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faq icon + 19725 Health, sport and play receive welcome boost from community grants

Fourteen charitable organisations, from sports clubs to youth development, will receive a share of over £108,000 from Guildford Borough Council to support projects that improve the lives of local residents. Read more >

faq icon + 19712 Project Aspire supports local community projects

Dozens of community projects from sports to choirs, return to work skills to an allotment for everyone to enjoy, have been backed with new funding from Project Aspire. Project Aspire is an ongoing Guildford Borough Council project, working with communities in North Guildford, Ash and Merrow to support local initiatives and help strengthen community spirit. Read more >

faq icon + 19686 Draft Local Plan - targeted consultation this summer

Milestones for developing our new Local Plan are set out in an updated Local Development Scheme, which the Executive will consider at its meeting on Tuesday 21 February. The proposed timetable includes targeted public consultation in June-July 2017. Read more >

faq icon + 19683 Work to replace town centre Walnut Bridge begins

Preliminary work to replace the existing pedestrian Walnut Bridge with a new, iconic 'cable stay' bridge, will start later this month. The first stage will involve a range of geotechnical surveys to understand ground conditions, which will inform the design of the bridge - particularly the bridge foundations. Following the detailed design, on-site construction work is due to start in the autumn of 2018.

Due to the essential initial surveys, the Walnut tree by Walnut Bridge, between the Bishop's Wharf and Billings buildings, will need to be removed now rather than later during construction of the new bridge.

Cllr Matt Furniss, Deputy Leader of the Council and Lead Councillor for Infrastructure and Governance, says: "We care about all our trees in Guildford, and on this occasion unfortunately it is not possible to extract, move and replant the existing tree that will enable the new Walnut Bridge.  We will plant a replacement tree as close as possible to its current location. The iconic design of the new bridge will act as a focal point for the regeneration of Bedford Wharf, as well as provide improved, wider access for pedestrians and cyclists.

"Moving forward, we are keen to invest money into the planting and aftercare of new trees in appropriate locations around the borough, alongside positive, transformation changes and the regeneration of Guildford town centre."

Walnut Bridge lies over the river Wey between the Billings and Bishop's Wharf buildings on the west side, and the Bedford Wharf area on the East. The new replacement bridge will enable sustainable travel to the town centre on a key pedestrian and cycle route to and from Guildford Railway Station..

The new bridge is a project funded by EM3 Local Enterprise Partnership and Guildford Borough Council, and delivered by both Guildford Borough Council and Surrey County Council. It forms part of the Guildford Town Centre transport package, which consists of a number of schemes to encourage walking and cycling to and through the town centre.

Published on 10 February 2017

faq icon + 19674 Council investing in Guildford

The budget for 2017-18 approved by the Council last night features investment and improvements in Council services, set against a backdrop of significant cuts in government funding. Councillors agreed that Guildford Borough Council's portion of the council tax should increase by 3.19% or £5 a year for a band D property. Read more >

faq icon + 19672 James Whiteman becomes new Managing Director from 1 June

Last night (8 February) the Council agreed to appoint James Whiteman, our current Deputy Managing Director and Director for Environment, to be Guildford Borough Council's new Managing Director and Head of Paid Service. Read more >

faq icon + 19667 Discover science and arts for free - Innovate Guildford is back on 4 March at G Live

Our free science and arts festival, Innovate Guildford, is back for a second year on Saturday 4 March. Read more >

faq icon + 19548 New Managing Director for Guildford Borough Council

Following a comprehensive recruitment process, culminating in final interviews with four excellent candidates on 26 January, the Council's Employment Committee recommended the appointment of James Whiteman as our new Managing Director and Head of Paid Service. Read more >

faq icon + 19537 Continued investment in affordable council housing to meet local need

Meeting the needs of local people on our housing register will see further investment to build new Council housing in the coming year. Read more >

faq icon + 19536 New parking business plan for Guildford

The Council has committed over £1.5M to car park improvements, which include better lighting, lift replacement, and general refurbishment. Read more >

faq icon + 19485 Who is a star in your community?

