Here’s what Farnham people think about our local authorities cunning plan to invest our money in more shops and restaurants.

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Regular followers of the Farnham Herald and this little minnow The Waverley Web, will know that Surrey County Council is investing over £50m of OUR MONEY in the development of Blightwells in Farnham!  Bu**er, the Redgrave Theatre, and the popular Marlborough Head pub – which were once part of   Farnham’s character – and the centrally placed Gostrey old people’s centre. Bu**er the bats, the bowling green and the open character – let’s fill in with shops and restaurants to attract the Wimbledon and Wandsworth Wanderers to our town.

Some stores have already pulled out, others may soon follow – and why is this happening?

BECAUSE WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCILLORS HAVE STOPPED LISTENING TO THE PEOPLE THEY ARE THERE TO REPRESENT.

Except of the Farnham Residents’ councillors, who are SHUT UP at every stick and turn and Godalming’s new boy Councillor Paul Follows who said: “I am wondering why the council’s web page for Brightwells has not been updated since March (still includes Byron Burgers!). nd the Memorial Hall not since January?! Surely supporters of those against the scheme have a right to have up to date information on what’s going on. Unless of course there is some reason for this?

Apparently the answer is simple: Waverley is producing a new up-dated Blightwells website and sending in the bulldozers!

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Want to learn more about Cranleigh’s proposed new private nursing home – then rock up to the parish council meeting tonight.

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There were villagers over there in the east believing that they were to get the new ‘village hospital’ they have  eagerly awaited for the past 20 years – and then up pops a weasel!

What’s more it isn’t half a pound of tuppeny rice that is about to buy Cranleigh and the surrounding villages a proposed 60-bed  private nursing home, ten social care beds and ten community beds – it was millions of pounds of their money following  two-decades of local fundraising.

Decades ago the parish council was duped into handing over a former recreation ground owned by the parish  to local charity – Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust – in return for land swapped  by a man villagers now describe as a ‘local benefucter.’ Self-same benefucter who has trousered millions for a huge development of 265 homes in Elm Bridge Road.

The CVH Trust  was going to build a replacement hospital plus a day hospital and 14 beds following the closure of one of the oldest cottage hospitals in the country on theparish land.  Now same trust is going to present its cunning plans to the council  to build a nursing home for A-One, a countrywide private care company. It will tell how it will  – solve the county council’s social care bed crisis with 10 beds, allowing it to sell off the defunct Long Fields nursing home site in Ewhurst Road.  Before its closure three years ago it boasted  50+ beds,. Now thanks to the ‘Charity’ it can trouser the cash from the sale of land to help fill the big black hole at Surrey county towers! This leaves Cranleigh with minus 40 social care beds, but 60 private commercial rate beds costing?

Now there’s a question – how much?

The ten beds community beds are for…? Wait for it, yes, you guessed patients from among the 25 GP practices that make up the Guildford & Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group! So much for localism? 

We should also mention that the private for profit THREE-STOREY nursing home, built on valuable parish land also comes with a 26 block of residential flats and… two access – one from Knowle Lane immediateky alongside Whisker Drive the other along the parish owned road to the Snoxhall Playing Fields! What does the parish council get out of this? Pop along and you may find out? 

You can read past posts here:

Cranleigh’s proposed new private nursing home is provoking a local storm.

When is a hospital not a hospital? When it’s in “poor old Cranleigh? – whose residents appear to have been SHAFTED by a charity!

Screen Shot 2017-07-29 at 12.15.17Angry of Cranleigh wrote to us here at the Waverley Web, saying he had just spotted on the parish  noticeboard that ‘THE TRUSTWORTHY TRUST,’ as it was depicted in a local magazine recently, is to present its plans to the parish council, tonight Thursday at 7p.m. Council Offices, Village Way.

Perhaps our little spider sould be climbing up said parish council office wall- because when villagers get to hear where their treacle has gone – they may want to climb a few walls too?

Cranleigh gets more like Farnham every day – in a word SHAFTED!

 

 

How many members of staff leave ‘Your Waverley’ every month?

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We could say quite a lot about this, but as we do not wish to identify our little spider inside the dusty corners of Waverley Towers so we have decided to keep our Chelicera tightly shut!

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Three cheers for the new boy on Waverley’s block because the council could soon be shaken and stirred.

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The winds of change are wafting over ‘Your Waverley’.

Since the arrival of Councillor Paul Follows – who happens to be a Liberal Democrat – but we here at the Waverley Web don’t give a damn about his politicsd.! All we care about is that he is joining Farnham Residents his independent minded colleagues, in attempting to bring about some fairness in council dealings.

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This evening the member for Godalming Central and Ockford will be attending the full counicil meeting, and an earlier briefing session regarding the development of Brightwells in Farnham.

And you know what – Godalming’s new boy says he will be aiming for a “small but meaningful victory ratified by full council in the form of my suggested changes to the standards panel (which should make it fairer, more reflective of the makeup of the council and more transparent). It has also had the knock-on effect of changing some of the committee seat allocations, and I have picked up an additional seat on the Housing Overview and Scrutiny Committee (in addition to my Planning Committee seats) – which is a huge boost to my ability to serve the residents of my ward.”

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He says,  “Planning and housing issues are (and will be especially over the next year) be fundamental to the Central and Ockford ward – and this will give me much greater oversight and input into both of these areas.

I will be querying (again) what the consequences of the recent High Court ruling regarding the local plan and its consequences. The status of the Green Belt in my ward may depend on it (or not – they (the planners) have still not explained).
He says he  will also be asking the Conservative leader to give me her definition of ‘Affordable’ – something absent from the draft corporate plan to see if it squares with my own view of this:

“Affordable for local people, affordable for key workers and affordable for first time buyers. Having recently been told by someone who works for a developer that £750k is ‘Affordable’ I think we need to have a debate on this topic!

I will also be asking the executive (along with other councillors) to justify how they propose to pay for the proposed leisure centre upgrades (and whilst I support the idea in principal) I would like to know what we are NOT doing as a result of this, and if these are what the borough considers a priority over other things. I would remind people (though I am sure they wouldn’t need to be reminded) that taxes went up and Waverley has started charging for some services that had been previous cheaper or free.

I would be very interested to hear your views on this,  particularly over the course of the today (Tuesday).”

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Waverley Borough Council  Council – Tuesday, 17th July, 2018 7.00 pm

Bridge over troubled waters in Farnham!

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Now even Farnham Town and Waverley Borough Councillor  Carole Cockburn is throwing her toys out of the pram as the long-awaited demolition of Blightwells begins! But she is angry, and when Our Carole gets angry she roars!

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The Farnham Lion roars!

Because most of the redevelopment of Blightwells in East Street by the  poisoned partnership of ‘Your Waverley,’ Surrey County Council and Surrey County Council has been drafted on the back of a fag packet, using tens of millions of our money – developer Crest Nicholson has had to change tack.

WAVERLEY councillors recently gave Crest permission to build a larger temporary construction access bridge connecting the East Street redevelopment site to the A31 Farnham bypass – controversially using a ‘haul road’ along Borelli Walk.

 Charles Borelli, the famous town architect the walk was named after,  must be spinning in his grave?

The decision, agreed by Waverley’s joint planning committee, gives Crest leave to construct a two-lane, 12-metre wide prefabricated steel bridge across the River Wey and Borelli Walk – replacing the single-lane, five-metre wide bridge approved in 2012.
The bridge forms a pre-commencement condition of Crest’s 2012 planning permission for Brightwells, which councillors demanded in a bid  to take construction traffic away from the town centre.
Waverley leader and Upper Hale councillor Julia Potts said the bridge,  “has always been a red line and remains that today,” while planning officers also “reminded” councillors that, as the principle of taking construction access from the A31 has already been established, it would be “unreasonable” to reject Crest’s latest application, resulting only in a less desirable construction access and increased tailbacks on the A31.
Most councillors accepted this view, because they are heartily sick and tired of hearing the word Blightwells and are demob happy as many  will be leaving the council in their droves next year.     Haslemere’s Stephen Mulliner, tried to curtail the debate (there’s a lot of that about at ‘Your Waverley 2018!- in particular the exhaustive objections of Farnham Residents member Jerry Hyman, who expressed concern at the proposed lane closures on the A31 to facilitate the bridge works., and a potential clash with the 2021 opening of Brightwells.

Shock, horror all around when it was revealed that Crest now proposes building the bridge using a temporary ‘haul road’, complete with a site office along the picturesque Borelli Walk from South Street – despite the developer admitting in 2012 that the haul road would have a “highly damaging impact” on the character and amenity of Borelli Walk and South Street!
Waverley’ planners (we use the word sparingly because there is little or no planning going on in ‘Your Waverley” these days,  failed to stipulate how the bridge should be constructed in 2012 – which now allows the developer’s stooges, council planning officers, to decide that if it’s alright with them to establish a haul road through the discharging of conditions under delegated powers. then it’s OK! 

Not so said  Carole Cockburn,  Farnham Town Council’s leader a member of both the 2012 and the present  planning committees. She took umbrage that this key decision had been taken without councillors’ express consent!

Whoops – another one who realises there is a borough election next year?

She told members: “When this came forward and I saw that as a result of the discharge of a condition the haul road along Borelli Walk was established my heart did sink. I’ve got no problem with a two-lane bridge at all, in fact, I wonder why it wasn’t done before. But when we granted consent for the bridge [in 2012], I think we all imagined that it would be built from the East Street site – I don’t think any of us imagined that we would go down Borelli Walk.

 Borelli Walk holds special significance in the town, not only because it is “one of the most attractive walks in Farnham” – as stated on Waverley’s own website – but also because it was opened in 1953 to honour the great 20th-century town architect Charles Borelli.

TheWalks boasts commemorative benches and ornamental trees donated by members of the public – many of which are to be removed or “pruned” to make way for the haul road. It is also opposite Homepark House, a block of sheltered flats located just 30 metres from the proposed bridge. 

ONE MAN’S MEMORIAL TREE TO ‘YOUR WAVERLEY’ IS ANOTHER MAN’S CHAINSAW MASSACRE OPPORTUNITY!

“I’m sorry, I cannot believe this is acceptable, I really can’t,”Councillor Cockburn cried. “Yes you can re-plant the trees, but if somebody’s donated the tree in memory of somebody, a special person, and we’re going to hack it up to bring a couple of lorries down there – I just cannot support this.”
Her outrage was backed by  Bramley’s By-Pass Byham shared her concern that the “desecration” of Borelli Walk had been agreed behind councillors’ backs!

Farnha’s former Mayor Councillor John Ward, said: “The whole point of this bridge was to avoid destruction of Borelli Walk. The haul road is an appalling idea, it should not be considered and I beg councillors to throw this out.”

But, needless to say, they didn’t and they won’t because this Conservative administration has pinned its colours to the Crest Nicholson mast, and it can do anything, just anything including killing off all the bats, because it’s called …

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Almost 40 trees have already been cut down to make way for the bridge, but officers reassured members that only one further tree – a cedar – is set to be removed in Borelli Walk, with several others including two lime trees flanking South Street set to be pruned and protected with temporary fencing, and three hawthorns coppiced.

