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Prominent local Tory Liz Townsend resigns from the Conservative Party.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Councillor Paul Follows, Deputy Leader of Your Waverley said:

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

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

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

Welcome, Cllr Townsend. Paul Follows

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Dunsfold’s new garden village unveiled.

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

Dunsfold Park Public Exhibition 13-19 November 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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According to our researchers, Jeremy Bruce Richardson – AKA Mr Angela Richardson – was a partner in a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) called “Keepstone LLP” https://opencorporates.com/officers/194721384.

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

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

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

 

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

Background.

Mr Richardson’s involvement in Keepstone ended in 2015 the year after the judgement. Which you can read here;  https://www.wilberforce.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/2014-UKFT-416-TC.pdf 

As we continued our search it appears  Angela ran something called “Winnard Limited” from 2002-05. For we know not what? The industry code for Winnard say Industry Codes 80.42: Adult and other education.https://opencorporates.com/companies/gb/04423277

Looking at her husband’s page here https://opencorporates.com/officers/40022688 we can see the sidebar with “Similarly named officers” which shows a couple of other companies. We can only really match on names because that’s all that Companies House can give us (they don’t make any attempt to prove identity or match officers to a particular person).

One way to tell whether an LLP was probably used for this purpose is to look at the list of partners. In the case of Keep stone LLP, we can see a reference to “Lothbury Finance Ltd.”. This is the same “Lothbury Finance” which is called out in paragraph 47 of this judgement https://www.wilberforce.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/2014-UKFT-416-TC.pdf where HMRC is pursuing a bunch of related LLPs for their attempt to dodge tax.

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

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The Tories are showing themselves to be as disrespectful to the fallen – as they are to the voting public. But then it is all about politics and ego’s in ‘Your Waverley.’

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

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

Pity he wasn’t watching and commenting on his former colleague, former Tory ‘bad boy’ Stefan Reynolds on his phone during the minute silence, along with former MP Jeremy Hunt! Respect? They don’t know the meaning of the word.

What a difference a day makes?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What a difference a day makes?

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Yesterday!

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

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

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

You may read why here:

Its #Annes Still Standing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boris’s new babe!

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

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

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

You may read why here:

Its #Annes Still Standing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Its #Annes Still Standing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Is MP Jeremy Hunt exploiting Haslemere minor injuries unit?

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

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

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

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

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

How blatant is that we ask?

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

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

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

Green town councillor, Gary Lloyd, said

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Support Group For Patients With Skin Cancer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about the MelaNoMore support group, or if interested in joining, contact Kelly Smith, skin cancer co-ordinator on 01483 571122 ext 4831, or email her at Kelly.smith11@nhs.net.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Appeal to build an 8,000 sq metre warehouse/museum in a green field on a small rural road just a hop, skip and a fence away from the Aerodrome was given the go-ahead this week. Due in part to Waverley planning officers’ recommendation to approve the scheme, but mainly due to Surrey County Council highwaymen raising no objection on traffic grounds. Yet again, the county council numpties have aided an abetted traffic chaos in the small rural village on the Surrey/Sussex border. 

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

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

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Chocks away for another Dunsfold Museum?

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Appeal to build an 8,000 sq metre warehouse/museum in a green field on a small rural road just a hop, skip and a fence away from the Aerodrome was given the go-ahead this week. Due in part to Waverley planning officers’ recommendation to approve the scheme, but mainly due to Surrey County Council highwaymen raising no objection on traffic grounds. Yet again, the county council numpties have aided an abetted traffic chaos in the small rural village on the Surrey/Sussex border. 

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

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

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Chocks away for another Dunsfold Museum?

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

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Will Anne Milton stand in what could be – a close run for the Guildford & Villages seat in the General Election?

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OR COULD SHE BE OUSTED BY A BORIS BABE WHO HAS RECENTLY UP-DATED HER PROFILE PICTURE ON FACEBOOK?

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PM BORIS JOHNSON WITH EWHURST RESIDENT AND CRANLEIGH PARISH COUNCILLOR ANGELA RICHARDSON.

 

Who wants to be Canterbury’s new Belle?

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Guildford Conservative Association and all the branch’s of the Tory tree will be gearing up over the coming weekend to choose the candidate for the ‘once-safe’ Guildford and eastern villages seat.

While some wannabe Tory candidates are getting up close to Boris, MP Anne Milton is fighting in Parliament to ensure all those extant planning permissions for housing on her patch are built-out.

She asked Secretary of State for Housing Minister Esther McVay to “do something” to force developers to build much-needed homes, instead of surrounding sites with hoardings. She says while there is a requirement on developers to begin building within a set period from the granting of planning permission, there is no equivalent requirement to finish what they start, let alone a deadline to do so.  This leads to building land left abandoned and unused, housing completions lagging behind housing need, and leaving people without homes.

It was business as usual for one of the finest, hardworking and most respected constituency MP’s Guildford, Ewhurst and Cranleigh have ever had.  She told a Westminster Hall debate this week that:

“Local authorities simply do not possess enough tools to force the hand of [property] developers,” Ms Milton had requested the debate on Building Out Extant Planning Permissions to express her frustration that slow progress by developers meant many sites with planning permission were left undeveloped while people suffered from housing shortages”.

“We need houses that people can afford in areas such as Guildford and Cranleigh, where prices are eye-wateringly high (the average house price in Guildford is more than £550,000), and get the socially rented homes we also need.

“But it sometimes feels as if successive governments are simply unwilling to do anything that will upset the developers’ apple cart.”

 

Ms McVey said: “When we talk about the number of homes coming forward, we all agree there have been many decades of not building enough. Demand has outstripped supply for many years. In the past year, more than 220,000 homes have been built, more than in all but one of the past 31 years.

“We need to do more, and more is being done, but a significant amount has been done already. We are going in the right direction. The government are putting another £44 billion into home-building.

“What we are doing is bringing forward an accelerated planning Green Paper. There will be not just a single solution that ensures that developers build-out there will be an array of solutions, using both carrot and stick approaches. Those methods will be set out in our new Green Paper, which is coming

 

 

Yesterday the decision on Waverley’s Local Plan – to-day the court judgement.

