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Covid 19 and air pollution

Air pollution

Martin Luther University of Germany has studied correlation between Covid 19 and air pollution. The research indicates that long term exposure to NO² may be one of the most important contributors to fatality from Coronavirus.

Click here for further information about research

Click here for abstract of scientific paper

Although there is no causal link shown between air pollution and Covid 19, it is to be expected that people who have had long term exposure to high levels of NO²  will suffer from respiratory damage which is directly linked to greater risk from the disease.

NO² concentrations in central Farnham (as recorded at the automatic monitor at The Royal Deer crossroads) have fallen by around 50% since the lockdown commenced and are now at a very acceptable level of 16 µg/m³. Interestingly however, the Particulate Matter PM₁₀ readings have so far not changed, pointing to the fact that Particulate Matter is mostly the result of factors other than traffic and for Farnham are at levels well below UK government objectives (20 µg/m³ in Farnham compared with 40 µg/m³ government guidelines).

The diffusion tube NO²monitoring system run by Waverley BC has had to be suspended for the time being because of the current crisis.

 

Architecture & Design Awards 2020

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The Planning Committee have received a limited number of nominations for the Awards. Having sought agreement with the executive committee they have reluctantly decided to postpone the current Award cycle until 2021. When nominations are sought again the buildings nominated by the closing date of 31 January 2020 will be included. Nomination will be sought for buildings and schemes completed between September 2017 and January 2021. It is proposed that the deadline for nominations will be Monday 1 February 2021.

The Planning chair thanks members that nominated buildings or schemes and will contact them personally shortly.

 

Our programme

AGM 2019

2020 Talks Programme

Venue – St Joan’s Centre, Tilford Road, GU9 8DJ.

Time – Refreshments 7.30 for 8.00pm start

In response to the Coronavirus situation, the committee has decided to cancel all events for April, May and June.

September 28th, Monday

Charles ‘O” Brien – ‘Revising Pevsner: a new look at Surrey’ – The first full-scale revision and updating of the guide is now underway and its author, Charles O’Brien, joint series editor and author for the Pevsner Architectural Guides, will speak not only about the foundation and history of the series but also about Ian Nairn and the original Surrey volume.

He will also explain some of the challenges of fieldwork and the pressures that are brought to bear on selectivity for the gazetteer by the extent of research on buildings of all periods that has emerged since Pevsner and Nairn’s time. He will also speak in detail about Nairn’s descriptions of Farnham and its neighbourhood and some of the discoveries which have come to light in the course of the revision project.

October 19th, Monday

Chris Shepheard – “Farnham a contrast in Photos”- Based on a walking tour this presentation shows how the town has changed since the advent of photography through a mixture of 1980s colour slides and copies of old black and white photographs. The life of the town is shown from the earliest times with photographs of recent archaeological excavations, and the effects of world and national events such as wars and coronations right down to local carnivals. Amongst all this can be seen the everchanging townscape of buildings of which Farnham is justly proud.

Chris Shepheard was a Herald photographer for 29 years from 1971, also taking on the editing of Peeps into the Past during the 1990s. The latter is a role which he continues today after having recently retired as Director of the Rural Life Centre at Tilford. Many of the photographs which appear in this presentation have appeared in the Peeps column over the years and the archive continues to grow with contributions coming in from the public on an almost daily basis. He was born and has always lived in Farnham and is keenly interested learning more about and preserving the town’s heritage at the same time making that known to a wider audience.Chris is also a trustee of Farnham Castle, the vice-chairman of Farnham Visitors Forum and a joint organiser of the town’s popular annual walking festival.

November 13th, Friday

Robin Stannard – Historic Building Surveyor – Adams Architecture – Hugh Thackeray Turner – Westbrook – The talk not only considers Turner’s architecture work, but also his involvement with conservation through his role a Secretary of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (founded by William Morris). For example, in the West Surrey Area, Turner bought Witley Common then gave it to National Trust and he was heavily involved with the purchase of the Devils Punch Bowl, which was then also given to the National Trust. Turner’s architectural design was heavily influenced by his restoration work.

December 11th, Friday

Farnham Rep – Christmas Evening – Brenda Longman returns with her festive fun to make a Cracking Evening with seasonal verse both amusing and poignant, but always entertaining interspersed with the odd musical item. The Readings will be taken from the following authors Alex Hamiliton, P.G.Wodehouse, Pam Ayers, Gervase Phinn, Micheal Frayn, Charles Dickens. Cast Open to change owing to professional contracts.

By Social Secretary

Michelle Quinlan

 

Referendum on Neighbourhood Plan

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Residents of Farnham are urged to vote yes at the forthcoming referendum to decide whether Waverley Borough Council should use the Reviewed Farnham Neighbourhood Plan to determine the development strategy for Farnham on Thursday 12 March.

The Plan identifies a number of allocated sites across Farnham that will provide the required 2,780 homes for the Plan period up to 2032

Voting for our Plan would inhibit the loss of green fields around our town and prevent additional traffic congestion

Below are links to Farnham Town Council’s website page and Waverley Borough Council’s website page for the referendum

https://www.farnham.gov.uk/services/neighbourhood-plan/neighbourhood-plan-referendum-2020

https://www.waverley.gov.uk/info/200138/elections/2216/farnham_neighbourhood_plan_2013-2032_referendum

alternatively you can click on the following links for the Reviewed Farnham Neighbourhood Plan

and for the appendices    Appendix 2 Housing Sites

                                      Appendix 3 Land for Business

                                      Appendix 4 Neighbourhood Centres

Please email 1secretary.fsoc@gmail.com if you have any questions which we will try and answer.

At the referendum in May 2017 the plan received a 88% yes vote from 38% of the electorate.

