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Gov update rules on face coverings

Government
Rules on face coverings are being updated in England New rules on the use of face-coverings have been set following the emergence of the Omicron variant in the UK. The guidance is described as being "Temporary and precautionary" by the Department of Health and Social...

Counter-Terrorism Alert Status

Police
Counter-Terrorism Alert Status The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre yesterday afternoon changed the threat level for terrorism from substantial to severe. In a statement Inspector Sam Turner (Borough Commander Guildford) said; "In Surrey Police and Sussex Police, we are in continuous dialogue with Counter Terrorism Policing South East...

When will the A331 to A31 roundabout works be completed?

Road works
Why are the A331 to A31 slip road works needed? The works are required to construct a new lane to allow A331 traffic to bypass the roundabout towards Guildford via the A31. As a result, a series of planned evening and weekend road closures will...

Surrey County Council opens care home consultation

care home consultation
Care home consultation In order to capture residents' views,  Surrey County Council (SCC) has opened a care home consultation survey. This is to review the future of eight residential care homes for older people, In its press release, it stated that "This is a listening...

UK’s new £100 contactless payment limit

Contactless Payment
New £100 contactless payment limit As of the 15 October, retailers can now begin to set a new contactless payment limit, which has now risen to £100. This has been raised from £45, however it is expected that it may be some time before all...

Frimley Green By-election won with 19.6% swing towards the Conservatives

Frimley Green By-election
Conservatives win Frimley Green By-election Following the by-election held on 14 October 2021, Stuart Black was elected as the ward councillor for Frimley Green. The count ran well into the night, and with a margin of just 19 votes, Stuart Black was elected. This is...

GBC Play groups for under 12’s to return

Children under 12 can enjoy fun, free and exciting play sessions across our borough again with the return of our after-school Playrangers sessions on Tuesday 20 April.  Playrangers sessions are led by experienced play workers who encourage children to play freely outdoors. The sessions let the children choose what they want to do but our Playrangers bring plenty of ideas, equipment and games to make...

Interview with Matt Furniss on the climate change agender

Matt Furniss
Following my last interview with Cllr Matt Furniss (Cabinet Member for Highways) I caught up with Matt to discuss what he has been doing as part of Surrey County Council (SCC) in regard to the climate change agender initiatives such as Street lighting, Alternative...

Ash Road Bridge moves ahead with £13.9m more from government

Three reasons Ash Road Bridge 'MUST be built'
The project aims to help the delivery of new housing, improve rail safety and reduce road congestion in the Ash and Tongham area. The extra £13.9 million will take the total funding for the scheme from Homes England's Housing Infrastructure Fund to £23.9 million. The...

Colour Points: Treasure-hunting game app set in Surrey

Colour Points Treasure hunting game app is to be launched in Surrey giving its users an excuse to get out and explore the County. Featuring Guildford, Godalming, Farnham and more, residents of all ages will be able to take full advantage of this app...

RBC Cllrs issue joint COVID election statement

RBC Cllrs issue joint COVID election statement
The Rushmoor Borough Council Hampshire County Council and Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire elections taking place this May are a vital opportunity for local residents across Aldershot and Farnborough to have their say on who represents them and on the policies which will...

GBC to hold a minute’s silence at 12 noon and a ‘beacon of remembrance’ at 8pm on Tuesday 23 March 2021

Is Guildford a Town or a City?
The Leader of Guildford Borough Council (GBC), Joss Bigmore, all Councillors and Managing Director James Whiteman has issued the following letter to all residents, which also asks residents, as able, to participate in observing a minute's silence at 12noon and the 'beacon of remembrance'...

Take part in the Surrey Primary School Travel Survey

Cross Walk
Cllr Julie Iles has posted on social media advising that Surrey County Council (SCC) is undertaking a travel survey with primary schools. "As part of our work on Travel Demand Management this research will help build a fuller picture of travel patterns across the county...

New bus connections for Southwood health services

New bus connections for Southwood health services
Southwood's new Voyager Centre for Health and Southwood Surgery is set to benefit from significantly improved bus services - thanks to new investment secured by Cllr Rod Cooper and Cllr Martin Tennant. The extended Number 9 Bus Route, which has made a come back having...

Interview with Cllr Matt Furniss on Surreys traffic schemes

Surrey County Council (SCC) has been delivering a number of significant infrastructure projects and Hillbers co-editor John Tonks asked for an interview with Cllr Matt Furniss (Cabinet Member for Highways) to find out more about Surrey's traffic schemes What did the Traffic Hot Spots scheme...

GBC intervenes to save Normandy Parish Council

GBC intervenes to save Normandy Parish Council
Mayor Richard Billington chaired an extraordinary full council meeting on the 4th of March which addressed the intervention required following the collapse of Normandy Parish council.  The meeting confirmed that following the recent resignation of 7 parish councillors, Normandy Parish Council could no longer meet...

Point of View: “I worry that I’ve forgotten how to socialise”

Point of View: "I worry that I’ve forgotten how to socialise"
For over a year now, I have been safe in my own little bubble, interacting with who I choose to interact with, leaving the house only when I have to, socialising the absolute bare minimum. I have got so comfy being alone, so comfortable...

Transparency required in GBC Right to Buy repayment fiasco

Openness and Transparency required in the external investigation of failures in reporting the Right to Buy repayment fiasco
Guildford Conservative Councillors Group are calling for the publishing of the formal commissioning document to KPMG (the auditors for Guildford Borough Council), instructing them to investigate the HRA (Housing Revenue Account) monitoring of Right to Buy receipts and repayments, together with the exact remit...

What is the Census?

What is the Census
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is responsible for the Census, which is important because it records the most detailed information about the society we live in. Scotland and Northern Ireland will hold their own Census in March 2022. Why do we have a census...

Cllr Matt Furniss tackles HGV weight limit breaches

Road Bridge
Cllr Matt Furniss (Cabinet Member for Highways) has been working with the Surrey Highways Team, Guildford Borough Council (GBC) Enforcement and Surrey Police with regard to tackling Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV) breaching the weight limit on the White Lane weak road bridge. There are...

Guildford Conservative Councillor Group call for immediate Independent enquiry  

Cllr Nigel Manning
At the Budget Meeting of Guildford Borough Council (GBC) on 10 February 2021, Councillor Nigel Manning (Ash Vale) publicly exposed that £2.34 million pounds of money that GBC had received under the “Right to Buy” (RTB) Council Houses Scheme, had been repaid to Government...

“GBC must remove the 3hr minimum parking charge”

"GBC must remove the 3hr minimum parking charge"
The Borough of Guildford is a wonderful place to live, a vibrant town centre surrounded by many beautiful villages and countryside. Both the geography and the historic access routes have focussed the main hub of businesses and amenities to the centre of the town....

Rushmoor celebrates heritage with Gurkha statue in Aldershot

Rushmoor celebrates heritage with Gurkha statue in Aldershot
This statue celebrates the contribution of the thousands of Gurkha soldiers who have served in the Brigade of Gurkhas of the British Army Forces over the last 206 years to the British Army and to Aldershot in particular. It also highlights the pride that the...

Who is to blame for blame culture Britain?

Who is to blame for blame culture britain?
One recent phenomenon that has come to light in recent years is our ever-popular Blame Culture and I guess we should largely blame Twitter and Facebook for this is where it’s possible for anyone to sound off or offload in a (usually) angry rant...
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