Cllr Andrew Bolton rocks up for Charterhouse School planning application​ but stayed Shtumm on Godalming’s​ Ockford Park. Wonder why?

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Because – just in case you hadn’t heard – there will soon be an ELECTION.

 

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Please, Sir – we want more – and more and…even more just across the road on the school playing fields at Broom & Leas.

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 Cast your minds back a couple of weeks when the highly controversial application to build shedloads of homes on the green belt at Ockford Park was considered and consented.  A total of 262 “grey homes” on the former green belt.

Here at the WW, we noticed Cllr Andrew Bolton kept his head down and didn’t avail himself of the opportunity to speak. Despite being one of the ward members. Here’s what one Godalming resident thinks of Waverley Planners and developers – ASSHILL. (Godalming Central & Ockford.) Godawfulming – here we come?

Absent Andy didn’t even put in a written statement. Wonder why? Well, the answer is quite simple. Because the former member for God Central & Ockford has shifted his hairy a*** over into the Godalming Charterhouse Ward – which is why he rocked up at the Joint Planning Committee on Wednesday. Because now he is the prospective Tory candidate for Charterhouse he hoped to speak up and gain a few brownie points to relay to residents on the doorsteps? That is he can get off his HA – and get out onto the doorsteps?

Is this the same councillor who accused his Lib Dem fellow Godalming Central Cllr Paul Follows of “politicising planning!” Oh, no it cannot be – can it?

However, suffice to say – Artful Andy’s ruse failed. – The application to build two four-storey blocks of student accommodation and 77 parking places on the school’s tennis courts which was recommended by officers for approval was  DEFERRED. So back to the armchair for the Artful Aarons’ Hill Dodger.

Delay is necessary as not all Natural England comments had been received and so the scheme may require an appropriate assessment. Because the site is, within 5km of the Wealden Heath Special Protection Area. Not that that normally worries Natural England or ‘Your Waverley’s planning officers!

Once approval has been given the scheme has to get the nod from the Secretary of State, whoever that is this week? But don’t worry chaps – we re sure one of the old alumni will put a word in for his Charterhouse chums! 

Also, hundreds of Cllr Bolton’s prospective voting fodder have listed objections as long as your arm – and more some, so this gets kicked into the long grass until after the May elections!

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We could go on, and on, ad infinitum – but we know the residents of Charterhouse will get the drift.

THE GREAT CRANLEIGH CON

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What on earth is going on in Cranleigh? That is the question on the lips of confused residents.

Only weeks after Cranleigh Parish Councillors, to a woman, announced they were all eschewing party politics to stand as Independents, the faces of some Tory candidates were splashed across In Touch, the Cranleigh Conservatives newsletter which has been delivered to every house in the village! We wonder whose daft idea that was – certainly not Liz Townsend who is ever reticent about her achievements.

Do they think the Cranleigh voting fodder are stupid?

Or are they simply working on Abraham Lincoln’s old adage about deception:

‘You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time …’

and hoping that’s enough to get them past the post on election day?

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From right to left. Mary Foryszewski, a wannabe Mayor in a new Tory administration – new boy Andrew Blurton and Angela Richardson. 

Does Ewhurst resident, and CRANLEIGH Parish Councillor Richardson think that dropping the Leprechaun outfit she dons for Parish meetings can wrap herself in a cloak of independence which she can shrug off when she dons her Rupert Bear outfit to stand shoulder to shoulder with her Tory colleagues for a photocall for In Touch?

In Touch? She’s having a laugh, isn’t she? OUT OF TOUCH is more like it!

Or, as one exasperated Cranleigh resident put it to us: ‘It’s not about the hustings in Cranleigh but the hustle!’  Ring any bells, Mrs Richardson, as it is widely known in Tory circles that you are considered a lynch-pin in the Guildford Conservative Asociation and one of its biggest fund-raisers and party activists. And, it is your fervent wish to climb the greasy pole to decorate Westminster when Anne Milton goes to the Lords.

However, one of your Tory running mates Cllr Liz Townsend has shown herself to be a woman with a truly  INDEPENDENT stance at Waverley where she has gained respectability and much admiration for her work on behalf of Cranleigh and the whole borough in recent years. She has earned her place at Waverley Towers – along with some other fine Conservative councillors who put people and place before politics.

It is Cllr Richardson donning her blue rosette wherever she goes, whilst pretending to be an independent at the parish, and conservative at borough level that tells you all you need to know about Cranleigh’s Con artists, who are responsible for putting the ‘con’ into Cranleigh Conservatives. You couldn’t make it up, really you couldn’t!

