Don’t mention the Fraud!

 Is Waverley Borough Council our Totalitarian Dictatorial Local Government?

March along with “Your Waverley” and then watch the video to show how local democracy works when someone dares to ask for a perfectly sensible debate on a matter of public interest  : Farnham resident Jerry Hyman speaks first and then wait for Councillor John Williams to be shouted down! Local Democracy at work?

These are the sentiments of a Milford couple – sick of being fobbed off by “Your Waverley.”

The one Party Borough of Waverley proved recently  its lack of understanding that other people can have a different point of view of the way things should be run, but they may, just may be starting to address it, because even councillors are getting worried, very worried?

Said the resident:

 Just as a matter of interest, WW understands this gentleman is blind! but it would appear he has his eyes wide open and has great vision.

 There is no-one as blind – as those who do not wish to see!

“During a recent conversation with Robin Pellow, Monitoring Officer for WBC, he admitted to me that Waverley had made many mistakes and agreed with me that proper working practices had not been carried out by officers which resulted in the fraud that took place in April 2014. It should also be obvious to our Julia that had any work practices been put in place and carried out the fraud could not have taken place. Yet last night, at a full Council meeting, in answer to questions about the fraud from Hugo Alexander and Jerry Hyman, Julia Potts denied any wrong doing by the Council or that any cover up took place and furthermore the Council had an extremely good reputation for financial management. Can she be that naive or is she just simply a liar?

Jolly good job you are on your way to retirement Mr Pellow – or you would be getting the jack-boot!

When John Williamson stood up to request that the fraud be debated at the next Executive meeting, Mayor Mike Band shouted to him to “sit down” and within seconds a flock of sheep repeated the demand with intervening noises of “shame.” After the kerfuffle subsided John Williamson pointed out to Mike Band that he was not trying to debate the matter right now he just wanted a resolution as to whether or not this debate could take place in the future. Of course he lost the vote as he was outvoted by the one party machine of our unfair version of local democracy.

The cover up continues!

I am beginning to think Julia Potts will make a “good” Leader of the Council because of her prerequisite ability to ignore the truth.

Does anybody know of any non-violent means of getting rid of these obstructive, inclusive Members and officers, such as impeachment or do we have to suffer this abominable Council for another 3 years!

Yours Sincerely

Brian Egan

 

TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGING?

IT’S OFFICIAL – “WAVERLEY IS A GOOD COUNCIL BUT WANTS TO BE EXCELLENT”!

So says the deluded Councillor “Patsy” Frost who has headed up a working group to look at ways of “improving” the role of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, and make it more effective. Well done Councillor Frost the penny has finally dropped!

sing-along with Our Bob – Times they are a changing

Well and there we were thinking that Politics is what Waverley council is all about and there’s no room for any opposition – from within the ruling party or from any opposition! Silly old us!

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We don’t want any aggression, we don’t like aggression – Waverley is a team, said Councillor Jenny Else’I’ll give you a smack!

 

At last could there could be a glimmer of light permeating through ‘WBC’s corridors? We can live in hope because here are just a few of the comments about the way Waverley Council doesn’t work from a few very brave councillors?

Watch this and judge for yourselves? This comes with a local government health warning : It is difficult to watch Councillor Carole Cockburn as she speaks because Councillor Michael Goodridge is so riveted by her comments that he is fast asleep and… guess what – he was elected into the Wonersh seat unopposed!

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Hush-a-by baby sleep like….

listen here: starts at 28.50  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhwrT_rRHUM&t=27m58s

One member said” “Waverley Council is run like an Old Boys Club” another said...”as a new member I couldn’t believe the expression on colleagues’ faces when I dared to ask a

question”…another…hearing Councillors’ jeering John Williams at the Full Council last week was disgraceful “

…another there is a real problem with the culture of this council”

…another… “I have been here longer than most councillors but if I want to know what is going on here I read it on Social Media or in the Farnham Herald.” another. “Drastic action is required if we want to restore public confidence in this council” 

Another: it was difficult to find councillors willing to serve on the Overview & Scrutiny Committee…”because the Executive don’t listen or care what it has to say.”

Another..most things here are decided by the Executive behind closed doors”

another – “the more experienced I become- the less I am able to contribute it’s a crying shame! We need a complete change of mindset here.” “All you have to do here is turn up and nod, because no-one listens to a word we say.” Another: “we are not trusted with information.”

