Has anyone got the “umph”?

Has anyone got the “umph”?

Social meet up from 6.30 Monday 13th May at The Three Horseshoes Pub

We’ve had Brexit divisions, local elections, and now European elections – Has anyone out there got the energy to work on preserving and recreating Cranleigh as a lovely place to live, work and play?  Come and meet up with a few of us this Monday – several of our helpers and followers have gone on holiday – but we will still meet up.

NEWS –

Cranleigh Parish Council (CPC) have held a robust planning meeting with representatives from Crest Nicholson – Horsham Road developments – and CVHT, including Tetlow King planning consultants. The minutes can be viewed on CPC web site for planning committee 15th April. It makes interesting reading – and 2 CVHT representatives were there and offered some replies to important queries – there’s a lot there – have a look if it’s your interest – it’s like Brexit though – some people are so against it all and some really want it done!  We don’t have a standpoint – since we were heavily involved in fund raising and backed off when it all changed so much!  If it goes ahead Knowle Lane will not receive a roundabout but a cross roads between Knowle Lane, Berkeley homes and HC One & CVHT site  and more traffic calming measures at Marks & Spencers & John Wiskar Drive entrance.

Waverley Borough Council (WBC) – as you know there are new councillors and although the Conservatives are the majority they are outnumbered by the others put together.  This may be because of the enormous amount of planning applications that have gone through – do you think so?

Cranleigh Society has looked into the planning situation at the moment on Waverley’s planning portal – there’s a road application to do with Dunsfold’s development, it will go along the line of the runway straight out onto the A281 and be lined with trees – SO/2019/0005 30/04/2019  Request for Screening Opinion.

IN OTHER NEWS

We visited the Police representatives at the Parish council office along with many others of the public. We had a list of worries – good to know they have arrested people regarding the spate of car crimes recently – great.  They don’t know of much in the way of other problems.  They are based in Godalming these days! We found the 2 Officers helpful and friendly – determined to improve policing around our area, and to interact positively with school children too. We have one Sergeant and 6 Police Community Support Officers (PCSO) for our area, so they have their work cut out.  What can we do to help them we asked –  Report crimes and suspicious activities with evidence wherever possible and quickly – time, place, what you saw or experienced – use the on line report system and/or phone 101 https://www.surrey.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/.  We told them that we feel less safe to walk around these days, especially at night and around the fields,  and they say they need help to identify what is going on, but we will be seeing the PCSOs around more.  They say we are safe – very low crime rate!  They are improving links with other areas but the “INTEL” is already very good they say.  The highest crimes are around cyber crimes including banking and related fraud – so be aware! By the way, they work closely with Waverley and their multi agency community safety officers and Joint Action Group….  is it working?  What do you think?

What is a PCSO? A recruitment page says “Police Community Support Officers have a vital and unique role within communities; providing a visible uniformed presence, helping the police to tackle anti-social behavior and providing reassurance to the public as well as working to understand their local issues. You will additionally have policing powers to enable you to bring to justice those who seek to disrupt or bring harm to all that live, work or travel through our county”.  Ours are well thought of as working well to diffuse problems and keep an eye on bad behaviours……

SPEEDING – we have been asked to publish worries about increased speeding around town – and to see if there is anything we can do about it!  Your ideas are needed!

Some people experience difficulties with getting their prescriptions – what is underlying the problem do you think?  Let us know. Maybe we can help.

 

Council News you may want to read

Council News you may want to read

We have checked Waverley’s Planning Lists for this week.

The one item which is of interest is related to the proposed Knowle Lane Care Home.

An amended application has been submitted showing a change to the vehicular entry, omitting the proposed roundabout and substituting a simple crossroads.

There is an accompanying study which indicates that the revised junction is safe.

We think the changes look acceptable and will be visually less urban than the previous proposal.

There is a speed table included between the new entry and the access to Sainsbury’s so this should restrict the speed of vehicles using Knowle Lane between these points. 

Please note that Cranleigh Parish Council are holding an extraordinary meeting on 11 April to discuss this revised Care Home Application as well as the Financial Times article on asbestos water pipes. We hope to attend this meeting, anyone can attend!  

Society News

Society News

Spring has sprung! Lots to report – please read on…..

Cranleigh Society Social meetings – Monday 11th March From 6.30 at Three Horseshoes pub – remember you can order food if you would like to – some of us do.  And please remember we need your support and ideas.

COMMUNITY!  If  you belong to another group in Cranleigh please contribute to our cause – are you a member of a Resident Association, or similar – then we would like to hear from you!

This Week – Cranleigh Parish Council needs you! 

