• Zoe By Bridge
    Article: Jun 18, 2021

    Guildford Liberal Democrats
    Contact: Zöe Franklin
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    Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Guildford and Cranleigh Zöe Franklin has hailed a stunning victory in Chesham & Amersham by-election and insisted "if it can happen there it can happen here in Guildford too".

  • Article: Jun 17, 2021

    Back in late January, Guildford Borough Council (GBC) finished the planting of a range of new trees and shrubs at Stoughton Recreation Ground. They range from fruit trees, from which the community will be able to pick when ready, and a variety of trees such as Field Maple and Goat Willow.

    The plan came out of an initiative from Surrey's Greener Future Design Challenge where Emmanuel Stoughton's Eco Church Group suggested planting at the Recreation Ground. The plan was later picked up by Surrey County Council, the Royal Horticultural Society, the Department of Housing and, Communities and Local Government, and Guildford Borough Council. All these organisations provided grant funding to ensure this important project would go ahead.

  • Article: Jun 17, 2021
    By Cllr Will Salmon

    Jubilee Gardens is not the best-known landmark in Onslow Village. For the last few years you could be forgiven for thinking of it as an unremarkable patch of wilderness nestling between the village phone box (now a community library) and the driveway to the recreation ground.

    But if you look closer at the plaque on the stone wall between the benches you will learn that these gardens were originally leased to the Community by Guildford Borough Council (then Guildford Corporation) in June 1977 to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth.

    Colourful flower beds were looked after by residents for a number of years, but at some point the regular maintenance became less regular, the lease expired and the area became an overgrown patch of ivy and weeds, lacking in shape or definition.

    All that is set to change with work already started on a revitalisation of Jubilee Gardens by the Onslow Village Residents Association (OVRA) in a project led energetically by Angela Joule and Steve Mills, along with support from Lib Dem ward councillors and Guildford Borough Council. Already the team has removed the overgrown weeds and ivy (except in trees which must be left alone for bird nesting season) and GBC Parks team have taken away huge amounts of green waste and given excellent advice on suitable plants for the new beds. Onslow Jubilee Gaden OVRA

    Last Monday 7th June, I joined a crew of volunteers (see photo from L to R : Brendan O'Dwyer, myself, Ray Briggs, Steve Mills, Neil and Caroline Munson) in digging earth and laying out dozens of felled tree trunks that will form the perimeter boundary of the planting beds. We also laid a membrane to prevent future weeds from getting into the bedding area. It was a great morning, and I was introduced to some gardening techniques that I have never seen before (I thought pick-axes were only for mining!).

    Next steps will be the actual planting, and OVRA are sourcing a variety of shrubs, plants and flowers to make a visually stunning garden to be ready by late Summer. A special mention to Squires and to Daniel Lowe Tree Surgeons for their generous support to this initiative. The wooden benches and stone walls will also receive a long-overdue steam clean, and a new plaque will be installed to celebrate the Centenary of Onslow Village.

    Last year, Onslow Village marked 100 years since its creation. In 1920, the 5th Earl of Onslow sold the land at a fraction of its market value to help establish a 'garden city' and provide working families with decent housing following the First World War. Today, the village with its distinctive cottages and beech hedges remains true to Ebenezer Howard's Garden City vision, and residents such as the Onslow Village Residents Association take great pride in keeping the community spirit alive through events, talks, and activities all year round.

    Due to Coronavirus, last year's planned celebrations of Onslow's Centenary were cancelled. So, just like the Olympics and the Euros, it is happening this year instead and will be even better!

    OVRA are planning for a special party in September to celebrate the Centenary and we are hoping to have the Mayor/Deputy Mayor attend to officially open the newly revitalised Jubilee Gardens. The party will be a family occasion in the spirit of the original Jubilee celebrations that would have originally taken place back in 1977!

  • Happy Pride
    Article: Jun 9, 2021
    By Zöe Franklin

    June is not just the time of year when we start getting more sunshine, longer days and all the fun that Summer brings with it.

    June is LGBTQ+ Pride month.

    The Guildford Liberal Democrat team would like to wish everyone a Happy Pride. We believe, as a party, that no one should face discrimination because of who they are or who they love and we will fight along side the LGBTQ+ community until we have true equality both locally in Guildford, across the UK and beyond.

  • Hand holding by various people
    Article: Jun 8, 2021

    This Carers Week, the Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to provide emergency funding to give carers a break from dramatically increased caring responsibilities during the Covid pandemic.

    More than 108,400 people in Surrey are looking after elderly, disabled or vulnerable people. Data from Carers UK shows 64% of carers have not been able to take any sort of a break during the pandemic.

  • Run Common Rd Cranleigh
    Article: Jun 7, 2021
    By Cllr Ruth Reed

    "Newly tarmacked road leads to Badger Sett, Bridge and DNA of Great Crested Newts… delays, you could not make it up…"

    "Run Common Road, out of Cranleigh is still closed."

    'What exactly are Surrey County Council doing to enable Residents to access Run Common Road as one of only two roads out to a main A road, the A281?"

  • School children
    Article: Jun 7, 2021

    Schools across Surrey are set to lose £1.1 million in funding for the most disadvantaged pupils in the county following the Government's decision to alter the method of calculating pupil premium funding.

    The pupil premium, which aims to close the attainment gap by providing extra money to pupils eligible for free school meals, was a flagship reform introduced by the Lib Dems in Government in 2011.

  • Article: Jun 6, 2021

    Liberal Democrats in Guildford are delivering on our 2019 local manifesto commitments on climate change, with key milestones having been achieved by this year's World Environment Day. Guildford Borough Council's carbon emissions have been cut by 43% from 2009 levels, a year ahead of schedule, and this year Guildford will see its first ever Car Free Day on 26th September.

  • Person holding world globe facing mountain (Photo by Porapak Apichodilok from Pexels)
    Article: Jun 6, 2021
    By Zoe Franklin

    Zöe Franklin, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Guildford & Cranleigh, has written to Angela Richardson, Guildford & Cranleigh's Conservative MP, urging her not to break her election commitment on international development spending by voting to abandon the UK's 0.7% of GNI target in a potential vote on 7th June.

  • Article: May 29, 2021

    The Liberal Democrats are calling for all EU citizens in the UK to be given the automatic right to stay, as new figures reveal that 490 living in Guildford are still waiting for the Home Office to process their applications - with just five weeks to go before the Government's deadline.

    The latest EU Settlement Scheme statistics show that, as of the end of March, there have been 11,250 applications from people living in Guildford, with 10,760 of these concluded.

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