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Neighbourhood Plan dates – Next week!

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Can you attend any of the dates next week?

There are three Neighbourhood Plan Exhibitions planned taking place in the Village Hall, on the following dates:

  • Thursday 12 July 9am – 4pm
  • Friday 13 July 4pm – 8pm
  • Saturday 14 July 9am – 12.30pm
These plans affect how our Parish will be developed until 2032.

Click here for more details.

If members can attend on one of these dates and/or encourage your friends and neighbours to do the same we can help ensure Cranleigh has a say on these plans.

News from Waverley…

Also, if you haven’t so already perhaps you’d like to subscribe to the Waverley e-newsletter to keep up to date on all plans effecting the area. You can do so here: www.waverley.gov.uk/newsletter

 

 

 

 

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Your Response to the Waverley Local Plan?

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Response to Waverley Council on their Public Consultation on the Waverley Local Plan (Part 2).

Deadline is 9th July.

The draft Local Plan, Part 2 considers:-

– Sites for Additional Housing in Cranleigh
- Proposed sites for Travellers in Cranleigh

– The Settlement Boundary for Cranleigh
- Housing Standards for New Housing

The objective of the consultation exercise is to clarify whether we as a village are in agreement with the proposed Policies.

It is important to consider the accuracy of the Council’s ‘statements of fact’, whether we object to the proposed policies or other proposals and if so, why.

Accordingly, whether you were able to attend either of  the exhibitions at the Arts Centre (31st May & 25th June) CCS invite you to let us know if you have any:

a. queries
b. concerns
c. comments or
d. objections to the proposals outlined in the Local Plan, Part 2 consultations.

CCS are compiling a list of comments and objections, which has to be lodged with the Council by Monday, 9th July.
We are happy to consider any points you would like to raise and to include them (if appropriate) in our representation to the Council.

Any objections should be supported with evidence, demonstrating how/why the Council’s proposed policies are inaccurate/incomplete/ill thought through.

Please email us before the deadline to be included.

Thank you

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CALL TO ARMS! Cranleigh Society Needs your help

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CALL TO ARMS! Cranleigh Society Needs your help…

Please support us with your voices!

Band Room – 7pm – Meeting & AGM – Tuesday 26 June 2018

Let’s talk about all the threats and opportunities for our way of life in Cranleigh – what can we do, what do we know, what can we influence going forwards?  

Public bodies such as Waverley BC, Surrey CC, Environment Agency, Thames Water etc.  DO work with Civic Societies INCLUDING US!!!  Please help us to truly represent feelings in Cranleigh – our Household number is around 5000 now – so we need at least 10% of those households represented – so 500 – PLEASE help us to help us all!

Did you know that our Planning Authority – WBC – put conditions in place that they have difficulty ensuring are kept to?

Did you that all our authorities rely on the public for information about all sorts of things such as pot holes, crumbling masonry, tree felling, floods, droughts, and house builders doing things they shouldn’t? 

You probably know that the Planning Inspector demands Waverley  BC builds HALF of Woking’s Housing allocation and has increased Waverley’s BC’s own House Building requirement to at least 590 per Year? in addition – 

Waverley Local Plan demands Cranleigh builds at least 1,700 houses by 2033 – many of which are built or being built – 

Berkeley Homes: 425 houses on fields behind Sainsbury’s; Crest Nicolson: 268 houses west of Horsham Road, Cranleigh; Cala Homes: 140 houses off Amlets Lane; KPI Nurseries: 265 houses on farmland south of Berkeley Homes site; Hewitts: 120 houses, some three stories proposed, on old industrial estate; Thakeham homes: 75 houses on floodplain with exit onto Elmbridge Road and many more.   Local Plan says Dunsfold must build 2,600 Houses for now…

