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faq icon + 21018 Guildford Design Awards 2017

At an awards ceremony held at the Guildhall in Guildford (7 November) a range of recently completed building projects that have been judged to have improved the architecture, heritage, conservation and sustainability of the borough were honoured. Read more >

faq icon + 21011 Submitting our new Local Plan and independent examination

We are on target and aim to submit our draft Local Plan to the government's Planning Inspectorate in December. Read more >

faq icon + 21003 Join us for our Christmas Lights switch on festivities - Thurs 16 November

Christmas is coming - so why not join us for Guildford's traditional Christmas Lights switch-on on Thursday 16 November with lots to see and do for all ages. Read more >

faq icon + 20997 Guildford Remembers

The Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Nigel Manning, will join veterans, cadets and guests to mark Armistice Day on Saturday 11 November. Read more >

faq icon + 20994 Innovative new play space for Westnye Gardens

Proposals for a new children's play garden are being introduced to transform the space in Westnye Gardens by Millmead. Local residents have been involved in developing ideas on how the area can be revived and transformed into a beautiful walled park and inspiring play space for children beside the River Wey. Read more >

faq icon + 20983 Improved weekly collections make recycling even easier - highest 60% rate achieved

Recycling textiles, small electrical items and batteries is simpler and more convenient, as we have now started collecting these every week, rather than in separate, fortnightly collections. Read more >

faq icon + 20982 Guildford celebrates Sports Awards 2017

Local athletes, sports coaches, teams and clubs celebrated their successes at the annual Sport Guildford Awards last night, at a ceremony which recognises and rewards outstanding sports achievements over the past year. Read more >

faq icon + 20979 Thirtieth person joins apprenticeship scheme as we welcome new trainees

A green-fingered bunch of new apprentices have joined our Parks and Countryside team to grow their career through the Council's successful apprentice scheme. Read more >

faq icon + 20971 Life of Honorary Freeman Bill Bellerby MBE celebrated

A memorial service was held on 30 October to celebrate the life of Honorary Freeman and former Mayor Bill Bellerby MBE who passed away recently aged 100. Read more >

faq icon + 20966 Travellers' encampment update

The traveller encampment at Slyfield Industrial Estate has now left the site. Read more >

faq icon + 20964 Festive Fun at The Village this Christmas

Fun starts at The Village on Thursday 16 November as we join with the rest of Guildford to celebrate the switching on of the town's Christmas lights. Read more >

faq icon + 20954 Local community to benefit as Dongying donates to Guildford Philanthropy

Following on from our new partnership agreement, as a gesture of goodwill, The Dongying Municipal Government has confirmed that it would like to donate £5,660 to Guildford Philanthropy. Read more >

faq icon + 20944 Winners of Mayor's Award for Access announced

Individuals and organisations from across the borough who have made a positive contribution to improving the lives of people living with disabilities were recognised at an awards ceremony this week. Read more >

faq icon + 20919 Agreement signed to forge new partnership with Dongying, China

To benefit the borough and help develop relationships with international towns and cities, the Council Leader, Cllr Paul Spooner, and Managing Director, James Whiteman have just signed a new partnership agreement with Dongying in China. Read more >

faq icon + 20883 High Court dismisses taxi livery challenge

A High Court ruling has dismissed a local taxi driver's appeal against the Council's taxi livery policy. Read more >

faq icon + 20866 Guildford Philanthropy raises funds to support local initiatives

The new Chairman of Guildford Philanthropy, Peter Cluff, was introduced last night at a dinner held at the Guildhall to raise funds to support local good causes and charitable projects. Read more >

faq icon + 20853 Discover the Medieval Machines that changed the world this October at Guildford Museum and Castle

Build a castle wall, practise jousting like a medieval knight or navigate your ship by compass from London to Norway - just three of the activities on offer at an exciting new interactive exhibition at Guildford Museum and Guildford Castle this October. Medieval Machines, which runs from 7 to 29 October, is a chance for young children and families to get hands-on with the inventions that changed the world back in medieval times. Read more >

faq icon + 20848 Bill Bellerby: Memorial service on 30 October

A memorial service will be held to commemorate the life of Honorary Freeman Mr Bill Bellerby MBE, who passed away recently aged 100. Read more >

faq icon + 20846 Get Online Week - 2 to 8 October

The theme of this year's Get Online Week is - Try 1 Thing. The aim is to encourage people to use the internet for a task they would normally do 'in real life', such as shopping, renewing a library book, booking a doctor's appointment or going to the bank. Read more >

faq icon + 20837 Art for all in Guildford - get ready for the Big Draw

Creative local residents are encouraged to get involved in an exciting range of free events for all the family as part of this year's 'The Big Draw' - the world's largest drawing festival. Read more >

faq icon + 20834 'Let's Get Steady' project highly commended at national housing awards ceremony

Our Care and Repair team has been highly commended for its joint falls prevention project with Guildford and Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), 'Let's Get Steady', in the Innovation Award category at this year's national Home Improvement Agency Awards. Read more >

faq icon + 20814 Honorary Freeman Bill Bellerby MBE, 1917-2017

It is with great sadness that we can confirm that former Mayor and Honorary Freeman Bill Bellerby MBE, who celebrated his 100th birthday in March this year, has died. Read more >

faq icon + 20792 Council aims to strengthen international relationships

Developing and enhancing relationships with other towns and cities to benefit the borough and surrounding areas - that's the Council's aim in a proposal to be considered by the Executive on 26 September. Read more >

faq icon + 20779 Guildford celebrates its talented gardeners

Innovative gardening in the borough was celebrated last night as Guildford in Bloom contestants picked up prizes for their creative contributions. Read more >

faq icon + 20754 Council wins national award for best commercialisation and entrepreneurship

Last night (Thursday 7 September), the Council was presented with the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) national award for the 'Best Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship Initiative'. Read more >

faq icon + 20751 Taxi driver fined for illegally plying for hire

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

faq icon + 20730 Free falls prevention event for residents

A Falls Prevention Bus will be parked in Guildford town centre on Tuesday 5 September from around 9.30am to 3.30pm to offer falls prevention advice to residents and carers. Read more >

faq icon + 20729 Have your say on Stoke Park and help shape its future

What are your views and opinions on Guildford's Stoke Park? Do you have any ideas on how to improve the park even more? We want your feedback on what makes our Green Flag Award winning park work for you. 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 + 20725 Heritage Open Days - Bringing our history alive this September

With free access to over one hundred events, buildings, churches, guided walks, talks and tours 'Heritage Open Days' in Guildford this September is set to help residents and visitors discover our borough's rich history. 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 >

faq icon + 20712 Travellers' encampment update

The traveller encampment at Effingham Common has now left the site. Read more >

faq icon + 20711 Thousands comment on changes to new Local Plan

We received 9,500 comments from 3,300 individuals and organisations in the recent consultation on the updates to our new Local Plan. Read more >

faq icon + 20468 Council through to finals in Association for Public Service Excellence Awards

We are proud to announce that we are finalists in three categories in the annual Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) awards. Read more >