JUST ANOTHER MUNDANE DAY IN THE LIVES OF COUNTRY FOLK!
There are county, village and borough leaders talking about piling more traffic onto our country roads, and total chaos ensued on one of them this morning.
The Elmbridge Road chicane took on new meaning today, when a lorry parked on the right of the gates, to the former home of Beatles drummer, Ringo Starr, causing traffic chaos and all hell broke out. Drivers who were heading towards Cranleigh, saw this as the perfect opportunity to drive on, regardless, ignoring the opposing priority signs. The result of which, brought another major traffic jam. Thanks to a bus driver’s quick thinking, in blocking the oncoming traffic and then forcing everyone to reverse, a more serious delay was avoided. That the country road infrastructure is incapable of taking significant amounts of additional traffic, that this chicane needs traffic lights as a matter of urgency, and there is a petition calling for this currently doing the rounds, is obvious to all – or is it! Will someone start taking this junction seriously wbefore someone is killed or seriously injured?
Despite being announced in the Media by a Cranleigh councillor over a week ago – Guildford, Waverley and Woking housing needs numbers have been published by three local authorities today.
The housing figure almost accurately predicted by Councillor Jeannett Stennett – she said 500 – the figure announced on both Waverley and Guildford Borough Council’s websites is 519 per year for the period 2013 to 2033, but then she can be forgiven as she is a new councillor for not getting it quite right.
Waverley‘s Deputy Leader, Julia Potts, fails to mentioned in her press release below, that the single biggest constraint to building in Waverley is in the areas covered by the Thames Basin Heaths and the Wealden Heaths, mainly affecting the area around Farnham – but she does mention that constraints include traffic congestion and areas in the borough that are subject to flooding.
According to the report there will be a need for 18,111 open market homes required in Guildford, Waverley and Woking and 9,752 affordable homes across the three boroughs.
2 October 2015 Local Housing Need Figures Published In Joint Strategic Housing Market AssessmentA joint study of housing need across Waverley, Guildford and Woking for the period 2013 to 2033 has been published today.The West Surrey Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) looks at how much housing is needed across the three boroughs. The report sets out an objectively assessed need for each council and the whole housing market area; the assessed need for housing in Waverley is 519 per year. The increase from 470 to 519 is due to the need to take into account the latest Government projections.Cllr Julia Potts, Deputy Leader of Waverley Borough Council said: “This is an important part of the evidence base for our new Local Plan. Now that we have a housing figure to work with we can now move forward and build on the progress we have already made in developing the new Local Plan.
“The council will continue to test the 519 figure against some considerable environmental constraints we have in Waverley such as congestion, transportation and flood risks and the council is gathering evidence to see if Waverley can accommodate this amount of housing. It is also important that the emerging Local Plan takes into account our many landscape designations and has the appropriate infrastructure in place to support any future housing.
“The most important thing is that any new homes are built in the right places and that the council works with Waverley residents to ensure it has the right strategy in place to meet our community’s needs over the coming years.”
In November 2015 Waverley’s Executive will be asked to endorse a Preferred Spatial Strategy. The Local Plan timetable is as follows:
November – March 2016
The council will identify the infrastructure required to support the preferred strategy and writing the Plan and its policies
The council will test the draft plan and its policies:
Those duplicitous individuals who call themselves Parish, Borough and County Councillors, (who told us in May they were there to represent OUR views, not THEIR views), are trying to dig themselves out of the big bottomless pit, they have dug for themselves.
Instead of coming clean about their ‘secret’ meeting with their favoured developers, (who are eager to carve out Cranleigh New Town with them); behind closed doors, they leapt into print in the local media, claiming their efforts are merely intended to “solve Cranleigh’s highway problems”.
Really? Really? REALLY? We’ll start believing them when Nelson gets his eye back!
That lovely councillor couple, Stewart and Jeanette Stennett, are at least honest about what they want to see:
And there we were thinking Councillor Mrs Stennett was going to protect our green fields but, in reality, only 150 homes will be placed in a ‘Community Land Trust’, when the total number of homes proposed by the developers she and her hubby are cosying up to around the table, adds up to more than 1,000. Not so many there then! Oh, but of course, we nearly forgot, Councillor Mrs Stennett and her altruistic husband, Councillor Stewart Stennett, are proposing to given the borough another 30 houses on long term loan …
Councillor Mrs Stennett also tells us that: “Cranleigh Hospital is to be built with 12 beds free at the point of entry, funded by the NHS”.
How wonderful! And there we were thinking that the residents of Cranleigh had raised over £1m for a replacement hospital. Meanwhile, the Trustees, (one of whom is a would-be Cranleigh developer), refuse to refund money raised by charitably-minded local residents and well-meaning local businesses.
