St Dominic’s has recently been successful in the initial stages of the Government PSBP2 (Priority Schools Building Programme 2) bidding process and is now pressing on with the planning and detailed design for the construction of a new Performing Arts Centre providing specialist music and drama facilities. This process also accommodates the removal of our old swimming pool building.
Currently we have no permanent or suitable facilities for music and drama, which are significant areas of the curriculum in which our pupils and students thrive. Both music and drama are currently being taught in unsuitable and undersized areas, often on an ad hoc basis, which is not only far from ideal in terms of the teaching space, but often also disruptive to the surrounding accommodation.
The Performing Arts can offer a vital outlet for our children and young people. At St Dominic’s we use music and drama as a way of reducing stress and managing anxiety in our children and young people who often choose these activities over and above anything else as a means of helping them manage their emotions. The Performing Arts are a means of children and young people showcasing their strengths, building their self-esteem and interacting with others. These subjects also broaden the range of opportunities our young people will have in the future.
The proposed performing arts centre will greatly enhance the curriculum experience and life chances of many of our children and young people and will enable the school to involve the local community by inviting them up for various music and drama productions and allowing the village to use the centre for local productions.
Informal open evening:-
You are invited to drop in to an open session where you will be able to see further details of the proposal over a glass of wine and snacks:-
Location St. Dominic’s School, Hambledon
Date Thursday, 30th March 2017
Time 6:30 – 7:30pm
Your views on this proposal are very important to us. This is your opportunity to find out more, express your views on the proposed Performing Arts Centre and inform the design before a formal Planning Application is submitted.
The open sessions are informal and will provide you with the opportunity to view a display detailing the proposals and talk to the designers and promoters of the proposal on a one-to-one basis. You will also be given the opportunity to complete a short questionnaire.
If you require any further information regarding the open evening or would like to attend, please contact Therésa Jones at the School on tel: 01428 684693 or by email on : email@example.com
On Friday, 31 March at 11am St Dominic’s will be holding their Easter Fayre. There will be an Easter egg hunt, and we will be selling pottery items made by our pupils and students. In addition there will be a café serving cakes and refreshments.
All are welcome. Do please come along and support our school.
The decision to “call in” the application to build 1,800 new homes at Dunsfold Aerodrome (see previous news item) will be welcomed by many local residents who expressed grave concern that the proposed development was not sustainable and would be of considerable detriment to the local infrastructure.
In particular, it demonstrates the success of the initiative by eleven surrounding parish councils – including Hambledon – who urged the Secretary of State to “call in” the application submitted by Dunsfold Park Ltd and approved, despite widespread objection, by Waverley Borough Council in December.
This means that the application must now be considered at a Public Inquiry at which a planning inspector will hear the arguments for and against before making a recommendation to the Communities Secretary Sajid Javid.
Hambledon Parish Council played an active role in the joint parish councils initiative, supporting the view of others that the impact of such a large development in a rural area would have a major and adverse effect on already congested roads such as the A281, would lead to “rat-running” on narrow country lanes, including those in the parish, and that the application had insufficient measures to mitigate against these and other sustainability issues.
A campaign group called Protect Our Waverley was set up and actively lobbied against the proposal. Anne Milton, the MP for Guildford, pressed the case for the call-in at Westminster.
The decision to hold a public inquiry – at a date yet to be fixed – is a considerable set-back for Waverley Borough Council. It not only approved the application but, separately, identified Dunsfold Park as a key strategic site for new development in its controversial new Local Plan, which has yet to be formally adopted.
The site owners have indicated that eventually 3,400 homes could be built on the site of the former World War Two airfield, which is currently used as a business park.
A previous application to build a “new town” on the site was refused by Waverly and went to appeal in 2009. The appeal upheld the Waverley decision.
Since then Waverley has done an “about face” following central government pressure to find sites for new homes.
We have learned that the Dunsfold New Town Planning application has now been “Called-In” for consideration by the Secretary of State. This is significant. You may recall some years back that an earlier application for Dunsfold New Town was considered and rejected by the Secretary of State. We will soon update you on developments as they happen and outline the likely scenarios for the future.
Dunsfold New Town represents a monumental change to the demands on the local traffic infrastructure, particularly for Hambledon, as the village is on the direct route from the proposed 2000+ homes to the nearest railway stations at Milford and Witley.
The continuation of the Hambledon 503 bus service remains in doubt if further subsidy cuts are demanded by Surrey County councillors next month.
The struggle to maintain funding for rural services was outlined at a meeting between representatives of Hambledon and Busbridge parish councils, Waverley Borough Council, Surrey County Council and Hoppa community transport.
The parish councils had pressed for the meeting in the hope of securing the long-term future of the 503 and the nearby 523 Milford Hospital route. The current off-peak 503 is a vital life-line for a small number of regular users but the councils hoped for an increase in frequency to make the service more viable.
Both routes, which require significant subsidy from SCC, have survived two recent cash-saving reviews. However, Laurie James, SCC’s bus service planning manager, explained that the authority was facing further central government funding cuts and has yet to announce its budget for this year’s bus subsidies.
