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News From Millmead

Published on: 10 Mar, 2020
Updated on: 9 Mar, 2020

A round-up of news from Guildford Borough Council (published March 10, 2020)

Consultation Dates For Puttenham Neighbourhood Plan

A seven-week consultation on the Puttenham Neighbourhood Plan began yesterday, (March 9, 2020).

After Guildford Borough Council’s designation of the area in December, 2014, Puttenham Parish Council has engaged with the local community and other stakeholders to produce the plan covering planning policies.

If the plan is adopted, it will help determine planning applications within Puttenham parish, along with the the council’s Local Plan and other considerations.

To see the Neighbourhood Plan, and express views, visit the consultation website at:

Printed copies of the plan and other submission documents will be available at the main reception of the council offices at Millmead and at Guildford Library. The deadline for the consultation on the proposals is Monday, April 27, 2020.

Send questions by email to or phone 01483 444471.

Have Your Say On The Borough’s Future

The council is asking: “What do you think should be our top priority to ensure Guildford continues to be among the most successful boroughs in the South East?

Guildford Borough Council’s coat of arms.

“Maybe it’s environmentally-friendly transport or more affordable housing, tackling climate change or developing our historic town centre? Share your views in our survey. We welcome your valuable feedback which will help shape our new corporate plan, setting our focus as a council for the next five years.”

The leader of the council, Caroline Reeves, (Lib Dem, Friary & St Nicolas), said: “Before we put the new corporate plan together, we want to find out the issues that matter most to local residents and businesses across the borough. Our survey is open until Friday, April 17 and takes only a few minutes.”

The consultation is managed by independent specialists.

To have your say go to the online survey

Help To Develop Local Businesses 

The council is also asking: “Do you run a business in our borough? Looking for bespoke advice on how to expand it, recruit the best talent and keep your finances in good shape? Guildford Business Growth offers all this and more.”

The council offers a dedicated support service, delivered in partnership with the Enterprise M3 Growth Hub and UMi, and sponsored by law firm Stevens & Bolton LLP.

The support covers finance, business planning, leadership and talent, innovation and exporting. The service is available to existing and start-up businesses in the borough no matter how large or small.

It includes telephone advice, face-to-face monthly clinics and regular workshops on specific topics tailored to a variety of business needs.

The council says many have benefited from the service over the past 18 months including personalised bag and accessory firm LRM Goods. The company realised a 135% increase in sales, following direction from the service.

Power Of Football Making A Difference

Children are enjoying access to a low-cost pay-and-play football programme on an all-weather pitch, thanks to a successful funding bid involving the council.

In conjunction with partner clubs Guildford Saints Football Club, Worplesdon Rangers Football Club and Cardinals in the Community, last year the council received funding from local and national organisations for a 3G football pitch at Kings Community Sports Hub at Kings College in Park Barn, replacing an older all-weather pitch.

Friday Night Football participants with Mike Horne (Guildford Saints Football Club and Friday Night Football coach, third left); Phoebe Dicks (sport development officer, Guildford Borough Council); Guildford Borough Cllr James Steel (Lib Dem, Westborough), and Chris Sexton (Cardinals in the Community).

Satellite club funding from Sport England and the National Lottery, along with sponsorship from Specsavers in Guildford, has enabled the Friday Night Football programme to be a huge success.

The sessions encourage young people to be more active in a sociable environment, with access to high-quality coaching for just £1 per week.

Attendance has quadrupled since the first session and has around 25 youngsters attending regularly from around the Westborough ward, and displaced young people who are settling into the local community.

For details in using the 3G pitch, contact the council’s sports development officer on 01483 444265 or email

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Responses to News From Millmead

  1. Martin Elliott Reply

    March 11, 2020 at 11:55 am

    What about the ‘consultation’ on extending the anti-incursion barriers around green spaces in Bellfields?

    Less than six months after completion of the scheme around ‘Moggy Green’ it has yet to be tested by an encampment, but already defeated by ‘joy-riders’.

    Fortunately, they were slowed down by the complete lack of adequate drainage, now blocked by the banks.

    The pedestrian access opposite St Peter’s Church in Larch Avenue has to be equipped with duckboards to walk into the saturated ground.

    If I remember right, the consultation on this first scheme wasn’t exactly overwhelming. So what are GBC criteria for going ahead with ill conceived and executed schemes?

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