How many more will we be asked to build in the next 15 years?  Will Berkeley & others build EXTRA down Knowle Lane… Where will YOU park in Cranleigh with all these new Shoppers?  Is Parking to be BANNED around the Common? Snoxhall parking now metered…  Is Stocklund Square to be  re-developed?    WHAT IMPACT WILL THIS HAVE ON OUR ROADS AND INFRASTRUCTURE?   We all know that The A281 to Guildford will be BADLY AFFECTED but Surrey County Council has not yet planned for this….. The existing Sewerage Plant cannot cope with these EXTRA homes……. but Thames Water won’t be dealing with this until the homes are built and creating……  demand.  We know the Sewerage outflow leaves Cranleigh Waters unable to support life……  Thames Water has explained that nearly One-Third of Cranleigh’s drinking water pipes are made of asbestos cement of 50 to 70 years old – some is made of deteriorating Blue ASBESTOS cement – these tiny fibres are impossible to destroy…… 

JOIN the Cranleigh Civic Society to help monitor, comment, improve and fight these CHANGES!

HERE YOU CAN SIGN UP FOR WAVERLEY’S NEWSLETTERS :-

http://www.waverley.gov.uk/info/200253/cinema/1622/register_for_updates/1

 

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Join us for our Public Meeting & AGM

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2nd date for PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON THE WAVERLEY LOCAL PLAN

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DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: If you missed the Waverley Council exhibition of the Local Plan Part 2 in the Arts Centre last Thursday, there is an opportunity again at the Arts Centre on June 25 2018 at 2.30pm to 7.30pm.

PLEASE ATTEND THE PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON THE WAVERLEY LOCAL PLAN : PART 2

This Proposes :

-Sites for Additional Housing in Cranleigh
-Proposed sites for Travellers in Cranleigh
-The Settlement Boundary for Cranleigh
– Housing Standards for New Housing

Waverley Council will later announce an additional Consultation Date for YOU to see their Plans

Terry Stewart. Chairman Cranleigh Civic Society.
21 Brookside, Cranleigh, Surrey. GU6 8DA.
01483 273808.
ts@terencestewart.plus.com

Website: www.cranleighsociety.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/cranleighsociety
Twitter: @CranleighSoc

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SUCCESSFUL MEETING FOR CRANLEIGH CIVIC SOCIETY WITH WAVERLEY COUNCIL LEADERS

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Cranleigh Civic Society  “Speaking up for Cranleigh”

SUCCESSFUL  MEETING  FOR  CRANLEIGH  CIVIC SOCIETY  WITH  WAVERLEY COUNCIL  LEADERS

Many of you will remember the negative reaction from Waverley Council following the Cranleigh Public Protest Meeting last Summer. Well, relations have improved substantially with a meeting of Cllr. Julia Potts, Leader of the Council, Tom Horwood, Chief Executive, and three Cranleigh Councillors with seven members of the Cranleigh Civic Society Committee. The meeting had been arranged to establish useful and meaningful communication and achieve common ground.

KEY DISCUSSION POINTS –

Infrastructure.

The Civic Society expressed strong concern at the lack of infrastructure following the planned massive growth in housing. The Waverley Local Plan has demanded that Cranleigh MUST build 1,700 extra houses by 2033.

However, in the last three years Cranleigh has experienced planning applications for almost 1,700 houses – most of which have been accepted – so what will happen in the next 15 years? On top of this the Plan has demanded 2,600 houses for Dunsfold Airfield – indeed there has been discussion of up to 6,000 houses for Dunsfold. If this happens our infrastructure will be overwhelmed and the A281 to Guildford will be clogged with traffic.

The Society pointed out that Cranleigh’s access roads are all B-roads or are narrow unclassified lanes – many used as ‘rat runs’. With Cranleigh houses due to be expanded by one-third, and the potential massive development of Dunsfold there will be a major problem of traffic disruption. Terry Stewart asked what plans Highways has for overcoming this disruption.

The Council recognised the potential problems and is working to mitigate the impacts where the Council has control – but road improvements are the responsibility of Surrey County Council. Cllr. Potts proposed that meetings should be held every two months to discuss answers and problems. The Civic Society warmly welcomed this proposal.

Flooding.

