News & Newsletters
Local Arrangements – Health Emergency
Cllr Keith Witham
In my previous March email updates, I gave you details of the Surrey County Council Advice Helpline 0300 200 1008 This is now open 7 days a week, but call volumes are high, so do take a look at the web link which is: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/emergency-planning-and-community-safety/coronavirus
NEW GUILDFORD SUPPORT HELPLINE
From this Monday, 6th April any resident who feels they need help can also call the new Guildford community helpline and receive direct support. Council staff are on-hand to ensure the most vulnerable in the borough will have food and medicine and feel supported. All residents need to do is call:
Or if you know of someone who is self-isolating or a neighbour or friend you are worried about you can call on their behalf. Please just let them know you are referring them and the Helpline will do the rest.
The Guildford community helpline will be open from 8.30am-7pm Monday to Friday and 10-2pm Saturday and Sunday. Over the Easter bank holiday weekend (Friday 10 to Monday 13 April) it will be open from 10-2pm.
The new Guildford helpline has been set up to provide direct help for our most vulnerable residents who maybe do not have family or friends nearby to help. So if you, or someone you know, needs help with food, picking up prescriptions, or support you if you are feeling isolated, please use this service.
If you are worried about a family member who lives in the borough or a neighbour or friend you haven’t see for a while and you don’t live close enough to help or are self-isolating with coronavirus symptoms, you can call or go online and register for them. Just please let them know you are registering them.
The key message I want people to know is that NO-ONE needs to be without support at this time.
Residents are also reminded that help is also available for those who have been recently discharged from hospital or need changes made to their home to allow them live safely and independently. Please call the Safe and Settled team on 01483 444476 who can install handrails, careline alarms and more.
Fairwood Helpers is a local voluntary group. Although their regular trips to hospitals and doctors appointments have been suspended, the Helpline remains open for advice and support to any Worplesdon resident. Thank you to Sue Harris and the Fairwood Helpers volunteers.
Competition – Potential play/fitness equipment for Wildfield Close
We’re ever so sorry that we had to cancel the community engagement event for Wood Street Village which was due to take place last week.
We were really looking forward to hearing from the local children and teenagers as to the types of play and fitness equipment they’d like to see in the village.
Instead, we’ve decided to run a little competition so that any children who live in Wood Street Village can instead draw their ideas and get their parents/carers to post photos.
To enter, simply comment on this Facebook post, including a photo of your entry!
The winner will be chosen at 12 noon on Thursday 9th April to allow for the prize, of an Easter Egg Hunt, to be delivered before Easter Sunday. [The prize winner will have to live in Wood Street Village/Broad Street due to the current travel restrictions in place]READ MORE
Covid-19 – Call the Borough Council for direct help
03 April 2020
Call the Borough Council for direct help
From Monday 6 April any resident who feels they need help can call the Borough Council’s new community helpline and receive direct support. Council staff are on-hand to ensure the most vulnerable in the borough will have food and medicine and feel supported. All residents need to do is call 01483 44 44 00 or register online at www.guildford.gov.uk/athome. Or if you know of someone who is self-isolating or a neighbour or friend you are worried about you can call on their behalf, just let them know you are referring them and we will do the rest.
Council staff are also offering another phone service by matching offers of volunteering to resident run community groups (both new and existing). If you would like to volunteer to help your local community, contact us on 01483 505050 and one of our dedicated customer service team will put you in touch with groups in the borough that need help.
Cllr Caroline Reeves, Leader of the Council says: “We have set up the new helpline to provide direct help for our most vulnerable residents who maybe do not have family or friends nearby to help. It’s easy to register by calling 01483 44 44 00 or you can register online on the Guildford Borough Council website. We can help with food, picking up prescriptions and support you if you are feeling isolated. All you need to do is register and we will be in touch as soon as possible to help. If you are worried about a family member who lives in the borough or a neighbour or friend you haven’t see for a while and you don’t live close enough to help or are self-isolating with coronavirus symptoms, you can call us or go online and register for them. Just please let them know you are registering them.”
“No-one needs to be without support – we are here to help. So whether you register yourself or a friend or neighbour registers for you, please get in touch and we will help you.”
She added: “We are also pleased to collaborate with community groups by helping connect offers of help from volunteers. Guildford’s always had a fantastic sense of community spirit and this has grown even further over the past few weeks. It’s been incredible to see how groups have quickly established themselves in our communities providing extra vital help to those in need and we are grateful for this. We will support the groups by directing any offers of help to them. As always we need everyone to follow the guidance on hygiene, social distancing and never letting anyone they don’t know into their home or giving them money.”
The community helpline will be open from 8.30am-7pm Monday to Friday and 10-2pm Saturday and Sunday. Over the Easter bank holiday weekend (Friday 10 to Monday 13 April) we will be open from 10-2pm.
We are also reminding residents that we can help those who have been recently discharged from hospital or need changes made to their home to allow them live safely and independently. Please call our Safe and Settled team on 01483 444476. We can install handrails, careline alarms and more.
The Council has two local hubs at the Park Barn Centre (The Hive) and the Shawfield Centre to the west of the borough both providing an increased meals-on-wheels and wellbeing checks service. We have already set aside £50,000 to pay for food for our local hubs to ensure we can meet the needs of our vulnerable groups. We are also very pleased to open Spectrum Leisure Centre as the county’s hub for distributing food to those who are classed as shielded because they have received a letter from the NHS. The centre is a collaboration between Surrey County Council, Guildford Borough Council and partners from the Local Resilience Forum.
Our local foodbanks, North Guildford Foodbank and the Guildford Salvation Army drop-in and food crisis centre, on Woodbridge Road, welcome donations and financial assistance. North Guildford Foodbank has branches at St Clare’s Church, New Hope Centre and Bushy Hill Community Centre.
