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Petition to: Initiate a Car Free Day in the Town Centre of Guildford

This petition is now closed, as its deadline has passed.

We the undersigned petition Surrey County Council to Initiate a Car Free Day in the Town Centre of Guildford. More details

Petition update 2 from the council, 15 June 2020

The following petition response was published with the agenda for the Guildford Joint Committee's meeting planned for 18th March 2020:

At the full Council meeting held on Tuesday, 9 July 2019, it was resolved to declare a ‘Climate Emergency’, and commit actions to support businesses and all local authorities in their work to tackle climate change by providing a strong unified voice for councils in lobbying for support to address this emergency, and sharing best practice across all councils.
A preliminary discussion has already taken place with the Cabinet Member for Highways, Matt Furniss, and he is supportive of the principle of a Car-free Day. However, with the current uncertainty concerning the impacts of Covid-19, the County Council would not support it at this time. The advice surrounding the infection is evolving and it would be inappropriate to introduce additional measures which may impact on people’s ability to travel.
If any ‘Car-free day’ is progressed in future years the desire for a reduction in vehicle emissions, needs be considered very carefully and holistically.
In an area such as Guildford any closure of main classified roads will undoubtedly require diversion of through traffic onto other routes, generally making journeys longer and moving congestion and air quality concerns elsewhere, where air quality management areas are already in existence, such as Compton and Shalford. The Town is already severed by many environmental features such as railway lines, rivers, trunk roads and other features, which make diversion of traffic that much more difficult and complicated.
A complete closure on many roads would still necessitate some form of access for buses, emergency services such as the Police, Fire and Ambulance services, and would necessitate a level of manned gated access, whether that be the Police or other accredited traffic officers, to ensure compliance. The signing for diverted traffic would be quite extensive to cover all types of vehicles that would be diverted from the Town Centre, as well as HGV traffic, so the routes would have to be suitable and appropriate for this type of vehicle. Closures of more minor roads would be simpler and easier to accommodate than large areas of closure such as the gyratory system.
With this is mind in future years the County Council may support some form of Voluntary Car Free Day, initially.
• Working closely with Guildford Borough Council this could be in the form of active publicity, to encourage those who require access to the Town more use of the Park & Ride facility.
• Working with schools, parents can be discouraged from driving their children to local schools and encouraged to try other modes of transportation, including cycling and walking.
• Poster campaigns, including radio information and publicity.

Regards,
Gregory Yeoman
Partnerships Committee Officer (Guildford)
Community Partnerships & Safety Team
Insight, Analytics and Intelligence

07968 832390
gregory.yeoman@surreycc.gov.uk

Petition update 1 from the council, 14 February 2020, while petition was still open

This petition has met the relevant criteria to be considered by the Joint Committee (Guildford). It will be presented to the Joint Committee on Wednesday 18th March 2020 at their meeting to be held in the council chamber, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, Surrey GU2 4BB. The Committee will consider the petition and the officer response at the meeting. You are more than welcome to attend and listen to the debate if you would like to. The agenda and papers for the meeting will be available here https://mycouncil.surreycc.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=751&MId=7103&Ver=4.

Gregory Yeoman
Partnerships Committee Officer (Guildford)
Community Partnerships & Safety Team
Insight, Analytics and Intelligence

07968 832390 / 01483 517530
gregory.yeoman@surreycc.gov.uk

www.surreycc.gov.uk/guildford
www.surreycommunitysafety.org.uk

More details from petition creator

A Car-Free Day would show what Guildford Town Centre could be like without vehicles – a day with much reduced air pollution, CO2 emissions and noise. It would demonstrate the benefits of walking, cycling, and public transport over using the car. It would encourage residents and visitors to find alternative, healthier ways of getting around the town. For a day, we could use the roadways for something other than just driving our cars. Guildford has an opportunity to show it is taking the climate emergency seriously by joining the many other towns and cities across the globe that are introducing car-free days. We therefore ask that the Guildford Joint Committee adopt this initiative by urgently requesting the relevant agencies to plan a car-free day, with the exception of emergency vehicles, in Guildford Town Centre. This should coincide with International Car-Free Day on or around the 22nd September, 2020.

Current signatories

Dr David Stokes, the petition creator, joined by:

