A lake-inside development going to Cranleigh? Huge housing development coming to Farnham… on even more green fields?

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What does  the Protect Our Waverley Group have to say about these two major applications. Nothing; nada; nic; niente; nimic; ekkert; rien; gar nichts;….

WHY? Because these two sites are on green fields – one of which is often under water adjacent to the Cranleigh Waters and the Wey and Arun Canal and where the man trapped in the blue car, pictured below almost died!

Watch here for yourself, the section, Elmbridge Road, with the site under consideration in Flood Zone 2 and 3, completely submerged. and then watch  the Waverley Wally’s give it the go-ahead!

 

 Waverley Planners are recommending that the Joint Planning Committee (which now boasts only two Cranleigh members,) grants consents for 55 houses in Elmbridge Homes (Thakeham Homes/Stovolds Hill Farm Ltd.) Another on land West of Green Lane, Badshot Lea for up to 105 dwellings. (Lampoon Developments.)

In Farnham  the recommendation is for approval of the outline and access only, with all matters reserved! Oh!  by the way,  two and a half storeys (actually three) on this development, is quite acceptable, say officers, as  they “add visual interest.” 

Pop along to a few Crest Nicholson developments and see if you think they add “visual interest.” They are three storeys high not 2.5, in ours, and everyone else’s book, and they urbanise villages!

Pictured below is the lakeside vista that visits Cranleigh quite regularly during heavy rain – and where Thakeham ‘Stupid’ Homes want to build 55 dwellings. You can read an earlier blog here: You couldn’t make it up – could you! Sub Aqua development coming to Cranleigh?

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You will see from the report below the numerous  objections to both schemes. However, the determination of Liz the Biz and the motley crew she leads/drives/whips, into submission, will completely ignore any restraints or objections from local people, and press ahead regardless of the misery they heap onto these two villages.

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These are a few of the  Farnham objections including one from Farnham Town Council:

  •   Little in the way of local shopping, post office or other facilities other than 2 pubs.
  •   No doctors or shops.
  •   There are brownfield sites in larger areas, wouldn’t these be best?
  •   Villages of Badshot Lea and Weybourne have expanded more than they should have.
  •   120 new homes on green field sites is not sustainable, viable or environmentally acceptable.
  •   Unsustainable location with no transport links. Highways
  •   Traffic volume into Lower Weybourne Lane would be hazardous and would increase volume through the already congested traffic lights at Badshot Lea.
  •   Effect on traffic access and egress to surrounding areas.
  •   Road access onto Lower Weybourne Lane unsuitable.
  •   Access to the site is very narrow and proposed junction would have poor visibility.
  •   Impact on traffic in Upper and Lower Weybourne Lane and Weybourne Road, already difficult to cross at school at start and end of school day as 5 schools in 1 mile of site (2 have over 1500 pupils each).
  •   Knock on congestion at 6 Bells Roundabout particularly if the proposed building adjacent to Monkton Lane and St John’s Church takes place.
  •   Highway hazard for bungalow on corner of Green Lane/ Lower Weybourne Lane due to restricted vision/blind spot.
  •   Currently only traffic using the entrance is SEB.
  •   Entrance too narrow to accommodate two way traffic with footpathseither side.
  •   Future use of Green Lane as a “rat run” from Badshot Lea.
  •   Sometimes can’t get out of Orchard Road due to parked cars.
  •   Green Lane is insufficient for the increased volume of traffic.
  •   Vehicles of new inhabitants will cause further congestion in the area.
  •   Lack of ‘off street’ parking therefore new development will increase the number of cars on already cluttered roads.
  •   Lower Weybourne Lane is main walking route to schools at either end.
  •   Lack of off-street parking on proposed site will lead to parking on existing roads or partially block the pedestrian pathway.
  •   Serious traffic congestion already at nearby Shepherd and Flock roundabout. Extra 250 cars would make this worse.
  •   Wentworth Close already used extensively for parking for parents of children at local schools for 2 hours per day and this would inevitably get worse.
  •   Unrealistic amount of car parking.
  •   Cycling in area is very low at 1%. Roads risky for cycling due to narrowlanes and number of car movements.
  •   Car parking guidelines not fit for purpose in semi-rural areas.
  •   Aldershot station is 2.7km from the end of Green Lane, not 2km.Landscape Impacts
    •   One of the last public green spaces left.
    •   Would change look and feel of area from semi-rural to high density housing.
    •   Destruction of beautiful countryside.
    •   Would not be a short-term slightly adverse impact on view.
    •   Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment fails to note the site is visible to most of the hillside area between Weybourne Rd and A325 (Hale).
    •   One of the few areas of natural beauty in the immediate area.

Visual Impact/Design

  •   Size of the proposed development is overwhelming for the space available.
  •   Proposed flats would not be in keeping with the local area, which is mostly single storey, bungalows or chalet style properties.
  •   Developments should be considerate of the style of surrounding area (with comparable size back gardens)
  •   Grossly over-dense and does not reflect the densit y of surrounding houses.
  •   Out of character – too many dwellings.
  •   Housing does not match the local character.
  •   Overdeveloped at 36.6 dwellings per hectare. Nearby developments of Badshot Parka nd Glorney Meead are 20 and 26 per hectare. Wentworth Close and Lower Weybourne Lane form the northern and western boundaries of the site and have densities of 17 and 26 per hectare.
  •   Town houses and 3 storey apartment blocks incompatible with adjacent built environment.
  •   Unacceptable urbanisation.
  •   Fails to meet all the ‘good design’ guidelines outlined in Section 7 ofthe NPPF.
  •   No defined design or description for the proposed houses, only artist impressions. If they houses are tall town houses will be out of keeping with rest of local housing.
  •   Proposed plans footprint and height are excessive and not suitable for the area.
  •   Loss of village identity. Flooding
    •   Land floods regularly.
    •   Concerns with the water table and potential flooding.
    •   More buildings will lead to surface runoff and contribute to even more flooding.
    •   Saturated in winter/waterlogged regularly.
    •   Lower Weybourne Lane regularly floods by bridge.
    •   No where for drainage to go.
    •   Badshot Lea and Lower Weybourne suffer badly from surface water flooding which gets worse each year.
    •   The whole site is within the catchment of the River Wey, a water course runs from the west to the east of the site and also southwards and the northern boundary is shown to be in the groundwater Safeguard Zone.

Ecology

  •   Wildlife seen include Dormice, deer, badgers and bats, Canada geese and pheasants, little Egrets, Dartford Warbler, Kingfishers, Barn Owls, small mammals, buzzards, newts, frogs, grass snakes, moles, foxes, rabbits, general bird life. Field is a necessity for local wildlife.
  •   See deer and kites every day.
  •   Negative impact on rare plants and wildlife on the site and nearby.
  •   Need open green spaces for balance of nature, eco-systems and environmental issues.
  •   Site supports wildlife from recently developed sites around it.
  •   Within 1.6km of Thames Basin Heaths and can’t realistically beprovision of SANG.
  •   An assessment needs to be made of the effect on the local SSSIs.
  •   Site should be turned into a nature reserve.
  •   Lies within Thames Basin Heaths SPA Buffer Zone and a large increase in population is incompatible with the aims of the SPA designation in this area.Amenity
    •   Area is a popular dog walking spot of which there are few. In summer months when Farnham Park has cattle grazing is only dog walking option.
    •   Used for children to walk safely from school.
    •   Loss of amenity space when more houses need more amenity space.
    •   Although very loosely privately owned, has been used for decades by the community
    •   Increase in traffic noise.
    •   Light pollution.
    •   Loss of privacy to existing residents as proposed houses would be looking directly into gardens, bedrooms and bathrooms and existing houses will be overlooked.
  •   Layout and density would lead to overshadowing, loss of privacy and disturbance as well as loss of visual amenity.
  •   Loss of views onto green space from all front aspect windows. Would have major impact on large number of adjacent properties.
  •   Taking away outside area used for a better life.
  •   Green Lane is probably the last unsurfaced country lane left in the localarea and used by walkers and cyclists as a pleasant break of peace
  •   Direct overshadowing from new development, lack of privacy and a significant loss of light.
  •   Loss of footpaths on site.
  •   Health concerns from being near high voltage power lines and exhaustfumes from existing traffic.
  •   Concern that application will rely on Farnham Park SANG and what remains should be reserved for brownfield applications in Farnham.
  •   Little consideration given to lives of people already in residence.
  •   Loss of views and devaluation.
  •   Turning sit e into village green would be far more beneficial to the area.Infrastructure
  •   120 houses is too much and road infrastructure can’t cope and schools already over subscribed.
  •   Would be detrimental to surrounding infrastructure including schools, health facilities and environment.
  •   Lack of sewerage capacity resulting in obnoxious smells from the Water Lane plant.
  •   Local sewerage depot in Monkton Lane is already overstretched with the current sewerage capacity.
  •   Doctors surgeries already overloaded.
  •   Schools, doctors, dentists and social services are already at full capacity. Can’t cope with more housing without significant infrastructure development.
  •   Bus service is not regular and poor public transport.
  •   Pressure on local utilities infrastructure.
  •   Lack of local shops, post office, bank facilities, GP Services, lack ofcycle paths and safe routes to schools/pre-schools from the site.
  •   Thames Water has identified an inability of the existing waste water infrastructure to accommodate the needs of the application.
  •   Adjacent recreation ground would be insufficient for the increase in number of users.
  •   No plans to build new roads or improve the existing ones. Other Matters
    •   Would be detrimental to the village.
    •   No remaining separation between communities of Badshot Lea andWeybourne and insufficient services in either community.
    •   Fields to west of Green Lane are the last remaining fields between Farnham and Aldershot.
    •   If Council Housing hadn’t been sold off to people able to buy market housing there would be no shortage of Council accommodation.
    •   Would encourage other further development of surrounding fields that could all be linked together.
    •   Total 80% increase in village size planned (441 homes).
    •   Were under the impression that land formed part of the Strategic Gapbetween Farnham and Aldershot which needs to be maintained.
    •   Major disruption from vehicles required for building work.
    •   Green Lane will no longer be a country lane.
    •   Proposed site is close to (under?) major power cables. Will it be safe, secure and cost effective.
    •   Character of the village should be considered.
    •   Would be completely against policy to protect the Countryside beyondthe Green Belt.
    •   WA/2014/0391 for 140 houses was rejected in July 2015 and this site is only 100m away and should be rejected on the same basis.
  •   Effect on house values as yet unknown.
  •   Adds to national argument of county boundary change by increasingpopulation between Aldershot and Farnham.
  •   Lack of meaningful local consultation. Objections voiced were not reflected in the proposal.
  •   Failure to meet NPPF guidelines including Paragraph 64.
  •   Badshot Lea is not suburban, as described by applicant.
  •   No identifiable benefits as far as the local community are concerned.
  •   Many areas in south Farnham where there is space to build and less congestion.
  •   Council has yet to reveal its Local Plan
  •   Amendment from 120 to 105 units does not alleviate previous concernsand reduction is insignificant and overall problems remain. Submissions in supportIn support of the application the applicant has made the following points:
  •   Access into the site is proposed from Green Lane. The existing road is a narrow lane and a new widened access for the northern section of the road is proposed. Whilst Green Lane will remain as a link to the south, the junction with the new site access will be specificallydesigned to prevent vehicles exiting the site in a southerly direction.
  •   The density of 30.95 dwellings per hectare, which reflects the density ofother development in the area.
  •   The layout of the housing development submitted is for illustrativepurposes only. Internally the access road has been laid out to provide perimeter housing development to ensure new private gardens are back to back with the existing rear gardens adjoining the site. The central area of the site is laid out as a number of back to back houses, parking courtyards and a centrally located mews development. There are a number of flats proposed within the development which are located towards the south eastern corner of the site. The layout has been designed to connect through to the recreational space and public footpath to the south ensuring good connectivity of the site to the existing amenities in the area.
  •   The layout will incorporate design features to provide a sense of space, legibility and focal points to the main views into the sites.
  •   Generally the scale of the new housing will be 2 storeys in height, a row of 2.5 storey housing is indicated to provide a contrast and add visual interest to the principle access road. This will act as a focal point to the site entrance and further add to the type of housing proposed. These town house properties are located towards the centre of the site ensuring there will be no loss of amenity or overlooking of the existing properties adjoining the site.
  •   Proposed flats are included in the overall master plan to again add to the choice of housing types and tenure being made available and to ensure efficient use is being made of the available land. Designated parking courts are provided for each of the flatted units.
  •   The location of three storey flats in the South East sector is considered to be an appropriate form of development as the high level cables already give a perceived scale to the area.
  •   Play areas are located in the South East corner with good landscaped screening and security through the views and perceived ‘overlooking’ from the adjacent flatted developments.
  •   Landscaping has been considered as an integral part of the layout, ample opportunities have been takes to ensure there will be ample space available f

If you read all that lot?

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It’s all about Butts.

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FROM WHIP TO STICK IN ONE SWIFT KICK!

It would seem the chickens have come home to roost for the woman, formerly known as the Deputy Dominatrix, in the recent reshuffle following Teresa May’s now infamous election victory that wasn’t!

 

StTriniansanne.pngWithout a parliamentary majority and with Labour, the Greens (or do we mean the Green?!), the Lib Dems and the SNP hell-bent on a summer of discontent, the Tories know that their Whips need to be of the highest calibre. No surprises, then the woman formerly known as the Deputy Dom hasn’t made the grade, cut the mustard, come up to snuff … we could go on but you get the picture.

Too busy rushing around the Westminster Village, calling in political favours at the behest of Protect our Little Corner … to be effective where  it now really matters – in the Whips Office!  Now the going’s got tough the Deputy Dom has been kicked into the long grass – otherwise known as the Department of Education.  There where no one expects anything of  import or substance to occur now the PM’s grandiose plan for more grammar schools has been abandoned because the Trots, who are snapping at her heels, don’t like anything that smacks of middle-class privilege!

