THE Farnham Herald today reports on disabled residents’ anger at Waverley Borough Council’s reintroduction of parking charges for Blue Badge holders.

There had been hope among disabled motorists that, after Waverley postponed the charges following a public outcry in April, the council would scrap the unpopular proposals.

Instead, Waverley’s executive committee took just 19 minutes to rubber stamp the fees on Tuesday, to the disgust of many wheelchair users and carers who had gathered for the meeting.

Also this week:

• Waverley’s Tory administration comes in for more criticism - this time by the leader of opposition party Jerry Hyman for denying residents “proper scrutiny” of modifications to the borough’s Local Plan.

• Crime strikes again in Farnham - this time in The Woolmead where £35,000-worth of wedding dresses were stolen from Confetti and Lace, plus a break-in at Hazy Trails vapour shop.

• South Western Railways’ rocky start continues, with rail union RMT to ballot members on industrial action in a dispute over the role of guards.

• Upper Hale to be hit by 30 weeks of roadworks as South East Water improves the area’s water supply.

• Plus five weeks of lane closures due at Coxbridge Roundabout.

• Lib Dems criticise Surrey County Council’s new £55,000 management post amid staff redundancies and service cuts.

• Planning applications abound - including plans to demolish the PGI garage in Guildford Road and overhaul Lord Wandsworth College.

• We speak to a Farnham couple who managed to tied the knot for just £2,000!

• …and a loved-up couple from Suffolk who got engaged in front of feathered lovebirds and well-wishers at Birdworld.

• Father and son duo Mark and Harry Keville complete 10 marathons in as many days, raising more than £25,000 for the charity set up by Mark’s youngest Robbie before his death aged 10 last year.

• Student Evie Rixon braves the shave for the Little Princess Trust.

• We look forward to a packed weekend ahead, including Heritage Open Days, the relaunch of the Farnham Repair Cafe, St Andrew’s Church Fayre, Abbeyfield fun day and the Farnham Pilgrim Marathon.

• Popular postie Liam Mulvin to return to Farnham to sign copies of his new book ‘Don’t Worry He Doesn’t Bite: Tales of a Country Postman’.

• And don’t miss The Herald’s new short story competition, in partnership with writing group The Fellowship of the Pen.


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