This is a letter we received recently from one disenchanted resident.
This is a letter we received recently from one disenchanted resident.
Watch out sunshine! Councillors are not allowed to access the Waverley Web, at least, not from the council’s internal system! And… the people of Farnham will think they have died and gone to heaven if councillors, particularly from other parts of the borough, actually start asking what the ‘viability, benefits and current status’ of the Blightwells project actually are?
Go boy go, a bit more of this and democracy WILL rear its ugly head within that hallowed halls of ‘Our Waverley.’
Hammy the Hamster and Roderick the Rat were amazed when Magna Riverside popped up alongside their riverbank home just under the River Wey bridge in Godalming. The old offices behind Bridge House are being converted into 17 Luxury Apartments with Juliette Balconies overlooking the swirling depths of the River Wey – “ooh that’s nice” they thought. “Maybe we will have somewhere to hide if the river floods our bankside homes.”
Hammy and Roderick say they will enjoy watching the new residents looking out over the Lammas Lands. Riverside it certainly is, unbelievably close to the riverbank. Still, what’s a little water among friends? The week of January 23rd this year saw a deluge of rain. No flooding yet but the site is in Flood zone 2. The building itself is a conversion from the old office block behind Bridge House. Granted in April last year.
Hammy and Roderick think you will enjoy seeing the pictures they took this week.
At the front of the development is a sign saying the development is being sold through Savills – and then the line ‘Help to Buy available’!
Something NEVER associated with Savills!!
And here are links to the planning consent letter and report:
Planning consent granted letter 20 April 2017
The Chancellor has just announced he has given him another £6 billion more to play with but he faces an uphill struggle according to the front page of the Daily Mail.
Will he have time to keep all those promises made to his constituents …or will he be hiding out, rather than facing an angry mob of patients armed with crutches, awaiting their hip operations?
In fact, reading these headlines, do we actually WANT to live longer by eating black beans and other really healthy stuff to avoid various diseases, if only to face hobbling around in agony should we fall foul of a dodgy hip? … probably not!
And.. how do you measure “enough pain?” Do we have to lie on Jeremy’s doorstep in Markwick Lane, Hascombe yelling, ‘help me help me I’m in terrible pain?’
Following the recent reshuffle, Councillor Andrew Bolton will now manage the extremely hot, Air … (something we heard a lot of from Sunny Jim)… Quality scandal, which ‘SJ’ has presided over for the last couple of years!
Could Waverley earn the Private Eye award in 2018 for …
Councillor Bolton, the man colleagues describe as, the most boring accountant councillor they’ve ever met.. and who achieved almost nothing whilst holding the economic development portfolio… now hands the role over into the safe hands of Councillor ‘Sunny, Jim Edwards’ the man who has failed to manage the Farnham Air Quality issue now under the ‘independent’ microscope of a neighbouring local authority! A scandal which has already seen three senior staff members leaving Waverley, including the Air Quality Monitoring Officer and the man nicknamed ‘The Omen” one Damien Roberts who, together with Paul Wen-am-I-leaving jointly presided over the botched 2016 Air Quality Status Report. Mr Roberts has now taken himself off for pastures new having, ‘thoroughly enjoyed his time at Waverley,’ and Wen-am-I-leaving has retired!
So – when is that ‘imminent’ air quality report going to arrive?
We understand Dr Andrew Povey, a former leader of Surrey County Council was elected to replace the outgoing county councillor Alan Yung for the Cranleigh and Ewhurst seat at last May’s county council elections?
Although his predecessor’s profile was quite high, in fact, he earned the title ‘Kodak Pete’ because his picture appeared so often in the local newspapers, same cannot be said for Dr P!
Judging by the number of potholes wrecking motorists tyres on a daily basis in and around Cranleigh/Ewhurst; the mountains of fly-tipped refuse in and around the Surrey Hills and elsewhere on his patch, combined with the lack of any long-promised major roadworks to deal with mounting traffic issues, it can only be assumed he has – ‘gone fishing.’
If anyone has seen or heard anything of Dr P’s county council achievements, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org because we would love to tell you all about them.
Because if Tom Horwood not only says what he means but means what he says he’s going to do – then times really could really be a’changing at Your Waverley! in fact, it’s almost beginning to sound like – ‘Our Waverley!’
This is what Waverley’s new boy, Chief Executive and former East Hants Council’s old boy, Tom Horwood said at The Community Overview & Scrutiny Committee this week…
“Ever since I arrived here it has struck me, very much, how our policies and procedures for dealing with complaints could be streamlined. Policies could be more succinct and concise and complaints could be dealt with as they arise!
As they arise?? As in arise Sir Lancelot? Or as in arise from the dead! Surely he means a…rise for the staff or in councillors expenses?
