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A 20m ‘flagship’ new Leisure Centre could soon be arriving in Cranleigh’s Village Way?

 

If ‘Your Waverley’s Executive can persuade its 57 members to part with a lorry-load of cash – Cranleigh and the eastern villages could soon enjoy a ‘flagship low carbon leisure extravaganza.’

Where will it be? Slap bang in the middle of the Village Way Car Park. But the Thursday Market is happy to move during the works.

 The 20m Passivhaus designed Leisure Centre earmarked for Cranleigh & the eastern villages of Waverley? The site is adjacent to homes in Charts Close and Overford Drive.

However, some councillors among the Rainbow Coalition and the opposition are already asking if the ambitious project is affordable and whether Cranleigh High Street can cope with the extra traffic. One commentator on the Webcast claimed the following:

The Executive of Waverley, supported by officers, have heralded the latest scheme as a ‘flagship low carbon project’ that will benefit Cranleigh’s existing residents and the vast influx of residents expected to occupy around 5,000 new homes planned in the immediate area.

Cranleigh Executive member Liz Townsend’s excitement at the prospect was only matched by that of Cllr Paul Follows Waverley’s Leader when she announced it last night.

Shortly before the 2019 local election, the Tory administration promised Cranleigh a £12.7m leisure centre. Did the Tories use the promise of a new leisure centre to dupe Cranleigh residents into voting for them?

Beneficiaries will include the residents of the Dunsfold Park Garden Village – which is predicted to host almost 3,000 new homes – and many more on the Surrey/Sussex borders. The developer is already committed to contributing a large chunk of the money – though other developers are contributing zilch! Guildford Borough Council may also collaborate with ‘Your Waverley’ on the ambitious project.

The project is considered – URGENT – as the existing 52-year-old centre, built by public subscription in the 1960s is falling apart at the seams. It would cost £5m over the next few years to keep it limping on.

If the Full Council gives the scheme the go-ahead, the Cranleigh venture would be only the third Passivhaus designed leisure centre in the country to be operating in 2025  could be the envy of every other town in the borough.

The project may also include this controversial site near Village Way in Knowle Lane in Cranleigh! This appears to be part of a new outfit called – The Waverley Health Care Alliance. Villagers are eager to know whether the charity that owns the site bought with public money is part of this ‘Alliance?’

The land once owned by Cranleigh `Parish Council was earmarked 22 years ago for a replacement for Cranleigh Village Hospital. This morphed many years later into a Private Nursing Home and residential flats. Waverley Planners refused an application by Cranleigh Village Health Trusts, and no appeal against its decision has been made in the time frame, which has now ended. CVHT owns the land in Knowle Lane, and the charity raised several million pounds to fund a new hospital.

The site in Knowle Lane – adjacent to Village Way –  called the Paddock Field on which planning permission has been refused for a private care home.

The Passivhaus concept focuses on passive design, looking at the building orientation, maximising airtightness and fabric efficiency before incorporating the most efficient technologies and renewables to supply heat and electricity.

There are currently only two leisure centres in the UK designed to Passivhaus standards. The first in Exeter was completed in July 2021 and claims to have achieved 70% efficiency in energy and 50% efficiency in water use. The second one, to be built by Spelthorne Borough Council, has just acquired planning permission, and is designed to achieve up to 60% energy efficiency.  A Passivhaus design would only take the building so far in terms of minimising carbon emissions.  However, It would remove  11% of Waverley’s emissions.

The Executive proposes to spend £250,000 on a project manager.

Part of the Executive Meeting was held privately, which presumably included details on how the project will be funded?

The report to the Executive recommended the facility mix for the new centre by building on the findings of the Indoor Built Facilities Strategy and through supplementary supply and demand analysis, which considered future population growth linked to housing development. Subsequent consultation with Places Leisure and the Council, and SLC’s industry knowledge of the current market, helped to explore the potential concept facility mix as:

  •  25m x 6 lane main pool.
  • 13m x 7m teaching pool with moveable floor 
  • Spectator seating – 100 for main pool and 20 for teaching pool 
  • 110 station gym 
  • multi-purpose exercise studios 
  • One indoor cycling studio 
  • squash courts (with moveable wall partition) 
  • Soft play area (120 sqm on two levels)
  •  Consultation / Treatment rooms
  • Possible Sauna / Steam 
  • Café (50 covers)
  •  Reception and office space.
  • Potential space for ‘health provision’ has also been considered. A separate options report working with the Health Alliance will explore this option more fully and report back to Council.

Cranleigh Leisure Centre Report on Pages 93-111.

https://modgov.waverley.gov.uk/documents/g3868/Public%20reports%20pack%2030th-Nov-2021%2018.00%20Executive.pdf?T=10

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Has Waverley’s former Tory leader gone to pot?

Cllr and former Waverley Leader Julia Potts left her Farnham seat in a fit of panic during the last borough council election and parachuted over to Frensham, Dockenfield and Tilford.

Having tucked the rural seat safely under her belt, the potty one continued for a while as Tory Leader. But it was no fun leading a dispirited rump of a party. So she resigned after a respectable gap and leapt out of her chamber pot into a more satisfactory and remunerative role, as all Tory’s do,  and then moved away from the area.

She now works as an Associate for Cratus Communications, a company she had forged close links with during her tenure as council leader.

Here’s her profile. https://cratus.co.uk/associate-directory All About Julia

Here’s just a taster:

Julia led the strategic direction on key major planning and regeneration developments within the borough, including the Brightwells Farnham Regeneration scheme, a mixed commercial and resident project worth £120m which aimed to bring jobs, shops, leisure and new homes, with an annual £900k income for the council. She spearheaded a £9m Ockford Ridge Refurbishment and Regeneration scheme to provide 104 new Council homes and ground-up refurbishment of remaining council homes on this estate to decent home standard and liaised with developer and landowners.

In summary, she is a visionary Leader and Communications Specialist with a proven history of success in pioneering change projects across complex business landscapes.

Like us, most residents couldn’t give a jot who she works for or where she lives. But does duping the residents of Frensham, Dockenfield & Tilford sit well with residents or former incumbent who, being the gentleman that he was, handed the seat over to her?

 Cllr Potts’  colleague Cllr Brian Adams was kicked out of the Conservative Party a while back for some misdeameanour.    He now represent his constituents as an Independent. 

Take me to ‘ Your Waverley’s new Leader?

So here’s Cllr Potts Attendance record for the past six months. Has she gone AWOL? Or is Cratus taking up all her time now that leading the Tories has lost its shine and Cllr Stephen Mulliner has accepted the leader’s baton?  Should the good folk of FD & Tilford should be seeking a By-Election?

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Dunsfold Garden Village Webinar latest.

 

Here’s what one of our Alfold moles thinks about the Dunsfold Garden Village Webinar.

Denise Wordsworth was among those watching the Webinar last Thursday, and here’s her take on all things Dunsfold Garden Village – which, just like Topsy – “just growed and growed.”

Well, I duly watched the Waverley Council Webinar this evening – and whilst a slick marketing exercise, with a few, answered questions nothing further was revealed to get excited about and nothing more than the 90 odd pages on the website.

Here’s how I see it. We will basically get three options:

Scenario 1: Progress existing consent for 1,800 homes and make subsequent applications to realise the full 2,600 home site allocation.

Scenario 2: Review and expansion of the consented scheme to realise full 2,600 homes

Scenario 3. Preparation of new planning application in line with Policy SS7 and SS7 for 2600 New Homes.

It would seem that S3 is probably what the New Owners would prefer. Still, based upon the comments this evening, 2600 is a done deal as it is in Local Plan Part 1 as an allocation so that the only constraints will be this FLEXIBLE Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)!

I am sure WBC would prefer Scenario 1, so it can crack on with 1800 Homes and work out the detail for the rest of the development as and when they come forward from a huge amount of Developers who will all be looking at this SPD and seeing that so long as they are flexible….. anything goes!

I cannot see how Scenario 2 is an option unless they just carry it through via this consultation – which would be completely skewed and undemocratic.

The original outline and S106 had benchmarks for when the phases would be bought forward – when monies would be paid out, and the delivery of the transport infrastructure.  If S1 is taken, that will have to be enforced; if S2 or S3, surely it will have to be re-drawn as there will be 800 additional homes, further increasing the traffic?

The fact that vast swathes of LPP1 have been ignored (see Alfold Min 125 Homes) is now up to 343 via consent and won on appeal. As mentioned previously, with another 193 Homes under appeal and 30 new home applications that could take this little village of Alfold to 566 New Homes. I believe this is the largest number of homes for any of the larger villages and about 1/3 of the allocation for Godalming and Milford!

WHY?

LPP1 only seems to suit when WBC decide it is applicable – If they can vary it so much here in Alfold – Why not at Dunsfold Park? Guess it is something to do with DP offering the largest number of homes for Waverley and thus negating the need for other towns and larger villages to take their fair share?

Finally, the plan makes much of the wonderful “FACILITIES” on-site that will make this development a “Destination” REALLY?

Retail and the Food & Bev Outlets by the time there are 332- 553 new homes, and the new residents waiting for 3 years before the Primary School is built. But I am sure they can/will all cycle to Cranleigh/Loxwood and there will be plenty of senior school places available?

The figures from the Approved Outline (1800 New Homes) Indicated:

Pre-school 350 sqm Phased – 175 sqm Year 3 and Year 6
Primary School No Size – Phased – Year 3 and Year 6
Jigsaw School 7800 sqm – By year 5
Medical Centre 800 sqm – By Year 4
Community Ctr. 800 sqm – by Year 4
Care Home 7500sqm – By Year 6
Retail/Convenience – 1000 sqm – 750 sqm Year 3 & 250 sqm Year 4 ( Slightly bigger than M&S in Cranleigh)
Finance/Professional – 250 sqm by Year 4
Food & Bev Outlets – 900 sqm by year 4
Gen Office/R&D – 3700 sqm – 1000 sqm Phased Year 3, Year 5, Year 7

The Planned Roll-out of Builds over 9 YEARS was:

New Homes Tot. New Homes
Year 1 110 110
Year 2 111 221
Year 3 111 332
Year 4 221 553
Year 5 252 805
Year 6 330 1135
Year 7 320 1455
Year 8 343 1798
Year 9 2 1800

I just wish this was all more HONEST – so people could look forward to a New Garden Village that would have affordable first homes as well as the high-end ones. –But this is not it and it will not just affect the local villages, but Godalming/Witley and most obviously Cranleigh with their 1700 + new Homes

WW. The sale to the new owner has not yet been completed and is unlikely to be so until early next year 2022. Probably due to investigative works to drive the price down from the squillions offered initially?

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(Once again) warm words from the MP for South West Surrey not matched by deeds. It’s practically once a week at this point.

Is time running out for our Waverley MP’s – SW Surrey’s Jeremy Hunt and Guildford & Villages, Angela Richardson?

Because by voting ‘AYE’ to hitting ‘Your Waverley’s poorest pensioners will come back to haunt them in the years ahead. Older people, of which there are many in Waverley, have long memories. So they may need to keep their tin hats on?

MP’s Michael Gove, Surrey Heath and Jonathon Lord, Woking – both ABSTAINED. Residents kicking up a stink with our MPs

It will be interesting to see the latest census figures – Waverley has a very high elderly population.

If you feel like contacting them here are their contact details.

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The new Dunsfold Park Garden Village Consultation has begun

 

2,600 new homes coming to Dunsfold soon?

Here’s how long it has taken so far! You couldn’t make it up. 2009 to 2021, and still not one spade in the ground!

Whether you are for or against it – it is just worth knowing that  ‘Your Waverley’ has approved a new Dunsfold Park Garden Village Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), which fast forwards a Planning Application for Dunsfold Park and its potential new owners. In outline, it WAS for 1800 new homes as a “Garden Village” it now proposes to increase this allocation to 2600  without details of how it will eventually appear.  Or, perhaps more importantly,  how the new owners will envisage its development will appear?

If you care or want to know more, look at the WBC Portal?  A link is provided below.

This will affect everyone in the eastern villages of Waverley. particularly Alfold and Dunsfold, the villages along the A281, including Bramley and all roads out of Cranleigh towards Horsham, Ewhurst, Shamley Green and Wonersh.
It will also impact the Surrey/Sussex border villages of Ellens Green and Rudgwick. Horsham District Council recently halted its ~Local Plan. However, the Government expects it to build 19,000 new homes in its Local Plan period, some of which are on the Surrey/Sussex borders.
The Dunsfold development alone could lead to a minimum of 4000-5000 more cars using the A281 Guildford to ~Horsham Road and roads into Cranleigh, where bridges have yet to be widened.
There would also be benefits once many of the new homes, some four storeys, are built.
These include A dedicated bus service, a school, shops, and, if health authorities agree – a new medical practice.   If you have elderly parents or young children at schools in and around Cranleigh, do take a look – as this new garden village will affect us all.

Have your say: To support the Dunsfold Park SPD consultation, we will be running a number of events for the community to view and ask questions on the document. Find out more on our website here  https://orlo.uk/F70sL

First up is an online webinar on Thursday 25 November 2021, 6 pm – 7:30 pm. This event will consist of a Zoom webinar with a presentation and a Q&A regarding the SPD. There is no limit on the number of attendees for this event. Please sign up via our Eventbrite page here  https://orlo.uk/wsEv7

 

Good luck reading this very long report.

Dunsfold Park new settlement was granted Garden Village status by the Ministry of Housing, Community and Local Government (MHCLG) in 2019. In early 2021, Waverley was informed that the current owner (Trinity College Cambridge) sought to dispose of the site. The disposal programme is ongoing with an expectation that a new owner will be in place by the end of 2021.

Given the change in circumstance, it was deemed appropriate for Waverley Council to produce an SPD to support the policies of the local plan, setting out clear expectations and vision for the site considering the garden village status and giving clear guidance around a masterplan framework.

Allies and Morrison LLP was commissioned to undertake the work. This relates to the policies of the Local Plan and reflects the recent national design guidance set out in the National Model Design Code and the related guidance notes. 4.1 SPD content The SPD is intended to set a strategic, sustainable masterplan framework for the timely delivery of the garden village, building on the LPP1 policies, and agreed corporate vision for the site.

It will also adhere to the garden village principles. The masterplan framework will be supported by a more detailed design code section providing guidance to create an innovative, sustainable and high page 6 quality place for future residents, visitors, employers, and work

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Will Guildford & Waverley’s new chief executive need to get his skates on?

The recently appointed Chief Executive Officer of both Guildford and Waverley Borough Councils has a heavy month ahead of him.

No schlepping around the shops for our Tom Horwood.  Mrs Horwood will be out buying the Christmas gifts this year – as the new head Honcho will be – otherwise engaged!

Here’s what he has to achieve between 1st December 2021 and 29 December 2021.  During his trial period, he has to prove he’s the man for the job of running both local authorities.  No wonder Guildford’s guy  James Whiteman, Managing Director at Guildford Borough Council didn’t want the job and decided to grab early retirement and a golden goodbye?

Here’s what our man at Waverley needs to get done and dusted before he heads home for his Christmas break – what Christmas break we hear you cry!

Let us all hope he doesn’t fall over after all that. Or request redundancy by the 29th?

The Terms of Reference for the Joint Appointments Committee includes the authority to sign off the trial period for the Joint Chief Executive role. This trial period lasts from 1 December 2021 to 29 December 2021.

The signing off of the trial period needs to be on objective and measurable targets that are reasonable to achieve within a short period of time during which there are a number of bank holidays.

Christmas and New Year fall within the period – when most of ‘Your Waverley’ goes AWOL!

Our apologies for not listening to the meeting – which wasn’t webcast.

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Was there a By-Election in Binscombe, Godalming, by any chance?

Must be – because there was a Jeremy about!

What’s the closest date to an election to hold a public meeting? Oh, the next day do we hear you say?

Now there’s a good ruse? Drum up a ‘Drug Rumour Story’ to get the locals to leave their sofas? A move guaranteed to upset everyone- including the head of the named school, and parents, who know nothing of any drug dealing.  A cynical ploy to conjure up a crowd or what?

A plague on your houses – including all those Buys to Let properties you and your wife own Jeremy Shunt!

Haven’t we seen this ruse used before? Didn’t he go out and about singing his concern about anti-social behaviour in Farncombe prior to a previous local election?

And then – when The Rainbow Coalition took control of ‘Your Waverley-  failed to rock up – for months!

Does Jeremy Hunt pay a fleeting visit to ‘ Your Waverley?

Jeremy th entrepreneur

Prizes for who can name all the SW Surrey Conservatives in the front rows…

Binscombe stays Green – By-Election result

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Tell ‘Your Waverley’ how you feel about the borough’s parks and gardens.

Executive members Cllr Paul Follows and Cllr Liz Townsend has walked the walk around the borough’s parks and gardens. However, they want to know how the public view these precious green spaces?

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Binscombe stays Green – By-Election result

 

Breaking News Waverley Web

By-election result in for Godalming Town Council  just declared (Godalming Binscombe):

Green 491
Conservatives 309
Spoilt Ballots 2

Green 61% – Conservatives 39%. Turnout: 26%

Founder of the Godalming Nappy Library (yes really!) Clare Weightman is the new Green Party councillor for Godalming Binscombe. The Rainbow coalition continues.

Clare celebrate her victory with Godalming Town Council Leader Paul Follows.

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Polling Day in Godalming – Binscombe Ward GTC

Today (Thursday 18th November) is polling day in Binscombe in the Godalming Town Council by-election.

The election takes place on the retirement of Green councillor Jo Purvis due to ill-health. Unusually there are just two candidates – Labour and the Lib Dems chose not to stand to support the Green Party candidate.