Rumours abound that Matron Milton’s leaving present from the Whips Office was a T-shirt bearing the inscription Been there, done that, made it all better!

As if!!!

One of the wits at the Waverley Web’s most recent brain-storming suggested a better strap line for the woman formerly known as the Deputy Dom: Just Relax! This won’t hurt a bit …

Who’s she trying to kid? The people of Cranleigh who are up to their necks in sh*t pits and concrete, all because she bullied Barwell into calling in the Biggest Brownfield site in the Borough! Another lot going through next week on a – flood plain, opposite the Poo Factory!

Having spent her formative years on the wards and in the sluice room, before sliding down into the sewers of Westminster, we can only assume Matron Milton presumes that, like her, the people of Cranleigh don’t mind being up to their elbows in effluent … or, maybe, it’s just that when the sh*t hits the fan in Cranleigh, Matron Milton will simply waltz back up the A281 to Guildford …

Or maybe she just got caught short for, rumour has it, Matron Milton was planning to retire at the next election but was wrong-footed when the PM called a snap one. Although her vote was 2.5% down on two years ago that didn’t stop the lacklustre Guildford MP gushing to the Surrey Advertiser, ‘It’s fantastic and I think the really humbling moment is the fact the people of Guildford and Cranleigh have put their trust and faith in me again …’

Hardly! Let’s get real for a moment. As we’ve said before – and, as our regular readers know, we never mind repeating ourselves – Matron Milton has the good fortune to be in a seat so safe it they put a blue rosette on the arse of a monkey  Cranleigh residents would vote for it! 

The DD has spent her entire career in the butts arena – first she was sticking it to people with a syringe, then  tongue-lashing them into shape in the Whips Office and now she’s landed on her butt in education where she will, no doubt, be dishing out six of the best to the right to  the far right. Oh how the not so mighty have fallen …! Strange to think Cronus, the Tory Chief Whip, Gavin Williamson’s, desk-top tarantula survived the reshuffle whilst the hapless Matron Milton didn’t. What’s he got she hasn’t? Well, according to the Chief Whip, ‘ Cronus is a perfect example of an incredibly clean, ruthless killer – absolutely fascinating to rear.’ And there you have it, we’re back to the butts again!

Butt enough of the Westminster Village! Back  in Alfold and Dunsfold, rumour has it Matron Milton and Kevin D’Anus have been working closely together to dash the Dunsfold development, which leads us to conclude with that old chestnut:

What did one butt cheek (D’Anus) say to the other butt cheek (Matron Milton): Together we can stop this brown stuff and plump for the green stuff.

Talking of ‘that Dick D’Anus’ rumour in the corridors of Waverley has it that Kevin D’Anus thinks he’s got a great ass … What???!!!??? Apparently, it’s because every time he finishes talking and walks away he hears people whisper, ‘What an ass!’ Yep, you read it here first, folks!

Ever wondered why there aren’t enough employment sites in ‘Your Waverley.’ well here’s your answer!

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All over the borough/country due to recent changes in planning legislation, former office/work unit accommodation units are being turned into residential accommodation.

Why?

Because with business rates and rents rising it is now proving to be more profitable for developers to turn them into residential units.

Then along come developers,  no doubt, seeking planning permission   to build similar offices and shops for much needed employment, and then…..

Around and around it all goes again…

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Is ‘Your Waverley” turning a deaf ear to everyone in this borough?

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It’s official – Your Waverley really has GONE TO POTTS! It doesn’t listen to anyone, anywhere, any time, any more!

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The doors of the council chamber are more often than not slammed shut and now the closed notices have gone up and the locks are on the public lavatories in Haslemere, Godalming and Farncombe.

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Just been barred … from having a pee in Godalming..

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Other residents have taken it upon themselves to install mobile loos – in the bus shelter in Godalming. Route Number 2?

Here’s our post: OH DEAR! What can the matter be?

and here’s a sample ‘ of  the Twitter storm!

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Perhaps that Vote of NO CONFIDENCE fell on deaf ears?

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NO CHANGE THERE THEN!

This is a letter sent out to supporters of The Cranleigh Civic Society – from the people…screen-shot-2016-05-03-at-14-22-39

Dear Members and Friends

As you are aware, Cranleigh Civic Society held a meeting in the Village Hall on 25th May to discuss the planning permission already granted and the further huge amount of housing being earmarked for Cranleigh in the draft Local Plan.
Many residents expressed their deep concerns about the relentless growth of new housing in Cranleigh, particularly as Waverley Borough Council has simply not dealt with Cranleigh’s serious infrastructure problems first.
At the end of the meeting, local residents took a vote of “NO CONFIDENCE” in the Leadership of Waverley Borough Council

226 FOR
1 AGAINST (this was a Waverley Borough Councillor)
2 ABSTENTIONS (we think from people who live outside of Cranleigh)

We have written to Julia Potts, the Leader of Waverley Borough Council, to confirm the vote of “No Confidence” taken by those attending the public meeting:
Dear Ms Potts
As you are aware, Cranleigh Civic Society recently organised a public meeting at our village hall at which we shared our knowledge of what is happening now, and what is being planned for the future of our village. Many of the 229 people who attended passionately expressed their anger and concerns about the volume of housing your team has approved to be built on our green fields and how many more you intend to send our way.
Equal to this were the worries about how our already poor infrastructure will cope with the huge increase in the population. As promised, I relayed your message of how much you care about our village, and I must tell you it was not well received.
At the end of the meeting we offered the opportunity for them to vote by a show of hands if they wanted to send you a strong and clear message that they do not have confidence in your team’s ability to care for the quality of our lives and wellbeing through your actions and inaction; 226 voted to support this statement, one opposed and two abstained.
I trust this message is clear.
Phill Price
Chairman
Cranleigh Civic Society

We have not received a reply from this letter yet.

Also discussed at the meeting was the petition we have been running to ask our MP to insist on our drinking water to be tested for the risk from asbestos, as 29.6% of our water pipes are made from asbestos cement. The petition has now closed at 714 signatures and we have now sent this to Anne Milton for her action.
What are the next steps?
We are now investigating the options available to us and we will let you know when we know more.

What can we all do?
– Write to your MP Anne Milton NOW (email anne.milton.mp@parliament.uk). Whilst we as the Cranleigh Civic Society are strictly non-political, you may feel that you have been let down by your MP in not stopping the relentless attack by housing developers on Cranleigh’s green fields, particularly as it is Government Policy that brown field sites should be built on nationally first.
– Write to the Waverley Borough Councillors (details are on their website) to tell them you are not happy with the way the decisions are made.
– Object online on all applications you feel are unsustainable – details are on our website
– Turn up at the Council Offices at The Bury’s, Godalming when the Joint Planning Committee meet to vote on the larger housing applications. The public gallery only has a few seats so either turn up early or turn up just for the arrival of the councillors before the meeting so that they can see that people of Cranleigh do really care.
– If not already done, subscribe to the updates from our website, so you are informed of any news

We will update the website in the next few days with diary dates for the upcoming Little Meadow application, Springbok Inquiry, Dunsfold Inquiry, etc

regards

Jane Price
Membership Secretary
Cranleigh Civic Society

http://www.cranleighsociety.org
https://www.facebook.com/cranleighsociety

Will the people of Cranleigh get a response?

Don’t hold your breath, because ‘Your Waverley’ doesn’t give a jot what Cranleigh people think. If it  did, it wouldn’t be putting out RFP’s (Request for Proposal) to sports consultants around the country to build a new Leisure Centre on the Snoxhall Playing fields – on land held  by Cranleigh Parish Council on behalf of its residents!

OH DEAR! What can the matter be?

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Sing-along…

‘Three of our towns won’t have any lavatories, they’ll have nothing from Monday till Saturday, nobody knows to pee where..?

Haslemere,  Godalming and Farncombe won’t have a pot to pi** in thanks to ‘Your Waverley.’

In other words the borough has, literally Gone to Potts!

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Let’s all pee in Julia’s Potty!

How about this for a sorry tale of woe if ever there was one. Spending a penny, just became a whole lot more difficult for the folk in three  of our beleaguered towns.

In its bid to save pounds, spending a penny in the three town’s public conveniences is about to become a Hurculean task. Because they are about to: Close; shut; taet; dicht; fermer; preto; in der Nahe; chiudere; közel; preto; a prop; gar….

Get the picture? SHUT.

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WW found the bit about the “Acting Town Clerk” Andy Jeffery interesting! In fact we could find the reason for the sudden departure of The Town Clerk … very interesting. WWethinks we need to start spinning that web!

Here’s Haslemere’s WC which is about to be slashed to make for more parking spaces! It tells the WW…

Haslemere Town Council is very concerned that Waverley Borough Council is intending to close the public toilets in the High St carpark to make way for more parking spaces.

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We are currently making representations to WBC to try and keep this well used facility open on behalf of local residents but we need your help. Although we know they are well used and vital to many residents, by signing this petition you give further weight to our fight by clicking on the link at the bottom of the post.

Thankfully over there in the East of the borough all the developers over there are flushed with their own success. They are busy building their very own poo pits now the Grampian Conditions drafted by ‘Your Waverley’ aren’t worth the toilet paper they were written on and the sewage treatment works cannot cope! 

Sign Haslemere’s petition to stop the slashing of services! https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/save-haslemeres-public-toilets

Dunsfold Airfield – a Heritage Site? – No way!

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So determined are the members of ‘Protect Out Little Corner of Waverley and to hell with the rest,’ to stop the development of the borough’s largest brown field site, that they have dragged  tax-payer-funded Historic England into their bitter battle against the developers.  But yet another determined effort to stop development at Dunsfold at all costs, has, failed.

POLCOW – is throwing the taxpayers’ money around like smarties in their endeavours to save their little patch of the borough from development. In addition to wanting to stick  a blue plaque on the site and call it a National Treasure, it has also sought and gained permission for a Judicial Review against – Super Efficient Waverley Borough Council – because the dummies FORGOT, yes, that’s right  FORGOT! to add a decision made by the Executive plonkers in December 2014 into its Constitution!

Yes, one of the most important base documents that the borough council holds – and works to,  was,  quickly changed following legal advice at the last Executive meeting …  INCOMPLETE AND INCORRECT!

You can read more about the big gaff  here:

Cranleigh’s voice has spotted that mistake – that might be getting… BIGGER!

:Could POW, KNOW HOW – TO SCUPPER ‘Your Waverley’s planning decisions? 

 Ten out of Ten to POLCOW for spotting the mistake. Nil Point – for wasting even more of the tax-payers rapidly diminishing funds and giving the thumbs-up to every single developer sending drones over our countryside, including large sites in Alfold and Dunsfold,  to make-up the shortfall when/if the airfield  bites the dust!

Of course, if you are really protecting ‘Your Waverley” as you so boldly claim, perhaps if your bid succeeds, you realise that many of the consents given on developments already under-way around the borough are illegal too! 

Another fine mess ‘Your Waverley’ has got us into?

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Oh! by the way DAHS spokesman … where have you been all these years, Dunsfold has a Museum which is well supported by people near and far who have  emotional links with the place.  Your view , is not the overwhelming view of  the local population. Talk about hyperbole!  You could spin a bigger web than we do!

OH! And please don’t stop sending your childish complaints. We don’t mislead the public, we inform them and so does the brilliant Farnham and Haslemere Heralds – featured here:

 

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Have ‘Your Waverley’ and the Berkeley Bunnies played a foul on Cranleigh’s sports men, women and children?

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Here they go, here they go… to…Alfold…Dunsfold…Ewhurst…Horsham or the lowest bidder?

A decision by “Your Waverley” and …  for the moment –  by, others … UNKNOWN, – may have signalled the end of one of the oldest football clubs in Surrey.

 The insensitivity of  Waverley Borough Council  could prove to be the last straw that breaks the back of Cranleigh’s 124 year-old  Football Club…

** Ah well! What happens in Farnham to-day – happens to Cranleigh and the rest of the borough tomorrow!

WHY?

By providing £173,000 towards an All Weather Football Pitch at – Cranleigh Public School

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Please Sir – can you find Cranleigh footballers a new home?

It is widely  known locally, that Berkeleys had promoted other schemes to improve the lives of young and old – as part of its contribution towards  the creation of Cranleigh new Town.

It offered ‘Your Waverley a £1.3m community building on part of its site of 425 new homes between Knowle Lane and Alfold Road, Cranleigh. This was scuppered by a Cranleigh borough/parish councillor! 

It is also well-known locally that Park Mead School requires £25,000 towards improving its facilities!

But ‘Your Waverley’  – decided it was prudent to provide £173,000 to one of the country’s top private schools.  At a time when the car park to the Snoxhall Playing fields is  closed due to health and safety hazards and the Snoxhall Pavilion,  where senior and youth footballers took cold showers throughout the Winter,  – is,  a disgrace ! 

This sentence is taken from the council papers in a list of contributions by Berkeley Homes, as part of an Infrastructure package. Other developers are putting money into Cranleigh Arts Centre.

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However, at behind closed doors meetings with officers, Cranleigh borough and county councillors and the developer, Berkeley Homes’  offer was shunned in favour of…the above. 

 The details of a £3m legal agreement that Berkeley Homes will contribute  for infrastructure were recently revealed by officers. There was an  outcry at a recent public meeting when villagers learned that it included £173,000 for a synthetic pitch to be constructed near Glebelands School.   Waverley planners were considering details of the first (55) of four phases of 425 homes planned at the back of Stocklund Square.

Waverley Web asks ..was no thought at all given to grass-roots sport in  Cranleigh?

