"Oh what a tangled web we weave, when once we practise to deceive.
Is this a bad joke for a Waverley’s eastern village?
Surrey County Council launched an on-demand minibus scheme with much fanfare: any day but Sunday – when most buses don’t run.
But not in Alfold!
Because developer Thakeham Homes wanted to dump the legal (106 agreement ), it signed with Surrey and Waverley Councils to give villagers a demand-led service when it received consent to build 99 homes there.
So, a developer can promise an Inspector and sign a legal agreement during an appeal for £400,000 towards a “super uber,” as the Inspector described it, or a new hospital or school, a donkey sanctuary and then shred it!
Waverley & Guildford CEO Tom Horwood shreds Waverley’s legal agreement with Thakeham Homes and Surrey County Council to provide Alfold with a demand-led bus service.
Wow! Good news or what for Trinity College Cambridge? Is that the sound of the zillion-pound legal agreement it signed getting ready for take-off from Dunsfold airfield’s runway and heading for planet Zonk?!?
Despite SCC signing a legal agreement with devious developer Thakeham Homes and Waverley, following appeal consent for 99 homes in Loxwood Road, Alfold, with the caveat that the developer provides a £400,000 contribution towards this service, the developer now wants it shredded.
Why? Because having trousered consent, it is now doing a deal to flog it all off to a housing association called Abri Homes for, yep, you guessed, homes for rent and shared ownership to reduce ‘Your Waverley’s housing list.
Since last Monday, the service has expanded into five Surrey towns as part of a sustainable travel push.
Surrey Connect uses accessible minibuses, which can be booked anytime, rather than operating on a traditional timetable.
Buses will run in Tandridge, Cranleigh, Farnham, West Guildford and Longcross.
But not in Alfold
Surrey County Council (SCC) said it was funding the scheme following the success of a service launched in Mole Valley in 2022.
The authority said the scheme would “improve access to sustainable transport in areas of the county where there are fewer bus services.”
But not in Alfold!
Journeys can be booked online with 30 minutes’ notice or up to seven days ahead. Fares are charged based on how many miles are travelled, starting from £2 for adults.
WW noticed the Farnham area map that extends towards Elstead, but no settlement East of the river Wey is mentioned because it’s too far out to make the timetable viable.