HAS PROTECT OUR LITTLE CORNER SUDDENLY DEVELOPED A CONSCIENCE…?

…. OR is it just doing what it does best – everything in its power to protect its own arse? … and bugger the rest of the borough?

Here is a letter that has been circulated to Waverley Borough Council, the borough’s Town and Civic Societies, parish councils  and – would you Adam and Eve it – to the Waverley Web! This scurrilous little blog that is much derided and sneered at by the worried-well-to-do supporters of Protect Our Little Corner (POLCOW) because it doesn’t support their naked ambition to protect their own little enclaves and has made no bones about its support for BROWN FIELDS FIRST.

Open Letter from POW regarding OAN (pdf)

 

Having spent around £270,000 of Waverley taxpayers’ money fighting the Dunsfold Park planning application for 1,800 homes – and opposing another 600 which have been included in the Local Plan on a brownfield site – (POLCOW)  – now wants the Secretary of State to rule on the Local Plan – and reassess the Objectively Assessed Need the (OAN) and deflate, what it claims are, the inflated housing numbers now proposed.

Despite weak and very vapid claims to the contrary, (POLCOW) rose from the ashes of Stop Dunsfold Park New Town. Its supporters – many of whom had supported its earlier incarnation, (SDPNT) or was it (SPENT) – were acutely conscious of the criticism it received for being a one-trick-pony – It’s all about Dunsfold, stupid! – so it cobbled together the caring, sharing nom de plume, PROTECT OUR WAVERLEY – in a half-hearted attempt to deflect criticism from the wider borough and persuade (for which read FOOL) residents over here in the centre and West of the Borough that they cared, really, really cared about us!

And now they’re having a fit of the vapours and trying to lock the bedroom door after the bride has bolted!

Or do we detect just a smidgen of guilt creeping into the psyche of the Cash & Clout brigade that persuaded their duplicitous MPs, Mistress Milton and Jeremy SHunt, to twist the arm of Sajid Javid, the Communities Secretary, to call in the airfield application? Pity they didn’t exercise their caring, sharing principles a little more widely – as their name aims to suggest – and persuade them to get the Knowle Park Initiative development called in whilst they were at it! (Lots of brown envelopes passed hands there of course)  Silly us! They didn’t because they don’t care about Cranleigh. It’s all about Dunsfold, stupid!

But we digress! Is (POLCOW) now more than a little fearful that its tactics may have backfired spectacularly and its  determined efforts to stop brownfield development may now result in plastering the remainder of the borough – even their own precious little corner of it (Heavens to Betsy! Wash your mouth with soap and water at the very idea!) – in a carpet of concrete?

We don’t like to say we told you so but … – oh, go on, then we will! What have we been telling the worried-well-to-do of Awfold/Kerchingfold/Duncefold/and Where-has-all-the-traffic-come-from?

(Forget Bramley – the Bramley Babes are going to be on the receiving end of increased traffic regardless of where the homes go over there in the East.)

We told them, time and time and time … and time again! BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR!
Along with MPs Mistress Milton and Jeremy SHunt, the Cash & Clout brigade may just have dealt the biggest disservice to the entire borough of Waverley in its long and chequered history.

And, you know what, future generations of Waverley residents – our children and our grandchildren – may well point to the members of Protect our Waverley and ask them what they actually did to prevent the concreting over of the borough and all just because they were determined – whatever it took, no matter what the cost to the rest of the borough – to stop the largest brownfield site in the borough from being developed?

Of course, when the battle is over and they are vanquished, they will up sticks and move away to greener pastures. Leaving the not-so-well-to-do to make the best of the carpet of concrete they left in their wake!

What a load of rubbish!

What an utterly depressing picture featured below – and it could be coming to the country lanes near you! Thanks to these guys.

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…come up with half baked ideas that will result in scenes like this one below.

 

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England’s green and pleasant land – including ours here in the borough of Waverley – could become anything but if the dummies at Surrey County Council continue unabated with their plans to close our recycling centres!

Charging residents for tipping their household rubbish is one thing, reducing opening hours is another – but closing sites down altogether is ridiculous, particularly as the towns and villages have been told by Government that just like Topsy – they must grow and grow!

Fly tipping is harming the rural environs, harming animals and wildlife and the ugly heaps  of mouldy bedspreads are growing faster than fungus.

