Motorists fuming trying to get to Godawfulming.


It’s enough to drive you round the bend – and certainly around in circles.

 One very helpful sign Lying on the grass?

Visitors to Godalming recently have been left bewildered and confused by diversion signs that direct them “around” the gas works in Brighton Road which began two weeks ago. Chaos rules.

Here is a little travel log from one of our followers … Chris from Cranleigh outlining her tortuous journey from Cranleigh to Milford where she had planned to have a potter around Squires Garden Centre. 

“Not strictly essential shopping I confess but frankly, I’m really bored.”

I got to Nanhust Crossroads and saw a sign on the Dunsfold Road corner saying Brighton Road, Godalming was closed, please follow the diversions.

The only diversion sign I could see was pointing towards Guildford along the A281. “That can’t be right,” I thought,” it’s totally the wrong way.  And as it happens I know that Tilthams Corner Road is closed due to bridge works – it has been closed for months and months which is the only way I can think they might be directing me. So I conclude that someone must have mischievously put the sign in the wrong place.

WW understands that the reasons all the bridge closures – Albury, Run Common, Cranleigh and Tilthams Corner- are due to Badgers! Pull the other one Surrey highways, it has bells on?

“So I head off along the Dunsfold Road, expecting to see a diversion sign somewhere. Sure enough, I notice a couple telling me again that the road is closed ahead “please follow the diversion.”

 Expecting to see a diversion directional sign – somewhere. I plough on and on and six odd miles later I’m approaching Godalming, still expecting to see a diversion sign.

I get as far as Home Farm Road junction and lying on the ground (really useful) is a sign telling me that I can’t go down Home Farm Road.  “Not suitable for Brighton Road diverted traffic please follow signed diversion route.”

OK, so where is that exactly? I go a bit further on and come to a “Road Closed” sign across the top of Brighton Road at the junction with The Drive. Damn. So what happens now?  Do I go down The Drive? It looks very narrow with cars parked all along it?

I turn my head to the right and lo and behold there is the diversion sign directing me back the way I have come – all the way back to the A281. No mischievous sign fiddler. They really wanted me to go all the way towards Guildford and Shalford!

Needless to say, along with everyone else, I ignore it. A few other confused drivers do U-turns. I want to go to Milford for heaven’s sake not back to Cranleigh crossroads and all-around Shalford!

Sat Nav advises me to turn around and go down Home Farm Road, on to Quartermile Road and down Shackstead Lane which takes me past Inn on the Lake and out to Milford.

Heading back from Squires into Godalming town and along Flambards way – there are no diversion signs at all until you get to Brighton Road junction itself.   Oh well, I had better do the right thing this time and head on down to the A281 then, after all, that’s not a busy road is it!!? Never mind there are only another four and a half weeks of it! And, who wants to go shopping anyway?

Roll up, roll up for the Big Surrey Giveaway.


Come on Waverley residents lets all join The great Surrey £100 million giveaway, or should it be called bribe?

Perfect timing – in the run-up to the Surrey County Council elections next May – all of a sudden the cash-strapped council has decided to give away £100million to enhance the county’s communities. The same council that slashed its youth centre provision last year now wants to help communities to set up youth centres. Really? You couldn’t make it up?

County Councillor Mark Nulti wants to give away £20 million every year for the next five years to the public to give them back “ownership, of their communities. Despite SCC saying it has to make £200m savings over the next three years! Oh! and by the way – the scheme is being funded by ‘BORROWING.’

Surprise, surprise – just months after the county council’s head honchos launched their bid to the government to become THE largest Unitary Authority in the country. A bid that is opposed by all 11 borough and district councils in the county – along comes the BIG SURREY GIVEAWAY!

Surrey County Councillor Mark Nuti is playing Father Christmas as he asks the public to pitch projects to enhance Surrey’s communities. Nicely timed? 

The county council has launched its £100 million scheme, giving financial backing to ideas put forward by residents and community groups. He wants people to “think big” and come up with ideas to improve their areas – the minimum giveaway is £10,000 of the £20million up for grabs.

Deputy cabinet member Cllr Nuti, who is the leading the ‘Your Fund Surrey’ scheme, said:

“This is groundbreaking in the public sector. I’m not aware of anything else on this scale. We’re giving ownership back to the residents. There is no bad idea.”

“The council is constantly telling people what they want and what they need. The classic example is the youth centre that goes to rack and ruin within two years because no one was asked if they wanted one. We’re saying, tell us what you want, and we’ll try to make it happen.”

