Our Work – what the Guildford Vision Group is doing to safeguard our town’s future

What we have done
Since our foundation in March 2012 we have been actively working with Guildford’s Council, communities and stakeholders to realise our vision of a better town centre, including organising a number of very well attended meetings to raise awareness.

We believe the town centre is about the people who live, work and visit here, rather than about the buildings, roads and traffic which currently consume it.

One of the World’s greatest architects and planners, Sir Terry Ferrell, talks of the importance of the spaces between buildings rather than the buildings themselves.

Guildford Borough Council needs to take this on board and focus on place making in the town rather than just the buildings.

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As Sir Terry points out, the two are not mutually exclusive.

The Council needs to produce models so everyone can see the possibilities, understand the benefits and become engaged.

Of course transport, business and homes are vital to the success of Guildford, but we firmly believe these should be achieved as part of a much wider picture which puts community and spaces first.

If we get that right then people will want to live, work and visit here and communities and businesses will thrive.

Our Work – Guildford Vision Group
Our work started with a simple concept – return the riverside to being at the heart of the town and make it a place people want to go to, enjoy, spend time in and return to, rather than rush in to do some shopping and then rush back out again!

We need tranquil places – recovery areas where people can enjoy spending their time and money.

In 2012, when none of this was being considered, The Guildford Society asked consultants Allies and Morrison to help with its response to that first draft of the Town Centre Framework.

The Society was then able to persuade the Council to commission the firm to help it develop a much broader and more visionary plan.

You can download the Allies and Morrison plan here, and see some of the illustrations in  The Vision gallery here.

What we are doing now
Although that plan took a major step forward for Guildford we believe there are still many areas to address and we are committed to working with the Council and other stakeholders towards accomplishing these objectives wherever we can.

Please see the Our Vision page on this website for more details about what we feel still needs to be done.

You can help achieve this vision of Guildford by writing to your local borough councillors asking them to support our proposals, in particular the new crossing is essential to free the town centre from traffic and enable the riverside to become a world standard environment for living and working.

Please see our How You Can Help page for everything you need to contact your local councillors.

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