Demos is a, UK based, cross party think tank with a cross-party political viewpoint. Over the past 20 years it has specialised in social policy, developing evidence-based solutions in a range of areas - from education and skills to health and housing.
It has recently published a report on the ‘The Future of Towns’. The report seeks to understand what residents want the future of their towns to look like. It touches on the impact of the pandemic but goes deeper, with the aim of unpicking how different attitudes collect together.
The result is a rich view of public attitudes towards factors which affect their places. In doing so, a clear distinction emerged between two sets of respondents who had diametrically opposing views on what they want the future of their places to look like.
The authors argue that managing the very different aspirations of these two groups in relation to the development of Towns will be a considerable challenge.
Help us make Guildford better
We want our town to be vibrant, attractive and liveable. We support development that brings a sense of place and enhances the best aspects of our town. If such aims can be embraced, we believe Guildford has the chance to lead the way in enabling sensitive and sustainable development.
Pressures for development are increasing. Planning rules are being eased. The Society’s commitment to standing up for Guildford is needed more than ever.
Getting involved allows the society to continue its work. We welcome new members, from every age and background. Membership provides an opportunity for you to contribute to the continued health of the town and surrounding area, and to meet other people who care about Guildford.