For more information on the Council’s response to Coronavirus see www.guildford.gov.uk
Looking after your health during the Covid-19 lockdownREAD MORE
Surrey County Council – Community Helpline
Surrey County Council has set up a Community Helpline on 0300 200 1008 (8am – 6pm Monday to Friday, Saturday to Sunday 10am – 2pm) to help direct residents who need added support and to provide advice to residents on where they can register an offer of help to support their community.
For full information on the Community Helpline, and other Coronavirus advice and support, please visit surreycc.gov.uk/coronavirusREAD MORE
Spectrum Leisure Centre now the Surrey hub for distributing food to those who are classed as shielded
The Spectrum Leisure Centre is now the Surrey hub for distributing food to those who are classed as shielded following receipt of a letter from the government. The centre is a collaboration between Surrey County Council and partners, and will be run by Red Cross volunteers with support from the military.READ MORE
Do Not Fall Victim To Fake Text Messages Warning of Lockdown Fines
|Have you received a text claiming to be from the Government that you’ve been fined for leaving your home?
The latest in a series of scams relating to the coronavirus claims to be from the Government, telling the recipient their movements have been monitored through their phone and they must pay a fine or face a more serious penalty.
The scammers are getting more sophisticated and using spoofing technology to make the messages seem even more realistic by adapting the sender’s name, using fake ‘gov.uk’ website URL’s and even adding themselves to the conversation chain of the genuine ‘GOV.UK’ message sent out last week.
And unfortunately, the list of new scams associated with Covid-19 is growing by the day.
Please always seek advice before replying to any messages that you receive of this nature. If you’ve received this text, please ignore it as it’s simply used as a way to steal your payment details.
The Government has only sent one text message to the public regarding new rules about staying at home to prevent the spread of the virus. Any other claiming to be from the Government are false.
In all of these cases, do not click or tap any links that these messages ask you to.
Community Matters. Now, more than ever…
|Message Sent By
Alex White (Corp Comms, Coordinator, Surrey Police)
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Statement From Caroline Reeves, Leader of Guildford Borough Council
Guilford Borough Council
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Statement From Caroline Reeves, Leader of Guildford Borough Council
As we move into the ‘new normal’ of staying home, I’d like to take the opportunity to thank our residents who are diligently following the government guidance. We remain at a critical stage in the fight to stop the spread of the Coronavirus and we all need to continue to play our part to help save lives and ease the pressure on our brilliant NHS staff.
I’m so proud to see Guildford playing its part locally with our hubs at the Park Barn Centre (The Hive) and the Shawfield Centre to the north of the borough with an increased meals on wheels and well being checks services. We have already set aside £50,000 extra funds for our local hubs to ensure we can meet the needs of our vulnerable groups. We are also very pleased to open Spectrum Leisure Centre as the county’s hub for distributing food to those who are classed as shielded as they have received a letter from the government. The centre is a collaboration between Surrey County Council and partners and will be run by Red Cross volunteers with support from the military.
We are looking at new ways to support those in need in the community and we will make announcement on Friday about how we do this. Guildford’s Business Improvement District, Experience Guildford are currently setting up some really useful contact lists of essential businesses and restaurant takeaways and as soon as they are finished we will help share this helpful information.
Our local foodbanks, North Guildford Foodbank and the Guildford Salvation Army drop-in and food crisis centre, on Woodbridge Road, welcome donations and financial assistance. North Guildford Foodbank has branches at St Clare’s, New Hope Centre and Bushy Hill Community Centre.
Sadly we anticipate a rise in domestic violence during this period. South West Surrey Domestic Abuse Services remain available for confidential support and advice on 01483 898884. Similarly, any children under 19 should contact Childline on 0800 1111 if they feel unsafe.
Whilst we are advising residents to avoid burning garden waste at this time, with everybody at home for longer periods, composting is a great way to recycle garden and organic waste that will continue to enrich your garden. It might even be a fun and educational activity for young children to enjoy! Surrey County Council and the Surrey Environment Partnership offer compost bins from just £13 and offer some advice to help you get started – visit https://www.surreyep.org.uk/reduce-reuse-recycle/garden-waste/composting/buy-a-compost-bin/ for details.
Our waste collection service remains fully operational, but we ask you to take extra precautions if you are self-isolating. Please place all personal waste, such as used tissues or disposable cleaning cloths, in a secure bag or bin liner, which itself is then placed in another plastic bag. Store this for 72 hours before you place it in your general rubbish collection. Please also remember to separate your recycling and regular waste as normal.
As part of our move to go paperless as a Council we said farewell to our borough newspaper and will soon launch our new email newsletter. In these difficult times it will be another way to keep up-to-date about what we are doing to help you and of any necessary changes to our essential services. Please sign-up by emailing email@example.com or visiting www.guildford.gov.uk/subscribe.
Our residents and businesses remain our top priority, and we are doing all we can to help everybody face the unique challenges of this pandemic. By working together, we will succeed. For details on all changes to our services please see www.guildford.gov.uk.
Please ensure that you continue to follow all government guidance on staying at home for all but the most essential travel, and practice social distancing, by staying two metres apart, when in contact with other people. We must only leave home for one of three reasons: to buy food and medicines; to go to work if you absolutely cannot work from home; and for one period of exercise each day, either alone or with members of your household. It is also essential that you wash your hands as soon as you return home.
Our parks remain open for exercising not socialising – please enjoy them in accord with the guidance. Driving to beauty spots for essential exercise is unnecessary and causes crowding, so please think of others. Our fantastic Play Ranger team have also created four short ‘how to’ videos for some fun activities to keep children entertained at home, including home-made ten pin bowling and a wall run – visit https://www.guildford.gov.uk/playrangers to get involved.
Most importantly, though, please remember: anyone can contract Coronavirus, and you can still spread the virus even if you do not have symptoms.
Drop in for a conversation about Community Safety
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS – Meet the police, neighbourhood Watch, the Borough Joint Enforcement Team, Pub Watch, Experience Guildford and others involved with Community Safety and let us know your concerns.
