Consultation hub

Welcome to Surrey Says. This site will help you find and participate in consultations that interest you in Surrey. Open, forthcoming and recently closed consultations are displayed below. Alternatively, search for consultations by keyword, postcode or interest. Our 'We Asked, You Said, We Did' section below highlights main findings from some closed consultations and also what happened as a result of the consultation.

Continued cuts to our funding, rising costs and increasing demand for key services means that the need for Surrey County Council to find savings has reached unprecedented levels. This year alone we need to make savings of more than £100m.

We are determined to meet our responsibilities and will continue to support our residents as effectively as we can, but despite having achieved £450m worth of savings since 2010, changes to services are still needed. Sometimes, this may mean radically rethinking how public services are provided across the county – closer working between different organisations, placing services where they are convenient for communities and adapting to people’s changing needs.

We want to hear ideas about how we can change services and work in different ways. We will be highlighting ways in which we can work together to re-shape how services are provided across Surrey. There will also be opportunities through specific consultations and events that you can find and participate in here.

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We Asked

How can we reduce suicide by 10% by 2021 through the coordinated actions of our respective organisations?

  1. How can we aim for Zero suicides amongst those in Surrey health system?
  2. How can we target high risk groups?
  3. Who should lead on the areas the strategy?

You Said

The consultation period ran from 23rd June 2018 to 21 Sep 2018

During this period we received 98 online responses to the online survey. A further 110 individuals contributed through four public focus groups, key meetings with stakeholders and 1:1 interviews. We would like to thank everyone who responded and particiapted in the consultation for their views and feedback.

The main themes from the consultation responses:

  1. Zero suicides are difficult to achieve.
  2. There is no robust process to learn from suicides as a partnership.
  3. There is no details on how the new strategy will be funded
  4. There is not enough emphasis on how you will reduce suicide in carers, prison leavers and Veterans
  5. Campaigns should be co-designed with people from high risk groups
  6. Suicide is everyone’s responsibility

We Did

Whilst we may not have always been able to fully address every concern, we have listened and will be amending the Surrey Suicide prevention strategy to reflect the feedback from the consultation.

We will be amending the following in the strategy:

  • Carers’ sections
  • High risk groups to reflect veterans and prison leavers
  • Details on how we will seek to fund the strategy

A new 2019- 2022 Surrey Suicide Prevention Strategy will be published by January 2019.

Delivering a new suicide prevention strategy for Surrey

A new Surrey Suicide Prevention Strategy Partnership will be set up in early 2019. The Suicide Prevention Partnership will oversee the development and implementation of a Suicide Prevention plan. We will ensure that we embed the suggestions and recommendations from the consultation.

We Asked

We asked for your views on our proposal to amalgamate Manor Mead and Walton Leigh Schools and increase pupil numbers. These were due to be implemented in September 2018.

You Said

A total of seven responses were received during the consultation period which closed at midday on Wednesday 27 June 2018, all agreed with the proposal.

During the consultation period, two public meetings were held on 14 June 2018: 1.30pm at Walton Leigh and 7pm at Manor Mead. One parent attended the meeting at Manor Mead School and discussed the proposals with Local Authority representatives and the Schools Management team.

The parent who attended the meeting expressed support for the proposal. Individual written comments were provided by most respondents which were positive about the benefits this proposal would bring for children, parents and staff. One respondent noted that their agreement was subject to the development of the capacity of the existing building at Walton Leigh School.

We Did

As a result of the consultation process it has been decided to proceed with the proposals and a paper will be presented to the Cabinet Member for All Age Learning in July to recommend the publication of a statutory notice to be issued in the autumn term. This will give a further four week period for interested parties to make representations.

Following this period it is planned that a paper detailing the proposal and consultation outcomes will be presented to the Leader of the Council.

We Asked

We asked for your views on the proposal to discontinue Ripley CofE Primary School, with effect from 31 August 2018.

You Said

Following the publication of the statutory notice, a total of 256 responses were received during the consultation period which closed at 5pm on Friday 22 June 2018, with 98% disagreeing with the proposal.

We Did

On Tuesday 17 July 2018, the Leader of the Council was asked to determine whether to proceed with the proposal to close Ripley CofE Primary School.

It was agreed that the proposal to close the school be approved.

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