Getting into top gear at Dunsfold Airfield.

Or – an alternative headline: SOMETHING ELSE FOR FOR ANTI DUNSFOLD PARK BRIGADE TO OBJECT TO?

Briefly, Dunsfold Aerodrome wants to extend the ‘temporary’ use of the airfield for such events as BBC’s Top Gear and the popular driving experience days called Everyman. Planning permission has now been granted.

No doubt because it isn’t getting anywhere fast attempting to build the first phase of the 1,800 homes granted by ‘Your Waverley ‘ let alone the second, third, fourth etc …?

It has secured planning permission from Waverley Planners, the full council, A Government Inspector, and the Secretary of State for Communities for a new community. But that isn’t sufficient for the anti’s because they have now appealed to the High Court for leave to Judicially Review the decisions. Then, of course, there is always, His Holiness The Pope, and of course God?

So no homes are being built, scuppering Waverley’s hopes of achieving some sensible housing figures.

But in the meantime – for a further three-year period we can all enjoy motoring events.

Well, that is until the Anti’s start objecting to the noise?

Funny that there isn’t an objection from Protect Our Waverley? Oops, we forgot! They objected to the loss of the aviation events because they are so popular with the locals! The very same locals who have been objecting to Top Gear since the day it arrived there, so we understand!

 

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Of course, this objector sits on the A281 Horsham to Guildford Road and identifies that every “filthy truck” comes from Dunsfold Aerodrome. And the “cheap warehousing” isn’t delivering to her Bramley home!

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What a Cranleigh man thinks about Waverley’s Consultation on Part 2 of the Local Plan.

SHAME ON YOU WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL!

Here’s yesterday’s postNo doubt POW – the Protect Our Little Corner of Waverley will have its say on this one?

Here’s a letter sent by a Cranleigh man a few days ago to Waverley’s Chief Executive Tom Horwood. Nothing changes at ‘Your Waverley’s tacky towers!

From: Adrian Clarke
Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 8:36 PM
To: Tom Horwood
Cc: Terence Stewart ; Brock Karen ; Middleton Gill ; Holland Niki ; Marks Miki ; Bryant Richard CCS ; Littlewood Diane Cranleigh ; Sue Civic Society ; Kately Michael CCS ; Milton MP Anne ; Julia Potts ; Povey Andrew ; Elizabeth Sims ; Gayle Wootton ; Michelle Morley
Subject: Re: Local Plan Part 2 consultation events

Dear Tom,

This reminds me of the first “Local Plan Consultation” Waverley organised for Cranleigh, back at the time when Waverley Borough Councillors were having secret meetings with developers about opening up Cranleigh for new housing (that was all exposed by the Surrey Advertiser at the time).

Waverley arranged for some sort of mobile van to park outside the south-west side of the leisure centre (where the police cars now get parked). No one I spoke to after the event knew anything about it, even the parish councillors I asked. It only came to light because, when challenged by the Surrey Advertiser, Waverley claimed that was what they had done as a “public consultation” exercise.

So arranging this next “event” in an obscure room in the Arts Centre (instead of in the Village Hall or in the Band Room for example), and not effectively publicising/marketing it, is just another example of the way that the Leadership at Waverley keeps everything in secret.

Whoever looks at http://www.waverley.gov.uk/info/200357/new_local_plan/2069/local_plan_part_2_consultation_events/1 ? Do you really think that hard-pressed villagers would regularly check into that obscure website link? If you stopped and asked 100 villagers in the High Street in Cranleigh if they even knew about that link, in your wildest dreams, do you really think anyone would say “yes”?

And what makes you think that Cranleigh villagers would go to view other “events”? Knowing of course that it is most unlikely that they would ever hear of them anyway?

Shame on you.

Kind regards,

Adrian

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P.S. The Waverley Web exposed the series of secret meetings held between WBC and the Cranleigh developers who are now either building in Cranleigh or are sitting on their consents keeping them warm! And then The Sorry Advertiser followed with an article! The Cranleigh councillors involved in those meetings are still borough councillors! They include  – Patricia Ellis; Stewart Stennett, Jeanette Stennett, and Mary Foryszewski. The late Brian Ellis was also there.

No doubt POW – the Protect Our Little Corner of Waverley will have its say on this one?

