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So what​ the​ hell is​ going on – with Cranleigh’s private​ nursing home and HC-ONE?

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The Logo of the group campaigning against a Care Home in Cranleigh. A group that now has around 3,000 signatures on petitions supporting its aims.

Is Cranleigh Village Private Nursing Home Trust,  taking a leaf out of Mother Theresa May’s book and simply trying to run down the clock? Because the summer has come – and gone! And… still no date for a decision? Is it still “finalising” its negotiations with “stakeholders.”

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If they are responding directly to questions posed via email then it might be worth getting someone to send them an email posing the following questions. 

1. Could someone explain exactly whose community these 20 beds are intended to be used by?

2. There has been considerable confusion over many years concerning the description of the development. As recently as the public consultation at The Baptist Church Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust were still referring to the development as ‘A Hospital’ rather than, more accurately, a ‘Care Home.’ Why?

3. The wrongly named CVHT is also giving the impression that it is providing facilities in the existing Village Hospital when these facilities are clearly being provided by The League of Friends. Why is it doing this?

4. The Lof F is a separate outfit with separate charitable accounts and has distanced itself from CVHT? So where is the ‘community benefit’ of this ‘Care Home’?

5. Can the Parish Council explain why no public consultation took place before it sold parish-owned land, for £1, to CVHT? For 20 years, this sale has provided no benefit to the village whatsoever. Given where it is now, why not just divert the remaining monies to upgrade the existing Cranleigh Village Hospital?

6. Will the Parish Council explain why the Covenant attached to the sale of this land was so loosely worded and why it failed to take the land back after the five year period clause mentioned in the covenant? Had that happened the Parish Council could have been saved from this disastrous sale.

It is rumoured that the Parish Councillors could be sued for failing to comply with the terms of the Covenant. Are the Parish Councillors aware of this?

7. Can the Parish Council explain who was responsible for ensuring the Conditions attached to the planning permission for road improvements, over a decade ago, on the Bruce McKenzie Fields were not carried out? Who has now paid for those roadworks?

8. Why did CVHT Trustee, Mr. Vrijland, put a ransom strip around the land he provided in return for the hospital site? Ransom strips are normally put in place by developers looking to secure future benefit. What benefit does he hope to receive from this ransom strip, and shouldn’t it be removed immediately?

9. Residents of Cranleigh and the outlying villages genuinely believed the community beds would be for them – now we understand they could be for the Guildford & Waverley Commissioning Group – which covers from Churt to Worplesdon/Little Bookham and Guildford.  Is that the case?  If so, then the project was mis-sold to local residents and businesses.  Should they not get their money back? This is tantamount to extracting money from people under false pretenses.

10. Are the community beds in the proposed new Care Home time limited? Will they disappear after a period of time? If that is the case what recompense will the village receive for the additional income that these beds will generate for the privately owned Care Home?

11. Can the members of the Parish Council tell us if they would have even considered giving away parish-owned land to-day for an 80-bed privately owned Care Home and residential accommodation in the heart of the village without any recompense or community benefit whatsoever?

12. Why should Cranleigh be providing more affordable accommodation for Surrey’s health workers when there are already hundreds of homes being built in the immediate vicinity.  Is this another ploy for this privately owned company to make money at the expense of Cranleigh residents.

13. Many people who contributed to the fundraising campaign, believe they have been duped. The village where they were born is now set to provide a site for a national care home operator, at their expense, for a business which is, apparently, up for sale and in debt!

Cranleigh will now have to suffer more development – which means more traffic – and associated facilities to satisfy the needs of wider Surrey residents who did not provide one penny toward it on land given away by the parish for a playing field with a ransom strip around it!

Andy Webb (nothing to do with the WW! who is trying to get to the bottom of this saga wrote this on the Cranleigh Community Group board, which is attracting followers, faster than knotweed can grow? It contains a baffling response from CVHT Chairman Robin Fawkner.

Bearing in mind that the planning application lodged last November and was due to be heard and determined on 28th January, and ever-since – now appears to have gone AWOL.

Please note: CVHT “Still talking to stakeholders?” Cannot appear at a public meeting because of the Purdah of the May elections? The next public consultation event will be held in the Summer? What – after the planning application has been cosidered – or before?

WAKEY, WAKEY CRANLEIGH PEOPLE YOU HAVE BEEN UNCERIMONIOUSLY STUFFED – OR OUR NAME IS NOT INCEY WINCEY SPIDER  – AND IF WE ARE WRONG WE WILL CLIMB UP OUR SPOUT?

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Could SW Surrey’s grass soon be greener?

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Screen Shot 2019-09-12 at 20.50.36.pngFollowing on from his success in leading ‘Your Waverley’s’ bid to Declare a Climate Emergency Steve Williams has thrown his hat into the ring to stand as Member of Parliament for South West Surrey. If successful could this see the present incumbent,  local entrepreneur Jeremy Hunt, spending more time he craves, with his family?

 

After leading ‘Your Waverley’s’  hugely successful listening exercise on proposed oil and gas exploration in Dunsfold recently, Cllr Williams has been chosen by the Green Party to stand in the next General Election for South West Surrey. The deputy leader of Godalming Town Council can be seen here on the link below- chairing the recent Listening Exercise.

Well done’ Your Waverley’s’ first listening exercise was a rollicking success – and there are calls for more.

Passionate about building progressive politics in our area he believes, “years of dominance by the Conservatives led to a view locally that things could never change – a view which was blown apart by the spectacular gains by Greens, Liberal Democrats and Labour in the recent local elections.”

We should add here that the Farnham Residents’ is not a political party, which is why it is not mentioned.

Steve is founder and chair of SW Surrey Compass, which has fostered collaborative cross-party working in the area since 2015. He is also a co-author with Susan Ryland, Penny Rivers and Louise Irvine of the book – A New Way of Doing Politics which tells the story of the 2017 general election in SW Surrey.

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If you don’t live in Farnham – but care about what is happening in the borough of Waverley – watch this film … and be suitably shocked.

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The film has been produced by The Farnham Society.


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As 16 shops are closing on the country’s high streets every day – work on Farnham’s Blightwells Yard continues! And, as far as we know – which includes 28 retail shops and restaurants.  Last week “Your Waverley’s’ Executive declared a climate emergency sand the traffic build-up in Farnham has been awful over the Summer months.  You can read why here:

‘Your Waverley’ has taken the first vital step to declare – A Climate Emergency.

This could be endorsed shortly by the Full Council. However, to make way for the Blightwells development in Farnham 100 trees have already been lost – and probably more to come.  All sacrificed to provide homes and more shops and restaurants – when 2,868 similar outlets closed down in the first six months of this year. And if that isn’t bad enough – Waverley Borough Council is partnered by Surrey County Council.

The county council is investing over £50m towards Farnham’s new shopping experience!

So will ‘YW’ soon be reconsidering the make-up of its Blightwells fiasco under the new regime now running the show? Or is it already too late?

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Police Chief David Munro booted by the Tories. Has everyone gone to the moon?

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Have the local Conservatives been taking advice from their mate former Cranleigh School pupil songwriter, music producer Jonathan King?? 

 

They chose somebody else, and then say he can’t even be a member of the Conservative party, even after campaigning in Farnham for them at the local elections. What level of madness have the Tories descended to?

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Surrey’s outgoing Tory – now Independent Police and Crime Commissioner, David Munro is a former Farnham Town and Waverley Borough Councillor. He spent almost two decades as a Surrey County Councillor and has worked as a Tory activist since the early 1980s. For all that effort he has now joined a new order.  The Order of the Boot!

WHY? We hear you all cry, sob, sob – or perhaps not ALL our readers?

Because he stands accused in these intolerant times in which we now lurk, of campaigning against Conservative candidates. Not the young lady who snatched the plumply salaried role from his grasp? Surely not? Never.

‘Moanalot Munro gets mouthy after losing Surrey Police& Crime Commissioner job. He claims he has “NEVER” campaigned against any Conservative candidate.

Here at the Waverley Web, we say, perish the thought that this career politician would ever do such a thing?

Fear not folks, as PCC Chief Munro says the reason he left the Conservative Group at the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, was to have the “freedom to argue for Surrey’s interests” he will no doubt soon be fighting his corner as…AN INDEPENDENT? 

So coming to a mailbox near you in 2020? Thousands of leaflets – and just you wait for that knock, knock – -a – knocking on your door?

 

 

What does this decision by Surrey County Council say about proposed oil & gas exploration in Dunsfold?

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The fightback​ has begun to deal with anti-social behavior – “and make Farncombe great again.”

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 Take two determined local councillors’ – a good helping of local residents – and the police – mix them together and what do you get? The start of a concerted effort to fight back against the anti-social behavior of a minority of Farncombe youngsters. Let’s face it – what is happening in Farncombe is happening all around Waverley’s towns and villages.

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Here at the Waverley Web, we have heard from dozens of other town and village folk, particularly the elderly, who are now fearful of leaving their homes at night.

Now a meeting – chaired by Godalming Councillor Penny Rivers – has brought one local situation to a head – and work is underway to engage with, both young people and the statutory authorities to make Farncombe, Fit and Fab again.

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Coming soon – a decision on the siting​ of Cranleigh’s new Leisure Centre?

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Not that the WW actually believes everything it reads on the council’s forward planning papers will happen when it says.

But here it is folks. Coming soon to a new site near you?

We hope for your sakes over there in the eastern villages that there is some forward/joined-up planning between, developers,  all the service authorities and ‘Your Waverley’ before they start digging up the center of Cranleigh for an £18m Care Home and a £14m New Leisure Centre in the Village Way Area of the town?  Or maybe, just maybe you will get the same traffic chaos that has ensued here in Farnham over the last nine months!

Last Saturday in Farnham Town Centre car parking spaces were as rare as rocking horse poo. Central car park; Upper Hale car park; Waggon Yard – all full.  Cars pumping out toxic fumes as they meandered around the town. Here at the WW, we are thinking of a new board game – called Snakes and Spaces?  Could it soon be like that in the center of the eastern village? Tell us do?

 

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WW wonders WHY Godalming Town Council organises its annual firework celebrations?

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Here’s a message from Paul Follows Leader of Godalming Town Council, who may have thrown a damp squib into the Town’s forthcoming bonfire night celebrations?

 

 Many if you will have heard by now that the Town Council has voted to cancel this year’s fireworks.

As the leader of the town council, I think I need to weigh in (and of course take the responsibility for the decision we have taken).

This is why we cancelled them:

1- it not only makes a financial loss each time but a growing one. The previous administration accepted that loss growing 3 years in a row and did not act. We have.

WW – likes decisive.

2 – the cost in money is dwarfed by the amount of officers time required to run it.

WW – you mean officers of the council organise the event? Why? When in every other town and village locals clubs and organisations like the Lions, and the Round Table are the organisers?

3 – new councils have new priorities and I would rather provide long term deliverables than essentially setting fire to money for one night.

WW – Hear, hear. Ever heard the one about Waverley Borough Council’s Chief Executive Cllr Follows? You know the one called`Mrs. Mop who famously used £10,000 of the taxpayers’ money so she could press the plunger and light up the night sky at a pop concert in Bramley? Those were the days my friend when ‘Your Waverley had money to burn!

4 – I wish the ongoing cuts to youth, social and children’s services got this much outcry then perhaps people might not vote for governments bringing austerity.

WW An outcry? By whom? Build your own bonfire Godalming residents – get out there, raise the funds among yourselves like everyone else in the borough. Farnham’s Round Table do it over here and so does the Farnham Rugby Club.

5 – Vulnerable people, pets, the environmental impact were also all discussed as considerations on this decision.

WW – Too bloody true. Among our team of keyboard warriors there are seven dogs, and three cats, who have to be stuffed in the wardrobe every Guy Fawkes Night, and then shiver for days afterward.

Although we would not seek to recreate the loss elsewhere, I do believe this action would free up some funding. As a starter for 10 our youth services working group could get some funds to start really thinking about projects for young people and in regards to anti-social behaviour.

WW Just a thought – hows about getting the little erks organising next year’s bonfire, instead of setting fire to their fags or anything else!?! You could even give them a few quid as a start-up fund?

So I just want to say – I’m being upfront that we have done this, and why. It was a difficult decision and long-debated but you didn’t elect me to shy away from difficult choices.

WW – Spot on – we elected you to make difficult decisions, act decisively in the interests of Godalming residents. because it is OUR money you are sending up in smoke.

Paul Follows Happy to discuss as always.

PS. I’m a Godalming resident too, I also really loved going to the Fireworks. I also very much regret we had to take this decision. But that is the situation we are in. Ultimately- I’m here telling you about this (I don’t think many of the previous leaders or councillors would have done that). I’ll take the flack, that’s my job.

WW doesn’t think that the previous ‘Gutless of Godalming’ would have either made the decision or taken the flack. But just duck – and perhaps put our post up in the hope that local groups or organizations step up to the mark and pick up our challenge. After all lighting fires is not a corporate responsibility of a council – is it? Because if it is – tell all the other parish and town councils in the borough.

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Godalming Conservative Councillor Steve Cosser lit the touch paper on the Lib dem coalition town council’s decision to cancel the fireworks funding by posting a rant on the Godalming Community Facebook Page.

Unfortunately, he was caught out posting whilst the meeting was still in progress! What a Tosser Cosser.
As usual Conservative Councillor, Ross Welland was nowhere to be seen. Probably out building the bonfire?

 

The ensuing online debate has raged over several days with several hundred comments. It was lovely to see so many grumpy Conservatives contributing to the debate. One set up an online poll.. which so far has seen the Lib Dems decision validated 2 to 1.

As Anne Milton is banished – and our Jeremy goes AWOL – here’s one local politician’s view on the B-word.

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For the first time – the Waverley Web uses the ‘B’ word.

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Nobody says it better than our Farnham Herald. 

Our entrepreneur MP does as he promised, and spends more time with his family?

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And is Guildford’s MP Anne Milton looking back on happier times when she held the whip-hand?

 

A sign of the times for Surrey firefighters?

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Fordbridge Fire Station – Spelthorne

If you care about your safety click on the link above- watch the work of our firefighter’s who outlines just how the system is suffering.

**SAFETY ALERT**

The new Fire Station covering the whole of Spelthorne in Surrey was closed recently, due to not having enough Firefighters to crew either of the two Fire Engines or crew the Water Rescue Units.

It beggars belief that after spending almost 4 million pounds on a new, all-singing, all-dancing Fire Station that only opened in August last, that Surrey Fire & Rescue Service cannot now crew!

This is due to years of budget cuts by Surrey County Council and poor top tier management of the service.

So, Surrey Fire & Rescue Senior Leadership Teams answer this?

Is it…?

  • Push Surrey County Council to correctly fund the Fire & Rescue Service paid for by the public, ensure ALL Fire Stations are fully crewed with the correct amount of fully trained staff, with the correct equipment, to help and protect the communities they serve.

Or

  • Propose cutting seven fire engines at night (Spelthorne, Camberley, Woking, Banstead, Painshill, Egham, Guildford), attempting to make us, the public believe, that this is a more effective, safer way of working. Using the leftover Firefighters to prop up other Fire Stations and prop up Fire Safety departments.

We will let you decide.

REMOVING FIRE ENGINES AT NIGHT IS NOT SAFE.

THE FIGHT TO KEEP TWO FIRE ENGINES 24 HOURS A DAY 365 DAYS A YEAR IN SPELTHORNE CONTINUES.

 

Will a Cranleigh-based charity convince Waverley Planners to grant consent for a controversial private care home in Cranleigh?

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Who will be drinking champagne not tea when on September 25th he gets permission to build a £14m Private Care Home on former parish-owned land in the middle of Cranleigh.

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Going up…and up? The petition to stop a Private Care Home being built in the eastern villages of Waverley.

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Surely councillors will be convinced by the ‘Charity’s’  Independent Viability Assessment that argues that it should be deemed that it – (CVHT) – paid between £130/150,000 for the 3.3 acres of land it bought from Cranleigh Parish Council? Land owned by villagers valued by the District Valuer at £250,000 and which it has now valued the land at £412,500 without planning permission, and for which land it actually paid …

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 land on which it intends to put a building with a gross development value of…

£17,416,860

Parish land it exchanged for a parcel of agricultural land – now called The Bruce McKenzie playing field – which is surrounded by a ransom strip, which nobody knew anything about until it was recently revealed by a former parish councillor at a public meeting! 

But no doubt when all are safely gathered in at Waverley’s council offices, offices that it may not, in the long term be able to afford – when they hear that almost half a million pounds to mitigate for the effects of a huge pile of concrete in the middle of Cranleigh – together with its accompanying traffic, services, and general upheaval is missing – it is all in a good cause?

To provide 20 community beds for the residents of Surrey County Council, the same council which closed its 56-bed-dementia home at Longfields in Cranleigh, a building which has stood empty for years and which is now derelict!

 Will ‘Your Waverley’ help to dig ‘Your Surrey’ out of yet another big hole it dug for itself by closing much-needed old people’s facilities like Longfields in Cranleigh and Cobgates here in Farnham? 

Will it help – Private Care Home Provider Mr. Chai Patel- whose company HC-One is 800 million in debt and up for sale – according to press reports? 

Can Waverley Planners ignore the thousands of names being added to on-line and paper petitions and the hundreds of objection letters pouring into its Planning Portal?

WATCH THIS SPACE? 

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‘Your Waverley’ has taken the first vital step to declare – A Climate Emergency.

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Last night Waverley’s new Cross-Party Executive took one giant leap towards ensuring that our borough recognises the Climate Emergency and threat of global warming that we all face.

The Portfolio Holder for the Environment (Green Party) Cllr Steve Williams hammered home the need for Waverley Council to work with its colleagues in the towns and parishes together with every resident to take the urgent steps required to avert a global catastrophe.

He painted a grim picture of the climate emergency we all face if we do not become carbon-neutral council by 2030. With parts of the planet “burning-up.” He proposed a motion that would bring the borough of Waverley in line with councils the length and breadth of the country in taking the issue seriously. Saying:

“There has never been a more important time to think globally and act locally,”

You can hear Cllr Williams statement below:

 

 

Elstead Cllr Jenny Else (Con) asked what steps the new executive (In post for just 4 months) had already taken to meet its “ambition” to become carbon neutral by 2030, and how it intended to engage with, and persuade, town and parish councils to sign up to the initiative – “have you started yet,” she asked?

Deputy Leader Paul Follows leapt in to explain that in some areas the borough council was “ following the towns and parishes not leading them” Godalming, Farnham, and Haslemere had already begun putting plans in place. He stressed the importance of the Full Council’s backing for the Declaration before them, which would then, with member and officer support become an Action Plan “after all you cannot put the cart before the horse. You cannot state your course of action until you have a baseline”

Cllr Julia Potts – said a clear message must be given that Waverley Borough Council’s contribution to climate change was much smaller than its residents, who has to be on board with whatever future steps are taken?

Council Leader Farnham Residents’ John Ward accepted this saying – We are not asking residents to do this – we are leading by example.”

The recommendation that was AGREED UNANIMOUSLY.

