Has the Cranleigh Society taken over the role of the parish council?

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Who exactly IS speaking up for the people of Cranleigh?

The Cranleigh Society was once a respected part of the local scene. Adopting the slogan –

“Speaking up for Cranleigh.”

Now it has become a village spin machine., often speaking with forked-tongue. This failing organisation which has lost officers and members could fold at is AGM if it cannot find new officers. A stream of chairmen have resigned, the latest who worked with the Protect our Waverley Campaign and the (CPRE) Campaign to Preserve Rural England to stop development on the only brownfield site in the borough, whilst watching the eastern villages losing acres of countryside to new homes, most of which have proved unaffordable for local people.

Recently the new town dubbed by Waverley councillors as…

“Poor old Cranleigh,” 

… featured last week’s Financial Times in- an in-depth study highlighting problems Cranleigh shares with others, over its huge number of bursting water pipes containing asbestos. However, though we hear from the locals that although the FT  journalist was pointed by the Cranleigh Society in the direction of  former member Adrian Clarke, prominent in the investigation of the asbestos scandal, CCS chose to make comments such as these.

So is the Cranleigh Society which first highlighted the asbestos issue – now speaking with a forked tongue for the people of Cranleigh? 

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A scandal over blue asbestos in drinking water in the village dubbed ‘Poor Old Cranleigh’ has now hit the headlines of a National newspaper.

 

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“Speaking up for Cranleigh Parish Council.”

 

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Here at the Waverley Web, we receive regular missives from the Society. Many of which are so inaccurate and biased, in favour of certain developers, that we have stopped using them. Our Farnham Society, which is well-established and trusted, speaks up on issues affecting our town but obtains its members’ views first.

This latest is a typical example of its propaganda about a controversial plan to build a private care home instead of a hospital. An issue among donors for a hospital and day hospital which is causing great concern locally. Has a charity made it’s very own April Fool of the eastern villages?

Where has all the money gone?

here’s what the CCS had to say about new amended plans.

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So according to the gospel according to the Cranleigh Civic Society or perhaps a  member of the Society, “an amended junction is safe.”

A crossroads, rather than a roundabout,  in Knowle Lane between the Berkeley Homes site and the new Private Care Home. Adjacent to entrances a few yards away for lorries delivering to Sainsbury’s’ and on the other to Wiskar Drive and M & S Foods. Which are yards away from the Kerbside Garage and the junction with the High Street?

So the WWeb wonders why the parish council is holding an Extraordinary meeting on 11th April when the Cranleigh Society has everything under control and all is tickety boo? WW wonder if the Society ever reads the Cranleigh Community Group Board?  A  group that is uncensored and reflects local views?

 Strange that the CCS, failed to mention that the plans also include another entrance. An entrance to the residential flats over the Snoxhall Sports fields single – access road which crosses the LITTLEMEAD BOOK AND THE DOWNSLINK?!?

 

The donors of £1.5m want to know why their ‘HOSPITAL & Day Hospital’ has​ morphed into a PRIVATE CARE HOME and 20 beds for the people of Surrey?

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Village leaders have agreed to calls from the public to allow them to hold a Public Meeting.

Six residents including Mr Terence Bachelor asked for a meeting to be held.

 The Parish Council might find themselves in the hot seat when they are required to provide some answers to the residents of Cranleigh and nearby villages. 

Let’s hope The Cranleigh Village Hospital Trustees will tell it as it is, and attempt  to satisfy residents concerns too?

WHY?

  • Meetings in 2013 with the Charity were held in SECRET by the late Brian Ellis former CPC Chairman – where a  Restrictive Covenant on the land transfer was changed, despite the concern of councillors Ken and Ruth Reed. 

He said: “As much as we trust our parish council to work in the interest of the village, we can see this project changing.”

WHY? Has the Chamber of Trade changed its view? Secretary Jane O’Leary said: “Residents are frustrated by an apparent lack of openness.”

A REPLACEMENT THE HOSPITAL for which villagers fundraised over £1.5m  has now morphed into something very different.  Proving those earlier concerns were founded.

Now residents want to know, WHY  parish land sold for £1 – will now be handed over on a platter by CVHT to HC-One headed by Mr Chai Patel – a national Care Management Group owners of 350 homes with 19,000 residents.

HC-ONE IS NOW FOR SALE!

Planning for an  80-bed Private Care Home, and 20 Community Beds has met numerous delays, having been promised as a replacement for Cranleigh Hospital and Day Hospital for almost 20 years! Now exasperated villagers say they have waited – “long enough for answers” despite numerous attempts to extract them  from the Charity by the Cranleigh Community Group – the Village noticeboard.