This latest revelation, for the cash-strapped football club, could now be   the final straw – and at a meeting last week, the club  warned – it may have to leave Cranleigh after 124 years!

One player wrote to the Waverley Web saying: “the shock revelation that this huge sum of money has been contributed towards a pitch for Cranleigh School – and that villagers will have to pay to use it, is the final kick in the crotch for our players.

We have been struggling for years. It costs four times as much for our teams to play in Cranleigh than in any of the other villages around – the facilities at Snoxhall are non-existent, and quite frankly are a disgrace. The parish council has recently closed the car park – and we have heard to-day that we, and visiting teams,  will in future,  have  to pay to use it.  Which is against League rules, and we may be thrown out!

 We  feel we no longer belong in our own village. We believe  Waverley Council is considering building a new Leisure Centre on part of our playing fields – and we understand, the parish council, who owns the land  is trying to “protect them”  from the land grabbers at Waverley. So if we leave Cranleigh perhaps we will be doing everyone a favour?”

It may be too late, but some thought needs to be given to ensuring the development and success of grass root sport in Cranleigh, particularly football, which attracts over 400 youngsters and older players every Saturday.

We want to know? – Where are all the children of all these families  proposing to  live here going to play sport in the future?

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** Farnham folk Petitioned the Queen to remove the town from Waverley. Cranleigh folk take a Vote of No Confidence in Waverley. Farnham’s Memorial Hall and playing fields used by the football club,  kicked out and moved elsewhere. Waverley has its eye on  Cranleigh football grounds ….and  Haslemere’s youth facilities.. etc … Sound familiar?

Wonder if they have had a reply yet?

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This is the letter The Cranleigh Civic Society sent to ‘You Waverley” following a….

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The message may be clear Mr Price, but don’t hold your breath waiting for a response that will bring about any change, take your Vote of No Confidence seriously,  prompt a change of culture, or recognise your very serious concerns. Concerns that are shared  by many other residents of the borough including here in Farnham. 

Perhaps they could take a lesson from the recent General Election and the arrogance shown by the Tory party nationally….  and start listening?

P.S. the  abstention  was a Waverley Borough Councillor and the two abstentions were from people who lived outside Cranleigh. So in other words – the vote was UNANIMOUS.

 

Barmy Barwell or Builder Barwell?

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One could be forgiven for thinking that Gavin Barwell MP, the former Minister for Housing, wanted to build houses. Indeed, his rhetoric on the subject, prior to the recent election, was compelling.

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Speaking at the MIPIM, an International property conference hosted in Cannes, Mr Barwell  told developers…

“If you’ve got parts of the country where you want to build homes and you’re struggling to find land, you come and see me and I will then raise those issues with the relevant local authorities.”

And if anyone had any doubts about his sincerity he went on to say,

“That’s an offer to anyone in this room – if you’re struggling to find sites you [can] come talk to me and I’ll try and do something about it.”

He went on to ram the message home by saying he wanted to be,

“clear and unequivocal” he was there to help them build the hundreds of thousands of new homes to help fix to help fix the UK’s housing crisis!

Hundreds of thousands of homes? Bring it on! He really couldn’t be any clearer could he? Oh yes he could, for he then said…

The government was committed to building more homes releasing enough land for around 160,000 new properties.

And then, to be absolutely sure he left his audience in no doubt whatsoever, Barwell said he wanted to “change the politics” of house building so local people did not automatically protest at the suggestion of new build. He went on to warn of “hard discussions” with local politicians who held up development.

Oh yeah? If that was really the case why did he then roll over and stick his buttocks in the air when fellow Tory MP, Matron Milton, went crying to him about a major brownfield development on her patch that had just been granted consent by the Local Authority? Did he hand her a hanky and tell her to buck up? Did he remind her that he was on record that he would have “hard discussions” with local politicians, like the Deputy Dominatrix, who tried to hold up development? Did he hell! No! He smiled sweetly and presumably said something along the lines of ‘Yes, of course, Annie. Anything you want, Annie. How high shall I jump, Anne?’ And promptly called in the consented application to build 1800 much needed homes on Dunsfold Aerodrome.

So much for his much for his ‘clear and unequivocal’ claim that ‘the government was committed to building more homes …’ Just not in the backyards of the Tory faithful!!!

Now Barwell, who lost his Croydon Central seat in the election – and is blaming it all on austerity and Brexit – has been given a consolation prize – although some might consider it a poisoned chalice! He has the ear of our erstwhile PM, having just become her new Chief of Staff. No doubt the Deputy Dominatrix will be all over him like a rash in his new role, demanding he begs Mrs May to stamp her size six Russell & Bromleys all over plans to build at Dunsfold Airfield.

Whip-crack-away … whip-crack-away … whip-crack-away …

Mr Barwell may well be wishing himself anywhere but in No 10 by the time the Deputy Dom has finished nagging him black and blue!

or on the other hand – if the PM hear’s  her quote following her re-election…you can read it here in The Guildford Dragon… maybe not! 

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Bin the ballot box, because the tail is wagging that Waverley dog again…!

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 Some at ‘Your Waverley” would like to  delegate more planning powers to the…. people… who were elected? Oh No! This is Wunderland remember…

 Don’t be silly,  to the planning officers, who need to step the development process  up a gear!

As of NOW – decisions for  developments of up to 25 homes will be left in the capable hands of ‘Your Waverley’s’ planning honchos –  Liz the Biz – the head honcho – who will have to scrape the smile off her face when she takes off her make-up   at night?

Oh bejoyfulness! – no more listening to those pesky councillors winding on about…

  • Highway, sewage, and infrastructure issues.
  • Listening to elected representatives telling her … what fits in with their Design Statements…
  • The character of their neighbourhoods? Or the height and scale of properties.
  • Green fields… countryside… in future they are only building plots, and if it’s green and  doesn’t move then it’s fair game.
  • And… as for ancient woodland… we can always impose conditions – like the Grampian one we drafted incorrectly to ensure sewage treatment capacity was improved before homes were occupied … to ensure developers plant shiny new trees when the old ones  are chopped !

This is what one Cranleigh councillor thinks of the move to remove the need for LOCAL  checks and balances. 

Councillor Patricia Ellis  who believes  Cranleigh residents may believe she is set to become – “an expensive irrelevance” – perish the thought!

and Councillor Jerry Hyman (Farnham) – Robert Knowles (Haslemere,) and John Gray (Dunsfold) agree with her. Councillor Hyman – (Farnham Residents) is featured here:

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But Solicitor, (Sleepy) Councillor Michael Goodridge Chairman of the Standards Board assured them all there’s nothing for them to worry their little heads about… they can always call applications in for consideration by the planning committee’s … if they are wide awake enough. No problem there then  Sleeping Beauty?

 

Yes, what is compelling the borough and county councils to risk…OUR MONEY?

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But you know – regardless of what Farnham people think – SCC and WBC, have and will continue to ‘invest’ £30m of county ratepayers money in a duff scheme – and millions of pounds of the borough’s money ….WHY?  Because they do not have the humility to realise – that after almost 16 years… they are, quite simply, WRONG!

They know it – we know it – and so does Chris Meade of Rowledge  know it – read his recent letter in the Farnham Herald about Blightwells that has now seen the back of three Waverley Chief Executives, or is it four?

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Watch out – there may be a crash…. about?

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A Buy-to-le bust, lower incomes, Brexit,  homeowners failing interest rate stress tests and now – a Hung Parliament –

could it mean that the housing bubble is about to burst?

We have heard from our readers that a number of newly built properties – two of which overlook Cranleigh Cricket Common, have been put up for rent after  failing  to find buyers. 

This is also evident  in Farnham, Godalming and many of the other towns and villages in Waverley. All of whom are experiencing unprecedented levels of new builds. Many thousands of homeowners cannot find buyers because their properties are blighted by planning applications, either pending or consented.

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Just as developers are poised to build many thousands more homes in the borough of Waverley the ‘For Sale’ signs are already going up from those eager to move away from areas they considered rural, and which are gradually becoming more surburban.

Buy- to- let landlord are starting to move away from the  sector due to the changes in tax advantages being removed, and hard-pressed young people are finding it increasingly difficult to obtain mortgages.

Properties for sale in the  residential areas close to  local schools are failing to find buyers due to the congestion from parked cars during school collection times.  Prospective purchasers are fearful that the congestion  in the residential roads around schools will only get worse if there  is a further  influx of young families when thousands of new homes are built.

Some councils are using Public Spaces Protection Order powers – introduced by the last Government – to control parking by school run parents. The PSPO legislation was designed make it easier for councils to outlaw anti-social activities, including parking.

CCTV cameras have been introduced near schools elsewhere in the country and dropping off and collecting children is banned between 8am and 9.30.a.m. and 2.30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

The orders are also being enforced by police, traffic wardens and police community support officers.

Recently a Waverley Web reader contacted us at contact@waverleyweb.org saying  traffic wardens were now in evidence outside schools in Waverley. As a result,  parents were parking  in residential areas even further away from schools, which  is believed to be pushing the radius of areas affected by school traffic  even wider, thus affecting even more properties.

“plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose” – “the more things change, the more they stay the same.”

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The epigrams  of the editor of Le Figaro – Alphonse Karr, certainly ring true to-day in the rough of Waverley – which encompasses the electoral districts of South West Surrey and the constituency of Guildford.

Let’s face it, there’s more chance of Nelson getting his eye back than the  likelihood of anything changing around here!  Unless of course it is the local elections – viva la change in Godalming and Farnham!

Just more of the same:  MP Jeremy Hunt – grinning from ear to ear after notching up 33,683 votes (a fall of 4.1% – 2015) despite the fact that he was standing against a very creditable candidate Dr Louise Irvine – for the National Health Action Party   who managed a very healthy –  12,093 votes. JH secured the seat he has held since 2005,  despite the difficulties  that the areas that, both he and his neighbouring colleague Anne Milton, face due to changes in the way healthcare will be delivered in future!

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Her whip has stood her in good stead in persuading the – former – Secretary of State to call for a ‘very expensive’ public inquiry next month.

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Mind you it will be whip, crack away,  if she continues her old job as deputy chief whip  with a hung parliament at Westminster.

NOW…we wait with bated breath to see whether our Annie flushed with her own success, in the wake of the Dunsfold call-in, decides to throw her  (whip) into the ring and launch a bid for the Tory Party leadership? . Oops she may have to be quick wit that whip to get in before our Jeremy?

 

Dicky De’Anus doesn’t want another traveller site on the A281 near Alfold – and neither do the gipsies!

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Residents living around Stovolds Hill nearly choked on their Weetabix when they read Part 11 of Waverley’s Daft Local Plan, which gets dafter with every passing day …

The phone lines went into meltdown as they rang, e-mailed and knocked on the door of Alfold’s very own councillor Kevin De’Anus, who has been far too busy objecting to development on that great-big brownfield site, to concern himself with the greenfields around Dunsfold Airfield. Many of which are now under threat …

… not from the settled Gipsy community – but travellers who are buying up land faster than developers!

Councillor Penis – as Alfold residents have taken to calling him because he’s such a dick-head – gave a host of reasons why the site for travelling showmen, pictured below (which was the subject of numerous applications, and appeals, and then an Article Four direction. This prevents anyone living on the agricultural land now or in the forseeable future,) should not have even seen the light of day but is now  in a document due to go out to public consultation shortly!

and he didn’t know anything about its inclusion in the Plan-and he’s on the EXECUTIVE!

But, as Planning officer Graham-Sick-as-a-Parrot explained to the Council’s Executive, the consultation will give the locals an,  “opportunity to comment on the – Options and Solutions,” in the Daft Plan.

Comment!!! Comment – who is  he trying to kid??? The British Airways meltdown will have nothing on the Armageddon facing Your Waverley’s internet when this gets out.

Officers have even been contacted by the Lydia Park gipsy community, who are even more concerned than the worried-well-to-do, because in recent months almost 100 acres of land around Alfold has been bought up by Irish Travellers eager to satisfy ‘Your Waverley’s’ widely expressed need to find sites for the gipsy and traveller community! Talk about biter, bit! Even the gipsies don’t want their settlement to get any bigger!

“If we aren’t very careful – we are going to end up with another Dale Farm – and then we will get out! He said the gipsy community set up in Stovolds Hill over 20 years ago had, made huge strides to integrate into the community. Children attended  local schools, many had successful businesses, and contributed to the local economy. The existing concentration was as much as the area could take. 

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Dale Farm. 

WW asks why would Polly Parrot,  even consider including a site in the  countryside close to an existing  large gipsy community?

May be ‘Your Waverley’ could solve everyone’s problems. – A suggestion which has been made to the Waverley Web many, many times since it was founded a year ago – “perhaps they could house them all on one great big site – all 635 acres of it at … yes, you guessed it, at Dunsfold Park… Lydia Park… has a certain ring to it! Ding-a-ling!

Meanwhile, Councillor Penis (formerly the *iss Artist known as De’Anus), might want to consider investing in a new Kookaburra Kahuna (AKA a ‘Cricket Box’) as word on the village green is that there’s a lot of people who would like to express their disapproval of his interpretation of the seven Ps – AKA *iss Poor Performance on his Part has led to *iss Poor Planning for Alfold!

There are many hundreds of homes planned in and around Alfold/Loxwood. 

Alfold- has no  school,  few services, sewers or infrastructure … a   huge flooding problem and poo regularly pops up in their gardens!

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Now there’s a good idea? Why don’t we all post our poo to ‘Your Waverley” marked For the Attention of the Chief Planning Officer and her assistant Polly Parrot?

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It must be Election Day – because Aunty Elsey’s trolling Dr Irvine!

