Roads, the local economy and disadvantaged families in Guildford are set to benefit from an innovative new partnership between Surrey County Council and the borough.
The Guildford-Surrey Board is designed to oversee joint projects like:
· Roads, rail and public transport
· Jobs growth
· Sustainable development
· Support for vulnerable communities
· Public health
The board, which will comprise senior councillors and officers from the two councils, will also focus on creating new ideas to boost Guildford’s economy over the years to come.
The board could be also widened to include other key local organisations, such as the University of Surrey, Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford College and the voluntary sector.
Peter Martin, Deputy Leader of Surrey County Council and Guildford-Surrey Board member, said: “It’s great that we can work together to give Guildford improved infrastructure, more job growth and more coordinated services.
“We look forward to helping to deliver tangible benefits to the people of Guildford and achieving better value for money for Surrey taxpayers. This board will promote closer working with the borough council and builds on existing partnerships elsewhere.”
Councillor Stephen Mansbridge, Leader of Guildford Borough Council, said: “We recognise that we cannot work alone in meeting some of the most significant challenges facing the borough. By working with Surrey County Council we can look at issues from different points of view and take a fresh approach. It will also help us provide more cost-efficient and higher quality public services together.”