There were villagers over there in the east believing that they were to get the new ‘village hospital’ they have eagerly awaited for the past 20 years – and then up pops a weasel!
What’s more it isn’t half a pound of tuppeny rice that is about to buy Cranleigh and the surrounding villages a proposed 60-bed private nursing home, ten social care beds and ten community beds – it was millions of pounds of their money following two-decades of local fundraising.
Decades ago the parish council was duped into handing over a former recreation ground owned by the parish to local charity – Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust – in return for land swapped by a man villagers now describe as a ‘local benefucter.’ Self-same benefucter who has trousered millions for a huge development of 265 homes in Elm Bridge Road.
The CVH Trust was going to build a replacement hospital plus a day hospital and 14 beds following the closure of one of the oldest cottage hospitals in the country on theparish land. Now same trust is going to present its cunning plans to the council to build a nursing home for A-One, a countrywide private care company. It will tell how it will – solve the county council’s social care bed crisis with 10 beds, allowing it to sell off the defunct Long Fields nursing home site in Ewhurst Road. Before its closure three years ago it boasted 50+ beds,. Now thanks to the ‘Charity’ it can trouser the cash from the sale of land to help fill the big black hole at Surrey county towers! This leaves Cranleigh with minus 40 social care beds, but 60 private commercial rate beds costing?
Now there’s a question – how much?
The ten beds community beds are for…? Wait for it, yes, you guessed patients from among the 25 GP practices that make up the Guildford & Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group! So much for localism?
We should also mention that the private for profit THREE-STOREY nursing home, built on valuable parish land also comes with a 26 block of residential flats and… two access – one from Knowle Lane immediateky alongside Whisker Drive the other along the parish owned road to the Snoxhall Playing Fields! What does the parish council get out of this? Pop along and you may find out?
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Angry of Cranleigh wrote to us here at the Waverley Web, saying he had just spotted on the parish noticeboard that ‘THE TRUSTWORTHY TRUST,’ as it was depicted in a local magazine recently, is to present its plans to the parish council, tonight Thursday at 7p.m. Council Offices, Village Way.
Perhaps our little spider sould be climbing up said parish council office wall- because when villagers get to hear where their treacle has gone – they may want to climb a few walls too?
Cranleigh gets more like Farnham every day – in a word SHAFTED!