Do go to Three Horseshoes, Cranleigh any time from 6:30 to share concerns and action plans. Lovely people, great food and always a pleasure to meet up, and actions come from the chats!
We hope you are able to enjoy the spring weather and that your gardens dry out soon!
Several items to think about this week:-
The floods were better predicted and managed, but not without some people getting stranded on flooded roads – and some people experienced sewage coming up – again! Thames Water need to fix this! Thanks to our fire brigade for all their hard work. Also Surrey CC & WBC for sending out BIFFA – Various drains and grills were cleared before and during the storms. BIFFA are the current contractors. People cleared their own drains outside their houses too. Were you badly affected? Please let us know and we offer our sympathy and will make sure to let the councils know.
CRANLEIGH PRIMARY SCHOOL – there is a notice on the door of Cranleigh Village Sports & Social Club stating that the contractors have moved in and will be clearing a hedge this week, before the birds nest, and sorting out some pipe work too. The notice said in preparation for the new school being built. click here to see the vision.
Cranleigh Church of England Primary School including the Infants school and nursery are likely to be moved to one new site – yes a brand new building but the location and details are not good…
Surrey County Council want to sell the current excellent school sites for housing.
Approximately 90 houses in the centre of the village will be built if they get planning permission on appeal. The current crop are not selling as well as hoped.
The application has been turned down by Waverley Borough Council planners.
But Surrey County Council planners have stated they think they can ‘get around this’. If this succeeds Mann’s warehouse site may go for housing too.
THINKING ABOUT NEW BUILDING – IT IS DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND THE WALKING & PARKING – HOW WILL YOU DELIVER AND COLLECT YOUR CHILDREN SAFELY? WILL WALKING THERE BE EASY ENOUGH OR FRAUGHT WITH TRAFFIC?
Cranleigh Society has looked carefully at the new building plans and feels that the scheme to tuck a new school for more children from Nursery Age to 11 behind the Social Club is Fraught with problems.
But something really must be done as soon as possible. All we can do is lobby to get the current sites upgraded or a much better plan – ideas?
The existing school building has been promised to be rebuilt or refurbished for 18 years. Because of this It has been thoroughly neglected!
The roof is leaking. Children sit with buckets collecting water pouring through the ceiling
Surrey County Council plan to move it to a site that is currently unused even for playing fields – to the side of Cranleigh Village sports & Social Club.
Apparently the stream at the top of the fields means the fields are often too soggy for sport, but this has never been dealt with and so Glebelands and Cranleigh primary don’t use them because they flood.
The Assembly hall is small: it cannot accommodate assembly for the whole school & there will have to be 3 sittings for lunch
The new site will have AstroTurf not grass play areas.
There is no area for parents to gather at drop-off and pick-up
The access is limited to school vehicles.
No parking close by for pick-up & drop-off
The school will have to pay staff extra to walk children to & from the bus parking.
If you don’t contribute – then those who have powers to make decision on your behalf won’t know what you think and want.
Write to Surrey County Council at email@example.com and our Surrey County Councillor Andrew Povey firstname.lastname@example.org
Write to our planning authority -Waverley Borough Council, in Godalming – have a look – here WA/2018/2044
Write to our Member of Parliament Angela Richardson, email@example.com
Having declared a climate emergency it would be better for SCC to examine all aspects of this projects now, and rebuild on the current site, and make the school carbon neutral – a new primary just opened in Sutton says this – “The school will be Zero Carbon and Passivhaus certified”. see more details here
Cranleigh Society is here to help Cranleigh maintain its special feel by examining planning applications and infrastructure, and letting our Councils know how the public feel about proposed changes. Please contribute by contacting us and also your councillors.. and the links we send you. You can join the mailing list on our website for free. You can also complete the membership request found on our web page.
CVHT – Cranleigh village hospital trust has changed its name – legally – to Cranleigh village health trust. They have had their AGM and 2 directors left. They have pledged to continue their project to get beds back to Cranleigh. You can see their story on their web site here and also the Parish Council’s minutes of a meeting – here . Cranleigh Society has no opinion.
DID YOU KNOW – that we are lucky enough to have several places to go with friends and family – or to make new friends – here in Cranleigh ?
Cranleigh village Sports & Social Club has many activities to suit all tastes and ages – have a look here – they are open mostly in the evenings.
Rowleys is not just a day centre for the very old – far from it – it is a very nice place to go for coffee, lunch and activities, and to have ones hair and nails done, between 9 and 3 daily. They also sell beautiful flowers donated by M&S at reduced prices! have a look here
Not forgetting our wonderful Cranleigh Arts Centre and U3A and so many other clubs too.
And also SMART Cranleigh – on the High street, manned by volunteers, connecting people – opening hours are during shopping times – opposite M&S.
Cranleigh Leisure Centre is meant to be being upgraded or rebuilt or something – but we just don’t have news at the moment – however plenty of people really enjoy the classes and facilities there.
Please do leave a comment and follow up with actions too.
We hope to see you at The Three Horseshoes pub sometimes. Usually the second Wednesday in each month from 6:30 pm (good food)
best regards to all.
Hello and we wish you Happy New Year – whatever it takes!
Please join us at The Three Horseshoes pub this week – Wednesday 8th January – from 6:30 pm.
It is a chance to socialise, and also discuss local issues and what we want to try to do about the problems that concern us – planning applications in particular.
It is interesting to watch the news coming from Waverley BC as the new councillors figure out how to put right too much planning permission, and still pay for services. This includes Cranleigh Leisure Centre’s rebuild prospects.
Whilst we all battle with our consciences when shopping, travelling and warming ourselves up, making holiday plans and enjoying life to the full, others battle the outrageous conditions foisted upon them, be it poverty, weather or war. We can choose to sit back, or act – which type are you?
We look forward to seeing you – and we will meet again each month on the 2nd Wednesday at the same place and time.
Sue and Trevor and the team.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
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
Wednesday 13th November 2019
Hello! We invite you to come along to The Three Horseshoes pub on the second Wednesdays – no longer Mondays – to share your views and hear what we think we know!
Any time from 6:30 is great and remember they sell tasty food as well.
We hope to see you there
There are plenty of updates but also we need to know what you know and think…..
Cranleigh Society team
Pub meeting this week decided the following – publish without delay that Waverley has received planning application for 10 more houses in Amlets Lane! and ask people to look into it and write in their feelings about it. Planning Application WA/2019/1552 – Valid From 18/09/2019. Outline application for erection of 10 dwellings with access.The developers are proposing an infill between the Carla Homes site and the existing properties facing Amlets Lane near the entrance to St Josephs School. Although not a large scheme it sets several precedents if approved.
- They are making a case for additional housing outside the settlement boundary indicated on the Neighbourhood Plan which still has to be given final approval.
- They suggest that the new Primary School may not be built on the Glebelands site – fields, therefore this will inhibit the building of housing on the existing Upper School site and free up housing allocation within the village on other sites.
- They also state that as Waverley has not yet taken up its full allocation of housing other sites around Cranleigh should be considered such as this one in Amlets Lane. If this principle is accepted it opens the gate for yet more applications in our area beyond those already approved.
- The proposed scheme further urbanizes an existing rural lane which is carrying more traffic than is appropriate for its width. Over to you
NEXT PUB MEETINGS WILL TAKE PLACE ON WEDNESDAYS NOT MONDAYS – 2nd IN EACH MONTH = 13th NOVEMBER – PLEASE SHARE