The clearing up operation has been passed more neatly to local borough and district councils than Conor Murray  can pass the ball to Jonathan Sexton. Not only are they forced to collect the stuff of other people’s lives but they have to put up CCTV cameras at the flipping tipping black spots to catch the perpetrators. Of course  once the word get around that Big Brother is watching them they move to pastures new.  A perfect example of that is the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at Winterfold near Shere where the landowners were forced clear up the mess!

Clearing up the waste is now reputed to be costing councils nationwide £49 million a year.

So, Surrey County Council is short of cash?  RUBBISH – it has decided under the helpful guise of none other than South West Surrey Conservative Association now Ex Chairman Councillor Denise Le Gal’s good housekeeping to invest £57m of ‘our money’ in the Blightwells East Street retail and housing scheme. In a town where shops are closing due to  rapidly rising business rates forcing them out of a high street  where shoppers choke on exhaust fumes!

So whilst Dumb and even Dumber   Pictured above  continue on their reckless way – let’s all march on County Towers and dump the rubbish on our  doorsteps onto their doorsteps – and then perhaps… just perhaps … they might THINK AGAIN!

 

 

Why are we still waiting – for that ‘cultural change’ Commander Potts?

So why did you web cast only part of the meeting of the Special Executive on Tuesday evening? Why didn’t you allow your OWN Overview & Scrutiny Committee – to at least have a view and a say, on the IMPORTANT modifications to the LOCAL PLAN? AND… WHY aren’t relationship and attitudes between Waverley borough councillors and officers improving?

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We have heard from a number of your members Commander Potts, particularly some of those within your own ruling party,  that they feel ignored, marginalised and are no longer confident enough to answer to their electors for the role they are not allowed to play in the democratic process and its decision-making. The EXECUTIVE  you command is not listening! Do you hear that – not listening!

As Waverley Towers becomes more remote every day from those we elected to represent us, what are you actually afraid of? If you have nothing to hide – why not allow your scrutineers to do their jobs and scrutinise? What’s the rush? Why are you allowing a Government `Inspector to give the bums rush to a Local Plan that has been 13 years in the making?

You are quoted as saying you want to ’embrace change,’ for the ‘ good of the residents you are here to serve.’ Just words Commander Potts – or a genuine pledge? We know you have made huge strides since the vice-like grip of Robert Know-less, was released – and we know you have tried to open the gates after they were Shut by Richard. But it’s not enough! We want sandwiches not blinis! Actions not reactions!

Farnham people took a VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE in your Council and just a few months ago. Angry of Farnham became Angry of…

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 Cranleigh!   It’s residents  did the same and others will surely follow!  You have had more Judicial Reviews that you have the cash to throw at  and Appeal Inspectors are over-ruling your decisions on a daily basis. Your residents are becoming more and more angry each day that goes by – so what ARE you going to do about it?

Because shortly even Dunsfold’s Wings may  have Wheels! Where do you go then? Tell us all the truth – what is your Plan B – where do you intend scattering those 2,600 homes in the borough of Waverley? – Cranleigh another thousand or so, Farnham another thousand – or, how about 400 in Elstead or 500 in Witley – or 600 in Hascombe or even 500 in Munsted?

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This article from the Haslemere Herald was written earlier this year. And if you missed the webcast of the Special Executive – you can catch a bit of it here! But sadly you won’t find it on the council’s Website! Why? Ah! we now know why – and that will be the subject of another post!

 The die is cast – and ‘Your Waverley’ goes out to public consultation on the Local Plan – including higher housing numbers to satisfy Woking’s unmet need.

Criminals cashing in on our bank accounts in Surrey!

HASLEMERE HSBC – GONE – CRANLEIGH HSBC – GONE- OTHERS GOING, GOING…?

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Mass closures: Villages and towns up and down the country are waking up to the fact that their communities will no longer be served by a bank and that includes parts of Waverley.

 

Data now shows that already this year, some 423 bank and building society branches have either been axed or put on notice of closure.

The current rate of closures means that 2017 is on course to be a record. Over the past two years, 1,046 branches have been shut by the country’s major high street banks, many of them in Surrey.

From figures released recently the mass closures are leaving customers vulnerable and exposed to cyber crime by forcing them to go online.

It now emerges that 500 identity frauds are reported in the UK every day. Of these four fifths are perpetrated on the internet, whilst more than half target banks and credit cards.