JACOBS WELL VILLAGE HALL
SATURDAY 25 APRIL 10AM – 2PM
COME WHEN YOU LIKE
LEAVE WHEN YOU LIKE!
Put it in your diary now!READ MORE
Free Prostate Blood Test – 21 March 2020 – Park Barn Centre
Guildford Lions Club FREE PROSTATE BLOOD TEST
Park Barn Centre
Park Barn Drive
Date: 10am – 4pm 21 March 2020
Age Range – 45 – 70
Turn up on the day or to register in advance, please visit https://tinyurl.com/vprzf3n
Free talk ‘A Romany Lifestyle’ Worplesdon Memorial Hall, 8 March 2020 3pm – 5pmREAD MORE
Half Term Activity – Sime Gallery, Worplesdon – Thursday 20 February 2020 2pm – 4pmREAD MORE
Would you like to volunteer as an Appropriate Adult?
SURREY APPROPRIATE ADULT VOLUNTEER SERVICE (Since 1995)
Are you looking for a challenge? Do you have some spare time? Do you want to give something back to your community? Is justice important to you and do you like to see fair play?
If your answer is ‘yes’ to any of the above you may want to become an Appropriate Adult.
The Appropriate Adult Service offers support to vulnerable adults and young people who find themselves detained in Police custody. Being an Appropriate Adult is a challenging, fulfilling and rewarding role. The service SAAVS offer is 24 hour 365 days per year and each volunteer owns a regular weekly slot of between 6 and 8 hours.
What will be expected of me?
You don’t need previous knowledge of legal procedures or social work. The role of the Appropriate Adult is not to provide legal advice but to offer impartial support and be a friendly face in the absence of a family member or carer to people who may be feeling frightened, bewildered, and confused in an unfamiliar situation. As an Appropriate Adult you’ll join our team of volunteers and will be on call at times to suit you. You will be available to answer a call to custody in a swift and professional manner and have access to reliable transport. You will offer vital support to those who need it when they need it most.
What sort of person becomes an Appropriate Adult?
All sorts of people become Appropriate Adults and bring different skills to the team. Two things they all have in common is an excellent ability to communicate and a willingness to donate their free time to SAAVS.
How do you become an Appropriate Adult?
To join our Team of unsung heroes call us for a chat on 01483 790311 and visit our website saavs.org where you will learn more about us and find a registration form for completion.
Our introductory two-day training sessions for new volunteers are planned for:
14th and 21st March 2020
20th and 27th June 2020
3rd and 10th October 2020
Surrey Police Band Concert in aid of the Phyllis Tuckwell HospiceREAD MORE
Armistice Day Ceremony – 11 November 2019
This morning, Worplesdon Parish Council, borough councillors and the local community commemorated 75 years since the D-Day landings. The Chairman gave the address; wreaths were laid on behalf of the Parish Council by the Clerk, Mrs Gaynor White and on behalf of the JWRA by Mrs Heather Kidman in Harry’s Meadow and at the war memorial in Queenhythe Road. Two laments were played on the bagpipes by local resident, Mr Kenneth Thomson.READ MORE
Vacancy – Stoke Hospital Almshouse
Stoke Hospital, also known as the Hospital of William Parson, is a Grade II Listed
building dating back to 1796. It is situated in Stoke Road, between Onslow Road and
Queen’s Road, with Guildford Town centre only a short walk away. There are bus
stops immediately outside, and local shops and eating places close by.
Each flat consists of a living room with adjoining kitchen area, a bedroom and a
bathroom, with a shower. The flats are located in three blocks on the ground or first
floor, each block has a stair lift installed.
The Maintenance charge is currently £120.16 per week, ( To be reviewed for January
2020) which includes gas, electricity, water, window cleaning, gardening and
connection to the 24 hour emergency communication system.
The governing rules of the charity stipulate that to qualify as a beneficiary of Stoke
Hospital, applicants usually need to fulfill the following criteria:
• Aged over 50
• Able to live independently
• Connection with the county of Surrey
• Limited financial means
• Preference given to ladies over the age of 55 who have lived in Guildford.
For further information or to arrange a visit to Stoke Hospital, please contact the
Clerk, Shona McConnell at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07502560330.
Local Authorities (Members’ Allowances) (England) Regulations
Local Authorities (Members’ Allowances) (England) Regulations
Under the provisions of the Local Authorities (Members’ Allowances) (England) Regulations 2003, Guildford Borough Council appointed an independent panel to conduct a review of borough councillors’ allowances, and the same panel is duty bound to produce a report in relation to parish councillors making recommendations to parish councils in respect of:
(a) the amount of parish basic allowance payable to members of such authorities;
(b) the amount of travelling and subsistence allowance payable to members of such authorities;
(c) whether parish basic allowance should be payable only to the chairman of any such authority or to all of its members;
(d) whether, if parish basic allowance should be payable to both the chairman and the other members of any such authority, the allowance payable to the chairman should be set at a level higher than that payable to the other members and, if so, the higher amount so payable; and
(e) the responsibilities or duties in respect of which members should receive parish travelling and subsistence allowance.
In accordance with Part 5 of the 2003 Regulations, it is each parish council’s duty to undertake, as soon as reasonably practicable on receipt of this report, to describe the main features of the panel’s recommendations.
THE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE:
- that no parish basic allowance be payable by any of the parish councils in the Borough of Guildford to their members; and
- that the parish travel and subsistence allowances set out in the report, which are based on those currently recommended for adoption by Guildford Borough Council, be payable by the parish councils within the Guildford Borough area to their respective parish councillors, whether they be elected or otherwise, in respect of the duties referred to in paragraph 11 of the report.
Free Event Worplesdon Memorial Hall Thursday 28 November 2019 19:30 – How should Guildford react to the climate emergency?
Worplesdon Parish Council have organised a climate emergency presentation from Guildford Environmental Forum.
Whilst this is a free event, places are strictly limited to 40 and must be booked online or via the parish office (01483 email@example.com).
