In Conversation

In Conversation

Covid-19 restrictions have prevented us from holding our regular social events – evening talks, coffee mornings and visits.

Instead we are creating a series of ‘In Conversation’ videos, in which we speak to local people about matters of interest to Farnham.

Councillor Pat Evans, Mayor of Farnham 2019 – 2021

First shown 5 May 2021


Michael Maher, Chair of Trustees at Farnham Maltings and former Chair of Trustees at Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice

First shown 24 April 2021


Rt Rev Dr Chris Herbert, Farnham resident and former Bishop of St Albans, talks about his life and his love of Farnham

First shown 4 April 2021


Chairman Alan Gavaghan discusses the role of the Society
First shown 14 February 2021


Sylvia Schuller of The Blue Bear Bookshop, The Borough
First shown Wednesday 2 December 2020




Membership survey March 2021

We need volunteers to help us both generally and in a range of specialist fields.

We would greatly appreciate hearing from members who are able and prepared to help in any of the Society’s activities. The level of involvement could be anything from an occasional meeting to regular involvement in one of our sub-committees – we are always grateful for any offers of support.

Whether you can help now or maybe in the future, please could you fill in the questionnaire below.

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Q1. Are you able and prepared to help in any of theses specialist fields?

 Planning, architecture or design

 Accountancy or finance

 Printed publications

 Event management

 Legal matters

 Public relations

 Website management / information technology

Any other skills

Q2. How often would you be able to get involved?

 Occasionally, say once a year

 More frequently, say once per quarter

 Regularly, once per month

 Once per week

Q3. How often do you look at the Society's website?





 Less than quarterly

Q4.What particularly do you look at on the website?

Q5.What particularly would make you look at the website more frequently?

Q6.Do you follow the Society on social media?




Any other comments


Optimised Infrastructure Plan

Farnham OIP

The Farnham Infrastructure Programme (FIP) was presented to the public in the form of a Vision Statement, and in 2020 the people of Farnham  were invited to comment.

On the strength of comments received the Programme has now moved on to the next phase, to develop an Optimised Infrastructure Plan (OIP) which starts identifying a Farnham-wide programme of solutions to the issues highlighted in the vision.

For a summary of the Infrastructure Plan click here

The OIP is now presented as a virtual exhibition,  and a survey has now been opened, to run until 14 March. To visit the virtual exhibition and take part in the survey click here.

For more information on the FIP click here.

Covid 19 cases in Waverley

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Keep track of the number of Covid-19 cases arising locally. This will give an indication of how relaxation of lockdown is affecting the spread of the disease in our area. Cases for Waverley are published by the UK government, see the website coronavirus.data.gov.uk  Data is updated on a daily basis. The method of counting cases has been changed on several occasions, most recently on 9 April. The chart of weekly cases shows figures adjusted to this latest method of counting cases.

Weekly Covid-19 cases 8 May

For the week ending Saturday 8 May this amounts to 11 new cases in Waverley  per 100,000 head of population. For the whole of England, in the same week there were 22 new cases per 100,000. Historical data is listed below

