A Guildford to Horsham railway line won’t​ re-open if Bramley residents have anything to do with it.

Now that The Rutland Group has been given the go-ahead to build 1,800 homes, (and another 800 in the Local Plan) at Dunsfold Aerodrome some of the Eastern villages are calling for the railway line to be re-opened.

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Screen Shot 2018-03-21 at 21.11.05.pngGovernment plans could see the old Guildford to Horsham railway line reopened after a new transport strategy was announced recently.  

Following years of debate on whether the rail route should be revived, Transport Secretary  Chris Grayling’s latest scheme has paved the way for potential progress.  

Fresh proposals mean councils can now recommend that previously culled stations be brought back to life.

Mr Grayling said plans to expand the network were made in order to aid housing growth and produce more jobs across Britain. So he must mean the Guildford to Horsham line through Cranleigh?

NO SURPRISE – THERE THEN!

Presumably, Bramley residents whose homes back onto the route of the canal are happy to have their des res’s down by the riverside! But not on the other side of the tracks?

Here’s why Dunsfold Aerodrome was given lift-off​ by the Government!

Secretary of State for The Environment & Communities Sajid Javid has GRANTED Dunsfold Airport and the Rutland Group permission to build a new settlement.

Yesterday’s post-D-Day for Dunsfold! But don’t hold your breath!

The future of BAe’s former home is secure! Following years of controversy – numerous planning applications; two major planning appeals and two planning inquiries, costing the applicants and Waverley taxpayers many millions of pounds! 

However, it is Cranleigh New Town, that has now been dealt a double whammy!

Unprecedented Development within a once peaceful rural village – and now without!

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As for your contribution Captain SHunt to the huge delays and waste of the taxpayer’s money – you can console residents over here in Farnham by telling them it is NO COINCIDENCE that three major FARNHAM planning appeals were dismissed by Government Inspectors in the same week as the Dunsfold decision! 

 

Protect Our Waverley; MP’s Jeremy SHunt and Matron Anne Milton; may it forever be upon your heads for the part you played in the blow that you have dealt the village Waverley councillors have repeatedly described  as – “poor old Cranleigh.”
This is what your delaying tactics have contributed to! Cranleigh_banner2

Here are some of the reasons why The Secretary of State gave his consent to DP. 

The provision accords with the Local Plan which he said – is no longer out-of-date.

  • The borough’s housing situation has changed “massively.” 
  • Waverley must now take some of Woking’s unmet need!
  • The location, (airfield) can no longer be considered inherently unsuitable.
  • He supports the further development of 2,600 homes to relieve the pressure on the borough’s greenfield sites.
  • Dunsfold Aerodrome will be a “key contributor to Waverley’s housing need for affordable housing.”
  • Waverley’s affordable housing need is “ACUTE!”
  • New employment will be provided to an existing business park.
  • The Government believes the site “might” provide for 1,000 new jobs giving a huge economic benefit to the borough.
  • The Jigsaw School for the Autistic will be able to expand into new premises.
  • And.. a new 2 form primary school provided.
  • Traffic on the A281 will perform better when the optimum performance settings are operated on the traffic systems.
  • There will be no significant impact on the highway network from heavy vehicles.
  • No impact on the countryside due to the current use of the site as both a business park and an operational aerodrome. He said: ‘The sensitivity of the landscape character is not high, and “the intactness of the landscape was lost when the aerodrome was created and has little scenic quality.’
  • The small amount of ancient woodland to be sacrificed was of poor quality Sycamore trees, and the environment would benefit in the future.
  • There are practical solutions to ensure foul sewage and surface water drainage are dealt with appropriately.
  • There was no harm to the heritage assets.

This is a comprehensive defeat of the objectors! Who he said were “hypocritical”

This paragraph is taken from the Secretary of State’s Report.

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There are a few  people who claimed Dunsfold would receive consent over their dead bodies! One is now spinning in their grave, others may soon follow! No names, no pack drill – as we say in the Army!

D-Day for Dunsfold! But don’t hold your breath!

Remember – You heard it here first!

