Now that, ‘Our Jeremy’ is back in the smoke – we presume he’s too busy to shlep around Waverley?

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Do you remember how “Our Jeremy’ made a big issue about his personal fight against anti-social behaviour – during the General Election – of course!

 

There he was schmoozing with the locals around Farncombe and Godalming telling them all  how he leading the fight against ASB, and making it his his personal crusade. The crusade that the residents of Farncombe & Godalming had been addressing for many months through public meetings, and meetings with their borough councillors,  Surrey’s Police & Crime Commissioner David Monro and the local bobbies.

So was the comeback kid, there posting leaflets through the doors of his residents with the stalwarts pictured below. You bet your bottom teenager he wasn’t!

More likely sniffing around Westminster looking for a new post, that would give him enough time to earn another entrepreneurial crust and spend more quality time with his family. Now’s the time to step up to the mark Jeremy – you hold the power now use it!

After all Election won – game over!

 

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Here’s what the real activators are doing in a bid to solve the problem.

Antisocial Behaviour – Update Jan 24th

Good evening everyone. A lot more comments tonight and a little bit over the last week (with a couple of really notable instances that the police are following up on).

I am here to serve the community as best I can, and in that spirit have tried to use what position I have in our town and borough councils to ASSIST the bodies that have legal and financial responsibility for the police (the police and crime commissioner and our MP) to do what they can for our area.

Criminalisation of minors for antisocial behaviour should not be a first resort, but that can and will happen (and has happened) where the police have sufficient evidence and justification to do so. I want to be clear that although I do not think it a proper first resort, it should happen when merited. You can see from page 1 of the leaflet that has happened.

And of course where we are talking about serious escalation of that (such as Arson) there is no question in my mind about a need for police action.

In Farncombe and some of Binscombe we have delivered a leaflet to residents updating them on some of the progress, and for those outside that area the link below is a copy of that leaflet.

But can I please, please make a request of residents. Write to Mr Munro, the Police and Crime Commissioner. Write to our MP, Jeremy Hunt. These people are the ones responsible here. Ask them about police resource, and about cuts to the other services (such as youth services) that contribute to crime and especially to ASB.

I’m not the sort of person that will argue the borough and town should just stick to its own business and responsibilities because it’s politically ‘safer’ for us to do so.

I also respect that some residents are frustrated by this. Some will get frustrated at me – because it’s me that is here for you to be annoyed at.

I get frustrated as I can’t instantly fix this for you.

Part of why I stood for parliament here where I live was to try to be in a position to do more.

But I have to ask, would residents prefer the town and borough councils and the councillors to be silent on this issue (because it is technically not our responsibility?) I don’t think that is the morally right thing to do but would like to understand residents views on that?

But the entities responsible for policing need to hear from you too. You need to ask them why they are not here to hear your frustration too.

Happy to discuss as always.

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The strange case of Carmel Oates.

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Tories Sowing Oates in Milford?

 
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Thanks be to whoever had the good sense not to allow him to , try, try and try again to join the Tory trough at ‘Your Waverley.’
Carmel has stepped up and suddenly morphed from being an Independent on Witley Parish Council with no obvious track record of any serious activity  in Milford into the Conservative Candidate in the Milford by-election. 
 
So why isn’t Carmel described as the ‘Conservative Candidate’ in the recent Tory data harvesting exercise?  By the time this dropped through the post onto the doormats of a considerable number of Milford residents on 20 January, Carmel had already been nominated to run for the Conservatives in the Milford Ward By-election on 13 February.  She was also being touted by other Conservatives as their candidate on social media.  So you would have thought that they would be broadcasting this all over the place. But no, on the data harvester she is just 50% of “the Conservative Team” along with Tory perennial, Peter Martin.  
Here’s our earlier post outlining the data harvesting exercise.The Tories data harvesting has begun in a bid to snaffle a vacant seat in Milford.
 
It all seems a bit odd to us bunch of old cynics at the Waverley Web. 
 
According to the Electoral Commission, the question to ask about the any piece of material is,  was this …

…”material that can be reasonably regarded as intended to promote or procure the election of a candidate at an election” 

 

Could it possibly be that the reason she isn’t called the “Conservative Candidate” and it doesn’t refer to the election, is because somebody in Tory HQ at Hindhead thinks that by not labelling her as the candidate they won’t need to include this expensive piece of Tory propaganda in her election expenses? Tut, tut!

Waverley Web can see it must be a bit frustrating for the Tories. They are awash with money but the limits on what you can spend in a Borough Council election are peanuts compared to what they are used to chucking at elections. But do they really expect people to swallow the idea that Carmel and Peter have suddenly developed this burning interest in the views and voting intentions of (some) Milford residents at the same time as she stands for election?  Surely not. The Tories may be rich but they aren’t stupid and we are sure that Carmel herself wouldn’t want to entertain such behaviour, would she? We look forward to hearing from her. 

Link to electoral commission website here…… just in case  the Oates/Martin  duo  have forgotten  how the rules work.

Its official – Jeremy Hunt has contracted a deadly virus – AMNESIA!

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Has he had a memory lapse – does the name Sharmila Chowdhury ring any bells for you Mr Hunt?

If you have had a complete memory lapse, about your decade as Secretary of State for Health – read one we made earlier? How Jeremy Hunt protects Whistleblowers.

Just remind yourself what whistleblowing does for your career in the National Stealth Service. Leaves you destitute, ill, shunned by your colleagues, and worst of all – unable to work in the service you loved.

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You mention in your subsequent  Tweet that...

” Of course we should remember that UK has some of the finest & safest maternity care in the world, and huge progress has been made in bringing down stillbirth and neonatal death rates. But there is still too much avoidable harm, and it is taking far too long to come to light.”

 

If only you had been in charge of the system for the best part of a decade. The Waverley Web is sure you would have sorted it out?

Did the Tories use the promise of a new leisure centre to dupe Cranleigh residents into voting for them?

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Shortly before last year’s borough elections the Tories announced a huge £12.7m spending pot for improving leisure centres in Farnham, Godalming and building a new one in Cranleigh.

Millions will be poured into the borough’s leisure facilities​ – but Cranleigh could be the biggest winner with a £12.7m jackpot.

The Tories  accepted that the massive population increase in the east of the borough and the sorry state of existing facilities rendered it unfit  for the large influx of young families, so only Cranleigh should benefit from  a new build.

The EXECUTIVE gave the go-ahead for a detailed design and procurement exercise to extend  Farnham and Godalming leisure centres and for up plans for a new leisure centre in Cranleigh.

It anticipated that Godalming would have approximately 1,500 new homes, and Farnham 2,780, but although residents there are currently well served, with existing leisure facilities, improvements could be made. Haslemere Leisure Centre had received a £4.2m refurbishment in 2014. Cranleigh and its environs would 5,000 new homes.

It was agreed to set aside £3.2m to press ahead with detailed specifications for improvements at  Farnham and Godalming leisure centres, subject to negotiations with Places for People on their future management. However, Cranleigh would be the real winner in the borough’s leisure stakes with a new purpose-built centre, possibly on a new site?

Now over a year later – there are no firm plans for the development in Cranleigh and …

On Tuesday Tory Cllr Richard Seaborne (Bramley) asked officers would money be set aside for just the maintenance of  Cranleigh’s  Leisure Centre?

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He added. “Those of us in the east of the borough have raised the question of the absence of any eastern representation on the council’s EXECUTIVE. Which doesn’t give the area a “fair shout.”  Whilst future funding for projects in Godalming and Farnham was laudable,  what about Cranleigh and Dunsfold Park, why weren’t they on the list? 

Would funds be set aside to keep Cranleigh leisure Centre going until it was redeveloped? 

Officers gave assurances that a rolling programme of maintenance would continue to ensure Cranleigh’s centre continued to operate. But there was no mention of a new centre!

However, Finance director Graham Clarke advised there would be an opportunity for councillors in the East to bid for monies from the Community Infrastructure Fund through the CIL Advisory Board. Might be an idea to start that conversation NOW, he suggested.

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Ask Angela if you live in Guildford and the Waverley eastern villages?

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It’s official.  Angela Richardson, Guildford & villages new MP supports development in the Green Belt and doesn’t support re-opening the Horsham to Guildford Railway line.

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Is Guildford, Cranleigh and villages new MP Angela unperturbed about the increase in traffic from Horsham / Cranleigh, and into the  Bramley bottleneck, as motorists make their way nose to tail through Shalford into Guildford?

Or, does she believe a railway station would see another explosion of housing development in the eastern villages which will worsen traffic queues?

 

Now she has  put up a People Poll on one of the the Cranleigh Community Boards asking villagers?  Do they or don’t they support Surrey County Council’s plans to re-locate two schools. It wants to move the Middle School from Parsonage Road, and the Infants School and a Nursery in Church Lane into a new building on a new site adjacent to Glebelands School also in Parsonage Road. The former school sites would then be redeveloped with 91 new homes: Planning decision here: Waverley planners refuse 91 new homes and send the county council back to the drawing board.