Names will be added to a reserve list once the initial tickets have been allocated.
Joint Committee meeting – 18 September 2019READ MORE
No 28 bus service
With effect from 2 September 2019, the no 28 Falcon bus (serving Worplesdon) will be running an hourly service.
Service 28 – Woking, Brookwood, Pirbright, Worplesdon, GuildfordREAD MORE
FISH Summer 2019 – Activity scheme for 10 to 16 year olds in GuildfordREAD MORE
Bus services – 28 and 91 (Guildford to Woking)
New bus operator – Bus services 28 and 91 – via Worplesdon
Falcon buses have taken over the former Excetera service for route 28 (and the 91). The new time table can be viewed by clicking on the link below.
Could You Become A Special Constable
We’re writing to ask if you, or someone you know, could become a Special Constable?
The Special Constabulary is made up of members of the public who volunteer to spend their time helping to police their local community.
Specials play a crucial role in fighting crime and keeping Surrey safer. They come from many different backgrounds and walks of life, forming a vital link between their community and Surrey Police.
Recruitment for Special Constables is now open and we are looking for people with a passion for helping their communities. The role of Special Constable will provide you with opportunities to learn new transferable skills and gain valuable life experience.
Specials wear the same uniform and carry the same powers and responsibilities as our regular officers, whilst working alongside colleagues on your Area Policing Team. Once successfully through the application process you will receive 12 weeks of initial training, which includes one evening and one Saturday per week, followed by further training once out on your chosen borough.
What’s in it for me?
To find out more about the role and to apply click here. The application window closes on 28th January 2019.
Temporary Closure Public Footpath No. 442 (between Cumberland Ave and Salt Box Road)
Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, Section 14(1)
The Surrey County Council
Public Footpath No. 442 (Worplesdon)
Temporary Prohibition of Traffic Order 2019
On 15 February 2019 Surrey County Council will make the above mentioned temporary order, the effect of which is to prohibit all traffic on foot or by any other means from entering or proceeding along that length of Public Footpath No. 442 (Worplesdon) which extends from its junction with Cumberland Avenue (Grid ref. 498239 152764) in a generally north easterly direction for approximately 113m.
The Order is necessary on the grounds of public safety due to works being executed on or near the footpath. The closure will be in operation from 18 February 2019 until 12 April 2019, or until completion of the works, if earlier. That period can be extended by the Secretary of State for Transport if required.
The prohibition described above will only be operative while the County Council, or an authorised person acting on its behalf, displays signs prohibiting the said movements. Access to properties will not be affected by the temporary closure.
The alternative route from the south western end of the closure is to proceed in a south westerly direction along Cumberland Avenue to its junction with Lyons Drive. Turn right onto Lyons Drive and proceed in a north westerly direction to its junction with Lyons Drive Footway. Continue in a north westerly direction along Lyons Drive Footway to its junction with Footpath 444. Turn right onto Footpath 444 and proceed in a generally north easterly direction to its junction with Footpath 442. Turn right onto Footpath 442 to the north eastern end of the closure. The alternative route for traffic from the north eastern end of the closure is the reverse of the route described above.
‘The Surrey County Council Public Footpath No. 442 (Worplesdon) Temporary Prohibition of Traffic Order 2019’ will be made by the County Council under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.
|DATED: 8 February 2019||Jason Russell|
|Executive Director, Highways, Transport & Environment
|Enquiries to: Countryside Access Team,|
|Surrey County Council, Whitebeam Lodge, Merrow Depot,|
|Merrow Lane, Guildford GU4 7BQ.|
|Tel: 0300 200 1003 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.|
Where would we be without volunteers?
The Worplesdon Memorial Hall, recreational ground and Sime gallery trustees in Worplesdon are so grateful to local people and for the volunteering they do. The hall will be 100 years old soon; it was built from a donation on land gifted to the village for the purpose in memory of those, who lost their lives in the Great War.
The enchanting entrance gate has just had a make-over by volunteer Dennis Stewart, he is the husband of Marjory the Trust’s voluntary secretary. He has cleaned the name plaques of those who died in WW1 and WW2 repaired the pillars and entrance light above and painted all the iron works and sign above.
With the generous donation of stone plant pots from Dave Jenkins of Perry Hill Antiques, Worplesdon and Lyndon Weeks of Holly Lane landscapes Worplesdon who has planted skimmia, japonica rubella, confusa , primula vulgaries and heuchera for all to enjoy as they walk past or come to use all the facilities on offer.
The trustees are grateful to all those who have volunteered and have done something very special for the community.
The recreation grounds not only have a large children’s play area and tennis courts for hire provided by Worplesdon Parish council there is also an outdoor tennis club used daily and flood lit for night time use. Worplesdon football club and cricket club play regularly and use their excellent facilities in the pavilion.
The large hall and additional rooms are available to hire and we are fortunate to have a variety of things on offer for all as regular bookings, we are always looking to offer more. Maybe the facilities will meet your needs. Including for weddings and children’s parties. The main hall has recently been redecorated and there is a spacious new kitchen.
Many people forget we have our hidden gem in Worplesdon The Sidney Sime art gallery. The gallery houses a major collection of the fascinating and highly characteristic work of Sidney Sime 1865-1941 the famous artist, illustrator and caricaturist, who lived in the village. We are delighted to say 5 volunteers are going to be researching and archiving for the gallery. The gallery is run by volunteers Trustee Mary Broughton and curator Anne Philps. Who can be contacted at email@example.com or 01483 233869.
We look forward to celebrating our 100 years very soon, please do get in contact via our website firstname.lastname@example.org or 01483 232117 for more information about the facilities on offer. Perhaps you would like to share pictures or memories for our centenary celebrations. Trustees can be contacted via email@example.com . We look forward to welcoming you and hope that you will enjoy the centenary celebrations officially will be in 2022.
