Are the rats about to desert POW’s sinking ship?

giphyGOING TO GROUND?

Our Dunsfold Village followers tell us that Alan Ground, a leading light on Dunsfold Parish Council for many years (not to mention his below-the-radar activities at the heart of the Stop Dunsfold New Town and Protect our Little Corner brigades), has finally thrown in the towel and decided to jump ship following the great ‘Dunsfold Disaster’ as it is now referred to by …some! 

A vehement objector to pretty much anything and everything taking place at Dunsfold Park, during his years on the Parish Council, it would seem that ‘Gone To’ Ground is now determined to shake the dust of Dunsfold from his du Barrys and move to pastures greener.

His home, the seven-bed, Old Rectory on Dunsfold Green, is on the market for £2,750,000. Knight Frank, the estate agents acting for Mr Ground, wax lyrical in their particulars about the property, which they say ‘occupies its own island site in an enviable and private setting close to the sought after village of Dunsfold and within the Church Green Conservation Area’.

Apparently, there is additional accommodation in an adjacent coach house, which has its own sitting room, kitchen, dining area, bedroom suite and a second bedroom, not to mention a separate access and parking away from the main house. And, if that were not enough to tempt prospective buyers, there’s ‘a superb billiard room next to the Coach House as well as a triple garage with adjacent store’, with yet another separate entrance north of the main drive. Sounds like a developer’s wet dream!

The deposit alone for Mr Ground’s des res would gobble up a first time buyer’s entire budget (if they were lucky!) and interested parties will have to dig deep – very deep – to fund the £243,750 stamp duty bill, not to mention the monthly mortgage payments which could set the new owner back as much as £12,928.00!

It would be interesting to know what Mr Ground declares when he completes the Property Information Form. As tempting as it might be for him to take the view caveat emptor (buyer beware to the readers of Waverley Web!), as a lawyer, he will be only too well aware that he should declare details of any disputes with neighbours – and not just those adjacent to his property! According to our Dunsfold Village correspondent, Mr Ground has lodged so many complaints about his neighbour, Dunsfold Park, over the years, he could write a book, never mind fill a form!

Mr Ground will also be obliged to reveal details of any development or planning permission in respect of properties nearby. Oh, the irony of it! Having fought against the development of a new town on his doorstep for the past 15 years, Mr Ground is now going to have to notify prospective buyers of his own property that’s why he’s moving!

And he also has to provide details of planning permissions and building control completion certificates – or lack of! But, being a lawyer, no doubt all of Mr Ground’s paperwork will be in order. Heaven forbid he has to go crawling to Waverley Planners seeking retrospective consent … Wouldn’t you just love to be a fly on the wall in Liz-the-Biz’s office if that came to pass!

So there you have it, folks, anyone with a few million lying around who fancies a smarty-poos address for themselves – let’s face it, the middle-classes do love their Old Rectories, Old Stables and Old School Houses – can check it out with Knight Frank:

http://www.knightfrank.co.uk/properties/residential/for-sale/ft-dunsfold%2C%20surrey/all-types/all-beds

‘Man overboard!’ has become the cri de coeur at PoW HQ in recent weeks as, according to our POW informer, one after another, their ardent supporters are deserting the borough. James Northcote Green was the first to lose his nerve and take flight, swiftly followed by Grace Watson and now the ‘Gone to’ Grounds. Will there be anyone left to man the barricades? 

 Here at the Waverley Web, we hear they are taking bets over there in the East on who will be next out of the leaving gates!

 

Should our Jeremy hang his head in shame?

Can people power help an 89-year-old granny keep her American owned GP surgery open in Harlow, Essex?

We very much doubt Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health and our MP will read this, or listen to this video – but many others have and will!

Connie Scott and the 3,300 other patients are horrified that their local GP Surgery is to close after more than 60 years – could one of our practices in the borough of Waverley be next? Because just over the border in West Sussex the same company terminated five contracts in Brighton leaving 11,500 patients without a GP and has also closed the Maybury surgery in nearby Woking.

Click on the link below:

 

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89-year-old Connie Scott takes to the streets to fight for a GP – a disgrace or what?

 

https://youtu.be/Xy24ASV2ttM

People power is alive and well in Godalming.

Surrey County Council has backed down from its ill-conceived stand to close Green Oaks School in Godalming. So three cheers for parent-power!

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After 94% of the 1,000 respondents to the ill-thought-out  “tick box” Surrey County Council consultation, the authority has taken the sensible step of stepping back and actually considering what harm the closure would inflict on the town of Godalming – in particular, Ockford. 