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It’s only taken a mere 16 years for the Flying Scot to learn today that his ambitious plans to turn  Dunsfold Aerodrome into an eco-village fit for the 21st century, complete with 1800 homes, a primary school, GP surgery and all the essential elements required to support day-to-day living has – at very long last – been consented.  And, by no less a personage than Sajid Javid the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

Some would argue that amidst the growing hullabaloo about a lack of affordable housing.  The Tories’ alleged commitment to riding roughshod over the concerns of NIMBY residents and Councils’ in their determination to show they care – really, REALLY care! – about the housing crisis, there was no way they could afford to turn this application down but, by God, they’ve had a bloody good try!

Mistress Anne Milton, MP for Guildford, has made no bones about her opposition to the scheme from the get-go and – despite her colleague Dominic Raab’s call for ‘more affordable homes’ to ‘restore the dream of homeownership.’ She openly boasted how she’d whipped S of S  Javid into calling in the planning application in the hope he would overturn Waverley Council’s decision in December 2016 to grant consent.

 Rumour has it, deep in the burrow of the Burys, that Council Leader, Julia Potts, was so incensed at Mistress Milton’s unwarranted interference, that the two fell out BIG time!

A week to the day  Jeremy Hunt, MP for South West Surrey was outed by The Sun as a budding buy-to-let property-mogul – with more than a casual interest in keeping would-be homeowners tied into the rental market. Now – Javid, it would seem, has finally grown a pair and told his erstwhile colleagues they not only need to toe the party line but be seen to toe the party line in their own constituencies!

But a word of caution to the Flying Scot before he starts doing the Highland Fling:

Perhaps he should ask himself will his joy be short-lived? Remember …back in December 2016, when Your Waverley granted consent and, only weeks later, defeat was snatched from the jaws of victory, when, at Annie’s and SHunt’s behest, (S of S) Javid ruled he would have the final say on Dunsfold Park’s future?

Waverley Web has no doubt as we write, Protect our little Corner of Awfold, Duncefold, Ker-Chingfold and Where-Has–All-the-Traffic-Combe-From is dusting off its begging bowls and door-stepping its supporters, asking them to dig deep – just one more time! WHY? To fund the final leg of its marathon act of NIMBYISM, to launch a Judicial Review of both the Dunsfold Park decision and the Local Plan!

Surely not, we hear you say! Why not?

 Because they can! 

With cheer-leader-in-chief’s  Mistress Milton’s backing, and a bit of behind the bikesheds manoeuvring from Jeremy Shunt-All-the-Houses elsewhere, these suburban terrorists – yes, we did say suburban!  This is Surrey, an extension of Greater London, not deepest-darkest-Dorset – have, for in excess of 10 long years, waged a very successful campaign to deny the children and grandchildren of their less-well-off neighbours any opportunity of getting a foothold on the property ladder within spitting distance of Awfold, Duncefold, Ker-Chingfold, etc and anywhere in between.

After all, it’s only 18 years since BAE Systems vacated Dunsfold Aerodrome … so what’s the hurry to make a decision about its future? We need to consult, consult, and CONSULT… with the dormouse (AKA Sarah Sullivan), the Bat (AKA Councillor Betty Ames), the Bullfrogs (AKA Councillor Betty Ames and the Leader of PoW, Bob Lees) not to mention Uncle Tom Cobbley (AKA Squire Orange) …  get the picture?

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the world, China plans to build 66 new airports in the next five years. And we wonder why we lost an Empire and are a declining world power … Go figure!

Isn’t it time PoW and the ilk stopped the monotonous moaning, got over themselves and embraced Sajid Javid’s decision and, in the words of the Beetles: [Just] let it be …

Let it be, let it be, let it be, yeah let it be.
Whisper words of wisdom
Let it be

Interesting in this Press Release to concentrate on the often overlooked employment aspects!

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If, after this decision,​ Dunsfold Aerodrome isn’t passed – we want to know who is paying the Piper?

Here’s a decision announced today by the Secretary of State concerning development in the Green Belt in our neighbouring borough!

If Dunsfold Aerodrome – the largest brownfield site in Waverley isn’t given the go-ahead by the Secretary of State- it will be a travesty!

