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Latest news

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

Win big and raise money for good causes with the Guildford Community Lottery

Charities, sports clubs, dance schools, community centres and other good causes are among those benefiting each week from the Guildford Community Lottery.

Have your say on how we investigate, regulate and enforce

We want to make sure that Guildford continues to be a safe, clean, and green place for people to live and work happily and healthily now and in the future.

Honorary Freeman Andrew Hodges

A tribute to Mayor and Honorary Freeman Andrew Hodges who passed away on 12 April

We are improving customer experience

We are continuing to develop and improve our online services as well as strengthening our customer service phone line

Have your say on new homes at the Guildford Park Road car park site

Take part in our public exhibition and online webinar about our plans to build new homes at the Guildford Park Road car park site

Neighbourhood Plan for the West Clandon Area

West Clandon residents voted on the area's Neighbourhood Plan on 17 March 2022.

Pledging up to £50,000 for local community projects

The projects are all crowdfunding as part of Crowdfund Guildford.

Results of public toilet consultation announced

We asked residents, visitors and businesses to help us choose which of our 16 public toilets we should keep open.

Our lottery has had another £2,000 win!

A supporter of Guildford charity Cherry Trees has won £2,000 after playing our lottery over the weekend. Our Guildford Community Lottery has helped good causes such as local charities, clubs, and voluntary organisations by connecting them with their communities to raise money.

Walnut Tree Close extended road closure

Work on the new Walnut Tree Close crossing has been extended to Friday 8 April.

Consolidation of day care services approved

The Executive has agreed to consolidate day care services at The Hive in Park Barn. This is so we can provide a better service for our older people across the borough.

Making our town centre safer with our new Public Space Protection Order

We will be making changes to our town centre PSPO as part of a broader and coordinated approach to tackle anti-social behaviour and improve everybody's experience in Guildford.

Claim up to £10,000 to make your home warmer and more energy efficient

Apply for a grant to receive up to £10,000 to make your home more energy efficient

Stoke Park Paddling Pool resurfacing

Stoke Park paddling pool, including the boating lake, is now closed until the end of April for the resurfacing of the pool.

Model Town - Build Guildford, a new interactive display at Guildford Museum

New interactive display at Guildford Museum from 26 March to 7 May. Using recycled materials such as cardboard boxes or cards you can help us create the model of our town.

Guildford's future to be debated by leaders of Guildford Borough Council and Surrey County Council

The Leader of Guildford Borough Council, Joss Bigmore, and Leader of Surrey County Council, Tim Oliver, will be discussing feedback from Guildford residents and businesses at the final Shaping Guildford's Future webinar

Guildford Crematorium wins a Civic Trust Award

Guildford crematorium wins a Civic Trust Award for outstanding architecture, planning and design.

Volunteers lay hedges to restore green networks for local wildlife

Volunteer opportunities for people to learn vital green skills to protect nature and help wildlife thrive.

£150 Council Tax rebate to support households

£150 Council Tax Rebate from the government for people in council tax bands A to D, to help with rising energy costs.

Want to win more public sector business?

The Government is currently looking at ways to streamline and simplify the tendering process, these changes are likely to be in place for 2023.

Making Guildford pesticide-free

We are committed to reducing our chemical use to better protect our borough, Executive councillors agreed last night.

Need funds for your Platinum Jubilee Celebrations?

If you're planning a street party, a community event or any sort of get-together and you need extra money to make it happen, local groups can crowdfund celebrations with Crowdfund Guildford. Submit your Jubilee projects by 1 March 2022.

Neighbourhood Planning Referendum for the West Clandon Area

West Clandon residents can vote on the area's Neighbourhood Plan on Thursday 17 March 2022. Neighbourhood plans allow local people to have a say in how their neighbourhood will develop.

Guildford Community Lottery supporter wins £2,000

A supporter of Guildford charity Challengers has won £2,000 after playing our lottery in January.

Response to the Local Government Boundary Commission for England's draft recommendations

Full Council agreed to respond with two suggestions to the Boundary Commission's draft recommendations.

Our latest museum exhibition: Stories from The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment

A new display 'Soldiers of Surrey: Stories from The Queen's Royal Regiment' by the Surrey Infantry Collection is now open at Guildford Museum.

Storm Eunice

The Met Office issued a red weather warning for extremely strong winds from Storm Eunice.

How can we improve the town's transport, infrastructure, housing and local economy?

How the town's transport, infrastructure, housing and local economy can be improved are the topics at our next online debate about shaping Guildford's future on 22 February at 6pm.

Secretary State enables Weyside Urban Village plans to proceed

We are delighted to receive the Government's green light for plans to relocate a number of allotments from Bellfields Road to a nearby new allotment which at last enables the council's flagship regeneration scheme Weyside Urban Village to proceed .

Deadline for Omicron business grants

Two grants are open for eligible businesses. The grants have been secured through more government funding to support businesses affected by the spread of the Omicron variant.

Guildford Town Centre awarded a Purple Flag for seventh year

Our town centre has been recognised by the Purple Flag assessors for providing evenings and nights out that are safe, vibrant and varied for all. It remains the only town in the county and one of around 70 in the UK to hold the award.

Budget agreed with challenges ahead

The Council agreed the budget for 2022-23 and other financial plans at last night's meeting (9 February). 

Increasing social housing in our borough

We want to give our residents the housing they need, and to help achieve this we are increasing the number of affordable homes that are being provided both directly by the Council and by working in partnership with Housing Associations.

Congratulations to HM Queen Elizabeth II on her Platinum Jubilee year

Last Sunday was Accession Day, commemorating when Elizabeth II was proclaimed Queen 70 years ago on 6 February 1952, following the death of her father, George VI.

One week to go to submit your crowdfunding idea - and an extension just for Jubilee projects!

There's still time to get cash for your community projects with Crowdfund Guildford. The deadline to apply for our first round of funding on our community crowdfunding platform is next week, Wednesday 9 February.

A new pedestrian crossing for Walnut Tree Close

Work starts next week on the construction of a new pedestrian crossing that will improve the route from Guildford Station to the town centre.

Guildford and Waverley Councils outline next steps in collaboration

The new Joint Chief Executive for Guildford and Waverley Borough Councils has described the next stages of the collaborative partnership that is aimed at reducing costs and sustaining local public services.

Improving air quality together is the key to Shaping Guildford's Future

More than a hundred people took part in an online debate last week to discuss the future of Guildford town centre and all agreed that we must tackle our borough's air quality together.

Planting a Tree for the Queen's Jubilee

Members of the local community took part in a tree planting ceremony today at the Sensory Garden at Stoke Park, as part of The Queen's Green Canopy.

Future spending plans proposed

Our proposed capital and investment strategy was presented to the Corporate Governance and Standards committee last week.