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Dragon Interview: James Walsh, Leader of the Labour Group at GBC

Published on: 28 Sep, 2023
Updated on: 1 Oct, 2023

It has been almost five months since the borough council election which gave a narrow victory for the Liberal Democrats. Enough time has now passed to consider and assess.

Dragon editor Martin Giles invited all five of the political group leaders to be interviewed. Sadly, council and Lib Dem leader Julia McShane did not respond but the the others all agreed to participate and, we think, gave some interesting responses to the questions posed.

Subjects covered include: their reflections on the May election and the impact of the Battle for Guildford video; the current financial challenges faced by the council and planning a major and controversial issue for the borough following adoption of the Local Plan in 2019 and the development proposals in the town centre.

In this interview we hear the views of the new leader of the three-member Labour Group James Walsh.  The interview with Conservative group leader Philip Brooker can be seen here, with R4GV group leader Joss Bigmore here and with GGG leader Patrick Oven here.

Please listen, the decisions taken in our borough council have a direct impact on our community and lives. We should all become more engaged, more informed and more aware.

The series of interviews commenced before news of the Housing Revenue Account overspend investigation was known so questions on that topic were not included.

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