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WILL A NEW CRANLEIGH LEISURE CENTRE SOON BE ON ITS WAY TO VILLAGE WAY?

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VILLAGE WAY CAR PARK, CRANLEIGH.

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CRANLEIGH LEISURE CENTRE. 

Waverley’s Full Council has ratified the new Executive’s recommendation to spend £12.7m (some of which will be borrowed) to provide a new leisure complex on a new site in Cranleigh.

Officers have already begun work on a detailed scheme with a firm of external consultants to identify exactly where the new building will be sited. But villagers are asking on their Facebook Group  – “why are we waiting?”

Once the new location of the building has been identified – it is believed it will be located very near to the existing building in the Village Way car park – officers will report back to the Executive with firm proposals but haven’t said when.

The present state of the Cranleigh Leisure Centre is very poor, and the boilers have been a source of concern there for some considerable time. Although well-used it is long past its sell-by date, and desperately needs refurbishment.

Some money towards the cost of the new building will come from the 106 contributions – made by developers as their contributions towards improving Cranleigh’s infrastructure.

However, villagers are claiming that although new homes are being provided and families are moving in – no major infrastructure improvements have yet been made, and it is time these caught up.

Schools are full; water pressure is down; burst water pipes are now an everyday occurrence and little or no major road improvements have either been made or are on the cards.  

So when will Waverley Borough Council use some of those 106 financial contributions made by developers? Or, have these contributions actually been made?

Much ado about the location of a new Cranleigh Leisure Centre.

Will Waverley’s leisure centres soon get a facelift?

Millions will be poured into the borough’s leisure facilities – but Cranleigh could be the biggest winner with a £12.7m jackpot.

Watch out there’s an election about?

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Screenshot 2019-10-10 at 10.09.20No longer a Minister, our SW Surrey MP Jeremy Hunt has remembered where his constituency is and is giving it a bit of a polish just in case there is an early general election and he can have another go at the top job?

Although, didn’t he say something about hoping that our Boris was enjoying the job of PM as much he was enjoying NOT doing the job?

However we aren’t really cynics – we are delighted to see somebody – anybody – champion the cause of Air Pollution in Farnham. Even though Farnham residents have been choking on fumes for years.  

Perhaps Gerry Hyman, the Farnham Residents’ councillor for Firgrove Ward who, along with other Farnham residents, has been working and worrying officers’ on the issue for years, should have been on that walk with Mr. Hunt?

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A message from the WW to Mr. Hunt.

You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all the people some of the time – but not all of the people all of the time.’

You have used Farnham’s pollution and traffic problems as your electoral bandwagon, onto which you have just loaded The Haslemere Hospital.  Don’t be surprised if your cynical attempt at getting the hospital’s staff or any other local NHS staff on-side backfires. Because many of us who worked under your leadership in the health service, have long memories.

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Has the MP found time to meet with the new Leaders of Waverley Borough Council yet? We heard numerous meetings have been cancelled because he has been so busy? Perhaps dealing with Farnham’s traffic and pollution problems?

Veolia Out…Biffa In – as a new refuse service​ soon to arrive in Waverley.

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One of the last major decisions made by the Conservative Administration was to change suppliers of the borough’s waste collection system.

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Goes Veolia, which has its own recycling centre, and a waste collection depot on the A31 between Alton & Winchester.

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Comes Biffa – which will be transporting general waste to the Slyfield Depot on the Woking Road in Guildford and recycling to Camberley in the Surrey Heath district. Food Waste will be collected separately.

The new service is expected to save ‘Your Waverley,’ £50,000 per year.

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Here’s a Message from Waverley’s Deputy ~Leader ~Paul Follows: ON CHANGES TO WASTE COLLECTION ARRANGEMENTS

As many residents will now be aware, there are some changes to local waste collection arrangements in Waverley and so I wanted to take this opportunity to get the details out.

 

WHAT IS CHANGING AND WHY?

Your bins will be emptied by Biffa ‪from 4 November 2019‬.

The change has been made to improve the way we collect your waste, increase recycling levels and provide the most cost-effective solution.

WHEN IS THE SERVICE CHANGING?

Biffa will collect your bins for the first time ‪from 4 November 2019‬.

WILL MY COLLECTION DAY CHANGE?

Initially, your bin collection day won’t change – rubbish and recycling collections will continue every other week and food waste collections weekly.

Collections may change from February 2020.

We will let you know of any changes in advance.

WILL MY COLLECTION TIME CHANGE?

Your food and waste will be collected separately.

This means your food waste caddy may be emptied at a different time to your rubbish or recycling bin.

This will reduce journeys to tipping points and help reduce vehicle pollution.

Please put out your bins by ‪6am‬ as collections will be starting earlier.

ANY OTHER CHANGES?

From Spring 2020, we will also collect textiles and small electrical goods for recycling.
In the meantime, you can recycle these items at recycling sites around the borough.

WILL I STILL BE ABLE TO USE THE BIN DAY CHECKER ONLINE?

Yes, you can still check your bin collection day online.

https://www.waverley.gov.uk/binday‬

You should be receiving a leaflet on this any day now, and the next ‘Your Waverley’ magazine will repeat the information for anyone that missed it. Happy also to take questions or comments myself on here or at Paul.follows@waverley.gov.uk

Can someone provide the people of Farnham with some answers?

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Just a few days ago ‘Your Waverley’s’ Standards Committee considered changes proposed by the new administration to the way things are done. So a new Constitution could be on its way?

More openness, improved communication and transparency, better public viewing of webcasts and… bringing back a 15 or perhaps even a 30-minute opportunity for the public to put members on the spot and ask questions of the Full Council.

Watch their faces and read their lips, so to speak.

It has even been suggested members should sit and not stand to speak at Full Council Meetings. Presumably, the change was suggested so councillors don’t keep bobbing up and down, losing their heads on the webcast, and when distanced from microphones so cannot be heard?? Apparently, some cannot read their notes when standing up.

But this proposal was turned down by the committee on the grounds that  it was  “disrespectful to the Mayor.” 

However, Farnham Residents’ who is a thorn in the side regardless of which administration is in power, made a simple and straightforward comment on a proposal that brings back the public question time at full council. An observation that made a great deal of sense to those of us who have witnessed Waverley at work.

Cllr Gerry Hyman recounted the numerous past experiences, of many Farnham residents, of whom he was one for many years, recalling how, when given the opportunity to ask questions, he, and others, had seldom received a straight answer. So, unless there was a complete volte-face under a new system, it didn’t really matter whether Question Time was reintroduced or not, or for how long?  Unless of course, the new management intended doing things differently, and provide residents with robust answers?

Now let’s see what the new boys on the block make of this resident’s Question?

David Quick question is in relation to the retail development proposed at Brightwells Yard in Farnham:

“On making enquiries to Waverley concerning A3 and A4 retail unit classifications, it has now been confirmed units RU3 to RU6 have been given an A4 classification – allowing bar operators to trade in a row next to each other (though ASK has taken RU5)

When enquiring to Crest Nicholson (the developer) why have you applied,  and been given A4, the response was to give it flexibility on possible future tenants.

Therefore, why are these units being adverised as restaurants (A3) when they are clasified as bars (A4)?”

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Calls for a weight restriction on HGV’s as listed building in Farnham’s Castle Street are being shaken and stirred.

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Castle Street now.

 

A call by a Farnham Residents’ councillor for an HGV weight restriction in the town’s historic Castle Street, may have gone unheeded.

David Beaman, a member of Waverley’s Executive told the Surrey County Council/Waverley local area committee that there must be an “immediate investigation” into the damage that is being caused to both the buildings and their occupants in the historic area of the town.