Because the man at the top has given the go-ahead to a large development in Effingham, (see below)  despite Guildford Borough Council’s refusal!

  • He admits it represents inappropriate development in the Greenbelt.
  • He admits the development will inevitably result in a very significant degree of reduction to its openness.
  • Admits it conflicts with the Effingham Neighbourhood Plan as the site is outside the settlement.
  • Admits it is on protected green space.

But, of course, as there is a substantial bung offered by developers for a new school to replace a Surrey County Council School which is deemed “not fit for purpose” – then it’s OK! Isn’t it?

NO WONDER SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL WANT TO CLOSE GREEN OAK PRIMARY SCHOOL IN GODALMING!! Let’s all help save Green Oak Primary School, in Godalming?

Perhaps the Government is just waiting for a developer to come along and build Surrey County Council another new school? Together with a few hundred houses?

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Hell hath no fury like a Povey scorned!

There’s no doubt about it- Andrew Povey’s bid to dislodge the Hodge who believes he has a right to the throne has made him mad. In fact, he is madder than mad Jack, winner of last year’s Mr Mad man competition!

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Has the East’s Surrey County Councillor been on the whacky baccy?

The Cranleigh & Ewhurst County Councillor failed miserably in his bid to oust the Leader of Surrey County Council from his head honcho role! He predicted David Hodge’s seven-year stint as the Tory leader of the council was over. He believed his fellow councillors needed some “fresh thinking” and some “new ideas” and he was THEIR MAN!

Sadly his colleagues appear to have disagreed with DR P – so his current bid to dislodge Hodge failed!

Watch out, Sir Percy!  The daggers are out and the Twit is now twittering.  He’s now blaming YOU for putting volunteers in to help keep the county’s libraries open!

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The occasional politcal (sic) writer!

 

Let’s all help save Green Oak Primary School, in Godalming?

“Should Green Oak C of E Primary School and Nursery be closed?”

Because If it does, it will impact on every other school in Godalming.

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Did you know you can organise a Parish referendum on an issue?
http://www.iniref.org/local-referendum.html

Well! The angry parents of Godalming have: Because they are absolutely determined that the honchos at Surrey County Council who believed they could just tick a box marked CONSULTATION and then close their school, have decided to fight for it to continue!
http://godalming-tc.gov.uk/notice-of-an-extraordinary-town-meeting/

Only five minutes after snatching former Tory-held Godalming Town and Borough Council seats at a recent By-Election, Lib Dem Councillor Paul Follows says:

“A significant lack of transparency, or opportunity to ask questions and debate the issue openly as part of the official consultation has generated a wonderful bit of local democracy in action today – to quote the press release:

Parishioners in Godalming are exercising their right in accordance with the Local Government Act 1972, Schedule 12, Part III to call an Extraordinary Town Meeting on Monday, 9 April 2018 at 7.30pm to be held at the Wilfrid Noyce Centre. The meeting has been called for the purpose of debating the following question: “Should Green Oak C of E Primary School and Nursery be closed?”
So that’s Monday 9th April at 7:30 pm! I will certainly be there.
This issue impacts many local schools as a consequence so I am personally expecting this to draw residents from across Godalming.”

You can read our last post here.

Surrey County Council’s sham consultation to close Godalming School.

Ranting about rates!

The great rates debate continues…

Many of our followers have been trying, without a great deal of success, to understand the Adult Social Care element included in their recently received council tax bills.

One man’s efforts and his response from Waverley Borough Council are included below, but we respectfully suggest that you walk over to the fridge and pour yourself a very large glass of Sauvignon Blanc or your favourite tipple. Because if you can understand the explanation then you are a better man than me, Gunga Din! 

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Click on the link below for Waverley’s explanation when all will become clear…? 

Waverley Surrey Council Tax explanation 2018

Letter sent to Surrey County Councillor Wyatt Ramsdale

Sent: 22 March 2018 18:51
To: Wyatt Ramsdale CLR
Subject: Re: Council tax

Wyatt

I’ve attached a copy of a  letter I have received from Waverley.

Nowhere does it say on the face of the rate bill that the % shown for
Adult Social Care (ASC) is a percentage of last years total bill and that the
overall increase is 5.99%.

