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Former Lib Dem Councillor Now Quits from the Tories

By Martin Giles A former senior Lib Dem councillor and deputy leader of GBC, who shocked his colleagues by quitting and joining the Conservatives in November, has now quit the…

Letter: It Is Conservative Funding Policy That Is Causing Borough Council Cuts

From Fiona White Lib Dem borough councillor for Westborough Thank you for the report on Guildford Borough Council’s  February 9 budget meeting. I think it picked up most of the…

GBC Approves Cost-Cutting Budget With Maximum 2% Council Tax Rise

By Emily Coady Stemp, local democracy reporter and Martin Giles Guildford households will pay more council tax from April after the borough council agreed a cost-cutting budget for 2022-23 on…

Letter: Reviewing the Local Plan is Worth the Risk

From: David Roberts In response to: Opinion – The Government Does Not Care Whether Our Housing Targets Are Based On Accurate Data George Potter’s opinion piece reads like an excuse…

Expert Barrister Gives Three Reasons to Review Guildford’s Local Plan

By Martin Giles A residents group that has been campaigning for six years against development of the former Wisley Airfield have obtained fresh written opinion from an expert Queen’s Counsellor.…

GBC Lags Behind Waverley and Woking On Climate Change Planning Says Independent Assessor

By Hugh Coakley GBC has been rated below average by Climate Emergency UK who scored the council 39% on their climate emergency planning. This ranks the council below the national…

Lib Dem Housing Policy Claims Are ‘Dishonest’ Says Former Senior Member

By Martin Giles Guildford’s Liberal Democrats have moved onto the front foot to defend their housing policy following a promise in the 2019 borough council election campaign to build 3,000…

Conservative Councillors Opine on Plan B Vote

By Emily Coady Stemp local democracy reporter Conservative councillors in Surrey are calling for caution on both sides of the debate for increased restrictions ahead of the vote on coronavirus…

Letter: We Conservatives Await the Result of the Further Consultation on the Local Plan With Interest

From: Paul Spooner Writing on behalf of the Guildford Conservative Association See: Concerns Over Guildford’s Local Plan Raised Ahead of Public Consultation The Conservative group [at Guildford Borough Council] recognises…

New Lib Dem Councillor Joins Executive to be Lead Member for Climate Change

The expected reshuffle of the Executive Committee at Guildford Borough Council in the wake of Cllr Jan Harwood’s move to the Conservative group has eventually been confirmed this week, but…