Waverley Councillors – could do better! Nil Point!! Go to the back of the class! Write 100 lines…
“We will not argue with planning officers recommendations – we will do as we are told and in future we will put up our hands or shut up!!”
That was the verdict of ‘experts’ brought in to revolutionise the way ‘Your Waverley’ conducts its planning functions in the future.
The report, which the WW found in a council wastepaper bin, probably because the recipient judged that’s where it belonged… soon had company! Our inbox was full of copies from councillors, some of whom were incandescent with rage at some of the proposals to smarten up ‘Your Waverley’s’ planning act.
That it needs smartening up – we agree! But ditching the ballot box – putting even more power in the hands of planning officers – giving an even bigger stick for Betty Boot aka Liz the Biz to beat us with?
NO BLOODY WAY – JOSE!
You can read the complete document below – and interesting reading it most certainly makes.
There are numerous quotes and comments highlighting the divisions between the council’s planning officers -v- councillors -v- public interest groups –v- developers -v- us the voting fodder!
Suffice to say – the so-called ‘Peer Review” (experts) want to do away with US, the moaning public and clear the path for developers. WHY? To do the Government’s bidding.
More important still, they really want to do away with councillors FULL STOP. Most certainly all the area planning committee’s that are full of people who were elected to speak up for their constituents.
GOING – GOING – GONE!
However, it is suggested they could rock up in the public gallery from time to time and let off a bit of steam, just in case they feel impotent.
Liz Townsend (Cranleigh); Paul Follows (Godalming) Jerry Hyman (Farnham) Andy McLeod (Farnham) Kevin Deanus (Alfold); David Beaman (Farnham); Mary Foryszewki (Cranleigh – though they’ve shut her up by making her deputy mayor) – and a few others who might as well take up knitting, spoke out!
And as for the most senior planning committee – known as THE JOINT PLANNING COMMITTEE – well that particular outfit will find itself reduced to a handful of councillors who will have their hands hung up so high they’ll think they’re in traction!
Mind you, not much change there then? Isherwood leading the posse of Carole – the ‘villages of Cranleigh/Ewhurst aren’t exactly pretty anyway are they?” Cockburn; Rubber Band; By-Pass Byham; Mike (Wake me up when it’s time to go, go or vote Goodridge); Jeannette (we need more homes in Cranleigh-Stennett) and Patricia of the ‘secret meetings’ Ellis!
When they unveiled the expert’s tripe – which should be entitled ‘How to speed up planning and help developers in the Future.’ Councillors were given about 20 minutes to ask questions? Will the turkeys be permitted to vote for Christmas?
Needless to say the usual crowd of Follows; Deanus; Townsend & Co were against most of the proposals and a few of the ‘sheep’ chimed in too – so suffice to say, it wasn’t generally very well received.
The idea of reducing the council’s planning committees to just one puppet committee is madness?
Clearly, officers were annoyed with members’ repeated questions…especially on big developments and affordable housing.
READ OUR LIPS YOU BLOODY COUNCILLORS MOST OF YOU ARE A PAIN IN THE ARSE SO BUGGER OFF TO THE BOONDOCKS WHERE YOU BELONG. LET US ROBOTS SPIT OUT PLANNING APPROVALS AND LET US COVER THE COUNTRYSIDE IN CONCERETE!
The ‘expert” Cllr from Oxfordshire that was present was clearly all about funnelling planning consents down the Waverley conveyer belt as fast as possible. WW has heard they are doing a pretty good job in Oxfordshire!! He thought ‘YW’ took far too much time actually debating applications! Perish the thought!!
So there were we, the voting fodder, thinking that our councillors wanted to be there, to speak and to vote and to argue on our behalf? Dummies that we are!
Beam us all up, Scottie?
Happy bedtime reading?