WW Yes, Councillor Carole Cockburn (Con Farnham Bourne ) – it’s is a crying shame that you and all your colleagues appear unable to stand up for the people of Waverley. So stop turning up and nodding and if, as you claim, you are really quite bright – stand up and shine for what you believes is right for this borough of ours, before it is too late !

Here’s what an anonymous councillor said about the Executive’s role – that is the group of (9) that effectively make all the decisions at Waverley Council, in response to the group set up to scrutinise the Scrutiny Panel that is supposed to scrutinise decisions, and call the Executive to account,- not just rubber stamp decisions through…if you get what we mean?

And there were we at WW and most of our followers All ye of little faith thinking they were all a bunch of sycophantic dummies who follow the Leader…

Step forward Executive Member No 3 you brave and honest soul! Your time could soon be up – that is if your identity is ever revealed! 

Executive Member (3) says about the Executive group of which he is a member!

 Being on the Executive is like being on a treadmill, and there is no time to pause and reflect on how the process is working;
 There is a culture of paranoia within the Executive, and complacency about the size of the political majority, which means that there is a perception that no effort needs to be made to be transparent;
 All meetings seem to be a race against the clock, including Executive meetings;

The Executive should show more respect to those who ask questions of it,whether they be members of the council or the public: they are all Waverley residents and deserve better than a petty response;
 Public perception of the Council is not good, and that is a problem that needs to be collectively owned and addressed by Members and officers;

There doesn’t seem to have been one trigger for the current situation; it’s developed over a period of time; but some new members are already feeling disillusioned and disenfranchised; everyone needs to take responsibility for failings, otherwise we can’t move forward;

he continues…

 Feedback from OS to the Executive lacks context, so it is difficult to understand how comments were arrived at; they need to be communicated better;
 Collectively the council needs to be more transparent, more open, more coherent, and shouldn’t be so defensive and risk averse; there needs to be more of a ‘can do’ culture;

Waverley is working for the same residents as our Town and Parish councils, and the County Council; we need to get better at communicating and working together for the benefit of our residents.

Say the council …
6.5 This testimony is disheartening, but it emphasises the importance of the review being undertaken and of there being an appetite for positive changes in the culture and practices of governance

Well – there you are then – Waverley Council is not Good – Councillor Frost but rather than aiming for the impossible  – just aim to be Good.
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Perhaps you should tell your Mate on the left Jenny Else that just because you received some constructive criticism from both old and new councillors you must learn (a) not to insult them and (b) not to claim they are being aggressive as aggression is not required at Waverley – because you are a team! Bunkum Councillor Else they were not aggressive they were telling it as it is – Waverley’s reputation in the community and beyond, and the way it does its business now, is lower than a snakes belly!

KNOWLE PARK INITIATIVE (265 HOMES)REFUSED.

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Your Waverley Councillors refused the KPI application for 265 houses at West Cranleigh Nurseries by 12 votes to 7. And – only one of  Your Cranleigh Councillors recommended refusal because the other two  Brian Ellis and Stewart Stennett “declared a pecuniary interest!

Over 100 people turned out to hear Waverley’s  Joint Planning Committee refuse the KPI application to build 265 houses at West Cranleigh Nurseries despite a Herculean attempt, during a two and a half hour debate by the Council’s new Chief Planning Officer, to persuade them otherwise!

Another application for 75 houses nearby was deferred to a later  date.

Cranleigh Councillor Mary Foryszewski fought like a tiger to persuade her colleagues to join her in opposing  the scheme claiming its  accumulative effect, following a spate of   recent permissions for 800 homes, would “ruin” Cranleigh’s character.

 Brian Freestone said the parish council objected because  the location was remote, unsustainable and the Country Park could become  a burden on the ratepayers – a responsibility, which he warned, it,   would definitely not  pick up.

The Cranleigh Civic Society spokesman Liz Townsend, provided  some highly technical reasons why the application should be refused siting very serious issues with Cranleigh’s water and sewage systems should any more development be allowed. All of  which had been recognised by Thames Water and the Environment Agency. “Every day – two Olympic size swimming pools of effluent are discharged into the Cranleigh Waters” and the system would  not cope.

Unfortunately, due to technical problems with the microphone, Martin Bamford for the KPI Trust – could not be heard  and neither could the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce President Richard Graham – except to say Cranleigh  definitely “needed” more homes.