Polling Station is Binscombe Church, Barnes Road from 7 am -10 pm

Green Party member Steve Williams said:

“It is a straight contest between Claire Weightman of the Green Party and the Conservatives – reflecting the collaborative, progressive coalition on the Town Council between Greens, Liberal Democrats, Labour and our one independent councillor, with the Conservatives choosing the route of opposition.

Clare would make a brilliant local councillor and would be a great asset to the progressive coalition on GTC. I wish her every success.”

The Conservative candidate is former Godalming Mayor and Waverley Councillor Liz Wheatley, who we thought had retired from politics several years ago, but who gamely stands as a paper candidate whenever called upon to rock up for an election, anywhere!

 Gone today here tomorrow? Is ‘ the retiring’ Liz Wheatley really making a bid for a seat in Farnham?

South West Surrey Conservatives said:

“We are proud to support our excellent candidate, Liz Wheatley, and hope that you will also support her on polling day!”

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Lions Club across the region support Surrey, Kent and Sussex Air Ambulance.

 

Lions Clubs generously fund new Air Ambulance rapid response vehicles.

Lions District 105SE, which comprises 61 Lions Clubs across the South East, has collectively fundraised to purchase a new rapid response vehicle. The car will provide world-leading pre-hospital emergency medical care by road when circumstances such as bad weather prevent the Kent, Surrey & Sussex services from flying.

Lions Clubs organised a range of fundraising activities, including street collections, bookstalls, sponsored walks and sponsored swims. They raised over £35,000 to meet their fundraising goal of purchasing a Volvo XC90. The vehicle was fitted with a blue light bar on the roof, additional blue lights, sirens and ‘Battenberg’ markings in the corporate colours. These are also the reflective strips that ensure the car is visible, especially at night.

The Volvo XC90 is one of four rapid response cars and replaces a vehicle that the Lions funded in 2015. It has upgraded brakes and suspension to accommodate the nature of high speed and long-distance travel.

Howard Lee, Lions Clubs co-ordinator for the appeal, commented,

“We have fundraised for KSS for many years, partly because their geography coincides with ours but largely because of the invaluable role the charity plays in saving lives. Over the last eight years, we have raised more than £360,000 for KSS and we look forward to continuing our relationship with KSS in the future, helping them to save many more lives.”

Lynne Harris, KSS Executive Director of Income Generation, Marketing and Communications, said:

“Many people only associate KSS with helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) but our rapid response vehicles, which we use primarily when the helicopters aren’t available, are vital to our 24/7 service and effectively enable us to deliver A&E hospital level of care to the patient, regardless of where they are and no matter what the weather conditions are like. Over the last year, 66% of all missions were tasked to helicopters and 34% to rapid response cars. Rapid response vehicles attended over 870 incidents.

“Unlike our helicopters, our rapid response vehicles cannot carry patients. However, they enable our medical crews to reach patients at high speed in order to deliver vital life-saving interventions to give enough time for the patient to reach the hospital by land. In these situations, our team works closely with the ambulance service and often travels with and cares for the patient while they are transported to the hospital.

“It is therefore critical for us that we have a reliable and safe fleet of specially equipped cars. In 2015, the Lions generously donated two Volvos to us, both of which have had very heavy use. On average we drive between 3,000 and 5,000 miles per month, in each car.

“When we explained to the Lions in February 2020 that one of our vehicles needed to be replaced, they generously agreed to make this the focus of one of their major fundraising projects. We are hugely grateful to all fundraisers at the Lions District 105SE for their significant contribution to our service. Thanks to their variety of fundraising initiatives across the region, we now have a new, reliable rapid response vehicle which is invaluable in helping us to deliver our service across the regions which we serve.”

Lions District 105SE continues to fundraise for KSS within the Covid guidelines. However, fundraising is restricted due to the pandemic. For further information about how to donate or to get involved, please click here.

CHARITY NEWS OPERATIONAL NEWS FUNDRAISING NEWS

 

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Would ‘Your Waverley’s’ Leader have voted against development at Milford Golf Course?

Here’s what Waverley’s eastern planning committee its officers and members of the public had to say about 190 new homes in Milford’s Station Lane.

Coming to a golf course in Milford soon – 190 homes.

Here’s a clip of Paul Follows addressing the committee He is Leader of Godalming Town Councillor,  Leader of ‘Your Waverley’ and a Surrey County Councillor.  

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A bit of a stink coming from Dunsfold.

WOULD YOU PEN & INK IT?

Residents of Stovolds Hill and tenants at Dunsfold Park are up in arms over the nasty stink emanating from a bio-digester situated in a field adjacent to the Industrial Park.

According to our sources, foul odours are causing a right stink as they hover, like a mushroom cloud, over the plant and its angry neighbours.
“It’s like living next door to a rotting compost heap,” raged one irate resident.  “I’ve tried complaining to the biodigester’s manager but he refuses to accept it’s anything to do with his plant.  He blames local farmers, claiming they must be muck-spreading!  I’ve told him that’s ridiculous.  We never experienced any odour problems on Stovolds Hill until the bio-digester was built.”

Residents are allegedly furious because they were assured when the plant’s operator applied for planning consent that there was no need whatsoever to worry about unpleasant odours. Still, now it’s operating, they plague them, sometimes daily.  As it would seem, are other residents who have the misfortune to live close to another plant operated by DBE Energy.  

But not a word from Protect Our Waverley (POW) whose leaders Bob Lies and Chris Britton, (who lives nearby and who we understand has morphed into an Alfold Parish Councillor no less). Wonder why the deafening silence from POW? 

That was the bluster …

Now for the science (courtesy of Google, so if we’ve got it wrong, blame them!):

According to our researcher, except where anaerobic digesters are built in isolated locations away from towns and villages, additional, active odour control measures will always be necessary to prevent nuisance to the local communities.

Is this, maybe, the cause of the problem?  Sitting at the bottom of Stovolds Hill, adjacent to a business park, did the Local Authority and DBE think the plant was sufficiently isolated not to warrant these additional measures?

Back to the science:

For active odour control, it’s necessary to set up a network of atomizing nozzles around the main odour-producing parts of the site, which are fed under pressure with a dilute, aqueous solution of an effective odour control chemical formulation. The smaller the atomized droplet size, the larger the surface area to droplet volume, therefore the more effective the droplets are at capturing / neutralizing odours.

High-pressure (60 to 70 bar) atomizing systems are more effective than low-pressure atomizing systems (5 to 15 bar) since these high-pressure systems produce smaller droplets, typically 10 to 15 microns in diameter, than the lower-pressure systems, which produce droplets typically 20 to 50 microns in diameter. It’s often advantageous and can improve odour control with fewer nozzles by combining the nozzles with fed-driven venturis, ensuring an effective spread of the droplets and mixing with air. The layout of the nozzles and venturis across a site is very important to ensure effective control of odours and appropriate consideration must be taken of the proximity of local communities, wind direction, potential amount/strength of release of odorous gases from particular items of digester plant, etc.

The selection of odour control chemicals is also crucial, as many odour control products on the market only contain perfumes and have some surfactants added. This product merely masks bad odours and does not neutralize them, leaving the odour still present. A suitable chemical formulation for odour control will be highly concentrated and will contain a number of active ingredients that specifically react with and neutralize the problematic odours — ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, etc. — to ensure that it’s both effective and cost-efficient.

Depending upon the anaerobic digester feedstock and digestate handling procedures, aerosols of feedstock/digestate containing pathogenic bacteria/fungi might be released into the air and could pose a hazard to plant operators and people living nearby. In the case of a risk that such aerosols might be produced at an anaerobic digester plant, this risk can be mitigated by using an odour control product that contains a synergistic blend of cationic biocides, which will kill most gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria and fungi upon contact.

To minimize odour control operational costs, a super concentrate odour control product should be capable of being diluted to at least 1 part in 500 parts of clean water, rather than most conventional odour control products that are used diluted at 1 part in 100 parts or 200 parts of water.

In conclusion, a combination of treating gases produced by the process and active odour control will ensure that the population in nearby towns and villages are not troubled by the release of unpleasant and obnoxious odours emanating from anaerobic digester plants.

So, the question is? Is DBE Energy, the owner/operator of the plant doing everything it should be doing to protect the local community from the stink their operation is causing or is it cutting costs/corners at the expense of local residents and businesses on the Park impacted by its so-called efforts to ‘tackle climate change from within our local community?

To encourage the plant’s owners/operators to take the odour issues seriously, local residents are urging everyone who is affected by the smell to complain on every occasion they smell the noxious concoction being brewed at the plant by contacting the plant manager here:

http://dbe.energy/contact/

and also by contacting Surrey County Council’s Enforcement Officers to alert them to the problem as it is a condition of the plant’s planning permission that any and all escaping odours are thoroughly investigated: Paul Warner – Senior Enforcement Officer

Email: mwcd@surreycc.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 8541 9897

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Coming to a golf course in Milford soon – 190 homes.

 

Despite objections from residents, Witley Parish Council and local councillors – including ‘Your Waverley’s Leader – a haven for wildlife is going under bricks and mortar.

Cala Homes received consent from Waverley’s eastern planning committee with only two abstentions and two refusals. Anyone’s guess how many voted for it as the numpty bean-counters can’t even manage to announce the decision. Or did the Website drop … again!

So the fight to get a decent, acceptable housing density on land opposite Milford Golf Course is over – bar the shouting. No doubt there will be plenty of shouting once the earthmovers and construction traffic heads to the site pictured below. Watch out, wildlife. Otters, dormice, bats, birds and badgers, ‘YW’s’ eco credentials have just bitten the dust because the Statutory Authorities don’t give a damn!

Soon you will see this...

 

Replaced by this in a bid to meet the Government’s 300,000 housing target and secure Waverley’s housing land supply.

Cllr Martin D’Arcy slammed the SANG. (Suitable Alternative Green Space). Sounding like Mr Meldrew, 

He said: “I couldn’t believe it! Has the Environment Agency actually read the paperwork? Don’t they know that SANGS are another word for dog toilets, and here they are suggesting that children play there too!

Due to the high density of the development, the SANG has been “scrunched up” and fenced because nobody wants dogs roaming across the golf course – or did he mean what’s left of it?

After referring to what he called an “astonishing list of endangered species  Water Voles, Otters, Great Crested Newts, Badgers, bats and dormice, to name a few, including removal of trees and hedges, he asked how could this be called – a biodiversity net gain?

“I have pages of environmental arguments, but enough of that. I am getting angry – very angry.”

 Chief planning officer Zac Ellwood provided a chink of hope, saying it was up to councillors to decide on the merits of the design and landscaping. But that was short-lived. Up popped Waverley Lawyer Barry Devlin, who warned everyone that the Council could be in trouble if they refused up to 200 homes.- Big trouble!

He said: When Outline consent was granted, despite assurances, there could be changes when the detailed scheme was considered – this did not mean reducing the number. The Council could leave itself open to the costs of an appeal and compensation to the developer. Oh, dear! That frightened everyone witless. Except for Vice-Chairman Cllr David Else (Con Elstead) who, after slapping down a member of the public – Mr Tim House – featured in the clip below – he told him rudely if he interrupted, he would turn off his microphone. The man had only spoken once! Doesn’t he have a covenant on the land? Should councillors be permitted to treat a member of the public so rudely?

Here’s what neighbour Mr House had to say:

Said Uncle Elsey – “I never voted for this when the outline scheme was considered,” then took a side-swipe at his colleagues, the majority of whom  he said had been “hoodwinked.”

There was much discussion about landscaping boundaries, the type of homes – 10/14 per hectare – to include one-bed flats and houses, detached two three and four-bedroom properties and 13 or 14 bungalows, 30% (57) of which would be “affordable” for shared ownership and rent.

Witley Parish Council Chairman Gillian McCalden argued 190 homes had been “squeezed” onto the site. Far too many.   She said insufficient outside space was provided for the “affordable” flats, none of which was in line with the Witley Neighbourhood Plan.

The only – happy soul among the eastern planning committee was Michael Goodridge (Con Wonersh), who believed the development and boundary were quite acceptable. Perhaps somebody will tell us how many homes will be built in Wonersh? Because ‘Martini Man’  Goodridge never opposes anything, anywhere anytime in the eastern villages. 

Continue reading “Coming to a golf course in Milford soon – 190 homes.”

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2,600 new homes coming to Dunsfold soon?

Did Waverley slip out the news that they had upped the housing allocation at Dunsfold from 1800 to 2600?

 

In a bid to ensure they keep Columbia Threadneedle on the right track for a Garden Village – ‘Your Waverley’ has decided to put out its own public consultation on its vision for Dunsfold Aerodrome. 

However, Cllr Kevin Deanus (Con Alfold), a long-time opponent of the scheme, reminded everyone that although it was called ‘Dunsfold Aerodrome’,  75% of the site was in the parish of Alfold. A village under attack from developers on all sides with appeals pending.

Although Trinity College, Cambridge, still own the former aerodrome site, Chief Planning Officer Zac Ellwood told a council meeting that he is in talks with Columbia Threadneedle. The revelation that the public consultation is now for 2,600 homes and not the expected 1,800 shocked some Alfold residents. One of whom had plenty to say on the chat function. Including whether anyone had even considered the cumulative effects of all the other proposed developments on the surrounding eastern villages. 

Alfold residents fear there will be multiple developers, and the site will be carved up by ‘box builders.’ Some homes are four storeys high. Said one on the chat function.

” How can Waverley ensure there will not be multiple developers and that any sort of cohesive development will result in shops; schools; medical facilities. Cranleigh’s services are already overstretched.”

 

However, with 190 homes at Milford Golf  Course agreed last night, Waverley has announced it is confident that it is back on track to build 900 homes a year.

Andy Mcleod, the Portfolio Holder for Planning, blamed previous Tory administrations for causing the borough to slip behind its 590 homes per year target. Claiming the ‘Rainbow Coalition’ had inherited a significant backlog when it took control in 2019. Now the council is confident it can build 900 homes a year up to March 2026. It also claims to have a 5.2-year housing land supply.

Watch out, developers! Waverley has a 5.2-year housing supply tucked under its belt!

Whilst the upper figure of 2600 was always mooted by the council for Dunsfold, particularly when an all singing all dancing eco-town was proposed in 2006, residents were relieved that only 1800 were given outline planning under the previous owners.

So what is the change? Is it the new owners pushing for maximum housing on the site? Or is it Waverley quietly upping the allocation themselves as a desktop numbers exercise so that they can now claim a 5.2 year supply of land. (We all know it will take much more than 5.2 years to build even 500 homes at Dunsfold!!)

The appendices in the link below show how the council arrived at a five-year housing land supply. However, not everyone is convinced these figures are robust and will stand the test of developers who are going over them with a fine-tooth comb?

WW  thinks they will be pulling this data to shreds.

A big section of houses of 10 or less so often with a net gain of 1. So in this section why has WBC included some houses where the permission has already expired (eg May 2021) without the development being started?

 Cranleigh High Street 38-40. Seem to us it appears twice? Once with expired permission for three and then again for current permission of five. 

Look at some of the Alfold consents – looks like they have expired or are about to expire?

Then there is consent for 49  given in outline in 2017, hasn’t been started, but they have added it back for the end of the five years.

Then there is  Milford Golf Course which, according to the appendices – will start to deliver from January 2023. However,  Cala is allowing 18 months to sort out the restrictive covenant.  So how does that work?

We feel sympathy for the unfortunate officers who will have to stand up and defend this at the Thakeham Homes, Alfold –  Red Court, Haslemere and other appeals? Barristers are tying up their briefs now!

 Cllr  Macleod conveniently omitted to mention is that a 5% buffer has now been applied to Waverley caused by the under-delivery of completed houses. That is in the text of the main document.

https://www.waverley.gov.uk/Portals/0/Documents/services/planning-and-building/planning-strategies-and-policies/housing-supply-and-delivery/2021/Appendices%20to%20the%20Five%20Year%20Housing%20Land%20Supply%20Position%20Statement%202021.pdf?ver=iJXGgOkuHUaVtrmgCIhycg%3d%3d

 

 

 

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Protestors highlight sewage disgrace in Guildford.

 

Mark Bray-Parry (right) joined  Guildford’s Lib Dems, Labour and concerned residents to protest against Angela Richardson MP‘s vote to continue the dumping of sewage in our rivers!
Sewage flowed into Surrey’s rivers for nearly 20,000 hours last year, and with the Tories allowing more dumping because of a lack of treatment chemicals due to Brexit, that horrific figure could be considerably more this year.
The River Wey is particularly bad – it is among the worst 23% of all our rivers nationwide, and no river in the country is rated safe to swim in.
The Wey also has high levels of two ‘priority hazardous substances’, PBDEs and Cypermethrin!

 

 

We notice that the public has begun to refer to Guildford and Cranleigh’s MP as the ‘Kodac Kid’ as she thrives on having her photograph taken- anytime, any place, anywhere with anyone.

Here’s one that we were sent. There are plenty of these floating around in our gardens and our rivers during heavy rain. 

So don’t paddle or swim in the River Wey.

 

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Have your say on the Godalming to Guildford Greenway.

Volunteers have been working behind the scenes to link up bits of off-road tracks, paths and bridleways to form an active travel network, with a working title of The Guildford Godalming Greenway. Having got the support of Godalming Town Council, Waverley and Guildford Councils, it was then down to the proper highway planners at Surrey County Council to get involved with a feasibility study.

The proposals can be seen here and a public consultation is now open. Godalming has a severe air quality problem with Bridge Road and Flambard Way being an Air Quality Action zone (whose data may have been ‘lost’ under the previous Conservative administration!), with roads clogged every morning with Chelsea tractors delivering children to nurseries and schools twice a day. Now if only some of them could have a safe greenway to link Farncombe and Godalming.

These proposals have upset the anti-cycling lobby on Facebook, with cries of  ‘Stop the Lycra Louts on the Lammas Lands’. Other residents with a view of the routes, and dog walkers, are terrified of the nature destroying impact of some potential reinforced paths or god forbid boardwalks across the sacred Lammas Lands (Go to a nature reserve, and you’ll find a boardwalk!). Only existing users should continue to access the Lammas lands apparently.

Surrey County Council have organised two drop in sessions for locals to let off steam with the Project Team:

• Godalming Library, Saturday 30 October, 10:00 – 13:00

• Waverley Borough Council Office (Reception area), Thursday 4 November, 15:00 – 19:30

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Birchgrove Posh Retirement flats in Godalming coming soon?

Despite a shedload of objections – including one from  Godalming Town Council the old Mole Country Stores site is set to become an up-market retirement complex. Rents circa £5,000 pm + council tax.

Waverley’s eastern planners have given Birchgrove the go-ahead to build – provided it can get rid of any Badgers lying low.

Could a different style of care for older people be on its way to Godalming?

The Town Council objected to the  52 assisted living units (along with 45 neighbours and objectors.

The scheme is for two buildings, one five-storeys high, which many believe will dominate  Godalming’s town centre. However, there will be a nice view for its residents on the roof garden, conservatory and pergola area. which overlooks the town. 

Of the 52 units, 24 would be one-bedroom and 28 would be two-bedroom with an age restriction of 65+ years for tenants.

A total of 27 parking spaces would be provided within the site. These would include 24 spaces for staff, residents and visitors; a minibus parking space; and 2 disabled spaces? Some councillors were very concerned about the limited parking available.

There is already a Birchgrove development in nearby Woking.
The company claims to be different from most other extra care developments in the country, as it works on a rental model. It believes that renting a home instead of owning is the most liberating form of tenure for older people seeking extra care. This offers the benefits of independent living whilst removing the complication of homeownership? The proposed one and two-bedroom apartments are only available for weekly rent to people over the age of 65.
Typical rent for a two-bedroom property is in the region of £5,000 per month – but with only council tax to pay. All other utilities and services are included.

Planning officers acknowledged there were concerns about the design and visual impact on neighbours but were satisfied the site could accommodate the development without too much harm.  Surrey County Council is backing the scheme, saying the elderly accommodation is needed in Godalming.

Objectors believe the site should not be used for accommodation, but used to create a vibrant future for Godalming and focus on bolstering the high street and income to the community – e.g. a shopping outlet, cinema, food market, medical centre etc. Some want an Aldi or a Lidl.

Neither do they believe there is a need as there is already EP accommodation less than half a mile away.  Better sites could be identified.  Traffic would increase, and the access point is unsuitable.  Demolition of a listed building, impact to listed building • Impact on light levels to public footpath • Pressure would increase on already overstretched existing local infrastructure and resources.

 

However, the elephant in the room remains. Waverley does not have a 5-year housing land supply which makes the whole borough vulnerable. There is already a stack of appeals waiting in the wings – many in the eastern villages – due to Dunsfold’s new garden village (circa 2,600 homes) not coming forward as expected.

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Could the future of Farnham Museum be in doubt?

The future of Farnham Museum, and Woolmer House the town’s Grade-1-listed building, could need outside support.

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Waverley Executive Portfolio Holder Cllr Mark Merryweather looked sombre as he told the Full Council that the treasured property (above) needed an estimated £1.1m spent on repairs. The borough council had commissioned an ‘options appraisal’, but it had not been unsuccessful in acquiring grants despite pursuing every possible funding stream.

Both the present and former council administrations had battled with the problem of how to fund essential works to the important public building, operated by Farnham Maltings, to ensure it remained in good condition.

Looking visibly sad, Cllr Merryweather said:

Here in Waverley, we remain of the view that Woolmer House and the Museum are important assets, and the museum is giving sterling service. Specialist repairs, including fees and VAT amounting to around £1.2m, and the added threat of inflationary pressure presently hitting the building profession, would further impact the rising building costs.

He warned: “Waverley borough council does not have the funds or capacity to fund the whole thing alone – we will  have to look for third party grants.”

However,  exacerbated by the COVID epidemic, there was fierce competition for Arts Council grants and other, higher-scoring cases than Waverley’s, had been successful in receiving funding.

He believed other independent organisations might be more successful.

Since 2012 the museum service has been delivered by Farnham Maltings with support from the Waverley borough council.

Q What was found by Ian Fletcher on 28 August 1992 in Farnham Park, which was thought to belong to Henry VIII, and became the subject of a long legal battle before being stolen from Farnham Museum?

 

Henry VIII

A Metal detector enthusiast Ian Fletcher from Blackpool must have rued the day he found a gold brooch worth £20,000 buried 9 inches below the surface, in Farnham Park.

The treasure caused great excitement and speculation, as it was rather similar to a gold pin worn by Henry VIII, on his hat, in a painting by Hans Holbein the Younger.  Rumour had it that Henry had carelessly lost it while out hunting in his Farnham deer park.   

As it wasn’t decreed to be Treasure Trove, the courts said Mr Fletcher could keep it, using the “finders keepers” rule.  However, the “losers weepers” in the case; the park’s freeholders Waverley Borough Council had other ideas and appealed, saying the brooch belonged to them.

A long battle ensued, but eventually, they won their case and were awarded the brooch and costs, leaving Mr Fletcher broochless and potless, with a legal bill of £35,000.

So proud were they, of their new acquisition, that they immediately displayed it behind a sturdy Georgian window in Farnham Museum, where it was briefly admired by all, before being stolen in a smash and grab raid.   

 

 

 

 

 

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To stand or not to stand before ‘Your Waverley’s Mayor – that is the question?

This will ruffle some Zimmers.

Sweet Dreams are made of this?

Some of us think there are more important things to worry about at ‘Your Waverley’ than whether one should stand when speaking before the Mayor of Waverley.

However, Con, Wonersh Cllr Michael ‘Sleepy’ Goodridge, a former Worshipful Mayor, thinks it a high priority.  Councillor Goodridge believes everyone should stand when speaking and has accused colleagues who don’t  of being “disrespectful.”  With so many elderly members suffering from dodgy hips, dodgy knees and at least one case of deep vein thrombosis, we can’t see the situation changing anytime soon!

Meanwhile, looking at the photo above, clipped during an important council meeting, we’d simply point out to Councillor Goodridge the old adage,  people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones! Taking a nap during meetings is just not giving the chairperson the respect they deserve.

 

 

 

 

 

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Dunsfold hits the headlines again… this time over rotten apples.

We could never describe the village of Dunsfold as a ‘peaceful, tranquil place to live.’

One rotten apple spoils another rotten apple.

 

Over the past 15 years, its residents have fought developers over the prospect of a new garden village at the nearby airfield, gone into battle with UK Oil and Gas, and suffered a  huge traveller invasion, leading to a massive expansion of the largest settled traveller site in the UK … we could go on but you get the picture. 

But even we couldn’t make this one up! One of Dunsfold’s residents – a member of the Dunsfold & Hascombe Horticultural Society no less (!), has been battling it out in the High Court! shades of PoW – v- Dunsfold `Park, we hear you cry… Well not quite. Not so much a case of sour grapes as rotten apples!

Here at the Waverley Web, we know there are a fair few rotten apples in and around Dunsfold – we could name names but we won’t – regular readers know who we mean, their names and sobriquets have regularly graced these pages.  

But Antoinette Williams, who was described in court as vindictive and obsessive’ and acting like a ‘school bully’ was pulled up by her Hunter wellie straps when a Judge slapped her with a £250,000 bill for allowing her 40ft Bramley apple tree to dump quantities of its contents on her neighbour, Barbara Pilcher’s, lawn.

Mrs Pilcher, who was hospitalised after suffering multiple wasp stings, also had to put up with Mrs Williams dumping her ‘smelly compost’ right next to their shared boundary into the bargain. Whoever called country living, living the good life, was wide of the mark in Dunsfold!

Following a five-day hearing at Central London County Court, Judge Lawrence Cohen QC ruled in favour of Mrs Pilcher and awarded her £12,00 for harassment, whilst ordering Mrs Williams to pay costs estimated at between £135,000 and £180,00 towards Mrs P’s legal fees, on top of her own legal fees of some £100,000!  Talk about a triple whammy!

We won’t be around here at the Waverley Web for a few days because we’re out there pruning our apple orchard – just in case!   Because there are a few odd bods around here in Farnham, Godalming & Haslemere too! 

P.S. Cannot help wondering why Mrs Pilcher didn’t prune her half of the tree? Just a thought.

 

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Did our Surrey MP’s let us down again?

Yesterday evening, 265 Tory MPs voted down an amendment to stop private water companies from dumping raw sewage into the UK’s rivers and coastlines.

 Among them was Guildford  MP Angela Richardson who supports dumping raw sewage into our rivers and coastlines and Woking MP Jonathon Lord who voted Against the disgusting practice.

MP for SW Surrey Jeremy Hunt didn’t vote at all.

Three cheers for Jonathan Lord – a former Surrey County Councillor who puts the environment before politics.

Who said afterwards on his Twitter page.

As reported earlier today by Evolve:

“Lords Amendment 45 to the Environment Bill would have placed a legal duty on water companies in England and Wales “to make improvements to their sewerage systems and demonstrate progressive reductions in the harm caused by discharges of untreated sewage.”

“Despite the horrendous environmental impact of the disgusting practice, shortly before the vote, the Conservative Environment Secretary George Eustace recommended to his fellow MPs that they should reject it.”

“And, owing largely to the government’s 80 seat majority, the amendment was indeed defeated – by a margin of 268 MPs to 204.”

For your convenience, Evolve  collated a list of every single MP who voted to allow water companies to continue the horrendous practice of dumping raw sewage in to our waterways below:

Nigel Adams (Conservative – Selby and Ainsty)
Adam Afriyie (Conservative – Windsor)
Peter Aldous (Conservative – Waveney)
Lucy Allan (Conservative – Telford)
Lee Anderson (Conservative – Ashfield)
Stuart Andrew (Conservative – Pudsey)
Edward Argar (Conservative – Charnwood)
Victoria Atkins (Conservative – Louth and Horncastle)
Gareth Bacon (Conservative – Orpington)
Kemi Badenoch (Conservative – Saffron Walden)
Shaun Bailey (Conservative – West Bromwich West)
Duncan Baker (Conservative – North Norfolk)
Steve Baker (Conservative – Wycombe)
Harriett Baldwin (Conservative – West Worcestershire)
Steve Barclay (Conservative – North East Cambridgeshire)
Simon Baynes (Conservative – Clwyd South)
Aaron Bell (Conservative – Newcastle-under-Lyme)
Scott Benton (Conservative – Blackpool South)
Paul Beresford (Conservative – Mole Valley)
Bob Blackman (Conservative – Harrow East)
Crispin Blunt (Conservative – Reigate)
Peter Bone (Conservative – Wellingborough)
Andrew Bowie (Conservative – West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine)
Graham Brady (Conservative – Altrincham and Sale West)
Suella Braverman (Conservative – Fareham)
Jack Brereton (Conservative – Stoke-on-Trent South)
Andrew Bridgen (Conservative – North West Leicestershire)
Steve Brine (Conservative – Winchester)
Paul Bristow (Conservative – Peterborough)
Sara Britcliffe (Conservative – Hyndburn)
Anthony Browne (Conservative – South Cambridgeshire)
Fiona Bruce (Conservative – Congleton)
Felicity Buchan (Conservative – Kensington)
Alex Burghart (Conservative – Brentwood and Ongar)
Rob Butler (Conservative – Aylesbury)
Alun Cairns (Conservative – Vale of Glamorgan)
Andy Carter (Conservative – Warrington South)
James Cartlidge (Conservative – South Suffolk)
William Cash (Conservative – Stone)
Miriam Cates (Conservative – Penistone and Stocksbridge)
Maria Caulfield (Conservative – Lewes)
Alex Chalk (Conservative – Cheltenham)
Jo Churchill (Conservative – Bury St Edmunds)
Theo Clarke (Conservative – Stafford)
Brendan Clarke-Smith (Conservative – Bassetlaw)
Chris Clarkson (Conservative – Heywood and Middleton)
James Cleverly (Conservative – Braintree)
Thérèse Coffey (Conservative – Suffolk Coastal)
Damian Collins (Conservative – Folkestone and Hythe)
Alberto Costa (Conservative – South Leicestershire)
Robert Courts (Conservative – Witney)
Claire Coutinho (Conservative – East Surrey)
Stephen Crabb (Conservative – Preseli Pembrokeshire)
Virginia Crosbie (Conservative – Ynys Môn)
James Daly (Conservative – Bury North)
David T C Davies (Conservative – Monmouth)
James Davies (Conservative – Vale of Clwyd)
Gareth Davies (Conservative – Grantham and Stamford)
Mims Davies (Conservative – Mid Sussex)
Dehenna Davison (Conservative – Bishop Auckland)
Caroline Dinenage (Conservative – Gosport)
Sarah Dines (Conservative – Derbyshire Dales)
Jonathan Djanogly (Conservative – Huntingdon)
Leo Docherty (Conservative – Aldershot)
Michelle Donelan (Conservative – Chippenham)
Nadine Dorries (Conservative – Mid Bedfordshire)
Steve Double (Conservative – St Austell and Newquay)
Oliver Dowden (Conservative – Hertsmere)
Jackie Doyle-Price (Conservative – Thurrock)
Flick Drummond (Conservative – Meon Valley)
David Duguid (Conservative – Banff and Buchan)
Iain Duncan Smith (Conservative – Chingford and Woodford Green)
Ruth Edwards (Conservative – Rushcliffe)
Michael Ellis (Conservative – Northampton North)
Natalie Elphicke (Conservative – Dover)
George Eustice (Conservative – Camborne and Redruth)
Luke Evans (Conservative – Bosworth)
David Evennett (Conservative – Bexleyheath and Crayford)
Ben Everitt (Conservative – Milton Keynes North)
Michael Fabricant (Conservative – Lichfield)
Laura Farris (Conservative – Newbury)
Simon Fell (Conservative – Barrow and Furness)
Katherine Fletcher (Conservative – South Ribble)
Mark Fletcher (Conservative – Bolsover)
Nick Fletcher (Conservative – Don Valley)
Liam Fox (Conservative – North Somerset)
Lucy Frazer (Conservative – South East Cambridgeshire)
Mike Freer (Conservative – Finchley and Golders Green)
Marcus Fysh (Conservative – Yeovil)
Mark Garnier (Conservative – Wyre Forest)
Nusrat Ghani (Conservative – Wealden)
Nick Gibb (Conservative – Bognor Regis and Littlehampton)
Peter Gibson (Conservative – Darlington)
Jo Gideon (Conservative – Stoke-on-Trent Central)
John Glen (Conservative – Salisbury)
Robert Goodwill (Conservative – Scarborough and Whitby)
Richard Graham (Conservative – Gloucester)
Helen Grant (Conservative – Maidstone and The Weald)
Chris Green (Conservative – Bolton West)
Andrew Griffith (Conservative – Arundel and South Downs)
Kate Griffiths (Conservative – Burton)
James Grundy (Conservative – Leigh)
Jonathan Gullis (Conservative – Stoke-on-Trent North)
Robert Halfon (Conservative – Harlow)
Luke Hall (Conservative – Thornbury and Yate)
Stephen Hammond (Conservative – Wimbledon)
Matt Hancock (Conservative – West Suffolk)
Mark Harper (Conservative – Forest of Dean)
Rebecca Harris (Conservative – Castle Point)
Sally-Ann Hart (Conservative – Hastings and Rye)
John Hayes (Conservative – South Holland and The Deepings)
James Heappey (Conservative – Wells)
Darren Henry (Conservative – Broxtowe)
Antony Higginbotham (Conservative – Burnley)
Richard Holden (Conservative – North West Durham)
Kevin Hollinrake (Conservative – Thirsk and Malton)
Philip Hollobone (Conservative – Kettering)
Paul Holmes (Conservative – Eastleigh)
John Howell (Conservative – Henley)
Paul Howell (Conservative – Sedgefield)
Nigel Huddleston (Conservative – Mid Worcestershire)
Neil Hudson (Conservative – Penrith and The Border)
Eddie Hughes (Conservative – Walsall North)
Jane Hunt (Conservative – Loughborough)
Tom Hunt (Conservative – Ipswich)
Alister Jack (Conservative – Dumfries and Galloway)
Andrea Jenkyns (Conservative – Morley and Outwood)
Robert Jenrick (Conservative – Newark)
Caroline Johnson (Conservative – Sleaford and North Hykeham)
Gareth Johnson (Conservative – Dartford)
David Johnston (Conservative – Wantage)
Andrew Jones (Conservative – Harrogate and Knaresborough)
David Jones (Conservative – Clwyd West)
Marcus Jones (Conservative – Nuneaton)
Simon Jupp (Conservative – East Devon)
Daniel Kawczynski (Conservative – Shrewsbury and Atcham)
Alicia Kearns (Conservative – Rutland and Melton)
Gillian Keegan (Conservative – Chichester)
Julian Knight (Conservative – Solihull)
Greg Knight (Conservative – East Yorkshire)
Danny Kruger (Conservative – Devizes)
Kwasi Kwarteng (Conservative – Spelthorne) (Proxy vote cast by Stuart Andrew)
John Lamont (Conservative – Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk)
Andrea Leadsom (Conservative – South Northamptonshire)
Andrew Lewer (Conservative – Northampton South)
Julian Lewis (Conservative – New Forest East)
Chris Loder (Conservative – West Dorset)
Mark Logan (Conservative – Bolton North East)
Marco Longhi (Conservative – Dudley North)
Julia Lopez (Conservative – Hornchurch and Upminster)
Jack Lopresti (Conservative – Filton and Bradley Stoke)
Cherilyn Mackrory (Conservative – Truro and Falmouth)
Rachel Maclean (Conservative – Redditch)
Kit Malthouse (Conservative – North West Hampshire)
Anthony Mangnall (Conservative – Totnes)
Scott Mann (Conservative – North Cornwall)
Julie Marson (Conservative – Hertford and Stortford)
Theresa May (Conservative – Maidenhead)
Jerome Mayhew (Conservative – Broadland)
Paul Maynard (Conservative – Blackpool North and Cleveleys)
Karl McCartney (Conservative – Lincoln)
Stephen McPartland (Conservative – Stevenage)
Mark Menzies (Conservative – Fylde)
Stephen Metcalfe (Conservative – South Basildon and East Thurrock)
Robin Millar (Conservative – Aberconwy)
Maria Miller (Conservative – Basingstoke)
Nigel Mills (Conservative – Amber Valley)
Andrew Mitchell (Conservative – Sutton Coldfield)
Gagan Mohindra (Conservative – South West Hertfordshire)
Damien Moore (Conservative – Southport)
Robbie Moore (Conservative – Keighley)
Penny Mordaunt (Conservative – Portsmouth North)
Anne Marie Morris (Conservative – Newton Abbot)
James Morris (Conservative – Halesowen and Rowley Regis)
Joy Morrissey (Conservative – Beaconsfield)
Jill Mortimer (Conservative – Hartlepool)
Wendy Morton (Conservative – Aldridge-Brownhills)
Kieran Mullan (Conservative – Crewe and Nantwich)
Holly Mumby-Croft (Conservative – Scunthorpe)
David Mundell (Conservative – Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale)
Sheryll Murray (Conservative – South East Cornwall)
Andrew Murrison (Conservative – South West Wiltshire)
Robert Neill (Conservative – Bromley and Chislehurst)
Lia Nici (Conservative – Great Grimsby)
Neil O’Brien (Conservative – Harborough)
Guy Opperman (Conservative – Hexham)
Neil Parish (Conservative – Tiverton and Honiton)
Owen Paterson (Conservative – North Shropshire)
Mark Pawsey (Conservative – Rugby)
Mike Penning (Conservative – Hemel Hempstead)
John Penrose (Conservative – Weston-super-Mare)
Chris Philp (Conservative – Croydon South)
Christopher Pincher (Conservative – Tamworth)
Dan Poulter (Conservative – Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)
Rebecca Pow (Conservative – Taunton Deane)
Victoria Prentis (Conservative – Banbury)
Mark Pritchard (Conservative – The Wrekin)
Tom Pursglove (Conservative – Corby)
Will Quince (Conservative – Colchester)
Tom Randall (Conservative – Gedling)
John Redwood (Conservative – Wokingham)
Jacob Rees-Mogg (Conservative – North East Somerset)
Nicola Richards (Conservative – West Bromwich East)
Angela Richardson (Conservative – Guildford)
Laurence Robertson (Conservative – Tewkesbury)
Mary Robinson (Conservative – Cheadle)
Douglas Ross (Conservative – Moray)
Lee Rowley (Conservative – North East Derbyshire)
Dean Russell (Conservative – Watford)
David Rutley (Conservative – Macclesfield)
Gary Sambrook (Conservative – Birmingham, Northfield)
Selaine Saxby (Conservative – North Devon)
Paul Scully (Conservative – Sutton and Cheam)
Bob Seely (Conservative – Isle of Wight)
Andrew Selous (Conservative – South West Bedfordshire)
Grant Shapps (Conservative – Welwyn Hatfield)
Alec Shelbrooke (Conservative – Elmet and Rothwell)
Chris Skidmore (Conservative – Kingswood)
Chloe Smith (Conservative – Norwich North)
Greg Smith (Conservative – Buckingham)
Henry Smith (Conservative – Crawley)
Julian Smith (Conservative – Skipton and Ripon)
Royston Smith (Conservative – Southampton, Itchen)
Ben Spencer (Conservative – Runnymede and Weybridge)
Mark Spencer (Conservative – Sherwood)
Alexander Stafford (Conservative – Rother Valley)
Andrew Stephenson (Conservative – Pendle)
Jane Stevenson (Conservative – Wolverhampton North East)
Bob Stewart (Conservative – Beckenham)
Iain Stewart (Conservative – Milton Keynes South)
Gary Streeter (Conservative – South West Devon)
Mel Stride (Conservative – Central Devon)
Graham Stuart (Conservative – Beverley and Holderness)
Julian Sturdy (Conservative – York Outer)
James Sunderland (Conservative – Bracknell)
Desmond Swayne (Conservative – New Forest West)
Robert Syms (Conservative – Poole)
Maggie Throup (Conservative – Erewash)
Edward Timpson (Conservative – Eddisbury)
Justin Tomlinson (Conservative – North Swindon)
Michael Tomlinson (Conservative – Mid Dorset and North Poole)
Craig Tracey (Conservative – North Warwickshire)
Laura Trott (Conservative – Sevenoaks)
Tom Tugendhat (Conservative – Tonbridge and Malling)
Shailesh Vara (Conservative – North West Cambridgeshire)
Martin Vickers (Conservative – Cleethorpes)
Matt Vickers (Conservative – Stockton South)
Christian Wakeford (Conservative – Bury South)
Robin Walker (Conservative – Worcester)
Charles Walker (Conservative – Broxbourne)
Jamie Wallis (Conservative – Bridgend)
David Warburton (Conservative – Somerton and Frome)
Matt Warman (Conservative – Boston and Skegness)
Giles Watling (Conservative – Clacton)
Suzanne Webb (Conservative – Stourbridge)
Helen Whately (Conservative – Faversham and Mid Kent)
Heather Wheeler (Conservative – South Derbyshire)
John Whittingdale (Conservative – Maldon)
James Wild (Conservative – North West Norfolk)
Craig Williams (Conservative – Montgomeryshire)
Gavin Williamson (Conservative – South Staffordshire)
Mike Wood (Conservative – Dudley South)
William Wragg (Conservative – Hazel Grove)
Jeremy Wright (Conservative – Kenilworth and Southam)
Jacob Young (Conservative – Redcar)

