Because over 20,000 people signed Surrey County Council's on-line petition opposing the introduction of charges for on-street parking throughout Surrey, using Pay & Display machines, a formal debate will take place during the council's AGM on Tuesday 10 May.
Over 26,000 names were listed on this petition. In addition some 30,000 signatures were collected on paper-based petitions in various parts of the county and presented to council officers prior to the previous council meeting. Accordingly it is anticipated that members of the public may turn up for this meeting in significant numbers.
It is uncertain whether the current repairs to the roof of the Council Chamber will be complete by then, so a lecture theatre has been booked in Kingston University (on the opposite side of the road to County Hall) to accomodate the numbers of the public who are expected to turn up.So, if you don't want to see ludicrous increases in parking charges in Guildford, please turn up to the debate. You may not be allowed to speak but there's nothing against you holding up placards with your opinions on them ;)
Like all meetings of the Council, this is a meeting held in public, which the public may attend to listen, but not to speak. The meeting starts at 10.30am, preceded by prayers by a chaplain at 10.25am.
Go on, give the tories a scare and make your voice heard.