Ten out of Ten for Trying Councillor Deanus!

Waverley – You are Awful and Alfold doesn’t like you!

The other Bobby on Waverley’s Beat is doing his damnedest to save his village from drowning under concrete.  

But sadly former police  Inspector Kevin  Deanus failed miserably when he tried to convince his Waverley planning colleagues  to refuse  a scheme to open up Alfold’s Green Fields to developers.

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The Borough Councillor for Alfold, Cranleigh Rural and Ellens Green  fought hard to prevent  55 properties being built at Sweeters Copse, Loxwood Road, but his best was not good enough. Remember! this is just the first phase – an application for 120 was refused last June and an appeal has been lodged!

 

Determined to ensure Waverley gets its 5 year housing supply in the bag – councillors from other parts of the borough  backed the scheme to the hilt and with officers’  help shoved  it   through with  the casting vote  of Chairman – Simon Isherwood ( Con, Hindhead.) 

Councillor Christiaan Hess, (Con, Hindhead) said  “officers are not asking us to support the scheme – but giving us no damned option but to support it. In fact you have us all in an arm lock”

The Dummies on the Joint Planning Committee ganged together to ignore the locals’ views. Obviously it was all  decided behind Waverley BC’s  closed doors in a Conservative pre-meeting. In other words – it was a political decision – not a decision based on well-tried and tested planning rules that call for “sustainable” development.

No our dopey planners would prefer to see young children, many under five, being bussed to Cranleigh, taking an hour to get there. Or, better still, as one family contacted WW to say, their daughter had been  taken by taxi to Ockley on the Mole Valley border because there were no local school places available. Would Waverley councillors’   allow their children to be ferried in a taxi 15 miles away from home – enduring a daily 30 mile round trip? 

Ten out of ten for trying Councillor Deanus – but sadly no-one is listening to you , your parish council, the locals, or most of  your colleagues. WW bets you are so sickened by this decision you are tempted to take up your truncheon and walk?

Let’s hope you have more luck with the next one – over 500 houses at Springbok with access off the same dangerous road. Its occupants will also need to get to Cranleigh – no doubt down Wildwood Lane. With 70 lorries a day for the next five years, thanks to the decision to build on Cranleigh Brick and Tile site. WW doubts that particular country lane will exist! WW wonders if the Waverley Planning Dummies have ever heard of it? Only a few members could even pronounce the name of the village. Calling it AWFOLD – ORFORD – AND ARLFOLD. For God’s sake get a grip! As former Alfold resident, comedian Dick Emery, would have said – “Oh you are AWFUL but continued…with “But I like you” Doubt if Alfold or he, would now!

So there you are then! One of the smallest villages in the borough with  – no schools, shops, chemists, supermarket, GP practice, a miserable bus service, or decent roads. A sewerage system that spews villagers poo up through their gardens and toilets, that regularly  floods and lies directly under the Gatwick flight path . Now  it  is to become  –  WW – can see the Estate Agents’ Blurb – a “desirable place” to live.

Alfold’s former  member Mary Foryszewski said she was, “gobsmacked” by the officers’ recommendation to  approve a scheme in one of the most unsustainable and isolated parts of Waverley she knew. It was close to The Cranleigh Brick and Tile site where   HGV’s (one every 9 minutes – 70 per day for the next five years ) were now thundering through the country lanes. Cranleigh councillor Stewart Stennett warned the proposed road improvements would be  “dangerous, would cause danger to motorists and HGV’s forced to drive over the white lines into oncoming traffic at the notoriously dangerous Crossways junction.” It would be madness to approve. “I am absolutely amazed by this recommendation by both the officers and highway authority before us.” He  had worked as a contractor on Alfold’s sewerage system which had reached  capacity in 1967!

Councillor Stephen Mulliner (Haslemere) repeatedly warned colleagues  it was “unsustainable” to increase the population of such a small village by 20% – without the facilities to support it, overburdening the facilities it already had. He warned they were being “misled” by information provided by officers, persistently  urging  colleagues to defer until  legal and planning advice was obtained on “sustainability”and planning grounds, citing recent High Court judgements that were at odds with advice from officers.

Despite hearing  affordable homes in Alfold – were vacant  due its isolated nature, officers claimed Waverley needed affordable  homes to satisfy –“the borough’s, not Alfold’s needs, and 40% would be included in the scheme.

