Thanks to the 160+ supporters, Anne Milton MP and 9 Councillors from GBC, who attended the GVG Public Meeting last Tuesday, 28th August. For those who were not able to come, please click on this link to the slides which set out our reaction to two very important documents which will decide the future development of Guildford Town Centre:
These two documents are scheduled to be adopted by Guildford Borough Council at the Executive Meeting on 6th September, following a very brief consultation period. GVG has prepared a Briefing Document which will be issued to all Councillors prior to 6th September, and will urge the Council to withdraw these two documents and to delay the consideration of the Waitrose application until major traffic studies have been carried out. GVG will also urge the Council to engage master planners to produce a long term visionary master plan for the town.
We have also written to the Lead Councillor, Tony Rooth, urging him directly to adopt this course of action.
Further, for your information and guidance, we have conducted a comparison of the Town Centre Master Plan and its successor, the new Town Centre Interim Framework Document. This comparison highlights critical changes, including dropping safeguarded areas that hitherto preserved options for new road and bridge links to remedy the crucial underlying problem of traffic congestion.
What can you do next?
- Come along to the Executive Meeting on 6th September, 7.00pm at Guildford Borough Council Offices.
- Contact your Ward Councillor and express your concerns over the future of our town.
- Write to the Case Officer, Joanna Bell, with your views on the Waitrose application – it’s not too late.
And in the meanwhile, please follow the news articles in the local media e.g. The Guildford Dragon News and The Surrey Advertiser.
THIS IS A CRITICAL TIME FOR GUILDFORD AND THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW.