The media frenzy over Cranleigh’s proposed new Care Home continues unabated?

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The WW has been accused by some of the Bamford Board Brigade (BBB’s) of telling lies and inciting hatred.

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Now, it isn’t often our team of bloggers have a hissy fit – but on this occasion – as we have said to the Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust –

 

 

 

What’s it all about BB have we pooped on your stoop? You’re having a laugh aren’t you Pot? Kettle? Black?

All those poorer souls from Cranleigh and the nearby villages who dug deep into their pockets to raise over £1m want answers from the charity that trousered it.  Honest answers. And social media keyboards have sizzled with incriminations. on your former self/developer/ propaganda board – the control of which you have now relinquished. 

 All villagers want to know is why they are getting an 80 private care home beds circa (1,200/300 per week and 20 community beds for Surrey County Council’s clients (circa £800 p.w. for dementia clients) a hostel for Surrey health workers and not the HOSPITAL, DAY HOSPITAL with a minor injuries unit and other services, that they were promised?

The WW accepts we are anonymous and our reasons are simple:

We are not hiding behind it, but sometimes you have to be invisible and be in all the right places to get the truth in this ever more devious world.

  • We receive information from officers/councillors and residents eager to shine a light on all things, Waverley.   They trust us to tell you – what you need to know. Nobody funds us? We have nothing to gain?
  • The WW recognises we are Western-centric but have received many hundreds of private e-mails and public comments from residents of the eastern villages who believe they have been well and truly stuffed by a Charity.
  • The WW was prompted to publicise the hospital/care home saga by “local people, In fact, until we heard about residents’ angst, we knew nothing of this 20-year saga.
  • WW does not ask, promote, or suggest that anyone reads this blog. However, it is read here and all over the world.
  • For the first time since its foundation – now every political party; including Conservatives regularly read and comment on our posts.

We have received a Facebook trail of comments from the Cranleigh Community Board – run by the BB – who claims we are run by developers. Well BB – it takes one to know one?

And.. we will have a sporting sixpence bet with you BB when you say we are supported by developers. Name them? And within 24 hours of rising to our challenge, you will be on the receiving end of a solicitors’ letter!

Our offices are not provided/rented from a local developer; we are not Trustees working on behalf of a local developer – and we did not set up a local board to promote any developer’s agenda? Simples.

  1. So we ask – what lies has the WW told Mr Bamford?
  2. If we have lied or misinformed anyone – tell us do? Or perhaps your Mummy will tell us for you? And then we pledge to correct our so-called mistakes.

So let’s do a FACT CHECK and attempt to help BB untwist his super-hero spandex.

Whatever good intentions The Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust may once have had – the road to ruin is paved with good intentions?

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Why did thousands of men, women and children support one of the biggest fund-raising initiatives the eastern villages had ever seen?

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Because they were told it was for a replacement Cranleigh hospital with beds for residents within a 5-mile radius, on a new site owned by villagers via their partners (Cranleigh Parish Council.) This hospital, they were told, would include a day hospital for outpatients,  minor injuries; X-Ray unit and diagnostics and MRI.  

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Cranleigh once boasted a Surrey County Council Dementia Residential Nursing Home – called Longfields – 65+ beds. We had one here in Farnham called Cobgates. Both abandoned, closed and left to rot. One is now derelict.  One Cranleigh organisation told us that villagers raised funds to build a dementia garden there! –

– more villagers’ money down the pan?

So where are 20 of those 120 or so former county council elderly care beds going? Yes, you guessed – just 20 of them into the new private Care Home operated by HC-One, currently FOR SALE and with debts of £800m! All was revealed recently in the Daily Mail.

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For whom are the 20 community beds intended? The residents of Surrey. As one villager commented…

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“You have as much chance of winning the lottery as you have of jumping into a CVHT bed?”

So Who Dares Wins? SCC? Who gets to flog off a valuable site which should be used to meet the real needs of adult social care.  Not trouser the money to push into a gold-plated pension pot instead of building – a proper residential care facility to serve the rapidly increasing population of Cranleigh and villages? An increase of over 6,000 when you include Dunsfold Park?

However, who wouldn’t grab beds heavily subsidised by the public, a parish council and the future care home’s paying residents’ purses?

Questions you could answer Mr Bamford, as we understand, as you have a direct conduit through the Chamber of Commerce and as a Trustee of the Knowle Park Initiative /A2 Dominion into the developer?

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How long is ‘the bed contract’ with SCC? A year? Five years?

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What was the District Valuer’s valuation on the land sold to CVHT  by the parish council for £1? 

