It’s called doing the decent thing in Milford.


The Liberal Democrats and ‘Your Waverley’s’ Alliance has come together to do the honourable thing in memory of one its valued past colleagues.

WW Wonders if the Tories will honour Jack Lee’s  memory too – or will it stick one up Milford and donate one of its own in time honoured fashion. Because this election is not about people is it? It’s about Politics?  or, maybe, jut maybe the Tories will break the habit of a lifetime?

Milford By-election – February 13th 2020

As many of you are aware, a borough council by-election has been called to fill the vacancy left by the independent councillor, Jack Lee, who sadly passed away late last year.Sad news for the residents of Milford and Waverley with the announcement of the death of Jack Lee.

In Local elections in May 2019 the people of Milford elected one Liberal Democrat (Cllr Christine Baker) and one progressive independent (Cllr Jack Lee).

Out of respect for Jack and for the decision the people of Milford so recently made, the Liberal Democrats have chosen not to put up a candidate.

Said Lib Dem. councillor and Waverley’s Deputy Leader Paul Follows:

We will instead be supporting Independent candidate, Maxine Gale. You might have noticed that the Green Party and the Labour Party have not put up a candidate either and you can likely expect statements from their group leaders too.

I also want to give my backing to Maxine, who I know to be an active and effective councillor for Witley Parish (both on the ground and social media). We have worked together on several matters for the residents of Milford and Witley, and are both members of the NHS stakeholder group for Guildford and Waverley. Maxine and Cllr Baker would also make an excellent team for Milford.

The ‘rainbow coalition’ running Waverley BC is a co-operative group looking for the best people to work for the good of residents. We are able and willing to put party politics aside for the greater good of a ward and the borough, and in supporting Maxine Gale, we believe we are keeping to those values.

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Campaign page above for Maxine Gale for Milford Ward. A local resident, who has served 20yrs on Witley Parish Council, and is a local business owner.

Posts on other councillors standing, will be included on future posts.

A bit of a do/don’t about Brexit celebrations.


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If you want to wipe the smile off this man’s face – go out and celebrate BREXIT – but with your own money.

Spending Waverley taxpayer’s money is an easy thing to do. A perfect example is a decision made by numerous parish councils in the eastern villages to oppose development at Dunsfold Aerodrome.   A campaign led by Alfold PC and followed by Dunsfold; Chiddingfold; Bramley and would you believe Loxwood in West Sussex, all of whom dug deep into the taxpayers’ pockets.  Some contributing as much as £10,000 from minuscule precepts!  All wiped out in legal fees to oppose development on a brownfield site!

Thank our lucky stars that some commonsense has prevailed with this message from the Deputy Leader of ‘Your Waverley’ over the highly decisive issue of BREXIT commemorations, celebrations or commiserations. 

Whatever your views on the ‘B’ word – let’s face it our borough, county and parish councils have challenges enough to deal with, without squandering money on unnecessary expenditure. With council tax rises, and rent rises in the offing, and numerous jobs and businesses threatened. Maybe we should all keep shtum and let the B word – just happen? 


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The Flying Dutchman does a runner.



Shortly before Christmas (a few moments after its planning application to build a Care Home, Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust morphed into another charity: Cranleigh Village Health Trust.

Changing the name – so what’s the game?

In the interest of clarity – here are the new Cranleigh Health Trust’s future charitable aims.

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Now it has lost its former Chairman-President, Trustee who, apparently according to the mutter in Cranleigh’s gutter – is now spending more time with his personal interests, as a property developer. Which, according to the locals, was always his sole intention – but his comfort blanket was the “hospital project.” Now that has been pulled away – for the time being, he will follow his main interest – owning Cranleigh through his company ‘Lettuce and Leafhy.’

His latest cunning plan to turn the village’s treasured department store, or at least most of David Manns – into yet another development site. This time 90/40 flats or as many as the planners will allow him in the middle of a Conservation Area.

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Will someone, somewhere, sometime – learn how to use ‘Your Waverley’s’ webcast?



Here are all the councillors and officers safely gathered in to overview and scrutinize, the business of the Wellbeing Committee last night Wednesday.

Read their lips – and you might discover the debate on all the items on the Agenda – because you certainly couldn’t hear it!!! And those of us who actually care about Waverley’s decision-making watched yet another silent film. When will someone be made accountable? Perhaps the man at the top, who never opens his mouth at meetings?

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The county wallies do a U-turn on parking charges.


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Not really.  Figures revealed that whilst the council raised £61,000 in revenue from introducing charges for parking at places like Rodborough Common, in Waverley. It cost around £300,000 to instal the machines. WW wonders how much it will cost to remove the machines and reinstate the sites?

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 Six locations in Waverley were included in the unpopular decision, including Rodborough Common, and Milford.   The popular beauty spot at Newlands Corner in Guildford was also part of the cunning plan to raise money. It provoked a huge backlash from the public, with petitions and questions raised at council meetings and a huge decrease in people going into the countryside.

Surrey’s cabinet abolished the policy of charging as it had not “delivered the significant contributions as expected” and did not align with the council’s Community Vision 2030. So was unanimously binned!

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‘Your Waverley’ is presently preparing a new car-parking strategy – which could yield another £500,000 a year for the council’s depleting coffers.




Life on ‘Your Waverley’s’ Wave.


Some residents will remember when the borough council’s Newsletter was called the Waverley Wave. Which then morphed into ‘Your Waverley.’

There is more than a little angst among ‘Your Waverley’s’ opposition that since the takeover of the new administration – they can’t get prompt answers to their questions.

Bit rich when you consider that residents’ questions seldom received answers promptly when the other lot had a firm grip on the reins. And, of course, the Tories didn’t even have to answer to an opposition. – At least, not a credible opposition to speak of – just a couple of Independents a Lib Dem (half-way through its last term) and a couple of Farnham Residents’ who were mostly trodden underfoot.

The new Council Leader John Ward (Farnham Residents’) has come in for a drubbing. The tories claim he doesn’t answer e-mails.



As he is now off on his second Winter cruise – will he be using his free time on the ocean waves – to bring a halt to the criticism Waverley Web wonders? Or will he be playing deck quoits?




Government planning policy that has gone horribly wrong.


It is now revealed that over 13,500 affordable homes have been lost due to a Government diktat that allowed office conversions.

We all knew it was a crap policy from the outset when the Government changed planning rules. 

Now it’s an official crap policy.

The experts say that the planning policy introduced four years ago is not only not contributing to the provision of affordable homes, the homes built are sub-standard, and there is no 106 contribution! Daft or what? So lose, lose, lose all round?
Over 13,500 affordable homes lost due to PD office conversions, says Local Government Association.

 Numerous offices and shops in the borough of Waverley have been lost to such conversions.

In Haslemere, Waverley Planners invoked an Article 4 direction, a planning mechanism, to stop the continued loss of valuable office and retail space, and is taking a tough-line on conversions elsewhere.

Will converting shops and offices to residential be prevented in, ALL our towns and villages, by ‘Your Waverley?’

10 January 2020 by David Blackman

More than 13,500 affordable homes have been lost over the past four years as a result of developers using permitted development (PD) rights to sidestep planning permission for office to residential conversions, the Local Government Association (LGA) has calculated.

An residential scheme in Croydon converted from offices under PD rights.

A residential scheme in Croydon converted from offices under PD rights.

Latest figures from the MHCLG show that since 2015, 54,162 new homes were converted from offices under PD rights in England.

The new analysis, published by the LGA, estimates that 13,540 affordable homes have been lost that would otherwise have been delivered if these homes had been built.

This is based on an ‘indicative’ council affordable housing requirement of 25 per cent on new residential developments.

A spokesman for the LGA said the council umbrella body had chosen 25 per cent as its indicative figure because councils’ affordable housing requirements on new developments usually vary between this level and 40 per cent.

Under the PD rights regime, there is no requirement for developers to meet local authority affordable housing requirements, nor a host of other policies such as those governing minimum space standards.

The LGA analysis also shows that while PD right conversions amount to six per cent of all new homes delivered nationally, in some areas a significantly high proportion of new housing is office-to-residential conversions.

It says that last year (2018/19), more than half (51 per cent) of all new homes in Harlow were office conversions, with 48 per cent in Norwich and 43 per cent in the Hertfordshire district council of Three Rivers.

Over a third of new housing in Spelthorne (39 per cent) and Slough (35 per cent) were also converted from offices, the LGA said.

Cllr David Renard, the LGA’s housing spokesman, said: “Serious concerns remain over the high numbers of homes which continue to be converted from offices without planning permission.

“Permitted development rules are resulting in the alarming potential loss of thousands of desperately-needed affordable homes.”

Renard said it was “vital that councils and local communities have a voice in the planning process and are able to oversee all local developments” and called for the government to scrap PD rules.

An MHCLG spokesman said: “We are committed to delivering a million new homes by the end of this parliament, and permitted development rights are playing an important part in making our ambitious commitment a reality.”

The LGA study is the latest in a series of critical reports on the impact of residential PD rights, which were introduced by the coalition government with the aim of speeding up the conversion of under-used and derelict commercial and industrial space into housing.

Research carried out by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors two years ago found that 70 per cent of the new homes delivered through the PD rights regime do not meet minimum space standards, and around 90 per cent lacked access to open space.

The train standing at Cranleigh’s platform 1?


One of our followers – who regularly travels to London sent us the article below. She is presently cleaning her push-bike in readiness for the new Bamford Bike-ride from the eastern villages to Wimbledon every day!


She says: Something to make you laugh, or cry?

So we can all ride, walk or cycle to work now, can we??? – The snide comment that opening it could result in more housing – Crikes – we have taken MORE than our fair share of Housing for the Borough….About time the rest took theirs



Another said: “The road condition along the A281 between Cranleigh and Guildford is now so bad, some believe the existing surface of the Downs Link will soon be an improvement for motorists.”

Want to know more about the woman behind the bid to build a new WINGS museum in Alfold.


This post comes with a health warning to the locals:

Don’t complain when the development starts – or you might find Alfold painted RED!


You can read our post on the appeal decision last November to allow a 10,000 square metre building to be erected adjacent to Dunsfold Park off the Dunsfold Road in Alfold. 


An appeal to build Dunsfold Airfield Mark 2 – on land adjacent to Dunsfold has been ALLOWED.

Now read about the woman who is funding the project to bring the hudge national visitor attraction into the heart of a once, quiet rural village on the Surrey/Sussex borders.

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Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring, a property developer, painted candy stripes on the three-storey facade of the terrace home in South End, Kensington, west London, in March 2015.

She has denied that the paint job was done to spite neighbours who objected to her plans to demolish the property, currently used for storage, and replace it with a new home.

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea served her with a notice under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, requiring her to repaint “all external paintwork located on the front elevation white” within 28 days. But she refused saying:

The council said:

“The condition and appearance of the property, particularly the red and white painted stripes on the front elevation, is incongruous with the streetscape of South End and the local area.”

After failed appeals to magistrates and Isleworth crown court last year, Lisle-Mainwaring launched judicial review action at the high court in London. On Monday, a judge ruled in her favour and quashed the notice.

One issue was whether a notice served under section 215 of the 1990 act “may be used when the complaint is that the planning authority considers that the choice of painting scheme harms amenity”.

A walk on the wild-side at Frensham Little Pond.


Its time for getting out and about so how about visiting a dog walker’s paradise with a vast open space of heathland – perfect for a runaround for children and their pets.

A walk around the pond takes about 40 minutes or hike up to Snowball ride for a longer walk and some amazing views.

The starting point is the NT car park off Priory Lane.

Doggy dos and don’ts: Remember birds are nesting between March and September s don’t let dogs run through the heather during this period or go into the ponds as this will disturb the wildlife.

Try going there on quieter days during the week – as it can get very busy during the weekends and during the bank holidays.

Have fun – but observe the rules – and all will be well for man, child and wildlife.

But – whatever you do – don’t repeat this disgraceful episode that occurred at Frensham Great Pond last year!

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Getting ready for next year’s Surrey county council elections.


Despite many of us feel that we have had enough elections – there will be more soon.

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Surrey residents, including those living in Waverley, are being asked to consider whether they would like to stand in the county council elections. The date earmarked for the poll is  Thursday 6 May 2021 – and those interested are invited to attend a meeting on January 29th in Woking.  

However, an election for a new Surrey Police & Crime Commissioner takes place this year on Thursday 7th of May.

Here are the results of the 2017 election. After the huge change in the Waverley Borough on May 17 are big changes on the way in Surrey WW wonders?

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Is it any wonder that ‘Your Waverley’ wants to maximise its assets?


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Will taking control of ‘Your Waverley’ prove to be a poisoned chalice for the Rainbow Alliance.

Add to that a huge backlog of maintenance and repairs estimated to cost over £2.5m, if carried out over the next ten years. Also needed are major capital works to the 50-year-old building of which only 75% is used, even with its present tenants e.g. police. So is it any wonder that the new administration wants to re-develop a large part of central Godalming – including The Burys?

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In seeking the EXECUTIVE committee’s approval to spend £40,000 on consultants to carry out an Options Appraisal on three sites in the council’s ownership – The Burys, and car parks at The Wharf and the Crown Court, Cllr Merryweather said the council could meet its investment objectives and provide quality housing developments, which could set a standard for other developers to follow. This could generate much-needed income to provide Waverleys residents with the services they need.

Earlier in the evening, he painted another grim picture of the council’s finances after years of Central Government cuts, despite Waverley officers identifying efficiency savings of 5%, right across the board and  – and for which they must be congratulated.

“We knew this year would be tough and it is coming up to those expectations we were looking at a deficit of £1.4m and it looks closer to £1.8m.”

He said a full report would go to the Overview & Scrutiny Committee next week  and which would include recommending increases in council tax, fees and charges and council rents. 

“We are suffering because the Government heavily regulates the income we can raise. We have no say on business rates 95% of which goes to either SCC or  Government – our grant income from Government is also diminishing – FAST. Our ability to raise additional finance through fees and charges is also regulated.”

Cllr Jerry Hyman, Farnham Residents,’ who sounds more like ‘the official opposition every day that goes by,’ said residents’ believed efficiency savings should be made by the council before raising council rents. Though the Waverley Web understands that for the past four years a Government diktat reduced rents by 1% year-on-year.

Responding Cllr Merryweather said: “Our businesses, residents and visitors excluding council house tenants pay in £170m into this council each year and we get to keep £10m to fund all our services.”

He said “quite understandably” our residents are left with the impression when they receive their council tax or business rates bill with our name on the back of it that everything they pay, ends up in our pocket. However, we are getting less and less of it. If we go into negative tariff our residents will be subsidising the Government through the back door.

The council had to cut its cloth to match demands that are made on it



It may soon get harder to escape enforcement on grounds of continuous use in ‘Your Waverley’ and elsewhere.


If a property has been put to an unauthorised use continuously for four years, then its owner can claim immunity from planning enforcement.

But, if for some of that time it was not recognisably in that unauthorised use, then immunity does not apply, the High Court has confirmed.

Last month a High Court judge criticised a planning inspector for having “misapplied” the law when he blocked Islington Council’s attempts to take enforcement action against an illegal flat conversion. The inspector had agreed with the appellant, estate agency Maxwell Estates, which argued that the converted basement at 85 Newington Green Road had been used for residential purposes for more than four years and therefore had immunity from enforcement action.

In early 2013, the basement was converted into a flat when a shower and kitchen sink were installed. A tenant moved into the property in April that year, paying a rent of £750 a month. No planning permission was sought for the change of use. However, after the tenant moved out in October 2013, the flat was renovated before being re-let in May 2014.

The High Court case turned on exactly what use the property was being put to in the intervening eight-month period. The council’s barrister, Charles Streeten of Francis Taylor Building, argued that during the works the basement was reduced to an uninhabitable “shell unit” and would not have been recognisable as a residential flat. Hence, he said, during this period the council could not have taken enforcement action against unauthorised use. Therefore, he said, and so these months could not be counted as contributing to the four years of continuous use required for immunity under section 171B(2) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. When Islington sought to take enforcement action in January 2018, Maxwell Estates had not accrued the necessary four years, he argued.

The judge agreed, thereby providing clarity on “the correct approach to the test for continuous use when considering enforcement action,” according to Streeten. Streeten says that the inspector had thought he had found “indications of an intention to carry on using the space” for residential use, which he thought could be regarded as sufficient to meet the continuous use test despite the break in occupation. “It’s not an uncommon argument, and it does sometimes succeed,” said Streeten.

According to Neil Whittaker, chair of the RTPI’s National Association of Planning Enforcement and planning associate at law firm Ivy Legal, the four-year immunity rule is used “very frequently” by landlords when trying to push back against enforcement action. All too often, he added, the evidence submitted in support of the claim of immunity on the grounds of four years of existing use is poor but is not properly scrutinised by resource-poor local planning authorities (LPAs). “In my view, LPAs should never accept evidence of immunity without properly scrutinising it,” said Whittaker. “I have dealt with many cases where evidence of immunity submitted by the owner has turned out to be fabricated.”

The Islington case is important, says Streeten, because it should give LPAs confidence that the courts will take a tough line on what constitutes continuous use and what evidence is required. Therefore, he says, they will find it easier to justify spending time and resources investigating cases, rather than accepting whatever evidence is submitted.

“I think LPAs should be well aware of the ruling because it is a useful tool in their arsenal,” said Streeten.