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Just in time for Guy Fawkes Night, the High Court has thrown out CPRE and PoW’s appeal over Waverley Borough Council’s Local Plan .

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Court of Appeal dismisses legal challenge to Waverley’s local plan

1 November 2019 by a Court reporter

The Court of Appeal has thrown out a legal challenge by campaigners objecting to a Surrey council’s local plan’s accommodation of unmet housing need from a neighbouring authority.

The Surrey Branch of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England and local pressure group, POW Campaign Limited, challenged Waverley Borough Council’s adoption of a local plan for its area in February last year.

The plan provides for a minimum of 11,200 new homes to be built in the borough, which is home to large tracts of green belt and the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, by 2032.

Waverley accepted a local plan inspector’s recommendation that that figure should include 83 dwellings per annum –  a total of 1,575 homes over the plan period – to address unmet housing need in neighbouring Woking.

Despite the protected status of much of the land within its boundaries, the inspector said that Waverley was “significantly less constrained” than either Woking or the Borough of Guildford in terms of space for new housing.

Among other arguments put forward by the objectors were that the inspector’s recommendations were based on out of date housing need projections in Woking and that the two councils, together with Guildford Borough Council, had previously agreed that they should not seek to meet shortfalls in each other’s housing needs. 

Their judicial review challenge was nevertheless rejected by the High Court in November last year.

However, in March the campaigners were given permission to pursue their challenge in the Court of Appeal.

Dismissing the objectors’ appeal against the High Court ruling, Lord Justice Lindblom said the “fatal weakness” in their case was that it sought to draw the court beyond the line dividing the role of the judiciary and that of planning decision-makers.

He added: “There is – and can be – no suggestion that the council was not entitled to plan for the meeting of a proportion of Woking’s unmet housing need…it is not wrong in principle, let alone unlawful, for a local planning authority to incorporate in the housing requirements set out in its local plan a proportion of the unmet housing need in another authority’s area.”

Assessing the extent of Woking’s housing need over the plan period was an “inexact science”, but the inspector had relied on the most up to date information available and his exercise of his planning judgment could not be faulted.

The judge, who was sitting with Lord Justice Patten and Sir Ernest Ryder, added that both objectors had played an active part in the local plan process and “cannot complain that the inspector overlooked what they had to say”.

The inspector took a “cautious” approach, stopping short of advising that Waverley make up for the whole of Woking’s unmet housing need – instead recommending a figure of 50 per cent – and his calculation of the extent of that need was “perfectly reasonable, making obvious good sense.”

Pointing to the “scale and urgency” of Woking’s growing under-provision of housing land, Lord Justice Lindblom ruled: “The inspector’s relevant conclusions in his report are, I think, logical, coherent and unassailable in a legal challenge.”

The inspector’s reasoning was “clear, adequate and intelligible” and he had not been obliged to either direct a full-scale review of the local plan or to stop the entire process until further information was provided.

The objectors had also unsuccessfully challenged the March 2018 decision of the housing secretary to grant planning consent for the development of a new settlement at Dunsfold Aerodrome. That site has been allocated for 2,600 new homes.

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Just in time for Guy Fawkes Night, the High Court has thrown out CPRE and PoW’s appeal over Waverley Borough Council’s Local Plan​.

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 The Campaign For The Protection of Rural England (CPRE) and Protect Our Waverley (POW) failed in their High Court bid to scupper Waverley’s Local Plan on the eve of Halloween?

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The final act in the fight to reduce the housing requirement for the whole of Waverley was thrown out yesterday Thursday by the Court of Appeal.  It is believed there will be no legal challenge by the litigants to the Supreme Court – so Part 1 of Waverley’s Local Plan is now beyond legal challenge.

However, after numerous High Court appearances  – in excess of  £200,000 – of our council taxpayers’ money has gone down the legal eagle’s drain. But yesterday’s decision thankfully means this is the end of the road for the objectors.

The latest  High Court drama between the Campaign for The Preservation of Rural England,  Protect Our Waverley (Campaign Limited) and ‘Your Waverley,’ now ends the long fight. The dismissal brings to close years of legal wranglings, which until earlier this year, included a bid to scupper a 2,300 home development at Dunsfold Aerodrome. 

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It is a vindication for Julia Potts’ decision, to press ahead with a Local Plan that was fit for purpose.  No one should under-estimate La Potts’ achievement – together with former Chief Planning officer,  Liz-the-Biz she single-handedly took the helm of the stricken tanker that was Waverley’s planning disaster, under the grave mismanagement of former has-beens Mary Orton-Pett and Richard Shut-the-Gates.  Slowly but surely, steady-as-she-goes, she turned it around and made it fit for purpose.  No small feat but one that was entirely justified by today’s High Court decision.

We never thought we’d write this but, praise where it’s due: Three Cheers for La Potts!  

Of course, the Waverley Council Tax Payer isn’t going to get back the hundreds of thousands of pounds CPRE and PoW forced the Council to spend defending their highly defendable Local Plan and it’s all the more galling – not to mention outrageous – given that motley crew were able to rely – yet again –  on limiting their own costs to a measly £10,000.  But it sure feels good to know that, at long last, they’ve been kicked into touch. Good riddance to bad rubbish … anyone got a bonfire that needs some bolstering?

 Earlier this year CPRE/ POW was granted leave to appeal from the Court of Appeal against the judgment delivered in November 2018 concerning the housing requirement set in Waverley Borough Council’s Local Plan Part 1. That November judgment said that the housing requirement of 590 a year should be maintained, including 83 to cover Woking’s perceived “unmet need”.

If the JR had gone the other way, ‘YW’ may have been forced to reduce its target and build 498 fewer homes. A reduction in housing numbers that both POW/CPRE hoped would rule out Phase 2 of Dunsfold in the Local Plan which provides for a total of 2,600 homes on the former airfield at Dunsfold.  The garden village scheme is a pivotal component of the blueprint for development in the borough until 2032.

Last night two applications – including a new access road and roundabout on the A281 Horsham to Guildford Road into Dunsfold Park was approved by Waverley Planners. The first step in the creation of Dunsfold Garden Village. 

A new access road into Dunsfold’s new garden village and a major local business have been given the go-ahead.

