GBC News

Mayor of Guildford update  Leader of the Council, Cllr Joss Bigmore says “Thank you for your kind thoughts for our Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Richard Billington over the past few weeks. He has been in hospital and is now undergoing treatment to remove a tumour. Understandably he will be stepping back from his Mayoral and Ward duties and our Deputy Mayor, Cllr Marsha Moseley will take over all civic engagements  more . . .

Hear more about our plans for Weyside Urban Village: 1,500 homes to be built on brownfield land  We have two more online public exhibitions in October and November which anyone can attend to find out more about our proposed exciting riverside development in Guildford. These follow our successful online events in July and August, where we welcomed over 200 residents, over three quarters of whom supported our plans. The 41‐hectare Weyside Urban Village project more . . .

A new Leader announced  Cllr Joss Bigmore was voted the new Leader of the Council at a meeting of Full Council last night. The change of leadership was part of a planned new co-operative approach to running the Council as it moves into the second year since the borough elections in 2019. The new co-operative approach to running the Council was announced at a meeting of Full Council in May 2020, but the actual handover was delayed by response required to the Covid-19 pandemic more . . .

Video Game Industry Grows and Guildford Games Festival is back
Guildford Games Festival, supported by the UK’s games industry trade body UKIE and age
ratings advisory body AskAboutGames and sponsored by us and Enterprise M3 LEP, goes
global in 2020 as it returns for a second year on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 November to
mark the industry’s continued success in the borough more . . .

New guidance to ensure low carbon, sustainable development in Guildford borough New housing developments in the borough will have lower carbon emissions, be more sustainable and better able to meet the challenge of climate change after new guidance was adopted at a meeting of the Executive last night. This detailed guidance is called the Climate Change, Sustainable Design, Construction and Energy Supplementary Planning Document
(SPD) more . . .

Update on public events in Guildford All large events planned for 2020 on Council-owned land will be postponed or cancelled as the safety of our residents, visitors and staff remains our top priority. The decision follows recommendations from Surrey’s Strategic Coordinating Group (SCG), part of Surrey’s Local Resilience Forum, the government-initiated body with representatives from all public services more . . .

Celebrating 75th anniversary of VJ Day in Guildford

VJ (Victory over Japan) Day, 15 August 1945 marked the day on which Japan surrendered bringing an end to nearly six years of war in the far east  – a triumphant day following a war that cost millions of lives and saw unimaginable suffering with thousands held as prisoners of war more . . .

Update on the borough’s leisure facilities

Lead Councillor for the Environment, Cllr James Steel provides an update on the borough’s leisure facilities: “We are sorry to confirm that although the government now allows outdoor pools to open we are unable to open our paddling pool at Stoke Park this summer. We know how much you love our borough’s popular free attraction and we have not taken this decision lightly more . . .

More Parking Permits and Electric Vehicle Charging Points for Town Centre

Town Centre residents will have their car parking spaces reserved seven days a week as part of changes to the town’s Parking Zones to be implemented after the end of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic more . . .

Hear more about our plans for Weyside Urban Village:1,500 homes to be built on brownfield land

We have four online public exhibitions in July and August which anyone can attend to find out more about our proposed riverside development in Guildford. The 41-hectare Weyside Urban Village project, which will deliver approximately 1,500 homes on brownfield land, is an ambitious plan more . . .

Strong message to those who toss litter in Guildford

Despite polite requests and many reminders littering in Guildford remains a growing problem. Today the Council launches a blunt anti-littering campaign with a strong message appealing for people to ‘take litter home’ more . . .

New Opening Hours For Council’s Community Helpline

The Community Helpline set-up by Guildford Borough Council to help residents in need of support during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic will change its opening hours from Monday 6 July. The Helpline (01483 444400) has made over 21,000 calls since its launch on 6 April, to assist vulnerable residents with food parcels more . . .

Leader Statement – Our High Street Springs Back to Life After Lockdown

As we reach the end of a milestone week with restrictions easing and our non-essential retail shops opening their doors for the first time in three months – I’d like to thank you all again for your continued support and for playing you part by following the government guidance more . . .

Covid impact means difficult decisions to be made

The impact of the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak has put significant financial pressure on the Council as it works hard to provide new and maintain existing frontline services for the borough. A £15 million emergency fund was agreed by Full Council in May in anticipation and next week on 23 June more . . .

New Procurement Strategy set to achieve over £1.2million savings annually from 2022

The Council has agreed to adopt a new procurement strategy 2020-23, to enable the Council to achieve significant savings while also procuring goods, works and services more effectively.  The strategy encourages sustainable and proportionate economic growth in the borough to help provide the prosperity and employment  more . . . 

Town Centre Car Parks Remain Free in June
All Council-owned car parks in Guildford town centre will remain free of charge throughout June as some shops and businesses start to re-open in line with new government guidance.
We are working in collaboration with our Business Improvement District, Experience
Guildford, and town centre partners to reassure residents once businesses more . . . 

Surrey’s First Dedicated Swift Tower Installed On Shalford Common

Surrey’s first dedicated swift nesting tower has been erected on Shalford Common to protect one of Britain’s most remarkable and endangered bird species who frequently choose to nest there. This stunning and very special piece of public art is the result of a collaboration project between  more . .  .

Future Of Guildford Park Car Park To Be Decided

The future of Guildford Park Car Park will be reviewed after proposals were approved by the Council’s Executive on Tuesday (26 May). Previously-approved plans had considered a combination of public parking spaces and social housing more . . .

More water bottle refilling stations installed across the borough

Six new bottle refilling stations will be installed in Guildford during May and June as part of the Council’s commitment to eliminating single-use plastic containers. The stations are being installed between 21 May and 12 June more . . .

More Free Family Fun and Fundraising at Guildford Live II
28 May 6.30pm – Live on Facebook

We are proud to support the borough’s second free family friendly variety performance, dedicated to our NHS staff and keyworkers, by Guildford Fringe Theatre which takes place on Thursday 28 May at 6.30pm live on Facebook more . . .

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Leader Statement: Thank you to our residents

Following the government’s change to their Coronavirus guidance this week, Leader of the Council, Cllr Caroline Reeves made the following statement:
‘We are now nearly two months into staying home to stay safe in order to protect our brilliant NHS workers and save lives more . . .