1.That the Executive notes that:

  1. i)  the continuing rise in greenhouse gases, if not addressed, represents an existential threat to our civilisation on this planet.
  2. ii)  the impacts of climate breakdown are already causing serious damage around the world.
  3. iii)  the recent 2018 IPCC report stated that we had just 12 years to act on climate change if global temperature rises are to be kept within the recommended 1.5 degrees Celsius; this assumes we reduce emissions to net-zero by 2050 from the current 40+ billion tonnes.
  4. iv)  such a reduction will require (in the words of the IPCC)“rapid and far-reaching transitions in energy, land, urban and infrastructure (including transport and buildings), and industrial systems. These systems transitions are unprecedented in terms of scale, but not necessarily in terms of speed, and imply deep emissions reductions in all sectors, a wide portfolio of mitigation options and a significant upscaling of investments in those options”.
  5. v)  all governments (national, regional and local) have a duty to act, and local governments that recognise this should not wait for their national governments to change their policies.
  6. vi)  strong policies to cut emissions also have associated health, wellbeing and economic benefits.
  7. vii)  central government has committed to a zero-carbon national target and has adopted a policy whereby sales of petrol and diesel engine cars and vans, one of the main causes of emissions resulting in climate change, are to be totally phased out.
  8. viii)  a growing number of UK local authorities have already

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passed ‘Climate Emergency’ motions in recognition of the urgency of the climate crisis.

ix) Waverley Borough Council and other local authorities working to ambitious targets for achieving net-zero carbon emissions will require additional urgent support from central government in order to achieve their goals.

2.That the Executive recommends to Council that:

  1. i)  Waverley Borough Council declares a ‘Climate Emergency’ requiring urgent action.
  2. ii)  Waverley Borough Council aims to become carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions, and takes a leadership role to achieve this working with other councils, including town and parish councils within the borough.
  3. iii)  Waverley Borough Council recognises that the achievement of the target will require central government to provide the powers, funding and other resources to achieve the target and therefore calls on the government to provide such powers, funding, and other resources as appropriate to facilitate achieving the 2030 target.
  4. iv)  Officers be instructed to provide to the Council’s Executive, within six months of the date of this decision, a report on the actions the Council and the local community can take to address these issues together with an action plan, specifying year on year milestones and metrics to show progress towards achieving the goal of carbon neutrality by 2030 noting any additional costs that might be involved.

 

 

Going up…and up? The petition to stop a Private Care Home being built in the eastern villages of Waverley.

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A day ago we reported that this petition launched by Andy Web had reached 2,094. It is now at

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‘Re-open Cranleigh Hospital Minor Injury Clinic and say no to a Private Care Home.’

There are also paper petitions in many local shops and businesses.

We donated money for a new fully functioning hospital not a private care home with 20 community beds for the whole of Surrey. As the new hospital is now just a distant memory we would like to reopen our minor injury clinic and return the community beds back at the old Cranleigh Village Hospital. With the increasing population of Cranleigh, we need these facilities more than ever. 

The League Of Friends fundraised for a new X-ray department which is a real asset to the community. There is also a real possibility of having an MRI scanner installed in the future. If all this can become a reality, we need to make the return of community beds back in the old hospital for the local community a reality. 

This was the very first community hospital in the country given to the residents of Cranleigh by Dr. Napper and Archdeacon Sapte. 

Please sign the petition to get our hospital back to serve the community. 

You can sign on this link below:

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Well, what do you think?

Is the deafening silence from the Charity that took the public’s money – that was donated in good faith – golden or is it tarnished?

If you want to join several hundred other objectors putting up their comments on-line – you can by clicking on the link below: .http://planning360.waverley.gov.uk/planning/search-applications?civica.query.FullTextSearch=Cranleigh%20care%20home#VIEW?RefType=GFPlanning&KeyNo=328483&KeyText=Subject

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Click on the pink box to comment on the application – you will see the comments others have made too. 

CRANLEIGH VILLAGE HOSPITAL CAMPAIGN GROUP

As the dream of a new hospital in the heart of Cranleigh is now just a distant memory, I decided to set up a campaign group to try and get a minor injury clinic and other facilities back in to Cranleigh Village Hospital.

With the help of many others, we have gained so much support and generated so much interest in this campaign, I certainly could not have started this campaign without them all.

We were promised new fully functioning hospital back in the village but now this is not likely to happen so the next best thing is to try and get our existing hospital back to something like it used to be.

This campaign started because of one person, my mum who sadly passed away last year. I was writing her eulogy when I remembered all the volunteer work she had done especially at the hospital. This got me me thinking about what had happened about all the money that was raised for a new hospital?

I soon found out that the new hospital was never going to happen so decided to raise awareness through social media to the fact we need a minor injury clinic back in Cranleigh. It soon got the attention of so many people who had given money and staged fundraising events for a new hospital that is not ever going to be built. We now have well over 2000 signatures on our petition, if you see one of our petitions in local shops please help us by adding your signature.

This whole campaign is not about me or the people that have done so much to help, it’s about doing something that will benefit the whole community.

If you would like to donate money knowing it goes directly to the Village Hospital then please donate it to the League Of Friends. They have recently raised funds for the new X-ray department which is a fantastic asset to the community. Without all their hard work and fundraising I doubt that the we would still have a Village hospital.

Andy Webb  

Isn’t it great – communicating with the Godalming electorate and getting transparency too?

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Will this catch on at ‘Your Waverley’ and the other towns and villages around the borough? Perhaps absent councillors, and there are often very good reasons for non-attendance – should state exactly why they cannot attend?

Godalming Town Council Attendance Data – May-July 2019

As part of our town council level manifesto pledges, and because basic attendance was something (for some councillors especially) a huge issue in the last administration – I have requested more frequent updates on attendance and am committed to publishing these.

Please see below the data for the first 3 months of the new council.

For the next one I will be asking for a column to be added for the party, and some graphs – however, if any residents have any suggestions please do let me know.

The purpose of this is is not just petty checking- it’s to proactively manage attendance, understand reasons, help people – move meetings if required if things are inaccessible for some reason – rather than be surprised by it every half year or so.

Happy to discuss as always!

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No doubt Cllr Welland will be rocking up at meetings more frequently in the next quarter?!?

Could ‘Your Waverley’ and its partners top off Blightwells with a solar farm?

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On Tuesday – ‘Your ‘Waverley’s Executive’ will decide whether to recommend to the Full Council whether it should declare a ‘Climate Emergency,’ requiring urgent action. It wants the borough to become carbon neutral by 2030.

How about starting here-on one of its own projects in the heart of Farnham?

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There is an opportunity for new solar development to accompany the Brightwells development in Farnham. The development currently has no planned solar provision, despite the proposed large areas of suitable roof space and rooftop parking areas.

Given the massive drop in solar energy production costs in recent years and the development of Brightwells, this is an opportunity that should not be missed. Particularly as it wants to lead other town and parish councils in the drive to combat climate change.

The icing on the cake of the development which began in 2018, could be solar infrastructure without the need to alter any design.

To add solar in parallel with the construction work is much more cost-efficient than fitting solar retrospectively, so it should be added to the plans now before any construction goes ahead. There are many funding options available, council, private and developer – solar is a good investment and there are many options available. Solar could also be used to reduce household electricity costs for the new housing development and the new local businesses.

With the increase of electric cars over the coming years, solar power could also supply banks of car charging points, again these can be fitted as part of the development rather than retrospectively. Whether or not solar is fitted, there will still be a growing need for car charging points.

Another opportunity is for rooftop gardens to be included in the design, which is particularly beneficial to residents who would otherwise have no garden.

Climate Emergency was declared by Surrey County Council in July 2019. 

As the very same county council is shelling out 50 + million to provide shops and restaurants at Blightwells Yard, the measures listed above plus any others which may be of value, should now be included in this, and all other developments in the county shouldn’t they?

Or, is it a case of doing as we say, not do as we do?

Do the residents of Waverley want to see oil and gas exploration given the green light?

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Although the letter below is directed at Dunsfold residents if Surrey County Council gives exploration companies permission to start work in the countryside, it could affect much of the Waverley borough and the roads around the site. most of which are rural lanes. Make your concerns known now, before it is too late.

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PROTECT DUNSFOLD 

Dear Dunsfold resident 

As you may be aware two onshore hydrocarbon exploration companies UKOG and IGAS are planning to drill at two different sites very close to our lovely village! We are not talking about ‘nodding donkeys’; if gas or oil is found in commercial amounts it would be the start of heavy industrialisation using large drilling rigs and very large tankers going in and out of the area every day for years to come. 

UKOG itself has said that to be commercially viable it would require ‘back-to-back drilling’ every few miles across the Surrey and Sussex Weald. Our extensive research shows us that UKOG has ignored or underestimated a number of risks the site poses to the local community, some potentially very serious. There is a strong possibility that any gas exposed by drilling will be ‘sour gas’, Hydrogen Sulphide, as found at Godley Bridge (near Chiddingfold) in the 1980’s – this is highly toxic. The quality of our water, air and earth is at risk of pollution. Local roads will suffer daily heavy HGV usage with ensuing safety concerns; UKOG’s proposal will impact our homes, local businesses, rural environment and wildlife. 

But Together we can stop UKOG and IGAS Please visit our website www.waverleyagainstdrilling.co.uk for more information on UKOG’S plans and the processes they will use; it provides valid reasons for objections and will help you submit your objections should you wish to do so. 

Please don’t leave to others, every objection counts! Local opposition has halted oil & gas drilling in places across the UK but we need numbers to make it stop here. 

We ask that you make your objections immediately either via Surrey County Council website https://tinyurl.com/yxox7rbk or via our website www.waverleyagainstdrilling.co.uk 

There is still time please act before its too late! Parish Councils (Dunsfold, Alfold, Chiddingfold and Witley) and Waverley Borough Council are opposing the application. SCC has recognised there is a Climate Emergency – we believe SCC should take more account of the adverse impacts this application would have on both the climate and local environment if permitted. 

Please help to Protect Dunsfold 

Thank you 

Signed on behalf of Protect Dunsfold 

Sarah Godwin, Von Lindesay, Andrew Wragg, Hazel Taylor-Rosling, Chris Bashall & others in our Working Group Find us at www.waverleyagainstdrilling.co.uk Email hello@waverleyagainstdrilling.co.uk Facebook Waverley against Drilling Twitter @WaverleyAD 

Protect Dunsfold is a non-political group ‘run by residents for residents’ based in the village of Dunsfold but with support from the wider Surrey/Sussex area and local/national groups. 

WAVERLEY AGAINST DRILLING

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Will this be sending tremors down the spines of the residents of Waverley’s eastern villages?

For the first time – the Waverley Web uses the ‘B’ word.

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A couple of quid thrown to local government to deal with, well who knows what might hit them?!

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Despite our overwhelming desire to have our say on ‘BREXIT’ as none of us here at the Waverley Web can actually reach a consensus – we have decided to keep SHTUM in the interest of our blood pressure and our mental health! Particularly after yesterday’s announcements.

But with only 65 days to go before B-Day it has come to our notice that ‘Your Waverley’ in common with other local authorities around the country has begun its  preparations for ‘NO DEAL.’
During August the Deputy Leader of Waverley Borough Council was among other council officials to attend a Government meeting led by its ministers to talk about Brexit and preparations for no deal!
Paul Follows the Lib Dem member for Godalming Central and Ockford has said that as his views are widely known, he will communicate to us all purely what he was told – and not his opinion of it.

In a nutshell a bit of a bombshell? Because here at the Waverley Web sounds to us like we shall be going on a bit of a wing and a prayer?

Cllr Follows tells us that Local government is to receive an extra £20m for no-deal Brexit preparations. But just to be clear that money is divided between the 350 councils in England.

Ultimately that is a drop in the ocean. Below are some of the key points from the call (and remember these are assumptions of the people telling us this is a good thing to be doing…)

  • There is an assumption by the Government of financial hardship;
  • – There is an assumption by the Government of severe disruption to trade (particularly in the agricultural sector).
  • There is also an assumption by the Government of disruption to businesses (particularly those businesses of small and medium-size.
  • – There is an assumption of an economic shock.

Although ‘opportunities’ arising from Brexit were discussed as a concept – the Government didn’t actually articulate any at all – they actually asked local authorities to be on the ‘lookout’ for them.

There was an assumption that if the country moves to World Trade Organisation tariffs (a likely scenario) that there would be significant negative impacts.

 That only 1m EU nationals that need to register for settled status (out of around 3m) have done so at present.

Said Cllr Follows:

“It was also pretty clear that there are still not really any impact assessments to base any of their assumptions on (good or bad). Which of course makes us here at Waverley wonder exactly how we are supposed to prepare for something the Government has proven it does not wholly understand. I say that just because so little information was actually communicated here.”

My core concern ultimately is that neither risk or opportunities seem to have been really thought through. And finally, let’s make it just a little bit local for a moment.

443 local jobs have been lost in Waverley from firms that are foreign-owned and have withdrawn because of Brexit.

We are also being ordered by the Government to assign staff to no-deal preparations. which of course means there are things they are not doing in their normal jobs at Waverley.

Happy to discuss. I am keen to keep this about facts rather than ideological statements (from either side).

PS.

1. Seems to process the vast number of EU nationals seeking settled status, this government that puts (in my view wrongly) immigration issues at the top of its list – isn’t checking to see if applicants are even UK residents.

2. The Government also intends to wave trucks across the frontier from Nov 1st as it has no other method of preventing issues and shortages immediately.

Here at the Waverley Web, we are living in the fervent hope that one day soon, this proud country of ours, may become a sane place once again – and we will all be able to hold our heads upon the world stage?

Will this be sending tremors down the spines of the residents of Waverley’s eastern villages?

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An earth tremor registering 2.9MP was recorded on Cuadrilla’s Blackpool oil and gas drilling site on Sunday.  As a result, the regulator for the shale gas industry has suspended fracking operations. 

The seismic event is the largest tremor induced by fracking in the UK. It affected the whole of Lancashire on August 26DrillOrDrop report.

Cuadrilla resumed fracturing at it Preston New Road site near Blackpool on 15 August 2019. Since then, there have been more than 90 tremors, including four that were felt locally. People living as far away as Preston and Chorley reported that they felt the event. The quake came just two days after another-record breaking tremor was recorded close to the New Road site in Westby-with-Plumptons, Lancashire.

A Government fracking adviser likened the events to a 2-3-magnitude tremor at Cuadrilla’s Preese Hall site in Lancashire in 2011, which led to the suspension of fracking in the UK for seven years.

According to Friends of the Earth. ‘The issue of earthquakes in connection to unwanted fracking has always been serious. Now it’s getting out of hand.’

However, Cuadrilla said: the tremor only lasted ‘a second.’

Full details are included in the link below the picture.

With Surrey County Council poised to consider a handful of applications for oil and gas exploration in Dunsfold/Alfold soon. The Waverley Web asks?

Will Surrey planners be taking into consideration the mounting concerns of Waverley and Surrey’s residents opposed to oil and gas exploration in the middle of the countryside?

And: When will Surrey County Councillors for Guildford and the eastern villages Andrew Povey and Victoria Young have something to say on the issue? Are they being shaken and stirred by recent events?

After all, they both had enough to say about opposing development above-ground at Dunsfold, why not below?

Well done’YourWaverley’s’ first listening exercise was a rollicking success – and there are calls for more.

The gas/oilman commeth with a little bit of help from our county council friends?

 

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https://drillordrop.com/2019/08/26/fracking-suspended-after-2-9ml-tremor-conservative-mp-calls-for-ban/?fbclid=IwAR1CoWldTvEvAh9gzAunUSpmNV-K6D3SL88YflfSEq2nm3-CdZV7nhSZtQs

It cannot be true – can it? Are moves afoot to close Guildford’s A & E by stealth and turn it into an Urgent Care Centre?

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No! Surely not! The WW is putting two and two together and making a drama out of a  consultation on the future of The Royal Surrey County Hospital’s A & E, and of Urgent Care Centres in Guildford & Waverley…

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It may be 31 pages long – but believe us it’s worth the read. Make yourself a cuppa, or perhaps you may need something stronger after you have waded through the latest consultation exercise offered up to us by the local health authority… Guildford & Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)  – called Better Care Together Case for Change.

Give the CCG it’s due, it’s not beating about the bush.

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So the local health authority wants us to tell IT what WE want. What we REALLY, REALLY WANT? As long as it is what IT REALLY, REALLY WANTS AND CAN AFFORD?

Very opportune for the people in the Haslemere Area – they want their Minor Injuries Unit which is linked to other diagnostic facilities and 18 nurse-led beds up-graded to an Urgent Care Centre (UCC) – if not – they could lose the lot!

As for Cranleigh, it is currently petitioning, and writing to, anyone who will listen at ‘Your Waverley’ not to allow an 80-bed Private Care Home with 20 community beds to be built there, saying it wants its 20-year-long ‘HOSPITAL’ saga halted.  Instead, they say they want a Minor Injuries Unit (UCC) in its old cottage hospital. This, they claim, would be of far greater benefit to its rapidly increasing population – soon to have Waverley’s First Garden Village circa 1,800 (2,600 new homes) on its doorstep at Dunsfold Airfield, than a commercially operated Care Home.

Two towns with the same aim in Waverley? But Cranleigh says “NO” to a private Care Home.

The petition has reached its original target of 2,500 and has now been raised to 5,000 and which now can be accessed on the link above. 

http://www.guildfordandwaverleyccg.nhs.uk/website/X09413/files/190726-Better_Care_Together_Case_For_Change_Designed_v1_5_A4_LocalPrint_Comp.pdf <http://www.guildfordandwaverleyccg.nhs.uk/website/X09413/files/190726-Better_Care_Together_Case_For_Change_Designed_v1_5_A4_LocalPrint_Comp.pdf>

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Read about what the Governors of The Royal Surrey County Hospital say here about Haslemere in our great local newspaper The Haslemere Herald:

http://www.haslemereherald.com/article.cfm?id=137186

Intervention by a Cranleigh ‘businessman’ has prompted another local row over a petition to stop a private care home and replace it with an MIU in Cranleigh.

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They say they want the money trousered by a ‘charity’ to be used instead for a Minor Injuries Unit/ Urgent Care Centre. 

Donors claim they raised £1.4m over almost 20 years for A HOSPITAL + Day Hospital + a Minor Injuries Unit! Not a 60-bed commercial development on former parish-owned land.

Neither will they support 20 community beds for patients who come from anywhere, other than from the donor villages.

Screen Shot 2019-08-23 at 08.14.47 The self-appointed spokesman for… Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust the Chamber of Trade; Knowle Park Country Park Initiative; etc – Martin Bamford “AKA – I am not a spokesman for the Charity”  told Andy Webb – Cranleigh Community Group founder and the man who started the petition that he had “his own agenda,” and had changed the title. See below.

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However, here’s what Change.Org says about the Petition which already boasts over 2,500 signatures and comments.

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A further twitter feed of invective is aimed at others – including the Waverley Web, which we will not give the benefit of airtime. However, perhaps we would respectfully suggest that Mr. Bamford or ‘The BB” as he is known locally reads some of the letters on Waverley’s Planning Portal and on the on-line Petition Website. As the important issue here is?

What do the residents of Cranleigh and the eastern villages want? Really, really want?

  • Do they want a private 60 – bed private care home, 20 community beds and 26 bedsits on a site they owned and which was sold to a charity by Cranleigh Parish Council for £1?
  • Do they want Mr. Chai Patel’s HC-One Nursing Home Group – 800m in debt and up for sale – granted a 150-year lease – effectively a freehold – in return for 60 private beds for anyone, anywhere (circa £1,200 p.w minimum) and 20 social care beds for patients from within the Guildford & Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group/Surrey County Council, and £1m towards 26 bedsits for health workers from anywhere in Surrey?  

Or?

  • Do they want the application turned down in September by Waverley Planners  for sound planning reasons: – Due to the lack of community benefit, overdevelopment of a site in an area which floods; adjacent and overlooking a Waverley council development; adjacent to  access to a Berkeley Homes development of 425 homes, delivery accesses to Sainsburys’ and M & S Foods and one of the worst junctions from a country lane into the centre of Cranleigh High Street?

