So peed off are they with the political wranglings of the major parties, that a group of Guildford residents have decided to put people before politics.
So impressed are they with the huge strides made by Farnham Residents’ Group at ‘ Your Waverley’ that the group pictured here have thrown their hats into the ring in a bid to do the same in Guildford.
Called Residents for Guildford & Villages, it founded a new party after Guildford Borough Council leader Paul Spooner threatened to take legal action over a banner used at the Annual April pancake race. calling it ‘political.’ His pathetic over-reaction was similar to that used by ‘Your Waverley’ aginst Haslemere residents, who were threatened with court action over a sign they erected which called for the protection of their countryside.
The new group wants to help kick party politics into touch and become more responsive to Guildford residents’ views. It wants more affordable homes on brownfield sites – not on the green belt, wants the town’s pollution problems dealt with and wants open and transparent local government.
Have the Tories gone into panic mode? Are they losing their heads, whilst all about them are keeping theirs, we ask?
You can read it here: Haslemere given a good smack by ‘Your Waverley’s’ iron fist.
Jack Lee has thrown his hat into the Independents Ring. for Waverley’s Milford Ward.
I am standing as an Independent councillor in the Waverley Borough election. I don’t believe a Political Party dominating the local Council is healthy, whatever party they might be.
At the last election in May 2015, the Conservatives won 43 seats (91%} with 60% of the votes. Farnham Residents won 3 seats, and an Independent won 1 seat. About 30% of the votes went to other parties who did not win any seats
We need a more balanced Council and people in the Council who are willing to put forward all points in the debate and ask the electorate for their views.
As an independent I don’t have “Policies” set before me by any higher body, I just have my opinions and the views of people who speak to me
It appears the hot topic at the moment in Milford is Housing. Many people in Milford have told me that they oppose the development at Milford Golf Course. Many objections were made to this application but the Borough Council have approved Outline Planning Consent. This does not mean the plan will go ahead as proposed as there is still the matter of a Covenant on the land.
So, my view on Housing:
We should promote the right size of homes; in the right place; at the right price. Supported of course by increased infrastructure.
Please let me know your other concerns. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Guildford group It wants to help kick party politics into touch and become more responsive to Guildford residents’ views too. It wants more affordable homes on brownfield sites – not on the green belt, wants the town’s pollution problems dealt with and wants open and transparent local government, and bring an end to tory dominance.
Similarly, the catalyst for the creation of the Farnham Resident’ Group was the cavalier way Farnham people were treated, and their views ignored, over the demolition of town assets, including the Redgrave theatre, the Marlborough Head; the Gostrey Centre and leisure facilities to make way for shops, restaurants and homes at Blightwells – now called Blightwells Yard! A development which has 28 shops and two ‘provisional’ takers. Partly funded by Surrey County Council!!!
On Thursday another Independent will make a bid for the SCC seat in Haslemere. Nicky Barton wants to return to make its administration more representative too.
Whilst the Guildford Group is in its infancy, contesting a handful of seats, Farnham Residents’Residents is contesting 17 seats. These together with a large number of Independent and Liberal Democrat contenders in Godalming, Haslemere, Cranleigh, Milford and Witley & Hambledon and the rest of the borough, this could have a dramatic impact on the future face of ‘Your Waverley.’
The Guildford group led by 42 year-led Joss Bigmore says: