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?
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?
I Old Church Lane, Farnham’