Date                      Total number of cases        % of population*

15 May                              5890                              4.66

14 May                              5883

13 May                              5882

12 May                              5880

11 May                              5880

10 May                              5879

9 May                                5876

8 May                                5875

7 May                                5874

6 May                                5874

5 May                                5871

4 May                                5868

3 May                                5864

2 May                                5862

1 May                                5859

30 April                              5857

29 April                              5855

28 April                              5847

27 April                              5840

26 April                              5833

25 April                              5827

24 April                              5825

23 April                              5823

22 April                              5812

21 April                              5807

20 April                              5802

19 April                              5796

18 April                              5792

17 April                              5792

16 April                              5789

15 April                              5786

14 April                              5784

13 April                              5784

12 April                              5784

12 April   Non essential shops open, dining outdoors permitted

11 April                              5781

10 April                              5781

9 April                                5780

9 April       Method of  reporting cases is revised

8 April                                5796

7 April                                5795

7 April       Moderna vaccine introduced

6 April                                5794

5 April                                5792

4 April                                5788

3 April                                5786

2 April                                5785

1 April                                5783

29  March                          5782

29 March      Outdoor meetings of up to 6 people allowed

28  March                          5781

27  March                          5777

26  March                          5772

25  March                          5770

24  March                          5761

23  March                          5760

22  March                          5756

21  March                          5750

20  March                          5749

19  March                          5748

18  March                          5742

17  March                          5739

16  March                          5735

15  March                          5732

14  March                          5730

13  March                          5726

12  March                          5725

11  March                          5722

10  March                          5722

9  March                            5718

8  March                            5714

8 March   Schools reopen

7  March                            5711

6  March                            5709

5  March                            5705

4  March                            5696

3  March                            5692

2  March                            5686

1  March                            5685

28 February                      5679

27 February                      5679

26 February                      5671

25 February                      5667

24 February                      5657

23 February                      5651

22 February                      5640

21 February                      5628

20 February                      5620

19 February                      5617

18 February                      5606

17 February                      5589

16 February                      5583

15 February                      5577

14 February                      5569

13 February                      5563

12 February                      5541

11 February                      5515

10 February                      5506

9  February                       5490

8  February                       5481

7  February                       5470

6  February                       5445

5  February                       5425

4  February                       5396

3  February                       5369

2  February                       5335

1  February                       5322

31 January                       5288

30 January                       5264

29 January                       5239

28 January                       5188

27 January                       5137

26 January                       5114

25 January                       5102

24 January                       5060

23 January                       5023

22 January                       4989

21 January                       4928

20 January                       4886

19 January                       4840

18 January                       4805

17 January                       4759

16 January                       4656

15 January                       4592

14 January                       4471

13 January                       4383

12 January                       4314

11 January                       4256

10 January                       4191

9 January                         4098

8 January                         3986

7 January                         3870

6 January                         3756

5 January                         3667

5 January    National lockdown imposed

4 January                         3515

4 January   Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine introduced

3 January                         3393

2 January                         3299

1 January                         3152

31 December                   3049

30 December                   2837

29 December                   2747

28 December                   2643

27 December                   2568

26 December                   2525

26 December   Waverley raised to Tier 4

25 December                   2439

24 December                   2375

23  December                  2310

22  December                  2271

21  December                  2220

20  December                  2175

19  December                  2095

18  December                  2045

17  December                  2008

Waverley remains in Tier 2

16  December                  1986

15  December                  1937

14  December                  1915

13  December                  1874

12  December                  1837

11  December                  1809

10  December                  1789

9  December                    1776

8  December                    1759

8 December     Vaccination programme starts

7  December                    1743

6  December                    1733

5  December                    1712

4  December                    1698

3  December                    1681

2 December  End of lockdown, Waverley placed in Tier 2

2  December                    1664

1  December                    1650

30  November                  1640

29  November                  1637

28  November                  1626

27  November                  1617

26  November                  1608

25  November                  1593

24  November                  1569

23  November                  1550

22  November                  1530

21  November                  1514

20  November                  1498

19  November                  1486

18  November                  1473

17  November                  1465

16  November                  1435

16   November  Change to method of counting cases 

15  November                  1548

14  November                  1524

13  November                  1508

12  November                  1486

11  November                  1445

10  November                  1411 7

9   November                   1400

8   November                   1368

7   November                   1350

6   November                   1334

5   November                   1312

5   November   Nationwide lockdown to last until 2 December

