LAUGH? WE AT THE WAVERLEY WEB NEARLY CRIED when our Farnham correspondent told us about South West Surrey MP, Jeremy Hunt’s latest wheeze – er, initiative!
Oh! and he may even want to run the country?
‘I simply don’t understand it,’ she wailed. ‘Has he had some sort of Damascan conversion on the B2130 to Dunsfold?’
So it would seem for the King of Hypocrisy to be belatedly riding to the rescue to save Godalming and Farnham from major development! Talk about trying to bolt the stable door after the horse has bolted!!!
For those of you who don’t bother to read Our Jeremy’s billet-doux when they pop through the letterbox, the man who was so opposed to development at Dunsfold Aerodrome that he – along with Anne Milton, former MP for Guildford – gave evidence to the first Public Inquiry, is now asking if Waverley residents would like to see the majority of local house building take place on the brownfield site –
up to 6,000 homes!!!
How the mighty have fallen! Back in 2017 – a mere four years ago – it was none other than our Jeremy who asked one of his minister mates to call in Waverley planners’ decision to consent 1,800 homes on the brownfield site. He was not as upfront about his involvement as his Guildford colleague Anne Milton, who held the whip hand at the time.
Subsequently, Secretary of State Sajid Javid gave the scheme the go-ahead, but even then, it went all the way to the High Court – driven hell-for-leather by Protect Our Waverley (Who? We hear you ask, as you may well, given PoW – who nobly claimed they were standing up for all of Waverley, despite all indications to the contrary, that it was just Dunsfold they were interested in and then disappeared – not quite in a puff of smoke but as good as – when they lost their battle in the High Court, and it was all over bar the shouting – of which there was A LOT!).
So why is our Jeremy – after years of opposition – suddenly taking such a keen and renewed interest in housing at Dunsfold Park? He’s not so much trying to breathe new life into the scheme – which appears to have fallen by the wayside under the aegis of Richard Turncoat, the Bursar at Trinity College Cambridge – as to give it an injection of steroids!
Bob Lies and Little Britton will be choking on their cornflakes and spewing out their coffee – although the latter will, no doubt, continue to bluster that he had nothing, absolutely nothing, you hear me, to do with PoW – this from his new platform as an Alfold Parish Councillor – where he continues to do his utmost to interfere in every aspect of what will happen at Dunsfold Park.
So, there you have it, folks, one of our local MPs, who was a dyed in the wool opponent of housing development at Dunsfold Park, has done a complete vole face and now wants to know if residents would like the site to …
“take as many houses as possible to take the pressure off the rest of the borough.“
But before Little Britten reaches for the defibrillator to revive Bob Lies, Jeremy hasn't been entirely insensitive. He has at least included a tick box for those who feel 6,000 homes there are too many!