TELLER: Alan Mak (Conservative – Havant)
TELLER: Craig Whittaker (Conservative – Calder Valley)

And below is a list of MPs who voted to halt the disgusting practice:

Debbie Abrahams (Labour – Oldham East and Saddleworth)
Rushanara Ali (Labour – Bethnal Green and Bow)
Tahir Ali (Labour – Birmingham, Hall Green)
Rosena Allin-Khan (Labour – Tooting)
Mike Amesbury (Labour – Weaver Vale)
Fleur Anderson (Labour – Putney)
Tonia Antoniazzi (Labour – Gower)
Siobhan Baillie (Conservative – Stroud)
Paula Barker (Labour – Liverpool, Wavertree)
John Baron (Conservative – Basildon and Billericay)
Apsana Begum (Labour – Poplar and Limehouse)
Hilary Benn (Labour – Leeds Central)
Clive Betts (Labour – Sheffield South East)
Olivia Blake (Labour – Sheffield, Hallam)
Paul Blomfield (Labour – Sheffield Central)
Peter Bottomley (Conservative – Worthing West)
Ben Bradshaw (Labour – Exeter)
Nicholas Brown (Labour – Newcastle upon Tyne East)
Lyn Brown (Labour – West Ham)
Chris Bryant (Labour – Rhondda)
Karen Buck (Labour – Westminster North)
Richard Burgon (Labour – Leeds East)
Dawn Butler (Labour – Brent Central)
Ian Byrne (Labour – Liverpool, West Derby)
Liam Byrne (Labour – Birmingham, Hodge Hill)
Ruth Cadbury (Labour – Brentford and Isleworth)
Alan Campbell (Labour – Tynemouth)
Dan Carden (Labour – Liverpool, Walton)
Alistair Carmichael (Liberal Democrat – Orkney and Shetland)
Wendy Chamberlain (Liberal Democrat – North East Fife)
Sarah Champion (Labour – Rotherham)
Bambos Charalambous (Labour – Enfield, Southgate)
Feryal Clark (Labour – Enfield North) (Proxy vote cast by Chris Elmore)
Greg Clark (Conservative – Tunbridge Wells)
Daisy Cooper (Liberal Democrat – St Albans)
Yvette Cooper (Labour – Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford)
Jeremy Corbyn (Independent – Islington North)
Neil Coyle (Labour – Bermondsey and Old Southwark)
Stella Creasy (Labour – Walthamstow) (Proxy vote cast by Chris Elmore)
Tracey Crouch (Conservative – Chatham and Aylesford)
Jon Cruddas (Labour – Dagenham and Rainham)
John Cryer (Labour – Leyton and Wanstead)
Alex Cunningham (Labour – Stockton North)
Janet Daby (Labour – Lewisham East)
Wayne David (Labour – Caerphilly)
Geraint Davies (Labour – Swansea West)
Philip Davies (Conservative – Shipley)
Alex Davies-Jones (Labour – Pontypridd)
David Davis (Conservative – Haltemprice and Howden)
Thangam Debbonaire (Labour – Bristol West)
Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi (Labour – Slough)
Anneliese Dodds (Labour – Oxford East)
Stephen Doughty (Labour – Cardiff South and Penarth)
Peter Dowd (Labour – Bootle)
Rosie Duffield (Labour – Canterbury)
Philip Dunne (Conservative – Ludlow)
Angela Eagle (Labour – Wallasey)
Jonathan Edwards (Independent – Carmarthen East and Dinefwr)
Clive Efford (Labour – Eltham)
Julie Elliott (Labour – Sunderland Central)
Chris Elmore (Labour – Ogmore)
Florence Eshalomi (Labour – Vauxhall)
Bill Esterson (Labour – Sefton Central)
Chris Evans (Labour – Islwyn)
Tim Farron (Liberal Democrat – Westmorland and Lonsdale)
Stephen Farry (Alliance – North Down)
Margaret Ferrier (Independent – Rutherglen and Hamilton West)
Yvonne Fovargue (Labour – Makerfield)
Vicky Foxcroft (Labour – Lewisham, Deptford)
Mary Kelly Foy (Labour – City of Durham)
Gill Furniss (Labour – Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough)
Barry Gardiner (Labour – Brent North)
Preet Kaur Gill (Labour – Birmingham, Edgbaston)
Mary Glindon (Labour – North Tyneside)
Kate Green (Labour – Stretford and Urmston)
Sarah Green (Liberal Democrat – Chesham and Amersham)
Lilian Greenwood (Labour – Nottingham South)
Nia Griffith (Labour – Llanelli)
Louise Haigh (Labour – Sheffield, Heeley)
Fabian Hamilton (Labour – Leeds North East)
Claire Hanna (Social Democratic & Labour Party – Belfast South)
Emma Hardy (Labour – Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle)
Carolyn Harris (Labour – Swansea East)
Helen Hayes (Labour – Dulwich and West Norwood)
Oliver Heald (Conservative – North East Hertfordshire)
Gordon Henderson (Conservative – Sittingbourne and Sheppey)
Meg Hillier (Labour – Hackney South and Shoreditch)
Simon Hoare (Conservative – North Dorset)
Wera Hobhouse (Liberal Democrat – Bath)
Sharon Hodgson (Labour – Washington and Sunderland West)
Kate Hollern (Labour – Blackburn)
Rachel Hopkins (Labour – Luton South)
Rupa Huq (Labour – Ealing Central and Acton)
Imran Hussain (Labour – Bradford East)
Christine Jardine (Liberal Democrat – Edinburgh West)
Bernard Jenkin (Conservative – Harwich and North Essex)
Diana Johnson (Labour – Kingston upon Hull North)
Kim Johnson (Labour – Liverpool, Riverside)
Darren Jones (Labour – Bristol North West)
Gerald Jones (Labour – Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney)
Ruth Jones (Labour – Newport West)
Sarah Jones (Labour – Croydon Central)
Liz Kendall (Labour – Leicester West)
Afzal Khan (Labour – Manchester, Gorton)
Stephen Kinnock (Labour – Aberavon)
Peter Kyle (Labour – Hove)
Ben Lake (Plaid Cymru – Ceredigion)
David Lammy (Labour – Tottenham)
Robert Largan (Conservative – High Peak)
Ian Lavery (Labour – Wansbeck)
Kim Leadbeater (Labour – Batley and Spen)
Clive Lewis (Labour – Norwich South)
Tony Lloyd (Labour – Rochdale)
Rebecca Long Bailey (Labour – Salford and Eccles)
Jonathan Lord (Conservative – Woking)
Tim Loughton (Conservative – East Worthing and Shoreham)
Caroline Lucas (Green Party – Brighton, Pavilion)
Kenny MacAskill (Alba Party – East Lothian)
Craig Mackinlay (Conservative – South Thanet)
Justin Madders (Labour – Ellesmere Port and Neston)
Khalid Mahmood (Labour – Birmingham, Perry Barr)
Shabana Mahmood (Labour – Birmingham, Ladywood)
Seema Malhotra (Labour – Feltham and Heston)
Rachael Maskell (Labour – York Central)
Steve McCabe (Labour – Birmingham, Selly Oak)
Kerry McCarthy (Labour – Bristol East)
Siobhain McDonagh (Labour – Mitcham and Morden)
Andy McDonald (Labour – Middlesbrough)
John McDonnell (Labour – Hayes and Harlington)
Pat McFadden (Labour – Wolverhampton South East)
Conor McGinn (Labour – St Helens North)
Alison McGovern (Labour – Wirral South)
Catherine McKinnell (Labour – Newcastle upon Tyne North)
Jim McMahon (Labour – Oldham West and Royton)
Anna McMorrin (Labour – Cardiff North)
Esther McVey (Conservative – Tatton)
Ian Mearns (Labour – Gateshead)
Huw Merriman (Conservative – Bexhill and Battle)
Edward Miliband (Labour – Doncaster North)
Navendu Mishra (Labour – Stockport)
Layla Moran (Liberal Democrat – Oxford West and Abingdon)
Jessica Morden (Labour – Newport East)
Stephen Morgan (Labour – Portsmouth South)
Grahame Morris (Labour – Easington)
Ian Murray (Labour – Edinburgh South)
James Murray (Labour – Ealing North)
Charlotte Nichols (Labour – Warrington North)
Caroline Nokes (Conservative – Romsey and Southampton North)
Alex Norris (Labour – Nottingham North)
Matthew Offord (Conservative – Hendon)
Chi Onwurah (Labour – Newcastle upon Tyne Central)
Abena Oppong-Asare (Labour – Erith and Thamesmead)
Kate Osamor (Labour – Edmonton)
Kate Osborne (Labour – Jarrow)
Taiwo Owatemi (Labour – Coventry North West)
Sarah Owen (Labour – Luton North)
Matthew Pennycook (Labour – Greenwich and Woolwich)
Toby Perkins (Labour – Chesterfield)
Jess Phillips (Labour – Birmingham, Yardley)
Bridget Phillipson (Labour – Houghton and Sunderland South)
Luke Pollard (Labour – Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport)
Steve Reed (Labour – Croydon North)
Christina Rees (Labour – Neath)
Ellie Reeves (Labour – Lewisham West and Penge)
Rachel Reeves (Labour – Leeds West)
Jonathan Reynolds (Labour – Stalybridge and Hyde)
Bell Ribeiro-Addy (Labour – Streatham)
Marie Rimmer (Labour – St Helens South and Whiston)
Matt Rodda (Labour – Reading East)
Lloyd Russell-Moyle (Labour – Brighton, Kemptown)
Liz Saville Roberts (Plaid Cymru – Dwyfor Meirionnydd)
Naz Shah (Labour – Bradford West)
Jim Shannon (Democratic Unionist Party – Strangford)
Virendra Sharma (Labour – Ealing, Southall)
Andy Slaughter (Labour – Hammersmith)
Cat Smith (Labour – Lancaster and Fleetwood)
Jeff Smith (Labour – Manchester, Withington)
Nick Smith (Labour – Blaenau Gwent)
Alex Sobel (Labour – Leeds North West)
Keir Starmer (Labour – Holborn and St Pancras)
Jo Stevens (Labour – Cardiff Central)
Jamie Stone (Liberal Democrat – Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Graham Stringer (Labour – Blackley and Broughton)
Zarah Sultana (Labour – Coventry South)
Mark Tami (Labour – Alyn and Deeside)
Sam Tarry (Labour – Ilford South)
Derek Thomas (Conservative – St Ives)
Gareth Thomas (Labour – Harrow West)
Nick Thomas-Symonds (Labour – Torfaen)
Emily Thornberry (Labour – Islington South and Finsbury)
Stephen Timms (Labour – East Ham)
Kelly Tolhurst (Conservative – Rochester and Strood)
Valerie Vaz (Labour – Walsall South)
Catherine West (Labour – Hornsey and Wood Green)
Matt Western (Labour – Warwick and Leamington)
Alan Whitehead (Labour – Southampton, Test)
Mick Whitley (Labour – Birkenhead)
Nadia Whittome (Labour – Nottingham East)
Munira Wilson (Liberal Democrat – Twickenham)
Beth Winter (Labour – Cynon Valley)
Mohammad Yasin (Labour – Bedford)
Daniel Zeichner (Labour – Cambridge)

TELLER: Colleen Fletcher (Labour – Coventry North East)
TELLER: Liz Twist (Labour – Blaydon)

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Hindhead Nursing Home – just what the Doctor ordered.

