AGM 14th September 2017 Minutes
The acting chairman Cliff Watts (CW) welcomed everybody especially our SCC Councillor Stephen Spence and FTC Councillor David Attfield and Robin Crowther our guest speaker.
Apologies were received from:
Jenny Daniels, Jennifer Paterson, James Hill, Brian Drew, David Gill and Councillors Storey and Nabil.
Adoption of 2016 Minutes
The secretary (JH) had placed the 2016 AGM minutes on the website but apologised for their late publication. Printed copies were also available at the meeting. The minutes were proposed and adopted.
Election of Officers
Chairman: The acting chairman (CW) explained that after the sudden death of Mike Probert he had assumed the role as chairman but this now needed to be formalised. He was proposed and elected as chairman.
He then went on to say that Mike was a huge loss to the community. He had been active and enthusiastic in many areas of local life including the village school, the village hall and the community association for many years. His knowledge and dedication were a huge asset to our village.
The Committee: Michael Blower (MB), Jenny Daniels (JD), Julie Flude (JF), Jennifer Paterson (JP), Paul Allamand (PA) and John Martin (JM). All members were willing to stand for another year and were proposed and elected.
Robin Crowther the WBC Ranger responsible for Farnham Park and our local pond explained that there had been a great deal of work going on to improve the pond and the surrounding area.
Since the completion of the work there has been good new growth with a wide range of flowers and invertebrates. The bund had been reinforced and water levels and the overflow would be monitored and a final report produced in approximately 2 months from now.
He thanked the community for their support with over 30 people attending on the volunteer day. He thought it was an excellent community resource and would be improved further over the coming months with the planting of two trees and the provision of another bench. Funding was being sought for the repair or replacement of the viewing platform.
Current Developer Activity
CW explained that developer activity around the village continued at a high level with several applications.
The land off St. Georges Road, opposite the village hall, had gained full permission for 69 homes by Devine Homes.
Outline permission had been given for 80 homes on the Little Acres/Caffyn Parsons site and 105 homes on the Green Lane site off Lower Weybourne Lane.
Applications for Land off Lower Weybourne Lane (140 homes) opposite Swiftsure, land at Bindon House Monkton Lane (56 homes) and land at Manor Farm, The Street Tongham (254 homes) had all been refused and now going through the appeal process.
Land at Green Lane Farm (43 homes) had been refused but not appealed so far.
Waverley Local Plan and Farnham Neighbourhood Plan
CW explained that the Waverley Local Plan was is the middle of a consultation that will end 20thOctober and there is a worry that this will harm our adopted Farnham Neighbourhood Plan. It was mainly about housing provision and where it should go and he urged everybody to take part to protect and support the Neighbourhood Plan.
Tices Meadow Nature Reserve
Richard Horton from the Tices Meadow Bird Group described the 150 acre site and how its restoration from the former quarry site was progressing. The whole ecology of the site was rapidly changing for the better with woodland, meadow, pond and reedbed areas all showing improvement.
So far 190 species of birds and a wide variety of amphibians, reptiles and small mammals, butterflies and moths have been recorded.
The site is also proving popular with various organisations and local groups with visits over the last year from U3A, Cubs and Scouts, Surrey and Hampshire Bird Clubs and local schools including Badshot Lea Infants.
Richard encouraged everybody to come along to the `friendliest bird group in Surrey` and visit the Tices Meadow website to check out what was going on.
Badshot Lea Bloomers
JM reported that it had been a very busy time for the Bloomers. There had been two well attended litter picks in spring and autumn but better working with Waverley Environmental was required to ensure litter bins around the village are emptied when required.
The Bloomers had installed the award winning wildlife pond at the school and have set up regular working parties for the school grounds. They have undertaken some `pop-up` gardening in a neglected area along the pathway behind Rankin Close, which they hope to expand next year, and planted 1500 bulbs around the village.
JM said that the volunteer day at the pond was very well attended and encouraged everybody to go along to the next one on the 2nd December. He also thanked Farnham Town Council for funding the provision of a new bench and Farnham Institute for providing the two trees that will be planted near the pond.
He concluded by saying that they hoped to continue with their work around the village and all support and ideas are welcome.
The issue of heavy traffic rumbling through the village throughout the night was raised. It was a problem created by the closure of the A331 overnight and the official diversion sending vehicles through Badshot Lea. Our County Councillor Stephen Spence had been made aware of the problem and explained that he had alerted the highways authorities in Surrey and Hampshire to the problem that the roads through Badshot Lea are not designed to cope with this type of heavy traffic. He also made it clear that future diversions should not take this route. He informed everybody that the work on the A331 had been completed the previous night and the diversion is no longer in operation.
No other business, meeting closed at 21.15.
Attendance approximately 60.