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Guildford to benefit from town centre transport improvements

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Guildford to benefit from town centre transport improvements

Published at 3:00pm 27th February 2019.

Transport improvements have been confirmed in Guildford town centre as the borough council last night agreed next year's budget.

Changes include the Guildford College Link + scheme linking pedestrians and cyclists from Walnut Bridge to Guildford College, widening the A25 cycle corridor up to 3m in width and improvements to the A25/A320 Stoke cross roads.

£86 million has been invested through the borough council's capital programme in 2019-20, along with securing £28 million of inward investment.

Funding has also been allocated to the Walnut Bridge replacement,  a development which got the green light back in October 2018. It's part of Guildford Town Centre’s Sustainable Transport Package, and is intended to encourage walking and cycling between the town centre and Guildford Station.

Walnut bridge

Elsewhere money will also be spent on the Slyfield internal estate road, the redevelopments of Guildford Park car park and Middleton Industrial estate and the continued work on rebuilding Guildford Crematorium.

Lead Councillor for Finance, Cllr Nigel Manning said: 

"Our effective financial management, planning ahead and commercial approach to investing in our own borough enables us to provide the wide range of vital services and opportunities that our residents and businesses need to flourish. 

"There are further challenges ahead and we are also lobbying the government to try to improve funding. As this budget shows, we will continue to prioritise our essential services and enable borough-wide improvements that benefit local people and support our economy.” 

Meanwhile Guildford residents will see a council tax increase of 3% for 2019-20.

The borough council says it will continue to build on £11 million of savings made in the past five years.

guildford

£74 million is being invested in building a mix of new homes for sale or affordable rent, the sites include:

  • Guildford Park Road on previous open-air car park site (160 homes, 64 for affordable rent)
  • Apple Tree pub site in Park Barn (18 homes, all for affordable rent with nine fully wheelchair accessible)
  • Ladymead site near the new Fire Station (12 homes, all for affordable rent)
  • other smaller scale previously-developed sites (21 homes across five sites, all for affordable rent). 

Lead Councillor for Housing and Development Management, Cllr Philip Brooker said: 

"By carefully managing our housing stock and finances, we are now in a strong position to provide and build a mix of homes to meet the different needs across our communities. We believe that every person matters and we continue to invest in providing affordable social housing."

 

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