He asked Chairman Victoria Young to seek a feasibility study on imposing a seven and a half tonne weight restrictions before any real damage occurs there.

The call comes after The Castle Street Residents’ Association called for a speed limit from the current 30mph to 20mph, because the streets historic Grade 11 Listed Georgian  Buildings are being – “regularly shaken.”

But according to an engineer from  SCC  – there is little hope of getting any 20mph restrictions anywhere in Waverley because ‘there isn’t any money left in the kitty.”

Earlier, Barry Hart said he hadn’t come along to the meeting to ask for 20mph limits in Farnham – because despite 41 Petitions being presented to the committee over a 5 year period requesting speed limits, most had failed. He said as it appeared that Government policy for speed reductions was not in line with the county council’s policy. He wanted to know whether this was due to a county council decision or were Government policies being obstructed by officials?

He received the same answer. “There is no money available.”

Cranleigh councilor Liz Townsend asked the chairman to include the whole question of speed limits to be put on the Agenda as a subject for discussion at the NEXT area committee meeting.

To which Queen Victoria (Young) responded: “I will put it on my list to consider for future meetings.” And then moved on, giving it her usual regal bums rush.

 

Could Waverley’s Yellow Peril be about to make a curry out of ‘Big Rice?’

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 Paul Follows the Deputy Leader of Waverley Borough Council has been selected by SW Surrey Liberals as their prospective parliamentary candidate for SW Surrey.

Apparently, the man who helped form the Waverley Council’s Rainbow Alliance, and sofar, is making a pretty decent job of it, is the chosen one to take on the country’s top entrepreneur and, ‘Big Rice, as he is called by his wife in the forthcoming General Election.

No wonder  ‘Big R’ has been running around the borough like a whirling dervish worrying about the toxic fumes being generated by Farnham motorists. The same toxic atmosphere that residents have been inhaling for years, whilst dumb air quality data was regularly being churned out by Waverley officers. Data which is now the subject of criminal proceedings perpetrated by the council against one of its employees?  Because, of course,  her line-manager has bu**ered off to pastures new. Just like he did last time his job became too hot to handle.

And just in case you noticed in his latest billet-doux his concern for the residents of Farncombe, suffering from anti-social behaviour, you may rest assured that both ‘Big Rice’ and the outgoing Police & Crime Commissioner David Munro, (wasn’t he kicked out of the Tory Party?) have everything under control?

Oh! thank the one above us, that all those residents of Godawfulming and Farncombe can now sleep safely in their beds in the knowledge that  Munro and the ‘Big Rice’ are racing to their aid, followed in their wake by hundreds of new police officers? Dream on?

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

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

Can anyone tell us who raised the anti-social behaviour issue? And, who called a public meeting, and was hammered by Godalming Tories, including Paul Follows’ resident trolls, accusing him of making a drama out of a crisis? And, then jumping on his bandwagon!

Non-other than the infamous Adam Taylor-Smith the little keyboard warrior who sits on the train each morning trolling Cllr Follows after being unceremoniously kicked into touch in the May Polls? 

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As Surrey’s children’s centres close and staff are made redundant, complaints rise all over the county.

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 A complete lack of communication has angered Waverley Borough Councillor Paul Follows, but his anger is matched by others around the county.

Everyone agrees that most of the centres did incredible work, and for many parents, it was a lifeline due to the help and advice offered close to home. Friendships were made and support given. Now, as the centre’s close staff and users say they are ‘devastated.’

A new model adopted by Surrey County Council will see its staff going out to families, which inevitably means, many struggling families will fall through the net – until they end up in crisis and come to the attention of overloaded children’s services. This week

Louise Goldsmith announced she is to step down after almost ten years as Leader of West Sussex County Council.

The announcement yesterday comes a week after it was revealed that the Chief Executive Nathan Elveryis currently away from duties.’ with no further explanation provided as to why.

Meanwhile, reports have now been published by the BBC and Local Government Chronicle suggesting the authority is facing losing control of its children’s services after not improving enough since receiving an ‘inadequate’ rating from Ofsted in May.

In January, Surrey’s cabinet members agreed restructuring of 58 children’s centres to be replaced by 21 Family Centre models. This was passed by the council in February after many thousands of residents signed petitions of protest to no avail. The final total has since dropped to 20, supported by nine extra satellite centres and outreach work, after merging two Surrey Heath centres. 

When Cllr Paul Follows, Deputy Leader of Waverley Borough Council, registered his concerns about the closures at the SCC/Waverley local committee,  he said he had learned details of the closures from the staff, half of whom have been made redundant and not from the county council.

Cllr Paul Follows and Cllr Anne-Marie Rosoman (both Lib Dem, Godalming Central, and Ockford) asked for assurances they would be kept more informed of the decisions and changes of Early Help services.  He now says he wants a meeting with Mary Lewis SCC’s Cabinet ~member to explain the changes and the impact. He wants to hear from anyone affected.

Cllr Follows told the meeting: “There is a little bit of frustration because many of us did request to be kept more fully updated on this matter as borough councillors. I have grave concern about the cuts.”

He said he had been kept more up to date by the staff made redundant from Haslemere Children’s Centre, and called for Cllr Mary Lewis, SCC cabinet member for children, young people and families, to explain the changes.

 Cllr Nikki Barton (SCC, Ind, Haslemere), said:

“I’ve been really appalled by the lack of consultation and I haven’t been kept up to date at all.”

She said she was not able to support staff who lost their jobs because she was not aware it was happening and that was “really depressing”.

A tabled response to Cllr Follows said funding for the new Family Centre model is based on a new formula to establish the resources for each borough and district. Countywide there was a 35% reduction to the budget. For Waverley, this resulted in an overall budget cut of 51%. Officers said it was because Waverley previously had higher levels of funding compared to other areas of Surrey.

The response from Nigel Denning, lead, Early Help Transformation, said Waverley council had “declined the opportunity to deliver the new Family Centres” so this went out to tender with Barnardo’s awarded the contract. The charity is also running the service in Surrey Heath.

An SCC spokesman said: “The new Family Centres will act as bases for outreach workers to deliver support to families who need it most and closer to home.“Plans for new Family Centres and service provision are available on SCC’s Council Family Information website and it we’ve been engaging with parents throughout this process.”The total savings target from the children’s services restructure to the Family Resilience model is £63 million.

About 330 staff have left children’s services through voluntary redundancy or through the selection process. The new Family Centre model delivers services for children from birth to 11 years. One mobile unit has been retained.

Tandridge District Council and Woking Borough Council have chosen to run the centres themselves, operational by mid-November.

The new contracts for Waverley, Surrey Heath, Elmbridge and the Stanwell area of Spelthorne will run from January 14, 2020, until March 31, 2022.

Family Centres in Guildford and neighbouring boroughs and district – open and closed

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Lead provider Barnardo’s at Hale Primary School in Upper Hale and Loseley Fields Family Centre at Green Lane, Farncombe.

Closing: Christopher Robin Sure Start Children’s Centre Cranleigh (October); Elstead and Villages Sure Start Children’s Centre (October); Potters Gate Sure Start Children’s Centre (October); Tennyson’s Sure Start Children’s Centre (October);

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The Wharf Nursery School and Sure Start Children’s Centre near ~Homebase in Godalming  will remain open. (October).

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Lead provider – Barnardo’s at Old Dean Young People and Family, Centre Camberley.

Closing: The Orchard Sure Start Children’s Centre (October ); Pine Ridge Children’s Centre (reduced service from September 1); Bagshot Infant School and Sure Start Children’s Centre (October); Mytchett Sure Start Children’s Centre (October); Chobham, Bisley and West End Sure Start Children’s Centre (July).

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Lead provider – Woking Borough Council and partnership at Sythwood Primary School and Sheerwater Community Centre.