 

Here’s why Grayshott GP Dr Andrew Bell asked Waverley Planners not to allow another nursing home in Hindhead.

Another shedload of care home beds on their way to Hindhead?

The application was REFUSED by the planning committee against an officers recommendation to approve it.

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Another shedload of care home beds on their way to Hindhead?

Not if Waverley Planners have anything to do with it!

The Government wants developers to ‘build beautiful’, so when Western Planners saw this  Hindhead ‘ugly duckling,’ they squawked and ditched it.

Haslemere Mayor Simon Dear remarked.

“You have all seen Premier Inns that look better than this.”

Cllr Kika Miralees agreed.  There were already so many care homes in Hindhead ( boasting 500 beds) that it would look like a place you drive through where everybody dies.  The architecture of the building affected the lives of the people who lived there.

We know that architecture has a huge impact on how people feel about where they live…if you are at the end of your life wouldn’t be nice to be in an environment that is beautiful? 

Andrews of Hindhead didn’t stand a chance when the illustration of its proposed 74-bed care home went up. Despite officers recommending approval and claiming it would make a ‘positive contribution’ to the area.

Speaking for the applicant (apologies once again – no name.) The webcast was a mess), the agent said the care home with an Alzheimer’s floor and providing end of life care would take pressure off the GP’s and hospitals. Amberley Care was providing a multi-million-pound facility contributing to the 990 homes needed in Haslemere and Hindhead. 

Whoops, here comes another appeal?

A clip of what GP Edward Bell of Grayshott Surgery had to say on behalf of health officials, including Surrey Heartlands Trust will appear on a separate post. He said another nursing home in Hindhead… 

would be a catastrophic addition to local health care and would damage existing nursing homes, GP and residents’ services.

 The Western Planning Committee refused the scheme and asked the developer to go back to the drawing board. In the hope, the ugly duckling will fly away and come back as something looking more like a swan.

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Don’t you just love the residents of Cranleigh?

It’s official.  We understand from our followers over there in the largest village in England – or is it now the smallest town that their sense of humour is still intact?

Despite months of temporary traffic lights on almost every road, and one major route into the village across Run Common Road shut for three years.*  Led by their community board host Andy Webb (nothing to do with the WW), they appear to have no trouble hanging onto their sense of humour. They may have been without water, unable to flush the loo, but Cranleigh has no deadpan expressions. Its residents are made of stronger stuff.

Although their Christmas Lights were up before the Equinox, or perhaps our eagle-eyed informant hadn’t considered that they may have been up all year? 

Here’s is what Andy has come up with to celebrate Christmas.

Perhaps this has been sponsored by Thames Water that appears to be making quite an impact on the place?

  • The bridge on Run Common Road was closed by Surrey County Council almost three years ago, preventing anyone from getting off the A281 Guildford to Horsham Road onto the Guildford Road into Cranleigh and beyond.

However, we are reliably informed by a county council Mole that although it claimed it was a Badger Set that was causing all the problems preventing them from getting on with the work, it is great crested newts! However, we understand that it is nothing to do with the former wildlife it is that other marauding creature called – No F Money!

 

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Waverley’s planning portal hasn’t gone to pot its gone to Bot.

Waverley going down the drain
Waverley Planning Portal was going down the drain due to a BOT attack.

Chief Planning Officer, Zac Ellwood, apologised to members of the Western Planning Committee last night for the shortcomings of the Council’s planning portal.

Dare we suggest that he publicly apologise to residents – some of whom have been waiting so long to get an application determined that they believe asking God for Nelson to get his eye back would be easier and quicker!

As for checking on the current status of the schemes languishing at Waverley Towers – shortly to become a pile of rubble – forget it!  The screen spools and spool and spool and spools and spool no doubt  you get the idea!

But at least and at last, thanks to the Head Planning Honcho’s explanation, we now know why everything has been grinding ever-more slowly on Planet Planning Portal – otherwise known as Planet Zonk.

Apparently, it’s all to do with the BOTS!  Yes, folks, we said BOTS – not to be confused with former Tory leader Potts!  

At last night’s meeting, we could repeat the long and laborious explanation from the Head Honcho of Planning, but we don’t want you falling asleep in your cornflakes!  Suffice to say; a BOT is a web robot, a software application that runs automated tasks over the internet.  Typically BOTs perform simple, repetitive tasks much faster than a person, but, at Waverley Towers, the rot has set into the BOTS, and they’ve run amok. They are now mismanaging Your Waverley’s Planning Portal!  Not much change there then!  

With most of the staff from the Waverley Planning Department still working from home – or AWL (Absent with Leave!) as it’s now known – the BOTS have taken over the Asylum!  But fear not, according to the Head Honcho from Planning, the Men in White Coats are coming to take them away – the BOTS that is! – and once again, The Burys will resemble the Marie Celeste – no change there either then! – It has done ever since Civil Servants were given leave of absence to work from home so they could load the washing machine, unload the dishwasher, pick the kids up from school and walk Fido, all without work interfering with these activities.  

So folks, fear not, the new software is on the trot to interrogate and stop the bots, and according to Zac ‘The Knife’, all will be well sometime next week. We live in hope!

 

 

 

 

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£82,000 + a year not enough for a Tory MP – as Waverley councillors take no increase!

Despite a recommendation from an Independent Panel, Waverley Councillors will receive no increase in their allowances or expenses.

Sir Peter Bottomley, the whingeing husband of our former SW Surrey MP and Secretary of State for Health Virginia Bottomley.  Now Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone husband says:

It’s grim having to live on £82,000 a year, says Sir Peter Bottomley, UK’s longest-serving MP

The Father of the House and MP for Worthing West says parliamentarians should have higher salaries linked to the amount paid to a professional, such as a GP. The WAVERLEY WEB understands that some of our Liberal Democrats and other councillors don’t even take the allowances and expenses they are entitled to receive. 

Here is a table of increases the panel recommended:

Council Leader Paul Follows said in the light of the numerous Government tax increases imposed; he believed it would be:

“entirely improper to recommend raising members allowances.”

Therefore, due to the significant pressures on the council’s budgets, the Executive would recommend that there be no increase in councillors allowances to the Full Council. The situation will be reviewed again after the 2023 elections by an Independent Review Panel.

However, the WW is unsure whether the following recommendation by the IRP goes ahead? 

The annual indexation of Basic and Special Responsibility Allowances in line with the percentage increase in staff salaries continues from 1 April 2022 for up to three years.

The recommendation for no increases was accepted unanimously by the Executive. Even though councillors, due to the Covid-19 Pandemic and the extra responsibilities and work programmes involved with the pandemic and the Climate change Emergency, have endured an unprecedented increased workload. Some councillors are now working full-time.

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Arriva planning to close Guildford bus depot as operation is ‘no longer sustainable

 

Arriva says it has experienced an ongoing decline in passenger number

The bus depot, situated in Mary Road, has been an integral part of the community for years. Numerous bus routes connect the town with surrounding areas such as Cranleigh, the eastern villages of Waverley and Horsham. 

Arriva has announced that it is planning to close its bus depot in Guildford as its operation there is

” no longer sustainable”.

The proposed closure could see local jobs lost, but Arriva said in a statement that it would be working with employees on options available as it looks “to safeguard jobs and redeploy as many people as possible”.

A spokesperson for Arriva UK Bus said: “We can confirm Arriva is proposing the closure of our depot in Guildford. We are now working with our trade unions partners and our Guildford employees on options available as we look to safeguard jobs and redeploy as many people as possible.

“Decisions like this are extremely difficult and are not taken lightly, however Arriva Guildford has unfortunately experienced an ongoing decline in passenger numbers over recent years, even prior to COVID19, and despite every effort to achieve efficiencies, our Guildford operation is no longer sustainable.”

The WW has heard from villagers in Alfold who believe this will affect the No 63  from Cranleigh to Guildford/Horsham. A service that many in the rural villages rely upon to reach major shopping areas.  They also wonder what impact this will have on any proposed Demand Responsive Bus Service that developers in Alfold and the eastern villages are supposed to be contributing towards???

Some of the Waverley routes affected – between Guildford and Horsham.

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Cranleigh Lib Dem wins against “Conservative with no political Agenda.”

Philip Townsend – husband of Waverley and Surrey County Councillor Liz Townsend won the Cranleigh East By-Election.

Here’s the result:

And here’s one of the reasons why the good people of Cranleigh didn’t vote for the Tory candidate Rosemary Burbridge and voted with a thumping margin for Philip Townsend.

Conservative candidate promoted as having “no political agenda” by the wife of a Tory Councillor and standing alongside prominent Tory Waverley Borough councillor Mary Foryszewski!  Mrs Burbridge also drafted in Tory MP Angela Richardson and her Tory cabal to canvass for her. Confusing or what?

 

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Cranleigh By-election today.

A Cranleigh man standing in the Waverley East Ward By-Election today gets the backing of ‘Your Waverley’s’ Leader.

Liz and Philip Townsend outside Cranleigh Arts Centre.

CRANLEIGH (East Ward) BY-ELECTION TODAY 07/10

Paul Follow.  Leader of Waverley Borough Council.

Said Paul Follows: For those who live in the Cranleigh East Ward, there is a by-election for a vacant seat on Waverley Borough Council today. 

I am proud to support and recommend PHILIP TOWNSEND for your vote.

He has lived in Cranleigh for 30 years and deeply understands local issues. Many of you will have known him as a football and rugby coach, helping out at the food bank as a Street Champion during the pandemic, or in his lead role in the Cranleigh, Wildlife Group based at the Beryl Harvey Field.

He will be here for you as a Councillor for all residents all year round and would be a great asset to Waverley Borough Council.

Honest, hardworking councillors make Waverley a better council for us all, and so I strongly endorse and recommend to residents in Cranleigh East today :

PHILIP TOWNSEND ☑️ for Waverley Borough Council

Polls are open from 7 am to 10 pm.

Cllr Paul Follows
Leader, Waverley Borough Council 

For whom we have received no background information.
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MP introduces bill to make unauthorised development without permission a criminal offence

You may have noticed that there has been a fair bit of unauthorised development occurring in Waverley for many years. 

Now a Tory backbench MP has introduced a private member’s bill in the House of Commons to “make unauthorised development without planning permission” a criminal offence and “prohibit retrospective planning applications”. 

WOW!  We can’t see that ever getting onto the statute books.

In June, Gareth Bacon, MP for Orpington, put forward the measure to make unauthorised development a criminal offence. 

Only a few months after Waverley’s Chief Planning Officer Zac Ellwood suggested that ‘Your Waverley’s Executive could consider not bothering with an enforcement function in the future! Is ‘ Your Waverley’s new leader facing his first major challenge?

Speaking in Parliament, Bacon said that the purpose of the bill is to “ensure that everyone who engages with the planning system is on a level playing field and follows the same procedures” and “remove remaining permissible grounds for unauthorised developments”.

“Regrettably, in the current planning system, there are loopholes that are all too frequently exploited and, to ensure fairness, it is important that they are closed,” said Bacon. 

According to Kingsley Smith Solicitors, a planning breach is not a criminal offence under current planning rules, but it is illegal to fail to comply with an enforcement notice unless a successful appeal is brought against it.

“While there are a range of enforcement powers open to local authorities, including enforcement, contravention and stop notices, they do not appear to be a sufficient deterrent,” said Bacon, who added that getting to the point of failure to comply with an enforcement notice is “rare” and “very often an overly long and costly process”.

“Too often, people are gaming the system by proceeding with development work, sometimes on a large scale, without having first received or even applied for planning permission.“Those engaging in such practices are gambling that, even if the local authority becomes aware of an unauthorised development, if the development is sufficiently advanced, it will prove too time-consuming and costly for the local authority to do much about it.”

Bacon cited an example of unauthorised development on Wheatshead Hill – a green belt site in his own constituency of Orpington  – where “a large area of wooded land has been cleared, six mobile homes have been installed and further work is continuing”. “Bromley Council was eventually able to obtain a court injunction, but work on the site has continued unabated.”

Bacon also brought forward a measure to prohibit the use of retrospective planning applications which can, under section 73A of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, be considered in the same way as a normal planning application for works or a change of use that has already been carried out. 

The MP said that one of the problems is that these applications can “attract a lot of public attention”, which “greatly increase the workload of the relevant case officer”, but the “real cost is the fact that the concept exists at all” as it “encourages unauthorised development”.

“The evidence is overwhelming that, on a large number of occasions, developers believe that once development is in place they are more likely to get planning permission. Indeed, some applicants deliberately draw out a situation where they know enforcement action is inevitable, knowing that they will have a right of appeal if it is refused.”

 Government data from March 2021 shows that, in the previous year across England, just under 3,000 enforcement notices were issued, 3,500 planning contravention notices were served, and 49 injunctions were granted by a county court or the High Court. 

The bill will be read for the second time on Friday 3 December.

The success of private members’ bills is low, witha minoritybecoming law, but according to UK Parliament, “by creating publicity around an issue, they may affect legislation indirectly”.

In April, Paul Holmes, MP for Eastleigh, presented a private members bill in the Commons that would prevent local authorities from giving planning approval to their applications for housing developments if they were over a specific size or if residents objected.

In June, Dr Ben Spencer, MP for Runnymede and Weybridge, presented a private member’s bill in the Commons to create a national register of people who have committed planning offences or breached controls and to introduce tougher penalties for such wrongdoers.

 

 

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Will MP Angie have to say farewell to her hopes of “repurposing” the Downs Link in Waverley?

 

During her maiden speech, MP Angela Richardson said her mission was to re-purpose the old Horsham to Guildford railway line along the Downslink that runs through her Guildford & Cranleigh constituency. 

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If she’s sticking to her dream, she better put down her pad at the Tory Conference in Manchester and hop-a-long to Waverley Towers. Because it just about to trash her cunning plan.

Guildford MP pitches to open Guildford – Cranleigh trainline.

 Waverley Planning officers intend to recommend approval of – WA/2020/0004 – Erection of new bridges, construction of new canal cut, new footpaths and landscaping at Land Coordinates 502910 142158, Wey And Arun Canal, Rushett Common Bramley.

Officers claim that the proposed canal would represent an improvement to access to waterside leisure and bring landscape enhancements to the Downs Link.

They say:

Whilst it may prevent the Downs Link from being used for large scale sustainable transport infrastructure, such as tram or train, in the future as part of the Guildford to Cranleigh Sustainable Transport Corridor, no such scheme is planned at present or is viable in the past. The benefits of the project outweigh the benefits of safeguarding the land for potential transportation use. The Downs Link would remain as a useable sustainable transport corridor for walkers and cyclists.

Disaster for Cranleigh, Bramley, Shalford and Angie? Or a triumph for the Wey and Arun Canal Trust and all who sail with her?

Works currently being carried out on the Tickners Heath stretch in Alfold/Dunsfold

Former MP Anne Milton feared that opening up the old railway line for any form of transport system would open the floodgates along its length for wholesale development. Surely her predecessor wouldn’t want that – or would she now that she is working with Michael Gove Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.  The man who says he wants residents in future to be the overseers of developments!

The application for changes to the Wey and Arun will be considered by the  Eastern planning committee on 13 October. Officers acknowledge it will rule out the use of the Downslink forever as a sustainable transport corridor.

The Waverley Friends of the Earth has opposed it as it recognises that although there is no plan now for a transport route, no one knows what the future may bring. The private sector has opened many similar lines, and public funding isn’t always required.

Parish councils in Cranleigh, Bramley and Wonersh have no objection. 

Link to report. Public reports pack 20092021 1900 Overview Scrutiny Committee – Environment

 

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Cala Homes told to “think again” if it wants to build at Milford Golf Course.

So the ball is still in the air?

There was no supporter in sight when Waverley planners considered Cala Homes design and layout for its consented scheme to build 200 homes at Milford Golf Course.

It now seeks 190 homes off one access from Station Lane, Milford, on the land part of the golf course.

The eastern planning committee was unanimously against it.  Not one councillor supported the scheme. It was lost even before the planners considered the layout and tenure of the homes Cala intended to build because it refused to accept the terms of a legal agreement between the owners and both Waverley &Surrey County Councils.

The developer wanted the amendment in the graph below, reducing the number of affordable rented homes by 22 properties.

Despite planning officers recommending approval and the developers agent is claiming it would provide rented homes at an unprecedented rate of 70% of the usual market rate. There was no support. The regular rate for affordable homes built in the borough is 80%.  There would be no four-bedroom homes but more three-bedroom homes.  However, councillors supported the view of Witley Parish Council that it did not meet the needs of its housing needs assessment contained in its Neighbourhood Plan. Residents supported neither the density nor the mix.

Cala’s agent Shaun Taylor mentioned the elephant in the room.  Waverley did not have a five-year housing land supply, and allowing this development would help it defend future planning appeals.

He said the one-bedroom homes would not be apartments, but houses, which the developer had never tried or achieved before.

This development will be of rear benefit to Waverley residents for the imey delivery of market and affordable housing.

However, Gillian McCalden for Witley Parish Council argued that the change in the tenure mix would leave 22 units unavailable for rent. Homes desperately required by 1,300 families currently on Waverley’s housing waiting list. 

In otherwords 88 people could be in rented accommodation but now won’t be.”

Here’s a clip of what she had to say:

But it was the advice given by Kathy Smyth that clinched it for the residents and councillors alike. You will see that she is not visible for most of the clip. Yet another poorly managed webcast.

