The Post Office has announced a proposal to close its Farnham branch, and to transfer operations into WH Smith in The Borough. This is part of a national reorganisation of Post Office branches. The move is planned for June of this year.
The plan is to relocate into a dedicated open plan area towards the rear of the existing WH Smith shop. There will be three staffed serving positions, one of which will be of the traditional screened type, the other two will be open plan. In addition there will be two self service kiosks. Most of the facilites currently provided at the West Street branch will continue to be available, though the ATM will not be retained.
The office will be available for a period during the WH Smith Sunday opening hours.
It is not clear whether the planned new location will provide an adequate queueing area for customers within and outside the premises. West Street it is know for a queue to stretch through the doors and into the street.
A consultation is now running, and will close on 6 March. To take part, visit the Post Office website. postofficeviews.co.uk, enter branch name, postcode GU9 7PJ or branch code 007900
Surrey CC have agreed after pressure from our County Councillors to have a Consultation Drop-in session on Monday 17 December between 10am and 12 midday (two hours only) at the Library (The Culver Room) in West Street.
We would urge as many residents to attend to show the strength of feeling about the possible closure of the CRC (Dump) together with the loss of other services in Farnham, the largest town in Waverley.
A few years ago, the government imposed VAT upon work carried out to listed buildings. This has had a serious financial impact upon owners of listed buildings, increasing cost of repairs and reducing the incentive to invest in the building. With Heritage Open Days now taking place, we are reminded of the value of listed buildings, which are costly to maintain and preserve.
The Listed Property Owners Club is campaigning for the reduction of VAT on work to listed buildings, and is raising a petition to place before parliament. Your support will help to preserve and protecting these buildings for future generations.
Click here for the petition. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/223075
For further information, click on the links below:
Listed Property Owners Club (LPOC) website.
LPOC press release
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Listed Properties
Waverley Lane, Farnham, Planning Inquiry Update July 2017
The Secretary of State’s office have sought responses to events, cases and information submitted by interested parties since April, including the Waverley Local Plan EiP, judicial review hearing and decision, and court cases decisions related to similar circumstances. The latest date advised by his office by which a decision will be made is 13 September 2017.
Previous website posting below
The Public Inquiry Appeal by Wates Development Ltd against Waverley’s refusal of their planning application for 157 dwellings on the fields in Waverley Lane started on Tuesday 16 August 2016, and the first session lasted until Tuesday 23 August when the hearing was adjourned. The hearing was reconvened on Tuesday 18 October, the second session and hearing closing on Thursday 20 October. Wates withdrew the two supplementary applications but appealed the first and main application which received 1,192 objections.
The appeal was ‘recovered’, the planning term for the Secretary of State (SoS) calling in the final decision, after the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan was found to meet the basic conditions for Neighbourhood Plans on 22 February 2017. With recorded appeals the Inspector makes a recommendation but the SoS’s office will decide whether they will allow the appeal.
On 17 March the SoS’s office informed Waverley and Wates that they had until 31 March 2017 to submit representation to them resulting from the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan being found to meet the conditions and going to referendum on 4 May.
The Inquiry Hearing between 16 August and 23 August was well attended by residents. Thank you if you attended. The Inspector does record residents’ interest in the appeal. Independent Ward Councillor Andy MacLeod participated during the Appeal Hearing particularly on the question of the Five Year Housing Land Supply and the fact that the delivery of houses is by housing developers not Waverley. South Farnham Residents’ Association (SOFRA) questioned several of Wates’ consultants called to provide evidence and the Bourne Conservation Group and Peter Bridgeman gave evidence to support the defence of the Appeal.
In the judgement from the preliminary hearing on 31 January, Mr Justice Dove ruled that the five claimants did not have the necessary standing to take Waverley Borough Council (WBC) to Judicial Review over management of the East Street / Brightwells development contract.
His reasoning was that a retendering of the scheme would not result in a development different to that currently proposed.
Click here to see full judgement
WBC stated at the meeting in May 2016 that it was for the courts to decide upon the legality of the changes which they made to the development contract. WBC have prevented the courts from judging whether they have acted lawfully.
Waverley Borough Council
Waverley Borough Council has decided to proceed with the East Street/Brightwells development. A Special Executive Meeting on 24 May, recommended proceeding, and this was followed by a full Council meeting which approved the recommendation.
The proceedings can be viewed as a webcast via the WBC website
www . waverley . gov . uk
The second meeting of Recrafting Farnham took place at Farnham Maltings on the evening of Monday 18 April.
Recrafting Farnham’s originator, Laith Anayi, presented the results of the first meeting, the consultation held in January and attended by some 700 local residents. Then the architect Robert Adam presented Tomorrow’s Home, funded by ADAM Urbanism and Grainger plc. This investigated the housing needs of today’s 18-34 year-olds. The findings ought to shape how we all think about homes for ‘Generation Y’ and those who come after them: where housing ought to be and therefore the future shape of Farnham.
For more information, contact:
Architectural Communities Coordinator
RIBA South/South East
Farnham Station :
by Ray Stanton, licensed under Creative Commons
Changes to the car park at Farnham Station in 2016 added a new deck, to provide 170 additional parking spaces.
A presentation on the changes took place at Farnham Station, on 8 March.
Work was originally planned to run from April to August, however, the start date was postponed while emergency repair work was carried out on the line between Farnham and Alton.
For further information visit the South West Trains website.
Farnham Park is one of 19 parks in the south of England to have been nominated in the Fields in Trust competition, to run for the title of UK’s Best Park 2015.
Two other parks in Waverley were also nominated, Broadwater Park in Farncombe and Phillips Memorial Park in Godalming. Broadwater and Farnham Parks have both been awarded Green Flags by Keep Britain Tidy, in recognition of their high standards and excellent facilities.
Surrey County Council has conducted a public consultation aimed at reducing the cost of operating recycling centres. This included the Farnham recycling centre in Guildford Road. Notably, the consultation looked at the options of closure of recycling centres, restricting opening hours, and charging for disposal of certain types of waste.
The consultation closed in September 2015.
For further information, see the Surrey County Council website.
Waverley Borough Council
Following the approval in June of a Non Material Amendment, the Tennis Club pavilion was demolished at the beginning of August. This allowed both Waverley Borough Council and Crest Nicholson to claim that work on the Brightwell site started before the planning consent expired, thus eliminating the necessity to submit a further planning application.
Some clearance work along the northern side of the A31 was undertaken in August, and red marker posts have appeared in the grass verge alongside the carriageway, at the site of the proposed temporary access bridge. However there has been no anouncement relating to funding, leading to speculation that Crest Nicholson are considering proceeding without construction of the bridge (to save money).
On Monday 26 January, Waverley’s Joint Planning Committee approved the planning application to demolish the Redgrave Theatre, along with boundary walls to Brightwell House and the cottage.
BBC South were present to film outside the Council Offices , and to conduct interviews with Theatre supporters, including Andrew Welch and David Wylde, Performers Together and Farnham Theatre Association.
Photographs courtesy of Mike Silver and Mike Bryan