News Release: Cranleigh Village Health Trust questions Parish Council
Representatives from Cranleigh Village Health Trust (CVHT) made a statement to Cranleigh Parish Council last Thursday evening (6th February), questioning their continued refusal to engage with the charity to help deliver better healthcare provision in Cranleigh.
CVHT trustee John Bainbridge explained that input from Cranleigh Parish Council would be useful to help the charity decide on its next steps, following a rejected planning application late last year.
The planning application, for 20 community beds within a new care home building close to Cranleigh High Street, was turned down by Waverley Borough Council in November.
CVHT requested a meeting with Cranleigh Parish Council in January, which was declined. Instead, the Parish Council added a presentation from CVHT to the agenda of an Extraordinary Meeting last week, without agreement from or the prior knowledge of the charity.
John Bainbridge said:
CVHT trustees have worked tirelessly for 20 years to facilitate the return of community beds in Cranleigh; beds that, precisely like those previously provided at Cranleigh Village Hospital, will prioritise the needs of local residents.
We have tried repeatedly to work with Cranleigh Parish Council positively during the past three years. Previously our relationship had been very good.
In December 2016, we were asked whether a Councillor might attend our meetings “to provide a link and keep the Council updated,” and we agreed to this. A Councillor was nominated, but sadly she did not attend any meetings, and the Council subsequently withdrew this proposed point of contact.
The statement was received in silence by Councillors.
CVHT confirmed that they will organise a public presentation once a response to the planning application is decided. Their full statement can be found at https://cranleighhealthtrust.org/statement-at-cranleigh-parish-council-egm/