Wednesday 11th 6:30 pm pub meet up & Cranleigh Society News

PUB MEETINGS GOING FORWARDS – anyone and everyone welcome to join us at Cranleigh’s  The Three Horseshoes – second Wednesday each month – December 11th, January 8th etc. Some of us go from about 6:30 pm and there is good pub food available too.  It is meant to be social and fun as well as a chance to share ideas and discuss action plans.

SAVE USED STAMPS AND SEND TO RNIB – find out here

PRIMARY SCHOOL & NURSERY REBUILD – In the wake of the JPC refusing planning permission for housing to replace the 2 schools sites – and putting multiple conditions that would make an appeal somewhat challenging for SCC,  are you keen to keep the pressure on SCC to achieve a better outcome?

The pressure would be aimed at rebuilding both schools and nursery on the existing Junior School site and to look at how this could be achieved. We agree with the JPC that the plan to put 91 dwellings on the 2 sites – opposite Glebelands school and at the end of Dewlands Lane (leads to the cemetery) – is significant over-development of the centre of the village.

The idea of building a new Junior & infants school and nursery on the area of sodden playing fields beside the Cranleigh sports & social club and bowling green feels unrealistic for multiple reasons: Access for parents and children is more difficult due to the narrow roadway to the buildings; where will people park for drop-off and pick-up and what routes will they walk?  Once the housing is all erected there looks as if there would be nowhere to park.  .  The  WBC Joint Planning Committee overruled their Officers’ advice and refused. We do appreciate that SCC has no money set aside for building a new school and nursery but even a superficial examination of the existing school demonstrates years of neglect – where has the money gone that could and should have been spent on it?  Is it in a pot somewhere and if not why not?

CRANLEIGH LEISURE CENTRE – Waverley don’t seem to have the money after all – at least not at the moment – to rebuild the Leisure Centre – so they have postponed talking about it till February – maybe then they will engage with their public – we don’t know!

HIGH STREET INITIATIVE – Cllr Andrew Povey held another meeting about the High Street and what it needs to be improved – money is available.  Write to Cllr Povey on all topics related to Surrey County Council andrew.f.povey@surreycc.gov.uk

SMART CRANLEIGH – coffee mornings are being attended by new residents and some people have discovered a few activities via their on-line calendar – they aim to be the point where anyone and everyone can “connect”  – see their web site here and enjoy all the services and clubs Cranleigh has to offer.

ROWLEYS CENTRE FOR THE COMMUNITY – OPEN 9:30AM TO 3PM Monday to Friday – Did you know that Rowleys is a facility for many age groups and needs with rooms to book and lots of helpful things to do?

CARE HOME SPACES IN CRANLEIGH?  Since many Care Homes were closed across the Country and by our Surrey County Council -including Longfields of Cranleigh – that site sits idle.   We are assured that when locals need care home nursing spaces there are plenty nearby – really?  Since the HC One & CVHT Care Home application has been refused on various planning grounds – what next?  We need Surrey County Council to get on with sorting this out.

CVHT – “Name change  – 9th December 2019 – The Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust’s proposals to bring back Community Beds to the village, and to support the provision of additional village health services, have evolved significantly over almost 20 years in the light of changing public health policy, and so we are now considering a change of Trust name to Cranleigh Village Health Trust.”

CRANLEIGH VILLAGE HOSPITAL The original building is in desperate need of loving care and attention – one can see holes in the fabric where creatures can enter – NHS Properties Ltd – have not responded to CCS’s enquiries – we want the old building looked after. We will continue chasing this.

The services the hospital provide are growing – which is great – both the NHS and the League of Friends are working on this and we can use the site for all sorts of needs that our GPs refer us for.  The burning question is can the Hospital site become an Urgent Care Centre or equivalent?  Read what NHS England tells our GPs and CCGs (links below)

URGENT CARE CENTRE FOR CRANLEIGH?  NHS England are insisting on change

The first cohort of UTCs are now operational in over 100 sites across the country.

Currently, local commissioners, supported by NHS England regions, continue to redesign urgent care services outside of A&E aiming to designate all remaining type 3&4 services as UTCs or to change their function to become other primary health care services by December 2019.  As stated in the LTP, by autumn 2020 the UTC model will be fully implemented.  This means UTCs will be embedded as part of a consistent ‘out-of-hospital urgent care’ offer in all localities with the option of appointments booked through a call to NHS 111.

ROAD SIGNS LEFT OUT BY SURREY CC – report here   SCC / do it online / A to Z of Forms / roadworks signs left on highway

 

 

Anne Milton at the Arts centre 12:30 Wednesday – questions?

Anne Milton has asked CCS to advertise her visit to Cranlegh Arts Centre this Wednesday 12:30 – do you have questions?   Then go along and ask –

We want to know what and when will any Members of Parliament do about too many of the wrong kind of housing on the wrong sites. Can the planning permissions  be made to be built and to a great standard and quickly?

Can we stop Green fields going? – are local councils really being so starved of funds that they can’t build schools and care homes that are needed without having to sell off prime land for housing?

CCS believes in sustainable and well thought out growth and care –  What can our representatives really say to promote local issues?