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What exactly is the ‘community benefit?’ Whose ‘community?’

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How much Community Infrastructure Levy will it contribute towards infrastructure for such a large development?  

Will, the developer hand over 106 monies or Community Infrastructure Levy to mitigate for the upheaval, increased traffic, noise and inconvenience to Waverley tenants of a three-storey building owned by ‘Your Waverley” and a 26-bed hostel unit – that is actually a housing development in all but name in Whisper Drive?

 We suspect – ZILCH?

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Would anyone support a scheme that has no value or benefit to the people who helped fund it?

Answer these questions Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust aka Martin Bamford – to the satisfaction of your donors and then you may get residents’ backing?

Rock up to a public meeting open to everyone, at Cranleigh Village hall on Saturday, August 3rd between 10-12 and have your say. Because the Deputy Leader of Waverley Borough Council will be there to hear you.

Has Cranleigh Parish Council thrown a spanner in the works of a charity’s efforts to build a private nursing home on land once owned by villagers?

As far as we can ascertain – the parish council (a partner of CVHT) has received no response to its solicitor’s letters concerning the covenant it imposed on the land.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13 thoughts on “The media frenzy over Cranleigh’s proposed new Care Home continues unabated?

  1. Just to confirm I will be there on 3rd, and happy to talk to anyone after the session – wether that be as Deputy Leader of Waverley or a Waverley Lib Dem.

    I’ll be meeting with the Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate for Guildford (Zoe Franklin) afterwards (she can’t make the meeting itself as she is travelling home at the time) but she sends her apologies (and I’ll be updating her myself).

  2. A Waverley Stickler

    DO THEY HAVE A WRITTEN AGREEMENT FROM SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL ??

    DO THEY HAVE A WRITTEN AGREEMENT FROM THE N H S GUILDFORD & WAVERLEY C C G ???

    HAVE THEY EXPLAINED TO THE PEOPLE OF CRANLEIGH THAT THE LIKELIHOOD OF THIS BENEFITING THEM IS VERY VERY UNLIKELY????

    HAVE THEY EXPLAINED WHERE THE 106/ LEVY MONEY WILL BENEFIT CRANLEIGH TO COMPENSATE FOR THEIR LOSS OF LAND ?????

    THEY SEEM VERY RECKLESS USING A COMPANY HC ONE WHICH IS FOR SALE PLUS HAS £800 MILLION DEBTS.

    I SUPPOSE IF YOU GET YOUR LAND FOR A £1.00 AND GET FREE FUNDING YOU CAN AFFORD TO BE RECKLESS!!!!!

      • Why not – why are these people hiding from public scrutiny?

    • Sadly the WW cannot answer your questions – only the Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust can do that – and we are told they aren’t showing up. We wonder why? If they have nothing to hide, and can answer these perfectly reasonable questions – then they should send representatives along and tell the truth.

      They should also provide documents to show the model of care; who will provide it and for whom? Is that too much to ask.

      Perhaps Cranleigh GP’s can throw some light on this?

      The charity owe it to the public whose land and money was given in good fatih to provide answers to their concerns.

      If the answers are not provided – then how can Waverley Planners recommend approval of the planning application for a £14million development? What’s more how can the Cranleigh members of the Joint Planning Committee possibly support something so controversial and nebulous?

  3. It is a complete Pig’s Ear of an application and I hope that Cranleigh Villagers and PC’s shout Very loudly – I will look forward to Cllr Follows comments.
    Best
    Denise

      • The CVHT should be meeting with the people of Cranleigh and surrounding villages also and answer question put to them.

      • Perhaps, this time when the event is not held by the parish council they WILL turn up? Rumour has it that there has been a major bust-up between the ‘former’ partners.

  4. With respect Paul if CVHT refuse to answer Cranleigh Parish Council solicitors letters I doubt you will have much success. Their motto seems to be not to engage with us villagers under any circumstances. They only appear when they are trying to get their planning permission through. Once its granted and they have their way they then will meet by then the gate will be closed and trojan horse will have bolted.

    • Funny that the charity “won’t engage,” there was a great deal of engagement with the same residents we understand when they urged the public to get behind the fund-raising campaign. We have heard from former donors who now live in other parts of the country, including Kent, Oxfordshire and the West Country, who are fuming that their money has disappeared into a private developer’s big black hole aka bank account.

  5. If the Cranligh Village Hospital Trust doesn’t give satisfactory answers to Cllr Follows and Waverley’s planning officers then it could find itself in a very difficult situation.

    From what we hear, the residents of Cranleigh fear they will end up with a great big white elephant in their midst.

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