Everyone I have spoken to can’t work out how the increase in the ASC
is shown as 3% when it is obviously 64%.

In the world within which we, other Surrey and Waverley Coucil’s, live a % is assumed to relate to the corresponding figure on the same line from the
previous year, not another figure.

On a recent holiday, I was reading “The Hidden Reality” by Brian Greene
which discusses various theories of multiverses and importantly whether
the same physical and mathematical laws would apply to different ones.

I can only assume that somewhere on the flight I passed through some
sort of barrier into an alternative universe that employed a different
version of basic arithmetic.

It is clear that this presentation is to fool the casual ratepayer who doesn’t
check the maths that the Surrey % increase is 3%. A cheap sleight
of hand trick.

In two of the local authorities, I worked for I wrote the computer
programs for the production of rate bills and if I  had produced a table like
that on a rate bill the heads of Finance would have been horrified at my
lack of presentational ability.

  (we have redacted the name at the request of the resident)  

 

 

Hypocrite Hunt hoovers up homes in Hampshire!

WHILST HOME OWNERSHIP IN WAVERLEY IS JUST A PIPE DREAM FOR MANY, LOCAL MP, JEREMY HUNT, HOOVERS UP SEVEN (Yes! SEVEN!) APARTMENTS IN SOUTHAMPTON!

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Watch out Dunsfold!  I just may be one of the first in the queue of buy to let buyers.  

As Home and Communities Secretary Sajid Javid is poised to publish his decision on whether or not to endorse Waverley Council’s decision to build 1,800 new homes on Dunsfold Aerodrome, The Sun newspaper has shone its light on SW Surrey and Waverley MP, Jeremy Hunt’s bid to become a landlord.

Of course, if the decision goes against the Dunsfold scheme it will be proof indeed that it was not a planning decision but a political decision!

Because the man who joined fellow MP Anne Milton in urging Secretary of State Sajid Javid to call in Dunsfold, but unlike the Guildford & Waverley MP, hasn’t had the guts to admit it, has now acquired seven buy-to-let properties in Southampton just down the M3 from his constituency.

In 2009, Hunt-the-Shunt was openly hostile to the bid by the Rutland Group to build homes at Dunsfold Park and, along with fellow MP, Mistress Anne Milton, opposed development on the Aerodrome at a Public Inquiry. Seven years later with – the  Leadership of the Tory Party and, ultimately, the prize of Prime Minister, in his sights – his new career as a buy-to-let property-mogul could be a crowning glory as he opposes development in his own backyard but buys property in someone else’s. He has named his new property company after his home in Markwick Lane on the outskirts of Dunsfold! 

He doesn’t have any objection to building per se, you understand, … just not in his backyard!

So, having hidden behind Mistress Milton’s skirts and allowed her to take the flack for homes being built over the borough’s countryside rather than on its largest brownfield site, our budding property-mogul prepares to join other notable politicians in the buy-to-let game by hoovering up seven properties across the border in Southampton, Hampshire.

So, whilst his colleague, Dominic Raab, MP for Esher and Walton, is busy saying fixing Surrey’s ‘broken housing market’ is a ‘top priority’, The Sun has revealed that Hunt-the-Shunt is facing questions about his own growing property empire.  The average home in Surrey costs in excess of £500,000, a WHOPPING 14 times the average local salary! So hypocrite Hunt hovers over Hampshire to add to his constituency home in Markwick Lane, Dunsfold and his ultra-smart stucco-fronted central London pad.

This isn’t the first time Hunt has put his personal interests above those of the electorate. In April 2012, he was accused of a spot of perfectly legal but deliberate tax dodging after avoiding £100,000 in tax by completing a multi-million-pound property deal just weeks before the election. The then Culture Secretary was paid a dividend by the company he founded (Hotcourses) in the form of ownership of half the firm’s office building, offices then immediately leased back to Hotcourses for 10 years by Mr Hunt and his business partner, Mike Elms. Accountants said the deal allowed Hunt to legally reduce his tax bill by more than £100,000 because it was completed just days before the tax on dividends rose by 10%!

