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Esso Pipeline

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Esso are consulting on the proposed route for their replacement aviation fuel pipeline that runs from Fawley Refinery near Southampton to its West London Terminal storage facility at Hounslow.

There are three corridors as they call them, one adjacent to the existing pipeline which runs west of Farnham, south of Fleet, labelled Option J, the second travels through Farnham town centre which is labelled option M and the third that skirts south of Farnham through the Alice Holt Forest, Frensham, south of the Bourne Wood before turning north towards Moor Park Way and on towards the old A31. Information is available on the website www.slpproject.co.uk . The consultation closes on Monday 30 April at 23.45 hours.

There will be a full public inquiry in 2019 with the works starting in 2021 and lasting two years.

The Farnham Society will be suggesting that the new pipeline should be routed in the corridor adjacent to the existing pipeline.

Visit to Chiddingstone Castle

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Our first visit of the 2018 season is on Wednesday 23 May, to Chiddingstone Castle and Emmetts Garden in Kent.

Chiddingstone Castle originates from the 1550s when High St House, as the castle was known, was home to the Streatfield family. Several transformations have since taken place, including rerouting the High St to avoid the house. In 1805 Henry Streatfield extended and remodelled his ancestral home in the “castle style” which was then fasionable. The Castle was sold in 1938 and served as a base for Canadian military forces during the Second World War. After the war it became home to Long Dene School until 1954 when the school was closed. In 1955 the antiquary Denys Eyre Bower rescued the house from creeping dereliction and used it to house his eclectic collection of over 8000 objects. On his death in 1977 he left his collection for the enjoyment of the nation. The house is now run as a charitable trust.

The Castle stands next to Chiddingstone Village, which is owned by the National Trust and has houses dating from the 16th and 17th centuries

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Emmetts is a National Trust garden housing exotic plants from around the world. It is known for its beautiful bluebells and spring colour, summer roses and vibrant autumn foliage.

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Visits and Tours Programme, 2018

23 May – Chiddingstone Castle, Emmetts Garden

21June - Hughenden Manor, Thames river cruise

1 – 5 September – Liverpool Art and History tour

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Farnham Air Quality

 

Introduction

Most of us have heard about Farnham having an air quality problem but is it serious and if it is what can be done?

Farnham is a lovely old market town with many narrow streets and pavements and a one-way traffic system which ensures that the centre of the town is rarely free from slow moving traffic. Two main roads (the A287 running north south and the A325 running east west) pass through the town centre which encourages through traffic, including HGV’s, to use the centre of town, competing for space with local commuters and pedestrians. In addition, a number of areas outside the town centre have become heavily congested by increasing traffic, for example; Station Hill, Wrecclesham Road, Hale Road, and Farnborough Road.

As the largest proportion of air pollution in our area is created by traffic it is no surprise that Farnham has a significant air quality problem.

How bad is it, how do we know, and does it matter?

In a word its bad in central Farnham and getting worse in some areas around the town, and it does matter to our health.

The UK and EU governments, along with other international agencies, have established what are considered to be safe air quality parameters. These levels of air pollution are defined in law and local authorities in this country are responsible for monitoring the air quality and where breaches to the air quality regulations occur, taking steps to fix the problem.

For us the main air quality pollutant we need to be concerned about is Nitrogen Dioxide NO2. A level of 40 micrograms of NO2 per cubic metre of air has been set as the legal maximum limit for the average annual concentration of this pollutant.

Waverley Borough Council (WBC) has the responsibility to monitor air quality and to issue annual assessment reports and it is the responsibility of Surrey County Council (SCC) to introduce measures which will improve air quality. Of course, central government has a key role to introduce legislation to change people’s behaviour in relation to their choice of vehicle purchases and use, and to give the local authorities the powers and budgets they might need to alter traffic flows etc.

In 2004 WBC undertook a review of the air quality in the borough and because of air quality pollution breaches, introduced three Air Quality Management Areas (AQMA’s), as was required in environmental regulations. The AQMA’s covered a large part of central Farnham, with smaller areas in Hindhead and Godalming. Click to see AQMA Map from WBC website.

The purpose of the AQMA is to drive the local authorities to introduce measures to improve air quality within the AQMA so that those areas can be withdrawn. In Waverley’s case the only area withdrawn since 2004 has been Hindhead where the new A3 Hindhead tunnel has eradicated the air quality problem.

For Farnham the air quality within the AQMA has not improved over the thirteen years since its introduction and worryingly the quality of air in a number of areas of the town outside the AQMA have significantly deteriorated so that it may now be necessary to extend the AQMA to include them. A good part of West Street, The Borough, East Street and South Street have annual average NO2 above the 40 micrograms per cubic metre level and the same is true for Station Hill and Wrecclesham Road south of the Coxbridge roundabout.

WBC normally issues an Air Quality Annual Status Report which gives details of all the monitoring stations throughout the borough and lists an Air Quality Action Plan to be undertaken Click for link to WBC website for 2016 Air Quality Report.

We do need to be concerned about the high levels of pollution in and around Farnham because it has been shown that when people have long term exposure to such levels of pollution it can have a very significant effect on life expectancy. This is brought about by the adverse effect of pollution on respiratory, heart and cancer disease and brain function. These effects are stated by the UK government to account for some 40,000 early deaths per annum in this country. Air pollution has a particularly bad effect on the development of young children and on the elderly, who may have pre -existing health issues. It is only in the last ten years or so that the full impact of air pollution has become better understood.

What can be done

Firstly, we need to have more up to date and more accurate air quality information and WBC are setting out to hopefully provide that. They have changed the way that they organise the collection of air quality data by utilising the services of outside specialist contractors and consultants and they have started to issue the results from all their (diffusion tube) monitoring stations on a monthly basis on their website. This is very welcome.  Click for link to WBC website page.