Mrs Stennett also claims a new Health Centre is proposed… What? Hang on.. Why??? The NHS has just spent £7m on a new Health Centre in the village centre.
Rumour has it, that the Stennetts are so keen on local jobs for local people that they want to build two more commercial sites in Cranleigh by extending Manfield Park Industrial Estate onto the Green Belt and building on a strategic gap which separates the settlement of Rowley from Cranleigh. Has anyone mentioned that little plan to Councillors Band and Goodrich, just up the road at Wonersh and Shamley Green?
The Stennetts have all the support they could wish for from that other ‘daring-do-duo’, Councillors Ellis & Ellis, Brian and Patricia. Councillor Brian Ellis was chairing the meeting with the developers but did he tell his colleagues on Cranleigh Parish Council about the meeting before or after he got caught red-handed with his fingers in the cookie jar?
Cranleigh residents assume these two have their best interests at heart but have they? Your guess is as good as ours! After all, Waverley Planning Officers had recommended refusal of the Knowle Park Initiative planning application to build homes on fields that flood – not to mention the loss of jobs on the existing garden nursery site – but, undeterred, the Ellises called in the planning application to the Central Planning Committee, no doubt hoping they can persuade their colleagues on the Committee, (Members from Farnham, Godalming and Haslemere), to push it through in the teeth of opposition from Waverley Planners, the vast majority of Cranleigh residents and the Flood Authorities.
Councillor Brian Ellis says he doesn’t want development in Cranleigh to “detract from the character we all love about OUR village”. He would do well to remember that it is OUR village, not HIS village. Generations of Cranleigh people will hold him to account. Just remember too – there are over 200 homes proposed in Ewhurst, not to mention 350 proposed in Alfold, where Thakeham Homes are planning to pump all their sewage up to Cranleigh because Alfold can’t cope with its own shit and Loxwood doesn’t want their shit– so all the shit is being dumped in Cranleigh. Way to go Cranleigh Parish Council!
Wait until all that shit hits the fan dear Mr Ellis … it won’t just be egg on your face, that’s for sure! No town, village or borough is an island – remember that! Time to stop digging around in the sewers dear Councillors?
All aboard! All aboard! The Waverley Developers’ Bandwagon is departing now! Parish, Town & Borough Councillors to the front of the queue!
With no Local Plan in place, pre-applications and planning applications are being thrown into Waverley’s ever-deepening pot.
A campaign has been launched against the former Mayor of Farnham, ‘Rickity Ricketts’ (aka Cllr Jeremy Ricketts), plans for nine luxury homes at Old Park Stables, near the historic St Swithun’s Way footpath in the countryside, north of the town. The only thing in its favour is that it is a former brown field site, but objectors say they are ‘nauseated’ by the development, as when the Mayor opened a sensory garden at a local school recently, he cooed about the importance of nature and looking after the planet… Looking after his own pocket more like!
Meanwhile, on the other side of the borough, in Ewhurst, the Chairman of the Parish Council, Richard Cleaves, is trying to speed up the house building programme by asking for officers’ opinion to build 22 homes on a green field, being grazed by horses, at the back of Mapledrakes Road adjoining his father’s property, Treetops. Interested parties are keen to know if he will declare an interest when the scheme is considered.
Elsewhere, Cranleigh is besieged by developers but never fear, those entirely selfless married councillors, Stewart and Jeanette Stennett, have sought advice from Waverley planning officers’ about a plan that is so very dear to their hearts… to give the village 30 affordable homes in Guildford Road.
Of course, there’s a catch but it’s only the tiniest, weeniest catch: Waverley has to give them back to the Stennett Clan after 30 years… Who says Councillors only have their own interests at heart? Shame on them!!!
For our first post on Waverley Web, we ask just one simple question of Waverley Borough Council?
Could Councillor or do we now refer to him as Comrade Stefan Reynolds, who recently became a fully paid up member of the Labour Party, who claimed in his defence that he didn’t read the small print (!!!), be a powerful member of your Executive?
This from a man who boasts on the council’s very own WEB that he spent 18 years working for five publishers, including Dorling Kindersley and Penguin Books, before starting his own publishing business! We won’t name it here because we don’t advertise poor quality magazines!!! HELLO!!?!! A publisher who doesn’t read the small print, pull the other one Comrade Reynolds!
Either the man is being disingenous or he’s a nincompoop. Do we really want people like him representing Godalming & Charterhouse? Not to mention being a Waverley Borough Councillor, the Portfolio Holder for Communications & Grants with a seat on the Central Planning Committee and the Executive?
If he cannot be bothered to read the small print, what hope is there that he won’t rubber stamp grant and planning applications… oh we forgot… hasn’t he already done that?