The Waverley Web has been contacted by a concerned Alfold resident whose husband nearly choked on his cornflakes and uttered an expletive which, she assures us, has never passed his lips before in her hearing – ‘WTF!!!’
Pardon our Russian, but we’re only repeating what we’ve been told! Apparently, the gentleman in question was perusing the accounts of the parish council, as he does every year – because that’s the type of person he is – and he noticed a major discrepancy. So MAJOR at first he thought it must be a typo or had someone put the decimal point in the wrong place???
For, according to the January 9th 2018 budget, this tiny parish council which, in a normal year, has a turnover of £35,000 and, in the previous year, had grants and donations of £14,850, had received grants and donations of £276,400. and, even more staggeringly, had spent the entire sum on legal fees!!!
Who on earth is bank-rolling Alfold Parish Council to the tune of £276,400? Its’ annual precept is around £25,000 and that money is usually swallowed up dealing with ditches, hedges and dog shit! Anyone attending Alfold Parish Council meetings, even on an irregular basis, will know that Pooper-Scooping at the playground is a permanent preoccupation for the Parish Councillors and leads to much animated (pardon the pun!) discussion.
The full accounts can be found by clicking here.
Has Alfold PC, unbeknown to its parishioners, given up scooping the poop and scooped the Lotto? Or has someone died and left them a legacy? And did they spend the lot desperately defending their scoop when disgruntled rellies contested the will?
Can anyone throw any light on what’s going on in Alfold – shortly to change its name to Kerchingold?! Or, are we going to have to file for an Unexplained Wealth Order? You know us here at the Waverley Web, we’re always on trend!
The next Alfold Parish Meeting will take place on. Or will Nick Pidgeon have lived up to his name and taken flight? But, even if he has, we’re sure the very competent Clerk, Crystal Tipps Weddell, will have an explanation.
Will it be rather embarrassing for Chairman Nik Pidgeon Partner at lawyers Charles Russell Speechlys? His Chairman’s 2018 report on the Local Plan said:
“In respect of Dunsfold Park, again we made representations during the planning process, and with the Joint Parish Councils, were represented at the Public Inquiry following the Call-In by the Secretary of State of the planning permission that was granted.
All this involved much work and expense. (WWethinks quite a lot of work and expense!!) Thanks in particular to Beverley for her assistance in keeping this organised.
Yet there was NO mention of thanks to their donor of A QUARTER OF A MILLION POUNDS FOR LEGAL FEES?
We look forward to hearing from Alfold residents at email@example.com
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