We loved you in The Age of Innocence, in Harry Potter and the many other parts you played on stage and screen – but Dear Miriam you’re guilty of character assassination in your latest role as the carefully modulated voice of reason on behalf of Protect our Waverley, AKA Protect our DUNSFOLD Village!
Now, we don’t know what you were paid for your latest role as a voice over artist – or did you, perhaps, do it out of the goodness of your heart? But what we do know is you’re guilty of trying to bamboozle people … Oops! Silly us! Of course, that’s why they got an actress to do the voice over … They needed someone who could pretend, in the hope that it would cause their audience to indulge in what we all do when we watch a video: the willing suspension of disbelief! Got it!
You see Miriam – you and the other Save Our Dunsfold folk out there aren’t really Saving Dunsfold, what they’re intent on doing – whatever the cost – is saving their own back yard, because if they cared about Waverley they would be fighting all the development proposed in Farnham, surrounded by protected heathland, around Cranleigh which was under water in 1968,1985, 2014 and on numerous other occasions, because it is built on a swamp – that is why historically it was called CRANE..LEY.
WW loved your description of the tranquility of Dunsfold’s leafy, ancient wooded airfield against a background of twittering birds.
Did anyone tell yo before you embarked on this charade that birds were banned from the airfield following an horrendous air crash on November 20 1975 when an HS 125 leaving the British Aerospace flight test and assembly centre with the Chinese delegation on board. Because it crashed due to a bird strike resulting in the plane smashing its way through the hedge and belly sliding across the A281 Horsham Road colliding with a car killing a mother and five children on their way home from school!
Fact: Birds and airfields – do not mix and Dunsfold Park is an airfield.
Fact: Dunsfold was and is not not tranquil – anything but in fact. Dunsfold was the home of British Aerospace with over 1,800 employees, hosted many thousands of visitors from all over the world, and deliveries of huge transporters bearing aircraft parts and planes were a daily occurrence.
Fact: You claim the owners of Dunsfold are making huge donations to the Conservative Party. Really? Where’s your proof? If you provide it we’ll publish it.
Fact: You claim none of the infrastructure will be built to support housing. Considerable Infrastructure is already there – gas was brought in 20 years ago, a solar farm already provides electricity into the Nationasl Grid and permission for a Bio Digester was approved three years ago. Dunsfold village does not have a GP, the resident GP left years ago. Did anyone tell you Alfold and Dunsfold have both lost their village schools – one of which was donated by a local benefactor but is now in rack and ruin? A new health centre and primary school at Dunsfold Park will be a huge boon for the residents of Alfold and DUNSFOLD who have to go into Cranleigh to see a doctor and take their children to school. And, yes, they are deliverable if Waverley BC makes that a condition of planning. Simples, as your fellow thespian Aleksandr Orlov would say!
Fact: A new village at Dunsfold Park – and it will be a village, with 1,800 homes, not a town like nearby Cranleigh which claims it is England’s largest village with over 16,000 inhabitants!
Fact: You claim it will be “A Souless Place.” The ultimate insult! Dunsfold airfield is steeped in character and atmosphere and was where history was made. It and the people who worked there – many of them local people – were and are justly proud of its heritage. It was where General Eisenhower, accompanied by some of the major players in the D-Day invasion, inspired the pilots and crews of numerous British Squadrons as they prepared for Operation Overlord in 1944. Where Neville Duke first broke the sound barrier. Where pilots died testing planes including the Harrier Jump Jet and its successors. Where a memorial names those who died flying from Dunsfold. Souless? How dare you!
Fact: The Aircraft Museum based at Dunsfold will be at the heart of the development, and many of the people who will live there will also work there – because it is the largest employment site in Waverley!
Question: If the largest brown field site, the largest employment site, and a licensed airfield in Waverley is not the “right place” – where is “the right place?”
and… please Ms Margolyes carry on doing what you are good at – and make sure in future you get a better script writer?