Will these two organisations want to continue fighting against development in the countryside?  Perhaps they will want to stop another 80 homes in Alfold, shedloads of homes proposed in Farnham, Godalming and on the treasured countryside of Haslemere?  The question on everyone’s lips now is?  Will the CPRE/POW duo NOW disappear in a  puff of smoke, having burned the public’s money they were backed with? Or will they be satisfied that their legal challenges have effectively prevented up to 500 homes being built on the brownfield site at Dunsfold due to legal challenges during the past years of legal challenges, leaving the council without a 5=year land supply?

Background

The appeal centred on how a shortfall in housing provision – unmet need – in one borough is allocated to neighbouring boroughs. The clarification of this issue had implications not just for Waverley but for Guildford and other councils across the country. The Right Honourable Lord Justice Singh said in June:

“I AM PERSUADED BY THE APPELLANTS SKELETON ARGUMENTS THAT THERE IS A COMPELLING REASON WHY THESE TWO APPEALS SHOULD PROCEED, NAMELY THE GENERAL IMPORTANCE OF THE ISSUES OF PRINCIPLE RAISED.  IT APPEARS FROM THOSE SKELETON ARGUMENTS THAT THEY HAVE NOT BEEN CONSIDERED AT THE LEVEL OF THE COURT OF APPEAL AND IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THEY SHOULD BE.”

On hearing of the decision to allow the appeal in June, Dunsfold resident Bob Lees said: “This is great news! It provides Waverley Borough Council with a golden opportunity to significantly reduce the mandatory number of new houses to be built in the Borough over the next 14 years. POW fought against the housing requirement at the Examination of the Plan in the Council Chamber. POW fought again in the High Court. POW will fight in the Court of Appeal.

POW is fighting to protect our Waverley against unneeded development of our towns, of our villages and in our beautiful countryside.”

Well – if you believe that you will believe in fairies! Because this had nothing to do with protecting Waverley. – It was all about preventing development on the largest brownfield site in the borough close to the home of Bob Lies, and his running-mate Alfold Councillor Little Britton who both live in spitting distance of  Dunsfold Park. A development which was given the go-ahead by the High Court in November 2018. POW was still smarting from this decision but continued the fight doggedly determined to Keep Calm and Carry ON, using public money!

Two major schemes go before Waverley Planners – that will herald the birth of the new Dunsfold Garden Village.

The Dunsfold  Masterplan – which includes 1,800 homes, the first phase of the total of 2,600 in the Waverley Local Plan, will go out to public consultation shortly.

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A new access road into Dunsfold’s new garden village and a major local business have been given the go-ahead.

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The decision heralds the start of the long-awaited, and highly controversial – Dunsfold Park Garden Village on the site of an old WW2 airfield on the Surrey/Sussex border.

The first stage of the scheme is a pivotal part of Waverley’s Local Plan and is now supported by both Dunsfold and Alfold Parish Councils and, surprise, surprise! – Protect Or Waverley. But don’t hold your breath? WW suspects there are more battles to come?

Waverley Planners were faced with two planning applications last night for Dunsfold Park.- The first for the re-location of a Shalford business (Gordon Murray Designs) pictured below.

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– and another for a new access road into the Dunsfold Park Garden Village off the A281 Horsham/Guildford Road.

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Both applications were given the thumbs up – with plaudits all round from councillors from across the whole of the Waverley borough. They ‘welcomed’ the start of what will become one of the Government’s  new  Garden Villages and which, before a brick has been laid,  is already bringing with it – much needed new businesses and the start of almost 500 new jobs.

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 Other councillors from other parts of the borough including Farnham and Godalming, said they were very impressed by the developer’s efforts to achieve a considerably improved new access from the (A281) Horsham/ Guildford Rd, which now avoided ancient woodland, and gave a straight, and impressive run into the new settlement.

Two major schemes go before Waverley Planners – that will herald the birth of the new Dunsfold Garden Village.

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This is the new road into The Dunsfold Park Garden Village – 300 metres north of the A281’s junction with Alfold Road. The road contains an avenue of Canadian Maples to mark the site’s historic links with the Canadians who founded and built the aerodrome in 1942.

The seven-metre wide new road includes a three-metre wide footpath and cycleway which will eventually serve the proposed 1,800 new homes in the first phase and another 800 included in the Local Plan, and both new and existing commercial uses, at the site. It will also see the closure of the existing Stovolds Hill and Compass Gate entrances into Dunsfold Park.  A detailed  Masterplan for the 1,800 new homes, many of which will be affordable in Phase One, will come forward in the New Year.  You can listen to the meeting here:

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DECISION ON HIGH COURT CHALLENGE ON WAVERLEY’S LOCAL PLAN TOMORROW – THURSDAY.

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Will the Campaign For The Protection of Rural England (CPRE) and Protect Our Waverley (POW) succeed with their High Court bid to scupper Waverley’s Local Plan at Halloween?

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The final act in the fight to reduce the housing requirement for the whole of Waverley will be staged in the High Court tomorrow Thursday.

So here goes another shedload of our council taxpayers’ money going down the proverbial legal eagle’s pan?

Out of the cupboard come all the Rollicking Rumpole’s wigs  in readiness for yet another High Court drama between the Campaign for The Preservation of Rural England,  Protect Our Waverley (Campaign Limited) and ‘Your Waverley.’

 Earlier this year CPRE/ POW was granted leave to appeal from the Court of Appeal against the judgment delivered in November 2018 concerning the housing requirement set in Waverley Borough Council’s Local Plan Part 1. That November judgment said that the housing requirement of 590 a year should be maintained, including 83 to cover Woking’s perceived “unmet need”.

So ‘YW’ may have to build 498 fewer homes and no doubt POW/CPRE hope that will rule out Phase 2 at Dunsfold, as it certainly won’t want to stop development on the countryside – will they? Or, perhaps they will want to stop another 80 homes in Alfold, shedloads in Farnham, Godalming and on the treasured countryside of Haslemere?  Or, will they disappear in the same puff of smoke, having burned the public’s money they were backed with?

The appeal centres on how a shortfall in housing provision – unmet need – in one borough is allocated to neighbouring boroughs. The clarification of this issue has implications not just for Waverley but for Guildford and across the country. The Right Honourable Lord Justice Singh said:

“I AM PERSUADED BY THE APPELLANTS SKELETON ARGUMENTS THAT THERE IS A COMPELLING REASON WHY THESE TWO APPEALS SHOULD PROCEED, NAMELY THE GENERAL IMPORTANCE OF THE ISSUES OF PRINCIPLE RAISED.  IT APPEARS FROM THOSE SKELETON ARGUMENTS THAT THEY HAVE NOT BEEN CONSIDERED AT THE LEVEL OF THE COURT OF APPEAL AND IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THEY SHOULD BE.”

This latest appeal comes against the background of two important changes. First, Woking Borough Council has declared that it now has no unmet need. Second, new demographic numbers recently released by the Office for National Statistics imply a much-reduced need for new housing.

On nearing of the decision to allow the appeal, Dunsfold resident Bob Lees said: “This is great news! It provides Waverley Borough Council with a golden opportunity to significantly reduce the mandatory number of new houses to be built in the Borough over the next 14 years. POW fought against the housing requirement at the Examination of the Plan in the Council Chamber. POW fought again in the High Court. POW will fight in the Court of Appeal.

POW is fighting to protect our Waverley against unneeded development of our towns, of our villages and in our beautiful countryside.”

Well – if you believe that you will believe in fairies! Because this has nothing to do with protecting Waverley – it is all about preventing development on the largest brownfield site in the borough close to the home of Bob Lies, and his running-mate Alfold Councillor Little Britton who both live in spitting distance from  Dunsfold Park. A development which was .given the go-ahead by the High Court in November. POW is still smarting from this decision

Incidentally, the application for the new entrance into Dunsfold Park goes before Waverley’s Joint Planning Committee on the same day. On Thursday evening councillors will receive officers’ recommendations to approve two schemes. 

Two major schemes go before Waverley Planners – that will herald the birth of the new Dunsfold Garden Village.

The Dunsfold  Masterplan – which includes 1,800 homes, the first phase of the total of 2,600 in the Waverley Local Plan will go out to public consultation shortly.

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Was Farnham’s Air Quality Summit another load of hot air?

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WW – will let Farnham and villages make up their own minds about the Summit that debated the poor air quality that is wafting over their town.

Sadly our reporter had hoped to attend the event which, we understand trawled over  Surrey County Council and ‘Your Waverley’s failures going back over 20 years.
However, she had her priorities right – and instead attended the GP, with her small daughter, suffering from yet another asthma attack!
Her comment: “Walk to school with young children, or babies, do the people who suggest this ever walk on pavements on busy roads with HGV’s thundering past? Because if they did, they would realise the effects of toxic fumes on the lungs of young children.”
You can listen to Paul Follows’ view on the event by clicking on the link below: There will be a full report in The Farnham Herald.

‘Your Waverley’ getting tougher on unauthorised development in the borough.

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Another little missive about the changing face of ‘Your Waverley.’

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Waverley’s new regime has increased the amount of information being supplied to members by officers – including regular statistics on enforcement action.

 

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This particular issue has been going on, and on and on for donkey’s years. But now the council has set aside £20,000 of OUR money to take this issue and have it thrashed out once and for all in the High Court. Perhaps the planners will provide the residents of Waverley with the result?

 

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Here’s just a sample of other breaches. Those who ignore the well-tried and tested planning laws, most of us have to abide by. And, many of whom, just fly a kite and get away with it!

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So Mark Andrews, if you intend to prosecute – tell the public when you do, and it will pull all the other wannabe unauthorised developers up by their bootlaces and think twice?

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So this unauthorised developer was prosecuted in 2017, but the breach continues, though the developer is making improvements? So that’s how some get away with it?

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So come on Waverley – start telling the people who are paying out for all these court injunctions and court proceedings, exactly what are the outcomes?

A change in the climate is wafting over ‘Your Waverley.’

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Waverley’s Mayor Mary Foryszewski Aka ‘Atilla The Bun’ urges members to sit not stand. 

Despite an earlier proposal to the Standards Board being turned down, having sought to  change  the Constitution that would have kept councillors in their seats rather than on their feet when speaking, Tory Mayor, Mary Foryszewski, asked councillors to, “Please be seated.”

So instead of muffled speech, as they moved away from their microphone, they could sit and actually be heard clearly by Jo public. Go, Mary, go!  You sock it to ‘em Mary – and make your own commonsense rules because nobody else will!

When the Standards Board met Cllr Michael This-Just-Isn’t-Goodenough, (Con Wonersh) claimed it was disrespectful to the Mayor to remain seated and long-held council protocols and traditions should be upheld.

Trouble is, Councillor Not-Goodenough is a bit like Speaker Bercow in that he sways with the wind – not the wind of change, you understand, but the winds of what suits him as he postures and pontificates of days of old – when councillors weren’t so bold!  On this occasion, he wasn’t swayed by the argument put forward by others that the webcast chopped members’ heads off, and they could not be head succinctly by the public. 

Heard?  Who wants to be heard?  If you’re actually heard saying something you might be held to account and God forbid that ever happens at ‘Your Waverley’!

Other Good news too on the openness and transparency front:

Electronic voting – so everyone can see how your councillor voted. Plus a table showing the votes… and questions from the public will be allowed at The Executive and Full Council meetings. And… wait for it… wait for it… the public may even get answers!  

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

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Follows (Big P) goes​ head to head with ‘Big Rice’ at Farnham’s Air Quality Summit in Farnham this afternoon?

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** Just in case you wondered who The ‘BR’ is – it’s MP Jeremy Hunt’s wife’s nickname for her entrepreneur husband. 

To refresh everyone’s memories – The Leader & Deputy of Waverley Borough Council have been trying to meet with SW Surrey’s – “I’m far too busy,” MP ever since the new boys arrived on the The Burys block. But to-day could be THE day the twain shall meet.

WHY? We hear you cry? Because, ‘BIG R’ decided to call An Air Quality Summit because he is so worried about the air quality situation in Farnham. S*d, Godalming, and Bramley and numerous other hot spots – just Farnham because that is where the votes are perhaps? And, there’s an election on the horizon – and he is up against Steve Williams of The Green Party and Paul Follows of the Lib Dems!

