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Letter: Bland High-rise Buildings Will Make Guildford Look Like Any Other Dull Town

Published on: 29 Aug, 2022
Updated on: 29 Aug, 2022

Illustrative view of the proposals for the regeneration of part of North Street.

From: Penny Panman

In response to: In My Heart I Knew It Was a Forlorn Hope

My Dutch stepdaughter has visited us in East Horsley regularly for the last forty years. Guildford has always been a favourite place to visit and shop. But on her last two visits, she has come back saying that the town has lost its charm.

There are no interesting small independent shops, just the boring international names. There are vacant shops giving the town a neglected air. All she wants to do now is call in at Waterstones, have a coffee and leave.

If we had a Borough Council committed to Guildford’s unique strengths, its heritage, charming old buildings and attractive hilly location, so much could be done to enhance and build on these assets.

Building bland, high-rise blocks at the station and on North Street will only continue the trend which is making Guildford look like any other dull town, not worth visiting.

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Responses to Letter: Bland High-rise Buildings Will Make Guildford Look Like Any Other Dull Town

  1. Sue Warner Reply

    August 29, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    I totally agree.

  2. Ann Dry Reply

    September 2, 2022 at 11:54 am

    I totally agree. My friend from the US says the same. Guildford is a historic town and we should build in keeping with our history.

    Where is the St Dominic’s Square that was planned at least 25 years ago when, quite unnecessarily as it turns out, the post offivce was moved to the top of North Street. It is now in WH Smith’s!

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