Nigel Wicks, director of consultancy Enforcement Services, agrees. “It certainly lends strength to our elbow,” he said. “Hopefully it will give councils more confidence. It is common for appellants to produce pretty ropey evidence.”

However, Tim Taylor, head of planning at law firm Foot Anstey, warns that the Islington decision does not mean shorter breaks in occupation will by themselves negate continuous use. The point in the case was that the basement flat was uninhabitable for an extended period of time.

“The message for owners is to not allow a property to become uninhabitable if you are seeking to take advantage of the four-year rule,” he said.

Will taking control of ‘Your Waverley’ prove to be a poisoned chalice for the Rainbow Alliance.


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Since taking overall control of Waverley Borough Council in May the new administration has had its fair share of surprises.

As it delves into the past workings of a Tory administration which held power for more than a decade, the new boys and girls on The Burys block are uncovering some uncomfortable truths.

Included are all those once-hidden documents revealing that the development dubbed by Farnham residents ‘The Great Blightwells scandal’ – are being dusted off and are now seeing the light of day.  Predictions of huge pay-backs from investments – of our land and our money, made by Waverley & Surrey County Council are beginning to look rather threadbare. Let’s all look forward to an Independent Audit of this unfortunate £140m contract. A really Independent Audit and not one carried out by the CEO’s former honchos at East Hampshire County Council, who seem to be the usual conduit for carrying out internal investigations.

We now understand the developer Crest Nicholson is offering existing Farnham businesses two years rent-free if they move into Blightwells!

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Nobody says it better than Farnham’s David Wylde? Will ‘Your Waverley’ be shaken and stirred by the shocking revelations on Blightwells?

Promises made by the outgoing Tory administration just weeks before the May polls that money would be forthcoming for the new Frensham Visitors’ Centre, didn’t materialise. So how will that be funded?

Pledges of spending over £12m on a new leisure centre for Cranleigh is looking less certain, because, quite simply ‘Your Waverley’s’ new administration will have to borrow the money. Though we understand the new centre is a MUST, as boilers are failing and the centre is falling apart at the seams. So doing nothing is not an option.

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

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A £23m contract negotiated and approved by the Tories in April last year giving MITIE’s – MPS (Mitie Property Services) the lucrative homes’ maintenance contract was handed back by the contractor shortly before Christmas because it cannot fulfil its obligations. It gave 13 weeks notice to terminate the contract.

The Executive will now have to stump up £200,00 to find an interim contractor willing to undertake vital maintenance work, as a temporary fix. Including a shedload of back-dated work that Waverley’s tenants have been crying out to be completed for months. How long will they be forced to wait now?

The concerns voiced by some councillors, including Cllr Jerry Hyman and Cllr Elizabeth Townsend were ignored before the contract was awarded. So where exactly was the Due Diligence conducted, by officers on the contractors’ ability to meet its obligations under a contract on which the ink is hardly dry? And, when will the Chief Executive Tom Horwood start taking responsibility for past mistakes?  

Another fine mess you and your colleagues have plunged the Rainbow Administration into Cllr Potts?

What’s occurring in Wealthy Waverley?


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CHRISTMAS can be a “difficult and anxious” time for those unable to live up to festive family expectations, as the Haslemere food bank team know only too well.

Volunteers pulled out all the stops for the food bank’s special Christmas distribution on the morning of December 20 and prepared an amazing display for their guests to choose from – all donated – of toys and presents, toiletries and cosmetics, books and games, and a selection of children’s clothes.

There were also food packs, which included Christmas goodies, such as mince pies, cake, puddings and all the ingredients for a festive family meal.

Foodbank management group chairman David Rice said: “Those referred to us at this difficult and anxious time were able to choose some items to bring them cheer.

“In just two hours, we were able to support and encourage 91 families. A big thank you to our volunteers, to the generous people of the area who donated all the food and gifts, and to those who shared the day with us.

“We have been busier than ever this past six months. We regularly prepare four food packs for each session. Whereas once it was an occasional session when extra packs had to be produced, now it is a regular task for our volunteers to prepare extra packs during our opening times.

Food banks were busy all over the borough, particularly in the eastern villages, with operators reporting some very desperate people being referred.

Apparently, many of the issues people face are triggered by problems around Universal Credit and the statutory five-week gap in financial support following changes in their benefits. More people are using food banks in Waverley and for longer periods.

Should this be happening in our borough?





No New Year walking on the wild side at Wildwood in Alfold?


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We have heard that the golf course was sold to a group of Indians over a year ago.

Shortly after buying the site for an estimated £9m the planning permission for a hotel and associated golf lodges was renewed with Waverley Planners. However, it is believed locally that this will never go ahead, and the new owners will seek large-scale housing development on the golf course and an adjoining site.

image003.jpgHere’s a message from one of the locals, who regularly uses the PUBLIC footpaths.

We have heard from many locals walking their dogs on the Golf course that they have been told in no uncertain terms that it is PRIVATE Land and to B**** Off… They seem to forget there are several PUBLIC FOOTPATHS that cross the Golf course – Which we The Public are entitled to use… Even if some of us do Stray occasionally but there is nothing there but Sheep (which we avoid) and lots of Rubbish and Silage which seems to have been dumped…”

After a bracing walk on Wildwood – I came back to notification of them shortening their financial year from March 31st to March 30th Don’t know why they bother as they haven’t filed their accounts for so long.. What a Difference a Day makes ……………..???

Then I noticed this on 10th Dec 2019 – Not sure what it means??  (see attached) – I am sure you and your “little helpers”  must be coming to the end of the Festive season soon, so when you do, have a look and see what you can find.

Wildwood 10 Dec 2019 Gazette Notice

We have to admit that having joined the rest of the world in the Great Christmas – eat, sleep and drink, we are now back to work and raring to go… Happy New Year to all our readers, and thank you for all your help and good wishes. 


Waverley Web and all its little helpers.

‘Your Waverley’s’ Sale of the Century gets lift-off?



Was ‘Your Waverley’ reading the Waverley Web a couple of days ago – reading our predictions for 2020?

Godalming Town Council off to pastures new in 2020?

No – of course, it wasn’t – but we did hit the nail right on the head with our predictions because next week the Council’s EXECUTIVE – the engine that drives council business – will propose a massive land and property sell-off – to stave off bankruptcy.

Here’s the cunning plan to be considered next Tuesday. All the sites outlined in red are owned by either ‘Your Waverley’ or Surrey County Council.

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Here it is folks a £40,000 Options Appraisal of Waverley’s land and buildings proposed.

A previous costly appraisal carried out at huge expense a while back by the previous administration was put on ice, and the Tories did nothing.

 Now the new Rainbow Administration is going in all guns blazing in a bid to replenish the borough’s dwindling coffers, by making better use of its assets.

Year on year Governement cuts has had a damaging impact on Waverley’s finances. The recent revelation that a major Farnham development will not now produce the benefits the Tories’ predicted, is expected to worsen Waverley’s financial situation.

Next Tuesday the Executive will decide whether to approve the appointment of specialist advisors to produce a further Options Appraisal assessing the investment opportunities of key Waverley and Surrey owned sites in Godalming, and to request the Executive that budget is allocated from the Property Investment budget.

  1. Recommendation. it is recommended that the Executive approve the use of up to £40K for the completion of the Options Appraisal.
  2. Reason for the recommendation A previous outline Options Appraisal on the key sites indicated a significant return could be generated and a major improvement to customer experience can be achieved by developing the sites sympathetically. Such a return on investment would support the projected budget shortfall in the future.


Halleluiah Your Waverley takes action – at last – to bring truly “affordable housing” to the borough.


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 In recent years there has been much talk about bringing more “truly” affordable housing into our borough, but very little evidence of this actually being achieved.

We should point out that the Government’s definition of “affordable housing” is 80% of the market rate – in other words just 20% cheaper than normal.  So is not actually affordable for your average Doug and Doris.

Since the arrival at ‘Your Waverley’ of the  Rainbow Alliance in May 2019 much work has been going on behind the scenes by the new administration on an entirely new housing strategy. To, ensure, at last, that new homes are genuinely affordable for local people.

 At a recent central planning committee, it saw the results of work which has been going on behind the scenes over the Summer.

It will deliver 7 out of 9 properties at…

Orchard Farm, Wormley Lane, Hambledon

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Full marks to the new boys, and girls on the Waverley Block. A feather in the caps of Leader John Ward and his deputy Paul Follows.  They don’t just talk about improving the lives of Waverley residents – they are actually doing it!

But just like Oliver Twist… We want more?



Godalming Town Council off to pastures new in 2020?


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What does the future hold for ‘Your Waverley’ and Godalming Town Council’s offices in 2020? Watch this space?


Godalming Town Council leaders could soon be moving into premises it owns in the High Street.   It may soon be rubbing shoulders with the Godalming Museum.

And – Waverley Towers could soon be up for grabs too – as the cash-strapped council – looks to follow the Town Council? A review by borough council officers of its accommodation in The Burys has been on-going for more than two years. Will the new coalition finally make a decision to -downsize. If so, presumably, the new administration will get the blame?

A planning application has been lodged with Waverley Planners for a change of use of The Racquet Shop, at 107-109 High Street, which is/has closed down.

Now the Town Council led by the Lib Dems and others has decided to seek permission for a change of use from retail to offices of the building it owns. It wants to make some internal and external alterations including a new external staircase. And – the Tories left on the town council are backing the move.

The council presently operates from Municipal Buildings in Bridge Street, (pictured above) but the move to a building it owns opposite the historic landmark at the Pepperpot could save Godalming taxpayers considerable funds, and which town leaders believe could be better spent elsewhere.

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The Waverley Web is watching…



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Although most of the Waverley Web’s traffic is generated in the UK – as you will see from the graphic above = all those countries depicted in pink are regularly logging onto our site too.  We have heard from many of those followers around the world some of whom once lived or worked in Surrey/Waverley. Many of them contact us on our private e-mail address”


Spare a thought this Christmas for everyone who is working to keep us safe.


While you are raising a glass, tucking into a turkey dinner and enjoying the festivities with family and friends, spare a thought for everyone who is working over Christmas.

Over the past week, Surrey has suffered flood and tempest, landslips, accidents and a fair bit of road and rail misery.

Over one million people will be at work today.

Just because the holidays are now upon us doesn’t mean the real world stands still. Throughout the country care workers will be making their way to nursing homes to make life just a little brighter for the elderly. Community nurses and carers will travel day and at night whatever the weather brings, to care for the sick and the elderly in their own homes. Hospitals will work as usual caring for patients – people will die and babies will be born.

The work of highway engineers and ambulance personnel and paramedics, doctors and nurses will carry on regardless of the jivolity some of us are enjoying. Firemen and women will be waiting at their posts for the alarm to signal that yet another festive candle has caught fire to the table decorations. As the shout is raised and they race to the rescue  – let us all spare a thought for everyone who is working over Christmas.


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Thank you to every single one of you for your support throughout 2019. We are grateful for all the encouragement, thoughts and ideas you send our way.

The Waverley Web Team wish you all a Very Happy Christmas.

The residents of Elstead say – “we warned you what would happen,” but the powers that be, just wouldn’t listen.


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Thankfully so far only three homes are occupied and already they’ve had a flood warning, been advised to move belongings upstairs, and sandbags have been delivered (flood warning no longer in place).   There’s a lot of discussion about it on the Elstead Facebook Group if you’d like more info – 
The Showhome (plot 66) is one of the two houses pictured, with the river lapping at the garden fences (with slats designed to let the water through).  The water levels are not unusual for the time of year, and in 2013/2014 the water levels were significantly higher – some of these properties will flood, it’s just a matter of when.     You can find the plan with plots on here –
In fairness to Waverley Planners – they turned this site down – probably because it’s in Aunty Elsey’s patch – but no doubt a Government Inspector thought it would be fine for the new occupiers to have water lapping at their ankles!



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Brightwells VR Walkthrough


Bless old Waverley for giving the Art College a project.

Yep –  get a student to visualise the town square once it’s built? It is not exactly full of people, is it?

You can watch it here if the Christmas viewing isn’t up to much.

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Is it any wonder Farnham Town Council has taken over responsibility from Waverley Borough Council for all our town parks. It is called – control!


Thank you message from Paul Follows


A Big Thank you from the new boy that saw him land the second biggest surge in Lib Dem votes in the country!

See the South West Surrey Surge below. Think what it might have been if Dumber hadn’t promised to revoke Article 50! Mistake… Big Mistake!

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Leader of Godalming Town Council & Deputy Leader of Waverley Borough Council, says Thank you and wishes everyone in Waverley a Very Happy Christmas.

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You can hear Cllr Follows message by clicking on the Twitter link in blue below.


New lakeside homes available in Cranleigh?


Exactly as residents predicted – the new homes consented by Waverley Planners to developers – Thakeham now have a lakeside view.

We hope – for the sake of their new occupants that the waters don’t reach them, as parts of Elmbridge Road go under water.


One local resident popped this picture into our inbox yesterday – saying what others have been saying for years about flood-prone Cranleigh – “how stupid to build on a floodplain immediately opposite a stinking sewage works and adjacent to Cranleigh Waters.”

Former MP Anne Milton who chairs the Cranleigh Flood Frum, called for an investigation after Developers Thakeham Homes representatives were allowed to sit around the planning officers’ table during the meeting when consent was given.


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

You can read more about the consent here.

Thakeham’s home – but certainly not dry!

In the interest of clarity – here are the new Cranleigh Health Trust’s future charitable aims.


AN UPDATE on Changing the name – so what’s the game?

We understand from some of our followers that it was difficult to decipher the new Objects of the newly named – Cranleigh Health Trust – so here they are in larger print – so everyone can read them clearly, even if you cannot clearly understand them.

The Charity’s Objects are as follows: 


There you have it, boys and girls. Hopefully, you will find the above more legible this time.HOWEVER, THERE IS NO MENTION OF THE KITCHEN SINK?

 It is also interesting to note:

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Changing the name – so what’s the game?

As they say in a marriage – ‘Change the name but not the letters – you change for worse and not for better.”

After 20 years has the Cranleigh Charity, Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust (CVHT), given up or is it proposing to battle on regardless of public opinion? The residents, including many donors, have written to the Waverley Web saying they are completely baffled.

They are asking:

WHY has CVHT announced – just days after its planning application was refused for a Care Home + community beds  – a name change?  Does it seriously think it’s going to be a game-changer?  If so, they’re doomed to disappointment!



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We very much doubt the people of Cranleigh and the Eastern Villages care about the so-called charity’s objectives any longer simply because they know it’s no longer a charity but a private enterprise.  

What they do care about is the fact that they’ve been robbed!  And in broad daylight!  Robbed of Circa £1.5/7m.
Until the Trustees of CVHT fess-up, admit to their chicanery and offer to reimburse those who supported their original objective – a NEW COTTAGE HOSPITAL – not a PRIVATELY OWNED NURSING HOME or any of the above named in its latest objectives, the Villagers – v – Trustees divide will continue.  
Rather like Momentum, the Trustees have built themselves an echo chamber and moved into it.  But what they need to remember is that there are more villagers than them and that doesn’t bode well for their welcome should they ever succeed in getting their next miserable, tainted project off the ground.  Do the residents of Cranleigh and the Eastern Villages want this self-serving project to succeed in the teeth of local opposition?  The answer is short and to the point: NO!  Perhaps there should be a vote on it? And, perhaps villagers should be putting themselves forward as future Trustees?

 Note the new Charitable Objects cater to the new Martini generation –  anyone anytime, anywhere! Provided the Trust can hang on to former parish land, and whatever public money is left in its coffers?

No wonder Cranleigh Parish Council, which handed over the proposed site in a land-swap, has set aside £3,000 of its limited funds to seek legal advice? 

Power to the people of the eastern villages as they joined Waverley Planners to give a controversial Care Home development the order of the boot.

Changing the name – so what’s the game?



Dinah Washington’s What a difference a day makes:

What a difference a change could make
Just five little letters
It might bring back the sun and the favour
Where there used to be rain
Our yesterday was blue, dear villagers, without you
Today we’re a part of you,
Our lonely days are through, dear villagers
Soon you might just be ours
Lord, what a difference a name makes
There’s now a rainbow before us
Skies above can’t be stormy
Since that moment of bliss
That thrilling idea
It’s heaven when you
Find a trick up your sleeve
What a difference a name change might make
All the difference to us!

Changing the name – so what’s the game?

As they say in a marriage – ‘Change the name but not the letters – you change for worse and not for better.”

After 20 years has the Cranleigh Charity, Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust (CVHT), given up or is it proposing to battle on regardless of public opinion? The residents, including many donors, have written to the Waverley Web saying they are completely baffled.

They are asking:

WHY has CVHT announced – just days after its planning application for a Care Home + community beds was refused – a name change?  Do they seriously think it’s going to be a game-changer?  If so, they’re doomed to disappointment!


Do the Trustees – like Jeremy Corbyn & John McDonnell – think that local residents are daft?  Do they really think they can continue to bamboozle them?  If so they are living in a bubble bigger than the Westminster bubble that failed to predict the recent political earthquake!

 Apparently, the Trustees have also changed their charitable objectives, according to the Charities’ Commission website:

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We very much doubt the people of Cranleigh and the Eastern Villages care about the so-called charity’s objectives any longer simply because they know it’s no longer a charity but a private enterprise.  

