25th October 2015
Anne Milton MP speaks to Cranleigh Chamber Members
During a meeting chaired by Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce president Richard Graham, Anne met privately with Chamber committee members before delivering a short talk to Chamber members and answering their questions.
Cranleigh business owners heard Anne explain how the argument over development continues to ‘rage’ in the village, saying her inbox is equally divided between those for and against further development.
Anne went on to say that a solution to the current development challenges will only be reached by all residents coming together to agree on a shared vision for Cranleigh. This resonates with the government’s ambition to enable decisions to be made locally, she said.
Anne responded to questions on the continued problems faced by businesses accessing finance, reopening the rail link between Cranleigh and Guildford, how to best encourage a ‘live local work local’ philosophy, the European question and an emerging local plan from Waverley Borough Council.
The MP for Guildford explained she was looking forward to a ‘grown up debate’ on Europe, concluding she did not yet know whether she was part of the in or out camp. Regarding a local plan, Anne explained the importance of Waverley Borough Council finishing this work before the government steps in to do so in 2017.
Commenting on the meeting, Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce president Richard Graham of One Forty said:
“Our members were delighted to hear from Anne and have the opportunity to quiz her on government policy. She was keen to hear the business voice in Cranleigh and has asked the Chamber of Commerce to keep her regularly updated on the challenges facing business growth and entrepreneurship.”