However Councillor Foryszewski didn’t need a microphone, she made her voice heard by everyone in the Chamber and in the extra room set aside to hold the huge crowd of villagers who turned out to opposed the scheme.

She congratulated  the developer on a “first-class marketing campaign” but I am very disappointed at the lengths that  some people went to to prevent  me from being here this evening which I find quite disgraceful !”

“But you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to recognise – Cranleigh cannot cope – this application is wrong and if you allow it you will be letting the people of Cranleigh down!  She said she would not sit back and watch Cranleigh robbed of – yet more green fields.

And I want to assure everyone here – I was not one of the Cranleigh Ward members that worked  with the officers to bring forward  this application”

She warned officers and colleagues they were putting the cart before the horse  by not ensuring that Infrastructure – water; drainage; transport issues; congestion; and the fact that Cranleigh had a poor road network was taken into account.

Planning expert Liz Sims claimed the officers were not drainage experts – “neither are we expected to be. and members should trust the statutory authorities.” However, when she introduced the application at the outset she said: “It is this council’s  strong preference and  generally acceptable to build houses on Brown Field sites.”

Members said it just didn’t wash that they could rely on Thames Water  siting  how many times they had been letdown by them.

Michael Goodridge (Wonersh) and Maurice Byham (Bramley) were satisfied all the sewage/water problems could be overcome by imposing conditions. Not a word was spoken by By-Pass Byham or Goodridge on traffic congestion on local roads or the A281!

Nick Holder (Witley) said “come hell or high water” either Thames Water or the developer should be forced  to pay for sewage treatment improvements.

But it was Councillor Pat Frost (Farnham) who argued the development, a mile from the village, was too remote , “who’s going to walk with buggies and bags of shopping into the high street?” This application is detrimental to the countryside and the residents nearby. I don’t like the design,or  inadequate parking, so I am voting against.”

Farnham councillor Andy McLeod said Cranleigh was being asked to take too many houses, and would end up as “one great big building site” for the forseable future. His colleague John William argued the Environmental Impact Assessment was not adequate, and the impact of yet more development on Cranleigh people would be “huge.”

Said Councillor Cristiaan Hesse (Hindhead ). “Cranleigh will end up looking like Poland in 1939 – if we allow this we will  fundamentally  change the character of this village for ever more.” Others said they felt “sorry for Cranleigh” which was under siege. Another claimed he  certainly wouldn’t want to live there.

The Application was refused after two and a half hours of heated debate by 12 votes to seven.

Oh dear! The Cranleigh Chamber Pot is leaking…

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The Cranleigh Chamber Pot – is leaking not speaking!

Seems the Waverley Web just might have hit a sore point with more traders than we realised when we issued  yesterday’s post To be a Village – Town – or City – that is the question?

According to our growing band of followers/hits – (we hit our first 25,000 this week) – that the previous Chamber of Commerce Committee resigned almost en-bloc following a little dispute about backing Cranleigh new – Town – City…

Apparently the former Chamber Pot Chairman – a local mag owner – was unceremoniously ousted after being told to either get out or a rival chamber would be created! Why? Because she was not prepared to back wholesale development on Cranleigh’s green fields  and had refused a series of paid advertising in her magazine from the Flying Dutchman. The Cloggie wanted to buy costly editorial pages  trumpeting his development called the Knowle Park Initiative  which goes before Waverley Planners tonight Wednesday, and she didn’t want any part of it. Somebody turning down money – never, not really! Now she has put herself up for election for a vacant parish council seat, saying she wants brown fields built on before the countryside.  

One follower  told  us:

“I used to be a member of the committee of the Cranleigh Chamber of Trade & Commerce and we resigned en masse (apart from one) as all certain people ever wanted to do was talk about houses being built and why the Chamber should support it.

The new committee, headed by Richard Graham, is stuffed full of pro-development people.”

Another says:

Too right about the so called “Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce” and that Batty Bamford” corrupt the lot of them. I have tried reasoning with a number of local businesses and am so fed up with their “we can’t halt progress” attitude that I’m taking my custom out of Cranleigh for some things.”

And there’s more about the dodgy dealing inside the leaking Chamber Pot. Apparently one  local developer has been offering all sorts of “incentives” to people/organisations/shops/local politicians/ and possibly  more,  that we don’t know about,  to get involved in or back his his little venture into the property business!