What they do care about is the fact that they’ve been robbed!  And in broad daylight!  
Until the Trustees of CVHT fess-up, admit to their chicanery and offer to reimburse those who supported their original objective – a NEW COTTAGE HOSPITAL – not a PRIVATELY OWNED NURSING HOME the Villagers – v – Trustees divide will continue.  
Rather like Momentum, the Trustees have built themselves an echo chamber and moved into it.  But what they need to remember is that there are more villagers than them and that doesn’t bode well for their welcome should they ever succeed in getting their miserable, tainted project off the ground.  Do the residents of Cranleigh and the Eastern Villages want this self-serving project to succeed in the teeth of local opposition?  The answer is short and to the point: NO!  Perhaps there should be a vote on it … just saying


Here are the original Objects…

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Here are the new Objects, if you can Adam and Eve it, published on the Charity’s website. Note: In the area of the Primary Care Group.  A group soon to become Surrey Heartlands Trust. Also note the new Charitable Objects cater for anyone and everyone, for anything and everything,  – just so long as it can hang onto the land and the public’s money?

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No wonder Cranleigh Parish Council, which handed over the proposed site in a land-swap, has set aside £3,000 of its limited funds to seek legal advice?

Power to the people of the eastern villages as they joined Waverley Planners to give a controversial Care Home development the order of the boot.

Jeremy thanks his electors..and the gloves are off!



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Perhaps now – the SW Surrey MP will meet with the new leaders of Waverley Borough Council in a spirit of co-operation. Because you know what Mr Hunt, the people of this country, and this borough are heartily sick of politicians playing their own silly games. Show us what you are made of now you have the power you crave and make a difference to the lives of YOUR residents.  Help our children walk to school without choking on exhaust fumes. Because after 15 years as our MP, we now demand RESULTS, not RHETORIC!

Was this woman a scapegoat for the failure of others at ‘Your Waverley?’


A former Waverley council officer has been convicted of air quality fraud.

However, there is no mention of the fact that the offence was reported to the council by a member of the public, and had not been spotted internally.

A report in the Farnham Herald led Farnham-based air quality expert David Harvey to question the council’s data – while The Farnham Society also raised concerns that Waverley was dramatically underestimating the town’s pollution problem.

Well done David Harvy = and well done to the Farnham Herald.

The errors were confirmed by council chiefs just a month after the report was published, in June 2017, prompting an independent audit of the borough’s air quality monitoring and reporting arrangements.

The WW wonders why the offence continued for so long without being spotted by more senior officers? And, who was her line-manager?

The results of this audit were then referred to Surrey Police in February 2018, with a court date and location for Ms Wade to answer the ensuing charges to be arranged in “due course.”

Now the former air quality officer has been handed a suspended prison sentence and ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work after admitting she fudged pollution data.

Ann-Marie Wade, 44, of Durrington, Wiltshire, was sentenced at Guildford Crown Court last Thursday,  after pleading guilty to deliberately submitting false air quality figures to Waverley Borough Council between March and December 2015, and a separate charge for the same offence for all of 2016.

She was handed a 12-month prison term, suspended for 12 months, and also told to pay costs of £1,500.

A third fraud charge relating to alleged fraudulently-claimed expenses during Wade’s time at the council, which she denied, will lie on her file after the Crown Prosecution Service opted not to pursue a conviction.

Waverley Borough Council said in a statement released after Wade’s sentencing: “The council takes the issue of air quality extremely seriously and recognises that it is an important issue for our residents.

“That is why we acted promptly by commissioning an independent audit investigation after discovering issues with the reporting and monitoring of the council’s air quality data and subsequently asking the police to investigate.

“We are pleased with the outcome of this case and would like to thank Surrey Police for their hard work on this investigation, and the CPS for ensuring that justice prevailed.

“We will now focus on continuing to guarantee that our routine monitoring of air quality is carried out to the highest standards.

“Following our independent audit investigation, we reviewed our procedures and appointed independent contractors to carry out all of our monitoring.

“Our diffusion tube data is published online monthly and our analyser data is also published online in near real-time.”

Residents in other parts of the borough are also calling for diffusion tubes. The residents of Bramley are becoming increasingly concerned about the fumes filtering through the narrow village street an into shops and businesses. Also at the Crossways Junction in Alfold. Will the borough council be rolling out its air quality programme soon?

Rome wasn’t built in a day – and it will take time to change years of Tory-controlled Waverley.


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Cllr Paul Follows even found time during the last knockings of the election campaign to take a picture and stop to appreciate this beautiful site in his home ward of Godalming. 

Now that the dust has settled – and Jeremy Hunt is firmly ensconced back into his ‘entrepreneurial’ MP role at Westminster, let us reflect for a moment on the amount of criticism heaped upon the new coalition administration of ‘Your Waverley,’ that is beginning to feel more like “Our Waverley.’


Every new administration – regardless of its political allegiance – needs time to settle in. When that new administration is comprised of Labour; Liberal Democrat; Farnham Residents’ and an Independent – it could take a little longer. Let us be patient?

However, the borough’s residents are already beginning to feel the wind of change and each day that goes by, are beginning to feel considered, and more involved. Watching the webcast run properly, the ability for residents to ask questions – and more important, getting answers.

Fairer hearings for the public at planning meetings, and a Mayor who has asked members not to stand, as is customary, to speak during Full Council meetings. If they do, their heads are chopped off. Saying she will only vote on items where there is a tied vote, and generally assists in lightening the mood.

It is refreshing to see the new portfolio holders getting to grips with their briefs without point-scoring and continuously thanking officers for reports. That’s an officer’s job, that is what officers are paid for.

It is great to get regular up-dates on social media about the issues of the day – and the public welcomed The Listening Panel on oil and gas exploration which was presented by the portfolio holder with the experience of one who had been in the job for years. Steve Williams did what it said on the tin – he listened. Likewise with the Climate Emergency declaration – which everyone recognises will take time to bed in. and requires commitment from the council, developers and residents’ alike. The Green Party is a welcome addition to Waverley.

The public like the fact that the new guys and gals are questioning how and where Waverley spends its finite resources. Resources which diminish by the day due to Government cuts.

The Waverley Web joins others in being particularly impressed that the new administration wants funds distributed more equally between the major settlements in the borough. Over here in Farnham, we have received more than our fair share of Waverley handouts over the years. So too, the decision to meet with the residents of the small rural villages, often forgotten in the past.

WW remembers only too well the commitment made by the Tories to commit £12m to a new leisure entre for the benefit of the eastern villages, just a month before the May election. Did it have the money to make such a pledge? Will Cranleigh see that new Leisure Centre soon, or did the Tories commit a new council to a pledge it could not afford to keep?

As for Brightwells – the fact that New Waverley intends to look at the scheme with different eyes is welcomed by most here in Farnham. But is it too late?


Even if nobody else does. The Waverley Web fully appreciates the transparency of John Ward, Paul Follows and their team. So let’s give them a break and if then, they don’t deliver then we will be among the first to say so.



We are relieved for the residents of the borough that the deputy leader Lib Dem Paul Follows failed to win the SW Surrey seat in the General Election. And join others in congratulating Mr Hunt, and in particular, Cllr Follows a 33-year-old working man, of modest means, who doesn’t drive, and who leads both Godalming Town Council and Waverley Borough Council.

Although he certainly gave Jeremy Hunt a run for his money by polling 23,374 votes against JH’s 32,191. Labour’s Tim Corry 4,775.

Even Mr Hunt admits that it was the toughest campaign he has fought since standing 14 years ago, as the Lib Dems gained 28.9% of the vote share since the previous election.


Tis the season to be merry as a bit of a spat takes place at ‘Your Waverley?’


There we were thinking that the last Full Council meeting before Christmas would be full of bonhomie and Christmas spirit – before everyone slopes off for a Christmas drink in the Mayor’s digs – than wham bang and off go the fireworks!


image002-1Cllr Carole Cockburn had obviously been sucking lemons before bowling down the A31 to Waverley Towers. She grabbed the opportunity of commenting on the Council’s new Communications Strategy to settle old scores with two of her colleagues.

No sooner had the new administration presented its new strategy for communicating with councillors and the public, than out came Carole with all guns blazing.

“The irony of this is that Cllr Paul Follows is telling us how to communicate when it was his wild accusations when he first took office that `Local Plan Part 1 would basically be torn up, which almost scuppered the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan (2) before it had a chance….. to …

At which point Cllr Follows interjected – but was stopped in his tracks with… “I am speaking – and I am allowed to speak without interruption.” And she did, by now firing on all four cylinders and with a face resembling a patient after root canal treatment turned on Farnham Residents’ Cllr Jerry Hyman.”

Who she claimed, – “came along to preliminary hearing to communicate directly to a Government inspector – correct me if I am wrong – and repeated what Cllr Follows had said  ‘thankfully’ the Comms Team had issued a press release on the eve of the public examination refuting this.

This was a good example of uncontrolled communications. We need more control of media and communications.

Cranleigh’s Ruth Reed swung in behind to congratulate the Portfolio holder for providing the new strategy and  lightened the mood with something along the lines of “it’s not what we do it’s the way that we do it – it’s not what we say but the way that we say it”

Then upshot Tory Michael Goodridge still smarting from having to earn his council seat at the May polls – full of the same festive goodwill stoked  CC’s flames – in his own pompous inimitable way by saying the new Strategy was “similar to ours.” He argued that communication was a two-way matter and there were 57 members of the council, with whom the new administration should be communicating.

Then used the same document as an excuse to fire another missile into the new Administration for not going out yet to consult on Local Plan Part 2. Which was a bit rich bearing in mind it was the TT’s who postponed it due to the damage it may do them in the May elections? An outrageous use of political advantage to serve political ends. 

Cllr Hyman ended the debate by saying he had had no communication with the Lib Dems – Paul Follows -before the Farnham NP hearing – and he was happy to provide Cllr Cockburn with a full recording of the hearing which would confirm exactly what he did say.

So ended the last council meeting of the year in the true spirit of Christmas. A year during which there was more togetherness in Eastenders than between the Tories and the new Coalition of Greens, Labour, Independent and Farnham Residents.’

Country Park in Cranleigh given the go-ahead.


Is it all happening in Knowle park in Cranleigh?

Approval has been given by Waverley’s Joint Planning Committee for a new country park, which includes lakes, adventure play area – and a bridleway, which magically meets up with an emergency access road at the other end of Knowle Park. Quelle surprise!

The need for an emergency access road was questioned by councillors when the Knowle Park Initiative was granted detailed planning permission for 75 homes in Alfold Road, earlier this year. Cllrs Paul Follows and Jerry Hyman wanted to know why an emergency access was required by the developer when none existed for any other developments?

Officers just looked dumb, and said in future before any other such requests were made they would determine why? Just goes to show how easy it is to pull the wool over officers’ eyes at ‘Your Waverley?’

The Park was part of the pay-off for the development in Knowle Park – which has no affordable homes at all, these were removed at the detailed stage  – and another which totals circa 270 at the former West Cranleigh Nurseries site, also in Alfold Road, where the developer must provide affordable homes.  

The deal was – we will hand over a park to a Trust for villagers use, which villagers have been using for decades – and once was the venue for the annual Cranleigh Agricultural Show,  in return for another shedload of housing. Ah well – you get ought for nought as we say in Yorkshire.

So the question is? When will the new bridleway become a new road?

Thankfully, it appears this time planning officers were wide awake and imposed a condition on the use of the “bridleway and footpath 393,” which must be gated and not used for vehicles, without approval.  WW wonders, how long will that continue?   The council has also imposed a shedload of conditions to ensure the wildlife, the Littlemead  Brook, trees and hedgerows are not disturbed or damaged in any way.

The Environment Agency has raised concerns of the detailed design of the proposed lake and wants full details on how it will affect Littlemead Book, which boasts otters, how the lake will be filled and water levels managed?

All roads lead to riches​ , ​don’t they? Especially when they live in Cranleahy.

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

Another planning application now in the pipeline proposes to build on to the existing Knowle Park Nursing Home, pictured in brown at the bottom of the diagram. The Caring Homes Health Group wants to build 23 additional bedrooms onto the long-established nursing home.

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The WW has been warned by its readers to keep off the B-word and the E-word and concentrate on ‘YW.’


Never let it be said that the Waverley Web doesn’t listen to its followers – so to-day its back to business the Waverley Way.

Last night’s motion put forward by Farnham Firgrove councillor Jerry Hyman at first appeared to be a potent firework, but when he couldn’t find a seconder to debate the motion – it went off like a damp squib. His comment after the Full Council went completely silent for a few moments? – “How sad.”

Wouldn’t it have been great to see just one of his Farnham Residents colleagues, give the man who founded the group in 2015, a break and support him, so that at least the subject could have been given an airing? Exactly! “How sad.”

Despite his challenge to the Chief Executive to give a straight answer to a straight question, Tom Horwood stayed shtum. But then doesn’t he always? We have hardly heard him say a word since he arrived from the depths of Hampshire. Unless of course, when he wrote to the people of Farnham to tell us all what a wonderful development Blightwells, East Street would be and how Waverley would collect up all the golden eggs from the golden goose, once they were laid. Of course, now his predictions have been laid bare –  he has gone back into silence mode! Will ‘Your Waverley’ be shaken and stirred by the shocking revelations on Blightwells?

So, it was left to Solicitor Daniel Bainbridge, who seemed rather reluctant to even speak on the knotty subject of the  Special Protection Areas surrounding Farnham – and the  “truly appropriate assessment”  that Cllr Hyman was calling for, was it exasperation, or was it hesitation. Suffice to say, Barristers have told them that Waverley is doing everything right and is obeying environmental law. So that’s alright then. Cllr Hyman can put up and shut up? However, We think not.

Suffice to say – nothing changes – everyone sticks their heads back in the sand – and Farnham Park a SANG ( the area of natural greenspace) which is the mitigation that is regularly offered up to offset the harm caused by housing development, loses another deer or two or maybe three… or even more, torn apart by dogs. Try ringing ‘YW’ to report an attack and all you will get is the bums rush because it is only interested in stray dogs!

Anyway – who cares about deer – Mr Nick Macfarlane, the countryside ranger at the medieval deer park says he cares. He says Farnham Park is a nature reserve and wildlife should live “free” from fear and attack. So while shedloads of new homes are built, and occupied by shedloads more families with lorry-loads more dogs, how many deer will exist in Farnham Park in another decade?


Are councils taking notice of the new Habitats Directive – everywhere – except ‘Your Waverley?’

Are councils taking notice of the new Habitats Directive – everywhere – except ‘Your Waverley?’


Despite election fever hitting a crescendo – remember – it is business as usual at ‘Your Waverley.’

Tonight (Tuesday) a Farnham councillor will call on the council to suspend the granting of planning permissions for more housing, in the light of more Government guidance on habitats regulations.

Jerry Hyman the councillor for Firgrove Ward will propose a motion calling for the suspension pending “appropriate assessment” of the heathland surrounding Farnham due to fears the impact new housing is having on wildlife and the environment in its Special Protection Area (SPA.)  This follows action already taken by other councils in the country.

Will the new coalition administration, which declared a climate emergency just weeks ago, back the motion? Or will it stick its head in the sand just like the former Tory administration has for more years than we care to remember?

We vividly remember one Cranleigh Tory councillor suggesting that Farnham’s problems could be sorted by Climate Change.  He predicted the Dartford Warbler, flying to the warmer climes in the North of England enabling more development in Farnham! 

The Cranleigh Warbler…warbling…

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Waverley Cllr  Jerry Hyman has been banging on for years, even ended up before the Standards Board – due to his insistence that the council was continually ignoring the Habitats Directive and forging ahead with development that is having a detrimental effect on Special Protection Areas including those in Farnham.

It has been a year since a European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling on the environmental impact of nitrates from new developments which threw plans for thousands of homes in England into doubt.

“The effect of [the ruling] is colossal,” says Seán Woodward, leader of Fareham Borough Council and chairman of PUSH (the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire), a group of 11 local authorities that says some of its members cannot grant planning consents for fear of breaching European Union habitats regulations.

“Planning in south Hampshire has ground to a halt.” David Hayward, planning policy team leader at Havant Borough Council, adds: “We deal with habitats laws as par for the course here as we’re in a protected area, but on this issue there was, and still is, no resolution.” Hayward and Tim Pike, Havant’s deputy leader and the councillor responsible for planning, regeneration and communities, are hoping a solution can be found quickly.

On November 7, 2018, the ECJ ruled in two joined cases related to the EU Habitats Directive, known together as the ‘Dutch case’ (C-293/17 and C-294/17). Its judgment raised the bar that development projects would have to clear when being assessed to see if they breached rules protecting sensitive habitats, such as EU “special protected areas” (SPAs). During these appraisals, known as “appropriate assessments”, promoters of such projects will often cite measures that they argue will mitigate any habitat harm. The ECJ judges said that assessors should not take these measures into account…

…”if the expected benefits of those measures are not certain at the time of that assessment”.

The decision has had far-reaching repercussions for developers. In June, wildlife regulator Natural England responded to the case, and other ECJ rulings by issuing new guidance to councils on compliance with habitats regulation assessments (HRAs) taking a much tougher stance. 

Tonight ‘Your Waverley will consider the following motion. Which if agreed could bring a moratorium on housing in parts of the borough.

