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A better Guildford for businesses and people

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Come and See a Better Guildford
At 7.45pm on Wednesday 15 March at the University of Surrey, Guildford Vision Group (GVG) will hold a second public meeting for the launch of its Town Centre Plan.
Please do attend.

All business leaders, businesses, organisations and people concerned that Guildford remains competitive should attend. You will see how the town centre could be revitalised, regenerated and set on a course for success.

The public meeting is in the main Lecture Theatre of the Rik Medlik building at the University of Surrey, Stag Hill campus, 7.45pm on Wednesday 15 March 2017. Parking is free in the adjacent car park.

More information about this event can be found at: http://bit.ly/NewMeeting

Businesses Need a Better Guildford
If Guildford is to remain competitive then major change and improvements need to happen. We need a modern centre with 21st century standards. Guildford must be a place that is looking to the future in a highly competitive world.

GVG was formed over five years ago to lobby for a better planned town centre.

We are a group of local residents from the built environment professions and our objectives include addressing key issues faced by businesses and residents in the town, with congestion and housing high on the agenda.

A better planned town centre is good for Guildford businesses. More and better business space, landscaped public squares and thoroughfares, all embracing a revitalised riverside. It has to set standards that will attract more companies and attract the best staff.

A serious ambition must be to create a proper transport hub at the railway station to make journeys easier and more reliable for your customers and staff alike.

GVG has also calculated that over 2,500 new homes, including affordable, can be sited close by the centre in sustainable development that can serve business and feed the town centre economy with space for modern amenities such as fitness centres, cafes, restaurants, art galleries and hotels.

The Story So Far
GVG began by lobbying for a professional Masterplan for the town centre after decades of inactivity.

Guildford Borough Council (GBC) agreed, and urban practitioners Allies & Morrison (A&M) were appointed.

The A&M Plan set out a vision with a number of engaging themes to address and enhance some of the less attractive aspects of our town centre. But its mandate did not include in any depth the infrastructure deficit and congestion, or the ambition of all leading towns to have significant traffic free areas for residents and visitors.

Planning Status of Council Initiatives
In March 2016 GBC approved the A&M masterplan but crucially did not adopt it. Thus it has no planning status.

Similarly, this January, GBC launched its Town Centre Regeneration Strategy (TCRS) which picked up on many of the themes of the A&M study. But again, crucially, GBC has not legally adopted its TCRS. It describes it as ‘aspirational’, which is fine, but documents with no planning status have little significance.

The much-delayed new Local Plan still remains to be finally consulted on, examined by a Planning Inspector and adopted (or not) but it addresses few of the town centre issues, threats or opportunities.

Guildford remains vulnerable to piecemeal, opportunistic development with little chance to gain the big community wins that can come from a large-scale, comprehensive scheme.

What GVG Has Done to Date
From the outset GVG has promoted a pro-growth agenda, facing opposition from those who feel the town does not need to embrace growth or adopt challenging radical improvements to rail, road, bus, cycle and pedestrian routes. There has also been needless fear that Guildford’s historic fabric might somehow be damaged.

But GVG’s strength is that it is composed of long-term residents deeply committed to the town and its future. Public support has grown.

On Feb 1 this year we attracted over 400 people to our presentation, with almost unanimous support for the proposal, and more than 10,000 have viewed the event’s streamed broadcast.

The Benefits of the GVG Plan for Guildford Businesses and People
GVG determined to draw up its own Plan for the town centre in the absence of progress in addressing the key issues. It wanted to see what might be possible.

With the help of nationally-renowned David Leonard, of Leonard Design Architects, GVG has produced a very detailed Plan that incorporates most of, if not all, the ‘wins’ for a better town centre and appropriate for a leading business centre.

It addresses the six objectives, the benefits, GVG set itself for any scheme:

  1. Wider pedestrianisation of the town centre
  2. Exciting new public space and a reinvigorated riverside
  3. Redirection of traffic away from the town centre
  4. An integrated road and rail hub
  5. More town centre housing
  6. A new and better East-West link

These objectives had been derived from research, public consultation and professional input from a number of respected, qualified businesses, as well as from the contribution of the current 18 person GVG Steering Group. The benefits are substantial.