They shame themselves, their political party (from which they pretend to disassociate themselves when it suits them) and the local electorate whom they are supposed to represent, with their deceitful shenanigans.

Local elections are not a political game show, they are a serious matter and our advice to Cranleigh residents when it comes to election day and their pen hovers over the names of their new councillors to think carefully. Vote for the Cranleigh residents,  who are doing, and will continue to do a good job on your behalf. Not party activists – who are using Waverley as a stepping stone.

 

Can the Nasty Party stoop any lower? It’s LOCAL elections!!!

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By putting out leaflets like this?

“Apparently just when you thought campaigning for the local elections could not get any lower. Then this appears – what on earth!.”

This is what the Labour candidate for Farnham Upper Hale and many residents received through his letterbox.

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Green Candidate for Godalming Charterhouse said: “Negative campaigning or what? “Tories have a disgusting approach to politics – ruthless and arrogant.”

 

 

Shirley Wardell – Farncombe Green Candidate said: “I would like to understand how Conservatives have been able to stand up for our communities. The cuts and austerity have been really awful.”

We here at the Waverley Web wonder what the Farnham Residents candidates Peter & Penny Marriott think about this disgraceful negative campaigning?

 

WANTED. Head planning​ honcho for ‘Your Waverley?’

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It is a sad day for the Waverley Web saying farewell to  Betty Boot aka Liz The Biz, aka Lilibet aka Elizabeth Simms Waverley’s chief planning officer.

Credit where credit is due – taking over from former planning head honcho Matthew Evans, a former Berkeley Homes employee turned gamekeeper was a poisoned chalice. However, the man who made his name holding ‘secret meetings’ with developers and Cranleigh councillors – can be proud of his pupil’s achievements. She has ensured Cranleigh is now on the cusp of becoming a New Town, Godalming and Farnham are almost grid-locked – Dunsfold Aerodrome will soon become home to many  – not planes – or petrol heads, other than those engaged in business, but families. In fact, our borough is now growing faster than knotweed.

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She also managed to get the Local Plan adopted – well, almost – now it is doing another round in the courts to lower the housing numbers, thanks to Protect our Waverley and the Campaign for the Preservation of Rural England – promotors of all brownfield sites, except of course Dunsfold Aerodrome.

 

 

However, she has repeatedly reminded councillors on many thousands of occasions that she and her …

“officers are satisfied.” with anything and everything being built in and around Waverley.

That includes as many green fields as possible going under concrete, recommending, regardless of how damaging,  many hundreds of new homes are crammed into the back, side, and front gardens, other of course, than in Farnham. Even in Farnham, if it happens to be in the gardens of Tory councillors!!

We shall always remember her for her comments and protection of Waverley’s ancient Woodland. You know those old trees that have been around for 600 years or more. The ones she said could always be replaced with new ones!

And well done for agreeing to postpone the Local Plan Part 2. Until after the May,  elections to ensure Haslemere remains Blue and all those controversial developments remain in the IN file until May is OUT!

Would you buy a used car from these idiots let alone let them run our borough?

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Godalming Conservatives failed to check the cropping on their candid photo in Godalming’s Crown Court yesterday. 

Eagle-eyed observers will be giving the thumbs up to the excellent photobombing by Green Party South East Press Officer Sam Peters. Pictured here on the right giving his expression of support. 

And when they Conservatives posted the photo into the local Community Group it quickly went viral with over 135 hilarious comments!

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

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Here’s yet another ‘CHINO’ who Mayor Denise Le Gal, fondly refers to as

  ‘Councillors Here in Name Only.’

stephenhillattendanceThey just keep on coming, don’t they? Councillors who for the past four years have only rocked up on a few occasions. But, have managed to bank their allowances, free car-parking badge and other council perks!

Let’s hope the new occupant of Farnham’s Moor Park seat left by the ‘very retiring’ Cllr Hill, who failed miserably to represent residents, makes a better job of things?

touchoffrostA Touch of Frost is on the run from her Wrecclesham & Rowledge seat – so she can continue to spew forth what her name suggests, – ‘A Touch of Frost,’ alongside her Tory running-mate Rashida Nasir. But, having thrown their hats into the ring, this undynamic duo might find they have a fight on their hands, after Cllr Hill’s dismal attendance record.

Farnham Residents’ candidates are Andy MacLeod, who after a great showing took the Surrey County Council Farnham Central seat received a nasty case of Frostbite from his opponent pictured.  He is joined by former Waverley employee and Union Rep Michaela Martin. Oh Lordy, lordy – let’s hope Frost and Martin don’t end up going head to head at Waverley Towers!?