And anyway, he always gets concerned about air quality and traffic congestion about election time! Well, he would, wouldn’t he?

WHY NOW? We hear all those of us who have been choking for years on the fumes. Years during which ‘Your Waverley’ was trotting out false air quality data on a regular basis to its numpties in the council chamber.

And, for which a Council officer gets hung out to dry at Guildford’s Crown Court today.

Come on Jeremy – don’t be a wimp – get out there and meet the guys and gals running ‘Your Waverley?’

Why did it take a Farnham resident and the Farnham Herald to question ‘Your Waverley’s’ air quality data?

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Simples! Because there is an Election in the offing and ‘Big Rice’ wants to get back so that he can support all the people in the Waverley Borough, particularly all of us here in Farnham who are taking out kids to GP’s so we can pick up their Ventolin Inhalers! Get them nebulized, when they are choking because they cannot breathe, and listen to their constant wheezing.

Here’s what The Big P will be asking The Big R.

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Two major schemes go before Waverley Planners – that will herald the birth of the new Dunsfold Garden Village.

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A scheme by Gordon Murray Designs – already approved by the planners has been re-sited- signaling the imminent arrival of a World-class automotive research and development centre – the first of its kind in the borough of Waverley. 

The re-location of the company is a key component of the Dunsfold Garden Village Masterplan bringing with it around 500 jobs on the expanding business park formerly the headquarters of British Aerospace. The Gordon Murray business will use 14,000 sq ms of the 26,000 sq ms new employment floorspace that is intended for the employment park.

The new Gordon Murray HQ was given the go-ahead last year. But next week the planners will consider its request to move the building 6 ms to the north of the previous site.  Although moved slightly closer to ancient woodland it is further away from nearby properties at Hall Place in Stovolds Hill Road.

The change described by officers as “fairly minor,” will ensure the building is 500 ms further away from nearby homes.

Although there is a separate application from the developers Dunsfold Park due to be considered at the same meeting to create a new access from the site onto the A281 (this is the subject of a separate post to avoid confusion) the access to the new Gordon Murray buildings is from Stovolds Hill Road and Dunsfold Road. There is no objection from county highways.

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The officers’ recommendation is to approve the scheme – accompanied by pages of conditions relating to building the development, including environmental and highway issues. Dunsfold Airport Ltd is advised that any loss of open space from this application must be mitigated by replacement open space in the forthcoming   Dunsfold Park Masterplan

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Could these petrol heads soon be on their way to Dunsfold? Not if -some of the neighbors – have anything to do with it?

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

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After hearing  Waverley planning officers’ intention was to refuse a Cranleigh Charity’s application to build a private care home in the town  –  ward member Cllr Patricia Ellis registered her intention to call the application in to haveScreen Shot 2019-10-17 at 23.33.17.png it heard and determined in public.

Well, why wouldn’t she? AS SHE HAS PUBLICLY advertised, for years she supports it. Pre-determination or what we hear you mutter into your cornflakes?

Officers indicated a month ago they were minded to REFUSE an application by Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust (CVHT) for a 60 bed-Private Care home with 20 community beds in Knowle Lane – under powers delegated to them. This means the scheme would be refused, with no member participation. 

However, questions are being asked how Cllr Ellis was allowed the ‘call-in’ when she was out of time under the council’s rule-book?

The application was lodged in November last year, with a decision date of  February 2nd.  As the Charity failed to provide the information required by planning officers after nine months, under ‘normal circumstance’ an application would be refused. However, the refusal was not issued due to an officer going on annual leave.

However, it is believed the applicant was forewarned of the imminent REFUSAL, and the information was provided. Thus allowing the unprecedented time-frame change for a member call-in? WW has received video evidence revealing the conflict of interests admitted by the Ellis duo in the scheme which has now been damned by residents of the eastern villages. It is also alledged that Cllr Ellis has ‘entertained’ the applicants in her home. She has also been overheard in Cranleigh repeating her support for the scheme. Which under the council’s rules is not allowed.

The Cranleigh Society – whose management – BUT NOT ITS MEMBERSHIP  – is backing the application, was told of the council’s intentions two weeks ago. But it has stayed silent on the subject, not even deigning to inform its membership!  The Society is operating with an interim chairman and a reducing membership. Earlier this year it was rumoured to be closing if new members and officers could not be found.

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As a result of this and other public meetings, which CVHT has repeatedly refused to attend,  letters from the public have been sent demanding that the parish council, which donated the land for £1 (yes, not a typo we didn’t miss a few noughts) in exchange for agricultural land worth £10,000 – now a football field,  is returned to the village. Villagers have also been trawling through council documents during a period dubbed ‘The Ellis Era.’ It has been revealed to the WW that large chunks of the decision-making process on the land-exchange are missing!

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The WW is told by the locals that the question on everyone’s lips is – WHY? Would the wife of the parish council chairman – the late Brian Ellis who along with his wife  oversaw the land deal, without the consent of his parishioners and some colleagues, fly in the face of public opinion and seek to impose an unwanted £18m 60 bed- PRIVATE Care Home, with 20 beds for the use of anyone in the CCG area, on an overdeveloped part of Knowle Lane? And, why is a woman, no longer a parish councillor, so hell-bent on defying the will of Cranleigh residents?  The land which is immediately opposite the 425 new homes being built by Berkeley Homes now under construction opposite the site costing up to  £1,375m and which the local GP’s have told the developers – “will never happen, and which, privately,  they do not support?”

Villagers claim It will overlook and have a damaging impact on a ‘modest’ Waverley Council development in Whisker Drive and a damaging impact on the Downs Link?

The developers have also removed a tree screen in Knowle Lane, without the benefit of planning permission, during the bird nesting season.

The application will now be heard at a Joint Planning Committee at the end of November where it will be determined by councillors mainly from Godalming, Haslemere, and Farnham.

More to follow. 

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

Can you help the police?

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Following an assault in Guildford Town Centre – a man has died.

A man left gravely injured after a serious assault in Guildford town centre during the early hours of Saturday, 12 October, has now died.

