Cranleigh Civic Society AGM – Leisure Centre news

Cranleigh Civic Society AGM – Leisure Centre news

On 29th November Cranleigh  Society held its public meeting and AGM.  Councillor Liz Townsend BEM spoke about many topics including the work to bring a wonderful eco-friendly new leisure centre to Cranleigh.  She said:

The new Cranleigh Leisure Centre budget of just over £31 million has been approved. The Project Team is in place. The LC will be built to Passivhaus standards which is an environmental standard and means that energy usage will be very low – minimum savings of 50-60%. It will be self funding over the term of the project which Waverley expect to be 40 years plus.

There will be consultations.  Please follow this link to find out more on Waverley Borough Council’s web site: click here  

As you scroll down the page you will see there is now a public consultation which ends 14th January 2024. click here 

The new Leisure Centre will be built in the Village Way car park in front of the original LC  – a build period of 18 months. Waverley realise that there will be disruption in the Village Way car park but they will do their best to minimise it.

It is important for us all to realise that not only do we need a new leisure centre but that it will also increase the footfall in Cranleigh boosting our High Street.

The smaller swimming pool will be bigger than it is now with a moving floor. The small pool will be used for adults with medical conditions (as well as for children’s swimming lessons) as they require a warmer water temperature.

Waverley’s plan is for there to be therapy sessions and classes in the warmer water for those with medical conditions.

Special Heritage Social Friday 28th April from 2 till 7pm Band Room

Special Heritage Social Friday 28th April from 2 till 7pm Band Room

Hello, Do you have special memories of Cranleigh, especially the cottage hospital?

Have you ever been into the old cottage itself?  Or do you know someone who has?  What used to happen in there?

We would like to hear your memories as soon as you can?  Some people with wonderful stories to tell are no longer with us, let’s share while we can.

We have set up to make people welcome and to chat about their memories, and to be videoed too if that’s ok?

That way your memories will become a library of great importance to others living and enjoying the area and its heritage.

Please get in touch to arrange how to get their, and a time to suit you, or just come along. Or we can arrange to visit you on another day if that is better.

contact details – Sue and Trevor – 01483 272987

We look forward to a fun afternoon with tea and cakes, chatter and memories.

best regards

The Team


Cranleigh FLOOD FORUM Friday 4th February 10.30 am

Cranleigh FLOOD FORUM Friday 4th February 10.30 am

Cranleigh FLOOD FORUM Friday 4th February 10.30 am

Cranleigh Society and MP Angela Richardson invite your comments and queries

Cranleigh Society has organised the venue, the Band Room, for the next Cranleigh Flood Forum.

We will be asking questions of the panel on your behalf.

The meeting will be chaired by local MP Angela Richardson and include representatives from local county, borough and parish councils, the environment agency, Surrey Wildlife Trust and Thames Water.

Unfortunately, due to Covid carefulness, the venue will preclude attendance by all of those who would like to attend.

If you have a particular reason to be present, will you please let us know and we will try to make it possible.

Please let us have any comments and queries as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, the venue does not have internet access so ‘virtual’ sharing of the meeting will not be possible on this occasion.

We look forward to your comments as soon as possible please, so that we can ask the panel in advance – that way they come with their answers and we can progress from there. 

thank you

please email


Get involved to plan Waverley’s cycle tracks, walkways and mobility access routes upgrades


Surrey County Council is preparing to develop a Local Cycle and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) for Waverley Borough.  This plan would allow Surrey to bid to the Department for Transport for Active Travel Funding  to create and improve the infrastructure for cycling, walking and mobility access across our borough.   The Plan would also be used by Waverley Borough Council when assessing planning applications.

Before Surrey commissions the development of this Local Cycle and Walking Infrastructure Plan, they are  reaching out to local communities to tap into the local knowledge and expertise of organisations like the Cranleigh Civic Society.

What is your opinion? How strongly do you feel?  Waverley Officers really need help with their work to put the case for Waverley, and therefore Cranleigh.

