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Council Votes To Submit Local Plan for Examination to Central Government

Guildford’s controversial draft Local Plan is to be submitted to the Secretary of State for examination following a vote at this evening’s (November 21) full council meeting. Only seven councillors,…

Ripley Round-up: Large Gathering Enjoy Village Fireworks

By Chris Dick Ripley fireworks I’ve been going to the Ripley Firework Night for over 35 years and believe I am right when I say I’ve never seen so many…

Christmas Lights Switch-on Attracts Thousands

Thousands of well-wishers took to the streets of Guildford on Thursday, November 16 to enjoy the Christmas lights switch-on event. Marking the countdown to Christmas, the annual lights switch-on has…

Council Leader Tells Developers He Is Tired of ‘Stalinist Blocks’

Paul Spooner, leader of Guildford Borough Council, called for an improvement in the quality of designs being submitted to the council’s planning committee commenting that he was “frankly tired” of…

Community Angels Scheme Needs Votes To Win Vital Funding

Help is needed to win funding for the return of a Guildford-based befriending project that helps vulnerable adults experiencing loneliness. Community Angels, that was run by the Diocese of Guildford,…

Effingham Eye: Parish Council Meetings – You Don’t Know What You’re Missing

By Chris Dick Parish council meetings might sound like dry old affairs but the recent meeting of the Effingham Parish Council was very informative, so this Effingham Eye is a…

WAG Barrister Says Inclusion of Wisley Site In Local Plan Would Be ‘Unsound’

One of Britain’s leading planning law barristers, who represents the Wisley Action Group (WAG), has advised Guildford Borough Council (GBC) that the inclusion of the former Wisley airfield site as…

Opinion: Whatever Happened to Localism?

By Martin Giles Three planning inquiries and three major planning decisions to be taken that will have a major impact on our borough; particularly, of course, on the parts of…

Hitting The Guildford Music Scene In The Sixties With Blues Band The Crow Janes

Dave Reading, former full-time journalist and a life-long lover of the guitar, recalls some early experiences at the birth of Guildford’s thriving Sixties music scene It was Hank Marvin who…

Grade II* Listing for Ash Manor House May Scupper Development Proposals

A homeowner in Ash Green is hoping that a new Grade II* listing from Historic England may prevent proposed developments that would surround his moated 13th-century manor house with nearly…

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