No surprise there then – we all know what Betty Boot aka Liz Simms said when Crest Nicholson needed to remove ancient woodland in the east of the borough. “you can always plant some more.”
Leader Potts assured everyone the commemorative benches would be “safely stored” and reinstated after the works.
The Borelli Walk access would be in place for the duration of the bridge construction period, “a maximum of 40 weeks”, including an initial six weeks to construct the bridge and a further 11 weeks to remove it.
Crest predict an average of three HGVs will use the track daily throughout the bridge works, and a condition of its consent stipulates that any lane closures on the A31 “shall not take place before 9am or after 5pm Monday to Friday”.
The bridge will remain in place for the four-and-a-half year construction of the Brightwells scheme.

 

 

MONEY! MONEY! MONEY!

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Waverley Web wasn’t at the High Court when Protect our Little Corner (POW) and the Campaign to Protect SOME PARTS of Rural England’s (CPRE)  made  their case before Mr Justice Lewis for a Judicial Review. They were challenging   bot  Waverley’s Local Plan and the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government’s approval of the Dunsfold Aerodrome  planning application.  However,  it didn’t matter a jot because the Burys leaks like a colander and the POW jungle drums were beating before Peppa Pig and her piglets had boarded the 17:04 from Waterloo!

In recent days, the Waverley rumour mill has been in overdrive and our Editor’s inbox at contact@waverleyweb.org groaned under the weight of messages from those desperate to off-load so it hasn’t been difficult to get the low down on what went on. 

That said, we can’t claim to be eye witnesses, so if anyone  present spots any errors,  please don’t hesitate to put us right and we’ll be happy to print a correction. We just can’t spin enough webs these days!!animated-spider-image-0157

Apparently, despite its imposing exterior, the deeper into the bowels of the court building they delved the dingier it became. Court Room 76 was a sad little place  with plastic chairs and empty bookshelves. Clearly the great Dunsfold Divide – as it is now called – doesn’t rate very highly on the High Court’s importance-o-meter.

The usual suspects assembled: CPRE’s barrister channelling Fiona Shackleton, without the designer labels and perfectly coiffed hair. Dunsfold’s Alan Gone-to-Ground  skulked  around,  standing in for Alfold’s Nick Pidgeon and Hascombe’s Charles Orange – whom regular readers will recall, haven’t been spotted in public since it was revealed that they are both backyard developers – not their own, you understand, just everyone elses!

POW’s Sarah Sullivan, of  – (‘I’ve got permission to live in a converted cow shed so sod the rest of you!’) sat with Chris Britten in the cheap seats, not in the comfy ones alongside  the BIG BOYS,  Bob Lies, and  CPRE/POW’s legal team. 

 Waverley’s ‘Gone to Potts’ caused a bit of a frisson after wafting in wearing fishnet stockings!  La Potts was in femme fatale mode; presumably, if all else failed,  hoping  to seduce the Judge … but we digress. You’re not interested in the dramatis personae, you want to know the outcome of the Battle of the Bumble Bee (a reference to Bob Lies’ socks)!

Cutting to the chase (SPOILER ALERT!) the judge, dismissed the majority of POW and CPRE’s challenges, namely that both the Council and Jonathan Bore, the Local Plan Inspector, had failed to consider environmental constraints when calculating the borough’s housing need insisting that both parties had correctly followed NPPF guidelines.

However, he agreed that it was unclear just how the Inspector had calculated Woking’s  unmet housing need. This was relevant because the Inspector had said Waverley must meet 50% of  that  borough’s unmet need. Even the barristers (all five(!) of them, so we’re told, couldn’t agree amongst themselves how the Inspector had done his sums and come up with 83 homes per year. Yep, that it folks, that’s what all the fuss boiled down to – 83 homes a year

Call us naive but wouldn’t the simplest, cheapest solution have been to ask the Inspector? Apparently not! 

Why not? Your guess is as good as ours! So, now POW and CPRE get to waste another two days of the High Court’s time and  shed-loads of Waverley Tax Payer’s dosh arguing over a technicality. Couldn’t someone have phoned Mr. Bore? How difficult can it be in this media-savvy age to ring the Inspector,  or via Skype? Our Editor’s five year old could have managed it!

It’s not often that the Waverley Web sympathises with Waverley Council,  but, seriously, how could it  be expected to know that POW, casting around for any excuse to upset the Local Plan, would question the Inspector’s basic arithmetic skills?

Poor old Potts,  after spending hundreds of thousands of pounds and as many man-hours, believed she had achieved something no other Leader, and Head of Planning,  had achieved in living memory: an adopted Local Plan!

 After taking  a pragmatic approach and accepting the Inspector’s amendments the whole plan is now in jeopardy because objectors decided they don’t want development on their doorstep. They’re quite happy for hundreds of homes to be built elsewhere in the borough but the largest brownfield site in Waverley  – must remain sacrosanct because Peppa and the piglets don’t want anyone else rolling around their rural sty.

As they  crowed of their SUCCESS, POW omitted to mention in its Press Release their various aforementioned failures. 

  • The Judge dismissed claims that the Local Plan Inspector had completely failed to consider environmental constraints and confirmed that there was no argument that both Waverley and the Inspector had applied the correct approach as set out in the National Planning Policy Framework.
  • He also dismissed two of POW’s challenges to the Secretary of State’s decision to grant planning permission at Dunsfold Park for failing to have due regard for ancient woodland and some key parts of the revised NPPF.

However,  POW succeeded in scoring two goals, and no-one, us included,  should ignore that this could be enough to bring down the Local Plan, putting the entire borough at risk of a developers’ free-for-all. Now, Farnham, Haslemere, and Godalming and the eastern towns and villages could  be under siege!!

So, back at the sty, will POW reach for the begging bowl – again! –  repeating the immortal words of Oliver Twist, ‘Please, Sir, I want some more’. 

However, beware POW, Waverley’s walls are ringing with the news that the other challenge to Waverley’s local plan brought by Milford’s aptly named Mr. and Mrs. House, was thrown out and the Council is likely be awarded costs! 

For those who don’t want Waverley digging any deeper into tax-payer pockets to fund POW’s endless, feckless, vexatious litigation to protect their little corner of the borough, let’s hope POW’s request for a cost cap, under the Aarhus Convention, fails. They and their barrister – ( concerned no doubt, for his own fees!) were disappointed at  the judges refusal  to rule on costs  because the nincompoops hadn’t completed the forms correctly! Nothing to do with not understanding the way to do it, you understand, but everything to do with not wanting to reveal the identity of their wealthy backers!

We have only had one comment from a Waverley councillor. Others just wanted to know what the judge’s decision was!! But here’s a comment from Councillor Paul Follows  whose Godalming Ward could be badly affected by this decision.

I asked Julia P, in public @ the last 2 full councils when they asked for more money to fight this, what were the consequences to the local plan as a whole if the JR’s were successful (because obviously, it impacts the Green Belt status of a big chunk of my ward, and elsewhere in Godalming).

Positive or negative – it has consequences and I wanted to know what those were. Is the whole plan undermined, or just parts? I got blank looks basically and no formal response.

I would like to remind people that I was one of the very few councillors not to vote  for the local plan at its main vote (I abstained), and one of the main reasons I didn’t  vote for it was because I was concerned it was vulnerable to a JR challenge and that shed loads of public cash would likely be chucked at its defence…which turns out to be the case. The video detailing some my reasons for abstaining is still on my Facebook page.

 

 

 

Along comes a Povey riding to the rescue of Surrey County Council.

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Thankfully Cranleigh and Ewhurst County councillor has come riding to the rescue of the beleaguered county council forced  to make savings of £250m over the next three years if it is to stay afloat. We could almost hear his whip cracking against the Tory leader’s back.

He tried to dislodge Hodge the Bodge earlier this year, but failed… miserably… though he argued  it was NOT unanimous!

Whilst back-stabbing is a popular sport at county towers, there is no-one more adept at the practice than a Povey! A man who we hear never bears a grudge!!! 

Suffice to say, Surrey County Council’s female finance director picked up her Radley and walked – along with her plump final salary local government pension giving just 24 hours notice! Temper, temper!

But in trots our little Povey eager to ride on the back of misfortune to point yet another blunt stick  into Hodge’s eyeballs, accusing him of “not running sustainable budgets and there being a while elephant in the room!” More like a rat in the run?

But here’s the piece de resistance from the  former council leader who lined his own company’s pockets with county council elderly care contracts, and was found wanting by the Local Government Ombudsman.  Ever heard the one about the no confidence vote in the Leader of Surrey County Council?   Hell hath no fury like a Povey scorned!

He says”  “I am concerned, I have been in business for 30 years and one thing in business you learn over everything else is that you follow the money.”

You hit the nail on the head there Councillor Povey, because if anyone followed the money you did!! Ask Guildford MP Anne Milton?

He continues: ‘You take it to bed with you, (what the money, or the budget?) you take the medium term strategy to bed with you to read again and again. Those that don’t, end up like Carillion or Northamptonshire County Council.”

He then waxed lyrical about the finance director’s departure flashing up lots of red lights, and issued a stern warning to his colleagues!

“A finance director leaving at short notice is another warning you need to take account of.”

Do we see another attempt by the Povey Pony riding to the rescue, to unseat Hodge the Bodge?

Needless to say a SCC spokesperson said that finance director Sheila Little has decided this is a good time to pursue other opportunities, and we wish her well.” An interim director has been apointed and a new director will be in place in the Autumn.

 

Does ‘Your Waverley’ have to manage a crisis now the High Court has allowed challenges to the Local Plan to be heard at a Judicial Review?

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Please note: There are two posts today – don’t miss the Good News posted earlier today!

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Council Julias Potts and her Conservative cohorts are reeling in the knowledge that the council now faces a Judicial Review!

However, the Campaign for the Protection of Some Parts of Rural England (CPRE)  and the Protect Our Little Corner of Waverley (POW) are jubilant that a High Court Judge has backed their call for a Judicial Review into – one aspect of their challenges All the others were kicked into touch!

All the Rumpoles will need wheelbarrows when they appear at the High Court in front of yet another judge in the Autumn! To carry away more of the ratepayers’ money.

Perhaps The Secretary of State for Communities will ask his own Government Inspector to rock up and explain why he included 50% of Woking’s unmet need into both the Waverley and Guildford Local Plans? In fact, might have been an idea for him to be in the High Court yesterday to explain the rationale behind his decision – as it might have saved a shedload of OUR MONEY!

