Since March 2013 an amazing 85 skeletons have been excavated from a building site in Godalming where 14 ‘affordable homes’ are to be built by Waverley Council.
So far the cost of excavating the site, on what is believed be a ninth century burial ground, is estimated at £227,000, approximately £16,000 per home. This has been approved by the council, and takes the cost of the homes thus far to £2,257,000.
So, how affordable will these homes actually be?
According to the authority it will take a ‘sensible approach’ to dealing with the bones – WW wonders what ‘sensible’ actually means?
The site is near Godalming Station and is being excavated by the Surrey Archeological Unit.
Neighbours of the site reported seeing bones as recently as last October despite reports that they had already been taken to the Surrey History Centre to be examined in June. So…what’s going on down in deepest Godalming?
When Waverley Adds Two and Two together – does it make five? that’s what one Farnham resident thinks.
Just in case you hadn’t noticed, former Waverley councillor Adam Smith, Farnham’s Riverside car park has flooded again! You you may recall the former Waverley councillor was adamant that it never would! At least he didn’t seek re-election so we have something to be thankful for.
Some good advice below for the mounting number of followers logging onto the borough’s ‘very own’ Waverley Web. We are proud that in just three months WW has notched up…
Well over 12,000 hits We are also aware our posts are being shared on other social media/e-mails /twitter etc right across the borough and beyond. We have heard from Waverley ex-pats from as far afield as Australia, Canada, South Africa, and beyond.
So don’t be shy – subscribe to our posts. We treat your details with the same privacy as we treat our own. This blog is not about boasting about our success – more about thanking the huge number of people that are feeding us with information. Both insiders and outsiders! We are enormously grateful for the contributions, comments, photographs and compliments – even the two complaints! We cannot always get it right, but if we make a mistake we will always apologise and make a correction.
To all those people who have asked who is Waverley Web and why was it was founded? Please read the About page.
To those who have hazard a guess that it is: (a) The Farnham Society; (b) the Cranleigh Civic Society; (c) a particular Cranleigh parish/Farnham councillor; (d) a former Surrey Advertiser/Farnham Herald/ Haslemere Herald journalist and (e) a former WBC councillor and former WBC employees. Sorry, but you are all wrong… but do please keep guessing… We also understand that Waverley Borough Council now has a team of people trying to identify us – why we wonder? What does it have to be afraid of? If it is as open and transparent, as efficient and robust as it claims- then what does it have to fear?
P.S Waverley Web is not, (unlike WBC,) a large group – it is just a handful of very committed residents who care a great deal more about the borough, its future character, and its prosperity than they do!
It also concerns us that one part of the borough does not know what is going on in another – in other words is a little too parochial. If WBC wants to comment it can at any time contact@waverlyweb. org or it could just ignore us – and take the same view it did recently with the Surrey Ad – and claim, “that few people read it anyway.”
Well you probably won’t be meeting him now Mr Shearn, that is, unless you have something going on over there in Basingstoke?
We have been contacted by followers asking us to investigate the numerous enforcement actions that have, and are increasingly, being taken by Waverley’s planning department – some of which sound overzealous in the extreme.
We understand there are well tried and tested planning rules it would be sensible for everyone to live by – but…we’ve heard from many Waverley residents’ who believe there is one rule for some in the borough – but not for others. WW asks Why?
Residents claim their planning applications have initially not been dealt with properly, and then unnecessary enforcement action is taken. Appeals have been dismissed by Inspectors but the unnecessary stress and expense has caused enormous problems. In many cases if a little pragmatism and common sense had prevailed considerable time, stress and money could have been saved by all. Enforcement action was taken against one resident who built an island in the middle of his lake in Wonersh. He won his appeal and costs of £18,000 were awarded against the council – did WBC pay up? Not bl**** likely. They offered him £8,000, which he refused, and only after months of legal wrangling did he finally settle for more.
Another resident built a stable six inches higher than permitted due to a builder’s mistake. Rather than allow a retrospective correction (easily achieved by popping in a planning application) WBC served an enforcement notice, then put lots of additional conditions on the building. No-one could see the stables adjacent to woods. However, there are numerous incidents of others building stables wherever they like in the borough.
