Save Our Scouts

Published: 28th October 2016

We need you help!

Some of you will be aware, Shalford Scout Leaders and Committee have been battling with the Borough Council in an attempt to progress the desperately needed rebuild of our hut. Having granted planning permission, the Borough Council have now blocked it on various shifting grounds to do with the bushes/trees to the side of the plot. Regrettably, after 3 meetings with the Council, we have got nowhere, and Ann Milton is not currently supporting us.

The hut is now at the end of its life, and unless we re-build or find another site (no sign of anywhere yet!) we will lose Scouting in Shalford after nearly 100 years.

To help, please will you write to Anne Milton and express your concern. We have set out below some of the salient points you may like to include if helpful.

With thanks for your support,

1st Shalford Scout Group Committee

Rt. Hon Anne Milton MP

Parliamentary
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Tel: 020 7219 8392
Fax: 020 7219 5239
Email: anne.milton.mp@parliament.uk

Constituency

17a Home Farm, Loseley Park, Guildford, GU3 1HS

Tel: 01483 300330

Email: anne@annemilton.com

Salient Facts

  1. Scouting on Shalford Common for almost 100 years. Existing Hut is at the end of its life.
  2. After appropriate consultation with Guildford Borough Planning and the Countryside Manager we spent approx £5k on planning permission and associated costs. This represents much volunteer unpaid time and effort. Now further costs of surveys/temp repair because renewal project blocked by Council.
  3. Council blocking project because of: “5 Field maples and 2 hawthorns form an unremarkable group of trees that offer some screening to the existing Scout Hut. I place no particular value on their retention as new planting could offer similar screening and require less maintenance”, per their own Tree Officer’s report on 28 Oct 2015.
  4. Council have refused all requests to explain their position of not accepting own Officer’s recommendation post grant of planning permission, despite 3 lengthy meetings and numerous written requests.
  5. No alternative site currently available. Long waiting list for membership of our and other Groups, therefore no “overflow” capacity from Shalford.
  6. Now very real prospect of imminent end of Scouting on Shalford Common because of Council’s position.