Please note the last sentence of the RECOMMENDATION!  Closing the school would result in a significant capital cost to the Council for providing the places at alternative settings. 

 

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Oh dear! Times are getting hard for Godawfulming.

No Civic Dinner this year for the beleaguered Godalming Town Council – just a bag of crisps and a drink- no doubt purchased at Aldi or Lidl?

We know times are hard in Local Government Circles – just across the road at ‘Your Waverley’ it has revealed it only made £800,000 on its investments this year! So no doubt the champagne is flowing there! You would have thought they might have lobbed a few bob across the road to their Tory mates for the town’s annual bun fight? 

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Former Godalming Town Mayor charged with sex offences.

Oh! and didn’t Councillor Bott have another little spat with the Clerk of Godalming Town Council, who was secretly “dealt with” at some considerable cost to Godalming ratepayers? And, we have heard from a few other parish clerks in Surrey that Mayor Anne has upset quite a few of them by sending out an e-mail in her role as the Assistant Cheif Executive Officer of the Association of Parish and Town Councils. A Consultation on non-other than The Ethical Standards / Code of Conduct!

Is the Mayor of Godalming, former Waverley employee, Godalming Town Councillor and assistant Chief Executive Officer of the Surrey Association of Local Councils telling everyone how they should behave, but not following her own advice?

Maybe, she should take a leaf out of the book she is asking everyone to read? 

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Not much to even raise a glass too really is there?

 

It finally happened – the Waverley Web is speechless​!

A MESSAGE ISSUED YESTERDAY BY THE CAMPAIGN FOR THE PRESERVATION OF RURAL ENGLAND EXCEPT IN WAVERLEY. 

THE VERY SAME OUTFIT THAT HAS SOUGHT TO  CHALLENGE OUR LOCAL PLAN!

 

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Potts lambasts the challengers of Waverley’s Local Plan as “despicable.”

While Farnham man rejoiced, Milford Man WAS BUSY TRYING TO SCUPPER THAT DAMNED PLAN!

Nightmare on Waverley Street?

Potts lambasts the challengers of Waverley’s Local Plan as “despicable.”

Potts goes Potty… AGAIN!

 


POW (Protect Our Waverley) the CPRE (Campaign for the Preservation of Rural England) and Mr and Mrs House (though she didn’t mention them by name) came in for a right rollicking from leader Julia  Potts at the Full Council meeting on Tuesday.

She began her tirade of chastisement gently saying  “how extremely disappointed” she was, by the three legal challenges, and how “unfair” it was of “them” to involve local taxpayers in £200,000 plus of legal costs.

But then she revved up the rhetoric, saying: ” I am appalled  I am absolutely horrified that these groups want to waste taxpayers money by trying to   sabotage the Local Plan – it is despicable.”

She said both POW (a limited company) and the CPRE had ticked the box on the legal papers marked AARHUS  (The Arthur’s convention which set a limit on costs of £5,000 for individuals and £10,000 for companies) – thereby limiting their individual costs to just £10,000 whilst the cost to the borough would be huge.

But she warned, all challenges would be defended robustly, with no stone unturned, all those involved in the Judicial Review had been given ample opportunity to have their say since 2013, and their concerns had been heard, listened to, and debated upon. The Local Plan was approved and would be fiercely defended.

Cranleigh Councillor Mary Foryszewski shared her “anger” and asked would the courts allow the challengers  to risk so little of their money after forcing  the Council to, “Spend, spend, spend.”

Councillor Jed Hall said – “the armchair pressure groups” should not be allowed to undermine local, and national planning decisions.

… However,  not everyone agreed.

Farnham Residents’ Councillor Jerry Hyman side-swiped the leader Julia Potts for her inexcusable use of the word “despicable” saying to describe Waverley residents as “despicable” was taking too harsh a line. “We should respect our residents’ and their right to challenge – if the courts decide they are wrong then so be it. But it was their right”  He said there were also many other residents of the borough who believed it was wrong that Waverley should be forced to take part of Woking’s unmet housing need.

Councillor Wyatt Ramsdale – admitted he wasn’t a massive fan of the LP,’ but, “this plan is better than no plan. Our residents have every right to criticise but the NIMBY approach here is just for their particular area!”

Planning Portfolio Holder Councillor Christopher Storey stressed that the Local Plan meant Waverley was no longer Developer-led, but Plan lead, and it carried full weight and would be defended. Any attempt to question its entirety would destroy the council’s credibility.