However, let’s not be churlish, this was a triumph for democracy in the David and Goliath fight wagered by POW! WOW!  Led by nonother than former lawyer and Dunsfold Parish Council chairman Alan ‘Gone to Ground.’ This small group of LOCAL people who don’t give a damn that Godalming’s Green Belt is going under concrete and that it has now been renamed Godawfulming because it is set to become part of greater Guildford! Or that the playing fields of Charterhouse School could soon welcome in the earthmovers. What about the playing fields of Eton – or Priorsfield School next door? Or maybe, Farnham Special Protection Areas (SPA’s)? It could the send the Dartford Warbler up north!

As for the east of the borough, residents there are punch drunk awaiting the next green field,  belt of trees, hedgerows, or wildlife habitat to disappear in a cloud of dust! 

‘The Potty `one’ pictured below drowning in another fine mess that Government Inspector Jonathon Bore has dropped her into by ruling Waverley must take some of Woking’s unmet housing need. That town is now building highrise 20+ storey buildings and is fast becoming an outer London suburb!

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 However, (POW’s) begging bowl could be out again, because the judge was not entirely sure yesterday that its application for capped costs of £10,000 is legit because it hadn’t filled in the paperwork correctly. In other words, they can continue to run amok at your expense.

 

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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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Consultants employed by Waverley Council have identified that dramatic improvements are needed to leisure centres in Farnham, Godalming, and Cranleigh.

BUT A COMPLETELY NEW 12.7m LEISURE CENTRE IN A NEW LOCATION IS PROPOSED FOR CRANLEIGH NEW TOWN 

This includes almost £1m coming from development consented at Dunsfold Aerodrome? Or maybe not following yesterday’s decision by the High Court to grant objectors to the Local Plan, including Dunsfold Aerodrome,  a Judicial Review!

 

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The existing Cranleigh Leisure Centre in the Village Way car park, Cranleigh.

Waverley accepts that there is to be a massive increase in the East’s population and its existing facilities are not fit for purpose so cannot cope with such a large influx of young families.

This week the EXECUTIVE gave the go-ahead for a detailed design and procurement to extend  Farnham and Godalming leisure centres. And continue consulting on a new leisure centre in Cranleigh. It anticipates that over the next few years Godalming will have approximately 1,500 new homes, and Farnham 2,780, but although residents there are currently well served, with existing leisure facilities, improvements could be made. Haslemere Leisure Centre received a £4.2m refurbishment in 2014

It was agreed to set aside £3.2m to press ahead for a detailed specification for improvements at  Farnham and Godalming leisure centers, subject to negotiations with Places for People on future management.’

Is this just for “the tendering process.” Or is it the cost of providing the new facilities?

Crest Nicholsons Blightwells scheme,  which as we write doesn’t have the final planning consent necessary to commence development, will include an electricity sub-station slap bang in front of the leisure centre swimming pool windows. And,  an access ramp is proposed for a new multi-story car park, within metres of the leisure centre main doors into its foyer!

Could be really healthy for those pursuing leisure as car fumes belch fumes into the building!! So no problem there then?

e.g. Farnham has the third worst air quality according to a recent SCC report coming third behind the M25 and the A231

 

Officers are to negotiate the management fee terms for the remainder of the existing contract with PfP, provided the extended facilities are delivered;

The Strategic Director in consultation with the Deputy Leader will also enter into an appropriate lease and/or contractual arrangements to enable the car park lease extension at Godalming Leisure Centre.

But the majority of the money to be spent is going into the East of the borough.

If the full council ratifies the Executive’s recommendations next week £12.7m (some borrowed) will provide a new leisure complex on a new site in Cranleigh. Officers will begin work  on a detailed consultation with external consultants to identify a potential new location for the Cranleigh Leisure Centre and report back to Executive – “as a matter of urgency.”

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These are the costings for remodeling the old centre in Village Way, Cranleigh at £8.7m or building a completely new facility  on a new site at an estimated cost of £12.7m.

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This has to be approved by the FULL COUNCIL.

The council said “We are going to work with the parish council to find a way forward” So what is Waverley’s cunning plan? Watch this space?

Here’s the link to the meeting:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3X6HyvL1WZs

 

 

It’s the final countdown?

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The Royal Court of Justice – High Court, London.

Tomorrow Waverley residents will hear whether Part 1 of its Local Plan passes the High Court test when a judge rules whether the Conservative’s blueprint for future development in the borough goes to Judicial Review!

The judge could decide after the one-day hearing today Thursday (12th June).

All the Rumpoles representing ‘Your Waverley,’ the Dunsfold Park developers as well as all the parties who are challenging THE PLAN are already flexing their legal muscles. After all, they need strong muscles to carry away OUR taxpayer’s money, though we understand the same can’t be said for the legal eagles acting on behalf of the Campaign for the Preservation of Some parts of Rural England (CPRE) and Protect One Little Corner of Waverley (POW) who have protected themselves with the Aarhus legislation – which allows the public ‘Action to Justice.’  This limits the hit on their plump wallets to just £10,000 while the hit on our pockets is huge! Still, can’t complain we live in a democracy … don’t we?

Isn’t it time someone, somewhere accused these people of vexatious litigation?

One wonders if Waverley and Dunsfold Aerodrome will appeal to the judge to allow this financial limit to continue if a full-blow Judicial Review ensues? 

Whilst our sympathy for developers is limited, as they have much deeper pockets than our local authority, will they rock up and support local community projects – like a new leisure centre planned for the east of the borough? The infrastructure requirements or local community projects. In the future, if they are required to slog on until the European Court, go before the Pope for dispensation to build or appear before The Almighty himself to rule, will there be any money left in anyone’s coffers?

Watch this space!

 

 

 

Let’s pin the​ tail on the Waverley Donkey?

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Screen Shot 2018-07-11 at 09.47.23.pngTomorrow a High Court judge will decide whether Part 1 of  ‘Waverley’s Local Plan is sound or whether a challenge by the Campaign for the Protection of some parts of Rural England, for a Judicial Review, can go ahead.

He will also hear challenges from Protect Our Little Corner of Waverley against development at Dunsfold Aerodrome and a Milford man against anyone building in his backyard – you can read it by clicking on this link here:  Nightmare on Waverley Street?

If this, or the other challenges are allowed and a full Judicial Review/s ensues, it could be nine months and shedloads of money away.  The housing numbers agreed by a Government Inspector could then be in doubt and it will be back to the drawing board!  Has Waverley Borough Council got it right? Should it be forced to take 50% of Woking’s unmet need? 

Here’s what one Waverley resident thinks. Do you agree?

You know that game “pin the tail on the donkey”?

Well, just suppose you were a visitor to Waverley and you were invited to pin the whole housing numbers target onto one point on a map of our borough, but in this case, you were allowed not to have to wear a blindfold? Well then, you’d pin it on Milford, wouldn’t you?

You’d pick the place in the Borough which had plenty of undeveloped land, is close to a mainline railway station (that could easily have its platforms extended) so people could get to work, was close to the A3 and the A31, and close to enough to existing main settlements for shopping, schools and so on. And you wouldn’t have to worry about Green Belt as there are plenty of new housing growth areas springing up around the country on Green Belt currently. Anyway, if you build a housing estate on a pretty green field, whether or not it happens by historical chance to be called “Green Belt” doesn’t change it from being a pretty green field.

Yep, Milford, it would be.

So can anyone tell me why instead Waverley is dumping new housing into Farnham and Godalming which are already grid-locked with traffic, and into the area of the borough furthest away from main roads and rail stations (Cranleigh, Dunsfold, and Alfold)? Is there some glaringly obvious point I’m missing here?

Thanks, Waverley Web for letting people like me air their comments.

The letter writer asked to remain anonymous.

 

Perish the thought! But have our local authorities colluded to make Godalming​ part of Greater​ Guildford?

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A considerable amount of discussion between Councillor Follows and both councils, as well ss local residents has been ongoing since this Facebook entry was posted.

 

Here’s a section from Waverley Borough Council’s papers which refers to its discussions with Guildford Borough Council over the future of Aaron’s Hill.

So how do they intend to deal with the traffic onto Portsmouth Road in Godalming? Or the A3 which becomes more of a car park every day that goes by? Have these two authorities even discussed the proposals with Surrey County Council, who only a couple of months ago proposed closing Green Oaks School close by?

Do the right hands know what the left hands are doing in our local authorities?

Is Godalming’s infrastructure, schools, GP surgeries, water, etc able to take this or will it be the straw that breaks this particular camel’s back?

Because Godalming residents now sit in mounting traffic queues, they refer to the town as Godawfulming!

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Here’s your man to contact: paul.follows@waverley.gov.uk

One Cranleigh woman’s take on the Local Plan Part​ 2. And… does it have a new relief road in the making?

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Add another 15 to the total above, which excludes any ‘windfall sites’ as a local character property at Penwerris in Horsham Road, Cranleigh that has been a home of multiple occupancy providing homes for 21 of the least-well heeled members of Cranleigh’s population now becomes an expensive  Des Res for the Retired. Another 15 homes for the Renaissance Group, part of Legal & General, and approved under new planning rules imposed by ‘Your Waverley’planning officers who can now grant permission for under 25 properties under their delegated powers. APOLOGY. This has not yet been approved as the Highway Authority has objected to a single entrance into the site, so it has gone back to the drawing board!

Why did they even bother to ask the parish council, the grass-roots watchdog for its views?  Because they never take any notice of them – do they? You can read why parish council members objected to the overdevelopment of this site on the link below!

You will also notice from the letter below that the parish council has objected to the construction of an estate road between `Knowle Lane and Alfold Road for the Berkeley Group’s construction traffic.  Berkley’s is presently building the first 55 ‘high end’ properties which are part of the 425 homes consented. Worry about the trees or the biodiversity? Ask the men who dug new holes for the Badgers at little Meadow, part of the Bellway homes sites, and who found them drowned dead!  As for the other infill scheme – great crested newts, bats, and other wildlife – Waverley planners don’t give a damn ask the residents of Farnham. 

Does Cranleigh Newtown finally have a relief road in the making?

And… WHAT ABOUT WATER? Cranleigh along with other villages including Haslemere are under pressure… literally!

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Cranleigh Parish Council has contacted us to say its Neighbourhood Plan consultations will be held on Thursday 12th July 9am-4pm, Friday 13th 4-8pm and Saturday 14th from 9am-12.30pm at Cranleigh Village Hall. Residents are invited to turn up and have their say and share their ideas on the town’s development sites; green spaces; Snoxhall Fields and future planning policies.

Cranleigh along with other villages including Haslemere are under pressure… literally!

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The town dubbed by Waverley Planners as  ‘Poor Old Cranleigh’ has now been joined by the residents of ‘Poor Old Haslemere’ as they suffer the ignominy of running out of water!

Showers are either dribbling or have ceased completely, and there is not enough pressure to turn on taps in homes where water has been leaking underground for months, and in some cases years!  Calls to Thames Water have gone unheeded, and some families have been told they are ‘not a priority’ and will have to wait months for underground leaks to be fixed.

Right around the villages, the pressure is low, with many homes having no pressure at all.

