• Paul Kennedy outside Guildford Police Station
    Article: Jan 15, 2021

    Cllr Paul Kennedy, Liberal Democrat Candidate for Surrey's Police and Crime Commissioner, is urging residents to respond to the latest proposal by incumbent David Munro for a 5.54% increase in the police element of council tax, and is calling for better value for money for taxpayers.

    The proposal corresponds to an annual increase of £10 for Band A households, £15 for Band D, and £30 for Band H properties, on top of any increases by Surrey's local councils. The increase is the maximum permitted without requiring a local referendum of Surrey residents.

  • D Cooper MP School Staff Vaccination Letter 7.1.21
    Article: Jan 7, 2021
    The Liberal Democrats have called for teachers to be vaccinated against coronavirus after the government admitted schools were the epicentre of high community transmission.
    Daisy Cooper, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Education, has written a letter to Gavin Williamson and Matt Hancock to ask them to vaccinate teachers as part of category seven.
  • D Cooper MP Primaries Statement 4.1.21
    Article: Jan 4, 2021

    Zöe Franklin, the Guildford & Cranleigh Lib Dem spokesperson, is calling for all primary schools to move to remote learning until 18th January and for Government Ministers to use that time to "get ahead of the virus" and publish a clear plan to open schools safely.

    While Zöe and the Liberal Democrats want schools to remain open for vulnerable children and those of key-workers, Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader and Education Spokesperson Daisy Cooper has warned the Tories have "squandered every opportunity to get ahead of the virus" and are "wreaking havoc on people's lives".

  • Christmas bauble (Sapan Patel on Unsplash)
    Article: Dec 19, 2020

    Responding to the news that London and the South East of England, including Guildford Borough, will move to the new Tier 4, Guildford and Cranleigh Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson Zöe Franklin said:

    "My heart goes out to families across Guildford, Cranleigh and our villages who after a very tough year were looking forward to Christmas with some sense of normality.

  • Giving a gift (Photo by Kira auf de Heide via Unsplash.com)
    Article: Dec 16, 2020

    It has been wonderful to see how people across our communities have stepped in this year to help others who are struggling as a result of the pandemic. Recently I've been asked a number of times how people can help out to make this Christmas better for local families and individuals who are continuing to struggle. I'm pleased to say that there are lots of ways you can get help and donate to help others - I've collated as many as I can here. Please feel free to share.

  • Walnut Bridge 1
    Article: Dec 14, 2020

    Work has begun today (Monday 14 December) on the new Walnut Bridge, which will create a wider bridge
    across the River Wey and a landscaped plaza to offer an improved route into the town centre for pedestrians and cyclists.

    The project, which links Walnut Tree Close at the train station to Bedford Plaza, will be a safer alternative to the
    crowded pavements of Bridge Street for all those who use the route. It will also offer safer access to the town for the new residents who will be moving into accommodation further down Walnut Tree Close.

    The first stage of the project sees Bedford Plaza close, but the existing Walnut Bridge will remain open and access through to Guildford train station will still be possible via a marked route.

    The bridge is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.

    Deputy Leader of the Council, and Ward Councillor for Friary and St Nicolas, Cllr Caroline Reeves says:

    "I'm pleased that work can now begin to improve this area of Guildford, which will improve our already vibrant and prosperous town centre. The new, wider and more accessible bridge will offer a safer route into the town for pedestrians and cyclists, avoiding the narrow pavement on Bridge Street, which has been an accident black spot. It will also improve railway station and riverside access and transform Bedford Plaza.

    "The plans are a key part of our Town Centre Regeneration Strategy and active transport initiatives. As more people look to reduce their impact on the environment, improving the options for walkers and cyclists is a priority for the Council as part of our plans to address climate change, reduce reliance on cars and alleviate congestion in the Town Centre."

    She continues: "The bridge is fully DDA-compliant and will be of particular benefit to residents in the Walnut Tree
    Close area and the students and staff who frequently walk to and from County School. It will be the first new bridge in the town in many years and will also include a sweeping ramp and steps down to the Plaza which will open up and transform the whole area. The new landscaping around the site will complement the structure and ensure the space is welcoming and encourages people to not only walk and cycle from the station into the town centre but to use the area as somewhere to sit and relax."

    As part of the scheme other improvements include new lighting and a newly-landscaped Bedford Plaza. The design includes places to sit and enjoy a peaceful moment at any time of day.

    The scheme is a key part of the Council's Town Centre Regeneration Strategy and Sustainable Movement Corridor initiatives and will include improving station and riverside access for pedestrians and cyclists, new landscaping, public art and open space for community events.

  • Fresh food with a caption that says:
    Article: Dec 8, 2020

    Today the Tory administration at Surrey County Council used its own amendment to vote down a Lib Dem motion that would have prioritised child food poverty in Surrey. If approved, the original proposed by Cllr Fiona White and seconded by Cllr Will Forster, would have committed the Council to taking the small, albeit valuable steps of ensuring the availability of breakfast clubs at Surrey schools as well as to lobbying central government for changes to the welfare system.

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