  1. MOTIONS ON NOTICEIn accordance with Council Procedure Rule 12, Councillor Jerry Hyman proposes the following motion:

    “That the Council instructs Officers to

    1. (i)  reinstate the moratorium on the granting of consents to new housing within the visitor catchment zones of the Thames Basin and Wealden Heath SPAs (which was implemented temporarily from May last year), with immediate effect, and to
    2. (ii)  suspend the Waverley Avoidance Strategy,

(and to advise relevant developers and other interested parties as appropriate), until such time as the requisite evidence and appropriate assessments have been produced in accordance with all relevant legislation;

and in order to enable limited development to be lawfully consented through the ‘exceptions tests’ of ‘Habitats’ Art.6(4) and Reg,64,

that the Council further instructs Officers to write to Natural England requesting that they provide the information necessary for Waverley to conduct complete appropriate assessments of the Local Plan, Avoidance Strategy and relevant planning applications, to specifically include all currently available and relevant information evidence in respect of

  1. (iii)  the robustness of the current (2009) TBHSPA Delivery Framework strategy and SANG Standards,
  2. (iv)  population data and dynamics (historic to date, and trends) for the 3 relevant bird species, for the Thames Basin and Wealden Heath SPAs,
  3. (v)  the current Conservation Status, and the necessary specific Favourable Status Conservation Objectives for the habitats and species of those SPAs,
  4. (vi)  the measured effectiveness of On-site, Local and Strategic SANGs in displacing visitor pressure and disturbance from the SPAs to SANGs,
  5. (vii)  the extent to which SANG provision and promotion encourages dog ownership in the area over time, and
  6. (viii)  the measured effectiveness of the SAMM Strategy,

and if any of that requested information is not currently available, that Officers request that Natural England advises when that information is likely to become available.”



Nobody says it better than Farnham’s David Wylde?


It cannot be true – can it? Crest Nicholson pressurising shopkeepers to move out of Farnham’s high street in return for two years rent-free in East Street just so they can get some stickers on our Waverley Web book? They cannot be serious?

So exactly when will Waverley’s new administration decide that it wants an Independent Audit of the Blightwells scheme in Farnham?

And who will be held accountable for the damage that has been done, and continues to be inflicted on our lovely town? And why has Waverley’s  Chief Executive Officer Tom Horwood gone silent on us? Perhaps he should be writing another little letter to the people of Farnham – and not leaving it to David Wylde to pin the tail on Farnham’s donkey?

Will ‘Your Waverley’ be shaken and stirred by the shocking revelations on Blightwells?

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How Jeremy Hunt protects Whistleblowers.



This excerpt from another website makes interesting reading. However, all you whistleblowers out there in South West Surrey don’t be put off – keep whistling in  Jeremy’s ear… and tell him – that whistleblowing is professional suicide!

P.S. If he has a moment – perhaps he should pop down to a few of his local acute hospitals. Ambulances stacked up, A & E’s overflowing, waiting rooms resembling war zones, and some “very, angry and totally demoralised staff.” 

All that – and patients driving around car parks losing the will to live.

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Is MP Jeremy Hunt exploiting Haslemere minor injuries unit?

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As far as we can ascertain Mrs Chowdhury has been unable to find work in the NHS and is suffering from stress and cancer. WW wrote to her website for a comment, but have not received any at the time of posting.



New head honcho for planning arrives soon at ‘Your Waverley,’


As Zac Ellwood prepares to take over as Chief Planning Officer, at Waverley Towers it would appear that the former Major Projects Portfolio Manager at Guildford Borough Council is leaving just in time!

 Let us all hope that Mr Ellwood can help knock the planning department at Waverley into shape when he arrives next week. 

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Here’s a recent article from the Guildford Dragon. Showing that Guildford may soon be following Woking’s example and going for high rise?

Shock North Street Developer’s Scheme Catches Councillors By Surprise

By Hugh Coakley

A preliminary application for large-scale, 15-storey development in North Street seems to have caught many, if not all, borough councillors off guard.

The request, sent to GBC on November 15 by Savills, on behalf of developer St. Edward (Berkeley Homes Urban Renaissance), is for “an opinion on the information to be supplied in an Environmental Statement (a ‘scoping opinion’)”.

The information will be used in an Environmental Impact Assessment and gives the first outline description of the much-discussed town centre development, as envisaged by the developers.

The application shows the proposed development will comprise “residential-led, mixed-use redevelopment, consisting of up to 90,000sqm total floor space”, and include:
• Up to 850 homes;
• Retail and leisure use;
• Food and drink use;
• Flexible commercial, retail and leisure use;
• New civic squares and pedestrian routes through the site; and
• A new bus and coach station.

The buildings would range from five to 15 storeys, Commercial Road and Woodbridge Road would be permanently closed and the bus station relocated further east, towards Leapale Road.

Cllr John Rigg, (R4GV, Holy Trinity), a former Savills director, who leads for the council on Major Projects, said angrily: “The application for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) scoping opinion ahead of a planning application was a surprise to me and every member of the Executive, including the leader.

“I welcome any sign of progress with this long-running saga but councillors should not be the last to know, especially on a site we partly own.

“I have been actively requesting a briefing or sight of a development brief from our Planning Department since our election in May.

“Our residents deserve to know what is happening on this important site. I was able to meet the developer recently and I am surprised he made no mention of submitting an application.”

In a frank admission of dysfunction within the council, Cllr Rigg said he did not even know whether a development brief existed. “I have asked but received no reply,” he added.

Council leader Cllr Caroline Reeves, (Lib Dem, Friary & St Nicolas), said: “After years of waiting for progress on the redevelopment of North Street, this is a step in the right direction, but it is only a first step. The scoping request submitted by Savills is part of the usual process, but it is nowhere near what the final development would look like.

“Any scoping request will always look at the maximum levels of development both in height and number of units. This is not a planning application, and no project of this scale can proceed without first going through full and wide public consultation.”

The Guildford Dragon NEWS asked Cllr Reeves and Cllr Jan Harwood, (Lib Dem, Merrow), lead on Planning, Regeneration and Housing Delivery, to confirm they had been unaware the application was to be submitted but no response has yet been received.

In a Dragon interview earlier this month, Cllr Rigg expressed guarded optimism in the choice of developer, Berkeley Homes. But this optimism and the hope that owning part of the development land would give the council a measure of planning control appears to have been shaken.

He said: “It is our role to either lead from the front in identifying the right scheme or at least working as valued partners with the developer.

“It is a critical site and the community want a new approach after recent planning failures such as the Solum Station scheme. We simply cannot permit a repeat of that project on North Street.”

He also wants public consultation on a range of style options to be presented by the developers. It is uncertain whether the GBC Planning Department agreed with this approach.

Let’s all hope Anne Milton has a smoother crossing next week than her daughter Nikki Henderson.


Whilst her mother former Guildford, Cranleigh & Villages MP Anne Milton has been pounding the pavements in her general election bid, and her doctor father has to battled away in A & E  – their daughter has been on the high seas.

Greta Thunberg’s Atlantic crossing: ‘Why I wanted to help’

Greta Thunberg and Nikki Henderson

Greta Thunberg was on the wrong side of the world.

She’d taken 14 days to cross the Atlantic on a carbon-neutral journey via boat for climate change summits in the US and Chile.

But at the last minute, political unrest meant the Chile talks moved to Spain.

She needed a crew to take her back to Europe – and she needed them quickly.

That’s when Anne Milton’s daughter Nikki Henderson stepped in.

“I helped because I wanted to see what Greta was really like, get to know her and be able to educate myself about what she represents,” said the 26-year-old British sailor. 

The problem was that Nikki was in the UK when she was asked by Australian YouTubers Riley Whitlum and Elayna Carausu to join them on their yacht, ferrying Greta back to Europe.

The crew who sailed Greta from the US to Europe
Nikki and Greta were joined on the boat by Greta’s dad, YouTubers Riley Whitlum and Elayna Carausu and their baby, Lennon

And with just two days notice she had no choice but to fly to meet them she was criticised for that decision as the whole mission was supposed to be carbon-neutral.

“In an ideal world, yes, I would have sailed there and sailed back,” she says.

“But this is a more symbolic trip. Greta wanted to sail because it’s a good way to send a message to the world that there is no real sustainable option to travel.

“She’s not telling anyone how to travel, she’s not telling anyone how to live their life.”

‘We spent nights in a lightning storm’

So, Nikki, Greta, Greta’s dad Svante, Riley, Elayna and the couple’s baby Lennon set sail from Virginia, US on 13 November and spent nearly three weeks at sea on a 48-foot boat.

“We spent quite a lot of time together in quite a small space,” Nikki says.“We had most of our meals together. We sat outside together and had lots of conversations. We looked after Lenny the baby together.”But crossing the Atlantic in the winter isn’t all about cosy dinners and sitting under the stars.

“We had a couple of nights in a lightning storm which was both amazing and, I suppose, quite scary,” says Nikki.“I saw a couple of streaks hit the water and spark quite close to the boat so they were quite tense nights although most people are looking out the windows and staring and saying: ‘Wow’.”

‘Greta is obviously very brave’

As a professional sailor, Nikki says that she knows to be prepared for the unexpected, but weather like this, 40-knot winds and five-foot-high waves were “pretty nerve-wracking.”

However, experiences like these also helped her learn more about Greta.

“I think it takes a certain type of person to cross the Atlantic in the winter – she’s obviously very brave,” says Nikki.“I take my hat off to her and her father for joining us. That was a pretty courageous thing to do.”

“They didn’t do it for themselves, they did it to send a message. It felt very selfless.”After spending 19 days with her at sea, Nikki describes Greta as “friendly, quiet and kind” and says the experience has taught her why she is so “captivating.”

“Her passion comes across if you know her as a person as well as if you see her on stage or you see a setting aside parliament on the floor,” Nikki says.“She’s so captivating because she genuinely, authentically is true to her message in every way.”‘I’m sure we’ll be in contact forever’

After reaching land, Greta and Nikki will travel on to Madrid, but she believes the experience they shared with the boat’s crew will make them friends for life.

“A trip like that across an ocean builds bonds that are very, very hard to recreate in any other areas of life.”I’m coming off with four very good friends, which I’m sure we’ll keep in contact with forever.”

Nikki will return to the UK by train.

While most people aren’t able to sail across the Atlantic, Nikki believes there are lessons to be learned from their journey.

“I think we did show that sailing across the Atlantic isn’t very practical and that we do need more sustainable options available to the everyday person,” she says.

“And I think there’s definitely a message there about what you can achieve if you work together, compromise on certain areas of your life and you work with nature.“You can achieve something really remarkable if you’re if you’re prepared to do that.”

Anne Milton, who has served as the MP for 15 years,  is standing as the Independent Candidate for Guildford, Cranleigh & Villages.

Waverley planners refuse 91 new homes and send the county council back to the drawing board.


Waverley’s senior planning committee has refused an outline application by Surrey County Council to build 91 new homes on two sites in the centre of Cranleigh.

The Joint Planning Committee refused the application by 19 votes to 2 with one abstention.

The proposed homes, which include 27 “affordable homes” would be divided between the sites of two existing schools. –  Cranleigh Middle School accessed from Parsonage Road and Cranleigh Infants school presently accessed off Church Lane, but with new access off Dewlands Lane off Ewhurst Road.

Two new schools to serve Cranleigh and the surrounding villages will be built on existing playing fields alongside Glebelands School once the principle of development on the existing school sites has been established.

However, although officers recommended approval of both schemes the committee members were not impressed and neither were residents.

Public speaker Marian Und painted a grim picture of living in St Nicholas Avenue where school traffic problems from all the Cranleigh schools had worsened dramatically in the 18 years she had lived there. She described the scene, of coaches, buses and cars forced to drive along verges, lorries backing up, parking chaos, putting children at risk.  The rural character of the area around all the schools had gone and there was now completely unacceptable congestion which would be exacerbated by more housing and larger schools. 

Her concerns were echoed by Cranleigh Parish Councillor Rosemary Burbridge, who said although the density had been reduced from 98 homes to 91, at the expense of affordable housing, the density was still too high and 3-storey homes were out of character with the surrounding area. The proposed development was not consistent with the Cranleigh Design Statement and parking was at a premium in Cranleigh. The parish was concerned about the proposed access in Dewlands Lane from Ewhurst Road, the huge loss of trees and playing fields. The council believed that in a climate emergency declared by Waverley the sites failed the Consequential Test being in Flood Zone 3.

But Joy McLoughlan representing Surrey County Council argued the development was necessary to provide funds for new schools. The present school buildings were “outmoded.” and these would be replaced by high-quality housing in the heart of the village. the new schools would include a new 3G – AG pitch, and footpath links would be restored to the village. She claimed high walls alongside Church Lane had prevented access being provided into the infant school development.

Cllr Liz Townsend said traffic in the area around the schools was particularly bad, and the present scheme which removed the existing lay-bys would create even more pressure on parking for coaches. Glebelands had grown over the years, and the merger of two new schools would also include a nursery school. She could not support the loss of 37 trees, the bat survey was out of date and believed there would be added pressure on the water system.

Farnham’s Carole Cockburn said if this was allowed to go through there would be little the planners could do at the detailed stage asking, “why are so many trees lost?”

Godalming’s Cllr Steve Cosser, the schools desperately needed more accommodation and although sympathetic to traffic problems said:

“Unfortunately traffic problems exist at every school in Surrey – so we cannot use that reason to block this proposal.”

But his Godalming colleague Paul Follows said he wouldn’t be supporting it. “We have been burned before by outline applications like this.”

But as so often before, it was left to Alfold’s Cllr Kevin Deanus to hit the nail right on the head.

“It shows here that 19 properties fail to meet the minimum national space standards and these look to me to be like a load of Butlins Holiday size homes, and our comments need to be fed back to the county.”

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The Middle School site is the larger outlined in red and the smaller on the right. 

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Access to housing on Infants School site from Dewlands Lane with Cranleigh Cemetary in the background. Cranleigh Fire Station out of the picture on the right.

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Cranleigh Middle School to be demolished to make way for housing.

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Two councillors voted for the application – 19 were against and there was one abstention.

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Surrey County Council will determine the school applications on 18th December at its Planning and Regulatory Committee.

The agenda will be displayed in the week before the meeting

Proposed venue: Ashcombe Suite, County Hall, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2DN

Contact: Joss Butler  Email:

Election predictions for Guildford and South West Surrey


In Guildford it could go either way, in South West Surrey there could be a big upset if the great and good stay at home. There is everything to play for.

Yougov predict:
Guildford: Small Conservative win
South West Surrey: Hugely reduced Conservative Majority
Cratus predict: 
Guildford:  Liberal Democrat win
South West Surrey: Conservative hold

Boris predicts: “If the price of loyalty is losing Guildford, then so be it”


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Political lobbying company Cratus have called Guildford for the Lib Dems (see their analysis below) and SW Surrey for Jeremy Hunt (no surprise there then). We checked out their team, and were surprised to see former Conservative Minister Stephen Dorell amongst the team, and also surprised to see him urging voters to support Paul Follows! Has he recognised that Mr Follows is a “man of the people” who doesn’t drive a car, let alone an expensive car, uses public transport – when it can be found, isn’t a homeowner at 33 years-old – let alone a Buy to Let landlord with a shedload of homes. And guess what, in addition to his public role – he works and is on PAYE! 
And then we did a double-take to see who the other political heavyweight on the team were other than former Waverley Leader Julia Potts!
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Here are the Associates of Cratus Communications who made the predictions above. Julia potts top row far left is the former leader of Waverley Borough Council.

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We prefer to stick to our friend’s suggestions for voting, and for this, we turn to former Waverley Councillor and local Planning Lawyer Adam Taylor-Smith, who may be supporting Jeremy Hunt, but seems to be urging us to vote Labour rather than Lib Dem this time. Does this mean things are even closer than we think?

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Is the new Tory woman on the block having a laugh with the electorate – or what?


We will let you decide? Want to learn more about the Tory’s chosen one – Angela Richardson?

Hypocrisy or what?    You couldn’t Adam and Eve it could you? The Tory parliamentary candidate for Guildford, Cranleigh and villages commenting on closing tax avoidance loopholes? 



A week is a long time in politics – a day is a long time in ‘Your Waverley.’


Only yesterday the Waverley Web urged our politicians to: “play nicely.” You can read our post below. Ah well, that little bit of advice –  didn’t last as long as a Magnum. We have put the snow effect on as the atmosphere is becoming decidedly chilly!

Is Following Follows getting nasty?



So what happened next you may ask? The Godalming hustings took place – mainly, as you would expect for residents of Godalming and the surrounding area, but was ambushed by ‘a bunch of hyenas’  – as one new Godalming residents described the Tory contingent. Do we smell panic in the Tory ranks?

So who crammed themselves into the front row so they could have a go at the Lib Dems and Labour, no prizes for guessing?

The usual toxic group led by Julia Potts (who was forced to land like a Spring cuckoo and throw her deputy Ged Hall out of  the nest, because her Farnham seat in the May polls was doomed.) Is it a bird? Is it a bee? No,​ it’s Potty parachuting into Tilford.

Denise Le Gal – who was well and truly routed from her Farnham sinecure and who seems to retain an almost unique ability to re-write history. Her penultimate appearance as mayor of Waverley was of-the-never-to-be forgotten-variety as she referred to Tories who never turned up, were paid,  and thrown out of the council as – “CHINOS’ ‘Councillors here In Name Only’ – and actually thought it was funny.

