Residents, backed by Waverley Councillor Paul Follows ensured that everyone was made aware of the threat of expansion into their treasured green belt countryside at Aarons Hill.
Last night after a packed meeting Godalming Town Council heard some well-researched concerns and objections from residents and councillors alike. And the townsfolk were rewarded for their efforts getting the backing they had hoped for!
WW can’t help wondering why so many town councillors, who are also borough councillors backed a Local Plan that rolled back Godalming’s green belt in the first place? Could it be because they are Tories – one of whom later gave his Lib Dem colleague an ear-bashing!
A resident told us that Tory “Town and borough Councillor, Comrade Stefan ” I voted for the Labour Party’ Reynolds’ interrupted his Lib Dem colleague after Councillor Follows claimed he was the only Waverley councillor in the room who didn’t vote for Waverley’s Local Plan which included removing this site from the greenbelt! Following, Follows – Comrade Reynold retorted – ‘well I didn’t!’ after which – Councillor Follows was forced to remind him – that was only because he DIDNT SHOW UP AT THE MEETING TO VOTE AT ALL!’
It seemed the Town Councillors had little choice but to represent their community, with only one abstention coming from the grumpy Steve Cosser (Con Charterhouse). Three Councillors were absent, including County Councillor for Aaron’s Hill Peter Martin. No surprise there then?
Thanks to the efforts of the people of Godalming round one of the battle to preserve the town from becoming part of greater Guildford has been won. But the war with Waverley planners is to follow.
Godalming town council supported Paul Follows’s proposal to object formally to the development on Aarons Hill. A formal letter will be released by the council today (Friday)
Here’s how the Waverley Web has covered the tumultuous events of the past few days.