In the very near future the trustees invite you to “Worplesdon Past, People and Place” a talk by David Rose, Geoff Burch and Stephen Cranstone. Sunday 3rd March 3-5pm in the Worplesdon Memorial hall.READ MORE
Have your say on polling places in Guildford
18 January 2019
Is your nearest polling station easily accessible? The Council is reviewing its polling districts and stations and wants local residents to give their views.
We would like to know what you think about all aspects of polling, including current sites, recommendations for new locations and opinions on existing sites.
Suggestions and feedback for alternative polling places in the borough are welcome. We also encourage comments from individuals with expertise about accessibility for those with disabilities.
The statutory review aims to ensure that during parliamentary elections voting facilities are accessible for all. A review is carried out every five years.
Anyone registered to vote within the Guildford Borough or Guildford Parliamentary Constituency can have a say.
The closing date for comments is Friday 5 April 2019. You can email your views to firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone 01483 444126 or write to us at:
The Returning Officer
Guildford Borough Council
For more information, please visit: https://www.guildford.gov.uk/pollingdistrictsreviewREAD MORE
Surrey Police Band concert in aid of Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice care
Saturday 23rd March, 7.00pm (doors 6.30pm)
Emmauel Church, Stoughton, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 9SJ
In aid of Phylis Tuckwell Hospice Care.
Tickets: £7.00 in advance, £8.00 on the door.
To book your seats, please call the box office on 07460 623860 or email email@example.com.READ MORE
Fly-tipping – Bridleway between Keens Lane and Pitch Place Green
A significant amount of builder’s debris has been fly tipped at Pitch Place Green. This has been reported to the Guildford Borough Council cleansing team who will endeavour to collect it within 36 hours.
Can we remind residents, who are employing either builders or waste removers, to confirm with the contractors that they are in receipt of of a waste carrier’s licence. You can check if a waste carrier is registered by looking on the Environment Agency’s public register or by calling 03708 506 506: https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/index
Fly-tipping is a criminal offence punishable by a fine of up to £50,000 or 12 months imprisonment if convicted in a Magistrates’ Court. The offence can attract an unlimited fine and up to 5 years imprisonment if convicted in a Crown Court.
If you witness a fly tip in process, please call the Police on 999.
Would you like to become a borough councillor?
Do you want to make a difference in your community? Perhaps you have strong views on how local services should be provided and want to help improve the quality of life in Guildford.
As a local councillor you will make decisions that touch the lives of everyone who lives, works, or visits Guildford. So it’s not an easy job but it’s important and rewarding.
It’s vital that local councils represent the full range of local opinion. Guildford Borough Council encourages all members of the community to consider becoming a councillor.
Visit Be a Councillor to find out more about becoming a councillor at Guildford Borough Council.
The next event to find out about Becoming a Councillor will be held on Monday 11 February 2019 from 6pm to 9.15pm in the Council Chamber at Millmead House, Guildford GU2 4BB. We would like to encourage anyone interested in becoming a local councillor in Guildford to attend. Find out more and register your interest in the event on our Becoming a Councillor events page.
BECOMING A COUNCILLOR:
SEMINAR FOR POTENTIAL CANDIDATES
MONDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2019 AT GUILDFORD BOROUGH COUNCIL, COUNCIL CHAMBER
6pm Light Buffet and refreshments (to be provided outside the members’ room)
6.30pm Welcome and Introductions (Councillor Paul Spooner, Leader of the Council and James Whiteman, Managing Director)
6.40pm Organisation of Local Government (James Whiteman, Managing Director)
(a) Local Government in Surrey (the County Council, the Borough Council and parish councils and parliamentary constituencies)
(b) Functions of the Borough Council
(d) Corporate plan
(e) Role of Councillors and Officers
7.05pm Getting Elected (Elaine Bradbrook, Electoral Services Manager)
(a) Terms of office (e) election expenses
(b) Electoral System (f) election agents
(c) Qualifications for standing as a candidate (g) the election campaign
(d) nomination process (h) the Count
7.35pm Support for Borough Councillors (John Armstrong, Democratic Services Manager)
(a) Induction for new councillors and ongoing training and development
(b) ICT Provision
(c) Councillors’ Allowances
7.50pm Comfort break
8.00pm Being a Borough Councillor (5-10 minutes each approx.)
Presentations by current Councillors in relation to the following roles and their Ward caseload focusing
on themes such as:
(a) What made them decide to stand for Council?
(b) What difference do they think they have made for their ward and the borough?
(c) What has frustrated them?
Introduction by Councillor Mike Hurdle (Chairman of the Councillor Development Steering Group)
Councillor Mike Parsons (The Mayor of Guildford)
Councillor Caroline Reeves (Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee)
Councillor Angela Gunning (Backbench councillor)
Councillor Tony Rooth (The Independent Alliance)
8.30pm Being a Parish Councillor
Presentation by Councillor Jo Randall (Ash Parish Council)
(a) What made you stand for election to Ash Parish Council?
(b) What difference do you think you have made for the parish?
(c) What has frustrated you?
8.45pm Any other questions followed by an opportunity for informal discussions with serving councillors and officers
9.15pm Close of Seminar (James Whiteman, Managing Director)READ MORE
Worplesdon past; people and place – Sunday 3rd March 2019 from 3pm – 5pm at the Worplesdon Memorial Hall
Worplesdon A5 Flyer 4
Local Plan – public hearing on 12-13 February 2019 to focus on housing
“The government’s Planning Inspector will hold another public hearing, at the Borough Council’s offices in Guildford, as part of his independent examination of our submitted Local Plan.
Cllr Paul Spooner, Leader of the Council, says: “The government’s Planning Inspector found our Local Plan to be substantially sound on all key tests during this summer’s public hearings, which form part of his independent examination. He has also indicated that, as they have already been thoroughly discussed, he will not revisit issues such as spatial strategy, strategic sites and constraints in the next public hearing in February 2019. The Inspector will focus on the overall housing requirement and the possible implications arising from the latest Office of National Statistics (ONS) household projection figures.
