Here at the Waverley Web, we’re all for a good old Dante reference and it could come in particularly handy when objectors turn up, or tune in, to watch ‘Your Waverley’s’ nodding donkeys.’ On Wednesday 17th January they will give the nod, following the previous 2012 nod then 2014, nod, which followed the 2016 nod to the 2018 permission for the part demolition of Brightwells House. Which of course, will then lead to another nod to the redevelopment of Farnham’s East Street?
Just in case you’re nodding off – the East Street Saga has been going on for so many years, it’s hard to remember when they weren’t talking about it – and now it’s just in time to meet one of the biggest retrenchments in restaurants and retailing since heaven knows when?
Crest Nicholson Regeneration Limited – (has it set up a new arm?) together with Sainsbury’s want to knock down the old Redgrave Theatre and covert the building into two spanking new restaurants, so that Farnham can look like just any other old town center. After all, we don’t want our market towns looking like …. market towns do we? Heaven forbid! How would that fit in with life for the Wandsworth and Wimbledon wanderers? And of course, ‘YW’ has already spent over £10m added to over £30m or is it £50m of ‘ our money’ that the county council is throwing into the big bad Blightwells hole!
The council planning officers led by…we mustn’t call her Liz the Biz so, Beth-the-Bulldozer, or perhaps ‘Eliza-Do-Little-to save our borough’, aren’t too bothered because according to the report to the Joint Planning Committee... ‘the scheme would “cause less than substantial harm’ to the Grade 11 Listed Building. What the hell does ‘less than substantial harm’ mean?
A building that since 1792 has been treasured by Farnham people in a setting of the Brightwell gardens, a rare lung of green open space, sacrificed on the altar of another developer’s greed! So no worries there then! There’s quite a lot of greed about at the moment in the country, so why not here?
The Joint Planning Committee will be chaired by non-other than, Peter -“I must not forget to turn the microphone off or Farnham objectors might just hear what I think of them too’ Isherwood, who will no doubt be rubbing shoulders with Farnham’s Carole Cockburn who would really rather the council despoiled the villages of Cranleigh & Ewhurst as they have ‘no architectural merit.’ But then no doubt their time will come if she has her way! Oh dear… isn’t Cranleigh’s Stocklund Square next on the developer’s hit list and Cranleigh’s characterful high street could will go the same way! Oh! yes, of course, aren’t they considering demolishing Stocklund Square? Click the link below, because Waverley councillors have been holding ‘secret meetings’ on this cunning plan since 2015! Ask Councillor Ellis, Patricia we mean! We are sure her late husband will have told her all about it! Oh dear… is Cranleigh’s Stocklund Square next on the developer’s hit list?
There are however four letters supporting a new vibrant retail/restaurant sector in Farnham and over 400 objectors who don’t.
We would list all the objections here – except you would NOD OFF! And, so would we!
Now here comes the rub!! Crest Nicholson no longer wish to enter into an actual ‘Contract’ for the East St development, but a ‘Development Agreement,’… wonder why? Perhaps to-day’s long predicted announcement that Carillion has gone tits up has put more than an icy cold blast up the Aris of the plumply salaried Crest NS Finance Director and Wonersh resident Patrick Bergin!
So … we’re all happy about that… arent we?
Just watch all the mits go into the air with gay abandon as another Farnham treasure bites the dust!
This is a quote from Farnham resident Mr. David Wyle.
“Waverley may be able to go on inflicting its low- grade mediocracy on us because it doesn’t know what consultation and democracy are; it may be able to go on abusing and misusing its powers because local government regulations favour thugs and bullies, but what it will never gain, not unless it changes its tune, is public endorsement and goodwill.’