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Thakeham Homes to JPC this Thursday

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Despite fears about flooding from Cranleigh Waters and odour from the sewage treatment plant as well as water quality in the river, Waverley Borough Council’s Joint Planning Committee are being recommended to GRANT permission to Thakeham Homes for 54 new dwellings on the Elmbridge Road site.  The meeting will take place on Thursday 5th October – public are welcome.  Time 7pm at the Burys – Council offices in Godalming.

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CVHT meeting for invitees tonight

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You may be interested to know that CVHT have invited some groups to attend a presentation this evening at Cranleigh Arts Centre 7:15pm.  Details are being displayed at the hospital shop too and a public exhibition is planned for 4 November – let’s find out what they have to say.

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! Act now…WBC Local Plan changes

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As you may know Waverley Borough Council does not have a current “LOCAL PLAN”.    They are “consulting the public” on a 47 page document – please have a look.  When WBC have a plan they will have a little more control over house building applications in the future!  They say. ://


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Cranleigh Civic Society Saved!

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Thank you to all Cranleigh Civic Society supporters old and new – we have a new committee and more members and friends.  There are vacancies on the committee especially for someone with computer and web pages skills.

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action! Berkeley homes Appeal to Secretary of State

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Berkeley homes have appealed to the secretary of state against Waverley Borough Council following the refusal of full planning permission.

Waverley approved outline planning permission with reserved matters (WA/2016/1625) for 425 dwellings but refused phase one details.  WA/2016/2160.

Waverley have forwarded all the representations made to them on the application to the Planning Inspectorate and the appellant.

If you wish to make comments or modify/withdraw your previous representation, you can do so BY 5 OCTOBER 2017 at

or send 3 copies of your letter to: Neil Devereux, Zone 3N,         Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol, BS1 6PN

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EGM Tuesday 19th Sept 2017 Band Room 7.30 pm

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REMINDER !  Dear Cranleigh Civic Society Members and Friends, 

You are invited – and urged – to attend an Emergency General Meeting (EGM)

The Band Room, Village Way, Cranleigh – next to the Cranleigh Leisure Centre

Tuesday 19th September at 7.30 pm


To present the successes, frustrations and on-going projects to the society;

To elect a new committee;

The committee has worked tirelessly trying to fight the inappropriate housing developments which have been imposed on our village but now some of its members have decided the time has come to stand down and let other members pick up the baton. So we need new committee members if Cranleigh Civic Society is to continue.

Failure to form a new committee at this meeting will mean, quite simply, the Society will cease to exist with immediate effect.  Please see below for the Constitution and the process of “winding up” the society.

This would be a tragedy – so how passionate are you feeling about our village and the surrounding area? Remember Civic Societies are non-political and can find out facts to present to Councillors and Officers alike holding them to account for their actions and inactions.

Would you like to join the committee?

Can you help?

Please let us know right away (preferably) and before the meeting in writing (letter or email) if you would like to join the committee or if you would like to nominate someone else TO BECOME A COMMITTEE MEMBER – please get that person’s permission first!  (You have to join the Society first).

We are looking for help in many shapes and forms – you may have just the passion and knowledge and skills needed. In particular we are seeking committee members who have the following skills or business knowledge – building industry, planning practice, surveyors, IT, media, research – and people who have lived in Cranleigh for a long, long time and who can recall all the flooding that developers choose to ignore.


Kind regards from all of us,

Cranleigh Civic Society  COMMITTEE

EMAIL   POST   42 Horsham Road, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 8DU



  1. NAME

The name of the Society shall be “Cranleigh Civic Society” (hereinafter referred to as “the Cranleigh Society”).

  2. Campaign to raise awareness of any threats to the Parish of Cranleigh in particular from unsustainable development and to oppose encroachment into our countryside.
    2. To encourage the preservation, development and improvement of the features of Cranleigh which contribute positively to the amenity of those who live and work in the community.
    3. To pursue these ends by means of meetings, campaigns, exhibitions, lectures, publications, promotion of schemes and by co-operation with other local and national organisations and individuals.
    The Society shall have no political or religious activities and shall be non-profit making

Membership shall be open to all persons who are interested in the objects of the Society and are resident, attend school or operate a business in the parish of Cranleigh.