Now, the muddy waters of Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust’s scheme have become mired in further controversy following a posting by Cranleigh Society Secretary – Sue Dale, with answers provided by CVHT.

The following throws up more questions than the answers.

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  • So the charity does not actually know how the 20 beds will be used – or who is going to pay for them? Really!
  • So – the NHS will not commit to anything until the planning permission is in place?  No risk there then?
  • So there is no legal, binding agreement with the county council either? Because it will depend on where the need comes from? Bizarre!
  • So exactly what is the model of care?
  • Is a 5-year contract – which is non-existent and renewable every five years going to satisfy Waverley Planners? Does it intend to grant planning permission on a WING and a PRAYER?
  • The CCG (Care Commissioning Group will approve and allocate beds? What exactly is a “cross-section” of requirement?
  • How will they prioritise the residents Of Cranleigh and villages? Keep beds open just in case?
  • HC-ONE will provide the CARE? – What CARE – NURSING CARE? Care homes are staffed by Carers – not State Registered Nurses.  CRANLEIGH VILLAGE HOSPITAL HAD A MATRON – SISTERS – STAFF NURSES!
  • Dr Falkner Corbett claims Cranleigh Village Hospital will have an MRI Scanner soon? CVHT is nothing to do with the League of Friends. How will the League of Friends be raising the money? From the public? and who will that scanner be used by? Surrey residents?
  • A 26 – room hostel block added to the scheme will be provided for Surrey care workers?  

Chai Patel owner of HC-ONE was recently quoted as saying:

“Investing in the Care Home Sector can still be a winner.”

Sounds like a winner for you Mr Patel – and a loser for the village dubbed by Waverley as “Poor old Cranleigh.’

Because Court Canvedish which owns HC-ONE has just sold off all its UK Social Care business to Australian Pensions Giant AMP and is seeking a buyer for its CARE HOME business HC-ONE. So could the proposed new partner of Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust be an Ozzie – or the Chinese – or the Russians?

The other winner is Surrey County Council. Closes down a 65-bed Nursing and Dementia Home – and takes 20 community beds with the NHS on a budget which has not been approved and operated by HC-ONE – a private provider. SCC sells its Longfields, Cranleigh site for – housing? and trousers the money?

The Waverley Web will be at the meeting. Hanging as usual, from one of the dusty corners of Cranleigh Village Hall – if we can find it?animated-spider-image-0201

 

 

 

All roads lead to riches​ , ​don’t they? Especially when they live in Cranleahy.

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Everything changes – and everything stays the same – in “Poor old Cranleigh.”

A Cranleigh resident sent us this news cutting taken from a local paper – didn’t say which one – we presume the Sorry Ad –  dated 1987?

And – you wouldn’t Adam and Eve it – but the name Nick Vrijland lept  off the page as 30 years ago when Cllr Elwyn Williams was chairman of Cranleigh ~Parish Council the Flying Dutchman wanted to do a – yes – you guessed – “a land swap.” What for – we hear you cry  – was it for a Private Nursing Home or a hospital – no it was for a “small amount of development” and a service road through Knowle Park with local builder the late Mr Gordon Thomas. 

Now – unlike the land swap that took place in 2002 – with the Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust – the earlier land swap was viewed with slightly more than a little scepticism by the  Wily Cllr Williams.

However, it would appear that if you hang on in there – all your dreams will come true because the Knowle Park ~Inititative has been approved by Waverley including a new road – but the scheme has hit the buffers because the Environment Agency has objected to the owners moving the stream and upsetting the wildlife.

Perhaps the Environment Agency has decided to act as the same developer dredged the Cranleigh Waters on his West Cranleigh ~Nurseries land, which altered the flow of the river further downstream,  affecting other development in Elmbridge?

 “Oh what a tangled web you weave when once you practise to deceive.”

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So Clogs away…

The moral of the tale: If at first you don’t succeed – try, try and try again! Because that “modest little amount of housing” became 265+. And the other little land swap for a Hospital and a Day Hospital morphed into an 80-bed Private CARE Home! We have updated our earlier post – because even we are totally confused. Because WW thought it was a NURSING HOME. Big difference – care workers not nurses!! 

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Long awaited plans for new healthcare facilities in Cranleigh to be submitted. WHEN exactly?

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This is an announcement on the Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust Website – which has now been re-named The Cranleigh Private Nursing Home website?

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Please note this announcement is dated 21st October 2016. So what exactly has gone wrong? You can read more here: Are there plans afoot to bring Cranleigh traffic to a standstill?:

Although THE CHARITY WEBSITE says – read more – you really won’t want to because the website is full of obfuscation and misinformation. 

