Month: June 2017

Street Trading Consent for Kebab Burger Van in Cranleigh

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce is disappointed at the decision of Waverley Borough Council to grant street trading consent for a kebab burger van outside Cranleigh Post Office.

The application was considered by Waverley’s Licensing and Regulatory Committee on Monday.

The Committee granted the application for a period of six months, under the proviso that the business will be closely monitored during this period and reviewed after the six month period to see if it can be renewed/granted for a longer period.

Waverley have attached conditions to the consent to help stop issues arising due to the van trading in this location.

At the committee meeting the applicant altered their opening times slightly which was agreed by the committee. The opening times will be;

Monday to Friday 7pm-10pm
Saturday and Sunday 5.30pm-10pm.

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce is very concerned by this application and urged Waverley Borough Council to reject it for the following reasons:

• Cranleigh has become a tourist destination village for many hundreds of visitors who come to shop, dine and be entertained throughout the day and evenings. A kebab van does not fit into a traditional village environment nor work well within the attractive High Street.

• Because of the amazing voluntary efforts of the Cranleigh in Bloom team, the appearance of Cranleigh High Street has been significantly improved. These volunteers have tackled the litter problems and the pavements and road are now clean and tidy. A kebab van will inevitably contribute to increased and unacceptable littering by the Post Office, along the High Street and up Horsham Road, Ewhurst Road and Guildford Road as vehicle occupants throw out their packaging and cans.

• Cranleigh is a quiet village free of rowdy behaviour and a safe and quiet place for families to amble in the evenings after a walk along the downs Link for example. There is a strong chance that anti-social behaviour could occur with adults and youths hanging around a kebab van into the night.

• There is no demand for further places to eat in Cranleigh. The village is very well serviced with friendly pubs, restaurants, a fish and chips shop and café’s serving excellent food, including fast food, until well into the night.

Waverley Borough Council received several other letters in opposition to this street trading consent and no letters in support.

On behalf of our members, we will closely monitor the activities of this kebab burger van to ensure the terms of the street trading consent are complied with and litter or other anti-social behaviour as a result of its presence does not become an issue.

If you see any littering or anti-social behaviour as a result of the presence of this kebab burger van once it starts trading, please report it immediately (along with photographic evidence, if possible) to Elizabeth Bance, Environmental Health Officer at Waverley Borough Council by email to, and copy your email to

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Breakfast with The Brooking National Collection

Members of Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce enjoyed a hearty breakfast at Rowleys Centre for the Community this morning.

Our speaker was Charles Brooking, founder of The Brooking National Collection, which is based here in Cranleigh.

Charles Brooking’s passion for architectural detail began back in 1956 when he was just three, and fascinated by the stylised 1930’s Bakelite house numbers he saw on neighbours’ front gates.

In the years since then he has allowed nothing to stand in the way of his determination to preserve telling mementos of Britain’s built heritage.

For 24 years he was Senior Lecturer in Architectural Detail at the University of Greenwich, teaching aspiring students and architectural professionals from all over the world.

Joint winner of the National Art Collections Award in 1987, he is a widely-recognised consultant in his field. Rarely does a day go by when he does not receive a call for advice from major government establishments, local planning authorities or leading architects in conservation.

Guests this morning were shown several examples of pieces from the collection and heard entertaining stories about Charles and his (sometimes dangerous) salvaging exploits!

This video shows several examples of architecture in Cranleigh:

Our next event is the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce Summer BBQ at The Richard Onslow on Thursday 20th July. Tickets are £20 each or £35 for a pair. You can book them here.

Our BBQ is a social event, so please bring partners and friends too!

We will be holding a raffle, with a difference! We would like as many members as possible to pledge or donate their skills or product as a raffle prize. It could be a consultation, advice, assessment, taste, test, etc; in other words, a prize that promotes your business whilst giving something!

All proceeds from this raffle will go towards the cost of running the Cranleigh Christmas Lights, which this year is forecast to cost the Chamber more than £20,000.

If you would like to donate a raffle prize, please email Christine at or call 07811 372891 with any questions.

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What’s happening in Cranleigh this summer?

With the summer months approaching, here is a list of the major events taking place in Cranleigh.

If you would like us to add anything else to this list, please email with the details!

Park Mead School Magical Summer Fair – Saturday 17th June

Cranleigh Lions Carnival and Fun Day – Saturday 24th June

The Cranleigh Show – Sunday 2nd July

St Nicolas Church Rectory Fete – Saturday 8th July

Music in the Field – Sunday 9th July

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce Summer BBQ – Thursday 20th July

Outdoor Theatre – As You Like It – Friday 4th August

Cranleigh Lions Classic Car Show & Autojumble at the Cranleigh Showground – Sunday 13th August

Cranleigh Lions Car Boot Sale – Sunday 20th August

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Roadworks in Cranleigh High Street

Roadworks in Cranleigh High StreetA number of Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce members have expressed concerns about the duration and extent of advertised roadworks in Cranleigh High Street this summer, and the potential impact these might have on trading.

On behalf of our members, we have spoken to UK Power Networks to get the details of their plans.

UK Power Networks have applied for three separate permits for work, to upgrade the high voltage electricity network and use two-way traffic control signals. Two of these permits relate to Rowland Road; an area opposite the Christopher Robin Sure Start Day Nursery from 14th August to 4th September, and by Glebelands School from 24th July to 21st August.

The permit which appears to have the biggest potential impact on the High Street covers the area from the junction with Rowland Road to 58 High Street (opposite the Post Office), from 24th July to 21st August.

UK Power Networks have committed to making sure all stakeholders are aware of the works. They will be carrying out letter drops to businesses and residences in the affected area and also making visits.

They have committed to minimise the length of any carriageway excavations to 50m, in order to retain access to premises for deliveries and customers.

If you have any queries, please call the UK Power Networks projects team on 0203 3241460. The works reference is KZ50020199955 (this is a Surrey County Council reference) and the project reference is 60993559.

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