WBC now sees this issue as very important and has established a new Farnham Air Quality Working Group which brings together SCC, WBC, Farnham Town Council councillors and officers together with representatives of The Farnham Society. The minutes of this group will be published on the WBC website.

If action is not taken then our air quality will continue to deteriorate until such time as electric powered vehicles become the norm in ten to fifteen years at best.

The alternative is for significant changes to take place in traffic flows through our town and this is possible but may well be disruptive. SCC has the powers to undertake a number of significant traffic control measures but has until now chosen not to introduce them. Part of the problem of course has been the lack of funds to undertake such schemes. This however seems to be changing with central government offering major funding for this type of project.

Behavioural change by us all could have a significant effect on the problem but that will be down to each of us changing our routine and most people seem reluctant to do so. A greater understanding of the issues and seeing the benefits of changing our ways with a few prods from central government by way of higher taxes or incentives may help. Let’s hope so.

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Rebuilding Shakespeare’s Globe

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4 April 2018, Dr Diana Devlin

Diana was chairman of the committee that planned and accomplished the building of Shakespeare’s Globe with Sam Wannamaker and Prof Andrew Gurr. You may have heard her talking about it recently on Radio 4’s ‘The Reunion’. She is a highly accomplished Shakespeare scholar and presented fascinating and lively seminars at the Globe for many years.

St Joan’s Centre

Our Next Talk

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Rebuilding Shakespeare’s Globe – a tale of trials and triumphs

Dr Diana Devlin

Wednesday 4 April 2018   St Joan’s Centre, Tilford Road. 7:30 for 8:00

Diana Devlin was chairman of the committee that planned and accomplished the building of Shakespeare’s Globe with Sam Wannamaker and Prof Andrew Gurr. You may have heard her talking about it on Radio 4’s ‘The Reunion’. She is a highly accomplished Shakespeare scholar and presented fascinating and lively seminars at the Globe for many years.

Members:            £3

Non members   £6

Students              £1.50

 

Farnham model

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The model of East Street Brightwells displayed at the Farnham Carnival and at the Bourne Show has been extensively enlarged and upgraded. The Stedman Blower Foundation have widened the area of the model to extend from the Lion and Lamb Yard in the west to the Riverside Industrial Estate in the east, and from the north side of Woolmead Road to the Borelli Walk to the south.  The model was displayed in the Long Kiln Room at the Maltings during the HODS festival in September, at the Christmas Market in December and most recently at 40 Degreez, on 17 February 2018.

 

Our 2017 – 2018 programme

Coming soon

Wednesday 23 May – Visit to Chiddingstone Castle and Emmetts Garden

Friday 25 May – AGM

Thursday 21 June - visit to Hughenden Manor and Thames Cruise

Wednesday 26 September – St Thomas on the Bourne

Dr Claire Harman, biographer -  A Nightmare of a Book

Friday 19 October – Farham Maltings, Great Hall

Prof. Sophie Scott, neurologist and Duncan Wisbey, actor/impressionist – Speech and the Brain.

Prof Sophie Scott is giving the 2017 Christmas lectures at The Royal institution, titled ‘The language of life’, exploring how humans developed language, how laughter links us to our animal last, and the subtle cues we send out through facial expression, tone of voice and even smell.

Wednesday 14 November – St Thomas on the Bourne

Joanne Watson, retired BBC Sports Producer – title to be confirmed

Farnham Neighbourhood Plan review

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Following the adoption of the Waverley Local Plan, Farnham Town Council are carrying out an early partial review of the Neighbourhood Plan to identify sites for up to 450 additional homes that will need to be built in Farnham between now and 2032. We are also looking to identify a site or sites for Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space (SANG).

A number of housing sites in Farnham and the surrounding area have already been identified and included in the adopted Neighbourhood Plan. We now need to find potential additional sites suitable for the extra homes.

In addition, so that the residents from the new homes do not put recreational pressure on the Thames Basins Heaths SPA, Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space must also be identified.

Link to FTC website

 

The Farnham Society’s Architecture and Design Awards

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There will be a presentation of The Farnham Society’s biennial Architecture and Design Awards (formerly known as Amenity Awards) in 2018. Date to be announced

Winners of the 2015 Awards were Daniel Hall, the Farnham Pottery, The Forge in Upper Church Lane and Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe.

The finalists for this year’s new Architecture & Design Awards are:

New Shortheath Road bus waiting room

Garage and workshop, Lawday Farm

Heron Court, Ford Lane

Medici Centre, Weydon School

Hawthorn Lodge, Long Bridge

Houses at Bourne Mill, Guildford Road

Oast House, 10 Green Lane

Residential development at 60/61 West Street

The purpose of the Awards is to encourage and stimulate architects, developers and contractors to undertake the highest level of design and workmanship in new buildings, and in preserving and improving existing ones.

Nominations were for a contemporary new build, or an improvement /modernisation, which should be sympathetic to the existing building and integrate well with its surroundings. The judges’ appraisal of the nominated buildings is based on good design for their location, whether they fulfil their purpose and, ideally are environmentally sustainable.

Local Plan Pt1 Wednesday Update

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Waverley continue to load responses on to their website, only respondents names are available at the moment but everyone’s response will be viewable eventually. When the Planning Committee chairman checked on Wednesday 8 November there were in excess of 800 names or organisations listed. Rumour has it there are in excess of 900 responses. You can check to see whether your name is on the list by clicking on this link http://consult.waverley.govuk/consult.ti/LPP1MainMods/listrespondents

He understands that the responses are being printed and dispatched to the Inspector for him to read As soon as we have more information we will post it here.