A Guildford to Horsham railway line won’t​ re-open if Bramley residents have anything to do with it.

Now that The Rutland Group has been given the go-ahead to build 1,800 homes, (and another 800 in the Local Plan) at Dunsfold Aerodrome some of the Eastern villages are calling for the railway line to be re-opened.

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Screen Shot 2018-03-21 at 21.11.05.pngGovernment plans could see the old Guildford to Horsham railway line reopened after a new transport strategy was announced recently.  

Following years of debate on whether the rail route should be revived, Transport Secretary  Chris Grayling’s latest scheme has paved the way for potential progress.  

Fresh proposals mean councils can now recommend that previously culled stations be brought back to life.

Mr Grayling said plans to expand the network were made in order to aid housing growth and produce more jobs across Britain. So he must mean the Guildford to Horsham line through Cranleigh?

NO SURPRISE – THERE THEN!

Presumably, Bramley residents whose homes back onto the route of the canal are happy to have their des res’s down by the riverside! But not on the other side of the tracks?

Bargain Booze bounds its way into Bramley!

Listen to Monty Python.

Hush! Whisper who dares! The Residents of Bramley are saying their prayers … as Bargain Booze bounds into Bramley!

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SHOCK! HORROR!

Yep, folks, you read it here first: The residents of Bramley who, not so long ago, were up-in-arms at the prospect of Tesco’s proposal to take over Robertson’s – and, in the process, lower the tone of Surrey’s self-appointed answer to Kensington & Chelsea – have been caught napping!

The Boden-wearing Bramley Babes were so busy fighting the Dunsfold Park developers it entirely slipped their notice that Nisa had cut and run, selling out to the owners of Bargain Booze!

The joke, it would seem, is on Bramley. For there is little doubt that Bargain Booze – with it’s hideous, fire-engine-red shop fronts, that manage to make even Tesco’s look classy! – would not have contemplated locating in Bramley had they had to contend with Tesco as their near neighbours.

Just goes to show: you reap what you sow!!! Oh how the mighty have fallen! For many years Bramley Parish Council and residents fought, tooth and nail, proposals for a Fish & Chip Shop in the village, claiming it would lower the tone, but eventually it came to pass and now, it would seem, the rot has really set in. Yes, they resisted Tesco but what have they got to show for it? A BARGAIN BASEMENT BOOZE BONANZA in the heart of BRAMLEY.

According to Bargain Booze’s CEO, their core customer tends to be families on relatively low incomes who enjoy watching X-Factor with their dinner and a bottle of Pinot Grigio or a few beers … So, not your average Bramley Babe who prefers to envisage herself cruising Waitrose for antipasti!

But, fear not, Waverley Web understands the move to Bramley may be part of the Bargain Booze’s attempts to broaden their customer base – from working class families, who used to flock to their shops to stock up on cut-price Carlsberg – to the Wandsworth Wanderers, fresh from Nappy Valley, who think a wild night out is getting tanked up at the Henley Regatta or straying from Ascot’s Royal Enclosure into the Parade Ring at closing, time when it’s awash with the inebriated flashing their fakebakes (no, we’re not talking pasta!), fake nails, fake hair extensions and Primarni!

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It would seem the residents of Bramley need to take a long, hard look at the direction their village is taking. Alfold has recently gone upmarket, acquiring a Marks & Spencer Simply Food – which is rumoured to have pushed up house prices, along with queues at the petrol station! But poor old We-Want-a-Bypass-Bramley got a Bargain Booze … Go figure!!!

Let’s all By-Pass Bramley – shall we? Or…maybe, just maybe…. we should all By-Pass Byham?

 Councillor Maurice Byham is really quite a nice ordinary guy really and as member of Waverley Borough Council  for many years, we understand,  he has done quite a decent job on behalf of the residents of Bramley.

However, his usual avuncular, quiet persona has undergone a dramatic change recently and he appears to have had some sort of later-life crisis on the subject of traffic and housing development.

Perhaps the word Hypocrisy is too harsh a word to describe  By-Pass Byham, as the modern definition   indicates a state of promoting virtues, moral beliefs or principles that one does not actually have or is guilty of violating.

It is also  considered to be a kind  of lie, because you see,  it often involves deceiving others. Hypocrisy is not simply failing to practice those virtues, bur misleading his fellows into believing he has them.

Now we fully understand Councillor Byham hates the traffic thundering through Bramley. Don’t we all?  However,  – let’s just call him By-Pass Byham (BPB) is deluded in believing  all the traffic on the A281 comes from…yes, you guessed from Dunsfold Park…

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‘Don’t get me wrong – I don’t really want a By-Pass around Bramley – what I want, what I really really want, is for everyone to think I am concerned about all the traffic.  I’m  really, really concerned about is the traffic coming from Dunsfold airfield – not Cranleigh, not Horsham, Billingshurst, Guildford, Shalford, Shoreham, Godalming, or anywhere else for that matter – just DUNSFOLD!

… Now, if you read a newspaper or turn on the TV it will not have escaped your notice that No homes have yet been built at DP! In fact, if BPB and some of his friends, have their way, they never will be! Because they want houses built in the countryside and on the Green Belt. Read on and all will be revealed!

 If he hates traffic then WHY did: 

  • BPB sit in the council chamber just ten days  ago and vote – against an officers’ recommendation to REFUSE  a planning application for five homes in Bramley on the Green Belt – yes you know the stuff everyone wishes they had more of, as a protection against development!

The application in Bramley Park Drive for five homes  was made in the name of an Agent. Councillor Richard Seaborne (Con Bramley) declared an interest in the application as he was, a Bramley parish councillor. Then proceeded to back  the scheme to the hilt.

BPB –  said he too, would declare that although the application had been submitted  by  an Agent – because, 

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He then gave the application his full support, despite hearing from the new girl on the block Liz Townsend that  – the dust cart wouldn’t be able to get up the narrow road!  Councillor John Gray from Dunsfold! said Yes, who for the second time this year,  said   YES to development on  the GREEN BELT!

WHY?  We wonder? On a  dangerous bend, on the Green Belt, alongside a narrow lane called Park Drive which leads  to the Godalming Anglers Club Fisheries and on land where they have parked for many year.

The reasons for approving it were :

  • That  was “scruffy and overgrown” what they didn’t of course mention was:

It is owned by non other than… 

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So that’s alright then – ignore the officers advice, the very same officers who would rather do cartwheels across the council chamber than refuse development anywhere Waverley

Former Member of Parliament for Epsom & Ewell  and a Minister in the Government of Margaret Thatcher!

 Now there’s a damned good reason for changing the settlement boundary of Bramley and building on the Green Belt if ever we have heard of one…isn’t it?

And… just days later he stuck  his hypocritical little mit in the air and voted through another 265 homes on green fields in Cranleigh!  Sending another shed load of traffic through Bramley/Shamley Green/Wonersh – You couldn’t make it up – could you?

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The most difficult  — characteristics to detect in human nature is hypocrisy. This word derives from Greek and literally means “play-acting” because it was first referred to actors who, on stage, had to give a specific interpretation of a certain character.