It gives me great pleasure to start this newsletter with some positive news for Farnham. We have now received the report from the independent examiner who was appointed to scrutinise our Neighbourhood Plan. We are delighted with his conclusion that the Plan meets the required 'basic conditions', subject to a number of recommended minor modifications being made.
The Farnham electorate will now be asked in a referendum whether they wish to see the Plan adopted. We hope we will have a large turnout voting 'yes' so that future development is on sites supported by local residents. The Neighbourhood Plan is an important planning tool for the future of Farnham and so I urge all Farnham voters to please have their say. See below for full details.
Following requests from people who attend and enjoy the summertime Music in the Meadow concerts, we decided to pilot two free indoor music events on the fourth Sunday in January and February. Music in the Vineyard was very well received and brought a great deal of cheer on what were otherwise gloomy winter afternoons.
It’s less than two weeks until the first day of spring and so it is good to feel the weather getting a little milder and to see the spring bulbs making an appearance. Our outside services team has been busy improving the strip of land that runs parallel to South Street and the car park. They have pruned and cleared the overgrown shrubs and have planted heather – it looks a lot better.
With all good wishes
Awards made for
Services to Farnham
Ten special people who have been quietly working to make Farnham a better place have had their efforts recognised at the 2017 Services to Farnham Awards.
The recipients were nominated for the Award by colleagues and members of the public as a thank you for all that they do to inspire, provide leadership, care and vision.
A powerful planning tool, which will guide the long-term future of Farnham and its surrounding countryside is a step closer to being adopted.
After a thorough examination of Farnham’s proposed Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents, the appointed independent examiner concluded that the Plan meets the required 'basic conditions', subject to a number of recommended minor modifications being made.
Councillor Carole Cockburn, Leader of the Council said: "I am delighted that the examiner has found our Plan to be a
sound document and that we will soon be able to proceed to referendum.
"The Plan is the result of years of hard work from residents and businesses. I was particularly pleased to read that the examiner found the public consultation and community engagement work to have been thorough and conducted in a way that all residents, stakeholders, landowners and other interested parties had been able to comment at all stages."
The referendum is expected to take place on 4 May and will be announced on 24 March.
Farnham in Bloom is delighted to have been selected to represent the south and south east in the Large Town category of the Britain in Bloom UK Finals 2017. This is the third time in four years that Farnham has made it through to the finals and is recognition of Farnham in Bloom’s commitment to environmental responsibility, high levels of community participation and outstanding gardening achievements.
The Great British Spring Clean on 4 March is being followed by our first Big Pick Week of 2017. Individuals, community groups, businesses, sports clubs and charities, and anybody else who wants to improve where they live and has some time to spare, can take part. We will provide all necessary litter-picking equipment.
On Monday 13 March, Farnham Town Council will host a ceremony to mark Commonwealth Day. The annual occasion will see the Mayor of Farnham, Cllr John Ward raise the Commonwealth flag outside the Town Council offices in South Street. The ceremony will take place at 10am.
Come along to the
Annual Town Meeting
Farnham’s Annual Town Meeting will take place on Thursday 23 March at 7pm at the Bush Hotel, Farnham.
The meeting is an opportunity for electors who live or work in the Farnham Town Council area to find out what the Town Council has achieved over the past year and what it has planned for the next 12 months.
A revamped version of the Official Residents’ Guide has landed on the doormats of homes and businesses in Farnham.
The 36-page guide includes information about Farnham Town Council’s services, a calendar of community events taking place in Farnham during 2017 and contact details for all local councillors.
Last year, in partnership with Farnham Town Council, local businesse contributed over £40,000 towards making the town more vibrant. If you are looking to raise your business profile, we can help you to find a sponsorship package that will fulfil your needs.
Our popular Bloomin’ Kids’ Gardening Workshops will return on Tuesday 11 and Thursday 13 April. Over the course of two hours, the children will get to sow seeds and prick out seedlings at our greenhouses in West Street. There will be two sessions on each day.
Places are limited so please do book early to avoid disappointment.
Walking Festival Farnham’s first Walking Festival will take place from Sunday 21 to Sunday 28 May. There will be over 30 free walks in and around Farnham ranging from a public art walk to longer rambles. The length and difficulty of the walks varies so there will be something suitable for everyone to enjoy. Find out more.