4   November                   1297

3   November                   1276

2   November                   1250

1   November                   1227

31 October                       1209

30 October                       1185

29 October                       1153

28 October                       1128

27 October                       1104

26 October                       1080

25 October                       1056

24 October                       1036

23 October                       1006

22 October                        988

21 October                        968

20 October                        947

19 October                        924

18 October                        906

17 October                        891

16 October                        857

15 October                        846

14 October                        820

13 October                        801

12 October                        774

11 October                        768

10 October                        755

9 October                          737

8 October                          717

7 October                          702

6 October                          681

5 October                          667

4 October                          651

3 October                          625

2 October                          620

1 October                          618

30 September                   614

29 September                   611

28 September                   603

27 September                   597

26 September                   593

25 September                   590

24 September                   579

23 September                   569

22 September                   564

21 September                   559

20 September                   558

19 September                   558

18 September                   556

17 September                   554

16 September                   554

15 September                   553

14 September                   550

14 September  Groups restricted to 6 people

13 September                   550

12 September                   550

11 September                   546

10 September                   543

9 September                     541

8 September                     535

7 September                     530

6 September                     527

5 September                     524

4 September                     523

3 September                     521

2 September                     520

1 September                     519

1 September  Schools reopen

31 August                          514

30 August                          504

29 August                          504

28 August                          501

27 August                          501

26 August                          498

25 August                          496

24 August                          493

23 August                          491

22 August                          491

21 August                          487

20 August                          484

19 August                          481

18 August                          480

17 August                          478

16 August                          476

15 August                          475

15 August  Casinos and indoor theatres reopen

14 August                          475

13 August                          473

12 August                          473

10 August                          472

09 August                          472

08 August                          472

07 August                          472

06 August                          472

05 August                          471

04 August                          471

03 August                          471

02 August                          471

01 August                          471

31 July                               471

30 July                               471

29 July                               469

28 July                               467

27 July                               466

26 July                               466

25 July                               465

25 July    Indoor gyms and pools reopen

24 July                               464

23 July                               463

22 July                               463

21 July                               463

20 July                               463

19 July                               462

18 July                               461

17 July                               457

16 July                               456

15 July                               456

14 July                               456

13 July                               456

13 July    Beauty salons reopen

12 July                               456

11 July                               456

11 July    Outdoor swimming pools, outdoor theatres reopen

10 July                               455

09 July                               454

08 July                               454

07 July                               454

06 July                               452

05 July                               452

04 July                               452

04 July    Pubs and hairdressers reopen

03 July                               452

02 July                               451

02 July    Revised method of counting cases

01 July                               308

30 June                              308

29 June                              308

28 June                              308

27 June                              308

26 June                              308

25 June                              308

24 June                              307

23 June                              307

22 June                              307

21 June                              307

20 June                              307

19 June                              307

18 June                              306

17 June                              306

16 June                              305

15 June                              305

15 June       Non essential shops open

14 June                              305

13  June                             305

13 June     Social bubbles for 2 households allowed

12 June                              305

11 June                              305

10 June                              304

9 June                                304                                         0.24

1 June        Schools reopen to selected years

13 May      Some businesses (including Garden centres) reopen

* The Office of National Statistics (ONS) estimated the population of Waverley in mid 2019 as 126,328. On 18 October, the corresponding percentage figure for South East England was 0.62%, for London 0.8%.

Veolia Incinerator

Incinerator and A31

In mid 2020 Veolia applied for planning  consent to redevelop their recycling site beside the A31 near to Alton. Their aim is to build an incinerator for processing of waste.


Artists impression from Veolia planning application, view from north of A31


Application number 33619/007, submitted 26/05/2020
Development of an Energy Recovery Facility and Associated Infrastructure
Alton Materials Recovery Facility, A31, Alton GU34 4JD

The current recycling facility building is 15 metres high at its highest point. The proposed new facility comprises a building 40 metres high and more than 150 metres long, with chimneys 80 metres high. The facility would generate plumes of smoke visible from 10 km away.

Incinerator from Neatham Down

Artists impression from Neatham, south west of site\

Veolia have more recently submitted information in response to the three Regulation 25 Notices that Hampshire imposed last year. There are no meaningful changes. The deadline for comments was extended to Monday 15 February 2021.

The No Wey Incinerator Group is leading a challenge to the application, details can be found on their website, follow the link below.

Any comments on the planning application should be made to Hampshire County Council
email planning@hants.gov.uk
Strategic Planning, Economy, Transport and Environment Department, Hampshire County Council, The Castle, Winchester, SO23 8UD

Campaign to save Tice’s Meadow

Tices Meadow

Tice’s Meadow Nature Reserve in Badshot Lea, a multi-award winning wildlife haven, is under threat.

