Burglary warning for Cranleigh

There has been a recent spate of burglaries in Cranleigh, with one of our committee members who lives in the Hitherwood area a recent victim.

We understand the burglars are after jewellery and the police believe they are in and out of properties in a matter of minutes.

They have been focusing on bedrooms, as this is where they know ladies tend to keep their jewellery.

Please stay safe this Christmas and consider taking some additional measures to secure your property.

The following burglary prevention tips come from Police.uk:

  • Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you’re just out in the garden, remembering to double-lock UPVC doors (lift handle and turn key)
  • Hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox (remember a device could be used to hook keys through the letterbox)
  • Install a visual burglar alarm
  • Install good outside lighting
  • Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property
  • Leave radios or lights in your house on a timer to make the property appear occupied
  • Make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition
  • Secure bikes at home by locking them to an immoveable object inside a locked shed or garage
  • Keep ladders and tools stored away; don’t leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home
  • Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property
  • Ensure rear fencing is in good repair
  • Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property i.e. trim high hedges
  • Mark your property with postcode and house number and register your property for free with Immobilise (opens in a new window)
  • Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme (opens in a new window)
  • Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows
  • Store any high value items (i.e. jewellery, passports) in a properly secured safe or bank vault
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Dates for your diary in 2018

As this year draws to a close, Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce have been busy planning a packed event calendar for 2018.

Please add the following dates to your calendar and get in touch with us if you would like to be involved in sponsorship, organising or otherwise supporting any of the following events next year.

Village Events

Spring into Cranleigh is back next year, taking place on Saturday 28th April 2018. This village-wide event will have an Italian theme, with an Italian market booked for the day in Stocklund Square and lots more happening along the High Street.

We are still looking for a headline sponsor for this event. Please email hello@cranleighbiz.co.uk to find out more.

Cranleigh Food & Music Festival is back for a fourth year on Saturday 22nd September 2018. This event is a collaboration with Cranleigh Arts Centre.

Expect food and drink stalls at Cranleigh Arts Centre, a live music stage at The Three Horseshoes, food stalls throughout the High Street and much more.

Cranleigh Christmas Lights Switch On is taking place on Saturday 17th November 2018. We have a sub-committee meeting in the New Year to decide what format this event will take in 2018. All offers of help are very welcome.

Cranleigh Santa Dash is coming back for a second year, on Sunday 9th December 2018. Entries for this event, co-hosted with Rotary Club of Cranleigh and Cranleigh Sunflowers, are already open.

Chamber Events

Our programme of networking events starts on Tuesday 6th February 2018, with a breakfast meeting at One Forty. Our speaker for breakfast is Tim Fifield from Britweb, talking about social media marketing.

Our second breakfast meeting is on Wednesday 14th March 2018 at The Richard Onslow, with Peter Stevens from TWM Solicitors talking about GDPR.

It’s our AGM and annual dinner at Cranleigh Golf & Country Club on Tuesday 17th April 2018, always an entertaining evening and great for partners too.

We’re hosting a networking lunch at Elmbridge Village on Thursday 10th May 2018.

On Tuesday 12th June, join us at The Three Horseshoes for social drinks and networking after work.

The Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce Summer BBQ takes place on Thursday 19th July 2018 at The Richard Onslow.

We’re back for a breakfast meeting on Wednesday 12th September 2018, where our venue is The Park Hatch.

On Monday 15th October, we visit Godalming for the new Waverley Business, Innovation and Growth (BIG) Awards 2018. More news on this exciting event very soon.

Our networking events calendar next year finishes with a networking lunch at Hurtwood Park on Tuesday 13th November 2018.

You can find out more about our networking events and book online at http://cranleighbiz.co.uk/events/

We are always looking for interesting speakers for our breakfasts and lunches. Do email hello@cranleighbiz.co.uk with any suggestions.

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Waverley Borough Community Infrastructure Levy

There is a forthcoming consultation on the Waverley Borough Community Infrastructure Levy.

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a levy that councils can choose to charge on new developments to raise funds to provide infrastructure. The money raised could be used towards improvements to roads, schools, parks, playgrounds and other community facilities.

Earlier this year, as part of the preparation for the introduction of CIL, the Council consulted on a Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule, which set out a proposal for the developments that would be liable to pay CIL, and what the proposed charge would be.

The Council has considered the responses made and updated its evidence base accordingly.

They are now consulting on the next version, the CIL Draft Charging Schedule, for a six week period from 15th December 2017 to 11.59pm on 26th January 2018. Full details of how to get involved in this consultation are available on the website at www.waverley.gov.uk/CIL.

You will be able to comment online, by email to planningpolicy@waverley.gov.uk (preferably using the response form) or in writing to: CIL consultation, Planning Policy, Planning Services, Waverley Borough Council, The Burys, Godalming, GU7 1HR.

During the consultation you will also be able to view copies of the Draft Charging Schedule and other supporting documents at the Waverley Borough Council Offices in Godalming and at the locality offices and public libraries within the Borough.

