26/02/2019

News Release

Community launches #SaveChantry campaign

Group of local Guildford residents tell council: you’re not handing our campsite to a private company.

A group of local residents has today launched a campaign to reverse Guildford Borough Council’s closure of the popular local campsite located in Chantry Woods.

“The council’s elected members have acted as though they’re shareholders running a private concern, divesting themselves of an unprofitable asset”

Alongside the actual closure of the site, the group and its supporters are also contesting the ‘consultation’ that the council carried out for a short period, closing on the 24th February. “This ‘consultation’ was a sham; it was purely and simply to consult on the transition from a public site to a private concern. Indeed, Councillor David Bilbe, the lead on this for the Council, has argued that to have a proper consultation process on the issue would create ‘resistance’ amongst locals. Well congratulations, David: here’s your resistance.”

The group and its supporters are determined to overturn the decision taken by the council executive, and are also prepared to lodge formal complaints against the decision itself, and the process surrounding it.

A spokesperson said, “The council’s elected members have acted as though they’re shareholders running a private concern, divesting themselves of an unprofitable asset, not as the leadership of a council who are stewards of assets and services on our behalf as citizens, taxpayers and the electorate. They have acted with  high-handed arrogance in closing the campsite without discussion – a popular venue for loads of local children, families and community groups. Their reasoning, alongside their figures, is shonky, riddled with inaccuracies, and not worth the paper they’re written on.”

The group is encouraging people to write to their local councillors and demand that the decision be reversed. You can visit their website or contact them via https://savechantrycampsite.home.blog

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