It cannot be true – can it? Another Tory CHINO – who wants to join ‘Your Waverley.’

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 It appears from her personal FB profile that Kirsty Walden the prospective Conservative candidate for Waverley’s Godalming Central and Ockford Ward is – so excited – because she is soon to start a 6-month secondment in Brussels.

Obviously, this could be a misunderstanding and she never meant to imply the relocation was to Brussels (perhaps the photo was posted in Brussels but shows their London office?) but surely if true, she should clarify to voters just how she intends to represent her ward from Belgium?

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Perhaps she will be another one of Denise Le Gal’s CHINOS who she laughingly described as – “Councillors Here in Name only,” and of whom she is so proud? You can watch her here by clicking on the link below.

Waverley Mayor has the GALL to joke about councillor non-attendance

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Paul Follows chats to Waverley​ electors.

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What do we want? Councillors who turn up for meetings. Councillors who are – not one of or are amused by the term  – ‘CHINOS’ – ‘Councillors Here In Name Only.’

OR Councillors who are admitting they are “paper candidates” who have been dragooned into standing.

When do we want it? NOW.

Vote Cllr. Paul Follows – Godalming Central & Ockford – May 2nd 2019

One of the ‘fun’ things about elections – having to record election videos!

We have several about to be sent around soon – but as the only Liberal Democrat sitting councillor, I have first pick on what I wanted to talk about.

CHANGING THE COUNCILLORS JOB DESCRIPTION.

  • That means being there for residents.

listening to residents showing up for meetings and actually making a meaningful contribution on behalf of the people I represent.

It is something I am incredibly honoured to have been doing for almost two years now – and as you will see, something we expect from all our candidates.

And PS. Yes maybe one day I will stop blinking and randomly nodding during videos- but apparently, it’s not today!

Local residents take to social media to call out Conservative spin Part 1

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There are lies, damned lies and then there are Tory lies.

 

There have been several posts in the Godalming Community facebook Groups complaining about the spin the local Conservatives are putting in their propaganda, from single-handedly saving Green Oaks school to preventing building on the Greenbelt.

When this resident posted the latest missive from the Martin dynasty with some critical comments, a local Conservative Town Councillor Anne Gray reported the post for hate speech no less!!

They really don’t like any scrutiny, or criticism do they?!

This isn’t hate speech Ms Gray – it is called telling the truth because if you don’t someone else will tell it for you.

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Telling porkies to sell properties in Cranleigh New Town?

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We know developers trying to flog off a glut of new homes in the Eastern villages are getting desperate but really! Not this desperate, surely?

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 Once upon a time, there was a big developer who was so desperate to sell his houses he told porky pies about their attributes.

One of our followers has forwarded us the screenshot below from Berkeley Homes’ current advertising propaganda for its latest development in Cranleigh on Knowle Lane.

09 minutes from Cranleigh to Guildford!!!

Are they having a laugh? Well, the residents of Cranleigh certainly are. As one guffawing local described it – when she could stop laughing – “Laugh? I nearly peed my pants when I read that! Everyone knows the new residents of Leighwood Fields will be lucky to get out of Knowle Lane in under 09 minutes, the traffic’s so bad! It’s a good 30 minutes to Guildford – and that’s on a good day, outside of peak hours, if the lights are all in your favour and there are no other unexpected hold-ups.”

Now we all know there’s an overabundance of development in Cranleigh and developers are throwing in their grannies as live-in nannies if it cinches a sale (known as the ‘Grab-a-Grannie-Giveaway) but 09 minutes to Guildford by car?!?!?! In what parallel universe are they living?

20 minutes from Gatwick and … wait for it, wait for it!

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Oops, silly us, we didn’t realise they were throwing in helicopters along with the Grab-a-Grannie-Giveaway!

Meanwhile, back in the real world, would-be buyers would be well advised to do the commute for themselves, rather than accept, as a given, the spiel from some ignorant copy-writer who sat at their desk in Soho making it up as they went along after a quick glance at Google Earth.

A bottle of Champagne to the person who can do the journey in a road-going car, in normal traffic conditions, without breaking the speed limit, in 09 minutes!

 

How ‘local’ is ‘local’ for the TT’s?

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Pictured below is the Conservative leaflet for Farnham Firgrove, plus an extract from page one where the  Tory Tossers (TT’s)  claim to:-

“both live locally and enjoy working together to protect and enhance the special nature of the area they both live in.”

They clearly have no shame. Sam lives in Godalming.

Why are they promoting the Bourne instead of Firgrove?

Simon is a bit of a career politician, having been a Tory Councillor in Elmbridge (Esher) and Surrey Heath (Camberley) before moving to the Bourne in 2016. So he will he will hang his hat wherever it suits.

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‘Your Waverley’ says auf Wiedersehen​ to another yet another absentee landlord of a Farnham seat.

Oh dear! Is a Godalming councillor being brought in by residents to fight Farnham’s corner?​

Farnham voters in Weybourne & Badshot Lea – now even more ‘Confused.com?’

