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Enough school places in Surrey for all Ukrainian children

There will be enough spaces in Surrey schools to accommodate the several hundred Ukrainian refugee children expected, the county council has said.

Even if schools are at capacity, children who fled the conflict will be given spaces, officials say.
“Headteachers have welcomed this and are working closely with us,” a Surrey County Council spokesperson said.

The council is expecting more than 1,100 children through the Homes for Ukraine scheme.

The council spokesperson said: “Where there are no vacancies, we can place children into school where necessary.
“We are utilising fair access processes weekly in order to identify placements for children from Ukraine and other eligible children requiring a school place.”

As of 19 May, 377 school-aged children had arrived in the county and, of these, 160 (42%) had been offered places in schools, with the rest either waiting for an offer or in the process of applying, according to the BBC’s Local Democracy Reporting Service.

The number in school is growing on a daily basis and by 6 June the county council said it had risen to 361 out of 519 arrivals (70%).

More are arriving under a visa scheme because they have family in the UK.

The county council spokesperson added: “We have anticipated the challenge of ensuring there will be sufficient places available in Surrey for the Ukrainian children and young people arriving.”

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Police appeal following Merstham attack

Police are continuing to appeal for information after reports of a woman being raped in Merstham overnight on Thursday, 16 June.

The woman was walking through the grass area between Nutfield Road and Battlebridge Lane, when she was approached by three men sometime between 10pm and 1am.

Officers are appealing for anyone who may have information including CCTV, dashcam or doorbell footage of the area to get in contact.

If you have any information which could assist police with their enquiries, you are asked to contact them on 101.

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Award for Crawley

Crawley’s ‘Alliance for Better Care’ have received an NHS Parliamentary Award recognition.

The town’s GP federation had been instrumental in delivering Covid-19 vaccines locally and has been selected as a Regional Winner in the Awards category of Health Equalities.

Over 82,000 Crawley residents were double jabbed against Covid-19, with over 62,000 people receiving the extra protection from getting a third dose.

Henry Smith MP, who put forward the nomination for the organisation said, “My congratulations to all Alliance for Better Care staff on this deserved recognition and I wish them the very best of luck at the national finals in July.”

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Queens Park Improvement Plans

Queens Park
Photo credit: Tandridge District Council


Residents who regularly use Queens Park in Caterham have just a few days to have their say on how to improve the park.

Three draft designs have been produced for an improved Queens Park, based on feedback received from residents last summer.

All feedback must be submitted by 5 pm on Friday. The link to view the draft designs and to see more on all of today’s stories is below:
https://www.tandridge.gov.uk/Parks-play-and-things-to-do/Improving-Queens-Park-Caterham

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Crawley: Planning Permission Needed For Some Houses of Multiple Occupation

Planning permission is now needed for Houses of Multiple Occupation or HMOs in 10 areas of Crawley. 

Anyone wishing to convert a property in these areas to an HMO must submit a change of use planning application to the council. Crawley Borough Council has introduced new Article 4 Directions for properties which accommodate between three and six unrelated individuals. 

The locations concerned include a number of roads in Furnace Green, and roads in Ifield, Three Bridges, Southgate and Pound Hill. 

The Council says it is seeing growing evidence that Houses of Multiple Occupation were clustering in those areas which contain a large number of three-storey townhouses.  It says bringing in these directions will reduce the negative impacts like noise and parking problems.