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?

Sing-a-long with us at the WW

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!

 

 

 

 

 

Farnham people fighting Cranleigh’s corner?

WW does not normally reproduce residents’ comments as a post – however, in the public interest we now do so.

Waverley Borough Councillor leader Robert Knowles, who should be put under a lie detector machine, has to-day categorically denied that there has been a  bid to earmark £1m of council funds to build an extension  to the  Manfield Park Industrial Estate  Green Belt land in Cranleigh.

He has  told a Cranleigh Parish Councillor, that the post you can read read it here:

http://waverleyweb.org/2016/02/23/is-waverley-council-turning-property-developer

is  a – “scurrilous rumour,” and denied any knowledge of the  proposal.    The post above was based on  CONFIDENTIAL COMMITTEE PAPERS LEAKED BY YET NOTHER  CONCERNED MEMBER OF STAFF and are  held by the Waverley Web and can be reproduced on these pages! So come clean Waverley and tell the people over there in Cranleigh just what you are up to?

This is taken from the Web’s comments page:

Jerry Hyman on February 23, 2016 at 5:36 pm said: Edit
This is almost unbelievable – the sort of ‘political cr*p’ which might cause a Head of Planning to decide to jump overboard ?
One thing – I’m pretty sure this isn’t being decided tonight, because there is a Dunsfold Briefing for all Councillors this evening.

My concern is that this Hewitts & Mansfield Park scandal may already have been agreed in secret by the Exec on Feb 2nd and by Full Council last week (Feb 16th). It looks like the decision may have been slipped through under Exec Item 12 (i.e. Minute 132 to Council).

Unfortunately the webcast of the Council Meeting stopped abruptly after 45 mins due to a ‘streaming failure’, so there’s no recording of what happened when the Exempt “Property Matter – Cranleigh” Item came forward, but I’m told that at no point did the Meeting go into Exempt Session. Thus we can assume that the Resolution was agreed without debate. Indeed, as no Councillors spoke on the matter, it might also be reasonable to assume that the Conservatives had agreed it at their pre-Meeting. You’d expect there’d be a couple of decent Cranleigh Councillors who’d kick up a fuss about this, so I can only imagine they were shackled in advance. What a way to run a ballroom.

Does this mean that when the Hewitts Appeal comes forward, the Inspector will be able to conclude that the Council has overcome its own ‘loss of employment land’ objection, by its presumption that alternative employment will be allowed in the Green Belt? Or does it mean that WBC will soon be announcing that they will not be contesting the Hewitts Appeal ?

If they were in the real world, tonight’s Dunsfold Briefing could only conclude that the current Executive is not fit to make any more decisions on our behalf.

You should see what the Leadership have planned for Farnham in the Agenda papers for next Tuesday’s Executive Meeting. “There may be trouble ahead”.

WW – Let the public be the judge!

 

Is Waverley Council turning property developer?

Tonight – in secret – no, we now hear from  a contact, last week in secret! Waverley Borough Council  decided  to spend almost £1m of your money to join forces with a developer to provide a £10m industrial estate on Green Belt land in Cranleigh.

Yes, “Your Waverley” has decided  to use “your money” to strike up a partnership with Hamish Robbie of  Crownhall Estates – nearly £1m of council taxpayers dosh to develop seven  industrial units  on Green Belt land adjoining the Mansfield Park Industrial Estate in Guildford Road, Cranleigh.

Right here! And…don’t you worry all you people living in the adjacent homes – we are sure they will not fill in the remainder of the Green Belt land any time soon!

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Described as “a terrace of units, totalling some 10,000 sq.ft” councillors will decide tonight (Tuesday.)  But of course behind closed doors, after all we wouldn’t want the plebs out there to know that we want to help a developer to build on vital wedge of Green Belt, once described by a Government Inspector as a vital wedge of land which separates Cranleigh from the settlement of Rowly – would we?

Councillors’ will be told the £917,340 needed to construct the proposed  terrace of seven units does not include the cost of financing the development. Based on previous experience they’ll be back with cap in hand asking fore more! Members will hear the council want to create the new  units to maintain a stock of industrial units in Cranlegh” and to: “facilitate the release of the existing industrial units at the Hewitts’ Industrial Estate in Alfold Road, Cranleigh” –  for guess what? “Affordable housing”

Well isn’t that interesting!  Isn’t it the very same council that late last year refused  Threadneedle Investments’ application to build 120 houses on that very same site. And  hasn’t that company recently lodged an appeal against Waverley Planners’ decision? And..isn’t WBC using “our” money to defend it. Rumour has it that Councillor Stewart Stennett aided by officers, tried to tempt Threadneedle into carrying out the same development in return for consent at Hewitts, which they refused, because it was on Green Belt. Wow! an honourable developer – praise be to God!