Surely Banks and Building Societies must reconsider whether to continue the ongoing march of closures – before the criminals out there force them too!

Although HSBC continues to shut more branches than rivals, the closure ‘bug’ has now spread to some building societies which have been reluctant to withdraw services from the communities they serve.

Last week, Yorkshire Building Society announced it would be axing 48 branches over the next 18 months as part of a major restructuring which will see the Norwich & Peterborough brand it owns disappear.

It has also put 100,000 current account customers on notice that come August the society will no longer offer such a banking facility as it concentrates on its traditional savings and mortgage markets.

Once a champion of branches, the society now admits that falling usage has forced it to trim its network.

It claims that last year an average seven customers a day used over the counter services at the branches it is shedding.

 

Oh Carole!

singalong with Carole.

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Well! Now we all know WHY the first twenty minutes or so of the Special Executive Meeting either wasn’t webcast – or was deleted and went A.W.O.L!

Because Farnham’s Carole Cockburn threw her toys out of the pram – all over Committee Room 1 claiming Your Waverley has ‘put two fingers up to Farnham’ by  sabotaging its Neighbourhood Plan.

Now it’s not like us at the Waverley Web to accuse anyone – let alone a borough councillor, of looking a bit like the kitten below. But wasn’t it our Carole that told those poor souls over in the East of the borough just a month ago that, “whether they liked it or not – it is a different World now in Waverley etc.. 

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I’m not too faced – meow.

She was speaking at the Joint Planning Committee  Meeting when Councillor Kevin Deanus opposed a development on his little Alfold patch, a village with 200 homes in the settlement, not a town with a population of  39,000! This is her quote – you can click on the link below and read the full post. But take our word for it – she was angry, very angry, and had a face like a summons every time Alfold’s bobby opened his mouth.

Now of course she is moaning that Farnham has to take an extra 450 homes on top of  2,330 = 2,800 – and the borough council on which she sits – has Sabotaged her Neighbourhood Plan. Two faced or what? Because you know what – It’s a different World now in Waverley and that includes Farnham too!

Here’s the full quote from a meeting just a month ago!

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Read in full here: Has the Alfold Bobby’s tirade stopped the creation of Alfold New Town?

You can read her complete rant  here: Taken from the amazing Farnham Herald

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Geronimo! We made it – at last! The Waverley Web’s existence has finally been recognised by the Flying Scotsman and it is all thanks to … ‘Dear Denise’.

In the 18 months since the Waverley Web began spinning we have regularly posted on the Big D – Dunsfold Park – and the controversy surrounding its efforts to build on the biggest brown field site in the borough.

Not all our posts have been supportive of the DP administration. We criticised  them repeatedly for their tardiness in actually submitting the scheme and have ribbed them  and their legal representatives  mercilessly during their submissions to a variety of local Inspectors.

However, despite our appeals for information, clarification,  and explanation,  which is a bit mean being in mind we have backed their vision from the outset – what have we heard…from the Flying Scotsman?

A GREAT BIG NOTHING – нічогаništaНищоništanada; in fact NOUGHT! ZILCH!

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That is until to-day! The momentous 25th August 2017!

 It  appears that although our little arachnids aren’t worth the webs they spin in, one of our followers not only gets a mention but she also gets a perishing invitation to take tea with the engine driver.

 And we’re telling you all – if we don’t get the lowdown on everything she wants to know, that we want to know, and that she will now know, then we will want to know why?

Or you will be able to watch us spinning  into our early grave!

and here’s the letter , so sorry we couldn’t do it privately – we don’t do private on the Waverley Web. However, don’t fret Sir – all your secrets are safe in the tangled web we weave – because we don’t practise to deceive.

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 Please accept the invitation Dear Denise – for all our sakes – and then all the answers can come straight from the engine’ driver and not us the oil rags!

Oh! and if you go to tea – can you bring back a few Eccles cakes the ones with all those flies inside – just for us!! 

 

 

The die is cast – and ‘Your Waverley’ goes out to public consultation on the Local Plan – including higher housing numbers to satisfy Woking’s unmet need.

By clicking on the link below you can hear for yourselves Part – and only part of the Executive Meeting held tonight at Waverley Towers!

