Guildford Record of Success under the Conservative Led Council

17/04/2019

From housing to recycling, infrastructure to meals on wheels, Guildford Borough Council Conservatives have carefully managed the finances of Guildford to deliver excellent and wide ranging services for all.

Guildford Borough Conservative Councillors have taken robust and forward thinking decisions to tackle the challenges in Guildford and to improve standards of living for residents of Worplesdon Ward.

Local Councillors David Elms, Dennis Paul and Keith Witham reflect on recent success: "We have put together a selection of over 80 achievements that Conservatives have delivered for Guildford residents over the past term. This is in addition to the day-to-day services we provide, all for only 10% of our council tax bill.

We promise to deliver yet more in the next term and thank residents for all their help in achieving so much in the local community."

A full copy of the achievements can be downloaded from the link below.

For example, we have:

  • Directly delivered 92 new affordable homes on our own brownfield sites.
  • Provided homes to just over 1000 households from our waiting list in the last 4 years.
  • Invested £1.2 million annually helping people remain in their own homes.
  • Introduced an outreach service to support homeless families.
  • Supported our local community through Project Aspire and grants totalling £1.7 million.
  • Delivered 36,500 community meals every year.
  • Cut Council housing rent levels by 1% in each of the last 3 years, making rents more affordable
  • Secured £23.6m to Unlocking Guildford Traffic Package includes.
  • Forward funded the development of Guildford Park West station next to the Hospital to aid congestion and help key workers in Guildford.
  • Secured £10m funding from Homes England towards the Ash Road Bridge under the Housing Infrastructure Fund to ease congestion and mitigate from housing development.
  • Created Schools Watch with 30 schools regularly patrolled, with over 2700 move-ons and just under 400 penalty charge notices issued.
  • Have entered co-development phase for almost £53m of further funding from Homes England to take forward the Slyfield Area Regeneration Project for 1500 new homes, new sewage works and depot.
  • Purchased the Odeon Cinema building to kick start the regeneration of Bedford Wharf and open up the River to the town.
  • High quality recycling and waste services - 97% satisfaction rates carrying out around 6.5 million container empties every year.
  • Reached 60% recycling in 2016/17. Guildford is 2nd in Surrey and 17th in the whole country.
  • Invested over £2.1 million improving the energy efficiency of our housing stock.
  • Cleaned 640 miles of road, emptying over 1000 litter and dog bins and clearing 1400 tonnes of litter, waste, leaf fall and detritus.
  • Undertook 18 night time cleans of the A3 (each closure covers up to 5 miles of carriageway) with plans to increase to 22 this year.
  • Delivered and supported GLive - and this year, best results yet, record financial performance, highest ever attendance, and a record surplus.
  • Supported the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre to deliver youth theatre.
  • Continued the only Tourist Information Centre in Surrey supporting over £300m of tourism activity with 5m day visitors and 6000 jobs in tourism.
  • Second lowest council tax in Surrey in 2018-19.
  • Invested £86 million through our capital programme in 2019-20 and £375 million over the next four years - along with securing £28 million of inward investment