I write with reference to the Council’s invitation to respond to consultation on the Town Centre Masterplan. (www.Guildford.gov.uk/towncentremasterplan).
My proposition can be stated simply: Guildford is currently falling a long way below its potential, and the opportunity should be taken now to have an imaginative plan prepared that will raise its standing in the eyes of residents and the world.
Guildford has great assets: it has a beautiful downland setting; its origins go back at least to Saxon times and it has many historic buildings and attractive quarters; it is the county town of Surrey. It is a prosperous town, and generally recognised as a good place to live. It hosts a number of global businesses; and was famously ranked 12th best place to live in the UK by a Channel 4 programme in 2007. read more