Nominations are invited for the Mayor's award. Read more >

faq icon + 19478 New strategy to transform Guildford town centre for a bright future

How to deliver our bold vision for the town, building on past feedback from local people and businesses, continues as we publish our new Draft Town Centre Regeneration Strategy. Read more >

faq icon + 19477 Albury Neighbourhood Area - consulting you

Albury Parish Council has applied to Guildford Borough Council to designate Albury parish as a neighbourhood area. Read more >

faq icon + 19472 Guildford Pop Up Village - temporary closure

After careful consideration, a decision has been taken to temporarily close Guildford Pop Up Village on Sunday 29 January and reopen in the spring. Read more >

faq icon + 19471 Guildford remembers the Holocaust

Guildford Borough Council and the University of Surrey will commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day with a jointly hosted event on Thursday 26 January. Read more >

faq icon + 19395 Future of Electric Theatre secured with new operator and lease

The New Year brings a new phase for The Electric Theatre. The go-ahead has been given to secure the future of the venue for the community and residents with a lease to a new operator. Read more >

faq icon + 19317 Anglo-Saxon burial find re-interred in Wanborough

Human bones thought to be part of an Anglo-Saxon burial have been re-interred in the churchyard of St Bartholomew's in Wanborough, thanks to cooperation between the local community and Guildford Museum. Read more >

faq icon + 19312 Moving forward with Guildford's buses and regeneration

Initial studies on how improvements to Guildford's bus network could work, along with further stakeholder engagement, will be considered by the Executive at its first meeting of 2017 on 3 January. Read more >

faq icon + 19310 Thermal imaging workshop highlights ways to save energy

Rising energy bills are leaving many people concerned about how to manage living costs. In response to this, we are running a free thermal imaging workshop for Guildford Borough residents on 12 January 2017. Read more >

faq icon + 19268 Honorary Alderman Elizabeth Cobbett

It is with regret that Guildford Borough Council can confirm the death of Honorary Alderman Elizabeth Cobbett. Read more >

faq icon + 19266 Apply for Project Aspire funding and visit our Christmas community cafe

One hundred and sixty new homes for local residents will be built by the Council on a key brownfield site next to Guildford station, after approval by the Planning Committee. Read more >

faq icon + 19132 Shop, Arts, Eats and Pop Up Treats at Guildford Pop Up Village

Guildford Pop Up Village is opening on Thursday 1 December. Read more >

faq icon + 19093 Plans approved for 160 new homes in Guildford town centre including 40% at affordable rents

One hundred and sixty new homes for local residents will be built by the Council on a key brownfield site next to Guildford station, after approval by the Planning Committee. Read more >

faq icon + 19042 Looking into a possible new sport and entertainment venue

We are starting a feasibility process for a brand new sports and entertainment venue in the future. If viable, this new facility would eventually replace Guildford Spectrum. Read more >

faq icon + 19024 Residents asked to put names forward for new war memorial

We have just commemorated Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday to remember those who gave their lives for their country. Read more >

faq icon + 18986 Guildford lights up for Christmas - Thursday 17 November

The nights are drawing in and thoughts are turning to the festive season. Read more >

faq icon + 18983 Taxi livery challenge dismissed

Guildford Crown Court has dismissed a taxi driver's appeal against the Council's livery policy. Read more >

faq icon + 18977 Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday to be marked in Guildford

The Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Gordon Jackson, will join veterans, cadets and guests to mark Armistice Day on Friday 11 November. Read more >

faq icon + 18877 Honorary Alderman John Woodhatch

It is with regret that Guildford Borough Council can confirm the death of Honorary Alderman John Woodhatch. Read more >

faq icon + 18814 Living and Ageing Well Week in Guildford

Guildford's Living and Ageing Well Week 2016 takes place from 7 to 11 November. Read more >

faq icon + 18756 Targeted consultation next step for Draft Local Plan

Following initial feedback to the latest public consultation and further review work, we can now move forward and outline the next step in developing our Draft Local Plan. Read more >

faq icon + 18686 Next steps for The Electric Theatre

Plans for the future of The Electric Theatre have taken another important step forward. Read more >

faq icon + 18687 Essential tree removal works next to Gosden Hill Farm

Approximately 30 trees have died, or are dying, in one section of the woods adjacent to Gosden Hill Farm, Merrow Lane, in Guildford. Read more >

faq icon + 18670 Local groups receive Mayor's Award for Access

The Mayor's Award for Access was held on Tuesday 18 October at the Park Barn Day Centre. Read more >

faq icon + 18668 Silver Shoon unveiled - new public art for Guildford

A new, iconic piece of artwork designed specifically for the riverside location of Woodbridge Meadows has been created for Guildford by leading artist Charles Normandale. Read more >