A key concern is flooding in Cranleigh and the Council’s decision to allow 55 houses to be built by Thakeham Homes off Elmbridge Road which was in the field most likely to flood. Richard Bryant has discussed this site with the largest UK Home Insurer who have since confirmed that they are well aware of this site and will be very unlikely to offer insurance in view of the very high flood risk.

Being aware of this problem, at the last Cranleigh Flood Forum meeting, Anne Milton MP said she would contact Thakeham to arrange a meeting to discuss the concerns with this site. Not only would buyers of homes on this site face flooding but also smells from Cranleigh Sewerage Treatment Works located the other side of the Elmbridge Road. What a way to start a life in Cranleigh!

Sewerage and Thames Water.

The Society pointed out that the current Sewerage Treatment Works are inadequate to meet the needs of the planned six major development sites. Thames Water state that it is possible to expand the Works. By doing so they would probably be contravening the Water Framework Directive. The Works discharges effluent into the Cranleigh Waters, but in the Summer the stream runs dry so the effluent poisons the fish, which is a serious environmental problem.

The Surrey Wildlife Trust is so concerned that they are arranging special surveys of the Waters. The Society has asked Thames Water for a timetable for improvement – but there has been no response from Thames Water.

Terry Stewart, Society Chairman, paid tribute to the three public Flood Forum meetings that Anne Milton MP has organised in the Bandroom with Thames Water and Council Officers present to try and agree solutions. Cllr. Potts stated that it is disappointing that there is a lack of joined up communication amongst the various agencies, but she would lobby to improve the environmental issues.

Asbestos and Drinking Water.

In addition Thames Water has admitted that 29.6% of the drinking water supply pipes in Cranleigh are made from asbestos cement – some of which are made of blue asbestos.

Recently many of these pipes had burst as they had reached the end of their lifespan – which would release blue asbestos fibres into the drinking water.

The Society strongly demanded that new housing is not connected to the drinking water mains until the drinking water pipes have ALL been replaced and the sewerage works expanded to meet the demand.

Parking.

The Society reported that the car parks in Cranleigh are over 90% full at peak times such as Market Days. With Cranleigh housing increasing by one-third, and the likelihood of many Dunsfold residents shopping in Cranleigh, the car parks will be inadequate.

Cllr Potts responded that a possible option could be to build a double deck car park at the Village Way site, when the Leisure Centre was redeveloped.

The Society had heard that the owner of Stocklund Square was planning to redevelop the site with possible multi level parking – the Society was very concerned at this.

Cllr. Mary Foryszewski encouraged the Society to lobby our councillors before Borough and Parish meetings and meet the Chamber of Commerce to discuss key issues.

KEY OUTCOMES –

– Cllr. Potts proposed that meetings should be held every two months with Cranleigh Civic Society to discuss answers and problems. Cranleigh Society warmly welcomed this proposal.

– Cllr. Potts stated that it is disappointing that there is a lack of joined up communication amongst the various agencies, but she would lobby to improve the environmental issues.

– Cllr. Mary Foryszewski encouraged the Society to speak to Cranleigh Parish councillors before Borough and Parish meetings and meet the Chamber of Commerce to discuss key issues.

Tom Horwood summarised with three proposed actions :

  1. There must be clarity in defining who is responsible for what.
  2. There must be productive meetings, adopting a joined up approach with effective lobbying by the Society.
  3. There must be effective communication with meaningful involvement and the right level of engagement.

Terry Stewart also suggested that the Council introduce effective email Newsletters to improve communication to residents. Other Councils had regular Monthly Newsletters giving new Council policies, decisions and consultations – with key meeting dates, agendas and minutes. Individual Council departments should issue ad hoc Newsletters with their news. ALL residents should be encouraged to sign up to receive Newsletters that were relevant for them.

THIS WAS A PRODUCTIVE AND FRIENDLY MEETING THAT AUGURS WELL FOR FUTURE RELATIONS BETWEEN THE CIVIC SOCIETY AND WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL.

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Cranleigh in Bloom Centenary Garden

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Updates from Cranleigh in Bloom…

Centenary Garden

Cranleigh Parish Council in association with Fields in Trust has dedicated a corner of Snoxhall Fields to be a tranquil natural woodland style Centenary Garden.