 The proposed variations to the legal agreement were unanimously refused, so the committee decided to defer the reserved matters on appearance, landscaping and scale, of the development of 190 homes for further negotiation.

 

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It is back to the drawing board for Dunsfold event days.

 

Waverley planners defer a decision to allow successful motoring event days to continue at Dunsfold Park – the former WW2 airfield – for another three years.

 Neighbours have complained about the noise, including an objection from a new business wedding venue operating from a nearby farm. The two local ward members wanted the application thrown out – claiming the noise and nuisance had gone on long enough. It was also affecting another local business.

The noise from the motoring events, which take place 30 times a year, was described as “absolutely obnoxious” by Cllr John Gray. Speaking at the eastern planning committee meeting last night, he claimed the screeching of tyres and engine noise could be heard by villagers as far away as Dunsfold Church.

He said that the perimeter runway’s temporary use had been going on since 2015 and had gone on long enough.

“It should have ended before the council gave the previous temporary planning permission.”

Even though the popular motoring experience days have occurred on the site for many years, there have been very few complaints. A total of 12 between 2015/2018, said Cllr Liz Townsend.

According to a spokesperson for Dunsfold Aerodrome Limited, sometimes there were no complaints, and the council’s environmental health officers had no objection to the use continuing. There were measures in place to improve monitoring, and a new Noise Management Plan was being prepared.

Councillors heard that Alfold ~Parish Council wanted residents given advance notice of events. It requested the present 14 days be increased to 45 days.

Alfold Cllr Kevin Deanus claimed that allowing 3-year extensions of temporary permission one after another was “unheard of.” He called for a deferment of the application and a Noise Management Plan (NMP) together with a Communications Strategy to be provided, so residents would know when events would occur.

The officers, who recommended approval, could not see why the temporary consent shouldn’t continue as a new NMP and Communications Strategy was already being prepared.  But the committee voted by majority vote to defer the application until this was available.

Officers explained that the proposed use may not continue for three years as the development of the new garden village community could come forward. However, she explained that phases one and two of the development would be on the eastern side of the site – well away from the motoring circuit.

She also explained that Government planning rules allowed for 56 events to take place under permitted development planning rules.

 

 

 

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Haslemere’s Neighbourhood Plan will soon go out to consultation.

Banners to remind people to vote in the upcoming Haslemere referendum on Thurs, 7 October, have gone up in Beacon Hill and Hindhead.

There has been much controversy about where the 990 homes allocated for Haslemere, Grayswood, Hindhead and Shottermill should go.

At a Special Meeting of Waverley Borough Council last week, Local Plan Part 2 was adopted.  A lively and sometimes heated debate agreed to a large swathe of housing going to the Royal School in Hindhead adjacent to the A3. The council removed the controversial Red Court site in Haslemere.  Despite this, the developer is appealing against Waverley Planners decision to refuse the application for 50 homes.

An Inspector will hear the appeal on 16 December.

After much huffing and puffing ‘ Your Waverley’s’ Local Plan Part 2 is given a huge vote of confidence.

The Referendum on whether to adopt the modified Haslemere Neighbourhood Plan will take place on 7 October 2021.  The Neighbourhood Plan can be found here and appendices 1-3 here.

 Waverley has accepted the Independent Examiner’s modifications, published their decision statement, and is now arranging for the Referendum on 7 October.

haslemeretc.org/neighbourhood-

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Concern is reaching fever pitch over GP Services in Waverley.

“Doctor, there’s a patient on line one that says he’s invisible.”
“Well, tell him I can’t see him right now.”

If only it were funny and that simple!  Has anyone tried to make an appointment with their GP at the Wonersh Surgery, or perhaps Chiddingfold, Haslemere, Godalming, Cranleigh, Farnham, etc, recently? Or, do you feel invisible?

Nope?  We neither but, according to our Wonersh Correspondent, it would be easier to walk through the eye of a needle!

 One of our followers failed to get an appointment with her GP and went private. Guess who her private GP was? Yep, you guessed, her GP.

Ever since the Covid Pandemic struck, Wonersh Surgery – in common with many others, has been strictly rationing appointments and refusing to allow anyone who does manage to limbo their way through the door; to use their loos!   That’s right, the frail and the elderly – with weak bladders have to pull on their incontinence pads before making a trip to the Wonersh Surgery in case they get taken short whilst there!

However, recently, following the so-called loosening of Covid regulations, it has become even harder to get an appointment with your so-called friendly, local GP in ‘Your Waverley’. You’ve more chance of getting an audience with the Pope, according to our exasperated correspondents around Waverley. 

They tell us.

Having phoned the surgery, we listen to  GP’s reeling off a dirge of Nanny-State regulations via a recorded message. This includes a bit about a zero-tolerance policy towards the abuse of their rottweiler-like receptionists ( generally po-faced, jobs-worths who seem to take a peculiar pleasure in being as unhelpful as possible.) Listen to music and when you do finally get through ask for your most intimate details why you need a consultation! 

 Then you are told there are currently no pre-bookable appointments with a clinical team member (i.e., doctors).

If you require a consultation, you must call by 11:00 and will be placed on the triage list and a member of the clinical team, will/may call you back and conduct a telephone consultation or video consultation.  You may also be requested to send in a photograph prior to the consultation!

One Cranleigh patient – who is anything but patient spoke of her anger at being told by a receptionist to send a photo of the clot, yes a clot in her leg. We all know who the clot was! Needless to say, she raced off to A & E for emergency clot-busting treatment!

What happened to the days of phoning up, making an appointment and rocking up at the surgery a couple of hours or days later, depending on the urgency of the situation?

 What happens, if you unexpectedly need to see a doctor after 11:00?!  Hive off to A&E, no doubt, which explains why they’re on their knees!   In reality, the surgery would rather you didn’t phone them anyway and do everything to discourage this time-wasting practice!  Far better, as far as they’re concerned, if they can get you to go online and try to navigate their far from easy website.

 We know there are many busy people out there who are perfectly happy to have a telephone consultation.   It saves the bother of taking time off work, driving to the surgery. However,  Wonersh, similar to many surgeries, has more than its fair share of elderly patients. Whilst some are Silver Surfers, as nimble with their laptops as your average teenager, others don’t even have internet let alone a mobile phone!  What about them?

The UK’s GPs are some of the best-paid people in the country, not to mention the NHS. Yet, they have been working fewer hours for years now, retiring early and generally doing everything they can to avoid interacting with the public.

A public,  who not only pay their wages via their taxes, but most of whom can’t even dream of earning the six-figure sums paid to  GPs.

Neither could they dream of retiring on similar gold-plated pensions at 55!

And, don’t get us started on the over-reliance on female GPS, with young children, who only want to work part-time, making it virtually impossible for anyone to see the same GP twice in a row!

With five partners, five salaried GPs, three trainee GPs and a paramedic at Wonersh Surgery – all paid for by us, the hard-pressed, taxpayer – you’d think they could make it marginally easier to get something as simple as a GP appointment with WC facilities on site!

But no, our Wonersh Correspondent phoned last week to book a simple flu jab for her elderly and vulnerable husband and was told she couldn’t.  Despite having been married for more years than she cares to remember, sharing an address and being able to reel off her husband’s name and date of birth, the receptionist refused to let her book a flu jab for him, insisting he must do it himself. 

So there you have it, folks, hubby, leaves the greenhouse, walks from the bottom of the garden, take off his boots, scrub his hands, and goes to the telephone. Dials the surgery, listens to the same diatribe that his wife had just wasted five precious minutes that she won’t get back so that he can repeat the exercise and book his flu jab.  All to satisfy the whim of a power-crazed receptionist. 

We know the NHS is no longer the National Health Service and has now morphed into the National Covid Service, but this is bureaucracy gone mad.

Rather than waste her husband’s time and energy – at their age, one has to conserve it for the essential things in life! – the wife phoned the Wonersh Pharmacy, where she spoke to a delightful lady who, having confirmed their names and ages, was pleased to offer them both a flu jab at the pharmacy the next day!

Of course, they will have to pay for the service but, as they pointed out, it was worth it for the speed and efficiency with which their request was met and for the pleasure of speaking to someone who genuinely wanted to offer a service rather than behave like a roadblock!

If the NHS continues in this fashion, only the poorest will be forced to continue using it!

Once those who pay for the service – through their taxes – start deserting it in their droves, the clamour for an insurance-driven rather than tax-driven scheme – which works so effectively in almost every other country in the world – will drown out the MPs’ and GPs’ howls of protest!

 Because let’s face it, the only people being served by our GP practices at the moment are the GPs!!!

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Our Jeremy – out at last?

 

Our MP Jeremy Hunt is taking Surrey PRIDE by painting Godalming, almost all the colours of the rainbow.

However, if this group have anything to do with it, he may not have much longer to smile with Pride?

Here’s what one of his Godalming constituents had to say :

How nice of you to swing by to virtue signal. I assume from tomorrow on; you’ll get back to your regular routine of ignoring voters wholesale Eh Mr Hunt?

Cllr Nick Palmer – Labour Waverley Borough Councillor and former MP takes PRIDE in the Godalming Festival.

He said:

Really nice PRIDE event in Godalming today. I was struck by the spontaneous applause from crowds of passers-by. I think there’s a lot of tolerance around, plus simple joy at having a festival in Godalming again after the bleak last 18 months. Thanks to everyone who dropped by the Labour stand, including the queues all day for Kate Cooney’s washable tattoos. (I’m wondering what my colleagues in the office will think when they see mine.)

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A message to ‘Your Waverley’ from disappoiinted of Alfold

When the Rainbow Coalition snatched victory from the hands of the Tories, It said it would listen.

Alfold  villagers this week  learned they were facing yet another planning appeal – this time for another 80 homes on the A281 Guildford – Horsham Road adjacent to the petrol station. Now they want the newbies to do what they promised on the tin? Listen?

The Appeal will be the subjected of a future post.

As developers prepare to dump another 80 homes on Alfold, villagers are gearing up to say – No More!

Well done’ Your Waverley’s’ first listening exercise was a rollicking​ success &#8211, and there are calls for more.

Here’s what one Alfold villager had to say. Though we do sometimes wonder if Alfold Parish council is sleeping?  Its members don’t seem to make too much noise. Unless, of course, Parish Cllr ‘ Little Britton’ who once headed Protect Our Waverley, uses his time and energies on delaying his Dunsfold neighbour from development, which in turn damages Waverley’s five-year housing land supply leaving Alfold vulnerable?  

 ‘ Not in my backyard Britton’ tells the BBC the fight to stop development at Dunsfold isn’t over yet!

As far as we can see, no minutes have been posted on the Alfold website since last October! Is anyone at home?

 Denise Wordsworth comments on the recent Special Council Meeting when Local Plan Part 2  was agreed. 

Following Follows on ‘ Your Waverley’ Local Plan Part 2.

She says:

Having finally had the time to listen to this – I was frankly disappointed.

Most of this meeting concerned Haslemere and the damn 50 Homes that are now at Appeal and Witley Applications. Where was anyone other than Cllr Cockburn saying anything about the plight of the smaller villages …. and Alfold? (Like the one I know best) due to the lack of LPP2

I am glad it has passed onto the next phase – However,  I still do’nt  think they understand the issues in the smaller villages. I will be asking for access to ALL  the approved Applications for the WHOLE borough, then at least I can look at the figures and see the disproportionate amount allocated here and potentially other small villages outside Haslemere and Witley!

I think Farnham has taken its fair share and has a robust Neighboroughood Plan, which it worked incredibly hard to secure. The rest of us need more support to get ours through. Are they receiving that support? Rr are they being left to flounder? Or is there something else?

(Alfold has no Neighbourhood Plan)

I understand that some want to move up the greasy pole of politics – but I hope that ‘some’ don’t forget who got them where they are now. I hope that they   will recognise that despite the fact we probably have few votes that matter in Alfold, and may therefore be deemed unimportant, – but suggest that those that have that view – have a re-think?

(Alfold has no Gas – In case anyone has forgotten)

Denise

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Following Follows on ‘Your Waverley’ Local Plan Part 2.

Waverley Borough Council’s Leader Paul Follows sums up the lengthy debate at the Special Council Meeting last Wednesday on the new Local Plan Part 2. The plan was passed by 38 votes for, four against and one abstention.

After much huffing and puffing ‘ Your Waverley’s’ Local Plan Part 2 is given a huge vote of confidence.

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After much huffing and puffing ‘Your Waverley’s’ Local Plan Part 2 is given a huge vote of confidence.

At first, it appeared that the Rainbow Coalition’s controversial LP2, which includes the boroughs Site Allocations and Development Policies was in for a rough ride.

LP2 isn’t going into the Waverley Wheelie; it’s heading towards a 6-week public consultation.

Was the vast Tory backing for the plan at the Special Council Meeting on Wednesday more to do with not committing electoral suicide in Haslemere? Because they opposed it from start to finish! They talked the talk but didn’t walk the walk!

If Farnham’s Cllr Carole Cockburn had anything to do with it, Cowboy Follows’ Bucking Bronco of a plan would have thrown him into the dust and pummelled him senseless.

Raring to go from her appearance at the council’s Overview & Scrutiny Committee 24 hours earlier, she described the plan as a failure in the making, predicting an Inspector after examination would find it  “unsound.”  She argued only the strength of opposition from Haslemere residents against 50 homes at Red Court had prompted the planners’ refusal against officers advice and its removal from the plan. 

What will you do when there is even more opposition from residents to the introduction into the plan of the Royal School?”

Spotlight falls on Waverley’s Local Plan Part 2 or…?

Political parties in a pitched battle over a Haslemere development.

She railed at the coalition’s failure to get the second section of Local Plan Part 1 onto the statute books earlier. But Cllr Cockburn was reminded why LP2, the blueprint for future development in the borough, had taken so long.

Portfolio Holder and Farnham Residents’ Cllr Andy MacLeod said the plan had been on the stocks since 2008 – a long time in the making! Housing numbers due to Government housing policy had changed, and now 11,000 homes were required to meet Government targets.

He refrained from mentioning that the Tories pulled the plan immediately prior to the 2018 May elections.

He said the ‘Protect Our Waverley Group’ had delayed both plans by issuing legal proceedings which challenged housing numbers in a bid to stop developmental Dunsfold Aerodrome, the largest brownfield site in the borough. Waverley fought off the challenge in the High Court and eventually won. Just in time for Guy Fawkes Night, the High Court has thrown out CPRE and PoW’s appeal over Waverley Borough Council’s Local Plan.

The first delay came in 2017 when Tory MP’s Jeremy Hunt and Anne Milton asked the Secretary of State to call in the Dunsfold decision.  Dunsfold Park decision – called in by the Secretary of State.

The main gripe among Tory councillors was the decision to swap the Red Court site in Haslemere (50 homes refused by Waverley Planners and now the subject of an appeal on 16 December) in preference for 90 homes at the Royal School in Hindhead. Most Tory councillors wanted both included in LP2; they claimed the sites had to be… 

“available, sustainable and deliverable. and robust enough to convince an Inspector the plan is sound.”

The WW will provide a separate post on Cllr Jerry Hyman’s arguments on why LP2 in its present form, which he claims does not have an “Appropriate Assessment,” is legally flawed as the webcast broke down during his comments at the earlier Executive Meeting. Surprise, surprise!!

The spotlight was well and truly aimed at Haslemere – almost as though the rest of the borough didn’t exist. However, Cllr Liz Townsend gave a sharp reminder to many of her previous colleagues in the Tory Group that little or no notice was taken of the loud objections from Cranleigh people when they decided to cover the countryside of the village in concrete!

LP2 was pulled by the previous aministration without any notice and which left most other vulnerable parts of the borough like Cranleigh totally exposed, said Cllr Liz Townsend.

She believed had LP2 gone through in 2019, development might have commenced elsewhere earlier, and the council would not now be without a five-year housing land supply.  Cranleigh residents made thousands of objections to unsuitable housing development in the past, which were, for the most part, ignored.

The village now had 1,700 dwellings consented, of which many were built or under construction.

I wish back then the people of Farnham and Cranleigh had been given the opportunity to comment on the unsuitable sites chosen. One particuar brownfield site that was ignored will be of continuing irritation to me!

A video clip will follow of Leader Paul Follows Summing up of the debate.

 A recorded vote now sends LP2 on its way to a 6-week public consultation by 38 votes For, 4 Against and one Abstention.

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A cry for help from Alfold residents to stop their small village being swamped with another 99 homes.

An appeal against Waverley’s refusal to open up the countryside to build another 99 homes in the village has brought a cry for help from its residents.

They want the rest of the borough of Waverley to get behind their fight to bring a halt to development in a small village that has far exceeded its quota.

The village now faces fighting yet another appeal by Thakeham Homes to build on land owned by the Merchant Seaman’s charity to the west of Loxwood Road.

The Sussex-based developer wants to get its bulldozers through the door for 99 homes, having been refused 425 on appeal in 2017. Care Ashore and Thakeham Homes’ boat sunk by a Government Inspector! It is basing its case on the fact that Waverley does not have a five-year housing land supply, making villages like Alfold highly vulnerable. This scheme alone would have tripled the size of the village. 

Planning permission exists just yards away from the proposed site for a circa 3,000 home garden village on Dunsfold Aerodrome. Work by the new owners is expected to begin in March.

Work is also progressing on the final plans for the new Wings Museum, which hopes to attract 20,000 thousand visitors p.a.  Although Waverley Planners refused the scheme only yards from the Thakeham site, it was allowed on appeal by a Government Inspector.  The Museum wants to be on-site in two years. Just WINGS this time no WHEELS – between Alfold and Dunsfold.