Will the residents of the Frensham, Dockenfield and Tilford Ward say – take me to my leader?

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Giving up the seat for Farnham’s Upper Hale Ward was a wrench for ‘Your Waverley’s council leader Julia Potts. She leaves the ward she has represented at ‘Your Waverley’ for the past eight years with – “a heavy heart.”

Nothing to do with being fearful that she needed a much safer seat in True, blue Tory Tilford – no – of course not – and the Waverley Web’s true identity is Mary Poppins! And Protect Our Waverley wants to stop development in the borough, and not just at Dunsfold Park!

She also says in the Herald’s new tabloid edition that she is giving up her Farnham Town Council seat so that she can concentrate on with being Leader of Waverley Borough Council? The typical arrogance we have come to expect. A little more humility would not come amiss Potty One.

If you were so confident of your popularity then why not stay loyal to the residents of Upper Hale? 

Let’s hope you get the soft landing you are so confident of receiving from the residents of your new hunting ground?

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Julia Potts getting ready to land in her newly acquired ward. Others too are being shuffled and set down like early Spring cuckoos in other ward’s nests. The bid to keep control of ‘Your Waverley’ is on.

 

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Is it a bird? Is it a bee? No, it’s Potty parachuting into Tilford.

Gone to-day here tomorrow? Is ‘the retiring’ Liz Wheatley really making a bid for a seat in Farnham?

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Here at the Waverley Web, we all thought we were beginning to show signs of memory loss – until we glanced back at the last FULL COUNCIL of ‘Your True Blue Waverley.’

Did we, or did we not, hear Mayor Farnham’s GAL – say…

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‘So long,   farewell, Auf Wiedersehen,  GOOOODBYEEEE?

To:

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Yes, we most certainly did! – It appears that along with other Tories being shuffled around the borough like a pack of cards the second line of the song is more fitting?

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Because Godalming’s former Binscombe Liz is not retiring after all but about to…

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Over to Farnham Castle’s two-seat Ward to partner Sarah Anson to prevent the Tory stronghold from falling into the hands of Farnham Residents’ David Beaman and George Hesse. Paul Telford is also standing for the Liberal Democrats.

Or, having been thanked for her services to Godalming on her forthcoming retirement and service to the borough Farnham residents will tell her she will finally have an opportunity on May 2nd
To finally say…

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Godalming Tory councillor who seldom​ turns up – seeks re-election?

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Last week the Mayor of Waverley proudly named absent councillors as CHINO’s – “Councillors here in name only.”

So here’s one  councillor seeking re-election for Godalming, Farncombe & Catteshall,  who  doesn’t respond to the local’s appeals for help, and rocks up so seldom he has been nicknamed as…”The lesser spotted Welland.”

The call for change is on – right across the borough of Waverley. Here’s one candidate so ripe, he could be used in a crumble.

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 Need we say more?

 

 

 

Will Godalming Tories’ wish be granted?

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The Tory election machine has gone into overdrive in a bid to oust the single opposition voice that Godalming people have taken to their hearts and minds.

But as you will see from the picture below the Tories have more than Cllr Paul Follows to worry about. He has been joined by other local hopefuls wearing the Liberal Democrat yellow rosette, seeking seats in the town and borough councils.

One of the local issues they have highlighted is the proposed loss of the Godalming Surestart Children’s Centre axed recently by Surrey County Council.

As Nelson Mandela said:

“History will judge us by the difference we make to the everyday lives of children.”

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The group above recently met with Dawn Bellman and her ‘Surestart’ team and was very impressed by their commitment and support to the community.

Sure Start Children’s Centres give help and advice on child and family health, parenting, money, training and employment.

They are a “one-stop shop” offering their own services as well as signposting to other professional or services, eg. Family Information Service, Food Banks, Job Centre Plus and The Citizens Advice Bureau.

Each Centre is required to offer core services to all families from pregnancy right through those important early years until the child is at school, directly reflecting the needs of the local community.

In January, Surrey County Council announced plans to close 31 children’s centres across the county, but at the 11th hour postponed closing recycling centres until after the elections! A cynical attempt to dupe residents into believing they were safe.

The 100 % Tory controlled Cabinet voted to close the centres along with reductions to some bus travel concessions citing the need to save money due to government cuts.

However, it managed to find over £50m to fund 28 new shops in the Brightwells Yard development in Farnham. A scheme shunned by private investors. 

In a public consultation, 86% of respondents disagreed that children’s centres were an appropriate way to make savings.

It is still unclear to staff, families and the public what will happen. The group pictured above are demanding answers. 

Here at the WW – we await any communication from the Godalming’s Tory hopefuls.