Please note that representations will be publicly available and cannot be treated as confidential, although address, telephone and email details will not be published.

For further information, please contact the Planning Policy team by email at planningpolicy@waverley.gov.uk or by telephone at 01483 523291.

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Lighting up Cranleigh for Christmas

Lighting up Cranleigh for ChristmasWith the festive season approaching fast, the Christmas Lights committee of Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce have been suffering from some sleepless nights.

The cause of this nocturnal disturbance were the Maple Trees lining the entrance to the village and how these will be illuminated during the festive season.

These much-loved trees, originally planted in 1890 (and not, as local rumours persist, by Canadian soldiers during the First World War!) have for years been lit during the Christmas period by strings of fairy lights.

In recent years the lights used have proved to be less and less reliable and difficult to maintain resulting in some of the strings not working after the initial switch on.

“At one point, we thought we would be unable to light the Maple Trees at all this year. We lacked the money or solution to this particular challenge,” said a spokesperson for Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce.

The main contractor for Cranleigh Christmas Lights presented an idea to use low voltage LED uplighters with the light illuminating the tree branches.

Local businesses responded generously to a call for sponsorship, as they do every year, but this year more than ever due to the increased costs.

Following consultation with the local Tree and Woodland Officer, new uplighters have been fitted to 17 of the Maple Trees lining the Common.

Next week will see the decorations being attached to 42 lamp posts along the High Street, a number of which have been replaced with new ones and others reconditioned.

The following week the main Christmas Tree will be positioned in its usual place in Fountain Square and others mounted on the pergolas in Stocklund Square. Further small trees will be installed in brackets fixed to buildings along the High Street.

The big switch on event will be on Saturday 18th November 2017. Stocklund Square will be filled with Continental Market stalls from 2pm onwards and visitors will enjoy music from the Godalming Band starting at 4pm.

Across the road in Fountain Square, entertainment starts at 5pm with performances by Park Mead School Ukulele Band, sing-a-long carols led by Godalming Band, and local singer/songwriter Lucina Pearson who is performing tracks from her new album.

The vintage bus from Tiger Lily bus will be selling mulled wine. There will be fairground rides from Bensons, children’s entertainers and a visit from Father Christmas, arriving in style on the Cranleigh Lions Santa Sleigh.

The Christmas Lights will be switched on at 6.30pm by local schoolboy Oscar Lewington, joined on stage by Father Christmas and a Channel 4 reality star, who will be performing his new Christmas single in front of the cameras filming for a television Christmas special.

Do join us for what promises to be a very special afternoon of live music and festivities. Cranleigh High Street will be closed between Knowle Lane and Stocklund Square from 5pm to 7pm, with local diversions in place.

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Self-employed support for Cranleigh Chamber members in November

HMRC have highlighted two webinars which they think will benefit our self-employed members.

How to complete your online tax return: Get the help you need completing your Self Assessment tax return. From signing in and filling in the self-employment section, to viewing your calculation and budgeting for your payments, this webinar has it all.

Book here

Self-employed – your payments to HMRC: This webinar covers your income tax bill, the different types of National Insurance you may have to pay and what happens when you’re employed and self-employed at the same time. We’ll also tell you about budgeting for your first bill and how to pay HMRC.

Book here

Support for the self-employed – anytime, all the time: For more information, available at a time to suit your members, try our e-learning, ‘Tax guide’.

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Cranleigh Christmas Lights – Lampposts and Volunteers

The Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce Christmas Lights sub-committee met again yesterday evening and we are pleased to report good progress ahead of this important local event on Saturday 18th November.

You can keep up to date with this event on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1641089599248211/

We have a huge fundraising target this year in order to replace all of the lights in the 17 Maple Trees along the Common, as well as covering our usual annual costs for installing and testing the lights, and hosting the switch-on event.

The generosity of Chamber members and other local businesses has been exceptional as always this year; we are pleased to confirm the new lighting units have been ordered and the event will go ahead.

However, we still have a number of sponsorship opportunities for local businesses.

If you would like to sponsor the light decorations on one of the lampposts for £75, please email hello@cranleighbiz.co.uk and we will secure your spot. More than half of these have already been snapped up!

In return for your sponsorship, you will get a notice on the lamppost and a thank you on our social media channels.

We are also looking for some extra pairs of hands for the event itself. We need volunteers to act as marshals in Fountain Square and Stocklund Square between 4.30pm and 7.30pm on Saturday 18th November. If you can spare a few hours to help, please email hello@cranleighbiz.co.uk to let us know.

Finally, if you have a High Street business and have any plans for the event, please make sure you drop us a line to let us know so we can help spread the word!

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Business rates payment scam

A warning this morning from Waverley Borough Council:

We’ve been alerted to a scam by our business rates officers which you may wish to make your members aware of. A Waverley business rates payer recently received a call from someone claiming to be from HMRC, telling her that rates will shortly be changing and she would have to pay the rates directly to HMRC. Fortunately the lady realised it was a hoax and did not pay the person.

Please be aware of this scam and take care.