Closing: Horsell Village Sure Start Children’s Centre (October); Pyrford and Byfleet Sure Start Children’s Centre (October); St John’s Knaphill Sure Start Children’s Centre (October); Brookwood and Pirbright Children’s Centre (June).

 

A new highway through the Surrey Hills has been thrown out by highway experts.

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Bramley’s By-Pass Byham’s long-held ambition thwarted yet again?

Queen Victoria’s, face was like a summons when as Chairman of the Waverley/Surrey County Council highways partnership she pronounced that there would be …

… no new road between Waverley’s  eastern villages and the A3.

Prompted by the huge amount of development already under-way, and that proposed in Milford, Cranleigh, Ewhurst, Alfold and a new garden village at Dunsfold, a feasibility study has been carried out by county highways. The study supported by the Waverley Highway Committee.

It has taken years to get the highwaymen to even consider by-passing Guildford from the east of the borough of Waverley. But just a couple of months to kick out a suggested road across areas of outstanding natural beauty and great landscape value.

So hey ho and off they all go down the A.281 from Horsham to Guildford for another couple of decades?

However, the WW doesn’t suppose having a wannabe Prime Minister – in waiting – on the route helped overmuch? Although rumour has it that our MP has recently moved out? Perhaps it was all that talk about shutting the Cranleigh dump and sending everyone with their truck-loads of detritus down Markwick Lane on their way to Super Dump at Witley, what did it for Jeremy & Co? 

However, Queen Victoria, (Young) that is, said she thought everyone at the meeting would be interested to hear her sovereign, sorry chairman’s, announcement..!

In her usual regal tones, she said she had a letter from the Deputy Leader of Surrey County Council Colin Kemp following the request for a new road from the A281 at Dunsfold to meet the A3 at Milford. 

In his letter to the committee, he said he had read a lot of paperwork to get a good understanding of the issue, – (well that’s comforting) – but due to the environmental and other concerns, and the impact a relief road would have on the local area, it will not be pursued any further. He said – “the impact will be far too great.”

The original request came from the Guildford Society to allow commuters to reach a new ‘Milford Parkway‘ station and relieve mounting congestion in Bramley/Shalford/Guildford. Although Society Chairman Alistair Smith said he recognised that the 12km scheme was likely to be’ expensive, complex and controversial’ as it would pass through some sensitive countryside, which would need to be treated appropriately.

Now here comes the sting in the tail – for Protect Our Waverley – who waxed lyrical for months about the possibility of Dunsfold Rd, Loxhill, Markwick Lane, and all roads to Milford becoming a Rat Run – and had lots of little rats running all over pictures of the local road network to prove it!?!   Had us all sleeping fitfully at night for months here at the Waverley Web. Spiders yes, rats absolutely NOT!

According to Queen Vic, the county council’s deputy head honcho said –

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Oh dear, if Hunt’s country pile hasn’t been sold already – perhaps it soon will?

 

So, what exactly is the Guildford & Waverley CCG’s – ‘Better Together’ exercise all about?

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Recently Joint Commissioning Group (JCG) Director Vicky Stobbart was forced to put the public straight about its “Better Care Together’ Programme. Saying it was NOT a PUBLIC CONSULTATION.

Holding workshops and meetings all the over the borough, was, she said, not about the future of the minor injuries unit at Haslemere Hospital, it was merely an exercise to engage with patients and the public to consider how it (the JCG) can best provide urgent care services to the population of Guildford & Waverley and, “surrounding areas.” Her words, not ours.

WW wonders what she means by “surrounding areas,” does she mean an area bigger than Guildford & Waverley? (Read the press statement below.)

She says no decisions have been made and there are NO  options on the table.  However, everyone in Haslemere is acutely aware, that if its MIU is not upgraded to an urgent care center (UCC)  it means – its well-used and cherished facility will obviously have to close.

Our correspondents have attended quite a few presentations around the area, and have been acutely underwhelmed by several of them. Residents were asked?

 What would you like to see? How would you like us to deliver services – in your, town, your village? asked one?  No surprise there then that he/she heard that people wanted their minor injuries dealt with at a unit staffed by doctors and nurses in strategically placed UCC’s in Waverley and in Guildford.

 What we cannot understand is the – “and beyond” bit, Vicky Stobbart mentions in the penultimate paragraph of her statement featured below.

Ms. Stobbart wants us all to tell her what matters most to us? 

And, from what we gathered from the events we attended – it was really quite simple. And it certainly didn’t require the huge costly glossy brochure, with full-page pictures of patients being treated by dedicated professionals, that must have cost half-a-dozen NHS beds! Or the wishing exercise that her colleagues provided us with. Here’s just one glossy picture.

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So, what they actually want Ms. Stobbart is:

  • Easy access six days a week to their GP’s and community nurses.
  • Access to acute care, for major injuries/illness at Accident & Emergency at The Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford, – an organisation that recently dropped the word “hospital from its name, or Frimley Park in the West of the Borough. 
  • Centrally positioned UCC’s. One in Haslemere, which has its own X-Ray to serve the large population which reaches into West Sussex and the fast-growing Godalming, and Milford areas.
  • Another UCC based in the old Cranleigh Village Hospital which also has X-Ray facilities serving the eastern villages and the new Garden Village about to arrive in Dunsfold.

Your representatives mentioned at several meetings that providing future UCC’s was NOT a question of money? A statement that baffled many, including us.

They heard that the problem is only getting the right staff in post. So no problem there then – lots of nurses living in the eastern villages, some of whom turned up to the meetings.

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So what’s all this about: Is Guildford & Waverley CCG about to become  East Surrey, Guildford & Waverley, North West Surrey, and Surrey Downs CCG) next year?

Because this is beginning to sound like SW Surrey Area Health Authority only even bigger? What do they say: ‘What goes around comes around?’  WW wonder how much all these reorganizations have cost the taxpayer over the past two decades?

If it wasn’t so serious this press statement would be quite funny!

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Jeremy Hunt on the Farnham campaign trail?

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WATCH OUT THERE’S AN ELECTION ABOUT?

Now no longer a Minister, Our Jeremy has remembered where his constituency is and is giving it a bit of a polish just in case there is an early general election and he can have another go at the top job?

Although didn’t he say something about he hoped our Boris was enjoying the job of PM as much he was enjoying NOT doing the job?

However we aren’t really cynics – we are delighted to see somebody – anybody – champion the cause of Air Pollution in Farnham. Even though Farnham residents have been choking on fumes for years.  

Perhaps Gerry Hyman, the Farnham Residents’ councillor for Firgrove Ward who has been working and worrying officers’ on the issue for years, should have been on that walk with Mr. Hunt?
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Has the MP found time to meet with the new Leaders of Waverley Borough Council yet? We heard numerous meetings have been cancelled because he has been so busy? Perhaps dealing with Farnham’s traffic problems?

Just hours after villagers delivered a crushing blow to plans to build a private care home in Cranleigh, the application​ was refused.

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A deputation led by Andy Webb delivered petitions containing four thousand signatures to the Deputy Leader of Waverley Borough Council today Monday as officers were preparing to notify the applicants – its scheme was REFUSED.

The decision was made by planning officers under their delegated powers – and will not now be heard by the Joint Planning Committee. The reasons for refusal have not yet been announced. But it is believed the scheme was not appropriate in its present form.

The unprecedented deluge of objections against a Cranleigh Charity’s planning application has almost buried ‘The Bury’s’ in Godalming – Waverley’s headquarters. It is the largest number of objections the authority has ever received for a village application, rivalled only by over 5,000 objections made against the huge redevelopment in the centre of Farnham.

Its planning portal has also registered a staggering 300 letters of objections from residents of the eastern villages, including donors from all over the country and abroad.

Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust lodged a planning application in February 2018 to build an £18m care home for the national private home operator HC-One. However, its Its 20-year quest was to build a Hospital. This became a 60-bed care home including 20 ‘community beds’ and a 28-bedsit hostel for health workers for the Guildford & Waverley CCG. Soon to become a huge organisation covering Surrey and East Hampshire – to be called Surrey Heartlands.

Anger has mounted among thousands of small and larger donors of the £1.5m plus collected by Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust for a replacing the old Cranleigh Village Hospital. This was intended for the exclusive use of the eastern villages. This then morphed into the facilities mentioned above for the CCG area, giving rise to a tidal wave of anger which has multiplied into an uproar in recent months. Public meetings have brought calls for land donated by Cranleigh Parish Council to be returned to the village, and a land-swap quashed.

Much of the frustration has been prompted by a lack of transparency by the Charity who have stubbornly refused to face villagers and explain reasons for its change of plans. It argued it would update everyone once permission was in the bag. 

Forensic accountants have also poured over the charity’s accounts, and want numerous questions answered on how public donations were spent.  The upset has caused a breakdown in relations between the charity and its partners, the parish council and the Cranleigh Village Hospital League of Friends. The latter organisation operates outpatient clinics and a  new £500,000 X-Ray department.

Villagers are now fundraising to improve the facilities there – and, it is believed it has been short-listed to become a new Urgent Care Centre.

The bid to stop the development escalated this week when the petition was handed over to Waverley’s Deputy Leader Paul Follows by its instigator Alfold villager Andy Webb founder of the Cranleigh Community Group – that has championed villagers fight to stop the scheme in its tracks. Cllr Follows attended the public meeting called by Mr Webb.

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There are doubts whether the applicant (CVHT) two of whose Trustees are successful developers, will appeal the decision. Already villagers say they will fight on until the bitter end.

 

 

Democracy and transparency reforms are on the way to ‘Your Waverley,’

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Will ‘Your Waverley’ be there to listen to what YOU have to say – not just for YOU to hear what IT has to say? 

 

DEMOCRACY AND TRANSPARENCY REFORMS @ WAVERLEY BC

Tonight the Deputy Leader of Waverley Borough Council’s new administration will be introducing some of the changes he promised in the May elections.

Cllr Paul Follows, on behalf of the new administration,  seeks to change the council’s Constitution and re-introduce the formal public question-time at the start of Full Council sessions. A function that has been a constant source of frustration to members of the public since it was removed by the previous administration. 

Said Cllr Follows:

This is something we recently did at Godalming Town Council and for meetings of the WBC Executive.

We think it is important that residents can just come along to council sessions and speak.

It is also intended that there will be full electronic voting at all full council and planning committee sessions (these will be displayed on a screen during webcasts).

Great! At last, the public will know how their elected representatives vote on issues affecting theirs’ and other people’s lives.

We understand, this equipment was installed in the council chamber some time back but has not been used during the course of several former administrations. Now the new boys and girls on the block intend to turn it back on and make its use mandatory from now on.

 In future, all votes will be ‘recorded votes’ and the outcomes published on the Waverley Website.

At last, we will all be able to see what our councillors voted on, and how they voted. A practice that is long overdue.

The WW has noticed, that already the Chairmen of planning committee’s have adopted a more civilised approach to public speakers during meetings when applications are being considered. Formerly, some chairmen had public speakers’ many unfamiliar with public speaking, quaking in their boots. Some of whom, unless they had timed their allotted 4 minutes to the second, were cut off in their prime.

If these reforms pass tonight (Monday evening) they will go to the Full Council meeting in October for ratification. 

 Whisper who dares – to object?

Full agenda for the Standards Committee can be found here:

https://modgov.waverley.gov.uk/…/Agenda%20frontsheet%2030th…

A bit​ like Cranleigh new ‘Hospital’? Out goes the word ‘Hospital’ from the Royal Surrey.

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The Royal Surrey is changing its name. 

The Royal Surrey is changing its name from today

The Royal Surrey in Guildford has revealed it has a new corporate identity.

The Trust has decided to change its official name from Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to just Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust.

It started providing adult community health services for Guildford and Waverley in April 2018.

The organisation felt that it was important to recognise the contribution of community staff and reflect that it is now providing more than acute hospital care and bridging the gap between the wards and the community health services.

Louise Stead, Chief Executive said:

“I think the Royal Surrey County Hospital will still be the main site of the Trust.

“But to reflect the fact that over the last eighteen months, we’ve also taken on community services and we’re doing much, much more working in collaboration with GP Federation Pro Care and are really trying to put care back into the community. 

“But having ‘hospital’ in the title seemed to not really describe what we do as a healthcare provider. So, hence the change.”

The Trust says it has a strong focus on trying to get patients back into their homes and ensuring people only come to the hospital when they really need it.

“The word hospital isn’t the prime focus of care and healthcare anymore,” Stead added. 

It is also launching a new website, after close work with patients, to make it easier for them to find essential information very quickly. 

Will it be 3rd time lucky for Woodside Park, Catteshall Lane, Godalming?

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During an excellent night in defence of Neighbourhood Plans across the borough a twice deferred detailed scheme to build 100 homes at Woodside Park was  UNANIMOUSLY thrown out… AGAIN!

Poor old Crest Nicholson is getting nowhere fast these days with ‘Your Waverley’s Planners. 

Following a blistering debate on the viability of the borough’s Neighbourhood Plans, a revised scheme for the controversial development was thrown back to the developers to come up with something the borough could accept, and neighbours could live with. 

You can read the post and listen to the debate here: Has the defence of Waverley’s Neighbourhood Plans begun?

Councillor Paul Follows motioned for the plan’s refusal justifiable based on a policy of  Godalming and Farncombe’s Neighbourhood plan.   If Neighbourhood Plans were to have any credibility when decisions were taken they must take local views into account. He claimed the outline scheme for up to 100 homes, should never have been allowed in the first place –  an application which he had voted against.

“But this is fundamentally a completely different scheme which is simply shoehorning homes onto a site.”

He said Godalming and Farncombe residents believed when they signed up to their Neighbourhood Plan, just like the people of Cranleigh and the rest of the borough, they would have some protection, and expected that Waverley would back them up?

A neighbour Mrs Pinner (The chairman never announces the public speaker’s names clearly) maintained the revised plans had not overcome their objections. The three-storey block on the road frontage overlooked neighbouring homes and would add to parking congestion in Cateshall Lane. She called for another deferment and a re-design. The root cause was, she said …

“the site cannot support 100 properties.”

Councillors, even those sympathetic to the efforts made by the developer to overcome members objections, voted against amendments, which included obscure glazing; Prompting the question of –  how would this help when windows were open? removing balconies; increasing car parking by six spaces, and providing electric vehicle charging points for every home.

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Elstead’s Cllr David Else said:

Not even a snip of me would be able to support this – it just gets worse. Ever since Crest Nicholson got hold of it – out went the underground car park, and the green spaces and now you have to get halfway across the site before you find a garden. Rows and rows and rows of car parking. – We have now ended up with the most awful layout I have ever seen in my career and all to make it profitable. I am never going to vote for this! 

After a bruising night in the chamber, officers witnessed another major application UNANIMOUSLY REFUSED.

Has the defence of Waverley’s Neighbourhood Plans begun?

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Waverley’s senior planning committee threw out two planning applications last night – both against officers’ advice. Is it now hell-bent on defending the Neighbourhood Plans (NP’s) of every town and village in the borough?

 

Wednesday was an extremely positive night for ‘YW’s Joint Planning Committee.

To a man and woman they stood up with members of the public to defend existing and emerging Neighbourhood Plans* against the advice of officers.