OR…

  •  the money the villages raised donated to the Cranleigh League of Friends which boasts over £2m in its coffers, and which has just shelled out £400,000 for a new X-Ray department to complement diagnostics and other services in the old Cranleigh Cottage Hospital. This would enable it to persuade health officials to provide an Urgent Care Centre in the old Day Hospital – a building which was also donated by – yes you guessed – the villagers of Cranleigh and the nearby villages? An empty building that has oodles of available space? The League is led by its trusted chairman who was asked to resign from Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust after a backlash from its members. The League’s president, also a CVHT Trustee, was also asked to resign.

 

We rest the case – and let the good people of Cranleigh & Villages tell their elected representatives and their fellow decision-makers on Waverley’s Joint Planning Committee from around the borough  – what THEY really want their money – and their land –  used for?

Two towns with the same aim in Waverley? But Cranleigh says “NO” to a private Care Home.

Is a bad deal better than no deal – for the residents of the eastern villages?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doesn’t this new Government Document about Conservation of habitats and species legislation prove that Cllr Gerry Hyman was right all along?

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For years “Your Waverley’s officers have stuck their heads in the sand and ignored the species extinction planning laws (‘Habitats’) Will they continue to ignore it now? Or will they continue serving up the same advice to councillors, that they have in the past?

Regular readers of the Waverley Web will know of the Marmite relationship Waverley officers and some councillors have with the Farnham Residents’ Rebel incarnate – Cllr Jerry Hyman. The man who founded the Farnham Residents Group – whose Chairman John Ward is now Leader of the council.

Love him or hate him – there is no doubt when it comes to the controversial issue of assessing the extinction of species, which he is passionate about, that in the main he is either ignored or censored for his views.  However, we accept that we, and others, find the Habitats Regulations Assessment  pretty impenetrable

Protecting the Special Protection Areas around Farnham, and everywhere else, – Designated European Nature Conservation Sites has been one of his prime concerns ever since he joined Waverley Borough Council in 2016. Formerly he held a seat on the influential Joint Planning Committee but this was denied him in the new administration. Mainly by his own FRs colleagues.

However, perhaps his group – Waverley Planning officers, and everyone else, including the borough’s legal experts should think again…? and.. perhaps so should Government Inspectors?

This includes some information from The Planning Magazine.

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The entirely new Guidance on the use of Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA), was published by the government earlier this week as part of a series of updates to its Planning Practice Guidance.
The move aims to address confusion among practitioners following the European Court of Justice’s (ECJ’s) landmark People over Wind ruling on HRAs in April last year. Any plans or projects in or near EU-designated special areas of conservation or special protection areas must undergo HRAs before they are adopted or gain permission.Screen Shot 2019-08-19 at 22.39.30.png

Outlining the “key principles which can be considered by competent authorities when considering whether appropriate assessment is required,” the guidance says that “it would appear that off-site Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspaces may be considered as a mitigation measure under People over Wind as their primary purpose is to draw recreational pressure away from sites and so prevent an adverse effect from occurring. In these cases, the competent authority must now assess the robustness of mitigation measures through an appropriate assessment.”

Elsewhere, the document says that “an appropriate assessment for a more strategic plan, such as the local plan, can consider the impacts on sites and confirm the suitability or likely success of mitigation measures for associated non-strategic policies and projects.”

It adds that “an individual assessment of non-strategic policies and projects may not be necessary in some limited cases where the strategic appropriate assessment is sufficiently robust”.

Outlining what an appropriate assessment should contain, the guidance says that it “must contain complete, precise and definitive findings and conclusions to ensure that there is no reasonable scientific doubt as to the effects of the proposed plan or project”.

It adds: “The competent authority will require the applicant to provide such information as may reasonably be required to undertake the assessment.”

In February, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) published revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in light of the People Over Wind ruling.

15 MONTHS SINCE THE RULING.

Paragraph 177 of the July 2018 version of the NPPF had disapplied the presumption in favor of sustainable development if a project required an appropriate assessment, regardless of whether that assessment then found no harm to the site was likely.

But in February, the MHCLG amended paragraph 177 by reinstating the presumption where the appropriate assessment found the project or plan would not affect the integrity of the habitats sites, for example by proposing mitigation measures. 

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https://www.gov.uk/guidance/appropriate-assessment

But of course – ‘Your Waverley’ will continue to ignore it – along with others.

 

 

Crest proud of its Blightwells progress? But what about its drone licence? Is it making its own rules…again?

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Crest has just released a drone video showing the progress made of flattening East Street. We’ve taken some screenshots too, so you can quickly get a birdseye view.

Meanies that we are – with a little help from one of our Farnham friends – we respectfully ask Crest Nicholson?
It’s interesting to see Crest Nicholson’s aerial footage on the web. This footage was filmed by a drone that was flying illegally over public spaces. If the pilot has a  licence then the CAA will impose a fine on the pilot. If the pilot does not have a licence then they will still be fined and encouraged to take part in the CAA drone training program.

Here are the CAA guidelines on drone usage – might we suggest that Crest Nicholson take note! https://www.caa.co.uk/Consumers/Unmanned-aircraft/General-guidance/Reporting-misuse-of-a-unmanned-aircraft-and-drones/

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We here at the Waverley Web are also keen to update our Brightwells sticker book of new shops coming to the development. We’ve checked on the development website, but there is no more news. They say:

Current retailers legally committed to Brightwells Yard are Marks & Spencer Simply Food, Ask, Seasalt and Reel Cinemas.

Given the early phase of the development, this is an ordinary level of lettings, and Crest Nicholson will be using the successful marketing strategy they have used on commercial aspects of many developments elsewhere to fill the units over time.

We have however updated our sticker book to reflect Surrey’s long lease land investment in the commercial rental contract, which takes the pressure off Waverley.

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Appeal allowed for three luxury homes bordering the Devil Jumps Special Protection Area in Churt!

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Last week a Government Inspector allowed an appeal for three new luxury homes to be built right next door to the Devils Jumps – a Designated European Nature Conservation site in Churt.

If the Planning Inspectorate can allow building here – it can allow it anywhere.

Q After this decision. Do you still think the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is safe?

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A spate of appeals in the Farnham area have been allowed by the Planning Inspectorate over the last few weeks, but none so daunting as the decision Screen Shot 2019-08-18 at 22.55.10.pngto allow three new homes on a site near the Devils Jumps in Churt. A SPA.

Other appeals have been decided in the last month. Such as Branksome house, where the inspectorate allowed a larger scheme days after the committee approved a smaller one which they thought was taking its place…

Also Green Farm in Badshot Lea where an appeal was allowed and the developer has been able to drop the number of “affordable” homes from 18 to 13 using section 73. According to the inspector, this really is nothing more than a “minor material amendment” and he even allowed a costs application against Waverley! Another Joint Planning Committee decision overruled, like so many others.

Neighbours together with Farnham Residents have been fighting development near the Special Protection Area, and in the Green Belt at Borrow House, Jumps Road, Churt, Farnham GU10 2LB by Monachus Estates Ltd,  for a very long time. And it will be a huge comfort to them that the Inspector Mr. Martin Allen “noted their concerns!’  But as you will see – he didn’t share their concerns.

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Part of the site comprises 19 old Nissen type huts which have existed there for some time, and the new homes would occupy the same locations. So the Inspector agreed with the developer this would result in a reduction in the amount of built development already on the land. Also as the three homes would have ‘flat green roofs’ and their height would be limited, devekopment would, in his opinion, significantly improve the openness of the site within the Green Belt.

 Natural England – yet again – raised no objection and was more than content that no harm could be caused to wildlife! Last we heard, Natural England doesn’t have enough staff to monitor anything- as mos have been seconded to help with a ‘No Deal’ Brexit?

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So there you have it, folks. We can all sleep easily in our beds knowing that it doesn’t really matter what ‘Your Waverley’s’ planners decide because the Government’s Planning Inspectorate knows better.

So why in God’s name don’t we just bin the ballot box and let the Government build just where it damn well likes. And, let the countryside – Special Protection Areas and the wildlife –  bats, birds, bees and trees all go along with the Devil’s Jumps to hell in a handcart?

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Two towns​ with the same aim in Waverley? But Cranleigh says “NO” to a private Care Home.

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In and around Haslemere the broken limbs sprains strains and minor wounds rock up to Haslemere Hospital’s Minor Injuries Unit. All you have to do is ring ahead to let them know you are coming.

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However, if you have the above in the town of Cranleigh or the surrounding villages – you have to get in the car, the bus or bike 12 miles to the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford. Where you might spend half-an-hour, on a good day, finding a car parking space?

Haslemere Town Councillor Terry Weldon says that the Minor Injuries Unit in Haslemere is a great resource – but says it could be under threat if it cannot be upgraded to an Urgent Care Centre. He says the townsfolk must not allow it to close, so they must attend a meeting at Hasleway, in Haslemere on September 16th.

Meanwhile back in the eastern villages – Cranleigh people are signing a petition to stop a 60-bed Private Care Home and 20 community beds being built, favouring the opening of a Minor Injuries Unit like Haslemere’s in the old cottage hospital’s Day Hospital. A facility they claim will be of much greater benefit to the many thousands of new homeowners descending on the eastern area in their droves.

The Petition that will go before Waverley Planners in September in a bid to stop the development on former parish owned land.

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You can sign on this link below:

https://www.change.org/p/andy-webb-re-open-cranleigh-hospital-minor-injury-clinic-and-say-no-to-a-private-care-home?recruiter=927243236&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=share_petition&utm_term=share_petition&recruited_by_id=99b5d280-127e-11e9-8eb2-f73db36d78fa&utm_content=starter_fb_share_content_en-gb%3Av6

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Paper petitions too are available in numerous local shops and business premises and the Cranleigh Community Group has asked us to thank the huge number of local shops and businesses who have agreed to help the campaign. Also to Stonescapes of Cranleigh who have sponsored the car stickers soon to appear on car windscreens and C & A Tickner Printers who is sponsoring the stationary.

Any proceeds from the sale of car stickers or any donations from the campaign will go to The League of Friends of Cranleigh’s (old) Village Hospital. Which the organisers sdsy must not be confused with Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust, which has constantly used the word ‘HOSPITAL’ in its publicity for the new private CARE HOME.

Is a bad deal better than no deal – for the residents of the eastern villages?

 

Just WINGS this time no WHEELS – between Alfold and Dunsfold​.

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For those of you who may have forgotten.

Or have just arrived on Planet Waverley, a while back there was a planning application to build an 8,000 sq metre warehouse/museum in a green field on a small rural road just a hop, skip and a fence away from Dunsfold Aerodrome. An application, which passed largely unnoticed by many but was refused by Waverley planners.

Now the developer – has appealed to the Government to overturn this decision and an Inspector will be appointed to decide. This appeal will be based on written representations – so everyone’s views are now very important.

It is a very worrying fact that numerous schemes refused locally are now being overturned by the Government!

http://planning360.waverley.gov.uk/civica/Resource/Civica/Handler.ashx/Doc/pagestream?cd=inline&pdf=true&docno=7483540

‘The Wings Museum’ is presently based in Balcombe, Sussex in a large hanger-style building which aims to provide an insight into life in World War 11. It contains memorabilia from the Battle of Britain, the Blitz, The Home Guard, Bomber Command etc.

It was first registered with ‘Your Waverley’ in 2016, – and took years to grind through the planning process?

Having outgrown its existing 12,000 sq ft home, the Trustees acquired a green field off a rural lane in Dunsfold and, despite a minimal income of circa £20,000 per annum, has grand plans to build a 4,000 sq metre building in phase one of their development and grow it to 8,000 sq metres in due course. Its appeal is for an 8,000-metre building.

With projected visitor numbers of some 20,000 per annum, it is hard to imagine a site less suited to be a museum.  If consented visitors will be obliged to approach the venue via Dunsfold village or the Alfold Crossway Junction with the A281, wending their way down single track rural roads with few passing places and multiple blind bends. This is particularly concerning given that a location plan, submitted with the planning application, shows a large area given over to coach parking!!!

Our followers over there nearly choked on their cornflakes when contemplating a 52-seater coach navigating the narrow confines of The Crossways into Dunsfold Road!!! Woe betides the driver if they happen to meet a Cranleigh Freight HGV en route! That’s an encounter they say they would pay good money to see!

The Museum’s original planning application garnered a number of expressions of support primarily, it must be said, from existing Wings Museum enthusiasts, none of whom, it appears live in Waverley. Surprise! Surprise! Folkestone, Worthing, Kingswood and Horley are but a few of the outposts from which these supporters hail and, clearly, they don’t have a clue about the location of their pet project which one local objector refers to as ‘a rural location: reference to Policy RE1 Countryside beyond the Green Belt in the new 2018 LPP1′.

Reading their correspondence, some of the Wings enthusiasts seem to be under the mistaken impression that the new Museum will be situated on Dunsfold Aerodrome itself but that isn’t the case. As far as we can ascertain from the locals over there, it appears to be situated on land formerly owned by the Barnfield Estate.

 Barnfield is a property – which has been on and off the market like a yo-yo for a number of years now – formerly owned by Rupert Howell, of Trinity Mirror Group (owners of the Sorry Advertiser). Now sold to an unknown buyer? Any clues to whom, anyone?

We at the Waverley Web aren’t planning experts but believe, the size of the proposed museum structure – at a height of circa 15 metres – is larger than almost all the existing hangers and industrial units at nearby Dunsfold Park. It has been claimed the proposed new building could comfortably accommodate…

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The Waverley Web concurs with the locals that the proposed location of the new Wings Museum is completely inappropriate.  Why the hell would an Inspector consent to a development on this scale on a greenfield site when it could so much more easily and sensibly be accommodated on an adjacent brownfield site? A brownfield site, moreover, that already has a small museum of its own which according to its Masterplan will have a new Museum over the course of the development. But looking elsewhere (Farnham) at recent appeal decisions, stranger things have happened. 

Several objectors point out that they fail to see how such a small charity as the Wings Museum – with annual receipts of circa £22,000 from approximately 5,000 visitors – can possibly afford the construction and development of a multi-million-pound project which would increase the size of its existing museum to six times that of its current site.

The recently opened Aerospace Museum in Bristol, whose running costs were £1.25 million in its first year, had over 150,000 visitors, generating receipts of some £1.91 million. These figures alone call into question the commercial viability of the Wings Museum’s proposal:

  •  If it is deemed to be commercially viable then it follows that the visitor numbers will, necessarily, be huge and this greenfield site on a badly maintained single-track country lane with few passing places and very poor public transport links simply could not cope with them.
  •  If once consented and built, the Museum proves to be unviable, what will happen to the building? Will the museum’s trustees/benefactors seek a change of use to warehousing or other industrial uses?

And that begs another question:

Why did Mr Rupert Howell  – sell off one of his fields to the Wings Museum when he and his wife were keen supporters of the Stop Dunsfold New Town Campaign?

 Why on earth would they sell to someone who could inflict damage to all their Alfold neighbours by allowing someone to park another bloody great hanger on their back lawns?

Chocks away for another Dunsfold Museum?

Is it right that the Government spends 43 times more per mile on national roads ​than ​local roads?​

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Do our county councillors realise how many holiday dramas occurred – thanks to potholes ?

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Money councils have been forced to cut from road maintenance funding since 2010 could have paid for the repair of nearly 8 million potholes, analysis by the Local Government Association has revealed.

At the LGA’s Annual Conference in Bournemouth, town hall leaders are calling on the Government to use this year’s Spending Review to deliver a long-term funding plan “to save our roads”.

Latest figures show that the amount of money councils have been able to spend on routine road maintenance has fallen from £1.1 billion in 2009/10 to around £701 million in 2017/18 – a 37 per cent reduction.

Routine road maintenance includes minor road repairs such as potholes, cleaning drains, inspection and fixing street lighting.

The LGA, which represents councils in England and Wales, estimates that this reduction could have covered the cost of repairing 7.8 million potholes.

With councils having lost 60p out of every £1 in central government funding between 2010 and 2020, services such as road maintenance have had to be stripped back to pay for an ongoing surge in demand for children’s services, adult social care support and homelessness support.

Councils are presently fixing a pothole every 17 seconds but it will still take more than £9 billion and a decade to tackle our road repairs backlog. A review is now urgently needed to make long-term improvements on our dilapidated roads.

The LGA’s Transport spokesman, Cllr Martin Tett, said:

“Potholes can be the bane of the motorist’s life. They can damage vehicles and cause accidents.

“Councils are on the side of the motorist and are doing all they can to keep our roads safe and resilient, repairing potholes as quickly as they can.

“But unprecedented funding cuts have meant councils are increasingly limited in how much they can invest in looking after our country’s roads.

“It is not right that the Government spends 43 times per mile more on maintaining our national roads – which make up just 3 per cent of all roads – than on local roads, which are controlled by councils and make up 97 per cent of England’s road network.

“While the extra one-off funding announced in recent years has helped, we need the government to follow with a long-term funding plan to save our roads in the Spending Review.”

Councils spent £1,113,694,000 on environmental, safety and routine maintenance of principle and other LA roads in 2009/10

They spent £701,429,000 in 2017/18

This amounts to a £412,265,000 reduction, which could cover the cost of paying for 7.8 million pothole repairs, based on an average pothole repair cost of £53.

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3. ALARM survey key facts – councils fixing a pothole every 17 seconds

4. The LGA’s #CouncilsCan campaign aims to influence the forthcoming Spending Review and highlight the growing risk to vital local services if the Government does not take action to secure the financial sustainability of councils. Visit our campaign page for more information.

 

The gas/oilman commeth with a little bit of help from our county council friends?

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Well done’ Your Waverley’s’ first listening exercise was a rollicking success – and there are calls for more.

Would you Adam and Eve it? Surrey could be backing fracking in our borough!

Now we understand from our friends across the other side of the county that the council bordering the Waverley Borough in Mole Valley is being ignored too!

 

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In August 2018, SCC approved the (part) retrospective application for the unauthorised Brockham sidetrack, despite Mole Valley District Council’s unanimous vote to object to it.  You can read it here:http://www.molevalley.gov.uk/CausewayDocList/DocServlet?ref=MO/2018/0444&docid=752621

Be warned Surrey County Councillors! You heard it here first. It is not long until the next county council elections – look what happened in Guildford; Waverley; Woking; and numerous other Surrey borough councils in May.

Start listening to your constituents, or it may come to bite you very hard in your posteriors, and you too will be looking to spend more time with your families.

Notalota folks around for Cranleigh’s ‘fundraising’ concert? But who gets the blame for the cancellation?

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Yes, you guessed – ‘Your Waverley!’

A statement from the organisers of the 1170 Folk Concert heralded by some as –  THE music event everyone has been waiting for – has been CANCELLED!

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However, their statement outlining the reasons for the sudden cancellation is very odd.

 It blames ‘Your Waverley’ (YW) or, maybe the parish council, for not licensing the concert sooner, not enough sponsors to fund it, and the risk the charity would face?
Why would the charity risk anything – apart from not getting any funds? Curious?

Well – let’s start at the beginning and tell the truth and crack at least one of the porkies.

You know us, we are quick to give dear old ‘WBC’ a dig in the ribs for the errors it makes, and perish the thought we should become the defender of the faith. But let’s put the record straight:

‘YW’ sprung into action before the May election voting slips were cold.  The Licencing Committee wasn’t even officially formed under the council’s New Guard. However, its interim quasi-judicial former committee bent over backwards and did double somersaults to provide the organisers with their licence to make money for the church!

 Led by acting chairman Michael Goodridge, it leapt into action, only days after the polls, to prevent any delay.

 So eager was she to see the licence approved Cranleigh’s Cllr Patricia Ellis threw normal caution to the wind for a new, untried and untested event, at an untried and tested venue, and supported it becoming an annual event! WOW! Had the organisers promised her a spot in the line-up? However, not everyone was quite so keen.  Cranleigh Parish Council was more cautious, objecting for lack of sufficient information and concerns about traffic in Knowle Lane, Alfold Road and Elmbridge Road.

