Have you been to Surrey County Council’s drop-in consultations to find out exactly what its proposed cuts will mean for the future of our essential services?
Councillors Paul Follows and his county council colleague Councillor Penny Rivers were there – and are fuming.
Where were all the Tory Tossers? – Out ordering the turkey? Writing their Christmas Cards or wrapping presents? Watching the debacle that was unfolding at Westminster? Because they certainly weren’t to be seen at an event staged by the County Council to explain how they intend to save shedloads of money by closing our recycling centres in Farnham & Cranleigh, close children’s centres, libraries etc…!
Of course, the elephant at Waverley Towers is the fact there was no mention of the £50 odd million (SCC) has invested in Brightwell’s Yard. The county council and borough’s widely criticised partnership to build 28 new retail and restaurant units + homes in Farnham’s East Street. Did they mention their years of financial mismanagement of one of the wealthiest counties in the country?
Listen to what Councillor Paul Follows has to say. A councillor who has been in post for less than a year, learning on the job, listens to the public and becomes more disillusioned every day that goes by.
Thank you on behalf of the people of Waverley Councillor Follows for telling us how angry and concerned you are – and we will ensure we make both ours, and your views, known.
Here at the Waverkey Web he’s a man after our own hearts. But, you know what? In next Mays elections the Tories will do their damndest to kick him out?
Build more homes say The Conservatives! Build more homes on Brownfield land says the Government! Convert empty offices into flats without planning permission says the Government! Brilliant – instant housing numbers say the Conservatives!
The unintended consequences of converting town centre offices to flats means naturally – there are no places to work in our towns. And to afford a town centre flat (starting at £350k), you’ll naturally need to commute to London. And you’ll be so busy working, you’ll need to rely on Amazon Prime and Ocado online to deliver your internet shopping. Visit the high street? Don’t have time – except for maybe a cheeky Saturday stroll around a Farmers Market.
The consequences of all this are there are no office workers to buy sandwiches and eat out during the day, and everybody is so tired or poor, they can’t afford to eat out in the evening. Hence Godalming’s failing high street:
Photos from Huw Price on the Community Board.
In addition the franchisee of Subway has handed back the lease, and independent Bar Coretto have shut down completely. Alan Paine Knitwear has gone, and next door to them the Scats/Mole Countryside store has shuttered. Opposite them the English Chain company are rumoured to be developing their offices works for flats too.
You can’t even spend a penny in Godalming High Street, since Waverley shut the toilets in Crown Court – although we understand the local councillors are so fed up of being pissed upon by Waverley that the Town Council will be investing in new bog roll very soon.
There is so much ranting going on in ‘Your Waverley’ at present we have decided to have a separate section so you can rant away at your hearts content!
See the headings inside the Waverley Spider’s Web. Click on Rants. If you want to rant – just let us know. Here’s one we received a while back.
We even extend an open invitation to those poor old Waverley Councillors who are bitterly complaining that they that they were not even warned, or informed that a new Managing Director had been appointed, until after they read it here on the Waverley Web! Tail wagging that Waverley Dog again?
Not content with weighing the vote as usual in South West Surrey, Jeremy Hunt seemed a little ungracious in his speech at the count. He went out of his way to attack his nearest rival Dr Louise Irvine for ‘peddling falsehoods’. The Farnham Herald reported Dr Louise as “visibly shaken”. Now most people will have missed this little spat, as it took place at 4am. Here’s a video we tracked down:
Dr Louise Irvine hits back at Jeremy Hunt in this blog post, saying:
“On Thursday night, in your acceptance speech, you accused me of “falsehoods”.
In your words, you accuse me of lying about “both our record with the NHS and also our motives”. You were clearly rattled that over 12,000 people in South West Surrey showed their concern for the NHS and voted for someone who questioned your record, but that is what democracy is all about – holding the government to account.
The truth is that I haven’t lied for the simple reason that I haven’t needed to. The facts speak for themselves.”
Dr Louise goes on to list many of Jeremy Hunt’s factual failings with the NHS. So who do you believe – an unqualified politician, or an actual frontline doctor?
The number is 54! Yes 54 new houses headed for Elmbridge Road in Cranleigh. The decision will be made tonight (Wed 28th June; 6.30pm) at Waverley’s Joint Planning Committee. We urge you to attend and make your voice heard!
N.B. The Met Office has just issued a Flood Warning for Cranleigh Waters: “For Cranleigh Waters, the areas affected include Elmbridge, Shamley Green and Bramley and the Littlemead Brook including Cranleigh.”
The map below shows the area between Elmbridge at the top and the blue Littlemead Brook stream at the bottom which is.. subject to tonight’s Planning Application (Planning Ref : WA/2016/1921) recommended for Approval by Officers for 54 homes.
Our friends at the Cranleigh Society say: “This entire site was underwater in Dec 2013/Jan 2014 – the road, which was higher than the site, was impassable. In January 2015 about 30% of the site was flooded. And then there’s the smell from the sewage works..” Thakeham Homes have stated that “odour is not considered to be a constraint to residential development at the site”.
Those three little blue SUD’s will be working overtime!
We agree with the Cranleigh Society – write to Anne Milton, Cranleigh’s MP and ask her to ‘call in’ this outrageous application. Email her on firstname.lastname@example.org with reference WA/2016/1921 Land South Of Elmbridge Road, Cranleigh – perhaps notice will be taken if lots of people request it!
Make yourself a strong black coffee – because you’ll need it – then sit back and listen to the tremendous risks Surrey County Council is taking with YOUR money. The property department has made a loss, and the profit making social care company ‘Surrey Choices’ as so far made a profit of.. er… er… sorry a LOSS of £3.2 million
There is a list of all Surrey’s £148m property portfolio OUTSIDE Surrey here
And now ‘Your Waverley” are at it too! And… as the Waverley Web has
said many times…..