Will Godalming Tories’ wish be granted?

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The Tory election machine has gone into overdrive in a bid to oust the single opposition voice that Godalming people have taken to their hearts and minds.

But as you will see from the picture below the Tories have more than Cllr Paul Follows to worry about. He has been joined by other local hopefuls wearing the Liberal Democrat yellow rosette, seeking seats in the town and borough councils.

One of the local issues they have highlighted is the proposed loss of the Godalming Surestart Children’s Centre axed recently by Surrey County Council.

As Nelson Mandela said:

“History will judge us by the difference we make to the everyday lives of children.”

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The group above recently met with Dawn Bellman and her ‘Surestart’ team and was very impressed by their commitment and support to the community.

Sure Start Children’s Centres give help and advice on child and family health, parenting, money, training and employment.

They are a “one-stop shop” offering their own services as well as signposting to other professional or services, eg. Family Information Service, Food Banks, Job Centre Plus and The Citizens Advice Bureau.

Each Centre is required to offer core services to all families from pregnancy right through those important early years until the child is at school, directly reflecting the needs of the local community.

In January, Surrey County Council announced plans to close 31 children’s centres across the county, but at the 11th hour postponed closing recycling centres until after the elections! A cynical attempt to dupe residents into believing they were safe.

The 100 % Tory controlled Cabinet voted to close the centres along with reductions to some bus travel concessions citing the need to save money due to government cuts.

However, it managed to find over £50m to fund 28 new shops in the Brightwells Yard development in Farnham. A scheme shunned by private investors. 

In a public consultation, 86% of respondents disagreed that children’s centres were an appropriate way to make savings.

It is still unclear to staff, families and the public what will happen. The group pictured above are demanding answers. 

Here at the WW – we await any communication from the Godalming’s Tory hopefuls.

Are you aware of the proposed Surrey cuts? The weight of public opinion should count?

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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?

 

 

Surrey’s Fly Tipping Horror

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Here’s what County Hall could look like in the future?


Just as residents reel from Surrey County Council’s shock announcement that it wants to close Recycling Centres around the county including  Cranleigh & Farnham – here’s a clip on what reduced recycling already looks like in the county:

The Council is “consulting” on permanently closing between four and six CRC’s.  Farnham is on the list – so is Cranleigh; Bagshot; Dorking; Lyne (Chertsey) and Warlingham. 

Residents in Farnham are foaming at the mouth saying they will be forced to travel to Witley or over the border into Hampshire. Cranleigh people are already travelling into Horsham across the West Sussex County boundary as their site is only open at weekends and is causing traffic chaos in Elmbridge Road.

 

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Cranleigh people are arguing their County Councillors to step up to the Mark. By the way, has anyone seen their Little Povey?mylittlepovey2 

 

 

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Put your teeth in Mr Hodge!

 

Any politician who starts a diatribe with … “I’ve always been clear” is a guarantee that what he is about to say is anything but… and resembles MUD!

Here’s David ‘Autocue’ Hodge reading a statement about the launch of Surrey County Council’s new vision – it’s only a draft vision he hastens to add – because what he really wants is YOUR VISION! What should Surrey look like by 2030?
Well, you know what to do then – read about it here and complete the survey here.

Surrey County Council’s sham consultation to close Godalming School.

Anxious parents and supporters lined up to demand answers about the future of Green Oaks School in Ockford Ridge, Godalming.

 Surrey County Council announced a consultation to close the school due to falling numbers, difficult Ofsteads and the inability to find an Academy to take it under its wing.

 

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Anxious parents filled the hall to learn what the future holds for Godalming youngsters. 

“Plenty of questions – but no answers!”

Said, one observer: 

“I’ve been to a lot of public meetings over the years but tonight’s about the future of Green Oak school was by some distance the worst I’ve ever sat through. Shockingly poor performance by Surrey County Council and the Diocese of Guildford. Pretty much a total failure to answer any of the excellent questions from a  hall packed with anxious parents, teachers and well-wishers. It was quite obvious that this was a box-ticking exercise and that as Surrey has failed to find a suitable Academy, in just in 9 months time – (July)- Green Oaks will be forced to close! 