We hope all our candidates have plenty of ideas and courage and may the best woman win…….

 

 

Not all the green fields are going – yet!

Our fields are saved – so far! And even the trees ……

At the Waverley borough Council Joint Planning meeting on 27th November the councillors and all others spoke well and represented every view. On balance they voted to say no to HC-One & CVHT‘s planning application – the 60 bed Care Home Application with 20 community beds and health workers’ accommodation block – for reasons of  “over-development & traffic & against the Local Plan” – in essence we don’t want the field filled up and the traffic increased, but we do feel upset that their isn’t a viable way to bring beds back to Cranleigh now.

They also voted to say no to the housing on the 2 Cranleigh Primary School sites – 91 dwellings and the loss of many trees – reasons – “over-development, loss of trees, loss of village look and feel (we think)”.

They voted for the Knowle Country Park and its lake – this will go ahead and is nothing but an asset all the while it has a vibrant and caring management team – how the future will go remains to be seen but we are lucky – so long as we understand that a body of wild water is a dangerous place!  We will witness digging to provide the lake, then planting on a mass scale. The Ancient Woodland is to be preserved too – yippee.

All the councillors and visiting speakers did their best for Cranleigh.  If you follow this link you can read all the agenda pack and additional documents – here and the minutes will be published there as well.

As for the replacement Primary School project – this is not over at all.  Surrey County Council Cabinet has already approved building the new school with nursery on fields that are currently Glebelands school’s.  On December 18th their Planning and Scrutiny committee will look at this again.  see here for details and watch same space for the agenda items and agenda pack.

Surrey County Council –
Venue:   Ashcombe Suite, County Hall, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2DN. 
 Wednesday, 18 December 2019 10.30 am, Planning and Regulatory Committee.

Our representative on this committee is Dr Andrew Povey – you can contact him here –

Phone:  01483 267 443  Mobile:  07881 655166         Bus. email:  andrew.f.povey@surreycc.gov.uk

More Green Fields in Cranleigh going

Waverley’s Joint Planning Committee – meets tonight Wednesday 27th November 6:30 pm.  They are looking at at least 4 issues – Cranleigh Care Home with Community beds and accommodation block. Cranleigh Primary School with 91 dwellings on the old sites.  Knowle Country Park development – All about Cranleigh’s green fields being used up for building works.

CVHT article in newspaper by reported Eleanor – some details not quite accurate but she has done a good job of explaining so many aspects of this project. You can read her article  here    and you could email her here – eleanor.fleming@reachplc.com    27th Nov 2019

Cranleigh Society has members with a wide variety of knowledge and views – and on Wednesday 27 November at 6.30 this issue will be fully shared with all Waverley’s Councillors on the Joint Planning Committee – you can read their briefing document here

The event will be videoed and so you can find it live or later – no need to attend.  People are not allowed to speak or heckle – only Councillors may speak by invitation.  If people wanted to speak they would have had to write in advance asking for a slot to speak – and would be given exactly 4 minutes.

Cranleigh Leisure Centre – not much news

On 30 Sept we asked Waverley BC what about Cranleigh Leisure Centre rebuild?  Waverley BC committed to investing in Cranleigh’s Leisure centre – in July 2018 – using money raised by taxing new developments as they are built (across the borough) 

They paid a consultancy company to produce a report. We don’t have the report but this is the company that produced it here

We asked what role can the public play in the future plans for Cranleigh Leisure centre; approval of the siting of the Cranleigh LC was again made a “published plan” item in September by the Executive…. but what consultation has there actually been apart from the presentation to Cranleigh Parish Councillors in the spring? We see no reference to the potential sites. What are the options for where it might be built? What consultations have taken place?

 Waverley had little to say – Any future plans regarding the leisure centre will be shared with the public when the project progresses.  Siting is largely led by land ownership and planning restrictions and the desire to keep the centre centrally located.  At present potential options have been viewed through these restrictions in consultation with Cranleigh Parish Council leisure working group. You can see the documents and latest statement here 

We went on to say – CCS would like to see  consultation with the community – WBC replied that something will be published very soon – the executive will decide by Jan 2020.

CCS has however been advised that the sites being reviewed are

  1. remodel of current site
  2. redevelop and enlarge current site
  3. new build in the adjacent car park

By the way – At a meeting of WBC on 5 November they agreed to a new The Communications and Engagement Strategy  – this “seeks to improve and modernise the Communications and Engagement service at the Council. It will require a significant shift in terms of operations, expectations, prioritisation and culture. When executed, it will not only provide better value for money for the Council, but will also help to improve relations with stakeholders by ensuring their views are heard and it will be vital in supporting the delivery and success of important council initiatives and priorities”.

Great to see that the current administration knows the Communications and Engagement isn’t good enough – but is deciding to ensure our views are heard enough?  We really need to have ways to show that local knowledge and views are genuinely understood, taken into account and explained back to the public – especially to show where our views have a positive impact on decision making that meets with the public’s approval.  If the aims include cutting the expensive delays and problems caused by people not understanding the council’s ways – there is a lot of work to be done!!