 Waverley Mayor has the GALL to joke about councillor non-attendance

Peter Martin – who thankfully at times still manages to behave like a gentleman – Judith & Chris Storey – attending their second husting in the hope they can slay the dragon and give both opposition candidates a damn good drubbing, but failed, miserably and Anne Gray who failed in May, and David Hunter who is still smarting from being ousted.  Payback time had truly arrived! And, they all looked as happy as pigs in the proverbial.

Obviously too busy playing keyboard warrior on Facebook to attend, good old Aunty Elsie, aka Jenny Else made up for her absence by firing up her keyboard from the depths of Elstead in a bid to take aim at Follows and fire up the voting fodder.

Do these TTwits honestly believe that they will win votes and influence people by their disgraceful behaviour- obviously, both ours and others’ comments about toxicity in politics was lost on all of them?

Here’s just a small sample of what the public thought.



Said Paul Follows after the meeting.



How very sad, that Cllr Else is so insensitive, that she cannot even recognise how rude she, and everyone was to Farnham Residents Cllr Jerry Hyman when he arrived at Planet Waverley?

As for Paul Follows, he was a pariah from the moment he stepped onto the Waverley stage and was treated as such?  The fear in the whites of their eyes was palpable among  Tory-controlled Waverley when it was joined by a young, professional extremely bright, intelligent and personable young man sitting among a bunch of has-beens, so far past their sell-by date, some can no longer even speak succinctly. Why? Because not only in opposition did he ask questions, he expected answers, just like so many of the rest us Waverley residents who have been ignored by the TT’s for years.

Be careful, be very careful who you throw stones at Cllr Else.  -Ye who we are told by a retired officer presided over an absolute DISAAASTER as Craig Greville Horwood would describe your efforts on a Cultural Strategy that wasted thousands of pounds of taxpayers money and had us all laughing in the corridors at Waverley Towers. The very same councillor who, we are told,  has done more to damage the services to the elderly in Waverley than anyone else has managed in its history.

Do we have a Cultural Strategy or do we have 230 pages weighing over – 600 grams – of expensive tripe? Tripe that was trashed


So…you no longer even recognise when you are being rude, mean and spiteful to a young man? Now that really is a worry, Aunty!  What a shame you cannot emulate the civilised and gentlemanly behaviour of your husband in the council chamber. Don’t you see how damaging your attitude is when the public is watching the webcast? Thankfully, other Tories – including Kevin Deanus, Stephen Mulliner and Liz Townsend and others did not leave their manners behind in the members’ cloakroom. OOps! we forgot – LT has become an Independent!


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Tis the season to be jolly, tral-a-lal- a la!

Do the parliamentary candidates in Waverley want to protect the environment?


Environmentalists Call On All Surrey Candidates To Protect The Countryside

The Surrey Branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) is calling on candidates for the county’s 11 parliamentary seats to endorse the charity’s “Manifesto for Surrey”.

Andy Smith, CPRE branch director, says they are “calling on candidates of all political parties and groups to pledge to defend the environment and heritage of our county”.

The manifesto sets out a series of commitments:

  • Commit to tackling the single greatest challenge facing the world, the climate and ecological emergency, which has far-reaching consequences for us all, and which must take precedence over all other political, social and economic issues;
  • Protect all of Surrey’s countryside and open spaces, our green belt, Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Areas of Great Landscape Value, and our precious woodland, from inappropriate development, urban sprawl and noise pollution, so our county remains attractive and tranquil for future generations;
  • Promote public health and well-being by maintaining parks and open spaces so all communities have outdoor recreation in their own neighbourhoods, and to enable everyone, including our younger generation, to enjoy our environment and reconnect with nature, with walking and cycling routes throughout Surrey;
  • Seek measurable improvements to environmental quality through the introduction of Clean Air Zones to reduce nitrogen dioxide and particulate air pollution, by promoting car-free housing developments, and trying to exceed current targets for waste reduction and recycling;
  • Oppose all hydrocarbon developments in Surrey including oil and gas exploration sites which wreck our countryside, endanger public health and safety, and add to man-made climate change;
  • Ensure dark night skies over Surrey, vital for our wildlife and for human health, through reducing light pollution and ‘night blight’;
  • Promote nature conservation, wildlife protection and increasing biodiversity through sustainable farming and land-use, and by recognising the crucial importance of the natural environment;
  • Support sustainable local food production by encouraging farm shops and farmers’ markets and by supporting community allotments maintain the vitality and prosperity of our town and village centres;
  • Reduce traffic congestion by promoting sustainable transport, cycling and walking, and boost investment in local bus services;
  • Preserve the special character of Surrey’s towns and villages, our conservation areas and historic buildings, and safeguard their historic setting from intrusive development; and
  • Meet local housing needs in our towns and villages by ensuring the provision of well-designed, appropriately-sized, high-quality homes that local people can afford, including social housing for rent, and by encouraging sustainable high-density developments on brownfield, urban sites.

Mr Smith added: “The future of our environment and quality of life is at stake, and at this critical time, as the candidates seek our votes in this General Election, we need all candidates and parties to affirm their support for a clean, green Surrey.”

This article is based on a CPRE Surrey press release.

Is Following Follows getting nasty?


Cool it boys and girls and play nicely?


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This is a message that Waverley Borough Council Deputy leader Paul Follows posted on his Facebook page earlier this week.

Here at the Waverley Web, we too have had a few very unpleasant remarks made about the Parliamentary Candidate standing in the South West Surrey constituency against Jeremy Hunt. Thankfully, we can remove them before they go into the comments box, and sometimes, after. However, some keyboard warriors appear to think they can insult at will.

Some people seem to believe that the Conservatives have some sort of given right to hold both the SW Surrey and the Guildford & Cranleigh seats in Parliament – and that the voting fodder is just that, fodder. Residents to be wooed every few years and then dropped once they start to concentrate on the bigger picture and secure a seat at Westminster. 

What the residents of Waverley would like to see is a little more emphasis on local issues.

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Oh dear! Before the refusal letter has been posted boys toys are flying out of Cranleigh prams?


Waverley Planners dared to upset the supporters of a Cranleigh Charity that had its planning application thrown out on Wednesday. You can read why here:

Power to the people of the eastern villages as they joined Waverley Planners to give a controversial Care Home development the order of the boot.

Cranleigh’s  Community Board has been fizzing ever since Waverley’s Joint Planning Committee refused Cranleigh Village Hospital and HC-1’s scheme to build an 80-bed care home and a staff hostel on a site once owned by villagers in Knowle Lane.

Judging by the e-mail messages we have received – and the on-line squabbling, it appears now the dust is settling the blame game has begun. Perhaps even an appeal against the decision has begun too?

So, perhaps our readers and our many correspondents over there in the eastern villages, could enlighten us – on who comes top of the poll in the pin the tail on the p/rat game?

Cranleigh’s very own Batty Bamford, purported to be a local businessman,  has blamed the parish council spokesperson, the editor of the Cranleigh Community Board and a young villager who was presumably asked to present the petition and speak up for objectors.

Waverley has been blamed by another supporter who fired off e-mails all over the country, for “dragging its feet.” Others are claiming it was the planning officers, the councillors and presumably the office cat? Oh, yes we almost forgot. The Trust’s planning consultants – Tetlow King blames Facebook and The Waverley Web. As if any seriously minded planner or officer would take one jot of notice of anything we say, dream on!

Others claim it was the Trust’s fault – for not providing villagers what it said on the tin. They dug deep into their pockets and bank accounts for a hospital and day hospital, for their use, and were offered a Private Care Home and accommodation block, to be shared by, what appeared to them,  for anyone, any-time, anywhere.

We would like to hear from anyone else out there who would like to name anyone else they would like to blame for what has become a toxic chapter in Cranleigh’s history?



Power to the people of the eastern villages as they joined Waverley Planners to give a controversial Care Home development the order of the boot.


A 20-year slog to replace beds lost in Cranleigh Village Hospital ended in defeat for a charity hell-bent on joining forces with a commercial partner to build an 80-bed private care home in the heart of Cranleigh. The application was refused by 15 votes to 5 with 1 abstention.

After a short hiatus, when members of the Joint Planning Committee were told the applicant had sought a deferment, which was promptly refused by majority vote –  Due to Chairman  Richard Cole’s role, on Cranleigh Parish Council’s planning committee he felt unable to consider the application with “an open mind,” and left.  His deputy David Beaman took the chair.

 Cranleigh councillors were not alone in their opposition to a development which has been eagerly awaited for a year. During which time public meetings have been held by objectors, petitions containing over 5,000 signatures raised by Alfold resident Andy Webb. Due to Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust refusal to meet the public who backed them, the mood of objectors grew darker by the day. Three Cranleigh councillors have been verbally attacked in the street by one of its Trustees, a former parish councillor, as a result – the public mood worsened.

Outlining the scheme officer Patrick Arthurs explained why officers concluded that the development in an ASVI – an Area of Strategic Visual Importance – was unacceptable and should be REFUSED. The development would damage the intrinsic character and beauty of countryside beyond the Green Belt, and the impact of the scale and mass of large buildings – a care home/20 community beds and a 26-unit health worker building- must be proportionate to the impact for the principle to be considered acceptable. Harm must be balanced against benefit.

He said previous consents obtained by the charity had lapsed ...

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.. the scheme before members was significantly larger and, despite the benefit of community beds did not outweigh the harm the whole development would cause. There was no formal agreement with stakeholders, including Surrey County Council that the community beds would remain in perpetuity. Neither was there any definite evidence of the catchment area it would serve.

This was confirmed in person later by a  representative of the Surrey Integrated Care Partnership. 

Cllr Patricia Ellis, who called in the application, claimed Cranleigh residents would be “prioritised” She argued the health sector had changed since the original concept of a hospital and day hospital was mooted. She then applauded the superb outpatient, X-Ray, physiotherapy and podiatry and other services now being offered in the old cottage hospital. 

There were many excellent nursing homes in and around Cranleigh, but most were “very expensive,”  Her claim that the site was accessible to car parks and good public transport was later contradicted by Cllr Paul Follows, who said he relied on public transport every time he visited Cranleigh, and public transport was anything but accessible!

Cllr Gerry Hyman questioned why no Community Infrastructure Levy was charged and why couldn’t he find all the viability statements? He objected to such a huge building, and, against a background of laughter from councillors and the public gallery, said couldn’t understand why there was no highway objection in such a  congested road?

Speaking for  Cranleigh Parish Council Rowena Tyler said the council had supported the delivery of a Hospital and Day Hospital. The Charity had witnessed the council’s unanimous refusal of this commercial scheme for a profit-making organisation and its reasons for doing so were based on strong planning grounds. The land transfer had included a covenant, and the council had believed the beds would be for the Cranleigh communities use,  not for the whole of Surrey. It could not support the hostel, which combined with the 80-bed care home was totally inappropriate overdevelopment in an ASVI.  A 1.8metre fence, she argued, would be of no benefit to the community.

Villager Kathy Plank spoke for the 5,000 people who had written in and signed the petition she held. She described the huge fundraising efforts to build a replacement  hospital and day hospital;  There wasn’t a man, woman or child a business, school or organisation who hadn’t proudly displayed the CVHT logo as they swam, sang, cycled played cricket, football; held tea and bridge parties, and enjoyed the 60th Anniversary D-Day Concert; all of which produced over £1.4m in 10 years. Many bankers orders were made out and money jars filled – and the coffers of the Charity coffers had grown. Legacies were left in Wills.

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Alfold Cllr Kevin Deanus lambasted the scheme, saying there were eight good policy reasons for refusing it. First, it came in with a scheme for 2,400 sqm then 4,000 sqm (lapsed) and then 6,180 sqm, a 48% increase – if they had wanted to squeeze any more onto this site they would have needed a crowbar.  I will object.

Farnham’s Carole Cockburn said she would be opposing it on its sheer mass and scale.

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By the time Cranleigh Cllr Liz Townsend flipped on her microphone, the fate of the scheme was signed and sealed. She registered her concern that SCC only made block bookings of beds for one-year, and the CCG for five years, and reiterated others concerns on the impact on the ASVI.

Not a problem said Cllr Anna James. The borough needed – lots of old people’s homes, and if there were lots of beds in the private care home that weren’t required, then the county council could have even more. Cllr Ellis agreed, if Cranleigh people didn’t want the beds they could be filled by others from elsewhere. However, Cllr Brain Edmonds said:  “Well, I certainly wouldn’t want a bed in that home!”

Cllr Jackie Keen believed, although the county council may get the beds it needs, Cranleigh would get all the traffic and yet more development.

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 Deputy Leader Cllr  Paul Follows: wondered what would happen to the community beds if  Surrey County Council’s money ran out? What happens when they cannot afford them – will they go into private use? And, I have a real issue with student dormitories, being described as “affordable homes.’

After the vote 15 against, five for and one abstention. The committee went on to consider an application by Surrey County Council to build 91 homes on two school sites in Parsonage Road and off Church lane, Cranleigh was also refused. The subject of another post.

A link to the webcast.

Background notes.

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The benefits by way of 20 community beds, 60 private nursing beds and affordable health worker accommodation are not sufficient to outweigh the (visual) harm and adverse (landscape) impacts. It is therefore recommended that permission is refused.

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Access opposite Berkeley Homes. 


  •   This proposal is not for a hospital. It primarily seeks to create a large profit-making private care-home. Residents have been grossly misled with regards to community funding;
  •   Short-sighted and commercially-driven project;
  •   This is not the right development to meet the needs of the community;
  •   The land is allocated for a new hospital, not a nursing home;
  •   A new hospital is required in the village to serve the needs of not only existing residents but all the new residents who will live in Cranleigh in the new residential developments being added to the village;
  •   Not against the proposals in principle but not on this site;
  •   Unsatisfactory layout and excessively dense form of development, amounting to an over-development of a small site, adding to the urbanisation of Cranleigh;
  •   Previous proposals for the site’s development were much smaller in scale;
  •   The buildings are too big and should be single-storey only;
  •   Unsatisfactory road access
  •   Cranleigh cannot accommodate any more new buildings, to protect its integrity as a village and its peaceful character;
  •   Rowland House, a purpose-built elderly person care-home, was demolished in favour of that site’s redevelopment for affordable housing yet the proposal here is for another care-home;
  •   The proposal will harm the village in practical, environmental and aesthetic terms;
  •   Additional traffic in Knowle Lane and greater congestion at the junction of Knowle Lane with Cranleigh High Street, adding to the hazard for both pedestrians and drivers and increasing journey-times;
  •   The staff accommodation is another way of adding another 26 households to Cranleigh, over and above the large number already permitted;
  •   The 66 car parking spaces to be provided for the development is insufficient;
  •   Disturbance, especially due to the 24-hour operation;
  •   Over-looking and loss of privacy;
  •   Smells;
  •   Noise;
  •   Pollution;
  •   Storage of hazardous materials;
  •   Loss of trees and wildlife.

The 2005 outline planning permission for a replacement community hospital and health-centre (WA/2003/1778) permitted a building with a footprint of approximately 2,400 sqm (18% of the site area), total floor area of development 4174.65 sqm, with parking for 48 cars, accessed by means of a new access from Knowle Lane (indicative site layout and elevation shown below). A key feature of this proposal is that development would only have occupied the southern half of the site, with the remainder being left undeveloped to provide a spacious landscaped setting for the development. The permission was not implemented.

This was followed by an application in 2006 (WA/2006/0095) for reserved matters, this time in the form of a 3 storey building, with a footprint of 2,180 sqm, but again spaciously situated within the site (16% of site area), and occupying roughly two-thirds of the southern part of the site, with the balance being left as open-space and parking.

There are significant differences between what has previously been proposed and permitted and what is now proposed under the current proposals in terms of the content of the development proposed.

Firstly, previous proposals for the site envisaged the provision of a health- centre, alongside the community hospital. This was not supported by the NHS and led to the development of an alternative health-care strategy, which involved the development of the new health centre in Cranleigh High Street and the upgrade of the former community hospital, to provide an enhanced diagnostic service.

The health centre is, therefore, no longer part of the current proposals because it has already been provided elsewhere.

The question to be addressed, therefore, is whether the large amount of “other” development that is also proposed alongside the community beds would be excessive, unjustified and beyond what is necessary or desirable to deliver the community beds.

It is also necessary to be clear as to the nature of the benefit to the community that will accrue by the provision of these beds.

The provision of the private nursing-beds could also, arguably, be a benefit to the community but whether 60-bed spaces are justified is another matter. A view, therefore, needs to be taken on this important issue too.

Likewise, it needs to be considered whether the provision of health-worker accommodation sought has a benefit to the community and, even if it does, in


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the principle, whether the amount of development sought is justified, in terms of it being necessary to ensure the deliverability of the scheme.

The qualifying criteria that patients must meet to be a priority for occupancy of one of the community beds have not been set. The applicant has confirmed that the criteria will be developed with the ICP and this could include a matrix of medical need combined with distance home address is from the new facility.

Residents of the new nursing home will have a range of medical conditions from dementia to end of life care. A patient could start off in need of medical treatment, provided at one of the local hospitals, which then develops into a need for nursing care or end of life care, which might be provided by the occupancy of one of the community beds. The community bed allocation criteria will reflect this range of need and health considerations.

