• Angela Goodwin
    Article: Oct 20, 2020

    "Angela Goodwin, Surrey Councillor for Guildford North, talks about her involvement in a Surrey County Council (SCC) mental health task group (MHTG) set up by its Adults & Health Select Committee to look at the patient's journey across Surrey.

    Mental health. The 'cinderella' service within our health system; under-funded and under-resourced. That was my impression of our mental health services before I joined the task group and, to a certain extent, it still is today. But, whilst mental health has been so left behind by healthcare providers and Local Authorities (LAs), there is hope as we found out through our interviews this summer.

  • LibDems at County Hall
    Article: Oct 14, 2020

    At County Council yesterday, Surrey's Leader, Cllr Tim Oliver ensured his group voted against the Lib Dem motion calling for a much-needed reconciliation with the Boroughs and Districts with whom a relationship of trust had completely broken down. In his speech the Lib Dem Leader Cllr Chris Botten outlined how the recent perceived 'power grab' by the county council, by unilaterally pursuing its ambition of a single unitary authority, had severely damaged relations with the eleven borough and district councils of all colours, who had been side-lined by their action.

  • LibDems at County Hall
    Article: Oct 14, 2020

    Surrey County Council has agreed to move its headquarters to the former Cannon HQ in Woodhatch, in spite of objections raised by the cross party group of Councillors responsible for scrutinising the move.

    Last year, the County Council stated it wanted to move its HQ from Kingston-Upon-Thames to a location in Surrey. The Council had originally hoped to move to Midas House in Woking, but those plans were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Burpham Sainsburys Loading Bay Application
    Article: Oct 14, 2020

    It has come to my attention this week that Sainbury's have submitted an application to build a new loading bay at their Burpham store, partially on the existing woodland area, in order to expand their home delivery service. On reading the application I am concerned by a number of aspects of the application.

  • LibDems at County Hall
    Article: Oct 13, 2020

    Following a motion by the Lib Dems, Surrey County Council unanimously agreed to introduce 'school streets' in Surrey with the aim of encouraging active travel, improving air quality and promoting road safety.

    A school street is where the road outside a school is closed to motor vehicles during school drop-off and pick-up times except for those residents living in that street.

  • Zöe Franklin welcomes Ed Davey to Guildford
    Article: Oct 6, 2020
    By Zoe Franklin

    As a result of covid-19, businesses across the country have faced a tough year, and it's so important for us as consumers to support them as they battle against the downturn in business and for politicians to seek to really understand the struggles they've been through since March as well as the challenges they face going forward. I was therefore delighted when I received an email from Lib Dem leader Ed Davey MP's office telling me that he'd like to visit Guildford as part of his listening tour of the UK, and could I suggest a local business he might be able to visit. Of course, my answer was "yes"! The challenge was then "which business?" as our community has so many brilliant local businesses to choose from!

  • GBC
    Article: Oct 1, 2020

    This year Guildford Borough Council are hosting Guildford's first Silver Sunday, which is an international event
    celebrating the older generation.

    Lib Dem Lead Member for Community Cllr Julia McShane shared her thoughts on GBC's plans for the day:

    "The Community Wellbeing team at GBC have done a fantastic job organising our first virtual event to celebrate the older generation.It's not possible to do a face-to-face event which is shame but we've been able to organise a fantastic virtual event,
    streamed on both YouTube and Facebook. Guildford Fringe will be hosting and the line-up includes West End stars
    Scott Garnham and Maria Coyne, Guildford's Rock Choir, The Bluebirds, and award-winning magician Ali Cook. So I know that it's going to be a really enjoyable event!"

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