly be hosting the first of our upcoming Becoming a Councillor events. Full details are in my e-mail below but to summarise the dates for these sessions are:

Wednesday 29 January 2020 6 – 8pm (Registration from 5.30pm) – Training Centre, Wray Park, Reigate and Banstead

Friday 28 February 2020 10.30 – 12.30pm (Registration from 10am) – Woking Borough Council Chamber

I would be grateful if you could circulate this information to anyone who you think might be interested – e.g. Political Associations, Residents Association’s, Parish Council’s, community groups etc.

I hope this information is clear but if you have any questions regarding the events, please do let me know.

Kind Regards,


Rachel Basham

Member Services Manager

Democratic Services, Surrey County Council

Surrey Police and PCC Engagement Events

Dear Residents Associations,

Surrey Police and the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner are holding a series of public engagement meetings from January 8 – February 2020, and would like to invite your residents to help promote and attend these events for the maximum impact in our communities.

See attached media release and link here to assets with the specific details of each local event, now being promoted by Surrey Police. Residents are urged to register for their local event using the eventbrite links here.

The meetings are a great opportunity for members of your Association and other local residents to get involved in the issues that matter to them locally, to hear about future plans in policing their neighbourhoods, and to consult on plans for the local council tax precept for policing in 2020.

A meeting will be held in every borough and district in Surrey, with presentations by, and an opportunity to ask questions to the PCC, a Chief Officer and the local Borough Commander.

Please could those of you who are interested please help to share these events using any social media and local contacts who may be interested in attending? There is a limited time before the first event so all help to promote engagement is much appreciated.

If you’re not already doing so, please do take a moment to follow @SurreyPCC for this and other news, including information on how tax payers money is helping us tackle crime and create a safer Surrey.

Please do contact me for more information or to ask questions.

Many thanks,

Communications and Engagement Officer

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner