Withdrawal of application WA/2018/2044 to relocate Cranleigh Primary School to Glebelands playing fields

Surrey County Council has taken on board the concerns of the Cranleigh Community regarding the relocation of the Cranleigh Primary School and has withdrawn the application!  We take this as a success and hope you do too – thank you to all who spoke up against losing fields, gaining more housing and being appalled at the design of the school entrance.

Glebelands school playing fields are back in use for sport! . Glebelands school playing field, which was due to be built on, has now been reinstated as a U11 football pitch and is being used by the Cranleigh Community.

The main objection to the relocation was that the proposed site had restricted access and inappropriate location.   It was agreed that the present site is the best location for the school and should be retained.  Since the withdrawal of the application, work has been undertaken to repair the roof and renovate the toilet block.

Cranleigh Society looks forward to working with the Council and the school to find the funds to carry out further urgent repairs as soon as possible.

Glebelands school Governors have written to Liz Mills (SCC Education) to ask about strategy for schools in the area.  Meeting with Councillor Iles to discuss education strategy along with the Heads of Glebelands and Cranleigh Primary School is now essential and  Cranleigh Parish Council has a strong voice in protecting the school.

Regarding the removal of the hedge alongside the bowling green, we wonder whether Philip Roche (schools and major capital projects manager) is going to finish his ‘general maintenance work of the site which included pruning, clearing and safety works on the social club site and the public footpath’   The Council denied that the removal of the hedge had anything to do with widening the access to the proposed site yet, since the withdrawal of the application, they have left the access to the playing fields in a real mess and far from making it safe for the children, they have left it in a hazardous state.  We can but keep trying….

best regards