The New East/West Crossing
The fundamental infrastructure centrepiece of the GVG Plan is a new East/West crossing, connecting York Road roundabout with the Guildford Park Road area, across the river and railway.

The new crossing is the real enabler. It diverts traffic around the core of the town and removes the need for the infamous gyratory. It provides a new and better east west connection to the station and for vehicles buses cycles and foot traffic.

It enables a range of key developments in the town. It reunites town and riverside, with the latter opened up for people to enjoy. It allows pedestrians to have priority in the centre. It allows Onslow St to host comprehensive bus facilities and creates an essential transport hub at the railway station. So the crossing is crucial.

The GVG Steering Group
The core GVG working group is almost entirely made up of long-term residents with extensive professional experience.

The very relevant skills and experience pool of the GVG Steering Group includes property development & investment, property law & economics, transport & infrastructure, architecture & town planning, civil engineering, national development agency, heritage, arts & education.

Members of the group have held senior positions in their field, including senior legal appointment, chair, senior partner, chief executive officer & managing director. Almost all have had direct profit responsibility.

GVG is independent, and has no political affiliations or vested interests. It lobbies and wants to work collaboratively with all parties and interests, both public and private, in pursuit of a better Guildford.

GVG Calls For Action and Open Debate
Guildford must get its act together now in the interests of business, residents, Surrey and the South East.

Let’s have the debate. Continuing congestion, an absence of ambition and delays and ad hoc development will just mean further deterioration.

Guildford businesses and people will vote with their feet. Some have already done so. Record accidents and pollution continue.

Last week in a global study Guildford was listed 6th worst for congestion in the U.K.

That’s not good for our international image. It is shown as the worst town after the major conurbations. The cost to motorists is estimated at £45million pa.

Your support matters. Only Guildford Council can set in train the features and benefits we seek, via a carefully crafted strategy and professional ‘big ticket’ delivery vehicle.

You can visit a ‘flythrough’ of our Plan at http://bit.ly/GVG_Flythrough

If you find you like our Plan please write to your local councillor and demand proper scrutiny of the options and support for ambitious ideas.

Our New Website
We’ve revamped our website with more information and help for you in writing to your councillors – please do look around.

And do get in contact with us through our Contact page, or email us at: action@guildfordvisiongroup.com , if you would like any further information or would like to help us in our campaign for a better Guildford.

Please do come to our public meeting at Surrey University at 7.45pm on Wednesday March 15 to find out more about how Guildford can be developed for the better for businesses, residents and visitors, and to have your questions answered.  

Public meeting at University of Surrey 15 March 2017 – your chance to see Guildford Vision Group’s new plans

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YOU ARE INVITED – Guildford Vision Group meeting at University of Surrey

Event: Additional public meeting to launch the Guildford Vision Group’s detailed Town Centre Plan

Venue: Main Lecture Theatre, Rik Medlik Building, University of Surrey Stag Hill Campus, GU2 7XH

Date: Wednesday 15 March 2017

Time: 7.45pm

Parking: Free parking on campus site, close by Rik Medlik Building

We’re holding another meeting to introduce the GVG Town Centre Plan. Please do come!

We know quite a number of people were unable to make our previous event because of work, parking and other reasons so we’ve set up this second showing.

David Leonard, of Leonard Design Architects, will again present our exciting and ambitious Plan to make the town centre much more pedestrian- friendly and transform the riverside.

We will also cover some of the questions and points raised at the first meeting on Feb 1 so you’re very welcome to come to see the presentation again.

You can download a copy of the invitation to this public meeting here>>

and learn more about GVG’s objectives for its Plan in this useful handout here>>.

All parking and visitor info can be found at http://www.surrey.ac.uk/visit-university

Public meeting: March 2017

Launch of Guildford Vision Group’s Revitalising Town Centre Plan

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On Wednesday 1 February 2017, in front of nearly 400 residents in a packed hall, Guildford Vision Group (GVG) launched its plan to revitalise Guildford town centre.

Many others watched the live streaming from the Millmead Baptist Centre, carried by Get Surrey on its Facebook page, with nearly 9,000 hits already for the recording.

The detailed Plan, drawn up by David Leonard and his team at internationally-recognised Leonard Design Architects, picks up on the themes of Guildford Borough Council’s approved Masterplan.