No member shall have the power to vote at any meeting of the Society if their subscription is in arrears at that time. Junior members shall be those aged between 14 and 18 at the time their subscription is due and they shall not be entitled to vote at any meeting of the Society.

The committee reserves the right to decline requests for membership at its discretion.


The annual subscription shall be such reasonable sum as the Society shall determine from time to time and shall be payable on before 1st December each year.

Membership shall lapse if the annual subscription is unpaid three months after it is due.


The meetings of the Society shall be the Annual General Meeting (“AGM”) and any Extraordinary General Meeting (“EGM”).

The AGM of the Society shall be held as soon as practicable after the end of each financial year to receive the Treasurer’s report and accounts and to elect Officers and members of the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall decide when the AGM of the Society shall be held and shall give at least 14 clear days’ written notice to all Members.

Extraordinary general meetings of the Society shall be held either at the request of the Executive Committee or at the written request of twenty-five members of the Society. Twenty-five members personally present shall constitute a quorum for a meeting of the Society.


The Officers of the Society, who shall be existing Members, shall consist of:

Vice Chairman

Officers may have more than one role. No one shall normally serve as Chairman or Vice-Chairman for more than three consecutive years, except if proposed unanimously by the Executive Committee.

Officers shall be elected at every Annual General Meeting, following which, further Executive Committee members shall be elected. The Executive Committee may elect a President and Vice-President if it is deemed desirable.

Nominations for all positions shall be made to the Secretary in writing, supported by a seconder, and the consent of the proposed nominee 14 clear days prior to the Annual General Meeting.

The Executive Committee may fill by co-option, from members of the Society, any Officer vacancy occurring during the year for an existing or new role.


The Executive Committee shall consist of four officers and not more than five other members. The Executive Committee shall have the power to co-opt further members, who shall attend in a non-voting capacity. The Officers should be elected at the first meeting of the Executive Committee.

The Executive Committee shall meet not less than six times a year at intervals of not more than two months and the Secretary will give all members a minimum of 7 days notice of each meeting. The Quorum shall comprise not less than five of the members of the Executive Committee.

All members of the Executive Committee hold their positions on an honorary basis with no payment for their role as members, but are entitled to claim reasonable expenses, the budget for which should be agreed beforehand.


It shall be the duty of every member of the Executive Committee (or any sub-committee) to declare any direct financial or other interest known or likely to be of interest to the Society at the beginning of every meeting.


This Constitution may be amended by the Executive Committee and the alteration to be put to a vote of all members present at an Annual General Meeting or Extraordinary General Meeting
provided that 14 days notice of the proposed amendment is given to all members.


The Society may be dissolved at an Annual General Meeting or Extraordinary General Meeting of the Society by a two thirds majority of the members present at such a meeting voting for the winding up. 14 days clear notice of such intention must be given to all members prior to the Meeting. If the decision to wind up the Society is made, the Executive Committee shall have the power to dispose of any assets held by the Society for the benefit of the Parish of Cranleigh.

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Anne Milton opens Flood Gates

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On Monday the 24th of July, Anne Milton MP organised a meeting at the village hall that she described as a flood forum and it turned out to be much more than that. She brought together Waverley planners, Thames Water, the Environment Agency, the Drinking Water Inspectorate, Public Health England, Surrey County Council, the National Flood Forum, Cranleigh Parish Council and Cranleigh Civic Society to discuss openly several of the major concerns Cranleigh’s residents have raised with her. 65 members of the public came along and several parish and borough councillors also attended.

The plan was to address these concerns and direct them specifically to the authority responsible, so that the answers could be heard by all. We were very happy to hear sewerage problems, flooding and asbestos cement water pipes all discussed openly. It was always understood that the problems would not be resolved then and there but that efforts could be made to address them in the coming weeks and months.

To aid this, small sub committees were formed to work on specific areas and they will report back at the next meeting planned for the autumn. It was just the beginning of what will be a long term effort but a positive step and one that Cranleigh Civic Society welcomes. Members of the Society volunteered to join sub committees and share the information they have collected specific to each area so we will be close to the decision making process.