As a former parish councillor – she joined her colleagues in their opposition to the scheme. The parish council has objected  – among a host of reasons it is claiming that the development will cause road dangers for children and the public, with a concentration of far too much residential and educational redevelopment in one place in central Cranleigh.

The schools applications will be considered on February 27 and will be recommended for approval, and, no doubt,  with the support of Cranleigh SCC councillor Andrew Povey, will be approved?

The homes application which was refused, as it takes away valuable parking baywill have to be resubmitted to Waverley Planners for its approval.

So far, most Cranleigh residents are 66% against – 34% support.

Shortly before the general election  Ewhurst resident, Ms Richardson, claimed that the Conservative campaign that the threat of former Conservative Anne Milton, standing as an Independent, splitting the Tory vote. was “not a problem,” and her prediction proved to be correct. 

It may not be easy for a Cranleigh parish councillor with little experience of grassroots local government let alone, the hothouse of Waverley Towers, to make an impact at Westminster. However, ten out of ten for concentrating on local issues. WW will be interested to see whether her Tory-controlled county council colleagues will take a damn bit of notice of what she, or the locals think?

Having swung in on Boris’s coat-tails by calling for Brexit, she mopped up 26,317 votes to experienced politician Lib Dem Zoe Franklin’s 22,980. Anne Rouse – Labour bagged 4,515, and Anne Milton – Tory MP for Guildford for 15 years – 4,356. John Morris Peace Party 483. In the 2017 General Election Anne Milton polled 30,295 votes and Zoe Franklin 13,255. So there was a huge leap of faith for the Lib Dems.

Mrs Richardson said voters were fed up with Brexit and wanted it done and the greater certainty would be good for business. While admitting there might be a short-term economic downturn, the longer-term future for the UK out of the EU, was “bright.”

She certainly proved it wasn’t ORANGE!

Although she lives in Ewhurst, near Cranleigh, she does not support reopening the Guildford, Cranleigh to Horsham line to reduce road congestion. She also supports the controversial Local Plan for Guildford and the strategic green belt sites it includes.

So do her views include the Green Belt in parts of the Waverley Borough? 

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Will residents ever get the true costs of fighting to keep ‘Your Waverley’s’ Local Plan?

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At an  Overview & Scrutiny Meeting this week the little matter of how much it has cost to fight appeals came up for debate.

Among the long list of appeals –  78 in 2018/19 – came  one for £107,367 to date on the court challenges to its Local Plan Part 1. ( This figure from a Freedom of Information request made by residents did not include all the costs) – perhaps one day, we will get the TRUE figure. Ah, well we can all dream can’t we?
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Those Court Challenges came from:  Protect Our Waverley – a bunch of has beens, who have never been protecting ‘Our Waverley, only their own Dunsfold back yards,  and The Campaign for The Protection of England, who say one thing nationally and do another locally!
Nationally it wants brownfield sites developed first – locally it doesn’t!
This week the committee heard that CPRE had paid over its £20,000 costs awarded by the Court of Appeal to Waverley. Which had slightly, only ever-so slightly,  lightened the heavy load of costs borne by the borough’s beleaguered council tax payers.
However, the £30,000, which the Protect Our Waverley’s Band of Brothers & Sisters has to stump up – has not yet been forthcoming. Wonder why? Surely there is enough in its coffers, over £250,000 ably collected by former Alfold Parish Clerk Beverley Weddell on POW’s behalf.
Perhaps now that she has left the council and is working for the Guildford Conservative Association she is helping them fill their coffers instead of POW’s and money is a bit tight?

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The new chief of planning Zac Ellwood, who has just hopped over the border from Guildford, told councillors, that Councillor Jerry Hyman, was quite right in his assertion that the figures quoted for appeals generally, were not the complete picture.
The costs quoted were only for legal counsel and expert witnesses – and did not include other costs such as officers’ time.
He says he is planning a more “robust” planning system in future to avoid as many appeals as possible and signalled possible changes in the council’s committee structure, and more “robust” decision-making.
So watch out – there’s an Ellwood about!

The Tories data harvesting has begun in a bid to snaffle a vacant seat in Milford.

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All this transparent crap about, ” Milford being a wonderful  village in which to live and many of you wish to keep it that way.” Truth is the Tories don’t give a damn and are responsible for inflicting  a shedload of housing at Milford golf course, on a site that floods and needs a boardwalk. In fact Waverley’s Chief Tory Whip proposed granting permission for 200 homes – on a wing and a prayer – in the hope that the developer may, just may, reduce the number to 180!

The locals know that Station Road repeatedly floods and where there are inadequate pavements. A road that meets a dangerous junction which is at capacity.