Village Hall on Wednesday evening 7pm to discuss the hospital project CVHT  hostel for health workers & HC-One private care home plus 20 NHS & SCC beds

Village Hall on Thursday all day and early evening to discuss Cranleigh’s Plan – Cranleigh Neighbourhood Plan.  It has been written, we have to respond then it goes to an inspector, then we have to vote!  And only after that all succeeds can Cranleigh be better off regarding planning permissions because it has an Adopted Plan!

Meetings with Waverley Councillors & Officers continue

Cranleigh Civic Society and Waverley Borough Council Officers and Borough & Parish Councillors met up to discuss concerns and prompt ACTIONS.

They urge the community to communicate strongly either to Cranleigh Parish Council or Waverley Borough Council or any group such as Cranleigh Civic Society so that your voices can be heard. In turn they weigh up all the responses and in the context of the law and their own strategies.

The topics and questions covered are the key questions you all ask us.  The responses are in some cases detailed and satisfactory and in others we must continue to try to get improvements and changes.

Waverley is working hard – to reduce costs and confusion, and reduce the problems they have to deal with – by communicating better and responding where possible in helpful ways.

Community Recycling Centres – Waverley agree that if  these services close to save Surrey County Council money, WBC will have to pay for the removal of fly tipped matter – so please everyone write to Cllr Andrew Povey and explain your ideas about what to do. He is leading a task force and has asked for everyone’s suggestions/evidence to keep the CRC open  e.g. levy our Parish precept as we do to ensure the toilets stay open? email:  andrew.f.povey@surreycc.gov.uk

Most of you will most likely have seen and signed this petition to keep our recycling centre open (it’s had a brief stay of execution but it’s days are numbered) but if not please do! Unless of course you don’t mind having to schlep over to Witley or the other side of Guildford at the weekend to dispose of any waste… Click on link, share with friends. It takes 5 secs. https://petitions.surreycc.gov.uk/CranleighCRC/

Drinking Water pipes – please report problems and bursts to Cranleigh Parish Council so that they can continue to press Thames Water to sort them out, They need replacing whether or not there is a health risk associated with bursts (blue asbestos fibres).  We are hoping that someone in authority can help the World Health Authority to set up a new world wide investigation into the use of asbestos cement fresh water pipes.  Come to the flood forum 22nd March for more – we will have microphones and a PA system – details below.

A comment about our water pipes has been found reminding us of the complicated nature of it all – “The National Water Council spent 4 years and a lot of money trying to develop a method of resin lining asbestos cement pipes to slow down exfoliation, but in the end they gave up as no one could come up with a reliable, lasting installation method.  Some of the pipe manufacturers sprayed the insides of their pipes with bitumen, but the NWC tested that and found it didn’t last long so they never endorsed it”.

Flooding – it’s essential that you report flooding to Cranleigh Parish Council so that they can press Waverley BC and all other bodies that keep the house buildings going on. Photos with dates and times are essential please.

Cranleigh Leisure Centre – Waverley have paid for outside expert advice and consulted with Cranleigh Parish councillors who in turn say they have their “ears to the ground” and know what people want. Waverley must now decide what to do next but it’s delicate because the Leisure centre is run by an outside business and they have the right to be dealt with in private.

Planning permissions  – if you can’t find out how to tell Waverley how you feel about planning permissions please contact the Clerk at Cranleigh Parish Council for the reference number and details.  All PPs go to our Parish councils as soon as they are made. Glebelands school sports pitch has long since been assumed to be given up for a new Cranleigh Primary school – but there are problems….. Cranleigh School – private – has withdrawn its application to build 40 houses opposite Notcutts. The housing along Elmbridge Road is being built – watch and report!  HC-One Care home with 20 hospital beds for the community, and CVHT’s hostel are both being looked at by Waverley at the moment – see above item about the meeting this week.

The future of sport in Cranleigh – Waverley have a department that works on providing sports facilities. They state that Cranleigh school – PRIVATE – was never involved in the building planning permission levy – Section106 money for a new all weather pitch in Cranleigh.  Something is being considered if and when there is planning permission for Surrey County Council to build on Glebelands sports field (it has been reported that this field is unused because is floods).

Lost income from levying builders – S106 & CIL – it’s complicated!  Let’s just say it’s all a matter of delicate decision making to make sure houses are built and money comes in for small projects – not major roads etc. The CIL – COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE LEVY  – can be used after March 1st 2019.  but at the discretion of the council. When S106 or CIL money becomes available is a complicated matter…… we have been explained to and we have a spreadsheet if you are interested.

Trees and Hedgerows – Waverley says that trees impact is part of the planning balance required by national policy.  We say Waverley’s strategy must be strengthened.  Do you have photos and details of destruction or better of protection needed?

Planning conditions – must be undertaken – if you believe some builder is breaching conditions or don’t know what conditions have been put in place then contact – planningenforcement@waverley.gov.uk.  Victoria Choularton is the Enforcement Team Leader on 01483 523008.

