Cranleigh along with other villages including Haslemere are under pressure… literally!

The town dubbed by Waverley Planners as  ‘Poor Old Cranleigh’ has now been joined by the residents of ‘Poor Old Haslemere’ as they suffer the ignominy of running out of water!

Showers are either dribbling or have ceased completely, and there is not enough pressure to turn on taps in homes where water has been leaking underground for months, and in some cases years!  Calls to Thames Water have gone unheeded, and some families have been told they are ‘not a priority’ and will have to wait months for underground leaks to be fixed.

Right around the villages, the pressure is low, with many homes having no pressure at all.

In Haslemere Thames Water is delivering lorry loads of water to residents at the Leisure Centre, whilst telling them to restrict their water consumption and warning of a possible hosepipe ban! This has infuriated gardeners, who claim they are very responsible and only sparingly watering plants in pots, which is more than can be said for the water companies who, have, and are still  allowing millions of gallons of water to be lost through leaks and burst pipes.

Cranleigh borough councilors have repeatedly warned Waverley Officers that Cranleigh, in particular, was highly vulnerable. But their pleas were ignored when planning officers claimed it was up to the statutory authorities to provide enough water and sewerage capacity to existing and new homes, and not theirs! Their priority was to ensure the borough had a five-year land supply and Cranleigh and the eastern villages, as well as Farnham, would have to take the lions share of the borough’s future housing requirements.


Over one and half thousand homes are now presently under construction in the new town and despite repeated objections from Cranleigh Parish Council, The Civic Society, AND SOME borough councillors and individuals consents continue apace. Problems with a creaking infrastructure were forewarned in the numerous planning applications when a lack of water supply highlighted by Thames Water was predicted,  unfortunately,  this has all too soon impacted on Cranleigh.

The parish council is urging residents to check on their elderly neighbours who may be unable to get out, particularly in the baking temperatures, to carry bottles of water.

The problem has been caused in part by a power failure at a Thames Water reservoir and the high volume of water used during the long heatwave. There is no mention of the huge volume of burst pipes that have been identified during the construction of new homes and which requires increased water pressure.

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Trailers of bottled water on their way to the Eastern villages. 



3 thoughts on “Cranleigh along with other villages including Haslemere are under pressure… literally!”

  1. At the time when Waverley were encouraging developers to put in applications for new housing estates in Cranleigh, Thames Water wrote to Waverley Borough Council on 01-Apr-15 and again on 24-Nov-16 stating “The existing drinking water supply network has insufficient capacity to meet the additional demands of proposed development.”

    Concerned about this, Cranleigh Civic Society met with Thames Water and also wrote to Waverley’s Leadership on 14-Dec-16 about this, but in the normal way of Waverley, they did not deign to reply.

    It is easy to blame Thames Water if water stops flowing from your taps, but please be aware that Thames Water has taken steps to warn Waverley, to no avail.

    As the new 1700+ houses being built in Cranleigh get connected to the existing drinking water supply network, expect growing periods of time without drinking water, and then blame the “officers” at Waverley Borough Council for deliberately ignoring this problem in their haste to meet Government house start targets.

  2. Well said – We have known about this for ages – You can barely clean your teeth here the pressure is so useless – But it does meet Thames Water’s Minimum Spec.

    Wooohooo! It is rubbish we all know it and have known it for ages -Just one more utility company not willing to put themselves out there and say they cannot deal with this without more infrastructure and money

  3. Waverley Borough Council has the evidence – thousands of very angry people who cannot shower! What will they do… carry on giving consent to even more development…do they take any notice of any of use? The answer is NO!

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