Please allow me to take the opportunity to congratulate all Members on their election successes, both individually and collectively.
Many Farnham residents recently placed great faith in the "Fresh Start For East Street" leaflet which prominently featured our popular and respected local MP, and that was distributed by the South West Surrey Conservative Association. Thus we were all surprised when, in response to a recent Informal Question to the Executive Meeting, the Council Leader stated that rather than stand by the East Street leaflet's admission that "all our recent surveys show that Farnham people are overwhelmingly against the current scheme", he will instead base his leadership upon the results of an old survey about an entirely different scheme. In fact, the results of the NOP survey carried out three years ago by NOP showed that most of the claimed 44% support was achieved by demographic weighting and by including the support of respondents that hadn't even seen the CNS proposals. The Leader even expressed disappointment that the public knew of the selective briefing to new Councillors.
The final election pledge - to "end the unnecessary secrecy" - might imply that such inconsistencies must therefore be part of some "necessary secrecy" required to pursue Council policy. Recent history has surely shown that Farnham and Waverley are not best served through division, secrecy and ill-informed decision-making, and I believe it is fair to say that Farnham is in fact united in seeking to work together with all our Councillors, honestly and openly, to obtain an appropriate solution.
We would not wish to draw premature conclusions from the Party Leader's informal response, as the obvious option of splitting Farnham away from the Borough is a serious issue that might not be mutually beneficial, so please would you clarify:
Are the South West Surrey Conservatives united in honouring their word, or if it is perhaps naive to trust all election promises, to which of the East Street promises will you now give a solemn Christian commitment?