Despite assurances from the charity new private nursing home to be operated by HC-One that a planning application has been imminent for two years – we ain’t seen nothin yet! Though the WW has heard the new plans will go on display later this month, Presumably with the news that…

SURPRISE, SURPRISE! ITS PARTNER HC-ONE HAS BEEN PUT UP FOR SALE BEFORE THE INK IS DRY ON THE SHODDY DEAL!  A deal with fills the coffers of Surrey County Council, through the sale of its nursing home site at Longfields in Cranleigh,  Assists with Guildford & Waverley CCG’s bed blocking problems for its 37 GP practices in yes, you guessed – GUILDFORD AND WAVERLEY – by including 10 NHS beds.

So now Cranleigh and the surrounding villages are asking – Please Sir – can we have our money back – over £1m quid of it, before it drops into Mr Chai Patel’s trousers with the other £1billion?

 

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No wonder Dr Chai Patel looks so smug. He must think he has struck gold – Cranleigh and the surrounding village’s gold from the public’s pockets.  Cranleigh Parish Council’s gold – a piece of land for which it didn’t even receive twenty pieces of silver. Just a peppercorn pound and a bit of agricultural land  – now a playing field – adjacent to which the charity now wants to put in a pay and display car park!

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SO IF THAT’S THE CASE … WHY IS IT SELLING OFF CARE HOMES IN OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY?

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Will the new Cranleigh Care Home be sold off before it is even built?

 

Have the residents of Cranleigh and the surrounding villages been duped? Has the parish council been duped? And will this, combined with all the other development going on, bring Cranleigh’s traffic to a halt?

One Alfold resident has already written to the Waverley Web suggesting it should all go to DUNSFOLD. Does he mean the Dunsfold that is today fighting a Judicial Review in the High Court?

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Are there plans afoot to bring Cranleigh traffic to a standstill?

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The Cranleigh Village Nursing Home Trust – previously known as the Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust – has been told by health officials it can no longer refer to its £38m development, with a private provider, as A ‘HOSPITAL’.

Poised to submit plans to build a 60-bed private nursing home for HC-ONE on land in Knowle Lane – which was once owned by the people of Cranleigh and for which it paid, £1! Yes, you did read that right, they paid the princely sum of ONE POUND for land that was valued by the District Valuer at £175,000!!!

Anger is now mounting amongst local residents who raised funds for a project that has strayed so far from its original dream, it has become something of a local nightmare! Not only for CVNT but for Cranleigh Parish Council, Cranleigh residents and now possibly, even Waverley Borough Council?

Q: Why?

A: Because Waverley Planners  could be faced with determining a planning application for a scheme that was originally intended as a replacement for Cranleigh Village Hospital but which has now morphed into:

• A Private nursing home – with beds priced at the market rate!
• 10 social care beds for Surrey County Council, which allows The County Council to flog off the Longfield Nursing Home site and trouser the cash! Longfield was a council run home once housing over 50 elderly residents and a specialist Dementia unit. 
• 10 community NHS beds – but those beds won’t be for the exclusive use of Cranleigh residents. Oh no! They will be available to anyone within the Guildford & Waverley CCG Area’s 37 GP practices!

And, which could now affect its aim to build a new – much bigger Leisure Centre.

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Says the Cranleigh Village Society?.

 

• Over £1m raised for a replacement Village Hospital came from men, women,  children, clubs, and local businesses in Cranleigh and the surrounding villages; it was never intended for the use of patients of 37 practices which make up the entire G & W CCG!

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The area shaded in blue covers the Guildford & Waverley CCG area

• In addition, the CVNT, intend to build a block of 26 apartments, adjacent to the three-storey building behind Wiskar Drive and M&S Foods – also on land once owned by the parish and designated by Waverley as an area of Strategic Visual Importance. This now includes an access over the Snoxhall Playing Fields directly onto the already beleaguered Knowle Lane – for which it paid the Parish Council – yes, you guessed it: Zilch!! Allegedly these apartments are ear-marked for “key workers”. But whose key workers? The WW hears, if that isn’t enough, CVNT wants an access over the Downslink – the very same route which Waverley intends to keep sacrosanct should the railway return to Cranleigh.All aboard the Cranleigh express?

Now here’s the rub.

Knowle Lane has a narrow access onto Cranleigh High Street. Traffic backs up there constantly because Kerbside Garage, living up to its name, has a consistent flow of customers who all park on the kerbside, thus reducing the narrow two-lane road to an even narrower one-lane!

Incredibly, juggernauts delivering to both M&S and Sainsbury’s go in either side of the lane, creating yet more, chaos. Oh, and and the icing on the cake is the lane regularly floods! You couldn’t make it up, really you couldn’t!

Almost directly opposite the proposed access to the new nursing home is the recently created entrance into the new Berkeley Homes housing estate – 450 homes consented, 55 of which are accessed off Knowle Lane, almost directly opposite the entrance to M&S’s carpark, Wiskar Drive, Lynn Murray & Associates solicitors and several High Street shops rear entrances.