Will a Folk Concert herald the opening of the new Cranleigh By-Pass?

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The list of sponsors looks pretty heavyweight to us simple souls that we are?

Bellway Homes and The Berkeley Group (not the normal sponsors of a music festival?!) But, say the organisers, they have not met the desired sponsorship targets! Really! Surely ‘lettuce and Leahfy’ are putting their hands into their very deep and well-filled pockets too? After all, wasn’t this event they told the parish council would be the forerunner for future public events attracting  20/30,000 people? Surely Knowle Park’s owners – developers KPI and A2-Dominion – who already boast planning consents coming out of their ears are backing the concert?

Well, you don’t seek a licence for a festival if you don’t have the backing do you, outdoor concerts are such a great risk these days!

Or did they mean the line-up is so poor, and the marketing so bad, they have failed to sell any tickets, in a very busy and competitive market?

(Weyfest in Tilford Farnham this weekend.

 Kenny Jones’s Rock and Horsepower concert at Ewhurst this weekend,

The Secret Widget Festival at Ewhurst 30th Aug -1st Sept.)

https://cranleighfolk.com says: It is with regret that the organisers announce that the Cranleigh Folk Festival due to be held in Knowle Park from the 13th-15th September 2019 has been postponed.
The Folk Festival is designed to provide funds for the 1170 charity which supports the restoration work required for St Nicholas Church Cranleigh. The decision to postpone the event has been taken after careful consideration and is done to ensure the charity is not compromised financially.

The organisers believe that circumstances have conspired to create a significant financial risk that they are not willing to take. The event planning was severely delayed through the licencing process that included objections raised during this process and so extended the time frame by several months. For a first-time event, this has proved to be a major handicap in marketing, engaging the festival audience and securing the requisite sponsorship.

Whilst broad support for the event in the village has been strong current uncertainty within the economy has put businesses under continued pressure. This is completely understandable as it seems that these conditions are also prevalent across the county. As a result of these conditions, it has been difficult for the organisers to reach the desired sponsorship targets.

The organisers would like to thank all those who gave their time and commitment to the intended event. The organisers remain committed to meet their obligations in full. We look to reorganise and come back in the future.

For the benefit of all our readers – we are told Cranleigh has a huge venue for concerts and shows – including The Cranleigh Agricultural Show; The Lions Classic Car Show and other events. A tried and tested venue well away from residential properties – it is called ‘The Cranleigh Showground.’

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It cannot be true – can it?

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Whilst lazing on our sunbeds – (sorry to all our readers over there in Blustury Blighty because we hear you are having atrocious silly season weather) – but we noticed on the web a little missive from the new ‘Chair’ of Godalming Town Council.

‘Abolition of town councillors robes and restoration of open public speaking at town council sessions.’

We have already posted on the abolition of the mayoral robesThe new brooms getting to grips with Godalming.

However, a subsequent sentence in a message to residents from GTC’s Chair Paul Follows took us by surprise…

‘restoration of open public speaking at town council sessions.’

RESTORATION OF PUBLIC SPEAKING! Really? Are we to gather from that statement that the previous administrators of Godalming Town Council didn’t allow their residents the democratic right to actually speak at town council meetings?  If not, why not? Even in the smallest villages in the borough, the public is given an opportunity to speak, ask questions, make comments, to their elected representatives. Some even call councillors to account. So what in the name of open and transparent government has been going on in Godalming for? years?

Oh well – enough of Waverley matters and back to the beach bar.

Fewer empty homes as ‘Your Waverley’ cracks down on owners.

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PLANS to make use of unoccupied housing in Waverley are slowly becoming a reality, according to new statistics.

 The empty homes scandal, which saw 677 homes in Waverley left unoccupied for at least six months has been a headache for the council for years. And, despite its efforts,  the figure only decreased to 615 last year.

 Statistics for 2019 reveal that 22 homes sat empty for ten years or more, compared to  29 recorded in 2018.

However, the value of homes left unoccupied for two years is worth £31 million alone.

Last year ‘Your Waverley’ said it was working to “bring these properties into use and using council tax to deter owners from leaving properties empty.”  Changes made by the government gave council’s the right to charge 50 per cent extra council tax on homes empty over two years.  These changes are now paying off.

Said a council spokesman: “Our private sector housing team works very hard to encourage owners to bring vacant homes back into use, so it is good to see the number of empty properties in the borough falling.”

The decrease in the number of empty homes is attributed to the changes in council tax premiums, with homes empty for more than ten years being charged 300 per cent council tax.

He added:

“The council is also working very hard to increase the amount of affordable housing in the borough, as we currently have 1046 households on our Housing Register.

“We carefully manage our housing and land assets to enable us to invest in high-quality new homes for affordable rent, building 45 in 2018.

“We are also investing in new shared ownership properties and continuously working with developers in order to maximise the number of affordable housing in new developments across the borough.”

Would you Adam and Eve it? Surrey could be backing fracking in our borough!

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Perhaps it is not ‘Your Waverley’ that should be listening to the public outcry about oil and gas exploration proposed in Dunsfold – but the Surrey numpties – who could find themselves going the same way as Waverley councillors next year.

Having listened very carefully to residents and groups from Surrey & Sussex, Waverley Council’s new administration has registered its objections:  

Well done’ Your Waverley’s’ first listening exercise was a rollicking success – and there are calls for more

However, it appears that the Surrey numpties who have just declared a climate emerganimated-spider-image-0201ency are speaking with forked tongue. Here’s ‘YW’s Listening Exercise Chairman’s view on the latest missive from his county council colleague – whose kee-jerk response leaves us here at the WW spinning with indignation in our web.

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Is it too much to hope that our county councillors will start listening to their constituents? 

Because if they don’t it could home to haunt them sooner than they think!

 As for you Mr Mike Goodman, the electorate might be wiping that smile off your face anytime soon? Because how bloody dare you say: – “although you (WBC) have chosen to consult with the public in this way it is not a formal part of the County’s consultation or decision-making process in respect of this proposal.”

In other words: You will do what you damned well like despite local objection including that of Waverey Borough Council – the democratically elected body with whom you are duty-bound to consult!

Your arrogance is legendary.

Our popular Farnham town centre pub is about to become a…?

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Works are underway at the Marlborough Head Pub in Farnham. 

According to Waverley Borough Council, the traditional look of the building is being protected, with the front and side facades to be retained. 

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The roof is being removed to be surveyed and will be preserved where possible, while the inside of the building will be reconfigured to create new commercial premises. 

 

Here’s what it once looked like, when we all enjoyed a drink in the lovely old pub. And the picture below shows what ‘Your Waverley’ did under the previous administration.

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Just in case you wondered, Crest Nicholson is still searching for tenants – and according to our moles in CNS’s little holes in Blightwells Yard. There are no more now than there were over a year ago! So the Waverley Web will do its bit for the borough and publicise the vacancies as part of our civic duty.

PS. Sainsbury’s has been there for years and ASK has been going down the Pizza Pan in most towns in the country!

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A little bit of help from your friends – at the Waverley Web?

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Sad souls, that we are – what better way to while away a few hours on our holiday sunbeds than peruse – The Cranleigh Village Neighbourhood Plan?

Not easy trawling through a very long document on the parish council website with a Mojito in one hand and a chocolate-covered burrito in the other! 

We digress! You really don’t want to know what a lovely time we are having.

Here’s a little something that perhaps villagers should read and inwardly digest.

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Perhaps the parish council might consider doing another survey with a question along the lines of:

Do you want the High Street clogged up with even more traffic for an 80-bed private care home and 20 community beds with patients from anywhere in Surrey? Together with a hostel of 26 bedsits for health workers (yes, you guessed,  from anywhere in Surrey?  All on land you once owned?

Sorry, have to finish the drink and mop up the chocolate sauce and bake the other side? Happy holidays to all our readers.

Everything WILL NOT be coming up roses, at Green Farm, Green Lane, Churt.

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 Roses and Ranunculus, Delphiniums and Daisies, Lupins and Lilies and an abundance of high-end cut flowers will not be blooming at a budding new business thanks to ‘Your Waverley’s’ planners.

 

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Has been’s.

 

 

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What might have been! 

 

The Southern Area Planning committee has REFUSED to allow applicants on land owned by the Countryside Restoration Trust to set up six polytunnels in which to grow flowers on agricultural land in the green belt.

 Seventeen letters of objection from residents and insufficient information from the applicants about the “modest” enterprise was enough to wilt councillors’ enthusiasm for the project.

Although objectors argued the development in the countryside should not be allowed, the applicants argued –

where else would you set up a small-scale agricultural type business other than – in the countryside?

Residents, including neighbours, claimed there would be a loss of their “visual amenities” in other words, their views of the countryside.

Perhaps they should consider themselves fortunate? Most of our views are presently being obliterated by bricks walls, some of them 3-storeys high.

The applicants claim the proposed development was  “modest” and flowers needed the protection of polytunnels to cope with the vagaries of the British climate and every effort had been made to site them as far away as possible from neighbours. Hedges would be planted along with a swathe of wildflowers.

Officers explained the produce would be for local and London florists, florists through a wholesaler visiting once a day and would employ two full-time local people and some casual labour during the flowering season This would produce minimal traffic.

However,  neighbours think differently and listed a host of concerns including the poor access, dangers on Green Lane for cars, pedestrians and horse-riders. The poly-tunnels would cause light pollution (despite the fact there would be no lighting) would reflect sunlight and could attract thieves.

No attempt had been made by the applicant to address their concerns and there was no provision for a workshop, washrooms or toilets. No provision had been made for composting, recycling or general waste. And, no provision for storage of chemicals and fuel.

However, the applicants maintained…

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Despite officers supporting the business, they received a few veiled slaps on the wrists for not ensuring Surrey highways provided robust traffic information.

The Waverley Web couldn’t help wondering when did SCC highways ever provide “robust traffic information?”

Officers should not have advised applicants to put in three separate planning applications, each for two poly-tunnels, six in total –  to save the applicant planning fees!  And, for supporting an application with insufficient detailed information. 

Oh dear! Waverley’s CEO is going to get a letter from Cllr Robert Knowless (who thinks he knows more)  asking him why the applicant was advised by officers of ways to save money when Waverley’s planning function was running at a 60% loss!

Ye Gods! Planning Officers trying to give a helping hand to get an embryo local business off the ground – perish the thought!

The scrappy voting procedure on three identical applications, which was almost impossible to hear or understand, was 4 votes in favour, 4 votes against and one abstention so were ALL REFUSED  on Chairman “Oh dear” Beaman’s casting vote.

 

 

A little rebranding exercise for a Waverley charity?

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CPRE rebrand to focus on the countryside rather than brownfield sites.

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A recent press release from the CPRE presented their “eye-catching new look, inspired by the colours and shapes of our countryside”.

CPRE have realised that:

“CPRE can be perceived as negative, and this can put potential supporters off, even if they love the countryside.”

“As a result, you’ll begin to notice a change tone from CPRE, as we focus more on the positive solutions that we have always tried to create. This is underpinned by our new strategic aims – to ‘connect people and countryside’, ‘promote rural life’ and ‘empower communities’ – that your comments helped us develop.”

The Waverley Web wonders if…

Perhaps this will filter down to the Local Group, who can focus on the countryside and the threats to the beautiful Surrey Hills, rather than the borough’s largest Brownfield site, the centre of Waverley’s economic strategy, and now a Garden Village status.

 

 

Is a bad deal better than no deal – for the residents of the eastern villages?​

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That is the dilemma facing residents of the eastern villages as they face the fact that they are NEVER going to get the new replacement village hospital and day hospital they were promised almost 20 years ago.

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The meeting decided with a couple of votes against and one abstention that…

  • A. They want the land held by the Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust returned to the parish.
  • B.  They want Waverley Planners to refuse to allow a Care Home to built on parish land – together with a hostel.
  • They want the existing old Cranleigh Hospital and its Day Hospital to be improved – together with a minor injuries unit and other services.

Residents from Alfold, Dunsfold, Ewhurst and Cranleigh learned it was crunch time – with an application for an 80-bed Care Home including 20 community beds and 26 health worker bedsits due to be determined by Waverley Planners in September. The scheme was to have been considered in August. But it was postponed after pressure from councillors. 

Is the ‘Silly Season’ just about to get a whole lot sillier – at ‘Your Waverley.’ UPDATED.

The WW understands that a public meeting was held last Saturday and despite only being given a few days notice a crowd of 50 turned up to the village hall.

A panel headed by Alfold resident Andy Webb announced he had been vilified for daring to hold the meeting at all.

Residents were faced with … an empty chair emblazoned with the name  – CRANLEIGH VILLAGE HOSPITAL TRUST.  As, they heard that for the second time in under six months, it was ‘no show’ by the charity, to answer their urgent questions.

A string of speakers – who we will not name for fear of reprisals – described the 20-year long and complex history of a dream for a replacement new hospital and day hospital in Cranleigh which had now turned into the nightmare of a £14m 60-bed private care home and 20-community beds to benefit  a region much larger than that originally proposed. A development which would include 26 bedsits for care workers from the locality – but which would bring in no community benefit in either Community Infrastructure Levy – or 106 monies to mitigate for the scheme.

Waverley Council’s Deputy leader Paul Follows heard residents including many donors ask…

WHY:

  • The parish council had taken part in a land exchange with a so-called ‘local benefactor” for a £1 without getting a mandate from villagers first?
  • Why had it exchanged land for £1 which had been valued by the District Valuer for £250,000?
  • Why didn’t the parish council receive Best Value?
  • Why hadn’t the council abided by an agreement with the charity to take the land back, when the project had not taken place after the agreed five years?
  • Why had it agreed to a Ransome strip around a football pitch, which was part of the land swap?
  • Former Cranleigh parish councillor Ken Reed shocked everyone when he revealed that he had not been made aware of such an onerous restriction on the football pitch.

“I was not aware, such a restriction existed, and I would have objected if I had known.” 

Villagers asked…the empty chair where had £1.4m of their money gone?

  • What was the model of care and who would occupy the community beds?
  • Where were the promised Day Hospital and other facilities – including a minor injuries unit and outpatients facilities? Why were villagers faced with something that had morphed into a completely different concept than that they had backed with their cash and voluntary efforts?
  • What lease did the charity have with the private operator – which was heavily in debt (circa £800,000,000) and up for sale?

A former CVHT Trustee Kay Newman attempted to explain the original vision for the project and how numerous changes in the health sector had affected its progression.

Money raised had been used in a variety of ways including the creation of the Bruce Mackenzie football field and changes to the highway in Knowle Lane. Although she was no longer a trustee having resigned almost 10 years ago, she had heard from the solicitor for CVHT that the operator (HC-One) would receive a 150-year lease on the building and would pay £1m towards the hostel block. He had given assurances that if the present operator failed, another would take over. She also assured everyone that the charity would hold a public meeting together with its stakeholder partners – once planning permission was granted. She said although the organisers had asked residents to address their questions to the empty chair, CVHT would make the model of care and other matters clearer once planning permission had been granted.

She apologised to the many donors, for the part she and her husband, the former chairman, for the disappointment of not getting what everyone had originally hoped for, a new Cranleigh Hospital and Day Hospital.

 Ewhurst resident Diane James said from what she had heard the Charity was either guilty of fraud or negligence and asked whether it was possible to seek an injunction to stop the development?

A letter was read out from Rtd GP John Verdon; former nurses spoke of their concerns, and one resident asked why the land appeared in the charity accounts at £2.4m when there was no planning consent, saying we are being misled.

Some believed the 20 community beds were merely a minor replacement for 56 beds lost due to the closure of Longfields a Surrey County Council home now derelict. The Waverley warden-assisted accommodation of 58 flats and seven old people’s bungalows had also been also lost to the community’s elderly.

Everyone agreed, with a few exceptions who believed a bad deal was better than no deal, arguing the 20 beds were needed, that it was now time to look forward not back and that a petition should call for the application to be refused. The land should be returned to the village and every effort should be made to support new and existing services offered by Cranleigh League of Friends at the old cottage hospital.

Others believed the Charity Commission should be contacted as a matter of urgency, as Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust was not giving residents what they had promised.

They said:

“We are getting a raw deal – a valuable asset of this community is being taken over by big business – and if we have to join together to seek legal redress, then let’s all put some money towards doing just that.”

 

 

 

 

 

Fancy a bit of a battle in Farnham?

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Not the usual battle of the political kind – at least not yet anyway.

You may be able to help with the Farnham Society’s production of the Battle of Moor Park?

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They are looking to put on two performances on Sat 14th Sept in situ behind the Shepherd and Flock pub.

Diane Bradbury will be directing along with her daughter who states they are both amateurs but do have experience of directing musicals and plays for a local society.

They need people to take on small speaking parts and just to be crowd members. The production will probably involve the audience to a degree.

If you would like to know any more then please contact Diane Bradbury – dpmbrads@yahoo.co.uk

For the uninitiated, the  Siege of Moor Park took place in 1897 when a huge mob turned up at Moor Park Lodge, objecting to the owners of the lodge obstructing a legal right of way across their land.

Historian Rosemary Wisbey has written a script for a 15-minute pantomime style re-enactment of the riots caused after the owners of Moor Park Lodge barred the gates to their estate, and the Farnham Society’s heritage team has secured permission from the present owner of Moor Park Lodge.

The National Trust’s theme for its heritage open days is:

“People Power.”

Something, perhaps that will strike a chord with the townsfolk of Cranleigh and Villages who are about to embark on their own take on  – ‘People Power.’ They have just voted to take their own stand for something they believe passionately about?

 

An AONB win for Haslemere!

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And a win for Haslemere’s Waverley Councillors!

Plans to build 28 homes in the grounds of a Surrey mansion have been blocked by a High Court judge who backed an inspector’s ruling who backed the Waverley Council decision that the scheme’s impact on an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) should be given more weight than the council’s lack of a five-year housing land supply.

Developers Monkhill Limited wanted to convert Longdene House, off Hedghog Lane, Haslemere, from 50 – yes 50 offices into a single luxury home. And, in its extensive parkland, the company proposed the demolition of existing cottages, glasshouses and outbuildings to construct 28 homes.

The site has had a rollercoaster ride – In 2016 the scheme was refused by Waverley, granted at Appeal, and then Waverley won a High Court Challenge against the Appeal, much to the disgust of wealthy landowner Tony Lawson.
In 2018 the developers were back – Waverley officers recommend it for Planning (the site was in the draft LPP2 after all) but was voted down 12 to 8. It was proposed by Cllr Mulliner, and seconded by Cllr Inchbald, that permission be refused on the grounds of material harm to the intrinsic character, beauty and openness of the Countryside beyond the Green Belt, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Area of Great Landscape Value. Additionally, there were reasons relating to the failure of the applicant to complete a Section 106 agreement to secure agreed contributions. [Meeting minutes] This was brave especially as Waverley had over-ridden the AONB designation on the sloping hill behind Longdene at nearby Sturt Farm.

In the latest appeal decision, the inspector accepted that there was a “significant shortfall” in the available supply of housing land in the area. Waverley only had enough housing sites to last a maximum of 4.6 years, as against the five-year requirement set by the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). He said the development would make a “significant contribution” to meeting local housing needs, including the provision of 10 affordable homes.

The decisive factor, however, was that most of the site lies within the Surrey Hills AONB.

The inspector said the project would have “a significant adverse effect on the character and appearance” of the protected area. Despite some benefits to the local economy, it would “not conserve or enhance the landscape and scenic beauty of the AONB”.

