Full Council Budget

by CllrZoeFranklin on 18 February, 2013

On Valentine’s Day evening (yes, we councillors clearly need to get out more!) Guildford Borough Council met to discuss and approve the budget for 2012-13. The two key points on the agenda for me were the overall budget and the proposed 1.9% council tax increase. During budget discussions I took the opportunity to speak and […]

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Stoke Community Lunch

by CllrZoeFranklin on 22 January, 2013

Last week I attended the regular community lunch held at St Peter’s Church (opposite Bellfields’ Green). The topic for discussion was a continuation of the theme that we’ve had for the last few sessions – the impact of the economic downturn. It sounds a bit distant when I say it like that been it has […]

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Lovely day for door knocking

by CllrZoeFranklin on 5 January, 2013

So I will confess I was rather glad when I woke this morning to find that it was a dry day as nothing dampens the spirits when you’re heading out knocking on doors than bucket loads of rain.   The task at hand was an hour or so off knocking on doors in Stoughton with […]

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Funding success for local Scout group

by CllrZoeFranklin on 10 December, 2012

I was delighted to be told last week that our local Scout Group, the 2nd’s, bid for a grant of £23,400 from the Surrey County Council Community Improvement Fund by 2nd Guildford Scouts has been approved! I know from speaking to the groups leaders that they have put in hours and hours of work writing […]

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Food for thought

by CllrZoeFranklin on 31 January, 2012

On this ocassion the topic was the challenges facing low income working families, led by Jo Tester from Guildford Action.

The session was excellent with Jo talking us through a financial casestudy of a family of four where one adult is working for the minimum wage and the other is staying home to look after young children. I will be honest – it was a real eye-opener as it showed that paying for just the essentials the family would be short of over £150 every month.

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Bellfields Moggy Pond – An update

by CllrZoeFranklin on 2 July, 2011

Over the past year work has been happening behind the scenes to enable work to improve the Moggy Pond area to start. This began with the setting up of a small group of people who are leading the project, followed by applications for funding and most recently a Community Clean Up Day (http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/s/2093847_residents_gather_for_moggy_pond_cleanup) that you […]

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2011 Election Results for Stoke Ward

by CllrZoeFranklin on 2 July, 2011

I know it’s a little late but I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped me out during the campaign and everyone who voted for me on May 5th. Thanks to your support I have been re-elected to serve the communities of Bellfields, Slyfield and Weyfield for another four years.

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Litter concerns on Woking Road

by CllrZoeFranklin on 9 June, 2010

A local resident recently spoke to me as she was concerned that regular litter picks were not taking place on the section of Woking Road between the shops and the Woking Road Depot. I have spoken to a senior member of the refuse department at Guildford Borough Council who has explained that this area does […]

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Stop Press – I need your help

by CllrZoeFranklin on 9 March, 2010

I have just pencilled my next ward walk in with our Community Safety Warden Garry Jones for the last week of March and was wondering where we should head to in Stoke. We tend to switch between Bellfields and Weyfield so this time will be the turn of Weyfield however I would be interested to […]

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Drive Smart at Christ’s College

by CllrZoeFranklin on 25 February, 2010

Yesterday I was privileged to be able to attend the first session of Surrey County Council’s Drive Smart campaign at Christ’s College. For the session I joined sixth form students to watch an excellent interactive presentation which took up the idea of a young woman trying to tell her boyfriend and his mate why she […]

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