A couple of months ago the owner of a plot on the Lydia Park site below was given planning permission for ‘equestrian use’ from a new access from Stovolds Hill Road. The site is adjacent to Lydia Park, between Alfold and Dunsfold but in the parish of Bramley!

This week the very same site is included in Part 2 of the Local Plan. But this time it is stated that it has “the potential to make a significant contribution to meeting traveller needs in Waverley.” Not the needs of horses!

But haven’t the three sites which already make up the largest concentration of gipsies in the country already made a “significant contribution to traveller sites” in Waverley? Will a fourth site and a new access onto the land, marked red not open the floodgates into the remainder of that site, which is also owned by Lydia Park residents? Will further sites, also “contribute to meeting the future needs” of the many hundreds of gipsies and travellers already residing at Hill Tops, New Acres (a transit site) and Lydia Park?

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Another one in Dunsfold?

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And… as Cranleigh doesn’t have its very own Gipsy and Traveller site- just one solitary pitch set up one night in Knowle Lane, without planning permission. Then granted on appeal. Could it too now be about to become the Cranleigh New Town’s very own gipsy & traveller site?

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This excerpt from the Site Allocations document included in the link below mentions 9 sites. The remainder are in Farnham – ‘hardly borough wide?’ Pity the Planners don’t know how to spell Gipsies – or perhaps GY SPIES  is a new type of ethnic group? 

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More Gypsies and Travellers could be on their way to Farnham Dunsfold and Cranleigh if the Local Plan part 2 is approved.

The funny old world that is ‘Your Waverley!’

There are well tried and tested planning rules and regulations that are laid down for us ALL to live by – aren’t there?

Like taking enforcement action TWICE against a Wonersh man who built an island in a lake for the ducks to nest on! 

Or enforcement action was taken against a Farnham man who built a stable block a little too high and was forced to remove the roof – or all those innocent young couples who added the odd dormer window or went a few inches over their boundary and met your iron fist!

So… please Waverley Borough Council explain to the voting fodder of Farnham – and beyond, why major developers appear to be able to do what the hell they like – and the Planners just look the other way?

 

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Surrey County Council is putting in another £15m to fill the county’s big black holes.

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Councillor David Hodge is used to putting our money into big black holes – and guess what? He’s pictured above having just carried out another inspection and found another 32,000 of them in and around Surrey!

Council leader David Hodge announced yesterday that Surrey County Council is to add another £15m to the £5m already earmarked, to fill in potholes because another 32,000  that have recently been discovered.

Hodge the Bodge is blaming his Tory Tosser friends in the Government for not giving the council enough money to keep Surrey’s roads in good nick! Well, he would, wouldn’t he! It couldn’t possibly be anything to do with the lack of maintenance year on year. Neither could it be anything to do with teams of highway workers lobbing lumps of tarmac into Surrey’s holey roads, only for the material to come out again just days later. The tarmac sometimes lays like a missile waiting to do even more damage to vehicles as they swerve to avoid lumps of tarmac as they swerve around them narrowly missing the oncoming traffic.

Then, of course, there are the drains that are being filled in – by mistake! Read about it here: Oh dear! Did Surrey County Council Highways take us too literally?

And of course, there are all those divers who took up the latest dangerous sport of potholing with their aqualungs on their backs making them even worse like Bodgy Dave pictures above!

Poor old Surrey County Council – let’s all give them a raise in their council tax. Oops we already did, didn’t we?

But they re using £58m of “our money” from their depleted coffers to invest in another big black hole?  A retail development at East Street in Farnham. Funny that just as everyone else is baling out of retail, they jump in. They don’t call our Dave Hodge the Bodge for nothing, do they?

Come to Surrey and visit the UK’s capital of potholes – on and off-road!

Who says nobody listens to the Waverley Webbers.

Farnham needs you! Don’t forget to vote!

Here’s the lineup for the Waverley By-election – provided by the Farnham Herald – because nobody does it better.

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Labour are also standing a candidate for Waverley – Rebecca Kaye.
For the Town Council election the candidates are:

  • Jo Aylwin, Liberal Democrats
  • George Adam Hesse, Farnham Residents
  • Rebecca Louise Kaye, Labour
  • Rashida Ahmad Nasir, Conservative

Oh yes please Mr Hunt – can we have some clean air in Farnham too?