As for Cranleigh’s Wimp Councillor Brian Ellis. He waffled on about poor old Cranleigh being faced with thousands of homes and  predicting  Berkeley Homes’ scheme for 425 houses would probably be granted at appeal, and 300 houses on Cranleigh’s green fields  had already been approved. Oh no – not on green fields! So…what did he do then … after giving reasons why the Alfold scheme should not go ahead …he abstained! What planet are you on Councillor Ellis?  

What he didn’t say was – those applications were also granted by the joint planning committee because the council’s latest ruse is to ensure  councillors from the rest of the borough determine the future of housing in the Cranleigh area. Is this the very same man who called in an application, on behalf of an applicant, for 265 plus, dwellings in West Cranleigh. (A scheme  planning officers’ wanted to refuse under their delegated powers!)  No doubt so  the same committee could  now approve it?

 

“Your Waverley” is not an island!

Ignore it if you want to – but a Second Runway  may be coming next!

Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 11.58.25 Horsham is building thousands of homes to meet its ever burgeoning need and the district council has recently bought the huge Novartis site – in anticipation of the demand from businesses eager to pour into the area. 

Where does Horsham sit? On the A24 and the A281!

The flight path goes over a considerable part of Waverley including Alfold, Cranleigh, Ewhurst and Ellens Green, and Ockley. As the crow flies Ewhurst is 8 miles from the bottom of Gatwick’s runway.

 

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Just revving up the engines?

You are oh! so right E.Hosking of Milford!

You are not the only one who is worried about the way Waverley Council is being run, (ruined) Mr Hosking. There is a growing band  of Waverley residents’ who feel like you, that there is something rotten in our borough!

 WW can answer some, but not all of your questions. We know not why Waverley Mutters disappeared into a big black  hole – but suspect it was sabotaged by the council for being far too provocative. No doubt you will soon hear of, or have already heard, of  the existence of the Waverley Web – “Oh What a Tangled Web We Weave….which is attempting to fill WM’s very big boots. Thankfully Journalists – like the gentleman you mention are  doing a stirling job of  informing Farnham people of the threats they face. Revealing the cover-ups, deceit and lies,  threatening the credibility of Waverley Borough Council.

Read:http://waverleyweb.org/2016/02/25/secrets-and-lies

Staff dissent, bullying and a climate of fear, councillors treated like mushrooms – kept in the dark – with  a shovel full of sh** thrown over them every now and again! Oh! and just in case you didn’t know the Chief Planning Officer Matthew Evans resigned and leaves next week because he,  “could not stand any more of their political crap.”  Now the Daft Local Plan is to be delayed – yet again! 

As for the comments you made about “Our Leader” – he will be replaced any time soon  – remember – you heard it here first!

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“That’s another fine mess you got me into” – Cranleigh!

Well the moral of the tale is be very careful in future Villagers before you “gift” land to your “custodians” over there in Cranleigh and…

Watch out – there’s a Brian About!

Farnham, has learned to its cost that local authorities’ cannot be trusted with our land  unless of course,  legal matters and covenants  are tied up with a steel hawser and encased in reinforced concrete. And don’t employ devious  solicitors who  working  for their masters  take matters into their own hands? To “tidy things up.”

We are talking about the Beryl Harvey Memorial field in Knowle Lane, gifted in 1970 to Cranleig for recreational and allotment use by the late Gordon Harvey his wife’s memory.

When the land, according to solicitors, “inadvertently” landed in Waverley Borough Council’s ownership in 1974. (“It picked up all sorts of little bits of land around the borough after it was founded.” ) Well how handy is that! Wonder where the other bits are? It was only when devious parish council Chairman Brian Ellis decided  to seek the advice of Waverley planning officer Barry Lomax and Housing Officer, Jane Abraham to use the land for “affordable homes” – that the “mistake” came to light. So it was swiftly re-registered but without any reference to a “charitable trust.” Remember that was only to …“tidy everything up.” Well, we all like tidy don’t we? Particularly if it enables the parish council to ignore the benefactors’ wishes and cover recreational land with concrete!