Villagers believe the latest bid by Thakeham is the thin end of the wedge and will see Alfold swamped with new homes once approved. WA/2020/1684.

The diagram below shows where new homes have either been constructed or where homes have an extant planning consent.

Campaigner Denise Wordsworth, a comparative newcomer to Alfold, is heading up the fight. She told the Waverley Web.

I am not totally convinced these figures are correct but having asked various sources no one has said I have got them wrong so I Will post on Appeal. This is what these IDIOTS are doing here and all over our little Surrey Village – I am not a NIMBY I just believe the Government need to provide the INFRASTRUCTURE before they allow Planning. A village of 450 homes (2011 Census) to double in size is just WRONG and shows the lack of any  understanding of the issues here in Rural Surrey – As you know we have no trains, doctors, schools, limited buses, 1 Pub (Currently Closed) 1 Restaurant – (Thus-Sun)

Village Hall/Playing fields (random open hours) 1 Bus Main service every 2-3 Hours to Guildford) I Hope MP Gove looks at these issues and Understands that it is NOT NIMBYism it is desperation to protect our rural villages that have no designated protection due to being rural.  HELP!

Here’s Mrs Wordworth’s letter to the Inspector. Letters had to be with the department by 21 September. –  villagers were given only three weeks to respond for a public hearing on 7 December with a decision date on 12 January.

We strongly advise our followers to read her letter – if it wasn’t so severe, the lack of infrastructure is almost laughable!

Thakeham Appeal Docs ALL 19 September 2021 -2

 

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Spotlight falls on Waverley’s Local Plan Part 2 or…?

 was it the Cllr Carole Cockburn – spitting feathers show?

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Usually, the chairman of a Waverley committee chairs the meeting. No way  – not yesterday, for Farnham’s Carole – the Overview & Scrutiny committee could hardly get a word in edgeways once Carole was on the rant!

Rant 1.

Why had the important LP2 document taken so long to see the light of day, two years, after power changed hands? Despite a decision by the coalition in October 2020 by 10-0 to include Red Court, Haslemere in the plan’s housing allocations. 

Rant 2.

 Had the council been misled into believing there were 1,200 responses from the public consultation when there had only been 418?

Rant 3.

The Plan, once approved and before going out to public consultation again, must include preferred sites for development that are –

“available, sustainable and deliverable. and robust enough to convince an Inspector the plan is sound.”

Rant 3. 

Swapping The Royal Prep School (a 23-acre site in Hindhead and The Royal Senior School (a 26-acre site in Farnham Lane, for circa (90 homes), which she claimed was probably undeliverable,  was a disgrace.

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A deliverable site at Court in Haslemere (50 homes) was refused by Waverley Planners in August –  now the subject of an appeal.

Build anywhere, or even everywhere, in the borough of Waverley – except in Haslemere?

The rest of the plan was almost ignored. This Included minor modifications to numbers, including an increase in gipsy pitches and the huge Secretts site in Milford. 

Neither did a ‘light railway along the Downslink through Cranleigh’ get a look-in, other than saying it had been originally been proposed as a ‘sustainable transport corridor?’

 The floor was held for the most part by Farnham’s Carole – still fuming that Red Court Haslemere in an Area of Great Landscape Value had been refused, when it fit the criteria for development. She wanted it put back into the plan either instead of or in addition to – The Royal School in Hindhead, which is adjacent to the A3 in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Cllr Jenny Else (Con Elstead) sounding more like the USA”s Donald Rumsfeld, chirped up about the uncertainty of ever developing the Hindhead site – calling it “pie in the sky.”  She said there were so many knowns and so many unknowns – about the school’s future?

It is quite simple, said Cllr Anna James (Con Chiddingfold) Red Court was refused due to pressure from Haslemere residents!

Back to  Carole, who claimed Farnham could be ruined if LP2 was found to be unsound. Waverley was exposed and vulnerable with no five-year land supply due to the failure of Dunsfold and other sites not being built out. Land supply could be down to 4 years. What is your contingency, what about Dunsfold Answer that – she asked Portfolio Holder Cllr Andy MacLeod?

and, don’t blame the Government or the previous administration this is down to you, she cried.

Cllr MacLeod admitted Waverley was in an extremely difficult situation. We can’t make Berkeley’s build at Woolmead, or the new owners build at Dunsfold, but we did have a very useful meeting this morning. He called Red Court “trivial” in the big scheme of things.

Red Court is a very minor part of the Plan and the potential for the Royal School was 90 homes.

Chief Planning Officer Zac Ellwood assured the committee the plan was sound and with the inclusion of the Royal School and other sites would achieve the 990 homes target for Haslemere, saying the plan was, “robust and defendable.”

Waverley’s Chief Executive Tom Horwood brought the fiery debate to an end by suggesting that the committee decide whether it wanted to recommend to the Executive that both sites be included in the plan or have its comments carried forward?

 listen to the debate here:https://youtu.be/1WHctjjClI0

 

 

 

 

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Well done Liz Townsend and all who sail with her.

All those strong and narky letters to Thames Water are finally paying off for the people of Cranleigh.

Penning letters to the water authority has become a full-time job for Cranleigh parish, Surrey and Waverley councillor Liz ‘The Biz’ Townsend.

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Cllr Liz Townsend has turned punchy as her patience with the industry has literally poured away.

Along with the Cranleigh Civic Society – which she founded – she has worked tirelessly to persuade and coerce Thames Water to shape up and replace worn-out pipework in and around Cranleigh.

Huge new housing developments have put a massive strain on 50-year-old pipework, only to see them burst – here, there and everywhere, over the past couple of years. New housing developments have resulted in more leaks than in No 10, and bottled water stations have to become a regular visitor attraction on almost every street! 

 She told the public recently:

After many years of lobbying, along with the Cranleigh Civic Society, we have been encouraged by the latest decision by Thames Water to carry out a replacement programme for some of Cranleigh’s drinking water pipes commencing on the Summerlands Estate on 27 September 2021 and continuing up to February 2022.
The ageing asbestos cement pipes will be replaced with plastic pipes and this will undoubtedly have an impact on the number of bursts we are currently experiencing. Those properties affected should have received one of the letters below. There will be some disruption for residents but you should be informed in advance of any interruption in service. This is a small step in our replacement programme and we will continue to lobby Thames Water to encourage them to expand this programme further. In the meantime please do report any burst pipes that you see https://www.thameswater.co.uk/leak/ and if you can let me know their location too to add to my list that would be really helpful liz.townsend@surreycc.gov.uk

Excessive pay and poor performance have damaged consumers’ trust in water companies, the industry regulator said recently.

Ofwat said firms must link senior executives’ pay to improved customer service, while companies that boost their profits by borrowing large amounts of money may have to share bumper rewards with customers.

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Tices Meadow, Badshot Lea – just look what can be achieved when councils work together.

Waverley Councillor Mark Merryweather can place a feather firmly in his cap for bringing six councils together to save one of the finest bird watching sites in the South East.  

Go there & simply enjoy a tiny part of England.  Be out in a place that asks nothing from you but can give you so much, if you have the wit to see it.

Here’s the Farnham Herald’s take on how ‘Your Waverley’ working with Farnham Town Council and others could achieve the purchase of the Tices Meadow beauty spot valued at £1m. In fact, all six local authorities deserve a feather in their caps.

Farnham Herald Newspaper of the Year!!! 

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Said Waverley’s Leader Paul Follows:

“I knew from the moment I first visited @TicesMeadow it needed protection and to be taken into public ownership. That we are close to that goal now is simply fantastic. The volunteers are simply phenomenal and Waverley and its partners will get this done.”

Want to know the species spotted there?

Continue reading “Tices Meadow, Badshot Lea – just look what can be achieved when councils work together.”

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Columbia Threadneedle stitches up Dunsfold Park.

In a deal so big it’s attracted the attention of Fleet Street, the American owned asset management firm, a subsidiary of Ameriprise Financial, has snapped up the former aerodrome! 

The Dunsfold Deal is believed to be worth £250 million to Trinity College Cambridge, the current owners of the business park where planning consent has been granted to build 1,800 homes + on the airfield – in Phase 1 of what will now, no doubt, be several development phases.

Yet another great British-owned business is being sold off stateside … but, no worries, if the Business Secretary’s happy, why should the hoi polloi of Waverley worry?!

Richard Turncoat – or Turdhill, depending on your point of view – Trinity College’s now not so new Bursar has set aside the College’s reputation for prudence and long-term investment in bricks and mortar – which has made it one of the wealthiest colleges in the land – in favour of the get-rich-quick schemes he’s more comfortable with, coming from a city background.  Turncoat was formerly the Global Chief Investment Strategist of BlackRock.  On his Linkedin page, Mr Turncoat boasts of being an ‘experienced senior executive with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry across fund management, strategy and economics roles …’

Clearly a modest man, old Turdhill!

Quite where this stitch-up leaves the Flying Scot, who knows? Jim McAllister saw the potential in the former BAe site some 20-odd years ago and has fought tooth and nail over the intervening period despite opposition from Protect Our Waverley and the two local Mp’s Annie Milton and Jeremy Hunt to create a future for the site, rather than leaving it steeped in aspic, as some would have preferred. 

By the way? Has anyone seen or heard anything of the POW Group lately? Is it still protecting Waverley? If it is – we must have missed it!

McAllister nursed Dunsfold through the Royal Bank of Scotland debacle – when that Bank (the Flying Scot’s first investor) did the dirty on him … not to mention the rest of the country – and pulled the rug off the runway, having run up gazillions of pounds worth of debts, which the Bank planned to pay down by selling the aerodrome out from under their partner, the Flying Scot.

Rather than letting the Royal Bank – which at the time was acting like a buccaneer – scupper his plans, McAllister dug in his chocks, put his money where his mouth was and found what he thought was a long-term investor in Trinity College Cambridge …  But then along came COVID … and Richard Turncoat, rather like a bad fairy – we’re not sure which was worse!!

 
Whether, 20 years down the line, the Flying Scot has the appetite for another turbulent flight or decides to bail out remains to be seen, but the word at Waverley Towers is that the Council is afraid … very, very afraid. And, with hindsight, if the councillors and officers are afraid, local residents should be petrified!  

With the Dunsfold development now seriously behind schedule due to Covid – and Bad Fairy Turdhill! – the Council doesn’t have a five-year housing supply, and the planning appeals are stacking up in Waverley’s in-tray as canny, would-be developers, such as Thakeham Homes, are tripping over each other to take advantage of Turdhill’s utter failure to get his chocks away at the Dunsfold Development.  Waverley – and its residents – desperately need Columbia Threadneedle Investments to be the stitch-in-time that saves the borough from being overrun by box builders, who care nothing for the environment or the ambience of Waverley and simply want to build ’em cheap and stack ’em high.

Pop along to the other Threadneedle site at the former Hewitts’ Industrial Estate in Elmbridge Road, Cranleigh. Is that an example of what Waverley Planners can expect?

The big question on everyone’s lips – especially the Council’s – is will Columbia Threadneedle Investments persuade the Flying Scot and his team to stay on board and utilise their long-term knowledge of the site and relationships with local stakeholders to give them the head start they need to reap the rewards on their investment or will they want to wipe the slate clean and bring in a new team?   Do they have the time to start from scratch?  Not really, not with every other would-be developer in the borough looking to steal a march on them by taking advantage of the delays at Dunsfold created by Covid and Turdhill?  

Trinity was due to begin laying the new road into the site directly from the A281 in 2020.  They’ll be lucky to be laying it in 2022 if they don’t get airborne soon!
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By-Election in Cranleigh East coming soon.

Hats are in the ring for a … 

By – Election of a Borough Councillor for

Richard Cole Chairman JPCCranleigh East Ward

on Thursday 7 October 2021

Finally, after many months of not being seen or heard of Cllr Richard Cole has resigned as a Waverley Borough Councillor.

The Liberal Democrat Cranleigh East representative moved away from the town earlier this year to a new home in Devon.  He was a member of Cranleigh Parish Council and chairman of the Eastern Planning Committee for several years.

Now Phillip Townsend the husband of Waverley, and Surrey County Councillor Liz Townsend, a former Insurance Executive, will be going head to head for the Waverley East ward seat with retired schoolteacher and Cranleigh parish councillor Rosemary Burbridge.

The announcement was made yesterday.

Continue reading “By-Election in Cranleigh East coming soon.”

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Your Waverley’s £130m bid to buy Dunsfold Aerodrome has been knocked out of the ballpark

 

Waverley Borough Council’s £130m bid to buy Dunsfold Aerodrome failed miserably in round one of the bidding war to buy the housing hotspot.  

Dunsfold arden village
All roads point to a massive development at the former airfield.

Q: Why? 

A: Simples!  Because an organisation worth squillions is prepared to pay gazillions more than Waverley – or any of the other bidders – in the race to buy the aerodrome.  Neither Waverley nor any of the other interested parties could afford – or were willing to pay? – as much for the 758-acre site. 

And now residents are concerned that instead of the 1,800 homes proposed for Phase 1 followed by – another 500 to 600 in Phase 2 – that by the end of the planning period (2032), there could now be many, many, many more. Why else would anyone be prepared to pay gazillions for the site?  No one – least of all the foreign-based company rumoured to be the successful bidder –  is digging that deep unless they plan to squeeze every last square inch out of the site’s development potential to optimise the return on their eye-watering investment.  

Fear is rife among the eastern villages on the future of Dunsfold Aerodrome, which has fallen into the hands of global asset managers.

Richard Turncoat – the new Bursar at Trinity College Cambridge, the site’s current owner – clearly doesn’t give a damn who buys the site.  All he wants is to cover himself in glory by reaping the rewards of his predecessor’s foresight in having the nous to acquire the site a few years ago when Royal Bank of Scotland – the Flying Scot’s original partner – went tits-up!  Bugger the local stakeholders!  Bugger, the Flying Scot who has nursed the site from an empty shell to a valuable asset with consent for 1,800 + homes!  This is all about the greater glory of Richard Turdhill!

So cheer up, Waverley!  You didn’t lose out because you didn’t offer enough!  You could never have offered enough!  Your £130 million bid was chicken feed to Richard Turncoat. And you were in good company in the losers’ enclosure.  Neither could Warner Brothers or Spielberg or Marvel … or any of the other filmmakers who were rumoured to be snapping up the site and turning it into another Pinewood Studios!  So much for taking the Holly out of Hollywood and replacing it with Hurtwood!

Neither do you have to fear that your five-year housing land supply figures will be irreparably damaged – even if they meet with more than a little opposition from the three villages surrounding the site, namely, Alfold, Cranleigh and Dunsfold. Because you can bet your bottom dollar, the new owner will be beating a rapid path to your door with multiple applications for more and more and more houses to keep their rapacious shareholders happy. 

There will be a conveyor belt of applications once the new owners get behind the wheel.  

So who actually are the winners and losers in this sorry saga that has been ongoing for the past 15 years and more? 

Well, the Tories won’t be crying into their G&Ts, because they never wanted to bid for the site in the first place. However, they’ve since done a complete about-turn and are now pointing their wagging finger at the Opposition for not giving them enough time to have their say on the Borough’s bid! Make up your minds, chaps – if it hadn’t been for your lot, residents of the proposed garden village would have been planting their bulbs and harvesting their spuds by now!  Not to mention charging their electric vehicles in their parking barns.  Who knows, even Manns of Cranleigh might have been saved from Undertaker Vrijland because those of us with long memories will recall that the Flying Scot was offering vouchers for new homeowners to encourage them to shop locally.  Ahead of his time or what?  

But never mind, the canny Scot’s vision is now a dim and distant memory … one might even call it a [bag]pipe dream?  

Don’t blame yourself, Leader Follows; if you’d waited for the Tories to “build a consensus”, as Cllr Muddled Mulliner wanted, Waverley’s bid would have been another decade in the making.  Richard Turncoat was in a hurry – his signature was barely dry on his employment contract, and his seat was still warm from the old Bursar’s bum when he announced he wanted to sell the site!  And, as everyone knows, hell would freeze over quicker than Mulliner could mull over how much he thought Dunsfold Aerodrome was worth.  

At least The Rainbow Coalition tried, and, as we know from bitter experience, the Tories are always mega keen to sell off British owned assets to foreign investors! Big money from abroad beats UK Money any day.

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Tents and Yurts won’t go away from Bramley thanks to Waverley Planners.

 

Despite having firmly established a business on Slades Farm in Thorncombe Street – despite neighbour opposition -Waverley Planners gave a permanent staycation site the go-ahead.

Judging by the pictures provided to the eastern planning committee members, the site off Thorncombe Street looks like a staycation for visitors in mud, mud, glorious mud?

Councillors heard  Cllr Richard Seaborne (Con, Bramley) explain why he had called the application in because of the strength of opposition. There had been 40 letters of objection to the application submitted in November 2020.

Eleven months to have to application heard!?

Although sympathetic to the economic case for 2 yurts and 3 tents, neighbours’ concerns must be carefully considered as other similar proposed applications at Langhurst Farm in Hascombe were mooted. Neither Surrey highways nor Bramley Parish Council had raised objections, but the committee couldn’t ignore the strength of feeling by those living nearby. 

The owner of Thorncombe Barn said the use during the Summer had brought multiple incidents of noise and nuisance, including an all-night party and parties and barbecues going on until the early hours. In a valley in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the sound carried and the use had a deleterious effect on nine homes and their occupants nearby. 

However, the applicant gave the committee assurances, it would not happen again and apologised profusely for any inconvenience caused.

