New Schools for the eastern villages coming soon?

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As you may know the property arm of Surrey County Council wants to relocate three schools into new buildings in Cranleigh.

The chosen site is behind existing homes on Cranleigh Common – and the new access for all the pedestrian traffic is between existing residential properties along an old, mainly disused footpath, opposite The Curry Inn on the High Street.

It is intended to provide around 540 places for primary school children and 68 nursery school places.

There is no parking provision, so presumably, the county wally’s are expecting motorists to stop in the high street to let their children out to walk across a common and reach the dark and dismal footpath alongside, we are told by the locals, a large white house owned by, wait for it, yes you guessed the Flying Dutchman. We collect stamps and money-off vouchers –  he collects property?

We have heard from villagers that they are predicting illegal parking and traffic chaos in the High St.

 We heard that the planning application for the school replacements was to be considered on January 14th, but the meeting, according to the SCC website was cancelled.  Does anyone over there know when it will be considered? Or, has it already been granted under officers delegated powers? Because if there are not enough letters of objection it will go through on a nod and a wink!

Here’s a post we made earlier.

Traffic chaos and danger for children in Cranleigh here it comes?
Please note this is an amended proposal so any comments made previously need to be resubmitted.
Please write, quoting the reference number SCC Ref 2018/0138 to:
Caroline Smith (case officer)

Copies to: Andrew Povey (surrey county councillor)

Just as a matter of interest.

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Here’s what the Cranleigh Society, the organisation that speaks up for the village says:

All our concerns for the future of Cranleigh Primary Schools continue

We are still beavering away as best we can –  and for all the letters and emails you sent to the various people we suggested – thank you!  We have received the Officers’ responses and are examining all minutely for gaps in logic and care.

 We feel under threat.

We believe Cranleigh is under threat from Surrey County council due to its apparent willingness to proceed to build a new school on its green fields. However, it does NEED  planning permission from Waverley Borough Council to build around 90 & 17 dwellings on the existing school sites in order to part-fund the new school and nursery.

They consulted with the right people?

Various meetings and online papers produced over the years – lead everyone to believe they’re actually was no choice.  To obtain a new school and nursery the community has to have all that new housing. SCC has done its figures – others have too, and just don’t agree. It is clear that a new school could have been built in the grounds of the old one when the two sites first joined together!

They are sure they can persuade nearly all the children to walk to school

By creating a very congested set of roads the future deems everyone will all walk and cycle – right? Little consideration then for those who have to deliver and collect from more that one school or nursery every day. Those who live further than 2 miles away – yes, those are all meant to walk like our grandparents did – and those who depend on Grandparents and carers who come from further away.  A greener future can’t be created this way…..

Traffic and Safety issues

We know that all Primary school suffer traffic issues, especially in September with new intakes!  This scheme however beggars belief!  Parsonage Road is where people have always parked, including the school buses. Now it is proposed to add more cars and vans of those living in the new housing – and the increased cycling – all accessed from a building tucked away behind established housing on Cranleigh Common. All of whose residents will be adversely impacted by the noise and any possible anti-social behaviour. 

We are trying

Cranleigh Society representatives and councillors have been asked to attend a meeting – online soon and hope to represent your views so do write in and let us know details of your feelings – especially if you can “consult” with future parents of the schools and nursery.


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