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Our priorities for Guildford

Priorities arising from the Guildford Together event held November 2012

Guildford Together was organised for the Guildford Local Committee to find out what were the top priorities for local people. Representatives attended from parish councils, residents associations and key local partners from the voluntary, community, faith and business sectors.

Guildford Togethers Top Six

  1. Traffic congestion
  2. Transport
  3. Service provision
  4. Housing and planning
  5. Cleanliness
  6. Culture, identity and sustainability

1. Traffic congestion

Guildford Together said:

  • ease congestion
  • look for future Park and Ride sites
  • develop a plan for the A3
  • get people out of their cars
  • join up plans for parking charges

This year the Guildford Local Committee has overseen:

  • a continuing programme of improved bus corridors and cycle lanes in the town centre
  • a behaviour change programme in north Guildford and with local businesses to encourage sustainable travel called
  • a public exhibition to ask local residents what they think about redesigning the gyratory
  • the development of a which will have specific local actions for Guildford
  • the Highways Agency and Surrey CC Highways officers are in dialogue to improve the Guildford exits on the A3
  • Surrey County Council has undertaken a review to improve the Urban Traffic Control system in Guildford
  • Surrey County Council and Guildford Borough Council have worked closely to co-ordinate parking charges to ensure that the most convenient spaces are available for shoppers and long stay parkers are encouraged to use the outer car parks or park and ride
  • a new Park and Ride service is in operation from Onslow and an additional service is planned for north Guildford in the future
  • Guildford Borough Council has appointed Arups to carry out a movement study for Guildford town centre. This is known as the Guildford town and approaches movement study (GTAMS). The consultants aim to complete this work in February 2014.

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2. Transport

Guildford Together said:

  • improve public transport
  • ensure school buses are adequate

This year the Guildford Local Committee has overseen:

  • a continuing programme of improved bus corridors and cycle lanes in the town centre
  • the introduction of Smart on-line ticketing for Park and Ride services
  • the introduction of Real-Time messaging for bus services
  • the development of a new Surrey Rail Strategy, including the proposal for a new station in north Guildford
  • find out about free home to school transport, and other schemes that help children in Surrey to get to school safely and easily.

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3. Service provision

Guildford Together said:

There is a pressure on both primary and secondary school places in Guildford and this is constantly under review to ensure that the Local Authority maintains its statutory duty to provide sufficient places. This year Surrey County Council has allocated £354 million towards creating more school places and rolling out a School Improvement Programme.

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4. Housing and planning

Guildford Together said:

  • more affordable housing
  • better provision and fair distribution of traveller sites

This year Guildford Borough Council has begun to consult on the new Economic Strategy and the new Local Plan. The Local Plan includes deciding how many houses should be built and where traveller sites ought to be located.

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5. Cleanliness

Guildford Together said:

  • maintenance of gullies and drains
  • create a visible schedule for residents

So far this year we have seen:

  • public consultation on street cleansing service was recently carried out by Guildford Borough Council with public meetings and an online questionnaire. The information from that exercise is being used to inform our review of the service. The review will be concluded in March 2014
  • a new Flood Strategy was approved which includes a strong partnership approach to the maintenance of drains and gullies
  • a new approach to local responsibilities for drains maintenance in the form of funding local Lengthsman schemes has been adopted by the Local Committee. For more information contact highwayslocalism@surreycc.gov.uk
  • a new planned maintenance programme will be developed by Surrey County Council during 2014 which will focus on maintenance of drains and footways across the borough

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6. Culture, identity and sustainability

Guildford Together said:

  • protect historical and rural environments
  • reduce the carbon footprint
  • better arts and culture provision and signposting

As part of the development of a new Local Plan for Guildford borough, the consultation (October-November 2013) on the Issues and Options seeks views on how we should deal with sustainable development and plan for all of our special environments including the historical and rural areas.

As part of this work and linking into the newly adopted Economic Strategy Guildford Borough Council has identified the need for an Arts Strategy. This will be developed during 2014.

Surrey County Council is taking positive action to reduce future carbon emissions and to ensure that our services are more resilient to the risks posed by climate change, such as flooding.

Guildford Borough Council are working towards reducing our carbon emissions. Find out more about the Energy and Greenhouse Gas emissions reporting.

Surrey Sustainable Energy Partnership (this is a partnership which involves all local authorities in Surrey including the county council) be publishing a joint strategy later this year.

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