Well – when there is something in it for them – and there sure is – seven units, potential income for the future of £75,000 p.a. and a capital value of £1,296,000, in fact this deal is quite a nice little earner.

One little snag that has to be overcome though?  Not only is the five +  acre site on a green field – it is on Green Belt land. You know the stuff that was once sacrosanct! And the people we elected promised to defend! Members will hear that that insignificant little problem will have to be dealt with by – non other than guess who? The Waverley Borough Council Planning Authority – no problem there then?

Members will be told Crown Hall Estates approached WBC to grant an easement to access the land opposite Hollyhocks Place and Hollyhocks House,  opposite  an access to the Notcutts Garden Centre (who, no doubt, will soon be banging in its own planning application? However WW sources within the council tell us a different story. It was all down to the good offices of Councillor Stennett.

The access will be across land owned by the council (probably Surrey County Council land as well ) because SCC Alan Young – he of the secret meetings – has his sticky little fingers in most of the mire going on in and around Craneigh) and the developer Hamish Robbie,  will pay £400,000 for the easement or,  “gift” an area of land to the council so that he can then develop the remainder of the land for – yes you guessed – more industrial units! In fact about 50,000 sq ft, worth about £6m. So crossing the council’s palm with silver is well worthwhile – not withstanding of course the damage to the Green Belt.

Waverley expects there to be  “good demand” and are assured this will  be welcomed by the Chamber of CommerceWell – of course it will, after all they opposed housing on the Hewitts’ Industrial Estate – a brown field site –  on behalf of ,”all its members”because they wanted to retain employment land at Hewitts.”

Members will hear that  the site lies in Green Belt so, ” very special circumstances would be needed to grant planning permission  for industrial units on this site, after the council had managed to achieve the removal of restrictive covenants that affect the site. But that would  be a judgement for the Council, as planning authority.”

 No problem there then – deal done!

All with the help of Cranleigh borough councillor Stewart Stennett who hawked around the Hewitts Industrial Estate knocking on the doors of Threadneedle’s tenants and having a cup of coffee with whoever would invite him in, saying he had a cunning plan to provide industrial space in the heart of the village. He will have no problem with building on the Green Belt, though his own planning application to build on GB land near his home  further down Guildford Road was refused, but only after his council mates having tried hard to support it  were thwarted by the officers. Sure bet he will be in with a chance once this little lot gets through!

Oh What a Tangled Web they do weave. No wonder Cranleigh feels it’s  being deceived

This was the recommendation:

“In return for the developer agreeing to gift the council the land, the Executive    recommends the easement across the council’s land to facilitate access to the site be granted.

That  £917,340 incurred on  design and construction of  the terrace. of 7 industrial units to provide 10,000 sq ft of industrial space.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another one bites the dust?

Sing along with us at WW.

What is it with those councillors over there in Cranleigh – now you see them – now you don’t!

Let’s recap.

Two councillors resigned shortly before Christmas – one was Bob Wilson – the other was Gareth Emmett both of whom wanted to spend more time with there families?  Or something like that? That prompted a by-election for the East Ward – and Bryan Freeston  an Independent was elected. –  but, not until after Waverley Borough Council had cocked up and sent incorrect postal ballot forms out, forcing them to be re-issued. Richard Bryant leading member of the Cranleigh Civic Society was co-opted into the other vacant seat.

Two down

The Chairman resigned because he had an hissy  fit over being blamed for the shenanigans which surround the Beryl Harvey Field. His name is Gill and he remains as a councillor.

Another one to go.

Howard Wagstaff – a paper candidate last May, who obviously was just used to ensure the Tory stranglehold on Cranleigh continued and to kick out the Lib Dem duo – The Reeds,  has now himself been kicked out because he broke the six month rule by not even turning up. Talk about treating the Cranleigh electorate with contempt.But then what do they say, – we get the government we deserve! The people of Cranleigh are telling us they are  no longer prepared to accept “the old regime.” They want “change and that CPC is in chaos.”

Another one bites the dust!

Following a real old fracas last Thursday a new Chairman and Vice-chairman have been elected. Mary Foryszewski and Dominique McCall. Now that Cranleigh’s old guard have bitten  the dust!  However -WW believes:

Patricia Ellis and Stuart  Stennett have both resigned from the planning committee – but remain as councillors, WHY WW wonders? Have they thrown their toys out of the pram because an Ellis wasn’t elected as Vice – Chairman? Or, more likely, having been prevented from speaking out on various local planning applications, they may now feel their shackles have been removed! Talk about corporate/village responsibility!

Two more down!

