The Guildford Society

Your Civic Society

Speaking up for Guildford's past, present & future 


Julian Lyon our Chair has summarised 2018 as not a good year for the Town and the surrounding Borough.  The year has been consumed by fighting the Solum development and questioning the flawed Local Plan.

Looking ahead local elections are looming on 2nd May, and we wonder what changes that may bring. Reviewing our manifesto call to Councillors at the last election, the society is underwhelmed by progress, and we need, again, to point out several matters that new Councillors will need to tackle.  These include Piecemeal Planning, an inadequate/ unadopted Local Plan, Wasteful Projects, and Council Effectiveness. 

Guildford continues to be at risk from bad development and inadequate infrastructure provision, damaging our countryside and town; impacting the quality of life of all the boroughs residents.

The full text of Julian Lyons statement can be found at this link


The Society is pleased to announce the dates for the Craft Market in December 2018 please see Hot Topics


The Guildford Society Planning Group have produced a brief summary of their recent activities.  A key point is the possible overprovision of Student Housing if all planning applications are accepted - See Hot Topics.  The full Summary is available at this link.


The Environment Agency held a recent event outlining plans for flood walls in the centre of Guildford.  The agencies leaflet can be seen on this link.  Guildford Society are interested to see how these proposals can be incorporated in the current planning applications along Walnut Tree Close 

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