At a packed Extraordinary Parish Council meting Solicitor Daton, said  Waverley B C, like many local authorities up and down the land, had a habit of registering land it didn’t own in its own name … Really? Really? REALLY?  That sounded vaguely slanderous if one thought about it long enough. He   rushed on to point out that his “absent colleague” had simply rectified Waverley’s error.

The removal of the reference to the charitable trust was part and parcel of a request by the Parish Council to ‘clean up’ the Land Registry entry. ‘Clean up?’ Now there’s an interesting phrase. Well someone was hoping to ‘clean up’ that much was clear but the important question was,  who was trying to “clean up” and why?

PS. WBC officers’ have denied any knowledge of any  discussions with the parish council! and the Clerk also denied she had any knowledge of “anything.” 

Thankfully when eagle eyed, and the seriously bright Liz Townsend heard what was afoot  in March 2015, she was on to it – and ensured everyone else in the village knew  too. Since her election to the council last  May she has fought  like a cornered cat – along with Girl Power – Dominique McCall, Mary Forysweski and Rosemary Burbridge  to ensure the land remains for the purpose the Harvey family intended- Bring it on girls!!

But Oh – do they have a fight on their hands. Because Brian Ellis – now stripped after 15 years of the chairmanship  – is not giving up and he hit a new low point in his career when he said:

Mr Harvey is dead, and the future of the land has nothing to do with his family now. He claimed no future parish councils’ should be fettered by a Charitable Trust or any other means, that prevented them from using the land  for whatever purpose it wished. And he had  not had discussions/negotiations with Barry Lomax and Jane Abraham at WBC?

He conveniently ignored the fact Mr Harvey’s son has written to the council demanding it is retained for the purposes intended. So it appears Ellis wants to ride roughshod over the Harvey family’s wishes and for that matter everyone else in Cranleigh. WW heard from villagers attending there were calls to Kick the bu**** out ! What part of ‘No!’ doesn’t  Councillor Ellis  understand?. The public don’t want the Parish Council, or any one else for that matter, to develop the Beryl Harvey field. End of! They want to PROTECT it. It was left to Councillor Liz Townsend to make an impassioned plea explaining to Councillors Ellis & Gill, in words of one syllable. The Harvey family had ‘trusted’ the Parish Council to look after the land, gifted in memory of his  wife, Beryl, to the Parish and its residents. Councillor Townsend earned a well-deserved spontaneous round of applause from the public. 

Earlier, Trevor Williams,  Chairman of Cranleigh Parish Council in 1970 when the land was gifted   read from a Surrey Advertiser report, stating the land  donated in memory of Beryl Harvey was on condition it was retained as open space, and would only be used for  recreation purposes.  Mr William said that was the spirit in which he as chairman and the Parish Council,  had taken ownership.

Next out of the stalls was Kay Newman who took ownership of the article. explaining  she had been the journalist covering the story and interviewed Mr Harvey at the time. Like Mr Williams, she  was very clear about  Mr Harvey’s intentions. There is much truth in the saying that old journalists never die, they just get de-pressed and Mrs Newman sounded  very depressed by what she had heard and why? Why,  had a reference to a charitable trust been left out of the Land Registry document when the land had been transferred back to Cranleigh Parish Council from Waverley  Council? Why had it been transferred  in the first place?

Arise Ian Daton again…C P C”s stand in for the solicitor who handled the matter.  Might it be that awkward questions could have been posed to  the solicitor who handled the matter!  How much easier and simpler for  Mr Daton to just infer what he thought his colleague might or might not have been doing. Plenty of wriggle room there then!

Mr Daton was expansive in his vagueness, this was a very divisive and complex issue. Really? What utter rubbish! mumbled several members of the public. There was nothing divisive or complex about it. All they wanted to know was who had transferred the land from Cranleigh Parish Council to Waverley Borough Council in the first place and, more importantly, who had removed the charitable trust clause from the Land Registry document and on whose authority when the land was transferred back from Waverley Borough Council to Cranleigh Parish Council? That seemed all very simple and straightforward to the public. Trust a lawyer to try to muddy the waters!

Recently resigned chairman, David Gill, on whose watch these dubious shenanigans occurred , couldn’t understand what all the fuss was about or why the Parish Council was even meeting, “Why are we here?” he grumbled. Well if you don’t know the answer to that Councillor Gill, W W humbly suggests you’re not fit to hold office.

