** Just in case you wondered who The ‘BR’ is – it’s MP Jeremy Hunt’s wife’s nickname for her entrepreneur husband.
To refresh everyone’s memories – The Leader & Deputy of Waverley Borough Council have been trying to meet with SW Surrey’s – “I’m far too busy,” MP ever since the new boys arrived on the The Burys block. But to-day could be THE day the twain shall meet.
WHY? We hear you cry? Because, ‘BIG R’ decided to call An Air Quality Summit because he is so worried about the air quality situation in Farnham. S*d, Godalming, and Bramley and numerous other hot spots – just Farnham because that is where the votes are perhaps? And, there’s an election on the horizon – and he is up against Steve Williams of The Green Party and Paul Follows of the Lib Dems!
And anyway, he always gets concerned about air quality and traffic congestion about election time! Well, he would, wouldn’t he?
WHY NOW? We hear all those of us who have been choking for years on the fumes. Years during which ‘Your Waverley’ was trotting out false air quality data on a regular basis to its numpties in the council chamber.
And, for which a Council officer gets hung out to dry at Guildford’s Crown Court today.
Simples! Because there is an Election in the offing and ‘Big Rice’ wants to get back so that he can support all the people in the Waverley Borough, particularly all of us here in Farnham who are taking out kids to GP’s so we can pick up their Ventolin Inhalers! Get them nebulized, when they are choking because they cannot breathe, and listen to their constant wheezing.
A scheme by Gordon Murray Designs – already approved by the planners has been re-sited- signaling the imminent arrival of a World-class automotive research and development centre – the first of its kind in the borough of Waverley.
The re-location of the company is a key component of the Dunsfold Garden Village Masterplan bringing with it around 500 jobs on the expanding business park formerly the headquarters of British Aerospace. The Gordon Murray business will use 14,000 sq ms of the 26,000 sq ms new employment floorspace that is intended for the employment park.
The new Gordon Murray HQ was given the go-ahead last year. But next week the planners will consider its request to move the building 6 ms to the north of the previous site. Although moved slightly closer to ancient woodland it is further away from nearby properties at Hall Place in Stovolds Hill Road.
The change described by officers as “fairly minor,” will ensure the building is 500 ms further away from nearby homes.
Although there is a separate application from the developers Dunsfold Park due to be considered at the same meeting to create a new access from the site onto the A281 (this is the subject of a separate post to avoid confusion) the access to the new Gordon Murray buildings is from Stovolds Hill Road and Dunsfold Road. There is no objection from county highways.
The officers’ recommendation is to approve the scheme – accompanied by pages of conditions relating to building the development, including environmental and highway issues. Dunsfold Airport Ltd is advised that any loss of open space from this application must be mitigated by replacement open space in the forthcoming Dunsfold Park Masterplan
After hearing Waverley planning officers’ intention was to refuse a Cranleigh Charity’s application to build a private care home in the town – ward member Cllr Patricia Ellis registered her intention to call the application in to have it heard and determined in public.
Well, why wouldn’t she? AS SHE HAS PUBLICLY advertised, for years she supports it. Pre-determination or what we hear you mutter into your cornflakes?
Officers indicated a month ago they were minded to REFUSE an application by Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust (CVHT) for a 60 bed-Private Care home with 20 community beds in Knowle Lane – under powers delegated to them. This means the scheme would be refused, with no member participation.
However, questions are being asked how Cllr Ellis was allowed the ‘call-in’ when she was out of time under the council’s rule-book?
The application was lodged in November last year, with a decision date of February 2nd. As the Charity failed to provide the information required by planning officers after nine months, under ‘normal circumstance’ an application would be refused. However, the refusal was not issued due to an officer going on annual leave.
However, it is believed the applicant was forewarned of the imminent REFUSAL, and the information was provided. Thus allowing the unprecedented time-frame change for a member call-in? WW has received video evidence revealing the conflict of interests admitted by the Ellis duo in the scheme which has now been damned by residents of the eastern villages. It is also alledged that Cllr Ellis has ‘entertained’ the applicants in her home. She has also been overheard in Cranleigh repeating her support for the scheme. Which under the council’s rules is not allowed.
The Cranleigh Society – whose management – BUT NOT ITS MEMBERSHIP – is backing the application, was told of the council’s intentions two weeks ago. But it has stayed silent on the subject, not even deigning to inform its membership! The Society is operating with an interim chairman and a reducing membership. Earlier this year it was rumoured to be closing if new members and officers could not be found.
Mr. Webb, nothing to do with the WW, we hasten to add, initiated a public meeting, where villagers demanded a series of answers from the Charity Trustees who were invited to attend. Did they bother? Did they heck! They had no intention of facing down their critics who had raised over £1.4m intended to replace their hospital – so they had no option but to address their questions to an empty chair! It appears the charity is a law unto itself made up of carpetbaggers with questionable links to Cranleigh developers who infuriated local residents suspected of supporting the scheme for their own less than charitable purposes – or not to put too fine a point on it – nefarious purposes! Developers whom the Ellis duo chaired “secret meetings” of which the WW holds the meeting notes, in preparation for carving up Cranleigh.
