• Cllr Angela Goodwin out litter picking
    Article: Jul 17, 2020

    Covid-19 and the Council

    Our councillors have been working harder than ever to assist Guildford's shops, museums and institutions facing financial strain during this Covid-crisis. Both Guildford and Surrey County councils have been meeting costs far bigger than the Conservative Government grants received so far, leading to shortfalls of £9.6 million in Guildford Borough and £20.6 million for Surrey County.

  • Cllr Fiona White
    Article: Jul 9, 2020
    By Fiona White - Guildford Borough Council Cllr for Westborough & Surrey County Councillor for Guildford West

    I have been in favour of reorganising local government for a long time. The two-tier system worked well in the past but I believe that it is no longer fit for purpose especially now that the internet makes communication so much easier.

    But, and it's a big but, I have to ask why the government has suddenly seen the light just as the country is trying to recover from the Covid19 pandemic. Local councils at both levels have been in the front line of providing services to our residents. County and borough councils have worked well together. They have coordinated with voluntary and faith groups. Many officers have had to work in areas of services they are not used to. Senior staff have taken on unfamiliar responsibilities. We need to recognise how much we have relied on them, officers and political leaders, to get us through this.

  • Zöe Franklin, Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson for Guildford, Cranleigh & our Villages
    Article: Jul 8, 2020

    Responding to news from Surrey County Council Leader Tim Oliver's speech to Surrey's County Councillors yesterday, Parliamentary Spokesperson for Guildford, Cranleigh and our Villages, Zöe Franklin said:

    "I am deeply concerned by news that Surrey County Council's Conservative leadership intend to pursue a unitary authority to replace Surrey's County and Borough/District councils in advance of the Government White Paper expected in the Autumn. Having spoken to Lib Dem County Councillors the first they knew of this was late Monday afternoon, and Guildford Borough Council leader Cllr Caroline Reeves has advised that she had no prior notice either.

  • County Hall
    Article: Jul 7, 2020

    Figures published by Surrey County Council and available on the Surrey-I website have revealed a huge rise in the cost of senior officer pay in just 12 months.

    The information published by the authority in accordance with the Local Government Transparency Code 2015 has revealed that the number of its officers earning over £50,000 has increased from 407 in 2018/19 to 558 in 2019/20. The number of those being paid between £50,000 - 54,999 has increased from 127 to 212. A greater increase is seen in the £60,000 - £64,999 pay bracket where the number of officers has jumped from 49 to 154. In total the pay bill for all senior employees has risen by around £10m.

  • Cllrs Julia McShane, James Steel & Fiona White at King's College Play Park
    Article: Jul 4, 2020

    Welcome to the first of our new monthly updates on what we've been doing on behalf of residents in Westborough ward and Guildford West recently.

    We also want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of you for the way that everyone has pulled together to help others get through this difficult time. Over the last few months, it's become clearer than ever that this is an incredibly active and caring community and we are honoured to serve as its councillors.

  • Guildford Borough Council's Play Safe Guidelines
    Article: Jul 3, 2020

    With the country slowly emerging from lockdown, news that Guildford Borough Council is to re-open its 66 playgrounds and outdoor gyms from Saturday 4th July has been welcomed by Guildford Liberal Democrats.

    The Council announced the news on Friday asking families using the areas to 'Play Safe' and follow the Council's guidelines based on the government's Coronavirus (Covid-19) guidance.

  • Paul Kennedy with Lib Dem stake board
    Article: Jun 29, 2020

    Paul Kennedy, a Mole Valley councillor and Liberal Democrat candidate to be Surrey's next Police and Crime Commissioner, has called on David Munro, the current PCC, to give Surrey Police extra resources to address the increasing problems caused by visitors to our beauty spots during the lockdown.

    The call comes after the A24 near Denbies was used as a car meet for two weekends running, with little police interference. Drivers showed off their modified vehicles by speeding and driving inconsiderately, narrowly missing other vehicles, and firing noisy and polluting exhausts. This follows similar problems with motorbikes racing, and meets in other parts of the county.

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