Please let your family and friends living in Farnham know about the referendum and the critical importance of supporting the Plan

Neighbourhood Plan Update

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The Society urges members to support the Neighbourhood Plan

As reported in last week’s Farnham Herald independent examiner Derek Stebbing concluded from his examination of the Review Plan that, subject to a list of modifications, the Reviewed Plan meets Basic Conditions. These words don’t sound as rapturous as maybe they could but they give the go ahead to the reviewed Plan which is exactly what we wanted to hear. Mr Stebbing could have concluded that no modifications were required at all, which was very unlikely, and could have concluded that no referendum was required but that was equally unlikely.

Because of the length of time the Mr Stebbing was taking to publish his report, several of us on the Farnham Society Planning Committee were becoming increasingly concerned that he had found an issue with it. I more than the others probably.

The Public Examination took place on Tuesday 1 October after he had conducted a Procedural Exploratory Meeting on 4 June 2019. Mr Stebbing concluded from the Procedural Exploratory Meeting that the Reviewed Plan had material modifications and therefore it was required that he undertake a public examination of the Reviewed Plan.

Mr Stebbing methodically dismissed one after another of the challenges from the developers in his report published on 9 December 2019. The report can be accessed via this link, click here.

Why was the Reviewed Plan necessary ? The Farnham Neighbourhood Plan was originally ‘made’, the technical term for adopted on 31 July 2017. The referendum on Thursday 4 May 2017 saw the original Plan receive a 88% ‘yes’ vote with a turnout of 38.75%. A truly impressive result illustrating to both developers and the former Waverley Borough administration that the residents of Farnham were overwhelming supportive of the Plan.

Along came Waverley’s past Tory administration, responsible for, in my view finalising the Brightwells potential disaster on us and decided that she would put a spanner in the works by requiring Farnham Town Council either to review the Plan immediately or they would get Waverley planners to select the sites to accommodate the additional 450 dwellings within Part 2 of their Local Plan.

They are completely responsible for the requirement for the Reviewed Plan process. She could have simply asked for a clause to be written into the Local Plan Part 1 that Farnham was required to review its Neighbourhood Plan within, let’s say five years, so 2022.

We would have had the protection of the Neighbourhood Plan and the Folly Hill housing development wouldn’t have been allowed by the Planning Inspector.

Furthermore, Farnham Town Council wouldn’t have been required to spend thousands of pounds to prepare the new Plan and go through the current process now. Further expense is still required by the forthcoming referendum.

As reported in the Farnham Herald last week new outline planning applications from Bewley Homes and Wates Developments have been submitted and validated, for 140 dwellings and 146 dwellings respectively. Application numbers WA/2019/1905 and WA/2019/1926. Please look at and comment on these applications, ideally objecting. Farnham now has provided its allocated requirement of homes until 2032. The sites allocated within the Plan will proceed, we don’t want an additional 280 plus houses in Farnham. I do hope that the developers, whose sites are not included as housing allocations, notably Bewley and Wates accept the contents of the report and look elsewhere rather than destroy our green fields.

I hope also that the new Head of Planning, Zac Ellwood, supports the Planning Development Plan, ie the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan. The harm from these developments far out-weighs the benefits to the town.

The Planning Committee are delighted that the Plan can go to referendum and hope that all residents able to vote will support it. The Farnham Society will be taking on the challenge of raising further awareness of the Plan’s benefits, and of the need to vote for it in the referendum, enabling its adoption.

The Society will be mobilising volunteers to leaflet homes throughout the town. A date for the referendum has to be determined but we hope it is before the end of February or at the latest early March. If you would like to help, please email me on david.or@btinternet.com

We need to demonstrate to the Waverley, the Planning Inspectorate and particularly the developers that Farnham supports the Neighbourhood Plan.

The Story of a Butler’s Christmas

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Bob France has volunteered as a Tour Guide at both Uppark and Petworth Houses. His work has taken in Costume Interpreter activities in various roles, including butler from Georgian and Victorian eras.

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Bob explored the Christmas tradition through the eyes of John Dine, Petworth’s ancient butler, looking at how dramatically Christmas changed from his Georgian youth to late Victorian times. We discovered how our Christmas traditions developed. Why did Father Christmas change from green to red? Did the Georgians have Christmas trees, presents and turkeys? What were Mumpers and Hodlers? Why was Boxing Day so important?  Plenty of insight and amusement – a  joyful way to herald the festive season!

Monday 9 December, 20:00

Arts and Crafts Gardens

Arts and Craft gardens talk

 

Cherrill Sands is a garden historian with a great passion for the Arts and Crafts movement.

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With the aim of combining beauty and practicality, the movement saw gardens as places to be explored and enjoyed.

Cherrill’s talk will highlight three talented and creative gardeners from the movement.

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William Morris, with his first garden at the Red House.

William Robinson, whose books and magazines urged people to break away from the geometric seasonal bedding which was fashionable in the 19th century.

Gertrude Jekyll, who won great acclaim as a garden designer, working alone or with the architect Edwin Lutyens.

Please join us for a fascinating historical talk at

St Joan’s Centre, 19 Tilford Road, Farnham GU9 8DJ

Friday 15 November, 20:00

Refreshments from 19:30

Tickets on Entry:

Members £4 Non-Members £6 Students £2

To pre-book please email: 1socsec.fsoc@gmail.com

 

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FNP Procedural Meeting Review Decision

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The Examiner has decided that the changes to the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan Review (Modification Proposal) are so significant or substantial as to change the nature of the neighbourhood development plan which the draft would replace. In his letter dated 21 June 2019 he has stated

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(i) my determination under paragraph 10(1) of Schedule A2 is that the modifications contained in the draft Plan constitute material modifications which do change the nature of the Plan and, if to proceed, would require an examination and a referendum;’