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce propose that the Downs Link should be made up to a standard that makes it safe for wheelchairs as well as making it more likely that cyclists will use it instead of their cars.

The Downs Link – the old railway line – is an adopted right of way for pedestrians, cyclists and horses.  Surrey County Council have previously stated that there aren’t enough people who would want to commute from Cranleigh to Guildford to warrant paying for the railway to come back, and even if that changes, the right of way must be maintained for pedestrians, cyclists and horses.

We look forward to hearing from you – comment below, email in reply, or  write to Cranleigh

Flood Forum News, request for waterways task force

Flood Forum News, request for waterways task force


We are pleased to tell you that our MP for Guildford, which includes Cranleigh, Ewhurst, Alfold and Dunsfold,  Angela Richardson,  held a meeting held via ZOOM 18th June 2021.  Councillors and Officers from Cranleigh Parish Council, Waverley Borough Council and Surrey County Council were joined by Thames Water, Environment Agency and Surrey Wildlife Trust, plus Cranleigh Civic Society.


Cranleigh Society called for immediate replacement programme 5 years ago – what has happened? Thames Water say that when there are bursts the section is replaced, any type of pipes, and 14km are being replaced in and around Cranleigh soon.  No further tests have been done for safety of drinking water.  New map of asbestos cement pipes requested.

WATERCOURSES CLEARANCE – keeping rivers flowing

Cranleigh Waters joinsthe  River Wey at Bramley & Shalford. A section runs down the Ewhurst Road.  The river carries huge amounts of rubbish, both natural and man made, and the grilles get blocked up. Local residents watch and report this often.  The Environment Agency engage Biffa to clear the mess and take the rubbish away, sometimes during a storm. They use CCTV to monitor.  Incident phone line 0800 80 70 60, Floodline 0345 988 1188

Riparian duties – owners of housing must ensure the ditches and waterways are kept clear on their land. see here 


Holdhurst Brook,  Avenue road, Longpoles Pole, Orchard Gardens, Bax Close, Horsham Road, Nightingales, Waverleigh Road, Brookside, Fortune Drive;      

Littlemead Brook, Littlemead Industrial Estate;

Nuthurst Stream, Wyphurst Road, Peregrine Close, East view Cottages, St James Place;

Alderbrook Stream, Guildford Road, Rowly


Surrey Wildlife Trust urge local land owners and farmers to work together towards obtaining government grants to “go wild” – Environmental Land Management Scheme -ELMS, for well designed Natural Flood Management Schemes -NFMS.  Councillors to contact locals and encourage them to build wetlands up stream to reduce flood risk and drying up of  waterways in summer.

New housing estates have been and are being built – Surrey CC do not consider the accumulative effects of this on flood risks from surface water runoff during planning applications. Nuthurst Culvert and Glebelands playing fields get inundated these days probably due to the housing estate along Amletts Lane. . 

Nothing has changed in terms of planning permissions. 

Actions – All public to tell all councils every time there are flooded areas. 


In the last 5 years nothing has changed to improve Cranleigh’s water quality and flow! Environment Agency provides permit to Thames Water for the outflow, to ensure treated water is safe to pump into Cranleigh Waters and beyond.  It was permitted to treat the sewage from 15,000 people since 1964, this has been renewed.  TW has recently built further treatment capacity because of extra housing. Nothing else has changed.  The river sometimes dries up and other times floods.  The outflow has high levels of phosphates. Phosphates come from human urine, waste and from farm run off and washing powders. Too much harms life in rivers and streams. The river plants and creatures are not in a healthy condition.

What is being done? Thames Water will upgrade the facilities as the need arises, never before housing is built and occupied. Treatment of outflow for excess phosphates is now scientifically possible and will soon come to Cranleigh – 2024.

Surrey Wildlife Trust and Cranleigh Civic Society working together to create a Waterways task force to monitor the health of the waterways, and report any particular problems and get them resolved. We need a team of volunteers…… this project was paused last time it started but this time we are definitely going ahead in June and July.