GVG was instrumental in persuading the Council to commission the Masterplan which, interestingly, has not been adopted as planning policy.

Crossing
Central to GVG’s Plan is creating a new East/West crossing linking York Road with Guildford Park Road. The new link is the core of a new road layout that takes traffic away from the town centre allowing much more of the centre, including the riverside and right up to the station, to be better pedestrianised.

The GVG Plan delivers five new squares, two acres of open space, and 1500 metres of revitalised riverside around a redeveloped Town Wharf.

Bold
“The Plan is a bold one, it’s ambitious,” says John Rigg, GVG chairman. “The new bridge, for instance, delivers huge benefits. At a stroke, it tackles the considerable infrastructure deficit in the town centre.
“The questionnaire, completed by over half of the attendees, revealed 94% supported the new East/West crossing and 92% supported the new route for traffic that would leave the centre free for pedestrians.
“Over 75% liked all or most of the GVG Plan – that’s great support for the proposals that tackle the infrastructure deficit of decades and free up the town from through traffic.
“They’re a forerunner to creating new residential quarters and commercial space in a regenerated town centre.”

Significant
The GVG Plan delivers significant development.

It creates nearly 3,000 new homes plus commercial, leisure and retail opportunities – with a considerable uplift in business rates and council tax, as well as employment, through the scope for new businesses and activities.

The GVG Plan area is mostly away from the historic core and poses little threat to the town’s heritage.

It respects Guildford’s well-loved setting and views. Indeed GVG claims that its Plan brings much need investment to tired areas which have unexciting mixed use, along with unappealing design and architecture.

These areas are occupied mostly by ageing government buildings and surface car parks.

Network Rail also could frustrate the £2bn regeneration project if it is not open to cooperation with the town.

Opportunity
GVG sees its Plan as a ‘once in a generation’ opportunity to really make a difference to the centre of town and to banish cars away from the riverside and infamous gyratory.

See a spectacular ‘fly through’ and commentary on the Plan at http://bit.ly/2GVG_Video

GVG has presented its Plan to the Guildford Borough Executive, councillors and officers.

It is now waiting to see if the Borough Council will want to give serious consideration to its Plan, which incorporates all of the Council’s regeneration ideas.

Delivery
GVG hopes it will lead to the Plan’s adoption as planning policy and beyond to delivery.

GVG’s next goal is to advance the study of the viability, funding and deliverability of the phases of the project. It will also seek a consensus on the most suitable vehicle which might deliver coordinated town centre regeneration on the scale envisaged and illustrated by its Plan.

This could be by way of a development corporation, Town Council or an Area Action Plan under current planning legislation all of which are used by other councils across the U.K.

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Notes for Editors 1. Guildford Vision Group (GVG) was formed five years ago with the sole purpose of promoting Guildford’s urgent need for a long term vision in which the sustainable vitality of the town and its enterprise is ensured for the next 30 years and beyond. GVG is independent, and has no political affiliations or vested interests

2. Leonard Design Architects is an 80-strong practice with offices in London, Nottingham, Kuala Lumpur and Melbourne. Its work ranges from designing large scale master plans and major mixed use developments (including public transport interchanges) to smaller developments in sensitive and historic locations. Notable developments undertaken include Westfield London and Stratford City. It is currently working on major developments in London and the UK, plus in Ireland, Norway, Denmark, Poland, Italy, Korea, Malaysia and Australia.

Guildford Vision Group fly through – video of new plans for Guildford

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Take a bird’s eye view of exciting new 3D plans for Guildford town centre with this Guildford Vision Group fly through from Leonard Design Architects

Watch our video fly through of the new Masterplan which opens up the riverside and makes the town centre safer and more enjoyable with open spaces, squares and pedestrianisation.

Please note that this is computer generated imagery, it is not a detailed or finalised view.

In real life, of course, the open spaces will feature flowers, shrubs, lawns, sculptures and fountains, and the buildings will be designed with architecture and materials to work with their surroundings.

Please do visit our How You Can Help page to see how YOU can make a difference to turning this vision into reality.

