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Dragon Editor Debates Guildford Planning with Council Leader on Radio Surrey

Published on: 30 Aug, 2022
Updated on: 3 Sep, 2022

Martin Giles and Cllr Joss Bigmore

Dragon editor Martin Giles took part in a debate with Guildford Borough Council leader Joss Bigmore during this morning’s James Cannon show on BBC Radio Surrey.

The radio interview was conducted in the wake of a recent opinion piece from Martin Giles In My Heart I Knew It Was a Forlorn Hope and a subsequent story ‘Guildford Should Not Look Like a Postcard from the 1900s’ says Council Leader.

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test 2 Responses to Dragon Editor Debates Guildford Planning with Council Leader on Radio Surrey

  1. Mike Forster Reply

    August 30, 2022 at 3:52 pm

    An interesting conversation and the council leader’s statement “there will possibly be in excess of 2,500 new residential units in the town centre over the immediate future” is very concerning. What infrastructure provisions have been planned to cope with such an influx is a big question in my mind.

    Another interesting issue is the loss of office space within the town so that all the new residents will be forced to travel to work rather than work locally.

    Finally, all the new residential units under construction or currently proposed are generally unsuitable for those working from home (WFH). The units are in the main quite small and do not provide proper working space for WFH or indeed for people with even small families.

    I suggest that this current trend for apartment-type accommodation will tail off and become obsolete before too long. What then I wonder?

  2. John Cooke Reply

    August 31, 2022 at 5:35 pm

    Mr Forster makes several good points and there is a report on BBC South, this evening, on the same subject. A Basingstoke councillor is calling for a halt to house building in the borough until the infrastructure is properly planned or catches up.

    Recent correspondence to this online newspaper has highlighted how badly people are let down by the lack of facilities after the developments are finished.

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