They had the brass-neck to stand up and assure parents that there were 100 places in local schools, whilst refusing to name a single one. They cited declining pupil numbers as a contributory factor, but failed to acknowledge that they themselves blocked the school from taking admissions last year.

This is looking at best like government policy designed to punish children or at worst a nasty cynical little stitch-up. Why weren’t the people who know what is going on present?  It was evident, within minutes, that their robots were malfunctioning and could answer next to nothing.”

 Waverley’s new Councillor Paul Follows – the school is in his ward, who was there to witness the proceedings, said:

“What we all faced was a wall. A wall of law, a wall put up by people not present at the meeting and most of all a wall of unanswered questions – which considering a similar meeting took place in Ripley last night and many people had sent questions in preparation, I found it both frustrating and utterly inexcusable.

Whatever your view on the potential closure of the school and it’s history, making the consultation real and based on transparency and facts is extremely important.  I intend to assist parents in getting a meeting with the Regional Education Commissioner so we can try to get some answers.”

County Councillor Penny Rivers (Lib Dem) reported the meeting on her blog here.

She said: “It was standing room only. Parents and teachers and members of the community asked questions of the SCC officers and the Diocesan representative. I think it would be fair to say that people did not think their questions were answered. But then these Officers were just doing their job while the decision makers, Council Leader, David Hodge, and the Bishop and the Regional Schools Commissioner must have had something better to do because they were absent!”

My question was, “This room is packed full of people who care about their children, this school and this community. But, the shame is the absence of those who make the decisions. Were they invited? Would they have come?” My question was not answered.”

The meeting was packed with local Conservative Councillors – but not a single one either spoke or asked a question. Shame on them! With both Milford and Loseley Field schools full, just where will these children go?

What can you do? Start by  signing this petition:

https://www.change.org/p/surrey-county-council-keep-green-oak-school-open

The official Surrey County Council consultation is here.

 

Will our Annie be in for a good drubbing when she holds her next flood forum in Cranleigh on Friday.

There are some pretty pi**ed off people living in the East of the borough –  so we are led to believe.

It may be quite a relief for MP Anne Milton to be well-out of the Tory Whips Office, where she once  presided, but she might find herself in a hot seat when she chairs a Public Flood Forum in Cranleigh on Friday.

And… you can’t blame the residents because here is just one of the ‘greenfield’ sites soon to be developed!

WHY? Because Mistress Milton called in the brownfield application and halted  building on Dunsfold aerodrome and now homes are spreading like wildfire in Waverley’s  countryside. Including on flood plains!

YOU COULDN’T MAKE IT UP!

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 Here’s a message from the Cranleigh Civic Society which is doing everything it can.  
But of course, the meeting will be held at a time when most of us are working!

** PLEASE NOTE START TIME AND VENUE **

 The venue is The Band Room  in Village Way, Cranleigh, and the meeting starts at 10:30 am

This is the second  meeting of Cranleigh Flood Forum chaired by Anne Milton MP.  The issues Cranleigh Civic Society wishes to discuss include:

  • Thakeham Homes, Elmbridge Road Planning Permission
  • Illegal river dredging
  • Water Quality (Cranleigh Waters)
  • Asbestos Cement drinking water pipes
  • Flood Risk in general

Please attend this meeting if you can. It is open to all Cranleigh residents, not just Cranleigh Civic Society members!

Please speak to your friends and neighbours as the more people who attend the more we can demonstrate the serious concerns we have in Cranleigh about the over development of our village and problems that lie ahead.

 

 

Has Hodge the Bodge received promises from the Government of more money for ‘Your Surrey’ – or hasn’t he?

DEAL OR NO DEAL?