The incident occurred in Park Street, close to the premises of the Guildford Charcoal Grill, around 2.20am and Surrey Police is calling for witnesses. It is believed that the assault followed a dispute around a pre-booked taxi.

 Jamie Smith, 24-years from the Elmbridge area of Surrey, was taken to hospital with serious injuries, but on Friday (October 18) the police announced he had died.

 Jamie’s, family said: “We as a family are utterly heartbroken and devastated at the loss of our son Jamie, he was a loving, kind-hearted and generous young man with an incredibly bright future ahead of him. He had already achieved so much in his 24 years. Jamie was extremely close to his family and was so lucky to have an amazing group of friends.

“We are, and forever will be incredibly proud of him and the young man he became. There are no words to express how much all of us will miss him. Our lives will never be the same again.”

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Chapman, who is overseeing the investigation into the incident, said: “This incident has tragically ended in the death of a young man. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time. We continue to appeal for witnesses who may be able to help us piece together what happened.

“The incident took place as people were leaving the town centre after a night out, we would like to speak to anyone who witnessed this incident, or may have been in the area at the time.”

Barney Thomas Christopher Coyle, 23, of Frog Grove Lane, Guildford was charged with assault causing grievous bodily harm and remanded in custody after appearing at Guildford Crown Court on 14 October. Today (October 21) Surrey Police said he remains under investigation and enquiries are ongoing.

A police spokesperson added: “If you witnessed the incident or have any information (including dashcam footage) which could help us with our enquiries, please call us on 101, quoting crime reference number PR/45190108025. If you do not wish to leave your name, please call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Have ‘Your Waverley’s’ residents been excluded​ from this consultation?

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Here’s when you will get your real say – there are Surrey County Council elections coming soon.

This is the message from Surrey County Council

Surrey County Council is inviting you to provide your thoughts and opinions on proposed changes to Surrey County Council’s Home to School/College Travel and Transport Policy.   

The Council is reviewing its home to school/college travel arrangements to ensure we continue to deliver our statutory responsibilities to meet the travel needs of children and young people to access education.  We are also seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people by promoting independence and preparation for adulthood.

 

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Your feedback will be used to inform the Council’s decision in early 2020 on a new Home to School/College Travel and Transport Policy.

No doubt a bit like all the feedback you gave to inform them of the proposed closure of children’s centers? Information and feedback that was shredded and mostly ignored.

Surrey CC ticks the box marked – “you have been consulted” and then it does what it intended in the first place?

The survey should take around 20 minutes to complete. The closing date for this consultation is midnight 15 December 2019.

Public Engagement Events

Eight Public Engagement Events will be held as part of this consultation. At these events, representatives of the Council will talk through the detail of the consultation, whilst also listening and responding to feedback and questions to those in attendance. We encourage anyone with an interest in the delivery of Home to School/College travel and transport to attend. Details of confirmed events are listed below including the link needed to reserve a place at each event. The remaining 4 evening dates will be added shortly.

So let us all hope that one of those dates is in the borough of Waverley.

Date Time Venue Link
1 October 2019 11am-1pm Surrey History Centre, Woking https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/home-to-schoolcollege-travel-and-transport-policy-consultation-events-tickets-73549216687
11 October 2019 11am-1pm Guildford Borough Council https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/home-to-schoolcollege-travel-and-transport-policy-consultation-events-tickets-73589326657
23 October 2019 11am-1pm Molesey Youth Centre https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/home-to-schoolcollege-travel-and-transport-policy-consultation-events-tickets-73553335005
6 November 2019 11am-1pm Wray Park, Reigate https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/home-to-schoolcollege-travel-and-transport-policy-consultation-events-tickets-73551383167
14 November 2019 6pm-8pm Therfield School, Leatherhead https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/home-to-schoolcollege-travel-and-transport-policy-consultation-events-tickets-74203790535
22 November 2019 6pm-8pm Guildford Borough Council https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/home-to-schoolcollege-travel-and-transport-policy-consultation-events-tickets-75072189941

More nursing homes beds on their way to Cranleigh?

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The residents of the eastern villages will no doubt be delighted to hear that yet more nursing home places are on their way to Cranleigh?

At our last count on the Internet- there are around eight nursing homes in the environs – with one- the most controversial FOR 60 BEDS – still hanging in the balance!

But now Waverley planners have to consider an application from Caring Homes Healthcare Group to build 23 additional bedrooms onto the well-established and longstanding nursing home called Knowle ~Park Nursing Home, at Knowle in Knowle Lane in Cranleigh.  The home currently has 46 rooms.

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Strange as one of our correspondents who rang around the homes over there found every home with vacancies for either respite or permanent care.

Perhaps the eastern villages new homes are being bought, or are expected to be bought up, by elderly people, rather than families, and nursing home operators have their eyes set on future clients?  Mind you with the current fiasco going on in Government – we don’t mention the dreaded ‘B’ word here, because our team is divided – we are all getting older by the minute. Even our youngest team member who voted to REMAIN, says he has visibly aged – and now intends to vote LEAVE!

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Surrey’s care workers may be affected if Britain leaves the EU council bosses warn.

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VULNERABLE adults who rely on the support of care workers could be affected if Britain leaves the European Union (EU) on October 31, councillors have been warned. 

Staff shortages and tracking illegal goods through trading standards are among the problems Brexit could create for Surrey County Council, according to a report. 

The council has been given £87,500 from a £20million pot from central government to aid Brexit preparations. District and borough councils are set to get £17,484. 

A number of problems had been identified with suggestions on how they could be addressed, and they were presented recently to councillors at a cabinet meeting.

Here are five of the ways Brexit will impact Surrey County Council – according to the cabinet report:

* Trading Standards – The council uses some EU databases that help support service delivery, for instance, to help Trading Standards understand which goods, foods, and businesses pose any threats.

There are also databases and servers based in EU member states. The council is maintaining a “watching brief” and aligning contingency plans with government guidance.

* Staff shortages with suppliers – Potential staff shortages with contractors, particularly those who provide care and construction workers, affecting some of the most vulnerable residents. The council is liaising with providers and suppliers and is establishing contingency plans.

* Traffic management – Congestion building up on Surrey roads due to border delays and lorries stacking up on motorways leading to the ports. The council is working with its counterparts in Kent to minimise any potential implications on Surrey’s transport network.