You were there because, as an elected representative, you are accountable to the electorate and although that wasn’t how you and your partner-in-slime, Councillor Brian Ellis, operated that’s how the newly elected Chair and Vice-Chair of the Parish Council claim they would like to operate going forward.

Before the vote was taken to form a working party, at which Gill said he did not want “unelected representatives” included , Councillor Jeannette Stennett admitted to being “confused.” Ah bless! Mrs Stennett, one half of the Stennett & Stennett Duo, means well but she’s not the sharpest pencil in the box. Her husband patted her sympathetically and the Vice-Chair, Councillor Newbie McAll, tried, tactfully, to fill in the blanks for her, carefully ignoring the fact that they had all been sitting at the same table for the past hour.

So… what happens now! Well one thing for sure Cranleigh’s GIRL POWER ARE NOW IN CHARGE  with a mandate from the village  NOT TO ALLOW  the BHF to be used for ANYTHING other than the purpose the donor intended  and… IT WILL NOT BECOME THE NEW ELLIS AFFORDABLE HOME SCHEME.

Now thoroughly p***** off Stewart Stennett,  the councillor who said he was given the task of finding new sites for affordable homes, says the row is affecting his work for the village and he isn’t going to dig the pond or do something or other with Cranleigh in Bloom because he in his words – has been accused of “accepting bungs”

 Is that the sound of conscience at work ! BECAUSE WW understands he is behind the latest scheme to build on Green Belt at Mansfield Park! Silly Boy! Could soon find himself in the firing line – again!

So there you have it, folks, just another tale of countryfolk   airing their dirty linen in public!  Perhaps Waverley BC should take a leaf of of its book –  its airing is done behind closed doors!

 

 

 

Secrets and lies?

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Secrets,  lies and deceit are becoming a little  too commonplace in Waverley Borough Council’s  corridors of power – and we are not the only people who think so!

The Waverley Web was set up by a group of concerned residents’ just a few months ago to inform the public of what is “really” going on in “Your Waverley” and so far it has been   successful in  flushing out some – but  only some-of  those secrets and lies.

Yesterday the WW asked on our post Read it here:http://waverleyweb.org/2016/02/24/farnham-people-fighting-cranleighs-corner

for Waverley Borough Council Leader Robert Knowles to come clean.  Regular readers of WW will know him as Knowless or even less, now  more like –  Know-more – than he will  admit! but admit his lies he will – you can be sure of that. And a lie detector will not be required!

Because Councillor Knowles it would appear that you lied to a Cranleigh Parish Councillor – and that parish councillor relayed  your comments that there was no truth in the rumour that the council intended to build on Green Belt at Mansfield Park in Guildford Road!  You even told her that it brought the Cranleigh Civic Society’s reputation into disrepute if it believed or repeated the rumours! You disengenous B******. However, she believed you, and told   the Annual Meeting of The Civic Society – so we have heard from a WW follower who was  there, that there was no truth in the rumour!

We are told in an e-mail from an  attendee at the meeting , that Cranleigh Civic Society chairman, Liz Townsend, put up an aerial view of the proposed new industrial site on the Green Belt. He said she did not say where she had obtained it, but due to her concern had rung Councillor Robert Knowles the Leader of Waverley Borough Council.

She said Councillor Knowles had told her that it was a scurrilous rumour and if the CSS repeated it, it would bring its reputation into disrepute.  She assured members, that if this proposal was forthcoming, the Society would fiercely defend the Green Belt on their behalf.  Sounds as though she wasn’t too convinced he was telling the truth either.

So get out of that Leader Knowless – or is it Leader Know-more-than-you-will -admit? Own up and tell the people of Waverley and in particular Cranleigh exactly what you knew and didn’t know and when you knew it. If you knew nothing about the proposal – then the name Knowless fits and you should resign! However, if you  lied through your teeth you should also resign – in disgrace as it’s your reputation that is now coming into disrepute!  And, whilst you’re at it, why not tell us if any of the Cranleigh borough councillors knew anything of your cunning little plan to use £1m of council taxpayers money to help fund a £10m scheme, before they read the Confidential Appendix attached to the Council Committee papers?

And perhaps the Cranleigh borough councillors will have the guts to stand up and be counted!  Are they going to have the courage to tell Cranleigh people if they voted for the Green Belt to be used or not?

WW is all ears!