faq icon + 18629 Mayoral Referendum result - Leader system continues

Here is the result of the Governance Referendum for Guildford Borough held on 13 October 2016. Read more >

faq icon + 18632 New phase for Guildford Museum to begin

Plans for a new, enhanced museum - creating a heritage centre and tourist attraction for Guildford - are a step closer to becoming a reality. Read more >

faq icon + 18607 Visit Guildford is Gold Winner for Best Digital Communication

Our Visit Guildford Tourism Team are celebrating official recognition by Tourist Network for their digital online presence, promoting Guildford to residents, UK visitors and visitors from overseas. Read more >

faq icon + 18504 Construction of six new gypsy and traveller pitches to go ahead in Effingham

Funding for the construction of six pitches for members of the Gypsy and Traveller community, at Home Farm, Effingham, was agreed by the Executive at its meeting on 27 September. Read more >

faq icon + 18497 Have your say about how the Council is run in the Mayoral Referendum

A borough-wide referendum on whether Guildford Borough Council should continue to be run by a Leader or change to a Directly Elected Mayor will be held on Thursday 13 October 2016. Read more >

faq icon + 18484 North Street plans progress with M&G Real Estate exclusivity agreement

Work to improve Guildford town centre and transform North Street to provide future homes, retail and leisure opportunities continues, as the Executive agreed to a 12 month exclusivity agreement with M&G Real Estate at its meeting last night (27 September). Read more >

faq icon + 18483 Mayoral Referendum - deadline for new voter registration 27 September

A borough-wide referendum on whether Guildford Borough Council should continue to be run by a Leader or change to a Directly Elected Mayor will be held on Thursday 13 October 2016. Read more >

faq icon + 18482 Get creative in Guildford at the world's biggest drawing festival

Residents are being encouraged to get creative in a range of free, artistic events for all the family, as part of this year's 'The Big Draw'. Read more >

faq icon + 18466 Tunsgate regeneration starts

The transformation of the Tunsgate site in Guildford town centre can now begin after the Council's work to negotiate a new lease was agreed. Read more >

faq icon + 18461 Get inspired at the Guildford Games - Saturday 24 September

Inspired by the fantastic sporting achievements of our Olympic and Paralympic stars? Want to try a new sport but not sure where to start? Come along and take part in a celebration of sport and healthy living at the Guildford Games this Saturday 24 September. Read more >

faq icon + 18459 Challenging fun - exciting new Onslow play area to reopen

The newest play area in Guildford borough is being opened by the Mayor, Cllr Gordon Jackson, on Saturday 24 September at Onslow Recreation Ground. Read more >

faq icon + 18444 Guildford in Bloom celebrates talented gardeners

Guildford's green-fingered community celebrated the Guildford in Bloom awards on Wednesday night, as they picked up their gardening prizes. Read more >

faq icon + 18439 Calling all innovators - Guildford Innovation Awards 2017 open for entries

The Guildford Innovation Awards 2017 are here to celebrate what Guildford does best - innovate. Read more >

faq icon + 18436 Guildford celebrates successful Heritage Open Days event

Thousands of visitors enjoyed a look behind closed doors at this year's Heritage Open Days. Read more >

faq icon + 18434 Notice of Referendum - Thursday 13 October 2016

A borough-wide referendum on whether Guildford Borough Council should continue to be run by a Leader or change to a Directly Elected Mayor will be held on Thursday 13 October 2016. Read more >

faq icon + 18049 Visitors from Guildford twin Freiburg to sample local heritage, innovation and culture

Visitors from Guildford's twin town Freiburg in Germany are set to enjoy some of the best that our town has to offer. The delegation will sample Guildford's heritage, innovation and culture during Heritage Open Days weekend, 9 to 11 September. Read more >

faq icon + 18047 Heritage Open Days - discover Guildford's historic buildings

Discover and learn more about the history and culture of Guildford borough, with over 100 exciting activities on offer at this year's Heritage Open Days. Read more >

faq icon + 17650 Tourism figures show steady growth

Tourism figures for our borough continue to rise, bucking the regional trend. Read more >

faq icon + 17651 Governance Referendum - Leader or Directly Elected Mayor?

