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  • Cllr Julia McShane at opening of Guildford's new community fridge
    Article: Feb 25, 2020
    By Julia McShane

    Written by Cllr Julia McShane. Lib Dem Councillor for Westborough and Lead Councillor for Community Health, Wellbeing and Support on Guildford Borough Council

    How many times have you bought something from the supermarket as part of a special offer only to throw it away a few days later because it went out of date before you could use it? I know I have, and I think we are all becoming more aware of the price of that waste both in terms of the financial cost and the cost to our environment.

  • Article: Feb 12, 2020

    Guildford Liberal Democrats have hailed Guildford Borough Council's new budget as a 'good start' on delivering the promises to the residents of the borough.

    Although no party won an overall majority at the Guildford Borough Council elections in May 2019, the council has achieved a great deal in this first year by working cross-party. With Lib Dem councillor Caroline Reeves as Council Leader, the current ten-member Executive includes eight Lib Dems and two members from R4GV (Residents for Guildford and the Villages).

  • Rough sleeper outreach kit
    Article: Feb 9, 2020
    By Angela Goodwin

    Angela Goodwin writes:

    I often wonder just how many people living in our borough really know how our rough sleepers are being helped. I admit that before I became a Councillor I had very little understanding and yet we all see the evidence each day - people sleeping in our shop doorways or multi-storey car parks, used needles and empty alcohol cans / bottles.

  • LibDems at County Hall
    Article: Feb 4, 2020

    Surrey Lib Dems voted against the county council's proposed budget for 2020/21 as it would put services to vulnerable residents at further risk.

    'Every day I hear from families struggling with SEND needs, trying to get care packages for adults and those with Learning Disabilities. The County Council rations the services for vulnerable people and this budget makes that worse'.

  • Guildford's first Changing Place public toilet
    Article: Jan 27, 2020
    By Angela Goodwin

    "I've felt like a little child again bursting at the seams trying to contain my excitement whilst the first-ever Changing Places Toilet was being built in The Friary Centre. And I can hear many of you reading this asking "So, what?' It's just another accessible toilet in our town centre."

    Well, to many people who come to Guildford this new facility will be life-changing for the people they care for. Don't get me wrong, accessible toilets do help people with disabilities but they simply can't cater for anyone with complex needs. These may include spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, profound and multiple learning disabilities as well as many non-visible disabilities. We know from local organisations (such as Disability Challengers, Shooting Star Chase Children's Hospice, the Guildford Access Group and Surrey Disabled People's Partnership) and families that people want to spend more time in Guildford Town Centre but are unable to do so as they don't have the right toilet facilities available for the people they care for.

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