This 136 acre site has been created over the last ten years from a former sand and gravel quarry.  Although quite new, this important reserve has many rare and endangered species thanks mainly to the Tice’s Meadow Restoration Group and the Bird Group. Part of the reserve is open to the public and accessed off Badshot Lea Road close to Aldershot.

It is an open green space that has been very important to so many local people during this difficult time of the Covid-19 pandemic. A regionally important wildlife haven, it is a site that protects many hundreds of local houses from flooding, and is a much-used community asset.

It is currently still owned by Hansons, who extracted the minerals. In November 2020 Hanson formally notified Waverley Borough Council of their intention to sell the site. This puts a question mark over its future.

The site is an Asset of Community Value (under the Localism Act 2011),  so community interest groups were able to register as a potential bidder, giving them until May 2021 to raise the funds for a bid. 

Tice’s Meadow Bird Group (TMBG) have asked local councils and community groups to join in a coalition to save Tice’s Meadow. They have launched an online petition which has now passed 10,000 signatures. To add your signature go to: http://chng.it/nSsSvHcj

In an important development, TMBG has applied for a grant from Surrey County Council’s Your Fund scheme. If successful, the grant will be used to buy Tice’s Meadow Nature Reserve and place it in trust (or similar arrangements) for the benefit of the local community. The first stage of the scheme involves gathering public support. A detailed business case will then have to be submitted in February.

You can support the campaign by “liking” the submission on the Your Fund Surrey website. Click here for a link to the page.

For more information about Tice’s Meadow Nature Reserve visit their website: www.ticesmeadow.org


Waverley Local Plan Part 2


Waverley Borough Council (WBC) has announced a public consultation on Part 2 of the new Local Plan, and is inviting your comments.

You may recall that the Local Plan Part 1, dealing with Strategic Policies and Sites, was adopted by the Council on 20 February 2018.

Part 2 deals with Site Allocations and Development Management Policies. It contains policies that will be used when making decisions on planning applications. It also allocates additional sites for housing in parts of the Borough, reviews the boundaries of our town centres and local landscape designations, and allocates sites for gypsy and traveller accommodation.

Parts 1 and 2 together will replace the Waverley Borough Local Plan (2002). Local Plan

WBC is now conducting a consultation on Part 2 before it is submitted to the Secretary of State next year for examination. Comments from residents are invited before the closing date of Friday 29 January 2021.

Local Plan Part 2 and other submission documents, including the representation form, can be viewed and downloaded via the Council’s website at www.waverley.gov.uk/LPP2

Hard copies of the documents are available for viewing by appointment only at the Council Offices, The Burys, Godalming, GU7 1HR, telephone 01483 523333.

Waverley will make alternative arrangements for residents who cannot view the documents online, and cannot travel to Godalming during the current pandemic. Contact WBC on 01483 523333 to discuss alternative arrangements.


Surrey County Council Community Projects Fund

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Surrey County Council (SCC) has launched the Community Projects Fund.

SCC announced a Medium-Term Financial Strategy in 2020/21, which included a five year capital programme in excess of £1bn.

£100m of this sum is allocated to Your Fund Surrey, to support the Voluntary, Community and Faith sector. The fund is to help communities to deliver big, place-changing projects that local areas need and that will improve opportunities and quality of life for residents.

To be eligible, projects must fit with the aims of Surrey’s Community Vision, and must have the support of the local community.

The funding can be only used for Capital, one-off costs, not to cover ongoing running and maintenance costs.

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We now have the opportunity to propose projects in Farnham to take advantage of this funding.

Do you have ideas for projects which would benefit your local community? Sports facilities, a community centre, communal work space ?
Use this
link to access the SCC web page with more information:

The web page contains advice on how to develop your idea, and you can plot your Ideas on the interactive Commonplace map, to enable people to comment and add further suggestions.

Projects that meet the criteria and prove that they will deliver a positive benefit for local people will be taken through an application process and the first funding will be administered in Spring 2021.