Guildford Vision Group fly through video:

Watch the video of the launch of Guildford Vision Group’s plans for Guildford, Surrey, town centre

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Guildford Vision Group video of Masterplan launch event

Guildford Vision Group launched its plans for creating a better Guildford by pedestrianising the town centre and opening up the riverside at an event attended by hundreds of people, and watched on live streaming by thousands more, on Wednesday 1 February 2017.

Here you can watch the Guildford Vision Group video recording of this great event to see the Group’s plans and experience a remarkable three dimensional ‘fly through’ of how the town centre could look, preserving the historic parts of Guildford, yet also enabling the creation of new squares, open spaces, shops and restaurants.

PLEASE DO LET US HAVE YOUR FEEDBACK USING THE FORM ON THE CONTACT US PAGE, and let us know if you would like this plan to be progressed with Guildford Borough Council.

Many thanks to Guildford-based Media On Demand for their fantastic work in managing the streaming with the getsurrey news website.

Video of Guildford Vision Group launch of its plans for Guildford, Surrey, 1 February 2017

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Hundreds of people attended, and thousands watched the livestreaming of the launch of Guildford Vision Group’s plans for pedestrianising the town centre and opening up the riverside to create a better Guildford for residents, workers and visitors.

Here you can watch the event recorded from the live stream.

Guildford-based Media On Demand enabled the livestreaming, working in association with news website getsurrey, and we would like to thank both for their outstanding help and involvement in making it happen.

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Community invited to unveiling of Guildford Vision Group’s detailed Town Plan on 1st February

Community invited to unveiling of Guildford Vision Group’s detailed Town Plan on 1st February 800 566 admin

Residents, employers and other members of the community are invited to attend the public unveiling of Guildford Vision Group’s (GVG) new town centre Plan on 1st February at The Baptist Millmead Centre, Millmead, Guildford, GU2 4BE from 7.00-8.30pm.

GVG has been working with David Leonard of Leonard Design Architects, a nationally-respected architectural and design practice, to develop in more detail the themes and vision of a masterplan for Guildford.

An initial masterplan was commissioned and approved by Guildford Borough Council early last year but has yet to be adopted as part of formal planning policy.

Share ideas
GVG will share its ideas for development with the public at the open meeting and David Leonard will describe the features and benefits of the GVG Plan.

The meeting will discuss how the Plan can shape the town centre for the better.

The new masterplan includes greater – and safer – space for pedestrians in the town centre and the redevelopment of the riverside. It offers leisure, retail and employment opportunities fit for today’s world in an environment that complements Guildford’s heritage.

New housing
It also delivers much-needed new housing in the centre of the town.

A new crossing over the railway that takes traffic around, rather than through, the town centre is integral to the new masterplan, making Guildford safer for pedestrians and less polluted.

A study by local consultancy Motion, endorses this concept and shows this to be the best solution for re-arranging central traffic routes.

The new crossing enables better access to town and station and greater reliability. It helps deliver an integrated transport network designed to encourage people to use their cars less.

A beautiful town centre
John Rigg, Chairman of the Guildford Vision Group, said: “The Guildford Vision Group wants to see a beautiful town centre and regenerated riverside created with people in mind. Right now we have no town square, few fully pedestrianised streets, and limited space for people to sit and enjoy the river. Roads are clogged with traffic and it is difficult for businesses to flourish.

“Our new Town Plan addresses all these aspects and more, and we encourage residents, businesses and the wider community to come along and hear more about our vision.

“There are now new development and project teams in place at the Council, and we look forward to active discussions with them about how the goals of the plan can be achieved successfully. Guildford has to get it right to survive.”

Campaign
The Guildford Vision Group was formed in 2012 to campaign for a holistic approach to the development of Guildford, one based on people and placemaking rather than piecemeal expansion. While Guildford Borough Council created a Masterplan for the town in 2015, it has yet to commit to delivering it. GVG continues to work to ensure the best elements of GBC’s Masterplan are put into action but its own Plan – to be unveiled at the public meeting – recommends key changes.