A Question from Godalming Councillor Paul Follows “What if the challenge succeeded?” fell on deaf ears!

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As time goes by…Cranleigh Village employment site R.I.P!

Bemoaning the past is considered unhealthy by some, but where exactly will those small start-up businesses operate from in the future?

Brian Steel’s facebook comment has a point – where will all those new home occupiers work, rest and play? In Horsham/Crawley – Guildford – Farnham-London? Or… maybe Dunsfold?

Waverley Borough Council – prompted by a local councillor, proposed building a replacement Hewitts Industrial Estate in woodland adjacent to the Mansfield Park Estate in Guildford Road at Rowly. But of course, WBC has sent £1m aside for the development it would part-own!  So no problem getting planning permission there then?

Coming soon to a green field near you!

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Then, of course, we have heard from our followers that the site which was spearheaded by a local farmer to give locals a purpose-built business unit. It also boasted such tenants as P & P Glass, Muriel Short Designs; Mike Short Wallpaper; (He papered the walls of Royal Palaces); Decorex; and more…

Perhaps the locals over there can tell us more at contact@waverleyweb.org

Wealthy neighbours of Cranleigh Cricket Club FAIL in their attempt to bowl a googly​ at its practice nets!

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Cheers for Cranleigh Cricket Club – -v- Common residents and the parish council

Here at the Waverly Web we have often wondered why people buy homes around picturesque cricket grounds and then start moaning about cricket balls flying around. Or in Cranleigh’s case “horrible”  unsightly” cricket practice nets that prevent them flying around!

Probably because the thwack of leather on willow and games played by men in whites on picturesque village greens paint a picture of idyllic village life – but the reality is slightly different.

Along with the typically English country scene – comes the downside! BALLS – which sometimes have to be contained by… NETS!

We once heard of a Waverley borough local who let his dog crap on the cricket pitch while youngsters were having a game near his home. He claimed as it was recreation or common land, he was quite within his rights!

The Secretary of Cranleigh Cricket Club when faced with a £6,000 bill for removing, and replacing this metal structure every year said removing them every season would severely impact on the club’s finances and its ability to provide coaching for over 200 youngsters, both on Cranleigh Common – land’ and at local schools.Screen Shot 2018-04-16 at 19.12.28.png

He stressed permanent nets was a “standard requirement” of the English Cricket Board, and a bid by neighbours to have them removed and re-erected every season was unheard of anywhere else in the county, or anywhere in the country! 

He argued, that the club, which had played on Cranleigh Common for more than 150 years, was a thriving asset which in addition to coaching its own members coached children at three local primary schools.

However, Cranleigh parish councillor Rosemary Burbridge described the new nets as ‘horrible’ saying they were both detrimental to the area and the residents’ amenities in the Conservation Area and they should not be permitted to stay. Councillor Patricia Ellis agreed, saying the frame was both “unsightly and unattractive.” Councillor Liz Townsend agreed but said a “compromise” could be found.

Neighbour Richard Everett pictured, said although he was “supportive of the game of cricket”…

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Believed Waverley’s eastern planning committee had an “obligation to uphold the Conservation Area Act and protect the character and appearance of the area.” So the cricket net structure should be removed at the end of every season and re-erected in April!

While councillors deliberated the officers’ recommended to allow an existing planning condition to be changed giving the club the flexibility for the structure to remain with nets being removed after the last competitive game in September, and for -paraphernalia – screens to be re-sited. Councillor Mary Foryszewski said perhaps “compromise” was the answer.” The club said painting the structure GREEN, would make it less intrusive.  Councillor Stewart Stennett agreed saying, the so-called ‘untidy paraphernalia’ – e.g. screens which had been there for over 100 years – were on wheels and could be moved around the common whenever the club liked.

So, he said: for goodness sake grant permission and let me go home and get my tea.”

We wonder what comes next?

Banning parking around Cranleigh Common, no doubt? After all who wants cars,  bringing in spectators, cluttering up residents’  front yards!

Godalming people​ Taking Green Oak School fight to County Hall.

Will the reckless officials of Surrey County Council, who only last week squandered the opportunity to receive £380,000 from Taylor Wimpey to provide school places in Farnham – ignore the anger of Godalming residents at the proposed closure of ‘Green Oak School.

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Click on the link below to read of the Farnham debacle!

When is someone, somewhere, going to stand up and tell Waverley Council it is no longer fit for purpose !