Seemingly Cranleigh Parish Council went behind closed doors to consider what action it would take regarding a charity’s bid to build an 80-bed nursing home + 20 community beds + 26 residential flats on land it once owned.
How refreshing it is to see that despite going into CONFIDENTIAL session to discuss the matter – it was (a) on the Agenda signalling its intention to do so, but more important (b) to actually publish its decision.
Take a leaf of transparency out of one of your parish council’s books Waverley Borough Council.
What goes on behind YOUR closed doors stays behind them!!
It appears the council, once partnered the charitable organisation Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust (CVHT) when it had the noble aim of replacing the old cottage hospital. We understand this was derailed when the GP’s pulled out of a scheme started almost 20 years ago. However, it has now moved so far away from the original concept that it appears, the council has begun to regret giving away public land for £1 despite receiving a replacement playing field in nearby Knowle Lane. The planning application to be considered by Waverley Planners shortly – has moved so far away from the original concept – it isn’t any longer what it says on the tin. We understand some donors, (over £1.5m was collected) are calling for their money back, but have been refused!
It is believed the parish’s planning committee narrowly supported the application before Christmas – however, according to the council minutes it has now OBJECTED to the residential part of the scheme due to a covenant that exists. WW understands neither the council or villagers who fundraised to replace the old hospital, ever envisaged residential accommodation on the land. Particularly apartments for health workers from far and wide including cleaners. Residences that could become unrestricted at any time. Neither is the council happy about its land being used for a private nursing home – despite 20 beds being allocated to patients of the Guildford & Waverley Commissioning Group and the county council. There is no written agreement.
Surrey County Council recently told Waverley councillors including the Cranleigh Parish Council Chairman, that no joint budget for adult social care has been agreed yet between it and the NHS.
In a bizarre twist – a Cranleigh man is now calling for the old hospital to become a minor injuries unit and revert to being a Day Hospital – all of which was originally proposed in its replacement.
Here’s the petition link: https://www.change.org/p/andy-webb-open-cranleigh-hospital-minor-injury-clinic-and-day-hospital?recruiter=927243236&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=share_petition&utm_term=Search%3ESAP%3EUK%3ENonBrand-Tier%201%3ECreation%3EBMM&utm_content=fht-14142835-en-gb%3Av5