The townsfolk of Cranleigh – a bit like Farnham – are quite familiar with their assets being stripped. So it should come as no surprise to them that ‘Your Waverley’ is about to trouser a 99 year-lease ( of which 84 years remain) on the Rowlys Centre for old people and replace it with a 25 year-lease with five-year break clauses and increased rent!
Not that Cranleigh folk will know anything about it – well, at least not until the dastardly deed is done by the council’s EXECUTIVE TONIGHT Tuesday. WHY WE WONDER – ARE THE RESIDENTS OF GODALMING WRITING TO NEWSPAPERS ABOUT THE MOVE and not the residents of Cranleigh? A copy of a letter we have received is printed below,
How, you may ask – does this ‘scurrilous blog’ know about the “secret” doings of ‘Your Waverley’?
Thankfully there are still some ‘half decent’ council employees prepared to blow the whistle – and not everyone connected with the centre is happy with the situation either. Apparently its Chairman has just been forced to apologise to its dedicated team of fundraisers for – demanding the money, they raise, and they spend on the centre,which they refuse to do – and for accusing them of not accounting for the money properly!
We have also received an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org from a Cranleigh parish councillor who claims they have not been informed by their colleague Mrs Patricia Ellis – and want to know WHY?
Centre insiders tell us by e-mail, that there has been ‘trouble at mill- since a new Board of Trustees took over the running of the centre after “Your Waverley” killed off Age Concern Waverley two years ago be withdrawing its funding!
It appears, from e-mails we have received, that the Chairman – Brenda Hodson from Midhurst, in West Sussex, and other Trustees, all of whom come from outside Cranleigh – are quite prepared to hand over, a valuable lease which runs until 2101 with a peppercorn pound lease. The premises were built with money raised by Cranleigh people 30 years ago.
Tonight with the Board’s blessing the council will grant a 25 year-lease with five year break clauses, and a £6,000 a year rent increasing in line with RPI (Retail Price Index) – upwards” every five years. The centre – which raised £25,000 to provide new toilets, and has maintained and improved the premises over many years, will be prohibited from carrying out any future structural alterations to the building.
The Waverley Web – cannot help wondering WHY? Has ‘Your Waverley’ got a cunning plan?
We hear from The Rowlys “Unhappiness brigade” that the cash strapped centre must decorate the building every five years, give-up car parking spaces to ‘Your Waverley’ in return for the council refurbishing an office/lounge uninhabited for years, and formerly part of the council’s sheltered units. It must also agree to Waverley taking back the building if the centre suffers any economic or functional reason or becomes unviable during the term of the lease!
No problem there then! Who funds Rowlys – yes you guessed – ‘YW – who funded Age Concern Waverley – yep you guessed – YW. – Who pulled all the funding from ACW – Yes – Your Waverley! And…who is on the Board as the Waverley representative, and persuaded same Board not to include a Cranleigh Parish Council rep, – Councillor Patricia Ellis of ‘lots of secret meetings fame! When will the centre’s fate be sealed – at The Council Executive on Tuesday night – which has no Cranleigh representation …again ….. BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.
Where non of those elected to represent the interests of the people of Cranleigh can even raise an eyebrow – let alone oppose such a shocking, disgraceful and underhand move.
The tail wags the Waverley Dog again.. in Secret!