The Baptist Millmead Centre is located in Millmead, Guildford, GU2 4BE. For further information email GVG Campaign Manager, Yvonka Wilkinson on action@guildfordvisiongroup.com

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Issued by: Property House Marketing – 01483 561119 lisa@housegroup.co.uk

Notes for Editors

Guildford Vision Group (GVG) formed in 2012 as a response to Guildford Borough Council’s initial draft Town Centre Framework, to argue the urgent need of a long-term vision for the development of Guildford, one in which the sustainable vitality of the town and its enterprise is ensured. GVG is independent, and has no affiliations or vested interests. Further information is available at www.guildfordvisiongroup.com

 

 

Guildford Vision Group’s New East/West Crossing Would Enable Better Bus Policy Delivery

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PRESS RELEASE

Guildford Vision Group (GVG) says its proposal for a new East/West crossing from York Road to Guildford Park Road would offer possibly the best option for bus travellers in the centre of town by freeing up Onslow Street for comprehensive bus halt facilities.

GVG generally supports the bus halts policy proposals on the agenda for the Guildford Borough Council
(GBC) Executive meeting on Tuesday 3 January 2017.

However, GVG reiterates that the East/West crossing enables Onslow Street to provide replacement
interchanges in close proximity to the existing bus station. The bus station is due to close to allow the
huge North Street scheme to get underway.

John Rigg, Chairman of GVG, adds: “We support on-street bus halts, and all moves to provide a
comprehensive bus service, both to and across our town. With all the major developments looming,
such as Dunsfold, Gosden Hill Farm, Wisley and elsewhere, buses must provide a real and attractive
alternative to car usage.
“The new crossing proposed by GVG, as well as giving the centre of Guildford back to people, frees up
Onslow Street for bus halts right by the Friary, along with a more attractive, ‘active’ frontage.
Covered facilities would be possible.
“Furthermore the crossing enables the railway station, on both sides of the track, to provide a proper,
coordinated transport interchange. This is vital if our infrastructure is to catch up, let alone cope, with
the inevitable population growth in and around Guildford.”

The GBC bus options, if approved, will go out for public consultation during January.

Separately, GVG remains concerned to see that the Council is getting quality and value for money from
its transport consultants.

In the long-winded document supporting the agenda item there are some
puzzling options investigated for a new bus station. These include demolition of Debenhams for a
riverside garage and a bus station on Bright Hill!

GVG thus urges councillors to give a ‘reality check’ on value for money and the quality of reports.

Public meeting February 1 – our vision for Guildford’s town centre

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YOU are invited to our next public meeting where we will reveal our exciting new plans for Guildford’s town centre.

It’s on Wednesday 1 February 2017 at The Millmead Centre (next to the Baptist Church), 24 Bury Fields, Millmead, Guildford GU2 4AZ at 7.00pmPLEASE DO ATTEND and bring friends, family, work colleagues and anyone you know who is interested and cares about how our town is developed!

Our plans take the original A&M Masterplan on to deliver a town centre and beautiful riverside pedestrianised for people – working, shopping, eating, relaxing – and fit for the 21st century.

Come and share our excitement and see for yourself where great ideas can take our lovely town.

PUT THE DATE IN YOUR DIARY NOW and find out more in our December 2016 newsletter here>

New leaflet from Guildford Vision Group

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We have published a new leaflet setting out our aims and objectives.

Please download it here to find out more!

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Update on Guildford Vision Group

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How it all started
It’s just over four years since a group of residents formed Guildford Vision Group (GVG) with the Guildford Society’s help. The founders of GVG were concerned that our town seemed rudderless and losing its appeal as a place in which to do business, work, visit and live.

Over the past 30 years or more there had been little or no substantial town centre development or infrastructure investment of any note. The infrastructure, especially the gyratory, was very poor while demands on it were steadily increasing.

Our town centre is at risk
Cars and concrete hold sway rather than people. Buildings have turned their backs to the river. Where there is riverside space it has been given over to surface carparks. Pedestrians have a raw deal and cyclists have fared little better. The town centre remains dangerous for pedestrians, as recent fatal accidents have sadly confirmed. Air pollution in parts of the town centre is among the worst in the country.

The Council does not appear to have any coordinated plan to tackle this situation and its challenges. The town remains vulnerable to opportunistic, uncoordinated development that might frustrate broader ambitions to re-energise our town and to fashion a sustainable future for it.