In Haslemere Thames Water is delivering lorry loads of water to residents at the Leisure Centre, whilst telling them to restrict their water consumption and warning of a possible hosepipe ban! This has infuriated gardeners, who claim they are very responsible and only sparingly watering plants in pots, which is more than can be said for the water companies who, have, and are still  allowing millions of gallons of water to be lost through leaks and burst pipes.

Cranleigh borough councilors have repeatedly warned Waverley Officers that Cranleigh, in particular, was highly vulnerable. But their pleas were ignored when planning officers claimed it was up to the statutory authorities to provide enough water and sewerage capacity to existing and new homes, and not theirs! Their priority was to ensure the borough had a five-year land supply and Cranleigh and the eastern villages, as well as Farnham, would have to take the lions share of the borough’s future housing requirements.

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Over one and half thousand homes are now presently under construction in the new town and despite repeated objections from Cranleigh Parish Council, The Civic Society, AND SOME borough councillors and individuals consents continue apace. Problems with a creaking infrastructure were forewarned in the numerous planning applications when a lack of water supply highlighted by Thames Water was predicted,  unfortunately,  this has all too soon impacted on Cranleigh.

The parish council is urging residents to check on their elderly neighbours who may be unable to get out, particularly in the baking temperatures, to carry bottles of water.

The problem has been caused in part by a power failure at a Thames Water reservoir and the high volume of water used during the long heatwave. There is no mention of the huge volume of burst pipes that have been identified during the construction of new homes and which requires increased water pressure.

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Trailers of bottled water on their way to the Eastern villages. 

 

 

Are you listening Jeremy Shunt- your constituents are being sent by their GP’s to the vet!!

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Calling Matron Milton?

We know your busy at the moment JH exhausted after a day at Chequers with the PM sorting out Brexit, but really you need to give your GP’s a bit of a ticking off!

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The number of business and retail units in Waverley being turned into homes is reaching​ alarming proportions​.

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Here are just a few:  Julia Potts was featured recently on film proudly reeling off the key tenants for its own proposed retail development, including the restaurant ASK which we understand has just closed its doors in Cranleigh! Wonder if Blightwells will end up one great big housing development. Could the new shops soon easily convert into flats.

Just a few of Farnham’s empty independent shops that have closed down.

According to ‘Your Waverley’ retail is a key sector of the borough’s economy and a prerequisite to the continued vibrancy of its town centers.  So it must be spitting feathers that so many of its shops and businesses are being converted into – residential units.

And… who’s to blame for that – The Conservative Government – and former Communities Secretary of State Sajid Javid!

There is less need every day for us to travel to our towns and villages as we lose our cashpoints and banks – will they too soon become homes?

Because Waverley’s planning portal is almost impossible for anyone to navigate any longer – did it cost lots of dosh to make such a bu**ers muddle of what was once an easily navigable site? It is difficult to find out exactly how many shops and offices have been converted. But rough guess it is hundreds, maybe even one thousand?

It took ‘Your Waverley’ quite a time to catch up with Government planning legislation that gives permitted development rights to applicants to convert retail and offices without seeking permission. If it had, it would be even more. In fact, one local professional went to Horsham District Council, who downloaded the appropriate forms for him which he then sent to WBC, who didn’t want to accept them!

Having now recognised, like the rest of the country, that the image and attractiveness of high streets are diminishing – because not everyone wants to buy in charity shops – even though we here at the WW do!!! And the proliferation of services, nail bars, hairdressers,  betting and dog shops add nothing to the street scene. 

Now prompted by a cheerleader from Haslemere Town Council which is carrying its message around to other councils in the borough, Waverley has woken up and has decided to work with them too…. wait for it… ‘to safeguard and monitor those permitted development rights!’

And, it is also considering making an Article Four Direction, which is an incredibly difficult, expensive, long-winded and complicated legal means of preventing even more conversions. And, Haslemere Town Council has been rewarded by  being the borough’s first pilot – well, it wouldn’t be Farnham would it?

So why doesn’t our Conservative controlled administration point out to their Tory masters that this change in planning law, combined with massive increases in businesses rates have had very real consequences for our towns and villages?

 

Taken from WBC  paperwork.

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Is this man a Waverley Borough Councillor?

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At last… a man with integrity stands up to be counted – OUT – of the Guildford Conservative Association, which is presently selecting candidates for both Guildford and parts of Waverley to fight the next council elections.

How about a few of ‘Your Waverley’s’ disenchanted, disillusioned, and disengaged councillors becoming Independents and standing up for the people they are elected to represent? In fact, why don’t they all turn their backs on party politics, which are now rearing their heads from the grassroots up? Even parish councils are a hotbed of political wranglings, with some having political group meetings before their open business meetings. In Cranleigh, Parish Councillor Angela Richardson, the newly appointed Deputy Chairman of the Guildford Conservative Association, makes no secret of her political ambitions to go to Westminster!

Do they really want to represent people or are our politicians after personal ego and power?

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Dumb and Dumber at Surrey County Council just carry on investing our money in – yes, you guessed. RETAIL!

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Recently Dumb (Leader of Surrey County Council) said there was always a possibility that when the council invests something that it will go wrong. But when you are investing other people’s money, you are more than just careful, you are scrupulously careful. In fact, you have a legal duty to do so.  And,  when you get it wrong, you don’t keep on making the same mistakes over and over again – DO YOU?

Of the retail units around the country owned by SCC and its partner Halsey Garton Property Group (HGP)  currently valued at £346million – they boast such tenants as Poundland; Matalan; and Next which make up 47% – the remainder are discount shops, department stores, fashion, pets etc.

It has also signed up to take a £56million share of the Blightwells, East St development in Farnham because other investors wouldn’t touch it with a bargepole. It could be ready for occupation sometime over the next five years, weather and bats permitting!

But don’t worry chaps and chapesses, because Hodge the Bodge is supremely confident he has the right expertise on the investment board with a number of members holding years of experience in the commercial sector.

So we can all sleep soundly in our beds in the full knowledge that now SCC, in addition to Dumb and Dumber, has appointed Councillor Nick Darby, (Dittons and West Green Residents) who has 38 years business experience and together with his colleagues is constantly assessing the risk of how to invest OUR money and is “challenging the decisions made.”

Well, perhaps he should begin by challenging the decision promoted by Denise Le Gal  and Waverley Borough Councillor for Farnham and the present Mayor, and the former SCC councillor for Cranleigh/Ewhurst  Alan Young who together promoted tens of millions of pounds of OUR money being dispensed into yet another Big Black Hole, and we are not talking about potholes.

Here are just some of the empty retail premises in Farnham!

 

Someone has just written this:  

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Of course, it has a backup plan!  More shops converted into homes!

 

The Farnham Society turns the spotlight on Blightwells and the town’s future but why airbrush out The Redgrave Theatre!

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Has the Farnham Society dropped a brick?

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 The Farnham Society’s recent video about East Street/Brightwells has prompted a response from Anne Cooper, chairman of the Farnham Theatre Association. This e-mail has been forwarded to all the  FTA contacts including the Waverley Web.  Anne urges everyone to view this Youtube video which is about a better future for Farnham. Please make your own comments about the film – not just to refer to Anne Cooper’s response. 

Wherever you live in Waverley – please take five minutes to watch this important film. One of our historic towns is under threat and th bulldozers are moving in!

Dear Farnham Society,

Congratulations on making this film, which will be seen by a very wide
audience. I hope it will bring changes for a better future for Farnham.

However – and you will know what I am about to say – WHY IS THERE NO
MENTION OF THE DESTRUCTION OF THE REDGRAVE AND THE POTENTIAL THAT A
THEATRE CAN BRING TO A TOWN CENTRE? Between the years when Crest
Nicholson’s first planning application appeared in 2006 and its most
recent applications, the loss of the theatre brought in just over half
the total number of the many thousands of objections. FTA led the way in
2006 by standing on the streets with objections to the demolition of the
theatre and people formed queues to sign. The Farnham Herald has a
picture of Jeremy Hunt ppc supporting a placard saying ” Sign here.
Save Your Theatre!” He knew what a popular issue it was.

Recently FTA met Waverley’s CEO Tom Horwood and Julia Potts. Tom
Horwood said he was very well aware that High Streets everywhere are
struggling and that people no longer want to come away from a town
centre with just purchases as they want experiences too. We said that
is why we want a theatre and he agreed.

The film’s silence on the emotive subject of the demolition of the
theatre is blatant. It apes Waverley’s revisionist tendency in trying
to write the Redgrave out of history, as though it never happened.
There seems to be a fear that any mention of a revived Redgrave would
undermine Farnham Maltings. How wrong that is! The Maltings could
expand its operations with access to a purpose-built theatre designed to
attract audiences. Now, that is a future worth contemplating.

With best regards,

Anne Cooper

Farnham Theatre Association Chairman

This Farnham lady wants her brick back!

This Farnham lady wants her brick back!

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So in the true spirit of kindness the Waverley Web – has made her one!

And we have a few ideas who she can drop it on from a great height!

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Is it any wonder that the public has lost faith in fundraising and supporting community projects? Time and time again, the call goes out for us to dig deep into our pockets to provide funds for a community hospital, a community building, an old people’s day centre – and here in Farnham – a  theatre! And whoops – before you know it, along comes ‘Your Waverley’ or the health authority, or another Tom, Dick or Harriet, with another cunning plan to trouser our cash. Yesterday, with no notice – the powers that are omnipotent closed Midhurst Community Hospital’s 17 beds. A hospital supported tirelessly by local people. The CCG didn’t even tell the `League of Friends. So Waverley Borough Council demolishing the much-loved Redgrave Theatre, Blightwells Cottage along with their Pipistrel bats, is no surprise to any of us. It then sticks up a few bat poles to placate the voting-fodder with an informative that if the developer destroys the bats they are breaking environmental law. Since when has that worried our council or the developers. They have been breaking environmental law for years.

Listen, Mrs. Goff, we know we are a little cynical here at the WW – but the decision-makers at Waverley Towers don’t give one toss that local schoolchildren saved their pennies to buy a brick! Neither will they return same bricks to their rightful owners, because if they did they might find some of them flying through the windows of Waverley Towers in protest!  However,  those community-minded youngsters who bought a brick and who trusted the custodians of their money, are now adults, possibly living in other parts of this country and abroad.

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WHY? Because that is part of all our yesterdays – and Crest Nicholson are putting in £2 million into art, recreation, and primary education in Farnham because the borough and county councils can no longer afford to provide these basic services through our rates. Also, Crest Nicholson has been handed a prime site on a plate by ‘Your Waverley.’ to enable it to make even more millions to pay its newly appointed Chief Executive Officer and Waverley’s Wonersh Park resident Mr Patrick Bergin another big fat bonus! 

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Here’s the Haslemere car park petition you have been asking for. Sign up, sign up.

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The Waverley Web is here to highlight, and support the efforts of everyone in the borough.

Look what our support achieved for the people of Godalming, who made Surrey County Council do a complete volt face over the closure of Green Oak School.

