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Community Vision for Surrey by 2030


Surrey is a great place to live, and many residents and businesses thrive. But not everyone has the same opportunities and many people face problems including domestic abuse, homelessness and mental health issues.

And there are growing pressures for the county. Our population continues to grow and is predicted to age as time goes on. But the current population is largely healthy and active and comprised of a highly skilled workforce that is supported by good performing schools. Overall, educational attainment is positive, but significant disparities are seen for deprived children and those with additional needs. There are increasing demands on services for vulnerable adults and children, and children with additional needs. Pockets of deprivation exist across the county, and foodbank usage has risen.

Housing is increasingly expensive, which exacerbates the challenge to respond to the growing need for affordable housing – especially for residents on low incomes. Surrey’s economy is strong and is proving to be a popular place for businesses, which contributes to many residents’ high and increasing earnings and disposable income. However, growth appears to be stagnating in some places. Our county is widely regarded as a nice place to live, with good access to green spaces and woodland. But homelessness, fuel poverty and crime are increasing, and there is dissatisfaction with the county’s road network.

However, public services have finite resources to meet the growing need. To respond to these challenges Surrey County Council engaged with residents and partners to create a shared vision – Vision 2030 – that will help inspire and enable better outcomes to be achieved for all. 

By 2030 we want Surrey to be a uniquely special place where everyone has a great start to life, people live healthy and fulfilling lives, are enabled to achieve their full potential and contribute to their community, and no one is left behind.

Our ambitions for people are:

  • Children and young people are safe and feel safe and confident.
  • Everyone benefits from education, skills and employment opportunities that help them succeed in life.
  • Everyone lives healthy, active and fulfilling lives, and makes good choices about their wellbeing.
  • Everyone gets the health and social care support and information they need at the right time and place.
  • Communities are welcoming and supportive, especially of those most in need, and people feel able to contribute to community life.

We want our county's economy to be strong, vibrant and successful and Surrey to be a great place to live, work and learn. A place that capitalises on its location and natural assets, and where communities feel supported and people are able to support each other.

Our ambitions for our place are:

  • Residents live in clean, safe and green communities, where people and organisations embrace their environmental responsibilities.
  • Journeys across the county are easier, more predictable and safer.
  • Everyone has a place they can call home, with appropriate housing for all.
  • Businesses in Surrey thrive.
  • Well connected communities, with effective infrastructure, that grow sustainably.

To help understand how we established the Vision you can see the evidence base (PDF).

We have clear strategies and plans in place so you can see how we're planning to play our part in making this Vision a reality. However, the Vision cannot be delivered alone, so we have developed this style guide (PDF) to enable you to show your organisations commitment to deliver the Vision.

Further resources are available on the council’s website by following the links below:

One of the reasons that we need to take a whole-organisation approach to this transformation, rather than undertaking change service by service, is that we do not have the luxury of a decade in which to make the necessary change. So the pace and complex interdependence of the various workstrands are intrinsic elements of how we will achieve it. The Target Operating Model approach provides the optimum way to deliver the work we need to be done.