Earlier that same week, David Cameron, the then PM, had said he would not associate himself with anyone who carried out ‘aggressive tax avoidance’, whilst the then Chancellor, George Osborne, had previously said he was ‘shocked’ by the scale of tax avoidance by some of Britain’s wealthiest people! At the time, the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP was rumoured to be one of the wealthiest members of the Tory cabinet.

Talk about hypocrisy!

By paying themselves the building as a dividend before the change in the tax rules, Hunt and his partner saved themselves a total income tax bill of £202,000 on a £1.8million payment!

Hotcourses went on to pay Messrs Hunt and Elms £60,750 a year to rent the premises after the motley pair avoided 4% stamp duty on the property!

So it was a win, win, win for our local MP.

At a time when attaining a mortgage is increasingly unrealistic and high private rental levels make saving for a deposit more difficult, it is deeply disappointing, not to say disconcerting, to see our MP, a cabinet minister, contributing to the housing crisis by bulk-buying apartments. The average worker in Waverley would need a 211% pay increase to fund a mortgage; while our multi-millionaire  MP acquires seven properties in the blink of an eye!   

So, while our Jeremy has no compunction in objecting to housing development on his doorstep, a development that would prove a godsend to his hard-pressed constituents eager to get a foot on the ladder, he bags newly developed properties and helps fuel the housing crisis by buying up property on someone else’s! 

We know we say it a lot but, seriously folks, you couldn’t make it up … really you couldn’t!

Will Dunsfold Aerodrome become home to 6,000 – yes really, six thousand, new homes?

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That’s what the Chairman of Cranleigh Civic Society predicted when he urged its members to be vigilant and sign up to fight for Cranleigh through the organisation he now leads. 

Although the CCS chairman claimed that consent had already been granted for 1,800 homes  WW believes he meant that Waverley planners had granted consent.  A final decision by the Secretary of State for Communities is expected next week  29th March. The Local Plan includes a figure of 2,600.

Over here in Farnham, we learned from our Cranleigh followers that concern is growing for the new town that nestles in the Surrey Hills! So much so, that with 1,357  homes already consented,  there are fears that with many more to come, both there, and in the surrounding villages, the local infrastructure will not cope!

CRANLEIGH”S RECENT FLOOD FORUM NEWS.

MP Anne Milton and her Flood Forum team which including representatives from Thames Water, Waverley Borough Council and Surrey County Council responded to questions which had been sent to her in advance, including those from the Cranleigh Civic Society. She said she, and concerned villagers,  now wanted some answers.

She urged the public to look at Cranleigh Parish Council’s website for news. http://www.cranleighpc.org/_VirDir/CoreContents/News/Display.aspx?id=11210

Around 60 people, including a handful of borough/or parish councillors heard from the ‘experts’ of any progress made since the last meeting.

Present: The Rt Hon Anne Milton MP (Chair); Waverley Borough Council (WBC): William Gibb, Planning Enforcement; Nick Laker, Engineer; Beverley Bell, Clerk, Cranleigh Parish Council; Sarah Coleby, Office of Anne Milton MP; Nishad Sowky, Thames Water; Paul Hudson, Environment Agency (EA);  Tor Peebles, Surrey County Council (SCC); Parish Councillors –  Brian Freeston; Angela Richardson; and borough councillor Patricia Ellis.

MISCONNECTIONS TO THE MAINS

Nishad Sowky, Thames Water said this was an ongoing battle and his organisation relied heavily upon intelligence provided by the public.   A specialist engineer had been appointed and action planned. However, he stressed, TW couldn’t enforce any action required only Waverley Borough Council was permitted to do this. It was suggested homeowners should be required to provide evidence of approval if it was believed illegal connections had been made. 

It was revealed that Cranleigh’s foul sewer was inundated with surface water or ingress from groundwater.  With more housing, it was suggested that 12 times dry weather flow may be required, and a total upgrade was required to accommodate both current housing and the large-scale development now approved.

Database:

Cllr Townsend had previously requested a hotspot database be provided as she believed that residents local knowledge was crucial in identifying problems. These should be reported to the Parish Council, in addition to the relevant agencies, e.g. Thames Water/WBC’s Environmental Health/Environment Agency as appropriate.

