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

faq icon 23492 Change of venue for some polling stations for the General Election on 12 December 2019

Some of our polling stations are unavailable for polling day on Thursday 12 December so we have had to find alternative venues at very short notice to ensure that poll cards with the details of the polling stations can be printed and dispatched to voters in plenty of time. Read more >

faq icon 23491 Local sporting achievements celebrated at Sport Guildford Awards 2019

The Sport Guildford Awards is the annual celebration of sport in Guildford and an opportunity to shine a light on Guildford's sporting community. Read more >

faq icon 23480 Guildford Philanthropy welcomes new Corporate Ambassadors

Twenty-three local businesses have signed up to represent Guildford Philanthropy as Corporate Ambassadors, illustrating the commitment of the local business community to support those who need a helping hand in our community. Read more >

faq icon 23444 All is the Christmas lights switch-on event

Christmas is coming to Guildford on Thursday 21 November when our High Street will be full of entertainment for all the family at our annual Christmas lights switch-on event. Read more >

faq icon 23434 Major investment approved as £52.3 million grant awarded for new Weyside Urban Village

The new Weyside Urban Village project took another significant step forward today as the Chancellor announced that the Council's bid for £52.3 million from the Housing Infrastructure Fund to support the provision of 1,500 new homes on the site has been successful. Read more >

faq icon 23432 Leading the way in sustainable, innovative gardening at North Moor Allotments

The relocation of Bellfield Road's allotments to a brand new sustainable site at North Moors is set to secure Guildford as a leader in environmentally-friendly community gardening projects. Read more >

faq icon 23413 Lovelace Neighbourhood Plan - consultation dates announced

A six-week consultation on the Lovelace Neighbourhood Plan 2019-2034 will begin on Monday 4 November. Read more >

faq icon 23412 Gaming industry puts Guildford firmly on the international map

Known as 'the Hollywood of video games', Guildford is set to benefit from international recognition and investment thanks to support through the government's Department for International Trade (DIT). Read more >

faq icon 23396 New electric minibus fleet for Dial-a-Ride service

A new electric minibus fleet will help keep the streets of Guildford cleaner and greener, thanks to approval of an £820,000 investment for Dial-a-Ride community transport vehicles. Read more >

faq icon 23306 Collaborating for Climate Change

Collaboration is the key to tackling climate change and Guildford Borough Council confirmed full commitment to making our borough greener together, at a meeting of the newly formed Climate Change and Innovation Board (CCIB) meeting on Tuesday. Read more >

faq icon 23159 Tunsgate Arch is open!

The town's historic Tunsgate Arch is open again after a period of closure for restoration. Read more >

faq icon 23112 Protecting our important town centre views

How to manage future change, retain keys views and the special character of Guildford - there's now more guidance to help developers making planning applications in our borough. The Guildford Town Centre Views Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) was adopted by our Executive at a meeting on Tuesday 24 September. Read more >

faq icon 23111 Discover your inner artist in The Big Draw 2019

The world's biggest drawing festival, The Big Draw, is back with the theme of 'drawn to life' next month. This is the seventh year the Council has coordinated a programme of workshops at a variety of exciting venues throughout the borough and this year there are a few surprises. Read more >

faq icon 23110 New Executive Member for Guildford Borough Council

Cllr John Rigg was appointed as Lead Councillor for Major Projects at a meeting of the Executive on Tuesday 24 September. Read more >

faq icon 23108 Innovative plans for new museum move forward

Exciting plans to create a major new focal point for heritage and the arts in Guildford have taken another step forward. Last night the Executive considered the latest progress and next stage in transforming our museum into a significant cultural attraction. Read more >

faq icon 23107 Future-proofing the borough's best loved Stoke Park

Stoke Park will be revitalised after councillors agreed to invest in a masterplan to improve and protect the most vibrant and historic green space in Guildford, at a meeting of the Executive on Tuesday 24 September. Read more >

faq icon 23106 Continued investment and expansion of Joint Enforcement Team (JET)

Our Joint Enforcement Team (JET) deal with issues that we know impact residents, bringing together the enforcement powers of key teams from across the council and the work of colleagues from Surrey Police, JET deal with anti-social behaviour (ASB), unauthorised traveller encampments, dog fouling, fly tipping and littering amongst others. Read more >

faq icon 23105 Raising the woof at the PawPrints Awards

The Council has achieved a Bronze Animal Activity Licensing Award from the RSPCA PawPrints Awards. Read more >

faq icon 23101 On Street Parking review - Have your say

Together with the County Council, we are reviewing on-street parking in various locations throughout the borough. Read more >

faq icon 23096 Shalford consultation on Air Quality Action Plan

At the recent (18 September) Guildford Joint Committee meeting it was agreed to carry out a four-week consultation regarding an Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) for the area affected. Read more >

faq icon 23095 Still the only town in Surrey with a Purple Flag!