* Surrey County Council’s workforce – If non-UK EU staff choose to leave or relocate there may be reduced capacity to deliver core services. The council has been providing regular updates to staff around citizens’ rights, as well as helping staff with any paperwork to help them remain in the country. 

* Communicating to residents – The council has a role in place-shaping, which entails creating an environment for businesses to flourish and supporting other organisations. 

There is a web page on Surrey County Council’s website providing key information and guidance, supporting the government’s Get Ready for Brexit campaign.

Come on Jeremy – don’t be a wimp – get out there and meet the guys and gals running ‘Your Waverley?’

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It cannot be true – can it? SW Surrey’s MP and local entrepreneur has taken fright and refuses to do local constituency work for Waverley residents?

Has he lost his bottle now that the Potty One isn’t head honcho at The Burys? 
Why does ‘YW’s’ Deputy Leader Paul Follows have to resort to trolling the Farnham Herald to get a response from Jeremy Hunt?
After all – aren’t our local politicians supposed to forget politics with a big P and work together and co-operate on the important issues that affect the future of our borough? Has he ever heard of the saying:

‘People before Politics?”

Has the MP for Guildford & the eastern villages deigned to meet the new Rainbow Coalition? If not – why not? After all, although Anne Milton has lost the Tory whip, her constituents have some very worrying and pressing issues pending on her patch. Issues, that require a good working relationship with the new leaders of Waverley Borough Council.
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Screenshots from Farnham Herald’s Facebook page proving the rather desperate lengths that the Waverley administration are now going to!

All quiet on the Woolmead front as Berkeley’s throws a googly​ at ‘Your Waverley.’

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Oh dear! OUT goes part of yet another planning consent into ‘Your Waverley’s’ shredder? In comes another revised plan?

Berkeley Homes want to cut the number of parking spaces at Farnham’s Woolmead development by half.

Is this the developer’s way of pulling out of the town and throwing in the cement mixers?

The silence on the East Street site has been deafening in recent weeks – in fact, it looks more like a dessert than a building site – supposedly preparing for a combined home and retail development.
When it sought planning consent two years ago the Berkeley Bunnies upset Waverley’s planning committee when it claimed the site was “commercially unviable” if ‘affordable homes’ were included. However, the scheme was given the go-ahead, as councillors believed the redevelopment of the town eyesore was long overdue.
Now, in line with other developments underway in the borough, Berkeley’s accountancy bunnies are re-evaluating their schemes. It has told ‘Your Waverley’s Executive that the Woolmead’s value has now been marked down from £14m to £10m due to a drastic reduction in the value of the retail element.

So now the BB’s want to cut parking by half – or delay the scheme indefinitely – leaving a big empty hole in Farnham – at least, until the retail market recovers. Wonder when that will be – this year, next year, sometime, never?

Presumably, the whole development will crash and burn unless Waverley accepts the compromise – and then if it doesn’t? Who gets the blame – well ‘Your Waverley’ of course.
The Berkeley Bunnies, have of course claimed that there is a move away from car ownership. Really? So will remove 20 percent of the one-bed car spaces probably claiming that it is really doing everyone a favor b helping the council’s declared – Climate Emergency.
When in actual fact cars will be scattered around local roads or, in the free car park at Farnham Hospital., where many of us commuters park, much to the dislike of its genuine users and staff! But, needs must.
As a sop to the planners, the spaces that remain in the remaining half of the underground car park will each get electric vehicle charging points or facilities nearby. Oh! and the use of A car from the Farnham car club. Let us all hope they can all afford electric vehicles!
Will the revised application to come before the planners shortly, be followed by another from Crest Nicholson. A developer intending to build 28 shops and restaurants, as well as homes on the nearby Blightwells Yard with £57m provided by our cash-strapped Surrey County Council?
Watch this space?
The Waverley Web wonders what the businesses evicted from the old Woolmead think about this latest Farnham fiasco?

Why did it take a Farnham resident and the Farnham Herald to question ‘Your Waverley’s’ air quality data?

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Or was it down to the pressure of work? And who was her line-manager? No doubt when this goes to the Crown Court – all will be revealed.

And here’s the man who exposed Waverley’s air quality scandal.

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And here’s the Farnham Herald Reporter who broke the scandal.

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A major study has found that air pollution significantly raises the risk of death in babies during their first year. A project tracking eight million infants born in England and Wales found that exposure to chemicals in the air drove up the risk by up to 50%.

Babies are more at risk because their prams and buggies are closer to the ground and therefore, closer to exhaust emissions. So we ask ‘Your Waverley’ how does walking children to school help?

Wakey, wakey Alfold? Get up off your backsides and start writing before more of your village goes under concrete.

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We apologise to our readers for being a bit preoccupied with our part of the borough lately – so we are handing over to Alfold resident Denise Wordsworth. Why would we speak out on this Surrey/Sussex border village’s plight when she can do it so much better.

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Dear WW

I know that you have been somewhat preoccupied with Farnham – and who can blame you? But yet again Alfold is subject to Planning appeals coming out of our Bally ears! Who could believe it – certainly not the majority of the Village that seems to have no idea what is going on – Because you only hear of anything if  you happen to live next door to it or you have previously commented on the application.

We now have the following appeals:

  1. Alfold Garden Centre going to appeal for 56 Homes. WA/2018/2264

Their figures for Alfold are skewed and I will raise this on the Appeal site as are their comments regarding PDL land

  1. Sweeters’ Fields/Reach going for the additional 80 homes on top of the 55 currently being built
    WA/2019/07453. We also have the developer at the Land Adjacent to Brockhurst Farm wanting to add another 7 homes to the Planning Application for 23 new houses granted at Appeal By squeezing additional 7 new houses into the small field next door – I feel for the new residents of Brockhurst Farm and Magnolia Cottage and I noticed that Yeoman’s Cottage to the rear is now up for sale… Who can blame them?
    WA/2019/1324In addition to the 130  already granted in Alfold, that is an additional 133 New Homes (if you deduct the 10 already given permission at Alfold Garden Centre)

    One of the comments posted regarding the Garden Centre Appeal was that only 13 objections had been raised. – In their eyes, a small amount and therefore the village is not against it to any degree.