Godalming’s people power prevails.

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Godawfulming’s fed-up dog walkers barking mad!

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 Is  Surrey County Council’s new initiative called… Pay and Conserve? 

But the good news is… The disabled can walk their dogs FREE! Whoopee! But you have to pay by credit or debit card or by phone! This includes  Newlands Corner one of the county’s favourite beauty spots.,

 

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Rodborough Common is the latest area to be targeted as a Surrey County Council cash cow! But Waverley Council has a much better idea. o how to use one of the borough’s car parks. Read it here: Haslemere needs YOU! So let’s all support its petition to save its car park.

 

Councillor Peter Martin warns parishes … hands off my 25%!

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So our local towns and villages take the burden of development – but get a pittance of a handout from the financial proceeds? So who exactly will trouser the cash?

It was pretty clear from the debate that ensued at a meeting of Waverley’s Value for Money Overview & Scrutiny Committee – that when the Community Infrastructure Levy comes into play – (the cash paid by developers to mitigate for the extra burden on local services of more housing) it could disappear into a big black borough and county council hole! And let’s face it, there are lots of them!

So the question is? Is Waverley Borough and Surrey County Councillor Peter Martin minding the county council’s back?

petermartinwantsourCIL Councillor Peter Martin doesn’t even want parishes to get 25% of the funds! (They only get that amount if they have an adopted Neighbourhood Plan in place, if not that figure goes down to just a measly 10%!) He believed there could be a greater need in “other areas.” We wonder where those “other areas”  might be Councillor Martin? Could it be into the big black hole pothole you preside over at Surrey County Council?

One thing is certain: The first dip into the bucket, that according to Waverley Officers will only receive a million pounds in the first year CIL operates will go to – yes you guessed – to ‘Your Waverley,’ for a new member of staff. In subsequent years officers say it will receive more millions. But why not squillions? Simple – nearly all the housing for the next 15 years already has planning consent. Because developments were granted, during a period when Waverley had no Local Plan in place, and therefore was unable to charge CIL!! NO PLAN NO CIL!

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 The really good news is that  Waverley is just about to spend another douche bag of Council Tax Payer’s hard-earned cash employing a Section 106 Officer! Yes, that’s right folks, you read it here first! Waverley BC has just appointed a Section 106 Officer so now they’ll be no excuse for POW or the Civic Society, Farnham Society or any other Tom, Dick, and Harriet bleating that they don’t understand which developers are shelling out what and where because they’ll all be able to pick up the phone and ask the Section 106 Officer. Apologies in advance to the newly appointed officer who will now, no doubt, be inundated with calls about Developer’s financial largesse. But, look on the bright side, at least we’ve given the newby a heads-up. After all, we know all new recruits at The Burys are told to log onto the Waverley Web if they want to know what’s going on at the Council!

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Here we go Looby Loo! Here we go Looby Lie!

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Cranleigh Civic Society could be justly proud of itself last night. On one of the hottest days of the year, it inveigled enough concerned Cranleigh residents to abandon their deck chairs, G&Ts and BBQs and totter down to the Band Room where it was standing room only.

The room was bursting at the seams, it even attracted Godalming Lib Dem Borough Councillor Paul Follows, strange that Cranleigh’s own Borough Councillors – The Stennette Duo and Pat Ellis (soon to seek re-election) didn’t drop in?

The problem was, on taking a closer look, our Cranleigh Correspondent reported that, sadly, there wasn’t a face under fifty in the room! Where have all the young people gone? Oops! We forgot! Silly us! They’ve all moved down the road to Horsham because they can’t afford to live in Cranleigh anymore!

But it was hardly surprising villagers heeded the clarion call from the Civic Society when one looked at the BIG RED SHOUTY CAPITALS that were emblazoned across the Cranleigh Society’s apocalyptic flyer and it’s new Chairman’s presentation material:

DANGERS FOR CRANLEIGH

• POPULATION EXPLODING BY ONE THIRD

• 1,700 EXTRA HOUSES + 2,600 AT DUNSFOLD

• A281 TOTALLY CLOGGED

• NO PARKING PLACES IN FUTURE

• DRINKING WATER PIPES CARRY BLUE ASBESTOS

• SEWAGE PLANT INADEQUATE

• CRANLEIGH NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN CONTAINS EXTRA HOUSES

It read like a trailer for every disaster movie Hollywood has never made! No wonder the citizens of Cranleigh – all those not on the 19:30 London Waterloo to Guildford that is – abandoned their BBQs in their droves and flooded into the Band Room.

Terry Stewart, Cranleigh Civic Society’s newly elected Chair, has parachuted into the village from Dorset and, keen to blow his own trumpet, has boasted of his position as former Chair, then President of Dorset CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England).

Indeed, according to Mr Stewart, Cranleigh Civic Society ‘has been strengthened and energised to fight the growing avalanche of proposed housing’ following his appointment.’ No false modesty there then! And, having spent eight years leading a team of six villages and communities in their fight to see off the threat of house building throughout Poole and Bournemouth, he’s now landed in Cranleigh and, with the determination of a committed CPRE zealot, wants to do for Cranleigh what he did for Dorset.

We can’t help wondering why he didn’t get to Cranleigh  earlier – shutting door after  horse has bolted comes to mind! 

STAND BY YOUR BEDS, CRANLEIGH! Mr Stewart has littered the Cranleigh Society website with photos of his former campaigns as a small taster of what he has in store for its members – a demonstration outside Parliament and a procession to Downing Street to present a petition to the Prime Minister. But what the Waverley Web wants to know is why, having fought so frigging hard to prevent plans for a new village at Lytchett Minster, he didn’t hang around to enjoy the fruits of his labour?

Instead, with the bit firmly between his teeth, he appears to have cast around for another borough in need of saving and has brought his fire and brimstone to the village dubbed by Waverley councillors as ‘Poor Old Cranleigh.’ According to a fellow Committee member, who shall be nameless to spare his blushes, Cranleigh Civic Society now bears more than a passing resemblance to the SAS … In their fantasies! More like Dad’s Army if last night’s line up was anything to go by!

Now, we should explain here that the Waverley Web is a firm supporter of the CCS’s efforts – particularly as Cranleigh people have been sleepwalking into a development disaster for years. Quite unlike our Farnham residents. You only have to read the Farnham Herald Letters Pages to see how vocal we can be. However, we are sorry to say Mr Stewart has revealed himself to be a scaremonger who’s not above telling a few porky-pies in order to rabble rouse. Taking his inspiration from Project Fear (and look how that turned out!) during the course of his presentation, Mr Stewart alleged, amongst other things:

  • I met with the highway authority (SCC) today and they are considering widening the Shere Road. (Does he mean over the Surrey Hills – Nelson will get his eye back first!)
  • In our meeting with WBC Leader Julia Potts and CEO Tom Horwood,  they said they are going to build a multi-story car park in Village Way.
  • They are going to knock down Stocklund Square and build another underground car park under flats and shops.
  • Just between you and me, I’ve heard talk of 6,000 houses at Dunsfold!  They’re already building factory units at Dunsfold which are pushing more traffic onto OUR roads!
  •  Why isn’t Dunsfold Park paying any CIL [Community Infrastructure Levy]?
  • In Dunsfold Town, the developer will be building all the houses BEFORE they build any retail outlets! So where are all those new residents going to be coming to shop? Cranleigh! Clogging up the roads into our village and taking up the already limited parking spaces!  Has he stopped to wonder how the hard-press Cranleigh traders feel about him publically objecting to more footfall through their stores?
  •  Crest Nicolson has planning permission for two phases [of development] and is about to put in for a third!

Seriously, folks, this was a rampant scaremongering, half-truths and self-serving propaganda! and it doesn’t serve the interests of the good people of Cranleigh. If you had a passing interest in buying a home over there  you would be running for the Surrey Hills – oops (perhaps not.)

And, not unnaturally, it did what Mr Stewart intended.  There was much huffing and puffing from the audience and it wasn’t anything to do with the lack of air conditioning! People were concerned about what they were hearing. It was apocalyptic stuff. 

Thankfully, It was left to Liz Townsend, a founding member of the Cranleigh Civic Society, Parish and Borough Councillor, to introduce a reality check and tell it like it is, like it really, really is. In measured but cheerful tones Mrs. Townsend corrected many of The Stewards (sic) messages – and in some cases his hugely distorted – pronouncements: She said:

• There is currently permission to build 1,800 homes at Dunsfold with the potential to increase that number to 2,600 and possibly as many as 3,400.

However, even the existing consent for 1,800 homes is under threat as CPRE, and Mr Stewart’s new besties, POW, have launched a Judicial Review to challenge Waverley’s housing allocation and development at Dunsfold Park respectively.

For her part, Mrs Townsend said she very much hoped the JR did not succeed because if CPRE scuppered Waverley’s Local Plan, Cranleigh would be left without any protection whatsoever! Cranleigh was, in her opinion, better off with a Local Plan. Without one it would be virtually impossible to fight off proposals to develop Ruffold Farm, Nottcutts, and Crest Nicolson’s Phase III.

Mrs Townsend admitted she wasn’t completely au fait with the small print surrounding Section 106 Agreements (S106) -v- Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) but she did know that it wasn’t possible to levy CIL unless a local authority had an adopted Local Plan – something Waverley simply did not have when it granted consent for 1800 homes at Dunsfold Park. And, on a positive note, the big advantage, for Cranleigh and other surrounding villages, of Dunsfold Park paying S106 monies instead of CIL was that CIL could be called upon and distributed borough-wide whereas S106 could be retained and spent locally to mitigate the impact of a development on the surrounding area.

And the really good news was that Waverley was just about to spend another douche bag of Council Tax Payer’s hard-earned cash employing a Section 106 Officer! Yes, that’s right folks, you read it here first! Waverley BC has just appointed a Section 106 Officer so now they’ll be no excuse for POW or the Civic Society or any other Tom, Dick, and Harriet bleating that they don’t understand which developers are shelling out what and where because they’ll all be able to pick up the phone and ask the Section 106 Officer. Apologies in advance to the newly appointed officer who will now, no doubt, be inundated with calls about Dunsfold Park’s financial largesse. But, look on the bright side, at least we’ve given the newby a heads-up. After all, we know all new recruits at The Burys are told to log onto the Waverley Web if they want to know what’s going on at the Council!

Suffice to say the Civic Society, which was founded with such good intentions by Liz Townsend et al, appears to be fracturing under the new leadership of Terry Stewart. The people of Cranleigh want FACTS, not FICTION, Mr Stewart! 

And facts are what some residents wanted  in relation to what is going on with the long-awaited Cranleigh Village Hospital? And then another argument was narrowly avoided as Trevor Dale and Liz Townsend clashed over their understanding of …, well …, not to put too fine a point on it, what’s NOT happening at Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust! Strange that one of its Trustees never opened his mouth?

But that, dear readers, is a whole other post; yet another tale of scandal and skulduggery in leafy, lettuce strewn Cranleigh!