He must be pulling our legs with bells on?  Wasn’t it the very same Surrey County Council that slashed its budget for youth leaders not so long ago? 

Remember these headline?

Youth worker hours to be cut by Surrey County Council in bid to save £2m

The proposed cuts mean boroughs will lose a combined total of 250 hours each week

Cutting back on youth workers will have a knock-on effect for Surrey’s children later on in life, a councillor warned.

Surrey County Council is slashing youth worker hours in a bid to save more than £2m of the £9.7m savings needed in the council’s Early Help provision budget.

Cllr Clare Curran, the cabinet member for children, revealed at a cabinet meeting last week that the numbers of hours of youth service provision each week in boroughs and districts across Surrey are planned to be reduced.

Responding to a question submitted by Cllr Jonathan Essex she said a restructure would reduce delivery from 794 hours across Surrey each week to 618 and that £2.46million had been saved from freezing vacancies and integrating functions.

However, Cllr Essex said at the time:  

 “cuts to early years help would have a long-lasting effect on children growing up in Surrey today and stressed concern that fewer youth services and workers helping children now would have a knock-on effect later on in life.

He said: “Early engagement is about doing the right things early to save problems later. Whether it’s running youth centres or providing youth workers. This is what holds our communities together. That’s invaluable. You cannot put a value on a strong community. “Investing in our young people in Surrey is absolutely crucial to help keep them safe and to give them the opportunities and life experiences to grow up into well-rounded adults.

Anyone proposing an idea will have to have a Business plan for how it will operate once it’s up and running.





Cranleigh hall earmarked for a mass COVID vaccination centre.

The NHS is setting up dozens of mass COVID vaccination centres around the country and is seeking 40,000 staff.

Cranleigh village leaders heard on Thursday that the parish council had been “very busy” getting to grips with the new COVID-19 rules.

Clerk Beverley Bell said: 

“Sometimes things are changing by the hour.”

The parish council had now received £11,450 as its share of the £1.28m given to Waverley Borough Council by the Government to deal with the Covid measures that had been put in place around the borough during the pandemic.

A request had also been received from the CCG – (Care Commissioning Group) – the Guildford & Waverley organisation that delivers healthcare locally – asking if it could use Cranleigh Village Hall for a mass vaccination centre from December 1st. It would require the use of the high street building from 8 am until 8 pm seven days a week for the foreseeable future.

A working party had inspected the premises adjacent to Waverley’s Village Way car park to ensure the hall’s ‘temporary’ lighting was sufficient for the council to give the go-ahead.

Will the Wey and Arun Canal be permitted to cross the Downs Link footpath?


Waverley Tories were decidedly unimpressed with references to the Wey and Arun Canal Trust’s inclusion in the council’s Climate Change Action Plan which is expected to receive the go-ahead shortly. Though they want some minor alterations, the Environment Overview & Scrutiny Committee has approved the ambitious plan.

Waverley councillor unveils Climate Strategy.

Some members of the Conservative Group questioned the inclusion of The Wey and Arun Canal as part of the plan, saying this should not be on the to-do list, as this was already being done. Conservative Councillors claimed they had been supporting the popular Trust for years. Nah, Nah, N, Nah, Nah!

However, The Trust efforts to forge ahead with its plans to open up the canal from Sussex across the border into Surrey and beyond is moving on apace. It has submitted planning applications to Waverley & Guildford Planners to create a further 1,000-yard extension to the canal between Bramley and neighbouring Shalford. Those who masterminded the Plan – believe the Wey & Arun Canal is an integral part of its plan to cut carbon emissions.

The Downs Link path running alongside the A281 Horsham/Guildford Rd at Shalford, looking towards the village of Bramley.

The Trust, backed by a vast team of dedicated volunteers from Sussex has been a high priority for the owners of Dunsfold Airfield soon to become a new Garden Village. It has supported the Trust’s work from the outset. But the latest phase of the project along a section of the popular Downs Link path may prove more problematical. It runs along the former Horsham to Guildford railway line through Ellens Green/Cranleigh/and Bramley. A line which Guildford MP Angela Richardson told the Commons she wants to see “re-purposed.”

Guildford MP pitches to open Guildford – Cranleigh train line.