The 503 and 523 routes are operated by Stagecoach and the contracts for the services ends in August. With no budget yet in place Mr James has been unable to enter into detailed contract negotiations. He expects a budget to be announced next month and only then will he know how much money there is to maintain existing services.
The 503 operates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, twice in each direction, and connects Hambledon with Milford, Godalming and Guildford. It is the only bus service in the village and is an essential service for some villagers to get to surgeries, supermarkets and the wider transport network. The 523 operates between Milford Hospital and Godalming on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Mr James explained that the same bus is used for both services and is costed on the basis of it also undertaking school journeys for SCC in the mornings and afternoons. The costs involved in providing another bus for a daily peak service for Hambledon was prohibitive.
The new 100-homes development at Milford Hospital, called Leithfield Park, has a new daily peak-hour bus service, the 502, which is operated by Hoppa. It started at the beginning of January. But funding provided by the developers as a condition of planning permission will only last for two years and there is no guarantee of the service surviving unless passenger numbers are high.
Hambledon and Busbridge council had suggested that a long-term solution could be found in amalgamating the 503, 523 and 502 routes, and will continue to press for talks aimed at keeping a scheduled bus service for villagers.
It was agreed to meet again in April, by which time SCC will have set a budget, any cuts will have been announced and will be up for consultation, and the viability of the 502 will be clearer.
Our photograph shows the 503 in Malthouse Lane, in the centre of the village.
BT Openreach have booked roadworks that will close Salt Lane between 9.30am and 3.30pm from 9th January for 5 days.
We don’t know what works they are doing (it has nothing to do with the new community financed cabinets) and whether the road will actually be closed or temporary obstructions, but you should assume it will be closed. The diversion should direct you via Clockbarn Lane.
Markwick Lane will be closed the following week 17th-19th January. The diversions will be a much greater detour.
The Joint Planning Committee of Waverley Borough Council gave planning approval to the Dunsfold New Town proposals on Wednesday. Of the 32 Councillors eligible to vote just 18 attended to vote: 10 councillors voted to approve, and 8 voted against.
Cllr David Else – Elstead and Thursley, Conservative
Cllr Mary Foryszewski – Cranleigh East, Conservative
Cllr Christiaan Hesse – Hindhead Conservative
Cllr Peter Isherwood – Hindhead, Conservative
Cllr Jim Edwards – Haslemere Critchmere and Shottermill, Conservative
Cllr Peter Martin – Godalming Holloway, Conservative
Cllr Andrew Bolton – Godalming Central and Ockford, Conservative
Cllr Mike Hodge – Farnham Hale and Heath End, Conservative
Cllr John Fraser – Farnham Upper Hale,Farnham Residents
Against (8) –
Cllr Maurice Byham – Bramley Busbridge and Hascombe, Conservative
Cllr Kevin Deanus – Alfold Cranleigh Rural and Ellens Green Conservative
Cllr John Gray, Chiddingfold and Dunsfold, Conservative
Cllr Jerry Hyman – Farnham Castle, Farnham Residents
Cllr Stephen Mulliner – Haslemere East and Grayswood, Conservative
Cllr Stewart Stennett – Cranleigh East, Conservative
Cllr Nick Williams – Godalming Farncombe and Catteshall, Conservative
Cllr Richard Seaborne – Bramley Busbridge and Hascombe, Conservative
There was strong representation from the public in the gallery and outside prior to the meeting. Protesters were from across the area including from Bramley, Hascombe, Hydestile, Loxhill, Cranleigh, Milford, Hambledon, Busbridge.
The very important planning meeting on the proposed Dunsfold New Town Development is scheduled for Wednesday 14th December at 6.30pm at the Waverley Borough Offices in Godalming. This is a meeting that is critical to the future of the villages between Dunsfold and the A3 and rail stations as the road infrastructure between will take a significant proportion of the resultant commuter traffic.
A number of residents from local villages are expected to assemble at the Council Offices in the The Burys at 5:30pm to demonstrate against the proposals and later listen from the public gallery.
Hambledon Village Shop will be closed on the following days over Christmas and New Year.
Sunday 25th December
Monday 26th December
Tuesday 27th December
Sunday 1st January
Monday 2nd January
If you intend to place an order with the shop for Christmas produce, please note the order form needs to be returned to the Shop by the end of the day on Monday 12th December. You can download a copy of the form by clicking here.
Hambledon residents are kindly invited to join in Christmas Wreath Making Sessions for The Cellar Café in Godalming at the United Church, Bridge Road on Wednesday 7th December and Monday 12th December between 12 noon and 7pm and also Wednesday 14th December between 12 noon and 4pm. No artistic talent is required and we will show you what to do. The wreath making has proved to be a successful fundraiser for the Cellar whilst having fun with friends and neighbours.
The Cellar café in the centre of Godalming is open to everyone, with the principle objective of providing a caring and friendly meeting place for disadvantaged and vulnerable people in the community.