First meeting of new Guildford Joint Committee

The Guildford Joint Committee had its first meeting on 19 September.

Guildford Borough Council and Surrey County Council already work in partnership on a range of projects and the committee will help the two councils to better co-ordinate plans for services that affect the local community.

Surrey County Councillor, Keith Taylor, Chairman of The Guildford Joint Committee, said: "This first meeting highlights the excellent work we're doing with Surrey's district and borough councils and how these partnerships play a key role - joint committees are the way forward for better, faster and more locally-accountable decisions on things that matter to our residents."

Cllr Paul Spooner, Leader of Guildford Borough Council and Vice Chair of the committee, said: "We are delighted to have had the first Guildford Joint Committee meeting. The committee aims to simplify and speed up local decision making and encourage resident engagement - strengthening local democracy. All members have equal voting rights on the issues that are important for our local communities."

Members of the public are welcome to attend meetings of the committee, ask questions or submit petitions on local issues.

The committee is made up of eleven County Councillors, who represent each of the divisions within the borough and a representative from the Surrey County Council Cabinet and eleven members from Guildford Borough Council.

The inaugural meeting discussed items including parking, with eleven recommendations for consideration and approval regarding strategic proposals to improve on-street parking for residents. These were referred to the new Parking and Air Quality Working Group for further detailed work.

Also discussed was the 2018/19 programme of highway improvement and maintenance works, an update on other centrally funded projects being promoted in the local area, details of the budgets - as well as a proposal to reduce the speed limit on the A320 Woking Road/Guildford Road to improve road safety. The reduction to a 50mph speed limit was approved.

More information on the committee can be found on Surrey County Council's Joint Committee for Guildford page.

Published on Thursday 20 September.