The planning application will be considered by both neighbouring authorities and objections are already surfacing. Some fear the new section of canal will cause a risk of flooding to nearby properties and damage the environment with the removal of trees and wildlife habitat.  The Trust refutes this and it boasts a well-proven track record for improving the environment rather than damaging it. But another concern is that extension could scupper reopening of the railway line.

According to the application (Ref: 20/P/01752) lodged with Guildford Borough Council is for land between Gun’s Mouth Island at Shalford to Gosden Meadow, Tannery Lane in Bramley. The application seeks to include a new lock and bridges.

While the application lodged with Waverley Borough Council (Ref: WA/2020/0004) concerns land at Rushett Common in Bramley, for the “erection of new bridges, the construction of new canal cut, new footpaths and landscaping”.

Some residents of the eastern villages say the would welcome the re-opening of the railway line. However, former MP Anne Milton was vehemently opposed. She believed it would lead to a huge explosion of housing in Cranleigh and the eastern part of the borough. An area which has little or no protection from development. Part of the Downs Link footpath through Cranleigh now runs close to the boundaries and walls of houses on the Berkeley Homes development. Cranleigh Parish Council has yet to consider whether it will back the application – according to the Waverley website.

The Wey & Arun Junction Canal, from the River Wey at Shalford to the River Arun at Pallingham in West Sussex was opened in 1816. It was 23 miles in length and was formally closed in 1871. Its most impressive stretch is through Loxwood.

Never hugely profitable, a large factor in its demise was undoubtedly the opening of the railway line from Guildford to Horsham via Cranleigh in 1865. A line closed under the Beeching cuts in the 1960s.


How dare they call Farnham “snooty!”



On another online media channel, our beloved town has been dubbed – by some – as “The snootiest town in Surrey.” Apparently due to overheard conversations in the likes of Waitrose and Waterstones.

There’s a link to the article in the sixth paragraph below.

Whilst we accept that everyone is entitled to their opinion – and as they say in our native Yorkshire – there’s nowt so queer as folk – to ridicule our adopted home turf on a satirical website needs a tongue-in-cheek response.

Members of our team here at the Waverley Web love our “occasional” shops in Waitrose – but enjoy our bargain hunting trips around our favourite store – Lidl in Dogflud Way. Nothing too snobby about that?  Even though it sells, and we buy a particularly tasty goats cheese!

Yes, our bloggers could be ridiculed as being among a bunch of middle-class snobs on the satirical website review on  I live here.

Read it for yourself – but it comes with a Waverley Web health warning. – Try to look away from the ear wax adverts – UGH!

LINK: The withering review pokes fun at the way people talk, the shops they use – and don’t use – and the way they park their cars. Well, we have to agree with the parking cars bit – unless of course, it’s in the Lidl car park, which is well-monitored and restricted to shoppers. Shoppers that seem to understand what the white lines are designed for!

While the bit of fun is written to provoke debate and retaliation, no punches are pulled. Apparently, the way we speak irritates. Well from our home village on the outskirts of Harrogate, we pretty much all boast the North country lilt and are still admitted and welcomed by Waitrose, or Sainsbury’s for the Wensleydale cheese. We also go to Lidle for those delicious herrings in cream sauce.

There are some posh people in Farnham – in Guildford – and in Godalming. In Haslemere too and we suspect in Cranleigh/Bramley and most certainly in Dunsfold. A place made famous for its worried wealthy who don’t want planes – fast cars on the Top Gear circuit – but don’t mind as long as they are in the driving seat on the country roads. They certainly don’t want lots of new homes, and even went to the trouble of setting up an organisation called Protect Our Waverley (POW) to defend it. Didn’t rock up to defend Farnham and our environs though!

However, warts and all – our band of brothers and sisters love living in Farnham – going to The Maltings, visiting the shops and cafe’s – when they re-open. Treasure our Farnham Park,  love the friendly atmosphere and courteous service in the town shops. We to a man, hate the social distancing bollards all over the place – but love the friendly atmosphere and believe Farnham Town Council does a damn good job. It has certainly looked after us all during the COVID pandemic. ‘Thank you FTC and thank you Waverley BC – you did well.

We even boast a castle, and in a poll carried out in 2018 – guess what? Farnham was crowned one of the happiest places to live in Great Britain. That is according to Rightmove’s annual Happy at Home Index that was based on a survey which asked more than 21,000 people how happy they are where they live.

So perhaps moving to Farnham should be given a go – even to find out just how ‘snobby’ we all are? You may be in for a bit of a surprise.


