Anne Milton is now – whipless, party-less, and with former Tory Waverley Councillors like these, who needs enemies?!
Since 2005-Anne Milton has represented the people of Guildford, Cranleigh & Ewhurst as their MP. But as the local branch memberships prepare to cast their votes tonight Thursday, it is in the knowledge that the Tory vote has been split asunder by a woman, who herself, held the Deputy Chief Whip’s position in Parliament.
Although a highly respected, hardworking, and in the most part successful MP, she may find some opposition to her decision, having made one crucial mistake in the eastern villages.
It was Ms Milton, along with SW Surrey MP Jeremy Hunt – who together urged Secretary of State Sajid Javid, to call in the Dunsfold Aerodromeplanning application. A delay, which having been approved by ‘Your Waverley’ and the S of S, then prompted a Judicial Review, bythe objectors she backed.Although also agreed by the High Court last year, it robbed Waverley of more than 500 homes, a pivotal component of its Local Plan and precipitated the loss of even more of the borough’s countryside to other eager developers.
However, she did redeem herself in part, by her efforts to turn the spotlight on flooding problems in both Alfold and in Cranleigh. She chairing regular Flood Forums, regularly taking on the Environment Agency and Thames Water and holding all the statutory agencies to account. Sources close to Ms Milton say she has become increasingly frustrated by party politics in recent years but is eager to continue to represent the people on whose behalf she has worked tirelessly for 24 years.
So let the battle begin? All that remains is filling in the black holes?
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.
Waverley recently published a list of Councillors expenses, which went to No.1 on our summer holiday reading list, knocking off the 2016-2017 from the top spot. Waverley Councillor expenses 2017-2018
Waverley residents might like to ask Councillors what is the £246 they are paid as an Internet Charge? Don’t most Councillors have the internet?! Is it a little bung for being on the Executive? What could they all have in common?
It was especially odd to see such hi-tech councillors drawing this cash, councillors who in their day jobs might rely on a bit of broadband for their business.
Step forward Cllr Tom Martin (A Change and Configuration Manager at Wordline Global in Guildford) and Cllr Stefan Reynolds – local publisher of Vantage Point magazine. Certainly, busy people whose work relies on an internet connection – we are so pleased that they have something in common – the need to take Waverley coin to get them online. Bless their cotton socks!!