Communications – The Waverley Borough Council officers say their team always welcomes feedback on what can be improved and what works well – any suggestions can be sent to: harri.robinson@waverley.gov.uk. In the mean time people are welcome to sign up to the existing newsletters on the council’s website: www.waverley.gov.uk/newsletters.

Some of Waverley’s  processes and methods are being upgraded thanks to pressure from the public including Cranleigh Civic Society. Meeting up with Waverley regularly is clearly very important.

If you would like more details –  join us when you can – 2nd Monday in each Month – at the Three Horseshoes Pub any time from 6.30pm, 11th March.

MP ANNE MILTON’s FLOOD FORUM FRIDAY 22nd MARCH 10.30 BAND ROOM – we will have MICROPHONES and a PA System. This meeting will include preparation leaflets to help participants understand who is on the panel, the language and the issues.  We have borrowed the Lions PA system – thank you Lions – so let’s get a good crowd going – bring evidence of what is wrong.

CRANLEIGH’S RIVERS & STREAMS – message from Glen at Surrey Wildlife Trust

A history of poor management and pollution has left the Cranleigh Waters a shadow of its former self so Surrey Wildlife Trust are working with the Cranleigh community on a 3 year project, funded by Thames Water, to improve the health of the river. Understanding the issues is key to restoration so in 2018 volunteers were trained to monitor  river health by sampling invertebrates on the river bed whose presence can tell us how clean the water is as well as pin point pollution and habitat issues. Monitoring is done in pairs and involves taking a 3 minute kick sample with a net to collect invertebrates such as mayflies. The invertebrates are then counted and the score can tell us what sort of state the river is in. By taking a snap shot of the catchment using this method we can focus our efforts to maximise our impact. Later in the Summer there will be a number of volunteer restoration days installing habitat in to the stream to create opportunities for wildlife and kick start natural processes. A rivers workshop will also be held in the summer to present the findings of all the investigations to the community and look at next steps.

 

Wed.6March,7pm,Village Hall – Meeting about Cranleigh’s Hospital beds & Care Home with Accommodation block

Wed.6March,7pm,Village Hall – Meeting about Cranleigh’s Hospital beds & Care Home with Accommodation block

Meeting about Cranleigh’s Hospital beds & Care Home with Accommodation block

Following a request by electors, there will be a Parish Meeting on Wednesday 06 March 2019 at 7.00pm in Cranleigh Village Hall to discuss the Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust

Waverley borough council planning application number = WA/2018/1966  Land southof John Wiskar Drive on east side of Knowle Lane:

The Chairman of CVHT (Dr R Fawkner-Corbett) says he is thankful to the Parish Council for the land swap that has enabled the proposal.  There is a need for the 20 community beds for Cranleigh and Dunsfold in the coming years. He explained that the application is for a care home and not a hospital. He said the first proposal in 2003 was for a hospital and health centre, but the NHS had no money so it did not proceed. There is now a new health centre and the old village hospital is currently having a digital X-ray installed and MRI unit is due to be installed soon. This application will replace the 14 community beds lost from Cranleigh Village Hospital and be financially stable with space on site for an accommodation block for low cost rental.

Tetlow King Planning –
• It is proposed to have 66 parking spaces and 20 cycle spaces, which is inline with WBC’s Parking Guidelines.
• 3 trees will be removed – 2 level C trees and 1 B2 level
• It reflects the housing outlined in the Local Plan.
• 32% of Cranleigh residents are over 60
• Surrey County Council and NHS local CCG will make use of the affordable community accommodation – for health related staff. 
• The NPPF explains there is a need for this type of provision.
• The 20 beds will be free at point of access, to be used for local CCG – NHS, Surrey County Council social care and mainly RSCH purposes, with the maximum stay expected to be 8 weeks.
• 60 beds are for private use.

• CVHT says the CCG have not decided how the beds will be used or the budget. It is guaranteed free at the point of access, so funding will come from the state not the individual. It will depend on the need as to where the funds will come from – e.g. Adult Social Care budget
• A legal agreement prevents the care home being built until funding is in place and the NHS cannot commit until planning is in place.
• The beds will not be just for long term use, there will be a mixture of uses.
• The 20 beds will be funded by the NHS and SCC, there will be a new contract with the NHS approximately every five years.
• The CCG – NHS – will approve/allocate beds and aim to be for a cross section of requirement, prioritize local residents and be free.
• CCG’s requirements could change over time, as their contracts are regularly updated to meet need.
• Placements in the 20 community beds are expected to have a stay of 4-6 weeks.
• There are rooms in the community wings that could be used for consultations.

• The CCG  has been discussing this for 4 years and are enthusiastic about it.
• There is a statement of support from the CCG and RSCH
• “HC One” will provide the day to day care.
• A planning condition would protect the intentions for the community beds.