Cranleigh’s premier department store goes into liquidation




David Mann … in 1910

Was it COVID or developers that finally killed off David Mann and Sons in Cranleigh? The high street store which symbolised the face of Cranleigh for 133 years has gone into voluntary liquidation. Rumours, we are told by the locals over there, have been rife for over a year that the store was heading for closure.

There is no doubt that the retail sector has been badly punished by the Coronavirus epidemic but is the latest victim, a store that has a county-wide reputation built up over 133 years, another victim of the vicious virus? Or was the store always gleam in the eyes of the developer partnership of Nick Vrijland and Andy Leahy? Mr Vrijland’s burgeoning property portfolio also includes the adjacent properties – of Oliver House. He was also the owner of the Knowle Park Initiative site at West Cranleigh Nurseries. Sold to housing association A2 Dominion shortly after planning consent was granted to build “homes for village people?” Although consent was given in 2017 – so far not a home built on the former nursery and a detailed scheme, yet to be approved.

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce sought major development in Cranleigh. In fact, it was instrumental in campaigning for and supporting the huge number of new homes being built in the village – dubbed as the largest village in England.” The village that the Chamber of Commerce publicly called for the house-building explosion, saying what the ‘new town’ needed was  …

“More footfall for local shops.”

Now, with many empty shops lining its high street, despite the valiant efforts of many local entrepreneurs setting up their stall only to fail, the developers are moving in.

It is no secret that the majority owner of the store Dutch nurseryman turned Developer Nick Vrijland – wants to build 90 flats on the David Manns site. The Waverley Web understands this scheme found no favour with Waverley Planners during their initial discussions – but a slimmed-down scheme will presumably soon be considered.

David ~Mann Today.

So gone are the days when the premier store was a magnet for local people, many of whom furnished their homes from top to bottom with its wares.

 One of its past amazing Christmas Window displays is featured here. Displays which we understand from the locals over there won many awards. 

Will a  shop remain to front the high street called ?? You’ve heard of Pound land how about VRI’LAND? Because Vri in Dutch means Free!

Waverley councillor unveils Climate Strategy.


But the Tories are not entirely happy with it – and want actions prioritised and more robust data. They have also called for further investment in officers to carry out the huge volume of work that the plan will generate. 

But the major criticism came from Elstead councillor Jenny Else, who claimed the Public Consultation exercise was flawed and had been “beefed up.”

She said it was “rather disingenuous to claim that residents supported the council’s efforts to combat climate change when only 73 residents out of 120,000 had responded.

The consultation exercise was conducted on-line during the Covid lockdown – the results of which are included in the papers.

Neither could Cllr Else see how Waverley’s itself could realistically achieve the objective outlined in the “long-winded document” to reduce its carbon emissions for travel. However, it took only moments for Strategic Director Annie Righton to point out that this was already underway – with the proposal to use pool cars, reduce travel by introducing some ZOOM meetings, looking at mileage allowances and using public transport.

“We have a robust way forward,” she said.

As you will see from the link below Cllr Else knows how a Council Strategy should be produced!

Do we have a Cultural Strategy or do we have 230 pages weighing over – 600 grams – of expensive tripe?

A message to the residents of Waverley on how it intends to tackle Climate Change.

After consulting the public, and councillors Steve Williams Waverley’s Green Party Member and Portfolio Holder for the Environment & Sustainability has published the council’s Climate Change Action Plan.

 On Wednesday 18th September 2019, Waverley Borough Council passed a motion which I moved on behalf of the Executive, declaring a climate emergency and committing the council to become a carbon-neutral council by 2030. This action plan is a response to that declaration of a climate emergency.

Waverley Borough Council had never before declared a state of emergency of any kind, and this is significant. For this is not merely another policy initiative; it is an attempt to ensure we do everything we can as a council as part of a worldwide movement to reduce carbon emissions to a level which will keep global temperatures in check. In essence, we are doing our bit to avoid the utterly catastrophic events that will ensue should global temperatures rise by more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

We are committed to lead by example in our response to the challenge of climate change and, in doing so, we shall do everything we possibly can to make Waverley a carbon-neutral borough by 2030. Whilst the main focus of this plan is that of enabling Waverley Borough Council to become a carbon-neutral council by 2030, we shall be bringing forward more detailed proposals for a zero-carbon borough by 2030 once these have been developed and agreed by the shortly-to-be-established Climate Assembly. Being on an emergency footing means that everyone who works for or works with Waverley Borough Council should be aware of the carbon footprint for which they are responsible – and should be doing everything they can to reduce this carbon footprint to zero.

