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Citizens Speak: Waitrose and the Expected York Road Underpass Closure

The Guildford Dragon NEWS wondered what local people were thinking about the Waitrose development, the applications for judicial reviews by the Guildford Vision Group and Friary owners, Hermes, and plans…

The Dragon Says: “The Wheels of Local Government Turn Very Slowly” – Don’t We Know It!

“The wheels of local government turn very slowly,” said Cllr David Goodwin, the other day, to a resident asking why it was taking so long to paint some lines on…

Opinion: High Street Setts, Let’s Have Some Action – Not More Paper

by Martin Giles So the Local Committee of SCC/GBC councillors have agreed that council officers should draw up a maintenance strategy for our ‘cobbled’ High Street (what hope is there…

The Dragon Says: Guildford Plans Need All Sides to Compromise

So the plans to build Waitrose may face two judicial reviews and many residents, especially parents with young children, remain fed up with the announced intention to close the York…

Opinion: Mum About Town – Birthday Parties

The latest of our Mum About Town opinion articles written by “Towny Mummy”. This time she writes about a fairytale castle party and a collapsing Thomas cake. . . It…

Citizens Speak: Council Tax Rise

No one likes paying taxes but they are famously, with death, one of life’s two certainties. But what about the recently announced rise of nearly 2% in council tax? What…

Identity Theft – Who Is this Other Martin Giles?

by Martin Giles My identity has been stolen. Someone pretending to be me, using my name, address and date of birth has apparently secured a pay advance which has not…

Opinion: Grow or Die – Is That The Real Choice for Guildford?

By Martin Giles In last week’s debate on the council budget, the leader of Guildford Borough Council, Stephen Mansbridge, said that he was concerned that growth was not seen by…

Citizens Speak: The Re-opening of The Row Barge Pub

As reported in The Guildford Dragon NEWS, there was always a possible light at the end of the tunnel for the Row Barge pub and some other reports of its…

Opinion: If Telephone Bills Bring You Down Read On…

By Martin Giles Our telephone bill arrived this week.  I opened it with resignation. £174. I am always surprised at how much it is and rushed to see where we…