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Another little missive from the CEO of WBC – lets all hope for the residents of Weybourne and Badshot Lea – it’s third time lucky.
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We had agreed with ERS that the new green packs would be delivered today to our offices so that we could check and despatch them. The full batch was received, but still contained errors.

To say that we are furious is to put it very mildly.

I have expressed my extreme displeasure to the senior executive by phone and I have escalated a formal complaint to the UK Group CEO, as attached. Just as I was about to hit ‘Send’ on this email, she has replied to me as follows: “Thank you for your e-mail. I have been made aware of the errors concerning misprinted ballots for approximately 400 voters in the borough ward of Farnham Weybourne & Badshot Lea. You have my reassurance that we will respond quickly to the issues raised and I will be in touch with more detail over the next couple of days. In the meantime, I can confirm that the correct reprinted postal packs will be with you tomorrow morning – the transport is booked to arrive with you by 9am.”

3. When we receive the packs tomorrow, we shall checking (SIC) and (if correct) despatch immediately, so voters should get the packs on Thursday. I will continue to keep you informed.

4. As you can see, we are doing what we can to raise voter awareness in the ward and to help them cast a valid vote. Thank you for doing your bit too, which is exceptionally important.

5. I was asked by one agent why we don’t use a local printer. Ballot printing is very specialised and few printers are equipped to do this. We have used Electoral Reform Services (ERS Group), who are the biggest such printer in the UK, supplying a great many councils. Clearly, we will review this for the future.

6. I have also been asked whether we checked the ballot papers before despatch. As you can see in the detail of the attached complaint letter, our checks identified the first error and prevented them from being despatched. We were not given the opportunity to check the next batch despite our instructions. We are checking the new batches.

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A letter from Tom Horwood Chief Executive of ‘Your Waverley.”  

Which sounds to us here at the Waverley Web like a sketch the Two Ronnies would be proud of. 

Dear Voter in Weybourne & Badshot Lea

Postal Vote pack re-issue

This letter is being sent to you because you are registered to vote by post in the Waverley Borough Council ward of Farnham Weybourne & Badshot Lea for the 2nd May elections.

I apologise that many of the postal vote packs in this ward (on white paper) contain a printing error, which means that you will be receiving a replacement pack (on green paper). The printers have taken full responsibility for the error, but I would like to add how sorry I am that this has happened and that it is causing such an inconvenience.

The town council ballot papers (on peach-coloured paper) were fine. No other ward in Waverley has been affected and they will continue to use the correctly printed papers: white for borough and peach for town/parish. Only Weybourne & Badshot Lea will use the green papers for the borough.

If you have already sent in your white postal vote papers for Weybourne & Badshot Lea, they will not be counted and you need to vote again on the new green papers, which should arrive this week.

If you have not yet sent in your white postal vote papers, please destroy and dispose of them. Vote using the green papers, which should arrive this week.

If you have voted for the town council on the peach papers, that is fine: the town council peach papers were printed correctly.

Here at the Waverley Web, we respectfully suggest he should have added if you are Confused.com of Weybourne & Badshot Lea, and are seeing RED – you should address your letter of complaint to Aunty Elsie – Councillor Jenny Else a member of the EXECUTIVE – who claims that mistakes never happen at ‘Your Waverley’  on red notepaper!

All postal votes need to be received by us by 10pm on polling day: Thursday, 2nd May 2019.

 

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Some or most of (but not all of) the 428 Waverley election postal ballot papers had the name and address of the voter on the reverse, and some had the wrong name & address. Of course, it’s the printers fault. But wasn’t someone checking the proofs?

 

This is how the head honcho says it happened.  This ward’s packs were initially delayed by a few days: in our usual proofing at the printers in East London, we rejected the Weybourne & Badshot Lea packs because a party logo was printed incorrectly. The printer fixed that problem but added the new error that wasn’t there before, with pages being printed in the wrong place, and then, unfortunately, did not send us proof copies before despatch. The printers have accepted responsibility for these errors. The wrong packs started arriving with voters on Saturday, 20th April. We were alerted over the bank holiday weekend and immediately worked to resolve the problem; I thank voters, candidates, agents and others who were in touch with me over the weekend. The National Electoral Commission has been kept informed and agrees with our plan to reissue the new postal vote packs on green paper.

Again, I am sorry.

Yours faithfully, Tom Horwood, Returning Officer

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Bramley’s new Tory babe jettisoned out of Cranleigh?

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It’s going on all over the borough of Waverley – paper candidates who don’t give a damn whether they represent the voting fodder or not!

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 Our Bramley, Busbridge & Hascombe followers may have noticed that the Tory Tossers have parachuted Cranleigh digger-driver Stewart Stennett into Maurice (By-Pass) Byham’s old seat. 

Eh? Yes, you may well wonder how a Cranleigh resident gets to stand in Bramley after the Cranleigh Con artists deselected him?  Of course, it shouldn’t be allowed, but these are strange times for Waverley TT’s who are shuffling the has-beens into wanna be’s wherever they can hang their hat in the hope they will dupe the voting fodder and get away with it.