Being on an emergency footing means that everyone who works for or with Waverley Borough Council should be doing everything in their power to influence others to reduce their carbon footprint and to influence other councils and private, public and third sector organisations to support us in our ambition. Some of the actions we propose in this plan are easy to take and cost little to implement. Other actions are more difficult and more costly. Some will only be achieved through the national government and Surrey County Council action and we shall work in partnership as appropriate to secure our goal.

“Whatever the challenges we face over the coming decade, it has never been more important for our council to respond and play its part in the face of an impending climate catastrophe. We owe it to ourselves and to future generations.”

A total of 965 people responded to the consultation. Some of the key findings are in a detailed summary in (Annexe 2) of the report which is included in the link below.

  • 78% of participants felt it was “very important” and an additional 16.5% felt that climate change was “quite important” 
  • 94% would welcome more opportunities for recycling and upcycling to help them reduce their own carbon footprint 
  • 90% felt that the council and its contractors should switch to low carbon transport
  • 90% felt that new council properties should be built to carbon-neutral standards.  Lack of infrastructure and facilities were seen as the greatest barrier to being environmentally friendly. 
  • 88% felt it is “extremely or very important” for the Council to lead by example and take action and 89% felt that the Council should prioritise reducing their own emissions first.

 Financing the delivery of the CNAP will be a major hurdle to overcome. 


There were, however, some very useful and constructive criticisms and suggestions from Cllrs Richard Seaborne and Cllr Stephen Mulliner on how the complex document could be improved. Cllr Mulliner’s main concern focused on energy emissions from the borough’s housing and leisure centres. Cllr Mulliner wanted more realistic costings on actions, which he claimed were “eye-watering” – though he admitted this was a difficult call. He urged the Executive to bring in extra staff to implement the plan and  which he argued would pay dividends in the long run.

Both agreed, Waverley Council must lead by example, and get its own house in order and in the hope that residents would follow.

Everyone on the Environment Overview & Scrutiny Committee agreed – We are in this together to fight against climate change.

The R number for Surrey and the South East remains the joint-highest in England


As the second lockdown continues the R number for Surrey and the South East remains the joint-highest in England. 

According to the latest Government figures, published on Friday (November 13), the R number in the South East has remained at between 1.2 and 1.4.

That figure is higher than the rate in both the North West, the North East and Yorkshire regions, the data shows, with only the South West having as high an R number.

The R number represents the number of people an infected person passes the virus on to, and anything above 1 means the epidemic is growing.

If the value is below 1, the spread of the virus will eventually decline as not enough new people are being infected to sustain the outbreak.

nick palmer

WBC Labour Councillor and former Member of Parliament.

The latest missive from Cllr Nick.

Pandemic update – and the meaning of 90% vaccination effectiveness

I studied statistics and used to work in the pharmaceutical industry, so I’d like to comment on what we should expect from the vaccines. First, though, please do be careful right now. The warning by senior health officials that people are relaxing too much because they can see the vaccine coming is important.

We currently have a death rate equivalent to a jumbo jet full of passengers crashing in Britain every day.

Roughly one person in 85 in England has the virus, and it’s increasing here in the Southeast. The current lockdown has only slowed the rise so far, though it’s not accelerating as it was just a couple of weeks ago. Yes, the vaccine is great news, but all the more reason not to contract the sickness before it comes. If that means having a distanced Christmas and getting the family together sometime later instead, that’s better than taking risks with each other.

We need to see more results to confirm the vaccine effectiveness, as well as the other vaccines in a late stage of development. But assuming it’s 90%, it’s important to realise what that means. It signifies that the great majority of people will be much less likely to die of the disease, but it doesn’t in itself mean that we should immediately relax and return to normal because it doesn’t necessarily mean that 90% of people will be100% safe. Rather, it means that people who are vaccinated will be 90% less likely to catch the illness each time they’re exposed to it. This means, initially, that we’ll still be at risk. If we mingle with 100 people who are infectious, we’ll quite likely still catch it.

If that’s the case, does it mean that we have to go on socially distancing forever? No, because of infection becomes much rarer due to vaccination, we will start to encounter it much less often. The R number will drop steadily, so fewer and fewer new infections occur, and after some months of mass vaccination, it should reach the point that it’s rare to encounter it – in which case the 90% protection is really very good.

