Welcome – by John Rigg, Chairman, Guildford Vision Group

Guildford is at the most significant crossroads in its 1,000 year history – and our town now needs your help.

With growing and irresistible pressures on housing, business, traffic and infrastructure we have a stark choice:

- Either our town continues with the piecemeal development it has suffered since the war, which will inevitably turn it into another sprawling nightmare like Slough
– Or we take a deep breath and have the vision to return our town centre to the people with pleasant open spaces and a beautiful riverside like Richmond and Stratford Upon Avon.

Which way do you want Guildford Borough Council to take us?

At Guildford Vision Group we believe the Council now has an unique opportunity to put into place the Allies and Morrison Masterplan our county town deserves.

The Council has the sites and has approved this plan, BUT it is effectively UNDELIVERABLE without a new road crossing to carry the traffic away from the centre.

Here, on our website, you can discover the vision for this Masterplan and new crossing, more about our Group and how you can help us ensure that the Guildford of the future is a fabulous place people want to live in and visit, not an urban wasteland.

A town for people, not traffic, with heritage and modern facilities – and a thriving community in which businesses can grow and everybody, including future generations, enjoys living, working, playing, eating and shopping.

But this vision of a traffic-free Guildford centre and wonderful riverside will only happen with a new crossing over the river and railway to take vehicles around the core of the town.

No crossing means keeping the current four lane carriageway carrying heavy traffic into the centre – separating the town and the river and losing the last chance in a century to create a truly lovely town centre free from vehicles, noise, fumes and traffic accidents.

THE VITAL DECISION ON THIS CROSSING LIES IN THE HANDS OF GUILDFORD’S COUNCILLORS (LED BY SOME OFFICERS) – PLEASE HELP US TO PERSUADE THEM TO BE BOLD AND GRASP THIS ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY NOW BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE.

Please take a few minutes to write to your local Councillors asking them to ensure the crossing goes ahead and the vision of a town centre for people becomes a reality.

ALL THE INFORMATION ON WHO TO WRITE TO AND WHAT TO SAY IS HERE.

Action by you now is vital if the Council is to take the right turning at the crossroads in front of us.

Your councillors and their officers need to be making decisions which are transparent and fulfil the opportunities available – not simply those that are the easiest.

Thank you very much for your support – it will help make all the difference.

Have your say in the future of our town with the Guildford Vision Group

The Guildford Vision Group was founded to make sure that the future development of our town:

- Is about people, more pedestrianisation and place making, not roads and ad hoc development

 

- Makes the River Wey a central feature we can all enjoy with riverside walkways, restaurants and shops

 

- Gives us all open spaces and an attractive environment for living, eating, playing, shopping and working

 

- Frees the centre from the noise, pollution and dangers of heavy traffic

 

- Creates new town centre housing and a flourishing community

 

- Provides a vibrant place for businesses and commerce to succeed

 

- Reunites East and West Guildford as an inclusive whole.

Masterplan town map Guildford Vision Group

To explore these objectives we encouraged Guildford Council to appoint specialist planners and urban designers.

The Council can take credit for embracing his approach and selecting Allies and Morrison who have delivered a Masterplan with vision.

This reveals how the town could grow through a single integrated strategy, rather than simply allowing development to happen on a case by case basis as has happened all too often before.

The Masterplan has now been published and approved by the Council. However we are still a long way away from seeing it put into action and there are still many issues to be resolved.

In particular it is vital that the town centre is fully pedestrianised with a landscaped riverside.

The only way to achieve this is with a new road crossing over the river and railway, and the re-opening of the Town Bridge, so that traffic is carried around the centre rather than through it.

Although this option, with its major benefits to Guildford, was available to the Council we understand it was rejected by some as being too problematic.

So it was never put out to consultation, even though it is the one option that will enable the real transformation of the town.

You can see how wonderful Guildford could be without traffic in the slides at the top of this page and in our Vision gallery here – but it cannot happen without a new crossing.

 

THIS IS WHERE YOU CAN HELP.

You need to write to your local borough councillors to ask them to ensure that Guildford develops a new crossing and makes the town centre more people friendly..

We have made it as simple as possible with our step by step guide on who to write to and what to say in our How You Can Help page.

Please have a look at this page now and see how easy it is for you to send a clear message to the Council in just a few minutes.

It’s your town – please make sure you play your part in its future today before it is too late!

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Photo Galleries

THE VISION

See how Guildford could be transformed into a much more people friendly town by pedestrianising the centre and opening up the riverbank with exciting new walkways, restaurants and shops with illustrations from the Allies and Morrison Masterplan.

GOOD GUILDFORD

Guildford is a historic county town with many beautiful buildings and places in a rural gap setting which should be celebrated and respected as it grows. Here we show just some of those assets we believe should be preserved and made part of the Masterplan.

GUILDFORD ISSUES

Unfortunately not all of Guildford is pretty or even functional. Years of piecemeal development, and a lack of vision by previous Councils, have created areas which are ugly, under or over used, inaccessible or ruined by traffic and roads.

Inspiring features from around the world

WORLD INSPIRATION

Many towns and cities in the UK and across the world have features and architecture which stand out. They create places which are memorable, attract visitors and give real pride to the people living there. It may be a bridge, fountain or simply a well planned open area people can enjoy. Here are some we hope will inspire you, and those responsible for planning the future of Guildford. (Picture: Rhys Jones)

LET’S WORK TOGETHER

We all need to play a part if we are going to ensure Guildford is a great place to live, work and enjoy in the future. Find out how you can contribute by contacting us today.

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