Passengers of taxis and private hire vehicles travelling in Guildford will now be safer after we updated our licensing policy to improve standards and make services more efficient. All drivers will need to sign up to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to be checked every six months, all licensed taxis will be fitted with CCTV equipment and there will be improved staff training and vetting for private hire operators, following new rules set by the Department for Transport.
We have been working hard to support our businesses to be ready to welcome residents and visitors as government restrictions ease today. Non-essential shops, hospitality businesses which can offer outdoor service and indoor leisure venues have opened for the first time in over three months. This includes our Spectrum Leisure Centre and Ash Manor Sports Centre. Our outdoor Lido already re-opened on Monday 29 March. Managing Director of
Please let us know how you feel about visiting Guildford town centre again as restrictions change, by completing our short survey. The survey, which can be completed here: www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/HVL0UF/, is open until Sunday 23 May. James Whiteman, Managing Director says: “We are working in partnership with our Business Improvement District, Experience Guildford to understand if you have any safety concerns when
Do you have any items which could help us to document life in Guildford during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic? Our Museum and Heritage Services team want items including diaries, photographs, poems, artwork and anything specially produced for Covid-19 to record your experiences of a year which has affected everybody through lockdown, from social distancing to home working and home schooling.
Our much-loved Farmers’ Market returns to Guildford High Street on Tuesday 30 March from 10.30am - 3.30pm to offer residents delicious food and drink from local producers. All of the stalls will only be selling essential items, in line with government restrictions, and there will be social distancing measures in place to help keep you safe. Dawn Hudd Strategic
Tuesday 23 March marks one year since we were asked to stay home to stay safe and protect our NHS as the Coronavirus (Covid 19) pandemic swept across the globe. Since then we have experienced three national lockdowns and other restrictions to our daily lives with many of us sadly having lost loved ones before their time. There have
Our Castle, Guildhall and Tunsgate Arch will join more than a hundred buildings and landmarks across England and Wales by lighting up purple on Sunday 21 March to celebrate the 2021 census. The event is being organised by The Office for National Statistics (ONS) to raise awareness of Census Day on Sunday 21 March,
The 2021 Guildford in Bloom competition launches this week as Guildford’s favourite horticultural competition celebrates its 40th birthday with the theme ‘Blooming 40’. So, if life begins at 40, there could be no better time to get out in the garden and be creative. Cllr Paul Spooner, Chairman of Guildford in Bloom says: “Guildford in Bloom has come a long way in
The census is coming. By taking part, you can help inform decisions on services that shape your community, such as healthcare, education and transport. It’s easy to do your bit, you’ll be sent a letter with an access code, then visit the secure website and enter your access code to get started. If you can, offer help to family and
New support grants are available for local businesses affected by the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic - even those already receiving business rates relief. We have distributed over £7,580,000 of government grants to support over 600 local businesses through the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic since November, and over £30 million in total. For full details, visit https://www.guildford.gov.uk/article/23827/Financial-Help-for-Business-during-Covid-19. Businesses which