Last night Waverley Planners gave developers the go-ahead to build homes on Milford Golf Course.

So, if the voting fodder, read this and fill in the form from Tory T’s Peter Martin and Carmel Oates and don’t see it for what it is, unadulterated election literature, then all we can say is – poor old Milford!

As for holding the new ‘Independent” council to account – wrong it is a Rainbow coalition of parties which includes Farnham Residents, Independents, Greens and Labour – they must be joking.

Regular readers of the Waverley Web we know why their council finances are not in good shape. Tory Government grant cuts, poor management by the Tories and Blightwells Yard in Farnham.Will ‘Your Waverley’ be shaken and stirred by the shocking revelations on Blightwells?

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It’s called doing the decent thing in Milford.

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The Liberal Democrats and ‘Your Waverley’s’ Alliance has come together to do the honourable thing in memory of one its valued past colleagues.

WW Wonders if the Tories will honour Jack Lee’s  memory too – or will it stick one up Milford and donate one of its own in time honoured fashion. Because this election is not about people is it? It’s about Politics?  or, maybe, jut maybe the Tories will break the habit of a lifetime?

Milford By-election – February 13th 2020

As many of you are aware, a borough council by-election has been called to fill the vacancy left by the independent councillor, Jack Lee, who sadly passed away late last year.Sad news for the residents of Milford and Waverley with the announcement of the death of Jack Lee.

In Local elections in May 2019 the people of Milford elected one Liberal Democrat (Cllr Christine Baker) and one progressive independent (Cllr Jack Lee).

Out of respect for Jack and for the decision the people of Milford so recently made, the Liberal Democrats have chosen not to put up a candidate.

Said Lib Dem. councillor and Waverley’s Deputy Leader Paul Follows:

We will instead be supporting Independent candidate, Maxine Gale. You might have noticed that the Green Party and the Labour Party have not put up a candidate either and you can likely expect statements from their group leaders too.

I also want to give my backing to Maxine, who I know to be an active and effective councillor for Witley Parish (both on the ground and social media). We have worked together on several matters for the residents of Milford and Witley, and are both members of the NHS stakeholder group for Guildford and Waverley. Maxine and Cllr Baker would also make an excellent team for Milford.

The ‘rainbow coalition’ running Waverley BC is a co-operative group looking for the best people to work for the good of residents. We are able and willing to put party politics aside for the greater good of a ward and the borough, and in supporting Maxine Gale, we believe we are keeping to those values.

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Campaign page above for Maxine Gale for Milford Ward. A local resident, who has served 20yrs on Witley Parish Council, and is a local business owner.

Posts on other councillors standing, will be included on future posts.

A bit of a do/don’t about Brexit celebrations.

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If you want to wipe the smile off this man’s face – go out and celebrate BREXIT – but with your own money.

Spending Waverley taxpayer’s money is an easy thing to do. A perfect example is a decision made by numerous parish councils in the eastern villages to oppose development at Dunsfold Aerodrome.   A campaign led by Alfold PC and followed by Dunsfold; Chiddingfold; Bramley and would you believe Loxwood in West Sussex, all of whom dug deep into the taxpayers’ pockets.  Some contributing as much as £10,000 from minuscule precepts!  All wiped out in legal fees to oppose development on a brownfield site!

Thank our lucky stars that some commonsense has prevailed with this message from the Deputy Leader of ‘Your Waverley’ over the highly decisive issue of BREXIT commemorations, celebrations or commiserations. 

Whatever your views on the ‘B’ word – let’s face it our borough, county and parish councils have challenges enough to deal with, without squandering money on unnecessary expenditure. With council tax rises, and rent rises in the offing, and numerous jobs and businesses threatened. Maybe we should all keep shtum and let the B word – just happen? 

 

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The Flying Dutchman does a runner.

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Shortly before Christmas (a few moments after its planning application to build a Care Home, Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust morphed into another charity: Cranleigh Village Health Trust.

Changing the name – so what’s the game?

In the interest of clarity – here are the new Cranleigh Health Trust’s future charitable aims.

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Now it has lost its former Chairman-President, Trustee who, apparently according to the mutter in Cranleigh’s gutter – is now spending more time with his personal interests, as a property developer. Which, according to the locals, was always his sole intention – but his comfort blanket was the “hospital project.” Now that has been pulled away – for the time being, he will follow his main interest – owning Cranleigh through his company ‘Lettuce and Leafhy.’

His latest cunning plan to turn the village’s treasured department store, or at least most of David Manns – into yet another development site. This time 90/40 flats or as many as the planners will allow him in the middle of a Conservation Area.

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