You will also hear only part of Farnham Residents Councillor Gerry Hyman’s plea to  the Council’s Executive to set aside party politics and postpone a decision, until the Overview & Scrutiny Committee that he chairs, has had an opportunity ‘for the sake of our borough’  to consider the modifications to the plan before it goes out to  public consideration. Needless to say his request was refused – and the council will stick to a strict timetable laid down by Inspector Jonathan Bore. 

Leader Julia Potts – said she appreciated the huge concern felt by everyone in the borough of Waverley about the increased housing numbers, and in particular the concerns of Farnham residents of which she was one. But she stressed it was imperative that Waverley Council had a robust plan in place. ‘We do not want appeal led development in the borough and the only way we can avoid this is with a robust Local Plan.’

She stressed there was ‘no whip, and no party-line – just that everyone wanted to see a sound local plan.

She said it was difficult for everyone in Waverley to understand why the borough was required to meet Woking’s un-met housing need and the council officers had fought hard against it at the Local Plan hearing. ‘But we were told in no uncertain terms by the Inspector we had to take the increase in numbers!’

Councillor Kevin Deanus said he had no wish to see Alfold’s allocation go up by 25%, but bearing in mind the huge increase for Farnham – could not object. Godalming Councillor Andrew Bolton said he had asked Godalming residents who supported removal of the green belt in Aarons Hill to provide affordable housing and which site had a pedestrian link to Godalming Station.

It was agreed there would be further consultation with Farnham Town Council whether its proposed increase in  housing numbers and suitable sites would be contained in Part 1 or Part 11 of the Local Plan

elephantThe only reference to the elephant in the room was from Councillor Andy McLeod who said he believed the extra homes now required should be included in the masterplan for Dunsfold Park.

Click here to watch part of the meeting. Which could be removed at any time – and for which we here at the Waverley Web apologise!

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Snippets on Springbok – Or Thakeham Homes answer to Dunsfold Park.

With all those public inquiries going on  in Waverley’s manor, poor old Incy Wincey needed life-support, and was forced to hang-in there for a few days!animated-spider-image-0157

Forced to rely upon snippets of information from our followers and the other arachnids we can now  dish the dirt on ‘Poor Old Awfold , Orford, Arford – or perhaps ALFOLD and the deluge of housing it may be forced to endure – at the hands of Care Ashore and Thakeham Homes.

Now, we like to think we have remained consistent in our view of the future growth of Planet Waverley. We believe that brownfield sites should be developed first – and then the countryside sacrificed on the altars of wannabe developers.’  Alright, alright! we know you won’t agree Denise and Doubting Thomas- but a great many people in Waverley’s Wunderland think along the same lines – so forgive us – please?

One thing is clear – from the paperwork we have tracked down – and the reports we have received.  Thakeham Homes is hanging Alfold New Town on the coat-tails of Dunsfold New Town! Although according to a very bright young woman called Jacqueline Mulliner (Thakeham’s planning expert) – they may have a synergy!

AND..

IF EVER THE TWAIN SHALL MEET – THE EAST OF WAVERLEY COULD END  UP WITH..

DALFOLD NEW TOWN OR DUNFOLD NEW TOWN OR…? Any suggestions  to mailto: ontact@waverleyweb.org

 

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This is your Captain speaking we are just about to land at either a New town or perhaps Dunsfold Airport?

Now we are known for being a cynical bunch here at the Waverley Web but it is pretty obvious to us that the two week public inquiry into the Springbok Scheme to build around 480 new homes, to include care facilities; a hub; a new school; put on a bus service in perpetuity – running every 30 mins or so; leisure facilities; a home for old soldiers – oops sorry – old sailors from the four corners of the world – is, the landlubbers dream to save Care Ashore, – the former Merchants’ Seaman’s War Memorial Society charity – and of course make scwillions for the Sussex-based Thakeham Homes.

Oh! and before the Inquiry was under-way Thakeham told Inspector Richard Clegg they would be asking him to send its huge bill – (at times there were 14 honchos headed by QC ‘bust your braces’ David Elvin representing the developers) to ‘Your Waverley.’ Oops… can we hear the tinkle of more money down drain or in this case to the Landmark Chambers?

Speaking of drains – there was lots of talk about Alfold’s flooding problems;  of sewage squelching up through residents’ patios – Ugh! and, the direction the new residents’ effluent if, and when the appeal was approved, would be dispatched.  Some thought it was going to Loxwood via Southern Water – but it would appear everyone agreed it was going to good old Cranleigh travelling across country from a new Alfold pumping station, through the farms, countryside, woodland – across roads and bridges – to Thames Waters’ Sewage Treatment Works in, yes, you guessed Elmbridge Road! Which we should add already receives two Olympic sized swimming pools every day – or is it three?

