Guildford's future to be debated by leaders of Guildford Borough Council and Surrey County Council
The views of people living, working and visiting Guildford will be debated and discussed by leaders of Guildford Borough and Surrey County Councils as part of an online webinar, open to all, on 15 March at 6pm.
The Leader of Guildford Borough Council, Joss Bigmore, and Leader of Surrey County Council, Tim Oliver will respond to initial feedback received as part of our engagement activities for Shaping Guildford's Future.
Councillor John Rigg, Lead Councillor for Regeneration, said: "This webinar will be a great opportunity for residents and businesses to hear all the things that have been discussed, what people have said about our plans and what the next steps will be.
"We'd like to thank all the people who've been in touch with ideas and encourage more to do so. We will be reviewing all of the comments that people have made, before looking at our next steps.
"We had more than a hundred comments at the last webinar and more than 450 people have filled out the questionnaire on the Shaping Guildford's Future website. There's still time for people to have their say."
A recording of the previous three debates are available so even more people can get involved.
The last debate, on 22 February, the most popular online debate yet had more than 150 people attending. It looked at how Guildford's transport, infrastructure, housing and local economy can be improved. A panel of experts was on hand to answer people's questions; Professor Amelia Hadfield from the University of Surrey, transport consultant Andreas Markides and Rebecca Fletcher from Arup joined Councillor John Rigg, Lead Councillor for Regeneration.
Councillor John Rigg said: "Everyone recognises that we need to make it easier for people to get around Guildford town centre but there are no quick fixes. We can learn from the experiences of other towns as it's important we get things right. We need a plan for the long-term.
Deputy Leader of the Council and Lead Councillor for Community and Housing, Cllr Julia McShane, said: "We want to make sure that everyone in our borough has access to good homes and the town centre could provide some opportunities for places for people to live. Any new neighbourhoods should provide mixed tenure affordable homes and be sustainable with work, leisure and cultural activities in walking distance."
Councillor John Redpath, Lead Cllr on Economy, said: "Our town centre is full of businesses that will be affected by our plans. We want to hear from businesses, owners and employees, on what they think of our plans, so we can create the right economic and social environment for supporting our High Street."
Councillor Cait Taylor, Lead Cllr on Sustainable Transport, said: "Traffic congestion and air pollution are huge problems in Guildford. The Shaping Guildford's Future plans need to incorporate ways to solve these concerns. There are no easy answers, and any solution will involve everyone."
Shaping Guildford's Future aims to breathe new life into the centre by opening up the riverside, improving air quality, introducing more alternative, sustainable and affordable transport as well as making Guildford a more attractive and healthier place to live, work and visit.
To watch previous webinars, respond to the consultation or register for future events please visit www.shapingguildford.co.uk or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.