“We think that the potential reduction in homes based on the ONS figures means that it is now possible to meet our borough’s housing need, without having to allocate any of the new green belt sites proposed in the recent main modifications consultation. However, our plan is about more than providing much-needed local homes. The next hearing will be another important step in providing sustainable places to live and work in our borough, supported by vital infrastructure and a great environment.”
We have now sent the latest consultation feedback to the Inspector for him to review the comments before completing his examination and final recommendations to the Council. The Inspector has also indicated that he will consider our latest documents about the new Office of National Statistics (ONS) household projection figures alongside the comments from the 2018 consultation.
You can find out more information about the hearing on 12 and 13 February on our website, including the Inspector’s Note, Matters and Issues and a Programme of Participants as soon as they are published.
A3 Installation of Average Speed Cameras
A3 Guildford – Average Speed Camera Installation and Junction Improvements
Safety is Highways England’s top priority. As part of our ongoing commitment to safety we will be undertaking the following improvements at Guildford in 2019.
Average Speed Cameras
Highways England will be introducing average speed cameras on the northbound 50mph speed limit section through Guildford, between the Hogs Back and Wooden Bridge junction. Speeding vehicles and incidents on this busy downhill section of road are widely acknowledged issues. Average speed cameras should help to make the road safer by reducing congestion caused by incidents and also smooth out traffic flow.
Average speed cameras have been shown to encourage a better level of compliance with speed limits over longer distances. They can also have a traffic calming effect as vehicle speeds tend to be more consistent and reduces the need for heavy braking, and the risk of incidents.
The cameras will be yellow in colour and will have clear signage so that drivers know they are there. ‘Average speed check’ signage will be installed at the entry point to the enforced section and additional repeater ‘camera’ signs will be installed along the length of the enforced section to remind drivers.
Installation works on the A3 will be carried out at night for which carriageway and lane closures will be needed. These closures will be communicated in advance. Installation is expected to take place in 2019.
The northbound exit slip road at the University Interchange currently operates at near full capacity due to high volume of northbound traffic leaving the A3. The existing exit slip road will be extended back towards the main A3 carriageway and widened to provide more capacity
The existing footpath between the slips will be closed and an improved footpath will be installed along the slip road up to Egerton Road.
Improvements will bring better traffic flows through the junction reducing the tailbacks on the slip road.
The southbound exit slip road currently operates at near full capacity due to the volume of traffic leaving the A3 at the junction, leading to tail backs on the A3 southbound carriageway. The existing slip road will be widened to bring the existing narrow lanes up to current standards and to extend the length of the marked lanes.
Their scheme will also incorporate improvements in the traffic signals in conjunction with Surrey County Council. Improvements will bring better traffic flows through the junction reducing the tailbacks on the slip road and dual carriageway.
For the safety of their workforce and customers, it is expected that the majority of the work will be done using overnight lane closures and overnight closures of the slip roads at the University and Stoke Interchanges.
There will also be a requirement to close the slip roads at the Stoke Interchange over two weekend periods, to allow their works to be combined with those being undertaken by the local highway authority. Dates are yet to be confirmed, but will be communicated to our customers in advance.
Clearly signed diversion routes will be in place which will be agreed with the local highways authority and Surrey Police
Public Information Event
To provide more details on the work and the traffic management restrictions which will be in place, an information event will be taking place where representatives from Highways England and Kier Highways (the principal contractor) will be available to answer any questions relating to the scheme.
The events will be held on Friday 18 January between 2pm and 8pm; and on Saturday 19 January between 11am and 5pm at The Guildhall, High Street, Guildford, GU1 3AA.
Highways England have been in consultation with Surrey Safety Camera Partnership, Surrey Police and the Asset Support Contractor about these proposals.
If you have any questions about these proposals please contact us on 0300 123 5000 or email firstname.lastname@example.orgREAD MORE
Surrey County Council – Consultation on Services – Deadline for comments 4 January 2019
Surrey County Council is consulting on a range of its services – Share your views by 4 January 2019:
- Community Recycling Centres
- Children’s Centres
- Libraries and Cultural Services
- Concessionary bus travel
- Special Educational Needs and Disability
Call: 03456 009009
Text: 07860 053465READ MORE
Cyber criminals send victims their own passwords in extortion scamCyber criminals are attempting to blackmail unsuspecting victims by claiming to have used the victims’ password to install spying malware on the victims’ computer. The criminals claim they’ve recorded videos of the victim watching adult material by activating their webcam when they visit these websites. What makes this scam so convincing is that the email usually includes a genuine password the victim has used for one of their online accounts. We believe criminals obtain the passwords from data breaches.What to do if you get one of these emails?
Don’t reply to the email, or be pressured into paying. The police advise that you do not pay criminals. Try flagging the email as spam/junk if you receive it multiple times. Perform a password reset as soon as possible on any accounts where you’ve used the password mentioned in the email. Always use a strong, separate password for important accounts, such as your email. Where available, enable two-factor authentication (2FA). Always install the latest software and app updates. Install, or enable, anti-virus software on your laptops and computers and keep it updated.
If you receive one of these emails, report it to Action Fraud’s phishing reporting tool. If you have received one of these emails and paid the ransom, report it to your local police force.
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Burglaries rise at this time of year
|So, lock up and leave a light on
Now the longer, darker nights are approaching, now is a good time to think seriously about your home security. Burglars love dark nights and they also love it when we make their job easier.
Traditionally we see a rise in burglary offences at this time of year with the darker evenings and offenders will take every opportunity to target properties, particularly on specific days when they know that people may be out for some time. Halloween and Bonfire events may leave homeowners vulnerable if proper security measures haven’t been put in place.