  • Ed Andrews
  • Naomi
  • Jenny Gale
  • Katherine Clowser
  • Doug Clare
  • Kate Beveridge
  • John Beveridge
  • Hannah cook
  • Maria Norman
  • Polly Burgess
  • Nigel Burke
  • Andrew Calladine
  • Max Jamieson
  • Patricia chudziak
  • andrew giess
  • Sophie Gordon
  • Liz
  • Edward Hitchman
  • Alison Moulden
  • Maria Gabauerova
  • Anna Deadman
  • Robert Izzard
  • Claire Jamieson
  • Reem Ben Giaber
  • Janis Dyer
  • Eve Richardson
  • Jasmin Cook
  • Carol Wilson
  • Simon Davis
  • Jonathan Readings
  • Paul ferguson
  • Anne Notley
  • Ben McCallan
  • Kate Johnston
  • Phil Mitchell
  • Sam Jones
  • Freya Turner
  • Simon Schultz
  • Alexandra Brady
  • Peter Whittall
  • Rosemary Woodcock
  • Rachel Ferguson
  • David Bartles
  • Paul Stevenson
  • Billie
  • Susan Chadwick
  • Amy cook
  • Ciaran Doran
  • Julia Shaw
  • Richard Waters
  • Gerald McGrath
  • Hazel M.
  • Rachel Spruce
  • Calum Shaw
  • K Alger
  • Idil Spearman
  • Bronwen Smith-Thomas
  • Tom Hunt
  • Henrietta Stock
  • Ian Cornish
  • Helen H
  • Andrea Searle
  • Nina Alphey
  • Tim Howarth
  • Peter Merry
  • Charles Bennett
  • Bernard Linke
  • Gabriela Tarlowska
  • Kirsty Lane
  • Naomi
  • Valentina Abba
  • Gema
  • Margaret Cull
  • Lara Egendal
  • Bronwen Chinien
  • Karen Fredborg
  • Shoana
  • Cecilia Taylor
  • Stephen Davis
  • Jan Todd
  • Sue Lea
  • Helen Holt
  • Beth Halliday
  • Stuart Parker
  • Anne Mcclave
  • Charles Drake
  • Nicola Rieg
  • Matt Phelps
  • jenny condit
  • Ruth Waters
  • Nigel Swansborough
  • Tim Page
  • Catherine
  • Edward Oswald
  • Stephanie
  • Nick Singleton
  • Michael Rutland
  • Linda Parker
  • David Carpenter-Lomax
  • Jeremy Gomez
  • Clive Smith
  • William Plaskett
  • Martine Ellis
  • David Ellis
  • John Trevail
  • matthew baylis
  • Nikki Gibbon
  • Susie Campbell
  • Adrian Taylor
  • Christopher Houston
  • Banu Konyali Imam
  • Paulina Shearing
  • Simon Page
  • Amanda Rockhill
  • Natasha Fox
  • Mr Terence Faithfull
  • Svenja Trettin
  • sean hellett
  • Debbie Smith
  • Glenda Page
  • Julian Fletcher
  • Darius Dranginis
  • Osman Yavas
  • Susan Davies
  • Matthew Ambrose
  • William Davies
  • Camila Gelber
  • Tony Ambrose
  • Graham Brown
  • Sam Veitch
  • Josh Bird
  • ANNE WRIGHT
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  • Jeremy Varns
  • Connor Dixon
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  • Mike Gunn
  • Charlie Woodall
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  • Caroline Hutt
  • Philippa Cane
  • Dianne Blakelock
  • Lewis Hanson
  • Lewys Beames
  • Fiona Lee
  • Jon Sharpe
  • Birgit Maher
  • Anna Korzeniowska
  • Amy Geoghegan
  • Mathew Gearon
  • Christopher Loynes
  • Aimee Poulter
  • cecilia gath
  • Diana
  • Nicole Baldock
  • craig smyth
  • Svilen
  • Lisa wright
  • Rebecca Lennon
  • George Gigney
  • Ian Lumsden
  • Heidi Hazeu
  • Steve Brierley
  • Andrea Adamou
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  • David Pickler
  • Rachel Bennett
  • Vaughan Moseley
  • James Davies
  • Alison Fisher
  • Simon Fisher
  • Andra Carmina Vartej
  • Louise Head
  • Helen Skinner
  • Amanda cowan
  • Paul Gibbins
  • Kyle Baker
  • Jason Dale
  • John Pletts
  • Rose Sarah
  • Carol Foussat
  • Abigail CROWTHER
  • David D Smith
  • Joe Kilner
  • Bob Bromham
  • D Berghian
  • Michaela Richardson
  • Alison Smith
  • Brenda Ramsden
  • Ellen D
  • Pam Hills
  • Cheryl chitty
  • Russell bradley
  • Jonny
  • Tina Moon
  • Mel Wythe
  • Gachou
  • Keira S
  • Charné petit
  • Carolyn Graham
  • Gary Young
  • Jane Stockwell
  • Merinda DAprano
  • Michelle Horne
  • Tamsy Baker
  • Nicola Jenkins
  • Andrew Davis
  • Debs Geaves
  • Leftaris Michellis
  • M Crickmore
  • Hugh Coakley
  • Brett Dalli
  • Sandra Robinson
  • Thomas McMurtry
  • Beverley Healing
  • Susie Alcock
  • Charles Alcock
  • Colin Spalding
  • Chris S
  • Peter Barnett
  • Richard Goldsmith
  • George Potter
  • steve smith
  • Ann James
  • Duncan Appleby
  • William Gossage
  • Rebecca Brown
  • Alasdair Nicol
  • Roger Adams
  • Gergana Bamburska
  • david ogilvie
  • Muriel Quilter
  • Laura Davies
  • Laura Hastings
  • Roger Simpson-Jones
  • Susie
  • Victoria Beaumont
  • Janet Connor
  • Michael Beaumont
  • Graham Richings
  • Gina Redpath
  • Phil Adams
  • Mark Worley
  • Margot redpath
  • Graham Laycock
  • Todd Ward
  • Robert Good
  • Jonathan Mitchell
  • Pippa Mitchell
  • Rosemary Morgan
  • Nils Christiansen
  • Neil Ford
  • Joy Watson
  • Tieleke Williams
  • Gillian Mary Cameron
  • Peter Slade
  • Judy Bridgeman
  • Rocio Martinez Cillero
  • ROSCELYN Connor
  • Peter Osborn
  • Frances Rollin
  • Lloyd Davey
  • Joy Walley
  • Natalie Savage
  • Lydia Foster
  • Jean Hopwood
  • Rebecca Andrew
  • Gabrielle Holgate
  • Annabel Agace
  • Jo Herbert
  • Ben Smithies
  • Martyn Sandford
  • Roger White
  • Arianna Pisetti
  • Martin Archer
  • Andrew White
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  • Harry Eve
  • Saranna Fordyce
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  • Austin Bell
  • Updated: 16 Jul 2020

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