Challenging the inspector’s decision, Monkhill argued that he had misinterpreted and misapplied parts of the NPPF. Due to the council’s failure to meet the five-year housing land target, a “tilted balance” applied in favour of the development.

Dismissing the appeal however, Mr Justice Holgate said the inspector’s exercise of his planning judgment could not be faulted. Monkhill’s complaints were “too legalistic and failed to interpret the NPPF in a practical, straightforward way, capable of being operated by decision-makers up and down the country”.

The NPPF, the judge added, gives AONBs “the highest status of protection” and the inspector was right to give “great weight” to the preservation of the character and appearance of the Surrey Hills. The inspector struck “a simple planning balance” between the benefits of the scheme and the harm it would cause to the landscape and scenic beauty of the area.

Villagers reminisce about those heady days when they raised money to build a new hospital in Cranleigh.

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Villagers over there in the east of the borough have been on a 20-year walk down memory lane and have sent us this list of some of the fundraising events they enjoyed during the late 1990s and the years since. Might be worth casting your minds back before you attend the public meeting tomorrow Saturday.  

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Cranleigh Village Hospital

Cranleigh Village Hospital has been at the heart of the local community for almost 150 years. It earned its place in history as the first cottage hospital in the country when a local rector and a local doctor founded it in 1859.

Throughout its sometimes-turbulent history, its reputation for caring has been jealously guarded, and local people have fought off numerous attempts to close its doors.

Although the 15th-century cottage forms the nucleus of the hospital there were alterations and extensions in 1901, 1922 and 1936.

In the 70’s it teetered on the edge of closure and villagers embarked on a David and Goliath fight, which it won after it was taken to Westminster. The League of Friends subsequently raised over

£50,000 towards a Day Hospital extension. An Outpatients Department was added in 1987 and another £35,000 was raised for day rooms.

In 1998 with South West Surrey Health Authority facing rising debts the hospitals future was again in the balance. The community warned it would not sit idly by and watch it close, and health officials agreed it could stay if it met modern standards.

In 2001 Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust was formed and following an offer of land from a local benefactor it was agreed to build a new hospital and health centre.

When the Trust, led by Cranleigh’s Head of Practice Dr Robin Fawkner-Corbett took on the huge task of raising £2m, it decided the hospital would never again face the axe. This time the Trust would own the hospital on behalf of the community with the NHS providing the services.

The community has shown how much it cares for the hospital down the years. Now we are asking, once again, for everyone to demonstrate their commitment for a new hospital with the same traditions to serve future generations.

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Cranleigh and South Eastern Agricultural Society’s annual Show at Parkhouse Farm, Cranleigh. All-day Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust will be represented, visit the marquee. A heavy horse-drawn wagon will also tour the showground allowing visitors to pat the horses and pick up a money pot. The Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust marquee will be situated next to the member’s tent. Please visit.

06/09/02

CSEAS Wine Tasting. Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust Marquee between 7.30pm and 9.30pm – Taurus Wines.

28/09/02

Join the Biggest Dinner Party in the World. An opportunity to invite guests to your home at £20 a head for a meal of your choice. Could be a candlelit dinner, a fish and chip supper, or a takeaway. One villager is holding a beach party as they will be on holiday in Portugal. Just let us know the event

is taking place so we can count you in, and send some information, then enjoy yourselves and send Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust the proceeds.

So far 37 people have promised to host an event as part of the trust’s “Largest Dinner Party in the World” attempt.

For more information ring Michael Allbrook on 01483 277086

02/11/02

Cranleigh Bonfire Night – The Common, Cranleigh. More information to be announced nearer the date.

03/11/02

Cranleigh hairdresser Roy Redford takes part in the New York Marathon on behalf of Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust. Roy has run thousands of miles for charity and has raised many hundreds of thousands of pounds. Please make his run worthwhile by sponsoring him.

16/11/02

Concert and Supper organised by Cranleigh’s Inner Wheel. For more information ring Jean Quallington on 01483 273361

16/11/02

Cranleigh Methodist church will be holding a concert with a choir and youth band at 8pm. For more information ring Geoff King on 01483 273420

28/11/02

The Trust has applied for permission from Waverley Borough Council to hold a street collection on Thursday morning November 28th from 08.00 to 13.00 and Saturday 30th November 09.00 until 16.00. It hopes to repeat the exercise again in 2003.

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Next year the community will be asked to “walk that extra mile” in aid of Cranleigh’s new hospital.

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Once planning permission has been obtained the Trust’s fund-raising arm will launch a buy a brick campaign.

A Rock and Jazz Festival for all the family will be held on Sunday 27th July at the Cranleigh Showground from noon until 8 pm. It follows on from a very successful event held last year when more than 400 people enjoyed 8 hours of live music at the Little Park Hatch pub in Cranleigh.

Organiser Jimmy Beecroft is determined to make the festival bigger and better this year, so has moved the event to the showground just a week before the annual Cranleigh Show. The new venue and timing allows the festival to make use of marquees, toilets and other facilities. Up to

1,000 people can now attend and the marquees will enable the event to take place whatever the weather!

Seven of the best local “Rock and Jazz” bands will include Sticky Bun, Replay, Harmonia, More, Serendipity, and Jimmy’s own band with Jazziz.

They will play from a specially erected stage in a natural amphitheatre at the southern end of the showground. This stage will overlook a big grass auditorium in which the audience can sit out and enjoy the music & sun. There will be beer, wine and light refreshments in the main marquee, activities for children, and ample parking in the main showground car-park.

Use of the show facilities has significantly reduced the costs of staging the event. Said Jimmy: “We are enormously grateful to the Cranleigh and South Eastern Agricultural Society and we will take good care of the facilities prior to the annual show. We intend to make this a truly memorable event”.

CVHT fundraiser and coordinator, Simon Goldsmith said ” Jimmy has been fantastic at pulling together a huge network of volunteer musicians, suppliers and other helpers for this Festival. It promises to be a great day for everyone.”

Tickets available in advance at £5 for adults and over 12’s (under 12’s free) from the Hospital Shop and Awareness Centre at Oliver House in Cranleigh High Street or directly from Jimmy Beecroft. “Rock & Jazz Festival 2003” tee shirts are available for £10.

The CVHT will be joining to other local charities for a Gala Concert next month.

Every ticket sold for the event at Guildford Cathedral on Saturday November 8th.will help save lives. That is the message from Haste, Macmillan Cancer Relief and the Cranleigh Hospital Trust.

Some of the country’s finest soloists will be taking part – they include International soprano Kathryn Harries; Clare Weston, rising star of the English National Opera; Robert Poulton and Paul Nilon, international baritone and tenor, together with choir Vox Angelia.

Instrumentalists appearing are Heather Tomola (recorder), Angela Livingstone (piano) and the Cranleigh Brass Quintet.

Margaret Howard the well-known broadcaster will present the programme and she and Jill Phillips will give entertaining readings.

Some of the performers will be well known to the audiences of the Coverwood Concerts held in the Surrey Hills at Ewhurst each year, and which attract music lovers from all over the country.

“The three charities have joined forces as an experiment for this fantastic event because what they all have in common is an aim to improve the life of local people.” We believe charities are all looking for the same pound, and we believe by working together we can help each other,” said a spokesman.

Tickets are now on sale from The Three Charities Concert, Wintershall Estate Office, Wintershall, Bramley, Surrey. GU50LR or by telephoning 01483 892167 Reserved seats which are selling fast are £20, unreserved seats £10 and senior and student concessions unreserved are £7.50.

The 70th anniversary Charity Concert at Birtley House, Bramley promises to be an event not to be missed.

Entitled “Turning Back the Years – 1932 Cavalcade” the event will feature the Tin Pan Alley Orchestra directed by Nick Barnard with soloist Jan Hartley.

The directors of Eyhurst Court Ltd are inviting supporters of the Cranleigh Village Hospital Appeal to celebrate its 70th Anniversary of the registration of the Birtley House Nursing Home in 1932. The beautiful grounds of the home off the A281 Horsham Road will be opened for the concert at 7.30pm on Wednesday, July 3rd July 2002.

The proceeds will be shared between the Macmillan Cancer Relief Fund, The Royal Marsden Hospital, the Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust and Holy Trinity Church, Bramley.

You are invited to take along a picnic and the gardens around the lake will be open from 6pm. 1930’s dress is optional. Tickets (advance booking only) £30 each from The Secretary, Birtley House, Bramley, Guildford, Surrey. GU5OLB Tel: 01483 892055.

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Catherine Hamilton’s Art Exhibition read more >

29/06/02 Cranleigh Carnival

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30/06/02
Open Garden and Model Railway

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03/07/02
70th anniversary Charity Concert read more >
04/07/02
Travel Presentation

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06/07/02
Table Top Sale
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06/07/02
Alfold Sports Day
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Cranleigh Rectory Fete read more >

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Barbecue and Bands read more > 20/07/02
Charity Car Wash read more > 26/07/02

Teddy Bear’s Picnic read more > 11/05/03 Sponsored walk read more> 16/05/03

Dinner at Loseley House

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A successful Bric-a-Brac Sale at the Hospital Shop raised £400

25/05/03

Big Big Concert. All the old local 60’s bands will be back in harness once more at the Guildford Civic Hall in aid of Cranleigh CVHT and St Christopher’s. 1,200 seats.

26/05/03 (Sat)
Disco for children and disabled children in the village hall. 5.30-7.15 and 7.30 – 9.30

07/06/03
Barn Dance on The Cranleigh Showground
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Ewhurst Secret Gardens were opened to the public

28/06/03 Lions Fair

Medieval Banquet

A Medieval Banquet held at the Cranleigh Golf and Leisure Club proved to be a huge success and raised £1,038. 59.

House of Lords

The Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust was guest of our Patron The Baroness Sharp of Guildford in April – and a good time was had by all.

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Ewhurst Secret Gardens
Over the weekend June 21/22 Ewhurst Secret Gardens were opened to the public.

Children’s Supper disco

Special End of term Supper disco was held on Saturday 26th July at Cranleigh Village Hall. Children of all ages attended from 5 to 12. They were entertained by the disco and at their supper with their friends. A good time had by all.

Celebrity Cricket Match

Bunbury Celebrity Cricket Match on Cranleigh Cricket Common Sunday July 6th for the CVHT and the English Schools Cricket Association.

A free day out for all – but a collection was taken. Celebrities were there in their droves, great for autograph hunters.

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Clay Pigeon Shooting

Clay pigeon shots set their sights on boosting the fund-raising for Cranleigh hospital when they took part in a Charity Clay Pigeon Shoot at Peter Nutting’s estate at North Breache Manor, Ewhurst and raised £4,664.

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are a hard-working four-piece band specialising in up-tempo rock covers designed to get everyone dancing?

They comprise:
Tristan Lambeth – vocals and rhythm guitar Darren Wingate – lead guitar
Alan Wise – bass guitar and backing vocals John Hiles – drums
website: – Billy-NoMates.co.uk

This concert was a great success and raised £563.

Peter Donohoe concert at Cranleigh School

The Project to build a new hospital in Cranleigh is to be given the Royal touch. Their Highnesses the Earl and Countess of Wessex have agreed to attend a Charity Concert in aid of UKCCSG – the Oliver Davis Support Group and Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust.

A Piano recital by Peter Donohoe, one of the foremost pianists in the country, was held at Cranleigh School’s Speech Hall on Wednesday 10th September at 7.30 p.m.

Musicians from the Massed Cadet Bands from Surrey, Berkshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, The Surrey ACF Corps of Drums, Surrey Pipe Band, Cranleigh Choral Society and Choristers from the Cranfold Area will take part in a Christmas Spectacular Concert.

The event on Saturday 6th December will be held in the Cranleigh School Chapel at 6.30 p.m. and will be in aid of the Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust.

The special guest with will be Kathryn Harries and the Compere is Alan Smith.

Tickets can be obtained from the CVHT shop at Oliver House in Cranleigh High Street or from Nicholas North on 542062 or from the Handyman’s Store in Cranleigh High Street.

Villagers had a wicket day out when the celebrities piled into Cranleigh for the Bunbury celebrity cricket match on July 6th.

Cranleigh Select X1 played the star-studded Bunburys in aid of Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust and the English Schools Cricket Associaton. This historic match on Cranleigh Cricket common included:

Trevor Gripper – Zimbabwean Test Match Cricketer Neil Lenham – Sussex Cricket Club
Alan Butcher – Surrey and Glamorgan CCC
Jamie Theakston – TV Presenter

Lloyd Hunnigan – Heavyweight boxing champion Rob Duncan – From ” Drop the dead donkey” Mark Austin – ITN News Reader
Alan Igglesden – Ex England and Kent Cricketer.

There was an opportunity for people to meet and watch their favourite cricket and celebrity heroes. Other attractions included a beer tent, an auction, sporting memorabilia and a barbecue. A marquee housed corporate and private hospitality.

The event was free but there was a collection on behalf of the chosen charities.

Clay pigeon shots set their sights on boosting the fund-raising for Cranleigh hospital when they took part in a Charity Clay Pigeon Shoot at Peter Nutting’s estate at North Breache Manor, Ewhurst and raised £4,664.

The event attracted 28 teams of four guns from all over the South of England for a 60 bird-sporting shoot and a 100-bird team flush. After tucking into a bacon roll breakfast provided by Cranleigh Lions teams and spectators enjoyed a good morning shooting in pleasant conditions. Afterwards, around 150 people enjoyed a hog roast lunch in a marquee provided completely free of charge by Jonathan Graham Brown of Manorhouse Hill Farm, Shillinglee. There was also be a pool shoot and a popular novice instruction stand collecting five-pound a head for some first-class instruction from a Cowdray Estate shot. The charity auction, with auctioneer Peter Nutting, raised over £1,800 with good prices obtained for such donated items as shooting lessons at Bisley, a Purdie shooting jacket, a four-wheel-drive instruction course and many more.

The fund-raising chairman of Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust Poppity Nutting thanked everyone who had donated items, and to Jonathan Graham Brown for providing the marquee for “another wonderful fund-raising event.”

She handed over the Jim McAllister trophy to the winning team The Pink Willie pictured here from left to right who scored 258 points. Colin McKenna, Garreth Jones, Jess Allinson and Michael Boud with Poppity Nutting. The Loose Cannons won the voucher for the Boobies. Peter Bone, Stephen Getting, Adrian Crafts and John Palczynski.

Organiser a Cranleigh Village Hospital manager, Jackie Stockill thanked everyone who had taken part and said the event would be repeated next year.

The Trust was in evidence on July 13th at Cranleigh Rectory Fete, when hundreds of visitors took the opportunity to learn more about the appeal. Many left clutching a logo topped money jar, the odd teddy, and the inspiration to do their own fund-raising events in the future.

On Saturday evening 13 th March CVHT will be joining forces with the Cuthbert Mayne School for an auction with over 150 lots – and more are still pouring in.

In addition to silverware, jewellery, furniture, antiques, glass, paintings, cartoons, china and glass. There are promises including Holiday flats/apartments/cottages in Tenerife on a golf course in the Canary Islands, Scotland, Devon and Norfolk.

CVHT patrons Eric Clapton and Ringo Starr have sent along with memorabilia and there are promises galore.

Viewing at Cranleigh Village Hall is from 5pm-9pm on Friday 12th and on Saturday 10am until 4pm and 6.30 to 7.30pm.

The auction starts at 7.30pm programmes are £1 and there is a licensed bar and nibbles.

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A Sugar Plum Fairy, a Tasty Tiger and Spiderman put on a happy face on behalf of Cranleigh Village Hospital and raised hundreds of pounds. Alias Dr Robin Fawkner-Corbett, Cranleigh & South Eastern Agricultural Society vice President Carolyn Townsend and President Nick Vrijland went under the artist, Jackie Stockill’s, brush all in a good cause at Cranleigh Show.

CVHT raised more than £2,000 in the Trust marquee with the help of Cranleigh Hospital and Cranleigh Health Centre staff. Fundraiser Jo Berry’s daughters, Kayleigh and Georgia, raised £52.86p on their handmade jewellery.

Said Trust chairman: “We did a number of things, we raised money, we raised awareness of the project and we all had a thoroughly enjoyable day.”

Castle Nursery School, Shamley Green will be holding a Teddy Bear’s Picnic in aid of Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust on July 26th. All you need is a teddy and a picnic, and of course a child.

Cranleigh bonfire organised by Cranleigh Lions for CVHT was a roaring success.

Julie Walters a Cranleigh CVHT patron was a hit with the huge crowd, when fresh from her Calendar girls hit film she dropped in to set light to the bonfire.

It was the first time Julie has attended the bonfire though her husband Grant and daughter Maisie are regulars. Another Cranleigh CVHT patron Ringo Starr and his wife Barbara Bach took along former model Patti Boyd and a good time was had by all.

Roads around the bonfire were closed off for the celebrations to allow a massive torchlight procession to make its way from Park Mead to The Common. Members of the Lions and CVHT were out in force with their buckets collecting money. The amount raised will be announced later.

It is anticipated that the Bunbury team will include most of the following:

David English (Legend!) – Captain *

Alec Stewart (Surrey & England) – Umpire

Andrew Flintoff (Lancs & England) *

Rob Key (Kent & England) *

Mark Butcher (Surrey & England) *

Adam Hollioake (Surrey & England) *

Robin Smith (Hants & England)

Mark Austin (ITN News) *

Steve Bennett (Premiership Referee) *

Fraser Hinds (Emmerdale)

Lloyd Honeyghan (Boxer)

Gary Mason (Boxer)

Jamie Theakston (Actor & TV Presenter)

Andy Jacobs (Talk Sport Radio)

* Confirmed as of 20 August

CVHT OPS: Dr Robin Corbett talks with Jimmy Beecroft who was the organiser and one of the acts to help raise money at the Little Park Hatch last Sunday, all proceeds went to the Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust.

By popping into the shop and awareness centre you can pick up a money pot kindly donated by Gordons Fine Foods of Littlemead Industrial Estate, Cranleigh. Just fill it with your loose change. By filling in the Gift Aid as well, the appeal will receive even more money.

There will be a Ho-Down of the never to be forgotten variety when Cranleigh village hospital Trust fund-raisers stage a Family Barn Dance in June.

The impressive 78-acre Cranleigh showground at Parkhouse Farm will be the venue for an event that has been masterminded by Michael Allbrook. He has persuaded the Cranleigh & South Eastern Agricultural Society to let the Trust use the huge Dutch barn off Barhatch Lane for a family barn dance that promises to be a winner.

The well-known Malthouse Band with caller Don Nunneley will entertain 200 guests on June 7th.

In addition to an opportunity to dozey do with the best of the guests will be treated to a hog roast provided by Tony Kilfeather. There will be real ale and wine on sale through Taurus Wines, who regularly support the Trust, as well as plenty of soft drinks.

The Trust has already contacted everyone living around the site, to ensure they are not upset or disturbed by noise from the event, and so far they have agreed to put up with any inconvenience and wished the Trust well.

Tickets are available at £6 from the Hospital Shop and Awareness Centre at Oliver House in Cranleigh High Street.

If you would like to volunteer to help the fund-raising team, please contact the Trust Administrator Mrs Christina Pearce on 01483 276121.

The Cranleigh Bonfire was held on Saturday 2nd November. Despite the continual rain throughout the day, the event was a great success.

All of the usual attractions, of a Guy Competition for local junior school pupils and the torch-lit procession, accompanied by a marching band, a further band in Stocklund Square, a pig-roast, hot food, a beer tent and, of course, a huge bonfire with a stunning firework display provided by Lionel Couzens-Smith and his team from Payne’s Fireworks; were not spoilt by the weather. Our guests of honour were Ringo and Barbara Starr. To the obvious delight of the crowd, Ringo helped to place the Guy on the top of the bonfire, before applying the first torch.

