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Keep up-to-date with all the latest news and press releases.

faq icon + 21332 Helping local homeless people and new homelessness laws

Since 2003 the Council has had its own strategy to manage homelessness across the borough, which is reviewed and updated annually. The introduction of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 on 3 April 2018 will significantly expand the responsibilities that all councils have to help prevent homelessness. Read more >

faq icon + 21315 Burpham Neighbourhood Forum consultation dates announced

On 4 February 2013, the Burpham Neighbourhood Area (Burpham ward) and the Burpham Neighbourhood Forum were formally designated by the Council. This forum has subsequently been responsible for producing the Burpham Neighbourhood Plan, which is used to help make planning decisions in the area. Read more >

faq icon + 21297 Council agrees budget for local investment and more savings to help withstand funding challenges

Despite no overall government grant for 2018-19, a successful combination of focused savings, wise investment and effective management ensures that the Council remains in a very strong financial position. Read more >

faq icon + 21286 Effingham residents encouraged to complete voter registration before Neighbourhood Plan referendum

Residents of the Effingham ward and parish have until midnight on Tuesday 6 February to register to vote if they wish to participate in the Effingham Neighbourhood Plan referendum, which is planned to take place on Thursday 22 February. Read more >

faq icon + 21285 £10 million government funding for new Ash Bridge to unlock housing potential and reduce congestion

Today (1 February) the government announced that we were successful in our £10 million funding bid from the new national Housing Infrastructure Fund. Read more >

faq icon + 21267 Who goes the extra mile in your community? Nominations invited for Mayor's award

Do you know anyone in your community who has done exceptional work to improve the lives of others? Read more >

faq icon + 21262 Making it easier to get around Guildford: Have your say on local traffic and transport improvements

Residents and businesses can give their views on proposals to ease congestion and improvements to infrastructure across the borough in a consultation called Unlocking Guildford, which opened on Monday (22 January). Read more >

faq icon + 21245 Council Leader reacts to Guildford Railway Station planning appeal decision

Cllr Paul Spooner, Leader of Guildford Borough Council, says: "The Planning Inspector's appeal decision, to overturn the Council's Planning Committee's unanimous refusal for permission and allow the Solum scheme at Guildford's main railway station, is extremely disappointing for our whole community. Alongside poor design and little gain for users of the station, it is a blow to our aims for more affordable housing in the town. Read more >

faq icon + 21243 Car parking review shows shoppers staying longer

Guildford's popularity as a shopping destination is increasing - a review of parking in the borough shows people are using the town centre car parks for longer and changing from cash to other payment methods to pay for their parking. Read more >

faq icon + 21236 West Horsley Neighbourhood Plan - Consultation dates announced

A six-week consultation on the West Horsley Neighbourhood Plan 2016-2033 will begin on Tuesday 23 January. Read more >

faq icon + 21219 Guildford marks the centenary of the end of World War One - tell us about your community events

Community and faith groups, parish councils and local venues are being asked to share details of any events they have planned to commemorate the anniversary of the end of World War One this year. Read more >

faq icon + 21201 Enforcing planning law breach in Compton protects AONB land

Our contractors have completed work to enforce a breach of planning law in Compton and return a piece of land close to the Pilgrims Way to its natural state. Read more >

faq icon + 21189 Strong finances, local investment and more savings help Council withstand funding challenges

Despite no overall government grant for 2018-19, a successful combination of focused savings, wise investment and effective management ensures that the Council remains in a very strong financial position. Read more >

faq icon + 21169 Guildford House Gallery proudly hosts The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2017 free exhibition

This prestigious exhibition will finish its 2017 tour at our Guildford House Gallery from 13 January until 10 March this year, showcasing watercolour excellence at this historic venue for the fourth year running. Read more >

faq icon + 21153 Effingham Neighbourhood Plan referendum announced

Eligible voters in the Effingham ward can have their say about the Effingham Neighbourhood Plan in a referendum taking place on 22 February. Read more >

faq icon + 21137 Dog walkers - clean it up!

New legislation means dog walkers must clean up after their dog in any public open space throughout the borough. Read more >

faq icon + 21133 Designer of Guildford's new memorial announced

Following a high number of responses to an expressions of interest by over 20 artists and sculptors a panel of military and local groups have chosen a design by David A Annand's for a new memorial to be located in the Castle Grounds. Sculptor David A Annand will create the memorial to honour those from the borough who have been killed in conflict and whilst on active service, since the end of the World War Two. Read more >

faq icon + 21132 Drum Corps celebrates as Project Aspire awards its 60th community grant

Project Aspire, our on-going plan to help tackle social inequality in the borough, recently awarded its 60th grant to a local community group. The Cadence Drum and Bugle Corps is a local performing arts charity which helps develop musical talent and teamwork. So far nearly £90,000 has been allocated to community-led schemes which help boost health and wellbeing, build community spirit and improve skills and access to employment. Read more >

faq icon + 21130 New homes, jobs and transport improvements are a step closer as we submit our Local Plan for independent inspection

We have just achieved a major milestone in developing our new Local Plan by submitting it to the government's planning inspectorate. Read more >

faq icon + 21121 Taxi fares to be reduced in Guildford

In November last year, the Council's proposal to reduce taxi fares was postponed as a result of a judicial review challenge from the taxi trade. Read more >

faq icon + 21115 Honorary Alderman Mrs Mary Lloyd-Jones

It is with great sadness that we can confirm that former Mayor and Honorary Alderman Mrs Mary Lloyd-Jones passed away peacefully on Saturday 2 December 2017. Read more >

faq icon + 21112 Christmas community event set to sparkle!

Final preparations are being made for 'The Fair Before Christmas' which takes place at the Park Barn Social Centre on Saturday 9 December. The free-to-enter family event is being organised by the team behind Guildford Borough Council's Project Aspire. Read more >

faq icon + 21086 New options for The Village site in 2018

Last night (Tuesday 5 December), the Council agreed to withdraw the budget for The Village for 2018-19 and explore alternative temporary uses, including the possibility of a third party operator taking over the town centre site before the redevelopment of North Street begins. Read more >

faq icon + 21082 Taxi driver guilty of illegally plying for hire

Following a successful prosecution by the Council, a private hire taxi driver licensed by Woking Borough Council has been found guilty of illegally plying for hire in Guildford town centre. Read more >

faq icon + 21051 Lower vehicle emissions and more electric car charging points - new Air Quality Strategy launched for our borough

More low emission and alternative transport, an anti-idling campaign to encourage drivers to turn off their engines at traffic lights and outside schools, and additional electric vehicle charging points - all key aims of the new Air Quality Strategy for our borough, launched today. Read more >

faq icon + 20726 iTunes email phishing scam

The email subject contains the phrase "iTunes Store Subscription Confirmation" and appears to be from iTunes.payments and the senders email address includes '@guildford.gov.uk' Read more >

faq icon + 20714 Notice Of Confirmation of Public Path Order

Town and Country Planning Act 1990, Sections 257 and Paragraph 1 Of Schedule 14 Read more >