‘Your Waverley’s’ Sale of the Century gets lift-off?

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Was ‘Your Waverley’ reading the Waverley Web a couple of days ago – reading our predictions for 2020?

Godalming Town Council off to pastures new in 2020?

No – of course, it wasn’t – but we did hit the nail right on the head with our predictions because next week the Council’s EXECUTIVE – the engine that drives council business – will propose a massive land and property sell-off – to stave off bankruptcy.

Here’s the cunning plan to be considered next Tuesday. All the sites outlined in red are owned by either ‘Your Waverley’ or Surrey County Council.

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Here it is folks a £40,000 Options Appraisal of Waverley’s land and buildings proposed.

A previous costly appraisal carried out at huge expense a while back by the previous administration was put on ice, and the Tories did nothing.

 Now the new Rainbow Administration is going in all guns blazing in a bid to replenish the borough’s dwindling coffers, by making better use of its assets.

Year on year Governement cuts has had a damaging impact on Waverley’s finances. The recent revelation that a major Farnham development will not now produce the benefits the Tories’ predicted, is expected to worsen Waverley’s financial situation.

Next Tuesday the Executive will decide whether to approve the appointment of specialist advisors to produce a further Options Appraisal assessing the investment opportunities of key Waverley and Surrey owned sites in Godalming, and to request the Executive that budget is allocated from the Property Investment budget.

  1. Recommendation. it is recommended that the Executive approve the use of up to £40K for the completion of the Options Appraisal.
  2. Reason for the recommendation A previous outline Options Appraisal on the key sites indicated a significant return could be generated and a major improvement to customer experience can be achieved by developing the sites sympathetically. Such a return on investment would support the projected budget shortfall in the future.

 

Halleluiah Your Waverley takes action – at last – to bring truly “affordable housing” to the borough.

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 In recent years there has been much talk about bringing more “truly” affordable housing into our borough, but very little evidence of this actually being achieved.

We should point out that the Government’s definition of “affordable housing” is 80% of the market rate – in other words just 20% cheaper than normal.  So is not actually affordable for your average Doug and Doris.

Since the arrival at ‘Your Waverley’ of the  Rainbow Alliance in May 2019 much work has been going on behind the scenes by the new administration on an entirely new housing strategy. To, ensure, at last, that new homes are genuinely affordable for local people.

 At a recent central planning committee, it saw the results of work which has been going on behind the scenes over the Summer.

It will deliver 7 out of 9 properties at…

Orchard Farm, Wormley Lane, Hambledon

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Full marks to the new boys, and girls on the Waverley Block. A feather in the caps of Leader John Ward and his deputy Paul Follows.  They don’t just talk about improving the lives of Waverley residents – they are actually doing it!

But just like Oliver Twist… We want more?

 

 

Godalming Town Council off to pastures new in 2020?

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And, could the town council soon be followed by ‘Your Waverley?’IMG_20191220_151151.jpg

What does the future hold for ‘Your Waverley’ and Godalming Town Council’s offices in 2020? Watch this space?

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Godalming Town Council leaders could soon be moving into premises it owns in the High Street.   It may soon be rubbing shoulders with the Godalming Museum.

And – Waverley Towers could soon be up for grabs too – as the cash-strapped council – looks to follow the Town Council? A review by borough council officers of its accommodation in The Burys has been on-going for more than two years. Will the new coalition finally make a decision to -downsize. If so, presumably, the new administration will get the blame?

A planning application has been lodged with Waverley Planners for a change of use of The Racquet Shop, at 107-109 High Street, which is/has closed down.

Now the Town Council led by the Lib Dems and others has decided to seek permission for a change of use from retail to offices of the building it owns. It wants to make some internal and external alterations including a new external staircase. And – the Tories left on the town council are backing the move.

The council presently operates from Municipal Buildings in Bridge Street, (pictured above) but the move to a building it owns opposite the historic landmark at the Pepperpot could save Godalming taxpayers considerable funds, and which town leaders believe could be better spent elsewhere.

