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faq icon + 20461 Council Leader welcomes Chinese delegation from Dongying

On Monday (17 July) Leader of Guildford Borough Council, Cllr Paul Spooner, Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Nigel Manning and Managing Director James Whiteman welcomed officials from the Chinese city of Dongying to Guildford at the Guildhall. Read more >

faq icon + 20456 Guildford's parks amongst the best in the country

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

faq icon + 20452 Council unveils new affordable housing development

Tenants joined Councillors recently to celebrate the completion of a new development of 12 affordable homes for rent at Lockside, Slyfield Green. Read more >

faq icon + 20436 Travellers' encampment update

All travellers have now moved on from the unauthorised encampments in Ash. Read more >

faq icon + 20427 Guildford welcomes largest Women's Lacrosse World Cup ever

Twenty-five nations are competing for the title of World Lacrosse Champions this July in Guildford, at the largest elite women's sporting event in the UK in 2017, and the largest Women's Lacrosse World Cup ever. Read more >

faq icon + 20409 Travellers' encampment in Ash

We are aware of the travellers' encampment in Ash. Read more >

faq icon + 20403 New plans for an improved Guildford Crematorium

A £10 million investment by the Council aims to deliver improved facilities and customer experience for those who use our Guildford Crematorium and its services. Read more >

faq icon + 20402 Big Screen entertainment starts this week at the Village, Guildford

For the next two weeks big screen entertainment is a highlight at the Village, Guildford. In the mornings free live kids TV will be shown followed at midday by the tennis at Wimbledon. So if you want to find out the tennis scores during a trip to Guildford, or in your lunch break, pop into the Village. After work, on your way home, relax in front of the big screen and enjoy a cold drink or an ice-cream. Read more >

faq icon + 20399 New war memorial for Guildford

The Council is planning a new war memorial in town to commemorate and honour the sacrifices made by those who have been killed in military action or service since the end of the Second World War. Read more >

faq icon + 20387 Local schools excel in Guildford in Bloom Gardening Competition

Children from Weyfield Primary Academy School, Bellfields, took top honours in the Guildford in Bloom schools competition recently. Read more >

faq icon + 20323 Have your say on arts development and public art

What do you think about the arts in our borough? What would make you want to take part in arts activities or try something new? Whether you are a resident, an artist, part of a community group or anyone else with an interest in the arts in Guildford we would like to hear your views on our two new draft strategies - Arts Development and Public Art. Read more >

faq icon + 20315 Council celebrates new Health and Wellbeing strategy for Guildford

The Council has agreed to a newly updated version of Guildford's Health and Wellbeing strategy, which prioritises physical activity, health and wellbeing at work, health inequalities and community wellbeing, road safety and air quality, and substances misuse. Read more >

faq icon + 20304 New operator signs lease for The Electric Theatre

Local organisation, the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) is now the official operator of The Electric Theatre following the lease signing today. Read more >

faq icon + 20295 Guildford celebrates sporting success at Surrey Youth Games

It has been another successful year for Team Guildford at the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games 2017. Over 300 young people and sports teams from across the borough took part in the annual event, showing great team spirit throughout the training and the competition weekend. Read more >

faq icon + 20282 Guildford Borough Council and the University of Surrey highlight procurement projects and best practice bidding

Over 70 business delegates gathered for a breakfast at Surrey Sports Park on Wednesday 14 June, to hear more about bidding for procurement projects with Guildford Borough Council and the University of Surrey. Increasing procurement into local supply chains is part of the Government's industrial strategy, and both organisations have significant purchasing power. Read more >

faq icon + 20277 Armed Forces Day Flag Raising and Freedom Parade

On Monday 19 June, the Armed Forces Day Flag Raising ceremony will take place at the Guildhall, High Street at 12.30pm. Read more >

faq icon + 20266 General Election result for the Guildford Constituency

The result of the election of a Member of Parliament for the Guildford Constituency has been declared. Read more >

faq icon + 20260 Faith leaders and Mayor to lead local vigil for London and Manchester attacks

Vigil details - 11.30am, Friday 9 June, Tunsgate Arch, Guildford High Street. Read more >

faq icon + 20253 The Village Guildford: launch weekend 10 - 11 June

Saturday 10 June sees the start of the exciting events programme for The Village Guildford, the unique vibrant event space located in the heart of the town. The Village is located close to the Friary Centre, between Commercial Road and Woodbridge Road. Read more >

faq icon + 20233 Shaping your future - updated Local Plan consultation starts this Friday 9 June

