The final souvenir issue of About Guildford, the Council’s own newspaper, will be delivered to every residential address in the borough next week from 16 March 2020. The decision is part of our commitment to reduce our carbon footprint and tackle climate change at a local level. Instead, we are taking our news online.
After 24 years of producing the printed newspaper, we will move to sharing all of our good news stories, achievements and announcements in a new format: a regular online newsletter, as part of our commitment to becoming a carbon neutral council by 2030.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Caroline Reeves said: “I am proud to be leading a council which has stepped up and begun to take big decisions to tackle real challenges in our borough. While we cannot solve the climate change crisis without collaboration, we can all do our bit. I am also pleased to be able to reflect on this Council’s many years of milestones and achievements and you can share in some of these in the final souvenir edition.
She added: “We will still keep you up-to-date on everything about Guildford. Please sign up to our new digital newsletter which launches soon, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or heading to our webpages www.guildford.gov.uk/subscribe.”
In this souvenir edition of About Guildford, we feature an interview with Professor Prashant Kumar, Founding Director of the University of Surrey’s Global Centre for Clean Air Research, where he explains how important it is for Guildford to be a major player in the global fight against climate change. Professor Kumar explains how his work with local schools in the area is demonstrating clear patterns and helping to find solutions to pollution at a local level. This souvenir edition also highlights the unveiling of the first water refill station in North Street in January. Located opposite Guildford Library, on the junction of Ward Street and North Street, the new station will help to reduce the amount of carbon emitted in the plastic bottle production process.
Asked about the final edition of About Guildford, James Whiteman, Managing Director said:
“Over the years, I’ve seen so many great accomplishments at Guildford Borough Council and this publication has been there to capture them all. Highlights for me include seeing the fantastic GLive replace our old Civic Hall and, more recently, the completion of our new state-of-the-art Crematorium. We will mark the opening later in Spring.
He added: “To ensure you keep up-to-date with our continued work, please do sign-up to our digital newsletters. We want to keep you informed.”
As well as goings-on, successes, tips and information, we will use our online newsletter to celebrate Guildford’s rich heritage and culture as we go through the year, keeping you informed about events such as the re-opening of Guildford Museum, the wonderful Russell Exhibition at Guildford House Gallery, the Freedom Parade on Armed Forces Day and Heritage Open Days. We will also use the online newsletter for information about housing, leisure, licensing and planning services. It will be an essential guide for those living and working in the borough.
Lead Councillor for Tourism, Leisure and Sport, Cllr James Steel, said:
“As a forward thinking environmentally conscious Council, we are committed to communicating regularly with our residents, visitors and businesses in many different ways – it is important everyone has a picture of what we are working to achieve for them and they are kept up to date with all the great events going on in Guildford. This digital newsletter will enable us to use less paper and provide that information straight into people’s inboxes. Signing up is very easy, just go to www.guildford.gov.uk/subscribe.”