Masterplan needed
GVG lobbied for a comprehensive town centre Masterplan by consultants with the relevant skills and track record. Allies & Morrison were hired and in March of this year the Council formally approved their Masterplan but, crucially, did not adopt it. It’s easy to understand why. Allies & Morrison worked to a Council brief. That brief, for example, did not include a comprehensive assessment of infrastructure needs. For example, there’s recognition that the station might be usefully redeveloped to be more of an integrated transport hub (and the site of much needed housing, sympathetic to its setting) but no outline plan to achieve it.

Tackling the gyratory
When it comes to the gyratory, the bane of our town, Allies & Morrison’s two proposed options for re-organising it require respectively a 57% or 44% reduction in traffic through ‘modal shift’, ie to get us out of our cars. This would be achieved by more park & ride sites, better bus services and even, for example, shutting the Farnham Road Bridge, currently the only East/West link in the centre, to all but buses during the two rush hours each day. How about that!

We support modal shift in principal but we have to be realistic about its feasibility in a hilly gap town with little room to manoeuvre in terms of new routes.

GVG’s six key goals
From the outset GVG has set itself six keys goals:

  1. Wider pedestrianisation of the town centre
  2. Exciting new public space and a reinvigorated riverside
  3. Redirection of traffic away from the town centre
  4. An integrated road and rail hub
  5. More town centre housing
  6. A new bridge for a better East-West link

These should be reflected in the adopted Masterplan for the town centre and, ideally, in the new Local Plan.

GVG’s developing thinking
Where have we got to? Well, we’ve got the Masterplan, we’ve certainly created a public discussion about many of the key issues associated with our six objectives, and we’ve developed our thinking on how the various elements of a reinvigorated town centre might fit together. You’ve helped with that by your feedback at our public meetings. We’ve commissioned reports from our own traffic and infrastructure consultants, as well as drawing extensively on our members’ professional expertise and experience. Currently we’ve secured the help of a noted architecture practice to draw up plans to show how the town centre might look, with linking architecture and design detail.

Challenging the Council
Why are we doing all this? It enables us to challenge the Council’s own thinking and actions, where necessary. Much of what happens in Guildford remains uncoordinated, and more worryingly, unambitious.

Guildford is currently playing with a jigsaw comprised of pieces from different sets. The finished picture won’t look pretty that way and, clearly, there will be great difficulty in making all the pieces fit together neatly.

All this should be out in the open but again, worryingly, the debate too often happens behind closed doors under the pretext of commercial confidence. Here Guildford makes something of a rod for its own back by being a dominant landowner in the centre as well as being the planning authority. Look at what’s happening with the North St development. Have you been consulted on what you might like to see there and how it might fit with other development? We fear we’ll be faced with a ‘take it or leave it’ choice, with tinkering only possible at the edges.

That’s no way to approach major development these days. It has to be more collaborative if localism is to have any real meaning.

Push for a new East/West crossing
Our big push at this time is to get support for a proper and comprehensive appraisal of a new East/West crossing linking York Road with Guildford Park Road. We are not trying to improve the lot for cars in the centre. We are simply trying to create the space for wider pedestrianisation of the town centre.

The key to success for the centre is to make the environment attractive for people. New and better public spaces. A better and more welcoming riverside experience alongside an improved retail offer that recognises the change in buying and browsing brought about by the advent of the digital age. This is what will encourage visitors and residents alike to dwell longer. It’s the key to a successful centre.

How a new crossing will help
So how does our new crossing across the river and railway help bring that about? It will move traffic away from the centre. It will enable separation of cars from people. It will make Bridge Street and Onslow St safer and traffic-free, except for buses, taxis and mobility access. It will enable the lower ends of both North St and the High St to be linked together by great public space and amenities along the riverside (think Richmond).

The full economic benefits of the crossing need to be set down and modelled, as well as the bog standard traffic count and modelling. Interestingly, our crossing also only requires a 26% reduction in traffic when assessed using the criteria used for the Council’s two scenarios. Again, the crossing is not just about cars and their routes, it’s about people and their right to safe, pollution-free enjoyment of the centre. It’s about creating the opportunity for imaginative and economically useful new development that will set Guilford down the path of a sustainable future.