* Grassroots Plans that shape their communities and that have taken years to produce. These truly local documents underpin Waverley’s Local Plan.

It was during the consideration of two completely separate planning applications –

  • One for 50 homes on Green Lane Farm, Badshot Lea.
  • Another for the reserved matters for 100 homes in Catteshall Lane, Godalming.

–  that Waverley councillor, regardless of party, stood together to lambast recommendations to approve schemes, they claimed, made a complete mockery of every single town and parish Neighbourhood Plan.

 One councillor after another asked what was the point of years of tireless commitment to the preparation of The Farnham NP and Badshot Lea NP’s? The application before them was (a) not included and (b) was against a policy of protecting the important strategic gap between Farnham and Aldershot.

Officers had based their advice on an Inspector’s decision to allow 43 homes on a site, on the opposite side of Green Lane. (A scheme which an Inspector recently allowed an appeal to drop the affordable element from 42% down to 30%.

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The outline scheme for 50 homes was a “windfall site,” of which 145 windfall homes were allocated, borough-wide in the Local Plan. 

A figure, queried by |Cllr Paul Follows, who asked? How many “windfalls” had already been allowed? Unable to answer, Interim Chief Planning Officer Chris French apologised saying members would be provided with this information.

Cliff Watts of the Badshot Lea Residents’ Assoc claimed as the scheme was not included in the BL’s NP, – a plan which Cllr Carole Cockburn described as one of the best and most collaborative –  why should it now be trashed to the delight of every developer in the area?

The recommendation made nonsense of the NP carrying any weight. This was not a “preferred site.” To say it is a “windfall site” was a serious error. It sets a dangerous precedent that would enable every speculative application in future to see itself as windfall development including the field next to this, or next to Folly Hill.

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He slammed the officers’ update sheet which claimed their recommendation did not conflict with the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan when 311 homes in the village were allowed on four sites, when windfall sites in Farnham had been identified.

Objection followed from Farnham Town Council. Who claimed the recommendation to approve flew in the face of the Localism Act and a whole string of planning policies which were reeled off in quick succession. She highlighted the road dangers to pedestrians and vehicles alike saying county highways had produced an unprecedented 13 pages of comments.

If Waverley is serious about its Neighbourhood Plans this must be  REJECTED

Councillors from around the borough unanimously agreed – though a few remained silent!

Ward Cllr Mark Merryweather accused officers of “cherrypicking” the appeals referred to in their report.

Cllr Daniel Hunt said, that everyone. the town council, residents, and I won’t support it. In a letter, Waverley’s CEO Tom Horwood had underlined the council’s support for Neighbourhood Plans. Yet, if this is allowed, it will make a nonsense of the examination of the Farnham LP due on October 1.

The future of Farnham’s NP is to be debated at a public hearing next Tuesday. An examiner will gather evidence from local representatives, developers and interested parties to determine whether the revised plan meets all legal and procedural requirements. The Plan was reviewed after its adoption in 2017 following the setting of new housing targets by Waverley including proposed sites for an additional 450 homes. The hearing will be held from 10am-4pm at Farnham Town Council, South St and is open to the public.

Farnham’s Carole Cockburn who masterminded the Farnham LP said residents had spent “years and oodles of money” preparing it, and Badshot Lea’s contribution had been  “exemplary and there was no better example of residents’ co-operation” And a valuable green lung should not be sacrificed.

Godalming’s Cllr Paul Follows said, on one hand, communities were being asked to select suitable sites for development after being told it would protect them, and could then be ignored. 

Councillors asked officers repeatedly – “What are Neighbourhood Plans for?”

In addition to criticising the applicant’s environmental report, Cranleigh Cllr Liz Townsend said:

“We seem to be riding rough-shod over Neighbourhood Plans, plans that are hard to do, I have done one myself.

It is very, very difficult to be saying, on one hand, you can influence development in your area, and then, on the other hand, we (Waverley) will decide on your behalf. She also said after the council’s Declaration of A Climate Emergency, it was high time councillors received proper direction on how it intends to protect endangered species and the environment.

After lengthy debate, during which many of the arguments made against the Farnham development were then repeated on the detailed plans for Woodside Park, Catteshall Lane ( REFUSED – the subject of a separate post)  the Farnham application was REFUSED.  

WW will wait and see if the word ‘Localism’ means one jot to the Planning Inspectorate, or if, as we guess, it just pays lip service to the widely abused term.

*A neighbourhood plan is a community-led framework for guiding future development and growth of a local area. Neighbourhood planning is a relatively new way for communities to decide the future of the places where they live and work.

The process for developing a neighbourhood plan can be a lengthy one.

If you want to hear the debate on both applications: Click here.

https://youtu.be/ob4kZNeR__M

 

More about oil and gas exploration in Waverley.

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The WW received the following comment concerning a recent post. We believe this to be of such importance to our borough we have now included the information provided to us. 

Here’s our post.

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

 

Email: protect.dunsfold@gmail.com

If folk truly want to help they should listen to Cllr Ernest Mallett on the webcast around 1 hour 23 minutes and to the subsequent clarifications from lawyers on what this committee is empowered to do – which is very little.

Cllr Mallett is very clear that NOW is the time to examine the whole project and Surrey planning officers have been disingenuous in suggesting that we need not worry as the implications for production can be considered when there is a subsequent application.

Residents can still raise their objections here
https://planning.surreycc.gov.uk/planappdisp.aspx?AppNo=SCC%20Ref%202019/0072

Here is the Webcast

https://surreycc.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/440931

He states
“the fact is that the exploration and appraisal stages which we have approved predicate production if in fact that production is possible, if it is not possible it does not happen … to a large extent in my opinion the production phase doesn’t necessarily — is not looking to planning as being a natural area for refusal.
He goes on to assume there is no carbon cost of exploration while transport costs automatically are assumed to cost more emissions.

Mallett opines that we must stick by rules and conventions even if unpopular.
95% of the reasons for refusal on production are the same as for exploration and so have already been dealt with then – not small and temporary then? exploration predicates production permission at the discretion of the explorer.

In this case  we should be expecting Cllr Mallett to move that the officers were wrong to waiver a full Environmental Impact assessment before the “small and temporary” decision on Dunsfold.  The application MUST be deferred so that the genuine planning matters that will be involved in the production of hydrocarbons from the site can be investigated in full including all options on pipelines for both gas and oil, local powerstations and so on.

As he so eloquently says, giving permission to explore “predicates” that permission to produce will be granted if commercial production is found to be possible.

Surrey Planning Lawyers state that the only real power that they have is to determine if the development is an acceptable use of the land and they must assume that all the other regulatory agencies will  do their job.

So far from it being a trivial decision on a “small and temporary” application this is the first and only opportunity for Surrey MPA to review whether this site is an appropriate use of land for the next 25 years.  There will not be another opportunity to examine this and…

Mallett goes on to say that our duty is to produce local hydrocarbons because of the carbon emissions arising from importing by sea.  In this he ignores the fact that you need about 10 exploration wells to get one producing well – each exploration well causes significant emissions and pollution so every exploration well as a minimum should be required to buy carbon credits to the value of 10 times the carbon emitted during drilling one exploration well which can be traded back when production starts at the rate per barrel of the carbon emissions associated with transporting that barrel by sea.

In fact a more certain and much easier way to reduce the emissions in the round might not be to explore for oil locally but to invest in reducing the emissions of supertankers that are bringing oil from already developed production resources – we already know where all the oil is that we can possibly burn before we must meet our Net Zero obligations.

More wannabe residents on their way to join the largest concentration of gypsies in the country?

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And so confident is one of the applicants that he has his planning consent in the bag that he has named the new development…

 

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No doubt the new development of ‘Weeping Willows,’ Stovolds Hill will soon be joining up with Lydia Park, and New Acres Stovolds Hill? 