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Who would have thought the Waverley Councillors would have time to pop up on Dr Louise’s Facebook trolling all the comments this week? Clearly rattled was the Elstead troll Jenny Else:

Just one of the screenshots of the trolling comments enclosed on Louise’s Facebook, after a rather heated hustings in Farnham.

Are the TT’s getting worried? Must be because of this sign found to-day in Godalming! 

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Health Warning: Not suitable for children or people of a nervous disposition.

P.S don’t be put off by the ‘Your Waverley’ Picture – this is what she looks like before she has been air brushed! More like  vacuumed! WWethinks! 

Still .. Aunty Elsey does have a very broad brush of all the local political issues … just listen to her spouting rubbish at ‘Your Waverley.’ Particularly when she is speaking of Surreys Dormitory Dependables! Commuter land Culturebuffs  Do we have a Cultural Strategy or do we have 230 pages weighing over – 600 grams – of expensive tripe?Screen Shot 2016-05-13 at 13.45.01Screen Shot 2017-06-07 at 15.47.03.pngScreen Shot 2017-06-07 at 15.45.43.png

Has Wen-Am-I-Leaving… Gone. Or just gone missing? It’s official – he’s GONE!

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Here’s the post we wrote this morning.

Read the Press Release. Just posted.

Has a new replacement already been found to jump into the CEO’s hot seat in  the Wunderland that is Your  Waverley?

Remember – you heard it here first!

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A day or two ago we put two and two together, believing we may have made five! In fact our maths was spot on – should have gone to… Bet Fred!

Is Wen-am-I leaving – about to… yes… leave?

We didn’t suggest you nipped down to Bet Fred, just in case the reason for AN EXTRAORDINARY MEETING  of ‘Your Waverley’ behind closed doors, was not to announce the imminent departure of Paul Wenham yet another Chief Executive ,  who needs time to develop their career,spend more time with their family, or retire?

But spot the face – if you can – because the Webcast swung around the Council Chamber all night, chopping off everyone’s heads – no pun intended – even focused on cars in Godalming High Street, and blank brick walls?  Mind you – ask Councillor Jerry – there are lots of those brick walls at ‘Your Waverley.’ He who dares to question,  comes up against them all the time!

And then – the doors were slammed – so we all await a Press Release!

Well, sitting next to the Mayor,  is non other than Damien Roberts, or ‘The smiling Assassin’ as he is more widely known – who has been slowly clambering up the greasy pole on his way into the top job ever since he arrived in Wunderland. Anyone spotted the 666’s.

Change of Culture? Never – just more of the same old, same old – daggers at dawn

Here’s a more flattering picture of The Omen that we used – after he killed off Age Concern Waverley – decimated the Meals on Wheels Service, and practically demolished the voluntary sector in his previous role in Croydon Council before being made redundant and…

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Paul Wenham says he is passing on the baton – let’s hope for all our sakes it doesn’t get picked up By Waverley’s very own – OMEN?

Said the Croydon Council’s Union Leader at the time:

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Oh! Carole!

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Who got out of the wrong side of the bed before popping down to ‘Your Waverley’ to chair the Joint Planning Committee?

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Carole Cochburn  – The member for Farnham Bourne.

From the moment she called members to order – and Councillor John Ward (Con Shortheath & Blundstone) … dared to say  he couldn’t  approve the minutes as they had  – not been available for him to read before the meeting – so wasn’t prepared to sign them as a true record!

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So… it did not auger week that Cranleigh councillors Liz Townsend and Patricia Ellis had been substituted for two  other Joint Planning Committee members – to consider the reserved matters for Phase 1 of the Berkeley Bunnies scheme in Knowle Lane.

Officers warned the committee that the principle of development for 426 homes had already been established and the Reserved Matters before them  were the landscaping and details of  Phase  1  of the scheme for (55 executive homes.) In other words – just get on and approve it – regardless!

As one member followed another and slated the scheme – saying it was:

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  • Would do nothing to enhance Cranleigh!
  • Building described as two and a half storey – were in fact three.
  • There was inadequate parking.
  • Million pound homes would back onto Sainsbury’s Loading bay.
  • The design was mediocre and totally unsuitable for a rural location.
  • The developers’ original idea for a gated development was – out of character – and would be more ‘Weybridge than Waverley.’

When officers explained that a Government Inspector at appeal had granted permission for five storey houses in that location, there were gasps of incredulity among members – except of course our Farnham councillor who is happy to stuff Cranleigh regardless of size or suitability.

The more opposition the scheme received, the more angry Cllr Cockburn became, almost snarling at her colleagues as they dared to overrule the officers’ advice.

One said the estate was similar to the Evesham Estate in Fleet, and something you would see on a Reality Show on TV.

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and which, it is suggested by officers   Cranleigh people will have to pay to use!

Said Councillor Mary Foryszewski: Cranleigh School is a private School with superb sporting facilities – Park Mead School is a local school which is looking for just £25,000 to improve its facilities, why are we supporting private schools?

Angry Cranleigh Councillors asked WHY? they had not been consulted, before legal agreements had been reached with developers, and WHY? were officers recommending approval of a scheme that so so out of keeping with Cranleigh, and ignored the Cranleigh Design Statement? 

Some councillors believed the  detailed scheme for all 425 homes, should have been presented to them for consideration together, and they asked why there was no roundabout in Knowle Lane which was proposed in the original application? Saying if, a scheme for a private nursing home was agreed immediately opposite the Berkeleys site this would signal traffic chaos!

Here’s what a Cranleigh parish councillor Brian Freeston had to say:

Is Wen-am-I leaving – about to… yes… leave?

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Are we at the WW putting two and two together and making Five? If so… we will wait to put up the Hallelujah chorus on his behalf when the announcement is made shortly.

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It is no secret in the sweltering attic offices and the over-heated corridors of Waverley Towers that Paul Wenham – the CEO – all but in name for legal reasons –  cannot wait to drag himself  out of the stinking bog that is ‘Your Waverley.’

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Which, is of course why we Webbers gave him the title ‘Wen – am -I -Leaving’ please make it soon… please… please… but preferably with a good package … and an  enhanced pension pot  – well! Mrs MOP got £250,00 and the previous CEO the same so , why shouldn’t I’?animated-spider-image-0157

And… I would rather like to get out before decisions are made on all those nasty public inquiry’s take place and decisions are made…  because it might get even hotter around here?

His friends and council colleagues have been speculating for months that the Oh So Sad Looking – Mr Wenham was making plans for the great Waverley get-away.

Will he get time off for good behaviour? – We fear not!

Former CEO Mary Orton Pett, or Mrs Mop as she was known here on our scurrilous blog,  left suddenly in October 2013 to –  “spend more time developing her career.”

Why might, he be leaving? Maybe the answer, as they say in the farming world – lies in the soil?  Is the milk about to go sour in POW’s Brown Cow? Or, it could be East Street – of the great the big hole in the Daft Local Plan…or… the Council’s recent Strategic Review, which uncovered some uncomfortable truths about officers not getting along with some councillors?

Ah well just in case we are right here’s the job spec and salary package as of 2016.

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 If we’re right he can buy us a   coffee from  the Borough Council’s new £7,000 vending machine?

“Your Waverley” will hear at its Extraordinary Meeting (tomorrow)  June 6.

Whose waiting in the Wings?

Don’t be silly… THE OMEN, or the Silent Assassin as he is known by his colleagues  –   of course!

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Is Our NHS safe in his hands … or hers?

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Now we at the Waverley Web do not hold with Graffiti – neither do we promote  profanity – but when the Mayor of Farnham prevented the NHS Band from singing a little ditty at the Farnham Park Festival by shutting off the microphones – then really … what do the Tories expect…

Support for Jeremy Hunt?

Read it here: – and there were we thinking   that when you are  Mayor – Mike Hodge, you must be  above politics?

Click here   Shocking censorship of NHS singers by Farnham’s Tory Tossers.

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Spotted today on the front of the derelict Wey Inn in Meadow Godalming – that was going to be Tesco’s..

And here’s what Farnham folk are saying:-

Dear WW

Have a look at the posting below and see how Dr Louise Irvine is making inroads into the Conservative’s Jeremy Hunt’s ‘right to rule’ in South West Surrey.

Voters in the recent County Council elections in Farnham could have set a revolutionary trend in this hitherto blue kingdom with Tories turfed out from seats they thought were theirs for evermore.

And what a surprise it must be to the locals that Louise Irvine’s poster boards dominate the suburban hedges around SW Surrey’s largest community, while nothing has been seen of ‘Jermy’ H’s posters.

Well the picture above reveals there is at least one!

Others around the constituency must be told that they have a real chance to make a dramatic change by voting for Dr Irvine and the National Health Action Party. We could send a vital message to the Tories in Government that we will not be taken for granted – especially after this morning’s dreadful news about increased waiting times for NHS operations. How many more people have to suffer before us ordinary folk stand up for a better future for our family, friends and neighbours by signalling at the SW Surrey ballot box that we will not put up with any more cuts and damage to our precious NHS.

Come on SW Surrey vote for Dr Louise Irvine and send that message loud and clear!

Please, please will you find a way to send the message to your constituency-wide readers that they have the power in their hands to change things not only with the County Council and General Election votes but also to go on from there to combine in future in defeating the Waverley Tories who are doing so much harm in this beautiful part of the world? We must be listened to!

Thank you

Dear WW

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Please, please will you find a way to send the message to your constituency-wide readers that they have the power in their hands to change things not only with the County Council and General Election votes but also to go on from there to combine in future in defeating the Waverley Tories who are doing so much harm in this beautiful part of the world? We must be listened to!

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Could the provision of ‘Your Waverley’s gipsy sites be heading for Alfold?

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Below  is a snapshot from a report that was considered by The Council’s Environment Overview & Scrutiny Committee this week.

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Although a possible site proposed in the Part 11 of Waverley’s Daft Local Plan describes the site as land off Horsham Road, Awfold – it is  close to the Stovolds Hill site off  Dunsfold Road.  Nearby is  the Lydia Park Gipsy Site – now occupied by over 50 settled families and adjacent to Hill Copse and New Acres, which is a transit site – also home to another  75 plus gipsy families. The majority of families, we understand, are Romany Gipsies – but in recent years – some Irish Travellers have joined the settled community.

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At the bottom of the map are the existing gipsy sites off  Stovolds Hill Road.

 

Shocking censorship of NHS singers by Farnham’s Tory Tossers.

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BIG BROTHER IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN … FARNHAM!

Someone … must be 0h!… so afraid!..

t was a warm and sunny day in Waverley’s Wunderland – that is our picturesque market town of Farnham.

As the locals sat on the sweet-smelling grass on Gostrey Meadow, dipping  into to their picnic baskets, enjoying  live music, street food. As the children played at the town’s Spring festival –  along comes Mike Hodge – Farnham’s very own  Tit… (Tory Interfering Tosser) Mayor  and gives orders…   to a guest band to  …. put up and shut up!

NOW!

It was OK Jóse for  Farnham Rock Choir to sing eight or nine songs – but when the National Health Singers took to the stage – they managed one round of “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor, followed by an original song called … ‘Stand Up for The NHS’.

That  includes the lyrics – “Jeremy Hunt has systematically misled the whole country”, and its chorus goes: “It’s not safe, it’s not fair, but they just don’t care, we did not sign up for this.” And… Off went the microphones!

No sooner had the song ended  … The microphones were switched off and their set was brought to a close. The compere told the singers and the audience that it was time to wrap up the performance, and the choir must leave the stage. He said: Screen Shot 2017-05-31 at 16.35.09.png

But all  over’Your Waverley” its residents and those in the  rest of the free World who regularly follow ‘Your Waverley Web,’ can, by clicking on the link below, listen to it… as many times as they  like.  Put it on your Facebook page and let everyone see that although Democracy may be dead in Farnham –  it’s alive and kicking on this site!

https://www.facebook.com/rishi.dhir.7/videos/10158674174120545/

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However, although I don’t sing … I can strut my stuff just as long as I like! 

 

Now the Lib Dems have stepped into Matron Milton’s corner!

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Matron Milton will not be pleased – that Lib Dem and MP hopeful, Zoe Franklin, is about to pee on her Cranleigh fireworks!

But fear not  Zoe – Matron Milton doesn’t have any confidence in Waverley Borough Council either – and neither does anyone else  – so sadly you have to join a very long  queue!  

But… and it’s a BIG BUT Annie … She claims you have got it wrong… very, very wrong – on DUNSFOLD … and you are turning Cranleigh into a traffic nightmare!

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CROSS OF CRANLEIGH JUST GOT A WHOLE LOT CROSSER …

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Watch  film of the meeting here: 

Cranleigh took a unanimous – bar an abstention from Annie Milton’s Mole – vote of NO CONFIDENCE in ‘Your Waverley’s EXECUTIVE!

Middle England was out in force last week, packing  Cranleigh Village Hall at the behest of the Cranleigh Civic Society. and protested against the concreting over of “their village.” 

In the left-hand corner, three intrepid Parish Councillors – Pat Ellis, Mary Foryszewski and Liz Townsend – heard  parishioners vent their feelings all over the village hall. In the right-hand corner, three representatives of The Cranleigh Civic Society (CCS) whose anger was  directed at  Waverley Borough Council, which it claims, despises and ignores the views of the local voting fodder (except when there’s an election in the offing.)

 Our Regular readers, ( we clocked up over 1,200 yesterday,) will be pleased to know that, residents  got to the bottom of some of the questions that have baffled  them for a very long time:

Q: When is a secret meeting not a secret meeting?

A: When the public find out about it!

Oh, and we’re sure you’ll all be very relieved to know that Councillor Pat Ellis  didn’t attend one of the secret meetings that wasn’t a secret meeting because she got there just as it was finishing!!! As one gentlemen was overheard to say,

‘You couldn’t make it up.’ Really, you couldn’t!

