Surrey County Council takes star role in Radio 4’s ‘Councils in Crisis’ documentary

Make yourself a strong black coffee – because you’ll need it  – then  sit back and listen to the tremendous risks Surrey County Council is taking with YOUR money. The property department has made a loss, and the profit making social care company ‘Surrey Choices’ as so far made a profit of.. er… er… sorry a LOSS of £3.2 million

There is a list of all Surrey’s £148m property portfolio OUTSIDE Surrey here

And now ‘Your Waverley” are at it too! And… as the Waverley Web has

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Fancy having the first exclusive view of ‘Your Waverley’s’ proposed new offices in Godalming?

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Oh God! Do we hear them cry!  Not that scurrilous spider again!animated-spider-image-0157

Well if you  want to kill us off  – get your  feather dusters out  for heaven’s sake!animated-spider-image-0157

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We can fully understand WHY –  Councillors are  planning a move onto the new and fertile pastures near the Lammas Lands at the other end of town – but  wonder if they might need flippers and snorkels to help them keep their heads above water in a Flood Zone 3. Wouldn’t they be safer at Waverley Towers?

Borough Road, Godalming was closed due to serious flooding in 2013!

FLOOD ZONE 3. Why would you have new offices in flood zone 3.

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Still the former engineering services company of Parsons Brinckerhoff in Westbrook Mills in Borough Road, could provide a new home for The  Council Offices and pave the way for redevelopment of The Burys – and  a nice little earner for a cash strapped council that has recently  moved  into the property development business BIG TIME! In the meantime – The Burys is still open for …  Biz  – ask Liz?

The owners of the offices – close to Godalming Station – had sought planning permission in 2014 to turn the building into flats – but would you Adam & Eve it – yes – we know you would! Waverley Planners turned it down. Then another application to change it from B1a (office) to   Class C3 (residential) use to provide 64 dwellings  was withdrawn In January  (2017)

Regular readers may remember our little Waverley Web’s mischievous missive  written in 2015 when Waverley borough Council had a lightbulb moment! And, it wasn’t at the Executive Meeting on April 1st but on December 1st that the council decided not to change the lightbulbs! 

This is a report by Officers for the EXECUTIVE ‘s consideration! So it has been on the cards for quite a while.

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You Can Read it here: – Could Waverley be on the move?

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This was one of the neighbours objections – but I don’t expect they will mind having ‘Your Waverley” knocking on the door to borrow a cup of sugar – will they?

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Who has been sold a pup – could it be the council taxpayers?

The poor little bedraggled fella picture here is putting a brave face on things as he says “things around here are just getting worse.” The once popular Marlborough Head pub part of Farnham’s Blightwells/East Street is now a shadow of its former self, boarded up and covered in graffiti! 

But where would that Pup be?  At ‘Your Waverley” or Crest Nicholson’s HQ?

There are so many letters in the Farnham  Herald’s pages about the Blightwells Project – that we will have to drip fee them to our readers. We want everyone in   the Borough to read what is going on in the ‘Hole patch’ that is being wrecked by Waverley Planners… just in case the rest of the borough, particularly The East,  think it just they who are being crapped on it concrete from a great height. 

And.. yes Mr Hook you are not the only one! – All the council taxpayers in Waverley would like, and deserve,  some answers?

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‘Your Waverley’s New Best Friend trousers another load of dosh, but gets caught for tax evasion!

And here’s another one for the delectation and delight of all those admirers of Crest Nicholson around Waverley! Yeah!

At Crest Nicholson’s Annual General Meeting in Surrey last week 107.3 million shareholders v0tes were cast against its pay plans with 70.33 million against – a 58 per cent rejection. So what did ‘Your Waverley’s NBF decide?

It would push ahead with implementing the remuneration package regardless as the vote was “non binding

Not content with denying the neediest in Farnham the prospect of affordable social rented homes in the Brightwells development, CN’s top dogs have added to their glory by awarding themselves bonuses amounting to £2,349000 (that’s not a typo) in spite of the fact that their own shareholders voted against the move at last Thursday’s AGM.

Now we and many others wonder how many affordable rented homes that huge dollop of money might have built if it had not been pocketed by CN’s greedy bosses? Have they the nerve to suggest they are the needy ones? Just check out their pay rates before bonuses: Chief Executive, Stephen Stone, gets a measly £541,158, while Chief Operating Officer, and  Wonersh resident, Patrick Bergin, gets a pathetic £375,000. – that’s some operator, that Mr Bergin. So, doesn’t your heart bleed for them? No, no and no again.

So watch out Waverley residents for antics like this when it comes to other deals Crest Nicholson have in the making around the borough. Don’t trust the buggers, not now, not never. You have been warned.

Oh! and by the way – you may need the sick bowl before you read this – because!…  It tells of an attempt at tax avoidance by CN but happily HMRC caught them out!

It leaves a stink and a bad taste to know that Waverley are seemingly content to deal with a cheating outfit like CN.  Haven’t Crest Nicholson avoided enough of their company’s dues with the negotiations they have conducted over the years with WBC to do Farnham and Waverley council tax payers down over the Brightwells scheme? Ignored planning conditions!