Stennett who, together with his wife Jeannette, were former Cranleigh and Waverley Parish Councillors. SS infamously stepped down just a year into the parish job, whilst continuing to represent the biggest village in England at Waverley Borough Council. Cranleigh residents were outraged at this lack of accountability on behalf of their alleged local representative. and demanded – to no avail – that he step down from Waverley Borough Council too and allow a Cranleigh Parish Councillor to take his place but the self-serving Stennett was having none of it. He had green belt of his own to develop! And lots of secret meetings with his developer chums to hold!

The mutter in the Cranleigh gutter was that the Stennett duo, was in part, responsible for the emerging ‘Cranleigh New Town’ status. By assisting their developer cronies by voting in favour of schemes put forward by their ‘besties’, the Lettuce King and his cohort Andy Cranleafy. Now known as Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust and A2-Dominion.

But, enough of looking back in anger.

The residents of Bramley need to look to the future and ask themselves if the village of Bramley – with a population of 3,359 according to the 2011 census – is really so bereft of talent that it has to look outside the environs of its own village in order to get bums on local government seats?

Come on you Bramley Babes!

You were quick enough to get off your delectable derrieres to fight the Dunsfold Developer and to ensure that Bargain Booze didn’t dare to lower the tone of the village by raising its bargain basement profile in your rarified environs by christening the old Nisa Bargain Booze when they took it over. Surely one or two of you could have spared enough time from gelishing your toenails to stand up for your village and be counted. 

If you don’t stop navel gazing you’ll wake up the morning after the local May elections and find you’ve had the Cranleigh digger-driver foisted on you and there’s a reason he got that moniker – because he’s a big fan of concreting over the countryside even if its Green Belt – especially if it happens to belong to himself, his family or his cronies!

Wake up, Bramley, and smell the coffee … or do we mean the stench of local gerrymandering?

Your village needs you and you have just a few weeks to support your excellent Tory councillor Richard Seaborne who has served you well and vote in the Green Candidate Martin D’Arcy.  Otherwise, you’ll be shafted, and so will your countryside,  Don’t say we didn’t warn you …

Gone to Potty?

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We just couldn’t resist sharing this letter written by one of our favourite Farnham people – Celia Sanders. It appeared this week in our new tabloid Farnham Herald.

We think everyone in the borough should see it.

Oh! What a tangled web we weave when once we practise to deceive?

 

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Julia Potts soon to be back in the Waverley Chamber? 

 

 

Is Julia Potts running scared when it comes to the 2 May local elections?  Has she got the message that she may well be facing defeat in contesting against strong alternative candidates from other parties, who might offer a new improved model of governance in our local councils?  What is Ms Potts doing in deserting her seat and her local electorate in Upper Hale and in opting out of her council seats for Farnham and Waverley Councils in favour of chancing her arm as a non-resident and stranger in the Waverley Ward of Frensham, Dockenfield and Tilford? 

Has she heard on the grapevine that Upper Hale does not run a Julia Potts appreciation society and that she would be likely to be booted out and replaced by a perhaps more popular or competent candidate?

She claims that she is making this move “with a heavy heart” so that she can concentrate on her role as Conservative Leader of Waverley. A curious claim given that Frensham, Dockenfield and Tilford is a very large ward, almost the same size in area as Farnham all be it with just 10% of the population. Council ward duties would thus be significantly more challenging for Ms Potts than at present, around 6 miles away in her home ward of Upper Hale.

This all assumes, as Ms Potts appears to be taking for granted, that Waverley Conservatives will win a majority on the council, that Ms Potts will be elected in Frensham, Dockenfield and Tilford and that she will be re-elected by the Conservative Group as their leader. There is no certainty that all of these things will happen, and it is perfectly possible that none of them will come to pass. It may be that the Frensham, Dockenfield and Tilford electorate will object to “carpet-bagging” and the assumption that they will elect Ms Potts when they have the alternative of a well-respected local Parish Councillor. Is Ms Potts planning to move on, as she knows that the dismal record of the Waverley Conservative administration under her leadership is well understood in Farnham? However, it is just as likely to count against her prospects in Frensham, Dockenfield and Tilford as well

And what do these shenanigans say about loyalty?  The Upper Hale electorate have placed their confidence in Ms Potts for the last eight years.  Why can she not repay that confidence by sticking with the people who have supported her?

 

Celia Sandars

I Old Church Lane, Farnham’

 

Where’s Welly?

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Instead of the traditional Easter Egg Hunt, some Godalming residents have come up with something slightly different.  They want everyone to look under every bush and around every corner, to see if they can find Cllr Ross Welland – known locally as ‘Welly.”

Here’s a facebook trail – as they seek him here, they seek him there.

Anne Gray is a Conservative Town Councillor for Godalming Binscombe .. and the residents are using every opportunity to ask where THEIR councillor is?
The mysterious Ross Welland councillor for Farncombe & Catteshall. Godalming Tory councillor who seldom​ turns up – seeks re-election?

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