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Neighbourhood Plan Consultation

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Farnham Neighbourhood Plan Regulation 15, July 2016

The Farnham Neighbourhood Plan has finished its consultation stage, last comments having been accepted on Monday 3 October 2016.

The documents can be viewed on both the Waverley Borough Council website, http://www.waverley.gov.uk/info/1004/planning_policy/1728/farnham_neighbourhood_plan

and the Farnham Town Council website http://www.farnham.gov.uk/services/shapefarnham/regulation-16-supporting-documents/the-draft-regulation-15-neighbourhood-plan

 

 

HODS Programme for 2016

 

 

 

 

Here is a full list of HODS activities in and around Farnham. For further information click on the entry below.

 

PROPERTIES IN FARNHAM TOWN CENTRE

WEST STREET

Chapel of Rest, West Street Cemetery

Museum of Farnham, 38 West Street, Willmer House

Guitar Village, 80-81 West Street

Caffe Piccolo, 84 West Street

Farnham Library, 28 West Street, Vernon House

Graham & Co Jewellers, 20A West Street

Goldsmiths Jewellers, Lion and Lamb House, 113 West Street

THE HART AND FALKNER ROAD

University for the Creative Arts

Crafts Study Centre, next to University for the Creative Arts

CASTLE STREET

Farnham Castle, Keep and Deer Park

Zizzi’s, 68 Castle Street

42 Castle Street (the Masonic Centre)

THE BOROUGH

Mercure Bush Hotel

SOUTH STREET     

Farnham United Reformed Church

The Victoria Garden, Brightwell Road

Farnham Council Offices

UNION ROAD

The Old Court House

LONGBRIDGE, BRIDGE SQUARE AND RED LION LANE

Farnham Maltings, Red Lion Lane

New Ashgate Gallery, Lower Church Lane, entrance from Waggon Yard car park

DOWNING STREET

The Old Vicarage, Vicarage Lane, off Lower Church Lane

St Andrew’s Parish Church, Middle Church Lane

St Andrew’s Infant School, Upper Church Lane

Hone’s Yard, Downing Street, next to Hone’s Greengrocers

Ivy House, Ivy Lane                                                   

PROPERTIES IN OUTLYING AREAS

THE BOURNE

Church of St Thomas on the Bourne, A287 Frensham Road, GU9 8HA

WRECCLESHAM

Farnham Pottery, Quennells Hill, GU10 4QT (off A325 through Wrecclesham)

Yew Tree Cottage

Partridge House

St Peter’s Church

MOOR PARK AND WAVERLEY

Moor Park House, Moor Park Lane (off Moor Park Way), GU10 1FE

Waverley Abbey House, Waverley Lane, GU9 8EP

Waverley Abbey ruins, off Waverley Lane, GU9 8EP

FRENSHAM 

Ellel Pierrepont, Frensham GU10 3DL (off A287 in Frensham) 

ROWLEDGE

Frensham Heights School, Rowledge, GU10 4EA (off the Long Road in Rowledge).

RUNFOLD

The Antiques Warehouse, Badshot Farm, St George’s Road, Runfold GU10 1PL

 

GUIDED WALKS

Architectural Walk in Castle Street

Farnham Park History Walk

Farnham Town Centre History Walk

Farnham Town Centre Tree Walk

Farnham Water Supply Walk

Waverley Abbey Walk

 

TALKS, PERFORMANCES AND PRESENTATIONS

A Pot of Paint in the Public’s Face

Morris Dancers – Saturday 11:45 – 12:30, Lion & Lamb Yard and 13:30 – 14:15, outside the Hop Blossom pub in Long Garden Walk

 

 

Heritage Open Days 2016

Heritage Open Days 2016 will run from Thursday 8 to Sunday 13 September.

New this year

We have several properties open to visitors for the first time under Heritage Open Days, including:

Yew Tree Cottage – Grade II listed building dating back to the 16th century.

Partridge House – Grade II listed building, part of which was built in the 15th century.

Ivy House – town house built around 1700

We also feature a new walk, ‘From Wells to Mains’, exploring the history of Farnham’s water supply.

Full deails about venues, guided walks and other events appear in our 2016 brochure, which can be obtained at locations throughout Farnham. It is also available online. Click here to view.

Brightwells Restored

Brightwells Area

In 2002, local architect Michael Blower prepared sketches showing an alternative approach to the redevelopment of Brightwells. The scheme provided a town square, off East Street, offering a public venue for markets and outdoor events.