What can we say except: Watch this space!

Haslemere needs YOU! So let’s all support its petition​ to save its car park.

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Haslemere which was one of the country’s original rotten boroughs is now seeking support to fight the rotten borough of Waverley.

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Bet they wish they still did?

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This is the popular town car park which once hosted fun fairs and which is now under threat.

Another one bites the dust – unless of course we all gang together.

Waverley Borough Council has submitted a Section 16 application to the Planning Inspectorate to deregister the Wey Hill (Fairground) car park. A popular car park that hosts around 190 cars per day.

Its cunning plans are included in the Local Plan Part 2 under its Site Allocations and Development Management Policies.

Proposed deregistration of common land by Waverley Borough Council’s – Wey Hill (Fairground) Car Park, Case Reference: 3205089

Waverley Borough Council wants to deregister this site as common land and temporarily resurface it, with a mixed-use redevelopment of the site, including around 50 flats, likely to come forward later in the plan.

No surprise there then?

The council makes no specific mention of the 50 flats in its Section 16 application, dated 14th June 2018, to deregister the land. That decision was made in February this year by the Waverley EXECUTIVE.

This is a petition sent to the Waverley Web by the concerned folk of Haslemere Town. If you live in the far reaches of the borough you may not want to take the trouble to sign the petition? But remember it will be your turn next and one day soon you may need their help!

We, the signatories of this petition, believe the loss of this precious common land and community asset in the heart of Wey Hill in Haslemere is not in the best interests of the neighbourhood because it can currently be used for the benefit of the community, including for parking, whereas, if it is deregistered, it can be used for any purpose without being in the interests of the neighbourhood.
* Copy of Section 16 application to the Planning Inspectorate to deregister the Wey Hill (Fairground) car park
** Waverley Borough Council – Local Plan Part 2: Site Allocations and Development Management Policies
(Any individual representations in respect of the proposed deregistration and exchange may also be sent in writing ON or BEFORE Monday 16 July 2018 to: Common Land Team, The Planning Inspectorate, 3F Temple Quay House, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN or commonlandcasework@pins.gsi.gov.uk.)

This site has been included In Haslemere’s Neighbourhood Plan, but until Part 2 of the Local Plan is in place, the NP is not yet constituted. Of course, there is no mention of the 50 or so dwellings in the application to de-register the common land, all that comes later! In the Community Engagement exercise, the locals wanted a mixed-use development, including parking underneath with community space above.

People are suspicious Waverley just want to deregister so they can sell it on and generate revenue. You can see in the petition comments from unhappy of Haslemere.,
Is this Waverley’s idea or the Town Council’s? If it is a WBC cunning plan – who is behind it?

Click on the link below to sign up to help Haslemere.

bit.ly/SaveOurWeyHillCommonLand

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They ain’t giving up until the fat lady sings and the singing takes place in the High Court on July 12th.

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OR MAYBE THEY WON’T STOP SINGING UNTIL THEY SEE THIS?

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Anxious wait for High Court judicial review hearing – ON 12th JULY 2018.

OBJECTORS who lodged three High Court challenges against the “excessive housing numbers” in Waverley Borough Council’s Local Plan will hear ON JULY 12TH – if they will be granted a Judicial Review according to  WAVERLEY’S DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS.

Waverley has set aside £300,000 to defend its Local Plan Part 1 against two judicial reviews launched by campaign group Protect Our Waverley (POW) – and one from CPRE Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).

Waverley approved part one of its planning blueprints to 2032 in February. In April, POW and CPRE Surrey lodged separate challenges objecting that the housing target of building 11,200 homes by 2032 is too high, given the borough’s landscape constraints.

Both groups object to Waverley taking up half of Woking’s “unmet” housing need as well as its own, which adds  1,600 more houses. They argue the decision was “unsound”.

In May, POW launched a further High Court challenge against the Secretary of State’s recent decision to approve 1,800 houses as “unsustainable” at Dunsfold Aerodrome.

POW’s action is effectively a renewed assault on part one of the Local Plan, which relies on at least 2,600 houses being built at the airfield to help meet Waverley’s housing target.

 Subjects including Dunsfold are to be discussed at the AGM of The Cranleigh Society to be held at The Band Hall in Village way Cranleigh to-day Tuesday. at 7 p.m. The village dubbed by ‘Your Waverley’ as ‘Poor old Cranleigh’ is getting quite desperate? Is it because house prices are dropping and the property market is deader than a doorknob?

Waverley received an order from the High Court stating that the challenges against Waverley’s Local Plan and the decision to grant planning permission for Dunsfold Aerodrome will be now be heard together.and all parties were notified that a High Court hearing to decide if the challenges should go to judicial review was to have been heard on Thursday, July 5, and each welcomed the decision to draw the three challenges together. 

Obviously, some or all of the parties had difficulty in getting their acts together as it has now been put back a week.

Responding, Waverley leader and Upper Hale councillor Julia Potts, said: “In the interests of efficiency and in the public interest this is the right decision for Waverley and its residents.”

It’s a funny old world in ‘Your Waverley?’

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If you set up caravans in the countryside – without planning permission – seek consent which is subsequently refused then appeal to the Government and receive permission…

Then … Guess What? Our illustrious borough council earmarks sites adjacent to those now consented in Part 2 of the Local Plan for even more gypsy and traveller sites in Farnham and in Alfold/Dunsfold/Bramley! 

But whatever you do don’t set up camp in a Waverley car park! Or the might of Waverley’s legal eagles will come down on you from a great height.

 

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David Hodge: Defending the indefensible since 2011!

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Pigs and troughs come to mind for a Tory-led council that constantly pleads poverty, and is charging for parking at the county’s favorite beauty spots, refusing social care to the elderly in dire need, closing local schools and presiding over the country’s worse pothole count!

Bring it on Lib-Dems and let us all sign that petition. Click on the link below.

http://scc.lib.dm/P433

 

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Far be if for the Waverley Web to kick a dog when it’s down…but… should our council leader be putting the boot in?

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Councillor Julia Potts just couldn’t help putting a little sting in the tail of her comments when she commiserated with the victim/s of Monday’s court ruling to send a former Godalming Mayor and member of both Godalming and Waverley councils – including its powerful EXECUTIVE to prison for nine years.

By adding: ‘That it was clear that none of the crimes had been committed by Mr. Thornton whilst he was a councillor.”

So that makes it alright then does it Councillor Potts ?- Alright as long as it’s not on your watch!

Julia Potts, Leader of Waverley Borough Council, said: “On behalf of everyone at Waverley Borough Council and Godalming Town Council, we are all appalled by this news. My thoughts at this time are with the victim.
“It is clear that none of the crimes were committed during his time as a councillor.
“From the moment we were made aware of the investigation, both councils have been fully cooperative and supportive of the police and their enquiries.”
Source: https://www.eagleradio.co.uk/news/local-news/2611218/former-godalming-mayor-jailed-for-child-sex-offences/

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

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Well done Waverley Borough Council you have just shafted  Cranleigh ‘New Town” 

 

Good news for Alfold Football Club – Waverley Borough Council has given it a cash boost of £20,000 towards improvements to include new floodlights, a spectator stand, and other ground improvements.

We wonder – where the money came from?

Did it come from developer’s contributions under their 106 Agreement contributions? The developers who have yet to start building in the Surrey/Sussex border village?

Or, did it come from the 106 Agreement contributions from other developers, including Berkeley Homes;  who are building in Cranleigh, and who have included a sum of £173,000; Bellways Homes – £38,000; Thakeham Homes £33,000 towards an all-weather (3G) pitch at one of the country’s top public schools, where fees are among the highest? A school into which money pours in from its former Alumni!

Dear… We have redacted the recipient of this e-mail.

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So that’s alright then? Cranleigh puts up with development all over its countryside, and then the money which is rightfully theirs to use for improvements to the PUBLIC sports facilities goes to the wealthy Cranleigh Public School?

The developers should hang their heads in shame, and so should Waverley Borough Council and Cranleigh borough councilors for ever allowing this to happen!!!

 

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So that’s alright then Mr. Steve Weaver, Cranleigh sportsmen, women and children can rent the facilities from Cranleigh PUBLIC School when they don’t need them! 

 

 

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GET THAT – ‘WHERE EVERYONE SHARES.

Waverley’s Press Release.

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You know when Summer has arrived by the stink permeating around parts of Farnham and Cranleigh!

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Fear not … Julia is sending out gas masks…isn’t she?

 

You all know about the East’s “Stinkgate” now here comes- “Watergate.”

Over there in and around Cranleigh, the source of the stink has already been identified – it is coming from Protect Our Waverley’s spokesman who calls himself – “Pepper pig.”

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It’s official – Waverley Planners have gone Bats!

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Crest Nicholson get Licence to Kill…bats!  And if you link into the comments box – you can hear the debate which was very kindly sent to us here at the WW by Mushroom Management. Presumably, because they (WBC) keep most people in the dark and throw a bucket of sh*t over them?

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Potty & Co go batty! 


Lies, damned lies, and no proper statistics – for the endangered bat population of 
Blightwells, Farnham’s infamous multi-million-pound development in East Street.

Easing into her new role as part of the England Team and with Nikes at the ready, Chief Planning Officer put the boot in on councillors  in readiness for her World Cup debut, when they dared to ask too many questions and took more than their allotted four minutes on Crest Nicholsons’s planning application to mitigate the loss of habitat and “protect” the Blightwells bat population.

Whilst everyone is aware from previous surveys that there are bats in the Redgrave Theatre, the Blightwells Cottage, The Marlborough Head, and elsewhere on the site all either demolished or awaiting the swinging ball,  – there is to be NO MITIGATION – for the loss of the Maternity Roost, NO BAT HOUSE, as previously agreed with Crest Nicholson just a handful of aluminium poles stuck up around the site with  bat boxes on the top!

There will be no bat houses to replace the maternity roost despite calls from rebellious councillors  Farnham Residents’  Jerry Hyman and John Ward, Paul “fearsome” Follows, and  Cranleigh Tory Liz Townsend,  who was sitting on the Joint Planning Committee for the first time and who might just have to watch her seat!  Disobeying Betty Boot on your first outing!

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 Watch out Liz, or we might have to start referring to Cranleigh’s ‘Liz as the Biz.”

There were some lovely quotes from councillors:- here’s just a few to make you smile.

“If we go ahead and grant this… it could be A LICENCE TO KILL – BATS!

Godalming’s Paul Follows: “Isn’t it an offence to disrupt or injure roosting bats.”

Cranleigh’s Liz Townsend: ‘How will the bats survive if the Blightwells Cottage is demolished?”

Anna James (Chiddingfold): “I’m quite happy to grant this application as it stands.” In other words Bug**r the Bats!

John Ward (Farnham)If we don’t have a maternity wing- we may not have any more little bats.”OH! and I object to the Chairman asking us at the start of this meeting to “curtail the debate.”