Sadly, Cranleigh people have been slow, far too slow, to wake up and smell the coffee – or, in this case, the concrete!

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It’s only now, with 1,328 new homes about to settle in its  green fields   and with  many more planned,  they realise that Cranleigh has become Waverley’s ‘dumping ground for 44% of the borough’s housing quota’. Oh – and the latest ‘secret meeting,’ with 14 developers, which isn’t secret – even though some of its own councillors were banned from attending –  because,  the minutes will go up on the website. Who writes the minutes … say no more. A calculated guess? Infrastructure Problems – water, sewage treatment… and a call for yet more sites?

 All this development will come to pass despite the fact that Cranleigh’s infrastructure is  groaning under the weight of  existing homes. It could  be on its knees by the time Amlets Lane, Hewitts Industrial Estate, Horsham Road, Knowle Lane and and West Cranleigh Nurseries – all consented – come out of the ground. By the time pending applications  are consented Cranleigh could  be swimming in sewage – always assuming the population hasn’t already expired from ingesting  asbestos fibres which are seeping into the drinking water supply. 

 Cranleigh Civic Society’s Adrian Clark, broke the bad news – that 29.6% of Cranleigh’s water pipes contained blue asbestos cement. They had  a 70-year life span and there was no  provision to replace them.  When  new homes come on stream,( literally,)  they must, by law, have one bar water pressure. Trouble is, the old asbestos pipes aren’t designed to take that degree of pressure, therefore, every time  people living in those lovely new developer built homes turns on the taps or flush the loo, they will send a spurt of water up the pipes that will dislodge even more blue asbestos into Cranleigh’s water supply!

Ask the people of Godalming?  One contacted us to say their water softener blew up due to increased water pressure and their home was… under water!

Stand by your beds! Matron Milton is about to be on the receiving end of a petition from very, VERY, VERY Cross of Cranleigh, demanding she does something about the upgrading of Cranleigh’s water pipes. Our advice to the (CCS)  and Cranleigh folks:

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So … start stockpiling bottled water as we confidently predict there’s  going to be a run on bottled water in Cranleigh once this article gets tweeted and re-tweeted! In fact, start stockpiling milk too, you may need it to bath in. If it’s good enough for Cleopatra, it’s good enough for The Cranleigh Babes!

But, as some enlightened soul  pointed at the  end of the meeting, it’s all about politics! And, the problem in Waverley is, I know we’ve said it before –  if you stuck a blue rosette on a monkey’s arse the good people of Waverley would vote for it! The councillors, officers and  politicians don’t give a Donald Duck what Waverley’s  man in the street thinks because they are confident  he will carry on voting for them!  

This  was underlined when a UKIP man from Farnham –   said he had attended another meeting at ‘YW’  on 12 August 2014 when the majority of councillors present made it all too clear that they didn’t agree with the content of the daft Local Plan but then 38 Conservative councillors all voted for it, leaving their three Independent / UKIP colleagues to vote against.

Why? Because  Conservative councillors are whipped; the decision had been taken, by the Party, before the meeting took place.  And they call it democracy ...

As Cllr Mary Foryszewski rightly pointed out, ‘You, the people voted for us to represent you and if you don’t like it, you need to do something about it.

And there you have it folks, if you don’t like what Your Waverley is doing in your name YOU – yes, we’re talking about YOU PERSONALLY …

…need to volunteer,  get involved, become councillors, give up some of your spare time and walk the walk, not just talk the talk! And, yes, it is far easier said than done because as we all know, your busy people, you’ve got lives to lead, children to feed, jobs to go to and, at the end of the day, it’s much easier to leave it to someone else to do and then just have a moan about it when you don’t like what they do.

A lot of hot air was vented at that meeting but, in reality, it’s all over bar the shouting. How do we work that out? Because none of the vested interests, that turned up for the last public meeting, bothered to turn up. Why? JOB DONE!

No Berkeley Bunnies, Lettuce or Leafy’s – No Thakeham Thugs – or Crest’s Cowboys. They are all celebrating having successfully secured a planning permission to build many hundreds of homes on recognised flood plains  – trousering millions.

 A middle aged woman who was overheard to say, when asked  what she thought of the meeting – ‘Unfortunately, whilst they all mean well, I’m very much afraid they’re shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted …”

We couldn’t have put it better ourselves!

Is the milk about to go sour in POW’s Brown Cow?

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So determined is  Protect our Little Corner to stop the development of Dunsfold airfield – the borough’s largest brown field site, in case you and they’ve forgotten! – that they’ve now dragged tax-payer funded Historic England into their increasingly bitter battle against the Dunsfold developers.

In yet another attempt to deter development at the old airfield the duplicitous diehards called in Historic England in order to try to persuade the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to list the entire airfield as a best preserved example of a World War II asset or, failing that, to list individual structures – such as the Control Tower and Bomb Stores – on the aerodrome. Did the forget the WW II lavatory?

Make no mistake, Protect Our Little Corner are throwing your Waverley Council Tax Payer money about like Smarties in their endeavours to save their own patch of the borough from development. In addition to trying to turn the aerodrome into a National treasure (AKA a Heritage Site) complete with its very own blue plaque, they’ve also sought and gained permission for a Judicial Review – another very costly Council Tax Payer money funded exercise …

… because Your Super-Efficient Waverley forgot – yes, that’s right, FORGOT! – to add a decision made by The Executive plonkers, on 2nd of December 2014 into its Constitution!

Who were the Plonkers present: On 2nd December 2014?

Councillor Robert Knowless (Chairman); Cllr Tom House-Martin (Vice Chairman); Cllr Julia Gone-to-Potts; Cllr Brain You-wouldn’t-Adams-and-Eve-it; Cllr Donal O’Neill Cllr Adam-I’m-On-my-way-to-make-squillions-Taylor-Smith; Cllr Oh! Carole King; Cllr Simon Thornton.

Read the details here: Cranleigh’s voice has spotted that mistake – that might be getting… BIGGER!

At the Executive on 6th June 2017 –  having now had the benefit of obtaining even more costly Tax-Payer-Funded legal advice – the council will vote to rectify its mistake!

As a little bit of background: This is taken from the Council Minutes.

In January 2008 the Joint Planning Committee had 48 members.
To improve its efficiency it was dropped to 23.
Then it met on an ad hoc basis.
Due to poor attendance levels (Mostly only half turned up) it was decided to introduce ‘SUBSTITUTES’ – (to ensure the committee is well represented by members across the Borough when dealing with large-scale planning applications, particularly when a number of apologies have been received. It is envisaged the arrangements will maintain the political balance and the geographical spread on the JPC.)

Now listen very carefully – we will say this only once:

ALL members of the Area Planning Committees, who are not members, will be listed as Substitutes.
Upon receipt of any apology from a member of the JPC by noon on the day of the meeting, substitute members will be arranged by the Democratic Services Team;
A substitute will be called from the same Area Planning Committee as the member giving their apology from the JPC.
The member must from the same political group as the member giving an apology and in the event that no substitute is available, no substitution will be made for that member.
It was AGREED. With effect from January 2015.

UNFORTUNATELY SOMEONE FORGOT TO INCLUDE IT INTO THE COUNCIL’S CONSTITUTION WHICH IS WHY Protect Our Little Corner NOW BELIEVE THEY CAN SCUPPER THE DUNSFOLD PARK APPLICATION, THE LOCAL PLAN AND EVERY OTHER BLOODY PLANNING APPLICATION THAT THE NUMPTIES AT YOUR WAVERLEY HAVE BEEN SHOVING THROUGH AT A RATE OF KNOTS.

NO WONDER FARNHAM HAS GIVEN THE DUMB & DUMBER BRIGADE AT YOUR WAVERLEY A VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE … WITH CRANLEIGH FOLLOWING HARD ON THEIR HEELS LAST WEEK!

 

All around the borough they are whacking Waverley.

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We hear from our ‘WW’ readers  in Godalming,  Haslemere and Cranleigh –   they too are turning their faces against Gone to Potts and her Executive posse.

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Once Upon a time one half of Waverley didn’t know what the other half was doing! Now it does.

It is just 24 hours since Cranleigh villagers turned out in their droves to take a vote of NO CONFIDENCE  in the Executive Tory stronghold that is …

“Your Waverley.

Just two weeks since  Farnham folk kicked into touch two Tory councillors,  narrowly missed kicking out a third – and putting people before politics.

Is ‘YW’s  face about to be given a makeover?

Here’s what they did in Cranleigh: Cranleigh’s fight back has begun. And here’s this weeks Farnham Letters Page:

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Cranleigh’s fight back has begun.

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A public meeting has decided Unanimously …

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Cranleigh_bannerA passionate and determined crowd turned out in force to hear Cranleigh Civic Society (CCS) spell out the reasons WHY  it had called a public meeting. . . to tell more than 500 people  how their borough council and their elected councillors were representing them!

However, despite invitations – only three councillors turned up!

Mary Foryszewski (Con); Patricia Ellis (Con West) .. of the – ‘we do no hold secret meetings, they are just meetings not open to the public’) and Liz Townsend (Con West).

It was No show from the Stennett duo – Stuart and Jeanette! (Con East) No surprise there then?

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He said the Society’s remit was to  protect Cranleigh and  despite its repeated attempts to  persuade WBC to “listen to a host of residents’ genuine concerns”  it had failed..  

‘Well, that is until to-day, when we received a telephone call inviting  us to meet with them!

Waverley Councils’ message to us was “We want you to know.. We really do care’  – which brought howls of derision.

He outlined the concerns that had brought so many people to the meeting:

  • 1,300 houses already granted planning permission –  was just the tip of the iceberg.
  • The lack of infrastructure including – sewage treatment; the flood risk; asbestos in 70-year-old  water pipes.  – Is it white or is it blue?
  • Polluted waterways.
  • Traffic congestion.
  • Water pressure.
  • 40% of the borough’s housing was on its way to Cranleigh!

and more…

After ( CCS) members gave detailed explanations of the problems  Cranleigh faced now, and  in the future – due to s(WBC’s)determination  to create  Cranleigh New Town. They urged the public to sign the Asbestos Petition, (open until Sunday evening) to be sent to MP Anne Milton calling for the water supply to be tested.

“As the Surrey County Councillor is here this evening perhaps he could explain how  highway authority will deal with the extra traffic? 

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Questions from the floor came thick and fast : The Answers – not so fast!

  • Why was Cranleigh under-represented on the Joint Planning Committee?
  • Why was it being ‘dumped’ on?
  • Why was it being asked to accept the lions share of development almost half the borough’s quota?
  • How many brown envelopes were being handed over by Developers to gain permission?
  • Why couldn’t take Farnham’s example and leave the borough of Waverley?
  • Could it hold a Referendum to leave.
  • Why – are so many homes required – and who dictates the housing need?
  • Why wasn’t a Local Plan in place years ago?
  • Why were developers financial contributions under (106 agreements) so low.
  • Were  Cranleigh borough councillors satisfied with the authorities handling of the housing situation?
  • Why is over £177,000 being provided by Berkeley Homes towards a sports pitch for Cranleigh Public School?

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Villager Eddie White Summed up the Answers to most questions:

“We are in the mess we are in here in Cranleigh because Waverley Borough Council has repeatedly failed to produce a Local Plan – No Plan – No protection.”

After two hours – The Cranleigh Civic Society proposed a Vote of No Confidence in THE EXECUTIVE of Waverley Borough Council. TWO  COUNCILLORS LEFT THE ROOM – ONE REMAINED (MARY FORYSZEWSKI. who voted against) The decision by the people of Cranleigh was Unanimous.

Read more in a  post to follow: 

 

 

 

 

KERCHING COMES TO C-C-C- CRANLEIGH!

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Here comes the choo-choo?

Regular readers will know that we, at Waverley Web, are never churlish or mischievous – perish the thought! But we did a triple-take when we read about the new pay-on-departure scheme in the Stockland Square car park! This has been introduced after some heavy-handed lobbying by Cranleigh traders who, apparently, believe everyone will spend more time in their shops – drinking coffee, nibbling on a croissant or two, before moving on to linger in the lingerie, browse among the beds … we needn’t go on, we’re sure you get the picture, if they don’t need to worry about their parking ticket running out.

Unfortunately – for traders and shoppers alike – all is not quite as wunderbar as it seems because, whereas elsewhere (Guildford & Horsham to name but two), drivers take a ticket on arrival and insert it into the machine on departure, enabling them to just pay for the length of time they’ve parked, here in the  Wunderland that is Waverley, the Council wants to charge you potts (sorry, Julia, no pun intended – well, maybe just a small one!) of money upfront – £8.40p – and give you a refund – if gonetopottsthey really must – when you return.

Trust Your Waverley to make a mountain out of a molehill! Why make things simple when you can make them c-c-c-complicated?

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Screen Shot 2017-05-23 at 09.58.53So there you have it, folks, Your Waverley is not only keen to grab your money upfront, it’s incredibly reluctant to return it to you later! Of course, the generous-minded amongst you may think that it takes time for new-fangled schemes to bed-in and things will sort themselves out – eventually – but, in the meantime, the Cranleigh Traders can only hope and pray that Waverley’s answer to ‘Stand & Deliver’ – otherwise known as Daylight Robbery at the c-c-c-Cashpoint – doesn’t cause shoppers to vote with their feet and go elsewhere to drink coffee, snaffle a sausage and linger in the lingerie …

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Especially as the mutter in the gutter is … that a certain large brownfield site, just a hop-skip-and-a-jump away from Cranleigh, is in discussions with the owners of Bicester Village to create a Surrey-based designer outlet at the old aerodrome if their planning application – which, courtesy of Matron Milton, is currently languishing in the Secretary of State’s in-box – is turned down.