    I would have thought the 130 New homes being built was sufficient for the village at this stage of its growth bearing in mind the limited facilities we have here – But maybe I am wrong and the village does want to see growth like that in Broadbridge Heath etc…

There is no doubt more to come from the Springbok Estate.  It rightly deserves to improve the facilities for their residents. I have no problem with them building new homes for their seafarers near existing facilities, not even for the development of some of their land for residential properties for the people who work on the agricultural land, but in order to fund this, it will want more market houses to the rear of properties on Loxwood Road!

Alfold is in a mess due to the inability of WBC to finalise the Local Plan Part 2 and as we have no AONB or Special protection such as Greenbelt for the village – Just like Cranleigh – I fear we are going to be shafted!

I will not have to seek school places for any young children or places at the Medical/Dental Practices for them.  But the younger people in the village WILL and they will be out-placed by people moving into the village.. who will undoubtedly work outside the village and add to the already intolerable traffic on the A281 and Loxwood Road.

Perhaps if WBC tried to instigate something like the amazing Social Housing development that just won the RIBA Housing award 2019 https://www.architecture.com/…/awards/riba-stirling-prize
It is NOT Affordable housing – which isn’t really ‘Affordable’ – but really amazing Social Housing – (used to be called Council Houses – But look incredible) and offers a proper family-friendly and environmentally friendly housing scheme. – No doubt there is not enough profit for these sort of homes for the average property developer!

Unfortunately – we live in a Developers World – where they dictate the rules because our Planners/Councillors who cannot sort out the mess that is Local Plan Part 2 and the 5-year Housing Supply and our Neighbourhood Plan is still considered to be in its infancy! One of the reasons that WBC is not meeting its ‘affordable homes’ target can surely be placed on the fact that once Outline Planning is given – developers change the rules and say they cannot justify the 30% Affordable Housing they promised? And we seem to be unable to simply say NO!

Will you take a minute to avert your eyes from Farnham and look at what is going on in the rest of the Borough?

Best as ever

Denise

PS. Looking back on our file, Alfold has flooding, sewage and water problems. Has no village school, and GP’s in Cranleigh & Loxwood in West Sussex. The WW cannot help wonder – where is POW? The Protect Our Waverley Group.

Our apologies to the people of Alfold – maybe the Waverley Web has been a bit parochial lately.

 

Oh dear, what can the matter be? Councillors banned​ from the car park at Waverley.

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When the roulette wheel spins on this suggestion who will win?

Rumour has that angry councillors are bombarding one another with e-mails complaining about a new ruse that the new administration has up its sleeve to ease its parking problems.

The Executive has proposed to ask,  or is it tell,  councillors to park in future in the public car parks – which are free to them anyway. This would leave more parking spaces in The Burys car park for the essential users – in other words, the staff, and police. All parking in the borough is free for Waverley councillors, but not for the council workers. 

Occupants of homes in the residential roads around the centre of Godalming are clogged up with the office and shopworkers’ cars, and residents are becoming increasingly concerned that their roads resemble public car parks.

Some of the older, infirm members – of which there are a few – are complaining that they are unable to walk very far, and need easy access to the council offices for day-time meetings.  Though the WW understands from ‘inside Your Waverley’ that the disabled parking will remain and so will special places for The Mayor & Deputy Mayor.

Will members of the council still be able to park at The Burys for evening meetings – which is when most of them are there?

 

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

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VILLAGE WAY CAR PARK, CRANLEIGH.

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CRANLEIGH LEISURE CENTRE. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Will Waverley’s leisure centres soon get a facelift?

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

Watch out there’s an election about?

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

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

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

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

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A message from the WW to Mr. Hunt.

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

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

PS.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

WHAT IS CHANGING AND WHY?

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

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

WHEN IS THE SERVICE CHANGING?

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

WILL MY COLLECTION DAY CHANGE?

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

Collections may change from February 2020.

We will let you know of any changes in advance.

WILL MY COLLECTION TIME CHANGE?

Your food and waste will be collected separately.

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

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

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

ANY OTHER CHANGES?

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

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

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

https://www.waverley.gov.uk/binday‬

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

Can someone provide the people of Farnham with some answers?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Castle Street now.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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So, what they actually want Ms. Stobbart is:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jeremy Hunt on the Farnham campaign trail?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

DEMOCRACY AND TRANSPARENCY REFORMS @ WAVERLEY BC

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

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

Said Cllr Follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Whisper who dares – to object?

Full agenda for the Standards Committee can be found here:

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

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The Royal Surrey is changing its name. 

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

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

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

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

Louise Stead, Chief Executive said:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“the site cannot support 100 properties.”

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

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Elstead’s Cllr David Else said:

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

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

Has the defence of Waverley’s Neighbourhood Plans begun?

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

https://youtu.be/ob4kZNeR__M

 

More about oil and gas exploration in Waverley.

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

Here’s our post.

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

 

Email: protect.dunsfold@gmail.com

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

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

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

Here is the Webcast

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Dear Ms Robinson,

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

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

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

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

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

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

For these reasons, APC requests this application be refused.

Yours sincerely
Clerk to Alfold Parish Council

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

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

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Much ado about Local​ Plan Part 2.

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

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

Former leader Julia Potts described it as a …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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Burst Pipes over recent months and years?

Her message:

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

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

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

FLOOD FORUM NOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Surrey police getting tough on crime in Haslemere?

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

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

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

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

PC Will Davies from the Waverley Safer Neighbourhood Team said:

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

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

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

The Lone Ranger rides again…?

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

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

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

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

But they didn’t! 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“We cannot beat nature.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Could SW Surrey’s grass soon be greener?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The film has been produced by The Farnham Society.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

This is why we cancelled them:

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

WW – likes decisive.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paul Follows Happy to discuss as always.

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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Nobody says it better than our Farnham Herald. 

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

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

 

A sign of the times for Surrey firefighters?

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Fordbridge Fire Station – Spelthorne

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

**SAFETY ALERT**

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

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

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

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

Is it…?

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

Or

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

We will let you decide.

REMOVING FIRE ENGINES AT NIGHT IS NOT SAFE.

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

 

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

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

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

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