The commitment of the CCG cannot be guaranteed beyond 5 years. This raises the important issue of what might happen to the community beds after 5 years; whether they will still be available to the community, for what purpose and through what mechanism

the nature of the benefit to the community and the extent to which it can be relied upon for the future remains unclear.

Surrey County Council, as social care provider, needs a supply of affordable nursing home provision, within its guide price range, to meet the needs of SCC funded nursing-home residents on a long term basis and, therefore, welcomes the provision of the nursing-home beds proposed, which it sees as helping to meet local needs through the Integrated Care Partnership.

It is proposed to provide two links from the site to the Downs Link bridleway; one to the north of the site and one to the southeast. These will facilitate trips to and from the surrounding area via the Downs Link, including to Cranleigh Village Community Hospital and Cranleigh Medical Centre.



Is it a triple whammy for – “poor old Cranleigh?”


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We just might be in for a real bun fight?

First Up – is the 80 bed-Private Care Home including 20-community beds – that 270 people have been eagerly awaiting and over 5,000 people have objected to. Villagers have Cllr Patricia Ellis to thank for calling it in after officers decided to refuse the scheme under powers delegated to them. She will no doubt claim that she has been prompted into doing so due to the huge local support for the scheme? Let us all hope that a few declarations of interest are registered? Perhaps even the odd financial detail missing from the report? Ah, well we can live in hopes for some transparency on this toxic development which, thanks to a charity’s duplicity, has divided a once, happy and cohesive community.

Now in an e-mail sent to us by one of its supposed supporters,  guess who the Charity is blaming for the delay of an application which has been languishing at Waverley Towers for a year? Yes, you guessed… YOUR WAVERLEY – which has been dragging its feet!

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Is this Cranleigh’s Brightwells? Because it has a fair few things in common with the shenanigans going on in our town. Using public land; public buildings; public money; the council claims were all being used for the benefit of the community, a community whose 10,000 residents opposed the redevelopment of East Street? Going as far as petitioning HM The Queen to allow our town to declare its Independence from ‘Your Waverley.’  Let us hope Cranleigh gets a better outcome?

Is Wife​ of Brian being supported by Son of Bainbridge?

Following: Along comes a shedload of new homes proposed by Surrey County Council, (91 – probably more when it comes to the details) because unless they can sell the land in order to generate £9m for the site which presently houses a Church of England Middle School and an Infants School just a hop, skip and a jump away – they cannot build replacement new schools on Glebelands School’s playing fields in Parsonage Road. Who needs playing fields anyway when the development gets an all-weather pitch, partially paid for by Berkeley Homes and originally intended for “community use? Why don’t SCC  have enough money, we hear you cry?

Because of its reckless investments in retail development in places such as here in Farnham’s Blightwells Development.

Will ‘Your Waverley’ be shaken and stirred by the shocking revelations on Blightwells?

The Treasury has clamped down on local authority borrowing amidst fears that reckless investments could bankrupt local councils. Borrowing which was hiked up by one percentage point last week. It is now at its highest level for four years. Some claim the move will put many capital projects at risk.

Surrey County Council says the school expansion is necessary and places are badly-needed for the 2,800 homes proposed at Dunsfold Garden village, the existing and expanding populations of Rudgwick, Cranleigh, Ewhurst, Alfold, Dunsfold, Shamley Green and Wonersh for the further two thousand homes consented, some of which are now under construction.

Then follows the new Knowle Park Initiative Country Park.

This will provide leisure space for all the new homes. Almost three hundred of which are being provided for the “people of Cranleigh” by developers and park owners- Nick and Rowena Vrijland – better known as the “Flying Dutchman” because most of the time he flies by the seat of his well-worn developer pants.

The man who says he “wants to give back to the people of Cranleigh” whilst trousering a very nice little windfall for himself, has already built homes on part of the parklands he wants to conserve. WW hopes the planners at Waverley ensure they tie him up in knots on his 106 legal agreements. Including the use of his very-wide bridleway which joins up with his “emergency access” at the other end? Having pulled the wool over the very blind eyes of Waverley Planners in the past many wonders If Knowle Park will become KPI – Phase 3.

So watch this space – it could all be happening for ‘Cranleigh New Town Tonight.’

The meeting starts at 6.30pm.


It cannot be true? Is the public following Follows?



If I’m not careful that young upstart who is leading Waverley Borough Council may be stepping into my well-worn shoes. Shoes that are far too big for him to fill? After all, I am a sitting tenant in the SW Surrey seat. I am an entrepreneur, former Secretary of State for Health, Foreign Secretary, local Landlord,  etc… 

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Ok, so I am 33, I studied at the University of Surrey live in Godalming and lead the Town Council and deputy leader of Waverley Council.  I commute to Guildford to work for BAE Systems Applied Intelligence on Surrey research park (covering Standards, legal compliance and ethical conduct).  I enjoy travelling, cricket and ice hockey and I am a Tenor in the Guildford Choral Society.
As an aside, another motivation for my getting into politics has been my parents. My father is a retired soldier and my mother is an HLTA at a Guildford School. Both have had cancer in the last 5 years and survived – largely due to fantastic NHS staff –  and so access to these services and providing for health services locally is a big deal for me personally. Equally an affinity for the teaching and defence professions is something built into me.

As the Hustings in Farnham follow-on from Charterhouse – is the South West Surrey seat is beginning to look just a little shaky?

Unfortunately, the Waverley Web couldn’t attend the event at The Farnham Maltings, because football and football practice got in the way! Oh, well – boys will be boys.

However, suffice to say our inbox has been groaning under the weight of congratulatory messages from some of those who attended. It cannot have been attended by only members of The Green Party and the Liberal Democrats, can it? Surely not. We would love to hear from the local Tories to give their spin on all things General Election SWS 2019? Don’t be shy.

Claire Mathes wrote saying – Dear Waverley Web.
The warmth in the room towards Paul Follows was palpable. What helps though is that he has a recent proven track record at Waverley Borough and Godalming Town Council of doing what he says he’s going to do, obviously you’d think, but a thing that has been sorely lacking in previous administrations. He is well-informed at ground level and clearly cares deeply about the people who live and work in the area.
Jeremy, I’m afraid, just looked a little clueless.
Teresa Burton-Brown
I went to my first election hustings yesterday, in Farnham. It was very well attended.
Our sitting MP (Jeremy Hunt) looked surprised and uncomfortable to be attacked on his record on the environment, the NHS, education and Brexit. He seemed completely out of touch. For example, when asked what he would do about the climate emergency in this constituency, he replied that he had just put in an order for his own electric car (!)
 Paul David Follows as the Lib Dem/Remain Alliance candidate talked about food banks, affordable housing, proper pay for proper jobs, public transport and his efforts on the council to improve air quality.
He was very impressive and certainly has my vote.
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Has ‘Party loyalty’ flown out of the window in Guildford and villages?


It was fairly obvious to all – that Anne Milton is definitely not a Boris Babe. And, it is also fairly obvious to all that “the chosen one” Angela Richardson is. 

Want to learn more about the Tory’s chosen one – Angela Richardson?

Anne Milton The former MP for Guildford, Cranleigh and eastern villages, who is now standing as an Independent was almost swallowed up by the Speakers’ chair in her efforts to avoid making even eye contact with Boris Johnson – during one of the last session of Parliament.

Yes, here at the Waverley Web we watched the parliamentary broadcast as Burly Boris on his way back from the voting lobby almost elbowed her out of the way, and she was forced to sit down, perhaps lie down, we know not. All we know is that for 5 mins she completely disappeared from view, and then appeared with a face like a slapped arse!

Her outburst over recent days underlines her true feelings for the man who may have ended her 15-year career in politics. Unless of course, the people she has tirelessly served decide that her dedication as a constituency MP, and experience of holding top ministerial jobs, and her professional achievements within the health service, can put her back in parliament.  We ask, why aren’t there more Independent voices in Parliament – working for US and not “THEM”unfettered by party whips?

Certainly, there is no contest between Anne Milton and “the chosen one” Tory PPP Angela Richardson. A Cranleigh parish councillor, who failed to be elected to Waverley Borough Council and with less experience of local Government than the village delivery man. A woman who even those canvassing for her in Guildford and the villages say they would have much preferred to be shlepping around the streets for a woman they trust – Anne Milton. 


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A poll of 100 people undertaken by the Guildford Dragon revealed the state of play.

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Charterhouse hustings welcome two candidates – sadly the Labour bloke was working.



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The school enjoys a lively debate with Jeremy Hunt and Paul Follows

Charterhouse was delighted to welcome South West Surrey’s incumbent MP, Jeremy Hunt (Conservative) and Paul Follows (Liberal Democrats) for the School’s first hustings event.

Both candidates took time out of their busy campaign schedules to attend the hustings and present their policies to our pupils. Sadly, the Labour candidate for South West Surrey was unable to attend, but we look forward to welcoming him for future events. The event was well-attended by pupils and teachers alike who commented that it had been a highlight of their year so far.

Deputy Head Boy and A Level Politics pupil, Oba Agboola welcomed the candidates to the school to enormous cheers from the crowd. The event was chaired by A-Level Politics pupils, Gabriel Brown and Anthony Gosnell, and Year 10 pupil, Shiv Pillai. They all did a fantastic job, asking the candidates questions which had been submitted in advance by pupils and staff and then leading audience questions in response. What an incredible accomplishment!

Hard-hitting questions put to the candidates ranged from the UK’s approach to Brexit and whether trust in UK politics was irreparably eroded in light of recent events. Both candidates answered the questions in an informative, professional and dynamic way, and the audience left with many issues to reflect upon.

Charterhouse wishes the candidates the best of luck as they continue their election campaigns.






Is Wife​ of Brian being supported by Son of Bainbridge?


Is it any wonder that when the Waverley Web was founded we chose the well-known saying…

‘Oh what a tangled web they weave when once they practise to deceive?’

An Ellis rides again to the rescue of a Cranleigh Charity who villagers claim has duped them of their cash.

Will ‘Wife of Brian’ succeed in scuppering a decision by Waverley Planners to ditch a controversial care home scheme?

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Will ‘Wife of Brian’ succeed in scuppering a decision by Waverley Officers to ditch a controversial care home scheme?

The answer to that little conundrum – will the Cranleigh Private Care Home application be determined by Waverley Members next Wednesday? Yes, of course, it will.

 The planners’ report states that the scheme, which was to be refused under delegated powers, will now go to the council’s main committee due to the large public response. Although it mentions 241 letters of support and 253 – letters of objection – no mention is made of the 4,500 residents who signed a petition.

But of course, we know, that they know, that everyone knows, that it has been called in by Cllr Patricia Ellis? Residents and councillors have wondered for weeks, if not months, why there has been an unprecedented deviation from the normal procedure for call-ins for this particular application? An application which has languished inside Waverley Towers since  November 2018?

So villagers are asking us?

Is wife of Brian is being assisted by non-other than ‘Son of Bainbridge!’

WW hears from residents over there – that the question on everyone’s lips in Cranleigh is – ‘Whether or not Daniel Bainbridge, the Borough Solicitor and Deputy Monitoring officer, for Waverley, has declared an interest in the Cranleigh Care Home application?  If he hasn’t maybe he should have done because his father, John, is a Trustee of Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust.  

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Angry villagers, more than 4,500 of whom are opposed to the privately owned care home being granted planning consent, have bombarded the council with petitions and letters of objection in their attempts to prevent it. After being told officers were recommending refusal under powers delegated to them, they wonder why the Monitoring Officer was so determined to allow Cllr Ellis to call it in – and support it.

We have received dozens of messages from donors, asking if Daniel Bainbridge, the deputy monitoring officer,  had a hand in ensuring that the “infamous late-call-in saga request, despite being out of time, was acceded to?”

Have John Bainbridge and his fellow trustees been aided and abetted – wittingly or unwittingly by…

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 Bainbridge Junior could be in a position to give them the inside track on what is and isn’t happening in the Planning Department at Waverley.


Opposition from local residents – who begrudge every penny of their £1.5m hard-earned cash going into a privately owned business  – and opposition by Cranleigh Parish Councillors has done nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the few – VERY FEW – hardcore supporters of the privately owned care home trying to get it over the line.  

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Just to recap for those just back from the Moon a Cranleigh Charity – Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust (CVHT)- was formed 20 years ago to build, yes you guessed, a hospital and a day hospital for Cranleigh and the nearby villages. The Charity has been dogged by difficulties, including numerous changes in NHS structures. Another of which is now on the way with the creation of Surrey Heartlands into which Guildford & Waverley will be incorporated.

However, a planning application to build a 60-bed  Private Care Home, which was recently changed to a “Nursing Home” and 20 community beds, has been languishing in Waverley Towers since November 2018. Why?

The Waverley Web understands that, as we type, a complaint about Daniel Bainbridge is now winging its way to the Ombudsman in order to establish exactly how and when Bainbridge Junior registered his conflict of interest in relation to the proposed Cranleigh Care Home.   Another is on its way to the Charities Commission enquiring how and why the trustees of CVHT can resolutely refuse to return donations to those who ask when the Trust is clearly guilty of operating what one disgruntled former supporter described as ‘a cloak and mirrors deception.’

A Charity that took money from local men, women and young children, under false pretences. Pledged a hospital and a day hospital, on land sold by villagers for £1 and is now building an £18m commercial care home, on land covered by a covenant. A covenant changed in 2013 by an exchange of e-mails! 

Now, Cranleigh faces the depressing prospect of the planning application for the privately owned care home being waved through by members with little or no connection to the village.  Meanwhile, Cranleigh residents are not only out of pocket personally, but they’re also out of pocket at a parochial level as the late unlamented husband of Councillor Ellis sold off their land valued at £250,000 upon which the privately owned care home is to be built. All without so much as a by your leave, or a mandate from the community –  for a measly £1! They are describing it as a dastardly act of daylight robbery!

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Sad news for the residents of Milford and Waverley with the announcement of the death of Jack Lee.


The Waverley Web sends its sincere condolences to Jack Lee’s family, friends, colleagues and the people of Milford and Witley. We will miss this bright smiling avuncular character.

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This picture was sent to the Waverley Web by Jack earlier this year. 

The sudden death was announced today that Jack Lee, who until earlier this week, due to the resignation of Elizabeth Townsend, was the only Independent Councillor at Waverley Borough Council.
Jack was the lead Armed forces champion for Waverley, a good and active councillor for residents of Milford and will, undoubtedly be a great loss to the new coalition group of which he was an important part. 

Jack and his family have lived in Milford and Witley for over thirty years. 

Jack was educated at Queen Victoria School, Dunblane and Edinburgh University. Following a successful career in international scientific and medical publishing, and Internet project management he retired and concentrated on his work in Milford & Witley.

Having served as a Parish Councillor representing Milford for over seven years, Jack had a good understanding of how local government works and how to make things happen. And he was doing just that right up until his death.

He was Vice-Chairman of Witley Parish Council and Vice-Chairman of the Planning and Finance Committees.

This made him well acquainted with the issues facing Milford and Waverley residents.

His wife Stella was an infant teacher in Surrey. Their two grown-up daughters attended Rodborough School, now have university degrees and are doing well in their professional careers.

John Ward, Leader of Waverley Borough Council, said: “Councillor Lee was elected as an Independent councillor for Milford in May this year and has played an incredibly active part in the work of the council since then.

“He was on a number of committees, including the Central Planning Committee, Licensing and Regulatory Committee, two Licensing Sub-Committees and the Housing Overview and Scrutiny Committee. As Waverley’s Armed Forces Champion, he played a leading role in raising awareness of the dedication and sacrifices made by current and ex-armed service personnel in the borough. He was also very passionate,  committed and active in finding new ways for the council and wider community to support servicemen, women and veterans.

“Councillor Lee was a very hard-working member and was committed to making both the village of Milford and the entire borough, a great place to live. He was a well-respected, kind and good-humoured gentleman who will be missed by all who knew him.

“Our deep condolences go out to his family and friends.”

As a mark of respect, the flag at The Burys will be flying at half-mast on Thursday.

Will ‘Your Waverley’ be shaken and stirred by the shocking revelations on Blightwells?



What was that sound we heard from ‘Your Waverley’s Overview & Scrutiny Committee?

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This is not any food, but it may not be  M & S food? 

A development rumoured to have now lost its “flagship tenant” M&S Foods.

A toxic development supported by Waverley Borough Council and Surrey County Council with squillions of  – OUR MONEY!

Cllr Merryweather, a newly elected Lib Dem, and an accountant by profession, had obviously been burning the midnight oil for months delving into the underbelly of the finances of a development opposed by many thousands of Farnham residents. A scheme which was subject of a Judicial Review, saw the demolition of the treasured Redgrave theatre, the loss of the beloved Marlborough Head Pub, The Gostrey Old People’s Centre, open spaces and much more and which has brought traffic chaos to the beleaguered town. It has been a running sore for over 20 years.

Cllr Merryweather calmly fired one salvo after another into the hushed meeting – whilst finance officers gaped like Nemo at the revelations that the development would not, as had been predicted by the Tory administration, produce a £900,000 a year bonus for the council, but a possible, £415,000 or less. 

He said the last financial appraisal was in 2016. But now he would update them on the base-case numbers, reeling off a stream of figures in quick-fire succession.