Follow our advice to keep your home secure this autumn:
🏠 Shut all windows and lock them when you are not using the room, out in the garden, at night and when you leave your property
🔑 Lock all front and rear doors at night and when you are out. If you have a UPVC door, remember to lift the handle and lock it with the key
🚗 Put all car keys and other keys out of sight and not in reach of windows and letterboxes. Double check your vehicle is locked too
🔐 Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property. Move bins away from side walls and fences
📱 Register your property on Immobilise, the world’s largest, free, property register. It’s simple to register property such as technology, jewellery, bikes, antiques and collectibles and registering your property could help us reunite you if it’s stolen. Visit immobilise.com to get started!
🔦 Mark your property with a forensic marker fluid, such as SelectaDNA. This clear liquid carries its own unique synthetic DNA which is only visible under ultraviolet light.
For Surrey residents, a discount of 50% with free P&P is available on SelectaDNA Home Kits. Just visit www.selectadna.co.uk and use the discount code ‘DNASURREY50’ to order a kit for just £29.75.
For more home security advice, including property registering, forensic marking and CCTV, visit our website:
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Pavement works – Broad Street, Wood Street Village – Commencing 5 November for 20 daysREAD MORE
Surrey County Council – Public consultation – Future of the countryside
How should we care for our countryside?
Residents can help shape plans for Surrey County Council’s (SCC) countryside sites for the next 25 years. The plans will form a strategy which will outline how the council will care for the countryside and protect it for future generations.
The strategy is being developed with Surrey Wildlife Trust which manages the sites; and runs alongside a programme to make the countryside self-funding, so improvements can continue to be made without reliance on SCC funding.
Residents can share their views until 3 December 2018 by visiting the SCC website, or by calling 03456 009 009 or texting 07860 053465 for a printed questionnaire.
How should we care for our countryside?
Residents can help shape plans for Surrey County Council’s (SCC) countryside sites for the next 25 years. The plans will form a strategy which will outline how the council will care for the countryside and protect it for future generations.
SCC owns or manages 10,000 acres of the county’s countryside which is open for the public to visit. These include Ockham Common in the north of the county, Norbury Park in the south, Chobham Common in the west and Staffhurst Wood in the east.
Lots of residents use these sites for recreation, health and wellbeing, but they’re also places where people work and live. Additionally, the sites are beautiful landscapes which provide vital habitats for wildlife. We need to ensure that the balance of this usage is maintained.
The strategy is being developed with Surrey Wildlife Trust which manages the sites. It will run alongside a programme to make the countryside self-funding, so improvements can continue to be made without reliance on SCC funding.
The views of residents are vital to help shape this strategy, responses will be taken into account and considered by SCC’s cabinet in early 2019. Residents can share their views until 3 December 2018 by visiting the SCC website, or by calling 03456 009 009 or texting 07860 053465 for a printed questionnaire.
Rural Crime in Surrey
|You can also copy this URL into a browser to watch the video: https://youtu.be/3k7LVlaDCEc
PC Laura Rowley, the Wildlife & Rural Crime Coordinator for Surrey Police talks about rural crime in our county – “Surrey is one of the country’s most beautiful counties; it is in fact the most wooded county in the UK. It is home to a wealth of wildlife and offers us access to some truly wonderful places to explore. However, we face a very real threat from criminal individuals who exploit our communities and damage our rural surroundings.
“As Surrey Police’s Wildlife & Rural Crime Co-ordinator, much of my time is spent helping our officers and staff understand what rural crime is. At the moment we have four crime types that we are concentrating on reducing across the county and, by working with our communities, we can tackle these incidents; but what can you do to help?
If you own a dog, or walk dogs for a friend or as a business, please ensure you keep them on a lead when near livestock. If you find they become agitated or excitable when near livestock, walk them away and consider an alternative route.
If you are a land owner, consider placing clear signs at any entrance points to your land warning dog walkers that there is livestock in the field. This can help prepare a dog walker to take the necessary steps to reduce the risk of an incident. Speak to your local neighbourhood team about our Livestock Worrying signs.
If you witness, or are a victim of, livestock worrying, please call the police immediately.
If you regularly walk or jog in rural areas, consider looking out for the potential signs of hare coursing, which is a form of poaching. It often happens at dusk or dawn around harvest time (late-Aug/early-Sept) when large tracts of land are crop-less. You may see a group of vehicles parked in a rural area, by a farmland gateway, on a grass verge, track or bridle path. Usually these are estate cars, 4x4s or vans with evidence of carrying dogs. Hare coursers often travel in convoy with minders’ vans front and rear.
If you witness hare coursing (or evidence of any other form of poaching), contact the police immediately. Do not approach participants.
Green Laning is where owners of off-road vehicles, such as 4x4s or trail bikes, take them to ‘Green Lanes’ (so called due to the dense vegetation and unsurfaced road) for recreational driving. This, in itself, is not illegal, however there are some who are taking their vehicles on land they should not be on, including heritage sites or SSSI (Sites of Special Scientific Interest). This can cause permanent damage to the land and its wildlife.
If you witness, or are aware of illegal green laning, please call the police immediately. If you enjoy Green Laning responsibly, and would like more information, the Green Laning Association (GLASS) is a good resource on both where it is permitted and the codes of conduct whilst doing it:
Theft of Plant Machinery
Many of our rural community own valuable plant machinery, such as tractors, land rovers or quad bikes. These are often targeted by thieves and, if stolen, can have a devastating effect on the owner’s livelihood. It is vital that theft of plant machinery is reported as soon as possible, but there also are some actions you can do too, to help protect your machinery. Install CCTV, regularly check it is not obstructed and put up camera warning signs. Mark your machinery; consider etching, stamping or forensic fluid. Ensure all machinery is stored in a secure, locked building.
“The impact of these crimes can be considerable to our rural communities and it is very important that we ensure we help our residents prevent such crimes from happening.
How do you report rural crime?
“Surrey is blessed with a very active, highly integrated rural network. From dog walkers to landowners, farmers to horse breeders. We value each and every one of our county’s communities and want to ensure we work closely with them to ensure we have the most accurate picture possible of any criminal activity happening in your area.
1) Call 101 to report crime, or dial 999 in an emergency or if a crime is in progress.