But first- could you have a word in the ear of Waverley Brough Council!  We want to know the truth- the whole truth – and nothing but the truth about its dodgy air quality data that is supposed to be under investigation by Surrey Police?

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Yesterday Environment Secretary Michael Gove published a Clean Air Strategy which aims to cut air pollution and save lives, backed up through new primary legislation.

Air pollution is the fourth biggest threat to public health after cancer, obesity and heart disease and the new government strategy sets out how we will go further and faster than the EU in reducing human exposure to particulate matter pollution. These proposals are in addition to the government’s £3.5 billion plan to reduce air pollution from road transport and diesel vehicles, set out in July last year.

It is estimated that the action set out will reduce the costs of air pollution to society by an estimated £1 billion every year by 2020, rising to £2.5 billion every year from 2030.

The new strategy, which is now out for consultation, is a key part of a 25 Year Plan to leave our environment in a better state than we found it. He says:

  • Our goal that by 2025, we will halve the number of people living in locations where concentrations of particulate matter are above the WHO guideline limit of 10 ug/m3.

Presumably, he means if councils can be trusted not to fudge the data?

  • We will introduce new primary legislation, which will give local government new powers to improve air quality.

Not much use having new powers, if their data gathering is dodgy – is it?

  • We will legislate to ensure only the cleanest domestic fuels will be available for sale, preventing 8,000 tonnes of harmful particulate matter from entering the atmosphere each year.

 

  • For the first time, the government will take concerted action to tackle ammonia from farming – which is responsible for 88% of ammonia emissions – by requiring farmers to invest in the infrastructure and equipment that will reduce emissions. Farmers will be supported to achieve this through our new system of public money for public goods.

 

Well of course here’s where POW’s cow comes in handy! The Protect Our Waverley ‘Group’s is contributing at least half of those ammonia emissions!

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  • We will work with international partners to research and develop new standards for tyres and brakes to enable us to address toxic non-exhaust emissions of microplastics from vehicles which can pollute air and water.

 

  • We will provide a personal air quality messaging system to inform the public, particularly those who are vulnerable to air pollution, about the air quality forecast, providing clearer information on air pollution episodes and accessible health advice.

 

  • We will put new investment into scientific research and innovation strengthening the UK’s position as a world leader in clean technology and secure further emissions reductions.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove said:

Air quality has improved significantly since 2010 but sixty years on from the historic Clean Air Act a clear truth remains – air pollution is making people ill, shortening lives and damaging our economy and environment.

This is why today we are launching this clean air strategy, backed up with new primary legislation. It sets out the comprehensive action required across all parts of government to improve air quality.

 

 In a research report, also published yesterday, shows just 1 in 5 respondents felt they knew a lot about its effects. There was a lack of awareness of the wide range of sources of air pollution with most naming transport as the main cause. But transport emissions are only part of the problem. From farming to cleaning solvents, and the large range of day to day practice and products which produce harmful emissions.

 Burning wood and coal to heat a home contributes 38% of UK emissions of damaging particulate matter. Cleaner fuels and stoves produce less smoke, less soot and more heat. In future, only the cleanest domestic fuels will be available for sale.

Also announced today, by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, is a new tool for local authorities developed for Public Health England by Imperial College and the UK Health Forum which will enable local authorities to estimate the economic impact of air pollution in their area. The tool takes account of the cumulative cost for diseases where there is a strong association with air pollution: coronary heart disease; stroke; lung cancer; and childhood asthma.

He said:

Air Pollution is contributing to a national health crisis. If we fail to take decisive action, we risk more of our children suffering from asthma, and patients needlessly ending up in hospital.

Our health service can only go so far in treating the conditions that dirty air can contribute to, and we have a responsibility to stop this issue at source. Today’s Clean Air Strategy and Air Pollution Tool do just that, taking a giant step towards cleaning up our air for good.

 

Don’t tell us Jeremy tell your own borough council, who have been ignoring the present rules for years – let alone new ones!

You can find more information on air pollution and how it affects us all at a new air pollution explainer page.

More Gypsies and Travellers could​ be on their way to Farnham Dunsfold and Cranleigh if the Local Plan part 2 is approved.

Part 2 of Waverley’s Local Plan is presently out to Consultation.

Consultation on the preferred options will end in June. There will be a pre-submission consultation from October until December this year with the Plan being submitted in February 2019 for adoption later in the year.

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