 

So here they go again? Added to the existing residential gypsy sites at New Acres and Lydia Park along comes Lydia Park Mark 2 and then another … ‘Weeping Willows,’ Stovolds Hill.

So is Dunsfold Park, recently awarded Garden Village Status by the Government, to have an even larger community of gypsies on its doorstep?

We understand, that up to now the DD has had a pretty good relationship with the established community, some of whom have lived there for almost 40 years, and have become an established part of the community. We understand they are non too happy about other sites being established.

However, will the Flying Scot, and his neighbours want an even larger community, which like Topsy  has just “just growed and growed?” And, will Waverley Planners ever have a proper strategy for such sites in Waverley? Or, are the eastern villages and Farnham to become the chosen ones? After all, the development at Weeping Willows began more than two years ago, and has been ignored.

Alfold Parish Council has certainly objected to the stationing of any more mobile homes/caravans on the approach road called Stovolds Hill. Here’s what it had to say.

Dear Ms Robinson,

RE: WA/2019/1277 Change of use of land to residential use for 5 gypsy families. The site to contain 5 static caravans, 5 touring caravans, 5 amenity buildings, fencing and hardstanding. Land North of Lydia Park, Stovolds Hill, Cranleigh.

Alfold Parish Council (APC) has considered this application and objects to it on the basis set out in this letter.

Lydia Park and surrounding land, together with the adjacent New Acres site, have been the subject of planning permissions in recent years for the intensification of the sites and sprawl into the adjoining agricultural land, which is classified as AGLV and clearly visible from Hascombe Hill (AONB). The net effect of this is that the gypsy and traveller community now dominates the existing settled community on Stovolds Hill, contrary to National Planning Policy for Traveller Sites 2015, and further expansion would make this worse. The continued expansion of this site represents unsustainable development and is therefore contrary to Local Plan Policies SP1, SP2, AHN4, RE1 and RE3.

The lack of enforcement of conditions on the equestrian/agricultural mixed-use site (WA/2017/2013) located between Lydia Park and the application site has caused material visual harm to this rural area, damages the residential amenity of the neighbouring properties and has a negative impact on traffic safety. The Parish council is therefore very concerned that no further application on this site should be considered without absolute certainty that all conditions can be and will be enforced.

This application forms part of an ongoing expansion of the traveller sites on Stovolds Hill, including WA/2019/1265 for 9 family units and WA/2019/0515 for 4 family units, which are yet to be determined by Waverley and to which APC is separately objecting. Officers should be mindful of the cumulative effects of these development when making its decision.

APC endorses the submission from Bramley Parish Council and agrees that there should be no further expansion of the gypsy and traveller sites on Stovolds Hill until such a time as there is a clear strategy for the site.

For these reasons, APC requests this application be refused.

Yours sincerely
Clerk to Alfold Parish Council

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and Bramley Parish Council in whose parish the site sits is of the same view.

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More information can be found on WBC’s planning portal.

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Much ado about Local​ Plan Part 2.

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 Last week Waverley’s new boys on the block unveiled their vision for the borough for the next four years.

The one-pager was given a pasting by the Tories – and a Farnham Resident who claimed: If this had been produced by the Tories we would probably have ripped it to shreds. – Oops, there goes any possible hope of Farnham Resident Cllr Gerry Hyman ever getting a seat on an influential committee?

Former leader Julia Potts described it as a …

“disappointing lack-lustre wish list” and wanted it deferred for more work.”

The document was high on aspiration and a bit thin on substance, but it was the item on Local Plan Part 2 that had the Tories juices flowing.

  • Responsible planning and development, supporting place-shaping and local engagement in planning policy.

So where is LP2, cried the Tories, who, after withdrawing the document six months before the May election, now want it on the stocks? “Your honeymoon period is over” said Cllr Steve Cosser, “when are you going to produce LPP2 because it is critical.”

For our readers’ information Local Plan Part 1 – adopted in February 2018 – is still languishing in the High Court awaiting a decision on an appeal made by the Campaign For The Protection of Rural England and Protect Our Waverley. So until that is given the all-clear we will not know the exact number of homes to be provided in the borough of Waverley for the period up to 2032.

The second part of the Local Plan will contain the policies that direct planning application decisions and will allocate sites for housing in parts of the borough where Neighbourhood Plans are not doing so. This then meets the target set out in Local Plan Part 1. When the judge gets back from his holidays presumably? Hope he didn’t go with Thompsons, or it may be delayed further?

Don’t switch off, because this is important. LP2 earmarks sites – some very controversial – including sites in Haslemere – and allocates sites for Gipsies and Travellers.  One such site has already been set up on the outskirts of Dunsfold but in the parish of Bramley, and there is a live planning application pending a decision. Whilst the families are already nicely settled in!

The original consultation exercise began in May 2018 and workshops were held all over the borough with comments required by July ’18.  Residents, businesses and developers were asked to comment, and they did.  Then just months later the Plan was pulled.

Said the former Portfolio holder for Planning, Councillor Chris Storey : “Waverley is one of the best places in the UK to live and work. But that doesn’t mean we should sit back and relax.

“We need to think about being a sustainable borough, where people of all ages want to, and can, continue to live and work. The council is interested in hearing the views of all our residents to help guide and shape the future of our beautiful borough and I would encourage everyone to take the time and to get involved”.

Now the Tories are urging the new Rainbow Coalition to get on with it, and asking why is the borough waiting for the LPP2?

Bramley’s Cllr Seaborne had a somewhat pharochial view of matters, saying an application had been submitted for land north of Lydia Park, Dunsfold. “An application that could see “largest gypsy site in the country become even larger. A scheme that me and my colleagues are very concerned about? So perhaps Cllr Follows could tell us all when he intends to produce LPP2?

Farnham Residents’ Cllr Andy McLeod denied that the colition was holding up LPP2, saying it was still being worked on by the planning department and there would be an annoucement in the next few weeks. 

It took Cllr Steve Williams to calm down the noisy rhettoric.  He reminded everyone there were four groups represented on the Executive, an Executive on which the Tories refused to be a part.

‘I’m afraid to say, what we have seen this evening shocks me to the core” with our Tory colleagues opposing things just for the sake of it.” 

The draft Local Plan Part 2 and relevant supporting documents can be viewed on the web site at www.waverley.gov.uk/LPP2 and at the Waverley Borough Council offices, The Burys, Godalming, GU7 1HR, and at locality offices and public libraries within the Borough.

For further information contact:
Tel: 01483  523296
Web : www.waverley.gov.uk
Email: communications@waverley.gov.uk

 

 

Water, water leaking everywhere – but somtimes, not a drop to drink in Cranleigh and the eastern​ villages?

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Screen Shot 2019-09-20 at 14.28.29.pngApparently Cranleigh  Cllr Liz Townsend – can stand no more –  as pipes continue to burst all over Cranleigh and the nearby villages. Despite hammering home her concerns at a Flood Forum headed by MP Anne Milton –  incidents are getting worse – not better! Bombarding the utilities with e-mails isn’t getting the results she wants, for her increasingly frustrated residents.

Burst Pipes over recent months and years?

Her message:

“Those residents that came to the Flood Forum with Anne Milton MP will know that for some time I have been involved in an ongoing dialogue with Thames Water about the increasing number of burst water pipes in the village. I am attempting to create a map of the burst pipe areas to present to the next meeting. If over the past 2 years you have had a burst pipe near to your home, or place of work, or have had an interruption in your water supply, can you please post details here including the road name and if possible a rough idea when the issue occurred, or if you prefer you can email details to me on liz.townsend@waverley.gov.uk Please don’t post your full address on here. Thank you for your help.”