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Asbestos Cement Pipes Risk Assessment

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Main Report sent to Waverley Borough Council by Cranleigh Civic Society:

Asbestos Cement Pipes, H & S Risk Assessment, CCS, 29-Jan-17


1. Thames Water email 23-Dec-16, 30% & 2%

2. Water Research Council report, deterioration of AC pipes, 1988

3. Water Research Council Report, May 1985

4. Asbestos in Drinking Water, WHO, 1996, updated 2003

5. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part B, 14, 122-152, 2011

6. Faber Maunsell Ltd Report for DWI, May 2002

7. Crysotile Institute, Bulletin V10, Nov 2011

8. Health Protection Agency toxicological overview, 2007

9. WHO Crysotile Asbestos Report, 2014,

10. Institute of Public Health (Netherlands) Report no. 758473006, 1987, Section 1.1.1 Oral

11. ATSDR (USA) toxicology report, 2001

12. WHO declaration of interest form, 2010

13. Woodstock report, asbestos risk from AC pipes, 1987

14. Request to Jeremy Hunt for medical data, Jan-08-17

15. Asbestos (Hansard, 8 November 1983)

16. Brita filters statement, 28-Apr-16

17. 2015 Thames Water, Drinking Water Quality Report_Z0163_Cranleigh

18. pH tests in Cranleigh, 28-Jan-17

Since publishing this report we have located several other studies on  the risk of Asbestos Drinking Water Pipes (although the majority appears to cover Chrysotile (white) asbestos only):

Drinking Water Quality: Problems and Solutions

Cancer of the gastrointestinal tract and exposure to asbestos in drinking water among lighthouse keepers (Norway). Available from: [accessed Jun 6, 2017].– Scientists Warn of Mesothelioma Risk in Italy’s Drinking Water, According to Surviving Mesothelioma 7 April 2017– [Possible health risks from asbestos in drinking water] PubMed Article Dec 2016 Further information here – english translation towards the bottom of the page).  Conclusion – There is no agreement between the results of the various studies, but an association between ingested asbestos fibres and cancer of the stomach and pancreas has been found with some degree of consistency.  – In conclusion, there is no question that studies designed at the individual level, such as case control studies, are now needed to establish firmly risk levels to ingested asbestos. However, as illustrated above, the costs of reliably establishing these risk levels will be high, a fact that should be recognized by the sponsors and investigators of future research in this area.



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Blue Asbestos

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As you will be aware we have had major concerns about our ageing and deteriorating asbestos cement drinking water pipes for some time now. Due to the age of previous significant development in Cranleigh in the 60’s, we suspected that they may contain crocidolite (blue asbestos), in addition to chrysotile (white asbestos). Although Thames Water assured us that the pipes were constructed from white asbestos, our own research did not reflect this, and we have been pushing for testing to be carried out.

Over the past two weeks we were successful in getting Thames Water to send a section of drinking water pipe, being replaced in the Hitherwood area, for independent testing to confirm the presence of blue asbestos (crocidolite). This has now been confirmed.

The presence of crocidolite (blue asbestos) is not the result we were hoping for, but it is in line with the guidance given on the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) website under the Asbestos section.  HSE state that asbestos cement pipes made prior to 1969 are likely to contain crocidolite.

A further section of pipe from the Summerlands area has been tested and this has been shown to contain only white asbestos. We have asked also requested details from Thames Water of the percentage of blue to white asbestos, and to assess how much deterioration has taken place in the pipes. Furthermore, we have requested that a section of pipe be tested from the Park Mead area, although we have been told that this will not be carried out until there is a burst pipe there. We will be challenging Thames water on this.

Blue and white asbestos have very different risks associated with them, with the crocidolite being considered more hazardous. We should stress that the majority of evidenced high risks are associated with inhaling asbestos fibres, however, there does appear to be a growing evidence base worldwide that suggests that there is also a risk associated with ingested fibres.

Recently Australia and New Zealand have announced replacement programmes for their asbestos cement pipes, and in the USA they already test drinking water for asbestos fibres, and have set maximum guidelines, testing is NOT carried out in the UK.

We have been asking the authorities, including the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), since September 2016 to assess the risk to Cranleigh residents from a high percentage of ageing and deteriorating asbestos cement drinking water pipes without success. Asbestos cement pipes have a 50-70 year design life and some of these in Cranleigh are approaching 70 years old. The issue also affects residents in Dunsfold, Ewhurst and Alfold, we have not looked into any of the other surrounding areas. In a recent planning application in Waverley for development in Alfold, once again the Society advised Waverley of the existence of blue asbestos in the drinking water network, once again we were ignored.