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The square was enclosed to the south by a crescent, with a roof line matching The Marlborough Head public house, which, along with Brightwell house, was retained.

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In 2015 Michael Blower worked with Michael Holden on another alternative scheme, named  ‘Brightwells Restored’. The scheme retains Brightwell Garden as a public space, extending from Brightwell House to the river, and to be landscaped as a park. Two terraces of town houses flank the park, and provide 100 housing units, including affordable apartments. Retail and restaurant facilities are provided as well as a cinema, and a theatre is retained at Brightwell House. The scheme also provides 394 car parking spaces.

 Brightwells Restored view

Both the 2002 and the 2015 schemes follow the spirit of the original 2002 Local Plan, retaining public space, reflecting the historic character of the town and creating an entertainment and cultural centre around East Street.

Farnham Station Car Park

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The addition of an upper level to the car park at Farnham Station did not require planning approval. However The Farnham society has been in contact with South West Trains to raise a number of issues. We have now had a response from Daniel Hein of the Customer Service Centre in Southampton.

Will there be illuminated signage to indicate available spaces ?

– No

Will pay stations be on both levels of the car park ?

- No, only at the lower level

Will the ramps be heating to melt snow and ice ?

- No, but there will be an improved, anti-slip surface and a de-icing schedule

Will column and ceiling lighting LED lighting be provided ?

- Yes, columns to upper deck and trunking lights to below deck

If a search for places has to be done without signage, the ramp has to be passed on the way in and if a place is not found, a return circuit to the ramp involves a turn across the flow of other traffic.

Having the pay station only at ground level will involve a long walk from the upper floor, up and down stairs and possibly back to the vehicle and down the stairs again.

 

We also have concerns on issues relating to traffic movements.

Car park entrance/exit movements are risky. The swept areas of typical vehicles in both directions have not all been shown but there are dangerous overlaps and blind approaches. The internal exit route will obstruct the entry lane.

Entrance

A 180 degree turn is required to get onto the up / down ramp. As the ramp is two way, drivers will have to avoid oncoming vehicles while making the turn. Ramp Gd plan

 

 

      The exit route from the upper deck to the ramp opposes/crosses the traffic coming from the ‘up’ side of the ramp.

Upper floor exit

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These issues could be avoided by using two ramps with separate exit and entrance.

Proposed Extension, Refurbishment and Conversion of the Memorial Hall

Mem Hall Alterations

There have been several letters in the Farnham Herald recently about the question of the legality of Waverley Borough Council (WBC) relocating the Gostrey Centre into the Memorial Hall. Mark Westcott also spoke at The Farnham Society AGM on Tuesday 3 May about his views on WBC’s current proposals.

WBC granted themselves planning permission on 26 August 2015 to alter and extend the Memorial Hall, described as an existing multi-use community facility, to provide additional community services. Several residents of Farnham objected to the proposals, based on the location away from the town centre, the poor appearance of the proposed design, the impact that the shared use would have on existing users and the appalling impact that the extension would have on the Memorial Hall aesthetically.

You can view the approved Ground Floor Plan by clicking on this link (hyperlink HL1) and the approved Street Elevation by clicking on this link (hyperlink HL2).

What has been highlighted recently, Spring 2016, is the blatant disregard that WBC has shown for the Deed of Gift from Farnham United Breweries.

Farnham United Breweries Limited gifted the Hall and Sports Ground to Farnham Urban District Council in October 1947 ‘for the benefit of and use and enjoyment by the inhabitants of the Urban District of Farnham’. Clause 2 stated that ‘The Hall shall be maintained by the Council and shall primarily be  used for the purposes of organised indoor games, dancing and physical training and the Sports Ground shall be maintained as such and shall primarily be used for organised outdoor games, Sports and physical training

Clause 2 continues ‘but the Council may permit the Hall and/or Sports Ground to be used for any activity of an educational culture social recreative or charitable nature which the Council shall in its discretion deem to be a normal and desirable activity for such a Hall and/or Sports Ground and the Council shall in particular give consideration to (a) organised childrens Sports and the training therefor  and (b) the meetings of the Farnham Elementary Schools Association and the training therefor.’

The important words are ‘Council may permit’ and ‘shall in its discretion deem to be a normal and desirable activity’. The Gostrey Centre currently provides a range of services to the elderly between 9am and 4pm. It must be questioned whether the Gostrey Centre relocating to the Memorial Hall will effectively prevent the many other users being able to use the Hall as they have, negating the Gostrey Centre use being considered a desirable activity in the terms of the Deed of Gift.