Jerry Hyman (Farnham) “It’s not rocket science if  they, (the developers and the planning officers) don’t care about endangered species, and the environment – what do they care about?”

You may well ask – WWethinks … letting developers do whatever they like?

Planning Officer: “Natural England has issued a licence, and under the terms of that licence the developer cannot damage bats. Followed by: “Natural England have not actually assessed it?”

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Insignificant matter?

Here’s what many Farnam people think!

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However, we have just heard from one of her fans, that it isn’t her fault – she is just doing her Master/Mistresses bidding!

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Former Godalming Town Mayor goes down for nine years for child​ sex offences.

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Simon Thornton (46), the former Mayor of Godalming and a former major player in Waverley Borough Council’s Executive, has pleaded guilty to sexual offences, some of which were against underage children.

The Town’s High Street butcher has been jailed for nine years after he pleaded guilty to 20 sexual offences including being in possession of indecent photographs and videos.

Thornton, a former Godalming mayor, town and Waverley borough councillor, previously pleaded guilty to 16 of the charges at the same court on Tuesday (May 8).

He changed his plea on six more counts to guilty at Guildford Crown Court to-day Monday morning. His not guilty pleas on voyeurism and paying for sexual services to a child will remain on file.

 

The former councillor resigned from his role at Godalming Town Council citing “personal reasons” back in November 2017 and following behind closed doors meetings Councillor Anne Bott, a previous Godalming Mayor stepped in to fill the breach left by Mr. Thornton of Abraham Way, Bordon.  The Court ruled he will serve half of his sentence in custody and the remainder on licence.

 

There are lies, ​damned​ lies and… Bob Lies.

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Dear old Bob Lees, Chairman of Protect our Little Corner’s summer just got even busier!

Just when you, dear Reader, thought this selfless, civically minded individual couldn’t give any more to the Borough, one eagle-eyed Waverley Web correspondent pointed out that Protect our Waverley has been pumping out Press Releases from its Headquarters at Unit A11, Fairoaks Airport, Chobham, in Surrey.

Does this mean that Capt’n Bob and his cohorts are going to extend their campaigning across the borough boundary and embrace Surrey Heath? Protect our Waverley & Surrey Heath (POWASH – not to be mistaken for HOGWASH!) doesn’t have quite the same ring to it. Maybe, instead, they’ll be really ambitious and, in the interests of inclusiveness, call themselves Protect our Surrey (POS – very happy to be mistaken for POSH!)

Other businesses based at Unit A11 Fairoaks Airport are Dunsfold Airfield History Society and Cleverwoof Ltd. Plenty of surprises there then, for one could be forgiven for thinking that Dunsfold Airfield History Society would be based at …, well …, you know …, Dunsfold Airfield … Wouldn’t you if you were in their shoes? Maybe even sharing space with the Dunsfold Museum because that would be, well, a natural fit …, wouldn’t it? At least it would if they really were interested in the history of the aerodrome. Slightly more problematic when their entire raison d’être is to put a bloody great spoke in the wheel of the Dunsfold Developer’s concrete mixer!

So, these Johnny Come-Latelys have shacked up with Protect our Waverley and Cleverwoof.  What a happy ship Unit A11 at Fairoaks Airport must be, full of like-minded individuals, working towards a single aim.

They must be absolutely delighted that were planned to turn Fairoaks into a  Garden Village, a copy-cat model of Dunsfold Park, has been refused.

Perhaps  Capt’n Bob & Co expanding their operations and objected to plans to ‘concrete over’ another brownfield site? Whatever next? The Fairoaks Airfield History Society?

Maybe not!

Rather, first stop Dunsfold, then onto Chobham … next stop the entire Country!

Bob Lies for Prime Minister … but, NO!, better yet, Bob Lies for President – of America! Well, let’s face it Capt’n Bob and President Trump have a lot in common … and there’s a lot of people in Waverley who’d be only too happy to send him across the pond – on permanent loan! Maybe, we could have a whip round for a first class ticket or, even better, maybe the Flying Scot could be persuaded to provide a transport plane out of Dunsfold …

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Just another manic Saturday, Sunday & Monday at the Cranleigh dump!

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Two of our eagle-eyed followers over there in the East has sent a couple of photos of what she described as “the chaos that exists at the Cranleigh recycling centre since its partial closure.”

One describes the queues of cars from Nanhurst Crossways junction on the A281 attempting to do a turn in the road to get out of the ensuing logjam as “complete and utter chaos.” 

She explained that residents of a nearby multiple occupancy development  (unfortunately she couldn’t give us the name) couldn’t get out because the queue stretched down Elm Bridge Road as people queued to get the small window (Sat, Sun, Mon) now open to them to get into the dump! Otherwise, they have to take the rat run over Hascombe past Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s new home on their way to the Witley recycling centre. Little wonder SCC chose the weekends to keep the dump open! We don’t want to spoil his peace and quiet do we?

Yesterday we posted on Surrey County Council’s leader David Hodge asking for your help to shape the county councils future. So now’s your chance.

Put your teeth in Mr Hodge!

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This is from another Cranleigh resident a few weeks earlier!

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Put your teeth in Mr Hodge!

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Any politician who starts a diatribe with … “I’ve always been clear” is a guarantee that what he is about to say is anything but… and resembles MUD!

Here’s David ‘Autocue’ Hodge reading a statement about the launch of Surrey County Council’s new vision – it’s only a draft vision he hastens to add – because what he really wants is YOUR VISION! What should Surrey look like by 2030?
Well, you know what to do then – read about it here and complete the survey here.

Where will Waverley members be watching the World Cup in Farnham?

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We are grateful for these photos from Martin Gardiner and John Spackman in Farnham for pointing out the irony. Where once there was a thriving community pub on East Street, now there is a boarded up, fenced off shell. Never before has the ‘Blightwells’ development been so aptly named!

Where will we watch the Russian held World Cup now? Answers to Waverley, please! Spasibo!

We’ve heard it on the grapevine, that Liz the Biz or Betty Boot as she is fondly known – (remember staff and councillors have been warned not to refer to the Chief Planning Officer by this name!!) – has donned her brand new Nike football boots, to take part in the English line-up for the World Cup. Apparently, she has put the bover boot in so many times to give rebellious Waverley concillors a good kicking, that England Manager Gareth Southgate, is putting her on first reserve in the attack. Watch out Tunisia!

Double Whoopee another shedload of our money goes down the pan!

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Here’s the taxpayer’s money about to be flushed away…again!

To misquote Oliver Hardy:

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The Honourable Mr. Justice Holgate has ordered that in the matter of applications for Planning Statutory Review:

1. POW Campaign Ltd – v- Waverley Borough Council and Dunsfold Airport Ltd
2. CPRE Surrey -v- Waverley Borough Council
3. POW Campaign Ltd -v- Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government

The three applications be consolidated and heard together, at an oral hearing, as soon as possible after 25 June 2018 because he considers this to be the most efficient way of dealing with the applications.

The Judge has noted that there is considerable overlap in the legal arguments raised in the claims by POW and CPRE and a good deal of the factual and policy context is common to all three claims. He has also decreed that one Judge should hear all of the matters at the permission stage and one Judge should also hold any substantive hearing in relation to any claims granted permission to proceed. And, whether the claims are consolidated or not, the hearings must take place in the same hearing window to avoid inefficient use of judicial resources.

Mr. Justice Holgate concludes by saying priority must be given in the list of the applications to the availability of a Judge and not to the availability of any counsel presently instructed. Which, in short, means The Stinch, Rumpole and Wayne Beglan, who acted on behalf of POW, the Dunsfold Developer, and Waverley Borough Council respectively, may not star in the blockbusting sequel. It’s rather like a film studio killing off the leading man when he tries to up his fee for the sequel!

It remains to be seen if those bit-part-players, Charles William Orange Esq (AKA OJ) and Nik Pidgeon (AKA Not-in-my-Columbier), will rock up for the latest round.

However, we have heard from one of the herd at Protect Our Waverley that they are JUBILANT and cannot wait to get their days/weeks/ in court.

As the two above are among the key architects of PoW & the Parishes’ case against the Dunsfold Developer one would expect them to be preening in front row seats but neither have been seen in public since they were outed, around the time of the Dunsfold Inquiry, as Nimby Developers who, having spent years parking their concrete mixers in other peoples’ backyards, now want to move in on their own patch and dig up the village greens of Awfold and Hascombe in preference to seeing the brownfields of Dunsfold Airfield developed. KERCHING!

Reading Mr Justice Holgate’s direction, whilst sipping a glass or two of Silent Pool’s excellent G&T, we at Waverley Web, found ourselves re-visiting the words of that elder statesman of the three barristers at the recent Inquiry into Dunsfold Park, Christopher Katkowski QC, AKA Rumpole: “The very fact that the Rule 6 Parties [otherwise known as POW & the Parishes] speak in such terms shows what the planning system has to grapple with and face down here!”

We can only hope that the High Court Judge on whose bench these cases land will be up to grappling with and tackling the Nimbyism which has polluted the waters of Waverley.

But – and purely in the interests of fairness, you understand – we must give equal airtime to The Stinch, on behalf of POW and the Parishes, whom we awarded Quote of the Day on the first day of the Dunsfold Inquiry, when he announced, in suitably sombre tones…

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If only! How most of us wish that were true. All we do know is that, despite those famous first words from The Stinch, Waverley taxpayers are looking down the barrel of yet another review of the Dunsfold decision and the Local Plan!

 In company with the Brexit Remoaners, POW and the Parishes won’t take NO for an answer – they’re just going to keep on pushing this ball uphill and down dale until someone somewhere, anyone anywhere, agrees with them and overturns the decision to build on the biggest brownfield site in the borough and allows ‘Your Waverley’ to continue concreting over the countryside.

And the Government has the cheek to wonder why developers aren’t building enough houses quickly enough … and why they are so expensive!

Yet another case of you couldn’t make it up!!!

The WW tripped over a Gove at our local fruit farm.

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Who did we see in his ministerial Land Rover as we rounded the corner of Tuesley Farm,  none-other than the Secretary for State for Agriculture Michael Gove. Unfortunately, we didn’t have our free punnet of raspberries to hand…
Brexiteer Gove met our local Brexiteer fruit farmer Harry Hall at Godalming’s Tuesley Farm as part of Open Farm Sunday. Harry is famous for voting for Brexit and then complaining he can’t get enough Polish workers to pick his strawbs..  “If EU labourers disappear ‘I don’t have a business. It’s as simple as that”

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We wonder if Harry (above right) went on to tell Mr. Gove what he said to Radio 4: “I regret my vote in the face of the Government I’m given.” Judging by the look on Gove’s face it would appear he was getting a rough ride?

The Secretary of State’s parking space is pictured below. However, – he didn’t arrive on his bike but was swept through in his blacked out Land Rover.
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Please Waverley, tell us you haven’t gambled a £17m black hole like Surrey Heath!

