News & Newsletters

The work party scheduled for Wednesday 13 March 2019 at Nevins Copse, Pinks Hill has been cancelled due to the severe weather expected.
We are proud of our achievements as a Parish Council but are looking for feedback positive or negative to ensure we are on the right track. Please contact us via post, email, Twitter or Facebook.
Correction of date – Annual Parish Meeting – This meeting is being held on Wednesday 27 March 2019 at 7.30pm in Jacobs Well Village Hall (incorrect date printed in the Parish newsletter)


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:



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  or 01483 233869.

We look forward to celebrating our 100 years very soon, please do get in contact  via our website 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 . 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.

Left: Marjory Stewart (Secretary of Trustees), centre: Chris Ewbank (Chair of Trustees) , right: Dennis Stewart (Volunteer)

The Trustees currently comprise: Chris Ewbank, Mary Broughton, Suresh Pillai, Adrian “Binny “ Binfield , Cllr Jan Messinger and Cllr Gordon Adams


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, telephone 01483 444126 or write to us at:

The Returning Officer
Guildford Borough Council
Millmead House
Millmead, Guildford

For more information, please visit:


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


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:
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.

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
(c) Finance
(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)


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.

University Interchange

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.

Stoke Interchange

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.

Traffic Management

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


Surrey County Council – Consultation on Services – Deadline for comments 4 January 2019

Have Your Say

Surrey County Council is consulting on a range of its services – Share your views by 4 January 2019:

  1. Community Recycling Centres
  2. Children’s Centres
  3. Libraries and Cultural Services
  4. Concessionary bus travel
  5. Special Educational Needs and Disability


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