Here is a note supplied to us by The Cranleigh Society – which speaks up on village issues.

(Forgive us using the term ‘village or villagers’. Though we understand the mouthpiece for local businesses – Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce refers to Cranleigh as A TOWN, we understand, from comments we receive, it upsets many of you, so we are sticking to the term – village.

FLOOD FORUM NOTES

Mains replacement Thames Water is putting in a bid – waiting for more information.

SERA – Summerlands Residents’ Association – Thames Water has done some repairs, sections of pipe are being replaced – it is monitoring to see if it is stable or deteriorating – Thames Water needs to meet with Summerlands residents association to improve relations.

OTHER BURST PIPES ISSUES – people said they really struggle to get sensible and uniform responses from: online, or phone and the burst pipes teams, plus the burst pipe teams’ skills, vary widely…

The WW also understands from correspondence we have received that Thames Water is not recompensing villagers for high bills due to long-term leaks – some running into thouands of pounds!

SURREY HIGHWAYS – SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL’S POTHOLES MANAGEMENT – Its  website is good – but Thames Water’s is very difficult to use, especially to pinpoint leaks!

AMLETS LANE and Cala Homes –  now connected to mains supply and sewers. Thames Water carried out the research – no need for improvements. However, neighbouring residents are not satisfied.

A tree officer is being consulted –regarding completing some tree work there soon.    Water runs down the lane – but groundwater control not needed claim CALA – there are 6 balancing ponds – including on the western boundary ditch but the rate of the runoff is the same as before. Surrey County Council agrees that there is a leak which is not of CALA’s making, but there is a problem – local Highways officer – will get in touch if it is a problem again. Slightly better on Barhatch Lane – there was leaking TW plate – still leaking further up, fields’ runoff has stopped, water has stopped flowing down AMLETS lane.

RIPARIAN RIGHTS & DUTIES – DITCHES AND CULVERTS – it is the legal duty of landowners to ensure all ditches, culverts, and streams on their land are kept free-flowing and free of plants and rubbish.  If a property floods because of someone else’s failure to keep their waterways clean and clear the landowner is liable for heavy fines. (Riparian duty of householders and landowners – “Any landowner or developer whose property adjoins or contains a natural watercourse should be aware of their rights and obligations along the length of the watercourse known as riparian rights. Developing or using land without giving due consideration to riparian rights can lead to problems”)

WHAT DOES GROUND LEVEL MEAN?  Is the Amlets’ Lane development higher than it seemed on the planning permission?  When plans are presented for planning applications it is made clear how tall the overall buildings will be from ground level but never notes if the ground level is to be raised!

 ASBESTOS CEMENT WATER MAINS PIPES UPDATE – Anne Milton MP has followed up with Public Health England which is reliant on World.Health.Organisation research. 

Research is on-going. Not much we can do from here. Keeping up to date with the organisations is important – Environment Agency as well.  If 10s of 1000s of areas push for change more research will be done!   No studies have been carried out on ingested blue asbestos fibres – so no evidence has been looked for yet. A proper replacement programme of water pipes is needed to stop the constant problems with bursts and the constant health fear.

KERBS, GULLEYS, DRAINS AND VERGES  where water is unable to soak away and floods across roads residents need to report to get the kerbs, drains and verges cleaned and cleared. Surrey County Council Highways!

Homes completed and signed off:  8 at Berkeley Homes in Knowle, 48 Cala Homes in Amlets Lane.  21 completed and 6 nearly ready, at Bellway Homes, Little Meadow, Alfold Rd and 52 at Crest Nicholson in Horsham Road. 

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One house had a flooded drive for 6 months.  All these leaks need to be recorded and reported in a meaningful way over at least 3 years to see clusters. Cranleigh Parish Council and Thames Water to action this. Residents need to report.

HIGH STREET   Why has the High St been dug up 3 times recently?

Utilities When the Utility Companies dig up roads they should be repaired to their previous state – this is a big problem across the County.

WATER PRESSURE CHANGES – if the water pressure changes people must report it straight away to Thames Water so that they can find out why, and put it right.

WATER SUPPLY TANKERS  – these have been noticed during the summer – is Thames Water having to top up the reservoirs?

ELMBRIDGE ROAD developments – the building work seems to have slowed down and this is probably due to slow sales? (There are four development sites in Elmbridge and |Alfold Roads in West Cranleigh.)

FISH PASS (passage)  project – WEY forward – trying to open up the river WEY for improved fish passage, also flood alleviation project. Low water flow is affecting water quality. The Environment Agency is working alongside flood management projects.

SURREY WILDLIFE TRUST working to restore the rivers and streams, and  working with  others to join up the waterways and wildlife corridors.  A sum of money has been allocated to a small stretch of this work to take place in Cranleigh.

http://evidence.environment-agency.gov.uk/FCERM/en/SC060065/MeasuresList/M4/M4T1.aspx

SEWAGE WORKS – Upgrade discharge permits in line to comply with the water framework.

THAKEHAM HOMES site in Elmbridge Road.   Required to put in a pump – to deal with a surcharge – protecting properties with a pump system rather than a gravity system because it is the lowest point in the catchment area/settlement. Storm tank capacity – Environment Agency agreed that there is sufficient storm tank capacity.

 Anne Milton MP charged all those present to take the actions spoken of and report back at the next Flood Forum

 

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Surrey police getting tough on crime in Haslemere?

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Officers from Waverley’s Safer Neighbourhood Team working in partnership with Waverley Borough Council’s Housing Team have secured a three-month Closure Order against 5 The Meads in Haslemere.

It follows reports of noise-related anti-social behaviour at all hours, drug dealing, and a strong smell of cannabis relating to the first floor flat…

The Full Closure Order was granted on Thursday 12 September under Section 80 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Disorder Act 2014 by Staines Magistrates’ Court.

The order means that no-one can enter the flat until 11 December 2019.

PC Will Davies from the Waverley Safer Neighbourhood Team said:

“This sends a clear message that drug-related anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated in Haslemere. We have ongoing inquiries relating to some of the reports that we received. Securing this Closure Order is a perfect example of partnership working at its best with the Borough Council.

“People living in the area had expressed concerns about drug use, drug dealing, cannabis cultivation, violence, and underage drinking and drug use. The Closure Order has given other residents peace of mind with people thank us and telling us that they feel safer and can now get a good night’s sleep.

“The locks at the address have now been changed and the front door screwed shut, clear Closure Notices have been put in place on the front door and communal door to the building. Regular police patrols are also taking place to ensure that further problems don’t occur”.

The Lone Ranger rides again…?

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Our moles tell us that ‘LB’ was sat upon-or did they say ‘shat upon’? – very firmly when he tried to bully his Alfold PC colleagues to do his bidding and vote against the application.

But, without the capable assistance of Parish Clerk Crystal Tipps Weddell – who has tendered her resignation and is now demob happy – Little Britton was put back in his box and told, a new regime operates in Alfold now. This follows the departure of the old guard (AKA Nick Pidgeon, Betty Ames, and Crystal Tipps). Perhaps, he will have to become more open-minded and work more co-operatively in the future with the Dunsfold Developer?

The unshackled new brooms on the Parish Council, freed from their jailers, no doubt want a seat at the developer’s table and a hand deep in his pockets. – We presume the ‘DD’ will soon be dishing out largess to mitigate the impact his activities will have on the surrounding community – unfettered of course by the past animosity and money-laundering scandal that shrouded Pidgeon & Crystal Tipps’ final months in office? 