All of the profits from this year’s event are to be donated by the Lions to the Cranleigh Village Hospital appeal. Prior to starting the display of fireworks, Ringo encouraged the large crowd to give generously and spoke of his admiration for the excellent work carried out by Cranleigh Lions within the local community. As a Club, we should like to offer our thanks to Ringo and Barbara as well as to all of our other sponsors who helped to make such a damp night such a roaring success.

Thanks to all our sponsors

Repaircraft; Cranfold Computer Services; Grahams of Cranleigh; Gordon Thomas; Edward Cross; Madestein; Carolyn Lodge; Cranfold Physical Therapy; Roland Tysoe; P & P Glass; Roston; Tickners; Manns of Cranleigh; Vic Simmons; Keith Payne; The Cranleigh Exhaust Centre; Alan Spriggs; Centriplant; Smithbrook Lighting; Pages; The Wintershall Charitable Trust; County Tiles; Marshall’s; Cranleigh Car Clinic;

Waverley Gas and Tool Hire; Stennett’s. and Cranleigh Lions.

Burns & Webber sponsored the Guy Competition and the Surrey Advertiser the Photographic Competition. Other sponsors included Roger N Coupe, Cranleigh Freight and Dick Lane Services,

and others who wish to remain anonymous.

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Cranleigh and South Eastern Agricultural Society’s annual Show at Parkhouse Farm, Cranleigh. All-day Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust will be represented, visit the marquee. A heavy horse-drawn wagon will also tour the showground allowing visitors to pat the horses and pick up a money pot. The Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust marquee will be situated next to the member’s tent. Please visit.

06/09/02

CSEAS Wine Tasting. Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust Marquee between 7.30pm and 9.30pm – Taurus Wines.

28/09/02

Join the Biggest Dinner Party in the World. An opportunity to invite guests to your home at £20 a head for a meal of your choice. Could be a candlelit dinner, a fish and chip supper, or a takeaway. One villager is holding a beach party as they will be on holiday in Portugal. Just let us know the event is taking place so we can count you in, and send some information, then enjoy yourselves and send Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust the proceeds.

So far 37 people have promised to host an event as part of the trust’s “Largest Dinner Party in the World” attempt.

For more information ring Michael Allbrook on 01483 277086

02/11/02

Cranleigh Bonfire Night – The Common, Cranleigh. More information to be announced nearer the date.

03/11/02

Cranleigh hairdresser Roy Redford takes part in the New York Marathon on behalf of Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust. Roy has run thousands of miles for charity and has raised many hundreds of thousands of pounds. Please make his run worthwhile by sponsoring him.

16/11/02

Concert and Supper organised by Cranleigh’s Inner Wheel. For more information ring Jean Quallington on 01483 273361

16/11/02

Cranleigh Methodist church will be holding a concert with a choir and youth band at 8pm. For more information ring Geoff King on 01483 273420

28/11/02

The Trust has applied for permission from Waverley Borough Council to hold a street collection on Thursday morning November 28th from 08.00 to 13.00 and Saturday 30th November 09.00 until 16.00. It hopes to repeat the exercise again in 2003.

2003
Next year the community will be asked to “walk that extra mile” in aid of Cranleigh’s new hospital.

2003

Once planning permission has been obtained the Trust’s fund-raising arm will launch a buy a brick campaign.

The Project to build a new hospital in Cranleigh is to be given the Royal touch. Their Highnesses

the Earl and Countess of Wessex have agreed to attend a Charity Concert in aid of UKCCSG – the

Oliver Davis Support Group and Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust.

A Piano recital by Peter Donohoe, one of the foremost pianists in the country, is to be held at

Cranleigh School’s Speech Hall on Wednesday 10th September at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are selling fast

and former parish councillor and Oliver’s grandmother Vera Davis hopes the event will be a good

fund-raiser for the two charities closest to her heart.

Vera’s seven-year-old grandson Oliver his parents and three sisters will be travelling from their

Wiltshire home to attend at least part of the event where they will meet the Royal couple.

The concert by the pianist who has developed a distinguished career since winning the

International Tchaikovsky Competion in Moscow, travelling all over Europe and America, is

expected to entertain an audience of around 400. He has also recorded his music for EMI and is a

regular at the BBC Promenade Concerts.

The group was formed in 1998 when Oliver was diagnosed with a rare kidney tumour. Following

surgery and chemotherapy he is now a healthy little boy had just completed his second year at

school.

Now the group supports other children suffering from cancer. His grandmother will be at the event

along with Trustees of CVHT.

Tickets can be obtained from the CVHT Hospital Shop at Oliver House in Cranleigh High Street or

from Vera Davies on 01403 822815.

The Trust was in evidence on July 13th at Cranleigh Rectory Fete, when hundreds of visitors took

the opportunity to learn more about the appeal. Many left clutching a logo topped money jar, the

odd teddy, and the inspiration to do their own fund-raising events in the future.

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Go shopping in Farnham – forget it.

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The WW left the keyboard behind in the mistaken belief that we could enjoy a bit of retail therapy in the town on Wednesday. We might just have well have planned a mission to the moon. What did we buy – Zilch!

The traffic queues stretched for miles in every direction, we sat, we pondered, we turned up the air conditioning to maximum and then… we fumed. What the hell? We couldn’t turn around – so we put our head in our hands like everyone else! Then gave up and went home.Screen Shot 2019-08-02 at 10.16.41.png

 And then we saw this!

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They have to be joking – we will all be on the road to nowhere soon?

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Is this the final countdown for Cranleigh’s Private Care Home?

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Or will the public meeting called by villagers from Cranleigh & Alfold only a week ago be a big damp squib?

 The event is to be held on the busiest holiday week of the calendar, so will it be ‘no show’ by residents and the Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust? 

 

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The media frenzy over Cranleigh’s proposed new Care Home continues unabated?

The new brooms getting to grips with Godalming.

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They say a day is a long time in politics – in Godalming things are moving by the hour.

Perhaps this really progressive new council will be a model for others?  Is this the man to follow?

Since the new brooms led by Paul Follow swept into the town’s council chamber in May it has:

 

  •  Declared a climate emergency. 

 

  • -Allocated initial money to schemes to support that work this year;

 

  • – Added a new grant fund for carbon-reducing projects to replace that from 2020;

 

  • – Used some of this year’s initial money to give the green-light for three public water points at key areas of the town in Godalming, Farncombe and at the Phillips Memorial Park;

 

  • – A couple of other projects too (one involving some land at Ockford Ridge becoming a wildflower meadow for the community and another regarding the transition to LED bulbs);

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  •  Upon being told that councillors robes would cost in excess of £10,000 to replace. The Town Council has elected not to!

Said Council chair Paul Follows:

“My own personal view here is that I want to be judged, and want the council to be judged on what we do and not what we wear and want to reduce any barriers between councillors and residents.

Tradition is important and this is part of our history but it should not override all other considerations.”

We also agreed on a Town council level structure of regular surgeries where at least one councillor from each ward will be available at each session to meet residents. More details on that soon.

So in my view a very good result – and I am extremely proud to be leading a reforming, modernising and cross-party town council. Many thanks to all the hard work of the town staff on all of the above too – without them, none of these measures would get off the drawing board.

Thank you also to all the residents who attended the recent meeting.🙂 Happy to discuss anything on the above either here or at Paul.follows@godalming-tc.gov.uk

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Is another rainbow coalition on its way? This time to Woking?

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The first 100 days of Waverley’s coalition has now been completed – and some changes have already been implemented – (The Listening Exercise) and there are many more to come.

So far the opposition has had a few major gripes, such as accusing the new administration of not appointing council members quickly enough to outside bodies – of which there are many. To which Leader John Ward said the Executive wanted to get the right people, with the right skills, into the new roles.

It also accused them of raising the public’s expectation by suggesting residents could have a bigger say in decision-making particularly on planning matters. 

Well done’Your Waverley’s’ first listening exercise was a rollicking success – and there are calls for more.

If that is all the opposition group has to complain about it augers well for the early days of the council, with more new councillors of various colours than ever before.

So Waverley’s new brooms seem to be having less of a problem than those in our neighbouring borough’s of Woking and Guildford.

You can read it here:

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The media frenzy over Cranleigh’s proposed new Care Home continues unabated?

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The WW has been accused by some of the Bamford Board Brigade (BBB’s) of telling lies and inciting hatred.

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Now, it isn’t often our team of bloggers have a hissy fit – but on this occasion – as we have said to the Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust –

 

 

 

What’s it all about BB have we pooped on your stoop? You’re having a laugh aren’t you Pot? Kettle? Black?

All those poorer souls from Cranleigh and the nearby villages who dug deep into their pockets to raise over £1m want answers from the charity that trousered it.  Honest answers. And social media keyboards have sizzled with incriminations. on your former self/developer/ propaganda board – the control of which you have now relinquished. 

 All villagers want to know is why they are getting an 80 private care home beds circa (1,200/300 per week and 20 community beds for Surrey County Council’s clients (circa £800 p.w. for dementia clients) a hostel for Surrey health workers and not the HOSPITAL, DAY HOSPITAL with a minor injuries unit and other services, that they were promised?

The WW accepts we are anonymous and our reasons are simple:

We are not hiding behind it, but sometimes you have to be invisible and be in all the right places to get the truth in this ever more devious world.

  • We receive information from officers/councillors and residents eager to shine a light on all things, Waverley.   They trust us to tell you – what you need to know. Nobody funds us? We have nothing to gain?
  • The WW recognises we are Western-centric but have received many hundreds of private e-mails and public comments from residents of the eastern villages who believe they have been well and truly stuffed by a Charity.
  • The WW was prompted to publicise the hospital/care home saga by “local people, In fact, until we heard about residents’ angst, we knew nothing of this 20-year saga.
  • WW does not ask, promote, or suggest that anyone reads this blog. However, it is read here and all over the world.
  • For the first time since its foundation – now every political party; including Conservatives regularly read and comment on our posts.

We have received a Facebook trail of comments from the Cranleigh Community Board – run by the BB – who claims we are run by developers. Well BB – it takes one to know one?

And.. we will have a sporting sixpence bet with you BB when you say we are supported by developers. Name them? And within 24 hours of rising to our challenge, you will be on the receiving end of a solicitors’ letter!

Our offices are not provided/rented from a local developer; we are not Trustees working on behalf of a local developer – and we did not set up a local board to promote any developer’s agenda? Simples.

  1. So we ask – what lies has the WW told Mr Bamford?
  2. If we have lied or misinformed anyone – tell us do? Or perhaps your Mummy will tell us for you? And then we pledge to correct our so-called mistakes.

So let’s do a FACT CHECK and attempt to help BB untwist his super-hero spandex.

Whatever good intentions The Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust may once have had – the road to ruin is paved with good intentions?

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Why did thousands of men, women and children support one of the biggest fund-raising initiatives the eastern villages had ever seen?

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Because they were told it was for a replacement Cranleigh hospital with beds for residents within a 5-mile radius, on a new site owned by villagers via their partners (Cranleigh Parish Council.) This hospital, they were told, would include a day hospital for outpatients,  minor injuries; X-Ray unit and diagnostics and MRI.  

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Cranleigh once boasted a Surrey County Council Dementia Residential Nursing Home – called Longfields – 65+ beds. We had one here in Farnham called Cobgates. Both abandoned, closed and left to rot. One is now derelict.  One Cranleigh organisation told us that villagers raised funds to build a dementia garden there! –

– more villagers’ money down the pan?

So where are 20 of those 120 or so former county council elderly care beds going? Yes, you guessed – just 20 of them into the new private Care Home operated by HC-One, currently FOR SALE and with debts of £800m! All was revealed recently in the Daily Mail.

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For whom are the 20 community beds intended? The residents of Surrey. As one villager commented…

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“You have as much chance of winning the lottery as you have of jumping into a CVHT bed?”

So Who Dares Wins? SCC? Who gets to flog off a valuable site which should be used to meet the real needs of adult social care.  Not trouser the money to push into a gold-plated pension pot instead of building – a proper residential care facility to serve the rapidly increasing population of Cranleigh and villages? An increase of over 6,000 when you include Dunsfold Park?

However, who wouldn’t grab beds heavily subsidised by the public, a parish council and the future care home’s paying residents’ purses?

Questions you could answer Mr Bamford, as we understand, as you have a direct conduit through the Chamber of Commerce and as a Trustee of the Knowle Park Initiative /A2 Dominion into the developer?

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How long is ‘the bed contract’ with SCC? A year? Five years?

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What was the District Valuer’s valuation on the land sold to CVHT  by the parish council for £1? 

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What exactly is the ‘community benefit?’ Whose ‘community?’

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How much Community Infrastructure Levy will it contribute towards infrastructure for such a large development?  

Will, the developer hand over 106 monies or Community Infrastructure Levy to mitigate for the upheaval, increased traffic, noise and inconvenience to Waverley tenants of a three-storey building owned by ‘Your Waverley” and a 26-bed hostel unit – that is actually a housing development in all but name in Whisper Drive?

 We suspect – ZILCH?

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Would anyone support a scheme that has no value or benefit to the people who helped fund it?

Answer these questions Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust aka Martin Bamford – to the satisfaction of your donors and then you may get residents’ backing?

Rock up to a public meeting open to everyone, at Cranleigh Village hall on Saturday, August 3rd between 10-12 and have your say. Because the Deputy Leader of Waverley Borough Council will be there to hear you.

Has Cranleigh Parish Council thrown a spanner in the works of a charity’s efforts to build a private nursing home on land once owned by villagers?

As far as we can ascertain – the parish council (a partner of CVHT) has received no response to its solicitor’s letters concerning the covenant it imposed on the land.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Managing the change – for a better Waverley.

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As there is so much controversy over the membership of ‘Your Waverley’s’ Executive.

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 Once new councillors have signed their Declarations of Office, they must nominate a new Leader, a New Deputy and Mayor. All of whom are now in post and cracking on with the jobs in hand – but apparently not fast enough for the ousted Tories.

A huge and important task faced one of the largest numbers of new councillors ‘YW’  has ever seen. To chose the Executive – where major issues are first debated and then scrutinised by the Overview & Scrutiny Committees and the roles of Portfolio Holders.

A  new council made up of every political party (except Tories) and an Independent recognised very early on they needed to learn from the mistakes made by the previous regime. Engage more with the public, listen more and communicate more effectively.  By the way, the Tories were offered a place on the Executive but refused! Got it? REFUSED!

Although all the parties have formed a Coalition, the Conservative group of 23 councillors still remain the largest party and will be judged by their actions on how they treat the new incumbents, who have been duly elected.

The skills and abilities of individuals, from whichever party need to be recognised as chairmen, portfolio holders etc. A  team of all the talents from across the political spectrum.

It also needs to be recognised that the number one task is to represent the interests of Waverley residents in the towns and villages. We (WW) believe the views of the towns and parishes should carry greater weight, on planning matters in particular. So should the views of the councillors who represent the areas in which development is planned.

Is it fair for example that if all councillors in one area vote against an application they can be outvoted by councillors in other areas with different agendas and priorities?

Thankfully the Listening Exercise has already taken root – See here: Well done’Your Waverley’s’ first listening exercise was a rollicking success – and there are calls for more.

There is also a pressing need to get rid of poor quality staff especially those who think quantity is far more important than quality. Shun the sometimes vomit-inducing tendency of thanking officers at every opportunity just for doing their job, often, not even particularly well. Throw out developers/turned planning officers who are there to help their colleagues?

There are many areas that need attention, the planning portal for one, which is almost impossible for professionals to navigate let alone the layperson.  Our bete noir, the webcasting system, that works for some of the people all of the time, and some people none of the time, but never all of the people all the time. Send it back to Rumbelows?

Treat one another with respect. Turn up, and stay awake, and at least look as though you have read your papers. It was so obvious at the shambolic second meeting of Full Council that many hadn’t! There were numerous mistakes in the paperwork!

Stop pretending that homes costing upwards of £400,000 are “affordable homes” find another name for them, and build council houses that are affordable based on average shop/farm/worker salaries.

The London borough of Westminster has decided that no more officers can automatically be converted into residential properties. The town of Haslmlemere has had its shops and offices given the same protection, so other towns should follow – SOON!

Fuming voters ditched the Tories because they failed to bring out a credible Local Plan early enough. Full marks to Julia Potts & Co, they did manage something. However, even that is awaiting a decision on a challenge in the High Court… again.

The largest brownfield site in the borough should have been released for housing years ago. Those delays have cost the eastern villages dearly – and the Tories have been punished for it. Now – everyone should LISTEN to the public’s concerns as the purse-strings tighten.

 

A giant leap for Haslemere Community Hospital.

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The Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford has given a huge injection of funds – an amazing £9m investment for adult community care at Haslemere’s Community Hospital.

Who will it be led by? 

According to Rose Parry – Chairman of Haslemere League of Friends and once responsible for Cranleigh and Haslemere Hospitals. It will include:

“A dedicated geriatrician, A GP specialist and nurse practitioner.

Despite the challenge of recruiting GP’s, the Haslemere practice has developed a role for supporting the direct admissions, rehabilitation and reablement beds in the hospital.”

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Jeremy Hunt – backs the benches?

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A little bird told us here at the Waverley Web – before it was stuffed, that our MP Jeremy Hunt turned down an important role in Boris Johnson’s new cabinet.

With a rictus grin on his face – you know the one – he told all his Twitter followers…

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Yes,  you guessed. Our little Westminster bird told us he believed he may have turned down the new post of Minister for Entrepreneurs?!

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We appreciate he has been a Minister for most of his elected career, so it is heartwarming to see this tweet about his family in Hammersmith. No mention of his poor neglected Surrey electorate though. Some commentators have thought, given the polling in Guildford and South West Surrey of a Yellow Wave, he may not stand for re-election again in the forthcoming inevitable Autumn election.

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One wag suggested he really wanted to be Housing Minister to improve his portfolio!

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

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Wasn’t it former Tory Planning Portfolio holder Brian Adams who claimed recently that listening to the public would only raise unrealistic expectations?

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A panel made up of the council’s new guard – almost completely switched off their microphones and did the unimaginable… they just LISTENED.

And the public thanked them for doing just that – listening – and urged them to object to the mineral extraction authority saying Surrey County Council holds the key that could unlock a catastrophe.

The Listening Panel heard from neighbours fearful of what UGOC’s oil and gas exploration in Dunsfold could do to their lives, their businesses, and their livelihoods. The heard accounts from residents whose lives and their health had already been impacted upon by drilling in Horley – and in West Sussex. They heard evidence from financial experts who painted a grim picture of the parlous financial state of exploration companies who ignore planning rules, planning conditions, and are, in the main – a law unto themselves in their pursuit of…

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A highly informed and eloquent group of residents and organisations from Waverley and beyond – provided the  First Listening Exercise – with first-hand accounts of the damage already caused by oil and gas exploration in other parts of Surrey.  They also predicted the consequences of what one described as the …

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Alfold and Dunsfold ~Parish Council representatives spoke of the massive impact exploration could have on those two villages. Villages soon to see a new garden village for 1,800 homes at Dunsfold Airfield in their midst.

Ashley Hurman, A neighbouring farmer spoke of the devastation that could be caused to animals and an organic craft brewery that used water from natural wells in its production for users including the armed forces. It was just 226m of the proposed well. Wedding venue owner Tom Gordon spoke of the damaged that could be caused to his business, where reservations were sometimes made three-years in advance and events were held in the open at High Billinghurst Farm.

Others spoke of the confusion around the two applications made by UCOG and another in Alfold all hiding behind vague descriptions of the methods it would use – which is in effect – Fracking!