Apparently, the owners of the incredibly successful chi-chi outlet shopping villages – 11 and counting across Europe and China – are looking to extend their reach in the UK by tapping into the prime Surrey Yummy Mummy market. They have their eye on Dunsfold Park because of its close proximity to the old Downs Link Railway Line.

So successful is the Bicester Village site that the owners have, singlehandedly, paid for a small branch line bringing the railway directly into Bicester Village itself. The thought is they could easily do the same at Dunsfold, making it a mecca for designer bargain hunters in the south-east whilst, at the same time, helping to ease congestion on the A281. Needless to say, Surrey Highways is orgasmic at the prospect of a retailer-funded railway line – something even Dunsfold Park themselves have admitted they couldn’t  afford to fund.

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Should this come to pass, the Bramley-Babes will be torn between lying down in front of the trains and boarding them. Forget Boden, girls, it’s all about Balenciaga now … !

As for the Cranleigh Traders, who together with Protect our Little Corner, egged Matron Milton on in her bid to get Dunsfold Park called in … they’d be well advised to be careful what they wish for!

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Thanks  Beth – do we predict traffic chaos in Cranleigh. Here’s what her friends think! C

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Is the boat about to sail for – Care Ashore?

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There’s a little matter that is concerning residents over there on the Surrey/Sussex border village of Alfold.

To worry or not to worry?

Like the residents,  we are not entirely sure what Thakeham Homes is up to this time in its desperate bid to cover the green fields of a  once  tiny village with many hundreds of new homes – not to make any money, say they,  – but to save a National Charity!

The Merchant Seaman’s War Memorial Society – now called Care Ashore wants to more than double the size of the place – only a few hundred yards from Dunsfold airfield!

But then desperation is the name of the game all over “Your Waverley’ at the moment – but in particular in the East. Why? Because ‘YW’ is claiming it has a five-year land supply tucked under its belt and developers beg to differ!

The Springbok planning consultants have written to ‘some’ objectors informing them that they are requesting that the new Springbok application (WA/2017/0360), is applied to the existing appeal (APP/R3650/W/16/3155714) instead of the original application (WA/2015/1381). 

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Now of course, it may actually be a good thing, if the whole matter can be resolved by just one appeal, rather than two. However, we, and the residents of Alfold believe it does raise a few very important  questions. 

Q As the appeal against Waverley Planners’ refusal is to be held on 18  July, how can the new application (0360) be part of the appeal as it has yet to be either refused or recommended by said  Planners, whose current decision target is recorded as being 29th May?

There is nothing concerning this application on the Joint Planning Committee Agenda for tomorrow Tuesday –  and currently there are no meetings scheduled for the month of June!!

Will there be time for everyone to be properly notified and make their comments on any second refusal? If not – why not?

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Villagers  are concerned that the developers might be trying to bypass the planning officers and put their second application straight to the appeal. After all, if the second application decision was delayed long enough, they could end up hearing an appeal on an application that had not actually been refused!

One thing WW can be sure of –  the developers will have done the least possible that they are obliged to do to inform the good people. of Alfold, and  everything they do is for a reason, and of course their main aim is to see the development go ahead, as, with Matron Milton’s success in persuading the Secretary of State to call in the Dunsfold scheme perhaps they believe they can snick in while no-one is looking – Suspicious – or what?

Perhaps If the locals, or anyone else for that matter,  have any views they can contact the Planning Inspectorate through their web page at https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/ViewCase.aspx?caseid=3155714

Alfold Parish Council is presently talking to another developer – Richard Cook – about his proposals for a new scheme to build on Chapel Fields – on green fields opposite the Alfold Craft Centre.

Let the burrowing begin..

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Not Tonight Josephine – but Wednesday – Waverley Planners – will view the detailed drawings and Reserved Matters – concerning the first phase (55) of the Berkeley Bunnies new 425  home burrow – on the former Bonham Trust Land behind Stocklund Square in Cranleigh.

The mainly two storey dwellings will be three, four and five bed homes with access onto Knowle Lane. 

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Along with all the other developers in Waverley, they have convinced officers, and members alike, that the two and a half storey homes  are just that. Well – just go and view other Crest Nicholson/Berkeley developments and see what you think. They are three storey houses in everything but name.

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As you will see there is a very strong presence from Councillors representing Cranleigh!

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Here’s what the parish council – the local watchdog – has to say, will anyone take one blind bit of notice… here come the diggers!

  • Strong concerns over the movement of construction traffic on Knowle Lane.
  •   The dwellings are higher than those planned forAmlets Lane and the pitched roofs are considered to be too steep and should be reduced.
  •   The proposed footpath is inadequate for pedestrians as there is only adequate space for one person.
  •   This is a wetspot, highlighting flash flooding in the area at the carnival in 2016.
  •   The roads are too narrow and should be made wider to support passing traffic.
  •   The proposed garages would obstruct the highway, causing a lack of space for access.
  •   Object to the ornamental entrance gate as the site must be inclusive, not exclusive. This also includes the brick wall which would create a separation and social exclusion from Cranleigh.
  •   The SuDS scheme is not yet agreed and would need to be heavily relied upon.
  •   Members would like a CEMP to be made a condition of this application.Additional response:
    • –  Gate should be removed from the entrance
    • –  Estate roads are too narrow, and cars will parkalong them restricting access for emergencyvehicles and refuse collection lorries.
    • –  Plots 4, 51, 52 and 53 are 45% higher thanneighbouring properties. The two storey houses have been increased to make the three storey houses look less intrusive.
    • –  Plots 4 and 51 are within a metre of the pavement, making them appear as gateways which would cause harm to the character and appearance of the lane as appears urban.
    • –  Plots 4, 51, 52 and 53 are located opposite Snoxhall Fields ASVI and would be harmful as too bulky and large.

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  • It is contrary to the Cranleigh Design Statement.
  • and.. last but not least.. the transport Statement refers to a roundabout being built to service a new private nursing home (formerly intended to be a replacement hospital) but its permission has now lapsed, so the developer should not rely upon this roundabout.

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New roads = more traffic!

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New roads do not relieve traffic congestion or boost local economies but devastate the environment,  according to a study commissioned by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).

The study, which it is claimed is “the largest ever independent review of completed road schemes in England” finds that recent road schemes, rather than provide solutions, have encouraged millions of extra car journeys each year, resulting in greater congestion of local roads.

More than half of the road schemes analysed, it was found, harmed protected landscapes and designated environmental sites, including National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, ancient woodland and historic places. Overall, there was evidence that 80% of schemes built damaged the surrounding environment.

The study also questions the benefits of the road building programme planned by Highways England set to triple spending to £3 billion a year by 2020.

The CPRE said: “Of roads promoted for their benefits to the local economy, just one in five demonstrated any evidence at all of economic benefit, and that was weak. More than half of the road schemes analysed harmed protected landscapes and designated environmental sites, including National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, ancient woodland and historic places.”

A Highways England spokeswoman said recently  that its road building programme would “ensure our roads continue to operate safely, efficiently and effectively”.

Reaction from local councillors in Guildford was mixed. Council leader Paul Spooner (Con, South Ash South & Tongham), said: “Interesting to see the change of strategy from CPRE.

“Previously they were arguing that infrastructure was necessary to support development and when funding comes forward to support infrastructure it now makes things worse. Sadly this damages the credibility of this campaign group.

“But opposition councillors appeared to partly or completely agree with the CPRE study. Caroline Reeves (Lib Dem, Friary & St Nicolas) said: I think the building of the M25 and the constant need to widen it ever since the “completion” date shows what we all really know, the more road you build, the more cars will fill it. This has been proven around the world.“There is however a difference between extending road networks and improving connectivity through rationalising junctions, which is what is sorely needed around Guildford and  Waverley. The existing roads need to work effectively if we are ever to embrace driverless cars, a jam at an inadequate junction will still be a jam whether the car is driven by a person or not.

“The bottom line is that we need a vastly improved public transport system and until the government will back this, instead of new roads, we are never going to succeed.

“The Conservative government must invest nationally in public transport if we are to solve the traffic problems – and improve our air quality, surely equally important for many reasons.”

Susan Parker (GGG, Send) said: “I welcome this sensible research from CPRE. It states clearly what many of us believe – road building does not ultimately resolve congestion.

“Building roads should not be seen as a panacea for our congested area. A few million pounds for minor adjustments to the A3 will certainly not allow the population to increase by around a quarter, as has been proposed under the previous draft Local Plan.

“It is about time that local and national politicians started to recognise that our environment matters and that people care about it.”

This article is taken from the amazing on-line Guildford Newspaper the Guildford Dragon.

When is a hospital – not a hospital?

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The Waverley Web has been contacted by ‘Cross of Cranleigh’. In fact, no holds barred, they’re not just cross, they’re very, VERY, VERY CROSS!

And, for once, they’re not talking about the proliferation of Cranes! – and, no, we’re not talking about the ones that gave rise to the village’s historic name: CRANE LEIGH! – When they talk about cranes, they’re talking about the construction cranes that are turning a once peaceful village into a full-blown new town that, if it keeps spawning cranes at the current rate, will give birth to a town on a par with Farnham. Yes, we’re talking about the birth of Cranleigh New Town!

Waverley Web has received correspondence of an altogether different but equally alarming and deadly devious nature!

Apparently, a Newsletter has been distributed to homes in Cranleigh’s burgeoning New Town, advising the townsfolk that a  new village hospital is no longer going to fulfil the promise that Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust intended.   CVHT, is a charity set up almost twenty years  ago to  provide a replacement  hospital – for ‘local’ people.

It’s complicated story stretches back over two decades – so bear with us – but our researchers have established that back in the days when Cranleigh was, what it said on the tin,  -‘ a village ‘- CVHT was established to  replace an  old cottage hospital, which was under threat of closure, and which was subsequently closed down by the NHS.

Villagers – a very civic-minded lot back then, so we’re  told, –   pulled together, dug deep (no, silly, not in their gardens! In their pockets! It’s only developers who go digging around in gardens and fields where they’re not wanted!) They  held thousands of fund-raising events to raise the millions of pounds needed to build a modern, replacement hospital on land, formerly a playing field,  and donated by the Parish Council in return for  land across the  busy Knowle Lane,  to replace the playing fields. 

So far so good. But now we learn from a  Newsletter, sent to us at contact@waverleyweb.org that there’s a fly in the ointment – no pun intended! Well, maybe just a little one, cos, if we didn’t laugh we’d cry!

Apparently, Cranleigh New Town is NOT  now to get  the spanking new Cottage Hospital it was promised, and which the locals raised funds for. Instead, it is getting  a PRIVATE, PROFIT MAKING NEW NURSING HOME with 80 beds, to be built on land donated by the Parish Council, on behalf of its residents to whom it belongs, and with money raised by said residents!

You couldn’t make it up, really you couldn’t! 

The scheme now includes  26 residential flats alongside the PRIVATE NURSING HOME and which the Trust claims will support the 20 community beds!

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So what the very, VERY, VERY Cross of Cranleigh and we at Waverley Web want to know  on their behalf… is?

Q: Did Cranleigh Parish Council, when swapping a very valuable piece of parish owned land, for a HOSPITAL, realise, all those years ago, that it could become a private venture by a developer and which would serve the entire population of the Guildford and Waverley Area?

Q: And did they understand that a former parish playing field would be used to build 26 residential flats, to service said privately owned for profit nursing home?

Whatever the answer to those very pertinent questions, as Very, VERY, VERY Cross of Cranleigh told us: … It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas for the owners of the new, privately owned, for profit nursing home!!!

Meanwhile,

Q: What of the village dubbed by Waverley  Councillors as, ‘poor old Cranleigh!’?

A: More, much, much, much more traffic, in an already congested area (Knowle Lane – a narrow road with no pavements and with  a business (Kerbside) which sees cars parked on double yellow lines every day of the week, narrowing the road  to a single lane. Not to mention the Berkeley Homes’ development of 50 high-end executive homes, about to access onto it, and into the high street!)

Q: Where are the hospital services that were promised to Cranleigh residents as part of the new village hospital?

A: Back where it all started: in the old community hospital which was extended – again with money villagers raised – parts of which are now to be demolished, re-built and modernised … again … and again … and again!

Q: And who is the other winner here?

A: Certainly not the good people of Cranleigh and the surrounding villages. Some of whom left their homes to the Trust.  Oh no! It’s good old Surrey County Council! The same County Council that has closed down an old people’s home in the village – called Long Field – and will, no doubt, trouser the money from selling off the site in order to try to plug the gap in its Gold Plated Pension Fund! The same County Council that will have “priority access” at the private nursing home, being built on publically owned land, with  public’s money, for its clients!

PS. Oh, and just for good measure, WW has heard from very, VERY, VERY CROSS OF CRANLEIGH that a ‘local benefactor’ – AKA the Lettuce King – is about to trouser millions of pounds after obtaining planning permission for 265 homes in Cranleigh, whilst at the same time being behind The provision of said  new PRIVATE NURSING HOME.  Apparently, that’s the going rate for conducting a wrecking mission in a once peaceful rural area and turning it from a village into a NEW TOWN!

Ah well – that will teach people to support local fund-raising initiatives – and as for the parish council – maybe in future it will hang onto its valuable village assets?

Note: The Newsletter mentions WHEN planning permission is granted – NOT IF! Seems  it is all  in the bag! Another secret meeting with ‘Your Waverley’ perhaps?

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Bargain Booze bounds its way into Bramley!

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Listen to Monty Python.

Hush! Whisper who dares! The Residents of Bramley are saying their prayers … as Bargain Booze bounds into Bramley!

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SHOCK! HORROR!

Yep, folks, you read it here first: The residents of Bramley who, not so long ago, were up-in-arms at the prospect of Tesco’s proposal to take over Robertson’s – and, in the process, lower the tone of Surrey’s self-appointed answer to Kensington & Chelsea – have been caught napping!