Keeping in touch
How can you keep in touch with what we’re up to? Members of GSoc receive our newsletters and press releases as a matter of course. We’ve now launched our revamped website here at: www.guildfordvisiongroup.com.

Our next public meeting
Please look out for our next public meeting. It’s likely to be in late January or early February 2017. It bodes well to be one of our more interesting events, with more detailed plans of how the town centre might look. We will be looking for your feedback so as to refine the plans. There may even be a model of how our crossing would work, providing we can find the funds from somewhere to get it produced (they’re much cheaper now, thanks to 3D printing, but still a fair dollop of cash).

Do contact us
We always like to hear from you, especially if you have relevant skills that could help us. And if you do want to set your thoughts down in an email, please send them to: action@guildfordvisiongroup.com

GVG Update

 

GVG Update – February 2016

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GVG Response to the Town Centre Masterplan public consultation

GVG Response to the Town Centre Masterplan public consultation 654 400 admin
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GVG Update – Newsletter November 2015

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Please, please, please respond to the Town Masterplan consultation!

Find out what you need to know and how to respond by clicking on the text below for the two pages of our latest Newsletter:

GVG Update Newsletter November 2015 – page 1

GVG Update November Newsletter 2015 – page 2

GVG Update Newsletter – October 2015

GVG Update Newsletter – October 2015 654 400 admin

We have a Masterplan! Here’s what is happening and how it takes forward our vision for a better Guildford town centre.

Please click on the text below for the two pages of our October 2015 newsletter update to find out more:

Guildford Vision Group update Newsletter October 2015 – page 1

Guildford Vision Group update Newsletter October 2015 – page 2

GVG welcomes the town centre masterplan and congratulates the council

GVG welcomes the town centre masterplan and congratulates the council 654 400 admin

GVG & GSoc Invite Minister to Visit Guildford

GVG & GSoc Invite Minister to Visit Guildford 654 400 admin

Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister of State for Communities and Local Government, visited Guildford on 16th February and attended a meeting hosted by Julian Lyon, Chair of The Guildford Society along with Anne Milton MP; Sue Sturgeon, Managing Director of Guildford Borough Council; Chris Mansfield, Development Director of Guildford Borough Council; Cllr Matt Furniss and Cllr Caroline Reeves (Guildford Borough Council); Cllr Mark Brett-Warburton (Surrey County Council); and Kevin Lorimer, Chairman of Experience Guildford.

The topic for discussion was how best to progress the regeneration of Guildford and Ms Mordaunt was accompanied by three staff from CLG to take note of the needs of Guildford and to observe the discussion which was both open and constructive.

What was clear was that there was general agreement about a lot of aspects of regeneration of the town centre and that we really need to engage with the Local Enterprise Partnership (EM3) to help us direct funding.

Clearly we have been missing out in the absence of a Local Plan and of specific schemes for bringing forward highways and transportation improvements.

The need of a new crossing of the river and railway was discussed and generally welcomed.  Julian Lyon asked Ms Mordaunt if the Government could explore the potential for some equivalent rights to Compulsory Purchase Orders to be provided to local communities separated by railway lines.  This is not just a Guildford issue but we feel the railway barrier particularly strongly in our town centre.

There was discussion about the merits of the creation of a Neighbourhood Forum rather than an Urban Development Corporation and this may be a sensible approach to master planning the town centre ahead of the Local Plan.

The Guildford Society and Guildford Vision Group thank Penny Mordaunt MP for her attention and objective advice to help bring about our desired regeneration of the heart of Guildford.

JDSL 16-02-2015

Guildford Station Site Public Meeting

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Guildford Station Site   Development by Solum Public Meeting 21 January 2015  7.30pm

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To assist with their public engagement, Solum are inviting responses to a flyer that has been delivered to some local residents and will also be holding public exhibitions on:

  • Monday 12th January between 2 pm and 8 pm at the YMCA, Bridge St.
  • Thursday 15th January between 5.30 and 8.30pm at the YMCA
  • Saturday 17th January between 10 am and 3 pm at The Guildhall

The planning application is a complex document; it needs careful study. In advance of the public displays, Solum’s planning statement,  other documentation, drawings, photographic and viewpoint projections can be seen by visiting the Planning section of Guildford Borough Councils website .  click here :