A borough-wide referendum on whether Guildford Borough Council should continue to be run by a Leader or change to a Directly Elected Mayor will be held on Thursday 13 October 2016. Read more >

faq icon + 17652 Purchasing Wey House provides future investment

Wey House, a key strategic property on Farnham Road in the centre of Guildford, has become another major Council asset. Read more >

faq icon + 17653 Thousands have their say on Draft Local Plan

We are checking and inputting the many letters and emails, alongside the online responses, to our latest consultation. Read more >

faq icon + 17654 Unlicensed dog breeder successfully prosecuted by Guildford Borough Council

Following a year-long investigation, Guildford's Dog Warden has successfully seen an unlicensed dog breeder prosecuted in court. The breeder from Normandy, near Guildford, was convicted of illegally breeding Cockapoos, a cross-breed Cocker Spaniel/Poodle. Read more >

faq icon + 17655 Guildford's Young Ambassadors awarded grants

Five of Guildford's Young Ambassadors have received £250 each towards their training from the Community Foundation for Surrey. Read more >

faq icon + 17656 Guildford Museum secures Arts Council England funding

Plans to involve local people in our new 'Your Stories, Your Museum' project leads to success and significant grant funding from Arts Council England. Read more >

faq icon + 17657 Guildford's parks amongst the best in the country

Seven of Guildford's parks and green spaces have been recognised as being amongst the best in the UK. Read more >

faq icon + 17658 Revised Corporate Plan to balance needs of town, villages and countryside

Our revised Corporate Plan, recommended for adoption by the Executive this week, provides a robust framework to address the challenges ahead. Read more >

faq icon + 17659 Woodbridge Road Sportsground Pavilion Refurbishment

Refurbishment of Woodbridge Road Sportsground Pavilion has moved one step closer after the Executive agreed to release funding to enable the project to go out to tender at their meeting last night (19 July). Read more >

faq icon + 18775 New gateway bridge

An iconic new gateway bridge was approved at last night's Executive meeting. Walnut Bridge will be replaced with a modern, cable stayed bridge which is wider for cyclists and pedestrians. Read more >

faq icon + 18776 Guildford 'Dragons' select successful Project Aspire bids

Play schemes, fitness classes and activities for the whole community - just some of the successful bids made for Project Aspire funding at our recent Dragons' Den event. Three local dragons listened to 30 pitches for up to £5,000 each in grant funding and have now selected 15 successful funding ideas in this round. Read more >

faq icon + 18777 Taxi Livery Challenge Dismissed

Magistrates have dismissed a taxi driver's appeal claiming that the Council's livery policy amounted to a condition and should be removed from his licence. Read more >

faq icon + 18778 Guildford Park Road plans could see 64 homes built at affordable rent

160 much-needed new homes, 64 of them at affordable rents, could be on the cards if a proposed mixed-use development in Guildford town centre is approved later this year. Proposals for the brownfield site on Guildford Park Road also include a new multi-storey car park. Read more >

faq icon + 18779 Plans move forward for future of Electric Theatre

The next stage of deciding the future of The Electric Theatre is under way. The Council has asked interested organisations and groups for practical options on how to operate the theatre in the future as a performing arts venue with some community use. Read more >

faq icon + 18780 Syrian Refugee Resettlement Programme

Guildford recently welcomed its first refugee family as part of the government's Syrian Refugee Resettlement Programme, with a second family expected shortly. The two families will be housed in privately rented accommodation and all associated costs are being met fully by the government under the scheme. Read more >

faq icon + 18781 Stoughton Community Centre reopens

Stoughton Community Centre was officially reopened by the Mayor, Cllr Gordon Jackson on Wednesday 29 June. Read more >

faq icon + 18782 Draft Local Plan and Transport Strategy produced together to ensure suitable infrastructure

Draft Local Plan and Transport Strategy produced in parallel for coordinated benefits Read more >

faq icon + 18783 Guildford celebrates sporting success

Guildford's talented sports individuals and teams were represented at the weekend at the P&G Surrey Youth Games. The day was a great showcase for Team Guildford, involving over 300 young athletes from across the borough. Read more >

faq icon + 18784 European Union Referendum results for the Guildford voting area

The result of the European Union Referendum for the Guildford voting area has been declared. Read more >

faq icon + 18785 Green-fingered young gardeners celebrate Guildford in Bloom School Awards