The Boden-wearing Bramley Babes were so busy fighting the Dunsfold Park developers it entirely slipped their notice that Nisa had cut and run, selling out to the owners of Bargain Booze!

The joke, it would seem, is on Bramley. For there is little doubt that Bargain Booze – with it’s hideous, fire-engine-red shop fronts, that manage to make even Tesco’s look classy! – would not have contemplated locating in Bramley had they had to contend with Tesco as their near neighbours.

Just goes to show: you reap what you sow!!! Oh how the mighty have fallen! For many years Bramley Parish Council and residents fought, tooth and nail, proposals for a Fish & Chip Shop in the village, claiming it would lower the tone, but eventually it came to pass and now, it would seem, the rot has really set in. Yes, they resisted Tesco but what have they got to show for it? A BARGAIN BASEMENT BOOZE BONANZA in the heart of BRAMLEY.

According to Bargain Booze’s CEO, their core customer tends to be families on relatively low incomes who enjoy watching X-Factor with their dinner and a bottle of Pinot Grigio or a few beers … So, not your average Bramley Babe who prefers to envisage herself cruising Waitrose for antipasti!

But, fear not, Waverley Web understands the move to Bramley may be part of the Bargain Booze’s attempts to broaden their customer base – from working class families, who used to flock to their shops to stock up on cut-price Carlsberg – to the Wandsworth Wanderers, fresh from Nappy Valley, who think a wild night out is getting tanked up at the Henley Regatta or straying from Ascot’s Royal Enclosure into the Parade Ring at closing, time when it’s awash with the inebriated flashing their fakebakes (no, we’re not talking pasta!), fake nails, fake hair extensions and Primarni!

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It would seem the residents of Bramley need to take a long, hard look at the direction their village is taking. Alfold has recently gone upmarket, acquiring a Marks & Spencer Simply Food – which is rumoured to have pushed up house prices, along with queues at the petrol station! But poor old We-Want-a-Bypass-Bramley got a Bargain Booze … Go figure!!!

A Cranleigh man is Surrey’s new High Sheriff.

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Robert Napier, who lives at Baynards,  in Cranleigh, has been installed as the High Sheriff of Surrey 2017-18 at a ceremony at Guildford Cathedral, with a commitment to make difference to the wellbeing of the people of the county, particularly in some of its more challenged communities.

No doubt he  feels quite safe in the hamlet called Baynards,  but the  nearby village of Cranleigh is certainly being challenged. Perhaps   he will turn out to hear what villagers have to say on the 25th May at the Cranleigh in Crisis  public meeting?

Making his declaration of allegiance to the Queen to a congregation of civic dignitaries at the close of choral evensong recently, Mr Napier assumed an office that is at least 1,000 years old with its roots in Saxon England. It is the oldest continuous secular office under the crown.

He takes over from the 2016-17 High Sheriff, Richard Whittington. High Sheriffs are appointed by the Queen, and she pricked his name with a brass bodkin from a shortlist of three candidates.

His role is the Queen’s representative of the judiciary, and the office is unpaid, with each sheriff covering his own expenses. Mr Napier will support organisations that uphold law and order, including the courts, police, prisons, emergency service and voluntary bodies.

He intends to do what he can to support, encourage and celebrate the work of the charities, faith groups, youth groups and others who are working in some of the more economically and socially challenged areas in Surrey, formerly known as priority places.

Mr Napier has lived in Surrey for over 30 years. He joined the FTSE company Redland PLC based in Reigate as finance director in 1981 and was chief executive from 1991 to 1997.

In 1999, he joined WWF-UK, then located in Godalming, as chief executive and retired from that role in 2007. He was chairman of the Homes and Communities Agency from 2007 to 2015. He became a trustee of the Watts Gallery in 2004 and, until recently, was honorary treasurer and chaired its finance committee.

He will be actively promoting the High Sheriff Youth Awards scheme, which gives financial support to young people for a wide range of projects that help reduce or prevent crime.

 

Farnham residents have given a resounding vote of no confidence in ‘Your Waverley’ – could it be the East’s turn next?

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Sadly, unlike Farnham,   there was no Residents’ Group standing in the recent  county council elections  in the East of Waverley.

Despite one of the most acrimonious internal fights being played within the Guildford Conservative Association   to oust  the sitting councillor – Alan Young, there was no Independent voice to capitalise on the opportunity this presented.

The mutter in the Ewhurst gutter confirms that it was Matron Milton , and friends, who worked  to kick out the ‘popular’ Mr Young, (one of his supporter’s words, not ours!) He wanted to continue representing the Eastern villages along with his wife Victoria, known locally as Queen Vic. Who incidentally was voted back in the Eastern villages, by opposing development at Dunsfold and supporting development in Cranleigh and Ewhurst!

However, after blood was spent and venom disgorged in bucket loads  the chosen one – Andrew Povey – a former Leader of Surrey County Council, romped home after trousering 2,098 votes, a thousand more than his nearest rival Lib Dem Richard Cole.  He now sits among many of the colleagues who took a vote of no confidence in his leadership six years ago and threw him out!

Ah well! All’s fair in the world of backstabbing POLITICS, and who better to get to grips with SCC’s Leader Hodge the bodge than his old adversary? Do we  see blood spilled at County Towers?

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`Now, we hear on the Waverley grapevine that the rumblings in the East at the way townsfolk there have, and continue to be,  treated by ‘YW’ has reached a roar!

When folk turn out for the a public meeting called by the Civic Society on Thursday 25th May there may be another residents army preparing to march into the 2018 Waverley Borough Council elections.

WHY? Because voters feel they can no longer influence decisions, and are fed up with being patronised and ignored.

But in Farnham – they have already voted with their feet and they won!

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The Berkeley Bunnies want to burrow through even more – ancient trees!

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Oh! dear – we hear you cry over there in the East… pesky trees, (areas that have been wooded since 1600) getting in the way of progress! How dare they put their roots down into the soil and get in the way of developers?

Anyway, what’s an ancient tree between friends – after all wasn’t it Waverley’s  head planning honcho that told the voting fodders’ Cranleigh representatives that … “ancient woodland could always be re-planted.’ When detailed consent to build  425 homes was granted Liz the Biz  told  ‘YW’s’  senior planning committee that, although  felling of ancient woodland was required to provide an access from Knowle Lane for the first phase of (50) of Berkeley’s scheme   – the loss of trees was, ‘not significant.’  So that’s alright then!

Is that the sound of ancient trees we hear … biting the Cranleigh dust? 

Now of course, another  belt of ancient trees pictured below, and which have the added protection of Tree Preservation Orders, are in the way of BB’s burrowing. Tomorrow,  the eastern planing committee will be asked to allow the BB’s to remove the Tree Preservation Orders – as they are in their way. 

Oh! and doesn’t that look like a road going through the parkland into Cranleigh New Town?  If not, we suspect it soon will be.

Read more on the Cranleigh Civic Society website:  Oh! and by the way, almost everyone in the borough is being blamed for this blog! So let’s make it clear. We have NOTHING  to do with the Cranleigh Society, we simply follow the site AND APPLAUD IT’S HARD WORK AND DILIGENCE!

http://www.cranleighsociety.org/2017/05/14/berkeley-homes-tree-objection/

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Sad that the consent to cut down ancient woodland for the access road, but now the remaining beautiful trees are about to become sawdust!
 The BB’s have told  the planners –  they are, “a potential significant further barrier to delivery of the development”

Oops excuse us ignorant souls, but it’s not like the trees just appeared on site, after all they are ancient!!  Definition below: The attack just goes on and on… is it time the Waverley spider wrapped its web around its neck and just hung itself? animated-spider-image-0157 Answers to : contact@waverleyweb.org

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Oh! No – not more secret meetings with developers!

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Don’t they ever learn – there is no such thing as a secret meeting of Waverley Borough Council because every time you slam those doors, fill a  room with the great unwashed to plan even more housing estates in the borough – we find out your dirty little secrets! 

We at the Waverley Web cannot claim credit for sniffing out ‘YW’s’ latest cunning plan to get up close and personal  with developers. All those people eager to  spew concrete  down on Waverley’s  fields and woodland – including ancient woodland, – in a bid to build more ticky tacky homes. That accolade goes to the…

Cranleigh Civic Society  who discovered ‘YW”  had rented space in a  favourite meeting spot at Godalming’s Baptist Church, that even its usual insider whistle blowers knew nothing about.   Like all media, we follow the CCS all the time.

See the email chain below:  (even the Monitoring Officer has to give honest replies to objective questions – sometimes.)

The CCS says: However, we find it hard to believe Waverley’s statement, that there was no suitable venue within the Council Offices. They had from February to organise this!

We at the WW also wonder, why Cranleigh/Ewhurst/Dunsfold  Parish Council representatives are never invited to attend these meetings, after all, it would appear, those areas are the most affected?  Perhaps, in a few months time, when the (doctored) minutes are put up on the website (if you are able to find them) we will all know who attended – won’t we?

Last time it came to light through good investigative journalism by The Waverley Web, who exposed ‘YW’ Waverley’s secret meetings with a host of developers eager to dig into Cranleigh. Our post was quickly followed up by the local press.

How did the Waverley Web  find out?

Because, so delighted were the Cranleigh councillors, The Ellis, and Stennett duos, and a Cranleigh developer (KPI),  that they couldn’t hide their glee  or keep their mouths shut at the prospect of creating Cranleigh New Town and bringing – “more footfall into the high street.” So, they just blabbed and blabbed!

You can read our post of 9th October  here:https://waverleyweb.org/2015/10/09/here-they-go-again/

and again… 

The Hoppa Bus will be departing shortly for the latest of Waverley’s ‘Not-So-Secret’ Secret Meetings

This is just one of the ways  Waverley is  forcing  development of thousands of new homes  into the East and West in particular, Cranleigh without even consulting the locals,   or   sorting out its numerous infrastructure problems first.

Says the Cranleigh Civic Society:

Please come to the Village Meeting at 7pm on Thursday 25th May at Cranleigh Village Hall and learn about the various ways Waverley Borough Council is unfairly treating Cranleigh residents in their rush to get housing built in Cranleigh. And, more importantly, what you as residents can do about it. Oh, and please tell all your friends and neighbours!

 

Email trail:
———- Forwarded message ———- From: MonitoringOfficer <MonitoringOfficer@waverley.gov.uk> Date: Mon, May 8, 2017 at 2:02 PM Subject: RE: Secret meeting this week

To: Adrian Clarke , MonitoringOfficer <MonitoringOfficer@waverley.gov.uk>

Dear Mr Clarke

Thank you for your email and I can confirm that a meeting is taking place this afternoon between developers, utility companies and Waverley Borough Council. This is not a secret meeting, but a meeting to which members of the public are not able to attend. The reason for the meeting taking place at the Baptist Church in Godalming today is because there was no suitable venue available at the Council Offices in the Burys.

The first meeting of the Group took place in February, the minutes of which have been available to view on the Waverley website. Here is a link to the page on the website where the minutes of today’s meeting will also be posted in due course.

Kind regards, Emma

[Incidentally, Robin Pellow is no longer employed at Waverley Borough Council and the Monitoring Officer is now Robin Taylor. He can be contacted via the monitoringofficer@waverley.gov.uk email address.]

 

From: Adrian Clarke Sent: Monday 08 May 2017 09:48 To: MonitoringOfficer

Subject: Secret meeting this week

Dear Mr Pellow,

We learned at a meeting with a utility company last week that Executive members of Waverley Borough Council have arranged a secret meeting this week with developers and utility companies to discuss Waverley’s plans for dumping new housing estates in Cranleigh.

We were were told that the venue is the Baptist Church in Godalming, a venue chosen well away from the council offices at The Burys so that the meeting can be held in secret.

Please would you confirm if this meeting is, or is not going ahead, and if it is, if the public are invited to the meeting to scrutinise Executive members’ actions.

We enclose a copy of an editorial in the Surrey Advertiser dated 16-Oct-15, exposing this dubious practice in the past. We had hoped that Waverley’s Executive members had in the meantime adopted a more open, honest approach to your meetings.

Just another manic Monday- Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday… on Surrey roads?

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Read here, why residents are so concerned about the changes to  stroke care proposed by the Guildford and Waverley Commissioning Group.The great stroke debate continues…

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The red veins  depict grid-locked traffic just a week ago when Guildford and Woking was at a standstill due to a broken down van!

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Has someone swung a club to pull Alfold’s Wildwood out of the rough?

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A little Birdie has tweeted to us that former Manager Phil Harrison may have bought the golf club that both he and is family have poured their efforts into for more than a decade.

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Following months of speculation –  it is believed The Wildwood Golf Club PLC may have been dissolved. But  according to Companies House records  Wildwood Golf Club 2017 has risen from the ashes.

GONE!

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RE-BORN! 

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animated-eat-and-drink-image-0015 Let’s all raise a glass and wish the New Wildwood Golf Club a very   Happy Re- Birth… day! But if it is to redeem itself among its huge band of loyal supporters and suppliers – perhaps it needs to settle some of those debts!

Coming to another green ‘playing field’ near you – in Chaotic Cranlegh !!

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 The unrelenting march of developers now includes Surrey County Council.
The education authority  is eager to provide new school places for the influx of children expected following the creation of Cranleigh New Town. So, now it intends to add its own development of 98 houses in  the heart of the once rural village!
In the race to provide another 11,000 school places for existing, and an influx of new pupils, it intends to   demolish  the  Church of England Middle School and the nearby Cranleigh Infant Schools  to make  way for  even more houses,  and trouser some money. And all it, needs is to –   CONSULT ‘Your Waverley.” No doubt the Surrey County Council highways department won’t have any objection to development – unless of course, it sans to break the habit of a life-time and object on safety grounds!