Farnham Pollution Summit anniversary

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The Pollution Summit held on October 25th 2019 and organised by the Farnham Herald and Jeremy Hunt, was seen by some as a political stunt, but in fact was the catalyst for real dialog on this matter between senior Surrey CC and Waverley BC officers and Councillors, perhaps for the first time.

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The actions needed to resolve Farnham’s high air pollution problems have been known for many years, indeed Waverley BC’s own Air Quality Management Plan published in 2008 stated that reduction in traffic flow through central Farnham by part pedestrianisation would be the best remedy. However, the fact that Waverley BC has no power or budget to do what it had proposed, taken together with the lack of political will at all levels, has meant that there has been no significant action so far.

The Farnham Society has, in the past, been highly critical of Waverley Borough Council in its incompetence in monitoring air quality but we are glad to say that these issues have now been resolved with rapid publication of valid air quality data available online to everyone.

None of us were to know when the pollution summit took place in October last year, the enormous changes which were to unfold in 2020 with the onslaught of the Corona Virus. Traffic volumes across the country plummeted and so did the amount of air pollution, certainly in terms of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO) concentrations. In Farnham, NO concentrations fell by 50% between January 2020 and May during the lockdown period but have of course increased as traffic has returned since but, significantly, not to the pre lockdown levels. This may be due to lower overall traffic volumes, although nationally volumes are almost back to where they were, but more likely to the lane restrictions which have controversially been introduced in Farnham since the summer. This points to the potential value of restricting lanes so as to reduce pollution even when this leads to slower moving traffic.

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Another aspect which has been highlighted by the lockdown is the fact that Particulate Matter PM₁₀ concentrations (measured continuously by the automatic monitor at the Royal Deer Junction) show no similar changes to NO concentrations. In fact, there seems to have been little effect on PM ₁₀ concentrations, so it is clear that traffic volumes in Farnham are not the critical factor.

Looking forward, it is obvious that Farnham will not breach any government pollution guidelines this year as these are mostly based on annual mean numbers which in Farnham will all be well below the Air Quality Standards regulations. Beyond that who knows? Given that the number of diesel cars (the worst polluters) being sold has fallen so dramatically from 50% of all cars in 2016 to only 15% this year and that electric and hybrid cars are now selling in similar numbers to diesel, the effect on NO levels must surely come soon.

In any event, the changes to traffic flows as a result of the proposed wide-ranging Farnham Infrastructure Programme, will have a major beneficial effect not only on pollution levels but on the entire environment of the town. There will of course also be problems which result from these changes, one of the important ones being the effect on the Upper Hale Road congestion. However overall, we support many of the proposals which have been tabled but we do worry about the availability of funds to carry the ambitious programme to completion. The Project Board seems to be working well and is reaching out to all stakeholders in and around the town including business and retail which will be much affected by the changes.

For the first time that many of us can remember, there does seem to be a concerted effort by all tiers of local government to work together and to engage with us all in finding a good solution. Political attitudes across the country have changed on environmental and healthy living issues and this must surely be welcome.

John Slater

Chair of the Air Quality Committee


Shepherd and Flock conservation area


Waverley Borough Council (WBC) has announced a proposal to create a Shepherd and Flock conservation area.

In the 1970s, the Shepherd and Flock roundabout was constructed, enclosing the Shepherd and Flock pub and surrounding houses, cutting them of from the rest of Farnham. WBC propose to designate the area thus enclosed as a conservation area.

Access to the area is by vehicle from the roundabout; on foot via a pedestrian underpass (both from the west); and from Moor Park Lane from the east.

In the late 19th century, the Shepherd and Flock pub stood at what was then the junction of the Farnham to Guildford road, and Moor Park Lane. The former ran from Farnham past Bourne Mill (as it still does), then east up onto the Hogs Back along the route of the Pilgrim’s Way. Moor Park Lane followed the River Wey south eastwards past Mother Ludlam’s Cave to Moor Park House. The lane was used as an access route from Waverley Abbey to Bourne Mill, in the days when it was a working mill.