What sort of Fu**wit tells A Chamber full of Councillors – let’s face it they don’t come any more indiscreet – to keep SCHTUM about  “a secret deal with the Government for EXTRA money to kill off a Referendum for  a 15%  council tax hike!

Want to hear it for yourselves – listen here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-39198308

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Lord Nelson is more likely to get his eye back than   councillors are to keep a secret. They regularly let slip more leaks than a colander, and now with technology available to  record discussion  it’s a daily doddle for leakers. The tape sent to the BBC  being a perfect  fine example. 

Now ‘Referendumleak’ has landed Surrey County Council’s Executive into heavy duty dog do! All of them – David Hodge, Peter Martin (also a Waverley councillor) and Helen Clack, you can also hear Denise Le Gal (another Waverley wally) asking if he has “done a deal.” Well if anyone knows about deals it’s the Farnham Gal! Ask the East Street campaigners?

So exactly who is telling the truth about ‘Referendumgate’ – The Government or Councillor Hodge CBE. Well our money, – not that the Waverley Web has much, – is on Hodge! Why – because the last place The Government want an embarrassing  upset is – SURREY – with the lucrative fringe on top, whose great and ‘good’ fund MP’s Jeremy Hunt – perhaps not he has just trousered £15m – Anne Milton and all the other TT’s , which includes half the Cabinet and the Conservative Party!

 Do we now get the scent of a Merger coming on in a bid to save money now this year’s Referendum has been sent to the shredder? Or will The Chancellor of the Exchequer do another “SECRET’ Deal with ‘Your Surrey” to keep it out of the proverbial S*1T it has got itself into. Let’s have your view on things please!

Because The Government has said in no uncertain terms – “There is no special deal for Surrey County Council and they will not receive any extra funding,  than  would not  otherwise be  provided.”

Oh dear – Another fine mess they’ve all got themselves into?

So the wholesale lies and duplicity that is ‘Your Waverley” has become a contagion  and now everyone is at it. The Tory Tossers seem incapable of telling the truth either locally or nationally. So who will  actually suffer?

The young, the old and the vulnerable – that’s who

But you know what? it wouldn’t matter what our masters voice said or did in Surrey! – The voting fodder will put  every single tainted one of them back in with a blue rosette up their Tory ar**s! at the forthcoming May county council elections – won’t they?

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Awfold… Alford… or could it be Alfold that developers are invading?

No-one seems quite sure how to spell the name of the Surrey/Sussex border village, but never mind, what’s in a name?

Horsham based developer, Thakeham Homes, is delighted that it’s been involved in Waverley’s ‘not-so-secret’ meetings. Its spokesman has said that it welcomes working with others on its 400 plus proposed homes in ‘Alford’… (Don’t get too hung up on the name of your village Alfold  – nobody gives a damn what its name is, only how much farmland can be plastered with concrete – the more the better.)

The spokesman continues:

“We welcome the opportunity to be involved with councillors”.  

Oh we bet you do! It certainly helps that one of those borough councillors, the former member for Alfold, also happens to be a Trustee of The Springbok Charity, that owns the site that you want to develop – there’s a bit of luck!

He continues to say how delighted the company is:

“to work with other developers to discuss ways for the local authorities and developers to deliver these vital homes and infrastructure”.

Vital to whom? The Springbok Charity which has declared it will go under, if planning permission is turned down. This is the same charity that invited villagers to “be a part of our charitable community” but when one tried recently, and dared to say she did not support more than doubling the size of the small village, was told in no uncertain terms, not to come again! How very charitable of them…

Who else has jumped on the Alfold bandwagon? Surrey County Council no less – it has bought Linden Farm, opposite the Craft Centre in Loxwood Road, with access off  Rosemary Lane. What for? To build homes for 10 disabled adults. All on the site of the old pig stys, on which development has been turned down on numerous occasions by WBC and Inspectors at appeal. Not sure that SCC will have too much of a battle twisting Waverley’s arm – Hey ho here we go AWFOLD…