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Meeting of the Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 19/03/2002
Waverley Conservation ARea Appraisal and Enhancement Programme



1. This report sets out proposals for the expenditure of the £15,000, capital programme provision allocated for 2002/2003, for conservation area appraisal and enhancement. There are no human rights, community safety or opportunities for all implications. However there are financial and environmental implications.
APPENDIX C

WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

ENVIRONMENT OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – 19TH MARCH 2002

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Title:
WAVERLEY CONSERVATION AREA APPRAISAL AND ENHANCEMENT PROGRAMME

[Wards Affected: Dockenfield, Hascombe, Castle, Waverley]
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Summary and Purpose

1. This report sets out proposals for the expenditure of the £15,000, capital programme provision allocated for 2002/2003, for conservation area appraisal and enhancement. There are no human rights, community safety or opportunities for all implications. However there are financial and environmental implications.

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Introduction

2. For the last twenty years, Waverley Borough Council has been grant aiding environmental enhancement schemes. Since the mid 1990s, this work has been known as the Waverley Enhancement Programme (WAP), with a budget of £7,500 per annum. The purpose of the programme was mainly to enable small enhancement schemes proposed by organisations, Parish and Town Councils to be carried out, through partnership funding. The objective of the schemes was to enhance and safeguard the character of the towns and villages and Heritage Features in the countryside. The schemes ranged widely from plaques, signposts, street furniture, and the Farnham/Aldershot Strategic Open Gap landscape project, to town maps and notice boards, ornamental lighting and repair of Heritage Features.

3. In October 2001, the Council decided to commence a series of conservation area appraisals. These character studies are to include enhancement proposals. Therefore the WAP budget of £7,500 has been reallocated to the conservation area appraisal project, and increased to £15,000 overall. However, application had already been made by several organisations some time before the change in the WAP allocation had arisen. Therefore several grants need to be considered for these proposed schemes.

Proposed Schemes

a) Dockenfield War Memorial

Dockenfield Parish Council has sought advice and grant aid from the Borough Council, for the restoration of the well house and war memorial in Dockenfield village. The war memorial is very unusual, as it is a granite tablet set in bargate stone wall, at the rear of a public well house, dated 1881 and given by Jane Moultrie. There are twelve names from the First World War and two names from the Second World War. The well house structure is timber with a tiled roof, and the timber work is in need of repair. It is a very attractive structure, and is Heritage Feature. It is prominently located in the centre of the village.

The Parish Council has approached a specialist contractor, and the cost of the repairs is estimated at £576. It is proposed to award a 50% grant.

b) Hascombe Milestones

The South West Surrey Society has sought advice and grant aid for a project to repair 5 very unusual cast iron milestones on the Brighton Road south of Godalming through Hascombe. They date from 1826, the period of the Godalming / Painshill Turnpike Road. One milestone is damaged and the others need to be restored and repainted. The milestones are Heritage Features, are of historic interest and merit attention. The South West Surrey Society are contributing £400. The project will cost £1,000. A grant of £600 is proposed. These milestones are very special and merit restoration.

c) Retaining Wall, Castle Street, Farnham

The Farnham Society has drawn attention to the condition of a low flint/ironstone and brick retaining wall adjacent to the highway at the north end of Castle Street, on the west side. The wall is the responsibility of the Highway Authority, and though it is to be repaired at a future date, it will not be in traditional materials. A small contribution of £300 would enable the County Council to use ironstone for the repairs.

d) Mother Ludlam’s Cave, Moor Park, Farnham

The main entrance to Mother Ludlam’s cave has been the subject of a partnership project with English Nature, and Farnham Town Council in 2001/2002, using the WAP funding of £5,250. This scheme is for a grille to protect the cave and the bat roost, and is well underway. However, there is a hole in the roof of the cave, which needs attention to prevent vandalism, and disturbance to the bats. English Nature has a design for a low cost bat grille, which will cost approximately £3,000. It is proposed to install this type of grille and an allocation of £3,000 is proposed to complete the Mother Ludlam’s cave project.

Resource/environmental implications

4. The total allocation for the schemes listed above would be £4,188 out of the £15,000 budget. This sum would allow for the completion and termination of schemes on the now terminated Waverley Enhancement Programme. The balance of £10,812 would be directed to enhancement schemes in Wrecclesham, as part of the Wrecclesham conservation area appraisals.

5. The environmental implications are that a number of local initiatives for enhancement of the heritage will be completed.

Conclusion

6. It is desirable to complete the remaining schemes from the Waverley Enhancement Programme, which are committed. Two thirds of the budget will still remain for the Wrecclesham projects. (These will be identified following the consultation stage of the Wrecclesham conservation area appraisal report).


Recommendation

7. That the following schemes be approved from the Waverley Conservation Area Appraisal and Enhancement Programme for 2002/2003:

a) The Dockenfield War Memorial £ 288
b) Hascombe Milestones £ 600
c) Retaining Wall Castle Street £ 300
d) Mother Ludlam’s Cave – upper hole £ 3,000

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Background Papers (DPD)

There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.
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CONTACT OFFICER:

Name: Geraldine Molony Telephone: 01483 523296
Email: gmolony@waverley.gov.uk