Perhaps we should say here, we are not Accountants – just your average Jo public – listening to a small room stuffed with people, without the benefit to seeing the screen, the following can be confirmed by the clip of the meeting below.

  • By the time Brightwells – (only WW and residents call it”Blightwells)  is completed, both now and in future years; the scheme will owe the General Fund £4.5m  and cash of £3.1m . and would have non-recurring revenue of £400,000. The payback time for the former is 2031/32 and the latter 2028/29.


  • WBC had contributed  £400,000 worth of property into the development – which had included the tennis club; The Gostrey Centre and more. It had received £800,00 towards the Memorial Hall, now a dual-use venue. What was the true cost of this development asks the WW?


  • In 2 years time, ‘Your Waverley’ is committed to a £500,000/£650,000 bill for resurfacing the Sainsburys’ Car Park. Which is “unfunded,” and would have to come from the General Fund and if borrowed – over 50 years, would cost the council – £25,000 per year.


  • MM said The ‘Jury was our’ in the prospect of the development producing 450 jobs. 


  • The Dogflud Car Park – had received  £514,000 in compensation from the from developer Crest Nicholson. But the costs to the council would be equivalent.


  • It was predicted that the South Street car park would have to close, resulting in a large loss of revenue from Farnham Leisure Centre, a centre already suffering due to the lack of car parking. 


  • Waverley had agreed to maintain in perpetuity the whole  Brightwells Yard site. A maintenance contract which would, most likely, have to be undertaken by private contractors at an estimated cost of – wait for it – £50,000 p.a.

Surely not for the 50-year life of the project?!? 

But it gets worse:

Waverley received £300,000 from SCC to off-set its car parking charges. However, WBC agreed to pay SCC £50,000 per year for the next 150 years of the contract.


  • The capital received from Surrey County Council over 3 years of £2.7m to be used for improvements to leisure centres in Farnham, Haslemere and Godalming.

Ominous or what? Not a single mention of the £14m which the Tories announced weeks before the May elections to fund a spiffing new Leisure Centre for Cranleigh and the eastern villages?

To a hushed audience, one of whom was the former council leader – was she hiding – because the WW could only see something resembling steam coming from the corner where Julia Potts cowered; he continued saying nobody needed any reminders about the dismal state of the retail sector!

 “We all live in the same world and know what the High Steet environment is like. So – will we hit the commercial rent base? We predict, certainly not in the first 2 years.”  

By the time, Cllr Merryweather began talking about possible lets of the residential properties everyone looked punchdrunk, and the atmosphere in the room was anything but merry Cllr Merryweather!

As for the debate – a deafening silence fell over Committee Room. Even Cllr Hyman a long opponent of the scheme said he needed time to digest the presentation, before commenting. Rendered Speechless? Cllr Hyman – never? 

In fairness to the Tory Group, and Cllr Potts, in particular, wasn’t it Former Leader Robert ~Know-less and Portfolio Holder Adam Taylor-Smith Knowless who masterminded the project? The latter who regularly flagellates the new coalition administration every morning when he gets on the train?

 However, councillors, in general, are laymen/women  – did they read their papers? –

But,  the Waverley Web asks? What part did the council’s financial experts – the plumply salaried Chief Executive and Financial officers like Graham Clarke- play in this possible fiscal fiasco.  Answers please on a postcard to

WW asks? Should there be an independent inquiry?

You can listen to the meeting here- but it comes with a health warning. Pour yourself a good measure of gin and tonic/whisky or wine first. You may need it.

An Ellis rides again to the rescue of a Cranleigh Charity who villagers claim has duped them of their cash.


In 2016 the late Brian Ellis, former Waverley and Cranleigh Parish Councillor declared a pecuniary interest in a Cranleigh Planning Application and left the meeting. All on the advice of the, then monitoring officer.

Probably in the days when the MO was up to the job?

A couple of weeks later Cllr Ellis,  changed his mind. He said that he wished to have the minutes of the previous meeting amended to declare a non-pecuniary interest instead. and he gives his reasons for doing so as you will witness in the video below.

A couple of other Cranleigh councillors, Stuart and Jeannette Stennett also declared a pecuniary interest at that same meeting and thought it wiser not to show up.

The late husband of Cllr Patricia Ellis gave, among his reasons for the declaration, that he had worked with the applicant to negotiate a land deal between Cranleigh Parish Council and  Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust.  Land valued at £250,000 and sold for £1. Mrs Ellis was also a member of the parish council when the deal was done, and the covenant on the land deal was agreed, and then subsequently changed.

At the previous meeting, Mr Nick Vrijland the owner of the Knowle Park Initiative had gained planning permission to build 265 homes – on either side of Alfold Road near the former West Cranleigh Nurseries. 

On Wednesday 27 November his widow – Cranleigh councillor ~Patricia Ellis – has called in a planning application, against some advice, for an application by Mr Vrijland and his fellow Trustees of a charity called Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust, to be considered by the Joint Planning Committee (JPC).

Although she is not a member of the JPC, as the ward member, she is permitted to call in an application that would otherwise have been refused under officers’ delegated powers, and speak for up for it. However, it is believed, that her call-in was out of time and that there was a departure from the normal delegation planning process.  The Waverley Web cannot help wondering – WHY?

 The application is for an £18m three-storey 60-bed Private Care Home, residential accommodation, and 20 community beds on a site in Knowle Lane, Cranleigh and on land formerly owned by Cranleigh Parish Council.

A scheme that is being strongly opposed by more than four and half thousand residents of the eastern villages by petition and letter.  villages. Many of whom donated cash for a hospital and day hospital and not a commercial enterprise.


Oh and if you wondered why-officers are recommending refusal. Here’s just a starter for ten. But, of course – no objection from the county highway authority, that threw away its rule book years ago.

Here are the comments of Waverley Borough Council Officers when recommending refusal for the conversion of an old railway gatehouse in Knowle Lane, Cranleigh into a group of flats. Just a hop, skip and jump away from the Care Home site and opposite the £55m Berkeley Homes scheme for 425 homes.

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Such hypocrisy?



Now Fact-Checking the Tories ‘In Touch.’


Or perhaps more to the point former MP for SW Surrey Jeremy Hunt’s ‘In Touch.’ Because the latest leaflet  has very little to do with Tory achievements in ‘Your Waverley.’

Just a bit of trumpet blowing for ~Our Jeremy – or what?

But there is something very worrying going on here.

Because he knows, and we know, the police know and more important the residents of Farncombe and Godalming know who was behind the campaign against the spate of anti-social behaviour that has hit the area.

You know full well that it was the frustrated residents of Farncombe & Godalming that prompted a public meeting which was hosted by Cllr Penny Rivers and Cllr Paul Follows. They hosted a session for 220 people held in Farncombe, to which you were invited, and to which you didn’t attend. You can read all about that September meeting here. It was held at a time you were ‘spending more time with your family.’ And twittering to Boris Johnson saying you hoped he was having as much fun being PM as you were having not doing itThe fightback​ has begun to deal with anti-social behaviour – “and make Farncombe great again.”

Waverley  Cllr Rosoman and Cllr Paul Follows pledged to follow up on all the actions suggested by the public and subsequently, together they convened a meeting of the council, police, schools and youth groups partnership committee to deal with the serious issues and are implementing their actions.

Mr Hunt, you put out a survey which might as well have asked if people want free money. 91% support for more visible policing…of course people want that.

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So come on Jeremy, be honest,  it is hardly YOUR CAMPAIGN  is it really ?- So apologise to the residents of Farncombe and Godalming – for attempting to hijack THEIR campaign as your own.  Because the public isn’t stupid and they have ways and means of ensuring you understand that.

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Lib Dem Fact Check leaflets.


The Waverley Web has begun the process of ‘Fact-Checking’ some of the literature that has been dropping through your letterboxes in recent weeks.

Having carefully read through this one, it would appear the Lib Dems have forgotten one very big achievement. It hasn’t mentioned that for the first time fo years, residents can now watch a webcast without interruption. Councillors are sitting, and have been told when to switch on their microphones and the public can actually hear the debate.

It is also very noticeable that webcasts are put up almost immediately, during the previous administration it sometimes took almost a week!

The WW applauds you. But sincerely hope that the LD eye doesn’t come off the Waverley ball due to a General Election?




Prominent local Tory Liz Townsend resigns from the Conservative Party.


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Cllr Townsend – Waverley Borough Councillor for Cranleigh and  Chairman of its  Parish Council has today announced her resignation from the Conservative Party.


Waverley Borough and Cranleigh Parish Cllr Liz Townsend is now hand-in-hand with former MP Anne Milton in their efforts to put ~an Independent MP for the Guildford & Villages into the seat at the General Election. 

It has been obvious to anyone who watches the Waverley Borough Council meetings on its webcast – sad souls that a handful of us residents are! That Cllr Elizabeth Townsend has become an increasingly independent thinker – and doer. 

Like many councillors before her – her politics came with a small p – but her Dogged Determination to serve Waverley, and in particular Cranleigh residents,  – came with a BIG D. Which sometimes took her out-of-step with Tory colleagues. Particularly with her concerns for the environment.

 Although seemingly overlooked and undervalued by some of her own Waverley Conservative colleagues, she is highly regarded by the public and her colleagues in all the other parties. Cast your minds back to a time when Tory-controlled Waverley refused to allow her to join the influential Joint Planning Committee.  A committee faced with major applications – including Dunsfold Park Garden Village a 2,600 home – development that would have a major impact on Cranleigh and its services.

So it came as no surprise to us, here at the Waverley Web that Cllr Liz Townsend has resigned to-day from the Guildford & Villages Con Assoc – to become, what perhaps she always has been – an INDEPENDENT. 

As Chairman of the parish council,  she single-handedly masterminded Cranleigh’s Neighbourhood Plan – a feat of enormous and time-consuming proportions, as it maps out Cranleigh’s future and underpins Waverley’s Local Plan.

She has fought tirelessly for the people of Cranleigh and beyond, cares passionately about the environment, and the effect development is having on the character of the countryside both on her own patch and on the areas of Godalming, Haslemere and ours here in Farnham. nobody shows more frustration at the loss of habitat, loss of ancient woodland, hedgerows, and TPO covered trees than Cllr Townsend. She has shown herself to represent our beleaguered town of Farnham with exactly the same fervour as her own area. There is nothing parochial in her fight for what is right for the people of Waverley. But faced with a choice of what is right for the country has prompted a once committed Tory to hand in her card.

So let’s all hope that the new Coalition Alliance that is now running ‘Your Waverley’ will recognise her immense skills, and reward her courageous stand – with more responsibility for shaping our borough over the next four years. Because there is little doubt, Waverley’s Tory Group has lost one of its best assets. We wonder what Cllr Potts will have to say now her ranks are being depleted further? Watch this space.

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Councillor Paul Follows, Deputy Leader of Your Waverley said:

The cross-party administration of Waverley Borough Council is very pleased to welcome Cllr Towsend to join the governing group of (now) 35 councillors.

Cllr Townsend is known for being a hardworking, principled local councillor and will be, I am sure, an asset to the group in our ongoing work for the residents of Waverley.

It is clear that the Conservative party has in recent months shifted to the right and to a place where moderate, centrist, pro-remain and pro-environment Conservative councillors and supporters feel uncomfortable and ultimately that they have no home. Leaving a party of your own choice takes great courage and many of the group understand that position. There will always be a place for such people in the cross-party alliance whether they sit as a member of a party or as an Independent.

Welcome, Cllr Townsend. Paul Follows


Dunsfold’s new garden village unveiled.


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 At last, we have all been invited to view the unveiling of the Dunsfold Village Masterplan. 

Dunsfold Park Public Exhibition 13-19 November 2019

dunsfoldkapowSadly we have to decline – as of course – our team go everywhere incognito, and to turn up as Spiderman – or worse still as an arachnoid – would finally out us to the Flying Scot and his clansmen/women.

However, if any of our followers would like to go along and tell us all about your visit, we would be more than grateful. Tell it as it is, don’t be shy – we want to know what is proposed – warts and all. If possible, let us have pictures too?

After all, this is the biggest thing to hit the eastern villages for decades, and we can see Bramley’s By-Pass Byham and the Protect Our Waverley Group, winding themselves up for a showdown. After all, now all their High Court appearances have come to a sad end, they will need to get their fangs into something else, won’t they?

The Rutland Group held a preview for invited guests on the 12th  and  public details on the exhibition next week are as follows:

The developer – Dunsfold Airport Limited – says its plans and vision for the redevelopment of Dunsfold Park the former BAe flight test and assembly centre, are now taking shape and it is at the stage where it can now present the evolved Masterplan for the site.

As part of a planned programme of community and stakeholder consultation, it is holding a Public Exhibition from 13-19 November at the following locations and times:

Wednesday 13 November Unit 217, Dunsfold Park 08:00 – 20:00
Thursday 14 November Unit 217, Dunsfold Park 08:00 – 20:00
Friday 15 November Cranleigh Arts Centre 10:00 – 16:30
Saturday 16 November Godalming Borough Hall 12:00 – 20:00
Monday 18 November Unit 217, Dunsfold Park 08:00 – 20:00
Tuesday 19 November Unit 217, Dunsfold Park 08:00 – 20:00


The developer says: You are welcome to attend any of the public days, however, if you would like to arrange an alternative time for your company to attend and talk to the team, or have any further queries, please do not hesitate to ask.

Want to learn more about the Tory’s chosen one – Angela Richardson?


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And when we say we want to know a little bit about them, we’re not referring to the spiel that the candidate and their team are busy spinning.  Oh no!  We’re talking about going the extra mile – as all good cleaners and forensic investigators do – and pulling out the sofa to see what’s lurking behind and beneath it!

And this is what our small cluster of spiders have found in their search for more information about “Offshore” Angela Richardson, the Conservative candidate for Guildford & Villages, who wants to fill Anne Milton’s shoes!

As it happens, there wasn’t much dust under Mrs Richardson’s sofa — but something potentially unpleasant was lurking under a stone in her husband’s rockery?

According to our Cranleigh Cluster, in 2009 Mr Angela Richardson – AKA Jeremy Bruce Richardson – became a member of an outfit called ‘Keepstone’, a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) formed to invest in creative selling, e.g. “of rights to a song or idea for a book.”

Under said scheme, members – like Mr Richardson – “invested” significant sums of money – much of it borrowed from Banks (not that we’re suggesting Mr Richardson had to borrow, we’ve no idea how healthy or otherwise his bank account is) – in the hope of “significant benefit.”

At the time, Limited Liability Partnerships were a popular tool for wealthy individuals – such as Gary Barlow and Chris Moyles (more of whom later) – to, well, not to put too fine a point on it, to dodge tax!  That was until HMRC won a few high profile court cases against them – referred to as  “Icebreaker” cases!

To cut a long story short and for those who don’t have the time or inclination to follow the link above, over their morning coffee, the Courts found in favour of HMRC who claimed the schemes where designed purely for tax avoidance purposes with most, if not all, of the ventures unlikely ever to make a profit!

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In Keepstone’s case, the Limited Liability Partnership was formed in October 2006 and, therefore, one would normally expect the first financial year to end in October 2007. However, for some reason, this latter date was subsequently changed to 5 April 2007, which just happened to coincide with the end of the 2006/7 tax year. Well, it would, wouldn’t it?!

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According to our researchers, Jeremy Bruce Richardson – AKA Mr Angela Richardson – was a partner in a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) called “Keepstone LLP”

Mr Richardson’s involvement in Keepstone ended in 2015 – the year after the HMRC “Icebreaker” Court judgements.  Quelle surprise!

Are we being a tad mean?  After all, Mr Richardson might have been as gullible as Messrs Barlow and Moyles claim they were.  And, by way of explanation, he might also claim, as they did, that he didn’t really understand what he was investing in, he just did what his accountants and financial advisors recommended …



Trouble is, unlike Messrs Barlow and Moyles, Mr Richardson was married to Angela, whose CV (see below) reads like that of a woman who knows her way around a balance sheet and a tax return:


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We can’t help feeling that given Mrs Richardson’s former profession she would – or should – have recognised a tax dodge when her husband stepped – or stumbled – into one! 


Mr Richardson’s involvement in Keepstone ended in 2015 the year after the judgement. Which you can read here; 

As we continued our search it appears  Angela ran something called “Winnard Limited” from 2002-05. For we know not what? The industry code for Winnard say Industry Codes 80.42: Adult and other education.

Looking at her husband’s page here we can see the sidebar with “Similarly named officers” which shows a couple of other companies. We can only really match on names because that’s all that Companies House can give us (they don’t make any attempt to prove identity or match officers to a particular person).

One way to tell whether an LLP was probably used for this purpose is to look at the list of partners. In the case of Keep stone LLP, we can see a reference to “Lothbury Finance Ltd.”. This is the same “Lothbury Finance” which is called out in paragraph 47 of this judgement where HMRC is pursuing a bunch of related LLPs for their attempt to dodge tax.

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Some politicians do not know the meaning of the word – RESPECT!


Some Tories are showing themselves to be as disrespectful to the fallen – as they are to the voting public. 

You may be unable to spot all those Waverley Borough Councillors who lost their seats in the May elections, but thankfully we here at the Waverley Web can!


One ousted Tory Jim Edwards commented on this scurrilous blog that the Lib Dem candidate had dared to put up a poppy on his post. A post that was informing everyone that he had absolutely intention of campaigning during the Remembrance Day period!  What Humbug!