But no, he insists he’s going to streamline the whole process and deal with residents complaints ‘objectively,’ with ‘fairness and in a shorter time-frame,’ and with … wait for it… ‘empathy’ and wants complaints looked at from ‘the customers’ point of view, and – make complaining to Waverley… easier!
Having completely dropped off our web in the corner of Committee Room 1, and shinned back up again… we could not believe our ears when the mighty Tom said he was going to talk to the Heads of Services and ask them to respond to complaints by…‘starting to talk to people’ and wanted the new regime to be in place by the end of March. This March? Yes, this March!
Whoops, here we go again! Is there no stopping this man, soon he’ll be asking for the cornices to be cleaned at Waverley towers and then we will be truly stuffed! Might even have to move to Guildford, plenty of dirt and sleaze over there.
He said – ‘In this coming year I want to see some changes, including a quarterly review because I believe if we just talked to people complaints could be dealt with sooner.’
Councillor Mike Band suggested that the Complaints Procedure should now include the words – ‘the buck stops with the chief executive, saying he only found out about residents complaints after they had been going on for Yonks!’
Others suggested now might be an opportune time for the council to tell residents in the ‘Your Waverley’ newsletter just how to complain,
And then – the pièce de résistance! Tom, Tom the Sniper’s son said: ‘The Heads of Services are responsible for their services and to drive standards in the right direction by ‘becoming more accountable.’ He will ensure this happens!
That was it! We fell off the web with shock, and were trodden underfoot!
Despite being outnumbered, outflanked by heavyweight tories unused to being challenged, and a rather intimidating veiled rebuke from Mistress Betsy at the Joint Planning Committee meeting last week, Paul Follows the Liberal Democrat Councillor for (Godalming Central & Ockford) didn’t turn a hair of his meticulously coiffed young head as he challenged the council’s decision-making process. He wanted to know why the controversial Blightwells redevelopment wasn’t getting anywhere! A scheme – which was, “going on when I was at secondary school”. Did anyone laugh? No way Jose!
Confidence exudes from this young man, and long may it be so, – here’s his profile for the by-election just before Christmas Ding, Dong the fight’s begun to win Godalming’s By-Election. Part 1.Lib Dems.
Wow! his work covers standards, legal compliance, and ethical conduct! If that’s the case then he’s in for a field day at ‘Your Waverley’ and we hate to think what he might uncover when he digs into the latest shenanigans in his new role at Godalming Town Council! Dare we suggest he starts looking into why the Clerk left? How much she was actually paid? Not quite the £30,000 which appears in the annual accounts?
No surprise to us here at the Waverley Web to hear that some parish clerks around the borough are being bullied – except of course the ‘crystal tips’ clerk of most of the councils in the East – Dunsfold/Hascombe/Alfold/Loxwood who appears to run the show on councillors’ behalf!
Perhaps Councillor Follows will delve into why Councillor Anne Bott (now Town Mayor following the sudden resignation of Mayor Simon Thornton) is allowed a conflict of interest as she is employed by The Surrey & Sussex Association of Local Councils) funded, in part, by Godalming Town Council. Of course, most of us realise parish councils are no longer the autonomous parochial bodies they once were! They are now controlled by Conservative dominated Waverley, which is, in turn, controlled by South West Surrey and Guildford and Cranleigh Conservative Association.
So, Councillor Paul Follows, we look forward with some trepidation to watching your progress over the coming year. But, be warned, if you rattle their cages too often your opponents will stack everything up against you next May! But then you don’t appear to be a guy who scares easily!
Perhaps Councillor Maurice Byham (Conservative Councillor for Bramley) should have heeded this advice, before confirming that he belongs to the ‘nasty party’.
The pompous member for Bramley is featured below complaining to the Chairman of Waverley’s Joint planning Committee that, in his opinion, his colleague Councillor Jerry Hyman, the democratically elected member for Farnham’s Castle Ward gave a ‘dissertation’ and spoke for too long!
Councillor Hyman was one of only three Farnham Residents’ speakers, who vociferously opposed the demolition of The Redgrave Theatre and the changes to the Grade 11 listed Brightwells House to make way for ‘casual dining restaurants.’ Part of the redevelopment of East Street. Shame on you Bypass Byham! We hope the next time you wind on about the traffic through Bramley that your Farnham colleagues show you the same courtesy and cut you down to size! Though we suspect they have better manners.
His comments would have had more relevance if only he, or for that matter, or any other of his Tory Tosser colleagues had themselves had something to say. Not one single member of that committee uttered a word in favour of the scheme before they all put up their hands to vote it through again…!
Councilor Hyman together with his Farnham Residents’ colleagues were not only entitled, but it would have been a dereliction of their duty if they hadn’t spoken up for the residents of Farnham vehemently opposed to the dramatic changes to be inflicted on their historic town! After all, not one single member of that committee uttered one single word in favour of the scheme before 12 of them voted for renewing the consent for the third time in 10 years!