Moor Park estate extended from Moor Park House as far as the proposed conservation area. The 19th century gate lodge to the estate still stands, next to the bridge where the A31 now passes over Moor Park Lane.

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In 1897, the landowner tried to close the lane at that point. Farnham Town Council officials, supported by several hundred local people, forcibly opened the gates in what has become known as the Battle of Moor Park. The lane can still be followed as a public footpath.

As well as the pub and former gate lodge, the area contains two Garde II listed buildings,  and one Building of Local Merit.

Details of the proposed conservation area, along with its history and geography  can be found at:


A public consultation runs from 2 October until 13 November.




August updates


We take a look at what has been happening  in August, with regard to some of  the major  development works in progress or proposed, in and around Farnham.



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A quick update on activity (or lack of it) at the Woolmead site. Work has ceased while Berkeley Homes attempt to change their plans by removing underground car parking space – the local authorities are opposed to the change. Meanwhile steel sheet piling has been delivered from a site in Hull. Sheet piling is used to retain the earth when forming basements. The views reported to come from Berkeley are along the lines of ‘don’t expect anything to happen for up to a year.’ So far Berkeley Homes’ senior management haven’t communicated their intentions to Waverley Borough Council.

Folly Heights

Planning consent was granted for this large housing development at the top of Folly Hill, in spite of opposition from the local authorities and in spite of the site not being included in the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan.Folly Heights roundabout August 2020

Construction has started, with works on the A287 to create access to the development, including a new roundabout. This is for a development of fewer than 100 new houses, yet no roundabout is planned for access to the proposed Coxbridge Farm development with more than 300 houses. Are the developers, CALA, intent on extending the development further to the west across Upper Old Park Lane, to add yet more new houses?


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There are proposals for an extra care retirement community in Holt Pound, Rowledge, comprising 121 homes plus communal facilities. For comparison, Hawthorn Lodge (the site of the former police station) has 50 apartments. The proposed development is on the eastern side of the A325, between Wrecclesham and Bird World, in what is now an open field used to graze horses. In the aerial photo above, the A325 is seen running across the top left, Fullers Road runs along the lower edge of the field.  East Hampshire District Council’s Land Availability Assessment, December 2018 has designated the land ‘undevelopable’ stating ‘Residential development would potentially have an adverse impact on the rural character of the area, and is disproportionate in size to the existing settlement. Lack of suitable public transport – particularly to the scarcity of an evening bus service – would lead to a substantial increase in private car use.
Of particular concern is the way the developers are using planning law. The proposal ls for Planning use C2 (Residential Institutions) which covers hospitals, nursing homes, boarding schools, residential colleges and training centres. C2 developments do not attract Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) for the benefit of the community, for example to upgrade the A325 nearby. The site being in Hampshire would mean that Waverley would not benefit from it in any way, despite the residents using facilities in Farnham and Rowledge.
If you feel that you would like to let the parish council know what you think, you can write to them at Binsted Parish Council, The Sports Pavilion, The Street, Binsted, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 4PB

or email either their Chairman, Ron Neil, at r.neil@binstedparishcouncil.org.uk).
or Susan Hodder clerk@binstedparishcouncil.org.uk

Farnham Infrastructure Programme


The Farnham Infrastructure Programme (FIP), a collaboration of Surrey County Council with Waverley Borough Council and Farnham Town Council, aims to deliver a single shared vision for the future infrastructure of Farnham.

The Farnham Local Liaison Forum (LLF) has been formed to engage with the local community and local businesses to shape Farnham’s future. The LLF was launched by Webinar on 5 August 2020, with a presentation by representatives of all three councils.

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Click here for slide presentation.

You can watch the 2 hour webinar by clicking on the following link

https://www . youtube . com/watch?v=A45_vmXViHA&feature=youtu . be

For a list of questions raised and answers given at the webinar, click here.

A Farnham Infrastructure Vision Statement has been produced, as a consultation document. Click here to view.

To respond to the consultation click here. Consultation closes 8 November.