Zöe's Blog

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

  • Year of Green - Greener Transport
    Article: Feb 4, 2022
    By Zoe Franklin

    After sharing my last article, one local resident challenged me to publish my annual mileage by car to demonstrate my sustainability. I'm not going to do that mostly because if I did it would be for 2021 and, to be frank, that will not be a true reflection of how much I use my car because we were still in the midst of Covid restrictions for much of the year. However, I am going to take up the challenge this month and be completely honest with you about my transport habits.

  • Failure of rape victims
    Article: Jan 31, 2022
    By Zoe Franklin

    Recent figures from the Ministry of Justice reveal that more than 1,300 rape cases across the country are waiting to be brought before the Crown Court - evidence of the growing backlog in the Justice system.

    In total there are 1,336 cases involving charges of rape waiting to be heard. Of these, 289 are still ongoing more than a year after reaching the courts, and the average case now takes more than 14 months (435 days) from charge to completion.

  • Jan - eco products insta
    Article: Jan 26, 2022
    By Zoe Franklin

    This year I've found that January has flown by, have you? I ask because it feels like it was just yesterday that I shared on social media that my family and I would be committing in 2022 to try and be even more green in our choices, and now it's almost the end of the month! Surely I can't be the only person bemused by this?

  • Article: Jan 24, 2022

    As many residents will be aware, Guildford Cathedral and the housing developer Vivid submitted their planning application for 124 homes on the slopes of the Cathedral to Guildford Borough Council. Consultation on the application is still open and comments need to be submitted no later than 28th January.

  • Zöe Franklin 2021
    Article: Jan 7, 2022

    Zöe Franklin, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Guildford, Cranleigh and the surrounding area, has today written to the Secretary of State for Energy, Kwasi Kwarteng, demanding that he backs the Liberal Democrat's call for a "Robin Hood" tax on the super-profits of oil and gas firms, to raise money to support local families facing soaring energy costs.

  • Concerned lady
    Article: Dec 28, 2021
    By Zoe Franklin

    Rising energy prices have been the topic of many news stories recently and a new analysis by the Liberal Democrats has shown that families face dramatically higher energy bills this Christmas. A whopping £100 million more than the same week-long period between Christmas and New Year in 2020 - definitely not a welcome Christmas gift. And one that will leave many families with the devastating choice between eating and heating - in sharp contrast to the Number 10 parties and Boris Johnson's posh wallpaper.

  • Zöe Franklin on High Street, Guildford
    Article: Dec 3, 2021

    Small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities yet the Conservative Government is crippling them with planned increases in National Insurance contributions from the new year. Here in Guildford and Cranleigh these rises will impact an estimated 2,000 small businesses and entrepreneurs and cost them a massive £5.1million.

  • Letter to Surrey PCC 11.21
    Article: Nov 12, 2021

    Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson for Guildford and Cranleigh Zöe Franklin has written to Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner Lisa Townsend urging her to use her position to lobby the Conservative Government to ensure that a proposed information campaign aimed at the perpetrators of violence against women and girls goes ahead as soon as possible.

  • Tories won't stop dumping sewage
    Article: Nov 9, 2021
    By Zoe Franklin

    Last month the cross-party peer, the Duke of Wellington, put forward an amendment to the Government's Environment Bill recommending that a legal duty should be introduced on water companies and Government itself to demonstrate progressive reductions in discharges of untreated sewage and would require them to "take all reasonable steps" to avoid using combined sewer overflows. These overflows see our rivers, lakes and seas polluted with sewage and other human waste, something that is completely unacceptable. This amendment was voted down by Conservatives in the House of Commons on 20th October 2021.

  • Time to end sewage overflow
    Article: Nov 7, 2021
    By Zoe Franklin

    It was clear at the Lib Dem organised protest in Guildford on 30th October, that people are angry at the prospect of raw sewage flowing into the River Wey and other local rivers. And rightly so.

    As I shared in my speech at that protest, in 2020 sewage flowed into local rivers and watercourses for approximately 1789 hours - and that's just at the sites that have monitoring equipment. This is an increase of 698 hours from 2019 and it's all from local water company Thames Water's facilities. As a result, the River Wey, as it flows through Guildford and Waverley Boroughs. is one of the 23% worst impacted rivers in the country.