We have questioned the position of the DWI.  Whilst their blanket statement broadly states that there is no consistent evidence to suggest that asbestos is dangerous when ingested, we have studied their database of evidence and that of other qualified evidence available and we are of the opinion that the DWI, and the World Health Organisation (WHO), have based their studies in the main on chrysotile (white asbestos).  Furthermore, many of the reports back in the 1970s and 1980s were sponsored by the asbestos industry, and in particular by the Chrysotile Institute, and they should be treated with some caution, as well as being based mainly on the effects of chrysotile.

In January 2017, in discussion with HSE, Cranleigh Civic Society circulated our own Risk Assessment under the Health and Safety Act looking at data from contemporary research carried out over the last few years, some of it by highly respected organisations such as the American Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health (a leading publication respected around the world).  Our increasing concerns surrounding crocidolite remain, because of its needle-like structure, it has the potential to penetrate membranes in the body more easily than the more curly fibres of white asbestos.

Our research is continuing, and we have received this from a contact in New Zealand.  It was put out by Radio New Zealand and is now on their website:

‘A $2.2 billion price tag has been put on the cost of replacing the country’s asbestos water supply pipelines.

 Drinking water delivered through functioning asbestos pipes isn’t risky, but airborne particles from broken pipes can be dangerous.

 Asbestos cement pipes were installed for local water supply networks from the 1950s to the 1970s, and manufacturers stopped producing them in the mid 1980’s. The pipes’ life expectancy is about 50 years so many will be due for replacement.

 Functioning pipes being used for water do not pose a threat to health. The World Health Organisation has said swallowing asbestos present in water does not present the same cancer risk as inhaling dry particles. However, asbestos pipes that are cut or broken when dry can pose a health risk if particles are released into the air.


The Water Services Association of Australia has estimated it could cost $AU8b ($NZ9b) to safely remove Australia’s roughly 40,000km of worn-out asbestos piping.

Water New Zealand estimated the total length of this country’s water supply pipelines at 36,436km, with the network valued at $8.7b. It estimated 9000km of those pipes were made of asbestos cement and that they would need to be replaced in the next 20 to 30 years.

With many of the pipes nearing the end of their useful life, Water New Zealand chief executive John Pfahlert said local councils would have to do careful planning to make the replacement affordable to ratepayers. There were a number of available options cheaper than digging them out, such as relining existing pipes or leaving decommissioned pipes in the ground and placing new pipes around them, he said. Wellington Water spokesperson Alex van Paassen said replacing asbestos cement pipes, as opposed to those made of other materials, did require safety precautions. However, he said, those precautions would not add a significant amount to the overall cost of replacement. Mr van Paassen said pipes in Wellington were prioritised for renewal based on how critical the need for repairs was, or how many households were served, and not on whether they were made of asbestos.

 “Wellington Water had a regular pipe renewal schedule for all types of pipes”, he said.’

We have continued to keep our MP Anne Milton informed of our research and she has now arranged a meeting on 24th July in Cranleigh to investigate this further. Thames Water, the DWI and other relevant parties have confirmed their attendance.  This is also following the petition sent to Anne Milton following our public meeting on 25th May. We are grateful to her for listening to our concerns and seizing this opportunity to seek answers.

Cranleigh Civic Society, in consultation with the Government’s Health and Safety Executive, prepared a full Risk Assessment on the network of asbestos cement pipes in Cranleigh and sent this to Waverley Borough Council on the 29th January.  Waverley ignored it.

We are aware that this subject will cause a high degree of concern in the village and we will of course keep you informed of any developments.

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Flooding on Thakeham Site – Elmbridge Road

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As you will be aware the decision on the Thakeham Homes application for 54 dwellings off the Elmbridge Road was deferred by the Joint Planning Committee pending more evidence on flooding and odour from the Sewage Treatment Works.

If you have any photos of flooding on this site whatsoever, could you please email your photos to or send printed copies of photos to Phill Price, Chair, Cranleigh Civic Society, 18 Brookside, Cranleigh GU6 8DA


Thank you.


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