News in Brief – February 2024

Croydon Road improvements to start

Works to improve Croydon Road in Caterham will begin on Monday, 5 February. A traffic management system, including temporary traffic lights and partial road closures, will be in place from the 5th until 29 November 2024. Access to businesses will remain open. More information can be found here or here.

SCC chief executive to leave in March

Surrey County Council’s chief executive Joanne Killian will be stepping down on 6 March, to take up a new role as chief executive of the Local Government Association. She has been in position for six years, overseeing a dramatic transformation of the organisation and leaving the county in a ‘robust financial position, and with improved inspection ratings and peer reviews in almost all services.’

Joanne’s successor will be announced in ‘due course’, according to SCC.

Have you made a Fire Safe resolution for 2024?

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging residents to take part in its new initiative – #FireSafeResolution – by ensuring they check their smoke alarms once a week. Ellie Hayes, from the Community Safety Team, said ‘ I urge people to make a Fire Safe Resolution to set a weekly reminder on your phone to check your alarm is working. It’s a small commitment but can make a world of difference.’

You can take a free Home Fire Safety Check or book a Safe and Well Visit for yourself or an elderly or vulnerable friend or family member on their website or by calling 03456 009 009.

Half-term accessible drama workshops

Head2Head Sensory Theatre in Oxted is offering drama workshops on 12 and 13 February, suitable for ages 5 to 16+ with moderate learning difficulties and/or physical disabilities. 

Using ‘Sing & Sign’ Makaton, drama games, role play and improvisation, sessions will allow participants to express themselves in a safe and playful manner. Younger participants can enjoy crafts and use sensory props and costumes. 

Free parking, a disabled toilet and a hygiene room are available on site. Refreshments can also be purchased at the cafe, and families are welcome to use Head2Head’s Sensory Room. Visit their website for more details.

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