 

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So here you have it – slap bang behind those multi-million pounds homes on Cranleigh’s once prestigious Maple-lined common goes a new/infants/nursery school – complete with sports pitches and playgrounds adjacent to Glebelands Comprensive School in the middle of a highly populated residential area!
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The Cranleigh Civic Society, which the locals  back,  and nobody at ‘YW’ listens to, is predicting traffic chaos – along with everyone else  living on Cranleigh’s Glebe Estate, and in the nearby vicinity,  where house prices are already dropping!
Homeowners in nearby Victoria Road, St Nicholas Avenue, The Common and Ewhurst Roads  say their homes will be unsaleable as thousands of coaches and cars will converge on one small highly populated area of Cranleigh accessing  the High Street, as thousands of children are unload.   They predict chaos and… 
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  • Five schools:  – Infants, two nurseries, a Speech language and Communication Needs (SLCN) Centre,  a secondary School , and a Roman catholic school,  all within less than one-quarter of a mile of one another!
  • 98 new homes on the former middle school site backing onto Cranleigh Post Office
  • New homes on the Cranleigh Infant School site accessing to be accessed off Dewlands Lane- a one way road used by Cranleigh’s Emergency Fire and Rescue and First Response Ambulance Service,  and the main access to – Cranleigh Cemetery!
  • New schools in Parsonage Road will have  no extra parking  or a drop-off area for parents, only for staff! 
  • A new all-weather youth pitch U11/12  which will fit  in nicely with ‘Your Waverley’s cunning plan to move onto the Snoxhall Fields behind the Hitherwood Estate – and build a new Recreation Centre.
  • Whoops! and start developing there no doubt!!

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 Is it any wonder the Cranleigh Civic Society has Called a Public Meeting on Thursday 25th May at 7 p.m.

If you care about your village as much as it does – be there?

Just in case you think it is just the East of the borough that is under attack Farnham’s developers are at it too!

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A  threat of legal action by developers  to halt a Referendum on  Farnham’s Local Neighbourhood Plan was withdrawn at the 11th hour.  Last  Thursday residents voted with their feet when  86% of them gave it their  seal of approval. 

However, regular readers will have noticed that long before similar plans affecting  the Eastern villages have even been signed off by ‘Your Waverley’ it is all over bar,  a great deal of shouting,  and long before any Neighbourhood  Plan is in place! 

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The smash and grab of local pubs continues… how bad is that for Rowledge?

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As pubs are pulled down quicker than pints – isn’t it time that the Government changed planning rules to prevent our local watering holes going down the pan? Across the country 33,034 lost pubs, 875 of those are in Surrey.

  Makes you feel like pouring yourself a drink!

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We can see it now – pretty village pub makes way for more little boxes – made out of tricky tacky and they all look just the same!

 

 

 

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Please read more in the amazing Farnham Herald, which we want to stress, has absolutely NO links with the Waverley Web.

 So there you are! – Remove one use class (restaurant/pub) to provide another use class (offices) then allow developers  to use the change in planning law, which now allows conversion from offices to residential use! 

All over bar the shouting, if you will excuse the pun – another community asset in Farnham  bites the dust! many Along with thousands  of others across the country. Read about them here!

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As they rock up tonight for the annual Mayor making – how about ‘Your Waverley’ members ensure democracy becomes local!

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This is a question that will not be debated tonight – because the chain gang ceremony takes precedence over everything else tonight at “Your Waverley.’

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Following this letter – we believe, another name was added. However, it is a  councillor  among those least likely to  represent Cranleigh, and who is unlikely to ever stand again!! 

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Pull the other one!  – Ask anyone who, they believe, selects the membership of   influential committees? – The Executive – and Gone to Potts. As for seven members representing the East? Could they possibly mean Dunsfold’s  De’Anus keen to throw everything at Cranleigh to protect Alfold  and Dunsfold – and as for Bramley’s By-Pass Byham and Michael Goodridge (Wonersh) – say no more!gonetopotts

Here’s who will be representing your interests in the evolving huge development schemes planned in and around the Eastern villages including Cranleigh andEwhurst. Let’s hope that our two Farnham Residents councillors, Jerry Hyman and John Ward – if allowed – stick up for the East as well as the West.

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Because… another election is not that far away… and following on from the successes of Farnham Residents’ in last week’s county council elections, other local groups are setting their sights on similar prizes in the future. Sadly – by which time  the damage  will have been done!

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As we have said before – two Cranleigh Councillors selected.  One who either declares an interest, or stays away, and another who is consistently  ignored. So where is the woman who helped found the Cranleigh Civic Society, to Speak up for Cranleigh? We see Gone to Potts has put her on ‘HOUSING’ – well why not! After all where Liz comes from there will be a lot of it about!

Councillors for villages where there is little or no development have been selected to serve for the next crucial year.  Chairman Peter Isherwood will be there to continually    poke  his pencil up the East and West’s ar** whenever he gets the chance to use his Chairman’s and casting  votes at the JPC .  By-Pass Byham will be able to do the same in the  Eastern Area, which he chairs, – as long as development is everywhere – except at Dunsfold airfield!

Democracy or  Hypocrisy?

Coming soon to a green field near you!

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The latest cunning plan of developers is  to earmark  the settlement of Rowly, in Cranleigh.  Like Topsy … they want it to grow and grow… 

‘Your Waverley’ was ahead of the  game (aided and abetted by a developer) to use our money on a betting certainty.  It wants to  build an industrial estate, in the Green Belt  adjacent to the Manfield Park Industrial estate – but has pushed the million pound funding from this year into next!

Now other developers are lining up to join  the  settlement of Rowly  with Cranleigh New Town by  building on the green fields behind homes in the Guildford Road.

Why not indeed – the Knowle Park Initiative has bagged 265 houses on a  working nursery site in Alfold Road, so why shouldn’t the  derelict Silverwood Nurseries site in Guildford Road,  and other sites in Rowly,  go the same way? 

Just as a matter of interest – five  of Cranleigh’s borough councillors live in  Rowly  two of whom have already bagged planning permission for themselves on the Green Belt! 

.screen-shot-2016-12-20-at-15-20-35Not that they will have too much of a say in how Cranleigh develops in the future. Cranleigh councillors are being silenced by Waverley’s leadership.  Just two voices on the influential Joint Planning Committee as from Tuesday. One of whom declares an a pecuniary interest much of the time, the other … who is totally ignored  – so here comes the extra footfall the late Councillor Brian Ellis so fervently wished for. Right opposite his own home!

Developers are also aiming to start digging at the Notcutts Garden Centre nearby  – and anywhere else for that matter, that is green and doesn’t move!  

Waverley planning officers met recently with Cranleigh Parish councillors to urge them to come up with more sites – just in case the Dunsfold’s flying Scotsman’s  plans to build 1,800 homes on his brownfield site, hits the buffers. Apparently the 1,500 in the Daft Local Plan… just isn’t enough!

Rumour has it that when Anne Milton turns up at the public meeting called by Cranleigh Civic Society,  she may be in for a rough ride. It was Matron Milton that cracked her whip and persuaded the Secretary of State to call in  Dunsfold application for 1,800 on a brownfield site. Now villagers fear Matron Milton may have helped to imposed on them  –  the worst  of all worlds! Their green fields are disappearing under concrete faster than you can say Brexit!

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Cranleigh’s voice has spotted that mistake – that might be getting… BIGGER!

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Listen to the Big Bird -Because everyone makes mistakes, but some are bigger than others!

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Read our recent post here: Could POW, KNOW HOW – TO SCUPPER ‘Your Waverley’s planning decisions?

Wasn’t it that thorn in Waverley’s side – Farnham’s Jerry – who asked – in public – for an explanation on the subject of the Council’s Constitution, and its  rules on Substitution. He was given short shrift, was told to contact the council’s officers, and given one of those Theresa May glares from ‘Gone to Potts’!

We wonder… has he had had a reply yet?

Oh! and by the way – how dare the voting fodder – ‘Speaking up for Cranleigh’ dare to mention that the pages in the Constitution aren’t numbered properly! If you lot were councillors representing Farnham Residents’ you would have received a damn  good slap, and sent to bed early! Oh! Dear!

This is a message we received from the Cranleigh Civic Society and the letter they have sent to ‘Your Waverley.’

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Farnham has been… deFrosted!

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The most eye-watering  win in the county council elections,  was in Farnham Central, where Andy MacLeod secured Farnham Residents’ first ever county council seat – ousting long-standing (2005) Tory  Pat Frost, who also slipped behind the Lib Dems’ Jo Aylwin to finish third.

The group which has only existed for a short time doubled   its  tally when Stephen Spence was elected  for Farnham North, beating the Conservative’s Mike Hodge into second place. But Wyatt Ramsdale saved the Tories’ blushes and prevented a Farnham Residents whitewash, retaining Farnham South by narrowly beating the Mayor of Farnham John Ward by just 63 votes.
Farnham Residents’ two seats at county-level add to the six the party, founded in 2015, already holds at both Waverley Borough Council and Farnham Town Council.
However, in the rural area south of Farnham, Waverley Western Villages, Tory councillor since 2005 David Harmer, comfortably retained his seat with a huge 1,760-vote majority.

A Residents group that was unheard of until a few years ago has been treated with utter contempt since it dared to step on ‘Your Waverley’s  hallowed Tory turf. 

This is its message:

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A full break-down of the results of the Surrey County Council elections can be found online at http://www.surreycc.gov.uk.

 

Has the march of the Independent voice of Surrey Residents’ begun?

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There are 81 divisions in ‘Your Surrey’ and the Tories are back in control but the county elections have not followed the national trend.

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The biggest shock in the County came in true blue Farnham – which decisively threw out its Conservative Candidates – some of whom had served the market town for  many years.

Farnham Central – Defrosted!

 Farnham  Residents have put a very real stamp on the local political scene – with veteran Tory Pat Frost losing her seat to Farnham Residents’ Andy MacLeod who polled 1,754 votes to Mrs Frost’s 1,057 She was beaten into third place by Jo Aylwin Liberal Democrat – 1085.

The turnout was higher than average at 41%

Farnham North

Denise Le-Gal’s (pictured below) former SCC seat contested by her Conservative colleague Mike Hodge was snatched by Stephen Spence  also of the Farnham Residents’ underlining the dissatisfaction Farnham folk now have  with their  Tory masters.

Farnham South

John Ward – Farnham Residents   narrowly missed a landslide when    he narrowly lost his fight to gain another  seat  for Farnham Residents’ by losing by just 63 votes – 1,463 to the sitting Conservative Wyatt Ramsdale Conservative – 1526.

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Farnham Residents’ have wiped the smiles off these Conservative faces – and there’s more of this to come! Watch out Waverley – here they come!

Godalming North

Penny Rivers took the seat for the Liberal Democrats -1895 from Conservative Steve Cosser (1656).

Cranleigh & Ewhurst

Andrew Povey, Conservative – 2094,  Richard Cole Liberal Democrat 1098.

Guildford North

Angela Marie Goodwin, Liberal Democrat  polling 1564

Guildford South-West 

Liberal Democrats David Goodwin 1,975 ousting Bob Hughes the Chairman of the Guildford Conservative Association (1128)

Guildford West

Saw Fiona Jean White – Liberal Democrat bucking the national trend winning the seat with 955 votes.

Stanwell and Stanwell Moor

Labour’s Robert Evans  took the seat with 1294

The Dittons 

Went to another Residents’ Association Candidate Nick Darby of the  Weston Green Residents Association. Polling 2,515 votes to his nearest opponent Bruce Finch Conservative (1001).

West Ewell

Went to Jan Mason – Residents’ Association and Independent with asm overwhelming majority of 1,592 from her nearest rival 729.

West Molesey

Ernest Mallett – The Molesey Residents’ Association – 1763 from his nearest rival Conservative’s Steve Bax 1,201.

Ashstead

Chris Townsend Ashstead Independent/Ashstead Residents’ 2,763 Chris Hunt Conservative (1,777).

Caterham Valley

David John Lee -Liberal Democrat 1,589; Michal Cooper, Conservative (1,343)

Caterham Hill

ChrisBotton  Liberal Democrat 1738

 

Dorking Halls

Hazel Watson Liberal Democrat – 2906, Conservative David `Mir Conservative, 1675.

Dorking South and the Holmwoods.

Stephen Cooksey Liberal Democrats – 2261, Roger Jones, Conservative -1,466

Ewell

The Residents Association of Epsom & Ewell polled a huge majority of 2,579 a mile in front of its nearest opponent – Conservative with 732 votes.

Nork & Tattenhams

Nik Harrison – Residents’ Association/Independent 2,470 – Alex Clarke, Conservative 971.

Redhill  East

Jonathan Christopher St Aubin Essex, Green Party 1,849 Frank Kelly – conservative – 879.

Woking South

Will Forster – Liberal Democrat – 2271, Paul Saper Conservative – 1423.

Tally Conservatives – 61. Liberal Democrats- 9. Residents’ Associations –  5; Labour Party 1 and Greens 1.

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Has the thorn in ‘Your Waverley’s side been temporarily removed?

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This is a blog we published on the Waverley Web ten days ago following a meeting of “your Waverley’s” Full Council meeting. The following day the thorn in ‘YW’s side suffered a major heart attack and under went emergency surgery at Frimely Park Hospital, in Camberley.

Thankfully Jerry Hyman,  who has proved imself to be a  stalwart of the ‘Farnham Residents  Group representing the people of Farnham is now recovering  at home.

Hang your heads in shame Waverley Borough Council!

You are everything The former Prime Minister Theresa May said about Conservatives being – ‘The Nasty Party.’

Enough said!

Read it here… please… 

Local democracy is dead – long live local democracy – ‘Your Waverley’s’ way.