Despite raising their concerns on the effect of the change of agricultural use, councillors and officers believed sited for staycations in Waverley were required to meet the need. However, they should impose conditions on the owners that no large groups could hire the tents.

“That way, if there are separate families hiring the facilities, and one is making too much noise, they can tell them to shut up and be quiet, said Cllr Michael Goodridge.”

There were concerns about limiting the numbers in each unit, but officers said their size was self-limiting. But what if a lot of visitors turned up for a party, said Milford Cllr Maxine Gale? Members were reminded that the use could continue for 28 days in any one year without planning consent, though the applicants had exceeded this.

Dunsfold Cllr Kevin Deanus said he objected to anyone disregarding the planning system. 

We should shame people who do and we should be able to charge them ten times more planning fees for doing it!

The applicant had also removed trees and hedgerows to provide access!

Cllr Christine Baker said she recognised the real neighbour concerns, saying that monitoring the noise from such use was unenforceable.

The Police will not act and neither will Waverley’s emergency officer. 

I know, because I suffered from the same experience and was kept awake until 6.a.m. We do not know nearly enough what impact this will have on neighbours.”

A toilet and shower block of 3m x 2m to serve two yurts and three “huge tents” appear insufficient according to Cllr Martin D’Arcy –

and, the kitchen opens straight onto the toilets – is that allowed?”

That shouldn’t be a concern of the committee, as it was not a planning matter, said Chief Planning Officer Zac Ellwood.

Despite over an hour’s debate, the committee granted consent by 5 votes to 2 with one abstention.

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Will Bojo be bumping elbows with Angela Richardson and sticking Jeremy back in the cabinet bunker where he longs to be?

Perhaps SW Surrey MP Jeremy Hunt, after praising the Prime Minister for finally… “biting the bullet,” believes Sajid is keeping the post warm for him in the imminent cabinet reshuffle?

The Hon Angie Richardson MP for Guildford and Cranleigh shared her concerns to the Prime Minister during the Social Care debate.   She sought some assurances where the lashings of extra tax would actually be spent?

Angie bobbed up and down for hours in the chamber and was finally rewarded by the Speaker.

She was not alone – NHS management prompted suspicion from a couple of MP’s.

Angela and Damian Green (Con, Ashford) demanded reassurances that all extra funding would reach the front line. She asked the Prime Minister to ensure that it wouldn’t be spent on more NHS “middle management.” Fair point Angie, we have all been wondering that. Well done for bringing that little hot potato up.

When it comes to our health service, additional funding tends to get swallowed faster than a slippery fish down a sea lion’s gullet.

The Department of Stealth & Total Obscurity has already begun recruiting 42 additional pen-pushing middle managers on salaries of up to £270,000 a year. Nice little earner? So your concerns were valid, Angie. The national insurance increases imposed on us hard-working plebs have already begun sliding towards the dark recesses of the wallets of yet more managers while the nursing staff satisfy themselves with the seed corn thrown at them. Is it any wonder they are either leaving or considering leaving the NHS snd Social Care in their droves?

 Hardworking taxpayers will foot a punishing bill from a hike in national insurance, taking the tax burden to a 70-year high. It’s not just employees but employers who will be hit hard too. There’s a reason that employers’ national insurance is called the “jobs tax” – it will increase the cost of hiring when we need employment to bounce back. This tax rise will only stifle job creation and wage increases.

So where will that £12 billion go?

We here at the Waverley Web started to think that for the first time since she arrived in Westminister, our MP, was not sycophantically following the Tory whips. Sadly later in the day, she spoiled her early concerns  by blaming previous Labour Governments for ‘not mending the roof when it began leaking.’ Blah, Blah, and more blah. No mention by you on the removal of the triple lock on your elector’s pensions or taxes on their dividends – pity about that.

Oh well, another shedload of our Waverley MPs’ manifesto promises down the pan!

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Afghanistan refugees and how ‘Your Waverley’ is helping.

 

This video from Waverley’s Leader Paul Follows is worth listening to. This is our Waverley, doing what it can, to help in what can only be described as a dire situation.

But it comes with a warning. All comments are welcome. However, any abusive comments on the Waverley Web site will be removed immediately – so don’t even think about making one!

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Watch out- COVID’s out and about and fighting to stay with us in Waverley!

For all our sakes as COVID infection rates rise in the borough start taking regular tests regardless of whether or not you have symptoms. The evil virus hasn’t gone away, and it isn’t going away any time soon.

COVID rates are still high in #Waverley, particularly in young people aged 17 – 21. It may be event season but please remember, COVID is still here and we need to continue to play our part to keep each other safe.
Do it for your parents and your grandparent’s sake, if not your own.
Testing regularly – even with no symptoms and even if you’ve been vaccinated, please take a Rapid Lateral Flow Test a couple of times a week
Get vaccinated – vaccines are working, and are available for everyone over 16, get booked up NOW  at https://orlo.uk/2uFex
Get an NHS COVID Pass – whether you’re heading to an event or travelling abroad, having a COVID Pass will show your COVID-19 testing and vaccination status so you can gain entry.
Stay at home if unwell – reduce the risk of passing on other illnesses onto friends, family, colleagues, and other vulnerable members of your community.
Stay safe – remember to wash or sanitise your hands regularly Wear a face covering in crowded spaces Try to meet in well-ventilated spaces Be considerate with space, keep your distance where possible
For more information on testing, vaccinations and the COVID rates where you are, visit https://orlo.uk/78v4B
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Meeting and greeting at ‘Your Waverley.’

 

Guildford and Waverley leaders meet as they embark on forging closer links between their respective councils. 

 Both councils will share a single senior management team, including a Chief Executive, Directors and Heads of Service.  Once in place, the new management team will prepare business cases for further combining services and/ or administrative work.

Waverley’s Leader Cllr Paul Follows met with his Lib Dem colleague Guildford Leader Julia McShane at The Burys in Godalming yesterday.  They were joined by Guildford’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PCC) Zoe Franklin.
Cllr Follows said:
“It was great to welcome Julia and Zoe today for a long overdue catch-up on the multitude of joint issues, concerns and opportunities for our two borough’s moving forward.”

 Click on the link here, and you can read the single official statement released in the name of both councils. A statement that aims to reassure both residents of both boroughs and their council staff.

https://www.waverley.gov.uk/Council-updates/Read-our-latest-news/ArtMID/1683/ArticleID/68/Waverley-and-Guildford-Borough-Councils-commit-to-shared-management-team

Afterwards, Zoe Franklin commented:
 As always a helpful and wide-ranging conversation. Local people should feel confident that theirs’ and their communities’ interests are in good hands with you both and the wider teams.

 

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Could theatre be coming home to Farnham?

Here’s a message from the Farnham Theatre Association. 

Is another theatre or entertaining space on the cards, or is it just a pipe dream for the town’s Thespians and supporters?

Dear Colleagues

We hope that you are keeping well in the midst of the continuing Covid concerns and that you’re enjoying the summer weather whenever it peeks from behind these clouds.

Here’s your FTA Newsletter with an update on the possibility and hopes for a theatre for Farnham, news of the AGM on Sunday 24 October (a date for your diaries) which will without doubt cover the latest position on this subject, news of a Service to Farnham Award for a friend of the company, a tribute to David Monico plus an update on the West End’s The Mousetrap which has just re-opened.  

We hope you enjoy it.

Best regards

Mike Silver

You can read the latest newsletter on the link below.

Newsletter no.65

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Lidl reveals its target for new stores and one is in Cranleigh.

 

Supermarket giant Lidl has revealed an updated list of the places it wants to open new stores in and around the country, and it has its eye on Cranleigh.

Cranleigh in the east of Waverley will form part of Lidl’s £1.3bn investment plans for 2021 and 2022, including opening 50 new stores this year, creating 2,000 new jobs.

In a document spelling out its vision for growth, the company says it is seeking 100’s of new sites across Britain. Saying:

We are on track to meet our ambitious target of 1,000 stores by the end of 2023.”

It opened 180 new stores in the last three years – including one in the centre of Horsham, which is believed to be pulling many customers in from the eastern villages of Waverley just across the Surrey Sussex border. 

So it has earmarked the fast-growing town of Cranleigh, among the sites where it wants to open a new store.

It also wants to relocate the new Central Horsham store to a larger site and build another store in North Horsham.

The list of desirable locations for new stores is aimed at landowners and freeholders with suitable sites interested in exploring Lidl’s opportunities.

Christian Härtnagel, CEO at Lidl GB said:

“We are calling on developers and landlords up and down the country to help find potential sites for us to build Lidl stores, which demonstrates the continued ambition we have to further expand our store portfolio across the nation. Despite the challenges of the past year, we still managed to meet our ambitious target of opening, on average, one new store per week across Great Britain.

“We are looking forward to opening more stores throughout the country and welcoming new colleagues in the coming months and years, so that more communities can access high quality food at the lowest prices on the market.”

Continue reading “Lidl reveals its target for new stores and one is in Cranleigh.”

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Godalming’s Memorial Park scene of violent assault.

Despite Godalming Town Council’s efforts to stop anti-social behaviour, a public park was the scene of a violent assault over the Bank Holiday weekend.   

Just a few weeks ago, here at the Waverley Web, we reported this incident. During which a toddler picked up a bag of drugs.

Bag of drugs found in Godalming park by a toddler!

Phillips Memorial Park is normally home to dog walkers, parents with pushchairs, youngsters playing and fitness fanatics. It also hosts classical music concerts in the bandstand over a normal summer.

So a violent assault shocked people living nearby and Godalming residents when the park they use was the scene of an assault during which a man was punched and kicked, receiving a rib fracture, and was taken to hospital.

Officers were called to the Phillips Memorial Park in Godalming at around 1.40 am on Saturday (August 28) following reports that a man had been assaulted.

At around 10.30 pm on Friday (August 27), a group of people arrived at the Phillips Memorial Cloister, where they were seen drinking and playing music, police say.

Wouldn’t Jack Phillips be turning in his watery grave if he knew that toddlers were picking up drugs next to the kiddies swings – where it could have killed or seriously injured a child! And, where fights break out!

In the Memorial Garden dedicated to a hero of the Titanic!

Jack Phillips, the Godalming wireless operator who died at his post, sent SOS signals on that fateful night of 14 April 1912 when The Titanic sank in the fateful collision with an iceberg. 

The Jack Phillips Memorial Cloister garden designed by Gertrude Jekyll, with its magnificent brick cloister 80 feet square designed by Hugh Thackeray Turner, was laid out, built, and opened exactly two years to the day after the sinking of the Titanic. The memorial is situated between the River Wey and Godalming Parish Church. 

 

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Covid Testing available this weekend in Godalming.

A mobile Coronavirus testing facility is being established in The Wharf Car Park, Godalming, from Friday 3 September to Monday 6 September.

Today’s dashboard shows a downtrend in infection rates across Surrey, but despite this, Surrey still sees higher rates in young people aged 11 – 16.

In the past seven days, Waverley registered 318 new cases.

Continue reading “Covid Testing available this weekend in Godalming.”

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‘Your Waverley’s Planning nightmare may be coming to an end?

Here is the message councillors have received in response to their growing concerns that ‘Your Waverley’s planning department is grinding to a halt.

Planning officers are currently experiencing high caseloads due to a high number of submissions as well as changes to ways of working.

We are in the process of implementing an improvement plan that will increase the speed of decisions. As part of the plan, we are moving all of our current and historic cases into our new system (more than 100,000 cases, including one million documents). This is a significant milestone as we work towards going live with our new case management system – thank you for your continued patience as we go through this process.

If our comments post and private e-mail inbox is anything to go by, Waverley residents are getting angry – in fact, outraged -at the continuing poor performance of the council’s planning department.

For over a year now, the planning system has been grinding ever more slowly. No pre-application meetings for wannabe developers – no planning lists for months – a planning portal that works, then buffers, then stops – then starts again. Or, doesn’t work at all. And, to be fair is now working.

Try phoning the same planning officer you spoke to last month and the month before? They have either resigned, no surprise there then – or they were “only working on a short-term contract” or “they are on holiday” or “working from home.”

One officer told a resident whose application had been festering in the bowels of Waverley Towers for over a year…

“The backlog of planning applications is so great they are falling off my desk, but then you can always appeal for non-determination – but you may have a long wait for that to be heard!”

According to Zac Ellwood, the Head of Planning & Economic Development, they can ask for their costs to be returned if planning applications have not been considered within the statutory 8-week time scale. Though he told councillors, they hardly ever do.  He even hinted that enforcement action was not a statutory function was incredibly time-consuming and time-hungry but it was up to the Executive to decide whether it should continue?

You can hear what he said in the video link below:

Is ‘ Your Waverley’s new leader facing his first major challenge?

Is it easier to get in touch with the Pope than Waverley’s planning dept?

Well! Perhaps it is time everyone did ask for their planning fees to be returned. That might put a firecracker up the department and serve as an incentive? But they probably won’t as they want to get their plans consented, just like we don’t complain about our GP services because perhaps they won’t treat us?

Now the council is thanking us for our patience, just like they thank us for our patience when we are number 20 in the queue for a GP appointment. No wonder half the population is finding the answer to their ailments and their planning queries at the bottom of a bottle. 

Waverley
Oh, dear! The load gets heavier every day! Probably yet more development coming to a field near you soon? Isn’t that what Uncle ‘Bob The Builder’ Jenrick wants?
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Here they go again… another Thakeham bid to build in Alfold.

It’s official. The Sussex-based developer poised to build nearly 4,000 homes just outside Horsham is turning its sights back onto the little Waverley village of Alfold.

Aldun and dusted if a Government Inspector decides to join Alfold with Dunsfold.

Will Thakeham Homes get the access they need to build 99 new homes in Alfold?

Residents were told just days ago by a letter from Zac Ellwood, Waverley’s head of planning, that they have just three weeks to object to Thakeham Homes’s appeal.

The appeal documents are available to view on the council’s website http://www.waverley.gov.uk  The planning application number is WA/2020/1684

The full details of the planning application in Mr. J Ordidge (The Merchant Seamans War Memorial Society) & Thakeham Homes are for 99 homes on land to the rear of Hollyoaks (to be demolished) off Loxwood Road, Alfold.

The document in the link below gives all the details concerning the public inquiry that will be held by Inspector Jonathan Price BA(Hons) DipTP MRTPI DMS and the inquiry will open at

10.00 am on 7 December 2021.  Currently scheduled for six sitting days. With a decision date set for 12 January 2022.

document-8308772

As we here at the Waverley Web have said on numerous occasions. The Tory administration caused the delays at Waverley Borough Council by omitting Dunsfold Aerodrome in its original Daft Local Plan. After its final inclusion in the Local Plan, MP Jeremy Hunt and former MP Anne Milton prompted further delays, aided and abetted by the Protect Our Waverley Group (POW), to ask the Secretary of State to call in Waverley’s consented application.  The numerous costly Court of Appeal hearings and delays and the sale of Dunsfold Aerodrome to the highest bidder have resulted in ‘Your Waverley’ now unable to meet its five-year housing land supply figure. It currently has a housing supply for only 4.26 years.

If this appeal gets the go-ahead from a Government Inspector – this scheme for 99 homes will be the thin end of the wedge as Thakeham sought to build 400 homes in December 2017. The current 99 homes appeal will undoubtedly be the first phase of a much larger development.

The Inspector said then:

‘The appeal site is not in a sustainable location for a major residential development and would cause harm to the character and appearance of the area.’

Care Ashore and Thakeham Homes’ boat sunk by a Government Inspector!

Care Ashore’s boat sunk!

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A house builder wants planning committee members to shape up.

A housebuilder has launched a petition calling for compulsory training for planning committee members.

All Waverley Borough councillors receive training before they join planning committees and a few councillors have professional qualifications.

A prominent housebuilder has launched a petition calling for legal changes to make planning committee members take compulsory training and for at least half to secure a formal planning qualification in order to prevent decisions “based on politics and not planning merit”.

Housebuilder Inland Homes has called for a change in the law to require planning committee members to have compulsory planning training before they sit on a planning committee, and for 50 per cent of them to have a planning qualification.

Planning committee members in England are not required by law to have any planning training, and it is “virtually unheard of” for them to have planning qualifications, said Inland Homes. In Scotland, however, they are legally required to have training.

Inland Homes launched the petition on the Change.org website last week, saying that the planning system is “failing in its current form” and that “urgent reform is needed”.

“One of the biggest issues is the politically charged arrangement of planning committees which results in decisions on planning applications that are based on politics and not planning merit,” said the petition.

“These local and emotive committee members often have as little as a few hours training before being allowed to determine planning applications.”

The current structure of committee meetings was established over 50 years ago when members “largely commented on the principle of planning rather than detailed submissions”, said the petition.

“Today, the same application requires drawings, documents and reports that can total thousands of pages. The system has changed yet the committee structure has remained the same.”

A video produced by Inland Homes to accompany the petition stated that “policy compliant schemes allocated within local plans and recommended for approval by planners continue to be arbitrarily rejected”.

It also showed an application submitted by Inland Homes for 50 homes being discussed during a virtual planning committee, which the firm said was a policy compliant scheme and allocated in the adopted local plan.

The video highlighted comments from members including “even though the officers and the inspector say it is permissible, we should really consider whether we agree with that”. The committee ultimately refused the application without giving clear reasons why claimed Inland Homes.

Build anywhere, or even everywhere, in the borough of Waverley – except in Haslemere?

Inland Homes said that despite developers spending hundreds of thousands of pounds on planning applications, planning committee members “too often” disregard the advice of qualified planning officers.

“This must change in order to enable the planning system to deliver a continuous supply of private and affordable homes,” it said.

Well – he would, wouldn’t he?