The meeting was held yesterday at ‘Your Waverley.’
Trustees of The Cranleigh Village Health Trust, Waverley Council and Cranleigh Parish Council met yesterday to consider the future of ‘The Paddock Field’ in Knowle Lane.
The future of the controversial site owned by CVHT, earmarked for an 80-bed private nursing home and a residential block of flats, went under the microscope at Waverley Towers.
The former “Hospital’ Charitable Trust that trousered shedloads of money from residents of the eastern villages over a 20-year period was told in no uncertain terms by Waverley Planners that its 2021 scheme for the site was unacceptable and was subsequently REFUSED by 11 votes to one with one abstention.
The Waverley Web had heard that just a week ago that CVHT asked for the meeting to be postponed. They argued that they would prefer to meet with the new parish council chairman designate Cllr Nigel Sanctuary rather than the present chairman Cllr Liz Townsend. It also asked to have a member of the public, its PR Agent Martin Bamford to be present to “take notes”
Q Did Mr Bamford, who is the publicity guru for the Charity and its property developer associates, attend the meeting as a member of the public?
Andy Webb the man who leads the public campaign to stop the development said this:
After asking the CVHT if I could attend this meeting they suggested that I contact the Parish Council as they were arranging it.The reply from the PC was that I was on the list of people to contact when they knew the time and date of the meeting, which in all stupidity I took as a yes to attend the meeting.This morning, 10 minutes before the meeting was due to start I received this email from the PC.I’m sure that the CVHT and WBC were not only given 10 minutes notice?
Meeting with WBC and CVHT
Dear AndyThe Parish Council is meeting with Waverley Borough Council and Cranleigh Village Health Trust at 11.00 am today to discuss the One Public Estate.The Council asked me to make your group aware of this meeting.
I know the minutes of the meeting will be made public but why are we being stopped from voicing our concerns from the start.Why are the PC, the CVHT and WBC not willing for the campaign group to be involved?One of my main concerns is, why, after the PC said that all future meetings involving the CVHT should be held in public are they holding this meeting behind closed doors?
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