What a difference a day makes?


Was it just former Councillors invited? Or just Saga members?

However, he failed to mention that Angela Richardson the new Boris Babe surrounded herself and her NBF with… a wreath of the words…  ‘At the going down of the sun, and in the morning… how disgraceful was that?! Boris’s new babe!

Don’t worry Angela – once met never forgotten. And the WW only met you once! And, that was when you were asking us for money to help the Guildford & Villages Con Assoc – ensure Anne Milton was elected.

She’s not just Boris’s Babe though? She has even managed to persuade Matt Hancock the former Secretary of State for Health down to the old Cranleigh Village Hospital to-day for a photocall. Our Annie couldn’t manage that even though she was a Health Minister for years. But then, she didn’t buy her way into the Conservative Association – she earned her way in.

Though of course, Annie took her gun to health officials on numerous occasions while in Government – including those who closed Cranleigh’s community hospital.

PS Matt Hancock failed to show up!


£300,000 of our money down the pan! But Protect Our Waverley, says “thank you” to its supporters.


They fought it here – they fought it there – the duo of objectors including POW – fought it just about everywhere. But how much did it actually cost US, Waverley’s taxpaying public, to save our Local Plan? The only means our borough planners have at its disposal to fight off unsustainable development.

It admits in the Haslemere Herald to “setting aside £300,000” of our council tax to fund the army of Rumpole’s employed to fight its corner against POW and its NBF – The Campaign For The Protection of Rural England. An outfit that nationally calls for the development of brownfield sites before sacrificing the countryside and then has the temerity to try and stop development on the only large brownfield site in the borough!

One outfit (POW’s) – only intention was to stop the development of Dunsfold Park, a hop-skip-and a jump away from their own backyards… It couldn’t give a damn for the rest of the borough.

They cost 11 – yes you heard – 11 parish councils, who dugs deep – yet again into the Council taxpayers’ pockets to hand over somewhere in the region of £100,000, into POW’s coffers. Did those parish councils ask their residents if they could use scarce resources in this way? 

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Did they apologise for their profligacy with our money?  Did they hell!  Sod the money, Andy Smith, of CPRE’s only expression of ‘regret’ was the decision.  No apology to Waverley Council Tax payers, oh no.  As well as pile £300,000 of our money on Dunsfold village’s bonfire or down the pan of the public lavs!  Oh dear, never mind, at least the Council Taxpayer can console themselves with the noble reflection that CPRE were using them to fund the ‘[raising] of a key national issue.’  Oh well, that’s all right then!!!

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What a difference a day makes?



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Getting up close and matey certainly worked for Boris’s new babe Angela Richardson.

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Having schlepped around the country from Canterbury to Totnes – Ewhurst resident, Angela Richardson whose most important achievement to date has been to campaign to keep Cranleigh public lavatories open all hours is now flushed with her latest success.

Last night Thursday the New Zealander was endorsed by the Guildford & villages branch of the Conservative Party as the chosen-one to oppose her erstwhile colleague and former MP Anne Milton. Ms Milton announced this week she will stand as Independent.

You may read why here:

Its #Annes Still Standing.

The Tory activist who worked tirelessly clambering up the greasy pole, but slipped down a couple of rungs when she was rejected by Cranleigh villagers in the May Waverley borough council election, could soon achieve her long-held ambition to fill the Guildford & Villages seat at Westminster.

Boris’s new Best Buddy was voted in at the Harbour Hotel in Guildford?

Waverley Web Wonders who will fill her parish council stilettoes now? Or, was it as everyone believed, that Cranleigh Parish Council merely a stepping-stone onto bigger things.  With the Conservative vote now splitting in all directions – could Guildford find itself in Lib-Dem territory again. Because Zoe Franklin has been out and about long-since campaigning to turn Guildford a brighter shade of yellow. Could she now follow in the footsteps of the highly respected former Guildford MP Lib Dem Sue Doughty?

Didn’t Boris say recently that the price of party loyalty may be to loose Guildford?

And is this the woman who could snatch victory from the two warring Tory women?

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Ciaran Doran, chair of Guildford Liberal Democrats, said: “I am delighted that Zoe will continue as our parliamentary candidate. As well as being well-liked and respected by our members and residents, she is very hardworking and deeply committed to Guildford, Cranleigh and the Villages. She has real vision for the future of Guildford and villages and she is determined that our community deserves better than the present Conservative leadership we have at every local level.”

Zoe said: “I am committed to fighting for real and positive change in five key areas locally and nationally,” and summarised her campaign:

  • I want the people of the UK to have the final say on Brexit through a People’s Vote;
  • I am determined to help us build a future where everyone can fulfil their potential, regardless of background;
  • I want a future where our NHS and social care services get the funding they need to properly meet the needs of local people;
  • I want a future where we build the right homes in the right places with the right infrastructure while vigorously tackling the social housing crisis; and
  • Finally, I want a future for us that is environmentally friendly, with greener energy and transport methods, while waging war on plastic waste and pushing for urgent action to reduce local air pollution.”

Zoe is supported by her colleague Paul Follows, Deputy Leader of Waverley Borough Council, Leader of Godalming Town Council, and the Lib Dem  Parliamentary Candidate for the SW Surrey seat – which includes parts of Waverley – formerly held by Jeremy Hunt.

Zoe said: “We have been let down again and again by our Conservative MP and Conservative-run councils and we deserve better. I believe we Liberal Democrats, working with and for the people of Guildford, Cranleigh and the Villages, can build a better, brighter and fairer future for everyone in our communities.”

Boris’s new babe!


Getting up close and matey certainly worked for Boris’s new babe Angela Richardson.

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Having schlepped around the country from Canterbury to Totnes – Ewhurst resident, Angela Richardson whose most important achievement to date has been to campaign to keep Cranleigh public lavatories open all hours is now flushed with her latest success.

Last night Thursday the New Zealander was endorsed by the Guildford & villages branch of the Conservative Party as the chosen-one to oppose her erstwhile colleague and former MP Anne Milton. Ms Milton announced this week she will stand as Independent.

You may read why here:

Its #Annes Still Standing.

The Tory activist who worked tirelessly clambering up the greasy pole, but slipped down a couple of rungs when she was rejected by Cranleigh villagers in the May Waverley borough council election, could soon achieve her long-held ambition to fill the Guildford & Villages seat at Westminster.

Boris’s new Best Buddy was voted in at the Harbour Hotel in Guildford?

Waverley Web Wonders who will fill her parish council stilettoes now? Or, was it as everyone believed, that Cranleigh Parish Council merely a stepping-stone onto bigger things.  With the Conservative vote now splitting in all directions – could Guildford find itself in Lib-Dem territory again. Because Zoe Franklin has been out and about long-since campaigning to turn Guildford a brighter shade of yellow. Could she now follow in the footsteps of the highly respected former Guildford MP Lib Dem Sue Doughty?

Didn’t Boris say recently that the price of party loyalty may be to loose Guildford?

And is this the woman who could snatch victory from the two warring Tory women?

Screen Shot 2019-11-07 at 23.08.35.pngZoe, a former borough councillor and Guildford resident for nearly 20 years, won an impressive 24% of the vote for the Liberal Democrats in the 2017 snap General Election.

Ciaran Doran, chair of Guildford Liberal Democrats, said: “I am delighted that Zoe will continue as our parliamentary candidate. As well as being well-liked and respected by our members and residents, she is very hardworking and deeply committed to Guildford, Cranleigh and the Villages. She has real vision for the future of Guildford and villages and she is determined that our community deserves better than the present Conservative leadership we have at every local level.”

Zoe said: “I am committed to fighting for real and positive change in five key areas locally and nationally,” and summarised her campaign:

  • I want the people of the UK to have the final say on Brexit through a People’s Vote;
  • I am determined to help us build a future where everyone can fulfil their potential, regardless of background;
  • I want a future where our NHS and social care services get the funding they need to properly meet the needs of local people;
  • I want a future where we build the right homes in the right places with the right infrastructure while vigorously tackling the social housing crisis; and
  • Finally, I want a future for us that is environmentally friendly, with greener energy and transport methods, while waging war on plastic waste and pushing for urgent action to reduce local air pollution.”

Zoe is supported by her colleague Paul Follows, Deputy Leader of Waverley Borough Council, Leader of Godalming Town Council, and the Lib Dem  Parliamentary Candidate for the SW Surrey seat – which includes parts of Waverley – formerly held by Jeremy Hunt.

Zoe said: “We have been let down again and again by our Conservative MP and Conservative-run councils and we deserve better. I believe we Liberal Democrats, working with and for the people of Guildford, Cranleigh and the Villages, can build a better, brighter and fairer future for everyone in our communities.”

Its #Annes Still Standing.




Will Anne Milton still hold the whip hand in Guildford & villages?

Anne Milton is now – whipless, party-less, and with former Tory Waverley Councillors like these, who needs enemies?!


Since 2005-Anne Milton has represented the people of Guildford, Cranleigh & Ewhurst as their MP.  But as the local branch memberships prepare to cast their votes tonight Thursday, it is in the knowledge that the Tory vote has been split asunder by a woman, who herself, held the Deputy Chief Whip’s position in Parliament.  

Although a highly respected, hardworking, and in the most part successful MP, she may find some opposition to her decision, having made one crucial mistake in the eastern villages.

It was Ms Milton, along with SW Surrey MP Jeremy Hunt  – who together urged Secretary of State Sajid Javid, to call in the Dunsfold Aerodrome planning application. A delay, which having been approved by ‘Your Waverley’ and the S of S, then prompted a Judicial Review, by the objectors she backed.  Although also agreed by the High Court last year, it robbed Waverley of more than 500 homes, a pivotal component of its Local Plan and precipitated the loss of even more of the borough’s countryside to other eager developers. 

However, she did redeem herself in part, by her efforts to turn the spotlight on flooding problems in both Alfold and in Cranleigh. She chairing regular Flood Forums, regularly taking on the Environment Agency and Thames Water and holding all the statutory agencies to account.  Sources close to Ms Milton say she has become increasingly frustrated by party politics in recent years but is eager to continue to represent the people on whose behalf she has worked tirelessly for 24 years.

 So let the battle begin? All that remains is filling in the black holes?

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Is MP Jeremy Hunt exploiting Haslemere minor injuries unit?


Just as the British Medical Association and Hospital Trusts all over the country beg politicians not to use the National Health Service as a political football. Up pops our local entrepreneur.

JEREMY Hunt has hit back at critics who accuse him of using a “whole town” fight to prevent the possible closure of Haslemere Hospital minor injuries unit (MIU) as a party political football.

A row broke out after residents were asked to email the town MP’s election agent for tickets to the ‘Save Haslemere Minor Injuries Unit’ meeting Mr Hunt intends to hold in December so that supporters could flag up concerns directly to NHS bosses.

Just a week ago he called another meeting to highlight Farnham’s air quality issues.  A Summit for Action on the damaging effects of the town’s air quality, that has dogged the town for years.

The request came in the mass-mailed Haslemere Residents Survey he sent out which requested feedback on the threat to the unit but also asked for information on recipients’ voting intentions.

How blatant is that we ask?

Haslemere’s recent elected Independent town and county councillor Nikki Barton objected saying:

“We had been led to believe that this meeting, about a vital community asset, was genuinely a public meeting – open to all those in the community concerned, independent of any politics.

“It is clear however from the letter, that this public meeting to save our MIU was being explicitly used as part of an election campaign with entry to the meeting only granted once our personal data is shared, which could then, in theory, be used to select who attends, let alone for gaining an advantage in election campaigning in due course.”

Green town councillor, Gary Lloyd, said

 “All action to defend the MIU is welcome, but to call a meeting ‘public’ when the Conservative Party not only controls attendance but is also exploiting the genuine depth of public concern about a serious local issue to build a database of information on local residents is, quite frankly, shameful.”

However,  Mr Hunt said he would not apologise for campaigning hard on an important issue and no emails requesting tickets for the meeting would be used for party political purposes. He added no one was under any obligation to fill out every question on the survey.

He said the only reason for ticketing the meeting to be held at 7pm in Haslemere Hall on Friday, December 6, was because the venue was likely to be full and his election agent was the best point of contact when the survey was sent out. Good timing Mr Hunt. Ten out of ten – for kicking the NHS football around just six days before we all go out to the December 12 polls!  

Or maybe, us cynical souls believe you may have just scored an own goal?

Haslemere Hall started issuing tickets on a ‘first come first served’ basis ensuring seat reservations can now be made directly to the box office.

Mr Hunt has now written to Health Secretary Matt Hancock, calling for him to intervene and prevent Haslemere MIU closing as

“it would add enormous and unwelcome pressure onto the A & E at the Royal Surrey County Hospital.”

Pop along the RSCH Jeremy, and see for yourself why Haslemere’s MIU cannot, and will not be,  closed.

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The Waverley Web wonders why Mr Hunt is so concerned about the MIU’s future?

Wasn’t everyone told by the Guildford & Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group at its consultation which was not a consultation? That no decisions had been made on anything, anywhere, anytime?  That all it wanted, was for the public to tell them what they want for its Better Care Together programme, which included sites in Waverley for Urgent Care Centres and – The Case for Change. 

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

New Support Group For Patients With Skin Cancer.


A former cancer patient has joined forces with the Royal Surrey County Hospital to spearhead the launch of a support group for patients with melanoma (skin cancer).

Paul Duhig was a patient at the Guildford hospital’s St Luke’s Cancer Centre after being diagnosed with skin cancer. Thanks to oncologists he was able to receive a new generation of immunotherapy drugs as part of a clinical trial that has put his cancer in remission.

Wanting to establish a support group for patients and relatives also affected by melanoma, Paul worked alongside staff from the hospital, and other patients, to launch the support group, MelaNoMore.

He took a leading role in setting up the group and was supported by Delia Sworm and Kate Upshon, Macmillan clinical nurse specialists; support worker Kelly Smith and oncoplastic surgeon Liz Clayton

Macmillan Cancer Support and the Fountain Centre were also instrumental in the launch of the group.

Paul, who is chairman of the group, said: “The support my wife and I received particularly from Kate Upshon and Delia Sworm was so important in my care. They kept me going, and I see the MelaNoMore support group as a chance to give back and help those going through similar experiences.

“I am also very grateful for the support MelaNoMore has received from the Royal Surrey, as well as the Fountain Centre charity, and Macmillan Cancer Support who gifted us a generous grant of £2,800 to cover the cost of setting up the group.”

MelaNoMore is primarily a support group for melanoma patients as well as their relatives, to share experiences and meet each other. It will also hold education and fundraising events.

Skin cancer, including malignant melanoma, is the fifth most common cancer in the UK, with 13,500 new cases each year. Peoples are advised to seek medical advice as soon as possible if you notice changes in a mole, freckle or patch of skin.

For more information about the MelaNoMore support group, or if interested in joining, contact Kelly Smith, skin cancer co-ordinator on 01483 571122 ext 4831, or email her at

An appeal to build Dunsfold Airfield Mark 2 – on land adjacent to Dunsfold has been ALLOWED.


Our apologies for mistake! Big mistake. So we have corrected the size of the building it is in fact 10,000 sq metres and not 10,000 sq ft as mentioned in our previous post!  But it is manic Monday.

Has the title handed to “Poor old Cranleigh by Waverley councillors – now passed to “Poor Old Alfold?”

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Just months after the Government gave Garden Village status to Dunsfold Park’s new 2,600 home settlement- on Dunsfold Airfield Mark 1.  Another Government department gives the go-ahead for a National Aviation Museum (with a 10,000 sq metre building) to set up on its perimeter. You couldn’t make it up – really you couldn’t.

A Museum described by Waverley councillors as “bizarre;” “massive;” “huge;” “enormous.” Hangars more fitting for Heathrow or Gatwick was rejected by local members six months ago.

It beggared belief why Waverley’s head honcho led her planning numpties into recommending approval of the scheme which councillors threw out and that there no highway objections – as vehicles will access the site from the A281 at The Crossway ‘Kamikaze Corner’ junction.

The Appeal 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 the Aerodrome was given the go-ahead this week. Due in part to Waverley planning officers’ recommendation to approve the scheme, but mainly due to Surrey County Council highwaymen raising no objection on traffic grounds. Yet again, the county council numpties have aided an abetted traffic chaos in the small rural village on the Surrey/Sussex border. 

Only hours before Inspector S.J Lee announced his decision,  Dunsfold Park Limited had been given the go-ahead to build a new access road from the A281 into the airfield site, which would lead to the closure of accesses for traffic onto both Dunsfold Road and Compass Gate, Alfold – and on the other side of the airfield at Stovolds Hill.  We can hear you choking on your cornflakes – and our very heartfelt sympathies go out to the small rural village which will soon become a mecca for world-wide aviation enthusiasts. As a new aviation museum of Dunsfold aerodrome’s history has also been included in its Masterplan!

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The decision by Government Inspector to allow the Wings Museum’s planning appeal brings to a conclusion a neighbour’s vendetta which has spanned more than 15 years. The decision by Mr Rupert Howell to sell land adjacent to his home at Barnfield may now do exactly what he had hoped for.  Affect the homes included on the Dunsfold Park Masterplan. The Inspector recognised his decision that a “significant building” would have a “significant impact” on the area with the loss of trees and rural outlook. He said:

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Chocks away for another Dunsfold Museum?