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Letter: My Pleas To Guildford’s Councillors When Selecting a New Leader

Published on: 5 Nov, 2015
Updated on: 6 Nov, 2015

leaderFrom Valerie Thompson

Now that Mr Mansbridge has resigned, I would like to appeal to all present Guildford Borough councillors to consider carefully who they appoint as next leader.

  • Please think about someone who is willing to listen to the views of the general populace and act on them.
  • Please do not choose anyone previously connected to either Mr Mansbridge or Ms Juneja, or chosen by them to be among the inner circle of the Executive.
  • Please choose someone whose main interests are not in development and the construction industry.
  • Please choose someone who can objectively plan for the future of the borough as a whole, not carefully preserving their own backyard from inappropriate housing.
  • Please have regard to the Conservative policy and Guildford council’s declared intent to preserve the green belt.
  • Please think about the heritage of Guildford and its surrounding landscapes with a view to keeping and enhancing what is beautiful in town and country.
  • Please be aware that it has taken thousands of years to create the scenery everyone enjoys, and hundreds of years to establish the handsome town centre we all love.
  • Please remember you are the guardians of the borough, for both residents and visitors.

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Responses to Letter: My Pleas To Guildford’s Councillors When Selecting a New Leader

  1. Jenny Procter Reply

    November 6, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Well said, Valerie Thompson.

  2. Graham Moore Reply

    November 6, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Excellent summary of what Guildford needs.

    I hope councillors heed the points made but I fear some don’t understand the importance of democracy.

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