When will mass vaccination start? Probably around the end of the year, initially for the most vulnerable and then for health and social care staff. The objective should be to cover both groups by the spring and then spread out to others. If it goes smoothly, I’d hope to see some real relaxation by the summer. But I wouldn’t assume it will be safe to mingle in a crowd much sooner.

Enough soap opera!

Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a Government that was focusing on this and on the end of the Brexit transition, now just 6 weeks away? Instead, the papers are full of gossip from rival factions in Downing Street. Are they divided on what policies to pursue? Apparently not – the debate is entirely on who likes whom and how best to present the personality of the Prime Minister. I actually know some of the people involved and I wish them all well in their private lives, but we need a spell of serious, focused government. Professional people should be able to get over themselves and work together for the common purpose of getting the country out of the mess.

There are still people who say that this style of “colourful” government is what most people like and that Keir Starmer offers a boring alternative. We’ll start to find out in in the local elections next May if that’s really the case – but as we’ve just seen in the USA, people do eventually tire of government by soap opera. Donald Trump is always newsworthy, and yes, much more colourful than Joe Biden. But Americans have decided they want someone serious running the country. It’s a message that the Conservative Party might wish to keep in mind.


Demand rises from UK house hunters – not here, but overseas.


 Demand for overseas property is on the rise – and some of our followers say they are among those seeking pastures new.

Demand for overseas property from UK house hunters has reached record levels according to Rightmove Overseas.

 Data shows that searches on Rightmove Overseas in June reached their highest point for the year, and were up 28% year-on-year. They have been rising since then as Brexit draws ever closer.

Searches for property in Spain were up 25% compared to June last year, the Canary Islands where the infection rate has been low throughout the pandemic and remains low is a popular destination.  France recorded a 32% year-on-year rise. In Portugal, the uplift was 24%, and in Italy, it was 17% higher according to Rightmove Overseas.

Rachel Beaton, the overseas insights expert at Rightmove, said: “We’ve seen a gradual resurgence of interest from home-hunters looking for properties abroad since April, but after the government confirmed there will be easing of travel restrictions to certain countries we saw demand for overseas homes rise even further to record-breaking levels.


Yesterday Croydon went BUST – Tomorrow…??


Yesterday Government Ministers called Croydon ‘dysfunctional’ after the Labour-controlled council went bust.

Wonder what those same ministers think about  Surrey Tory’s little game of Monopoly?

Council bought Malvern Shopping Park for £74m in 2017

Almost 150 miles and a three-hour drive separate Malvern Shopping Park, Worcestershire and Surrey County Council’s offices in Kingston…

Surrey County Council has 444 million invested in commercial property.  Estimated losses in March – before the Pandemic took hold revealed that it had lost 44.65million – and counting!

It is believed that 96 per cent of its portfolio is held in office space in Crawley, Ashstead and Guildford, a sector which has been badly hit-particularly in Crawley the home of Gatwick Airport. One of the biggest reductions in the portfolio is the Malvern Retail Park. Its value has dropped by a staggering £15m and counting, due to the downturn in the retail sector. It has also invested in leisure and cinemas and the Debenhams store in Winchester. The portfolio was generating 11million annually.

It has also invested a rumoured 56m in the Blightwells Yard housing retail and restaurant development in Farnham. The two Tory-controlled councils (Surrey & Waverley) joined up with Crest Nicholson to build the project due for completion next year!

Will Blightwells in Farnham enter the brave new retail world post COVID?

Surrey has come in for a good drubbing from the Taxpayers’ Alliance. An organisation that has been warning councils for years about the dangers posed by their huge reliance on property speculation. Its chief executive John O’Connell called the situation “deeply worrying.”Surrey claimed it had no other option, whilst during the austerity years, Government funding of local authorities countrywide had been well and truly hammered. 

Waverley Borough Council took a far more cautious approach to its investment portfolio – instigated by the former Tory-controlled council keeping it close to home – and well-regulated. Though, in Farnham, there has been much criticism of its involvement in the Blightwells scheme.

Since the Rainbow Coalition has held power – it has followed a very cautious line on investments, which at times has been heavily criticised by Waverley’s Tory group which is now in opposition.

In Croydon, a Section 114 order was put in place. This means al council spending is blocked, apart from cash for safeguarding the vulnerable and other legal commitments.



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