For the sixth year in a row, Guildford town centre has been recognised by the Purple Flag assessors for providing evenings and nights out that are safe, vibrant and varied. It remains the only town in the county, and one of around 70 in the UK, to hold the award. Read more >

faq icon 23094 Over the moon with Guildford in Bloom successes for 2019!

Gardens across the borough were celebrated through the theme of '50 years of lunar landings' at the annual Guildford in Bloom awards last night at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. Read more >

faq icon 23088 Security mark from Surrey Police for new council homes at The Orchard

Gavin Stephens, Chief Constable of Surrey Police, has presented Guildford Borough Council with a prestigious 'Secured by Design' Gold Award for our new social housing development, 'The Orchard'. Read more >

faq icon 23086 Visit our heritage sites for free this weekend

Historic buildings, idyllic landscapes and vibrant parks and gardens across Guildford are open to all from Friday 13 September until Sunday 15 September as part of the annual Heritage Open Days celebration, now in its 25th year. Read more >

faq icon 23059 Making walking and cycling in and around Guildford safer and easier

The second phase of improvements to make pedestrian and cyclist shared paths safer and easier to use between Egerton Road/Tesco Roundabout and the University of Surrey's Stag Hill Campus will start on 16 September and last for 12-14 weeks. Read more >

faq icon 23056 Twins for 40 years! Visitors from Freiburg enjoy Guildford's heritage, innovation and culture

Visitors from Guildford's twin town Freiburg, led by its Lord Mayor Martin Horn, joined representatives from the Council and partners to celebrate 40 years of twinning. Read more >

faq icon 23032 100th new council home marks milestone for borough

The first tenants are settling into their new homes at The Orchard in Park Barn, where we recently completed the build of 18 flats, nine of which are wheelchair-accessible. Read more >

faq icon 23031 Have your say! Public consultation for parish boundary adjustment begins today

The public consultation to alter the existing boundary between the parishes of East Horsley and Effingham in the Effingham Common area will start today (Monday 2 September 2019). Read more >

faq icon 23030 Grant to help fund iconic A3 roadside sculpture to mark G F Watt's 200th birthday

Last night the Executive approved a £40,000 grant to the Watts Gallery Trust to help towards the cost of installing a cast of the famous sculpture, Physical Energy, alongside the A3 at Compton. Read more >

faq icon 23029 Executive agrees on recommendations to tackle food poverty

At its recent meeting on 27 August, the Executive agreed to recommendations on tackling food poverty and insecurity in our borough. Read more >

faq icon 23028 Council Leader announces resignation from the Executive of Cllr Susan Parker

The Leader of the Council, Cllr Caroline Reeves, has announced the resignation of Cllr Susan Parker from the Guildford Borough Council Executive today (27 August) in light of questions over conduct. 

A confidential review is underway and in the meantime Cllr Parker will return to the backbenches as a ward councillor for Send and the Leader of Guildford Greenbelt Group. No further comments will be made during the confidential review.

faq icon 23010 Guildford's High Street Gallery turns 60!

Guildford House Gallery is 60 years young this year and is celebrating all summer with an exhibition dedicated to people and places with links to the borough. Read more >

faq icon 23009 Raising the roof at Guildford Crematorium

A major milestone in the rebuild of Guildford Crematorium was reached this week as we held a 'topping out' ceremony to mark the completion of the new roof on the main chapel building. Read more >

faq icon 22752 Final results for all 22 Guildford Borough wards now online

We have been publishing the results for each ward as they were declared throughout the day. Read more >

faq icon 22558 New Local Plan - Planning Inspector's final report published

The government's Planning Inspector has now produced his final report and recommendations and submitted them to the Council. This marks the end of his independent examination of our submitted Local Plan. Read more >

faq icon 22479 Chantry Wood campsite to remain open

The Council's Executive have agreed that Chantry Wood campsite in the Surrey Hills AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) will remain open for use by the public. Read more >