So far most of the jaw, jaw, between the Leaders of Waverley Borough Council and one of its MP’s has been carried out in a local newspaper.
And, sometimes it has looked more like war, war – particulary when it comes to all matters Farnham. Plans for pedestrianisation; the town’s escalating traffic problems; serious air quality issues, the Blightwells saga; Woolmead; and so on it goes.
Residents of Farnham want some action. Action from our MP jeremy Hunt. Action from Surrey County Council and action from Waverley Borough Council. Action from someone, somewhere, anywhere to do something about the air pollution that is having a detrimental effect on our health, particularly the young and the elderly!
Waverley Borough Council has said it takes the issue of air quality ‘extremely seriously’.
But says plans to overcome the problems – ‘should not be rushed’.
It said: “The council has a statutory duty to monitor the borough’s air quality and draw up an action plan outlining what is needed to improve pollution levels. However, it does not have the responsibility or ability to carry out all of the actions.” It needs decisions by the highway authority and Government money – and it needs it NOW – Mr Hunt.
Of course ‘Your New Waverley’ cannot instantly produce a magic wand make up for the ten years during which our MP held high office, and the Conservatives controlled Waverley. During which time the air quality data was being falsified by an officer, and which went unnoticed by her managers, executives or councillors, of which there were many! Why? Because there is no accountability inside Waverley Towers. However, there was accountability for the officer, who is paying the price.Was this woman a scapegoat for the failure of others at ‘Your Waverley?’
We wait with baited breath to see if that situation will change under the new regime?
So isn’t it high time that The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt came out from behind the tree where he is hiding and forgot that his hold on SW Surrey was slashed by the upstart young Waverley Borough Councillor Paul Follows who gave him a nasty shock at the polls? Isn’t it time he, visited Waverley Borough Council – met and shook hands with the Leader John Ward – (after all he is/was a Tory) and the Lib Democrat Deputy Paul Follows, and got down to the serious business of constituency matters? Matters which includes the dreadful state of Farnham – instead of running a PR campaign of good guy, bad guy in the Farnham Herald?