Cranleigh Waters:  Thames Water confirmed that the wet weather flow is 10 times the dry weather flow – whereas tank capacity is 6 times dry weather flow.

PLANNING

Waverley planners reported that the Local Plan includes a general policy on avoiding pollution and included measures for mitigating flooding.  

It was stressed that flooding occurred less when the EA maintained the river, and that annual maintenance was vital.  The importance of Riparian owners honouring their responsibilities was stressed, but the EA should move any obstructions whenever a  specific flood risk existed.

Commenting on a decision made by Waverley’s Joint Planning Committee described as ‘awful’ by the CCS  for 55 homes on a flood plain in Elmbridge Road, where Thakeham Homes scheme for  55 homes was granted despite huge local opposition,  Tor Peebles (SCC) suggested that Waverley councillors who granted such schemes would benefit from improved knowledge of drainage issues! He believed councillors would benefit from extra training.

William Gibb, Planning Enforcement Waverley, suggested that some junior planning officers also lacked sufficient knowledge of drainage issues.

Mr Peebles also reiterated his claim that the National Standard for Sustainable Urban Drainage Schemes (SUDS) were not fit for purpose and gave as an example of a development on the river Test in Hampshire, where (SUDS) provided for new properties had now flooded! After receiving his letter on SUDS standards, the MP said she would take his concerns to a Government Minister.

LOCAL ISSUES

Cranleigh Waters: Thames Water confirmed it had written to the owner of West Cranleigh Nurseries who, it is alleged, had illegally dredged the river. He said Waverley planners were aware of the breach and conditions would be imposed when its detailed planning application for the first phase of 265 homes was considered!

 Planning Applications: The Cranleigh Society remained concerned about developments granted planning permission with no apparent objection by the EA, SCC or Thames Water, particularly the Thakeham Homes development.

Residents said it was ‘a disgrace’ that planners and the EA preferred to accept a developers evidence over anecdotal and photographic evidence provided by residents.  Work was carried out by Adrian Clarke (Cranleigh Society) and Doug Hill (SCC) in 2015 to map the floodplain, including collecting and providing photographic evidence. They claimed this had not been properly considered and taken into account by SCC as the lead Flood Authority.

The MP said she would seek a meeting with Thakeham Homes and Cranleigh representatives. 

DRINKING WATER CONCERNS

Thames Water claimed blue asbestos found in Cranleigh’s pipes were not a danger to public health. as there was a very low concentration. However, 3.38 km of water pipes would be replaced. This includes Mapledrakes Road, Godalming Road; Satchel Court Road; Barhatch Lane, Sapte Close, and Cromwell Road.

It was pointed out to the TW representative that most of the roads mentioned weren’t actually in Cranleigh but in other towns and villages including Alfold, Godalming and Ewhurst! And… if only 3.8 km of pipework was being replaced… this was a very small proportion of the work required! 

The meeting heard that a response from The World Health Organisation through The Drinking Water Inspectorate (Sue Pennison) was still awaited. Residents commented that New Zealand and Australia were not waiting for the WHO’s decision,  but had begun a huge replacement programme! 

 

Is ‘Your Waverley’ going to ask us to name its future budget priorities?

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It’s almost too small to spot, buried deep in the council’s financial pages, but are the gurus at Waverley Towers going to spend £20,000 on a – “Community Engagement Exercise to ask US to determine its future ‘budget priorities because it is running out of money?

Is this the latest cunning plan by our council to make us all believe it actually gives a damn what we think? Is it really asking us, the council taxpayers, how our money should be spent? Presumably, this exercise has been timed to neatly coincide with the parish and borough council elections to be held in May next year? 

Us cynical souls here at the Waverley Web can’t help wondering why a council that has ignored the views of local people for the past four years, has suddenly decided that the views of the voting fodder are suddenly important.

Perhaps, we should tell them to hang on to our money buy some premium bonds with the £20,000? Then we can tell them exactly what we want at the ballot box?

Sorry, this is so small!

But this ‘one-off’ community engagement exercise in 2018/19 – at a cost of £20,000 is to ‘engage with Waverley residents and the wider community to understand budget priorities.’

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