Environmental groups including Friends of the Earth – Patrick Haveron; Extinction Rebellion Chris Neale; SW Surrey Labour Party Natasha Fletcher; Campaign for The Preservation of Rural England (CPRE) Chris Lindesay all spoke of the catastrophic consequences to the environment from the unrelenting search for minerals.

Dunsfold resident Melanie Shown highlighted the traffic dangers, for walkers, horse riders and cyclists and also spoke up for the travelling community who lived nearby – and who had no voice.

Duns fold publican Terence O’Rourke questioned the financial security of companies saying that, should permission be allowed, should be forced to put up a bond of at least £9m to restore the land.

That money – all £9m should be paid before a spade hits the ground – if not, you can be sure – we are on our own. The costs could land in the laps of the local community.”

Jennifer Condit questioned the viability of the companies – whose risk register (all of seven pages) provided for investors revealed some startling facts. Risks they described as “minimal” including – oil spills; blowouts etcetera – and no insurance…

“I have never seen a list of risks like this  – not in my 30 years in the finance industry.”

Alison Canton from Godalming said the area under consideration was “unique” and it would be damaged for her children, and her children’s children. “This is just about making money.” What about the planet – and climate change?

Matt Phelps asked? Does Waverley Council want to be remembered as the council who opened up the Weald for drilling?

 It was pointed out by the chairman Green Party’s  Cllr Steve Williams that Waverley could only comment on the application – it was not the determining authority. 

A clip of his summing up will be the subject of another post.

But it was Lisa Scott from Horley who hammered in the final nail as she gave a graphic account of being out running and almost fainting with breathlessness after being affected by the Hydrochloric Acid during drilling activities at Horsehill – in the “Gatwick Cluster.

“It took me almost three months to recover. Family businesses had been ruined, homes cannot be sold; livestock damaged and injured; fields flooded and the community broken!”

She said planning conditions had consistently been flouted, pedestrian – ignored – cyclists – ignored – parking restrictions – ignored with lorries rocking up in Tesco’s car park! What had the county council done – nothing!

After wards Waverley’s  deputy leader – Paul Follows commented:

A really good first Executive Listening Panel session this evening (considering the Waverley borough council response to plans to drill for fossil fuels at Dunsfold) – Cllr Steve Williams did an excellent job of chairing and thank you for to our officers for arranging and bringing to life the wishes of the new administration to really engage. I am hugely proud to be deputy leader of a council committed to proper engagement and to work with a cross-party executive committed to that direction.

I must say it was very informed, eloquent and respectful participation from everyone and I am more certain than ever that engagement sessions like this are the right thing to do.

We have had plenty of comments from some sources that we shouldn’t ‘raise residents expectations’ but I think this was informative on both sides and I think everyone present understood a bit more about the facts and the process.

This sort of engagement activity will continue.

 

 

 

New application on Dunsfold drilling site creates “an impossible challenge” for decision-makers, say villagers

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 To-day Waverley’s Executive will hold its FIRST ” LISTENING EXERCISE” to consider proposed fossil fuels exploration in Dunsfold. Waverley only has an advisory role here as by law the decision on fuel exploration is taken at County level. But advice needs to be well-documented and well-supported to have the maximum chance of success.

Tuesday from 6 -9pm  at the Waverley Council Offices.

However, Surrey Labour Party has already come out against the proposal. It believes it is contradictory for Surrey County Council, in the same breath as declaring a climate emergency driven by excessive use of fossil fuels, to then facilitate drilling for fossil fuels in Surrey.

A submission is included here SW Surrey Labour Statement Dunsfold Hydrocarbon Explorationon for which Binscombe councillor Gerry Boyle did a great deal of the work to assist in its preparation.

Let the listening begin on fossil fuel exploration in Dunsfold & Alfold?

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Residents of Dunsfold have described plans for a proposed oil and gas site as “confused and muddled” and want the proposals withd

The community group, Protect Dunsfold, has called  for all the proposals to be withdrawn after a second planning application for the site by UK Oil & Gas plc was published.

The first application for two oil and gas wells, published in June 2019, included an access track off High Loxley Road.

The second application is for an alternative access off Dunsfold Road.

This new application adds 32 documents to the 88 in the first application. Some of the documents are new;  others are revised versions.

A spokesperson for Protect Dunsfold said:

“The original application, and this new one, represent an impossible challenge for the decision-making authority and statutory consultees, many of whom are unpaid volunteers.

“They are now charged with the responsibility of guessing which of the overlapping reports to consider and all of the possible outcomes and implications from these two muddled applications. With all parties making comments on some individually-created synthesis there is no certainty that comments and decisions are being made about the same thing.”

The original application was criticised for mistakes and inconsistencies. There were two different maps of the access track and one paragraph in the executive summary appeared to refer to a different site. Within a week, UKOG issued a clarification statement about one policy argument it used to support the application.

The second application includes speed survey data that was available at the time of the first application but was not referred to in the original transport statement. The new application appears to have dropped proposals for a temporary 30mph limit on Dunsfold Road that was in the first application.

The spokesperson for Protect Dunsfold said:

“It has long been our view since the day after the initial application was published, and Dunsfold Parish Council now agrees, that there are so many careless errors in the original application, and now this one, that Surrey County Council should advise UKOG that both applications will be rejected.

“The county council should advise that both applications are withdrawn and a new updated, accurate and unified application submitted which clearly explains what UKOG(234)Ltd [the licence operator] actually wants to do so it can be considered on its merits.

“This situation is now so confused that the only possible way forward is a full environmental Impact analysis which reconciles all of the various reports and data produced thus far by UKOG, together with any more data they have not yet disclosed.

“There would then be an authoritative view on the environmental impact of a unified proposal which all consultees can consider in a new, coherent, application.”

UKOG told DrillOrDrop

“We had lots of feedback from our public event [about the proposals] at Dunsfold Village Hall and a key one concerned our original access route.

“We were asked to pursue an alternative access off Dunsfold Road and this is the subject of the fresh application.”

But this statement did not satisfy Protect Dunsfold. It said:

“In truth it is quite clear from the careless inconsistencies in the initial application that this access was UKOG’s original plan, which they changed part way through their development of their application presumably because they found impediments to this access that were fatal to their case.

“By now attempting to characterise this as ‘in response to local consultation’ they are seeking to imply there is a degree of local support for their overall plan and objections are only to the access proposal, claiming a “responsiveness to local opinion” which might trump the original impediments.”

The group called on Surrey County Council to reject the first application for reasons including unsafe access. The second application should then be rejected, it said, because it was redundant – attempting to access a website that did not exist.

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The second application is for three years and seeks consent for construction, operation and restoration of a highway junction with boundary fencing, entrance gates and a 400m access track.

The junction would be secured by 2.5m high close-boarded timber panel gates, set back from Dunsfold Road, the application said.

2.5m security fencing would enclose a section of track wide enough for two heavy commercial vehicles to pass. The track would then reduce to 4.1m wide and be enclosed by stock-proof fencing.

An overhead electricity cable would be buried where it crossed the proposed route.

According to the application, the work on the junction and access track would take four weeks, using 12 construction staff and 3-6 security officers. Proposed working and delivery hours were 7am-7pm Monday-Friday and 9am-1pm on Saturday.

The application predicted 10 two-way lorry movements a day during construction. The scheme would not “have a detrimental impact” on traffic or the highway network, it said.

Required visibility splays at the junction of the track and Dunsfold Road could be achieved if trees at the access were removed, the application added. All proposed vehicle movements could be achieved within the existing roads and proposed changes.

UKOG said of the scheme:

“It represents precisely the kind of investment required if the UK is to make the ‘best use’ of its mineral resources, reduce the vulnerability of being a net-importer of energy and deliver sustainable growth. In a society where the well-being of all is the ultimate objective, such private sector support for the wider public good is acknowledged and encouraged by national energy and planning policy.”

UKOG said these benefits were enough to outweigh what it described as “minor harm” from construction and disturbance.

According to the application, nine trees and an 11m section of hedgerow would have to be removed to make way for the proposed access.

A report submitted with the application said the land that would be crossed by the access was the source of several Mesolithic flint tools. Because of this, it has been designated an area of high archaeological potential and country site of archaeological importance.

The area crossed by the access is also likely to be used by skylark and lapwing during the breeding season, the application said. Breeding birds may be present in the trees and hedgerows.

The hedges and treeline near the access provide good-quality foraging and commuting habitat for bats. A survey for UKOG found common lizard and grass snake in the area south of Dunsfold Road and it had been designated of local nature conservation value to reptiles. The area of the access route could also be colonised by badgers, the application said.

Despite these finds, consultants for UKOG concluded that the access road would have no adverse or significant effects on reptiles, bats or birds and the effects on archaeology could be made acceptable.

The decision date for both Dunsfold applications is currently set for 11 September 2019. UKOG’s proposal for extra wells and long-term oil production at its other site in Surrey, at Horse Hill, is also currently due to be decided on this date.

  • The Dunsfold scheme is to be discussed at a listening panel, organised for the first time by Waverley Borough Council, a statutory consultee on the applications. Residents and organisations are invited to give their views at a public session on tonight Tuesday 23 July 2019 from 6pm-9pm. The sessions will be webcast. DrillOrDrop will report on the event.

Will there be another runway, “by stealth”, at Gatwick?

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Planes that would affect parts of Waverley.

Officials recently announced that the airport plans to use its backup runway for regular departures and has unveiled a “master plan”.

Though the airport will not pursue the building of a third runway, it has said the Government will safeguard land previously earmarked for it.

Gatwick chief executive Stewart Wingate said the plans would

“incrementally grow” the airport to meet the demand for passengers.

He said:

“This would be the biggest private investment for the region in the coming years, which would result in significant local economic benefits including new jobs for the area.”

Head of corporate affairs Mark Lever tempered down fears of noise pollution saying,

 “It’s important to remember aircraft will be quieter and cleaner by the time this runway is up and running.

“The flight paths won’t be any different for departures besides flying from a different runway.”

Airport officials hope to have a planning application finished by the first half of next year.

But Mr Leber predicted the backup runway would not operate until 2026 at the earliest if plans are approved.

A spokeswoman for Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions branded the announcement…

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“This clearly illustrates Gatwick’s greed comes before everything and must now be seen as the neighbour from hell for all the communities of Surrey & Sussex that already find aircraft noise unbearable.

“It is totally disingenuous to the residents of Crawley to continue to safeguard land for a third runway when housing demand is high.”

Let the listening begin on fossil fuel exploration in Dunsfold & Alfold?

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You did what – Jeremy?

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YOU – delivered the Olympics? And no doubt can run the country single-handed?

 

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Absolutely – it is about what you deliver! Ask the residents of Farnham what you have delivered there? As for your promises – how about this one?

Now – what do you say about this disgrace Jeremy?

Farnham’s Redgrave Rests in Pieces.

We wonder if Waverley Planners will take enforcement action against this little outfit?

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Marvel filming despite planning delay

FILMING for a new blockbuster movie has got underway at Hankley Common despite a related planning application still waiting to be determined.

The upcoming Marvel film Black Widow, starring Scarlett Johansson, started filming this week, with the second week of filming due to take place next month.

However, despite planning applications being made to Waverley Borough Council, no formal decision has been made surrounding the use of the current nature reserve and Ministry of Defence site as a film set.

Working under the title ‘Blue Bayou’, filming took place on July 16-17, with another five days of filming due to take place between August 20 and August 27, with sets also under construction.

The application includes the “change of use of land for a temporary period to allow outdoor filming”, “use of building and hardstanding construction of sets” as well as 200 parking spaces and use of controlled fire effects.

Details of the sets for construction also include a “helicopter crash”, “plane crash site” and the “Russian farmstead”. Hankley Common has been the site of many famous films and television shows, particularly James Bond movies such as The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day and Skyfall.

A Waverley Borough Council spokesman said

“The planning application is currently under consideration and there will be no decision on this until at least August 2.

“The agent for the application has been contacted to remind them that any filming which takes place outside of planning permission may represent a breach of planning control and may be subject to enforcement action.” Anyone wishing to report a breach should visit www.waverley.gov.uk

Residents can also post their own comments through Waverley Borough Council’s planning site at planning360.waverley.gov.uk/planning using reference WA/2019/1035.

This article comes from the fantastic Farnham Herald.

The first meeting of ‘Your new Waverley​.’ Let the battles begin?

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Five minutes into the first Full Meeting of ‘Your Waverley’  and the gloves were on and the spats began.

Oh dear – Alfold’s former policeman turned politician isn’t happy now he doesn’t have his posterior pinned to a seat on Waverley’s Executive.   He fears as a back-bencher he won’t get enough of a say – or is it perhaps money, out of Dunsfold proposed new 1,800/2,600  garden village? Coming to an airfield near him soon?

 

 

So up popped the weasel from Bramley to provide the first slap of the evening, to ask on the Alfold Councillors behalf – how the NEW EXECUTIVE planned to oversee the Dunsfold development?   O.M.G. and didn’t those two words “New Executive” stick in the gullet of Tory Richard Seaborne. The very same councillor who, along with Cllr DeAnus opposed ANY development on the largest Brownfield site in the borough. Perish the thought that they should now be so concerned about how it is to be managed.  Without the benefit of their spanners in the works, perhaps? By the way, why wasn’t  Alfold’s Bobby delivering the question he posed? Or was he at Dunsfold Park with his begging bowl?

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Want to know why?

Numerous members of the public have been debating this little matter on our scurrilous Blog for some time. Now there’s your answer Bunty and Aunty Doris.

View the clip above: – Listen very carefully – as both the Leader John Ward and his Deputy Paul Follows deliver the slap, bang, wallop on behalf of ‘Your New Waverley.’

 

As he says on the clip – this is the third time you (The Tory Group) have asked this question? Why? Or is this for the benefit of the public? 

So we are doing our civic duty by bringing it to your breakfast table this morning.

 

Scoring goals is becoming a bit of a habit for Alfold.

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Screen Shot 2019-07-17 at 09.41.44.pngEarlier this year ‘Your Waverley’ gave a cash boost to Alfold Football Club. It handed over £20,000 towards improvements to its grounds to include: new floodlights, a spectator stand and other ground improvements.

For a football club whose members come from Crawley – yes, Crawley, not Cranleigh, or Alfold or Dunsfold but Crawley in West Sussex. Apparently, its players don’t even train in Alfold – they train in, yes you get it – Crawley!

Did the money come from developer’s contributions under their 106 Agreement contributions for infrastructure? Because although 150 new homes have been consented only 20 plus + have so far been built in Loxwood Road. And not forgetting Surrey County Council’s new school units which didn’t need planning consent let alone contribute infrastructure contributions. No sign yet, we are told by villagers of the rest of the proposed developments at Brockhurst and the former Wyevale Garden Centre. or, perhaps the planners have other sites in mind for further development?

Now the village has hit the jackpot twice, in a matter of months. This time ‘Your Waverley’ has awarded Alfold Sports & Social Club a thumping £73,300 towards improving the clubhouse and the village hall.

Just goes to show how effective it is when councillors dub a village… 

…”Poor old Alfold?”

And you have former bobby Cllr Kevin Deanus to put his best foot forward for your  team?

The money comes from “YW’s’ capital receipts and improving Alfold is one of its corporate priorities, as it will actively engage the club’s social sporting customers and ensure sporting and social opportunities exist for all.

Apparently, the money comes from “easement funds” which are allocated towards communities and sporting facilities, the WW presumes, throughout the borough?

Now here at the WW, we wouldn’t want to be accused of peeing on anyone’s fireworks, or in this case, goalposts, particularly as there are among our team, football fanatics. But we do wonder what this part of the report means:

Background

1. Alfold has seen some significant housing developments in the local area and as a result, some of the community facilities in existence need to be enhanced to meet this additional need. Following Executive approval, Waverley Borough Council received a financial sum from a housing development in Alfold for its interest in some adjacent land required for access. The majority of this sum will contribute to Waverley’s overall capital programmes but this report proposes that a relatively small proportion is allocated to improve local facilities in Alfold. This project covers two organisations which cater to the needs of the Young and Elderly both in sport, leisure and community well being. Alfold Parish Council is supportive and the proposed scheme has been developed following several meetings with members of the Sports and Social club. The Club will be managing the project governance.

“Significant housing in the local area” Around 150, if they are all built – and presently under construction 55? Or are they including Alfold’s new neighbour? The Dunsfold new garden village.

 

  1. Alfold Village Hall was built in 1963. It was the culmination of considerable local fundraising and the physical hard work of the community. Over the past 53 years, the village Hall has continued to flourish. In 2005 the hall was extended, the kitchen enlarged and a small meeting room built and the toilets were refurbished. The hall is structurally sound, but as the years go by, the fixtures and fittings are becoming tired and worn. Fundraising takes place, but the amount raised is generally small, and the upgrades and replacements are beyond their reach. The carpet requires replacing, and new tables and chairs are urgently needed. The stage curtains are at the end of their useful life, and the car park is inadequate to cope with the demand to park. The purchase of parking strips will allow for this parking and help protect the grass. The ovens in the kitchen need replacing as they are inefficient, and hand driers in the building would be both more efficient in financial terms, but also more hygienic.
  2. These necessary improvements will allow the hall to be fit for purpose for the future and will ensure that the facilities are used extensively for future generations as they are now.
  3. Alfold Sports and Social Club has been serving the community for over 40 years. The facilities support sporting activity to football, cricket, tennis, stoolball and darts, as well as providing an environment for social events.
  4. The clubhouse was last updated many years ago. The carpets are worn and ripped in many places being held in place with tape, and the curtains which were made by a local resident, are still in use some 30 years later.
  5. The clubhouse requires the ceiling to be removed, and old wiring to be removed or replaced. The club needs insulating to be more efficient. The general electrics need to be brought up to current standards, and the plumbing system needs to be upgraded to be able to cope with the current demands. The curtains, chairs and tables need replacing, and in addition, some alterations are required to make better use of the building. The existing beam needs to be removed so a larger opening can be created. With the installation of folding doors, it will enable the club to be split into two, maximising its potential use. Walls need plastering, skirting and floor screed will make the facilities outstanding, and upgrades to the existing kitchen facilities.
  6. Finance Implications:

Estimated Costs

2018/2019

Village Hall
Alfold Sports & Social Club

£18,200 £55,500

Total

£73,700

Funding

Alfold Community WBC Easement

£12,500 £61,200

Total

£73,700

 

Alfold Football Club puts its best foot forward – whilst Cranleigh’s 106 monies go to A Cranleigh top fee-paying school!

Do you really trust our MP and former Health Secretary to run our country?

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An investigation by the Health Service Journal – the country’s premier health publication has revealed that despite multiple warnings about the national 999 IT system they were ignored by both SW Surrey MP former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and his successor Matt Hancock.

Patients have died after the government overruled multiple safety concerns raised about an IT system used to triage 16 million NHS patients a year.

 

On at least three occasions where patients triaged by the NHS Pathways software died months, sometimes years, after central agencies were alerted to safety concerns by ambulance trusts – but declined to make changes requested.

NHS Digital – the organisation that oversees NHS Pathways assessed the complaints but made changes only where “clinically necessary”. It has repeatedly asked coroners to “strike from the record” concerns raised about the safety of NHS Pathways’ advice.

Since 2015, coroners investigating 11 patient deaths have called for changes to the NHS Pathways software, used by NHS 111 and 999 services to triage patient calls, to prevent future deaths.

Coroners have raised these concerns with health and social care secretary Matt Hancock, his predecessor Jeremy Hunt, NHS England, NHS Digital, the Care Quality Commission and service providers. Although NHS Pathways is run by NHS Digital, overall responsibility rests with NHS England.

