We're constantly adding and updating our website. Below is a summary of updates and additions.
Search suggestions Whenever you enter a word or phrase into the search box on our website, our search engine will automatically suggest some popular search results that you might be interested in. Simply click the suggestion to view the results or click the blue arrow to go directly to the relevant web page.
Listen to our web pages We have upgraded the SpeakIT player on our website, so you can now listen to our pages on mobile and tablet devices, as well as regular computers. Best of all, it is completely free to use and doesn't require anything to be downloaded or installed.
Visual accessibility tools Did you know that we provide free tools so that you can alter the appearance of your computer screen? If you have a visual impairment you can use our screen magnifier, contrast changer or screen ruler to improve the readability of our website. All three tools can be downloaded for free from our website and do not require installation. Please note that these tools will only run on Microsoft Windows. Other operating systems are not currently supported.
Explore Surrey's Countryside We've completely revamped the countryside pages on our website to introduce a more colourful and vibrant look and feel. Please do let us know what you think.
Our website is mobile! In December we launched the mobile version of our website. Over 40% of people in the UK use their mobile handsets to access the web. We have optimised the layout so you can see our full site displayed in a clear linear format that will be easy to use on all mobile devices. This allows people to quickly and easily use the site when they are on the go.
Walton Bridge webcam! We've installed a webcam at Cowey Sale in Walton-on-Thames so that you can follow the progress of the new Walton Bridge as it is being built. Our contractor, Costain, began to install the spectacular arches that will eventually span the Thames, from 22 October 2012. More about Walton Bridge.
Surrey Matters We have updated the Surrey Matters web section to bring you up to the minute news, features, competitions and events. You can now post your photos and videos of Surrey in our themed competitions. Why not sign-up to the Surrey Matters e-newsletter for a monthly look at the latest news and information sent straight to your inbox. And don't forget to follow Surrey Matters on Facebook and Twitter for a daily dose of the goings on across the county.
Jobs We've revamped the jobs pages on our website to include new information about our apprenticeship scheme and a video that explains why you should work for Surrey. You can also join us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for the latest news and information.
Key strategies bookcase Our strategy bookcase presents key strategies that will help us to realise our vision to become the most effective council in England by 2017.
Virtual tour of Dorking Library launched The library service has produced an interactive tour that allows you to explore Dorking Library, which has recently been refurbished as part of our 'Improving Surrey libraries' programme.
A new online equipment self assessment tool has been launched by Surrey's adult social care team, which is designed to help people purchase equipment with confidence and live more independently at home.
We have setup a series of information pages on the Looking Local digital TV service. You can now use your TV to find out a range of information about the services offered by Surrey County Council.
Search results Following comments from our website users we have improved the results from our website search and it is now possible to filter results by topic. We have analysed the most popular search words and phrases to ensure that these return the most appropriate results. Documents, such as PDF (portable document format) files, are also included in the results and are now more clearly labelled.
Licensing online (EU Services Directive) We have expanded our 'licences, permits and consents' index as a result of the EU Services Directive, which aims to break down barriers to cross border trade in services between countries in the EU. The Directive is intended to make it easier for service providers to offer their services to customers in other EU countries.
Jobs The jobs section of our website has been redesigned to make it easier to search for job vacancies at Surrey County Council. We've also added a selection of job profiles from employees across the organisation.
Surrey 2012: Making the most of opportunities from the 2012 Games. We have created a dedicated website to highlight the benefits of choosing Surrey for London 2012 pre-Games training facilities. You can also find out how Surrey residents, businesses and other organisations can benefit from the London 2012 legacy.
eBooks and eAudiobooks You can now download free eBooks and eAudiobooks via our website 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Non-members can join the library online.
e-Petitions You can now submit petitions online to Surrey County Council or your local district or borough council. This new facility has been implemented jointly by us and the other local councils in Surrey. Using the internet to create an e-petition allows a potentially much wider audience to view your petition and gives you the opportunity to gather more names to support the petition.
Send to a friend An email facility has been added to the bottom of web pages that enables you to easily send a web page link to your friends, family and colleagues. Give it a try!
Webcasting Since February 2010 we have begun to webcast a number of council meetings. This means that you can watch certain meetings live from the comfort of your own home. Video footage from previous meetings is kept online for approximately six months, so you can always catch-up later if you can't watch live. You can also see what future webcasts are planned.
Social bookmarking A social bookmarking button has been added to the bottom of each page. This allows you to bookmark or share our pages using popular sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
Photo gallery Are you a keen photographer? Have you taken any photos of Surrey? Why not submit your favourite images to our online photo gallery. Your image might be chosen to feature in the banner at the top of our website!
RSS feeds Keep up to date with our latest news, job vacancies and forthcoming events in Surrey.
Follow us on Twitter! We are currently using Twitter to broadcast details of our latest news, events, job vacancies and activities in libraries. We have multiple profiles on Twitter, so you can choose to follow the ones that interest you most.