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World’s Biggest Coffee Morning at Santa Fir Christmas Tree Farm

For the 3rd year running, Cranleigh Chamber member Santa Fir will be holding a “World’s Biggest Coffee Morning” event in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support.

This takes place on Friday 29th September at Santa Fir Christmas Tree Farm, Guildford Road, Shamley Green GU5 0SQ, from 10am to 2pm.

They will have lots of home baked goodies as well as a prize draw and lots of tea, coffee and chatter.

Please come and join them and help raise lots of money for this great cause.

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Forget NIMBYs, it is all about YIMBYs now

The United Kingdom is suffering from a housing crisis caused by a chronic lack of new homes being built.

A new paper by John Myers of London YIMBY (Yes In My Back Yard), released today in conjunction with the Adam Smith Institute, offers three ways to beat the housing crisis, boost living standards and disposable incomes, and revitalise the economy.

Households would be on average £10,000 a year better off if we had better planning and built enough homes in the right places, shows John Myers, author of the report.

Shortages of housing near job opportunities lead to high rents and prices. These prevent young people – as well as those from deprived communities – from moving to areas which have good jobs. This is a needless and self-inflicted brake on growth.

After a string of prominent rejections of developments, such as the redevelopment of an ASDA and its car park on the Isle of Dogs into nearly 2,000 new homes, it is more important than ever to reform the planning system so that residents feel they benefit from new housing. The alternative is economic stagnation, social divide, and potentially political turmoil.

The report suggests three practical proposals to win the support of existing homeowners for development that makes the country richer and fairer:

Letting individual streets give themselves planning permission to extend or replace buildings. This, coupled with a design code chosen by the street, could allow up to 5 million new homes to be built over a generation in London alone, while making existing homeowners two to three times better off and beautifying streets by turning semis and bungalows into traditional terraces.

Giving local parishes the power to improve their green belt by swapping out ugly dead land or intensive farmland for development and adding protections to areas of outstanding beauty.

Handing the new set of devolved city-region mayors radical new powers to choose different planning regimes for their area, to see what works best. What’s right for London might not be right for Leeds, and Birmingham may want to grow even if Cambridge does not.

Politicians could neutralise NIMBYs, the paper argues, by seizing the opportunity and letting local people take the lead on deciding how and where to build new homes.

By giving more power to locals, the billions of pounds spent on armies of planning lawyers and consultants could be retained within communities. The reforms would also benefit the exchequer, not just through property taxation, but also as people move closer to better jobs and earn more.

Failing to end our housing crisis will most hurt those that can least afford it, according to the report. Those who are just about managing (Theresa May’s JAMS) will pay the price for inaction—once you take into account housing costs real incomes are completely stagnant.

Paying through the ear to rent a box or a dump is radicalising the youth, but politicians stand to benefit hugely if they can make housing within reach of job opportunities abundant and affordable. The UK can avoid clarion calls for rent controls or mass social housing if we act to expand private housebuilding now.

Britain has one of the worst housing crises in the world, the report shows, but that should mean benefits of even partial reforms are felt greatest here.

Simple changes could substantially increase the supply of new homes, boost the economy, tackle intergenerational inequality and improve social mobility, while making our existing cities better. It is time to build a better country.

John Myers, co-founder of London YIMBY and author of the report, said:

“A new generation of young people is demanding change to avoid being worse off than their parents. There are vote-winning ways to make decent homes truly affordable with the support of existing homeowners, if only we seize them.”

Ben Southwood, Head of Research at the ASI, said:

“The planning system is a mess. We all know we need more homes and infrastructure in the places people actually want them—but it isn’t delivering. But we can hardly blame locals for blocking development when not only does it blight their views with ugly designs, but it detracts from their living standards. So we are proposing a raft of measures that may bring homeowners around the country on-side. If new housing benefits people already living there, then we may finally be able to build enough to stop rents taking half of people’s pay packets.”

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Chamber calls for more car parking capacity in Cranleigh

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce has written to Waverley Borough Council asking them to start planning now for future car parking needs in the village.

The letter to council leader Julia Potts highlights the planned 1,500 new homes in Cranleigh during the next five years. The Chamber has asked the leadership at Waverley Borough Council to make the matter of car parking capacity a priority, rather than waiting for the adoption of the Local Plan in March 2019.

The Chamber estimates an additional 2,250 cars as a result of the new housing already agreed for Cranleigh. With car parking in the village already nearing capacity at peak times and weekends, the Chamber warns that current provision will fall short of future needs.

According to the Chamber, failing to make additional provision for car parking in Cranleigh will result in a loss of shoppers to nearby towns including Horsham and Godalming, increasing congestion on the local roads. It is also likely to discourage visitors to Cranleigh, push car parking onto neighbouring roads such as Hitherwood, and increase levels of illegal or inconsiderate parking.

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce has suggested a number of options for increasing car parking capacity to be considered, including adding a second level to the Village Way car park, creating underground car parking spaces at the Stocklund Square car park, or increasing car parking spaces as part of any future redevelopment of Cranleigh Leisure Centre.

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