One Rule for Them
When Waverley’s contractors were busy wiping out every amphibian on the Farnham Riverside site in order to build their car park and tennis courts, Waverley refused to enforce the condition required under “the reptiles relocation programme.” Well why would they? After all why should it obey the rules it expects us dummies to live by!
It also built the new pavilion six inches lower than the level stipulated to avoid flooding. Again no action taken.
And then of course there are the Farnham residents who have written to WW who were not even given the opportunity to comment on proposed development adjacent to their homes in Farnham – Planning references were changed… and so it goes on…
Another for us? Said a follower: ” I was in the planning office and a Chinese man in his 70’s was there in tears. WBC had given planning consent for someone to build a house overlooking his home and his adjoining courtyard.
WBC gave approval for new windows in the home that overlooked the Chinese Family’s home and the courtyard where he had planted a tree in memory of his daughter. so they lost the enjoyment of their courtyard.
The man was upset because WBC gave consent for the tree to be removed, in his courtyard, because the developer had complained it blocked the light into the window of his new home….. tragic.or what!”
We have had numerous incidences of planning inconsistencies reported to WW- too many to mention. Double standards appear to be the order of the day.
The name Ellis is on the lips of many Cranleigh villagers who, say our WW followers, are “fuming” at the husband and wife duo’s latest underhand antics. Now we hear that although they were backed in their nasty little sleight of hand by the casting vote of Parish Council Chairman David Gill he… has now Resigned.
No wonder he is saying he no longer wants the job of chairman, who would after realising the mistake he made in contributing to the Ellis’s latest round of duplicitous behaviour!
Brian and Patricia Ellis, aided and abetted by Chairman Gill, successfully pulled off a dastardly coup against their parish council colleagues by overturning a decision, taken in their absence before Christmas. It was agreed to create a Trust which would protect the future of the Beryl Harvey memorial field and ensure it would remain in perpetuity for the purpose the donor intended. At the January meeting a counter-decision, taken, in the absence of three councillors, overturned the previous decision. This now flies in the face of public opinion and lengthy debate in December, during which Councillor Mary Foryszewski apologised to the people of Cranleigh for a proposition made by Councillor Ellis to sell the memorial field and allotments to Waverley for a housing development. A proposal which, she said, should never have been made.
This week Planning Committee Chairman, Councillor Mary Foryszewski, was tight-lipped about the coup, simply expressing her bitter disappointment at the decision. Meanwhile, Councillor Patricia Ellis who was up to her grey locks in the dastardly deed, sat there looking as if butter wouldn’t melt!
However, members of the public were not fooled and were told as they stood in small groups chatting after the meeting that the name Ellis was on everyones’ lips in conjunction with the words ‘concreting over our green fields,’ and ‘turning Cranleigh into a concrete jungle’.Yes, it would seem local people are beginning to wake up to the danger the Ellis duo now pose to their village. Could this be the first stirrings of mutiny in the community? … watch out Brian & Patricia, local voters are beginning to realise that you’re not as harmless and well-meaning as you would like them to believe. You claim that the BH field does not have an earth shattering impact on Cranleigh’s 12,000 residents, but you know what, the effect of your actions, will ensure that no future benefactors will ever again trust Cranleigh Parish Council!
Now the chairman’s seat is empty again – no doubt the man known locally as “Bully Boy Ellis” will have his b** back on the seat before it is cold, even though he says that after 15 years in the role he won’t be seeking election.
Not Seeking election!What he should be doing is seeking the forgiveness of his colleagues and the people of Cranleigh for both his, and his wife’s, duplicity – and then he should do the decent thing and follow his Chairman’s decent example and resign!
Wake up Cranleigh Parish Councillors – two of your colleagues have recently resigned and now your chairman too has resigned. Find someone who commands the respect of the residents of Cranleigh and someone who can restore villagers’ faith in the local political system. Or a vote of no confidence in Cranleigh Parish Council may be sought?