Talented young gardeners, aged between 3 and 18, celebrated their achievements at Guildford in Bloom's School Awards ceremony on Wednesday. Read more >

faq icon + 18786 Guildford raises flag for Armed Forces Day

Guildford will be raising the Armed Forces Day flag to honour Britain's Armed Forces at Guildford Castle on Monday 20 June. Flying the flag marks the beginning of the week leading up to Armed Forces Day, Saturday 25 June. Read more >

faq icon + 18787 Draft Local Plan will strengthen cultural, historical and physical wellbeing within Guildford borough

History, culture and heritage contribute significantly to sense of place and appeal of the borough Read more >

faq icon + 18788 Seale and Sands - New Neighbourhood Area

The Council has designated a new neighbourhood area covering the parish of Seale and Sands. Read more >

faq icon + 18789 New Play Strategy launch

Challenging, attractive and accessible play for children in the borough - that's one of the key aims of our new Play Strategy, launched on Friday (3 June). Read more >

faq icon + 18790 Make a bid for Project Aspire funding at our 'Dragon's Den' style event

Do you have an idea that could improve life in your community? Read more >

faq icon + 18791 New town centre taxi ranks to improve public safety

Six new taxi ranks are now in place, following approval by the Council's Executive at a meeting on 30 May. The new ranks will help improve public safety by providing additional locations to hire a licensed taxi in the early hours of the morning. Read more >

faq icon + 18793 Council adopts Burpham Neighbourhood Plan

The Council has adopted the Burpham Neighbourhood Plan, following their meeting on 12 April and the successful result at a referendum on 18 February. Read more >

faq icon + 18794 Guildford in Bloom 2016: Picnic in the Castle Grounds

The Mayor of Guildford will unveil new flower beds dedicated to the Queen's 90th Birthday in the Castle Grounds this Saturday. Read more >

faq icon + 18796 Historic Guildford artefacts to feature in Turner Contemporary exhibition

Two important historic objects will travel from their home at Guildford Museum to Turner Contemporary, Margate to feature in an exciting exhibition this summer. Read more >

faq icon + 18797 Meet Immoovate Guildford - the Mayor's innovative Civic cow!

A local artist has transformed the Mayor's official CowParade entry into a work of art with an original, eye-catching design to reflect the Mayor's theme of innovation. Read more >

faq icon + 18798 Public consultation on draft Local Plan given go-ahead at Full Council meeting

Six week consultation period from 6 June to 18 July including three public drop-in events Read more >

faq icon + 18799 Project Aspire and Chelsea FC Foundation team up for football in the community

Aspiring young footballers and sports fans in north Guildford received some special training this weekend, thanks to the support of the Chelsea FC Foundation and Project Aspire. Read more >

faq icon + 18801 Historic and Vintage Military Rally and Show set to mark Armed Forces Day

The Historic and Vintage Military Vehicle Rally and Show will return to Loseley Park on Sunday 26 June to mark Armed Forces Day 2016. Read more >

faq icon + 18802 Recreation and leisure choices highlighted in Local Plan for residents, visitors, shoppers and wildlife

Sizeable protected areas, especially AONBs and SPAs, lead to demand for more SANGs Read more >

faq icon + 18803 Let's Get Moving event - Sunday 22 May

Join our Let's Get Moving day. Read more >

faq icon + 18804 Changes to Executive 2016

Joining the Council's Executive are Michael Illman as Lead Councillor for Finance, David Bilbe as Lead Councillor for Economic Development, and Nikki Nelson-Smith as Lead Councillor for Internal Business systems, Heritage and the Arts. Read more >

faq icon + 18805 New Mayor aims to Inspire Tomorrow's Solutions Today

The new Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Guildford have been appointed, following the Mayor-making ceremony last night. Read more >

faq icon + 18806 Buoyant local economy in jeopardy without delivery of the Local Plan

Major risk of growing companies moving elsewhere if they cannot expand within the borough Read more >

faq icon + 18807 New paddling pool makes a splash in Stoke Park

A paddling pool that's been keeping Guildford's children entertained for over 80 years has reopened with a fresh new look in Stoke Park, Guildford's award winning park close to the town centre. Read more >

faq icon + 19571 Local Plan will tackle the borough's potential housing crisis

Big difference between supply and demand for suitable homes. Many more homes need to be affordable, especially for essential workers. Housing shortage has a major impact on employment and transport Read more >