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WW would have thought even the biased Little Britton would have welcomed the creation of a new access road which will take thousands of weekly traffic movements off Stovolds Hill – a lane far narrower than Marwick Lane about which there is always such a song-and-dance. A lane that has taken the brunt of all the aerodrome traffic together with  Dunsfold Road, to a lesser extent, for years – but oh no!  The Lone Ranger pressed the Parish Council, of which he is a member and wannabe chairman, to object.

But they didn’t! 

But never fear Tonto – in the form of Protect Our Little Corner – came riding to the rescue as usual and has written to Waverley Borough Council objecting to the creation of the road until a number of conditions have been met, including a Construction Traffic Management Plan preventing construction traffic from using the western access to the A3 via Marwick Lane. 

Well, they would, wouldn’t they?  Heaven forbid that the well-to-do on Marwick Lane – the postcode Heaven of Waverley – are disturbed.

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WW cannot help wondering if Cllr Britton and Mr. Lees have noticed the new gypsy settlement development which has been under construction for more than a year in Stovolds Hill?  Perhaps they have decided to keep schtum about their other near neighbors’ shenanigans? A site now under construction that adjoins the largest concentration of gypsies in the country?

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The gloves were on for Your Waverley’s new Rainbow administration​ as it Declares A Climate Emergency.

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A Special Council Meeting last night was definitely of the lively variety – as members of the new Rainbow Alliance went head-to-head with a rather dog eared bunch of Tories intent on diluting the motion to Declare A Climate Emergency.

Suffice to say a meeting to get the Full Council behind its bid was unlikely to be an easy call for Your Waverley’s new boys on the block. Particularly as half a dozen councillors declared they were formerly employed in the oil industry and had their pensions to prove it. However, despite the fireworks, the Alliance stood firm and won the day.

Why? Because for a new administration to be taking the lead on such an important issue in its honeymoon period, was courageous. As it was not put forward by the old guard – it was therefore ripe for a good drubbing. Nothing like a climate debate to get the juices flowing.

Some Tories claimed the Newbies had not gone far enough – others claimed – they had gone too far. Some argued the document which seeks officers to come forward with an Action Plan in six months was “unrealistic” and was “undeliverable.” Some couldn’t quite make their minds up why they should support what Cllr Steve Williams described as a document that addresses the most serious issue the world faces.

Watched in the gallery by students from Broadwater School, warmly welcomed by Godalming Cllr Williams,  as he hammered home the urgency for action as the earth warms at an alarming rate with dire consequences, particularly for the young and future generations.

“We cannot beat nature.”

Waverley like others around the globe must face up to the dire consequences of global warming, face its responsibilities.  Think globally and act locally by aiming to become carbon neutral by 2030. A situation that would force everyone to adjust their lifestyles.

For some Tories declaring an immediate Climate Emergency was premature. Without enough detail of how it could be achieved and the costs involved. For others, it didn’t go far enough, and with more thought, an earlier date than 2030 could be achieved. 

The gloves came off as a tribe of tetchy Tories put up an amendment to scupper the plan, which they claimed they “supported in principle,” for further consideration. But,  it was pointed out by a host of newbies, that a Climate Emergency was just that… AN EMERGENCY… and the work had already begun.

What the young people in the gallery thought of the slanging match as the debate progressed is anyone’s guess. But suffice to say, it was only the Mayor Mary Foryszewski who always manages to make light of any situation, who continued smiling as she awaited an opportunity after the meeting to flog off her mugs at a tenner a time – for her chosen charity.

Deputy Leader Paul Follows said he was “proud” that the new administration had bought this document forward, It should not be delayed and other towns and parishes had already adopted theirs. This was not about gesture politics, as that adopted by Surrey County Council – ouch! An organisation that declared a Climate Emergency one week whilst supporting oil and gas extraction only last week and could soon approve exploration in the borough of Waverley at Dunsfold!

Thanks to The Potty One, whose parachute jump from Farnham into Tilford must have increased her carbon footprint by at least 50%,  stressed her group supported ANY climate emergency measures. But was slightly concerned that the cart was being put before the horse!

It was left to Tory Cllr Seaborne – who had earlier declared his oil industry connection – to explain what she meant. It was all about achievability and realistic dates. “We have no idea how much it will cost, and the impact this will have on Waverley’s residents and businesses, and its services – a study must come first – and then a Climate Emergency declared.

The WW couldn’t understand why Elstead’s Aunty Else-y didn’t mention that 1/5th of Waverley’s population was elderly – therefore contributed more wind into the atmosphere? Matched only by her own, as she said she wanted “very clear assurances” that the borough’s voluntary sector wouldn’t be adversely affected by the decisions to be taken.  Perish the thought that it might affect the elderly – what about future generations that may not enjoy old age, Aunty?

Suffice to say after an enormous amount of hot air spiraling around the chamber, sufficient to power Godalming’s street lighting,  a recorded vote against a Tory Group amendment to the motion to Declare A Climate Emergencywas lost by 30 votes to 17 with two abstentions. (So almost half the TT’s couldn’t bring themselves to vote for their own amendment!?!

So Waverley Council then UNANIMOUSLY Declared A Climate Emergency, despite councillors, including Cllr Mulliner, Seaborne, and Co waxing lyrically against! With 49 votes For.

Another bonkers Tory amendment produced like a rabbit out of a hat by Cllr Robert Knowless- to hold all council meetings during the day to save on light, heat, and transport, was defeated by 31 votes to 18 with Tory Cllr Townsend voting with and congratulated by,  the Rainbow Coalition.

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If you can bear it – you can watch the proceedings here. Don’t ask us why but it starts at 1 hour 12.02.

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Dunsfold’s post-mistresses home plan gets returned to sender – address unknown.

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Despite impassioned pleas from residents and the parish council Dunsfold’s postmistress will not be allowed to build a modest home in Woodland because of her ‘exceptional circumstances.’ 

Members of the eastern planning committee heard residents describe the plight of their village postmistress in finding an affordable home near her place of work and argued for a bungalow in the middle of ancient woodland at land to the North of North View, in Plaistow Road. The future of the post office in the community shop could depend on it?

Residents claimed Dunsfold Post Office was a “crucial service” to villagers who would be forced to travel to Godalming or Cranleigh if it were to close. The post office and the village shop where income reduced year on year, were inextricably linked and provided a community hub for Dunsfold and Hascombe. With banks closed in Cranleigh, including the recent closure of  Lloyds, in the future the post office would provide an even more vital service.

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Two previous applications had been refused, but, it was not to be the third time lucky. Despite supporters arguing that a small modular log cabin tucked away in woodland three miles from the village would cause no harm as it could easily be removed.

However, planning officers said they could not agree: The site was in protected ancient woodland where any built development nearby could harm the biodiversity of the land and the protected species. The Woodland Trust objected – but there were no comments from Surrey Wildlife Trust.

Offers of making a consent personal to the applicant, and in future sold only to her successor, were rejected by officers and members alike – arguing this would be an impossible condition to uphold.

Claims that the postmistress may have to move away from the area and the post office closed did not persuade planners to overturn their strict planning policies.  Although sympathetic, councillors said they could not support development that was against all their planning policies and officers’ advice and set a damaging precedent and pressure to build isolated homes in the countryside.

Building a property in dense ancient woodland was not acceptable, however sympathetic the committee was to the needs of villagers, and the postmistress should be helped and encouraged to find affordable accommodation near to her place of work.

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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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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:

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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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?

Brightwells Solar Array

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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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…

isn’t it?

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:

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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!

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‘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.

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

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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

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

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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.

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

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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

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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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Open Garden and Model Railway

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70th anniversary Charity Concert read more >
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Travel Presentation

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06/07/02
Table Top Sale
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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

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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.

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Disco for children and disabled children in the village hall. 5.30-7.15 and 7.30 – 9.30

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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.

4/08/02

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.

Approx 61 major events.