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The Waverley Web is watching…

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Although most of the Waverley Web’s traffic is generated in the UK – as you will see from the graphic above = all those countries depicted in pink are regularly logging onto our site too.  We have heard from many of those followers around the world some of whom once lived or worked in Surrey/Waverley. Many of them contact us on our private e-mail address” contact@waverleyweb.com

 

Spare a thought this Christmas for everyone who is working to keep us safe.

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While you are raising a glass, tucking into a turkey dinner and enjoying the festivities with family and friends, spare a thought for everyone who is working over Christmas.

Over the past week, Surrey has suffered flood and tempest, landslips, accidents and a fair bit of road and rail misery.

Over one million people will be at work today.

Just because the holidays are now upon us doesn’t mean the real world stands still. Throughout the country care workers will be making their way to nursing homes to make life just a little brighter for the elderly. Community nurses and carers will travel day and at night whatever the weather brings, to care for the sick and the elderly in their own homes. Hospitals will work as usual caring for patients – people will die and babies will be born.

The work of highway engineers and ambulance personnel and paramedics, doctors and nurses will carry on regardless of the jivolity some of us are enjoying. Firemen and women will be waiting at their posts for the alarm to signal that yet another festive candle has caught fire to the table decorations. As the shout is raised and they race to the rescue  – let us all spare a thought for everyone who is working over Christmas.

 

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Thank you to every single one of you for your support throughout 2019. We are grateful for all the encouragement, thoughts and ideas you send our way.

The Waverley Web Team wish you all a Very Happy Christmas.

The residents of Elstead say – “we warned you what would happen,” but the powers that be, just wouldn’t listen.

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Thankfully so far only three homes are occupied and already they’ve had a flood warning, been advised to move belongings upstairs, and sandbags have been delivered (flood warning no longer in place).   There’s a lot of discussion about it on the Elstead Facebook Group if you’d like more info – 
The Showhome (plot 66) is one of the two houses pictured, with the river lapping at the garden fences (with slats designed to let the water through).  The water levels are not unusual for the time of year, and in 2013/2014 the water levels were significantly higher – some of these properties will flood, it’s just a matter of when.     You can find the plan with plots on here – https://watermeadowplace.com/the-development/
In fairness to Waverley Planners – they turned this site down – probably because it’s in Aunty Elsey’s patch – but no doubt a Government Inspector thought it would be fine for the new occupiers to have water lapping at their ankles!

NO CHANGE THERE THEN!

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Brightwells VR Walkthrough

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Bless old Waverley for giving the Art College a project.

Yep –  get a student to visualise the town square once it’s built? It is not exactly full of people, is it?

You can watch it here if the Christmas viewing isn’t up to much.

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Is it any wonder Farnham Town Council has taken over responsibility from Waverley Borough Council for all our town parks. It is called – control!

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Thank you message from Paul Follows

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A Big Thank you from the new boy that saw him land the second biggest surge in Lib Dem votes in the country!

See the South West Surrey Surge below. Think what it might have been if Dumber hadn’t promised to revoke Article 50! Mistake… Big Mistake!

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Leader of Godalming Town Council & Deputy Leader of Waverley Borough Council, says Thank you and wishes everyone in Waverley a Very Happy Christmas.

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You can hear Cllr Follows message by clicking on the Twitter link in blue below.

 

New lakeside homes available in Cranleigh?

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Exactly as residents predicted – the new homes consented by Waverley Planners to developers – Thakeham now have a lakeside view.

We hope – for the sake of their new occupants that the waters don’t reach them, as parts of Elmbridge Road go under water.

 

One local resident popped this picture into our inbox yesterday – saying what others have been saying for years about flood-prone Cranleigh – “how stupid to build on a floodplain immediately opposite a stinking sewage works and adjacent to Cranleigh Waters.”

Former MP Anne Milton who chairs the Cranleigh Flood Frum, called for an investigation after Developers Thakeham Homes representatives were allowed to sit around the planning officers’ table during the meeting when consent was given.

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Water, water leaking everywhere – but sometimes, not a drop to drink in Cranleigh and the eastern​ villages?