2) If you have information about a rural crime, you can call 101 or contact Crimestoppers’ anonymous Rural Crime Line on 0800 783 0137 or use their online form here:
How can you help?
“You are our eyes and ears and we want to continue to build strong relationships with our rural communities, and as such InTheKnow is an excellent platform for us to communicate with you. The more of rural Surrey we have on InTheKnow, the broader our reach is and the better our impact will be on preventing crime and protecting our residents. If you know someone who would benefit from receiving updates around rural crime, please do forward this message onto them or direct them to https://www.InTheKnow.community, where they can sign up.
“If you haven’t yet, make sure you (and those you tell about InTheKnow) select ‘Country Watch’ as an interest:
1) Select ‘Update your interests now’ and then ‘What type of messages do you want to receive?’
2) Under ‘Rural and Animal Issues’, select ‘Country Watch’
“Together we can help make Surrey’s countryside the safest it can be.”
Working together with Surrey’s rural communities.
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Perry Hill School Reunion
The date: 22nd September 2018
Venue: Worplesdon Place Hotel
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Road closure Salt Box Road – Road resurfacing work
THE SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL
SALT BOX ROAD (C14) GUILDFORD
TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF TRAFFIC ORDER 2018
SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL PROPOSE TO MAKE the above mentioned Temporary Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, the effect of which will be to temporarily prohibit vehicles from entering or proceeding in that length of Salt Box Road (C14) Guildford as extends from its junction with the circulatory carriageway comprised in the roundabout situated at its junction with A320 Woking Road to its junction with the circulatory carriageway comprised in the roundabout situated at its junction with A322 Worplesdon Road. Vehicular traffic will be diverted via Worplesdon Road (A320), Dennis’ Roundabout, Middleton Road (A25), Woodbridge Road (A25), Ladymead (A25), Stoke Crossroads and Woking Road (A320) or this route in reverse order.
This Order is required to enable Surrey County Council to carry out winter damage repair works and/or major highway maintenance works. These works are anticipated to be carried out between 09.30hrs and 16.30hrs, as soon as possible within the 18 month period of operation of this Order which commences on 23 August 2018. Advanced warning signs will be displayed and the temporary closure will only operate when the relevant traffic signs are displayed. Access to premises within the affected length of road, including access by emergency vehicles to these properties, will be maintained at all times, as will access for pedestrians and cyclists. Any vehicle found to be obstructing the highways during these works will be removed to a suitable location outside the limits of the works after all reasonable methods have been undertaken to identify and contact the vehicle’s owner.READ MORE
Worplesdon Parish Council’s longest serving councillor
Cllr Sandra Morgan MBE achieved a milestone of 50 years’ service to the community this year. At the June full council meeting Cllr Morgan was presented with a long-service certificate and bouquet of flowers by the Chairman Cllr Paul Cragg. The Parish Council offers its congratulations on this amazing achievement!
Jacobs Well Scout Troop – adult volunteers required
1st Jacobs Well Scouts
Some of you passing the Village Hall in Jacobs Well may have noticed that the Scout and Guide HQ has suddenly got a lot busier with Beaver and Cub Scouts. We have managed over the last year to find volunteers to start 2 Beaver scout and 2 Cub scout units, and I am pleased to say that all are happy and numbers are growing, 78 at last count. They are growing so much that we are hoping to start a Scout troop at the end of the year. It will be about 20 years since the Village had a troop if we are successful. We have lots of eager recruits but need some adult volunteers to make it happen.
I can imagine you are now thinking, I can’t be a leader, I know nothing about Scouts, I don’t have the time, but Scouts has changed a lot in recent years, the values are still the same but if commitments mean you can’t be there every week, that’s okay, you know nothing about Scouts, there is full training available to suit you.
We really do not want Scouts to disappear again from Jacobs Well, so if you think you may be able to give some time to grow the present Group, please contact me for more information
District Commissioner Guildford West Scouts
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Travellers on Wood Street Village Green
We are aware of the traveller encampment on Wood Street Village Green, and are in the process of doing all we can, as quickly as possible.
The travellers who arrived on Saturday 14 July will be served with a notice directing them to leave as soon as possible.
We are working with the police who are also aware of the current situation. If the caravans and accompanying vehicles have not left site in accordance with the direction to leave, we will take further action through the legal process.
We are monitoring the situation and have provided the occupants with bin bags, and made arrangements to remove any rubbish.
If you are reporting anti-social behaviour or criminal activity, please contact Surrey Police on their non-emergency number 101 or 999 in an emergency only.
For further information about how we deal with traveller encampments, please visit
Objection to planning application no: 18/P/01014 – Land north of Keens Lane
Worplesdon Parish Council has submitted its objection to planning application no:18/P/01014 Land North Of Keens Lane to Guildford Borough Council. The parish council also commissioned the following desktop ecological surveys 180508 C3287 Land North Of Keens Lane Desk Study IG LP SENT and 180508 C3287 Figure 1 SBIC Datasearch Final Report AK SENTREAD MORE
Worplesdon Flood Forum walkabout held 6 July 2018
Planning to ensure the potential development at Blackwell Farm doesn’t have a detrimental impact on our existing communities.READ MORE
Important winter water advice
Land North of Keens Lane, Worplesdon
Land North of Keens Lane, Worplesdon
PUBLIC CONSULTATION EVENT
Land to the north of Keens Lane in Worplesdon has been identified in Guildford Borough Council’s Submission Local Plan to deliver 150 new properties and a 60+ bed specialist (dementia) care home.
The developers, Ashill are holding a drop in session to meet their team and see the plans on 23rd February 2018, between 4 – 8 pm at Worplesdon Memorial Hall, Perry Hill, Worplesdon, GU3 3RF.
In light of these proposals Worplesdon Parish Council commissioned an Independent Traffic Report, which was carried out by specialist Traffic Consultants – RGP – You can view the report by clicking here.READ MORE