According to our followers over there in the East, Cranleigh’s old Village Hospital has been smartened up by the League of Friends for ambulatory patients – many thousands of them in the future accessing the services of X-Ray, consultant-led clinics and a proposed MRI scanner. Will these patients come from the CCG area?

And now, the cherry on the cake, Waverley BC has pledged to spend £12m on a new leisure centre to serve Cranleigh New Town! And all of this is the same, small congested area between Village Way and the lane between Bet Fred and Boots!

And, just to add a little spice to the mix, the Devious Dutch Developer behind The Knowle Park Initiative, Nicholas Vrijjland – formerly known as the Lettuce King – wants to build a car park in Knowle Lane adjacent to the Bruce McKenzie field, which he swapped with the parish but which he has nicely wrapped up and tied with a bow, into a Ransome strip!

In addition to clogging up Cranleigh High Street the Devious Dutch Developer is currently clogging up Alfold Road in Elmbridge, where he’s flogged off his former lettuce nursery to A1Dominion – a director of which just happens to be – yes, you guessed it – a director of CVNT, one Andy Leafy. Leafy who is preparing to build 265 homes on the old lettuce nursery, and 26 on the nursing home site, which he and the Devious Dutch Developer claim is all about improving the lives of Cranleigh folk! We think they mean improving the lives of themselves whilst lining their pockets at the expense of Cranleigh folk!

Now the locals are screaming – ‘Anyone want to buy my home in the village that Waverley Planners dubbed “Poor Old Cranleigh?’

Is this Charity fulfilling the expectations of the people of Cranleigh and the surrounding villages? Is it fulfilling its charitable objects? And, has Cranleigh Parish Council achieved Best Value for its residents? Has it acted responsibly?

There are many unanswered questions? Perhaps these will be answered over the coming weeks as the Charity lodges its planning application and holds a public consultation exercise?

If not – why not?

 

 

Want to learn more about Cranleigh’s proposed new private nursing home – then rock up to the parish council meeting tonight.

There were villagers over there in the east believing that they were to get the new ‘village hospital’ they have  eagerly awaited for the past 20 years – and then up pops a weasel!

What’s more it isn’t half a pound of tuppeny rice that is about to buy Cranleigh and the surrounding villages a proposed 60-bed  private nursing home, ten social care beds and ten community beds – it was millions of pounds of their money following  two-decades of local fundraising.

Decades ago the parish council was duped into handing over a former recreation ground owned by the parish  to local charity – Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust – in return for land swapped  by a man villagers now describe as a ‘local benefucter.’ Self-same benefucter who has trousered millions for a huge development of 265 homes in Elm Bridge Road.

The CVH Trust  was going to build a replacement hospital plus a day hospital and 14 beds following the closure of one of the oldest cottage hospitals in the country on theparish land.  Now same trust is going to present its cunning plans to the council  to build a nursing home for A-One, a countrywide private care company. It will tell how it will  – solve the county council’s social care bed crisis with 10 beds, allowing it to sell off the defunct Long Fields nursing home site in Ewhurst Road.  Before its closure three years ago it boasted  50+ beds,. Now thanks to the ‘Charity’ it can trouser the cash from the sale of land to help fill the big black hole at Surrey county towers! This leaves Cranleigh with minus 40 social care beds, but 60 private commercial rate beds costing?

Now there’s a question – how much?

The ten beds community beds are for…? Wait for it, yes, you guessed patients from among the 25 GP practices that make up the Guildford & Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group! So much for localism? 

We should also mention that the private for profit THREE-STOREY nursing home, built on valuable parish land also comes with a 26 block of residential flats and… two access – one from Knowle Lane immediateky alongside Whisker Drive the other along the parish owned road to the Snoxhall Playing Fields! What does the parish council get out of this? Pop along and you may find out? 

You can read past posts here:

Cranleigh’s proposed new private nursing home is provoking a local storm.

When is a hospital not a hospital? When it’s in “poor old Cranleigh? – whose residents appear to have been SHAFTED by a charity!

Screen Shot 2017-07-29 at 12.15.17Angry of Cranleigh wrote to us here at the Waverley Web, saying he had just spotted on the parish  noticeboard that ‘THE TRUSTWORTHY TRUST,’ as it was depicted in a local magazine recently, is to present its plans to the parish council, tonight Thursday at 7p.m. Council Offices, Village Way.

Perhaps our little spider sould be climbing up said parish council office wall- because when villagers get to hear where their treacle has gone – they may want to climb a few walls too?

Cranleigh gets more like Farnham every day – in a word SHAFTED!