This special garden project is designed to honour local people who lost their lives over the past one hundred years in conflict as well as those who were left behind.

Work started in April and Cranleigh in Bloom will be involved with the planting and will help look after the garden.

You can find out more about this project on the Cranleigh Parish Council website at www.cranleighpc.org

South & South East in Bloom Awards

Cranleigh in Bloom have entered Cranleigh into the South & South East in Bloom Awards this year, hoping to win Gold again for Cranleigh.

Judging day is the 3rd July 2018, and in preparation the village must be litter and weed free!

We hope everyone will help make Cranleigh look as good as possible and as a result enjoy the benefits of a beautiful flower filled village for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Cranleigh in Bloom will also carry out their own judging during July and August, with a prize giving tea party to be held at Cranleigh Arts Centre on 19 September 2018 where the awards will be announced.

To find out how you can volunteer with Cranleigh in Bloom email chairman@cranleighinbloom.net or call 01483 274566 and speak to Andy or Martin. Find out more at www.cranleighinbloom.net

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5.15 today BBC radio Surrey

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Hello,

If you go to BBC Radio Surrey Drive at 5 today (iPlayer) you will be able to hear our Chairman speaking strenuously with Gregory Spanswick about Cranleigh and all the problems posed by overdevelopment plans for the area.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p065h8y6

I hope you are impressed – let us know!

see you soon

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Dunsfold Planning Application Approved – What now?

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Dunsfold Planning Application Approved – What now?

On the 29 March, the plan to build 1,800 homes in Dunsfold park was approved by the Secretary of State Sajid Javid despite heavy opposition from residents.

It’s time to put pressure on regarding the effects on infrastructure.

Get Surrey has reported that Councillors have expressed fear on Increased traffic and congestion in the area once the homes are built and included a map to show likely problem areas following the development.

Specifically mentioned is more traffic expected on an already busy A281, but other areas for concern include:

•    The partly single-track route from Dunsfold Park via Markwick Lane, Salt Lane and Station Road to the nearest railway station at Milford – this is also the quickest route to the A3;
•    The use of B2130 through Hascombe to Godalming, and onto Guildford; and
•    The roads through Hambledon towards Witley Station.

However, the increase of traffic on country lanes was assessed and deemed sustainable by transport planners.

Jim McAllister, Dunsfold Park Ltd’s chief executive said:

“The development of Dunsfold Aerodrome will provide homes for all sections of the community including young families currently priced out of the area, create new jobs and deliver a range of new community facilities together with infrastructure improvements. We look forward to working with Waverley Borough Council to progress the detail.”

What can be done now?

The pressure on infrastructure is the main concern affecting residents when any new housing development is approved.

If these developments effect you and your family, you can still make an impact. Cranleigh Society welcomes new members to help spread awareness and ensure our voices are heard. For further information email: membership@cranleighsociety.org

Further reading:

Join Cranleigh Civic Society

Get Surrey – The reaction after 1800 homes approved

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Photography : The Cranleigh Collection

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The Cranleigh Society was set up to ensure we could highlight issues that effect residents and make sure our voices are heard. However, it’s so very easy to get bogged down by problems and sometimes because of this we feel we can forget to appreciate what we have around us.

Inspired by The Brooking Collection, we’d like to encourage local residents to help get involved in creating a collection of images that celebrate local life and architecture.

We’d love to see photos, past and present of houses, other properties and things that you love about Cranleigh to add to our own photo library. Perhaps you have taken a special photo of the railway building on Knowle Lane, Cromwells tea house or other high street images we could share? If there’s a story behind the image, even better, let us know!

What we particular liked about the ethos of The Brooking Collection is that it does not discriminate between the humblest and the grandest, embracing the everyday as well as the privileged.

Budding photographers, please send across your images with the subject ‘The Cranleigh Collection’. We’ll aim to share these on our social media pages where possible. Everyone is welcome to contribute new or old images. We’d love to hear from you.

Further reading:

More about The Brooking Collection

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