You can read more about the consent here.

Thakeham’s home – but certainly not dry!

In the interest of clarity – here are the new Cranleigh Health Trust’s future charitable aims.

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AN UPDATE on Changing the name – so what’s the game?

We understand from some of our followers that it was difficult to decipher the new Objects of the newly named – Cranleigh Health Trust – so here they are in larger print – so everyone can read them clearly, even if you cannot clearly understand them.

The Charity’s Objects are as follows: 

THE CHARITY’S OBJECTS ARE FOR THE RELIEF OF SICKNESS AND FOR THE PROTECTION AND PRESERVATION (No word – OF  – here) PUBLIC HEALTH IN CRANLEIGH, SURREY AND THE SURROUNDING AREA WITHIN THE AREA COVERED BY THE WAVERLEY PRIMARY CARE GROUP AND IN SUCH OTHER AREAS AS THE TRUSTEES THINK FIT IN PARTICULAR BY PROVIDING OR ASSISTING IN THE PROVISION (THROUGH THE PURCHASING,  LEASING, RUNNING, MAINTAINING OR OTHER INVOLVEMENT) OF A HOSPITAL THERETO IN CRANLEIGH AS A LOCAL HOSPITAL, NURSING HOME, OLD PEOPLE’S HOME, HEALTH CARE AND CLINIC OF ALL KINDS FOR THE PROVISION OF IN PATIENT OR OUT PATIENT, MEDICAL, SOCIAL, DOMESTIC AND OTHER FACILITIES AND EQUIPPING FOR THE RECUPERATION, CARE, ATTENTION, ENTERTAINMENT AND WELLBEING OF THE RESIDENTS OR PATIENTS THEREIN.

There you have it, boys and girls. Hopefully, you will find the above more legible this time.HOWEVER, THERE IS NO MENTION OF THE KITCHEN SINK?

 It is also interesting to note:

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Changing the name – so what’s the game?

As they say in a marriage – ‘Change the name but not the letters – you change for worse and not for better.”

After 20 years has the Cranleigh Charity, Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust (CVHT), given up or is it proposing to battle on regardless of public opinion? The residents, including many donors, have written to the Waverley Web saying they are completely baffled.

They are asking:

WHY has CVHT announced – just days after its planning application was refused for a Care Home + community beds  – a name change?  Does it seriously think it’s going to be a game-changer?  If so, they’re doomed to disappointment!

CVHT – CRANLEIGH VILLAGE HOSPITAL TRUST
HAS NOW BECOME
CVHT – CRANLEIGH VILLAGE HEALTH TRUST

 

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We very much doubt the people of Cranleigh and the Eastern Villages care about the so-called charity’s objectives any longer simply because they know it’s no longer a charity but a private enterprise.  

What they do care about is the fact that they’ve been robbed!  And in broad daylight!  Robbed of Circa £1.5/7m.
Until the Trustees of CVHT fess-up, admit to their chicanery and offer to reimburse those who supported their original objective – a NEW COTTAGE HOSPITAL – not a PRIVATELY OWNED NURSING HOME or any of the above named in its latest objectives, the Villagers – v – Trustees divide will continue.  
Rather like Momentum, the Trustees have built themselves an echo chamber and moved into it.  But what they need to remember is that there are more villagers than them and that doesn’t bode well for their welcome should they ever succeed in getting their next miserable, tainted project off the ground.  Do the residents of Cranleigh and the Eastern Villages want this self-serving project to succeed in the teeth of local opposition?  The answer is short and to the point: NO!  Perhaps there should be a vote on it? And, perhaps villagers should be putting themselves forward as future Trustees?

 Note the new Charitable Objects cater to the new Martini generation –  anyone anytime, anywhere! Provided the Trust can hang on to former parish land, and whatever public money is left in its coffers?

No wonder Cranleigh Parish Council, which handed over the proposed site in a land-swap, has set aside £3,000 of its limited funds to seek legal advice? 

Power to the people of the eastern villages as they joined Waverley Planners to give a controversial Care Home development the order of the boot.