We want your feedback on the updates in our latest Draft Local Plan, which aims to balance community needs and tackle local issues, wherever you live or work in our borough. Read more >

faq icon + 20218 Mayor's Award for Access - nominations invited

The Mayor's Award for Access recognises those that make a positive contribution to the lives of disabled people who live and work in the borough. Read more >

faq icon + 20212 Improving access to publicly accessible defibrillators

Project Aspire, which embodies Guildford Borough Council's ambition to improve the lives of all residents, including their health and well-being, is engaging with communities and business owners to identify and record the location of all Publicly Accessible Defibrillators (PADs). Read more >

faq icon + 20168 Chance to see Crematorium plans at drop-in sessions

Local residents can take a first look at plans for new, improved facilities for Guildford Crematorium at two drop-in sessions this month. Read more >

faq icon + 20167 Updated Local Plan - consultation starts 9 June

Help shape the borough's future by commenting on the significant and minor changes to the latest version of our Local Plan in the next consultation from 9 June - 24 July. Read more >

faq icon + 20149 Changes to Executive 2017

Joining the Council's Executive is Councillor Philip Brooker as Lead Councillor for Housing and Environment. Read more >

faq icon + 20147 New Rural Economic Strategy supports local communities in shaping their futures

The Council has adopted a new Rural Economic Strategy aimed at protecting our natural and built heritage, sustaining our rural communities, and enabling enterprise and diversification in our changing countryside. Read more >

faq icon + 20145 The Village Guildford opens on 10 June with events and street parade

The Village Guildford is a unique vibrant event space located in the heart of the town, which features a stage area, an open public space and seating. A mix of food concessions serving a tempting array of street food, retail outlets, toilets and a licensed bar will also be available for visitors to enjoy. The Village is just two minutes' walk from the High Street, less than a minute from The Friary and is located between Commercial Road and Woodbridge Road. Read more >

faq icon + 20133 Final election results for Guildford divisions of Surrey County Council

You can see all the election results for the 10 Guildford divisions of Surrey County Council on our Surrey County Council election results 2017 page.

The following councillors were elected.

​     -  Ash division  - Marsha Moseley (Conservative)   

      - Guildford East division - ​Graham Ellwood (Conservative) 

     -  Guildford North division - Angela Goodwin (Liberal Democrat) 

      - Guildford South-East division - Mark Brett-Warburton (Conservative) 

      - Guildford South-West division - David Goodwin (Liberal Democrat)  

      - Guildford West division - Fiona White (Liberal Democrat) 

      - Horsleys division - Julie Iles (Conservative) 

      - Shalford division - Matt Furniss (Conservative) elected 

      - Shere division - Keith Taylor (Conservative) 

      - Worplesdon division - Keith Witham (Conservative ) 

Published on Thursday 5 May.

faq icon + 20116 Making a positive difference: New Mayor embraces local community

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

faq icon + 20115 Council takes successful enforcement action at Valentines Farm

Following concerns raised by Ripley Parish Council and local residents, we have successfully taken enforcement action to stop unauthorised use and development at Valentines Farm. Read more >

faq icon + 20103 Guildford Philanthropy - Supporting Carers

A Guildford based charity, Carers Support (Guildford), has chosen to partner with Guildford Borough Council and the Community Foundation for Surrey to continue providing support to the borough's carers. Read more >

faq icon + 20075 Stars in the community rewarded

A local cemetery worker, a volunteer driver, a fitness instructor and a cricket club chairman are just some of the 25 'community stars' whose contribution to the borough was celebrated at a special ceremony. Read more >

faq icon + 20072 Free road closures for 'The Great Get Together' community celebration

The Great Get Together, inspired by Jo Cox MP, is a national celebration of what we have in common with each other - by bringing the local community together and connecting with our neighbours. Read more >

faq icon + 19819 A new future for Burchatts Barn

The Council is exploring options for the future of Burchatts Farm Barn. In a market-testing exercise, expressions of interest are being invited for leasing the Grade-II listed Georgian venue, on the edge of our award-winning Stoke Park. 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 + 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 + 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 + 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 + 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 + 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 + 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 + 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 >