So now there will be yet another By-election for the Cranleigh East  Ward to fill Wagstaff’s boots (not very big ones we hear.)

Now if you think things are bad at  Cranleigh Parish Council’s front of house  – you cannot imagine what is going on behind the scenes! Apparently there have been so many verbal punch ups, that they make Big Brother look like Mary Poppins.

 

 

 

 

We all believe her – don’t we?

 

WAVERLEY deputy leader Julia Potts has insisted the new Memorial Hall development  “absolutely represents value for money for Waverley’s tax payers” after it was revealed the public purse will pay more than one-and-a-half million pounds toward the scheme.

According to figures released by the council this week, the estimated cost of the new health and wellbeing centre in West Street has now risen to £2,330,000 – up from the £2.2m quoted last August when the scheme was granted planning permission and the £1.5m quoted when it was first put before councillors in January 2015. Wonder how much more it will cost?

This estimated sum will be met by:
£1,300,000 from Waverley Borough Council’s “invest to save” fund.
An £800,000 “developer contribution” from Waverley’s construction partner on the Brightwells scheme Crest Nicholson, which initially proposed to build new facilities for the Brightwells Gostrey Centre for older people as part of its redevelopment plans south of East Street until this was vetoed by the centre’s trustees.
• And £230,000 in “other contributions”, including funding by the North East Hampshire and Farnham NHS Clinical Commissioning Group and Surrey County Council. Not quite sure if this money was part of the Wellbeing Fund money allocated for the whole of Waverley, and,  which now appears to be funding a single scheme?

The figures were released in response to a question by Farnham resident Celia Sandars at last week’s meeting of the borough  Executive Committee.
Mrs Sandars, who has long opposed the Brightwells scheme in its current form, expressed surprise at the size of Waverley’s investment given the initial plans for the new Gostrey Centre were to have cost taxpayers “nothing.”
“It will certainly cost the council tax payers dear to lose that promised community benefit provided within the Brightwells scheme,” she said.
However, deputy leader of the council and portfolio holder responsible for Brightwells and the Memorial Hall development, Julia Potts,  re-asserted her belief that the Gostrey Centre’s move to the Memorial Hall makes financial sense for all parties concerned. Well – she would – wouldn’t she. Telling Porkies again Oh Potty One?

The Upper Hale councillor, told The Farnham Herald: “To be clear, the Memorial Hall is a Waverley-owned facility in Farnham. Crest did not request the removal of The Gostrey Centre from the current Brightwells scheme – that was a decision made by Waverley Borough Council in conjunction with the Gostrey Trustees. 
“The rationale behind the decision is an ambition to improve facilities and services for Waverley’s ageing population.
“It was a requirement of the Brightwells scheme planning consent to provide a replacement facility for the services provided by the Gostrey Centre. Crest Nicholson’s agreement with Waverley was not based on a cash contribution – it was to provide a new facility.
“The council subsequently saw an opportunity to re-provide the services the Gostrey Centre currently delivered at the Memorial Hall, alongside other complimentary services, and create a centre of health and wellbeing excellence for the longer term.
“The council has, and continues to, consult with the Gostrey trustees. The trustees want to relocate to the Memorial Hall and they see the relocation as a really positive move; providing them with an environment that offers opportunities for growth and social interaction with other groups.
“There is a sound business case behind the scheme and it absolutely represents value for money for Waverley’s tax payers. Both the current Memorial Hall and Gostrey Centre buildings are in need of significant investment – in the region of £400k each.
“Combining the services into one state-of-the-art centre makes sound economic sense; running costs will be reduce, there will be the potential to generate income by providing community spaces for hire and the cost of ongoing repairs will be greatly reduced.”
Although it was hoped construction of the new Memorial Hall would begin before Christmas, Miss Potts has confirmed the work will now commence in March beginning with the relocation of Farnham Town FC changing rooms to the Memorial Ground.
“In parallel we are completing the detailed design with a view to the main contract starting in April/May,” she added.

Well – there you are then – job done!  What the Potty One doesn’t tell you is…underinvestment, no let’s call it pure neglect, over numerous years by WBC in the Gostrey Centre, and other day centres in Waverley for that matter, has led to the current situation. The Gostrey Centre Trustees and the staff,  over decades,  have torn their hair out from the roots worrying about about the state of the place, and the criminal neglect of the kitchens. They would have agreed to anything!

Wonder what the final figure will be?

WW has backed a loser and is counting the cost!

There is no doubt about it – as a Tipster the WW has so  proved to be – quite simply, rubbish!

WW thought  that an Ellis – any  Ellis – was an odds on favourite to become the new Chairman of Cranleigh Parish Council.

