Waverley's approach to conservation
...Brightwell House before and after Waverley's treatment
...and the Bowling Green before and after Waverley's treatment
As custodians of Grade II listed Brightwell House and its listed curtilage, Waverley Borough Council has been responsible for the dereliction and destruction of these facilities. The last 10 years has seen the once charming Brightwells Gardens, bowling green and theatre become a target for vandals and despite the Council's efforts to 'tidy up' the site we are left with these ugly scars. In 1999 the former Redgrave Theatre Trust handed over £21,000 for repairs to Brightwell House, when they surrendered their lease to Waverley. The Council did not carry out these repairs and this historic house now needs restoration costing around £2million, much of it due to water penetration.
Waverley have demolished their unwanted properties around Brightwell House and have laid turf to improve visual aspect. The Redgrave cannot be demolished by the Council as it is a listed building. Permission has been granted for the developer, CNS to demolish the theatre as part of their particular scheme. CNS say work on the site may not start until late 2011 due to the crisis in the financial markets.
A new Cultural Strategy for Waverley
Waverley Borough Council
has issued their the Cultural
Strategy on their website at
www.waverley.gov.uk the Council say this information is just for
'communication' and not for consultation. Recently there was wide consultation with the Public on
Sports and Leisure Centre facilities but this time the public is not
being asked for their views. Many people will just not be aware of
what is on offer or of what is at stake regarding the arts.
We need your action now to tell
There is scant reference to theatre at all in the document, except for the grand-sounding Waverley Theatre Forum, the group set up to help amateur societies to work together more effectively. In no way does that support professional live theatre and its aspiration to provide excellence nor does it ask the public what it thinks of what is on offer.
Having a Cultural Strategy is not a mandatory element for a Council. But a focus on the Arts would be a wise and valuable counterbalance to have as part of your Council’s Offer to the public who elected you.
If you too feel that WBC have got it wrong, please write to Kelvin Mills Director of Leisure, Waverley Borough Council, the Burys, Godalming, Surrey GU7 1HR. In considering a Cultural Strategy, tell him they need to focus on the Consumer and not solely on those existing organisations who receive Council grant support.
Tell them that it’s a basic tenet of market research that:
Understanding Needs must always start with the Consumer, not the Supplier
Waverley extends CNS contract for two more years
4th November 2008
Waverley Borough Council decided to extend the contract with Crest Nicholson Sainsbury for another 2 years to allow time for Compulsory Purchase Orders to be implemented and for the economic conditions to improve.
Council resolved to carry out rolling viability checks on the
development before the contract becomes unconditional.
FTA says: The Council claims to be 'in charge' of this development but we ask, who can predict the outcome? In this uncertain financial climate, other options may lie ahead.
East Street Plans not to be called in
28th October 2008
The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government issued a statement giving her decision not to call in the East Street plans stating they are ‘not of wider than local interest’.
Waverley decline a replacement theatre
29th October 2008
Waverley Borough Council declined
to include a 106 agreement (a binding condition) with the developers
for a replacement theatre.
FTA says: Now that these plans have been approved, WBC is driving ahead regardless of the public’s wishes and the opportunity to bring serious improvement to the plans.