For MPs, a Friday is Constituency Day – a chance to reacquaint themselves with whatever rotten borough lent them their seat. So on Friday our MP tweeted he had met his favourite developer – his alma mater.
Having had a briefing from some worried Tory Councillors about restless locals, he hurried down to The Ming to get first dibs on the upcoming offer. Its a shame he didn’t have time to meet with the local ‘Broom and Lee – Keep Charterhouse Green Belt Greens’ campaign group at the same time.
You may think that’s strange, however, the Waverley Web couldn’t possibly comment.
BE WARNED WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL GODALMING RESIDENTS MEAN BUSINESS! THEY WON’T BE SITTING IDLY BY AND WATCH THEIR TOWN BECOME … GODAWFULMING!
A spider at Gownboys Hall tipped us off about the Charterhouse Greenbelt picket line on Saturday. Demonstrators against Charterhouse’s proposals for 132 houses on the Greenbelt playing fields took direct action with placards and stakeboards all along the perimeter of the threatened playing fields.
This happened to coincide with an open morning for prospective parents arriving down Queens Drive. Parents took a tour of the school with a pupil followed by a question and answer session with the headmaster. No doubt the question was – why the protestors at such a school?!
When they were given the answer, or not – all they had to do was look across at the playing fields and watch pupils enjoying a variety of sports on some of the finest playing fields of England, just before the earthmovers take over? Why? To support the viability of the school of course, and keep their fees down. And no doubt fill Waverley’s coffers with Community Infrastructure Levy?
Honk if you want to save the Charterhouse Green Belt! The campaign is gathering pace. No wonder the security were looking rather twitchy!
Godalming campaigners are working to save the Green Belt playing fields, where Charterhouse School wants to build 132 houses, have upped their campaigning game.
Here are four things that are pushing their campaigning activities forward:
- They have discovered Photoshop and have started trolling Charterhouse with these great spoof images:
2. They have set up a campaign website, where you can find out about saving Broom & Lees playing fields here.
3. They have set up a closed Facebook Group – do apply to join it. We understand that local Tory Councillors have been forced to log in and join to defend their actions – and their seats in 2019!
4. They have started leafleting the local community!
Here at the Waverley Web, we applaud you. Well done, we support you bringing pressure to bear!
Never has the division between Town and Gown been starker than in Godalming at (Charterhouse School) and in Cranleigh – at (Cranleigh School!) Both private schools want to flog off their Green Belt playing fields to secure their futures!
Here’s the public presentation that was given by Charterhouse School to justify building 132 houses on their Broom & Lees playing fields. Cranleigh School’s offering is still on the blackboard!
What struck us here at the WW was how out of touch / desperate was Charterhouse School’s justification for concreting over the green belt: Can’t help wondering if the Campaign for the Protection of some parts of Rural England, or perhaps even Protect ~Our Waverley, will have their say? Or, are they too busy girding their loins to stop development on the largest brownfield site in the borough at the Judicial Review due this Autumn?
The Broom and Lees Playing Field is Green Belt land. However, we believe that the proposed expansion creates a number of ‘Very Special Circumstances’ to justify this development, namely:
- Providing new School places to widen choice in education
- Improving the diversity and inclusivity of Charterhouse
- Protecting and enhancing an established education facility
- Protecting and enhancing a major local employer
- Creating additional employment opportunities
- Investing in and enhancing listed buildingsWithout the funding provided by the sale of Broom and Lees, the expansion and improvement of the School simply cannot proceed.
YOUR FEES ARE £32,364 a year for a day pupil! Surely you don’t have to pave over some of the finest playing fields of England to improve a school whose alumni include:
To name just a few!
(left) Jeremy Hunt Foreign Secretary.
(Right) Jonathan King Singer, songwriter, composer and.. lad about town.
Just to add insult to injury £174,000 of the 106 monies provided by the developers’ of Cranleigh’s new 450 Berkeley homes, now under construction, has been earmarked for… a new 3G Pitch for Cranleigh School! Alfold Football Club puts its best foot forward – whilst Cranleigh’s 106 monies go to A Cranleigh top fee-paying school!