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closingdownSurrey Heath Council recently spent £17.6m buying the freehold of the Camberley House of Fraser building. The money was completely borrowed from the Government’s Public Works scheme – so they didn’t even have the money themselves! Casino gambling at it’s best.

THIS WEEK HOUSE OF FRASER PULLED THE PLUG ON ITS CAMBERLEY STORE – serving a CVA on the council no less!

The Council said: “By acquiring the freehold of this site, Surrey Heath did so as part of the wider regeneration of its town and not as an investment. The store has suffered from under-investment over the years and the Council was in discussion with them to address this. Whilst these discussions are still ongoing, their own reinvestment proposals are dependent on a formal CVA and their position on legacy stores.”

This is the massive ANCHOR store for Camberley – not something easily re-let – or even turned into flats in the current climate!

We know Waverley Borough and Surrey County Councils have invested in the disastrous Blightwells in Farnham, and we know Waverley agreed to borrow £30million to buy some commercial property early in the year. Surely this is a risk too far?

Isn’t it time to come clean Waverley and publish a list of whats going on? After all if we suddenly all have a half share in a shopping centre in Runcorn, perhaps there will be more incentive for us to visit!!

We have heard of cats on hot tin roofs, but in Godawfulming they have KIDS!

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In the town that is home to our borough council, and which once boasted the borough’s Police Headquarters (now des res’s for the Wimbledon Wanderer) the latest kids craze is running across the town’s roofs.

Now here at the Waverley Web, we know a fair bit about inhabiting roofs because we regularly dangle in some. We also meet the odd bat and squirrel but so far, have never come across any kids.

But here’s a plaintiff cry from one Godalming resident who is heartily sick of teenagers who have refrained from beating a path to her door, and have taken to beating a path across the shop roof adjacent to her flat instead!

 

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Oh! Those were the days my friend when there was a policemen on our streets. It is now easier to spot the Dartford Warbler!

David Monro loves his banner stand!

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We know David Munro loves to set forth in front of his pop-up banner stand. So we thought we would help him out and design him a new one to highlight Surrey’s recent crime stats! These reveal that crime is Up Up Up! Overall recorded crime is up 14% and some categories a massive 78%!

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We can all sleep comfortably in our beds safe in the knowledge that David Munro – Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner has had his concerns satisfied about the staggering rise in burglaries

Surrey now holds the title for  – the highest council tax rises, and now crime has risen by 78%* (*in Surrey Heath)

David Munro has pledged to continue supporting Surrey Police fight back against the rising tide in burglary as thousands of forensic marking kits are rolled out to Surrey residents. The recent spike in offences is due to organised criminal gangs, mostly from outside the county, crossing its borders to target properties.

 

Here at the Waverley Web thanks to information passed to us by one our followers we can reveal that crime is also rising in our borough. 

 Many residents over there in the East, are customers of the Egg shop in Knowle Lane, Cranleigh where the “Egg Lady’ as she is fondly known,  has been supplying eggs from happy chickens for donkey’s years. This week she has become a victim of crime.

 Thieves broke into the home of the elderly farmers, wrenched from a wall a safe containing money and valuables and a nearby gun cabinet!  These thieves are now equipped with dangerous firearms!

 A week earlier staff were shaken but unhurt when robbers stormed into the Bet Fred bookies in Cranleigh High Street. A skinny short male threatened staff who handed over an unspecified amount of cash. Staff are now recovering from the frightening ordeal

 David Monro (PCC)  said he had raised concerns with the Chief Constable at his regular performance meetings and is confident measures are in place to combat burglary although he admits there is no room for complacency.

So – no problem there then – it is all in former Tory Waverley Borough Councillor and SCC councillor David Monro’s capable hands!

It has been reported that Surrey has seen a 78% increase in residential burglary in the last year.  However, according to the police, these figures don’t accurately reflect the true picture.

 The Home Office says the quarterly crime statistics published in January, cannot be compared with last year’s figures as changes in the way some crimes are now classified have been made. 

Previously, thefts from outbuildings, sheds and garages were not classified as dwelling or domestic burglaries. These thefts have been reclassified and are now included in the figures of recorded domestic burglary.

Whilst Surrey has seen a rise in total burglary offences – it is in fact around 27%.

crimerecordedtype The Force has taken proactive steps to prevent and detect burglary including dedicated burglary teams across each area.

They are specifically targeting offenders – recent examples in the last couple of weeks include four people arrested within 24 hours on suspicion of burglary offences in Waverley and two other men being charged in connection with 37 burglaries across 11 counties.

Officers will hand out more than 11,000 free SelectaDNA property marking kits to residents in burglary hot-spot areas.

 David Munro (PCC) said: “Whilst this recent rise in burglary across Surrey is following the national trend, it remains a matter of real concern to both residents and myself. This is clearly a worrying statistic but I want to reassure our communities we are fighting back on a number of fronts.

 

Surrey’s Assistant Chief Constable Nev Kemp said: “I want to reassure the public that burglary is very much a priority for the Force. 

“It is for this reason that Operation Spearhead has run for several months with dedicated overt and covert officers aimed solely at preventing burglaries and catching offenders and putting them before the Courts. Please employ crime prevention measures wherever possible, sometimes just locking doors and windows can significantly reduce the risk of falling victim to opportunist thieves.

“If you have information about suspected criminality in your area, please do get in touch. You can do this either via our website, by calling 101 or if you don’t want to talk to us then you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”

Keep your belongings safe by following the below tips. You will find more burglary prevention advice on the Surrey Police website.

  • Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house
  • Hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox
  • Install dusk to dawn outside lighting
  • Secure bikes at home by locking them to an immovable object
  • Keep ladders and tools stored away; don’t leave them outside
  • Mark your property with a forensic marking product, and register your belongings with Immobilise.com

Over to you Captain Bob…Your Borough Needs You?

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GOODNESS GRACIOUS ME …

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What a busy, busy summer it’s going to be for Bob Lees’s Protect our Waverley (PoW), as Waverley Borough Council invites residents and other interested parties (Cue stage right: that’s you PoW!) to comment on proposed sites put forward to build another 1,079 homes in the borough.

Waverley’s Local Plan Part II sets out where the homes might be built – including Elstead, Godalming, Haslemere, Milford, and Witley.

Members of the Public (and PoW) have until midday on Monday 9 July to let Waverley Planners know what they think about the proposals set out in Part II of its Local Plan. Knowing how keen PoW is to live up to its name – PROTECT OUR WAVERLEY – the Waverley Web has no doubt that, under the direction of it’s dedicated Chairman, Bob Lees, PoW will be going through Waverley’s Local Plan Part II with a fine curry-comb in order to prepare a plan of campaign every bit as thorough as its war against development at Dunsfold Airfield.

Of course, PoW, is already up to its neck in a rear-guard action as it attempts to Judicially Review Dunsfold Park’s consent for 1800 homes but, knowing what eager beavers they are on behalf of the entire Borough, that won’t deter them from getting stuck into the Local Plan Part II as they know how much residents across the Borough are relying on them to root out and fight the good fight against inappropriate development borough-wide, not just in their own little corner of Alfold and Dunsfold!

In addition to all this, PoW will also be busily pouring over detailed plans for the first phase of Knowle Park, where the former Lettuce King – Nicholas Vrijland and his cohort, Andy Leafy – will be building 265 homes at the former West Cranleigh Nurseries. But, they just want to help Cranleigh – don’t they? Funny really, having set up all those secret meetings with developers, they are trailing along behind them all as fag end Henry’s!

Then, just a hop, skip and a jump away from Knowle Park, there’s Miller Home’s development of the former Hewett’s Industrial Estate, where 100 homes will shortly be underway. 

With so much development going on in and around Cranleigh, local shop-keepers are worried that the knock-on effects of the building works will keep shoppers away from the High Street – especially following the closure, last week, of the NatWest Bank in Stocklund Square, which was a big draw. NatWest customers, who now have to go to Godalming, Horsham or Guildford for their over-the-counter banking needs, are thought likely to defect to Godalming over Cranleigh in their droves.

So, thank God for POW. If ever Waverley needed a committed ‘very large and continually growing number of concerned Waverley residents whose interest is in sustainable, balanced and appropriate development’ it’s now!

So, over to you Cap’n Bob!!! Your Borough Needs YOU!

Just a gentle reminder to ‘Your Waverley.’

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WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL INVESTIGATED BY POLICE!

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Everyone’s talking about the shocking air quality here in Farnham, but I’m alright Jack and Jill because I’ve received the new issue of a Waverley pollution mask. And… I’m fortunate enough to have had the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner as a former Conservative Waverley Borough Councillor.

 

 

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WW – Following Follows.

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He may be quite a new boy at Waverley Towers, but having helped prevent the closure of a Godalming School Councillor Paul Follows is now turning his attention to the town’s mounting traffic problems.

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Here’s his latest missive concerning the proposal to build 265 new homes on land now removed from the green built at Ockford Ridge.
 
 Taken from councillor Fellows Facebook Page. 

During my by-election (way back in December) I pledged a number of things, but these included:

1) To support local schools, fight cuts to education and strive to improve local schools;

2) To support sensible planning i.e. Yes to reasonable developments but ONLY with proper infrastructure investments for current and future residents.

Our successful campaign for Green Oak school (I believe) has shown my firm commitment to that first point – and I will continue to resist further cuts in any way I can.

Today I want to discuss local planning and infrastructure.

The attached quotes below are from this week’s Surrey Ad regarding the proposed development in Ockford (Ockford Park).

Your local Liberal Democrat Councillors in Godalming are happy to state their views and intent for the record – tell us what you think?

On traffic:

“I want to see the full report about that when it is out because I, and many others at the consultation and since do not believe the impact will be minor”

“Also, we all know or highly suspect that neighbouring sections of Guildford will go out of the green belt in their plan [as other developments are suspected to be planned very near Ockford Park] – so talking about the impact of 270 homes worth of traffic is perhaps premature”

On affordable housing:

“Broadly we need the housing but 30% affordable needs to be at least that when its done and actually be affordable to local people”

On infrastructure:

“Like many others, I would like to see at least a regular visiting clinic”

“I will be hoping to see a reasonable section 106 agreement when the planning application is discussed so that current and future residents have meaningful infrastructure investments. I would hope to see investments in local schools.”

 

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Just another manic Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday….. in Cranleigh.

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Playing dodgems on the Elmbridge Road in has become the new dangerous sport as HGV’s battle to make their way to the burgeoning number of Cranleigh New Town’s development sites.

And…would you believe the narrow Wey and Arun Canal bridge just a bit further along from where this picture was taken is where pedestrians and HGV’s dice with death on a regular basis. This was made -one way by Surrey County Council to enable the old people living at the Elmbridge Retirement Homes Village to WALK into the village a mile-and-a-half away.

God forbid they ever try that one, said the follower of the WW who sent us this picture.

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We are told the queues of traffic in both directions are the stuff legends are made of!! Traffic was backed up beyond the lights at the Nanhurst Crossroads.

 

 

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