What’s happening in Cranleigh?

What’s happening in Cranleigh?

Some Cranleigh Residents enjoyed a drink and a meal at the Three Horseshoes pub and chatted over the issues worrying them at the moment.

HC One & CVHT – their planning application WA/2018/1966 has yet to be reviewed by Waverley’s Area planning committee and Joint Planning Committee.  If you have a view do go onto Waverley Borough Council’s web site and have a look.  You can express your views too in opposition or support.  80 bed care home with 20 beds to be designated as Community beds – hospital beds with “nursing staff” – “free at the point of use”  and usable by Surrey County Council and Guildford & Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group.

Oil & Gas exploration – some exploration is proposed to see if there is oil and gas in a seam deep under the area of Dunsfold.  Cranleigh Parish Council meets on 9th July 6pm at an extra meeting to discuss –  (SCC Ref 2019/0072)    WA/2019/0796  Loxley Well Site – Land South of Dunsfold Road and East of High Loxley Road, Dunsfold, Surrey.

Flooding – whilst we are now in the grip of drought with plants starting to keel over, there has been localised flooding.  It was quick to rise and quick to subside.  There was some help needed in Elmbridge road where sewage was rising up.  All fine now. Anne Milton MP’s  next Flood forum is in September.

Burst pipes – many!  Thames Water have suffered from some “rogue teams” of workers and are consequently a bit short staffed.  Some of the teams are pleasant and sensible – doing their best.

House Sales – it is being said that housing isn’t selling as it used to – big time!  Nationwide issue hitting us here too.  Uncertainty of many kinds……more social type housing is believed to be in the pipeline – it is hoped that those people who come will feel welcome and also blend in happily.

Cranleigh Primary School WA/2018/2044 

Application Type – Surrey CC Regulation 3-consultation on their proposed planning application was “objected” to – remains to be seen if Surrey County Council can answer all the queries. The access to the proposed new school and also the parking are certainly big concerns. Also the field sometimes floods!
Cranleigh Parish Youth Council – excellent work being done by young people trying to set up some fun groups for young people – for music, for table tennis and more.  Good stuff.
Friday Night Project  -it runs every week which is great! The project at the Leisure Centre has gained more adult support and the young people enjoy a safe and happy evening.
Snoxhall Park area – Mostly fabulous in the sunshine – seeing people relaxing and playing happily. Use it and enjoy.
Flood insurance for new homes – some solicitors are telling people that they should check the state of getting flood insurance before buying.
Asbestos Cement pipes – Thames Water teams have to replace chunks of pipe when there is a burst, gradually replacing the old pipes. No other news.
Crimes  – many petty crimes and vandalism isn’t reported – let’s not give the thoughtless one air time.  But it can be disheartening.  However volunteers will usually fix things that have been spoilt quickly and quietly. We won’t be made to feel we can’t enjoy a lovely village because of a few unkind thoughtless people.
Road incidents seem to be increasing – it is essential to drive slowly and carefully around Cranleigh.  https://www.police.uk/surrey/WVCE/crime/stats/
If you see a problem, record it and report it on line.  So that the police can see if a picture is building up …..
Roads – recently there was a meeting between Surrey County Councillors and Waverley Borough Councillors called the Waverley Local Committee Meeting.  People put in petitions for road and footpath improvements, and are told the problems of implementing changes! Waverley does not appear to have a “big picture” of which roads need to be built or improved – so may not have appealed to Surrey CC for the improvements, so hardly any changes are on offer.  But where new housing is going in there is money for improvements……. hoping Councillors will put on their “Prince of the Borough” hats and imagine what’s best for all…..  Surrey County Council – “The Local Committee in Waverley is one of eleven established by Surrey County Council in April 2002 to bring its decision-making and its services closer to the communities it serves. The Committee meets regularly in the Waverley Borough Council Chamber in Godalming”.
Cranleigh In Bloom  judging soon – by Britain in Bloom this year as well as South & South East – exciting!  Doesn’t the village look great?  If you can help – do please give some time – look for and remove litter and weeds every day – please…..
Recycling centre –  still open. Councillor Andrew Povey still trying to find ways to save budget and the centre.
HIgh Street – repairs to the “Fountain” are being slow – sadly they won’t be completed by the time the Britain in Bloom judges arrive it is feared.
Maybe some closed shops could be changed to housing?! What do you think?  How much do you love Cranleigh’s High Street?  or is it dangerous (paving) and expensive?  Or is it friendly, diverse and treasured? How can it be improved? What would you like to retain? Councillor Povey is holding workshops to see what people think – let us know your thoughts.
SMART CRANLEIGH – https://www.smartcranleigh.org/  they are people who want to help Cranleigh people connect with each other, to enjoy the village and keep everyone caring and thriving.
CRANLEIGH ARTS CENTRE  always a great place – fab vollies – do you go?
All for now folks.  thank you to those who subscribe to these newsletters, and a big thank you to those who also pay a membership fee – very much appreciated.  We always want your views, and also some help – to investigate what’s going on –
best regards


8th July, Three Horseshoes Pub, Cranleigh Society Social

8th July, Three Horseshoes Pub, Cranleigh Society Social

Come Along!  from 6.30 Monday 8th July at our friendly Local Three Horseshoes pub.

Tell us what you are worried about or happy with in Cranleigh at the moment.

We get to the pub around 6.30 and some of us have a meal there but people don’t have to!

We know that there are plenty of issues to get involved in but there are only a few of us so please help us to do the work and share the stories.

We are trying to keep up with Surrey County Council, Waverley Borough Council, Cranleigh Parish Council and all the actions that the developers are taking.

hope to see you there,


We hope you didn’t catch our virus but if so – Sorry!

We hope you didn’t catch our virus but if so – Sorry!

Hi all,  We hope you didn’t catch our virus – So sorry!  We seem to have had a virus sending empty emails to all.  I am really upset but think it should now stop.

I hope you didn’t open the empty messages from the Society.


thank you as ever for your support



Friday 14th June, 7.30pm Cranleigh Arts Centre Auction of Promises

Friday 14th June, 7.30pm Cranleigh Arts Centre Auction of Promises

Cranleigh Arts Centre – Auction of Promises – Friday 14th June, 7.30 – Free entry, 23 prizes and a fun raffle – go along to this fantastic event!

Cranleigh Arts Centre is a Jewel in Cranleigh’s Crown – continuing to keep a very high standard of wonderful live music of all types, theatre, comedy, live Screenings from the Royal Opera House, arts workshops for adults and youngsters, Films, and hosting many U3A classes too. 

Cranleigh Arts Centre is run by a Board of Directors, a few staff and many hard-working, dedicated volunteers. The Arts Centre has to make sure the building is continuously cared for and repaired in the style in which is was built, pay its staff, put on all its activities, with a very small grant from Waverley, revenue from events and a few major fund raising events. Cranleigh society supports CAC and hopes you can and do as well.


Auction of Promises Fundraiser

The Great Get Together

Sunday 23rd June 10-12 noon – The Great Get Together – carrying on the work of (murdered) MP Jo Cox – bring your community together and enjoy each other’s company – just because we can!


17th June Pub Social  (not 10th June)

17th June Pub Social (not 10th June)

Cranleigh Society Pub Social date change – 17th not 10th June – because we are all away!

Topics we need your opinion about – have you written to Surrey about the Community Recycling Centre?

Have you seen the police and the Police Community Support Officers about – is it helping you feel more safe?

Are you watching over the developments and have questions or information?

Do come and join us from 6.30 pm at the Three Horseshoes Pub on Monday 17th June

we look forward to see you



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.


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.


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.