This is a message to villagers which went out today from the Cranleigh Civic Society.
Dear members and friends

Now is the time to stand up and be counted!

Please come to the Waverley Borough Council offices at 18:30 this Wednesday
27th April, to stand with the Cranleigh Civic Society team as we oppose
another 340 new homes being built behind the 425 just recently approved off
Cranleigh high street.

Waverley Borough Council planners have waved the applications from the
Knowle Park Initiative (265 homes) and Little Meadow (75 homes) through just
days after the Berkeley Homes appeal (425 homes) was successful. Despite
parish council objections, the Berkeley’s application was driven through
against the wishes of local people and we fear that the subsequent
applications will fall like dominoes unless we make a stand.

The soul of our village is at stake here. Be in no doubt that this is a
pivotal moment in the village’s history, perhaps the time when unfettered,
inappropriate development destroys its very character forever.

Please be there. Please make your voice heard! As the famous quote says ‘The
only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.’

Jane Price
Membership Secretary
Cranleigh Civic Society

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

To be a Village – Town – or City – that is the question?

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 The Surrey Ad this week?

Makes no odds to the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce – because it claims nothing can detract from Cranleigh’s unique character? Can it? Read the Surrey Advertiser Article by clicking here …

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The WW has been contacted by a number of traders/ businesses and individuals all of whom  are member of the Chamber Pot over there,  claiming they have never been consulted by the outfit that claims to speak up for them. Many say they welcome shoppers/clients to their individual businesses but have a very real concerns about the lack of, and introduction of, expensive parking; the variety and quality of the shopping environment – with far too many charity/betting shops,  and now major banks moving out forcing customers  to go to Horsham and Guildford. They are concerned about the living environment – loss of green countryside, local employment sites, and poor infrastructure – particularly sewage treatment!

Our inbox is full of irate “villagers” who claim that it might not worry the spokesman for the Chamber of Commerce – who is the spokesman by the way? Who says. “Whether Cranleigh is officially defined as a village, a town or city makes no difference to its unique and special character.”

We wonder if it is the same spokesman who is on the Trust which will operate Knowle Park on behalf of the Knowle Park Initiative. It is set  to build 265 houses on a horticultural site, with another 75 opposite . Could it be the same spokesman, who urged all the traders and villagers in a house-to-house leaflet to support the scheme,  and who posted recently on Twitter opposing the Civic Society’s concerns on Cranleigh’s worsening sewage problems saying  that it only spoke for the minority  and suggested they = Play with Poo!

read: Twit or Tweet?

So there we are then – The Chamber of Trade at least is out of the closet – it doesn’t care whether Cranleigh remains a village a town, or a City as long as their tills are filled?

However, Anne Milton the local MP over there says “Cranleigh will stay a village in my mind, It is a community in a rural location.” Perhaps she should pass her comments on to her Conservative colleagues at “Your Waverley” who are doing their damnedest to ensure it doesn’t!

Another who is seriously worried is Councillor Mary Foryszewski – Chairman of Cranleigh Parish Council, who expects to be challenged  at the May chairmanship election by the man who wants to be Cranleigh’s First Town/City `Mayor – yes you guessed Councillor Brian Ellis the developers’ champion! After all he has only been Mayor/Mayoress twice.

The WW has just received this call to arms from the Cranleigh Civic Society.

Dear members and friends

Now is the time to stand up and be counted!

Please come to the Waverley Borough Council offices at 18:30 this Wednesday
27th April, to stand with the Cranleigh Civic Society team as we oppose
another 340 new homes being built behind the 425 just recently approved off
Cranleigh high street.

Waverley Borough Council planners have waved the applications from the
Knowle Park Initiative (265 homes) and Little Meadow (75 homes) through just
days after the Berkeley Homes appeal (425 homes) was successful. Despite
parish council objections, the Berkeley’s application was driven through
against the wishes of local people and we fear that the subsequent
applications will fall like dominoes unless we make a stand.

The soul of our village is at stake here. Be in no doubt that this is a
pivotal moment in the village’s history, perhaps the time when unfettered,
inappropriate development destroys its very character forever.

Please be there. Please make your voice heard! As the famous quote says ‘The
only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.’

Jane Price
Membership Secretary
Cranleigh Civic Society