Of course, we all know where the developers’ really intend to send it – just a couple of hundred yards across the Dunsfold Road into DUNSFOLD PARK where it will be treated!

As for a school – what it really intends is to contribute around £1m towards a new school – because £1m won’t build a shed these days, let alone a school – WHERE will they go? To a new school at..

 DUNSFOLD PARK of course!

Would the roads cope? Well, not really, that is unless DP goes ahead because Thakeham could only mitigate its own traffic generation – and, there won’t be much because residents’ will use public transport and get on their bike to work at…

Yes – you guessed – DUNSFOLD PARK!

Wincey heard that Kevin Deanus,  Alfold’s beleaguered borough councillor,  did his damnedest despite being given a rough ride by ‘QC ‘bust his braces’.  He just couldn’t quite understand why Councillor Deanus, didn’t know that many of his reason for objecting to the scheme, were not actually recognised by ‘Your Waverley’ or its legal representatives.

There was also another skirmish when Waverley’s own planning consultant didn’t actually agree with Waverley’s Schedule of Common Ground. For the uninitiated those are matters  already agreed by both parties before the hearing! However, he said he was ‘entitled to his own professional opinion’.

Bolting on a village of nearly 500 households to a village settlement with 200 households was not on, said Councillor D. And the residents – all four of them – agreed with him. In fact we heard that a former Alfold borough councillor even schleped over from deepest Sussex to oppose the scheme.

The BIG Q hanging over the two-week event was?

Where was the Chairman of Alfold Parish Council, or perhaps even a parish councillor, or perhaps even the Clerk or the parish cleaner? And… we apologise if there are any inaccuracies in this post because where was the WAVERLEY WEB?

AT THE DUNSFOLD PARK INQUIRY… OF COURSE!

 

 

 

 

Looks like Godalming’s green belt is about to get the chop! Could Waverley’s Local Plan be next in line?

As ‘Your Waverley’ prepares to go out to public consultation on another 1,300 homes {it decides tomorrow evening} it has revealed that parts of the borough’s cherished green belt could face the axe along with masses of countryside!

Farnham’s Neighbourhood Plan looks certain to  bite the dust with another 450 added to its allocation of  2,330 and Cranleigh’s up from 1,520 to 1,700. Godalming’s allocation goes up from 1,240  to 1,520  requiring the town to sacrifice part of its cherished green belt. Haslemere’s allocation goes up from 830 to 990 homes.

Here at the Waverley Web we cannot help wondering how the other towns and villages who have beavered  away for months, even years, on their Neighbourhood Plans will receive these latest figures. We have heard from one, who thinks theirs might as well go into the nearest trash can!  Will Farnham’s NP go back for another referendum?

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But what about the real elephant in the room? If the Dunsfold Park scheme  with consent for 1,800 homes – ON A BROWNFIELD SITE – is kicked out by the Secretary of State, on the insistence of the Protect Our Little Corner of Waverley Group( POW) – aided and abetted by MP’s Anne Milton and Jeremy Hunt and… the Local Plan containing 2,600 at DP is also kicked out what then? We predict mayhem!

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Screen Shot 2017-08-20 at 23.01.51.pngInspector Jonathan Bore wants Waverley to take 50% of Woking’s unmet need and part of London’s unmet need. This takes the housing need from 9,861 to 11,210 (2013 – 2032). It is expected that the consultation, which is based on the main modifications to the plan, will start on September 4 and last for six weeks. Other issues cannot be raised.

Why is Farnham getting 450 more, all on the outskirts such as Seale,  Badshot Lea and Runfold, when DP could take them easily (although apparently not in the Plan period say Waverley eh??). 
And why are they not being directed to villages that have train stations such as Milford and Witley.

We bet Farnham Town Clerk  Iain Lynch’s comments have ruffled a few Waverley feathers (see his comment in the Farnham Herald piece below).  And why, we wonder, did he say it rather than  an elected councillor? Presumably because they are too scared  to come out and say it themselves! Load of wimps!
Now we know what happens to Town Clerks that overstep their masters, don’t we Godalming Town Council?
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In the meantime the borough continues to be bombarded with planning applications!