As a result of this and other public meetings, which CVHT has repeatedly refused to attend, letters from the public have been sent demanding that the parish council, which donated the land for £1 (yes, not a typo we didn’t miss a few noughts) in exchange for agricultural land worth £10,000 – now a football field, is returned to the village. Villagers have also been trawling through council documents during a period dubbed ‘The Ellis Era.’ It has been revealed to the WW that large chunks of the decision-making process on the land-exchange are missing!
The WW is told by the locals that the question on everyone’s lips is – WHY? Would the wife of the parish council chairman – the late Brian Ellis who along with his wife oversaw the land deal, without the consent of his parishioners and some colleagues, fly in the face of public opinion and seek to impose an unwanted £18m 60 bed- PRIVATE Care Home, with 20 beds for the use of anyone in the CCG area, on an overdeveloped part of Knowle Lane? And, why is a woman, no longer a parish councillor, so hell-bent on defying the will of Cranleigh residents? The land which is immediately opposite the 425 new homes being built by Berkeley Homes now under construction opposite the site costing up to £1,375m and which the local GP’s have told the developers – “will never happen, and which, privately, they do not support?”
Villagers claim It will overlook and have a damaging impact on a ‘modest’ Waverley Council development in Whisker Drive and a damaging impact on the Downs Link?
The developers have also removed a tree screen in Knowle Lane, without the benefit of planning permission, during the bird nesting season.
The application will now be heard at a Joint Planning Committee at the end of November where it will be determined by councillors mainly from Godalming, Haslemere, and Farnham.
Following an assault in Guildford Town Centre – a man has died.
A man left gravely injured after a serious assault in Guildford town centre during the early hours of Saturday, 12 October, has now died.
The incident occurred in Park Street, close to the premises of the Guildford Charcoal Grill, around 2.20am and Surrey Police is calling for witnesses. It is believed that the assault followed a dispute around a pre-booked taxi.
Jamie Smith, 24-years from the Elmbridge area of Surrey, was taken to hospital with serious injuries, but on Friday (October 18) the police announced he had died.
Jamie’s, family said: “We as a family are utterly heartbroken and devastated at the loss of our son Jamie, he was a loving, kind-hearted and generous young man with an incredibly bright future ahead of him. He had already achieved so much in his 24 years. Jamie was extremely close to his family and was so lucky to have an amazing group of friends.
“We are, and forever will be incredibly proud of him and the young man he became. There are no words to express how much all of us will miss him. Our lives will never be the same again.”
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Chapman, who is overseeing the investigation into the incident, said: “This incident has tragically ended in the death of a young man. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time. We continue to appeal for witnesses who may be able to help us piece together what happened.
“The incident took place as people were leaving the town centre after a night out, we would like to speak to anyone who witnessed this incident, or may have been in the area at the time.”
Barney Thomas Christopher Coyle, 23, of Frog Grove Lane, Guildford was charged with assault causing grievous bodily harm and remanded in custody after appearing at Guildford Crown Court on 14 October. Today (October 21) Surrey Police said he remains under investigation and enquiries are ongoing.
A police spokesperson added: “If you witnessed the incident or have any information (including dashcam footage) which could help us with our enquiries, please call us on 101, quoting crime reference number PR/45190108025. If you do not wish to leave your name, please call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
Surrey County Council is inviting you to provide your thoughts and opinions on proposed changes to Surrey County Council’s Home to School/College Travel and Transport Policy.
The Council is reviewing its home to school/college travel arrangements to ensure we continue to deliver our statutory responsibilities to meet the travel needs of children and young people to access education. We are also seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people by promoting independence and preparation for adulthood.
Your feedback will be used to inform the Council’s decision in early 2020 on a new Home to School/College Travel and Transport Policy.
No doubt a bit like all the feedback you gave to inform them of the proposed closure of children’s centers? Information and feedback that was shredded and mostly ignored.
Surrey CC ticks the box marked – “you have been consulted” and then it does what it intended in the first place?
The survey should take around 20 minutes to complete. The closing date for this consultation is midnight 15 December 2019.
Public Engagement Events
Eight Public Engagement Events will be held as part of this consultation. At these events, representatives of the Council will talk through the detail of the consultation, whilst also listening and responding to feedback and questions to those in attendance. We encourage anyone with an interest in the delivery of Home to School/College travel and transport to attend. Details of confirmed events are listed below including the link needed to reserve a place at each event. The remaining 4 evening dates will be added shortly.
So let us all hope that one of those dates is in the borough of Waverley.