The following link will connect you to the transcribed document that Mark Westcott completed, (hyperlink HL3), this link will connect you to the plan attached to the Deed of Gift, (hyperlink HL4).

The approved proposals for the Memorial Hall which enable the Gostrey Centre to relocate to the Hall breach the conditions of the Deed. The Deed states that ‘The Council shall not build or allow to be built upon any part of the said premises any building or erection other than in connection with the objects specified in Clause 2 above’. It seems that Waverley would potentially be in direct contravention of this clause.

Yes, the Gostrey Centre carries out highly commendable social and charitable work but doing so in the Memorial Hall will be contrary to the Deed and exclude or restrict the purposes for which the Hall was gifted to the residents of Farnham.

What would the descendants of the owners of Farnham United Breweries think ? What would the descendants of the members of staff of Farnham United Breweries who died in the service of their country in the First World War think ?

HL5 Memorial Hall Plaque

Especially this year, when Farnham commemorated the 100th anniversary of the first ever recorded two-minute silence.

The extension and refurbishment works to the Hall are due to start next month, June 2016,

Contact one of your Ward Town Councillors http://www.farnham.gov.uk/town-council/councillors2015 and / or your Borough Councillors (hyperlink HL6) and express your dissatisfaction if you feel that Waverley are acting in an inappropriate manner, disregarding the clearly stated Covenants attached to the Deed of Gift.

 

Proposed Redevelopment of the Memorial Hall Sports Ground for Housing

Also recently, the issue of Farnham Town Football Club relocating to Brambledon Park in Weydon Lane has been in the headlines, (hyperlink HL7), the intimation being that the cost of the relocation would be funded by the development of the Memorial hall Sports Ground for housing. Covenants in the Deed of Gift state, as above, that the Council shall not build on the Sports Ground unless in accordance with Clause 2, above, which states that it should be used only for organised outdoor games, Sports, etc.

The expenditure of an estimated £50,000 of public money has been authorised to undertake a feasibility study of relocating the Football Club to Brambledon Park. It could be argued that public money should not be spent taking legal advice on how to get around the terms of the Covenants in the Deed of Gift unless it is self evident that circumstances have changed so much from the time of the Gift that it is now in the interests of the residents of Farnham that overruling the Covenants is justified.

It has been acknowledged that there is a shortage of recreational space in Farnham and across the Waverley Borough, so building houses on the land would be contrary to that aim.

Yes, Farnham does need new houses, but to sacrifice the Sports Ground is an unacceptable step. Building on the Sports Ground would send an unfortunate message to any current or future benefactors considering gifting community facilities to the residents of Farnham, knowing that their wishes would very likely be ignored.

If you think it is completely wrong and inappropriate for Waverley to fund the relocation of the Football Club by selling off the Memorial Hall Sports Ground for a housing development, please express your concern by contacting your local Councillor, details in the hyperlink above.

WBC Meeting on East Street

Waverley Borough Council

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

 

Visit to Dover Castle

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Thursday, 15th September 2016

Dover Castle’s spectacular site was an Iron Age hillfort many centuries before the medieval castle was built, and it still contains a Roman lighthouse and an Anglo-Saxon church. Soon after the Conquest in 1066 the Normans built a castle here, and this was developed on a grand scale by Henry II and his successors from 1180 until the 1250’s They created one of the most powerful of all medieval castles. Incorporating a square keep at its heart, it was surrounded by concentric rings of stone walls with regularly spaced wall towers, a combination unprecedented in western Europe.

The wartime tunnels are a complex warren of underground rooms and passages adapted from Napoleonic tunnels to play a crucial role during the Second World War. It was from here that Vice-Admiral Bertram Ramsay inspired and directed the Dunkirk evacuation in May and June 1940. Later in the war the tunnels served both as a large combined headquarters and as a hospital

 

Agenda

The Farnham Society

 69th Annual General Meeting

  Tuesday 3 May 2016

   main hall, South Farnham School, Menin Way GU9 8DY

 8.0pm

complimentary drinks from 7.15pm 

AGM Agenda

 

  1. Apologies for absence.

 

  1. Minutes of the 68th Annual General Meeting held on 12 May 2015

 

  1.  Chairman’s report

 

  1.  Adoption of draft accounts for financial year ending 31 March 2016

 

  1.  Committee reports

 

  1. Election  / re-election of Honorary Officers

 

  1. Election / re-election of Committee Members

 

  1. Confirmation of Inspector of Accounts

 

  1. Any other business

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Questions from the floor

 

The Memorial Hall – Mark Westcott