Agonal breathing

Among the cases uncovered by HSJ, two women – Caragh Melling, 37 and Barbara Patterson, 67 – with agonal breathing died on 27 December 2014 and 2 January 2015 respectively after NHS Pathways was used to triage their calls. Agonal breathing is sudden, irregular gasps of breath, requiring immediate CPR.

Two separate coroners’ investigations following their deaths raised concerns about how agonal breathing was handled by NHS Pathways and recommended changes to prevent future deaths.

However, between 2010 and 2014, at least three different ambulance trusts raised concerns with the national NHS Pathways team on four occasions about the software failing to advise call handlers to identify life-threatening agonal breathing. 

In both the women’s cases, ambulance trusts told the coroner no changes were made to address their concerns about NHS Pathways before the deaths.

In a report sent to NHS Pathways’ clinical director in April 2016 regarding Ms Melling’s death, the coroner stated:

“NHS Pathways were contacted in 2014 to raise the absence of the breathing analysis tool as being a cause for concern. No action appears to have been taken. I also understand that the medical director of the ambulance trust has again raised concerns at the national level, but it is unclear whether any action is being taken.”

However, said some changes were made to the early assessment of patient breathing in 2014, ahead of the two deaths.

Both the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS Digital claimed that, despite concerns raised by ambulance trusts, there had been no faults in the system for treating agonal breathing and any fault lay with call handlers, not the software.  NHS Digital confirmed it declined to make changes to agonal breathing requested by a provider in 2014, over concerns it would delay CPR.

It is not clear whether ambulance trusts’ concerns about NHS Pathway’s handling of agonal breathing have been resolved. NHS Digital said further amendments were made in June 2015, 2016 and 2017.

However, one ambulance trust source said several ambulance providers have continued to log concerns about agonal breathing.

Lone callers

In a separate case, another coroner raised concerns with NHSE in July 2017 after the death of Colin Sluman, 68, the previous year. Among other recommendations, the coroner said changes were needed to how NHS Pathways prompted call handlers to ask whether a patient was alone to prevent future deaths.

NHS England responded to the coroner saying it had raised these concerns with NHS Digital’s lead clinical author for NHS Pathways, Darren Worwood, who declined to make any changes and had said responsibility for assessing whether a patient is alone was with 999 and 111 providers.

In September 2018, another man, John Scott, died and a separate coroner again raised concerns, this time directly with Mr Worwood, about the way NHS Pathways advised call handlers to deal with patients alone when calling.

In its response to the coroner, NHS Digital again said determining whether a patient was alone was the responsibility of 999/111 providers, not the NHS Pathways software.

Software updates

The NHS Pathways software is updated twice a year but it is unclear whether these updates directly address concerns raised by coroners and NHS providers about the treatment of patients that are alone and those exhibiting agonal breathing.

One ambulance trust told HSJ that improvements would be made to NHS Pathway’s advice concerning patients alone this year, or possibly early next year. However, NHS Digital has previously stated no change was required.

 NHS Digital says there had been no faults in the NHS Pathways system in agonal breathing and patients alone cases and blamed any failures on local 999 and 111 providers not using the system correctly. In some of the other deaths raised by coroners, NHS Digital agreed to make changes to the software.

NHS Digital said: “We take any coroner’s report we receive very seriously and work with our partner organisations across the NHS to ensure that we respond appropriately and make the necessary changes to the system if required. It is categorically untrue that there are any cases where concerns have been raised and changes have not been made to the system where they have been deemed clinically necessary.”

However, the organisation will not share the NHS Pathways incident log. This would provide a full record of users’ concerns raised with NHS Digital. It said it would take too long for staff to extract the information requested. 

Responding specifically to concerns raised about agonal breathing, NHS Digital said it “strongly refuted there was a problem with the system” and said, in the case of Mrs Patterson’s death, ambulance call handlers “were not probing adequately in assessing the breathing pattern”.

What is the NHS Pathways?

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NHS Pathways is a piece of clinical software, run by NHS Digital, that is used to assist non-clinically trained call handlers to elicit information, offer advice and dispatch medical assistance based on a patient’s call.

It is used to triage all NHS 111 calls in England and many, but not all, 999 calls. Overall, it is used to assess and triage more than 16 million calls a year.

It also powers NHS 111 Online, a website and app that allows patients to enter symptoms directly into the software and receive triage advice without human involvement. Launched in 2017, NHS 111 Online has been used a million times and, as of February this year accounted for one in 10 uses of NHS Pathways.

NHS 111 and 999 providers are expected to strictly adhere to prompts and scripts in the software, or risk losing their licence to use it. However, in some instances, providers have created local workarounds where they feel there are gaps in the advice offered.

The software covers more than 800 symptom pathways and its content is overseen by a national clinical governance group, hosted by the Royal College of GPs, which regularly reviews and updates the content twice a year.

NHS Digital says when potential issues are raised about the software, a clinical assessment is made within 24 hours. When changes are needed to NHS Pathways, these changes are independently clinically assessed and tested before going live.

The current senior responsible officer for NHS Pathways is NHS England’s digital development director, Sam Shah, who has recently shifted to the new central tech unit NHSX.

Workarounds

The investigation also reveals that several ambulance trusts have created “local workarounds” to fill gaps in the advice offered by NHS Pathways. This was despite many saying their call handlers, who have no clinical training, have no discretion to deviate from the NHS Pathways advice, and one claiming any deviation would risk NHS Digital withdrawing their licence to use the software. In February this year, a coroner told NHS Digital:

“There appears to be a contradiction between the call handlers being told they have no discretion when using NHS Pathways and their being given additional guidance for certain calls. This contradiction could cause confusion.”

NHS Digital said: “NHS Pathways is not a ‘scripted’ system where there is no ability to deviate from the exact wording presented. Call handlers are trained to form appropriate ‘probing questions’ when needed, or to rephrase questions safely and effectively.”

Neither NHSE nor the DHSC answered questions posed by HSJ regarding the process for responding to specific safety concerns raised about NHS Pathways, including in cases where patients later died.

In a statement, a DHSC spokesman said: “We take any concerns raised by coroners very seriously and as part of our long-term plan we want the NHS to be the safest healthcare system in the world. Where coroner reports are issued to the department for a response, we work with the relevant bodies to ensure concerns are carefully considered and learnings are identified, so that appropriate action can be taken.”

An NHSE spokesman said: “Assessment systems used by 999 or NHS 111 services are regularly reviewed by clinical experts to ensure that they classify a patient’s needs as accurately as possible, based on the answers given by the person making the call, and therefore give them the right response or advice.

“While incidents like these are therefore extremely rare, where concerns are raised they are clinically investigated and any necessary changes made.”

 

Guess what – ‘Your Waverley’ has started to LISTEN!

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The recent election results revealed something quite extraordinary at ‘Your Waverley.’ 

That it needs to listen more to the communities it serves to ensure the borough feels more like ‘Our Waverley.’

As part of a whole programme of change planned by the New Guard – a coalition of Greens, Labour, Lib Dems and Farnham Residents’ – and hopefully, Conservatives once they stop grizzling, to listen more. Heading the change is Waverley’s Chief Executive Tom Horwood who, as you can see,  is already in listening mode. So if you want to be heard get in touch to-day July 15 listening@waverley.gov.uk

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Even the head honcho at Waverley Towers is seeking new ways of engaging with the public now the New Guard – Progressive Alliance – holds the reins. Tom Horwood and the new brooms have already begun sweeping in a new way of working and engaging with the public – and we say, about time too.

Let’s just hope they don’t start sweeping away those huge cobwebs in The Towers darkest corners -Ye Gods we could be history!

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A Government Commission says councils ‘should shame developers of the worst housing plans.’

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Maybe, just maybe, ‘Your Waverley’s’ planning officers should take a good look at a report due this week.

‘That council should make an example of ugly building design and that communities should be given greater input to ensure better quality homes.’

The Buiding Better, Building Beautiful Commission (BBBBC) would have a field day in the borough of Waverley. A local authority which has, in the past consistently and completely ignored the public’s concern for the type and style of new development which is being literally “dumped” on their doorsteps, many of which are in rural and semi-rural villages.

The Commission has concluded that while the current planning system can deliver beautiful places to live, it does so, “rarely.” And, residents should be given a greater voice.

Both wannabe prime ministers, Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt are dodging the housing crisis by failing to set out sufficiently ambitious plans to tackle the housing shortage. Though here at the WW we suspect their spin doctors are advising them to steer clear of the thorny issue of building more AND BETTER homes. Particularly here in Farnham which is currently being swamped?

So Waverley Borough Council – the Government’s message to YOU is: SAY NO TO UGLINESS.

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How’s about your NEXT LISTENING EXERCISE – IN ADDITION TO OIL EXPLORATION AT DUNSFOLD – START LISTENING TO THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO LIVE IN, OR NEAR SOME OF THESE UGLY NEW BUILDINGS?

If you have wondered how difficult it is to get robust planning decisions at ‘Your Waverley’ watch this clip.

Are Waverley’s eastern​ villages under siege​?​ From up, down, and all-around​?

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Bulldozers on the ground – a rising number of Gatwick planes proposed overhead, and now oil exploration giants queueing up to go underground in the search for oil and gas in Alfold and Dunsfold.

However,  it is Government policy to encourage oil and gas exploration in the UK.

 MP and wannabe PM Jeremy Hunt has already said he is keeping his options open – and is talking to his mates in the oil and gas industry who live near him in Dunsfold & Chiddingfold before he makes his mind up. 

WW wonders if he has talked to the largest concentration of gipsies who live adjacent to the drilling site or other villagers who could be affected? Or don’t they matter?

Certainly ‘Your New Waverley’ Is taking the matter very seriously and is setting up a Listening Exercise – so that everyone can make their views known. We will post on the details of this later.

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UKOG – UK Oil & Gas PLC  https://www.ukogplc.com  

UKOG – UK Oil & Gas is just one of the companies intent of finding fuel in Dunsfold – and elsewhere in the Waverley Borough. Conoco has already found gas in nearby Alfold and villagers heard this week that IGas Energy also wants to join the party. drilling company seeks to explore for oil and gas near Surrey village of Dunsfold 

Roll up – roll-up. Exploration to the east of Dunsfold and now to the north of Dunsfold. However, we believe, the owners of Dunsfold aerodrome, under whose land the deposits lay, has refused requests to drill there. 

Here is some information prepared by Cranleigh resident and retired geologist Chris Bulley helpfully provided through The Cranleigh Society to assist residents to navigate their way through the oil and gas fields.

Surrey County Council – SCC Ref 2019/0072 (https://planning.surreycc.gov.uk/planappdisp.aspx?AppNo=SCC+Ref+2019%2f0072)

Waverley Borough Council WA/2019/0796 Is for the Loxley Well site South of Dunsfold Rd and east of High Loxley Farm. 

Submitted 30/5/19; public consultation opened 11/6/19; public consultation ends 8/7/19; withdrawn late June subject to resubmission with revised access route.

However, Surrey County Council will take representations from the public later.

Drilling at Dunsfold – What is planned and Updates to application

UKOG  submitted a planning application to Surrey County Council (SCC) in May 2019 to drill a conventional gas appraisal well in the Dunsfold area. UKOG hoped the planning application would be decided before year-end.  The area is covered by Petroleum Exploration and Development Licence PEDL234 and operations are regulated by the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), a government agency, which reports to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (DBEIS), where a company’s financial and operational competencies are checked.

In June, UKOG confirmed it would submit a revised application to SCC due to the need to pursue an alternative access route. The originally proposed access road might have impacted sites of reptile activity and of prehistoric activity, in an Area of High Archaeological Potential. UKOG has not put a timescale on when the application will be resubmitted.

The application covers a gas appraisal well on the eastern extension of the Godley Bridge structure, which has been previously drilled by Conoco with the Godley Bridge-1, Alfold-1 and Godley Bridge-2 wells in 1982/3, 1986 and 1986/7, respectively, (without incident). The map below (from UKOG’s November 2018 corporate presentation with annotation. https://www.ukogplc.com/ul/UKOG%20Corporate%20Presentation%20Nov%202018..pdfshows the location of these three wells with respect to the gross reservoir structure. The potential gas-bearing reservoir is the Portland Sandstone of uppermost Jurassic age, which is at a depth of around 2,800 feet (about 850 metres) below sea-level. The Portland Sandstone is a recognised oil/gas producing reservoir elsewhere in the Weald Basin such as at the Horse Hill discovery. The drilling plan for the appraisal well includes a deeper test of the underlying Kimmeridge section (a section of rocks found at Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset, and running beneath the Weald), which UKOG considers lies within the largest untested Kimmeridge feature in the Weald Basin. The appraisal well will drill to a vertical depth of about 4,750 feet (nearly one mile) below the surface. It is planned that the appraisal pilot hole, horizontal sidetrack and testing programme can commence in late 2020 following further production drilling at Horse Hill near Gatwick.

There is no fracking planned within the proposed drilling programme and if UKOG was to consider it necessary a further planning application would be mandatory.

The well site would be a zero-discharge site with the whole area and adjacent drainage ditches covered by an impermeable membrane, a tried and tested process. Once the operations are complete: if the wells are considered commercially viable then a further application would be submitted to retain the site for longer-term production of hydrocarbons; otherwise, the site would be restored to its original use. The site itself is located upon Weald Clay, an impermeable rock.

The new well will appraise an accumulation that could contain a significant gross gas-in-place estimated at around 60 billion cubic feet, similar in size to a small North Sea field.

UKOG plan to long-term test any hydrocarbons encountered in the well in order to assess commercial viability in as short a time as possible.

Of additional interest, following the decision by DEFRA not to renew the lease at Bury Hill Wood for Europa Oil & Gas to drill the Holmwood well to beneath Coldharbour, UKOG has become an operator for the hydrocarbon licence (PEDL143) and is assessing other potential well sites for exploratory drilling. UKOG states that the locations under review fall outside the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

As of 4th July, IGas Energy PLC, the operator of the licence to the west of Dunsfold that covers the western half of the Godley Bridge structure (including wells Godley Bridge-1 and Godley Bridge-2) has announced that it plans to drill two exploration/appraisal wells on Petroleum Exploration and Development Licence PEDL235 to explore and evaluate the resource potential of both the Portland Sandstones and the Kimmeridge Micrites.

It will now move to submit a planning application but will undertake community consultation to take account of feedback from local residents before submitting the full planning application. This will take place on August 1 at the Winn Hall Dunsfold between 4p.m. and 8 p.m.

A spokesman for XR said: “It’s disappointing that UKOG is ignoring public opinion in Dunsfold and Surrey generally by pressing ahead with its application.

“Exploring new sources of oil makes no sense at all given the desperate need to reduce carbon emissions. XR groups across the county are already campaigning for Surrey County Council to refuse all oil drilling applications in the region.

“We encourage other people concerned about this to join us. We need to make sure all projects of this type are stopped or we will end up with oil wells spread across the whole region.”

During UKOG’s pre-application public consultation in February, many residents and campaigners voiced their concerns about the potential environmental impacts.

One resident said she felt the proposal is “a threat to human health and animal health” and another campaign group said the site would “industrialise our countryside, add to HGV movements in country lanes, and pose a pollution risk to our water, soil and air”.

In response to these concerns, UKOG released an information leaflet to “counteract the fiction being circulated by well known and ill-informed scaremongers”.

Chief executive, Stephen Sanderson, said: “We are not fracking. We do not want to and do not need to because the rock formations we’re targeting are naturally fractured by Mother Nature and can flow oil and gas sufficiently well on their own. This statement of fact is supported by our activities at Horse Hill near Gatwick Airport and at Broadford Bridge near Billingshurst

“We are not looking for shale gas or shale oil as in the North of England. Our work uses only conventional oil field techniques as used in over 2,000 wells in the onshore UK and the three wells drilled in the Dunsfold area in the late 1980s. Our aim is to assess the commercial viability of the conventional gas and oil discovery made by these three 1980s wells.”

In his statement, Mr Sanderson said UKOG’s “primary objective” is to…

 “appraise the gas discovery made in the 1980s at Godley Bridge, which extends for about 10km and underlies Dunsfold Aerodrome”.

However, he dismissed claims that UKOG is causing earthquakes and said operations would not “industrialise Surrey or Sussex”, pollute the area or create “HGV chaos”.

The statement continues: “Our activities are designed to increase the UK’s energy security by reducing the increasing dependence on long-distance oil imports from places that often have less rigorous safety and environmental standards than the UK.

“Even if all vehicles become electric by 2030, we’ll still need to import 300-400,000 barrels of oil per day without increased UK onshore oil production.”

More to follow.

Mr Sanderson pledged to restore the site once activities have ceased, and share UKOG’s profits with the community if the well site is successful.

If permission is granted by Surrey County Council, UKOG hopes to begin work in late 2019 or early 2020.

The Weald Action Group has been contacted for comment.

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Godalming’s Neighbourhood Plan referendum result.

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A Referendum on Godalming’s Neighbourhood Plan was held on Tuesday here’s a post we put up on the day. And below is the result.

Not a huge turnout for such an important document? But a convincing seal of approval for a Neighbourhood Plan that will underpin Waverley’s Local Plan, and could put a little more power back into the hands of Godalming residents.

If you care about Godalming’s future get out there today and vote in your vital referendum.

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https://www.waverley.gov.uk/downloads/file/6800/godalming_and_farncombe_neighbourhood_plan_april_2019

 

Spot all Hunt’s Besties who have been given​ the order of the boot from ‘Your Waverley?’

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But Oh dear, will some of them be affected by his reluctance to oppose oil exploration in Waverley?

Spot all the unseated Tories plus Peter Martin & Bobby Know-less who hang on in there.

Denise Le Gal
Ged Hall
Tony Gordon Smith (asleep)
David Munro

Zimmer frames ready for action?

As you may have heard when interviewed last week on BBC Surrey – Jeremy is keeping his options open on oil/gas exploration proposed in Dunsfold, mind you, he does that on most things doesn’t he, keeps his options open?

Flip, flop, flit flop here he goes again… He said he is talking to a number of experts in Dunsfold and Chiddingfold who are involved in the oil industry. We can think of a few people in Milford he should speak too?

Are you on your way from Mares Pond Copse Jeremy? Because what with one thing and another life could be getting even hotter there for you than jumping into Theresa’s leopardskin shoes?

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There is a great map on the Friends of the Earth website which shows who falls within petroleum licence area, Adam Taylor Smith for one and all those other south of Milford Tory loyalists. Just stick a postcode in. UK fracking map Where could fracking happen? You may be surprised.

The Map shows areas in the UK selected for fracking – and where licenses have either been granted or are under consideration.  Coming to a field near you?

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If you care about Godalming’s future get out there today and vote in your vital referendum.

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Or you could stay at home – watch Wimbledon and let others spend YOUR money and make your decisions for you?

YOUR TOWN NEEDS YOU.

Yes, we know that we are all referundumed out – but if Godalming is to get developer’s dosh towards its vital infrastructure – we/you must all vote NOW for the town’s Neighbourhood Plan.

The plan certainly ain’t perfect, but one thing is certain – better an imperfect Neighbourhood Plan, that can be revised,  than no plan at all? Because without the vital document to underpin the Waverley Local Plan 25% instead of a measly 15% of developer’s contributions towards vital services will go to… yes, you guessed – ‘Your Waverley’ and Surrey County Council not to the town that bears the brunt of swathes of development proposed on former green belt land and open countryside.

Listen carefully to Deputy Leader Paul Follows’ words in this message. If you don’t have the time or inclination to vote – then don’t moan or groan – just suffer in silence when the bulldozers move onto a green field near you?

Here’s the link:

https://www.facebook.com/135691707151701/posts/379918679395668?s=36701694&v=e&sfns=mo

And here’s a post we made earlierDo you want Godalming to have a bigger say in how it develops in the future?