Will private meetings burst the CVHT health boil?

A meeting between village leaders a Cranleigh Charity and Waverley Planners will soon take place. 

Now the generous folks of the eastern villages who dug deep into their pockets to fund a new replacement hospital find themselves 20 years later with no money left in the kitty, and a green field with no planning consents.

Apologies to the Cranleigh Community Group which we referred to as the Cranleigh Community Board in our early morning posting. That was a previous social media site that died a death and disappeared one night. Mainly due to adverse comments about CVHT.

 They no longer need or want a replacement hospital after it became mired in controversy after it morphed into a huge private nursing home.  After two decades of – no show – villagers are now urging the health authorities to provide a spanking new Urgent Treatment Centre to service Cranleigh and Villages. The services they need and want to be provided from the old cottage hospital. This much-loved and publicly-funded building in the high street adjacent to the Village Way public car park is now home to a variety of services. These include:

  • X-Ray – Ultrasounds – Maternity – Physiotherapy – Phlebotomy –  Outpatient Clinics and more.

All are attributed to the hard work and dedication of the League of Friends – headed by its stalwart Chairman Dianne Davies known to many as  “the Welsh wizard.”

Building on those core services has been an ambition of the League, which includes some Cranleigh GP’s, for many years. A Charity – that has no association with the Cranleigh Village Health Trust.

 The League’s bid for an Acute Treatment Centre has the backing of Cranleigh’s leading and well-respected Facebook Cranleigh Community Group headed by Andy Webb, whose mother worked at the hospital in its heyday.

It was the CCB’s tireless efforts in securing both petitions and many hundreds of objection letters that prompted Waverley ~Planners to refuse Cranleigh Village Hospital now Health Trust’s latest planning application. This was for a private nursing home with community beds and residential accommodation.

However, the public are now fearful of what the charity intends to do with the controversial piece of land it still owns?

Here’s the decision. Cranleigh charity’s request for ‘private meeting’ UNANIMOUSLY REFUSED.


Now Mr Webb and his numerous followers need help to secure a long-held dream to take the old hospital into the future with up-to-date services for a growing community. Cranleigh GP’s boast a 17,000 patient list which can only grow like Topsy due to a massive building programme in the area.

He says: WE NEED YOUR HELP

Cranleigh Village Hospital League Of Friends and Cranleigh Village Hospital Campaign Group need your help.
As you may be aware, the Campaign Group was originally set up to campaign for the return of a minor injury clinic in the village hospital.
We are now campaigning for an Acute Treatment Centre (ATC) which is one step up from a minor injury clinic.
Please could you comment as to why you think this will be beneficial to Cranleigh and your experiences of having to visit Guildford Hospital for something that could of been dealt with in a local Acute Treatment Centre.
We need as much feedback as possible please as this could help with bringing this facility back to Cranleigh.
Thank you.
 Comments have poured into social media over many months. But there is some concern in the group that Cranleigh Parish Council, who once owned the land, have agreed to talks with Waverley Planners and the Charity to determine the future of the former playing fields off Knowle Lane.
They want to know why a member of the influential Campaign Group hasn’t been included in the ‘private talks? The parish council maintains it IS the public and will fearlessly defend the public interest.  As it claims, it always has and is neither responsible nor culpable for the mistakes made by previous holders of the office.
However, John Winser a vociferous opponent of the previous CVHT scheme asks.
“How can a transparent process start with a meeting in private? Its somewhat like CVHT’s public meetings that we are welcome to attend but are never told where or when they are. Give the distrust of this community it seems like madness.  I cannot comprehend it!
Perhaps someone can explain to me how a transparent public process starts with a private meeting?”

Some now believe traffic congestion and population growth make the ACT facility a necessity and not a luxury. 

This has become an essential part of essential infrastructure now, surely?

    • An absolute necessity for our village, given the significant increase in the local population irrespective of age etc. It would also be a huge help in relieving pressure from the RSCH in their A and E department.

  • Sal Parrott

    When husband (80) came back from a Cranleigh supermarket with a nasty ragged cut on his shin, I rang 111, who said a doctor would ring back. 2 hours later I tried Cranleigh Pharmacy, and the lovely pharmacist said he’d be able to deal with it, but wouldn’t be allowed to. So we drove to RSCH A&E. When I apologised to the nurse who sorted out the cut, she said ‘pre-tibial lacerations in older people can lead to problems unless properly treated, so please don’t apologise’. A Cranleigh ATC would have avoided bothering Guildford’s busy Emergency department. This is even more important for people who don’t drive. A kind neighbour would probably give a lift to Cranleigh, but a 3-hour trip to Guildford is above and beyond.

    Jan B Williams

    I think this facility is essential to Cranleigh.When we first came to live here the village hospital was a godsend to us,with 3 young boys it was great not to trek to the R/S every time the had an injury.With the growing population now here having to travel with small children to Guildford and the difficult with the parking, having the facility on your doorstep is ideal.

So the controversy continues…?

Waverley Leader Paul Follows has the last word. Saying the public ARE represented by their elected councillors, and there will come a point when the consultation will follow as the next step.
“Distrust of CVHT is one thing, but distrust of CPC in its current incarnation, I would find difficult to agree with as they are beyond reproach. But taking a step back for a moment – the whole issue with CVHT does cause everyone (including me) to have an emotive response.”
He added that part of the point of representative democracy, at all levels, means it is impractical to have public participation in everything in full view all the time.

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