What’s the betting that the pattern is repeated in other developments in Waverley?

We hear from the Cranleigh Society this is what they have put on their advertising literature! “Relaxed pace of life” – not according to the locals who have hundreds of grab lorries thundering through their streets!

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You can read it here: CN Tax Avoidance 031716032017

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Our little spider buried deep in the bowels of The Burys, has been at it again… Let the Alarm Bells ring all over the Borough!

Our creepy little friend        animated-spider-image-0157 tells us that The Protect Our (Little Corner of) Waverley Group  isn’t happy that it  lost the No vote for Dunsfold Park’s application to build 1,800 homes on the airfield – and is fuming that Waverley Planners said – YES.

Since that fateful December day – they have been scratching their heads and their scrotums pondering how to overturn that vote and…

low and behold they have found a way to scupper Good Ship Waverley below the water-line, by lodging a Judicial Review – Oh No! Not another JUDICIAL REVIEW!

Regular readers will be aware that its two-pronged attack – brought Matron Milton aided and abetted by Our Jeremy, to the aid of the party,  persuaded  the Secretary of State to call the application in.

For those who are not up to snuff with legal jargon, a Judicial Review (JR) is a legal challenge of the lawfulness of a decision taken by public authorities at local or central government level.

The key point here is:

  • A (JR)  is not a re-run of the merits of a decision, but  challenges the lawfulness of the decision.

SO- What’s all this about we hear you ask?

Well – it’s a bit like the Brexit  Remoaners, just when we  thought a decision had been made – at last! They are off  again, and again ..  and it will not be over until the Fat Lady Slims – in other words millions of pounds of taxpayers money is wasted… again!

According to our insiders Buried deep inside The Burys – it now could  pick up the bill for a Judicial Review and a Public Inquiry – a double whammy just as the going  gets tough for local authorities, countrywide!


  • Without Dunsfold Waverley won’t be able to meet the Government’s housing targets and risks another Daft local Plan biting the dust!

Below is a letter sent to Councillors this week on an application to build on the Green Belt in Elstead. Because, an Inspector has turned the world of Liz “The Biz” Sims and Graham ‘Sick-As-A-‘ Parrot upside down and inside out! 

                                                                       If you follow events in respect of WBC’s 5-year                          housing land supply  read  the Inspector’s decision on the Weyburn Engineering site in Elstead and screen-shot-2017-03-03-at-12-52-19 ….

As you will see, even the  planning department has  insider creepy crawlies   entering our little web!animated-spider-image-0157

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Can this motley group either start getting wound up over ALL the other developments about to Be dumped on the borough’s countryside and Green Belt.
  • Schemes are being worked up as we write, to build on the GREEN BELT –  

For all our sakes POLCOW either Shut up or put Up- and…

  • Thakeham Homes application which has been re-submitted this week to build hundreds of homes in Alfold!
  • .Bakers Oates, Gardeners Hill, Faarnham?
  • Where were you all when the Weyburn Works in Elstead went to Appeal?
  • What about all the schemes covering Badshot Lea and Weybourne?
  • Where were you when the Berkeley Homes Application for 425 went to Appeal
  • Are you objecting to the Farnham Hopfields?

No, your entire raison d’etre and that of your MP colleagues   – is to derail development on the largest brownfield site in the borough, Sod the rest of  Waverley – which is heading towards meeting its Maker as he prepares to force down our throats an even bigger housing allocation!

 The tireless efforts  of  the high rollers bank rolling the campaign to – Protect Our Little Dunsfold Acres –  have decided that:

As some of those who voted in favour of (DP) were not members of the Joint Planning Committee, but substitutes fielded to stand in for those members who either couldn’t attend,  – or like Jeannette Stennett- couldn’t vote because she had publicly pre-determined how she intended to vote by announcing it in the Surrey Ad letters page – the 8 to 10 vote in favour of the Dunsfold application, was in fact 5 to 7 against, that is IF …  the Council only counted the votes of those who were members of the committee and discounted those who were substitutes.

Yeah, Really, because they didn’t like the result the Dunsfold Bemoaners want…

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What’s  betting they wouldn’t give one jot if the vote had gone the other way!

However, this is where ‘POLCOW’ gets down and dirty – it is not contending the vote was unlawful or unconstitutional per se, just that it was unlawful and unconstitutional for substituted members TO VOTE!

Now if they hang their little ‘POLCOW’ hat on that view, then the votes will swing in ‘POLCOW’s favour.


All ‘Your Waverley” has to do to appease them is to amend its record of the vote to demonstrate that permission was refused by 7 votes to 5. In other words – its threat – “no need to worry the Courts as long as you do what we say…

SO if POLCOW is right then..!

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Stand by your desks planning officers – all leave has been cancelled as all the wannabe developers refused planning consent will being pouring over the voting records to see whether all the votes counted should have been! And… every campaigning group in the borough that has objected to a consented development will do likewise…