If you want to read what WW predicted would happen last Thursday, click below, however, we would prefer you didn’t. Because it has already cost us dearly!

http://waverleyweb.org/2016/02/15/

 

INSTEAD OF AN ELLIS BY A LENGTH IT WAS MORE LIKE  HANDBAGS AT SEVEN.  

It was standing room only at Cranleigh Parish Council’s offices last night when the Council met to vote in a new Chair and Vice Chair as the last one has bitten the dust!

BTW: Can someone please explain to us why Cranleigh Parish Council persists in holding its meetings at the Council Offices, which barely has room to accommodate the full Parish Council let alone interested members of the Public? Why on earth does the Parish Council not meet in the Village Hall? Are they deliberately trying to discourage local residents from participating in local democracy? Every other Parish Council in the local area meets in its Village Hall and so should Cranleigh’s!

THE WW  is delighted to report that its prophecy that one of the Ellis Duo would become Chairman proved false – with profuse apologies to all those who rushed down to Bet Fred on what we thought was a racing certainty! Mind you, it was a close run thing with Councillor Brian Ellis having the audacity to propose himself for the role of Vice Chair. Has that man no shame? No modesty? Talk about Desperate Dan!

Some kindly souls might accuse Councillors Patricia Ellis and David Gill of playing to the gallery on the night but our correspondent was more damning. Saying they behaved like   cranky toddlers who hadn’t been taught to play nicely with others in the playpen! In fact, David Gill would do well to take the advice of the late Sir Denis Thatcher who famously said:

‘Better keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than open it and remove all doubt.’

We’d like to say you heard it hear first but, frankly, there have been mutterings on the High Street about Councillor Gill’s short-comings for months now. Many believe him to be Councillor Brian Ellis’s stooge and, whisper it if you dare, Nick Vrijland’s point man in relation to the Knowle Park Initiative.

But we digress, returning to the main thrust of last night’s meeting and the primary point of interest for most of those present,( the ones who could get in that is,) that Councillor Mary Foryszewski was the sole candidate for the role of Chair but Councillor Brian Ellis had to duke-it-out with newbie Councillor Dominique McAll for the role of Vice Chair. Councillor Ellis was supported by his wife – well she would, wouldn’t she? – and his other Stooges, Gill and the Stennett Duo. Is that the same Stennett who stormed out and resigned over his squabbles with the Ellis Bully’O. a way back.  Shame on you Stewpot?

Newbie McAll – no disrespect intended for, in the very short space of time that she has been on the Parish Council, she has demonstrated time and again that she is a calm, diligent voice of reason.  In fact, with the advent of Councillors McAll and Townsend the sense of personal partisanship that emanated from the Council during Councillor Brian Ellis’s over-long rein has begun to dissipate and, at  long last, residents are getting  a sense that the Parish Council is now more concerned with what is best for Cranleigh and its residents rather than the small clique of acolytes that surrounded Power-Broker Ellis and his coterie. Councillor McAll’s bid for the Vice-Chairmanship was supported by the new brigade – proposed by Councillor Rosemary Burbridge, seconded by Councillor Liz Townsend and supported by another newbie Councillor, Brian Freeston. And it was left to Chairman Foryszewski to use her casting vote to secure the seat for Councillor McAll.

WW – although seriously out of pocket –  would like to congratulate Councillors Foryszewski and McAll on a very successful night for girl-power in Cranleigh but if we might proffer a small piece of advice: don’t let your guard down, ladies! The Old Guard are incensed as they watch their powerbase being eroded by these new young guns  they’re unlikely to take it lying down. We suggest you invest in hard hats, steel-toed boots and Kevlar jackets.

The new girls on the block will need them in the coming weeks and never more so than on Monday evening when they endeavour to get to the bottom of the shenanigans surrounding the misappropriation of the Beryl Harvey Field,  presided over by Councillors Brian Ellis & David Gill.

Villagers expect  some  searching questions from  Councillor Forysewski to be answered by Messrs Ellis & Gill on whose watch this duplicitous saga occurred. And the key question is?


Exactly who instructed Cranleigh Parish Council’s solicitor to write to the Land Registry requesting the transfer of ownership of the Beryl Harvey field from the Parish Council to Waverley  Borough Council?


Someone issued that instruction and at Monday evening’s meeting Councillors Forysewski and McAll need to get to the bottom of it. “Simples!” as Aleksandr Orlov would say! If only it were! For a night of ducking and diving worthy of Del Boy, take our advice and book your seats now for what will be the hottest ticket in town next week!

Roll up! Roll up! Never mind Keeping up with the Kardashians … Keeping up with Cranleigh is must-see viewing! Almost as entertaining as watching the recent Punch & Judy Show a Alfold!