Zöe's Blog

Read what Zöe Franklin has to say on topical local and national issues:

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Alexander Dennis graphic
    Article: Aug 20, 2020
    By Zöe Franklin

    News today that Alexander Dennis is to consult on plans to cut 650 jobs, including 200 at their factory in Guildford, will come as a shock to the people of Guildford. The Dennis brand is hugely significant to our town both in terms of employment and also historically.

    Founded in 1895, for much of the 20th century Dennis Brothers was Guildford's main employer. Today, its factory on Slyfield Industrial Estate employs hundreds of skilled manufacturing workers and is at the forefront of the green transport revolution.

  • UC Increase Mar-Jul 2020
    Article: Aug 11, 2020
    By Zoe Franklin

    Last Friday the BBC broke the news that since March there has been an 81% increase in people claiming benefits. Sad, but unsurprising given that March marked the start of the coronavirus lockdown. However, a few paragraphs in, the stats from the BBC were even more devastating - in Guildford the increase has been a jaw-dropping 148%.

  • Zöe visits local aesthetician Sophia Wyatt to discuss post-lockdown reopening
    Article: Jul 27, 2020
    By Zoe Franklin

    A few weeks ago a local business owner, Sophia Wyatt of Sophia Wyatt Aesthetics, reached out to me by email to highlight the issues being faced by the beauty industry, which at the time was being prevented from reopening whilst hairdressers and barbers had already been given the green light to open their doors.

  • Child at computer (Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash)
    Article: May 30, 2020

    Over the past few weeks, there has been much discussion on whether certain year groups should return to school on 1st June. During that time I have organised a survey to better understand local people's views on the issue, and alongside our councillors have been following up the questions raised on the issue by you.

  • Pen and paper (Photo by Chandler Cruttenden on Unsplash)
    Article: Apr 16, 2020
    By Zoe Franklin
    Today (16th April) I have written to local MP Angela Richardson raising three issues relating to the coronavirus outbreak. I am sharing a copy of the text of the letter below.

    Update: I am grateful to Angela Richardson for her swift response to my questions and include these below the text of my letter.
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    Article: Apr 12, 2020
    By Zoe Franklin

    Whether you working in a hospital, care home, supermarket or other frontline roles, or you are home alone or with family, these are difficult times. More than ever we need to be looking after ourselves and others, our physical health and mental health.

    It isn't always comfortable to share how we are feeling but I encourage you to do just that, especially if you are struggling.

  • Article: Oct 8, 2019
    By Zoe Franklin

    The reinstatement of in-patient services for Cranleigh has been a long fight. For over a decade now the residents of Cranleigh have campaigned and fundraised with this goal in mind. It should be obvious then why the application by Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust currently under review by Waverley Borough Council for the site at Knowle Lane is such a disappointment - it simply does not fulfill the the people of Cranleigh's quest.

  • Surgeons in operating theatre
    Article: Sep 23, 2019
    By Zoe Franklin

    While listening to the people of Guildford and Cranleigh, on the doorstep and on the High Street, over the past three years there are two topics that come up without fail - Brexit and the NHS.

    Our health and social health services are at a crisis point in the UK. They have been at that point for years now and it is a credit to our brilliant healthcare workers that our NHS has continued to take care of millions of us every year. However, the UK's healthcare provisions are getting less reliable every year. Waiting times have increased, staff feel undervalued and patient care is suffering. Our social care is severely underfunded and we are failing our elderly population. Our mental health services are severely underfunded and we are failing those we need to support.